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SIMEC Atlantis Energy Limited
30 September 2020
 

INTERIM RESULTS (UNAUDITED)

30 September 2020

SIMEC ATLANTIS ENERGY LIMITED
("Atlantis", the "Company" or the "Group")

Interim Results (unaudited)

 

SIMEC Atlantis Energy Limited, the global developer, owner and operator of sustainable energy projects is pleased to announce its unaudited Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2020.

 

Trading Statement

 

The first six months of 2020 have seen significant global economic and social challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite these challenges, we have maintained a high level of activity across each of our business units and we continue to see encouraging progress on all key projects notwithstanding all of the logistical and workplace challenges COVID-19 social distancing restrictions present.  In particular, we note the major technical, planning and commercial milestones that have been achieved recently on the Uskmouth power station conversion project in Wales, our recent entry into the NPA Fuels joint venture with the N+P Group, the performance from the MeyGen project in Scotland and the recent over-subscribed equity placement in August 2020.

 

Financial summary

 

The overall loss before tax of £6.1 million for the six months ended 30 June 2020 was almost half of the loss of £11.8 million reported for the same period in 2019. This improvement is largely attributable to strong revenue contributions generated by the Atlantis tidal turbine and engineering services division, together with good performance from the MeyGen project in Scotland.  Six months of revenue contributions from GHR added to the improved performance relative to 2019. Overall, costs were in line with expectations with significant contractors' costs being incurred in delivery of the subsea hub project and the AR500 turbine for Japan, as well as the ongoing Uskmouth operational costs.

 

Depreciation, as expected, has remained stable and is being driven by Uskmouth and MeyGen.

 

Finance costs in the current period are materially in line with the same period last year and also included five months of the £3.79 million Abundance bond raise, which closed in February 2020.

 

The unaudited consolidated cash position of the Atlantis Group at 30 June 2020 was £9.8 million.

 

Tim Cornelius, Chief Executive of Atlantis, commented:

 

The impact of COVID-19 on our business, society and personal lives cannot be underestimated and we have all had to find new ways to work and to live. I am immensely proud of all the team at Atlantis who have ensured that during these unprecedented times we have continued to make material progress on our important portfolio of projects, where we connect carbon cutting projects with industries looking to ensure that they can reduce their carbon intensity and be at the forefront of the green agenda.

 

Each of our business units, being tidal energy, hydro power and power station conversions, have delivered exceptional performance under challenging conditions.

 

The full Interim Report will be available to download from the Company's website today.

www.simecatlantis.com 

 

 

Enquiries:

Investec Bank PLC

+44 (0) 20 7597 5970

Jeremy Ellis

Sara Hale

Ben Griffiths


SIMEC Atlantis Energy Limited

+44 (0) 7739 832 446

Sean Parsons, Director of External Affairs


 

Notes to Editors

 

SIMEC Atlantis Energy

 

Atlantis is a global developer, owner and operator of sustainable energy projects with a diverse portfolio in various stages of development. This includes a 77 per cent. stake in the world's largest tidal stream power project, MeyGen, 100 per cent. of the 220MW Uskmouth Power Station conversion project and 100 per cent. of Green Highland Renewables, a leading developer of mini-hydro projects.

 

https://www.simecatlantis.com/

       


SIMEC Atlantis Energy Limited

Registration Number: 200517551R

Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

(unaudited)

For the six months ended 30 June 2020

 

Trading Update Statement

The first six months of 2020 have seen significant global economic and social challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here at Atlantis we have maintained activity across each of our business units and we continue to see encouraging progress despite the logistical and workplace challenges COVID-19 social distancing restrictions present.  In particular, we note the continued progress of the Uskmouth power station conversion project in Wales with major technical, planning and commercial milestones having been successfully achieved, the entry into the NPA Fuels joint venture with the N+P Group, and the resulting over-subscribed equity placement in August 2020.

