News Article | May 12, 2017
ST. JOHN'S, TERRE-NEUVE-ET-LABRADOR--(Marketwired - 12 mai 2017) - Fortis Inc. (« Fortis ») (TSX:FTS)(NYSE:FTS) et Ressources Teck Limitée (« Teck ») (TSX:TECK.A)(TECK.B)(NYSE:TECK) ont annoncé aujourd'hui la conclusion d'un accord par lequel Fortis se porte acquéreuse des intérêts de Teck dans le barrage Waneta, soit les deux tiers de la propriété, et des actifs de transport connexes situés en Colombie-Britannique (Canada), le tout pour la somme de 1,2 milliard de dollars comptant. L'accord prévoit un bail de 20 ans au titre duquel Teck Metals Ltd. (« Teck Metals ») pourra faire usage de la participation de Fortis dans le barrage Waneta afin de produire l'électricité devant alimenter ses installations industrielles de Trail (les « installations de Trail »). Les paiements annuels s'élèveront initialement à environ 75 millions de dollars et augmenteront à raison de 2 % par année, ce qui correspond à un prix initial de 40 $/MWh pour une consommation annuelle d'électricité de 1 880 GWh. Teck Metals aura aussi l'option de prolonger le bail pour une autre période de 10 ans, à des tarifs comparables. « Grâce à cet accord, Teck renforce davantage son bilan et obtient un capital substantiel à réinvestir dans la croissance globale de ses activités, indique Don Lindsay, président et chef de la direction de Teck. Ainsi, nos installations de Trail bénéficieront pendant longtemps d'une alimentation en électricité sûre à des tarifs concurrentiels, inférieurs à ceux du marché, ce qui nous permettra d'investir dans des projets innovants de modernisation de nos installations. » « Installation de grande qualité productrice d'énergie renouvelable et située au cœur de nos activités britanno-colombiennes, le barrage Waneta est le complément idéal à notre stratégie d'investissement dans les énergies durables, souligne M. Barry Perry, président et chef de la direction de Fortis. Il s'agit d'un bien durable qui générera d'excellents flux de trésorerie, garantis par le bail de 20 ans avec Teck. Nous prévoyons que cette acquisition contribuera dès maintenant au bénéfice par action. » À la clôture de l'opération, Teck s'attend à réaliser produit net comptable d'environ 800 millions de dollars, qui ne fera l'objet d'aucun prélèvement d'impôt. Depuis 2012, Teck a investi approximativement 525 millions de dollars dans divers projets d'amélioration de l'efficacité, de la productivité et de la performance environnementale de ses installations. De plus, elle a engagé 174 millions de dollars pour la construction d'une deuxième usine d'acide, qui est déjà en chantier et dont la mise en service est prévue pour l'été 2019. Teck a aussi ciblé de nouveaux projets, actuellement à l'étude, qui représentent un investissement total de 150 millions de dollars sur cinq ans dans l'amélioration de sa rentabilité, de sa productivité et sa performance environnementale. L'acquisition du barrage Waneta, situé au cœur du territoire de FortisBC, témoigne de la confiance et de l'engagement de Fortis envers la Colombie-Britannique. FortisBC est enracinée dans la région depuis plus d'un siècle et elle emploie environ 350 travailleurs dans la région de Kootenay. En plus des quatre installations de production qu'elle possède sur la rivière Kootenay, FortisBC exploite le barrage Waneta et l'Expansion Waneta, en plus d'en assurer l'entretien. Le barrage Waneta sera exploité en tant que filiale d'infrastructure énergétique non réglementée de Fortis Inc. Fortis financera l'opération au moyen de fonds en caisse, de capitaux empruntés et de capitaux propres. La clôture de l'opération est sujette aux réserves d'usage, soit l'obtention des approbations et consentements requis. De plus, BC Hydro, qui détient l'autre tiers des intérêts dans les actifs du barrage Waneta et reçoit actuellement le tiers de l'énergie produite, a, de ce fait, droit de préemption sur la participation de Teck, conformément à l'accord de copropriété et d'exploitation que Teck Metals et BC Hydro ont conclu en 2010 à l'égard du barrage. BC Hydro doit aussi fournir certains consentements et apporter des modifications pour que l'opération se concrétise. Teck versera une indemnité de rupture à Fortis si BC Hydro décide d'exercer son droit de préemption. La clôture de l'opération devrait avoir lieu au quatrième trimestre de 2017. Marchés mondiaux CIBC Inc. agit comme conseiller financier exclusif de Ressources Teck dans le cadre de l'opération. Le barrage Waneta, situé sur la rivière Pend d'Oreille, a une capacité totale de 496 mégawatts (MW) en énergie renouvelable et génère en moyenne 2 750 gigawattheures par année. Les installations de Teck à Trail consomment aux alentours de 1 880 gigawattheures de l'électricité qui provient du barrage Waneta. BC Hydro détient un tiers des intérêts dans le barrage Waneta et reçoit environ le tiers de l'énergie qu'il produit. Fortis détient 51 % de l'Expansion Waneta, projet qui s'est terminé en 2015 et qui a ajouté une capacité de 335 MW en énergie propre grâce à l'ajout d'une deuxième centrale en aval. Le barrage Waneta est régi par la convention de la centrale Canal (« CCC »), conclue entre BC Hydro, FortisBC et les propriétaires d'autres centrales le long des rivières Kootenay et Pend d'Oreille. La CCC permet aux parties, grâce à une utilisation coordonnée des débits d'eau ainsi qu'à l'exploitation coordonnée des réservoirs de stockage et des centrales, de produire plus d'électricité à partir de leurs ressources de production respectives qu'elles ne pourraient le faire si elles exerçaient leurs activités de façon indépendante. Les intérêts de Teck dans la production du barrage Waneta sont définis et déterminés conformément aux stipulations de la CCC. La CCC réduit le risque hydrologique lié au barrage Waneta. Parmi les actifs acquis, on compte aussi la ligne de transport 71, qui donne accès aux marchés d'importation et d'exportation aux États-Unis, et d'autres actifs de transport locaux. Les installations de Teck à Trail, ville du sud-est de la Colombie-Britannique, forment l'un des plus grand complexes intégrés de fusion et d'affinage du zinc et du plomb au monde. On y produit aussi toute une gamme de métaux précieux et spéciaux, de produits chimiques et d'engrais. Plus de la moitié des produits affinés aux installations de Trail proviennent des mines de Teck. En 2016, les installations de Trail ont produit 312 000 tonnes de zinc affiné, dont la vente a généré un chiffre d'affaire de 2,05 milliards de dollars et un bénéfice brut avant amortissement de 241 millions de dollars. Fortis se positionne parmi les géants nord-américains du secteur réglementé de l'électricité et du gaz, forte d'un actif d'environ 48 milliards de dollars. Ses 8 000 employés servent des clients dans cinq provinces canadiennes, neuf États américains et trois pays des Caraïbes. Les actions de Fortis sont inscrites à la cote de la TSX et de la NYSE sous le symbole « FTS ». Pour en savoir plus, consultez le www.fortis.com, le www.sedar.com ou le www.sec.gov. Teck est une société exploitante de ressources vouée à l'exploitation et à la mise en valeur responsables des ressources minérales. Ses principales divisions sont spécialisées dans le cuivre, le charbon destiné à la sidérurgie, le zinc et l'énergie. Son siège social est à Vancouver (Canada) et ses actions sont inscrites à la cote de la TSX, sous les symboles « TECK.A » et « TECK.B », et de la NYSE, sous le symbole « TECK ». Teck est présente sur le Web à l'adresse www.teck.com et sur Twitter à @TeckResources. Fortis et Teck incluent dans le présent communiqué des énoncés prospectifs au sens des lois sur les valeurs mobilières applicables, y compris la Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Les mots « anticiper », « croire », « budgets », « pourrait », « estimer », « s'attendre à », « prévoir », « avoir l'intention de », « peut », « possible », « plans », « projets », « planifié », « cible », « devrait », le pendant négatif de ces termes et toute expression semblable servent aussi souvent que possible à introduire des énoncés prospectifs, qui incluent, notamment, en ce qui a trait à Fortis, les énoncés se rapportant à l'acquisition d'intérêts dans le barrage Waneta et les actifs de transport connexes, à son échéancier et aux avantages qu'elle représente; à la contrepartie totale attendue et aux ajustements; à la satisfaction des conditions de clôture, y compris l'obtention de certains consentements et approbations; et au financement prévu. En ce qui a trait à Teck, les énoncés prospectifs incluent, notamment : les énoncés se rapportant à la vente de ses intérêts dans le barrage Waneta et les actifs de transport connexes, et à la location de ces intérêts; aux avantages attendus de l'opération; à la valeur nette comptable du gain attendu; à la date d'achèvement de la construction de la deuxième usine d'acide aux installations de Trail; au potentiel de nouveaux projets aux installations de Trail et aux avantages qu'ils représentent; et à la satisfaction des conditions de clôture, y compris l'obtention de certains consentements et approbations. Les énoncés prospectifs comportent des risques, des incertitudes et des hypothèses considérables. Les conclusions contenues dans les énoncés prospectifs reposent sur un certain nombre de facteurs ou hypothèses d'importance. Ces facteurs ou hypothèses sont assujettis à des incertitudes et à des risques inhérents entourant les attentes futures en général, y compris ceux contenus dans les énoncés prospectifs. Ces facteurs et hypothèses comprennent notamment : l'obtention des approbations requises en vue de l'acquisition et à l'échéancier et aux modalités de ces approbations; les risques entourant la non-réalisation de l'acquisition ou son échéancier; le risque que BC Hydro exerce son droit de préemption; les risques d'intrusion; les risques liés à la satisfaction des conditions de l'acquisition; les risques que des conditions économiques défavorables se répercutent sur les résultats d'exploitation de Fortis et de Teck; les risques de change; et les conditions économiques, politiques et de marché en général. De plus, en ce qui a trait à Teck, on tient pour acquis, dans les hypothèses à l'égard des nouveaux projets aux installations de Trail et de leurs avantages, que ces projets seront approuvés et qu'ils produiront les résultats attendus. Fortis et Teck mettent en garde les lecteurs sur le fait que divers facteurs pourraient entraîner un écart important entre les rendements, les réalisations ou les résultats réels et ceux exprimés ou sous-entendus dans les énoncés prospectifs. Le lecteur est invité à étudier ces facteurs attentivement et à ne pas se fier indûment aux énoncés prospectifs. Pour obtenir plus de renseignements sur certains de ces facteurs de risque, prière de consulter les documents du dossier d'information continue que Fortis dépose de temps à autre auprès des autorités de réglementation en valeurs mobilières du Canada et de la Securities and Exchange Commission. Fortis décline toute intention ou obligation de mettre à jour ou de modifier les énoncés prospectifs par suite de faits nouveaux, d'événements futurs ou autrement. Pour obtenir plus de renseignements sur certains facteurs de risque se rapportant à Teck, prière de consulter les documents du dossier d'information continue que Teck déposent de temps à autre auprès des autorités de réglementation en valeurs mobilières du Canada et de la Securities and Exchange Commission. Teck décline toute obligation de réviser ou de mettre à jour les énoncés prospectifs après la publication du présent communiqué ou de les réviser si des événements futurs imprévus surviennent, à moins les lois sur les valeurs mobilières ne l'exigent.
