LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM–(Marketwired – Nov. 11, 2015) – Orsu Metals Corporation (“Orsu” or the “Company”), the dual-listed (TSX:OSU)(AIM:OSU) London-based base and precious metals exploration and development company, today reports its unaudited results for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 (“Q3 2015”). A full Management’s Discussion and Analysis of the results (“MD&A”) and Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited) for Q3 2015 (the “Financials”) will soon be available on the Company’s profile on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) or on the Company’s website (www.orsumetals.com). Copies of the MD&A and Financials can also be obtained upon request from the Company Secretary.
The Financials have been prepared in accordance with applicable International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”).
All amounts are reported in United States Dollars ($) unless otherwise indicated. Canadian Dollars are referred to herein as CAD$ and British Pounds Sterling are referred to as GBP£.
The following information has been extracted from the MD&A and the Financials. Reference should be made to the complete text of the MD&A and the Financials.
2015 THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS
A year on year reduction of $0.7 million in net losses to $2.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015, from $3.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, along with a year on year reduction of $0.7 million in net cash outflows.
As at September 30, 2015 the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $5.5 million and estimates to have sufficient working capital to fund its exploration and administration obligations for the next 12 months.
In September 2015, the Company announced the grant of a total of 15.7 million stock options (each an “Option”) to directors, employees and consultants, with each Option entitled to purchase one common share of the Company (each a “Common Share”) at an exercise price of CAD$0.02. Each Option vested with immediate effect and will expire on September 2, 2020.
FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
For the Q3 2015 the Company reported a net loss of $1.2 million compared to a net loss of $1.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014.
The net loss of $1.2 million for Q3 2015 consisted of: administrative costs of $0.6 million ($0.62 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014), legal and professional costs of $0.1 million ($0.12 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014), exploration costs of $54,000 ($0.33 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014), a stock based compensation charge of $0.1 million (nil for the three months ended September 30, 2014), a net foreign exchange loss of $0.3 million (nil for the three months ended September 30, 2014) and a net loss of $72,000 in relation to the disposal group asset held for sale (nil for the nine months ended September 30, 2014).
As at September 30, 2015 the Company had net assets of $18.6 million ($21.1 million as at December 31, 2014) of which $5.5 million was held in cash and cash equivalents ($7.6 million as at December 31, 2014).
Liquidity and capital resources
As at September 30, 2015 the Company’s main source of liquidity was unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $5.5 million, compared with $7.6 million as at December 31, 2014.
The Company measures its consolidated working capital as comprising free cash, accounts receivable, prepayments and other receivables, less accounts payable and accrued liabilities. As at September 30, 2015 the Company’s consolidated working capital was $5.1 million (compared with a consolidated working capital of $7.7 million as at December 31, 2014).
The Company’s working capital needs as at September 30, 2015 included the funding for its exploration and development activities, future expenditure obligations of the Kogodai Project, its corporate and administrative expenditures requirements and potential contributions towards project finance, if and when arranged, in relation to the Karchiga Project, as deemed appropriate. The Company expects to fund its working capital requirements for 2015, other than as set out below for the Karchiga Project, and be able to contribute towards the pursuit of future growth opportunities (which may include acquiring one or more additional assets), if and when such opportunities arise, from its unrestricted cash of $5.5 million as at September 30, 2015 and potential net proceeds, if any, from the sale of the Akdjol-Tokhtazan Project.
During the nine months to the end of Q3 2015 the net cash used by the Company’s operating expenditures was $2.1 million, compared to $2.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014.
The minimum working capital the Company estimates for the year is set out below:
|Estimated working capital requirements for 2015||$000|
|Estimated corporate and administration expenditure (1)||2,760|
|Estimated exploration expenditure for the Kogadai Project (2)||304|
|(1)||Includes office expenditure at the Karchiga Project.|
|(2)||Total expenditure obligation of $3.75 million over five years.|
In the Company’s view, the consolidated working capital as at Q3 2015 is sufficient to satisfy its working capital needs, other than as described below in relation to the Karchiga Project, for at least the next twelve months.
