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Company Altona Energy PLC
TIDM ANR
Headline Interim Results
Released 07:00 31-Mar-2017
Number 0920B07

RNS Number : 0920B
Altona Energy PLC
31 March 2017
 

Embargoed until 7am                                                                                             31 March 2017

 

 

Altona Energy plc

("Altona" or "the Company")

 

 

Interim Results

 

Altona (AIM: ANR) is pleased to announce its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2016.

 

 

Highlights

 

·     Application for a petroleum exploration licence (PELA 666) was made on 17 October 2016 and is under consideration by the South Australian Government

·     High level development road-map completed by WSG-Parsons Brinckerhoff for the Arckaringa UCG project

·     New Deed of Variation agreed with Joint Venture Partners, who remain fully supportive

·     South Australia in urgent need of the development of a significant asset such as Arckaringa which would provide power and employment

 

 

For further information, please visit www.altonaenergy.com or contact:

 

Altona Energy plc

Qinfu Zhang, Executive Chairman

Nicholas Lyth, Non-Executive Director

 

 

 

+44 7769 906 686

 

Leander (Financial PR)

Christian Taylor- Wilkinson

 

 

+44 7795 168 157

Northland Capital Partners Ltd (Nomad and Broker)

Matthew Johnson / Gerry Beaney (Corporate Finance)

John Howes (Corporate Broking)

 

 

 

+44 20 3861 6625

 

About Altona Energy

 

Altona is listed on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market.  It is focused on the evaluation and development of the Company's Arckaringa Project to exploit the significant coal resources of approximately 7.8 billion tonnes (non-JORC).  The project area is covered by three exploration licences covering 2,500 km2 in the northern portion of the Permian Arckaringa Basin in South Australia.
 

 

 

 

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

 

The Company's strategy remains focused on its investment in the Arckaringa Project, South Australia, a world class coal resource exceeding 7.8 billion tonnes (1.3 billion tonnes JORC compliant) and Altona, along with Sino-Aus Energy Group ("Sino-Aus") and Wintask Group Limited ("Wintask") (together the "JV Partners") continue to have the support of the South Australian Government's Mining Department.

 

The board of Arckaringa Coal Chemical Joint Venture Co Pty Limited ("the JV Company"), was informed on 28 July 2016 that it required a Petroleum Exploration Licence ("PEL") before test drilling could commence at Arckaringa.  This licence, which is governed by the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act (2000) requires companies to conform to higher levels of regulation and is considered necessary when extracting any type of hydrocarbon product, including extraction by way of Underground Coal Gasification ("UCG"). 

 

Therefore, on 17 October 2016, the JV Company made an application to the South Australian Government for a licence, under PELA 666.  At the same time, it was established that another licence application, PELA 604, owned by Sapex Energy Limited, a subsidiary of Linc Energy Limited ("Linc Energy"), which entered into voluntary administration on 15 April 2016, overlaps Altona's three Exploration Licences (EL4511, 4512, 4513) relating to the Arckaringa project. 

 

The JV Company is now waiting to be awarded its own licence, PELA 666, which covers the same area of land (9,259 km2) as PELA 604. The South Australian Government has confirmed that the JV Company's application would be the next to be assessed, should the new owner of PELA 604 not proceed with their application.

 

The JV Company is confident that it can still deliver on its strategy to develop the Arckaringa Project and continues to work closely with WSP-Parsons Brinckerhoff (Australia) ("PB") who produced a high level development road-map and UCG technology review report for the project in July 2016.

 

The JV Partners remain committed to the project and on 6 September 2016, a new Deed of Variation was signed by the JV Partners, providing revised terms for Sino-Aus to subscribe for a second tranche of Altona shares and also return AUD$5 million of funding into the JV Company.  Both events will be triggered by the granting of the PEL, confirmation from PB that all permits necessary to commencing a UCG test drilling programme have been received, and consent from the South Australian Government.  According to the joint venture agreement, a second tranche contribution by Sino-Aus (AUD$ 5.4 million) and Wintask (AUD$ 600,000) into the JV Company will happen within 180 days following the above actions.

