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Fortescue Metals Reports Record Iron Ore Shipments


Fortescue Metals Group (ASX: FMG), as of the 30th of July released their June 2020 quarterly report which exceeded guidance expectations and increases in fundamental data points from 2019. These data points include safety, shipments, revenue along with other key performance indicators.

A major macroeconomic factor to consider is the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affects FMG operations. Site operations reverted from to fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) work after participation in State government detections which have thus far detected no cases across all of FMG’s operational sites.

Compared to Q4FY19, the amount of ore mined has faltered yet only slightly with 57.2 wet metric tonnes (WMT) were extracted in contrast to the 57.6 Q4FY19 period. (Wet metric tonnes refers to an 8-9 per cent moisture content in the product.)

The amount of overburden removal (topsoil removal) jumped up from 79 WMT to 84.7 WMT in Q4FY20. Quantities of ore processed dropped from 48.5 to 42.7 WMT, yet the amount of ore shipped had a great result of 47.3 WMT compared to Q4FY19 46.6 WMT.

Looking at the marketing results, Chinese demand for FMG products remains strong with average revenue for Q4FY20 coming to US80.64/ DMT (Dry Metric Tonnes). This figure viewed in the context of the FY20 average of US78.62 DMT shows the underlying performance in this quarter. Revenue per tonne has increased by 21 per cent from FY19, which is 16 per cent higher than the average Platts 62 per cent CFR Index (a benchmark assessment of spot prices for iron ore) for the same time.

At the same time, crude steel production has remained stable, rising to 268.9 megatons in this quarter, with output until June coming to 499 megatonnes. Currently, the market conditions are very favourable towards iron ore with recovering economies.

This favourability can is evident in the volumes of WMT that was shipped year to date compared to FY19. So far, West Pilbara Fines have shipped out 17.9 WMT compared to FY19’s 9 WMT. Kings Fines s sitting at 15.1 WMT compared to 14.2 last year. Fortescue Blend scraped just above last year 72.4 WMT with 72.7 WMT this year.

Fortescue Lump came through with 12.9 WMT, beating the 8.6 WMT in the previous year, yet Super Special Fines and Manganese Iron Ore are down from 61.7 to 59.4 WMT and 1.8 to 0.2 WMT respectively.  Overall, there have been 47.3 million tonnes shipped over the past three months.

A couple of hours after the announcement, FMG has rallied 3 per cent, seeing it overtake Wesfarmers as the largest listed Western Australian company. Market Cap reached 53.4 billion, which surpassed Wesfarmers 53.3 billion, which is even more impressive with the context of being valued at 51.8 billion to Wesfarmers 52.8 billion on Monday. Fortescue Metals Group will be reporting its full-year results on 24 August 2020.

Caroline Wong

Caroline Wong is a Research Analyst at KOSEC – Kodari Securities. She writes on markets and focuses on ASX Top 300 companies. Email Caroline at

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