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Cadence Minerals #KDNC – Interim Results

Cadence Minerals plc (AIM/NEX: KDNC), is pleased to announce its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2020.

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been deep and fundamental. The pandemic has driven huge changes in the way we work and live the long-term effects of which are hard to predict with any great degree of accuracy. The reaction by governments around the world has for the large part involved economic stimuli with central banks cutting interests and the launch of huge quantitative easing schemes.  

It is the latter, and in particular, the stimulus packages in China that have been beneficial to our investment portfolio. . China’s impact in relation to the rapid increase in iron ore prices has been clear. It is still the world’s biggest buyer of industrial commodities, and the vast majority seaborne trade in iron ore goes there. Indeed, in the first week of June, China’s steel blast furnaces were operating at 92% of capacity, which is above the 80-85% rates considered normal. Currently, indicators of construction activity look strong and a pipeline of orders had already been building before the pandemic struck. In its aftermath, construction has been given an extra push by the Chinese Government’s stimulus package.[1]

With this macroeconomic background, the directors believe that  the Company’s investments have performed well. A detailed review of which was recently published in the annual report released in June 2020 and in further announcements subsequent to this date. We have provided some of the highlights from our investments over the period below.

The Company also raised £1.25 million of new funds (before expenses) from new and existing investors as announced on 21st August. These funds were raised for general working capital and to provide flexibility to the Company to repay loan notes from cash reserves rather than from its holdings in quoted investments. 

HIGHLIGHTS

Amapa, Iron Ore Mine (“Amapa”) 

· Amapa was owned by Anglo American plc and Cliffs Natural Resources and consists of a large-scale iron ore mine, beneficiation plant, railway, and private port.  In 2012 the operation produced 6.1 Mt of iron ore concentrate and reported operating profits from their 70% ownership in the Amapá Project of US$120 million (100% – US$171 million). Before its sale in 2012, Anglo American valued its 70% stake at US$462m in its 2012 Annual Report (100% – US$600m).

· The remaining major precondition for Cadence to make its initial investment into Amapa requires DEV Mineraço S.A’s (“DEV”) to reach a settlement agreement with the secured bank creditors (“Bank Creditors”). On completion of the conditions and the release of the Cadence escrow monies, Cadence will become a 20% shareholder in Amapa via our joint venture company which will own 99.9% of DEV.

· DEV, Cadence and Indo Sino Pty Ltd (“the Investors”) have continued a constructive dialogue with the secured the Bank Creditors, and the parties are currently negotiating the settlement terms as proposed by the Bank Creditors.

· Iron Ore Stockpile Shipment – as announced on the 21 August – Companhia Docas de Santana (“CDSA”), a public (municipal) company and the port operator requested some additional non-statutory contractual requirements and undertakings. DEV has provided the requested documentation and continues to liaise with the State of Amapa and SEMA (Secretaria de Estado de Meio Ambiente). Cadence understands that SEMA will provide the required documentation imminently. Cadence will provide an update once the first shipment is underway.

European Metals Holdings Limited (“EMH”)

 · In late April 2020, EMH advised that shareholders had approved the investment of EUR 29.1 million by CEZ a.s. (“CEZ”) for a 51% equity interest in Geomet, EMH’s Czech subsidiary and holder of the Cinovec licenses at the Extraordinary General Meeting held on 23 April 2020. The investment of EUR 29.1 million will see the Cinovec project fully funded to the decision to construct.

· In June 2020, EMH   European Metals advised that the Czech Ministry of the Environment had granted Geomet an updated Preliminary Mining Permit related to the Eastern part of the Cinovec deposit. The permit was issued for a period of 8 years. A Preliminary Mining Permit is a necessary legal pre-qualification before obtaining a Final Mining Permit and guarantees EMH the priority right to apply for and obtain a Final Mining Area and a Final Mining Permit.

Macarthur Minerals (“Macarthur”)

· Announced Moonshine Magnetite Mineral Resource upgrade 

· RCR Mining Technologies appointed to examine rail unloading infrastructure solution at Esperance Port

· Proposal for development of a Commercial Track Access Agreement received from Arc Infrastructure

· lodgement of applications for land access to develop a 93km haul road from its Lake Giles Iron Project to a proposed rail siding adjacent to the Perth to Kalgoorlie rail line 

· Finalisation of land tenure agreement for the development of its proposed Magnetite processing plant at Lake Giles

Bacanora Lithium Plc (“Bacanora”)

· Cadence owns a 30% stake in the Mexalit S.A. de CV (“Mexalit”) joint venture which forms part of the Sonora Lithium Project in Northern Mexico. 

· In late May 2020, Bacanora provided an update which included. The Sonora government continues to maintain measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 which meant Bacanora’s Hermosillo pilot plant was placed in care and maintenance in late March 2020 after shipping samples to its engineering partners in order to maintain the Front End Engineering Design schedule. The pilot plant will remain closed until conditions are considered safe, and the Government lifts its restrictions. 

· As a result of the return to work in China in late April 2020, the Ganfeng lithium test plant and project team resumed work on the Sonora flowsheet optimisation and process engineering. After the completion of the flow sheet engineering Ganfeng will provide Bacanora with an Engineering, Procurement and Construction style engineering proposal to produce downstream battery-grade lithium products from the Sonora Lithium Project. 

