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Argos Resources Ltd
19 September 2016
 

 

19 September 2016

 

ARGOS RESOURCES LIMITED

("Argos" or "the Company")

 

2016 Interim Financial Results

 

Argos Resources Limited (AIM: ARG.L), the Falkland Islands based company focused on the North Falkland Basin, is pleased to announce its interim financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2016.

 

Highlights

·     $4 thousand loss from expensed overhead (H1 2015: $0.8 million);

·     $0.5 million cash reserves at 30 June 2016 (YE 2015: $0.5 million);

·     Force Majeure under the Farmout Agreement resulted in deferral of the planned exploration well on the Rhea prospect;

·     Participation Agreement between the Company, Noble and Edison replaced the Farmout Agreement ensuring continued funding.

 

Mr. Ian Thomson, Chairman of Argos, said:

 

"It was very disappointing to have been so close to drilling commencing on our Licence, only to suffer the delay which ensued from the cancellation of the rig contract. However, a new Participation Agreement was completed promptly and in a very co-operative way between the Parties ensuring that our Overriding Royalty Interest in the Licence continues into the future and our ongoing running costs are covered, so we remain well positioned.  Both Noble and the Company continue to be very positive about the exploration potential of the Licence Area."

 

For further information:

 

Argos Resources Limited (+500 22685)                           Cenkos Securities plc (Nomad & Broker)

www.argosresources.com                                                   Derrick Lee (+44 131 220 9100)

Ian Thomson, Chairman                                                        Neil McDonald (+44 131 220 6939)

John Hogan, Managing Director



Chairman's Statement

 

On 12 February 2016 Argos received notification from Noble, the Operator of Licence PL001, in which Argos holds a 5% Overriding Royalty Interest, that it had cancelled its contract on the Eirik Raude drilling rig for operational reasons and as a consequence it was exercising its rights under the terms of the Farmout Agreement between Noble, Edison and Argos to declare Force Majeure.  This meant that the planned exploration well on the Rhea prospect, on Licence PL001, would not be drilled during the 2015/16 drilling campaign using the Eirik Raude deepwater rig.

 

On 22 February 2016 the Company announced that a new Participation Agreement between the Company, Noble and Edison to reflect the various changes created as a consequence of Force Majeure had replaced the Farmout Agreement. The principal terms of the Participation Agreement are to confirm the continuation of the Company's 5% Overriding Royalty Interest in Licence PL001; to confirm that Noble and Edison will make quarterly cash payments to the Company totalling £300,000 per annum and to agree to seek an extension of the Second Licence Phase to allow additional time for a well to be drilled as required under the terms of the Licence.

 

On 5 August 2016 the Company announced that a three-year extension to Licence PL001 had been approved by the Executive Council of the Falkland Islands Government and by the UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. This approval will extend the current Second Phase of the Licence to November 2019, after which a Third Licence Phase of 10 years is available to the Licensees.

 

Financial overview

Losses for the Group for the six months to 30 June 2016 were $4 thousand (2015: $0.8 million) giving a loss per share of 0.002 cents (2015: 0.35 cents).

 

Administrative expenses were $0.3 million compared to $0.7 million for the same period in 2015.

 

Net assets of $29.3 million have decreased marginally by $4 thousand since December 2015 as a result of the small loss incurred.

 

Financial outlook

Following the implementation of cost saving measures earlier in 2016 the cash proceeds being received under the Participation Agreement will fully fund the Group until first oil production.

 

 

 

Ian Thomson OBE

Chairman

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

Period ended 30 June 2016

                                                                                                                                          






Note



6 months
ended
30 June
2016
unaudited
$'000


6 months
ended
30 June
2015
unaudited
$'000

Year
ended
31 December
2015
audited
$'000



 


 

Other income


308

-

-

Administrative expenses 


(265)

(750)

(1,115)

Finance income


1

1

2

Foreign exchange losses


(48)

(6)

(41)



 


 

Loss before tax


(4)

(755)

(1,154)

 


 

 

 

Loss from operations attributable to owners of the parent


(4)

(755)

(1,154)



 


 

Total comprehensive income for the period


 


 

attributable to owners of the parent 


(4)

(755)

(1,154)

Basic and diluted loss per share (cents)

2

(0.002)

(0.35)

 

(0.53)

 



 

Consolidated statement of financial position

As at 30 June 2016

                                                                                                                                          




Note


As at

30 June
2016
unaudited
$'000

As at
30 June
2015
unaudited
$'000

As at
31 December
2015
audited
$'000

Assets


 



Non-current assets


 



Capitalised exploration expenditure

 

28,921

29,100

28,921

Plant and equipment

 

1

6

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28,922

29,106

28,924

Current assets


 


 