 

 

Financial Review

 

The financial loss of the Group for the six months ended 31 December 2016 was £241,000 (2015: £356,000).  This is the second period now where the full effect of the overhead reduction effort has been demonstrated.  For the six months under review, overheads continued to fall to £241,000 down from £369,000 for the same period in 2015.  The Directors will continue to control costs whilst the Company awaits news on the Arckaringa joint venture.

 

 

Outlook

 

The board of Altona, along with its JV Partners remain confident that once the PEL is secured the JV Company will commence its test drilling programme at the Arckaringa site, which will in turn lead to a Bankable Feasibility Study.  As mentioned in the Company's Annual Report in December 2016, the South Australian region is currently in an economic downturn and regularly experiences power shortages, suggesting that a significant asset such as Arckaringa would be given high priority by the government in order to provide a large number of new jobs for the lifetime of the project and to provide a long-term energy supply for the region.  The fact remains that Altona controls 7.8 billion tonnes of coal and this gives the Company a number of options for the future.

 

 

Qinfu Zhang

Executive Chairman

31 March 2017

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE HALF YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2016

 

 

Notes

Unaudited

Half-year ended

31 Dec 2016

Unaudited

Half-year ended

31 Dec 2015

Audited

Year

ended

30 June 2016

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Total administrative expenses and loss from operations

 

(241)

(369)

25

Finance income

 

-

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

Loss before taxation

 

(241)

(368)

26

Tax

2

-

12

12

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the financial period

 

(241)

(356)

38

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translating foreign operations maybe subsequently reclassified to profit or loss

 

(1)

110

1,471

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive (loss) attributable to the equity holders of the parent

 

(242)

(246)

1,509

 

 

 

 

 

Loss per share

 

 

 

 

- Basic and diluted

3

(0.03p)

(0.045p)

(0.005p)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2016

 

 

 

Unaudited

31 Dec 2016

£'000

Unaudited

31 Dec 2015

£'000

Audited

30 June 2016

£'000

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Intangible assets

 

11,221

9,858

11,221

Other receivables

 

3

2

3

Total Non-current assets

 

11,224

9,860

11,224

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

 

14

59

17

Cash and cash equivalents

 

142

204

362

Total Current assets

 

156

263

379

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

11,380

10,123

11,603

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Provisions

5

-

790

-

Trade and other payables

4

87

71

68

Total Current liabilities

 

87

861

68

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

87

861

68

 

 

 

 

 

NET ASSETS

 

11,293

9,262

11,535

 

 

 

 

 

Capital and reserve attributable to the equity holders of the Parent

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

892

792

892

Share premium

 

18,178

17,778

18,178

Merger reserve

 

2,001

2,001

2,001

Foreign exchange reserve

 

1,448

88

1,449

Retained losses

 

(11,226)

(11,397)

(10,985)

TOTAL EQUITY

 

11,293

9,262

11,535

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASHFLOWS

FOR THE HALF YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2016

 

 

Unaudited

Half-year ended

31 Dec 2016

Unaudited

Half-year ended

31 Dec 2015

Audited

Year

ended

30 June 2016

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Operating activities

 

 

 

Loss before taxation

(241)

(368)

26

Finance income

-

(1)

(1)

Share based payments

-

-

18

(Increase)/ decrease in receivables

3

(12)

43

(Decrease) / increase in payables and provisions

19

(37)

(830)

Cash used in operations

(219)

(418)

(744)

Income tax benefit received

-

75

63

Net cash outflow used in operating activities

(219)

(343)

(681)

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

Interest received

-

1

1

Net cash outflow from investing activities

-

1

1

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

Proceeds from issue of shares

-

-

500

Net cash inflow from financing activities

-

-

500

 

 

 

 

Decrease in cash and cash equivalents in period/ year

(219)

(342)

(180)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period / year

362

543

543

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(1)

3

(1)

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period / year

142

204

362

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

FOR THE HALF YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2016

 

 