Yangibana Rare Earth Project

· Cadence owns 30% of 3 Mining Leases, 6 Exploration Licences which form part of the Yangibana Rare Earth Deposit. Hastings Technology Metals owns the remaining 70%. 

· Hasting’s signed long term binding Master Agreement with German Automotive Tier 1 supplier, Schaeffler technologies AG. Hasting’s obligation is to supply a substantial volume of MREC over an initial period of 10 years 

· Total Yangibana Project CAPEX revised to A$449m from A$517mresulting in 13% or A$68M reduction in CAPEX based on Hydrometallurgical Plant relocation to the Pilbara 

FINANCIAL RESULTS:

During the period the Group made a loss before taxation of £1.26 million (6 months ended 30 June 2019: £0.29 million year ended 31 December 2019: £2.27 million). There was a weighted basic loss per share of 1.336p (30 June 2019: 0.331p, 31 December 2018: 2.544p).  As a result of unrealised foreign exchange differences, comprehensive loss for the period was £1.42 million (30 June 2019: £0.24 million, 31 December 2019: £2.04 million).

The total assets of the group decreased from £18.77 million at 31 December 2019 to £17.89 million. Of this amount £0.37 million represent the market value of our investments at the period end. Borrowings were reduced from £2.98m at 31 December 2019 to £2.08m at 30 June 2020.

During the period our net cash outflow from operating activities was £0.67 million, and our net cash position was up £0.12 million at £2.38 million.

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014.

For further information:

Cadence Minerals plc+44 (0) 7879 584153
Andrew Suckling 
Kiran Morzaria 
  
WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Joint Broker)+44 (0) 207 220 1666
James Joyce 
James Sinclair-Ford 
  
Novum Securities Limited (Joint Broker)+44 (0) 207 399 9400
Jon Belliss

Link here for the group financial statements

Cadence Minerals #KDNC – Vox Markets Investor Presentation and Q&A

Cadence Minerals #KDNC CEO, Kiran Morzaria offers an overview and update of the Company’s investments and ongoing strategy.  Kiran then answers questions from the Vox Community where he discusses the Amapa Iron Ore Project, future milestones of European Metals Holding and the Company plans for the coming year.

Cadence Minerals #KDNC – Alan Green interviews CEO Kiran Morzaria, plus shareholder Q&A

Alan Green talks to Cadence Minerals #KDNC CEO Kiran Morzaria. Kiran talks about the company’s investments into the Czech Cinovec Lithium project via European Metals #EMH, Macarthur Minerals iron ore projects in Australia, plus Lithium JV’s with Bacanora in Mexico and Hastings Tech Metals at Yangibana, Australia. Kiran then elaborates on the company’s flagship Amapa Iron ore project in Brazil, discusses the latest developments re shipping the ore stockpile, the fundraise for the scoping study plus the value inflection points going forward. Alan and Kiran then go through a shareholder Q&A, before Kiran finally provides key takeaway points for. investors, highlighting the valuations on each of the projects.

UK Investor Magazine – Cadence Minerals #KDNC – Transformation Cycle

AIM listed Cadence Minerals (AIM: KDNC) continues to make substantial progress with the former Anglo American Iron Ore mine, railway and port at Amapá in Brazil.

Since September 2018, the board has conducted an exhaustive, ongoing round of due diligence and legal processes to bring the mine out of administration, into a recommissioning programme and ultimately back to production.

Back in April 2020, Brazil’s Commercial Court of São Paulo ruled that DEV Mineração S.A., owner of the Amapá iron ore project and 99% owned by Cadence, could commence shipment of the iron ore stockpiles situated at the wholly-owned port in Santana, Amapá, Brazil.

Independent surveys of these iron ore stockpiles indicate that some 1.39 Mt of iron ore in three stockpiles are available for immediate export with an average Fe grade of 62.12%.

Despite the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown in Brazil, shipment is still expected
to commence on schedule late Q2, early Q3 2020. The net proceeds will go to pay labour and small creditors, invest in the recommissioning of the assets and essential maintenance.

Currently rehabilitation of the mine, railway and port is expected to be completed in 2022. A production ramp up will see 5.3 million tonnes of iron ore produced per annum within 3 years of completion of the rehabilitation. The local economy will also see significant benefits, with hundreds of new jobs and employment opportunities.
The financials make impressive reading too.

Net revenues after shipping from the former Anglo American mine is forecast to be approximately $265m per annum, with EBITDA of approx $136m per annum based on a conservative iron ore price of $61 per tonne. Currently the iron ore price squeeze sees the commodity trading at up to $100 per tonne.

“This is a huge step change for Cadence,” says Cadence CEO Kiran Morzaria.

“Our range of lithium and iron ore investments continue to add value, but once
settlement is finalized with our creditors, Cadence will own 27% of Amapá, with options to acquire up to 49%. Our EBITDA forecasts will deliver a material change to current valuation metrics for our company.”