Power Station Conversion

The Uskmouth conversion project started the year in March with successful commercial fuel pellet production and milling trials and followed this up in May with the launch of the project pre-application planning consultation. The most significant technical achievement of 2020 was announced in June in relation to the large scale fuel combustion tests which took place in Nagasaki, Japan. These tests were successfully completed by Mitsubishi Power Systems and results exceeded combustion performance expectations. In August, we announced entry into a fuel supply joint venture with the N+P Group to supply fuel to Uskmouth and other future conversion projects.  This joint venture is expected to improve the security of Uskmouth's fuel supply whilst providing access to additional revenues from the sale of fuel and the gate fees chargeable for receipt of the input waste materials at the fuel production plants.  In order to optimise revenues generated by power sales from Uskmouth we have also announced that we are working with data centre development specialist TechRE to evaluate opportunities to sell output via private wire networks to data centre customers.  Finally, we recently updated the market on our relationship with South Korean infrastructure investor Hana Financial Investment Co, with whom we are seeking to secure debt and equity bridge financing for the conversion of the first 110MW of capacity at Uskmouth.

Marine Energy

The 6MW first phase of the MeyGen project has now exported more than 33GWh to the grid, enough to charge more than 750,000 standard electric vehicles.  Whilst the three Andritz turbines have been performing well, the Atlantis AR1500 turbine requires further repair and maintenance following its redeployment in August. We expect the AR1500 to be reinstated and fully operational by the end of December 2020. The variable pitch upgrade is expected to deliver a 4% increase in annual revenue with no increase in the turbine's operating cost.  The August operations included the completion of the installation of MeyGen's new subsea hub, which was provided by Atlantis under a £2.4m delivery contract supported by a grant from the Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund.  This subsea hub is a key enabler for cost reductions in future tidal arrays as it is designed to allow for the connection of multiple turbines offshore.

Atlantis is in the final stages of construction and testing for an AR500 turbine system to be delivered to Japan for our client Kyuden Mirai Energy ("KME") in Q4 2020. The turbine will be deployed in the Straits of Naru, within the southern Japanese Goto island chain. It is intended that this would be the first phase of a larger testing programme at the site, subject to initial performance.

Hydro Energy

The Atlantis group's hydro division, SIMEC GHR Ltd ("GHR"), has continued to develop its operations and maintenance business and currently provides services to over 45 separate hydroelectric schemes throughout Scotland. New clients are being added and additional resources are being deployed to ensure that the service levels are of the highest standard. GHR's project management division is actively involved in the construction of 4 new hydro schemes and, although COVID-19 closed these sites for a short while, construction is now progressing well towards the required commissioning dates.

Equity Placement

On 6 August 2020, the Company announced the launch of a fundraising comprising a placing by way of an accelerated bookbuild process by Investec and Arden and an offer for subscription by PrimaryBid, each at a price of 12 pence per share (together, the "Fundraising"). The placing raised gross proceeds of £6.5 million through the issue of 54,166,666 new ordinary shares and the PrimaryBid offer raised £1 million through the issue of 8,333,333 new ordinary shares. In aggregate, therefore, the Fundraising raised gross proceeds of approximately £7.5 million and resulted in the issue of 62,499,999 new Ordinary Shares at 12 pence per share.  The proceeds are being used to fund the Company's working capital requirements and in connection with the proposed investment by the Company in NPA Fuels Limited.

Summary of Results

 

The overall loss before tax of £6.1 million for the six months ended 30 June 2020 was almost half of the loss of £11.8 million reported for the same period in 2019. This improvement is largely attributable to strong revenue contributions generated by the tidal turbines and engineering services division, together with good performance from the MeyGen project in Scotland.  Six months of revenue contributions from GHR added to the improved performance relative to 2019. Overall, costs were in line with expectations with significant contractors' costs being incurred in delivery of the subsea hub project and the AR500 turbine for Japan, as well as the ongoing Uskmouth operational costs.

Depreciation, as expected, has remained stable and is being driven by Uskmouth and MeyGen.

Finance costs in the current period are materially in line with the same period last year and also included five months of the £3.79 million Abundance bond raise, which closed in February 2020.

The unaudited consolidated cash position of the Atlantis Group at 30 June 2020 was £9.8 million.


