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SYDNEY MINING CLUB PRESENTATION “The voice of the Customer”. MARK CUTIFANI, Managing Director SONS OF GWALIA LTD 6 September 2001. AGENDA. Introduction Business context Tantalum - A case study Sons of Gwalia - Strategic directions Summary - Portfolio position. GOLD Core business

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SYDNEY MINING CLUBPRESENTATION“The voice of the Customer”

MARK CUTIFANI, Managing Director

SONS OF GWALIA LTD

6 September 2001


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AGENDA

  • Introduction

  • Business context

  • Tantalum - A case study

  • Sons of Gwalia - Strategic directions

  • Summary - Portfolio position


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GOLD

Core business

Profitable, Significant

ADVANCED MINERALS

Core business

Profitable, Significant Growth

SONS OF GWALIA LTD - AN AUSTRALIAN MINER

MINERAL SANDS

Low risk

opportunity


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WA

SONS OF GWALIA OPERATIONS

Gold

Advanced Minerals

Port Hedland

Wodgina

Laverton

Region

Leonora

Region

Kalgoorlie

Southern Cross Region

Perth

Murray Basin JV

Greenbushes


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Profit after tax & before abnormals

FOCUS ON RESULTS

EPS

(cents)

Profit A$ million


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MAJOR GOLD COMPANIES - 2000 ROIC

Sons of Gwalia - 24%

Source: Merrill Lynch, May 2001


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RELATIVE PERFORMANCE

Sons of Gwalia


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BUSINESS CONTEXT

  • Changing the rules

  • Implications of change

  • Tantalum - A case study


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BUSINESS CONTEXT - A CHANGING WORLD

  • Information and Communication

  • Faster / Higher - Focus on performance

  • Life cycle costs

  • Technology obsolescence

  • Environment - Energy efficiency

THE CUSTOMER IS LOOKING FOR NEW SOLUTIONS

TO OLD PROBLEMS


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BUSINESS CONTEXT - IMPLICATIONS

  • A new world - Looking for new solutions

  • Material Sciences - Identifying possibilities

  • Light Metals - The new wave

  • Base Metals - Future position?

HOW DOES THE MINERALS INDUSTRY MEET THESE

CHALLENGES?


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TANTALUM - A CASE STUDY

  • Properties - A competitive edge

  • Applications - An emerging position

  • Market Growth - What can we see

  • Gwalia’s response to the customer


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WHAT IS TANTALUM?

  • Grey-blue metal

  • Soft, ductile

  • High melting (2,997ºC) and boiling points (5,425 ºC)

  • Low co-efficient of thermal expansion

  • Excellent capacity to store and release electrical charge

  • Exceptional resistance to corrosion


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TANTALUM APPLICATIONS

  • Electronics

    • PCs, Palm Pilots

    • Video Cameras, Sony Playstations

    • Automotive electronics

  • Telecommunications

    • Mobile Phones

    • Base Stations

  • Alloys

    • Turbine blades in powerstations

    • Aerospace


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CHEMICALS

6%

METAL CUTTING

8%

SUPER ALLOYS

10%

MILL PRODUCTS

15%

ELECTRONICS

61%

TANTALUM USAGE - 2000

TANTALUM DEMAND - 2000

5 million lbs Tantalum

6.3 million lbs Ta2O5


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Historical tantalum demand

TANTALUM DEMAND GROWTH

Forecast @ 8%pa


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OTHER- 12%

BRAZIL - 5%

CANADA - 8%

GLOBAL TANTALUM RESERVE BASE - 2001

Sons of Gwalia - 75%

Source: US Geological Survey - January 2001



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MAJOR TANTALUM MINES POST EXPANSIONS

Canada

Brazil

China

Ethiopia

China

Brazil


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TANTALUM - ORGANIC GROWTH

  • Dominant Resource position

  • Regional positions / Established infrastructure

  • Low cost production

  • Take or Pay Contracts

    • Growth profile

    • Revenues protected

  • Multiple options for growth

FOCUS ON STABILISING THE MARKET AND DELIVERING VALUE TO OUR CUSTOMERS


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MANAGING THE MARKET

  • Customer needs

  • Value Chain

  • Supply Chain Integration

  • Product Research

  • Promotion


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STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Business model

