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Kodal Minerals PLC
22 December 2023
 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014 ("MAR").  With the publication of this announcement via a Regulatory Information Service, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

 

Kodal Minerals Plc / Index: AIM / Epic: KOD / Sector: Mining

 

22 December 2023

 

Kodal Minerals plc ('Kodal', 'Kodal Minerals' or the 'Company')

 

Interim Results for the six months to 30 September 2023

 

Kodal Minerals Plc, the mineral exploration and development company focused on lithium and gold assets in West Africa, announces its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2023.

 

Highlights

 

Operational

·    Funding transaction completed in November 2023 with Hainan Mining Company ("Hainan" or "Hainan Mining") to provide

$100m investment in to the Bougouni Lithium Project in Mali ("Bougouni" or the "Project") to fully finance the development of the mine, with Hainan acquiring a 51% stake in the Project;

$17.75m subscription for shares in Kodal Minerals, giving Hainan a 14.7% holding in the Company.

·    New Mineral Resource estimate for Bougouni announced in November 2023 of 31.9 million tonnes (Mt) at 1.06% Lithium Oxide (Li2O), an increase of over 40% from the previous Mineral Resource estimate.

·    Engineering and development work at Bougouni continued including work on construction of a new access road for the mine

·    Relationships with the local community in Bougouni remain strong with ongoing discussions to prioritise an extensive community development programme

 

Financial

·    For the 6 months to 30 September 2023, the Company made a loss of £509,000 (6 months to 30 September 2022: £491,000).

·    Total investments in lithium and gold assets increased to £17.0 million from £14.5 million as at 31 March 2023

·    Cash balances at 30 September 2023 were £1.7 million (30 September 2022: £0.6 million) and following the closing of the Funding Transaction now stand at £11.2 million.

 

Overview:

The Company has continued to focus on the fast-track development of the Bougouni Lithium mine and to that end the Company announced in January 2023 a major funding transaction for US$117.75 million (the "Funding Transaction"), paving the way for the opportunity for Kodal to be the first London-quoted lithium producer.  The Funding Transaction was completed on 15 November 2023 with all funds received.

 

The Funding Transaction was agreed with Hainan Mining Co. Limited ("Hainan" or "Hainan Mining") and its wholly owned UK-incorporated subsidiary Xinmao Investment Co. Limited ("Xinmao" and together the "Hainan Group"), and provides full funding for the development and commencement of production at the Bougouni Lithium Project in Mali ("Bougouni" or the "Project"), as well as  supporting ongoing exploration and development programmes designed to continue the expansion of the Project.

 

The Funding Transaction consists of a US$17.75 million equity subscription by the Hainan Group into Kodal, with these new ordinary shares admitted to trading on AIM.  As a result, the Hainan Group now holds 14.72% of the issued share capital of the Company. The Funding Transaction also includes a US$100 million investment into Kodal's UK subsidiary company, Kodal Mining UK Limited ("KMUK"), by the Hainan Group, primarily to provide the financing to construct the Bougouni lithium production operation.  Following the transaction, KMUK is 49% owned by Kodal and 51% by the Hainan Group.

 

Bougouni Lithium Project - Mineral Resource Update

In November 2023 Kodal announced a new JORC Mineral Resource estimate (MRE) for the Bougouni Lithium Project of 31.9 million tonnes (Mt) at 1.06% Lithium Oxide (Li2O), an increase of over 40% from the previous Mineral Resource completed in 2019.  The significant increase relates to the Ngoualana and Boumou deposits following the drilling programmes completed in early 2023. 

 

The updated Mineral Resource estimate has been prepared as part of the development plans for Bougouni. As previously announced, the Company plans for a two-stage development strategy: Stage 1 involves processing ore from the Ngoualana deposit through a dense media separation ("DMS") process plant; and Stage 2 processing ore from the Boumou and Sogola-Baoulé deposits through a flotation plant.

 

Highlights of the Mineral Resource estimate include:

·    The 40% increase in Bougouni's spodumene resource adds 10.6Mt to bring the overall MRE to 31.9Mt at 1.06% Li2O following 3,230 metres of RC/diamond drilling during 2023.

