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Peter Hambro Mining (POG)

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Monday 22 September, 2008

Peter Hambro Mining

Interim Results

RNS Number : 9365D
Peter Hambro Mining PLC
22 September 2008
 



HIGHLIGHTS


Peter Hambro Mining Plc ("PHM", the "Company" or the "Group") is pleased to present the results for the six months ended 30 June 2008 (the "Period").

    


Financial Highlights

US$000's

Six months
 to 
30 June
 2008

(Unaudited)

Six months
 to 
30 June
 2007

(Unaudited)

%

Variance

Year ended 
31 December
 2007

(Audited) 

Group Revenue

146,390

93,128

57%

226,397

Revenue from gold mining operations, including silver sales

107, 804

70,366

53%

168,538

Underlying EBITDA*

59,541

43,977

35%

96,462

Underlying operating profit from gold mining operations**

58,127

41,195

41%

90,719

Dividend per Ordinary Share (pence)


7.5


N/A


N/A


N/A

Operating Highlights





Total attributable gold production ('000 oz)***


147.0


134.3


9%


297.3

Pokrovskiy Mine gold production ('000 oz)


127.8


116.8


9%


237.1

Group average gold price received (US$/oz)

901

652

38%

668

Pokrovskiy Mine Total Cash Cost (GIS US$/oz)

214.7

167.9

28%

193

Pokrovskiy Mine Total Production Cost (GIS US$/oz)

306.6

249.9

23%

258.2

* Underlying EBITDA is earnings before fair value changes, financial income, financial expenses, taxation, depreciation and amortisation and adjusted for significant, non-recurring items included in the results for the Period.


 

** Underlying operating profit from gold mining operations is operating profit from gold mining operations including the share of results of joint ventures and before fair value changes in derivatives, adjusted for significant, non-recurring items included in the results from gold mining operations for the Period.

 

*** Total attributable gold production, in this table and elsewhere in this report, is comprised of 100% of production from the Group's subsidiaries, and the relevant share of production in joint ventures and other investments. PHM's direct and indirect interest in Pokrovskiy Rudnik and any interest held by Pokrovskiy Rudnik, is 98.61%.



UNAUDITED RESULTS

  • Unaudited results for the Period for PHM compared to the equivalent period of 2007:


Highlights:

Financials


  • The Group's total revenue of US$146.4 million for the Period was a 57% increase on US$93.1 million for the same period of the previous year. The Group's average realised gold sales price of US$901/oz during the Period was 38% higher than the US$652/oz achieved for the first six months of 2007. This, together with a c.10% increase in the quantity of gold sold, yielded revenue from gold mining operations of US$107.4 million, up 53% in comparison with revenues of US$70.4 million in the first six months of 2007;


  • Underlying EBITDA was up by 35to US$59.5 million. The Group's underlying profit from gold mining operations increased by 41% to US$58.1 million, compared to US$41.2 million for the first six months of 2007. This was achieved against a background of inflationary pressures with the Group experiencing increases in labour costs, energy costs and the cost of materials;


  • In June 2008, a PHM-led syndicate made a US$80 million strategic investment by way of an exchangeable loan to Rusoro Mining Limited ("Rusoro"), a TSX Venture Exchange listed gold producer and exploration company in VenezuelaPHM contributed US$20 million as part of the syndicate; and


  • The Group paid a maiden final dividend in August 2008 in respect of the year ended 31 December 2007 equivalent to c.£6 million, and approved an interim dividend of 7.5 pence per share (net) on 17 September 2008


Operations

  • Total attributable gold production of c.147,000 oz for the Period, was up by c.9% compared to c.134,300 oz in the first six months of 2007. Total attributable gold production, as stated in this report, is comprised of 100% of production from the Group's subsidiaries, and the relevant share of production in joint ventures and other investments. The Company's direct and indirect interest in Pokrovskiy Rudnik and any interest held by Pokrovskiy Rudnik is 98.61%;
  • Gold production from the Pokrovskiy Mine for the Period was c.127,800 oz, up by c.9% compared to c.116,800 oz in the first six months of 2007;


  • Pokrovskiy Mine GIS total cash costs for the Period increased by c.28% compared to the six months ended 30 June 2007, due principally to higher wage, energy and materials costs. Pokrovskiy Mine's GIS total cash costs of US$215/oz are less than half the industry average of US$454/oz;
  • Start-up works at Pioneer were finalised during the first half of 2008 yielding 3,600 oz of gold.  Production at the Pioneer processing facility is currently expected to yield 72,000 oz of gold from the commencement of production in late April 2008 to 31 December 2008;
  • Attributable production at Omchak Joint Venture of c.8,400 oz of gold for the Period was 26% down from c.11,400 oz in the first half of 2007 due to the depletion of reserves at Nelkobazoloto underground mining operations
  • Attributable production from the Group`s alluvial operations for the Period was c.4,800 oz, a 23% increase on the same period in 2007; and
  • The Directors believe that the Group is currently on track to meet its 350,000-400,000 oz production target for 2008.


Estimates of attributable reserves and resources in accordance with the JORC Code (2004) prepared by Wardell Armstrong International Ltd ("WAI"):


WAI has reviewed the mineral resources and ore reserves estimated in accordance with the guidelines of the JORC Code (2004) for the Pokrovskiy and Pioneer deposits and has produced a new set of estimates for the Malomir deposit as of 1 August 2008. 


  • Total measured plus indicated resources at Pokrovskiy, Pioneer and Malomir of c.107 million tonnes of ore containing c.4.4 million oz of measured and indicated gold resources;

  • Includes total of c.3.6 million oz of proven and probable reserves; 

  • Additional total c.4.5 million oz of inferred resources.

Pokrovskiy

  • Proven and probable reserves in the existing Pokrovskiy pit and the Pokrovka-3 pit of 370koz gold (5.6Mt of ore) included within 472koz gold of measured plus indicated resources (8.4Mt of ore);

  • These figures do not include the significant additional potential resources in the adjacent Pokrovka-2 area and Pokrovskiy's stockpiles;

  • There is good correlation between Pokrovskiy reserves and resources as estimated using Micromine, with JORC classification, and for the same area using Russian methods and the Russian classification system (inclusive of JORC inferred resources and Russian P1 resources, respectively)with similar total estimated gold contents of 1.02 million oz and 1.05 million oz respectively.

Pioneer

  • Proven and probable reserves defined at Pioneer, including the Andreevskaya zone, are 1,154koz gold (27.5Mt of ore) of measured plus indicated resources of 1,404koz gold (34.1Mt of ore). There is substantial expansion potential, with 41.7Mt of ore containing a further 1,320koz gold in inferred category resources, and active exploration continuing on Andreevskaya and other ore zones. 

Malomir 

  • The Malomir data in particular shows a substantial increases on previously published mineral resources and ore reserves, with proven plus probable reserves of 50.8Mt of ore containing 2,057koz gold, within a total measured plus indicated resource of 64.4Mt of ore containing 2,495koz gold; and

  • There is significant scope for enlargement of these figures as signified by a further 2,645koz (87.5Mt of ore) in inferred category resources. Not included in these figures are further potential resources in the adjacent Ozhidaemoye and Quartzite deposits which are still being delineated.



Malomir Project Update


  • Malomir reserve estimates completed for submission by the end of 2008 to Russian state authorities, and detailed mine planning/scheduling work started;

  • Six months delay, with production now expected to commence in the first half of 2010 due principally to the late arrival of the SAG mill from the Group's supplier and the necessity to undertake further exploration of the prospective Quartzite zone; and

  • Enriched areas were identified at Quarzite and Ozidaemoye satellite deposits with maximum recorded gold grades up to 300 - 500 g/t for 1m thickness.


Board Membership changes

  • Anna-Karolina Subczynska-Samberger (Karolina Subczynska) joins as an Executive Director with responsibility for the Group's legal services.

  • Philip William Leatham (Philip Leatham), a founding director and latterly a Non-Executive Director, has decided that, for health reasons, he will resign from this role; his resignation will take place with effect from 30 September 2008.


CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT


Dear Shareholder,


In the first half of 2008, usually the colder and thus the less productive of our two half-years, the Group has increased its gold production, achieved higher prices for its gold and continued to develop its portfolio. It is gratifying that the underlying operating profit of the Group's gold mining operations has shown a 41% increase to US$58.1 million for the Period. This increase is a testament to the strength inherent in its core business.


It is also reassuring that this increase in underlying operating profit from gold mining operations was achieved in spite of substantial rises in input costs. The Group remains an industry low cost producer with the Pokrovskiy Mine's GIS total cash costs of US$214.7/oz comparing favorably to the US$453.5/oz which is the global industry average. 


These relatively low GIS total cash costs at the Pokrovskiy Mine were achieved in spite of labour costs increasing by 32%, diesel by 41%, electricity by 14% and chemical reagents and consumables by 20% during the first six months of 2008 compared to the first six months of 2007. Royalties payable on the Group's revenues from gold mining operations also increased by 35% because of the increased selling price for gold.  These producer price increases are Russian Rouble denominated and are substantially higher than general Russian inflation but typical for the gold mining industry this yearThe strengthening of the Russian Rouble against the US Dollar by 4% during the first six months of 2008 also added additional pressure on the Group's costs which are reported in US Dollars. Unfortunately, at the moment, there are no signs of these cost increases abating. The Group's cost cutting programme which was successfully implemented in 2005 is being modified to take account of the changing circumstances.


