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Goldstone Resources Ltd

30 September 2022

30 September 2022

GOLDSTONE RESOURCES LIMITED

("GoldStone" or the "Company")

Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2022

GoldStone Resources Limited (AIM: GRL), the AIM quoted gold exploration and development company focused on bringing the Homase Mine within its Akrokeri-Homase Gold Project ("AKHM") in Ghana into production, announces its unaudited interim results for the six-month period ended 30 June 2022 (the "Period").

Chief Executive Officer's Statement

During H12022, the Company has seen steady progress as we look to develop and optimise our inaugural gold mining operation at Homase, at the same time, developing a substantial gold resource base which will support a significant, long-term and profitable mining operation at the Akrokeri-Homase Project, located in the world class Ashanti Belt in Ghana.

GoldStone achieved its first milestone of pouring first gold November 2021 following the construction of the initial stage of the mine, which includes a crushing, sizing, agglomeration and stacking unit, three heap leach pads, a carbon-in-column plant, and an elution and gold room. While the first gold pour was a huge step-forward for GoldStone, it quickly became apparent that significant optimisation work was required in order to enhance recoveries due to agglomeration issues.

The team immediately commenced detailed test work and cost analysis to further understand the leach kinetics to optimise the recovery of the remaining contained gold in the heap. This work informed the reconfiguration of the agglomeration and crushing circuit to handle the excess clay encountered and the greater than expected amount of silt originating from the oxide orebody's fragile phyllitic content. A modified screening system has been designed and built to control the feed sizing, with the fines (<3mm) which represents approximately 20% of the ore body being removed, which and will be fed initially to a gravity recovery circuit. These improvements are being made to the circuit as quickly as possible and should all be completed before the year end.

This work programme has had the desired effect, in that recoveries are now consistently moving in the right direction, however our ability to regain some lost ground from our initial production target has been further frustrated by a very extreme and prolonged rainy season, which has significantly curtailed our stacking from June 2022 to date. The Company has produced 4,095 oz of gold to date, and whilst the Company continues to target production of 14,000oz by the end of 2022, in light of the circumstances described above the Board's minimum expectation for production for the year is revised to 7,000oz. A review of the production schedule to the calendar year-end and beyond is ongoing and further updates on production will be provided in due course.

Whilst disappointing, this will be a familiar account for many experienced mining investors, with the oft-cited "teething-problems" which accompany many new mining operations. The message here is that the direction of travel is clear, and we have a capable and committed team on the ground, using practical and learned experiences to ensure that our production trajectory continues improving on a monthly basis.

GoldStone continues to focus on resource expansion, and subsequent conversion to mineable resources requiring additional geotechnical drilling which has been undertaken within the first two pits, which subject to the results and subsequent permitting, The results from the geotechnical drilling have been received from ALS Certified Laboratory and analysis and modelling are currently being undertaken and will be announced shortly by the Company.

GoldStone has also undertaken grade control drilling for the third pit within the Homase Mine to determine the pit planning and to potentially expand the mineable resource inventory. The results of the drilling have been received and the modelling of this third pit is currently underway a press release on this will follow in the next few weeks.

The Akrokeri Licence is the primary exploration focus of our geological team,who are working with the aim of adding a further shallow high grade deposit capable of being added to the mineable resources of the Company. This effort is currently centred on the former Akrokeri Underground Mine and surrounding area. During the period, our geological team continued with the reassessment of the previous drilling campaigns at the former mine workings, undertaken by Birim Goldfields Ltd ("Birim") in 1996 and Pan African Resources Ltd ("Pan African Resources") in 2008. Also, an assessment of several former artisanal mine working areas, have been reviewed and built into the database along with recent exploration work and consolidating historical geological reports that reference not just the Akrokeri Mine but other historical exploration targets in the vicinity of the Akrokeri Mine.

Post period end, on 30 August 2022, we commenced a 1,500m Diamond Drilling programme at Akrokeri with the aim of advancing high-priority gold targets towards production. Akrokeri benefits from both the right geological setting, being approximately 12km NNE and along strike from the Obuasi Mine, owned by AngloGold Ashanti Ltd, and its potential is supported by verified accounts of historical production, reported to be some 75,000 ounces of gold from some 104,000 tons (94,347 tonnes) of ore, equating to an average recovered grade equivalent to approximately 24g/t.

