Proactiveinvestors Australia Peninsula Energy Ltd https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au Proactiveinvestors Australia Peninsula Energy Ltd RSS feed en Fri, 26 Apr 2019 21:59:10 +1000 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Genera CMS action@proactiveinvestors.com (Proactiveinvestors) action@proactiveinvestors.com (Proactiveinvestors) <![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy makes further progress towards using low pH solutions at Lance Uranium Projects ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/218912/peninsula-energy-makes-further-progress-towards-using-low-ph-solutions-at-lance-uranium-projects-218912.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) has achieved another milestone in the regulatory approval process for the use of low pH solutions at the Lance Uranium Projects in Wyoming, US.

The Uranium Recovery Program (URP) within the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) has completed its review of the amendment application and deems the amendment technically complete under relevant legislation.

Draft state document supports the amendment

The DEQ has prepared for public review a pre-decisional State Decision Document pertaining to the low pH amendment request of Peninsula’s Source Materials License (SML) and requested Peninsula to commence the public review and comment process in accordance with Wyoming regulations.

The draft State Decision Document supports the issuance of the requested amendment to enable low pH operations and concludes that the low pH amendment complies with the regulatory standards and requirements under the purview of the WDEQ URP.

The State Decision Document also presents the detailed safety and environmental analysis conducted by the URP team in completing their review of the amendment request.

60-day public review

The WDEQ URP will prepare a final decision on the proposed SML amendment following a 60-day public review and comment period.

Last month, Peninsula confirmed that the amendments to the Permit to Mine (PTM) and the Source Materials License are the two overarching regulatory approvals required to enable commercial-scale low pH operations at the Lance Projects.

The WDEQ Land Quality Division approved the low pH amendment for the Permit to Mine on March 20,  2019.

READ: Peninsula Energy shares surge on securing Permit to Mine amendment approval for Lance Projects

Peninsula managing director/CEO Wayne Heili said: “With the drafting of the State Decision Document supportive of the SML amendment, the company continues to progressively advance its key objective of obtaining full regulatory authorisation for the utilisation of low pH solutions at the Lance Projects with the end goal of enhancing the productivity and cost profile of our flagship asset for the benefit of our shareholders.”

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Tue, 23 Apr 2019 11:16:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/218912/peninsula-energy-makes-further-progress-towards-using-low-ph-solutions-at-lance-uranium-projects-218912.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy has new substantial shareholder in Paradice Investment Management ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/218719/peninsula-energy-has-new-substantial-shareholder-in-paradice-investment-management-218719.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) has a new substantial shareholder in Sydney-based Paradice Investment Management Pty Ltd with a 9.71% stake.

Paradice attained this status on April 12, 2019, and holds 24 million securities in the US uranium producer.

The transaction was valued at almost $6.5 million.

Investment valued at $6.72 million

At Peninsula’s current share price of 28 cents, Paradice’s investment is valued at $6.72 million.

Peninsula is transitioning its Lance Projects in the US state of Wyoming to a low pH uranium operation.

READ: Peninsula Energy achieves objectives in low pH uranium mining phase demonstration

This plan aims to align the operating performance and cost profile of the project with industry-leading global uranium production projects.

A recent mining phase demonstration has achieved the company’s objectives.

READ: Peninsula Energy awaits President Trump’s review of Section 232 uranium investigation

Like other companies involved in the US uranium industry, Peninsula is awaiting a review by US President Donald Trump into a report investigating the effects of high levels of uranium imports on national security interests.

The US Department of Commerce (DOC) has completed an investigation undertaken in accordance with Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

Report submitted to White House

DOC’s report has been submitted to the White House and the President has up to 90 days to decide whether or not to take any action.

The DOC investigation was conducted in response to a petition filed by two US uranium mining companies in January 2018.

It included consultations with industry stakeholders, members of Congress, the Department of Defence, the Department of Energy and other interested parties.

Seeking to ensure viability of US industry

The petition requested that DOC investigate the effects of uranium imports on US national security and sought measures to increase the level of US mined uranium to ensure the long-term viability of the country’s uranium mining industry.

Among the remedies it sought was a 25% quota of annual US requirements being reserved for uranium mined in the US.

It is unknown if the DOC concurred with the remedies requested by petitioners.

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Wed, 17 Apr 2019 08:31:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/218719/peninsula-energy-has-new-substantial-shareholder-in-paradice-investment-management-218719.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy awaits President Trump’s review of Section 232 uranium investigation ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/218642/peninsula-energy-awaits-president-trumps-review-of-section-232-uranium-investigation-218642.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) is awaiting a review by US President Donald Trump into a report by the US Department of Commerce (DOC) investigating the effects of high levels of uranium imports on national security interests.

The DOC has completed an investigation undertaken in accordance with Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

A DOC spokesman has confirmed that the completed report has been submitted to the White House.

READ: Peninsula Energy achieves objectives in low pH uranium mining phase demonstration

Peninsula’s managing director and CEO Wayne Heili said: “With the current transition to low pH in-situ recovery mining progressing at the Lance Projects [in Wyoming], Peninsula’s focus continues to be on enhancing production capacity and cost-effectiveness of the project.

“With the outcomes of the Section 232 investigation sitting outside our control, we await the Presidential review process and will provide further updates when the outcomes are known.”

The DOC investigation was conducted in response to a petition filed by two US uranium mining companies in January 2018.

It included consultations with industry stakeholders, members of Congress, the Department of Defence, the Department of Energy and other interested parties.

READ: Peninsula Energy on track for commercial-scale low-pH uranium at Lance Projects in 2019

The petition requested that the DOC investigate the effects of uranium imports on US national security and sought measures to increase the level of US mined uranium to ensure the long-term viability of the country’s uranium mining industry.

Petition seeks remedies

This petition sought certain remedies, including a 25% quota of annual US requirements being reserved for uranium mined in the US.

At this point, it is unknown if the DOC concurred with the remedies requested by petitioners.

Results of the investigation and any recommendations that the DOC may have proposed have not been made public.

President Trump now has up to 90 days to decide whether or not to take any action as a result of the investigation.

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Tue, 16 Apr 2019 16:01:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/218642/peninsula-energy-awaits-president-trumps-review-of-section-232-uranium-investigation-218642.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy achieves objectives in low pH uranium mining phase demonstration ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/217578/peninsula-energy-achieves-objectives-in-low-ph-uranium-mining-phase-demonstration-217578.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) has achieved successful outcomes from the mining phase of a low pH uranium production field demonstration at its Lance Projects in the US state of Wyoming.

A key objective of the mining phase was to lower the local mining zone pH to the targeted level of around 2.0 standard units (SU) without compromising the ability to move lixiviant through the mining zone.

This technical performance objective has been achieved with average injection and extraction well flow rates maintained in line with the low pH feasibility study parameters.

READ: Peninsula Energy on track for commercial-scale low-pH uranium at Lance Projects in 2019

Peninsula’s managing director and CEO Wayne Heili said the company was very pleased with the results to date from the low pH field demonstration.

“The mining phase of the demonstration met all key performance objectives and validated the company’s extensive laboratory results which demonstrated that substantially increased amounts of uranium can be extracted efficiently from this ore body using low pH chemistry.”

This field demonstration, which consists of mining and restoration phases, began in December 2018 after the necessary approvals were granted.

Three recovery patterns

The demonstration area consists of three adjoining recovery patterns which were previously operated utilising alkaline In-Situ Recovery (ISR) solutions.

At the outset of the mining phase, the trial area was operated for three weeks without introducing low pH solutions in order to collect important baseline operational data.

Injection of low pH solutions in the trial area began in late December 2018.

The recovery patterns were previously operated to economic exhaustion using alkaline lixiviant but are now yielding substantially elevated solution uranium grades and correspondingly higher recovery rates.

READ: Peninsula Energy shares surge on securing Permit to Mine amendment approval for Lance Projects

Once pH levels were reduced in the test patterns, uranium head grades increased to an average between 35 and 45 mg/L, with a peak composite grade of about 50 mg/L recorded.

These grades are significantly above the post alkaline ISR head grades observed during the baseline data gathering period.

Ahead of feasibility study parameters

Recorded uranium head grades obtained from all three test patterns have tracked ahead of parameters in the feasibility study.

Reduced pH levels were achieved in less than three pore volumes, consistent with the parameters while acid injection rates and consumption metrics were also consistent with the parameters.

Restoration phase is next

With mining phase technical objectives demonstrated, this work will be discontinued in the coming weeks and restoration phase activities will begin.

Heili said: “We look forward to continuing with the initial restoration stage of the demonstration.”

During the initial phase of this work, the main technical objective is to return the pH in the mining zone to above 5.0 SU.

At this level, industry standard groundwater restoration techniques can be employed to complete the groundwater rehabilitation.

“Subject to the receipt of the remaining regulatory approvals, the company anticipates commercial low pH operations commencing at Lance in the second half of this year,” Heili added.

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Mon, 01 Apr 2019 09:33:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/217578/peninsula-energy-achieves-objectives-in-low-ph-uranium-mining-phase-demonstration-217578.html
<![CDATA[Media files - Peninsula Energy obtains key regulatory approval for low-pH uranium extraction ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/12723/peninsula-energy-obtains-key-regulatory-approval-for-low-ph-uranium-extraction-12723.html Tue, 26 Mar 2019 01:31:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/12723/peninsula-energy-obtains-key-regulatory-approval-for-low-ph-uranium-extraction-12723.html <![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy on track for commercial-scale low-pH uranium at Lance Projects in 2019 ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/217077/peninsula-energy-on-track-for-commercial-scale-low-ph-uranium-at-lance-projects-in-2019-217077.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) specialises in uranium production in the US state of Wyoming. It is run by Wayne Heili, a metallurgical engineer who has spent the bulk of his 30-year career in the uranium industry. Heili was previously the president and CEO of Ur-Energy, Inc where he oversaw the design, construction, commissioning and ramp-up of the Lost Creek in-situ uranium project, also in Wyoming. He is a past president of the Uranium Producers of America.

What does Peninsula Energy own?

The key uranium asset is the wholly-owned Lance Projects in Wyoming, USA.

Production started at Lance in December 2015, with the project being dubbed the largest defined uranium resource of any producing asset in the US.

The Western Australian company was named as the only US-uranium producer on the Australian Securities Exchange earlier this year.

A previous estimate of Subiaco-based Peninsula’s Lance resource, modelled for when low-pH extraction started, estimated a 53.6 million pound resource with 90% recovery and a targeted 62% extraction of 33.4 million pounds.

Measured and indicated resources in that estimate were 15.5 million pounds at a 90% recovery and a targeted 81% extraction of 12.8 million pounds.

Inferred resources were 38.1 million pounds at a 90% recovery and a targeted 81% extraction of 30.8 million pounds.

Since the estimate, used in a September 2018 feasibility study for low pH extraction, Peninsula has been following a process to transition from an alkaline-based chemistry to a low-pH-based chemistry for the lixiviant, or liquid medium, it uses to leach uranium from ore at its recovery operations.

The transition is expected to help it reach the lower end of the cost curve for uranium and improve the attractiveness of its project during a period of uranium market improvement.

Last week the company achieved a milestone towards its game-changing transition, securing a mining permit amendment approval for its Lance Projects.

Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) issued the permit to mine (PTM) amendment approval for low-pH in-situ recovery (ISR) to Peninsula’s wholly-owned subsidiary Strata Energy Inc.

The PTM approval had followed a technical review of the application by WDEQ and a public comment evaluation and assessment period.

Strata’s PTM amendment allows it to roll out low-pH operations in Lance’s Ross Permit Area in four phases.

The six-to-eight-month phase I trial began in December 2018 and is a low-pH field demonstration phase for the project that was permitted with a non-significant revision' (NSR) to the subsidiary’s mining permit granted in November 2018.

This demonstration has been taking place in Mine Unit 1 at Ross area.

