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Annual Financial Report

Released 08:10 23-Apr-2018

Annual Financial Report

BISICHI MINING PLC
Results for the year ended 31 December 2017

Summary:

Reported EBITDA:                £3,700,000 (2016: £2,400,000)
Adjusted EBITDA: £5,800,000 (2016: £1,500,000)

·          Improved performance in the second half of the year from Black Wattle, the group’s South African coal mining operation.

·          Investment in significant infrastructure improvements allowed Black Wattle to mine at a sustainably higher rate of production and achieve an increased yield from its washing plant.

·          Black Wattle was able to benefit from the significantly improved coal prices during the second half of the year.

·          UK property portfolio continues to perform well with average rental yields for the portfolio remaining stable during the year.

·          In light of the strong results achieved for the year, a special dividend of 1p (2016: Nil) per share proposed in addition to a final dividend of 3p (2016: 3p) taking full year dividend to 5p (2016: 4p) per share.

·          Dividend yield of 7.1% at year end share price.


Chairman, Sir Michael Heller, comments:

"The permanent infrastructure improvements at Black Wattle will have a positive impact on the returns achievable from our existing coal reserves and should open up new opportunities to mine similar coal reserves in the surrounding area. Accordingly, we remain confident about the ability of our South African coal mining operations to continue to contribute to our group earnings and cash generation for the foreseeable future.”

For further information, please call:

Andrew Heller or Garrett Casey, Bisichi Mining PLC 020 7415 5030



BISICHI MINING PLC
ANNUAL REPORT 2017

Building on success at Black Wattle

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of
£3.7million
(2016: £2.4 million)

Operating profit before depreciation, fair value adjustments and exchange movements (Adjusted EBITDA) of
£5.8million
(2016: £1.5 million)

Dividend yield of
7.1%
at year end share price.

Strategic report

The directors present the Strategic Report of the company for the year ending 31 December 2017. The aim of the Strategic Report is to provide shareholders with the ability to assess how the Directors have performed their duty to promote the success of the company for the collective benefit of shareholders.



Chairman’s Statement

For the year ended 31 December 2017, we are very pleased to report that your company achieved earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of £3.7million (2016: £2.4 million) and operating profit before depreciation, fair value adjustments and exchange movements (Adjusted EBITDA) of £5.8million (2016: £1.5million).

These results can be attributed mainly to an improved performance in the second half of the year from Black Wattle, our South African coal mining operation. The decision by your management in the first half of the year to invest in significant infrastructure improvements to the mine’s washing plant has allowed Black Wattle to mine at a higher rate of production and achieve an increased yield. In addition, the mine was able to benefit from significantly improved coal prices during the second half of the year. The permanent infrastructure improvements at Black Wattle will have a positive impact on the returns achievable from our existing coal reserves and should open up new opportunities to mine similar coal reserves in the surrounding area. Accordingly, we remain confident about the ability of our South African coal mining operations to continue to contribute to our group earnings and cash generation for the foreseeable future.

In other mining news, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Millicent Zvarayi to the Board of Black Wattle Colliery (Pty) Ltd. Since 2012, Ms Zvarayi has had a major role in the management of Black Wattle’s export sales via Richards Bay Coal Terminal under the Quattro programme. As a member of its Board, we look forward to Ms Zvarayi’s direct contribution to the development of Black Wattle’s long term strategy.        

A fuller explanation on the performance of our mining operations for the year can be found within the Mining Review and Financial & Performance Review sections of this report.

The company’s UK retail property portfolio, which underpins the group and which is managed actively by London & Associated Properties Plc, continues to perform well, with average rental yields for the portfolio remaining stable during the year. A fuller explanation of the portfolio’s valuation results and financial position are discussed in the Financial & Performance Review and Directors report.

Looking forward, management is currently investigating other major investment opportunities in both the mining sector and the domestic property sector and is conserving the group’s cash reserves accordingly. This is in line with the company’s stated strategy of balancing the high risk of our mining operations with a dependable cash flow from our UK property investment operations.

Finally, in light of the strong results achieved for the year, your directors recommend a special dividend of 1p (2016: Nil) per share in addition to a final dividend of 3p (2016: 3p). Both dividends will be payable on Friday 27 July 2018 to shareholders registered at the close of business on 6 July 2018. This takes the total dividends per share for the year to 5p (2016: 4p). Based on the 2017 year end share price, this represents a 7.1% yield.

On behalf of the Board and shareholders, I would like to thank all of our staff for their hard work during the course of the year.
 

Sir Michael Heller
Chairman

20 April 2018



Principal activity, strategy & business model

The company carries on business as a mining company and its principal activity is coal mining in South Africa. The company’s strategy is to create and deliver long term sustainable value to all our stakeholders through our business model which can be broken down into three key areas

1 Acquisition & investment 2 Production & sustainability 3 Processing & marketing
Strategy
The group actively seeks new opportunities to extend the life of mine of its existing mining operations or develop new independent mining operations in South Africa. The group aims to achieve this through new commercial arrangements and the acquisition of additional coal reserves nearby to or independent from our existing mining operations.
Strategy
The group strives to mine its coal reserves in an economical and sustainable manner that delivers long term value to all our stakeholders.
Strategy
The group seeks to achieve additional value from its mining investments through the washing, transportation and marketing of coal into both the domestic and export markets.

In addition to the three key areas outlined above, we seek to balance the high risk of our mining operations with a dependable cash flow from our UK property investment operations. The company invests in retail property across the UK. The UK property portfolio is managed by London & Associated Properties PLC whose responsibility is to actively manage the portfolio to improve rental income and thus enhance the value of the portfolio over time.



Mining Review

The strong performance of Black Wattle, our South African coal mining operation, can be attributed to increased mining production from our opencast reserves and the successful completion of coal infrastructure improvements to our washing plant. This allowed the group to benefit from the higher prices achievable for our coal, particularly in the second half of the year.

Production and operations

For the first half of 2017 production at Black Wattle was impacted by higher than expected seasonal rains as well as ongoing stone contamination issues at our opencast areas. Overall, the mine achieved mining production of 582,000 metric tonnes (2016 H1: 795,000 metric tonnes) during the first half of the year. The stone contamination issues affected both yield and mining production through the washing plant, thus impacting on sales volumes and earnings in the first half of the year.

During the second half of the year, further development of our opencast areas and the successful completion of infrastructure improvements to our washing plant allowed the mine to increase mining production to 714,000 metric tonnes (2016 H2: 465,000 tonnes) during the period. In addition, the completion of infrastructure improvements assisted in reducing the stone contamination through the washing plant and increasing our overall yield.

As a result of the higher production in the second half of the year, overall mining production from Black Wattle increased in 2017, with total mining production for the year of 1.30million metric tonnes (2016: 1.26million metric tonnes). As part of Black Wattle’s mining plan, the opencast areas that were mined in 2017 will continue to be mined throughout 2018. We expect mining production levels achieved in the second half of 2017 to be maintained in 2018.

As mentioned in the Chairman’s statement, the infrastructure improvements completed at Black Wattle in 2017 will continue to have a positive impact on the returns achievable from our remaining reserves. In addition, the new machinery will allow Black Wattle to mine or buy in coal from similar reserves within the area that may be affected by stone contamination issues thus broadening the scope of new opportunities for the group to extend the life of mine of our mining operations in South Africa.

Main trends/markets

During 2017 management continued to sell coal into both the export and domestic market. Black Wattle’s export sales were via Richards Bay Coal Terminal and primarily under the Quattro programme, which allows junior black-economic empowerment coal producers direct access to the coal export market via Richards Bay Coal Terminal. We would like to thank Vunani Limited, our black economic empowered shareholders at Black Wattle, for managing and developing this opportunity.

Although International coal prices fell in the first half of 2017, a surge in the international price in the second half of the year ensured an overall improvement in prices achievable for our coal for the year. At the beginning of 2017, the average weekly price of Free on Board (FOB) Coal from Richards Bay Coal Terminal (API4) was $85. During the year the API4 price steadily decreased to around $70 by May 2017 before rebounding and steadily increasing to $95 by the end of the year. A less volatile South African Rand against the US Dollar ensured that the movements in the Rand prices achievable for our export coal as a result of exchange movements remained limited. Overall, the group achieved an average Rand price of R773 per tonne of export coal sold in 2017 from the mine compared to R632 in 2016.

In the domestic market, a continued high demand impacted positively on prices achievable for our coal in 2017. In the last quarter of 2016, the average Rand price achievable per tonne of coal sold was R276 increasing to R390 by the second quarter of 2017 and over R400 by the last quarter of 2017. Overall, the group achieved an average price of R397 per tonne of domestic coal sold in 2017 compared to R279 in 2016. Looking forward, domestic prices are expected to remain stable as long as the shortage of coal in the domestic market continues.

Overall, the increase in group revenue, compared to the prior year, can mainly be attributed to the higher volume of coal sold at Black Wattle as well as the higher prices achieved for our coal.

Looking forward into 2018, both the export and domestic coal prices have continued to remain stable at these higher levels and we continue to see strong demand for our coal in both markets.

Sustainable development

Black Wattle continues to strive to conduct business in a safe, environmentally and socially responsible manner. Some highlights of our Health, Safety and Environment performance in 2017:

• Black Wattle Colliery recorded one Lost Time Injury during 2017 (2016: One).

• No cases of Occupational Diseases were recorded.

• Zero claims for the Compensation for Occupational Diseases were submitted.

We continue to adhere and make progress in terms of our Social and Labour Plan and our various BEE initiatives. A fuller explanation of these can be found in our Sustainable Development Report on page 8.

Prospects

Looking forward to 2018, management will focus on maintaining production at the higher levels achieved in the second half of 2017 and increasing our life of mine through the acquisition of additional reserves. With strong demand and improved prices achievable for our coal, we believe the group is in a strong position to achieve significant value from our South African mining operations in 2018.


Andrew Heller
Managing Director

20 April 2018



Sustainable development

The group is fully committed to ensuring the sustainability of both our UK and South African mining operations and delivering long term value to all our stakeholders.

Health, Safety & Environment (HSE)

Black Wattle is committed to creating a safe and healthy working environment for its employees and the health and safety of our employees is of the utmost importance.

HSE performance in 2017:

In addition to the required personnel appointments and assignment of direct health and safety responsibilities on the mine, a system of Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments has been designed, implemented and maintained at Black Wattle.

Health and Safety training is conducted on an on going basis. We are pleased to report all relevant employees to date have received training in hazard identification and risk assessment in their work areas.

A medical surveillance system is also in place which provides management with information used in determining measures to eliminate, control and minimise employee health risks and hazards and all Occupational Health hazards are monitored on an on going basis.

Various systems to enhance the current HSE strategy have been introduced as follows:

Black wattle colliery social and labour plan (slp) progress

Black Wattle Colliery is committed to true transformation and empowerment as well as poverty eradication within the surrounding and labour providing communities.

Black Wattle is committed to providing opportunities for the sustainable socio-economic development of its stakeholders, such as:

The key focus areas in terms of the detailed SLP programmes were updated as follows:

Social, community and human rights issues

The group believes that it is in the shareholders’ interests to consider social and human rights issues when conducting business activities both in the UK and South Africa.

Environment & Environment Management Programme

South Africa

Under the terms of the mine’s Environmental Management Programme approved by the Department of Mineral Resource (“DMR”), Black Wattle undertakes a host of environmental protection activities to ensure that the approved Environmental Management Plan is fully implemented. In addition to these routine activities, Black Wattle regularly carries out environmental monitoring activities on and around the mine, including evaluation of ground water quality, air quality, noise and lighting levels, ground vibrations, air blast monitoring, and assessment of visual impacts. In addition to this Black Wattle also does quarterly monitoring of all boreholes around the mine to ensure that no contaminated water filters through to the surrounding communities.

Black Wattle is fully compliant with the regulatory requirements of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry and has an approved water use licence.

Black Wattle Colliery has substantially improved its water management by erecting and upgrading all its pollution control dams in consultation with the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry.

A performance assessment audit was conducted to verify compliance to our Environmental Management Programme and no significant deviations were found.

United Kingdom

The group’s UK activities are principally property investment whereby we provide premises which are rented to retail businesses. We seek to provide those tenants with good quality premises from which they can operate in an efficient and environmentally sound manner.

Procurement

Black Wattle is a level 7 contributor to B-BBEE and has achieved a 50% BEE procurement recognition level. In compliance with the Mining Charter and the Mineral and Petroleum Resource Development Act, Black Wattle has implemented a BBBEE-focussed procurement policy which strongly encourages our suppliers to establish and maintain BBBEE credentials. At present, BBBEE companies provide approximately 88 percent of Black Wattle’s equipment and services.

We closely monitor our monthly expenditure and welcome potential BBBEE suppliers to compete for equipment and service contracts at Black Wattle.

Employment

As part of Black Wattle’s commitment to the South African government Mining Charter, the company seeks to:

In addition Black Wattle is committed to achieving the goals of the South African Employment Equity Act and is pleased to report the following:

Black Wattle Colliery has successfully submitted their annual Employment Equity Report to the Department of Labour.

In terms of staff training some highlights for 2017 were:      

Employment terms and conditions for our employees based at our UK office and at our South African mining operations are regulated by and are operated in compliance with all relevant prevailing national and local legislation. Employment terms and conditions provided to mining staff meet or exceed the national average. The group’s mining operations and coal washing plant facility are labour intensive and unionised. During the year no labour disputes, strikes or wage negotiations disrupted production or had a significant impact on earnings. The group’s relations to date with labour representatives and labour related unions continue to remain strong.

In terms of directors, employees and gender representation, at the year end the group had 6 directors (6 male, 0 female), 7 senior managers (6 male, 1 female) and 196 employees (143 male, 53 female).



Green House Gas reporting

We have reported on all of the emission sources required under the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Reports) Regulations.

The group has employed the Operational Control boundary definition to outline our carbon footprint boundary. Included within that boundary are Scope 1 & 2 emissions from coal extraction and onsite mining processes for Black Wattle Colliery. We have not measured and reported on our Scope 3 emissions sources. Excluded from the footprint boundary are emission sources considered non material by the group, including refrigerant use onsite.

We have used the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (revised edition) and a methodology adapted from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2006) to calculate fugitive emissions from surface coal mining activities. Further emission factors were used from UK Government’s GHG Conversion Factors for company Reporting 2017.

The group’s carbon footprint: 2017
CO2e
Tonnes
2016
CO2e
Tonnes
Emissions source:
                Scope 1 Combustion of fuel & operation of facilities 15,575 11,860
                Scope 1 Emissions from coal mining activities 22,683 22,171
                Scope 2 Electricity, heat, steam and cooling purchased for own use 11,210 8,530
                Total 49,468 42,561
Intensity:
                Intensity 1 Tonnes of CO2 per pound sterling of revenue 0.0013 0.0019
                Intensity 2 Tonnes of CO2 per tonne of coal produced 0.038 0.034



Principal risks & uncertainties

PRINCIPAL RISK PERFORMANCE AND MANAGEMENT OF THE RISK
COAL PRICE RISK
The group is exposed to coal price risk as its future revenues will be derived based on contracts or agreements with physical off-take partners at prices that will be determined by reference to market prices of coal at delivery date.
The group’s South African mining operational earnings are significantly dependent on movements in both the export and domestic coal price.
The price of export sales is derived from a US Dollar-denominated export coal price and therefore the price achievable in South African Rands can be influenced by movements in exchange rates and overall global demand and supply.
The domestic market coal prices are denominated in South African Rand and are primarily dependant on local demand and supply.
The group primarily focuses on managing its underlying production costs to mitigate coal price volatility as well as from time to time entering into forward sales contracts with the goal of preserving future revenue streams. The group has not entered into any such contracts in 2017 and 2016.
The group’s export and domestic sales are determined based on the ability to deliver the quality of coal required by each market and Quattro programme quotas, together with the market factors set out opposite. Volumes of export sales achieved during the year were primarily dependent on the mine’s ability to produce the higher quality of coal required for export as well as allowable quotas under the Quattro programme and overall global demand. The volume of domestic market sales achieved during the year were primarily dependant on local demand and supply as well as the mine’s ability to produce the lower overall quality of coal required.
MINING RISK
As with many mining operations, the reserve that is mined has the risk of not having the qualities and accessibility expected from geological and environmental analysis. This can have a negative impact on revenue and earnings as the quality and quantity of coal mined and sold by our mining operations may be lower than expected.
This risk is managed by engaging independent geological experts, referred to in the industry as the “Competent Person”, to determine the estimated reserves and their technical and commercial feasibility for extraction. In addition, management engage Competent Persons to assist management in the production of detailed life of mine plans as well as in the monitoring of actual mining results versus expected performance and management’s response to variances. The group continued to engage an independent Competent Person in the current year. Refer to page 6 for details of mining performance.
CURRENCY RISK
The group’s operations are sensitive to currency movements, especially those between the South African Rand, US Dollar and British Pound. These movements can have a negative impact on the group’s mining operations revenue as noted above, as well as operational earnings.
The group is exposed to currency risk in regard to the Sterling value of inter-company trading balances with its South African operations. It arises as a result of the retranslation of Rand denominated inter-company trade receivable balances into Sterling that are held within the UK and which are payable by South African Rand functional currency subsidiaries.
The group is exposed to currency risk in regard to the retranslation of the group’s South African functional currency net assets to the Sterling reporting functional currency of the group. A weakening of the South African Rand against Sterling can have a negative impact on the financial position and net asset values reported by the group.
Export sales within the group’s South African operations are derived from a US Dollar-denominated export coal price. A weakening of the US Dollar can have a negative impact on the South African Rand prices achievable for coal sold by the group’s South African mining operations. This in turn can have a negative impact on the group’s mining operations revenue as well as operational earnings as the group’s mining operating costs are Rand denominated. In order to mitigate this, the group may enter into forward sales contracts in local currencies with the goal of preserving future revenue streams. The group has not entered into any such contracts in 2017 and 2016.
Although it is not the group’s policy to obtain forward contracts to mitigate foreign exchange risk on inter-company trading balances or on the retranslation of the group’s South African functional currency net assets, management regularly review the requirement to do so in light of any increased risk of future volatility.
Refer to the ‘Financial Review’ for details of significant currency movement impacts in the year.
NEW RESERVES AND MINING PERMISSIONS
The life of the mine, acquisition of additional reserves, permissions to mine (including ongoing and once-off permissions) and new mining opportunities in South Africa generally are contingent on a number of factors outside of the group’s control such as approval by the Department of Mineral Resources, the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry and other regulatory or state owned entities.
In addition, the group’s South African operations are subject to the government Mining Charter.
Any regulatory changes to the Mining Charter, or failure to meet existing targets, could adversely affect the mine’s ability to retain its mining rights in South Africa.
The maintenance of compliance with permits includes factors such as environmental management, health and safety, labour laws and Black Empowerment legislation; as failure to maintain appropriate controls and compliance may in turn result in the withdrawal of the necessary permissions to mine. The management of these regulatory risks and performance in the year is noted on page 17 under the headings environmental risk, health & safety risk and labour risk. Additionally, in order to mitigate this risk, the group strives to provide adequate resources to this area including the employment of adequate personnel and the utilisation of third party consultants competent in regulatory compliance related to mining rights and mining permissions
The group also continues to actively seek new opportunities to expand it mining operations in South Africa through the acquisition of additional coal reserves and new commercial arrangements with existing mining right holders.
POWER SUPPLY RISK
The current utility provider for power supply in South Africa is the government run Eskom. Eskom continues to undergo capacity problems resulting in power cuts and lack of provision of power supply to new projects. Any power cuts or lack of provision of power supply to the group’s mining operations may disrupt mining production and impact on earnings.
The group’s mining operations have to date not been affected by power cuts. However the group manages this risk through regular monitoring of Eskom’s performance and ongoing ability to meet power requirements. In addition, the group continues to assess the ability to utilise diesel generators as an alternative means of securing power in the event of power outages.
PRINCIPAL RISK PERFORMANCE AND MANAGEMENT OF THE RISK
FLOODING RISK
The group’s mining operations are susceptible to seasonal flooding which could disrupt mining production and impact on earnings.
Management monitors water levels on an ongoing basis and various projects have been completed, including the construction of additional dams, to minimise the impact of this risk as far as possible.
ENVIRONMENTAL RISK
The group’s South African mining operations are required to adhere to local environmental regulations. Any failure to adhere to local environmental regulations, could adversely affect the mine’s ability to mine under its mining right in South Africa.
In line with all South African mining companies, the management of this risk is based on compliance with the Environment Management Plan. In order to ensure compliance, the group strives to provide adequate resources to this area including the employment of personnel and the utilisation of third party consultants competent in regulatory compliance related to environmental management.
To date, Black Wattle is fully compliant with the regulatory requirements of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry and has an approved water use licence. Further details of the group’s Environment Management Programme are disclosed in the Sustainable development report on page 9.
HEALTH & SAFETY RISK
Attached to mining there are inherent health and safety risks. Any such safety incidents disrupt operations, and can slow or even stop production. In addition, the group’s South African mining operations are required to adhere to local Health and Safety regulations.
The group has a comprehensive Health and Safety programme in place to mitigate this risk. Management strive to create an environment where Health and safety of our employees is of the utmost importance. Our Health & Safety programme provides clear guidance on the standards our mining operation is expected to achieve. In addition, management receive regular updates on how our mining operations are performing. Further details of the group’s Health and Safety Programme are disclosed in the Sustainable development report on page 8.
LABOUR RISK
The group’s mining operations and coal washing plant facility are labour intensive and unionised. Any labour disputes, strikes or wage negotiations may disrupt production and impact earnings.
In order to mitigate this risk, the group strives to ensure open and transparent dialogue with employees across all levels. In addition, appropriate channels of communication are provided to all employment unions at Black Wattle to ensure effective and early engagement on employment matters, in particular wage negotiations and disputes.
Refer to the ‘Employment’ section on page 12 for further details.
CASHFLOW RISK
Commodity price risk, currency volatility and the uncertainties inherent in mining may result in favourable or unfavourable cashflows.
In order to mitigate this, we seek to balance the high risk of our mining operations with a dependable cash flow from our UK property investment operations which are actively managed by London & Associated Properties PLC. Due to the long term nature of the leases, the effect on cash flows from property investment activities are expected to remain stable as long as tenants remain in operation. Refer to page 22 for details of the property portfolio performance.
PROPERTY VALUATION RISK
Fluctuations in property values, which are reflected in the Consolidated Income Statement and Balance Sheet, are dependent on an annual valuation of commercial properties. A fall in UK commercial property can have a marked effect on the profitability and the net asset value of the group as well as impact on covenants and other loan agreement obligations.
The economic performance of the United Kingdom, including the potential impact of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union (“Brexit”), may impact the level of rental income, yields and associated property valuations of the group’s UK property assets.
The group utilises the services of London & Associated Properties PLC whose responsibility is to actively manage the portfolio to improve rental income and thus enhance the value of the portfolio over time. In addition, management regularly monitor banking covenants and other loan agreement obligations as well as the performance of our property assets in relation to the overall market over time.
Management continue to monitor and evaluate the impact of Brexit on the future performance of the Group’s existing UK portfolio. In addition, the group assesses on an ongoing basis the impact of Brexit on the group’s banking covenants, loan obligations and future investment decisions.  
Refer to page 22 for details of the property portfolio performance.



