Global Ferronickel Holdings, Inc. (FNI) recorded a consolidated net income of ₱417.4 million for the period ended June 30, 2022. The results are driven by the April to June mining operations of Platinum Group Metals Corporation (PGMC) in Surigao del Norte, with incremental contributions from PGMC International Limited (PIL), a wholly-owned subsidiary established to facilitate relations with Chinese customers for the trading of mineral products. PGMC is the second-largest value exporter of nickel ore in the country. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of FNI.
Net income for H12022 is down 34.9% compared to the ₱640.8 million in the same period last year. Revenues also slid 15% to ₱2.21 billion for the period ended June 30, 2022 compared to the ₱2.61 billion posted during the same period last year due to lower volume of ore shipped. The Group encountered more rainy days this period totaling 128 rainy days compared to 105 rainy days during the same period in 2021. The Group only managed to complete 19 shipments of nickel ore totaling 1.035 million wet metric tons (WMT) during the six-month period ended June 30, 2022, compared to 32 shipments totaling 1.740 WMT during the same period last year.
“We are hoping for better weather in Q3, during the peak of PGMC’s mining season that normally delivers more than 60% of FNI’s revenues for the year,” said FNI President Dante R. Bravo.
Despite the fewer volume sold for the period ended June 2022, the Group benefited from the higher average realized foreign exchange rate this year at ₱52.60 compared to the prior period’s ₱48.24, augmenting revenues by a total of ₱177.1 million. Nickel ore prices are also higher this year with an overall average realized nickel ore price at US$39.21 per WMT, compared to last year’s period at US$31.10 per WMT, topping up revenues by ₱405.0 million.
The resulting sales mix was 79% low-grade ore and 21% medium-grade ore in 2022 in contrast to the previous period’s mix of 84% low-grade ore and 16% medium-grade ore. These shipments comprise 0.816 million WMT low-grade nickel ore and 0.219 million WMT medium-grade nickel ore compared to 1.465 million WMT low-grade nickel ore and 0.275 WMT medium-grade nickel ore of the same period in 2021.
“We have adjusted our 2022 shipment target to 4.0 million WMT but we still look forward to a productive and remarkable season due to the strong demand from China and favorable market conditions,”
– Mr. Bravo.