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Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited

28 August 2013

Preliminary Results

12 months Ended 30 June 2013.

Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd (AIM/ASX: CFU), a leading developer of small-scale electricity generators that use fuel cell technology to convert natural gas into electricity and heat at high efficiency for use in homes and other buildings, today announces its preliminary results for the year ended 30 June 2013.

Operational highlights in the period and year to date:


-- CFCL is successfully selling commercialised products to both commercial and retail customers, directly and through a number of distribution partners.

-- CFCL has focused its sales activities on Germany and the UK in order to take full advantage of the environmental and energy supply policies supported by a range of fiscal incentives in those countries.

-- Due to delays in the formal confirmation of the incentives that were announced in March of this year, there has been a reduction in revenue from FY2012. Revenue for the year was AUD 4.3M (GBP 2.6M).

-- The primary focus in the last year has been to concentrate on the key European markets, to continue to deliver our units and maximize revenue and cash flow. The number of units sold in this year was 147 compared with 169 in FY 2012.

   --        In excess of 380 units have now been sold. 

-- With the formal confirmation of the fiscal incentives in the European market and subsequently an ongoing build up of our sales and marketing resources we remain confident of a substantive increase in unit sales in the coming financial year. It will be necessary to continue to increase our revenue in order to fund the continuing operating costs. The company is addressing this issue by reviewing its pricing policy as well as rigorous management of the operating costs and is continuing to develop a number of options to secure additional working capital.

Product performance

-- CFCL continues to have the most efficient technology for small-scale power generation. We remain confident that our technology has a significant advantage over other combined heat and power (CHP) products. The products' very high electrical generation efficiency, combined with an impressive overall CHP efficiency, can significantly reduce carbon emissions and can provide greater value to the customer through the reduction in the marginal cost of electricity.

-- Combined total operational hours for our units are now in excess of 3.5 million and they have demonstrated high reliability and electrical efficiency. This has been verified through a number of ongoing independent studies world-wide where the units have been installed in homes, businesses and virtual power plant schemes, particularly in The Netherlands and Germany.


-- The CFCL assembly plant in Heinsberg, Germany, is successfully producing fuel cell stacks, the core component of the product. In addition, the manufacturing capability includes the assembly of complete Gennex fuel cell modules and BlueGen products. The plant is currently able to produce in excess of 160 units per month and capacity is readily scalable to meet future demands with limited investment and production/process reviews.

-- CFCL and its furnace supplier have successfully commissioned a large sintering furnace. Over recent months the unit has proven its ability to satisfy rigorous quality and technical parameters and the significantly increasing number of stacks produced are being used for BlueGen customers. The unit has a current capacity of 14 stacks per week (expandable to 16 with minimal additional expenditure) and, together with additional sintering resources, the plant is able to produce 1,200-1,500 stacks per year utilising current operating regimes.

-- In 2012 CFCL signed a manufacturing agreement for the production of fuel cell components. This was necessary to enable us to secure higher volume manufacturing capability and to achieve the associated cost reduction objectives. We are pleased to report that the relationship is working well and we are receiving high quality components for use in the BlueGen product. Based on this success we are now evaluating the supply of additional components.

-- A major objective of CFCL is to achieve significant cost reductions to ultimately avoid the need for any form of fiscal support. We are continuing to reduce cost by a combination of re-engineering, process improvement and outsourcing of manufacturing to low cost but high quality suppliers. However, the main component of cost reduction will be achieved through higher volume manufacturing and we are currently exploring a number of options with potential supply partners.


-- As previously mentioned, our current focus is on Europe and specifically Germany and the UK. The feed-in tariff formally confirmed at the end of 2012 in the UK and the North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) capital grant announced at the end of March 2013 are important in supporting the initial deployment of our units. In addition, the German CHP law, which is intended to assist in replacing nuclear power by 2020, offers significant opportunities throughout a number of other state governments in Germany. These additional market opportunities will be based on similar market introduction programmes to that of NRW and we are already active in developing them.

Financial Results

Year to 30 June 2013 (unaudited FY13 results)

   --        Net Loss after Tax                     AUD 19.8M (GBP 11.9M) (decrease of 34% from FY12) 
   --        Revenue from Operations         AUD 4.3M (GBP 2.6M) (decrease of 37% from FY12) 
   --        Net Operating cash outflow       AUD 16.7M (GBP 10.0M) (decrease of 32% from FY12) 
   --        Cash balance at 30 June 2013  AUD 10.0M (GBP 6M) 


The Group's total revenue decreased during the year by 37 percent to AUD $4.3M (GBP 2.6M). The major reason for this decrease was a delay in the anticipated NRW funding programme which led to purchasers holding off buying in the 3(rd) quarter of the financial year. This led to a very low number of units sold (9) in that quarter compared to 43 in the 2(nd) quarter and 48 in the 4(th) . The number of units sold during the year was 147 compared to 169 in the prior year.

