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GCM Resources PLC

22 March 2023

22 March 2023

GCM Resources plc

("GCM" or the "Company")

Interim Results for the 6 months ended 31 December 2022

GCM Resources plc (LON: GCM), an AIM quoted mining and energy company , is pleased to report its interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2022. The Chairman's Statement and the full unaudited interim report are presented below and will shortly be available at the Company's website www.gcmplc.com .

Chairman's Statement

The environment under which we operated in the six months ending 31 December was dominated by growing negative economic impacts of the Ukraine conflict and, in the latter part of the reporting period, the emergence of a changing political landscape as the Bangladesh Government and Opposition parties launched campaigns ahead of the national election, stated for early 2024.

The Bangladesh Government demonstrates commitment to coal being in its long-term energy mix with 11,755MW coal-fired power plants commissioned or in the pipeline. It has also committed to implement the latest HELE power plants (High Efficiency, Low Emissions), based on Ultra-Supercritical boiler technology resulting in smaller environmental footprints as less coal is consumed with reduced carbon dioxide emissions to produce the same electricity as conventional power plants. Progress has been substantial, with Ultra-Supercritical Power Plants commissioned at Payra 1,320MW in 2019-20; Rampal first unit (660MW) in November 2022 and the second 660MW unit scheduled for first half 2023; Banshkhali 1,320MW (2x660MW) scheduled for 2023; and Matarbari 1,200MW (2x600MW) scheduled for 2024.

The Phulbari Coal and Power Project ("the Project") can support some 6,600MW of Ultra-Supercritical power generation. The Project Proposal is built around supplying some or all coal production to existing (and planned) coal-fired plants and also provides for the option of installing up to 4,000MW new capacity at the Phulbari coal mine site (which ultimately would provide the lowest cost coal based power for Bangladesh).

Our Development Partner, Power Construction Corporation of China Ltd. ("PowerChina"), earlier reiterated their commitment to developing mine-mouth new capacity (RNS Number: 5488E, 11 March 2022). In this reporting period, PowerChina further demonstrated their overall Project support through the extension of an MOU focussed on coal mine development (RNS Number: 2978J, 12 December 2022). The intention is to arrive at a partnership covering finance, project development and on-going mine management.

The Project's Proposal has been refined through discussions and presentations at senior level of Government and during this process our Bangladesh team were supported by PowerChina. A significant enhancement is the inclusion of a large-scale Solar Power Park (over 2GW possible) within the confines of the Project area, to be operated in parallel with the mining operations. The Solar Power Park would be installed in stages and it's planned that the power would be supplied to both the national grid and mining operation, also enabling the mine to become a "Net Zero Carbon Green Mine".

Beyond the reporting period, the Company entered into a Joint Development Agreement ("JDA") with PowerChina and Dyani Corporation for development of the proposed Solar Power Park (RNS Number: 0138M, 9 January 2023). The JDA is comprehensive covering financing, construction and operation of the Solar Power Park.

Bangladesh is on a trajectory to move from being a Least Developed Country ("LDC") to a Developing Country in 2026. Key to such a transition is a vibrant, growing economy. The way forward unfortunately has been made more difficult by the inflationary and supply-chain pressures (principally for energy) brought on by the protracted Ukraine conflict. Like many other net-energy-importing countries, Bangladesh has found itself in a position of not only facing persistent high inflation but also a 30% drop in both the value of its Taka currency against the US Dollar and its foreign currency reserves over the past year. This has impacted the ability to maintain energy supplies, particularly coal and LNG.

There is growing awareness both within the Bangladesh Government and Civil Society that an over-dependence on imported energy to power places the Country's industrial and economic development in an unnecessary high risk situation, and that the strategy should involve a balance between domestic and imported energy supply. The State Minister for the Ministry of Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources spoke openly for domestic coal supply in November 2022 when he was responding to questions by one of the MP's covering the Project area. The State Minister emphasised that open pit coal extraction was only possible in the Phulbari Coal Basin. More recently, Bangladesh's significant power companies and business identities have called for the Government to move on developing its domestic coal and gas potential to provide the Country with higher energy security and more sustainable energy costs.

The Project's Proposal address the concerns of over dependency on imported fuels and provides compelling list of benefits, including government participation, consistency in coal price and large-scale supply and billions of dollars foreign exchange savings. The Company is working closely with its consultant lobbyists to gain approval for moving Project forward and finally realise the enormous benefits for the Government and peoples of Bangladesh and our shareholders.

