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Business Description: Western Areas Limited (WSA, formerly Western Areas NL) is an Australian-based nickel sulphide explorer and producer. The core asset is the 100% owned Forrestania NickelOperation which comprises two operating mines, producing approx 25,000tpa nickel in ore. WSA also has interest in projects overseas through investments in Mustang Minerals (Canada) and FinnAust Mining (Finland), and 100% interest in Bioheap Ltd, a patented bacterial leaching technology.
Strategy Analysis: Western Areas is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of nickel sulphide deposits in established mineral provinces in Australia and Canada. The company¬īs main focus is exploring for and developing high grade massive nickel sulphide deposits at the Forrestania Project in Western Australia and exploring for nickel, copper and platinum group element deposits elsewhere.
Western Areas reported NPAT down 91% to $2.13m for the half-year ended 31 December 2012. The decrease was primarily due to a fall in commodity prices and a non-cash impairment of $6m. Revenues from ordinary activities were $158.96m, up 7% from the same period last year. Diluted EPS was 1.1 cents compared to 13.4 cents last year. Net operating cash flow was $48.08m compared to $64.41m last year. The interim dividend declared was 2 cents compared with 4 cents last year.
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