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Wednesday 21 October, 2020

Mercantile Ports&Log

Interim Results and Board Change

RNS Number : 7095C
Mercantile Ports & Logistics Ltd
21 October 2020
 

21 October 2020

 

Mercantile Ports & Logistics Limited

("MPL", the "Group" or the "Company")

 

Interim Results and Board Change

 

Mercantile Ports & Logistics Limited (AIM: MPL), which is operating and continuing to develop a modern port and logistics facility in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, announces its interim results for the period ended 30 June 2020.

 

Summary during and post period:

 

· First revenues generated from Tata/Daewoo JV multi-year contract worth in excess of £5.5 million over 40 months

· Cash of £7.8 million and undrawn facilities of £10.1 million at 30 June 2020

· Good platform and engagement around securing additional contracts, although Covid-19 lockdown in Mumbai continues to cause disruption

· Board Change - Andrew Henderson has informed the board of his intention to resign his position as CFO by 15 November 2020. Search for a permanent replacement has commenced

 

Jeremy Warner Allen, Executive Chairman stated , "The global dislocation from Covid-19 is still reverberating through the system; nevertheless, the opportunity available to Karanja is immense in the coming months and years. India's growth is dependent on a modern logistics infrastructure and we know that the facility we have built, and continue to build, will not only benefit the region and country but also all our shareholders and stakeholders.

 

"On behalf of the whole Board, I wish Andrew well with his future endeavours and thank him for his hard work and professionalism."

 

Jay Mehta, CEO stated,  "We continue to analyse daily the immense opportunities that lie ahead for our business. There is no doubt that our development provides a much-needed solution for key industries operating within India. We look forward in the coming months to updating the market on new business that Karanja will be undertaking for the coming years. Despite the extraordinary backdrop of Covid-19 and the considerable issues it has created for business and the regional economic environment, I am confident that our operations at Karanja will stand the test of time."

 

Andrew Henderson, CFO stated, "I am leaving the Company as it ramps up its operations and I am confident that MPL's facility at Karanja will be something to be proud of. I have enjoyed the challenge of being part of the project in its development phase and leave a talented team who will take the business on to complete its operational activities. I wish the Company well."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enquiries:

 

Mercantile Ports & Logistics Ltd

Jay Mehta

 

C/O Newgate Communications

 

+44 (0)203 757 6880

Cenkos Securities plc

Stephen Keys/Russell Cook

(Nomad and Joint Broker)

+44 (0)207 397 8900

Zeus Capital Limited

John Goold (Corporate Broking)

(Joint Broker)

+44 (0)203 829 5000

Newgate Communications

Adam Lloyd/Isabelle Smurfit

(Financial PR)

+44 (0)203 757 6880

 

[email protected]

 

 

 

 

Chairman's Statement

 

Undoubtedly the first half of 2020 was about navigating what Covid-19 would mean to our business going forward. We mainly concentrated on implementing the necessary work required to fulfil our obligations with our first contract, a joint venture with Tata Projects Ltd and Daewoo Engineering. As at 1 April, the Company announced that works had been progressing according to plan and some land was handed over to this customer to enable the contract to commence and revenues to be generated from 1 April, as scheduled. The balance of the land will be handed over following completion of the groundworks, once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

 

Update on operations during the Covid-19 lockdown

 

India, like most of the rest of the world, continues to see infections from Covid-19 and the impact of the restrictions imposed to tackle it. Unfortunately, India has been one of the worst affected countries in the world. Local restrictions that affect our business have been implemented and we foresee a near term environment of additional restrictions and lock downs occurring. Nevertheless, we believe we have all the resources, both from a financial as well as personnel perspective, to continue to operate during these challenging times and continue to engage with customers to secure further contracts to fill capacity at the facility.

 

Board Changes

 

Andrew Henderson, who has been with MPL since 2016 and a board member since September 2017, has informed the board of his intention to resign from the board of the Company and his position as CFO by 15 November 2020 so that he can pursue other opportunities. The MPL board has commenced a process to appoint a replacement CFO candidate who will have both public market and Indian corporate experience, and look forward to updating the market with an appointment in due course.

 

Outlook

 

The long-term impact on the global economy of the Covid-19 outbreak is unclear and, whilst it is not possible to estimate the full financial impact of the outbreak, we have taken proactive measures to mitigate our operational risk and manage our business and cash flow. The key focus for the year ahead is a closer focus on revenue generation and closing contracts with end customers. We feel confident that our facility at Karanja is well placed to take advantage of the Indian recovery from Covid-19 restrictions and there will be significant demand to use our facility.