Cost of sales, service and warranty

The total cost of units sold during the year was AUD 3.6M (GBP 2.1M). The Group's purchasing strategy of higher volumes of components from specialist, lower cost producers has resulted in significant cost reductions in materials.

Service and support costs totaled AUD 1.1M (GBP 0.6M) and covered the costs associated with installation, system monitoring and provision of maintenance support and training.

The Group adopts a conservative position in relation to potential warranty claims and replacement of parts under service contracts. The expense for the year totaled AUD 3.2M (GBP 1.9M) which compares to the prior year charge of AUD 1.4M (GBP 0.9M). This increase is predominantly due to the increase in numbers of units that have been sold and installed as well as an increase in the length of service contracts.

Operating Expenses

Research and Product Development expenses were AUD 7.8M (GBP 4.7M) which is AUD 3.7M (GBP 2.2M) lower than last year. This reflects the restructure of the Group which took place in the 2(nd) quarter of FY13, as does the reduction in expenditure on core research and product development activities, which was AUD 7.4M (GBP 4.4M) compared to AUD 11.2M (GBP 6.7M) in the prior year. Expenditure in relation to intellectual property was AUD 0.44M (GBP 0.26M) which was 20% higher than the prior year's AUD 0.36M (GBP 0.22M) predominantly due to an increase in patenting costs.

General and administration expenses were AUD 11.1M (GBP 6.7M) which is AUD 2.1M (GBP 1.3M) lower than last year and occurred predominantly due to the Group's change in purchasing strategy, outsourcing of manufacturing, process improvements and corporate restructuring.

Sales and marketing costs were AUD 2.4M (GBP 1.4M) which, when the savings from closing Australian business development are offset against the increased cost of strengthening our European resources, are in line with the prior year's expenditure.

Net Loss after Tax Attributable to Members

The net loss for the year after tax was AUD 19.8M (GBP 11.9M), a decrease of AUD 10.4M (GBP 6.3M) over the prior year. A tax refund of AUD 5.2M (GBP 3.1M) was received relating to research and development expenditure incurred during the FY12 year. It is anticipated that a refund will again be received in FY14 for the FY13 year, however, at this time it is too early to provide an indication as to the amount of any claim which may be lodged, or the timing of any such receipt.

The net loss after tax represents a loss of AUD 1.31 cents (GBP 0.79 pence) per share compared to a loss of AUD 2.33 cents (GBP 1.40 pence) in the prior year.

Cash flow

The Group's net cash outflow from operations was AUD 16.7M (GBP 10.0M), which was AUD 7.8M (GBP 4.7M) less than last year. This reduced outflow was primarily due to the abovementioned income tax refund of AUD 5.2M (GBP 3.1M) and the savings in operating costs attributable to the previously mentioned restructure.

Cash inflow from investing activities was AUD 1.7M (GBP 1.0M) compared to an outflow of AUD 0.7M (GBP 0.4M) in the prior year. The inflow was mainly due to the release of a security deposit used to provide a bank guarantee in relation to the grant previously received from the NRW Government in Germany.

Cash inflow from financing activities amounted to AUD 17.8M (GBP 10.7M). This mainly arose from the issues of Equity that raised a net AUD 12.1M (GBP 7.3M) and the issue of Secured Convertible Loan Notes that raised a net AUD 5.9M (GBP 3.6M).

At 30 June 2013 the Group had cash of AUD 10.0M (GBP 6.0M) which was held on deposit with banks.

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About Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited:

Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited is a world leader in developing fuel cell technology to generate highly efficient and low-emission electricity from widely available natural gas. Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited has sold its BlueGEN gas-to-electricity generator to major utilities and other foundation customers in Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Australia, and the USA. Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited is also developing fully integrated power and heating products with leading energy companies E.ON UK in the United Kingdom, GdF Suez in France and EWE in Germany.

The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM market and the Australian Securities Exchange (code CFU).

