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Oracle Power PLC
20 September 2018
 

20 September 2018

 

 

ORACLE POWER PLC

("Oracle" or the "Company" or the "Group")

 

 

UNAUDITED INTERIM RESULTS FOR THE 6 MONTHS TO 30 JUNE 2018

 

 

Oracle Power PLC (AIM:ORCP), the UK energy  developer of a combined lignite coal mine and mine mouth power plant located in the Thar desert in the south-eastern Sindh Province of Pakistan, today announces its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2018.

 

Highlights

·      "Letter of Intent" conditionally issued by Private Power Infrastructure Board;

·      Successful equity raises;

·      Continued work with our Chinese partners under the MOU;

·      Orderly transition of power in Pakistan, following their general election;

·      Board changes.

 

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT FOR THE 6 MONTHS TO 30 JUNE 2018

Chairman's Statement

I am pleased to present the Company's results for the six months ended 30 June 2018.

 

Board Changes

May I first pay tribute to my predecessor as Chairman Mr Anthony Scutt, who stood down as Chairman in February, and from whom I then took over as Chairman.  Regretfully he was not reelected as a Director at the Annual General Meeting in June.  He has served the Company since 2006.  My Board colleagues and I are profoundly appreciative of his invaluable contribution to the development of Oracle over this time.  I am pleased to advise that he has agreed to continue to serve us in the role of a consultant.  We are now actively looking to appoint additional non-executive directors.      

 

Operational Update

On 12 February 2018, the Company announced that the Private Power Infrastructure Board ("PPIB") approved the issue of Notice to Proceed ("NTP") and Letter of Intent ("LOI") to the Company's subsidiary Thar Electricity (Private) Limited, subject to an increase in size of the power plant (from 660 MW to 700 MW) being approved within the China Pakistan Economic Corridor ("CPEC").   

 

Once the PPIB have formally issued the NTP and LOI, we will put in place a Performance Bond for US$700,000.  We then have formal approval to build, own and operate the 700MW power plant.  We expect to then:

·      Require a full EPC and O&M (for 30 years operation) proposal from our Chinese partners for this;

·      Submit an Electricity Tariff Petition to the National Electricity Pricing Regulatory Authority ("NEPRA") under the Upfront Tariff Regulations July 2017;

·      Complete the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment approval process for the power plant, so that the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency can issue a No Objection Certificate, a requirement of the tariff approval process.

 

We will then apply for a Generation Licence from NEPRA and also apply to the Energy Department Government of Sindh to enter into a Water Use Agreement for a water supply into Block VI.

 

A Coal Price Petition will also need to be submitted to the Thar Coal and Energy Board for an EPC stage Coal Tariff. 

 

 

 

 

 

As foreseen in the Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") signed in November 2017 with Chinese state-owned enterprises, Sichuan Provincial Investment Group Company Limited and PowerChina International Group Limited, the parties to the MOU are actively proceeding with financial, legal and commercial due diligence.  On successful conclusion of this work, the parties will move forward to the second phase of the project, in particular the drawing up the definitive agreements and work towards Financial Close. Our Chinese partners are expected to arrange the finance with Sinosure and Chinese banks once all the approvals, permits and tariffs are in place.

 

Other activity will include a Land Ownership Survey in Block VI so that the formal acquisition of land can be completed soon after Financial Close. Also we will agree with our Chinese partners on any further technical work to be carried out before Financial Close, e.g. additional hydrology and geological drilling, power plant ground investigation works, and a water disposal study. 

 

Equity Placings

The Company has successfully raised funds to meet working capital costs, £550,000 gross in April and £450,000 gross in August.  The Company has also acquired the minority interest in its Pakistani subsidiary Sindh Carbon Energy Limited through a share exchange, issuing 95,652,174 shares of Oracle Power PLC.  Currently shares in issue stand at 1,141,821,582.

 

Pakistan

An orderly transition of power followed the general election in Pakistan in July.  It will take some weeks yet for new ministers and officials to take up their roles.  The new Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has reaffirmed support for CPEC to maintain its momentum.  We are keeping in close touch with all levels of Government to ensure continued support for the development of Thar.

 

Summary of Results

As expected for a mining company at our stage of development, our financial results for the six months to the 30 June 2018 show an operational loss for Oracle Power PLC Group of Companies after taxation of £458,871 (2017: loss of £460,667). At the period end, the Group had cash and cash equivalents of £53,274 (2017: £57,782) and total assets less current liabilities of £5,269,062 (2017 : £5,103,038).  The basic loss per share was 0.04p (2017 : loss 0.05p). 

