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Jubilee Metals Group PLC

10 August 2022

Jubilee Metals Group PLC

Registration number (4459850)

Altx share code: JBL

AIM share code: JLP

ISIN: GB0031852162

("Jubilee" or "the Company" or "the Group")

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Operations and Projects Update for the six months to 30 June 2022 (H2 FY2022)

Jubilee Metals Group PLC, a diversified leader in metals processing with operations in Africa (AIM: JLP/Altx: JBL), is pleased to announce the performance of its operations and progress on growth projects for the six-month period to 30 June 2022. Figures in this announcement are unaudited and exclude the effect of foreign exchange profits or losses.

Jubilee's key achievement during the period was the completion and early results achieved of its c. GBP 58 million (ZAR1.2 billion) investment programme in South Africa and Zambia that has reshaped the company, provided expanded production across PGMs, Chrome, Copper and Cobalt, and laid the platform for the expected growth during the full FY 2023 period.

Key Achievements for H2 FY2022

-- Jubilee successfully completed its c. GBP 58 million (ZAR 1.2 billion) investment programme to diversify and expand the Company's PGM, copper and cobalt operational footprint

-- In South Africa, construction and commissioning of the new 45% expanded Inyoni operations were completed in March 2022 with an annualised nameplate production capacity of 44 000 PGM ounces and a 1.2 million tonnes combined chrome concentrate capacity (up 85%)

-- Jubilee achieved increased production of 21 140 PGM ounces for the six-month period (up 5% from the previous six-month period) despite planned operational interruptions to complete the new Inyoni processing facility

-- Notably 95% of PGM ounces was produced at the new Inyoni operations during six-month period (compared to 75% in FY2021). This brings enhanced economics to Jubilee and has mitigated the impact of softer PGM prices

-- Early results from the new Inyoni operations have outperformed expectations with a 34% reduction in PGM unit cost compared with the six-month period ending December 2021, as the facility benefits from significantly increased operational footprint and increased contribution from chrome production

-- The enlarged Inyoni delivered an increase in unit earnings per PGM ounce of 12% compared with the six-month period ending December 2021, despite the realised PGM basket price reducing 3% over the period

-- In Zambia, Copper production increased 14% to 1 388 tonnes, over the previous six-month period

-- Southern Copper Refining Strategy for 12 000 tonnes per annum of copper was brought onstream with the commissioning of the new Roan copper concentrator and ramp-up of operations reached 80% of design capacity in August 2022

Leon Coetzer, CEO, commented: "I am extremely proud of the Jubilee team's performance, and I thank each one of them for their dedication and innovation despite the various challenges, including at times, intense and prolonged supply chain disruptions. The team has delivered a significantly expanded and further diversified operational footprint which is already producing material increases in output and efficiencies.

"The rationale for the investment to expand our Inyoni operations is best illustrated by the simultaneous increase in not only the overall PGM production but also the sharp increase in earnings generated per PGM ounce despite softer metal prices. The past six months and especially the last quarter has shown a sharp increase in PGM production and lower costs as Inyoni achieved its full design capacity with the majority of the PGM production stemming from this quarter. This performance underpins our target of reaching 44 000 PGM ounces per annum from our own facilities as more of our production benefits from our renowned efficiencies.

"Equally in copper following a delayed start due to equipment deliveries, our Project Roan reached 80% of design capacity during the first week of August. This puts us on track to achieve our targeted 3 700 tonnes of copper over the current six-month period ending December 2022. The increased production rates are expected to further reduce our unit cost. With the delivery of Project Roan, we are on track to reach 10 000 tonnes of copper for the full twelve-month period ending June 2023, while we work to unlock the cobalt potential.

"I am very excited by what the FY 2023 period holds. It offers tremendous potential growth for our Company as it benefits from the foundation laid during the FY2022 period, with the full exposure of our enlarged South African operations as well as the commissioning of our new 12 000 tonnes per annum Southern Copper Refining operations and the realisation of our cobalt production."