Condensed consolidated statement of profit and loss and

other comprehensive income
For the six months ended 30 June 2020

 

 

 

          Group

                Six months ended

 

 

 

Note

30 June

2020

30 June

2019

 

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

7,935

1,974

Other gains and losses

 

154

76

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits expense

 

(3,203)

(3,125)

Subcontractor costs

 

(2,251)

(1,739)

Depreciation and amortisation

 

(5,318)

(5,219)

Acquisition costs

 

-

(980)

Other operating expenses

 

(1,534)

(1,651)

Total expenses

 

(12,306)

(12,714)

 

 

 

 

Results from operating activities

 

(4,217)

(10,664)

 

 

 

 

Finance costs

 

(1,959)

(1,749)

 

 

 

 

Loss before tax

 

(6,176)

(12,413)

 

Tax credit

 

69

581

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period

 

(6,107)

(11,832)

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

Items that are or may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

 

4

-

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

(6,103)

(11,832)

 

 

 

 

Loss attributable to:

 

 

 

Owners of the Group

 

(5,868)

(11,436)

Non-controlling interests

 

(239)

(396)

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income attributable to:

 

 

 

Owners of the Group

 

(5,864)

(11,436)

Non-controlling interests

 

(239)

(396)

 

 

 

 

Loss per share (basic and diluted) (pence)

5

(0.01)

(0.03)


Condensed consolidated statement of financial position
As at
30 June 2020

 

 

 

       Group

 

 

30 June
2020

31 December 2019

 

 

£'000

£'000

Assets

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

134,069

136,315

Intangible assets

 

16,253

17,058

Right-of-use assets

 

1,296

1,436

Investment in joint venture

 

47

47

Non-current assets

 

151,665

154,856

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

 

2,420

7,830

Inventory

 

861

864

Cash and cash equivalents

 

9,819

4,521

Current assets

 

13,100

13,215

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

164,765

168,071

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

11,195

9,449

Lease liabilities

 

192

276

Provisions

 

118

120

Loans and borrowings

 

3,625

4,559

Current liabilities

 

15,130

14,404

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans and borrowings

 

42,782

40,662

Lease liabilities

 

981

1,091

Provisions

 

14,669

14,539

Deferred tax liabilities

 

3,275

3,344

Non-current liabilities

 

61,707

59,636

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

76,837

74,040

Net assets

 

87,928

94,031

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

Share capital

 

188,018

188,018

Capital reserve

 

12,665

12,665

Translation reserve

 

7,083

7,079

Share option reserve

 

740

740

Accumulated losses

 

(126,654)

(120,786)

Total equity attributable to owners of the Company

 

81,852

87,716

Non-controlling interests

 

6,076

6,315

Total equity

 

87,928

94,031

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity

For the six months ended 30 June 2020 

 

 

 


Attributable to owners of the Company

 


Share

capital

Capital
reserve

Translation reserve

Share

 option
reserve

Accumulated losses

Total

Non-
controlling interest

Total

 


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

Group









 

At 1 January 2019

178,218

12,665

7,073

3,224

(88,479)

112,701

6,862

119,563

 

Total comprehensive income for the period









 

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

(11,436)

(11,436)

(396)

(11,832)

 

Other comprehensive income

-

-

(1)

-

-

(1)

-

(1)

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

(1)

-

(11,436)

(11,437)

(396)

(11,833)

 










 

Transactions with owners









 

Contributions and distributions









 

Issue of share capital

9,800

-

-

-

-

9,800

-

9,800

 

Recognition of share-based payments

-

-

-

36

-

36

-

36

 

Transfer between reserves

-

-

-

(799)

799

-

-

-

 










 

Total transactions with owners

9,800

-

-

(763)

799

9,836

-

9,836

 

At 30 June 2019

 

188,018

12,665

7,072

2,461

(99,116)

111,100

6,466

117,566

 

Total comprehensive income for the period









 

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

(23,436)

(23,436)

(151)

(23,587)

 

Other comprehensive income

-

-

7

-

-

7

-

7

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

7

-

(23,436)

(23,429)

(151)

(23,580)

 










 

Transactions with owners









 

Contributions and distributions









 

Recognition of share-based payments

-

-

-

45

-

45

-

45

 

