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Hummingbird Resources PLC 2020 Audited Annual Results

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Hummingbird Resources PLC

27 May 2021

Hummingbird Resources plc / Ticker: HUM / Index: AIM / Sector: Mining

27 May 2021

Hummingbird Resources plc

("Hummingbird" or the "Company")

2020 Audited Annual Results

Hummingbird Resources plc (AIM:HUM) is pleased to announce its audited financial results for the year ended 31 December 2020 ("2020").

Financial Highlights:

-- Total Group Sales of US$185.1 million (2019 US$156.9 million)

-- Pre-Tax Profit of US$26.3 million (2019 US$9.4 million)

-- After-Tax Profit of US$25.2 million (2019 US$7.9 million)

-- EBITDA of US$75.2 million (2019 US$54.5 million)

-- Adjusted EBITDA(1) of US$62.3 million (2019 US$46.3 million)

-- Diluted earnings per share US$ cents 5.02 (2019 US$ cents 1.50)

-- Total bank debt of US$13.2 million with US$30 million capital repaid in the year and forecasting to have repaid all current bank debt by the end of H1 2021

-- Net Cash of US$1.5 million(2)

Operational and Company Highlights:

-- 101,069 ounces ("ozs") of gold poured in 2020 (115,649 ozs in 2019)

-- US$1,147/oz All in Sustaining Cost ("AISC") in 2020 (US$986/oz AISC in 2019)

-- Average grade of 2.41 grammes per tonne ("g/t") in 2020 (2.88 g/t in 2019)

-- 104,174 ozs of gold sold in 2020 at an average price of US$1,745/oz

-- Impressive Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate ("TRIFR") of 0.82 (2019 2.82)

-- Successful 2020 drilling programme of 21,000 metres completed at Yanfolila

-- June 2020 earn-in agreement with Pasofino Gold Ltd ("Pasofino") to advance and fund the Dugbe Gold Project in Liberia ("Dugbe") to completion of feasibility study

-- September 2020 acquisition completed of the Kouroussa Gold Project in Guinea ("Kouroussa"), with mining licences granted in May 2021

-- Joined the World Gold Council ("WGC") in June 2020 and committed to adherence of the Responsible Gold Mining Principles ("RGMPs")

-- ESG programmes continue at Yanfolila, Kouroussa, and Dugbe

-- Advancement of Single Mine Origin ("SMO") as an industry platform of responsibly sourced metal

(1) (Adjusted EBITDA Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation, effect of impairment charges, foreign currency translation gains/losses and other non-recurring expense adjustments but including IFRS 16 lease payments.)

(2) (Net cash including the value of gold inventory as at 31.12.2020.)

Chairman's Statement

2020 was a year of significant challenges for us all - whether as individuals or companies, we have all had to adapt to a period of continuing uncertainty and stress caused by COVID-19. Whilst, unfortunately, unlike last year, we have not been able to maintain the production improvements in the Company's operational performance, this is certainly not through want of effort, commitment, or focus. In particular, I would like to acknowledge the huge personal sacrifices that our operational staff have made in keeping Yanfolila operating safely, and the local villages the Company supported during this period. It is of particular note, that many of our expatriate and local staff were, due to governmental COVID-19 restrictions, unable to leave the site for a prolonged period causing stress to them and their families. Yanfolila continuing to operate safely and with community support during these exceptional times is a significant achievement and one for which we should all be appreciative.

Not only has COVID-19 affected our people, it has also reduced the efficiency of our supply chain, our ability to access external expertise at the mine, and has prevented the sort of face-to-face contact between the mine and our support staff that is vital for effective operations. Despite all these challenges, the Board is pleased that operations continued, and pleasingly we also advanced our strategic growth objectives in Liberia, through our earn-in agreement with Pasofino, and in Guinea with the acquisition of Kouroussa.

