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Half-year Report

Released 07:00 30-Apr-2018

RNS Number : 4757M
Infrastrata PLC
30 April 2018
 

  

           

 

 

 

30 April 2018

 

InfraStrata plc

("InfraStrata" or the "Company")

 

Interim results for the six months ended 31 January 2018

 

InfraStrata plc (AIM: INFA), the independent gas storage company, announces its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 31 January 2018.

 

 

Chairman's Statement

 

Management Restructuring

 

In a General Meeting in June 2017, the shareholders approved the appointment of Adrian Richard Pocock and Peter Verdun Wale as Directors of the Company, with a view to restructuring the management of the Company.

 

Subsequent to this Graham Victor Lyon was appointed as Non-Executive Chairman, and Matthew Beardmore and Karen Campbell as Non-Executive Directors. Following these appointments, Peter Wale stepped down as a director.

 

The new Board has extensive experience of managing and implementing substantial projects, with skills covering European Union funding, legal process, project management and implementation of major oil and gas related projects.

 

Grant Funding, Company Financing and Project Front End Engineering and Design Work

 

Following the Board restructure a great deal of emphasis was placed on retaining and renewing the grant funding from the European Union INEA for the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) part of the Islandmagee gas storage project (the "Project"), and this was successfully achieved.

 

The Company carried out a number of share placings in the period and subsequently in order to fulfil the funding and liquidity requirements to provide the match funding requirements of the EU INEA grant facility. The match funding is expected to unlock up to €4,024,000 EU grant for completion of the FEED, a major step forward for the Company.

 

On 23 April 2018, the Company announced that it has contracted with Costain to carry out the surface element of the FEED and that work is to start imminently. All focus is now concentrated on implementing the FEED in a timely and cost-effective manner, with a view to a smooth transition into the construction of the gas storage facility itself.

 

Project Level Construction Financing

 

Financing at a project level for development and construction of the Islandmagee Project has also been a priority, and during the interim results period we engaged with numerous major potential funding partners for the implementation of the Project. Many of these organisations have access to sufficient funds to provide the necessary equity investment in order to fully fund the Project upon completion of the FEED. Substantial progress has been made in our discussions and further information will be provided when applicable.

 

Detailed negotiations have been entered into and are ongoing with major gas storage and trading companies with a view to achieving forward commitments to utilise the Islandmagee storage facility once it has been constructed, and we are hopeful that these negotiations will progress to a conclusion in principle prior to the conclusion of the FEED process.

 

We have also advanced discussions with banks that are providers of finance under the UK Guarantee Scheme, for which the Islandmagee Gas Storage Facility has been pre-qualified. In addition, we are advancing discussions with the Infrastructure Projects Agency, which has oversight over the UK Guarantee Scheme.

 

Discussions are ongoing for Government-backed support for the Company in connection with the economic and energy security benefits that the Project will undoubtedly add to Northern Ireland.

 

A detailed update on the Project was announced on 19 April 2018 and we look forward to reporting further progress in due course.

 

Graham Lyon

Chairman

 

 

Adrian Pocock, Chief Executive Officer of Infrastrata plc commented: 

 

"The six-month period covered by this results statement was a time of transformation and change for the Company in respect of business management, strategy and financing.

 

In the period since the half year end, the Company has made considerable further progress and continues to push ahead with FEED implementation and project level discussions with third parties.

 

We look forward to announcing further business developments to the market."

 

 

For further information, please contact:

 

InfraStrata plc

Adrian Pocock, Chief Executive

 

 

c/o Yellow Jersey

+44 (0)20 3735 8825

 

Allenby Capital Limited (AIM Nominated Adviser & Joint Broker)

Jeremy Porter / Alex Brearley / Liz Kirchner

+44 (0)20 3328 5656

 

 

 

SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)

Nick Emerson

 

+44 (0) 20 3871 4038

Yellow Jersey PR (Financial PR / IR)

Tim Thompson / Sophia Macleod / Henry Wilkinson

Infrastrata@yellowjerseypr.com

+44 (0)7710 718 649

 

 

 

 

 

The Front End Engineering & Design (FEED) and Insitu Downhole Testing programme for the Islandmagee gas storage project is co-financed by the European Union's Connecting Europe Facility.

