For immediate release

30 July 2021




Anglo African Agriculture plc (“AAA” or the “Company”)

Half yearly report for the six months ended 30 April 2021.

The Chairman’s Report

We are reporting our results to the end of 30 April 2021. We have had sustained COVID-19 regulations now for over a year which has impacted our results and operations. At the beginning of the worldwide COVID-19 lockdowns we had no idea the complexity it would add to our businesses. We now have a clearer picture. Our South African operations were hit with reduced demand for products and the inability to see new clients as clients remain in lock down and are working from home where possible and most factories are out of bounds to non-staff. In addition the product mix has changed with more lower margin products being sold. To add to the situation our largest customer sector, the fishing industry, has suffered a global reduction in supply of fish used for tinning so their purchases have been curtailed.

The exchange rate improved during the period but following the riots that occurred to two of South Africa’s provinces during July of this year the rate reversed all gains made during the first part of the year and once again will have a negative impact on both local margins and reported sales. Liquidity from our credit funders is tight.

The Comarco group acquisition is still progressing, however COVID-19 has made it very slow as staff can’t travel, and service providers have been negatively affected. In addition the gas project in Northern Mozambique has been delayed due to an insurgency in the province where the project is being developed. It is viewed as temporary but has had a negative effect on the acquisition time as well as the operations of the marine division of Comarco.

Dynamic Intertrade (“DI”)

For the period under review DI has been negatively impacted by the economic slowdown caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For the 6-month period ending 30 April 2021, the group recorded a slight increase in revenue from R15.82 million to R16.07 million representing a 1,5% increase. This was the result of ongoing efforts to pass on various cost increases to the Group’s customers. DI imports the majority of its inventory and this reflected in the costs of revenue increasing due to the worsening exchange rates, going from R11.1 million for 2020 to R11.8 million for the current period. Operating expenses have been contained to R4.5 million for the six months ended April 2021 from R5.2 million in 2020, however finance charges have increased by 59% as DI made increasing use of financing facilities.

The directors and management have also implemented several initiatives to return the company to profitability and thus have a clear strategy and are executing it. This allows us to be positive about the future of DI.

DI has maintained its FSSC22000 certification which is important when dealing with blue chip food manufacturing companies.

Dynamic Intertrade Agri (“DIA”) (46.8% owned by AAA)

As mentioned previously, DIA is in the process of being disposed of and as a result no equity accounting of its results have been reported.

Group Results for the period

Although the loss for the period has increased from £210,067 to £318,920 this is as a result of DI having a very disappointing first six months emanating from decreased demand from our customers. Transaction costs have decreased. The loan granted to Touchwood Investments Limited generated an interest income of £72,020 up from £65,499.


The board announced in June 2019 the signed conditional share purchase agreements to acquire the entire issued share capital of a number of companies within the Comarco group of companies that are based in Kenya and engaged in the port and marine logistics business (the "Proposed Acquisition"). The consideration will be payable in AAA new ordinary shares. The parties have signed the extension of the longstop date to 30 September 2021. Given that the futures of both Comarco and AAA are closely related, it is the companies’ shared belief that the current delay will not change the long-term outcome and that the transaction will continue should the longstop date be passed.

The Company and its advisors are currently working on various initiatives (as announced previously) to enable the Proposed Acquisition to take place with a substantially smaller equity fund raise or part acquisition and will update the market in due course. The Board continues to believe this Proposed Acquisition is worth pursuing as it should create significant value for shareholders.

The $1mn loan made to Comarco was due for repayment in November 2020,which has now been extended to 30 September 2021 and after accrued interest will be $1.3mn. The Board is working to have the Proposed Acquisition completed before the 30th of September 2021 and so it would become an intercompany loan at year end. However if the Proposed Acquisition is not complete and payment cannot be made then AAA has an option to acquire at nominal value the company that owns the Touchwood Property which is valued at over $12mn which gives it more than adequate security.