 

The Board extends its appreciation to the Thar Coal and Energy Board and the Energy Department, Government of Sindh, as well as the Ministry of Energy (Power Division) Government of Pakistan for their continued support.  The Board also continues to be very grateful for the patience and support of our shareholders.

 

 

 

Mark W. Steed

Chairman of the Board - Oracle Power PLC

Date: 19 September 2018

 

 

 

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT FOR THE 6 MONTHS TO 30 JUNE 2018

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT

FOR THE 6 MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2018

                                                                              (Unaudited)       (Unaudited)           (Audited)

                                                                             6 months to       6 months to       Year ended

                                                                           30 June 2018     30 June 2017     31 Dec 2017

                                                                                           £                      £                      £

CONTINUING OPERATIONS

Revenue                                                                                  -                       -                       -

Other operating income                                                           -                       -                       -

Administrative expenses                                              (459,986)          (462,717)      (1,027,951)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATING LOSS                                                     (459,986)          (462,717)       (1,027,951)

 

Finance costs                                                                     (470)                      -             (21,544)

Finance income                                                                 1,585                2,050                2,141

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOSS BEFORE TAX                                                   (458,871)          (460,667)       (1,047,354)

 

Tax                                                                                            -                       -                         -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOSS FOR THE PERIOD                                            (458,871)          (460,667)       (1,047,354)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss attributable to:

Owners of the parent                                                   (458,868)          (460,623)       (1,047,269)

Non-controlling interests                                                        (3)                  (44)                    (85)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                    (458,871)          (460,667)       (1,047,354)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss per share attributable to the ordinary equity

 holders of the parent:

Basic and diluted (pence)                                                  (0.04)                (0.05)               (0.11)

 

 

 

 

 

STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE 6 MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2018

                                                                              (Unaudited)       (Unaudited)           (Audited)

                                                                             6 months to       6 months to       Year ended

                                                                           30 June 2018     30 June 2017     31 Dec 2017

                                                                                           £                      £                      £

 

LOSS FOR THE PERIOD                                            (458,871)          (460,667)       (1,047,354)

 

OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME                                                                                        

Item that may be reclassified subsequently

 to profit or loss:

Exchange difference arising on translation of foreign

 operations                                                                       96,503           (101,991)          (239,356)

Income tax relating to components of other

 comprehensive income                                                           -                       -                       -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 FOR THE PERIOD, NET OF INCOME TAX                     96,503           (101,991)          (239,356)

 

TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 FOR THE PERIOD                                                         (362,368)          (562,658)       (1,286,710)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income attributable to:

Owners of the parent                                                      (362,365)          (560,709)       (1,281,884)

Non-controlling interests                                                           (3)              (1,949)              (4,826)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

AS AT 30 JUNE 2018

                                                                              (Unaudited)       (Unaudited)           (Audited)

                                                                                       As at                As at                As at

                                                                           30 June 2018     30 June 2017     31 Dec 2017

                                                               Notes                    £                      £                      £

ASSETS

NON-CURRENT ASSETS

Intangible assets                                                       5,025,595          4,869,548         4,839,316

Property, plant and equipment                                        11,346              21,196              18,076

Loans and other financial instruments             3           378,601            384,775            370,291

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                   5,415,542         5,275,519         5,227,683

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS

Trade and other receivables                                          120,083            111,814              72,546

Cash and cash equivalents                                             53,274              57,782            126,178

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                      173,357            169,596            198,724

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL ASSETS                                                       5,588,899          5,445,115         5,426,407

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EQUITY

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Share capital                                                4          1,096,822            911,783            961,884

Share premium                                                        14,169,681        10,900,723        11,622,166

Translation reserve                                                             473              43,240             (96,030)

Share scheme reserve                                                            -              86,712                       -

Accumulated losses                                                 (9,997,914)        (6,855,138)      (7,355,072)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                   5,269,062          5,087,320         5,132,948

Non-controlling interest                                                           -                 15,718              12,841

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL EQUITY                                                        5,269,062          5,103,038         5,145,789

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES

CURRENT LIABILITIES

Trade and other payables                                5            319,837            342,077            280,618

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES                                                    319,837            342,077            280,618

