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Kore Potash PLC (KP2)

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Tuesday 08 September, 2020

Kore Potash PLC

FINANCIAL REPORT FOR HALF YEAR ENDED 30 JUNE 2020

RNS Number : 2766Y
Kore Potash PLC
08 September 2020
 

8 September 2020

Kore Potash Plc

("Kore Potash" or the "Company")

FINANCIAL REPORT FOR THE HALF YEAR ENDED 30 JUNE 2020

Kore Potash, the potash exploration and development company whose flagship asset is the 97%-owned Sintoukola Potash Project ("Kola" or the "Kola Project"), located within the Republic of Congo ("RoC"), is pleased to provide its financial statements for the half year ended 30 June 2020 (the "Period"). The full report, with accompanying notes, is available for download on the Company's website: https://korepotash.com/investors/results-and-reports/ .

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

· The Dougou Extension ("DX") Pre-feasibility Study ("PFS") results were published on 13 May 2020 with the following highlights:

· A Maiden Sylvinite Ore Reserves of 17.7 Mt at a grade of 41.7% KCl was declared.

· Nameplate production target of 400,000 tpa MoP over an initial 18-year life based on Probable Ore Reserves.

· Real ungeared post tax IRR of approximately 22.9% and NPV10 (real) of approximately USD319 million on an attributable basis at life-of-mine average MoP price for granular product of USD422/t MoP (Argus Media's price forecast for DX Project's target markets).

· Initial pre-production capital cost of approximately USD286 million (real 2019), including contingency.

· Free on Board ("FOB Pointe Noire") costs of USD86.61/t MoP.

· Annual average EBITDA of USD118 million.

 

· The Minister of Environment of the ROC approved, on 31 March 2020, extensions of environmental approval period to 25 years for Kola and Dougou Mining licences.

 

· Cash and cash equivalents, at 30 June 2020 was USD1,839,826.

 

· Exploration and evaluation asset at 30 June 2020 was USD159,552,021 an increase of USD3,532,661 from USD156,019,360 at 31 December 2019.

 

· On 27 June 2019, the Company announced a cost reduction strategy which saw some or all of the non-executive directors' fees be paid through the issue of fully paid ordinary shares in the Company in lieu of cash payments. On 21 January 2020, the Company issued 3,811,398 ordinary shares to certain non-executive directors in lieu of USD58,416 cash fees for the quarter ended 31 December 2019. For the quarter ended 31 March 2020, the Company issued 7,770,939 ordinary shares on 7 April 2020 in lieu of USD58,416 cash fees to certain non-executive directors.

 

· In line with the cost reduction strategy, directors' remuneration, salaries, employee benefits, consultancy expense, listing and other administration expenses have decreased from a total of USD1,641,390 for the period ended 30 June 2019 to USD1,334,614 for the period ended 30 June 2020. 

 

· The impact of the Coronavirus ("COVID-19") on the Company's operations has been limited and it is currently envisaged that it will not have a material impact on the operations.

 

POST PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS 

 

· On 26 August 2020, the Company announced a conditional Proposed Fundraise. Subject to approval by shareholders at the forthcoming General Meeting of the Company to be held on 18 September 2020, a total of 946,106,375 new Ordinary Shares will be issued at the placing price of 0.65p for a total value of approximately USD8 million. As part of the Proposed Fundraise, the Company is also intending to enter into a Technical Services Agreement with its major shareholder, Sociedad Quimica y Minera, S.A. ("SQM") , for SQM to provide certain services to the Company in connection with the first phase of the Definitive Feasibility Study ("DFS") for DX for a total value of USD540,000 to be satisfied by the issue and allotment of 63,417,499 new ordinary shares at a price of 0.65p on completion of the relevant services.  A circular containing the formal notice of meeting has been dispatched to the Company's shareholders.

