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African Potash Ltd
23 March 2012
 



African Potash Limited / Index: AIM / Epic: AFPO / Sector: Mining

23 March 2012

African Potash Limited ('African Potash' or 'the Company')

Interim Results

 

African Potash Limited, the AIM listed African exploration company, is pleased to announce its results for the period ended 31 December 2011.

 

Chairman's Statement

 

African Potash was established as a dedicated vehicle focussed on investing in or acquiring potash assets in Sub-Saharan Africa, to take advantage of long term growth fundamentals of potash and the increasing demand for potash from the agricultural sector.   The Company was admitted to trading on AIM at the end of September 2011, backed by a number of institutional shareholders and has raised approximately $10.9m in total through two equity fundraisings, each at 5p per share.  With a firm financial footing, the Board has been able to advance its strategy to review, acquire and advance targeted assets that meet the criteria of our investment policy. 

 

Accordingly, on 3 February 2012, we entered into an agreement to acquire Patagonia Capital Limited ('Patagonia') (the 'Acquisition').  Patagonia holds a 70% interest in La Societe des Potasses et des Mines S.A. ('SPM'), a potash exploration company located in the Republic of Congo.  SPM holds a 12-month authorisation to conduct prospecting for potash and associated minerals in the lake Dinga area of the Republic of Congo, a globally significant potash region.  The SPM project, which is flanked by projects being developed by international mining companies, has received an initial approval from the Minister of Mines in its application to be granted an exclusive three year permis de recherche ('Permis de Recherche'), in respect of the same area.

 

The Acquisition will be our first transaction, establishing us as an exploration and development group focussed on potash assets in sub Saharan Africa.  However it should be noted that completion of the Acquisition remains conditional upon (amongst other matters) SPM being formally granted the Permis de Recherche and African Potash shareholder approval being obtained.  The Acquistion will constitute a reverse takeover for the purposes of the AIM Rules, therefore trading in the Company's shares have been suspended pending publication of a readmission document.  We are hopeful of completing the Acquisition in the near future and look forward to providing further information in due course.

 

Financial Results

 

As mentioned above, the Company raised US$10.9m through two equity fundraisingsduring the period ended 31 December 2011.  The AIM IPO costs of $0.5m have been written off to the income statement and included in the pre-tax loss of $1.0m for the period to 31 December 2011.

 

Outlook

 

The long term growth fundamentals of commercial potash exploration are highly encouraging, as potash is primarily used as a source of potassium fertiliser,.  A combination of rising demographics and growing affluence in the developing world has led to a structural shift resulting in higher global demand for agricultural produce.  Accommodating the increase in demand for foodstuffs will require a greater use of fertilisers, which in turn creates an opportunity for a vehicle such as ours. 

 

We are excited about our first project in the Republic of Congo and are confident that we have identified an investment target with considerable upside potential.  We are also encouraged by the number of other opportunities being presented to us and look forward to building a substantial presence in the sector.  Our strong board and management team, as well as positive cash position, ensure that African Potash is ideally placed to capitalise on the growing demand for foodstuffs and has the necessary components to rapidly build value.

 

Finally, I would like to thank both our shareholders and our team for their support and look forward to providing updates on the Company's activities as we seek to expand our portfolio.

 

 

Ed Marlow

Chairman



 

 

Unaudited Comprehensive Income Statement

For the period to 31 December 2011

 




Unaudited

period to

31 December

2011



Note


$'000






Operating expenses



(869)


Other expenses



(124)


Operating loss



(993)


Net finance income



1


Loss before taxation



(992)


Income tax expense



-


Loss for the period attributable to equity holders



 

(992)







Loss per share: basic and diluted

5


0.7 cents


 

 

Unaudited Balance Sheet

As at 31 December 2011

 




Unaudited

31 December

2011



Note


$'000







Current assets





Trade and other receivables



849


Cash and cash equivalents



9,145


Total current assets



9,994







Total assets



9,994







Current liabilities





Trade and other payables



(75)


Total current liabilities



(75)







