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Argos Resources Ltd 2020 Interim Financial Results

18/09/2020 7:00am

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Argos Resources Ltd

18 September 2020

18 September 2020

ARGOS RESOURCES LIMITED

("Argos" or "the Company")

2020 Interim Financial Results

Argos Resources Limited (AIM: ARG.L), the Falkland Islands based company focused on the North Falkland Basin, is pleased to announce its interim financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2020.

Highlights

   --    $192 thousand loss for the period (H1 2019: loss of $176 thousand); 
   --    $560 thousand cash reserves at 30 June 2020 (YE 2019: $768 thousand); 

-- The current Second Phase of the Licence expires in May 2021. The Company intends to request an extension to the Licence period.

For further information:

Argos Resources Limited (+500 22685) Cenkos Securities plc (Nomad & Broker)

www.argosresources.com Derrick Lee (+44 131 220 9100)

Ian Thomson, Chairman Neil McDonald (+44 131 220 6939)

John Hogan, Managing Director

Chairman's Statement

During the reporting period of the first half of the year, Brent crude oil prices plummeted from over $65/bbl at year-end 2019 to a low of $20/bbl in April 2020, before recovering somewhat to around $42/bbl by the end of June. The fall in prices was driven initially by competition from OPEC for market share and then exacerbated later in the period by the significant drop in global energy demand as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic supressing oil and gas consumption globally.

The industry has been hit hard by this unexpected sharp drop in demand and commodity prices, and has responded by reducing costs, cutting capital expenditure and delaying projects. Acknowledging this slowdown in activity, the Company intends to request an extension to the Licence term, which currently runs to 1(st) May 2021, as more time will be required to recover from this downturn.

Despite the above, the Company continues to seek partners to participate in drilling on its Licence and is currently engaged with a number of counterparties who have expressed interest. Given the current challenging environment the Company believes it may be some time before any expressions of interest are translated into commitments.

Financial overview

The Group loss for the six months to 30 June 2020 was $192 thousand (2019: loss of $176 thousand) giving an undiluted loss per share of 0.09 cents (2019: 0.08 cents loss per share).

Administrative expenses were $148 thousand compared to $175 thousand for the same period in 2019.

Net assets of $29.3 million reflect a decrease of $192 thousand since December 2019 as a result of the loss for the period.

Financial outlook

The industry slowdown has meant that some costs which were expected to be incurred in the current year have been delayed and the Group has sufficient cash resources to continue for a period of at least 12 months from the date these financial statements were signed. In order to continue as a going concern beyond that the Company will need to raise further finance. The going concern comments in Note 1 on pages 7 and 8 contain further information.

Ian Thomson OBE

Chairman

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

Period ended 30 June 2020

 
 
                                                  6 months     6 months           Year 
                                                     ended        ended          ended 
                                                   30 June      30 June    31 December 
                                                      2020         2019           2019 
                                                 unaudited    unaudited        audited 
                                         Note        $'000        $'000          $'000 
 
 Administrative expenses                             (148)        (175)          (433) 
 Finance income                                          1            2              4 
 Foreign exchange (losses)/gains                      (45)          (3)             28 
-------------------------------------  ------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 
 (Loss) from operations attributable 
  to owners of the parent                            (192)        (176)          (401) 
-------------------------------------  ------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 
 Total comprehensive income 
  for the period 
  attributable to owners of 
   the parent                                        (192)        (176)          (401) 
-------------------------------------  ------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 
 
 
 (Loss) per share (cents): 
 Basic and diluted                        2         (0.09)       (0.08)         (0.18) 
-------------------------------------  ------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 

Consolidated statement of financial position

As at 30 June 2020

 
                                                      As at        As at          As at 
                                                    30 June      30 June    31 December 
                                                       2020         2019           2019 
                                                  unaudited    unaudited        audited 
                                         Note         $'000        $'000          $'000 
 Assets 
 Non-current assets 
 Capitalised exploration expenditure                 28,776       28,752         28,737 
 Current assets 
 Other receivables                                       48          195             86 
 Cash and cash equivalents                              560          784            768 
----------------------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 
 Total current assets                                   608          979            854 
----------------------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 
 Total assets                                        29,384       29,731         29,591 
----------------------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 
 Liabilities 
 Total and current liabilities 
 Other payables                                        (43)         (39)           (58) 
 
 Total net assets                                    29,341       29,692         29,533 
----------------------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 
 
 Capital and reserves attributable 
  to 
  equity holders of the company 
 
 Share capital                                        6,696        6,696          6,696 
 Share premium                                       30,071       30,071         30,071 
 Retained losses                                    (7,426)      (7,075)        (7,234) 
----------------------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 
 Total shareholders' equity                          29,341       29,692         29,533 
----------------------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 

