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Friday 28 September, 2018

Prairie Mining Ltd

Annual Report to Shareholders

RNS Number : 2609C
Prairie Mining Limited
28 September 2018
 

PRAIRIE MINING LIMITED

                                         

2018

 

ANNUAL REPORT | ROCZNY RAPORT

 

ABN 23 008 677 852

 

CORPORATE DIRECTORY >

 

 

DIRECTORS:
Mr Ian Middlemas                  Chairman
Mr Benjamin Stoikovich        Director and CEO
Ms Carmel Daniele               Non-Executive Director
Mr Thomas Todd                    Non-Executive Director
Mr Mark Pearce                       Non-Executive Director
Mr Todd Hannigan                 Alternate Director

Mr Dylan Browne                    Company Secretary

PRINCIPAL OFFICES:

PD Co sp. z. o.o. (Warsaw):

Ul. Wspolna, 35 lok. 4

00-519 Warsaw

Karbonia S.A. (Czerwionka - Leszczyny):

Ul. 3 Maja 44,

44-230 Czerwionka - Leszczyny

 

London:
Unit 3C, 38 Jermyn Street
London SW1Y 6DN
United Kingdom

 

Australia (Registered Office):
Level 9, BGC Centre
28 The Esplanade
Perth   WA   6000
Tel:      +61 8 9322 6322
Fax:     +61 8 9322 6558

SOLICITORS:

Poland:
DLA Piper Wiater sp.k.

United Kingdom:
DLA Piper UK LLP

Australia:
DLA Piper Australia

 

AUDITOR:

Poland:
Ernst & Young Audyt Polska sp. z. o.o.

Australia:
Ernst & Young - Perth

 

BANKERS:

Poland:
Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. - Santander Group

Australia:
Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd

 

SHARE REGISTRIES:

Poland:
Komisja Nadzoru Finansowego (KNF)
Plac Powstańców Warszawy 1, skr. poczt. 419
00-950 Warszawa
Tel: Tel: +48 22 262 50 00

United Kingdom:
Computershare Investor Services PLC
The Pavilions, Bridgewater Road
Bristol BS99 6ZZ
Tel: +44 370 702 0000

Australia:
Computershare Investor Services Pty Ltd
Level 11, 172 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Tel: +61 8 9323 2000


STOCK EXCHANGE LISTINGS:

Poland:
Warsaw Stock Exchange - GPW Code: PDZ

United Kingdom:
London Stock Exchange (Main Board) - LSE Code: PDZ

Australia:
Australian Securities Exchange - ASX Code: PDZ

 

CONTENTS | ZAWARTOŚĆ

Directors' Report

Auditor's Independence Declaration

Consolidated Statement of Profit or Loss and other Comprehensive Income

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows


The following sections (as well as all illustrations and figures) are available in the full version of the 2018 Annual Report on the Company's website at http://www.pdz.com.au/company-reports

Notes to and Forming Part of the Financial Statements

Directors' Declaration

Independent Auditor's Report

Corporate Governance

Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves Statement

ASX Additional Information

 

DIRECTORS' REPORT

 

The Directors of Prairie Mining Limited present their report on the Consolidated Entity consisting of Prairie Mining Limited ("Company" or "Prairie") and the entities it controlled at the end of, or during, the year ended 30 June 2018 ("Consolidated Entity" or "Group").

 

OPERATING AND FINANCIAL REVIEW

 

Operations

 

Highlights during, and since the end of the financial year include:

 

Possible Co-operation between Prairie and JSW

·      During the year, Prairie and Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa SA ("JSW") entered into a non-disclosure agreement to exchange technical and commercial information in order to facilitate substantial and more advanced discussions regarding any potential co-operation or transaction(s) options in respect of Prairie's Polish coking coal projects.

·      A number of meetings were held during the year between the Company and JSW while Prairie made available information to JSW in relation to both the Debiensko Mine ("Debiensko") and Jan Karski Mine ("Jan Karski") to allow JSW to conduct assessments of their feasibility and economics.

·      In the latest public statement made by JSW, they reported that their due diligence had been finalised and, together with their advisors, were working on an asset valuation. They also disclosed that their completed technical due diligence of Debiensko and Jan Karski showed that both these projects meet JSW's expectations as to the quality of coal. JSW also announced that further steps towards a possible transaction between Prairie and JSW would likely take place from October.

Debiensko Mine (Premium Hard Coking Coal)

·      Mine site redevelopment planning continued at Debiensko throughout the year towards the completion of initial demolition works, pre-qualification of study contractors, and preparation for an infill drill program to increase JORC Measured and Indicated Resources.

·      Prairie held discussions with regional steel makers and coke producers for future coking coal sales and offtake.

·      Hard coking coal prices traded at price levels of ~US$180/t FOB Australia.

·      Market analysts forecast underinvestment in new coking coal mine development has potential to result in sustained high coking coal prices.

·      European Commission continues to designate coking coal as a Critical Raw Material.

Jan Karski Mine (Semi-Soft Coking Coal)

·      Prairie continued to use modern exploration techniques to transform Jan Karski with drill results re-affirming the capability of the project to produce high value ultra-low ash semi-soft coking coal, known as Type 34 coal in Poland. Coking coal quality results announced during the year are superior to the drill results announced in May 2017, and further confirm that Jan Karski is a globally significant semi-soft coking coal / Type 34 coking coal deposit with the potential to produce a high value ultra-low ash SSCC with an exceptional CSR and a high 75% coking coal product split.

·      Spatial development plan approved at Jan Karski meaning the rezoning of 56 hectares of agricultural land for industrial use is complete which allows for construction of a mine site, shafts and associated surface infrastructure.

·      Following legal proceedings filed against Poland's Ministry of Environment ("MoE") due to its failure to grant Prairie with a Mining Usufruct Agreement at the Jan Karski Mine:

the Polish Civil Court ruled in Prairie's favour by granting an injunction preventing the MoE from granting any prospecting, exploration or mining concession and concluding usufruct agreements with any other party until the full court proceeding has concluded; and

the decision provides security of tenure over the Jan Karski concessions and effectively safeguards Prairie's rights at the project until full court proceedings are concluded.

·      The Lublin Regional Director for the Environment issued an official notification indicating that the process to establish an Environmental Consent decision for Jan Karski would be extended past 30 June 2018 due to further information requests to supplement Prairie's original Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and ongoing local authority and public consultation.

 

Corporate

·      In July 2017, Prairie and CD Capital completed an additional investment of US$2.0 million ($2.6 million) in the form of a non-redeemable, non-interest-bearing convertible loan note ("Loan Note 2").

·      Prairie remains in a financially strong position with cash reserves of A$11 million at 30 June 2018.

Debiensko Mine

Debiensko, is a permitted, hard coking coal project located in the Upper Silesian Coal Basin in the south west of the Republic of Poland. It is approximately 40 km from the city of Katowice and 40 km from the Czech Republic.

Debiensko is bordered by the Knurow-Szczyglowice Mine in the north west and the Budryk Mine in the north east, both owned and operated by JSW, Europe's leading producer of hard coking coal.

The Debiensko mine was historically operated by various Polish mining companies until 2000 when mining operations were terminated due to a major government led restructuring of the coal sector caused by a downturn in global coal prices. In early 2006 New World Resources Plc ("NWR") acquired Debiensko and commenced planning for Debiensko to comply with Polish mining standards, with the aim of accessing and mining hard coking coal seams. In 2008, the MoE granted a 50-year mine license for Debiensko.

In October 2016, Prairie acquired Debiensko with a view that a revised development approach would potentially allow for the early mining of profitable premium hard coking coal seams, whilst minimising upfront capital costs. Prairie has proven expertise in defining commercially robust projects and applying international standards in Poland. The fact that Debiensko is a former operating mine and its proximity to two neighbouring coking coal producers in the same geological setting, reaffirms the significant potential to successfully bring Debiensko back into operation.

Preparation for the Next Phase of Project Studies

Prairie continues to analyse the drill hole data which will be used for engineering design of foundations of structures associated with the shafts, coal handling and preparation plant ("CHPP") and other surface facilities. These holes are essential in order to assess the soil conditions, properly design structural foundations and thus provide more accurate pricing in the tenders as required for a feasibility study.

Prairie's team have also designed an infill drilling program that when undertaken will upgrade more of the resource base at Debiensko to the Measured and Indicated resource categories and support JORC compliant reserve estimation.

Jan Karski Mine

 

Jan Karski is a large scale semi-soft coking coal project located in the Lublin Coal Basin in south east Poland. The Lublin Coal Basin is an established coal producing province which is well serviced by modern and highly efficient infrastructure, offering the potential for low capital intensity mine development. Jan Karski is situated adjacent to the Bogdanka coal mine which has been in commercial production since 1982 and is the lowest cost hard coal producer in Europe.

 

Prairie's use of modern exploration techniques continues to transform Jan Karski with latest drill results re-affirming the capability of the project to produce high value ultra-low ash semi-soft coking coal ("SSCC"), known as Type 34 coal in Poland whilst confirming Jan Karski as a globally significant SSCC / Type 34 coking coal deposit with the potential to produce a high value ultra-low ash SSCC with a coking coal product split of up to 75%.

