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Unaudited Results for the three and nine month periods ended 30 September 2020

Serabi Gold plc
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13 November 2020

Serabi Gold plc
(“Serabi” or the “Company”)
Unaudited Results for the three and nine month periods ended 30 September 2020

Serabi (AIM:SRB, TSX:SBI), the Brazilian focused gold mining and development company, today releases its unaudited results for the three and nine month periods ended 30 September 2020.

Financial Highlights

  • Cash Cost for the year to date of US$1,013 per ounce.

  • All-In Sustaining Cost for the year to date of US$1,298 per ounce.

  • EBITDA for the third quarter of 2020 of US$6.3 million (Q3 2019: US$4.6 million) an improvement of 36 per cent.

  • EBITDA for the year to date (“ytd”) of US$15.7 million (2019 ytd: US$12.1 million) an improvement of 28 per cent.

  • Post tax profit for the year to date of US$7.8 million (2019 ytd: US$2.8 million) an improvement of 175 per cent.

  • Earnings per share for the year to date of 13.28 cents.

  • Average gold price of US$1,707 received on gold sales in 2020.

  • US$5.5 million now paid to date of the remaining US$12 million consideration for purchase of Coringa, due to Equinox Gold Corp. (“Equinox”). The balance will continue to be paid in monthly instalments, until travel restrictions caused by Coronavirus are lifted. US$3.5 million has been settled from cash flow with a total of US$2.0 million drawn down to date of the US$12 million Convertible Loan Notes (the “Loan Notes”) being subscribed for by Greenstone Resources II LP (“Greenstone”).

Key Financial Information

9 months to
30 September 2020
US$

3 months to
30 September 2020
US$

9 months to
30 September 2019
US$

3 months to
30 September 2019
US$

Revenue

45,403,793

15,941,963

43,939,510

14,353,771

Cost of sales

(24,908,688)

(8,487,475)

(27,661,873)

(8,496,884)

Gross operating profit

20,495,105

7,454,488

16,277,637

5,856,887

Administration and share based payments

(4,838,661)

(1,168,595)

(4,051,905)

(1,248,405)

EBITDA

15,656,444

6,285,893

12,225,732

4,608,482

Depreciation and amortisation charges

(4,716,809)

(1,484,715)

(6,454,531)

(2,204,030)

Operating profit / (loss) before finance and tax

10,939,635

4,801,178

5,771,201

2,404,452

Profit / (loss) after tax

7,828,409

3,671,944

2,849,341

1,129,701

Earnings per ordinary share (basic)

13.28c

6.23c

4.84c

1.92c

Average gold price received (US$/oz)

US$1,707

US$1,881

US$1,351

US$1,472

As at
30 September
2020
US$

As at
31 December 2019
US$

As at
31 December 2018
US$

Cash and cash equivalents

10,968,059

14,234,612

9,216,048

Net assets

59,209,072

69,733,388

69,110,287

Cash Cost and All-In Sustaining Cost (“AISC”)

9 months to 30 September 2020

9 months to 30 September 2019

12 months to
31 Dec 2019

12 months to
31 Dec 2018

Gold production for cash cost and AISC purposes

24,748 ozs

29,878 ozs

40,101 ozs

37,108 ozs

Total Cash Cost of production (per ounce)

US$1,013

US$844

US$832

US$821

Total AISC of production (per ounce)

US$1,298

US$1,078

US$1,081

US$1,093

Operational Highlights

  • Third quarter gold production of 7,224 ounces, resulting in 24,748 ounces for the year to date.

  • 44,077 tonnes of ore mined during the quarter at 4.84 grams per tonne (“g/t”) of gold.

  • 46,135 tonnes of run of mine (“ROM”) ore were processed through the plant from the combined Palito and Sao Chico orebodies, with an average grade of 4.75 g/t of gold.

  • 3,037 metres of horizontal development completed during the quarter, the second consecutive quarter when more than 3,000 metres of development has been achieved.

  • Fourth quarter production guidance of 8,000 oz, with full year guidance of 33,000 oz.

