Original-Research: First Tin Plc (von GBC AG): Managementinterview

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Original-Research: First Tin Plc - von GBC AG

Einstufung von GBC AG zu First Tin Plc

Unternehmen: First Tin Plc
ISIN: GB00BNR45554

Anlass der Studie: Managementinterview
Empfehlung: Managementinterview
Letzte Ratingänderung: 
Analyst: Matthias Greiffenberger, Julien Desrosiers

"Both projects have demonstrated robust economics at conservative tin
First Tin is a company dedicated to ethical, reliable, and sustainable tin
development, featuring cutting-edge, low capex projects located in Germany
and Australia. It is spearheaded by a team of distinguished tin experts,
and is committed to establishing itself as a conflict-free tin supplier in
areas of low political risk. The company's primary objective is to quickly
develop high-value, low capex tin assets in Germany and Australia.
GBC AG: Hello Mr. Buenger, you were the COO/CTO of Aurubis AG, a leading
global provider of non-ferrous metals and one of the largest copper
recyclers worldwide. What is your experience with tin and mining?
Thomas Buenger: I am a base metal, copper, PGM, recycling and semiconductor
industry specialist. As a former Head of Aurubis Primary Copper division, I
visited and managed a lot of copper mines around the world. When Aurubis
acquired Metallos Group in 2018, I integrated all the Metallos sites into
the smelter network of Aurubis, therefore enabling Aurubis to become the
largest tin producer.
GBC AG: Tin is used in all electronics. Can you tell us about the upcoming
gap between demand and supply?
Thomas Buenger: Tin is a critical metal for a future economy focused on
decarbonising and electrifying. It is a vital component of semiconductors,
electric vehicles, and other renewable technologies. The International Tin
Association (ITA) conducted analysis to forecast tin demand until 2030. The
result of this, the was that there will be demand for an additional 100,000
t of tin annually. On the supply side there are 11 projects identified that
are mature enough to enter into production until 2030 which can deliver
50,000 tonnes of tin annually, and much of this comes from countries which
are experiencing conflict or which have low sustainability thresholds. This
tells as that there will still be an insufficient supply of tin to meet the
increased demand.
GBC AG: With 97% of the world tin supply comes from emerging and developing
economies. Is it time for ethically and sustainably produced tin?
Thomas Buenger: There is a significantly increased demand for an ethical
and reliable tin supply to create a more sustainable world. This is driven
by legislation - the tin industry is now obliged to disclose their raw
material supply chain to prove provenance of tin supply. Additionally,
manufacturers are under increased pressure, or are required to demonstrate
their scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, which is creating significant scrutiny
over supply chains.
GBC AG: How important for Germany to rely on an inland source of Tin? What
is the response you are having from the German industrials company?
Thomas Buenger: There is interest in Germany to set up raw material source
within Germany and Europe. The industry follows all mining projects and
recently there have been several large German industrial players announcing
that they have secured their raw material with long term contracts.
GBC AG: In 2021, an Optimised Scoping Study was completed for your two main
assets. Why is it important to do a Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS)?
Thomas Buenger: The DFS provides all figures and data required for the
technical realisation and the profitability calculation for the project.
The DFS results provide the base and the input for the project financing.
GBC AG: You are focusing on mature and low capex assets. What does low
Capex mean in terms of money and how the mature nature of your assets
impacts the timeline of your projects compared to usual junior mining
Thomas Buenger: The competent persons report provided end of 2021 for
Taronga a pre-production Capex of 76m US$ and for Tellerhäuser a Capex of
46m US$. Both projects have demonstrated robust economics at conservative
tin prices. We are aiming to bring both assets into production until end of
2025/beginning 2026, making them perfectly placed to provide critical
supply at a time of deficit.
GBC AG: For Tellerhauser, you currently have an active Mining Licence
already in place until 30 June 2070 for the extraction of mineral
resources. Are there any additional permits you require before production?
And when do you expect to receive them?
Thomas Buenger: There are some further permitting steps required to
construct and commission our Tellerhäuser mine. I expect that we will have
all our relevant permits for this asset approved in the next 12 months.
GBC AG: There is currently a 24,000m ongoing drilling program. What will
this help you achieve? When can we start expecting results?
Thomas Buenger: There are drilling and data mining programs ongoing at both
our Taronga and Tellerhäuser assets. For Taronga I expect a resource update
during Q2/2023 and for Tellerhäuser I expect a resource update during
July/August 2023.
GBC AG: As of June 30th, 2022, you had 21.90M in cash, are you fully funded
for the DFS completion for both projects?
Thomas Buenger: First tin still has a very healthy cash position which will
be sufficient to complete the DFS at our Taronga asset. As recently
announced in an operational update released to the market on 13th March,
drilling delays at our Tellerhäuser asset have unfortunately resulted in a
delay to this DFS until 2024. However we will still be significantly
advancing our Tellerhäuser asset towards completion with the available
funds we have.
GBC AG: Can you give us an idea when do you expect an investment decision
to be made for the Tellerhauser mine project?
Thomas Buenger: That decision will depend on the result of the DFS, in
addition to the overall market conditions for tin. Notably, the project has
demonstrated robust economics even at US$25,000 per tonne pricing.
GBC AG: In the best-case scenario, when could the asset be producing its
first tin concentrate?
Thomas Buenger: Our Tellerhäuser mine is expected to produce its first tin
concentrate end 2025/beginning 2026.
GBC AG: We cannot emphasis enough of the importance of sustainability focus
for a mining project in Germany. Can you discuss your ESG priorities and
your current ESG ranking?
Thomas Buenger: First Tin Plc achieved a BB rating for its inaugural ESG
rating by DigBee. Despite our short history, ESG has been a central focus
from day one and our vision to leave no trace remains a key priority. The
Digbee ESG assessment is a further demonstration of our commitment to
transparent reporting of our performance and progress as we work to achieve
the highest levels of ESG compliance and practice across our operations. We
also plan to establish a benchmark mine for ESG conformity and minimal
footprint with our Tellerhäuser project.
GBC AG: Finally, can you share your longer-term outlook? Where will First
Tin PLC be in 3 to 5 years' time?
Thomas Buenger: In 3 to 5 years First Tin Plc aims to be a leading tin
concentrate producer both our assets in Germany and Australia in operation
and producing a total output of around 6000 tonnes of tin annually.
GBC AG: Thomas Buenger, thank you very much for the interview.

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Date (time) of completion: 27.03.2023, 17:15 
Date (time) first distribution: 29.03.2023, 12:00

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