Financial & performance review

The movement in the Group’s Adjusted EBITDA from £1.5million in 2016 to £5.8million in 2017 can mainly be attributed to the higher prices achieved for our coal and increased mining production at Black Wattle offsetting the impact of higher mining and washing costs. As we continue into 2018, the group’s financial position remains strong and we expect to achieve significant value from our existing mining operations as noted in the Mining Review.

EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and mining production are used as key performance indicators for the group and its mining activities as the group has a strategic focus on the long term development of its existing mining reserves and the acquisition of additional mining reserves in order to realise shareholder value. Mining production can be defined as the coal quantity in metric tonnes extracted from our reserves during the period and held by the mine before any processing through the washing plant. Whilst profit/(loss) before tax is considered as one of the key performance indicators of the group, the profitability of the group and the group’s mining activities can be impacted by the volatile and capital intensive nature of the mining sector. Accordingly, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are primarily used as key performance indicators as they are indicative of the value associated with the group’s mining assets expected to be realised over the long term life of the group’s mining reserves. In addition, for the group’s property investment operations, the net property valuation and net property revenue are utilised as key performance indicators as the group’s substantial property portfolio reduces the risk profile for shareholders by providing stable cash generative UK assets and access to capital appreciation.

Key performance indicators

The key performance indicators for the group are:
2017
£’000
2016
£’000
For the group:
Operating profit before depreciation, fair value adjustments and exchange movements (adjusted EBITDA) 5,819 1,516
EBITDA 3,734 2,415
Profit/(loss) before tax 1,485 346
For our property investment operations:
Net property valuation (excluding joint ventures) 13,245 13,245
Net property revenue (excluding joint ventures) 1,125 1,084
For our mining activities:
Operating profit before depreciation, fair value adjustments and exchange movements (adjusted EBITDA) 4,894 755
EBITDA 2,811 1,204

   

Tonnes
‘000
Tonnes
‘000
Mining production 1,296 1,260

   

The key performance indicators of the group can be reconciled as follows: Mining
£’000
Property
£’000
Other
£’000
2017
£’000
Revenue 36,300 1,125 34 37,459
Mining and washing costs (25,664) - - (25,664)
Other operating costs excluding depreciation (5,742) (228) (6) (5,976)
Operating profit before depreciation, fair value adjustments and exchange movements (adjusted EBITDA) 4,894 897 28 5,819
Exchange movements (256) - - (256)
Fair value adjustments - (13) - (13)
Gain on disposal of other investments - - 3 3
Operating profit excluding depreciation 4,638 884 31 5,553
Share of (loss)/profit and write off’s in joint venture (1,827) 8 - (1,819)
EBITDA 2,811 892 31 3,734
Net interest movement (459)
Depreciation (1,790)
Profit/(loss) before tax 1,485

   

The key performance indicators of the group can be reconciled as follows: Mining
£’000
Property
£’000
Other
£’000
2016
£’000
Revenue 21,703 1,084 28 22,815
Mining and washing costs (16,184) - - (16,184)
Other operating costs excluding depreciation (4,764) (348) (3) (5,115)
Operating profit before depreciation, fair value adjustments and exchange movements (adjusted EBITDA)
755

736

25
1,516
Exchange movements 449 - - 449
Fair value adjustments - 445 12 457
Operating profit excluding depreciation 1,204 1,181 37 2,422
Share of (loss)/profit in joint venture - (7) - (7)
EBITDA 1,204 1,174 37 2,415
Net interest movement (284)
Depreciation (1,785)
Profit/(loss) before tax 346

Adjusted EBITDA is used as a key indicator of the trading performance of the group and its operating segments representing operating profit  before the impact of depreciation, fair value adjustments, gains/(losses) on disposal of other investments and foreign exchange movements. The group’s operating segments include its South African mining operations and UK property investments. The performance of these two operating segments are discussed in more detail below.

The group achieved EBITDA for the year of £3.7 million (2016: £2.4million). The movement compared to the prior year can mainly be attributed to increased operating profits before depreciation from our mining activities of £4.9million (2016: £1.2million) offset by the group’s share of losses in joint venture mining assets of £1.8million (2016: £nil). The share of losses in joint ventures can be attributed to the write off of our joint venture mining investment in Ezimbokodweni Mining (Pty) LTD of £1.8million which is discussed in further detail below.

Depreciation for the year, related to our mining operations, remained stable at £1.8million (2016: £1.8million) with the group reporting an overall profit before tax of £1.5million (2016: £0.3million).



SOUTH AFRICAN MINING OPERATIONS

Performance

The key performance indicators of the group’s South African mining operations are presented in South African Rand and UK Sterling as follows: South African Rand UK Sterling
2017
R’000
2016
R’000
2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Revenue 622,691 432,481 36,300 21,703
Mining and washing costs (440,241) (322,505) (25,664) (16,184)
Operating profit before other operating costs and depreciation 182,450 109,976 10,636 5,519
Other operating costs (excluding depreciation) (5,742) (4,764)
Operating profit before depreciation, fair value adjustments and exchange movements (adjusted EBITDA) 4,894 755
Exchange movements (256) 449
Share of loss in joint ventures (1,827) -
EBITDA 2,811 1,204


 

2017
‘000
2016
‘000
Mining production in tonnes 1,296 1,260

   

2017
R
2016
R
Revenue per tonne of mining production 480 343
Mining and washing costs per tonne of mining production (340) (256)
Operating profit per tonne of mining production before other operating costs and depreciation 140 87


 

A breakdown of the quantity of coal sold and revenue of the group’s South African mining operations are presented in metric tonnes and South African Rand as follows:
Domestic
‘000
Export
‘000
2017
‘000
Domestic
‘000
Export
‘000
2016
‘000
Quantity of coal sold in tonnes 1,267 155 1,422 1,219 147 1,366

   

Domestic
R’000
Export
R’000
2017
R’000
Domestic
R’000
Export
R’000
2016
R’000
Total Revenue 502,818 119,873 622,691 339,611 92,870 432,481
R R R R R R
Revenue per tonne of coal sold 397 773 438 279 632 317

The quantity of coal sold can be defined as the quantity of coal sold in metric tonnes from the mine in any given period. Revenue per tonne of coal sold can be defined as the net revenue price achieved per metric tonne of coal sold.


Total revenue for the group’s mining operations increased for the year from R317 per tonne of coal sold in 2016 to R438 in 2017, attributable to the average price increases achieved in both the domestic and export market. As a result of the overall higher mining production, the quantity of coal sold for the year increased to 1.422million tonnes (2016: 1.366million tonnes). Overall, the revenue for the group’s South African mining operations increased in the year to R622.7million (2016: R432.5 million).

The overall increase in cost per tonne from R256 per tonne to R340 per tonne can mainly be attributed to the movement of mining operations to new opencast reserves at Black Wattle which have higher inherent mining costs. As a result of the higher mining cost per tonne and the increase in total mining production, total mining and washing costs for the group increased from R322.5million in 2016 to R440.2million in 2017. 

Other operating costs (excluding depreciation) of £5.7million (2016: £4.8million) include general administrative costs as well as administrative salaries and wages related to our South African mining operations that are incurred both in South Africa and in the UK. These costs are not significantly impacted by movements in mining production and the increase during the year can mainly be attributed to exchange movements on the translation of South African Rand costs into Sterling. Overall costs were in line with management’s expectations and local inflation.

Overall, the group’s South African mining operations achieved an adjusted EBITDA of £4.9million (2016: £0.8million) attributable to the increase in mining production for the year and higher prices achievable for our coal offsetting the higher mining cost per tonne of our new opencast reserves.

The group’s EBITDA for mining activities of £2.8million (2016: £1.2million) for the year, in comparison to the result achieved for adjusted EBITDA were negatively impacted by the share of loss in joint ventures of £1.8million (2016: £nil) related to the write off of our investment in Ezimbokodweni Mining (Pty) Ltd as well as an exchange rate loss of £0.3million in the current year compared to an exchange rate gain of £0.4million incurred during the prior year. These exchange movements can mainly be attributable to the retranslation of Rand denominated inter-company trade receivable balances with our South African mining operations that are held within the UK.

A further explanation of the mines operational performance can be found in the Mining Review on page 6.

Other mining Investments

During the year the group wrote off its £1.8million investment in Ezimbokodweni Mining (Pty) Limited (“Ezimbokodweni”) made up of a £1.4million loan (2016: £1.4million) and a £0.4million (2016: £0.4million) joint venture investment.

The carrying value of the investment was dependent upon the completion of the acquisition of the Pegasus coal project (“the project”) in South Africa. Although a proposed sale and purchase agreement had been negotiated and a deposit paid for the project, the conclusion of the transaction had been delayed pending the commercial transfer of the prospecting right from the current owners of the project to Ezimbokodweni. Although the group has always remained committed to completing the transaction, previous negotiations to complete the commercial acquisition of the project had been beset by various delays outside of its control and at the beginning of 2017, the current owners of the project notified Ezimbokodweni that they no longer wished to divest the project. More recently, the group was notified that an agreement was reached between the current owners of the project and the directors of Ezimbokodweni for the deposit for the project to be returned and any further negotiations with Ezimbokodweni to acquire the project to be terminated. Although, a legal claim by the group has been issued against Ezimbokodweni and its representatives, in order for the group to recover some of the investment, the Board has considered it to be appropriate to write off the investment in full in the 2017 year end.

Uk property investment

Performance

The group’s portfolio is managed actively by London & Associated properties plc and continues to perform well with net property revenue (excluding joint ventures) across the portfolio increasing marginally during the year to £1.125million (2016: £1.084million). The property portfolio was externally valued at 31 December 2017 and the value of UK investment properties attributable to the group at year end remained unchanged at £13.25 million (2016: £13.25million).

Joint venture property investments

The group holds a £0.9million (2016: £0.9million) joint venture investment in Dragon Retail Properties Limited, a UK property investment company. The open market value of the company’s share of investment properties included within its joint venture investment in Dragon Retail Properties remained unchanged at £1.3million (2016: £1.3million).

Overall, the group achieved net property revenue of £1.21million (2016: £1.17million) for the year which includes the company’s share of net property revenue from its investment in joint ventures of £83,000 (2016: £86,000).

Loans

South Africa

In July 2017, the group increased its South African structured trade finance facility with Absa Bank Limited from R80million (South African Rand) to R100million. The facility is renewable annually at 30 June and is secured against inventory, debtors and cash that are held in the group’s South African operations. This facility comprises of a R80million revolving facility to cover the fluctuating working capital requirements of the group’s South African operations, and a fully drawn R20million loan facility to cover guarantee requirements related to the group’s South African mining operations. The Board anticipate the facility will be renewed again this year.

United Kingdom

In December 2014, the group signed a £6 million term loan facility with Santander. The Loan is secured against the group’s UK retail property portfolio. The facility has a five year term, and is repayable at the end of the term. The interest cost of the loan is 2.35% above LIBOR. No covenants were breached during the year.

 

Cashflow & financial position
The following table summarises the main components of the consolidated cashflow for the year:
Year ended
31 December
2017
£’000
Year ended
31 December
2016
£’000
Cash flow generated from operations before working capital and other items 5,819 1,625
Cash flow from operating activities 7,270 2,614
Cash flow from investing activities (1,936) (1,691)
Cash flow from financing activities (429) (521)
Net (decrease) / increase in cash and cash equivalents 4,905 402
Cash and cash equivalents at 1 January (890) (626)
Exchange adjustment 50 (666)
Cash and cash equivalents at 31 December 4,065 (890)
Cash and cash equivalents at 31 December comprise:
                Cash and cash equivalents as presented in the balance sheet 5,327 2,444
                Bank overdrafts (secured) (1,262) (3,334)
4,065 (890)

Cash flow generated from operating activities increased compared to the prior year to £7.3million (2016: £2.6 million) mainly due to the improved operating performance of our South African mining operations, as outlined above. Overall the group achieved an increase in operating profit during the year of £3.8million (2016: £0.6million). In addition to operating profit, the increase in cashflow generation from operating activities can also be attributed to a cashflow increase from trade receivables of £0.9million (2016: £0.2million), as a result of an decrease in the trade receivables balances of our South African domestic coal customers, and a cashflow increase from inventories of £0.9million (2016: decrease of £0.26million), as a result of improved coal sales from our South African mining operations in the last quarter of 2017.

Investing cashflows primarily reflect the net effect of capital expenditure during the year of £1.8million (2016: £2.9million) which can mainly be attributable to the new infrastructure improvements to the washing plant facility at Black Wattle, as outlined in the Mining Review. As at year end the group’s mining reserves, plant and equipment had a net asset value of £8.6million (2016: £8.5million) with capital expenditure being offset by depreciation of £1.8million (2016: £1.8milion) for the year.

Cash outflows from financing activities included dividends paid to shareholders of £0.4million (2016: 0.4 million).

Overall, the group managed to achieve an overall increase in cash and cash equivalents of £4.9million (2016: £0.4million) for the year. After taking into account an exchange gain of £0.05million (2016: loss of £0.7million) on the translation of the group’s year end net balance of cash and cash equivalents that were held in South African Rands, the group’s net balance of cash and cash equivalents (including bank overdrafts) at year end was £4.1 million (2016: balance owing of: £0.9million).

The group has considerable financial resources available at short notice including cash and cash equivalents (excluding bank overdrafts) of £5.3million (2016: £2.4million), investments available for sale of £1.1million (2016: £0.8million) and its £2m loan to Dragon Retail Properties Limited which accrues annual interest at 6.875 per cent. The above financial resources totalling £8.4million (2016: £5.2million).

The net assets of the group reported as at year end were £17.7million (2016: £17.0million). Total assets remained stable at £36.6million (2016: £36.9million) mainly due to a decrease in inventory and trade receivables balances at year end, as outlined above, and the write off of the groups’ joint venture investment in Ezimbokodweni Mining (Pty) Ltd of £1.8million offsetting the increase in the groups’ cash and cash equivalents balance from £2.4million to £5.3million during the year. Liabilities decreased from £19.9million to £18.8million during the year primarily due to a decrease in current borrowings from £3.4million in 2016 to £1.3million in 2017. This decrease can mainly be attributed to a decrease in borrowings drawn from the groups’ South African structured trade facility utilised by the groups’ mining operations. The overall exchange gain recorded through the translation reserve on translation of the group’s South African net assets at year end decreased to £0.1million (2016: £1.0million) as a result of the reduced movement of the South African Rand against UK sterling year to year.

Further details on the group’s cashflow and financial position are stated in the Consolidated Cashflow Statement on page 59 and the Consolidated Balance Sheet on page 56.



FUTURE PROSPECTS

As we continue into 2018, the group’s financial position remains strong and we expect to achieve significant additional value from our existing mining operations. The group continues to seek to expand its operations in South Africa through the acquisition of additional coal reserves, in particular in areas surrounding Black Wattle where additional value can be achieved through the use of our existing infrastructure. In addition, management is currently investigating other major investment opportunities in the domestic property sector in line with the groups’ overall strategy of balancing the high risk of our mining operations with a dependable cash flow and capital appreciation from our UK property investment operations.

Further information on the outlook of the company can be found in both the Chairman’s Statement on page 2 and the Mining Review on page 6 which form part of the Strategic Report.

Signed on behalf of the Board of Directors

Garrett Casey
Finance Director

20 April 2018



Governance

Management team

1 Sir Michael Heller
   Chairman
   Bisichi Mining PLC

2 Andrew Heller
   Managing Director
   Bisichi Mining PLC

   Managing Director
   Black Wattle Colliery

3 Christopher Joll
Senior Independent Director
Chairman Audit and Remuneration Committees

4 Garrett Casey
Finance Director
Bisichi Mining PLC
Director Black Wattle Colliery

5 Robert Grobler
Director of Mining
Bisichi Mining PLC
Director Black Wattle Colliery

6 Ethan Dube
   Director
   Black Wattle Colliery

7 Millicent Zvarayi

Director
Black Wattle Colliery

8 Nico Serfontein
   Mine Manager
   Black Wattle Colliery

Directors and advisors

*     Sir Michael Heller
      MA, FCA (Chairman)

      Andrew R Heller
      MA, ACA
      (Managing Director)

      Garrett Casey
      CA (SA)
      (Finance Director)

      Robert Grobler
      Pr Cert Eng
      (Director of mining)

O+  Christopher A Joll
          MA (Non-executive)
Christopher Joll was appointed a Director on 1 February 2001. He has held a number of non-executive directorships of quoted and un-quoted companies and is currently senior partner of MJ2 Events LLP an event management business.

O * John A Sibbald
          BL (Non-executive)
John Sibbald has been a Director since 1988. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant he spent over 20 years in stockbroking, specialising in mining and international investment.

* Member of the nomination committee

+ Senior independent director

O Member of the audit, nomination and remuneration committees.


Secretary and registered office

Garrett Casey CA (SA)
24 Bruton Place
London W1J 6NE    

Black Wattle Colliery Directors

Andrew Heller
(Managing Director)
Ethan Dube
Robert Grobler
Millicent Zvarayi

Garrett Casey      

Property portfolio asset manager

James Charlton BSc MRICS

Company Registration

Company registration No. 112155 (Incorporated in England and Wales)

Website

www.bisichi.co.uk

E-mail

admin@bisichi.co.uk

Auditor

BDO LLP

Principal bankers

United Kingdom
Santander UK PLC
National Westminster Bank PLC
Investec PLC          

South Africa
ABSA Bank (SA)
First National Bank (SA)
Standard Bank (SA)               

Corporate solicitors

United Kingdom
Fladgate LLP, London
Memery Crystal, London
Olswang LLP, London

South Africa
Brandmullers Attorneys, Middelburg
Herbert Smith Freehills, Johannesburg

Hogan Lovells, Johannesburg
Tugendhaft Wapnick Banchetti and Partners, Johannesburg

Stockbrokers

Shore Capital & Corporate Ltd

Registrars and transfer office

Link Asset Services
65 Gresham Street
London
EC2V 7NQ
Telephone 0871 664 0300

(Calls cost 12p per minute + network extras) or
+44 (0) 371 664 0300 for overseas callers

www.linkassetservices.com
Email: shareholderenquiries@linkgroup.co.uk



Five year summary

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
2014
£’000
2013
£’000
2012
£’000
Consolidated income statement items
Revenue 37,459 22,815 25,655 26,500 35,105
Operating profit/(loss) 3,763 637 150 1,364 123
Profit/(loss) before tax 1,485 346 (147) 1,568 102
Trading profit/(loss) before tax 3,317 (74) (188) 1,157 17
Revaluation and impairment profit/(loss) before tax (1,832) 420 41 411 85
EBITDA 3,734 2,415 1,365 4,609 3,039
Operating profit before depreciation, fair value adjustments and exchange movements (adjusted EBITDA) 5,819 1,516 1,717 4,276 3,834
Consolidated balance sheet items
Investment properties 13,245 13,245 12,800 11,575 11,559
Fixed asset investments 925 2,703 2,112 4,090 4,370
14,170 15,948 14,912 15,665 15,929
Available for sale investments 1,050 781 594 796 822
15,220 16,729 15,506 16,461 16,751
Other assets less liabilities less non-controlling interests 1,922 (72) (196) 854 (123)
Total equity attributable to equity shareholders 17,142 16,657 15,310 17,315 16,628
Net assets per ordinary share (attributable) 160.6p 156.0p 143.4p 162.2p 156.3p
Dividend per share 5.00p 4.00p 4.00p 4.00p 4.00p



Financial calendar

6 June 2018 Annual General Meeting
27 July 2018 Payment of final and special dividend for 2017 (if approved)
Late August 2018 Announcement of half-year results to 30 June 2018
Late April 2019 Announcement of results for year ending 31 December 2018



Directors’ report

The directors submit their report together with the audited financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2017.

Review of business, future developments and post balance sheet events

The group continues its mining activities. Income for the year was derived from sales of coal from its South African operations. The group also has a property investment portfolio for which it receives rental income.