News Article | May 12, 2017
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA and ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwired - May 12, 2017) - Fortis Inc. ("Fortis"), (TSX/NYSE:FTS) and Teck Resources Limited ("Teck"), (TSX: TECK.A and TECK.B, NYSE: TECK) today announced an agreement under which Fortis will purchase Teck's two-thirds interest in the Waneta Dam and related transmission assets in British Columbia, Canada, for $1.2 billion cash. Under the agreement, Teck Metals Ltd. ("Teck Metals") will be granted a 20-year lease to use Fortis' two-thirds interest in Waneta to produce power for its industrial operations in Trail ("Trail Operations"). Annual payments will begin at approximately $75 million per year and escalate at 2% per annum, equivalent to an initial power price of $40/MWh based on 1,880 GWh of energy per annum. Teck Metals will have an option to extend the lease for a further 10 years at comparable rates. "This agreement will further strengthen Teck's balance sheet and provide significant new capital that can be reinvested to grow our overall business," said Don Lindsay, President and CEO, Teck. "We have secured a long-term power supply for Trail Operations at competitive, below-market pricing and will invest in innovative projects to further enhance and modernize this facility." "Waneta is a high-quality, renewable energy facility located in an area central to our BC operations, making this acquisition a natural fit with our strategy to increase our investment in sustainable energy," said Mr. Barry Perry, President and CEO of Fortis. "Waneta will be a stable long-term asset that will generate strong cash flows secured by a 20-year lease with Teck. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings per share." Teck expects to realize a net book gain of approximately $800 million on the closing of the transaction. No cash tax will be payable on the proceeds. Since 2012, Teck has invested approximately $525 million at Trail Operations in projects to improve efficiency, productivity and environmental performance. In addition, Teck has committed $174 million for a second new acid plant which is currently under construction and scheduled to be operational in summer 2019. Teck has also identified, and is currently evaluating, a further $150 million in new projects to improve profitability, productivity and environmental performance over the next five years. The acquisition of the Waneta Dam, located in the centre of FortisBC's territory, demonstrates Fortis' commitment to and confidence in British Columbia. FortisBC has longstanding roots in the area that span more than a century with FortisBC employing approximately 350 workers in the Kootenay region. In addition to operating four of its own generating facilities on the Kootenay River, FortisBC currently operates and maintains Waneta and the Waneta Expansion. The Waneta Dam will operate as a non-regulated energy infrastructure subsidiary of Fortis Inc. Fortis will finance the transaction through a combination of cash on hand, debt and equity. Closing of the transaction is subject to customary conditions, including receipt of certain approvals and consents. In addition, BC Hydro, which owns one-third of the Waneta Dam assets and currently receives one-third of the Waneta Dam generation, has a right of first offer with respect to the sale of Teck's two-third interest under the 2010 co-ownership and operating agreement between Teck Metals and BC Hydro in relation to Waneta. In addition, certain consents and amendments from BC Hydro are required in connection with the transaction. Teck will pay a break fee to Fortis in the event BC Hydro exercises its right of first offer. Closing is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2017. CIBC World Markets Inc. is acting as exclusive financial advisor to Teck Resources with respect to the transaction. The Waneta Dam, located on the Pend d'Oreille River, has a total capacity of 496 megawatts (MW) of renewable power and generates an average of 2,750 gigawatt hours of energy per year. Teck's Trail Operations utilizes approximately 1,880 gigawatt hours of energy per year from Waneta. BC Hydro has a one-third ownership interest in Waneta and receives approximately one-third of the Waneta Dam generation. Fortis holds a 51% interest in the Waneta Expansion, completed in 2015. This project added 335 MW of new clean power generation from a second powerhouse downstream of the dam. The Waneta Dam is governed by the Canal Plant Agreement ("CPA"), a contractual arrangement between BC Hydro, FortisBC and other plant owners along the Kootenay and Pend d'Oreille rivers. The CPA enables the parties, through the coordinated use of water flows and coordinated operation of storage reservoirs and generating plants, to generate more power collectively from their respective generating plants than if they were to operate independently. Teck's two-thirds interest in the Waneta Dam output is defined and determined in accordance with the terms of the CPA. The CPA mitigates hydrology risk for the Waneta Dam. Also included in this acquisition is the Line 71 transmission line and other local transmission assets. This line enables access to the U.S. power import/export market. Teck's Trail Operations, located in southeastern British Columbia, is one of the world's largest fully integrated zinc and lead smelting and refining complexes. It also produces a variety of precious and specialty metals, chemicals and fertilizer products. Over half of the product refined at Trail Operations comes from Teck mines. In 2016, Trail Operations produced and sold 312,000 tonnes of refined zinc and generated $2.05 billion in revenues and $241 million in gross profit before depreciation and amortization. Fortis is a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry with total assets of approximately $48 billion. The Corporation's 8,000 employees serve utility customers in five Canadian provinces, nine U.S. states and three Caribbean countries. Fortis shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional information can be accessed at www.fortisinc.com, www.sedar.com, or www.sec.gov. Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TECK.A and TECK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TECK. Learn more about Teck at www.teck.com or follow @TeckResources. Fortis and Teck include forward-looking information in this release within the meaning of applicable securities laws including the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Wherever possible, words such as "anticipates", "believes", "budgets", "could", "estimates", "expects", "forecasts", "intends", "may", "might", "plans", "projects", "schedule", "should", "target", "will", "would" and the negative of these terms and other similar terminology or expressions have been used to identify the forward-looking information, which includes with respect to Fortis, without limitation: statements related to the acquisition of an interest in the Waneta Dam and related transmission assets; the expected timing and benefits thereof; the total expected consideration and adjustments; the conditions precedent to the closing, including receipt of certain approvals and consents; and the expected financing of the acquisition. Forward-looking information with respect to Teck includes, without limitation: statements related to the sale of an interest in the Waneta Dam and related transmission assets and lease of an interest therein, expected benefits of the transaction, amount of the expected net book gain, timing of completion of the second acid plant at Trail Operations, potential for new projects at Trail Operations and potential benefits thereof, the conditions precedent to the closing, including receipt of certain approvals. Forward-looking information involves significant risk, uncertainties and assumptions. Certain material factors or assumptions have been applied in drawing the conclusions contained in the forward-looking information. These factors or assumptions are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations generally, including those identified from time to time in the forward-looking information. Such risk factors or assumptions include, but are not limited to: the ability to obtain the required approvals in connection with the acquisition and the timing and terms thereof; risks associated with the uncertainty of the completion of the acquisition and the timing thereof; the risk that BC Hydro exercises its pre-emptive right; interloper risk; the risk that conditions to the acquisition may not be satisfied; risk associated with the impact of less favorable economic conditions on Fortis' and Teck's results of operations; currency exchange rates and general economic, market and political conditions. In addition, with respect to Teck, assumptions regarding new projects at Trail Operations and their benefits assume such projects are approved and perform as anticipated. Fortis and Teck caution readers that a number of factors could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from the results discussed or implied in their forward-looking information. These factors should be considered carefully and undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking information. For additional information with respect to certain of these risks relating to Fortis, reference should be made to the continuous disclosure materials filed from time to time by Fortis with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Fortis disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. For additional information with respect to certain of these risks relating to Teck, reference should be made to the continuous disclosure materials filed from time to time by Teck with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Teck does not assume the obligation to revise or update forward-looking statements after the date of this release or to revise them to reflect the occurrence of future unanticipated events, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.
News Article | May 12, 2017
ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND--(Marketwired - May 12, 2017) - Fortis Inc. ("Fortis"), (TSX:FTS)(NYSE:FTS) and Teck Resources Limited ("Teck"), (TSX:TECK.A)(TSX:TECK.B)(NYSE:TECK) today announced an agreement under which Fortis will purchase Teck's two-thirds interest in the Waneta Dam and related transmission assets in British Columbia, Canada, for $1.2 billion cash. Under the agreement, Teck Metals Ltd. ("Teck Metals") will be granted a 20-year lease to use Fortis' two-thirds interest in Waneta to produce power for its industrial operations in Trail ("Trail Operations"). Annual payments will begin at approximately $75 million per year and escalate at 2% per annum, equivalent to an initial power price of $40/MWh based on 1,880 GWh of energy per annum. Teck Metals will have an option to extend the lease for a further 10 years at comparable rates. "This agreement will further strengthen Teck's balance sheet and provide significant new capital that can be reinvested to grow our overall business," said Don Lindsay, President and CEO, Teck. "We have secured a long-term power supply for Trail Operations at competitive, below-market pricing and will invest in innovative projects to further enhance and modernize this facility." "Waneta is a high-quality, renewable energy facility located in an area central to our BC operations, making this acquisition a natural fit with our strategy to increase our investment in sustainable energy," said Mr. Barry Perry, President and CEO of Fortis. "Waneta will be a stable long-term asset that will generate strong cash flows secured by a 20-year lease with Teck. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings per share." Teck expects to realize a net book gain of approximately $800 million on the closing of the transaction. No cash tax will be payable on the proceeds. Since 2012, Teck has invested approximately $525 million at Trail Operations in projects to improve efficiency, productivity and environmental performance. In addition, Teck has committed $174 million for a second new acid plant which is currently under construction and scheduled to be operational in summer 2019. Teck has also identified, and is currently evaluating, a further $150 million in new projects to improve profitability, productivity and environmental performance over the next five years. The acquisition of the Waneta Dam, located in the centre of FortisBC's territory, demonstrates Fortis' commitment to and confidence in British Columbia. FortisBC has longstanding roots in the area that span more than a century with FortisBC employing approximately 350 workers in the Kootenay region. In addition to operating four of its own generating facilities on the Kootenay River, FortisBC currently operates and maintains Waneta and the Waneta Expansion. The Waneta Dam will operate as a non-regulated energy infrastructure subsidiary of Fortis Inc. Fortis will finance the transaction through a combination of cash on hand, debt and equity. Closing of the transaction is subject to customary conditions, including receipt of certain approvals and consents. In addition, BC Hydro, which owns one-third of the Waneta Dam assets and currently receives one-third of the Waneta Dam generation, has a right of first offer with respect to the sale of Teck's two-third interest under the 2010 co-ownership and operating agreement between Teck Metals and BC Hydro in relation to Waneta. In addition, certain consents and amendments from BC Hydro are required in connection with the transaction. Teck will pay a break fee to Fortis in the event BC Hydro exercises its right of first offer. Closing is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2017. CIBC World Markets Inc. is acting as exclusive financial advisor to Teck Resources with respect to the transaction. The Waneta Dam, located on the Pend d'Oreille River, has a total capacity of 496 megawatts (MW) of renewable power and generates an average of 2,750 gigawatt hours of energy per year. Teck's Trail Operations utilizes approximately 1,880 gigawatt hours of energy per year from Waneta. BC Hydro has a one-third ownership interest in Waneta and receives approximately one-third of the Waneta Dam generation. Fortis holds a 51% interest in the Waneta Expansion, completed in 2015. This project added 335 MW of new clean power generation from a second powerhouse downstream of the dam. The Waneta Dam is governed by the Canal Plant Agreement ("CPA"), a contractual arrangement between BC Hydro, FortisBC and other plant owners along the Kootenay and Pend d'Oreille rivers. The CPA enables the parties, through the coordinated use of water flows and coordinated operation of storage reservoirs and generating plants, to generate more power collectively from their respective generating plants than if they were to operate independently. Teck's two-thirds interest in the Waneta Dam output is defined and determined in accordance with the terms of the CPA. The CPA mitigates hydrology risk for the Waneta Dam. Also included in this acquisition is the Line 71 transmission line and other local transmission assets. This line enables access to the U.S. power import/export market. Teck's Trail Operations, located in southeastern British Columbia, is one of the world's largest fully integrated zinc and lead smelting and refining complexes. It also produces a variety of precious and specialty metals, chemicals and fertilizer products. Over half of the product refined at Trail Operations comes from Teck mines. In 2016, Trail Operations produced and sold 312,000 tonnes of refined zinc and generated $2.05 billion in revenues and $241 million in gross profit before depreciation and amortization. Fortis is a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry with total assets of approximately $48 billion. The Corporation's 8,000 employees serve utility customers in five Canadian provinces, nine U.S. states and three Caribbean countries. Fortis shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional information can be accessed at www.fortisinc.com, www.sedar.com, or www.sec.gov. Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TECK.A and TECK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TECK. Learn more about Teck at www.teck.com or follow @TeckResources. Fortis and Teck include forward-looking information in this release within the meaning of applicable securities laws including the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Wherever possible, words such as "anticipates", "believes", "budgets", "could", "estimates", "expects", "forecasts", "intends", "may", "might", "plans", "projects", "schedule", "should", "target", "will", "would" and the negative of these terms and other similar terminology or expressions have been used to identify the forward-looking information, which includes with respect to Fortis, without limitation: statements related to the acquisition of an interest in the Waneta Dam and related transmission assets; the expected timing and benefits thereof; the total expected consideration and adjustments; the conditions precedent to the closing, including receipt of certain approvals and consents; and the expected financing of the acquisition. Forward-looking information with respect to Teck includes, without limitation: statements related to the sale of an interest in the Waneta Dam and related transmission assets and lease of an interest therein, expected benefits of the transaction, amount of the expected net book gain, timing of completion of the second acid plant at Trail Operations, potential for new projects at Trail Operations and potential benefits thereof, the conditions precedent to the closing, including receipt of certain approvals. Forward-looking information involves significant risk, uncertainties and assumptions. Certain material factors or assumptions have been applied in drawing the conclusions contained in the forward-looking information. These factors or assumptions are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations generally, including those identified from time to time in the forward-looking information. Such risk factors or assumptions include, but are not limited to: the ability to obtain the required approvals in connection with the acquisition and the timing and terms thereof; risks associated with the uncertainty of the completion of the acquisition and the timing thereof; the risk that BC Hydro exercises its pre-emptive right; interloper risk; the risk that conditions to the acquisition may not be satisfied; risk associated with the impact of less favorable economic conditions on Fortis' and Teck's results of operations; currency exchange rates and general economic, market and political conditions. In addition, with respect to Teck, assumptions regarding new projects at Trail Operations and their benefits assume such projects are approved and perform as anticipated. Fortis and Teck caution readers that a number of factors could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from the results discussed or implied in their forward-looking information. These factors should be considered carefully and undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking information. For additional information with respect to certain of these risks relating to Fortis, reference should be made to the continuous disclosure materials filed from time to time by Fortis with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Fortis disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. For additional information with respect to certain of these risks relating to Teck, reference should be made to the continuous disclosure materials filed from time to time by Teck with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Teck does not assume the obligation to revise or update forward-looking statements after the date of this release or to revise them to reflect the occurrence of future unanticipated events, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.
