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Empire Metals Limited Interim Results

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Empire Metals Limited

30 September 2021

Empire Metals Ltd / AIM: EEE / Sector: Natural Resources

30 September 2021

Empire Metals Limited ('EEE' or the 'Company')

Interim Results

Empire Metals Ltd ('EEE', the 'Company' or the 'Group'), the AIM-quoted resource exploration and development company, is pleased to announce its interim results for the six-month period ended 30 June 2021.

Chairman's Statement

The period under review has seen Empire successfully refocus and refine our growth strategy, strengthening our expanding portfolio of gold interests in Western Australia. This progress has been achieved by both corporate and operational developments during the first half of 2021, and I believe we are now in a much stronger position to effectively execute our objectives in Western Australia, a jurisdiction which now dominates our asset portfolio.

Western Australia continues to enjoy a renaissance of sorts in terms of gold exploration, and the board and management team continue to monitor the various operational developments and valuations of our peers as activity intensifies in the area. Gold remains one of the stand-out stock market performers on the ASX, with many gold mines continuing to increase levels of production. We also note the increasing consolidation in the Western Australian gold industry over recent months, particularly the A$5.8 billion merger between Northern Star Resources and Saracen Mineral Holdings, Newmont's sale of its 50% stake in the Kalgoorlie Super Pit Mine to Northern Star for US$800 million and, most recently, Regis Resources' acquisition of IGO Limited's stake in the Tropicana Gold Mine for A$903 million. These transactions reaffirms our confidence that we are operating in a jurisdiction which not only boasts some of the richest mineralised terranes globally, but also welcomes exploration and development activities, and values the investment of mining companies.

Turning to our own exploration and development activities, the period under review began with the commencement of a new drilling campaign at our Eclipse Gold Project, located 55km north-east of Kalgoorlie, in the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia. The objective of this drilling was to test extensions to the mineralisation at Eclipse both along strike and at depth, and also test known mineralised structures parallel to the main Eclipse vein, which historically yielded attractive intersections. Successive drilling campaigns were conducted at Eclipse during the first four months of the year, which delivered encouraging results and supports the scaling of the project's mineralised footprint.

The reverse circulation ('RC') drilling at Eclipse confirmed the existence of several parallel veins in addition to the main Eclipse vein and the diamond drilling has replicated intercepts from previous RC drilling as well as providing an invaluable insight into the nature of the mineralisation and the alteration zones. Drilling with respect to a twin set of historical workings located south-west of Eclipse also proved favourable and identified a mineralised lode running sub-parallel to the Eclipse vein, referred to as 'Twin Shafts'. The drilling also confirmed the different stockwork style of near-surface mineralisation in the vicinity of the Jack's Dream old workings, which is breccia in style and has a different orientation to Eclipse/Twin Shafts. This indicates both increased complexity and potentially an increased duration of the mineralising gold system.

Based on the drilling and analysis conducted during the period, there is much more clarity on the extent and structure of the mineralised system at Eclipse. As recently reported, it is now evident that the mineralised system at Eclipse is much larger than originally thought and that mineralisation at the Eclipse Shaft may connect to the Jack's Dream area further to the north-west. This would provide a total known strike length of the Eclipse system of some 500m, and the presence of multiple parallel mineralised structures has also been proven. The drilling has further confirmed that gold mineralisation likely continues to greater depths, and this merits further drilling to test the strike and depth extensions of the multiple gold structures at Eclipse. With this information in mind, the Board is now focusing on the wider potential that is offered by combinations of the Eclipse lode with the Jack's Dream extension, together with the Twin Shaft lode discovery, to see if a larger mineralised inventory can be established prior to commencing further mine optimisation studies.

In line with the Company's strategy to extend its mineralised footprint in the region, Empire entered into an Option Agreement in May to acquire a controlling 75% interest in four prospecting licences which comprise the Central Menzies Gold Project. Central Menzies is located in one of the region's major productive gold fields, is serviced by the Goldfields Highway and has access to power and water as well as being within trucking distance of a number of gold processing plants. However, the locality is underexplored. It lies directly south along strike of the 15km-long Yunndaga line of workings, which has a total metal inventory (past and present) of 1.1Moz of gold, and is almost enveloped by ASX-listed Kingswest Resources' Menzies Gold Project, which has current total mineral resources of 320,000oz @ 2.1g/t Au.

