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MAFL Mineral & Financial Investments Limited

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28 May 2024 - Closed
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Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Mineral & Financial Investments Limited LSE:MAFL London Ordinary Share KYG6181G1055 ORD 1P (DI)
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.00 0.00% 12.00 11.50 12.50 12.25 12.00 12.25 0.00 08:02:30
Industry Sector Turnover Profit EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap
Metal Mining Services 2.39M 1.55M 0.0420 2.86 4.43M

Mineral & Financial Invest. Limited Interim Results for Six Months Ended 31 Dec 23

27/03/2024 7:00am

RNS Regulatory News


RNS Number : 4186I
Mineral & Financial Invest. Limited
26 March 2024
 

Mineral & Financial Investments Limited

Interim Results (unaudited) for the Six Months Ended 31 December 2023

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

·    NAV1 per share ("NAVPS") on 31 December 2023 was 25.8p, +17.0%, from 22.0p, Year on Year (YoY).

·    H1-2024 NAV1 was £10,020,000 +22.0% from £8,214,000 YoY.

·    H1-2024 Net earnings[1] were £589,000 (EPS-FD 1.5p) vs. H1-2023 Net earnings £703,000 (EPS-FD: 1.8p)

·    Investable capital was £10,388,000 (+22.2% YoY) vs £8,500,000 one year ago.

·    M&F continues to deliver good Net Asset Value (NAV)1 CAGR +25.6% and NAVPS +23.0% compounded over 6yrs.

·    M&F remains debt free, with a strong liquidity and a NAV growth performance outperforming our internal benchmarks.

 

CAMANA BAY, GRAND CAYMAN ISLANDS, 27 March 2024 - Mineral and Financial Investments Limited (LSE-AIM: MAFL) ("M&F" or the "Company") is very pleased to announce its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2023 ("H1-2024").

The Company generated a H1-2024 after-tax profit of £589,000 and a fully diluted earnings per share ("EPS-FD") of 1.5p per share, this compares with H1-2023 net earnings of £702,000 or 1.8p per share.  The NAVPS for the quarter ending 31 December 2023, was 25.8p +17.0% on 22.0p in 2022. The Net Asset Value for the period ending December 31, 2023 was £10,019,987. Working capital as of 31 December 2023, was £10,145,000[2]. The basic NAV has grown at an average of rate of 31.2% per year on a compounded basis since 31December 2016  (7 years).

M&F NAVPS vs. Comparable Benchmarks

Indexed Performance

(Fig. 1) (Dec 31, 2016 = 1.0)

CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S STATEMENT:

The Company ended the first half of the year with a cash position of £316,000.

Our NAV growth YoY was 17.1% despite extraordinarily challenging and times that defy rational assessment. The past 12 months has been characterized by some extreme performances in the commodity sectors. As at 31 December 2023, US 10 Yr. Treasury yields[3] had risen to 3.88% (+6.9% YoY), while 10 yr. government yields in Canada, Mexico and Brazil were all down during the same period. Similarly, 10 yr. government yields in Europe and Asia were also down YoY. in the same period, with Japan as the standout exception.  Despite rising rates, underperforming US treasury bonds versus other major bond markets, an inverted yield curve, US equity markets as measured by the S&P 5003 were up 24.2% YoY to 31 December 2023. Simultaneously, China3 (CSI 300) and Hong Kong3 (Hang Seng) were down 11.4% and 13.8% respectively. Closer to home the Euro-Stoxx3 index was up 17.3% YoY to 31 December 2023, while the London FTSE 1003 was up a more modest 3.8%.

 

The following is a summary of the Company's NAV Performance for the 6 years to 31 December 2023:

M&F - Financial Performance Summary vs Comparable Yardsticks (Fig.2)


31 Dec H1

2018

31 Dec H1

2019

31 Dec H1

2020

31 Dec

H1

2021

31 Dec

H1

2022

31 Dec

H1

2023

H1- '24 / H1-'23

% Ch.

