28 August 2014

BISICHI MINING PLC
Interim Results for the period ended 30 June 2014
For the six months ending 30 June 2014

  • Group Revenues:    £12.313 million           (2013: £19.097 million
  • EBITDA:                  £1.077 million             (2013: £3.184 million)
  • EPS (basic):                   26p                      (2013: 10.07p)
  • Assets per share:        £1.51                        (2013: £1.67)
  • Mining in South Africa impacted in first half by heavy rainfall
  • Profitability expected to improve in the second half of the year
  • UK property portfolio performing well

Michael Heller, chairman, states:
“Although we continue to operate in an environment of extremely low coal prices, we expect the changes implemented at Black Wattle to result in a stronger performance from our South African operations for some time to come.”

END

For further information, please call:
Andrew Heller/Garrett Casey
Bisichi Mining PLC
020 7415 5030

Bisichi Mining PLC
Half year review – 30 June 2014

For the six month period ending on 30 June 2014, Bisichi Mining achieved earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of £1.1million (2013: £3.2 million).  As previously reported, at the end of last year the open cast mining operations at Black Wattle, our South African coal mining subsidiary, were severely impacted when one of our main production pits ran into unrecorded old underground workings. A turnaround plan was put in place to ensure the mine returned to acceptable levels of profitability by the second half of 2014.  As part of that turnaround plan, Black Wattle swiftly relocated machinery to two of our profitable production pits in order to increase production from these areas. In addition, the development of the new reserve at Blue Nightingale was initiated.
The turnaround plan suffered a short-term set-back caused by the unusually heavy rainfall in the first quarter of 2014. This inevitably has had an adverse impact on profitability in the first half of the year but, as a direct result of prompt action by our mine management, the mine had returned to profitability by the end of the second quarter. The Blue Nightingale reserve, referred to above consists of approximately 2.3 million tonnes of coal and we are pleased to report that the reserve is expected to begin to deliver Run of Mine of coal by the end of the third quarter. This coal can be sold either directly to local power utilities or transported to Black Wattle where it will be washed and sold into our existing domestic and export markets.  Black Wattle continues to perform well under the Quattro Programme, which allows junior black-economic empowerment coal producers direct access to the coal export market via Richards Bay Coal Terminal. We would like to thank Vunani Limited, our black economic empowered shareholders at Black Wattle, for managing and developing this opportunity. In addition, we are pleased to report that Black Wattle is now a level 4 contributor to Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (“BBBEE”). We would like to thank our staff for their hard work in achieving this status as well as for their continued efforts in improving our BBBEE rating and credentials. Although we continue to operate in an environment of historically low coal prices, we expect the changes implemented at Black Wattle to result in a stronger performance from our South African operations for some time to come.
Finally, the Company's UK retail property portfolio, which is managed by London & Associated Properties PLC, continues to perform well with voids across the portfolio at the low level of 2.9%.  Your directors intend to pay an interim dividend of 1p per share which will be paid on the 6 February 2015, to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 9 January 2015.

On behalf of the Board we would like to thank all our staff for their hard work during the first six months of the year.

Sir Michael Heller                                      Andrew Heller
Chairman                                                   Managing Director
27 August 2014

Bisichi Mining PLC
Consolidated income statement
for the six months ended 30 June 2014

    Unaudited 6 months ended 30 June Unaudited 6 months ended 30 June Audited  Year ended
31 December
2014 2013 2013
Notes £000 £000 £000
 
Group revenue 1         12,313            19,097            35,105
Operating costs          (12,858)          (17,492)          (34,968)
Operating (loss)/profit on trading activities          (545)            1,605            137
Decrease in value of investment properties                  –              –                  (53)
Decrease in value of other investments (1) (1)
Gains/(Loss) on held for trading investments                    4                    (48)                    40
Operating (loss)/profit 1          (542)            1,557            123
Share of profit in joint ventures                  285                  34                  99
(Loss)/Profit before interest and taxation          (257)            1,591            222
Interest receivable                    157                  154                326
Interest payable                (188)                (170)              (446)
(Loss)/Profit before taxation 1            (288)            1,575            102
Income tax 2                159                (404)                262
(Loss)/Profit for the period            (129)            1,171            364
       
Attributable to:      
Equity holders of the company              (28)                1,063 355
Non-controlling interest                    (101)                108                9
(Loss)/ Profit for the period            (129)            1,171            364
   
(Loss)/Earnings per share – basic 3 (0.26p) 10.07p 3.35p
(Loss)/Earnings per share – diluted 3 (0.26p) 9.92p 3.30p