The results for the year and state of affairs of the group and the company at 31 December 2017 are shown on pages 54 to 94 and in the Strategic Report on pages 2 to 23. Future developments and prospects are also covered in the Strategic Report and further details of any post balance sheet events can be found in note 31 to the financial statements. Over 99 per cent. of staff are employed in the South African coal mining industry – employment matters and health and safety are dealt with in the Strategic Report.

The management report referred to in the Director’s responsibilities statement encompasses this Directors’ Report and Strategic Report on pages 2 to 23.

Corporate responsibility

Environment

The environmental considerations of the group’s South African coal mining operations are covered in the Strategic Report on pages 2 to 23.

The group’s UK activities are principally property investment whereby premises are provided for rent to retail businesses. The group seeks to provide those tenants with good quality premises from which they can operate in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner. Wherever possible, improvements, repairs and replacements are made in an environmentally efficient manner and waste re-cycling arrangements are in place at all the company’s locations.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Details of the group’s greenhouse gas emissions for the year ended 31 December 2017 can be found on page 12 of the Strategic Report.

Employment

The group’s policy is to attract staff and motivate employees by offering competitive terms of employment. The group provides equal opportunities to all employees and prospective employees including those who are disabled. The Strategic Report gives details of the group’s activities and policies concerning the employment, training, health and safety and community support and social development concerning the group’s employees in South Africa.

Dividend policy  

An interim dividend for 2017 of 1p was paid on 9 February 2018 (Interim 2016: 1p). The directors recommend the payment of a final dividend for 2017 of 3p per ordinary share (2016: 3p) as well as a special dividend of 1p (2016: Nil) making a total dividend for 2017 of 5p (2016: 4p).

Subject to shareholder approval, the total dividend per ordinary share for 2017 will be 5p per ordinary share.

The final dividend and the special dividend will be payable on Friday 27 July 2018 to shareholders registered at the close of business on 6 July 2018.

Investment properties

The investment property portfolio is stated at its open market value of £13,245,000 at 31 December 2017 (2016: £13,245,000) as valued by professional external valuers. The open market value of the company’s share of investment properties included within its investments in joint ventures is £1,315,000 (2016: £1,315,000).

Financial instruments

Note 21 to the financial statements sets out the risks in respect of financial instruments. The Board reviews and agrees overall treasury policies, delegating appropriate authority to the managing director. Financial instruments are used to manage the financial risks facing the group. Treasury operations are reported at each Board meeting and are subject to weekly internal reporting.

Directors

The directors of the company for the whole year were Sir Michael Heller, A R Heller, G J Casey, C A Joll, R J Grobler (a South African citizen), and J A Sibbald.

The directors retiring by rotation are Mr A R Heller and Mr R J Grobler who offers themselves for re-election.

Mr A R Heller has been an executive director of the company since 1998. He is a Chartered Accountant and has been employed by the group since 1994 under a contract of employment determinable at three months’ notice. The board recommends the re-election of AR Heller.

Mr R J Grobler was appointed as General Mine Manager by Black Wattle Colliery (Proprietary) Ltd on 1 May 2000. He was appointed to the Board of Bisichi Mining PLC as Director of Mining on 22 August 2008. He has over 40 years’ experience in the South African coal mining industry. The board recommends the re-election of RJ Grobler.

No director had any material interest in any contract or arrangement with the company during the year other than as shown in this report.

Directors’ shareholdings

The interests of the directors in the shares of the company, including family and trustee holdings where appropriate, are shown on
page 38 of the Annual Remuneration Report.

Substantial interests                       

The following have advised that they have an interest in 3 per cent. or more of the issued share capital of the company as at 16 April 2018:

London & Associated Properties PLC – 4,432,618 shares representing 41.52 per cent. of the issued capital. (Sir Michael Heller is a director and shareholder of London & Associated Properties PLC).

Sir Michael Heller – 330,117 shares representing 3.09 per cent. of the issued capital.
A R Heller – 785,012 shares representing 7.35 per cent. of the issued capital.
Cavendish Asset Management
Limited –
1,892,654 shares representing 17.73 per cent. of the issued share capital.
James Hyslop – 351,126 shares representing 3.29 per cent. of the issued share capital.

Disclosure of information to auditor

The directors in office at the date of approval of the financial statements have confirmed that as far as they are aware that there is no relevant audit information of which the auditor is unaware. Each of the directors has confirmed that they have taken all reasonable steps they ought to have taken as directors to make themselves aware of any relevant audit information and to establish that it has been communicated to the auditor.

INDEMNITIES AND INSURANCE

The Articles of Association and Constitution of the company provide for them to indemnify, to the extent permitted by law, directors and officers (excluding the Auditor) of the companies, including officers of subsidiaries, and associated companies against liabilities arising from the conduct of the Group’s business. The indemnities are qualifying third-party indemnity provisions for the purposes of the UK Companies Act 2006 and each of these qualifying third-party indemnities was in force during the course of the financial year ended 31 December 2017 and as at the date of this Directors’ report. No amount has been paid under any of these indemnities during the year.

The Group has purchased directors’ and officers’ insurance during the year. In broad terms, the insurance cover indemnifies individual directors and officers against certain personal legal liability and legal defence costs for claims arising out of actions taken in connection with Group business.

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

The Board acknowledges the importance of the guidelines set out in the Quoted Companies Alliance (QCA) published Corporate Governance Code and complies with these so far as is appropriate having regard to the size and nature of the company. The paragraphs below set out how the company has applied this guidance during the year.

Principles of corporate governance

The group’s Board appreciates the value of good corporate governance not only in the areas of accountability and risk management, but also as a positive contribution to business prosperity. The Board endeavours to apply corporate governance principles in a sensible and pragmatic fashion having regard to the circumstances of the group’s business. The key objective is to enhance and protect shareholder value.

Board structure

During the year the Board comprised the executive chairman, the managing director, two other executive directors and two non-executive directors. Their details appear on page 27. The Board is responsible to shareholders for the proper management of the group. The Directors’ responsibilities statement in respect of the accounts is set out on page 46. The non-executive directors have a particular responsibility to ensure that the strategies proposed by the executive directors are fully considered. To enable the Board to discharge its duties, all directors have full and timely access to all relevant information and there is a procedure for all directors, in furtherance of their duties, to take independent professional advice, if necessary, at the expense of the group. The Board has a formal schedule of matters reserved to it and meets bi-monthly.

The Board is responsible for overall group strategy, approval of major capital expenditure projects and consideration of significant financing matters.

The following Board committees, which have written terms of reference, deal with specific aspects of the group’s affairs:

Meetings are also attended, by invitation, by the company chairman, managing director and finance director.

The audit committee also undertakes a formal assessment of the auditors’ independence each year which includes:

The audit committee report is set out on page 43.

An analysis of the fees payable to the external audit firm in respect of both audit and non-audit services during the year is set out in Note 4 to the financial statements.

Performance evaluation – board, board committees and directors

The performance of the board as a whole and of its committees and the non-executive directors is assessed by the chairman and the managing director and is discussed with the senior independent director. Their recommendations are discussed at the nomination committee prior to proposals for re-election being recommended to the Board. The performance of executive directors is discussed and assessed by the remuneration committee. The senior independent director meets regularly with the chairman and both the executive and non-executive directors individually outside of formal meetings. The directors will take outside advice in reviewing performance but have not found this necessary to date.

Independent directors

The senior independent non-executive director is Christopher Joll. The other independent non-executive director is John Sibbald.

Christopher Joll has been a non-executive director for over fifteen years and John Sibbald has been a non-executive director for over twenty five years. The Board encourages Christopher Joll and John Sibbald to act independently. The board considers that their length of service and connection with the company’s public relations advisers, does not, and has not, resulted in their inability or failure to act independently. In the opinion of the Board, Christopher Joll and John Sibbald continue to fulfil their role as independent non-executive directors.

The independent directors regularly meet prior to Board meetings to discuss corporate governance issues.

Board and board committee meetings

The number of meetings during 2017 and attendance at regular Board meetings and Board committees was as follows:

Meetings
held
Meetings Attended
Sir Michael Heller Board
Nomination committee
5
1
5
1
A R Heller Board
Audit committee
5
2
5
2
G J Casey Board
Audit committee
5
2
5
2
R J Grobler Board 5 1
C A Joll Board
Audit committee
Nomination committee
Remuneration committee
5
2
1
1
5
2
1
1
J A Sibbald Board
Audit committee
Nomination committee
Remuneration committee
5
2
1
1
5
2
1
1

Internal control

The directors are responsible for the group’s system of internal control and review of its effectiveness annually. The Board has designed the group’s system of internal control in order to provide the directors with reasonable assurance that its assets are safeguarded, that transactions are authorised and properly recorded and that material errors and irregularities are either prevented or would be detected within a timely period. However, no system of internal control can eliminate the risk of failure to achieve business objectives or provide absolute assurance against material misstatement or loss.    

The key elements of the control system in operation are:

During the period, the audit committee has reviewed the effectiveness of internal control as described above. The Board receives periodic reports from its committees.

There are no significant issues disclosed in the Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2017 (and up to the date of approval of the report) concerning material internal control issues. The directors confirm that the Board has reviewed the effectiveness of the system of internal control as described during the period.

Communication with shareholders

Communication with shareholders is a matter of priority. Extensive information about the group and its activities is given in the Annual Report, which is made available to shareholders. Further information is available on the company’s website, www.bisichi.co.uk. There is a regular dialogue with institutional investors. Enquiries from individuals on matters relating to their shareholdings and the business of the group are dealt with informatively and promptly.

Takeover directive

The company has one class of share capital, ordinary shares. Each ordinary share carries one vote. All the ordinary shares rank pari passu. There are no securities issued in the company which carry special rights with regard to control of the company. The identity of all substantial direct or indirect holders of securities in the company and the size and nature of their holdings is shown under the “Substantial interests” section of this report above.

A relationship agreement dated 15 September 2005 (the “Relationship Agreement”) was entered into between the company and London & Associated Properties PLC (“LAP”) in regard to the arrangements between them whilst LAP is a controlling shareholder of the company. The Relationship Agreement includes a provision under which LAP has agreed to exercise the voting rights attached to the ordinary shares in the company owned by LAP to ensure the independence of the Board of directors of the company.

Other than the restrictions contained in the Relationship Agreement, there are no restrictions on voting rights or on the transfer of ordinary shares in the company. The rules governing the appointment and replacement of directors, alteration of the articles of association of the company and the powers of the company’s directors accord with usual English company law provisions. Each director is re-elected at least every three years. The company is not party to any significant agreements that take effect, alter or terminate upon a change of control of the company following a takeover bid. The company is not aware of any agreements between holders of its ordinary shares that may result in restrictions on the transfer of its ordinary shares or on voting rights.

There are no agreements between the company and its directors or employees providing for compensation for loss of office or employment that occurs because of a takeover bid.

The Bribery Act 2010

The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011, and the Board took the opportunity to implement a new Anti-Bribery Policy. The company is committed to acting ethically, fairly and with integrity in all its endeavours and compliance of the code is closely monitored.

Annual General Meeting

The annual general meeting of the company (“Annual General Meeting”) will be held at 24 Bruton Place, London W1J 6NE on Wednesday, 6 June 2018 at 11.00 a.m. Resolutions 1 to 9 will be proposed as ordinary resolutions. More than 50 per cent. of shareholders’ votes cast must be in favour for those resolutions to be passed. Resolutions 10 to 12 will be proposed as special resolutions. At least 75 per cent. of shareholders’ votes cast must be in favour for those resolutions to be passed.

The directors consider that all of the resolutions to be put to the meeting are in the best interests of the company and its shareholders as a whole. The Board recommends that shareholders vote in favour of all resolutions.

Please note that the following paragraphs are only summaries of certain resolutions to be proposed at the Annual General Meeting and not the full text of the resolutions. You should therefore read this section in conjunction with the full text of the resolutions contained in the notice of Annual General Meeting.

Directors’ authority to allot shares (Resolution 9)

In certain circumstances it is important for the company to be able to allot shares up to a maximum amount without needing to seek shareholder approval every time an allotment is required. Paragraph 9.1.1 of resolution 9 would give the directors the authority to allot shares in the company and grant rights to subscribe for, or convert any security into, shares in the company up to an aggregate nominal value of £355,894. This represents approximately 1/3 (one third) of the ordinary share capital of the company in issue (excluding treasury shares) at 16 April 2018 (being the last practicable date prior to the publication of this Directors’ Report). Paragraph 9.1.2 of resolution 9 would give the directors the authority to allot shares in the company and grant rights to subscribe for, or convert any security into, shares in the company up to a further aggregate nominal value of £355,894, in connection with a pre-emptive rights issue. This amount represents approximately 1/3 (one third) of the ordinary share capital of the company in issue (excluding treasury shares) at 16 April 2018 (being the last practicable date prior to the publication of this Directors’ Report).

Therefore, the maximum nominal value of shares or rights to subscribe for, or convert any security into, shares which may be allotted or granted under resolution 9 is £711,788.

Resolution 9 complies with guidance issued by the Investment Association (IA).

The authority granted by resolution 9 will expire on 31 August 2019 or, if earlier, the conclusion of the next annual general meeting of the company. The directors have no present intention to make use of this authority. However, if they do exercise the authority, the directors intend to follow emerging best practice as regards its use as recommended by the IA.

Disapplication of pre-emption rights (Resolution 10)

A special resolution will be proposed at the Annual General Meeting in respect of the disapplication of pre-emption rights.

Shares allotted for cash must normally first be offered to shareholders in proportion to their existing shareholdings. The directors will, at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting seek power to allot equity securities (as defined by section 560 of the Companies Act 2006) or sell treasury shares for cash as if the pre-emption rights contained in Section 561 of the Companies Act 2006 did not apply:

(a)  in relation to pre-emptive offers and offers to holders of other equity securities if required by the rights of those securities or as the directors otherwise consider necessary, up to a maximum nominal amount of £355,894 which represents approximately 1/3 (one third) of the ordinary share capital of the company in issue (excluding treasury shares) and, in relation to rights issues only, up to a maximum additional amount of £355,894 which represents approximately 1/3 (one third) of the ordinary share capital of the company in issue (excluding treasury shares), in each case as at 16 April 2018 (being the last practicable date prior to the publication of this Directors’ Report); and

(b)  in any other case, up to a maximum nominal amount of £53,384 which represents approximately 5 per cent. of the ordinary share capital of the company in issue (excluding treasury shares) as at 16 April 2018 (being the last practicable date prior to the publication of this Directors’ Report).

In compliance with the guidelines issued by the Pre-emption group, the directors will ensure that, other than in relation to a rights issue, no more than 7.5 per cent. of the issued ordinary shares (excluding treasury shares) will be allotted for cash on a non-pre-emptive basis over a rolling three year period unless shareholders have been notified and consulted in advance.

The power in resolution 10 will expire when the authority given by resolution 9 is revoked or expires.

The directors have no present intention to make use of this authority.

NOTICE OF GENERAL MEETINGS (RESOLUTION 11)

Resolution 11 will be proposed to allow the company to call general meetings (other than an Annual General Meeting) on 14 clear days’ notice. A resolution in the same terms was passed at the Annual General Meeting in 2017. The notice period required by the Companies Act 2006 for general meetings of the company is 21 days unless shareholders approve a shorter notice period, which cannot however be less than 14 clear days. Annual General Meetings must always be held on at least 21 clear days’ notice. It is intended that the flexibility offered by this resolution will only be used for time-sensitive, non-routine business and where merited in the interests of shareholders as a whole. The approval will be effective until the company’s next Annual General Meeting, when it is intended that a similar resolution will be proposed. In order to be able to call a general meeting on less than 21 clear days’ notice, the company must make a means of electronic voting available to all shareholders for that meeting.

Purchase of own Ordinary Shares (Resolution 12)

The effect of resolution 12 would be to renew the directors’ current authority to make limited market purchases of the company’s ordinary shares of 10 pence each. The power is limited to a maximum aggregate number of 1,067,683 ordinary shares (representing approximately 10 per cent. of the company’s issued share capital as at 16 April 2018 (being the last practicable date prior to publication of this Directors’ Report)). The minimum price (exclusive of expenses) which the company would be authorised to pay for each ordinary share would be 10 pence (the nominal value of each ordinary share). The maximum price (again exclusive of expenses) which the company would be authorised to pay for an ordinary share is an amount equal to 105 per cent. of the average market price for an ordinary share for the five business days preceding any such purchase.

The authority conferred by resolution 12 will expire at the conclusion of the company’s next annual general meeting or 15 months from the passing of the resolution, whichever is the earlier. Any purchases of ordinary shares would be made by means of market purchase through the London Stock Exchange. If granted, the authority would only be exercised if, in the opinion of the directors, to do so would result in an increase in earnings per share or net asset value per share and would be in the best interests of shareholders generally. In exercising the authority to purchase ordinary shares, the directors may treat the shares that have been bought back as either cancelled or held as treasury shares (shares held by the company itself). No dividends may be paid on shares which are held as treasury shares and no voting rights are attached to them.

As at 16 April 2018 (being the last practicable date prior to the publication of this Directors’ Report) the total number of new ordinary shares over which options have been granted was 380,000 shares representing 3.56 per cent. of the company’s issued share capital (excluding treasury shares) as at that date. Such number of options to subscribe for new ordinary shares would represent approximately 3.95 per cent. of the reduced issued share capital of the company (excluding treasury shares) assuming full use of the authority to make market purchases sought under resolution 12.

Donations

No political or charitable donations were made during the year (2016: Nil).

Going concern

The group’s business activities, together with the factors likely to affect its future development are set out in the Chairman’s Statement on the preceding page 2, the Mining Review on pages 6 to 7 and its financial position is set out on page 22 of the Strategic Report. In addition Note 21 to the financial statements includes the group’s treasury policy, interest rate risk, liquidity risk, foreign exchange risks and credit risk.

The group has prepared cash flow forecasts which demonstrate that the group has sufficient resources to meet its liabilities as they fall due for at least the next 12 months.

In July 2017, the group increased its South African structured trade finance facility with Absa Bank Limited from R80million (South African Rand) to R100million. The facility is renewable annually at 30 June and is secured against inventory, debtors and cash that are held in the group’s South African operations. This facility comprises of a R80million revolving facility to cover the fluctuating working capital requirements of the group’s South African operations, and a fully drawn R20million loan facility to cover guarantee requirements related to the group’s South African mining operations. The Directors do not foresee any reason why the facility will not continue to be renewed at the next renewal date, in line with prior periods and based on their banking relationships.

The directors expect that the improved coal market conditions experienced by Black Wattle Colliery, its direct mining asset in 2017 and the first quarter of 2018 will be similar for at least the next 12 months. The directors therefore have a reasonable expectation that the mine will continue to achieve positive levels of cash generation for the group for at least the next 12 months. As a consequence, the directors believe that the group is well placed to manage its South African business risks successfully.

In the UK, a £6 million term loan facility repayable in 2019 is held with Santander Bank PLC. The loan is secured against the company’s UK retail property portfolio. The debt package has a five year term and is repayable at the end of the term. The interest cost of the loan is 2.35% above LIBOR.

If required, the group has sufficient financial resources available at short notice including cash, available-for-sale investments and its £2m loan to Dragon Retail Properties Limited which is repayable on demand. In addition its investment property assets benefit from long term leases with the majority of its tenants.

As a result of the banking facilities held as well as the acceptable levels of profitability and cash generation the group’s South African operations are expected to achieve for at least the next 12 months, the Directors believe that the group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future and that the group is well placed to manage its business risks. Thus they continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the annual financial statements.

By order of the board

G.J Casey
Secretary

24 Bruton Place      
London W1J 6NE    

20 April 2018

Statement of the Chairman of the remuneration committee

The remuneration committee presents its report for the year ended 31 December 2017.

The remuneration committee presents its report for the year ended 31 December 2017.

The Annual Remuneration Report details remuneration awarded to directors and non-executive directors during the year. The shareholders will be asked to approve the Annual Remuneration Report as an ordinary resolution (as in previous years) at the AGM in June 2018.

A copy of the remuneration policy, which details the remuneration policy for directors, can be found at www.bisichi.co.uk. The current remuneration policy was subject to a binding vote which was approved by shareholders at the AGM in June 2017. The approved policy took effect from 7 June 2017 and will apply for a three year period.

The remuneration committee reviewed the existing policy and deemed no changes necessary to the current arrangements.

Both of the above reports have been prepared in accordance with The Large and Medium-sized Companies and Groups (Accounts and Reports) (Amendment) Regulations 2013.

The company’s auditors, BDO LLP are required by law to audit certain disclosures and where disclosures have been audited they are indicated as such.

Christopher Joll
Chairman – remuneration committee

24 Bruton Place
London W1J 6NE

20 April 2018



Annual remuneration report

The following information has been audited:

Single total figure of remuneration for the year ended 31 December 2017:

Salaries
and Fees
£’000
Bonuses
£’000
Benefits
£’000
Pension
£’000
Total
before
Share
options
£’000
Share
options
£’000
Total
2017
£’000
Executive Directors
Sir Michael Heller 75 - - - 75 - 75
A R Heller 450 350 66 32 898 - 898
G J Casey 133 125 14 18 290 - 290
R Grobler 188 122 16 11 337 - 337
Non–Executive Directors
C A Joll* 30 - - - 30 - 30
J A Sibbald* 2 - 3 - 5 - 5
Total 878 597 99 61 1,635 - 1,635

*Members of the remuneration committee for the year ended 31 December 2017

Single total figure of remuneration for the year ended 31 December 2016:

Salaries
and Fees
£’000
Bonuses
£’000
Benefits
£’000
Pension
£’000
Total
before
Share
options
£’000
Share
options
£’000
Total
2016
£’000
Executive Directors
Sir Michael Heller 75 - - - 75 - 75
A R Heller 450 300 68 32 850 - 850
G J Casey 133 100 14 18 265 - 265
R Grobler 154 60 14 8 236 - 236
Non–Executive Directors
C A Joll* 30 - - - 30 - 30
J A Sibbald* 2 - 3 - 5 - 5
Total 844 460 99 58 1,461 - 1,461

*Members of the remuneration committee for the year ended 31 December 2016

Summary of directors’ terms Date of contract Unexpired term Notice period
Executive directors
Sir Michael Heller November 1972 Continuous 6 months
A R Heller January 1994 Continuous 3 months
G J Casey June 2010 Continuous 3 months
R J Grobler April 2008 Continuous 3 months
Non-executive directors
C A Joll February 2001 Continuous 3 months
J A Sibbald October 1988 Continuous 3 months

Pension schemes and incentives  

Three (2016: Three) directors have benefits under money purchase pension schemes. Contributions in 2017 were £61,000 (2016: £58,000), see table above.

