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Uranium Resources PLC Half-year Report

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Uranium Resources PLC

09 March 2017

Uranium Resources Plc / Market: AIM / Epic: URA / Sector: Exploration

Uranium Resources plc ("Uranium Resources" or "the Company")

Half-Year Results

Uranium Resources, the AIM listed uranium exploration company operating in Tanzania, announces its results for the six month period ended 31 December 2016.

Managing Director's Report

The six month period ended 31 December 2016 saw the Company continue its discussions with parties interested in partnering Uranium Resources to develop its Mtonya Project ("Mtonya") in the United Republic of Tanzania. Discussions are ongoing with one potential partner, however, there can be no certainty that a transaction to progress activities at Mtonya will be concluded.

During the period, the uranium market conditions remained challenging with prices at all-time lows. However, there was a brief rally in the uranium price in January 2017 following the decision by major supplier Kazakhstan to reduce output although the market fundamentals have not changed significantly. The Board believe this pricing environment will continue while there are tentative signs that conditions may improve this year.

During the reporting period, the main Mtonya exploration licence reached the end of its exploration term, at which point it should be converted to a mining licence. Therefore the Company has applied for an extension to the exploration period. The Board continues to believe that the extension to the exploration period will be granted, however this cannot be guaranteed. The Company will make further announcements regarding the status of the Mtonya licence as appropriate.

Some delays with the granting of the extension may have been caused by the continued realignments in the government following the Tanzanian General Election in the autumn of 2015. The Company hopes that the ongoing changes in government herald further improvements in the Tanzanian natural resources regulatory framework that shall position the country well in the overdue resurgence of the mining sector.

The directors continue to assess a variety of strategic options to enhance value for shareholders, in the meantime the Company remains grateful for the ongoing support of its major investor Estes Limited which continues to provide and extend debt facilities for Uranium Resources.

Financial results

I am reporting a pre-tax loss for the six months ended 31 December 2016 of US$289,000 (6 months ended 31 December 2015: US$266,000; Year ended 30 June 2016: US$15,447,000 mainly due to the impairment of the Exploration and evaluation assets). The Company's board continues to evaluate additional financing options.

Outlook

Uranium Resources has developed a credible exploration model which led to the discovery of the Mtonya uranium deposit that is thought to be amenable to in-situ recovery (ISR).

Estes Limited remains supportive of the Mtonya project and the Company, which was once again demonstrated as they agreed to provide a loan extension and a further loan facility of US$50,000 following the period end in January 2017.

The Company has and will continue to investigate opportunities for engaging a strategic investor to advance Mtonya as well as other growth opportunities.

Alex Gostevskikh

**S**

For further information please visit www.uraniumresources.co.uk or contact:

 
 Alex Gostevskikh   Uranium Resources   Tel: +255 752 
                     plc                 968 062 
 
 Matthew Johnson    Northland Capital   Tel: +44 203 
  / David Hignell    Partners Ltd        861 6625 
 
 
 

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE SIX MONTHSED 31 DECEMBER 2016

 
 
                                                   Half-year             Half-year          Year 
                                                       ended                 ended 
                                                      31 Dec                31 Dec         ended 
                                                        2016                  2015 
                                                 (Unaudited)           (Unaudited)       30 June 
                                                                                            2016 
                                                    US$'000s              US$'000s     (Audited) 
                                                                                        US$'000s 
                                  Note 
 Administrative expenses                               (141)                 (120)         (218) 
 Impairment of exploration 
  assets                                                   -                     -      (14,901) 
 Total administrative 
  expenses and group operating 
  loss                                                 (141)                 (120)      (15,119) 
 
 Interest payable and 
  foreign exchange losses                              (148)                 (146)         (328) 
 Loss before taxation                                  (289)                 (266)      (15,447) 
 Taxation                          3                       -                     -             - 
                                        --------------------  --------------------  ------------ 
 Loss for the period                                   (289)                 (266)      (15,447) 
 
