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Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Fox Marble Holdings

Final Results

RNS Number : 5148A
Fox Marble Holdings PLC
30 September 2020
 

 


30 September 2020

 

Fox Marble Holdings plc

 ("Fox Marble" or the "Company")

 

 

Final Results for the year ended 31 December 2019

 

Fox Marble, the AIM listed company focused on marble quarrying and finishing in Kosovo and the Balkans region is pleased to announce its final results for the year ended 31 December 2019.

 

Highlights for the year ended 2019

• Total production of 14,370 tonnes of marble at the Prilep Alpha and Maleshevë quarries (2018 - 13,094 tonnes).

• Revenue for the year of €1.4 million (2018 - €1.4 million) with 6,830 tonnes of block material sold in 2019 (2018 - 5,059 tonnes).

• Operating loss for the year of €2.27 million (2018 - €2.4 million).  Loss for the year of €2.5 million (2018 - €2.3 million). 

 

Highlights year to date 2020

• Sales agreements worth in excess of €1.8 million signed for processed marble to be supplied to projects in Kosovo over 2020 and 2021 from our factory in Prilep.  The agreements were signed in 2020 and are expected to be supplied over 2020 and 2021.

• Quarrying operations restarted in Prilep in August 2020 and in Cervenillë in September 2020.

• New equipment supplied to factory to boost cut to size capacity. The factory has processed over 3,500 tonnes of marble to date in 2020, despite the Covid-19 restrictions put in place, compared to slightly over 1,000 tonnes processed in 2019.

• The Company reached agreement with the holders of £2.1 million of its convertible loan notes, to replace the existing loan notes with a new single class of loan note, which have a maturity date of 1 December 2026. The Loan Notes are convertible at a conversion price of 5p per share and an interest rate of 2% per annum. In June 2020 the Company completed a placing to raise £0.8 million before expenses to provide working capital.

• Cash balance as at 15 September 2020 of €0.47 million. 

 

The Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2019 together with the Notice of Annual General Meeting and the associated form of proxy will be posted to shareholders on later today.

 

The Annual Report, the Notice and related documents are available on Fox Marble's website and can be downloaded from: www.foxmarble.net/investors .

 

The GM will be held at 9.00am on 29 October 2020 at 160 Camden High Street, London NW1 0NE.

 

In light of the rapidly evolving situation and recent government guidance regarding the outbreak of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), the Company has taken the decision to alter the format of the Company's general meeting to be held at 9.00 a.m. on 29 October 2020 at the registered offices of the Company. The safety and security of the Company's officers, shareholders, guests and service providers is of paramount importance. The formalities of the meeting shall continue, as required by the Companies Act 2006 and the Company's Articles of Association, but all shareholders are encouraged to vote by proxy, and, given the government guidance, not to attend the meeting in person. In the event that shareholders have a question for the Company, please contact the Company Secretary by email (please see the notes) or telephone, and we will arrange for a response to be provided to you.

 

The information communicated in this announcement is inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation 596/2014.

 

 For further information please visit www.foxmarble.net .

 

Fox Marble Holdings plc


Chris Gilbert, Chief Executive Officer

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7380 0999

Fiona Hadfield, Finance Director

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7380 0999





Allenby Capital (Joint Broker)

Nick Naylor/Nick Athanas/Liz Kirchner (Corporate Finance)

Amrit Nahal (Sales)

 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3394 2973

Brandon Hill Capital (Joint Broker)


Oliver Stansfield

 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3463 5000

 

Cairn Financial Advisers LLP (Nomad)


Liam Murray/Sandy Jamieson

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7213 0880

 

Notes to Editors:

Fox Marble ( AIM: FOX ), is a marble production, processing and distribution company in Kosovo and the Balkans region.  

Its marble products, which includes Alexandrian Blue, Alexandrian White, Breccia Paradisea, Etruscan gold and Grigio Argento and are gaining sales globally both to international wholesale companies as well as being supplied directly into luxury residential properties. In the UK these include among others St George's Homes and Capital and Counties Plc's Lillie Square development. In Sydney, Australia Rosso Cait, Alexandrian White and Breccia Paradisea marble have been used in what is expected to be Australia's most expensive residential property. These sales serve to demonstrate the desirability of Fox's premium marble products as the stone of choice in some of the most prestigious and expensive residential developments around the world. 

 

 

 

Chairman's statement

 

Although much of this report is about the results for the financial year 2019 these now seem to relate to a previous age. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed how the Company operates for the time being and our expectations of the future have been delayed. 

The Company continues to focus on three legs of strategy over the short to medium term:-

· Factory sales of processed marble with a focus on growth in sales within Kosovo and the greater Balkans area;

· block sales to China and other large block markets; and

· growing our marble reserves base and opening new quarries.

The 2019 financial year saw sales of €1.4 million (2018 €1.4 million). The Company maintained stable revenues despite the loss of the  production from the Maleshevë quarry in July 2019 which had formed over 40% of revenues in 2018. Block sales from the Prilep quarry which increased from €0.4 million in 2018 to €0.9 million.  A significant focus on operations at the factory and sales effort focusing on the local Kosovan and Balkan market, has been successful with multiple new large-scale contracts signed.  In December 2019 the Company signed a contract for the processing of third party blocks and during 2020 to date the Company has signed three large scale contracts for the supply of cut and finished marble from its own quarries.

The dispute over the Maleshevë quarry that begun in 2019 has prevented us from exploiting what was a significant asset for the Company.  The Arbitration case against the government of Kosovo continues to progress, along with the civil case against the licence holder with whom we had an operating agreement. The Company will continue to seek restitution through the courts.

The Covid-19 outbreak has slowed progress on the strategy in 2020, with the international block market having stalled throughout most of 2020, and slower than expected sales through the factory as projects were delayed or customers sought to manage their own response to the global pandemic.  From a financial point of view, the 2020 year will not show the progress we had anticipated before the Covid-19 outbreak.  Although we have taken measures to secure cash flow and maximise sales, it is inevitable that we will emerge with lower sales than we had planned and make losses for a large part of the year.  The Company took steps in June 2020 to obtain substantial concessions from our loan note holders and secure liquidity in the light of the impact of Covid 19 on sales and operations.

Despite all this significant progress has been made in securing large scale contracts through the factory with supply starting in Q2 2020 and continuing into 2021.  Quarrying at the Prilep quarry recommenced in August 2020 and in Cervenillë in September 2020.  The Company continues to carefully manage its working capital and closely monitor progress on sales from the newly re-opened quarries.

Fox Marble continues to examine opportunities to grow its marble reserve base.  The Company has secured a new licence for a quarry site believed to contain Illirico Selene.  This asset will provide potential for expansion as well as broadening the Company's resource base.  Subject to a successful drilling programme and quarry plan, the Company will look to develop this quarry during 2021.

I would like to thank all our employees who are very committed and work very hard, and, importantly have embraced our vision to establish Kosovo and the Balkans as a major supplier of high quality marble worldwide.

 

Andrew Allner

Non-Executive Chairman

 

Strategic Report

Sales for the year ended 2019 were €1.4 million (2018 - €1.4 million).  The fall in block sales of Illirico Selene following the closure of operations in Maleshevë was offset by increased block sales from the Prilep quarry in Macedonia.  Sales from the factory increased significantly in the final quarter of the year, outpacing the previous three quarters, following the appointment of a new factory manager and a non-board COO.  Sales of processed marble are expected to form an increasing proportion of sales from 2020 onwards.

Block sales

Block marble sales were €1.2 million (2018 - €1.0 million).  Sales of block marble from the Maleshevë quarry fell to €0.4 million (2018 - €0.6 million), as a result of the closure of the quarry in July 2019, however increased production in the Prilep quarry drove an increase in block marble sales of Alexandrian Blue and Alexandrian White marble to €0.9 million (2018 - €0.4 million).

Block sales overall were significantly impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak. The prominence of China in the block marble market meant that sales of block marble showed a sharp drop from the start of 2020.  As international borders were closed and the outbreak spread through Europe, the decision was made to temporarily close the quarry at Prilep for the safety of staff and to preserve working capital until such point as buyers returned to market. 

The Prilep quarry was reopened in August 2020 and the board will continue to closely watch the progress on the block market through the end of 2020 and into 2021.

Processed marble sales

The new sales team has generated increased interest in the products, and discussions with large natural stone companies are ongoing to supply blocks for their project portfolios.