Scheme interests awarded during the year

No scheme interests were awarded in the year ended 31 December 2017. Subsequent to year end the company granted options over ordinary shares in the Company of 10 pence (the “Options”) to the following directors of the Company, under the Company’s Unapproved Executive Share Option Scheme 2012 (“the Scheme”), as set out below:

The above Options are subject to the terms and conditions set out in the rules of the Scheme, and subject to the memorandum and articles of association of the Company. These Options are exercisable at any time during the next 10 years from the dates of grant stated above. No consideration has been paid for the granting of these Options.

Share option schemes

The company currently has one “Unapproved” Share Option Schemes which is not subject to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) approval. The “2010 Scheme” was approved by shareholders on 7 June 2011. The “2012 Scheme” was approved by the remuneration committee of the company on 28 September 2012.

Number of share options
Option
price*
1 January
2017
Options
lapsed
in
2017
31
December
2017
Exercisable
from
Exercisable
to
The 2010 Scheme
G J Casey 202.05p 80,000 - 80,000 31/08/2013 30/08/2020
The 2012 Scheme
A R Heller 87.01p 150,000 - 150,000 18/09/2015 17/09/2025
G J Casey 87.01p 150,000 - 150,000 18/09/2015 17/09/2025

*Middle market price at date of grant

No consideration is payable for the grant of options under the 2012 Unapproved Share Option Scheme. There are no performance conditions attached to the 2012 Unapproved Share Option scheme.

On the 5 February 2018 the company entered into an agreement with Garrett Casey to surrender the 80,000 Options which were granted on 31 August 2010 under the 2010 Scheme. The aggregate consideration paid by the Company to effect the cancellation was £1.



Payments to past directors

No payments were made to past directors in the year ended 31 December 2017.

Payments for loss of office

No payments for loss of office were made in the year ended 31 December 2017.

STATEMENT OF DIRECTORS’ SHAREHOLDING AND SHARE INTEREST

Directors’ interests

The interests of the directors in the shares of the company, including family and trustee holdings where appropriate, were as follows:

Beneficial Non-beneficial
31.12.2017 1.1.2017 31.12.2017 1.1.2017
Sir Michael Heller     148,783 148,783 181,334 181,334
A R Heller 785,012 785,012 - -
C A Joll - - - -
J A Sibbald - - - -
R J Grobler - - - -
G J Casey 40,000 40,000 - -

The following section is unaudited.

The following graph illustrates the company’s performance compared with a broad equity market index over a ten year period. Performance is measured by total shareholder return. The directors have chosen the FTSE All Share Mining index as a suitable index for this comparison as it gives an indication of performance against a spread of quoted companies in the same sector.

The middle market price of Bisichi Mining PLC ordinary shares at 31 December 2017 was 70.5p (2016-74p). During the year the share price ranged between 68.25p and 82.50p.



Remuneration of the Managing Director over the last ten years

The table below demonstrates the remuneration of the holder of the office of Managing Director for the last ten years for the period from 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2017.

Year Managing
Director
Managing Director
Single total figure of
remuneration
£’000
Annual bonus payout
against maximum
opportunity*
%
Long-term incentive
vesting rates against
maximum opportunity*
%
2017 A R Heller 898 25% N/A
2016 A R Heller 850 22% N/A
2015 A R Heller 912 22% N/A
2014 A R Heller 862 22% N/A
2013 A R Heller 614 N/A N/A
2012 A R Heller 721 N/A N/A
2011 A R Heller 626 N/A N/A
2010 A R Heller 568 N/A N/A
2009 A R Heller 817 N/A N/A
2008 A R Heller 961 N/A N/A

Bisichi Mining PLC does not have a Chief Executive so the table includes the equivalent information for the Managing Director.

*There were no formal criteria or conditions to apply in determining the amount of bonus payable or the number of shares to be issued prior to 2014.

Percentage change in remuneration of director undertaking role of Managing Director

Managing Director
£’000
UK based employees
£’000
2017 2016 % change 2017 2016 % change
Base salary 450 450 0% 208 208 0%
Benefits 66 68 (3.03%) 14 14 0%
Bonuses 350 300 16.67% 125 100 25%

Bisichi Mining PLC does not have a Chief Executive so the table includes the equivalent information for the Managing Director.

The comparator group chosen is all UK based employees as the remuneration committee believe this provides the most accurate comparison of underlying increases based on similar annual bonus performances utilised by the group.

Relative importance of spend on pay

The total expenditure of the group on remuneration to all employees (see Notes 28 and 8 to the financial statements) is shown below:

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Employee remuneration 6,396 5,321
Distribution to shareholders 534 427

Statement of implementation of new remuneration policy

The remuneration policy was approved at the AGM in June 2017. The policy took effect from 7 June 2017 and will apply for 3 years unless changes are deemed necessary by the Remuneration committee. The company may not make a remuneration payment or payment for loss of office to a person who is, is to be, or has been a director of the company unless that payment is consistent with the approved remuneration policy, or has otherwise been approved by a resolution of members.

Consideration by the directors of matters relating to directors’ remuneration

The remuneration committee considered the executive directors remuneration and the board considered the non-executive directors remuneration in the year ended 31 December 2017. No increases were awarded and no external advice was taken in reaching this decision.

SHAREHOLDER VOTING

At the Annual General Meeting on 7 June 2017, there was an advisory vote on the resolution to approve the remuneration report, other than the part containing the remuneration policy. In addition, on 7 June 2017 there was a binding vote on the resolution to approve the current remuneration policy the results of which are detailed below:

% of votes
for
% of votes
against
No of votes
withheld
Resolution to approve the Remuneration Report (7 June 2017) 74.75% 25.18% -
Resolution to approve the Remuneration Policy (7 June 2017) 74.77% 25.16% -

Service contracts

All executive directors have full-time contracts of employment with the company. Non-executive directors have contracts of service. No director has a contract of employment or contract of service with the company, its joint venture or associated companies with a fixed term which exceeds twelve months. Directors notice periods (see page 37 of the annual remuneration report) are set in line with market practice and of a length considered sufficient to ensure an effective handover of duties should a director leave the company.

All directors’ contracts as amended from time to time, have run from the date of appointment. Service contracts are kept at the registered office.



Remuneration policy table

The remuneration policy table below is an extract of the group’s current remuneration policy on directors’ remuneration, which was approved by a binding vote at the 2017 AGM. The approved policy took effect from 7 June 2017. A copy of the full policy can be found at www.bisichi.co.uk.

Element Purpose Policy Operation Opportunity and performance conditions
Executive directors
Base salary To recognise:
Skills
Responsibility
Accountability
Experience
Value
Considered by remuneration committee on appointment.
Set at a level considered appropriate to attract, retain motivate and reward the right individuals.
Reviewed annually
Paid monthly in cash
No individual director will be awarded a base salary in excess of £700,000 per annum.
No specific performance conditions are attached to base salaries.
Pension To provide competitive retirement benefits Company contribution offered at up to 10% of base salary as part of overall remuneration package The contribution payable by the company is included in the
director’s contract of employment.
Paid into money purchase schemes
Company contribution offered at up to 10% of base salary as part of overall remuneration package.
No specific performance conditions are attached to pension contributions
Benefits To provide a competitive benefits
package
Contractual benefits can include but are not limited to:
Car or car allowance
Group health cover
Death in service cover
Permanent health insurance
The committee retains the discretion
to approve changes in contractual benefits in exceptional circumstances or where factors outside the control of the Group lead to increased
costs (e.g. medical inflation)
The costs associated with benefits offered are closely controlled and reviewed on an annual basis.
No director will receive benefits of a value in excess of 30% of his base salary.
No specific performance conditions are attached to contractual benefits.
The value of benefits for each director for the year ended 31 December 2017 is shown in the table on page 36.
Annual Bonus To reward and incentivise In assessing the performance of the executive team, and in particular to determine whether bonuses are merited the remuneration committee takes into account the overall performance of the business.
Bonuses are generally offered in cash
The remuneration committee determines the level of bonus on an annual basis applying such performance conditions and performance measures as it considers appropriate The current maximum bonus opportunity will not exceed 200% of base salary in any one year, but the remuneration committee reserves the power to award up to 300% in an exceptional year.
Performance conditions will be assessed on an annual basis. The performance measures applied may be financial, non-financial, corporate, divisional or individual and in such proportion as the remuneration committee considers appropriate
Share Options To provide executive directors with a long-term interest in the company Granted under existing schemes (see page 37) Offered at appropriate times by the remuneration committee Entitlement to share options is not subject to any specific performance conditions.
Share options will be offered by the remuneration committee as appropriate.
The aggregate number of shares over which options may be granted under all of the company’s option schemes (including any options and awards granted under the company’s employee share plans) in any period of ten years, will not exceed, at the time of grant, 10% of the ordinary share capital of the company from time to time. In determining the limits no account shall be taken of any shares where the right to acquire the shares has been released, lapsed or has otherwise become incapable of exercise.
The company currently has two Share Option Schemes (see page 37). The performance conditions for the 2010 scheme requires growth in net assets over a three year period to exceed the growth in the retail price index by a scale of percentages. For the 2012 scheme the remuneration committee has the ability to impose performance criteria in respect of any new share options granted, however there is no requirement to do so. There are no performance conditions attached to the options already issued under the 2012 scheme.
Non-executive directors
Base salary To recognise:
Skills
Experience
Value
Considered by the board on appointment.
Set at a level considered appropriate to attract, retain and motivate the individual.
Experience and time required for the role are considered on appointment.
Reviewed annually No individual director will be awarded a base salary in excess of £40,000 per annum.
No specific performance conditions are attached to base salaries.
Pension No pension offered
Benefits No benefits offered except
to one non-executive director who is eligible for health
cover (see annual remuneration report
page 36)
The committee retains the discretion to approve changes in contractual benefits in exceptional circumstances or where factors outside the control of the Group lead to increased costs (e.g. medical inflation) The costs associated with the benefit offered is closely controlled and reviewed on an annual basis.
No director will receive benefits of a value in excess of 30% of his base salary.
No specific performance conditions are attached to contractual benefits.
Share Options Non-executive directors do not participate in the share option schemes

In order to ensure that shareholders have sufficient clarity over director remuneration levels, the company has, where possible, specified a maximum that may be paid to a director in respect of each component of remuneration. The remuneration committee consider the performance measures outlined in the table above to be appropriate measures of performance and that the KPI’s chosen align the interests of the directors and shareholders.

For details of remuneration of other company employees can be found in Note 28 to the financial statements.



Audit committee report

The committee’s terms of reference have been approved by the board and follow published guidelines, which are available from the company secretary. The audit committee comprises the two non-executive directors, Christopher Joll (chairman), an experienced financial PR executive and John Sibbald, a retired chartered accountant.

The Audit Committee’s prime tasks are to:

• review the scope of external audit, to receive regular reports from the auditor and to review the half-yearly and annual accounts before they are presented to the board, focusing in particular on accounting policies and areas of management judgment and estimation;

• monitor the controls which are in force to ensure the integrity of the information reported to the shareholders;

• assess key risks and to act as a forum for discussion of risk issues and contribute to the board’s review of the effectiveness of the group’s risk management control and processes;

• act as a forum for discussion of internal control issues and contribute to the board’s review of the effectiveness of the group’s internal control and risk management systems and processes;

• consider each year the need for an internal audit function;

• advise the board on the appointment of external auditors and rotation of the audit partner every five years, and on their remuneration for both audit and non-audit work, and discuss the nature and scope of their audit work;

• participate in the selection of a new external audit partner and agree the appointment when required;

• undertake a formal assessment of the auditors’ independence each year which includes:

   ~           a review of non-audit services provided to the group and related fees;

   ~           discussion with the auditors of a written report detailing all relationships with the company and any other parties that could affect independence or the perception of independence;

   ~           a review of the auditors’ own procedures for ensuring the independence of the audit firm and partners and staff involved in the audit, including the regular rotation of the audit partner; and

   ~           obtaining written confirmation from the auditors that, in their professional judgement, they are independent.

Meetings

The committee meets prior to the annual audit with the external auditors to discuss the audit plan and again prior to the publication of the annual results. These meetings are attended by the external audit partner, managing director, director of finance and company secretary. Prior to bi-monthly board meetings the members of the committee meet on an informal basis to discuss any relevant matters which may have arisen. Additional formal meetings are held as necessary.

During the past year the committee:

• met with the external auditors, and discussed their reports to the Audit Committee;

• approved the publication of annual and half-year financial results;

• considered and approved the annual review of internal controls;

• decided that due to the size and nature of operation there was not a current need for an internal audit function;

• agreed the independence of the auditors and approved their fees for both audit related and non-audit services as set out in note 4 to the financial statements.



FINANCIAL REPORTING    

As part of its role, the Audit Committee assessed the audit findings that were considered most significant to the financial statements, including those areas requiring significant judgment and/or estimation. When assessing the identified financial reporting matters, the committee assessed quantitative materiality primarily by reference to the carrying value of the group’s total assets, given that the group operates a principally asset based business. The Board also gave consideration to the value of revenues generated by the group, given the importance of production, and its Adjusted EBITDA, given that it is a key trading KPI, when determining quantitative materiality. The qualitative aspects of any financial reporting matters identified during the audit process were also considered when assessing their materiality. Based on the considerations set out above we have considered quantitative errors individually or in aggregate in excess of approximately £300,000 to £350,000 to be material.

External Auditors       

BDO LLP held office throughout the year. In the United Kingdom the company is provided with extensive administration and accounting services by London & Associated Properties PLC which has its own audit committee and employs a separate firm of external auditors, RSM UK Audit LLP (Formerly Baker Tilly UK Audit LLP). In South Africa Grant Thornton (Jhb) Inc. acts as the external auditor to the South African companies, and the work of that firm was reviewed by BDO LLP for the purpose of the group audit.

Christopher Joll
Chairman – audit committee

24 Bruton Place
London W1J 6NE
20 April 2018

Valuers’ certificates

To the directors of Bisichi Mining PLC

In accordance with your instructions we have carried out a valuation of the freehold property interests held as at 31 December 2017 by the company as detailed in our Valuation Report dated 20 February 2018.

Having regard to the foregoing, we are of the opinion that the open market value as at 31 December 2017 of the interests owned by the company was £13,245,000 being made up as follows:

£’000
Freehold 10,550
Leasehold 2,695
13,245
Leeds
20 February 2018
Carter Towler
Regulated by Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

Directors’ responsibilities statement

The directors are responsible for preparing the annual report and the financial statements in accordance with applicable law and regulations.

Company law requires the directors to prepare financial statements for each financial year. Under that law the directors are required to prepare the group financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union and have elected to prepare the company financial statements in accordance with United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (United Kingdom Accounting Standards and applicable law). Under company law the directors must not approve the financial statements unless they are satisfied that they give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the group and company and of the profit or loss for the group for that period.

In preparing these financial statements, the directors are required to:

• select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently;

• make judgements and accounting estimates that are reasonable and prudent;

• state with regard to the group financial statements whether they have been prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union subject to any material departures disclosed and explained in the financial statements;

• state with regard to the parent company financial statements, whether applicable UK accounting standards have been followed, subject to any material departures disclosed and explained in the financial statements;

• prepare the financial statements on the going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to presume that the company and the group will continue in business; and

• prepare a director’s report, a strategic report and director’s remuneration report which comply with the requirements of the Companies Act 2006.

The directors are responsible for keeping adequate accounting records that are sufficient to show and explain the company’s transactions and disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the company and enable them to ensure that the financial statements comply with the Companies Act 2006 and, as regards the group financial statements, Article 4 of the IAS Regulation. They are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the company and hence for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities. The Directors are responsible for ensuring that the annual report and accounts, taken as a whole, are fair, balanced, and understandable and provides the information necessary for shareholders to assess the group’s performance, business model and strategy.

Website publication

The directors are responsible for ensuring the annual report and the financial statements are made available on a website. Financial statements are published on the company’s website in accordance with legislation in the United Kingdom governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements, which may vary from legislation in other jurisdictions. The maintenance and integrity of the company’s website is the responsibility of the directors. The directors’ responsibility also extends to the ongoing integrity of the financial statements contained therein.

Directors’ responsibilities pursuant to DTR4

The directors confirm to the best of their knowledge:

• the group financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union and Article 4 of the IAS Regulation and give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit and loss of the group.

• the annual report includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business and the financial position of the group and the parent company, together with a description or the principal risks and uncertainties that they face.



Independent auditor’s report

To the members of Bisichi Mining PLC

Opinion

We have audited the financial statements of Bisichi Mining Plc (the ‘parent company’) and its subsidiaries (the ‘group’) for the year ended 31 December 2017 which comprise the consolidated income statement, the consolidated statement of other comprehensive income, the consolidated balance sheet, the consolidated statement of changes in shareholders’ equity, the consolidated cash ?ow statement, the parent company balance sheet, the parent company statement of changes in equity and notes to the financial statements, including a summary of significant accounting policies. The financial reporting framework that has been applied in their preparation is applicable law and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union and, as regards the parent company financial statements, as applied in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act 2006.

In our opinion the financial statements:

Basis for opinion

We conducted our audit in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) (ISAs (UK)) and applicable law. Our responsibilities under those standards are further described in the Auditor’s responsibilities for the audit of the financial statements section of our report. We are independent of the group and company in accordance with the ethical requirements that are relevant to our audit of the financial statements in the UK, including the FRC’s Ethical Standard as applied to listed public interest entities, and we have fulfilled our other ethical responsibilities in accordance with these requirements. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion.

Conclusions relating to going concern

We have nothing to report in respect of the following matters in relation to which the ISAs (UK) require us to report to you where:

Key audit matters

Key audit matters are those matters that, in our professional judgment, were of most significance in our audit of the financial statements of the current period and include the most significant assessed risks of material misstatement (whether or not due to fraud) that we identified. These matters included those which had the greatest effect on: the overall audit strategy, the allocation of resources in the audit; and directing the efforts of the engagement team. These matters were addressed in the context of our audit of the financial statements as a whole, and in forming our opinion thereon, and we do not provide a separate opinion on these matters.

The following key audit matters were identified for the period under review:

  1. The risk that estimates and judgments in the life of mine model may be inappropriate and mining assets require impairment.
  2. The risk that investment property valuations are inappropriate.
  3. The risk that judgments,  estimates  and disclosure associated with the carrying value of Ezimbokedwini and impairment charges are inappropriate



 

Key Audit Matter How the matter was addressed in our audit
The risk that estimates and judgments in the life of mine model may be inappropriate and mining assets require impairment.

The mining assets amounted to £8.6m as at 31 December 2017 (2016: £8.5m) and relate to the South African mining operations. These assets represent a significant part of the Group’s balance sheet (See note 11).

Management performed an impairment assessment based on the Board approved Life of Mine plan at 31 December 2017 as detailed in the Key Judgements and Estimates note.

The assessment by management of inputs to the Life of Mine plan requires significant judgment and estimate, including determination of forecast coal prices, production, coal reserves and costs

These factors caused this area to be a significant focus for our audit.
We have evaluated management’s discounted cash flow impairment assessment, including the underlying Life of Mine plan.  In doing so, we critically assessed key inputs to the model including forecast coal prices, exchange rates, production, costs and the discount rate.  This included assessment compared to empirical data and trends, pricing information and market data.

In respect of the coal reserves included in the model, we reviewed the independent Competent Person’s Report and held discussions with the Competent Person. In relying on the Competent Person we assessed their independence and competence.

We performed sensitivity analysis on the impairment model in respect of factors such as pricing, costs, yields, exchange rates and the discount rate.

We evaluated the disclosures in the Key Judgements and Estimates note based on our audit procedures.
Our findings
Our work on the impairment test supported management’s conclusion that no impairment exists to be appropriate. We found the key assumptions to be balanced and appropriately considered by management and the disclosures in the Key Judgements and Estimates note to be sufficient.

   

Key Audit Matter How the matter was addressed in our audit
The risk that investment property valuations are inappropriate.

The Group holds investment property at fair value of £13.2m together with further investment property held at fair value of £2.6m (100% basis) in the Group’s Dragon Retail Joint Venture (notes 10 and 13). The assessment of fair value for the property portfolio requires significant judgement and estimates by the Directors, including assessment of independent third party valuations obtained for the portfolio.

Each valuation requires consideration of the individual nature of the property, its location, its cash flows and comparable market transactions. The valuation of these properties requires assessment of the market yield as well as consideration of the current rental agreements.

Any significant input inaccuracies or unreasonable bases used in these judgements (such as in respect of estimated rental value and net initial yield applied) could result in a material misstatement.
There is also an inherent risk that management may influence valuation judgments.

Given these factors, this area was considered to be a significant focus for our audit given the subjective nature of certain assumptions inherent in each valuation.
We obtained an understanding of management’s approach to the valuation of investment properties.

