KAZATOMPROM update 16.03.2021
Kazatomprom is the world biggest uranium miner with a production of 11500 tons U/yr. (without corona panic). The uranium is mined by acid leaching ISR technology which is 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.
The majority of KAZATOMPROM is owned by the governments "Sovereign Wealth Fund "Samruk-Kazyna" ("Samruk-Kazyna"). This share of the shares is reduced by a sell off on June 3rd. 2020 by 4.55%. It increased the free-float to 75% It increased the liquidy of the share.
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
Kazatomprom production (attributable) decreased to 10.700 tons/yr. for 2020 in the corona panic. The uranium price went up in the meantime to 30$/lb. which allows a profitable production for KAZATOMPROM. KAZ is highly profitable but reduced its capex and thus future production. KAZ has inventories of nearly 1/2 year of production!
Companies/shares from Kazachstan are similar inexpensive as that of 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 since years. Many mines were taken on care and maintenance or closed. The production of KAZATOMPROM did decrease as well.
Inconsistencies to other published numbers might result from the use of actual exchange rates at the time of the publication of the numbers.
1/3 from the net result 2020 results from sale of investment in joint venture Uranium Enrichment Center JSC
In accordance with the SRK Consulting (UK) Limited letter (dated 15 January 2021), the Mineral reserves of all mining assets at 31 December 2020 (including annual depletion) totalled about 479 thousand tU, (100% basis), with 281.1 thousand tU attributable to the Company. Total mineral resources (including reserves) were estimated at 751.9 thousand tU (100% basis), with 479.2 thousand tU attributable to the Company. (Annual Report 2020)
The uranium price is strongly fluctuating. Due to power plant accidents most of the Japanese nukes are not in operation. Japanese utilities sold off their surplus quantities. The market is still out of balance.
Cost Situation 2017. It might not have changed significantly in the last couple of years.
Withholding tax Kazachstan: 15%
2020/08/19 Kazatomprom says it will continue to "flex down" production by 20% through 2022. The company is also maintaining its 20% reduction in 2021(15) I hope that a soaring uranium price will change KAZATOMPROM`s mind.
2020/06/04 The Kazakhstan "Sovereign Wealth Fund "Samruk-Kazyna" ("Samruk-Kazyna") sold off a 4.55 % stake on June 3rd 2020. It increased the free-float to 23.4% increases the liquidy of the share (14). The share price decreased these days due to the surplus shares that entered the market.
2020/01/31 Kazatomprom announced today it intends to sell its 50% interest (minus one share) in Uranium Enrichment Centre JSC (UEC) to its partner in the joint venture, TVEL, for RUB6.253 billion (about USD100 million).(12)
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).
KAZATOM Investor Relation https://www.kazatomprom.kz/en/investors/novosti
(16) 2021/02/03 https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/PURANUSDA