Atlas Iron hangs on

The second of the quarterly production reports out today is from Atlas Iron:

THE ATLAS BUSINESS
 Globally competitive costs, costs continuing to fall and targeting lower end of FY15 guidance
 Normalised EBITDA^ YTD is approximately breakeven, despite challenging market conditions
 North Pilbara mine development now complete
 Stable production and shipping volumes, reliable operators
 Well established and diverse customer base
 Strong leverage to increases in A$ iron ore price
 Significant Pilbara port rights and iron ore resource inventory
 Opportunities to further improve near-term cash flow – A$, diesel, sea freight, Royalty relief
DEC14 QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS
 Shipped 3.8M WMT exceeding guidance, 100% Standard Fines
 Cost reduction initiatives and reliable production performance has resulted in all-in cash costs of
A$66/WMT CFR*, down from A$69/WMT in the Sep14 Quarter
 Dec month C1 cash cost A$43/WMT FOB, all-in cash cost A$65/WMT CFR*
 A$169M cash at 31 Dec, after A$50M outflow for capex/dividend/one-off restructuring costs
 Construction at the Mt Webber Stage 2 project reached practical completion
 FY15 capital expenditure guidance revised down by $25M to A$69M, $55M already incurred YTD

Breakeven now but not for long.

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  1. Atlas confirms running at a loss
    The West Australian January 20, 2015, 7:51 am

    Shares in Atlas Iron fell after the miner revealed it was selling its product at a loss during the December quarter.
    The mid-tier Pilbara miner said it had lifted production by 23 per cent over the quarter to 3.8 million tonnes.
    However despite cutting all-in cash costs 4 per cent to $66 a tonne, its average sale price fell 12 per cent to $63 a tonne.

    But the company said it maintained a cash balance of $169 million and was continuing to reduce costs.

    Atlas managing director Ken Brinsden said the company’s continuing hard work, innovation and the ongoing co-operation of its suppliers and contractors, combined with the lower Australian dollar, lower oil prices and falling ocean freight rates would help to boost cash flow in the current half.
    “At the same time, operations are exceeding our production guidance and we are strongly leveraged to any uptick in the Australian dollar price of iron ore,” he said.
    Atlas shares were down one cent, or 5.26 per cent, to 18 cents at 7.50am.

    • and we are strongly leveraged to any uptick in the Australian dollar price of iron ore

      So short AUD. Good luck.