 

Key benefits for the local community and the Lublin and Chelm regions associated with the development, construction and operation of Jan Karski have been recognised as the following:

 

·      creation of 2,000 direct employment positions and 10,000 indirect jobs for the region once operational;

 

·      increasing skills of the workforce through the implementation of International Standard training programmes;

 

·      stimulating the development of education, health services and communications within the region; and

 

·      building a mine that creates new employment for generations to come and career paths for families to remain in the region.

 

Polish Civil Court Grants Injunction in Prairie's Favour against Poland's Ministry of Environment

On 3 April 2018, Prairie announced that it had commenced legal proceedings against Poland's MoE due to its failure to grant Prairie a Mining Usufruct Agreement over the concessions which form the Jan Karski Mine and in order to protect the Company's security of tenure over the project.

Pursuant to the initiated legal proceedings:

·      The Regional Civil Court in Warsaw ruled in Prairie's favour by granting an injunction preventing the MoE from granting prospecting, exploration or mining concessions and concluding usufruct agreements with any other party until full court proceedings are concluded; and

 

·      The decision provides security of tenure over the Jan Karski concessions and effectively safeguards Prairie's rights at the project until full court proceedings are concluded.

The Regional Civil Court in Warsaw has issued a verdict that forms an injunction preventing the MoE from concluding exploration or mining usufruct agreement(s) regarding the Jan Karski Mine area (including the "Lublin" deposit, as well as the former K-4-5, K-6-7, K-8 and K-9 concession areas) with any party, other than PD Co Sp. z. o.o. (Prairie Mining's wholly owned Polish subsidiary). The Court has also ordered that the MoE does not grant any concessions (for prospecting, exploration and/or mining) to any party other than PD Co Sp. z. o.o. This highly favourable court ruling was issued in response to Prairie's application submitted as part of the legal proceedings commenced by Prairie to protect its tenure at Jan Karski.

As a result of the ruling by the Regional Civil Court in Warsaw, security of tenure over the Jan Karski concessions will be safeguarded until the full court proceeding is concluded. It is anticipated that full court proceeding could take 12 months or more to complete.

In the justification to the Court's ruling, the judge stated that: "Based on the evidence one may at this point state that the plaintiff (being Prairie) enjoys the right to request conclusion of the requested mining usufruct agreement for the "Lublin" hard coal area (otherwise known as Jan Karski) resulting from Article 15 of the Geological and Mining Law."

Prairie has provided the MoE with all documents required by Polish Law to conclude a Mining Usufruct Agreement, including the Geological Documentation approval and an official application for a Mining Usufruct Agreement.

To date the MoE has not provided Prairie with a Mining Usufruct Agreement for Jan Karski.

Based on professional advice, Prairie considers that the MoE has breached the Polish Geological and Mining Law ("GML") and other Polish laws and is strongly defending its position.

The Company will also consider any other actions necessary to ensure its concession rights are reserved which may result in the Company taking further action against the MoE including invoking the protection afforded to the Company under any relevant bi-lateral or multi-lateral investment treaties or such other actions as the Company may consider appropriate at the relevant time.

Regional Director for the Environment sets a new deadline for issuing an Environmental Consent Decision

Prairie completed an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and made submissions to the Lublin Regional Director for the Environment ("RDOS") for an Environmental Consent decision for Jan Karski in October 2017. During the year, the RDOS issued a notice indicating that the Environmental Proceedings would be delayed further, subject to the receipt of additional information requested by the RDOS which the Company, together with its appointed environmental consultants, are working to provide. During the year, there was a change of personnel fulfilling the functions of the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Lublin RDOS.

Corporate

 

Possible Co-Operation between Prairie and JSW

During the year, Prairie and JSW entered into a Non-Disclosure Agreement ("NDA") with respect to potential co-operation regarding Prairie's two Polish coal projects. The purpose of the NDA was to allow for the exchange of technical and commercial information in order to facilitate substantial and more advanced discussions regarding any potential transaction(s) options in respect of Prairie's projects.

 

Possible Co-Operation between Prairie and JSW (Continued)

Subsequent to the end of the year, Prairie noted press articles regarding comments by representatives from JSW on possible transaction(s) between the Company and JSW with respect to Prairie's Polish coal projects.

The Company advises that discussions continue to take place as part of the exchange of technical and commercial information. Commercial discussions continue to be at a preliminary stage and that even if they move onto discussions of specific transactions terms there can be no certainty as to whether any transaction(s) will be agreed, or the potential form of such transaction(s). The Company expects further exchange of information will continue with JSW.

In the latest public statement made by JSW, they reported that their due diligence had been finalised and, together with their advisors, were working on an asset valuation. They also disclosed that their completed technical due diligence of Debiensko and Jan Karski showed that both these projects meet JSW's expectations as to the quality of coal. JSW also announced that further steps towards a possible transaction between Prairie and JSW would likely take place in October.

Any potential transaction(s), should they occur, may be subject to a number of conditions including, but not limited to, obtaining positive evaluations and expert opinions, necessary corporate approvals, consents and approvals related to funding, consents from Poland's Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) if required, and any other requirements that may relate to the strategy, objectives and regulatory regimes applicable to the respective issuers.

The NDA, signed at the end of March 2018, provides for the initial due diligence process to be conducted until the end of September 2018, which may be extended by mutual agreement of both parties. Commercial discussions, if any, may then take place subsequent to September 2018.

Results of Operations

 

The net loss of the Consolidated Entity for the year ended 30 June 2018 was $19,382,454 (2017: $11,482,002). Significant items contributing to the current year loss and the substantial differences from the previous financial year include:

 

(i)    Non-cash fair value loss of $9,884,328 (2017: $4,264,925) attributable to the conversion right of the original CD Capital convertible loan note ("Loan Note 1") accounted for as a financial liability at fair value through profit and loss which was derecognised during the year following the conversion of Loan Note 1. The instrument was a non-cash derivative liability which was settled during the year via the issue of 44,776,120 Ordinary Shares and 22,388,060 unlisted options exercisable at $0.60 each on or before 30 May 2021 ("CD Options") to CD Capital pursuant to the investment agreement completed in September 2015.

 

The Company did not pay any cash to settle the liability with the Company's cash reserve unaffected by the derecognition of the conversion right

 

The commercial intentions of both CD Capital and the Company were to always enter into an equity type arrangement however to be in compliance with the accounting standards, the conversion right has, up and until derecognition, been accounted for as a financial liability with the non-cash fair value movements being recognised in profit and loss.

 

(ii)   Exploration and Evaluation expenses of $6,774,136 (2017: $6,560,343), which is attributable to the Group's accounting policy of expensing exploration and evaluation expenditure incurred by the Group subsequent to the acquisition of rights to explore and up to the commencement of a bankable feasibility study for each separate area of interest. As a direct result of exploration and evaluation activities conducted during the year, the Group achieved key milestones including (i) completed drilling at Jan Karski which re-affirmed the capability of the project to produce SSCC; (ii) permitting activities continued at Jan Karski including submission of an ESIA and approval of spatial development plans; and (iii) mine site redevelopment planning continued at Debiensko including advancement of demolition works pre-qualification of study contractors and preparation for an infill drill program to increase JORC Measured and Indicated Resources;

 

(iii)  Business development expenses of $738,097 (2017: $1,474,077) which includes expenses in relation to the Group's investor relations activities, including brokerage fees, public relations, digital marketing, travel costs, attendances at conferences and business development consultant costs;

 

(iv)   Other expenses of $18,443 (2017: $521,502) which in 2017 relates to legal, accounting and other consultant costs in relation to the extensive due diligence and legal process conducted by the Company to effectively execute the acquisition of Karbonia;

 

(v)    Non-cash share-based payment expense of $1,316,624 (2017: gain of $392,275) due to incentive securities issued to key management personnel and other key employees and consultants of the Group as part of the long-term incentive plan to reward key management personnel and other key employees and consultants for the long term performance of the Group. The expense results from the Group's accounting policy of expensing the fair value (determined using an appropriate pricing model) of incentive securities granted on a straight-line basis over the vesting period of the options and rights. The expense in share-based payments in 2018 compared to an expense in 2017 is attributable to the forfeiture of 4.4 million unvested Performance Rights in 2017;

 

(vi)   Revenue of $826,883 (2017: $1,340,749) consisting of interest income of $333,291 (2017: $368,380) and the receipt of $493,592 (2017: $972,369) of gas and property lease income derived since acquiring Karbonia in October 2016; and

 

(vii)  Other income of nil (2017: $650,000) which was attributable to the receipt of $650,000 in 2017 for the sale of the base metals project.

 

Financial Position

 

At 30 June 2018, the Company had cash reserves of $11,022,333 (2017: $16,826,854) placing it in a strong financial position.

 

At 30 June 2018, the Company had net assets of $12,445,698 (2017: $13,095,130), a decrease of 5% compared with the previous year. This is largely attributable to the decrease cash reserves and receivables which was slightly offset by the decrease in financial liabilities.