During the half year we expensed c.US$7 million on a number of non-recurring items which, together with the net non-cash fair value changes in the Group's gold exchangeable bonds and exchangeable loan to Rusoro has lowered its reported earnings by US$10 million. It is gratifying that the Group remains strongly profitable despite the impact of these items on earnings.


Progress at the newly inaugurated Pioneer operation started more slowly than we had hoped but we still expect Pioneer to achieve its forecast production for the year of 72,000 ounces. 


A further anticipated delay to the start of production at Malomir is disappointing. This is caused in part by a delay in receiving milling equipment from our supplier and in part by the assessment of possible changes to the production schedules dependent on exploration of newly discovered enriched areas at the Quartzite zone. It is now expected that production will start in the first half of 2010.


The Group expects that mining operations at the Novogodnee Monto and Petropavlovskoye deposits will commence towards the end of 2009. At present we anticipate selling the first aggregates in late 2009.


The Group is monitoring the progress and implementation of new legislation on strategic assets in order to determine what steps will be required to be taken and what effect it may have on the current and/or future operations of the Group.



The Group's investment as part of the syndicate of lenders to Rusoro gives it a foot-hold to participate in the development of Venezuela's gold industry.


I am pleased that Karolina Subczynska has agreed to join our Board as an Executive Director responsible for legal services but I will be saddened to lose the wise counsel of Philip Leatham, who was a founding director of the Group in 1994 and has decided, for health reasons to resign.


In the turmoil that today surrounds the world's financial system there is serenity at the heart of the Group, secure in the knowledge that its reserves and resources of gold - in my view the ultimate reserve asset - have, in the case of the Pokrovskiy, Pioneer and Malomir deposits, been confirmed to JORC classification standard by WAI as well as by our own geologists.


Based on this knowledge and on the proven success of our team in producing profitable gold I remain confident that we can continue to develop the assets of the Group whilst weathering the financial storms we may encounter.



Peter Hambro


Executive Chairman



GROUP OPERATIONS REPORT 

Pokrovskiy Mine


The main contributor to the Group's success in the first half of 2008 was the 9% increase in gold extraction from the Pokrovskiy Mine compared to the same reporting period in 2007. The mine produced c.127,800 oz of gold in the first six months of 2008 up from to c.116,800 oz in the same period of 2007. 


This increase was made possible by the efficient mining plan and the stable work of the plant. It was also achieved despite mining works being undertaken at deeper horizons than in the same period in 2007, an increase in material moved due to large volumes of advanced stripping works, a more technologically challenging type of material being processed through the mill and a temporary drop in recovery rates at the plant, which was due to the introduction of new centrifugal concentrators to the grinding circuits. 


Mining Operations


Planned advance stripping works were carried out according to the mining plan using geological computer models of the deposit (Micromine). The capacity of the intermediate blending ore stockpile was increased further to 200,000 tonnes which allowed for an optimal ore mixture to be sent to the resin in pulp plant. The commissioning of a new drilling rig (model Atlas Copco DML) with higher productivity and drilling diameter than the Group's previous rigs allowed for a reduction of total costs of mining works, in spite of increased explosive works. 


Six open pit dumper trucks with a capacity of 45 tonnes were brought into service in January 2008. These allowed mining works to be carried out in accordance with the mining plan to increase the stripping rate.




Six months to 30 June


Units

2008

2007

Var. %

Mining





Total Material Moved

'000 m³

2,899 

2,458 

18%

Ore mined 

'000 t

1,059 

1,197 

(12)%

Average grade

g/t

3.2 

3.6 

(11)%

Gold content

'000 oz

107.5

136.8

(21)%



Processing Operations


Resin in Pulp Plant

During the first half of 2008 work at the mill was stable. 837,000 tonnes of ore were treated through the mill in the first half of the year, which is broadly in line with the 863,000 tonnes milled during the same period in 2007. 


Recovery rates for the Period temporarily fell to 86.7% (from 91.0% during the first six months of 2007). It is expected that after the introduction, in the Period, of the centrifugal concentrators to the grinding circuits (which enables refractory material to be extracted for subsequent processing by intensive cyanidation), the recovery rates should improve. The introduction of these concentrators delayed concentrate processing by 6 to 8 weeks. 


Heap Leach

As a result of the increased daily productivity of the heap-leach complex, 16% more ore was stacked on the heap leach pads compared to the same period in 2007 (410,000 tonnes of ore in comparison with 354,000 tonnes of ore). This, together with a long winter, led to irrigation of the heap leach pads starting later than usual, meaning that extraction during the Period was lower than during the first six months of 2007. It is anticipated that more gold will be recovered in the second half of 2008 than during the second half of the previous year. 


Pokrovskiy Mine Processing Operations



    

Six months to 30 June


Units

2008

2007

Variance %

Resin in pulp plant





Ore from pit

'000 t

632 

352

80%

Average grade

g/t

4.3 

4.4

(2%)

Ore from stockpile

'000 t

125 

511

(76%)

Average grade

g/t

3.6

4.4

(18%)

Pioneer Ore (technological sample)

'000 t

81 

-

n/a

Grade

g/t

15.8 

-

n/a

Total milled

'000 t

837

863 

(3%)

Average grade

g/t

5.3 

4.4

20%

Gold content

'000 oz

142.4

122.7

16%

Recovery rate

%

86.7

91.0

(5%)

Gold recovered

oz `000

123.5

111.7 

11%






Heap Leach





Ore stacked

'000 t

410

354 

16%

Average grade

g/t

0.8

0.8  

-

Gold content

'000 oz

11 

10 

10%

Recovery rate

%

38.6

53.6

(28%)

Gold recovered

'000 oz

4.3 

5.1 

(16%)






Total gold recovered

'000 oz

127.8

116.8

9%



  Gold Institute Standard Operating Cost Analysis


The Group reports and breaks down the Pokrovskiy Mine's operating costs according to the internationally recognised Gold Institute Standard ("GIS"). This is in line with industry best practice.


The Pokrovskiy Mine GIS cost analysis is as follows:



Six months
 to 
30 June
 2008

Six months
 to 
30 June
 2007

Variance

Year ended 
31 December

 2007


US$/oz

US$/oz

%

US$/oz

Direct mining expenses

101.0

71.3

42%

107.4

Refinery and transportation cost

7.6

6.3

21%

6.8

By-product credits

(3.2)

-

N/A

(2.3)

Other

43.2

38.2

13%

30.9

Cash operating costs

148.6

115.8

28%

142.8






Royalties

57.8

42.8

35%

39.9

Production taxes

8.3

9.3

(11%)

10.3

Total cash costs

214.7

167.9

28%

193.0






Non-cash movement in stock

36.7

30.0

22%

23.2

Depreciation/Amortisation

55.2

52.0

6%

42.0






Total production costs

306.6

249.9

23%

258.2


For the six months ended 30 June 2008GIS total production costs for the Pokrovskiy Mine increased by US$56.7 per ounce or by 23% from US$249.9 per ounce for the six months ended 30 June 2007, to US$306.6 per ounce for the six months ended 30 June 2008. This increase was relatively modest, considering the Group experienced a 32% increase in wages and salaries, a 20% increase in chemical reagents and consumables, a 41% increase in diesel fuel and a 14% rise in electricity prices. 


Royalties increased by 35%, in line with the increase in the average realised gold price, meaning that total cash costs for the Period increased. Non-cash movement in stock has increased due to material treated in the current Period but mined in the previous years.


Pioneer Mine

Work at Pioneer during the first half of the year continued with the ramping up of the recently commissioned plant and its further expansion.


The Group believes that Pioneer is on-track to meet its production target of 72,000 oz for the year, despite initial start up problems delaying the commencement of heap leach operations by 4 weeks. In July and August, Pioneer was ramping up in line with the mining and processing schedule in accordance with the mine plan for 2008. 


The second phase of mine development continued, including work on the construction of the production facilities (including the crushing/grinding plant and sorption circuits). These works also included the enlargement of the leach pad areas, expansion of the tailings storage and completion of infrastructure development. Contracts have been entered into for delivery of all the main mineral processing and mining equipment for the whole Pioneer development. A delivery of four CAT 777F 90-tonne capacity pit trucks is expected by the end of the year. 


Mining Operations


Mining works during the Period concentrated on providing access to the ore planned to be treated through the Pioneer mill during the first phase of the plant's development and further preparation of the deposit for the second and third phases of the development of the processing complex. These works were in line with the Group's mining plan. 


The table below sets out a summary of mining operations:




Six months to 30 June


Units

2008

2007

Variance %

Mining





Total Material Moved

'000 m³

1,258

666

89%

Ore mined 

'000 t

174

38

>100%

Average grade

g/t

9.5

1.8

>100%

Gold content

'000 oz

52.8

2.2

>100%


Processing Operations


During the first half of 2008 efforts at Pioneer were concentrated on the ramping up of the new plant and securing its satisfactory operation. A total of 88,000 tonnes of material were processed through the mill during the Period, yielding 3,600 oz of gold


A 50% recovery rate from the heap leach operations was achieved during the first half of the year. However, further irrigation of the heap leach pads means that the budgeted 73% recovery rate is expected to be achieved by the end of the year. 


