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Greatland Gold PLC
05 March 2024
 

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5 March 2024                                                          

 

 

Half-Year Financial Report

for the six months ended 31 December 2023

 

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION AS STIPULATED UNDER THE UK MARKET ABUSE REGULATIONS.  ON PUBLICATION OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT VIA A REGULATORY INFORMATION SERVICE, THIS INFORMATION IS CONSIDERED TO BE IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN.

Greatland Gold plc (AIM:GGP) ("Greatland" or the "Company") is pleased to announce its interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2023.

Principal activities

The principal activities of the Group during the period consisted of the early works development and feasibility study of the Havieron gold-copper project and the exploration and evaluation of mineral tenements in Australia.

Review of half-year results (unaudited)

§ Closing cash position of £12.7 million (30 June 2023: £31.1 million)

§ Havieron project costs capitalised of £12.3 million during the half-year (31 December 2022: £12.2 million)

§ Closing debt balance of £41.1 million (30 June 2023: £41.5 million)

§ Net assets of £49.9 million (30 June 2023: £52.5 million)

§ Loss before share-based payments and finance items of £5.5 million (31 December 2022: £3.5 million); statutory loss of £5.5 million (31 December 2022: £13.3 million)

§ Exploration expense of £2.7 million (31 December 2022: £1.7 million)

 

HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELLBEING

Greatland's most important priority is safety, keeping our employees, contractors and communities safe and well. Our goal is to operate with zero fatalities, minimise workplace injuries and prevent catastrophic events. Greatland achieved its goal of maintaining a safe workplace for all in the first half of the financial year 2024. There were no fatalities at the Group's projects during the half year (2023: nil) and the Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate for the Company (fully owned or operated projects) was nil (2023: nil).

OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIAL REVIEW

Havieron Joint Venture, Western Australia (Greatland: 30%)

Havieron is an exciting underground gold-copper development project and is the cornerstone of Greatland's strategic position in the Paterson region of Western Australia, one of the leading frontiers for the discovery of world-class precious and base metals deposits.

Discovered by Greatland in 2018, Havieron is currently owned in joint venture with Newmont Corporation (NYSE:NEM; Newmont) which, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, holds a 70% joint venture interest in Havieron and is manager of the Joint Venture.  Havieron has a Mineral Resource Estimate of 8.4Moz in total gold equivalent (AuEq1) content, prepared by Greatland in accordance with JORC. 

Early works commenced in January 2021 and are now significantly advanced, including development of the underground main access decline through 80% of the total depth to the top of the Havieron ore body.  A Pre-Feasibility Study was completed in October 2021, and an updated Feasibility Study is currently progressing.

Newmont became Greatland's joint venture partner and manager of the Havieron joint venture on 6 November 2023, following completion of Newmont's acquisition of Newcrest Mining Limited (previously ASX:NCM).

During the period, development of the decline progressed a further 353 metres, with total development at Havieron having reached in excess of 3,060 metres, including over 2,110 metres of advance in the main access decline (as of 31 December 2023).  There is approximately 80 vertical metres of the total 420 metres of vertical distance remaining before the decline reaches the base of the Permian cover and top of the Havieron orebody.

In October 2023, Greatland announced a pause in development of the main access decline prior to development through the lower confined aquifer (LCA) which is the final of three aquifers before the decline reaches the top of the Havieron orebody, to allow depressurisation and dewatering of the aquifer and additional water management data collection and evaluation.  The pause commenced in the December 2023 quarter and depressurisation activities were expanded, with six depressurisation holes now drilled into the LCA and pumping water to evaporation facilities at the surface.  Data collection and evaluation is continuing in parallel to increase confidence in water management from the LCA and determine the timing of any additional water management infrastructure required at surface.

Preparation of the Feasibility Study continued throughout the period, with several value enhancing options to maximise value and further derisk the project continuing to be assessed by the study work.

On 21 December 2023, Greatland announced an updated Mineral Resource Estimate (MRE) for Havieron, prepared in accordance with JORC, outlining an increase in the total gold equivalent (AuEq1) content to 8.4Moz, a 29% increase from Greatland's previous March 2022 MRE (refer to Greatland's RNS of 21 December 2023 titled 'Havieron Mineral Resource Estimate Update'). The update included a 32% increase in contained gold equivalent metal in the higher confidence Indicated MRE category, which can potentially be considered in the updated Ore Reserve Estimate that will be part of the Feasibility Study. The update confirmed continuous mineralisation between the Eastern Breccia and main Havieron Breccia domains, with the definition of a new high grade "Link Zone".

1 The gold equivalent (AuEq) is based on assumed prices of US$1,700/oz Au and US$3.75/lb Cu for Mineral Resource and metallurgical recoveries based on block metal grade, reporting approximately at 87% for Au and 87% for Cu which in both cases equates to a formula of approximately AuEq = Au (g/t) + 1.6* Cu (%). It is the Company's opinion that all the elements included in the metal equivalents calculation have a reasonable potential to be recovered and sold.

