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Trident Royalties PLC.
27 September 2021
 

27 SEPTEMBER 2021

Trident Royalties Plc

(the "Group", "Trident" or the "Company")

 

INTERIM RESULTS

 

Trident Royalties Plc ("Trident" or the "Company") (AIM:TRR, FSX:5KV), the growth-focused mining royalty and streaming company, is pleased to present its interim financial statements to shareholders for the six months ended 30 June 2021.

 

The Interim Results for the period ended 30 June 2021 are set out in full below and will shortly be available on the Company's website, www.tridentroyalties.com.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

·      Completion on three transactions comprising a total of 8 royalties:

A 60% interest in a Gross Revenue Royalty over the Thacker Pass lithium project in Nevada, USA;

Three net smelter royalties over the Pukaqaqa Copper Project in Chile; and

A portfolio of four gold royalties over exploration and development stage projects - including projects operated by proven explorers / developers such as Calidus Resources and Novo Resources - in Western Australia

·      Trident welcomed Paul Smith to the Board as Non-Executive Chairman, and Peter Bacchus as a Non-Executive Director;

·      The Company continues to review a compelling pipeline of assets spanning various geographies and mining commodities, prioritising paying or near paying royalty opportunities

 

 

** Ends **

 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014. Upon the publication of this announcement, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

 

Contact details:

 

Trident Royalties Plc

Adam Davidson

www.tridentroyalties.com

+1 (757) 208-5171

Grant Thornton (Nominated Adviser)

Colin Aaronson / Samantha Harrison / Seamus Fricker

www.grantthornton.co.uk

+44 020 7383 5100

Tamesis Partners LLP (Financial Adviser and Joint Broker)

Richard Greenfield

www.tamesispartners.com

+44 203 882 2868

Shard Capital Partners LLP (Joint Broker)

Erik Woolgar / Isabella Pierre

www.shardcapital.com

+44 207 186 9927

St Brides Partners Ltd (Financial PR & IR)

Susie Geliher / Catherine Leftley / Charlotte Hollinshead

                               www.stbridespartners.co.uk

+44 20 7236 1177

 



 

CHAIRMANS STATEMENT

 

Trident is well positioned to provide investors with diversified exposure to commodities, jurisdictions and phases of asset development.  The 14 investments made to date have been highly accretive and this is testament to the ability of the Trident team to deliver extraordinary value for shareholders.  

 

Trident currently has two paying royalties: Mimbula Copper mine; and the Koolyanobbing Iron Ore mine royalty.  These two royalties made welcome contributions to our revenue figure since acquisition and operational developments at both assets are expected to enhance these royalty payments over coming quarters.  A number of our other existing assets are also expected to commence cash generation in the next 18/24 months. This includes the Lincoln Gold Mine Royalty which was acquired on 31 August 2021.  Given our business model and our focus on costs, as revenues build, they can be expected to substantially convert into profits and free cash flow.

 

Our priority is to build scale and the associated cash flows, using this established base.  Increased scale and cash flows will lower our cost of capital and further improve the rating of our equity. We continue to work on an extensive pipeline of potential new royalties and streams.  This is all underpinned by our robust capital allocation process and entrepreneurial approach to deal sourcing and structuring.  

 

I thank the board and management of Trident for their efforts. I also would like to thank our shareholders for their continued support.  Trident is at an exciting juncture in its development and we are focused on rewarding our shareholders for their support.  

 

 

 

Paul Smith Non-Executive Chairman

27 September 2021

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER STATEMENT

 

During this last six months, Trident has expanded and diversified its portfolio announcing its largest transaction to date whilst completing two previously announced transactions.  Diversification and growth of our royalty portfolio is a key component of our ongoing strategy as we aim to provide exposure to a wide spectrum of the global mining sector, and this is an objective that we are increasingly close to achieving thanks to this expansion.

 

The Thacker Pass transaction was a milestone acquisition as it not only marked Trident's largest transaction to date, but also successfully diversified our portfolio by adding exposure to the lithium market, a key battery metal.  Battery metals, and lithium in particular, have experienced a rapid increase in both demand and price during 2021.  This reinforces our belief that exposure to commodities related to the world's electric revolution will be increasingly valuable over the coming decades.

 

The Thacker Pass deal resulted in the acquisition of a 60% interest in a gross revenue royalty ('GRR') over the Thacker Pass Lithium Project for a total cost to Trident of US$28m (prior to the partial operator buyback option). It is a strong addition to our portfolio, being the largest known lithium reserve in the United States, with a mine life of 46 years based on current reserves, and has the potential for additional expansion and mine life upside through conversion of current resources to reserves. The operator, Lithium Americas Corp., is currently working on a feasibility study for Thacker Pass (the first phase of which is expected to target in excess of 30,000 tonnes of annual lithium carbonate production) with results expected by the end of the year.  In addition, engineering is underway to consider a 20,000 tpa lithium hydroxide chemical conversion plant, to provide flexibility to meet potential customer and partner needs. The project is currently being advanced towards construction, which is expected to commence in early 2022. 

