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Bluejay Mining PLC - Final Results and Notice of AGM

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Bluejay Mining PLC
21 May 2020
 

Bluejay Mining plc / EPIC: JAY / Market: AIM / Sector: Mining

21 May 2020

Bluejay Mining plc ('Bluejay' or the 'Company')

Final Results and Notice of AGM

 

Bluejay Mining plc, an AIM and FSE listed company with projects in Greenland and Finland, is pleased to announce its final results for the year ended 31 December 2019. The Company also gives notice that its Annual General Meeting ('AGM') will be held on 18 June 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Company's registered office, 7-9 Swallow Street, London, W1B 7DE.  Dial-in-details to enable shareholders to attend the AGM remotely are included in the Notice of AGM, copies of which, together with the Form of Proxy and Annual Report will be posted to shareholders tomorrow and available to view on the Company's website shortly.

 

Highlights:

·    Focussed on commencing near-term production at the world class Dundas Ilmenite Project in Greenland

Working agreement with Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium Canada Inc. ongoing with smelter testing due 2021

Confidential MOU signed with multinational trading firm in the titanium feedstock market with possible project financing

Mining Licence application currently entering the Public Consultation phase with EIA and SIA both confirmed compliant

·    Expanded the Disko-Nuussuaq Magmatic Massive Sulphide nickel-copper-platinum-cobalt project in Greenland as a result of confidence in the discovery potential

Encouraging results support the presence of a nickel-copper bearing mineralisation

·    Increased the Kangerluarsuk Sed-Ex lead-zinc-silver project area by more than five-fold to 692km2

Mapping suggests known zinc, lead, silver and copper occurrences could be up to 40m thick

·    2020 exploration and maiden drill programme planned at Disko and Kangerluarsuk postponed in light of COVID-19 but desktop studies to refine drill targets are progressing

·    Acquired two new exploration licences in south Greenland, together the Thunderstone Project, making Bluejay the largest operational landowner in Greenland

·    Successful fundraising of £11.5m at 10p per share included institutional support from German, Danish, UK and Irish investors and investment from the Greenlandic and Danish Government investment funds

·    Cost Savings Initiatives

Implemented a cost saving programme in April 2020 to reduce corporate overheads and ensure company longevity as a result of COVID-19

Greenlandic authorities have waived the Exploration Licence commitments for 2020 further alleviating corporate overheads

 

 

Chairman's Statement

 

In light of these unprecedented times and the subsequent challenging economic climate, I would like to begin my report by sending my well wishes to all and thanking the entire Bluejay Mining plc ('Bluejay' or the 'Group') team for remaining as focused as ever.   Bluejay continues to be steadfast in holding a world class strategic portfolio of value accretive assets and I am pleased to say that the breadth and potential of our portfolio is considerable; from our emergent grassroots operations in Greenland and Finland, all the way through to our  more established, near term target production assets in Greenland that include the world's highest grade ilmenite sand project. We have built a portfolio that spans the full value chain and offers shareholders significant uplift potential.

 

To deliver on this potential, Bluejay's primary focus is commencing production at our flagship asset, the Dundas Ilmenite Project, which currently possesses a JORC compliant Mineral Resource of 117Mt at 6.1% ilmenite in situ.  For Bluejay and our stakeholders worldwide, Dundas represents significant near-term value potential thanks to the incredibly high grades of ilmenite in-situ and the sheer size of the deposit.  As a result, we have been able to secure a number of highly strategic commercial agreements with significant industry leaders; our ongoing working agreement with Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium Canada Inc. ('RTIT') has enabled us to complete our first major bulk sample export for processing in Quebec, Canada, and a confidential MOU with a multinational trading firm in the global titanium feedstock market with offtake potential for up to 200tkpa ilmenite and possible project financing, creates significant opportunity.   Alongside this, we continue to engage with a number of other leading industry players with a view to securing additional commercial offtake agreements.

 

The bulk sample for RTIT was produced at our pilot plant in Quebec, which commenced operation in February 2020 and had been running at full capacity for several weeks until COVID-19 outbreak.  Whilst the plant is now on care and maintenance in line with the Quebec's government guidance that all non-essential businesses should close, we are poised to recommence activity once it is safe and sensible to do so and we look forward to RTIT smelter testing the sample in 2021, which will be a key milestone for finalising our future engagement with them.

 

Whilst we are in a fortunate position that we have a provisional licence that enables us to ship the requisite material for the RTIT bulk sample, a key point in any project's commercialisation is its licencing.  Over the past year great progress has been made regarding the Exploitation Licence;  we have successfully submitted the Environmental Impact Assessment and Social Impact Assessment, both of which have been confirmed compliant for the Public Consultation phase, which are currently being completed.  We remain confident that the fantastic support Dundas' has consistently received from the local communities and authorities will enable us to conclude the Public Consultation swiftly, as we now work closely with the government to finalise a way in which to satisfy this licencing requirement whilst adhering to COVID-19 restrictions.

 

Whilst Bluejay's operational focus remains concentrated on the continued de-risking and development of Dundas into a commercially viable operation, our other promising Greenlandic assets remain at the forefront of future development plans.  Earlier in 2019 the team turned its attention to expanding the Disko-Nuussuaq ('Disko') Magmatic Massive Sulphide nickel-copper-platinum-cobalt project in Greenland, a vast, highly prospective and strategically located project with proven potential to host similar mineralisation to the world's most sizeable nickel-copper sulphide mine, Norilsk-Talnakh, in Siberia.  Large scale systematic sampling surveys were undertaken during the period which returned encouraging results supporting the presence of a nickel-copper bearing mineralisation, thus paving the way for further refining of drill site targets over the licence area.  Testament to our confidence in the discovery potential of Disko, we extended the licence in February 2020 by 76 km2 to 2,897 km2, which was also paired with acquiring a new licence holding over the area. 

 

Unfortunately, the planned 2020 advanced exploration and maiden drilling campaign scheduled at Disko and simultaneously at our Kangerluarsuk Sed-Ex lead-zinc-silver project ('Kangerluarsuk') in southwest Greenland has been postponed as a result of COVID-19.  However, extensive desktop analysis to define drill targets and assess future opportunities for these programmes has been completed during the lockdown period, enabling the team to hit the ground running should restrictions be lifted early enough to recommence operations this 2020 field season.  At Kangerluarsuk, drilling will target known zinc, lead, silver and copper occurrences that have correlations with the neighbouring former Black Angel zinc-lead-silver mine.  Mapping suggests these occurrences could be up to 40m thick and as a result of our confidence in the licence's prospectivity, post-period-end in January 2020 we increased the project area by more than five-fold to 692km2.

 

These licence expansions together with a purchase in the second quarter of this year of two new exploration licences in south Greenland focussing on base metals and gold, known as the Thunderstone Project ('Thunderstone') totalling 2,025km2 resulted in Bluejay becoming the single largest operational landholder in Greenland.  This prestigious position underpins our confidence in the quality and discovery potential together with the overall commitment Bluejay has to the region. 

 

Crucially, it is not just Bluejay that has such strong confidence in the value potential of Greenland.  In November 2019, the Company was delighted to raise £11.5m at 10p per share.  This was a significant achievement, in challenging markets. We were able to attract institutional support from German, Danish, UK and Irish investors while also securing investment from Greenlandic and Danish Government investment funds, thus demonstrating a solid endorsement of Bluejay's in-country activities. More recently an equal portion from both of the Danish and Greenlandic holdings was transferred to SISA, the Greenlandic Pension Fund, resulting in all three entities holding equal thirds.

 

To maximise these funds and ensure the longevity of our company given the current COVID-19 backdrop we implemented a cost saving programme in April 2020 to reduce corporate overheads. For this I would like to give my thanks to the entire Bluejay team for supporting our company in this endeavour by agreeing to a 30% reduction in all staff pay, including directors.  I would also like to give my thanks and commend the Greenlandic authorities for the support they have shown Greenland's mining industry by waiving Exploration Licence commitments for 2020, thereby removing the associated financial responsibilities.  This responsible approach is testament to the quality of the jurisdiction in which we operate.

The team is also pleased to maintain a portfolio of Finnish assets; the Hammaslahti copper-zinc-gold-silver project, the Enonkoski nickel-copper-cobalt-PGM project and the Outokumpu copper-nickel-cobalt-cold project.  This portfolio continues to be cost-sustainable whilst we determine the best plan for future development.

 

Outlook

Bluejay's investment model is based on five key sources of value - high grade, scalable deposits, low capex, simple processing routes and a supportive jurisdiction.  Using our strategy of 'discover, develop and deliver', the team endeavours to ensure that we recognise and capitalise upon these signature features across all of our projects to maximise value creation.  In the course of this year we have firmly followed this approach, increasing our land holding to encompass assets that meet our stringent investment criteria, and implementing targeted development campaigns to advance our portfolio and realise value. 

 

Our most advanced asset and with an internationally renowned status, Dundas, hosts a vast deposit that is proven to be the highest grade globally and requires a simple mining operation with minimal processing.  Furthermore, Bluejay has experienced strong demand for its end product, where the export markets and routes are well established.  The next major hurdle is to secure the requisite Exploitation Licence and given the incredibly strong support that Bluejay and the project has consistently received from both the government and local community, we remain positive that this is a near term deliverable.

 

To this end I am grateful to all of the communities in which we operate, our strategic partners, stakeholders, advisors and the entire Bluejay team for their continued support and tireless work.  Whilst the immediate global outlook continues to be dominated by the extensive reach of COVID-19, we are confident of a promising future beyond this, and look forward to a productive and promising 2020/2021.  In the meantime, we hope everyone continues to stay safe and well and we look forward to providing further updates on our ongoing desktop studies, licencing and commercial discussions as soon as we are in a position to do so. 

 

 

STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

As at 31 December 2019

 

 

 

Group

 

Company

 

Note

31 December 2019

£

31 December 2018

£

 

31 December 2019

£

31 December 2018

£

Non-Current Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

6

2,768,423

2,846,091

 

177,838

44,277

Intangible assets

7

23,138,507

15,478,246

 

-

-

Investment in subsidiaries

9

-

-

 

28,088,279

20,918,061

 

 

25,906,930

18,324,337

 

28,266,117

20,962,338

Current Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

8

-

330,402

 

-

330,402

Trade and other receivables

10

1,459,755

768,960

 

1,728,371

840,620

Cash and cash equivalents

11

10,314,701

8,843,709

 

10,197,337

8,777,619

 

 

11,774,456

9,943,071

 

11,925,708

9,948,641

Total Assets

 

37,681,386

28,267,408

 

40,191,825

30,910,979

Non-Current Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lease liabilities

13

62,220

-

 

62,220

-

Deferred tax liabilities

14

496,045

496,045

 

-

-

 

 

558,265

496,045

 

62,220

-

Current Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lease liabilities

13

80,814

-

 

80,814

-

Trade and other payables

12

1,242,847

783,836

 

996,176

469,554

 

 

1,323,661

783,836

 

1,076,990

469,554

Total Liabilities

 

1,881,926

1,279,881

 

1,139,210

469,554

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Assets

 

35,799,460

26,987,527

 

39,052,615

30,441,425

Equity attributable to owners of the Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

16

7,484,066

7,800,237

 

7,484,066

7,800,237

Share premium

16

55,463,656

43,739,139

 

55,463,656

43,739,139

Other reserves

18

(7,604,567)

(6,799,892)

 

660,536

311,397

Retained losses

 

(19,543,695)

(17,751,957)

 

(24,555,643)

(21,409,348)

Total Equity

 

35,799,460

26,987,527

 

39,052,615

30,441,425

 

The Company has elected to take the exemption under Section 408 of the Companies Act 2006 from presenting the Parent Company Income Statement and Statement of Comprehensive Income. The loss for the Company for the year ended 31 December 2019 was £3,161,498 (year ended 31 December 2018: £8,894,678).

