Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (FMG)

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General Information
Company Name: Fortescue Metals Group Ltd
Stock Code: FMG
GICS Sub-Industry: Steel
Market Cap ($M): 8,750
Equiv. Shares (M): 3,114

Current Price Data+
Current Price Open High Low Last Close Volume Price Movement
 $ 2.770 $ 2.770 $ 2.840 $ 2.750 $ 2.810 15,722,510 $ -0.040  -1.423 %

Current Broker Consensus Recommendation more
Recommendation: Hold (2.8333)
Recommendation Date: 12th Nov 2014
Brokers Surveyed: 6

Company Overview

Business Description:
Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (FMG) is an iron ore production and exploration company with assets located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. FMG currently holds reserves of 2.34 Bt of hematite ore within its operating Chichester and Solomon Hubs, with FY13 total ore mined and ore shipment of 94.6Mt and 80.9Mt respectively. Total resource base currently stands at 15.6Bt from both operating and development properties.

Strategy Analysis:
Fortescue's goal is to become a low cost iron ore miner in the Pilbara region of WA. From an initial base of 40 million tonnes a year, the company expanded to 55 million tonnes a year in fiscal 2012. The next planned step is to 155 million tonnes at a cost of just over USD 10 billion including the new mining fleet. Fortescue aims to exit December 2013 at a production rate of 155 million tonnes per annum. Further expansions beyond 155 million tonnes will be considered but Fortescue aims to strengthen its balance sheet before undertaking any significant new capital expenditure. Fortescue Metals Group reported NPAT down 40% to US$478.0m for the half-year ended 31 December 2012. Revenues from ordinary activities were US$3.3bn, down 2% from the same period last year. Diluted EPS was 15.35 US cents compared to 25.71 US cents last year. Net operating cash flow was US$479.0m compared to US$1.19bn last year. No dividend was declared. FY13 guidance of total shipped tonnes remains between 82wMt and 84wMt. Solomon's Firetail mine is now expected to achieve a 20Mtpa run rate during April 2013 after a severe rain event caused a minor delay in construction. This will increase the company's production capacity to 115Mtpa.

Financial Summary
Year to Jun NPAT EPS EPS chg (%) PER DPS Yield (%) Franking (%)
2016  F 377.5 12.1 -55.7 23.3 10.0 3.6 100.0
2015  F 852.8 27.2 -70.6 10.3 9.9 3.5 100.0
2014  A 2,888.2 92.6 84.6 5.3 20.0 4.1 100.0
Source: Morningstar analyst estimates.

Peer Comparison
EPS Growth (%) P/E (%) Dividend Yield (%)
Company Mkt Cap 2014 A 2015 F 2016 F 2014 A 2015 F 2016 F 2014 A 2015 F 2016 F
Arrium (ARI) $778 M -0.6786 -0.8988 0.4752 1.1083 10.9504 7.4230 29.51 0.00 3.77
BlueScope Steel (BSL) $2,768 M -- 1.7166 0.4381 45.2468 16.6555 11.5817 0.00 1.01 2.42
Fortescue Metals (FMG) $9,279 M 0.7497 -0.6757 -0.0853 3.1954 9.8545 10.7737 7.12 3.51 3.34
Independence Group (IGO) $1,000 M 0.9316 1.0693 0.0916 21.5875 10.4324 9.5568 1.87 3.49 3.48
Mount Gibson Iron (MGX) $458 M 0.0351 -- -- 4.7565 -- -- 9.52 9.52 9.52

Market Comparison
Earnings P/E Ratio P/B Ratio P/E Growth P/S Ratio
FMG 0.48 4.15 1.09 10.00 0.70
Market 0.91 15.3 1.20 1.76 1.51
Sector 0.66 11.4 0.75 0.97 2.51

Name Position Start Date
Mr Nev Power Chief Executive Officer,Executive Director 01 September 2011
Mr Peter Meurs Executive Director 22 February 2013
Mr John (Andrew) Andrew Henry Forrest Non-Executive Chairman,Non-Executive Director 18 July 2003
Ms Elizabeth Anne Gaines Non-Executive Director 22 February 2013
Dr Geoffrey (Geoff) William Raby Non-Executive Director 18 August 2011
Mr Cao Huiquan Non-Executive Director 27 February 2012
Ms Sharon Warburton Non-Executive Director 13 November 2013
Mr Mark Bradley Barnaba Non-Executive Director,Lead Independent Director 19 February 2010
Mr Owen Hegarty Non-Executive Director,Vice Chairman 13 October 2008

Name Position
Stephen Pearce Chief Financial Officer
Mark Thomas Company Secretary

Substantial Shareholders
Holding Name
458,405,492 (14.72%) Hunan Valin Group
1,020,690,915 (32.78%) The Metal Group Pty Ltd

Calendar of Events
Date Event
15 October 2015 Report (Quarterly)
15 September 2015 Report (Annual)
19 August 2015 Report (Prelim)
15 July 2015 Report (Quarterly)
15 April 2015 Report (Quarterly)
18 February 2015 Report (Interim)
29 January 2015 Report (Quarterly)
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