On 22 February 2024, Newmont announced an updated Mineral Reserve and Mineral Resource for Havieron, prepared in accordance with the US Securities and Exchange Commission's SK 1300 guidelines (SK 1300), which are different from JORC. Refer to Greatland's RNS of 22 February 2024 titled 'Newmont Annual Reserves & Resources Statement' for further information.

On 22 February 2024, Newmont announced its intention to divest its interest in Havieron in calendar year 2024, as well as its 100% owned Telfer mining operations located 45km west from Havieron, where ore from Havieron is presently contemplated to be processed (subject to a positive feasibility, decision to mine and entry into a toll processing agreement).  Greatland discovered the Havieron deposit and maintains its commitment to delivering Havieron's full potential for all stakeholders.  Under the Havieron joint venture agreement, Greatland holds a right of last refusal in respect of a sale by Newmont of its joint venture interest in Havieron to a third party.

Paterson South Farm-In and Joint Venture Arrangement, Western Australia (Greatland earning up to 75%)

In May 2023, Greatland entered into the Paterson South farm-in and joint venture agreement with Rio Tinto Exploration Pty Ltd (RTX), a wholly-owned subsidiary of global mining group Rio Tinto, to accelerate exploration at nine exploration licences (Paterson South Tenements) which collectively cover 1,537km2 of highly prospective tenure within the Paterson region of Western Australia, near Havieron.

Greatland has the right to earn up to a 75% interest in the Paterson South Tenements by spending at least A$21.1 million and completing 24,500 metres of drilling as part of a two-stage farm-in over seven years.  During the period, Greatland achieved the stage one minimum commitment under the farm-in arrangement by completing 2,000 metres of drilling and A$1.1 million of expenditure before 31 December 2024.

In late June 2023, Greatland commenced its maiden exploration drilling campaign at the Paterson South Tenements, testing the Stingray and Decka targets. Results of this drilling were announced in early November 2023. The rapid commencement of drilling on the Paterson South Tenements within four weeks of entering into the farm-in and joint venture arrangement is a testament to both the high quality of the tenure and Greatland's drive to rapidly unlock greater value from its Paterson region exploration portfolio. 

Greatland is currently refining the exploration program to be carried out across the remainder of the Paterson South Tenements, and has completed on-ground heritage surveys over several targets on the Skylar, Wilki Lake and Basel tenements.  On-ground work including drilling is planned for 2024, along with additional heritage surveys to enable on-ground work on all of the highest priority prospects.

Juri Joint Venture, Western Australia (Greatland: 49%)

Juri is a joint venture between Greatland (49%) and Newmont (51%) to explore the Paterson Range East and Black Hills exploration licences located in the Paterson region, near Havieron.  Newmont has the right to earn up to a 75% interest in the Juri tenements by spending up to a further A$17 million in Stage 2 of the farm-in.

Greatland's Juri joint venture partner Newcrest Operations Limited, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Newmont, elected to assume management of the Juri Joint Venture on 1 July 2023.  Greatland and Newmont are two of the largest landholders in the Paterson region, and we remain excited about the prospectivity of the Juri Joint Venture tenure.  The shift of Juri Joint Venture management to Newmont has provided our exploration team with the opportunity to put greater focus on our portfolio of highly prospective 100% owned tenure, together with our responsibilities as the new manager of the Paterson South farm-in and joint venture arrangement with RTX.

During the period, Newmont carried out an airborne gravity survey over parts of the Juri Joint Venture tenure, the results of which are continuing to be reviewed by the Joint Venture and will be incorporated into future on-ground work plans.

Exploration, Western Australia (Greatland: 100%)

Greater Paterson

Greatland's 100% owned Paterson region exploration projects comprise of the Scallywag and Canning projects:

§ Scallywag comprises four wholly-owned granted exploration licences: Scallywag, Pascalle, Rudall and Black Hills North located adjacent to and around Havieron.  Exploration work is focused on the discovery of intrusion related gold-copper deposits similar to Havieron, Telfer and Winu.

§ Canning comprises two wholly-owned granted exploration licences: Canning and Salvation Well located approximately 175km south-east of Havieron within the south-eastern extensions of the Paterson region in Western Australia.  The tenements contain two large magnetic 'bullseye' anomalies similar to the Havieron deposit magnetic signature.

During the period, Greatland completed diamond core drilling on the Scallywag exploration licence, with 10 holes completed for over 2,500 metres at the A35, A34, Pearl and Swan prospects, the results of which were announced in December 2023.  The drilling program effectively tested previously defined electromagnetic and geological targets, building Greatland's understanding of the structure, stratigraphy and geochemistry of the ground.

Greatland also completed ground magneto-telluric (MT) surveys of the Scallywag and Canning exploration licences during the period.  MT surveys are considered particularly effective in areas of deep conductive cover when compared to standard electromagnetic techniques as the signal only traverses the conductive cover once, reducing the deleterious effect that this has at the receiver(s). A similar survey conducted in 2022 on the Havieron mining lease successfully detected the Havieron orebody.

Preliminary modelling of the Scallywag MT survey data indicates a conductor at depth within a syncline fold structure along trend from Havieron. Optimisation of the MT modelling is complete and confirms the anomaly as a high priority drill target for 2024.  Further work is targeted at improving the understanding of stratigraphy and structure to identify Telfer style targets in the broader Scallywag tenement.  Modelling of the Canning MT survey data did not identify a target. 