ESG continues to be a significant focus for the Company. We are now over two million hours worked injury free, and our COVID-19 protocols on site and in the local community have contributed significantly to mitigating COVID-19 cases, spread and adverse health related issues. Although COVID-19 impacted our community team's ability to interact with our local communities as normal, community project initiatives continued with the likes of ongoing success at our market gardens, soap manufacturing programmes, training, malaria spraying initiatives and water infrastructure improvements, amongst others. This year we have enhanced our focus on the adoption of industry best practices. To this end we have now joined the WGC and are now working to implement the WGC RGMPs.

I would like to thank all our shareholders who have been there through our evolution from gold explorer to gold producer and remained committed through the challenging times. Even though this year has been exceptionally challenging, I do hope that you are able to recognise that the Company has achieved much, especially in taking steps to position itself strategically for a brighter future.

Russell King

Non-Executive Chairman

CEO's Statement

2020 in Review:

2020 was an extraordinary year by any measure, with the COVID-19 pandemic dominating affairs around the world. Virtually no person or business was immune to the impact in some form or another, and our business was no different. The challenges presented by COVID-19 were multiple, and not always predictable. By and large they affected logistics and "the human teams" element of the Company the most. Whilst on one hand video conferencing has provided us all with a very functional method of interaction, I personally believe it is a poor substitute for face time and the chemistry which bonds a team and forms the culture of a company.

At our Yanfolila mine in Mali we endured extended periods of border closures (induced by the additional complication of an in-country coup as well as COVID-19 restrictions) which impacted the movement of people and goods to supply the mine, and resulted in some changes being necessary to the mine plan in order to preserve equipment from a maintenance perspective. Despite 2020 proving a challenging year, and not meeting forecast production expectations as set at the start of the year, we are proud that the Company continued to operate during difficult circumstances without significant downtime and continued to pay down circa US$30 million of debt to end the year in a net cash position.

At the start of 2020, achieving a strengthening balance sheet and net cash position during the year was one of the Company's key objectives. Additionally, we set out to conduct a more systematic exploration programme at Yanfolila in order to prove further mine life extensions and improve confidence in our known resources. The exploration programme achieved both of these objectives with particularly exciting results coming from the Sanioumale East (" SE") deposit.

We also set ourselves the target of enhancing the growth pipeline for the Company and advancing Dugbe, Liberia in order to recognise value from the asset for shareholders. Again, both of these objectives were achieved with the acquisition of Kouroussa, Guinea and the signing of an earn-in agreement with Pasofino to advance and fund Dugbe, Liberia to feasibility study.

As a result, Hummingbird has a strengthened balance sheet, has an improved mine life outlook at Yanfolila and both a high-grade development asset at Kouroussa, Guinea and the development of a large-scale project in Liberia towards a feasibility study which could showcase a meaningful Net Present Value ("NPV") on a multi-million-ounce gold deposit.

The health and safety record at Yanfolila has been exemplary with the Company passing one year with no L ost Time Injury ("LTI"). This is a fantastic achievement as we develop into a seasoned mining company and puts us into the first rank of industry performance.

However, these achievements, and the strong position Hummingbird now finds itself in, with the ability to show strong internal growth, has been largely overshadowed by the higher costs and lower than expected gold production at Yanfolila in 2020. As explained above, this was in part due to the COVID-19 induced challenges encountered during the course of the year. The mine plan was changed in order to process more oxide material in order to prevent wear and tear on equipment. In Q3 a coup in Mali impacted logistics, in particular due to border closures, and extreme weather events added further complexities to those already being felt from COVID-19 impacting both our production and cost forecasts for the year.

In terms of investing in senior personnel for the future, the Company invested in adding to the senior management team with the appointment of a Chief Strategy and ESG Officer, a new General Manager at Yanfolila, and in 2021, a new Chief Operating Officer amongst others as the Company positions itself to become a multi-asset, multi-jurisdiction gold producer.