Net assets



9,919







Equity





Issued capital

6


10,911


Retained earnings



(992)


Total equity attributable to equity holders



 

9,919












 

Unaudited Statement of Changes in Equity



Ordinary share capital

$'000

Retained earnings

$'000

 

Total

$'000

At 11 August


-

-

-

Loss for the period


-

(992)

(992)

Total comprehensive income for the period


-

(992)

(992)






Transactions with owners





Issue of shares


10,911

-

10,911

Total transactions with owners


10,911

-

10,911






Balance at 31 December 2011


10,911

(992)

9,919






 

 

Unaudited Statement of Cash Flows

 

For the period to 31 December 2011


Unaudited

period to

31 December

2011


Operating activities



$'000


Loss before tax



(992)


Adjustments for:





Net interest income



(1)


Operating cash flow before movements in working capital



(993)


Working capital adjustments:





- Increase  in receivables


(849)


- Increase in payables



75


Cash used in operations



(1,767)


Net interest received / (paid)



1


Net cash outflow from operating activities


(1,766)







Financing activities





Proceeds from issue of share capital


10,911


Net cash flow from financing activities


10,911






Net increase in cash and cash equivalents


9,145


Cash and cash equivalents at start of the period


-


Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period



9,145


 

 

Notes to the Unaudited Interim Financial Statements

 

1.

General information

 

African Potash Limited ('African Potash' or 'the Company') has an investing policy  to acquire potash (and associated minerals) assets in Africa.  African Potash is a public limited company incorporated and domiciled in Guernsey.  The Company was incorporated on 11 August 2011.  The address of its registered office is Richmond House, St Julian's Avenue, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 1GZ

 

The Company is listed on the AIM Market of London Stock Exchange plc.

 

The interim financial statements for the period ended 31 December 2011 are unaudited and do not constitute full accounts.  They were approved for issue by the board on 22 March 2012.

 

The unaudited interim financial statements have been prepared in US Dollars as this is the currency of the primary economic environment in which the Company intends to operate.

 

2.

Basis of preparation

 

The unaudited interim financial statements for the period ended 31 December 2011 have been prepared in accordance with the recognition and measurement criteria of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union (EU) and with those of the Standing Interpretations issued by the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC) of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). References to 'IFRS' hereafter should be construed as references to IFRSs as adopted by the EU

 

3.

Significant accounting policies

 

Basis of accounting

The unaudited interim financial statements have been prepared on the historical cost basis except for financial instruments measured at fair value.  The principal accounting policies adopted are set out below.

 

Foreign currency translation

Transactions and balances:

Foreign currency transactions are translated into the functional currency of the entity using the exchange rates prevailing at the dates of the transactions. Foreign exchange gains and losses resulting from the settlement of such transactions and from the translation of monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies at period end exchange rates are recognised in the income statement.

 

Finance income

Interest income is accrued on a time-apportioned basis, by reference to the principal outstanding and at the effective interest rate applicable, which is the rate that exactly discounts estimated future cash receipts through the expected life of the financial asset to that asset's net carrying amount.

 

Taxation

The Company is resident for taxation purposes in Guernsey and its income is subject to income tax, presently at a rate of zero.

 

The income tax expense for the period comprises current and deferred tax. Income tax is recognised in the income statement except to the extent that it relates to items recognised in other comprehensive income or directly in equity.  In that case, tax is also recognised in other comprehensive income or directly in equity, respectively.  Taxable profit differs from accounting profit as reported in the income statement because it excludes items of income or expense that are taxable or deductible in other periods and it further excludes items that are never taxable or deductible.

 

Current tax expense is the expected tax payable on the taxable income for the period. It is calculated on the basis of the tax laws and rates enacted or substantively enacted at the reporting date, and including any adjustment to tax payable in respect of previous periods.

 

Deferred tax is provided using the balance sheet liability method, providing for temporary differences between the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities for financial reporting purposes and the amounts used for taxation purposes. Deferred tax assets are recognised to the extent that it is probable that taxable profit will be available against which the asset can be utilised. This requires judgements to be made in respect of the availability of future taxable income.