The first three-holes from this programme have delivered highly encouraging results, demonstrating significant intersections and confirming the continuity of the mineralised zone along strike of the former Akrokeri Mine. Significant intersections to date include:

   -    22AKDD001: 6.5 metres @ 1.63g/t from 7.7 metres, including 3.5 metres @ 2.35g/t 
   -    22AKDD002: 4.1metres @ 11.01g/t from 46 metres, including 1metre @ 41.04g/t 
   -    22AKDD003: 3.6 metres @ 5.77g/t from 69.4 metres, including 1metre @ 12.06g/t 

Holes 22AKDD002 and 3 were inclined at 55(o) and one at 75(o) respectively and intersected the mineralised zone at vertical depths between 37 m and 66 m beneath surface. All three holes intersected significant widths of approximately 2.2 metres mineralisation, thus confirming the continuity of the zone along strike and with depth.

This is a very encouraging start to the programme, and we look forward to providing further updates over the coming weeks.

Corporate and Financial Review

Losses from operations for the six months to 30 June 2022 were US$0.29 million (H1 2021: loss of US$0.55 million). It is noted that, were it not for the theft of gold concentrate announced on 29 June 2022, estimated to be US$350,000 in value, the Company would have reported an operating profit.

The financial statements at year end show the Group's balance sheet, with net assets standing at US$16.0 million (H1: US$15.5 million).

Cash and cash equivalents as at 30 June 2022 were US$0.9 million (H1 2021: US$1.5 million).

As announced earlier today, post period end, the Company has agreed a variation in respect of the gold loan entered into with Asian Investment Management Services Limited ("AIMS") announced on 22 June 2022 (the "Gold Loan"). Pursuant to this variation, the due date for repayment of the principal and outstanding interest is extended to 30 September 2023, interest on the Gold Loan will continue to accrue at 14% per annum, and the Company is able (though not obliged) to repay any part of the Gold Loan and/or accrued interest thereon from time to time by way of instalments. As at 30 September 2022, the outstanding principal of the Gold Loan currently stands at 1,924.61 oz, with accrued interest to date of 124.37 oz. A total of 675.17 oz (21 kilos) of gold to date has been paid to AIMS to date in respect of the Gold Loan.

As previously reported, in June 2022 the Group suffered an armed robbery at site which resulted in the loss of gold, with a value of approximately US$350k. The Group was not in a position to make an announcement which was compliant with the AIM Rules, which led to a suspension in the trading of its ordinary shares on the AIM market on 10 June 2022 whilst an investigation was launched by the authorities in Ghana. The suspension was lifted following the Company's 29 June 2022 announcement.

With the revenue now being generated from our gold production together with the further funds from the exercise of warrants in June 2022, we can continue with the current level of operations. However, further funding may be required to accelerate the ramp-up of production at Homase and the exploration programme at Akrokeri.

Outlook

It is with cautious optimism that I look forward to the remaining months of 2022 and into 2023, as we continue to make stead progress towards achieving our production goals. H1 2022 has been a difficult period of hard-won lessons, but these lessons have been valuable as we continue to inform, improve, and expand our gold production profile at Homase, and pave the way for what we believe will be a second mining operation at Akrokeri.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow Board members, our operational team in Ghana and of course our shareholders for their continued support this year, and I look forward to reporting on our progress moving forward.

Emma Priestley

Chief Executive Officer

For further information, please contact:

 
 GoldStone Resources Limited 
 Bill Trew / Emma Priestley           Tel: +44 (0) 1534 487 757 
 Strand Hanson Limited 
 James Dance / James Bellman          Tel: +44 (0) 20 7409 3494 
 S. P. Angel Corporate Finance 
  LLP 
 Ewan Leggat / Charlie Bouverat       Tel: +44 (0) 20 3470 0501 
 
 St Brides Partners Limited           Tel: +44 (0) 20 7236 1177 
  Susie Geliher / Catherine Leftley 
 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014 as it forms part of United Kingdom domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (as amended).

