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Papua Mining Plc
30 September 2016
 



30 September 2016

 

Papua Mining plc

 

("Papua" or "the Company")

 

 

Interim Results

 

 

 

 

Papua Mining plc ("Papua" or "the Company") a UK company focused on the exploration for and if commercially feasible, development of gold and copper deposits in Papua New Guinea ("PNG") presents its Interim Results for the period ending 30 June 2016.

 

Highlights

 

·     £400,000 Subscription by Thalassa and proposed Offer for Subscription to raise up to a further £400,000 announced post-period end, both subject to shareholder approval

 

·     Completed drilling programme at Mt Visi prospect in March

 

·     High temperature, potassic porphyry alteration encountered in cores from three of five holes with  encouraging anomalous copper values shown in initial assays

 

·     Share placing to raise £60,000 concluded

 

 

Post Period-end - Proposed Financing

 

As announced on 2 September 2016, Papua has conditionally secured £400,000 of new financing (before expenses) through the issue of 40,000,000 new ordinary shares ("Subscription Shares") at 1p per share to Thalassa Holdings Limited ("Thalassa"), (the "Subscription").  Qualifying shareholders are also being offered the opportunity to subscribe for up to a further 40,000,000 new ordinary shares ("Offer Shares") at 1p per share through an offer for subscription (the "Offer").  The Offer and the Subscription are conditional, inter alia, on shareholder approval being obtained at a general meeting of the Company to be held on 7 October 2016 (the "General Meeting").  The Company has also announced the intention of Michael Somerset-Leeke to convert £138,000 of Convertible Loan Notes into 13,800,000 new ordinary shares ("Conversion Shares") alongside the Subscription.

 

Thalassa is an AIM quoted holding company currently with subsidiaries in the energy services and defence and homeland security industry.

 

In the event that the necessary shareholder approvals are obtained at the General Meeting and following Admission of the Subscription Shares and the Conversion Shares, Thalassa will hold a 28.87% interest in Papua.  Thalassa has expressed support for the Company's exploration activities in Papua New Guinea, especially the exciting target at Mt. Visi.

 

 

Mt. Visi Exploration

 

Our exploration in Papua New Guinea over the last six years or so, has been directed at the discovery of copper/gold porphyry deposits in a known mineralized belt of New Britain island.

 

We first discovered high-grade gold and copper in float and outcrop at Mt. Visi in early 2014 during our regional exploration work on our portfolio of exploration licences ("ELs") on the eastern margin of EL2051. We interpreted the mineralization as marginal to a copper gold porphyry centre. Follow up mapping and sampling and in particular the discovery of potassic alteration in outcrop, demonstrates a porphyry centre approximately 1 kilometre east of the discovery zone,  in the adjacent EL2322. 

This work led quickly to the mobilization of a diamond drillrig which was capable of being heli-lifted into the drill target area and then manually moved between drill pads. In all, five holes were drilled for a total metreage of 776 metres, with the deepest hole being drilled to a downhole depth of 211 metres.  The drilling programme commenced in December 2015 and was completed in early March 2016.

 

Details of the holes completed are given in Table 1 below.

 

HoleID

Easting

Northing

Elevation

Azimuth

Dip

Length

V22DDH001

260885

9363807

1165

 35

-55

191 m

V22DDH002

260885

9363807

1165

215

-55

  68 m

V22DDH003

260753

9363886

1187

115

-55

211 m

V22DDH004

260878

9363871

1165

120

-70

133 m

V22DDH005

260885

9363807

1165

 22

-75

173 m

Table 1: Diamond drill hole parameters for the Mt. Visi Prospect drilling programme

 

Alteration and sulphide zonation, characteristic of a mineralised porphyry system, have been demonstrated both at surface and in the drillholes at Mt. Visi. 

 

Sulphide mineralisation crops out over a significant area at surface in the drilling area and was also encountered in all drill holes.  Although the copper grades intersected in the drilling were not as high as those seen at surface, anomalous copper was seen in four of the five holes drilled. Bornite and chalcopyrite co-occur, almost invariably together with quartz and/or magnetite, within a porphyritic diorite. Their occurrence is patchy and the concentration generally low overall but in areas where K feldspar is present, the tenor of mineralisation increases.  Fine molybdenum is evident, which is usually associated with quartz.

 

This first phase of drilling targeted the down-dip development of the potassic alteration outcropping in the Kanavuli creek valley. The next phase of work at Mt Visi, due to commence shortly, will be to carry out infill soil sampling in the poorly exposed area immediately southeast of the creek where the broadest copper in soil anomalism was observed in the 2015 soil geochemical surveys.  Further rock sampling and prospecting will be carried out at the same time as the soil sampling.

 

 

 

 

 

Tripela and other targets

 

Drilling during 2014 and 2015 at the Tripela target, some 20 kilometres south of Mt Visi, intersected a wide zone of intensely developed inner propylitic alteration at depths between 500 and 900 metres.  While not as centrally situated in porphyry alteration zonation as the Mt Visi potassic alteration, the inner propylitic zonation at Tripela probably envelopes an inner potassic zone which has the potentail to host a mineralized orebody. The next phase of drilling at Tripela will be designed to test for the projected porphyry core which has been interpreted from the drill results to date.  However, that deep drilling programme has been postponed until market conditions improve and the Company is able to raise the additional capital required. Exploration on Papua's other licence areas has also been curtailed in the light of the very active exploration effort being focused on ELs 2051 and 2322.

 

 

Interim Results

 

Our Income Statement for the six months ended 30 June, 2016 shows a loss of US$248,798 compared to a loss of US$747,535 for the same period last year. This reduced loss resulted from the lower level of exploration expenditure during the period which reflected the negative investment sentiment prevailing in the resource sector and the comparative scarcity of new investment funding for mineral exploration.

 

 

Conclusion

 

As a mineral exploration company, we are operating in very difficult times.  The resource sector is still extremely depressed with new finance for exploration projects in short supply.  Nonetheless, we have been successful in raising (subject to shareholder approval being obtained at the General Meeting) additional capital to carry out the limited but important next stage in the delineation of the full potential of the Mt Visi target.  We are confident that applying our rigorous exploration methodology has led us to the verge of a discovery and we look forward to better times ahead.

 

 

Hugh McCullough, EurGeol., PGeo, Director of Papua, is a member of the Institute of Geologists of Ireland.  He is a qualified person as defined in the Guidance Note for Mining, Oil and Gas Companies, March 2006, of the London Stock Exchange.  He has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this announcement.

 

Enquiries:

 

Papua Mining plc

Hugh McCullough, Director

+353 1 532 9535

Cenkos Securities - Nominated Adviser & Broker

Derrick Lee/ Beth McKiernan

+44 131 220 9772

+44 20 7397 1950

 

 

 

 

 

 

Papua Mining plc

Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2016

 

Financial Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Highlights

 

 


6 months to

6 months to

12 months to


30 June

30 June

31 December


2016

2015

2015


US$

US$

US$


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)









(Loss) attributable to equity owners

(248,798)

(747,535)

(10,173,377)

Cash and cash equivalents

43,672

600,163

299,183

Exploration Assets

9,644,624

18,059,853

9,270,355

Net Assets

9,367,678

18,404,303

9,318,651

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Papua Mining plc

Condensed Interim Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income 

For the six months ended 30 June 2016

 

     

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6 months

to

6 months

to

12 months

to


30 June

30 June

31 December


2016

2015

2015


US$

US$

US$


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)





Administrative costs

(248,798)

(750,838)

(10,176,680)

Finance (charges)/income


0

3,303

3,303





(Loss) before tax


(248,798)

(747,535)

(10,173,377)





Income tax expense


0

0

0





(Loss) attributable to equity

(248,798)

(747,535)

(10,173,377)

owners for the period








Other comprehensive (loss)/income for the period

0

0

0










Total comprehensive (loss)

attributable to equity owners

(248,798)

(747,535)

(10,173,377)

for the period









(Loss) per share attributable to equity owners




Basic & Diluted

(0.01)

(0.01)

(0.20)





 

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these condensed interim consolidated financial statements.

 

 

 

 

 

Papua Mining plc

Condensed Interim Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

As at 30 June 2016

 

                   

____________________________________________________________________________

 



6 months

to

6 months

 to

12 months

 to



30 June

30 June

31 December



2016

2015

2015



US$

US$

US$


Note

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

ASSETS










Non-current assets





Intangible assets

4

9,644,624

18,059,853

9,270,355






Total non-current assets


9,644,624

18,059,853

9,270,355






Current Assets





Trade and other receivables


0

0

18,042

Cash and cash equivalents


43,672

600,163

299,183






Total current assets


43,672

600,163

317,255






Total assets


9,688,296

18,660,016

9,587,580











EQUITY










Equity attributable to owners





of the parent:





Share Capital

5

8,248,144

8,194,453

8,230,864

Share Premium


14,716,394

14,117,154

14,444,849

Other Reserves


3,087,062

3,087,062

3,087,062

Share Based Payment Reserve


1,377,830

1,392,747

1,368,830

Retained deficit


(18,061,752)

(8,387,112)

(17,812,954)






Total equity


9,367,678

18,404,303

9,318,651











LIABILITIES










Current liabilities





Trade and other payables


320,619

255,713

268,929






Total current liabilities


320,619

255,713

268,929






Total liabilities


320,619

255,713

268,929






Total equity and liabilities


9,688,296

18,660,016

9,587,580

 

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these condensed interim consolidated financial statements.

 

 

 

Papua Mining plc

Condensed Interim Cash Flow Statement

For the six months ended 30 June 2016

 

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6 months

to

6 months to

12 months

to


30 June

30 June

31 December


2016

2015

2015


US$

US$

US$


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)





Cash flow from operating activities








(Loss) for the period

(248,798)

(747,535)

(10,173,377)





Adjustments to reconcile net profit/(loss)




before tax to cash flow from operating activities








Impairment of intangible assets

0

0

9,114,064





Share Based Payments

9,000

41,571

17,654





Currency adjustments

0

0

66,505





Net decrease/(increase) in operating assets




-Other receivables

         18,042

                 0

         (18,042)





Net (decrease)/increase in operating liabilities



-Other liabilities

51,690

(168,984)

(155,768)





Net cash flow from operating activities

(170,066)

(874,949)

(1,148,964)





Cash flow from investing activities




Purchase of intangible assets

(374,270)

(1,038,762)

(1,363,328)





Net cash used in investing activities

(374,270)

(1,038,762)

(1,363,328)





Cash flow from financing activities




Proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares

288,825

0

364,106





Net cash used in financing activities

288,825

0

364,106





Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash




equivalents

(255,511)

(1,913,711)

(2,148,186)





Cash and cash equivalents at the




beginning of the period

299,183

2,513,874

2,513,874

Exchange difference on cash and cash equivalents

0

0

(66,505)





Cash and cash equivalents at the




end of the period

43,672

600,163

299,183

 





 

 

 

 

 

Papua Mining plc

Condensed Interim Statement of Changes in Equity

For the six months ended 30 June 2016

 

______________________________________________________________________________

 

 


Share

Share

Other

Share Based

Retained

Total


Capital

Premium

Reserves

Payment

Deficit

Equity





Reserve




US$

US$

US$

US$

US$

US$








 

 

Balance at 31 December 2014

 

8,194,453

 

14,117,154

 

3,087,062

 

1,351,176

 

(7,639,577)

 

19,110,268

 








 

(Loss) for the period

0

0

0

0

(747,535)

(747,535)

 








 

Shares issued during the period

0

0

0

0

0

0

 








 

Share based payments

 0

0

0

41,571

0

41,571

 

 

Balance at 30 June 2015 (unaudited)

 

8,194,453

 

14,117,154

 

3,087,062

 

1,392,747

 

(8,387,112)

 

18,404,303

 








(Loss) for the period

0

0

0

0

(9,425,842)

(9,425,842)








Shares issued during the period

36,411

327,695

0

0

0

364,106








Share based payments

 0

0

0

(23,917)

0

(23,917)

 

Balance at 31 December 2015

 

8,230,864

 

14,444,849

 

3,087,062

 

1,368,830

 

(17,812,954)

 

9,318,651

 

(Loss) for the period

0

0

0

0

(248,798)

  (248,798)








Shares issued during the period

17,280

271,545

0

0

0

   288,825








Share based payments

 0

0

0

9,000

0

       9,000

 

Balance at 30 June 2016 (unaudited)

 

8,248,144

 

14,716,394

 

3,087,062

 

1,377,930

 

(18,061,752)

 

9,367,678

 

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these condensed interim consolidated financial statements.

 

 

 

 

 

Papua Mining plc

Notes to the Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements

For the six months ended 30 June 2016

 

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1      Group and Principal activities

 

For the purposes of these financial statements, the term "PM plc Group" is defined as the companies Papua Mining plc (the "Company"), Papua Mining Limited, Aries Mining Limited and Sagittarius Mining Limited.

 

Papua Mining plc is a public limited company, admitted to trading on AIM, and is incorporated and domiciled in England and Wales.

 

Papua Mining plc acquired 100% of the share capital of Papua Mining Limited on 20 December 2011, however each of the companies of the PM plc Group have effectively operated as a group under common management for a number of years although they did not comprise a statutory group for the entire duration of the comparative period ended 31 December 2011 as defined by International Accounting Standards.

 

The PM plc Group's main activity is the exploration for gold and copper resources in Papua New Guinea, as set out in the Directors' Report.

 

 

 

2      Basis of preparation

 

This interim report on the unaudited consolidated financial statements is for the six month period ended 30 June 2016. It does not include all the information required for full annual financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements of the Group for the year ended 31 December 2014, which were prepared under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as adopted by the European Union ("EU").

 

The consolidated financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention except for share based payments which are valued at the date of grant.

 

These unaudited consolidated half-year financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting policies consistent with those set out in the Group's financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2015, which were prepared in accordance with IFRS as adopted by the EU.

 

The consolidated financial statements incorporate the financial statements of the Company and subsidiaries controlled by the Company as at 30 June 2016.

 

The financial information set out in this interim report does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 435 of the Companies Act 2006. The Group's statutory financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2015, prepared under IFRS as adopted by the EU, have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. Those accounts have received an unqualified audit report and did not contain statements or matters to which the auditors drew attention under the Act.

 

The Group's consolidated financial statements are presented in US dollars.

 

 

 

3      Accounting policies

 

The Interim Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies adopted in the Group's last annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2015.

 

 

 

 

4      Intangible assets

 



30 June


30 June


31 December

Group


2016


2015


2015



US$


US$


US$

Exploration costs














At beginning of period


9,270,355


17,021,091


17,021,091








Additions


374,269


1,038,762


(7,750,736)








At the end of year


9,644,624


18,059,853


9,270,355

 

The Group's principal subsidiary undertakings at 30 June 2016, all of which are included in the consolidation, were as follows:

 

 


Proportion held

Class of shareholding

Nature of business

Country of incorporation

Name of Company





Subsidiary undertakings





Papua Mining Limited

100%

Ordinary

Exploration

British Virgin Islands

Aries Mining Limited

100%

Ordinary

Exploration

Papua New Guinea

Sagittarius Mining Limited

100%

Ordinary

Exploration

Papua New Guinea

 

 

5     Share capital






30 June


30 June


31 December

Group





2016


2015


2015



Number


Number


Number








Issued share capital







Ordinary shares of $0.16 each




51,215,534



Ordinary shares of $0.0016 each


84,772,201




82,105,534

Deferred shares of $0.1584 each


51,215,534




51,215,534
























30 June


30 June


31 December



2016


2015


2015

Issued share capital


US$


US$


US$

Fully paid


8,248,144


8,149,453


8,230,864



8,248,144


7,599,413


8,230,864

 

 

Fully paid ordinary shares carry one vote per share and carry the right to dividends. There are no shares held by the entity or its subsidiaries or associates. There are no shares reserved for issue under options and contracts for the sale of shares at the year end.

 

On the 24th June 2014 Papua Mining plc issued 12,500,000 placing units comprising of one placing share and one placing warrant (the Placing Shares and the Placing Warrants together the "Placing Units") at a price of £0.20 per Placing Unit. The Placing Warrants are exercisable within 2 years of 27 June 2014 at a price of £0.30 per Placing Warrant.

 

On the 7th July 2014 Papua Mining plc issued 3,689,200 offer units comprising of one offer share and one offer warrant (the Offer Share and the Offer Warrant together the "Offer Units") at a price of £0.20 per Offer Unit. The Offer Warrants are exercisable within 2 years of 7 July 2014 at a price of £0.30 per Offer Warrant.

 

On 3rd December, Papua Mining plc created £138,000 of Convertible Loan Notes convertible into ordinary shares of the Company at £0.01 per share.

 

26,200,000 ordinary shares of £0.001 ($0.0012) each were issued at a price of £0.01 ($0.012) per share on 21 December 2015 and 2,590,000 ordinary shares of £0.001 ($0.012) each were issued at a price of £0.01 ($0.012) per share on 21 December  2015.   In addition, 2,100,000 ordinary shares of £0.001 were issued to a trade creditor in settlement of an invoice for £21,000.

 

On 21 December 2015 the Ordinary Share capital of £0.10p was divided in Ordinary Share capital of £0.001 and Deferred Share capital of £0.099p. The Deferred Share capital has no income or voting rights and will be entitled to receive the amount paid up on a winding-up once the ordinary share capital has received £1,000,000 per ordinary share held.

 

On 21 December 2015 warrants were issued over 3,000,000 ordinary shares of £0.001, exercisable over five years at a price of £0.01 per share.

 

On May 16, 2016, the Company issued 2,000,000 ordinary shares of £0.001 at a price of £0.03 per share. A further 666,667 ordinary shares of £0.001 were issued on the same day to a trade creditor in settlement of an invoice for £20,000.

 

 

 


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