Pioneer Mine Processing Operations



Units

Six months to 30 June

2008

Ore from pit

'000 t

88 

Average grade

g/t

2.5 

Ore from stockpile

'000 t

Average grade

g/t

2.8

Total milled

'000 t

91

Average grade

g/t

2.5 

Gold content

'000 oz

7.4

Recovery rate

%

48.9%

Gold recovered

'000 oz

3.6


Pioneer Mine's Production Costs

As the Pioneer Mine is currently in the ramp-up phase, with limited production of 3,600 oz and sold product of 640 oz for the six months ended 30 June 2008, cash costs incurred from the commencement of production in late April 2008 to 30 June 2008 are not a meaningful indicator of the expected future performance of the Pioneer Mine for the balance of the year ended 31 December 2008 or thereafter.


Malomir Deposit 

During the first half of 2008, work at the Malomir deposit concentrated on preparing the main part of the deposit for exploitation, with a whole scope of works required for preparation of a feasibility study being carried out. A pre-feasibility study, including a preliminary open pit design, has been completed by the Group and it is expected to be submitted to Russian State Mineral Resources/Ore Reserves Authority ("GKZ") by the end of 2008. 


Construction of the main part of the general infrastructure is scheduled for the second half of 2008. The construction of an electric line to Malomir has been commenced and it is expected that the electric line and substation at Malomir will be commissioned in the first quarter of 2009. A six month delay of commissioning of the mine is expected principally due to the late delivery of the SAG mill from the Group's supplier and the necessity to explore newly discovered enriched areas at the Quartzite satellite deposit. It is hoped that the presence of such enriched areas can significantly improve the economics of the deposit.


Explorations work to date has identified ore bodies of up to 500 m at average gold grades of 1.87-2.18g/t. Enriched areas characterised by both increased thickness and higher grades. Six such areas have already been explored with grades varying between 6 g/t and 50 g/t and thickness between 11.2 m and 68.8 m. Maximum recorded gold grades are up to 300-500 g/t for 1 m thickness. Visible gold can be found in these areas. 

     

Alluvial Production Operations


About 4,800 oz of gold were produced at the Group's alluvial mining operations (OAO ZDP Koboldo, ZAO Amur Dore and OOO Elga) during the first half of 2008, representing a 23% increase on the figure for the first six months of 2007. In addition, extensive exploration works were carried out at seven new sites. 


Joint Ventures 


Omchak Joint Venture


Gold production for the first six months of 2008 from the Omchak Joint Venture amounted to c.16,900 oz. Of this amount c.8,450 oz (50%) are attributable to the Group, in accordance with its 50% share in Omchak. This figure was in line with the Group's internal budget for the Period. Preparation works for the 2008 production season were carried out at Omchak's subsidiaries, OOO Zeyazoloto and OOO Noviye Tekhnologii during the first six months of 2008. These works included stripping works, the assembly of washing equipment, the delivery of fuels and lubricants, plus technical repairs. In accordance with approved plans and licence conditions, Omchak also carried out geological exploration works at three projects in the Chita Region. 



Rudnoye Joint Venture


In the first half of 2008, the Rudnoye Joint Venture produced c.900 oz of which 50% is attributable to the Group. 

 

Summary of Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves estimated in accordance with the guidelines of the JORC Code (2004) prepared by WAI


WAhas reviewed the mineral resources and ore reserves estimated in accordance with the guidelines of the JORC Code (2004) for the Pokrovskiy and Pioneer deposits and has produced a new set of estimates for the Malomir deposit. 


Cut-off-grades used for mineral resource estimation were 0.4g/t Au (oxide and sulphide) at Pokrovskiy; 0.4g/t Au (oxide) and 0.6g/t Au (sulphide) at Pioneer; 0.4g/t Au (oxide and sulphide) at Andreevskaya and 0.6g/t Au (sulphides only) at Malomir (based on a gold price of US$650/oz).


  • At Pokrovskiy, continued exploration has yielded current proven and probable reserves in the existing Pokrovskiy pit and the Pokrovka-3 pit of 370koz gold (5.6Mt of ore) included within 472koz gold of measured plus indicated resources (8.4Mt of ore). These figures do not include the very significant additional potential resources in the adjacent Pokrovka-2 area - the fanglomerates and underlying hard-rock mineralisation - for which mineral resource estimates are yet to be produced.

  • Proven and probable reserves defined at Pioneer, including the Andreevskaya zone, are 1,154koz gold (27.5Mt of ore) of measured plus indicated resources of 1,404koz gold (34.1Mt of ore). As at Malomir, there is substantial expansion potential, with 41.7Mt of ore containing a further 1,320koz gold in inferred category resources, and active exploration continuing on Andreevskaya and other ore zones. 

  • The Malomir data in particular show substantial increases on previously published mineral resources and ore reserves, with proven plus probable reserves of 50.8Mt of ore containing 2,057koz gold, within a total measured plus indicated resource of 64.4Mt of ore containing 2,495koz gold. There is significant potential scope for enlargement of these figures as signified by a further 2,645koz (87.5Mt of ore) in inferred category resources. This increase reflects the large amount of detailed exploration work completed during the past year on the Malomir deposit itself. Not included in these figures are further potential resources in the adjacent Ozhidaemoye and Quartzite deposits which are still being delineated.


  A summary of these mineral resources and ore reserves is given in Table 1 below



Table 1: Summary of Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves estimates 

for Pokrovskiy, Pioneer, and Malomir

Estimated in accordance with the guidelines of the JORC Code (2004)1


Category


Tonnage

(kt)

Grade

(g/t Au)

Metal

(kg Au)

Metal

(koz Au)

Resources

Measured

28,239

1.42

40,005

1,285

Indicated

78,618

1.22

95,999

3,087

Measured+Indicated

106,856

1.27

136,004

4,372

Inferred

142,179

0.98

139,686

4,492

Reserves*

Proven+Probable

83,900

1.33

111,400

3,582

* Reserves included within the Measured and Indicated resources only


1 All statements of reserves and resources set out in this Summary are calculated on the basis of 100% ownership. Pokrovskiy, Pioneer and Malomir are 98.61% attributable to PHM.


Pokrovskiy resources as estimated using Micromine, with JORC classification, and for the same area using Russian methods and the Russian classification system (inclusive of JORC inferred resources and Russian P1 resources, respectively)with similar total estimated gold contents of 1.018 million oz and 1.05 million oz respectively. Both figures exclude stockpiles and also exclude any resources in Pokrovka-2 and other satellite deposits. The Russian resource figures of 2.295 million oz as published in the annual report for 2007 include 1.138 million ounces of gold in high-grade stockpiles (182koz), low-grade stockpiles (92koz), low-grade material in RIP tailings (96koz), inner flanks deposits, principally the Pokrovka-2 fanglomerates and associated hard-rock ore bodies (553koz), and additional resources in the mine area but not within the area of the Micromine model (215koz). There was also 107 koz of depletion in reserves due to production between January and June 2008, not allowed for in the annual report figures referred to above.



Exploration 


During the first half of 2008, the Group's exploration team concentrated their efforts on preparing the Group's most advanced projects for exploitation. Work on the Group's other projects was advanced in accordance with the Group's exploration plans. A total of 348,600m³ of trenching and 105,642m of drilling was carried out by the Group during the first six months of 2008.  


NPGF Regis, the Group's in-house exploration consultancy, finalised the construction of a metallurgical test plant during the first half of 2008. It is expected that this plant will be commissioned in December 2008. 


Significant developments during the report Period include:


Pioneer


  • The Bakhmut zone extension is confirmed and a new ore column has been discovered in two drill hole intersections (10.7m averaging 10.56g/t and 7.7m averaging 4.91g/t) with other ore zones adjacent. At least four zones intersected over a 140m width.


  • The Andreevskaya zone has been followed to the north-east for over 4km towards the expected intersection with Yuzhnaya zone where another ore column is anticipated. Positive results have been obtained;

  • Within the Andreevskaya pilot open-pit, detailed evaluation is being carried out by assaying blast-hole cuttings. These samples have yielded surprisingly high gold grades in some instances over 1000 g/t. The zone of high grades is narrow but continuous. In places, the ore zone as identified by blast-hole and channel sampling is unbounded; 

  • At the junction of Andreevskaya and Prikontaktovaya ore zones, mineralised crush zones have also been identified. Gold grades up to 16.84g/t have been found within individual intervals.

  • The Andreevskaya zone has also been followed to the south-west where its extension has been explored to a total length of 620m, through drill holes and trenches. Separate ore bodies, sometimes with high gold grades (up to 36.9g/t), have been discovered and exploration of this area is scheduled to continue into the second half of the year;

  • Nikolaevskaya - a new prospective zone to the south of Andreevskaya has been identified with a number of thin zones of crushing and silicification, with up to 1-2 g/t gold, and has been followed in trenches and drill holes. 



Pokrovskisatellite deposits


Pokrovskiy inner satellite deposits


During the first half of 2008 exploration works were carried out at 6 sites within the Pokrovskiy inner satellite deposits. The most prospective area was Pokrovka-2.

  • Exploration at Pokrovka-2 has identified a number of resource blocks which have been evaluated, and has delineated the deposit on east, south, and west sides. It remains unbounded to the north;

  • In the Pokrovka-2 block, exploration of low-grade reserves is in its final stage, and work is concentrated on delineation of previously identified ore bodies and infill drilling to a 40m x 40m grid;

  • In several of the trenches and holes, the presence of gold-enriched areas in the fanglomerates was established; this could improve the processing economics, by eliminating the need for pre-washing of some of the ore;

  • A feasibility study with calculation of reserves and resources for this area is scheduled to be submitted to GKZ in the first quarter of 2009.


