Eastinco Mining - Half-year Report
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Eastinco Mining and Exploration PLC
12 October 2020
 

EASTINCO MINING AND EXPLORATION PLC

 

("EME" or the "Company")

 

INTERIM RESULTS FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30TH JUNE 2020

 

Eastinco Mining and Exploration plc (AQSE: EM.P) announces its interim results for six months ended 30 June 2020. 

 

Chairman's statement

 

The start of the year was typical but as the world quickly realised 2020 would turn out to be exceptional.

 

Since the end of the year 2019, Eastinco Mining and Exploration Plc has continued with the development of its mechanised wash plant at the Kuaka mine site. These accounts relate to the Company for the first half of 2020 and reflect a loss of £(266,000) primarily from administrative and development costs relating to the Kuaka mine site.

 

With the onset of COVID19 and the resulting shutdown of borders and mining activity in Rwanda progress was dramatically slowed on our key project, the Kuaka mine site. We are so pleased to have such committed and helpful stakeholders: the management teams have committed to forgoing cash compensation; the shareholders have contributed significant amounts of new equity capital; and employees and local partners have all worked to assist the the Company's continued operations and its success.

 

Half-Year 2020 Update

 

On 09 January 2020, the Company announced change of name from Equatorial Mining and Exploration Plc to Eastinco Mining and Exploration Plc and shortly thereafter on 26 February 2020, the Company signed a joint venture agreement with Dynasty Construction Ltd to explore for tin, tungsten and tantalum mineral resources on a 400+ hectare exploration site near Huye, Rwanda through its subsidiary Eastinco Limited. We are excited to begin this joint-venture operation.

 

On the 11 March 2020 the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Rwanda immediately imposed one of Africa's first total shutdowns on 22 March 2020 and suspended mining operations in the country. The country has since lifted strict lockdown measures and our staff have resumed work and will continue to focus on administrative tasks including planning for the development and further exploration of the sites at Kuaka and Huye.

 

On 19 March 2020, the Company in response to the Rwanda mining shutdown, announced that it entered into a USD 200,000 working capital facility agreement with Augustin Corp. The Facility is secured against the physical assets of Eastinco Limited and is provided for a term of up to 18 months and with an interest rate equal to 6% above commercial lending rates. Augustin Corp. is a U.S. investment company related to the Chairman, Charles Bray; and as such, the transaction is considered a related party transaction.  We pared back expenditure and initiated cash saving measures given the high capital expenditure related to the wash plant.

 

COVID-19

Given the uncertainty with respect to the duration and severity of COVID-19 and its related economic impacts, it is likely that the Company will need to employ even more careful considerations and judgment pertaining to investment valuations. Key inputs to investment valuation models, such as cash flow forecasts and/or inputs into the discount rates, are likely to change, especially in industries where there is likely to be a shift in demand, disruptions in supply chain, etc. The extent of the impact of COVID-19 on the Company at this stage is still unknown, and the Company will monitor the situation closely and update shareholders on at least a quarterly basis.

 

Half-Year Subsequent Events

 

New Capital

In July 2020, 48 million shares equivalent of warrants with a gross exercise consideration of £ 760,730 were exercised and those exercising warrants to date have been offered new four year warrants with a 3 pence exercise price for each warrant exercised. Following the conversion of 15,905,500 warrants the Concert party now holds 88,807,084 shares in the enlarged company, which represents 21.2% of the enlarged company. The Company also issued 7,000,000 shares to professional advisors and service providers for supplies provided. 

 

We are presently calculating the full number of warrants expiring 30 September 2020 and exercised by shareholders.  This additional capital will be important to allowing the Company the flexibility to continue its growth with the start of exploration activities at the Huye site, where the Company has a joint-venture with our local partner.

 

Additionally, we have announced the completion of the Kuaka site wash plant and are in the process of commissioning the plant to optimise its productive capability.  We hope to complete the commissioning over the next several weeks to allow for a significant increase in tantalum recoveries from the ore body.

 

 

Charles Bray

Executive Chairman

 

12 October 2020

 

 

Enquiries:

For further information, please visit http://www.eastinco.com/ or contact:

 

Eastinco Mining & Exploration Plc:

Charles Bray, Executive Chairman - charles.bray@eme-plc.com

Mike Staten, Executive Director - mike.staten@eme-plc.com

 

 

AQSE Growth Market Corporate Adviser:

Alfred Henry Corporate Finance Limited

Nick Michaels  and Jon Isaacs

www.alfredhenry.com

Tel: 0203 772 0021

 

 

The Directors take responsibility for this announcement.