We reviewed the independent external valuation reports and confirmed their consistency with the valuations presented in the financial statements. We met with the group’s independent external valuers, who valued all of the group’s investment properties, to understand the assumptions and methodologies used in valuing these properties, the market evidence supporting the valuation assumptions and the valuation movements in the period.

We assessed the competency, independence and objectivity of the independent external valuer which included making inquiries regarding interests and relationships that may have created a threat to the valuer’s objectivity.

We used our knowledge and experience to evaluate and challenge the valuation assumptions, methodologies and the inputs used. This included establishing our own range of expectations for the valuation of investment property based on externally available metrics.

We agreed a sample of key observable valuation inputs supplied to and used by the external valuer and Directors to information audited by us, where applicable, or supporting market documentation.
Our findings
We found the valuations determined by the group for its investment properties in note 10 and investment properties included within the Dragon retain Joint Venture in note 13 to be consistent with the independent external valuation reports. 

   

Key Audit Matter How the matter was addressed in our audit
The risk that judgments, estimates and disclosure associated with the carrying value of Ezimbokedweni and impairment charges are inappropriate.

As at 31 December 2016 the group’s net investment in Ezimbokedweni Mining (Pty) Limited (“Ezimbokedweni”), an equity accounted joint venture was £1.8m. The carrying value was dependent upon the ultimate completion of a sale and purchase agreement to acquire the Pegasus coal project in South Africa, under which a deposit had been paid by Ezimbokedweni.

During the year the joint venture was placed into Business Rescue under the South African Companies Act by the group’s joint venture partner. The original deposit has been returned to Ezimbokodweni and as a result, the Board consider there to be no reasonable prospect of the Pegasus coal project transaction completing.

Further to these developments, the Board performed an impairment review of the carrying value of the net investment in Ezimbokedwini and recorded an impairment of the net investment of £1.8m, with any further movements since 31 December 2016 reflecting foreign exchange differences.

The assessment of the carrying value, subsequent impairment and associated disclosure represented a significant focus for our audit.

Additionally, the tax treatment of this transaction was considered to be an area of risk of material misstatement. This was also considered to be an area requiring specialist knowledge and expertise.
We will have made specific inquiries of management and the Board to gain an understanding of the fact pattern and events during the year regarding Ezimbokedweni.

We have reviewed minutes of Board meetings, legal documents and correspondence relating to the joint venture, the Business Rescue and assessments of the resulting financial position and interests of the joint venture.

We have assessed the Board’s conclusion that the net investment is impaired based on the facts and circumstances, including assessment of the probability of value being recovered from the joint venture.

We have assessed the tax treatment of the transaction applied by management in conjunction with our valuation specialists and those of the component auditor in South Africa.

We have assessed the accounting entries in respect of the impairment as well as the disclosures in note 13 and the Key Estimates and Judgments note.
Our findings
We consider the judgements made by management relating to the impairment recorded by the group to be appropriate based on the developments during the year. We consider the disclosures at note 13 and the Key Estimates and Judgments note to be acceptable.


Our application of materiality

The materiality level we applied was calculated based on 1% of total assets reflecting both the significant asset base of the group and the transitionary phase of mining.

Whilst materiality for the Financial Statements as a whole was £300,000 (FY 2016: £350,000), each significant component of the Group was audited to a lower materiality as detailed in the table below.

Performance materiality is the application of materiality at the individual account or balance level set at an amount to reduce to an appropriately low level the probability that the aggregate of uncorrected and undetected misstatements exceeds materiality for the financial statements as a whole. Performance materiality was set at £225,000 (2016: £260,000) which represents 75% (2016 75%) of the above materiality levels.



 

Materiality FY2017 FY2016
Materiality for the Financial Statements as a whole £300,000 £350,000
Materiality levels used for the audits of the significant components of the audit £23,000 to £170,000 £15,000 to £210,000
Audit scope coverage 100% of total assets, 100% of revenue and 100% of profit before tax

We agreed with the Audit Committee that we would report to them all individual audit differences identified during the course of our audit in excess of £15,000. We also agreed to report differences below that threshold that, in our view, warranted reporting on qualitative grounds.

An overview of the scope of our audit

Whilst Bisichi Mining Plc is a company listed on the Standard Segment of the London Stock Exchange, the Group’s operations principally comprise investment property in the United Kingdom and an operating mine located in South Africa. We assessed there to be significant components within the group, comprising the mine in South Africa, corporate accounting function and property companies.

We performed a full scope audit of each of the UK property companies, corporate accounting function and consolidation.

A non-BDO member firm performed a full scope audit of the mine in South Africa, under our direction and supervision as group auditors under ISA 600.

As part of our audit strategy, as group auditors:

Other information

The other information comprises the information included in the annual report, other than the financial statements and our auditor’s report thereon. The directors are responsible for the other information. Our opinion on the financial statements does not cover the other information and, except to the extent otherwise explicitly stated in our report, we do not express any form of assurance conclusion thereon. In connection with our audit of the financial statements, our responsibility is to read the other information and, in doing so, consider whether the other information is materially inconsistent with the financial statements or our knowledge obtained in the audit or otherwise appears to be materially misstated. If we identify such material inconsistencies or apparent material misstatements, we are required to determine whether there is a material misstatement in the financial statements or a material misstatement of the other information. If, based on the work we have performed, we conclude that there is a material misstatement of the other information, we are required to report that fact.

We have nothing to report in this regard.

Opinions on other matters prescribed by the Companies Act 2006

In our opinion, the part of the directors’ remuneration report to be audited has been properly prepared in accordance with the Companies Act 2006.

In our opinion, based on the work undertaken in the course of the audit:

Matters on which we are required to report by exception

In the light of the knowledge and understanding of the group and the parent company and its environment obtained in the course of the audit, we have not identified material misstatements in the strategic report or the directors’ report.

We have nothing to report in respect of the following matters in relation to which the Companies Act 2006 requires us to report to you if, in our opinion:

Responsibilities of directors

As explained more fully in the directors’ responsibilities statement set out on page 46, the directors are responsible for the preparation of the financial statements and for being satisfied that they give a true and fair view, and for such internal control as the directors determine is necessary to enable the preparation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.

In preparing the financial statements, the directors are responsible for assessing the group’s and the parent company’s ability to continue as a going concern, disclosing, as applicable, matters related to going concern and using the going concern basis of accounting unless the directors either intend to liquidate the group or the parent company or to cease operations, or have no realistic alternative but to do so.

Auditor’s responsibilities for the audit of the financial statements

This report is made solely to the company’s members, as a body, in accordance with Chapter 3 of Part 16 of the Companies Act 2006.  Our audit work has been undertaken so that we might state to the company’s members those matters we are required to state to them in an auditor’s report and for no other purpose.  To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the company and the company’s members as a body, for our audit work, for this report, or for the opinions we have formed.

Our objectives are to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements as a whole are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error, and to issue an auditor’s report that includes our opinion. Reasonable assurance is a high level of assurance, but is not a guarantee that an audit conducted in accordance with ISAs (UK) will always detect a material misstatement when it exists. Misstatements can arise from fraud or error and are considered material if, individually or in the aggregate, they could reasonably be expected to influence the economic decisions of users taken on the basis of these financial statements.

A further description of our responsibilities for the audit of the financial statements is located on the Financial Reporting Council’s website at: www.frc.org.uk/auditorsresponsibilities.  This description forms part of our auditor’s report.

Other matters which we are required to address

Following the recommendation of the audit committee, we were appointed to audit the financial statements for the year ending 31 December 2017 and subsequent financial periods. The period of total uninterrupted engagement is 30 years, covering the years ending 1987 to 2017.

The non-audit services prohibited by the FRC’s Ethical Standard were not provided to the group or the parent company and we remain independent of the group and the parent company in conducting our audit.

Our audit opinion is consistent with the additional report to the audit committee.



Ryan Ferguson
(Senior Statutory Auditor)
For and on behalf of BDO LLP
Statutory Auditor
London, United Kingdom
20 April 2018
 

BDO LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales (with registered number OC305127).



Financial statements


 

Consolidated income statement

for the year ended 31 December 2017

Notes 2017
Trading
£’000
2017
Revaluations
and
impairment

£’000
2017
Total
£’000
2016
Trading
£’000
2016
Revaluations and
impairment
£’000
2016
Total
£’000
Group revenue 1 37,459 - 37,459 22,815 - 22,815
Operating costs 2 (31,640) - (31,640) (21,299) - (21,299)
Operating profit before depreciation, fair value adjustments and exchange movements 5,819 - 5,819 1,516 - 1,516
Depreciation 2 (1,790) - (1,790) (1,785) - (1,785)
Operating profit/(loss) before fair value adjustments and exchange movements 1 4,029 - 4,029 (269) - (269)
Exchange (losses)/gains (256) - (256) 449 - 449
Decrease/increase in value of investment properties 3 - (13) (13) - 445 445
Gain on disposal of other investments 3 - 3 - - -
Increase in value of other investments - - - - 12 12
Operating profit/(loss) 1 3,776 (13) 3,763 180 457 637
Share of profit/(loss) in joint ventures 12 - 8 8 30 (37) (7)
Write-off of investment in joint venture 12 - (1,827) (1,827) - - -
Profit/(loss) before interest and taxation 3,776 (1,832) 1,944 210 420 630
Interest receivable 205 - 205 270 - 270
Interest payable 6 (664) - (664) (554) - (554)
Profit/(loss) before tax 4 3,317 (1,832) 1,485 (74) 420 346
Taxation 7 (588) 24 (564) 150 (89) 61
Profit/(loss) for the year 2,729 (1,808) 921 76 331 407

Attributable to:
Equity holders of the company 2,557 (1,808) 749 148 331 479
Non-controlling interest 26 172 - 172 (72) - (72)
Profit/(loss) for the year 2,729 (1,808) 921 76 331 407
Profit per share – basic 9 7.02p 4.48p
Profit per share – diluted 9 7.02p 4.48p

Trading gains and losses reflect all the trading activity on mining and property operations and realised gains from Joint ventures. Revaluation gains and losses reflects the revaluation of investment properties and other assets within the group and any proportion of unrealised gains and losses within Joint Ventures. The total column represents the consolidated income statement presented in accordance with IAS 1.



Consolidated statement of other comprehensive income

for the year ended 31 December 2017

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Profit for the year 921 407
Other comprehensive income/(expense):
Items that may be subsequently recycled to the income statement:
Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations 91 1,106
Gain on available for sale investments 103 193
Taxation (20) (13)
Other comprehensive income for the year net of tax 174 1,286
Total comprehensive income for the year net of tax 1,095 1,693
Attributable to:
Equity shareholders 912 1,665
Non-controlling interest 183 28
1,095 1,693



Consolidated balance sheet

at 31 December 2017

Notes 2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Assets
Non-current assets
Value of investment properties 10 13,245 13,245
Fair value of head lease 30 152 181
Investment properties 13,397 13,426
Mining reserves, plant and equipment 11 8,613 8,520
Investments in joint ventures accounted for using equity method 12 874 1,321
Loan to joint venture 12 - 1,350
Other investments 12 51 32
Total non-current assets 22,935 24,649
Current assets
Inventories 15 828 1,721
Trade and other receivables 16 6,417 7,246
Corporation tax recoverable - 32
Available for sale investments 17 1,050 781
Cash and cash equivalents 5,327 2,444
Total current assets 13,622 12,224
Total assets 36,557 36,873

   

Notes 2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Liabilities
Current liabilities
                Borrowings 19 (1,288) (3,358)
                Trade and other payables 18 (7,381) (6,950)
                Current tax liabilities (356) (18)
Total current liabilities (9,025) (10,326)
Non-current liabilities
                Borrowings 19 (5,872) (5,876)
                Provision for rehabilitation 20 (1,349) (1,236)
                Finance lease liabilities 30 (152) (181)
                Deferred tax liabilities 22 (2,485) (2,248)
Total non-current liabilities (9,858) (9,541)
Total liabilities (18,883) (19,867)
Net assets 17,674 17,006
Equity
                Share capital 23 1,068 1,068
                Share premium account 258 258
                Translation reserve (1,671) (1,751)
                Available for sale reserve 143 60
                Other reserves 24 683 683
                Retained earnings 16,661 16,339
Total equity attributable to equity shareholders 17,142 16,657
Non-controlling interest 26 532 349
Total equity 17,674 17,006

These financial statements were approved and authorised for issue by the board of directors on 20 April 2018 and signed on its behalf by:

A R Heller              G J Casey                              Company Registration No. 112155
Director                   Director



Consolidated statement of changes in shareholders’ equity

for the year ended 31 December 2017

Share
capital
£’000
Share
Premium
£’000
Translation
reserves
£’000
Available-
for-sale reserves

£’000
Other
reserves
£’000
Retained
earnings
£’000
Total
£’000
Non-
controlling
interest
£’000
Total
equity
£’000
Balance at 1 January 2016 1,068 258 (2,757) (120) 574 16,287 15,310 321 15,631
Revaluation and impairments - - - - - 331 331 - 331
Trading - - - - - 148 148 (72) 76
Profit/(loss) for the year - - - - - 479 479 (72) 407
Other comprehensive expense - - 1,006 180 - - 1,186 100 1,286
Total comprehensive expense for the year - - 1,006 180 - 479 1,665 28 1,693
Dividend (note 8) - - - - - (427) (427) - (427)
Share options charge - - - - 109 - 109 - 109
Balance at 1 January 2017 1,068 258 (1,751) 60 683 16,339 16,657 349 17,006
Revaluation and impairments - - - - - (1,808) (1,808) - (1,808)
Trading - - - - - 2,557 2,557 172 2,729
Profit/(loss) for the year - - - - - 749 749 172 921
Other comprehensive income - - 80 83 - - 163 11 174
Total comprehensive income for the year - - 80 83 - 749 912 183 1,095
Dividend (note 8) - - - - - (427) (427) - (427)
Balance at 31 December 2017 1,068 258 (1,671) 143 683 16,661 17,142 532 17,674



Consolidated cash flow statement

for the year ended 31 December 2017

Year ended
31 December
2017
£’000
Year ended
31 December
2016
£’000
Cash flows from operating activities
Operating profit 3,763 637
Adjustments for:
                Depreciation 1,790 1,785
                Share based payments - 109
                Unrealised loss/(gain) on investment properties 13 (445)
  Realised gain on disposal of other investments (3) -
                Unrealised gain on other investments - (12)
                Exchange adjustments 256 (449)
Cash flow before working capital 5,819 1,625
Change in inventories 896 (258)
Change in trade and other receivables 919 224
Change in trade and other payables 69 1,396
Cash generated from operations 7,703 2,987
Interest received 124 121
Interest paid (546) (448)
Income tax paid (11) (46)
Cash flow from operating activities 7,270 2,614
Cash flows from investing activities
Acquisition of reserves, property, plant and equipment (1,754) (2,859)
Share of income from joint ventures - 30
Disposal of other investments 14 -
Acquisition of available for sale investments (196) -
Disposal of non-current asset held for sale - 1,138
Cash flow from investing activities (1,936) (1,691)
Cash flows from financing activities
Borrowings drawn 23 37
Borrowings repaid (25) (131)
Equity dividends paid (427) (427)
Cash flow from financing activities (429) (521)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 4,905 402
Cash and cash equivalents at 1 January (890) (626)
Exchange adjustment 50 (666)
Cash and cash equivalents at 31 December 4,065 (890)
Cash and cash equivalents at 31 December comprise:
                Cash and cash equivalents as presented in the balance sheet 5,327 2,444
                Bank overdrafts (secured) (1,262) (3,334)
4,065 (890)

Group accounting policies

for the year ended 31 December 2017

Basis of accounting

The results for the year ended 31 December 2017 have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the European Union and with those parts of the Companies Act 2006 applicable to companies reporting under IFRS. In applying the group’s accounting policies and assessing areas of judgment and estimation materiality is applied as detailed on page 44 of the Audit Committee Report. The principal accounting policies are described below:

The group financial statements are presented in £ sterling and all values are rounded to the nearest thousand pounds (£000) except when otherwise stated.

The functional currency for each entity in the group, and for joint arrangements and associates, is the currency of the country in which the entity has been incorporated. Details of which country each entity has been incorporated can be found in Note 14 for subsidiaries and Note 13 for joint arrangements and associates.

The exchange rates used in the accounts were as follows:

£1 Sterling: Rand £1 Sterling: Dollar
2017 2016 2017 2016
Year-end rate 16.6686 16.9472 1.35028 1.23321
Annual average 17.1540 19.9269 1.29174 1.35477

Going concern

The group has prepared cash flow forecasts which demonstrate that the group has sufficient resources to meet its liabilities as they fall due for at least the next 12 months.

In South Africa, a structured trade finance facility for R100million is held by Black Wattle Colliery (Pty) Limited (“Black Wattle”) with Absa Bank Limited, a South African subsidiary of Barclays Bank PLC. The facility is renewable annually at 30 June and is secured against inventory, debtors and cash that are held in the group’s South African operations. The Directors do not foresee any reason why the facility will not continue to be renewed at the next renewal date, in line with prior periods and based on their banking relationships. This facility comprises of a R80million revolving facility to cover the working capital requirements of the group’s South African operations, and a R20million loan facility to cover guarantee requirements related to the group’s South African mining operations.

The directors expect that that the coal market conditions experienced by Black Wattle Colliery, its direct mining asset, in the second half of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018 will be similar going into the remainder of 2018. The directors therefore have a reasonable expectation that the mine will achieve positive levels of cash generation for the group in 2018. As a consequence, the directors believe that the group is well placed to manage its South African business risks successfully.

In the UK, a £6 million term loan facility repayable in December 2019 is held with Santander Bank PLC. The loan is secured against the company’s UK retail property portfolio. The amount repayable on the loan at year end was £5.9million (2016: £5.9million). The debt package has a five year term and is repayable at the end of the term. The interest cost of the loan is 2.35% above LIBOR.

If required, the group has sufficient financial resources available at short notice including cash, available-for-sale investments and its £2m loan to Dragon Retail Properties Limited which is repayable on demand. In addition its investment property assets benefit from long term leases with the majority of its tenants.

As a result of the banking facilities held as well as the acceptable levels of profitability and cash generation the group’s South African operations is expected to achieve for the next 12 months, the Directors believe that the group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future and that the group is well placed to manage its business risks. Thus they continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the annual financial statements.

International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)

The Group has adopted all of the new and revised Standards and Interpretations issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) that are relevant to its operations and effective for accounting periods beginning 1 January 2017. An amendment to IAS 7 “Statement of Cash Flows: Disclosure Initiative”, which is mandatory for 2017, requires entities to provide disclosures about changes in liabilities arising from financing activities, including changes from financing cash flows and non-cash changes (such as foreign exchange gains or losses). This amendment has been endorsed by the EU. The adoption of this amendment and other new and revised Standards and Interpretations had no material effect on the profit or loss or financial position of the Group.

The Group has not adopted any Standards or Interpretations in advance of the required implementation dates.

IFRS 15 ‘Revenue from Contracts with Customers’ was issued by the IASB in May 2014. It is effective for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018. The new standard will replace existing accounting standards, and provides enhanced detail on the principle of recognising revenue to reflect the transfer of goods and services to customers at a value which the company expects to be entitled to receive. The standard also updates revenue disclosure requirements. The standard was endorsed by the EU on 22 September 2017. The Directors are continuing to assess the impact of IFRS 15 on the results of the Group. Whilst management do not envisage a material impact, the impact of adopting this standard cannot be reliably estimated until the transition review is complete.

IFRS 9 was published in July 2014 and will be effective for the group from 1 January 2018. The standard was endorsed by the EU on 22 November 2017. It is applicable to financial assets and financial liabilities, and covers the classification, measurement, impairment and de-recognition of financial assets and financial liabilities together with a new hedge accounting model. IFRS 9 also introduces the expected credit loss model for impairment of financial assets. Application of the IFRS 9 impairment model is expected to have minimal impact given the Group’s credit risk management policies. The Directors are continuing to assess the impact on the results of the Group and will complete the assessment during H1 2018.

IFRS 16 ‘Leases’ – IFRS 16 ‘Leases’ was issued by the IASB in January 2017 and is effective for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019. The new standard will replace IAS 17 ‘Leases’ and will eliminate the classification of leases as either operating leases or finance leases and, instead, introduce a single lessee accounting model. The standard, which has been endorsed by the EU, provides a single lessee accounting model, specifying how leases are recognised, measured, presented and disclosed. The Directors are currently evaluating the financial and operational impact of this standard including the application to service contracts at the mine containing leases. The review of the impact of IFRS 16 will require an assessment of all leases and the impact of adopting this standard cannot be reliably estimated until this work is substantially complete.

The Directors do not anticipate that the adoption of the other standards and interpretations not listed above will have a material impact on the accounts. Certain of these standards and interpretations will, when adopted, require addition to or amendment of disclosures in the accounts.

We are committed to improving disclosure and transparency and will continue to work with our different stakeholders to ensure they understand the detail of these accounting changes. We continue to remain committed to a robust financial policy

Key judgements and estimates

Areas where key estimates and judgements are considered to have a significant effect on the amounts recognised in the financial statements include:

Life of mine and reserves

The directors consider their judgements and estimates surrounding the life of the mine and its reserves to have significant effect on the amounts recognised in the financial statements and to be an area where the financial statements are at most risk of a significant estimation uncertainty. The life of mine remaining is currently estimated at 4 years. This life of mine is based on the groups existing coal reserves and excludes future coal purchases and coal reserve acquisitions. The group’s estimates of proven and probable reserves are prepared and subject to assessment by an independent Competent Person experienced in the field of coal geology and specifically opencast and pillar coal extraction. Estimates of coal reserves impact assessments of the carrying value of property, plant and equipment, depreciation calculations and rehabilitation and decommissioning provisions. There are numerous uncertainties inherent in estimating coal reserves and changes to these assumptions may result in restatement of reserves. These assumptions include geotechnical factors as well as economic factors such as commodity prices, production costs and yield.