 

Disclaimer releasing the European Union from any liability in terms of the content of the dissemination materials:


"The sole responsibility of this publication lies with the author. The European Union is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

 

 

 

Notes:

 

Background on InfraStrata plc

InfraStrata is an independent gas storage company focused on the UK and Ireland.

Further information is available on the Company's website: www.infrastrata.co.uk

 

Background on the Islandmagee Storage Project

The Islandmagee gas storage project is a proposed salt cavern gas storage facility located on Islandmagee in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

The Board of InfraStrata believes that the proposed 500 million cubic metres Natural Gas Cavern Storage facility will provide over 25% of the UK's Natural Gas Storage once constructed, and will be situated adjacent to the Scotland Northern Ireland (gas) Pipeline (SNIP) and the Moyle 500 Megawatt Electricity Interconnector.

Work commenced in 2007 with the acquisition of 3D seismic data to image the Permian salt in the Larne Lough area. During 2012, planning permission was granted for the project and a gas storage licence was issued by the Utility Regulator. In 2015 a well was drilled to core the salt and confirm the technical feasibility of the project, supported in part by the Commission. To date approximately £11.5m has been invested in the project.

Further information is available on the project company's website: www.islandmageestorage.com.

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

for the six months ended 31 January 2018

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
Notes

 

Six months ended
31 January 2018
Unaudited
 
Six months ended
31 January 2017
Unaudited
 
 
Year ended 31 July
2017
Audited

 

 

 

£

 

£

 

£

Continuing operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

 

 

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

Management and administrative expenses

 

2

 

 

(340,458)

 

 

(387,182)

 

 

(725,820)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating loss

 

 

(340,458)

 

(387,182)

 

(725,820)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance expense

5

 

(50,000)

 

-

 

(58,000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance income

 

 

-

 

356

 

 361

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss before taxation

 

 

(390,458)

 

(386,826)

 

(783,459)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taxation

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period from continuing operations

 

 

 

(390,458)

 

 

(386,826)

 

 

(783,459)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period from discontinued operations

 

3

 

 

 

(105,856)

 

 

 

(180,672)

 

Loss for the period attributable to the equity holders of the parent

 

 

 

(390,458)

 

 

(492,682)

 

 

(964,131)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive loss for the period attributable to the equity holders of the parent

 

 

 

 

(390,458)

 

 

 

 

(492,682)

 

 

 

(964,131)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted earnings per share

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

 

 

(0.09)p

 

(0.21)p

 

(0.30)p

Discontinued operations

 

 

-

 

(0.05)p

 

(0.07)p

Continuing and discontinued operations

 

 

(0.09)p

 

(0.26)p

 

(0.37)p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

as at 31 January 2018

 

 

 
 
Note

 

 

31 January 2018
Unaudited

 

31 January 2017
Unaudited

 

31 July
2017
Audited

 

 

 

£

 

£

 

£

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intangible fixed assets:

   Gas Storage Development

Property, plant and equipment

Deferred liability

 

 

 

     5

 

 

6,656,250

       440,100

-

 

 

6,200,095

       440,100

100,000

 

 

6,591,302

       440,100

42,000

 

Total non-current assets

 

 

7,096,350

 

6,740,195

 

7,073,402

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

 

 

54,441

 

161,314

 

98,718

Deferred liability

5

 

92,000

 

100,000

 

100,000

Cash & cash equivalents

 

 

 

1,633,676

 

1,633,916

 

1,548,169

Total current assets

 

 

1,780,117

 

1,895,230

 

1,746,887

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

 

(167,746)

 

(227,911)

 

(149,625)

Grant received in advance

 

 

(1,411,842)

 