 

The royalty acquisition over Thacker Pass was a defining moment for Trident (at our current size and stage of growth) as the business continues towards establishing critical mass, and I am confident that as the project moves through the development phases, its value proposition will increasingly be reflected in Tridents share price.

 

Another key transaction completed during the period, after first being announced in December 2020, was the acquisition of a portfolio of three existing royalties over the Pukaqaqa Copper Project. The Project comprises 34 concessions in Peru. The three separate royalties include the Vaaldiam Royalty, Pukaqaqa Norte Royalty, and Pukaqaqa Sur Royalty, and the project is being advanced by Nexa Resources, a NYSE & TSX mid-tier producer and developer with a focus on Brazil and Peru. The most recent technical report outlines an open-pit mining operation targeting a 30,000 tonnes per day processing plant. The project retains significant potential to expand and upgrade the already sizeable mineral resource inventory as drilling is advanced, and, based on their initial study work, we understand it has the potential to produce around 35,000 tonnes of copper per year. With the current strong market for base metals and particularly strong performance of copper this year, it forms a crucial part of our portfolio offering significant revenue growth prospects.  The royalty rate over the key tenement includes a step up from 1% to 2% dependent on the copper price, and given the current consensus pricing this could add material upside to the value of the royalty.

 

The Pukaqaqa Copper Project royalties provide Trident with increased copper exposure along with the currently producing Mimbula Copper Mine in Zambia, over which Trident holds a 1.25% GRR. The operator, Moxico Resources Plc, completed a US$73 million equity financing in June 2021, which will be used to fast track the development of the mine with the intention to increase production by beginning construction of a self-operated solvent extraction and electrowinning processing facility to produce copper at an expected run-rate of 30,000 tpa by late 2022. Moxico is well funded to begin preparatory activities for the mining of the Mimbula Pit 2 and early site works have started for the heap leach pads and plant area. With the significant level of financing, the mine is set to deliver a material increase in production and I look forward to seeing its continued progress as one of our cash generative projects. In addition, the GRR is subject to a minimum payment schedule in which the higher of the minimum amount or the GRR are due - providing visibility on the revenue profile.

 

Our other producing asset, the Koolyanobbing Iron Ore Operation in Western Australia, has commenced the pre-stripping of a new deposit situated entirely within Trident's royalty area over which we hold a 1.5% Free On Board royalty. These activities are associated with the Claw deposit, which is expected to be included in the Koolyanobbing product blend. This was excluded from our previous economic evaluation and offers the potential to materially enhance our royalty payments in the near future. Mineral Resources Limited, the operator of Koolyanobbing, continues to highlight the importance of its Yilgarn Hub strategy of which Koolyanobbing is a central part.  I believe this development at Koolyanobbing will prove highly beneficial to Trident and should translate into higher royalty payments in future quarters.

 

Trident has developed a significant footprint in Australia, and particularly in Western Australia, with a number of royalties over gold projects at varying levels of development. As a tier-1 jurisdiction which is consistently ranked as a world leading jurisdiction for mining investment, it continues to offer attractive opportunities to Trident.

 

The most advanced of our Australian development assets is the Warrawoona Gold Project, in which we hold a 1.5% Net Smelter Royalty ('NSR') which covers a portion of the project resources. The project, which is fully permitted and has commenced construction, is on track to become one of Western Australia's next gold mines with project operator Calidus Resources Limited ('Calidus') targeting first production in Q2 2022. Trident's royalty predominately covers the down-dip extension of the main deposit, as well as the majority of near-mine exploration targets published by Calidus. 

 

The Warrawoona Gold Project forms part of a package of existing gold royalties which cover three more projects in the Pilbara and Yilgarn regions of Western Australia, and include Talga Talga, Bullfinch and Mosquito Creek. The Talga Gold Royalty Package was completed in March of this year for a total of A$800,000 after first being announced in August 2020. The Talga Talga Project has reported encouraging results from recent sampling and mapping and has defined a 3km long mineralised corridor, including encouraging gold assay results from rock samples. Novo Resources, the operator, is planning drill testing and bulk samples for mechanical ore sorter trials and has highlighted the potential to process material from Talga Talga at its newly acquired Golden Eagle processing plant. The operator and owner of the Bullfinch Gold Project over which Trident holds a 1% NSR, Torque Metals Limited, successfully listed on the ASX and completed an equity raise with part of the raised funds to be utilised at Bullfinch. The owner of Mosquito Creek, Nimble Resources Pty Limited, successfully entered into a JV agreement with Calidus at the start of this year.  With each project at varying stages of development, they highlight our acquisition strategy of holding highly accretive early-stage assets alongside the cash generative royalties.