SUMMARY PRODUCTION STATISTICS FOR 2020 AND FOR 2019

Qtr 1

Qtr 2

Qtr 3

YTD

Qtr 1

Qtr 2

Qtr 3

Qtr 4

Total

2020

2020

2020

2020

2019

2019

2019

2019

2019

Gold production (1) (2)

Ounces

9,020

8,504

7,224

24,478

10,164

9,527

10,187

10,223

40,101

Mined ore – Total

Tonnes

42,036

43,519

44,077

129,632

42,609

44,784

44,757

44,092

176,243

Gold grade (g/t)

6.54

5.85

4.84

5.73

7.47

6.72

7.14

6.69

7.00

Milled ore

Tonnes

40,465

44,235

46,135

130,835

43,451

43,711

45,378

44,794

177,335

Gold grade (g/t)

6.66

5.91

4.75

5.73

7.69

6.72

6.84

6.81

7.02

Horizontal development – Total

Metres

2,878

3,004

3,037

8,919

1,868

2,419

2,433

2,908

9,628

  1. Gold production figures are subject to amendment pending final agreed assays of the gold content of the copper/gold concentrate and gold doré that is delivered to the refineries.

  2. Gold production totals for 2020 include treatment of 30,155 tonnes of flotation tails at a grade of 3.50g/t (Q3 2019: 20,554 tonnes at a grade of 4.13 g/t)

  3. The table may not sum due to rounding.

Exploration and Development Highlights

  • The acquisition of two new highly prospective tenements to complement the Sao Chico exploration potential including highly prospective Sao Domingos exploration tenement, immediately to the west of Sao Chico. Sao Domingos hosts multiple past and present artisanal working.

  • Licença Prévia (LP) for the Coringa gold project issued by SEMAS on 8 October 2020.

  • Regional exploration activities at Calico and Juca prospects resumed during the quarter.

Key Objectives for 2020

  • Continue advancing the licensing process for Coringa along with ongoing engineering studies.

  • Advance financing package for the Coringa project to fund plant assembly and other site developments.

  • Continue exploration drilling at Sao Chico with a view to producing a new resource estimation.

  • Complete exploration discovery drilling programme over the geophysical anomalies to the west and south of Sao Chico.

  • Maintain payment programme required to complete acquisition of Coringa gold project.

  • The Company hopes to be able to commence an initial drilling programme at Toucano prior to the end of 2020.

2020 Production Guidance

The impact of CV-19 pandemic has resulted in production of 24,748 ounces of gold for the first nine months of the year. The third quarter was probably the worst period for the pandemic, to date, in Brazil, with private operations suspended and listed companies reducing operations significantly. However, the Company has managed to keep its mines operational and maintain production and cash flow throughout. By the end of September 2020, with almost a full workforce complement back at the mine sites, many ancillary activities were resumed. We anticipate fourth quarter production being approximately 8,000 ounces resulting in full year production of approximately 33,000 ounces.

Outlook for 2021

With a successful surface and underground drilling campaign over the next six months to guide a concentrated mine development programme, management are confident that production levels can start to be built up to the levels that were expected prior to the intervention of COVID-19 from the beginning of the second quarter of 2021.

Clive Line, CFO of Serabi has been interviewed by Crux Investors and BRR Media. These interviews can be accessed using the following links

Crux Investors - https://youtu.be/HwchInuUwuk

BRR Media - https://www.brrmedia.co.uk/broadcasts-embed/5fabf3ae39bad9268170c31d/?serabi-gold&popup=true

Clive Line, CFO of Serabi commented,

“Notwithstanding the lower than hoped for production for the third quarter, the strong gold price has meant that the results for the third quarter of 2020 have shown a slight improvement compared with second quarter which itself was one of our best ever quarters.

“Cash flow generation has again been strong with cash flow from operations of US$5.75 million and after accounting for capital expenditures, the net operational cash flow of US$3.74 million, slightly lower than was reported for the second quarter but reflecting an increased level of expenditure on improvements to the mining fleet.

“Operating profit (before finance costs) of US$4.8 million is at the same level as for the preceding quarter and represents a 100 per cent improvement compared to the same quarter in 2019. For the year to date the operating profit (before finance costs) of US$10.94 million represents a 90 per cent improvement year on year.

“The financial performance has been assisted by the strong gold price and the continued weakness of the Brazilian Real with the average gold price for the third quarter of approximately US$1,908. For the year to date the Group has averaged a realised price of US$1,707 for the sales completed to the end of September 2020 which compares with the LBMA average for the year to the end September 2020 of US$1,735.