 Other comprehensive 
  income 
 Exchange differences 
  on translating foreign 
  operations                                             127                    72           220 
                                        --------------------  --------------------  ------------ 
 Total comprehensive 
  loss attributable to 
  the equity holders of 
  the parent                                           (162)                 (194)      (15,227) 
 
 Loss per share (cents) 
 Basic and diluted                 4                  (0.04)                (0.04)      (203.89) 
                                        ====================  ====================  ============ 
 

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2016

 
                                            31 Dec         31 Dec      30 June 
                                              2016           2015         2016 
                                       (Unaudited)                   (Audited) 
                                                      (Unaudited) 
                              Notes       US$'000s       US$'000s     US$'000s 
 
 Assets 
 Non-current assets 
 Exploration & evaluation 
  assets                        5            2,786         17,684        2,800 
                                     -------------  -------------  ----------- 
                                             2,786         17,684        2,800 
 
 Current assets 
 Other receivables                               -              1            - 
 Cash and cash equivalents                      12             33           22 
                                     -------------  -------------  ----------- 
                                                12             34           22 
                                     -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 Total Assets                                2,798         17,718        2,822 
                                     -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 
 Liabilities 
 Non-current liabilities 
 Borrowings                                      -              -            - 
                                     -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 
 Current liabilities 
 Borrowings                     6          (1,820)        (1,627)      (1,715) 
 Trade and other payables                    (381)          (299)        (348) 
 
                                           (2,201)        (1,926)      (2,063) 
                                     -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 
 Total Liabilities                         (2,201)        (1,926)      (2,063) 
                                     -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 Net Assets                                    597         15,792          759 
                                     =============  =============  =========== 
 
 Equity 
 Share capital                               1,225          1,225        1,225 
 Share premium                              21,776         21,776       21,776 
 Foreign exchange reserve                       21          (254)        (106) 
 Retained losses                          (22,425)        (6,955)     (22,136) 
 Total Equity                                  597         15,792          759 
                                     =============  =============  =========== 
 

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

FOR THE SIX MONTHSED 31 DECEMBER 2016

 
                          Share       Share      Foreign     Retained        Total 
                          capital     premium    exchange     losses      shareholders' 
                                                 reserve                     equity 
                          US$'000s   US$'000s    US$'000s     US$'000s         US$'000s 
 
 As at 1 July 
  2015                       1,225     21,776       (326)      (6,689)           15,986 
 
 Total comprehensive 
  income                         -          -          72        (266)            (194) 
 
 Balance at 31 
  December 2015              1,225     21,776       (254)      (6,955)           15,792 
                       -----------  ---------  ----------  -----------  --------------- 
 
 
 Total comprehensive 
  income                         -          -         148     (15,181)         (15,033) 
 Balance at 30 
  June 
  2016                       1,225     21,776       (106)     (22,136)              759 
                       -----------  ---------  ----------  -----------  --------------- 
 
 Total comprehensive 
  income                         -          -         127        (289)            (162) 
 Balance at 31 
  December 2016              1,225     21,776          21     (22,425)              597 
                       -----------  ---------  ----------  -----------  --------------- 
 
 

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE SIX MONTHSED 31 DECEMBER 2016

 
                                            Half-year     Half-year          Year ended 
                                                ended         ended 
                                               31 Dec        31 Dec             30 June 
                                                 2016          2015                2016 
                                          (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)           (Audited) 
                                             US$'000s      US$'000s            US$'000s 
 Cash flows from operating 
  activities 
 Loss for the period                            (289)         (266)            (15,447) 
 
 Impairment of exploration 
  and evaluation assets                             -             -              14,901 
 Interest payable                                   6             5                  11 
 Foreign exchange loss/ 
  (gain)                                          142            77                 319 
 Decrease in receivables                            -             9                  10 
 Increase in payables                              28            33                   5 
                                 --------------------  ------------  ------------------ 
 