**S**

Consolidated statement of financial position

as at 30 June 2022

 
                                              30 June       30 June   31 December 
  in united states dollars        notes          2022          2021          2021 
                                            unaudited     unaudited       audited 
Assets 
property, plant and equipment         6    21,794,616    20,926,500    21,280,257 
total non-current assets                   21,794,616    20,926,500    21,280,257 
------------------------------  -------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 
inventory                                     909,192             -     1,959,083 
trade and other receivables                   273,655        85,102       257,013 
cash and cash equivalents                     927,702     1,537,600       336,524 
------------------------------  -------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
total current assets                        2,110,549     1,622,702     2,552,620 
------------------------------  -------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 
  total assets                             23,905,165    22,549,202    23,832,877 
------------------------------  -------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 
  Equity 
share capital - ordinary 
 shares                                     6,559,310     5,742,974     6,383,213 
share capital - deferred 
 shares                                     6,077,013     6,077,013     6,077,013 
share premium                              33,887,579    31,400,794    33,535,384 
foreign exchange reserve                  (1,158,177)         6,684   (1,332,396) 
capital contribution reserve                  555,110       555,110       555,110 
share options reserve                       3,535,197     3,535,197     3,535,197 
accumulated deficit                      (33,406,173)  (31,783,539)  (32,758,006) 
------------------------------  -------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
total equity                               16,049,859    15,534,233    15,995,514 
------------------------------  -------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 
  Liabilities 
provision for rehabilitation                  901,284       901,284       901,284 
non-current liabilities                       901,284       901,284       901,284 
trade and other payables                    2,140,112       593,558     1,395,222 
borrowings                            7     4,813,910     5,520,127     5,540,857 
------------------------------  -------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
current liabilities                         6,954,022     6,113,685     6,936,079 
------------------------------  -------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
total liabilities                           7,855,306     7,014,969     7,837,363 
------------------------------  -------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
total equity and liabilities               23,905,165    22,549,202    23,832,877 
------------------------------  -------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

for the 6 months ended 30 June 2022

 
                                               6 months  6 months ended    year ended 
                                                  ended    30 June 2021   31 December 
  in united states dollars         notes   30 June 2022                          2021 
                                              unaudited       unaudited       audited 
continuing operations 
revenue                                       5,250,298               -             - 
cost of sales                               (3,157,003)               -             - 
-------------------------------  -------  -------------  --------------  ------------ 
gross profit                                  2,093,295               -             - 
 
administrative expenses                     (2,380,665)       (548,628)     (794,208) 
-------------------------------  -------  -------------  --------------  ------------ 
operating loss                                (287,370)       (548,628)     (794,208) 
 
finance expense                               (360,797)               -     (728,887) 
-------------------------------  -------  -------------  --------------  ------------ 
net finance cost                              (360,797)               -     (728,887) 
-------------------------------  -------  -------------  --------------  ------------ 
 
loss before and after tax 
 from continuing operations            5      (648,167)       (548,628)   (1,523,095) 
-------------------------------  -------  -------------  --------------  ------------ 
Items that may be reclassified 
 subsequently to profit and 
 loss: 
 foreign exchange translation 
 movement                                       174,219          88,833   (1,250,247) 
-------------------------------  -------  -------------  --------------  ------------ 
 
total comprehensive loss 
 for the period                               (473,948)       (459,795)   (2,773,342) 
-------------------------------  -------  -------------  --------------  ------------ 
loss per share from operations 
basic and diluted earnings 
 per share attributable to 
 the equity holders of the 
 company during the period 
 (expressed in cent per share)         4        (0.002)         (0.002)       (0.004) 
-------------------------------  -------  -------------  --------------  ------------ 
 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

for the 6 months ended 30 June 2022

 
                    share       share                    foreign 
 in united        capital     capital                   exchange        capital       share 
 states          ordinary    deferred        share       reserve   contribution     options    accumulated         total 
 dollars           shares      shares      premium                      reserve     reserve        deficit        equity 
-------------  ----------  ----------  -----------  ------------  -------------  ----------  -------------  ------------ 
 