·    New JORC Mineral Resource estimates have been prepared for the Boumou and Ngoualana prospects:

Boumou:       13.1Mt at 1.04% Li2O, an increase of 236% from the 2019 estimate

(Boumou Resource reported using a 0.75% Li2O lower cut-off, no top cut-off)

Ngoualana:   6.7Mt at 1.00% Li2O, an increase of 9% from the 2019 estimate

(Ngoualana MRE reported using 0.5% Li2O lower cut-off, no top cut applied)

The MRE update also improves Kodal management's confidence in the previously defined resource at the Ngoualana prospect ahead of the proposed DMS mining development.

·    Sogola-Baoulé prospect has a resource of 12.2Mt at 1.1% Li2O, which is unchanged from the 2019 resource estimate, and the next phase of drilling will include additional metres with potential to expand Sogola-Baoulé.

·    Boumou prospect remains open along strike and drilling is planned to target an additional 750m strike length.

·    Ngoualana resource is undergoing open pit optimisation and the mine design is being updated to capture the increased resources, and to support the final planning of the Ngoualana prospect's DMS development.

 

The next drilling campaign will commence imminently, focussing on further resource definition, infill and exploration drilling at Boumou and Sogola-Baoulé prospects, as well as those not included in the MRE to date, including Kola and Bougouni South, all located within the current Bougouni mining licence.

 

Bougouni Lithium Project - Engineering Development

Bougouni Lithium project is an advanced lithium project which has a mining permit for an initial twelve-year period, renewable in ten-year blocks until all resources are mined, covering 97 km² of highly prospective lithium deposits, which to date has a JORC Mineral Resource Estimate of 31.9Mt of Li2O at 1.06%.   

 

The Stage 1 development, for the DMS plant, is progressing well, with the access road upgrade and construction nearing completion and clearance of site for the proposed processing plant development commencing.  

 

The Engineering design of the DMS modular units is complete and engineering representatives from Hainan and Kodal recently visited the Johannesburg offices of our engineering consultant DRA Global to review the proposed units.

 

Engineering works are continuing with the commencement of the procurement of long lead items and in Mali, our development team is building our internal capacity for the construction phase and future operations of the Bougouni Lithium project.

 

Environmental and Social Governance

Kodal was granted an Environmental Permit over the Project in November 2019. Supplemental studies have been ongoing in 2023, including dust and noise monitoring, surface water and hydrogeological assessments, and waste rock geochemistry analysis.

 

The Company has finalised the upgrade of local access roads following the end of the rainy season (October 2023), utilising Malian contractors. This upgrade of existing roads in the project area has improved conditions for the local community as they approach the harvest season as well as benefiting the Company in upgrading access to the Ngoualana deposit for the site development activities.

 

The Company is continuing to work with the local community to prioritise a community development programme, which involves direct consultation with the local communities, in order to document a programme that will jointly establish priority community development projects and identify how the Company can provide support for these initiatives.

 

 

Bernard Aylward, CEO of Kodal Minerals, said: "This year has been transformational for Kodal as we move towards the development and commencement of production from the Bougouni Lithium mine with our new partner, the Hainan Group.  During this year we have completed the major Funding package that ensures the development of the Bougouni Lithium mine as well as supplies additional funding for further exploration and development. We have increased our JORC compliant Mineral Resource estimate by over 40% and have identified advance targets to continue that resource growth and have fast tracked our project development with continued detailed engineering and commencement of site works."

 

"Kodal ends the year 2023 in a strong financial position with a cash balance exceeding £11,236,000 that will allow us to continue to explore our 100% owned projects in Mali and Côte d'Ivoire as well as review opportunities that offer further growth and expansion opportunities for the Company.  Kodal has demonstrated an expertise in the acquisition, exploration and development of Lithium and Battery Mineral Projects and the Company will continue to explore these opportunities that will utilise our successful team."

 

"The Bougouni Lithium project remains a focus for the Company as we work with our development partner to complete construction and commence production during 2024.  Kodal will continue the exploration and mineral resource development of the Bougouni Lithium project with an extensive drilling programme commencing at the Boumou prospect and continuing to test additional high priority pegmatite targets to support the future development of a Flotation Processing plant to significantly expand the production of spodumene concentrate from the project."

 

Chairman's Statement

I am very pleased to report on the status of our Company following a remarkable 2023 year.  The Company enters the 2024 calendar year in a very strong financial position, having secured full funding for the development of our flagship Bougouni Lithium project through the partnership with the Hainan Group.