Preliminary Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the year ended 30 June 2013

                                              Note           2013           2012 
                                                                $              $ 
 Revenue from continuing operations              2      4,265,690      6,717,104 
 Cost of sales, service & warranty               4    (7,851,934)    (7,590,570) 
 Gross profit/(loss)                                  (3,586,244)      (873,466) 
 Other income                                    3        791,236        568,678 
 Research & Product Development                  4    (7,800,650)   (11,539,261) 
 General & Administration                        4   (11,132,354)   (13,225,527) 
 Sales & Marketing                               4    (2,369,200)    (2,373,902) 
 Net foreign exchange gain/(loss)                       (241,898)       (88,404) 
 Impairment charge                               4      (351,383)    (2,576,718) 
 Finance costs                                          (271,167)       (89,123) 
   Loss before income tax                            (24,961,660)   (30,197,723) 
 Income tax refund/(expense)                            5,184,044              - 
                                                    -------------  ------------- 
 Loss for the year entirely attributable 
  to members of 
  Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited                 11(b)   (19,777,616)   (30,197,723) 
                                                    -------------  ------------- 
 Other comprehensive income 
 Items which may be reclassified 
  to profit or loss 
 Exchange differences on translation 
  of foreign operations                      11(a)      2,216,165        325,475 
 Other comprehensive income for 
  the year, net of tax                                  2,216,165        325,475 
 Total comprehensive income/(expense) 
  for the year entirely attributable 
  to members of Ceramic Fuel Cells 
  Limited                                            (17,561,451)   (29,872,248) 
                                                    -------------  ------------- 
                                                            Cents          Cents 
 Earnings per share for loss attributable 
  to the ordinary 
 equity holders of the company 
 Basic and diluted earnings per 
  share                                         12         (1.31)         (2.33) 

The above preliminary consolidated statement of comprehensive income should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes.

Preliminary Consolidated Balance Sheet

As at 30 June 2013

                                               Note            2013            2012 
                                                                  $               $ 
 Current Assets 
    Cash and cash equivalents                  5(a)      10,010,131       6,621,759 
    Cash and cash equivalents (restricted)     5(b)               -       2,224,419 
    Trade and other receivables                           1,355,437       2,795,774 
    Inventories                                           9,974,671       9,328,366 
    Other                                                 1,061,057         514,856 
                                                     --------------  -------------- 
    Total Current Assets                                 22,401,296      21,485,174 
                                                     --------------  -------------- 
 Non-Current Assets 
    Plant and equipment                                  10,923,676      11,323,758 
    Intangible assets                                         1,000           1,000 
                                                     --------------  -------------- 
    Total Non-Current Assets                             10,924,676      11,324,758 
                                                     --------------  -------------- 
 Total Assets                                            33,325,972      32,809,932 
                                                     --------------  -------------- 
 Current Liabilities 
    Trade and other payables                              2,328,053       3,364,784 
    Borrowings                                    6       6,145,958         264,031 
    Derivative financial instruments              7         663,878               - 
    Provisions                                    8       3,356,904       3,390,648 
    Other liabilities                             9       1,185,710       2,977,367 
                                                     --------------  -------------- 
    Total Current Liabilities                            13,680,503       9,996,830 
                                                     --------------  -------------- 
 Non-Current Liabilities 
    Borrowings                                    6         854,947       1,029,750 
    Provisions                                    8       1,682,678         886,196 
    Other liabilities                             9       1,361,522               - 
                                                     --------------  -------------- 
    Total Non-Current Liabilities                         3,899,147       1,915,946 
                                                     --------------  -------------- 
 Total Liabilities                                       17,579,650      11,912,776 
                                                     --------------  -------------- 
 Net Assets                                              15,746,322      20,897,156 
                                                     ==============  ============== 
    Contributed equity                        10(b)     289,650,877     277,282,387 
    Reserves                                  11(a)       2,327,242          68,950 
    Retained profits/(losses)                 11(b)   (276,231,797)   (256,454,181) 
                                                     --------------  -------------- 
 Total Equity                                            15,746,322      20,897,156 
                                                     ==============  ============== 

The above preliminary consolidated balance sheet should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes.

Preliminary Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the year ended 30 June 2013