Another Company initiative further advanced in 2020, being the development of SMO. The aim is to be recognised as a thought-leader in the market of responsibly sourced metal, and through our strategic partner, Betts Metals Ltd, we have the ability to segregate metal all the way through the refining and manufacturing process, into the jewellery that retail consumers buy. The purchaser is provided with a unique QR code which details which responsible mine that metal was sourced from and what environmental and community initiatives are conducted at that site in order to improve the livelihoods of the local people and the surrounding environment. All SMO mines will need to conform to a world assurance standard (like the WGC RGMP's for example) in order to receive accreditation and as a retail-led initiative, we believe it will become an industry leading, fully traceable way, to showcase the important work that the mining industry does in positively contributing in the areas where they operate. Lastly of note, during 2020, the Company

became a member of the WGC, which we believe is an important statement of our ambitions to adhere to a high level of operational and responsible mining practices, but also important in our future growth ambitions.

2021 Outlook:

During 2021 our primary focus will be to ensure that the operations at Yanfolila are stabilised and output is more predictable. Our guidance for the year is 100,000 to 110,000 oz of gold, with an All in Sustaining Cost of US$1,250 to 1,350 per oz of gold sold. We are at the high-cost part of the life of mine plan, and there are a number of initiatives in place that are being further developed in order to improve efficiencies and reduce cost across the operation.

The Company has also doubled its exploration budget at Yanfolila up to US$10 million, in order to build on the 2020 drilling success. The intention of this programme is to discover more oz's to extend the mine life at Yanfolila. We see the perceived short mine life at Yanfolila as a major hindrance on our valuation, and attention in this area can deliver material results which we have started to see in our 2020 drilling results. We expect more success in 2021 given our increased budget spend in this area.

Additionally in 2021, a major focus for the Group will be the advancement of Kouroussa, Guinea. This is a major growth project for the Company and will see Group production rise materially once in production to +200,000 oz per annum, as well as delivering diversification advantages as we become a multi-asset, multi-jurisdiction gold producer. Now that the mining licence has been granted, by the Government of Guinea, we are in the process of finalising the capital cost estimates with an eye to approving, financing and commencing construction of the project in the second half of 2021. In our planning process, we are looking to incorporate leading ESG practices, strategies, and processes at Kouroussa, Guinea to build a mine that is not only compliant of leading industry practices but forward thinking in terms of how we care for the environment, communities, employees, and key stakeholders in the region.

Further, at Dugbe, Liberia, our earn-in partners, Pasofino, made significant progress in 2020 in terms of taking the project forward to delivering a Definitive Feasibility Study, by the end of 2021, on their current estimates and we look forward to their continued progress throughout the year.

Finally, but importantly, we look forward to enhancing our overall ESG initiatives at Yanfolila, furthering our ESIA studies at Kouroussa and progressing ESG management procedures for the project, as well as with our earn-in partners Pasofino at Dugbe, leading an ESIA process. Additionally, we are excited about the prospects of SMO, as highlighted above, and seeing more global mines join the platform.

Above all else, as the restrictions placed upon us ease, we will strive to build a company that as shareholders, owners, employees and stakeholders alike, we can all be proud of.

Dan Betts

Chief Executive Officer

For further information please visit or contact:

 Daniel Betts,         Hummingbird Resources       Tel: +44 (0) 20 7409 
  CEO                   plc                         6660 
  Thomas Hill, FD 
  Edward Montgomery, 
  CSO & ESG 
 James Spinney         Strand Hanson Limited       Tel: +44 (0) 20 7409 
  Ritchie Balmer        Nominated Adviser           3494 
                      --------------------------  --------------------- 
 James Asensio         Canaccord Genuity Limited   Tel: +44 (0) 20 7523 
  Thomas Diehl          Broker                      8000 
                      --------------------------  --------------------- 
 Tim Blythe            Blytheweigh                 Tel: +44 (0) 20 7138 
  Megan Ray             Financial PR/IR             3205 
  Rachael Brooks 
                      --------------------------  --------------------- 

Notes to Editors:

Hummingbird Resources (AIM: HUM) is a leading multi-asset, multi-jurisdiction gold production, development and exploration company and member of the World Gold Council ("WGC"). Hummingbird's vision is to continue to grow its asset base, producing profitable ounces, while continuing to focus on its Environmental, Social & Governance ("ESG") policies and practices. The Company currently has two core gold projects, the producing Yanfolila Gold Mine in Mali, and the Kouroussa gold development project in Guinea. Further, the Company has a controlling interest in the Dugbe Gold Project in Liberia that is being developed by Pasofino Gold Limited through an earn-in agreement.