Pokrovskiy outer satellite deposits


Of the four sites within the Pokrovskiy outer satellite deposits, currently the most prospective appears to be Zheltunak, where there is the potential for a near-surface ore body of significant size, with sub-horizontal orientation. 


  • Exploration during the Period at Zheltunak was carried out by six trenches to confirm the results from mapping drill holes;
  • A significant ore zone was discovered in February 2008. It is exposed near the crossing point of two trenches, with a 7m intersection at 2.8g/t gold, and lies immediately below a horizontal thrust plane.


Malomir


During the first half of 2008, exploration works at Malomir were concentrated mainly on infill drilling to 20m x 20m in delineation blocks to satisfy the requirements of the Russian state authorities. Metallurgical studies for the purposes of the Russian feasibility study were accomplished with 11 small mineralogical-metallurgical samples taken.


  • 24 confirmation holes were drilled in order to evaluate the reliability of the core sampling from the Malomir deposit and it was established that there are no systematic differences in the mineralisation parameters between the exploration and the control drill holes;

  • In the Quartzite area, gold ore zones have been evaluated through trenching and drilling on an 80m x 40m grid. The most continuous ore bodies have been evaluated to category C2 using the Russian Classification System. The length of these ore bodies reaches 500m with average gold grades at 1.87 - 2.18 g/t;

  • Gold enrichment areas were discovered at the Quartzite deposit. Six ore intersections have been identified with gold grades from 6.36g/t over a visible thickness of 68.8m up to 50.76g/t over 11.2m thickness. The maximum gold grades in separate samples reach 300-500g/t over 1m. In such places visible free gold at 0.5-0.8 mm size has been noticed;

  • A pre-feasibility report is to be submitted to GKZ by the end of the year 2008 and work by PHM Engineering on pit design commenced in September;

  • The metallurgical sampling programme has been completed.


Albyn

  • The zone of mineralisation has been traced in trenches for 4.5 km at spacings of 80 - 320m. Down dip, the zone has been explored in 187 drill holes to 500m depth. The ore zone remains open in all directions;

  • Gold is distributed irregularly. The gold grade in channel samples is up to 12.4 g/t and in trench sections it is up to 4.2 g/t with thickness of ore intersections is up to 12m. In core samples, the maximum gold grade reported is 18.4g/t. In drill hole intervals, grades are up to 7.4g/t over a maximum thickness of 15m;

  • A sample processing and assaying method has been developed to provide reliable figures for resource estimation;

  • Further detailed exploration is needed to clarify the geological structure and ore controls.


Tokur 


  • The report on the completed reserves estimation for the mineralised zone of the Glavniy Fault, Tokur deposit, was prepared and submitted for approval during the Period. It is currently undergoing technical audit in the Khabarovsk branch of GKZ. The following operational estimates were submitted for approval: balance reserves in category C2 using the Russian Classification System for open pit mining: 1,750,500 t ore containing 3,118 kg (100 koz) gold.


Saguro-Semertakskiy


This is a new licence area near Tokur in the north east of Amur region and lying in two areas west and east of the Selemdja river, previously the location of the underground Sagur mine working high-grade gold in quartz veins. It is now considered highly prospective for metasomatite-hosted gold, of a type and scale similar to Malomir or Albyn.


  • The quartz veins, dipping NE at 45 degrees, are 0.3 to 3.2m thick and reported to contain gold up to 40 - 60g/t grades up to a maximum of 2,700g/t, associated with arsenopyrite, pyrrhotite, and scheelite;

  • A preliminary estimate of resources is 17.5 tonnes of gold contained in the smaller eastern (Sagur) part of the licence alone;

  • A number of further prospects have also been identified in the larger western area of the licence. A granite intrusion in this area is crossed by a N-S mineralised crush zone. There are also two convergent crush zones trending east-west across the area, and trenching is planned to explore these;

  • The licence area includes also placer deposits which are to be exploited by the Company.


Rudnoye Joint Venture 

Exploration works were undertaken during the Period at Solovievskiy (including the Kirovskoye deposit) hard-rock gold area. The Solovievskiy licence includes the separate Kirovskiy, Glebovskiy, and Nagiminskiy blocks. 


  • Intensive exploration around the Kirovskoye deposit indicates high grade gold within silicified and sulphidised rocks in three separate zones around the known quartz vein systems. The Kirovskoye gold ore deposit remains a very positive target because of the combination of high grades with stockworks and multiple vein structures;

  • From data received so far, significant intersections have already been identified, including 25m averaging 4.6g/t (including 4m at 41g/t). In the next trench, a corresponding interval has been identified with 15m at 11.9g/t average grade;

  • Altogether a total of six ore intervals have been found so far. The structure has been followed for 2.5 km in geophysical data;

  • Glebovskiy block geochemical survey results have now been received from this area over a rectangular block 2km wide and 3km N-S, and indicate some strong anomalies. 


Other Amur Assets


During the Period works have been carried out on the other Amur region projects, highlights of which are presented below:


  • Adamikha - a single trench intersection of 3m at 19.6g/t gold in the Galenitoviy area has been found. The scale of this mineralisation is currently being estimated. Gold grades are up to 5.8g/t;

  • Gar-II trench had intersected zones of silicified rock with gold grade up to 1.19g/t on an outcrop thickness of 8m. On the watershed of rivers Gar-II trenching had exposed a series of ore cross-sections with gold grades from 0.35g/t to 3.21g/t possibly forming a north-south trending ore zone. The rich gold placers in the Gar-II valley are currently being exploited by the Group.

  • At Shaman-2, 11 lines of mapping drill holes have been completed, to intersect secondary gold dispersion aureoles. In cores from these holes, gold grades up to 1.08g/t have been noted; trenching has intersected thin quartz-sulphide bodies with gold grades of up to 2-3g/t;

  • Burinda (within the Taldan licence): the mineralisation itself is concentrated in quartz veins and silicified andesite which forms zones up to 40m thick, dipping south-eastwards at 60-70 degrees. The maximum depth of gold mineralisation established from drilling is 220 m. The mineralised zone remains unbounded. Ore bodies within the zone are up to 20m thick and up to 100m long. Gold distribution is irregular, and gold grades in samples vary from 0.6g/t to 35.4g/t. There are two trench intersections of 11.5m at 0.85g/t Au, and 4.8m at 2.08g/t Au. One new hole C-205, near the south end of the deposit, confirms predecessor drill hole data with intersections of 14m at 1.86g/t and 7.8m at 1.54g/t, but the grades are not considered to be of economic interest;

  • Topazovskoye (within the Taldan licence): new lines of shallow mapping holes have been drilled across these aureoles and have identified quartz veinlet zones with two intersections in particular: 6m at 2.7g/t and 1m at 1.55g/t, 23m apart along an old trench line;

  • Oldoiskiy site: weak silver and copper anomalies have been identified, confined to the outcrop of a granite massif in the western part of the Ulyagir block. 


Yamal


  • A Petropavlovskoye report is currently being in prepared for submission to GKZ/TKZ in first quarter 2009. There will also be included in this report a section on the aggregates reserves (similar to those of Novogodnee Monto), as well as sections on hydrogeological and geotechnical investigations;

  • Additional blocks within the Toupugol-Khanmeishorskaya area have potential to add to the Novogodnee Monto and Petropavlovskoye ore resources; 

  • The Group expects that mining operations at the Novogodnee Monto and Petropavlovskoye deposits will commence towards the end of 2009. The Group anticipateselling the first aggregates in late 2009.


Buryatia


On 19 April 2006, the Group acquired a licence for the prospective Talikitskaya area in Buryat Republic as a result of an auction dated 11 April 2006.

Preliminary geophysical and geochemical surveys have identified two areas of interest in the Talikitskaya area:

  • Talikit zone. Initial trenching has indicated the presence of mineralisation. The presence of beresitised zones has been confirmed, though their gold content is low.  In 6 holes, over a width of 60m, a mineralised interval has been identified, mostly with low grades, but with one hole finding 22.6g/t gold.

  • Zoltny zone.  This is an area to the south-east of Talikit.  Based on the size and quality of mineralisation, it is believed to be a better prospect than Talikit.  It contains quartz veins with pyrite and chalcopyrite, and associated silicification. 

In both the Talikit and Zoltny areas, exploration is limited by access to the area, which is difficult. According to figures prepared in accordance with GKZ, resources in the two areas together are forecast to be approximately 60 tonnes of contained gold.

 

Chemical laboratories 

The Group's chemical laboratories were working at full capacity throughout the first six months of 2008.


Rusoro 


In June 2008, a PHM-led syndicate made a US$80 million strategic investment in Rusoro by way of an exchangeable loanPHM contributed US$20 million of the loan, which is exchangeable into Rusoro shares, to the syndicate. 


Based on the issued shares of Rusoro at the time of investment, the exchange of PHM`s US$20 million loan into shares would give the Group approximately 4% of the partially diluted shares in Rusoro (being the aggregate of the common shares in issue at the time of investment plus the shares to be issued on exercise of the exchange right by PHM in respect of its loan participation, but excluding any shares that PHM could receive pursuant to the option agreement entered into with other syndicate members), and full exercise of the option agreement would give the Group 14% of the partially diluted shares in Rusoro (being calculated on the same basis as above, but allowing for full exercise of the option agreement and full exchange of the loan). Rusoro has subsequently announced its acquisition of Hecla Mining Company`s Venezuelan assets and the fact that it has been chosen as the Venezuelan government`s partner of choice for the development of Venezuela`s gold assets.