 

 

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 

 

Continued operations

Note

Year ended 31 December

2019

£

Year ended 31 December

2018

£

Revenue

 

-

-

Cost of sales

 

-

-

Gross profit

 

-

-

Administrative expenses

25

(2,259,624)

(1,800,851)

Other gains/(losses)

22

567,068

(93,111)

Foreign exchange

 

(121,891)

(23,757)

Operating loss

 

(1,814,447)

(1,917,719)

Impairments

7

-

(8,873,585)

Finance income

21

6,454

12,209

Other income

 

1,052

2,409

Loss before income tax

 

(1,806,941)

(10,776,686)

Income tax expense

23

-

-

Loss for the year attributable to owners of the Parent

 

(1,806,941)

(10,776,686)

Basic and Diluted Earnings Per Share attributable to owners of the Parent during the period (expressed in pence per share)

24

(0.21)p

(1.279)p

 

 

 

 

         

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 

 

 

Year ended 31 December 2019

£

Year ended 31 December 2018

£

Loss for the year

 

(1,806,941)

(10,776,686)

Other Comprehensive Income:

 

 

 

Items that may be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

 

Currency translation differences

 

(1,153,814)

150,660

Other comprehensive income for the year, net of tax

 

(1,153,814)

150,660

Total Comprehensive Income attributable to owners of the Parent

 

(2,960,755)

(10,626,026)

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note

Share capital

£

Share premium

£

Other reserves

£

Retained losses

£

Total

£

Balance as at 1 January 2018

 

7,792,372

27,220,576

(6,949,904)

(6,975,919)

21,087,125

Loss for the year

 

-

-

-

(10,776,686)

(10,776,686)

Other comprehensive income for the year

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items that may be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currency translation differences

 

-

-

150,660

-

150,660

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

-

-

150,660

(10,776,686)

(10,626,026)

Proceeds from share issues

16

7,828

17,092,171

-

-

17,099,999

Issue costs

16

-

(641,071)

-

-

(641,071)

Share based payments

17

37

67,463

-

-

67,500

Exercised options

17

-

-

(648)

648

-

Total transactions with owners, recognised directly in equity

 

7,865

16,518,563

(648)

648

16,526,428

Balance as at 31 December 2018

 

7,800,237

43,739,139

(6,799,892)

(17,751,957)

26,987,527

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance as at 1 January 2019

 

7,800,237

43,739,139

(6,799,892)

(17,751,957)

26,987,527

Loss for the year

 

-

-

-

(1,806,941)

(1,806,941)

Other comprehensive income for the year

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items that may be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currency translation differences

 

-

-

(1,153,814)

-

(1,153,814)

Total comprehensive income for the year

 

-

-

(1,153,814)

(1,806,941)

(2,960,755)

Proceeds from share issues

16

11,500

11,488,500

-

-

11,500,000

Issue costs

16

-

(175,800)

-

-

(175,800)

Share based payments

17

496

411,817

36,175

-

448,488

Exercised options

17

-

-

(13,605)

13,605

-

Expired options

17

-

-

(1,598)

1,598

-

Other equity adjustments

16

(328,167)

-

328,167

-

-

Total transactions with owners, recognised directly in equity

 

(316,171)

11,724,517

349,139

15,203

11,772,688

Balance as at 31 December 2019

 

7,484,066

55,463,656

(7,604,567)

(19,543,695)

35,799,460

                 

 

 

COMPANY STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 

 

Note

Share capital

£

Share premium

£

Other reserves

£

Retained losses

£

Total equity

£

Balance as at 1 January 2018

 

7,792,372

27,220,576

312,045

(12,515,318)

22,809,675

Loss for the year

 

-

-

-

(8,894,678)

(8,894,678)

Total comprehensive income for the year

 

-

-

-

(8,894,678)

(8,894,678)

Proceeds from share issues

16

7,828

17,092,171

-

-

17,099,999

Issue costs

16

-

(641,071)

-

-

(641,071)

Share based payments

17

37

67,463

-

-

67,500

Exercised options

17

-

-

(648)

648

-

Total transactions with owners, recognised directly in equity

 

7,865

16,518,563

(648)

648

16,526,428

Balance as at 31 December 2018

 

7,800,237

43,739,139

311,397

(21,409,348)

30,441,425

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance as at 1 January 2019

 

7,800,237

43,739,139

311,397

(21,409,348)

30,441,425

Loss for the year

 

-

-

-

(3,161,498)

(3,161,498)

Total comprehensive income for the year

 

-

-

-

(3,161,498)

(3,161,498)

Proceeds from share issues

16

11,500

11,488,500

-

-

11,500,000

Issue costs

16

-

(175,800)

-

-

(175,800)

Share based payments

17

496

411,817

-

-

412,313

Issued Options

17

 

 

36,175

-

36,175

Exercised options

17

-

-

(13,605)

13,605

-

Expired Options

17

-

-

(1,598)

1,598

-

Other equity adjustments

 

(328,167)

-

328,167

-

-

Total transactions with owners, recognised directly in equity

 

(316,171)

11,724,517

349,139

15,203

11,772,688

Balance as at 31 December 2019

 

7,484,066

55,463,656

660,536

(24,555,643)

39,052,615

 

 

STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 

 

 

Group

 

Company

 

Note

Year ended

31 December 2019

£

Year ended

31 December 2018

£

 

Year ended 31 December 2019

£

Year ended 31 December 2018

£

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss before income tax

 

(1,806,941)

(10,776,686)

 

(3,161,498)

(8,894,678)

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

6

500,479

250,590

 

61,519

12,745

Loss/(gain) on financial assets at FVTPL

8

(668,133)

96,573

 

(668,133)

96,573

Loss on sale of property, plant and equipment

6

71,644

-

 

-

-

Share options expense

17

36,175

-

 

36,175

-

Share based payments

17

412,313

45,000

 

412,313

45,000

Intercompany management fees

 

-

-

 

(665,120)

(620,482)

Net finance (income)/costs

21

(6,454)

(12,906)

 

(458,442)

(303,912)

Non cash loss/(gain)

 

96,568

-

 

1,483,889

-

Impairments

7

-

8,873,585

 

-

8,010,452

Changes in working capital:

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Increase)/Decrease in trade and other receivables

10

(1,156,028)

(174,810)

 

647,777

404,782

Increase/(Decrease) in trade and other payables

12

459,847

241,867

 

526,623

(42,224)

Net cash used in operating activities

 

(2,060,530)

(1,456,787)

 

(1,784,897)

(1,291,744)

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of property plant and equipment

6

(543,556)

(2,452,284)

 

(12,539)

(48,689)

Sale of financial assets at FVTPL

8

998,535

-

 

998,535

-

Sale of property, plant and equipment

6

165,140

-

 

-

-

Purchase of quoted shares measured at fair value through the profit or loss

8

-

(426,975)

 

-

(426,975)

Purchase of intangible assets

7

(7,841,020)

(6,251,969)

 

-

-

Interest received

 

10,683

12,906

 

10,683

12,210

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(7,210,218)

(9,118,322)

 

996,679

(463,454)

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from issue of share capital

16

10,925,000

17,099,999

 

10,925,000

17,099,999

Transaction costs of share issue

16

(175,800)

(641,071)

 

(175,800)

(641,071)

Loans granted to subsidiary undertakings

 

-

-

 

(8,538,772)

(8,746,995)

Interest paid

 

(4,229)

-

 

(2,492)

-

Net cash generated from financing activities

 

10,744,971

16,458,928

 

2,207,936

7,711,933

Net decrease/(increase) in cash and cash equivalents

 

1,474,223

5,883,819

 

1,419,718

5,956,735

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

 

8,843,709

2,901,922

 

8,777,619

2,820,884

Exchange gain on cash and cash equivalents

 

(3,231)

57,968

 

-

-

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

11

10,314,701

8,843,709

 

10,197,337

8,777,619

 

Major non-cash transactions

During the year, the Company issued share capital for proceeds of £11.5m. An amount of £575,000 is unpaid at 31 December 2019.

 

The Company has issued shares as settlement for expenses with a value of £412,313.

 

NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 

1.    General information

The principal activity of Bluejay Mining plc (the 'Company') and its subsidiaries (together the 'Group') is the exploration and development of precious and base metals. The Company's shares are listed on the AIM of the London Stock Exchange and the open market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The Company is incorporated and domiciled in England.

 

The address of its registered office is 7-9 Swallow Street, London, W1B 4DE.

 

2.    Summary of significant Accounting Policies

The principal Accounting Policies applied in the preparation of these Consolidated Financial Statements are set out below. These Policies have been consistently applied to all the periods presented, unless otherwise stated.

 

2.1. Basis of preparation of Financial Statements

The consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ('IFRS') and IFRS Interpretations Committee ('IFRS IC') as adopted by the European Union, the Companies Act 2006 that applies to companies reporting under IFRS and IFRS IC interpretations. The Consolidated Financial Statements have also been prepared under the historical cost convention, except as modified for assets and liabilities recognised at fair value on business combination.

 

The Financial Statements are presented in Pound Sterling rounded to the nearest pound.

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with IFRS requires the use of certain critical accounting estimates. It also requires management to exercise its judgement in the process of applying the Accounting Policies. The areas involving a higher degree of judgement or complexity, or areas where assumptions and estimates are significant to the Consolidated Financial Statements are disclosed in Note 4.

 

2.2. New and amended standards

(a) New and amended standards mandatory for the first time for the financial periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019

 

As of 1 January 2019, the Company adopted IFRS 16 Leases, Amendments to IFRS 2 - classification and measurement of share based payments transactions, Annual improvements to IFRS Standards 2015-2017 cycle and IFRIC 23 Uncertainty over income tax treatments.

 

IFRS 16 Adoption

On 1 January 2019, the Group adopted the provisions of IFRS 16 - Leases using the modified retrospective approach, under which the cumulative effect of initial application is recognised in retained earnings at 1 January 2019 where material. Accordingly, the comparative information presented for 2018 has not been restated.

 

FIRS 16 has been applied to one new lease which was adopted during the financial year. In the Statement of Financial Position, the right-of-use asset is recorded in non-current assets as part of property, plant and equipment and the lease liability is split between current liabilities for the portion due within 12 months and non-current liabilities for the remainder.

 

To determine the split between principal and interest in the lease the incremental borrowing rate of the Group was applied. This method was adopted as the Group was not able to ascertain the implied interest rate in the lease.

 

The Group has applied the exemption not to recognise right-of-use assets and liabilities for leases with less than 12 months of lease term when applying IFRS 16 to leases previously classified as operating leases under IAS 17.

