Johannesburg - South African diversified miner African
Rainbow Minerals [JSE:ARM] posted a slight increase in full-year earnings on
Monday, boosted by higher sales across most of its commodities, but said the
outlook remained challenging.
ARM, which has interests in nickel, coal, platinum, iron ore,
chrome and manganese, said headline earnings per share for the year to the
end-June rose to R16.15, a 2% increase from R15.85.
Sales rose 18% to R17.53bn.
ARM said its Lubambe copper project in Zambia was
progressing on time and within budget, with the commissioning of the plant
expected by the end of the current financial year.
An expansion project to lift production at its Khumani iron
ore mine in South Africa was completed ahead of schedule and below budget.
Demand for commodities is expected to remain challenging in
the year ahead on the back of a subdued global growth outlook, it said.
“Demand fundamentals in the platinum group metals, nickel
and chrome markets are expected to remain subdued in the short term due to
uncertainty in the developed markets and over supply,” ARM said, adding that
the long-term outlook for those commodities was positive.
Outlook for its ferrous unit would depend on demand from top
commodity consumer China.
ARM said it had a strong cash position and would continue to
look at acquisition opportunities. The miner declared an annual dividend of 475
cents per share.
Shares in the company, which are down 14% so far this year,
were down 1.14% at R145.33 by 07:08 GMT, compared with a 0.12% drop in the Top
40 - (Tradeable) [JSE:J200] blue-chip index.
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