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Alba Mineral Resources PLC

10 August 2022

10 August 2022

Alba Mineral Resources plc

("Alba" or the "Company")

Investee Company Update: GreenRoc Mining Interim Results

Alba Mineral Resources plc (AIM: ALBA) is pleased to note the announcement today by its portfolio company, GreenRoc Mining plc ("GreenRoc") (AIM: GROC). Alba holds a 54% majority interest in GreenRoc. The announcement is set out below without material changes.

GreenRoc Mining Plc

INTERIM RESULTS FOR THE SIX MONTHS TO 31 MAY 2022

The Board of Directors of GreenRoc Mining Plc (the "Company" or "GreenRoc") is pleased to report the Company's interim results for the six months ended 31 May 2022. These incorporate the results of its subsidiary companies Obsidian Mining Limited ("OML"), White Eagle Resources Limited ("WERL"), and White Fox Resources Limited ("WFRL") (together, the "Subsidiary Companies", collectively with GreenRoc, the "Group").

Highlights

-- Maiden JORC Resource announced in March 2022 at Amitsoq Island of 8.3 million tonnes (Mt) at an average grade of 19.75% Cg.

-- Exploration Target for Amitsoq Island deposit increased to 5-15 Mt at a grade range of 18-22% Cg, and for Kalaaq deposit increased to 6-10 Mt at a grade range of 17-33% Cg.

   --    Drilling programme underway at Amitsoq targeting significant increase in JORC Resource. 

-- Following 2021 drill programme at Thule Black Sands (TBS), revised resource assessment in respect of current JORC Resource of 19Mt at 8.9% in-situ ilmenite expected in coming weeks.

-- Environmental and Social Impact Assessment consultants engaged to commence work on the EIA and SIA studies necessary for future exploitation licence applications.

-- Bathymetric surveying being undertaken at TBS, to provide data for planning of port facilities.

-- Stefan Bernstein, a senior geologist with considerable experience in Greenland mining sector, appointed CEO in May 2022.

CEO Stefan Bernstein said: "In my first interim results as CEO, I am pleased to be able to report on the strong progress made during the period. GreenRoc was admitted to AIM just less than a year ago with the objective of becoming a key supplier of critical, high-demand, high-value minerals and I believe the Company has made great strides towards this goal. Amitsoq has not only been established as one of the highest-grade graphite deposits globally, but also a project with extensive resource potential, as indicated by the recently enlarged Exploration Targets. Based on the encouraging results to date, drilling is now underway to further upgrade and increase the current Maiden JORC Resource and we look forward to keeping the market updated with the results of this as they become available.

"We are also looking forward to receiving, and sharing with the market, the long-awaited results from the 2021 drilling campaign at TBS, which are expected in the coming weeks. We are hopeful that these will lead to an upgraded mineral resource and provide the foundation for feasibility studies. In support of this, we have finalised a summer/autumn field work programme due to commence this quarter, with the objective of fast-tracking TBS to mine development status, a milestone we are also focussed on achieving at Amitsoq.

"The remainder of the year is accordingly expected to be extremely active, particularly as alongside the 2022 field season, additional work programmes are being undertaken to support exploitation permit applications."

The 2022 drilling programme at Amitsoq Island has commenced, as has the field programme at TBS which is focused on environmental, archaeological and bathymetric surveying. The archaeological study is a required part of the exploitation permitting process and the bathymetric survey provides water depth data for planning of port facilities. GreenRoc management will also be visiting both sites in September as part of the Company's evaluation of future infrastructure and mineral processing locations.

Amitsoq Graphite Project

Following the completion of the 2021 drill programme, the Company was able to announce a maiden JORC Resource at the Amitsoq Island deposit of 8.3 million tonnes (Mt) at an average grade of 19.75% Graphitic Carbon (Cg), giving a total graphite content of 1.63 million tonnes.

In addition, the Exploration Target for the Amitsoq Island deposit has increased to a tonnage range of 5-15 Mt at a grade range of 18-22% Cg, with the deposit open along strike (predominantly to the north) and down dip to the west.

At the Kalaaq mainland project area, a short distance to the south of Amitsoq Island, the channel and field sampling work in 2021 led to an increase in the Exploration Target at that site to a range of 6-10 Mt at a grade range of 17-33% Cg.

During July 2022, the Company announced that it was granted an exploration licence over a new area, covering a potential southerly extension to the Kalaaq deposit as well as several known graphite showings which are separate from both the Amitsoq Island and Kalaaq deposit. Exploration of these sites is being carried out by the Company's geologists during the present field campaign.

Thule Black Sands (TBS) Ilmenite Project

During 2021, a 249-hole drilling campaign was completed at TBS, with assay results and a revised Resource assessment expected in the coming weeks.

