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Amedeo Resources PLC RNS Release

Interim Results - six months ended 30 June 2015


RNS Number : 2878A
Amedeo Resources PLC
28 September 2015
 

28 September 2015

 

Amedeo Resources plc

("Amedeo" or the "Company")

 

Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2015

 

Highlights

 

·    First order of a Le Tourneau Super 116E Class design self-elevating mobile offshore jack up drilling rig ("Explorer 1"), continues to quality and is on schedule to be completed by the end of this year

·    Cash administrative costs reduced to US$248,000 from US$453,000

·    Cash net loss reduced to US$15,000 from US$271,000

·    US$3,281,000 cash on balance sheet as at 30 June 2015

 

**ENDS**

Enquiries:

Glen Lau
Chief Executive Officer
Amedeo Resources Plc
Tel office: +44 20 7583 8304   

Zafar Karim
Executive Director
Amedeo Resources Plc
Tel office: +44 20 7583 8304   

Paul Shackleton
Nominated Adviser & Broker
WH Ireland
Tel office: +44 207 220 1666

Zoe Alexander
Joint Broker
Beaufort Securities Limited
Tel office: +44 20 7382 8300

Notes

Amedeo Resources plc is an investment company whose policy is to invest principally, but not exclusively, in the resources and resources infrastructure and asset sectors. Amedeo has a deep and broad global network and wide contact base in these sectors, including in East and South East Asia and the Middle East which it leverages to source and make investments. These sectors are strategically important. Amedeo is a proactive investor which assists its investee companies to grow by providing investment, expertise and contacts.

Introduction

 

Progress at Jiangsu Yangzijiang Offshore Engineering Co. Ltd's ("YZJ Offshore") marine vessel yard on its first order, a Le Tourneau Super 116E Class design self-elevating mobile offshore jack up drilling rig ("Explorer 1"), continues to quality and schedule with the rig due for completion by the end of this year. With the fall in the oil price, the rig market remains difficult and while discussions with several potential purchasers are on-going, no new orders have been obtained. While this is disappointing, YZJ offshore has the capability to build many different vessels and blocks. In addition, we do not expect the weakness in the rig market to continue in the medium term.

 

With the iron ore price depressed, MGR Resources PTE Ltd ("MGR") has had a difficult first half and cut back on its activities. It is exploring opportunities in a range of commodities, both soft and hard.

 

Despite the above difficulties, Amedeo continues to pursue its long term strategy of building a vertically integrated business in the resource and energy and related infrastructure sectors. Ongoing cash costs are down to less than US$250,000 per half year and with the repayment by MGR of a loan, cash is up to over US$3,000,000.

 

YZJ Offshore

 

YZJ Offshore's first order, Explorer 1, is on schedule and to quality for completion by the end of this year. Following completion, commissioning will commence, a process which takes several months, and then the rig will be delivered. Reputation is key in obtaining further orders and as a new yard, YZJ Offshore needs to develop a reputation as a reliable and quality rig builder. With the build of Explorer 1, it is achieving this. However, with the decline in the oil price since the middle of last year, conditions in the rig market remain difficult, and thus far no new orders have been secured. As mentioned in our annual report, however, we do not expect these conditions to continue in the medium term.

 

Importantly, YZJ Offshore has the ability to build advanced and specialised (by locality) rigs for shallow and mid waters and to build various other vessels including semi submersibles and accommodation units. The New Yard is also able to fabricate blocks for container ships and gas carrier vessels, and as such the New Yard is absorbing container block overspill from Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (Holdings) Pte Ltd's principal yards. Along with completing the order for Explorer 1, these activities keep the New Yard busy.

 

Amedeo has an indirect 19.0% stake in YZJ Offshore which it holds through its 47.5% stake in the joint venture company, YZJ Offshore Engineering Pte Ltd ("YZJ JV").

 

MGR

 

With the reduced demand for iron ore and depressed iron ore prices, MGR scaled back its iron ore operations, and focused on monitoring that market and exploring opportunities for broking other, including soft, commodities, along the East and South East Asia, South Asia, Middle East and Africa corridors. Actual broking activities were minimal, and in January 2015, MGR paid US$1,950,100 to Amedeo as repayment of its convertible loan that was granted in April 2013. MGR still has a loan of US$1,868,000 outstanding to Amedeo.

Amedeo has a 49.0% stake in MGR.

 

Financial Review

 

Revenue for the six months rose to US$65,000 (prior period: US$36,000). Amedeo provides to MGR various business development and marketing services.  In the prior period, MGR was charged for these services for only half of the period.

 

Administrative costs were significantly reduced to US$338,000 (prior period: US$453,000). Moreover, excluding the non-cash share based payments of US$90,000 (prior period: US$Nil), cash administrative costs were US$248,000 (prior period: US$453,000). This substantial reduction was due to the absence of one off cost of US$101,000 relating to the investment in YZJ JV and also due to the elimination of non-recoverable VAT.

