29 Sep Interim Results for the Six Months to 30 June 2023
RNS Number : 0594O
Kendrick Resources PLC
29 September 2023
Kendrick Resources Plc
(“Kendrick” or the “Company”)
Interim Results for the Six Months Ended 30 June 2023
Kendrick Resources Plc the Scandinavian focused new age mineral exploration and development company with nickel and vanadium projects in Norway, Sweden and Finland, announces its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2023.
OPERATIONAL, FINANCIAL CORPORATE and STRATEGY REVIEWS
During the period the Company’s exploration activities focussed on its Espedalen nickel project in Norway and its Airijoki vanadium project in Sweden which are the Company’s two most advanced projects. Kendrick also announced on 31 January 2023 the appointment of Martyn Churchouse as managing director and the addition to its exploration team of Vassillios Carellas as operations director and Edine Bakker as an exploration geologist.
Technical review of Projects: Following the IPO in May 2022 and having acquired its projects in Sweden and Finland and exercised its option in relation to its Norwegian projects the Company commenced technical reviews and exploration programmes focussing on both nickel and vanadium in all three countries. Mining and associated legislation in Scandinavia is well-established and decisive enabling Kendrick to make rapid progress on a number of projects.
Summary of Projects: The projects comprise a portfolio of early to advanced stage exploration assets covering a combined area of 466.72 km2 in Scandinavia. The most advanced of these Projects are the Airijoki and Koitelainen vanadium projects in Sweden and Finland respectively and the Espedalen nickel project in Norway.
The Airijoki and Karhujupukka vanadium and Espedalen nickel projects all support defined mineral resources prepared in accordance with the JORC Code (2012.) The remaining projects largely represent brown and greenfield exploration opportunities based on the results of historical activities, some with historical mineral estimates that remain to be updated to the requirements of the JORC Code (2012).
Norway Projects: Our review has led us to identify significant opportunities with the nickel projects in Norway. Our thorough review of historic exploration data combined with nickel price forecasting results in Kendrick being extremely well positioned with our Norwegian nickel assets. Our priority Norwegian nickel target, the Espedalen Project (1.16Mt @ 1% Ni, 0.42% Cu & 0.04% Co) and more specifically the Stormyra prospect was drilled in March 2023 with 19 holes completed for a total of 1,650 metres of drilling over an initial 1,200m of strike length. The results of the programme were announced on 20 April 2023, 4 May 2023 and 24 May 2023 including several drill intercept highlights:
· Hole ES2302 – 6.85% Ni Eq. over 1.25m from 38.20m
· Hole ES2303 – 2.64% Ni Eq. over 3.75m from 44.45m
o incl. 9.28% Ni Eq. over 0.75m from 47.45m
o and 1.53% Ni Eq. over 5.80m from 51.80m
o incl. 5.33% Ni Eq. over 0.9m from 56.7m
· Hole ES2305 – 1.30% Ni Eq. over 4.60m from 76.70m
o incl. 2.59% Ni Eq. over 2.10m from 79.20m
· Hole ES2306 – 0.71% Ni Eq. over 10.6m from 96.50m
o Incl. 2.18% Ni Eq. over 1.70m from 99.20m
§ and 1.03% Ni Eq. over 2.65m from 104.45m
§ Hole ESP2308 – 3.39% Ni Eq. over 11.60m from 52.40m including 5.80% Ni Eq over 4.9m from 59.1m
· Hole ESP2307 – 2.59% Ni Eq. over 3.65m from 37.80m including 4.85% Ni Eq. over 1.80m from 38.50m
· Hole ESP2312 – 2.29% Ni Eq. over 4.15m from 92.35m
· Hole ESP2313 – 1.98% Ni Eq. over 3.55m from 79.60m including 3.86% Ni Eq. over 1.70m from 79.60m
· Hole ESP2317 – 2.18% Ni Eq. over 3.50m from 61.50m
· Hole ESP2318 – 0.41% Ni Eq. over 9.20m from 31.50m incl. 1.15% Ni Eq. over 0.90m from 35.20m
· Hole ESP2319 – 2.43% Ni Eq. over 2.10m from 53.60m incl. 5.53% Ni Eq. over 0.65m from 54.35m and 1.33% Ni Eq. over 2.70m from 62.20m
Geophysics and interpretation of drilling indicates a further extension to known mineralisation of approximately 500m along the southern limit of the current orebody which is expected to increase the mineral resource.
