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Ambrian PLC (AMBR)

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Wednesday 30 September, 2015

Ambrian PLC

Interim Results

RNS Number : 6364A
Ambrian PLC
30 September 2015
 



LONDON, 30 September 2015

AMBRIAN PLC

 

Interim Results for the six months to 30 June 2015

 

Ambrian plc ("Ambrian" or the "Company" and, together with its subsidiaries, the "Group") today announces its unaudited consolidated results for the six months ended 30 June 2015.

 

Highlights

·    Completion of business combination with Consolidated General Minerals on 27 March 2015

·    Net asset value as at 30 June 2015 of US $44.46 million (31 December 2014 : US $29.21 million) equivalent to US 18.1 cents per share (31 December 2014: US 29.0 cents)

·    Loss before tax:  US $6.35 million including a US $2.23 million provision for potential losses in the metals trading business (H1 2014: profit before tax of US $1.17 million)

·    Total equity at 30 June 2015: US $51.07 million (31 December 2014: US $29.15 million), the increase attributable to the purchase of the cement business in Mozambique

·    Mechanical completion of the cement plant in Mozambique and electrical connection to the national grid

 

Commenting on the results, Robert F. Adair, non-executive Chairman, stated:

 

"The interim results clearly reflect a challenging economic environment that translated into reduced volumes traded in our metals activities combined with a sharp drop in the physical premiums for most of the products we trade and more significantly for semi-finished products.  We have taken steps to reduce our exposure to business lines that we believe are unlikely to show a positive contribution in the next 12 months and are adjusting our mix of services and products towards higher margin businesses.

 

Market conditions appear to be gradually improving and we expect an increase in trading volumes and firming physical premiums for the products we trade. Trading since 30 June 2015 has made a positive contribution to gross profits and our target is to double our gross margins on trading activities and wherever possible to reduce turnaround time in our trades.

 

With our new cement plant in Mozambique, a significant milestone was achieved earlier this month with the completion of our dedicated substation and its connection to the national grid. The hot commissioning of the mill section and process control sequences of all sections of the plant are now underway and commercial production will commence immediately after the successful completion of this testing. We expect Cimentos da Beira to contribute positively to the Group's results going forward."

 

Enquiries

 

Ambrian plc


Roger Clegg

+ 44 (0)20 7634 4700



Cenkos Securities plc


Neil McDonald

+ 44 (0)20 7397 8900

Nick Tulloch


 

Notes to Editors

 

Ambrian is active in the physical trading of industrial metals and minerals.  It sources and supplies a variety of commodities to end users all over the world.  Supported by its offices in London, Shanghai, Taiwan, Singapore and a network of agents in North and South America, Asia and the Middle East, Ambrian provides producers and consumers with its marketing insight whilst emphasizing the financing and risk management aspect of its trading and logistic activities.  Ambrian is also active in the cement business through its majority interest in a clinker grinding facility in Mozambique. Ambrian is quoted on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol AMBR.

 

Further information on the Group is available on the Company's website: www.ambrian.com or the website of Cimentos da Beira Lda: www.cdb.co.mz.



 

Chairman's Statement

Total income for the Group for the six months ended 30 June 2015 was negative US $3.37 million on a turnover of US $0.92 billion (1H 2014: positive US $4.53 million on a turnover of US $1.53 billion). Substantially all of this negative income was derived from the Group's trading and logistics business where premiums on some contracts with our customers were below premiums contracted with our suppliers.

The loss before tax for the Group for the six months ended 30 June 2015 amounted to US $6.35 million (1H 2014: profit before tax of US $1.17 million).  Within this, trading and logistics reported a loss before tax of US $5.95 million for the period compared with a profit before tax of US $2.18 million for the equivalent period in 2014. A provision of US $2.23 million has been taken in the trading results for the period to reflect the impact of possible continuing adverse conditions in the trading of semi-finished products.

Trading and Logistics

As we reported in May this year, the first half of 2015 trading conditions in most industrial metals and minerals continued to be subdued following on from similar conditions in the last quarter of 2014. Softer economic conditions in the first half of 2015, inventory drawdowns by customers and tighter credit availability in China resulted in trading volumes down by approximately 40 per cent. when compared with the same period in 2014.  Continued focus on operating costs and improving the mix of our business lines to those commanding higher margins have, to some extent, mitigated the challenges we have faced, in particular, the sharp reduction in physical premiums affecting semi-finished products.