Consolidated statement of cash flows

Period ended 30 June 2020

 
                                               6 months     6 months           Year 
                                                  ended        ended          ended 
                                                30 June      30 June    31 December 
                                                   2020         2019           2019 
                                              unaudited    unaudited        audited 
                                                  $'000        $'000          $'000 
 Cash flows from operating activities 
 (Loss) for period                                (192)        (176)          (401) 
 Adjustments for: 
 Finance income                                     (1)          (2)            (4) 
 Foreign exchange                                    47            2           (28) 
 Share based remuneration expense                     -            -             89 
 
 Net cash (outflow) from operating 
  activities 
  before changes in working capital               (146)        (176)          (344) 
 
 (Increase)/Decrease in other receivables           (1)          197            377 
 (Decrease) in other payables                      (15)         (22)            (3) 
------------------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 
 Net cash (outflow)/inflow 
  from operating activities                       (162)          (1)             30 
------------------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 
 Investing activities 
 Interest received                                    1            2              4 
 Exploration and development expenditure              -          (3)           (82) 
 
 Net cash inflow/(outflow) 
  from investment activities                          1          (1)           (78) 
------------------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 
 Net (decrease) in cash and cash 
  equivalents                                     (161)          (2)           (48) 
 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning 
  of period                                         768          788            788 
 Exchange (losses)/gains on cash 
  and cash equivalents                             (47)          (2)             28 
------------------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 
 Cash and cash equivalents at end 
  of period                                         560          784            768 
------------------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity - unaudited

Period ended 30 June 2020

 
                                                                 Retained 
                                           Share                earnings/      Total 
                                                      Share 
                                         capital    premium     (deficit)     equity 
                                           $'000      $'000         $'000      $'000 
 At 1 January 2019                         6,696     30,071       (6,899)     29,868 
 Total comprehensive 
  income for period to 
  30 June 2019                                 -          -         (176)      (176) 
 
 At 30 June 2019                           6,696     30,071       (7,075)     29,692 
------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ------------  --------- 
 
 Total comprehensive 
  income for period to 
  31 December 2019                             -          -         (225)      (225) 
 Share based income expense                    -          -            89         89 
 Share based income adjustment 
  for expired options                          -          -          (23)       (23) 
 
 At 31 December 2019                       6,696     30,071       (7,234)     29,533 
------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ------------  --------- 
 
 Total comprehensive 
  income for period to 
  30 June 2020                                 -          -         (192)      (192) 
 
 At 30 June 2020                           6,696     30,071       (7,426)     29,341 
------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ------------  --------- 
 

Notes to the interim report - unaudited

Period ended 30 June 2020

   1      Accounting policies 

General information

Argos Resources Limited is a limited liability company incorporated and domiciled in the Falkland Islands under registration number 10605. The address of its registered office is Argos House, H Jones Road, Stanley, Falkland Islands.

This consolidated interim report was approved for issue by the directors on 17 September 2020.

Basis of preparation

The financial information included within this interim report has not been reviewed nor audited and is based on the consolidated financial statements of Argos Resources Limited and its subsidiary Argos Exploration Limited ("the Group"). The consolidated financial statements are prepared in compliance with the recognition and measurement requirements of International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union (IFRSs) and interpretations of those standards as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). They do not include all disclosures that would otherwise be required in a complete set of financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the 2019 annual report. These accounts have been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies that are expected to be applied in the report and accounts of Argos Resources Limited for the year ending 31 December 2020.

The comparative financial information for the year ended 31 December 2019 has been derived from the full statutory financial statements for that period which were prepared in compliance with IFRSs. The Independent Auditors' Report on the annual report and financial statements for 2019 was unqualified but did draw attention to note 1 of these financial statements which explains that the Group and Parent Company's ability to continue as a going concern is dependent on the finding of an exploration partner and obtaining further funding. As stated in note 1, these conditions indicate the existence of a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt over the Group's and Parent Company's ability to continue as a going concern. The audit opinion was not however modified in respect of this matter.

The IASB has issued some new and revised standards, amendments and interpretations to existing standards, which are effective for the financial year ending 31 December 2020. The directors have made an assessment of the impact of these standards and they are not expected to have a material impact on the financial statements.

Going concern

The interim report has been prepared on the going concern basis as, in the opinion of the directors, there is a reasonable expectation that the Group and the Company will continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future.

Following the withdrawal of Noble and Edison the Licence was re-assignment to Argos in February 2019 and the Falkland Islands Government agreed to extend the Licence to 1 May 2021.

Notes to the interim report - unaudited

Period ended 30 June 2020

   1      Accounting policies (continued) 

The Company's ability to achieve its long term strategy of developing its exploration projects is dependent on finding an exploration partner. The advent of Covid-19 caused an unexpected sharp drop in energy demand, suppressing commodity prices, and the industry responded by reducing costs, cutting capital expenditure and delaying projects.

The Company continues to seek partners to participate in drilling on its Licence and is currently engaged with a number of counterparties who have expressed interest. However, given the current challenging environment the Company believes it may be some time before any expressions of interest are translated into commitments, which will necessitate an extension to the current Licence term, which expires on 1 May 2021.