 

Business Strategies and Prospects for Future Financial Years

 

Prairie's strategy is to create long-term shareholder value by developing both Debiensko and the Jan Karski in Poland.

 

To date, the Group has not commenced production of any minerals. To achieve its objective, the Group currently has the following business strategies and prospects:

·        Continue in its discussions with JSW with respect to potential co-operation regarding Debiensko and Jan Karski;

·        Continue with the legal proceedings and appeals against the MoE with respect to Debiensko and Jan Karski;

·        Preparation for an in-fill drill program to increase JORC measured and indicated resources to support future feasibility studies at Debiensko;

·        Preparation of a re-engineered mine plan to produce a feasibility study to international standards with a focus on near term production at Debiensko;

·        Advance discussions with regional steel makers and coke producers for future coking coal sales and offtake at Debiensko; and

·        Continue project permitting activities including obtaining an Environmental Consent Decision at Jan Karski.

All of these activities are inherently risky and the Board is unable to provide certainty of the expected results of these activities, or that any or all of these likely activities will be achieved. The material business risks faced by the Group that could have an effect on the Group's future prospects, and how the Group manages these risks, include the following:

 

Business Strategies and Prospects for Future Financial Years (Continued)

Risk of maintaining project concessions - The Company's mining exploration and development activities at Debiensko and Jan Karski are dependent upon the alteration of, or as the case may be, the maintenance of appropriate licences, concessions, leases, claims, permits and regulatory consents which may be withdrawn or made subject to limitations. The maintaining of concessions, obtaining renewals, or attaining concessions alterations, often depends on the Company being successful in obtaining required statutory approvals for its proposed activities and that the licences, concessions, leases, claims, permits or consents it holds will be renewed and altered as and when required. In this regard, in July 2015, Prairie announced that it had secured the Exclusive Right to apply for a Mining Concession for Jan Karski as a result of its Geological Documentation for the Jan Karski deposit being approved by Poland's MoE. The approved Geological Documentation covers areas of all four original Exploration Concessions granted to Prairie (K-4-5, K-6-7, K-8 and K-9) and includes the full extent of the targeted resources within the mine plan for Jan Karski. As a result of the Exclusive Right, Prairie was the only entity with a legal right to lodge a Mining Concession application over Jan Karski for the period up and until 2 April 2018. Under the Polish GML, a Mining Concession application comprises the submission of a Deposit Development Plan ("DDP"), approval of a spatial development plan (rezoning of land for mining use) and an Environmental Consent decision. Prairie has previously announced that the DDP and spatial development plans for Jan Karski have already been approved.

However, as of the date of this report, Prairie has not yet received the required Environmental Consent decision, which remains pending. Prairie completed an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and made submissions to RDOS for an Environmental Consent decision in October 2017. Prairie has not been able to apply for a Mining Concession for Jan Karski due to the delay in the issuance of an Environmental Consent decision. However, the Environmental Consent proceedings continue to progress and the Company has received notice from the RDOS to provide supplementary information to the originally submitted Environmental & Social Impact Assessment. There are no assurances that the Environmental Consent Decision will be awarded to the Company.

The approval of Prairie's Geological Documentation in 2015 also conferred upon Prairie the legal right to apply for a Mining Usufruct Agreement over Jan Karski for an additional 12-month period beyond April 2018, which precludes any other parties being granted any licence over all or part of the Jan Karski concessions. Under Polish law, the MoE is strictly obligated, within three months of Prairie making an application for a Mining Usufruct Agreement, to grant the agreement. It should be noted that the MoE confirmed Prairie's priority right in two written statements (i.e. in a final administrative decision dated 11 February 2016 and in a formal letter dated 13 April 2016). Prairie applied to the MoE for a Mining Usufruct Agreement over Jan Karski in late December 2017. As of the date of this report the MoE has not made available to Prairie a Mining Usufruct Agreement for Jan Karski, therefore breaching the three-month obligatory period for the agreement to be concluded. Legal advice provided to Prairie concludes that failure of the MoE to grant Prairie the Mining Usufruct Agreement is a breach of Polish law. Accordingly, the Company commenced legal proceedings against the MoE through the Polish courts in order to protect the Company's security of tenure over the Jan Karski concessions. Since the MoE has not provided a decision within three months regarding Prairie's Mining Usufruct application, the Polish civil court has the power to enforce conclusion of a Usufruct Agreement in place of the MoE. In the event that a Mining Usufruct Agreement is not made available to the Company on acceptable terms or the Company does not enter into a Mining Usufruct Agreement for any other reason, other parties may be able to apply for exploration or mining rights for all or part of the Jan Karski concession area.

However, given that the Civil Court has approved Prairie's motion for an injunction against the MoE, as described above, the MoE is now prevented from entering into a Usufruct agreement or concession with any other party besides Prairie until the full court proceedings are concluded.

Under the terms of the Debiensko Mining Concession issued in 2008 by the MoE (which is valid for 50 years from grant date), commencement of production was to occur by 1 January 2018. In December 2016, following the acquisition of Debiensko, Prairie applied to the MoE to amend the 50 year Debiensko Mining Concession. The purpose of the concession amendment was to extend the time stipulated in the Mining Concession for first production of coal from 2018 to 2025. Prairie has now received an initial and appealable, first instance decision from the MoE that has denied the Company's amendment application. However, Prairie continues to have valid tenure and ownership of land at Debiensko. Not meeting the production timeframe stipulated in the concession does not immediately infringe on the validity and expiry date of the Debiensko Mining Concession, which is June 2058. Prairie also holds a valid environmental consent decision enabling mine construction. Prairie has appealled the MoE's decision on the basis that its justification for denial is fundamentally flawed for a number of reasons including failure to consider the requirements of the law and public interest in Poland, and the relevant facts of the Company and its amendment application. Prairie will strongly defend its position and continue to take relevant actions to pursue its legal rights regarding the Debiensko concession. Prairie's legal team has lodged an appeal, which points out the deficiencies of the MoE's first instance decision. As at the date of this report, Prairie has not received an official response in relation to this appeal.

However, if Prairie's appeal is unsuccessful, then this may lead to the commencement of proceedings by the MoE to limit or withdraw the Debiensko concession. Prairie also has the right of further appeal to Poland's administrative courts. The Company will consider any other actions necessary to ensure its concession rights are preserved, which may result in the Company taking further action against the MoE including invoking the protection afforded to the Company under any relevant bi-lateral or multi-lateral investment treaties or such other actions as the Company may consider appropriate at the relevant time. There is however no assurance that such appeals, legal proceedings, applications (or renewals or alterations) of the Company concessions will be granted or that such applications, renewals, alterations, rights and title interests will not be revoked or significantly altered. If such appeals, legal proceedings, applications, renewals or alterations of concessions applied for are not successful or granted or are in fact revoked as the case may be in the future, there is a risk that this may have a material adverse effect on the financial performance and operations at Jan Karski, Debiensko, the Company and on also the value of the Company's securities.

·        Co-operation between Prairie and JSW may not occur - Any transaction(s), should it/they occur, may be subject to a number of conditions including, but not limited to, obtaining positive evaluations and expert opinions, necessary corporate approvals, consents and approvals related to funding, consents from Poland's Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) if required, and any other requirements that may relate to the strategy, objectives and regulatory regimes applicable to the respective issuers, and which could also prevent a transaction from occurring or even completing. The non-occurrence of a transaction could also have a material impact on the value of the Company's securities.

·        The Company's activities will require further capital in future years - At the date of this report, the Company has cash of approximately $11 million which places it in a strong position to conduct its current planned exploration and development activities at Debiensko and Jan Karski. However, the ability of the Company to finance capital investment in future years for the construction and future operation of the Company's projects is dependent, among other things, on the Company's ability to raise additional future funding either through equity or debt financing. Any failure to obtain sufficient financing in the future may result in delaying or indefinite postponement of any future construction of the projects or even a loss of property interest (in the future). The key items which the Company would require further funding in future years would be for the construction of the mines at each project.

In this regard, and pursuant to the CD Capital investment agreement, CD Capital has a first right to invest a further $55 million in any future fund raise conducted by the Company, plus CD Capital will have the ability to inject a further $13 million through the exercise of their $0.60 CD Options. There is however no guarantee that CD Capital would take up this right in the future (or exercise their options). There is also a risk that the Company's obligation to offer CD Capital a first right of refusal on any future fund raising could prejudice the Company's ability to raise funds from investors other than CD Capital. However, the Company considers that it would not be necessary to undertake such development actions until it has secured financing to do so and the timing for commencement of such actions would accordingly depend on the date that such financing is secured. If, in the unlikely event that future financing cannot be secured, the Group has the flexibility and ability to significantly reduce its ongoing expenditure. Furthermore, the Company's board of directors has a successful track record of fundraising for natural resources projects, including large scale coal projects, and has completed successful financing transactions with strategic partners, large institutional fund managers, off-take partners and traders and project finance lenders. There is however no guarantee that the then prevailing market conditions will allow for a future fundraising or that new investors will be prepared to subscribe for ordinary shares or at the price at which they are willing to do so in the future. Failure to obtain sufficient future financing may result in delaying or indefinite postponement of appraisal and any development of the Company's projects in the future, a loss of the Company's personnel and ultimately a loss of its interest in the projects. There can be no assurance that additional future capital or other types of financing will be available, if needed, or that, if available, the terms of such future financing will be favourable to the Company.