 

Jeremy Warner Allan, Chairman

Mercantile Ports & Logistics Limited 21 October 2020

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

for the period ended 30 June 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Note

 

6 months to 30 June 2020

 

6 months to 30 June 2019

 

Year to

31 Dec 2019

 

 

£000

 000

 000

CONTINUING OPERATIONS

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

155

-

30

 

 

 

 

 

Operating costs

 

(58)

-

(47)

Administrative expenses

 

(2,046)

(1,899)

(4,351)

OPERATING LOSS

 

(1,949)

(1,899)

(4,368)

 

 

 

 

 

Finance income

 

44

10

19

Finance cost

 

(695)

(125)

(632)

NET FINANCING COST

 

(651)

  (115)

(613)

LOSS BEFORE TAX

 

(2,600)

(2,014)

(4,981)

 

 

 

 

 

Tax expense for the period / year

 

-

-

-

LOSS FOR THE PERIOD /YEAR FROM CONTINUNING OPERATION

 

(2,600)

(2,014)

(4,981)

 

 

 

 

 

Loss on closure of subsidiary operations

 

-

(44)

-

Tax expense of discontinued operations

 

-

-

-

LOSS FOR THE PERIOD/YEAR

 

(2,600)

(2,058)

(4,981)

Loss for the period / year attributable to:

 

 

 

 

Non-controlling interest

 

(5)

(3)

(8)

Owners of the parent

 

(2,595)

(2,055)

(4,973)

 

Loss for the period / year

 

(2,600)

(2,058)

(4,981)

Other comprehensive income/(expense)

 

 

 

 

Items that will not be reclassified to profit or( loss)

 

 

 

 

Re-measurement of net defined benefit liability

 

-

  -

4

Items that may be reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translating foreign operations

4

774

1,282

(5,256)

Other comprehensive loss for the period / year

 

774

1,282

(5,252)

Total comprehensive loss for the period / year

 

(1,826)

(776)

(10,233)

 

Total comprehensive loss for the period / year attributable to:

 

 

 

 

Non-controlling interest

 

(5)

(3)

(8)

Owners of the parent

 

(1,821)

(773)

(10,225)

 

 

(1,826)

(776)

(10,233)

Loss per share (consolidated):

 

 

 

 

Basic & Diluted, for the year/period attributable to ordinary equity holders

 

(£0.001)

(£0.001)

(£0.003)

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

 

 

as at 30 June 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note

Period ended

30 June 2020

Period ended

30 June 2019

Year ended

31 Dec 2019

 

 

 

 

£000

£000

£000

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

8

139,022

138,926

133,108

 

 

Intangible asset

 

4

-

5

 

 

Total non-current assets

 

139,026

138,926

133,113

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

 

22,787

27,938

18,729

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

7,796

7,371

14,823

 

 

Total current assets

 

30,583

35,309

33,552

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

169,609

174,235

166,665

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital and share premium

 

134,627

134,627

134,627

 

 

Retained earnings

 

(11,336)

(5,783)

(8,741)

 

 

Translation reserve

 

(19,440)

(13,676)

(20,214)

 

 

Equity attributable to owners of parent

 

103,851

115,168

105,672

 

 

Non-controlling interest

 

(2)

8

3

 

 

Total equity

 

103,849

115,176

105,675

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowings

7

37,943

34,302

35,989

 

 

Employee benefit obligations

 

4

26

4

 

 

Lease liabilities payables

 

2,691

-

2,460

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

-

2,591

-

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

40,638

36,919

38,453

 

 

Current

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowings

 

3,753

60

2,605

 

 

Employee benefit obligations

 

159

41

130

 

 

Current tax liabilities

 

7,074

7,339

6,949

 

 

Leases Liabilities payable

 

739

-

930

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

13,397

14,700

11,923

 

 

Current liabilities

 

25,122

22,140

22,537

 

 

Total liabilities

 

65,760

59,059

60,990

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity and liabilities

 

169,609

174,235

166,665

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONDENSED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

 

for the period ended 30 June 2020

 

 

 

 

Note

6 months to 30 June 2020

6 months to

30 June 2019

Year to

31 Dec 2019

 