Ernest Giles

The Ernest Giles project consists of two granted wholly-owned adjoining exploration licences: Calanchini and Peterswald, and four pending exploration licence applications: Westwood North, Westwood West, Mount Smith and Welstead Hill which are located approximately 250km north-east of the town of Laverton in the Yilgarn region of Western Australia.  Ernest Giles is an underexplored Archean greenstone belt which lies within the highly mineralised Yilgarn Craton, to the north of the world-class Tropicana and Gruyere gold operations.

During the period important progress was made at Ernest Giles.

In September 2023, Greatland entered into a land access agreement with the Manta Rirrtinya Native Title Holders.  The agreement provides for the consent to the grant of tenure to, and land access by, Greatland over approximately 75% of the Ernest Giles project area.

In November 2023, Greatland completed two diamond core drill holes at the Meadows prospect at Ernest Giles, co-funded by the Government of Western Australia's Exploration Incentive Scheme drilling grant.  The drilling results have provided important geological and structural information.  Follow up exploration work including an induced polarization survey and a reverse circulation program are planned for the second half of calendar year 2024.

Panorama

The Panorama project consists of three granted wholly-owned adjoining exploration licences: Panorama, Panorama North and Panorama East, located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.  The tenements are considered by Greatland to be highly prospective for gold and nickel.

In November 2023, Greatland announced the results of a surface sampling program at Panorama, with results including 27 soil samples from the Ni_04 prospect returning above 0.1% nickel over a 1.4km strike extent, and a peak result of 0.3% nickel in a rock chip sample.

These samples sit within the Dalton Suite ultramafics, which the results confirmed as nickel enriched and a potential primary nickel sulphide host. The large extent of the prospective Dalton Suite ultramafics within the Panorama tenure, and the existence of several untested highly prospective conductors, presents the potential for a substantial nickel discovery at Panorama. Greatland is now planning its next steps to effectively test both the geochemical and geophysical anomalies on the tenure.

Bromus

The Bromus project consists of two granted wholly-owned adjoining exploration licences: Bromus and Bromus West which are considered prospective for nickel, lithium and gold, located approximately 20km southwest of the town of Norseman in southern Western Australia.

 

During the period the lithium prospectivity of the Bromus project tenure was assessed and on-ground activities planned for confirmation.

CORPORATE

During the period, Greatland continued to advance its preparations for a proposed cross-listing on the ASX, with significant progress made.  In September 2023, having regard to the listing timetable and activities and opportunities for the business, Greatland decided to defer the ASX cross-listing until 2024.  Greatland continues to assess the opportunity to list on the ASX at the appropriate time and is well positioned by the work undertaken to efficiently resume and complete the ASX listing process.

In September 2023, Greatland entered into a A$50 million (approx. £26 million) unsecured standby debt facility with cornerstone shareholder Wyloo Consolidated Investments Pty Ltd (Wyloo), providing additional flexibility for Greatland's funding requirements through 2024. Wyloo currently holds approximately 8.5% of Greatland shares.

Significant events after the balance date

There were no reportable events since 31 December 2023.

 

Contact

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Greatland Gold plc

Shaun Day, Managing Director  |  info@greatlandgold.com

 

Nominated Advisor

SPARK Advisory Partners

Andrew Emmott / James Keeshan / Neil Baldwin  |  +44 203 368 3550

 

Corporate Brokers

Berenberg  |  Matthew Armitt / Jennifer Lee  |  +44 203 368 3550

Canaccord Genuity  |  James Asensio / George Grainger  |  +44 207 523 8000

SI Capital Limited  |  Nick Emerson / Sam Lomanto  |  +44 148 341 3500

 

Media Relations

UK - Gracechurch Group  | Harry Chathli / Alexis Gore / Henry Gamble  |  +44 204 582 3500

Australia - Fivemark Partners  |  Michael Vaughan  |  +61 422 602 720

 

About Greatland

 

Greatland is a mining development and exploration company focused primarily on precious and base metals.

 

The Company's flagship asset is the world-class Havieron gold-copper project in the Paterson Province of Western Australia, discovered by Greatland and presently under development in joint venture with world gold major, Newmont Corporation.

 

Havieron is located approximately 45km east of Newmont's existing Telfer gold mine. The box cut and decline to the Havieron orebody commenced in February 2021. Total development now exceeds 3,060m including over 2,110m of advance in the main access decline (as at 31 December 2023).  Subject to a positive feasibility study and Decision to Mine, Havieron is intended to leverage the existing Telfer infrastructure and processing plant.  Access to Telfer would de-risk the development and reduces capital expenditure.