Depreciation, amortisation of mineral rights, mining development costs and plant & equipment

The annual depreciation/amortisation charge is dependent on estimates, including coal reserves and the related life of mine, expected development expenditure for probable reserves, the allocation of certain assets to relevant ore reserves and estimates of residual values of the processing plant. The charge can fluctuate when there are significant changes in any of the factors or assumptions used, such as estimating mineral reserves which in turn affects the life of mine or the expected life of reserves. Estimates of proven and probable reserves are prepared by an independent Competent Person. Assessments of depreciation/amortisation rates against the estimated reserve base are performed regularly. Details of the depreciation/amortisation charge can be found in note 11.

Provision for mining rehabilitation including restoration and de-commissioning costs

A provision for future rehabilitation including restoration and decommissioning costs requires estimates and assumptions to be made around the relevant regulatory framework, the timing, extent and costs of the rehabilitation activities and of the risk free rates used to determine the present value of the future cash outflows. The provisions, including the estimates and assumptions contained therein, are reviewed regularly by management. The group engages an independent expert to assess the cost of restoration and decommissioning annually as part of management’s assessment of the provision. Details of the provision for mining rehabilitation can be found in note 20.

Impairment

Property, plant and equipment representing the group’s mining assets in South Africa are reviewed for impairment at each reporting date. The impairment test is performed using the approved Life of Mine plan and those future cash flow estimates are discounted using asset specific discount rates and are based on expectations about future operations. The impairment test requires estimates about production and sales volumes, commodity prices, proven and probable reserves (as assessed by the Competent Person), operating costs and capital expenditures necessary to extract reserves in the approved Life of Mine plan. Changes in such estimates could impact recoverable values of these assets. Details of the carrying value of property, plant and equipment can be found in note 11.

The impairment test indicated significant headroom as at 31 December 2017 and therefore no impairment is considered appropriate. The key assumptions include: coal prices, including domestic coal prices based on recent pricing and assessment of market forecasts for export coal; production based on proven and probable reserves assessed by the independent Competent Person and yields associated with mining areas based on assessments by the Competent Person and empirical data. A 9% reduction in average forecast coal prices or a 9% reduction in yield would give rise to a breakeven scenario. However, the directors consider the forecasted yield levels and pricing to be achievable.

Fair value measurements of investment properties

An assessment of the fair value of investment properties, is required to be performed. In such instances, fair value measurements are estimated based on the amounts for which the assets and liabilities could be exchanged between market participants. To the extent possible, the assumptions and inputs used take into account externally verifiable inputs. However, such information is by nature subject to uncertainty. The directors note that the fair value measurement of the investment properties, can be considered to be less judgemental where external valuers have been used and as a result of the nature of the underlying assets. The fair value of investment property is set out in note 10, whilst the carrying value of investments in joint ventures which themselves include investment property held at fair value by the joint venture is set out at note 12.

Write off of Ezimbokodweni joint venture

During the year the group wrote off its £1.8million (2016: £1.8million) investment in Ezimbokodweni Mining (Pty) Limited (“Ezimbokodweni”) made up of a £1.4million loan (2016: £1.4million) and a £0.4million (2016: £0.4million) joint venture investment.

The carrying value of the investment was dependent upon the completion of the acquisition of the Pegasus coal project (“the project”) in South Africa. Although a proposed sale and purchase agreement had been negotiated and a deposit paid for the project, the conclusion of the transaction had been delayed pending the commercial transfer of the prospecting right from the current owners of the project to Ezimbokodweni. Although the group has always remained committed to completing the transaction, previous negotiations to complete the commercial acquisition of the project had been beset by various delays outside of its control and at the beginning of 2017, the current owners of the project notified Ezimbokodweni that they no longer wished to divest the project. More recently, the group was notified that an agreement was reached between the current owners of the project and the directors   of Ezimbokodweni for the deposit for the project to be returned and any further negotiations with Ezimbokodweni to acquire the project to be terminated.

Although, a legal claim by the group has been issued against Ezimbokodweni and its representatives, in order for the group to recover some of the investment, the board has exercised significant judgement in considering it to be appropriate to write off the investment in full in the 2017 year end.

BASIS of consolidation

The group accounts incorporate the accounts of Bisichi Mining PLC and all of its subsidiary undertakings, together with the group’s share of the results of its joint ventures. Non-controlling interests in subsidiaries are presented separately from the equity attributable to equity owners of the parent company. On acquisition of a non-wholly owned subsidiary, the non-controlling shareholders’ interests are initially measured at the non-controlling interests’ proportionate share of the fair value of the subsidiaries net assets. Thereafter, the carrying amount of non-controlling interests is the amount of those interests at initial recognition plus the non-controlling interests’ share of subsequent changes in equity. For subsequent changes in ownership in a subsidiary that do not result in a loss of control, the consideration paid or received is recognised entirely in equity.

The definition of control assumes the simultaneous fulfilment of the following three criteria:

Investees are analysed for their relevant activities and variable returns, and the link between the variable returns and the extent to which their relevant activities could be influenced in order to ensure the definition is correctly applied.

Revenue

Revenue comprises sales of coal and property rental income. Revenue is recognised when the customer has a legally binding obligation to settle under the terms of the contract and has assumed all significant risks and rewards of ownership.

Revenue is only recognised on individual sales of coal when all of the significant risks and rewards of ownership have been transferred to a third party. Export revenue is generally recognised when the product is delivered to the export terminal location specified by the customer, at which point the customer assumes risks and rewards under the contract. Domestic coal revenues are generally recognised on collection by the customer from the mine when loaded into transport, where the customer pays the transportation costs.

Rental income which excludes services charges recoverable from tenants, is recognised in the group income statement on a straight-line basis over the term of the lease. This includes the effect of lease incentives.


Expenditure

Expenditure is recognised in respect of goods and services received. Where coal is purchased from third parties at point of extraction the expenditure is only recognised when the coal is extracted and all of the significant risks and rewards of ownership have been transferred.

Investment properties         

Investment properties comprise freehold and long leasehold land and buildings. Investment properties are carried at fair value in accordance with IAS 40 ‘Investment Properties’. Properties are recognised as investment properties when held for long-term rental yields, and after consideration has been given to a number of factors including length of lease, quality of tenant and covenant, value of lease, management intention for future use of property, planning consents and percentage of property leased. Investment properties are revalued annually by professional external surveyors and included in the balance sheet at their fair value. Gains or losses arising from changes in the fair values of assets are recognised in the consolidated income statement in the period to which they relate. In accordance with IAS 40, investment properties are not depreciated. The fair value of the head leases is the net present value of the current head rent payable on leasehold properties until the expiry of the lease.

Mining reserves, plant and equipment

The cost of property, plant and equipment comprises its purchase price and any costs directly attributable to bringing the asset to the location and condition necessary for it to be capable of operating in accordance with agreed specifications. Freehold land is not depreciated. Other property, plant and equipment is stated at historical cost less accumulated depreciation. The cost recognised includes the recognition of any decommissioning assets related to property, plant and equipment.

Mine reserves and development cost

The purpose of mine development is to establish secure working conditions and infrastructure to allow the safe and efficient extraction of recoverable reserves. Depreciation on mine development is not charged until production commences or the assets are put to use. On commencement of full commercial production, depreciation is charged over the life of the associated mine reserves extractable using the asset on a unit of production basis. The unit of production calculation is based on tonnes mined as a ratio to proven and probable reserves and also includes future forecast capital expenditure. The cost recognised includes the recognition of any decommissioning assets related to mine development.

Post production stripping

In surface mining operations, the group may find it necessary to remove waste materials to gain access to coal reserves prior to and after production commences. Prior to production commencing, stripping costs are capitalised until the point where the overburden has been removed and access to the coal seam commences. Subsequent to production, waste stripping continues as part of extraction process as a mining production activity. There are two benefits accruing to the group from stripping activity during the production phase: extraction of coal that can be used to produce inventory and improved access to further quantities of material that will be mined in future periods. Economic coal extracted is accounted for as inventory. The production stripping costs relating to improved access to further quantities in future periods are capitalised as a stripping activity asset, if and only if, all of the following are met:

In determining the relevant component of the coal reserve for which access is improved, the group componentises its mine into geographically distinct sections or phases to which the stripping activities being undertaken within that component are allocated. Such phases are determined based on assessment of factors such as geology and mine planning.

The group depreciates deferred costs capitalised as stripping assets on a unit of production method, with reference the tons mined and reserve of the relevant ore body component or phase. The cost is recognised within Mine development costs within the balance sheet.

Other assets and depreciation

The cost, less estimated residual value, of other property, plant and equipment is written off on a straight-line basis over the asset’s expected useful life. This includes the washing plant and other key surface infrastructure. Residual values and useful lives are reviewed, and adjusted if appropriate, at each balance sheet date. Changes to the estimated residual values or useful lives are accounted for prospectively. Heavy surface mining and other plant and equipment is depreciated at varying rates depending upon its expected usage.

The depreciation rates generally applied are:

Mining equipment 5 – 10 per cent per annum, but shorter of its useful life or the life of the mine
Motor vehicles 25 – 33 per cent per annum
Office equipment 10 – 33 per cent per annum

Provisions

Provisions are recognised when the group has a present obligation as a result of a past event which it is probable will result in an outflow of economic benefits that can be reliably estimated.

A provision for rehabilitation of the mine is initially recorded at present value and the discounting effect is unwound over time as a finance cost. Changes to the provision as a result of changes in estimates are recorded as an increase / decrease in the provision and associated decommissioning asset. The decommissioning asset is depreciated in line with the group’s depreciation policy over the life of mine. The provision includes the restoration of the underground, opencast, surface operations and de-commissioning of plant and equipment. The timing and final cost of the rehabilitation is uncertain and will depend on the duration of the mine life and the quantities of coal extracted from the reserves.

Employee benefits

Share based remuneration

The company operates a share option scheme. The fair value of the share option scheme is determined at the date of grant. This fair value is then expensed on a straight-line basis over the vesting period, based on an estimate of the number of shares that will eventually vest. The fair value of options granted is calculated using a binomial or Black-Scholes-Merton model. Payments made to employees on the cancellation or settlement of options granted are accounted for as the repurchase of an equity interest, ie as a deduction from equity. Details of the share options in issue are disclosed in the Directors’ Remuneration Report on page 37 under the heading Share option schemes which is within the audited part of that report.

Pensions

The group operates a defined contribution pension scheme. The contributions payable to the scheme are expensed in the period to which they relate.

Foreign currencies

Monetary assets and liabilities are translated at year end exchange rates and the resulting exchange rate differences are included in the consolidated income statement within the results of operating activities if arising from trading activities, including inter-company trading balances and within finance cost/income if arising from financing.

For consolidation purposes, income and expense items are included in the consolidated income statement at average rates, and assets and liabilities are translated at year end exchange rates. Translation differences arising on consolidation are recognised in other comprehensive income. Foreign exchange differences on intercompany loans are recorded in other comprehensive income when the loans are not considered as trading balances and are not expected to be repaid in the foreseeable future. Where foreign operations are disposed of, the cumulative exchange differences of that foreign operation are recognised in the consolidated income statement when the gain or loss on disposal is recognised.

Transactions in foreign currencies are translated at the exchange rate ruling on transaction date.

Financial instruments

The group classifies financial instruments, or their component parts, on initial recognition as a financial asset, a financial liability or an equity instrument in accordance with the substance of the contractual arrangement.

Bank loans and overdrafts

Bank loans and overdrafts are included as financial liabilities on the group balance sheet at the amounts drawn on the particular facilities net of the unamortised cost of financing. Interest payable on those facilities is expensed as finance cost in the period to which it relates.

Finance lease liabilities

Finance lease liabilities arise for those investment properties held under a leasehold interest and accounted for as investment property. The liability is initially calculated as the present value of the minimum lease payments, reducing in subsequent reporting periods by the apportionment of payments to the lessor.

Available for sale investments

Financial assets available for sale are measured at fair value. Any changes in fair value above cost are recognised in other comprehensive income and accumulated in the available-for-sale reserve. For any changes in fair value below cost a provision for impairment is recognised in the profit or loss account.

Other investments classified as non-current available for sale investments comprise of shares in listed companies and are carried at fair value.

Trade receivables

Trade receivables do not carry any interest and are stated at their nominal value as reduced by appropriate allowances for estimated recoverable amounts as the interest that would be recognised from discounting future cash payments over the short payment period is not considered to be material.

Trade payables

Trade payables are not interest bearing and are stated at their nominal value, as the interest that would be recognised from discounting future cash payments over the short payment period is not considered to be material.

Other financial assets and liabilities

The groups other financial assets and liabilities not disclosed above are accounted for at amortised cost.

Joint ventures

Investments in joint ventures, being those entities over whose activities the group has joint control, as established by contractual agreement, are included at cost together with the group’s share of post-acquisition reserves, on an equity basis. Dividends received are credited against the investment. Joint control is the contractually agreed sharing of control over an arrangement, which exists only when decisions about relevant strategic and/or key operating decisions require unanimous consent of the parties sharing control. Control over the arrangement is assessed by the group in accordance with the definition of control under IFRS 10. Loans to joint ventures are classified as non-current assets when they are not expected to be received in the normal working capital cycle. Trading receivables and payables to joint ventures are classified as current assets and liabilities.

Inventories

Inventories are stated at the lower of cost and net realisable value. Cost includes materials, direct labour and overheads relevant to the stage of production. Cost is determined using the weighted average method. Net realisable value is based on estimated selling price less all further costs to completion and all relevant marketing, selling and distribution costs.

Impairment

Whenever events or changes in circumstance indicate that the carrying amount of an asset may not be recoverable an asset is reviewed for impairment. This includes mining reserves, plant and equipment and net investments in joint ventures. A review involves determining whether the carrying amounts are in excess of their recoverable amounts. An asset’s recoverable amount is determined as the higher of its fair value less costs of disposal and its value in use. Such reviews are undertaken on an asset-by-asset basis, except where assets do not generate cash flows independent of other assets, in which case the review is undertaken on a cash generating unit basis.

If the carrying amount of an asset exceeds its recoverable amount an asset’s carrying value is written down to its estimated recoverable amount (being the higher of the fair value less cost to sell and value in use) if that is less than the asset’s carrying amount. Any change in carrying value is recognised in the comprehensive income statement.

Deferred tax

Deferred tax is the tax expected to be payable or recoverable on differences between the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities in the financial statements and the corresponding tax bases used in the tax computations, and is accounted for using the balance sheet liability method. Deferred tax liabilities are generally recognised for all taxable temporary differences and deferred tax assets are recognised to the extent that it is probable that taxable profits will be available against which deductible temporary differences can be utilised. In respect of the deferred tax on the revaluation surplus, this is calculated on the basis of the chargeable gains that would crystallise on the sale of the investment portfolio as at the reporting date. The calculation takes account of indexation on the historical cost of the properties and any available capital losses.

Deferred tax is calculated at the tax rates that are expected to apply in the period when the liability is settled or the asset is realised. Deferred tax is charged or credited in the group income statement, except when it relates to items charged or credited directly to other comprehensive income, in which case it is also dealt with in other comprehensive income.

Dividends

Dividends payable on the ordinary share capital are recognised as a liability in the period in which they are approved.

Cash and cash equivalents

Cash comprises cash in hand and on-demand deposits. Cash and cash equivalents comprises short-term, highly liquid investments that are readily convertible to known amounts of cash and which are subject to an insignificant risk of changes in value and original maturities of three months or less. The cash and cash equivalents shown in the cashflow statement are stated net of bank overdrafts that are repayable on demand as per IAS 7. This includes the structured trade finance facility held in South Africa as detailed in note 21. These facilities are considered to form an integral part of the treasury management of the group and can fluctuate from positive to negative balances during the period.



Assets held for sale

Non-current assets, or disposal groups comprising assets and liabilities, are classified as held-for-sale if it is highly probable that they will be recovered primarily through sale rather through continuing use. Such assets, or disposal groups, are generally measured at the lower of their carrying amount and fair value less costs of sell. Any impairment loss on a disposal group is allocated first to goodwill, and then to the remaining assets and liabilities on a pro rata basis, except that no loss is allocated to inventories, financial assets, deferred tax assets, employee benefit assets, investment property which continue to be measured in accordance with the group’s other accounting policies.

Impairment losses on initial classification as held-for-sale and subsequent gains and losses on remeasurement are recognised in profit or loss. Once classified as held-for-sale, intangible assets and property, plant and equipment are no longer amortised or depreciated, and any equity-accounted investment is no longer equity accounted.

Segmental reporting

For management reporting purposes, the group is organised into business segments distinguishable by economic activity. The group’s only business segments are mining activities and investment properties. These business segments are subject to risks and returns that are different from those of other business segments and are the primary basis on which the group reports its segment information. This is consistent with the way the group is managed and with the format of the group’s internal financial reporting. Significant revenue from transactions with any individual customer, which makes up 10 percent or more of the total revenue of the group, is separately disclosed within each segment. All coal exports are sales to coal traders at Richard Bay’s terminal in South Africa with the risks and rewards passing to the coal trader at the terminal. Whilst the coal traders will ultimately sell the coal on the international markets the Company has no visibility over the ultimate destination of the coal. Accordingly, the export sales are recorded as South African revenue.



Notes to the financial statements

for the year ended 31 December 2017

1. SEGMENTAL REPORTING

2017
Business analysis Mining
£’000
Property
£’000
Other
£’000
Total
£’000
Significant revenue customer A 27,528 - - 27,528
Significant revenue customer B 7,226 - - 7,226
Significant revenue customer C 412 - - 412
Other revenue 1,134 1,125 34 2,293
Segment revenue 36,300 1,125 34 37,459
Operating (loss)/profit before fair value adjustments & exchange movements 3,104 897 28 4,029
Revaluation of investments & exchange movements (256) (13) 3 (266)
Operating profit and segment result 2,848 884 31 3,763
Segment assets 13,500 13,803 3,050 30,353
Unallocated assets
                – Non-current assets 3
                – Cash & cash equivalents 5,327
Total assets excluding investment in joint ventures and assets held for sale 35,683
Segment liabilities (9,238) (2,270) (214) (11,722)
Borrowings (1,329) (5,832) - (7,161)
Total liabilities (10,567) (8,102) (214) (18,883)
Net assets 16,800
Non segmental assets
                – Investment in joint ventures 874
Net assets as per balance sheet 17,674

   

Geographic analysis United
Kingdom
£’000
South
Africa
£’000
Total
£’000
Revenue 1,159 36,300 37,459
Operating profit/(loss) and segment result 854 2,909 3,763
Non-current assets excluding investments 13,400 8,610 22,010
Total net assets 13,416 4,258 17,674
Capital expenditure 13 1,741 1,754

   

2016
Business analysis Mining
£’000
Property
£’000
Other
£’000
Total
£’000
Significant revenue customer A 14,543 - - 14,543
Significant revenue customer B 4,581 - - 4,581
Significant revenue customer C 445 - - 445
Other revenue 2,134 1,084 28 3,246
Segment revenue 21,703 1,084 28 22,815
Operating (loss)/profit before fair value adjustments & exchange movements (1,030) 736 25 (269)
Revaluation of investments & exchange movements 449 445 12 906
Operating (loss)/profit and segment result (581) 1,181 37 637
Segment assets 15,082 13,889 2,781 31,752
Unallocated assets
                – Non-current assets 6
                – Cash & cash equivalents 2,444
Total assets excluding investment in joint ventures and assets held for sale 34,202
Segment liabilities (8,098) (2,320) (215) (10,633)
Borrowings (3,424) (5,810) - (9,234)
Total liabilities (11,522) (8,130) (215) (19,867)
Net assets 14,335
Non segmental assets
                – Investment in joint ventures 1,321
                – Loan to joint venture 1,350
Net assets as per balance sheet 17,006

   

Geographic analysis United
Kingdom
£’000
South
Africa
£’000
Total
£’000
Revenue 1,112 21,703 22,815
Operating profit/(loss) and segment result 1,231 (595) 636
Non-current assets excluding investments 13,432 8,517 21,949
Total net assets 12,291 4,715 17,006
Capital expenditure 1 2,858 2,859

2. OPERATING COSTS

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Mining 25,664 16,184
Property 151 211
Cost of sales 25,815 16,395
Administration 7,615 6,689
Operating costs 33,430 23,084
The direct property costs are:
                Ground rent 8 10
                Direct property expense 130 177
                Bad debts 13 24
151 211

Operating costs above include depreciation of £1,790,000 (2016: £1,785,000).

3. (LOSS)/GAIN ON REVALUATION OF INVESTMENT PROPERTIES

The reconciliation of the investment surplus to the gain on revaluation of investment properties in the income statement is set out below:

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Investment surplus 16 458
Loss on valuation movement in respect of head lease payments (29) (13)
(Loss)/gain on revaluation of investment properties (13) 445

4. PROFIT/(LOSS) BEFORE TAXATION

(Loss)/profit before taxation is arrived at after charging:

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Staff costs (see note 28) 6,396 5,321
Depreciation 1,790 1,785
Exchange loss/(gain) 256 (449)
Fees payable to the company’s auditor for the audit of the company’s annual accounts 41 40
Fees payable to the company’s auditor and its associates for other services:
                The audit of the company’s subsidiaries pursuant to legislation 10 10
                Audit related services 1 32
                Non-audit related services 1 -

The directors consider the auditors were best placed to provide the above non-audit and audit related services which refer to regulatory matters. The audit committee reviews the nature and extent of non-audit services to ensure that independence is maintained.