“During the quarter the Company has repaid a further US$2.5 million for the outstanding acquisition obligation for the Coringa project and subsequent to the quarter end has settled a further US$2.0 million leaving a balance, of the principal outstanding, of US$6.5 million. Based on the current schedule of monthly repayments this remaining obligation should be settled during in the second quarter of 2021. With the cash flow generated, the Company has been able to fund US$2.0 million of these payments from cash flow drawing down since the start of July 2020 only a further US$0.5 million of the US$12 million Convertible Loan Note facility (the “Loan Note Facility”) that was entered into with Greenstone Resources II LP (“Greenstone”) in April 2020. Currently only US$2.0 million has been drawn down to date against this facility which was initially put in place when gold prices were weaker and the impacts of CV-19 difficult to assess, to provide certainty that the Company had funding available to it to meet this acquisition obligation. Management will continue to try to pay the on-going instalment payments for Coringa from cash flow generated from operations and minimise the requirement to make further drawdowns against the Loan Note Facility.

“The cash cost per ounce and the AISC per ounce for the year to date need to be viewed in context. Gold production for the year to date has been quite significantly lower than was originally forecast. In the first quarter this was the result of a breakdown of the largest of the three ball mils during February, whilst production levels for the second and third quarters have been affected by the need to reduce the workforce on site to allow socially distanced working conditions. As a result the on-site workforce over the last two quarters has been approximately 65 per cent of the normal staffing complement for much of the time those staff who were at site, voluntarily extended their work rosters with many spending up to three months at site to maintain the mining operations as restrictions on travel and a lack of testing capacity at the time rendered team changes very difficult. Had production for the second and third quarters been at the original levels expected, this would have potentially translated into a 21 per cent improvement in the AISC and Cash Costs.

“Looking at the operational statistics during the first nine months of the 2020, mined tonnage and plant throughput have been at similar levels to the same period in 2019 with lower processed grades being the major contributor to the reduction in gold production. The original plan for 2020 was to increase mining rates compared with 2019, and to use the ore sorter to beneficiate the lower grade material and deliver a sorted higher grade product to the process plant. The mine plan was therefore deliberately designed to undertake more development (more diluted ore given the mining method) as well as more lower grade stopes. The intention was to beneficiate this lower grade material through the ore sorter, screen out the majority of the waste and send the resultant lower volume of higher grade product to the plant. The Company has continued to follow the original mine plan, but with the reduced workforce it has been necessary to simplify the operations, reducing the number of faces available at any one time but this has in turn resulted in a reduction of total volume and in so doing reducing the overall level of optionality for selecting the ore. As a result, lower grade ore that might normally have been stockpiled has been processed whilst there was plant capacity available.

“By the end of September 2020, operations were returning to something resembling normality and an aggressive surface and underground drilling programme is underway, along with an accelerated underground development programme targeted to replenish the reserve and resource base and allow the Company to regain the optionality and flexibility that it has benefitted from in the past. This will not be achieved overnight, and it will take some time to recover the six months that have been lost. With exploration and mine development activity being stepped up together with the usual higher labour expense of settlement of the standard “13th salary” payments that are due in November and December this will impact on the level of cash generation for the rest of the year. Nonetheless I expect that if our production estimates are attained the Company can end in the year in a comfortable financial position.”

This announcement is inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation 596/2014. The person who arranged the release of this statement on behalf of the Company was Clive Line, Director.

Enquiries:

Serabi Gold plc

Michael Hodgson

Tel: +44 (0)20 7246 6830

Chief Executive

Mobile: +44 (0)7799 473621

Clive Line

Tel: +44 (0)20 7246 6830

Finance Director

Mobile: +44 (0)7710 151692

Email: contact@serabigold.com

Website: www.serabigold.com

Beaumont Cornish Limited
Nominated Adviser

Roland Cornish

Tel: +44 (0)20 7628 3396

Michael Cornish

Tel: +44 (0)20 7628 3396

Peel Hunt LLP
UK Broker

Ross Allister

Tel: +44 (0)20 7418 8900

Copies of this announcement are available from the Company's website at www.serabigold.com.

Neither the Toronto Stock Exchange, nor any other securities regulatory authority, has approved or disapproved of the contents of this announcement.

The following information, comprising, the Income Statement, the Group Balance Sheet, Group Statement of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity, and Group Cash Flow, is extracted from these financial statements.


