First tin and tungsten produced late in 2018
Plant construction and installation nearing completion
Significant revenues and profits expected this year
Other development assets progressing
What does W Resources do?
Masterman has been involved with several resources companies over the years and has plenty of experience in bringing projects all the way from early stage exploration towards and into the production stage. W Resources is focussed primarily on tungsten, tin and gold.
What does W Resources own?
The company owns several exploration and development assets in Spain and Portugal, most notably the La Parrilla project, which produced its first tin and tungsten late last year.
The fully automated 350 tonnes per hour crushing circuit is already operational. It can be run with one operator and has run smoothly at full capacity.
Work on the plant and wider infrastructure are due to begin the final commissioning process in July 2019, as the wider La Parrilla ramp-up process continues towards a target of processing 200 tonnes per month by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, at Régua in Portugal, development work continues to progress well. Infill drilling of the mine entry portals is now complete and database completion is underway for a review of the resource.
Road construction, mining contractor and contract crushing contract negotiation is advanced and is expected to be finalised in the third quarter of 2019.
And at the São Martinho gold deposit in Portugal, SRK Consulting is progressing well with the updated gold resource estimate, which is expected to be finalised in the second quarter of 2019. W Resources has applied for a trial mine licence in order to commence initial mining and production and this will be progressed through the Portuguese regulatory programme.
Broker expects significant revenues this year
Broker Northland forecasts that the La Parilla project will generate revenues of around £29mln this year, following the completion of the ramp-up process.
That will translate into profits before tax of £7.6mln and earnings per share of 0.1p.
At the end of the year, Northland forecasts that the company will be carrying a debt of around £15mln. The broker sets a price target of 1.2p
Chairman Michael Masterman upbeat about progress
Completion of the spiral and shaking table buildings at La Parrilla was “an important milestone,” said Michael Masterman, chairman of W Resources, with the on-site priority for July being completing electrical cabling to begin the final commissioning.
This will give the group the operational capability to expand tungsten and tin production as part of the second stage of plant ramp-up.