 

The development of the Bougouni Lithium project will ensure Kodal plays a role in the future energy transition away from fossil fuels as our lithium spodumene concentrate product provides the key base material for battery production.  This year has seen the lithium price retreat from the recent highs noted in 2022 that marked, at that time, a 10-fold increase in price over a two year timeframe.  The current price for lithium spodumene concentrate is in line with the Company's prices used in its feasibility studies and underlines the robustness of our project.

 

Kodal continues to review the lithium sector and notes that the decarbonisation and the energy transition are expected to fuel sustained commodity demand growth and notes that a report published by the International Energy Agency has estimated that global battery and minerals supply chains need to expand ten-fold to meet projected critical minerals needs by 2030.

 

The demand for lithium is supported by the increasing primary markets for lithium that include electric vehicle ("EV") batteries, other batteries, ceramics and glass. EV batteries are the fastest growing segment and the key driver of demand growth.  The take-up of electric vehicles is predicted to continue to strongly grow over the next decade as Government policies, population demand and increased vehicle choice drive the market.

 

In addition to the Bougouni Project, Kodal is now also well-funded to undertake further work on its range of 100% owned exploration projects in Mali and Côte d'Ivoire.  The Company has advanced gold exploration projects with potential for near term resource definition and we are working on a strategy to maximise the value of these assets.

 

In the 6-month period ended 30 September 2023, the Group has recorded a loss of £509,000 compared to losses of £491,000 for the 6 months to 30 September 2022 and £1,461,000 for the year to 31 March 2023.

 

Cash balances as at 30 September 2023 were £1,706,000 compared to £2,628,000 at 30 September 2022 and £545,000 at 31 March 2023.  Cash as at 21 December 2023 was £11,236,000.

 

We have a very exciting period ahead of us as we move into the construction and production phase at the Bougouni Lithium project in partnership with the Hainan Group.  We look forward to reporting on our progress during 2024.

 

Robert Wooldridge

Non-Executive Chairman

 

 

Contact details:

For further information, please visit www.kodalminerals.com or contact the following:

 

Kodal Minerals plc

Bernard Aylward, CEO

 

 

Tel: +61 418 943 345

 

Allenby Capital Limited, Nominated Adviser

Jeremy Porter / Vivek Bhardwaj

 

 

Tel: 020 3328 5656

SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP, Financial Adviser & Broker

John Mackay / Laura Harrison

 

 

Tel: 020 3470 0470

 

Canaccord Genuity Limited, Joint Broker

James Asensio/Gordon Hamilton

 

 

Tel: 0207 523 4680

Buchanan, Financial PR

Bobby Morse/Oonagh Reidy

 

Tel: 020 7466 5000

kodal@buchanancomms.co.uk

 


KODAL MINERALS PLC

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2023

 


 

 

Unaudited

6 months to

30 September

2023

 

Unaudited

6 months to

30 September

2022


Audited

Year ended

31 March

2023

 

 

 

£

 

£


£

Continuing operations

 

 

 

 




Revenue

 

 

-

 

-


-

Other operating income

6

 

158,138

 

-


-


 

 

 

 




Administrative expenses

 

 

(511,978)

 

(368,850)


(944,473)

Share based payments

 

 

(154,899)

 

(122,006)


(516,581)


 

 

 

 




OPERATING LOSS

 

 

(508,739)

 

(490,856)


(1,461,054)


 

 

 

 




Finance costs

 

 

-

 

-


-


 

 

 

 




 LOSS BEFORE TAX

 

 

(508,739)

 

(490,856)


(1,461,054)


 

 

 

 




Taxation

 

 

-

 

-


-


 


 

 




LOSS FOR THE PERIOD/YEAR

 

 

(508,739)

 

(490,856)


(1,461,054)

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

 




OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

 

 

 





 

 

 

 




Items that may be subsequently reclassified to profit and loss



 

 




 

 

 

 

 




Currency translation (loss)/gain

 

 

(54,725)

 

259,162


331,259


 

 

 

 




TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE PERIOD/YEAR

 

 

(563,464)

 

(231,694)


(1,129,795)

 

 

 

 

 




Loss per share

 

 

 

 




Basic and diluted - loss per share on total earnings - pence per share

3

 

(0.0030)

 

(0.0029)


(0.0087)

 


