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Power Metal Resources PLC
30 June 2020
 

Power Metal Resources plc / EPIC: POW / Market: AIM

30 June 2020

Power Metal Resources plc ("POW" or the "Company")

 

Interim Results

 

Power Metal Resources plc the AIM listed metals exploration and development company is pleased to announce its unaudited interim results for the six months period ended 31 March 2020.

Operational Highlights

In the Half Year to 31 March 2020:

·    POW confirmed its election to earn-in to a 40% project interest at the Molopo Farms Complex project ("MFC Project") in Botswana, with various operational updates and notably the confirmation of high profile nickel sulphide targets for a 2020 drilling programme; 

·    POW and its Joint Venture ("JV") partner Katoro Gold Plc ("Katoro Gold") (LON:KAT) released an update demonstrating nickel sulphide & laterite, platinum group metals, gold, lithium and rare earth exploration potential at the Haneti Polymetallic Project in Tanzania where POW holds a 25% interest and can acquire a further 10% interest by paying Katoro Gold a further £25,000 by 31 August 2020; 

·    The Company commenced a pitting and mapping exploration programme at its 70% owned Kisinka copper-cobalt project in The Democratic Republic of the Congo ("DRC") following the identification of a 6.8KM copper anomaly in the Company's licence in 2019; 

·    A conditional transaction was announced to acquire an earn-in right over the Alamo gold project in Arizona, USA, subject to completion of due diligence; 

·    A financing was undertaken in December 2019 raising £700,000 for the Company; 

·    POW directors acquired a further 16,850,000 POW shares investing through participation in the December 2019 POW financing and through the purchase of shares on market at a total cost of £69,488.

After 31 March 2020:

 

·    In April 2020, POW announced the conditional acquisition of a 51% interest in the Ditau project held by Kavango Resources plc (LON:KAV) for £150,000 payable solely through the issue of POW new ordinary shares and subject to satisfactory due diligence;

 

·    POW provided an update on the MFC Project in Botswana including, reflecting the scale of the project and the larger than expected number of high-profile targets, the creation of four target groups Chipo - Northern Targets, Tshepo - Central Targets, Galaletsang - Southern Targets and Tshenolo - Western Magnetic Targets;

 

·    With the agreement of all parties and due to Covid-19 disruption the due diligence period at the Alamo gold project in Arizona, USA was extended to 30 June 2020;

 

·    In April 2020 POW announced the creation of a new gold exploration Joint Venture ("JV") focused on the highly sought-after Victoria Goldfields in Australia and the acquisition of a 49.9% stake in the JV Australian operating company Red Rock Australasia Pty Limited;

 

·    Further project expansion updates were made covering the Australian gold JV and, by June 2020, the JV company had a land package comprising of exploration licence applications covering 1,835 sq km, one of the largest in the Victoria Goldfields area;

 

·    In May 2020 the JV partners POW and Katoro Gold announced commercial updates in respect of the Haneti Polymetallic project in Tanzania confirming expressions of interest from third parties with a view to earn-in, JV or similar.  The JV partners are continuing to assess optimisation of the ownership structure for Haneti to reflect third party negotiations;

 

·    POW confirmed safe and successful completion of the Kisinka field programme in the DRC in May 2020 and, subject to Covid-19 restrictions, the advancement to XRF and assay testing of samples to assess copper and cobalt mineralisation;

 

·    The Company released its accounts for the year ended 30 September 2020 in May 2020 with an extension granted by Companies House and the London Stock Exchange due to Covid-19 and related challenges experienced by the Company's auditors;

 

·    In May 2020 POW released a new corporate presentation and in June 2020 the Company completed and announced a corporate website update and noted its first broker reports with an Initiation Broker Research Note issued by First Equity Limited and a Broker Note covering the Victoria Goldfields by SI Capital Limited;

 

·    Paul Johnson, POW CEO, acquired a further 5,500,000 POW shares through the purchase of shares on market at a total cost of £22,050.

 

 

Financial Highlights for the Half Year Ended 31 March 2020:

 

·    Loss for the period, attributable to owners of the parent of £0.24 million (2019: £0.32 million), resulting in a loss per share of 0.05 pence (2019: 0.17 pence); and

 

·    Net assets of £2.0 million at the period end (30 September 2019: £1.6 million).

 

Statement by Paul Johnson, Chief Executive Officer:

 

"POW now has a diverse business model, with a new and developing gold joint venture interest in Australia and base metal interests in Africa.  As a Company we are targeting large scale metal discoveries and in the Board's opinion each project interest we hold has the potential to deliver a large-scale discovery or discoveries. 

 

From a corporate perspective POW is still undertaking due diligence on new project opportunities albeit the emphasis now is the operational and corporate development of existing portfolio interests. 