 

 

 

EASTINCO MINING AND EXPLORATION PLC

 

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

 

 

6 months to

6 months to

Year to

 

30-Jun-20

30-Jun-19

31-Dec-19

 

unaudited

unaudited

audited

Total revenue

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Sales

                   6

                 -  

                  -  

Other revenue

                 26

                 -  

                  -  

Cost of sales

                 -  

                 -  

                  -  

 

                 32

                 -  

                  -  

 

 

 

 

Administrative expenses

             (209)

             (322)

              (892)

Provision against loan advanced to related party

               (68)

                 -  

                (34)

Net gain on investment property

             (277)

             (322)

              (926)

 

 

 

 

Total operating profit/(loss)

             (245)

             (322)

              (926)

 

 

 

 

Interest payable and similar charges

                 (8)

                 -  

                  (8)

Loss before tax

             (253)

             (322)

              (934)

 

 

 

 

Tax expense

                 -  

                 -  

                  -  

 

 

 

 

Loss after tax

             (253)

             (322)

              (934)

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items that may be reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

 

Gain on translation of foreign operations

               (13)

                 -  

                (94)

 

             (266)

             (322)

           (1,028)

 

 

 

 

Loss per share

 

 

 

Basic and Diluted loss per share (pence)

            (0.07)

            (0.03)

             (0.47)

* Comparative weighted average number of shares is adjusted for the impact of the share consolidation

 

 

 

 

 

 

   EASTINCO MINING AND EXPLORATION PLC

   UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

 

 

 

30-Jun-20

30-Jun-19

31-Dec-19

 

unaudited

unaudited 

audited

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Goodwill

            2,263

                  -  

             2,168

Property, plant and equipment

               498

                  -  

                441

Total non-current assets

            2,761

                  -  

             2,609

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

               193

               247

                133

Cash and cash equivalents

               173

                 47

                246

Total current assets

               366

               294

                379

 

 

 

 

Total assets

            3,127

               294

             2,988

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity and liabilities

 

 

 

Share capital

            3,809

            1,208

             3,613

Share premium

            1,908

            1,835

             1,835

Share based compensation reserve

            1,348

            1,348

             1,348

Interest in shares in EBT

              (133)

              (133)

              (133)

Translation reserve

                (13)

                  -  

                (94)

Accumulated losses

           (5,499)

           (4,650)

           (5,254)

Other reserves

                 89

                  -  

                  97

Merger relief reserve

            1,200

                  -  

             1,200

Total equity

            2,709

              (392)

             2,612

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

               207

               686

                173

Total current liabilities

               207

               686

                173

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Loan notes

               211

                  -  

                203

Total non-current liabilities

               211

                  -  

                203

 

 

 

 

Total Equity and liabilities

            3,127

               294

             2,988

 

           

EASTINCO MINING AND EXPLORATION PLC

NOTES TO THE ACCOUNTS FOR SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2020

 

1.    Basis of preparation of interim report

 

The financial information for the period ended 30 June 2020 does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. It has been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies set out in, and is consistent with, the audited consolidated financial statements for the twelve months ended 31 December 2019. A copy of the statutory accounts for the period has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditor's report on those accounts was unqualified but included the following modification:-

 

"Material uncertainty relating to going concern

We draw your attention to the primary statements within these financial statements, which indicates that the group incurred a loss after tax of £934,000 and had net cash outflows from operating activities of £840,000 for the year ended 31 December 2019.

 

We further draw attention to note 2.4 in the group financial statements, which indicates that the group will need to raise additional finance in order to continue with its exploration programmes and to meet its recurring expenditure, and that, although the group has been successful in the past in raising additional finance, there can be no assurance that the funding required by the group will be made available to it when needed or, if such funding were to be available, that it would be offered on reasonable terms.

 

As stated in note 2.4, these conditions, along with the other matters as set forth in note 2.4, indicate that a material uncertainty exists that may cast significant doubt over the group's ability to continue as a going concern for a period of at least twelve months from the date when the financial statements are authorised for issue and significant doubt over the group's longer term ability to continue in operation and meet its liabilities as they fall due.

 

Whilst there is a global impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Group has been able to operate during the pandemic to date. It remains difficult to assess reliably whether there will be any material disruption in the future which could adversely impact the group's forecast.

 

Our opinion is not modified in respect of this matter."

 

The interim report has not been reviewed by the auditors.

 

2.    Going concern

 

The Directors are of the opinion that the financial information should be prepared on a going concern basis.

 

3.    Loss per share

 

Basic loss per share is calculated by dividing the earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the period.

 

For diluted loss per share, the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue is adjusted to assume conversion of all dilutive potential ordinary shares.

 

The calculation of basic and diluted loss per share is based on the following figures.

 

 

 

6 Months to

30 June

2020

GBP'000

6 Months to

30 June

2019

GBP'000

Year to 31 December

2019

GBP'000

Total loss for the period

(253)

(322)

(934)

 

Number

Number

Number

Consolidated weighted average number of shares

- basic

                 

364,278,319

 

 

117,156,506

 

 

200,814,390

 

Basic loss per shares

(0.07p)

(0.03p)

(0.47p)

Diluted loss per share

(0.07p)

(0.03p)

(0.47p)

 

 

4.    Reports

 

A copy of this announcement will be mailed to shareholders and it is available on the company's website at http://www.eastinco.com/

 

 

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