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Paternoster Resources PLC
16 September 2016
 

 

 

PATERNOSTER RESOURCES PLC

("Paternoster" or the "Company")

 

 

Unaudited interim results for the 6 months ended 30 June 2016

 

Paternoster Resources plc is pleased to announce its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2016.

 

Key points

·      Net asset value and net asset value per share up 15%

·      Net asset value per share is 2.3 times the period end share price

·      Total cash held is equivalent to 75% of market capitalization at period end

·      Listed investments and cash represent 195% of market capitalization at period end

·      Strategic steps to be implemented to address under-valuation

 

Chairman's review

The Company made profits after tax of £443,170 for the six months ended 30 June 2016 compared to £274,270 for the same period in 2015. Paternoster's investment portfolio continues to make good progress with net assets at 30 June 2016 increasing by 15% to £3,393,584 or 0.37p per share, compared to £2,948,406 at 31 December 2015.  The majority of the portfolio comprises listed investments and cash.

Nicholas Lee, Chairman of Paternoster, commented:

"The Company's investment portfolio continues to make very good progress, and we have taken the opportunity during the first half of 2016 to realise some of the very significant gains made by our investments. This demonstrates that not only can we achieve good investment returns but that we can also realise these returns. This performance, however, is not being reflected in our share price and we are therefore now in the process of implementing certain strategic steps to address this issue."

The key unaudited performance indicators are set out below. 

 

COMPANY STATISTICS

30 June 2016

31 December 2015

Change %

Net asset value

£3,393,584

£2,948,406

+15%

Net asset value - fully diluted per share

0.368p

0.321p

+15%

Closing share price

0.160p

0.185p

-14%

Share price discount to net asset value

(57%)

(42%)

-15%

Market capitalisation

£1,477,000

£1,707,000

-14%

The Company's principal investments are summarised below:

Category

 

Principal investments

Cost or valuation (£)

Unlisted

 

Bison Energy Services Limited, Andiamo Exploration Limited, MX Oil plc and Elephant Oil Limited

482,221

Listed

Metal Tiger plc, MX Oil plc, Plutus PowerGen plc, Shumba Coal Limited and New World Oil and Gas plc

1,781,187

Investment portfolio

 


2,263,408

Cash resources


1,104,468




Total


3,367,876

 

 

Since 31 December 2015, the Company's net asset value has increased by 15%, principally as a result of a significant increase in the Metal Tiger plc ("Metal Tiger") share price and good performance from its other investments including Plutus PowerGen plc ("Plutus PowerGen").  The Company has also realised some substantial profits by selling part of its shareholding in Metal Tiger and the shares in Plutus PowerGen that were held under option.  Both have contributed significantly to the Company's cash resources. The convertible loan notes ("CULs") held in Alecto Minerals plc ("Alecto") were also converted and the company's shares are continuing to perform well.

 

Recent developments with regard to certain of the Company's investments are described below:

 

New World Oil and Gas plc

The company entered into a non-binding agreement to acquire Big Sofa Limited which operates in the high growth area of video analytics.  As this acquisition would be classified as a reverse takeover, the company's shares have been suspended pending the publication of an admission document or a decision not to proceed. The company is continuing to make good progress with this possible acquisition and the board continues to believe that this acquisition is an attractive proposition for shareholders.

Metal Tiger plc

Since 31 December 2015, the company's share price has increased very significantly and Paternoster has sold over 15 million shares in Metal Tiger at an average price of 4.2 pence per share for a total consideration of over £650,000 before expenses.  This represents a 4.6 times return on Paternoster's investment in Metal Tiger. Paternoster continues to retain a holding of Metal Tiger shares, although this is now below the 3% disclosure threshold. During the year Metal Tiger continued to make progress in a number of its business areas but in particular its joint venture with MOD Resources in Botswana, focused on copper and silver, continues to look increasingly attractive.