 

 

£000

 000

 000

 

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

Loss before tax for the period / year

 

(2,600)

(2,058)

(4,981)

 

Noncash flow adjustments

5

1,466

928

1,204

 

 

Net cash generated/used from operating activities

 

(1,134)

(1,130)

(3,777)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net changes in working capital

 

445

-

1,811

 

Net cash from operating activities

 

(689)

-

(1,966)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(7,717)

(4,541)

(4,221)

 

Finance income

 

39

2

15

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(7,678)

(4,539)

(4,206)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of share capital

 

-

-

8,287

 

Proceeds from borrowing (net)

 

1,464

6

169

 

Repayment of lease liabilities principal

 

(3)

-

(313)

 

Interest payment on lease liabilities

 

(107)

 

(62)

 

Net cash generated from / (used in) financing activities

 

1,354

6

8,081

 

 

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

 

(7,013)

(5,663)

1,909

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the period / year

 

14,823

13,113

13,113

 

Exchange differences on cash and cash equivalents

 

(14)

(79)

(199)

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period / year

 

7,796

7,371

14,823

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                

Note : 

1)  The adjustments and working capital movements have been combined in the above Statement of Cash Flows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

for the PERIOD ended 30 JUNE 2020

 

Stated

Capital

Translation

Reserve

Retained

Earnings

Other

Components of equity

Non- controlling Interest

Total

Equity

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Balance at

1 January 2019

134,627

(14,958)

(3,772)

--

11

115,908

Issue of share capital

--

--

--

--

--

--

Transactions with owners

134,627

(14,958)

(3,772)

--

11

115,908

Loss for the year

--

--

(4,973)

--

(8)

(4,981)

Foreign currency translation differences for foreign operations

--

(5,256)

--

--

--

(5,256)

 

Re-measurement of net defined benefit pension liability

 

--

--

--

4

--

4

Re-measurement of net defined benefit pension liability transfer to retained earning

--

--

4

(4)

--

--

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the year

--

(5,256)

(4,969)

--

(8)

(10,233)

Balance at

31 December 2019

134,627

(20,214)

(8,741)

--

3

105,675

 

Balance at

1 January 2020

134,627

(20,214)

(8,741)

--

3

105,675

Issue of share capital

--

--

--

--

--

--

Transactions with owners

134,627

(20,214)

(8,741)

--

3

105,675

Loss for the period

--

--

(2,595)

--

(5)

(2,600)

Foreign currency translation differences for foreign operations

--

774

--

--

--

774

Total comprehensive income for the period

--

774

(2,595)

--

(5)

(1,826)

Balance at

30 June 2020

134,627

(19,440)

(11,336)

--

(2)

103,849

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES TO THE CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

1.  Reporting entity

Mercantile Ports & Logistics Limited (the "Company") was incorporated in Guernsey under the Companies (Guernsey) Law 2008 on 24 August 2010. The condensed interim consolidated financial statements of the Company for the period ended 30 June 2020 comprise the Company and its subsidiaries (together referred to as the "Group"). The Company has been established to develop, own and operate port and logistics facilities.

 

2.  General information and basis of preparation

The condensed interim consolidated financial statements are for the 6 months' period ended 30 June 2020 and are not for full year accounts. The condensed interim consolidated financial statements are prepared under AIM 18 guidelines. They have been prepared on the historical cost basis. They do not include all of the information required in annual financial statements in accordance with IFRS. The condensed interim consolidated financial statements are not audited.

 

The condensed interim consolidated financial statements are presented in Great British Pounds Sterling (£), which is the functional currency of the parent company. The preparation of the condensed interim consolidated financial statements requires management to make judgments, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, income and expenses. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

 

In preparing these, condensed interim consolidated financial statements, the significant judgments made by management applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty are the same as those applied in the annual IFRS financial statements. "The Company is confident of its ability to raise further funds to meet cost overruns, project enhancements or working capital requirements. The Company's financing effort to date is considered sufficient to enable the Company to fund all aspects of its operations. As a result, the condensed interim consolidated financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis."

 

The condensed interim consolidated financial statements have been approved for issue by the Board of Directors on 21 October, 2020.

 

3.  Significant accounting policies

The interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies adopted in the Group's last annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2019. The accounting policies have been applied consistently throughout the Group for the purposes of preparation of these interim financial statements.