 

The Lake Rebecca Gold Project in Australia started 2021 on a strong note, releasing impressive technical and drilling updates for the four deposits comprising the project, all of which are covered by Trident's 1.5% NSR gold royalty. Since these encouraging results, the operator, Apollo Consolidated Limited ('Apollo'), has increased the Indicated Mineral Resource at the project by 50% for a total 1.105 Moz gold Mineral Resource. Ongoing drilling has continued to provide significant gold intersections and the technical evaluation studies are progressing, offering the potential to further increase its gold resources and build upon the MRE.  Apollo retains a strong cash balance, making Lake Rebecca well positioned to aggressively advance the project towards construction.

 

Our final Australian gold asset is the advanced stage Spring Hill Gold Project located in Australia's Northern Territory, over which we hold a variable gold price royalty, and which has been progressively advancing its permitting activities. The receipt of environmental approval has now been received, marking a key milestone in clearing the way for the next steps as it moves into an exciting phase in its development and advances towards production.

 

Trident has made significant growth during the period under review through a combination of new acquisitions, as well as organic growth and progress through our existing portfolio of royalties. Trident also announced the successful arrangement and drawdown of an initial $10 million loan facility, providing access to an alternative form of capital and reducing reliance on equity markets.  Post the period under review, Trident announced the acquisition of a NSR royalty from Seduli Sutter Operations Corporation over production from the Lincoln Gold Mine in California. This near term, cash generative royalty over a high-grade gold asset, situated at the centre of the California "Mother Lode" represents a highly compelling investment opportunity for us as it restarts mining and gold production in the coming months.

 

The rest of 2021 and the start of 2022 is set to be another highly active period for Trident, with advances expected at a number of our royalty assets, Trident utilising the capital raised to continue building upon our strategy and evaluating numerous opportunities for Trident to deliver growth, dividend income and provide an inflation hedge to investors. I would like to extend my thanks to our shareholders, partners and the Board for their support in our strategy as we continue on this positive trajectory.

 

 

Adam Davidson

Chief Executive Officer

27 September 2021

FINANCIAL REVIEW

Overview

 

Following a highly productive 2020, in which Trident successfully changed its strategy to focus on building a diversified mining royalty and streaming company, Trident continued to make highly accretive investments during the six months to 30 June 2021.  The significant acquisition of a 60% interest in an existing GRR over the Thacker Pass Lithium Project for US$28.00m was the largest transaction of the Group to date, part funded by an oversubscribed share placing in March.  Whilst the revenue and profits of the Group have suffered due to reduced production on our paying tenements, the Group has maintained cost and balance sheet discipline and is expecting to see better results in the second half of the year as production returns.

 

Royalty acquisitions

 

The Group completed the acquisitions of the following royalties during the period for total consideration of US$31.94m (including costs):

 

·      A 60% interest in a lithium gross revenue royalty over production from the Thacker Pass lithium operation in Nevada USA for US$28.0m, paid US$26.0m in cash and US$2.0m in equity the 8% royalty reduces to 4% after royalties of US$22.0m have been paid, or 1.75% (of which 1.05% is attributable to Trident) following a one-off payment of U$22.0m by the operator (of which US$13.2 million is attributable to Trident);

·      Pukaqaqa copper royalty (sliding scale 1-2% NSR) over production from the Pukaqaqa copper development operation in Peru for US$3.0m paid in equity; and

·      West Australian gold royalties over a variety of tenements and projects for A$0.80m (US$0.63m), payable in cash and equity.

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

 

Following the royalty acquisitions, total net assets of the Group increased from US$25.51m at the end of 2020 to US$58.45m as at 30 June 2021.

 

Royalty intangible assets consist of US$43.90m cost, less US$1.30m amortisation for total net book value of US$42.60m (31 December 2020: US$11.02m) representing the Koolyanobbing, Spring Hill and Lake Rebecca projects together with the acquisitions described above.

 

Royalty financial assets were valued at US$7.38m (31 December 2020: US$7.45m) representing the fair value of the Mimbula copper royalty in Zambia. The royalty financial asset has been designated as fair value through profit and loss with the fair value gains and losses recognised in 'revaluation of royalty financial assets' line item in the income statement.  The royalty received US$0.75m royalty income during the period and fair value increase of US$0.68m was recognised in the income statement.