KODAL MINERALS PLC

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

AS AT 30 SEPTEMBER 2023

 



 

 

Unaudited

 as at

30 September

2023

 

Unaudited

as at

30 September

2022


Audited

as at

31 March

2023


Note

 

 

£

 

£


£

NON-CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 




Intangible assets

6

 

 

17,000,095

 

12,788,905


14,521,888

Property, plant and equipment

7

 

 

76,992

 

1,356


91,771


 

 

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

 




 

 



17,077,087


12,790,261


14,613,659

CURRENT ASSETS

 



 





Other receivables

 



17,793


18,700


11,175

Cash and cash equivalents

 



1,705,534


2,628,334


544,988


 



1,723,327


2,647,034


556,163

Non-current assets classified as held for sale

 



267,991


-


513,109


 



 





CURRENT LIABILITIES

 



 





Trade and other payables

 



(4,348,457)


(598,543)


(800,007)


 



 





NET CURRENT (LIABILITIES) / ASSETS

 



(2,357,139)


2,048,491


269,265


 



 





NET ASSETS




14,719,948


14,838,752


14,882,924





 





EQUITY




 





Attributable to owners of the parent:

 



 





Share capital

10



5,319,525


5,282,416


5,315,619

Share premium account

10



18,808,801


18,456,035


18,765,206

Share based payment reserve




1,849,685


1,272,684


1,537,779

Translation reserve




(42,093)


(59,466)


12,632

Retained deficit




(11,215,970)


(10,112,917)


(10,748,312)

 




 





TOTAL EQUITY




14,719,948


14, 838,752


14,882,924

 

 


KODAL MINERALS PLC

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2023


Share capital

 

Share premium account

 

 

Share based payments reserve

 

 

Translation

reserve

 

Retained deficit

 

Total equity

 

£

 

£

 

£

 

 

 

£

 

£

At 31 March 2022 (audited)

4,947,595

 

15,933,071

 

1,150,678

 

(318,627)

 

(9,622,062)

 

12,090,655

 












 

Comprehensive income












Loss for the period

-


-


-


-


(490,855)


(490,855)

Currency translation gain

-


-


-


259,161


-


259,161

Total comprehensive income for the period

-


-


-


259,161


(490,855)


(231,694)

 












Transactions with owners












Proceeds from shares issued

334,821


2,522,964


-


-


-


2,857,785

Share based payment

-

 

-

 

122,006

 

-

 

-

 

122,006

At 30 September 2022 (unaudited)

5,282,416

 

18,456,035

 

1,272,684

 

(59,466)

 

(10,112,917)

 

14,838,752

 

Comprehensive income












Loss for the period

-


-


-


-


(970,199)


(970,199)

Currency translation gain

-


-


-


72,098


-


72,098

Total comprehensive income for the period

-


-


-


72,098


(970,199)


(898,101)

 












Transactions with owners












Proceeds from exercise of share options

33,203


309,171


-


-


-


342,374

Lapse of share options

-


-


(334,804)


-


334,804


-

Share based payment

-

 

-

 

599,899

 

-

 

-

 

599,899

At 31 March 2023 (audited)

5,315,619

 

18,765,206

 

1,537,779

 

12,632

 

(10,748,312)

 

14,882,924

 












 

Comprehensive income












Loss for the period

-


-


-


-


(508,739)


(508,739)

Currency translation (loss)

-


-


-


(54,725)


-


(54,725)

Total comprehensive income for the period

-


-


-


(54,725)


(508,739)


(563,464)

 












Transactions with owners












Proceeds from exercise of share options

3,906


43,595


-


-


-


47,501

Lapse of share options

-


-


(41,081)


-


41,081


-

Share based payment

-

 

-

 

352,987

 

-

 

-

 

352,987

At 30 September 2023 (unaudited)

5,319,525

 

18,808,801

 

1,849,685

 

(42,500)

 

(11,215,970)

 

14,719,948

 












 













KODAL MINERALS PLC

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2023

 

 

 

Unaudited

6 months to

30 September

2023

 

Unaudited

6 months to

30 September

2022

 

Audited

Year ended 31 March

2023


 

 

£

 

£


£

Cash flows from operating activities

 


 





Loss before tax

 


(508,739)


(490,856)


(1,461,054)

Adjustments for non-cash items:

 


 





