Unaudited Interim Financial Results and Management Update for the Period Ended 30 June 2018

The information contained within this announcement is deemed to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations ("MAR") (EU) No. 596/2014. Upon the publication of this announcement, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

For the purposes of MAR and Article 2 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1055, this announcement is being made on behalf of Kurt Budge, Chief Executive Officer. 

31 August 2018

Beowulf Mining plc

(“Beowulf” or the “Company”)

Unaudited Interim Financial Results and Management Update for the Period Ended 30 June 2018

Beowulf (AIM: BEM; Spotlight: BEO), the mineral exploration and development company, focused on the Kallak magnetite iron ore project and the Åtvidaberg polymetallic exploration licence in Sweden, and its graphite portfolio in Finland, announces its unaudited consolidated interim financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2018 and provides a quarterly management update.

Overview of Activities in the Quarter

  •  On 12 April 2018, the Company announced that it had been in communication with the Swedish Government, and that the Government's review of submissions made by interested parties, with regard to the Company's application for an Exploitation Concession for Kallak North, continues. 
  •  The Company, on 17 April 2018, signed a Graphite Collaboration Agreement (the "Agreement") between the Company’s Finnish subsidiary, Oy Fennoscandian Resources AB (“Fennoscandian”) and Åbo Akademi University ("Åbo"), located in Turku, Finland.
  •  On 25 April 2018, the Company joined a Cooperation Network of existing and new entrant raw materials suppliers to the emerging battery manufacturing industry in Finland. 

In addition, Fennoscandian was granted Euros 161,000 by Business Finland for a research project entitled "Green Minerals - Graphite, Exploration to Products". 

  •  At the beginning of May 2018, the Company awarded contracts for its Aitolampi graphite project, including a Mineral Resource Estimate (“MRE”) in accordance with the guidelines of the JORC Code (2012 edition) to be undertaken by CSA Global Pty Ltd ("CSA Global") and an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (“ESIA”) Roadmap, a detailed plan of requirements for completing an ESIA study, to be undertaken by Pöyry Finland Oy ("Pöyry").
  •  On 4 May 2018, the Company announced positive assay results for its Aitolampi graphite project in Finland.
  •  On 16 May 2018, the Company learnt that the Administrative Court in Luleå had rejected the Jokkmokk Iron Mine’s AB (“JIMAB”) appeal of the Mining Inspectorate’s decision not to extend Kallak nr 2 and Parkijaure nr 3 exploration licences, in a judgement dated 7 May 2018 and sent to JIMAB by regular post. The two licences are not part of the Kallak Exploitation Concession application.

JIMAB has applied to the Administrative Court of Appeal in Sundsvall for its case to be heard, arguing that the court judgement is wrong, and that JIMAB’s decision not to invest in further exploration of these two licences, while the Kallak application is being handled, is valid, given the time taken and the performance of the authorities involved. JIMAB has an approved workplan for Parkijaure nr 3, and intends to drill, with one objective being to identify an exploration target for iron ore mineralisation.    

  •  On 16 May 2018, Beowulf completed a subscription for new ordinary shares to raise £1.5 million before expenses.  

Post Period

  •  As at 31 July 2018, there were 337,696,135 Swedish Depository Receipts issued representing almost 59.63 per cent of the issued share capital of the Company. The remaining issued share capital of the Company is held in the UK.  
  •  On 13 August 2018, the Company announced a MRE for Aitolampi, a global Indicated and Inferred Resource (JORC Code, 2012 edition) of 19.3 million tonnes (Mt) at 4.5% Total Graphitic Carbon (“TGC”) for 878,000 tonnes (“t”) of contained graphite, comprising eastern and western lenses above a 3.0% TGC cut-off grade. 

Kurt Budge, Chief Executive Officer of Beowulf, commented:

“While an imminent decision on Kallak has been delayed by the Swedish general election, the Company has pushed ahead with the Aitolampi graphite project, most importantly delivering a Maiden Resource Estimate. In early September, the Company has meetings planned with key decision makers in the Heinävesi area, to discuss Aitolampi, and is preparing to initiate a Scoping Study on the project.

“It was pleasing to raise £1.5 million in the quarter, albeit at a price negatively impacted by a delayed decision on Kallak, as it maintains our capability to invest across our portfolio.

