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Altyn Plc Final Results

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30 April 2019

 

Altyn Plc

 

("Altyn" or the "Company")

 

Results for the year ended 31 December 2018

 

Altyn Plc (LSE:ALTN) an exploration and development company, is pleased to announce its results for the year ended 31 December 2018.

 

Highlights

 

Underground development & exploration

 
 
    -- Additional shaft work was done to provide an additional exit to the 

surface from the decline in order to reduce the haulage distance, and

increase productivity in 2019.

 
    -- Operational exploration was carried out carried out at ore bodies no. 

1, 2, and 3-8.

 
    -- Further safety works were performed at the transport portal, and 

safety works carried out on the ventilation system.

 
    -- Extensive exploration drilling carried out was carried out in ore ore 

bodies No 2 and 3-8 in the period.

 
    -- Test production was carried out at Karasuyskoye with 500t of ore 

extracted from, the site TerenSai, a ore body identified in the

exploration area

 

Financial highlights

 
 
    -- Turnover decreased in the year to US$19.4m (2017: US$21.6m). 
 
    -- 14,990oz of gold sold (2017: 16,747oz), an decrease of 1,757oz. 
 
    -- Average gold price achieved (including silver as a by- product), 

US$1,292oz, (2017: US$1,293oz).

 
    -- Adjusted EBITDA (Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and 

amortisation and excluding impairment) of US$0.9m (2017: US$3.7m).

 
    -- In April 2019 the Company obtained a loan from a Kazakh based bank of 

US$1m, and is in continuing talks with the bank to raise further funds

for capital development.

 
    -- In February 2018 the Company converted US$9.7m of the US$10m bond 

issued to African Resources into 233,333,333 new ordinary shares. It

is the intention to convert the remaining shares and interest into

ordinary shares.

 

Operational highlights

 
 
    -- Gold poured 15,282oz, (2017: 16,717oz) a 8.58% decrease year-on-year, 

the decrease in production was a result of the lower grade obtained

from the mixed ore - the ore processed was similar to last year at

348,000t ( 2017: 333,000t)

 
    -- Underground gold grade 1.95g/t, (2017: 2.08g/t). 
 
    -- Operating cash cost US$865/oz, (2017: US$774/oz). 
 
    -- Gold recovery rate 83.23% (2017: 83.54%) 
 

For further information please contact:

 

Altyn PlcRajinder Basra, CFO +44 (0) 207 932 2456

 

VSA Capital (Corporate Broker)Andrew Monk / Andrew Raca +44 (0) 203 005 5000

 

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

 

Dear shareholders,

 

Following positive progress made on several financing options during the year, these, initiatives were ultimately abandoned owing to unappealing terms. The company has now embarked on sourcing new alternatives, which resulted in securing an initial loan of US$1m from a Kazakh Bank. Negotiations are ongoing with the lender to secure a further US$13m needed for additional mining equipment.

 

In the interim, the major shareholder remains committed to the business and matched the bank's disbursement by providing a similar amount in order to purchase a low haulage dumper. This initiative, alongside other developmental work, is expected to increase the monthly run rate of production to approximately 40,000t in 2019.

 

Operational performance has satisfactory given the circumstances. Production increased slightly, mining grade declined and the company maintained a tight grip on operational expenses. The effects cost improvements were, however, clouded by one-off exceptional items.

 

At this stage the core focus is to attain a positive resolution on financing which should trigger a significant turnaround in profitability. A strong operational gearing given a lean cost base, expected increase in volumes (60-70kt per month) and associated improvement in grades should result in improved results over the coming periods.

 

Kanat AssaubayevChairman30 April 2019

 

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER'S REVIEW

 

Overview

 

After reconsidering and weighing funding options the company entered into discussions with a Kazakhstan based bank in order to raise the necessary finance to take the project forward.

 

The proceeds of an initial loan taken out coupled with an injection of funds from the majority shareholder, are being used in the short term to purchase equipment to increase production from the current levels to approximately 40,000t per month. The expected increase in production is planned to take place towards the end of Q2 2019.