 

Greatland has a proven track record of discovery and exploration success and is pursuing the next generation of tier-one mineral deposits by applying advanced exploration techniques in under-explored regions. Greatland has a number of exploration projects across Western Australia and in parallel to the development of Havieron is focused on becoming a multi-commodity miner of significant scale.

for the half-year ended 31 December 2023

 



Note

31 Dec 2023
£'000

31 Dec 2022
£'000

Revenue


-

-

Exploration and evaluation expenses


(2,715)

(1,719)

Administration expenses

4

(2,790)

(1,799)

Share-based payment expense

5

(1,639)

(9,157)

Loss before finance items and tax

 

(7,144)

(12,675)





Net foreign exchange gains / (losses)


1,185

(750)

Other income


86

149

Finance income


594

177

Finance costs


(187)

(180)

Loss before tax


(5,466)

(13,279)

Income tax expense


-

-

Loss for the period


(5,466)

(13,279)

 


 

 

Other comprehensive income:


 

 

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations


1,040

(973)

Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to equity holders of the Company


(4,426)

(14,252)





Earnings per share for loss attributable to the ordinary equity holders of the Company:




Basic and diluted loss per share (pence)(a)


(0.11)

(0.29)

 

The Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes.

 

(a)   For the purpose of calculating basic earnings per share, the weighted average number of the Group shares outstanding during the period was 5,078,896,662 (31 December 2022: 4,637,835,742). Dilutive earnings per share is not included on the basis inclusion of potential ordinary shares would result in a decrease in loss per share, and is considered anti-dilutive.


 

Note

31 Dec 2023

£'000

30 Jun 2023

£'000

ASSETS

 



Exploration and evaluation assets


270

264

Mine development

6

76,903

59,931

Right of use asset


319

418

Property, plant and equipment


75

84

Financial assets held at fair value through profit and loss


83

88

Total non-current assets

 

77,650

60,785

Cash and cash equivalents


12,666

31,149

Advanced joint venture cash contributions

 

6,409

12,576

Trade and other receivables

 

60

116

Other current assets

 

1,080

414

Total current assets

 

20,215

44,255

TOTAL ASSETS


97,865

105,040





LIABILITIES




Trade and other payables


4,465

8,511

Lease liabilities


129

128

Provisions


3

186

Total current liabilities

 

4,597

8,825

Borrowings

7

41,117

41,503

Lease liabilities


189

284

Provisions


2,023

1,950

Total non-current liabilities

 

43,329

43,737

TOTAL LIABILITIES

 

47,926

52,562

 

 



NET ASSETS

 

49,939

52,478

 




EQUITY




Share capital

8

5,091

5,069

Share premium

8

70,998

70,821

Merger reserve

8

27,494

27,494

Foreign currency translation reserve


(3,219)

(4,259)

Share-based payment reserve


11,828

10,173

Retained earnings


(62,253)

(56,820)

TOTAL EQUITY


49,939

52,478

as at 31 December 2023

 

The above Consolidated Statement of Financial Position should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes.


for the half-year ended 31 December 2023

 

Note

Share capital
£'000

 

 

 

Share premium
£'000

 

 

 

Merger reserve

£'000

 

Foreign currency translation reserve

£'000

 

Share- based payment reserves
£'000

  Retained earnings
£'000

Total equity

£'000

At 1 July 2023


5,069

70,821

27,494

(4,259)

10,173

(56,820)

52,478

Loss for the period


-

-

-

-

-

(5,466)

(5,466)

Other comprehensive income


-

-

-

1,040

-

-

1,040

Total comprehensive loss for the period


-

-

-

1,040

-

(5,466)

(4,426)

Transactions with owners in their capacity as owners:









Share-based payments


-

-

-

-

1,688

-

1,688

Transfer on exercise of options


-

-

-

-

(33)

33

-

Share capital issued

8

22

177

-

-

-

-

199

Total contributions by and distributions to owners of the Company


22

177

-

-

1,655

33

1,887

Six months ended on 31 December 2023


5,091

70,998

27,494

(3,219)

11,828

(62,253)

49,939

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital
£'000

 

 

 

Share premium
£'000

 

 

 

Merger reserve

£'000

 

Foreign currency translation reserve

£'000

 

Share-based payment reserves
£'000

  Retained earnings
£'000

Total equity

£'000

At 1 July 2022


4,071

36,166

225

647

335

(35,718)

5,726

Loss for the period


-

-

-

-

-

(13,279)

(13,279)

Other comprehensive income


-

-

-

(973)

-

-

(973)

Total comprehensive loss for the period


-

-

-

(973)

-

(13,279)

(14,252)

Transactions with owners in their capacity as owners:









Share-based payments


-

-

-

-

9,157

-

9,157

Share capital issued


945

34,119

29,393

-

-

(139)

64,318

Cost of share issue


-

(30)

(2,096)

-

-

-

(2,126)

Total contributions by and distributions to owners of the Company


945

34,089

27,297

-

9,157

(139)

71,349

Six months ended on 31 December 2022


5,016

70,255

27,522

(326)

9,492

(49,136)

62,823

The above Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes.