“In early July, Almedalen provided an excellent opportunity for me to engage with Swedish Government ministers, members of the Swedish Parliament, regional politicians from Norrbotten and its new Governor. This ensures Kallak stays front-of-mind, that key decision makers are cognisant of the facts of our application, principally that we have fully satisfied the Swedish legal requirements to be granted an Exploitation Concession. I plan to be in Sweden shortly after the general election, once the dust has settled, to press for an early positive decision, something that is unacceptably long overdue.

“With Kallak and Aitolampi, the Company’s ambition is to develop modern, sustainable and innovative mining projects in partnership with the communities in which we work.

“I look forward to keeping shareholders updated with any developments.”

Financials

  •  Loss before and after taxation attributable to the owners of the parent of £442,238 (2017: loss of £467,100). The loss in the period was comparable to the prior period, with the current period falling comparatively due to decreased Director costs and a reversal of an over accrual for professional fees.
  •  Basic/diluted loss per share was 0.08 pence (2017: loss of 0.09 pence).
  •  £2,140,369 in cash held at the period end.
    •  The translation reserve losses attributable to the owners of the parent increased from £397,060 at 31 December 2017 to £855,904 at 30 June 2018. Much of the Company’s exploration costs are in Swedish Krona which has weakened against the pound since 31 December 2017.

Operational

Sweden - Kallak  

  •  The Company continues to communicate with the Swedish Government. A decision on Kallak has been delayed by the Swedish general election. The CEO plans to be in Sweden shortly after the election, to press for an early positive decision on the Company’s application for an Exploitation Concession.

Finland - Graphite

  •  In April, Fennoscandian signed an Agreement with Åbo. The Agreement formalised the partnership that the Company, and its subsidiary Fennoscandian, has forged with Åbo over several years.  The Agreement is focused on knowledge sharing, the identification of graphite prospects, their exploration, and development into production assets. 
  •  Additionally, the Company published its involvement in a Cooperation Network of existing and new entrant raw materials suppliers to the emerging battery manufacturing industry in Finland.

The Cooperation Network includes the cities of Vaasa and Kokkola; Freeport Cobalt, the world's largest cobalt refinery and producer of battery chemicals; Nornickel, the producer of world-class nickel metals and nickel chemicals in Harjavalta; Terrafame Group, the parent company of Terrafame, producing nickel, zinc, cobalt and copper in Sotkamo; Keliber, which is preparing to start lithium production in Kaustinen and Kokkola; as well as Beowulf, the 100 per cent owner of the Aitolampi graphite deposit.

The official announcement regarding the Cooperation Network, dated 24 April 2018, and titled "The battery industry has enormous potential to become Finland's new success story. The Vaasa battery factory project has brought together a large nationwide network of cooperation partners" can be viewed at:

https://www.gigafactory.fi/press-20180424-en 

In addition, Fennoscandian was granted Euros 161,000 by Business Finland for a research project entitled "Green Minerals - Graphite, Exploration to Products".  The project runs from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2019 and has a total budget of Euros 323,750.  The Company will contribute the balance of the funding. 

  •  On 4 May 2018, the Company presented assays for intersected mineralisation at its Aitolampi graphite project, highlights as follows:
    • Drilling confirmed the continuity of mineralisation between holes drilled in 2017, wide graphite lenses extending along strike, at least 350 metres ("m") along the main conductive zone (the main electro-magnetic ("EM") anomaly extends for 700m), and at depth.
    • For the two parallel higher-grade zones previously identified, mineralisation has a strike length of at least 150m (the two parallel conductive zones extend for 300m and 250m), and these zones seem to merge to form one body of mineralisation.
    • From northwest to southeast along strike, drill holes AITDD18014, AITDD18016, AITDD18015, AITDD18017 and AITD18018 (drilled on the same profile), all intersected this higher-grade body of mineralisation, with intercepts of 89.60m at 4.01% Total Graphite Carbon ("TGC"), 107.09m at 4.59% TGC, 108.69m at 5.04% TGC, 121.68% at 5.00% TGC and 121.46m at 5.29% TGC respectively.
    • For these holes, intercepts showing greater than 5% TGC were as follows: AITDD18014 - 30.10m at 5.75% TGC; AITDD18016 - 29.00m at 6.04% TGC; AITDD18017 - 62.42m at 6.08% TGC; and AITDD18018 - 92.46m at 6.19% TGC, including 44.00m at 7.08% TGC.
    • AITDD18018 is the furthest hole drilled to the southeast, to test the parallel higher-grade conductive zone, which remains open in all directions.