While the focus is certainly on Amapá, the rest of the Cadence portfolio is nonetheless impressive. Cornerstone stakes in projects such as the Cinovec Lithium and Tin Project in the Czech republic and Macarthur Minerals’ Lake Giles Iron Project in Western Australia has provided Cadence with opportunities to invest into assets such as Amapá.

Cinovec, 50% owned by European Metals Holdings (AIM: EMH) and Eastern European utility giant CEZ is set to become a major European and Global lithium supply hub to meet the boom in batteries and electric vehicles, with demand anticipated to grow some 800% by 2030. Cadence also has a range of other lithium and rare metal investments, plus a joint venture at the Yangibana Rare Earths project in Australia with Hastings Technology Metals (ASX: HAS).

Cadence Chairman Andrew Suckling is also a non-executive director of Macarthur Minerals (TSX-V: MMS, ASX: MIO) and chairman of the Audit Committee. Macarthur stated recently it was ‘encouraged by the robust iron ore market’, and also buoyed by the recent share price performance of Cadence Minerals, one of its largest shareholders.

City institutions are also waking up to Amapá’s potential, with broker WH Ireland noting that the “healthy margin from sales of the easy to ship iron-ore stockpile could be used to pay senior bank creditors, complete a feasibility study into the reopening of the mine and pay for some of the new infrastructure required.”

AIM listed Cadence currently trades on an asset backed market cap of just £7m, although with the current transformation cycle the company is undergoing, that
could be unlikely to last.

Financial Times – Europe eclipses China in electric vehicle investment

by Joe Miller

EU carmakers help close the gap as they race to comply with strict CO2 emissions targets

Europe has outpaced China in attracting investment for electric vehicles and battery development, securing a record €60bn last year largely as a result of Volkswagen’s push into emissions-free cars.

The figure, compiled by Brussels-based non-profit Transport and Environment, is almost 20 times higher than the last calculation, made two years ago.

In the 12 months to mid-2018, Europe had received just €3.2bn in private and public funds for electric transport, while China attracted almost €22bn. For 2019 the respective figures were €60bn and €17.1bn.

“A few years ago Europe was nowhere in the race for electric vehicle supremacy,” said Saul Lopez, who researches electric mobility at T&E. “But EU CO2 targets concentrated carmakers and governments’ minds.”

While the report did not provide specific figures for the US, it lags behind Europe and China in electric vehicle investment.

Carmakers operating in Europe have been forced to invest in zero-emission technologies to comply with rules phased in at the start of this year.

The EU directive mandates that manufacturers reduce their fleet-wide carbon footprint to an average of 95g per kilometre by 2021, or risk fines amounting to billions of euros.

Link here to read the full article

Alan Green discusses Oil, Corona Virus, Gigafactories, European Metals #EMH & Mirriad #MIRI on the UK Investor Mag Podcast

Alan Green discusses Oil, Corona Virus, Gigafactories, European Metals #EMH & Mirriad #MIRI with Jonathan Roy on the UK Investor Mag Podcast.

Cadence Minerals #KDNC CEO Kiran Morzaria discusses the company’s lithium, rare earth and iron ore assets with Vox Markets

Cadence Minerals #KDNC CEO Kiran Morzaria discusses the company’s lithium, rare earth and iron ore assets with Abraham Darwyne at Vox Markets. Link on the image to watch.

Cadence Minerals #KDNC – Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2019

Cadence Minerals plc announces interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2019

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

·    Cadence entered into an investment agreement to acquire up to 27% of the Amapá iron ore mine, beneficiation plant, railway and private port.

·      Before its sale in 2012 Anglo American valued  (impaired) its 70% stake in the Amapá iron ore mine at  US $462m ( 100% US $600m).

·      During its operation, the mine generated an annual operating profit of up to U$171 million (100%).

·      The total historic mineral resource contains an estimated 348 million tonnes (“Mt”) of ore @ 38.9% iron content (“Fe”).

·    Macarthur Minerals (Cadence equity ownership approx. 9%) refocused efforts on their iron ore assets and secured a binding Life-Of-Mine Off-Take Agreement with Glencore International A.G

·    European Metals (Cadence equity ownership approx. 19%) published a pre-feasibility study for the production of lithium hydroxide, increasing the net present value of the project 105% to US$1.1 BN.

INVESTMENT REVIEW

Amapá, Iron Ore Mine (“Amapá”)

In June this year Cadence Minerals entered into a binding investment agreement (“the  Agreement”) with Indo Sino Pte. Ltd. (“Indo Sino”) to invest in and acquire up to a 27% interest in the former Anglo American plc (“Anglo American”) and Cliffs Natural Resources (“Cliffs”) Amapá iron ore mine, beneficiation plant, railway and private port (“Amapá Project”) owned by DEV Mineração S.A. (“Amapá”).