 

Amedeo's share of loss in associates was US$582,000 (prior period: US$624,000). This was made up of a loss of US$518,000 (prior period: US$674,000) at YZJ JV and a loss of US$64,000 (prior period: profit of US$ 50,000) at MGR. The reduction in the losses reflected increased activity at YZJ Offshore in the period since the new yard was completed. The loss at MGR is discussed above. The losses of the associate companies are non-cash items.

 

Foreign exchange gains amounted to US$4,000 (prior period: US$80,000). These were predominately due to translating GBP denominated loans into US$. This is a non-cash item. A quoted legacy investment was sold for US$3,000. Finance income rose to US$165,000 (prior period: USD 146,000) due to the interest on loans to MGR.

 

Overall loss on ordinary activities before taxation was reduced to US$683,000 (prior period:  US$815,000). Basic and fully diluted loss per share for the period was US$2.09c (prior period: US$2.65).  Excluding non-cash items, Amedeo was close to break-even with a loss on ordinary activities before taxation of US$15,000 (prior period: US$271,000).

 

Foreign exchange translation differences of US$66,000 arose due to Amedeo's indirect investment in YZJ Offshore (prior period: gain US$10,000).  Taking the balance sheet foreign exchange translation differences into account, overall, total comprehensive loss for the period was US$749,000 (prior period: US$805,000).

 

As at the period end, the carrying value on the balance sheet of investments in associates fell to US$18,557,000 (30 June 2014: US$19,656,000) due to the losses incurred at the associates companies.

Current assets fell to US$5,468,000 (30 June 2014: US$5,923,000), predominately due to a decrease in net cash/loan receivable to US$5,149,000 (30 June 2014: US$5,698,000). Cash as at 30 June 2015 rose to US$3,281,000 (30 June 2014: US$1,707,000) primarily as a result of the repayment of a convertible loan of US$1,950,100 from MGR.

Trade and other payables rose to US$247,000 (30 June 3014: US$155,000) mainly due to accrued expenses which were settled after the period end.

Overall, at the period end, net and total assets were US$23,778,000 (30 June 2014: US$25,424,000) and US$24,025,000 (30 June 2014: US$25,579,000), respectively.

 

 

Outlook

 

With the current difficulties with the rig market, winning new orders at YZJ Offshore has been difficult. We do not expect this situation to continue in the medium term, and when the recovery does come, YZJ Offshore, having proved itself with Explorer 1 and with its capability to produce advanced, specialised and localised rigs as well as a range of other vessels, is well placed to take advantage of it. Depressed iron ore prices have not helped MGR. It is, however, exploring other opportunities.

 

Amedeo remains focused on long term strategy of building a vertically integrated business in the resource and energy and related infrastructure sectors.


 

AMEDEO RESOURCES PLC

 

Consolidated unaudited statement of comprehensive income

for the six months ended 30 June 2015 (unaudited)


 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited


 

Note

6 months ended 30.6.15 $'000

6 months ended 30.6.14 $'000

11 months ended 31.12.14 $'000

Revenue


65

36

91

Cost of Sales


-

-

-



______

______

______

Gross profit


65

36

91






Administrative expenses


(338)

(453)

(827)

Share of loss of associates

2

(582)

(624)

(922)

Foreign exchange gains (losses)


4

80

(197)



____

____

____

Loss from operations


(851)

(961)

(1,855)






Profit on sale of quoted shares


3

-

-

Finance Income


165

146

444

 

 

 


______

______

______

Loss on ordinary activities before taxation

3

(683)

(815)

(1,411)






Taxation


-

-

-



______

______

______

Loss for the period


(683)

(815)

(1,411)

Other Comprehensive Income





Foreign exchange translation difference


(66)

10

(64)



______

______

______

Total Comprehensive loss for the period


(749)

(805)

(1,475)



______

______

______

Basic and fully diluted (Loss) per share (US$ cents)

3

(2.09c)

(2.65c)

(4.40c)

 


 

AMEDEO RESOURCES PLC

 

Consolidated unaudited statement of financial position

As at 30 June 2015 (unaudited)

 

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

 

 

As at 30.6.15 $'000

As at 30.6.14 $'000

As at 31.12.14 $'000

Assets:





Non-current Assets





Investment in associates


18,557

19,656

19,205



_____

_____

_____



18,557

19,656

19,205

Current Assets





Loans Receivable


1,868

3,991

3,813

Investments in quoted shares


-

7

7

Investment in unquoted preference shares


33

33

33

Other receivables


286

185

544

Cash and cash equivalents


3,281

1,707

1,179



_____

_____

_____



5,468

5,923

5,576








_____

_____

_____

Total Assets


24,025

25,579

24,781






Liabilities:





Current Liabilities


 

 


Trade and other payables


(247)

(155)

(344)

 

 

 

 


_____

_____

_____

Total Liabilities


(247)

(155)

(344)








_____

_____

_____

Net Assets


23,778

25,424

24,437






 

Capital and Reserves





Called up equity share capital


5,804

5,804

5,804

Share premium account

 

 

29,103

29,103

29,103

Warrant reserve


394

298

304

Foreign exchange reserve


1,393

1,138

1,459

Retained earnings


(12,916)

(10,919)

(12,233)



_____

_____

_____

Total Equity

 


23,778

25,424

24,437

 



 

Consolidated unaudited cash flow statement

for the six months ended 30 June 2015 (unaudited)

 


 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

 

 

6 months ended 30.6.15

$'000

6 months ended 30.6.14 $'000

11 months ended

31.12.14

$'000

Reconciliation of operating profit to net cash flow from operating activities

 




Loss for the period before tax

 

(683)

(815)

(1,411)

Adjustments for:

 




Share based payments

 

90

-

15

Share of loss of associates

 

582

624

922

Forex difference

 

-

109

-

Change in receivables

 

265

7

(492)

Change in  payables

 

(97)

(133)

144

Profit on sale of quoted Shares

 

(3)

-

-

Finance Income

 

(165)

(146)

(444)

 

 

____

____

____

Cash flows used in operating activities

 

(11)

(354)

(1,266)


 




Investing activities

 




Profit on sale of quoted Shares

 

3

-

-

Finance Income

 

165

146

444

Investment in associates

 

-

(5,059)

(5,059)

Loans made to associate

 

-

(2,040)

(1,863)

Loans repaid by associate

 

1,945

-

-


 

_____

_____

_____

Net cash from/(used in) investing activities

 

2,113

(6,953)

(6,478)


 




Financing activities

 




Issue of share capital

 

-

8,554

8,341

 

Net cash from financing activities

 

_____

-

_____

8,554

______ 8,341


 




Net increase in cash and equivalents

 

2,102

1,247

597

Cash and equivalents at beginning of period

 

1,179

460

582

Cash and equivalents at end of period

 

3,281

1,707

1,179

 

 

 

NOTES TO THE INTERIM ACCOUNTS

1. Basis of preparation

The accounting policies adopted are consistent with those of the previous 11 month financial period ended 31 December 2014.

This interim consolidated financial information for the six months ended 30 June 2015 has been prepared in accordance with AIM rule 18, 'Half yearly reports and accounts'. This interim consolidated financial information is not the group's statutory financial statements within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006 (and information as required by section 435 of the Companies Act 2006) and should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the 11 month period ended 31 December 2014, which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditors have reported on those accounts; their report was unqualified, did not include references to any matters to which the auditors drew attention by way of emphasis of matter without qualifying their report and did not contain statements under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

The interim consolidated financial information for the six months ended 30 June 2015 is unaudited. In the opinion of the Directors, the interim consolidated financial information presents fairly the financial position, and results from operations and cash flows for the period. Comparative numbers for the six months ended 30 June 2014 are also unaudited.

This interim consolidated financial information is presented in US Dollars ($), rounded to the nearest $'000 dollar.

2. Share of loss of associates

 


6 months ended 30.6.15

6 months ended 30.6.14

11 months ended 31.12.14


$'000

$'000

$'000





Share of loss of YZJ JV

(518)

(674)

(943)

Share of (loss)/profit of MGR

(64)

50

21


____

____

____


(582)

(624)

(922)

 

The Company holds a 47.5% stake in YZJ JV and a 49.0% stake in MGR. YZJ JV reported an unaudited loss for the 6 months to 30 June 2015 of US$1,089,000 (30 June 2014 - US$1,418.000) and US$518,000 (30 June 2014 - US$674,000) represents Amedeo's share of YZJ Offshore's loss.

 

MGR reported a loss of US$131,000 for the period to 30 June 2015 (30 June 2014 - profit of US$102,000), of which US$ 64,000 (30 June 2014 - profit of US$50,000) represents Amedeo's share of MGR's loss.

 

 

3. Loss per share

 

The basic and diluted loss per share for the period ended 30 June 2015 was 2.09c (prior period: restated loss 2.65c). The calculation of loss per share is based on the loss of US$683,000 for the period ended 30 June 2015 (prior period: loss of US$815,000) and the weighted average number of shares in issue during the period for calculating the basic profit per share of 32,653,843 shares (restated prior period: 30,737,739). The prior period numbers have been restated to reflect a consolidation of the number of shares in issue to 10 pence each, which was approved at the AGM on 30 June 2015 and was effective from 5.30pm on that date.

 

4. Preparation of interim report

 

This report was approved by the Directors on 25 September 2015.


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