The drill programme over Stormyra was very successful with impressive peak intercepts have provided all the motivation the Company needs to both extend the Stormyra mineralised trend and assess with further drilling multiple other targets (some of which have been drilled and intersected Ni mineralisation) across the Espedalen project area.
Thanks to our local team, we have managed to build a helathy relationship with the local stakeholders and we will continue to communicate with interested and affected parties and we are sufficiently confident of the continuity of mineralisation to formally engage external engineering advice for the review of future plant design.
Swedish & Finnish Projects: The focus during the period was the Airijoki vanadium project. In reviewing the Airijoki project we have identified significant magnetic geophysical and copper in soil anomalies and we have modelled the occurrences for future testing. The various exploration programmes have confirmed:
· Four new exploration targets identified outside the main Vanadium trend.
· New targets are anomalous for copper, nickel, cobalt, gold, and palladium and are coincident with underlying airborne geophysical anomalism.
· Two of the copper, Nickel, cobalt, gold, palladium targets have been prioritised for immediate follow-up once weather permits.
· Two targets have estimated minimum strike lengths of approximately 2km and 1km.
· The Airijoki licences remain highly prospective for vanadium.
Additional metalliurgical test work has been undertaken and further tests will follow using fresh drill core from the most recent drill programme.
Results of the current Airijoki drill programme are yet to be received from the independent assay laboratory and these assays in combination with the results of planned additional metallurgical test work will determine the next steps for resource delineation and further step-out exploration on the remaining licences where historic soil geochemistry and geophysics indicates signatures consistent with that which has generated mineral resources to date.
· £244K loss after tax (2022: £185K)
· Approximately £791k cash at bank at the period end (Dec 2022: £1.82m).
· The basic and diluted losses per share are summarised in the table below
Loss per share (pence)
· The net asset value as at 30 June 2023 was £5.36m (31 December 2022 £5.56m)
Fundraisings and issues of shares during the period
On 24 April 2023 the Company announced the issue of 4,144,395 shares in the Company to settle the share consideration due to be issued on or before 27 April 2023 in relation to the Company’s acquisition of the Espedalen, Hosanger, and Sigdal nickel-copper-cobalt exploration projects in Norway (the “Norwegian Projects”) from EMX Scandinavia AB (previously named Eurasian Minerals Sweden AB) (“EMX”). The Lock up arrangements for these shares are that 50% of these shares shall be subject to a three-month voluntary escrow and the balance of 50% subject to a six-month voluntary escrow.
Company Board: The Board of the Company comprises Colin Bird: Executive Chairman, Martyn Churchouse: Managing Director, and Non- executive directors Kjeld Thygesen, Evan Kirby and Alex Borrelli.
Lock Up and Orderly Market arrangements:
At IPO the Directors and their related parties, in aggregate, held 47,294,860 Ordinary Shares, representing 21.62% of the Enlarged Share Capital. The Directors have agreed with the Company and its brokers, except for certain standard exceptions, not to dispose of any interest in the Ordinary Shares held by them for a period of 12 months following Admission (Lock-In Period) and then for the following 12 months not to dispose of their Ordinary Shares without first consulting the Company and Novum in order to maintain an orderly market for the Shares.
The Company’s short to medium term strategic objectives are to enhance the value of its mineral resource projects through exploration and technical studies conducted by the Company or in conjunction with other parties with a view to establishing these projects can be economically mined for profit. With a positive global outlook for both base and precious metals, the Directors believe that its projects provide a base from which the Company will seek to add significant value through the application of structured and disciplined exploration. The Company is looking to build a long term energy metals business in Scandinavia which delivers energy metals to Europe to help enable its renewable energy transformation by building a top tier energy metals production business focused on quality vanadium and nickel mineral resources in Scandinavia.
The Company may in the future, if such opportunity arises, acquire other mineral resource projects whose value can similarly be enhanced. Further projects may be considered where assets in strategic commodities are either: (i) geologically prospective but undervalued; (ii) where technical knowledge and experience could be applied to add or unlock upside potential; (iii) where the assets may be synergistic to the current portfolio; or (iv) where project diversification will add strategic growth opportunities within an appropriate time frame.
Our review of the Company’s projects has given us confidence that our north European assets are well located with significant potential in the quickly emerging space of energy generation and storage.
