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Wednesday 26 May, 2021

Starvest PLC

Half-year Report

RNS Number : 8747Z
Starvest PLC
26 May 2021
 

26 May 2021

 

Half-year report - six months ended 31 March 2021

 

Chairman's statement

Over the six months to 30 March 2021, we continued to experience the economic effects of COVID-19 but thankfully natural resources were very resilient compared to other investment sectors. However, we did note a change in global sentiment from early January 2021 as several commodities, including precious metals, declined in price, which had a marked impact on the near-record-high share price achieved toward the end of 2020. The natural resources sector managed to navigate the situation, and post period end we've continued to see gains.

 

Starvest's focus on precious metals has meant that it has weathered the period reasonably well and while the Net Asset Value reduced from £17.95m as at 30 September 2020 to £16.72m to 30 March 2021, it has increased more than 250% over the 12 months from 30 March 2020 (NAV £4.66m). This annual increase is mainly due to the performance of our holdings in investee company Greatland Gold plc and, to a lesser extent, Ariana Resources plc. Post period end we have continued to see gains in the Net Asset Value, which was £19.09m as at 30 April 2021.

 

Net Assets, as presented in the Statement of Financial Position in this Half Yearly report, (which differ from the Net Asset Values stated above as Net Assets include provision for deferred taxation and current liabilities) declined from £15.88m as at 30 September 2020 to £14.66m as at 30 March 2021, but increased more than 220% over the 12 months from 30 March 2020 (Net Assets £4.56m).

 

While many sectors have not yet recovered to pre-pandemic levels, the mining sector has made significant gains and is forecast to continue to do so with economic recovery and climate-focused projects at the forefront of government infrastructure spending plans, which we expect will benefit the base and precious metals sectors. Quantitative easing remains a tool of choice for larger global economies and this provides a firm foundation to support the price of precious metals going forward.

 

Continuing to advance its Paterson project, Greatland Gold (LON:GGP) has commenced a box cut to establish a decline at  the Havieron gold-copper deposit which continues to yield many exciting drill results. Growth drilling by operating partners Newcrest Mining is underway which has the potential to significantly increase the resource base at the project. A Pre-Feasibility Study is expected to be delivered in H2 2021. Greatland Gold have also been conducting their own exploration with new programmes commencing recently on the Paterson Juri JV area. In addition, last season's Scallywag drilling has shown strong indications of mineralisation in the area. We look forward to further encouraging news from Greatland Gold, which is well-funded and has an experienced team in place.

Ariana Resources (LON:AAU) reported robust silver-gold production figures from its Kiziltepe Mine, exceeding guidance for 2020 and making plans to expand its processing plant. Its recent deal with Ozaltin has provided the company with good working capital as well as offering the possibility of future dividends to shareholders following a capital restructure. 

 

Cora Gold (LON:CORA) has recently released exciting results from its latest drill programme at its flagship Sanankoro gold project. This is the start of its largest drill programme to date with up to 35,000m of drilling planned for completion by late July 2021 and the expected announcement of an updated resource statement.

Kefi Minerals (LON:KEFI) continue with construction of the Tulu Kapi gold mine in Ethiopia and remain on target to start full production in 2022. Kefi has also made significant advances in its exploration of the Hawiah project in Saudi Arabia and has commenced a Pre-Feasibility study of the deposit.

Other investee companies continue their efforts as well. Oracle Power (LON:ORCP) has expanded its remit and taken up gold exploration in Western Australia. Sunrise Resources (LON:SRES) is advancing its pozzolan-perlite project in Nevada USA towards mine permitting, while Alba (LON:ALBA) is focusing on development of Welsh gold deposits.

Overall, throughout the past year to 30 March 2021, our strategy to focus on precious metal investments has been successful and resulted in significant increase in value for our overall portfolio. We continue to focus on seeking out value-adding opportunities in the precious metals sector and believe a robust gold price going forward will support current and future strategies.