The first stage of this work has been dedicated to bringing the pH level within the pattern area down to 2.0 standard units. This is the pH level proven in laboratory testing to deliver greatly enhanced uranium recoveries.

Peninsula’s feasibility study last year modelled a low-cost operation rolled out with a three-stage expansion.

Some 33.4 million pounds were modelled to be produced over a 17-year mine life at Lance in the study, with direct operating expenses of US$15.59 a pound and life-of-mine (LOM) AISCs of US$31.77 a pound.

The uranium price was at US$27 a week ago after it closed December 2018 at US$29, a high for last calendar year.

LOM real revenues would be US$1.7 billion, while LOM operating cashflows would be US$925 million before tax.

The project’s base case was valued at US$156.5 million at a US$49 a pound average price when the net present value (NPV8) was calculated at an 8% discount.

The corresponding internal rate of return (IRR) for the base case was 30% at the average price.

If assuming an average price of $57 a pound, the NPV8 is US$254 million and IRR is 39%.

Average annual cashflows at the $49 a pound would be US$26.9 million or US$40.4 million at the $57 a pound price.

Wyoming’s WDEQ agency is conducting a separate Uranium Recovery Program review of Lance Projects after subsidiary Strata’s October 2018 request to amend the existing source materials and by-product licence (SML).

Once an SML approval is added to the PTM milestone, commercial-scale low pH operations can start at Lance Projects.

Heili reported last Thursday the PTM amendment had added to the parent company’s confidence Strata would receive the requested SML and necessary approvals so the group could start commercial-scale low-pH operations at Lance this calendar year.

What is Peninsula Energy’s capital backing?

Peninsula had US$13.6 million at the end of the December quarter of 2018 and a US$17 million convertible note facility after it repaid US$3 million of an originally $20 million facility.

In January 2019, the company tipped it expected US$6.5 million of cash outflows in the March quarter of 2019.

Production costs were expected to make up US$3.3 million of the sum, with another US$1.7 million for uranium purchases and US$150,000 for exploration and evaluation.

The company’s next quarterly reports are expected at the end of April 2019.

Inflection points

SML regulatory approval news from WDEQ

Progression to phase II and beyond at Lance

Improved uranium market sentiment and U3O8 price recoveries

Outcomes of US Department of Commerce Section 232 investigation into uranium imports

Peninsula managing director & CEO Wayne Heili confident of 2019 timetable

“This approval from the WDEQ of the permit to mine amendment is the most significant regulatory milestone to date in our transition to a low-pH ISR operation at the Lance Projects,” Peninsula managing director and CEO Wayne Heili reported last Thursday.

“While the SML amendment deals with some different matters to the PTM amendment, receiving this approval gives the company added confidence of a positive outcome for the source material licence amendment.

“Together with the results to date from our low-pH field demonstration, which is progressing according to expectations, the company is confident that it will have all approvals required to allow commencement of commercial-scale low-pH operations during the 2019 calendar year.”

 

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Mon, 25 Mar 2019 17:30:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/217077/peninsula-energy-on-track-for-commercial-scale-low-ph-uranium-at-lance-projects-in-2019-217077.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy shares surge on securing Permit to Mine amendment approval for Lance Projects ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/216896/peninsula-energy-shares-surge-on-securing-permit-to-mine-amendment-approval-for-lance-projects-216896.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) has achieved a major milestone in the regulatory approval process for the use of low pH solutions at the Lance Uranium Projects in Wyoming.

The company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Strata Energy Inc, has received formal approval from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) of the Permit to Mine (PTM) amendment for low pH in-situ recovery (ISR) mining at the Lance Projects.

This approval follows the completion of an extensive technical review of the amendment application by the WDEQ, completion of the public comment period and completion of a review by the WDEQ of the comments received.

 

Separately, the Uranium Recovery Program within the WDEQ is continuing its review of Strata’s October 2018 request to amend the existing Source Materials and By-product License (SML).

Amendments to the existing PTM and SML are the two overarching regulatory approvals required to enable commercial-scale low pH operations at the Lance Projects.

The company is expected to make further announcements regarding the status and progression of the SML amendment request as that review progresses.

READ: Peninsula Energy on track to achieve full-year uranium production guidance

Peninsula managing director and CEO Wayne Heili said: “This approval from the WDEQ of the Permit to Mine amendment is the most significant regulatory milestone to date in our transition to a low pH ISR operation at the Lance Projects.

“The timely completion of the amendment is a reflection of the quality of the application prepared by our team, supported by our research efforts and existing environmental and safety performance.

READ: Peninsula Energy’s target price raised by HC Wainwright & Co; reiterates buy rating

“While the SML amendment deals with some different matters to the PTM amendment, receiving this approval gives the company added confidence of a positive outcome for the Source Material License amendment.

“Together with the results to date from our low pH field demonstration, which is progressing according to expectations, the company is confident that it will have all approvals required to allow commencement of commercial-scale low pH operations during the 2019 calendar year.”

The approved PTM amendment allows the implementation of low pH operations within the Ross Permit Area at the Lance Projects in four progressive phases, Phase 1 of which is the low pH field demonstration that commenced in December 2018.

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Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:12:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/216896/peninsula-energy-shares-surge-on-securing-permit-to-mine-amendment-approval-for-lance-projects-216896.html
<![CDATA[Media files - Peninsula Energy is only ASX uranium company set to benefit from US Section 232 ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/12335/peninsula-energy-is-only-asx-uranium-company-set-to-benefit-from-us-section-232-12335.html Mon, 25 Feb 2019 15:16:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/12335/peninsula-energy-is-only-asx-uranium-company-set-to-benefit-from-us-section-232-12335.html <![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy will update on uranium transition progress at Proactive CEO Sessions ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/213948/peninsula-energy-will-update-on-uranium-transition-progress-at-proactive-ceo-sessions-213948.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) is transitioning towards a low pH uranium operation at its Lance Projects in the US state of Wyoming and will outline its progress during this month’s Proactive CEO Sessions.

Managing director Wayne Heili will present to investors at the Sydney CEO Session on Monday, February 18 and at the Melbourne session on Tuesday, February 19.

Shift to low pH operations

The company is shifting towards acid leaching operations, or low pH techniques, at the Lance Projects and this is expected to lower operating costs and enhance recoveries.

READ: Peninsula Energy commences low pH uranium recovery field demonstration

As part of this transition process, a field demonstration has been taking place while regulatory and permitting work advances.

This demonstration has been taking place in Mine Unit 1 of the Ross Permit Area.

The first stage of this work has been dedicated to bringing the pH level within the pattern area down to 2.0 standard units.

This is the pH level proven in laboratory testing to deliver greatly enhanced uranium recoveries.

Recovery in-situ

Conventional mining involves removing mineralised rock (ore) from the ground, breaking it up and treating it to remove the minerals.

In-situ recovery (ISR) involves leaving the ore where it is in the ground and recovering the minerals from it by dissolving them and pumping the pregnant solution to the surface where the minerals can be recovered.

Consequently, there is little surface disturbance and no tailings or waste rock generated.

Heili will focus on this transition during the presentation and will also include details from the company’s December quarterly report.

Peninsula Energy remains on track to achieve its production guidance of 90,000 to 110,000 pounds of uranium for the financial year ending June 30, 2019.

Production for the March and June 2019 quarters is expected to be 15,000 and 20,000 pounds respectively as operational facilities continue to be prepared for the low pH production.

Register for the CEO Sessions today to find out more.

Sydney details, Monday, February 18, 2019

Melbourne details, Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Also featuring at both sessions will be Kazia Therapeutics Ltd (ASX:KZA) and AdAlta Ltd (ASX:1AD) while Theta Gold Mines Ltd (ASX:TGM) is on the Sydney program and Anatara Lifesciences Ltd (ASX:ANR) is on the Melbourne program.

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Tue, 05 Feb 2019 16:08:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/213948/peninsula-energy-will-update-on-uranium-transition-progress-at-proactive-ceo-sessions-213948.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy’s target price raised by HC Wainwright & Co; reiterates buy rating ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/213314/peninsula-energys-target-price-raised-by-hc-wainwright--co-reiterates-buy-rating-213314.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) remains on track to achieve its production guidance of 90,000 to 110,000 pounds of uranium at the Lance Uranium Projects in Wyoming, US for the financial year ending June 30, 2019.

Production for the March and June 2019 quarters is expected to be 15,000 to 20,000 pounds uranium per quarter as Peninsula continues to prepare the operational facilities for future low pH production conditions.

New York-based HC Wainwright & Co Equity Research has reiterated its buy rating for Peninsula and raised its target price from 90 cents to $1 per share.

The following is an extract from HC Wainwright & Co’s research report:

On January 14, 2019, Peninsula Energy reported 2Q19 production of 20,364 pounds of U3O8 from the Lance Project.

This result was slightly below management’s guidance of 22,500 to 27,500 pounds of uranium.
This was predominantly due to a nine-day plant shut down for repairs and lower head grades in the remaining alkaline leach areas given reduced chemical additions, which was done in order to lower costs.

We note that Peninsula sold 100,000 pounds of uranium during the quarter for $4.5 million split 85/15 between the Lance Project and market sources.
Production guidance for 2019 remains unchanged at 90,000 to 110,000 pounds of uranium, with production for 3Q19 (ending March) and 4Q19 (ending June) forecasted to be about 15,000 and 20,000 pounds, respectively.

We note this production is in-line with our target of 90,000 pounds. Management mentioned that production continues to meet sales contract portfolio requirements as the company continues to shift towards acid leaching operations (which the firm refers to as low pH operations).

The company is expected to provide an update on the transition during this quarter. We note that management also expects to release its Quarterly Activities Statement for 2Q19 during the last week of January 2019, which is expected to include updated production performance and cash flows.

Acid Leaching Feasibility Study and field demonstration.

In preparation for a large scale drying campaign starting in January 2019, the company has completed a shortened campaign during the quarter and drummed almost 14,500 pounds of dried U3O8.

We highlight that during December 2018, Peninsula signed a new five-year uranium toll milling agreement.

The contract was signed with Uranium One Americas, the existing toll milling service provider, that is projected to lower rates below those used in the recently completed Low pH Feasibility Study.

One year share price chart

We note that management expects the lower production rates to be offset by the dried uranium toll milling reconciliation adjustment recorded during 1Q19.

After receiving regulatory approval in November 2018 to conduct the field demonstration, Peninsula quickly completed the required modifications to the wellfield and processing plant facilities.

The low pH field demonstration operations started during early December 2018 and lasted for three weeks before the firm started introducing low pH solutions to gather baseline data points.

We reiterate our Buy rating and raise our per share PT from A$0.90 to A$1.00.

We note our higher PT was solely due to updated financial and production data. Our valuation remains predicated on a DCF of operations at the Lance Projects, utilizing a 10% discount rate.

We use an average uranium sales price of $50/lb in 2018 and beyond, which is in-line with the firm’s long-term contractual sales commitments.

We highlight the potential for improved costs and strong economics at the Lance Projects following the announced updated Feasibility Study in September.

However, we plan to remain on the sidelines in regards to updating the long-term assumptions in our model until further progress is made in the transition to acid leach operations.

Risks. (1) Financing risk; (2) uranium price risk; (3) operating and technical risk; (4) political risk.

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Mon, 28 Jan 2019 08:10:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/213314/peninsula-energys-target-price-raised-by-hc-wainwright--co-reiterates-buy-rating-213314.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy on track to achieve full-year uranium production guidance ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/212454/peninsula-energy-on-track-to-achieve-full-year-uranium-production-guidance-212454.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) is on track to achieve its production guidance of 90,000 to 110,000 pounds U3O8 (triuranium octoxide) at the Lance Uranium Projects in Wyoming, US for the financial year ending June 30, 2019.

The company’s production during the December 2018 quarter was 20,364 pounds of U3O8, slightly below the quarterly guidance range of 22,500 to 27,500 pounds U3O8 set in May 2018.

 

Peninsula’s production was affected by a nine-day processing plant shut-down for repairs and a natural decline of head grades in remaining alkaline leach areas where chemical addition has been reduced to lower these costs.