 

While there were savings on internal costs, the effect of these were clouded by some restructuring and duplication of costs as the Company moved development work from internal resources to an external contractor leading to a higher cost of production during the year.

 

Current developments

 

The following was achieved with regards to the underground mine in the year:

 
 
    -- There has been no further development of the decline which was taken 

down to 150masl in the prior year. There is adequate access to a

number of ore bodies at this level. In the current mining plan for

2019 there is sufficient mineable ore for the planned production.

A cross cut was completed of the transport decline no.2, which was

done from two side 250masl and 320masl. This decreased the haulage

distance, provided a second exit to the mine surface.

During the year extensive maintenance and safety works were

carried out including additional ventilation works, maintenance of

the tunnels and exit portal.

 
    -- Ore bodies that were prepared for production in 2017 ore bodies 3-8 at 

levels 250masl to 150masl were excavated during 2018. The average

grade extracted from this ore body was between 2.37g/t -2.10g/t. These

were excavated together with ore bodies No. 1 between levels 320masl

and 285masl, which produced an initial grade of 2.01, and ore body 11

between 195masl and 185masl which produced a grade of 1.86g/t.

 
    -- Refurbishment of the processing plant and the preparation of the ore 

bodies were completed to a large extent in the prior year. Necessary

maintenance was carried out in 2018 but the capital program was kept

to a minimum in order to preserve cash flows.

 
    -- During the year the Company placed an order for an additional LHD 

Caterpillar (Ioad-haul- dumper) at a cost of US$0.7m, which will

increase the total number of underground LHDs to 3. This is expected

to increase the supply of feedstock to the processing plant to

approximately 40,000t per month. Advance payments have also been made

for an additional truck to be also delivered in May 2019 at a similar

cost. The Company is also expecting to purchase a further haulage

trucks towards the end of the year.

 

During the year the Company has continued to develop its exploration site at Karasuyskoye, spending approximately US$1.6m. These costs were capitalized in line with accounting policy. Test production was achieved with 500t of ore processed from TerenSai (one of the contract areas in Karasuskoye). A mine and beneficiation plant plans have been designed, and initial procedures drawn up to start resources exploitation in 2021- 2022. The initial capex requirements have been incorporated into the budget.

 

Looking forward

 
 
    -- The plan for 2019 is to reduce the amount of development work in 

relation to the decline as the Company has achieved sufficient ore

bodies. The intention is to move the decline down to 140masl in 2019

to access the predicted higher grade ore of 3.43g/t at ore body 11.

 
    -- The ore extraction will be undertaken from ore bodies 11 as noted 

above, and also ore bodies 3-8. The expected grade from these ore body

in 2019 is expected to produce an average grade of 2.41g/t. This

together with the feed stock from the additional equipment results in

the expectation that production and output will increase in 2019.

 
    -- Karasuyskoye exploration will continue as planned with an expected 

additional spending of US$1.7m in 2019. Exploration effort will be

principally concentrated on the TeranSai site which has produced very

promising results.

 

Capital requirements

 

Future development plans are dependent on raising further funding. Limited short term funding has been obtained that will enable the Company to increase production and turnover in 2019. It is in negotiations to obtain debt finance that will substantially meet a large part of the capex requirement. Once the equipment is in place and production is rising, additional funding is expected to come from the Group's internal cash flow generation, and as a backstop from the principal shareholder to fund the expansion. The expectation as it currently stands is that the increased funding will be in place in Q3 2019.

 
Projected capital expenditures 
underground operations 
                                 Total  2019  2020  2021 
                                 US$m   US$m  US$m  US$m 
Prospect drilling                3.3    0.3   1.5   1.5 
Underground development          5.6    2.0   1.6   2.0 
Infrastructure                   3.4    -     3.4   - 
Ore handling facilities          21.9   6.0   13.6  2.3 
Karasuyskoye - exploration       4.9    1.7   1.6   1.6 
Total                            47.4   11.7  26.2  9.8 
 
 

Sekisovskoye operational update

 

The 2018 operational performance of the Company's Sekisovskoye gold mine during versus the prior year is shown in the tables. The attached mining map shows the grades and ore that were extracted during the year as well as the corresponding extraction plans for 2019. The 2018 range of underground ore grade varied between 1.86g/t to 2.37g/t. For 2019 grades are expected to increase as ore extraction moves to lower depths. As such 2019 grade is expected to average at 2.41g/t with a range of a high 3.43g/t for ore body 11 to a low of 2.01 for ore bodies 3-8.