 

For those projects we choose to continue to operate, this will be through active exploration programmes.  For those projects where we see corporate development as the best option, this will entail commercialisation transactions to further bolster our financial strength.

 

Our aim is to have exploration-driven high impact project interests that deliver a consistent flow of news to the market.  Underpinning those exploration projects, we want to develop a 'balance sheet' of substance, with a key objective of financial self-sufficiency, so we are not reliant on the market for financings through equity placings. We are making progress on both counts though there is plenty more ongoing work to do.

 

At this point I would like to thank all POW shareholders for your support. Our sector is generally high risk and our objective of seeking large scale metal discoveries is acutely challenging.  However, it is also true that should POW be fortunate enough to make a large-scale metal discovery, as is our objective, we could materially change the lives of our shareholders.  To that end, it is a venture worth pursuing and I respect and appreciate all shareholders, large and small, who have placed their trust in POW and are engaged with our developing story."

 

 

Certain information contained in this announcement would have been deemed inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 until the release of this announcement.

 

For further information please visit POW https://www.powermetalresources.com/ or contact:

 

Power Metal Resources plc

 

Paul Johnson (Chief Executive Officer)

+44 (0) 7766 465 617

SP Angel Corporate Finance (Nomad and Joint Broker)

 

Ewan Leggat/Charlie Bouverat

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)

 

Nick Emerson

+44 (0) 1483 413 500

First Equity Limited (Joint Broker)

 

David Cockbill/Jason Robertson

 

+44 (0) 20 7330 1883 

     

 

Notes to Editors:

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) is an AIM listed metals exploration and development company seeking a large scale discovery of precious or base metals.

 

The Company has a portfolio including key interests in Australia, Botswana, Cameroon, The DRC and Tanzania.  The interests represent large scale exploration projects targeting mainly cobalt, copper, gold, nickel and platinum group metals. Project interests range from early stage greenfield exploration to later stage drill ready prospects.

 

The Board and its team of advisors have expertise in project generation, exploration and development and have identified an opportunity to utilise the Company's position to become a leader in the London market for investors wishing to gain exposure to proactive metals exploration.

 

 

POWER METAL RESOURCES PLC

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 31 MARCH 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note

 

 

6 months

ended

31-Mar-20

(unaudited)

£'000

 

6 months

ended

31-Mar-19

(unaudited)

£'000

 

Year

ended

30-Sep-19

(audited)

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

Cost of sales

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

Gross profit

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

(316)

 

(335)

 

(668)

Impairment

 

 

 

 

-

 

-

 

(954)

Fair value gains through profit or loss

 

 

 

 

60

 

-

 

36

Loss from operating activities

 

 

 

 

(256)

 

(335)

 

(1,586)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance expense

 

 

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss before taxation

 

 

 

 

(256)

 

(335)

 

(1,586)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taxation

 

 

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

Loss for the period from continuing operations

(256)

 

(335)

 

(1,586)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items that will or may be reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange translation

(13)

 

(30)

 

63

Total other comprehensive expense

(13)

 

(30)

 

63

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total other comprehensive expense for the period

(269)

 

(365)

 

(1,523)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Owners of the parent

 

 

 

 

(246)

 

(324)

 

(1,539)

Non-controlling interests

 

 

 

 

(10)

 

(11)

 

(47)

 

 

 

 

 

(256)

 

(335)

 

(1,586)

Total comprehensive expense attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Owners of the parent

 

 

 

 

(260)

 

(354)

 

(1,466)

Non-controlling interests

 

 

 

 

(9)

 

(11)

 

(57)

 

 

 

 

 

(269)

 

(365)

 

(1,523)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss per share from continuing operations attributable to the ordinary equity holder of the parent:

Basic and diluted (pence)

 

4

 

 

(0.05)

 

(0.17)

 

(0.55)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POWER METAL RESOURCES PLC

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

AS AT 31 MARCH 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note

31-Mar-20 (unaudited)

£'000

 

31-Mar-19

(unaudited)

£'000

 

30-Sep-19

(audited)

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intangible assets

 

 

1,126

 

2,082

 

1,126

Financial assets

 

 

388

 

27

 

309

Non-current assets

 

 

1,514

 

2,109

 

1,435

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

 

 

282

 

96

 

32

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

289

 

689

 

171

Current assets

 

 

571

 

785

 

203

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

 

2,085

 

2,894

 

1,638

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

5

7,023

 

6,833

 

6,843

Share premium

 

 

13,705

 

13,275

 

13,228

Capital redemption reserve

 

 

5

 

5

 

5

Share based payments reserve

 

 

1,197

 

1,192

 

1,195

Foreign exchange reserve

 

