Global Alumina Releases Year-End 2011 Results

Mar 30, 2012, 18:38 ET from Global Alumina Corporation

TORONTO, Ontario, March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Alumina Corporation (TSX: GLA.U) (the "Company" or "Global Alumina"), a corporation participating in a joint venture to develop an alumina refinery, mine and associated infrastructure in the bauxite-rich region of the Republic of Guinea (the "Project"), announced its financial and operating results for the year ended December 31, 2011.

The text of the annual audited financial statements and management's discussion and analysis can be viewed or printed from the Company's SEDAR reference page at  All dollar amounts are in U.S. dollars.

2011 Financial Highlights

  • As a result of continued delays in developing the Project, the Company undertook an impairment review to determine whether the carrying amount of Global Alumina's investment in Guinea Alumina exceeded its recoverable amount.  As a result of this review Global Alumina's investment in Guinea Alumina was written down from $251.8 million to $156.3 million, and a $95.5 million non-cash impairment charge was recorded in the Company's financial results for the year ended December 31, 2011.  To determine the recoverable amount of its investment in Guinea Alumina, the Company calculated estimated future cash flows to/from Guinea Alumina and discounted them to a present value.  Calculation of a discounted present value of its investment in Guinea Alumina necessarily requires extensive use of estimates and assumptions about the Project's development and construction schedule and costs, future production and sales volumes, future commodity prices, discount rates, foreign exchange rates, future capital and operating costs, the amount and cost of debt financing and other factors.  Actual results could be different.  If in the future the Company receives a binding offer to buy it or its assets, or if the indicators, estimates and assumptions used in its estimated recoverable amount calculation that created the impairment loss change, then the Company would be required to perform the formal impairment test again at that time using the then current circumstances, and adjust the carrying amount to reflect the higher of the offer price or the revised discounted present value calculation, including the possible increase to the impairment or the possible recovery of the previously impaired amount.
  • The Company determined that its agreement to bear the full benefits and burdens of two Guinea Alumina off-take agreements entered into before Completion created an embedded derivative for accounting purposes.  The Company therefore calculated a fair value of the embedded derivative as of January 1, 2010, December 31, 2010 and December 31, 2011 and set up the necessary accounts to record the embedded derivative's fair value as of each period and its fair value changes between periods.  The Company's revised statements of financial position recorded the derivative as a $62.5 million long-term liability as of December 31, 2011.  Calculation of the derivative's fair value necessarily requires extensive use of estimates and assumptions.  The derivative's fair value is an accounting representation of the opportunity benefit or cost of the Company's off-take arrangements, is highly sensitive to the assumed long-term price of alumina, and is a non-cash item.
  • For the year ended December 31, 2011 the Company reported a net loss of $130.6 million ($0.71 per share), including the $95.5 million impairment charge and $44.4 million net loss on derivative instrument, compared to a net loss of $14.5 million ($0.08 per share), including the $15.6 million net loss on derivative instrument, for the same period in 2010. 
  • In 2011, the joint venture partners contributed capital of $54.0 million towards the approved Project budget with the Company contributing its $18.0 million one-third share.
  • As at December 31, 2011, the Company had unrestricted cash of $6.0 million and restricted cash totalling $16.6 million in its escrow account to fund future Project capital calls.

At usage rates that the Company currently expects in 2012, funds in escrow will be sufficient to meet its one-third share of Project equity requirements through September 2012, and unrestricted funds will be sufficient to enable it to meet its corporate operating expense requirements through September 2013.  The Company does not currently expect to raise additional financing and does not expect to provide further equity funding to the Project after September 2012.

The Project joint venture partners have been unable to agree on the timing of development of the Project.  Currently the joint venture partners are discussing options regarding restructuring ownership in the Project. 