 

 

Note

31 Dec 2023

£'000

31 Dec 2022

£'000

Cash flows from operating activities




Loss for the period


(5,466)

(13,279)

Adjustments for:




Share-based payment expense

5

1,639

9,157

Depreciation and amortisation


82

123

Finance costs


162

-

Other non-cash items


6

(57)

Investing interest income


(594)

(177)

Unwind of discount on provisions


12

174

Unrealised foreign exchange gain / (loss)


(1,208)

721

Lease liability interest expense


6

2

Movement in operating assets / liabilities:




Increase / (decrease) in trade and other receivables 


15

(349)

Increase in other current assets


(68)

(194)

Decrease in payables and other liabilities


(2,199)

(1,383)

Increase in provisions


21

21

Net cash outflow from operating activities


(7,592)

(5,241)





Cash flows from investing activities




Interest received


646

177

Payments in advance for joint venture contributions


(6,409)

(1,900)

Payments for mine development and fixed assets


(4,743)

(3,609)

Net cash outflow from investing activities


(10,506)

(5,332)

 


 

 

Cash flows from financing activities




Proceeds from issue of shares

8

199

63,290

Transaction costs from issue of shares


-

(2,126)

Repayment of lease obligations


(56)

(114)

Payments for prepaid borrowing costs for debt


(823)

(166)

Net cash (outflow) / inflow from financing activities


(680)

60,884

 


 

 

Net (decrease) / increase in cash and cash equivalents


(18,778)

50,311

Effects of exchange rate differences on cash and cash equivalents

 

295

(873)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

 

31,149

10,386

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period


12,666

59,824

for the half-year ended 31 December 2023

 

The above Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes.

 


for the half-year ended 31 December 2023

1.    Corporate information

The half-year consolidated financial statements of Greatland Gold plc (Greatland or the Company) and its subsidiaries (collectively, the Group) for the six months ended 31 December 2023 were authorised for issue in accordance with a resolution of the Directors on 5 March 2024.

Greatland is a company incorporated in England and Wales whose shares are publicly traded on the AIM market (AIM: GGP). The nature of the operations and principal activities of the Company are described in the Directors' Report.

2     Basis of preparation

The consolidated financial statements for the half-year ended 31 December 2023 are general purpose condensed financial statements prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting and UK-adopted international accounting standards and are presented in sterling (£). The financial information does not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The information relating to the half-year periods to 31 December 2023 and 31 December 2022 are unaudited. PKF Littlejohn LLP has issued an independent review report on the half-year periods 31 December 2023 and 31 December 2022. The review report for 31 December 2023 can be found on page 18.

The half-year consolidated financial statements do not include all the information and disclosures required in the annual financial statements, and should be read in conjunction with the Group's annual financial statements as at 30 June 2023 and considered together with any public announcements made by Greatland during the half-year ended 31 December 2023. The annual report of the Group for the year ended 30 June 2023 is available at http://greatlandgold.com. The report of auditors on those financial statements was unqualified.

The accounting policies adopted are consistent with those applied by the Group in the preparation of the annual consolidated financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2023. The Group has not early adopted any standard, interpretation or amendment that has been issued but is not yet effective.

The amounts contained in this financial report have been rounded to the nearest £1,000 where noted (£000) under the option available to the Company under the Companies Act 2006.

Going Concern

The Group's principal activities include the development of Havieron. At 31 December 2023, the Group had net current assets of £15.6 million, with cash of £12.7 million and advanced Havieron joint venture cash contributions of £6.4 million.

In addition, Greatland has access to a A$50 million (c.£26.8 million) undrawn standby loan facility with Wyloo Consolidated Investments Pty Ltd (Wyloo) and a signed non-legally binding Letter of Support from its banking syndicate comprising of Australian and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, HSBC Bank and ING Bank (Australia) (together, the Banking Syndicate). The Letter of Support provides that the Banking Syndicate are fully supportive and interested in the provision of A$220 million (c.£117.9 million) seven-year syndicated debt and associated hedging facilities subject to completion of the Havieron Feasibility Study.

Management has prepared cash flow forecasts for the next twelve months under various scenarios. These scenarios anticipate the Group will be able to meet its commitments and pay its debts as and when they fall due subject to an equity raise or utilisation of the Wyloo debt facility and completion of the Havieron Feasibility Study allowing access to project financing from the banking syndicate of A$220 million. The Group is confident that it has the ability to raise additional equity or debt, if required, as it has successfully demonstrated in the past.

If required, the Group has a number of options available to manage liquidity including:

§ Significantly reduce expenditure on its own exploration programmes;

§ Significantly reduce corporate costs;

§ Raising additional funding through debt and equity, or a combination of both, which the Company considers it has the ability to do, should it be required and has demonstrated an ability to do so in the past.

Should the Directors not achieve the matters set out above, there is significant uncertainty as to whether the Company will continue as a going concern and therefore whether they will realise its assets and extinguish its liabilities in the normal course of business and at the amounts stated in the financial report.

Having prepared forecasts based on current resources and assessing methods of obtaining additional finance, the Directors believe the Group has sufficient resources to meet its obligations for a period of twelve months from the date of approval of these financial statements. Taking these matters into consideration, the Directors continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in the preparation of the financial statements.

The principal risks and uncertainties for the six month period up to 31 December 2023 remained consistent with trends reported in the 2023 Annual Report.

 

 



 

3     Segmental information

Operating segments are reported in a manner that is consistent with the internal reporting to the Board and the executive management team (the chief operating decision makers). Greatland operates one segment being Exploration and Evaluation of Minerals and Mine Development in Australia.