Profit on sale of exploration and evaluation assets

 


(158,138)





Share based payments

 


154,899


122,006


516,581

Operating cash flow before movements in working capital

 


(511,978)


(368,850)


(944,473)

 

 


 





Movement in working capital

 


 





(Increase)/decrease in receivables

 


(6,618)


(12,931)


(5,406)

Increase/(decrease) in payables

 


802,706


192,202


393,666

Net movements in working capital

 


796,088


179,271


388,260


 


 





Net cash inflow / (outflow) from operating activities

 


284,110


(189,579)


(556,213)

 

 


 





Cash flows from investing activities

 


 





Purchase of tangible assets

 


-


-


(103,633)

Purchase of exploration and evaluation assets

 


(2,473,559)


(1,045,662)


(3,006,324)

Disposal of exploration and evaluation assets

 


400,000


-


-

Net cash outflow from investing activities



(2,073,559)


(1,045,662)


(3,109,957)

 

 


 





Cash flow from financing activities

 


 





Prepayment on share subscription



2,745,744


-


-

Net proceeds from share issues

 


-


2,857,785


2,857,785

Net proceeds from exercise of share options

 


47,501


-


342,374


 


 





Net cash inflow from financing activities

 


2,793,245


2,857,785


3,200,159


 


 





Increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 


1,003,796


1,622,544


(466,011)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period

 

 

 

544,988


1,045,515


1,045,515

Exchange gain / (loss) on cash



156,750


(39,725)


(34,516)

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period

 

 


 

1,705,534


 

2,628,334


 

544,988


 







 

 

 

KODAL MINERALS PLC

 

NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2023

 

General information

 

Kodal Minerals plc is a public limited company incorporated and domiciled in England & Wales. The Company's shares are publicly traded on the AIM market of the London stock exchange. Kodal Minerals Plc and its subsidiaries are involved in the exploration and evaluation of mineral resources in West Africa.

 

Basis of preparation

 

These unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the six months ended 30 September 2023 were approved by the board and authorised for issue on 21 December 2023.

 

The basis of preparation and accounting policies set out in the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2023 have been applied in the preparation of these condensed consolidated interim financial statements. These interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the historical cost convention and in accordance with International Accounting Standards in conformity with the requirements of the Companies Act 2006 that are expected to be applicable to the consolidated financial statements for the year ending 31 March 2024 and on the basis of the accounting policies expected to be used in those financial statements.

 

The figures for the six months ended 30 September 2023 and 30 September 2022 are unaudited and do not constitute full accounts.  The comparative figures for the year ended 31 March 2023 are taken from the 2023 audited accounts, which are available on the Group's website, and have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies, and do not constitute full accounts.

 

The Group has not earned revenue during the period to 30 September 2023 as it is still in the exploration and development phases of its business.  The operations of the Group are currently being financed from funds which the Company has raised from the issue of new shares.

 

The directors have prepared cash flow forecasts for the next 12 months. The forecast includes the proceeds from the shares issued as part of the Funding Transaction with Hainan, the costs of targeted exploration of some of the company's gold assets, and the ongoing overheads of the Group. The forecast shows that the Group has sufficient cash resources available to allow it to continue as a going concern and meet its liabilities as they fall due for a period of at least 12 months from the date of the approval of these interim results. Accordingly, the interims have been prepared on a going concern basis. 

 

KODAL MINERALS PLC

 

NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2023

 

1.         SEGMENTAL REPORTING

 

The operations and assets of the Group are focused in the United Kingdom and West Africa and comprise one class of business: the exploration and evaluation of mineral resources. The parent Company acts as a holding company.  At 30 September 2023, the Group had not commenced commercial production from its exploration sites and therefore had no revenue for the period.