 

The recovery rate remained stable at 83.23%(2017: 83.54%). No significant changes are expected in this regard and no further upgrades to the plant are currently anticipated.

 

The budgets going forward are based on a stable gold price in of US$1,250. No significant changes are expected in the cost structure and no significant write-offs are expected to occur in 2019.

 
Mining - underground 
                            2018     2017 
Ore mined              T    278,883  287,389 
Gold grade             g/t  1.95     2.08 
Silver grade           g/t  2.92     2.80 
Contained gold         oz   17,482   19,243 
Contained silver       oz   26,110   25,909 
 
 
Mining - processing 
                           2018     2017 
Crushing              T    340,091  332,502 
Milling               T    348,169  332,947 
Gold grade            g/t  1.68     1.88 
Silver grade          g/t  2.50     2.56 
Gold recovery         %    83.23    83.54 
Silver recovery       %    74.37    73.85 
Contained gold        oz   18,367   20,040 
Contained silver      oz   27,986   27,138 
Gold poured           oz   15,282   16,717 
Silver poured         oz   20,794   19,989 
 
 

MARKET REVIEW AND SHARE PRICE PERFORMANCE

 

Commentary

 

On a positive note the fundamentals are good. The gold price has been stable and is expected to be in a similar range in the future with some commentators predicting an upward trend, moving up to US$1,400.

 

As the Company earns its revenue in US Dollars a strengthening Dollar is seen as good for the Company as its principal costs are in Tenge. The only significant liabilities in Dollars are the loans, however the principal loans are not due for repayment until 2021. Again the predictions are that the Dollar will strengthen against the Tenge in the future, slowly moving from its current range of KZT380 towards KZT400 and beyond.

 

The share price of the Company has been trading again at a low level, the Directors are aware this is a reflection of the Company not moving to the next stage of operations.

 

The share price has seen a steady decline from April 2018 to April 2019 from 1.4p to its current value of 0.57p. The Directors are aware this is underperforming all significant benchmarks. The principal driver to the share price will be an increase in production and profitability.

 

The principal shareholder has committed funds in April 2019 and the Company has obtained a loan of US$1m. This has been used to order new equipment which will come on stream in May 2019. This will start to increase production to the 40,000t target. The Directors are confident that further significant funding can be obtained in the near future to further increase production.

 

FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE

 

Key performance indicators (KPIs)

 

Annual gold poured (oz)15,282oz201815,2822017 16,7172016 10,970

 

Revenue (US$m)US$19.4m201819.42017 21.62016 15.9

 

Operating cash production cost (US$oz)US$865oz20188652017 7742016 832

 

Adjusted EBITDA (US$m)US$0.9m20180.92017 3.692016 0.3

 

Net assets (US$m)US$34.9m201834.92017 33.22016 34.0

 

The gold poured decreased from 16,717oz to 15,282oz from the prior year, reflecting the lower overall gold grade achieved of 1.68g/t (2017: 1.88g/t). This as in the prior year was due to ore being mined from the underground workings being diluted with lower grade stockpiled ore. In addition the underground ore itself is not being extracted in an manner to maximise the grade, and being diluted with lower grade ore. This process is expected to continue until new equipment and targeted ore production can be achieved. As the Company is continuing to use the low grade ore, part of the provision made against the stockpile in prior periods, has been reversed amounting to US$383,000 (2017: US$374,000).

 

The total cash cost of production, which includes administrative costs but excludes depreciation and provisions, amounted to US$1,235/oz, (2017: US$1,075oz). The operating cash cost amounts to US$865/oz (2017: US$774/oz). This is based on the above but excluding administrative expenses. The cash cost of production has risen as direct consequence of the lower grade and production. In addition there have been additional costs with the restructuring of the internal labour force being replaced by the subcontracted contractors. The Company's aim is still to reduce the long term cash cost of sales down to the range of US$540.