The formal opening of the Company's new showroom and office in Pristina in April 2020 is a demonstration of Fox Marble's confidence in the market growth potential of the region, both for its own processed products as well as providing cutting services to third parties.

A number of new contracts were signed for processing services and processed marble which are expected to form the backbone of sales through the end of 2020 and 2021. 

· In December 2019 the Company signed a contract for the processing of third-party blocks, which represents an additional revenue stream for the Company.  Under this new third-party agreement, Fox Marble will process stone on behalf of Inter Stone LLC at the Company's factory at Lipjan in Kosovo.  The contract is for twelve months and it is expected that Fox Marble will continue to process blocks of material each month.  Following this, the Company signed two further processing contracts in February 2020 with Egzoni Sh.P.K and Skifteri Sh.P.K.

· In April 2020 Fox Marble signed a contract to supply up to 20,000 square metres of paving to a local municipality for the town square of Suhareka in Kosovo with the first 8000 square metres to be delivered by September 2020. Material already specified and contracted under the first two stages of the project has a total value in excess of €400,000, and once all 20,000 square metres have been supplied is the project is expected to be worth in excess of €750,000.  Fox Marble has already supplied over 5000 sqm of material.

· In June 2020 Fox Marble signed a contract to supply 35,000 square metres of cut and polished tiles to CC Apartments LLC.  CC Apartments LLC is engaged in developing several prestigious projects including apartments in Kosovo, as well as Albania and surrounding countries.  Fox Marble will be processing blocks of a range of marble from its own quarries for this project and supplying this material from its factory in Kosovo over the course of 2021 starting in January.  The total value of the contract is in excess of €700,000.

· In July 2020 Fox Marble signed a new contract to supply 20,000 square metres of cut and polished paving tiles for installation in the town square for the Municipality of Podujeva in Kosovo.  This contract has been entered into with the contractors charged with developing and completing the town square which will be paved with material exclusively supplied by Fox Marble.  Fox Marble began supplying material for this project in August 2020.  The total value of this contract is around €700k over 2020 and 2021.

 

Factory

A 5,400 square metre double skinned steel factory for the cutting and processing of blocks into polished slabs and tiles has been erected on a 10-hectare site that the Company acquired in Lipjan in 2013, close to Pristina airport in Kosovo.

A new Factory Manager was appointed in 2019, Secundino Costas da Vila who is a natural Stone professional with 30 years of experience in some of the top global companies.

Fox Marble is experiencing a developing local market for its processed material and range of products from cut and polished tiles to stair pieces, door and window lintels to slabs, which is driving increased production at the factory.

In June 2020, the Company announced that it had acquired two additional automatic CNC cutting machines to be installed in its factory in Kosovo.  The two machines are manufactured by Simec Srl and Garcia Ramos SA and with the existing Gravellona Machine Marmo CNC machine will double the capacity to cut tiles.  The machines have been installed and are now fully operational.

This will help underpin the 3-year factory expansion plan currently being developed by the recently appointed COO/GM Sales, in conjunction with the anticipated increased demand being generated.

Quarry Operations

Prilep

The Company entered into an agreement to operate a quarry in Prilep, North Macedonia in 2013.  The agreement was for a period of 20 years with an irrevocable option to extend the period for a further 20 years thereafter.  The Prilep quarry contains a highly desirable white marble Alexandrian White and Alexandrian Blue. This is one of a small cluster of quarries, in the Stara river valley, overlooked by the Sivec pass.

The introduction of a new quarry team at the site in November 2018 increased the total production for the quarry to 11,547 tonnes (2018 - 5,816 tonnes). 

On 8 October 2018, Fox Marble acquired Gulf Marble Investments Limited (Dubai) its investment partner in the Prilep Alpha quarry in North Macedonia, including all the rights attached to that Company. Under the terms of the original agreement to acquire the Prilep Alpha quarry in North Macedonia in 2013, Gulf Marble Investments Limited provided the funds to acquire the licence to the site and capital investment amounting to €1.8 million, and then entered into an operating agreement with Fox Marble to operate the quarry.  In compensation Gulf Marble Investments Limited was provided with a royalty amounting to 40% of the gross revenues received from the sale of its block marble from the quarry. 

Through the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Gulf Marble Investments Limited, Fox Marble has effectively acquired the licence to the site eliminating the royalty of 40% of gross revenue that was payable to Gulf Marble Investments Limited under the original agreement, as well as acquiring the capital equipment held by Gulf Marble.  Consideration for the acquisition was the issue of a convertible loan note with a carrying value of €1.785 million.  Following the completion of this transaction Fox Marble will be eligible to retain 65% of the gross revenue from the sale of block marble from the quarry.  A royalty of 35 % of gross revenue will remain payable to the original licence holder of the quarry. 

The Company also has the rights to an additional quarry nearby, Prilep Omega, which it acquired in 2014. 

Quarrying was suspended at Prilep in April 2020 as a result of the un-folding Covid-19 crisis.  It was re-opened in August 2020.

Cervenillë

This site was the first of our quarries to be opened in November 2012.  It is being exploited across three separate locations (Cervenillë A, B & C) from which red (Rosso Cait), red tinged grey (Flora) light and darker grey (Grigio Argento) marble is being produced in significant quantities.  The polished slabs from this quarry have sold well.  The most noteworthy sales included those to St George PLC (Berkeley Homes) for the prestigious Thames riverside Chelsea Creek development in London. 

In 2016, the decision was made to focus quarry resources at the nearby Maleshevë quarry to accelerate development to address expected demand.  Quarry staff and equipment were therefore re allocated from this quarry.  The quarry was re-opened in September 2020 to address the anticipated upcoming demand for Argento Grigio from existing and future contracts.

Syriganë

The quarry at Syriganë is open across four benches. The site contains a variety of the multi-tonal breccia and Calacatta-type marble and produces significant volumes of breccia marble in large compact blocks.  Output is marketed as Breccia Paradisea (predominantly grey and pink) and Etrusco Dorato (predominantly gold and grey).

Growing marble reserves base and the opening of new quarries in Kosovo

The foundation of a successful and growing natural stone company is its reserves base. Fox's strategy is to seek to grow this over the medium term, finding and aiming to open on average at least one new quarry a year in opportunity rich Kosovo. For 2020, two new potential quarries were identified and after initial examination of the resource the Company secured the licence over one new quarry site.  Progress on developing the quarry is expected to start in 2021, subject to an initial drilling program.  This will provide the opportunity to increase both block sales and processed marble from the factory from the end of 2021 onwards.

Maleshevë

In October 2015, the Company acquired the rights to a 300-hectare site close to the Company's existing licence resource in Maleshevë from a local company. By November 2015, this quarry had been opened and the first blocks extracted and sent for testing. The quarry was operated subject to an agreement with the licence holder, Green Power Sh.p.k ("Green Power"), a company incorporated in Kosovo, which granted Fox Marble's Kosovan subsidiary the rights to develop and operate the quarry, in return for a royalty arrangement. 

The quarry contained a mixture of Illirico Bianco, Illirico Superiore and the silver-grey marble Illirico Selene.  The initial market response to both the Illirico Selene and Illirico Bianco was significant and to address this anticipated demand the Company has invested significant resources and effort since 2016 to accelerate the development of these quarries to produce multiple open high volume benches capable of producing blocks in the quantities to meet demand.  The Company quarried 2,850 tonnes during 2019 (2018 - 7,278 tonnes). 

On 4 April 2019, Fox Marble announced it had conditionally acquired the entire share capital of Green Power, for a consideration of £1,000,000 to be satisfied by the issue of 13,000,000 new ordinary shares in the Company at a price that equates to 7.69 pence per share.  However prior to approval of the issue of shares at the AGM in June 2019 Green Power announced their intention to breach the agreed acquisition contract and blocked Fox Marble's access to the quarry site

Quarry production at the Maleshevë quarry in Kosovo was stopped in July 2019 as a result of the ongoing dispute with Green Power Sh.p.k..  The Company has filed civil claims in Kosovo against Green Power Sh.pk for breach of contract and damages, in addition to the wider Arbitration case launched against the Government of Kosovo, as announced in September 2019.  Further details on the arbitration claim can be found below.