 

Gold Price/Treasury

The Group`s average realised gold price for the Period was US$901/oz, up 38% against US$652/oz during the first six months of 2007 (US$668/oz during the year ended 31 December 2007).  The Russian Rouble strengthened against the US Dollar by 4% during the period and was RuR23.46/US$ at 30 June 2008 (31 December 2007 - RuR24.55/US$, 30 June 2007 - RuR25.82/US$).

The Group has a policy of no long-term gold forward sales or hedging.


  Conference Call 

There will be a conference call today (22 September 2008) to discuss the announcement at 14:00 (GMT). 

Details to access the conference call are as follows: 

The Dial-in number is +44 (0) 1452 555 566 and the conference ID is 65096156#.

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Enquiries:

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This release has been reviewed by Dr. Stephen Henley, who is an independent geological advisor to the Board of Directors of Peter Hambro Mining Plc. Dr. Henley is qualified to act in the capacity of a Competent Person for the purposes of this statement. Dr. Stephen Henley holds a PhD in Geology (University of Nottingham, 1970). He is a Fellow of the Geological Society, a Fellow of the Institution of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and a Chartered Engineer. He is also a Charter Member of the International Association for Mathematical Geology. He is Vice-chairman of the Pan-European Reserves & Resources Reporting Committee (PERC) and Secretary of the CRIRSCO-GKZ working group on harmonisation of Russian and international mineral reserves reporting systems. He has been employed in exploration, mining, academic and geological consultancy posts since 1970 and has participated in Competent Person studies on a wide variety of different minerals and types of deposit.


  In this interim report we present financial items such as "cash operating costs", "total cash costs" and "total production costs" that have been determined using industry standards as per the Gold Institute and are not measures under International Financial Reporting Standards. An investor should not consider these items in isolation or as alternatives to any measure of financial performance presented in accordance with IFRS either in this document or in any document incorporated by reference herein.

While the Gold Institute has provided definitions for the calculation of "cash operating cost", "total cash cost" and "total production cost", the application and precise definitions included herein may vary significantly from those of other gold mining companies, and as such may not necessarily provide a basis for comparison with other gold mining companies. However, the Group believes that total cash cost and total production cost in total by mine and per ounce by mine are useful indicators to investors and management of a mine's performance because they provide a useful indication of a mine's profitability, efficiency and cash flows. They also show the trend in costs as the mine matures over time and on a consistent basis. These costs can also be used as a benchmark of performance to allow for comparison against other mines of other gold mining companies.

 

Forward-looking statements


This release may include statements that are, or may be deemed to be, "forward-looking statements". These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms "believes", "estimates", "plans", "projects", "anticipates", "expects", "intends", "may", "will" or "should" or, in each case, their negative or other variations or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy, plans, objectives, goals, future events or intentions. These forward-looking statements include all matters that are not historical facts. They appear in a number of places throughout this release and include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the Group's intentions, beliefs or current expectations concerning, among other things, the Group's results of operations, financial position, liquidity, prospects, growth, strategies and expectations of the industry.  


By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and the development of the markets and the industry in which the Group operates may differ materially from those described in, or suggested by, any forward-looking statements contained in this release. In addition, even if the development of the markets and the industry in which the Group operates are consistent with the forward-looking statements contained in this release, those developments may not be indicative of developments in subsequent periods. A number of factors could cause developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements including, without limitation, general economic and business conditions, industry trends, competition, commodity prices, changes in law or regulation, currency fluctuations (including the US dollar and Rouble), the Group's ability to recover its reserves or develop new reserves, changes in its business strategy, political and economic uncertainty.  Save as required by the AIM Rules, the Company is under no obligation to update the information contained in this release.


Independent Review Report

Peter Hambro Mining Plc


Introduction


We have been engaged by the Company to review the condensed consolidated financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2008 which comprises the condensed consolidated income statement, condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity, condensed consolidated balance sheet, condensed consolidated cash flow statement, and related notes. We have read the other information contained in the half-yearly financial report which and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed consolidated financial statements.

This report is made solely to the Company in accordance with the terms of our engagement. Our work has been undertaken so that we might state to the Company those matters we are required to state to them in an independent review report and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the Company, for our review work, or for this report, or for the conclusions we have formed.


Directors' responsibilities


The half-yearly financial report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the Directors. The Directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly financial report in accordance with the requirements of the AIM Rules. 

As disclosed in note 2, the annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union. The condensed financial statements included in this half-yearly financial report has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, ''Interim Financial Reporting,'' as adopted by the European Union.


Our responsibility


Our responsibility is to express to the Company a conclusion on the condensed consolidated financial statements in the half-yearly financial report based on our review.


Scope of Review


We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410, ''Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity'' issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the United Kingdom.


A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures. A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion. 


Conclusion


Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed consolidated financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2008 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 as adopted by the European Union and the AIM Rules.


MOORE STEPHENS LLP

Registered Auditors

Chartered Accountants

St. Paul's House,
Warwick Lane
LondonEC4M 7BP

21 September 2008

 

Peter Hambro Mining Plc

Condensed Consolidated Income Statement

 


Note

Six months to

30 June 
2008

US$'000


Six months to

30 June
 2007

US$'000


Year ended 
31 December
 2007

US$'000








Group revenue

4

146,390


93,128


226,397








Net operating expenses


(102,169)


(56,073)


(144,962)



44,221


37,055


81,435








Fair value change on derivatives

15

(10,036)


-


(12,100)








Share of results of joint ventures 

5

(2,182)


(767)


(1,821)








Operating profit


32,003

36,288


67,514







Financial income


4,788


1,641


3,776

Financial expenses

7

(15,680)


(6,104)


(16,105)








Profit before taxation


21,111


31,825


55,185








Taxation 

6

(6,331)


(9,953)


(15,560)








Profit for the period


14,780


21,872


39,625








Attributable to:







- equity holders of the Company


14,367


21,444


38,667

minority interests


413


428


958








Earnings per share (basic and diluted)

19

US$0.177


US$0.264


US$0.476



The accompanying notes are an integral part of this Condensed Consolidated Income Statement.  



Peter Hambro Mining Plc
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

 

 


Note

At 30 June

2008

U$'000


At 30 June

2007

US$'000


At 31 December 2007

US$'000

Assets







Non-current assets


589,618


408,080


474,348

Goodwill


21,739


16,291


15,818

Intangible assets

8

200,243


145,604


170,782

Property, plant and equipment

9

302,060


217,936


257,801

Interests in joint ventures


6,529


9,659


8,635

Other investments


960


965


960

Inventories

10

20,012


13,435


11,620

Trade and other receivables

11

18,433


4,190


5,344

Derivative financial instruments

15

9,970


-


-

Deferred tax assets


9,672


-


3,388








Current Assets


253,266


127,402


278,927

Inventories

10

65,231


38,317


40,468

Trade and other receivables

11

105,208


52,806


60,017

Securities held for trading


-


10,207


-

Cash and cash equivalents

12

82,827


26,072


178,442








Total assets


842,884


535,482


753,275








Liabilities







Current liabilities


(122,261)


(50,317)


(66,405)

Trade and other payables

13

(68,616)


(32,713)


(33,382)

Current income tax liabilities


(3,093)


(2,054)


(1,888)

Borrowings

14

(50,552)


(15,550)


(31,135)








Net Current Assets


131,005


77,085


212,522








Total Assets less Current Liabilities


720,623


485,165


686,870








Non-current liabilities


(375,061)


(159,519)


(344,014)

Borrowings 

14

(310,601)


(135,245)


(292,100)

Derivative financial instruments

15

(42,300)


-


(30,634)

Deferred tax liabilities


(20,520)


(22,707)


(19,677)

Other provisions


(1,640)


(1,567)


(1,603)

Net Assets


345,562


325,646


342,856








Equity







Share capital


1,311


1,311


1,311

Share premium


35,082


35,082


35,082

Other reserves


176,722


176,722


176,722

Equity reserve on bonds


1,583


1,583


1,583

Retained earnings 


124,501


104,985


122,208

Equity attributable to the Company's shareholders


339,199


319,683


336,906

Minority interests 


6,363


5,963


5,950

Total equity


345,562


325,646


342,856



The accompanying notes are an integral part of this Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet.


These condensed consolidated financial statements were approved by the Directors on 21 September 2008.




Peter C P Hambro

Director

 

Peter Hambro Mining Plc

Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

 




Note

Six months to

30 June
 2008

US$000

Six months to

30 June
 2007

US$000

Year to

31 December 2007

US$000

Cash flows (used in)/from operating activities





Cash generated from operations

16(a)

(1,633)

19,932

62,933

Interest received


4,810

1,643

3,963

Interest paid


(10,255)

(5,045)

(11,113)

Income tax paid


(7,181)

(5,965)

(15,675)

Net cash (used in)/from operating activities


(14,259)

10,565

40,108






Cash flows from investing activities





Acquisitions of subsidiaries net of cash acquired

21

(5,634)

-

-

Acquisition of minority interests


-

(9,176)

(9,257)

Acquisition of assets


-

20

34

Purchase of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets


(53,093)

(28,439)

(76,314)

Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment


398

211

1,558

Exploration and evaluation expenditure


(32,123)

(20,241)

(48,426)

Proceeds from disposal of securities held for trading


-

3,792

14,353

Amounts loaned to other parties


(31,577)

(2,761)

(5,194)

Repayment of amounts loaned to other parties


2,922

571

447

Acquisition of other investments


-

(21)

-

Net cash used in investing activities


(119,107)

(56,044)

(122,799)






Cash flows from financing activities





Repayments of borrowings


109,647

(28,756)

(66,601)

Proceeds from borrowings


(74,600)

37,263

262,411

Capital element of finance leases


(35)

(56)

(281)

Dividends paid to minority interests


-

-

(26)

Net cash from financing activities


35,012

8,451

195,503






Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents in the period


(98,354)

(37,028)

112,812

Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents


2,739

634

3,164

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

12

178,442

62,466

62,466

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 

12

82,827

26,072

178,442



The accompanying notes are an integral part of this Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Statement.