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the year ended 31 December 2020

                                               2020        2019 
                                                $'000       $'000 
--------------------------------------  ----  ----------  ---------- 
 Continuing operations 
 Revenue                                         185,072     156,874 
 Production costs                               (93,975)    (86,298) 
 Amortisation and depreciation                  (41,367)    (38,783) 
 Royalties and taxes                             (6,747)     (5,726) 
--------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------- 
 Cost of sales                                 (142,089)   (130,807) 
 Gross profit                                     42,983      26,067 
 Share based payments                            (2,081)       (753) 
 Other administrative expenses                   (8,928)    (12,056) 
--------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------- 
 Operating profit                                 31,974      13,258 
 Finance income                                    2,014       2,241 
 Finance expense                                 (9,288)     (8,278) 
 Share of associate loss                               -        (62) 
 Share of joint venture loss                        (17)         (4) 
 Reversals in impairment of financial 
  assets                                             397          23 
 Gains on financial assets measured 
  at fair value                                    1,203       2,218 
--------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------- 
 Profit before tax                                26,283       9,396 
 Tax                                             (1,135)     (1,551) 
--------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------- 
 Profit for the year                              25,148       7,845 
============================================  ==========  ========== 
 Attributable to: 
 Equity holders of the parent     19,022   5,422 
 Non-controlling interests         6,126   2,423 
-------------------------------  -------  ------ 
 Profit for the year              25,148   7,845 
===============================  =======  ====== 
 Earnings per share (attributable 
  to equity holders of the parent) 
 Basic ($ cents)                       5.35   1.53 
 Diluted ($ cents)                     5.02   1.50 
====================================  =====  ===== 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

As at 31 December 2020

                                                                   2020       2019 
                                                                  $'000      $'000 
-------------------------------------------------------  ----  --------  --------- 
 Non-current assets 
 Intangible exploration and evaluation assets                    75,574     73,859 
 Intangible assets software                                         204        284 
 Property, plant and equipment                                  150,247    129,732 
 Right of use assets                                             13,797     12,940 
 Investments in associates and joint ventures                       175         99 
 Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss            7,721      6,103 
 Deferred tax assets                                                684          - 
                                                                248,402    223,017 
 ------------------------------------------------------------  --------  --------- 
 Current assets 
 Inventory                                                       20,352     18,082 
 Trade and other receivables                                     12,724     11,557 
 Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents                           6,552      4,398 
 Restricted cash and cash equivalents                             4,516      4,131 
                                                                 44,144     38,168 
 ------------------------------------------------------------  --------  --------- 
 Total assets                                                   292,546    261,185 
=============================================================  ========  ========= 
 Non-current liabilities 
 Borrowings                                                           -     10,148 
 Lease liabilities                                                2,380      3,661 
 Deferred consideration                                           5,402          - 
 Other financial liabilities                                      6,836          - 
 Provisions                                                      16,125     14,879 
-------------------------------------------------------------  --------  --------- 
                                                                 30,743     28,688 
 ------------------------------------------------------------  --------  --------- 
 Current liabilities 
 Trade and other payables                                        39,440     39,809 
 Lease liabilities                                               10,894      8,933 
 Other financial liabilities                                     15,000     15,000 
 Borrowings                                                      13,208     29,852 
-------------------------------------------------------------  --------  --------- 
                                                                 78,542     93,594 
 Total liabilities                                              109,285    122,282 
-------------------------------------------------------------  --------  --------- 
 Net assets                                                     183,261    138,903 
=============================================================  ========  ========= 
 Share capital                                                    5,344      5,301 
 Share premium                                                      488          - 
 Shares to be issued                                             17,407          - 
 Retained earnings                                              150,246    129,952 
-------------------------------------------------------------  --------  --------- 
 Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent            173,485    135,253 
=============================================================  ========  ========= 
 Non-controlling interest                                         9,776      3,650 
 Total equity                                                   183,261    138,903 
=============================================================  ========  ========= 