Additionally, recent surface prospecting at Central Menzies uncovered a suite of gold nuggets totalling approximately 20 ounces in a pushed-up area approximately 40 to 60 centimetres below surface, providing further evidence of the prospectivity of the licence.

The exploration campaign at Central Menzies commenced in June, with the compilation of a robust geological database, utilising both historical reports and the results from the recent RC drilling programme carried out by the owner of the tenements, Mel Dalla-Costa. In addition, Empire also acquired aeromagnetic and radiometric survey data from Kingwest Resources Ltd, the immediate northern neighbour at Central Menzies, which supported the development of a detailed geophysical map of the licence area and focussed the drilling campaign which commenced post period end in September.

Two prospects within the Central Menzies project area, known as Teglio and Nugget Patch, were prioritised for drilling based on their elevated gold concentrations, and the potential to generate significant strike and lateral extension. 13 RC holes for 1,100 metres has been designed at Teglio, testing a strike length of 520 metres and at Nugget Patch, a further 13 RC holes for 1,040 metres are planned. Drilling is now underway and the Company expects to report results in the coming weeks.

The total cost to acquire the 9-month option was AUD$350,000, settled in cash and shares in Empire at a price of 2.85p per share. Empire has agreed to spend AUD$500,000 on exploration at Central Menzies within the 9-month option period and can exercise the Option at a cost of AUD$1.75 million in cash and AUD$1.25 million to be settled via the issue of new ordinary shares at a 10% discount to the 30-day VWAP at the time of exercise. Empire remains on schedule and budget to complete the drilling campaign and remains confident that the exploration programme envisaged under the Option Agreement will meet its objectives.

The significant increase in exploration activities during the period has been made possible by the appointment of Shaun Bunn as Managing Director in May 2021. Shaun, who is based full-time in Western Australia, has been instrumental in the planning, execution and analysis of these drilling campaigns and his ability to be on-site at both Eclipse and Central Menzies has been invaluable over recent months. Shaun has over 35 years experience in exploration, mining, processing and project development, including over 25 years' experience in the gold mining sector. He has managed mining projects through all stages of development, from grass roots exploration, feasibility studies, financing, construction, commissioning and operations and he is a highly valuable addition to our board and management team.

Importantly, Empire still benefits from the considerable knowledge and experience of our previous CEO, Mike Struthers, who remains on the board as a Non-Executive Director following his move to Candelaria Mining Corporation in February 2021. Mike's transfer was designed as part of the intended transaction with Candelaria relating to Empire's legacy Georgian assets, as announced in October 2020. Whilst this transaction did not complete, being mutually terminated, Empire did successfully divest its Georgian interests to Caucasian Mining Group for a cash payment of $3.3 million during the period. This injection of capital ensured that the 2021 exploration and development plan in Western Australia is supported and the board are confident that this will be the centre of generating value for the Company over the coming months and years.

Financial

For the six-month period ended 30 June 2021 the Group is reporting a pre-tax profit of GBP682,011 (six months ended 30 June 2020: GBP256,515). The current period profit arises as a result of the gain arisng on the sale of the Company's investment in Georgian Copper & Gold JSC ("GCG") of GBP1,775,129. Admin expenses for the perod were GBP913,009 (six months ended 30 June 2020: GBP223,013) and the increase is due to legal and professional fees of GBP223,102 and share based payments in respect of finders fees of GBP339,861.

The Group's net cash balance as at 30 June 2021 was GBP2,943,807 (year ended 31 December 2020: GBP2,289,638).

Outlook

The various developments during the period have served to provide Empire with a solid financial and operational springboard for the future. Our Eclipse and Central Menzies projects have provided us with a foothold in one of the most productive gold regions globally and we intend to capitalise on this position in order to build tangible value in these initial projects, and also expand with the addition of other value-accretive properties.

We expect a pipeline of news flow over the coming weeks and months, and I look forward to reporting this to the market in due course. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our shareholders for their continued support, and my fellow board members and management for their continued dedication.