 

Of the other IFRSs and IFRICs, none are expected to have a material effect on future Company Financial Information.

 

(b) New standards, amendments and Interpretations in issue but not yet effective or not yet endorsed and not early adopted

 

Standards, amendments and interpretations that are not yet effective and have not been early adopted are as follows:

Standard  

Impact on initial application

Effective date

IFRS 3 (Amendments) 

Definition of a Business 

*1 January 2020 

IAS 1 and IAS 8 (Amendments) 

Definition of material  

 1 January 2020

IAS 1 (Amendments)

Classification of Liabilities as Current or Non-Current. 

 *1 January 2022 

*subject to EU endorsement

The Group is evaluating the impact of the new and amended standards above which are not expected to have a material impact on the Group's results or shareholders' funds statements.

 

2.3. Basis of Consolidation

The Consolidated Financial Statements consolidate the financial statements of the Company and its subsidiaries made up to 31 December. Subsidiaries are entities over which the Group has control. Control is achieved when the Group is exposed, or has rights, to variable returns from its involvement with the investee and has the ability to affect those returns through its power over the investee.

 

Generally, there is a presumption that a majority of voting rights result in control. To support this presumption and when the Group has less than a majority of the voting or similar rights of an investee, the Group considers all relevant facts and circumstances in assessing whether it has power over an investee, including:

·    The contractual arrangement with the other vote holders of the investee;

·    Rights arising from other contractual arrangements; and

·    The Group's voting rights and potential voting rights.

 

The Group re-assesses whether or not it controls an investee if facts and circumstances indicate that there are changes to one or more of the three elements of control. Subsidiaries are fully consolidated from the date on which control is transferred to the Group. They are deconsolidated from the date that control ceases. Assets, liabilities, income and expenses of a subsidiary acquired or disposed of during the period are included in the consolidated financial statements from the date the Group gains control until the date the Group ceases to control the subsidiary.

 

Investments in subsidiaries are accounted for at cost less impairment within the parent company financial statements. Where necessary, adjustments are made to the financial statements of subsidiaries to bring the accounting policies used in line with those used by other members of the Group. All significant intercompany transactions and balances between Group enterprises are eliminated on consolidation.

 

2.4. Going concern

As described in Note 30, the Group is managing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its business and the uncertainty it creates. The Company has taken swift pre-emptive action to ensure the safety of its employees, contractors and supply chain. This includes a full financial and strategic review designed to safeguard and ensure the stability and longevity of Bluejay activities for the benefit for all its stakeholders and as a result the Group have postponed all fieldwork until the UK and Greenland Governments confirm it is safe to do so.

 

The Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared on a going concern basis. Although the Group's assets are not generating revenues and an operating loss has been reported, the Directors are of the view that the Group has sufficient funds to meet all committed and contractual expenditure within the next 12 months and to maintain good title to the exploration licences. This will ensure they will still be in a strong financial position once they are able to re-commence exploration activity.

 

The Group's business activities together with the additional factors likely to affect its future development, performance and position are set out in the Chairman's Report. In addition, Note 3 to the Consolidated Financial Statements includes the Group's objectives, policies and processes for managing its capital; its financial risk management objectives; details of its financial instruments and its exposure to market, credit and liquidity risk.

 

The Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group and Company have sufficient resources to continue in the current economic climate with the COVID-19 pandemic and for the foreseeable future. Thus, they continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the Group and Company Financial Statements.

 

2.5. Segment reporting

Operating segments are reported in a manner consistent with the internal reporting provided to the chief operating decision-maker (CODM). The CODM, who is responsible for allocating resources and assessing performance of the operating segments, has been identified as the Board of Directors that makes strategic decisions.

 

Segment results include items directly attributable to a segment as well as those that can be allocated on a reasonable basis.

 

2.6. Foreign currencies

(a)          Functional and presentation currency

Items included in the Financial Statements of each of the Group's entities are measured using the currency of the primary economic environment in which the entity operates (the 'functional currency'). The functional currency of the UK parent entity and UK subsidiary is Pound Sterling, the functional currency of the Finnish and Austrian subsidiaries is Euros and the functional currency of the Greenlandic subsidiaries is Danish Krone. The Financial Statements are presented in Pounds Sterling which is the Company's functional and Group's presentation currency.

 

(b)          Transactions and balances

Foreign currency transactions are translated into the functional currency using the exchange rates prevailing at the dates of the transactions or valuation where such items are re-measured. Foreign exchange gains and losses resulting from the settlement of such transactions and from the translation at period-end exchange rates of monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies are recognised in the income statement.

 

(c) Group companies

The results and financial position of all the Group entities (none of which has the currency of a hyperinflationary economy) that have a functional currency different from the presentation currency are translated into the presentation currency as follows:

·   assets and liabilities for each period end date presented are translated at the period-end closing rate;

·   income and expenses for each Income Statement are translated at average exchange rates (unless this average is not a reasonable approximation of the cumulative effect of the rates prevailing on the transaction dates, in which case income and expenses are translated at the dates of the transactions); and

·   all resulting exchange differences are recognised in other comprehensive income.

 

On consolidation, exchange differences arising from the translation of the net investment in foreign entities, and of monetary items receivable from foreign subsidiaries for which settlement is neither planned nor likely to occur in the foreseeable future, are taken to other comprehensive income. When a foreign operation is sold, such exchange differences are recognised in the Income Statement as part of the gain or loss on sale.

 

2.7. Intangible assets

Exploration and evaluation assets

The Group recognises expenditure as exploration and evaluation assets when it determines that those assets will be successful in finding specific mineral resources. Expenditure included in the initial measurement of exploration and evaluation assets and which are classified as intangible assets relate to the acquisition of rights to explore, topographical, geological, geochemical and geophysical studies, exploratory drilling, trenching, sampling and activities to evaluate the technical feasibility and commercial viability of extracting a mineral resource. Capitalisation of pre-production expenditure ceases when the mining property is capable of commercial production

 

Exploration and evaluation assets are recorded and held at cost

Exploration and evaluation assets are not subject to amortisation, as such at the year-end all intangibles held have an indefinite life, but are assessed annually for impairment. The assessment is carried out by allocating exploration and evaluation assets to cash generating units ('CGU's'), which are based on specific projects or geographical areas. The CGU's are then assessed for impairment using a variety of methods including those specified in IFRS 6.

 

Whenever the exploration for and evaluation of mineral resources in cash generating units does not lead to the discovery of commercially viable quantities of mineral resources and the Group has decided to discontinue such activities of that unit, the associated expenditures are written off to the Income Statement.

 

Exploration and evaluation assets recorded at fair-value on business combination

Exploration assets which are acquired as part of a business combination are recognised at fair value in accordance with IFRS 3. When a business combination results in the acquisition of an entity whose only significant assets are its exploration asset and/or rights to explore, the Directors consider that the fair value of the exploration assets is equal to the consideration. Any excess of the consideration over the capitalised exploration asset is attributed to the fair value of the exploration asset.

 

2.8. Investments in subsidiaries

Investments in Group undertakings are stated at cost, which is the fair value of the consideration paid, less any impairment provision.

 

2.9. Property, plant and equipment

Property, Plant and equipment is stated at cost less accumulated depreciation and any accumulated impairment losses. Depreciation is provided on all property, plant and equipment to write off the cost less estimated residual value of each asset over its expected useful economic life on a straight line basis at the following annual rates:

Office Equipment - 5 years

Machinery and Equipment - 5 to 15 years

Software - 2 years

 

Subsequent costs are included in the asset's carrying amount or recognised as a separate asset, as appropriate, only when it is probable that future economic benefits associated with the item will flow to the Group and the cost of the item can be measured reliably. The carrying amount of the replaced part is derecognised. All other repairs and maintenance are charged to the income statement during the financial period in which they are incurred.

 

The assets' residual values and useful lives are reviewed, and adjusted if appropriate, at the end of each reporting period.

 

An asset's carrying amount is written down immediately to its recoverable amount if the asset's carrying amount is greater than its estimated recoverable amount. If an impairment review is conducted following an indicator of impairment, assets which are not able to be assessed for impairment individually are assessed in combination with other assets within a cash generating unit.

Gains and losses on disposal are determined by comparing the proceeds with the carrying amount and are recognised within 'Other (losses)/gains' in the Income Statement.

 

2.10.       Impairment of non-financial assets

Assets that have an indefinite useful life, for example, intangible assets not ready to use, and goodwill, are not subject to amortisation and are tested annually for impairment. Property, plant and equipment is reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount may not be recoverable. An impairment loss is recognised for the amount by which the asset's carrying amount exceeds its recoverable amount. The recoverable amount is the higher of an asset's fair value less costs to sell and value in use. For the purposes of assessing impairment, assets are grouped at the lowest levels for which there are separately identifiable cash flows (cash generating units). Non-financial assets that suffered impairment are reviewed for possible reversal of the impairment at each reporting date.

 

2.11.       Financial assets

(a)          Classification

The Group classifies its financial assets at amortised cost and at fair value through the profit or loss. The classification depends on the purpose for which the financial assets were acquired. Management determines the classification of its financial assets at initial recognition.

 

(b)          Recognition and measurement

Amortised cost

Regular purchases and sales of financial assets are recognised on the trade date at cost - the date on which the Group commits to purchasing or selling the asset. Financial assets are derecognized when the rights to receive cash flows from the assets have expired or have been transferred, and the Group has transferred substantially all of the risks and rewards of ownership.

 

Fair value through the profit or loss

Financial assets that do not meet the criteria for being measured at amortised cost or FVTOCI are measured at FVTPL.The Group holds equity instruments that are classified as FVTPL as these were acquired principally for the purpose of selling in the near term.

 

Financial assets at FTVPL, are measured at fair value at the end of each reporting period, with any fair value gains or losses recognised in profit or loss. Fair value is determined by using market observable inputs and data as far as possible. Inputs used in determining fair value measurements are categorised into different levels based on how observable the inputs used in the valuation technique utilised are (the 'fair value hierarchy'):

- Level 1: Quoted prices in active markets for identical items (unadjusted)

- Level 2: Observable direct or indirect inputs other than Level 1 inputs

- Level 3: Unobservable inputs (i.e. not derived from market data).

 

The classification of an item into the above levels is based on the lowest level of the inputs used that has a significant effect on the fair value measurement of the item. Transfers of items between levels are recognised in the period they occur.

 

The Group measures its investments in quoted shares using the quoted market price.

 

(c) Impairment of financial assets

The Group recognises an allowance for expected credit losses (ECLs) for all debt instruments not held at fair value through profit or loss. ECLs are based on the difference between the contractual cash flows due in accordance with the contract and all the cash flows that the Group expects to receive, discounted at an approximation of the original EIR. The expected cash flows will include cash flows from the sale of collateral held or other credit enhancements that are integral to the contractual terms.

 

ECLs are recognised in two stages. For credit exposures for which there has not been a significant increase in credit risk since initial recognition, ECLs are provided for credit losses that result from default events that are possible within the next 12-months (a 12-month ECL). For those credit exposures for which there has been a significant increase in credit risk since initial recognition, a loss allowance is required for credit losses expected over the remaining life of the exposure, irrespective of the timing of the default (a lifetime ECL).

