During the financial year ended 31 December 2015, Chambishi Metals Plc (Chambishi) generated total revenues of K2,015.3 million (US$204 million) (2014: K1,883 million (US$289.50 million). The net loss was at K396.1 million (US$40.1 million) (2014: K88.5 million (US$13.6 million).
ZCCM-IH has been engaging with Chambishi on the perennial losses and it was agreed that Chambishi would have to scale up production to be able to generate enough gross profits to cover all its operational costs and to generate profits. This would necessitate creating further capacity particularly for copper beyond the current capacity of 55,000 tonnes. A study is being undertaken to assess the financial implications of this proposal.
During the period under review, Chambishi commenced a research project to improve revenue at the plant. The research involves plant optimization, improved technology at the plant to improve recoveries and a global market study to identify suitable concentrates from which high value metals such as gold and silver can be extracted.