An abbreviated drying campaign was conducted during the quarter with a total of 14,445 pounds U3O8 dried and drummed, with a larger scale drying campaign commencing in January 2019.

READ: Peninsula Energy signs new toll milling deal on more favourable commercial terms

In December 2018, Peninsula signed a new five-year term uranium toll milling agreement with its existing toll milling service provider Uranium One Americas, Inc.

The revised terms of the new contract are projected to reduce rates below those used in the recently completed Low pH Feasibility Study.

READ: Peninsula Energy commences low pH uranium recovery field demonstration

In October 2018, the company made a scheduled sale to a customer of 100,000 pounds U3O8 (85,000 pounds U3O8 Lance production, 15,000 pounds U3O8 market source), resulting in sales proceeds of about US$4.5 million being received in November 2018.

Production guidance for the financial year ending June 30, 2019, which was set in May 2018 remains unchanged, with slightly lower production rates offset by a positive dried product toll milling reconciliation adjustment recorded in the September 2018 quarter.

Production for the March and June 2019 quarters is now expected to be 15,000 to 20,000 pounds U3O8 per quarter as Peninsula continues to prepare the operational facilities for future low pH production conditions.

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Mon, 14 Jan 2019 14:58:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/212454/peninsula-energy-on-track-to-achieve-full-year-uranium-production-guidance-212454.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy commences low pH uranium recovery field demonstration ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/211760/peninsula-energy-commences-low-ph-uranium-recovery-field-demonstration-211760.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) has initiated field demonstration activities for low pH in-situ recovery (ISR) at its Lance Uranium Projects in Wyoming, US.

Peninsula’s managing director and CEO Wayne Heili said: “The start of the field demonstration marks another important milestone in our planned transition to low pH operations at the Lance Projects.

“This significant effort by the company is intended to further demonstrate the positive impact that low pH in-situ recovery is expected to have on the Lance Projects.”

The uranium price is finishing the year strongly with December contracts at around US$29 per pound, a high for the year.

READ: Peninsula Energy signs new toll milling deal on more favourable commercial terms

Conventional mining involves removing mineralised rock (ore) from the ground, breaking it up and treating it to remove the minerals.

In-situ recovery (ISR) involves leaving the ore where it is in the ground, and recovering the minerals from it by dissolving them and pumping the pregnant solution to the surface where the minerals can be recovered.

Consequently, there is little surface disturbance and no tailings or waste rock generated.

Uranium recovery testing activities

The low pH ISR field demonstration has commenced in Mine Unit 1 of the Ross Permit Area.

The first 1 to 2 months of the demonstration will be dedicated to bringing the pH level within the pattern area down to 2.0 standard units.

This is the pH level proven in laboratory testing to deliver greatly enhanced uranium recoveries.

Following a period of low pH uranium recovery testing activities, the site operating team will then focus on transitioning to the groundwater restoration phase.

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Fri, 28 Dec 2018 11:04:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/211760/peninsula-energy-commences-low-ph-uranium-recovery-field-demonstration-211760.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy signs new toll milling deal on more favourable commercial terms ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/211698/peninsula-energy-signs-new-toll-milling-deal-on-more-favourable-commercial-terms-211698.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) has signed a new uranium toll milling agreement for the Lance Projects in Wyoming, US with its existing toll milling service provider Uranium One Americas, Inc.

The agreement commences on January 1, 2019 and has an initial term of 5 years with the ability for Peninsula to extend the term at its option for an additional 5-year period thereafter.

 

Since production operations commenced at the Lance Projects in December 2015, Peninsula has transported uranium-rich resin to the Irigaray Central Processing Plant owned by Uranium One Americas, Inc.

At Irigaray, uranium is eluted from the resin, and is then precipitated, filtered, dried and drummed.

Commercial terms of the new toll milling agreement have been modified to reflect conditions in the global uranium market and the production ramp-up of Peninsula following the planned transition to low pH operations at the Lance Projects.

READ: Peninsula Energy’s test work confirms effectiveness of low pH uranium recovery process

The net effect of the revised commercial terms is a projected average toll milling cost rate that is less than the rate used in the recently completed low pH feasibility study.

Peninsula’s managing director and chief executive officer Wayne Heili said: “We are very pleased to have negotiated a new agreement with the team at Uranium One Americas, Inc.

“This new agreement allows the existing process plant infrastructure at Irigaray to continue to be utilised, allows Peninsula to defer the requirement to invest near term capital in additional uranium processing at the Lance Projects and delivers a more favourable commercial outcome than the previous agreement.”

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Mon, 24 Dec 2018 12:05:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/211698/peninsula-energy-signs-new-toll-milling-deal-on-more-favourable-commercial-terms-211698.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy’s test work confirms effectiveness of low pH uranium recovery process ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/210733/peninsula-energys-test-work-confirms-effectiveness-of-low-ph-uranium-recovery-process-210733.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) subsidiary Strata Energy Inc has confirmed the effectiveness of the proposed low pH chemistry to leach uranium from ore at its Lance Projects in Wyoming.

The confirmation results are from two additional column leach tests completed on core from the Kendrick permit area, from a planned future in-situ recovery (ISR) operating area and from core taken from the operating Mine Unit 1.

Both column tests are consistent with or exceeded Peninsula’s low pH feasibility study assumptions, further validating the accuracy of grade, recovery and acid consumption assumptions used in the study.

Peninsula is transitioning from an alkaline-based chemistry to a low-pH-based chemistry for the lixiviant, or liquid medium, it uses to leach uranium from ore at its recovery operations.

 

READ: Peninsula Energy makes progress in advances low pH regulatory review process

Peninsula managing director & CEO Wayne Heili said he was proud of the project team’s robust efforts to deliver timely and positive results.

Heili said: “The completion of these additional laboratory tests adds credence to our conviction that the planned transition to low pH operations will significantly enhance the productivity and cost performance of the Lance Projects.”

Highlights from the testing include:

Uranium recoveries above 90% for ore from an area subject to mining under alkaline solutions;

Effective recoveries above 95% for both tests;

Peak uranium concentrations of 474 and 253 milligrams per litre;

Average uranium concentrations of 105 and 80 milligrams per litre over the duration of testing; and

Acid consumption concentrations substantially below levels used in the low pH feasibility study.

READ: Peninsula Energy notes production successes ahead of start to uranium extraction trials

Peninsula intends the continue both laboratory and field-scale research in the Lance Projects’ development.

A fifth column test has been initiated with the intention of testing the quantity and timing of chemical addition assumptions during mining.

Strata is also preparing to begin field-scale demonstration testing of the proposed low pH chemistry in early December.

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Thu, 06 Dec 2018 21:38:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/210733/peninsula-energys-test-work-confirms-effectiveness-of-low-ph-uranium-recovery-process-210733.html
<![CDATA[Media files - Peninsula Energy's MD/CEO gives progress update with more key news expected soon ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/11388/peninsula-energy-s-mdceo-gives-progress-update-with-more-key-news-expected-soon-11388.html Fri, 30 Nov 2018 15:01:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/11388/peninsula-energy-s-mdceo-gives-progress-update-with-more-key-news-expected-soon-11388.html <![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy makes progress in advancing low pH regulatory review process ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/210084/peninsula-energy-makes-progress-in-advancing-low-ph-regulatory-review-process-210084.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) has completed a significant step towards the regulatory approval process for the proposed use of low pH solutions at the Lance Projects in Wyoming.

The company’s fully owned subsidiary, Strata Energy Inc, has received approval from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Land Quality Division (WDEQ) to advance to the next stage of the Permit to Mine (PTM) major revision process by proceeding with the public notice activities.

READ: Peninsula Energy notes production successes ahead of start to uranium extraction trials

This approval follows the satisfactory completion of a technical review by the WDEQ of the major revision application submitted by Strata, which found the application technically complete per Wyoming laws, rules and regulations.

In accordance with the Wyoming regulatory process, members of the public will be invited to review the completed major revision application.

The public notice process will run for approximately 60 days from commencement in early December.

READ: Peninsula Energy director shows faith in uranium strategy through on-market purchase

Peninsula managing director and CEO Wayne Heili said: “This approval from the WDEQ marks a major progression in the process of gaining full authorisation to implement the use of low pH solutions at the Lance Projects.

“This positive step essentially means that the regulatory professionals presently have no outstanding questions on our PTM amendment request and they now invite comments from the public.

“The satisfactory and timely completion of the WDEQ technical review evidences the efficient nature of the regulatory processes within the WDEQ.

“This, together with the approval of our pending Field Leach Trial, reinforces our view that the amendment request is fully consistent with Wyoming laws.

“The December 2018 initiation of the public notice step is consistent with our guidance that the PTM amendment process can be completed by mid-2019.”

 

The WDEQ is continuing its concurrent review of Strata’s request to amend the existing Source Materials and By-product License (SML).

Peninsula is expected to make further announcements regarding the status and progression of the SML amendment request over the next one to two months.

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Wed, 28 Nov 2018 15:56:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/210084/peninsula-energy-makes-progress-in-advancing-low-ph-regulatory-review-process-210084.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy in trading halt with news of uranium low pH permit amendment pending ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/209980/peninsula-energy-in-trading-halt-with-news-of-uranium-low-ph-permit-amendment-pending-209980.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) is in a trading halt with news pending regarding an application to amend its existing Permit to Mine for low pH operations at the Lance Uranium Projects in the US.

The ASX-granted halt will remain in place until the start of trading on Thursday, November 29 or when the announcement is released to the market, whichever occurs earliest.

Peninsula’s shares last traded on Monday at 19 cents.

READ: Peninsula Energy secures approval to begin low pH uranium recovery process trial

The company is transitioning from an alkaline-based chemistry to a low-pH-based chemistry for the lixiviant, or liquid medium, it uses to leach uranium from ore at its recovery operations in Wyoming.

Managing director and CEO Wayne Heili told Proactive Investors recently: “We believe that we can significantly enhance our production rates and improve our production costs through the shift in chemistry.”

READ: Peninsula Energy notes production successes ahead of start to uranium extraction trials

During the September quarter Peninsula recorded more than 40,000 pounds of produced uranium from the Lance projects, which topped the high end of its production guidance.

The toll-milling service provider dried and drummed more than 30,000 pounds of yellowcake during the quarter.

Product is dried and drummed intermittently on a campaign basis.

Guidance for the financial year ending June 30, 2019, remains unchanged at 90,000 to 110,000 pounds.

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Tue, 27 Nov 2018 12:49:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/209980/peninsula-energy-in-trading-halt-with-news-of-uranium-low-ph-permit-amendment-pending-209980.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy director shows faith in uranium strategy through on-market purchase ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/209621/peninsula-energy-director-shows-faith-in-uranium-strategy-through-on-market-purchase-209621.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) director Mark Wheatley has demonstrated his confidence in the company’s uranium strategy by acquiring shares on-market.

The non-executive director has this week purchased 47,496 shares with a total value of more than $10,000.

This purchase takes his overall holding in the uranium producer to 103,852 shares.

READ: Peninsula Energy’s managing director adds to shareholding, brings total interest to nearly $243,000

Peninsula’s managing director and CEO Wayne Heili has also recently acquired 97,000 shares on-market, taking his direct holding to 417,000 shares.

The company is embarking on a project transformation initiative to change from an alkaline ISR operation to a low pH ISR operation at its operating Lance Projects in the US state of Wyoming.

READ: Peninsula Energy notes production successes ahead of start to uranium extraction trials

The aim is to align the operating performance and cost profile of the operations with industry-leading global uranium production projects.

During the September 2018 quarter, the company reduced its inventory and spent less on production expenditures as it underwent the transition.

There were more than 40,000 pounds of uranium produced from Lance during the quarter, which topped the high end of the company’s guidance.

The company’s toll-milling service provider dried and drummed more than 30,000 pounds of yellowcake during the three months.

