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Wednesday 22 September, 2010

Ambrian Capital PLC

Half Yearly Report

RNS Number : 0779T
Ambrian Capital PLC
22 September 2010
 



                                                                                   

 

 

 

AMBRIAN CAPITAL PLC

 

Ambrian Capital Reports First Half Results

 

LONDON, 22 September 2010 - Ambrian Capital plc ("Ambrian Capital"), the natural resources investment bank, today announces its unaudited results for the first half ended 30 June 2010.

 

Financial Highlights

 

·    Total income was £7.90 million in the first half of 2010, versus £10.13 million for the same period last year.

 

·    Pre-tax profits generated in the first half by the Commodities businesses and Principal Investments were impacted by a £1.77 million first half loss in Corporate Finance & Equities.

 

·    Profit attributable to shareholders before tax and share-based payment charges was £0.07 million in the first half, compared with £2.41 million for the same period last year.

 

·    Net loss per share was 0.10p for the first half, versus basic earnings per share of 1.61p for the same period last year.

 

·    Net asset value per share decreased 3.5% during the first half to 32.4p.

 

·    Interim dividend unchanged at 0.75p per share.

 

Strategic Highlights

 

·    Ambrian Capital is committed to delivering better returns to its shareholders by focusing on its strength in natural resources and has :

 

-     addressed the performance of its Corporate Finance & Equities business by cutting costs by approximately 20% since 30 June 2010 and focusing the business on its core resource sector skills

 

-     increased the trade finance capacity of its physical metals activities to over US$300 million from US$200 million (as at 31 December 2009) attracting support from major international banks such as Rabobank and UBS

 

-     entered the physical energy business with senior hires and the acquisition of a physical supplier of biofuels

 

-     established Ambrian Resources AG, a Swiss based private equity arranger

 

 

"Ambrian demonstrated in the first half of 2010 that its diversified revenue model focused within the natural resource sector provided resilience despite weak conditions in the equity markets", said Tom Gaffney, Chief Executive.  "Profits from our Commodities businesses and Principal Investments offset losses in Corporate Finance & Equities.  We will put our Corporate Finance & Equities business back on track as a profitable, specialist financial adviser and broker to the mid and small cap natural resources sector and we intend to build on our core strength supplying commodities globally."

 

 

Enquiries

 

 

Ambrian Capital plc


Tom Gaffney, Chief Executive 

+ 44 (0)20 7634 4700



Macquarie Capital (Europe) Limited


Simon Law

Nicholas Harland

+ 44 (0)20 3037 5237

+ 44 (0)20 3037 2369



M: Communications


Charlotte Kirkham 

Ann-Marie Wilkinson

+ 44 (0)20 7920 2330

 

Notes to Editors:

 

AMBRIAN CAPITAL PLC

Ambrian Capital plc (AIM: AMBR) is a specialist natural resources investment bank active in Commodities, Corporate Finance & Equities and Principal Investments.

 

Commodities

Ambrian Metals Limited is a physical metals merchant with a particular strength in refined copper. Through Ambrian Metals' offices in London and Shanghai and agents in New York, Santiago, São Paulo, Seoul and Tokyo, it sources non-ferrous metals from producers for distribution to an international client base of metals consumers and merchants.

 

Ambrian Commodities Limited is a trader and broker specialising in London Metals Exchange cleared base metals futures and options.  Ambrian Commodities is an Associate Broker Member of the London Metal Exchange and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

 

Ambrian Energy Limited is a newly established physical energy trading company focused on the supply of crude oil and biofuels.

 

Corporate Finance & Equities

Ambrian Partners Limited is known in the market for its leading positions in the metals & mining, oil & gas and cleantech sectors.  It provides corporate finance advice, equity research, sales and trading and market making services.  Ambrian Partners is a member of the London Stock Exchange and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

 

Principal Investments

Ambrian Principal Investments Limited is an investment company which holds Ambrian's principal investment portfolio.  It is managed by Ambrian Asset Management Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

 

Further information on Ambrian Capital is available on the Company's website: www.ambrian.com

 

 

CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S STATEMENT

 

The success of Ambrian Capital's diversified revenue model focused within the natural resources sector was demonstrated in the first half of 2010.  The Commodities businesses both remained profitable despite a fall in revenues compared with the same period last year and benefited from continuing demand for raw materials from China.