  • Core skills

  • Core values

  • Objectives

  • Portfolio assessment


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STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS - BUSINESS MODEL

  • Commodity - Growth potential

    - Resource positions

  • Capital Intensity - Establishment

    - Risk profile

  • Margin Potential - Cost structures

    - Revenue risks

DOES THE INDUSTRY STRUCTURE GIVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MANAGE RETURNS?


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SONS OF GWALIA - CORE SKILLS

  • Geology - Regional exploration

    - Working-over ground

  • Mining - Low Capital intensity

    - No frills

  • Process - “Breakers” and “Shakers”

    - Infrastructure hubs

UNDERSTANDING OUR SKILLS BASE KEEPS US FOCUSSED ON WHERE WE CAN ADD VALUE


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STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES

GOLD - Secure production base

- Improve quality of returns

- Establish industry relevant position

TANTALUM - Secure resource position

- Establish critical mass and low cost growth platform

- Increase market penetration

MINERAL - Establish Resource base

SANDS- Establish product quality and market potential

- Promote Murray Basin brand

POSITION FOR EXCEPTIONAL RETURNS

AND PROFITABLE GROWTH


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GOLD - A CORE BUSINESS

  • Profitable, high cash flow business

  • Underwrite revenue through hedging

  • Focus on capital efficiency & total returns

    • Infrastructure hub

    • Flexible ore sources

    • Rationalise to reduce costs

  • 3 strategic regions

    • Leonora

    • Southern Cross

    • Laverton


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PACMIN BID - RATIONALE

  • Strengthen Regional Positions

  • Secures Production / Cost Base

  • Enables more Effective Capital allocation

  • Improves Industry Gold Position

  • Strengthens Balance Sheet / Cash Flows

EARNINGS ACCRETIVE WHILE STRENGTHEN BASE TO MANAGE PROFITABLE GROWTH


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‘000LBS

TANTALUM PRODUCTION & SALES

Forecast

GROWTH SECURED BY CONTRACTED

TAKE OR PAY SALES


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MURRAY BASIN TITANIUM

  • First mineral sands producer

  • Commissioned March 01

  • Sales contracts in place

  • First shipments June 01

  • Production:

    • 30,000tpa rutile

    • 10,000tpa zircon

    • 30,000tpa ilmenite

  • Total Resources: 15.4Mt HMC

  • 156% increase in Resourcesin 12 months

  • Excellent exploration potential


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MURRAY BASIN 2002 BUSINESS OBJECTIVES

  • Ramp production to full capacity

  • Establish Murray Basin Titanium Brand

    • Rutile

    • Zircon

  • Consolidate Resource base to underwrite Stage II potential

  • Confirm ilmenite processing & market quality

POSITION FOR NEXT DEVELOPMENT PHASE


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SONS OF GWALIA - OPPORTUNITIES

  • TITANIUM - The third wave?

  • LITHIUM - The fourth wave?

  • OTHER - New technologies

    - New applications

FOCUS ON CUSTOMER NEEDS WILL PLAY A SIGNIFICANT PART IN DIRECTING OUR

FUTURE DEVELOPMENT


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SONS OF GWALIA - ASSET PORTFOLIO

  • GOLD - Long-term sustainable profits

  • TANTALUM - Growth profile

  • MINERAL SANDS - Seeding an Opportunity

  • OPPORTUNITIES - Identifying strategic fit

PORTFOLIO STRUCTURED TO DELIVER

RETURNS AND PROFITABLE GROWTH


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Profit after tax & before abnormals

SONS OF GWALIA - FOCUS ON RESULTS

EPS

(cents)

Profit A$ million


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SONS OF GWALIA

www.sog.com.au

SONS OF GWALIA LTD