 

For trade receivables (not subject to provisional pricing) and other receivables due in less than 12 months, the Group applies the simplified approach in calculating ECLs, as permitted by IFRS 9. Therefore, the Group does not track changes in credit risk, but instead, recognises a loss allowance based on the financial asset's lifetime ECL at each reporting date.

 

The Group considers a financial asset in default when contractual payments are 90 days past due. However, in certain cases, the Group may also consider a financial asset to be in default when internal or external information indicates that the Group is unlikely to receive the outstanding contractual amounts in full before taking into account any credit enhancements held by the Group. A financial asset is written off when there is no reasonable expectation of recovering the contractual cash flows and usually occurs when past due for more than one year and not subject to enforcement activity.

 

At each reporting date, the Group assesses whether financial assets carried at amortised cost are credit impaired. A financial asset is credit-impaired when one or more events that have a detrimental impact on the estimated future cash flows of the financial asset have occurred.

 

(d)          Derecognition

The Group derecognises a financial asset only when the contractual rights to the cash flows from the asset expire, or when it transfers the financial asset and substantially all the risks and rewards of ownership of the asset to another entity.

 

On derecognition of a financial asset measured at amortised cost, the difference between the asset's carrying amount and the sum of the consideration received and receivable is recognised in profit or loss. This is the same treatment for a financial asset measured at FVTPL.

 

2.12.       Financial liabilities

Financial liabilities are classified, at initial recognition, as financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss, loans and borrowings, payables, or as derivatives designated as hedging instruments in an effective hedge, as appropriate. All financial liabilities are recognised initially at fair value and, in the case of loans and borrowings and payables, net of directly attributable transaction costs. The Group's financial liabilities include trade and other payables and loans.

 

Subsequent measurement

The measurement of financial liabilities depends on their classification, as described below:

 

Financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss

Financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss include financial liabilities held for trading and financial liabilities designated upon initial recognition as at fair value through profit or loss. Financial liabilities are classified as held for trading if they are incurred for the purpose of repurchasing in the near term. This category also includes derivative financial instruments entered into by the Group that are not designated as hedging instruments in hedge relationships as defined by IFRS 9. Separated embedded derivatives are also classified as held for trading unless they are designated as effective hedging instruments. Gains or losses on liabilities held for trading are recognised in the statement of profit or loss and other comprehensive income.

 

Trade and other payables

After initial recognition, trade and other payables are subsequently measured at amortised cost using the EIR method. Gains and losses are recognised in the statement of profit or loss and other comprehensive income when the liabilities are derecognised, as well as through the EIR amortisation process.

 

Amortised cost is calculated by taking into account any discount or premium on acquisition and fees or costs that are an integral part of the EIR. The EIR amortisation is included as finance costs in the statement of profit or loss and other comprehensive income.

 

Derecognition

A financial liability is derecognised when the associated obligation is discharged or cancelled or expires

When an existing financial liability is replaced by another from the same lender on substantially different terms, or the terms of an existing liability are substantially modified, such an exchange or modification is treated as the derecognition of the original liability and the recognition of a new liability. The difference in the respective carrying amounts is recognised in profit or loss and other comprehensive income.

 

Liabilities within the scope of IFRS 9 are classified as financial liabilities at fair value through profit and loss or other liabilities, as appropriate.

 

A financial liability is derecognised when the obligation under the liability is discharged or cancelled or expires.

 

Financial liabilities included in trade and other payables are recognised initially at fair value and subsequently at amortised cost.

 

2.13.       Leases

Assets and liabilities arising from a lease are initially measured on a present value basis. Lease liabilities include the net present value of the following lease payments:

·    Fixed payments, less any lease incentives receivable;

·    Variable lease payment that are based on an index or a rate, initially measured using the index or the rate as at the commencement date;

·    The exercise price of a purchase option; and

·    Payment of penalties for terminating the lease.

 

Lease payments to be made under reasonably certain extension options are also included in the measurement of the liability. The lease payments are discounted using the interest rate implicit in the lease. If that rate cannot be readily determined, the lessee's incremental borrowing rate is used, being the rate that the lessee would have to pay to borrow the funds necessary to obtain an asset of similar value to the right-ofuse asset in a similar economic environment with similar terms, security and conditions. Lease payments are allocated between principal and finance cost. The finance cost is charged to profit or loss over the lease period so as to produce a constant periodic rate of interest on the remaining balance of the liability for each period.

 

Assets obtained under finance leases are depreciated over their useful lives. The lease liabilities are shown in note 13.

 

Rent payable under operating leases on which the short term exemption has been taken, less any lease incentives received, is charged to the income statement on a straight-line basis over the term of the relevant lease except where another more systematic basis is more representative of the time pattern in which economic benefits from the lease asset are consumed.

 

2.14.       Cash and cash equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents comprise cash at bank and in hand.

 

2.15.       Equity

Equity comprises the following:

·    "Share capital" represents the nominal value of the Ordinary shares;

·    "Share Premium" represents consideration less nominal value of issued shares and costs directly attributable to the issue of new shares;

·    "Other reserves" represents the merger reserve, foreign currency translation reserve, redemption reserve and share option reserve where;

"Merger reserve" represents the difference between the fair value of an acquisition and the nominal value of the shares allotted in a share exchange;

"Foreign currency translation reserve" represents the translation differences arising from translating the financial statement items from functional currency to presentational currency;

"Reverse acquisition reserve" represents a non-distributable reserve arising on the acquisition of Finland Investments Limited;

"Redemption reserve" represents a non-distributable reserve made up of share capital;

"Share option reserve" represents share options awarded by the group;

·    "Retained earnings" represents retained losses.

 

2.16.       Share capital, share premium and deferred shares

Ordinary shares are classified as equity. Incremental costs directly attributable to the issue of new shares or options are shown in equity, as a deduction, net of tax, from the proceeds provided there is sufficient premium available. Should sufficient premium not be available placing costs are recognised in the Income Statement.

 

Deferred shares are classified as equity. Deferred shares have no rights to receive dividends, or to attend or vote at general meetings of the Company and are only entitled to a return of capital after payment to holders of new ordinary shares of £100,000 per each share held.

 

2.17.       Share based payments

The Group operates a number of equity-settled, share-based schemes, under which the Group receives services from employees or third party suppliers as consideration for equity instruments (options and warrants) of the Group. The fair value of the third party suppliers' services received in exchange for the grant of the options is recognised as an expense in the Income Statement or charged to equity depending on the nature of the service provided. The value of the employee services received is expensed in the Income Statement and its value is determined by reference to the fair value of the options granted:

·    including any market performance conditions;

·    excluding the impact of any service and non-market performance vesting conditions (for example, profitability or sales growth targets, or remaining an employee of the entity over a specified time period); and

·    including the impact of any non-vesting conditions (for example, the requirement for employees to save).

 

The fair value of the share options and warrants are determined using the Black Scholes valuation model.

 

Non-market vesting conditions are included in assumptions about the number of options that are expected to vest. The total expense or charge is recognised over the vesting period, which is the period over which all of the specified vesting conditions are to be satisfied. At the end of each reporting period, the entity revises its estimates of the number of options that are expected to vest based on the non-market vesting conditions. It recognises the impact of the revision to original estimates, if any, in the Income Statement or equity as appropriate, with a corresponding adjustment to a separate reserve in equity.

 

When the options are exercised, the Group issues new shares. The proceeds received, net of any directly attributable transaction costs, are credited to share capital (nominal value) and share premium when the options are exercised.

 

2.18.       Taxation

No current tax is yet payable in view of the losses to date.

 

Deferred tax is recognised for using the liability method in respect of temporary differences arising from differences between the carrying amount of assets and liabilities in the consolidated financial statements and the corresponding tax bases used in the computation of taxable profit. However, deferred tax liabilities are not recognised if they arise from the initial recognition of goodwill; deferred tax is not accounted for if it arises from initial recognition of an asset or liability in a transaction other than a business combination that at the time of the transaction affects neither accounting nor taxable profit or loss.

 

In principle, deferred tax liabilities are recognised for all taxable temporary differences and deferred tax assets (including those arising from investments in subsidiaries), are recognised to the extent that it is probable that taxable profits will be available against which deductible temporary differences can be utilised.

 

Deferred income tax assets are recognised on deductible temporary differences arising from investments in subsidiaries only to the extent that it is probable the temporary difference will reverse in the future and there is sufficient taxable profit available against which the temporary difference can be used.

 

Deferred tax liabilities are recognised for taxable temporary differences arising on investments in except where the Group is able to control the reversal of the temporary difference and it is probable that the temporary difference will not reverse in the foreseeable future.

 

Deferred tax assets and liabilities are offset when there is a legally enforceable right to offset current tax assets against current tax liabilities and when the deferred tax assets and liabilities relate to income taxes levied by the same taxation authority on either the same taxable entity or different taxable entities where there is an intention to settle the balances on a net basis.

 

Deferred tax is calculated at the tax rates (and laws) that have been enacted or substantively enacted by the statement of financial position date and are expected to apply to the period when the deferred tax asset is realised or the deferred tax liability is settled.

 

Deferred tax assets and liabilities are not discounted.

 

3.    Financial risk management

3.1. Financial risk factors

The Group's activities expose it to a variety of financial risks: market risk (foreign currency risk, price risk and interest rate risk), credit risk and liquidity risk. The Group's overall risk management programme focuses on the unpredictability of financial markets and seeks to minimise potential adverse effects on the Group's financial performance. None of these risks are hedged.

 

Risk management is carried out by the London based management team under policies approved by the Board of Directors.

 

Market risk

(a) Foreign currency risk

The Group operates internationally and is exposed to foreign exchange risk arising from various currency exposures, primarily with respect to the Euro, Danish Krone and the British Pound. Foreign exchange risk arises from future commercial transactions, recognised assets and liabilities and net investments in foreign operations.

 

The Group negotiates all material contracts for activities in relation to its subsidiaries in either British Pounds, Euros or Danish Krone. The Group does not hedge against the risks of fluctuations in exchange rates. The volume of transactions is not deemed sufficient to enter into forward contracts as most of the foreign exchange movements result from the retranslation of inter company loans. The Group has not sensitised the figures for fluctuations in foreign exchange rates as the Directors are of the opinion that these fluctuations, apart from the retranslation of intercompany loans at the closing rate, would not have a significant impact on the financial statements of the Group. However, the Directors acknowledge that, at the present time, the foreign exchange retranslations have resulted in rather higher than normal fluctuations which are separately disclosed, and is predominantly due to the exceptional nature of the Euro exchange rate in the last two years in the current economic climate. The Directors will continue to assess the effect of movements in exchange rates on the Group's financial operations and initiate suitable risk management measures where necessary.

 

(b) Price risk

The Group is not exposed to commodity price risk as a result of its operations, which are still in the exploration phase. The Directors will revisit the appropriateness of this policy should the Group's operations change in size or nature.

 

The Group has exposure to equity securities price risk, as it holds listed equity investments.

 

Credit risk

Credit risk arises from cash and cash equivalents as well as outstanding receivables. Management does not expect any losses from non-performance of these receivables. The amount of exposure to any individual counter party is subject to a limit, which is assessed by the Board.

 

The Group considers the credit ratings of banks in which it holds funds in order to reduce exposure to credit risk.