Financials

GCM incurred a lower loss after tax of GBP693,000 for the six months ended 31 December 2022 (31 December 2021: loss after tax of GBP763,000). The most significant expenditure during the period was pre-development expenditure, while administrative expenses for the six months ended 31 December 2022 were GBP368,000 (31 December 2021: GBP352,000) and capitalised project expenditure for the period was GBP277,000 (31 December 2021: GBP273,000).

The Company has at the date of this report drawn down GBP3.2 million of the total short-term loan facility of GBP3.5 million with Polo Resources Ltd, the terms of the facility are detailed in Note 5 of the interim report.

The Company will need to raise further funds by early in Q3 of this year. The Company aims to strengthen GCM's financial position and provide future funding by raising further funds by end of June 2023, and although there can be no certainty provided the directors remain confident that sufficient funding will be obtained as and when required. As such, the financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis. Please refer to the accounting policy note on going concern (Note 1 to the Financial Statements) for further information.

Outlook

In its World Energy Outlook in October 2022, the International Energy Agency ("IEA") said: "The world is in the midst of the first truly global energy crisis". It went on to reference "concerns over global energy security, fuelling the transition to clean energy for the climate and the interconnection between the energy crisis and food security". The fact remains for LDC's, such as Bangladesh, the current range of renewable energy systems are not suitable for baseload power which LDC's struggle to provide. For the foreseeable future, fossil fuels (principally coal and gas) will dominate power generation in LDC's as well as in Developing Countries such as China and India.

While Bangladesh remains in a "net-energy-importing" situation, it is highly likely its economy will be disadvantaged by ongoing supply constraints and high prices. Extracting its own domestic energy resources, including moving forward with the Project, will go a long way to reducing the exposure to the long-term vagaries of the international energy market.

The Company is grateful for the patience and continued support from its shareholders and stakeholders and I assure you that we working diligently to move the Project forward and deliver returns on your investment.

Mohd Najib Bin Abdul Aziz

Non-Executive Chairman

Interim Consolidated Income Statement

 
                                    6 months     6 months   Year ended 
                                    ended 31     ended 31      30 June 
                                    December     December         2022 
                                        2022         2021      audited 
                                   unaudited    unaudited       GBP000 
                                      GBP000       GBP000 
 Operating expenses 
 Pre-development 
  expenditure                           (90)        (174)        (414) 
 Exploration and 
  evaluation costs                         7            5         (35) 
 Administrative expenses               (368)        (352)        (750) 
-------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 Operating loss                        (451)        (521)      (1,199) 
 
 Finance costs                         (242)        (242)        (480) 
-------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 Loss before tax                       (693)        (763)      (1,679) 
 
 Taxation                                  -            -            - 
 
 Loss and total comprehensive 
  income for the period                (693)        (763)      (1,679) 
-------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 
 
 
 Earnings per share 
 Basic loss per share (pence)       (0.4p)   (0.6p)   (1.1p) 
 Diluted loss per share (pence)     (0.4p)   (0.6p)   (1.1p) 
 

Interim Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

 
                              Share      Share          Share   Accumulated     Total 
                            capital    premium          based        losses 
                                       account       payments 
                                                  not settled 
 
                             GBP000     GBP000         GBP000        GBP000    GBP000 
 Balance at 1 July 2021      12,048     55,611            772      (30,953)    37,289 
 
 Total comprehensive 
  loss                            -          -              -       (1,679)   (1,679) 
 Share issuances                447      2,089          (372)             -     2,161 
 Share issuance costs             -      (121)              -             -     (121) 
 Shares to be issued              -          -            414             -       414 
 Share based payments             -          -             17             -        17 
 
 Balance at 30 June 
  2022                       12,495     57,576            642      (32,632)    38,081 
 
 Total comprehensive 
  loss                            -          -              -         (693)     (693) 
 Share issuances                  -          -              -             -         - 
 Shares to be issued              -          -             90             -        90 
 Share based payments             -          -              1             -         1 
 
 Balance at 31 December 
  2022 (unaudited)           12,495     57,576            733      (33,325)    37,479 
------------------------  ---------  ---------  -------------  ------------  -------- 
 
 
 Balance at 1 July 2021    12,048   55,611   583   (30,953)   37,289 
 
 Total comprehensive 
  loss                          -        -     -      (763)    (763) 
 Share issuances                -        -     -          -        - 
 Shares to be issued            -        -   174          -      174 
 Share based payments           -        -    15          -       15 
 