Product is dried and drummed intermittently on a campaign basis.

Guidance unchanged

Peninsula’s guidance for the financial year ending June 30, 2019, remains unchanged at 90,000 to 110,000 pounds.

On October 1, 2018, the company sold 100,000 pounds of U3O8 to a customer, its final delivery obligation for 2018.

There were 85,000 pounds supplied by Peninsula and another 15,000 pounds sourced from the market, with the transactions to appear in the company’s December 2018 quarterly report.

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Wed, 21 Nov 2018 08:52:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/209621/peninsula-energy-director-shows-faith-in-uranium-strategy-through-on-market-purchase-209621.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy’s managing director adds to shareholding, brings total interest to nearly $243,000 ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/209519/peninsula-energys-managing-director-adds-to-shareholding-brings-total-interest-to-nearly-243000-209519.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) managing director & CEO Wayne Heili has purchased 97,000 ordinary shares worth $20,682.52 in on-market trades.

The purchase brings Heili’s direct shareholding to 417,000 shares, along with an additional 797,374 shares under Peninsula’s employee share plans trust.

At today’s 20-cent share price Heili’s total holding amounts to nearly $243,000.

READ: Peninsula Energy notes production successes ahead of start to uranium extraction trials

Peninsula is trialling low-pH-based lixiviant instead of alkaline-based chemistry to leach uranium from ore at its Lance Uranium Projects.

During the September 2018 quarter, the uranium producer reduced its inventory and spent less on production expenditures as it underwent the transition.

Heili said in a quarterly presentation that the Lance project had a solid quarter in respect to Peninsula’s production objectives.

He said: “We recorded over 40,000 pounds of produced uranium from the Lance projects during the quarter which topped the high end of our production guidance.

“Our toll-milling service provider dried and drummed over 30,000 pounds of yellowcake during the quarter.”

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Mon, 19 Nov 2018 23:13:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/209519/peninsula-energys-managing-director-adds-to-shareholding-brings-total-interest-to-nearly-243000-209519.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy notes production successes ahead of start to uranium extraction trials ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/209263/peninsula-energy-notes-production-successes-ahead-of-start-to-uranium-extraction-trials-209263.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) has shared its quarterly successes with the market in a Stocktube investor presentation, highlighting key successes at the Lance Uranium Projects in Wyoming.

The 30-minute presentation, posted to Proactive Investors’ YouTube channel, profiles the company’s expansion plans for its key production asset.

Managing director and CEO Wayne Heili, who directly addressed the market in the results video for the September 2018 financial quarter, said the Lance projects “had a solid quarter with respect to our production objectives.

“We recorded over 40,000 pounds of produced uranium from the Lance projects during the quarter which topped the high end of our production guidance.

“Our toll-milling service provider dried and drummed over 30,000 pounds of yellowcake during the quarter.”

 

The product is dried and drummed intermittently on a campaign basis.

During the September 2018 quarter, the company reduced its inventory and spent less on production expenditures as it underwent a period of transition.

Peninsula is transitioning from an alkaline-based chemistry to a low-pH-based chemistry for the lixiviant, or liquid medium, it uses to leach uranium from ore at its recovery operations.

READ: Peninsula Energy secures approval to begin low-pH uranium recovery process trial

Wyoming-based Heili, who has an undergraduate degree in metallurgical engineering, acknowledged the proposed lixiviant change in a Proactive Investors Stocktube video published on Wednesday.

Heili said: “Last year at about this time, Peninsula announced our intentions to shift from an alkaline-based chemistry to a low-pH-based chemistry with our in situ recovery operations.

“We’ve been looking at the outcomes of low-pH lixiviant operations, and we believe that we can significantly enhance our production rates and improve our production costs through the shift in chemistry.”

 

Peninsula’s proposal to use a new low-pH lixiviant was welcomed by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) which amended the company’s permit to mine (PTM) to allow testing of the lixiviant’s suitability for uranium recovery.

WDEQ’s 'non-significant revision' (NSR) gives the company the all-clear for a small-scale field demonstration in the US state.

Heili told Proactive Investors: “The company is very excited about getting this permission to test the new lixiviant, and on a field scale at our project.

“The field-scale testing will allow us to understand the technical parameters, the costs, and really the entire outcome of the proposed new lixiviant far better than we can understand through laboratory-scale testing.

“We’re bringing in some equipment, but we hope to be testing the new chemistry before the end of the year on a field-scale basis, which would be about three or four patterns in one of our existing mine units.”

READ: Peninsula Energy achieves quarterly increase in uranium production at Lance Projects

Heili acknowledged shareholder queries about the value in changing the company’s uranium extraction process.

He said: “I think one of the larger concerns for the shareholders and the stakeholders is our ability to restore the groundwater after our mining process.

“Through this field-scale test, we'll be able to go in and demonstrate the restoration technologies, and how they’ll be successful in bringing the groundwater quality back where we expect we can post-mining.”

The company leader acknowledged the company was hoping to start the testing in December 2018 and was awaiting further correspondence from WDEQ.

Neighbouring tenements to Pensinsula's Lance projects

Peninsula is hoping to finish the trial within six to eight months of starting, after undergoing both mining and restoration phases.

Wyoming’s environment department is conducting a review of Peninsula’s requests to amend its existing mine permit and a source material and by-product licence (SML).

“When the Department of Environmental Quality completes their review, they’ll be putting out to the public for review and comment, their findings.

“So, we’re looking forward to seeing the DEQ findings and conclusions on our requests sometime in the near future, and later on, probably by the middle of next year, we hope to conclude the regulatory process and start wholesome, full-scale production activities at the Lance project.”

Drummed uranium from Lance

Financial aspects

Peninsula’s May 2018 guidance for the financial year ending June 30, 2019, remained unchanged in its latest quarterly report at 90,000 to 110,000 pounds.

During the September 2018 quarter, the company increased triuranium octoxide (U3O8) production by 10,000 pounds or 8% when compared to its results for 2018’s June quarter.

The company held US$13.6 million cash on September 30, 2018, going on to make a major transaction the next day.

On October 1, 2018, the company sold 100,000 pounds of U3O8 to a customer, its final delivery obligation for 2018.

WATCH: Peninsula Energy to become globally competitive uranium producer with low-pH ISR operation

Peninsula supplied 85,000 pounds itself and sourced 15,000 pounds from the market, with the transactions to appear in the company’s next quarterly report, for the December 2018 quarter.

Production results for the December quarter will be affected by the downtime of equipment failure at the company’s processing plant.

During Australia’s 2017-18 financial year, in January 2018, the company sold off a portion of its interest in a concentrate project for US$19 million cash, netting US$22.8 million after a tax remittance.

Revenue for the fiscal year came in at US$13.16 million after 257,934 pounds of uranium concentrate was sold.

READ: Peninsula Energy feasibility study results confirm new low-cost uranium operation

Lance project concentrate made up 177,934 pounds of the sales figure, with 80,000 sourced elsewhere.

The income-earning company reduced its consolidated losses by US$74 million or 98.4% to US$1.17 million.

Peninsula reported $8.71 million of its losses came from its decision to exit the Karoo projects in South Africa, a once-off cost that won’t be repeated this financial year.

The company had US$22.7 million of financial liabilities on June 30, 2018.

Capital matters

Merrill Lynch (Australia) Nominees Pty Limited was the company’s largest shareholder on September 27, 2018, with a notable 23.16% interest.

Citicorp Nominees Pty Limited was the second largest shareholder, holding 12.55%, followed by JP Morgan Nominees Australia Limited (3.41%), BNP Paribas Noms Pty Ltd (2.71%) and HSBC Custody Nominees (Australia) Limited (2.41%).

Additional HSBC and BNP Paribas companies are among Peninsula’s top 15 companies.

Peninsula had loan agreements with RCF VI and Pala that were on-sold to entities with Melbourne-based investment fund Collins Street Asset Management and the Collins Street Value Fund in July 2018, a top shareholder in Peninsula.

CS Fourth Nominees Pty Limited was the company’s 19th largest shareholder on September 27, holding 0.37%.

Peninsula’s shares closed up 1 cent, or 4.88%, to 22 cents yesterday.

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Fri, 16 Nov 2018 08:30:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/209263/peninsula-energy-notes-production-successes-ahead-of-start-to-uranium-extraction-trials-209263.html
<![CDATA[Media files - Peninsula Energy will be testing new lixiviant on field-scale basis before end of year ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/11194/peninsula-energy-will-be-testing-new-lixiviant-on-field-scale-basis-before-end-of-year-11194.html Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:01:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/11194/peninsula-energy-will-be-testing-new-lixiviant-on-field-scale-basis-before-end-of-year-11194.html <![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy secures approval to begin low pH uranium recovery process trial ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/208789/peninsula-energy-secures-approval-to-begin-low-ph-uranium-recovery-process-trial-208789.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) has secured approval from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) for a non-significant revision (NSR) to its existing Permit to Mine (PTM) related to testing low pH lixiviant for suitability as a uranium recovery process.

The NSR authorises Peninsula to conduct field trials using low pH lixiviant at the Lance Projects in Wyoming, US.

This approval follows a submission by the company to the WDEQ requesting authorisation of a small-scale field demonstration.

In addition, the WDEQ continues to conduct its review of Peninsula’s requests to amend the existing PTM and Source Material and By-product License (SML).

READ: Peninsula Energy achieves quarterly increase in uranium production at Lance Projects

Preparation work for the low pH field leach trial is being conducted on site and it is anticipated that the trial will commence in late 2018.

The planned trial demonstration comprises both mining and restoration phases and is expected to run for six to eight months.

Designated field trial areas

Peninsula managing director and CEO Wayne Heili said: “This authorisation from the WDEQ enables us to validate in a limited field operating environment the successful low pH results that we have obtained under laboratory conditions.

“Importantly, we may conduct the field demonstration concurrently with the WDEQ progressing their reviews of our major amendment requests, providing both parties timely, valuable operating insight and data.

“This approval to commence a low pH field demonstration is a very positive step forward for the company and potentially allows for a faster ramp-up of low pH operations.”

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Thu, 08 Nov 2018 13:43:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/208789/peninsula-energy-secures-approval-to-begin-low-ph-uranium-recovery-process-trial-208789.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy achieves quarterly increase in uranium production at Lance Projects ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/207334/peninsula-energy-achieves-quarterly-increase-in-uranium-production-at-lance-projects-207334.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) has achieved an 8% increase in production from its Lance Projects in Wyoming, US during the quarter ended September 30 2018, compared to the previous quarter.

The increase in production is partly the result of the completion of a dried pounds reconciliation by the toll milling contractor for the period April 2018 to September 2018, as is standard industry practice during the term of toll milling agreements.

This resulted in an increase of about 10,000 pounds U3O8 (triuranium octoxide) attributable to Lance production in the June and September quarters.

 

A drying campaign was conducted during the September quarter with a total of 30,835 pounds U3O8 dried and drummed.

Post the end of the quarter, on October 1 2018, Peninsula made a scheduled sale to a customer of 100,000 pounds U3O8 (Lance production: 85,000 pounds, Market source: 15,000 pounds).

This was the company’s final delivery obligation for the 2018 calendar year.

READ: Peninsula Energy welcomes change in Wyoming’s uranium regulatory framework

Peninsula managing director and chief executive officer Wayne Heili said: “Production attributable to the September quarter exceeded our expectations following our decision in May to suspend alkaline operations in Mine Unit 1.

“I am pleased that we continue to meet or exceed our targets.

“This applies not only to production, but also extends to the progression of the activities associated with our low pH transition at Lance aimed at reducing costs and bringing production back up to plant rated capacities.”

READ: Peninsula Energy feasibility study results confirm new low-cost uranium operation

While the production for the September quarter exceeded the guidance range (22,500 to 27,500 pounds U3O8 set in May 2018), Peninsula expects production in the December 2018 quarter to be at the low end of the guidance range following an equipment failure inside the processing plant.