4     Administrative expenses

 

 

31 Dec 2023

£'000

31 Dec 2022

£'000

Employee benefits expense


1,337

761

Depreciation and amortisation expense


43

112

Other administrative and corporate costs


1,410

926

Total administrative expenses


2,790

5     Share-based payments

The total expense arising from share-based payment transactions recognised during the period was as follows:

 

Note

31 Dec 2023

£'000

31 Dec 2022

£'000

Employee long term incentive plan

(a)

1,542

448

Directors' co-investment options

(b)

-

8,611

Other schemes


97

98

Total share-based payment expense


1,639

9,157

 (a) Employee Long Term Incentive Plan (LTIP)

Greatland's Board approved LTIP became effective in February 2022. The LTIP is designed to provide long-term incentives for employees (including executive directors) to deliver long-term shareholder returns. Under the LTIP, participants are granted performance rights or options which vest if certain performance standards are met. Participation in the plan is at the Board's discretion and no individual has a contractual right to participate in the plan or to receive any guaranteed benefits.

Set out below are performance rights and options granted under the Company's Employee Equity Incentive Plan over ordinary shares which are granted for nil cash consideration. Management has assessed that non-market and market conditions are more than probable to be achieved by the expiry date and therefore the total value of the performance rights incorporates all performance rights awarded. The expense recorded as share-based payments is recognised to the service period end date on a straight-line basis as the service conditions are inherent in the award.

Each performance right and option converts to one ordinary share in the Company upon satisfaction of the performance conditions linked to the performance rights. The performance rights do not carry any other privileges. The fair value of the non-market condition performance rights granted is determined based on the number of performance rights awarded multiplied by the Company's share price on the date awarded.

The expense for the period of £1.5 million represents the fair value of the instruments expensed over the vesting period.

The Group granted the following on 19 September 2023:

§ FY23 Performance Rights: 13,306,047 performance rights on 27 July 2022 under the Greatland LTIP which were in respect of the 2023 financial year. The amount of performance rights will vest depending on a number of performance targets during a three year performance period from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2025. The share-based payment expense to be recognised in future periods is £0.7 million.

§ Employee Retention Rights: 31,100,000 nominally priced share options of £0.001 on a once off basis to incentivise retention through a pivotal period of the Group's growth. Subject to satisfaction of service criteria, the holder must be employed by Greatland on 28 February 2026 to exercise. The share-based payment expense to be recognised in future periods is £1.9 million.

§ Employee Co-Investment Options: 302,700,000 grant of premium priced share options of £0.119 to incentivise retention through a pivotal period in the Group's growth and align their interests to pursue value growth for all shareholders. Subject to satisfaction of service criteria, the holder must be employed by Greatland on 28 February 2026 to exercise. The share-based payment expense to be recognised in future periods is £5.3 million.



 

5          Share-based payments (continued)

The fair value at grant date is independently determined using an adjusted form of the Black-Scholes Model which includes a Monte Carlo simulation model for the TSR rights. The key assumptions were as follows:

Fair value of performance rights and assumptions

2023 LTIP

Retention Rights

Co-Investment Options

Grant date

19 September 2023

19 September 2023

19 September 2023

Fair value - market hurdle

£0.03875

n/a

n/a

Fair value - non-market hurdle

£0.07008

£0.07024

£0.01964

Share price at grant date

£0.071

£0.071

£0.071

Exercise price

£0.001

£0.001

£0.119

Expected volatility

59.17%

69.28%

62.49%

Vesting date

30 June 2025

28 February 2026

28 February 2026

Life of performance rights

10 years

10 years

2.9 years

Expected dividends

nil

nil

nil

Risk free interest rate

4.69%

4.23%

4.49%

Valuation methodology

Monte Carlo &

Black Scholes

Black Scholes

Black Scholes

b) Directors' Co-Investment Options

The Group issued 235,000,000 co-investment options on 12 September 2022 to four Directors, Mark Barnaba, Elizabeth Gaines, Paul Hallam and Jimmy Wilson. The co-investment option structure has been designed to create strong and immediate alignment with shareholders to deliver substantial share price growth, with the options being set at £0.119, representing a 45% premium to the equity placement in August 2022 of £0.082. There are no future amounts associated with these options to be expensed in future periods. The fair value at grant date was independently determined using a Binomial simulation model. The key assumptions were as follows:

Grant date & vesting date

12 September 2022

Fair value

£0.0366

Share price at grant date

£0.0902

Exercise price

£0.119

Expected volatility

60%

Life of options

4 years

Expected dividends

0.00%

Risk free interest rate

2.92%

Valuation methodology

Binominal

Options

The following table illustrates the number of, and movements in options during the period:

 

Weighted average exercise price

31 December 2023

Half year ended 31 December 2023

Weighted average exercise price

30 June 2023

Full year ended

30 June 2023

Outstanding at the beginning of the year

£0.112

261,750,000

£0.026

79,000,000

Granted during the period

£0.119

302,700,000

£0.119

235,000,000

Exercised during the period

£0.009

(21,750,000)

£0.012

(52,250,000)

Forfeited during the period

-

-

-

-

Outstanding at the end of the period

£0.120

542,700,000

£0.112

261,750,000

Vested and exercisable

£0.119

235,000,000

 £0.110

256,750,000

 