 Balance at 31 December 
  2021 (unaudited)         12,048   55,611   772   (31,716)   36,715 
------------------------  -------  -------  ----  ---------  ------- 
 

Interim Consolidated Balance Sheet

 
                                         31 December   31 December    30 June 
                                                2022          2021       2022 
                                Notes      unaudited     unaudited    audited 
                                              GBP000        GBP000     GBP000 
 Current assets 
 Cash and cash equivalents                       740           116        961 
 Receivables                                      43            48        436 
---------------------------  --------  -------------  ------------  --------- 
 Total current assets                            783           164      1,397 
 
 Non-current assets 
 Property, plant 
  and equipment                                    1             6          3 
 Right of use assets                               5            37         19 
 Intangible assets                  3         43,005        42,452     42,742 
 Receivables                                       -             -          - 
 Total non-current 
  assets                                      43,011        42,495     42,764 
 
 Total assets                                 43,794        42,659     44,161 
---------------------------  --------  -------------  ------------  --------- 
 
 Current liabilities 
 Payables                           4        (1,375)       (1,457)    (1,369) 
 Lease liabilities                              (15)          (31)       (27) 
 Borrowings                         5              -             -          - 
---------------------------  --------  -------------  ------------  --------- 
 Total current liabilities                   (1,390)       (1,488)    (1,396) 
 
 Non-current liabilities 
 Lease liabilities                                 -          (11)        (1) 
 Borrowings                                  (4,925)       (4,445)    (4,683) 
---------------------------  --------  -------------  ------------  --------- 
 Total non-current 
  liabilities                                (4,925)       (4,456)    (4,684) 
---------------------------  --------  -------------  ------------  --------- 
 
 Total liabilities                           (6,315)       (5,944)    (6,080) 
---------------------------  --------  -------------  ------------  --------- 
 
 Net assets                                   37,479        36,715     38,081 
---------------------------  --------  -------------  ------------  --------- 
 
 
 
 Equity 
 Share capital            6     12,445     12,048     12,495 
 Share premium account    6     57,576     55,611     57,576 
 Other reserves                    733        772        642 
 Accumulated losses           (33,325)   (31,716)   (32,632) 
-----------------------      ---------  ---------  --------- 
 Total equity                   37,479     36,715     38,081 
-----------------------      ---------  ---------  --------- 
 

Interim Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

 
                                               6 months     6 months   Year ended 
                                               ended 31     ended 31      30 June 
                                               December     December         2022 
                                                   2022         2021      audited 
                                              unaudited    unaudited       GBP000 
                                                 GBP000       GBP000 
-----------------------------------------                             ----------- 
 Cash flows used in operating 
  activities 
 Loss before tax                                  (693)        (763)      (1,679) 
 Adjusted for: 
    Non-cash pre-development expenditure             90          174          414 
    Non-cash finance costs                          242          242          480 
    Other non-cash expenses                           -            -           30 
------------------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ----------- 
                                                  (361)        (347)        (755) 
 Movements in working 
  capital: 
    (Increase) in operating receivables             (7)         (34)         (23) 
    Increase/(decrease) in operating 
     payables                                        25           35         (68) 
------------------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 Cash used in operations                          (343)        (346)        (846) 
 
 Net cash used in operating 
  activities                                      (343)        (346)        (846) 
 
 
 
 Cash flows from investing activities 
 Payments for intangible 
  assets                                          (278)        (255)        (520) 
 Payments for property, plant                         -            -            - 
  and equipment 
------------------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 Net cash generated from investing 
  activities                                      (278)        (255)        (520) 
 
 
 
 Cash flows from financing activities 
 Issue of ordinary 
  share capital                                     400            -        1,731 
 Share issue costs                                    -            -        (121) 
 Proceeds from borrowing                              -            -            - 
 Interest paid                                        -            -            - 
 Net cash from financing activities                 400            -        1,610 
 
 
 
 Total (decrease)/increase in 
  cash and cash equivalents                       (221)        (601)          244 
 
 Cash and cash equivalents at 
  the start of the period                           961          717          717 
------------------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 Cash and cash equivalents at 
  the end of the period                             740          116          961 
------------------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 

Notes to the Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

   1.     Accounting policies 

GCM Resources plc (GCM) is domiciled in England and Wales, was incorporated as a Public Limited Company on 26 September 2003 and admitted to the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market (AIM) on 19 April 2004.

This unaudited interim report was authorised for issue by the Board of Directors on 21 March 2023.