   Net cash used in operating 
   activities                                   (113)         (142)               (201) 
                                 --------------------  ------------  ------------------ 
 
 Investing activities 
 Funds used for exploration 
  and evaluation                                    -          (54)                (87) 
 
   Net cash used in investing 
   activities                                       -          (54)                (87) 
                                 --------------------  ------------  ------------------ 
 
 Financing activities 
 Borrowings                                        98           206                 288 
 
   Net cash from financing                 98                   206                 288 
                                 --------------------  ------------  ------------------ 
 
 (Decrease)/increase in 
  cash and cash equivalents                      (15)            10                   - 
 Foreign exchange movements 
  on cash                                           5             2                   1 
 
   Cash and cash equivalents 
   at beginning of the period                      22            21                  21 
                                 --------------------  ------------  ------------------ 
 Cash and cash equivalents 
  at the end of the period                         12            33                  22 
                                 ====================  ============  ================== 
 
 

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED HALF-YEARLY FINANCIAL REPORT FOR THE SIX MONTHSED 31 DECEMBER 2016

   1         General information 

Uranium Resources Plc ('the Company') is domiciled in England. The condensed consolidated half-year accounts of the Company for the six months ended 31 December 2016 comprise the Company and its subsidiaries (together referred to as 'the Group').

The condensed half-year accounts for the period 1 July 2016 to 31 December 2016 are unaudited. In the opinion of the Directors the condensed half-year accounts for the period presents fairly the financial position, and results from operations and cash flows for the period in conformity with the generally accepted accounting principles consistently applied. The condensed half-year accounts incorporate unaudited comparative figures for the interim period 1 July 2015 to 31 December 2015 and the audited financial year to 30 June 2016.

The financial information contained in this half-year report does not constitute statutory accounts as defined by section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.

The comparatives for the full year ended 30 June 2016 are not the Company's full statutory accounts for that year. A copy of the statutory accounts for that year has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditors' report on those accounts was unqualified and did not contain a statement under section 498 (2) - (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

   2         Accounting policies 

The condensed half-year accounts have been prepared using policies based on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS and IFRIC interpretations) issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB") as adopted for use in the EU. The condensed half-year accounts have been prepared using the accounting policies which are expected to be applied in the Group's statutory financial statements for the year ending 30 June 2017.

Basis of preparation and going concern

At 31 December 2016 the Company had drawn down US$1,787,687 against the available facilities of US$1,800,000 and had incurred accrued interest of US$32,179 in total. The facilities, which are unsecured and bear interest at LIBOR, are for working capital.

Estes continues to show its support in providing this flexible funding option to the Company. As stated above the Group plans to continue its work programme, however the undrawn funds available from the loan facility, in conjunction with the Group's current cash resources, do not provide the Group with sufficient available resources to meet all of its commitments for the next 12 months; the Group will therefore need to raise additional funds.

The Directors remain confident that Mtonya's potential, together with the Group's historic track record of raising additional funds and the interest being shown from potential partners, will enable the Group to fully finance its obligations beyond a period of at least 12 months from the date of this report, including meeting future capital and working capital requirements and also settling the Estes loan facilities, which are due for repayment within the next 12 months, accordingly these condensed half-year accounts are prepared on a going concern basis.

Standards, amendments and interpretations effective in 2016:

The accounting policies adopted in the preparation of these financial statements are consistent with those followed in the preparation of the prior year's financial statements except for the adoption of new standards and interpretations effective as of 1 July 2016. The Company has not early adopted any other standard, interpretation or amendment that has been issued but is not yet effective:

   --     IFRS 9: Financial instruments (Effective 1 January 2018) 
   --     IFRS 15 - Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Effective 1 January 2018) 
   --     IFRS 16  - Leases  (Effective 1 January 2019) 

No any pronouncements are expected to have a material impact on the Group's earnings or shareholders' funds.