 

Ambrian Principal Investments Limited, the Group's principal investment portfolio, showed an excellent result for the first half with growth of 37.0% in net asset value.

 

The profits generated by the Commodities businesses and Principal Investments were, however, offset by a loss incurred in Corporate Finance & Equities.  The performance and focus of this division have been addressed and we remain committed to delivering better returns to shareholders.

 

In August 2010 we established Ambrian Energy Limited and announced the acquisition of a physical supplier of biofuels headquartered in Hamburg and with a representative office in Singapore.

 

Income and Profits

 

Total income was £7.90 million for the first half of 2010 compared with £10.13 million for the first half of 2009.

 

Total income for the first half of 2010 includes a gain on the principal investment portfolio of £1.11 million compared with a gain of £0.22 million in the first half of 2009.

 

Profit attributable to shareholders before tax and share-based payment charges was £0.07 million in the first half, compared with £2.41million for the same period last year.

 

Share-based payment charges were £0.26 million in the first half of 2010 (H1 2009: £0.13 million).

 

After tax, share-based payment charges and minority interests, the loss attributable to shareholders was £0.15 million in the first half, compared with a profit attributable to shareholders of £1.95 million in the first half of 2009.

 

Commodities

 

The Commodities businesses had revenue of £4.05 million in the first half of 2010 compared with £6.52 million for the same period last year. 

 

Ambrian Metals Limited

 

China had net imports of 1.54 million tonnes of refined copper in the first half of 2010, down 15% from a record 1.80 million tonnes of net imports in the first half of 2009.  The drop in China's demand for imported refined copper can be attributed to the withdrawal of the post-2008 crisis stimulus and to a copper price that during the first half of 2010 was up 74% at an average price of US $7,130/tonne compared with an average price of US$4,098/tonne during the first half of 2009.  As a consequence, copper premiums CIF Shanghai dropped from exceptional levels and averaged US$90/tonne in the first half of 2010 compared with US$120/tonne in the first half of 2009.

 

In this environment, Ambrian Metals performed relatively well with total tonnage of refined copper supplied in the first half of 2010 of 110,892 tonnes, down approximately 6% from the 117,865 tonnes Ambrian Metals supplied in the first half of 2009. 

 

Chinese customers served by the Shanghai office accounted for approximately 64% of Ambrian Metal's sales tonnages with Middle Eastern customers accounting for approximately 23% and US and European customers accounting for the balance.

 

During the first half of 2010, Ambrian Metals primarily sourced refined copper from producers located in Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Russia, Kazakhstan, Chile and South Africa.

 

The representative office in Shanghai has been upgraded to the status of a "Wholly Foreign Owned Entity" and now has a staff of five.  WFOE status will enable Ambrian Metals to supply a broader range of Chinese customers.

 

Ambrian Metals continued to benefit from the strong support of its bankers and now has

uncommitted trade finance facilities totalling over US$300 million compared with US$200 million at 31 December 2009 and US$120 million at 31 December 2008.  Existing providers of trade finance have increased their limits and new banks have begun doing business with Ambrian Metals, including Rabobank and UBS.

 

Ambrian Commodities Limited

 

In order to ensure an adequate return on capital, the decision was taken at the beginning of 2010 to reduce Ambrian Commodities' net assets to £4.08 million from £8.89 million at 31 December 2009.  The result of this action was to reduce the total margin credit granted to its clients to US$32.0 million from US$54.0 million at 31 December 2009 with a consequent reduction in total trading volumes.

 

Management of Ambrian Commodities took decisive action in the first half of 2010 to streamline the client base and re-allocate margin credit lines to a reduced number of more active and higher profit margin clients. 

 

Corporate Finance & Equities

 

Corporate Finance & Equities' revenue was £2.72 million for the first half of 2010 compared with £3.39 million for the same period last year.  Operating costs in the first half, however, increased to £4.49 million from £3.15 million in the first half of 2009. 

 

Corporate Finance & Equities had a pre-tax loss of £1.77 million in the first half of 2010 compared with a pre-tax profit of £0.24 million in the previous year.