The principal issues faced by the business over the period have been (i) little or no opportunities to arbitrage metal premiums, (ii) copper backwardation combined with a build-up in inventories resulting in increased finance and warehousing costs and (iii), alleged frauds in two ports in China which unsettled trade finance banks and resulted in some banks re-assessing their level of exposure in commodity financing thus affecting market volumes.

The Company has implemented a number of actions to address these challenging trading conditions.  These include (i) the reduction in inventories where practical and commercial to do so, (ii) marketing semi-finished products in markets other than the markets in which the Group has traditionally been active, (iii) increasing tolling of concentrates into metal thus improving margins, and (iv), entering into exclusive agency agreements with producers to represent their metal brands in certain markets thus reducing the risks associated with acting as a principal.

Cement operations

We previously announced the details of the transaction with Consolidated General Minerals plc and the combination of our businesses. This transaction completed on 27 March 2015 so this is the first reporting period for which we report on the combined businesses including the cement plant in Mozambique, Cimentos da Beira ("CDB"). The directors have considered how this transaction should be accounted for and having reviewed the criteria, have determined that it should be accounted for as a business combination.

On 30 July 2015, we announced the mechanical completion of the cement plant in Beira. A further significant milestone has since been achieved with the completion of the electricity substation and its connection to the national grid.

 

To mitigate the impact of delay to commercial production of the cement plant, the Company has taken certain steps such as (i) the negotiation of payment terms on open account with suppliers of raw materials, (ii) negotiation of additional working capital facilities with local banks, (iii) rescheduling debt service under the long term loans granted by the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa ("IDC"), (iv) scheduling longer payment terms with the suppliers of equipment and services in Mozambique, and (v), negotiating with the IDC their pro-rata participation in the funding of the cost overruns that have been supported by the Group to date.

 

Board changes

We announce today that Ed Marlow, who has served as a member of the board of directors since February 2014, has resigned as a non-executive director of the Company with immediate effect. Ed has taken a position with an institution that does not allow him to sit on outside boards. I would like to thank Ed for his valuable contribution to the Company over the last year and a half and in particular during the time running up to the merger and wish him well in the future.

The Company is in the advanced stages of discussions to appoint two new non-executive directors to the Board and a further update will be issued in due course.

 

Current trading and future prospects

Trading and Logistics

Since the period end, the Company has taken steps to reduce its exposure to business lines that we believe are unlikely to show a positive contribution in the next twelve months and are adjusting the Group's mix of services and products towards higher margin businesses.

Market conditions appear to be gradually improving and we expect to increase trading volumes and firming physical premiums for the products we trade. Trading since 30 June 2015 has made a positive contribution to gross profits.

Cement operations

The market for cement in central Mozambique remains strong and is expected to grow in line with the country's GDP growth. Prices have firmed since the beginning of the year as a result of local demand and the collective appetite of cement producers not to oversupply the market. However, this is mitigated to some extent by the weakening of the local currency against the US dollar. To ensure that early production is achieved on the best possible commercial terms, we have recruited a commercial director who is familiar with the cement market in central Mozambique and who has assumed this role prior to commercial production.

To date, approximately 43,000 tonnes of raw materials have been purchased which is sufficient for approximately two months of forecast production.  Commercial production will commence immediately after the successful completion of the hot commissioning of the mill and the sequence testing of all sections of the plant. We expect the cement plant to be contributing positively to the Group's results from next month onwards.

The Company has assumed that after an initial ramp up phase average annual cement sales will reach approximately 30 per cent. of the plant's rated capacity with cash margins ranging between 20% and 30%.

Further details of the Group's financial performance over the period are contained in the Financial Review which accompanies this Statement.

Proposed Fundraising

In response to the various factors outlined above which continue to impact our businesses, the Company proposes to shortly undertake a fundraising of up to approximately £2.6 million with certain of its existing shareholders, Directors and senior management in order to cover the cost overruns for CdB and the Company's future general working capital requirements. Under the proposed terms of the fundraising, which have yet to be finalised and which, it is expected, will be subject to the approval of shareholders in a general meeting, the Company proposes to issue convertible loan notes up to approximately £2.6 million, exercisable at 8 pence per ordinary share and in respect of which interest will be payable at a rate of 10 per cent. per annum, together with attached warrants which will be exercisable at 1 pence per ordinary share.