 

Peter Hambro Mining Plc

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity



Capital

Share premium

Other reserves

Equity reserve on bonds

Retained earnings

Total

Minority interests

Total equity

 

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

Balance at 1 January 2007

1,311

35,082

176,722

1,583

83,541

298,239

11,815

310,054

Recognised income and expenses

-

-

-

-

21,444

21,444

428

21,872

Additional acquisition of subsidiary undertakings

-

-

-

-

-

-

(6,280)

(6,280)

Balance at 30 June 2007

1,311

35,082

176,722

1,583

104,985

319,683

5,963

325,646

Recognised income and expenses

-

-

-

-

17,223

17,223

530

17,753

Additional acquisition of subsidiary undertakings

-

-

-

-

-

-

(543)

(543)

Balance at 31 December 2007

1,311

35,082

176,722

1,583

122,208

336,906

5,950

342,856

Recognised income and expenses

-

-

-

-

14,367

14,367

413

14,780

Dividends payable (note 18)





(12,074)

(12,074)

-

(12,074)

Balance at 30 June 2008

1,311

35,082 

176,722

1,583 

124,501

339,199

 6,363

345,562



The accompanying notes are an integral part of this Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity. 


 

Notes to the Condensed Consolidated and Financial Statements for the period ended 30 June 2008



1.     General information

The condensed consolidated financial statements are for the six month period ended 30 June 2008. The condensed consolidated financial statements are unaudited.


The information for the year ended 31 December 2007 does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in section 240 of the Companies Act 1985. This information was derived from the statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2007, a copy of which has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditors' report on those accounts was unqualified and did not contain a statement under section 237(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 1985.



2.    Basis of preparation

The condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting. The condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention, as modified by the revaluation of available-for-sale financial assets, and financial assets and liabilities (including derivative instruments) at fair value through profit or loss.


Accounting policies

The accounting policies applied are consistent with those applied in the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2007.


Comparatives

Certain comparatives for the six month period ended 30 June 2007 and 31 December 2007 have been re-classified, to ensure comparability with the classifications adopted in the interim financial statements for the six month period ended 30 June 2008On the balance sheet, trade and other receivables amounting to US$4,190,000 at 30 June 2007 and US$5,344,000 at 31 December 2007, have been re-classified from current assets to non-current assets. Short-term borrowings amounting to US$15,550,000 have been re-classified from payables to short-term borrowings at 30 June 2007. For the income statement, other income previously classified as financial income has been re-classified and included within net operating expenses, whilst charges previously included within net operating expenses have been re-classified to financial expenses.



3.    Foreign currency rates

The rates of exchange used to translate balances from other currencies into US Dollars were as follows (currency per US Dollar):



30 June
 2008

30 June 
2007

31 December 
2007

GB Pounds Sterling

0.50

0.50

0.50

Russian Rouble

23.46

25.82

24.55



  4.    Segmental information


Business segments

For management purposes, the Group is organised into four operating divisions - gold mining, construction and other services, exploration and evaluation and corporate. These divisions are the basis on which the Group reports its primary segment information. Segment information about these businesses is presented below.


Six months ended 30 June 2008 and 30 June 2007


 

Gold mining

Construction and other services

Exploration and evaluation

Corporate

Consolidated


Six months ended

Six months ended

Six months ended

Six months ended

Six months ended

 

30 June
2008

30 June
2007

30 June
2008

30 June
2007

30 June
2008

30 June
2007

30 June
2008

30 June
2007

30 June
2008

30 June
2007

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

Revenue











Gold sales

107,428

 70,366 

-

 - 

-

 - 

-

 - 

107,428

  70,366 

Silver sales

376

 - 

-

 - 

-

 - 

-

 - 

376

 - 

Other external sales

-

 - 

35,482

21,440 

2,374

751

730

  571 

38,586

  22,762 

Inter-segment sales

 -

 -

 22,888

   7,736 

 16,236

8,047 

 6,012

  3,935 

 45,136

  19,718 

  Subtotal

107,804

  70,366 

58,370

 29,176 

18,610

8,798 

6,742

 4,506 

191,526

 112,846 

(Less: inter-segment sales)

- 

 - 

 (22,888)

(7,736)

 (16,236)

(8,047)

 (6,012)

(3,935)

 (45,136)

(19,718)

Total Group revenue

107,804

  70,366 

35,482

   21,440

 2,374

751

 730

  571 

 146,390

  93,128 

Expenses











Net operating expenses excluding expenses below

40,184

  17,561 

30,644

17,044

3,472

1,653

16,568

  8,860

90,868

  45,118

Inter-segment expenses

1,149

 - 

20,424

6,001 

16,376

7,748

-

-

37,949

  13,749 

Royalties

6,848

  4,699 

-

 - 

-

-

-

-

6,848

  4,699 

Depreciation and amortisation

 7,642

  6,163 

 1,305

921 

 1,238

   459 

 138

  127 

 10,323

  7,670 

  Subtotal

55,823

28,423 

52,373

23,966 

 21,086

9,860 

16,706

8,987 

 145,988

71,236 

(Less: inter-segment expenses)

(1,149)


(20,424)

  (6,001)

(16,376)

(7,748)

-


(37,949)

(13,749)

Total Group expenses

54,674

28,423 

31,949

17,965

 4,710

2,112 

16,706

8,987 

 108,039

57,487 

Segment result

53,130

41,943 

3,533

3,475

(2,336)

 (1,361)

(15,976)

 (8,416)

38,351

35,641 

Exchange gain









7,232

  1,887 

Unallocated income/(expenses)









(1,362)

  (473) 

Fair value change in derivatives









(10,036)

 - 

Share of results in joint ventures

 


 


 

 

 

 

 (2,182)

(767)

Operating profit after share of results of joint ventures









32,003

36,288 

Financial income









4,788

1,641 

Financial expenses









(15,680)

(6,104)

Taxation

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 (6,331)

(9,953)

Profit for the period

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

14,780

  21,872 

  Six months ended 30 June 2008 and year ended 31 December 2007


 

Gold mining

Construction and other services

Exploration and evaluation

Corporate

Consolidated

 

Six months ended 30 June 2008

Year ended 31 December

2007

Six months ended 30 June 2008

Year ended 31 December

2007

Six months ended 30 June 2008

Year ended 31 December

2007

Six months ended 30 June 2008

Year ended 31 December

2007

Six months ended 30 June 2008

Year ended 31 December

2007

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

Revenue











Gold sales

107,428

167,921

-

-

-

-

-

-

107,428

167,921

Silver sales

376

617

-

-

-

-

-

-

376

617

Other external sales

-

-

35,482

52,540

2,374

4,020

730

1,299

38,586

57,859

Inter-segment sales

 -

-

 22,888

25,748

 16,236

21,929

 6,012

8,868

 45,136

56,545

  Subtotal

107,804

168,538

58,370

78,288

18,610

25,949

6,742

10,167

191,526

282,942

(Less: inter-segment sales)

- 

-

 (22,888)

(25,748)

 (16,236)

(21,929)

 (6,012)

(8,868)

 (45,136)

(56,545)

Total Group revenue

107,804

168,538

35,482

52,540

 2,374

4,020

 730

1,299

 146,390

226,397

Expenses











Net operating expenses excluding expenses below

40,184

57,112

30,644

46,440

3,472

3,506

16,568

19,518

90,868

126,576

Inter-segment expenses

1,149

-

20,424

19,995

16,376

19,803

-

-

37,949

39,798

Royalties

6,848

9,637

-

-

-

-

-

-

6,848

9,637

Depreciation

 7,642

11,153

 1,305

2,206

 1,238

1,323

 138

262

 10,323

14,944

  Subtotal

55,823

77,902

52,373

68,641

 21,086

24,632

16,706

19,780

 145,988

190,955

(Less: inter-segment expenses)

(1,149)

-

(20,424)

(19,995)

(16,376)

(19,803)

-

-

(37,949)

(39,798)

Total Group expenses

54,674

77,902

31,949

48,646

 4,710

4,829

16,706

19,780

 108,039

151,157

Segment result

53,130

90,636

3,533

3,894

(2,336)

(809)

(15,976)

(18,481)

38,351

75,240

Exchange gain









7,232

6,961

Unallocated expenses









(1,361)

(766)

Fair value change in derivatives









(10,037)

(12,100)

Share of results in joint ventures


 


 


 


 

 (2,182)

(1,821)

Operating profit after share of results of joint ventures









32,003

67,514

Financial income









4,788

3,776

Financial expenses









(15,680)