 balance as 
  at 1 
  January 
  2021          3,913,963   6,077,013   28,080,853      (82,149)        555,110   3,535,197   (31,234,911)    10,845,076 
 total loss 
  for the 
  period                -           -            -             -              -           -      (548,628)     (548,628) 
 translation 
  movement              -           -            -        88,833              -           -              -        88,833 
 share 
  warrants 
  exercised 
  in period     1,776,839           -    3,037,133             -              -           -              -     4,813,972 
 share issue 
  in period        52,172           -      282,808             -              -           -              -       334,980 
-------------  ----------  ----------  -----------  ------------  -------------  ----------  -------------  ------------ 
 balance as 
  at 30 June 
  2021          5,742,974   6,077,013   31,400,794         6,684        555,110   3,535,197   (31,783,539)    15,534,233 
-------------  ----------  ----------  -----------  ------------  -------------  ----------  -------------  ------------ 
 total loss 
  for the 
  period                -           -            -             -              -           -      (245,580)     (245,580) 
 translation 
  movement              -           -            -   (1,339,080)              -           -              -   (1,339,080) 
 loan 
  derivative 
  movement              -           -            -             -              -           -      (728,887)     (728,887) 
 share 
  warrants 
  exercised 
  in period       414,876           -      330,007             -              -           -              -       744,883 
 share issue 
  in period       225,363           -    1,804,583             -              -           -              -     2,029,946 
 balance as 
  at 31 
  December 
  2021          6,383,213   6,077,013   33,535,384   (1,332,396)        555,110   3,535,197   (32,758,006)    15,995,515 
-------------  ----------  ----------  -----------  ------------  -------------  ----------  -------------  ------------ 
 total loss 
  for the 
  period                -           -            -             -              -           -      (648,167)     (648,167) 
 translation 
  movement              -           -            -       174,219              -           -              -       174,219 
 share 
  warrants 
  exercised 
  in period       176,097           -      352,195             -              -           -              -       528,292 
 balance as 
  at 30 June 
  2022          6,559,310   6,077,013   33,887,579   (1,158,177)        555,110   3,535,197   (33,406,173)    16,049,859 
-------------  ----------  ----------  -----------  ------------  -------------  ----------  -------------  ------------ 
 

Consolidated statement of cash flow

for the 6 months ended 30 June 2022

 
                                             6 months     6 months    year ended 
                                                ended        ended   31 December 
  in united states dollars                    30 June      30 June          2021 
                                                 2022         2021 
                                            unaudited    unaudited       audited 
cash flow from operating activities 
operating loss for the period/year          (287,370)    (548,628)     (794,208) 
adjusted for: 
 
        *    depreciation                     131,785       12,739        71,300 
 
        *    foreign exchange differences           -       88,833       164,170 
changes in working capital:                   864,615    (408,440)     (462,499) 
net cash used in operating activities         709,030    (855,496)   (1,021,237) 
==========================================  =========  ===========  ============ 
 
cash flow from investing activities 
capitalisation of exploration costs                 -    (746,640)     (746,640) 
acquisition of property, plant and 
 equipment                                  (646,144)  (2,066,238)   (4,872,653) 
net cash used in investing activities       (646,144)  (2,812,878)   (5,619,293) 
==========================================  =========  ===========  ============ 
 
cash flow from financing activities 
repayment of loan                                   -    (344,362)             - 
redemption of bonds                                 -    (300,000)     (300,000) 
proceeds from share issue                     528,292    5,148,952     6,575,670 
net cash received from financing 
 activities                                   528,292    4,504,590     6,275,670 
==========================================  =========  ===========  ============ 
 
net decrease in cash and cash equivalents     591,178      836,216     (364,860) 
------------------------------------------  ---------  -----------  ------------ 
cash and cash equivalents at beginning 
 of the period/year                           336,524      701,384       701,384 
------------------------------------------  ---------  -----------  ------------ 
cash and cash equivalents at end 
 of the period/year                           927,702    1,537,600       336,524 
------------------------------------------  ---------  -----------  ------------ 
 

Notes to the unaudited consolidated financial statement

   1.          General information 

The financial statements present the consolidated results of the Company and its subsidiaries (the "Group") for each of the periods ending 30 June 2022, 30 June 2021 and 31 December 2021.

As permitted, the Group has chosen not to adopt International Accounting Standard 34 'Interim Financial Reporting' in preparing these interim financial statements. The condensed consolidated interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2021, which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in accordance with UK-adopted IFRSs.

The unaudited interim financial information set out above does not constitute statutory accounts. The information has been prepared on a going concern basis in accordance with the recognition and measurement criteria of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in accordance with UK-adopted IFRSs. Except as described below, the accounting policies applied in preparing the interim financial information are consistent with those that have been adopted in the Group's 2021 audited financial statements. Statutory financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2021 were approved by the Board of Directors on 29 June 2022 and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditors on those financial statements was unqualified. The Directors approved these unaudited condensed interim financial statements on 30 September 2022.

