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First Tin Plc (\”First Tin\” or \”the Company\”) – Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2022





 

First Tin (https://www.commodity-tv.com/ondemand/companies/profil/first-tin-ltd/), a tin development company with advanced, low capex projects in both Germany and Australia, today publishes its final interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2022.

Highlights

The Company successfully completed its IPOon the Standard List of the London Stock Exchange in April 2022, raising £20 million (before expenses) of new equity capital, positioning it to invest into and add value to its advanced portfolio of tin assets

As part of the IPO, First Tin acquired the Taronga tin asset in NSW Australia, the 5th largest undeveloped tin reserve globally. Taronga will now be developed alongside First Tinâ€?s other lead asset of Tellerhäuser which is located in Saxony Germany

Ended the period with a robust cash position of over £18.8m (31 December 2021: £2.5m) following the successful IPO in April 2022

Loss before tax of £2.1m (31 December 2021: £1.2m) reflecting a ramp up in operational activities

Appointment of an experienced operational team at both assets as well as a strengthening of the PLC board

Received initial positive drilling results back from its Gottesberg tin project in Germany with additional results expected in the coming weeks

Digbee independent ESG report commissioned with the results expected to be announced shortly

Generally, the period under review allowed for the buildings block to be put in place for the rapid future development of the Company�s tin portfolio

Post-period highlights

Commenced Definitive Feasibility Studies (“DFS”) at Taronga and Tellerhäuser, which are both scheduled to be completed in Q4 2023

Environmental and permitting work continued at Taronga and Tellerhäuser with all required permits expected to be granted by the end of 2023

Commenced drill campaigns at Taronga and Tellerhäuser comprising 24,000 metres of diamond and RC drilling. Intention is to both expand the existing known resources while also drilling new satellite exploration targets

Thomas Buenger, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

\” In my first interim results as CEO, I am pleased to be able to report on the strong progress made during the period despite several macro-economic challenges. First Tin was admitted to the Main Market of the LSE during the period with the objective of becoming a primary tin supplier in conflict free, low risk jurisdictions through the rapid development of our high value, low capex tin assets in Germany and Australia. I believe the Company has made good strides towards this goal and all our workstreams are progressing as planned.

We remain well capitalised and fully funded to deliver both planned DFS studies alongside extension development and exploration drill programmes.

We are looking forward to receiving and sharing with the market, regular updates on our extensive drilling programmes both in Australia and Germany as we bring these two flagship assets into production rapidly and I look forward to updating our investors during the next six months.”

Investor Presentation Reminder

Thomas Buenger (CEO) and Charlie Cannon-Brookes (Non-Executive Chairman) will provide a live presentation relating to the results via the Investor Meet Company platform on Tuesday 27th September 2022 at 9:00am BST.

The presentation is open to all existing and potential shareholders. Questions can be submitted pre-event via the Investor Meet Company dashboard up until 9:00am the day before the meeting or at any time during the live presentation.

Investors can sign up to Investor Meet Company for free and click \”Add to Meet\” First Tin via:

https://www.investormeetcompany.com/first-tin-plc/register-investor

Enquiries:

First Tin Via SEC Newgate below

Thomas Buenger – Chief Executive Officer

Arlington Group Asset Management Limited (Financial Advisor and Joint Broker)

Simon Catt 020 7389 5016

WH Ireland Limited (Joint Broker)

Harry Ansell 020 7220 1670

SEC Newgate (Financial PR)

Elisabeth Cowell / Axaule Shukanayeva / 07900 248 213

Molly Gretton

Swiss Resource Capital AG

Jochen Staiger

info@resource-capital.ch

Notes to Editors

First Tin is an ethical, reliable, and sustainable tin production company led by a team of renowned tin specialists. The Company is focused on becoming a tin supplier in conflict-free, low political risk jurisdictions through the rapid development of high value, low capex tin assets in Germany and Australia.

Tin is a critical metal, vital in any plan to decarbonise and electrify the world, yet Europe has very little supply. Rising demand, together with shortages, is expected to lead tin to experience sustained deficit markets for the foreseeable future. Its assets have been de-risked significantly, with extensive work undertaken to date.

First Tin\-s goal is to use best-in-class environmental standards to bring two tin mines into production in three years, providing provenance of supply to support the current global clean energy and technological revolutions.