OPERATIONAL KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

 
 COMBINED OPERATIONAL 
  PERFORMANCE (UNAUDITED) 
                                          12 months     six months   six months   % change 
   KEY UNITS OF PRODUCTION       Unit         to            to           to        H2 vs H1 
                                            30 Jun        30 Jun       31 Dec 
                                          2022 FY2022    2022 (H2)    2021 (H1) 
                              --------  -------------  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
 PGM ounces: 
                              --------  -------------  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
 
   *    Inyoni                   Oz         35 188        20 036       15 152        32% 
                              --------  -------------  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
 
   *    Third party JV           Oz         6 268         1 104        5 164        (79%) 
                              --------  -------------  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
 Total PGM ounces                Oz         41 456        21 140       20 316        4% 
                              --------  -------------  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
 Copper tonnes                  Tonne       2 604         1 388        1 216         14% 
                              --------  -------------  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
 UNIT REVENUE 
                              --------  -------------  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
 Revenue per PGM ounce          $/oz        1 609         1 586        1 632        (3%) 
                              --------  -------------  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
 Revenue per copper tonne        $/t        9 195         8 903        9 527        (7%) 
                              --------  -------------  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
 
   UNIT COSTS 
                              --------  -------------  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
 Net cost per PGM ounce 
  (after by-product credits 
  chrome) (1)                   $/oz         447           358          540         (34%) 
                              --------  -------------  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
 Net cost per copper 
  tonne (after by-product 
  credits cobalt)                $/t        5 371         4 931        5 873        (16%) 
                              --------  -------------  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
 
   UNIT EARNINGS(2) 
                              --------  -------------  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
 Net earnings per PGM 
  ounce                         $/oz        1 162         1 228        1 092         12% 
                              --------  -------------  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
 Net earnings per copper 
  tonne                          $/t        3 824         3 972        3 654         9% 
                              --------  -------------  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
 

COMBINED KEY FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM OPERATIONS

-- Operational earnings totalled GBP 24 million (ZAR 480 million) for the six-month period ending June 2022 (up 24% from the previous six-month period)

-- Revenue from operations totalled GBP 76 million (ZAR 1.5 billion) for the six-month period ending June 2022 (up 21% from the previous six-month period)

-- PGM unit cost of production reduced by 34% driven by increased PGM operational footprint and increased contribution of chrome by-product credits

-- The group cash and cash equivalents as at 30 June 2022, stood at GBP 16 million (FY2021 GBP 19.6 million)

South African Operations

Operational Highlights

-- South African operations maintained a strong safety performance over the six-month period with 162 days worked without any LTI

-- Jubilee's PGM operations delivered 21 140 PGM ounces of which 95% was delivered by the expanded Inyoni operations for the six-month period. This equates to an increase of 32% compared with Inyoni's previous best performance of 15 152 PGM ounces

-- Third party JV ounces decreased 79% as part of the strategy to migrate to Inyoni only production

Operational Financial Highlights

-- Early results from the expanded Inyoni operations exceed expectations with a reduction of 34% in PGM unit cost of operations due to the increased PGM processing capacity and a sharp increase in the contribution from chrome by-product operations

-- Net revenue from South African operations over the six-month period increased to GBP 67 million (ZAR 1.3 billion) up 21% from the previous six-month period

-- Net operational earnings from South Africa for the six-month period reached GBP 20 million (ZAR 400 million) maintaining a strong margin of 30% and up 23% from the previous six-month period

Zambian Operations

Project and Operational Highlights

-- Zambian operations maintained a strong safety performance achieving 124 days worked without any LTI

-- 12 000 tonne per annum Southern Copper Refining Strategy brought into operation with the integration of the newly commissioned Roan copper concentrator with Sable Refinery

-- Ramp-up of the Roan concentrator reaches 80% of design capacity at the time of this announcement