 

The Group has reported a loss of US$4.0m before tax (2017: US$1.9m), with a gross profit of US$2.5m (2017: US$4.2m). The operating loss is US$2.5m (2017: loss US$484,00). The principal drivers behind the loss are the restructuring costs of closing down a number of operational departments in Sekisovskoye included within cost of sales. In addition, significant write offs of irrecoverable VAT and other penalties. These are included within administrative costs and amounted to US$2m and are not expected to reoccur in the following year.

 

The EBITDA is US$0.9m, after adjusting the operating loss of US$2.9m (2017: US$0.48m) for depreciation of US$3.95m (2017: US$4.5m), and impairment gain of US$0.6m (2017: US$0.4m). A positive EBITDA, however lower than the one budgeted.

 

During 2018, the Company sold 14,990oz of gold (2017 16,747oz). The average price achieved per oz in 2018 was US$1,292 similar to last year, which achieved an average price of US$1,293. The prices are budgeted to stay at similar levels in 2018, and there are no changes anticipated to the sales offtake agreement currently in place to the Kazakh national refinery.

 

The current cash position and anticipated trading is sufficient for the budgeted capex (with limited expansion), and budgeted production for the next year to increase with the new equipment ordered in May 2019. The principal shareholders have agreed to provide monetary support as necessary, in order to provide any short term financing that may be required.

 

Cash at year-end was US$105,000 (2017: US$704,000). Resources are sufficient to meet the current working capital requirements. The cash was lower in 2018 as a number of payables outstanding were settled prior to the year end. The Company generated a positive EBITDA which is expected to increase next year as one off costs are avoided. Financing commitments are expected to be met from the cash generation of the Company. Principal financing commitments are payment of interest on the US$2m convertible loan and repayment of short term borrowings from the bank, in total these are expected to amount to approximately US$1m.In 2018 as in 2017 the principal shareholders have agreed to defer any loan repayments, until funds allow.

 

Until further financing is obtained no significant additional purchasing of equipment is budgeted to be made. A limited capex program is in place for 2019. This will increase output from the current levels to an expected run rate of 40,000t per month. The budgeted capex does include further development of the Karasuyskoye site in 2019, which is seen as a valuable resource.

 

The consolidated net assets of the Company are US$34.9m (2017: US$33.2m), the change from the prior year is essentially a result of the conversion of the bond liability into equity.

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF PROFIT OR LOSS

 

year ended 31 December 2018

 
                              Notes  2018      2017 
                                     US$000    US$000 
Revenue                       3      19,366    21,649 
Cost of sales                        (16,871)  (17,470) 
Gross profit                         2,495     4,179 
Administrative expenses              (5,543)   (5,037) 
Impairments - reversed               562       374 
Operating loss                       (2,486)   (484) 
Foreign exchange                     (196)     (52) 
Finance expense                      (1,283)   (1,381) 
Loss before taxation                 (3,965)   (1,917) 
Taxation charge                      (323)     (12) 
Loss attributable to equity          (4,288)   (1,929) 
holders of the parent 
Loss per ordinary share 
Basic & diluted               4      (0.17c)   (0.08c) 
 
 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF PROFIT OR LOSS AND OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

year ended 31 December 2018

 
                                              2018     2017 
                                              US$000   US$000 
Loss for the year                             (4,288)  (1,929) 
Currency translation differences arising      (5,712)  98 
on translations of foreign 
operations items that may be reclassified 
to profit or loss 
Currency translation differences              2,560    1,088 
arising on translations 
of foreign  operations relating to taxation 
Total comprehensive loss attributable         (7,440)  (743) 
to equity holders of the  parent 
 