 

5          Share-based payments (continued)

Performance Rights

The following table illustrates the number of, and movements in performance rights during the period:

Weighted average exercise price

31 December 2023

Half year ended 31 December 2023

Weighted average exercise price

30 June 2023

Full year ended

30 June 2023

Outstanding at the beginning of the year

£0.001

23,500,000

£0.001

23,500,000

Granted during the period

£0.001

44,406,047

-

-

Exercised during the period

-

-

-

-

Forfeited during the period

-

-

-

-

Outstanding at the end of the period

£0.001

67,906,047

£0.001

23,500,000

Vested and exercisable

-

-

-

-

 

6     Mine Development

31 Dec 2023

£'000

 

30 Jun 2023

£'000

 

As at beginning of the period

 

59,931

35,582

Additions


12,291

23,367

Capitalised borrowing costs


2,893

5,406

Adjustment of currency translation


1,788

(4,424)

As at end of the period


76,903

59,931

 

7     Borrowings

31 Dec 2023

£'000

 

30 Jun 2023

£'000

 

As at beginning of the period


41,503

43,103

Capitalised interest


-

45

Effect of foreign exchange revaluation


(1,264)

1,661

Adjustment of currency translation


878

(3,306)

Total non-current borrowings


41,117

41,503

The borrowings presented above relate to a loan agreement with Newmont Corporation (Newmont), through a wholly owned subsidiary, dated 29 November 2020 in respect of Havieron. The loan is fully drawn down. The key terms of the facility with Newmont include:

§  The loan is made up of Facility A and Facility B with values of US$20 million and US$30 million respectively, in addition to capitalised interest;

§  Interest is calculated on SOFR rate plus a margin of 8.26161% annually and is calculated every 90 days;

§  The facility is secured against Greatland's share of the Havieron asset;

§  Repayment of the loan is from 80% of net proceeds from the sale of Havieron products and must be repaid by the earlier of 10 years from the date of the Feasibility Study or 12 years from the date of the Loan Agreement;

§  There are no financial covenants.

Unrealised foreign exchange gain of £1.3 million (31 December 2022: £0.7 million) was incurred on the US$52.4 million loan balance held by the Australian subsidiary. The functional currency of the Australian subsidiary is Australian dollars while the loan is denominated in US dollars. The exchange rate increased during the period from 0.6630 USD/AUD at 30 June 2023 to 0.6840 USD/AUD at 31 December 2023.

Exchange differences arising on the translation of the functional currency of the Australian subsidiary differing from the Group's presentation currency resulted in an increase to borrowings of £0.9 million during the year (31 December 2023: reduction of £0.4 million). The exchange rate increased during the year from 0.5250 GBP/AUD at 30 June 2023 to 0.5366 GBP/AUD at 31 December 2023.

At the end of the period, the Group had A$50 million (c. £26.8 million) undrawn standby loan facility with Wyloo which is available until 1 December 2024 and matures on 31 December 2024.



 

8     Equity

 

Note

No. of Shares

Share Capital
£'000

Share Premium
£'000

Merger Reserve

£'000

Total

£'000

Balance at 1 July 2022 of authorised fully paid shares


4,070,547,171

4,071

36,166

225

40,462

Issued at £0.001 - Havieron contingent consideration on 2 Aug 2022

(a)

138,981,150

138

-

-

138

Issued at £0.082 - from equity raise on 25 Aug 2022

(b)

362,880,180

362

-

29,393

29,755

Issued at £0.078 - from Wyloo subscription on 7 Oct 2022

(c)

430,024,390

430

33,104

-

33,534

Issued at £0.0765 - Havieron 5% option fee to advisor on 11 Nov 2022


13,443,391

13

1,015

-

1,028

Issued at £0.020 - exercise of options on director 9 January 2023


25,000,000

25

25

-

50

Issued at £0.025 - exercise of options on director 9 January 2023


8,750,000

9

210

-

219

Issued at £0.070 - exercise of options on director 9 January 2023


7,500,000

8

45

-

53

Issued at £0.025 - exercise of options on 30 January 2023


5,000,000

5

120

-

125

Issued at £0.03 - exercise of options on 30 January 2023


3,000,000

3

87

-

90

Issued at £0.001 - exercise of options on 13 February 2023


500,000

1

-

-

1

Issued at £0.025 - exercise of options on 9 March 2023


1,500,000

2

36

-

38

Issued at £0.03 - exercise of options on 9 March 2023


1,500,000

2

43

-

45

Less: transaction costs on share issue


-

-

(30)

(2,124)

(2,154)

Balance at 30 June 2023 of authorised fully paid shares

 

5,068,626,282

5,069

70,821

27,494

103,384

Issued at £0.025 - exercise of director options on 24 September 2023

10

1,500,000

2

36

-

38

Issued at £0.03 - exercise of director options on 24 September 2023

10

1,250,000

1

37

-

38

Issued at £0.0028 - exercise of director options on 1 October 2023

10

14,000,000

14

25

-

39

Issued at £0.014 - exercise of director options on 1 October 2023

10

2,500,000

2

32

-

34

Issued at £0.02 - exercise of director options on 1 October 2023

10

2,500,000

3

47

-

50

Balance at 31 December 2023 of authorised fully paid shares

 

5,090,376,282

5,091

70,998

27,494

103,583

(a) Contingent deferred acquisition consideration

In July 2022 (prior to the outcome of the Havieron 5% option process), Greatland successfully renegotiated the deferred consideration that was due to be paid in respect of its 2016 acquisition of Havieron. The original terms of the acquisition comprised an initial payment of A$25,000 in cash and 65,490,000 new ordinary shares. A further 145,530,000 new ordinary shares were payable if Greatland's ownership interest in Havieron reduced to 25% or less, or upon a decision to mine at Havieron whichever occurs earlier.