 

New standards, amendments and interpretations to existing standards effective from January 1, 2020

 

IFRS 16 amendment - IASB published 'Covid-19-Related Rent Concessions (Amendment to IFRS 16)' amending the standard to provide lessees with an exemption from assessing whether a COVID-19-related rent concession is a lease modification. The amendment is effective for annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 June 2020.

IBOR reform Phase 1 amendment - IASB issued 'Interest Rate Benchmark Reform (Amendments to IFRS 9, IAS 39 and IFRS 7)' as a first reaction to the potential effects the IBOR reform could have on financial reporting. The amendments are effective for annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2020.

 

Definition of Materiality - IASB issued 'Definition of Material (Amendments to IAS 1 and IAS 8)' to clarify the definition of 'material' and to align the definition used in the Conceptual Framework and the standards themselves. The amendments are effective annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2020.

Conceptual Framework - IASB issued 'Amendments to References to the Conceptual Framework in IFRS Standards'. The amendments are effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2020

IFRS 3 amendments - IASB issued 'Definition of a Business (Amendments to IFRS 3)' aimed at resolving the difficulties that arise when an entity determines whether it has acquired a business or a group of assets. The amendments are effective for business combinations for which the acquisition date is on or after the beginning of the first annual reporting period beginning on or after 1 January 2020.

 

4. Going Concern

In accordance with Provision 31 of the 2018 revision of the UK Corporate Governance Code. The Board initially, prior to the outbreak of Covid-19, assessed the Group's ability to operate as a going concern for the next 12 months from the date of issuing the interim statements, based on a financial model which was prepared as part of approving the 2020 budget.

The Directors considered the cash forecasts prepared for the two-years ending 31 December 2021 (which includes the potential impact of COVID-19), together with certain assumptions for revenue and costs, to satisfy themselves of the appropriateness of the going concern basis used in preparing the financial statements.

Regarding financing, the Group had available capital £17.9 million made up of a cash balance of £7.8m as at 30 June 2020 and £10.1 million still to drawdown on its the Rupee term loan facility of INR 480 Crore. Under the terms of the loan facility the Company was to start repayment of the principal amount from June 2020 with £15.1 million of payments to be repaid in the 2 years period from 1 January 2020 too 31 December 2021. In March 2020 a payment holiday for 3 months as per RBI guideline was agreed with the Banking consortium for March, April, May. As at 22 May the RBI in India has provided a further 3-month payment holiday to August 2020. The directors believe that the debt providers will continue to support the Group thereafter.

The Directors also took account of the principal risks and uncertainties facing the business referred to above, a sensitivity analysis on the key revenue growth assumption and the effectiveness of available mitigating actions.

The uncertainty as to the future impact on the Group of the recent Covid-19 outbreak has subsequently been considered as part of the Group's adoption of the going concern basis. In the downside scenario analysis performed, the Directors have considered the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on the Group's trading and cash flow forecasts. In preparing this analysis, the directors assumed that the lockdown effects of the Covid-19 virus would peak in India around the end of June and trading will normalise over the subsequent few months, albeit attaining substantially lower levels of revenue than budgeted, for at least the rest of the current financial year. This scenario will lead to a material reduction in the Group's revenues and results for 2020. 

A range of mitigating actions within the control of management were assumed, including reductions in the Directors and all staff salary by 35% from May 2020 until the end of the year, a reduction in all non-essential services and delay in building out the facility which isn't needed for the current 3 signed customer until significant revenue is again being generated. The Directors have also considered the financial support commitment made by the RBI in India. The Directors have also assumed, having had productive discussions with its lenders, that certain bank fees due to be paid in October 2020, can be deferred to the end of the current facility.

In this scenario, the Group would remain within its banking facilities, although some of the financial covenants would require a waiver from the lenders during the current financial year, in order to avoid being breached. Further adverse changes arising from Covid-19 would increase the challenge of complying with financial covenants and remaining within banking facilities. The Directors, as stated above, are still in discussions with its lenders and expect to be able to provide a update shortly.

The Group continues to closely monitor and manage its liquidity risk. In assessing the Group's going concern status, the Directors have taken account of the financial position of the Group, anticipated future utilisation of available bank facilities and other funding options, its capital investment plans and forecast of gross operating margins as and when the operations commence.

Based on the above indications, after taking into account the impact of Covid-19 on the Group's future trading, the Directors believe that it remains appropriate to continue to adopt the going concern in preparing the financial statements.