Basis of preparation

The annual consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as they apply to the financial statements of the Group for the year ended 30 June 2022 and applied in accordance with the Companies Act 2006.

The interim condensed consolidated financial statements for the six months ended 31 December 2022 have been prepared using the same policies and methods of computation as applied in the financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2022. The financial information contained herein does not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 435 of the Companies Act 2006 and is unaudited. The figures for the year ended 30 June 2022 have been extracted from the statutory accounts for that year. Those accounts have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies and contained an unqualified auditors' report which included an emphasis of matter concerning significant doubt over the ability for the Group to continue as a going concern and did not include a statement under section 498(2)(a) or (b), or section 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

Political and economic risks - carrying value of intangible asset

The principal asset is in Bangladesh and accordingly subject to the political, judicial, fiscal, social and economic risks associated with operating in that country.

The Group's principal project relates to thermal coal and semi-soft coking coal, the markets for which are subject to international and regional supply and demand factors, and consequently future performance will be subject to variations in the prices for these products.

GCM, through its subsidiaries, is party to a Contract with the Government of Bangladesh which gives it the right to explore, develop and mine in respect of the licence areas. The Group holds a mining lease and exploration licences in the Phulbari area covering the prospective mine site. The mining lease has a 30-year term from 2004 and may be renewed for further periods of 10 years each, at GCM's option.

In accordance with the terms of the Contract, GCM submitted a combined Feasibility Study and Scheme of Development report on 2 October 2005 to the Government of Bangladesh. Approval of the Scheme of Development from the Government of Bangladesh is necessary to proceed with development of the mine. GCM continues to await approval.

The Group has received no notification from the Government of Bangladesh (the "Government") of any changes to the terms of the Contract. GCM has received legal opinion that the Contract is enforceable under Bangladesh and International law, and will consequently continue to endeavour to receive approval for development.

Accordingly, the Directors believe that the Phulbari Coal and Power Project (the "Project") will ultimately receive approval, although the timing of approval remains in the hands of the Government. To enhance the prospects of the Project, GCM has engaged in a strategy to align the Project with the needs and objectives of the Government. This includes the option to supply coal to both the Government's commissioned and in the pipeline power plants, which total 11,755MW. The Government is seeking to grow its economy and deliver electricity at prices that will ensure competitiveness of its industries. The Group's strategy of developing the Phulbari coal deposit as a captive, large-scale, open pit mining operation supporting some 6,600MW of highly energy-efficient Ultra-Supercritical power generation will enable cheaper coal-fired electricity than imported coal options. This evolving strategy has been enhanced to include installation of a large-scale Solar Power Park (up to 2,500MW) within the Project area, to be installed within the first two years of gaining land access; operating the Phulbari coal mine as a "Net Zero Carbon" or "Green Mine"; and participation modalities for Government.

Until approval of the Scheme of Development from the Government of Bangladesh is received there is continued uncertainty over the recoverability of the intangible mining assets. The Directors consider that it is appropriate to continue to record the intangible mining assets at cost, however if for whatever reason the Scheme of Development is not ultimately approved the Group would impair all of its intangible mining assets, totalling GBP43,005,000 as at 31 December 2022.

.

Going concern

As at 31 December 2022, the Group had GBP740,000 in cash and GBP601,000 in net current liabilities. The directors and management have prepared a cash flow forecast to March 2024, which showed that the Group would require further funds to cover operating costs to advance the Phulbari Coal and Power Project and meet its liabilities as and when they fall due. Based on the current forecast, additional funding would need to be either raised from third parties or drawn down under the GBP3.5million loan facility with Polo Resources Limited ("Polo Loan Facility"), which currently has GBP300,000 available to, in order to meet current operating cost projections. The Company intends to explore alternative funding options over the second quarter of 2023, with the aim to complete and secure the necessary third-party funding by the end of June 2023.

In forming the conclusion that it is appropriate to prepare the condensed consolidated financial statements on a going concern basis the Directors have made the following assumptions that are relevant to the next twelve months:

- In the event that the Polo Loan Facility becomes payable, sufficient funding can be obtained; and

- In the event that operating expenditure increases significantly as a result of successful progress with regards to the Phulbari Coal and Power Project, sufficient funding can be obtained.

Upon achieving approval of the Phulbari Coal and Power Project, significant additional financial resources will be required to proceed to development.

   2.     Segment analysis 

The Group operates in one segment being the exploration and evaluation of energy related projects. The only significant project within this segment is the Phulbari Coal and Power Project in Bangladesh.