There are no IFRSs or IFRIC interpretations that are effective for the first time for the financial year commencing 1 January 2022 that would be expected to have a material impact on the Group.

The financial information for the 6 months ended 30 June 2022 and the 6 months ended 30 June 2021 have not been audited.

The business is not subject to seasonal variations. No dividends have been paid in the period (2021: US$ Nil).

   2.          Risks and uncertainties 

The key risks that could affect the Group's short and medium term performance and the factors that mitigate those risks have not substantially changed from those set out in the Group's 2021 Annual Report and Financial Statements, a copy of which is available on the Company's website: www.goldstoneresources.com .The Group's key financial risks are the availability of adequate funding and foreign exchange movements.

   3.          Critical accounting estimates and judgements 

The preparation of the unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the end of the reporting period. Significant items subject to such estimates are set out in note 2(d) of the Group's 2021 Annual Report and Financial Statements. The nature and amounts of such estimates have not changed significantly during the interim period. The unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention as modified by the measurement of certain investments at fair value.

   4.          Earnings per share 
 
                                    6 months ended  6 months ended    year ended 
                                           30 June         30 June   31 December 
  in united states dollars                    2022            2021          2021 
                                         unaudited       unaudited       audited 
loss attributable to shareholders        (648,167)       (548,628)   (1,523,095) 
weighted average number 
 of ordinary shares                    360,234,874     271,403,038   353,369,120 
==================================  ==============  ==============  ============ 
basic and diluted earnings 
 per share                                 (0.002)         (0.002)       (0.004) 
==================================  ==============  ==============  ============ 
 
   5.          Operating segments 

The Group has two reportable segments, exploration and corporate, which are the Group's strategic divisions. For each of the strategic divisions, the Group's CEO, deemed to be the Chief Operating Decision Maker ("CODM"), reviews internal management reports on at least a monthly basis. The Group's reportable segments are:

Exploration and Evaluation: the exploration operating segment is presented as an aggregation of the Homase and Akrokeri licences (Ghana). Expenditure on exploration activities for each licence is used to measure agreed upon expenditure targets for each licence to ensure the licence clauses are met.

Corporate: the corporate segment includes the holding company costs in respect of managing the Group. There are varying levels of integration between the corporate segment and the combined exploration activities, which include resources spent and accounted for as corporate expenses that relate to furthering the exploration activities of individual licences.

information about reportable segments for the year ended 31 December 2021

 
 in united states dollars           exploration   corporate         total 
--------------------------------   ------------  ----------  ------------ 
 
 reportable segment expenditure     (1,236,963)   (286,132)   (1,523,095) 
=================================  ============  ==========  ============ 
 
 reportable segment (loss)          (1,236,963)   (286,132)   (1,523,095) 
=================================  ============  ==========  ============ 
 
 reportable segment assets           23,558,117     274,760    23,832,877 
=================================  ============  ==========  ============ 
 
 reportable segment liabilities       2,066,460   5,770,903     7,837,363 
=================================  ============  ==========  ============ 
 

information about reportable segments for the period ended 30 June 2021

 
 in united states dollars           exploration     corporate         total 
--------------------------------   ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 
 reportable segment expenditure               -     (548,628)     (548,628) 
=================================  ============  ============  ============ 
 
 reportable segment (loss)                    -     (548,628)     (548,628) 
=================================  ============  ============  ============ 
 
 reportable segment assets           20,986,537     1,562,665    22,549,202 
=================================  ============  ============  ============ 
 
 reportable segment liabilities     (1,109,658)   (5,905,311)   (7,014,969) 
=================================  ============  ============  ============ 
 

information about reportable segments for the period ended 30 June 2022

 
 in united states dollars             exploration     corporate         total 
----------------------------------   ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 
 reportable segment revenue             5,250,298             -     5,250,298 
===================================  ============  ============  ============ 
 
 reportable segment cost of sales     (3,157,003)             -   (3,157,003) 
===================================  ============  ============  ============ 
 
 reportable segment expenditure       (2,012,075)     (368,590)   (2,380,665) 
===================================  ============  ============  ============ 
 
 reportable segment profit/(loss)          81,223     (729,390)     (648,167) 
===================================  ============  ============  ============ 
 
 reportable segment assets             23,657,473       247,692    23,905,165 
===================================  ============  ============  ============ 
 
 reportable segment liabilities       (2,698,423)   (5,156,883)   (7,855,306) 
===================================  ============  ============  ============ 
 