 

    Unaudited 6 months ended 30 June Unaudited 6 months ended 30 June Audited Year ended 31 December
2014 2013 2013
Notes £000 £000 £000
 
Group revenue 1          12,313            19,097            35,105
Operating costs          (12,858)          (17,492)          (34,968)
Operating (loss)/profit on trading activities          (545)            1,605            137
Decrease in value of investment properties                  –              –                  (53)
Decrease in value of other investments (1) (1)
Gains/(Loss) on held for trading investments                    4                    (48)                    40
Operating (loss)/profit 1          (542)            1,557            123
Share of profit in joint ventures                  285                  34                  99
(Loss)/Profit before interest and taxation          (257)            1,591            222
Interest receivable                    157                  154                326
Interest payable                (188)                (170)              (446)
(Loss)/Profit before taxation 1          (288)            1,575            102
Income tax 2                159                (404)                262
(Loss)/Profit for the period          (129)            1,171            364
       
Attributable to:      
Equity holders of the company              (28)                1,063 355
Non-controlling interest                    (101)                108                9
(Loss)/ Profit for the period          (129)            1,171            364
   
(Loss)/Earnings per share – basic 3 (0.26p) 10.07p 3.35p
(Loss)/Earnings per share – diluted 3 (0.26p) 9.92p 3.30p

Bisichi Mining PLC
Consolidated statement of comprehensive income
for the six months ended 30 June 2014

    Unaudited                     6 months ended           30 June Unaudited             6 months ended           30 June Audited       Year ended     31 December
2014 2013 2013
£000 £000 £000
 
(Loss)/Profit for the period    (129)     1,171      364
Other comprehensive income:  
Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations      (135)          (367)          (858)
Other comprehensive income for the period, net of tax    (135)     (367)        (858)
Total comprehensive income for the period    (264) 804        (494)
 
Attributable to:    
Equity shareholders      (149) 738        (409)
Non-controlling interest          (115) 66          (85)
Total comprehensive income for the period    (264) 804        (494)

 

Bisichi Mining PLC
Consolidated Balance Sheet
as at 30 June 2014
    Unaudited                                              30 June Unaudited                         30 June Audited                   31 December
2014 2013 2013
Assets £000 £000 £000
Non-current-assets  
Value of investment properties attributable to the group 11,576 11,612 11,559
Fair value of head leases      196      198      196
Investment property 11,772 11,810 11,755
Reserves, plant and equipment 6,212 8,764 7,096
Investments in joint ventures 3,520 3,125 3,235
Loan to joint venture 984 1,080 984
Other investments      153      158       151
  Total non-current assets 22,641 24,937 23,221
Current assets      
Inventories 1,130 1,185 1,756
Trade and other receivables 7,792 7,926 8,659
Corporation tax recoverable 33 45 36
Held for trading investments 826 737 822
Cash and cash equivalents    1,232    2,540    1,707
  Total current assets 11,013 12,433 12,980
Total assets 33,654 37,370 36,201
Liabilities      
Current liabilities      
  Borrowings (8,173) (7,840) (8,042)
  Trade and other payables (6,315) (7,477) (8,080)
  Current tax liabilities      (2)      (118)            (2)
  Total current liabilities (14,490) (15,435) (16,124)
Non-current liabilities      
  Borrowings (49) (118)
  Provision for rehabilitation (878) (960) (874)
  Finance lease liabilities (196) (198) (196)
  Deferred tax liabilities (1,704) (2,606) (1,902)
  Total non-current liabilities (2,827) (3,764) (3,090)
Total liabilities (17,317) (19,199) (19,214)
Net assets    16,337    18,171    16,987
Equity      
Share capital 1,064 1,056 1,064
Share premium 249 169 249
Translation reserve (1,690) (1,130) (1,569)
Other reserves 626 558 587
Retained earnings 15,844 17,008 16,297
Total equity attributable to equity shareholders 16,093 17,661 16,628
Non-controlling interest        244            510          359
Total equity    16,337    18,171    16,987

Bisichi Mining PLC
Consolidated Cash Flow Statement
For the six months ended 30 June 2014

    Unaudited 30 June Unaudited 30 June Audited           31 December
2014 2013 2013
£000 £000 £000
 