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the year ended 31 December 2020

                                                                      2020       2019 
                                                                     $'000      $'000 
 Net cash inflow from operating activities                          66,256     44,724 
---------------------------------------------------------------  ---------  --------- 
 Investing activities 
Asset purchase, net of cash acquired                                  (35)          - 
Purchases of intangible exploration and evaluation assets          (2,601)    (3,836) 
Purchases of property, plant and equipment                        (18,136)   (15,471) 
Pasofino funding                                                     5,559          - 
Pasofino funding utilisation                                       (4,673)          - 
Purchase by non-controlling interest                                 1,883          - 
Purchase of shares in other companies                                (393)      (402) 
Interest received                                                       11         65 
 Net cash used in investing activities                            (18,385)   (19,644) 
---------------------------------------------------------------  ---------  --------- 
 Financing activities 
Exercise of share options                                              532         30 
Lease principal payments                                          (12,663)   (11,346) 
Lease interest payments                                            (1,201)      (525) 
Loan interest paid                                                 (2,547)    (4,280) 
Loans repaid                                                      (29,252)   (20,809) 
Commissions and other fees paid                                      (571)      (844) 
 Net cash used in financing activities                            (45,702)   (37,774) 
---------------------------------------------------------------  ---------  --------- 
 Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents                2,169   (12,694) 
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes                                370      (307) 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year                       8,529     21,530 
 Cash and cash equivalents at end of year                           11,068      8,529 
===============================================================  =========  ========= 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the year ended 31 December 2020

                                      Shares                           attributable 
                            Share      to be      Share    Retained          to the   Non-controlling 
                          capital     issued    premium    earnings          parent          interest      Total 
                            $'000      $'000      $'000       $'000           $'000             $'000      $'000 
----------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ----------  --------------  ----------------  --------- 
 Balance at 1 January 
  2019                      5,271          -          -     124,117         129,388             1,227    130,615 
 Comprehensive income 
  for the year: 
 Profit for the 
  year                          -          -          -       5,422           5,422             2,423      7,845 
 Total comprehensive 
  income for the 
  year                          -          -          -       5,422           5,422             2,423      7,845 
 Share based payments          30          -          -         422             452                 -        452 
 Other                          -          -          -         (9)             (9)                 -        (9) 
 As at 31 December 
  2019                      5,301          -          -     129,952         135,253             3,650    138,903 
======================  =========  =========  =========  ==========  ==============  ================  ========= 
 Comprehensive income 
  for the year: 
 Profit for the 
  year                          -          -          -      19,022          19,022             6,126     25,148 
 Total comprehensive 
  income for the 
  year                          -          -          -      19,022          19,022             6,126     25,148 
     Transactions with 
       owners in their 
   capacity as owners: 
   Shares to be issued 
      as consideration 
     in asset purchase          -     17,407          -           -          17,407                 -     17.407 
    Total transactions 
        with owners in 
        their capacity 
             as owners          -     17,407          -           -          17,407                 -     17,407 
  Share based payments         43          -        488       1,272           1,803                 -      1,803 
 As at 31 December 
  2020                      5,344     17,407        488     150,246         173,485             9,776    183,261 
======================  =========  =========  =========  ==========  ==============  ================  ========= 
    Share capital                                            Retained earnings 
    The share capital comprises the                          Retained earnings comprise distributable 
    issued ordinary shares of the Company                    reserves. 
    at par value. 
                                                             Non-controlling interest 
    Share premium                                            The non-controlling interest 
    The share premium comprises the                          relates to the 20% stake the 
    excess value recognised from the                         Government of Mali has in Société 
    issue of ordinary shares for consideration               Des Mines De Komana SA ("SMK") 
    above par value.                                         which owns and operates the Yanfolila 
                                                           Shares to be issued 
                                                            Relates to the shares to be issued 
                                                            in settling the initial purchase 
                                                            consideration on the Kouroussa 
                                                            Gold Project. 