5 Yr. CAGR

'23 /'18

Net Asset Value (NAV) (,000)

£4,393

£5,361

£5,681

£6,580

£8,214

£10,020

22.0%

17.9%

Net Asset Value Per Share (FD)

12.4p

15.2p

16.1p

18.6p

22.0p

25.8p

17.0%

15.7%

FTSE 350 Mining Index

17,705

19,049

21,699

 16,679

11,154

9,904

(11.2%)

(10.3%)

Goldman Sachs Commodity Index

374.33

439.58

409.46

 561.18

610.07

535.64

(12.2%)

7.4%

 

The US Dollar as measured by the DXY Index3 (Trade weighted measure of the USD) was down 2.1% YoY. The US dollar is currently the accepted reference currency for most commodities. A rising USD will, all things being equal, result in lower US dollar denominated commodity prices, and conversely a declining USD will result in higher USD commodity prices. Uranium3 was up 72.4%, gold3 +13.1%, copper3 +0.76%, while silver3 -0.7%, Platinum3 -7.6%, Palladium3 -36.8%, Rhodium3 -61.9%, Nickel3 -44.4%, Aluminium3 -16.2%, Zinc3 -18.1%, Lead3 -12.8%. Energy prices were also down YoY. WTI3 declined 10.7% and Henry Hub natural gas3 prices fell 43.8%. In summary, the USA is experiencing rising rates, a rising equity market and declining commodity prices - an inconsistent set of market cornerstone results.  In Asia, matters are also challenge normal investment tenets, with declining interest rates, commodity prices and also equity markets. "May you live in interesting times" is in the Anglo-Saxon world believed to be a blessing, but in China is believed to be a curse. These are indeed "interesting times" for our sector.

The following is a summary of the Company's Commodity Allocation H1-2024 vs. H1-2023:

Portfolio Allocation by Commodity Grouping (Fig. 3)

(£'000) 

H1-2024

H1-2023

% Change

As a % of Total

Cash

£315.9

£2,284.7

-86.2%

3.1%

Precious Metals

£5,484.8

£3,482.1

57.5%

53.0%

Base Metals

£3,449.5

£1,760.4

95.9%

33.3%

Diamonds

£11.1

£60.9

-81.8%

0.1%

Food, Energy, & Tech.

£1,090.7

£911.5

19.7%

10.5%

Total Investable Funds

£10,352.0

£8,499.6

21.8%

100.0%

M&F's investable funds, £10,388,000 at the end of H1-2024 period, showed an increase of 21.8% YoY. Our cash levels are at 3.1% of our investable funds. This cash holding is lower than is normal, but we are firmly of the mind that commodity prices will rise imminently for several reasons, but notably we believe the industry is suffering through rising factor input pricing while commodity prices have grown by less than inflation.  - supplies are tightening, and mineral commodity price moves will be the next leg. We wish to be as fully and soundly invested as possible.  Secondly, the rise and strength in the USD is, in our opinion, driven by its higher rates. These rates are due, in our opinion, to the Fed's slow unwinding of the various QE programs created over the past 17 years, resulting in significant sales from its portfolios by the Fed every day of every week of every month. Investing in US treasuries has been seen for the past century as a "Safe Harbour". But currently, despite its unique status as the reserve currency of the world, the USD offers a carry trade. A carry trade is when one can borrow in one currency, the Euro for example, and buy USD treasuries and benefit from a 150 to 190 basis point positive carry (i.e. higher yield) along with a credit rating pickup.

Our Precious metal position has increased by 57.5%, as we have categorized our recent Luca Mining investment as a precious metal investment. Until Luca's Tahuehueto mine comes into full production in the next 3 months, it is still more of a base metal mine. We will in future reports find a more accurate way of reflecting our investments by metal category. Our base metal investments have increased due to the increased valuation of our Redcorp Investments resulting from the Put Agreement we have with our project partner.

Our belief is that the underperformance of mining and exploration companies, despite stable commodity pricing, is due to inflation exceeding metal price rises resulting in shrinking margins for most mining companies. We do not believe this can be sustained and furthermore, commodities are traditionally viewed as a hedge against inflation. The world needs metals and only a profitable mining industry can satisfy this need. We expect to see improving metal prices over the next 18 to 24 months. Moreover, we see the greater investment values in public markets, rather than private markets.

