(Expressed in United States dollars except where otherwise indicated)

TORONTO, Aug. 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (TSXV: GMN) GobiMin Inc. (“GobiMin” or the “Company”, together with its subsidiaries collectively the “Group”) reports its financial and operating results for the second quarter of 2019. The unaudited condensed interim financial statements along with quarterly highlights of management’s discussion and analysis have been filed with SEDAR (www.sedar.com) and are also available at the website of the Company (www.gobimin.com).

Financial Highlights

 3 months ended June 3012 months ended
 2019 2018 December 31, 2018
 $$$
Revenue0.3 million0.4 million1.5 million
Fair value gain/(loss) on financial assets0.1 million(0.8 million)(1.1 million)
    
Net loss for the period/year(0.4 million)(1.3 million)(2.9 million)
Loss attributable to shareholders
of the Company
(0.4 million)(1.3 million)(2.8 million)
LBITDA (1)(0.5 million)(1.4 million)(3.2 million)
Basic and diluted loss per share(0.007)(0.026)(0.056)
LBITDA per share (1)(0.009)(0.029)(0.064)
    
Cash and cash equivalents16.9 million16.2 million17.1 million
Cash and cash equivalents per share (1)0.340.320.34
Working capital22.4 million19.4 million19.3 million
Total liabilities2.1 million2.2 million3.5 million
Total assets76.8 million78.6 million78.1 million
Annual dividend per share0.010.010.01

Note:

(1) As non-IFRS measurements, LBITDA (loss before interest income and expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortisation), LBITDA per share and Cash and cash equivalents per share do not comply with IFRS and, therefore, the amounts presented in the above table may not be comparable to similar data presented by other companies. The data is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS.

Business Summary and Development

  1. Financial Assets

    The investment objective of the Company is to seek superior returns by making investments in equity, debt or other securities of publicly traded or private companies or other entities as well as direct ownership stakes in projects.  New investments will be directed by an Investment Committee and guided by the Company’s Investment Policy which governs its investment activities and investment strategy.

    (a) Equity Investments

    Equity investments represent equity interests of publicly-traded or privately-held companies that the Company has acquired.  It is summarized as follows:

    (i) Gold Project in Xinjiang

    The Company owns a 70% equity interest in Xinjiang Tongyuan Minerals Limited which is developing the Sawayaerdun Gold Project (“Gold Project”) in Xinjiang. Its mining licence has been renewed with expiry date on December 31, 2019 and the original of the mining licence will be collectable after the reassessment of reserve by the Department of Land and Resources as well as payment for mining royalties based on the assessed reserve. For the exploration licence expired by the end of 2018, we submitted the application materials to Department of Land and Resources for the retention of the exploration licence on December 18, 2017. Following normal procedures, subsequent to the review and approval by the relevant authorities and passing of the public notice period, the new licence shall be issued. At the reporting date, the application documents have been reviewed by the relevant authorities and pending for approval at the departmental meeting. Due to backlog of applications of licences and the proposed ecological criteria in Xinjiang, it is anticipated that the licences will be issued after the backlog is cleared.

    The on-site industrial test on the gold processing methodology by applying bio-tech methodology on extraction of metals from large scale samples of gold ores has been started in 2019. Subject to satisfactory on-site industrial test results, GobiMin will formulate the corresponding development scheme which would substantially reduce the production costs of the Gold Project.

    As at June 30, 2019, there was addition of $92,000 in the exploration and evaluation assets and the Group had a contractual commitment of $1.7 million for the development of the Gold Project.

    (ii) Others

    As at June 30, 2019, the fair value of listed securities held by the Group amounted to $2.6 million, of which $2.4 million represented the shareholding in Loco Hong Kong Holdings Limited (“LocoHK”). Its shares are listed on GEM of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited under the stock code 8162. For the six months ended June 30, 2019, the fair value gain on investment in LocoHK was $0.9 million (2018: loss of $0.6 million). As at June 30, 2019, there was an amount due from a related company of $1.4 million, being the loan due from China Precision Material Limited (“CPM”), a subsidiary of LocoHK. Compared to $3.5 million as at December 31, 2018, the decrease represented the repayment of $2.1 million from CPM during the quarter. As at June 30, 2019, Mr. Felipe Tan, Chief Executive Officer of GobiMin, was a director of LocoHK and CPM.  Subsequently in July 2019, CPM ceased to be a related company when Mr. Felipe Tan resigned as director of LocoHK and CPM. For the six months ended June 30, 2019, the Group received from CPM interest income of $0.1 million (2018: $0.1 million).

    For the six months ended June 30, 2019, the fair value gain on other listed securities was $33,000 (2018: nil) and certain unlisted securities was disposed at carrying value.

    The Group invested about $4.1 million in Dragon Silver Holdings Limited (“Dragon Silver”) by way of (1) an equity investment of $1.1 million in 670,000 shares, representing 9.90% of its total issued capital; and (2) a loan of $3 million, bearing interest at 8.5% per annum and repayable on demand at a notice of 7 days. Dragon Silver is a Hong Kong based company mainly engaged in trading, production, processing and investment in precious metals and non-ferrous metals and related products. For the six months ended June 30, 2019, the Group received from Dragon Silver interest income of $0.1 million (2018: $0.1 million).

    (b) Debentures and Certificate of Deposit

    The Group would hold debentures and certificate of deposit bearing low risks and reasonable interest return from various industries through the open market. Debentures are held to receive coupon interest payments as well as to realize potential gains. The Group may dispose of debentures through the open market when the Group requires funds for operational or other investment needs.

    As at June 30, 2019, the Group held $5.8 million (December 31, 2018: $6.6 million) debentures with coupon rates ranged from 4.250% to 7.750% (December 31, 2018: 4.250% to 9.000%) per annum and maturities ranged between September 17, 2019 and perpetual (December 31, 2018: November 3, 2019 and perpetual).

    As at June 30, 2019, the Group held $1.0 million (December 31, 2018: nil) certificate of deposit with coupon rates ranged from 2.500% to 2.760% per annum and maturities on September 12, 2019.

    For the six months ended June 30, 2019, the interest income and fair value gain on debentures and certificate of deposit were $0.1 million (2018: $0.2 million) and $0.1 million (2018: loss of $0.4 million) respectively.

  2. Liquidity and Capital Resources

    As at June 30, 2019, the working capital of the Group amounted to approximately $22.4 million (December 31, 2018: $19.3 million), by netting off its current assets of $24.5 million (December 31, 2018: $22.8 million) with current liabilities of $2.1 million (December 31, 2018: $3.5 million).

    Taking into account of its financial position, the management of the Group considered that its cash and cash equivalents will be more than sufficient to finance its operation, including the contractual commitments of the Gold Project of approximately $1.7 million.

For further information, please contact:

Felipe Tan, Chief Executive Officer
Tel: (852) 3586-6500
Email: felipe.tan@gobimin.com

Certain statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking information. Such statements are based on the current expectations of management of GobiMin. You are cautioned that such statements are subject to a multitude of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, future circumstances or events to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking information. Forward looking information includes without limitation, statements regarding the size and quality of the Company’s mineral resources, progress in development of mineral properties, the prospective mineralization of the properties, and planned exploration programs. The reader should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking information included in this press release given that (i) actual results could differ materially from a conclusion, forecast or projection in the forward-looking information, and (ii) certain material factors or assumptions were applied in drawing a conclusion or making a forecast or projection as reflected in the forward-looking information could prove to be inaccurate. These statements speak only as of the date they are made, and GobiMin assumes no obligation to revise such statements as a result of any event, circumstance or otherwise, except in accordance with law.

“Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.”

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