Transfer between reserves

-

-

-

(1,766)

1,766

-

-

-

 










 

Total transactions with owners

-

-

-

(1,721)

1,766

45

-

45

 

At 31 December 2019

 

188,018

12,665

7,079

740

(120,786)

87,716

6,315

94,031

 

Total comprehensive income for the period









 

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

(5,868)

(5,868)

(239)

(6,107)

 

Other comprehensive income

-

-

4

-

-

4

-

4

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

4

-

(5,868)

(5,864)

(239)

(6,103)

 










 

Transactions with owners









 

Contributions and distributions









 

Issue of share capital

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

Recognition of share-based payments

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

Transfer between reserves

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 










 

Total transactions with owners

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

At 30 June 2020

 

188,018

12,665

7,083

740

(126,654)

81,852

6,076

87,928

 










 










 










 

 


Condensed consolidated statement of cash flows
For the six months ended 30 June 2020

 

 

 

 

         Group

 

 

 

            Six months ended

 

 

 

30 June

30 June

 

 

2020

2019

 

 

£'000

£'000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

Loss before tax for the period

 

(6,176)

(12,413)

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

Grant income

 

(71)

 

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

 

4,497

4,454

Amortisation of intangible asset

 

821

765

Interest income

 

(18)

(7)

Finance costs

 

1,959

1,749

Share-based payments

 

-

36

Provision movement

 

-

(1,054)

Net foreign exchange

 

(23)

3

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital

 

989

(6,467)

Movement in trade and other receivables

 

1,376

857

Movement in trade and other payables

 

1,625

(1,946)

Net cash used in operating activities

 

3,990

(7,556)

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(3,514)

(751)

Acquisition of subsidiary, net of cash acquired

 

-

-

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(3,514)

(751)

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

Proceeds from grants received

 

1,509

-

Proceeds from issue of shares (1)

 

4,000

5,030

Costs related to fund raising

 

-

(260)

Proceeds from borrowings

 

1,056

-

Repayment of borrowings

 

(961)

(65)

Deposits (pledged) / released

 

(492)

(1)

Payment of lease liabilities

 

(235)

(204)

Interest paid

 

(547)

(394)

Net cash from financing activities

 

4,330

4,106

 

 

 

 

Net increase / (decrease) in cash and cash balances

 

4,806

(4,201)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

3,602

8,351

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

8,408

4,150

 

Included in cash and cash equivalents in the statements of financial position is £1.4 million (2019: £0.9 million) of encumbered deposits.

 

(1)  Shares were issued as part of March 2019 share placing. Cash received from SIMEC in 2020.


Notes to the Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

 

The condensed consolidated statement of financial position of SIMEC Atlantis Energy Limited (the "Company") and its subsidiaries (the "Group") as at 30 June 2020, the condensed consolidated statement of profit or loss and other comprehensive income, the condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity and the condensed consolidated statement of cash flows for the Group for the six-month period then ended and certain explanatory notes (the "Consolidated Interim Financial Statements"), were approved by the Board of Directors for issue on 29 September 2020

 

These notes form an integral part of the Consolidated Interim Financial Statements.

 

The Consolidated Interim Financial Statements do not comprise statutory accounts of the Group within the meaning in the provisions of the Singapore Companies Act, Chapter 50. The Group's statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2019 were prepared in accordance with Singapore Financial Reporting Standards (International) (SFRS(I)) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). SFRS(I)s are issued by the Accounting Standards Council Singapore, which comprise standards and interpretations that are equivalent to IFRS issued by the International Accounting Standards Board. All references to SFRS(I)s and IFRSs are subsequently referred to as IFRS in these financial statements unless otherwise specified.

 

The Group's statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2019 were approved by the Board of Directors on 11 August 2020 and have been reported by the Group's auditors.

 

 

1           Domicile and activities

 

SIMEC Atlantis Energy Limited (the "Company") is a company incorporated in Singapore. The Company's registered office address is c/o Level 4, 21 Merchant Road, #04-01, Singapore 058267. The principal place of business is Edinburgh Quay 2, 139 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 9QG, United Kingdom.