Robert Adair

Chairman



 

Financial Review 

Overview

Total income for the Group was a negative US $3.37 million on turnover of US $0.92 billion for the six months ended 30 June 2014 (H1 2014: US $4.53 million income on turnover of US $1.53 billion). 

The loss before tax was US $6.35 million, compared with a profit of US $1.17 million for the same period last year, reflecting a sharp drop in physical premiums and reduced volumes traded primarily in semi-finished products into the Asian and Middle East markets.

The loss for the current period includes a provision of US $2.23 million relating to potential losses on the balance of our contracts for semi-finished products for which premiums are not expected to compensate us adequately against terms agreed with our suppliers at the end of 2014.

Trading and Logistics

This activity reported a loss before tax for the period under review of US $5.95 million (1H 2014: Profit of US $2.18 million profit before taxes), the result of the challenging market conditions in the first half of 2015 and the recording of the provision of US $2.23 million mentioned above.

Turnover of US $921 million (1H 2014: US $1,528 million) reflects lower commodity prices and volumes traded, volumes traded being approximately 40 per cent. lower compared to the same period in 2014.

The period has seen average copper prices per tonne drop from US $6,446 in January 2015 to US $5,833 by the end of June 2015.

Expenses 

Group administrative expenses were US $2.98 million for the six months to 30 June 2015 (H1 2014: US $3.37 million), of which US $0.85 million (H1 2014: US $1.02 million) was represented by Group corporate overheads. Lower office costs associated with moving to our new offices in the City of London have contributed to the lower head office costs.  Total headcount at 30 June 2015 was 62, an increase of 31 since 30 June 2014, principally due to the inclusion of the cement business.

Balance Sheet 

Total assets were US $443 million at 30 June 2015 compared with US $427 million at 30 June 2014. The majority of the increase is due to the inclusion of the cement plant at fair market value in "Non-current assets", offset to some extent by a reduction in working capital assets in the trading business.

The Group's cash resources totalled US $11.98 million at 30 June 2015 compared with US $12.08 million at 30 June 2014.

Total equity before non-controlling interests was US $44.46 million at 30 June 2015 compared with US $29.21 million at 31 December 2014.  Tangible net asset value per share was US 18.1 cents per share (31 December 2014: US 29.0 cents). Tangible net asset value per share is based on 245,357,299 ordinary shares outstanding at 30 June 2015, excluding treasury shares, non-treasury shares and shares held by the Ambrian Employee Benefit Trust (31 December 2014: 100,602,104 ordinary shares outstanding, excluding treasury shares and shares held by the Ambrian Employee Benefit Trust). The reduction in tangible net asset per share is partially attributable to intra group holdings of Ambrian plc shares being treated as non-treasury shares arising from the business combination with CGM (Schweiz) AG and differences in the share price and exchange rate prevailing at the completion of the transaction. The reduction is also attributable to the losses incurred by the Company in the six months to 30 June 2015.

 

 



 

Ambrian plc

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income











(unaudited)


(unaudited)


(audited)




Six months to 30 June 2015


Six months to 30 June 2014


Year to 31 December 2014




US $000's


US $000's


US $000's











Turnover

920,691


1,528,402


2,885,069



Cost of Sales

(924,647)


(1,523,876)


(2,877,276)



Net revenue

(3,956)


4,526


7,793











Investment portfolio gains/(losses)

590


6


784



Gross (loss)/profit

(3,366)


4,532


8,577











Administrative expenses

(2,984)


(3,367)


(6,571)



Exceptional items - acquisition costs

                      -  


                          -  


(904)



Total administrative expenses

(2,984)


(3,367)


(7,475)











(Loss)/profit before tax

(6,350)


1,165


1,102



Taxation

(23)


(354)


(574)



(Loss)/profit after tax

(6,373)


811


528











Other comprehensive (loss)/profit








Items that may be subsequently reclassified to

profit/(loss)








Exchange (loss)/profit arising from translation of

foreign operations

(2,373)


104


(344)



Total other comprehensive (loss)/profit

(2,373)


104


(344)



















Total comprehensive (loss)/profit

(8,746)