The 145,530,000 deferred share payment was renegotiated as follows:

i)    138,981,150 Greatland shares were issued to the vendor nominee, Five Diggers, during the year. This represented a 4.5% reduction in total shares issued relative to the ordinary agreed quantum

ii)   In respect of the 138,981,150 shares issued, Five Diggers are subject to the following restrictions:

§ A lock up which prohibits any shares from being disposed of for the first 12 months from grant, subject to carveouts (such as recommend takeovers), and

§ Orderly market arrangement, under which the shares may only be traded through Greatland's broker (subject to customary carve outs)

The new ordinary shares were issued in Greatland on 2 August 2022. The fair value of the contingent consideration formed part of the original acquisition in 2016 and as such the equity instruments were issued to share capital for £0.001 as required by the Companies Act 2006, with nil value attributable to share premium in August 2022.

(b) August 2022 equity raise

On 25 August 2022, Greatland raised total gross proceeds of £29.8 million through placing 362,880,180 new ordinary shares at an issue price of £0.082. The raise was facilitated through an incorporated Jersey registered company, Ferdinand (Jersey) Limited. The proceeds of the share issue were held in trust by Greatland on behalf of Ferdinand (Jersey) Limited, which was then acquired by way of share for share exchange in circumstances which qualified for merger relief, therefore no amount was recognised as share premium on the share issue as required under section 612 of the Companies Act.

The amount recognised in the merger reserve reflects the amount by which the fair value of the shares issued exceeded their nominal value and is recorded within the merger reserve on consolidation, rather than in a share premium account.



 

8     Equity (continued)

(c) Strategic placement to Wyloo

On 12 September 2022, Greatland entered into an agreement for a strategic equity investment with Wyloo, a privately owned minerals investment company. Wyloo subscribed for 430,024,390 shares for A$60 million (£33.5 million), an equivalent at the date of the agreement of £0.082 per share. This placement occurred at the same price as the August 2022 raise which equated to a small premium to the five-day VWAP of 9 September 2022. The transaction was approved by shareholders on 7 October 2022. Settlement occurred on 14 October 2022 at a converted share price of £0.078 per share. On settlement, the A$60 million (£33.5 million) consideration received from Wyloo was allocated to share capital and share premium reflecting the fair value of the ordinary shares at settlement date.

As part of the equity subscription, a further £35 million may be raised from Wyloo in the future through the conversion of 352,620,000 warrants with a strike price of £0.10 per share and expiry date of 6 October 2025. The warrants were recognised in the statement of financial position at nil value on issue.

(d) Farm-in to Rio Tinto Exploration's Paterson South 

In May 2023, Greatland entered into a farm-in and joint venture agreement with Rio Tinto in respect of the Paterson South Project which comprises of nine exploration licences. Under the farm-in and joint venture arrangement, Greatland is required to make an up-front payment to Rio Tinto Exploration Pty Ltd (RTX) of A$350,000 which Greatland has elected to settle in shares. As the farm-in and joint venture agreement was executed during the year, the up-front payment was capitalised as part of the acquisition costs of the tenements and recognised in share-based payment reserves until the shares are issued. These shares to RTX have not been issued at the date of this report.

9     Capital Commitments

As at 31 December 2023, Greatland had contractual commitments to capital expenditure of £4.8 million (30 June 2023: £4.6 million), including from its share in the Havieron Joint Venture.

10         Related party transactions 

Exercise of Options and Director Dealings

On 1 October 2023, Mr Borrelli, Non-Executive Director, exercised his remaining 14,000,000 options over ordinary shares at a price of £0.0028 per share, 2,500,000 options at £0.014 and 2,500,000 options at £0.02 per share for a total consideration of £124,200. Mr Borrelli retained 9,000,000 of the resulting shares and sold 10,000,000 of the resulting shares to fund the associated exercise cost and tax liabilities. Mr Borrelli's shareholding increased to 35,403,372 ordinary shares representing 0.70% of the total voting rights.

In addition, on 24 September 2023, Mr Latcham, Non-Executive Director, exercised 1,500,000 existing options over ordinary shares at a price of £0.025 per share and 1,250,000 at a price of £0.03 per share, for a total consideration of £75,000. Mr Latcham retained 700,000 of the resulting shares and sold 2,050,000 of the resulting shares to fund the associated exercise cost and tax liabilities. Mr Latcham's shareholding increased to 3,850,000 ordinary shares representing 0.08% of the total voting rights.

11    Significant events after the reporting date

There were no reportable events since 31 December 2023.

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