 

The loss was the result of a combination of (i) a decline in the fee and commission income in the core natural resources franchise as many transactions did not complete due to weak equity market conditions and (ii) an increase in personnel and recruitment costs associated with efforts to diversify Ambrian Partners from its reliance on the AIM natural resources sector.

 

The management of Ambrian Partners sought to diversify its industry sector specialisation only on the basis that the costs associated with new staff would be recovered by incremental revenue.  In a weak equity market environment and an over supplied broking market it was quickly recognised that the costs of investing further capital in non-core sectors would result in continuing cash outflows.  The decision was taken, therefore, in July 2010 for Ambrian Partners to primarily focus on its core strengths as a corporate finance adviser and broker to the mining, oil & gas, and cleantech sectors - areas in which it has an outstanding reputation built up over many years.  Swift action was taken to terminate non-core sector initiatives, reduce staff and cut costs by approximately 20%.

 

The objective is to put Ambrian Partners' cost base at a level that will ensure sustained profitability and leverage to the upside in a more favourable market environment.

 

Ambrian Partners continues to be recognised as London's leading financial adviser and broker to the mid and small cap metals & mining sector.

 

·    Ambrian Partners was ranked 1st in the AIM Basic Metals Sector by number of both  Nomad and Corporate Broking clients in the Hemscott July 2010 Advisers Rankings Guide.

 

·    Ambrian Partners was ranked 2nd in the UK small cap metals & mining sector in the 2010 Thomson Reuters Extel Survey.

 

Among the transactions announced during the first half of 2010 in which Ambrian Partners was involved were the following :

 

-     Tiger Resources Limited's US$18.2 million equity placing.

 

-     Weatherly International plc's US$31.7 million divestiture of Namibia Custom Smelters Pty Limited.

 

-     Wildhorse Energy Limited's A$21.8 million equity placing.

 

Since the period end, Ambrian Partners has acted as Joint-Broker to Nautical Petroleum plc in its  £46.6 million placing of new and secondary shares. 

 

Ambrian Partners has continued to upgrade its list of retained corporate clients and has added eight new retained corporate clients since the start of the year including Mwana Africa plc (mining), Chariot Oil & Gas Limited and TEG Group plc (green technology).  At 1 September 2010, Ambrian Partners had 33 retained corporate clients compared with 32 at 31 December 2009.

 

The Market Making team had a profitable first half of the year despite volatile market conditions with revenues of £0.33 million compared with £0.76 million in the first half of 2009.

 

Principal Investments

 

At the beginning of 2010, the Group's investment portfolio was consolidated into Ambrian Principal Investments Limited ("APIL") which is actively managed by Ambrian Asset Management Limited, a wholly-owned FSA authorised investment manager.  APIL's investment objective is to produce superior investment returns by investing in a portfolio of equities and derivatives in the metals and mining and energy sectors.

 

In the first half of 2010, APIL generated income of £1.11 million compared with £0.22 million of income generated by the Group's principal investments in the first half of 2009.

 

APIL had a strong performance in the first half of 2010 with net asset value per share growing by 37.0% versus increases over the same period in sterling terms of 22.6% for gold, 6.1% for the AIM Basic Resources Index and 3.3% for oil.

 

The total value of APIL's investment portfolio at 30 June 2010 was £4.11 million compared with a principal investment portfolio valued at £2.53 million at 31 December 2009.  Of the growth in the value of the investment portfolio, £1.11 million was attributable to capital growth and the balance of £0.47 million to an increase in capital allocated to APIL.

 

At 30 June 2010, APIL had 20 holdings and the three largest were Nyota Minerals Limited (valued at £1.47 million), Fire River Gold Corp (valued at £0.42 million) and Emerging Metals Limited (£0.26 million).

 

The unlisted investments were valued at £350,000 at 30 June 2010, compared with £160,000 at 31 December 2009.

 

Ambrian Resources AG was established in February 2010 in partnership with a team of three former executives of Glencore International AG.  Ambrian Resources AG, based in Zug, Switzerland, is focused on arranging and managing strategic investments in the metals and mining sector globally.  Continued progress is being made to identify suitable investment opportunities.

 

Expenses

 

Administrative expenses were £8.10 million in the first half of 2010 compared with £7.85 million in the first half of 2009.