Cash flows from operating activities
Operating (loss)/profit (542) 1,557            123
Depreciation 1,334 1,593              2,817
Unrealised (gain)/loss on investments held for trading (4) 48                (40)
Unrealised loss on other investments 1 1
Unrealised loss on investment properties 53
Share based payment expense 39 30                   120
Realised share of profit in joint venture 34
Increase in working capital (515) (1,489)              (1,752)
Net interest paid (31) (16)              (31)
Income tax (paid) /received              11
Cash flow from operating activities 282 1,757              1,302
Cash flows from investing activities (764) (2,484)            (3,162)
Cash flows from financing activities (229) (371)              (455)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (711) (1,098)            (2,315)
   
Cash and cash equivalents at 1 January (1,322) 718              718
Exchange adjustment 97 93                  275
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period (1,936) (287)              (1,322)
   
Cash and cash equivalents  
For the purposes of the cash flow statement, cash and cash equivalents comprise the following balance sheet amounts:  
 

Cash and cash equivalents

1,232 2,540              1,707
Bank overdrafts (3,168) (2,827)            (3,029)
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period (1,936) (287)             (1,322)
     

Bisichi Mining PLC
Consolidated statement of changes in shareholders’ equity
for the six months ended 30 June 2014

  Share Share Translation Other Retained   Non-

controlling

Total
  capital premium reserve reserves earnings Total Interest Equity
£’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000
Balance as at 1 January 2013 1,056 169 (805) 528 16,367 17,315 444 17,759
Profit for the period 1,063 1,063 108 1,171
Other comprehensive income and expense (325) (325) (42) (367)
Total recognised income and expense for the period (325) 1,063 738 66 804
Dividend (422) (422) (422)
Equity share options 30 30 30
Balance at 30 June 2013 1,056 169 (1,130) 558 17,008 17,661 510 18,171
Balance as at 1 January 2013 1,056 169 (805) 528 16,367 17,315 444 17,759
Revaluation of investment properties (53) (53) (53)
Other income statement movements 408 408 9 417
Profit for the year 355 355 9 364
Exchange adjustment (764) (764) (94) (858)
Total comprehensive income for the year (764) 355 (409) (85) (494)
Dividend (425) (425) (425)
Share issues 8 80 88 88
Equity share options 59 59 59
 

Balance at 31 December 2013

1,064 249 (1,569) 587 16,297 16,628 359 16,987
Loss for the year (28) (28) (101) (129)
Exchange adjustment (121) (121) (14) (135)
Total comprehensive income for the period (121) (28) (149) (115) (264)
Dividend (425) (425) (425)
Equity share options 39 39 39
Balance at 30 June 2014 1,064 249 (1,690) 626 15,844 16,093 244 16,337

ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND NOTES TO THE ACCOUNTS:                                                                                                                                                                       

The results for the six months ended 30 June 2014 have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The principal accounting policies applied are the same as those set out in the Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2013.

1. Segmental analysis
For management purposes, the Group is organised into two operating Divisions, Mining and Property. These Divisions are the primary basis on which the Group reports its segment information. This is consistent with the way the Group is managed and with the format of the Group’s internal financial reporting.

  Unaudited     30 June Unaudited 30 June Audited 31 December
  2014 2013 2013
   
Revenue
Mining 11,763 18,597 34,117
Property                  526                 484                953
Other                    24                  16                  35
             12,313            19,097            35,105
   
 
Operating (loss) / profit  
Mining          (877)            1,319            (545)
Property                    310                  270                596
Other                    25                  (32)                72
           (542)            1,557            123
   
Share of profit in joint ventures                  285                  34                  99
Interest receivable                    157                  154                326
Interest payable                (188)                (170)              (446)
(Loss)/ Profit before taxation          (288)          1,575            102

2. Taxation

Based on the results for the period:

Corporation tax at 23.5% (2013: 23.5%) 114
Prior year adjustment – UK (1)
113
Deferred taxation (159) 291 (213)
Prior year adjustment – UK (49)
(159) 404 (262)

3. Earnings per share

Both the basic and diluted earnings per share calculations are based on a loss of £28,000 (2013: Profit: £1,063,000). The basic earnings per share has been calculated on 10,636,839 (2013: 10,556,839) ordinary shares being in issue during the year. The diluted earnings per share has been calculated on the number of shares in issue of 10,636,839 (2013: 10,556,839) plus the dilutive potential ordinary shares arising from share options of nil (2013: 155,712) totalling 10,636,839 (2013: 10,712,551). Dilutive potential ordinary shares of 159,648 were excluded from the calculation of diluted ordinary shares as there was no dilutive effect due to the loss for the year.

4. Investment properties

Investment properties are included at valuation as at 31 December 2013 plus additions in the period ended 30 June 2014.

5. Related Parties

The related parties and the nature of costs recharged are as disclosed in the group’s annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2013. The group paid management fees of £68,750 (30 June 2013: £68,750, 31 December 2013: £137,500) to London & Associated Properties PLC, an associated company.