   3         Taxation 

The Group's Tanzanian tax compliance are subject to tax audit by the Tanzanian Revenue Authority, which is empowered by law to impose severe fines, penalties and interest charges for late payments in case of non-compliance.

Taxation system in Tanzania can be subject to different interpretations but management believes that it has adequately provided for the tax liabilities based on its interpretation of the tax legislation.

As at 31 December 2016 no provision has been made (31 December 2015 and 30 June 2016 - $Nil).

   4          Loss per share 

The basic loss per share has been calculated using the loss attributable to equity shareholders for the financial period of US$289,000 (six months ended 31 December 2015: US$266,000; year ended 30 June 2016: US$15,447,000) and the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue of 757,632,495 (31 December 2015: 757,632,495; 30 June 2016: 757,632,495). A separate diluted loss per share has not been calculated because any potentially dilutive shares would decrease the basic loss per share, thus being anti-dilutive.

   5          Exploration and evaluation assets 
 
                               Unaudited   Unaudited     Audited 
                                  31 Dec      31 Dec     30 June 
                                    2016        2015        2016 
                                US$'000s    US$'000s    US$'000s 
 Exploration and evaluation 
 Cost and net book value 
 At beginning of period            2,800      17,651      17,651 
 Additions                            28          68         142 
 Foreign exchange                   (42)        (35)        (92) 
 Impairment                            -           -    (14,901) 
----------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 Total net book value              2,786      17,684       2,800 
----------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 

In accordance with the Group's accounting policy, the Group's exploration and evaluation assets are reviewed for impairment when there have been circumstances suggesting that there has been the possibility of impairment. Accordingly the directors reviewed the impairments required on each of the exploration and evaluation projects and the carried value for each of the condemned projects were impaired in full in the year ended 30 June 2016. The total impairment charge for the current half year period is $Nil (six months ended 31 December 2015: Nil and year ended 30 June 2016: US$14,901,000). The remaining carried value relates entirely to the Company's flagship project Mtonya.

   6           Borrowings 
 
 
                         Unaudited   Unaudited     Audited 
                            31 Dec      31 Dec     30 June 
                              2016        2015        2016 
                          US$'000s    US$'000s    US$'000s 
 
 Brought forward             1,715       1,416       1,416 
 Borrowings in period           98         206         288 
 Interest accrued in 
  period                         7           5          11 
                        ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 Borrowings carried 
  forward                    1,820       1,627       1,715 
                        ==========  ==========  ========== 
 

On 15 March 2013, the Company entered into a US$1 million loan facility agreement with its major shareholder and strategic investor Estes Limited. The Loan facility, which is unsecured, has been fully utilised. The Loan bears interest at LIBOR. As of the date of signing of the Financial Statements the loan agreement was extended until 15 March 2017.

On 18 March 2014, the Company entered into a US$300,000 loan facility agreement with its major shareholder and strategic investor Estes Limited. The Loan facility is unsecured. As of 31 December 2016 the Company had drawn down $290,000 against the available facility. The Loan bears interest at LIBOR. As of the date of signing of the Financial Statements the loan agreement was extended until 15 March 2017.

On 19 February 2015, the Company entered into a US$200,000 loan facility agreement with its major shareholder and strategic investor Estes Limited. Subsequently the total principle amount was increased to US$500,000. The Loan facility is unsecured. As of 31 December 2016 the Company had drawn down US$497,687 against the available facility. The Loan bears interest at LIBOR. As of the date of signing of the Financial Statements the loan agreement was extended until 15 March 2017.

   7           Related party transactions 

During the period there were no related party transactions to disclose other than mentioned above in Note 6. The only transactions with the Directors relate to their remuneration and interests in shares and share options.

   8.         Events after the period end date 

There were no significant events after the period end date.

This information is provided by RNS

The company news service from the London Stock Exchange

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