The Amapá Project is a large-scale iron open pit ore mine with associated rail, port and beneficiation facilities and commenced operations in December 2007. Production increased to 4.8 Mt and 6.1 Mt of iron ore concentrate product in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

A summary of the asset is as below:

·      Before its sale in 2012 Anglo American valued its 70% stake in the Amapá Project at US$866 million (100% 1.2 billion) and after impairment valued it at  US $462m in its 2012 Annual Report ( 100% US $600m)

·      During its operation, the mine generated an annual operating profit of up to U$171 million (100%)

·      The total historic mineral resource contains an estimated 348 million tonnes (“Mt”) of ore @ 38.9% iron content (“Fe”)

·      The ore is beneficiated to 65% Fe Pellet Feed and 62% Fe Spiral Concentrate

·      Based on available historic mine plans and an independent consultant review it is expected that at full production the Amapá Project has a mine life of 14 years and at full capacity is targeting to produce up to 5.3 Mt of Iron Ore per annum

·      Subject key preconditions being met, the planned shipment of a 1.39 million tonne stockpile is scheduled to commence in December 2019. It is estimated that these stockpiles have a net realisable value of approximately US$ 60 million, which will be reinvested in the restart of the Amapá Project

·      Potential for the mine and existing infrastructure to be brought to market swiftly with mining and processing anticipated to restart in 2021 subject to the grant of the necessary permits, regulatory consents and project financing.

To acquire its 27% interest, Cadence will invest US$ 6 million over two stages. The first stage is for 20% of the JV Co the consideration for which is US$2.5 million. The second stage of investment is for a further 7% of JV Co for a consideration of US$3.5 million. Should Indo Sino seek additional investors or an investment in the JV Co the agreement also provides Cadence with a first right of refusal to increase its stake to 49% in the JV Co.

Our investment is conditional on several key preconditions the first is the approval of the judicial restructuring plan (“JRP”), which was completed at the end of August. Once the remaining pre-conditions relating to the reinstatement of a concession on the railway licenses and bank creditor arrangements have been met, the US$2.5 million investment placed in the judicial trust account will be released, and Cadence will own 20% of the Amapá iron ore project. This will enable the start of the shipping of the iron stockpile.

The approval of the JRP and the fulfilment of the preconditions outlined above will result in Cadence’s and IndoSino’s joint venture company Pedra Branca Alliance Pte Ltd. (“PBA”) owning 99.9% of DEV Mineração S.A. (“Amapá”). DEV Mineração S.A. is the owner of the Amapá iron project.

Cadence’s next stage of investment will be a further investment of US$3.5 million on the grant of all operational and environmental licenses for the Amapá Project, at which point Cadence will own 27%.

As part of the JRP Amapá submitted an outline of an operational and financial plan that Amapá intends to implement to bring the project back into production, which included the following

·      The total initial estimate of capital investment of approximately US$168 million, of which it is estimated US$61 million will be spent on port rehabilitation and US$47 million to be spent on plant recommissioning.

·      Rehabilitation to be completed by the end of 2021 with new production in 2022. Full production by 2024 of 5.3 million tonnes (“Mt”) of iron ore per annum.

·      At full production and using US$61 per tonne of 62% Fe Amapá is forecast to have:

·      an average net revenue after shipping of US$266 million per annum,

·      and an average EBITDA of US$136 million per annum.

European Metals Holdings Limited (“EMH”)

Cadence has been investing in European Metals since June 2015. As of the date of this document, Cadence holds approximately 19% in the Cinovec deposit in the Czech Republic through a direct holding in the share capital of European Metals that owns 100 per cent of the exploration rights to the Cinovec lithium/tin deposit. The Cinovec lithium and tin deposit is located in the Krusne Hory mountain range. The deposit that straddles the border between Germany and the Czech Republic and in Germany, it is known as the Zinnwald deposit (50% owned by Bacanora Lithium Plc ). The district has an extensive mining history, with various metals having been extracted since the 14th Century.

During the period EMH made significant progress. Drilling continued at the site with five of the eight-hole programme completed; this drilling programme was carried out to define the first two years of mining within the Cinovec-south area. The results of this programme have either been in line with or exceeded, EMH’s expectations particularly with regard to the tin intercepts.

In addition to the drilling results, EMH published a pre-feasibility study on producing battery-grade lithium hydroxide for as an alternative to battery-grade lithium carbonate. The result significantly enhanced the forecast economics of the Cinovec Project:

Highlights of the study are: (all $ figures in this release are US Dollars and increases refer to the 2017 PFS Lithium Carbonate study):

·           Net estimated overall cost of production post-credits: $3,435 / tonne LiOH.H2O

·           Project Net Present Value (“NPV”) increases 105% to: $1.108B (post-tax, 8%)

·           Internal Rate of Return (“IRR”) was increased 37% to 28.8% (post-tax)

·           Total Capital Cost: $482.6M

·           Annual production of Battery Grade Lithium Hydroxide: 25,267 tonnes

·           Studies are based on only 9.3% of reported Indicated Mineral Resource and a mine life of 21 years processing an average of 1.68 Mtpa ore

·           The process used to produce lithium hydroxide allows for the staging of lithium carbonate and then lithium hydroxide production to minimise capital and startup risk and enables the production of either battery-grade lithium hydroxide or carbonate as markets demand

After the period end, EMH entered into an agreement with CEZ Group(“CEZ”), one of Central and Eastern Europe’s largest power utilities, to conditionally provide a EUR 2 million finance facility by way of a convertible loan. CEZ is currently conducting due diligence on the Company and Project. The successful outcome of the due diligence process could see CEZ become European Metals’ largest shareholder and co-development partner for the Cinovec Lithium/Tin Project through conversion of the convertible note and subsequent additional investment.