 

Trade and other receivables totalling US$1.0m (31 December 2020: US$0.78m) includes US$0.38m in respect of 2nd quarter 2021 royalty income due from Koolyanobbing and Mimbula received after the period-end.  Other receivables also include US$0.50m in respect of prepaid legal and other fees in relation to the new debt facility. 

 

Trade and other payables totalling US$0.54m (31 December 2020: US$0.34m) consisted predominantly of trade payables, social security and taxation and accruals with all amounts within agreed payment terms.

 

Deferred contingent consideration of US$0.45 (31 December 2020: US$0.46m) represents A$0.60m contingent payment due on the Spring Hill project based on the operator meeting certain production targets. 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

Loss after taxation was US$0.93m (2020: US$0.55m loss) and basic loss per share of 0.64c (2020: 1.60c).  The results were primarily affected by the previously reported temporary lack of activity (by Mineral Resources - the operator) on the Trident royalty tenement at Koolyanobbing; resulting in a low revenue figure for the period.  The fair value gain on the Mimbula copper project was US$0.68m (2020: nil) predominantly due to the increase in the consensus copper price. The Group made a foreign exchange loss totalling US$0.34m (2020: US$0.48m gain) mainly as a result of the slight weakening of the Australian dollar compared to the US dollar reporting currency.

 

The Group generated royalty income from its Koolyanobbing asset of US$0.08m (2020: US$0.95m).  The amortisation charge was US$0.01m (2020: US$0.59m) and total Group overheads of US$1.44m (2020: US$1.07m) including US$0.11m non-cash share-based payment charge; resulting in an operating loss of US$1.38m (2020: US$0.71m).  The reduction in the amortisation charge is due to the Group adopting a units of production methodology to align the charge with the mine life and accordingly revenue.

 

Royalty receipts in respect of Mimbula (which is classified as a financial asset at fair value through profit and loss) are not included in the income statement, but credited against the asset on the balance sheet (note 7).  The following table shows total royalty receipts for the period for royalty intangible assets and financial assets:

 



Six months ended

30 June

2021

Six months ended

30 June

2020



US$'000

US$'000





Royalty related revenue


77

949

Royalties due or received from royalty financial assets


750

-



827

949

 

Cashflow and Borrowings

 

Net cash increased in the period by US$1.14m (2020: US$15.69m increase).  Financing inflows were US$28.28m (2020: US$18.60m) from equity fund raises; which was invested US$26.52m (2020: US$2.89m) into acquiring royalty intangibles, and US$1.00m (2020: US$0.40m) was used on operating activities and income tax.  The cash figure as at 30 June 2021 of US$8.11m (31 December 2020: US$6.97m) the majority of which was held in US dollars with HSBC Bank plc.

 

On 30 June 2021, Trident entered into a US$10.00m secured loan facility agreement with a syndicate managed by Tribeca Investment Partners.  The facility was drawn on 3 August 2021 providing further capital for the Group to deploy.

 

Taxation

 

During the period the Group paid US$0.12m (2020: nil) in respect of tax due in the US for the year ended 2020.  A deferred tax asset was recognised totalling US$0.35m (US$0.21m) primarily in relation to taxable losses incurred in the Australian subsidiary.  Given the expected increase in activity on the Australian royalty tenements in the second half of the year these losses are expected to be fully utilised and accordingly have been recognised in full; resulting in a deferred tax credit to the income statement of US$0.13m (2020: nil).

 

Events Occurring after the Reporting Date

 

On 31 August 2021, the Group completed the acquisition of a net smelter return royalty over the Lincoln Gold Mine in California, USA, operated by the Seduli Sutter Operations Corporation, for cash consideration of US$2.5m.

 

 

Martin Page Chief Financial Officer

27 September 2021

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

for the six-months ended 30 June 2021

 


Notes

Six months ended

30 June

2021

Unaudited

Restated*

Six months ended

30 June

2020

Unaudited

Continuing operations


US$'000

US$'000





Royalty related revenue


77

949

Amortisation of royalty intangible assets

6

(11)

(591)

Gross profit


66

358

Administrative expenses


(1,442)

(1,070)

Operating loss


(1,376)

(712)





Revaluation of royalty financial assets

7

683

-

AIM listing fees


-

(204)

Finance income


-

21

Other finance costs


(31)

-

Net foreign exchange (losses)/gains


(337)

481

Loss before taxation


(1,061)

(414)

Income tax

4

131

(140)

Loss attributable to owners of the parent


(930)

(554)





Other comprehensive income




Items that may be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss:




Deferred tax relating to items that have or may be reclassified


10

-

Exchange gains arising on translation of foreign operations


(10)

10

Other comprehensive income for the period, net of tax


-

10

Total comprehensive income attributable to the owners of the parent


(544)





