Aquila Resources Limited (AQA)

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General Information
Company Name: Aquila Resources Limited
Stock Code: AQA
GICS Sub-Industry: Diversified Metals & Mining
Market Cap ($M): 1,388
Equiv. Shares (M): 412

Current Price Data+
Current Price Open High Low Last Close Volume Price Movement
 $ 3.370 $ 3.400 $ 3.400 $ 3.360 $ 3.400 60,716 $ -0.030  -0.882 %

Current Broker Consensus Recommendation more
Recommendation: Sell (3.6667)
Recommendation Date: 23rd Jul 2014
Brokers Surveyed: 3

Company Overview

Business Description:
Aquila Resources Limited (AQA) is an exploration and development company with project interests in iron ore, coal and manganese in Australia and South Africa. The Company's primary focus is the development of the West Pilbara Iron Ore Project and Eagle Downs Hard Coking Coal Project.

Strategy Analysis:
Aquila has a strong pipeline of projects at various stages of development. Advanced projects include the Eagle Downs coal project and the West Pilbara Iron Ore project. Aquila¬īs Iron ore projects are progressing with the establishment of the Australian Premium Iron Ore Joint Venture (API), with Vale (sold by AMCI to Vale). Vale will sole fund the first AUD 10 million of exploration expenditure, which will focus on the west Pilbara region in Western Australia. Aquila also has a number of other iron ore and coal joint ventures which it is earning interests in through exploration. These projects are spread across Botswana and Australia. Aquila Resources reported negative cash flow of $20.53m for the quarter ended 31 December 2012. Operating cash flow for the period was $(20.05m). Payments for exploration and evaluation were $(19.44m). Investing cash flow was $(477,000). Financing cash flow was nil. Cash in hand at the end of the quarter was $440.89m. CSIRO compact sinter testing results were received during the quarter confirming that West Pilbara Fines is a product that is very compatible with certain sinter feeds. In addition, work continued on completing the requirements for the environmental approval for the Washpool Hard Coking Coal Project with discussions focussing on a groundwater monitoring program and biodiversity offsets which are expected to be undertaken over the next six months.

Financial Summary
Year to Jun NPAT EPS EPS chg (%) PER DPS Yield (%) Franking (%)
2015  F -20.7 -5.0 76.9 -67.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014  F -11.7 -2.8 -53.2 -118.7 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013  A -25.0 -6.1 NaN -39.5 0.0 0.0 0.0
Source: Morningstar analyst estimates.

Peer Comparison
EPS Growth (%) P/E (%) Dividend Yield (%)
Company Mkt Cap 2013 A 2014 F 2015 F 2013 A 2014 F 2015 F 2013 A 2014 F 2015 F
Aquila Resources (AQA) $1,400 M -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000
BHP Billiton (BHP) $125,192 M -0.2435 0.1812 -0.0857 16.3617 13.8512 15.1490 0.0321 0.0330 0.0345
Iluka Resources (ILU) $3,777 M -0.6600 -0.6100 2.8737 29.4098 75.4181 19.4690 0.0100 0.0127 0.0224
Rio Tinto (RIO) $28,120 M 0.5848 -0.3442 0.1447 8.4039 12.8153 11.1957 0.0333 0.0349 0.0372
Sims Metal Management (SGM) $2,220 M -0.7514 4.5317 0.6562 129.6296 23.4341 14.1497 0.0000 0.0000 0.0204

Market Comparison
Earnings P/E Ratio P/B Ratio P/E Growth P/S Ratio
AQA -- -- 1.68 -- 8,425
Market 0.98 16.5 1.26 2.12 1.65
Sector 0.85 12.1 0.68 1.46 5.38

Name Position Start Date
Mr Qinghua Zhou Chief Executive Officer,Non Executive Director 11 July 2014
Mr Qingyu Li Non-Executive Chairman,Non-Executive Director 11 July 2014
Mr Michael Carter Non-Executive Director 11 July 2014
Mr Timothy Carl Netscher Non-Executive Director 08 November 2013
Mr Stephen John Scudamore Non-Executive Director 10 December 2012
Mr Zhaoming Lu Non-Executive Director 23 October 2013
Ms Yiming Wu Non-Executive Director 11 July 2014

Name Position
May Chan Company Secretary
S J Pilcher General Manager - Coal
M N Alciaturi General Manager - Finance and Corporate

Substantial Shareholders
Holding Name
44,015,447 (10.70%) Bass, Charles B
70,172,666 (17.04%) M&G Investment Management Limited
22,721,172 (7.04%) Vanguard Precious Metals and Mining Fund
43,946,413 (15.00%) Baosteel Group
108,276,852 (28.93%) Poli, Anthony

Calendar of Events
Date Event
28 April 2015 Report (Quarterly)
11 February 2015 Report (Quarterly)
23 January 2015 Report (Quarterly)
27 October 2014 Report (Annual)
21 October 2014 Report (Quarterly)
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