Macarthur Minerals (“Macarthur”)

Cadence holds approximately 9% of the equity in Macarthur. Macarthur has three iron ore projects in the Yilgarn region of Western Australia. The Company has also established multiple project areas in the Pilbara, Western Australia for conglomerate gold, hard rock greenstone gold and hard rock lithium. In addition, Macarthur Minerals has significant lithium brine interests in the Railroad Valley, Nevada, USA.

During the period Macarthur focused its efforts on its Iron Assets in Western Australia.

The main highlights for Macarthur over the period were:

·       Opened an up to US$6 million institutional convertible note offer to fund the production of a Bankable Feasibility Study on Macarthur iron ore projects

·       Binding Life-Of-Mine Off-Take Agreement with Glencore International A.G for the Lake Giles Iron Ore Project for approximately 4 mtpa for the first 10 years on project start up

·       Macarthur entered into exclusive negotiation agreement with Aurizon for rail haulage services for the Lake Giles Iron Ore Project

·       Infill drilling program planned for the Moonshine magnetite deposit

·       Engineering firm Engenium commissioned to revise NI 43-101 compliant technical report and refine operating and capital costs of the hematite and magnetite projects

·       Applications have been made for three additional prospective iron ore tenements. These were properties released by Cliffs Natural Resources and are adjacent to the iron ore operations of Mt Jackson and Deception Mines

Bacanora Lithium Plc (“Bacanora”)

At the period end Cadence owned less than one per cent of Bacanora’s equity and a 30% stake in the Mexalit S.A. de CV (“Mexalit”) joint venture which forms part of the Sonora Lithium Project in Northern Mexico.

Bacanora has two lithium development assets, the Sonora Lithium Project and the Zinnwald Lithium Project. Bacanora has a 50% interest in, and joint operational control, of the Zinnwald Lithium Project. Zinnwald represents a strategic asset located near a thriving market for lithium and energy products.

Bacanora’s principal asset is the Sonora Lithium Project in northern Mexico. The asset has Measured plus Indicated Mineral Resource estimate of over 5 million tonnes (‘Mt’) (comprising 1.9 Mt of Measured Resources and 3.1Mt of Indicated Resources) of lithium carbonate equivalent (‘LCE’) and an additional Inferred Mineral Resource of 3.7 Mt of LCE, Sonora is regarded as one of the world’s larger known clay lithium deposits.

Bacanora continued to progress the strategic investment by Ganfeng Lithium Co., Ltd. (“Ganfeng”) during the period and signed the investment agreement at the end of June 2019, the key terms of which were:

·           Cornerstone strategic investment of 29.99% in Bacanora for £14,400,091 by Ganfeng

·           Project level investment of 22.5% in Sonora Lithium Ltd , the holding company for the Sonora Lithium Project, for £7,563,649

·           Additional long-term offtake at a market-based price per tonne

·           Gangfeng will complete a review within six months of the EPC engineering design and capital costs of Sonora Lithium Project with a view to reducing costs and accelerating the timetable

·           Gangfeng will provide a plant and process commissioning team to assist Bacanora in delivering first production in 2021

At the time of publishing Ganfeng was awaiting final approval from Chinese authorities to make its investment.

Yangibana Rare Earth Project

Cadence owns a 30% free carried interest in the Yangibana North, Gossan, Hook, Kanes Gossan, Lions Ear and Bald Hill North rare earth projects in Western Australia. These projects form part of the larger Yangibana Rare Earth Project (“the Project”). The free carry is up to the commencement of the feasibility study.

A considerable amount of work over this period has been to define the geological resource and reserves, optimise the process flow, carry out detailed design and engineering work required for the setting up of a process plant, negotiations on equipment supply and no less crucial securing project finance. An early works permit was granted which allowed the initiation of infrastructure work and bring on-site a 340 rooms accommodation camp ready for occupation when mine construction commences.

On geology, there was a 34% increase in probable ore reserves to 10.35 million tonnes at 1.22% TREO including 0.43%Nd2O3+Pr6O11, supporting an initial 11 years operational life for the project based on the JORC certified resource of 21.7 million tonnes.

The current mine plan and production targets set out by the operator incorporates 10.35 million tonnes of Probable Ore Reserves, of which 1.96 million tonnes is part our joint venture asset, Yangibana North, which according to the operator’s production targets are scheduled to be mined from year 8 to year 14. These production targets include indicated mineral resources, hence the longer mine life.

Lithium Assets in Australia

In March this year Cadence announced that it has agreed to acquire three highly prospective assets in Australia that are in regions with proven high-grade lithium mineralisation. The mechanism to facilitate this acquisition was via varying binding investment agreements in place with Lithium Technologies Pty Ltd (“LT”) and Lithium Supplies Pty Ltd (“LS”) that Cadence entered on 11 December 2017 to acquire up to 100% of six prospective hard rock lithium assets in Argentina.