Chairman�s statement

In my first interim results as Non-Executive Chairman of First Tin Plc, I am pleased to be able to report on the strong operational progress that has been made in a challenging environment since the Company�s IPO. Despite a turbulent macro-economic backdrop caused by Russia�s invasion of Ukraine, volatility of stock exchanges globally and a material fall in the tin spot price, our mission remains to become an established, sustainable tin producer from conflict-free, low political risk jurisdictions. Having successfully completed our IPO in April 2022, First Tin now owns 100% of two advanced, low CAPEX projects in both Australia and Germany. During the period under review, we have been rapidly progressing both of our assets and we remain confident about both the Company�s future prospects as well as for the tin market overall.

As a result of the macro-economic challenges the world is currently facing, the volatility of the tin market cannot be underestimated, with tin prices hitting record highs in March 2022 at USD46,735.00 and then subsequently falling to USD21,726.00 in September 2022. While this has negatively impacted equity valuations in the tin sector in recent times, we continue to see a long term, structural global tin supply deficit in the future driven by a significant increase in tin demand to fuel the decarbonisation and support the ongoing electrification of the world�s power and transport alongside ongoing supply side constraints. First Tin�s assets have been de-risked significantly with extensive historical work undertaken to date and we are working tirelessly on the next stages of our assets� development as they progress towards production. We reman of the belief that First Tin�s assets will enter production at a very opportunistic time helping to meet the likely supply gap that will be required to satisfy industrial demand at that time.

Since the IPO in April 2022, the management focused on putting the building blocks in place to progress both of the Companyâ€?s flagship assets through their respective Definitive Feasibility Studies (“DFS”). The results of this work have been seen post period end with the signing of consultants to manage the DFS process at both Taronga and Tellerhäuser as well as the announcement of the commencement of extensive resource and exploration drill campaigns in both Germany and Australia. Furthermore, the operating teams in both countries have been significantly strengthened and deepened with the appointment of Thomas Kleinsorg in Germany and Robert Kidd in Australia to supervise the respective DFS progress which will facilitate the rapid development of the Companyâ€?s overall tin portfolio. 

Tin is a critical metal for a future economy focused on electrifying transportation and decarbonising the global economy. It is a vital component of any electronic device found in electric vehicles, computers and control equipment, power transmission and other renewable technologies. It is therefore essential that this demand is met by companies which are committed to supplying tin responsibly. First Tin is supporting a decarbonised future and is committed to best-in-class environmental responsibility, such commitment being demonstrated by the Company recently hiring Digbee Limited to undertake an independent Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) report on both its flagship assets.  

The Company remains well capitalised and fully funded to deliver both of its planned DFS studies alongside extensive development and exploration drilling campaigns which we hope will provide material value creation for shareholders. I would like to thank my fellow directors and management team for their hard work to deliver on our growth and I look forward to updating our investors during the next six months.

C Cannon Brookes

Chairman

Chief Executive\-s Statement

First Tinâ€?s ambition is to become a leading global tin producer, supplying fully traceable and verifiable tin units to global industries which have a high requirement for tin. Our near-term strategy is to rapidly develop two advanced, high-value, low capex tin projects in Germany (Tellerhäuser) and Australia (Taronga), leveraging the strong regional infrastructure at each asset.

The past few months have not been without challenges in the macro environment, with Russia�s invasion of Ukraine, volatility of stock exchanges, and the tin spot price sell off. Subsequently, this has impacted equity valuations almost universally.

However, despite all these challenges, we are pleased to report that during the last six months we became a public company by listing on the London Stock Exchange, raising in aggregate £20 million, and have been progressing our assetsâ€? development diligently. We remain confident about our prospects and those of the tin market generally.

This is because tin is a critical metal, vital for the decarbonisation and electrification of the world, yet Europe has very little supply. Rising demand, together with ongoing supply shortages, is expected to lead to sustained deficits for tin for the foreseeable future. First Tinâ€?s assets have been de-risked significantly, with extensive historical work undertaken to date.

German Assets – Tellerhäuser, Gottesberg and Auersberg

The assets are located in the Free State of Saxony in eastern Germany. The projects are all easily accessible. There are three international airports within 200km, the closest Dresden, at 55km. All weather road access is provided via the sealed road network in Saxony and the nearby rail system provides access to the European network for the importation of mining equipment and all required supplies for operations. It also provides a cost-effective method for transportation and for the export of products to the end users either within Germany, Europe, or via ports for shipping onto alternate destinations.