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES                            5,588,899          5,445,115         5,426,407

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

FOR THE 6 MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2018

                                                                                                                                      Share

                                                               Share     Accumulated               Share            scheme

                                                              capital              losses           premium             reserve

                                                                   £                      £                      £                      £

Balance at 31 December 2016            911,783        (6,417,391)       10,900,723            109,588

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changes in equity

Share options expired                                      -              22,876                       -             (22,876)

Loss for the period                                          -           (460,623)                      -                       -

Other comprehensive income                           -                       -                       -                       -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 30 June 2017                    911,783        (6,855,138)       10,900,723              86,712

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changes in equity

Share issue                                            50,101                       -            721,443                       -

Share options expired                                      -              86,712                       -             (86,712)

Loss for the period                                          -           (586,646)                      -                       -

Other comprehensive income                           -                       -                       -                       -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 31 December 2017            961,884        (7,355,072)       11,622,166                       -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changes in equity

Share issue                                          134,938                      -           2,547,515                       -

Share options expired                                      -                       -                       -                       -

Loss for the period                                          -           (458,868)                      -                       -

Arising on acquisition of

 non-controlling interest                                   -        (2,183,971)                      -                       -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 30 June 2018                  1,096,822        (9,997,911)       14,169,681                       -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                       Translation                          Non-controlling                 Total

                                                             reserve                 Total             interest               equity

                                                                   £                      £                      £                      £

Balance at 31 December 2016            143,326         5,648,029              17,667         5,665,696

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changes in equity

Loss for the period                                          -               (460,623)                  (44)          (460,667)

Other comprehensive income                (100,086)          (100,086)              (1,905)          (101,991)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 30 June 2017                         43,240         5,087,320              15,718         5,103,038

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changes in equity

Share issue                                                   -            771,544                       -            771,544

Loss for the period                                         -            (586,646)                  (39)          (586,685)

Other comprehensive income                (139,270)          (139,270)              (2,838)          (142,108)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 31 December 2017             (96,030)        5,132,948              12,841         5,145,789

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changes in equity

Share issue                                                    -         2,682,453                       -         2,682,453

Loss for the period                                                      (458,868)                    (3)          (458,871)

Other comprehensive income                  96,503              96,503                       -              96,503

Arising on acquisition of

 non-controlling interest                                   -        (2,183,974)            (12,838)       (2,196,812)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 30 June 2018                           473         5,269,062                       -         5,269,062

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED CASHFLOW STATEMENT

FOR THE 6 MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2018

                                                                              (Unaudited)       (Unaudited)           (Audited)

                                                                             6 months to       6 months to       Year ended

                                                                           30 June 2018     30 June 2017     31 Dec 2017

                                                               Notes                    £                      £                      £

Cash flows from operating activities

Cash generated from operations                      1           (469,884)          (263,896)         (830,845)

Interest Paid                                                                     (470)                      -             (21,544)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash from operating activities                                 (470,354)          (263,896)          (852,389)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

Purchase of intangible fixed assets                                (89,776)          (182,693)          (294,548)

Purchase of tangible fixed assets                                             -               (1,385)              (2,840)

Interest received                                                              1,585                2,050                2,141

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash from investing activities                                    (88,191)          (182,028)          (295,247)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

Share issue                                                                 550,000                       -            771,544

Cost of share issue                                                       (67,547)                      -                       -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash from financing activities                                   482,453                       -            771,544

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Decrease)/Increase in cash

 and cash equivalents                                                (76,092)          (445,924)          (376,091)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning

 of period                                                       2            126,178            505,904            505,904

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes                             3,188               (2,198)              (3,634)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period               53,274              57,782            126,178

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

NOTES TO THE CASH FLOW STATEMENT

FOR THE 6 MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2018

 

1. RECONCILIATION OF LOSS BEFORE TAX TO CASH GENERATED FROM OPERATIONS

 

                                                                              (Unaudited)       (Unaudited)           (Audited)

                                                                             6 months to       6 months to       Year ended

                                                                           30 June 2018     30 June 2017     31 Dec 2017

                                                                                           £                      £                      £

Loss before tax                                                           (458,871)          (460,667)       (1,047,354)

Depreciation                                                                      346                   555                1,501

Loss/(Gain) on foreign exchange movements                    (1,926)             20,836              36,473

Finance costs                                                                    470                       -              21,544

