Atlas Iron Limited (AGO)

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General Information
Company Name: Atlas Iron Limited
Stock Code: AGO
GICS Sub-Industry: Diversified Metals & Mining
Market Cap ($M): 331
Equiv. Shares (M): 919

Current Price Data+
Current Price Open High Low Last Close Volume Price Movement
$ 0.360 $ 0.365 $ 0.370 $ 0.355 $ 0.360 5,814,397 0%

Current Broker Consensus Recommendation more
Recommendation: Hold (3.1429)
Recommendation Date: 23rd Oct 2014
Brokers Surveyed: 7

Company Overview

Business Description:
Atlas Iron Limited (AGO) is an independent Australian iron ore company which produces and exports mining and exporting Direct Shipping Ore (DSO) from its mines in the Northern Pilbara region of Western Australia. Currently, AGO’s projects have total Resources of 1.17Bt@ 56.1% Fe and Reserves (Proven and Probable) of 506.8Mt @ 56.1% Fe. FY13 DSO shipping is 7.4Mt.

Strategy Analysis:
Atlas operates three iron ore mines at Pardoo, Wodgina and Mount Dove in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Production exceeded 6Mtpa by the end of 2012 with 12Mtpa targeted by 2014. Atlas continues to pursue acquisitions predominantly within the Pilbara region. An exploration program has been rolled out with a substantial increase in the resource and reserves position so far. Atlas Iron reported a net loss of $256.04m for the half-year ended 31 December 2012. This result was adversely impacted by a previously announced non-cash impairment charge on capitalised tenement costs and a non-cash write-down on non-core assets of $258.0m. Revenues from ordinary activities were $288.26m, down 15.6% from the same period last year. Basic and Diluted EPS was (28.3) cents compared to 0.7 cents last year. The net operating cash outflow was $5.32m compared to an inflow of $117.71m in the pcp. The interim dividend declared was 3.0 cents compared with 3.0 cents last year. The company is now producing at a rate of 8Mtpa and is on track to increase production to 10Mtpa by the end of June 2013.

Financial Summary
Year to Jun NPAT EPS EPS chg (%) PER DPS Yield (%) Franking (%)
2015  F -90.0 -9.8 -486.3 -3.7 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014  F 23.3 2.5 55.9 14.2 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013  A 14.7 1.6 -81.3 86.8 3.0 2.1 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
Atlas Iron (AGO) $331 M -0.3172 -- -- 28.3465 -- -- 5.56 5.56 5.56
BHP Billiton (BHP) $108,041 M 0.1223 -0.1280 0.2333 12.5804 14.4279 11.6984 3.82 4.25 4.41
Iluka Resources (ILU) $3,165 M -0.6600 -0.7959 4.7923 24.6495 120.7668 20.8494 1.19 1.53 2.39
Rio Tinto (RIO) $26,089 M 0.5848 -0.3078 0.0956 7.7970 11.2648 10.2815 3.58 4.00 4.28
Sims Metal Management (SGM) $2,220 M 3.0215 1.1230 0.2957 32.2341 15.1833 11.7183 0.92 2.60 3.95

Market Comparison
Earnings P/E Ratio P/B Ratio P/E Growth P/S Ratio
AGO -- -- 0.21 10.00 0.30
Market 0.91 15.3 1.22 1.74 1.54
Sector 0.70 11.6 0.81 0.99 2.94

Name Position Start Date
Mr Mark David Hancock Executive Director,Joint Company Secretary 04 July 2008
Mr Kenneth Edward Brinsden Managing Director 21 February 2012
Mr David N Flanagan Non-Executive Chairman 15 September 2004
Mr Geoffrey (Geoff) J Simpson Non-Executive Director 28 May 2012
Mr David Hannon Non-Executive Director 06 August 2004
Ms Tai Sook Yee Non-Executive Director 31 May 2010
Mr Jeff Dowling Non-Executive Director 08 November 2011
Dr David Marshall Smith Non-Executive Director,Lead Independent Director 06 November 2009

Name Position
R. Wilson Chief Development Officer
B. Lynn Chief Financial Officer
J. Sinclair Chief Operating Officer
Yasmin Broughton Company Secretary,General Counsel

Substantial Shareholders
Holding Name
66,749,653 (9.41%) IMC Resource Investment Pty Ltd (formerly IMC Resources Pty Ltd)
45,988,738 (5.02%) Dimensional Entities

Calendar of Events
Date Event
22 October 2015 Report (Quarterly)
27 August 2015 Report (Annual)
27 August 2015 Report (Prelim)
23 July 2015 Report (Quarterly)
23 April 2015 Report (Quarterly)
24 February 2015 Report (Interim)
30 January 2015 Report (Quarterly)
28 January 2015 Report (Quarterly)
29 October 2014 AGM
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