Perilya posts loss

Perilya has released its preliminary financial results for the year ending 30 June 2009, reporting a second half turnaround to record a net profit after tax of $2.1 million for the second half of the 2009 financial year.

Perilya has released its preliminary financial results for the year ending 30 June 2009, reporting a second half turnaround to record a net profit after tax of $2.1 million for the second half of the 2009 financial year.

Perilya reported a full year result of a loss after tax of $75.1 million after one-off impairments, sale of investments, redundancy costs and write downs totalling $57.2 million (net of tax).

Excluding the effect of these one-off items, the underlying net loss after tax attributable to members of the Company was $17.9 million.

According to the company, the 12 months to 30 June 2009 represented a very challenging period for base metal miners that saw a significant fall in zinc and lead prices, both in US dollar and Australian dollar terms.

These challenging conditions gave rise to Perilya’s decision in August 2008 to resize the Broken Hill Operation and focus on a sustainable production and lower cost profile.

The six months to 31 December 2008 saw Perilya record a loss after tax of $77.2 million, while the six months to 30 June 2009 saw Perilya turn the first half result around to record a profit after tax of $2.1 million for the period.

Post year end, Perilya completed financial settlement under the terms of the deed of termination of the silver sale agreement with CDE Australia Pty Ltd (CDEA) and Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation (Coeur).

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