Until last year inflation and rising interest rates were seen as distant issues but rising interest rates and the cost of living were front and centre of financial headlines during the period. This has already slowed down major stock markets but may be good for the small mines sector since as in such times they have been seen to outperform.
The Board remains confident they have assembled an enviable portfolio of projects and look forward to advancing all our projects in the second half of the year and providing our shareholders with the prospects of enhanced value flowing into next year.
Post Period Events
On 7 August 2023 the Company signed a Share Sale and Purchase Agreement with EMX Royalty Corporation (EMX) to acquire 100% of EV Metals AB a Swedish company that owns the Njuggtraskliden and Mjovattnet exploration licences hosting drill-defined magmatic nickel-copper-cobalt-platinum group metal mineralisation along the Swedish “Nickel Line” (“Swedish Nickel Projects”) .
The Company is acquiring EV Metals AB for SEK110,780 (approx. GBP 8,200) and the issue of 15 million 5 year options to EMX to acquire ordinary shares in the Company (Kendrick Shares) at 1.3 pence per Kendrick Share (EMX Options) which is at a premium of approximately 67% to Kendrick’s closing share price on 4 August 2023 of 0.7750 pence the last practical date prior to this announcement. The EMX Options if exercised will allow EMX to increase its Kendrick shareholding.
In light of the Company’s exploration commitment in relation to the Swedish Nickel Projects EMX has agreed that in relation to Sigdal and Hosanger in lieu of the existing requirement to drill up to one thousand meters on each project if it incurs Exploration Expenditures of no less than USD $50,000 on each of these projects in 2023 the Company will have met its 2023 expenditure requirements for these two projects. The Company will have until 31 December 2023 to decide whether it continues with these two projects on the terms of the existing agreements with EMX. If the Company fails to incur the required USD $50,000 in Exploration Expenditures on these projects, the shortfall of the exploration expenditures obligation may be satisfied by a payment to the EMX of the shortfall in cash.
These arrangements in relation to the Sigdal and Hosanger projects do not affect the Company’s Espedalen Project, which currently contains the following two nickel deposits:
1. Stormyra deposit comprising 1.16Mt @ 1% Ni, 0.42% Cu & 0.04% Co and classified as Inferred in accordance with JORC (2012)
2. Dalen deposit comprising 7.8Mt @ 0.3% Ni, 0.12% Cu & 0.02% Co and classified as Inferred in accordance with JORC (2012)
INTERIM MANAGEMENT REPORT
The Directors are required to provide an Interim Management Report in accordance with the Financial Conduct Authorities (“FCA”) Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules (“DTR”). The Directors consider the preceding Operational, Financial, Corporate and Strategy Review of this Half Yearly Financial Report provides details of the important events which have occurred during the period and their impact on the financial statements as well as the outlook for the Company for the remaining six months of the year ending 31 December 2023.
The following statement of the Principal Risks and Uncertainties, the Related Party Transactions, the Statement of Directors’ Responsibilities and the Operational, Financial, Corporate and Strategy Review constitute the Interim Management Report of the Company for the six months ended 30 June 2023.
Principal Risks and Uncertainties
The principal risks that are specific to the Company were detailed under this heading in Part 1 Summary of the Company’s prospectus which was published on 29 April 2022 (the “Prospectus”) which is available on the Company’s website at https://www.kendrickresources.com/. Part II Risk factors of the Prospectus provides more details of risk factors specific and material to the Group and to the Natural Resources Sector. The Strategic Report in the 2022 Annual Accounts also provided a detailed summary of the principal risks and uncertainties faced by the Company, a copy of the 2022 Annual Accounts are available on the Company’s website at https://www.kendrickresources.com/.
The Board is of the opinion that these risk factors will continue to remain unchanged for the forthcoming six month period.
The principal risks and uncertainties facing the group are as follows:
· There are significant risks associated with any exploration project and the ability of the company to explore, develop and generate operational cashflows from its projects
· No assurances can be given that minerals will be discovered in economically viable quantities at the Company’s projects
· Adverse foreign exchange fluctuations
· Volatility in financial markets and commodity markets
The Board has also reviewed emerging risks which may impact the forthcoming six-month period and the main risk facing the Company are any ongoing impact the Ukraine war and related sanctions. In the period and to date these have not had a significant impact on the Company’s operations. The Ukraine war has however had a significant impact on oil and gas prices which is feeding though into concerns regarding inflation, interest rates and the outlook for stockmarkets and short term commodity prices. Finland joined NATO in 2023 and Sweden have announced their intention to join NATO.