 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

 

year ended 31 December 2018

 
Company number 5048549          Notes  2018      2017 
                                       US$000    US$000 
Non-current assets 
Intangible assets               5      12,338    11,881 
Property, plant and equipment   6      28,391    35,163 
Trade and other receivables            1,303     1,476 
Deferred tax asset                     7,999     6,928 
Restricted cash                        28        14 
                                       50,059    55,462 
Current assets 
Inventories                            1,297     1,713 
Trade and other receivables            3,081     2,531 
Cash and cash equivalents              105       704 
                                       4,483     4,948 
Total assets                           54,542    60,410 
Current liabilities 
Trade and other payables               (7,846)   (7,822) 
Other financial liabilities            (122)     (399) 
Provisions                             (94)      (112) 
Borrowings                             (1,218)   (724) 
                                       (9,280)   (9,057) 
Net current liabilities                (4,797)   (4,109) 
Non-current liabilities 
VAT payable                            (1,383)   - 
Other payables                         (644)     (160) 
Provisions                             (4,412)   (4,512) 
Convertible bonds                      (3,963)   (12,496) 
Borrowings                             -         (937) 
                                       (10,402)  (18,105) 
Total liabilities                      (19,682)  (27,162) 
Net assets                             34,860    33,248 
Equity 
Called-up share capital                4,054     3,886 
Share premium                          151,470   141,918 
Merger reserve                         (282)     (282) 
Other reserve                          333       333 
Currency translation reserve           (47,770)  (44,618) 
Accumulated losses                     (72,945)  (67,989) 
Total equity                           34,860    33,248 
 
 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

 

year ended 31 December 2018

 
                Note  Share    Share    Merger   Currency     Other    Accumulated  Total 
                      capital  premium  reserve  translation  reserve  losses       US$000 
                      US$000   US$000   US$000   reserve      US$000   US$000 
                                                 US$000 
1                     3,886    141,918  (282)    (45,804)     333      (66,060)     33,991 
January 
2017 
Loss for                                                               (1,929)      (1,929) 
the year 
Other                 -        -        -        1,186        -        -            1,186 
comprehensive 
income 
Total                 -        -        -        1,186        -        (1,929)      (743) 
comprehensive 
loss 
31                    3,886    141,918  (282)    (44,618)     333      (67,989)     33,248 
December 
2017 
Loss for                                                               (4,288)      (4,288) 
the year 
Other                 -        -        -        (3,152)      -        -            (3,152) 
comprehensive 
loss 
Total                 -        -        -        (3,152)      -        (4,288)      (7,440) 
comprehensive 
loss 
Conversion            168      9,552    -        -            -        (668)        9,052 
of bond 
into 
shares 
31                    4,054    151,470  (282)    (47,770)     333      (72,945)     34,860 
December 
2018 
 
 
Group Reserves                 Description 
Share capital                  Amount of the contributions 
                               made by shareholders 
                               in return for the  issue of shares. 
Share premium                  Amount subscribed for share capital 
                               in excess of nominal value. 
Merger reserve                 Reserve created on application of merger 
                               accounting under a previous  GAAP. 
Currency translation reserve   Gains/losses arising on re-translating 
                               the net assets 
                               of overseas  operations in to US Dollars. 
Other reserve                  Amount of proceeds on issue of convertible 
                               debt relating to the  equity component. 
 
 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASHFLOWS

 

year ended 31 December 2018

 
                                               Notes  2018     2017 
                                                      US$000   US$000 
Net cash inflow from operating activities             940      5,107 
Investing activities 
Purchase of property, plant and equipment             (1,108)  (2,252) 
Disposals of property, plant and machinery            264 
Exploration costs                                     -        (439) 
Net cash used in investing activities                 (844)    (2,691) 
Financing activities 
Loans received                                        151      724 
Loans repaid                                          (550)    (4,331) 
Interest repaid                                       (160)    (341) 
Net outflow from financing activities                 (559)    (3,948) 
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents                 (463)    (1,532) 
Foreign currency translation                          (136)    - 
Cash and cash equivalents                             704      2,236 
at beginning of the year 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the year          105      704 
 
 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

year ended 31 December 2018

 

1General information

 

Altyn Plc (the "Company") is a Company incorporated in England and Wales under the Companies Act 2006.

 

The financial information set out above for the years ended 31 December 2018 and 31 December 2017 does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006, but is derived from those accounts. Whilst the financial information included in this announcement has been compiled in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") (as adopted by the European Union), this announcement itself does not contain sufficient financial information to comply with IFRS. A copy of the statutory accounts for 2017 has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies and those for 2018 will be submitted for approval by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting. The full audited financial statements for the years end 31 December 2018 and 31 December 2017 do comply with IFRS.