                                                 Entirely attributable to owners 
                                                   of Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited 
                               Note   Contributed    Reserves        Retained          Total 
                                           equity                    earnings         equity 
                                                $           $               $              $ 
 Balance at 1 July 
  2011                                260,275,437   (483,853)   (226,256,458)     33,535,126 
 Total comprehensive 
  income for the year                           -     325,475    (30,197,723)   (29,872,248) 
 Transactions with 
  owners in their capacity 
  as owners 
 Contributions of equity, 
  net of transaction 
  costs                       10(b)    16,385,145           -               -     16,385,145 
 Employee shares - 
  value of employee 
  services                    10(b)       621,805           -               -        621,805 
 Employee share options 
  - value of employee 
  services                    11(a)             -     227,328               -        227,328 
 Balance at 30 June 
  2012                                277,282,387      68,950   (256,454,181)     20,897,156 
 Total comprehensive 
  income for the year                           -   2,216,165    (19,777,616)   (17,561,451) 
 Transactions with 
  owners in their capacity 
  as owners 
 Contributions of equity, 
  net of transaction 
  costs                       10(b)    12,111,270           -               -     12,111,270 
 Employee shares - 
  value of employee 
  services                    10(b)       257,220           -               -        257,220 
 Employee share options 
  - value of employee 
  services                    11(a)             -      42,127               -         42,127 
 Balance at 30 June 
  2013                                289,650,877   2,327,242   (276,231,797)     15,746,322 
                                     ------------  ----------  --------------  ------------- 

The above preliminary consolidated statement of changes in equity should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes.

Preliminary Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the year ended 30 June 2013

                                             Note           2013           2012 
                                                               $              $ 
 Cash Flows from Operating Activities 
 Receipts from customers 
  (inclusive of goods & services 
  tax)                                                 6,485,852      6,835,632 
 Payments to suppliers and employees 
  (inclusive of goods & services 
  tax)                                              (28,994,350)   (32,442,172) 
                                                   -------------  ------------- 
                                                    (22,508,498)   (25,606,540) 
 Grant receipts                                                -        736,604 
 Other receipts                                          668,075        295,839 
 Interest receipts/(payments)                           (87,557)              - 
 Income tax refunds received/(taxes 
  paid)                                                5,184,044              - 
 Net cash inflow (outflow) from 
  operating activities                              (16,743,936)   (24,574,097) 
                                                   -------------  ------------- 
 Cash Flows from Investing Activities 
 Decrease/(increase) in security 
  (including restricted cash equivalents)              2,234,576        776,917 
 Payments for plant and equipment                      (540,404)    (1,481,846) 
 Proceeds from sale of plant and 
  equipment                                                  490              - 
                                                   -------------  ------------- 
 Net cash inflow (outflow) from 
  investing activities                                 1,694,662      (704,929) 
                                                   -------------  ------------- 
 Cash Flows from Financing Activities 
 Proceeds from issue of shares                        12,692,958     16,988,336 
 Share issue costs                                     (568,609)      (584,691) 
 Proceeds from borrowings - convertible 
  loan notes                                           6,033,711              - 
 Convertible loan note issue costs                     (100,479)              - 
 Repayment of borrowings - finance 
  lease                                                (301,133)      (248,849) 
 Interest received                                       156,742        278,027 
 Interest paid on borrowings - 
  finance lease                                         (70,955)       (89,123) 
 Net cash inflow from financing 
  activities                                          17,842,235     16,343,700 
                                                   -------------  ------------- 
 Net increase (decrease) in cash 
  and cash equivalents                                 2,792,961    (8,935,326) 
 Cash and cash equivalents at 
  the beginning of the financial 
  year                                                 6,621,759     15,852,905 
 Effects of exchange rate changes 
  on cash and cash equivalents                           595,411      (295,820) 
                                                   -------------  ------------- 
 Cash and cash equivalents at 
  the end of the year                        5(a)     10,010,131      6,621,759 
                                                   =============  ============= 

The above preliminary consolidated statement of cash flows should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes.

Notes to the Preliminary Consolidated Financial Statements

Year ended 30 June 2013

Note 1. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

There have been no material changes in the company's application of its significant accounting policies as presented in the company's consolidated financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2012. Readers of this report should refer to Note 1, Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, in the afore-mentioned financial statements for details of these accounting policies.

Going Concern

Over the life of the Group it has incurred substantial operating losses and is yet to become cashflow positive at an operational level. The Directors are mindful of this and continue to closely monitor the level of the Company's cash resources.

The Group has commercialised its fuel cell technology into products and has begun to make sales, but it has not yet achieved sales and production levels that allow the Group to generate positive operating cashflow or profits. The company is thus reliant on the further raising of capital (debt or equity) in order to enable it to continue its research and product development and to implement its sales and production strategies.

These factors represent uncertainty about the ability of the Group to continue as a going concern. The Directors have considered these factors and believe it is appropriate to prepare the financial statements on a going concern basis given the following strategies:

Operational and business strategies

The Company continues its focus on increasing the number of sales orders received and has increased its production capacity to meet the anticipated sales demand. It has also made significant inroads in reducing the cost per unit and these cost savings will continue with the benefit of increasing production volumes.

