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Unaudited 9M 2015 Results

19/11/2015

London, 19 November 2015

Unaudited 9M 2015 Results

New World Resources Plc (‘NWR’ or the ‘Company’) today announces its unaudited financial results for the first nine months of 2015. Comparative information, unless otherwise stated, is for the nine months of 2014.

9M 2015 Financial summary

  • Revenues of EUR 445 million, down 12%.
  • Coking coal average realised price of EUR 92/t, up 7%.
  • Thermal coal average realised price of EUR 51/t, down 9%.
  • Cash mining unit costs[1] of EUR 69/t, up 2% on 10% lower production
  • Selling and administrative expenses down 14% to EUR 86 million.
  • EBITDA of EUR (4) million, vs. EUR 4 million in 9M 2014.
  • Non-cash gain of EUR 47 million on fair value revaluation of mandatory convertible notes.
  • Basic loss per A share of 0.28 eurocents compared to a basic loss per A share of 15.96 eurocents for 9M 2014.
  • Net debt of EUR 321 million.
  • Cash of EUR 57 million as of 30 September 2015.

9M 2015 Operational summary

  • Safety metrics LTIFR[2] of 5.64 vs. 8.18 in FY 2014.
  • Coal production of 5.7Mt, down 10% and coal sales of 5.4Mt, down 12%.
  • Coal sales mix of 59% coking coal and 41% thermal coal.
  • CAPEX of EUR 28 million, down 38%.
  • Coal Inventory of 1,014kt, up 66% year on year.
  • Total headcount including contractors down 5%.

2015 Prices and targets[3]

  • Average price for coking coal production agreed at EUR 93/t.
  • Average price for thermal coal production agreed at EUR 52/t.
  • Production and sales volume of 7.5-8.0Mt and 8.0Mt, respectively.
  • Coking coal in the sales mix to be below 60% target, principally due to the anticipated Q4 sell-down of thermal coal inventories.
  • Cash mining unit costs of around EUR 65 per tonne.
  • CAPEX of EUR 30-40 million.
  • Improvement in LTIFR towards the target of below 5.

 

Boudewijn Wentink, Finance and Legal Director stated:

“Our business continues to feel pressure from slower global industrial output. Since the beginning of the year, we have seen a further deterioration in the global coal market: prices for hard coking coal have come down by 33%.

Our region is structurally short of hard coking coal, a commodity essential to the steel-making process, which usually allows us to achieve pricing around import parity. The market for our thermal coal remains subdued due to continued regional oversupply and aggressive pricing by certain competitors.

The still-tough market underlines the importance of our continuous efforts to strengthen NWR’s operational and financial performance, including business and portfolio optimisation. In the period under review, while we successfully reduced overhead costs by 10%, our cash mining unit costs have increased by 2% to EUR 69 per tonne due to lower production, though down from EUR 71 at the half year.

Also, we have entered into discussions with the Czech Republic government about the future of our Paskov mine, after the existing agreement with the government ended on 30 September 2015. These discussions are ongoing.

Our realised pricing for the year to date has been stable, as has our sales mix. Production volumes are in line with our full-year guidance and our safety performance continues to improve. The revenue for the nine months was EUR 445 million, down 12% due to lower sales volumes.

We have achieved good cash control, though experienced a one-time negative working capital impact. Accordingly, the net cash balance was EUR 57 million as of 30 September – but by the end of October this had already bounced back up to EUR 77 million. We are working towards our full-year sales target of 8Mt, lowering levels of inventory and thereby contributing to our net cash position.

We have decided to retain our existing management structure in 2016. Gareth Penny will remain as Executive Chairman of NWR and Dale Ekmark as Managing Director of OKD.”


 

Selected financial and operational data [4]

(EUR m, unless stated otherwise)

9M 2015

9M 2014

Chg

 

Revenues

445

504

(12%)

 

Cost of sales

396

464

(15%)

 

   Excluding Change in inventories

420

478

(12%)

 

Cash mining unit costs (EUR/t)[5]

69

68

2%

 

Gross profit

49

40

21%

 

Selling and administrative expenses

86

100

(14%)

 

EBITDA

(4)

4

-

 

Operating loss

(38)

(60)

-

 

 (Loss) for the period

(16)

(128)

-

 

Basic (loss) per A share (eurocents)

(0.28)

(15.96)

-

 

Total assets

530

858

(38%)

 

Cash and cash equivalents

57

77

(26%)

 

Net debt

321

734

(56%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash flow from operations

(41)

(48)

-

 

CAPEX

28

45

(38%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total headcount incl. contractors

13,923

14,641

(5%)

 

LTIFR

5.64

7.19

(22%)

 


 

Production & Sales (kt)

9M 2015

9M 2014

Chg

 

Coal production

5,716

6,332

(10%)

 

Total coal sales

5,361

6,084

(12%)

 

   Coking coal[6]

3,155

3,647

(13%)

 

   Thermal coal[7]

2,206

2,437

(9%)

 

Period end inventory

1,014

612

66%

 

Average realised prices (EUR/t)

 

 

 

 

Coking coal

92

86

7%

 

Thermal coal

51

56

(9%)

 

 

9M 2015 earnings call and webcast:

NWR’s management will host an analyst and investor conference call on 19 November 2015 at 10:00 GMT (11:00 CET). The presentation will be made available via a live audio webcast on www.newworldresources.eu and then archived on the Company’s website.

For those who would like to join the live call, dial in details are as follows:

UK: +44(0)20 3427 1900

Europe: +31(0)20 716 8256

US: +1646 254 3362

Confirmation Code: 4694061

 

 

Investor and Media Contact:

Radek Nemecek

Tel: +420 727 982 885

rnemecek@nwrgroup.eu                    

 

Website:  www.newworldresources.eu

 

 

About NWR:

New World Resources Plc is a Central European hard coal producer. NWR produces quality coking and thermal coal for the steel and energy sectors in Central Europe through its subsidiary OKD, the largest hard coal mining company in the Czech Republic.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating and financial review and

Condensed consolidated interim financial statements
for the nine-month period
ended 30 September 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

New World Resources Plc

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

 

Nine-month period

ended 30 September

 

Three-month period

ended 30 September

EUR thousand

2015

2014

 

2015

2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues

445,275

504,057

 

159,116

157,713

Cost of sales

(396,116)

(463,560)

 

(143,545)

(165,023)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit / (loss)

49,159

40,497

 

15,571

(7,310)

Selling expenses

(38,648)

(47,473)

 