 

25

 

(64)

 

39

Accumulated losses

 

 

(19,776)

 

(18,315)

 

(19,530)

 

 

 

2,179

 

2,926

 

1,780

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-controlling interests

 

 

(217)

 

(162)

 

(208)

Total equity

 

 

1,962

 

2,764

 

1,572

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

 

123

 

130

 

66

Current liabilities

 

 

123

 

130

 

66

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

 

123

 

130

 

66

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity and liabilities

 

 

2,085

 

2,894

 

1,638

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POWER METAL RESOURCES PLC

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 31 MARCH 2020

 

 

 

Share capital
£'000

 

Share premium
£'000

 

Capital redemption reserve
£'000

 

Share based payment reserve £'000

 

Exchange reserve
£'000

 

Accumulated losses
£'000

 

Total
£'000

 

Non-controlling interests £'000

 

Total Equity £'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 October 2019 (audited)

6,843

 

13,228

 

5

 

1,195

 

39

 

(19,530)

 

1,780

 

(208)

 

1,572

Loss for the period

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(246)

 

(246)

 

(10)

 

(256)

Total other comprehensive expense

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(14)

 

-

 

(14)

 

1

 

(13)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of ordinary shares

180

 

582

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

762

 

-

 

762

Cost of share issues

-

 

(105)

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(105)

 

-

 

(105)

Share-based payments

-

 

-

 

-

 

2

 

-

 

-

 

2

 

-

 

2

 

180

 

477

 

-

 

2

 

-

 

-

 

659

 

-

 

659

Balance at 31 March 2020 (unaudited)

7,023

 

13,705

 

5

 

1,197

 

25

 

(19,776)

 

2,179

 

(217)

 

1,962

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POWER METAL RESOURCES PLC

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 31 MARCH 2019

 

 

Share capital
£'000

 

Share premium
£'000

 

Capital redemption reserve
£'000

 

Share based payment reserve £'000

 

Exchange reserve
£'000

 

Accumulated losses
£'000

 

Total
£'000

 

Non-controlling interests £'000

 

Total Equity £'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 October 2018 (audited)

6,606

 

12,453

 

5

 

1,086

 

(34)

 

(17,991)

 

2,125

 

(151)

 

1,974

Loss for the period

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(324)

 

(324)

 

(11)

 

(335)

Total other comprehensive expense

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(30)

 

-

 

(30)

 

-

 

(30)

Total comprehensive expense for the period

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(30)

 

(324)

 

(354)

 

(11)

 

(365)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of ordinary shares

227

 

906

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

1,133

 

-

 

1,133

Cost of share issues

-

 

(84)

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(84)

 

-

 

(84)

Share based payments

-

 

-

 

-

 

106

 

-

 

-

 

106

 

-

 

106

 

227

 

822

 

-

 

106

 

-

 

-

 

1,155

 

-

 

1,155

Balance at 31 March 2019 (unaudited)

6,833

 

13,275

 

5

 

1,192

 

(64)

 

(18,315)

 

2,926

 

(162)

 

2,764

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POWER METAL RESOURCES PLC

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2019

 

Share capital
£'000

 

Share premium
£'000

 

Capital redemption reserve
£'000

 

Share based payment reserve £'000

 

Exchange reserve
£'000

 

Accumulated losses
£'000

 

Total
£'000

 

Non-controlling interests £'000

 

Total Equity £'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 October 2018 (audited)

6,606

 

12,453

 

5

 

1,086

 

(34)

 

(17,991)

 

2,125

 

(151)

 

1,974

Loss for the year

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(1,539)

 

(1,539)

 

(146)

 

(6,640)

Total other comprehensive expense

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

73

 

-

 

73

 

(5)

 

(39)

Total comprehensive expense for the period

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

73

 

(1,539)

 

(1,466)

 

(151)

 

(7,210)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of ordinary shares

237

 

950

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

1,187

 

-

 

1,187

Cost of share issues

-

 

(93)

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(93)

 

-

 

(93)

Share-based payments

-

 

(82)

 

-

 

109

 

-

 

-

 

27

 

-

 

27

 

237

 

775

 

-

 

109

 

-

 

-

 

1,121

 

-

 

1,121

Balance at 30 September 2019 (audited)

6,843

 

13,228

 

5

 

1,195

 

39

 

(19,530)

 

1,780

 

(208)

 

1,572

 

POWER METAL RESOURCES PLC

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 31 MARCH 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months

ended

31-Mar-20

(unaudited)

£'000

 

6 months

ended

31-Mar-19

(unaudited)

£'000

 

Year

ended

30-Sep-19 (audited) £'000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period

 

 

(256)

 

(335)

 

(1,586)