News Article | May 15, 2017
Teck Resources (CN:TECK.A) has agreed to sell its two-thirds interest in the Waneta Dam hydroelectric power facility in British Columbia to utility group, Fortis (US:FTS), for C$1.2 billion (US$877 million) in cash, which the miner says will further strengthen the balance sheet and be reinvested into the overall business. Waneta Dam on the Pend d’Oreille River generates some 2,750GWh of energy per annum, of which Teck uses about 1,880GWh for its Trail operations – one of the world’s largest fully-integrated zinc and lead smelting and refining complexes. Trail last year produced 312,000 tonnes of refined zinc for C$2.05 billion in revenue and C$241 million in gross profit. The agreement would see Teck subsidiary Teck Metals granted a 20-year lease to use the power generation capacity sold to Fortis to continue supplying Trail. Annual payments are set to start at around C$75 million, rising 2% per annum, equivalent to an initial power price of C$40/MWh based on 1,880 GWhpa of energy. Teck will have an option to extend the lease for another 10 years at “comparable rates”. Teck chief executive Don Lindsay said the deal secured long-term power supply for Trail at “competitive, below-market pricing” while allowing the miner to spend on “innovative projects to further enhance and modernise this facility”.” Teck expects to realise a net book gain of some C$800 million on the deal, which is subject to “customary” conditions. However, one potential hiccup to the agreement may be an existing first right of refusal over Teck’s stake held by BC Hydro, which owns the other third of Waneta Dam. BMO Capital Markets analyst Alex Terentiew consented the deal would bolster Teck’s balance sheet and provide opportunities to spend the extra cash, but countered that additional costs at Trail and removal of infrastructure assets from the company’s portfolio meant the news was net neutral to its valuation. “While Teck received C$1.2 billion, Trail will pay C$75 million per annum, which reduces our NAV for Trail by C$672 million, which, in addition to removing the $500 million in value we previously placed on Waneta Dam, largely offsets the C$1.2 billion in sale proceeds,” he said in a note early this week. Further, he was not expecting any exciting new projects to be announced on the back of the cash injection. “With US$4.7 billion capex guided by Teck for [the Quebrada Blanca phase two project in Chile] and Teck’s ultimate ownership of the project (currently 76.5%, but responsible for 85% of spending) yet to be determined, we expect Teck hold on to its cash.”
News Article | May 15, 2017
BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - May 15, 2017) - Silver Spruce Resources Inc. ("Silver Spruce" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:SSE)(FRANKFURT:S6Q) is pleased to announce the appointment of Greg Davison, MSc, PGeo to its Board of Directors. Mr. Davison is a professional consulting exploration geologist, project manager and ore mineralogist with thirty-nine years of practical field, commercial laboratory and management experience in diverse geological settings. Mr. Davison has expertise in ore geology, process mineralogy, property evaluation, bulk sampling and pilot process operations. He has contributed to the development of exploration properties, ore deposits and mines in Canada, United States, Mexico, Greenland, Russia, Central and South America, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Australia. Greg works with Teck Metals' research team on VMS Cu-Zn-Pb-Ag-Au (San Nicolás), porphyry Cu and Cu-Mo (Highland Valley, Quebrada Blanca), rift intrusion Ni-Cu-PGE (Mesaba) and stratabound Pb-Zn (Red Dog) deposits. As VP Exploration, he led Tribute Minerals' programs in Ontario, the first junior company to utilize Titan-24 geophysics to guide VMS targeting, successfully drilling the Garnet Lake Zn-Cu deposit. As a project geologist, he conducted exploration of Archean VMS targets in the English River metamorphic terrane. He has performed ore mineralogy studies on VMS deposits in Mexico, Bolivia, Alaska, Canada and Iran. Mr. Davison has completed independent 43-101 reports for VMS, intrusive-related gold, Dawson orogenic gold, Keno Hill Ag-Pb-Zn, epithermal gold and diamond kimberlite projects, and technical and assessment reports for junior to major public companies, SGS Lakefield Research and Watts Griffis McOuat, among others. Greg graduated with an MSc in Geological Sciences from Brock University and an Honours BSc in Geology from Dalhousie University, and is a professional geologist (P.Geo.) licensed with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario and the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of British Columbia. "Silver Spruce Resources is honored to have Greg join our Board. I have known him for many years and find his experience, judgement and ethics to be of the highest order. He will bring expertise in VMS deposits and project management to assist the Company's growth as we advance our Kay Mine VMS project in Arizona and our Pino de Plata epithermal silver project in Mexico," said President Karl Boltz - President & CEO. Silver Spruce Resources Inc. is a well-positioned Canadian junior exploration company pursuing development of the Kay Mine volcanogenic massive sulfide project in Arizona, USA, and the Pino De Plata and the Encino De Oro epithermal silver/ base metal/ gold projects, located in the prolific Sierra Madre Occidental region of western Chihuahua State in Mexico. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. The company seeks Safe Harbour.
News Article | October 28, 2016
All dollar amounts expressed in this news release are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted. Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TCK.A and TCK.B, NYSE: TCK) ("Teck") reported profit attributable to shareholders of $234 million ($0.41 per share) and adjusted profit of $152 million ($0.26 per share) compared with $29 million ($0.05 per share) a year ago. "Our operations have performed very well throughout the year, setting a number of quarterly and year-to-date production records while continuing to reduce costs," said Don Lindsay, President and CEO. "As a result of the recent increase in steelmaking coal prices, we are generating a significant amount of additional cash which we have used to reduce our debt by repurchasing $1.0 billion of our outstanding notes." This management's discussion and analysis is dated as at October 26, 2016 and should be read in conjunction with the unaudited consolidated financial statements of Teck Resources Limited ("Teck") and the notes thereto for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016 and with the audited consolidated financial statements of Teck and the notes thereto for the year ended December 31, 2015. In this news release, unless the context otherwise dictates, a reference to "the company" or "us," "we" or "our" refers to Teck and its subsidiaries. Additional information, including our annual information form and management's discussion and analysis for the year ended December 31, 2015, is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. This document contains forward-looking statements. Please refer to the cautionary language under the heading "CAUTIONARY STATEMENT ON FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION" below. Prices for most of our principal products continued to improve in the third quarter and were higher than a year ago and during the second quarter of this year. Our steelmaking coal price realized in the third quarter (US$92 per tonne) reflects the quarterly benchmark price that was settled in late June as well as spot price sales in the third quarter. Since then, steelmaking coal prices on the spot market have risen sharply, exceeding US$200 per tonne from mid-September. The recent spike in steelmaking coal prices is due to a number of supply side factors including: production curtailments at seaborne supplier mines since the start of 2014 due to the low price environment, supply side reform in the Chinese domestic coal sector where mine operating days were reduced to 276 from 330 days and supply disruptions in Australia and China. The ability of suppliers to increase production to respond to demand is being hampered by the prolonged period of low pricing which resulted in cancelled or delayed projects and the shutdown or bankruptcy of a number of mines. We are encouraged by the improved commodity price environment, but remain cautious about how long the supply/demand imbalance will last. We expect improved prices to provide additional profits and cash resources and have taken this opportunity to strengthen our balance sheet by repurchasing $1.0 billion of our debt in September and early October. On completion of this transaction, our debt to debt-plus-equity ratio has been reduced to 33% from 35%. We are focused on returning to an investment grade rating and may take the opportunity to purchase further debt from time to time. Our operations continued to perform well with 11 of our 13 operations increasing production while decreasing unit costs compared with a year ago. In the third quarter, our steelmaking coal operations achieved record production of 7.0 million tonnes and Trail achieved record production of 83,700 tonnes of refined zinc. This reflects our continued drive for productivity efficiencies across our entire business and our highly focused cost reduction efforts. Construction of the Fort Hills oil sands project continues to progress well with engineering and module fabrication essentially complete and overall construction progress surpassing 70% completion. The project is currently in its peak construction period with site activity above levels seen before the Fort McMurray wild fire. First oil is expected to be near the end of 2017, with 90% of the project's gross planned production capacity of 180,000 barrels per day expected within 12 months of first oil. Profit attributable to shareholders was $234 million, or $0.41 per share, in the third quarter compared with a loss of $2.1 billion or $3.73 per share in the same period last year. In the third quarter of 2015, we recorded asset and goodwill impairment charges on a number of our assets that totaled $2.2 billion on an after-tax basis ($2.9 billion on a pre-tax basis). Adjusted profit attributable to shareholders, after adjusting for the items identified in the table below, was $152 million, or $0.26 per share, in the third quarter compared with $29 million or $0.05 per share in the same period last year. The most significant of these adjustments relates to a gain on the repurchase of our debt at below face value and the positive revaluation of our call options on our most recently issued debt. The revaluation of the call options was a result of the decline of both interest rates and our own credit spread since the debt was issued. The value of the options represents the value of interest savings we would realize if we called the options on September 30, 2016 and reissued debt at current rates. In addition to the items described above, our results include various gains and losses due to changes in market prices and rates in respect of pricing adjustments, commodity derivatives, share based compensation and changes in the discounted value of decommissioning and restoration costs of closed mines. Taken together, these items resulted in a $41 million after-tax charge ($52 million before tax) in the third quarter, or $0.07 per share. We do not adjust our reported profit for these items as they occur on a regular basis. Our revenues, gross profit before depreciation and amortization, and gross profit by business unit are summarized in the table below. Gross profit from our steelmaking coal business unit before depreciation and amortization increased by $108 million in the third quarter compared with a year ago (see table below). Higher realized steelmaking coal prices and sales volumes in combination with lower unit costs and diesel prices all contributed to improved performance. Third quarter production of 7.0 million tonnes of steelmaking coal is a quarterly record for the business unit. Year-to-date production of 20.3 million tonnes also represents an all-time record for the first nine months of a calendar year, beating the previous nine month record by more than 400,000 tonnes. Third quarter production was also 27% higher than the same period a year ago, however, production last year was affected by our decision to shut down each operation for three weeks due to weak market conditions at the time. Sales volumes of 7.3 million tonnes were 18% higher than the same period a year ago and represent the second highest quarterly sales in our history. This strong performance resulted from a combination of tightness in supply, robust demand in all market areas and excellent performance in the logistics chain. The table below summarizes the gross profit changes, before depreciation and amortization, in our steelmaking coal business unit for the quarter: Property, plant and equipment expenditures totaled $25 million in the third quarter. Capitalized stripping costs were $43 million in the third quarter compared with $84 million a year ago. We are continuing to strip at all operations based on their respective mine plans, however, as a result of the sequencing at Fording River and Elkview this quarter, we mined in lower strip ratio areas at both sites and therefore capitalized a lower amount of costs. The effect of concurrent lower strip ratio sequences at our two largest mines, in combination with lower mining costs compared with a year ago at all sites, resulted in the reduction. Our realized price of US$92 per tonne was very close to the benchmark price of US$92.50 per tonne for the quarter as the increase in spot price assessments was reflected in our spot priced sales. Sales are generally recognized upon shipment and there is typically a four to six week lag between the time that a sales agreement is reached and when the shipment actually occurs. Therefore, quarterly sales and pricing reflect a mix of quarterly contract sales, current quarter spot sales, and previous quarter spot sales, across our steelmaking coal product mix. With the increase in price in the third quarter substantially commencing in mid-August and spot prices exceeding US$200 in mid-September, third quarter realized pricing was not significantly different from the quarterly contract price. The higher spot and contract prices will be reflected gradually in fourth quarter pricing. Steelmaking coal prices for the fourth quarter of 2016 have been agreed with the majority of our quarterly priced customers based on US$200 per tonne for the highest quality products. This is consistent with prices reportedly achieved by our competitors. This price has increased by US$107.50 per tonne from the reported third quarter settlement of US$92.50 per tonne and spot price assessments currently exceed the benchmark level by more than 20%. Additional sales priced on a spot basis will reflect market conditions at the time sales are concluded. Tightness in supply has driven prices up rapidly. This situation is the result of numerous factors including: While we cannot predict how long supply tightness will last, additional supply, beyond what we expect to materialize when Australian mines work through their disruptions, will take some time to come online. Mines will need to find people, equipment and capital before production enters the market. Our operations