 

If the Company obtains debt financing in the future, it will be exposed to the risk of leverage and its activities could become subject to restrictive loan and lease covenants and undertakings. If the Company obtains future equity financing other than on a pro rata basis to existing Shareholders, the future percentage ownership of the existing Shareholders may be reduced, Shareholders may then experience subsequent dilution and/or such securities may have preferred rights, options and pre-emption rights senior to the Ordinary Shares. There can be no assurance that the Company would be successful in overcoming these risks in the future or any other problems encountered in connection with such financings.

·        Risk of further challenges by Bogdanka - Since April 2015, Lubelski Wegiel Bogdanka ("Bogdanka") has made a number of applications and appeals to the Polish MoE seeking a Mining Concession application over the Company's K-6-7 Exploration Concession and priority right (only one Exploration Concession which comprises of the Jan Karski Mine). All applications and appeals previously made by Bogdanka have been outright rejected. However, Bogdanka has made a further appeal to the Supreme Administrative Court (with no court hearing being scheduled to date). The Supreme Administrative Court has no authority to grant Bogdanka a Mining Concession but it may however cancel the MoE's previous rejection decision.

 

            If the Supreme Administrative Court does cancel the MoE's decision, the MoE will be required to re-assess Bogdanka's Mining Concession application. As discussed above Bogdanka has in the past raised several appeals challenging the Company's title to the Exploration Concessions comprising the Jan Karski Mine. There is therefore no guarantee that Bogdanka will not seek to file further appeals to future decisions taken by government departments in the course of the Jan Karski Mine development timeline. Furthermore, during the financial year, Bogdanka filed a mining concession application for the K-6-7 area subsequent to the MoE not providing Prairie with a Mining Usufruct Agreement as discussed above. However, given that the Civil Court has approved Prairie's motion for an injunction against the MoE, the MoE is unable to grant a mining concession for K-6-7 to Bogdanka (or any other party other than Prairie) until the full court proceedings are concluded.

·        Operations conducted in an emerging market - The Company's operations are located in Poland and will be exposed to related risks and uncertainties associated with this jurisdiction. Changes in mining or investment policies, laws or regulations (or the application thereof) or shifts in political attitude in Poland, in particular to mining, use of coal, foreign ownership of coal projects and the movement to a nationalistic policy may adversely affect the permitting, approvals process, operations and/or profitability of the Company. The Company continues to consult with the various levels of Government but there can be no assurances that current or future political developments in Poland will not directly impact the Company's operations or its ability to attract funding for its operations. The Company also competes with many other companies in Poland, including companies with established mining operations. Some of these companies have greater financial resources and political influence than the Company and, as a result, may be in a better position to compete with or impede the Company's current or future activities. For example, recent legislative changes and proposed legislative changes initiated by Poland's governing Law & Justice party have called into question the independence of the judiciary and subsequently the rule of law in Poland. In December 2017, the Council of Europe's Commission for Democracy through Law ("Venice Commission") found that the cumulative effect of proposed reforms to two laws and  recently adopted amendments to a third law "puts at serious risk" the independence of "all parts" of the Polish judiciary. The opinion concerned two drafts recently submitted by the Polish President to the Sejm (Polish Parliament), to amend the Act on the National Council of the Judiciary and the Act on the Supreme Court, as well as recently already adopted amendments to the Act on Ordinary Courts. Additionally, and subsequent to the end of the financial year, the European Commission formally notified Poland that it had initiated infringement proceedings against the country because of the adoption of the controversial amendments to the Supreme Court Act.

·        The Company may be adversely affected by fluctuations in coal prices and/or foreign exchange - The price of coal fluctuates widely and is affected by numerous factors beyond the control of the Company. Coal prices are currently high compared to previous levels but there is no guarantee that prices will remain at this level in the future. Future production, if any, from the Company's mineral properties and its profitability will be dependent upon the price of coal being adequate to make these properties economic. Current and planned development activities are predominantly denominated in Euros and the Company's ability to fund these activates may be adversely affected if the Australian dollar continues to fall against the Euro. The Company currently does not engage in any hedging or derivative transactions to manage commodity price or foreign exchange risk. As the Company's operations change, this policy will be reviewed periodically going forward.

DIRECTORS

The names and details of the Group's Directors in office at any time during the financial year or since the end of the financial year are:

Directors:

Mr Ian Middlemas                   Chairman

Mr Benjamin Stoikovich        Director and CEO

Ms Carmel Daniele               Non-Executive Director  

Mr Thomas Todd                    Non-Executive Director

Mr Mark Pearce                       Non-Executive Director

Mr Todd Hannigan                 Alternate Director

 

Unless otherwise stated, Directors held their office from 1 July 2017 until the date of this report.

CURRENT DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

Mr Ian Middlemas  B.Com, CA

Chairman

Mr Middlemas is a Chartered Accountant, a member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He worked for a large international Chartered Accounting firm before joining the Normandy Mining Group where he was a senior group executive for approximately 10 years. He has had extensive corporate and management experience, and is currently a Director with a number of publicly listed companies in the resources sector.

 

Mr Middlemas was appointed a Director of the Company on 25 August 2011. During the three year period to the end of the financial year, Mr Middlemas has held directorships in Constellation Resources Limited (November 2017 - present), Apollo Minerals Limited (July 2016 - present), Cradle Resources Limited (May 2016 - present), Paringa Resources Limited (October 2013 - present), Berkeley Energia Limited (April 2012 - present), Salt Lake Potash Limited (January 2010 - present), Equatorial Resources Limited (November 2009 - present), Piedmont Lithium Limited (September 2009 - present), Sovereign Metals Limited (July 2006 - present), Odyssey Energy Limited (September 2005 - present) and Syntonic Limited (April 2010 - June 2017).

 

Mr Benjamin Stoikovich  B.Eng, M.Eng, M.Sc, CEng, CEnv

Director and CEO

 

Mr Stoikovich is a mining engineer and professional corporate finance executive. He has extensive experience in the resources sector gained initially as an underground Longwall Coal Mining Engineer with BHP Billiton where he was responsible for underground longwall mine operations and permitting, and more recently as a senior executive within the investment banking sector in London where he gained experience in mergers and acquisitions, debt and off take financing.

 

He has a Bachelor of Mining Engineering degree from the University of NSW; a Master of Environmental Engineering from the University of Wollongong; and a M.Sc in Mineral Economics from Curtin University. Mr Stoikovich also holds a 1st Class Coal Mine Managers Ticket from the Coal Mine Qualifications Board (NSW, Australia) and is a registered Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) in the United Kingdom.

 

Mr Stoikovich was appointed a Director of the Company on 17 June 2013. During the three year period to the end of the financial year, Mr Stoikovich has not held any other directorships in listed companies.

 

Ms Carmel Daniele B.Ec, CA

Non-Executive Director

 

Ms Carmel Daniele is the founder and Chief Investment Officer of CD Capital in London. Ms Daniele has over 20 years of global natural resources investment experience, ten of which was spent with Newmont Mining/Normandy Mining and acquired companies. As a Senior Executive (Corporate Advisory) at Newmont she structured cross-border M&As including the three-way merger between Franco-Nevada, Newmont and Normandy. Post-merger Ms Daniele structured the divestment of various non-core mining assets around the world for the merchant banking arm, Newmont Capital.  Ms Daniele started off her career at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. Prior to setting up CD Capital in London in 2006, Ms Daniele was an investment advisor to RAB Capital's Special Situations Fund on sourcing and negotiating natural resource private equity investments. Ms Daniele holds a Master of Laws (Corporate & Commercial) and Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

 

Ms Daniele was appointed a Director on 21 September 2015. During the three year period to the end of the financial year, Ms Daniele has not held any other directorships in listed companies.

 

Mr Thomas Todd B.Sc (Hons), CA
Non-Executive Director


Mr Todd was the Chief Financial Officer of Aston Resources from 2009 to November 2011. Prior to Aston Resources, Mr Todd was Chief Financial Officer of Custom Mining, where his experience included project acquisition and funding of project development for the Middlemount project to the sale of the company to Macarthur Coal. A graduate of Imperial College, Mr Todd holds a Bachelor of Physics with first class Honours. He is a Chartered Accountant (The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Mr Todd was appointed a Director on 16 September 2014. During the three year period to the end of the financial year, Mr Todd has held a directorship in Paringa Resources Limited (May 2014 - Present).

Mr Mark Pearce  B.Bus, CA, FCIS, FFin

Non-Executive Director

 

Mr Pearce is a Chartered Accountant and is currently a Director of several listed companies that operate in the resources sector. He has had considerable experience in the formation and development of listed resource companies. Mr Pearce is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Mr Pearce was appointed a Director of the Company on 25 August 2011. During the three year period to the end of the financial year, Mr Pearce has held directorships in Constellation Resources Limited (July 2016 - present), Apollo Minerals Limited (July 2016 - present), Salt Lake Potash Limited (August 2014 - present), Equatorial Resources Limited (November 2009 - present), Sovereign Metals Limited (July 2006 - present), Odyssey Energy Limited (September 2005 - present), Piedmont Lithium Limited (September 2009 - August 2018) and Syntonic Limited (April 2010 - October 2016).