The company intends to make repairs over a 1 to 2 week period, reducing the ability to produce during this period.

Guidance for the financial year ending June 30, 2019 which was also set in May 2018, remains unchanged at 90,000 to 110,000 pounds U3O8 as the company transitions the operations to low pH.

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Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:59:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/207334/peninsula-energy-achieves-quarterly-increase-in-uranium-production-at-lance-projects-207334.html
<![CDATA[Media files - Peninsula Energy to become globally competitive uranium producer with low-pH ISR operation ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/10650/peninsula-energy-to-become-globally-competitive-uranium-producer-with-low-ph-isr-operation-10650.html Fri, 28 Sep 2018 01:47:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/10650/peninsula-energy-to-become-globally-competitive-uranium-producer-with-low-ph-isr-operation-10650.html <![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy welcomes change in Wyoming’s uranium regulatory framework ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/205706/peninsula-energy-welcomes-change-in-wyomings-uranium-regulatory-framework-205706.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) is set to gain from the formalisation of the state of Wyoming’s new Agreement State status, effective October 1, 2018.

READ: Peninsula Energy quarterly production from Lance projects exceeds expectations

With this change to Agreement State status, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) takes primacy over the regulation of Source and By-product Material Licenses (SML) in Wyoming.

These SML regulations were previously overseen by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

The WDEQ will now be responsible for permitting and inspecting all uranium recovery operations in Wyoming, ensuring that operators maintain the highest standard for protection of public health and the environment.

READ: Peninsula Energy managing director and CEO buying shares

Peninsula managing director and chief executive officer Wayne Heili said: “The formalisation of Wyoming’s Agreement State status is the culmination of a process that commenced back in 2015 and it represents good news for Peninsula and Strata.

“We appreciate the support of Wyoming Governor Mead, the State Legislator and the hard work of the WDEQ in this initiative to enhance the regulatory environment for uranium recovery in the State.

“Our team looks forward to working with the WDEQ under this streamlined regulatory framework.”

READ: Peninsula Energy feasibility study results confirm new low-cost uranium operation

With Peninsula now transitioning to a low pH operation at Lance, the two most significant amendments to the existing licenses are the Permit to Mine (PTM) issued by the WDEQ and the SML, which will now also be administered by the WDEQ.

Under the new agreement, permitting of new projects, expansions or license renewals and amendments will be conducted almost entirely by the WDEQ going forward.

Prior to this State-NRC agreement, permitting of uranium recovery facilities in Wyoming was largely duplicated by state and federal agencies.

The Agreement State approach is designed to eliminate this duplication, resulting in more efficient regulatory processes for the State of Wyoming and its uranium producers alike.

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Wed, 26 Sep 2018 14:43:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/205706/peninsula-energy-welcomes-change-in-wyomings-uranium-regulatory-framework-205706.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy managing director and CEO buying shares ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/205274/peninsula-energy-managing-director-and-ceo-buying-shares-205274.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) has received a vote of confidence from its managing director and CEO Wayne Heili who has purchased 205,000 shares for $55,902.

Heili acquired the shares through on-market trades and the purchase increases his total holding in the company to over 1.1 million shares.

READ: Peninsula Energy feasibility study results confirm new low-cost uranium operation

Peninsula recently received the results of a feasibility study supporting the transformation to a cost-effective low-pH ISR uranium operation at its Lance Projects in Wyoming, US.

The study showed that Peninsula would become a globally competitive uranium producer by switching its uranium production method to low-pH ISR.

It estimated direct operating expenses over the 17-year life-of-mine (LoM) of US$15.59 per pound and LoM all-in sustaining costs averaging US$31.77 per pound.

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Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:22:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/205274/peninsula-energy-managing-director-and-ceo-buying-shares-205274.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy feasibility study results confirm new low-cost uranium operation ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/204973/peninsula-energy-feasibility-study-results-confirm-new-low-cost-uranium-operation-204973.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) has completed a feasibility study supporting the transformation to a low-pH ISR uranium operation at its Lance Projects in Wyoming, US.

The study shows that Peninsula would become a globally competitive uranium producer by switching its uranium production method to low-pH ISR.

The study estimated direct operating expenses over the 17-year life-of-mine (LoM) of US$15.59 per pound and LoM all-in sustaining costs averaging US$31.77 per pound.

READ: Peninsula Energy stands to benefit from US government uranium investigation

Peninsula’s managing director and CEO Wayne Heili said: “Over the past year, Peninsula management and staff have been working diligently to identify the technical and economic drivers that can enhance the productivity and financial outcomes of the Lance Projects.

“Our comprehensive efforts have culminated in a detailed feasibility study.

“We are pleased with the robust economic outcomes projected therein and will continue to remain focused on delivering positive results related to our innovative plans for the future of the project.”

NPV of US$156.5 million and IRR 30%

Lance’s 17-year LoM production will be increased to 33.4 million pounds of uranium across a three stage production ramp-up.

The staged expansions provide capex flexibility with the initial low pH transition capex only US$5.3 million.

Study utilised an updated JORC resource

The feasibility study was based on an updated JORC resource totalling 48.9 million tonnes grading 473 ppm uranium for 53.9 million pounds of uranium.

The resource is classified into three separate production areas: (1) Ross permit area; (2) Kendrick expansion area; and (3) Barber expansion area.

New permitting and licences targeted for mid-2019

To change from an alkaline based mining solution to a low pH solution requires the approval of amendment requests for the existing permits and licenses.

Amendments to existing operating permits and licences are being targeted for grant in mid-2019.

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Mon, 17 Sep 2018 09:52:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/204973/peninsula-energy-feasibility-study-results-confirm-new-low-cost-uranium-operation-204973.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy stands to benefit from US government uranium investigation ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/201094/peninsula-energy-stands-to-benefit-from-us-government-uranium-investigation-201094.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) will be keeping a close eye on a nine-month investigation by the US Department of Commerce (DOC) into domestic uranium supply.

The investigation is based on whether the present quantity and circumstances of uranium ore and product imports into the US threaten to impair national security.

The entire uranium sector will be canvassed from the mining industry through to enrichment, defense, and nuclear utility consumption.

The result of a petition filed in January

This decision follows a petition filed by two other US uranium mining companies in January 2018 which proposed the establishment of a quota of 25% of US uranium be sourced domestically.

Given Peninsula’s uranium producing Lance Projects are located in the US state of Wyoming, it stands to benefit from any potential quotas of this nature being established.

READ: Peninsula Energy quarterly production from Lance projects exceeds expectations

Peninsula’s managing director and CEO Wayne Heili said “Our company is respectful of the economic impacts that this investigation may have on many of the participants in the US nuclear energy sector, including our valued customers.

“Having the DOC examine the impact that imports have on the struggling domestic industry may provide a valuable framework to improve the overall fundamentals of our industry.”

The DOC has nine months to complete its review and deliver its recommendation to the President, who will then have an additional three months to determine any actions.

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Thu, 19 Jul 2018 11:27:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/201094/peninsula-energy-stands-to-benefit-from-us-government-uranium-investigation-201094.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy quarterly production from Lance projects exceeds expectations ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/200560/peninsula-energy-quarterly-production-from-lance-projects-exceeds-expectations-200560.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) has exceeded quarterly uranium production expectations despite suspending the majority of alkaline-based production within the first mining unit (MU1) at the Lance Projects in Wyoming, USA.

Production during the quarter was 38,001 pounds of uranium oxide and a drying run over the period had a total of 43,553 pounds of uranium dried and drummed.

 

Peninsula managing director Wayne Heili said: “This action preserves in-situ pounds for future low pH extraction and also reduces cash outflows during the transition period being undertaken.”

Alkaline in-situ recovery (ISR) production continues in the second mining unit (MU2), where head grades are higher, and in a small number of MU1 production wells to assist with maintaining wellfield fluid control.

Production from MU2 using alkaline lixiviant will continue to form the basis of ongoing operations over the near-term while Peninsula progresses the various activities and permit actions required for the change to a low pH ISR uranium operation at Lance.

READ: Peninsula Energy to benefit from rising uranium price post Global X rebalance

Production guidance for the upcoming quarter of 22,500 to 27,500 pounds of uranium oxide is being maintained as the company advances the planned transition.

Peninsula believes transitioning to a low pH ISR operation has the potential to align the operating performance and cost profile of Lance with the industry leading global uranium production projects.

Uranium purchase agreements

During the quarter Peninsula also entered into two separate agreements to purchase an aggregate of 225,000 pounds of uranium at fixed prices.

The uranium will be delivered into existing term contracts across 2019 and 2020, reducing cost exposure that Peninsula has against increased prices for uranium.

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Wed, 11 Jul 2018 03:25:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/200560/peninsula-energy-quarterly-production-from-lance-projects-exceeds-expectations-200560.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy to benefit from rising uranium price post Global X rebalance ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/198738/peninsula-energy-to-benefit-from-rising-uranium-price-post-global-x-rebalance-198738.html Peninsula Energy Ltd's (ASX:PEN) recent selling pressure has now stopped following Global X Uranium Exchange Traded Fund reducing its holding to less than 5%.

The ETF was Peninsula's second largest shareholder, and is no longer a substantial holder, following a systematic reduction its holdings in all uranium mining and development companies.

Snapping up the opportunity to invest in Peninsula is Patersons Securities, who recently negotiated a block trade sale for the majority of the Global X position of 24 million shares at 24 cents per share to its institutional and high net worth clients.

David Coyne, finance director for Peninsula, commented at the time:

"We are very pleased that Paterson’s have completed this block trade in an orderly manner as it removes existing downward pressure on our share price caused by Global X’s recent underlying index changes."

The uranium price has been edging higher recently, and is now trading above US$23 a pound, or about 10% higher than two months ago.

WATCH: Peninsula Energy transitioning to 'a much more robust and effective process chemistry'

Peninsula last traded at 25 cents.

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Wed, 13 Jun 2018 09:43:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/198738/peninsula-energy-to-benefit-from-rising-uranium-price-post-global-x-rebalance-198738.html
<![CDATA[Media files - Peninsula Energy transitioning to 'a much more robust and effective process chemistry' ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/9545/peninsula-energy-transitioning-to-a-much-more-robust-and-effective-process-chemistry--9545.html Tue, 12 Jun 2018 12:48:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/9545/peninsula-energy-transitioning-to-a-much-more-robust-and-effective-process-chemistry--9545.html <![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy outlines efficient transition strategy to low pH operations ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/196698/peninsula-energy-outlines-efficient-transition-strategy-to-low-ph-operations-196698.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) is in the process of transitioning from alkaline-based production to low pH operations at its Lance Project in US state of Wyoming.

To preserve in-situ uranium and reduce cash expenditure, the transition from existing alkaline operations will be streamlined.

READ: Peninsula Energy's US$50 per pound uranium sales contracts to 2030 generate cash while low pH operations gain approval

During May, Peninsula will suspend alkaline-based production activity within the first mining unit at the Lance Project.

However, production operations will continue in the second mining unit at the Lance Projects where head grades are higher.

Optimised production plan ahead of transition

Peninsula’s managing director Wayne Heili said: “The decision to suspend alkaline production at Mine Unit 1 aligns well with the company’s planned move to low pH mining operations at Lance.

“Thanks to the flexibility that we now have in certain off-take agreements, production from Mine Unit 1 is not necessary over the next 12 months, so it makes sense for us to buy on market as needed, save on operational expenditures and preserve the remaining MU1 resource for the more efficient low pH mining method.”

Production guidance revised

Peninsula has revised its current production guidance levels from between 30,000 and 40,000 pounds U3O8 per quarter to between 22,500 and 27,500 pounds U3O8 per quarter.

Selling uranium at well above spot prices

Peninsula is selling its produced uranium from the Lance Projects at well above spot prices.

In the six months to December 31, 2018, Peninsula sold 132,934 pounds of uranium at an average realised cash price of US$50 per pound.

Of these deliveries, 92,934 pounds of uranium was from material sourced entirely from the Lance projects and 40,000 pounds was purchased from the market.