 

 

For further information, please visit www.korepotash.com or contact:

 

Kore Potash

Brad Sampson - CEO


Tel: +27 11 469 9140

Tavistock Communications

Jos Simson

Edward Lee


Tel: +44 (0) 20 7920 3150

Canaccord Genuity - Nomad and Broker

James Asensio

Henry Fitzgerald-O'Connor


Tel: +44 (0) 20 7523 4600

Shore Capital - Joint Broker

Jerry Keen

Toby Gibbs

James Thomas


Tel: +44 (0) 20 7408 4050

 

 

OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Dougou Extension Sylvinite Preliminary Feasibility Study

 

During the half year, the Company released its PFS on the DX project. The Company reported the following highlights:

Strong Financial Outcomes

·   Nameplate production target of 400,000 tpa MoP over an initial 18-year life based on Probable Ore Reserves.

·   Average annual EBITDA of USD118 million.

·  Average annual post construction, post-tax, free cash flow of approximately USD95 million.

·   Approximately 4.3 years post-tax payback period from first production.

·   Real ungeared post tax IRR of approximately 22.9% and NPV10 (real) of approximately USD319 million on an attributable basis at life-of-mine average MoP price for granular product of USD422/t MoP (Argus Media's price forecast for DX Project's target markets).

 

Low capital cost and short construction period improve financing options

·   Initial pre-production capital cost of approximately USD286 million (real 2019), including contingency.

·   Short construction period of 21 months.

 

Competitive costs to supply MoP to target markets

·   Low average mine gate operating costs of USD65.26/t MoP.

· FOB Pointe Noire costs of USD86.61/t MoP

·   Average cost of MoP delivered to target markets of approximately USD114.61/t MoP.

 

High quality Ore Reserves and Mineral Resources

·   Sylvinite Ore Reserves of 17.7 Mt at a grade of 41.7% KCl.

·   Grade of the Ore Reserves is in the top quartile of all operating potash mines and potash development projects globally.

·   Total sylvinite Mineral Resources of 145 Mt at a grade of 39.7% KCl.

 

Further upside potential

·   Ore Reserves tonnage represent 22% of the Indicated Mineral Resources tonnage.

·   Inferred Mineral Resources of 66 Mt at a grade of 40.4% KCl not included in the study.

·   Additional exploration drilling and/or seismic surveys in the future may support classification of portions of the additional Mineral Resources of 127.3 tonnes at 39.4% KCl as Ore Reserves.

 

Next steps

 

Planning for the DFS is expected to be finalised to enable commencement of the work programme in the quarter ahead. There were no mining production or construction activities during Q2 of 2020.

 

Environmental and social impact assessment for Kola ("ESIA")

 

The Minister of Tourism and Environment of the RoC issued certificates on 31 March 2020 granting a 25-year approval period for the ESIAs for both the Dougou and the Kola Mining Licences. This approval aligned with the provisions of the Mining Convention in place between the Government and Kore and eliminated the previous requirement for annual re-approvals. The Company plans in the future to seek approval for amendments to the ESIA for the Dougou Mining Licence to include the planned mining and processing of the DX sylvinite Deposit which sits within the Dougou Mining Licence.

 

Mining Convention and Research Convention

· The Company continues to engage with the RoC Government on the implementation of commitments contained within the Mining Convention. This includes the intra-group transfer of the Dougou Mining Licence from Sintoukola Potash S.A. to the operating entity Dougou Potash Mining S.A. and the transfer of a 10% shareholding in Kola Potash Mining S.A. and Dougou Potash Mining S.A. to the State.

· The Company further progressed discussion with the RoC Government on terms and conditions for a Mining Research Convention covering the Sintoukola 2 exploration license. This convention is required to be negotiated in advance of any exploration activity.

 

Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19)    

 

· In the RoC, the State of Health Emergency remained in force throughout the month of July. An announcement on 24 July 2020 has implemented a 14-day quarantine for all visitors to the ROC;

· The in-country team has implemented social distancing, wearing of masks, temperature monitoring and hand sanitisation procedures at the camp;

· All potential future in-country workers will be required to undergo a COVID-19 test before being employed;

· An isolation facility for any workers that contact COVID-19 is being assessed in the camp prior to the commencement of any new activities;

· Kore maintained full business continuity in the RoC in Pointe Noire and at Koutou through teleworking, company transportation for employees and controlled access to facilities to ensure full attendance;

· Assistance to local schools in the project impact zone was provided (masks, hand washing equipment).

 

Exploration activity

· No field-work exploration activities were undertaken during the period.