MX Oil plc

The Aje Field, part of MX Oil's indirect investment in OML 113 in Nigeria, has now commenced production.  In Mexico, the company had agreed to assign three of the four licences it had been awarded, to its local partner, whilst retaining a 66% share in the fourth licence, subject to the satisfactory outcome of a Competent Person's Report ("CPR").  Due to certain funding issues in Mexico, this assignment could not take place. Furthermore, the outcome of the CPR was unsatisfactory so the company decided not to proceed with the fourth licence. The company still believes that Mexico represents an attractive hydrocarbon region and is actively looking at other opportunities.

Plutus PowerGen plc

Since 31 December 2015, the option held by certain members of the company's management team over 20 million Plutus PowerGen shares held by Paternoster was exercised in full at a price of 0.75 pence per share, resulting in the Company realising £150,000 or a 3 times multiple on its original investment.  During the year, the Plutus PowerGen share price has continued to recover. 

 

In July 2016, the company announced that it had received planning permission for two 20MW flexible stand-by power generation sites in Ipswich. It is expected that power generation from these sites will commence in 2017. The company also has three further planning permission applications for sites capable of producing 60MW in the planning process and applications for two additional sites are currently being prepared for submission.

Alecto Minerals plc

On 5 April 2016, Paternoster decided to convert the US$495,365 of CULs in Alecto at a price of 0.08 pence per share into 434 million shares in the company.  Alecto is continuing to progress the putting in place of the necessary financing in order to bring the 400,000 tonnes per annum open-pit Matala Gold Project in south-central Zambia into low-cost production in the near to mid-term.  In May 2016, the company raised around £665,000 by way of a placing and is also at an advanced stage with regard to securing vendor financing with regard to plant and infrastructure costs.

 

In August 2016, the company announced that it had signed a non-binding letter of intent with Ashanti Gold Corp. ("Ashanti"), a Toronto Venture Exchange listed public company for Ashanti to earn an interest in the company's Kossanto East Gold Project in western Mali, which has a JORC-Code compliant mineral resource estimate of 247,000 oz Au and significant further upside potential.

 

 

 

N Lee

Chairman

16 September 2016

 

 

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Paternoster Resources plc:                                                        

Nicholas Lee, Chairman                                                              +44 (0) 20 7580 7576

                                                                                               

 

Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker:                                            +44 (0) 20 7601 6100

Stockdale Securities

Antonio Bossi/David Coaten

 

Joint Broker:                                                                              +44 (0) 20 7562 3351

Peterhouse Capital Limited

Lucy Williams

 



UNAUDITED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2016

 


Unaudited

6 months

ended

30 June

2016

Unaudited

6 months

ended

30 June

 2015

Audited

Year ended

31 December

2015




£

£

£





Consultancy income

-

3,000

2,000





Net gains/(losses) on investments

666,762

391,522

(23,162)





Investment income

11,437

2,806

6,084





Total income

678,199

397,328

(15,078)





Administration expenses

(234,617)

(115,590)

(293,795)





Profit/(loss) before taxation

443,582

274,240

(308,873)





Taxation

-

-

-





Profit/(loss) for the period and total comprehensive income

 

443,582

 

274,240

(308,873)









Basic earnings/(loss) per share




Continuing and total operations

0.048p

0.041p

(0.044p)





Fully diluted earnings/(loss) per share




Continuing and total operations

0.046p

0.038p

(0.044p)





 



UNAUDITED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2016

 

 

Called up

 share

  capital

Share premium

account

Other reserves

 

Retained

deficit

 

Total

equity


£



£

£



£

£







3,925,796

2,901,507

 104,412

(4,172,931)

 2,758,784

Loss for the year and total comprehensive expense

-

-

-

(308,873)

(308,873)

Share issue

250,000

250,000

-

-

500,000

Share issue costs

-

(16,500)

-

-

(16,500)

Share based payment costs

-

-

14,995

-

14,995

Transactions with owners

250,000

233,500

14,995

-

498,495







Balance at

4,175,796

3,135,007

119,407

(4,481,804)