Arbitration Proceedings

On 4 September 2019 Fox Marble launched United National Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) arbitration proceedings, against the Republic of Kosovo for damages in excess of €195 million, as a result of the failure of the State to protect Fox Marble's rights over the Maleshevë quarry.

The Company believes the Kosovan Government to be in clear breach of its responsibilities towards the Company as a foreign investor in Kosovo and that this action is in the best interests of its shareholders and employees. The Company anticipates a fair and satisfactory resolution. 

All the Company's other operations, including the quarries and processing factory in Kosovo and the Prilep quarry in Northern Macedonia, are unaffected.

The background to the claim is the dispute arising with the former shareholders of Green Power Sh.p.k and Scope Sh.p.k, which has resulted in Fox Marble being prevented from operating the Maleshevë quarry.  Since the dispute arose Fox Marble has been working to resolve the matter with the appropriate Kosovan Government agencies, namely the Kosovo mining regulator, the Independent Commission of Mines and Mineral ("ICMM") and the Agjencia e Regjistrimit të Bizneseve ("ARBK"), the Kosovo business registration agency. However, in what is a clear breach of Kosovo Law 04/L-220 "On Foreign Investment" (2014), Fox Marble has been prevented from asserting its rights in these matters.

Despite the cumulative weight of evidence, Fox Marble was denied the right to appeal any decision relating to the Maleshevë quarry in direct contravention of the provisions of the Kosovo foreign investment law, Law 04 /L-220.

As a direct consequence of the ARBK and ICMM decisions, the Company has brought arbitration proceedings against the Republic of Kosovo pursuant to Article 16 of the Kosovo foreign investment law (as above). The basis of the claim for damages is the investment made to date in the Maleshevë quarry, loss of future revenues associated with the site and future investment plans in Kosovo. Significant future investment plans are the subject of the MOU signed in October 2016 by the Government of Kosovo and Stone Alliance LLC which is majority owned by Fox Marble.

The Company is represented by its legal advisers, Stephenson Harwood LLP, as well as its Kosovan lawyers. 

Covid-19 Response

The spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have a significant impact across industries worldwide, including the marble extraction and processing market,  given the changeable international travel and working restrictions in place in many countries.

The Board's highest priority is the continued wellbeing of its employees, customers and stakeholders both in the UK and Kosovo.  Given the continued uncertainty on the potential impact and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board has taken preemptive steps not only to ensure the well-being of those affected, but also to best position the Company for future operations. 

In line with many other nations, Kosovo introduced a number of measures to try and curb the further spread of COVID-19, including travel restrictions, school closures and closures of non-essential shops and venues. All flights into Kosovo were cancelled on 16 March 2020, whilst land borders are also closed to non-Kosovo citizens. On 23 March 2020 all private businesses, apart from of some designated sectors, were also ordered to close.  Since this date some restrictions have been lifted, however travel continues to be tightly controlled.

Fox Marble's factory operations were permitted to continue, as it fell within a designated sector. The Company continued to operate the factory, though with scaled back operations.  Extra distancing procedures to protect our workforce were implemented.  Operations were slowly increased over the summer.

Demand for block marble fell significantly as a result of travel restrictions placed on China, the principal buyers of the Company's block marble, since January 2020.  The spread of the virus into Europe and the resulting impact on cross border travel and trade has magnified this effect. The Company elected to suspend production at the quarry in order to keep operational cash flow neutral until the international block marble market returns to normality.  Operations at the Prilep quarry were re-started in August 2020.

Whilst quarrying operations are temporarily suspended, the Company will seek to eliminate all unnecessary expenditure and the Board offered to not take any salary or fees until operations resume.  Head Office staff in London were placed on furlough through to June 2020.

 

Results and Dividends

 

Key Performance Indicators

 

2019

2018

Number of operational quarries

 

4

4

Quarry production (tonnes)

 

14,370

13,094

Revenue

 

€1,422,872

€1,409,730

Average recorded selling price (blocks per tonne)

 

€217

€210

Average recorded selling processed (per sqm)

 

€28

€56

EBITDA

 

(€2,022,027)

(€2,324,762)

Operating loss for the year

 

(€2,273,673)

(€2,427,022)

Loss for the year

 

(€2,533,540)

(€2,264,975)

Expenditure on property, plant and equipment

 

€649,015

€713,315

 

The Group recorded revenues of €1,422,872 in the year ended 31 December 2019 (2018 - €1,409,730). Revenues for the year were consistent on prior year with increases in block sales from the Prilep quarry substituting for the fall in revenues following the suspension of quarrying operations at Malesheve.  The Group incurred an operating loss of €2,273,673 for the year ended 31 December 2019 (2018 - €2,427,022).  The operating loss reflects the costs incurred to bring the quarries and to a stage required for production of more consistent and larger block sizes and develop the factory site.  Additionally, the Group has invested in targeted marketing activity to increase sales.  The average recorded selling price per tonne remained consistent on prior year.  The fall in the selling price per sqm for processed material as focus was shifted to the Kosovan and Balkan market. 

 

The Group incurred a loss after tax for the year ended 31 December 2019 of €2,533,540 (2018 - €2,264,975). 

Reconciliation of EBITDA to Loss for the year

Year to 31 December 2019

Year to 31 December 2018

Loss for the year

(2,533,540)

(2,264,976)

Plus/(less):

 

 

Net finance costs/(income)

259,867

(162,047)

Depreciation

207,850

90,365

Amortisation

43,796

11,896

EBITDA

(2,022,027)

(2,324,762)

 

The Company does not anticipate payment of dividends until its operations become significantly cash generative.

Sustainable development

Fox Marble aims to build and maintain relationships based on trust and mutual benefit with its stakeholders.  Preventing and managing social and environmental risks, while seeking opportunities for improvement, are critical to maintaining the Group's competitiveness and capacity to grow.

Risk

Fox Marble recognises that risk is inherent in all of its business activities. Its risks can have a financial, operational or reputational impact. The Company's system of risk identification, supported by established governance controls, ensures that it effectively responds to such risks, whilst acting ethically and with integrity for the benefit of all of our stakeholders.

Once identified, risks are evaluated to establish root causes, financial and non-financial impacts, and likelihood of occurrence. Consideration of risk impact and likelihood is taken into account to create a prioritised risk register and to determine which of the risks should be considered as a principal risk. The effectiveness and adequacy of mitigating controls are assessed. If additional controls are required, these will be identified and responsibilities assigned.

The Company's management is responsible for monitoring the progress of actions to mitigate key risks. The risk management process is continuous; key risks are reported to the Audit Committee and at least once a year to the full Board.

Going Concern

The Directors have reviewed detailed projected cash flow forecasts and are of the opinion that it is appropriate to prepare this report on a going concern basis. In making this assessment they have considered:

(a)  the current working capital position and operational requirements;

(b)  the timing of expected sales receipts and completion of existing orders;

(c)  the sensitivities of forecast sales figures over the next two years;

(d)  the timing and magnitude of planned capital expenditure; and

(e)  the level of indebtedness of the company and timing of when such liabilities may fall due, and accordingly the working capital position over the next 18 months.

The forecasts assume that production at the Prilep and Cervenillë quarries will continue, which were reopened respectively in August and September 2020. It further assumes that production at the factory will continue to operate and that recently installed machinery will drive an increase in the rate of production.  The forecast assumes existing contracts held by the Company will be fulfilled on a timely basis Further the forecasts assume that sales of block marble will resume over the final quarter of 2020, in line with the reopening of international borders. Further the Company is anticipating significant growth in revenue through the realisation of existing sale contracts and offtake agreements as well as from newly generated sales.

There are several key risks and uncertainties that could impact the financial performance of the Company.  These include the fact that levels of production at Cervenillë and Prilep can be impacted by unforeseen delays due to inclement weather or equipment failure; lower than expected quality of material being produced by the quarries; and delays in the fulfilment of the Company's order book.  The continued progression of the Covid-19 may have a further detrimental impact on sales, and the resumption of block sales to the international block market may be slower than expected.

As at 15 September 2020 the Company has €0.47 million in cash. 

If the cash receipts from sales are lower than anticipated the Company has identified that it has available to it a number of other contingent actions, in addition to those noted above, that it can take to mitigate the impact of potential downside scenarios. These include seeking additional financing, leveraging existing sale agreements, reviewing planned capital expenditure, reducing overheads and further renegotiation of the terms on its existing debt obligations.