Furthermore, forward sales agreements with a weighted price of more than US$50 per pound extend to 2030.

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Thu, 10 May 2018 13:05:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/196698/peninsula-energy-outlines-efficient-transition-strategy-to-low-ph-operations-196698.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy confirms withdrawal from Karoo to focus on Lance Uranium Project ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/195911/peninsula-energy-confirms-withdrawal-from-karoo-to-focus-on-lance-uranium-project-195911.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) has confirmed its withdrawal from any further development activities at the Karoo project in South Africa.

This decision should be well received as it will allow the company to fully focus on development of its Lance Uranium Project in Wyoming.

Unlike Karoo, Lance is a producing asset which is driving earnings even in a low uranium price environment.

There is the potential for Lance to become an even stronger earnings driver should Peninsula receive approval to establish a low pH, low-cost, high margin operation.

READ: Peninsula Energy's US$50 per pound uranium sales contracts to 2030 generate cash while low pH operations gain approval

Managing director Wayne Heili said: “The decision to discontinue our financial support for the development of the Karoo project and to focus our attention on the Lance project is regarded as the best approach to building value for our shareholders.

“In this enduring difficult uranium market, it has proven unrealistic to attribute any value to the Karoo project.

“The company has undertaken a difficult decision, but there is no value to be gained through continued investment in a secondary higher cost project.”

Not expected to impact balance sheet

The decision to suspend further development of the Karoo project is not expected to materially impact the company’s balance sheet.

Impairment and rehabilitation provisions were made in the financial statements for the six months ended December 31, 2017.

Peninsula is pursuing consent for the sale of the 322 square kilometres of freehold farmland held in the Karoo Basin, the proceeds of which should cover rehabilitation costs.

Impediments to continued investment

There were numerous hurdles for Peninsula to overcome at Karoo.

Prevailing uranium market conditions do not support the ongoing development of the hard rock uranium mining opportunity.

The limited duration and cost structure associated with holding South African mineral retention rights quickly become cost prohibitive.

Consequently, placing the project on hold to retain some form of ‘option value’ is not a viable scenario.

Rehabilitation underway

Discussions are underway with joint-venture partners.

Over the remainder of 2018, the activities at Karoo will focus on the necessary rehabilitation of exploration and historical trial mining activities.

Good progress has already been made with the rehabilitation of more than 6,000 boreholes.

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Fri, 27 Apr 2018 11:22:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/195911/peninsula-energy-confirms-withdrawal-from-karoo-to-focus-on-lance-uranium-project-195911.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy's US$50 per pound uranium sales contracts to 2030 generate cash while low pH operations gain approval ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/195619/peninsula-energy-s-us50-per-pound-uranium-sales-contracts-to-2030-generate-cash-while-low-ph-operations-gain-approval-195619.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) is hitting its straps with the uranium producer exceeding the top end of production guidance of 40,000 pounds at its Lance project in the March quarter.

In early April, the company submitted a request to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) to allow the use of a low-pH recovery solution in the Ross Permit Area of the project in the US state of Wyoming.

This would substantially lower production costs.

Before the uranium bears dismiss Peninsula due to the flagging commodity price, it needs to be noted that the company is currently selling uranium well above the spot price.

First-half realised price of US$50 per pound

In the six months to December 31, 2018, Peninsula sold 132,934 pounds of uranium at an average realised cash price of US$50 per pound.

Of these deliveries, 92,934 pounds of uranium was from material sourced entirely from the Lance projects and 40,000 pounds was purchased from the market.

Furthermore, forward sales agreements with a weighted price of more than US$50 per pound extend to 2030.

Bear in mind that should approvals be forthcoming, a low pH, low-cost, high margin Lance project will be producing well before then.

Permit to mine is pending

Approval for the use of the low pH recovery solution would effectively represent a permit to mine (PTM).

Management noted the extensive research and preliminary work undertaken in the lead up to the PTM lodgement.

Managing director and chief executive Wayne Heili said: “The submission of the PTM (Permit to Mine) amendment request is the culmination of many months of research.

“Extensive test work and analysis aimed at greatly enhancing the uranium recovery process at Lance has been undertaken and the submission of the PTM marks an important milestone in the pathway to low pH ISR operations.”

Low pH has always been the end game

Transitioning to a low pH recovery solution has always been a key operational goal for the group.

Using this form of production, Peninsula could potentially align the operating performance and cost profile of Lance with industry-leading global uranium projects.

It was only last week that the company confirmed that it was in a robust financial position to progress with such a project, having received support from its major shareholders.

Convertible loan provides certainty during transition

On April 20, Peninsula entered into binding offer letters with major shareholders Resource Capital Fund VI LP (RCF VI) and Pala Investments Ltd, a show of faith in the company’s future.

The new US$17 million facility involves the extension of the maturity date of the existing convertible note facility by two years to April 22, 2020.

Wayne Heili said: “Peninsula is pleased to have secured this extension to the convertible loan facility with two of our major shareholders.

“The two-year extension will allow Peninsula to achieve a number of important project milestones well before the new maturity date.

“This will greatly assist the company on its path to transition to low pH operations which are expected to significantly lower operating costs.”

Following this payment, Peninsula’s cash position remains strong at about US$20 million.

History demonstrates Peninsula’s resilience

Step back to 2010/2011 when the uranium price had fallen from about US$100 per pound to US$40 per pound and you will see that Peninsula’s share price was in a strong upward trajectory.

The four-fold increase to about $6.00 was predominantly driven by outstanding exploration results at Lance.

Long-term uranium price is the focus

Since 2011, the uranium price has had a virtually uninterrupted decline to around the US$20 per pound mark where it seems to have found support.

However, note that the following chart has two different prices.

The lower is the spot price, while the higher, which is the long-term uranium price, has been hovering in the vicinity of US$30 per pound.

As a company that has forward sales in place well above the long-term price, and is looking to bring low-cost production to market, the long-term price is more relevant.

Peninsula has defied price gyrations before

It is important to note that during that steep decline in the uranium price, Peninsula released its definitive feasibility study for the Lance project and investors liked what they saw.

So much so that the company’s shares increased three-fold to about $3.00 in the space of a month.

Today, Peninsula is trading in the vicinity of 27 cents, having gained about 20% after delivering a strong March quarter production performance.

The question now is whether this is the start of a share price recovery with investors finally acknowledging its strong production and sales profile.

This certainly appears overdue but should the PTM be forthcoming one would expect a substantial rerating.

DFS financial metrics don’t reflect low pH operation

While the definitive feasibility study (DFS) showed excellent financial metrics, the expanded economic study (EES) was based on uranium prices ranging between about US$63 per pound and US$80 per pound between 2013 and 2022.

With a steady-state total production cost of about US$31 per pound, the Lance project isn’t economically viable at a spot price of US$22 per pound, though not far off the futures price.

However, as the following chart indicates, production costs for low pH producers range from about US$10 per pound to US$30 per pound, with most sitting under the US$20 mark.

Even if Peninsula’s production costs were at the upper end of that scale at around US$25 per pound, it would still be in the money based on the current long-term uranium price.

Furthermore, pre-2030 production margins would be in the vicinity of 100% based on the company's current forward sales contract price.

Forward sales to generate US$340 million

Peninsula has forward sales contracts for 6.6 million pounds of uranium at a price point of about US$52 per pound through to 2030.

These are substantially higher prices to the prevailing spot or long-term price and management is forecasting that they will generate sales revenue of US$340 million.

The uranium under contract is for delivery to major utilities in the US and Europe, representing reliable end markets.

These contracts generate substantial earnings while allowing the company to retain significant quantities of planned uranium production for contracting during future periods.

In the current low-price environment, Peninsula has contracted to purchase 900,000 pounds of uranium over the next three years at an average cost of US$25 per pound.

Consequently, as an established player with steady-state production, even in the low-price environment, Peninsula is still in a position to generate cash.

Exceeds guidance in March quarter

Peninsula produced 43,638 of uranium from its Lance project during the three months to March 31, 2018, representing a quarter-on-quarter increase of 12%.

Wayne Heili said: “The most recent quarter continues our precedent of achieving consecutively higher quarter-over-quarter production levels at Lance.

“We are pleased to report production levels for the most recent quarter that exceed the upper band of our 30,000 to 40,000 pounds."

Daily production rates continue to improve

This is the production range is forecast during the transition phase to low pH operations.

The daily production rate continued to improve through the March quarter, realising an average of 485 pounds of uranium per day during the quarter.

This compares with an average of 427 pounds per day during the December quarter.

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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:15:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/195619/peninsula-energy-s-us50-per-pound-uranium-sales-contracts-to-2030-generate-cash-while-low-ph-operations-gain-approval-195619.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy receives confirmation of finance as it progresses low pH uranium production ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/195508/peninsula-energy-receives-confirmation-of-finance-as-it-progresses-low-ph-uranium-production-195508.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) has entered into binding offer letters with major shareholders Resource Capital Fund VI L.P. (RCF VI) and Pala Investments Ltd.

Peninsula is a uranium producer with its Lance Project based in Wyoming.

The new facility involves an extension of the maturity date of the existing convertible note facility by two years to April 22, 2020.

Peninsula produced more than 40,000 pounds of uranium in the March quarter but the real focus for the near term is on reducing costs through the introduction of a low pH operation.

Funding chimes in with development of low pH operation

Consequently, this confirmation of funding is timely as it provides financial assurance and balance sheet strength as the company looks to transition to a low pH operation.

Peninsula’s managing director Wayne Heili said: “Peninsula is pleased to have secured this extension to the convertible loan facility with two of our major shareholders.

“The two-year extension will allow Peninsula to achieve a number of important project milestones well before the new maturity date.

“This will greatly assist the company on its path to transition to low pH operations which are expected to significantly lower operating costs and are intended to align Lance with leading global uranium production projects.”

Peninsula reduces facility by US$3 million

The convertible loans will bear interest at the rate of 10% per annum for the first 12-month period up until April 22, 2019, and then 12% thereafter.

The facility will also be reduced from US$20 million to US$17 million following a cash repayment by Peninsula of US$3 million.

Following this payment, Peninsula’s cash position remains strong at about US$20 million.

Furthermore, the company continues to generate cash flow from production at Lance.

Potential conversion of shares at 50% premium

The lenders may elect to convert all or part of the principal amount of the convertible loans, including any capitalised interest, into ordinary shares at any time prior to maturity.

Under the terms of the agreement, this would be at a fixed conversion price of 40 cents per share.

This implies a 48.6% premium to the 5-day volume weighted average price of the company’s shares prior to the date of this announcement.

Option to convert to shares a show of confidence

The fact that the lenders have opted to include the conversion clause and signed off at a premium share price perhaps is an indication of the value they see in the project.

It also underlines the potential share price upside that could occur as the company transitions to a producer with a much lower cost profile.

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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:38:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/195508/peninsula-energy-receives-confirmation-of-finance-as-it-progresses-low-ph-uranium-production-195508.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy enters ASX trading halt ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/195418/peninsula-energy-enters-asx-trading-halt-195418.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) has been granted a trading halt by the ASX today.

The company requested its shares be halted pending the release of information regarding an extension and restructuring of the existing convertible note facility.

The halt will remain in place until an announcement is made or pre-market next Tuesday, whichever is earlier.

READ: Peninsula Energy exceeds uranium production guidance at Lance project, shares up

Peninsula produced 43,638 pounds of uranium from its Wyoming-based Lance Project during the three months to March 31, 2018.

This represented a quarter-on-quarter increase of 12% and was a catalyst for an increase of almost 10% in Peninsula Energy's shares to an intra-day high of 24 cents.

Notably, production levels for the March quarter exceeded the upper band of the company’s 30,000 to 40,000 pounds production guidance.

Convertible note facility with RCF and Pala

As at 31 December 2017, convertible loans represented a current liability of US$19.73 million on Peninsula’s balance sheet.