915


184











(Loss)/profit attributable to:








Owners of parent

(6,352)


810


518



Non-controlling interest

(21)


1


10




(6,373)


811


528











Total comprehensive (loss)/profit attributable to:








Owners of parent

(8,467)


914


174



Non-controlling interest

(279)


1


10




(8,746)


915


184



Earnings per share in USD cents:








Basic earnings per share

(5.33)


0.81


0.51



Diluted earnings per share

(5.33)


0.80


0.51


 

 

 

 



 

Ambrian plc

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position



(unaudited)


(unaudited)


(audited)




Six months to 30 June 2015


Six months to 30 June 2014


Year to 31 December 2014




US $000's


US $000's


US $000's



ASSETS








Non-current assets








Property, plant and equipment

70,024


456


442



Deferred tax asset

167


602


252




70,191


1,058


694



Current assets








Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

3,908


2,736


21,933



Inventory

325,228


311,198


329,545



Trade and other receivables

31,833


100,017


78,505



Cash and cash equivalents

11,985


12,076


9,661




372,954


426,027


439,644











Total assets

443,145


427,085


440,338











LIABILITIES








Current liabilities








Financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss

-


(3,443)


-



Short-term borrowings

(251,475)


(278,379)


(315,065)



Short-term liabilities under sale and repurchase agreements

(79,167)


(33,602)


(45,701)



Trade and other payables

(32,769)


(80,640)


(50,209)



Current tax payable

                 -


(1,140)


(216)




(363,411)


(397,204)


(411,191)



Long term liabilities








Deferred tax liability

(8,492)


-


-



Long term loans

(20,175)


-


-



Total liabilities

(392,078)


(397,204)


(411,191)











Total net assets

51,067


29,881


29,147











Capital and reserves








Share capital

20,120


17,665


17,665



Share premium

18,044


18,044


18,044



Merger relief reserve

24,770


-


-



Shares to be issued

1,678


-


-



Treasury shares

(1,986)


(1,986)


(1,986)



Other reserves

(5,181)


-


-



Retained earnings

(5,850)


795


502



Employee benefit trust

(11,446)


(11,446)


(11,446)



Share based payment reserve

8,052


8,052


8,052



Exchange reserve

(3,741)


(1,178)


(1,626)



Total equity attributable to the owner of the parent

44,460


29,946


29,205











Non-controlling interest

6,607


(65)


(58)



Total equity

51,067


29,881


29,147



 

Ambrian plc

Condensed Consolidated statement of Changes in Equity


Share capital

Share premium account

Merger relief reserve

Shares to be issued

Treasury shares

Non-treasury shares

Retained earnings

Share based payments reserve

Employee benefit trust

Exchange reserve

Total equity attributable to the owner of the parent

 Non-controlling interest

Total equity


US $000's

US $000's

US $000's

US $000's

US $000's

US $000's

US $000's

US $000's

US $000's

US $000's

US $000's

US $000's

US $000's















Balance at 31 December 2013

17,665

18,044

-

-

(1,986)

-

(16)

8,052

(11,446)

(1,282)

29,031

(66)

28,965

Comprehensive income














Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

-

-

811

-

-

-

811

1

528

Foreign currency adjustments

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

104

104

-

(346)

Total comprehensive income/(loss) for the year

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

                   811

 -

 -

                   104

915

1

182

Transactions with owners

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

Balance at 30 June 2014

17,665

18,044

-

-

(1,986)

-

795

8,052

(11,446)

(1,178)

29,946

(65)

29,881

Comprehensive income














Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

-

-

(293)

-

-

-

(293)

10

(283)

Foreign currency adjustments

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(448)

(448)

(3)

(451)

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

-

-

(293)

-

-

(448)

(741)

7

(734)

Transactions with owners

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Balance at 31 December 2014

17,665

18,044

-

-

(1,986)

-

502

8,052

(11,446)

(1,626)

29,205

(58)

29,147

Comprehensive income














Loss for the year

-

-

-

-

-

-

(6,352)

-

-

-

(6,352)

(21)

(6,616)

Foreign currency adjustments

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(2,115)

(2,115)

(258)

(2,131)

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

-

-

(6,352)

-

-

(2,115)

(8,710)

(279)

(8,747)