(16,105)

Taxation


 


 


 


 

 (6,331)

(15,560)

Profit for the period


 


 


 


 

14,780

39,625



5. Share of results of joint ventures




Joint 
venture Omchak

Joint venture Rudnoye


Total


Total


Total



30 June
 2008

US$'000

30 June 
2008

US$'000


30 June 2008
US$'000


30 June 2007

US$'000


31 December 2007

US$'000

PHM share










Sales revenue


5,597

81


5,678


6,116


  25,906  

Net operating expenses


(7,178)

(926)


(8,104)


(7,058)


(26,961)  

Operating loss


(1,581)

(845)


(2,426)


(942)


  (1,055)  

Financial income


114

94


208


66


  273  

Financial expenses


(551)

(13)


(564)


(277)


(616)

Loss on ordinary activities before taxation


(2,018)

(764)


(2,782)


(1,153)


(1,398)











Taxation 


658

11


669


487


(435)











Loss for the period


(1,360)

(753)


(2,113)


(666)


(1,833)











Attributable to:










- equity holders of the Company


(1,429)

(753)


(2,182)


(767)


(1,821)

- minority interests


69

-


69


101


(12)

 


6.    Taxation on profit on ordinary activities




30 June 
2008

30 June
2007

31 December 2007



US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

Current tax





UK corporation tax (29%)*


801

509

1,354

Russia tax (24%)

 

 11,464

 8,481

19,661



12,265

8,990

21,015

Deferred tax





Reversal and origination of timing differences

 

(5,934)

 963

(5,455)

Total tax charge

 

6,331

 9,953

15,560


* The corporation tax rate in the United Kingdom changed from 30%, to 28% effective 1 April 2008.



7.    Financial expenses

    



30 June 
2008

30 June
2007

31 December 2007



US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

Commission and interest in respect of sale and lease back transaction


5

35

53

Bank loan interest


1,253

321

1,134

Convertible bonds interest charge


5,496

5,493

10,993

Exchangeable bonds interest charge


8,293

-

3,286

Other loan interest and charges


596

219

567

Unwinding of discount on environmental obligation

 

 37

 36

72



15,680

6,104

16,105




  8.    Intangible assets



Malomir

Albyn

Tokur

Yamal deposits

Others* 

30 
June 

2008

30 
June

 2007

31 December 2007


US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

Balance at the beginning of the period

25,483

3,385

58,437

48,641

34,836

170,782

155,266

155,266

Additions as a result of acquisition of a subsidiary 

-

-

-

-

-

-

805

805

Additions

9,191

2,453

351

7,497

13,194

32,686

20,105

47,231

Impairment for the period

-

-

-

-

(3,197)

(3,197)

-

  (1,759)

Transfer to mine development costs

-

-

-

-

(28)

(28)

(30,572)

 (30,756)

Reallocation 

-

-

2,677

-

(2,677)

-

-

-

Disposals

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(5)

Balance at the end of the period

34,674

5,838

61,465

56,138

42,128

200,243

145,604

170,782

*Amounts included in the "Others" category of intangible assets represent amounts capitalised in respect of a number of projects in the Amur and Buryatia regions.


9.    Property, plant and equipment



Mine development costs

Mining assets

Non-mining assets

Capital construction in progress

30 June 2008

30 June 2007

31 December 2007


US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

Cost








Balance at the beginning of the period

  66,281 

  152,039 

  80,221 

  13,046 

  311,587

  204,722 

  204,722 

Additions

  20,460 

  12,420

   9,176 

   11,389

   53,445 

  29,790 

  78,422 

Transfers from intangible assets

  28 

  -  

  -  

  -  

  28 

  30,572 

  30,756 

Transfers from capital construction in progress

  -  

930  

   2,826 

(3,756)

  -  

 - 

 - 

Reallocation

377

(16,314)

16,314

(377)

-

-

-

Transfer from mine development costs

   (73,205)

   73,205 

  -  

  -  

  -  

  -  

  -  

Assets acquired through business acquisitions (note 21)

  -  

  2,281

  1,536 

  153 

3,970 

  -  

  -  

Disposals

  -  

   (2,155)

   (850)

- 

   (3,005)

   (685) 

   (2,313)

Balance at the end of the period

   13,941 

  222,406 

   109,223

   20,455

  366,025 

  264,399 

  311,587 









Depreciation and impairment

 







Balance at the beginning of the period

 

  42,401

  11,385 

  -  

  53,786

  38,792 

  38,792 

Charge for the period

  -  

5,975 

4,790

  -  

  10,765 

  8,017 

  15,665 

Impairment of assets

-

-

-

171

171

-

-

Reallocation


(98)

98

-

-

-

-

Disposals

  -  

(526)

(231)

-

   (757) 

(346)

(671)

Balance at the end of the period

   -  

  47,752 

   16,042 

   171

  63,965 

  46,463 

  53,786 









Net book value at the end of the period

   13,941 

   174,654 

93,181

   20,284

   302,060 

  217,936 

  257,801 

Property, plant and equipment with a carrying value of US$26 million (30 June 2007: US$7.9 million and 31 December 2007: US$11.4 million) have been pledged to secure borrowings of the Group.


10.    Inventories




30 June 
2008

30 June
2007

31 December 2007



US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

Current





Stores and spares


35,113

20,410

20,768

Work in progress


23,767

14,201

19,594

Bullion in process

 

 6,351

 3,706

106

Total current inventories 

 

 65,231

 38,317

40,468






Non-current





Work in progress

 

 20,012

 13,435

11,620

Total non-current inventories

 

20,012

 13,435

11,620






Total inventories

 

85,243 

 51,752

52,088



11.    Trade and other receivables




30 June 
2008

30 June
2007

31 December 2007



US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

Current





Trade receivables


5,322

2,125

1,032

Advances to contractors


50,693

16,852

14,278

VAT recoverable


23,303

16,713

20,290

Advances paid on commission contracts


1,153

7,957

10,446

Other debtors


16,248

7,722

11,619

Interest accrued


300

700

160

Loan to Omchak joint venture


2,770

-

407

Loans issued

 

5,419

 737

1,785



105,208

 52,806

60,017

Non-current





Loan to Rudnoye joint venture


6,231

4,190

5,344

Exchangeable Loan (a)

 

12,202

-

-



18,433

4,190

5,344

 

 

(a)  On 10 June 2008, the Company participated in a US$80 million senior secured exchangeable loan (the "Exchangeable Loan") to Venezuela Holdings (BVI) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rusoro Mining Limited ("Rusoro"). The Company subscribed for US$20 million of the Exchangeable Loan and the remainder of the funds were provided by other parties (the "Lenders"). The Exchangable Loan carries an interest rate of 10% per-annum payable semi-annually in arrears and is exchangeable into Rusoro shares at C$1.25 (the "Rusoro Embedded Derivative"). The loan component is measured at amortised cost, whilst the Rusoro Embedded Derivative is separately fair valued (see note 15).

 

12. Cash and cash equivalents




30 June 
2008

30 June
2007

31 December 2007



US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

Cash at bank and in hand


22,573

12,861

85,707

Short-term bank deposits


19,940

11,475

41,243

Promissory notes and other liquid investments


40,314

1,736

51,492



82,827

26,072

178,442

 

13. Trade and other payables




30 June 
2008

30 June
2007

31 December 2007



US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

Trade payables


10,895

7,084

6,477

Deferred income


15,450

6,387

7,912

Advances received on commission contracts


1,194

7,297

4,692

Other payables


29,003

11,945

14,301

Dividends payable (note 18)


12,074

-

-



68,616

 32,713

33,382



14.    Borrowings



30 June
 2008

US$'000

30 June
 
2007

US$'000

31 December 2007

US$'000

Borrowings at amortised cost




Convertible bonds

140,145

139,124

139,637

Exchangeable bonds

160,855

-

158,863

Bank loans

60,153

11,411

24,700

Finance lease liability

-

260

35

 

361,153

 150,795

323,235





Amount due for settlement within 12 months

50,552

15,550

31,135

Amount due for settlement after 12 months

310,601

135,245 

292,100

 

361,153

150,795 

323,235



15.    Derivative financial instruments



30 June
 2008

US$'000

30 June
 
2007

US$'000

31 December 2007

US$'000

Derivative financial assets - Rusoro Embedded Derivative (a)




Fair value of the Rusoro Embedded Derivative at the beginning of the period

6,560

-

-

Fair value change

1,000

-

-


7,560

-

-





Derivative financial assets - Rusoro Call Option (a)




Fair value of the Call Option at the beginning of the period

1,780

-

-

Fair value change

630

-

-


2,410

-

-





Total derivative financial assets

9,970

-

-





Derivative financial liabilities - Exchangeable Bonds Embedded Derivatives




Fair value of Gold Exchangeable Bonds Embedded Derivatives at inception (October 2007) and the beginning of period


(30,634)

-

(18,534)

Fair value change

(11,666)

-

(12,100)

Total derivative financial liabilities

(42,300)

-

(30,634)

 

 

(a)      The derivative financial assets recognised at 30 June 2008 relate to the Rusoro Embedded Derivative within the Exchangeable 
            Loan  and the Call Option. Details of both are as follows:


Rusoro Embedded Derivative: The Exchangeable Loan issued to Rusoro on 
10 June 2008 is exchangeable into Rusoro common shares at C$1.25, at any time from the 30th day after the Drawdown Date of the loan up to six days prior to the Repayment Date or up to the prepayment date in accordance with the loan agreement.