Other receivables


13

90

52

Cash and cash equivalents


532

789

451

 


 


 

Total current assets


545

879

503



 


 

Total assets


29,467

29,985

29,427



 

 

 

Liabilities


 

 

 

Total and current liabilities


 

 

 

Other payables


(138)

(279)

(94)



 

 

 

Total net assets


29,329

29,706

29,333



 


 



 


 

Capital and reserves attributable to


 


 

equity holders of the company


 


 



 


 

Share capital


6,669

6,643

6,669

Share premium


30,071

30,071

30,071

Retained losses


(7,411)

(7,008)

(7,407)



 


 

Total shareholders' equity


29,329

29,706

29,333

 



 

Consolidated statement of cash flows

Period ended 30 June 2016

                                                                                                                                          


6 months
ended
30 June
2016
unaudited

$'000

6 months
ended
30 June
2015
unaudited
$'000

Year
ended
31 December
2015
audited
$'000

Cash flows from operating activities

 


 

Loss for period

(4)

(755)

(1,154)

Adjustments for:

 


 

Finance income

(1)

(1)

(2)

Depreciation

2

9

13


 


 

Net cash outflow from operating activities

 


 

before changes in working capital

(3)

(747)

(1,143)


 


 

Decrease in other receivables

39

6

16

Increase in other payables

91

192

46


 


 

Net cash inflow/(outflow)

from operating activities

127

(549)

(1,081)


 


 

Investing activities

 


 

Interest received

1

1

3

Exploration and development expenditure

-

(22)

(22)

Proceeds from the farmout transaction

-

-

2,750

Costs directly attributable to farmout transaction

-

-

(2,543)


 


 

Net cash inflow/(outflow)

from investment activities

1

(21)

188


 


 

Financing activities

 


 

Issue of ordinary shares (share options exercised)

-

-

26


 


 

Net cash inflow from financing activities

-

-

26


 


 

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

128

(570)

(867)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

451

1,363

1,363

Exchange losses on cash and cash equivalents

(47)

(4)

(45)


 


 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

532

789

451



 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity - unaudited

Period ended 30 June 2016

 




Share
capital
$'000


Share premium
$'000

Retained
earnings/
(deficit)
$'000


Total
equity
$'000

At 1 January 2015


6,643

30,071

(6,253)

30,461

Total comprehensive income for period to 30 June 2015


-

 

-

(755)

(755)







At 30 June 2015


6,643

30,071

(7,008)

29,706



 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for period to 31 December 2015


-

 

-

(399)

(399)

Shares issued (share options exercised)


26

 

-

-

26



 

 

 

 

At 31 December 2015


6,669

30,071

(7,407)

29,333



 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for period to 30 June 2016


-

 

-

(4)

(4)



 

 

 

 

At 30 June 2016


6,669

30,071

(7,411)

29,329

 



 

Notes to the interim report - unaudited

Period ended 30 June 2016

 

1      Accounting policies

 

General information

Argos Resources Limited is a limited liability company incorporated and domiciled in the Falkland Islands under registration number 10605.  The address of its registered office is Argos House, H Jones Road, Stanley, Falkland Islands.

 

This consolidated interim report was approved for issue by the directors on 16 September 2016.

 

Basis of preparation

The financial information included within this interim report has not been reviewed nor audited and is based on the consolidated financial statements of Argos Resources Limited and its subsidiary Argos Exploration Limited ("the Group").  The consolidated financial statements are prepared in compliance with the recognition and measurement requirements of International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union (IFRSs) and interpretations of those standards as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).  They do not include all disclosures that would otherwise be required in a complete set of financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the 2015 annual report.  These accounts have been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies that are expected to be applied in the report and accounts of Argos Resources Limited for the year ending 31 December 2016.

 

The comparative financial information for the year ended 31 December 2015 has been derived from the full statutory financial statements for that period which were prepared in compliance with IFRSs.  The Independent Auditors' Report on the annual report and financial statements for 2015 was unqualified and did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis.

 

The IASB has issued various new and revised standards, amendments and interpretations to existing standards that are not effective for the financial year ending 31 December 2016 and have not been adopted early.  The directors do not expect these standards and interpretations to have material impact on the financial statements.

 

Going concern

There is a risk that Noble and Edison withdraw from the Participation Agreement. In such circumstances the licence would revert back to Argos, subject to government approval, but funding would need to be found to cover overheads. Given that Noble and Edison have committed to the Participation Agreement, their withdrawal is considered unlikely.

 

The terms of Licence PL001 provide that a well must be drilled by the end of the Second Licence Phase in November 2016 if the Licence is to be extended into Phase 3. Noble and Edison have secured a three year extension to 2019 of the Second Licence Phase from the Government to allow for additional time for such a well to be drilled.