 

2Going concern

 

To progress the mine to the full projected capacity the Company requires further funding, which the Company is endeavoring to put in place. It has received preliminary indication of funding to be made available by a Kazakh based bank. In March 2019 as part of the process an initial US$1m was advanced by the bank to purchase equipment and spares, The Company is in the process of finalising a larger loan with the bank. In addition the major shareholder has provided funds in April 2019 to purchase further equipment in order to increase production.

 

The Company is continuing to develop its underground mine, production is continuing at a steady pace with gold sold in the current year of 14,990 oz. The Group made a loss before tax in the current year of US$4.0m (2017 loss: US$1.9m) however it generated a positive EBITDA. Cash funding from operations has reduced due to limited capital expenditures during the year. This also contributed a lower production levels. Production and revenues are expected to increase as capital expenditure is made from the loans made into the Company in April 2019.

 

The Directors have reviewed the cash flows for 15 months from the date of approval of the financial statements based on the projected trading. The Directors are confident that should the fund raising as noted above, not be provided in the expected timeframe the Company will be able to adapt its operational plans such that it continues to operate.

 

Furthermore the major shareholder has confirmed their intention to provide further funding to enable the Company to continue its planned operations for at least twelve months from the date of approval of the financial statements.

 

On this basis the Directors have therefore concluded that it is appropriate to prepare the financial statements on a going concern basis .

 

3Revenue

 

An analysis of the Company's revenue is as follows:

 
                          2018     2017 
                          US$000   US$000 
Sale of gold and silver   19,030   21,294 
Other sales                336     355 
                          19,366   21,649 
 
 

Included in revenues from sale of gold and silver are revenues of US$19,030,000 (2017: US$21,294,000) which arose from sales of precious metals to one customer based Kazakhstan. Other sales amounted to US$336,000 (2017 US$355,000), and related to sale of machinery and consumables.

 

4Loss per ordinary share

 

The calculation of basic and diluted earnings per share from continuing operations is based upon the retained loss from continuing operations for the financial year of US$4.3m (2017: loss of US$1.9m).

 

The weighted average number of ordinary shares for calculating the basic loss in 2018 and 2017 is shown below. As the Company was loss making in 2018, the impact of the potential ordinary shares outstanding from the conversion of the Convertible loan notes would be anti-dilutive, and as such the basic and diluted earnings per share are the same.

 
                    2018           2017 
Basic and diluted   2,552,972,267  2,334,342,130 
 
 

5Intangible assets

 
                           Karasuyskoye     Exploration and   US$000 
                           geological data  evaluation costs 
Cost 
1 January 2017             11,345           718               12,063 
Translation difference     79               -                 79 
Transfers                  -                157               157 
Additions                  -                1,430             1,430 
Amortisation capitalized   -                1,021             1,021 
31 December 2017           11,424           3,326             14,750 
& 1 January 2018 
Translation difference     (1,535)          (113)             (1,648) 
Additions                  -                1,605             1,605 
Amortisation capitalized   -                1,101             1,101 
31 December 2018           9,889            5,919             15,808 
Amortisation 
1 January 2017             1,799            -                 1,799 
Charge for the year        1,021            -                 1,021 
Translation difference     49               -                 49 
31 December 2017           2,869            -                 2,869 
& 1 January 2018 
Charge for the year        1,101            -                 1,101 
Translation difference     (500)            -                 (500) 
31 December 2018           3,470            -                 3,470 
Net book value 
1 January 2017             9,546            718               10,264 
31 December 2017           8,555            3,326             11,881 
31 December 2018           6,419            5,919             12,338 
 
 

The intangible assets relate to the historic geological information pertaining to the Karasuyskoye ore fields. The ore fields are located in close proximity to the current open pit and underground mining operations of Sekisovskoye. The Company obtained a contract for exploration and evaluation on the site in May 2017 from the Kazakh authorities. The contract is valid for a period of 6 years, which is a right to extend for a minimum period of 4 years.