 

Remuneration expenses in the first half of 2010 were £4.86 million (H1 2009: £5.29 million)  which included (i) a year-end bonus provision of £0.75 million (H1 2009: £1.90 million) and (ii) share-based payment charges of £0.26 million (H1 2009: £0.13 million).  The ratio of total remuneration expenses to total income was 61.5% for the first half of 2010 compared with 52.2% for the first half of 2009.  Total headcount at 30 June 2010 was 78, up 5 during the first half of 2010. 

 

Non-remuneration expenses were £3.24 million in the first half of 2010, (H1 2009: £2.56 million) 26.6% higher than in the first half of 2009.  The increase compared with the first half of 2009 was principally attributable to Ambrian Partners and included one-off recruitment fees, increased settlement charges, employment termination payments and a bad debt provision. 

 

Statement of Financial Position

 

Total assets decreased to £271.61 million at 30 June 2010 from £281.55 million at 31 December 2009, primarily due to decreased volumes of physical metals contracted for sale and for purchase by Ambrian Metals.

 

The Group's own cash resources, net of amounts due to clients totalled £18.43 million at 30 June 2010 compared with £23.77 million at 31 December 2009.  The decrease in the Group's own cash resources was attributable to the payment of 2009 employee bonuses of £3.33 million, the 2009 second interim dividend of £0.75 million and cash losses relating to Ambrian Partners.

 

Shareholders' equity was £31.78 million at 30 June 2010 compared with £32.43 million at 31 December 2009.

 

Net asset value per share was 32.4p and tangible net asset value per share was 30.1p, both decreasing by 3.5% from 31 December 2009.  Net asset value per share and tangible net asset value per share are based on 98,094,424 ordinary shares outstanding at 30 June 2010 (excluding Treasury shares and shares held by the Ambrian Capital Employee Benefit Trust).

 

The aggregate regulatory capital requirements for the Group's regulated subsidiaries was £3.38 million at 30 June 2010, which was substantially exceeded by the aggregate regulatory resources of the regulated subsidiaries of £17.47 million.

 

Dividend

 

The Board has declared a maintained interim dividend of 0.75p per share.  The dividend will be paid on 22 October 2010 to all shareholders on the register as at 1 October 2010.

 

Outlook

 

Ambrian Capital is well positioned to become a major supplier of commodities and raw materials to industrial customers throughout the world.  We already have a sizeable market position in refined copper and after our recent entry into biofuels and crude oil, we plan to build a physical energy business to match our metals business.

 

We remain cautious regarding the outlook for the second half of the year.  The Commodities businesses will benefit from continued buoyant demand for refined copper from China, although revenues are typically weighted towards the early part of the year.  The Corporate Finance & Equities business should begin to see the results of cost cutting measures and the benefits of a growing deal pipeline.

 

 

 

AMBRIAN CAPITAL PLC

INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE PERIOD ENDED

30 JUNE 2010

 

Condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income

 

 

 


6 mths to

30 June

2010

(unaudited)

£

6 mths to

30 June

2009

(unaudited)

£

Year to

31 December 2009

(audited)

£

Revenue

6,794,205

9,909,860

17,512,917

Investment portfolio gains and losses

1,109,381

219,982

1,270,636

Total income

7,903,586

10,129,842

18,783,553

Administrative expenses

(8,099,195)

(7,847,801)

(15,857,033)

(Loss)/profit before tax

(195,609)

2,282,041

2,926,520

Taxation

54,770

(738,130)

(276,759)

(Loss)/profit after tax

(140,839)

1,543,911

2,649,761

Other comprehensive income




Exchange (loss)/profit arising from translation of foreign operations

 

(58,035)

 

404,013

 

(117,807)

Total comprehensive income

(198,874)

1,947,924

2,531,954

 




(Loss)/profit for the period attributable to:




Owners of the parent

(95,115)

1,543,911

2,649,761

Minority interest

(45,724)

-

-

 

(140,839)

1,543,911

2,649,761

 




Total comprehensive income attributable to:




Owners of the parent

(153,150)

1,947,924

2,531,954

Minority interest

(45,724)

-

-

 

(198,874)