Although the current business has some challenges, the Comarco Group is operating within budgeted expectations. I believe with the acquisition of the Comarco Group and the potential of Dynamic, the outlook for the Company and its shareholders is promising.

Responsibility Statement

We confirm that to the best of our knowledge:

  • the condensed set of financial statements has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 ‘Interim Financial Reporting’;

  • the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7R (indication of important events during the first six months and description of principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year; and

  • the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.8R (disclosure of related parties’ transactions and changes therein).

    Board changes

    I would like to take this opportunity to announce that I will be resigning from the board of directors after the release of these results. Andrew Monk will be taking the position of non-executive Chairman. The company is at the final stages of the acquisition of the Comarco Group and as a result there will be further board changes to reflect the changing focus of the company. I am very excited for the future but feel that the board skills should better reflect the direction that the company is taking.

    Cautionary statement

    This Interim Management Report (IMR) has been prepared solely to provide additional information to shareholders to assess the Company’s strategies and the potential for those strategies to succeed. The IMR should not be relied on by any other party or for any other purpose.

    David Lenigas

    Non-Executive Chairman

    28 July 2021


Anglo African Agriculture plc                                                                                

David Lenigas, Non-Executive Chairman                                                  Tel +44 (0) 20 7440 0640

Rob Scott, Executive Director                                                                    Tel +27 (0) 84 600 6001

VSA Capital Limited (Financial Adviser and Broker)                                

Andrew Raca,       Maciek Szymanski                                                         Tel +44 (0) 20 3005 5000

Forward looking statement

Certain statements in this announcement, are, or may be deemed to be, forward looking statements. Forward looking statements are identi?ed by their use of terms and phrases such as ‘‘believe’’, ‘‘could’’, “should” ‘‘envisage’’, ‘‘estimate’’, ‘‘intend’’, ‘‘may’’, ‘‘plan’’, ‘‘will’’ or the negative of those, variations or comparable expressions, including references to assumptions. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors’ current expectations and assumptions regarding the Company’s future growth, results of operations, performance, future capital and other expenditures (including the amount, nature and sources of funding thereof), competitive advantages, business prospects and opportunities. Such forward looking statements re?ect the Directors’ current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements including risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions, competition, environmental and other regulatory changes, actions by governmental authorities, the availability of capital markets, reliance on key personnel, uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions, the Company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward looking statements.

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Interim Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

6 months Ended Year ended 6 months Ended
30 April 31 October 30 April
Notes 2021 2020 2020
£ £ £
Turnover 788,096 1,773,710 792,743
Cost of Sales (579,056) (1,350,201) (553,925)
Gross Profit 209,040 423,509 238,818
Other Income  - 3,000  -
Share of profit/loss of associate  -  -  -
Administrative expenses 4 (515,478) (1,139,219) (396,285)
Admission expenses 4 (8,350) (140,151) (89,476)
Impairments  - (226,644)  -
Operating loss (314,788) (1,079,505) (246,943)
Finance costs (76,152) (96,943) (28,623)
Finance income 72,020 140,963 65,499
Loss before taxation (318,920) (1,035,485) (210,067)
Tax on loss on ordinary activities  -  -  -
Loss after taxation (318,920) (1,035,485) (210,067)
Other Comprehensive Income impairment of investment in associate  -  -  -
Total comprehensive loss for the year from continuing operations (318,920) (1,035,485) (210,067)
Loss attributable to ordinary shareholders (318,920) (1,035,485) (210,067)
Total comprehensive loss for the period (318,920) (1,035,485) (210,067)
Basic and diluted earnings per share 5 (1.45p) (5.16p) (1.08p)

Interim Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

Share Capital Share Premium Share Based Payments Reserve Retained Earnings Total Equity
£ £ £ £ £
Balance at 31 October 2019 387,984 2,519,909 83,377 (2,796,409) 194,861
Loss for the period  -  -  - (210,067) (210,067)
Balance at 30 April 2020 387,984 2,519,909 83,377 (3,006,476) (15,206)
Share Issue 51,338 51,338  -  - 102,676
Loss for the year  -  -  - (825,418) (825,418)
Balance at 31 October 2020 439,322 2,571,247 83,377 (3,831,894) (737,948)
Share Issue  -  -  -  -  -
Loss for the period  -  -  - (318,920) (318,920)
Balance at 30 April 2021 439,322 2,571,247 83,377 (4,150,814) (1,056,868)

Share capital is the amount subscribed for shares at nominal value.