(16,216)

(13,354)

Administrative expenses

(47,651)

(52,925)

 

(17,224)

(15,721)

Gain / (loss) from sale of property, plant and equipment

194

(311)

 

150

28

Other operating income

1,204

2,185

 

348

660

Other operating expenses

(1,848)

(1,705)

 

(637)

(583)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating loss

(37,590)

(59,732)

 

(18,008)

(36,280)

Finance income1

59,195

4,655

 

3,295

1,778

Finance expenses

(35,068)

(53,845)

 

(11,181)

(18,112)

Capital restructuring

-

(24,247)

 

-

(14,277)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss before tax

(13,463)

(133,169)

 

(25,894)

(66,891)

Income tax (expense) / benefit

(2,739)

5,158

 

(3,190)

(4,265)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period

(16,202)

(128,011)

 

(29,084)

(71,156)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:

(918)

(981)

 

(901)

(744)

Foreign currency translation differences

(918)

(1,124)

 

(901)

(803)

Income tax relating to components of other comprehensive income

-

143

 

-

59

Items that will never be reclassified to profit or loss

-

-

 

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total other comprehensive income for the period, net of tax

(918)

(981)

 

(901)

(744)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

(17,120)

(128,992)

 

(29,985)

(71,900)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders of the Company

(16,202)

(128,011)

 

(29,084)

(71,156)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders of the Company

(17,120)

(128,992)

 

(29,985)

(71,900)

 

 

 

 

 

 

EARNINGS / (LOSS) PER SHARE

 

 

 

 

 

A share  (Eurocents)

 

 

 

 

 

Basic loss1

(0.28)

(15.96)

 

(0.45)

(8.57)

Diluted loss1

(0.28)

(15.94)

 

(0.45)

(8.56)

B share  (EUR)

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings

215.60

235.00

 

71.60

82.70

Diluted earnings

215.60

235.00

 

71.60

82.70

All activities were with respect to continuing operations.

1Includes gain on revaluation of Convertible Notes for the nine-month period ended 30 September 2015 of EUR 46,783 thousand (2014: nil) and for the three-month period ended 30 September 2015 a loss of EUR 2,435 thousand (2014: nil).

The notes on pages 10 to 20 are an integral part of these condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

New World Resources Plc

Consolidated statement of financial position

 

30 September

31 December

30 September

EUR thousand

2015

2014

2014

 

 

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

314,813

322,374

515,194

Accounts receivable

1,739

3,062

1,715

Deferred tax

-

-

51,167

Restricted deposits

23,003

22,037

24,785

TOTAL NON-CURRENT ASSETS

339,555

347,473

592,861

 

 

 

 

Inventories

59,847

40,841

42,108

Accounts receivable and prepayments

72,791

64,219

56,988

Derivatives

-

2,629

-

Income tax receivable

-

-

6

Cash and cash equivalents

57,437

128,035

77,438

Restricted cash

-

-

88,634

TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS

190,075

235,724

265,174

 

 

 

 

TOTAL ASSETS

529,630

583,197

858,035

 

 

 

 

EQUITY

 

 

 

Share capital

108,459

108,458

107,412

Share premium

142,372

142,363

85,602

Foreign exchange translation reserve

27,861

28,779

30,239

Restricted reserve

-

-

121,357

Equity-settled share based payments

15,649

15,868

15,685

Merger reserve

(1,631,161)

(1,631,161)

(1,631,161)

Other distributable reserve

1,684,463

1,684,463

1,684,463

Retained earnings

(524,255)

(508,638)

(737,347)

TOTAL EQUITY

(176,612)

(159,868)

(323,750)

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

Provisions

143,733

147,567

157,416

Long-term loans

81,411

83,726

-

Bonds issued

294,740

325,669

762,823

Employee benefits

34,745

36,956

44,670

Deferred revenue

266

747

333

Deferred tax

817

801

815

Other long-term liabilities

269

300

305

Cash-settled share-based payments

482

146

430

Derivatives

787

2,408

2,837

TOTAL NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES

557,250

598,320

969,629

 

 

 

 

Provisions

4,011

2,867

4,499

Accounts payable and accruals

125,064

130,989

125,811

Accrued interest payable

11,503

4,341

31,806

Derivatives

2,573

6,299

1,135

Income tax payable

3,318

168

181

Current portion of long-term loans

2,490

-

48,668

Cash-settled share-based payments

33

81

56

TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES

148,992

144,745

212,156

 

 

 

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES

706,242

743,065

1,181,785

 

 

 

 

TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

529,630

583,197

858,035

The notes on pages 10 to 20 are an integral part of these condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

New World Resources Plc

Consolidated statement of cash flows

 

 

Nine-month period

ended 30 September

 

Three-month period

ended 30 September

 

EUR thousand

2015

2014

(restated)

 

2015

2014

(restated)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss before tax

(13,463)

(133,169)

 

(25,894)

(66,891)

 

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortisation

34,126

63,466

 

11,814

21,008

 

Changes in provisions

(8,828)

(14,050)

 

(5,659)

(11,274)

 

Changes in inventory allowance

13,790

1,956

 

9,257

(549)

 

(Gain) / loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

(194)

311

 

(150)

(28)

 

Interest expense, net

27,706

48,133

 

10,785

16,234

 

Change in fair value of derivatives

(2,718)

(4,066)

 

(4,893)

(1,343)

 

Change in fair value of Convertible Notes

(46,783)

-

 

2,435

-

 

Capital restructuring

-

24,247

 

-

14,277

 

Equity-settled share-based payment transactions

351

477

 

115

214

 

Operating cash flows before working capital changes

3,987

(12,695)

 

(2,190)

(28,352)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Increase) / decrease in inventories

(32,795)

(14,384)

 

(2,338)

16,093

 

(Increase) / decrease in receivables

(7,205)

38,625

 

(21,447)

10,018

 

Increase / (decrease) in payables and deferred revenue

3,603

(27,905)

 

3,092

(8,237)

 

(Increase) / decrease in restricted cash and restricted deposits

(523)

(1,345)

 

1,144

910

 

Currency translation and other non-cash movements

(3,859)

11

 

(995)

(70)

 

Cash generated from operating activities

(36,792)

(17,693)

 

(22,734)

(9,638)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest paid

(4,117)

(31,248)

 

(2,039)

(17)

 

Corporate income tax (paid) / refunded

(393)

868

 

(87)

1,142

 

Net cash flows from operating activities

(41,302)

(48,073)

 

(24,860)

(8,513)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest received

18

471

 

5

(2)

 

Purchase of land, property, plant and equipment

(28,130)

(45,438)

 

(6,577)

(21,213)

 

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

445

793

 

401

645

 

Proceeds from disposal of discontinued operations

-

7,000

 

-

-

 

Net cash flows from investing activities

(27,667)

(37,174)

 

(6,171)

(20,570)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transaction costs related to capital restructuring

(1,909)

(20,955)

 

-

(15,869)

 

 

Net cash flows from financing activities

(1,909)

(20,955)

 

-

(15,869)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net effect of currency translation

280

(25)

 

(82)

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(70,598)

(106,227)

 

(31,113)

(44,952)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents at the beginning of period

128,035

183,665

 

88,550

122,390

 

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents at the end of period

57,437

77,438

 

57,437

77,438

 

The notes on pages 10 to 20 are an integral part of these condensed consolidated interim financial statements.