(1,381,543)

 

(1,440,913)

Short-term borrowings

 

 

-

 

(200,000)

 

-

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

(1,579,588)

 

(1,809,454)

 

(1,590,538)

Net current assets

 

 

200,529

 

85,776

 

156,349

Financial liability

5

 

(200,000)

 

(200,000)

 

(200,000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets

 

 

7,096,879

 

6,625,971

 

7,029,751

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders' funds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

 

10,865,960

 

10,834,660

 

10,853,460

Share premium

 

 

14,742,393

 

13,440,878

 

14,297,307

Merger reserve

 

 

8,988,112

 

8,988,112

 

8,988,112

Share based payment reserve

 

 

616,096

 

616,096

 

616,096

Retained earnings

 

 

(28,115,682)

 

(27,253,775)

 

(27,725,224)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity

 

 

7,096,879

 

6,625,971

 

7,029,751

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

for the six months ended 31 January 2018

 

 

     Share       capital
 
 
Share premium
Merger reserve
Share based payment reserve
Retained earnings
Total equity

 

£

£

£

£

£

£

 

Balance at 31 July 2016

10,834,60

 

13,440,878

8,988,112

616,096

(26,761,09)

7,118,653

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

(492,682)

(492,682)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive loss for the period

-

 

-

-

-

(492,682)

(492,682)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 31 January 2017

10,834,60

 

13,440,878

8,988,112

616,096

(27,253,77)

6,625,971

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period

-

 

-

-

 

-

 

(471,449)

 

(471,449)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive loss for the period

-

 

-

-

 

-

 

(471,449)

 

(471,449)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares issued

18,800

921,200

-

-

-

940,000

 

Share issue costs

-

 

(64,771)

-

 

-

 

-

 

(64,771)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 31 July 2017

10,853,40

14,297,307

8,988,112

616,096

(27,725,22)

7,029,751

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period

-

 

-

-

-

(390,458)

(390,458)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive loss for the period

-

 

-

-

-

(390,458)

(390,458)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares issued

12,500

487,500

-

-

-

500,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share issue costs

-

(42,414)

-

-

-

(42,414)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 31 January 2018

10,865,90

14,742,393

8,988,112

616,096

(28,115,68)

7,096,879

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENT

for the six months ended 31 January 2018

 

 

 

Six months ended 31
January
2018
Unaudited

 

Six months ended 31 January 2017
Unaudited

 

 
Year ended 31 July 2017
Audited

 

 

£

 

£

 

£

Operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating loss for the period

 

(340,458)

 

(387,182)

 

(725,820)

Depreciation

 

-

 

644

 

644

Decrease in trade and other receivables

 

44,277

 

1,021,258

 

1,083,854

Increase (Decrease) in trade and other payables

 

18,121

 

(1,465,144)

 

(1,543,430)

Exchange differences

 

(29,070)

 

22,657

 

82,027

Cash (used in) discontinued operations

 

-

 

(81,524)

 

(154,311)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash (used in) continuing and discontinued operating activities

 

(307,130)

 

(889,291)

 

(1,257,036)

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest received

 

-

 

356

 

361

Purchase of intangible assets:

   Gas Storage Development

   Exploration & Evaluation (discontinued)

 

 
(64,949)

-

 

 

 
(83,981)

(4,873)

 

 

(475,188)

(6,902)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash (used in) generated from investing activities

 

(64,949)

 

(88,498)

 

(481,729)

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds on issue of ordinary shares

 

457,586

 

-

 

875,229

Drawdown of short term borrowings

 

-

 

200,000

 

200,000

Repayment of short term borrowings

 

-

 

(1,400,364)

 

(1,600,364)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash generated from (used in) financing activities

 

457,586

 

(1,200,364)

 

(525,135)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease)  in cash and cash equivalents

 

85,507

 

(2,178,153)

 

(2,263,900)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

1,548,169

 

3,812,069

 

3,812,069

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

1,633,676

 

1,633,916

 

1,548,169

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents consist of:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash at Bank

 

 

1,633,676

 

 

1,633,916

 

 
1,548,169

 

 

Significant non-cash transactions

 

As disclosed in Note 5, the Group has recognised a financial liability in respect of contractual payments which may become due in any future disposal of its assets and a corresponding deferred asset which has been amortised. These transactions are non-cash items and do not appear in the statement of cash flows. This is consistent with the accounting treatment and disclosure in the financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2017. In the six months ended 31 January 2017 there were no material non-cash items.