In order to achieve the Company’s planned construction of mining facilities and commencement of mining operations at the Karchiga Project, if any, the Company will require an estimated initial CAPEX of $115 million for which the Company will be required to raise additional financing in the future. If the Company secures the required debt financing on acceptable commercial terms then it may also apply a proportion of its available unrestricted cash and if any, from the sale of the Akdjol-Tokhtazan Project, towards the project financing requirements as the Company determines necessary. To date the Company has been unable to secure the necessary finance required and as a result is also looking at alternative solutions, in addition to raising the complete finance for the necessary construction at the project, which include potential joint venture agreements, revenue sharing arrangements, off-take arrangements or the sale of part or all of the project. Whilst the Company has been successful in raising debt and other financing in the past, the Company’s ability to raise additional debt and other financing may be affected by numerous factors beyond the Company’s control, including, but not limited to, adverse market conditions and/or commodity price changes and economic downturn and those other factors that are listed under “Risks and Uncertainties” in the Company’s 2014 annual MD&A.
|Consolidated statements of net loss and comprehensive loss (Unaudited)|
|(Prepared in accordance with IFRS)|
|Three months ended||Nine months ended|
|September 30,||September 30,|
|Legal and professional||(115||)||(122||)||(326||)||(406||)|
|Stock based compensation||(95||)||–||(95||)||–|
|Stock based compensation – non employees||(5||)||–||(5||)||–|
|Net foreign exchange losses||(323||)||(21||)||(360||)||(191||)|
|Net loss from disposal group asset held for sale||(72||)||(11||)||(148||)||(58||)|
|Unrealized (loss)/ gain on share warrant liability||(4||)||36||36||69|
|Finance income less finance (expense)||14||12||58||15|
|Net loss and comprehensive loss||(1,239||)||(1,060||)||(2,626||)||(3,311||)|
|Net loss attributable to:|
|Owners of the parent||(1,187||)||(1,038||)||(2,495||)||(3,269||)|
|Loss per share (US dollar per share)|
|Weighted average number of common shares (in thousands)||182,696||182,696||182,696||182,696|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)|
|(Prepared in accordance with IFRS)|
|September 30||December 31|
|Cash and cash equivalents||5,517||7,606|
|Prepaid expenses and receivables||612||545|
|Assets of Akdjol-Tokhtazan Project held for sale||4,472||4,583|
|Property, plant and equipment||9,021||9,036|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||665||377|
|Liabilities of Akdjol-Tokhtazan Project held for sale||225||187|
|Share warrant liability||10||46|
|Share purchase options||216||5,601|
|Total equity and liabilities||20,122||22,602|
|Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)|
|(Prepared in accordance with IFRS)|
|Nine months ended September 30,|
|Cash flows used by operating activities|
|Net loss and comprehensive loss for the period||(2,626||)||(3,311||)|
|Items not affecting cash:|
|Unrealized exchange (gains)/ losses on cash and cash equivalent balances||(33||)||19|
|Onerous lease provision release||(244||)||–|
|Share based payments||100||–|
|Unrealized derivative gain on share warrant liability||(36||)||(69||)|
|Foreign exchange losses||370||199|
|Changes in non-cash working capital:|
|Accounts receivable and other assets||5||(76||)|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||326||513|
|Net cash used by operating activities||(2,054||)||(2,663||)|
|Cash flows used by investing activities|
|Expenditures on property, plant and equipment||(68||)||(124||)|
|Net cash used by investing activities||(68||)||(124||)|
|Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents in the period||(2,122||)||(2,787||)|
|Cash and cash equivalents – Beginning of period||7,607||11,343|
|Exchange gains/ (losses) on cash and cash equivalent balances||33||(19||)|
|Cash and cash equivalents – End of period||5,518||8,537|
|Cash and cash equivalents per the consolidated balance sheets||5,517||8,536|
|Included in the Akdjol-Tokhtazan Project classified held for sale||1||1|
This press release and the Company’s MD&A contains or refers to forward-looking information. All information, other than information regarding historical fact that addresses activities, events or developments that the Company believes, expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future is forward-looking information. Such forward-looking information includes, without limitation, statements relating to: development and operational plans and objectives, including the Company’s expectations relating to the continued and future maintenance, exploration, development and financing for, as applicable, of the Karchiga Project, and the Kogodai Project and the timing related thereto and its acquisition and development of new mineral exploration licenses, properties and projects; the Company’s ability to satisfy certain future expenditure obligations; mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates; estimated project economics, cash flow, costs, expenditures, revenue, capital payback, performance and economic indicators and sources of funding; the estimate, use and sufficiency of the Company’s working capital and the Company’s ability to fund its working capital requirements; the re-negotiation of a new debt mandate with UniCredit and/or another senior debt provider and the potential participation by other debt providers; the potential raising of additional funding through the disposition of the Akdjol-Tokhtazan Project and the proposed uses thereof; the estimated mine life, NPV and IRR for, and forecasts relating to tonnages and amounts to be mined from, and processing and expected recoveries and grades at, the Karchiga Project as well as the other forecasts, estimates and expectations relating to the Karchiga Definitive Feasibility Study Report; the mine design and plan for the Karchiga Project, including mining at, and production from the Karchiga Project; the Company’s intention to recognize the $400,000 non-refundable deposit from the Potential Buyers as income in the future; the future political and legal regimes and regulatory environments relating to the mining industry in Kazakhstan and/or Kyrgyzstan; the Company’s expectations and beliefs with respect to the waiver of the State’s pre-emptive right with respect to the Karchiga Project and the past placements of the Common Shares being covered thereby; the significance of any individual claims by non-Ontario residents in relation to a class action in June 2008 brought against the Company in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice which was settled by the Company in 2010 (the “Claim”); and the Company’s future growth (including new opportunities and acquisitions) and its ability to raise or secure new funding.