Retained losses represent the cumulative loss of the Group attributable to equity shareholders.

Share-based payments reserve relate to the charge for share-based payments in accordance with IFRS 2.

Interim Condensed Consolidated Statement of the Financial Position

6 months Ended Year ended 6 months Ended
30 April 31 October 30 April
Notes 2021 2020 2020
£ £ £
Non-Current Assets
Goodwill on Consolidation  -  - 226,645
Property, Plant and Equipment 6 19,041 15,298 18,817
Right of Use Asset 11 395,608 409,424  -
Loan receivable 7 1,017,964 994,729 962,216
 Total Non-Current Assets 1,432,613 1,419,451 1,207,678
Current assets
Investment in Associate - (held for sale) 9 6,154 6,154 6,154
Inventories 74,585 181,708 71,904
Trade and Other Receivables 222,030 291,939 340,249
Cash and Cash Equivalents 111,332 45,251 36,228
 Total Current Assets 414,101 525,052 454,535
Total Assets 1,846,714 1,944,503 1,662,213
Equity and Liabilities
Share Capital 10 439,322 439,322 387,984
Share Premium Account 10 2,571,247 2,571,247 2,519,909
Share-Based Payments Reserve 83,377 83,377 83,377
Retained Earnings (4,150,814) (3,831,894) (3,006,476)
Total Equity (1,056,868) (737,948) (15,206)
Non-Current Liabilities
Non-Current Lease Liabilities 11 322,114 344,025  -
Borrowings 532,980 428,719 328,355
Convertible Loan Notes 853,000 250,000 250,000
Total Non-Current Liabilities 1,708,094 1,022,744 578,355
Current Liabilities
Current Lease Liabilities 11 75,206 66,477  -
Trade and Other Payables 1,120,282 1,593,230 1,099,064
Total Current Liabilities 1,195,488 1,659,707 1,099,064
Total Equity and Liabilities 1,846,714 1,944,503 1,662,213

Interim Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

6 months Ended Year ended 6 months Ended
30 April 31 October 30 April
Notes 2021 2020 2020
£ £ £
Cash flows from operating activities
Operating loss (314,788) (1,079,505) (246,943)
Add: Depreciation 39,550 38,322 9,832
Add: unrealised foreign exchange (gain) / loss (572,203) 74,572 (22,154)
Add: Impairment of investment  - 226,644  -
Finance costs (76,152) (69,853) (28,623)
Interest received 72,021 492 65,499
Changes in working capital
Decrease in inventories 107,123 (119,133) (4,545)
Decrease / (increase) in receivables 69,909 102,640 82,526
(Decrease) / increase in payables 513,052 719,314 276,449
Net cash flow from operating activities (161,488) (106,507) 132,041
Investing Activities
Acquisition of property, plant and equipment (8,657) (3,423) (797)
Foreign exchange movements  - 2,190  -
Loan Receivable advanced  -  - (65,499)
Net cash flow from investing activities (8,657) (1,233) (66,296)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Net proceeds from issue of shares 9  - 102,676  -
Convertible loan notes issued 220,000  -  -
(Decrease) / Increase in borrowings 104,261 38,687 (34,736)
Foreign exchange movements (38,608) 26,941  -
Capital repayments of lease liability (50,390) (20,471)  -
Net cash flow from financing activities 235,263 147,833 (34,736)
Net cash flow for the period 65,118 40,093 31,009
Opening Cash and cash equivalents 45,251 5,218 5,219
Foreign exchange movements 963 (60)  -
Closing Cash and cash equivalents 111,332 45,251 36,228

Notes to the Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

1.           General Information

Anglo African Agriculture plc is a company incorporated in the United Kingdom. Details of the registered office, the officers and advisers to the Company are presented on the Directors and Advisers page at the end of this report. The Company has a standard listing on the London Stock Exchange main market. The information within these Interim condensed consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes must be read in conjunction with the Audited annual financial statements that have been prepared for the year ended 31 October 2020.