In conclusion having regard to the existing and future working capital position and projected sales, the Directors are of the opinion that the application of the going concern basis is appropriate.

Finally, I would like to thank all our staff and our Board colleagues for their unstinting efforts on behalf of Fox Marble. 

On behalf of the board

 


Chris Gilbert

Chief Executive Officer

30 September 2020

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 


Note


2019

 

2018

(restated)






Revenue



1,422,872

1,409,730

Cost of sales



(814,626)

(887,356)

Gross profit



608,246






Administrative and other operating expenses



(2,881,919)

(2,949,396)






Operating loss



(2,273,673)






Finance costs



(517,638)

(119,507)

Finance income



257,771

281,554






Loss before taxation



(2,533,540)

(2,264,975)






Taxation



-

-






Loss for the year



(2,533,540)

(2,264,975)






Other comprehensive income



-

-

Total comprehensive loss for the year attributable to owners of the parent company



(2,533,540)

(2,264,975)






Earnings per share





Basic earnings per share



(0.01)

(0.01)

Diluted earnings per share



(0.01)

(0.01)






 

 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

As at 31 December 2019

 


Note

 

 

As at 31 December

2019

As at 31 December

2018

(restated)

 

As at 1 January

2018

(restated)

Assets






Non-current assets






Intangible assets



2,836,942

  2,880,739

1,338,666

Property, plant and equipment



5,088,344

  4,844,752

4,754,087

Trade and other receivables



-

-

56,307

Total non-current assets



7,925,286

7,725,491

6,149,060

Current assets






Trade and other receivables



1,182,685

  889,299

985,647

Inventories



3,928,397

  3,807,140

3,319,467

Cash and cash equivalents



578,417

  438,270

542,287

Total current assets



5,689,499

5,134,709

4,847,401

Total assets



13,614,785

12,860,200

10,996,461







Current liabilities






Trade and other payables



1,199,376

1,184,855

1,373,096

Borrowings



1,929,696

88,970

1,739,025

Total current liabilities



3,129,072

1,273,825

3,112,121

Non-current liabilities






Deferred tax liability



84,504

84,504

-

Lease Commitments



220,721

-

-

Borrowings



2,524,721

3,683,990

1,702,453

Total non-current liabilities



2,829,946

3,768,494

1,702,453

Total liabilities



5,959,018

  5,042,319

4,814,574







Net assets



7,655,767

7,817,881

6,181,887

Equity






Called up share capital



3,220,221

2,700,688

2,284.476

Share premium



31,793,870

29,941,977

26,424,202

Accumulated losses



(27,479,114)

(24,945,575)

(22,646,505)

Share based payment reserve



85,247

85,247

84,171

Other reserve



35,543

35,543

35,543

Total equity



7,655,767

7,817,881

6,181,887

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 


Note

2019

 

2018

 

Cash flows from operating activities





Loss before taxation



(2,533,540)

( 2,264,975 )

Adjustment for:





Finance costs



517,638

119,507

Finance income



(257,771)

(281,554)

Operating loss for the year



(2,273,673)

( 2,427,022 )

Adjustment for:

Amortisation



43,796 

 

 11,896

Depreciation



648,133

90,365

Foreign exchange losses on operating activities



-

 6,522 

Equity settled transactions



-

  1,076

Provision for impairment of receivables



162,578

124,643

Provision for inventory



392,412

251,552

Changes in working capital:





Increase in trade and other receivables



 (455,965)

 (6,081)

Increase in inventories



(513,669)

(206,942)

Increase/(decrease) in accruals



124,116

(31,266)

Decrease in trade and other payables



(109,593)

(156,975)

Net cash used in operating activities



(1,981,865)

(2,342,231)






Cash flow from investing activities





Expenditure on property, plant & equipment



(649,715)

(499,847)

Expenditure on rights of use assets



(23,736)

-

Interest on bank deposits



1,437

838

Net cash used in investing activities



(672,014)

(499,009)






Cash flows from financing activities





Proceeds from issue of shares (net of issue costs)



2,371,425

3,137,538

Proceeds from the issue of long-term debt (net of issue costs)



609,696

1,314,030

Repayment of debt



-

(1,604,278)

Interest paid on loan note instrument



(187,096)

(102,705)

Net cash generated from financing activities



2,794,026

2,744,585






Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents



140,147

(96,655)






Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 



438,270

542,287

Exchange losses on cash and cash equivalents



-

(7,362)

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year



578,417

438,270






 

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 


Share Capital

Share Premium

Share based payment reserve

Other Reserve

Accumulated losses

Total equity








Note






















Balance at 1 January 2018

2,284,476

26,424,202

84,171

35,543

(22,823,182)

6,005,210

Prior year adjustment

-

-

-

-

176,677

176,677

Balance at 1 January 2018 (restated)

2,284,476

26,424,202

84,171

35,543

(22,646,505)

6,181,887

Loss and total comprehensive loss for the year

-

-

-

-

(2,264,975)

(2,264,975)

Transactions with owners







Share options charge

-

-

1,076

-

-

1,076

Share capital issued

416,212

3,517,775

-

-

-

3,933,987

Adjustment on adoption of IFRS 9





(34,094)

(34,094)

Balance at 31 December 2018 and at 1 January 2019

2,700,688

29,941,977

85,247

35,543

(24,945,574)

7,817,881

Loss and total comprehensive loss for the year





(2,533,540)

(2,533,540)

Transactions with owners







Share options charge

-

-


-

-

-

Share capital issued

519,533

1,851,893

-

-

-

2,371,426

Balance at 31 December 2019

3,220,221

31,793,870

85,247

35,543

(27,479,114)

7,665,765















 

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

 

1.  General information

The principal activity of Fox Marble Holdings plc and its subsidiary and associate companies (collectively "Fox Marble Group" or "Group") is the exploitation of quarry reserves in the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of North Macedonia.

Fox Marble Holdings plc is the Group's ultimate Parent Company ("the parent company"). It is incorporated in England and Wales and domiciled in England. The address of its registered office is 160 Camden High Street, London, NW1 0NE. Fox Marble Holdings plc shares are admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market.

 

2.  Basis of Preparation

The financial information set out herein does not constitute the Group's statutory financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2019, but is derived from the Group's audited full  financial statements. The auditors have reported on the 2018 financial statements and their report was unqualified and did not contain statements under s498(2) or (3) Companies Act 2006. The 2018 Annual Report was approved by the Board of Directors on  29 September 2020, and will be mailed to shareholders on 30 September 2020. The financial information in this statement is audited but does not have the status of statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.

The Group's consolidated financial statements, which form part of the 2019 Annual Report, have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the European Union and the requirements of the Companies Act applicable to companies reporting under IFRS. IFRS includes Interpretations issued by the IFRS Interpretations Committee (formerly - IFRIC).

The consolidated financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention, apart from financial assets and financial liabilities (including derivative instruments) which are recorded at fair value through the profit and loss. The preparation of consolidated financial statements under IFRS requires the use of certain critical accounting estimates. It also requires management to exercise its judgement in the process of applying the Group's accounting policies.

 

3.  Critical accounting estimates and areas of judgement

Critical accounting estimates and areas of judgement

The preparation of consolidated financial statements under IFRS requires the use of certain critical accounting estimates. It also requires management to exercise its judgement in the process of applying the Group's accounting policies. The key areas of judgement and critical accounting estimates are explained below.

Impairment assessment

The Group assesses at each reporting date whether there are any indicators that its assets and cash generating units (CGUs) may be impaired. Operating and economic assumptions, which could affect the valuation of assets using discounted cash flows, are updated regularly as part of the Group's planning and forecasting processes. Judgement is therefore required to determine whether the updates represent significant changes in the service potential of an asset or CGU and are therefore indicators of impairment or impairment reversal.

In performing the impairment reviews, the Group assesses the recoverable amount of its operating assets principally with reference to fair value less costs of disposal, assessed using discounted cash flow models. These models are subject to estimation uncertainty and there is judgement in determining the assumptions that are considered to be reasonable and consistent with those that would be applied by market participants as outlined below.

Going concern

The Group assesses at each reporting date whether it is a going concern for the foreseeable future.  In making this assessment management considers:

(a)  the current working capital position and operational requirements;

(b)  the timing of expected sales receipts and completion of existing orders;

(c)  the sensitivities of forecast sales figures over the next two years;

(d)  the timing and magnitude of planned capital expenditure; and

(e)  the level of indebtedness of the company and timing of when such liabilities may fall due, and accordingly the working capital position over the next 18 months.