 

Going Concern

 

The 30 June 2020 half-yearly report has been prepared on the going concern basis that contemplates the continuity of normal business activities and the realisation of assets and extinguishment of liabilities in the ordinary course of business. In determining the appropriateness of the basis of preparation, the directors have considered the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the position of the Group at 30 June 2020 and its operations in future periods.

 

For the period ended 30 June 2020 the Group recorded a net loss of USD1,320,961 (30 June 2019: USD1,176,783) and at 30 June 2020 had a net working capital of USD1,452,188 (31 December 2019: USD4,955,231). The Group also recorded a net cash used in operating activities for the period ended 30 June 2020 of USD1,367,781 (30 June 2019: USD1,528,378).

 

Based on the Group's cash flow forecast the Group will need to access additional working capital in the next 12 months to advance its exploration projects and to ensure the realisation of assets on an orderly basis and the extinguishment of liabilities as and when they fall due.

 

On 26 August 2020, the Company announced the successful completion of the conditional Proposed Fundraise. Subject to approval by shareholders at the forthcoming General Meeting to be held on 18 September 2020, a total of 946,106,375 new Ordinary Shares will be issued at the placing price of 0.65p for a total value of approximately USD8 million. As part of the Proposed Fundraise, the Company also intends to enter into a Technical Services Agreement with its major shareholder, SQM, for SQM to provide certain services to the Company in connection with the first phase of the DFS for a total value of USD540,000 to be satisfied by the issue and allotment of 63,417,499 new ordinary shares at a price of 0.65p on completion of the relevant services. A circular containing the formal notice of meeting has been dispatched to the Company's shareholders.

 

The directors note that the announced Proposed Fundraise remains subject to shareholder approval and therefore has not been completed at the date that these interim financial statements were approved. The directors are confident that the Group will be successful in raising additional funds through the issue of new equity. However, should the Proposed Fundraise not be successfully completed, the directors would need to raise the necessary funds either by  a separate equity raise, debt or the sale of assets.

 

Based on these facts, the directors consider the going concern basis of preparation to be appropriate for this financial report. Should the Company not be successful in completing the Proposed Fundraising through the issue of new equity, there is a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt whether the Group will be able to continue as a going concern and, therefore, whether it will realise its assets and extinguish its liabilities in the normal course of business and at the amounts stated in the financial report.

 

The financial statements do not include any adjustments relative to the recoverability and classification of recorded asset amounts or, to the amounts and classification of liabilities that might be necessary should the Group not continue as a going concern.

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF PROFIT OR LOSS AND OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE 6 MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 20 20

 



6 months ended


6 months ended


Year ended

 



30 June 2020

USD


30 June 2019

USD


31 Dec 2019

USD

 



Unaudited


Unaudited


Audited

 








 

Directors remuneration


(279,640)


(422,388)


(828,445)

 

Equity compensation benefits


71,556


(144,956)


(907,102)

 

Salaries, employee benefits and consultancy expense


(522,926)


(447,084)


(1,687,419)

 

London listing and re-domicile expenses


(30,065)


(10,490)


(49,675)

 

Administration expenses


(573,539)


(616,472)


(1,245,041)

 

Fair value change of a derivative financial liability


1,027


482,274


502,345

 

Interest income


27,468


18,992


52,936

 

Interest and finance expenses


(9,760)


(6,732)


(15,393)

 

Net realised and unrealised foreign exchange loss


(6,056)


(10,959)


(682)

 








 

Loss before income tax expense


(1,321,935)


(1,157,815)


 

Income tax income/(expense)


974


(18,968)


(24,276)

 

Loss for the period


(1,320,961)


(1,176,783)


(4,202,752)

 








 

Other comprehensive income/(loss)







 

Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss




Exchange differences gain/(loss) on translating foreign operations


 

(655,659 )


 

(655,659 )

 

 

 

(3,104,632)

 

operations


1,161,844


(655,659)


(3,104,632)

 

Other comprehensive loss for the period


1,161,844


(655,659)


(3,104,632)

 

Total comprehensive loss for the period


(159,117)


(1,832,442)


(7,307,384)

 








 

Loss attributable to:







 

Owners of the Company


(1,344,225)


(1,175,521)


(4,204,007)

 

Non-controlling interest


23,264


(1,262)


