Kazatomprom is the world biggest uranium miner with a production of 11500 tons U/yr. The uranium is mined by acid leaching ISR technology which happen to be a very cost-effective extraction method. I`m not aware about the impact of this type of mining on the environment but it seems that it would be challenging to get it permitted in Western Europe.
This is not a recommendation or proposal to do anything. The data written in this article is not guarranteed. It is my private personal opinion. I own a position of KAZATOMPROM shares that`s why I`m not independing.
Risks & Opportunities
Companies/shares from Kazachstan are even less expensive than Russian companies. The risk is the political situation that everything as internal and external corruption, expropriation, asset stripping, arbitrary taxes might happen at any time. For an outsider it is not possible to evaluate the political risks for the company properly.
The company is even with an extremly low uranium price profitable. The worldwide nuclear power generation and thus uranium consumption is on the other hand very stable, the uranium production is lower than consumption hence it seem obvious that the uranium price will increase sooner or later and thus the profits of the uranium mines will soar sooner or later.
Due to the very low uranium prices the investment in existing and new mines decreased in the whole uranium business. Many mines were taken on care and maintenance or closed. The production of KAZATOMPROM did decrease as well slightly. It is planned to keep the production till 23000 to till 2021 to align the production to the low demand. That means taking about 5600t from the market (8).
Some Numbers H1/2019
Production volume (attributable basis) 6,226 tons U
Sales volume (attributable basis) 5425 tons U (It seems that KAZ is stockpiling some of its U)
KAP HQ/THK average realized price (US$/lb U3O8): 27.43
Production volume (attributable basis) (tU) 12,500 – 13,000
Group sales volume (tU) 10,000 – 12,000
Revenue - consolidated (KZT billions) 1.1 -1.2 bn$
Revenue from Group U3O8 sales (incl. in consolidated) (KZT billions) 392 – 408 0.95 bn$
C1 cash cost (attributable basis) (USD/lb) $11.00 – $12.00
All-in sustaining cash cost (attributable C1 + capital cost) (USD/lb)* $15.00 – $16.00
Total capital expenditures (100% basis) (KZT billions) 85 – 95 236 mio. $
Key performance indicators
Key performance financial indicators (in millions of Kazakhstani Tenge )
Exchange rate: 1$ = 382 KZT
The dividend paid out in June is announced to be 308 Tenge (2) about > 0.81$ => 5.7% dividend yield
Withholding tax Kazachstan: 15%
|Shares and GDRs|
|259 356 608||100%|
*Due to the placement of 9.9 mio GDR in sept. 19
2019/10/14 Due to low uranium prices many uranium only mines owned by private mining companies are on maintenance & care due to the low uranium price. For ex. it would cost about USD80 million to restart production of Langer Heinrich in Namibla at an average capacity of 5.2 million pounds per year. All-in sustaining cost (AISC) are estimated to USD33 per pound U3O8. This could be achieved during the planned restart within a 12-month commissioning time. (10)
2019/09 Samruk-Kazyna placed 9,863,021 GDR. Prior to the Placing it owned approximately 85 per cent of the Company's issued share capital and following the completion of the Placing Samruk-Kazyna will own approximately 81.2 per cent of the Company's issued share capital.5,023,021 GDRs were placed through the AIX, of which 1,660,000 GDRs were placed to international investors and 3,363,021 GDR were placed to domestic investors, thereby satisfying domestic demand in full. (9)
2019/07 President Donald Trump decided to implement no new trade restrictions on uranium imports into the United States (6).
Kazatomprom sold 75% of solar manufacturing business. The Kazakh state-owned national atomic energy company has sold its three manufacturing units to an international consortium (5).