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Fair value adjustment

 

 

(60)

 

-

 

(36)

- Expenses financed by shares

 

 

147

 

132

 

186

- Share based payment expense

 

 

2

 

106

 

27

- Foreign exchange differences

 

 

(14)

 

-

 

65

- Impairment of intangible assets

 

 

-

 

-

 

954

 

 

 

(181)

 

(97)

 

(390)

Changes in working capital:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Trade and other receivables

 

 

(253)

 

(57)

 

8

- Trade and other payables

 

 

61

 

(149)

 

(209)

Net cash used in operating activities

 

 

(373)

 

(303)

 

(591)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of intangibles

-

 

(15)

 

(15)

Investment in financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

(19)

 

(27)

 

(273)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

 

(19)

 

(42)

 

(288)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from issue of share capital

 

 

615

 

1,001

 

1,000

Issue costs

 

 

(105)

 

(84)

 

(93)

Net cash flows from financing activities

 

 

510

 

917

 

907

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

118

 

572

 

28

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

171

 

147

 

147

Exchange loss on cash and cash equivalents

-

 

(30)

 

(4)

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

289

 

689

 

171

                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED INTERIM FINANCIAL REPORT

 

1. Reporting entity

Power Metal Resources plc is a company domiciled in the United Kingdom. The unaudited consolidated interim financial report of the Group as at and for the period ended 31 March 2020 comprises the results of the Company and its subsidiaries.  The Group primarily is involved in the exploration and exploitation of mineral resources in Australia, Botswana, Cameroon, the DRC and Tanzania.

 

2. Basis of preparation

(a)          Statement of compliance

As permitted, IAS 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting' has not been applied in this interim report.

 

The financial information presented in this interim report has been prepared using accounting policies that are expected to be applied in the preparation of the financial statements for the year ending 30 September 2020.

 

These policies are in accordance with the recognition and measurement principles of International Financial Reporting Standards, International Accounting Standards and Interpretations (collectively IFRS) issued by the International Accounting Standards Board as endorsed for use in the European Union, and these principles are disclosed in the Financial Statements for the year ended 30 September 2019.

 

The interim results have been prepared on a going concern basis. The financial information in this interim report does not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 435 of the Companies Act 2006. The 2020 interim financial report has not been audited.

 

The Annual Report and Financial Statements for 2019 have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. The Independent Auditors' Report on the Annual Report and Financial Statement for 2019 was unqualified and did not contain a statement under 498(2) or 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The interim results were approved by the Board of Directors on 30 June 2020.

 

(b)          Judgements and estimates

Preparing the interim financial report requires Management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expense.  Actual results may differ from these estimates.

 

In preparing this consolidated interim financial report, significant judgements made by Management in applying the Group's accounting policies and key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those that applied to the consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 30 September 2019.

 

(c)           Going concern

The interim financial report has been prepared on a going concern basis. Although the Group's assets are not generating revenues, an operating loss has been reported for the reporting period and an operating loss is expected to be incurred in the 12 months subsequent to the date of this report, the Directors believe, having considered all available information, including the Company's proven ability to raise further equity funds from its supportive shareholder base, that the Group will have sufficient funds to meet its expected committed and contractual expenditure for the foreseeable future. Thus, the Directors continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the interim financial report for the period ended 31 March 2020.

 

3. Significant accounting policies

The accounting policies applied by the Group in this consolidated interim financial report are the same as those applied by the Group in its consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 30 September 2019, except for the adoption of IFRS 16 Leases ("IFRS 16"), adopted on 1 October 2019.

 

The impact of IFRS 16 has had no material effect on the Group at this stage of the Group's operations.

 

4. Loss per share

Basic and diluted loss per share

The calculation of basic and diluted loss per share is based on the loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of the parent of £246,000 (2019: £324,000), and a weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue of 482,714,754 (2019: 191,327,463).

 

5. Issues of Equity

On 3 December 2019, the Company issued 4,852,125 new ordinary shares of 0.1 pence each to the Vendors of the Alamo Project to enable a 45-day due diligence period.

 

On 10 December 2019, the Company announced it had raised £700,000 (before costs) through a placing and subscription at a price of 0.40 pence per share through the issue of 175,000,000 new ordinary shares of 0.1 pence each.

 

As at the period end and at the date of this interim report, the Company had 552,690,226 Ordinary Shares in issue.

 

 

**Ends**


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Red Rock Resources PLC's (LON:RRR) Andrew Bell caught up with Proactive London's Andrew Scott as the gold price hit a new all-time high of $1940/oz. Red Rock's in joint venture in Australia with Power Metal Resources PLC (LON:POW) over eleven licence applications in the Victoria Goldfields....

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