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KAZATOMPROM 05.12.2019

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 9m/2019

Exchange rate: 1$ = 390 KZT (nov.02, 2019)

Production volume (attributable basis)  9844 tons U 

Sales volume (attributable basis)   8002 tons U (It seems that KAZ is stockpiling some of its U)

KAP HQ/THK average realized price (US$/lb U3O8):  27.59 

Estimates 2019

Production volume (attributable basis) (tU)                                        12,500 – 13,000

Group sales volume (tU)                                                                   15,000 – 16,000

Revenue - consolidated (KZT billions)    485 - 505                                      1.27 bn$

 Revenue from Group U3O8 sales (incl. in consolidated) (KZT billions) 392 – 408       1.03 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)      80 - 90              218 mio. $

Key performance indicators


Indicators 2015 2016 2017 2018
Uranium mining, total,
23 607 24 586 23 321 21 705
Uranium mining, by the share
of participation in all S&As,
12 766 13 095 12 093 11 476

Other mined Minerals 2018

Output of niobium products (tonnes of Nb)       25.6

Output of beryllium products (tonnes of Be)    1711

Output of tantalum products (tonnes of Ta)     131.7

Electrical power output (million kWh)               117.8


Key performance financial indicators (in millions of Kazakhstani Tenge )

Indicators 2017*
2018* $
Revenue from sales of products and services provided 277 046** 436 632 1.16 bn$
Including revenue from sales of uranium products 207 788 368 325 0.98 bn$
Cost of sales
209 934 313 817 0.83bn$
Operating profit
32 602** 77 480 206 mio. $
Profit for the year
139 154 380 266 1 bn $
The comprehensive income attributable to the owners of Kazatomprom
138 837 365 664  
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year
239 936 128 819  
Loans and borrowings
121 284 199 690  
Dividends declared
65 849 161 661 431 mio.$

Cost Situation


The dividend paid out in June is announced to be 308 Tenge (2) about > 0.81$ => 5.7% dividend yield

Withholding tax Kazachstan: 15%


Shareholders structure

   Shares and GDRs
Samruk-Kazyna* 210.798.879* 81.2%*
Free float* 48.557.729 18.8%*
Total issued shares
259 356 608 100%

*Due to the placement of 9.9 mio GDR in sept. 19


Some News

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).

Some References:

(11) 2019/11/02 https://www.investegate.co.uk/jsc-nac-kazatomprom--kap-/rns/kazatomprom-3q19-operations-and-trading-update/201911010700039437R/

(10) 2019/10/14 http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Paladin-looks-to-rapid-restart-for-Langer-Heinrich

(9) 2019/09/26 https://www.investegate.co.uk/jsc-nac-kazatomprom--kap-/rns/samruk-kazyna-announces-results-of-gdrs-placement/201909260752377576N/

(8) 2019/08/20 http://www.stockmarketwire.com/article/6553616/Kazatomprom-to-extend-production-cuts-to-offset-oversupply.html

(7) 2019/08/01 https://www.investegate.co.uk/jsc-nac-kazatomprom--kap-/rns/kazatomprom-2q19-operations-and-trading-update/201908010706305185H/

(6) 2019/07/14 http://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/07/14/1882283/0/en/Cameco-Pleased-with-Section-232-Decision-on-U-S-Uranium-Imports.html

(5) 2019/05/20 https://www.pv-magazine.com/2019/05/20/kazatomprom-sells-75-of-solar-manufacturing-business/

(4) 2019/05/03 http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Quarterly-uranium-output-decreases-in-Kazakhstan-a

(3) 2019/04/30 https://www.investegate.co.uk/jsc-nac-kazatomprom--kap-/rns/integrated-annual-report-2018/201904300720425221X/

(2) 2019/04/30 https://www.investegate.co.uk/jsc-nac-kazatomprom--kap-/rns/agm-ar-and-dividend-recommendation-news-release/201904301248355916X/

(1) http://www.kazatomprom.kz/en/content/investoram/investoram/key-performance-financial-indicators-millions-kazakhstani-tenge

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