Neil O'Brien

Non-Executive Chairman

Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) Disclosure

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 ("MAR"), and is disclosed in accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 17 of MAR.

**S**

For further information please visit https://www.empiremetals.co.uk or contact:

 
  Shaun Bunn        Empire Metals Ltd         Company           Tel: 020 7907 9327 
  Mike Struthers    Empire Metals Ltd         Company           Tel: 020 7907 9327 
  Ewan Leggat       S. P. Angel Corporate     Nomad & Broker    Tel: 020 3470 0470 
                     Finance LLP 
  Adam Cowl         S. P. Angel Corporate     Nomad & Broker    Tel: 020 3470 0470 
                     Finance LLP 
  Damon Heath       Shard Capital Partners    Joint Broker      Tel: 020 7186 9950 
                     LLP 
  Susie Geliher     St Brides Partners Ltd    PR                Tel: 020 7236 1177 
  Selina Lovell     St Brides Partners Ltd    PR                Tel: 020 7236 1177 
 

About Empire Metals Limited

Empire Metals is an AIM-listed (LON: EEE) exploration and resource development company with a project portfolio comprising gold interests in Australia and Austria.

The Company strategy is to develop a pipeline of projects at different stages in the development curve. Its current focus is on the high-grade Eclipse Gold Project and the Central Menzies Gold Project in Western Australia, with the goal to expand through the addition of further projects in the region to develop a viable and compelling portfolio of precious metals assets.

Empire also holds a portfolio of three precious metals projects located an historically high-grade gold production region comprising the Rotgulden, Schonberg and Walchen prospects in central-southern Austria.

The Board continues to evaluate opportunities through which to realise the value of its wider portfolio and reviews further assets which meet the Company's investment criteria.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 
                                                             6 months to           6 months 
                                                            30 June 2021         to 30 June 
                                                               Unaudited     2020 Unaudited 
                                                  Notes              GBP                GBP 
----------------------------------------------  -------  ---------------  ----------------- 
  Continuing operations 
  Revenue                                                              -              1,204 
  Administration expenses                           4          (913,009)          (223,013) 
  Share option expense                                         (214,336)                  - 
  Foreign exchange                                                58,579              7,017 
  Operating Loss                                             (1,068,766)          (214,792) 
----------------------------------------------  -------  ---------------  ----------------- 
  Share of profit from joint venture                7           (23,593)            471,307 
  Other net gains                                   7          1,775,129                  - 
  Profit/(Loss) Before Income Tax                                682,770            256,515 
----------------------------------------------  -------  ---------------  ----------------- 
  Corporation tax expense                                          (759)                  - 
  Profit/(Loss) for the period                                   682,011            256,515 
----------------------------------------------  -------  ---------------  ----------------- 
  Profit/(Loss) attributable to: 
 
        *    owners of the Parent                                682,011            256,515 
 
        *    non-controlling interests                                 -                  - 
----------------------------------------------  -------  ---------------  ----------------- 
  Profit/(Loss) for the period                                   682,011            256,515 
----------------------------------------------  -------  ---------------  ----------------- 
  Other comprehensive income 
  Items that may be subsequently reclassified 
   to profit or loss 
  Currency translation differences                                     -                  - 
----------------------------------------------  -------  ---------------  ----------------- 
  Total comprehensive income                                     682,011            256,515 
----------------------------------------------  -------  ---------------  ----------------- 
  Attributable to: 
 
        *    owners of the Parent                                682,011            256,515 
 
        *    non-controlling interests                                 -                  - 
----------------------------------------------  -------  ---------------  ----------------- 
  Total comprehensive income                                     682,011            256,515 
----------------------------------------------  -------  ---------------  ----------------- 
  Earnings per share (pence) from continuing 
   operations attributable to owners of 
   the Parent - Basic and diluted                   9              0.190              0.150 
----------------------------------------------  -------  ---------------  ----------------- 
 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