Earnings per share:




Basic and diluted earnings per share (U.S. cents)

5

(0.64)

(1.60)

 

 

* Details of the restatement are given in note 2

 

 



 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

As at 30 June 2021

 

 

 

 


Notes

30 June

2021

Unaudited

31 December 2020

Audited



US$'000

US$'000





Non-current assets




Royalty intangible assets

6

42,605

11,018

Royalty financial assets at fair value through profit and loss

7

7,383

7,453

Deferred tax assets

4

345

210

Total non-current assets


50,333

18,681





Current assets




Trade and other receivables


1,001

778

Cash and cash equivalents


8,107

6,971

Current assets


9,108

7,749

Total assets


59,441

26,430





Current liabilities




Trade and other payables


543

335

Corporation tax liabilities


1

122

Total current liabilities


544

457





Non-current liabilities




Contingent consideration


450

464

Total non-current liabilities


450

464

Total liabilities


994

921





Net assets


58,447

25,509





Equity attributable to owners of the parent




Share Capital

8

2,371

1,335

Share Premium

8

56,009

23,288

Share-based payments reserve


174

63

Foreign exchange reserve


79

89

Retained Earnings


(186)

734

Total equity


58,447

25,509

 



 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

for the six-month period ended 30 June 2021


Share capital

Share Premium

 

Share-based payments  reserve

 

 

Foreign exchange  reserve

Retained Earnings

Total

Unaudited (restated *)

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

1 January 2020

328

4,787

-

(23)

(990)

4,102

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

(554)

(554)

Other comprehensive income:







Exchange gains on translation of foreign operations

-

-

-

10

-

10

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

10

(554)

(544)








Transactions with owners:







Issue of share capital

1,022

19,436

-

-

-

20,458

Deferred shares cancelled

(39)

39

-

-

-

-

Share issue costs

-

(1,657)

-

-

-

(1,657)

Share-based payments charge

-

-

7

-

-

7








Total transactions with owners, recognised directly in equity

983

17,818

7

-

-

18,808

Balance at 30 June 2020

1,311

22,605

7

(13)

(1,544)

22,366








Unaudited







1 January 2021

1,335

23,288

63

89

734

25,509

 

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

(930)

(930)

Other comprehensive income:







Deferred tax

-

-

-

-

10

10

Exchange losses on translation of foreign operations

-

-

-

(10)

-

(10)

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

(10)

(920)

(930)








Transactions with owners:







Issue of share capital

1,036

34,221

-

-

-

35,257

Share issue costs

-

(1,500)

-

-

-

(1,500)

Share-based payments charge

-

-

111

-

-

111








Total transactions with owners, recognised directly in equity

1,036

32,721

111

-

-

33,868

Balance at 30 June 2021

2,371

56,009

174

79

(186)

58,447

 

* Details of the restatement are given in note 2

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

for the six-month period ended 30 June 2021

 



Six months to

30 June

2021

Unaudited

Restated*

Six months to

30 June

2020

Unaudited



US$'000

US$'000

 Cash flows from operating activities




Loss before taxation


(1,061)

(414)

Revaluation of royalty financial instruments


(683)

-

AIM listing fees


-

204

Finance income


-

(21)

Other finance costs


31

-

Net foreign exchange losses


337

481

Amortisation of royalty intangible assets


11

591

Share-based payments charge


111

7

Other non-cash items


56

-

Net cashflow before changes in working capital


(1,198)

848

Increase in payables


220

318

Decrease/(increase) in receivables


99

(769)

Income tax paid


(120)

-

Net cash (used in)/from operating activities


(999)

397

Cash flows from investing activities




Payments for acquisition of royalty intangible assets


(26,516)

(2,887)

Cash received from royalty financial asset


432

-

Finance income


-

21

Other finance costs


(46)

-

Net cash used in investing activities


(26,130)

(2,866)

Cash flows from financing activities




Issue of share capital


29,781

20,080

Share issue costs and AIM listing fees


(1,500)

(1,484)

Net cash generated from financing activities


28,281

18,596

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents during the period


1,152

16,127

Cash at the beginning of period


6,971

4,135

Effect of foreign exchange rate


(16)

(436)

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period


8,107

19,826

 

* Details of the restatement are given in note 2

 

Details of key non-cash investments are given in notes 6 and 8.




Notes to the condensed consolidated interim financial information

 

1        GENERAL INFORMATION

Trident is a company incorporated and domiciled in the United Kingdom. The Company is a public limited company, which is listed on AIM of the London Stock Exchange. The address of the registered office is 60 Gracechurch Street London, EC3V 0HR.