New World Resources Plc

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

EUR thousand

Share capital

Share premium

Foreign exchange translation reserve

Restricted reserve

Equity-settled share- based payments

Merger reserve

Other distributable reserve

Retained earnings

Consolidated group total

Balance at 1 January 2015

108,458

142,363

28,779

-

15,868

(1,631,161)

1,684,463

(508,638)

(159,868)

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(16,202)

(16,202)

Total other comprehensive income, net of tax

-

-

(918)

-

-

-

-

-

(918)

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

(918)

-

-

-

-

(16,202)

(17,120)

Transaction with owners recorded directly in equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of A Shares under Deferred bonus plan

1

-

-

-

(570)

-

-

585

16

Share options for A Shares

-

-

-

-

351

-

-

-

351

Issue of A shares under Convertible Notes redemption 

-

9

-

-

-

-

-

-

9

Total transactions with owners

1

9

-

-

(219)

-

-

585

376

Balance at 30 September 2015

108,459

142,372

27,861

-

15,649

(1,631,161)

1,684,463

(524,255)

(176,612)

 

Balance at 1 January 2014

105,863

2,368

30,897

121,680

15,421

(1,631,161)

1,684,463

(609,629)

(280,098)

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(128,011)

(128,011)

Total other comprehensive income, net of tax

-

-

(658)

(323)

-

-

-

-

(981)

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

(658)

(323)

-

-

-

(128,011)

(128,992)

Transaction with owners recorded directly in equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of A Shares under Deferred bonus plan

37

-

-

-

(213)

-

-

293

117

Share options for A Shares

-

-

-

-

477

-

-

-

477

Issue of A Shares under rights issue

1,512

83,234

-

-

-

-

-

-

84,746

Total transactions with owners

1,549

83,234

-

-

264

-

-

293

85,340

Balance at 30 September 2014

107,412

85,602

30,239

121,357

15,685

(1,631,161)

1,684,463

(737,347)

(323,750)

The notes on pages 10 to 20 are an integral part of these condensed consolidated interim financial statements.


New World Resources Plc
Operating and Financial Review
for the nine-month period ended 30 September
2015 (‘9M 2015’)

 

1      Corporate Information

New World Resources Plc (‘NWR’ or the ‘Company’) is a public limited liability company with its registered office at One Silk Street, London EC2Y 8HQ, United Kingdom.

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements comprise the Company and its subsidiaries (together the ‘Group’). The Group is primarily involved in coal mining. The objective of the Company is to act as a holding company and to provide management services for the Group.

2      Financial Results Overview

Revenues. The Group’s revenues decreased by 12% from EUR 504 million in the 9M 2014 to EUR 445 million in the 9M 2015. This is mainly attributable to lower sales volumes of both coking coal and thermal coal, due to lower production.

Cost of sales. Cost of sales decreased from EUR 464 million to EUR 396 million or by 15% in the 9M 2015 compared to the 9M 2014. This is mainly attributable to lower depreciation following the impairment charge recognised in 2014; and lower production as well as lower input costs per equipped coal panel resulting in lower consumption of mining material and spare parts.  

Selling expenses. Selling expenses decreased from EUR 47 million to EUR 39 million or by 19% in the 9M 2015, attributable to lower sales volumes resulting in lower transport costs.

Administrative expenses. Administrative expenses of EUR 48 million decreased from EUR 53 million or by 10%, attributable to a decrease in administrative headcount, resulting in lower personnel expenses, and savings in advisory services.

EBITDA. The 9M 2015 saw a negative EBITDA of EUR 4 million, representing a decrease of EUR 8 million compared to EBITDA of EUR 4 million recorded in the 9M 2014, attributable mainly to the decrease in revenues, partially offset by the decrease in operating expenses.

Finance income. Increase in finance income of EUR 55 million is principally due to the EUR 47 million decrease in the fair value of the Convertible Notes (financial instrument recognised at fair value through profit or loss) between 31 December 2014 and 30 September 2015.

Profit for the period and underlying loss. The reported loss for the period was EUR 16 million, compared to the loss of EUR 128 million in 9M 2014. Excluding the impact of the movement in the fair value of the Convertible Notes, the Group would have recorded a loss of EUR 63 million in the 9M 2015.

Senior Secured Notes Payment in Kind (‘PIK’) Interest. On 1 May 2015 the Group exercised its option to pay PIK interest on the Senior Secured Notes. The result was the issue of a further EUR 16.5 million Senior Secured Notes at a fair value of EUR 10.7 million and with the same terms and conditions of the original Senior Secured Notes. This resulted in a gain of EUR 1.3 million being recorded in the three months ended 30 June 2015. Please refer to note 13 Contingencies and Other Commitments for further information.

3      Basis of Presentation

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements (the ‘financial statements’) presented in this document are prepared:

  • for the nine-month period ended 30 September 2015, with the nine-month period ended 30 September 2014 as the comparative period;
  • based on the recognition and measurement criteria of International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by European Union (‘adopted IFRS’) and on the going concern basis (see further on next page); and
  • in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting.

The financial statements do not include all of the information required for full annual financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 31 December 2014, which are contained within the 2014 Annual Report and Accounts of the Company, available on the Company’s website at www.newworldresources.eu.

Going concern basis of accounting

The Group manages its liquidity (EUR 57 million (31 December 2014: EUR 128 million)) through receivables financing and other working capital measures. The Senior Secured Notes and the Convertible Notes have features that would result in interest being able to be paid in kind rather than in cash in certain circumstances.

