Open-cast coal
Sydney, Australia — 02 August 2012 – Targeting coal mining in the Waterberg, Australian-based and listed exploration group Resource Generation has cleared major hurdles that may bring about a run in its share price, according to RBC Capital Markets.

Reporting its annual results, ResGen said in a statement here that it had been granted a water-usage licence during the last quarter of the financial year, while an appeal against its mining right had been dismissed. It had also signed a rail-freight agreement with Transnet.

Miningmx reports that the company’s next step is to secure debt and equity funding for the development of the first phase of its 6Mtpa Boikarabelo project.

“The Eskom domestic off-take agreement is the remaining commercial agreement outstanding – however, we see this as a relatively low-risk item,” said RBC Capital Markets. “We believe securing the debt financing will raise confidence in the development, underpinning increased equity value ahead of a likely equity raising in late 2012.”

RBC said ResGen’s valuation remained compelling. “We assume higher capex and a one year delayed start-up relative to management, but our base case net asset value (using US$90/t of thermal coal) is A$1.16. The Stage 2 expansion, which RES plans to fund out of Stage 1 cash flows, would lift our NAV to $3.30,” it said.

“Current macro headwinds and the funding hurdle continue to see the stock discounted; we look for this to unwind as the debt is secured and the thermal coal macro environment improves into year-end and 2013.”

RBC has given ResGen a price target of A$0.70, whereas the stock is currently trading at A$0.24 (R3.79 on the JSE).

“We have reviewed our modelling, incorporating increased opex estimates, which lowers our NAV from $1.39 to $1.16 (Stage 1 only). We assume an equity raising (A$350 million at $0.75) and apply a 25% discount to this in setting our $0.70 price target.”

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