 

The value of the geological data purchased is in the opinion of the Directors the value that would have been incurred if the drilling had been undertaken by a third party (or internally). During the year there has been extensive exploratory drilling, a pre- feasibility study was carried out and samples taken from a test production site, which confirmed the expected grades. The directors consider that no impairment is required taking into account the exploration and planned production in the future. The write off of the geological data over the period of the licence to May 2026 is appropriate. The costs amortised are capitalised in line with the Company's accounting policy within the subsidiary TOO GMK Altyn MM LLP, there are no impairment indicators.

 

6Property, plant and equipment

 
                      Mining      Freehold,  Equipment,    Plant,         Assets under  Total 
                      properties  land and   fixtures and  machinery and  construction  US$000 
                      and leases  buildings  fittings      vehicles       US$000 
                      US$000      US$000     US$000        US$000 
Cost 
1 January 2017        11,351      24,241     12,189        5,825          4,155         57,761 
Additions             1,196       38         399           283            686           2,602 
Disposals             -           (15)       (257)         (53)           (133)         (458) 
Transfers             (157)       -          -             -              -             (157) 
Transfers to          (1,513)     2,465      (829)         2,469          (2,651)       (59) 
inventories 
Currency              (34)        22         44            4              49            85 
translation 
adjustment 
31 December           10,843      26,751     11,546        8,528          2,106         59,774 
2017 
& 1 January 
2018 
Additions             2,940       2          124           24             721           3,811 
Disposals/provision   -           (1)        (563)         (2,620)        -             (3,184) 
Transfers             -           1,494      41            -              (1,661)       (126) 
Currency              (2,053)     (3,765)    (1,447)       (885)          (188)         (8,338) 
translation 
adjustment 
31 December           11,730      24,481     9,701         5,047          978           51,937 
2018 
Accumulated 
depreciation 
1 January 2017        2,262       5,100      9,584         3,499          -             20,445 
Charge for            222         2,498      1,452         336            -             4,508 
the year 
Disposals             -           (15)       (208)         (40)           -             (263) 
Transfers             (180)       (290)      (1,871)       2,282          -             (59) 
Currency              2           (33)       6             5              -             (20) 
translation 
adjustment 
31 December           2,306       7,260      8,963         6,082          -             24,611 
2017 
& 1 January 
2018 
Charge for            251         2,242      1,133         275            -             3,901 
the year 
Disposals             -           (1)        (356)         (1,085)        -             (1,442) 
Currency              (337)       (1,210)    (1,239)       (738)          -             (3,524) 
translation 
adjustment 
31 December           2,220       8,291      8,501         4,534          -             23,546 
2018 
Net book value 
1 January 2017        9,089       19,141     2,605         2,326          4,155         37,316 
31 December           8,537       19,491     2,583         2,446          2,106         35,163 
2017 
31 December           9,510       16,190     1,200         513            978           28,391 
2018 
 
 

Capitalised cost of mining property and leases are amortised over the life of the licence from commencement of production on a unit of production basis. This basis uses the ratio of production in the period compared to the mineral reserves at the end of the period. Mineral reserves estimates are based on a number of underlying assumptions, which are inherently uncertain. Mineral reserves estimates take into consideration estimates by independent geological consultants. However, the amount of mineral that will ultimately be recovered cannot be known until the end of the life of the mine.

 

Any changes in reserve estimates are, for amortisation purposes, treated on a prospective basis. The recovery of the capitalised cost of the Company's property, plant and equipment is dependent on the development of the underground mine.

 

The Directors are required to consider whether the non-current assets comprising, mineral properties leases, plant and equipment have suffered any impairment. The recoverable amount is determined based on value in use calculations. The use of this method requires the estimation of future cash flows and the choice of a discount rate in order to calculate the present value of the cash flows. The directors considered entity specific factors such as available finance, cost of production, grades achievable, and sales price. The directors have concluded that no adjustment is required for impairment.

 

7Availability of accounts

 

The audited Annual Report and Financial Statements for the 12 months ended 31 December 2018 and notice of AGM will shortly be sent to shareholders and published at: www.altyn.uk.

 
 

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