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W Resources PLC
30 September 2016
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 September 2016

 

 

W Resources Plc

("W" or the "Company")

 

 

Half Year Results for the Six Months Ended 30 June 2016

 

Highlights for H1 2016

 

La Parrilla, Spain

·    Mine production commenced ahead of schedule in Q3 2016.

·    A package of financing and tungsten off-take arrangements agreed for the start-up of the La Parrilla Fast Track Mine ("FTM") mine.

·    JORC compliant resource increased to 51 million tonnes ("Mt") at 0.096% with an indicated resource up from zero to 36 Mt which equates to 70% of the deposit.

·    Optimised mine plan completed which delivers low strip ratio FTM mine pit. Metallurgical test programme and process engineering and preliminary engineering of the FTM crusher, jig and mill, and concentrator plant were also completed. These resulted in an increase in FTM production by 90% compared to the previous plan, to 2,500 tonnes per annum.

·    Hard rock mining commenced with the first explosive blast covering the first two 10 metre benches in the FTM area in July.

Régua, Portugal

·    Initial Mine development planning completed with an economic initial mine plan.

·    An Environmental Impact Study completed in July and environmental approval for the trial mine is underway.

·    Development is on track for production in 2018.

CAA / Portalegre, Portugal

·    A maiden JORC resource estimate of 3 Mt at 1.04 g/t gold (equating to 111,987 oz in contained gold) was completed in June 2016 on the São Martinho deposit.

·    Drilling commenced in September 2016, to potentially double the current JORC resource estimate.

Financial

·    A package of financing and tungsten off-take arrangements for the start-up of the La Parrilla FTM mine was secured with ICD Alloys and Metals LLP ("ICD Alloys").

·    Forward sale contract facility with ICD Alloys for USD1.2m, $200,000 of this facility has already been paid to W Resources to date.

·    Capital placements totaling £850,000, used to progress development at the Régua project and the La Parrilla FTM (including the completion of the FTM mine optimisation plan and FTM plant engineering).

Michael Masterman, Chairman of W Resources, commented: "2016 has so far been a great year of transition for W. We have reached major milestones in Spain and Portugal with initial production at La Parrilla in 2016 and are on track for Régua in 2018, whilst increasing the prospectivity at the other three projects. The La Parrilla mine plan is progressing well, with production commencing in Q3 2016, and in parallel, we are continuing our discussions with regard to financing the mine at asset level and are encouraged by the response to date. These factors, combined with the Full Mine approval, see the FTM construction on-track ahead of the ramp-up to full production in 2017.

"At Régua, metallurgical results to date have been encouraging, and this, combined with process flowsheet updates will enable us to start work on the definition development study."

 

Enquiries:

W Resources Plc

Michael Masterman

T: +44 (0) 20 7193 7463

www.wresources.co.uk

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Colin Aaronson / Jen Clarke

/ Harrison Clarke

T: +44 (0) 20 7383 5100

SI Capital - Broker

Andy Thacker / Nick Emerson

T: +44 (0) 1483 413500

www.sicapital.co.uk

Gable Communications

Justine James

T: +44 (0) 20 7193 7463

M: +44 (0) 7525 324431

 

 

About W

In 2012, W Resources Plc (AIM:WRES) made the successful transition into a tungsten production exploration and development company with projects in Spain and Portugal, following two acquisitions.

Projects include La Parrilla, a tungsten project in Spain and Régua and Tarouca Tungsten projects and the CAA/Portalegre copper-gold project in Portugal. 

The Company's deposits and tungsten mine developments offer a low cost, high margin resource development opportunity due to a strong market following for Tungsten, increased trading and a forecast shortage of supply.

The Board is focused to explore further opportunities in the region with a view to building a mid-tier minor metal producer.



 

W RESOURCES PLC

CHAIRMANS STATEMENT TO THE INTERIM RESULTS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS TO 30 JUNE 2016

 

 

W Resources Plc ("W" or the "Company") has made excellent progress in the first half of 2016, towards achieving its target to become a mid-tier mining company. With production commencement at its flagship tungsten development project La Parrilla in Spain in September and good progress being made at the Régua tungsten project in Portugal toward production in 2018, this is a transformational year for the Company.

W has also delivered encouraging results at the CAA / Portalegre gold project in Portugal, fortified with the addition of a new copper exploration licence, post half year end.

La Parrilla, Spain

·    Mine production commenced ahead of schedule in Q3 2016.

·    A package of financing and tungsten off-take arrangements agreed for the start-up of the La Parrilla Fast Track Mine ("FTM") mine.

·    JORC compliant resource increased to 51 million tonnes ("Mt") at 0.096% (February 2016) with an indicated resource up from zero to 36 Mt which equate to 70% of the deposit.

·    Optimised mine plan completed which delivers low strip ratio FTM mine pit. Metallurgical test programme and process engineering and preliminary engineering of the FTM crusher, jig and mill, and concentrator plant were also completed. These resulted in an increase in FTM production by 90% compared to the previous plan, to 2,500 tpa ("tonnes per annum").

·    Hard rock mining commenced with the first explosive blast covering the first two 10 metre benches in the FTM area in July.

Following the completion of a 2,900 metre drilling programme in 2015 in the FTM area, an updated JORC mineral resource estimate was issued in February 2016 by Golder Associates, in which the total resources estimate for La Parrilla increased to 51 Mt at 0.096% WO3 and 0.108% Sn. This represents a substantial increase of 16% in contained WO3 and a 7% increase in average WO3 grade. Importantly, the classification of the resource increased, with an indicated resource of 36 Mt at 0.096% WO3 which equates to 70% of the total resource estimate, up from zero in the previous 2013 estimate.

The optimised mine plan was completed indicating lower mine strip ratios, lower mining costs and increased tungsten and tin concentrate production rates. W's target is to be mining at a feed rate of 1.95 Mtpa, producing 2,500 tpa of 66% WO3 concentrate or 90% higher than the previous FTM plan of 0.875 Mtpa / 1,300 tpa at an estimated cost of US$16 million by mid-2017.

On 14 June 2016, W signed the land access agreement for the duration of the mining concessions and land access for the FTM area was paid for one year in advance. All approvals are in place for the FTM mine development.

Post half year end on 26 July 2016, the first mine blast, covering the first two 10 metre benches in the FTM area which opened up directly accessible ore to the mine operation was completed.

A 20-hole RC programme on outcrop areas and lateral extensions not included in the current FTM pit was completed in July 2016. Assays results from the new on-site mine laboratory at La Parrilla reported Hole IRC1-40 has 40m at 0.496% WO3 and 0.112% Sn while Hole IRC1-41 has reported 11m at 0.126% WO3 and 0.02% Sn. Visual geological estimation under UV light of the grid of RC holes and mine blast holes has added significant additional definition to the target mining area, and indicates a large lateral extension of the La Parrilla ore body to the South at potentially higher grades, based on site analysis with an XRF.

Also in July, a package of financing and tungsten off-take arrangements for the start-up of the La Parrilla FTM mine was secured with ICD Alloys and Metals LLP ("ICD"). This provides a forward sale contract facility for USD1.2m, USD$200,000 of this facility has already been paid to W Resources to date. In addition, W Resources and ICD have reached a non-binding in principle agreement to provide equipment finance for the crusher at a value of USD2m and evaluate funding for the full FTM project. Equipment finance leases are under discussion with vendors for the crusher, jig and mill, and concentrator and completion of these agreements would provide the majority of FTM plant financing.

 

W RESOURCES PLC

CHAIRMANS STATEMENT TO THE INTERIM RESULTS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS TO 30 JUNE 2016

 

 

Upgrade of the existing concentrator plant is advancing, and production commenced ahead of schedule in Q3 2016 using the existing on-site plant and facilities. Installation of a new crusher with the capacity to process the full 1.95 Mtpa ROM feed is expected to be operational in early Q1 2017 with the remaining plant infrastructure on schedule for installation by mid-2017.

Régua, Portugal

·    Initial Mine development planning completed with an economic initial mine plan.

·    An Environmental Impact Study ("EIS") completed in July and environmental approval for the trial mine is underway.

·    Development is on track for production in 2018

Following the updated JORC compliant mineral resource estimate, issued in October 2015, the total resource tonnage increased by 22% to 5.46 Mt at a grade of 0.28% WO3, up from 4.46 Mt. The indicated resource tonnage increased by 76% to 3.76 Mt at a grade of 0.304% WO3 (2012: 2.14 Mt @ 0.367% WO3). Trial mine development planning advanced and is on-track for completion during Q4 2016.

Metallurgical and plant design work for an initial shallow open-pit mine design, as well as a second phase for a larger scale high-grade underground operation are also in progress. The EIS was completed in July and environmental approval for trial mine is expected by the end of 2016. Development is on track for production in 2018.

The Régua deposit remains open at depth and on all sides, with significant potential to boost the resource growth to the northeast including a 10 m thick tungsten intersection.

CAA / Portalegre, Portugal

·    A maiden JORC resource estimate of 3 Mt at 1.04 g/t gold (equating to 111,987 oz in contained gold) was completed in June 2016 on the São Martinho deposit.

·    Drilling commenced in September 2016, to potentially double the current JORC resource estimate.

·    Management is evaluating farm-in proposals for the CAA / Portalegre gold copper exploration licence.

In October 2015, W Resources' CAA / Portalegre exploration licence increased by 101.7 km² to 289.75 km², due to the addition of the highly prospective São Martinho gold project by the Portuguese Department for Energy & Geology (DGEG).

In September 2016, W Resources commenced a targeted 1,500 metre diamond core drilling campaign at the São Martinho project to look to upgrade the JORC compliant mineral resource estimate of 3 Mt at 1.04 g/t gold, (includes indicated resources of 0.48 Mt at 1.03 g/t Au) which equates to 111,987 oz in contained gold, which was completed by Golder Associates in June 2016.

The W Board considers it logical and a strategic advantage to farm-out the gold and base metals project to the right partner. The evaluation of this is ongoing.

Tarouca Exploration, Portugal

In 2015, trench sampling at the Tarouca project showed high-grade tungsten results with 15 out of 126 samples exceeding 0.5% WO3, including 0.8 m at 11.4% WO3 (TTR063). Together with the 15 holes drilled in 2014, this confirms an outstanding exploration target in the north eastern area of the licence.

W has consolidated this data and will review timing for further targeted drilling later during 2016.

There is a clear scope to link in with Régua development.

Monforte-Tinoca, Portugal

On 22 July 2016, the Portuguese DGEG granted W the Monforte-Tinoca Portuguese exploration licence, containing the Tinoca and Azeiteiros copper mines.

W RESOURCES PLC

CHAIRMANS STATEMENT TO THE INTERIM RESULTS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS TO 30 JUNE 2016

 

 

This exploration licence is located in the Northern Alentejo region, c233 km East of Lisbon and close to W's CAA / Portalegre copper-gold project. It covers 496.19 km² and is highly prospective for copper and tungsten exploration and development.

An initial review of the primary copper, tungsten and tin targets will be carried out, with drilling activities planned for late 2017.

Copper Gold Resources Plc

On 8 September 2016, the name of Australian Iron Ore Plc was changed to Copper Gold Resources Plc to reflect the copper, gold and of course tungsten focus of the company. Copper Gold Resources Plc is the 100% shareholder of Iberian Resources Portugal Lda., and holds the five mining assets in Portugal; Régua, CAA / Portalegre, São Martinho, Tarouca and Monforte-Tinoca.

Finance

During the first half of 2016, W completed capital placements totalling £850,000. The funds raised were used to progress development at the Régua Project and the La Parrilla FTM (including the completion of the FTM mine optimisation plan and FTM plant engineering).

In June 2016, legacy warrant holders exercised 84,933,333 warrants in the Company at an exercise price of 0.3p, and for which W received gross proceeds of £254,800.

The Company recorded an after tax loss £332,000 in the first half of 2016, compared to a loss of £359,000 in the first half of 2015.

Outlook

W has reached major milestones at Spain and Portugal towards initial production in La Parrilla in 2016 and at Régua in 2018 respectively, whilst increasing the prospectivity at our other projects. The La Parrilla mine plan is progressing well, with production commencing in Q3 2016, and in parallel, we are continuing our discussions with regard to financing the mine at asset level and are encouraged by the response to date. These factors, combined with the Full Mine approval, see the FTM construction on-track ahead of the ramp-up to full production in 2017.

At Régua, metallurgical results to date have been encouraging, and this, combined with process flowsheet updates will enable us to start work on the definition development study.

On behalf of the board, I would like to thank our hardworking teams in Spain and Portugal and our valued shareholders for their continued support and we look forward to prospering with the development work as we head towards the ramp-up of production at La Parrilla in early 2017 following construction of the project this year.

 

 

 

 

Mr M Masterman

Chairman

W Resources Plc

 

30 September 2016

 

 



 

W RESOURCES PLC

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2016

 

 

 


Unaudited Six Months to 30 June 2016 £(000's)


Unaudited Six Months to 30 June 2015

£(000's)


Year to 31 December 2015

£(000's)







Continuing Operations






Revenue

-


79 


82

Cost of Sales

           -


                (106)


                (100)

Gross Loss

-


 

(27)


(18)

Administrative Expenses

         (332)


                (334)


                (570)

Operating Loss

(332)


(361)


(588)

Finance Costs

-


(24)


(18)

Finance Income

                 -


                    26


                       -

Loss before Income Tax

(332)


(359)


(606)







Income Tax

                 -


                       -


____________-

Loss for the Period

         (332)


               (359)


                (606)







Other Comprehensive Income






Share Based Payment

77


-


-

Unrealised Foreign Exchange (Loss)/Gain

         1,373


                (746)


                (439)

Total Comprehensive (Loss)/Profit for the period

         1,118


             (1,105)


             (1,045)



















Basic and Diluted Loss per Share

(0.009p)


(0.012p)


(0.018p)



















 

 

 

 



 

W RESOURCES PLC

GROUP FINANCIAL POSITION

30 JUNE 2016

 

 

 


Unaudited

30 June 2016


Unaudited

30 June 2015


31 December

2015


£(000's)


£(000's)


£(000's)

ASSETS






NON-CURRENT ASSETS






Intangible Fixed Assets

10,161


6,928


8,250

Tangible Fixed Assets

1,985


1,794


1,809


12,146


8,722


10,059

CURRENT ASSETS



 



Trade and Other Receivables

763


531


574

Cash and Cash Equivalents

389


1,464


864


1,152


1,995


1,438




 



TOTAL ASSETS

13,298


10,717


11,497




 



EQUITY



 



SHAREHOLDERS EQUITY



 



Called up share capital

3,997


3,574


3,694

Share premium account

21,202


19,872


20,316

Retained earnings

(13,592)


(13,090)


(13,337)

 

Merger Reserve

909


 

909


     909

Translation Reserve

81


(1,599)


(1,292)

Share Warrant Reserve

-


77


77

 

TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS EQUITY

12,597


 

9,743


10,367




 



LIABILITIES



 



CURRENT LIABILITIES



 



Trade and other payables

532


814


986

Financial Liabilities - borrowing interest bearing loans

169


160


144

TOTAL LIABILITIES

701


974


1,130




 



 

TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

             13,298


 

             10,717


             11,497







 

 

 



 

W RESOURCES PLC

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2016

 

 

 




Called Up Share

Capital

£(000's)

Profit and Loss

Account

£(000's)


Share Premium

 

£(000's)

Merger

Reserve

 

£(000's)


Translation

Reserve

 

£(000's)

Share

Warrant

Reserve

£(000's)

Total Equity

 

£(000's)













Balance at 1 January  2016

3,694

(13,337)


20,316

909


(1,292)

77

10,367

Issue of Share Capital

303



886





1,189

Total Loss for the period




 

(332)






 

 

 

(332)

Share Based Payment




77






(77)

-

Unrealised Foreign Exchange Gain




 

 





 

1,373


 

1,373

Total Comprehensive



__________

__________


__________

__________


__________

______

__________

Income




(255)





1,373

-

1,118

 

Balance at 30 June 2016 (unaudited)



__________

 

3,997

__________

__________

 

(13,592)

__________

 


__________

 

21,202

__________

__________

 

909

__________


__________

 

81

__________

______

 

-

______

__________

 

12,597

__________

Year to 31 December 2015
























Balance at 1 January 2015

2,420

(12,731)


17,913

909


(853)

77

7,735

Issue of Share capital



1,274

-


2,403



-

-

3,677

Total Comprehensive Income

Unrealised Foreign Exchange Loss



 

-

 

-

 

(606)

 

-


 

-

 

                    

 

-

 

-


 

-

 

(439)

 

-

 

-

          

(606)

 

            (439)

 

Balance at 31 December 2015



__________

 

3,694

__________

 

__________

 

(13,337)

__________


__________

 

20,316

__________

__________

 

909

__________


__________

 

(1,292)

__________

______

 

77

______

__________

 

10,367

__________

6 Months to 30 June 2015






















Balance at 1 January 2015



2,420

(12,731)


17,913

909


(853)

77

7,735

Issue of Share Capital



1,154

-


2,021

-


-

-

3,175

Share Issue Costs



-

-


(62)

-


-

-

(62)

Total Comprehensive Income

Unrealised Foreign

Exchange Loss



 

-

 

-

 

(359)

 

-


 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-


 

-

 

(746)

 

-

 

-

 

(359)

 

(746)

 

Balance at 30 June 2015 (unaudited)



__________

 

3,574

__________

___________

 

(13,090)

___________


__________

 

19,872

__________

__________

 

909

__________


__________

 

(1,599)

__________

______

 

77

______

__________

 

9,743

__________

 

 

 

W RESOURCES PLC

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2016

 

 

 


Unaudited Six Months to

30 June 2016


Unaudited Six Months to

30 June 2015


Year to

31 December 2015


£(000's)


£(000's)


£(000's)







Cash Flows from Operating Activities






Cash Absorbed by Operations

(831)


 (961) 


_______(967)

Interest Paid

-


-


(18)

Finance Costs paid

-


(24)


-


(831)


(985)


(985)







Cash Flows from Investing Activities






Purchase of intangible fixed assets

(857)


(593)


(1,720)

Purchase of tangible fixed assets

(1)


(1)


(15)


___________


___________


___________


(858)


(594)


(1,735)


___________


___________


___________







Cash Flows from Financing Activities






Loans Received/(Repaid)

-


(352)


(512)

Loans Received

-


-


144

Share Issue

303


1,154


1,274

Share Premium

918


2,020


2,501

Share Issue Costs

(32)


(62)


(99)

Interest Bearing Loans

25


         -


(7)


___________


___________


____________

Net Cash for Financing Activities

1,214


2,760


3,301


___________


___________


____________







Increase/(Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents

(475)


1,181


581

Cash and Cash Equivalent at Beginning of Period

864


283


283







Cash and Cash Equivalent at end of Period

389


1,464


864







Reconciliation of Cash Flows from Operations






Loss before Tax

(255)


(359)


(606)

Depreciation

99


98


184

Exchange Difference on Translation

45


7


32

Share Based Payment

(77)


-


-







Finance Costs

-


24


18








(188)


(230)


(372)

(Increase) / Decrease in Trade and Other Receivables

(189)


317


(274)

(Decrease) in Trade and Other Payables

(454)


(1,100)


(921)

(Increase)/Decrease in Stock

-


52


(52)


___________


____________


____________

Cash Absorbed by Operations

 (831)


(961)


                (967)













W RESOURCES PLC

NOTES TO THE INTERIM RESULTS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2016

 

 

 

1. BASIS OF PREPARATION

 

The financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention.

As an AIM listed the Company the company is entitled to exemption from adopting IAS 34 and this exemption has been taken to the effect that segment information is not disclosed.

The financial statements have been prepared using the accounting policies used in the audited Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2015, and which will continue to be used for the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2016.

The interim results are unaudited. The financial statements herein do not amount to full statutory accounts within the meaning of Part 15 of the Companies Act 2006.

These financial statements were approved on 30 September 2016.

 

Going Concern

The Directors are satisfied that the group has sufficient resources to continue its operations and to meet its commitments in the foreseeable future.  The financial statements have therefore been prepared on the going concern basis.

 

Directors Responsibilities

The Directors are responsible for preparing the Interim Review and the Financial Statements in accordance with applicable law and regulations. The Directors have elected to prepare the Financial Statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adapted for use in the European Union.

In preparing these financial statements, the Directors are required to:-

-  select suitable accounting policies and apply them consistently

-  make judgements and accounting estimates that are reasonable and prudent

-  prepare the financial statements on the going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to presume that the company will continue in business.

The Directors are responsible for keeping adequate accounting records that are sufficient to show and explain the Company's and the Group's transactions and disclose with reasonable accuracy at anytime the financial position of the Company and the Group.

 

2.   INCOME TAX

 

There is no income tax arising on the loss on ordinary activities for the six months ended 30 June 2016.

 

3.   LOSS PER ORDINARY SHARE

 

     Basic and Diluted Loss Per Share


 

 

          Loss (£000's)

Weighted Average Number of Shares

 

Per Share Amount Pence





6 Months to 30 June 2016 (unaudited)

(332)

3,835,238,340

(0.009p)





6 Months to 30 June 2015 (unaudited)

(359)

2,977,412,220

(0.012p)





Year to 31 December 2015 (Audited)

(606)

3,290,067,485

(0.018p)





 

 


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