 

The directors consider that the Group is therefore fully funded for the foreseeable future and that the Group's available financial resources are adequate to provide working capital for the foreseeable future, being at least 12 months from the date on which the financial statements were signed.  The financial statements have therefore been prepared on a going concern basis.



 

Notes to the interim report - unaudited

Period ended 30 June 2016

 

1      Accounting policies (continued)

 

Significant accounting judgements, estimates and assumptions

The Group makes certain estimates and assumptions regarding the future in relation to intangible assets and impairment of these assets.  Estimates and judgements are continually evaluated based on historical experience and other factors, including expectations of future events that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances.  In the future, actual experience may differ from these estimates and assumptions.  The estimates and assumptions that have a significant risk of causing a material adjustment to the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities within the next financial year are discussed as follows:

 

Overriding royalty interest (ORRI)

As part of the farmout transaction the Group retained an ORRI of 5% of gross revenues from all hydrocarbon discoveries developed within the Licence and following completion in September 2015 the accumulated historical E&E cost was re- classified as "royalty interests".

 

The Group considers that the ORRI is similar in economic terms to holding a direct interest in the underlying licence as there is only a right to receive benefit from the ORRI on production and many of the risks faced by the Group are the same as those faced by the owner of the licence.  These risks are seen as:

 

Existence risk - whether oil is found in commercially extractable quantities;

Production risk - whether the operator is able to get any discovery to commercial production;

Timing risk - commencement and quantity as determined by the operator;

Price risk - determined by future commodity supply and demand.

 

The Group believes therefore that the most appropriate method of accounting for the retained ORRI is to classify it as an intangible asset in accordance with IAS 38.

 

As an initial fair value cannot be reliably determined the ORRI intangible has been measured at cost, which was the carrying amount of the E&E asset given up, with no gain or loss.  The ORRI is therefore presented as an intangible asset and will be carried at cost less accumulated amortisation and any impairment provision. 

 

Income receivable under the participation agreement

The quarterly income receivable under the participation agreement has been credited to the income statement on the basis that the purpose is to cover overhead.

 

Impairment

The ORRI will be assessed for indicators of impairment at each period end under IAS 36. If such an indication is identified, the recoverable amount of the asset is estimated in order to determine the extent of any impairment. The recoverable amount is the higher of fair value less costs to sell and value in use. In assessing value in use, the estimated cash flows are discounted to their present value using a pre-tax discount rate. If the recoverable amount of the asset is estimated to be less than its carrying value, the carrying amount of the asset is reduced to its recoverable amount. An impairment loss is also recognised in the income statement.



 

Notes to the interim report - unaudited

Period ended 30 June 2016

 

1      Accounting policies (continued)

 

Should an impairment loss subsequently reverse, the carrying amount of the asset is increased to the revised estimate of its recoverable amount, but so that the increased carrying amount does not exceed the carrying amount that would have been determined had no impairment been recognised. A reversal of an impairment loss is also recognised in the income statement.

 

On production the income generated by the ORRI will be recognised as revenue in the income statement and the intangible asset will be amortised on a systematic basis.

 

2      Loss per share


6 months
ended
30 June
2016
unaudited
Number

6 months
ended
30 June
2015
unaudited
Number

Year
ended
31 December
2015
audited
Number

 

Shares in issue brought forward  (2 pence shares)

219,713,205

218,863,205

218,863,205


 

 

 

Options exercised

-

-

850,000


 

 

 

Shares in issue carried forward  (2 pence shares)

 

219,713,205

 

218,863,205

 

219,713,205


 

 

 


6 months
ended
30 June
2016
unaudited

6 months
ended
30 June
2015
unaudited

Year
ended
31 December
2015
audited


 

 

 

Loss for the period ($'000)

(4)

(755)

(1,154)

Weighted average number of ordinary

 

 

 

shares in issue during the period

219,713,205

218,863,205

219,265,945


 

 

 

Basic and diluted loss per ordinary share (cents)

(0.002)

(0.35)

(0.53)

 

In accordance with IAS 33 as the Group is reporting a loss for this period, the preceding interim period and the year to 31 December 2015 the share options are not considered dilutive because the exercise of share options would have the effect of reducing the loss per share.



 

Notes to the interim report - unaudited

Period ended 30 June 2016

 

3       Events after the reporting date

 

Argos holds an Overriding Royalty Interest in Licence PL001 which was due to expire in November 2016.  On 5 August 2016 the Company announced that a three-year extension to Licence PL001 had been approved by the Executive Council of the Falkland Islands Government and by the UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. This approval will extend the current Second Phase of the Licence to November 2019, after which a Third Licence Phase of 10 years is available to the Licensees.


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