Statement of Comprehensive Income
For the three and nine month periods ended 30 September 2020

For the three months ended
30 September

For the nine months ended
30 September

2020

2019

2020

2019

(expressed in US$)

Notes

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

CONTINUING OPERATIONS

Revenue

15,941,963

14,353,771

45,403,793

43,939,510

Cost of sales

(8,487,475)

(8,496,884)

(24,908,688)

(28,161,873)

Release of inventory impairment provision

500,000

Depreciation and amortisation charges

(1,484,715)

(2,204,030)

(4,716,809)

(6,454,531)

Total cost of sales

(9,972,190)

(10,700,914)

(29,625,497)

(34,116,404)

Gross profit

5,969,773

3,652,857

15,778,296

9,823,106

Administration expenses

(1,042,013)

(1,174,204)

(4,705,158)

(3,973,168)

Share-based payments

(182,740)

(65,484)

(344,578)

(196,455)

Gain on sales of assets disposal

56,158

(8,717)

211,075

117,718

Operating profit

4,801,178

2,404,452

10,939,635

5,771,201

Foreign exchange loss

51,642

(169,113)

(99,032)

(235,216)

Finance expense

2

(484,457)

(735,003)

(1,583,318)

(1,871,914)

Finance income

2

16,547

737,705

175,129

Profit before taxation

4,384,910

1,500,336

9,994,990

3,839,200

Income tax expense

3

(712,966)

(370,635)

(2,166,581)

(989,859)

Profit after taxation

3,671,944

1,129,701

7,828,409

2,849,341

Other comprehensive income (net of tax)

Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss

Exchange differences on translating foreign operations

(1,259,213)

(5,187,377)

(18,873,162)

(4,695,527)

Total comprehensive profit /(loss) for the period(1)

2,412,731

(4,057,676)

(11,044,751)

(1,846,186)

Profit per ordinary share (basic)

4

6.23c

1.92c

13.28c

4.84c

Profit per ordinary share (diluted)

4

5.80c

1.85c

12.36c

4.67c

(1) The Group has no non-controlling interests and all losses are attributable to the equity holders of the parent company.


Balance Sheet as at 30 September 2020

As at

As at

As at

30 September

30 September

31 December

2020

2019

2019

(expressed in US$)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

Non-current assets

Deferred exploration costs

25,583,666

28,439,970

30,686,652

Property, plant and equipment

27,788,820

36,704,931

37,597,100

Right of use assets

2,207,297

2,102,183

1,997,176

Taxes receivable

828,083

1,549,463

848,845

Deferred taxation

229,464

1,542,803

1,321,782

Total non-current assets

56,637,330

70,339,350

72,451,555

Current assets

Inventories

5,308,012

6,610,477

6,577,968

Trade and other receivables

2,076,263

872,325

802,275

Prepayments and accrued income

2,329,770

4,390,107

3,473,288

Cash and cash equivalents

10,968,059

13,440,173

14,234,612

Total current assets

20,682,104

25,313,082

25,088,143

Current liabilities

Trade and other payables

4,573,988

7,158,839

6,113,789

Acquisition payment outstanding

8,909,397

11,810,372

12,000,000

Other interest bearing liabilities

2,060,558

6,949,152

6,952,542

Derivative financial liabilities

411,123

Accruals

293,062

344,502

319,670

Total current liabilities

16,248,128

26,262,865

25,386,001

Net current assets

4,433,976

(949,783)

(297,858)

Total assets less current liabilities

61,071,306

69,389,567

72,153,697

Non-current liabilities

Trade and other payables

82,261

564,524

183,043

Other interest bearing liabilities

181,348

Provisions

1,598,625

1,364,487

2,237,266

Total non-current liabilities

1,862,234

1,929,011

2,420,309

Net assets

59,209,072

67,460,556

69,733,388

Equity

Share capital

8,905,116

8,882,803

8,882,803

Share premium reserve

21,905,976

21,752,430

21,752,430

Option reserve

984,358

1,171,501

1,019,589

Other reserves

9,970,276

6,464,152

7,149,274

Translation reserve

(63,152,108)

(45,502,650)

(44,278,946)

Retained surplus

80,595,454

74,692,320

75,208,238

Equity shareholders’ funds

59,209,072

67,460,556

69,733,388

The interim financial information has not been audited and does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. Whilst the financial information included in this announcement has been compiled in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) this announcement itself does not contain sufficient financial information to comply with IFRS. The Group statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2019 prepared under IFRS as adopted in the EU and with IFRS and their interpretations adopted by the International Accounting Standards Board have been filed with the Registrar of Companies following their adoption by shareholders at the 2020 Annual General Meeting. The auditor’s report on these accounts was unqualified. The auditor’s report did not contain a statement under Section 498 (2) or 498 (3) of the Companies Act 2006.


Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity
For the three and nine month periods ended 30 September 2020

(expressed in US$)

(unaudited)

Share
capital

Share
premium

Share option reserve

Other reserves (1)

Translation reserve

Retained Earnings

Total equity

Equity shareholders’ funds at 31 December 2018

8,882,803

21,752,430

1,363,367

4,763,819

(40,807,123)

73,154,991

69,110,287

Foreign currency adjustments

(4,695,527)

(4,695,527)

Profit for the period

2,849,341

2,849,341

Total comprehensive income for the period

(4,695,527)

2,849,341

(1,846,186)

Transfer to taxation reserve

1,700,333

(1,700,333)

Share options lapsed in period

(388,321)

388,321

Share option expense

196,455

196,455

Equity shareholders’ funds at 30 September 2019

8,882,803

21,752,430

1,171,501

6,464,152

(45,502,650)

74,692,320

67,460,556

Foreign currency adjustments

1,223,704

1,223,704

Profit for the period

983,643

983,643

Total comprehensive income for the period

1,223,704

983,643

2,207,347

Transfer to taxation reserve

685,122

(685,122)

Share options lapsed in period

(217,397)

217,397

Share option expense

65,485

65,485

Equity shareholders’ funds at 31 December 2019

8,882,803

21,752,430

1,019,589

7,149,274

(44,278,946)

75,208,238

69,733,388

Foreign currency adjustments

(18,873,162)

(18,873,162)

Profit for the period

7,828,409

7,828,409

Total comprehensive income for the period

(18,873,162)

7,828,409

(11,044,753)

Shares issued in the period

22,313

153,546

175,859

Transfer to taxation reserve

2,821,002

(2,821,002)

Share options exercised in period

(31,752)

31,752

Share options lapsed in period

(348,057)

348,057

Share option expense

344,578

344,578

Equity shareholders’ funds at 30 September 2020

8,905,116

21,905,976

984,358

9,970,276

(63,152,108)

80,595,454

59,209,072

(1) Other reserves comprise a merger reserve of US$361,461 and a taxation reserve of US$9,608,815 (31 December 2019: merger reserve of US$361,461 and a taxation reserve of US$6,787,813).


Cash Flow Statement
For the three and nine month periods ended 30 September 2020

For the three months
ended
30 September

For the nine months
ended
30 September

2020

2019

2020

2019

(expressed in US$)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Operating activities

Post tax (loss) / profit for period

3,671,944

1,129,701

7,828,409

2,849,341

Depreciation – plant, equipment and mining properties

1,484,715

2,204,030

4,716,809

6,454,531

Net financial expense

416,268

904,116

944,645

1,932,001

Provision for impairment of inventory

(500,000)

Provision for taxation

712,966

370,635

2,166,581

989,859

Share-based payments

182,740

65,484

399,284

196,455

Foreign exchange (loss) / gain

(79,732)

22,685

(125,537)

(360,116)

Changes in working capital

(Increase)/decrease in inventories

55,650

(193,156)

(733,883)

1,972,184

(Increase) in receivables, prepayments and accrued income

(997,396)

119,905

(1,997,572)

(993,117)

Increase/(decrease) in payables, accruals and provisions

277,539

461,603

220,307

1,979,991

Net cash inflow from operations

5,724,694

5,085,003

13,419,043

14,521,129

Investing activities

Purchase of property, plant and equipment and assets in construction

(860,020)

(1,138,120)

(2,049,973)

(2,599,412)

Mine development expenditure

(784,203)

(1,342,675)

(2,005,880)

(2,835,238)

Geological exploration expenditure

(267,338)

(290,503)

(1,352,610)

(1,087,027)

Pre-operational project costs

(149,457)

(433,526)

(627,097)

(1,277,048)

Acquisition of mining project

(2,500,000)

(3,500,000)

Acquisition of other property rights

(150,789)

(196,037)