 

Financial assets

Financial assets are classified into the following specific categories:

·    Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss ("FVTPL");

·    Held-to-maturity investments;

·    Available-for-sale ("AFS") financial assets; and

·     Loans and receivables

The classification depends upon the nature and purpose of the financial asset and is determined at the time of initial recognition.

 

Effective interest method

The effective interest method is a method of calculating the amortised cost of a debt instrument and of allocating interest income over the relevant period.  The effective interest rate is the rate that exactly discounts the estimated future cash receipts (including all fees on points paid or received that form an integral part of the effective interest rate, transaction costs and other premiums or discounts) through the expected life of the debt instrument, or, where appropriate, a shorter period, to the net carrying amount on initial recognition.

 

Loans and receivables

Trade and other receivables are not interest bearing and are initially recognised at their fair value and are subsequently stated at amortised cost using the effective interest method as reduced by appropriate allowances for estimated irrecoverable amounts.

 

Cash and cash equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents includes cash in hand, deposits held at call with banks and other short-term highly liquid investments with original maturities of three months or less which are subject to an insignificant risk of changes in value. 

 

Financial liabilities

 

Trade and other payables

Trade and other payables are initially measured at fair value and are subsequently measured at amortised cost, using the effective interest rate method.

 

Provisions

Provisions are recognised when the Group has a legal or constructive obligation as a result of past events, it is probable that an outflow of the resources will be required to settle the obligation and the amount can be reliably estimated.

 

Equity instruments

Equity instruments issued by the Company are recorded at fair value on initial recognition, net of transaction costs.

 

Operating segments

The Chief Operating Decision Maker is the Board of Directors. The board reviews the Group's internal reporting in order to assess performance of the business. Management has determined the operating segments based on the reports reviewed by the board. The board considers the activities from a business viewpoint.

 

Operating loss

Operating loss consists of operating expenses. Operating loss excludes net finance costs.

 

4.

Segment information

 

The directors consider that the Company operates in one geographical segment, Africa, however whilst it is evaluating investment opportunities it is unable to allocate expenditure to a business segment.

 

5.

Earnings per share

 

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

 




Unaudited

period to

31 December

2011





$'000


Loss the purpose of calculating basic loss per share attributable to equity holders


 

(922)


Number of shares





Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purposes of calculating basic and diluted loss per share


 

 

141,481,690






Basic and diluted loss per share (cents)


0.7


 

6.

Share Capital

 




Ordinary shares of no par value




Allotted and fully paid




Number

$'000






Issue of shares



198,700,000

10,911

At 31 December 2011



198,700,000

10,911






 

Between incorporation and 23 September 2011, 40 million ordinary shares were issued for cash at a price of 0.1p per ordinary share and 35 million ordinary shares were issued for cash at a price of 2p per ordinary share.

 

On 30 September 2011, 83.7 million ordinary shares were issued for cash at a price of 5p per ordinary share.

 

On 31 October 2011, 40 million ordinary shares were issued for cash at a price of 5p per ordinary share.

 

7.

Subsequent Events

 

On 3 February 2012, the Company announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire the entire issued share capital of Patagonia Capital Limited ("Patagonia") (the "Acquisition").  Patagonia holds a 70% interest in La Societe des Potasses et des Mines S.A. ("SPM"), a company incorporated in the Republic of Congo.

 

The total maximum consideration payable for the Acquisition is US$15,000,000 which will be satisfied (subject to the achievement of certain milestones by SPM) by the issue and allotment of up to US$12,000,000 worth of new ordinary shares in the Company and by the payment by the Company of up to US$3,000,000 in cash

 

SPM holds a 12-month authorisation to conduct prospecting for potash and associated minerals in the lake Dinga area of the Republic of Congo, a globally significant potash region.  The SPM project, which is flanked by projects being developed by international mining companies, has received an initial approval from the Minister of Mines in its application to be granted an exclusive three year permis de recherche ('Permis de Recherche'), in respect of the same area.


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