 

2        BASIS OF PREPARATION

The accounting policies, methods of computation and presentation used in the preparation of the condensed consolidated interim financial information are the same as those used in the Group's audited financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2020.

 

There have been no changes to the reported figures as a result of any new reporting standards or interpretations.

 

Basis of preparation

The condensed interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the AIM Rules for Companies. As permitted, the Company has chosen not to adopt IAS 34 "Interim Financial Statements" in preparing this interim financial information. The condensed interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2020, which have been prepared in accordance with international accounting standards in conformity with the Companies Act 2006.

 

The financial information set out in this interim report is unaudited and does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.  The Company's statutory financial statements for the period ended 31 December 2020, prepared under international accounting standards in conformity with the Companies Act 2006, 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.

 

Comparatives

 

The Group has presented comparatives for the statement of comprehensive income, statement of cash flows and statement of changes in equity for the six months ended 30 June 2020; and a statement of financial position as at 31 December 2020 in accordance with the requirements of the AIM Rules for Companies.

 

Restatement of six months ended 30 June 2020

 

Following a review as at 31 December 2020, US$0.65m of costs relating to the Company's admission to trading on AIM were reallocated to share premium.  This resulted in a reduction in total loss after tax for the 6 months ended 30 June 2020 from US$1.20m to US$0.55m.  There was no impact on total equity.

 

Risks and uncertainties

 

The Board continuously assesses and monitors the key risks of the business. The key risks that could affect the Company's medium-term performance and the factors that mitigate those risks have not substantially changed from those set out in the Company's 2020 Annual Report and Financial Statements, a copy of which is available on the Company's website.

 

Critical accounting estimates and judgements

 

The preparation of condensed interim financial statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the end of the reporting period. Significant items subject to such estimates are set out in the Company's 2020 Annual Report and Financial Statements. The nature and amounts of such estimates have not changed during the interim period except for the amortisation methodology for the producing royalty intangible asset.  Management now has sufficient information to reliably estimate the depletion of the ore body over which Trident holds the royalty and accordingly has commenced using the units of production methodology.  Management considers this method to be a more appropriate basis to match the depletion of the mineable reserves against revenue.

Going Concern and COVID-19

The financial position of the Group and cash flows as at 30 June 2021 are set out above.  The Group meets its day-to-day working capital and other funding requirements with its current cash, raised through equity placings and revenue from its cash generating royalties. On the basis of current financial projections (at least 12 months) the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence, and meet its liabilities as they fall due, for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, the Directors consider it appropriate to adopt the going concern basis in preparing this financial information.

 

The Board continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on the ability of the Group to pursue its strategy and will make appropriate changes should they be required.  There is not considered to be any material impacts on the financial position or results of the Group as a result of COVID-19 at this reporting date.

 

 



 

3        BUSINESS AND GEOGRAPHICAL REPORTING

 

The Group's chief operating decision maker is considered to be the executive directors (the 'Executive Board').  The Executive Board evaluates the financial performance of the Group by reference to its diversified portfolio - split between precious, bulk and battery metals and base metal assets - its reportable segments.

 

The following individual royalty arrangements are aggregated into the reportable segments:

 

Precious: Lake Rebecca, Spring Hill, Western Australia Gold Royalties

Bulk and battery metals: Koolyanobbing, Thacker Pass

Base: Mimbula, Pukaqaqa

 

Below is a summary of the Group's results, assets and liabilities by reportable segment as presented to the Executive Board. Operating loss is stated before revaluation of royalty financial instruments, one off costs, finance income and expense foreign exchange gains and taxation.

 

 


Precious

Bulk

Base

Other

Total

 As at 30 June 2021

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

Royalty related revenue

-

77

-

-

77

Amortisation of royalty intangible assets

-

(11)

-

-

(658)

Gross profit

-

66

-

-

66

Operating expenses

-

-

-

(1,442)

(1,442)

Total segment operating profit/(loss)

-

66

-

(1,442)

(1,376)







Total segment assets

7,443

32,097

10,829

9,072

59,441







Total segment liabilities

450

-

-

544

994







 

As at 30 June 2021 the Group was receiving royalty income from Koolyanobbing (bulk segment) and Mimbula (base segment) which is accounted for as financial asset (see note 6).  A fair value gain of US$0.68m (2020: nil) was recognised in the base segment.