6. Financial information

The above financial information does not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.   The figures for the year ended 31st December 2013 are based upon the latest statutory accounts, which have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies; the report of the auditors on those accounts was unqualified and did not contain a statement under Section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.
As required by the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the UK’s Financial Services Authority, the interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and in accordance with both IAS 34 ‘Interim Financial Reporting’ as          adopted by the European Union and the disclosure requirements of the Listing Rules.
The half year results have not been audited or subject to review by the company’s auditors.
The annual financial statements of Bisichi Mining PLC are prepared in accordance with IFRS as adopted by European Union. The same accounting policies are used for the six months ended 30 June 2014 as were used for the year ended 31 December 2013.
The assessment of new standards, amendments and interpretations issued but not effective, are not anticipated to have a material impact on the financial statements.
The largest areas of estimation and uncertainty in the interim financial statements are in respect of

  • The valuation of investment properties (which are not re-valued at the half year end unless there is evidence of a material change in valuation);
  • Depreciation and;
  • Provision for rehabilitation (relating to environmental rehabilitation of mining areas)

Other areas of estimation and uncertainly are referred to in the group’s annual financial statements.
There is no material seasonal impact on the group’s financial performance.
Taxes on income in the interim periods are accrued using tax rates expected to be applicable to total annual earnings.
The interim financial statements have been prepared on the going concern basis as the Directors are satisfied the group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future.
In terms of the group’s financial position, in the UK discussions are continuing with regard to the extension of the current UK banking facilities, being a £5million term facility and a £1million overdraft facility. The previous extension to the facility expired on the 30th June 2013. The directors consider that a new loan will be agreed in the near future and that the group has sufficient available resources in the interim.

7. Dividend

The interim dividend in respect of 2013, totalling £106,000 was paid on the 31st January 2014. The final dividend in respect of 2013, totalling £319,000 was approved by the shareholders at the Annual General Meeting held on the 11th June 2014 and was paid on the 1st August 2014. The final dividend in respect of 2013 is included as a liability in these interim financial statements.

A proposed interim dividend for the year ended 31 December 2014 totalling £106,000 was approved by the Board of Directors on 27th August 2014 and has not been included as a liability in these Interim Financial Statements.

8. Principal risks and uncertainties

The Group has an established risk management process which works within the corporate governance framework as set out in the 2013 Annual Report and Accounts. Risks and uncertainties identified by the Group are set out on page 11 of the 2013 Annual Report & Accounts and are reviewed on an ongoing basis. There have been no significant changes in the first half of 2014 to the principle risks and uncertainties as set out in the 2013 Annual Report & Accounts.

The principal risks as stated in the accounts reflect the challenging environment in which the business operates and are considered under the following broad headings:

Mining:
– Coal price
– Coal washing process
– Health & safety
– Coal qualities
– Currency movements
– Regulatory requirements & permissions
– Transport
– Power supply
– Flooding
– Environment
– Labour
Property:
– Property valuation
– Occupancy

9. Board approval

These interim results were approved by the Board of Bisichi Mining on 27th August 2014.

DIRECTORS RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT AND REPORT ON PRINCIPAL RISKS AND UNCERTAINITIES

Responsibility Statement

We confirm to the best of our knowledge:

(a) the condensed set of financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the EU;
(b) the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by:
(1) DTR 4.2.7R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year and their impact on the condensed set of financial statements; and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year; and
(2) DTR 4.2.8R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being related party transactions that have taken place in the first six months of the current financial year and that have materially affected the financial position or performance of the entity during the period; and any changes in the related party transactions described in the last annual report that could do so.

Michael Heller                                                                                      Andrew Heller
Chairman                                                                                            Managing Director
27 August 2014

DIRECTORS AND ADVISERS                                                                   

Directors

Michael A Heller MA, FCA (Chairman)
Andrew R Heller MA, ACA (Managing Director)
Robert Grobler PR Cert Eng (Mining Director)
Garrett Casey CA (SA) (Finance Director)
C A Joll MA (Non-executive)
John A Sibbald MA (Non-executive)

Secretary &  Registered office

Heather A Curtis ACIS
24 Bruton Place
London W1J 6NE

Black Wattle Colliery – Directors:

Robert Corry (Chairman)
Andrew Heller (Managing Director)
Garrett Casey (Finance Director)
Robert Grobler (Mining Director)
Ethan Dube (Commercial Director)

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Company registration number: 112155 (Incorporated in England and Wales)

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