These loans are with Resource Capital Funds (RCF) and Pala Investments.

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Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:25:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/195418/peninsula-energy-enters-asx-trading-halt-195418.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy takes key step forward in transition to low pH uranium operations ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/194472/peninsula-energy-takes-key-step-forward-in-transition-to-low-ph-uranium-operations-194472.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) has submitted a request to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) to allow the use of a low-pH recovery solution in the Ross Permit Area of its Lance Projects in Wyoming, US.

Transitioning to a low pH ISR (in-situ recovery) operation could potentially align the operating performance and cost profile of Lance with industry-leading global uranium projects.

Peninsula managing director and chief executive Wayne Heili said: “The submission of the PTM (Permit to Mine) amendment request is the culmination of many months of research, extensive test work and analysis aimed at greatly enhancing the uranium recovery process at Lance and marks an important milestone in the pathway to low pH ISR operations”.

READ: Peninsula Energy on track for transition to low pH uranium operations at Lance Projects

The current PTM for the Lance Projects authorises the use of alkaline and oxidant solutions in the ISR process.

Since uranium recovery efforts commenced in December 2015, the ore deposit at the project has proven only moderately amenable to these alkaline solutions.

Despite improved production rates over the last year, the overall uranium recovery rates of the active ISR operational areas in the Ross Permit Area continue to be below targeted levels.

Aligning with industry-leading global uranium producers

The company conducted a series of bench-scale tests in 2017, which showed a significantly increased recovery rate using low concentrations of sulfuric acid (1.5% or less).

A successful transition to low pH operations could align the operating performance and cost profile of the Lance Projects with current industry-leading global uranium production projects.

Of the 77 million pounds of uranium produced by ISR methods worldwide in 2015, 96% or 74 million pounds came from facilities using low pH lixiviants.

Groundwater levels to be fully restored

The proposed change to low pH operations at the Lance Projects do not require oxidants.

Furthermore, laboratory test results and modelling indicate that groundwater can be fully restored to currently approved values after using low-pH solutions.

WDEQ will now undertake a comprehensive review of the amendment request, analysing the test results and inviting public review and comment on the proposed change.

READ: Peninsula Energy exceeds uranium production guidance at Lance project, shares up

The company produced 43,638 pounds of uranium at the Lance Project during the three months to March 31, 2018, representing a quarter-on-quarter increase of 12%.

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Mon, 09 Apr 2018 12:47:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/194472/peninsula-energy-takes-key-step-forward-in-transition-to-low-ph-uranium-operations-194472.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy exceeds uranium production guidance at Lance project, shares up ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/194383/peninsula-energy-exceeds-uranium-production-guidance-at-lance-project-shares-up-194383.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) produced 43,638 pounds of uranium from its Wyoming-based Lance Project during the three months to March 31, 2018.

This represented a quarter-on-quarter increase of 12% and was a catalyst for an increase of almost 10% in Peninsula Energy's shares to an intra-day high of 24 cents.

Managing director Wayne Heili said: “The most recent quarter continues our precedent of achieving consecutively higher quarter-over-quarter production levels at Lance.

Production exceeds guidance

“We are pleased to report production levels for the most recent quarter that exceed the upper band of our 30,000 to 40,000 pounds."

This is the production range that is forecast during the transition phase to low pH operations.

READ: Peninsula Energy on track for transition to low pH uranium operations at Lance Projects

Transitioning to a low pH ISR (in-situ recovery) operation could potentially align the operating performance and cost profile of Lance with industry-leading global uranium projects.

Daily production rates continue to improve

The daily production rate continued to improve through the March quarter, realising an average of 485 pounds of uranium per day during the quarter.

This compares with an average of 427 pounds per day during the December quarter.

Enters June quarter with momentum

Process improvements in 2017 have been largely responsible for ensuring that wellfield flow rates remained relatively stable during challenging winter conditions over the past three months.

The company is maintaining its production guidance levels for the upcoming quarter as it advances the planned transition to low pH operations at Lance. 

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Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:41:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/194383/peninsula-energy-exceeds-uranium-production-guidance-at-lance-project-shares-up-194383.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy on track for transition to low pH uranium operations at Lance Projects ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/193923/peninsula-energy-on-track-for-transition-to-low-ph-uranium-operations-at-lance-projects-193923.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) is on track with its transition to low pH uranium operations at the Lance Projects in the US state of Wyoming.

Amendment applications to the company’s existing permits and licences are expected to be submitted in early April.

The commissioned low pH feasibility study is due for completion mid-year.

READ: Peninsula Energy has buy recommendation reiterated, price target of $1.50

Peninsula’s transition is supported by a long-term uranium concentrate sales contract portfolio of up to 6.6 million pounds of U3O8.

This is to be delivered through to 2030 at a weighted average delivery price of US$51-53 per pound.

READ: Peninsula Energy lifts uranium production for third straight quarter

Peninsula will release first quarter production results next week and based on operating performance to date, production is expected to be 10 to 12% higher than the previous quarter.

If as expected, this will be the fourth successive quarter of production increases from Lance.

The Lance Projects are in a prolific uranium producing area of the US.

Changes to ETF’s uranium index

The company’s second-largest shareholder Global X Uranium Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) is changing the underlying index it uses, the Solactive Global Uranium Total Return Index.

As part of the changes, the index will be expanded to include large companies involved in the global nuclear fuel cycle industry.

This will reduce the proportional representation of all uranium mining and development companies now included in the index.

Holdings likely to be reduced

As the changes are implemented over several months, it is anticipated that the Global X Uranium ETF will reduce its holdings in all uranium mining and development companies, including Peninsula.

These planned changes are not driven by the specific circumstances of any individual company, nor do they change the value proposition of an individual company.

READ: Peninsula Energy lifts cash position with US$19 million uranium sales deal

Peninsula remains well positioned to meet the challenges of the uranium market and to quickly capitalise as uranium market fundamentals improve.

The company has a strong cash position following a US$19 million contract monetisation and is progressing discussions to extend the term of the existing convertible notes.

An update on the status of the intended Karoo divestment process is expected during April.

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Wed, 28 Mar 2018 14:37:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/193923/peninsula-energy-on-track-for-transition-to-low-ph-uranium-operations-at-lance-projects-193923.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy receives further investment from Global X uranium ETF ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/191103/peninsula-energy-receives-further-investment-from-global-x-uranium-etf-191103.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) has had major shareholder, Global X Management Company, increase its stake in the company.

Global X, a well-known ETF company, has increased its equity position in Peninsula to 13.06% from 12.03%.

READ: Peninsula Energy has buy recommendation reiterated, price target of $1.50

Peninsula continues to increase uranium production from its flagship Lance Projects in the U.S.

There were circa 38,800 pounds of uranium produced in the December quarter, 4,300 pounds more than the previous quarter.

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Mon, 05 Feb 2018 09:38:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/191103/peninsula-energy-receives-further-investment-from-global-x-uranium-etf-191103.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy has buy recommendation reiterated, price target of $1.50 ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/191036/peninsula-energy-has-buy-recommendation-reiterated-price-target-of-150-191036.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) has had its buy recommendation reiterated by New York based investment bank H.C. Wainwright & Co.

The bank continues to forecast upside with a price target of $1.50 on the shares which are trading at $0.39.

Its forecast is supported by Peninsula’s long-term uranium contracts and its plan to transition operations at the Lance Projects in Wyoming to a lower pH solution.

READ: Peninsula Energy lifts cash position with US$19 million uranium sales deal

H.C. Wainwright & Co was established in 1868 and focuses on capital markets and equity research in multiple growth sectors.

Its buy recommendation indicates that Peninsula Energy is expected to outperform a passive index comprised of all the common stock of companies within the same sector.

The following is an extract from the report:

Quarterly results for period ending 31 December 2017

Production during the December 2017 quarter reached 38,828 pounds of uranium.

This was a 12% sequential increase over the September quarter and the third straight quarter that featured production growth.

The production improvement can be mostly attributed to a full quarter of production from header house 8 coupled with initial production from header house 9.

We note that Peninsula has also realised benefits from the production improvement initiatives, which have allowed for more stable production from other header houses.

That said, quarterly production is expected to remain between 30,000 and 40,000 pounds this year.

Some long-term uranium sale and purchase agreements monetised

This was achieved through an agreement to sell a portion of its interests in existing long-term uranium concentrate sale and purchase agreements for $19 million.

The funds are expected to be allocated to working capital, low pH permit amendments, additional technical testing and completion of a low pH feasibility study.

We note that the obligations totalled 935,000 pounds of uranium scheduled to be delivered between 2018 and 2021.

The company also sold its interest in an agreement to purchase 900,000 pounds of uranium to fulfill the delivery commitments mentioned above in the same transaction.

That said, Peninsula still expects to be under contract to deliver up to 6.6 million pounds of uranium between 2018 and 2030, following completion of the sale.

We view the company's decision to monetise a small portion of its future long-term contracts as a non-dilutive way to help finance the transition to low pH mining at the Lance Projects.

We also expect Peninsula's long-term portfolio of sales contracts to continue to provide some shelter from sub-$25 uranium spot prices.

Permit amendment process continues to progress

The company began preparing its permit and licence amendment submissions during the quarter. Peninsula believes that the amendments could be received within the next 18 to 24 months.

The company also had a white paper prepared to analyse ISR utilising low pH systems.

We note that this white paper also discussed current global practices, important regulatory considerations, and future use of a low pH process at the Lance Projects.

In our view, this document should continue to promote essential dialogue between the company, regulators, and other major stakeholders as the permit amendment process continues to advance.

Reiterating Buy rating

We are reiterating our Buy rating and our A$1.50 per share price target.

We plan to adjust current assumptions in our model once additional information is obtained regarding Peninsula's transition to a lower pH solution.

Our valuation remains predicated on a DCF of operations at the Lance Projects utilising a 10% discount rate and average uranium sales price of $55 per pound in 2018 and thereafter, above current spot prices but in-line with PEN’s long-term contractual commitments.

We continue to view Peninsula as a defensive uranium name, primarily due to the existence of higher-priced, long-term contracts and a long mine life.

Risks - 1) Financing risk; 2) uranium price risk; 3) operating and technical risk; and 4) political risk.

READ: Peninsula Energy lifts uranium production for third straight quarter ]]>
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<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy lifts cash position with US$19 million uranium sales deal ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/190949/peninsula-energy-lifts-cash-position-with-us19-million-uranium-sales-deal-190949.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) has strengthened its cash position by selling part of its interests in long-term uranium sale and purchase agreements for US$19 million.

Binding contract sale agreements have been signed with a third-party for a portion of its delivery commitments under two existing concentrate agreements.

The quantity of delivery obligations sold represents 935,000 pounds of uranium.

These commitments were scheduled to be fulfilled between 2018 and 2021.

Financial position “greatly enhanced”

Wayne Heili, managing director said: “One of Peninsula’s defining strengths is our sales contract portfolio.

“We have greatly enhanced our current financial position by accelerating some of the income potential contained in that portfolio.

“This non-dilutive cash infusion should allow the company to comfortably advance our production improvement initiatives at the Lance projects.

“Peninsula greatly appreciates the full cooperation of our counterparties in this transaction.

“The professionalism and creativity exhibited by these industry leaders was on full display throughout the process of arranging this transaction.”

READ: Peninsula Energy lifts uranium production for third straight quarter

As part of the contract sale, Peninsula has also sold its entire interest in an agreement to purchase 900,000 pounds or uranium between 2018 and 2020.

This commitment is no longer required as uranium purchases under this agreement were intended to provide the bulk of material for commitments that have been satisfied through the contract sale.

Strong contract book retained

Peninsula has retained a strong contract book of up to 6.6 million pounds remaining under contract for delivery between 2018 and 2030 with customers in North America and Europe.

The weighted average delivery price of these contracts is US$51-53 per pound of uranium.

Deliveries under the agreements will be a combination of uranium from Peninsula’s Lance projects in Wyoming, U.S.A., and open origin uranium that the company may purchase on the open market.

