|Traded as||SEHK: 1029|
|Founded||4 June 2010|
|People's Republic of China|
|Executive Chairman: Jay Hambro|
|Products||Iron ore, Ilmenite|
|Revenue||USD 160,854,000 (2013)|
|(USD 41,613,000) (2013)|
Number of employees
|2,492 (as at 31 December 2013)|
IRC Limited (IRC; simplified Chinese: 铁江现货有限公司; traditional Chinese: 鐵江現貨有限公司) (SEHK: 1029) is a Hong Kong-based business that is focused on exploring for, developing, and operating industrial commodity projects, particularly in the mining sector. Its operations are centred in the Far East of Russia and in China's Heilongjiang Province.
The company was incorporated on 4 June 2010 in Hong Kong as Thor Limited as an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petropavlovsk plc (LSE: POG). In a corporate restructuring, the company acquired Aricom Limited, previously a London-listed iron ore mining company with operations in Russia, from Petropavlovsk plc. The company then changed its name to IRC Limited (鐵路現貨有限公司) on 13 August 2010, and adopts its current title IRC Limited (鐵江現貨有限公司) since 13 September 2010. IRC becomes listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on 21 October 2010.
On 17 January 2013, IRC entered into a conditional subscription agreement with each of General Nice Development Limited (俊安發展有限公司) and Minmetals Cheerglory Limited (五礦企榮有限公司) for an investment by the latter in new shares of IRC up to approximately HK$1,845,000,000 (equivalent to approximately US$238,000,000) in aggregate. IRC expects the subscription to be completed by the end of 2014. As of 31 December 2013, Petropavlovsk plc continues to be the largest shareholder of IRC, holding nearly 50% shares of IRC. General Nice Development Limited (俊安發展有限公司), another substantial shareholder of IRC, holds over 20% shares.
The Group's strategy is to leverage the close proximity of its operations to North East China and the presence of existing rail infrastructure, to provide a low cost solution to the region's demand for quality iron ore. "It also has a highly regarded and experienced international management team and its UK parent company has been delivering sizeable returns to investors ever since it became a listed company."
The Kuranakh mine was developed from a greenfield site and now produces titanomagnetite and ilmenite concentrate. The processing plant at Kuranakh was commissioned in May 2010 and commenced production in 2010.
Kimkan & Sutara ("K&S")
K&S is a magnetite project that is currently in the development stage. The K&S Mine is located in the Jewish Autonomous Region (JAO) of the Russian Far East. It is currently in the development stage. At the end of June 2014, the project was estimated to be 78% complete, and commissioning targeted December 2014. In an interview with Bloomberg on 1 August 2014, the Executive Chairman of IRC Jay Hambro called the K&S project a "Game Changer" for IRC.
Garinskoye is a magnetite project that is at an advanced stage of exploration.
Board of directors
- Peter Hambro, Chairman
- Yury Makarov, Executive Director and CEO
- Raymond Woo, Executive Director, CFO and Company Secretary
- Simon Murray, CBE, Non-Executive Director
- Cai Sui Xin (蔡穗新), Non-Executive Director
- Liu Qingchun (劉青春), Non-Executive Director
- Jonathan Eric Martin Smith, Independent Non-Executive Director
- Daniel Rochfort Bradshaw, Independent Non-Executive Director
- Li Chuangfei (李壯飛), Independent Non-Executive Director
- Senator Dr Pavel Maslovskiy, Emeritus Director
- IRC Offering Prospectus, 30 September 2010. p. 1.
- IRC Offering Prospectus, 30 September 2010. p.89.
- Crust, Julie, "Update 2-Petropavlovsk plans iron ore unit HK IPO for October, Reuters, 11 September 2010.
- IRC Global Offering Prospectus, 30 September 2010, pp. 1–3
- Jönsson, Anette, "IRC to Relaunch IPO This Week After Cutting the Size", FinanceAsia.com, 11 October 2010.
- IRC 2014 Interim Report, 21 August 2014, p.7
- IRC 2013 Annual Report, 9 April 2014, p.10-11