At the present market prices of coal, the Group is cash flow negative and the current low coal price environment has placed significant pressure on the Group’s liquidity position and also on its solvency resulting in the Group having net liabilities of EUR 177 million at 30 September 2015.

Based on the current projections, the Directors consider that the Group has sufficient cash available to meet its funding requirements for at least the next 12 months following the date of this report.  However, given the continuing worsening of the outlook for the prices achievable for the Group’s products, this will require the Group to take further significant actions to reduce cost.

These projections assume that the EUR 35 million Super Senior Credit Facility, which is fully drawn and matures in October 2016, will be repaid at that time (or earlier in the event of the minimum cash covenant, which requires the Restricted Group (NWR NV and its subsidiaries) to maintain at least EUR 40 million in cash, being at risk of being breached), which would result in a minimal amount of cash being available. Whilst the Directors have commenced negotiations with the providers of this facility to provide alternative financing, there is no guarantee that alternative financing will be available.

There is therefore a risk that the cash available to the Group is not sufficient for funding requirements over this period. In particular, (a) unexpected production or other operating issues, or (b) a delay in the implementation of the planned cost reduction activities or the failure of these activities to deliver the level of cost reduction anticipated or (c) further deterioration in coal prices (although coal prices are fixed for most of the Group’s anticipated remaining 2015 sales, the Group is exposed to prices on approximately 25% of its coking coal sales remaining in 2015 and to all sales in 2016), could result in the Group running out of cash in Q3 2016 (or possibly earlier).

In the event that it becomes likely that there will be a shortfall in available cash, the Group proposes to seek alternative sources of liquidity, which could include the sale of certain of the assets of OKD and NWR Karbonia, or raising additional debt (to the extent permitted by the New Senior Notes Indenture, the Super Senior Credit Facility and the ECA Facility) or equity. If no viable alternative liquidity solutions are then available, the Group will attempt to sell the businesses of OKD and NWR Karbonia and, failing that, will initiate the orderly wind-down of some or all of the Group’s assets, therefore effectively liquidating the Group’s assets. Most of these actions require negotiation and/or the consent of multiple stakeholders of the Group, such as (depending on the route chosen) financiers, government, trade unions and shareholders.

In addition, the Directors recognise that NWR N.V. has significant debt repayments scheduled over the period to 2020, which it will probably not be able to meet and that as a consequence the N.V. will need to refinance these liabilities.  There is no guarantee that a refinancing can be achieved.

The Directors recognise that these circumstances represent a material uncertainty that may cast significant doubt as to the Group’s ability to continue as a going concern and that it may be unable to realise all of its assets and discharge all of its liabilities in the normal course of business.  Nevertheless, the Directors expect that the risks associated with a deterioration in coal prices and/or other operating issues have been appropriately taken into consideration and accordingly the financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis and do not include the adjustments that would result if the Group were unable to continue as a going concern.

4      Significant Accounting Policies

The financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention, except for certain financial instruments, which are stated at fair value. 

The financial statements have been prepared on the basis of accounting policies and methods of compilation consistent with those applied in the consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 31 December 2014, with the exception described below.  

New standards and interpretations

The Group adopted the following new interpretation, which are effective for its accounting period starting 1 January 2015:

  • IFRIC 21 Levies (effective 17 June 2014)

The adoption of the new interpretation has no impact on the recognised assets, liabilities and comprehensive income of the Group.

Estimates

The preparation of financial statements requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expense. Actual results may differ from these estimates. In preparing these financial statements, the significant judgements made by the management in applying the Group’s accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those applied to the consolidated financial statements of the Company as at 31 December 2014 and for the year then ended.

5      Non-IFRS Measures

The Company defines:

  • EBITDA as net profit/loss before income tax, net finance costs, depreciation and amortisation, impairment of property, plant and equipment (‘PPE’) and gains/losses from the sale of PPE;
  • Underlying profit/loss as profit/loss before material one-off impacts;
  • Net debt as total debt (carrying amounts of all its issued bonds and long-term interest-bearing borrowings) less cash and cash equivalents.   

While the amounts included in EBITDA are derived from the Group's financial statements, it is not a financial measure determined in accordance with adopted IFRS and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or operating income as a sole indication of the Group's performance or as an alternative to cash flows as a measure of the Group's liquidity. The Company currently uses EBITDA in its business operations to, among others, evaluate the performance of its operations, develop budgets and measure its performance against those budgets.

6      Exchange Rates

EUR/CZK

9M 2015

9M 2014

y/y %

Average exchange rate

27.355

27.504

(1%)

End of period exchange rate

27.187

27.500

(1%)

Throughout this document, financial results and performance in both the current and comparative periods are expressed in Euros. Financial results and performance could differ considerably if presented in CZK. The Company may where deemed relevant, present variances using constant foreign exchange rates (constant currency basis), marked ‘ex-FX’, excluding the estimated effect of currency translation differences. These are non-IFRS financial measures.

7      Financial Performance

Revenues

The Group's largest source of revenue is the sale of coking coal, which accounted for 65% of total revenues in the 9M 2015, whilst the sale of thermal coal accounts for 25% of total revenues in this period.

EUR thousand

9M 2015

9M 2014

y-y

y/y %

ex-FX

External coking coal sales (EXW)*

290,370

312,030

(21,660)

(7%)

(7%)

External thermal coal sales (EXW)*

112,198

135,480

(23,282)

(17%)

(17%)

Coal transport

22,073

34,152

(12,079)

(35%)

(36%)

Sale of coal by-products

10,909

13,111

(2,202)

(17%)

(17%)

Other revenues

9,725

9,284

441

5%

4%

Total revenues

445,275

504,057

(58,782)

(12%)

(12%)

*For the purpose of this analysis, where the Group sells products on an EXW or similar basis, the notional transport element is shown separately in order to separate the impact of changing transport revenues from changes in the underlying realised revenues for the products sold.

Total revenues decreased by 12% mainly as a result of lower sales volumes of both coking coal and thermal coal, due to lower production. Lower sales volumes and lower transport charges also resulted in a decrease of transport revenues, with a similar decrease in transport costs, hence no material impact on profitability.

Average realised sales prices

EUR per tonne

9M 2015

9M 2014

y-y

y/y %

ex-FX

Coking coal (EXW)

92

86

6

7%

7%

Thermal coal (EXW)

51

56

(5)

(9%)

(9%)

The majority of both coking coal and thermal coal sales have been priced on a calendar year basis in 2015, while in 2014 the Group’s coking coal sales were priced on quarterly basis.