 

Six months to 30 September 2023 (Unaudited)

West African Gold

West African Lithium

UK

Total


£

£

£

£

Other operating income

-

158,138

-

158,138

Administration expenses

(1,815)

(19,832)

(490,331)

(511,978)

Share based payments

-

-

(154,899)

(154,899)

Loss for the period

(1,815)

138,306

(645,230)

(508,739)

 

 





At 30 September 2023





Intangible assets - exploration and evaluation expenditure

3,515,208

13,484,887

-

17,000,095

Property plant and equipment

846

76,146

-

76,992

Trade and other receivables

-

-

17,793

17,793

Cash and cash equivalents

18,929

6,205

1,680,400

1,705,534

Assets held for resale

-

267,991

-

267,991

Trade and other payables

-

(1,402,138)

(2,946,289)

(4,348,457)

Net assets

3,534,983

12,433,091

(1,250,096)

14,719,948

 

 

Six months to 30 September 2022 (Unaudited)

West African Gold

West African Lithium

UK

Total


£

£

£

£

Administration expenses

(293)

(9,986)

(358,570)

(368,849)

Share based payments

-

-

(122,006)

(122,006)

Loss for the period

(293)

(9,986)

(480,576)

(490,855)






At 30 September 2022





Intangible assets - exploration and evaluation expenditure

3,068,268

9,720,637

-

12,788,905

Property plant and equipment

338

1,018

-

1,356

Trade and other receivables

17,088

806

806

18,700

Cash and cash equivalents

23,049

311

2,604,974

2,628,334

Trade and other payables

(4,645)

(481,624)

(112,274)

(598,543)

Net assets

3,104,098

9,241,148

2,493,506

14,838,752

 

 

Year to 31 March 2023 (Audited)

West African Gold

West African Lithium

UK

Total


£

£

£

£

Administration expenses

4,288

27,795

912,390

944,473

Share based payments

-

-

516,581

516,581

Loss for the year

4,288

27,795

1,428,971

1,461,054






 

At 31 March 2023 (Audited)





Intangible assets - exploration and evaluation expenditure

3,305,948

 

11,215,940

-

14,521,888

Tangible assets

1,042

90,729

-

91,771

Trade and other receivables

-

-

11,175

11,175

Cash and cash equivalents

90,426

28,858

425,704

544,988

Assets held for resale

-

513,109

-

513,109

Trade and other payables

-

(670,675)

(129,332)

(800,007)

Net assets

3,397,416

11,177,961

307,547

14,882,924

 

2.         OPERATING LOSS

 

The operating loss before tax is stated after charging:

 



Unaudited

6 months to

30 September

2023

 

Unaudited

6 months to

30 September

2022


Audited

Year ended

31 March

2023



£

 

£


£

Audit services


-


-


53,000

Share based payment

 

154,899


122,006


Directors' salaries and fees

 

97,883


80,530


182,247

Employer's National Insurance

 

-


-


10,598

 

3.         LOSS PER SHARE

 

Basic loss per share is calculated by dividing the loss for the period attributable to ordinary equity holders of the parent by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the period.

 

The following reflects the loss and share data used in the basic EPS computations:

 



Loss

Weighted average number of shares


Basic loss per share (pence)



£




Six months to 30 September 2023

 

508,739

17,019,270,573

 

0.0030

Six months to 30 September 2022


490,855

16,715,347,911


0.0029

Year ended 31 March 2023


1,461,054

16,812,417,355


0.0087

 

Diluted loss per share is calculated by dividing the loss attributable to ordinary equity holders of the parent by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the period plus the weighted average number of ordinary shares that would be issued on conversion of all the dilutive potential ordinary shares into ordinary shares.  Options in issue are not considered diluting to the earnings per share as the Group is currently loss making.   Diluted loss per share is therefore the same as the basic loss per share.

 

4.         SHARE BASED PAYMENTS

 

The share-based payment reserve is used to recognise the value of equity-settled share-based payments provided to employees, including key management personnel, as part of their remuneration.

 



Unaudited

6 months to

30 September

2023

 

Unaudited

6 months to

30 September

2022

 

Audited

Year ended

31 March

2023

Share options outstanding


 

 


 

 

Opening balance


582,500,000


250,000,000


250,000,000

Lapsed in the period


-


(72,500,000)


(77,500,000)

Issued in the period


-


640,000,000


470,000,000

Exercised in the period


(12,500,000)


-


(60,000,000)

 

Closing balance


 

570,000,000


 

817,500,000


 

582,500,000

 



Unaudited

6 months to

30 September

2023

 

Unaudited

6 months to

30 September

2022

 

Audited

Year ended

31 March

2023

Performance share rights outstanding


 

 


 

 

Opening balance


240,000,000


175,000,000


175,000,000

Issued in the period


-


75,000,000


75,000,000

Exercised in the period


-


-


(10,000,000)

 

Closing balance


 