 

Mr Todd Hannigan  B.Eng (Hons)

Alternate Director for Mr Thomas Todd

 

Mr Hannigan was the Chief Executive Officer of Aston Resources from 2010 to 2011. During this time, the company significantly progressed the Maules Creek project, including upgrades to the project's resources and reserves, completion of all technical and design work for the Definitive Feasibility Study, negotiation of two major project stake sales and joint venture agreements, securement of port and rail access and progression of planning approvals to final stages. Mr Hannigan has worked internationally in the mining and resources sector for over 18 years with Aston Resources, Xstrata Coal, Hanson PLC, BHP Billiton and MIM.

 

Mr Hannigan was appointed as Alternate for Mr Thomas Todd on 16 September 2014. During the three year period to the end of the financial year, Mr Hannigan has held a directorship in Paringa Resources Limited (May 2014 - Present).

 

Mr Dylan Browne  B.Com, CA, AGIA

Company Secretary

Mr Browne is a Chartered Accountant and Associate Member of the Governance Institute of Australia (Chartered Secretary) who is currently Company Secretary for a number of ASX and European listed companies that operate in the resources sector. He commenced his career at a large international accounting firm and has since been involved with a number of exploration and development companies operating in the resources sector, based from London and Perth, including Apollo Minerals Limited, Berkeley Energia Limited and Papillon Resources Limited. Mr Browne successfully listed Prairie on the Main Board of the London Stock Exchange and the Warsaw Stock Exchange in 2015 and recently oversaw Berkeley's listings on the Main Board LSE and the Madrid, Barcelona, Bilboa and Valencia Stock Exchanges. Mr Browne was appointed Company Secretary of the Company on 25 October 2012.    

 

PRINCIPAL ACTIVITIES

The principal activities of the Group during the financial year consisted of the exploration and development of Debiensko and Jan Karski. No significant change in nature of these activities occurred during the year.

 

 

EARNINGS PER SHARE

 



2018
Cents


2017
Cents

Basic and diluted loss per share

(10.99)

(7.42)

 

ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION AND PERFORMANCE

 

The Group's operations are subject to various environmental laws and regulations under the relevant government's legislation. Full compliance with these laws and regulations is regarded as a minimum standard for all operations to achieve.

Instances of environmental non-compliance by an operation are identified either by external compliance audits or inspections by relevant government authorities.

There have been no significant known breaches by the Group during the financial year.

DIVIDENDS       

No dividends were paid or declared since the start of the financial year. No recommendation for payment of dividends has been made (2017: nil).

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN THE STATE OF AFFAIRS

(i)       On 6 July 2017, Prairie and CD Capital completed an additional investment of US$2.0 million (A$2.6 million) in the form of non-redeemable, non-interest-bearing convertible Loan Note 2;

(ii)      On 23 August 2017, Prairie announced that the spatial development plan had been approved at Jan Karski by the MoE meaning the rezoning of 56 hectares of agricultural land for industrial use is complete allowing for construction of a mine site, shafts and associated surface infrastructure at Jan Karski;

(iii)     On 21 February 2018, Prairie announced that drill results re-affirming the capability of the project to produce high value ultra-low ash SSCC (instead of thermal coal) known as Type 34 coal in Poland; and

(iv)      On 30 May 2018, the Company announced that Loan Note 1 issued to CD Capital had converted via the issue of 44,776,120 Ordinary Shares and 22,388,060 CD Options.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS AFTER BALANCE DATE

At the date of this report, there are no matters or circumstances, which have arisen since 30 June 2018 that have significantly affected or may significantly affect:

·      the operations, in financial years subsequent to 30 June 2018, of the Consolidated Entity;

·      the results of those operations, in financial years subsequent to 30 June 2018, of the Consolidated Entity; or

·      the state of affairs, in financial years subsequent to 30 June 2018, of the Consolidated Entity.

DIRECTORS' INTERESTS

As at the date of this report, the Directors' interests in the securities of the Company are as follows:

 


Interest in securities at the date of this report


Ordinary Shares1

Incentive Options2

Performance Rights3

Mr Ian Middlemas

10,600,000

-

-

Mr Benjamin Stoikovich

1,500,000

-

2,100,000

Ms Carmel Daniele4

44,776,120

22,388,0605

-

Mr Thomas Todd

2,800,000

-

-

Mr Mark Pearce

3,000,000

-

-

Mr Todd Hannigan

3,504,223

-

-

Notes:

1   "Ordinary Shares" means fully paid Ordinary Shares in the capital of the Company.

2   "Incentive Options" means an option to subscribe for one Ordinary Share in the capital of the Company.

3   "Performance Rights" means Performance Rights issued by the Company that convert to one Ordinary Share in the capital of the Company upon vesting of various performance conditions.

4   As founder and controller of CD Capital, Ms Daniele also has an interest in a convertible note (Loan Note 2) and the right of CD Capital to acquire 5,711,804 Ordinary shares through the issue of a $0.46 convertible note.

5   As part of the investment agreement completed with CD Capital in September 2015 and following conversion of Loan Note 1 in May 2018, CD Capital were issued with 22,388,060 unlisted options exercisable at $0.60 each on or before 30 May 2021 (CD Options).

SHARE OPTIONS AND PERFORMANCE RIGHTS

At the date of this report the following Incentive Options and Performance Rights have been issued over unissued Ordinary Shares of the Company:

·        200,000 Incentive Options exercisable at $0.50 each on or before 31 March 2020;

·        400,000 Incentive Options exercisable at $0.60 each on or before 31 March 2020;

·        700,000 Incentive Options exercisable at $0.80 each on or before 31 March 2020;

·        22,388,060 CD Options exercisable at $0.60 each on or before 30 May 2021;

·        10,675,000 Performance Rights with various vesting conditions and expiry dates between 31 December 2018 and 31 December 2020; and

·        Convertible loan note with a principal amount of $2,627,430, convertible into 5,711,805 ordinary shares at a conversion price of $0.46 per share with no expiry date (Loan Note 2).

During the year ended 30 June 2018, nil Ordinary Shares have been issued as a result of the exercise of Incentive Options, nil Ordinary Shares have been issued as a result of the conversion of Performance Rights and 44,776,120 Ordinary Shares were issued on conversion of Loan Note 1. Subsequent to year end and up until the date of this report, nil Ordinary Shares have been issued as a result of the exercise of Incentive Options, nil Ordinary Shares have been issued as a result of the conversion of Performance Rights and nil Ordinary Shares have been issued on the conversion of Loan Note 2 or the CD Options.

INDEMNIFICATION AND INSURANCE OF OFFICERS AND AUDITORS

The Constitution of the Company requires the Company, to the extent permitted by law, to indemnify any person who is or has been a Director or officer of the Company or Group for any liability caused as such a Director or officer and any legal costs incurred by a Director or officer in defending an action for any liability caused as such a Director or officer.

During or since the end of the financial year, no amounts have been paid by the Company or Group in relation to the above indemnities.

During the financial year, an annualised insurance premium was paid to provide adequate insurance cover for directors and officers against any potential liability and the associated legal costs of a proceeding.

 

To the extent permitted by law, the Company has agreed to indemnify its auditors, Ernst & Young, as part of the terms of its audit engagement agreement against claims by third parties arising from the audit (for an unspecified amount). No payment has been made to indemnify Ernst & Young during or since the financial year.

REMUNERATION REPORT (AUDITED)

This Remuneration Report, which forms part of the Directors' Report, sets out information about the remuneration of Key Management Personnel ("KMP") of the Group.

Details of Key Management Personnel

Details of the KMP of the Group during or since the end of the financial year are set out below:

Directors

Mr Ian Middlemas                  Chairman

Mr Benjamin Stoikovich        Director and CEO

Ms Carmel Daniele               Non-Executive Director

Mr Thomas Todd                    Non-Executive Director

Mr Mark Pearce                       Non-Executive Director

Mr Todd Hannigan                 Alternate Director

 

Other KMP

Mr Miroslaw Taras                 Group Executive - Poland

Mr Simon Kersey                    Chief Financial Officer

Mr Dylan Browne                    Company Secretary

 

Unless otherwise disclosed, the KMP held their position from 1 July 2017 until the date of this report.

Remuneration Policy

The Group's remuneration policy for its KMP has been developed by the Board taking into account the size of the Group, the size of the management team for the Group, the nature and stage of development of the Group's current operations, and market conditions and comparable salary levels for companies of a similar size and operating in similar sectors. In addition to considering the above general factors, the Board has also placed emphasis on the following specific issues in determining the remuneration policy for KMP:

(a)    the Group is currently focused on undertaking exploration, appraisal and development activities;

(b)    risks associated with small cap resource companies whilst exploring and developing projects; and

(c)     other than profit which may be generated from asset sales, the Company does not expect to be undertaking profitable operations until sometime after the commencement of commercial production on any of its projects.

