Half-year Report

INTERIM REPORT FOR SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2016

 

Chairman’s Statement

During the period under review, we incurred a loss of £577,000 on pursuing our exploration projects in the Balkans region and on covering the costs associated with operating as a listed company; our cash balance declined by £411,000 from £1,024,000 to £613,000.  The decline in the cash balance over the period is less than the loss figure, due to the cash injection during the period which is referred to below.

New Ventures and Moroccan Minerals

Following our announcement on 1 December 2015, the Company acquired all the outstanding shares of Moroccan Minerals Ltd (MML) on 25 May 2016. MML had signed an earn in agreement with a local partner to earn up to an 80% interest in a polymetallic project (“Chadine”) in Serbia. We withdrew from the Chadine project on 6 October 2016 following a drilling campaign which confirmed the presence of mineralisation, but not of a grade or size that we considered potentially commercial.

We are now managing two other projects, Suva Ruda and Gokcanica, both in South West Serbia. We have an option agreement for Suva Ruda, whereby we can acquire the project through purchase payments and by carrying out an agreed work programme. A summary of the agreement terms was included in our announcement of 27 September 2016. The agreement with Deep Research provides us with an option to purchase 100% of the Suva Ruda Licence or of the shares in Deep Research (at Tethyan’s discretion) for a cash payment of €6 million, plus a percentage of the eventual capital cost of building the mine. We can exercise this option at any time during the total duration of the Licence and any future extensions of the Licence (a minimum of 7 years from the date of the Agreement). Tethyan needs to carry out the work programme by drilling 2,000m in 2016 on the ‘Rudnitza’ porphyry, in which is taking place in November-December.  More details on Gokcanica are included in our announcement of 5 July 2016. Tethyan may earn up to an 80% interest in the Gokcanica project by completing exploration worth US$ 500,000 to be followed by a PFS and BFS. We have carried out some reconnaissance sampling at Gokcanica and plan to step up the programme next year.

Financing and Strategic Partner

We raised £163,400 gross in a private placement on 26 April 2016 and, subsequent to the reporting period, we are in the process of raising additional financing in two tranches, the second of which is expected to be completed following the General Meeting of 12 December 2016, which was announced on 22 November and was called to authorise the issue of additional new shares. As part of this latest financing, we have welcomed a strategic partner, Southern Arc which, on completion of the financing, is expected to hold 29.9% of Tethyan’s shares in issue. This was announced on 21 November.

Change of Adviser

Subsequent to the reporting period, we were pleased to engage Cairn Financial Advisers as our Nominated Adviser and Broker, which we announced on 17 November. They take over from finnCap, who had provided us with excellent advice and guidance during our years of partnership with them.

Other Developments

Also in the period under review, and as announced on 24 June 2016, the Company’s name was changed from Aurasian Minerals plc to Tethyan Resources plc to better reflect its activities.  The Company’s accounting reference date was changed from 31 March to 31 December to bring it into line with its subsidiaries and the majority of corporate entities operating in the Balkans.  It also undertook a capital reorganisation consisting of a consolidation of six ordinary shares into one new ordinary share.

Conclusion

The Company has, over the 6 months reporting period, developed its presence in the Balkans, with two active projects in Serbia. We are also seeking other projects in the region, currently in Serbia and Bulgaria.

We hope to progress the Suva Ruda and Gokcanica projects rapidly in the current reporting period and to make progress in acquiring interests in other projects. We will continue to keep our shareholders updated on our progress

Christopher Goss

Chairman

 

For further information, please contact:

Tethyan Resources  Plc                                                                       

Christopher Goss                                                                chris@tethyan-resources.com

Peter Mullens                                                                       pjm@tethyan-resources.com

Cairn Financial Advisers LLP                                                           

James Caithie                                                                            +44 (0) 20 7213 0880

Sandy Jamieson

 

 

TETHYAN RESOURCES PLC

INTERIM REPORT FOR SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2016

Consolidated income statement

Six months ended

30th September

Revenue

Cost of sales

Gross profit

Operating expenses

(572)

(263)

(441)

Share-based payments

 –

(29)

Operating loss

(572)

(263)

(470)

Finance income

2

5

Finance costs

(18)

Net finance income / (cost)

2

(18)

5

Loss before taxation

(570)

(281)

(465)

Income tax expense

Loss for the period from continuing operations

(570)

(281)

(465)