2.           Basis of Preparation

These unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the six months ended 30 April 2021 have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard No34, Interim Financial Reporting, were approved by the board and authorised for issue on 27 July 2021. 

The basis of preparation and accounting policies set out in the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 October 2020 have been applied in the preparation of these condensed consolidated interim financial statements. These interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the recognition and measurement principles of the International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) as endorsed by the EU that are expected to be applicable to the consolidated financial statements for the year ending 31 October 2021 and on the basis of the accounting policies expected to be used in those financial statements.

The figures for the six months ended 30 April 2021 and 30 April 2020 are unaudited and do not constitute full accounts. The comparative figures for the year ended 31 October 2020 are extracts from the 2020 audited accounts. The independent auditor’s report on the 2020 accounts was not qualified but included a material uncertainty in respect of going concern.

3.           Segmental Reporting

In the opinion of the Directors, the Group has one class of business, being the trading of agricultural materials. The Group’s primary reporting format is determined by the geographical segment according to the location of its establishments. There is currently only one geographic reporting segment, which is South Africa. All revenues and costs are derived from the single segment. Historically this segment has experienced a high demand for its products in the months of July to December with a lower-than-average demand in the months of January to March.

4.           Company Result for the period

The Company has elected to take the exemption under section 408 of the Companies Act 2006 not to present the parent Company income statement account.

The operating loss of the group for the six-month period ended 30 April 2021 was £314,788 (30 April 2020: £246,943, year ended 31 October 2020: loss of £1,079,505). The operating loss incorporated the following main items:

6 months Ended Year ended 6 months Ended
30 April 31 October 30 April
2021 2020 2020
£ £
Accounting and administration fees 14,786 14,373 10,160
Admission expenses 8,350 140,151 89,476
Brokership fees 17,224  - 18,021
Legal and professional fees  -  - 1,533
Registrar fees 2,509  - 525
Personnel expenses 141,045 332,596 153,862

5.           Earnings per Share

Earnings per share data is based on the Group result for the six months and the weighted average number of shares in issue.

Basic loss per share is calculated by dividing the loss attributable to equity shareholders by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period:

6 months Ended Year ended 6 months Ended
30 April 31 October 30 April
2021 2020 2020
(Unaudited) (Audited) (Unaudited)
£ £ £
Loss after tax (318,920) (1,035,485) (210,067)
Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue 21,966,077 20,074,325 19,399,198
Basic and diluted loss per share (pence) (1.45p) (5.16p) (1.08p)

Basic and diluted earnings per share are the same, since where a loss is incurred the effect of outstanding share options and warrants is considered anti-dilutive and is ignored for the purpose of the loss per share calculation. As at 30 April 2021 there were 13,024,622 (31 October 2020 – 12,421,622 and 30 April 2020
8,188,066) outstanding share warrants and 897,809 (31 October 2020 – 897,809 and 30 April 2020
1,047,809) outstanding options, both are potentially dilutive.

6.           Property, Plant and Equipment

Depreciation on property, plant and equipment is calculated using the straight-line method to write off their cost over their estimated useful lives at the following annual rates:

Furniture, fixtures and equipment 17%
Leasehold improvements 33%
Plant and equipment 20% and 33%

Useful lives and depreciation method are reviewed and adjusted if appropriate, at the end of each reporting period.

An item of property, plant and equipment is derecognised upon disposal or when no future economic benefits are expected to arise from the continued use of the asset. Any gain or loss arising on the disposal or retirement of an item of property, plant and equipment is determined as the difference between the sales proceeds and the carrying amount of the relevant asset and is recognised in profit or loss in the year in which the asset is derecognised.