-- Copper tonnes sold during the six-month period as part of operational trials increased to 1 388 tonnes, up 14% over the previous six-month period

Operational Financial Highlights

-- Net revenue from Zambian operations increased to GBP 10 million (ZAR 200 million) for the six-month period, up 16% from the previous six-month period

-- Net operational earnings from Zambian operations increased to GBP 4.2 million (ZAR 84 million) up 30% from the previous six-month period

Prospects for FY2023

South Africa

-- The new enlarged PGM and chrome operations have set the platform to deliver 44 000 PGM ounces and 1.2million tonnes of chrome concentrate per annum from Jubilee's own capacity. The PGM production benefits from the increased efficiencies of this new enlarged facility, which is significantly subsidised by the increased chrome production as highlighted by the results for the H2 six-month period. FY2023 offers strong potential for growth in earnings as it benefits from the full exposure of our enlarged South African operations

-- Jubilee continues to progress discussions to secure a further PGM processing footprint in the Eastern Limb of the Bushveld (north-eastern region of South Africa's chrome and PGM mining region). Jubilee has already secured significant tailings resources with further expansion opportunities in the area. Jubilee is reviewing the option to either secure a decommissioned PGM facility that will be repurposed by Jubilee, or to construct a new facility in the region

Zambia

-- The Southern Copper Refining Strategy targets to produce 3 700 tonnes of copper within the first half of FY2023 ramping up to target 10 000 tonnes of copper for the full FY2023 year. If achieved this equates to a 284% increase in copper output

-- In addition, the Company looks to complete the testing and commissioning of the cobalt circuit on the back of the completed ramp up of Project Roan offering the potential of significant earnings contribution

-- Jubilee's technical and projects team can now dedicate their focus on the development and execution of the Northern Copper Refining Strategy

Please refer to the Appendices for a detailed breakdown of the performance achieved during H2 FY2022.

10 August 2022

   For further information visit www.jubileemetalsgroup.com   or contact: 

Jubilee Metals Group PLC

Leon Coetzer

Tel: +27 (0) 11 465 1913

PR & IR Adviser - Tavistock

Jos Simson/ Gareth Tredway/ Adam Baynes

Tel: +44 (0) 207 920 3150

Nominated Adviser - SPARK Advisory Partners Limited

Andrew Emmott/ James Keeshan

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3368 3555

Joint Broker - Berenberg

Matthew Armitt/ Jennifer Lee/ Detlir Elezi

Tel +44 (0) 20 3207 7800

Joint Broker - WHIreland

Harry Ansell/ Katy Mitchell

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7220 1670/+44 (0) 113 394 6618

Joint Broker - Shard Capital Partners LLP

Damon Heath/ Erik Woolgar

Tel +44 (0) 20 7186 9900

JSE Sponsor - Questco Corporate Advisory Proprietary Limited

Sharon Owens

Tel: +27 (11) 011 9212

APPICES

SUMMARY OF OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE

South African Operations

 
                            USD                                                                                     Pound Sterling 
 FY2022       6         6      % change         Unit                     UNAUDITED                 Unit     % change      6         6      FY2022 
           months    months                                                                                            months    months 
           to end    to end                                                                                            to end    to end 
             Dec       Jun                                                                                               Jun       Dec 
            2021      2022                                                                                              2022      2021 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
 
                                                                          PRODUCTION 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
                                                             Inyoni ounces 
 35 188    15 152    20 036      32%             oz           sold                                  oz        32%      20 036    15 152    35 188 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
                                                             Third party 
                                                              JV ounces 
  6 268     5 164     1 104     (79%)            oz           sold                                  oz       (79%)      1 104     5 164     6 268 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
                                                             Total PGM 
 41 456    20 316    21 140       4%             oz           ounces sold                           oz         4%      21 140    20 316    41 456 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
  1 222      619                                             By-product                                                  602       619      1 222 
   452        900    602 552     (3%)          tonne          tonnes (chrome)                      tonne      (3%)        552       900      452 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
 