Arising on issuance of convertible securities

-

-

-

-

-

(5,181)

-

-

-

-

(5,181)

-

(5,181)

Arising on acquisition fair value

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

6,944

6,944

Share issuance costs

-

-

(1,296)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(1,296)

-

(1,296)

Issuance of Convertible securities

2,455

-

26,066

1,678

-

-

-

-

-

-

30,199

-

30,199

Transactions with owners

2,455

-

24,770

1,678

-

(5,181)

-

-

-

 -

23,722

-

30,666

Balance at 30 June 2015

20,120

18,044

24,770

1,678

(1,986)

(5,181)

(5,850)

8,052

(11,446)

(3,741)

44,217

6,607

51,067


 

Ambrian plc

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cashflows


Year to 30 June  2015


Year to 30 June  2014


Year to 31 December 2014


US $ 000's


US $ 000's


US $ 000's

Profit for the year

(6,373)


812


528

Adjustments for:






Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

38


7


52

Write off of old property, plant and equipment

 -


61


 -

Foreign exchange loss/(gains)

(26)


(175)


(533)

Taxation expense

23


354


574

Realised (gain)/loss on financial assets designated at fair value

 -


(18)


(18)

Proceeds of sale from disposal of financial assets at fair value through profit and loss

 -


239


 -

Subscription in existing financial assets designated at fair value through profit and loss

 -


 -


(766)

Decrease/(increase) in inventories

4,317


(102,326)


(120,673)

Decrease/(increase) in trade and other receivables

49,143


(40,383)


(17,777)

Unrealised (losses)/gains on financial liabilities at fair value

 -


1,072


(2,371)

Unrealised (losses)/gains on financial assets at fair value

13,911


(792)


(19,224)

Decrease/ (increase) in trade and other payables

(19,025)


29,544


(1,471)

Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 -


 -


49

Cash (used)/generated in operations

42,008


(111,605)


(161,631)

Taxation (paid)

(216)


 -


(1,094)

Net cash flow (used)/generated in operating activities

41,792


(111,605)


(162,725)







Investing activities






Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(3,504)


(451)


(488)

Acquisition of subsidiary, net of cash acquired

424


 -


 -

Disposal of property, plant and equipment

 -


10


14

Net cash (used)/ generated in investing activities

(3,080)


(441)


(474)







Financing activities






Increase/(decrease) in short term liabilities under sale and repurchase agreements

33,466


547


12,646

Increase/(decrease) in short term borrowings

(66,046)


101,489


138,175

Increase/(decrease) in long term borrowings

(2,521)


 -


 -

Share issue costs on acquisition

(1,296)


 -


 -

Net cash (used)/generated in financing activities

(36,397)


102,036


150,821







Net (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

2,315


(10,010)


(12,377)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year

9,661


22,075


22,075

Effect of foreign exchange rate differences on cash and cash equivalents

9


11


(37)

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year

11,985


12,076


9,661

 

 

 



 

Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

 

1.         Basis of preparation

The condensed interim financial statements are for the six months ended 30 June 2015. The financial information set out in these condensed interim financial statements does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 434(3) of the Companies Act 2006.  The condensed interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with the condensed consolidated financial statements of the Group for the year ended 31 December 2014 which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union ("IFRSs"). The auditor's report on those financial statements was unqualified and did not contain a statement under s.498(2) or s.498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

The accounts for the period have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" ("IAS 34") and the accounting policies are consistent with those of the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2014, unless otherwise stated, and those envisaged for the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2015.

These condensed interim financial statements have been reviewed by BDO LLP, but not audited.

The Group's results are not materially affected by seasonal variations.

The Directors have prepared forecasted cash flows for the forthcoming twelve months which demonstrate the Group can operate within existing working capital.  These forecasts assume the cement plant in Mozambique is commissioned on schedule and runs smoothly in the early stages.  The Group are in advanced negotiations with certain shareholders to raise additional funds which would provide additional comfort should costs overrun or commissioning be delayed.

The interim financial statements were approved by the Directors on 29 September 2015 and copies are available to the public free of charge from the Company at 62-64 Cornhill, London EC3V 3NH during normal office hours, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays except, for 14 days from today.

 

2.   Segmental Analysis

The Group has four reportable segments attributable to its continuing operations including Head office:

·    Trading & logistics: comprises Ambrian Metals Limited and its subsidiary companies, a physical metals and minerals merchant.