In a significant announcement, the Government in the German state of North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) has established a funding programme to support the deployment of large and small scale CHP. The programme is due to run until the end of 2017. Within this programme a significant amount has been specifically set aside for innovative and highly efficient mCHP technologies less than 50kW electrical output, which the Company's products have been classed as. In mid-March 2013 the Company's units were approved for a capital subsidy under the programme. It is anticipated that this programme will assist the company in meeting its sales targets and will assist in reducing the net price of a BlueGen unit for the end user.

Management and the Board's recent focus has been to secure orders and deliver and install the products in order to convert these orders into revenue and cashflow. Management and the Board are taking steps to increase sales more quickly by implementing more aggressive marketing and pricing strategies.

In order to achieve profitable sales growth, the Company has continued to work on increasing its production capacity by bringing large furnaces into production at its manufacturing plant in Germany and now has the capacity to produce circa 1,500 fuel cell stacks per year, based on current operating procedures.

The Company has also taken measures to reduce the unit cost. These measures include: removing the need to internally produce the Group's fuel cells at its pilot plant facility in Melbourne by outsourcing this to an industrial scale ceramics manufacturer; placing higher volume orders and undertaking cost-down engineering work.

Financing strategies

The Company has been successful in raising funds in the past and in May 2013 raised $7.6M (GBP5M) before expenses via Secured Convertible Loan Notes and a Share Placement. The necessary approvals from shareholders were received at an Extraordinary General Meeting on 2 July 2013.

The company is currently pursuing several funding options to strengthen its balance sheet and to allow it to continue its research and product development whilst implementing its sales and production strategies.

The continuing viability of the company and its ability to continue as a going concern and meet its debts and commitments as they fall due is dependent on the successful conclusion of future fund raising activities and the ability to achieve profitable sales growth. As such, there is material uncertainty as to whether the Company will continue as a going concern and, therefore, whether it will realise its assets and settle its liabilities and commitments in the normal course of business and at the amounts stated in the financial report.

The Directors believe that the Company will be successful in the above matters and, accordingly, have prepared the financial report on a going concern basis.

At this time, the directors are of the opinion that no asset is likely to be realised for an amount less than the amount at which it is recorded in the financial report at 30 June 2013. Accordingly, no adjustments have been made to the financial report relating to the recoverability and classification of the asset carrying amounts or the amounts and classification of liabilities that might be necessary should the Company not continue as a going concern.

Notes to the Preliminary Consolidated Financial Statements

Year ended 30 June 2013 (continued)

                                                   2013        2012 
                                                      $           $ 
 Note 2. Revenue 
 From continuing operations 
 Sales revenue 
 Fuel cell products                           3,397,301   6,193,594 
 Service and support                            868,389     522,420 
 Powder sales income                                  -       1,090 
 Total revenue from continuing operations     4,265,690   6,717,104 
 Note 3. Other Income 
 Sundry income                                  668,075     294,925 
 Net interest revenue                           122,671     273,753 
 Net gain on disposal of plant & equipment          490           - 
 Total other income                             791,236     568,678 
                                             ----------  ---------- 
 Note 4. Expenses 
 Profit/(loss) before income tax includes 
  the following specific expenses: 
 Cost Of Sales, Service & Warranty 
   Cost of goods sold                         3,581,257   5,358,028 
   Product warranty expense                   3,200,122   1,451,003 
   Service and support costs                  1,070,555     781,539 
                                              7,851,934   7,590,570 
                                             ----------  ---------- 
 Research & Product Development Expenses 
   Depreciation - Plant and equipment           922,817   1,573,333 
   Amortisation - Leasehold improvements         25,993      98,736 
 General & Administration Expenses 
   Depreciation - Plant and equipment           847,770   1,025,144 
   Amortisation - Leasehold improvements        305,404     580,153 
 Sales & Marketing Expenses 
   Depreciation - Plant and equipment             3,496       1,056 
  Equity-based payments expense 
      - Share-based expense                      28,095   1,461,719 
      - Share options expense                    42,127     227,328 
                                             ----------  ---------- 
                                                 70,222   1,689,047 
                                             ----------  ---------- 
 Impairment Charge 
   Provision for impairment of receivables      351,383           - 
   Plant and equipment of UK powder 
    production plant                                  -   2,576,718 

Notes to the Preliminary Consolidated Financial Statements

Year ended 30 June 2013 (continued)