                                                                          FINANCIALS 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
 
                                                                           REVENUE 
                                                                       FROM OPERATIONS 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
  66 703    33 164    33 539      1%           $'000         PGM revenue                          GBP'000      6%      25 820    24 330    50 150 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
                                                             By-product 
  94 370    41 487    52 883     27%           $'000          revenue (chrome)                    GBP'000     34%      40 712    30 436    71 148 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
   161 
    073     74 650    86 422     16%           $'000         Net revenue                          GBP'000     21%      66 532    54 766    121 298 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
 
                                                                                OPERATING 
                                                                                  COSTS 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
 
  26 162    13 823    12 340    (11%)                $'000     *    Processing cost               GBP'000     (6%)      9 500     10 141   19 640 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
 
  4 654     1 534     3 120      103%          $'000          *    Transport costs Eastern Limb   GBP'000     113%      2 402     1 125     3 528 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
 
  82 103    37 102    45 001     21%           $'000           *    By-product costs (chrome)     GBP'000     27%       34 644    27 219   61 863 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
                                                             Total PGM 
   112                                                        operating 
    919     52 458    60 461     15%           $'000          costs                               GBP'000     21%       46 546    38 485   85 031 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
 
                                                                         OPERATIONAL 
                                                                           EARNINGS 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
  35 886    17 807    18 079      2%           $'000         PGM earnings                         GBP'000      7%      13 918    13 064    26 982 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
                                                             By-product 
                                                              PGM earnings 
  12 267    4 385     7 882      80%           $'000          (chrome)                            GBP'000     89%       6 068     3 217     9 285 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
                                                             Net earnings 
  48 153    22 192    25 961     17%           $'000          from operations                     GBP'000     23%      19 986    16 281    36 267 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
 
                                                                          FINANCIAL 
                                                                         RESULTS PER 
                                                                            OUNCE 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
                                                             Revenue per 
  1 609     1 632     1 586      (3%)           $/oz          PGM ounce                           GBP/oz       2%       1 221     1 198     1 210 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
                                                             By-product 
                                                              PGM revenue 
                                                              per ounce 
  2 276     2 042     2 502      22%            $/oz          (chrome)                            GBP/oz      29%       1 926     1 498     1 716 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
                                                             Net revenue 
  3 885     3 675     4 088      11%            $/oz          per PGM ounce                       GBP/oz      17%       3 147     2 696     2 926 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
                                                             Operating 
                                                              cost per 
                                                              PGM ounce: 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
 
   631       680       584      (14%)           $/oz           *    Processing cost               GBP/oz     (10%)       449       499       474 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
 
   112       75        147       96%            $/oz          *    Transport costs Eastern Limb   GBP/oz      107%       114       55        85 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
 
  1 980     1 826     2 129      17%            $/oz           *    By-product cost (chrome)      GBP/oz      22%       1 639     1 340     1 492 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
                                                             Total operating 
                                                              cost per 
  2 723     2 583     2 860      11%            $/oz          PGM ounce                           GBP/oz      16%       2 202     1 894     2 051 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
                                                             Net earnings 
                                                              per PGM ounce 
                                                              after by-product 
  1 162     1 092     1 228      12%            $/oz          credit (chrome)                     GBP/oz      18%        945       801       875 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
                                                             Cost per 
                                                              PGM Ounce 
                                                              net of by- 
                                                              product credit 
   447       540       358      (34%)           $/oz          (chrome)                            GBP/oz     (30%)       276       396       335 
          --------  --------  ---------  -----------------  -----------------------------------  --------  ---------  --------  --------  -------- 
 

Health and Safety

The South African operations maintained their record of no reportable occupational health or environmental incidents over the six-month period. The combined operations have achieved 162 days without a lost time injury (LTI) with a lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) of 2.0. Over the period 217 128 tonnes of historical tailings were uplifted, processed and placed on a modern tailings facility by the Jubilee tailings operations.