 
                                                      30 June 2021      31 December 
                                                         Unaudited     2020 Audited 
                                             Notes             GBP              GBP 
-----------------------------------------  -------  --------------  --------------- 
  Non-Current Assets 
  Property, plant and equipment                                341            1,423 
  Intangible assets                            6         2,034,499           31,673 
                                                         2,034,840           33,096 
-----------------------------------------  -------  --------------  --------------- 
  Current Assets 
  Trade and other receivables                              104,632          294,366 
  Financial assets at fair value through 
   profit or loss                                                -          427,314 
  Cash and cash equivalents                              2,943,807        2,289,638 
  Assets classified as held for sale           7                 -          425,562 
-----------------------------------------  -------  --------------  --------------- 
                                                         3,048,439        3,436,880 
-----------------------------------------  -------  --------------  --------------- 
  Total Assets                                           5,083,279        3,469,976 
-----------------------------------------  -------  --------------  --------------- 
  Current Liabilities 
  Trade and other payables                                  27,220           82,340 
-----------------------------------------  -------  --------------  --------------- 
  Total Liabilities                                         27,220           82,340 
-----------------------------------------  -------  --------------  --------------- 
  Net Assets                                             5,056,059        3,387,636 
-----------------------------------------  -------  --------------  --------------- 
  Equity Attributable to owners of 
   the Parent 
  Share premium account                        8        43,836,224       43,065,981 
  Reverse acquisition reserve                         (18,845,147)     (18,845,147) 
  Other Reserves                                           368,962          152,793 
  Retained losses                                     (20,303,980)     (20,985,991) 
-----------------------------------------  -------  --------------  --------------- 
  Total equity attributable to owners 
   of the Parent                                         5,056,059        3,387,636 
-----------------------------------------  -------  --------------  --------------- 
  Non-controlling interest                                       -                - 
-----------------------------------------  -------  --------------  --------------- 
  Total Equity                                           5,056,059        3,387,636 
-----------------------------------------  -------  --------------  --------------- 
 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

 
 
                                              Reverse 
                                Share     acquisition        Other          Retained                     Total 
                              premium         reserve     Reserves            losses        Total       equity 
                                  GBP             GBP          GBP               GBP          GBP          GBP 
-----------------------  ------------  --------------  -----------  ----------------  -----------  ----------- 
  As at 1 January 
   2020                    39,265,637    (18,845,147)      138,014      (20,413,002)      145,502      145,502 
----------------------- 
  Comprehensive 
   income 
  Profit/(Loss) 
   for the period                   -               -            -           256,515      256,515      256,515 
-----------------------  ------------  --------------  -----------  ----------------  -----------  ----------- 
  Other comprehensive 
   income 
  Currency translation 
   differences                      -               -            -                 -            -            - 
-----------------------  ------------  --------------  -----------  ----------------  -----------  ----------- 
  Total comprehensive 
   income                           -               -            -           256,515      256,515      256,515 
-----------------------  ------------  --------------  -----------  ----------------  -----------  ----------- 
  Issue of ordinary 
   shares                     600,000               -            -                 -      600,000      600,000 
  Issue costs                (29,300)               -            -                 -     (29,300)     (29,300) 
  Total transactions 
   with owners                570,700               -            -                 -      570,700      570,700 
  As at 30 June 
   2020                    39,836,337    (18,845,147)      138,014      (20,156,487)      972,717      972,717 
-----------------------  ------------  --------------  -----------  ----------------  -----------  ----------- 
 
                                              Reverse 
                                Share     acquisition        Other          Retained                     Total 
                              premium         reserve     Reserves            losses        Total       equity 
                                  GBP             GBP          GBP               GBP          GBP          GBP 
-----------------------  ------------  --------------  -----------  ----------------  -----------  ----------- 
  As at 1 January 
   2021                    43,065,981    (18,845,147)      152,793      (20,985,991)    3,387,636    3,387,636 
----------------------- 
  Comprehensive 
   income 
  Profit/(Loss) 
   for the period                   -               -            -           682,011      682,011      682,011 
-----------------------  ------------  --------------  -----------  ----------------  -----------  ----------- 
  Other comprehensive 
   income 
  Currency translation 
   differences                      -               -        1,833                 -        1,833        1,833 
-----------------------  ------------  --------------  -----------  ----------------  -----------  ----------- 
  Total comprehensive 
   income                           -               -        1,833                 -      682,011      683,844 
-----------------------  ------------  --------------  -----------  ----------------  -----------  ----------- 
  Issue of ordinary 
   shares                     770,243               -            -                 -      770,243      770,243 
  Share option charge               -               -      214,336                 -      214,336      214,336 
  Total transactions 
   with owners                770,243               -      214,336                 -      984,579      984,579 
  As at 30 June 
   2021                    43,836,224    (18,845,147)      368,962      (20,303,980)    5,056,059    5,056,059 
-----------------------  ------------  --------------  -----------  ----------------  -----------  ----------- 
 