240,000,000


 

250,000,000


 

240,000,000

 

 



Unaudited

6 months to

30 September

2023

 

Unaudited

6 months to

30 September

2022

 

Audited

Year ended

31 March

2023

Share warrants outstanding


 

 


 

 

Opening balance


326,250,000


205,000,000


205,000,000

Lapsed in the period


-


(12,500,000)


(12,500,000)

Issued in the period


-


-


170,000,000)

Exercised in the period


-


-


(38,250,000)

 

Closing balance


 

326,250,000


 

192,500,000


 

326,250,000

 

5.         TAXATION

 

There is no taxation charge for the period to 30 September 2023 (6 months to 30 September 2022: £nil, year to 31 March 2023: £nil) as the group continues to incur losses.

 

No deferred tax asset has been recognised in respect of losses as the timing of their utilisation is uncertain at this stage.

 

6.         INTANGIBLE ASSETS




Exploration and evaluation


 

 

 

£

 

COST





 

At 31 March 2022



11,442,403


Additions in the period



1,047,742


Effects of foreign exchange



298,760


 

At 30 September 2022

 

 

12,788,905


Additions in the period



2,179,214


Classified as held for sale



(513,109)


Effects of foreign exchange



66,878


 

At 31 March 2023

 

 

14,521,888

 

Additions in the period



2,684,613


Effects of foreign exchange



(206,406)


 

At 30 September 2023

 

 

17,000,095

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMORTISATION





 

At 31 March 2022 and 30 September 2022 and 31 March 2023 and 30 September 2023

 

 

-

 

 





NET BOOK VALUES





 


 

 

 

At 30 September 2023 (Unaudited)


 

17,000,095

 

 


 

 

 

At 30 September 2022 (Unaudited)



12,788,905







At 31 March 2023 (Audited)


 

14,521,888


 




Assets held for resale


 

 

 

£

 

COST





 

At 31 March 2023



513,109


Disposals in the period



(241,862)


Effects of foreign exchange



(3,256)


 

At 30 September 2023

 

 

 

267,991


 

On 18 April 2023, the Company announced the sale of the Bougouni West project.  This was held as an asset for resale at 31 March 2023 and 30 September 2023.  During the period, sale of one of the Bougouni West licences completed, resulting in other operating income for the Group of £158,138.

 

7.         PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT



Plant and machinery


 

 

£

 

COST




 

At 31 March 2022


27,633


Additions in the period


-


Effects of foreign exchange


(127)


 

At 30 September 2022


27,761

 

Additions in the period


103,633


Effects of foreign exchange


264


At 31 March 2023


131,403


Additions in the period


-


Effects of foreign exchange


(1,813)


At 30 September 2023


129,590






 

 

 




DEPRECIATION




At 31 March 2022


24,324


Charge for the period


2,081


 

At 30 September 2022


26,405


Charge for the period


13,227


 

At 31 March 2023


39,632


Charge in the period


12,966


At 30 September 2023


52,598


 




NET BOOK VALUES


 

 

 


 

 

At 30 September 2023 (Unaudited)


76,992

 

 


 

 

At 30 September 2022 (Unaudited)


1,356






At 31 March 2023 (Audited)


91,771


 




8.         SUBSIDIARY ENTITIES

 

The consolidated financial statements include the following subsidiary companies:

 

 

Company

 

Subsidiary of

Country of

incorporation

Equity holding

Nature of

Business

Kodal Norway (UK) Limited

Kodal Minerals Plc

United Kingdom

100%

Dormant company

International Goldfields (Bermuda) Limited

Kodal Minerals Plc

Bermuda

100%

Holding company

International Goldfields Mali SARL

International Goldfields (Bermuda) Limited

Mali

100%

Mining exploration

International Goldfields Cȏte d'Ivoire SARL

International Goldfields (Bermuda) Limited

Cȏte d'Ivoire

100%

Mining exploration

Jigsaw Resources CIV Limited

International Goldfields (Bermuda) Limited

Bermuda

100%

Holding company

Corvette CIV SARL

Jigsaw Resources CIV Limited

Cȏte d'Ivoire

100%

Mining exploration

Future Minerals Limited

International Goldfields (Bermuda) Limited

Mali

100%

Mining exploration

Kodal Mining UK Limited

Kodal Minerals Plc

United Kingdom

100%

Holding company

 

9.         ORDINARY SHARES

 

Allotted, issued and fully paid:

 

 

 

Note

Nominal Value

Number of Ordinary Shares

Share Capital

£

Share Premium

£

At 30 September 2022



16,903,730,956

5,282,416

18,456,035







March 2023

a


106,250,000

33,203

309,171







At 31 March 2023



17,009,980,956

5,315,619

18,765,206

 



 

 

 

May 2023

b


12,500,000

3,906

43,595







At 30 September 2023

 

 

17,022,480,956

5,319,525

18,808,801

 

Share issue costs have been allocated against the Share Premium account.