Operational Performance

In South Africa, Jubilee delivered on its strategy to maximize the processing of historical tailings through its own operations, rather than utilizing the processing capacity offered by third party processing facilities through existing joint venture agreements. Jubilee's new Inyoni processing facility significantly outperforms the efficiencies achieved at the third-party facilities.

The PGM operational processing capacity has been increased by 45% to 75 000 tonnes per month which holds the potential to produce 44 000 PGM ounces per annum. The expansion program included the expansion of the chrome processing operations by approximately 80% to 250 000 tonnes per month which holds the potential to produce 1.2 million tonnes of chrome concentrate per annum. The chrome operations play an important role in Jubilee's PGM operations by not only acting as a feeder system to the PGM operations but also subsidising the PGM unit cost through the sales of chrome concentrate.

Jubilee achieved the production of 21 140 PGM ounces for six-month period. Notably 95% of the PGM production stemmed from the new Inyoni operations, exceeding Inyoni's previous best performance by 32%. Q4 of FY2022 saw a significant jump in PGM production as the new Inyoni operations reached its full design capacity. The enlarged facility benefits from the scale of operations with the unit cash cost to produce a PGM ounce reducing to US$ 358 over the six-month period. The cash cost per PGM ounce for the six-month period benefitted from the increased contribution from the sale of chrome concentrate accounting for US$ 373 per PGM ounce or GBP 6.1 million (ZAR 122 million).

While PGM production over the six-month period continued to be impacted by the ramp-up of the new Inyoni processing facility, production of PGMs is expected to continue to sharply increase as the new Inyoni facility operates at full design capacity.

The Company confirms its guidance of 44 000 PGM ounces from own production for FY2023 with an option to add a further 8 000 PGM ounces from third party processing agreements dependent on stock availability.

Zambian Operations

 
                       USD 
                                                                                      Pound Sterling 
 FY2022   6 months   6 months   % change             UNAUDITED               % change   6 months   6 months   FY2022 
           to end     to end                 Unit                    Unit                to end     to end 
          Dec 2021   Jun 2022                                                           Jun 2022   Dec 2021 
         ---------  ---------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
 
                                                      PRODUCTION 
         ---------  ---------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
                                                       Copper 
                                                       tonnes 
 2 604     1 216      1 388       14%      Tonnes       sold       Tonnes      14%       1 388      1 216     2 604 
         ---------  ---------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
 
                                                      FINANCIALS 
         ---------  ---------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
 
                                                       REVENUE 
                                                        FROM 
                                                     OPERATIONS 
         ---------  ---------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
                                                       Copper 
 23 943    11 585     12 358       7%      $'000      revenue      GBP'000     12%       9 514      8 499     18 013 
         ---------  ---------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
                                                     By-product 
                                                       copper 
                                                      revenue 
  441        -         441        100%     $'000      (cobalt)     GBP'000     100%       339         -        339 
         ---------  ---------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
                                                     Net copper 
 24 384    11 585     12 799      10%      $'000       revenue     GBP'000     16%       9 853      8 499     18 352 
         ---------  ---------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
 
                                                      OPERATING 
                                                        COSTS 
         ---------  ---------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
                                                    Total copper 
                                                      operating 
 13 985    7 141      6 844       (4%)     $'000        costs      GBP'000      1%       5 269      5 239     10 508 
         ---------  ---------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
 