Total production of coal in 9M 2015 decreased by 10% compared to 9M 2014, while sales volumes decreased by 12%.

Coal inventories increased by 346kt in 9M 2015, compared to an increase by 232kt in 9M 2014.

Coal performance indicators (kt)

9M 2015

9M 2014

y-y

y/y %

Coal production

5,716

6,332

(616)

(10%)

External coal sales

5,361

6,084

(723)

(12%)

Coking coal

3,155

3,647

(492)

(13%)

Thermal coal

2,206

2,437

(231)

(9%)

Period end inventory*

1,014

612

402

66%

* Inventory consists of coal available for immediate sale and coal that has to be converted from raw coal. Opening and closing inventory balances do not always reconcile due to various factors such as production losses.

Cost of Sales

EUR thousand

9M 2015

9M 2014

y-y

y/y %

ex-FX

Consumption of material and energy

134,553

148,943

(14,390)

(10%)

(10%)

  of which : mining material and spare parts

76,973

89,973

(13,000)

(14%)

(15%)

              : energy consumption

49,438

49,882

(444)

(1%)

(1%)

Service expenses

98,084

105,563

(7,479)

(7%)

(8%)

  of which : contractors

54,126

53,049

1,077

2%

1%

              : maintenance

17,300

24,311

(7,011)

(29%)

(29%)

Personnel expenses

154,208

159,632

(5,424)

(3%)

(4%)

Depreciation and amortisation

29,258

59,417

(30,159)

(51%)

(51%)

Net gain from material sold

(2,187)

(2,568)

381

(15%)

(15%)

Change in inventories of finished goods and work in progress

(23,678)

(14,817)

(8,861)

60%

59%

Other operating expenses

5,878

7,390

(1,512)

(20%)

(21%)

Total cost of sales

396,116

463,560

(67,444)

(15%)

(15%)

Excluding the change in inventories impact

419,794

478,377

(58,583)

(12%)

(13%)

Excluding the EUR 9 million year on year impact in change in inventories driven by the higher build-up of stock, cost of sales decreased by EUR 59 million, as a result of:

  • lower depreciation following the impairment charge recognised in 2014;
  • lower production and lower input costs per equipped coal panel resulting in lower consumption of mining material and spare parts;
  • lower maintenance works undertaken in the 9M 2015; and
  • a 7% decrease in the number of employees, resulting in lower personnel expenses. 

Selling Expenses

EUR thousand

9M 2015

9M 2014

y-y

y/y %

ex-FX

Transport costs

21,854

33,815

(11,961)

(35%)

(36%)

Personnel expenses

2,110

1,945

165

8%

8%

Allowance for inventories on stock

7,071

3,837

3,234

84%

83%

Other expenses

7,613

7,876

(263)

(3%)

(4%)

Total selling expenses

38,648

47,473

(8,825)

(19%)

(19%)

Lower sales volumes combined with lower transport charges resulted in a reduction in transport costs by 35%, with a similar decrease in transport revenues, resulting in no material impact on profitability. Higher level of lower quality thermal coal on stock in combination with low thermal coal prices caused higher allowance for inventories in 9M 2015.

Administrative Expenses

EUR thousand

9M 2015

9M 2014

y-y

y/y %

ex-FX

Personnel expenses

27,976

31,018

(3,042)

(10%)

(10%)

Service expenses

9,257

11,332

(2,075)

(18%)

(19%)

Other expenses

10,418

10,575

(157)

(1%)

(2%)

Total administrative expenses

47,651

52,925

(5,274)

(10%)

(10%)

The decrease in administrative expenses is attributable to a decrease in administrative headcount resulting in lower personnel expenses, and saving in advisory services.

Total Personnel Expenses and Headcount

EUR thousand

9M 2015

9M 2014

y-y

y/y %

ex-FX

Personnel expenses

186,981

197,817

(10,836)

(5%)

(6%)

Employee benefit provision

(2,938)

(4,506)

1,568

(35%)

(35%)

Share-based payments

671

(194)

865

-

-

Total personnel expenses

184,714

193,117

(8,403)

(4%)

(5%)

Total personnel expenses decreased due to lower headcount (see below); partially offset by the costs associated with reducing this headcount.

 

9M 2015

9M 2014

y-y

y/y %

 

Employees headcount (average)

10,718

11,523

(805)

(7%)

 

Contractors headcount (average)

3,205

3,118

87

3%

 

Total headcount (average)

13,923

14,641

(718)

(5%)

 

EBITDA

EUR thousand

9M 2015

9M 2014

y-y

y/y %

ex-FX

EBITDA

(3,658)

4,045

(7,703)

-

-

The Group’s EBITDA decreased by EUR 8 million compared to the 9M 2014 mainly as a result of the decrease in revenues, partially offset by the decrease in operating expenses.

As EBITDA is a non-IFRS measure, the following table provides a reconciliation of EBITDA from the net profit/loss after tax.

EUR thousand

9M 2015

9M 2014

Net loss

(16,202)

(128,011)

Income tax

2,739

(5,158)

Net finance expense

(24,127)

49,190

Capital restructuring

-

24,247

Depreciation and amortisation

34,126

63,466

(Gain) / loss from sale of PPE

(194)

311

EBITDA

(3,658)

4,045

 

 

 

 

Finance Income and Expense

EUR thousand

9M 2015

9M 2014

y-y

y/y %

 

Finance income

59,195

4,655

54,540

1172%

 

Fair value revaluation of Convertible Notes

46,783

-

46,783

-

 

Realised and unrealised foreign exchange gains

7,273

3,043

4,230

139%

 

Profit on derivative instruments

4,920

996

3,924

394%

 

Other finance income

219

616

(397)

(64%)

 

Finance expense

35,068

53,845

(18,777)

(35%)

 

Interest expenses

27,759

48,550

(20,791)

(43%)

 

Realised and unrealised foreign exchange losses

3,501

2,791

710

25%

 

Losses on derivative instruments

3,563

2,113

1,450

69%

 

Other finance expenses

245

391

(146)

(37%)

 

The main impact on finance income is through the Convertible Notes, which are designated at fair value through profit or loss (‘FVTPL’) and the EUR 47 million impact represents the decrease in their fair value between 31 December 2014 and 30 September 2015.

The decrease in interest expenses reflects the exchange of the original notes (nominal EUR 775 million) for the new notes (nominal EUR 317 million as at 30 September 2015) as part of the Capital Restructuring completed in October 2014. For more information about the terms and conditions of this indebtedness please refer to note 13 Contingencies and Other Commitments.