 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENT

 
                                                                   30 June            30 June 
                                                            2021 Unaudited     2020 Unaudited 
                                                   Note                GBP                GBP 
---------------------------------------------  --------  -----------------  ----------------- 
  Cash flows from operating activities 
  Profit/(Loss) before taxation                                    682,011            256,515 
  Adjustments for: 
  Depreciation                                                       1,082              7,554 
  Share based payments                                             554,197                  - 
  Gain on sale of PPE                                                    -           (12,724) 
  Gain on sale of investments                                  (1,775,129)                  - 
  Net finance costs                                                    (1)                  - 
  Income tax expense                                                   759                  - 
  Share of profit on joint venture                                  23,593          (471,307) 
  Foreign exchange                                                       -            (7,017) 
  Increase in trade and other receivables                         (39,990)            (7,679) 
  Decrease in trade and other payables                            (51,318)           (16,332) 
  Net cash used in operations                                    (604,796)          (250,990) 
---------------------------------------------  --------  -----------------  ----------------- 
  Cash flows from investing activities 
  Loans granted to joint venture partners                         (44,647)           (26,181) 
  Sale of property, plant & equipment                                    -             20,000 
  Purchase of intangible assets                                (1,271,837)                  - 
  Sale of investments                              7             2,327,944                  - 
  Net cash used in investing activities                          1,011,460            (6,181) 
---------------------------------------------  --------  -----------------  ----------------- 
  Cash flows from financing activities 
  Proceeds from issue of shares                                    118,000            600,000 
  Cost of issue                                                          -           (29,300) 
---------------------------------------------  --------  -----------------  ----------------- 
  Net cash from financing activities                               118,000            570,700 
---------------------------------------------  --------  -----------------  ----------------- 
  Net (decrease) / increase in cash and cash 
   equivalents                                                     524,664            313,529 
  Cash and cash equivalents at beginning 
   of period                                                     2,289,637             50,840 
  Exchange differences on cash                                     129,506                  - 
---------------------------------------------  --------  -----------------  ----------------- 
  Cash and cash equivalents at end of period                     2,943,807            364,369 
---------------------------------------------  --------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 

Major non-cash transactions

7,095,510 ordinary shares were issued at 3.91p as non-cash consideration for the acquisition of 75% of the Eclipse license. A further 7,095,510 shares were issued at 3.91p in lieu of a finders fees payable in connection with the transaction.

1,921,068 ordinary shares were issued at 2.85p as non-cash consideration for the acquisition of 75% of the Central Menzies license. A further 1,921,068 shares were issued at 2.85p in lieu of a finders fees payable in connection with the transaction.

3,955,238 ordinary shares were issued at 2.65p in leiu of consultancy fees payable for advisory services.

NOTES TO THE INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

   1.    General Information 

The principal activity of Empire Metals Limited ('the Company') and its subsidiaries (together 'the Group') is the exploration and development of precious and base metals. The Company's shares are listed on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange. The Company is incorporated in the British Virgin Islands and domiciled in the United Kingdom. The Company was incorporated on 10 February 2010 under the name Gold Mining Company Limited. On 10 October 2016 the Company changed its name from Noricum Gold Limited to Georgian Mining Corporation and subsequently on 10 February 2020 changed its name from Georgian Mining Corporation to Empire Metals Limited.

The address of the Company's registered office is Trident Chambers, PO Box 146, Road Town, Tortola BVI.

   2.    Basis of Preparation 

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the AIM Rules for Companies. As permitted, the Company has chosen not to adopt IAS 34 "Interim Financial Statements" in preparing this interim financial information. The condensed interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2020, which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the European Union.