Management considers in detail the going concern assessment, including the underlying assumptions, risks and mitigating actions to support the assessment.  The assessment is subject to estimation uncertainty and there is judgement in determining underlying assumptions.

Quarry reserves

Engineering estimates of the Group's quarry reserves are inherently imprecise and represent only approximate amounts because of the significant judgments involved in developing such information. There are authoritative guidelines regarding the engineering criteria that must be met before estimated quarry reserves can be designated as ''proved'' and ''probable''. Proved and probable quarry reserve estimates are updated at regular intervals considering recent production and technical information about each quarry. In addition, as prices and cost levels change from year to year, the value of proved and probable quarry reserves also changes. This change is considered a change in estimate for accounting purposes and is reflected on a prospective basis in depreciation and amortisation rates calculated on units of production ("UOP") basis.

Changes in the estimate of quarry reserves are also considered in impairment assessments of non-current assets.

Treatment of convertible loan notes

The convertible loan notes have been accounted for as a liability held at amortised cost. At the date of issue, the fair value of the liability component was estimated using the prevailing market interest rate for similar non-convertible debt. 

The conversion option results in the Company repaying a GBP denominated liability in return for issuing a fixed number of shares and as such has been classified as a derivative liability.  The liability is held at fair value and any changes in fair value over the period are recognised in profit or loss.

The Company has fair valued the identified embedded derivatives included within the contract using a Black Scholes methodology, which has resulted in the recording of a liability of €6,125 at 31 December 2019 (2018 - €262,459).  The main assumptions used in the valuation of the derivative conversion option as at 31 December 2019 were: underlying share price of £0.0245 (31 December 2018: £0.0738), EUR/GBP spot rate of 1.1815 (31 December 2018: 1.10), historic volatility of 53% (31 December 2018: 44%) and risk free rate of 1.9% (31 December 2018: 0.68%)

Inventories

Inventories are stated at the lower of cost and net realisable value. Cost is determined based on weighted average costs and comprises direct materials and direct labour costs and those overheads that have been incurred in bringing the inventories to their present location and condition. Net realisable value is based on estimated selling prices less any estimated costs to be incurred to completion and disposal. 

In calculating the net realisable value of the inventory management has to make a judgment about the expected sales price of the material.  Management makes this judgment based on its historical experience of the sale of similar material and taking into account the quality or age of the inventory concerned.

 

4.  Going concern

The Directors have reviewed detailed projected cash flow forecasts and are of the opinion that it is appropriate to prepare this report on a going concern basis. In making this assessment they have considered:

(a) the current working capital position and operational requirements;

(b) the timing of expected sales receipts and completion of existing orders;

(c) the sensitivities of forecast sales figures over the next two years;

(d) the timing and magnitude of planned capital expenditure; and

(e) the level of indebtedness of the company and timing of when such liabilities may fall due, and accordingly the working capital position over the period to 31 December 2021.

If the cash receipts from sales are lower than anticipated the Company has identified that it has available to it a number of other contingent actions, in addition to those noted above, that it can take to mitigate the impact of potential downside scenarios. These include seeking additional financing, leveraging existing sale agreements, reviewing planned capital expenditure, reducing overheads and further renegotiation of the terms on its existing debt obligations.

5.  Prior period adjustment

Fox Marble reviews the expected useful lives of intangible assets with finite lives on a regular basis. Upon review of the intangible asset in respect of Prilep Omega with a carrying value of €1.2 million, it was determined amortisation should not have started because the quarry is not in the location and condition necessary for it to be capable of operating in the manner intended by management. The Prilep Omega quarry requires additional development before it will enter production and therefore the amortisation of the intangible asset has been adjusted accordingly.

The impact of the adjustment on the Group's consolidated income statement, consolidated statement of comprehensive income, consolidated statement of financial position and consolidated statement of cash flows is presented in the following tables.

 


For the year ended 31 December

2018

Adjustment

 

 

 

 

For the year ended 31 December

2018


As previously reported


As restated

Revenue

1,409,730

-

1,409,730

Cost of sales

(887,356)

-

(887,356)

Gross profit

522,374

Administrative and other operating expenses

(2,980,800)

31,403

(2,949,396)

Operating loss

(2,458,426)

31,403

(2,427,022)

Finance costs

(119,507)

-

(119,507)

Finance income

281,554

-

281,554

Loss before taxation

(2,296,379)

31,403

(2,264,975)

Taxation

-

-

-

Loss for the year

(2,296,379)

31,403

(2,264,975)

 


As at 31 December

2018

 

As at 31 December

2018

 

As at 31 December

2018

 

As at 1 January

2018

 

As at 1 January

2018

 

As at 1 January

2018

 

 


As previously reported

Adjustment

As restated

As previously reported

Adjustment

As restated

Intangible assets

2,672,658

208,080

2,880,739

1,161,989

176,677

1,338,666

Property, plant and equipment

4,844,752

-

4,844,752

4,754,087


4,754,087

Trade and other receivables


-


56,307


56,307

Total non-current assets

7,517,410

208,080

7,725,491

5,972,383

176,677

6,149,060

Trade and other receivables

889,299

-

889,299

985,647

-

985,647

Inventories

3,807,140

-

3,807,140

3,319,467

-

3,319,467

Cash and cash equivalents

438,270

-

438,270

542,287

-

542,287

Total current assets

5,134,709

-

5,134,709

4,874,401

-

4,874,401

Total assets

12,652,119

208,080

12,860,200

10,819,784

176,677

10,996,461

Trade and other payables

1,184,855

-

1,184,855

1,373,096

-

1,373,096

Borrowings

88,970

-

88,970

1,739,025

-

1,739,025

Total current liabilities

1,273,825

-

1,273,825

3,112,121

-

3,112,121

Deferred tax liability

84,504

-

84,504

-

-

-

Borrowings

3,683,990

-

3,683,990

1,702,453

-

1,702,453

Total non-current liabilities

3,768,494

-

3,768,494

1,702,453

-

1,702,453

Total liabilities

5,042,319

-

5,042,319

4,814,574


4,814,574








Net assets

7,609,800

208,080

7,817,881

6,005,210

176,677

6,181,887

Equity







Called up share capital

2,700,688


2,700,688

2,284.476

-

2,284.476

Share premium

29,941,977


29,941,977

26,424,202

-

26,424,202

Accumulated losses

(25,153,655)

208,080

(24,945,574)

(22,823,182)

176,677

(22,646,505)

Share based payment reserve

85,247


85,247

84,171

-

84,171

Other reserve

35,543


35,543

35,543

-

35,543

Total equity

7,609,800

208,080

7,817,881

6,005,210

176,677

6,181,887

 


For the year ended 31 December

2018

Adjustment

 

 

 

 

For the year ended 31 December

2018


As previously reported


As restated

Cash flows from operating activities




Loss before taxation

( 2,296,379 )

31,403

( 2,264,975 )

Adjustment for:




Finance costs

119,507

-

119,507

Finance income

(281,554)

-

(281,554)

Operating loss for the year

( 2,458,426 )

31,403

( 2,427,023 )

Adjustment for:

Amortisation

 

 43,299

31,403

 

 11,896

Depreciation

90,365

-

90,365

Foreign exchange losses on operating activities

 6,522 

-

 6,522 

Equity settled transactions

  1,076

-

  1,076

Provision for impairment of receivables

124,643

-

124,643

Provision for inventory

251,552

-

251,552

Changes in working capital:




Increase in trade and other receivables

 (6,081)

-

 (6,081)

Increase in inventories

(206,942)

-

(206,942)

Increase/(decrease) in accruals

(31,266)

-

(31,266)

Decrease in trade and other payables

(156,975)

-

(156,975)

Net cash used in operating activities

(2,342,233)

-

(2,342,233)

 

 

 

6.  Segmental information

The chief operating decision maker is the Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors reviews management accounts prepared for the Group as a whole when assessing performance.

All the operations of Fox Marble Holdings plc are in the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of North Macedonia.  All sales of the Group are as a result of the extraction and processing of marble. It is the opinion of the directors that the operations of the Company represent one segment and are treated as such when evaluating its performance.