Loss for the period attributable to equity holders of the parent

(570)

(281)

(465)

Basic and diluted (loss) per share (pence)

(0.07)p

(0.01)p

(0.02)p

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

Six months ended

30th September

Loss for the period

Exchange differences on translating foreign operations

Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to equity holders of the parent



 

TETHYAN RESOURCES PLC

INTERIM REPORT FOR SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2016

Consolidated balance sheet

30th September

Assets

Exploration and evaluation assets held for sale

Tangible assets

Trade and other receivables

Cash and cash equivalents

Total current assets

Total assets

Equity attributable to owners of the parent

Share capital

Share premium

Share-based payment reserve

Currency translation reserve

Own shares held reserve

Retained losses

(29,444)

(29,431)

(28,867)

Total equity

Liabilities

Trade and other payables

Total liabilities

Total equity and liabilities

 

 

TETHYAN RESOURCES PLC

INTERIM REPORT FOR SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2016

Consolidated statements of cash flows

Six months ended

30th September

Cash flows from operating activities

Loss before and after tax

Share-based payments

Interest received

Operating loss

(577)

(281)

(439)

(Increase)/Decrease in trade and other receivables

(54)

10

(19)

(Decrease) / Increase in trade and other payables

25

(18)

21

Net cash outflow from operating activities

Cash flows from investing activities

Interest received

Proceeds from disposal of investment

Acquisition of fixed assets

 

Net cash inflow from investing activities

 

Financing activities

Proceeds from issue of equity shares

 

Net cash inflow from financing activities

 

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

Exchange differences

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

613

664

1,024

 

 

TETHYAN RESOURCES PLC 

INTERIM REPORT FOR SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2016

 

Consolidated statements of changes in equity 

Share capital

Share premium

Share based payment reserve

Own shares held reserve

Currency translation reserve

Retained losses

Total equity

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

At 31 March 2015 (Audited)

3,687

25,271

707

(50)

748

(29,150)

1,213

Loss for the period

(281)

(281)

Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to equity holders of the parent

(281)

(281)

Shares issued

48

160

208

At 30 September 2015 (Unaudited)

3,735

25,431

707

(50)

     748

(29,431)

1,140

Loss for the period

(184)

(184)

Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to equity holders of the parent

(184)

(184)

Transfer from currency revaluation reserve

Shares held by EBT

 

 

 

 

(21)

 

(748)

 

748

 

(21)

Share-based payments

29

29

At 31 March 2016 (Audited)

3,735

25,431

736

(71)

(28,867)

964

Loss for the period

(577)

(577)

Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to equity holders of the parent

(577)

(577)

Shares issued

74

159

233

At 30 September 2016 (Unaudited)

3,809

25,590

736

(71)

(29,444)

620

 

 

TETHYAN RESOURCES PLC

INTERIM REPORT FOR SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2016

 

1.             No dividend is proposed in respect of the period.

2.             The results for the period ended 30th September 2016 are derived from continuing activities.

3.             Basis of preparation

This interim financial information has been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) as adopted by the European Union with the exception of IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting, and with those parts of the Companies Act 2006 applicable to companies reporting under IFRS. The accounting policies, methods of computation and presentation used in the preparation of the interim financial information are the same as those used in the Group’s audited financial statements for the year ended 31st March 2016.

The financial information in this statement does not constitute full statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The financial information for the six months ended 30th September 2016 and 30th September 2015 is unaudited. The comparative information for the year ended 31st March 2016 was derived from the Group’s audited financial statements as filed with the Registrar of Companies. It does not constitute the financial statements for that year. The auditors reported on those financial statements; their report was unqualified, did not contain a statement under section 498(2) or 498 (3) of the Companies Act 2006, and did not include reference to any matters to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis.

4.             Loss per share

The calculation of loss per share is based on a loss of £577,000 for the period ended 30th September 2016 (30thSeptember 2015: loss of £281,000; 31st March 2016: loss of £465,000) and, following the share reorganisation and issuing of shares in the period, the weighted average number of 83,379, 972 shares in issue (31st March 2016: 67,379,970; 30thSeptember 2015: 65,006,998). There is no difference between the diluted loss per share and the loss per share presented.

 Share options that could have a potentially dilutive effect on earnings per share in the future as at 30th September 2016 were:

·      18,400,000 share options in issue at prices between 1.0 and 1.1 pence per share

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