·    Cement operations: comprises Cimentos da Beira, a cement mill located in Beira, Mozambique.

·    Investment portfolio: comprises the Group's principal investment portfolio held in Ambrian Principal Investments Limited.

·    Head office: principally relates to overheads incurred in operating the public limited company, providing support functions to the operating businesses and includes the remuneration of the Directors of Ambrian plc.

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

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June 2015

Turnover


Cost of Sales


Revenue


Gross(loss)/profit


US $000's


US $000's


US $000's


US $000's

Trading & logistics

920,561


(924,528)




(3,966)

Cement operations

130


(119)


-


11

Investment Portfolio

-


-


590


590

Head office

-


-


-


-

Total

920,691


(924,647)


590


(3,366)









Six months to 30 June 2014

Turnover


Cost of Sales


Revenue


Gross(loss)/profit


US $000's


US $000's


US $000's


US $000's

Trading & logistics

1,528,402


(1,523,876)


-


4,526

Cement operations

-


-


-


-

Investment Portfolio

-


-


6


6

Head office

-


-


-


-

Total

1,528,402


(1,523,876)


6


4,532









Year to 31 December 2014

Turnover


Cost of Sales


Revenue


Gross(loss)/profit


US $000's


US $000's


US $000's


US $000's

Trading & logistics

2,884,979


(2,877,276)


-


7,703

Cement operations

-


-


-


-

Investment Portfolio

-


-


784


784

Head office

90


-


-


90

Total

2,885,069


(2,877,276)


784


8,577

 


Six months to 30 June 2015


Six months to 30 June 2014


Year to 31 December 2014

(Loss)/profit before tax

US $000's


US $000's


US $000's

Trading & logistics

(5,945)


2,179


2,542

Cement operations

(103)


-


-

Investment portfolio

550


6


784

Head office

(852)


(1,020)


(1,320)

Exceptional items

-


-


(904)


(6,350)


1,165


1,102

 


As at 30 June 2015


As at 30 June 2014


Year to 31 December 2014


US $000's


US $000's


US $000's

Total assets






Metals trading

376,143


423,415


436,565

Cement operations

66,643


-


-

Investment Portfolio

223


390


328

Head office

136


3,280


3,445


443,145


427,085


440,338

Total liabilities






Metals trading

360,661


395,928


410,951

Cement operations

30,932


-


-

Investment Portfolio

-


1


1

Head office

486


1,275


239


392,078


397,204


411,191

 

 

 


Six months to 30 June 2015


Six months to 30 June 2014


Year to 31 December 2014

 

 


Six months to 30 June 2015


Six months to 30 June 2014


Year to 31 December 2014


US $000's


US $000's


US $000's

Customer A

           172,145


           200,221


            432,878

Customer B

                      -  




            144,293

Other

           748,546


       1,328,181


        2,307,898

 

 

3.       Cash and cash equivalents

Within cash and cash equivalents there is restricted cash of US $9,021,131 (30 June 2014: US $1,905,507). Of this US $2,500,000 (30 June 2014: nil) was held as security for a letter of credit granted for the benefit of the cement operations. The residual is deposits held with banks and brokers in the metals trading business to cover any potential adverse market price movements.

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 2015 of 6,259,046 (2014: 6,259,046), Treasury shares of 30 June 2015 of 4,500,058 (2014: 4,500,058) and Non-treasury shares on 30 June 2015 of 30,507,027 (2014: nil).

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


Six months to 30 June 2015


Six months to 30 June 2014


Year to 31 December 2014


US $000's


US $000's


US $000's

(Loss)/profit attributable to shareholders

(6,353)


810


518

Diluted (loss)/profit attributable to shareholders

(6,353)


810


518







Weighted average number of shares

119,218,898


100,602,104


100,602,104

Dilutive effect of share options

-


137,617


-







Basic earnings per share US $ cents

(5.33)


0.81


0.51

Diluted earnings per share US $ cents

(5.33)


0.80


0.51

 

 

5.       Financial instruments


As at 30 June 2015


As at 30 June 2014

 


Loans and Receivables at amortised cost

At fair value through profit or loss

Total


Loans and Receivables at amortised cost

At fair value through profit or loss

Total

 


