In a March 25 research report, analyst Andrew Mikitchook noted that Ivanhoe Mines Ltd.'s (IVN:TSX; IVPAF:OTCQX) newly released NI 43-101 technical report on the Kakula-Kamoa project development plan provides more details about the processing, mining and capex schedules than did the prefeasibility study-preliminary economic assessment (PFS-PEA) released Feb. 6, 2019.
Mikitchook provided four significant observations from the reports:
1. The specifics outlined in the 18 million tons per annum PEA—500,000 tons of copper to be produced annually over most of the 37-year mine life—make Kakula-Kamoa "one of the largest undeveloped or operating mines worldwide."
2. The required capital for Kakula is "a manageable" US$1.1 billion. Cash flow from mining will finance future expansions.
3. The 6.4% grade to be mined for the first 10 years uses a cutoff that exceeds the average grade of other mines.
4. The PFS-PEA excludes the high-grade Kamoa North and the 2018 Makoko discoveries. "We view this as significant exploration leverage for Ivanhoe to potentially bring forward grade from new high-grade discoveries as the project develops further," Mikitchook wrote.
BMO maintained its Outperform rating and its CA$9 per share target price on Ivanhoe. The stock is currently trading at around CA$3.34 per share.[NLINSERT]
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