are well positioned to respond to this market opportunity. We continue to drive productivity and cost discipline across our business and we are well prepared for various market scenarios in the future. Our Elkview and Line Creek Operations each set new all-time quarterly and year-to-date records. Unit cash production costs at the mines were 10% lower this quarter than in the third quarter of 2015 as a result of significantly increased production rates, the impacts of initiatives undertaken to improve productivity and lower energy prices. Our continuous improvement initiatives continue to deliver significant results and our 2016 focus on capturing cost efficiencies in maintenance and supply have been particularly successful. In addition to these areas, we remain focused on making further improvements in equipment and labour productivity while, where possible, reducing the quantity of contractor support and consumables used. However, a number of factors have partially offset the impact of these efforts, including the effect of the stronger U.S. dollar on some inputs. In the third quarter of 2016, we continued to experience the positive effects of lower diesel prices compared with a year ago, although they have increased relative to the first half of 2016. Combined with reduced usage from a number of our cost reduction initiatives and slightly shorter haul distances, diesel costs per tonne produced have decreased by 11% compared to the third quarter of 2015. Our West Line Creek active water treatment facility is operating consistent with design parameters and in compliance with permit limits. We are currently investigating an issue regarding selenium compounds in effluent. Work is ongoing to assess the potential implications of this issue, and if associated environmental impacts are identified, modifications to operating parameters or facilities may be required. The cost of modifications may be material, and permitting of future mine expansions and construction of additional water treatment facilities may be delayed while we determine the significance of the issue and how to address it. Site cost of sales in the third quarter of 2016, before transportation and depreciation, was $43 per tonne, $2 per tonne or 5% lower than a year ago. Our total cost of sales for the quarter also included an $11 per tonne charge for the amortization of capitalized stripping costs and $12 per tonne for other depreciation. In U.S. dollar terms, unit costs have been reduced to $33 per tonne, $1 per tonne lower than a year ago due to reductions in site cost of sales as shown in the Canadian dollar unit cost table and the change in exchange rates. During the third quarter, our Elkview Operation was granted an environmental assessment certificate for the Baldy Ridge Extension project. The original capital estimate for this project as submitted in the environmental assessment application was $600 million over five years. Since the submission late last year, additional optimization work has resulted in a significantly less capital intensive plan and the spending over the next five years is currently estimated to be approximately $60 million versus the original capital estimate included in the submission filed late last year. The reduction in the estimated five year capital requirement for the Baldy Ridge Extension project relates primarily to resequencing the mine plan to defer the movement of critical site infrastructure including the maintenance shop, warehouse and offices to a point later in the mine life. Additionally, while new raw steelmaking coal conveyance infrastructure was contemplated in the original submission, detailed engineering work completed post submission has determined that the existing infrastructure will be adequate after a relatively low cost refurbishment program is completed. The capital to execute this project will be included within our 2017 and subsequent years' capital guidance, which will be issued along with our fourth quarter release. First steelmaking coal production from the mining areas at Elkview, which are included within the environmental assessment certificate area, is planned for early 2018. Also during the third quarter, Neptune Bulk Terminals received the final permit required for execution of the project to expand steelmaking coal throughput capacity. Work is now underway to update engineering, which was previously put on hold in 2013, to determine potential throughput capacity and inform a development decision. If sanctioned, the project is currently scheduled to be completed by early 2020. We are expecting sales volumes in the fourth quarter of 2016 to exceed 6.5 million tonnes. Vessel nominations for quarterly contract shipments are determined by customers and final sales and average prices for the quarter will depend on product mix, market direction for spot priced sales, timely arrival of vessels, as well as the performance of the rail transportation network and port-loading facilities. As a result of record third quarter and year-to-date production performance from the business unit, we now expect our production for the year to be between 27 and 27.5 million tonnes. With margins at current levels, we expect unit costs to increase in the fourth quarter as we focus on maximizing production and profitability, which will include increasing our use of contractors and higher cost equipment. We may also incur some one-time costs if we settle collective bargaining agreements. If these collective agreements are settled in the fourth quarter as a result of one-time costs, we would expect our annual cost of sales to be at the top end of the guidance range of $42 to $46 per tonne. Gross profit before depreciation and amortization from our copper business unit decreased by $25 million in the third quarter compared with a year ago (see table below). This was primarily due to lower realized copper prices and sales volumes, which more than offset positive effects of our cost reduction efforts. Third quarter copper production decreased by 10% from a year ago primarily due to reduced production from Highland Valley Copper as a result of lower ore grades, which was anticipated in the mine plan. This was partly offset by production increases at Quebrada Blanca and Carmen de Andacollo. Despite the lower production levels, our cash unit costs, after by-product margins, declined by 7% to US$1.34 per pound compared with a year ago as a result of continued cost reduction efforts at all of our operations. The table below summarizes the changes in gross profit, before depreciation and amortization, in our copper business unit for the quarter: Property, plant and equipment expenditures totaled $46 million, including $26 million for sustaining capital and $17 million for new mine development related to the Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 project. Capitalized stripping costs were $34 million in the third quarter, lower than $51 million a year ago, with the reduction primarily due to mining currently taking place in the lower strip ratio areas and to significantly lower costs at Highland Valley Copper. LME copper prices averaged US$2.16 per pound in the third quarter of 2016, up 1% from last quarter, but down 9.3% from the third quarter a year ago. Copper prices came under pressure in late August and early September, falling to just below US$2.10 per pound before recovering to just below $2.20 per pound by the end of the quarter. Copper prices year-to-date have averaged US$2.14 in 2016 versus US$2.58 in the same period in 2015. Total reported exchange stocks rose 137,650 tonnes during the quarter to 0.5 million tonnes. Total reported global copper exchange stocks are now estimated to be 8 days of global consumption, well below the estimated 25 year average of 12 days of global consumption. Availability of copper scrap remains constrained with imports of scrap into China down an estimated 8%. Copper consumption continues to rise at better than projected rates, although still lower than in 2015. Chinese demand growth is projected by Wood Mackenzie to reach 3% this year and slightly below that in 2017. Stronger than expected construction and automotive growth have offset manufacturing declines. Demand growth this quarter in both the U.S. and Europe was above previous forecasts on better automotive sales, while a stronger U.S. dollar has had an impact on U.S. manufacturing exports. Longer term, we believe that government commitments to improving and repairing aging infrastructure in Europe and North America along with China's aggressive targets on electric vehicle market penetration should be positive for copper demand going forward. Global market fundamentals over the medium to long-term remain positive as current low prices and weak margins continue to constrain new production growth and cap future copper mining investments. We increased our interest in Highland Valley Copper in the quarter, acquiring the remaining 2.5% interest in the mine for $33 million. We now have a 100% interest in the mine. Copper production was 27,300 tonnes in the third quarter or 32% lower than a year ago, due to lower copper grades and lower recoveries. Mill throughput was higher than a year ago due to reduced volumes of harder Valley pit ore and an increasing volume of softer, but lower grade, Lornex pit ore as planned. The transition to more Lornex ores will accelerate during the final quarter of the year as the current high grade phase of the Valley pit was exhausted in the third quarter. As previously disclosed, copper production is expected to be lower than normal over the next 18 months as we mine lower-grade phases of the pits before gradually recovering in 2018 and 2019. Molybdenum production in the third quarter of 1.4 million pounds doubled compared with a year ago as a result of higher grades. Operating cost of sales in the third quarter declined by $26 million, or 20%, compared with the same period a year ago as a result of significant cost reduction efforts and lower diesel and consumable costs. Our labour agreement at Highland Valley Copper expired at the end of the third quarter, and negotiations are ongoing. Copper production in the third quarter of 104,900 tonnes decreased by 3% compared with a year ago primarily as a result of lower grade and mill throughput, offset by improved recoveries. The mix of mill feed in the quarter was 73% copper-only ore and 27% copper-zinc ore compared to 57% and 43%, respectively, in the same period a year ago. Zinc production of 54,200 tonnes in the third quarter decreased by 18,400 tonnes compared with a year ago due to the reduction in copper-zinc ore processed, partially offset by higher zinc grades and recoveries. Mill throughput in the third quarter decreased by 5% compared with a year ago to 13.5 million tonnes, or an average of 147,000 tonnes per day due to ore hardness. Operating cost of sales in the third quarter were the same as a year ago, despite higher sales volumes in the quarter. We continue to make good progress on cost savings and productivity initiatives and overall site production costs in the quarter were lower than a year ago. Copper production in the third quarter increased by 2,500 tonnes to 8,600 tonnes compared with a year ago when production was temporarily suspended to address geotechnical issues. Operating costs in the third quarter were $40 million lower than a year ago as a result of lower supply costs, reduced material movement and our continued cost reduction efforts. In addition, higher operating costs arising out of geotechnical issues resulted in inventory write-downs of $31 million in the comparable quarter last year. Depreciation and amortization charges increased by $49 million in the third quarter compared with a year ago as a result of uncertainty regarding the mine life of the supergene deposit. On a year-to-date basis, depreciation and amortization expenses are $73 million higher compared to 2015. During the quarter we received our updated environmental permits for the existing facilities of the supergene operation. Work is continuing on optimizing the mine plan based on the lower operating cost profile and current copper price. Opportunities to recover additional copper from previously processed material continue to be evaluated. Copper production in the second quarter increased by 12% compared with a year ago primarily as a result of increased throughput due to deferral of major plant maintenance to later in the year and a focus on improving operational efficiency in the flotation circuit. Unit operating cost of sales in the third quarter decreased by 26% compared with a year ago primarily as a result of lower costs as described below. Overall site production costs have been reduced by US$23 million on a year-to-date basis compared to last year due to lower costs for operating supplies, reduced contractor costs and numerous other cost reduction initiatives. This was despite a 4% increase in throughput. Unit cash costs of product sold in the third quarter of 2016 as reported in U.S. dollars, before cash margins for by-products, were US$1.59 per pound compared with US$1.65 per pound in the same period a year ago. Total operating costs have been reduced substantially at all sites, however, the favourable effects of our cost reduction efforts were partly offset by lower production at Highland Valley Copper in the quarter as a result of mining and processing substantially lower grade material. Unit costs are anticipated to increase in the fourth quarter as production at Highland Valley Copper is expected to further decline. Cash margin for by-products increased to US$0.25 per pound compared with US$0.21 per pound in the same period a year ago. This was primarily due to significantly higher sales volumes of molybdenum at Antamina and Highland Valley Copper. Compared to the first half of this year, the cash margin for by-products more than doubled due to higher zinc sales volumes at Antamina and the additional molybdenum. Despite significantly lower production in the third quarter, unit cash costs for copper, after cash margin for by-products, were similar to the second quarter of 2016 and 7% lower than the same period a year ago at US$1.34 per pound. As part of the regulatory process, we submitted the Social and Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) to the Region of Tarapacá Environmental Authority, consistent with the timing previously noted in the company's second quarter 2016 release. A decision to proceed with development would be contingent upon regulatory approvals and market conditions, among other considerations. Given the timeline of the regulatory process, such a decision is not expected before mid-2018. Project optimization work currently underway targets capital costs in the range of US$4.5 to US$5 billion with an initial mine life of 25 years, consistent with the capacity of the revised tailings facility that is located closer to the mine. This compares to the 2012 feasibility study estimate of US$5.6 billion. The initial 25-year mine life will target processing about 1.25 billion tonnes, which does not include approximately 840 million tonnes of measured and indicated resources and 2.2 billion tonnes of inferred resources in the current resource estimate for the Quebrada Blanca hypogene deposit. The updated feasibility study, including capital and operating cost estimates and revised reserve and resource estimates for the project, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2017. Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 is expected to have an annual production capacity of over 250,000 tonnes of copper and 8,000 tonnes of molybdenum in concentrate for the first ten years of mine life. On the basis of copper equivalent production of approximately 280,000 tonnes per year, this equates to a capital intensity of approximately US$16,000 to US$17,850 per annual tonne. During the quarter, we completed trade-off studies in advance of the pre-feasibility study which started in October this year. In combination with ongoing community consultations, environmental baseline studies are also commencing this quarter. During the third quarter, we reviewed the pre-feasibility study that was completed at the Zafranal copper-gold project located in southern Peru, in which we hold a 50% interest. We continued discussions with our partners as to the next steps to advance the project. We expect 2016 copper production to be near the high end of our current guidance range of 310,000 to 320,000 tonnes. Production is expected to further decline over the final quarter as previously announced, due to significantly lower grades at Highland Valley Copper. Based on the continued strong cost performance in the third quarter and higher by-product revenues, we expect our full year copper unit costs, after by-products, to be near the lower end of our current range of US$1.40 to US$1.50 per pound. Unit costs are still expected to increase significantly in the final quarter due to reduced production levels at Highland Valley Copper. Gross profit before depreciation and amortization from our zinc business unit increased by $64 million compared to the third quarter of 2015 (see table below). Contributing to the increased gross profit were higher zinc and lead prices and our cost reduction efforts. Zinc in concentrate production in the third quarter increased by 14% compared with a year ago primarily as a result of higher mill throughput at Red Dog. Refined zinc production at Trail set a quarterly record, rising by 8% compared to the same quarter a year ago due to better plant availability and operational improvements. The table below summarizes the gross profit change, before depreciation and amortization, in our zinc business unit for the quarter. Property, plant and equipment expenditures included $37 million for sustaining capital in the third quarter. LME zinc prices averaged US$1.02 per pound in the third quarter of 2016, an increase of 21% from the same period a year ago, and an increase of 17% over the prior quarter. Zinc prices increased during the quarter from just below US$0.95 per pound early in the quarter to US$1.08 per pound at the end of the quarter. Zinc prices hit a five year high at US$1.09 per pound in early October. Total reported zinc exchange stocks fell 51,600 tonnes during the quarter to 597,670 tonnes, and year-to-date exchange stocks are down 67,160 tonnes. Total global reported exchange stocks are estimated at 17 days of global consumption, down from the 25 year average of 23 days. Excess zinc metal stocks also continue to be drawn down from non-LME warehouses. Demand for refined zinc in our key North American markets was firm in the third quarter with galvanized steel production up 2.8% according to CRU. Recent trade actions by the U.S. government against unfairly subsidized imports of coated steels from several countries including China, Italy and South Korea have resulted in a 21% reduction in imports of galvanized steel sheet into the U.S. Stocks of zinc concentrates continued to decline during the quarter and are, we believe, close to critical levels as zinc mine closures are now impacting spot concentrate treatment charges. Tightness in the concentrate market is starting to limit refined production, putting pressure on the market to remove additional stocks of metal from the terminal market and other off-exchange stocks. Despite the increasing zinc price, Chinese mine production is down 6% or 205,000 tonnes to August 2016 compared with last year and imports of concentrates are down 41% to August, or 365,000 tonnes. At the same time, demand for refined metal remains strong with imports up 55% year-to-date in August or up 140,000 tonnes. Zinc production in the third quarter was 14% higher than a year ago as a result of significantly higher mill throughput and slightly higher grades. Mill throughput was helped by softer ores being fed to the plant, as well as benefiting from operational improvements including higher plant availability. Lead production rose by 3% compared to a year ago primarily due to the higher throughput, partially offset by lower recoveries. Zinc sales of 190,500 tonnes were 2% higher than the third quarter of 2015. Sales volumes in the third quarter were substantially higher than our original guidance of 150,000 tonnes. The higher volumes reflect accelerated consumption rates by smelters due to continued tightness in the concentrate market, which is reflected in spot treatment charges being significantly below benchmark terms. Operating costs of $93 million in the third quarter were $11 million lower than in the same period a year ago primarily due to lower diesel costs. Capitalized stripping costs were $11 million in the third quarter, the same as a year ago. Refined zinc production of 83,700 tonnes set a new quarterly production record, primarily due to higher plant availability resulting in additional zinc concentrate treatment. Refined lead production of 23,600 tonnes was 8% higher than a year ago. Increased lead production volumes in 2016 were a result of improved operating reliability and higher lead inputs in the feed mix compared to last year, which included a major maintenance shutdown on the lead furnace. Operating costs in the third quarter of $95 million were 5% lower than a year ago as a result of cost reduction initiatives, despite higher treatment throughput volumes. Sustaining capital expenditures in the quarter included $4 million each for the water treatment plant and acid plant and $9 million for various other small projects. Mill throughput was 1,700 tonnes per day in the third quarter, similar to the second quarter. Zinc production during the quarter was 17% higher than the same period last year primarily due to increased mill throughput, higher ore grades and improved mill recoveries. Lead production was slightly higher at 1,600 tonnes. In response to production challenges, we have undertaken extensive geological studies to improve our knowledge of the mineralization at Pend Oreille and its impact in mineral resources and reserves. We have concluded that mineral reserves in the new MX area, currently under development, are less than previously anticipated. We have developed a new mine plan for the operation through to early 2018, although there is still significant potential to extend the mine life to at least 2020. We have identified highly prospective areas in the currently producing East Mine area and plan to undertake a major exploration and drilling program in 2017. On October 18, we announced the exercise of a right of first refusal to acquire the outstanding 49% interest in the Teena/Reward zinc project held by Rox Resources Limited for staged payments of up to AUD$20.6 million in cash and securities. Teena is located eight kilometers west of the MacArthur River Mine in the Northern Territory of Australia, which is one of the premier zinc provinces globally. The Red Dog concentrate shipping season is expected to be completed in the first week of November after extending the season by two weeks due to favourable ice conditions. We expect to ship approximately 1,075,000 tonnes of zinc concentrate and 220,000 tonnes of lead concentrate. This represents all of Red Dog's concentrates available to be shipped from the operation. We expect sales of 180,000 tonnes of zinc contained in concentrate in the fourth quarter reflecting the normal seasonal pattern of Red Dog sales. We expect 2016 zinc production to be near the high end of our current guidance range of 645,000 to 665,000 tonnes. As disclosed in the previous quarter results, Red Dog production is expected to be lower in the fourth quarter due to lower grades and a planned maintenance shutdown. The Fort Hills project is currently in its peak construction period with site activity above levels seen before the Fort McMurray wild fire. Suncor, the operator of the project, expects to be in a position to provide a project cost and schedule update around year end. This update will incorporate the effects of the wild fire, progress on module installation, foreign exchange and labour productivity through peak construction activities. In the third quarter, our share of capital expenditures was $254 million. Our share of Fort Hills cash expenditures in 2016 is estimated at $960 million, of which approximately $700 million has been spent to September 30, 2016. Engineering and module fabrication are essentially complete and overall construction progress has surpassed 70%. First oil is expected to be near the end of 2017, with 90% of Fort Hills gross planned production capacity of 180,000 barrels per day (bpd) expected within 12 months of first oil. Our share of production is expected to be 36,000 bpd (13 million barrels per year) of high-quality bitumen. The Fort Hills partners have executed long-term pipeline transportation agreements for the delivery of diluent from Edmonton to Fort Hills, and blended bitumen to Hardisty from Fort Hills. Each Fort Hills partner will be responsible to meet its diluent blend requirements, and to transport and sell its share of diluted bitumen to the market. The development of our comprehensive diluent acquisition and blended bitumen sales strategies is ongoing and we continue to review options to sell diluted bitumen into the North American and overseas markets. In support of our diverse market access strategy we have contracted for 425,000 barrels of terminal storage at Hardisty. We will provide an update to our marketing plans mid-2017. The Frontier project regulatory application review continues with the appointed three member Frontier hearing panel reviewing available information on the Frontier Project. The panel chair announced a 60-day comment period, from August 17 to October 17, for interested parties to comment on the sufficiency of information we filed to support our application. The regulatory review process is expected to continue through 2016, making 2017 the earliest a federal decision statement is expected for Frontier. Our expenditures on Frontier are limited to supporting this process. We are evaluating the future project schedule and development options as part of our ongoing capital review and prioritization process in response to current market conditions. During the third quarter, our share of the power generation from Wintering Hills was 25 GWhs, resulting in 16,000 tonnes of CO equivalent offsets. Our share of expected power generation in 2016 is 135 GWhs, resulting in approximately 85,000 tonnes of CO equivalent offsets, although actual generation will depend on weather conditions and other factors. Other operating expenses, net of other income, were $81 million in the third quarter compared with $174 million a year ago. We recorded various non-cash gains and losses due to changes in market prices and rates in respect of pricing adjustments, commodity derivatives, stock based compensation and the discounted value of decommissioning and restoration provisions for closed mines, which totaled $52 million net charge on a pre-tax basis ($41 million after-tax). Pricing adjustments in the third quarter included positive pricing adjustments on zinc and copper of $20 million and $5 million, respectively. The table below outlines our outstanding receivable positions, provisionally valued at June 30, 2016 and September 30, 2016. Finance expense was $89 million in the third quarter, $10 million higher than a year ago. Debt interest expense increased due to the effect of higher interest rates on recently issued debt, which was offset by increased capitalized interest. We expect our interest expense to decrease by approximately US$43 million in 2017 as a result of the US$759 million of notes we repurchased in September and early October. In addition, fees for letters of credit increased by $15 million. See the discussion below for further information regarding our letters of credit. Non-operating income in the third quarter totaled $131 million compared with a $44 million non-operating expense in the same period last year. We recorded a $98 million pre-tax gain on the revaluation of our call options on our most recently issued debt as interest rates and our own credit spread have declined significantly since issuance. In addition, we realized a pre-tax gain of $49 million on the repurchase of our debt below face value in the quarter. Income and resource taxes for the third quarter were $119 million, or 34% of pre-tax profits. This rate is higher than the Canadian statutory rate of 26% as a result of resource taxes and higher rates in foreign jurisdictions. These were partially reduced by the lower effective tax rate on the gain on debt purchases. Due to available tax pools, we are currently shielded from cash income taxes, but not resource taxes in Canada. We remain subject to cash taxes in foreign jurisdictions. Our financial position and liquidity remains strong. Our debt position, net debt, and credit ratios are summarized in the table below: In just over a year, we have retired US$1.06 billion of our term notes, including US$300 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, US$334 million in the third quarter of 2016 and a further US$425 million subsequent to September 30, 2016, such that the principal balance of our term notes is now US$6.14 billion. After giving effect to our debt purchases subsequent to September, our debt to debt-plus-equity ratio at September 30, 2016 would have been 33% compared to 34% as reported in the table above. Our committed credit facilities are our US$3.0 billion revolving credit facility and US$1.2 billion revolving credit facility. US$200 million of our US$1.2 billion revolving credit facility matures in June 2017 and the remaining US$1.0 billion matures in June 2019. As at September 30, there were no amounts outstanding under the US$3.0 billion facility and there were US$975 million of letters of credit outstanding under the US$1.2 billion facility. Of those letters of credit, an aggregate of US$672 million were issued in respect of long-term power purchase agreements for the Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 project. The remainder relates to certain pipeline and storage agreements for our Fort Hills project and reclamation obligations for our Red Dog mine. We also maintain an aggregate of US$1.62 billion of uncommitted bilateral credit facilities with various banks and with Export Development Canada for the issuance of letters of credit, primarily to support our future reclamation obligations. At September 30, 2016, there were US$1.53 billion of letters of credit outstanding under these other facilities. We may be required to post additional security in respect of reclamation at our sites in future periods as regulatory requirements change and closure plans are updated. Cash flow from operations was $854 million in the third quarter compared with $560 million a year ago with the increase primarily due to higher commodity prices and partly due to our cost reduction efforts. Changes in working capital items resulted in a source of cash of $54 million in