Possible new agreements

Peninsula continues to engage with existing and potential new customers regarding possible new long-term concentrate sale and purchase agreements.

These are targeting pricing mechanisms that would support increased production scenarios under the company’s planned transition to low pH mining at the Lance projects.

Part of the contract sale proceeds will be used to progress the low pH permit amendments, finalise additional technical testing and complete a low pH feasibility study.

READ: Peninsula Energy’s substantial shareholder lifts position

With a strong cash position and additional financial flexibility, Peninsula does not anticipate the need for a working capital facility over the next 1 to 2 years.

Therefore, the Investec working capital facility has not been extended.

This reduces corporate overhead expenses by eliminating associated line fees, undrawn commitment fees and interest on drawn working capital amounts.

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Thu, 01 Feb 2018 11:13:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/190949/peninsula-energy-lifts-cash-position-with-us19-million-uranium-sales-deal-190949.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy enters trading halt pending changes to uranium agreements ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/190793/peninsula-energy-enters-trading-halt-pending-changes-to-uranium-agreements-190793.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) has been granted a trading halt by the ASX pending changes to Peninsula's uranium concentrate sale and purchase agreements.

Shares will remain in a trading halt until the earlier of the commencement of normal trading on Thursday, 1 February 2018, or when the changes are finalised.

READ: Peninsula Energy lifts uranium production for third straight quarter

Peninsula recently achieved its third successive quarter of increased uranium production from the Lance Projects in the U.S.

There were circa 38,800 pounds of uranium produced in the December quarter, 4,300 pounds more than the previous quarter.

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Tue, 30 Jan 2018 12:26:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/190793/peninsula-energy-enters-trading-halt-pending-changes-to-uranium-agreements-190793.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy lifts uranium production for third straight quarter ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/189975/peninsula-energy-lifts-uranium-production-for-third-straight-quarter-189975.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) has achieved its third successive quarter of increased uranium production from the Lance Projects in the U.S.

There were circa 38,800 pounds of uranium produced in the December quarter, 4,300 pounds more than the previous quarter.

The average daily production rate improved to 430 pounds during the quarter and this has continued into January with a rate of 500 pounds.

READ: Peninsula Energy’s substantial shareholder lifts position

Wayne Heili, managing director and CEO, said: “We are pleased to be producing at the high end of our 30,000 to 40,000 pounds quarterly forecast range.

“This comes as we prepare to transition the project to what we anticipate will be a substantially more robust and sustainable commercial operation utilising a lower pH mining solution.”

Lance Projects in Wyoming

The Lance ISR uranium operation is in the state of Wyoming, which is a premier uranium extraction jurisdiction, hosting multiple ISR operations.

Process improvement initiatives implemented in 2017 have been largely responsible for ensuring wellfield flow rates remained stable during extreme cold weather in December and early January.

Production from the company’s nine commissioned header houses using alkaline lixiviant will form the basis of ongoing operations over the near-term.

Changing to low pH operation

This will enable Peninsula to progress the various activities and permitting required for the change to a low pH ISR uranium operation.

The company is also constructing the surface facilities associated with the tenth header house to increase operating capacity by mid-2018 or as needed.

Uranium purchases

Peninsula is purchasing uranium from other producers to meet sales commitments.

Peninsula has contracted to purchase 900,000 pounds of uranium over the next 3 years at an average cost of US$25 per pound and its costs are well below sales prices.

The company has up to 7.6 million pounds of uranium remaining under contract for delivery to major utilities in the U.S. and Europe through to 2030 at a weighted average delivery price of US$54.50 per pound.

Projected revenue remaining under these existing long-term contracts is up to US$415 million.

These contracts provide a substantial earnings stream to Peninsula while allowing it to retain significant quantities of planned uranium production for contracting in the future.

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Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:50:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/189975/peninsula-energy-lifts-uranium-production-for-third-straight-quarter-189975.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy’s substantial shareholder lifts position ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/189621/peninsula-energys-substantial-shareholder-lifts-position-189621.html Peninsula Energy Ltd's (ASX:PEN) substantial shareholder, Global X Management Company, has increased its stake in the uranium miner to 12.03% from 11%.

The New York-based fund now holds almost 28 million shares through its Global X Uranium ETF entity.

It has been steadily increasing its holding in Peninsula through regular share purchases.

In late October the Global X stake had increased to 8.64% from 7.62%.

Producing from Lance project

Peninsula is producing uranium from the Lance ISR Project in the U.S. state of Wyoming.

The state is a premier uranium extraction jurisdiction, hosting multiple ISR operations.

The company is also purchasing uranium from other producers to meet sales commitments.

Production from Lance for the three months ending September was circa 34,500 pounds of uranium with around 42,500 pounds of uranium dried and drummed in the period.

Sales totalled 132,934 pounds, which consisted of 92,934 pounds from Lance and the remaining 40,000 pounds from market purchases.

The average sale price was US$50 per pound for cash receipts of US$6.6 million.

Peninsula was trading at $0.44 today. 

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Mon, 08 Jan 2018 14:38:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/189621/peninsula-energys-substantial-shareholder-lifts-position-189621.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy's substantial shareholder lifts position ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/187862/peninsula-energy-s-substantial-shareholder-lifts-position-187862.html Peninsula Energy Ltd's (ASX:PEN) substantial shareholder, Global X Management Company, has increased its stake in the company to 9.94% from 8.64%.

Peninsula is producing uranium from the Lance ISR Project in the U.S. state of Wyoming.

Wyoming is a premier uranium extraction jurisdiction, hosting multiple ISR operations.

READ: Peninsula Energy records positive quarterly operating cash flow

Peninsula continues to take advantage of the current low uranium price environment by purchasing uranium to meet commitments under certain term contracts.

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Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:58:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/187862/peninsula-energy-s-substantial-shareholder-lifts-position-187862.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula's David Coyne discussed unlocking the full potential of Lance Projects at Proactive's CEO Sessions ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/187190/peninsula-s-david-coyne-discussed-unlocking-the-full-potential-of-lance-projects-at-proactive-s-ceo-sessions-187190.html Peninsula Energy Ltd's (ASX:PEN) finance director, David Coyne, joined Proactive's CEO Sessions in Melbourne and Sydney this week.

Peninsula is producing uranium from the Lance Projects in Wyoming, U.S., and the company has a world-class technical, financial and commercial team.

The projects contain resources of 53.5 million pounds of uranium, and is licensed to produce up to 3 million pounds per annum.

A game-changing low pH lixiviant is being evaluated.

ACCESS THE FULL PRESENTATION HERE

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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:52:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/187190/peninsula-s-david-coyne-discussed-unlocking-the-full-potential-of-lance-projects-at-proactive-s-ceo-sessions-187190.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy to discuss positive cash flow from uranium sales at Proactive's CEO Sessions ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/186449/peninsula-energy-to-discuss-positive-cash-flow-from-uranium-sales-at-proactive-s-ceo-sessions-186449.html Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) delivered positive operating cash flow and a 13% increase in uranium recovered in the September 2017 quarter, compared to the previous period, from the flagship Lance Projects in the U.S. state of Wyoming.

The quarterly production increase was due to header house 7 which operated for the full quarter and header house 8 which came online.

Quarterly sales generated cash proceeds of US$6.6 million, which was in line with forecasts, and the company holds US$11.8 million in cash.

Find out more from David Coyle at Proactive's CEO Sessions.

Click below to register by email

- Melbourne: Tuesday 14th November.
- Sydney: Wednesday 15th November.
- Email Pauline here.
- Call office on (02) 9280 0700.

Presenter list

- Zelda Therapeutics (ASX:ZLD): Dr. Stewart Washer
- Thred Ltd (ASX:THD): Geoff Marshall
- De Grey Mining (ASX:DEG): Simon Lill
- Peninsula Energy (ASX:PEN): David Coyle

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Fri, 03 Nov 2017 12:11:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/186449/peninsula-energy-to-discuss-positive-cash-flow-from-uranium-sales-at-proactive-s-ceo-sessions-186449.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy records positive quarterly operating cash flow ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/186460/peninsula-energy-records-positive-quarterly-operating-cash-flow-186460.html Peninsula Energy (ASX:PEN) had a solid September quarter supported by positive operating cash flow and a 13% increase in uranium recovered over the prior quarter.

During the quarter, the company produced 34,658 pounds of uranium and dried and drummed 42,665 pounds uranium from its flagship Lance Project located in the U.S. state of Wyoming.

The quarterly production increase was due to header house 7 which operated for the full quarter and header house 8 which came online during the quarter.

Quarterly sales generated cash proceeds of US$6.6 million, which was in line with forecasts and the company cash position was US$11.8 million at the quarter’s end.

Furthermore, recent encouraging research results at Lance have shown there is potential to transform the operating performance and cost profile at the project.

READ NOW: Peninsula Energy's game-changer adds potential for Lance to be in first quartile of uranium producers September operating performance

Focus during the quarter continued on operational improvement at the Lance Projects with production continuing at an average daily rate of ~400 pounds uranium per day.

Further improvement in performance is targeted as new header houses ramp up and production improvement initiatives are refined.

Current production rate targets are established so that production levels would meet the Lance Projects sourced delivery commitments under existing term contracts.

Peninsula continues to take advantage of the current low uranium price environment by purchasing uranium to meet commitments under certain term contracts.

Construction on header house 9 was completed during the quarter production from the nine commissioned header houses will form the basis of on-going operations over the near-term.

Sales prices still well below cost prices

Sales during the quarter totalled 132,934 pounds uranium which comprised 92,934 pounds from Lance and 40,000 pounds from market purchases.

The sales were made at an average price of US$50 per pound which generated cash receipts of US$6.6 million.

Considering Peninsula has contracted to purchase 900,000 pounds uranium over the next 3 years at an average cost of US$25 per pound, costs are still well below sales prices.

Peninsula currently has up to 7.6 million pounds of uranium remaining under contract for delivery to major utilities located in the U.S. and Europe through to 2030 at a weighted average delivery price of US$54.50 per pound.

Projected revenue remaining under these existing long-term contracts is up to US$415 million.

These contracts provide a substantial earnings stream to Peninsula whilst allowing it to retain significant quantities of planned uranium production for contracting during future periods.

Research sheds light on potential game-changing transformation

Currently, Peninsula uses and is permitted for an alkaline lixiviant leaching process to extract uranium at the Lance Projects.

However, recent laboratory testing results indicate that using a low pH ISR solution could transform the operating performance and cost profile at Lance.

Test results showed average uranium grades using lower pH solution were over 10 times higher than current average alkaline solution grades.

Furthermore, a 95% uranium recovery was achieved during low pH testing compared to 40% recovery at the same stage under actual alkaline operations.

To change to a low pH solution will require the approval of amendment requests for the existing permits and licenses.

Initial discussions with the relevant regulatory authority have been positive and have not identified any legal impediments.

Based on these preliminary discussions, Peninsula holds a reasonable expectation that amendments to existing operating permits and licenses could be granted within the next 18 to 24 months.

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Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:35:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/186460/peninsula-energy-records-positive-quarterly-operating-cash-flow-186460.html
<![CDATA[News - Peninsula Energy's substantial shareholder boosts stake ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/186378/peninsula-energy-s-substantial-shareholder-boosts-stake-186378.html Peninsula Energy Ltd's (ASX:PEN) substantial shareholder, Global X Management, has lifted its stake in the company to 8.64% from 7.62%.

Peninsula produces uranium from its Lance Projects in Wyoming, U.S.

Production for the three months ending September was circa 34,500 pounds of uranium with around 42,500 pounds of uranium dried and drummed in the period.

Sales totalled 132,934 pounds of uranium, which consisted of 92,934 pounds from Lance and the remaining 40,000 pounds from market purchases.

The average sale price was US$50 per pound for cash receipts of US$6.6 million.

READ NOW: Peninsula's game-changer adds potential for Lance to be in first quartile of uranium producers ]]>
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