Highlights of the assets include:

·     The acquisition covers three projects – Picasso (Western Australia – WA), Litchfield (Northern Territories – NT) and Alcoota (NT) – that are located  in regions with proven lithium mineralisation and supportive mining infrastructure

·     The Picasso Project (license granted) is near Alliance Mineral Assets’ (ASX: A40; SGX: 40F; “AMA”) high-profile Bald Hill Mine in WA (note: AMA recently completed a 50:50 A$400m+ merger with delisted Tawawa Resources [ASX: TAW] & raised $40M to develop the  asset base)

·     Demonstrating exploration upside for Picasso, the Bald Hill Mine is producing a spodumene concentrate and has a JORC (2012) compliant mineral resource of 26.5Mt @ 0.96% Li2O; probable ore reserves at 11.3Mt @ 1.01% Li2O

Preliminary exploration work was concluded in April with positive results, and Cadence increased its stake from 4% to 24%. Early exploration work will begin soon to test and sample targets that have been identified during the preliminary exploration.

Other Investments

Cadence also retains equity positions in Sagon Resources Ltd (formerly Clancy Minerals Ltd) and Auroch Minerals Ltd. The latter being involved in base metal exploration in Australia, in particular, the Saints Nickel Project in Western Australia. Sagon Resources Ltd is currently exploring the Cummins Range Rare Earths Project.

FINANCIAL REVIEW

During the period, the Group made a loss before taxation of £0.28 million (30 June 2017: loss of £4.61 million). This was primarily due to an increase in the value on our portfolio, which offset administrative, financing and share of associated losses totalling £0.96 million.

There was a weighted basic loss per share of 0.003p (30 June 2017: loss per share 0.059p)  Foreign currency translation differences marginally decreased comprehensive loss for the period to £0.24 million (30 June 2017: total comprehensive loss of £4.66 million).

Administrative expenses decreased by £0.11 million compared to the same period last year; this decrease was driven by cost-cutting measures across the board.

The total assets of the group increased from £18.33 million at 31 December 2017 to £19.39 million. Of this amount, £2.33 million represent the market value of our available for sale investments at the period end. The reduction in the total assets is as a result of the decrease in the value of Bacanora equity, which was the primary driver for the reduction of available for sale asset value.

It is important to note that this does not include our investment in EMH. Our investment in EMH is classified as an investment in an associate and held at a value of £12.2 million. EMH is classified as such because we hold approximately 19% and Kiran Morzaria, the Chief Executive Officer of Cadence is also a Non-Executive Director of EMH.

Our borrowings of £3.71 million as at the 31 December 2017 reduced to £2.06 million by the end of the period as we paid back our convertible loans.

During the period, our net cash outflow from operating activities was £0.52 million compared to £0.45 million during the same period last year. We invested £0.27 million in Amapá, as part of our due diligence and JRP costs and our financing costs were some £0.19 million. We disposed of £1.42 of our available for sale investments which predominantly was our Bacanora equity. These sales were used to pay back some £1.59 million of our convertible loan during the period. We raised some £1.30 million of equity during the period which after netting of the aforementioned costs and revenue from the sale of our equity stake yielded resulted in a cash balance at the end of the period of £0.54 million

 

For further information, please contact

Cadence Minerals plc

+44 (0) 207 440 0647

Andrew Suckling

Kiran Morzaria

WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker)

+44 (0) 207 220 1666

James Joyce

James Sinclair-Ford

Novum Securities Limited (Joint Broker)

+44 (0) 207 399 9400

Jon Belliss

 

 

CADENCE MINERALS PLC

STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 30 JUNE 2019

 

Notes

Unaudited Period ended 30 June 2019

Unaudited Period ended 30 June 2018

Audited Year ended  31 December 2018

£’000

£’000

£’000

Income

Unrealised profit/(loss) on assets held for sale

1,118

(3,730)

(7,440)

Realised (loss)/profit on assets held for sale

(264)

105

(1,967)

Other income

4

48

140

858

(3,577)

(9,267)

Share based payments

(3)

(7)

Other administrative expenses

(672)

(785)

(1,559)

Total administrative expenses

(672)

(788)

(1,566)

Operating profit/(loss)

186

(4,365)

(10,833)

Share of associates losses

(274)

(182)

(555)

Finance cost

(197)

(59)

(377)

(Loss)/profit before taxation

(285)

(4,606)

(11,765)

 

 

 

Taxation

(Loss)/profit attributable to the equity holders of the Company

(285)

(4,606)

(11,765)

Other comprehensive income/(expenditure)

Foreign currency translation differences

47

(53)

(150)

Other comprehensive income/(expenditure) for the period net of tax

47

(53)

(150)

Total comprehensive expenditure for the period

(238)

(4,659)

(11,915)

Loss per share

Basic  (pence per share)

3

(0.003)

(0.059)

(0.150)

Diluted  (pence per share)

3

(0.003)

(0.051)

(0.145)

CADENCE MINERALS PLC

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 30 JUNE 2019

 

Share capital

Share premium account

Share-based payment reserve

Hedging, Loan & Exchange reserves

Retained earnings

Total equity

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

Balance at 1 January 2018

1,202

27,552

3,178

337

(5,545)

26,724

Share based payments

3

3

Transfer on lapse of warrants

(132)