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

   1.          General information 

Hummingbird Resources PLC is a public limited company with securities traded on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. It is incorporated and domiciled in the United Kingdom and has a registered office at 49-63 Spencer Street, Hockley, Birmingham, West Midlands, B18 6DE.

The nature of the Group's operations and its principal activities are the exploration, evaluation, development, and operating of mineral projects, principally gold, focused currently in West Africa.

   2.          Basis of preparation 

The preliminary announcement does not constitute full financial statements.

The financial information for the year ended 31 December 2020 has been extracted from the Company's audited financial statements which were approved by the Board of Directors on 26 May 2021 and which, if adopted by the members at the Annual General Meeting, will be delivered to the Registrar of Companies for England and Wales. The report of the auditor on the 31 December 2020 financial statements was unqualified, did not contain a statement under Section 498(2) or Section 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

   3.          Going Concern 

The financial position of the Group, its cash flows, liquidity position and borrowing facilities are set out in the Finance Review. At 31 December 2020, the Group had cash and cash equivalents of $11.1 million and total borrowings of $13.2 million. As at December 31, 2020, the Company had a working capital deficiency (current assets less current liabilities) of $34.3 million. The current liabilities include Anglo Pacific royalty liability of $15 million which, although current due to the nature of the agreement, is not expected to be paid soon. Details on the Group's borrowings are set out in note 17 to the financial statements.

The Group has prepared cash flow forecasts based on estimates of key variables including production, gold price, operating costs, capital expenditure through to December 2022 that supports the conclusion of the Directors that they expect the available funding arrangements to be sufficient to meet the Group's anticipated cash flow requirements to this date.

These cashflow forecasts are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, in particular the ability of the Group to achieve the planned levels of production and gold prices. The Board reviewed and challenged the key assumptions used by management in its going concern assessment, as well as the scenarios applied and risks considered, including the risks associated with COVID-19. To date, although there have not been any significant operational disruptions due to COVID-19, cost and logistical pressures were felt by the Group throughout 2020. The Board has considered the operational disruption that could be caused by factors such as illness amongst our workforce and potential disruptions to supply chain, factoring in these potential impacts and reasonable mitigating actions to forecasts and sensitivity scenarios.

The Board also considered sensitivities to those cash flow scenarios (including where production is lower than forecast) which in some cases showed tight cash flow months. Should this situation arise, the Directors believe that they have a number of options available to them, such as deferring certain expenditures and/or obtaining additional funding, which would allow the Group to meet its cash flow requirements through this period.

Based on its review, the Board has a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue operating for the foreseeable future and hence the Board considers that the application of the going concern basis for the preparation of the Financial Statements was appropriate.

Should the Group be unable to achieve the required levels of production and associated cashflows, defer expenditures or obtain additional funding such that the going concern basis of preparation was no longer appropriate, adjustment would be required including the reduction of balance sheet asset values to their recoverable amounts and to provide for future liabilities should they arise.

   4.          Profit per ordinary share 

Basic profit per ordinary share is calculated by dividing the net profit for the year attributable to ordinary equity holders of the parent by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the year.

The calculation of the basic and diluted profit per share is based on the following data:

                                                          2020          2019 
                                                         $'000         $'000 
------------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------ 
  Profit for the purposes of basic profit per 
  share being net profit attributable to equity 
  holders of the parent                                 19,022         5,422 
================================================  ============  ============ 
                                                          2020          2019 
   Number of shares                                     Number        Number 
 Weighted average number of ordinary shares 
  for the purposes of basic profit per share       355,380,149   353,815,287 
 Weighted number of shares to be issued as          11,685,100             - 
  part of asset purchase 
 Adjustments for share options and warrants         11,835,883     8,347,731 
------------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------ 
 Weighted average number of ordinary shares 
  for the purposes of diluted profit per share     378,901,132   362,163,018 
================================================  ============  ============ 
                                                          2020          2019 
  Profit per ordinary share                            $ cents       $ cents 
------------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------ 
 Basic                                                    5.35          1.53 
 Diluted                                                  5.02          1.50 
================================================  ============  ============ 

At the reporting date there were 50,761,957 (2019: 15,549,307) potentially dilutive ordinary shares. Potentially dilutive ordinary shares include share options issued to employees and directors, warrants issued and in 2020 includes the 35,248,441 shares to be issued as part of the Kouroussa Project acquisition.