   6.          Property, plant and equipment 
 
 
                                                       plant 
                                               and equipment 
 in united states                      gold        and motor       assets under      producing 
  dollars                           samples         vehicles       construction          mines          total 
-----------------------      ---  ---------  ---------------  -----------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Cost 
 1 January 2021                       4,570          763,652                  -              -        768,222 
 transfers from 
  intangibles                             -                -         15,086,412              -     15,086,412 
 additions                                -          451,533          4,421,120              -      4,872,653 
 increase in provision 
  for rehabilitation                      -                -            901,284              -        901,284 
 31 December 2021                     4,570        1,215,185         20,408,816              -     21,628,571 
 transfer to producing 
  mine                                    -                -       (20,408,816)     20,408,816              - 
 additions                                -           32,868                  -        613,276        646,144 
 30 June 2022                         4,570        1,248,053                  -     21,022,092     22,274,715 
================================  =========  ===============  =================  =============  ============= 
 
 
 
 
                                                    plant 
                                            and equipment 
 in united states                   gold        and motor      assets under     producing 
  dollars                        samples         vehicles      construction          mine           total 
------------------      ----  ----------  ---------------  ----------------  ------------  -------------- 
 Depreciation 
 1 January 2021                        -          277,014                 -             -         277,014 
 charge for the 
  year                                 -           71,300                 -             -          71,300 
----------------------------    --------  ---------------  ----------------  ------------  -------------- 
 31 December 2021                      -          348,314                 -             -         348,314 
 charge for the 
  period                               -           33,995                          97,790         131,785 
 30 June 2022                          -          382,309                 -        97,790         480,099 
============================    ========  ===============  ================  ============  ============== 
 
 
 
 Net Book Value 
 31 December 2021      4,570   866,871   20,408,816            -   21,280,257 
 30 June 2022          4,570   865,744            -   20,924,302   21,794,616 
====================  ======  ========  ===========  ===========  =========== 
 
   7.          Borrowings 
 
                             6 months ended  6 months ended    year ended 
                                    30 June         30 June   31 December 
  in united states dollars             2022            2021          2021 
                                  unaudited       unaudited       audited 
shareholder loan                    765,012       1,041,282       742,587 
gold loan                         2,868,001       3,478,845     3,769,500 
derivative                          880,897               -       728,770 
bonds                               300,000       1,000,000       300,000 
---------------------------  --------------  --------------  ------------ 
current borrowings                4,813,910       5,520,127     5,540,857 
===========================  ==============  ==============  ============ 
total borrowings                  4,813,910       5,520,127     5,540,857 
===========================  ==============  ==============  ============ 
 

Shareholder loan

The Company entered into a loan agreement with Paracale Gold Limited ("Paracale"), the Company's major shareholder, in December 2018, for a loan of up to US$1.2 million.

In consideration of entering into the loan agreement, Paracale, were issued with 40,352,377 warrants to subscribe for such number of ordinary shares of 1 penny each in the capital of the Company ("Ordinary Shares") at an exercise price of 1.2p per share, at any time during the period through to 2 June 2022. As at 30 June 2022, Paracale had exercised all of their warrants.

Gold Loan

The Company entered into a loan agreement with Asian Investment Management Services Limited ("AIMS") in June 2020, for a gold loan of up to 2,000 troy ounces of gold at a price of US$1,500 per troy ounce, equating to a value of US$3.0 million before expenses. AIMS and the Company had agreed during 2021 to further extension to the timing of payment of the principal and interest on the Gold Loan, to 19 September 2021 (being the maturity date of the Gold Loan) (the "Extension"), although at the default interest rate of 17%. Interest therefore accrued at the default rate of 17%.

In January 2022, a payment of 19kg of gold was made in order to repay the interest due for October, November and December 2021. This payment was against the principal and accrued interest, with the interest paid in full and reducing the principal from 2,000 oz to 1,924.61 oz.

It was further agreed with AIMS that in order to enable the Company to efficiently manage shipments, it would not be deemed an event of default if the monthly payments set out in the Company's announcement on 20 September 2021 were not made at the end of each month.