                                                     2013        2012 
                                                        $           $ 
 Note 5. Current Assets - Cash and 
  Cash Equivalents 
 (a) Cash and Cash Equivalents 
 Cash at bank and on hand (balance 
  as per statement of cash flows)              10,010,131   6,621,759 
 Cash at bank and on hand 
  Cash on hand is non-interest bearing. 
  Cash at bank consists of multiple 
  currencies in 'at call' accounts (bearing 
  balance-dependent interest rates in 
  accordance with individual account 
  terms) and short-term deposits of 
  up to 3 months duration. 
 (b) Cash Equivalents (Restricted) 
 Bank term deposits                                     -   2,224,419 
 Note 6. Borrowings 
       Finance lease                              319,505     264,031 
       Convertible loan notes                   5,826,453           - 
                                                6,145,958     264,031 
                                              -----------  ---------- 
       Finance lease                              854,947   1,029,750 
                                              -----------  ---------- 
 (a) Finance lease liabilities 
       Current                                    319,505     264,031 
       Non-current                                854,947   1,029,750 
                                                1,174,452   1,293,781 
                                              -----------  ---------- 

Finance lease

In December 2009 the Group entered into a sale-and-leaseback transaction for certain equipment located in the Group's plant in Germany. The transaction involved the sale of equipment with a cost of EUR3,057,698 (A$4,899,372 as at transaction date) to the German banking group Commerzbank. This equipment is included within the non-current asset, plant and equipment, in the balance sheet. The equipment is being leased back over 7 years with an up-front lease payment of 50% of the value of the equipment. The lease liability is secured against the leased asset.

 (b) Convertible loan notes 
       Current                5,826,453   - 
       Non-current                    -   - 
                              5,826,453   - 

Convertible loan notes

On 10 May 2013 Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited (the Company) issued 4,100,000 convertible loan notes (the Notes) for GBP4,100,000 ($6,752,306 as at 30 June 2013). The Notes are repayable in full on the maturity date of 10 May 2016 and bear fixed interest at a fixed rate of 9% per annum payable quarterly in arrears, commencing 1 August 2013. The noteholders may elect to convert their Notes into 191,588,785 fully paid ordinary shares in the Company at any time prior to the maturity date at an issue price of GBP0.0214 per share (approximately $0.0324 at issue date).

The maturity date of the Notes is 36 months after the date of issue, however shareholder approval for their issue had not been obtained by 30 June 2013 therefore the Notes have been classified as a current liability at 30 June 2013. Shareholder approval for their issue was obtained on 2 July 2013.

If, after 2 November 2014, the average of the mid-market AIM closing price of the Company's shares exceeds 10 pence over any period of 20 consecutive business days then the Company may redeem the Notes at any time prior to the maturity date after having given noteholders 10 days notice of such intention. The noteholders may elect to convert their Notes during this notice period.

The Notes are secured by a fixed and floating charge over the assets of the Company.

No Notes were converted from the date of issue to the end of the current reporting period.

Notes to the Preliminary Consolidated Financial Statements

Year ended 30 June 2013 (continued)

                                                          2013        2012 
                                                             $           $ 
 Note 6. Borrowings (continued) 
 The Notes are reconciled to the amount 
  included in the Balance Sheet as a 
  current liability as follows: 
       Face value of Notes issued (at issue 
        date)                                        6,300,907           - 
       Borrowing costs - amortised balance           (315,372)           - 
       Derivative liability - value of conversion 
        rights (refer Note 7)                        (663,878)           - 
       Interest expense                                 98,287           - 
       Foreign exchange loss/(gain)                    406,509           - 
                                                     5,826,453           - 
                                                    ----------  ---------- 
 With the exception of the Notes, the 
  carrying amount of the Group's current 
  and non-current borrowings approximates 
  their fair values. The fair value 
  of the Notes approximates the carrying 
  value of the Notes, net of the borrowing 
  costs and the amount attributed to 
  the fair value of the conversion rights. 
 Note 7. Derivative Financial Instruments 
 Convertible loan notes - conversion 
  rights                                               663,878           - 
                                                    ----------  ---------- 
 The Notes were issued in British pounds 
  sterling, whereas the Group's functional 
  currency is the Australian dollar. 
  Therefore, the value attributed to 
  the conversion rights does not meet 
  the definition of an equity instrument. 
  As such, the conversion rights have 
  been classified as a derivative financial 
  instrument and are recognised as a 
  liability at their fair value. Management 
  estimated the fair value of the conversion 
  rights at the date of issue based 
  on the difference between the face 
  value of the Notes and the estimated 
  fair value of an identical note without 
  a conversion feature. Changes to the 
  fair value of the conversion rights 
  are recognised in the income statement. 
 Note 8. Provisions 
 Provisions for employee benefits: 
  annual and long service leave 
       Current                                       1,460,344   1,728,191 
       Non-current                                      46,696     111,183 
                                                     1,507,040   1,839,374 
                                                    ----------  ---------- 
 Provisions for product warranty 
       Current                                       1,754,496   1,065,571 
       Non-current                                     886,496     459,892 
                                                     2,640,992   1,525,463 
                                                    ----------  ---------- 
 Provisions for leased property reinstatement 
       Current                                         142,064     563,424 
       Non-current                                     536,179      91,954 
                                                       678,243     655,378 
                                                    ----------  ---------- 
 Provisions for operating leases 
       Current                                               -      33,462 
       Non-current                                     213,307     223,167 
                                                       213,307     256,629 
                                                    ----------  ---------- 