Follow the link https://beowulfmining.com/projects/finland/aitolampi/#geology for plans and sections.

It should be noted that the mineralisation intercepts are the down-hole widths and are not the true width of mineralisation.  All samples were prepared and analysed by ALS Finland Oy's laboratory in Outokumpu.

  •  On 13 August 2018, the Company announced a Maiden Resource Estimate for Aitolampi, highlights as follows:
    • A global Indicated and Inferred Resource (JORC Code, 2012 edition) of 19.3 million tonnes (Mt) at 4.5% TGC for 878,000 tonnes (“t”) of contained graphite, comprising eastern and western lenses above a 3.0% TGC cut-off grade.
    • A higher grade Western Zone with an Indicated and Inferred Resource of 9.8Mt at 5.0% TGC for 490,000t of contained graphite
    • An Eastern Zone with an Indicated and Inferred Resource of 9.5Mt at 4.1% TGC for 388,000t of contained graphite.
    • Using a 4.0% TGC cut-off grade on the grade-tonnage curve for Aitolampi, gives an Indicated and Inferred Resource of 12.8Mt at 5.0% TGC for 639,000t.
    • To date, the Company has invested over Euros 760,000 in Aitolampi and approximately Euros 1.4 million across its graphite portfolio.

Corporate

  •  On 16 May 2018, the Company completed a subscription for new ordinary shares to raise £1.5 million before expenses, with the funds being used for general working capital purposes and to support activities across Beowulf's three main business areas, which are graphite exploration, the Åtvidaberg exploration licence, and Kallak.  More specifically:
    • a Scoping Study on the Aitolampi project;
    • exploration and development activities across the graphite portfolio;
    • drilling at Åtvidaberg, following drill target identification; and
    • exploration and development work at Kallak, and the surrounding exploration licences, including application of passive seismic technology to define mineralisation at the Parkijaure licence and drilling, and landscape analysis of potential strategic partners/investors for the Kallak project.

Competent Person Review

The information in this announcement has been reviewed by Mr. Rasmus Blomqvist, a Competent Person who is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.  Mr. Rasmus Blomqvist has sufficient experience, that is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit taken into consideration, and to the activity being undertaken, to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2012 Edition of the "Australasian Code of Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves".

Mr. Rasmus Blomqvist is a full-time employee of Oy Fennoscandian Resources AB, a 100 per cent owned subsidiary of Beowulf.

Enquiries:

Beowulf Mining plc
Kurt Budge, Chief Executive Officer Tel: +44 (0) 20 3771 6993
Cantor Fitzgerald Europe(Nominated Adviser & Broker)
David Porter / Pete Malovany Tel: +44 (0) 20 7894 7000
Blytheweigh  
Tim Blythe / Megan Ray Tel: +44 (0) 20 7138 3204

Cautionary Statement

Statements and assumptions made in this document with respect to the Company’s current plans, estimates, strategies and beliefs, and other statements that are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements about the future performance of Beowulf. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those using words such as "may", "might", "seeks", "expects", "anticipates", "estimates", "believes", "projects", "plans", strategy", "forecast" and similar expressions. These statements reflect management's expectations and assumptions in light of currently available information. They are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, (i) changes in the economic, regulatory and political environments in the countries where Beowulf operates; (ii) changes relating to the geological information available in respect of the various projects undertaken; (iii) Beowulf’s continued ability to secure enough financing to carry on its operations as a going concern; (iv) the success of its potential joint ventures and alliances, if any; (v) metal prices, particularly as regards iron ore. In the light of the many risks and uncertainties surrounding any mineral project at an early stage of its development, the actual results could differ materially from those presented and forecast in this document. Beowulf assumes no unconditional obligation to immediately update any such statements and/or forecasts.

BEOWULF MINING PLC

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM FINANCIAL INFORMATION

For the 6 months ended 30 June 2018

1. Nature of Operations

Beowulf Mining plc (the “Company”) is domiciled in England and Wales. The Company's registered office is 201 Temple Chambers, 3-7 Temple Avenue, London, EC4Y 0DT. This consolidated financial information comprises the Company and its subsidiaries (collectively the ‘Group’ and individually ‘Group companies’). The Group is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and evaluation of natural resources assets and has not yet generated revenues.