132

Transactions with owners

              –  

                –  

(129)

                –  

132

3

Foreign exchange

 –

 –

(53)

 –

(53)

Profit for the period

(4,606)

(4,606)

Total comprehensive loss for the period

              –  

                –  

              –  

(53)

(4,606)

(4,659)

Balance at 30 June 2018 (unaudited)

1,202

27,552

3,049

284

(10,019)

22,068

Share based payments

4

4

Transfer on lapse of warrants

(1,661)

1,661

On settlement of loan notes

(412)

(412)

Transactions with owners

              –  

                –  

(1,657)

(412)

       1,661

(408)

Foreign exchange

(97)

(97)

Loss for the period

(7,159)

(7,159)

Total comprehensive loss for the period

              –  

                –  

              –  

(97)

(7,159)

(7,256)

Balance at 31 December 2018

1,202

27,552

1,392

(225)

(15,517)

14,404

Issue of share capital

232

2,668

2,900

Costs of share issue

(105)

(105)

Transactions with owners

          232

         2,563

                –  

              –  

       2,795

Foreign exchange

 –

 –

47

 –

47

Loss for the period

(285)

(285)

Total comprehensive loss for the period

              –  

                –  

              –  

47

(285)

(238)

Balance at 30 June 2019 (unaudited)

1,434

30,115

1,392

(178)

(15,802)

16,961

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CADENCE MINERALS PLC

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

AS AT 30 JUNE 2019

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 30 June 2019

 30 June 2018

 31 December 2018

Assets

Notes

£’000

£’000

£’000

Non-current

Intangible assets

2,438

1,875

2,172

Investment in associate

12,170

12,918

12,483

14,608

14,793

14,655

Current assets

Trade and other receivables

1,919

461

315

Assets held for sale

2,330

9,946

2,895

Cash and cash equivalents

536

216

468

Total current assets

4,785

10,623

3,678

Total assets

19,393

25,416

18,333

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

Current liabilities

Trade and other payables

372

290

223

Borrowings

2,060

3,058

3,706

Total current liabilities and total liabilities

2,432

3,348

3,929

Equity

Share capital

4

1,434

1,202

1,202

Share premium

30,115

27,552

27,552

Share based payment reserve

1,392

3,049

1,392

Hedging & Exchange reserve

(178)

284

(225)

Retained earnings

(15,802)

(10,019)

(15,517)

Total equity and liabilities

to owners of the company

16,961

22,068

14,404

Total equity and liabilities

19,393

25,416

18,333

CADENCE MINERALS PLC

CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENT

FOR THE PERIOD 30 JUNE 2019

 

Unaudited Period ended

Unaudited Period ended

Audited Year ended

30 June 2019

30 June 2018

 31 December 2018

£’000

£’000

£’000

Cash flows from operating activities

Operating profit/(loss)

186

(4,365)

(10,833)

Net realised/unrealised profit on assets held for sale

(854)

3,625

9,407

Equity settled share-based payments

3

7

Decrease/(increase) in trade and other receivables

(4)

261

407

Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables

149

28

(39)

Net cash outflow from operating activities

(523)

(448)

(1,051)

Taxation

Cash flows from investing activities

Payments for investments in assets held for sale

(476)

(523)

Receipts on sale of assets held for sale

1,419

438

1,755

Receipts from sale of/(payments for) investments in associates

39

(50)

Investment in exploration costs

(266)

(100)

(325)

Net cash outflow from investing activities

1,192

(138)

857

Cash flows from financing activities

Proceeds from issue of share capital

1,300

Share issue costs

(105)

Net (loan repayments)/borrowings

(1,599)

(1,176)

(998)

Finance cost

(197)

(59)

(377)

Net cash inflow from financing activities

(601)

(1,235)

(1,375)

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

68

(1,821)

(1,569)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

468

2,037

2,037

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

536

216

468

 

NOTES TO THE INTERIM REPORT

FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 30 JUNE 2019

 

1 BASIS OF PREPARATION

 

The interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with applicable accounting standards and under the historical cost convention.  The financial information set out in this interim report does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The Group’s statutory financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2018 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditor’s report on those financial statements was unqualified.

 

The principal accounting policies of the Group are consistent with those detailed in the 31 December 2018 financial statements, which are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs), as adopted by the European Union.  IFRS16 – Leases has been adopted, but as the Group has no leases exceeding 12 months, this has had no impact.

 

GOING CONCERN

 

The Directors have prepared cash flow forecasts for the period ending 30 September 2019. The forecasts demonstrate that the Group has sufficient funds to allow it to continue in business for a period of at least twelve months from the date of approval of these financial statements. Accordingly, the accounts have been prepared on a going concern basis.

 

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING ESTIMATES AND JUDGEMENTS

 

Estimates and judgements are continually evaluated and are based on historical experience and other factors, including expectations of future events that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances.

 

The Group makes estimates and assumptions concerning the future. The resulting accounting estimates will, by definition, seldom equal the related actual results

 

2 SEGMENTAL REPORTING

 

An operating segment is a distinguishable component of the Group that engages in business activities from which it may earn revenues and incur expenses, whose operating results are regularly reviewed by the Group’s chief operating decision maker to make decisions about the allocation of resources and assessment of performance and about which discrete financial information is available.