Of the non-current assets held by the Group of €8,127,917 (2018 - €7,725,491), €4,262,651 (2018 - €4,481,511) relates to Property, Plant and Machinery acquired for the exploitation of assets in Kosovo and €588,902 (2018 - €362,612) relates to Property, Plant and Machinery acquired for the exploitation of assets in North Macedonia.  Intangible assets held by the Group relate to intangible assets acquired in relation to mining rights and licences in North Macedonia of €2,674,866 (2018 - €2,716,304) and exploration and evaluation expenditure incurred in Kosovo of €77,572 (2018 - €79,930).


Kosovo

Macedonia

Other

Total


31 December 2019

31 December 2019

31 December 2019

31 December 2019

Property, Plant and Machinery

4,262,651

588,902

236,791

5,088,344

Intangible assets

77,572

2,674,866

84,504

2,836,942

Total non-current assets




7,925,286


31 December 2018

31 December 2018

31 December 2018

31 December 2018

Property, Plant and Machinery

4,481,511

362,612

629

4,844,752

Intangible assets

79,931

2,716,304

84,504

2,880,739

Total non-current assets




7,725,491

 

The Group incurs certain costs in the United Kingdom in relation to head office expenses.  In the year under review included in the operating costs for the year of €2,881,919 (2018 - €2,949,396) were costs incurred in the United Kingdom of €1,385,145(2018 - €1,314,226).  Net interest cost of the Group of €259,867 (2018 - income of €162,047) is incurred in the United Kingdom.

All revenue, which represents turnover, arises solely within Kosovo and North Macedonia and relates to external parties.

Group


Year ended

31 December

2019

Year ended

31 December

2018

Revenue by territory








Europe


883,271

  845,877

Middle East


148,976

  260,783

China


390,625 

  209,616

India


  93,454

 

Revenues from contracts with customers

The Group generates revenue through the sale of quarried marble as well as the processing of marble into slabs, tiles and bespoke cut to size items. 

Group


Year ended

31 December

2019

Year ended

31 December

2018

Revenue by product








Sale of block marble


1,219,618

1,043,313

Sale of processed marble


168,807

353,265

Provision of processing services


34,447

13,152





 

Revenue is recognised in a manner that depicts the pattern of the transfer of goods and services to customers. The amount recognised reflects the amount to which the Group expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods and services. Sales contracts are evaluated to determine the performance obligations, the transaction price and the point at which there is transfer of control. The transactional price is the amount of consideration due in exchange for transferring the promised goods or services to the customer, and is allocated against the performance obligations and recognised in accordance with whether control is recognised over a defined period or at a specific point in time.

Block marble may be sold under a sales agreement with a customer or on a non contractual basis.  Sales agreements for block marble generally contain agreed pricing and minimum volume, through which customers can gain exclusivity within a given region.  Block marble may be sold on an ex-quarry basis or free on board (FOB) basis.   Revenue is recognised on the sale of block marble when control of the block marble is transferred to the buyer as the transfer of legal title, customer acceptance and an unconditional requirement to pay.  The group derives revenue from the sale of blocks at a point in time.

Processed marble may be sold on an as seen basis or may be cut to order.  The Company may enter into contracts to supply a given volume of processed marble as specified by the client.  Processed marble may be sold on ex-factory basis or may include transport to customers.  Revenue in relation to larger projects may involve separately identifiable performance obligations.  Such performance obligations may include the separate delivery of instalments of product in accordance with the contractual schedule.  Where marble is cut to order the Group does not consider the provision of marble and the processing of marble as separate obligations, unless the client selects and takes title to specific block marble.

The group does not expect to have any contracts where the period between the transfer of the promised goods or services to the customer and payment by the customer exceeds one year. Consequently, the Group does not adjust any of the transaction prices for the time value of money.

Group

Year ended

31 December

2019

Year ended

31 December

2018







Contractual basis

745,201

941,349

Non-contractual basis

677,671

468,381




 

The following table sets out financial assets and liabilities that relate to sales contracts the Group has entered into



Year ended

31 December

2019

Year ended

31 December

2018









Trade receivables


142.216

276,073

Contract Liabilities (Advances received from customers)


313,582

307,743





 

7.  Expenses by nature

 



Year ended

31 December

2019

Year ended

31 December

2018




(restated)

Operating loss is stated after charging/(crediting):








Cost of materials sold


814,626

887,356

Inventory provision


392,412

251,552

Fees payable to the Company's auditors


76,050

104,860

Legal & professional fees


293,972

191,796

Consultancy fees and commissions


400,458

470,998

Staff costs


690,074

803,340

Operating lease rental


16,424

47,679

Other head office costs


147,304

166,031

Travelling, entertainment & subsistence costs


106,194

136,292

Depreciation


207,850

90,365

Amortisation


43,796

12,972

Quarry operating costs


172,564

170,285

Foreign exchange (loss)/gain


(19,205)

25,492

Marketing & PR


47,690

48,614

Testing, storage, sampling and transportation of materials


94,858

265,805

Provision for bad debts


162,578

124,643

Sundry expenses


48,900

38,673





Cost of sales, administrative and other operational expenses


3,696,545

3,836,752

 

The analysis of auditors' remunerations is as follows:

Group


Year ended

31 December

2019

Year ended

31 December

2018





Fees payable to the Company's auditors and its associates for services to the group






Audit of UK parent company


16,711 

23,041

Audit of consolidated financial statements


44,834 

61,819

Audit of overseas subsidiaries


14,505 

20,000

Audit of UK subsidiaries



-

Total audit services


76,050 

104,860

 

8.  Net finance costs



2019

2018





Finance costs




Interest expense on borrowings


343,952

119,507

Net foreign exchange loss on loan note instrument


171,235

-

Interest payable on lease liabilities


2,451

 -



517,638 

119,507 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.  Net finance income



2019

2018









Finance income




Movement in the fair value of derivative


256,335

277,962

Net foreign exchange gain on loan note instrument


-

2,754

Interest income on bank deposits


1,436

838



257,771

281,554





 

 

10.  Loss per share





 

2019

 

2018







Loss for the year used for the calculation of basic EPS




(2,533,540)

(2,264,975)

Number of shares






Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purpose of basic EPS




230,948,303

  214,022,550

Effect of potentially dilutive ordinary shares




Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purpose of diluted EPS




230,948,303

  214,022,550







Earnings per share:






Basic




(0.01)

(0.01)

Diluted




  (0.01)

  (0.01)







 

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the loss attributable to owners of the Company by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the year..

The following potentially dilutive instruments have been excluded from the calculation of weighted average number of ordinary shares for the year ended 31 December 2019 for the purpose of calculating diluted loss per share on the basis that the instruments would be anti-dilutive.

· A grant of 120,000 options granted under the DSOP.

· Shares issuable under unsecured convertible loan notes issued by the Company. 

175,000 performance warrants granted to Beaufort Securities Limited.

 

11.  Intangible assets


 

 

 

Goodwill

 

 

Mining rights and licences

Capitalised exploration and evaluation expenditure

Total

Cost


(restated)


(restated)

As at 1 January 2018

-

1,256,376

92,866

1,349,242

Addition

84,504

1,469,464

-

1,553,968

As at 31 December 2018,1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019

84,504

2,725,840

92,866

2,903,210






Accumulated amortisation





As at 1 January 2018

-

-

10,576

10,576

Amortisation charge

-

9,537

2,360

11,897

As at 31 December 2018 and as at 1 January 2019

-

9,537

12,936

22,473

Charge for the year

-

41,438

2,358

43,796

As at 31 December 2019

-

50,975

15,294

66,269

Net Book Value





As at 1 January 2018

-

1,256,376

82,290

1,338,666

As at 31 December 2018

84,504

2,716,304

79,930

2,880,738

As at 31 December 2019

84,504

2,674,866

77,572

2,836,942

 

Capitalised exploration and evaluation expenditure represent rights to the mining of decorative stone reserves in the Pejë, Syriganë and Rahovec quarries in Kosovo.  The Group was granted in 2011 rights of use by the local municipality for twenty years over land in the Syriganë and Rahovec region through acquisition of the issued share capital of Rex Marble SH.P.K and H&P SH.P.K. 

