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Bloom Lake expansion stacks up nicely: Champion

Champion Iron’s plan to expand iron ore production at Bloom Lake in Quebec, Canada, will initially cost it nearly US$450 million, with an after-tax NPV of the expansion modelled at $724 million.
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Champion Iron's board sees nothing gloomy about the economics for an expansion at Bloom Lake in Quebec, Canada

Given the economics Champion's board has approved an initial budget of C$68 million to advance the project during the remainder of 2019, with the company expecting to secure additional funding sources for the project before mid-2020.

Champion started the current quarter with C$153 million cash on hand.

Late last month it unveiled a $185 million share offering and a commitment from ScotiaBank for a fully underwritten US$200 million credit facility, with the funding initiatives revealed as Champion said it was to acquire the 36.8% balance of Bloom Lake it didn't own for C$211 million.

The expansion now on a development footing will double output to an average of 15 million tonnes per annum of 66.2% iron in concentrate.

The news from Champion comes in another good week for iron ore producers, with Credit Suisse suggesting ongoing tightness in the market means its forecasts of US$110/t in the third quarter and $95/t in the fourth quarter "may be too low".  

Champion's feasibility work is based on "$83.9/t P65 iron ore price CFR China".

Shares in Champion were trading at A$3.19 this week, capitalising the company at nearly $1.4 billion.

The stock has tripled in market value since December.