Notes to the Preliminary Consolidated Financial Statements

Year ended 30 June 2013 (continued)

                                                            2013        2012 
                                                               $           $ 
 Note 8. Provisions (continued) 
 Current Liabilities 
       Provisions for employee benefits                1,460,344   1,728,191 
       Provisions for product warranty                 1,754,496   1,065,571 
       Provisions for leased property reinstatement      142,064     563,424 
       Provisions for operating leases                         -      33,462 
                                                       3,356,904   3,390,648 
                                                      ----------  ---------- 
 Non-current Liabilities 
       Provisions for employee benefits                   46,696     111,183 
       Provisions for product warranty                   886,496     459,892 
       Provisions for leased property reinstatement      536,179      91,954 
       Provisions for operating leases                   213,307     223,167 
                                                       1,682,678     886,196 
                                                      ----------  ---------- 
 Note 9. Other Liabilities 
 Deferred revenue 
       Current                                           377,159     555,633 
       Non-current                                             -           - 
                                                         377,159     555,633 
                                                      ----------  ---------- 
 Government grants 
       Current                                           808,551   2,421,734 
       Non-current                                     1,361,522           - 
                                                       2,170,073   2,421,734 
                                                      ----------  ---------- 
 Current Liabilities 
       Deferred revenue                                  377,159     555,633 
       Government grants                                 808,551   2,421,734 
                                                       1,185,710   2,977,367 
                                                      ----------  ---------- 
 Non-current Liabilities 
       Deferred revenue                                        -           - 
       Government grants                               1,361,522           - 
                                                       1,361,522           - 
                                                      ----------  ---------- 

Government grants


In recognition of the construction of its German fuel cell assembly plant and the concomitant hiring of employees, the Group was awarded EUR966,000 of the EUR1,386,000 regional development grant originally received in December 2009 from the Government of North Rhine Westphalia in Germany. The balance of EUR420,000 was repaid, along with interest of EUR67,745 in February 2013. The remaining EUR966,000 ($1,361,522 as at 30 June 2013) has continued to be treated as deferred revenue and will be brought to account in a future period in line with the satisfaction of the remaining obligation, which is to maintain the number of jobs created that for a period of 5 years through to December 2017.

EU Grant

In January 2012 the Group received a European Union grant of EUR573,667 ($808,551 as at current reporting date) for the development and field trial of ceramic fuel cell micro-CHP units. At 30 June 2013 the full amount of the grant has been treated as deferred revenue and will be brought to account in a future reporting period in line with the satisfaction of the obligations.

Notes to the Preliminary Consolidated Financial Statements

Year ended 30 June 2013 (continued)

Note 10. Contributed Equity

(a) Share capital

The share capital account of Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited (the company) consists of 1,591,941,620 fully paid up, ordinary shares as at 30 June 2013.

(b) Movements in ordinary share capital

Movements in ordinary share capital of the company during the past two years were as follows:

    Date      Details                          Number       Issue      Amount 
                                              of shares      price        $ 
-----------  ----------------------------  --------------  -------  ------------ 
   1-7-2011   Opening balance               1,201,353,566            260,275,437 
  3-10-2011   Employee share scheme issue       6,663,850   $0.124       826,317 
 10-11-2011   Placing and subscription         54,559,999   $0.108     5,892,480 
 28-11-2011   Employee share scheme issue       1,051,170    $0.11       115,629 
  7-12-2011   Overseas offer                   25,686,748   $0.108     2,781,636 
              Australia and New Zealand 
 12-12-2011    rights issue                    76,983,530   $0.108     8,314,220 
              Less: Employee shares in 
               escrow                                   -              (320,141) 
              Less: Transaction costs 
               arising on share issues                                 (603,191) 
  30-6-2012                                 1,366,298,863            277,282,387 
  25-9-2012   Placing and subscription         99,500,000    $0.06     5,970,000 
  25-9-2012   Overseas offer                   23,254,556    $0.06     1,444,607 
              Australia and New Zealand 
  25-9-2012    rights issue                    69,677,901    $0.06     4,180,675 
              Add: Employee services 
               provided                                 -                257,220 
  1-11-2012   Placing and subscription            500,000    $0.06        30,000 
  10-5-2013   Placing and subscription         32,710,300   $0.033     1,067,676 
              Less: Transaction costs 
               arising on share issues                                 (581,688) 
  30-6-2013   Balance                       1,591,941,620            289,650,877 
                                           --------------           ------------ 