 

Liquidity risk

In keeping with similar sized mineral exploration groups, the Group's continued future operations depend on the ability to raise sufficient working capital through the issue of equity share capital or debt. The Directors are reasonably confident that adequate funding will be forthcoming with which to finance operations. Controls over expenditure are carefully managed

 

With exception to deferred taxation, financial liabilities are all due within one year.

 

3.2. Capital risk management

The Group's objectives when managing capital are to safeguard the Group's ability to continue as a going concern, to enable the Group to continue its exploration and evaluation activities, and to maintain an optimal capital structure to reduce the cost of capital. In order to maintain or adjust the capital structure, the Group may adjust the issue of shares or sell assets to reduce debts.

 

At 31 December 2019 the Group had borrowings of £nil (31 December 2018: £nil) and defines capital based on the total equity of the Company. The Group monitors its level of cash resources available against future planned exploration and evaluation activities and may issue new shares in order to raise further funds from time to time.

 

Given the Group's level of debt versus its cash at bank and cash equivalents, the gearing ratio is immaterial.

 

3.3. Sensitivity analysis

On the assumption that all other variables were held constant, and in respect of the Group and the Company's expenses the potential impact of a 10% increase/decrease in the UK Sterling:Euro and UK Sterling:DKK Foreign exchange rates on the Group's loss for the period and on equity is as follows:

 

Potential impact on Euro expenses: 2019

Loss before tax for the year ended

31 December 2019

Equity before tax for the year ended

31 December 2019

 

 

Group

Company

Group

Company

 

Increase/(decrease) in foreign exchange rate

£

£

£

£

10%

(1,815,118)

(3,070,151)

36,212,767

39,143,962

-10%

(1,798,764)

(3,070,151)

35,386,153

39,143,962

 

 

 

Potential impact on DKK expenses: 2019

Loss before tax for the year ended

31 December 2019

Equity before tax for the year ended

31 December 2019

 

Group

Company

Group

Company

Increase/(decrease) in foreign exchange rate

£

£

£

£

10%

(1,854,789)

(3,070,151)

37,595,930

39,143,962

-10%

(1,759,093)

(3,070,151)

34,002,990

39,143,962

               

 

4.    Critical accounting estimates and judgements

The preparation of the Financial Statements in conformity with IFRS requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amount of expenses during the period. Actual results may vary from the estimates used to produce these Financial Statements.

 

Estimates and judgements are regularly evaluated and are based on historical experience and other factors, including expectations of future events that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances.

 

Items subject to such estimates and assumptions, that have a significant risk of causing a material adjustment to the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities within the next financial years, include but are not limited to:

 

Impairment of intangible assets - exploration and evaluation costs

Exploration and evaluation costs have a carrying value at 31 December 2019 of £23,138,507 (2018: £15,478,246). Such assets have an indefinite useful life as the Group has a right to renew exploration licences and the asset is only amortised once extraction of the resource commences. Management tests for impairment annually whether exploration projects have future economic value in accordance with the accounting policy stated in Note 2.7. Each exploration project is subject to an annual review by either a consultant or senior company geologist to determine if the exploration results returned during the period warrant further exploration expenditure and have the potential to result in an economic discovery. This review takes into consideration long term metal prices, anticipated resource volumes and supply and demand outlook. In the event that a project does not represent an economic exploration target and results indicate there is no additional upside a decision will be made to discontinue exploration; an impairment charge will then be recognised in the Income Statement.

 

Included within intangible assets at 31 December 2019 is an amount of £3,999,977 (2018: £3,983,108) in respect of projects in Finland. In the previous year the Directors assessed this amount as recoverable through a new strategy of entering into a joint venture with a preferred partner. As at 31 December 2019 the Directors have not finalised and agreed binding terms with a preferred partner. The Directors have not recognised any impairment to this amount because they consider that they will be able to successfully finalise the terms and recover the carrying amount in full. If a preferred partner cannot be located, then it is likely that an impairment charge will be necessary in respect of Finish projects and this is considered a critical accounting judgement.

 

The Directors have reviewed the estimated value of each project prepared by management and have concluded that the no impairment is to be recognised.

 

Recoverability of the loan due from FinnAust Mining Finland Oy

The Directors have assessed that there is no impairment required to the Intangible assets in respect of the projects in Finland with a carrying amount of £3,999,977. The Directors have not impaired a receivable due from FinnAust Mining Finland Oy with a carrying value of £6,764,324. The recoverability of this receivable is dependent on the success of the underlying project in Finland. Therefore, the carrying value of the receivable from FinnAust Mining Finland Oy exceeds the carrying amount of the projects in Finland by £2,764,347. The Directors consider that the receivable due from FinnAust Mining Finland Oy will be recovered in full by enterting into a joint venture with a preferred partner, however the Group has not finalised such an arrangement and therefore the recoverability of the receivable in the Company financial statements is considered to be a critical accounting estimate.

 

VAT receivable

At 31 December 2019, the Group and Company have recognised an amount of £588,302 (2018: £463,704) within trade and other receivables which relates to VAT receivable. The amount is subject to an on-going enquiry with HMRC, further details of which can be found in Note 27. The Directors believe that the amount will be recovered in full and therefore have not recognised any impairment to the carrying value of this amount.

 

Useful economic lives of property, plant and equipment

The annual depreciation charge for property, plant and equipment is sensitive to changes in the estimated useful economic lives and residual values of the assets, taking into account that the assets are not used throughout the whole year due to the seasonality of the licence locations. The useful economic lives and residual values are re-assessed annually. They are amended when necessary to reflect current estimates, based on economic utilisation and the physical condition of the assets. See note 6 for the carrying amount of the property plant and equipment and note 2.9 for the useful economic lives for each class of assets.

 

Share based payment transactions

The Group has made awards of options and warrants over its unissued share capital to certain Directors as part of their remuneration package. Certain warrants have also been issued to shareholders as part of their subscription for shares and suppliers for various services received. No share options or warrants were issued in the current year.

 

The valuation of these options and warrants involves making a number of critical estimates relating to price volatility, future dividend yields, expected life of the options and forfeiture rates. These assumptions have been described in more detail in Note 16.

 

Recovery of other receivables

Included in other receivables is an amount of £575,000 (2018: £nil) as at 31 December 2019 in respect of unpaid ordinary share capital issued on 25 November 2019. The Directors believe that the amount will be recovered in full and therefore have not recognised any impairment to the carrying value of this amount.

 

5.    Segment information

Management has determined the operating segments based on reports reviewed by the Board of Directors that are used to make strategic decisions. During the period the Group had interests in three geographical segments; the United Kingdom, Greenland and Finland. Activities in the UK are mainly administrative in nature whilst the activities in Greenland and Finland relate to exploration and evaluation work.

 

The Group had no turnover during the period.

2019

 

Greenland

£

Finland

£

UK

£

Total

£

Revenue

 

-

-

-

-

Administrative expenses

 

(610,008)

(167,185)

(1,482,431)

(2,259,624)

Foreign exchange

 

(2,186)

(550)

(119,155)

(121,891)

Finance income

 

-

-

6,454

6,454

Other income

 

-

1,052

-

1,052

Loss before tax per reportable segment

 

478,481

81,770

1,246,690

1,806,941

Additions to PP&E

 

531,017

-

12,539

543,556

Additions to intangible asset

 

7,573,396

267,624

-

7,841,020

Reportable segment assets

 

21,840,152

4,092,289

11,748,945

37,681,386

 

2018

 

Greenland

£

Finland

£

UK

£

Total

£

Revenue

 

-

-

-

-

Administrative expenses

 

(499,927)

(92,937)

(1,207,987)

(1,800,851)

Foreign exchange

 

(155,111)

(63,818)

195,172

(23,757)

Finance income

 

-

-

12,209

12,209

Other income

 

-

2,409

-

2,409

Impairment of intangible asset

 

-

8,873,586

-

(8,873,586)

Loss before tax per reportable segment

 

478,708

8,707,376

1,590,602

10,776,686

Additions to PP&E

 

2,395,852

23,548

48,690

2,468,090

Additions to intangible asset

 

5,148,986

1,102,983

-

6,251,969

Reportable segment assets

 

11,960,517

4,081,746

12,225,145

28,267,408

 

6.    Property, plant and equipment

Group

 

 

 

 

Right of use assets

£

Software

£

Machinery & equipment

£

Office equipment

£

Total

£

Cost

 

 

 

 

 

As at 1 January 2018

-

12,664

671,011

11,340

695,015

Exchange Differences

-

-

6,204

-

6,204

Additions

-

15,806

2,414,335

37,949

2,468,090

As at 31 December 2018

-

28,470

3,091,550

49,289

3,169,309

As at 1 January 2019

-

28,470

3,091,550

49,289

3,169,309

Exchange Differences

-

-

(164,770)

(274)

(165,044)

IFRS 16 Adjustment

182,542

-

-

-

182,542

Additions

-

8,623

531,017

3,916

543,556

Disposals

-

-

(202,413)

-

(202,413)

As at 31 December 2019

182,542

37,093

3,255,384

52,931

3,527,950

Depreciation

 

 

 

 

 

As at 1 January 2018

-

8,113

48,292

7,556

63,961

Charge for the period

-

6,363

235,935

8,292

250,590

Exchange differences

-

-

8,667

-

8,667

As at 31 December 2018

-

14,476

292,894

15,848

323,218

As at 1 January 2019

-

14,476

292,894

15,848

323,218

Charge for the year

40,565

10,796

436,487

12,631

500,479

Disposals

-

-

(37,273)

-

(37,273)

Exchange differences

-

-

(26,719)

(178)

(26,897)

As at 31 December 2019

40,565

25,272

665,389

28,301

759,527

Net book value as at 31 December 2018

-

13,994

2,798,656

33,441

2,846,091

Net book value as at 31 December 2019

141,977

11,821

2,589,995

24,630

2,768,423

                   

 

Depreciation expense of £500,479 (31 December 2018: £250,590) for the Group has been charged in administration expenses.

 

Company

 

 

 

 

 

Right of use assets

£

Software

£

Office equipment

£

Total

£

Cost

 

 

 

 

 

As at 1 January 2018

 

-

12,664

9,033

21,697

Additions

 

-

15,806

32,883

48,689

As at 31 December 2018

 

-

28,470

41,916

70,386

As at 1 January 2019

 

-

28,470

41,916

70,386

IFRS 16 Adjustment

 

182,542

-

-

182,542

Additions

 

-

8,623

3,916

12,539

As at 31 December 2019

 

182,542

37,093

45,832

265,467

Depreciation

 

 

 

 

 

As at 1 January 2018

 

-

8,113

5,251

13,364

Charge for the period

 

-

6,363

6,382

12,745

As at 31 December 2018

 

-

14,476

11,633

26,109

As at 1 January 2019

 

-

14,476

11,633

26,109

Charge for the year

 

40,565

10,796

10,158

61,519

As at 31 December 2019

 

40,565

25,272

21,792

87,629

Net book value as at 31 December 2018

 

-

13,994

30,283

44,277

Net book value as at 31 December 2019

 

141,977

11,821

24,040

177,838

 

Depreciation expense of £61,519 (31 December 2018: £12,745) for the Company has been charged in administration expenses.