 

The principal activity of the Group is to develop and operate as a global sustainable energy provider. The Company is an inventor, developer, owner, marketer and licensor of technology, intellectual property, trademarks, products and services and an investment holding company.

 

2           Significant accounting policies

 

Basis of preparation

 

The Consolidated Interim Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with the AIM Rules for Companies and are therefore not required to comply with International Accounting Standard 34 Interim Financial Reporting to maintain compliance with IFRS.  In all other respects, the financial statements are drawn up in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board.

 

Selected explanatory notes are included to explain events and transactions that are significant to an understanding of the changes in financial position and performance of the Group since the last annual consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 31 December 2019.

 

The Consolidated Interim Financial Statements, which do not include the full disclosures of the type normally included in a complete set of financial statements, are to be read in conjunction with the last issued consolidated financial statements of the Group as at and for the year ended 31 December 2019.

 

Accounting policies

 

The accounting policies and method of computation used in the Consolidated Interim Financial Statements are consistent with those applied in the last issued consolidated financial statements of the Group for the year ended 31 December 2019.

 

 

3           Critical accounting judgements and key sources of estimation uncertainty

 

In preparing this set of Consolidated Interim Financial Statements, the significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those that applied to the consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2019.

 

 

4           Going concern basis

 

The Group has prepared financial forecasts for a period beyond 30 September 2021, including sensitivity analysis. These forecasts, which take into account the ongoing committed costs of the Group, demonstrate that the Company is able to operate within its available cash and funding balances for a period beyond 30 September 2021. The forecasts indicate that the Group is projected to operate within its available cash facilities for the forecast period although mitigating action may be required to be taken in advance of periods when cash and cash equivalents available for use are forecast to be limited.

 

While the Directors cannot envisage all possible circumstances that may impact the Group in the future, the Directors believe that, taking account of the forecasts, future plans and available cash resources, the Group will have sufficient resources to support the Company to meet all ongoing working capital and committed capital expenditure requirements as they fall due. Further details on the going concern assessment are provided in the 31 December 2019 consolidated financial statements published on the 11th August 2020.

5           Other notes

 

 

(i)      In respect of the six months to 30 June 2020, the diluted earnings per share is calculated on a loss attributable to owners of the Company of £5.8 million on the basic weighted average of 429,077,656 ordinary shares (30 June 2019: loss of £11.8 million and basic weighted average shares of 399,201,964). Share options were excluded from the diluted weighted average number of ordinary shares calculations as their effect would have been anti-dilutive. No dividends has been declared (2019: nil).

6           Events after the reporting date

 

On 11 August the Company raised £7.5 million, before expenses, through the placing of 62,499,999 new ordinary shares at a placing price of 12 pence per share.

 

COMPANY INFORMATION

 

 

 

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

John Mitchell Neill

Mark Edward Monckton Elborne

George Jay Hambro

Ian Raymond Wakelin

John Anthony Clifford Woodley

 

AUDITOR

Ernst & Young LLP
One Raffles Quay
North Tower, Level 18
Singapore 048583

 

 

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Timothy James Cornelius

Andrew Luke Dagley

REGISTRAR

Boardroom Corporate & Advisory Services Pte Ltd

50 Raffles Place

#32-01 Singapore Land Tower

Singapore 048623

 

 

REGISTERED OFFICE AND

COMPANY NUMBER

c/o Level 4, 21 Merchant Road,

#04-01

Singapore 058267

Company Number: 200517551R

 

DEPOSITARY

Link Market Services Trustees Limited

The Registry

34 Beckenham Road

Beckenham BR3 4TU

 

 

 

COMPANY SECRETARY

Kelly Tock Mui Han

21 Merchant Road

#04-01 Royal Merukh S.E.A

Singapore 058267

 

GUERNSEY BRANCH REGISTER

Link Market Services (Guernsey) Limited

Mont Crevelt House

Bulwer Avenue

St Sampson

Guernsey GY2 4LH

 

 

 

NOMINATED ADVISER AND BROKER

Investec Bank plc
30 Gresham Street
London
EC2V 7QP

 

 

 

 

 

WEBSITE

www.simecatlantis.com

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