On 16 August 2014 the Company entered into a sub-lease arrangement with New World Holdings (Malta) Limited in relation to the Omega Alexandrian White marble quarry at Prilep in North Macedonia.  This new quarry site is adjacent to the Company's existing operations in Prilep.  The consideration for the sub-lease was €1,256,376 (£1,000,000) and a subsequent 40% gross revenue royalty obligation. The sub-lease has an initial term of 20 years, which is extendable by the Company for a further twenty years. The sub-lease grants the Company the exclusive right to quarry, process, remove and sell marble from the quarry.  The Company will pay for and provide all the equipment and staff required to operate this quarry. The quarry is not yet operational.

On 8 October 2018 the Company acquired Gulf Marble Investments Limited (UAE).  As part of this acquisition the Group acquired the direct sub licence to the Prilep Alpha quarry and eliminated the 40% gross revenue royalty payable under the original agreements.  The Group has recognised an intangible asset with a provisional fair value of €1,469,464 which will be amortised over the remaining period of the licence.  The acquisition gave rise to a technical deferred tax liability and a corresponding entry to goodwill of €84,504 in accordance with IFRS 3.

Intangible assets relating to quarries not yet in operation are treated as exploration and evaluation assets and assessed for impairment in accordance with IFRS 6 Exploration and evaluation of mineral resources.  The Group has assessed intangible assets for indicators of impairment and concluded there are no indicators of impairment arising in the current year.

Other intangible assets relating to quarries in operation include amounts spent by the Group acquiring licences. Where intangible assets are acquired through business combinations and no active market for the assets exists, the fair value of these assets is determined by discounting estimated future net cash flows generated by the asset. Intangible assets relating to quarries in operation are assessed annually for indicators of impairment in accordance with IAS 36.

 

 

12.  Property, plant and equipment

 


 Quarry Plant & Machinery

 

 

Factory Plant &  Machinery

 

 

Rights of use asset

Land and buildings

 

Office Equipment and

Leasehold improvements

Total

 

 

 

 

Cost







As at 1 January 2018

2,988,900

3,040,590

-

160,000

30,488

6,219,978

Additions

322,593

390,722

-

-

-

713,315

As at 31 December 2018 and as at 1 January 2019

3,311,493

3,431,312

-

160,000

30,488

6,933,293

Additions(1)

597,773

50,306

242,710

-

936

891,725

As at 31 December 2019

3,909,266

3,481,618

242,710

160,000

31,424

7,825,018








Accumulated depreciation







As at 1 January 2018

1,393,784

44,949

-

-

27,158

1,465,891

Depreciation charge (2)

526,490

93,459

-

-

2,701

622,650

As at 31 December 2018 and as at 1 January 2019

1,920,274

138,408

-

-

29,859

2,088,541

Depreciation charge (2)

530,593

110,056

6,827

-

657

648,133

As at 31 December 2019

2,450,867

248,464

6,827

-

30,516

2,736,674








Net Book Value







As at 1 January 2018

1,595,116

2,995,641

-

160,000

3,330

4,754,087

As at 31 December 2018

1,391,219

3,292,904

-

160,000

629

4,844,752

As at 31 December 2019

1,458,399

3,233,154

235,883

160,000

908

5,088,345








 

 

 

(1)  Included in additions of €713,315 in the year ended 31 December 2018 are €213,469 of assets acquired as result of the acquisition of Gulf Marble Investments Limited. 

(2)  Depreciation on plant and machinery is included in in the cost of inventory to the extent it is directly related to production of that inventory. In the year ended 31 December 2019 €461,170 of depreciation was included in the cost of inventory produced (2018 €532,284).

The Group has assessed property, plant and equipment for indicators of impairment and concluded there are no indicators of impairment arising in the current year.  Included in property, plant and equipment is €161,000 of assets that are currently located at the Maleshevë quarry site.  Access to the quarry site has been under dispute since July 2019, as disclosed further in Note 30.  Due to the dispute with Green Power Sh.P.K the Company were unable to physically inspect the assets as at 31 December 2019 year end.  The assets were counted by an independent assessor in October 2019 as part of ongoing civil litigation against Green Power Sh.P.K, and an injunction was granted to the Company stopping Green Power Sh.P.K or any other third party moving, selling or interfering with them in any way.  The Company is confident of its rights over the assets and the enforcement of those rights, and that the value of the assets is not impaired.

 

The Group has assessed property, plant and equipment for indicators of impairment and concluded there are no indicators of impairment arising in the current year. 

Right-of-use assets

From 1 January 2019, the Group has adopted IFRS 16 Leases. for the accounting policy. The right-of-use assets recognised on adoption of the new leasing standard are reflected in the underlying asset classes of property, plant and equipment.

 

13.  Borrowings

Group and Company:


2019

2018





Current borrowings




Convertible loan notes held at amortised cost


1,924,821

85,259

Derivative over own equity at fair value


4,875

3,711







1,929,696

88,970

Non-current borrowings




Convertible loan notes held at amortised cost


2,523,471

2,871,292

Other borrowings held at amortised cost


-

553,950

Derivative over own equity at fair value


1,250

258,748







2,524,721

3,683,990









 

 

a.  Series 3 Loan Note

On 28 June 2017, the Company issued a convertible loan note with a value of £440,000 ("Series 3 Loan Note") to a non related party.  This new Series 3 Loan Note has an interest rate of 8% per annum, in line with the Series 1 Loan Note issued to Amati Global Investors Limited.  The Loan Note was due for conversion or repayment on 31 August 2020 with a conversion price set at 10p.

  As at 31 December 2019 , the Series 3 Loan Note held at amortised cost had a balance of €521,885 (31 December 2018 - €489,235).  The Stockholders' option to convert the loan has been treated as an embedded derivative and measured at fair value.  As at 31 December 2019 the derivative had a value of €520 (31 December 2018 - €16,818).  The fair value has been assessed using a Black Scholes methodology. The derivative is classified as a level 3 derivative on the basis that the valuation includes one or more significant inputs not based on observable market data.

b.  Series 4 Loan Note

On 28 December 2017, the Company issued a convertible loan note with a value of £160,000 ("Series 4 Loan Note") to a non related party.  This new Series 4 Loan Note has an interest rate of 8% per annum, in line with the Series 1 Loan Note issued to Amati Global Investors Limited.  The Loan Note was due for conversion or repayment on 31 August 2020 with a conversion price set at 10.5p.

As at 31 December 2019, the Series 4 Loan Note held at amortised cost had a balance of €185,514 (31 December 2018 - €174,202).  The Stockholders' option to convert the loan has been treated as an embedded derivative and measured at fair value.  As at 31 December 2019 the derivative had a value of €180 (31 December 2018 - €7,918).  The fair value has been assessed using a Black Scholes methodology . The derivative is classified as a level 3 derivative on the basis that the valuation includes one or more significant inputs not based on observable market data.

c.  Series 5 Loan Note

On 19 January 2018, the Company issued a convertible loan note with a value of £75,000 ("Series 5 Loan Note") to a non related party.  This new Series 5 Loan Note has an interest rate of 8% per annum.  The Loan Note was due for conversion or repayment on 19 January 2020 with a conversion price set at 10.5p.

As at 31 December 2019, the Series 5 Loan Note held at amortised cost had a balance of €91,073 (31 December 2018 - €85,258).  The Stockholders' option to convert the loan has been treated as an embedded derivative and measured at fair value.  As at 31 December 2019, the derivative had a value of €84 (31 December 2018 - €3,711).  The fair value has been assessed using a Black Scholes methodology . The derivative is classified as a level 3 derivative on the basis that the valuation includes one or more significant inputs not based on observable market data.

d.  Series 6 Loan Note

On 30 July 2018, the Company issued a convertible loan note with a value of £300,000 ("Series 6 Loan Note") to a non related party.  This new Series 6 Loan Note has an interest rate of 8% per annum.  The Loan Note was due for conversion or repayment on 30 July 2020 with a conversion price set at 10.5p.

As at 31 December 2019, the Series 6 Loan Note held at amortised cost had a balance of €353,229 (31 December 2018 - €331,310).  The Stockholders' option to convert the loan has been treated as an embedded derivative and measured at fair value.  As at 31 December 2019, the derivative had a value of €338 (31 December 2018 - €24,121).  The fair value has been assessed using a Black Scholes methodology . The derivative is classified as a level 3 derivative on the basis that the valuation includes one or more significant inputs not based on observable market data.

e.  Series 7 Loan Note

On 30 September 2018, the Company issued a convertible loan note with a value of £300,000 ("Series 7 Loan Note") to a non related party.  This new Series 7 Loan Note has an interest rate of 8% per annum.  The Loan Note was due for conversion or repayment on 30 September 2020 with a conversion price set at 10.5p.