1,255

 



(1,320,961)


(1,176,783)


(4,202,752)

 

Total comprehensive loss attributable to:







 

Owners of the Company


(182,381)


(1,805,272)


(7,308,639)

 

Non-controlling interest


23,264


(27,170)


1,255

 



(159,117)


(1,832,442)


(7,307,384)

 

Loss per share







 

Basic and diluted loss per share (cents per share)


(0.09)


(0.14)


(0.36)

 

 



 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION AS AT 30 JUNE 2019

 



30 June 2020

USD

Unaudited


30 June 2019

USD

Unaudited


31 Dec 2019

USD

Audited

ASSETS







Current Assets







Cash and cash equivalents


1,839,826


1,040,969


7,578,727

Restricted cash


-


684,160


-

Trade and other receivables


284,306


568,059


358,954

Right-of-use asset


-


-


42,278

Total Current Assets


2,124,132


2,293,188


7,979,959








Non-Current Assets







Trade and other receivables


178,846


129,357


198,432

Right-of-use asset


-


129,055


-

Property, plant and equipment


520,071


271,723


560,711

Exploration and evaluation expenditure


159,552,021


153,374,657


156,019,360

Total Non-Current Assets


160,250,938


153,904,792


156,788,503

TOTAL ASSETS


162,375,070


156,197,980


164,758,462








LIABILITIES







Current Liabilities







Trade and other payables


671,918


3,231,495


2,968,093

Lease liability


-


-


55,582

Derivative financial liability


26


21,124


  1,053

Total Current Liabilities


671,944


3,252,619


3,024,728








Non-Current Liabilities







Lease liability


-


132,994


-

TOTAL LIABILITIES


671,944


3,385,613


3,024,728








NET ASSETS


161,703,126


152,812,367


161,733,734








EQUITY







Issued share capital - Ordinary Shares


1,556,531


862,739


1,541,253

Reserves


221,629,143


213,044,827


221,336,423

Accumulated losses


(60,946,359)


(60,507,321)


(60,584,489)

Equity attributable to the shareholders of Kore Potash plc


162,239,315


153,400,245


162,293,187

Non-controlling interests


(536,189)


(587,878)


(559,453)

TOTAL EQUITY


161,703,126


152,812,367


161,773,734









CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY FOR THE 6 MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2020

 


Ordinary Shares

 

Share Premium Reserve

 

 

Merger

Reserve

Accumulated Losses

Option

 Reserve

Foreign Currency Translation Reserve

Owners of

the Parent

Non-controlling

Interest

Total
Equity



USD

USD

USD

USD

USD

USD

USD

USD

USD













Balance at 1 Jan 2020

1,541,253

25,573,592

203,738,800

(60,584,489)

10,439,608

(18,415,577)

162,293,187

(559,453)

161,733,734












 

Loss for the period

-

-

-

(1,344,225)

-

-

(1,344,225)

23,264

(1,320,961)

 

Other comprehensive gain

-

-

-

-

-

1,161,844

1,161,844

-

1,161,844

 

Total comprehensive (loss)/gain

-

-

-

(1,344,225)

-

1,161,844

(182,381)

23,264

(159,117)

 











 

Transactions with owners:










 

Issue of shares

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

Share issue expense

-

(6,330)

-

-

-

-

(6,330)

-

(6,330)

 

Transfer of lapsed options

-

-


127,825

(127,825)

-

-

-

-

 

Conversion of performance rights

3,508

(3,008)

-

212,111

(212,111)

-

500

-

500

 

Cancellation of performance rights

-

-

-

642,419

(642,419)

-

-

-

-

 

Share based payments

11,770

81,288

-

-

41,281

-

134,339

-

134,339

 











 

Balance at 30 June 2020

1,556,531

25,645,542

203,738,800

(60,946,359)

9,498,534

(17,253,733)

162,239,315

(536,189)

161,703,126












 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY (CONTINUED) FOR THE 6 MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2020

 


Ordinary Shares

 

Share

Premium

Reserve

 

 

Merger
Reserve

Accumulated Losses

Option Reserve

Foreign Currency Translation Reserve

Owners of the Parent

Non-Controlling Interest

Total
Equity


USD

USD

USD

USD

USD

USD

USD

USD

USD











Balance at 1 Jan 2019

860,852

13,054,936

203,738,800

(59,331,800)