On 29 September 2022, it was agreed with AIMS to vary the terms of the Agreement as follows:

-- the date for repayment of the Gold Loan shall be extended to 30 September 2023 (the "Revised Term") and the Maturity Date stated in Schedule 1 of the Agreement shall be amended accordingly;

-- interest shall continue to accrue on the Gold Loan at the non-default rate of 14% per annum until the date of repayment; and

-- the Company may (but shall not be obliged to) repay any part of the Gold Loan and/or accrued interest thereon from time-to-time by way of instalments during the Revised Term.

The outstanding principal of the Gold Loan currently stands at 1,924.61 oz, with accrued interest to date of 124.37 oz. A total of 675.17 oz (21 kilos) of gold to date has been paid to AIMs to date in respect of the Gold Loan.

Bonds

In March 2020, the Company issued twenty six unsecured bond notes of US$50,000 each to certain existing and new investors, raising, in aggregate, US$1.3 million before expenses. Paracale Gold and Nguvu Holdings Limited (formerly BCM Investments Limited), the Company's major shareholders, each subscribed for six bonds with a value of, in aggregate, US$0.3 million respectively. During 2021, twenty of the bond notes were redeemed for cash or shares, as announced on 12 July 2021.

During the period 14,000,000 warrants were exercised for new ordinary shares of 1 penny each in the capital of the Company at a price of 3 pence per Ordinary Share, and this Warrant Exercise provided GBP420,000 of additional funding to the Company.

Additionally, Nguvu Holdings Limited (formerly known as BCM Investments Limited) ("Nguvu") gave notice to the Company in late May 2022 of its intention to exercise 6,000,000 of the 12,000,000 warrants it held to subscribe for Ordinary Shares at a price of 3 pence per Ordinary Share (the "Nguvu Warrants"), but Nguvu was unable to provide a signed notice of exercise before the Company entered into a close period pending publication of the annual report and accounts of the Company for the year ended 31 December 2021. As Angela List, a director of the Company, is a director of and shareholder in Nguvu, the Nguvu Warrants, which had an expiry date of 22 June 2022, could not be exercised during this close period. Accordingly, the Board of the Company resolved to extend the exercise period of the Nguvu Warrants by two weeks, to expire at midnight on 6 July 2022 (the "Warrant Extension").

The remaining 6 million Warrants held by Nguvu expired at midnight on 22 June 2022.

   8.          Post Period End 

The Company commenced, on 30 August 2022, a 1,500m Diamond Drilling programme at Akrokeri to advance high-priority gold targets towards production. Akrokeri benefits from both the right geological setting, being approximately 12km NNE and along strike from the Obuasi Mine, owned by AngloGold Ashanti Ltd, and its potential is supported by verified accounts of historical production, reported to be some 75,000 ounces of gold from approximately 104,000 tons (94,347 tonnes) of ore, equating to an average recovered grade equivalent to approximately 24g/t.

The first three-holes from this programme have delivered highly encouraging results, demonstrating significant intersections and confirming the continuity of the mineralised zone along strike of the former Akrokeri Mine. Significant intersections to date include:

   -    22AKDD001: 6.5 metres @ 1.63g/t from 7.7 metres, including 3.5 metres @ 2.35g/t 
   -    22AKDD002: 4.1metres @ 11.01g/t from 46 metres, including 1metre @ 41.04g/t 
   -    22AKDD003: 3.6 metres @ 5.77g/t from 69.4 metres, including 1metre @ 12.06g/t 

Holes 22AKDD002 and 3 were inclined at 55(o) and one at 75(o) respectively and intersected the mineralised zone at vertical depths between 37 m and 66 m beneath surface. All three holes intersected significant widths of approximately 2.2 metres mineralisation, thus confirming the continuity of the zone along strike and with depth. The Company is currently analysing and modeling the minable resources following receipt of the drilling results from the second and third pits of the Homase Mine.

On 8 July 2022, the Company announced the issue of 9,600,000 new Ordinary Shares pursuant to an exercise of warrants and bond settlement agreement.

On 13 July 2022, the Company announced the issue of 9,802,821 new Ordinary Shares pursuant conversion to a loan conversion by Paracale Gold Limited.

   9.          Availability of interim report 

The interim report is available on the Company's website www.goldstoneresources.com.

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