 

Callum N Baxter

Chairman & Chief Executive

26 May 2021



 Statement of Comprehensive Income

 


6 months to 31 March 2021

6 months to 31 March 2020

Year ended

 30 September 2020


Unaudited

£

Unaudited

£

Audited

£

 

Administrative expenses

(147,689)

(150,337)

(303,259)

Gain on disposal of financial assets

19,313

22,209

59,146

Amounts written off against financial assets

(1,088,092)

(86,103)

(104,116)

Movement in fair value of financial assets through profit and loss

-

2,747,065

16,097,296

Operating profit

(1,216,468)

2,532,834

15,749,067

Interest receivable

-

20

38

Profit on ordinary activities before tax

(1,216,468)

2,532,854

15,749,105

Tax on profit on ordinary activities

-

-

(2,003,618)

(Loss)/profit attributable to equity holders of the parent

(1,216,468)

2,532,854

13,745,487





Earnings per share - see note 3

Basic

Diluted

 

(2.11) pence

(2.11) pence

 

4.53 pence

4.53 pence

 

24.22 pence

24.22 pence

 



Statement of Financial Position

 



6 months ended 31 March 2021

6 months ended 31 March 2020

Year ended

 30 September 2020



Unaudited

£

Unaudited

£

Audited

£






Fixed assets





Financial assets through profit and loss


16,596,261

4,537,810

17,825,053

Total fixed assets


16,596,261

4,537,810

17,825,053






Current assets

Trade and other receivables

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

 

 

29,893

125,344

 

22,738

118,078

 

31,047

120,365

Total current assets


155,237

140,816

151,412






Current liabilities

Trade and other payables


 

(84,716)

 

(120,672)

 

(93,215)

Total current liabilities


(84,716)

(120,672)

(93,215)






Non-current liabilities





Provision for deferred tax


(2,003,618)

-

(2,003,618)

Total non-current liabilities


(2,003,618)

-

(2,003,618)






Net assets


14,663,164

4,557,954

15,879,632

 

Capital and reserves

Called up share capital

Share premium account

Retained earnings


 

 

575,740

1,779,414

12,308,010

 

 

559,279

1,686,829

2,311,846

 

 

575,740

1,779,414

13,524,478

Total equity shareholders' funds


14,663,164

4,557,954

15,879,632

 



Statement of Cash Flows

 



6 months ended 31 March 2021

6 months ended 31 March 2020

Year ended

 30 September 2020



Unaudited

£

Unaudited

£

Audited

£






Cash flows from operating activities





Operating (loss)/profit


(1,216,468)

2,532,834

15,749,066

Net interest receivable


-

20

38

Shares issued in lieu of fees


-

-

109,046

Increase in investment provisions


1,088,092

86,103

104,116

Movement in fair value of investments


-

(2,747,065)

(16,097,296)

Profit on sale of current asset investments


(19,313)

(22,354)

(59,290)

Decrease/(increase) in debtors


1,154

91,800

83,491

(Decrease)/increase in creditors


(8,499)

54,669

27,212

Net cash used in operating activities


(155,034)

(3,993)

(83,617)






Cash flows from investing activities





Purchase of current asset investments


-

-

-

Sale of current asset investments


160,013

61,904

143,815

Net cash generated from investing activities


160,013

61,904

143,815






Cash flows from financing activities





Proceeds from issue of shares


-

-

-

Transaction costs of issue of shares


-

-

-

Net cash flows from financing activities


-

-

-






Net increase in cash and cash equivalents


4,979

57,911

60,198

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


120,365

60,167

60,167

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


125,344

118,078

120,365






 



 

Statement of Changes in Equity


Share capital

Share premium

Retained earnings

Total Equity attributable to shareholders


£

£

£

£

At 30 September 2019

559,279

1,686,829

(221,009)