The forward-looking information in this press release and the Company’s MD&A reflects the current expectations, assumptions or beliefs of the Company based on information currently available to the Company. With respect to forward-looking information contained in this press release and the Company’s MD&A, the Company has made assumptions regarding, among other things, the Company’s ability to generate sufficient funds from debt sources and/or capital markets to meet its future expected obligations and planned activities (including, with respect to financing for the Karchiga Project, the ability of the Company to obtain such financing on terms acceptable to the Company or otherwise), the Company’s business (including the continued exploration and development of, as applicable, the Karchiga Project and the Kogodai Project and the timing and methods to be employed with respect to same), the estimation of mineral resources and mineral reserves, the parameters and assumptions employed in the Karchiga Definitive Feasibility Study Report, the economy and the mineral exploration and extraction industry in general, the political environments and the regulatory frameworks in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan with respect to, among other things, the mining industry generally, royalties, taxes, environmental matters and the Company’s ability to obtain, maintain, renew and/or extend required permits, licenses, authorisations and/or approvals from the appropriate regulatory authorities, including the previous waiver granted by the relevant ministry in Kazakhstan, currently the Ministry of Investments and Development’s of Kazakhstan (the “Competent Authority”), which covers any pre-emptive right that the Competent Authority or State has in respect of any past placements, future capital, operating and production costs and cash flow discounts, anticipated mining and processing rates, the Company’s ability to continue to obtain qualified staff and equipment in a timely and cost-efficient manner, assumptions relating to the Company’s critical accounting policies, and has also assumed that no unusual geological or technical problems occur, and that equipment works as anticipated, no material adverse change in the price of copper, gold or molybdenum occurs and no significant events occur outside of the Company’s normal course of business.
Forward-looking information is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results of the Company to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking information, and even if such actual results are realised or substantially realised, there can be no assurance that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, the Company. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to: risks normally incidental to exploration and development of mineral properties and operating hazards; uncertainties in the interpretation of results from drilling and metallurgical test work; the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be consistent with expectations; uncertainty of mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates; technical and design factors; uncertainty of capital and operating costs, production and economic returns; uncertainties relating to the estimates and assumptions used, and risks in the methodologies employed, in the Karchiga Definitive Feasibility Study Report; adverse changes in commodity prices; the inability of the Company to obtain required financing on favourable terms at all or arrange for the disposition of the Akdjol-Tokhtazan Project; the Company’s inability to obtain, maintain, renew and/or extend required licenses, permits, authorizations and/or approvals from the appropriate regulatory authorities, including (without limitation) the Company’s inability to obtain (or a delay in obtaining) the necessary construction and development permits for the Karchiga Project and other risks relating to the regulatory frameworks in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan; adverse changes in the political environments in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan and the laws governing the Company, its subsidiaries and their respective business activities; inflation; changes in exchange and interest rates; adverse general market conditions; lack of availability, at a reasonable cost or at all, of equipment or labour; the inability to attract and retain key management and personnel; the possibility of non-resident class members commencing individual claims in connection with the Claim; the Company’s inability to delineate additional mineral resources and mineral reserves; and future unforeseen liabilities and other factors including, but not limited to, those listed under “Risks and Uncertainties” in the Company’s MD&A for the financial year ended December 31, 2014.
Any mineral resource and mineral reserve figures referred to in this MD&A are estimates and no assurances can be given that the indicated levels of minerals will be produced. Such estimates are expressions of judgment based on knowledge, mining experience, analysis of drilling results and industry practices. Valid estimates made at a given time may significantly change when new information becomes available. While the Company believes that the mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates in respect of its properties are well established, by their nature mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates are imprecise and depend, to a certain extent, upon statistical inferences which may ultimately prove unreliable. If such mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates are inaccurate or are reduced in the future, this could have a material adverse impact on the Company. Due to the uncertainty that may be attached to inferred mineral resources, it cannot be assumed that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource will be upgraded to an indicated or measured mineral resource as a result of continued exploration. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.
Any forward-looking information speaks only as of the date on which it is made and, except as may be required by applicable securities laws, the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise. Although the Company believes that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking information are reasonable, forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and accordingly undue reliance should not be put on such information due to the inherent uncertainty therein.
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