(483,302)

(1,352,112)

Proceeds from sale of assets

72,188

16,741

400,047

169,822

Interest received

911

2,217

Net cash outflow on investing activities

(4,639,619)

(3,384,120)

(9,617,904)

(8,978,798)

Financing activities

Drawdown of convertible loan

500,000

2,000,000

Repayment of secured loan

(6,983,492)

Payment of finance lease liabilities

(203,080)

(125,804)

(249,354)

(588,025)

Interest paid and other finance costs

(2,753)

(117,308)

(265,751)

(421,241)

Net cash (outflow) / inflow from financing activities

294,167

(243,112)

(5,498,597)

(1,009,266)

Net increase / (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

1,379,242

1,457,771

(1,697,458)

4,533,065

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

9,627,412

12,366,683

14,234,612

9,216,048

Exchange difference on cash

(38,596)

(384,281)

(1,569,095)

(308,940)

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

10,968,059

13,440,173

10,968,059

13,440,173



Notes

1. Basis of Preparation
These interim condensed consolidated financial statements are for the three and nine month periods ended 30 September 2020. Comparative information has been provided for the unaudited three and nine month periods ended 30 September 2019 and, where applicable, the audited twelve month period from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. These condensed consolidated financial statements do not include all the disclosures that would otherwise be required in a complete set of financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the 2019 annual report.
The condensed consolidated financial statements for the periods have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 “Interim Financial Reporting” and the accounting policies are consistent with those of the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2019 and those envisaged for the financial statements for the year ending 31 December 2020.
.

Accounting standards, amendments and interpretations effective in 2020

The Group has not adopted any standards or interpretations in advance of the required implementation dates.

The following Accounting standard has come into effect as of 1 January 2020 have been

IAS 8 Accounting Policies, Changes in Accounting Estimates and Errors (Amendment – Definition of Material)

The adoption of this standard has had no effect on the financial results of the Group.

There are a number of standards, amendments to standards, and interpretations which have been issued that are effective in future periods and which the Group has chosen not to adopt early. None of these are expected to have a significant effect on the Group, in particular

IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements
IFRS 3 Business Combinations (Amendment – Definition of a Business)

These financial statements do not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006

Going concern and availability of finance
As at 30 September 2020 the Group had cash in hand of US$10.97 million and net assets of US$59.21 million.

The occurrence of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created significant uncertainty for all business sectors including Serabi. Whilst unable to operate at expected production levels during the second and third quarters of 2020, the Group has nonetheless maintained its gold mining operations without interruption. The levels of workforce at site were reduced as a pre-cautionary measure to improve social distancing whilst additional accommodation and other facilities could be put in place prior to a return to full workforce numbers. Whilst production levels during the second and third quarters of 2020 have been below the levels that the Group had originally forecast, the weakness of the Brazilian Real and the increased gold price that prevailed during the same period, resulted in strong cash flow being generated by the Group. In addition to paying off a US$6.9 million secured loan during 2020, the Group has also made payments totalling US$5.5 million (as at 12 November 2020) to Equinox Gold Inc. (“Equinox”) for the outstanding sum due for the acquisition of the Coringa project.

At the current time the Directors have assumed that mining operations and gold production will continue at the Palito Complex at similar levels of production for the fourth quarter and expect that, with a return to a full workforce during the fourth quarter and the reintroduction of surface and underground drilling crews for mine planning purposes that production can be expected to improve during the early part of 2021. There is no evidence, at this time, to suggest that the authorities in Brazil have any intention to try and close down or suspend mining activities as a result of the current Coronavirus pandemic. On 20 March 2020, it was stipulated in Decree 10,282/20 that mineral activity was considered an essential business sector and further actions have subsequently been invoked to prevent any restrictive measures being applied to the supplies required by the mining industry including transportation of supplies, availability of materials required for processing, and the sale and transportation of the mineral products.

The Group has renegotiated the terms relating to the settlement of a final acquisition payment of US$12 million due to Equinox in respect of the purchase of Chapleau Resources Limited and its Coringa gold project (the “Coringa Deferred Consideration”). Under the revised arrangement the Group began paying monthly instalments commencing 1 May 2020 of US$500,000 per month, increasing to US$1 million per month from 1 August 2020 and payable thereafter (“the “Deferral Period”) until such time as certain conditions relating to travel into and within Brazil are lifted (the “Travel Restriction Conditions”). Within 6 weeks of the satisfaction of the Travel Restriction Conditions the remaining portion of the Coringa Deferred Consideration will become payable.