the third quarter compared with $259 million a year ago. Typically in the third quarter of each year, working capital decreases primarily due to the seasonal drawdown of product inventories at Red Dog. The working capital drawdown last year was unusually high due to the downward revaluation of accounts receivable at quarter end resulting from the $141 million of negative pricing adjustments recorded in the period. In September and early October, we purchased US$759 million aggregate principal amount of our outstanding notes through private and open market purchases at a total cost of US$693 million, which was funded from cash on hand. The principal amount of notes purchased was US$80 million of 3.75% notes due 2023, US$91 million of 6.125% notes due 2035, US$159 million of 6.00% notes due 2040, US$205 million of 6.25% notes due 2041, US$101 million of 5.20% notes due 2042, and US$123 million of 5.40% notes due 2043. The purchases are discussed further in Note 6(a) to our financial statements. Expenditures on property, plant and equipment were $376 million in the third quarter, compared to $349 million a year ago. Included in the spending was $254 million for the Fort Hills oil sands project, $81 million on sustaining capital, $17 million for Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 and $16 million on major enhancement projects. The largest components of sustaining expenditures were $17 million at Trail, $20 million at Red Dog and $16 million at Antamina. Capitalized stripping expenditures were $88 million in the third quarter compared with $146 million a year ago, as mining at some of our key operations was taking place in lower strip ratio areas resulting in lower costs being capitalized. In addition, the effect of our lower unit costs also resulted in less costs being capitalized. We are continuing to strip at all our operations based on their respective mine plans and the majority of this constitutes the advancement of pits for future production at our steelmaking coal mines. The table below summarizes our year-to-date capital spending for 2016: Prices for steelmaking coal have improved dramatically and are contributing significant additional revenues and cash flows. While we expect these to continue into the first quarter of 2017, steelmaking coal prices may decline in 2017. Commodity markets have historically been volatile, prices can change rapidly and customers can alter shipment plans. This can have a substantial effect on our business. We are also significantly affected by foreign exchange rates. In the last nine months, the U.S. dollar average has strengthened by approximately 5% against the Canadian dollar. This has had a positive effect on the profitability of our Canadian operations and translation of profits from our foreign operations. It will, to a lesser extent, put upward pressure on the portion of our operating costs and capital spending that is denominated in U.S. dollars. Our labour agreement at Highland Valley Copper expired at the end of the third quarter, and negotiations will continue in the fourth quarter. Labour agreements at Elkview and Fording River have also expired and negotiations are ongoing. The sales of our products are denominated in U.S. dollars, while a significant portion of our expenses are incurred in local currencies, particularly the Canadian dollar and the Chilean peso. Foreign exchange fluctuations can have a significant effect on our operating margins, unless such fluctuations are offset by related changes to commodity prices. Our U.S. dollar denominated debt is subject to revaluation based on changes in the Canadian/U.S. dollar exchange rate. As at September 30, 2016, $5.3 billion of our U.S. dollar denominated debt is designated as a hedge against our foreign operations that have a U.S. dollar functional currency. As a result, any foreign exchange gains or losses arising on that amount of our U.S. dollar debt are recorded in other comprehensive income, with the remainder being charged to profit. We hold a number of financial instruments and derivatives which are recorded on our balance sheet at fair value with gains and losses in each period included in other comprehensive income and profit for the period as appropriate. The most significant of these instruments are marketable securities, metal-related forward contracts including those embedded in our silver and gold streaming agreements, and settlements receivable and payable, and prepayment rights on certain long-term debt notes. Some of our gains and losses on metal-related financial instruments are affected by smelter price participation and are taken into account in determining royalties and other expenses. All are subject to varying rates of taxation depending on their nature and jurisdiction. As at October 26, 2016 there were 567.1 million Class B subordinate voting shares and 9.4 million Class A common shares outstanding. In addition, there were 23.3 million director and employee stock options outstanding with exercise prices ranging between $4.15 and $58.80 per share. More information on these instruments and the terms of their conversion is set out in Note 22 of our 2015 audited financial statements. Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting. Any system of internal control over financial reporting, no matter how well designed, has inherent limitations. Therefore, even those systems determined to be effective can provide only reasonable assurance with respect to financial statement preparation and presentation. There have been no significant changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the quarter ended September 30, 2016 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, internal control over financial reporting. In preparing consolidated financial statements, management makes estimates that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses across all reportable segments. Management makes estimates that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances. Our estimates are based on historical experience and other factors we consider to be reasonable, including expectations of future events. Critical accounting estimates are those that could affect the consolidated financial statements materially, are highly uncertain and where changes are reasonably likely to occur from period to period. Our critical accounting estimates that have a risk of resulting in a material adjustment to the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities within the next year include the recoverable amounts of long-lived assets, fair value of embedded derivatives associated with streaming transactions, estimated recoverable reserves and resources and the valuation of other assets and liabilities such as decommissioning and restoration provisions and the accounting for income taxes. These critical accounting estimates are consistent with those outlined in more detail in our 2015 annual consolidated financial statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis. Our revenue and gross profit by business unit are summarized in the tables below: Our cost of sales information by business unit is summarized in the table below: Production statistics for each of our operations are presented in the tables below. Operating results are on a 100% basis. USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES Our financial results are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). This document refers to gross profit before depreciation and amortization, gross profit margins before depreciation, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted profit, adjusted earnings per share, cash unit costs, adjusted cash costs of sales, cash margins for by-products, adjusted revenue, net debt, debt to debt-plus-equity ratio, and the net debt to net debt-plus-equity ratio, which are not measures recognized under IFRS in Canada and do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS or Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in the United States. Gross profit before depreciation and amortization is gross profit with the depreciation and amortization expense added back. EBITDA is profit attributable to shareholders before net finance expense, income and resource taxes, and depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA before impairment charges. For adjusted profit, we adjust profit attributable to shareholders as reported to remove the effect of certain types of transactions that in our judgment are not indicative of our normal operating activities or do not necessarily occur on a regular basis. This both highlights these items and allows us to analyze the rest of our results more clearly. We believe that disclosing these measures assists readers in understanding the cash generating potential of our business in order to provide liquidity to fund working capital needs, service outstanding debt, fund future capital expenditures and investment opportunities, and pay dividends. Gross profit margins before depreciation are gross profit before depreciation and amortization, divided by revenue for each respective business unit. Unit costs are calculated by dividing the cost of sales for the principal product by sales volumes. We include this information as it is frequently requested by investors and investment analysts who use it to assess our cost structure and margins and compare it to similar information provided by many companies in our industry. We sell both copper concentrates and refined copper cathodes. The price for concentrates sold to smelters is based on average London Metal Exchange prices over a defined quotational period, from which processing and refining deductions are made. In addition, we are paid for an agreed percentage of the copper contained in concentrates, which constitutes payable pounds. Adjusted revenue excludes the revenue from co-products and by-products, but adds back the processing and refining allowances to arrive at the value of the underlying payable pounds of copper. Readers may compare this on a per unit basis with the price of copper on the London Metal Exchange. Adjusted cash cost of sales for our steelmaking coal operations is defined as the cost of the product as it leaves the mine excluding depreciation and amortization charges. Adjusted cash cost of sales for our copper operations is defined as the cost of the product delivered to the port of shipment, excluding depreciation and amortization charges. It is common practice in the industry to exclude depreciation and amortization as these costs are 'non-cash' and discounted cash flow valuation models used in the industry substitute expectations of future capital spending for these amounts. In order to arrive at adjusted cash costs of sales for copper we also deduct the costs of by-products and co-products. Total cash unit costs include the smelter and refining allowances added back in determining adjusted revenue. This presentation allows a comparison of unit costs, including smelter allowances, to the underlying price of copper in order to assess the margin. Unit costs, after deducting co-product and by-product margins, are also a common industry measure. By deducting the co- and by-product margin per unit of the principal product, the margin for the mine on a per unit basis may be presented in a single metric for comparison to other operations. Readers should be aware that this metric, by excluding certain items and reclassifying cost and revenue items, distorts our actual production costs as determined under GAAP. Net debt is total debt less cash and cash equivalents. The debt to debt-plus-equity ratio takes total debt as reported and divides that by the sum of total debt plus total equity. The net debt to net debt-plus-equity ratio is net debt divided by the sum of net debt plus total equity, expressed as a percentage. These measures are disclosed as we believe they provide readers with information that allows them to assess our credit capacity and the ability to meet our short and long-term financial obligations. The measures described above do not have standardized meanings under IFRS, may differ from those used by other issuers, and may not be comparable to such measures as reported by others. These measures have been derived from our financial statements and applied on a consistent basis as appropriate. We disclose these measures because we believe they assist readers in understanding the results of our operations and financial position and are meant to provide further information about our financial results to investors. These measures should not be considered in isolation or used in substitute for other measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. Reconciliation of Gross Profit Before Depreciation and Amortization This news release contains certain forward-looking information and forward-looking statements as defined in applicable securities laws. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements, principally under the headings "Outlook," that appear in this release but also elsewhere in this document, include estimates, forecasts, and statements as to management's expectations with respect to, among other things, anticipated cost and production forecasts at our business units and individual operations and expectation that we will meet our production guidance, sales volume and selling prices for our products (including settlement of steelmaking coal contracts with customers), capital expenditure guidance, our expectation that we will end the year with a cash balance of approximately $1.0 billion, our expectation that improved prices will provide additional profits and cash resources, our focus on achieving an investment grade rating, plans and expectations for our development projects, the targeted capital cost and mine life of Quebrada Blanca Phase 2, expected production, production capacity and capital intensity of Quebrada Blanca Phase 2, the potential to extend the Pend Oreille mine life to 2020, our expectation that we will close the acquisition of the outstanding 49% interest in the Teena/Reward zinc project, the impact of currency exchange rates, the expected timing and amount of production at the Fort Hills oil sands project and our remaining capital commitment at Fort Hills, and demand and market outlook for commodities. These forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties and actual results may vary materially. These statements are based on a number of assumptions, including, but not limited to, assumptions regarding general business and economic conditions, the supply and demand for, deliveries of, and the level and volatility of prices of, zinc, copper and steelmaking coal and other primary metals and minerals as well as oil, and related products, the timing of the receipt of regulatory and governmental approvals for our development projects and other operations, our costs of production and production and productivity levels, as well as those of our competitors, power prices, continuing availability of water and power resources for our operations, market competition, the accuracy of our reserve estimates (including with respect to size, grade and recoverability) and the geological, operational and price assumptions on which these are based, conditions in financial markets, the future financial performance of the company, our ability to attract and retain skilled staff, our ability to procure equipment and operating supplies, positive results from the studies on our expansion projects, our steelmaking coal and other product