12,161,843

(15,310,945)

155,173,686

(560,708)

154,612,978











Loss for the period

-

-

-

(1,175,521)

-

-

(1,175,521)

(1,262)

(1,176,783)

Other comprehensive loss

-

-

-

-

-

(629,751)

  (629,751)

(25,908)

(655,659)

Total comprehensive loss

-

-

-

(1,175,521)

-

(629,751)

(1,805,272)

(27,170)

(1,832,442)











Transactions with owners:










Issue of shares (net of costs)

1,887

-

-

-

-

-

1,887

-

1,887

Share based payments

-

-

-

-

29,944

-

29,944

-

29,944











Balance at 30 June 2019

862,739

13,054,936

203,738,800

(60,507,321)

12,191,787

(15,940,696)

153,400,245

(587,878)

152,812,367

 

 



 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY (CONTINUED) FOR THE 6 MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2020


Ordinary Shares

 

Share Premium Reserve

 

 

Merger

Reserve

 

Redeemable Preference Share

Accumulated Losses

Option

 Reserve

Foreign Currency Translation Reserve

Owners of

the Parent

Non-controlling

Interest

Total

Equity


USD

USD

USD

USD

USD

USD

USD

USD

USD

USD












Balance at 1 Jan 2019

860,852

13,054,936

203,738,800

-

(59,331,800)

12,161,843

(15,310,945)

155,173,686

(560,708)

154,612,978












Loss for the year

-

-

-

-

(4,204,007)

-

-

(4,204,007)

1,255

(4,202,752)

Other comprehensive loss

-

-

-

-

-

-

(3,104,632)

(3,104,632)

-

(3,104,632)

Total comprehensive loss

-

-

-

-

(4,204,007)

-

(3,104,632)

(7,308,639)

1,255

(7,307,384)























Transfer of previously lapsed options

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

2,951,318

(2,951,318)

-

-

-

-

Share issue

680,401

12,923,250

-

-

-

-

-

13,603,651

-

13,603,651

Share issue costs

-

(404,594)

-

-

-

-

-

(404,594)

-

(404,594)

Share based payments

-

-

-

-

-

1,229,083

-

1,229,083

-

1,229,083

Balance at 31 Dec 2019

1,541,253

25,573,592

203,738,800

-

(60,584,489)

10,439,608

(18,415,577)

162,293,187

(559,453)

161,773,734

 


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS   FOR THE 6 MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2020

 



6 months ended


6 months ended


Year ended


 

 

30 June 2020

USD


30 June 2019

USD


31 Dec 2019

USD



Unaudited


Unaudited


Audited

Cash Flows from Operating Activities







Payments to suppliers and employees


(1,368,755)


(1,507,652)


(4,878,999)

Income tax received/(paid)


974


(20,726)


(45,130)

Net cash flows used in operating activities


(1,367,781)


(1,528,378)


(4,924,129)








Cash Flows from Investing Activities







Payments for plant and equipment


(1,015)


(17,371)


(18,465)

Payments for exploration and evaluation


(4,350,371)


(2,840,929)


(6,371,268)

Interest received


27,468


23,282


56,215

Net cash flows used in investing activities


(4,323,918)


(2,835,018)


(6,333,518)








Cash Flows from Financing Activities







Deposit on application of shares


-


36,843


(13,127)

Proceeds from issue of shares


500


1,887


12,761,449

Repayment of lease liabilities related to offices


(12,052)


(87,593)


(178,216)

Interest paid on lease liabilities


(191)


(5,001)


(7,322)








Net cash flows (used in)/generated from financing activities


(11,743)


(53,864)


 

12,562,784








Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents


(5,703,442)


(4,417,260)


 

1,305,137

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


7,578,727


6,187,113


 

6,187,113

Foreign currency differences


(35,459)


 (44,724)


86,477

Cash and Cash Equivalents at Period End


1,839,826


1,725,129


7,578,727

 

The above tables should be read in conjunction with the full half yearly report, which is available for download on the Company's website: https://korepotash.com/investors/results-and-reports/ .

 

 

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