Broadened Austin Product Range Supports $30m in Contract Wins

21-Sep-2021 Intellasia | FTI Consulting | 5:02 AM Print This Post


* Recent Freeport contract for five underground mine chute structures reflects Austin’s product diversification strategy

* Part of ~$30 million of new contract wins recorded in August 2021

* Truck body contracts include three-year contract with KGHM in Chile and awards by NRW and Perenti

* Strong order flow expected to continue

*$35 million global debt refinancing with HSBC completed September 2021

Global mining equipment design and manufacturer, Austin Engineering Limited (ASX: ANG, ‘Austin’ or ‘the Company’) is pleased to announce it has recorded circa $30 million in new contract wins in August 2021 for product and service delivery in Australia, USA, Indonesia and Chile.

Austin has won a $4.5 million underground mine products contract to supply five underground mine chute structures to PT Freeport Indonesia’s operations at Grasberg, Tembagapura, Papua, Indonesia. The chutes are made under license by Austin following previous successful programmes. The contract exemplifies Austin’s determination, under phase three of its recently announced global strategy, to broaden its range of mining products, beyond its traditional offering.

The structures will be manufactured at Austin’s Batam facility in Indonesia. Early works have commenced, with completion targeted in the current calendar year.

In Chile, Austin has won a $10 million, three-year mining equipment support contract with KGHM for supply of truck bodies and buckets to its Sierra Gorda open-pit copper and molybdenum mine.

Austin has also won contracts to supply truck bodies and other equipment to leading mining services companies including NRW Civil & Mining (NRW) and Perenti Global Ltd which will be manufactured at Austin’s Kewdale facility in Perth. It is the first contract Austin has signed with NRW.

In August, Austin received contracts for 27 truck bodies, five ore chutes and three water tanks, plus other equipment.

The contract wins add strength to Austin’s order book. The Company remains bullish on the performance outlook for the Asia Pacific region, which contributed almost 70 percent of business revenues in FY2021. Austin has recorded a positive start to the year in Chile but reports continued weakness in North America.

Austin CEO and Managing director, David Singleton said:

“We are buoyed to have recorded such a strong month of contract wins around the globe, including a new customer in NRW Holdings. We are delivering the highest quality mining equipment with proven efficiency gains for customers, and at competitive pricing. We are expecting strong order flow to continue through this half of the year.

“The mine chute structure contract with Freeport Indonesia reflects Austin’s increasing focus on new products and adjacent value streams. This is in line with our global strategy to employ more innovation and technology-led design solutions for our customers, and add further products to our suite in coming years. Under our strategy, we have commenced manufacturing upgrades to our Kewdale facility to improve quality and efficiency, with upgrades to the Batam facility to follow.”

Refinancing completion

Austin has met conditions precedent to complete the $35 million debt facility agreed with HSBC last month, with the facility now drawn down and the refinancing completed. The refinancing has further reduced Austin’s debt costs and increased its available debt capacity.


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