(c) Ordinary shares

Ordinary shares entitle the holder to participate in dividends, and the proceeds on winding up of the company, in proportion to the number of and amounts paid on the shares held. On a show of hands every holder of ordinary shares present at a meeting of the company, either personally or by duly authorised representative, proxy or attorney, is entitled to one vote, and upon a poll each share is entitled to one vote.

Notes to the Preliminary Consolidated Financial Statements

Year ended 30 June 2013 (continued)

                                                               2013              2012 
                                                                  $                 $ 
 Note 11. Reserves and Retained Profits/(Losses) 
 (a) Reserves 
 Share-based payments reserve                             4,750,262         4,708,135 
 Foreign currency translation reserve                   (2,423,020)       (4,639,185) 
 Total reserves                                           2,327,242            68,950 
                                                   ----------------  ---------------- 
 Share-based payments reserve 
 Balance at 1 July                                        4,708,135         4,480,807 
 Option expense                                              42,127           227,328 
 Balance at 30 June                                       4,750,262         4,708,135 
                                                   ----------------  ---------------- 
 Foreign currency translation reserve 
 Balance at 1 July                                      (4,639,185)       (4,964,660) 
 Currency translation differences 
  arising during the year                                 2,216,165           325,475 
                                                   ----------------  ---------------- 
 Balance at 30 June                                     (2,423,020)       (4,639,185) 
                                                   ----------------  ---------------- 
 (b) Retained profits/(losses) 
 Movements in retained profits/(losses) 
  were as follows: 
 Balance at 1 July                                    (256,454,181)     (226,256,458) 
 Net profit/(loss) for the year                        (19,777,616)      (30,197,723) 
                                                   ----------------  ---------------- 
 Balance at 30 June                                   (276,231,797)     (256,454,181) 
                                                   ----------------  ---------------- 
 Note 12. Earnings Per Share 
                                                              Cents             Cents 
 Basic and diluted earnings per share                        (1.31)            (2.33) 
                                                             Number            Number 
 Weighted average number of shares 
  Weighted average number of shares 
  used as the denominator in calculating 
  basic and diluted earnings per share                1,513,723,279     1,295,090,405 
                                                                  $                 $ 
 Earnings used in calculating basic 
  and diluted earnings per share 
  Profit/(loss) attributable to the 
  ordinary equity holders of the company               (19,777,616)      (30,197,723) 

Note 13. Event occurring after the reporting period

Extraordinary General Meeting

As previously announced to the market, the Company held an Extraordinary General Meeting on 2 July 2013 at which the following resolutions were carried:

   1.    Approval of issue of Notes to Mr Alasdair Locke, the Company's non-executive Chairman; 
   2.    Approval of financial assistance in connection with the issue of secured Notes; and 
   3.    Ratification of issue of New Ordinary Shares and secured Notes. 

The issue of the Notes was conditional upon obtaining shareholder approval. As this approval was not obtained until after 30 June 2013, the Notes have been classified as a current liability as at 30 June 2013. The Notes will be classified as a non-current liability in future reporting periods until such time as they are within 12 months of maturity, at which time they will again be reported as a current liability in the Balance Sheet.

Net tangible asset backing


                                                                                                         2013                     2012 
                                                                                                         cents                    cents 

Net tangible asset backing per ordinary share 1.0 1.5

Control over other entities

No control was gained or lost over any entity during the period.

Associates and joint venture entities

The company has no associates, nor has it formed any joint ventures with any other entity/s during the period.

Compliance statement

This report is based on accounts which are in the process of being audited. The independent audit report is expected to contain an emphasis of matter related to the material uncertainty as to whether the Company will continue as a going concern, as described in Note 1 to the Preliminary Consolidated Financial Statements. The final audit report will be made available with the Company's full Financial Report.

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