Welcome aboard: International Lithium continues its redevelopment strategy
Hot off the heels of appointing a new member to its Board of Directors, International Lithium continues to build the team to advance its new business and royalty model through the the appointment of Patricia Fong as Chief Financial Officer and further additions to the Company’s management team.
Patricia Fong, CPA, CMA, brings over twenty years experience working with public companies in the resource sector. For eleven years, she held the role of Controller for the Lundin Group of Companies and since 2009, she has served as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary for several public resource companies. Ms. Fong is also fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese which will be an appreciable asset to the Company.
Ms. Fong replaces Maurice Brooks who had taken on the role of Chief Financial Officer on an interim basis earlier this year (Company news release, January 25, 2017). Mr. Brooks, recently appointed to the board of directors of ILC (Company news release, February 16, 2016), will remain a special advisor to the Company in the capacity of strategic risk management and internal audit.
International Lithium is also pleased to announce that Nancy La Couvée has joined the management team to assist in all aspects of corporate development, including corporate compliance, administration and shareholder communications. Ms. La Couvée has over twenty years of experience acting as Corporate Secretary of a number of public and private internationally focused companies.
The Company also welcomes Afzaal Pirzada, M.Sc., P.Geo., as a consultant to the Company. Mr. Pirzada is a Professional Geoscientist with over thirty years of experience in mineral exploration and mining with specific expertise in raw materials such as lithium, rare earth elements, graphite, PGE and uranium, that are required for today’s high tech energy industries. He was previously President, CEO and Director of Rock Tech Lithium and is registered as a Professional Geoscientist with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. Mr. Pirzada is a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. He joins ILC as a Chief Technical Consultant and will act as the Company’s Qualified Person as required.
“I welcome each of our new team members and am confident that their high level of professional experience will help to move ILC forward with its new business strategy, creating value for our shareholders while maintaining the highest standards of corporate responsibility.” Kirill Klip, Chairman, President and CEO of International Lithium Corp.
John Harrop has resigned from his position as Vice President Exploration. The Company would like to thank Mr. Harrop for his many years of service and his technical guidance in helping to build the Company’s current portfolio of projects.
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Lynas revenue jumps 21% as rare earth prices jump
Australian miner Lynas Rare Earths posted a 20.6% rise in revenue in the March quarter as selling prices for the key metals it mines hit record highs amid strong demand, particularly for neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr).
NdPr is used in magnets for electric vehicles and windfarms, in consumer goods like smartphones, and in military equipment such as jet engines and missile guidance systems.
The company said it plans to maintain production at 75% however, as it seeks to continue to meet covid-19 safety protocols and grapples with shipping difficulties. Shares in Lynas fell 6.1% after the results.
“They have faced a few logistics issues, and it would be good to know when they are going to start lifting their utilisation rates a bit,” said portfolio manager Andy Forster of Argo Investments in Sydney.
“Pricing has been pretty strong although it may have peeled back a bit recently. I still think the medium, long-term outlook is pretty good for their suite of products.”
Lynas post ed revenue of A$110mn ($85.37mn) for the three months to the end of March, up from A$91.2mn a year earlier as prices soared.
It said its full product range garnered average selling prices of A$35.5/kg during the March quarter, up from $23.7 in the first half of the financial year. “While the persistence of the covid crisis, especially in Europe, calls for careful forecasts for our business ahead, we see the rare earth market recovering very quickly,” said Lynas, the world’s largest rare earths producer outside China.
Freight demand has spiked during the pandemic, while the blockage of the Suez Canal in March delayed a shipment to April.
Lynas’ output of 4,463 tonnes of rare earth oxide (REO) during the quarter was marginally lower than 4,465 tonnes from a year earlier.