inventories, our ability to secure adequate transportation for our products, our ability to obtain permits for our operations and expansions, our ongoing relations with our employees and business partners and joint venturers. Our expectation that we will end the year with a cash balance of approximately $1.0 billion is based on current prices and exchange rates and assumes no unusual transactions or events occur and that we meet our full year guidance for production, costs and capital expenditures. Assumptions regarding the capital cost, mine life and other parameters for Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 are based on current project assumptions and are subject to, among other matters, the final feasibility study. Acquisition of the 49% interest in the Teena/Reward zinc project is based on the assumption that all conditions to closing are satisfied. Assumptions regarding the impact of foreign exchange are based on current commodity prices. The foregoing list of assumptions is not exhaustive. Events or circumstances could cause actual results to vary materially. Factors that may cause actual results to vary materially include, but are not limited to, changes in commodity and power prices, changes in market demand for our products, changes in interest and currency exchange rates, acts of foreign governments and the outcome of legal proceedings, inaccurate geological and metallurgical assumptions (including with respect to the size, grade and recoverability of mineral reserves and resources), unanticipated operational difficulties (including failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate in accordance with specifications or expectations, cost escalation, unavailability of materials and equipment, government action or delays in the receipt of government approvals, industrial disturbances or other job action, adverse weather conditions and unanticipated events related to health, safety and environmental matters), union labour disputes, political risk, social unrest, failure of customers or counterparties to perform their contractual obligations, changes in our credit ratings, unanticipated increases in costs to construct our development projects, difficulty in obtaining permits, inability to address concerns regarding permits of environmental impact assessments, and changes or further deterioration in general economic conditions. Closing of the Teena/Rox acquisition may be affected by unanticipated difficulties with respect to satisfaction of closing conditions or other challenges. Our Fort Hills project is not controlled by us and construction and production schedules and costs may be adjusted by our partners. Statements concerning future production costs or volumes are based on numerous assumptions of management regarding operating matters and on assumptions that demand for products develops as anticipated, that customers and other counterparties perform their contractual obligations, that operating and capital plans will not be disrupted by issues such as mechanical failure, unavailability of parts and supplies, labour disturbances, interruption in transportation or utilities, adverse weather conditions, and that there are no material unanticipated variations in the cost of energy or supplies. Statements regarding anticipated steelmaking coal sales volumes and average steelmaking coal prices for the quarter depend on timely arrival of vessels and performance of our steelmaking coal-loading facilities, as well as the level of spot pricing sales. We assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements except as required under securities laws. Further information concerning risks and uncertainties associated with these forward-looking statements and our business can be found in our Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2015, filed under our profile on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) and on EDGAR (www.sec.gov) under cover of Form 40-F. Teck will host an Investor Conference Call to discuss its Q3/2016 financial results at 11:00 AM Eastern time, 8:00 AM Pacific time, on Thursday, October 27, 2016. A live audio webcast of the conference call, together with supporting presentation slides, will be available on our website at www.teck.com. The webcast will be archived at www.teck.com. Teck Resources Limited Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements For the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016 (Unaudited) Teck Resources Limited Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity (Unaudited) We prepare our annual consolidated financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). These condensed interim consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34, Interim Financial Reporting (IAS 34). These condensed interim consolidated financial statements follow the same accounting policies and methods of application as our most recent annual financial statements. Accordingly, they should be read in conjunction with our most recent annual financial statements. The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors authorized these financial statements for issue on October 26, 2016. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016, we recorded an impairment of non-core assets of $26 million. In light of economic conditions in the third quarter of 2015, we recorded asset impairments in our copper, zinc, steelmaking coal and energy business units totaling $2.895 billion. The impairment considered a market participant range of key inputs in determining the recoverable amounts of the assets on a fair value less costs of disposal basis. In the fourth quarter of 2015, market conditions continued to deteriorate and market prices were amended further in our copper and energy business units. Additional impairments totaling $736 million were recorded in these business units and in our steelmaking coal business unit relating to certain mine plan changes in the fourth quarter of 2015. For the year ended December 31, 2015, we recorded asset impairment charges of $3.631 billion across all of our business units. The fair values of debt are determined using market values, if available, and discounted cash flows based on our cost of borrowing where market values are not available. The latter are considered Level 2 fair value measurements with significant other observable inputs on the fair value hierarchy (Note 11). The fair values of debt increased due to a reduction in our credit spread and a reduction in risk-free interest rates, partially offset by a strengthening Canadian dollar. In September and October 2016, we purchased US$759 million aggregate principal amount of our outstanding notes through private and open market purchases. Of the US$759 million, US$334 million settled in the third quarter and the remainder settled in October 2016. The US$759 million of purchased notes are comprised of US$80 million of 3.75% notes due 2023, US$91 million of 6.125% notes due 2035, US$159 million of 6.00% notes due 2040, US$205 million of 6.25% notes due 2041, US$101 million of 5.20% notes due 2042 and US$123 million of 5.40% notes due 2043. The total cost of the purchases was US$693 million. We recorded a pre-tax accounting gain of $49 million (after-tax $43 million) in non-operating income (expense) (Note 4) in the three months ended September 30, 2016. We expect to record a pre-tax gain of $27 million (after-tax $24 million) in the fourth quarter of 2016 on purchases that settled in October 2016. A total of US$66 million of notes were purchased in September 2016, but settled subsequent to September 30, 2016. These notes have been reclassified to current liabilities on our consolidated balance sheet and consist of US$7 million of 6.00% notes due 2040 and US$59 million of 5.40% notes due 2043. All private and open market purchases of our outstanding notes during the third quarter and subsequent to September 30, 2016 were funded from cash on hand. In June 2016, we issued US$650 million of senior unsecured notes due June 2021 (2021 notes) and US$600 million of senior unsecured notes due June 2024 (2024 notes). The 2021 notes have a coupon of 8.00% per annum and an effective interest rate, after taking into account issuance costs and the prepayment option value, of 8.22%. These notes were issued at par value and are callable on or after June 1, 2018 at pre-defined prices based on the date of redemption. Prior to June 1, 2018, the 2021 notes can be redeemed, in whole or in part, at a redemption price equal to the principal amount plus accrued interest and a make-whole call premium. The 2024 notes have a coupon of 8.50% per annum and an effective interest rate, after taking into account issuance costs and the prepayment option value, of 8.49%. These notes were issued at par value and are callable on or after June 1, 2019 at predefined prices based on the date of redemption. Prior to June 1, 2019, the 2024 notes can be redeemed, in whole or in part, at a redemption price equal to the principal amount plus accrued interest and a make-whole call premium. Our obligations under these notes are guaranteed on a senior unsecured basis by Teck Metals Ltd. (TML), Teck Coal Partnership, Teck Financial Corporation Ltd., TCL U.S. Holdings Ltd., Teck Alaska Incorporated and Teck Highland Valley Copper Partnership, each a wholly owned subsidiary of Teck. The 2016 indenture limits the aggregate amount of additional indebtedness for borrowed money the subsidiary guarantors may guarantee or otherwise incur to 10% of consolidated net tangible assets, subject to certain specified exceptions. Net proceeds from these issuances, after underwriting and issuance costs, were US$1.227 billion. We used these proceeds and cash on hand to purchase US$1.25 billion aggregate principal amount of our outstanding notes pursuant to cash tender offers. The purchased notes comprise US$266 million of 3.15% notes due 2017, US$284 million of 3.85% notes due 2017, US$478 million of 2.50% notes due 2018 and US$222 million of 3.00% notes due 2019. The total cost of the purchases, including the premium for the purchase, was US$1.267 billion. We recorded a pre-tax accounting charge of $27 million (after-tax $23 million) in non-operating income (expense) (Note 4) in the second quarter. The 2021 notes and 2024 notes include prepayment options that are considered to be embedded derivatives. At September 30, 2016, these prepayment options are recorded as other assets on the balance sheet at fair values of $48 million and $72 million for the 2021 and 2024 notes, respectively, based on current market interest rates for similar instruments and our credit spread. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016, the value of the prepayment options increased by $98 million, which has been recorded as a gain in non-operating income (expense) (Note 4). At September 30, 2016, we had two committed revolving credit facilities in the amounts of US$3.0 billion and US$1.2 billion, respectively. The US$3.0 billion facility is available until July 2020, includes a letter of credit sub-limit of US$1.0 billion and is undrawn at September 30, 2016. The US$1.2 billion facility was amended in the second quarter of 2016 as described below and can be fully drawn for cash or letters of credit, and has an aggregate of US$975 million in outstanding letters of credit at September 30, 2016. In June 2016, we made certain amendments to the terms of our US$1.2 billion credit facility, including an extension of the maturity date from June 2017 to June 2019. Lenders holding aggregate commitments of US$200 million declined to extend and as such the size of the facility will reduce to US$1 billion in June 2017. As part of the extension, Teck agreed to provide subsidiary guarantees for the benefit of the credit facility and as a result our obligations under this agreement are guaranteed on a senior unsecured basis by TML, Teck Coal Partnership, Teck Financial Corporation Ltd., TCL U.S. Holdings Ltd., Teck Alaska Incorporated and Teck Highland Valley Copper Partnership, each a wholly owned subsidiary of Teck. The amended credit facility contains covenants in addition to those contained in the original facility, including restrictions on new liens and guaranteed indebtedness. The amendments limit the amount of secured debt and guaranteed debt that Teck may issue. The maximum amount of secured debt that Teck and the guarantor subsidiaries may incur without securing the credit facility is equal to 4% of Teck's consolidated net tangible assets, or US$1 billion, whichever is greater. The maximum amount of debt (including secured debt) guaranteed or incurred by the guarantor subsidiaries and other material subsidiaries (not including subsidiaries organized in Chile) is equal to 9% of Teck's consolidated net tangible assets, or US$2.25 billion, whichever is greater. There are specific exemptions to each of the restrictions. Teck is also subject to covenants regarding asset sales and future subsidiary guarantors. Teck has provided the same subsidiary guarantees noted above to our obligations under the US$3.0 billion credit facility maturing July 2020, our uncommitted credit facilities and certain hedging lines. At September 30, 2016, Teck's consolidated net tangible assets were $31 billion (US$24 billion). Any amounts drawn under the committed revolving credit facilities can be repaid at any time and are due in full at maturity. Amounts outstanding under the US$3.0 billion facility bear interest at LIBOR plus an applicable margin based on our credit ratings, which is 225 basis points when our credit ratings are below investment grade. Amounts outstanding under the US$1.2 billion facility bear interest at LIBOR plus an applicable margin based on our leverage. Based on our September 30, 2016 leverage ratio, the applicable margin is 325 basis points. Both facilities require that our total debt-to-capitalization ratio not exceed 0.5 to 1.0. As at September 30, 2016, our ratio was 0.34. As a result of the loss of our investment grade ratings, we have been required to deliver letters of credit to satisfy financial security requirements under power purchase contracts at Quebrada Blanca and transportation, tank storage and pipeline capacity agreements for our interest in Fort Hills. At September 30, 2016, we had an aggregate of US$837 million in outstanding letters of credit for these contracts, of which US$672 relates to the Quebrada Blanca power purchase contracts. These letters of credit will be terminated if and when we regain investment grade ratings or reduced if and when certain project milestones are reached. We also maintain uncommitted bilateral credit facilities primarily for the issuance of letters of credit to support our future reclamation obligations. As at September 30, 2016, these facilities totalled $1.62 billion and outstanding letters of credit issued thereunder were $1.53 billion. These facilities are typically renewed on an annual basis. From time to time, at our election, we may reduce the fees paid to banks issuing letters of credit by making short-term deposits of excess cash with those banks. The deposits earn a market rate of interest and are generally refundable on demand. At September 30, 2016, we had $490 million (2015 - $732 million) of such deposits. During the first three quarters of 2016, we granted 8,945,695 Class B subordinate voting share options to employees. These options have a weighted average exercise price of $5.48, a term of 10 years and vest in equal amounts over three years. The weighted