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    Kingsrose Mining Limited (KRM) is a gold and silver exploration and development company with projects located in Australia and Indonesia.


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    What Kingrose Mining fail to mention is that they are liable to pay 2% royalties to Yancoal Australia (a private 100% owned coal miner by Yanzhou Coal Company Limited) for all gold produced from Way Linggo. This came about in 2003 when Felix Resources (then Auiron Energy) sold their Way Linggo gold tenement in Sumatre to Icon Limited. Kingrose Mining subsequently purchased the Way Linggo tenement from Icon Limited. There may also be further royalties due to the former owner before Felix Resources.

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    October 11, 2011

    Kingsrose Drives Costs Ever Lower, As Work Gets Going On A Second Gold Mine In Indonesia And Production Heads Towards 82,000 Ounces
    By Our Man in Oz >> www.minesite.com/aus.html >> Free Registration

    When is a mine not a mine? Before you jump to the conclusion that the question is the start of a joke overheard in a pub, there is a serious answer, and one which might mean money for investors. At Kingsrose Mining, the Australian-listed gold miner with its best assets on the Indonesian Island of Sumatra, the mine in question is described as an “adit” which is being driven into a hill at a location called Talang Santo. A few days ago the adit, which students of geological terms might remember is a horizontal shaft driven into a hillside, had reached the 20 metre mark, and was closing in on rich veins of gold identified by surface drilling. By the end of October, if digging goes well, the first material from Talang Santo will have been trucked seven kilometres south for processing – meaning that Kingsrose will be elevated from the status of a one mine business into the far more comfortable status of a two-mine operation.

    What that also means is that the targets Kingsrose has set itself for future production of gold and silver become much more achievable, and that the financial outlook for the company takes on an entirely new look. As the business currently stands, and as newly-appointed chief executive, Chris Start, explained at the Australian edition of the Mines & Money conference circuit in Sydney this week, ore throughput at the existing Way Linggo mine is approaching a design steady state of 140,000 tonnes a year. Because the gold grade in the ore is a very attractive 12 grams a tonne, and comes with 144 grams of silver a tonne, that means annual metal production is running at 45,000 ounces of gold, plus 500,000 ounces of silver, for a gold equivalent yield of 57,500 ounces. All at a world-class cash cost of just US$150 an ounce, and an all-up cost of US$395 per ounce.

    But, if Kingsrose can feed ore from a second mine into its processing plant the numbers become even more attractive, after a bit of bolt-on capacity expansion. Ore throughput will rise to 200,000 tonnes a year and, given that Talang appears to be a mirror image of Way Linggo and that the grade stays at around 12 grams per tonne, gold-equivalent output will rise to 82,000 ounces a year. At the same time, operating cash costs after silver credits will drop to US$80 per ounce, and all-up costs after government royalties, depreciation, and other charges will fall to US$315 per ounce.

    What becomes even more interesting is what higher gold production and lower costs do to the future profitability of Kingsrose. Chris is not allowed to do talk about future profits but Minesite’s Man at Mines & Money can do it for him. As the numbers currently stand, Kingsrose is on track to generate an annual profit of around US$73 million. At the increased output levels, and with lower costs, the profit rises by an eye-catching 50 per cent to around US$110 million – a very impressive number, given that the company is currently valued on the ASX at A$382 million.

    But more intriguing than any number crunching and best guesses about future profits is the decision the company has made to by-pass the conventional approach to planning a new mine and to adopt an old fashioned “just do it” attitude. Apart from impatience at the thought of undertaking months, if not years, of drilling in order to pinpoint the location of the gold veins at Talang Santo, there is also the choice problem that drilling never quite does the job on a project like this. The best way to attack a vein swarm is to do exactly what Kingsrose is doing today: dig an adit, or trial mine, or whatever you choose to call it, into the notional orebody and start extracting material to see exactly what’s happening underground.

    For investors who prefer their gold investments wrapped in a cloak of detailed, JORC-code compliant reports about reserves and resources, the Kingsrose style might not appeal. For investors who want a company to get on with mining to catch the high gold price while it’s available, Kingsrose is an exciting prospect, especially as Talang Santo will almost certainly not be the end of sudden decisions to go mining.

    “The exploration prospects on our tenement package are excellent”, Chris said. “We’ve identified 15 immediate targets with three receiving priority treatment, Talang, Semung Kecil and around the Way Linggo mine.” At last count, Kingsrose had 11 drilling rigs in action, six field teams, and a US$14 million exploration budget available to enable it to hit as many targets as possible over the next 12 months.

    Still, anyone who has followed Kingsrose will not be surprised by the decision effectively to start a mine at Talang Santo before the umpire even blew his whistle. The first clue that there would be more action and less talking came with the decision to cut a road through the Sumatran jungle from Way Linggo to Talang. Rather than just carve a track that the exploration geologists could use, Kingsrose developed a road capable of handling ore trucks. It then hit the vein system with six of its rigs, generating a best intersection of 10.6 metres at 8.27grams per tonne gold plus 11.3 grams per tonne of silver, including a high-grade core of 1.25 metres at 30.6 grams per tonne gold and 40 grams per tonne silver. And although those grades appear to be less than the 12 grams head grade going through the Way Linggo mill at the moment, it is also possible that Kingsrose is suffering the same drill-rig dilution problem encountered earlier, because of a high clay content in the ore.