 

 

 

NOTES TO THE INTERIM RESULTS

for the six months ended 31 January 2018

 

1.     Basis of preparation

 

    The interim financial information in this report has been prepared using accounting policies consistent with IFRS as adopted by the European Union. IFRS is subject to amendment and interpretation by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the IFRS Interpretations Committee and there is an ongoing process of review and endorsement by the European Commission. The financial information has been prepared on the basis of IFRS that the Directors expect to be adopted by the European Union and applicable as at 31 July 2018.

 

          Non-statutory accounts

 

          Financial information contained in this document does not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.

 

          A copy of the statutory accounts of the Company for the year ended 31 July 2017 has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The audit report on these accounts is unqualified and did not contain a statement under Sections 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006. In their report, which was not qualified, the auditors drew attention, to material uncertainties which existed with respect to the ability of the group to continue as a going concern and the carrying value of the Islandmagee gas storage facility should further funds to develop the Project not be secured. The current position regarding these uncertainties is detailed below.

 

The financial information for the six months ended 31 January 2018 and 31 January 2017 is unaudited.

 

The group has chosen not to adopt IAS 34 "Interim Financial Statements" in preparing the interim financial information'.

 

 

    Accounting policies

 

    The interim financial information has been prepared under the historical cost convention. The same accounting policies, presentation and methods of computation are followed in preparing the interim financial information as were applied in preparation of the Group's financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2017.

 

Going concern and carrying value of Islandmagee gas storage project

 

    The Company carried out a number of share placings in the period and subsequently in order to fulfil the funding and liquidity requirements to provide the match funding requirements of the EU INEA grant facility.

 

    The Company is now in a position to move ahead with the FEED and all focus is concentrated on implementing this in a timely and cost-effective manner, with a view to a smooth transition into the construction of the main project itself.

 

The directors have prepared cash flow projections which indicate that, including the proceeds of the most recent placing, the Group and parent Company have sufficient funding arrangements in place to meet the FEED costs and their corporate costs to the end of 2018. For these reasons, they continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the interim financial statements.

 

The directors remain confident that the project is economically viable and that following the completion of the FEED and commercialisation programme, further new investment for the Company and the project will be secured. Having reviewed the value of gas storage assets in accordance with the principles set out below, and the value of balances due to the parent Company from its subsidiaries, the directors are of the opinion that these assets are not impaired in value.

 

 

2.       Administrative expenditure           

 

 

Six months ended
31 January 2018
Unaudited
 
Six months ended
31 January 2017
Unaudited
 
 
Year ended
31 July
2017

Audited

 

 

£

 

£

 

£

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative costs which are paid in cash

 

 

340,630

 

 

465,578

 

 

820,714

Advisor costs relating to Islandmagee Storage

Advisor costs relating to Strategic Review and General Meeting

Non-cash items:

 

 

-

 

-                                    

 

 

17,771

 

-

 

 

11,771

 

61,904

-     Depreciation

 

-

 

644

 

644

-     Exchange differences

 

(172)

 

(14)

 

371

 

 

340,458

 

483,979

 

895,404

 

Attributable to:

Continuing operations

Discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

340,458

 

 

483,979

 

 

895,404

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.       (Loss) profit from discontinued activities 

 

Discontinued activities comprise the Group's former petroleum Exploration and Evaluation activities.