average fair value of Class B subordinate voting share options issued was estimated at $1.81 per share option at the grant date using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model. The option valuations were based on an average expected option life of 4 years, a risk-free interest rate of 0.72%, a dividend yield of 1.85% and an expected volatility of 46%. During the first three quarters of 2016, we issued 4,887,104 deferred, restricted and performance share units to employees and directors. Deferred, restricted and performance share units issued vest immediately for directors and vest in three years for employees. Furthermore, the performance share units have a performance vesting criterion that may increase or decrease the number of units ultimately vested. The total number of deferred, restricted and performance share units outstanding at September 30, 2016 was 8,335,862. A share-based compensation expense of $57 million (2015 - $5 million compensation recovery) and $126 million (2015 - $7 million) was recorded for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016, respectively, in respect of all outstanding share options and units. The components of accumulated other comprehensive income are: Based on the primary products we produce and our development projects, we have five reportable segments - steelmaking coal, copper, zinc, energy and corporate - which is the way we report information to our Chief Executive Officer. The corporate segment includes all of our initiatives in other commodities, our corporate growth activities and groups that provide administrative, technical, financial and other support to all of our business units. Other operating expenses include general and administration costs, exploration, research and development, and other operating income (expense). Sales between segments are carried out on terms that arm's-length parties would use. Total assets does not include intra-group receivables between segments. Deferred tax assets and liabilities have been allocated amongst segments. We consider provisions for all our outstanding and pending legal claims to be adequate. The final outcome with respect to actions outstanding or pending as at September 30, 2016, or with respect to future claims, cannot be predicted with certainty. Significant contingencies not disclosed elsewhere in the notes to our financial statements are as follows: Teck American Inc. (TAI) continues studies under the 2006 settlement agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct a remedial investigation on the Upper Columbia River in Washington State. Residential soil testing within the study site has identified certain properties where remediation is required. TAI and EPA reached an agreement regarding the remediation to be undertaken in 2015, which has been completed, and additional sampling is under way. The Lake Roosevelt litigation involving TML in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Washington continues. In September 2012, TML entered into an agreement with the plaintiffs, agreeing that certain facts were established for purposes of the litigation. The agreement stipulates that some portion of the slag discharged from our Trail Operations into the Columbia River between 1896 and 1995, and some portion of the effluent discharged from Trail Operations, have been transported to and are present in the Upper Columbia River in the United States, and that some hazardous substances from the slag and effluent have been released into the environment within the United States. In December 2012, the Court found in favour of the plaintiffs in phase one of the case, issuing a declaratory judgment that TML is liable under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) for response costs, the amount of which will be determined in phases of the case. A hearing with respect to the claims of the Tribal plaintiffs in respect of approximately $9 million of past response costs was held in December. In August the trial court judge ruled in favour of the plaintiffs and the decision is under appeal. In October 2013, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation filed an omnibus motion with the District Court seeking an order stating that they are permitted to seek recovery from TML for environmental response costs, and in a subsequent proceeding, natural resource damages and assessment costs, arising from the alleged deposition of hazardous substances in the United States from aerial emissions from TML's Trail Operations. Prior allegations by the Tribes related solely to solid and liquid materials discharged to the Columbia River. The motion did not state the amount of response costs allegedly attributable to aerial emissions, nor did it attempt to define the extent of natural resource damages, if any, attributable to past smelter operations. In December 2013, the District Court ruled in favour of the plaintiffs, who have subsequently filed amended pleadings in relation to air emissions. The Court dismissed a motion to strike the air claims on the basis that CERCLA does not apply to air emissions in the manner proposed by the plaintiffs, and a subsequent TML motion seeking reconsideration of the dismissal. On July 27, 2016 the Ninth Circuit unanimously ruled in favour of TML on its appeal of the District Court decision. Plaintiffs sought en banc review of the decision in the Ninth Circuit, which was denied in October. A hearing with respect to liability in connection with air emissions, if that claim survives, and past response costs has been deferred in light of the interlocutory appeals, and a subsequent hearing with respect to claims for natural resource damages and assessment costs is expected to follow, assuming the remedial investigation and feasibility study being undertaken by TAI are completed, which is now expected to occur in 2017. There is no assurance that we will ultimately be successful in our defence of the litigation or that we or our affiliates will not be faced with further liability in relation to this matter. Until the studies contemplated by the EPA settlement agreement and additional damage assessments are completed, it is not possible to estimate the extent and cost, if any, of any additional remediation or restoration that may be required or to assess our potential liability for damages. The studies may conclude, on the basis of risk, cost, technical feasibility or other grounds, that no remediation other than some residential soil removal should be undertaken. If other remediation is required and damage to resources found, the cost of that remediation may be material. Due to ice conditions, the port serving our Red Dog mine is normally only able to ship concentrates from July to October each year. As a result, zinc and lead concentrate sales volumes are generally higher in the third and fourth quarter of each year than in the first and second quarter resulting in the last two quarters of the year having higher profits and cash flows as finished inventories are sold. Certain of our financial assets and liabilities are measured at fair value on a recurring basis and classified in their entirety based on the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement. Certain non-financial assets and liabilities may also be measured at fair value on a non-recurring basis. There are three levels of the fair value hierarchy that prioritize the inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value, with Level 1 inputs having the highest priority. The levels and the valuation techniques used to value our financial assets and liabilities are described below: Unadjusted quoted prices in active markets that are accessible at the measurement date for identical, unrestricted assets or liabilities. Cash equivalents and marketable equity securities are valued using quoted market prices in active markets. Accordingly, these items are included in Level 1 of the fair value hierarchy. Quoted prices in markets that are not active, quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets, or inputs that are observable, either directly or indirectly, for substantially the full term of the asset or liability. Derivative instruments and embedded derivatives are included in Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy as they are valued using pricing models or discounted cash flow models. These models require a variety of inputs, including, but not limited to, contractual terms, market prices, forward price curves, yield curves, and credit spreads. These inputs are obtained from or corroborated with the market where possible. Also included in Level 2 are settlements receivable and settlements payable from provisional pricing on concentrate sales and purchases because they are valued using quoted market prices for forward curves for copper, zinc and lead. Unobservable (supported by little or no market activity) prices. We include investments in debt securities in Level 3 of the fair value hierarchy because they trade infrequently and have little price transparency. We review the fair value of these instruments periodically and estimate an impairment charge based on management's best estimates, which are unobservable inputs. The fair values of our financial assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis at September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015 are summarized in the following table: As at September 30, 2016, we measured certain non-core assets at their recoverable amounts using a fair value less costs of disposal basis, which is classified as a Level 3 measurement. As at December 31, 2015, we measured certain non-financial assets at their recoverable amounts using a fair value less costs of disposal basis, which is classified as a Level 3 measurement.
Su X.,Changzhou University |
Su X.,Xiangtan University |
Wu C.,Xiangtan University |
Liu D.,Teck Metals Ltd. |
And 3 more authors.
Surface and Coatings Technology | Year: 2010
In the present study, the effect of V additions to the galvanizing bath on the microstructure and growth kinetics of the galvanized coating on Si-containing steels was experimentally investigated. Three different steels with effective Si contents of 0.158, 0.242 and 0.363. wt.%, were immersed for 0.5 to 8. min in Zn baths with four levels of V, ranging from 0 to 0.16. wt.%. The results indicated that V additions could adequately suppress the Si reactivity of all three steels. The potency of V increased with its increasing content in the bath. Crystallites of a ternary compound were found at the ζ/liquid interface.Based on the isotherms of Zn-Fe-V and Zn-Fe-Si-V systems at 450 °C, a diffusion path model was proposed to interpret the effect of V on galvanizing pure Fe or Si-containing steels. V in the bath introduced a new equilibrium state between the liquid and a ternary phase T and made the equilibrium state between the liquid-ζ phases metastable. Furthermore, the greater solubility of Si in T made the diffusion path more difficult to enter the (ζ + T. + Liq.+ FeSi) region and, thus, protected the integrity of a normal coating. © 2010.
Tang N.-Y.,Teck Metals Ltd. |
Liu Y.,Teck Metals Ltd.
ISIJ International | Year: 2010
Corrosion performance of zinc coatings containing aluminum in excess of 5 % was assessed in modified salt-spray tests. X-ray diffraction studies indicated that the corrosion products consisted mainly of simonkolleite Zn 5(OH)8Cl2- H2O, hydrozincite Zn 5(OH)6(CO3)2, and zinc aluminum carbonate hydroxide hydrate Zn6Al2(OH)16CO 3·(H2O). The content of Zn6Al 2(OH)16CO3·4(H2O) in the corrosion product increased as the aluminum content in the coatings increased. SEM-EDX analyses revealed that the microstructural features formed by the primary aluminum-rich a-phase frequently corroded first and at a faster pace than the zincrich β-phase in these coatings. The volume fraction and morphology of the zinc-rich β-phase existing in the coatings as degenerated eutectic are the two main factors which determine the corrosion resistance of Zn-Al coatings under development. The corrosion resistance of coatings peaked at about 12% Al in this study. © 2010 ISIJ.
Lizama H.M.,Teck Metals Ltd. |
Jensen S.E.,Teck Metals Ltd. |
Stradling A.W.,Teck Metals Ltd.
Minerals Engineering | Year: 2012
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology was used to monitor the microbial population within two 6-m-high sulphide ore heaps where zinc was bioleached. Genomic DNA was isolated from microorganisms attached to the ore particles. The microbial population varied in diversity at different heap heights and at different stages of the leaching cycle. Nine bioleaching microorganisms were identified, including iron oxidizers, sulphur oxidizers, whether mesophiles, or moderate thermophiles. No bioleaching extreme thermophiles were detected. Moderate thermophiles were present at average heap temperatures of 40 °C or higher. No moderate thermophiles were present in the top 2 m of the heaps. Mesophiles were present throughout the lifetime of the heaps and at all heap depths. Cultures of Acidithiobacillus caldus and Sulfobacillus thermosulfidooxidans originally introduced to inoculate the heaps did not proliferate but were instead displaced by other species; no benefits were obtained from heap inoculation. The most predominant species were Acidithiobacillus thiooxidans and Acidithiobacillus albertensis. Leptospirillum sp. was not predominant in the heaps, in contrast to the dominant role this organism plays in tank bioleaching operations. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Mahboob S.S.,Laurentian University |
Swanson K.,Laurentian University |
Gonzalez J.A.,Teck Metals Ltd. |
Shepherd J.L.,Laurentian University
Journal of Applied Electrochemistry | Year: 2016
Abstract: The morphology and roughness of zinc electrodeposits produced on an aluminum cathode from an industrial acid sulfate electrolyte have been characterized with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and scaling analysis. SEM and AFM images provided a topographical view of the deposit, while scaling analysis was used to determine the mechanism of surface growth and to quantify surface characteristics including the root-mean-squared (rms) roughness and periodicity. For an electrolyte with a fixed composition of additives, both the rms roughness and the width of the surface features increased with deposition time and the mechanism of surface growth was dominated by surface diffusion. However, when the deposition time was fixed but the concentration of glue in the electrolyte was increased between 3 and 60 mg L−1, a marked change in the deposition mechanism was observed. Here, small elevations in glue had minimal influence on the rms roughness but reduced the width of surface features thereby producing rougher deposits. At glue concentrations above 30 mg L−1, the scaling analysis plot changed considerably and corresponded to samples with two distinct deposit morphologies on a single surface, an observation that was not apparent from the SEM images alone. The features include large zinc islands with numerous small zinc features on their surfaces, which indicate competing mechanisms of nucleation and surface diffusion, respectively. The results show that scaling analysis offers complementary information to SEM characterization and can render additional information on the mechanism of zinc deposition under industrial conditions. Graphical Abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.] © 2016 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht