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Ironveld PLC
29 March 2017
 

                                                                                               

 

29 March 2017                                                                                                 

 

IRONVELD PLC

("Ironveld" or the "Company")

 

Interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2016

 

Ironveld plc, the owner of a High Purity Iron ("HPI"), Vanadium and Titanium project located on the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex in Limpopo Province, South Africa, (the "Project") is pleased to announce its interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2016 ("the Period"). The Company has made significant progress in securing the financing for the Project.

 

Operational Highlights

  • Offtake agreements are in place for HPI, Vanadium and Titanium for the first five years of production
  • Land lease agreements for the Project are being processed by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform and the lease documents are expected early in Q2 2017

 

Project Financing

  • Completed a successful placing raising gross proceeds of c.£1.8 million through the issue of 40,000,003 placing shares at a price of 4.5p each
  • Proceeds of the placing used for working capital including advancing project development
  • Industrial Development Corporation ("IDC") has approved a funding package of c. R244.08 million (approx. US$17.9 million)
  • The Company is in the advanced stages of completing the remaining debt agreements

 

Post Period

  • The Company is pleased to report that it has received the draft Air Emissions Licence and the full licence will be issued early in Q2 2017
  • Applications for water use licences for both the mine and the smelter are in process

 

Outlook

  • Financing for the Project nearing completion
  • Construction of the 15MW smelter expected to commence on financial closure
  • The 15MW smelter has a projected annual output of 42,000 tonnes of HPI, 381 tonnes of Vanadium and 8,269 tonnes of Titanium per annum

 

Peter Cox, CEO said:

"This Period saw the Company make important progress. Through the completion of a successful placing and securing the IDC's commitment to fund approximately US$17.9 million of the Project finance, the Company exited the Period in a position of strength.

The focus for the next financial year is to make further headway with the Project, securing the remaining finance and beginning construction of the smelter.

This is an exciting time for the Company as we seek to become a producer of three high value and high demand commodities. It is encouraging to see the macro economic environment shifting towards a supportive position given the market's more optimistic view of demand for commodities in 2017."

 

For further information, please contact:

Ironveld plc

Peter Cox, Chief Executive

c/o Camarco

020 3757 4980

Shore Capital and Corporate Limited

Stephane Auton / Toby Gibbs (corporate finance)

Jerry Keen (corporate broking)

020 7408 4090

Camarco

Gordon Poole / Billy Clegg / Kimberley Taylor

020 3757 4980

 

Notes to Editors:

Ironveld (IRON.LN) is the owner of a High Purity Iron, Vanadium and Titanium project located on the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex in Limpopo Province South Africa.  Ironveld expects to mine its own VTM ore as feedstock for a 15MW DC smelter which will produce speciality iron products including high purity iron powder as well as vanadium and titanium slag products.

 

The Definitive Feasibility Study published in April 2014 confirms the project's viability to deliver an exceptionally high grade iron product (99.5% Fe) called High Purity Iron which commands a premium in the market place. High Purity Iron Powder is widely used in powder metallurgy, in magnetic materials and in manufacturing of welding rods. Vanadium and Titanium slag containing commercial grades of vanadium and titanium will also be produced and sold. Vanadium has historically been used as ferrovanadium or as a steel additive adding a considerable increase of strength to steel.  However it is the development of vanadium redox flow battery systems for grid energy storage applications that has the most potential to have a significant impact on future vanadium demand. Titanium Slag is an upgraded white pigment that is used in the manufacture of paint, paper and plastics.

 

Ironveld's Board includes; Giles Clarke as Chairman, Peter Cox as CEO, Vred von Ketelhodt as CFO, Nick Harrison and Rupert Fraser as a Non-Executive Directors.

 

Ironveld is an AIM traded company. For further information on Ironveld please refer to www.ironveld.com.

 

 

Chairman's Statement:

During the Period, we have taken significant steps towards finalising the financing of the Project, which will see the Company construct a world class integrated HPI, Vanadium and Titanium project on the Northern Limb of the Bushveld complex in the Limpopo province of South Africa.

In October 2016, the IDC approved a funding package of R244.08 million (approx. US$17.9 million), which will see them providing senior loan facilities for the Project. The funds form part of an approx. R841 million wider financing package for the Project development. The IDC is providing funding for the BBBEE capital contribution in Ironveld Smelting (Pty), in line with its 26% shareholding in the smelting project.

The support of the IDC is a significant endorsement of the Project, as the institution was set up to promote economic growth and as a source commercial sustainable development to benefit both South Africa and the rest of Africa.

The Company is in the advanced stages of completing the remaining debt agreements for the Project.

Furthermore, in October, we completed a successful placing that saw approx. £1.8m of gross proceeds raised through the issue of over 40 million placing shares. As we move towards the construction phase of the Project, these funds will form part of the Company's working capital and will be used in the development of the 15MW smelter.

The land lease agreements for the farm Altona, where the 15MW DC smelter is due to be constructed, are being processed by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform who have confirmed that the lease is in process and expected to be finalised in Q2.

Ahead of entering the construction phase of the Project, the Company has managed to secure offtake agreements for 100% of all three products for the first five years of production with highly reputable partners. Oreport, a South African based, majority black owned, global trading company will take the HPI and titanium slag and an established international company will take the Vanadium. Both these agreements are on attractive price terms. 

The Project will produce 42,000 tons annually of HPI in powder form, which is widely used in powder metallurgy, magnetic materials and in a variety of specialist applications. Vanadium slag, 381 tons of which will be produced annually, is predominantly used in the steel industry but has other varied applications including in the development of vanadium redox flow batteries, which have been heralded as the 'missing link' in volume storage for clean energy. 8,269 tons per annum of titanium slag, which is used in the pigment industry, the steel and alloy industries, and new battery technology, will also be produced.

Post-period end, the Company has received the draft Air Emissions licence with the full licence to be issued early in Q2 2017. In addition, applications for water use licences for both the mine and the smelter are in process.

We remain committed to working closely with the communities based in our Project area and always strive to improve our local engagement. The Company continue to be keen supporters of the Keep a Girl in School programme, where we have partnered with the Imbumba Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Foundation to provide hygiene support to 605 female students at schools in the project area. We have received letters of support from both parents and girls who have benefitted from the programme and consequently are looking to start an initiative for male students encouraging academic and sporting achievement. To this end the Company is actively engaged with various sporting and academic bodies to structure a programme.

Financial

 

The group recorded a loss before tax of £385,000 (H1 2015: £318,000) and cash balances of £413,000 (H1 2015: £648,000) at the end of the Period.  The Company does not plan to pay a dividend for the six months ended 31 December 2016. 

Going concern

 

The Group's present resources and existing facilities are only considered adequate to meet committed overhead expenditure for the period to 30 June 2017 by which time the Directors expect to have completed the full funding of the Project (the High Purity Iron, Vanadium and Titanium project located on the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex in Limpopo Province, South Africa owned by the Group). The Group announced on 6 October 2016 that they have received approval for a ZAR244m funding package for the Project and were in the process of executing formal funding agreements. The Group is also in advanced stages of negotiating the remaining debt agreements for the Project. Overall a ZAR 871m financing package is proposed.

The Directors are confident that sufficient funds can be raised for this additional planned activity and therefore have a reasonable expectation that the Group will have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future, being twelve months from the date of the approval of the financial statements. The Group is committed to developing the Project and is actively engaged in raising finance to allow the development to proceed.  For this reason, the Board continues to adopt the going concern basis in the preparation of the financial statements.

Summary

On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to thank our employees and shareholders for their continued support. 

We have made significant progress towards completing the financing for the Project and anticipate the coming months will be transformational for the Company, as we look to begin construction of the 15MW DC smelter. We remain confident that the Project will be successful, with strong market demand expected to grow for the end products.

We look forward to updating shareholders on our continued progress in the near future.

 

Giles Clarke

Chairman

29 March 2017

 

 

IRONVELD PLC

 

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT

 

FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2016

 

 

 

 

(As restated)

 

 

 

6 Months

 

6 Months

 

12 Months

 

ended

 

ended

 

ended

 

31.12.16

 

31.12.15

 

30.06.16

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative expenses

(297)

 

(272)

 

(494)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating loss

(297)

 

(272)

 

(494)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment revenues

1

 

-

 

-

Finance costs

(89)

 

(46)

 

(91)

Loss before taxation

(385)

 

(318)

 

(585)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taxation

-

 

-

 

-

Loss for the period

(385)

 

(318)

 

(585)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to owners of the company

(385)

 

(317)

 

(584)

Non-controlling interests

-

 

(1)

 

(1)

 

(385)

 

(318)

 

(585)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) per share (pence)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

(0.11)

 

(0.10)

 

(0.18)

Diluted

n/a

 

n/a

 

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

IRONVELD PLC

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2016

 

 

 

 

 

(As restated)

 

 

 

6 Months

 

6 Months

 

12 Months

 

ended

 

ended

 

ended

 

31.12.16

 

31.12.15

 

30.06.16

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period

(385)

 

(318)

 

(585)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences on the translation of foreign operations

2,941

 

(2,490)

 

(681)

Total comprehensive income/(loss) for the period

2,556

 

(2,808)

 

(1,266)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

IRONVELD PLC

 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

 

AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2016

 

 

As at

 

 

As at

 

31.12.16

 

 

30.06.16

 

£'000

 

 

£'000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Exploration and evaluation

26,207

 

 

21,509

Property, plant and equipment

5

 

 

9

 

26,212

 

 

21,518

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

382

 

 

234

Cash and bank balances

413

 

 

113

 

795

 

 

347

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

27,007

 

 

21,865

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

(272)

 

 

(186)

Borrowings

(794)

 

 

(992)

 

(1,066)

 

 

(1,178)

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Deferred tax liabilities

(5,569)

 

 

(4,699)

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

(6,635)

 

 

(5,877)

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets

20,372

 

 

15,988

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

Share capital

6,930

 

 

6,500

Share premium

17,479

 

 

16,136

Other reserves

21

 

 

21

Retained earnings reserve

(8,012)

 

 

(10,006)

 

 

 

 

 

Equity attributable to owners of the company

16,418

 

 

12,651

Non-controlling interests

3,954

 

 

3,337

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity

20,372

 

 

15,988

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

IRONVELD PLC

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

 

FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2016

 

 

 

 

Share Capital

 

Share Premium

 

Other Reserves

 

Retained Earnings

 

Attributable to the owners of the company

 

Non-controlling interests

 

Total Equity

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

   £'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 July 2015 - as restated

6,474

 

16,056

 

21

 

(8,902)

 

13,649

 

3,328

 

16,977

 

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

 

-

 

-

 

(1,109)

 

(1,109)

 

(157)

 

(1,266)

 

Issue of share capital

26

 

80

 

-

 

-

 

106

 

-

 

106

 

Equity settled share based payments

-

 

-

 

-

 

171

 

171

 

-

 

171

 

Changes in non-controlling interests

-

 

-

 

-

 

(166)

 

(166)

 

166

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 30 June 2016

6,500

 

16,136

 

21

 

(10,006)

 

12,651

 

3,337

 

15,988

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

 

-

 

-

 

1,939

 

1,939

 

617

 

2,556

 

Equity settled share based payments

-

 

-

 

-

 

55

 

55

 

-

 

55

 

Issue of share capital

430

 

1,343

 

-

 

-

 

1,773

 

-

 

1,773

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 31 December 2016

6,930

 

17,479

 

21

 

(8,012)

 

16,418

 

3,954

 

20,372

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

IRONVELD PLC

CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENT

FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2016

 

 

6 Months

 

6 Months

 

12 Months

 

Ended  

 

Ended 

 

Ended 

 

31.12.16

 

31.12.15

 

30.06.16

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash from operating activities

(481)

 

(353)

 

(470)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Interest received

1

 

-

 

-

Purchase of exploration and evaluation assets

(500)

 

(409)

 

(821)

Contribution to exploration and evaluation assets

-

 

-

 

187

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

-

 

(2)

 

(4)

Net cash used in investing activities

(499)

 

(411)

 

(638)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Repayment of borrowings

(360)

 

-

 

(187)

Proceeds on issue of equity

 

 

 

 

 

(net of costs)

1,691

 

6

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash generated (used) in financing activities

1,331

 

6

 

(181)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

351

 

(758)

 

(1289)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at the start of the period

113

 

1,407

 

1,407

Effect of foreign exchange rates

(51)

 

(1)

 

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

413

 

648

 

113

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note to the cash flow statement

 

 

 

 

 

Operating loss

(297)

 

(272)

 

(494)

Depreciation on property, plant and equipment

6

 

4

 

8

Share based payment expense

55

 

43

 

171

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital

(236)

 

(225)

 

(315)

Movement in receivables

(109)

 

(139)

 

(109)

Movement in payables

(47)

 

11

 

(46)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash used in operations

(392)

 

(353)

 

(470)

Interest paid

(89)

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash from operating activities

(481)

 

(353)

 

(470)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

IRONVELD PLC

 

NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2016

 

 

1       Basis of preparation and accounting policies

 

The results for the six months to 31 December 2016 have been prepared under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the EU and International Accounting Standards Board.