2. Basis of preparation

The condensed consolidated financial information has been prepared on the basis of the recognition and measurement requirements of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the European Union (EU) and implemented in the UK. The accounting policies, methods of computation and presentation used in the preparation of the interim financial information are the same as those used in the Group’s audited financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2017.

The financial information in this statement does not constitute full statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 434 of the UK Companies Act 2006. The financial information for the six months ended 30 June 2018 is unaudited, and has not been reviewed by the auditors. The financial information for the year ended 31 December 2017 has been derived from the Group’s audited financial statements for the year. The auditor’s report on the statutory financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2017 was unqualified and did not contain any statement under sections 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

The financial statements are presented in GB Pounds Sterling. They are prepared on the historical cost basis or the fair value basis where the fair valuing of relevant assets and liabilities has been applied.

3. Loss per share

Basic loss per share is calculated by dividing the loss attributable to ordinary owners of the parent by the weighted average number of ordinary shares of 542,819,409 (30 June 2017: 508,143,152 and 31 December 2017: 518,728,856) outstanding during the period. There is no difference between the basic and diluted loss per share.

4. Called up share capital
(Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Audited)
30 June 2018 30 June 2017 31 Dec 2017
£ £ £
Allotted, issued and fully paid
Ordinary shares of 1p each 5,663,072 5,257,072 5,342,072

The number of shares in issue was as follows:

Number
of shares
Balance at 1 January 2017 502,630,331
Issued during the period 23,076,923
Balance at 30 June 2017 525,707,254
Issued during the period 8,500,000
Balance at 31 December 2017 534,207,254
Issued during the period 32,100,000
Balance at 30 June 2018 566,307,254

5. Intangible Assets: Group

Exploration costs  As at 30 June2018  As at 30 June2017 As at 31 Dec2017
(Unaudited)  (Unaudited) (Audited) 
£  £ £ 
Cost 
At 1 January  8,191,232 7,186,576 7,186,576
Additions for the period 480,837 592,587 1,077,815
Foreign exchange movements (456,476) 166,272 109,972
Impairment - - (183,131)
8,215,593 7,945,435 8,191,232

The net book value of exploration costs is comprised of expenditure on the following projects:

As at          30 June                                   aaaaaaaa2018 As at 30 June 2017 As at 31 Dec 2017
(Unaudited) (Unaudited)  (Audited)
£ £  £
Project Country
Kallak Sweden  6,679,440  6,695,760  6,979,844
Nautijaur  Sweden - 27,202 -
Åtvidaberg Sweden 275,251 199,883  253,778
Ågåsjiegge Sweden 12,985  7,421  7,365
Sala Sweden 2,791  2,619  2,634
Haapamäki Finland 236,785  174,104  231,132
Kolari1 Finland 156,518  117,145  151,706
Piippumäki Finland 140,282  -
Viistola Finland 162,051 125,844  147,784
Pitkäjärvi Finland 671,430  455,175  414,372
Joutsijärvi Finland 17,804 - 2,617
Rääpysjärvi Finland 538 -
8,215,593 7,945,435 8,191,232

Total Group exploration costs of £8,215,593 are currently carried at cost in the financial statements. During the period, no impairment provision was recognised (2017: £183,131). 

Accounting estimates and judgements are continually evaluated and are based on a number of factors, including expectations of future events that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances. 

The most significant risk currently facing the Group is that it does not receive an Exploitation Concession for Kallak. The Company originally applied for the Exploitation Concession in April 2013 and throughout 2017, and since the year-end, management have actively sought to progress the application, engaging with the various government bodies and other stakeholders. These activities are summarised above. 

Kallak is included in condensed financial statements as at 30 June 2018 as an intangible exploration licence with a carrying value of £6,679,440. Management are required to consider whether there are events or changes in circumstances that indicate that the carrying value of this asset may not be recoverable. Management have considered the status of the application for the Exploitation Concession and in their judgement, they believe it is appropriate to be optimistic about the chances of being awarded the Exploitation Concession and thus have not impaired the project.

6. Availability of interim report

A copy of these results will be made available for inspection at the Company’s registered office during normal business hours on any weekday. The Company’s registered office is at 207 Temple Chambers, 3-7 Temple Avenue, London, EC4Y 0DT. A copy can also be downloaded from the Company’s website at www.beowulfmining.com. Beowulf Mining plc is registered in England and Wales with registered number 02330496.

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