    “The results from Talang are consistent with previous high-grade gold intercepts encountered over the prospect area”, Chris said. “They continue to confirm the increasing potential of Talang to become our second mine production area, and extend the mine life of the entire operation.” Chris is right, almost. There is really no longer any question over Talang possibly becoming a mine. The day the company started driving the adit into the hillside meant that digging the second mine started, and before the end of the month ore from that mine will be mixing with ore from Way Linggo.

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    October 03, 2012
    Kingsrose Hits Triple Trouble, But Is Confident Of A Quick Revival
    By Our Man in Oz

    Trouble likes company, a fact that Kingsrose Mining has now discovered, in triplicate. The death of a worker at its Talang Santo mine was the first and most painful setback. As a consequence, the mine on the island of Sumatra closed for two weeks while Indonesian Government authorities investigate.

    But unexpectedly high water levels in the mine have been a second stumbling block; and declining tonnage rates at the company’s other nearby mine, Way Linggo, the third blow.

    It all means that the report for the past quarter, which will be filed at the ASX sometime towards the end of October, should be pretty downbeat.

    “It won’t be a pretty report,” said Kingsrose chief executive, Chris Start, on the sidelines of a mining conference in Australia.

    “Production is not going well right now thanks to a series of setbacks. Talang Santo is shutdown, and output at Way Linggo is declining as expected, though the timing of the slowdown could hardly be worse. If there is any good in what’s been happening it’s that it should be contained to a single quarter with normal gold production resuming soon.”

    The run of bad luck brings to an abrupt end what had been a stellar start-up from Kingsrose which has not put a foot wrong since the first gold pour just over two years ago. High gold grades and low operating costs have enabled the company to claim title to being one of the world’s lowest cost gold miners, with strong profit flows leading to a maiden dividend in July.

    The payout of A4 cents came from a profit of A$17.6 million in the year to June 30, though the figure which attracted most attention was the cash operating cost of US$254 an ounce after silver credits.

    The September quarter dose of triple-trouble will knock all of the key metrics at Kingsrose, at least for a month or so. After that Chris is confident of getting business back on an even keel, with production returning to its annualised rate of close to 40,000 ounces of gold and 450,000 ounces of silver.

    That will be bolstered by a flow of exploration news which continues to point to the possible development of multiple ore sources from a superbly endowed tenement near the southern tip of Sumatra. On the market, investors have been kind to Kingsrose, maintaining the stock at around A$1.19, as the higher gold price has offset the company-specific problems.

    “The situation is quite delicate at the moment,” Chris said after delivering a presentation at the Resources Rising Stars conference on Queensland’s Gold Coast. “We can’t say when production will re-start at Talang Santo. We’re hopeful that after we have worked through the investigation process over the death with the Mines Department we’ll be back open in the next two weeks.”

    While Talang Santo is the newest of Kingsrose’s mines it was shaping up to be a more significant contributor than the original Way Linggo project, a fact which makes the current closure particularly significant.

    Exploration in the Talang Santo area continues to reveal additional gold-rich epithermal veins and the company is considering the possibility of developing a second shaft to access rich material roughly 400 metres to the west. “We can see the potential to expand in every direction at Talang Santo as our knowledge of the ore system expands,” Chris said.

    Work so far has identified 17 epithermal zones and targets stretching across the 100 square kilometre tenement package, and some of the best-looking targets end abruptly at man-made borders. Kingsrose has applied to look across its northern border, an area abutting the Talang Santo mine, but cannot go further west because of national park restrictions.

    However, the extra land to the north is likely to be granted, since Kingsrose is entitled to priority recognition on account of its existing mining operations. And if it is, the potential is there to add years to mine life, as well as additional ounces of gold.

    Talk of expansion will, however, have to wait until Kingsrose gets on top of its current crop of strife, topped by changes which inevitably follow workplace death. On that issue, the company is in the hands of government mine regulators.

    But the other issues are more in the hands of management, including the need for additional pumping to de-water Talang Santo, and the need to expand operations at Way Linggo to make up for declining tonnes as the mine deepens, with targets at depth and across a fault line.

    Losing gold production at Talang Santo is a more severe blow than some outsiders might imagine. The mine was brought into production quickly to supplement output from Way Linggo, but then quickly became the de-facto flagship mine.

    “Talang Santo has not picked up production as fast as we had hoped,” Chris said. “Before the death forced a shutdown we had been experiencing higher than predicted water levels in the mine. So, when we got down to the bottom we thought we would only be a month away from production, but there was so much water that it’s actually taking three-to-four months of de-watering.”

    While Mines Department inspectors do their job after the fatality, Kingsrose is only permitted to conduct mine maintenance and de-watering activities. “We hope that once we get back in it will take about two weeks of additional work before we hit the ore and start ramping up gold output,” Chris said.

    “What it boils down to is that the September quarter result will look pretty ugly,” he said. “However, we do see the problems of the past few weeks as a short-term blip. Long-term we think the Talang Santo area will be a major source of future production. It’s open in all directions and there are veins we haven’t touched, yet.”

    Source >> www.minesite.com

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