The interim financial information set out above does not constitute statutory accounts. They have been prepared on a going concern basis in accordance with the recognition and measurement criteria of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the European Union. Statutory financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2020 were approved by the Board of Directors on 16 April 2021. The report of the auditors on those financial statements was unqualified but included a material uncertainty relating to going concern paragraph.

Going concern

The Directors, having made appropriate enquiries, consider that adequate resources exist for the Group to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future and that, therefore, it is appropriate to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the condensed interim financial statements for the period ended 30 June 2021.

The factors that were extant at the 31 December 2020 are still relevant to this report and as such reference should be made to the going concern note and disclosures in the 2020 Annual Report.

Risks and uncertainties

The Board continuously assesses and monitors the key risks of the business. The key risks that could affect the Group's medium-term performance and the factors that mitigate those risks have not substantially changed from those set out in the Group's 2020 Annual Report and Financial Statements, a copy of which is available on the Group's website: https://www.empiremetals.co.uk . The key financial risks are liquidity risk, foreign exchange risk, credit risk, price risk and interest rate risk.

Critical accounting estimates

The preparation of condensed interim financial statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expenses, and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the end of the reporting period. Significant items subject to such estimates are set out in note 4 of the Group's 2020 Annual Report and Financial Statements. Actual amounts may differ from these estimates. The nature and amounts of such estimates have not changed significantly during the interim period.

   3.    Accounting Policies 

The same accounting policies, presentation and methods of computation have been followed in these condensed interim financial statements as were applied in the preparation of the Group's annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2020 except for the impact of the adoption of the Standards and interpretations described below and new accounting policies adopted as a result of changes in the Group.

   3.1   Changes in accounting policy and disclosures 

(a) Accounting developments during 2021

(a) New and amended standards mandatory for the first time for the financial periods beginning on or after 1 January 2021

As of 1 January 2021, the Group did not adopt any new or amended standards.

b) New standards, amendments and interpretations in issue but not yet effective or not yet endorsed and not early adopted

Standards, amendments and interpretations that are not yet effective and have not been early adopted are as follows:

 
  Standard                Impact on initial application         Effective date 
----------------------  ------------------------------------  ------------------ 
  IFRS 16 (Amendments)    Property, plant, and equipment        * 1 January 2022 
                        ------------------------------------  ------------------ 
  IAS 1                   Classification of Liabilities as       1 January 2022 
                           Current or Non-Current. 
                        ------------------------------------  ------------------ 
  IAS 37 (Amendments)     Provisions, contingent liabilities    * 1 January 2022 
                           and contingent assets 
                        ------------------------------------  ------------------ 
 

(*) Subject to EU endorsement

The Group is evaluating the impact of the new and amended standards above which are not expected to have a material impact on future Group financial statements s

   4.    Administrative expenses 
 
                                   30 June    30 June 
                                      2021       2020 
                                       GBP        GBP 
------------------------------  ----------  --------- 
  Office expenses                   27,797      8,055 
  Insurance                         21,765     18,073 
  IT & software services            11,801      3,981 
  Employees & contractors          105,444     66,192 
  Professional advisors            383,794    119,491 
  Travel & accommodation             4,301      8,156 
  Depreciation & amortisation        1,082      7,554 
  Finders fees                     339,861          - 
  Other admin expenses              17,165    (8,488) 
                                   913,009    223,013 
------------------------------  ----------  --------- 
 
   5.    Dividends 

No dividend has been declared or paid by the Company during the six months ended 30 June 2021 (2020: nil).

   6.    Intangible Assets 
 
                                                30 June    31 December 
  Exploration & Evaluation Assets at Cost          2021           2020 
   and Net Book Value                               GBP            GBP 
------------------------------------------  -----------  ------------- 
  Balance as at 1 January                        31,673              - 
  Additions                                   2,002,826         31,673 
  Impairment                                          -              - 
  Foreign currency differences                        -              - 
  As at 31 December                           2,034,499         31,673 
------------------------------------------  -----------  ------------- 
 

The Exploration & Evaluation additions in the current period relate to work performed at the Company's Eclipse and Cental Menzies licence areas in Australia. The Exploration & Evaluation additions in the current period relate to work performed at the Company's Eclipse and Central Menzies licence areas in Australia. At Eclipse, additional drilling to target extensions of the Eclipse Shear in fresh rock below the gold-depleted weathered zone is planned for early 2022 as well as deeper drilling to test the plunge continuity of high-grade gold shoots. At Central Menzies, the Company is awaiting the results of the first phase RC drill programme just completed and is analysing soil geochemistry results. Further exploration activities will be dependent on the results from these programmes.