Related Party Transactions during the period
1. Directors’ Letters of Appointment and Service Agreements as disclosed in the Prospectus
(a) Pursuant to an agreement dated 29 April 2022 the Company renewed the appointment of Colin Bird as a Director. The appointment continues unless terminated by either party giving to the other three months’ notice in writing. Colin Bird is entitled to director’s fees of £18,000 per annum for being a director of the Company plus reasonable and properly documented expenses incurred during the performance of his duties. Colin Bird is not entitled to any pension, medical or similar employee benefits. The agreement replaces all previous agreements with Colin Bird in relation to his appointment as a director of the Company.
(b) Pursuant to a consultancy agreement dated 29 April 2022, the Company has, with effect from the date of the IPO, appointed Colin Bird as a consultant to provide technical advisory services in relation to its current and future projects including, but not limited to, assessing existing geological data and studies, existing mine development studies and developing exploration programs and defining the framework of future geological and mine study reports (the “Colin Bird Services”). The appointment continues unless terminated by either party giving to the other three months’ notice in writing. Colin Bird is entitled to fees of £2,500 per month for being a consultant to the Company plus reasonable and properly documents expenses incurred during the performance of the Colin Bird Services.
(c) Pursuant to an agreement dated 29 April 2022, renewed the appointment of Kjeld Thygesen as a non-executive Director. The appointment continues unless terminated by either party giving to the other three months’ notice in writing. Kjeld Thygesen is entitled to director’s fees of £18,000 per annum for being a director of the Company plus reasonable and properly documented expenses incurred during the performance of his duties. Kjeld Thygesen is not entitled to any pension, medical or similar employee benefits.
(d) Pursuant to an agreement dated 29 April 2022, Alex Borrelli was appointed as a nonexecutive Director. The appointment continues unless terminated by either party giving to the other three months’ notice in writing. Alex Borrelli is entitled to director’s fees of £18,000 per annum for being a director of the Company plus reasonable and properly documented expenses incurred during the performance of his duties. Alex Borrelli is not entitled to any pension, medical or similar employee benefits.
(e) Pursuant to an agreement dated 29 April 2022, Evan Kirby was appointed as a non-executive Director. The appointment continues unless terminated by either party giving to the other three months’ notice in writing. Evan Kirby is entitled to director’s fees of £18,000 per annum for being a director of the Company plus reasonable and properly documented expenses incurred during the performance of his duties. Evan Kirby is not entitled to any pension, medical or similar employee benefits.
(f) The Company entered into a licence agreement dated 1 February 2022 with Lion Mining Finance Limited (a company controlled by Colin Bird, a director of the Company). Pursuant to this agreement, the Company has been granted a licence to use the premises at 7-8 Kendrick Mews, London, SW7 for a period of 12 months with effect from 1 December 2021 for a licence fee of £1,000 per month. In addition, Lion Mining Finance Limited provides basic administrative and support services as required by the Company from time to time.
2. Related Party transactions described in the annual report to 31 December 2022
Other than disclosed above there have been no changes in the related party transactions described in the annual report for the year ended 31 December 2022 that could have a material effect on the financial position or performance of the Company in the first six months of the current financial year.
The Directors, whose names and functions are set out in this report under the heading Company Board, are responsible for preparing the Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (‘DTR’) and with International Accounting Standard 34 on Interim Financial reporting (IAS34). The Directors confirm that, to the best of their knowledge, this Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Report, which has been prepared in accordance with IAS34, gives a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss of the Group and the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7 R and by DTR 4.2.8 R, namely:
· an indication of key events occurred during the period and their impact on the Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the second half of the financial year; and
· material related party transactions that have taken place during the period and that have materially affected the financial position or the performance of the business during that period.”
The interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2023 have not been audited or reviewed by auditors pursuant to the Financial Reporting Council guidance on Review of Interim Financial Information.
For and on behalf of the Board of Directors
29 September 2023
Kendrick Resources Plc
Tel: +44 2039 616 086
Tel: +44 7399 9400
David Coffman / George Duxberry
Shard Capital Partners LLP
Tel: +44 207 186 9952
Damon Heath / Isabella Pierre
or visit https://www.kendrickresources.com/
The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014 as it forms part of UK Domestic Law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (“UK MAR”).
The full Kendrick Resources PLC Interim Results for the Six Months to 30 June 2023 are available here.