Our current weighting of the Tactical fund is low at 19.4%, but its weighting should be considered in conjunction with our cash holdings. The collective holding of cash and the Tactical portfolio is 22.4%.  We noted in the H1-2023 report that the Tactical weighting would increase. We chose to invest in Luca Mining as part of our Strategic Portfolio, increasing our Strategic Holdings as a result.

Portfolio Allocation by Portfolio Category (Fig. 4)

(£,000) 

H1-2024

H1-2023

% Change

As a % of Total

Cash

£315.9

£2,284.7

-86.2%

3.1%

Tactical Portfolio

£2,007.1

£2,229.1

-10.0%

19.4%

Strategic Portfolio

£8,029.0

£3,985.8

101.4%

77.6%

Total

£10,352.0

£8,499.6

21.8%

100.0%

 

Tactical Portfolio:

The purpose of the Tactical Portfolio is to protect our performance by generating "excess returns" to offset our cash holdings and by positioning itself to hedge, if deemed appropriate, against market circumstance that would negatively affect our Strategic Portfolio. Additionally, the Tactical Portfolio allows M&F the flexibility to take advantage of short-term opportunities across asset classes in high quality names, whilst remaining liquid enough to deploy working capital elsewhere when needed. The Tactical portfolio decreased by 10% YoY. compared to H1-2023, This is due to a challenging public market performance. We are beginning to increase our exposure to the non-precious metal investments, notably: Capstone Copper, a copper producer with assets in the USA, Mexico and Chile, producing 164,000 tonnes of copper in 2023; Azimut Exploration a gold and Lithium exploration development company located in Canada; HudBay Minerals, a copper producer with assets located in Peru and Canada.

As at the period ending 31 December 31, 2024 the Company held tactical holdings in 24 investments. Our investments in the Tactical portfolio, include the following:  Azimut Exploration; Agnico Eagle Mines; Barrick Gold; Calibre Gold: Camellia Plc; Capstone Copper; Centerra Gold; Fortuna Silver Mines; GoldTerra Resources; Hudbay Minerals; K&S AG; Newmont Corporation; Northern Graphite; Orla Mining; Pan American Silver; Sibanye Stillwater; UBS GOLD ETF; Zuercher Kantonal Bank Silver ETF, and Gemdale Gold.

 

Strategic Portfolio:

The Strategic Portfolio holds investments which are longer term in nature and which we believe had unique investment characteristics at the time we invested. These longer-lived investments require M&F to assess the four keystone foundations to a successful investment in the natural resource sectors: 1. Management; 2. Finance; 3. Location, and 4. Geology.  We can assist in the improvement of the first two, however, we cannot affect the location (i.e. jurisdiction and logistics) or the geology of the asset, and therefore must evaluate these investments more cautiously on the latter two keystones.  As such, we are constantly reviewing potential investments filtering through the many underfunded projects left struggling, we believe, by 10 years of sector neglect, underfunding and underperformance. 

Redcorp and Ascendant have had a challenging year. In Portugal, the Prime Minister resigned, and parliament was dissolved due to alleged corruption resulting in a political scandal. As a result of this our partner EDM requested and was granted an extension to the time window to decide how it wishes to proceed with its option on 15% of the Lagoa Salgada Project ("LS Project"). We remain hopeful to come to an agreement with EDM, however, there is no certainty that this will be achieved. If EDM does not take-up its option, M&F is left with a 20% carried interest ("CI") on the LS Project. If it opts to take up its full interest then M&F would be diluted down to a 5% CI. The Feasibility Study (FS) was completed and the agreement with Ascendant that grants M&F the right to sell its interest to Ascendant for 5% of the Feasibility Study's NPV using a 10.5% Discount Rate. This Put's term lapses 4 months after EDM's Option exercise decision. Ascendant accessed additional funding from Sprott and completed an equity raise in the period. Redcorp has filed its Environmental Impact Study (EIS).  Feedback is expected from the government relatively quickly as Lagoa Salgada has been determined to be a project of National Importance by the Portuguese government.