   5.          Net debt reconciliation 
                                At 1                               Foreign 
                                                                                                 At 31 
                             January                              exchange    Amortisation    December 
                                          as part                                 of issue 
                                         of asset                              costs/other 
                                2020     purchase    Cash flow    movement             (1)        2020 
                               $'000        $'000        $'000       $'000           $'000       $'000 
  cash                         4,398           17        2,152        (15)               -       6,552 
 Restricted cash               4,131            -            -         385               -       4,516 
-------------------------  ---------  -----------  -----------  ----------  --------------  ---------- 
 Total cash & 
  cash equivalents             8,529           17        2,152         370               -      11,068 
 Borrowings                 (40,000)            -       29,252     (1,332)         (1,128)    (13,208) 
 Lease liabilities          (12,594)            -       13,864           -        (14,545)    (13,275) 
-------------------------  ---------  -----------  -----------  ----------  --------------  ---------- 
 Net debt                   (44,065)           17       45,286       (962)        (15,673)    (15,415) 
-------------------------  ---------  -----------  -----------  ----------  --------------  ---------- 

(1) Included within the other category on lease liabilities is $12,963,000 additions to liabilities as a result of the one year extension to the mining contract in Mali as well as $1,201,000 unwind of discount.

   6.           Events after the reporting date 

Change of Mining Contractor

On 1 April 2021 Junction Contract Mining ("JCM") were appointed as mining contractor at the Yanfolila mine. JCM took over the mining fleet and approximately 90% of the existing employees of AMS allowing a seamless hand over process.

Vested Options under HIPPO 2020

Following the year and the Board approved the following Restricted Share Units ("RSUs") should vest in line with achieved performance criteria, once the Company was in an open period (subject to continuous employment).

 Name               Position            RSUs        RSUs Lapsed**             RSUs already Vested, 
                                         Granted*                                   or to Vest 
-----------------  ------------------  ----------  -------------- 
                                                                    Immediate   At 31/12/2021   At 31/12/2022 
-----------------  ------------------  ----------  --------------  ----------  --------------  -------------- 
                    Chief Executive 
 Daniel Betts        Officer            2,187,500   1,093,750       546,874     273,438         273,438 
 Thomas Hill        Finance Director    1,407,500   703,750         351,874     175,938         175,938 
 Other Employees    n/a                 5,485,000   4,134,082       737,122     306,898         306,898 
-----------------  ------------------  ----------  --------------  ----------  --------------  -------------- 
 Total Directors 
  and Employees                         9,080,000   5,931,582       1,635,870   756,274         756,274 
-------------------------------------  ----------  --------------  ----------  --------------  -------------- 

* The RSUs under HIPPO2020 consist of options granted over ordinary shares in the Company of GBP0.01 each ("Shares") and have an exercise price of GBP0.01 per Share. RSUs vest subject to performance and continuous employment criteria being met.

** These RSUs will lapse / vest as soon as the Company is in an open period .

As a result of HIPPO2020's strict performance criteria on production and cost targets, and the Company's track record of aligning management and shareholders' interests, only 35% of the HIPPO2020 scheme is expected to vest, while the remainder has lapsed.

New incentive structures for 2021

Following a review led by external remuneration advisors of the appropriate balance of short and long of future short and long term incentives and retention structures for Directors and key employees in light of the Company's potential development paths, the Company has adopted a more standard approach of an annual award of a discretionary short term cash based scheme based on both corporate and personal targets together with an equity based Long Term Incentive Plan ("LTIP") intended to better align shareholders with participants to create shareholder value over the medium to long term.