Loss before Tax

The loss before tax in the 9M 2015 was EUR 13 million, a decrease of EUR 120 million compared to a loss of EUR 133 million in the 9M 2014.

Income Tax

The Group recorded a net income tax expense of EUR 3 million in the 9M 2015, compared to a net income tax benefit of EUR 5 million in the 9M 2014.

The gain recognised on fair value change of the Convertible Notes is taxable income and NWR NV recorded a preliminary provision of EUR 3 million in the 9M 2015.

The Group has accumulated tax losses for which no deferred tax asset is recognised as it is not probable that these losses will be recoverable within the timeframe for utilising these losses on standalone entities level.  

Loss for the period

The Group recognised a loss of EUR 16 million in the 9M 2015, which represents a decrease of EUR 112 million, compared to the loss of EUR 128 million in the 9M 2014.

8      Earnings / Loss per Share

The calculation of earnings/loss per share is based on profit/loss attributable to the shareholders of the Company and a weighted average number of shares outstanding during the respective periods:

EUR thousand

9M 2015

9M 2014

Loss for the period

(16,202)

(128,011)

Loss attributable to A shares

(18,415)

(130,417)

Profit attributable to B shares

2,156

2,350

Eliminations between Mining and Real Estate divisions

57

56

 

 

9M 2015

9M 2014

Weighted average number of A shares (basic)

6,660,341,053

817,128,473

Weighted average number of A shares (diluted)

6,664,153,907

818,067,137

Weighted average number of B shares (basic)

10,000

10,000

Weighted average number of B shares (diluted)

10,000

10,000

9      Cash Flow

EUR thousand

9M 2015

9M 2014

Net cash flows from operating activities

(41,302)

(48,073)

Net cash flows from investing activities

(27,667)

(37,174)

Net cash flows from financing activities

(1,909)

(20,955)

Net effect of currency translation

280

(25)

Total decrease in cash

(70,598)

(106,227)

Cash Flow from Operating Activities

Cash outflows arising from operating activities, after working capital changes and before interest and tax in the 9M 2015 were EUR 37 million, EUR 19 million higher compared to cash outflows of EUR 18 million in the 9M 2014, following lower EBITDA and substantially lower level of receivable factoring when compared to both 30 September 2014 and 30 June 2015.

Cash Flow from Investing Activities

Capital expenditures amounted to EUR 28 million in the 9M 2015, a decrease of EUR 17 million when compared to the 9M 2014. Cash flow from investing activities in the 9M 2014 was positively influenced by a release of EUR 7 million from an escrow account related to the sale of the coke subsidiary in 2013.  

Cash Flow from Financing Activities

Cash flow from financing activities reflects the transaction costs in relation to the Capital Restructuring.

10   Borrowings, Liquidity and Capital Resources

The principal uses of cash are anticipated to fund planned operating expenditures, working capital requirements, capital expenditures, scheduled debt service requirements, and other distributions.

Indebtedness and liquidity

As at 30 September 2015, the Group held cash and cash equivalents of EUR 57 million and had indebtedness of EUR 378 million (carrying value), of which EUR 3 million is contractually repayable in the next 12 months. This results in a net debt position for the Group of EUR 321 million, 14% higher when compared to EUR 281 million as at 31 December 2014.

For more information about the liquidity and going concern basis of accounting please refer to note 3 Basis of Presentation. For more information about the terms and conditions of this indebtedness please refer to note 13 Contingencies and Other Commitments.

11   Financial Instruments

Financial assets and liabilities by category

The following table shows the carrying amounts and fair values of financial assets and financial liabilities, including their levels in the fair value hierarchy. It does not include fair value information for financial assets and financial liabilities not measured at fair value where the carrying amount is a reasonable approximation of fair value (for example accounts receivable or accounts payable).

 

EUR thousand

30 September 2015

31 December 2014

30 September 2014

 

Carrying Value

Fair value

Carrying Value

Fair value

Carrying Value

Fair value

 

Level 1

Level 2

Level 1

Level 2

Level 1

Level 2

Financial assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At fair value through profit or loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Secured Notes embedded option

-

-

-

2,629

-

2,629

-

-

-

Loans and receivables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term receivables

1,739

-

-

3,062

-

-

1,715

-

-

Accounts receivable and prepayments

72,791

-

-

64,219

-

-

56,988

-

-

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restricted deposits

23,003

-

-

22,037

-

-

113,419

-

-

Cash and cash equivalents

57,437

-

-

128,035

-

-

77,438

-

-

Total

154,970

 

 

219,982

 

 

249,560

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At fair value through profit or loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest rates derivatives

2,122

-

2,122

3,402

-

3,402

3,972

-

3,972

Convertible Notes

24,052

24,052

-

70,845

70,845

-

-

-

-

Contingent value rights

1,238

-

1,238

5,305

-

5,305

-

-

-

Cash-settled share-based payments

515

515

-

227

227

-

486

486

-

Other

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term loans including accrued interest

84,854

-

-

84,067

-

-

48,943

-

-

Bonds issued including accrued interest

281,238

188,781

-

258,824

236,125

-

794,354

295,969

-

Other long-term liabilities

269

-

-

300

-

-

305

-

-

Accounts payable and accruals

125,064

-

-

130,989

-

-

125,811

-

-

Total 

519,352

 

 

553,959

 

 

973,871

 

 

Fair value hierarchy

The table above analyses financial instruments carried at fair value, by valuation method. The different levels have been defined as follows:

Level 1

quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities

Level 2

inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liabilities, either directly (i.e. as prices) or indirectly (i.e. derived from prices)

Level 3

inputs for the asset or liability that are not based on observable market data (unobservable inputs)

In order to determine the fair value of the financial instruments, the Company implements valuation techniques used by banks or uses third party professional evaluators; and all significant inputs have been based on observable market data.

12   Segments and Divisions

The Group is organised into two divisions: the Mining Division (‘MD’) and the Real Estate Division (‘RED’). The Company had A Shares and B Shares outstanding for the presented periods. The A Shares and B Shares are tracking stocks, which are designed to reflect the financial performance and economic value of the MD and RED, respectively. Due to the public listing of the Company’s A shares, the Group provides divisional reporting showing separately the performance of the MD and RED. The main rights, obligations and relations between the RED and MD are described in the Divisional Policy Statement, available at the Company’s website www.newworldresources.eu. The divisional reporting, as such, is essential for the evaluation of the equity attributable for the listed part of the Group. The Group is primarily involved in coal mining and as such presents only one segment. The whole Mining Division represents the Coal segment.