Finance income                                                              (1,585)              (2,050)              (2,141)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                 (461,566)          (441,326)          (989,977)

(Increase)/Decrease in trade and                                               

 other receivables                                                          (47,537)            (12,963)            (26,305)

Increase/(Decrease) in trade and

 other payables                                                              39,219            190,393           (132,827)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash generated from operations                              (469,884)          (263,896)          (830,845)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

 

The amounts disclosed on the cash flow statement in respect of cash and cash equivalents are in respect of the statement of financial position amounts:

 

Period ended 30 June 2018

                                                                              (Unaudited)       (Unaudited)           (Audited)

                                                                                       As at                As at                As at

                                                                           30 June 2018     30 June 2017     31 Dec 2017

                                                                                                                   £                      £

Cash and cash equivalents                                             53,274              57,782            126,178

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents consist of cash in hand and balances with banks.

 

NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS UNAUDITED RESULTS

FOR THE 6 MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2018

 

1. Basis of preparation

 

These interim financial statements for the six month period ended 30 June 2018 have been prepared using the historical cost convention, on a going concern basis and in accordance with applicable International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union ("IFRS") and with those parts of the UK Companies Act 2006 applicable to companies reporting under IFRS as adopted by the European Union. They have also been prepared on a basis consistent with the accounting policies expected to be applied for the year ending 31 December 2018, and which are also consistent with the accounting policies applied for the year ended 31 December 2017 except for the adoption of any new standards and interpretations.

 

These interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2018 are unaudited and do not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2017 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies and filed at Companies House and the auditors' report on those financial statements was unqualified and did not contain a statement made under Section 498(2) or Section 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

2. Loss per share

 

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of ordinary shares of 1,071,814 (30 June 2017 - 911,783,126 and 31 December 2017 - 961,883,698) outstanding during the period. There is no difference between the basic and diluted loss per share.

 

3. Restricted bank deposits

 

In February 2015, US$500,000 was placed on deposit with Habib Bank as security for a performance bond. The deposit is repayable on compliance with the conditions of the bond.

 

4. Called up share capital

 

                                                                              (Unaudited)       (Unaudited)           (Audited)

                                                                           30 June 2018     30 June 2017     31 Dec 2017

                                                                                           £                      £                      £

Allotted, called up and fully paid

1,096,821,582 Ordinary shares of 1p each                   1,096,822            911,783            961,834

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The number of shares in issue was as follows:

                                                                                                                        Number                                                                                                of shares

 

Balance as 31 December 2016                                                                            911,783,126

Issued during the period                                                                                                          -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 30 June 2017                                                                                     911,783,126

Issued during the period                                                                                           50,100,572

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 31 December 2017                                                                             961,883,698

Issued during the period                                                                                         134,937,884

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 30 June 2018                                                                                 1,096,821,582

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Trade and Other Payables

                                                                              (Unaudited)       (Unaudited)           (Audited)

                                                                                       As at                As at                As at

                                                                           30 June 2018     30 June 2017     31 Dec 2017

                                                                                           £                      £                      £

Trade Payables                                                            319,837            192,077            280,618

Advances                                                                               -            150,000                       -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                  319,837            342,077            280,618

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Post balance sheet events

 

On 9 August 2018, the Company placed 45,000,000 Ordinary Shares of 0.1p each at a price of 1.00 pence per share.  Following this placing, the Company's shares in issue stood at 1,141,821,582. At the date of this report, a balance of £85,000 in subscription funds remain outstanding. The Company expect this to be resolved in the near term and BHCL, the Company's broker and a major shareholder, has confirmed it will subscribe on the same placing terms in the event there is any subsequent shortfall in the settling of the placing.

 

 

There are no other post balance sheet events to report.

 

 

 

For further information please contact:

 

Oracle Power PLC

Shahrukh Khan

 

+44 (0) 203 580 4314

Brandon Hill Capital Limited

Oliver Stansfield

 

+44 (0)203 463 5000

Peterhouse Corporate Finance

Charles Goodfellow

 

+44 (0)20 7220 9791

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Samantha Harrison, Richard Tonthat

 

+44 (0) 207 373 5100

Blytheweigh                                                  

Tim Blythe, Camilla Horsfall, Megan Ray 

 

+44 (0) 207 138 3204

Fortbridge Consulting                                                  

Matt Beale, Bill Kemmery

 

 

+44 (0)7966 389196

 

 


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