Executive Remuneration

The Group's remuneration policy is to provide a fixed remuneration component and a performance-based component (short term incentive and long term incentive). The Board believes that this remuneration policy is appropriate given the considerations discussed in the section above and is appropriate in aligning executives' objectives with shareholder and business objectives.

Fixed Remuneration

Fixed remuneration consists of base salaries, as well as employer contributions to superannuation funds and other non-cash benefits. Non-cash benefits may include provision of car parking and health care benefits.

Fixed remuneration is reviewed annually by the Board. The process consists of a review of company and individual performance, relevant comparative remuneration externally and internally and, where appropriate, external advice on policies and practices.

Performance Based Remuneration - Short Term Incentive ("STI")

Some executives are entitled to an annual cash incentive payment upon achieving various key performance indicators ("KPI's"), as set by the Board. Having regard to the current size, nature and opportunities of the Company, the Board has determined that these KPI's will include measures such as successful commencement and/or completion of exploration activities (e.g. commencement/completion of exploration programs within budgeted timeframes and costs), establishment of government relationship (e.g. establish and maintain sound working relationships with government and officialdom), development activities (e.g. completion of infrastructure studies and commercial agreements), corporate activities (e.g. recruitment of key personnel and representation of the company at international conferences) and business development activities (e.g. corporate transactions and capital raisings). These measures were chosen as the Board believes they represent the key drivers in the short and medium-term success of the Company's development. On an annual basis, and subsequent to year end, the Board assesses performance against each individual executive's KPI criteria. During the 2018 financial year, a total cash incentive of $134,361 (2017: $256,487) was paid, or is payable, to KMP on achievement of KPIs as set by the Board which included: (i) completed drilling at Jan Karski which re-affirmed the capability of the project to produce SSCC; (ii) permitting activities continued at Jan Karski including submission of an ESIA and approval of spatial development plans; and (iii) mine site redevelopment planning continued at Debiensko including advancement of demolition works pre-qualification of study contractors and preparation for an infill drill program to increase JORC Measured and Indicated Resources.  

 

Performance Based Remuneration - Long Term Incentive

 

The Group has adopted a long-term incentive plan ("LTIP") comprising the "Prairie Employee and Contractors Performance Rights Plan" (the "Plan") to reward KMP and key staff (including eligible employees and contractors) for long-term performance. Shareholders approved the Plan in November 2013 at an Annual General Meeting of Shareholders and on 17 August 2017 shareholders approved an amended and renewal of the Plan.

The Plan provides for the issuance of unlisted Performance Rights which, upon satisfaction of the relevant performance conditions attached to the Performance Rights, will result in the issue of an Ordinary Share for each Performance Right. Performance Rights are issued for no consideration and no amount is payable upon conversion thereof.

 

To achieve its corporate objectives the Company needs to attract and retain its key staff, whether employees or contractors. The Board believes that grants made to eligible participants under the Plan provides a powerful tool to underpin the Company's employment and engagement strategy, and that the implementation of the Plan will:

(a)        enable the Company to recruit, incentivise and retain KMP and other eligible employees and contractors to assist with the completion of and achievement of the Company's strategic objectives;

 

(b)        link the reward of eligible employees and contractors with the achievements of strategic goals and the long term performance of the Company;

(c)        align the financial interests of eligible participants of the Plan with those of Shareholders; and

(d)        provide incentives to eligible employees and contractors of the Plan to focus on superior performance that creates Shareholder value.

 

Performance Rights granted under the Plan to eligible participants will be linked to the achievement by the Company of certain performance conditions as determined by the Board from time to time. These performance conditions must be satisfied in order for the Performance Rights to vest. The Performance Rights also vest where there is a change of control of the Company. Upon Performance Rights vesting, Ordinary Shares are automatically issued for no consideration. If a performance condition of a Performance Right is not achieved by the expiry date then the Performance Right will lapse.

During the financial year, Performance Rights were granted (and were on issue) to certain KMP and other employees with the following performance conditions:

(a)        Decision to Commence Construction means a Board decision for the commencement of construction activities (including securing adequate project finance to enable construction to commence) for Jan Karski (including but not limited to the commencement of ground breaking for the construction of infrastructure, coal processing and/or coal breaker station facilities), in accordance with the activities outlined in the project development schedule and budget approved by the Board and forming part of a technical study before 31 December 2018;

(b)        Debiensko Feasibility Study means the announcement on ASX by the Company of a positive Feasibility Study at Debiensko before 31 December 2019; and

(c)        Decision to Commence Underground Mining Construction means a Board decision for the commencement of construction activities (including securing adequate project finance to enable construction to commence) for Debiensko (including but not limited the commencement of ground breaking for the construction of infrastructure, coal processing and/or coal breaker station facilities), in accordance with the activities outlined in the project development schedule and budget approved by the Board and forming part of a technical study before 31 December 2020.

In addition, the Group may choose to provide unlisted Incentive Options to some KMP as part of their remuneration and incentive arrangements in order to attract and retain their services and to provide an incentive linked to the performance of the Group. The Board's policy is to grant Incentive Options to KMP with exercise prices at or above market share price (at the time of agreement). As such, any Incentive Options granted to KMP are generally only of benefit if the KMP performed to the level whereby the value of the Group increased sufficiently to warrant exercising the Incentive Options granted.

Other than service-based vesting conditions (if any), there are generally no additional performance criteria attached to any Incentive Options granted to KMP, as given the speculative nature of the Group's activities and the small management team responsible for its running, it is considered that the performance of the KMP and the performance and value of the Group are closely related.

 

The Company prohibits executives entering into arrangements to limit their exposure to Incentive Options and Performance Rights granted as part of their remuneration package.

Non-Executive Director Remuneration

The Board's policy is for fees to Non-Executive Directors to be no greater than market rates for comparable companies for time, commitment and responsibilities. Given the current size, nature and risks of the Company, Incentive Options may also be used to attract and retain Non-Executive Directors. The Board determines payments to the Non-Executive Directors and reviews their remuneration annually, based on market practice, duties and accountability. Independent external advice is sought when required.

The maximum aggregate amount of fees that can be paid to Non-Executive Directors is subject to approval by shareholders at a General Meeting. Director's fees paid to Non-Executive Directors accrue on a daily basis. Fees for Non-Executive Directors are not linked to the performance of the economic entity. However, to align Directors' interests with shareholder interests, the Directors are encouraged to hold shares in the Company and given the current size, nature and opportunities of the Company, Non-Executive Directors may receive Incentive Options in order to secure and retain their services.

Fees for the Chairman were set at $36,000 per annum (2017: $36,000) (excluding post-employment benefits).

Fees for Non-Executive Directors' were set at $20,000 per annum (2017: $20,000) (excluding post-employment benefits). These fees cover main board activities only. Non-Executive Directors may receive additional remuneration for other services provided to the Company, including but not limited to, membership of committees.

During the 2018 financial year, no Incentive Options or Performance Rights were granted to Non-Executive Directors.

The Company prohibits Non-Executive Directors entering into arrangements to limit their exposure to Incentive Options granted as part of their remuneration package.

Relationship between Remuneration of KMP and Shareholder Wealth

During the Company's exploration and development phases of its business, the Board anticipates that the Company will retain earnings (if any) and other cash resources for the exploration and development of its resource projects. Accordingly, the Company does not currently have a policy with respect to the payment of dividends and returns of capital. Therefore there was no relationship between the Board's policy for determining, or in relation to, the nature and amount of remuneration of KMP and dividends paid and returns of capital by the Company during the current and previous four financial years.

The Board did not determine, and in relation to, the nature and amount of remuneration of the KMP by reference to changes in the price at which shares in the Company traded between the beginning and end of the current and the previous four financial years. Discretionary annual cash incentive payments are based upon achieving various non-financial key performance indicators as detailed under "Performance Based Remuneration - Short Term Incentive" and are not based on share price or earnings. However, as noted above, certain KMP may receive Incentive Options in the future which generally will be of greater value to KMP if the value of the Company's shares increases sufficiently to warrant exercising the Incentive Options.

Relationship between Remuneration of KMP and Earnings

As discussed above, the Company is currently undertaking exploration and development activities, and does not expect to be undertaking profitable operations (other than by way of material asset sales, none of which is currently planned) until sometime after the successful commercialisation, production and sales of commodities from one or more of its projects. Accordingly the Board does not consider earnings during the current and previous four financial years when determining, and in relation to, the nature and amount of remuneration of KMP.