2,025,099






Profit for the period

Total recognised income and expenses for the period






Shares issued

Total contribution by and distributions to owners






At 31 March 2020

559,279

1,686,829

2,311,845

4,557,953


Profit for the period

Total recognised income and expenses for the period


Shares issued

Total contribution by and distributions to owners


At 30 September 2020

575,740

1,779,414

13,524,478

15,879,632


Loss for the period

Total recognised income and expenses for the period


Shares issued

Total contributions by and distributions to owners


At 31 March 2021

575,740

1,779,414

12,308,010

14,663,164

 



Interim report notes

 

1.  Interim report

The information relating to the six month periods to 31 March 2021 and 31 March 2020 is unaudited. 

The information relating to the year ended 30 September 2020 is extracted from the audited accounts of the Company which have been filed at Companies House and on which the auditors issued an unqualified audit report.

2.  Basis of preparation

This report has been prepared in accordance with applicable United Kingdom accounting standards, including Financial Reporting Standard 102 - 'The Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland' ('FRS102'), and with the Companies Act 2006. Although the information included herein does not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of section 435 of the Companies Act 2006, the accounting policies that have been applied are consistent with those adopted for the statutory accounts for the year ended 30 September 2020.

The Company will report again for the full year to 30 September 2021.

The Company's investments at 31 March 2021 are stated at the lower of cost and net realisable value or the valuation adopted at 30 September 2020 or the current market value based on market quoted prices at the close of business. The Chairman's statement includes a valuation based on market quoted prices at 31 March 2021.

3.  Earnings per share



6 months ended 31 March 2021

6 months ended 31 March 2020

Year ended

 30 September 2020



Unaudited

£

Unaudited

£

Audited

£






(Loss)/profit for the year:

(1,216,468)

2,532,854

13,745,487

 

Weighted average number of Ordinary shares of £0.01 in issue

 

57,573,986

 

55,927,832

 

56,742,071

 

Earnings per share - basic and diluted

 

(2.11) pence

 

4.53 pence

 

24.22 pence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment portfolio

Starvest now holds trade investments in the companies listed below; of these the following companies comprised 99% of the portfolio value as at 31 March 2021:

 

· Alba Mineral Resources plc

Exploration for oil in England, lead-zinc in Ireland, uranium in Mauritania and graphite in Greenland www.albamineralresources.com

· Ariana Resources plc

Gold-silver production and exploration in Turkey

www.arianaresources.com

· Cora Gold Limited

Gold exploration in West Africa

www.coragold.com

 

· Greatland Gold plc

Gold exploration and development in Australia

www.greatlandgold.com

· Kefi Minerals plc

Gold and copper exploration and development in Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia

www.kefi-minerals.com

· Oracle Power plc

Coal development in Pakistan and gold exploration in Australia

www.oraclecoalfields.com

Other investments

The remaining non-core investments are available for sale when the conditions are deemed to be right:

 

· Block Energy plc (formerlyGoldcrest Resources plc)

Oil and gas exploration in Bulgaria

www.goldcrestresourcesplc.com

· Minera IRL Limited

Gold exploration in South America

www.minera-irl.com  

· Sunrise Resources plc

Exploration for industrial minerals in United States, Finland, Australia and Ireland

www.sunriseresourcesplc.com



Other investee companies are listed in the Company's 2020 annual report available on request or from the Company web site - www.starvest.co.uk

Copies of this interim report are available free of charge by application in writing to the Company Secretary at the Company's registered office, Salisbury House, London Wall, London EC2M 5PS, by email to [email protected] or from the Company's website - www.starvest.co.uk

 

Enquiries to:

Starvest PLC

Callum Baxter or Gemma Cryan 02077 696 876 or [email protected]

Grant Thornton UK LLP (Nomad)

Colin Aaronson, Harrison Clarke or Lukas Girzadas  02073 835 100

SI Capital Ltd (Broker)

Nick Emerson or Alan Gunn 01483 413 500

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