The Company announced on 22 January 2020 that it had entered into an agreement with Greenstone Resources II LP (“Greenstone”) for the issue of and subscription by Greenstone of US$12 million of Convertible Loan Notes the proceeds of which would be used to satisfy the Coringa Deferred Consideration. However, due to the uncertainties created by the impact of the Coronavirus, the Company and Greenstone agreed to extend the period for the satisfaction of the conditions required for completion of the subscription by Greenstone. On 24 April 2020 the Company announced that it had agreed certain amendments to the original agreement with Greenstone (the “Amended Subscription Deed”).

Under the Amended Subscription Deed and a further subsequent amendment agreed with Greenstone
(a) the Company may, prior to the satisfaction of the Travel Restriction Condition only submit a subscription request in respect of Convertible Loan Notes in the amount of US$500,000 each month. Following the satisfaction of the Travel Restriction Condition, the Company may then issue further subscription request for amounts of not less than US$100,000 and not exceeding an amount equal to US$12,000,000 less the sum of the aggregate principal amount of all Notes outstanding at that time.
(b) the Convertible Loan Notes were initially unsecured and subordinated to the Sprott Loan. Following the completion of the repayment of the Sprott Loan on 30 June 2020, the security interests of Sprott have been discharged and the Company has granted to Greenstone the security package as originally envisaged save that a pledge of the shares of Chapleau Resources Limited (“CRL”) will continue to be held by Equinox until such time as the Coringa Deferred Consideration is settled in full. CRL holds 100% of the shares of Chapleau Exploração Mineral Ltda which in turn holds the exploration licences for the Coringa gold project
(d) The period during which the Company may issue an Issue Notice to Greenstone expires on 30 September 2021
(e) Subject to Greenstone not having exercised its option to convert the amount outstanding into Conversion Shares, the Convertible Loan Notes are due to be repaid 16 months after the first Issue Date which was 30 April 2020.

The Balance Sheet of the Group shows a net current asset position of US$4.43 million at 30 September 2020 including the fair value of a cash liability (including accrued interest) of US$8.9 million in respect of Coringa Deferred Consideration of which a further US$2.0 million has been settled subsequent to the period end. The Group plans to try to continue to finance this liability as much as possible from its operational cash flow but can also obtain additional working capital through the issue of the balance of the US$12 million of Convertible Loan Notes to Greenstone which will not be repayable until 31 August 2021. As at the current date, US$2.0 million has been drawn down against the Convertible Loan Notes and US$6.5 million remains outstanding in respect of the Coringa Deferred Consideration.

Whilst the Directors consider that the assumptions they have used are reasonable and based on the information currently available to them, there remains significant uncertainty regarding further actions that have not been anticipated but which may be required or imposed and may impact on the ability of the Group to meet the operational plan and cash flow forecast.

Whilst recognising all the above uncertainties, the Directors have prepared the financial statements on a going concern basis. In the event that additional short term funding is required, the Directors believe there is a reasonable prospect of the Group securing further funds as and when required in order that the Group can meet all liabilities including the Coringa Deferred Consideration as and when they fall due in the next 12 months. The Directors have been successful in raising funding as and when required in the past and consider that the Group continues to have strong support from its major shareholders who been supportive of and provided additional funding when required on previous occasions.

As at the date of this report both the medium and long term impact of COVID-19 on the underlying operations, and the outcome of raising any further funds that may be required, remains uncertain and this represents a material uncertainty surrounding going concern. If the Group fails to achieve the operational plan or to raise any additional necessary funds, the Group may be unable to realise its assets and discharge its liabilities in the normal course of business. The matters explained indicate that a material uncertainty exists that may cast significant doubt on the Group and Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. These financial statements do not show the adjustments to the assets and liabilities of the Group or the Company if this was to occur

2. Finance expense and income

3 months ended
30 September 2020
(unaudited)

3 months ended
30 September 2019
(unaudited)

9 months ended
30 September 2020
(unaudited)

9 months ended
30 September 2019 (unaudited)

US$

US$

US$

US$

Interest expense on secured loan

(173,637)

(203,127)

(474,177)

Interest expense on convertible loan

(33,899)