Golden Sun Resources (GSR) has achieved yet another very important watershed. It has (March 2024) completed the construction of the 400tpd mill at its BellaVista mine in Costa Rica. Additionally, GSR has spun-out to GSR shareholders its exploration company, Terrasun Resources SA (Terrasun). Terrasun has 17 distinct exploration permits covering 202km2 of which with 7 projects have either historical resources and / or had historical production. Terrasun also owns a new 500TPD CVL gold processing plant and six drill rigs. Until these transactions are finalized, they have not been included in the NAV.

Luca Mining is our most recent Strategic investment. Luca own 100% of two producing mines located in Mexico, each with a mine life exceeding 10 years. Campo Morado, located in Guerrero State and Tahuehueto, located in Durango State. Luca's guidance indicates that it will produce 65,000 of gold equivalent ounces (AuEq oz") in 2024. We invested as part of a re-capitalization of the company which we believe had been previously mis-managed and under-capitalized. In the past year it converted $24 million of debt, introduced a project optimization plan at Campo Morado which should increase recoveries by almost 10% and is nearing the ramp-up of Tahuehueto from a 300 tonnes per day ("TPD") mill to a 1,000 TPD operation. Additionally, the ranks of management have been reinforced through the addition of five former Lundin Mining senior executives joining the Luca management team. In H2-2024 Luca will begin to initiate exploration programs at both Tahuehueto and Campo Morado which should ensure a longer production horizon at both mines. In 2025 planning will begin to double the productive capacity of Tahuehueto to 100,000 AuEq oz per year.

 

The directors look forward to providing shareholders with an update on investments in due course.

On behalf of the Board                                                                    

Mark T. Brown, CA CPA                                                                                     Jacques Vaillancourt, CFA

Chairman                                                                                                              President, CEO and Director

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Katy Mitchell and Sarah Mather, WH Ireland Limited                               +44 207 220 1666

Jon Belliss, Novum Securities Limited                                                      +44 207 399 9400

Jacques Vaillancourt, Mineral & Financial Investments Ltd.                     +44 777 957 7216



 

Statement of comprehensive Income

for the 6 months ended 31 December 2023

 

 

 

 

UNAUDITED

UNAUDITED

AUDITED



6 months to

31 December

2023

6 months to

31 December

2022

12 months to

30 June

 2023


Note

£'000

£'000

£'000

Continuing operations:





Investment income


11

110

119

Net gains on investments


888

899

2,275






Total income


899

1,009

2,394

Operating expenses


(229)

(225)

(452)

Share based payment expense


(8)

(58)

(136)

Other gains and losses


(67)

24

(230)

Profit before taxation


595

750

1,576

 

Taxation expense

 

 

 

(6)

 

(47)

 

(26)

Profit for the period attributable to owners of the Company


589

703

1,550











Earnings per share attributable to owners of the Company during the period

3

 

pence

 

pence

 

pence

Basic:


1.6

2.0

4.4

Diluted:


1.5

1.8

4.0

 

 



 

Statement of Financial Position

as at 31 December 2023

 

 

UNAUDITED

UNAUDITED

AUDITED



31 December

2023

31 December

2022

30 June

2023



£'000

£'000

£'000






CURRENT ASSETS





Financial assets


10,072

6,215

8,925

Trade and other receivables


6

15

25

Cash and cash equivalents


315

2,284

796



10,393

8,514

9,746






CURRENT LIABILITIES





Trade and other payables


238

149

125

Convertible unsecured loan notes


10

10

10



248

159

135

NET CURRENT ASSETS


10,145

8,355

7,547

NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES





Deferred tax provision


(125)

(140)

(93)






NET ASSETS


10,020

8,215

7,454

 





EQUITY





Share capital


3,116

3,099

3,099

Share premium


6,203

5,914

5,914

Loan note equity reserve


6

6

6

Reserve for employee share option schemes


213

150

92

Other reserves


15,736

15,736

15,736

Retained earnings


(15,254)