5. DIRECTORS’ EMOLUMENTS

Directors’ emoluments are shown in the Directors’ remuneration report on page 36 which is within the audited part of that report.

6.   INTEREST PAYABLE

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
On bank overdrafts and bank loans 443 395
Unwinding of discount 92 78
Other interest payable 129 81
Interest payable 664 554

7. TAXATION

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
(a) Based on the results for the year:
Current tax - UK 231 10
Current tax - Overseas 136 60
Corporation tax – adjustment in respect of prior year – UK (5) -
Current tax 362 70
Deferred tax 202 (131)
Total tax in income statement charge / (credit) 564 (61)

 The 2016 deferred tax recognised in income of £131,000 includes a credit of £168,000 arising on the correction of an error in the calculation of deferred tax in 2015 related to the accounting of a deferred tax liability incorrectly recognised in respect of management fees. The company adjusted the effect of this error in its 2016 financial statements by reducing the tax charge for the year by £168,000 and reducing the associated deferred tax liability as it was not considered to be material to the current or prior year financial statements.

(b) Factors affecting tax charge for the year:

The corporation tax assessed for the year is different from that at the standard rate of corporation tax in the United Kingdom of 19.25% (2016: 20%).

The differences are explained below:

Profit/(Loss) on ordinary activities before taxation 1,485 346
Tax on profit on ordinary activities at 19.25% (2016: 20%) 286 69
Effects of:
Expenses not deductible for tax purposes 107 20
Capital gains on disposal - 153
Adjustment to tax rate 201 (117)
Other differences (27) (32)
Adjustment in respect of prior years (3) (154)
Total tax in income statement (credit) / charge 564 (61)

 (c) Analysis of United Kingdom and overseas tax:

United Kingdom tax included in above:

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Corporation tax 231 10
Adjustment in respect of prior years (5) -
Current tax 226 10
Deferred tax (197) 8
29 18
Overseas tax included in above:
Current tax 136 60
Deferred tax 399 (139)
535 (79)

8. DIVIDENDS PAID

2017
Per share
2017
£’000
2016
Per share
2016
£’000
Dividends paid during the year relating to the prior period 4.00p 427 4.00p 427
Dividends relating to the current period:
Interim dividend for 2017 paid on 9 February 2018 1.00p 107 1.00p 107
Proposed final dividend for 2017 3.00p 320 3.00p 320
Proposed special dividend for 2017 1.00p 107 - -
5.00p 534 4.00p 427

The dividends relating to the current period are not accounted for until they have been approved at the Annual General Meeting. The amount, in respect of 2017, will be accounted for as an appropriation of retained earnings in the year ending 31 December 2018.

9.   PROFIT AND DILUTED PROFIT PER SHARE

Both the basic and diluted profit per share calculations are based on a profit of £749,000 (2016: £479,000). The basic profit per share has been calculated on a weighted average of 10,676,839 (2016: 10,676,839) ordinary shares being in issue during the period. The diluted profit per share has been calculated on the weighted average number of shares in issue of 10,676,839 (2016: 10,676,839) plus the dilutive potential ordinary shares arising from share options of nil (2016: nil) totalling 10,676,839 (2016: 10,676,839).

Share options exercisable as at 31 December 2017 do not have a dilutive effect as the average market price of ordinary shares during the period does not exceed the exercise price of the options.



10. INVESTMENT PROPERTIES

Freehold
£’000
Long
Leasehold
£’000
Total
£’000
Valuation at 1 January 2017 10,550 2,695 13,245
Additions 13 - 13
Revaluation (13) - (13)
Valuation at 31 December 2017 10,550 2,695 13,245
Valuation at 1 January 2016 10,150 2,650 12,800
Revaluation 400 45 445
Valuation at 31 December 2016 10,550 2,695 13,245
Historical cost
At 31 December 2017 5,836 728 6,564
At 31 December 2016 5,823 728 6,551

Long leasehold properties are those for which the unexpired term at the balance sheet date is not less than 50 years. All investment properties are held for use in operating leases and all properties generated rental income during the period.

Freehold and Long Leasehold properties were externally professionally valued at 31 December on an open market basis by:

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Carter Towler 13,245 13,245

The valuations were carried out in accordance with the Statements of Asset Valuation and Guidance Notes published by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Each year external valuers are appointed by the Executive Directors on behalf of the Board. The valuers are selected based upon their knowledge, independence and reputation for valuing assets such as those held by the group.

Valuations are performed annually and are performed consistently across all investment properties in the group’s portfolio. At each reporting date appropriately qualified employees of the group verify all significant inputs and review the computational outputs. Valuers submit their report to the Board on the outcome of each valuation round.

Valuations take into account tenure, lease terms and structural condition. The inputs underlying the valuations include market rent or business profitability, likely incentives offered to tenants, forecast growth rates, yields, EBITDA, discount rates, construction costs including any specific site costs (for example section 106), professional fees, developer’s profit including contingencies, planning and construction timelines, lease regear costs, planning risk and sales prices based on known market transactions for similar properties to those being valued.

Valuations are based on what is determined to be the highest and best use. When considering the highest and best use a valuer will consider, on a property by property basis, its actual and potential uses which are physically, legally and financially viable. Where the highest and best use differs from the existing use, the valuer will consider the cost and likelihood of achieving and implanting this change in arriving at its valuation.

There are often restrictions on Freehold and Leasehold property which could have a material impact on the realisation of these assets. The most significant of these occur when planning permission or lease extension and renegotiation of use are required or when a credit facility is in place. These restrictions are factored in the property’s valuation by the external valuer.

IFRS 13 sets out a valuation hierarchy for assets and liabilities measured at fair value as follows:

Level 1:   valuation based on inputs on quoted market prices in active markets

Level 2:   valuation based on inputs other than quoted prices included within level 1 that maximise the use of observable data directly or from market prices or indirectly derived from market prices.

Level 3:   where one or more Significant inputs to valuations are not based on observable market data

The inter-relationship between key unobservable inputs and the groups’ properties is detailed in the table below:

Class of property Level 3 Valuation technique Key
unobservable inputs
Carrying/
fair value
2017
£’000
Carrying/
fair value
2016
£’000
Range
(weighted
average)
2017
Range
(weighted
average)
2016
Freehold – external valuation Income capitalisation Estimated rental
value per sq ft p.a
10,550 10,550 £7 – £25
(£18)
£7 – £27
(£20)
Equivalent Yield 7.1% – 11.0%
(8.7%)
7.8% – 11.0%
(8.9%)
Long leasehold – external valuation Income capitalisation Estimated rental
value per sq ft p.a
2,695 2,695 £8 – £8
(£8)
£8 – £8
(£8)
Equivalent yield 7.7% – 7.7%
(7.7%)
7.6% – 7.6%
(7.6%)
At 31 December 2017 13,245 13,245

There are interrelationships between all these inputs as they are determined by market conditions. The existence of an increase in more than one input would be to magnify the input on the valuation. The impact on the valuation will be mitigated by the interrelationship of two inputs in opposite directions, for example, an increase in rent may be offset by an increase in yield.

The table below illustrates the impact of changes in key unobservable inputs on the carrying / fair value of the group’s properties:

Estimated rental value
10% increase or decrease
Equivalent yield
25 basis point contraction or expansion
2017
£’000
2016
£’000
2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Freehold – external valuation 1,055 / (1,055) 1,055 / (1,055) 331 / (311) 316 / (298)
Long Leasehold – external valuation 270 / (270) 270 / (270) 90 / (85) 92 / (86)



11. MINING RESERVES, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT

Mining
reserves
£’000
Mining
equipment and development costs
£’000
Motor
vehicles
£’000
Office
equipment
£’000
Total
£’000
Cost at 1 January 2017 1,345 23,724 235 146 25,450
Exchange adjustment 22 447 3 2 474
Additions - 1,731 - 10 1,741
Disposals - - (38) - (38)
Cost at 31 December 2017 1,367 25,902 200 158 27,627
Accumulated depreciation at 1 January 2017 1,287 15,370 154 119 16,930
Exchange adjustment 21 308 2 1 332
Charge for the year 1 1,763 17 9 1,790
Disposals - - (38) - (38)
Accumulated depreciation at 31 December 2017 1,309 17,441 135 129 19,014
Net book value at 31 December 2017 58 8,461 65 29 8,613
Cost at 1 January 2016 995 15,453 150 120 16,718
Exchange adjustment 350 5,858 47 19 6,274
Additions - 2,814 38 7 2,859
Disposals - (401) - - (401)
Cost at 31 December 2016 1,345 23,724 235 146 25,450
Accumulated depreciation at 1 January 2016 949 10,201 99 95 11,344
Exchange adjustment 336 3,824 28 14 4,202
Charge for the year 2 1,746 27 10 1,785
Disposals - (401) - - (401)
Accumulated depreciation at 31 December 2016 1,287 15,370 154 119 16,930
Net book value at 31 December 2016 58 8,354 81 27 8,520



12. INVESTMENTS HELD AS NON-CURRENT ASSETS

2017
Net investment in joint
ventures
assets
£’000
2017
Other
£’000
2016
Net investment
in joint
ventures
assets
£’000
2016
Other
£’000
At 1 January 1,321 36 1,198 29
Share of gain in investment - 19 - 6
Exchange adjustment (8) - 130 1
Share of (loss)/gain in joint ventures 8 - (7) -
Write-off of investment (447) - - -
Net assets at 31 December 874 55 1,321 36
Loan to joint venture (Ezimbokodweni):
At 1 January 1,350 - 900 -
Exchange adjustments (16) - 336 -
Additions - interest 46 - 114 -
Write-off of loan (1,380) - - -
At 31 December - - 1,350 -
At 31 December 874 55 2,671 36
Provision for diminution in value:
At 1 January - (4) - (15)
Exchange adjustment - - - (1)
Write back/(down) of investment - - - 12
At 31 December - (4) - (4)
Net book value at 31 December 874 51 2,671 32

   

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Net book value of unquoted investments - -
Net book and market value of investments listed on overseas stock exchanges 51 32
51 32



13. JOINT VENTURES

Dragon Retail Properties Limited

The company owns 50% of the issued share capital of Dragon Retail Properties Limited, an unlisted property investment company. At year end, the carrying value of the investment held by the group was £874,000 (2016: £866,000). The remaining 50% is held by London & Associated Properties PLC. Dragon Retail Properties Limited is incorporated in England and Wales and its registered address is 24 Bruton Place, London, W1J 6NE. It has issued share capital of 500,000 (2016: 500,000) ordinary shares of £1 each. No dividends were received during the period.

Ezimbokodweni Mining (Pty) Ltd

The company owned 49% of the issued share capital of Ezimbokodweni Mining (Pty) Limited (“Ezimbokodweni”), an unlisted coal exploration and development company incorporated in South Africa. During the year the group wrote off its net investment in Ezimbokodweni at a carrying value of £1,827,000. The write-off included a loan at an amount of a £1,380,000 as well as an equity investment of £447,000. At year end, the carrying value of the net investment, as disclosed in joint venture assets in note 12, is a loan to Ezimbokodweni of £nil (2016: £1,350,000) and an equity investment of £nil (2016: £455,000). Refer to page 62 for details regarding the write-off of the asset.

Dragon
50%
£’000
Ezimbokodweni
49%
£’000
2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Turnover 83 - 83 86
Profit and loss
Profit/(loss) before depreciation, interest and taxation 26 - 26 12
Depreciation and amortisation (6) - (6) (13)
Loss before interest and taxation 20 - 20 (1)
Interest Income 68 - 68 69
Interest expense (83) - (83) (85)
Loss before taxation 5 - 5 (17)
Taxation 3 - 3 10
Loss after taxation 8 - 8 (7)
Balance sheet
Non-current assets 1,317 - 1,317 2,672
Cash and cash equivalents 46 - 46 61
Other current assets 1,218 - 1,218 1,165
Current borrowings - - - -
Other current liabilities (1,062) - (1,062) (2,388)
Net current assets 202 - 202 (1,162)
Non-current borrowings (609) - (609) (603)
Other non-current liabilities (36) - (36) (41)
Share of net assets at 31 December 874 - 874 866
Reconciliation of net assets to carrying value of joint venture assets:
Share of net assets at 31 December 874 - 874 866
Pre-acquisition costs capitalised - - - 455
Carrying value of joint venture assets at 31 December 874 - 874 1,321



14. SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES

The company owns the following ordinary share capital of the subsidiaries which are included within the consolidated financial statements:

Activity Percentage of
share capital
Registered address Country of
incorporation
Mineral Products Limited Share dealing 100% 24 Bruton Place, London, W1J6NE England and Wales
Bisichi (Properties) Limited Property 100% 24 Bruton Place, London, W1J6NE England and Wales
Bisichi Northampton Limited Property 100% 24 Bruton Place, London, W1J6NE England and Wales
Bisichi Trustee Limited Property 100% 24 Bruton Place, London, W1J6NE England and Wales
Urban First (Northampton) Limited Property 100% 24 Bruton Place, London, W1J6NE England and Wales
Bisichi Mining (Exploration) Limited Holding company 100% 24 Bruton Place, London, W1J6NE England and Wales
Ninghi Marketing Limited Dormant 90.1% 24 Bruton Place, London, W1J6NE England and Wales
Bisichi Mining Managements Services Limited Dormant 100% 24 Bruton Place, London, W1J6NE England and Wales
Black Wattle Colliery (Pty) Limited Coal mining 62.5% Samora Machel Street, Bethal Road, Middelburg, Mpumalanga, 1050 South Africa
Bisichi Coal Mining (Pty) Limited Coal mining 100% Samora Machel Street, Bethal Road, Middelburg, Mpumalanga, 1050 South Africa
Black Wattle Klipfontein (Pty) Limited Coal mining 62.5% Samora Machel Street, Bethal Road,
Middelburg, Mpumalanga, 1050
South Africa
Amandla Ehtu Mineral Resource
Development (Pty) Limited
Dormant 70% Samora Machel Street, Bethal Road,
Middelburg, Mpumalanga, 1050
South Africa

Details on the non-controlling interest in subsidiaries are shown under note 26.



15. INVENTORIES

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Coal
Washed 301 1,139
Mining Production 286 83
Work in progress 227 458
Other 14 41
828 1,721



16. TRADE AND OTHER RECEIVABLES

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Amounts falling due within one year:
                Trade receivables 3,908 4,076
                Amount owed by joint venture 2,000 2,000
                Other receivables 415 754
                Prepayments and accrued income 94 416
6,417 7,246



17. AVAILABLE FOR SALE INVESTMENTS

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Market value of listed Investments:
Listed in Great Britain 1,003 721
Listed outside Great Britain 47 60
1,050 781
Original cost of listed investments 922 737
Unrealised surplus / defecit of market value versus cost 128 44

The Directors have reviewed the individual investments for impairment and do not consider the investments which are below cost to be impaired.



18. TRADE AND OTHER PAYABLES

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Trade payables 3,771 3,610
Amounts owed to joint ventures 192 192
Other payables 1,402 1,422
Accruals 1,787 1,493
Deferred Income 229 233
7,381 6,950



19. FINANCIAL LIABILITIES – BORROWINGS

Current Non-current
2017
£’000
2016
£’000
2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Bank overdraft (secured) 1,262 3,334 - -
Bank loan (secured) 26 24 5,872 5,876
1,288 3,358 5,872 5,876

   

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Bank overdraft and loan instalments by reference to the balance sheet date:
                Within one year 1,288 3,358
                From one to two years 17 26
                From two to five years 5,855 5,850
7,160 9,234
Bank overdraft and loan analysis by origin:
                United Kingdom 5,832 5,810
                Southern Africa 1,328 3,424
7,160 9,234

The United Kingdom bank loans and overdraft are secured by way of a first charge over the investment properties in the UK which are included in the financial statements at a value of £13,245,000. The South African bank loans are secured by way of a first charge over specific pieces of mining equipment, inventory and the debtors of the relevant company which holds the loan which are included in the financial statements at a value of £6,123,500. No banking covenants were breached by the group during the year


Consistent with others in the mining and property industry, the group monitors its capital by its gearing levels. This is calculated as the total bank loans and overdraft less remaining cash and cash equivalents as a percentage of equity. At year end the gearing of the group was calculated as follows:

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Total bank loans and overdraft 7,160 9,234
Less cash and cash equivalents (excluding overdraft) (5,327) (2,444)
Net debt 1,833 6,790
Total equity attributable to shareholders of the parent 17,209 16,657
Gearing 10.7% 40.8%

Analysis of the changes in liabilities arising from financing activities:

Bank borrowings  (including
overdraft)  
£’000
Finance
leases
£’000
2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Balance at 1 January 9,234 181 9,415 8,401
Exchange adjustments (4) - (4) 854
Cash movements excluding exchange adjustments (2,070) - (2,070) 173
Valuation movements - (29) (29) (13)
Balance at 31 December 7,160 152 7,312 9,415



20. PROVISION FOR REHABILITATION

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
As at 1 January 1,236 847
Exchange adjustment 21 311
Unwinding of discount 92 78
As at 31 December 1,349 1,236



21. FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

Total financial assets and liabilities

The group’s financial assets and liabilities are as follows, representing both the fair value and the carrying value:

Loans and
receivables
£’000
Financial Liabilities
measured at
amortised cost
£’000
Available for sale investments
£’000
2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Cash and cash equivalents 5,327 - - 5,327 2,444
Current available for sale investments - - 1,050 1,050 781
Non-current available for sale investments - - 51 51 32
Trade and other receivables 6,323 - - 6,323 6,830
Bank borrowings and overdraft - (7,160) - (7,160) (9,234)
Finance leases - (152) - (152) (181)
Other liabilities - (7,152) - (7,152) (6,735)
11,650 (14,464) 1,101 (1,713) (6,063)

Available for sale investments are held at fair value and fall under level 1 of the fair value hierarchy into which fair value measurements are recognised in accordance with the levels set out in IFRS 7. The comparative figures for 2016 fall under the same category of financial instrument as 2017.

The carrying amount of short term (less than 12 months) trade receivable and other liabilities approximate their fair values. The fair value of non-current borrowings in note 19 approximates its carrying value and was determined under level 2 of the fair value hierarchy and is estimated by discounting the future contractual cash flows at the current market interest rates for UK borrowings and for the South African overdraft facility. The fair value of the finance lease liabilities in note 30 approximates its carrying value and was determined under level 2 of the fair value hierarchy and is estimated by discounting the future contractual cash flows at the current market interest rates.

Treasury policy

Although no derivative transactions were entered into during the current and prior year, the group may use derivative transactions such as interest rate swaps and forward exchange contracts as necessary in order to help manage the financial risks arising from the group’s activities. The main risks arising from the group’s financing structure are interest rate risk, liquidity risk, market risk, credit risk, currency risk and commodity price risk. There have been no changes during the year of the main risks arising from the group’s finance structure. The policies for managing each of these risks and the principal effects of these policies on the results are summarised below.

Interest rate risk

Interest rate risk is the risk that the value of a financial instrument or cashflows associated with the instrument will fluctuate due to changes in market interest rates. Interest rate risk arises from interest bearing financial assets and liabilities that the group uses. Treasury activities take place under procedures and policies approved and monitored by the Board to minimise the financial risk faced by the group. Interest bearing assets comprise cash and cash equivalents which are considered to be short-term liquid assets and loans to joint ventures. Interest bearing borrowings comprise bank loans, bank overdrafts and variable rate finance lease obligations. The rates of interest vary based on LIBOR in the UK and PRIME in South Africa.

As at 31 December 2017, with other variables unchanged, a 1% increase or decrease in interest rates, on investments and borrowings whose interest rates are not fixed, would respectively change the profit/loss for the year by £82,000 (2016: £56,000). The effect on equity of this change would be an equivalent decrease or increase for the year of £82,000 (2016: £56,000).

Liquidity risk

The group’s policy is to minimise refinancing risk. Efficient treasury management and strict credit control minimise the costs and risks associated with this policy which ensures that funds are available to meet commitments as they fall due. As at year end the group held borrowing facilities in the UK in Bisichi Mining PLC and in South Africa in Black Wattle Colliery (Pty) Ltd.

The following table sets out the maturity profile of contractual undiscounted cashlfows of financial liabilities as at 31 December:

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Within one year 9,110 10,658
From one to two years 198 239
From two to five years 6,054 6,277
Beyond five years 105 125
15,467 17,299

The following table sets out the maturity profile of contractual undiscounted cashlfows of financial liabilities as at 31 December maturing within one year:

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Within one month 3,824 2,119
From one to three months 2,278 2,926
From four to twelve months 3,008 5,613
9,110 10,658

In South Africa, an increased structured trade finance facility for R100million was signed by Black Wattle Colliery (Pty) Limited in July 2017 with Absa Bank Limited. The facility is renewable annually at 30 June and is secured against inventory, debtors and cash that are held by Black Wattle Colliery (Pty) Limited. The trade facility, which is repayable on demand, is included in cash and cash equivalents within the cashflow statement.

This trade facility comprises of a R80million revolving facility to cover the working capital requirements of the group’s South African operations, and a R20million loan facility to cover guarantee requirements related to the group’s South African mining operations. The interest cost of the loan is at the South African prime lending rate.

In December 2014, the group signed a £6 million term loan facility with Santander. The loan is secured against the group’s UK retail property portfolio. The debt package has a five year term and is repayable at the end of the term. The interest cost of the loan is 2.35% above LIBOR.

As a result of the above agreed banking facilities, the Directors believe that the group is well placed to manage its liquidity risk.