About Global Alumina

Global Alumina is in a joint venture through its wholly owned subsidiary, Global Alumina International, Ltd., with BHP Billiton, Dubai Aluminium Company Limited and Mubadala Development Company PJSC, to develop an alumina refinery in the bauxite-rich region of the Republic of Guinea.  Global Alumina is headquartered in Saint John, New Brunswick and has administrative offices in New York, London and Montreal.  For further information visit the Company's website at

Forward Looking Information

Certain information in this press release is "forward looking information", which reflects management's expectations regarding the Company's future growth, results of operations, performance and business prospects and opportunities. In this release, the words "may", "would", "could", "should", "will", "intend", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "seek", "propose", "estimate" and "expect" and similar expressions, as they relate to the Company and its assets and interests, are often, but not always, used to identify forward looking information. Such forward looking information reflects management's current beliefs and is based on information currently available to management. Forward looking information involves significant risks and uncertainties, should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether or not or the times at, or by which, such performance or results will be achieved. In particular, this release contains forward looking information pertaining to the following: the decision to proceed with the Project and the ability of the joint venture partners to agree on timing of development of the Project; the adequacy of the Company's cash resources and its ability to continue to fund its Project obligations beyond the third quarter of 2012; the decisions of the joint venture with respect to conduct of the Project; fair value estimates of the Project; expectations regarding the financing of the Project, the amount, nature and timing of capital expenditures to complete the Project; future production levels; expectations regarding the negotiation of contractual rights; prices for alumina and aluminium; operating and other costs; political developments in Guinea and recognition by the new political regime in Guinea of historical agreements negotiated by the previous government, general business strategies and plans of management with respect to the Project.  A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward looking information, including, but not limited to: the inability of the Company to fund its on-going expenses pending a sale of the Company and/or restructuring of Project ownership interests; ongoing political events in Guinea and the transition to a new government and the policies of such new government; the current political and economic risks of investing in a developing country; a decision by the joint venture partners not to proceed with the Project or a decision by the joint venture partners to restructure ownership in the Project; material changes to the cost estimates and time estimates for development of the Project; unanticipated liabilities of Global Alumina at the corporate level and the inability of the Company to obtain additional financing to fund corporate expenses; the accuracy of the assumptions used to determine the fair value of the Project; the possibility that the value of the Company's assets could deteriorate; operational risks such as access to infrastructure and skilled labour; the limited control by the Company of the assets and operations of the Project and its inability to make major decisions with respect to the Project without agreement from the other joint venture partners; the inability of the Company to raise additional financing to fund the Project to complete development; the inability of the Company to raise sufficient financing to fund its share of the development costs of the Project; the Company's dependence on an interest in a single asset; the possible forfeiture of the 690 square kilometre mining concession area near Sangarédi in certain circumstances; construction risks such as cost overruns, delays and shortages of labour, materials or equipment; currency fluctuations; price volatility of alumina, aluminium or raw materials and certain other factors related to the Project and the factors related to the business of the Company discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Information Form.

The forward looking information contained in this release is based on the following principal assumptions: that the data, estimates and projections in the bankable feasibility study of the Project are within the range of accuracy suggested therein and the conclusions reached therein are still valid as of the date of this release; that general economic and political conditions will not be adverse to proceeding with and completing financing for the Project and will have no material adverse impact on the Project; that once the decision is made to proceed with the Project, the Company will be sold or will sell its interest in the Project prior to a decision to proceed with the Project being approved; that the negotiations with prospective Project lenders and between the prospective Project lenders and the Guinean government will resume and be successfully concluded; that the bidding process for contracted work in connection with the Project will be completed in a competitive manner and that actual costs to complete work will be within the range of quotes provided by contractors to date; that the joint venture will be able to acquire necessary labour at currently assumed labour costs and productivity rates; that once approved the development plan for the Project is conducted according to schedule; that general economic factors and trends relating to construction costs remain constant or improve and that the future political and economic climate in Guinea has no material adverse effect on the Project and the new political regime arising from the transition to a new government continues to recognize agreements negotiated by the previous government.  Although the forward looking information contained in this release is based upon what management of the Company believes are reasonable assumptions, Global Alumina cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with this forward looking information.  If the assumptions underlying forward looking information prove incorrect or if other risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated in this release.  This forward looking information is made as of the date of this release, and Global Alumina assumes no obligation to update or revise it to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by applicable law.

For further information, please contact:

Michael Cella
Global Alumina
212 351 0010

Susan Borinelli
Breakstone Group
646 330 5907

SOURCE Global Alumina Corporation