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Paladin’s boss John Borschoff rails against ”diabolical” state of uranium market

uranium-orethumbs-downPaladin managing director John Borshoff could do little on Friday but launch yet another speech about how unreasonably low the uranium price has been, labelling it ”diabolical”, ”extremely depressed” and ”of great concern

Paladin still paying price of uranium freeze  August 31, 2013 SMH, Peter Ker Resources reporter Two years after Fukushima, nuclear energy companies remain troubled.  The first year after the Fukushima disaster was always going to be tough for the uranium sector, but few would have thought the second year would be even worse.

The spot price for uranium hit eight-year lows this week, and now stands 30 per cent lower than a year ago, when the industry was supposedly at its nadir.

Most of the Japanese nuclear power stations that were turned off after the deadly tsunami of March 2011 remain idle, and the prospect of new demand emerging in developing countries such as China has yet to eventuate.

While all uranium stocks have suffered over the past 30 months, few companies epitomise the struggles of the sector more than Paladin Energy, which has almost been decimated since it was fetching $5 a share on the day before the Fukushima tragedy.

The share price closed at 56¢ on Friday, after reporting a net loss of $US420.9 million for the 2013 financial year. That result was dramatically wider than last year’s net loss of $US172 million, five times worse than the $US82.3 million loss in 2011, and about nine times worse than the $US45.6 million loss in 2010.

Despite increasing production at its two African mines, and improving revenue flows, the company could not break even on its underlying business, and the die was fully cast once $US335.9 million worth of asset write-downs were included.

Paladin managing director John Borshoff could do little on Friday but launch yet another speech about how unreasonably low the uranium price has been, labelling it ”diabolical”, ”extremely depressed” and ”of great concern”……..

”’We have a situation where uranium price is collapsing and all attempts to build new greenfield uranium mines … have essentially hit a standstill. This standstill will remain until a price of at least $70 or higher is reached to galvanise some support,” he said……..

Mr Borshoff would not rule out closing one of Paladin’s two mines – the Kayelekera mine in Malawi specifically – as part of renewed efforts to cut costs across the company……..

Paladin does not make enough profit at current uranium prices to meet its debt repayments, and in recent months it has sought to sell down a stake in its flagship mine in Namibia to raise some spare cash.

Those efforts have proved fruitless, and earlier this month it was forced to raise $88 million by selling heavily discounted shares just to ensure it had enough money to get through the next 12 months……. http://www.smh.com.au/business/paladin-still-paying-price-of-uranium-freeze-20130830-2sw6c.html

September 2, 2013 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, business, uranium

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