 

Notes:

a)    On 20 March 2023, a total of 106,250,000 shares were issued pursuant to the exercise of options, warrants and Performance Share Rights from certain directors, senior management and consultants of the Company.  The shares were issued at between 0.14 and 0.38 pence per share.

 

b)    On 12 May 2023, a total of 12,500,000 shares were issued pursuant to the exercise of options.  The shares were issued at 0.38 pence per share.

 

10.      RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

 

Transactions with related parties

 

Robert Wooldridge, a Director, is a member of SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP ("SP Angel") which acts as financial advisor and broker to the Company.  During the six months to 30 September 2023, SP Angel received fees of £15,000 (6 months to 30 September 2022: £157,005, year to 31 March 2023:  £173,605).  The balance due to SP Angel at 30 September 2023 was £nil (30 September 2022:  £nil, 31 March 2023:  £nil).

 

Matlock Geological Services Pty Ltd ("Matlock"), a company wholly owned by Bernard Aylward, a Director, provided consultancy services to the Group during the six months to 30 September 2023 and received fees of £112,500 (6 months to 30 September 2022: £61,754, year to 31 March 2023:  £139,514). The balance due to Matlock at 30 September 2023 was £88,690 (30 September 2022:  £13,270, 31 March 2023:  £nil).

 

Geosmart Consulting Pty Ltd ("Geosmart"), a company wholly owned by Qingtao Zeng, a former Director, provided consultancy services to the Group during the six months to 30 September 2023 and received fees of £nil (6 months to 30 September 2022: £18,948, year to 31 March 2023:  £24,627).  The balance due to Geosmart at 30 September 2023 was £nil (30 September 2022:  £nil, 31 March 2023:  £nil).

 

Zivvo Pty Ltd ("Zivvo"), a company wholly owned by Steven Zaninovich, a Director, provided consultancy services to the Group during the six months to 30 September 2023 and received fees of £105,000 (period to 30 September 2022: £37,370, year to 31 March 2023:  £140,000).  The balance due to Zivvo at 30 September 2023 was £nil (30 September 2022:  £37,370, 31 March 2023:  £nil). 

 

11.      CONTROL

 

No one party is identified as controlling the Group.

 

12.      EVENTS AFTER THE REPORTING PERIOD

 

On 27 October 2023, the Company announced that it, Kodal Mining UK Limited, Hainan Mining Co. Limited, and Hainan's wholly owned UK-incorporated subsidiary Xinmao Investment Co, Limited had agreed terms to complete the funding package announced on 19 January 2023.  The agreement for completion of the transaction follows from the waiving of certain conditions precedent relating to the reorganisation of Kodal's Mali lithium assets.

 

On 14 November 2023, the Company announced that it had received US$17.75 million (approximately £14.5 million) from Xinmao Investment Co, Limited in consideration for the issue of 2,937,801,971 new ordinary shares at a price of 0.4912 pence per share. The Subscription proceeds include the US$3.5m previously advanced by the Hainan Group as announced on 3 August 2023.

 

On 15 November 2023, the Company announced the completion of the funding transaction for US$117.75 million originally announced on 19 January 2023.  The Funding Transaction consists of the US$17.75 million equity subscription into Kodal, noted above, and also includes a US$100 million investment into Kodal's UK subsidiary company, Kodal Mining UK Limited by the Hainan Group, primarily to provide the financing to construct the Bougouni lithium production operation. 

 

On 16 November 2023, the Company announced that it had received notices of exercise for options, warrants and Performance Share Rights from certain directors, former directors, senior management and consultants of the Company to subscribe for a total of 280,833,333 new ordinary shares. Total subscription proceeds for the Company from these exercises was £651,833.

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