2,948,406

Profit for the period and total comprehensive income

-

-

-

443,582

443,582

Share based payments costs

-

-

1,596

-

1,596

Transactions with owners

-

-

1,596

-

1,596







Balance at

30 June 2016

4,175,796

3,135,007

121,003

(4,038,222)

3,393,584

 



UNAUDITED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

AS AT 30 JUNE 2016

 


Unaudited

6 months

ended

30 June

2016

Unaudited

6 months

ended

30 June

 2015

Audited

Year ended

31 December

2015


£

£

£





ASSETS




Non-current assets




Available for sale investments

2,263,408

2,683,283

2,402,659

Total non-current assets

2,263,408

2,683,283

2,402,659





Current assets




Trade and other receivables

120,348

176,723

167,846

Cash and cash equivalents

1,104,468

228,650

464,570

Total current assets

1,224,816

405,373

632,416





Total assets

3,488,224

3,088,656

3,035,075





LIABILITIES




Current liabilities




Trade and other payables

94,640

48,134

86,669

Total current liabilities

94,640

48,134

86,669





Net assets

3,393,584

3,040,522

2,948,406





EQUITY




Share capital

4,175,796

3,925,796

4,175,796

Share premium account

3,135,007

2,901,507

3,135,007

Capital redemption reserve

27,000

27,000

27,000

Share option reserve

94,003

84,910

92,407

Retained losses

(4,038,222)

(3,898,691)

(4,481,804)





Total equity

3,393,584

3,040,522

2,948,406





 

 

 



UNAUDITED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2016

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

6 months

ended

30 June

 2016

Unaudited

6 months

ended

30 June

2015

Audited

Year ended

31 December

2015


£

£

                  £





Cash flows from operating activities




Profit/(loss) before tax

443,582

274,240

(308,873)

Net (gains)/losses on investments

(666,762)

(391,522)

23,162

Share based payment expense

1,596

7,498

14,995

Investment income

(11,437)

(2,806)

(6,084)


(233,021)

(112,590)

(276,800)

(Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables

47,497

(4,097)

4,780

(Decrease)/increase in trade and other payables

7,971

(16,563)

21,972

Net cash used by operating activities

(177,553)

(133,250)

(250,048)





Cash flows from investing activities




Purchase of investments

(64,593)

-

(463,828)

Proceeds from disposal of investments

870,607

-

529,768

Investment income received

11,437

2,806

6,084

Net cash from/(used in) investing activities

817,451

2,806

72,024





Financing activities




Gross proceeds of share issues

-

-

300,000

Share issue expenses

-

-

(16,500)

Net cash from financing activities

-

-

283,500





Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

639,898

(130,444)

105,476





Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

464,570

359,094

359,094





Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

1,104,468

228,650

464,570





 



 

NOTES TO THE INTERIM REPORT

 

1.         The financial information set out in this interim report does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.  The group's statutory financial statements for the period ended 31 December 2015, prepared under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), have been filed with the Registrar of Companies.  The auditor's report on those financial statements was unqualified and did not contain a statement under section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

The interim financial information has been prepared in accordance with the recognition and measurement principles of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and on the same basis and using the same accounting policies as used in the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2015. The interim financial statements have not been audited or reviewed in accordance with the International Standard on Review Engagement 2410 issued by the Auditing Practices Board.

The financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis under the historical cost convention.

The Directors believe that the going concern basis is appropriate for the preparation of the financial statements as the Company is in a position to meet all its liabilities as they fall due.

2.         The calculation of basic earnings per share is based on the profit for the period of £443,582 (2015: Loss £274,240) and a weighted average number of ordinary shares of 922,857,956 (2015: 672,857,956).  The fully diluted earnings per share for the 6 months to 30 June 2016 is based on a weighted average number of ordinary shares of 964,857,956 (2015: 714,857,956).  

3.         No interim dividend will be paid.

4.         Copies of the interim report can be obtained from: The Company Secretary, Paternoster Resources plc, 30, Percy Street, London W1T 2DB and are available to view and download from the Company's website : www.paternosterresources.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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