Group Leasehold Property Furniture and fixtures Plant and equipment Total
£ £ £ £
As at 31 October 2019 21,067 4,647 285,347 311,061
Exchange difference (2 804) (867) (37 728) (41 399)
Additions - 108 689 797
Disposals - - - -
As at 30 April 2020 18,263 3,888 248,308 270,459
Exchange difference 1,308 429 17,470 19,207
Additions - - 2,734 2,734
Disposals - - - -
As at 31 October 2020 19,571 4,317 268,512 292,400
Exchange difference 961 212 13,176 14,349
Additions - - 8,657 8,657
Disposals - - - -
As at 30 April 2021 20,532 4,529 290,345 315,406
Accumulated depreciation
As at 31 October 2019 19,243 3,519 257,461 280,223
Charge for the year 776 300 8,757 9,833
Released on disposal - - - -
Exchange difference (2 649) ( 644) (35 121) (38 414)
As at 30 April 2020 17,370 3,175 231,097 251,642
Charge for the year 441 108 6,511 7,060
Released on disposal - - - -
Exchange difference 1,274 391 16,735 18,400
As at 31 October 2020 19,085 3,674 254,343 277,102
Charge for the year 353 196 5,092 5,641
Released on disposal - - - -
Exchange difference 943 183 12,496 13,622
As at 30 April 2021 20,381 4,053 271,931 296,365
Net Book Value
As at 31 October 2019 486 643 14,169 15,298
As at 30 April 2020 151 476 18,414 19,041
As at 31 October 2020 486 643 14,169 15,298
As at 30 April 2021 151 476 18,414 19,041

The holding company held no tangible fixed assets at 30 April 2021, 31 October 2020 and 30 April 2020.

7.           Loan receivable

6 months Ended Year ended 6 months Ended
30 April 31 October 30 April
2021 2020 2020
(Unaudited) (Audited) (Unaudited)
£ £ £
Loan to Touchwood Investments Ltd         1,017,964            994,729            962,216
Carrying value         1,017,964            994,729            962,216

The loan was advanced to Touchwood Investments Ltd, a company that is part of the Comarco Group, which operates a port in Mombasa. This loan bears interest at 12% for the first 9 months, where after the rate increased to 15%. The loan was initially for a period 24 months and was initially repayable in full on 12 November 2020, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic the repayment of the loan has been extended to 30 April 2021. The Company has security to cover the loan, being an option to acquire, for a nominal consideration, the shares of Touchwood Investments Ltd. Touchwood’s major asset is the land at the Comarco port which was valued at $12,000,000. The valuation was done in June 2018 and despite the possible effect of COVID-19 the directors are of the opinion that there is sufficient equity to cover the loan.

8.           Subsidiaries

AAA holds investments in the following subsidiary undertakings as at 30 April 2021, which principally affected the losses and net assets of the group.

Name of companies

Principal activities

Country of incorporation and place of business

Proportion (%) of equity interest 2020

Proportion (%) of equity interest 2019
Dynamic Intertrade (Pty) Limited Value Added Agricultural Products South Africa 100% 100%

Subsidiaries are all entities over which the group has the power to govern the financial and operating policies generally accompanying a shareholding of more than one half of the voting rights. Subsidiaries are consolidated, using the acquisition method, from the date that control is gained and are stated at cost less, where appropriate, provisions for impairment. Entities that do not comply with this policy, but over which the group has a shareholding of between 20 and 50 percent of the voting rights are equity accounted from the date of acquisition and are stated at cost and adjusted for the results of these entities for the accounting period.

9.           Investment in Associate

6 months Ended Year ended 6 months Ended
30 April 31 October 30 April
2021 2020 2020
(Unaudited) (Audited) (Unaudited)
£ £ £
Investment in Dynamic Intertrade Agri (Pty) Ltd                6,154                6,154                6,154
Equity accounted profit/ (loss) for the period  -  -  -
Impairment of investment  -  -  -
Carrying value                6,154                6,154                6,154

10.         Share Capital

Ordinary shares are classified as equity. Proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares are classified as equity. Incremental costs directly attributable to the issuance of new ordinary shares are deducted against share capital.