(16,690)

(17,393)

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

10,020

8,215

7,454

 

 

 



 

Statement of Changes in equity

for the 6 months ended 31 December 2023

 


Share

capital

Share

premium

Loan note

reserve

Reserve for

Employee

Share schemes

Other reserves

Accumulated

losses

Total

equity


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000









At 30 June 2022

3,099

5,914

6

92

15,736

(17,393)

7,454

Profit for the 6 months to

31 December 2022

-

-

-

-

-

703

703

Share based payment expense

-

-

-

58

-

-

58

At 31 December 2022

3,099

5,914

6

150

15,736

(16,690)

8,215

Profit for the 6 months to

30 June 2023

-

-

-

-

-

847

847

Share based payment expense

-

-

-

78

-

-

78

Issues of equity

15

268

-

-

-

-

283

At 30 June 2023

3,114

6,182

6

228

15,736

(15,843)

9,423

Profit for the 6 months to

31 December 2023

-

-

-

-

-

589

570

Exercise of Restricted Stock Units

2

21

-

(23)

-

-

-

Share based payment expense

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

8

 

-

 

-

 

8

 

At 31 December 2023

3,116

6,203

6

213

15,736

(15,254)

10,020

 

 



 

Statement of Cash flows

for the 6 months ended 31 December 2023

 

 

 

UNAUDITED

UNAUDITED

AUDITED



6 months to

31 December

2023

6 months to

31 December

2022

12 months to

30 June

 2023



£'000

£'000

£'000






OPERATING ACTIVITIES





Profit/(loss) before taxation


595

750

1,576

Adjustments for:





Net gains on investments


(888)

(899)

(2,275)

Investment income


(11)

(110)

(119)

Share based payment expense


8

58

136

Operating cashflow before working capital changes


(296)

(201)

(682)

(Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables


19

3

(7)

Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables


41

21

69

Net cash outflow from operating activities


(236)

(177)

(620)

INVESTING ACTIVITIES





Purchase of financial assets


(470)

(1,110)

(3,783)

Disposal of financial assets


214

3,060

4,396

Investment income


11

30

39

Net cash (outflow)/inflow from investing activities


(245)

1,980

652

 

FINANCING ACTIVITIES





Proceeds of share issues


-

-

282

Net cash inflow from financing activities


-

-

282






Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents


(481)

1,803

315

Cash and cash equivalents at start of period


796

481

481






Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


315

2,284

796

 



 

Notes to the unaudited interim statement

for the 6 months ended 31 December 2023

 

1. General information

The Company is a limited company quoted on AIM, a market of the London Stock Exchange, and is registered in the Cayman Islands.

The address of its registered office is One Nexus Way, Camana Bay, Grand Cayman, KY1-9005, Cayman Islands.  The financial statements are presented in Pounds Sterling which is the Company's functional and presentational currency.

 

2. Basis of preparation

The interim financial statements of Mineral & Financial Investments Limited have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the European Union (EU) and on the historical cost basis using the accounting policies which are consistent with those set out in the Company's Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 30 June 2022.

This interim financial information for the 6 months to 31 December 2023 was approved by the board on 26 March 2023.

The unaudited interim financial information for the 6 months to 31 December 2023 does not constitute statutory accounts. The comparative figures for the year ended 30 June 2023 are extracted from the statutory financial statements which contain an unqualified audit report.

 

3. Earnings per share


The basic and diluted earnings per share is calculated by dividing the profit/(loss) attributable to owners of the Company by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the year.



6 months to

31 December

2023

6 months to

31 December

2022

12 months to

30 June

 2023



£'000

£'000

£'000


Weighted average number of shares for calculating basic earnings per share

35,465,395

35,465,395

35,611,416


Weighted average number of shares for calculating fully diluted earnings per share

38,365,395

38,365,395

38,511,416

 

4. The interim report is available to view and download from the Company's website: www.mineralandfinancial.com

 



[1] Unaudited

[2] Current Assets of £10,392,621 less Current Liabilities of £247,810 = Working Capital of £10,144,987

[3] Bloomberg LLC

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