 

7.    Intangible assets

Intangible assets comprise exploration and evaluation costs. Exploration and evaluation assets are all internally generated. These are measured at cost and have an indefinite asset life. Once the pre-production phase has been entered into, the exploration and evaluation assets will cease to be capitalised and commence amortisation.

 

 

Group

Exploration & Evaluation Assets - Cost and Net Book Value

31 December

2019

£

31 December

2018

£

Cost

 

 

As at 1 January

24,351,831

17,971,795

Additions

7,841,020

6,251,969

Exchange differences

(180,759)

128,067

As at year end

32,012,092

24,351,831

Provision for impairment

 

 

As at 1 January

8,873,585

-

Impairments

-

8,873,585

As at year end

8,873,585

8,873,585

Net book value

23,138,507

15,478,246

 

The Dundas project in Greenland has a current JORC compliant mineral resource of 117 million tonnes at 6.1% ilmenite (in-situ) and has been confirmed as the highest-grade mineral sand ilmenite project globally. Exploration projects in Finland and the Disko project in Greenland are at an early stage of development and there are no JORC (Joint Ore Reserves Committee) or non-JORC compliant resource estimates available to enable value in use calculations to be prepared. The Directors therefore undertook an assessment of the following areas and circumstances that could indicate the existence of impairment:

      • The Group's right to explore in an area has expired, or will expire in the near future without renewal;

      • No further exploration or evaluation is planned or budgeted for;

      • A decision has been taken by the Board to discontinue exploration and evaluation in an area due to the absence of a commercial level of reserves; or

      • Sufficient data exists to indicate that the book value will not be fully recovered from future development and production.

 

In the previous year, the Directors recognised an impairment of £8,873,585 in respect of exploration projects in Finland following their impairment assessment because certain project areas were no longer considered to be prospective and no further exploration or evaluation work was planned or budgeted for. The carrying value of the remaining project areas in Finland was assessed by the Directors as recoverable through a new strategy of identifying a preferred partner to enter into a joint venture agreement. During 2019 there has been some progress in locating a preferred partner, however no binding terms have been finalised and agreed. The Directors do not consider that the Finish projects should be impaired further based on being able to finalise terms with a preferred partner in the future.

 

Following their assessment, the Directors concluded that no impairment charge was required at 31 December 2019.

 

8.    Financial assets measured at fair value

 

Group

Company

 

31 December

2019

                £

31 December

2018

£

31 December

2019

£

31 December

2018

£

As at 1 January

330,402

-

330,402

-

Acquisition of quoted shares

-

426,975

-

426,975

Disposal of quoted shares

(998,535)

-

(998,535)

-

Fair value gain

668,133

(96,573)

688,133

(96,573)

As at year end

-

330,402

-

330,402

 

These investments are held for short-term trading purposes. At the reporting date, all the shares had been sold.

 

The assets are measured in accordance with Level 1 of the fair value hierarchy by using the quoted market price. There have been no transfers between fair value levels during the year.

 

9.    Investments in subsidiary undertakings

 

Company

 

31 December

2019

£

31 December

2018

£

Shares in Group Undertakings

 

 

At beginning of period

2,000,002

9,700,002

Transfer of investment

58,340

-

Impairment charge

(1,500,000)

(7,700,000)

At end of period

558,342

2,000,002

Loans to Group undertakings

27,621,284

18,918,059

Total

28,179,626

20,918,061

 

Investments in Group undertakings are stated at cost, which is the fair value of the consideration paid, less any impairment provision.

 

During 2019, the Group  fully impaired its investment in  BJ Mining Limited which had a carrying value of £1,500,000 following a transfer of legal ownership to a third party 100% owned outside the Group. Immediately prior to the transfer of legal ownership, the assets held by BJ Mining Limited were transferred to Dundas Titanium A/S

 

Subsidiaries

Name of subsidiary

Registered office address

Country of incorporation and place of business

Proportion of ordinary shares held by parent (%)

Proportion of ordinary shares held by the Group (%)

Nature of business

Centurion Mining Limited

2nd Floor 7-9 Swallow Street, London, England, W1B 4DE

United Kingdom

100%

100%

Dormant

Centurion Universal Limited

2nd Floor 7-9 Swallow Street, London, England, W1B 4DE

United Kingdom

100%

100%

Holding

Centurion Resources GmbH

Schottenring 14 /525

1010 Vienna, Austria

Austria

Nil

100%

Exploration

Finland Investments Limited

2nd Floor 7-9 Swallow Street, London, England, W1B 4DE

United Kingdom

100%

100%

Holding

FinnAust Mining Finland Oy

Kummunkatu 23,
FI-83500 Outokumpu, Finland

Finland

Nil

100%

Exploration

FinnAust Mining Northern Oy

Kummunkatu 23,
FI-83500 Outokumpu, Finland

Finland

Nil

100%

Exploration

Disko Exploration Limited

2nd Floor 7-9 Swallow Street, London, England, W1B 4DE

United Kingdom

100%

100%

Exploration

Dundas Titanium A/S

c/o Nuna Advokater ApS, Qullilerfik 2, 6, Postboks 59, Nuuk 3900, Greenland

Greenland

Nil

100%

Exploration

 

All subsidiary undertakings are included in the consolidation.
The proportion of the voting rights in the subsidiary undertakings held directly by the parent company do not differ from the proportion of ordinary shares held.

 

10. Trade and other receivables

 

 

Company

Current

31 December

2019

£

31 December

2018

£

 

31 December

2019

£

31 December

2018

£

Trade receivables

43,925

30,237

 

4,312

30,236

Amounts owed by Group undertakings

-

-

 

395,174

191,346

Prepayments

83,423

72,989

 

83,423

62,685

VAT receivable (See note 25)

619,957

517,178

 

588,302

463,704

Other receivables

712,450

148,556

 

657,160

92,649

Total

1,459,755

768,960

 

1,728,371

840,620

 

The fair value of all receivables is the same as their carrying values stated above.

 

Included in other receivables is an amount of £575,000 (2018: £nil) as at 31 December 2019 in respect of unpaid ordinary share capital issued on 25 November 2019.

 

At 31 December 2019 all trade and other receivables were fully performing. No ageing analysis is considered necessary as the Group has no significant trade receivable receivables which would require such an analysis to be disclosed under the requirements of IFRS 7.

 

The carrying amounts of the Group and Company's trade and other receivables are denominated in the following currencies:

 

 

Company

 

31 December

2019

£

31 December

2018

£

 

31 December

2019

£

31 December

2018

£

UK Pounds

1,401,201

618,352

 

1,728,371

809,699

Euros

38,637

70,756

 

-

-

Danish Krone

19,917

79,852

 

-

30,921

 

1,459,755

768,960

 

1,728,371

840,620

 

The maximum exposure to credit risk at the reporting date is the carrying value of each class of receivable mentioned above. The Group does not hold any collateral as security.

 

11. Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

Company

 

31 December

2019

£

31 December

2018

£

 

31 December

2019

£

31 December

2018

£

Cash at bank and in hand

10,314,701

8,843,709

 

10,197,337

8,777,619

 

All of the UK entities cash at bank is held with institutions with an AA- credit rating. The Finland and Greenland entities cash at bank is held with institutions whose credit rating is unknown.
 

The carrying amounts of the Group and Company's cash and cash equivalents are denominated in the following currencies:

 

 

 

Company

 

31 December

2019

£

31 December

2018

£

 

31 December

2019

£

31 December

2018

£

UK Pounds

10,212,030

8,781,031

 

10,197,337

8,777,619

Euros

38,236

4,762

 

-

-

Danish Krone

64,435

57,916

 

-

-

 

10,314,701

8,843,709

 

10,197,337

8,777,619

 

12. Trade and other payables

 

 

Company

 

31 December

2019

£

31 December

2018

£

 

31 December

2019

£

31 December

2018

£

Trade payables

1,015,968

514,490

 

932,125

326,225

Other creditors

98,705

125,671

 

248

13,861

Accrued expenses

128,174

143,675

 

63,803

129,468

 

1,242,847

783,836

 

996,176

469,554

 

Trade payables include amounts due of £898,395 in relation to exploration and evaluation activities.

 

The carrying amounts of the Group and Company's trade and other payables are denominated in the following currencies:

 

 

Company

 

31 December

2019

£

31 December

2018

£

 

31 December

2019

£

31 December

2018

£

UK Pounds

1,061,692

8,781,031

 

996,176

469,554

Euros

29,957

4,762

 

-

-

Danish Krone

151,198

57,916

 

-

-

 

1,242,847

8,843,709

 

996,176

469,554

 

13.  Lease liabilities

Lease liabilities are effectively secured, as the rights to the leased asset revert to the lessor in the event of default.

 

Group and Company

 

31 December 2019

31 December 2018

Lease liabilities

£

£

Not later than one year

80,814

-

Later than one year and no later than five years

62,220

-

Later than five years

-

-

 

143,034

-

Future finance charges on finance lease liabilities

3,966

-

Present value of finance lease liabilities

147,000

-

 

For the year ended 31 December 2019, the total finance charges were £2,492. The contracted and planned lease commitments were discounted using the incremental borrowing rate of 3%.

 

14.  Deferred tax

An analysis of deferred tax liabilities is set out below.

 

Group

 

Company

 

 

2019

£

2018

£

 

2019

£

2018

£

Deferred tax liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

- Deferred tax liability after more than 12 months

496,045

496,045

 

-

-

Deferred tax liabilities

496,045

496,045

 

-

-

 

The Group has additional capital losses of approximately £8,883,046 (2018: £8,873,586) and other losses of approximately £6,181,673 (2018: £5,897,843) available to carry forward against future taxable profits. No deferred tax asset has been recognised in respect of these tax losses because of uncertainty over the timing of future taxable profits against which the losses may be offset.