1,947,924

2,531,954

 




(Loss)/earnings per share:




Basic

(0.10)pence

1.61 pence

2.76 pence

Diluted

(0.10)pence

1.60 pence

2.74 pence


Condensed consolidated statement of financial position

 

 


30 June

2010

(unaudited)

£

30 June

2009

(unaudited)

£

31 December 2009

(audited)

£

ASSETS




Non-current assets




Property, plant and equipment

247,008

374,836

317,511

Intangible assets

2,220,109

2,360,109

2,290,109

Deferred tax asset

1,254,128

451,157

1,254,128


3,721,245

3,186,102

3,861,748





Current assets




Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

 

18,250,086

 

2,471,651

 

4,698,734

Inventory

89,600,563

20,353,398

58,551,732

Trade and other receivables

128,827,248

74,819,557

175,898,683

Current tax recoverable

-

1,107,496

1,107,775

Cash at bank and in hand

31,212,096

40,530,176

37,432,137


267,889,993

139,282,278

277,689,061

Total assets

271,611,238

142,468,380

281,550,809





LIABILITIES




Current liabilities




 

Financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss

-

(9,756,524)

(7,709,922)

Trade and other payables

(239,696,792)

(100,858,218)

(240,956,741)

Current tax payable

(130,297)

(130,646)

(453,535)

Total liabilities

(239,827,089)

(110,745,388)

(249,120,198)

Total net assets

    31,784,149

31,722,992

32,430,611





Capital and reserves




Share capital

11,136,121

11,136,121

11,136,121

Share premium account

11,105,383

11,105,383

11,105,383

Merger reserve

1,245,256

1,245,256

1,245,256

Treasury shares

(1,128,716)

(1,098,728)

(1,093,889)

Retained earnings

11,537,700

12,605,907

12,357,624

Employee benefit trust

(5,342,707)

(5,862,735)

(5,342,707)

Share-based payments reserve

3,900,592

2,686,820

3,639,675

Exchange reserve

(674,887)

(95,032)

(616,852)

Total equity attributable to owners of the parent

31,778,742

31,722,992

32,430,611

Minority interest

5,407

-

-

Total equity

31,784,149

31,722,992

32,430,611

 

 

 


Condensed consolidated interim statement of changes in equity

 


Share

capital

 

Share premium account

 

 

Merger

 reserve

Share-

based

payments

 reserve

 

 

Employee

benefit

trust

 

 

 

Treasury

 shares

 

 

 

Retained earnings

 

 

 

Exchange reserve

 

 

 

Minority interest

 

 

 

Total

equity


£

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

Balance at 31 December 2008

11,136,121

11,105,383

1,245,256

2,555,461

(5,880,660)

(1,092,831)

11,783,542

(499,045)

 

-

30,353,227

Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

-

1,543,911

404,013

 

-

1,947,924

Share-based payment charge

-

-

-

131,359

17,925

-

-

-

 

-

149,284

Purchase of shares

-

-

-

-

-

(5,897)

-

-

-

(5,897)

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

-

(721,546)

-

-

(721,546)












Balance at 30 June 2009

11,136,121

11,105,383

1,245,256

2,686,820

(5,862,735)

(1,098,728)

12,605,907

(95,032)

-

31,722,992












Balance at 31 December 2008

11,136,121

11,105,383

1,245,256

2,555,461

(5,880,660)

(1,092,831)

11,783,542

(499,045)

 

-

30,353,227

Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

-

2,649,761

(117,807)

 

-

2,531,954

Share-based payment charge

-

-

-

1,084,214

-

-

-

-

 

-

1,084,214

Purchase of shares

-

-

-

-

(232,960)

(1,058)

-

-

-

(234,018)

Sale of shares

-

-

-

-

770,913

-

(632,348)

-

-

138,565

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

-

(1,443,331)

-

-

(1,443,331)












Balance at 31 December 2009

11,136,121

11,105,383

1,245,256

3,639,675

(5,342,707)

(1,093,889)

12,357,624

(616,852)

 

-

32,430,611












Balance at 31 December 2009

11,136,121

11,105,383

1,245,256

3,639,675

(5,342,707)

(1,093,889)

12,357,624

(616,852)

 