 


Precious

Bulk

Base

Other

Total

 As at 30 June 2020

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

Royalty related revenue

-

949

-

-

949

Amortisation of royalty intangible assets

-

(591)

-

-

(591)

Gross profit

-

358

-

-

358

Operating expenses

-

-

-

(1,070)

(1,070)

Total segment operating profit/(loss)

-

358

-

(1,070)

(712)







Total segment assets

-

4,956

-

19,983

24,939







Total segment liabilities

-

2,065

-

508

2,573







 

 

 

 

 

4        INCOME TAX


Six months to

30 June 2021

Six months to

30 June 2020

Analysis of charge for period:






United Kingdom corporation tax

-

-

Overseas taxation

-

110

Current tax expense

-

110




Deferred tax (credit)/charge in current period

(131)

30




Income tax (credit)/charge

(131)

140




 

The Group is subject to taxation in United Kingdom, USA, Australia and Switzerland with applicable tax rates of 19.00%, 21.00%, 30.00% and 12% respectively. The Group does not have any unresolved tax matters or disputes with the tax authorities in the jurisdictions in which it operates.

 

Deferred taxation

 

The following are the deferred tax assets and liabilities recognised by the Group and the movements during the period:

 

Group

Tax losses

Other

Total


US$000

US$000

US$000





At 1 January 2021

220

(10)

210





Credit/(charge) to income statement

335

(205)

130

Credit to other comprehensive income

-

10

10

Exchange differences

-

(5)

(5)





At 30 June 2021

555

(210)

345





 

Deferred tax assets in respect of tax losses are predominantly related to the Australian subsidiary and are expected to be fully utilised as income is received in H2 2021 from the Koolyanobbing royalty.

 

 

5        EARNINGS PER SHARE

 

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the loss attributable to equity holders of the Company by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period.


 

Six months to

30 June 2021

Restated

Six months to

30 June 2020

US$'000s

US$'000s

Loss from continuing operations attributable to equity holders of the company

(930)

(554)

Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue

143,992,700

34,538,462




Basic and fully diluted loss per share from continuing operations

(0.64)c

(1.60)c



 

6          ROYALTY INTANGIBLE ASSETS

 

Cost    

 

 

Total

US$'000

As at 1 January 2020


-

Acquisitions


11,201

Exchange differences


1,145

At 31 December 2020


12,346

Acquisitions


31,936

Exchange differences


(378)

At 30 June 2021


43,904




Accumulated amortisation

 

 


As at 1 January 2020


-

Amortisation


(1,193)

Exchange differences


(135)

At 31 December 2020


(1,328)

Amortisation


(11)

Exchange differences


40

At 30 June 2021


(1,299)

Net book value at 30 June 2021


42,605

Net book value at 31 December 2020


11,018

 

Thacker Pass royalty

On 19 March 2021 the Group acquired a 60% interest in an existing gross revenue royalty over the Thacker Pass Lithium Project from an Orion Mine Finance Fund for US$28.00m, consideration payable by US$26.00m in cash and US$2.00m in new Trident shares issued at 34.00p on 24 March 2021.

 

Western Australia gold royalties

On 30 March 2021 the Group completed the acquisition of a package of gold royalties located in Western Australia from Talga Resources Limited for A$0.80m (US$0.63m), consideration payable by A$0.25m in cash and A$0.55m in new Trident shares issued at 35.98p on 31 March 2021.

 

Pukaqaqa royalty

On 8 April 2021 the Group acquired the Pukaqaqa copper royalty package from Orion Resource Partners for US$3.00m, consideration fully payable in new Trident shares issued at 32.03p on 9 April 2021. A royalty within the package was held by Tiomin Peru S.A.C ('Tiomin') a Peruvian company, which was acquired as part of the transaction.  Tiomin does not meet the definition of a business as defined by IFRS 3 - business combinations and accordingly has been treated as a purchase of an asset.

 

 

 



 

7          ROYALTY FINANCIAL ASSETS

Fair Value


 

Total

US$'000

At 1 January 2020


-

Acquisition of Mimbula


5,000

Royalties due or received


(75)

Revaluation of royalty financial asset recognised in profit or loss


2,528

At 31 December 2020


7,453

Royalties due or received


(753)

Revaluation of royalty financial asset recognised in profit or loss


683

At 30 June 2021


7,383

 

 

8          SHARE CAPITAL AND SHARE PREMIUM

 

Group and Company

Number of ordinary shares of 1p

Number of deferred shares of 1p

Share

capital

US$'000

Share

premium

US$'000

At 1 January 2020

22,000,000

3,000,000

328

4,787

Share issue - placing (net of costs)

81,500,000

-

1,023

17,778

Share issue - deal consideration

1,862,556

-

23

684

Cancellation of deferred shares


(3,000,000)

(39)

39

At 31 December 2020

105,362,556

-

1,335

23,288

Share issue - placings (net of costs)

63,300,000

-

870

27,411

Share issue - deal consideration

11,939,806

-

165

5,256

Share issue - non-executive director fees

108,108

-

1

54

At 30 June 2021

180,710,470

-

2,371

56,009

 

On 25 March 2021, 60,800,000 ordinary shares were issued for cash at 34p per share.