As at 31 December 2019, the Series 7 Loan Note held at amortised cost had a balance of €357,529 (31 December 2018 - €335,044).  The Stockholders' option to convert the loan has been treated as an embedded derivative and measured at fair value.  As at 31 December 2019, the derivative had a value of €338 (31 December 2018 - €27,223).  The fair value has been assessed using a Black Scholes methodology .

f.  Convertible Loan Notes 2020

As consideration for the acquisition of Gulf Marble Investments Limited Fox Marble has issued an Unsecured Convertible Loan Note ("Gulf Loan Note") in the amount of €1,785,000.  Under the terms of the Loan Note, the holder may elect to convert at a conversion price of 130% of the 3 month volume weighted average share price.  The Loan Note is repayable from 1 October 2020.  The Loan Note carries an interest rate of Libor plus 1.5% payable annually in arrears.

As at 31 December 2019, the Gulf Loan Note held at amortised cost had a balance of €1,676,062 (31 December 2018 - €1,541,502).  The Stockholders' option to convert the loan has been treated as an embedded derivative and measured at fair value.  As at 31 December 2019, the derivative had a value of €382 (31 December 2018 - €182,669).  The fair value has been assessed using a Black Scholes methodology . The derivative is classified as a level 3 derivative on the basis that the valuation includes one or more significant inputs not based on observable market data.

g.  Series 8-10 Loan Note

On 4 February 2019, the Company issued a convertible loan note with a value of £700,000 ("Series 8-10 Loan Note") to a non related party.  This new Series 8-10 Loan Note has an interest rate of 8% per annum.  The Loan Note was due for conversion or repayment on 4 February 2021 with a conversion price set at 10.5p.

As at 31 December 2019, the Series 8-10 Loan Notes held at amortised cost had a balance of €847,396.  The Stockholders' option to convert the loan has been treated as an embedded derivative and measured at fair value.  As at 31 December 2019, the derivative had a value of €868.  The fair value has been assessed using a Black Scholes methodology .

h.  Other Borrowings

In September 2019, the Company entered a short-term borrowing arrangement with a value of £345,000 ("Other Borrowings").  The interest rate was 1% per calendar month with a repayment date of the 31 March 2020.

As at 31 December 2019 the carrying value of these loans was €407,618.  On the 27 May 2020 holders of £225,000 of these borrowings agreed to exchange them with Series 11 Loan notes as described below. 

i.  Series 11 Loan Note

On the 27 May 2020 the  company reached agreement with the holders of the Series 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 , 9 and 10  loan note holders to reschedule the terms of the loan notes.

The existing loan notes were cancelled and replaced to Series 11 Loan Note.  The Series 11 Loan Note has an interest rate of 2% per annum.  The Loan note is due for conversion or repayment on the 30 June 2026 with a conversion price of 5p.

The directors consider that the carrying amount of borrowings approximates their fair value at 31 December 2019.

14.  Share capital


2019

Number

2018

Number

Share capital

2019

Share capital

2018

Share premium

2019

Share premium

2018








Issued, called up and fully paid Ordinary shares of £0.01  each





At 1 January

217,885,322

181,344,851

2,700,688

2,284,476

29,941,977

26,424,202

Issued in the year

44,772,560

36,540,471

519,532

416,212

1,851,893

3,517,775

At 31 December

262,657,882

217,885,322

3,220,221

2,700,688

31,793,870

29,941,977








 

On the 4 February 2019 the Company issued 13,263,121 shares at a price 9.5 per share.  On the 19 December 2019 the Company issued 31,509,439 shares at a price of 2.7 per share. As part of these share issues €31,969 was capitalised into share premium.

 

15.  Contingent Liabilities

The Company has launched Civil Proceedings against the owners of Green Power Sh.P.K in Kosovo for breach of contract for the sale of Green Power and the pre-existing operating contract for the M3 quarry.

Should the Company be unsuccessful in asserting its rights over the M3 quarry it will incur a direct loss of €119,424, due to investments made in the power installation at the M3 quarry with a carrying value in the accounts of €64,424, and deposit paid for quarry reconditioning of €55,000.

On 4 September 2019 Fox Marble launched United National Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) arbitration proceedings, against the Republic of Kosovo for damages in excess of €195 million, as a result of the failure of the State to protect Fox Marble's rights over the Maleshevë quarry.

The Company believes the Kosovan Government to be in clear breach of its responsibilities towards the Company as a foreign investor in Kosovo and that this action is in the best interests of its shareholders and employees. The Company anticipates a fair and satisfactory resolution. 

All the Company's other operations, including the quarries and processing factory in Kosovo and the Prilep quarry in Northern Macedonia, are unaffected.

The background to the claim is the dispute arising with the former shareholders of Green Power Sh.P.K and Scope Sh.P.K, which has resulted in Fox Marble being prevented from operating the Maleshevë quarry.  Since the dispute arose Fox Marble has been working to resolve the matter with the appropriate Kosovan Government agencies, namely the Kosovo mining regulator, the Independent Commission of Mines and Mineral ("ICMM") and the Agjencia e Regjistrimit të Bizneseve ("ARBK"), the Kosovo business registration agency. However, in what is a clear breach of Kosovo Law 04/L-220 "On Foreign Investment" (2014), Fox Marble has been prevented from asserting its rights in these matters.

Despite the cumulative weight of evidence, Fox Marble was denied the right to appeal any decision relating to the Maleshevë quarry in direct contravention of the provisions of the Kosovo foreign investment law, Law 04 /L-220.

As a direct consequence of the ARBK and ICMM decisions, the Company has brought arbitration proceedings against the Republic of Kosovo pursuant to Article 16 of the Kosovo foreign investment law (as above). The basis of the claim for damages is the investment made to date in the Maleshevë quarry, loss of future revenues associated with the site and future investment plans in Kosovo. Significant future investment plans are the subject of the MOU signed in October 2016 by the Government of Kosovo and Stone Alliance LLC which is majority owned by Fox Marble.

The Company is represented by its legal advisers, Stephenson Harwood LLP, as well as its Kosovan lawyers. 

Mermeren Kombinat AD launched proceedings against the Company claiming that the Company's use of the name of Sivec for the marble produced at its quarries in Prilep, North Macedonia was in breach of trademark they held.

On 14 June 2017, the Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court held that the use of the name SIVEC by Fox Marble Holdings plc was an infringement of Mermeren Kombinat AD's EU trade mark.  Damages awarded are still being assessed by the Court but are not expected to be material. 

 

16.  Events after the reporting period

On 27 May 2020, the Company announced its intention to raise £0.8 million (before expenses) by the placing of 45,714,292 new Ordinary Shares at a price of 1.75 pence per share to existing and new investors.  In connection with the placing 22,857,146 warrants were issued to the placees at a price 3.5 pence which may be exercised for 18 months following the date of Admission.  The Warrants will not be admitted to trading on AIM or any other stock market and are not transferable.

The Company has reached agreement with the holders of £2.1 million of its CULNs. Under this agreement the Company will replace the eight existing series of CULNs with a new single class of CULN which will have a maturity date of 1 December 2026 and will be convertible at any date from 1 June 2020 at a conversion price of 5p per share. The interest rate of the new CULN is 2% per annum payable half yearly on 1 June and 1 December.

 

17.  Information

Copies of the Annual Report and Financial Statements will be posted to shareholders today.  Further copies will be available from Fox Marble Holding plc's registered office at 160 Camden High Street, NW1 0NE or on the Company's website at www.foxmarble.net

Caution regarding forward looking statements

Certain statements in this announcement, are, or may be deemed to be, forward looking statements. Forward looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ''believe'', ''could'', "should" ''envisage'', ''estimate'', ''intend'', ''may'', ''plan'', ''potentially'', "expect", ''will'' or the negative of those, variations or comparable expressions, including references to assumptions. These forward looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors' current expectations and assumptions regarding the Company's future growth, results of operations, performance, future capital and other expenditures (including the amount, nature and sources of funding thereof), competitive advantages, business prospects and opportunities. Such forward looking statements reflect the Directors' current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors

 

 

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