-

32,430,611

Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

-

(95,115)

(58,035)

 

(45,724)

(198,874)

Minority interest on incorporation of subsidiary

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

51,131

51,131

Share-based payment charge

-

-

-

260,917

-

-

-

-

 

-

260,917

Purchase of shares

-

-

-

-

-

(34,827)

-

-

-

(34,827)

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

-

(724,809)

-

-

(724,809)












Balance at 30 June 2010

11,136,121

11,105,383

1,245,256

3,900,592

(5,342,707)

(1,128,716)

11,537,700

(674,887)

 

5,407

31,784,149


Condensed consolidated cash flow statement

 

6 months

to 30 June

2010

(unaudited)

£

6 months

to 30 June

2009

(unaudited)

£

Year to 31 December 2009

(audited)

£

 

 

 

 

(Loss)/profit for the year

(140,839)

1,543,911

2,649,761

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

105,748

92,252

192,574

Amortisation of intangible assets

70,000

70,000

140,000

Foreign exchange losses

-

-

(84,552)

Taxation (credit)/expense

(54,770)

738,130

276,759

Unrealised gains on financial assets designated at fair value

 (10,467,764)

 -

 (550,268)

Realised losses/(gains) on financial assets designated at fair value

 

263,567

 

164,484

 

(1,244,789)

Net cost on acquisition of financial assets designated at fair value

 

(3,347,155)

 

-

 

(267,542)

Increase in inventories

(31,048,831)

(11,344,639)

(49,542,973)

Decrease/(increase) in trade and other receivables

47,071,435

(43,085,261)

(145,320,594)

Unrealised gains on financial liabilities at fair value

(7,709,922)

-

(12,271,169)

(Decrease)/increase in trade and other payables

(1,259,947)

45,844,227

197,323,525

Share-based payment charge

260,917

131,359

1,084,214

Cash used in operations

(6,257,561)

(5,845,537)

(7,615,054)

Taxation recovered/(paid)

839,307

(327,103)

(346,094)

Net cash flow used in operating activities

(5,418,254)

(6,172,640)

(7,961,148)

Investing activities

 

 

 

Cash introduced by minority interest on incorporation of subsidiary

 

51,131

 

-

 

-

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(35,245)

(114,771)

(157,768)

Net cash from/(used in) investing activities

15,886

(114,771)

(157,768)

Financing activities

 

 

 

Purchase of shares by employee benefit trust

-

-

(232,960)

Sale of shares by employee benefit trust

-

17,925

138,565

Purchase of treasury shares

(34,827)

(5,897)

(1,058)

Dividend paid to owners of the parent

(724,809)

(721,546)

(1,443,331)

Net cash used in financing activities

(759,636)

(709,518)

(1,538,784)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(6,162,004)

(6,996,929)

(9,657,700)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year  

37,432,137

47,123,092

47,123,092

Foreign exchange (losses)/gains

(58,037)

404,013

(33,255)

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year

31,212,096

40,530,176

37,432,137

 

 

Notes to the condensed consolidated interim financial statements

 

1. Basis of preparation

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies previously adopted for the year ended 31 December 2009 are based on the recognition and measurement principles of IFRS in issue as adopted by the European Union (EU) and are effective at 31 December 2009.

The interim financial statements are for the six months ended 30 June 2010.  They do not include all of the information required for full annual financial statements, and should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements of the Group for the year ended 31 December 2009.

The interim financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention, except for revaluation of certain financial assets.

The accounting policies have been applied consistently throughout the Group for the purposes of preparation of the interim financial statements.

The financial information set out in these interim financial statements does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 434(3) of the Companies Act 2006 and is unaudited.  The Group's statutory financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2009, prepared under IFRS, have been filed with the Registrar of Companies.  The auditor's report on those financial statements was unqualified and did not contain a statement under 498(2) or 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

These interim financial statements have neither been audited nor reviewed by the Group's external auditors.

The interim financial statements were approved by the Directors on 21 September 2010 and copies are available to the public free of charge from the company at Old Change House, 128 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4BJ during normal office hours, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays excepted, for 14 days from today.

2. Segmental Analysis

The Group has four main reportable segments :

·    Commodities : Futures & options - comprises Ambrian Commodities Limited, a broker-dealer of metals futures and options.