Divisions

 

Nine-month period ended 30 September 2015

 

Nine-month period ended 30 September 2014

 

EUR thousand

 

Mining division

 

Real Estate division

 

Eliminations & adjustments1

 

Group operations total

 

Mining division

 

Real Estate division

 

Eliminations & adjustments1

 

Group operations total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 

445,275

 

489

 

(489)

 

445,275

 

504,057

 

306

 

(306)

 

504,057

Cost of sales

 

(396,675)

 

-

 

559

 

(396,116)

 

(463,936)

 

-

 

376

 

(463,560)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

48,600

 

489

 

70

 

49,159

 

40,121

 

306

 

70

 

40,497

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling expenses

 

(38,648)

 

-

 

-

 

(38,648)

 

(47,473)

 

-

 

-

 

(47,473)

Administrative expenses

 

(47,564)

 

(87)

 

-

 

(47,651)

 

(52,839)

 

(86)

 

-

 

(52,925)

Gain / (loss) from sale of property, plant and equipment

 

87

 

107

 

-

 

194

 

(311)

 

-

 

-

 

(311)

Other operating income

 

1,204

 

-

 

-

 

1,204

 

2,185

 

-

 

-

 

2,185

Other operating expenses

 

(1,848)

 

-

 

-

 

(1,848)

 

(1,705)

 

-

 

-

 

(1,705)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATING (LOSS) / INCOME

 

(38,169)

 

509

 

70

 

(37,590)

 

(60,022)

 

220

 

70

 

(59,732)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EBITDA

 

(3,570)

 

401

 

(489)

 

(3,658)

 

4,132

 

219

 

(306)

 

4,045

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance income

 

59,576

 

2,592

 

(2,973)

 

59,195

 

4,655

 

2,659

 

(2,659)

 

4,655

Finance expenses

 

(37,645)

 

(396)

 

2,973

 

(35,068)

 

(56,503)

 

(1)

 

2,659

 

(53,845)

Capital restructuring

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(24,247)

 

-

 

-

 

(24,247)

(Loss) / profit before tax

 

(16,238)

 

2,705

 

70

 

(13,463)

 

(136,117)

 

2,878

 

70

 

(133,169)

Income tax (expense) / benefit

 

(2,177)

 

(549)

 

(13)

 

(2,739)

 

5,700

 

(528)

 

(14)

 

5,158

(LOSS) / PROFIT FOR THE PERIOD

 

(18,415)

 

2,156

 

57

 

(16,202)

 

(130,417)

 

2,350

 

56

 

(128,011)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets and liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total segment assets

 

524,250

 

46,503

 

(41,123)

 

529,630

 

857,672

 

43,685

 

(43,322)

 

858,035

Total segment liabilities

 

737,952

 

7,562

 

(39,272)

 

706,242

 

1,215,129

 

8,077

 

(41,421)

 

1,181,785

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Eliminations of transactions between the divisions (e.g. lease charges, service fees, annual fees for providing real estates, etc.).


13   Contingencies and Other Commitments

Contingent assets and liabilities

Contingent liabilities relate to several litigation proceedings. As inherent in such proceedings, outcomes cannot be predicted with certainty and there is a risk of unfavourable outcomes to the Group. The Group disputes all pending and threatened litigation claims of which it is aware and which it considers unjustified. No provision has been recognised as at 30 September 2015 for any of the litigation proceedings. At the date of these financial statements, based on advice of legal counsel, the management of the Group believes that the litigation proceedings have no significant impact on the Group’s financial position as at 30 September 2015. A summary of the main litigation proceedings is included in the 2014 Annual Report and Accounts of the Company. There have been no other significant developments in any of these matters since, except of the one below.

On 9 September 2015, the courts dismissed at its full the claim against for unfounded enrichment by Mr. Otakar Černý in relation to Improvement proposal no. 31/5-15/95 for a total of CZK 1,087 million (approx. EUR 43 million). The plaintiff has the right to lodge an appeal.

Contractual obligations

The Group is subject to commitments resulting from its indebtedness. These result mainly from the borrowings drawn by the Group and Notes issued. The following table includes the contractual obligations resulting from the borrowings and Notes issued as at 30 September 2015 in their respective nominal values.

EUR thousand

1/10/2015 - 30/9/2016

1/10/2016 - 30/9/2018

After 30/9/2018

Senior Secured Notes due 2020

-

-

316,500

Convertible Notes due 2020

-

-

149,935

ECA Facility

2,500

13,750

33,613

Super Senior Credit Facility

-

35,000

-

TOTAL

2,500

48,750

500,048

Interest is to be paid semi-annually on Senior Secured Notes due 2020 (fixed coupon rate of 8% p.a.). Subject to the liquidity condition, the Group may elect to capitalise (‘PIK’ interest) all but not part of the accrued interest at a higher rate (11% until the second anniversary of issuance / 9% thereafter).

In adherence to the indentures, the Group elected not to pay interest at the cash coupon rate on its Senior Secured Notes due 2020 for the interest period starting 1 November 2014 up to 1 May 2015, but has elected to pay all of the accrued interest in the form of PIK interest by issuing EUR 16.5 million of additional notes, increasing the nominal value of Senior Secured Notes due 2020 to EUR 316.5 million. These additional notes were initially recognised at fair value and are subsequently held at amortised cost. The fair value of these additional notes on initial recognition was EUR 10.7 million compared to interest accrued of EUR 12 million.

Interest is to be paid annually on the Convertible Notes due 2020 (fixed coupon rate of 4% p.a.). The Group may elect to pay PIK interest at a rate of 8% p.a. The Convertible Notes can be redeemed at the discretion of the holder of the Convertible Notes at any point subsequent to 30 April 2015, into the share capital of the Company. During the 9M 2015, 65,160 Convertible Notes were converted into EUR 9 thousand of share capital of the Company.

The interest rate on the ECA Facility is fixed and paid semi-annually, and is based on EURIBOR plus a fixed margin. The interest rate on the SSCF is fixed and paid quarterly, and is based on EURIBOR plus a fixed margin that increases each quarter by 1.5%.

The Group has contractual obligations to acquire property, plant and equipment in the total amount of EUR 14 million, all of which are spread within one year. The Group is also subject to contractual obligations under lease contracts in the total amount of EUR 4 million, of which EUR 1 million are short-term obligations.