The Directors do not consider the asset to be impaired.

   7.    Assets classified as held for sale 

On 26th October 2020, the Directors announced that they had made a formal plan to sell the Group's 50% interest in Georgian Copper & Gold JSC ("GCG") and had signed a binding sale and purchase agreement with a third party. The sale is subject to a right-of-first-refusal in favour of the joint venture partners.

As such, the investment was transferred to assets classified as held for sale and the associated assets were consequently presented as held for sale.

On 10 June 2021, the Group announced that it had sold its 50% holding in GCG for a cash consideration of US$3.3 million (GBP2,327,944). The profit arising on disposal of the joint venture amounted to GBP1,775,129.

The joint venture generated a loss of GBP220,606 to the date of disposal. The share of loss of the joint venture for the period recognised was GBP23,592 and this has been charged to the Statement of Comprehensive Income.

During the period, the Group loaned GCG GBP127,253 to finance current operations and this amount was written off in full on the date of disposal.

The details of the disposal of the investment at 30 June 2021 is summarised below:

 
                                              Total 
                                                GBP 
---------------------------------     ------------- 
  As at 1 January 2021                      425,562 
  Loans granted to joint venture            127,253 
  Proceeds of sale                      (2,327,944) 
  Profit on disposal of joint 
   venture                                1,775,129 
                                      ------------- 
 
   8.      Share capital and share premium 
 
                                       Number of    Ordinary          Share premium 
                                          shares      shares                                Total 
                                                         GBP                    GBP           GBP 
---------------------------------  -------------  ----------  ---------------------  ------------ 
  Issued and fully paid 
  As at 1 January 2020               133,756,991           -             39,265,637    39,265,637 
                                   -------------  ----------  ---------------------  ------------ 
  Share issue - 28 February 
   2020                               60,000,000           -                570,700       570,700 
  As at 30 June 2020                 193,756,991           -             39,836,337    39,836,337 
                                   -------------  ----------  ---------------------  ------------ 
 
  As at 1 January 2021               314,683,361           -             43,065,981    43,065,981 
  Acquisition of 75% of 
   Eclipse license - 22 February 
   2021                                7,095,510           -                277,434       277,434 
  Share allotment - 22 February 
   2021                                7,095,510           -                277,434       277,434 
  Acquisition of 75% of 
   Central Menzies license 
   - 20 March 2021                     1,921,068           -                 54,750        54,750 
  Share allotment - 20 March 
   2021                                1,921,068           -                 54,750        54,750 
  Share allotment - 10 June 
   2021                                3,995,238           -                105,875       105,875 
  As at 30 June 2021                 366,711,756           -             43,836,224    43,836,224 
                                   -------------  ----------  ---------------------  ------------ 
 
   9.    Earnings per share 

The calculation of the total basic earnings per share of 0.190 pence (30 June 2020: 0.150 pence) is based on the profit attributable to equity owners of the parent company of GBP682,011 (30 June 2020: GBP256,515) and on the weighted average number of ordinary shares of 351,606,291 (30 June 2020: 174,636,112) in issue during the period.

Details of share options that could potentially dilute earnings per share in future periods are disclosed in the notes to the Group's Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2020.

10. Fair value estimation

There are no financial instruments carried at fair value.

11. Fair value of financial assets and liabilities measured at amortised costs

Financial assets and liabilities comprise the following:

   --    Trade and other receivables 
   --    Cash and cash equivalents 
   --    Trade and other payables 

The fair values of these items equate to their carrying values as at the reporting date.

12. Commitments

All commitments remain as stated in the Group's Annual Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2020.

13. Events after the balance sheet date

There have been no events after the reporting date of a material nature.

14. Approval of interim financial statements

The condensed interim financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on 29 September 2021.

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