Credit risk

The group is mainly exposed to credit risk on its cash and cash equivalents, trade and other receivables and amounts owed by joint ventures as per the balance sheet. The maximum exposure to credit risk is represented by the carrying amount of each financial asset in the balance sheet which at year end amounted to £11,650,000 (2016: £9,274,000). The group’s credit risk is primarily attributable to its trade receivables. The group had amounts due from its significant revenue customers at the year end that represented 93% (2016: 85%) of the trade receivables balance. These amounts have been subsequently settled.

Trade debtor’s credit ratings are reviewed regularly. The group only deposits surplus cash with well-established financial institutions of high quality credit standing. As at year end the amount of trade receivables held past due date was £24,000 (2016: £157,000). To date, the amount of trade receivables held past due date that has not subsequently been settled is £18,000 (2016: £134,000). Management have no reason to believe that this amount will not be settled.   

Financial assets maturity

On 31 December 2017, cash at bank and in hand amounted to £5,327,000 (2016: £2,444,000) which is invested in short term bank deposits maturing within one year bearing interest at the bank’s variable rates. Cash and cash equivalents all have a maturity of less than 3 months.

Foreign exchange risk

All trading is undertaken in the local currencies except for certain export sales which are invoiced in dollars. It is not the group’s policy to obtain forward contracts to mitigate foreign exchange risk on these contracts as payment terms are within 15 days of invoice or earlier. Funding is also in local currencies other than inter-company investments and loans and it is also not the group’s policy to obtain forward contracts to mitigate foreign exchange risk on these amounts. During 2017 and 2016 the group did not hedge its exposure of foreign investments held in foreign currencies.

The directors consider there to be no significant risk from exchange rate movements of foreign currencies against the functional currencies of the reporting companies within the group, excluding inter-company balances. The principle currency risk to which the group is exposed in regard to inter-company balances is the exchange rate between Pounds sterling and South African Rand. It arises as a result of the retranslation of Rand denominated inter-company trade receivable balances held within the UK which are payable by South African Rand functional currency subsidiaries.

Based on the group’s net financial assets and liabilities as at 31 December 2017, a 25% strengthening of Sterling against the South African Rand, with all other variables held constant, would decrease the group’s profit after taxation by £34,000 (2016: £435,000). A 25% weakening of Sterling against the South African Rand, with all other variables held constant would increase the group’s profit after taxation by £56,000 (2016: £725,000).

The 25% sensitivity has been determined based on the average historic volatility of the exchange rate for 2016 and 2017.

The table below shows the currency profiles of cash and cash equivalents:

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Sterling 3,402 1,717
South African Rand 1,923 725
US Dollar 2 2
5,327 2,444

Cash and cash equivalents earn interest at rates based on LIBOR in Sterling and Prime in Rand.

The tables below shows the currency profiles of net monetary assets and liabilities by functional currency of the group:

2017: Sterling
£’000
South
African

Rands
£’000
Sterling (832) -
South African Rand 54 (1,304)
US Dollar 13 -
(765) (1,304)

   

2016: Sterling
£’000
South
African
Rands
£’000
Sterling (2,522) -
South African Rand 36 (2,262)
US Dollar 35 -
(2,451) (2,262)



22. DEFERRED TAXATION

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
As at 1 January 2,248 2,002
Recognised in income 202 (131)
Recognised in comprehensive income - 13
Exchange adjustment 35 364
As at 31 December 2,485 2,248
The deferred tax balance comprises the following:
Revaluation of properties 691 715
Capital allowances 2,389 2,361
Short term timing difference (513) (184)
Unredeemed capital deductions (80) (642)
Losses and other deductions (2) (2)
2,485 2,248

Refer to note 7 for details of adjustments in respect of the prior year deferred tax in the current year.



23. SHARE CAPITAL

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Authorised: 13,000,000 ordinary shares of 10p each 1,300 1,300

Allotted and fully paid:

2017
Number of
ordinary
shares
2016
Number of
ordinary
shares
2017
£’000
2016
£’000
At 1 January and outstanding at 31 December 10,676,839 10,676,839 1,068 1,068



24. OTHER RESERVES

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Equity share options 597 597
Net investment premium on share capital in joint venture 86 86
683 683



25. SHARE BASED PAYMENTS

Details of the share option scheme are shown in the Directors’ remuneration report on page 37 under the heading Share option schemes which is within the audited part of this report. Further details of the share option schemes are set out below.

The Bisichi Mining PLC Unapproved Option Schemes:

Year of grant Subscription
price per share
Period within
which options
exercisable
Number of share
for which options
outstanding at
31 December 2016
Number of
share options
lapsed
during year
Number of share
for which options
outstanding at
31 December 2017
2010 202.5p Aug 2013 – Aug 2020 80,000 - 80,000
2016 87.0p Sep 2015 – Sep 2025 300,000 - 300,000

On the 5 February 2018 the company entered into an agreement with G.Casey to surrender the 80,000 options which were granted in 2010. The aggregate consideration paid by the group to effect the cancellation was £1. There are no performance or service conditions attached to 2015 options which are outstanding at 31 December 2017 which vested in 2015.

On 6 February 2018 the company granted additional options to the following directors of the company:

The above options vest on date of grant and are exercisable within a period of 10 years from date of grant. There are no performance or service conditions attached to the options.

2017
Number
2017
Weighted
average
exercise price
2016
Number
2016
Weighted
average
exercise price
Outstanding at 1 January 380,000 111.3p 705,000 133.1p
Lapsed during the year - - (325,000) 237.5p
Outstanding at 31 December 380,000 111.3p 380,000 111.3p
Exercisable at 31 December 380,000 111.3p 380,000 111.3p



26. NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
As at 1 January 349 321
Share of profit/(loss) for the year 172 (72)
Exchange adjustment 11 100
As at 31 December 532 349

The non-controlling interest comprises of a 37.5% shareholding in Black Wattle Colliery (Pty) Ltd. A coal mining company incorporated in South Africa. Summarised financial information reflecting 100% of the underlying subsidiary’s relevant figures, is set out below.

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Revenue 36,300 21,703
Expenses (35,150) (22,185)
Profit/(loss) for the year 1,150 (482)
Other comprehensive Income - -
Total comprehensive income for the year 1,150 (482)
Balance sheet
                Non-current assets 8,613 8,516
                Current assets 6,747 8,600
                Current liabilities (8,652) (12,151)
                Non-current liabilities (3,155) (2,635)
Net assets at 31 December 3,553 2,330

The non-controlling interest relates to the disposal of a 37.5% shareholding in Black Wattle Colliery (Pty) Ltd in 2010 when the total issued share capital in Black Wattle Colliery (Pty) Ltd was increased from 136 shares to 1,000 shares at par of R1 (South African Rand) through the following shares issue:

- a subscription for 489 ordinary shares at par by Bisichi Mining (Exploration) Limited increasing the number of shares held from 136 ordinary shares to a total of 625 ordinary shares;

- a subscription for 110 ordinary shares at par by Vunani Mining (Pty) Ltd;

- a subscription for 265 “A” shares at par by Vunani Mining (Pty) Ltd

Bisichi Mining (Exploration) Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bisichi Mining PLC incorporated in England and Wales.

Vunani Mining (Pty) Ltd is a South African Black Economic Empowerment company and minority shareholder in Black Wattle Colliery (Pty) Ltd.

The “A” shares rank pari passu with the ordinary shares save that they will have no dividend rights until such time as the dividends paid by Black Wattle Colliery (Pty) Ltd on the ordinary shares subsequent to 30 October 2008 will equate to R832,075,000.

A non-controlling interest of 15% in Black Wattle Colliery (Pty) Ltd is recognised for all profits distributable to the 110 ordinary shares held by Vunani Mining (Pty) Ltd from the date of issue of the shares (18 October 2010). An additional non-controlling interest will be recognised for all profits distributable to the 265 “A” shares held by Vunani Mining (Pty) Ltd after such time as the profits available for distribution, in Black Wattle Colliery (Pty) Ltd, before any payment of dividends after 30 October 2008, exceeds R832,075,000.



27. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

At 31 December During the year
Amounts
owed
to related
party
£’000
Amounts
owed
by related
party
£’000
Costs
recharged
(to)/by
related
party
£’000
Cash paid
(to)/by
related
party
£’000
Related party:
London & Associated Properties PLC (note (a)) 33 - 138 (140)
Langney Shopping Centre Unit Trust (note (b)) - - - -
Dragon Retail Properties Limited (note (c)) 147 (2,000) (180) 204
Ezimbokodweni Mining (Pty) Limited (note (d)) - - (46) -
As at 31 December 2017 180 (2,000) (88) 64
London & Associated Properties PLC (note (a)) 35 - 138 (162)
Langney Shopping Centre Unit Trust (note (b)) - - - 64
Dragon Retail Properties Limited (note (c)) 123 (2,000) (174) 150
Ezimbokodweni Mining (Pty) Limited (note (d)) - (1,350) (114) -
As at 31 December 2016 158 (3,350) (150) 52

(a)  London & Associated Properties PLC – London & Associated Properties PLC is a substantial shareholder and parent company of Bisichi Mining PLC. Property management, office premises, general management, accounting and administration services are provided for Bisichi Mining PLC and its UK subsidiaries.

(b)  Langney Shopping Centre Unit Trust – Langney Shopping Centre Unit Trust is an unlisted property unit trust incorporated in Jersey. On the 11 March 2016, the company disposed of its investment in Langney Shopping Centre Unit Trust.

(c)  Dragon Retail Properties Limited – (“Dragon”) is owned equally by the company and London & Associated Properties PLC. Dragon is accounted as a joint venture and is treated as a non-current asset investment. During 2012 the company lent £2million to Dragon at 6.875 per cent annual interest which has been classified as a trading balance and which is unsecured and payable on demand.

(d)  Ezimbokodweni Mining (Pty) Limited – Ezimbokodweni Mining is a prospective coal production company based in South Africa. Ezimbokodweni Mining (Pty) Limited is a joint venture and a loan to the joint venture is treated as part of the net investment in the joint venture. Further details on the net investment in Ezimbokodweni can be found in note 13.

Details of key management personnel compensation and interest in share options are shown in the Directors’ Remuneration Report on pages 36 and 37 under the headings Directors’ remuneration, Pension schemes and incentives and Share option schemes which is within the audited part of this report. Refer also to note 25 for details of IFRS 2 charges. The total employers’ national insurance paid in relation to the remuneration of key management was £156,000 (2016: 143,000). In 2012 a loan was made to one of the directors, Mr A R Heller, for £116,000. Interest is payable on the Director’s Loan at a rate of 6.14 per cent. There is no fixed repayment date for the Director’s Loan. The loan amount outstanding at year end was £56,000 (2016: £71,000) and a repayment of £15,000 (2016: £15,000) was made during the year.

The non-controlling interest to Vunani Limited is shown in note 26. In addition, the group holds an investment in Vunani Limited classified as non-current available for sale investments with a fair value of £51,000 (2016: £32,000).



28. EMPLOYEES

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
The average weekly numbers of employees of the group during the year were as follows:
Production 192 185
Administration 15 15
207 200
Staff costs during the year were as follows:
Salaries 5,993 4,864
Social security costs 161 148
Pension costs 242 200
Share based payments - 109
6,396 5,321



29. CAPITAL COMMITMENTS

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Commitments for capital expenditure approved and contracted for at the year end - 762
Share of commitment of capital expenditure in joint venture - 1,489



30. HEAD LEASE COMMITMENTS AND FUTURE PROPERTY LEASE RENTALS

Present value of head leases on properties

Minimum lease
payments
Present value of
minimum lease
payments
2017
£’000
2016
£’000
2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Within one year 10 11 10 11
Second to fifth year 38 45 30 36
After five years 1,199 1,436 112 134
1,247 1,492 152 181
Discounting adjustment (1,095) (1,311) - -
Present value 152 181 152 181

The Company has one finance lease contract for an investment property. The remaining term for the leased investment property is 131 years. The annual rent payable is the higher of £7,500 or 6.25% of the revenue derived from the leased assets.

The group has entered into operating leases on its investment property portfolio consisting mainly of commercial properties. These leases have terms of between 1 and 68 years. All leases include a clause to enable upward revision of the rental charge on an annual basis according to prevailing market conditions.

The future aggregate minimum rentals receivable under non-cancellable operating leases are as follows:

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Within one year 914 981
Second to fifth year 2,460 2,533
After five years 9,327 9,262
12,701 12,776



31. CONTINGENT LIABILITIES AND POST BLANCE SHEET EVENTS

Bank guarantees have been issued by the bankers of Black Wattle Colliery (Pty) Limited on behalf of the company to third parties. The guarantees are secured against the assets of the company and have been issued in respect of the following:

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Rail siding 64 63
Rehabilitation of mining land 1,387 1,364
Water & electricity 58 57



Company balance sheet

at 31 December 2017

Notes 2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Fixed assets
Tangible assets 34 48 51
Investment in joint ventures 35 165 847
Other investments 35 7,395 7,599
7,609 8,497
Current assets
Debtors – amounts due within one year 36 3,471 3,253
Debtors – amounts due in more than one year 36 - 843
Bank balances 2,129 1,118
5,599 5,214
Creditors – amounts falling due within one year 37 (1,406) (1,328)
Net current assets 4,193 3,886
Total assets less current liabilities 11,802 12,383
Provision for liabilities and charges 38 (18) (18)
Net assets 11,784 12,365
Capital and reserves
Called up share capital 23 1,068 1,068
Share premium account 258 258
Available for sale reserve 25 6
Other reserves 598 598
Retained earnings 32 9,835 10,435
Shareholders’ funds 11,784 12,365

The loss for the financial year, before dividends, was £173,000 (2016: loss of £224,000)

The company financial statements were approved and authorised for issue by the board of directors on 20 April 2018 and signed on its behalf by:

A R Heller                       G J Casey                            Company Registration No. 112155
Director                                   Director



Company statement of changes in equity

for the year ended 31 December 2017

Share
capital
£’000
Share
premium
£’000
Available for sale reserve
£’000
Other
reserve
£’000
Retained
earnings
£’000
Shareholders
funds
£’000
Balance at 1 January 2016 1,068 258 - 489 11,086 12,901
Dividend paid - - - - (427) (427)
Share option charge - - - 109 - 109
Profit and total comprehensive income for the year - - 6 - (224) (218)
Balance at 1 January 2017 1,068 258 6 598 10,435 12,365
Dividend paid - - - - (427) (427)
Profit and total comprehensive income for the year - - 19 - (173) (154)
Balance at 31 December 2017 1,068 258 25 598 9,835 11,784



Company accounting policies
for the year ended 31 December 2017

The following are the main accounting policies of the company:

Basis of preperation

The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with Financial Reporting Standard 100 Application of Financial Reporting Requirements and Financial Reporting Standard 101 Reduced Disclosure Framework. The principal accounting policies adopted in the preparation of the financial statements are set out below.

The financial statements have been prepared on a historical cost basis, except for the revaluation of investment property and certain financial instruments.

Disclosure exemptions adopted

In preparing these financial statements the company has taken advantage of all disclosure exemptions conferred by FRS 101 as well as disclosure exemptions conferred by IFRS 2, 7 and 13.

Therefore these financial statements do not include:

In addition, and in accordance with FRS 101, further disclosure exemptions have been adopted because equivalent disclosures are included in the company’s Consolidated Financial Statements.

Dividends received

Dividends are credited to the profit and loss account when received.

Depreciation

Provision for depreciation on tangible fixed assets is made in equal annual instalments to write each item off over its useful life. The rates generally used are:

Motor vehicles         25 – 33 per cent
Office equipment     10 – 33 per cent

Joint ventures

Investments in joint ventures, being those entities over whose activities the group has joint control as established by contractual agreement, are included at cost, less impairment.

Other Investments

Investments of the company in subsidiaries are stated in the balance sheet as fixed assets at cost less provisions for impairment.

Other investments comprising of shares in listed companies are classified as non-current available for sale investments and are carried at fair value. Any changes in fair value above cost are recognised in other comprehensive income and accumulated in the available-for-sale reserve. For any changes in fair value below cost a provision for impairment is recognised in the profit or loss account.

Foreign currencies    

Monetary assets and liabilities expressed in foreign currencies have been translated at the rates of exchange ruling at the balance sheet date. All exchange differences are taken to the profit and loss account.


Financial instruments

Details on the group’s accounting policy for financial instruments can be found on page 64.

Deferred taxation

Details on the group’s accounting policy for deferred taxation can be found on page 65.

Leased assets and obligations

All leases are “Operating Leases” and the annual rentals are charged to the profit and loss account on a straight line basis over the lease term. Rent free periods or other incentives received for entering into a lease are accounted for over the period of the lease so as to spread the benefit received over the lease term.

Pensions

Details on the group’s accounting policy for pensions can be found on page 64.

Share based remuneration

Details on the group’s accounting policy for share based remuneration can be found on page 64. Details of the share options in issue are disclosed in the directors’ remuneration report on page 37 under the heading share option schemes which is within the audited part of this report.

32. PROFIT & LOSS ACCOUNT

A separate profit and loss account for Bisichi Mining PLC has not been presented as permitted by Section 408(2) of the Companies Act 2006. The loss for the financial year, before dividends, was £173,000 (2016: loss of £224,000)

Details of share capital are set out in note 23 of the group financial statements and details of the share options are shown in the Directors’ Remuneration Report on page 37 under the heading Share option schemes which is within the audited part of this report and note 25 of the group financial statements.

33. DIVIDENDS

Details on dividends can be found in note 8 in the group financial statements.

34. TANGIBLE FIXED ASSETS

Leasehold
Property
£’000
Motor
vehicles
£’000
Office
equipment
£’000
Total
£’000
Cost at 1 January 2017 45 37 67 149
Revaluation - (37) - (37)
Cost at 31 December 2017 45 - 67 112
Accumulated depreciation at 1 January 2017 - 37 61 98
Charge for the year - - 3 3
Accumulated depreciation at 31 December 2017 - 37 64 101
Net book value at 31 December 2017 45 - 3 48
Net book value at 31 December 2016 45 - 6 51

Leasehold property consists of a single unit with a long leasehold tenant. The term remaining on the lease is 42 years.



35. INVESTMENTS

Joint
ventures
shares
£’000
Shares in subsidiaries
£’000
Loans
£’000
Other
investments
£’000
Total
£’000
Net book value at 1 January 2017 847 6,356 1,211 32 7,599
Repaid during year - - (223) - (223)
Write-off of investment (682) - - - -
Unrealised surplus of market value versus cost - - - 19 19
Net book value at 31 December 2017 165 6,356 988 51 7,395

During the year, the company wrote off its investment in Ezimbokodweni Mining (Pty) Ltd. Further information relating to the write down of Ezimbokodweni Mining (Pty) Ltd can be found in Note 13.

Investments in subsidiaries are detailed in note 14. In the opinion of the directors the aggregate value of the investment in subsidiaries is not less than the amount shown in these financial statements.

Other investments comprise £52,000 (2016: £32,000) shares.



36. DEBTORS

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Amounts due within one year:
Amounts due from subsidiary undertakings 1,289 1,006
Trade receivables 16 7
Other debtors 78 89
Joint venture 2,000 2,070
Prepayments and accrued income 88 81
3,471 3,253
Amounts due in more than one year:
Amounts due from subsidiary undertakings - 834



37. CREDITORS

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Amounts falling due within one year:
Amounts due to subsidiary undertakings 279 359
Joint venture 192 192
Current taxation 123 -
Other taxation and social security 38 26
Other creditors 659 592
Accruals and deferred income 115 159
1,406 1,328



38. PROVISIONS FOR LIABILITIES

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
Deferred taxation:
Balance at 1 January 18 182
Provision - (164)
Transfer - -
18 18



39. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

At 31 December During the year
At 31 December Amounts owed
by related party
£’000
Costs recharged /
accrued (to)/ by related party
£’000
Cash paid (to)/ by
related party
£’000
Related party:
Black Wattle Colliery (Pty) Ltd (note (a)) (165) (999) 2,768
Ninghi Marketing Limited (note (b)) (102) - -
As at 31 December 2017 (267) (999) 2,768
Black Wattle Colliery (Pty) Ltd (note (a)) (1,934) (1,421) 644
Ninghi Marketing Limited (note (b)) (102) - -
As at 31 December 2016 (2,036) (1,421) 644

(a)           Black Wattle Colliery (Pty) Ltd – Black Wattle Colliery (Pty) Ltd is a coal mining company based in South Africa.

(b)           Ninghi Marketing Limited – Ninghi Marketing Limited is a dormant coal marketing company incorporated in England & Wales.

Black Wattle Colliery (PTY) Ltd and NInghi Marketing Limited are subsidiaries of the company.

In addition to the above, the company has issued a company guarantee of R17,000,000 (2016: R17,000,000) (South African Rand) to the bankers of Black Wattle Colliery (Pty) Ltd in order to cover bank guarantees issued to third parties in respect of the rehabilitation of mining land.

A provision of £102,000 has been raised against the amount owing by Ninghi Marketing Limited in prior years as the company is dormant.

In 2012 a loan was made to one of the directors, Mr A R Heller, for £116,000. Further details on the loan can be found in Note 27 of the group financial statements.

Under FRS 101, the company has taken advantage of the exemption from disclosing transactions with other wholly owned group companies. Details of other related party transactions are given in note 27 of the group financial statements.



40. EMPLOYEES

2017
£’000
2016
£’000
The average weekly numbers of employees of the company during the year were as follows:
Directors & administration 5 5
Staff costs during the year were as follows:
Salaries 1,227 1,125
Social security costs 161 148
Pension costs 62 65
Share based payments - 109
1,450 1,447

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