Call Option: On 10 June 2008, the Company entered into an option agreement with the other Lenders, the "Call Option", separate from the Exchangeable Loan, giving the Company the right to acquire from the other Lenders, at a price of C$2.20 per share, the Rusoro common shares which such other Lenders may receive upon exchange of their portion of the Exchangeable Loan. The Call Option may be exercised from the Drawdown Date to 3 June 2010 however may be shortened in the event that the Lenders exchange their portion of the Exchangeable Loan or if prepayment takes place.


The fair value of the Rusoro Embedded Derivative, the Call Option and the Gold Exchangeable Bonds Embedded Derivatives are determined using appropriate valuation techniques based on market data.



16    Notes to the cash flow statement


(a)    Reconciliation of profit before tax to operating cash flow 



30 June 
2008

30 June
2007

31 December 2007


US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

Profit before tax

21,111

31,825

55,185





Adjusted for:




Financial income

(4,788)

   (1,641) 

(3,776)

Financial expenses

15,680

  6,104 

16,105

Share of results in joint ventures

2,182

767

1,821

Depreciation

10,323

  7,670 

14,944

Loss/(gain) on disposals of property, plant and equipment

1,850

   (34)

84

Loss on disposal of business

-

   53 

61

Exchange differences in respect of investment activity

(32)

(75) 

(91)

Exchange differences in respect of cash and cash equivalents 

(2,739)

(634)

(3,164)

Net fair value change on gold equivalent exchangeable bonds

11,666

 -

12,100

Net fair value change on Rusoro Embedded Derivative and Call Option

(1,630)



Impairment of intangible asset

3,197

 - 

1,759

Impairment of property, plant and equipment

171

-

-

Write-down of inventories to net realisable value

1,961

-

-

Amortisation charge included in the cost of inventories

9

(128)

(769)

Other non-cash items

394

  34 

80

Operating profit before working capital changes

59,355

   43,941 

94,339





Increase in trade and other receivables 

(40,946)

(10,237)

(19,049)

Increase in inventories 

(33,593)

(15,397)

(15,036)

Increase in trade and other payables

13,551

   1,625  

2,679

Net cash (outflow)/ inflow from operating activities

(1,633)

   19,932 

62,933




(b)    Major non cash transactions

During the six month periods ended 30 June 2008 and 30 June 2007, amounts of US$3,879,000 and US$1,937,000 respectively were offset against Corporation Tax. During the year ended 31 December 2007, US$4,418,000 was offset against Corporation Tax.



  17.    Analysis of net debt



At 1 January 2008

Cash Flow

Exchange movement

Other 
non-cash changes

At 30 June 2008 

 

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

Cash and cash equivalents

178,442

(98,354)

2,739

-

82,827

Debt due within one year

(31,135)

(12,612)

(406)

(6,399)

(50,552)

Debt due after one year

(320,000)

(16,000)

-

-

(336,000)

Less equity component of convertible bond

1,583

-

-

-

1,583

Less embedded derivative component of exchangeable bond at inception and deferred costs

23,658

-

-

(1,993)

21,665

Embedded derivative liability

(30,634)

-

-

(11,666)

(42,300)

Convertible bond issue costs capitalised

2,659

-

-

(508)

2,151

Net debt

(175,427)

(126,966)

2,333

(20,566)

(320,626)



18.    Dividends




30 June 
2008

30 June
 
2007

31 December 2007

 

 

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

Amounts recognised as distributions to equity holders in the period:










Final dividend for the year ended 31 December 2007 of 7.5 pence per share (2006: nil)


12,074

-

-



19.    Earnings per ordinary share




30 June 
2008

30 June
 
2007

31 December 2007

 

 

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

Profit for the period US$'000


14,367

21,444

38,667






Weighted average number of ordinary shares


81,155,052

81,155,052

81,155,052






Earnings per ordinary share

 

 US$0.177

 US$0.264

US$0.476  


The Group has issued convertible bonds which could potentially dilute basic earnings per Ordinary Share in the future but were not included in the calculation of diluted earnings per share because they are anti-dilutive as at 30 June 200830 June 2007 and 31 December 2007.



  20    Related parties


The Group had the following related party transactions during the year, (VAT is included where applicable):




Six months ended 

30 June 2008

Six months ended 

30 June 2007

Year ended 
31 December 2007

Related party

Description

Movement for the year

Amount due from/(to)

Movement for the year

Amount due from/(to)

Movement for the year

Amount due from/(to)


Peter Hambro Ltd

Management and rent and rates charges


(89
)


(96)

378

38

(337)  

83









Aricom Plc and subsidiaries

Rent of assets

-

-

-

-

19 

-

Aricom Plc and subsidiaries

Purchases by Kapstroi

1,113

(1,025)

860

(537)

1,687 

 (114)

Aricom Plc and subsidiaries

Other Purchases

148

(920)

-

-

 3 

-

Aricom Plc and subsidiaries

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

-

-

-

-

81 

 (99)

Aricom Plc and subsidiaries

London expenses recharged

173

126

446

114

506

9

Aricom Plc and subsidiaries

Geological work

601

61

728

293

309 

-

Aricom Plc and subsidiaries

Project and engineering services

2,307

253

449

(1,066)

2,627 

(120)

Aricom Plc and subsidiaries

Sale of assets

-

-

-

-

1

-

Aricom Plc and subsidiaries

Other services

402

434

148

201

1,633 

1,492 

Aricom Plc and subsidiaries

Construction services by Kapstroi

14,490

(239)

11,167

(3,248)

24,763 

 (2,532)

Aricom Plc and subsidiaries

Commissions contracts by Irgiredmet

81

310

2

(86)

42 

 (41)

Total Aricom Plc


19,315

(1,000)

13,800

(4,329)

31,671

(1,405)


Expobank 

Sales of gold and silver

19,056

-

43,488

-

62,596

-

Expobank

Sales of gold through metallic account


15,322


-

31,495

-

485

-

Expobank

Purchase of gold to sell  through metallic account



(15,267)



-

(31,134)

-

(59)

-

Expobank 

Operating expenses

128

-

-

-

(74)

-

Expobank

Sales/(Purchase) of bonds

-

-

(3,798)

-

3,991

-

Expobank

Current accounts

-

9,270

-

4,471

-

4,536

Expobank

Deposit accounts

-

-

-

3,765

-

23,267

Expobank

Promissory notes

18,937

18,937

(12)

-

18,773

18,785

Total Expobank


38,176

28,207

40,039

8,236

85,712

46,588









Asian-Pacific Bank

Current accounts

-

1,571

-

790

-

314

Asian-Pacific Bank

Promissory notes

10,705

17,080

2,505

6,375

7,400

16,280

Total Asian-Pacific Bank


10,705

18,651

2,505

7,165

7,400

16,594

Russian Forestry Services Ltd

London expenses recharged

20

20

-

-

-

-









Quenington Services Ltd

Accounting services

(2)

-

(3)

-

(6)

-


For the six month period ended 30 June 2008OOO Expobank ("Expobank") was considered a related party due to Peter Hambro and Pavel Maslovskiy's interests in Expobank. Expobank ceased to be related parties in July 2008 once the deal for the sale of the interests in Expobank was finalised.  21.     Acquisitions 


(a) Acquisition of OAO PRP Stancii

On 28 May 2008 a subsidiary of the Group, OAO Pokrovskiy Rudnik, acquired 100% of OAO PRP Stancii, a company which provides construction services and capital repairs. Consideration for the acquisition was cash consideration of US$7,150,000.


At the date of acquisition, the book values of the assets and liabilities acquired approximated their fair values. Goodwill of US$5,429,000 has been recognised in connection with this acquisition. Set out in the table below is a summary of the assets and liabilities acquired:



US$'000



Property, plant and equipment

1,549

Cash and cash equivalents

3,373

Inventories

1,474

Trade and other receivables

1,528

Trade and other payables

(6,184)

Deferred tax liability

(19)

Net assets

1,721



Consideration


Cash

7,150



Goodwill

5,429



Net cash outflow arising on the acquisition


Cash consideration

7,150

Cash and cash equivalents acquired

(3,373)


3,777



(b) Acquisition of Elga

On 31 January 2008 a subsidiary of the Group, Peter Hambro Mining (Cyprus) Limited, acquired 100% of Elga, a gold exploration and production company will alluvial operations. Consideration for the acquisition was cash consideration of US$1,903,000. At the date of acquisition, a fair value adjustment of US$2.1 million was made, to recognise the fair value of the licence acquired, and an associated deferred tax liability of US$492,000 was recognised.


Set out in the table below is a summary of the assets and liabilities acquired:





Book values

US$'000


Fair value adjustments

US$'000

Fair value at date of acquisition

US$'000

Property, plant and equipment

373

2,048

2,421

Cash and cash equivalents

46

-

46

Inventories

58

-

58

Trade and other receivables

446

-

446

Trade and other payables

(1,086)

-

(1,086)

Deferred tax asset/(liability)

18

(492)

(474)

Net assets acquired

(145)

1,556

1,411





Consideration




Cash



1,903





Goodwill



492





Net cash outflow arising on the acquisition




Cash consideration



1,903

Cash and cash equivalents acquired



(46)




1,857



22.     Subsequent events

On 17 September 2008 the Board approved an interim dividend of 7.5 pence per Ordinary Share, payable in October 2008.




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