 

15.  Financial Instruments by Category

Group

 

31 December 2019

 

31 December 2018

 

Amortised cost

 

FVTPL

Total

Amortised cost

 

FVTPL

Total

Assets per Statement of Financial Performance

£

£

£

£

£

£

Trade and other receivables (excluding prepayments)

1,376,332

-

1,376,332

695,971

-

695,971

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

-

-

-

-

330,402

330,402

Cash and cash equivalents

10,314,701

-

10,314,701

8,843,709

-

8,843,709

 

11,691,033

-

11,691,033

9,539,680

330,402

9,870,082

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31 December 2019

31 December 2018

 

 

Amortised cost

Total

Amortised

cost

Total

 

Liabilities per Statement of Financial Performance

£

£

£

£

 

Trade and other payables (excluding non-financial liabilities)

1,242,847

1,242,847

783,836

783,836

 

Finance lease liability

143,034

143,034

-

-

 

 

1,385,881

1,385,881

783,836

783,836

 

                     

 

Company

 

31 December 2019

31 December 2018

 

Amortised cost

 

FVTPL

Total

Amortised cost

 

FVTPL

Total

Assets per Statement of Financial Performance

£

 

£

£

£

 

£

£

Trade and other receivables (excluding prepayments)

1,644,498

-

1,644,498

777,935

-

777,935

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

-

-

-

-

330,402

330,402

Cash and cash equivalents

10,197,337

-

10,197,337

8,777,619

-

8,777,619

 

11,841,835

-

11,841,835

9,555,554

330,402

9,885,956

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31 December 2019

31 December 2018

 

 

At amortised cost

Total

At amortised

cost

Total

 

Liabilities per Statement of Financial Performance

£

£

£

£

 

Trade and other payables (excluding non-financial liabilities)

996,176

996,176

469,554

469,554

 

Finance lease liability

143,034

143,034

-

-

 

 

1,139,210

1,139,210

469,554

469,554

 

                 

 

16.  Share capital and premium

 

Group and Company

 

Number of shares

 

Share capital

 

31 December 2019

31 December 2018

31 December 2019

31 December 2018

Ordinary shares

969,969,397

850,007,782

96,996

85,001

Deferred shares

558,104,193

558,104,193

558,104

588,104

Deferred A shares

68,289,656,190

71,271,328,120

6,828,966

7,127,132

Total

69,817,729,780

72,709,440,095

7,484,066

7,800,237

           

 

 

Issued at 0.01 pence per share

Number of Ordinary shares

Share capital

£

Share premium

£

Total

£

At 1 January 2018

771,357,866

77,136

27,220,576

27,297,712

Issue of new shares - 11 January 2018

143,495

14

22,486

22,500

Issue of new shares - 1 February 2018 (1)

77,272,728

7,728

16,351,200

16,358,928

Issue of new shares - 23 May 2018

97,835

10

22,490

22,500

Exercise of options - 1 October 2018

1,000,000

100

99,900

100,000

Issue of new shares - 19 October 2018

135,858

13

22,487

22,500

As at 31 December 2018

850,007,782

85,001

43,739,139

43,824,140

As at 1 January 2019

850,007,782

85,001

43,739,139

43,824,140

Issue of new shares - 24 January 2019

1,461,615

145

102,167

102,312

Issue of new shares - 24 January 2019

1,000,000

100

59,900

60,000

Exercise of options - 2 May 2019

300,000

30

29,970

30,000

Exercise of options - 10 May 2019

2,200,000

220

219,780

220,000

Issue of new shares - 25 November 2019 (2)

75,000,000

7,500

7,316,700

7,324,200

Issue of new shares - 12 December 2019

40,000,000

4,000

3,996,000

4,000,000

As at 31 December 2019

969,969,397

96,996

55,463,656

55,560,652

 

(1)  Includes issue costs of £641,071

(2)  Includes issue costs of £175,800

 

Deferred Shares (nominal value of 0.1 pence per share)

Number of Deferred shares

Share capital

£

As at 1 January 2018

588,104,193

588,104

As at 31 December 2018

588,104,193

588,104

As at 1 January 2019

588,104,193

588,104

Other equity adjustment

(30,000,000)

(30,000)

As at 31 December 2019

558,104,193

558,104

 

 

Deferred A Shares (nominal value of 0.1 pence per share)

Number of Deferred A shares

Share capital

£

As at 1 January 2018

71,271,328,120

7,127,132

As at 31 December 2018

71,271,328,120

7,127,132

As at 1 January 2019

71,271,328,120

7,127,132

Other equity adjustment

(2,981,671,930)

(298,167)

As at 31 December 2019

68,289,656,190

6,828,966

 

On 24 January 2019 the Company issued and allotted 1,461,615 new Ordinary Shares at a price of 7 pence per share per share as an exercise of warrants. On this same day the Company issued and allotted 1,000,000 new Ordinary Shares at a price of 6 pence per share as an exercise of warrants.

 

On 2 May 2019 the Company issued and allotted 300,000 new Ordinary Shares at a price of 10 pence per share as an exercise of options.

 

On 10 May 2019 the Company issued and allotted 2,200,000 new Ordinary Shares at a price of 10 pence per share as an exercise of options.

 

On 25 November 2019 the Company raised £7,500,000 via the issue and allotment of 75,000,000 new Ordinary Shares at a price of 10 pence per share.

 

On 12 December 2019 the Company raised £4,000,000 via the issue and allotment of 40,000,000 new Ordinary Shares at a price of 10 pence per share.

 

The Directors have corrected an error in the number of Deferred and Deferred A shares in the year ended 31 December 2019 relating to a share repurchase in 2011 which was not recorded correctly in the financial statements. This is not material and has therefore not amounted to a prior period adjustment. The correcting entry is a recategorisation of £328,167 recorded within share capital which should have been recorded in the capital redemption reserve. The adjustment has no impact on the Company or Group's net assets or profit or loss.

 

There is an amount of £575,000 which has not been paid as at 31 December 2019 in respect of the ordinary share capital issued on 25 November 2019 which is recorded in other receivables.

 

17.  Share based payments

The Company has established a share option scheme for Directors, employees and consultants to the Group. Share options and warrants outstanding and exercisable at the end of the period have the following expiry dates and exercise prices:

 

 

 

 

Options & Warrants

Grant Date

Expiry Date

Exercise price in £ per share

 

31 December 2019

31 December 2018

29 November 2013

29 May 2019

0.10

 

-

5,000,000

4 March 2016

3 March 2019

0.06

 

-

1,000,000

17 December 2016

17 December 2021

0.07

 

1,228,153

2,689,768

9 June 2017

9 June 2022

0.165

 

1,025,000

1,025,000

17 October 2017

17 October 2020

0.20

 

5,350,000

5,350,000

17 October 2017

17 October 2020

0.25

 

5,350,000

5,350,000

17 October 2017

17 October 2020

0.30

 

5,350,000

5,350,000

23 July 2019

23 July 2023

0.10

 

5,200,000

-

23 July 2019

23 July 2023

0.15

 

5,200,000

-

23 July 2019

23 July 2023

0.20

 

5,600,000

-

 

 

 

 

34,303,153

25,764,768

 

The Company and Group have no legal or constructive obligation to settle or repurchase the options or warrants in cash.

 

The fair value of the share options and warrants was determined using the Black Scholes valuation model. The parameters used are detailed below:                                                                                   

 

2016 Options

2017 Options

2017 Options

2017 Options

Granted on:

17/12/2016

9/6/2017

17/10/2017

17/10/2017

Life (years)

5 years

5 years

3 years

3 years

Share price (pence per share)

7p

15.5p

17.75p

17.75p

Risk free rate

0.81%

0.56%

0.5%

0.5%

Expected volatility

17.64%

31.83%

13.85%

13.85%

Expected dividend yield

-

-

-

-

Marketability discount

20%

20%

20%

20%

Total fair value (£000)

17

34

42

8

 

 

2017 Options

2019 Options

2019 Options

2019 Options

Granted on:

17/10/2017

23/7/2019

23/7/2019

23/7/2019

Life (years)

4 years

4 years

4 years

4 years

Share price (pence per share)

17.75p

7.45p

7.45p

7.45p

Risk free rate

0.5%

0.5%

0.5%

0.5%

Expected volatility

13.85%

21.64%

21.64%

21.64%

Expected dividend yield

-

-

-

-

Marketability discount

20%

20%

20%

20%

Total fair value (£000)

1

31

5

1

The expected volatility of the 2016, 2017 and 2019 options is based on historical volatility for the six months prior to the date of granting.

 

The risk-free rate of return is based on zero yield government bonds for a term consistent with the option life.

 

A reconciliation of options and warrants granted over the year to 31 December 2019 is shown below:

 

2019

 

2018

 

Number

Weighted average exercise price (£)

 

Number

Weighted average exercise price (£)

Outstanding at beginning of period

25,764,768

0.1913

 

26,764,768

0.1879

Expired

(2,500,000)

-

 

-

-

Exercised

(4,961,615)

0.085

 

(1,000,000)

0.1000

Granted

16,000,000

-

 

-

-

Outstanding as at period end

34,303,153

0.1898

 

25,764,768

0.1913

Exercisable at period end

34,303,153

0.1898

 

25,764,768

0.1913

 

 

2019

2018

Range of exercise prices (£)

Weighted average exercise price (£)

Number of shares

Weighted average remaining life expected (years)

Weighted average remaining life contracted (years)

Weighted average exercise price (£)

Number of shares

Weighted average remaining life expected (years)

Weighted average remaining life contracted (years)

0 - 0.05

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

0.05 - 2.00

0.1898

34,303,153

3.68

3.68

0.1913

25,764,768

1.65

1.65

 

During the period there was a charge of £36,175 (2018: £nil) in respect of share options. 

 

18.  Other reserves

 

 

Group

 

Merger reserve

£

Reverse acquisition reserve

£

Redemption reserve

£

Share option reserve

£

Total

£

 

At 31 December 2018

166,000

959,712

(8,071,001)

36,463

108,934

(6,799,892)

 

Currency translation differences

-

(1,153,814)

-

-

-

(1,153,814)

 

Exercised options

-

-

-

-

(13,605)

(13,605)

 

Expired Options

-

-

-

-

(1,598)

(1,598)

 

Issued Options

-

-

-

-

36,175

36,175

 

Other equity adjustments

-

-

-

328,167

-

328,167

 

At 31 December 2019

166,000

(194,102)

(8,071,001)

364,630

129,906

(7,604,567)

 

                 

 

 

 

Company

 

 

Merger reserve

£

Redemption reserve

£

Share option reserve

£

Total

£

 

At 31 December 2018

 

166,000

36,463

108,934

311,397

 

Exercised options

 

-

-

(13,605)

(13,605)

 

Expired Options

 

-

-

(1,598)

(1,598)

 

Issued Options

 

-

-

36,175

36,175

 

Other equity adjustments

 

-

328,167

-

328,167

 

At 31 December 2019

 

166,000

364,630

129,906

660,536

 

 

19.  Employee benefit expense

 

Group

 

Company

Staff costs (excluding Directors)

Year ended

31 December

2019

£

Year ended

31 December

2018

£

 

Year ended

31 December

2019

£

Year ended

31 December

2018

£

Salaries and wages

948,450

790,179

 

438,012

279,567

Social security costs

77,095

108,061

 

25,322

9,836

Retirement benefit costs

5,084

1,616

 

5,084

1,374

 

1,030,629

899,856

 

468,418

290,777

 

The average monthly number of employees for the Group during the year was 16 (year ended 31 December 2018:16) and the average monthly number of employees for the Company was 10 (year ended 31 December 2018: 9).

 

Of the above Group staff costs, £763,055 (year ended 31 December 2018: £485,063) has been capitalised in accordance with IFRS 6 as exploratory related costs and are shown as an intangible addition in the year.

 

20.  Directors' remuneration

 

Year ended 31 December 2019

 

Short-term benefits

Post-employment benefits

Share based payments

Total

 

 

£

£

£

£

 

Executive Directors

 

 

 

 

 

Roderick McIllree

57,612

1,143

-

58,755

 

Bo Stensgaard (1)

113,438

-

-

113,438

 

Non-executive Directors

 

 

 

 

 

Ian Henderson

50,000

-

-

50,000

 

Garth Palmer (2)

22,636

619

-

23,255

 

Peter Waugh

24,000

492

-

24,492

 

Michael Hutchinson

25,000

-

-

25,000

 

 

292,686

2,254

-

294,940

 

               

 

Of the above Group directors' remuneration, £44,412 (31 December 2018: £42,905) has been capitalised in accordance with IFRS 6 as exploratory related costs and are shown as an intangible addition in the year.