 

On 25 March 2021, 4,213,720 ordinary shares were issued at 34p per share as part of the consideration for the acquisition of the Thacker Pass royalty (note 6).

 

On 31 March 2021, 848,059 ordinary shares were issued at 35.98p per share as part of the consideration for the acquisition of the Western Australia gold royalties package (note 6).

 

On 8 April 2021, 6,878,027 ordinary shares were issued at 32.03p per share as part of the consideration for the acquisition of the Pukaqaqa copper royalty (note 6).

On 20 April 2021, 108,108 ordinary shares were issued at 37p per share as part of the cash-preservation fee payable to the non-executive Directors.

 

On 18 June 2021, 2,500,000 ordinary shares were issued for cash at 40p per share.

 

Details of shares issued during 2020 are provided in the Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2020.

 

9     BORROWINGS

 

On 30 June 2021, Trident entered into a US$10.00m secured loan facility agreement with a syndicate managed by Tribeca Investment Partners.  The facility was drawn on 3 August 2021 and is repayable 12 months from drawdown (with the option of a further 12 months, subject to certain conditions).  Interest is payable at 10% quarterly.  In addition, Trident granted the lenders 3,500,000 share options, exercisable at 51.66p per share, expiring 24 months from the date of grant.

 

 

10    EVENTS OCCURRING AFTER THE REPORTING DATE

 

On 31 August 2021, the Group completed the acquisition of a net smelter return royalty over the Lincoln Gold Mine in California, USA, operated by the Seduli Sutter Operations Corporation, for cash consideration of US$2.50m.



 

About Trident

 

Trident is a growth-focused, diversified mining royalty and streaming company, providing investors with exposure to a mix of base and precious metals, bulk materials (excluding thermal coal) and battery metals.

 

Key highlights of Trident's strategy include:

 

·      Building a royalty and streaming portfolio to broadly mirror the commodity exposure of the global mining sector (excluding thermal coal) with a bias towards production or near-production assets, differentiating Trident from the majority of peers which are exclusively, or heavily weighted, to precious metals;

 

·      Acquiring royalties and streams in resource-friendly jurisdictions worldwide, while most competitors have portfolios focused on North and South America;

 

·      Targeting attractive small-to-mid size transactions which are often ignored in a sector dominated by large players;

 

·      Active deal-sourcing which, in addition to writing new royalties and streams, will focus on the acquisition of assets held by natural sellers, such as: closed-end funds, prospect generators, junior and mid-tier miners holding royalties as non-core assets, and counterparties seeking to monetise packages of royalties and streams which are otherwise undervalued by the market;  

 

·      Maintaining a low-overhead model which is capable of supporting a larger scale business without a commensurate increase in operating costs; and

 

·      Leveraging the experience of management, the board of directors, and Trident's adviser team, all of whom have deep industry connections and strong transactional experience across multiple commodities and jurisdictions.

 

The acquisition and aggregation of individual royalties and streams is expected to deliver strong returns for shareholders as assets are acquired on terms reflective of single asset risk compared with the lower risk profile of a diversified, larger scale portfolio. Further value is expected to be delivered by the introduction of conservative levels of leverage through debt. Once scale has been achieved, strong cash generation is expected to support an attractive dividend policy, providing investors with a desirable mix of inflation protection, growth and income.

  

Forward-looking Statements

 

This news release contains forwardlooking information. The statements are based on reasonable assumptions and expectations of management and Trident provides no assurance that actual events will meet management's expectations. In certain cases, forwardlooking information may be identified by such terms as "anticipates", "believes", "could", "estimates", "expects", "may", "shall", "will", or "would". Although Trident believes the expectations expressed in such forwardlooking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected. Mining exploration and development is an inherently risky business. In addition, factors that could cause actual events to differ materially from the forward-looking information stated herein include any factors which affect decisions to pursue mineral exploration on the relevant property and the ultimate exercise of option rights, which may include changes in market conditions, changes in metal prices, general economic and political conditions, environmental risks, and community and non-governmental actions. Such factors will also affect whether Trident will ultimately receive the benefits anticipated pursuant to relevant agreements. This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of the forwardlooking statements. These and other factors should be considered carefully and readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information.

 

 

Third Party Information

 

As a royalty and streaming company, Trident often has limited, if any, access to non-public scientific and technical information in respect of the properties underlying its portfolio of royalties and investments, or such information is subject to confidentiality provisions. As such, in preparing this announcement, the Company has relied upon information provided by or the public disclosures of the owners and operators of the properties underlying its portfolio of royalties, as available at the date of this announcement.

 

 

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