WESTERN AREAS LIMITED (WSA)



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General Information
Company Name: Western Areas Limited
Stock Code: WSA
Website: www.westernareas.com.au
GICS Sub-Industry: Diversified Metals & Mining
Market Cap ($M): 936
Equiv. Shares (M): 232

Current Price Data+
Current Price Open High Low Last Close Volume Price Movement
 $ 4.170 $ 4.090 $ 4.180 $ 4.050 $ 4.030 2,044,068 $ 0.140  3.474 %

Current Broker Consensus Recommendation more
Recommendation: Buy
Recommendation Date: 2nd Apr 2014
12 Month Target Price (average): $3.52
Brokers Surveyed: 5

Company Overview

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.


Financial Summary
Year to Jun NPAT EPS EPS chg (%) PER DPS Yield (%) Franking (%)
2015  F 74.5 32.2 289.8 12.5 10.0 2.5 100.0
2014  F 17.3 8.3 -- 48.8 5.0 1.2 100.0
2013  A -6.4 -3.2 -114.4 -119.1 2.0 0.5 100.0
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
BHP Billiton (BHP) $122,365 M -0.2435 0.0830 -0.0500 15.9923 14.7663 15.5428 0.0328 0.0294 0.0307
Iluka Resources (ILU) $3,810 M -0.6600 0.1399 1.3166 29.6707 26.0297 11.2360 0.0099 0.0215 0.0427
Rio Tinto (RIO) $27,614 M 0.5848 -0.2605 0.0467 8.2528 11.1606 10.6622 0.0339 0.0309 0.0338
Sims Metal Management (SGM) $2,026 M -0.7514 4.5651 0.6395 118.3990 21.2752 12.9763 0.0000 0.0108 0.0302
Western Areas (WSA) $915 M -0.8813 -0.4552 7.4304 135.8621 249.3671 29.5796 0.0051 0.0063 0.0099

Market Comparison
Earnings P/E Ratio P/B Ratio P/E Growth P/S Ratio
WSA 3.00 218.3 3.27 1.91 2.59
Market 1.07 15.9 1.26 1.99 1.71
Sector 0.88 12.2 0.67 0.72 4.97

Directors
Name Position Start Date
David Southam Finance Director 15 November 2010
Daniel Richard Lougher Managing Director 19 May 2008
Mr Julian Philip Hanna Non-Executive Director 24 December 1999
Mr Robin Dunbar Non-Executive Director 12 December 2005
Mr Richard James Yeates Non-Executive Director 01 October 2009
Mr Ian Alexander Macliver Non-Executive Director,Non-Executive Chairman 01 October 2011

Management
Name Position
Joe Belladonna Company Secretary
G Marshall General Manager, Commercial
C Wilkinson General Manager, Exploration
W Jones General Manager, Operations

Substantial Shareholders
Holding Name
23,937,630 (12.20%) Jungle Creek Gold Mines Pty Ltd
4,638,548 (2.40%) G Santalucia
9,897,801 (5.00%) Northmead Holdings Pty Ltd

Calendar of Events
Date Event
17 February 2015 Report (Interim)
27 January 2015 Report (Quarterly)
15 October 2014 Report (Annual)
14 October 2014 Report (Quarterly)
26 August 2014 Report (Prelim)
22 July 2014 Report (Quarterly)
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