Allotted, called up and fully paid ordinary shares  Number of
of 2.0p (April 2019 - 0.1p) each   shares  Share Capital  Share Premium
 £  £
Balance at 31 October 2019        19,399,188              387,984           2,519,909
Share issue                        -                          -                          -  
Balance at 30 April 2020        19,399,188              387,984           2,519,909
Share issue - 27 July 2020           2,566,889                51,338                51,338
Balance at 31 October 2020        21,966,077              439,322           2,571,247
Share issue                        -                          -                          -  
Balance at 30 April 2021        21,966,077              439,322           2,571,247

11          Leases

Right of Use Asset and Liability

On adoption of IFRS 16, the Group recognised lease liabilities in relation to leases which had previously been classified as 'operating leases' under the principles of IAS 17 Leases. These liabilities were measured at the present value of the remaining lease payments, discounted using the lessee's incremental borrowing rate for comparable assets as of 1 November 2019. The weighted average lessee's incremental borrowing rate for comparable mortgage bonds applied to the lease liabilities on 1 November 2019 was 8.5%, being the discount rate on the Group's borrowings. In the Directors opinion this is the discount rate that the Group would obtain should it be purchasing land and buildings. Without further security available the Group would be unlikely to secure funding from other sources and therefore the Directors believe the 8.5% rate applied is the most appropriate basis on which to base the IFRS 16 calculations.

For leases previously classified as finance leases the entity recognised the carrying amount of the lease asset and lease liability immediately before transition as the carrying amount of the right of use asset and the lease liability at the date of initial application. The measurement principles of IFRS 16 are only applied after that date.

6 months Ended Year ended 6 months Ended
30 April 31 October 30 April
2021 2020 2020
£ £ £
Lease liability recognised in the
statement of financial position at 31 October 2020 410,502  -  -
Foreign exchange movements 20,147  -  -
Operating lease commitments
disclosed as at 31 October 2019  -  - 34,366
Discounted using the incremental
borrowing rate at date of initial application 17,062  -  -
Additions to leases during the year  - 430,973  -
Lease payments (50,390) (20,471)  -
Lease liability recognised in the
statement of financial position 397,321 410,502  -
Of which:
Current lease liabilities 75,206 66,477  -
Non-current lease liabilities 322,114 344,025  -
397,320 410,502  -

Right-of use assets were measured at the amount equal to the lease liability, adjusted by the amount of any prepaid or accrued lease payments relating to that lease recognised in the statement of financial position as at 31 October 2020. There were no onerous lease contracts that would have required an adjustment to the right-of-use assets at the date of initial application. The recognised right of-use assets relate to the following types of assets:

6 months Ended Year ended 6 months Ended
30 April 31 October 30 April
2021 2020 2020
£ £ £
Value of Right of Use Asset at 1 November 2020 / 2019 409,424  -
Right of Use Asset capitalised  - 430,973
Depreciation charged for the period (33,909) (21,549)
Foreign exchange movements 20,093  -
395,608 409,424  -

12          Events Subsequent to 30 April 2020

There were no material events subsequent to April 2021.

Directors and Advisers

Directors: David Lenigas
Robert Scott
Andrew Monk 
Matthew Bonner
Company Number: 07913053
Registered Address: New Liverpool House
15-17 Eldon Street
Head Office: New Liverpool House
15-17 Eldon House
Financial Adviser & Broker: VSA Capital Limited
New Liverpool House
15-17 Eldon Street
Auditors: Jeffreys Henry LLP
5-7 Cranwood Street
Solicitors to the Company: Keystone Law
48 Chancery Lane
Registrars: Neville Registrars Limited
Neville House
18 Laurel Lane
West Midlands
B63 3DA

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