The industry slowdown has meant that some costs which were expected to be incurred in the current year have been delayed and the Group has sufficient cash resources to continue for a period of at least 12 months from the date these financial statements were signed. In order to continue as a going concern beyond that the Company will need to raise further finance, either through a farmout partner or by raising funds in an equity issue.

As described above, the Company continues to seek partners to participate in drilling on its Licence and is currently engaged with a number of counterparties who have expressed interest. The Company is also discussing fund raising options and will seek a Licence extension. However, there are currently no binding agreements in place. Should the Directors be unable to raise sufficient funds, find an exploration partner, or negotiate a Licence extension the Company may be unable to realise its assets and discharge its liabilities in the normal course of business.

These factors indicate the existence of a significant material uncertainty which may cast doubt over the Group's and Company's ability to continue as a going concern. The financial statements do not include the adjustments that would result if the Group or Company were unable to continue as a going concern.

Significant accounting judgements, estimates and assumptions

T he Group makes certain estimates and assumptions regarding the future in relation to intangible assets and impairment of these assets. Estimates and judgements are continually evaluated based on historical experience and other factors, including expectations of future events that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances. In the future, actual experience may differ from these estimates and assumptions. The estimates and assumptions that have a significant risk of causing a material adjustment to the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities within the next financial period are discussed as follows:

Intangible assets - capitalised exploration expenditure, impairment and royalty interests

Evaluation and exploration (E&E) expenditure

The Group believes that the most appropriate method of accounting for E&E expenditure is to capitalise any costs incurred, including appropriate technical and administrative expenses but not general overheads, as intangible assets pending determination of feasibility of the project, as permitted under IFRS 6.

Notes to the interim report - unaudited

Period ended 30 June 2020

   1      Accounting policies (continued) 

If an exploration project is successful, the related expenditures are transferred to tangible assets and amortised over the estimated life of the commercial reserves. Where a licence is relinquished, a project is abandoned, or is considered to be of no further value to the Group, the related costs are written off.

Impairment

E&E assets are assessed for impairment when facts and circumstances suggest that the carrying amount may exceed the recoverable amount.

In accordance with IFRS 6 the Group firstly considers the following facts and circumstances in their assessment of whether the Group's exploration and evaluation assets may be impaired:

-- whether the period for which the Group has the right to explore in a specific area has expired during the period or will expire in the near future, and is not expected to be renewed;

-- whether substantive expenditure on further exploration for and evaluation of mineral resources in a specific area is neither budgeted nor planned;

-- whether exploration for and evaluation of hydrocarbons in a specific area have not led to the discovery of commercially viable quantities of hydrocarbons and the Group has decided to discontinue such activities in the specific area; and,

-- whether sufficient data exists to indicate that although a development in a specific area is likely to proceed, the carrying amount of the exploration and evaluation assets is unlikely to be recovered in full from successful development or by sale

If any such facts or circumstances are noted the Group must perform an impairment test in accordance with the provisions of IAS 36, assessing the recoverable amount of the E&E assets together with all development and production assets, as a single cash generating unit (CGU). The aggregate carrying value is compared against the expected recoverable amount of the CGU. The recoverable amount is the higher of value in use and the fair value less costs to sell.

Any E&E impairment loss would be recognised in the income statement and separately disclosed.

   2      (Loss) per share 
 
                                            6 months       6 months           Year 
                                               ended          ended          ended 
                                             30 June        30 June    31 December 
                                                2020           2019           2019 
                                           unaudited      unaudited        audited 
                                              Number         Number         Number 
 Shares in issue brought forward 
  (2 pence shares)                       220,713,205    220,713,205    220,713,205 
 
 Shares in issue carried forward 
  (2 pence shares)                       220,713,205    220,713,205    220,713,205 
-------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 
 Options not exercised brought 
  forward                                  6,705,818      8,080,818      8,080,818 
 Options expired during the period                 -              -    (1,375,000) 
-------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 Options not exercised carried 
  forward                                  6,705,818      8,080,818      6,705,818 
-------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 
                                            6 months       6 months           Year 
                                               ended          ended          ended 
                                             30 June        30 June    31 December 
                                                2020           2019           2019 
                                           unaudited      unaudited        audited 
 
 (Loss) for the period ($'000)                 (192)          (176)          (401) 
 
 Weighted average number of ordinary 
 shares in issue during the period       220,713,205    220,713,205    220,713,205 
-------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 (Loss) per ordinary share (cents) 
 Basic and diluted                            (0.09)         (0.08)         (0.18) 
-------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 

Basic loss per share has been computed by dividing the loss by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the period.

In accordance with IAS 33 as the Group is reporting a loss for this period, the preceding interim period and the year to 31 December 2019 the share options are not considered dilutive because the exercise of share options would have the effect of reducing the loss per share.

   3       Events after the reporting date 

There were no reportable events occurring after the balance sheet date.

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