US $000's

US $000's

US $000's


US $000's

US $000's

US $000's

Financial assets








 

Cash and cash equivalents

11,985

-

11,985


12,076

-

12,076

 

Trade receivables - current

31,438

-

31,438


99,545

-

99,545

 

Other receivables - current

395

-

395


130

-

130

 

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss - equities

-

191

191


-

2,736

2,736

 

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss - derivatives

-

3,717

3,717


-

-

-

 

Total

43,818

3,908

47,726


111,751

2,736

114,487

 

 


As at 30 June 2015


As at 30 June 2014


Trade and other payables at amortised cost

At fair value through profit or loss

Total


Trade and other payables at amortised cost

At fair value through profit or loss

Total


US $000's

US $000's

US $000's


US $000's

US $000's

US $000's

Financial liabilities








Trade payables

       9,181

-

  9,181


   13,762

-

 13,762

Other payables - current

      2,855

-

   2,855


         197

-

        197

Short term borrowings

251,475

-

251,475


278,379

-

278,379

Accruals and deferred income

 -

 20,733

 20,733


-

66,680

 66,680

Short term liabilities under sale and repurchase agreements

    79,167

-

 79,167


 33,602

-

  33,602

Financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss- derivatives

 -

-

-


-

                 3,443

                 3,443

Long term loans

20,175

-

20,175


-

-

-

Total

  362,853

 20,733

383,586


 325,940

 70,123

396,063

 

Financial assets and financial liabilities are classified in their entirety into only one of three levels.

The fair value hierarchy has the following levels:

·    Level 1 - quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities

·    Level 2 - inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly (i.e. as prices) or indirectly (i.e. derived from prices)

·    Level 3 - inputs for the asset or liability that are not based on observable market data (unobservable inputs).

 

 

 


Level 1


Level 2


Level 3

As at 30 June

2015


2014


2015


2014


2015


2014


US $000's


US $000's


US $000's


US $000's


US $000's


US $000's

Financial assets












Equity investments

 - 


2,528




 - 


191


208

Derivative financial assets

3,717


 -


 -


 -


 -


 -

Total

3,717


2,528


 -


 -


191


208


US $000's


US $000's


US $000's


US $000's


US $000's


US $000's

Financial liabilities












Accruals and deferred income

20,733


66,680


 -


 -


 -


 -

Derivative financial liabilities (designated hedge instruments)

 -


 -


 -


3,443


 -


 -

Total

20,733


66,680


 -


3,443


 -


 -

 

6.       Non-controlling interest

The non-controlling interest disclosed in the condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income and condensed consolidated statement of financial position represents

·    A 20% economic interest in Cimentos da Beira ("CdB"), whose principal asset is in Mozambique. This 20% interest is held by the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited ("IDC") by means of a convertible loan agreement whereby the IDC has an option to subscribe for 20% of the issued share capital of CdB.

·    A 20% minority interest in Ambrian Resources AG held by shareholders other than Ambrian plc.

7.       Business combination of Consolidated General Minerals (Schweiz) AG

On 17 February 2015 Ambrian announced that it had entered into a conditional agreement relating to the merger of Ambrian's Swiss subsidiary, Ambrian Metals Limited, with CGM Schweiz (which owns a newly constructed cement manufacturing plant in the port of Beira, Mozambique), pursuant to a 'merger by absorption' process governed by Swiss law and a subsequent acquisition by Ambrian plc of the shareholding of Consolidated General Minerals Plc (now in liquidation) ("CGM") in the resulting Swiss merged entity, together with all the indebtedness of the CGM Schweiz Group owed to CGM.

On 6 March 2015 the deal was approved by a majority shareholding of both entities, and by 27 March 2015 the deal was declared unconditional with all conditions precedent having been met. This is considered the acquisition date. On the same day two directors of CGM were appointed to the board of Ambrian plc, Robert Adair (now Chairman) and Jean-Pierre Conrad (now Chief Executive Officer).

The merger serves a strategic purpose in diversifying Ambrian's revenue stream. The Group will now have an operating asset, and has further exposure to the fast growing and developing market of Mozambique. Further it helps increase Ambrian's shareholder base, and consequent prospects of additional liquidity in share trading and improving the Group's profile with institutional investors.