(72,806)

Interest expense on mineral property acquisition liability

(239,071)

(823,361)

Unwinding of discount on mineral property acquisition liability

(280,344)

(812,615)

Expense in respect of non-substantial modification

(155,237)

(39,900)

(390,274)

(53,212)

Amortisation of arrangement fee for convertible loan

(56,250)

(93,750)

Loss on revaluation of derivatives

(241,122)

(531,910)

(484,457)

(735,003)

(1,583,318)

(1,871,914)

Gain in respect of non-substantial modification

724,438

172,912

Gain on revaluation of derivatives

16,547

12,356

Interest income

911

2,217

Net finance expense

(467,910)

(735,003)

(845,613)

(1,696,785)

3. Taxation

The Group has recognised a deferred tax asset to the extent that the Group has reasonable certainty as to the level and timing of future profits that might be generated and against which the asset may be recovered. The Group has released the amount of US$794,044 as a deferred tax charge during the nine month period to 30 September 2020.

The Group has also incurred a tax charge in Brazil for the nine month period of US$1,372,535.

4. Earnings per Share

3 months ended
30 September 2020
(unaudited)

3 months ended
30 September 2019
(unaudited)

9 months ended
30 September 2020
(unaudited)

9 months ended
30 September 2019
(unaudited)

Profit attributable to ordinary shareholders (US$)

3,671,944

1,129,701

7,828,409

2,849,341

Weighted average ordinary shares in issue

58,981,290

58,909,551

58,946,229

58,909,551

Basic profit per share (US cents)

6.23c

1.92c

13.28c

4.84c

Diluted ordinary shares in issue (1)

63,362,694

60,997,145

63,327,628

60,997,145

Diluted profit per share (US cents)

5.80c

1.85c

12.36c

4.67c

(1) Based on 2,345,088 options vested and exercisable as at 30 September 2020 and 2,036,316 shares that could be issued pursuant to any exercise of conversion rights attaching to the Convertible Loan Notes as at 30 September 2020 (30 September 2019: 2,087,594 options)


4. Post balance sheet events
Subsequent to the end of the quarter, there has been no item, transaction or event of a material or unusual nature likely, in the opinion of the Directors of the Company to affect significantly the continuing operation of the entity, the results of these operations, or the state of affairs of the entity in future financial periods.

Qualified Persons Statement
The scientific and technical information contained within this announcement has been reviewed and approved by Michael Hodgson, a Director of the Company. Mr Hodgson is an Economic Geologist by training with over 26 years' experience in the mining industry. He holds a BSc (Hons) Geology, University of London, a MSc Mining Geology, University of Leicester and is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a Chartered Engineer of the Engineering Council of UK, recognising him as both a Qualified Person for the purposes of Canadian National Instrument 43-101 and by the AIM Guidance Note on Mining and Oil & Gas Companies dated June 2009.

Assay Results
The assay results reported within this release include those provided by the Company's own on-site laboratory facilities at Palito which may not have been independently verified. Serabi closely monitors the performance of its own facility against results from independent laboratory analysis for quality control purpose. As a matter of normal practice the Company sends duplicate samples derived from a variety of the Company's activities to accredited laboratory facilities for independent verification. Based on the results of this work, the Company's management are satisfied that the Company's own facility shows good correlation with independent laboratory facilities. The Company would expect that in the preparation of any future independent Reserve/Resource statement undertaken in compliance with a recognised standard, the independent authors of such a statement would not use Palito assay results but only use assay results reported by an appropriately certificated laboratory.

Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements in this announcement are, or may be deemed to be, forward looking statements. Forward looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ‘‘believe’’, ‘‘could’’, “should” ‘‘envisage’’, ‘‘estimate’’, ‘‘intend’’, ‘‘may’’, ‘‘plan’’, ‘‘will’’ or the negative of those, variations or comparable expressions, including references to assumptions. These forward looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors’ current expectations and assumptions regarding the Company’s future growth, results of operations, performance, future capital and other expenditures (including the amount, nature and sources of funding thereof), competitive advantages, business prospects and opportunities. Such forward looking statements reflect the Directors’ current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward looking statements including risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions, competition, environmental and other regulatory changes, actions by governmental authorities, the availability of capital markets, reliance on key personnel, uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Although any forward looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions, the Company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward looking statements.

ENDS

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