However, the downside scenario detailed above would indicate the existence of a material uncertainty, which may cast significant doubt on the Group's ability to continue as a going concern.

5Comprehensive income

The comprehensive loss for the period includes a gain of £0.77 million from the retranslation of foreign operations to Great British Pounds Sterling (£), which is the functional currency of the Company. (INR/GBP exchange rate at 30 June 2020 of 92.69, 31 December 2019: 93.48 and 30 June 2019: 87.34 were used).

 

6. Cash flow adjustments and changes in working capital

  The following non-cash flow adjustments and adjustments for changes in working capital have been made to profit before tax to arrive at operating cash flow:

 

 

Period ended

Period ended

Year ended

30 Jun 2020

30 Jun 2019

31 Dec 2019

 

£000

£000

£000

 

Adjustments and changes in working capital

 

 

 

Depreciation

801

142

608

Finance income

(39)

(2)

(19)

Unrealized exchange loss

13

-

(5)

Finance cost

691

-

620

 

1,466

140

1,204

Change in trade and other payables

22

2 080

1,330

Change in trade and other receivables

423

(1,292)

481

 

445

788

1,811

 

7.  Loan facility

Karanja Terminal & Logistics Private Limited (KTLPL), the Indian subsidiary has in place a rupee term loan of INR 480 crore (£ 51.79 million) for part financing the port facility out of same bank has disbursed only INR 386.47 crore 41.70 million). The rupee term loan was sanctioned by 4 Indian public sector banks and the loan agreement was executed on 28th February, 2014.

On 29 September 2017 the terms of sanction were amended, extending the tenure of the loan for 13 years and 6 months with repayment commencing from the end of June 2020.

The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a drastic financial challenge to various business across the board, worldwide. In India, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had proactively granted moratorium on interest as well as principal repayment initially for a period of 3 months, which later they extended further up to August, 2020, which KTPL has availed. Numerous petitions have been filed at both Hon'ble High Court as well as Supreme Court of India, by various corporates and individuals seeking further relief and to extend the moratorium period till December 31, 2020. Pending disposal of above petitions, the Supreme Court of India has directed all Banks and financial institution to stop recovery of loan EMI until the case is disposed. Due to above development we have calculated repayment presuming instalments to be due from October 2020 and repayment is calculated accordingly as follow:

 

 

Payment falling due

Repayment amount

INR in Crore

GBP in Million

Within 1 year

34.78

3.75

1 to 5 year's

231.88

25.02

After 5 year's

119.81

12.93

Total

386.47

41.70

 

The rate of interest will be a floating rate linked to the Canara bank base rate (8.65%) with an additional spread of 480 basis points. The present composite rate of interest is 13.45%. The borrowings are secured by the hypothecation of the port facility and pledge of its shares as well as a personal guarantee by the chairman, Nikhil Gandhi. The carrying amount of the bank borrowing is considered to be a reasonable approximation of the fair value.

KTLPL has utilised the rupee term loan facility of INR 386.47 crore (£ 41.70 million) as at 30 June 2020 (1 crore = 10 Million Rupees). (30 June 2019: INR 298.45 crore (£34.17 million)) as of the reporting date.

 

8.  Property, plant and equipment

During the six months ended 30 June 2020, the Group progressed construction of the remaining facility and the carrying amount at 30 June 2020 was £ 97.13 million (30 June 2019: £ 138.93 million) as 25% of the port facility was capitalised on 1 October 2019 was £ 39.75 million. The amount of borrowing costs capitalised during the six months ended 30 June 2020 was £ 2.10 million (31 December 2019: £ 2.36 million). The weighted average rate used to determine the amount of borrowing costs during the period eligible for capitalisation was 13.39%, which is the effective interest rate of the specific borrowing. (INR/GBP exchange rate at 30 June 2020 of 92.69, 31 December 2019: 93.48 and 30 June 2019: 87.34 were used).

 

9.  Event Subsequent to the reporting period.

Lockdown in Mumbai has been extended until 31 October. The RBI moratorium for Term loan repayment & interest was extended until September 2020 which the company has taken advantage of. On 6 August the RBI released a Circular allowing Restructuring Term Loan and PIL is underway in Supreme Court for further relief in Moratorium. As explained in note 7 proceedings are still underway in the Supreme court. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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