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South32 tackles industry inflation with cost review and maintains annual production guidance



Australian mining entity, South32 (OTC:), has initiated a cost review in Q1 2024 to counter the global mining industry’s inflationary pressures. Amidst macroeconomic challenges, the firm has planned to reduce costs across its operations and offices this fiscal year and the next. CEO Graham Kerr emphasized the need for operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness in these trying times, while also highlighting South32’s expansion into crucial low-carbon commodities.

In the same quarter, the company’s net debt increased by $299 million, totaling $782 million. This rise was attributed to falling commodity prices and a temporary surge in working capital. South32, with a market capitalization of AUD 14.94 billion as per InvestingPro data, has been operating with a moderate level of debt as noted in the InvestingPro Tips.

Despite these financial challenges, South32 reported a mixed Q1 output. The production of alumina, aluminum, manganese ore, lead saw an increase, including a significant 34% surge in Brazil Alumina (OTC:) production. However, there was a decline in the output of , metallurgical coal, nickel, zinc, silver.

Despite the varied production figures and financial difficulties, South32 upheld its annual production guidance due to substantial growth in low-carbon aluminum volumes. The company’s management has been aggressively buying back shares, as indicated by InvestingPro Tips, signaling confidence in the firm’s future.

InvestingPro Tips also highlight that South32’s liquid assets exceed its short term obligations, providing a safety net in the face of these macroeconomic challenges.

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