 

The accounting policies are consistent with those of the annual financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2016, as described in those financial statements.

 

The financial information does not constitute statutory accounts as defined by section 435 of the Companies Act 2006.  Full accounts of the company for the year ended 30 June 2016 on which the Auditors gave an unqualified report, have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies.

 

 

2       Loss per share

 

The calculation of basic and diluted loss per share is based upon the loss for the period and the weighted average number of shares in issue during the period.

 

                                                                                                   As restated

 

6 Months

 

6 Months

 

12 Months

 

to 31.12.16

 

to 31.12.15

 

to 30.06.16

 

'000

 

'000

 

'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares

343,190

 

325,615

 

326,938

Options - dilution

-

 

-

 

-

 

343,190

 

325,615

 

326,938

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pence 

 

Pence 

 

Pence 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic loss per share - continuing

(0.11)

 

(0.10)

 

(0.18)

Basic profit/(loss) per share - discontinued

n/a

 

n/a

 

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discontinued - Diluted earnings per share

n/a

 

n/a

 

n/a

 

 

Where the Group reports a loss for any period, then in accordance with IAS 33, the share options and warrants in issue are not considered dilutive.

 

 

3       Registered office and copies of the report

 

The registered office is Ironveld plc, Lakeside Fountain Lane, St Mellons, Cardiff, CF3 0FB and copies of this report are available from the registered office.

 

 

 

 

INDEPENDENT REVIEW REPORT

 

UHY Hacker Young Manchester LLP

St. James Building

79 Oxford Street

Manchester M1 6HT

                                                                                       

TO IRONVELD PLC

 

 

Introduction

 

We have reviewed the accompanying balance sheet of Ironveld plc as at 31 December 2016 and the related statements of income, changes in equity, cash flows for the six month period then ended, explanatory notes 1 to 3 and the going concern disclosures made in the Chairman's statement.  Management is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of this interim financial information in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards.  Our responsibility is to express a conclusion on this interim financial information based on our review.

 

Scope of review

 

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements 2410, "Review of interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity".  A review of interim financial information consists of making inquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures.  A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit.  Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

 

Conclusion

 

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the accompanying interim financial information does not give a true and fair view of the financial position of the entity as at 31 December 2016, and of its financial performance and its cash flows for the six month period then ended in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as applicable in the United Kingdom.

In forming our opinion on the financial information, which is not modified, we have considered the adequacy of the disclosures made in the Chairman's statement concerning the Groups ability to continue as a going concern. The Group are currently negotiating a finance package to fund the additional planned activity beyond June 2017 and this indicates the existence of a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt about the Groups ability to continue as a going concern. The financial information does not include the adjustments that would result if the Group were unable to continue as a going concern and the directors remain confident that the finance will be arranged.

 

 

UHY Hacker Young Manchester LLP

Chartered Accountants

Manchester

 

 

29 March 2017

 

 

 

 

IRONVELD PLC

 

OFFICERS, ADVISORS AND AGENTS

 

 

Directors:

Giles Clarke

Peter Cox

Vred von Ketelhodt

Nicolas Harrison

Rupert Fraser

 

(Chairman)

(Chief Executive Officer)

(Chief Financial Officer)

(Non-Executive Director)

(Non-Executive Director)

Secretary:

Kirsti Jane Pinnell

 

 

Company Number:

04095614

 

 

Registered Office:

Ironveld Plc

Lakeside Fountain Lane

St Mellons

Cardiff

CF3 0FB

 

 

Nominated Advisor And Broker:

Shore Capital Stockbrokers Limited

Bond Street House

14 Clifford Street

London

W1S 4JU

 

 

Solicitors:

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

3 St Marys Parsonage

Manchester

M3 2RD

 

 

Auditors:

UHY Hacker Young Manchester LLP

Chartered Accountants

St James Building

79 Oxford Street

Manchester M1 6HT

 

 

Bankers:

HSBC

97 Bute Street

Cardiff

CF10 5NA

 

 

Registrars:

Capita IRG Plc

Northern House

Woodsome Park

Fenay Bridge

Huddersfield

HD8 0LA

 

 

 


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