Tellerhäuser

The Tellerhäuser project forms part of the Rittersgrün license and is one of the worldâ€?s most advanced tin deposits. The asset includes a former German Democratic Republic (“GDR”) mine and has an exceptionally long history of mining. An active Mining Licence is already in place until 30 June 2070 for the extraction of mineral resources.

A Scoping Study, undertaken in 2021, showed that an operation producing 500,000 tonnes per annum over the life of the mine is financially robust. The report indicated a very low projected start-up capital expenditure of USD49 million, which, at USD30,000 per tonne of tin, suggests a Net Present Value (\”NPV\”) of USD264 million (using an 8% discount rate) and an Internal Rate of Return (\”IRR\”) of 58%.

In line with our commitment to “leave no trace” on the environment, we are planning on building the processing plant underground, while waste rock and processing waste will be used as a by-product for backfill. Our underground water treatment plant will also be situated underground, while we aim to secure the supply for our power needs by renewable energy generated in the region.

In June, we signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (\”MOU\”) with Ecobat Resources Freiberg GmbH (“ERF”), a market leader in the collection, recycling, production, and distribution of resources for battery systems. ERF has the potential to become an offtake partner to First Tin and the intention is to jointly establish a fully integrated \-mine to metal\- value chain in Germany. Over the next 18 months, our German subsidiary will jointly develop and execute a concept study and a feasibility study relating to a metallurgical project from primary and secondary raw materials. Under the premise that the study demonstrates viability, both parties aim to conduct basic and detailed engineering in 2023. The potential partnership will contribute to reducing the pressure within Europe for this critical raw material during a global tin supply shortage.

Post period end, in August 2022, we commenced a fully funded programme of diamond drilling focused on adding high-grade tin mineralisation to the Indicated Resources already present at the project. This is an exciting progression for First Tin and a key workstream that will take approximately six months to complete, with first assay results expected during Q4 2022.

The drilling consists of five parent diamond drillholes, with each having up to five daughter holes. The daughter holes will be highly deviated from the centre parent hole, designed to intersect the deeper, high-grade Dreiberg tin mineralisation at a nominal 50m x 50m spacing around the parent holes. 

Dreiberg mineralisation was originally intersected by the German-Soviet Union drilling undertaken between the late 1960â€?s and early 1980â€?s and in total there have been 25 holes drilled into the structure, with the best historical results including 7.2m @ 2.15% tin (“Sn”).

Dreiberg mineralisation sits approximately 3km down dip of Tellerhäuserâ€?s Hämmerlein tin mineralisation and is approximately 400m deeper due to the dip angle. The ultimate aim of this work is to convert as much of the high-grade Dreiberg tin mineralisation as possible, from Inferred to Indicated resource status and thus enable this to be used for economic evaluation under JORC guidelines. The drilling will also aim to identify additional extensions to the known Dreiberg tin mineralisation.

The drilling will also enable the collection of a new sample of the Dreiberg mineralisation for additional mineral processing test work. While the previous mineral processing test work suggests the mineral processing characteristics of this mineralisation are very similar to those at Hämmerlein, it will be very useful to confirm that with our own sample.

The DFS commenced at the Tellerhäuser project in August 2022 and is being undertaken by the well-respected German consulting company, DMT GmbH & Co. KG (“DMT”). DMT has worked extensively in Germany as well as in many other countries worldwide, including Canada, Sweden, Turkey and Kazakhstan. The study is expected to be completed by the second half of 2023.

Gottesberg

The Gottesberg project is a historical project of global significance, located just a few kilometers from the Tellerhäuser tin project in Saxony. Mineralisation from this area is intended to deliver additional ore for processing at a central processing facility. Since July, First Tin has been announcing drill results from this project area, which have confirmed a higher-grade section within the existing resource. The best intercepts to date have returned 73.3m at 0.49% Sn from a drill depth of 91.7m, 2.5m at 2.72% Sn from 128.2m, 6.95m at 1.46% Sn (and 0.26% Cu, 7.7g/t Ag) from 143.65m and 6.5m at 0.98% Sn from 124.7m. We look forward to announcing additional results in the coming weeks.

Auersberg

Auersberg is the largest tin in stream sediment anomaly in Saxony and adjoins Tellerhäuser and Gottesberg licenses, creating 237.8km² of continuous tenure for regional exploration. There have been numerous historical tin workings but practically no modern exploration. Multiple walk-up tin targets have been identified and First Tin is planning to undertake further exploration work on the license during 2022.