Emoluments of Directors and Executives

Details of the nature and amount of each element of the emoluments of each Director and KMP of Prairie Mining Limited are as follows:

 



Short-term benefits


Post-employment benefits
$

Non-Cash
Share-based payments
$




Total
$


Perfor-mance related
%



Salary & fees
$

Cash Incentive Payments
$

Living Allow-ance
$

Directors









Ian Middlemas

2018

36,000

-

-

3,420

-

39,420

-


2017

36,000

-

-

3,420

-

39,420

-

Benjamin Stoikovich

2018

436,396

134,361

-

-

75,003

645,760

32.4


2017

376,963

169,233

-

-

(163,617)

382,579

44.2

Carmel Daniele1

2018

-

-

-

-

-

-

-


2017

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Thomas Todd

2018

20,000

-

-

1,900

-

21,900

-


2017

20,000

-

-

1,900

-

21,900

-

Mark Pearce

2018

20,000

-

-

1,900

-

21,900

-


2017

20,000

-

-

1,900

-

21,900


Todd Hannigan

2018

-

-

-

-

-

-

-


2017

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Other KMP









Miroslaw Taras

2018

117,213

-

-

-

72,582

189,795

38.2


2017

76,533

24,371

-

-

36,403

137,307

44.3

Simon Kersey

2018

278,927

-

-

-

107,455

386,382

27.8


2017

68,644

21,549

-

-

11,481

101,674

32.5

Dylan Browne

2018

118,393

-

-

-

14,133

132,526

10.7


2017

128,244

16,914

-

-

15,341

160,499

20.1

Total

2018

1,026,929

134,361

-

7,220

269,173

1,437,683



2017

726,384

232,067

-

7,220

(100,392)

865,279


Notes:

1   During the year Ms Daniele waived her Non-Executive Director remuneration. 

Options and Performance Rights Granted to KMP

Details of Incentive Options and Performance Rights granted as part of remuneration by the Company to each KMP of the Group during the financial year is as follows:

2018

Security

Grant
Date

Expiry Date

Vesting Date

Exercise Price

$

Grant Date Fair Value1

$

Number Granted

Number Vested

Other KMP









Benjamin Stoikovich

Rights

21 Aug 17

31 Dec 19

-3

-

0.500

640,000

-


Rights

21 Aug 17

31 Dec 20

-4

-

0.500

960,000

-

Miroslaw Taras

Rights

21 Aug 17

31 Dec 18

-5

-

0.500

100,000

-


Rights

21 Aug 17

31 Dec 19

-3

-

0.500

300,000

-


Rights

21 Aug 17

31 Dec 20

-4

-

0.500

300,000

-

Dylan Browne

Rights

21 Aug 17

31 Dec 19

-3

-

0.500

130,000

-


Rights

21 Aug 17

31 Dec 20

-4

-

0.500

195,000

-

Notes:

1   For details on the valuation of the Incentive Options and Performance Rights, including models and assumptions used, please refer to Note 19 to the financial statements.

2   Each Incentive Option or Performance Right converts into one Ordinary Share of Prairie Mining Limited.

3   Vest on satisfaction of the Debiensko Feasibility Study milestone.

4   Vest on satisfaction of the Decision to Commence Underground Mining Construction at Debiensko Milestone.

5   Vest on satisfaction of the Decision to Commence Construction at Jan Karski Milestone.

 

There were no Incentive Options granted or exercised by any KMP of the Group during the 2018 financial year.

Employment Contracts with Directors and KMP

During the financial year, Mr Stoikovich signed an updated appointment letter dated 21 June 2018, under the terms of which he agrees to serve as a Director of the Company. Mr Stoikovich's appointment letter is terminable, pursuant to the Company's Constitution, by giving the Company notice in writing. Under the updated appointment letter, Mr Stoikovich receives a fixed fee of £25,000 per annum.

During the financial year, Windellama Capital Limited, a company of which Mr Stoikovich is a director and shareholder, had a consulting agreement with the Company to provide project management and capital raising services (CEO services) related to Debiensko and Jan Karski. Under this agreement, Windellama Capital Limited is paid a fixed annual consultancy fee of £225,000 per annum and an annual incentive payment of up to £100,000 payable upon the successful completion of key project milestones as determined by the Board. In addition, Windellama Capital Limited, subject to meeting the requirements of the Corporations Act and where necessary receiving the appropriate approvals, was entitled to receive a payment incentive worth the annual fixed directors fees and consultancy fee in the event of a change of control clause being triggered with the Company. The consulting contract could be terminated by either Windellama Capital Limited or the Company by giving twelve months' notice. No amount was payable to Windellama in the event of termination of the contract arising from negligence or incompetence in regard to the performance of services specified in the contract. 

Mr Taras, was appointed as Group Executive - Poland on 13 October 2016. He has a consultancy agreement with the Company dated 1 March 2015 and amended effective 1 September 2015, which provides for a consulting fee of PLN22,500 per month for strategic advisory services. The contract may be terminated by either party by giving one months' notice. Mr Taras also receives a fixed Management Board fee for PD Co sp. z o.o. (Jan Karski) of PLN4,400 per month.

Mr Simon Kersey, Chief Financial Officer, is engaged under a consultancy deed with Cheyney Resources Limited ("Cheyney") dated 1 April 2017. The agreement specifies the duties and obligations to be fulfilled by Mr Kersey as the Chief Financial Officer. The Company may terminate the agreement with three months written notice. No amount is payable in the event of termination for material breach of contract, gross misconduct or neglect. Cheyney receives an annual consultancy fee of £160,000 and will be eligible for a cash incentive of up to £50,000 per annum to be paid upon successful completion of KPIs. In addition, Cheyney, will be entitled to receive a payment incentive worth 6 months of the annual consultancy fee in the event of a change of control clause being triggered with the Company.

Mr Browne, Company Secretary, had a letter of appointment dated 1 October 2015 confirming the terms and conditions of his appointment. Mr Browne's appointment letter was terminable pursuant to the Company's Constitution and he received a fee of £6,000 per annum pursuant to this appointment letter. In addition, Candyl Limited ("Candyl"), a company of which Mr Browne was a director and shareholder, had a consultancy agreement with the Company, which specified the duties and obligations to be fulfilled by Mr Browne as the Company Secretary. Either party could terminate the agreement with three months written notice. No amount was payable in the event of termination for material breach of contract, gross misconduct or neglect. Candyl received an annual consultancy fee of £63,000. Both the appointment letter and Candyl consulting agreement were terminated effective 31 October 2017. On 1 November 2017, Mr Browne entered into a new consulting agreement which specified the duties and obligations to be fulfilled by Mr Browne as the Company Secretary. Either party can terminate the new agreement with three months written notice or payment in lieu. No amount is payable in the event of termination for material breach of contract, gross misconduct or neglect. Under the new consultancy agreement, Mr Browne receives a consultancy fee of $10,000 per month.

Loans from Key Management Personnel


No loans were provided to or received from Key Management Personnel during the year ended 30 June 2018 (2017: Nil).

 

Other Transactions

 

Apollo Group Pty Ltd, a Company of which Mr Mark Pearce is a Director and beneficial shareholder, was paid or is payable $150,000 (2017: $150,000) for the provision of serviced office facilities and administration services. The amount is based on a monthly retainer of $12,500 (2017: $12,500) due and payable in advance, with no fixed term, and is able to be terminated by either party with one month's notice. This item has been recognised as an expense in the Statement of Profit or Loss and other Comprehensive Income. At 30 June 2018, $12,500 (2017: $12,500) was included as a current liability in the Statement of Financial Position. From 1 July 2018, the monthly retainer was altered to $20,000 per month.

 

As founder and controller of CD Capital, Ms Daniele has an interest in 22,388,060 $0.60 CD Options (which may result in the issue of an additional 22,388,060 Ordinary Shares) and an interest for CD Capital to convert Loan Note 2 into 5,711,804 Ordinary shares through the issue of the $0.46 convertible note.

 

Equity instruments held by KMP

Incentive Option and Performance Right holdings of Key Management Personnel

2018

Held at
1 July 2017

Granted as Remuner-ation

Options Exercised/
Rights Converted

Net Other Change

Held at
30 June 2018

Vested and exercise-  able at 30 June 2018

Directors







Ian Middlemas

-

-

-

-

-

-

Benjamin Stoikovich

1,500,000

1,600,000

-

(1,000,000)1

2,100,000

-

Carmel Daniele

-

-

-

22,388,0603

-

22,388,060

Thomas Todd

1,400,000

-

-

(1,400,000)2

-

-

Mark Pearce

-

-

-

-

-

-

Todd Hannigan

1,400,000

-

-

(1,400,000)2

-

-

Other KMP







Miroslaw Taras

700,000

700,000

-

(350,000)1

1,050,000

-

Simon Kersey

660,000

-

-

-

660,000

-

Dylan Browne

350,000

325,000

-

(200,000)1

475,000

-

Notes:

1     Forfeiture of Performance Rights on 31 December 2017 as the performance conditions had not been achieved prior to the expiry date.               

2     On 30 June 2018, 1,400,000 Incentive Options held jointly by Mr Todd and Mr Hannigan which were granted to them on 10 September 2014 expired.

3     As founder and controller of CD Capital, Ms Daniele was deemed to have an interest in the CD Options issued to CD Capital following conversion of Loan Note 1 during the year.