   3.     Intangibles 

During the period intangibles increased by GBP277,000. The increase is due to capitalised mining exploration and evaluation expenditure relating to the Phulbari Coal and Power Project in Bangladesh.

   4.     Payables 
 
                            31 December   31 December    30 June 
                                   2022          2021       2022 
                              unaudited     unaudited    audited 
                                 GBP000        GBP000     GBP000 
----------------------- 
 
 Trade payables                     581           663        575 
 Related party accrued 
  payable                           794           794        794 
 Transaction costs                    -             -          - 
  payable 
 
                                  1,375         1,457      1,369 
 -----------------------  -------------  ------------  --------- 
 
 

The related party accrued payable of GBP794,000 at 31 December 2022 relates to accrued fees owing to the management services company of the Executive Chairman of the Company, Datuk Michael Tang PJN.

   5.     Borrowings 
 
                                    31 December   31 December    30 June 
                                           2022          2021       2022 
                                      unaudited     unaudited    audited 
                                         GBP000        GBP000     GBP000 
 
 
 Short-term loan facility from 
 related party                            4,925         4,445      4,683 
 
                                          4,925         4,445      4,683 
 -------------------------------  -------------  ------------  --------- 
 

GCM is party to a GBP3,500,000 short-term loan facility with its largest shareholder, Polo Resources Limited ("Polo"). As at 31 December 2022, the Company owed GBP4,925,000, comprising GBP3,200,000 loan balance and accrued finance costs on borrowings of GBP1,725,000.

The Company on 1 March 2022, as part of the completed placing and subscriptions, amended the terms of the loan facility, such that the lender may request conversion by the issuance of new ordinary shares in the Company at 5.14 pence per share (being the Issue Price) subject to any necessary regulatory approvals. All other terms of the agreement remained unchanged

The Company on 26 March 2021, as part of the completed placing, extended and amended the terms of the loan facility provided by Polo Resources Limited (the "Facility") of which, as was announced on 7 January 2021, there is GBP300,000 of the initial GBP3.5 million facility remaining undrawn. The lender has agreed that it will not serve a repayment request on the company for 5 years from the date of the agreement replacing the previous provision that it was payable on demand with 90 days' notice. The Company and Polo Resources Limited have agreed an increase in the interest rate from 12% to 15% per annum rising by 1.5% on the third anniversary and by a subsequent 1.5% on each anniversary thereafter. Furthermore, the lender may request conversion by the issuance of new ordinary shares in the Company at 7.5 pence per share (being the Issue Price) subject to any necessary regulatory approvals. The Company may elect to repay all or part of the outstanding loan at any time giving 60 days' notice and with the agreement of Polo Resources Limited. Any share issue to the Lender is conditional upon the Lender's interest, together with the interest of any parties with which it is in concert, remaining below 30% of the Company's issued capital. All other principal terms of the loan facility remained unchanged.

   6.     Share issues 

There were no shares issued during the period.

   7.     Post-balance sheet events 

On 9 January 2023, the Company announced that it had agreed a Joint Development Agreement ("JDA") with PowerChina International Group Limited ("POWERCHINA"), and Dyani Corporation Ltd ("DYANI") in relation to a proposed new greenfield solar project called the Dinajpur Solar Power Project ("SOLAR PROJECT") which would be an adjunct project in conjunction with the Phulbari Coal and Power Project ("the Project"). The JDA has a term of 12-months and does not at this stage commit any of the parties to expend any specified sums. It is the intention that it will be superseded, in due course, by a more detailed working arrangement between the parties, but may be terminated earlier under certain prescribed conditions.

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 info@gcmplc.com; www.gcmplc.com 
 
 

About GCM Resources

GCM Resources plc (LON:GCM), the AIM listed mining and energy company, has identified a high-quality coal resource of 572 million tonnes (JORC 2004 compliant) at the Phulbari Coal and Power Project (the "Project") in north-west Bangladesh.

Utilising the latest highly energy efficient power generating technology the Phulbari coal mine can support some 6,600MW. GCM requires approval from the Government of Bangladesh in order to develop the Project. The Company has a strategy of linking the Company's mine proposal to supplying coal to the Government of Bangladesh's existing and in the pipeline coal-fired power plants and / or power plants developed development partners. Together with credible, internationally recognised strategic development partners, GCM aims to deliver a practical power solution to provide the cheapest coal-fired electricity in the country, in a manner amenable to the Government of Bangladesh.

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