Subject to the performance criteria being met for each respective tranche and continuous employment with positive performance, under normal circumstances, the RSUs are expected to vest on 28 February 2024 in equal thirds as follows:

   a)    Retention Tranche: based on continuous employment and subject to malice provisions. 

b) Absolute Total Shareholder Return versus the 5-working day VWAP to 28 February 2021, with 25% vesting for 8% compound annual growth and 100% vesting for 18% compound annual growth.

c) Relative Total Shareholder Return against the S&P Commodity Producers Gold Index with 25% vesting for meeting the index rising on a straight-line basis to 100% for 5% outperformance.

Under the 2021 LTIP the following RSU awards have been approved.

 Name                   Position                   Total number of shares 
                                                    subject to RSUs under 
                                                    the 2021 LTIP 
---------------------  -------------------------  ----------------------- 
 Daniel Betts           Chief Executive Officer          1,597,494 
 Thomas Hill            Finance Director                 1,026,960 
 Other Employees                                         4,871,094 
------------------------------------------------  ----------------------- 
 Total Directors and 
  Employees                                              7,495,548 
------------------------------------------------  ----------------------- 

Additionally one off awards have been approved as follows to certain key employees for the purposes of recruitment, retention and alignment with the long term strategy: 370,370 RSUs vesting on 31 August 2021 subject to continuous employment and a 3 month subsequent lock in; and 2,500,000 RSUs vesting on 31 May 2024 subject to continuous employment, a minimum share price of 60 pence and then on a sliding scale of 25% vesting on a $300m market capitalisation to 100% on a $500m market capitalisation.

Once vested, any RSUs may be exercised during a set exercise period determined by the Company and notified to the option holders. This is intended to be a minimum of a one-week period per year when the Company is in an "open period" under MAR. Unvested RSUs will normally lapse on cessation of employment for any reason. The RSUs holders will retain vested RSUs following cessation of employment and will have two years from the date of cessation of employment to exercise, after which the option shall lapse.


The RSUs under the 2021 LTIP and one-off awards consist of options granted over ordinary shares in the Company of GBP0.01 each ("Shares") have an exercise price of GBP0.01 per Share. RSUs vest subject to performance and continuous employment criteria being met and will be formally issued as soon as the Company is in an open period .

Non-executive Director Deferred Share Awards

In recognition of the significant experience and the high level of personal commitment of the Non-executive Directors, each Non-executive Director (including the Chairman) will receive an annual deferred share award with a value of GBP25,000, vesting one year from award date. These awards must be retained until the individual ceases to hold office. For the year to 31 December 2021, the awards are as follows:

 Name                    Position                   Total number of Deferred 
                                                     Share Awards 
----------------------  -------------------------  ------------------------- 
 Russell King            Chairman                           116,063 
 Attie Roux              Non-executive director             116,063 
 Ernie Nutter            Non-executive director             116,063 
 Stephen Betts           Non-executive director             116,063 
 David Straker-Smith     Non-executive director             116,063 
----------------------  -------------------------  ------------------------- 
 Total                                                      580,315 
----------------------  -------------------------  ------------------------- 

Note 1: The Deferred Share Awards will be formally issued as soon as the Company is in an open period.

Note 2: The entitlement to the above Deferred Share Awards shall normally vest on 31 December 2021, subject to the relevant director remaining in office.

Note 3: No shares will be issued until the relevant director ceases to hold office.

Granting of Mining Licences in Guinea

As announced on 20 of May 2021, the Company has been granted the mining licences for the Kouroussa Gold Project in Guinea by the Government of Guinea, with the following key terms:

   a)    15-year, renewable licence term 
   b)    Mine construction to start within one year, from licence grant 
   c)    5% royalty payable to the Federal Government of Guinea 
   d)    1% contribution to Local Development Fund 
   e)    30% tax on profits 

The Government has the right to a 15% non-dilutable free carried interest in the share capital of Kouroussa Gold Mine SA (the wholly owned subsidiary of the Company which owns the Project), with the right to acquire a further 20% participating interest for cash. The grant triggers the requirement to pay the initial consideration of GBP10.0 million, which will have been satisfied by issue of shares in the Company .

   7.           Availability of Accounts 

The audited Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2020 and notice of AGM will shortly be sent to shareholders and published at:

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