1Q22 Production Report

Vale´s Production Report for the first quarter of 2022 (1Q22) was released on Tuesday, April 19th. Vale achieved in Iron Ore a solid premium of US$ 9/t in 1Q22, the highest level since 2Q19, reflecting Vale’s high-quality portfolio and a tight supply-demand balance of high quality and low contaminant ores in the global market.

On a quarter over quarter basis, production was lower due to (i) the heavy rainfall level in January in Minas Gerais; (ii) delays in obtaining licenses, impacting ROM availability, mainly in Serra Norte; (iii) a performance below expectation in S11D and Sossego; and (iv) major maintenance which should benefit production on a year to go, allowing Vale to maintain our expected annual Iron Ore production guidance range for the year of 320-335 Mt.

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Iron Ore and pellets

  • Vale’s iron ore fines production totaled 63.9 Mt in 1Q22, 4.1 Mt lower than in 1Q21.
  • Sales volumes of iron ore fines and pellets totaled 60.6 Mt in 1Q22 with a premium of US$ 9.0/t in 1Q22.
  • It represents an increase of US$ 4.3/t compared to 4Q21 due to higher spread of 65% Fe and low alumina ore indexes vs. 62% Fe benchmark index; and better quality mix of products.
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  • Production of finished nickel was 45.8 kt in 1Q22, 5.4% lower than 1Q21 explained by: Sudbury mines ramping up during 1Q22 after the labor disruption; the remaining impact of the incident at Totten mine; the ramp-up of VBME project; and unscheduled maintenance on Onça Puma electric furnace.
  • Sales of nickel were 18.8% lower than 1Q21, mainly due to lower production and an inventory strategy to cover sales commitments during the period of planned maintenance on Sudbury surface plant, in 2Q22.
  • Despite that, Sudbury mines achieved pre-strike rates in February with Totten mine resuming operations in the quarter. As a result, we expect our Nickel production for the year to be in line with our guidance of 175-190 kt.
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  • Production of copper was 56.6 kt in 1Q22, 26.0% lower than 1Q21.
  • The decrease was largely caused by lower Sossego production, which operated for 24 days during the quarter, due to scheduled SAG mill maintenance.
  • Given additional unplanned maintenance required at Sossego, at this point we expect copper production to be closer to the low end of our guidance of 330-355 kt of copper in 2022.
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  • Coal production was 87.5% higher YoY as a result of the revamp of the plant and the absence of impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic seen on the coal seaborne demand in the 1Q21.
  • When compared to 4Q21, coal production was 27.5% lower, heavily impacted by weatherrelated conditions resulting from the Ana cyclone that hit the South of Africa in January and February.
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1Q22 Financial Report

The 1Q22 financial report will be released on April 27th. After the report´s release, some of our key executives will participate, on April 28th, in webcasts with investors to present the quarter’s results. Click here to learn more about webcasts.