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07:00 London, 09:00 Helsinki, 16 February 2016 - Afarak Group Plc ("Afarak" or
"the Company") (LSE: AFRK, OMX: AFAGR) Interim Report
FULL YEAR HIGHLIGHTS (January-December 2015):
- Revenue increased by 8.7% to EUR 187.7 (FY/2014: 172.7) million
- Processed material sold increased by 7.0% to 104,150 (FY/2014: 97,351)
- EBITDA was EUR 17.2 (FY/2014: 8.4) million and the EBITDA margin was 9.2%
(FY/2014: 4.9%)
- EBIT was EUR 9.9 (FY/2014: 1.7) million and the EBIT margin was 5.3%
(FY/2014: 1.0%)
- Profit for the period from continuing operations totalled EUR 7.8 (FY/2014:
0.5) million
- Full year ferrochrome production increased by 2.1% to 103,591 (FY/2014:
101,461) tonnes
- Tonnage mined increased by 51.8% to 461,781 (FY/2014: 304,199) tonnes
- Cash flow from operations was EUR 12.5 (FY/2014: 5.1) million

Q4 HIGHLIGHTS (October - December 2015):
- Revenue increased by 18.2% to EUR 49.2 (Q4/2014: 41.6) million
- Processed material sold increased by 32.7% to 31,137 (Q4/2014: 23,465)
- EBITDA was EUR 3.7 (Q4/2014: 0.0) million and the EBITDA margin was 7.5%
(Q4/2014: 0.0%)
- EBIT was EUR 1.8 (Q4/2014: -1.1) million and the EBIT margin was 3.7%
(Q4/2014: -2.8%)
- Profit for continuing operations totalled EUR 0.8 (Q4/2014: -0.3) million
- Ferrochrome production decreased by 5.5% to 28,938 (Q4/2014: 30,622) tonnes
- Tonnage mined increased by 47.3% to 95,587 (Q4/2014: 64,875) tonnes
- Cash flow from operations was EUR 0.4 (Q4/2014: -4.3) million and liquid
funds at 31 December were
EUR 19.6 (31 December 2014: 13.3) (30 September 2015: 22.3) million
The Board of Directors will propose a new dividend policy to the Annual
General Meeting, which will be held on 11 May 2016. The Group will in future
review it distributions to shareholders either through a capital redemption
or dividend twice yearly at the time of the full year and the half year
announcements. This new policy will allow the board to take prudent decisions
based on market conditions whilst continuing to share its positive results
with shareholders. In line with this new policy the board will be
recommending a EUR0.02 per share distribution where EUR0.01 will be paid in
May 2016 and subject to market conditions a further EUR0.01 will be paid in
August 2016.

| KEY FIGURES (EUR million) Q4/15 Q4/14 Change FY2015 FY2014 Change |
| Revenue 49.2 41.6 18.2% 187.7 172.7 8.7% |
| EBITDA 3.7 0.0 17.2 8.4 |
| EBITDA margin 7.5% 0.0% 9.2% 4.9% |
| EBIT 1.8 -1.1 9.9 1.7 |
| EBIT margin 3.7% -2.8% 5.3% 1.0% |
| Earnings before taxes 0.5 -1.3 6.5 0.5 |
| Earnings margin 0.9% -3.1% 3.5% 0.3% |
| Profit for continuing operations 0.8 -0.3 7.8 0.5 |
| Profit for discontinued operations 0.8 1.8 0.8 1.8 |
| Profit 1.6 1.4 8.5 2.2 |
| Earnings per share, basic, EUR 0.01 0.01 0.03 0.01 |
Commenting on the full year and fourth quarter results of 2015, Alistair
Ruiters, CEO, said:
"I am very pleased to report an outstanding performance by Afarak in 2015. The
Group reported very positive results in the first half of the year. This was
followed by the seasonal market slowdown during the summer period. Afarak
though performed strongly in the fourth quarter selling higher volumes of
processed material compared to the comparable period last year. In fact year
on year we succeeded in increasing sales in processed material by 7.0%. The
introduction of a bulk sample mining at Vlakpoort in the second quarter and
the uninterrupted operation of Mecklenburg for the year enabled the
FerroAlloys segment to increase mined tonnages by 53.8%. Our Speciality
Alloys segment also increased mined output by 37%.

The Group's revenue for the past year increased by 8.7% year -on-year.
Afarak's EBITDA doubled when compared to the previous year as EBITDA improved
both in the Speciality Alloys segment and in the Ferro Alloys segment.

Whilst global sentiment for commodities consistently weakened throughout the
year, the market for our Speciality Alloy products was stable, with prices in
Euro-terms remaining firm. The uncertainty in the market towards the end of
2015 has made us more cautious ahead of 2016. As a result, we have actively
managed our stockpiles successfully reducing our inventory and increasing our
cash position.

The Group succeeded in reporting higher EBITDA and EBIT levels and our focus
remains on generating cash and increasing profits. This is reflected both in
the Group's results over the past years and since entering the minerals
business in 2008, culminating in our strongest year ever in 2015. Our balance
sheet and cash position remains strong and we believe this will offer some
protection against the headwinds we may encounter in the year ahead.

Afarak remains committed to its strategy of managing production levels,
increasing its range of speciality products and diversifying its geographic
spread of customers. Given the headwinds in the sector, we will continue to
review our production costs and reorganise our structures to reduce overall

Disclosure procedure
Afarak follows the disclosure procedure enabled by Disclosure obligation of
the issuer (7/2013) published by the Finnish Financial Supervision Authority,
and hereby publishes its Q4/2015 interim report enclosed to this stock
exchange release. The Interim Report is attached to this release and is also
available on the Company's website at

Investor Conference Call
Management will host an investor conference call in English on 16 February
2016 at 14.00 Finnish time, 12.00 UK time. Please dial-in at least 10 minutes
beforehand, quoting the reference: 38313.

Finnish number +358 (0)800 919 339
UK number +44 (0)844 762 0 762
Alistair Ruiters
For additional information, please contact:

Afarak Group Plc

Alistair Ruiters, CEO, +358 50 372 1130,

Melvin Grima, Finance Director, +356 2122 1566,
Financial reports and other investor information are available on the

Afarak Group is a chrome mining and minerals producer focused on delivering
sustainable growth with a Speciality Alloys business in southern Europe and a
FerroAlloys business in South Africa. The Company is listed on NASDAQ
Helsinki (AFAGR) and the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange (AFRK).

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