We previously announced the details of the transaction with CGM and the combination of our businesses. This is the first reporting period for which we report on the combined businesses including the cement plant in Mozambique, owned by CdB. The directors have considered how this transaction should be accounted for and having reviewed the criteria, have determined that it should be accounted for as a business combination.

Details of the fair value of identifiable assets and liabilities acquired (excluding the holding in Ambrian plc previously held by CGM), and purchase consideration are as follows:


(Provisional)


(Provisional)


(Provisional)


Book value at 31 March 2015


Fair value uplift at 31 March 2015


Fair value at 31 March 2015


US $ 000's


US $ 000's


US $ 000's

Property, plant and equipment

40,132


          26,538


66,670

Land

768


 -


768

Trade and other receivables

2,659


 -


2,659

Cash and cash equivalents

424


 -


424

Loan and overdraft facilities

(25,151)


 -


(25,151)

Trade and other payables

(1,391)


 -


(1,391)

Deferred tax liability

-


(8,492)


(8,492)

Non-controlling interest

-


(6,944)


(6,944)

Total net assets

17,441


          11,102


28,543

 

Fair value of consideration payable





No. of Convertible Securities


At 31 March 2015




US $ 000's




(Provisional)

Initial Convertible Securities (converted)

165,020,739


28,522

Second Tranche Deferred Convertible Securities

9,707,102


1,677





Total consideration

             174,727,841


        30,199





Less Investment acquired in Ambrian Plc previously held by CGM


1,657




        28,542

 

The value applied to the equity to be issued is based on Ambrian plc's closing price (11.62 pence) and USD closing exchange rate (USD/GBP 1.4874) on the day the transaction completed (27 March 2015).

Details of the Convertible Securities in relation to the merger

The 165,020,739 Initial Convertible Securities of £0.01 each in Ambrian plc were issued on 8 May 2015, as anticipated and upon their immediate subsequent distribution to CGM shareholders, automatically converted into 165,020,739 Ordinary Shares in Ambrian plc.

The 19,414,205 First Tranche Deferred Convertible Securities of £0.01 each in Ambrian plc were also issued on 8 May 2015 but (notwithstanding their immediate subsequent distribution to CGM shareholders) were not converted into Ordinary Shares in Ambrian plc, as the condition for such conversion (mechanical completion of the Beira cement plant) was not satisfied by the long stop date for satisfaction of that condition (15 May 2015) - and so automatically on that date converted into 19,414,205 special deferred shares of £0.01 each in Ambrian plc.

The 9,707,102 Second Tranche Deferred Convertible Securities of £0.01 each in Ambrian plc were also issued on 8 May 2015 and, in accordance with their terms, will as a result of their immediate distribution to CGM Shareholders convert into 9,707,102 Ordinary Shares in Ambrian plc conditional upon the final dissolution of CGM.

 

8.       Share Capital and Share Premium

As part of the process of the merger as described in note 7 above, Ambrian changed the par value of its ordinary shares from 10 pence to 1 pence. The share capital and share premium account are now as follows:


As at 30 June 2015


As at 30 June 2014


As at 31 December 2014

Authorised

1p each


10p each


10p each

Ordinary shares

424,727,841


250,000,000


250,000,000







Called up, allotted and fully paid






Ordinary shares

276,381,947


111,361,208


111,361,208

Deferred shares at 9p

111,361,208


                     -  


                     -  







Convertible Securities






Second Tranche Deferred Convertible Securities

9,707,102


-


-


397,450,257


111,361,208


111,361,208







Value in US $ 000's

20,120


17,665


17,665

 

9.       Related party disclosures

Jean-Pierre Conrad, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, made an advance of Euros €300,000 (the "Advance") to CGM (UAE) FZE on 24 June 2015, a Group company. No interest is payable by the Company or its subsidiaries in respect of the Advance, which is repayable by the Company on or before 31 December 2015. Mr. Conrad also made two advances totaling Swiss Francs CHF 200,000 (the "Initial Advances") to Ambrian Resources AG ("ARAG"), another Group company, prior to the completion of the Company's acquisition of the shareholding of CGM in Ambrian Metals Limited and his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of the Company. No interest is payable by the Company or its subsidiaries in respect of the Initial Advances, which are repayable by the Company on or before 31 December 2015.

 


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