EIA and SIA Work

During 2022, the Company has appointed consultants to progress the work which will be necessary to move both Amitsoq and TBS into the development stage and to the point where formal applications for exploitation licences can be submitted to the Greenland Government. BioApp Greenland, a Danish/Greenlandic-based contractor and environmental expert with extensive operational experience in Greenland, has been engaged to undertake the second year of baseline studies at both Amitsoq and TBS and this will feed into its work on the Environmental Impact Assessment ("EIA") for both projects. Meanwhile, NIRAS A/S, a Danish/Greenlandic multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy, also with extensive Greenland experience, will lead a series of workshops with key stakeholders and interest groups as part of its Social Impact Assessment ("SIA") work at TBS.

In addition, the international mining consultancy SLR Consulting has been engaged to undertake preliminary studies on mining methods and processing plant options for both TBS and Amitsoq. The results of these studies will also be fed into the Company's EIA and SIA work.

Obtaining the approval of the Greenlandic authorities to an EIA and an SIA is a fundamental condition to the Company being able to obtain exploitation licences for both projects, and as such this work is expected to be a key focus for the Company over the next 12 months or so.

Corporate

Stefan Bernstein was appointed CEO with effect from 1 July 2022. Stefan is a Danish geologist with over 30 years' experience in Greenland's mining sector, spanning both corporate and governmental advisory roles, and as such he brings a very strong knowledge and understanding of the country and its mineral wealth.

Financial Results

The Group made a loss attributable to equity holders of the parent for the period, after taxation, of GBP484k (Period ended Nov 2021: GBP306k). GreenRoc Mining Plc was incorporated in March 2021, but activity only commenced on 28 September 2021, when the Company acquired Alba's Greenland mining portfolio in conjunction with its IPO and Admission to AIM. Since then, corporate overheads, consisting primarily of salaries and professional and listing costs, have been expensed as incurred, while exploration expenditure has been capitalised as an intangible asset in line with the Group's accounting policy.

At the end of the reporting period, the Group's cash was GBP1.8 million, a net cash outflow of GBP1.5 million, primarily consisting of exploration expenditure of GBP0.8 million, cash administration costs of GBP0.4 million, and movement in working capital of GBP0.3 million.

The basic and diluted loss per share was 0.43 pence (Nov 2021: loss of 1.11 pence).

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of the UK Market Abuse Regulation and the Directors of the Company are responsible for the release of this announcement.

Forward Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements relating to expected or anticipated future events and anticipated results that are forward-looking in nature and, as a result, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, such as general economic, market and business conditions, competition for qualified staff, the regulatory process and actions, technical issues, new legislation, uncertainties resulting from potential delays or changes in plans, uncertainties resulting from working in a new political jurisdiction, uncertainties regarding the results of exploration, uncertainties regarding the timing and granting of prospecting rights, uncertainties regarding the Company's ability to execute and implement future plans, and the occurrence of unexpected events. Actual results achieved may vary from the information provided herein as a result of numerous known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors.

For further information, please contact:

 
 GreenRoc Mining Plc 
  Stefan Bernstein, CEO                                 +44 20 3950 0725 
 Cairn Financial Advisers LLP (Nomad) 
  James Caithie / Sandy Jamieson / Louise O'Driscoll    +44 20 7213 0880 
 OvalX (Broker) 
  Tom Curran / Thomas Smith                             +44 20 7392 1494 
 

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT

FOR THE SIX MONTHSED 31 MAY 2022

 
                                                 Unaudited                    Unaudited       Audited Period from 17 
                                   Six months ended 31 May   Period from 17 March to 31         March to 30 Nov 2021 
                                                      2022                     May 2021 
                                                   GBP'000                      GBP'000                      GBP'000 
 Revenue                                                 -                            -                            - 
 Cost of sales                                           -                            -                            - 
                               ---------------------------  ---------------------------  --------------------------- 
 Gross profit                                            -                            -                            - 
 Administrative expenses                             (483)                            -                        (305) 
                               ---------------------------  ---------------------------  --------------------------- 
 Operating loss                                      (483)                            -                        (305) 
 Finance expense                                       (1)                            -                          (1) 
                               ---------------------------  ---------------------------  --------------------------- 
 Loss for the period before 
  tax                                                (484)                            -                        (306) 
 Taxation                                                -                            -                            - 
                               ---------------------------  ---------------------------  --------------------------- 
 Loss for the period from 
  continuing operations                              (484)                            -                        (306) 
                               ---------------------------  ---------------------------  --------------------------- 
 
 Attributable to: 
 Equity holders of the parent                        (484)                            -                        (306) 
                               ---------------------------  ---------------------------  --------------------------- 
 
 
 Earnings per ordinary share 
 attributable to the 
 ordinary equity holders of 
 the parent 
                               ---------------------------  ---------------------------  --------------------------- 
 Basic and diluted (pence)                          (0.43)                            -                       (1.11) 
                               ---------------------------  ---------------------------  --------------------------- 
 