 

 

 

 

Six months ended 31 January 2018
Unaudited
 
Six months ended 31 January 2017
Unaudited
 
 
Year ended
31 July
2017

Audited

 

 

£

 

£

 

£

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

-

 

15,273

 

15,273

Management & administrative expenses

 

 

-

 

 

(96,797)

 

 

(169,581)

Impairment of Exploration and Evaluation assets

 

 

-

 

 

(24,332)

 

 

(26,364)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

 

(105,856)

 

(180,672)

 

 

4.

 

Earnings per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months ended 31 January
2018

Unaudited

Six months ended 31 January
2017
Unaudited
 
Year ended
31 July
2017
Audited

 

 

£

£

£

 

(Loss) profit

The (loss) profit for purposes of basic

and diluted (loss) profit per share being

the net (loss) profit attributable to equity shareholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

(390,458)

(386,826)

(783,459)

 

Discontinued operations

-

(105,856)

(180,672)

 

Continuing and discontinued operations

 

(390,458)

 

(492,682)

 

(964,131)

 

 

Number of shares

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purposes of basic earnings per share

 

 

446,014,425

 

 

188,041,599

 

 

259,405,983

 

 

Basic and diluted earnings per share

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

(0.09)p

(0.21)p

(0.30)p

 

Discontinued operations

-

(0.05)p

(0.07)p

 

Continuing and discontinued operations

 

(0.09)p

 

(0.26)p

 

(0.37)p

 

 

 

                     

For the six months ended 31 January 2018 and 31 January 2017 and for the year ended 31 July 2017 share options were not dilutive as a loss was incurred.

 

 

5.      Financial liability

 

On 5 January 2017, the Company entered into a secured loan agreement with Baron Oil for a facility of up to £300,000 to provide working capital for the Group and £200,000 of this facility was drawn down during January 2017. Subsequent to the end of the last interim reporting period, on 29 March 2017, the £200,000 drawn down on the loan facility was repaid. The loan facility was cancelled and its various security arrangements were released.

 

Following repayment and cancellation of a loan with Baron Oil dated 5 January 2017 loan, Baron remains entitled to receive an additional £200,000 in the event of a sale or disposal by InfraStrata or its subsidiaries, IMSL and InfraStrata UK, of substantially all of their assets, which comprise interests in the Islandmagee gas storage project, and/or a change in control of InfraStrata, IMSL or InfraStrata UK, within two years from the date of the loan agreement. This point was addressed in the Report and Accounts for the year ending 31st July 2017.

 

Under IAS 39 - Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement the Company is required to recognise the fair value of this contingent settlement financial liability at inception and to subsequently recognise the liability at its amortised cost. The full liability of £200,000 continues to be recognised as a long term financial liability in the consolidated statement of financial position.

 

At inception, IAS 39 requires that the liability initially recognised be deferred thus creating a corresponding asset which is amortised as an expense to the consolidated statement of comprehensive income the over the two year period from 5 January 2017.

 

Amortisation for the six month period ended 31 January 2018 of £50,000 has been classified as a finance expense in the statement of comprehensive income. The remaining asset of £92,000 continues to be recognised as a deferred liability, but is now classed entirely within current assets as it will be fully amortised within twelve months of this interim reporting period. 

 

6.      Issue of Shares during and subsequent to the interim period

 

On 20 October 2017, InfraStrata completed a placing of 125,000,000 new ordinary shares of 0.01 penny at an issue price of 0.4 pence each to raise £457,586 after expenses. This was made in order to meet working capital expenses.

 

The Company has completed two further placings following the end of the interim period: in February 2018 £338,000 was raised after expenses and in April £854,000 has been raised. Both of these amounts fulfil the funding and liquidity requirements to provide the match funding for the EU INEA Grant facility, crucially enabling the FEED project to proceed and fund the Company's working capital.

 

7.      Dividend

 

The Directors do not recommend payment of a dividend for the half year to 31 January 2018.

 

8.      Publication of the interim report

 

This interim report is available on the Company's website www.infrastrata.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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