 

 

 

Year ended 31 December 2018

 

Short-term benefits

Post-employment benefits

Share based payments

Total

 

 

£

£

£

£

 

Executive Directors

 

 

 

 

 

Roderick McIllree

182,783

640

-

183,423

 

Non-executive Directors

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Kuenzel (3)

10,286

5

-

10,291

 

Ian Henderson

19,022

-

-

19,022

 

Garth Palmer

16,114

330

-

16,444

 

Peter Waugh

24,000

-

-

24,000

 

Michael Hutchinson

25,000

315

-

25,315

 

 

277,205

1,290

-

278,495

 

               

 

(1) Bo Stensgaard was appointed on 13 August 2019

(2) Garth Palmer resigned on 12 December 2019

(3) Gregory Kuenzel resigned on 2 June 2018

 

Details of fees paid to Companies and Partnerships of which the Directors detailed above are Directors and Partners have been disclosed in Note 28.

 

The remuneration of Directors and key executives is determined by the remuneration committee having regard to the performance of individuals and market trends.

 

21.  Finance income

 

Group

 

Year ended

31 December

2019

£

Year ended

31 December

2018

£

Interest received from cash and cash equivalents

6,454

12,209

Finance Income

6,454

12,209

 

22.  Other gain/(losses)

 

Group

 

Year ended

31 December

2019

£

Year ended

31 December

2018

£

Gain/(Loss) on financial assets measured at fair value through profit or loss

668,133

(96,573)

Loss on sale of property, plant and equipment

(71,644)

-

Other gains

(29,421)

3,462

Other gain/(losses)

567,068

(93,111)

 

23.  Income tax expense

No charge to taxation arises due to the losses incurred.

 

The tax on the Group's loss before tax differs from the theoretical amount that would arise using the weighted average tax rate applicable to the losses of the consolidated entities as follows:

 

Group

 

Year ended

31 December 2019

£

Year ended

31 December 2018

£

Loss before tax

(1,806,941)

(10,776,686)

Tax at the applicable rate of 21.96% (2018: 21.82%)

(396,804)

(2,187,667)

Effects of:

 

 

Expenditure not deductible for tax purposes

122,433

1,807,738

Depreciation in excess of/(less than) capital allowances

(9,460)

(450,153)

Net tax effect of losses carried forward

283,831

830,082

Tax charge

-

-

 

The weighted average applicable tax rate of 21.96% (2018: 21.82%) used is a combination of the 19% standard rate of corporation tax in the UK, 20% Finnish corporation tax and 30% Greenlandic corporation tax.

 

The Group has a potential deferred income tax asset of approximately £1,189,029 (2018: £1,179,569) due to tax losses available to carry forward against future taxable profits. The Company has tax losses of approximately £6,181,673 (2018: £5,897,843) available to carry forward against future taxable profits. No deferred tax asset has been recognised on accumulated tax losses because of uncertainty over the timing of future taxable profits against which the losses may be offset.

               

24.  Earnings per share

Group

The calculation of the total basic earnings per share of (0.21) pence (31 December 2018: (1.279) pence) is based on the loss attributable to equity holders of the parent company of £1,806,941 (31 December 2018: £10,776,686) and on the weighted average number of ordinary shares of 969,969,397 (31 December 2018: 842,546,640) in issue during the year.

 

In accordance with IAS 33, basic and diluted earnings per share are identical for the Group as the effect of the exercise of share options would be to decrease the earnings per share. Details of share options that could potentially dilute earnings per share in future periods are set out in Note 17.

 

25.  Expenses by nature

 

Group

 

 

Year ended

31 December

2019

£

Year ended

31 December

2018

£

 

 

 

 

 

Employee expenses 

437,329

281,158

 

Establishment expenses

105,971

91,211

 

Travel & subsistence

130,708

141,906

 

Professional & consultancy fees

897,713

930,372

 

IT & Software

17,605

9,795

 

Insurance

76,157

54,832

 

Depreciation

500,479

250,590

 

Share Option expense

36,175

-

 

Other expenses

57,487

40,987

 

Total administrative expenses

2,259,624

1,800,851

 

 

Services provided by the Company's auditor and its associates

During the year, the Group (including overseas subsidiaries) obtained the following services from the Company's auditors and its associates:

 

Group

 

Year ended 31 December

2019

£

Year ended 31 December

2018

£

Fees payable to the Company's auditor and its associates for the audit of the Parent Company and Consolidated Financial Statements

65,655

47,000

Fees payable to the Company's auditor for tax compliance & other services

20,868

70,778

 

 

 

 

26.  Commitments

(a) Royalty agreements

As part of the contractual arrangement with Magnus Minerals Limited ('Magnus') the Group has agreed to pay royalties on revenue from mineral sales arising from mines developed by the Group. Under the terms of the respective Royalty Agreements between Magnus and the Company, the Group shall pay the following:

·    0.5% of net smelter returns over mineral production from the Kainuu Schist Belt tenements;

·    1.0% of net smelter returns over mineral production from the Outokumpu Savonara Mine Belt tenements;

·    1.5% of net smelter returns over mineral production from the Enonoski Area tenements; and

·    2.5% of net smelter returns over mineral production from the Hammaslahti Area tenements.

The Enonoski and Hammaslahti Royalty Agreements further provide that royalty entitlements may be extended to future rights with the respective areas of influence defined with the agreements.

 

Additionally, under the terms of the Kainuu Schist Belt Royalty Agreement and the Outokumpu Savonara Mine Belt Royalty Agreement the Group is obligated to pay SES Finland Limited a 0.5% net smelter royalty in respect of production from the associated tenements and Western Areas Limited ("Western Areas") 0.5% of net smelter returns over mineral production of the tenements using a biological leaching technology owned by Western Areas.

 

(b) License commitments

Bluejay now owns 7 mineral exploration licenses in Greenland. Licence 2015/08 and 2019/114 is a part of the Dundas project and licences 2011/31, 2012/29, 2017/01, 2018/16 and 2019/116 are part of the Disko projects in Greenland. These licences include commitments to pay annual licence fees and minimum spend requirements.

 

As at 31 December 2019 these are as follows:

 

Group

Group

License fees

£

Minimum spend requirement

£

Total

£

Not later than one year

3,009

-

3,009

Later than one year and no later than five years

14,234

5,768,829

5,783,063

Total

17,243

5,768,829

5,768,072

 

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Greenland Government has approved that there will be no mineral exploration licence spend obligations for the period 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2020.

 

27.  Contingent liabilities

The Directors are in the process of appealing an assessment made by HMRC which relates to the Company's ability to claim input VAT because, in the view of HMRC, the Company does not technically constitute a business for the purposes of VAT and is not eligible to make such claims in connection with services it supplied to the Company's subsidiaries. The initial assessment raised by HMRC is for an amount of £255,492 and relates to input VAT claimed and repaid by HMRC between 2012-2015. At the point the assessment was raised, HMRC ceased to repay any further claims for input VAT made by the Company. The Company has continued to submit the appropriate returns to HMRC and as a result, the Company has a receivable from HMRC of £588,302 at 31 December 2019 which is included within trade and other receivables. HMRC has made a further protective assessment for this amount, bringing the total amount of the dispute at 31 December 2019 to £843,794.

 

The Directors strongly refute the view of HMRC that the Company does not constitute a business for VAT purposes. As at the date of release, the case is yet to be heard in front of a Tribunal. Tribunal was scheduled for March 2020, however due to COVID-19, it has been pushed back indefinitely. The Company has engaged professional services of legal counsel who will be representing it before the Tribunal. Counsel confirms the Company has a strong case.

 

Accordingly, the Directors believe that the amount of £843,794 will be recovered in full and therefore have not recognised any impairment to the carrying value of this amount.

 

28.  Related party transactions

Loans to Group undertakings

Amounts receivable as a result of loans granted to subsidiary undertakings are as follows:

 

Company

 

31 December

2019

£

31 December

2018

£

 

 

 

Finland Investments Ltd

-

-

FinnAust Mining Finland Oy

6,764,324

6,398,621

Centurion Mining Limited

345

345

BJ Mining Limited

-

1,010,623

Dundas Titanium A/S

19,785,147

11,112,258

Disko Exploration Limited

980,121

396,212

At 31 December (Note 9)

27,529,937

18,918,059

 

Loans granted to subsidiaries have increased during the year due to additional loans being granted to the subsidiaries, and foreign exchange loss of £1,344,308, given that no loans were repaid during the year.

 

These amounts are unsecured and repayable in Euros and Danish Krone when sufficient cash resources are available in the subsidiaries.

 

All intra Group transactions are eliminated on consolidation.

 

Other transactions

The Group defines its key management personnel as the Directors of the Company as disclosed in the Directors' Report.

 

Heytesbury Corporate LLP, a limited liability partnership of which Garth Palmer is a partner, was paid a fee of £84,000 for the year ended 31 December 2019 (31 December 2018: £84,000) for the provision of corporate management, accounting and consulting services to the Company. There was a balance of £9,622 owing at year end (31 December 2018: £8,537).

 

RM Corporate Limited, a limited company of which Roderick McIllree is a director, was paid a fee of £221,996 for the year ended 31 December 2019 (31 December 2018: £126,996) for the provision of corporate management and consulting services to the Company. There was a balance of £12,700 owing at year end (31 December 2018: £12,700).

 

PMW Consultancy Services, operated by Peter Waugh as a sole trader, was paid a fee of £35,664 for the year ended 31 December 2019 (31 December 2018: £52,600) for consulting services to the Company. There was a balance of £10,000 owing at year end (31 December 2018: £10,000).

Greenland Gas & Oil Limited, a limited company of which Roderick McIllree is a director, was paid a fee of £nil for the year ended 31 December 2019 (31 December 2018: £9,300) for geological information systems consulting services to the Company. There was no balance outstanding at the year-end (31 December 2018: £nil).

 

29.  Ultimate controlling party

The Directors believe there is no ultimate controlling party.

 

30.  Events after the reporting date

On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organisation declared the Coronavirus outbreak to be a pandemic in recognition of its rapid spread across the globe, with over 200 countries now affected. Many governments are taking increasingly stringent steps to help contain or delay the spread of the virus and as a result there is a significant increase in economic uncertainty.

 

For the Group's 31 December 2019 financial statements, the Coronavirus outbreak and the related impacts are considered non-adjusting events. Consequently, there is no impact on the recognition and measurement of assets and liabilities. Due to the uncertainty of the outcome of current events, the Group cannot reasonably estimate the impact these events will have on the Group's financial position, results of operations or cash flows in the future.

 

 

**ENDS**

 

For further information please visit http://www.bluejaymining.com or contact:

 

Roderick McIllree

Bluejay Mining plc

+44 (0) 20 7907 9326

Kevin Sheil

Bluejay Mining plc

+44 (0) 20 7907 9326

Ewan Leggat

SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP

(Nominated Adviser)

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

Soltan Tagiev

SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP

(Nominated Adviser)

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

Andrew Chubb

Hannam & Partners (Advisory) LLP

+44 (0) 20 7907 8500

Charlotte Page

St Brides Partners Ltd

+44 (0) 20 7236 1177

Cosima Akerman

St Brides Partners Ltd

+44 (0) 20 7236 1177

 

 


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