 

The chief operating decision maker reviews financial information for and makes decisions about the Group’s performance as a whole. The Group has not actively traded during the period.

 

Subject to further acquisitions the Group expects to further review its segmental information during the forthcoming financial year.

 

3 PROFIT PER SHARE 

 

The calculation of the loss per share is based on the loss attributable to ordinary shareholders divided by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the period.

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

six months ended

six months ended

year ended

30 June 2019

30 June 2018

31 December 2018

£’000

£’000

£’000

(Loss)/profit on ordinary activities after tax (£’000)

(285)

(4,606)

(11,765)

Weighted average number of shares for calculating basic loss/profit per share

  8,335,217,332

  7,851,440,338

  7,851,440,338

Share options and warrants exercisable

     280,000,000

  1,259,575,345

     280,000,000

Weighted average number of shares for calculating diluted loss/profit per share

  8,615,217,332

  9,111,015,683

  8,131,440,338

Basic loss per share (pence)

(0.003)

(0.059)

(0.150)

Diluted loss per share (pence)

(0.003)

(0.051)

(0.145)

 

4 SHARE CAPITAL

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Unaudited

30 June 2019

30 June 2018

30 June 2018

£’000

£’000

£’000

Allotted, issued and fully paid

173,619,050 deferred shares of 0.24p (30 June 2018 and 31 December 2018: 173,619,050)

417

417

417

10,172,652,446 ordinary shares of 0.01p (30 June 2018 and 31 December 2018: 7,851,440,338)

                  1,017

                      785

                      785

                  1,434

                  1,202

                  1,202

 

Cadence Minerals #KDNC – European Metals #EMH, Extension of Cinovec Exploration License

Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to note that European Metals Holdings Limited (“European Metals” or “EMH”) has announced that it has been granted an extension to the Cinovec Exploration Licence (“the licence”) that covers the two granted Preliminary Mining Permits (“PMP’s”). The granted PMP’s convey the sole and exclusive rights upon the Company to apply for a Final Mining Permit, however do not allow for further drilling. As the Company wishes to conduct further metallurgical and measured resource drilling, the extension to the exploration license that was due to expire in July 2019 was sought.

The licence has now been extended until 31 December 2020.

The Czech Ministry of the Environment stated in its extension decision the possibility of a further extension of the licence if necessary to complete all planned work. The Company does not envisage that a further extension will be necessary.

Cadence Minerals Holding in EMH

Cadence holds approximately 19.1 percent of the equity in European Metals, which, through its wholly owned Subsidiary, Geomet s.r.o. (“Geomet”), controls the mineral exploration licenses awarded by the Czech State over Cinovec.

Czech Permitting

After granting of the exploration licence, a company needs to undertake a summary geological and reserves calculation report that is submitted to the Ministry of Environment (“MoE”) and if successful, results in granting of a Deposit Certificate. Approval from MoE and a Deposit Certificate issued entitles the Company to apply for a PMP.

Geomet has already carried out a geological survey at all 3 deposit territories – the East, South and Northwest and successfully presented all final reports and reserves calculations to MoE. Deposit Certificates have been granted for all 3 deposits.

The Company currently holds PMP’s for East and South deposits. A PMP application for the Northwest deposit area is currently in the permitting process. If the process is successfully completed, the 3 granted PMP’s will cover the entire area of the Cínovec deposit. The Company holds an exclusive right to apply for this permit until the end of 2021.

The economic viability of Cinovec has been enhanced by the recent strong increase in demand for lithium globally, and within Europe specifically.

The full release can be found at:

https://www.londonstockexchange.com/exchange/news/market-news/market-news-detail/EMH/14175424.html

– Ends –

For further information:

Cadence Minerals plc +44 (0) 207 440 0647
Andrew Suckling
Kiran Morzaria
WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker) +44 (0) 207 220 1666
James Joyce
James Sinclair-Ford
Novum Securities Limited (Joint Broker) +44 (0) 207 399 9400
Jon Belliss

 

Qualified Person

Kiran Morzaria B.Eng. (ACSM), MBA, has reviewed and approved the information contained in this announcement. Kiran holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Geology) from the Camborne School of Mines and an MBA (Finance) from CASS Business School.

Forward-LookingStatements:

Certain statements in this announcement are or may be deemed to be forward-lookingstatements. Forward-lookingstatements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ‘‘believe’’ ‘‘could’’ “should” ‘‘envisage’’ ‘‘estimate’’ ‘‘intend’’ ‘‘may’’ ‘‘plan’’ ‘‘will’’ or the negative of those variations or comparable expressions including references to assumptions. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors’ current expectations and assumptions regarding the Company’s future growth results of operations performance future capital and other expenditures (including the amount. nature and sources of funding thereof) competitive advantages business prospects and opportunities. Such forward-lookingstatements reflect the Directors’ current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors. Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements including risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions competition environmental and other regulatory changes actions by governmental authorities the availability of capital markets reliance on keypersonnel uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions.The Company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward-lookingstatements.

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