14   Subsequent Events and Other Information

Senior Secured Notes due 2020 interest payment – PIK

In adherence to the indentures, the Group has not paid interest on its Senior Secured Notes due 2020 for the interest period starting 1 May 2015 up to 1 November 2015 in cash, but has elected to pay all of the accrued interest in the form of PIK interest by issuing EUR 17.4 million additional notes, increasing the nominal value of Senior Secured Notes due 2020 to EUR 333.9 million.

 

Convertible Notes due 2020 interest payment – PIK

In adherence to the trust deed, the Group has not paid interest on its Convertible Notes due 2020 for the interest period starting 1 November 2014 up to 1 November 2015 in cash, but has elected to pay all of the accrued interest in the form of PIK interest by issuing EUR 11.9 million additional notes, increasing the nominal value of Convertible Notes due 2020 to EUR 161.9 million.

15   Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions

Description of the relationship between the Group, CERCL Holdings Ltd (the controlling Shareholder) and entities affiliated to the CERCL Holdings Ltd. is included on pages 79-83 of the 2014 Annual Report and Accounts of NWR.

In May 2015, the shareholders of the Advance World Transport (‘AWT’) group (which provides rail freight and sidings services to the Group among others) finalised the sale of a majority stake in the AWT group, which is therefore from that time no longer an affiliated company to the Group.

There have been no other substantive changes to the nature, scale or terms of these arrangements during the nine-month period ended 30 September 2015.

16   Principal Risk and Uncertainties

It is not anticipated that the nature of the principal risks and uncertainties that affect the business, and which are set out on pages 17 to 32 of the 2014 Annual Report and Accounts of the Group, will change within the remainder of the financial year. Going concern assumption is described in Note 3 of this document.

Forward Looking Statements

 

Certain statements in this document are not historical facts and are or are deemed to be ‘forward-looking’. The Company’s prospects, plans, financial position and business strategy, and statements pertaining to the capital resources, future expenditure for development projects and results of operations, may constitute forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology including, but not limited to; ‘may’, ‘expect’, ‘intend’, ‘estimate’, ‘anticipate’, ‘plan’, ‘foresee’, ‘will’, ‘could’, ‘may’, ‘might’, ‘believe’ or ‘continue’ or the negatives of these terms or variations of them or similar terminology. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future and may be beyond the Company’s ability to control or predict. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performances.

Factors, risk and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected include, but are not limited to, the following: risks relating to changes in political, economic and social conditions in the Czech Republic, Poland and the CEE region; future prices and demand for the Company's products and demand for the Group's customers' products; coal mine reserves; remaining life of the Group's mines; coal production; trends in the coal industry and domestic and international coal market conditions; risks in coal mining operations; future expansion plans and capital expenditures; the Group's relationship with, and conditions affecting, the Group's customers; competition; railroad and other transport performance and costs; availability of specialist and qualified workers; and weather conditions or catastrophic damage; risks relating to Czech or Polish law, regulations and taxation, including laws, regulations, decrees and decisions governing the coal mining industry, the environment and currency and exchange controls relating to Czech and Polish entities and their official interpretation by governmental and other regulatory bodies and by the courts; and risks relating to global economic conditions and the global economic environment. Additional risk factors are described in the Company’s 2014 Annual Report and Accounts. A failure to achieve either refinancing of the SSCF or further optimisation/restructuring steps for liquidity and solvency purposes would pose a significant risk of the Group ceasing to operate as a going concern.

Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this document. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release, publicly or otherwise, any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained in this report to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions, assumptions or circumstances on which any such statement is based unless so required by applicable law.

 

Amsterdam, 18 November 2015

 

Board of Directors

 


 

Directors’ Statement of Responsibility

We confirm that to the best of our knowledge:

  • the condensed set of financial statements has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the European Union;
  • the nine-month period management report includes a fair review of the information required by:

(a)

DTR 4.2.7R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being an indication of important events that have occurred during the first nine months of the financial year and their impact on the condensed set of financial statements; and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining three months of the year; and

(b)

DTR 4.2.8R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being related party transactions that have taken place in the first nine months of the current financial year and that have materially affected the financial position or performance of the entity during that period; and any changes in the related party transactions described in the last annual report that could do so.

 

 

The Board

 

The Board of Directors that served during all or part of the nine-month period to 30 September 2015 and their respective responsibilities can be found on pages 51 to 59 of the 2014 Annual Report and Accounts of the Group except as follows.

Zdenek Bakala resigned from the Board with effect from 23 April 2015. He served as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director from 8 April 2011. Charles Harman has been nominated to join the Board as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director with effect from 23 April 2015.

Marek Jelínek has resigned from the Board and as the Group's Chief Financial Officer, with effect from 1 September 2015.

Boudewijn Wentink joined the Board as Finance and Legal Director and Executive Director from 19 August 2015, succeeding Marek Jelínek.

Colin Keogh, Independent Non-Executive Director, has resigned from the Board of NWR with effect from 19 August 2015.

 

Approved by the Board and signed on its behalf by

 

 

 

Boudewijn Wentink

Executive Director and Finance and Legal Director

18 November 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



[1] Cash mining costs per tonne reflect the operating costs incurred in production of both coking and thermal coal. They are principally calculated by deducting the Change in inventories and D&A from the Cost of sales and then divided by total coal production. Further non-material non-cash adjustments to Cost of sales may apply in the calculation.

[2]    Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (‘LTIFR’) represents the number of reportable injuries in NWR’s operations causing at least three days of absence per million hours worked, including contractors.

[3]    All prices are expressed as blended averages between the different qualities both for coking and thermal coal and are ex-works. All of the announced prices are indicative prices, and are based on an exchange rate of EUR/CZK of 27.5. A range of factors including, but not limited to, exchange rate fluctuations, quality mix, timing of the deliveries and flexible provisions in the individual agreements, may influence final realised prices. The actual realised price for the period may therefore differ from the average prices announced.

[4]    More detail and analysis are in the Operating and Financial Review later in this document.

[5]    Cash mining costs per tonne reflect the operating costs incurred in production of both coking and thermal coal. They are principally calculated by deducting the Change in inventories and D&A from the Cost of sales and then divided by total coal production. Further non-cash adjustments to Cost of sales may apply in the calculation.

[6]    In 9M 2015 approx. 54% of coking coal sales were mid-volatility hard coking coal, 32% were semi-soft coking coal and 14% were PCI coking coal.

[7]    In 9M 2015 approx. 71% of thermal coal sales were thermal coal and 29% middlings.

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