                                                     OPERATIONAL 
                                                      EARNINGS 
         ---------  ---------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
                                                       Copper 
                                                      earnings 
         ---------  ---------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
                                                     By-product 
                                                       copper 
                                                      earnings 
                                                      (cobalt) 
         ---------  ---------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
                                                     Net copper 
 9 958     4 444      5 514       24%      $'000      earnings     GBP'000     30%       4 245      3 260     7 505 
         ---------  ---------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
                                                     FINANCIAL 
                                                     RESULTS PER 
                                                        TONNE 
         ---------  ---------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
                                                    Revenue per 
 9 195     9 527      8 903       (7%)      $/t     copper tonne    GBP/t      (2%)      6 854      6 989     6 917 
         ---------  ---------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
                                                     By-product 
                                                    revenue per 
                                                    copper tonne 
  169        -         318        100%      $/t       (cobalt)      GBP/t      100%       245         -        130 
         ---------  ---------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
                                                    Net revenue 
                                                     per copper 
 9 364     9 527      9 221       (3%)      $/t         tonne       GBP/t       2%       7 099      6 989     7 048 
         ---------  ---------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
                                                    Net earnings 
                                                     per copper 
                                                    tonne after 
                                                     by-product 
                                                       credit 
 3 824     3 654      3 973        9%       $/t       (cobalt)      GBP/t      14%       3 058      2 681     2 882 
         ---------  ---------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
                                                      Cost per 
                                                    copper tonne 
                                                     net of by- 
                                                      product 
                                                       credit 
 5 371     5 873      4 931      (16%)      $/t       (cobalt)      GBP/t     (12%)      3 796      4 308     3 905 
         ---------  ---------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
 

Health and Safety

The Zambian operations maintained their record of no reportable occupational health or environmental incidents over the six-month period. The combined operations and projects have achieved 124 days without a LTI with a LTIFR of 2.9.

Operational Performance

Jubilee's copper strategy in Zambia includes, as its first phase, the implementation of its Southern Copper Refining Strategy which targets to produce up to 12 000 tonnes (design capacity of 14 000 tonnes) of copper units per annum including a cobalt by-product from certain cobalt containing feed streams. The fully integrated Southern Copper Refining Strategy is a significant step for Jubilee as it diversifies its processing footprint across commodities and jurisdictions. It also holds the potential to significantly grow Jubilee's earnings in a commodity such as copper supported by strong fundamentals.

The strategy integrates the upgraded Sable Refinery with Project Roan, a new copper concentrator processing both Run-Of-Mine copper ore as well as tailings to produce copper concentrates for refining at Sable (10 000 tonnes per annum), which complements the existing supply of third-party feed to Sable refinery (2 000 tonnes per annum). Total capital spent to end June 2022 to deliver the integrated Southern Copper Refining Strategy's capital allocation totalled c. GBP 36.1 million (ZAR 721 million).

Jubilee's project execution team broke ground for the construction of the new copper concentrator, Project Roan, in June 2021 and despite the challenges caused by the COVID 19 pandemic and its effect on supply chains the team was able to commence testing of certain equipment within seven months and completed all construction activity within eleven months which remains a remarkable achievement. Despite a slight delay in start-up Project Roan has reached a production throughput level of 80% of design capacity.

In addition to the copper refining capacity at Sable, Jubilee approved the implementation of a cobalt refining circuit at Sable which at full design capacity holds the potential to produce up to 1 200 tonnes of cobalt product per annum. Testing and ramp-up of the cobalt circuit will follow the completed Roan concentrator ramp-up to ensure stable feed to the circuit.

Crucially, and in line with Jubilee's goals to promote sustained, inclusive economic growth, the Southern Copper Refining Strategy has resulted in significant job creation, with total jobs filled in Zambia reaching over 700 during the last twelve months. Jubilee has prioritised sourcing of skills and services from its local communities and has in many instances partnered with local firms to assist in their growth and development to offer a sustained service to its projects.

Over the six-month period the Company sold 1 388 tonnes of copper at a unit cost of US$ 4 931 per tonne of copper cathode. The majority of the production stems from operational trails as part of ensuring operational readiness at the Sable Refinery for Project Roan.

The Company targets the production of 3 700 tonnes of copper for the 6-month period ending December 2022 in-line with the ramp-up to full production of Project Roan.

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