Share capital

Share premium

Merger reserve

Foreign exchange reserve

Retained losses

Total shareholders' equity

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 30 June 2015

792

17,778

2,001

(22)

(11,041)

9,508

Total comprehensive loss for the period

-

-

-

110

(356)

(246)

Balance at 31 December 2015

792

17,778

2,001

88

(11,397)

9,262

Total comprehensive loss for the period

-

-

-

1,361

394

1,755

Issue of share capital

100

400

-

-

-

500

Share based payments

-

-

-

-

18

18

Balance at 30 June 2016

892

18,178

2,001

1,449

(10,985)

11,535

Total comprehensive loss for the period

-

-

-

(1)

(241)

(242)

Balance at 31 December 2016

892

18,178

2,001

1,448

(11,226)

11,293

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES TO THE INTERIM REPORT

FOR THE HALF YEAR ENDING 31 DECEMBER 2016

 

 

1.         GENERAL INFORMATION

Altona Energy Plc (the "Company") is a company registered in England and Wales.  The condensed consolidated interim financial statements of the Company for the six months ended 31 December 2016 comprise the result of the Company and its subsidiaries (together referred to as the "Group") and have been prepared in accordance with the AIM Rules for Companies. As permitted, the Company has chosen not to adopt IAS 34 "Interim Financial Statement" in preparing these interim financial statements.

 

The consolidated interim financial information for the period 1 July 2016 to 31 December 2016 is unaudited. In the opinion of the Directors the condensed interim financial information for the period presents fairly the financial position, and results from operations and cash flows for the period in conformity with the generally accepted accounting principles consistently applied. The condensed interim financial information incorporates unaudited comparative figures for the interim period 1 July 2015 to 31 December 2015 and extracts from the audited financial statements for the year to 30 June 2016.

 

The financial information contained in this interim report does not constitute statutory accounts as defined by section 435 of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The comparatives for the full year ended 30 June 2016 are not the Company's full statutory accounts for that year. A copy of the statutory accounts for that year has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditor's report on those financial statements was unqualified but did include a reference to the uncertainties surrounding going concern, to which the auditors drew attention by way of emphasis of matter and did not contain a statement under s498 (2) - (3) of Companies Act 2006. The interim report has not been audited or reviewed by the Company's auditor. The key risks and uncertainties and critical accountancy estimates remain unchanged from 30 June 2016 and the accountancy policies adopted are consistent with those used in the preparation of its financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2016.

 

 

2.         TAXATION

The Group has recognised a £Nil tax credit (31 December 2015: £12,000 and 30 June 2016: £12,000) in respect of the concession for research and development tax credits available to the Group. No current taxation has been provided due to losses in the period.

 

 

3.         LOSS PER SHARE

The basic loss per share is derived by dividing the loss for the period attributable to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of shares in issue.

 

 

Unaudited

31 Dec 2016

 

Unaudited

31 Dec 2015

 

Audited

30 June 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period (£'000)

(241)

(356)

38

Weighted average number of shares - expressed in millions

892

792

835

Basic loss per share - expressed in pence

(0.03p)

(0.045p)

(0.005p)

 

As the inclusion of the potential ordinary shares would result in a decrease in the loss per share they are considered to be anti-dilutive and, as such, the diluted loss per share calculation is the same as the basic loss per share.

 

 

4.         TRADE AND OTHER PAYABLES

 

Unaudited

31 Dec 2016

£'000

Unaudited

31 Dec 2015

£'000

Audited

30 June 2016

£'000

 

Trade payables

56

41

37

Accruals and other payables

31

30

31

 

87

71

68

 

 

5.         PROVISIONS

 

Unaudited

31 Dec 2016

£'000

Unaudited

31 Dec 2015

£'000

Audited

30 June 2016

£'000

Current provision

 

 

 

Taxes & Social Security

-

790

-

 

 

 

 

 

Following the conclusion of HMRC's enquiries in respect of potentially underpaid tax the provision was released during the previous period.

 

 

6.         POST REPORTING DATE EVENTS

There were no material post reporting date events.

 

 


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