·    Commodities : Physical metals - comprises Ambrian Metals Limited, a physical metals merchant.

·    Corporate Finance & Equities - comprises Ambrian Partners Limited which provides corporate finance advice, equity research, sales & trading and market making services.

·    Central & investment portfolio - comprises the Group's principal investment portfolio, plus the assets and liabilities of the parent holding company, which includes a general provision for the yearend profit-related bonuses across the Group.

 

Revenue/Income

6 months to 30 June 2010 - unaudited

 

Corporate finance & equities

Commodities: Futures &  options

Commodities: Physical metals

Central & investment portfolio

Total

Total income

£2,715,490

£1,155,862

£2,892,853

£1,139,381

£7,903,586

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months to 30 June 2009 - unaudited

 

Corporate finance & equities

Commodities: Futures &  options

 

Commodities: Physical metals

Central & investment portfolio

Total

Total income

£3,392,233

£1,633,397

£4,884,230

£219,982

£10,129,842

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year to 31 December 2009 - audited

 

Corporate finance & equities

Commodities: Futures &  options

Commodities: Physical metals

Central & investment portfolio

Total

Total income

£8,954,164

£2,692,991

£5,865,762

£1,270,636

£18,783,553

 

Total income includes investment and other income.  The investment portfolio includes realised and unrealised gains on financial assets.

 

Net assets







6 months to 30 June 2010 - unaudited

 

Corporate finance & equities

Commodities: Futures &  options

Commodities: Physical metals

Central & investment portfolio

Unallocated taxation

Total

Net assets

£5,950,785

£4,076,740

£12,345,473

£8,287,321

£1,123,830

£31,784,149

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months to 30 June 2009 - unaudited

 

Corporate finance & equities

Commodities: Futures &  options

 

Commodities: Physical metals

Central & investment portfolio

Unallocated taxation

Total

Net assets

£7,142,755

£7,932,915

£13,033,749

£2,185,566

£1,428,007

£31,722,992

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year to 31 December 2009 - audited

 

Corporate finance & equities

Commodities: Futures &  options

Commodities: Physical metals

Central & investment portfolio

Unallocated taxation

Total

Net assets

£7,416,217

£8,891,809

£10,213,517

£5,254,828

£654,240

£32,430,611

 

3. Cash at bank and in hand

Own cash resources included in cash at bank and in hand amounted to £18,431,300 as at 30 June 2010 (30 June 2009: £23,770,660 and 31 December 2009: £23,968,739).

 

4. Earnings per share

The calculation of the basic earnings per share is based on the earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders divided by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the year, excluding shares held in the Employee Benefit Trust on 30 June 2010 of 8,766,726 (2009: 10,741,121) and Treasury shares 30 June 2010 of 4,500,058 (2009: 4,382,058).

The calculation of diluted earnings per share is based on the basic earnings per share, adjusted to allow for the issue of shares on the assumed conversion of all dilutive options.

Reconciliations of the earnings and weighted average number of shares used in the calculations are set out below.

6 months to 30 June 2010 - unaudited

Loss

 

 

£

Weighted average number of shares

Per share amount

 

Pence

 

 

 

 

Basic loss per share

(95,115)

97,732,446

(0.10)

 

 

 

 

Diluted loss per share

(95,115)

98,024,720

(0.10)

 

 

 

 

6 months to 30 June 2009 - unaudited

Earnings

 

 

£

Weighted average number of shares

Per share amount

 

Pence

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

1,543,911

96,188,563

1.61

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share

1,543,911

96,694,340

1.60

 

 

 

 

 

Year to 31 December 2009 - audited

Earnings

 

 

£

Weighted average number of shares

Per share amount

 

Pence

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

2,649,761

96,169,277

2.76

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share

2,649,761

96,721,262

2.74

 

5. Minority interest

The minority interest disclosed in the interim statement of comprehensive income and interim statement of financial position represents a 20% minority interest in Ambrian Resources AG held by shareholders other than Ambrian Capital plc.

Ambrian Resources AG, a private equity business, was established in February 2010 in partnership with a team of three former executives from Glencore who hold 20% of the share capital of the company.


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