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

AS AT 31 MAY 2022

 
                                      Unaudited      Unaudited   Audited Year 
                                    31 May 2022    31 May 2021    30 Nov 2021 
                                        GBP'000        GBP'000        GBP'000 
 Non-current assets 
 Intangible fixed assets                  9,036              -          8,259 
                                  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Total non-current assets                 9,036              -          8,259 
 
 Non-current liabilities 
 Deferred tax                           (1,004)              -        (1,004) 
                                  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Total non-current liabilities          (1,004)              -        (1,004) 
 
 Current assets 
 Trade and other receivables                101              -             64 
 Cash and cash equivalents                1,805              -          3,269 
 Receivable from parent entity                -             50              - 
                                  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Total current assets                     1,906             50          3,333 
                                  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 Current liabilities 
 Trade and other payables                 (190)              -          (482) 
 Payable to parent entity                  (75)              -           (52) 
                                  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Total current liabilities                (265)              -          (534) 
                                  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 Net current assets                       1,641             50          2,799 
                                  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 Net assets                               9,673             50         10,054 
                                  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 Capital and reserves 
 Share capital                              161             50            161 
 Share premium                           10,033              -         10,033 
 Share-based payment reserve                214              -            166 
 Retained earnings                        (735)              -          (306) 
 
 Total equity                             9,673             50         10,054 
                                  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENT

FOR THE SIX MONTHSED 31 MAY 2022

 
                                             Unaudited      Unaudited   Audited Period 
                                            Six months    Period from    from 17 March 
                                              ended 31       17 March        to 30 Nov 
                                              May 2022      to 31 May             2021 
                                                                 2021 
 
 Cash flows from operating activities 
 Operating loss                                  (483)              -            (305) 
 Adjustments for: 
 Share-based payment charge                        103              -               39 
 Bonuses settled in shares                           -              -               45 
 (Decrease)/increase in creditors                (292)              -              202 
 Increase in debtors                              (37)                            (64) 
                                          ------------  -------------  --------------- 
 Net cash used in operating activities           (709)              -             (83) 
                                          ------------  -------------  --------------- 
 
 Cash flows from investing activities 
 Capitalised exploration expenditure             (777)              -            (475) 
 Net cash used in investing activities           (777)              -            (475) 
                                          ------------  -------------  --------------- 
 
 Cash flows from financing activities 
 Proceeds from issue of shares                       -              -            5,076 
 Cost of issue                                       -              -            (800) 
 Increase in/(repayment of) loan 
  from parent                                       23              -            (448) 
 Finance expense                                   (1)              -              (1) 
 Net cash generated from financing 
  activities                                        22              -            3,827 
                                          ------------  -------------  --------------- 
 
 Net (decrease)/increase in cash 
  and cash equivalents                         (1,464)              -            3,269 
 Cash and cash equivalents at                    3,269              -                - 
  beginning of period 
                                          ------------  -------------  --------------- 
 Cash and cash equivalents at 
  end of period                                  1,805              -            3,269 
                                          ------------  -------------  --------------- 
 
 

NOTES TO THE HALF-YEARLY FINANCIAL INFORMATION

   1.            Basis of preparation 

The Group consolidates the financial statements of the Company and its subsidiary undertakings.

The financial information has been prepared under the historical cost convention in accordance with UK-adopted International Accountant Standards ("UK-adopted IAS") as they apply to the Group for the six months ended 31 May 2022.

   2.            Taxation 

No charge for corporation tax for the period has been made due to the expected tax losses available.

   3.            Loss per share 

Basic loss per share is calculated by dividing the loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of GBP484k (May 2021: nil; November 2021: loss of GBP306k) by the weighted average number of shares of 111,200,001 (May 2021: 5,000,000; November 2021: 27,531,396) in issue during the period. The diluted loss per share calculation is identical to that used for basic loss per share as the exercise of warrants would have the effect of reducing the loss per ordinary share and therefore is not dilutive under the terms of Financial Reporting Standard 22 "Earnings Per Share".

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For further information, please visit www.albamineralresources.com or contact:

Alba Mineral Resources plc

George Frangeskides, Executive Chairman +44 20 3950 0725

SPARK Advisory Partners Limited (Nomad)

Andrew Emmott +44 20 3368 3555

OvalX (Broker)

Thomas Smith +44 20 7392 1494

St Brides Partners (Financial PR)

Isabel de Salis / Catherine Leftley alba@stbridespartners.co.uk

Alba's Projects and Investments

 
Mining Projects Operated       Location    Ownership 
 by Alba 
Clogau (gold)                  Wales       90% 
                               ----------  --------- 
Dolgellau Gold Exploration 
 (gold)                        Wales       90-100% 
                               ----------  --------- 
Gwynfynydd (gold)              Wales       100% 
                               ----------  --------- 
Limerick (zinc-lead)           Ireland     100% 
                               ----------  --------- 
Investments Held by Alba       Location    Ownership 
                               ----------  --------- 
GreenRoc Mining Plc (mining)   Greenland   54% 
                               ----------  --------- 
Horse Hill (oil)               England     11.765% 
                               ----------  --------- 
 

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