Shareholdings of Key Management Personnel

2018

Held at
1 July 2017

Granted as Remuneration

Options Exercised/
Rights Converted

Net Other Change

Held at
30 June 2018

Directors






Ian Middlemas

10,600,000

-

-

-

10,600,000

Benjamin Stoikovich

1,500,000

-

-

-

1,500,000

Carmel Daniele

-

-

-

44,776,1202

44,776,120

Thomas Todd

2,800,000

-

-

-

2,800,000

Mark Pearce

3,000,000

-

-

-

3,000,000

Todd Hannigan

3,504,223

-

-

-

3,504,223

Other KMP






Miroslaw Taras

150,000

-

-

-

150,000

Simon Kersey

370,000

-

-

(370,000)1

-

Dylan Browne

160,000

-

-

(160,000)1

-

Notes:

1   Sold on market.

2   As founder and controller of CD Capital, Ms Daniele was deemed to have an interest in the 44,776,120 Ordinary Shares issued to CD Capital on conversion of Loan Note 1 during the year.

End of Remuneration Report

DIRECTORS' MEETINGS

The number of meetings of Directors held during the year and the number of meetings attended by each Director was as follows:

 


Board Meetings


Number eligible to attend

Number attended

Ian Middlemas

2

2

Benjamin Stoikovich

2

2

Carmel Daniele

2

2

Thomas Todd

2

1

Mark Pearce

2

2

Todd Hannigan (Alternate director to Mr Todd)

-

-

 

There were no Board committees during the financial year. The Board as a whole currently performs the functions of an Audit Committee, Risk Committee, Nomination Committee, and Remuneration Committee, however this will be reviewed should the size and nature of the Company's activities change.

NON-AUDIT SERVICES

Non-audit services provided by our auditors, Ernst & Young and related entities, are set out below. The Directors are satisfied that the provision of non-audit services is compatible with the general standard of independence for auditors imposed by the Corporations Act. The nature and scope of each type of non-audit service provided means that auditor independence was not compromised.

 


2018

$

2017

$

Preparation of income tax return

11,124

13,905

DIVIDENDS

No dividends have been declared, provided for or paid in respect of the financial year ended 30 June 2018 (2017: nil).

AUDITOR'S INDEPENDENCE DECLARATION

The lead auditor's independence declaration for the year ended 30 June 2018 has been received and can be found on page 22 of the Directors' Report in the Annual Report.

 

Signed in accordance with a resolution of the Directors.

 

 

 

 

Benjamin Stoikovich

Director

 

27 September 2018

 

Forward Looking Statements

This release may include forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on Prairie's expectations and beliefs concerning future events. Forward looking statements are necessarily subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the control of Prairie, which could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. Prairie makes no undertaking to subsequently update or revise the forward-looking statements made in this release, to reflect the circumstances or events after the date of that release.

 

Competent Person Statements

The information in this report that relates to Exploration Results was extracted from Prairie's announcement dated 21 February 2018 entitled "Drill Results Affirm Jan Karski's Status As A Globally Significant Semi-Soft (Type 34) Coking Coal Project" which is available to view on the Company's website at www.pdz.com.au.

The information in the original announcement that relates to Exploration Results is based on, and fairly represents information compiled or reviewed by Mr Jonathan O'Dell, a Competent Person who is a Member of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Mr O'Dell is a part time consultant of the Company. Mr O'Dell has sufficient experience that is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2012 Edition of the 'Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves'.

Prairie confirms that: a) it is not aware of any new information or data that materially affects the information included in the original announcements; b) all material assumptions and technical parameters of the Exploration Results included in the original announcements continue to apply and have not materially changed; and c) the form and context in which the relevant Competent Persons' findings are presented in this presentation have not been materially modified from the original announcements.

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF PROFIT OR LOSS AND OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 JUNE 2018

 



 

2018

 

2017



$

$





Revenue


826,883

1,340,749

Other income


-

650,000

Exploration and evaluation expenses


(6,774,136)

(6,560,343)

Employment expenses


(539,471)

(156,171)

Administration and corporate expenses


(380,021)

(454,807)

Occupancy expenses


(595,103)

(433,201)

Share-based payment expenses


(1,316,624)

392,275

Business development expenses


(738,097)

(1,474,077)

Other expenses


18,443

(521,502)

Non-cash fair value movements


(9,884,328)

(4,264,925)

Loss before income tax


(19,382,454)

(11,482,002)

Income tax expense


-

-

Net loss for the year


(19,382,454)

(11,482,002)





Net loss attributable to members of Prairie Mining Limited


(19,382,454)

(11,482,002)





Other comprehensive income




Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:




Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations


368,311

695,252

Total other comprehensive income/(loss) for the year, net of tax


368,311

695,252

Total comprehensive loss for the year, net of tax


(19,014,143)

(10,786,750)





Total comprehensive loss attributable to members of Prairie Mining Limited


(19,014,143)

(10,786,750)





Basic and diluted loss per share from (cents per share)


(10.99)

(7.42)

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

AS AT 30 JUNE 2018

 



 

2018

 

2017



$

$

ASSETS




Current Assets




Cash and cash equivalents


11,022,333

16,826,854

Trade and other receivables           


953,528

1,094,997

Total Current Assets


11,975,861

17,921,851





Non-current Assets




Property, plant and equipment


2,363,151

2,779,526

Exploration and evaluation assets


2,656,968

2,603,172

Total Non-current Assets


5,020,119

5,382,698





TOTAL ASSETS


16,995,980

23,304,549





LIABILITIES




Current Liabilities




Trade and other payables


865,265

2,109,127

Provisions


532,820

580,129

Other financial liabilities - cash settlement


1,891,573

1,783,283

Other financial liabilities - non-cash settlement


-

4,600,746

Total Current Liabilities


3,289,658

9,073,285





Non-Current Liabilities




Provisions


1,260,624

1,136,134

Total Current Liabilities


1,260,624

1,136,134





TOTAL LIABILITIES


4,550,282

10,209,419





NET ASSETS


12,445,698

13,095,130





EQUITY




Contributed equity


75,525,800

58,477,713

Reserves


3,583,474

2,258,339

Accumulated losses


(66,663,576)

(47,640,922)

TOTAL EQUITY


12,445,698

13,095,130

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

AS AT 30 JUNE 2018

 


Contributed Equity

Share- Based Payments Reserve

Foreign Currency Translation Reserve

Accumulated Losses

Total
Equity


$

$

$

$

$







Balance at 1 July 2017

58,477,713

1,529,894

728,445

(47,640,922)

13,095,130







Net loss for the year

-

-

-

(19,382,454)

(19,382,454)

Other comprehensive income:






Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

-

-

368,311

-

368,311

Total comprehensive income/(loss) for the period

-

-

368,311

(19,382,454)

(19,014,143)







Conversion right of Loan Note 1

8,283,582

-

-

-

8,283,582

Share issue costs

(43,000)

-

-

-

(43,000)

Issue of convertible note (note 12(a))

2,627,430

-

-

-

2,627,430

Convertible note issue costs

(27,418)

-

-

-

(27,418)

Issue of CD Options

6,207,493

-

-

-

6,207,493

Expiry of vested Incentive Options

-

(359,800)

-

359,800

-

Forfeiture of unvested Performance Rights

-

(1,194,000)

-

-

(1,194,000)

Recognition of share-based payments

-

2,510,624

-

-

2,510,624

Balance at 30 June 2018

75,525,800

2,486,718

1,096,756

(66,663,576)

12,445,698







Balance at 1 July 2016

51,298,932

3,010,300

33,193

(36,526,665)

17,815,760







Net loss for the year

-

-

-

(11,482,002)

(11,482,002)

Other comprehensive income:






Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

-

-

695,252

-

695,252

Total comprehensive income/(loss) for the period

-

-

695,252

(11,482,002)

(10,786,750)







Issue of ordinary shares

5,382,522

-

-

-

5,382,522

Exercise of Incentive Options

1,649,000

-

-

-

1,649,000

Share issue costs

(477,091)

-

-

-

(477,091)

Expiry of Incentive Options

-

(367,745)


367,745

-

Forfeiture of Performance Rights

-

(1,626,437)

-

-

(1,626,437)

Transfer from share-based payments

624,350

(624,350)

-

-

-

Recognition of share-based payments

-

1,138,126

-

-

1,138,126

Balance at 30 June 2017

58,477,713

1,529,894

728,445

(47,640,922)

13,095,130

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 JUNE 2018

 

 

 



 

2018

 

2017



$

$

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES




Payments to suppliers and employees     


(9,589,237)

(10,411,638)

Proceeds from property and gas sales


504,702

498,094

Interest received from third parties


370,106

368,380

NET CASH FLOWS USED IN OPERATING ACTIVITIES


(8,714,429)

(9,545,164)





CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES




Payments for plant and equipment


(65,450)

(219,071)

Proceed from sale of property


495,008

-

Purchase of controlled entity


-

(742,367)

Proceeds from sale of base metals project


-

650,000

Recovery of pre-paid land deposit


-

1,990,895

NET CASH FLOWS FROM IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES


429,558

1,679,457





CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES




Proceeds from issue of shares


-

6,935,489

Payments for share issue costs


(92,469)

(332,431)

Proceeds from issues of convertible note


2,627,430

-

Payments for issue of convertible note


(54,611)

-

NET CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES


2,480,350

6,603,058





Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


(5,804,521)

(1,262,649)

Net foreign exchange differences


-

26,384

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year


16,826,854

18,063,119

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT THE END OF THE YEAR


11,022,333

16,826,854

 


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