Australian Assets – Taronga Tin Project

The Taronga tin project is the 5th largest undeveloped tin reserve globally and the second-largest outside of Russia, Kazakhstan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is located in New South Wales, Australia and includes a Mining Lease and four Exploration Licences.

The asset is a historic placer area and, in addition to the existing tin mineral resource, we believe that the primary rocks outside of the existing resource remain underexplored and we have identified six exploration targets with drilling to commence on the highest priority targets in September.

Taronga has near-term production potential and post period end, we commenced a DFS on the asset. The study is being delivered by a consortium of Australian companies led by Mincore Pty Ltd (\”Mincore\”), which will undertake the project management and mineral processing. The study is expected to be completed by mid-late 2023. This work is being undertaken in conjunction with the ongoing environmental and permitting work designed to obtain all necessary statutory approvals by the end of 2023, as we aim to rapidly bring the world-class Taronga project into production to provide provenance of supply.

Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”)

The impacts of climate change are increasingly being felt around the world and First Tin is supporting a decarbonised future. We are committed to the environmentally sensitive development of advanced hard rock tin projects in conflict-free, low political risk jurisdictions.

The Companyâ€?s goal is to develop and operate zero carbon sustainable tin mines that support the current global clean energy and technological revolutions. We remain proactive in our quest to reduce our carbon footprint and to demonstrate this, First Tin has identified a potential partner, Ko?nig & Consultants, to support us in our search for solutions to minimise First Tinâ€?s design energy consumption. It is widely known that there are widespread constraints in energy across Europe, however, it is interesting to note that in Germany they have taken the decision to keep two of its three remaining nuclear power plants operational, indicating that measures are being taken to mitigate the current energy crisis. It is First Tinâ€?s goal to reduce our design energy consumption wherever possible, thereby minimising our carbon footprint and reducing future OPEX.

First Tin applies stringent environmental controls and procedures to minimise and mitigate its impact on land, water, air quality, climate and biodiversity and complies with the requirements of all applicable legislation, regulation and rules. The Company spends a considerable amount of time understanding the ESG risks and opportunities facing our assets in Germany and Australia, and I am pleased to report that our Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) performance is excellent, with no reported environmental impact or Lost Time Injury (LTI) caused by our drilling activities at both projects.

As a further demonstration of First Tin�s commitment to reaching its ESG goals, the Company has commissioned Digbee Limited to undertake independent ESG assessment at both flagship assets with the results expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Having a positive social impact and maintaining strong relationships with key stakeholders in the communities where our projects are located, is of critical importance to First Tin. During the period, we have had several consultations with local authorities, mining authorities and local government representatives in the areas our flagship assets are located, including holding a community meeting in Emmaville, Australia and participating in a community council meeting in Breitenbrunn, Germany where the Tellerhäuser village is located. During the next six months and beyond, we will continue to strengthen these relationships by regularly engaging with all key stakeholders in these communities and we look forward to updating shareholders on our progress.

Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) (continued)

We continue to invest in our people, providing them with the tools and training to support them to advance both our assets and during the period we executed numerous safety training sessions and software training sessions to ensure our employees are fully qualified and comfortable in their roles. We are committed to developing a diverse and inclusive team, and appointments made during the period reflected this.

Finance Review

For the first half of the financial year, First Tin recorded a loss before tax of £2.1m (six months to 30 June 2021: £0.4m), which included non-recurring IPO costs of £0.5m and a non-cash share-based payment expense of £0.7m. As expected, this also reflects the ramp up in activity, as we focus on capitalising on the exciting opportunities presented by our portfolio.

Importantly, as of 30 June 2022, our cash position remains robust at over £18.8m (at 31 December 2021: £2.5m), as a result of our successful £20m fundraise in conjunction with our IPO. This means that the Company is fully funded for 12 months and beyond, including being fully funded for all drilling and DFS activities ongoing across the Companyâ€?s asset base, enabling management to create value in the long term for our shareholders.

Outlook

Looking forward, we expect to provide regular updates on our extensive drilling programmes both in Australia and Germany, designed to define additional tin mineralisation in both countries. We are fully funded to deliver all these value-enhancing workstreams, which will significantly de-risk these already advanced assets.

Our vision is to bring our two flagship assets into production rapidly, and the workstreams underway demonstrate our dedication to achieving this goal.

I would like to thank you, our shareholders, for your continuous support as we build our tin projects to support the global clean energy transition and technological revolutions whilst creating value for our shareholders. We are well positioned to take advantage of the sizeable, rapidly growing tin market.

T Buenger       

Chief Executive Officer





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