Half-yearly Report

30 August 2011

BISICHI MINING PLC

Interim Results for the period ended 30 June 2011

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Board remains optimistic about the Full Year despite a first half loss from the Group’s direct mining operations in South Africa.
  • 3rd open cast pit at Black Wattle opened to accelerate production to full capacity of the washing plant by Q4.
  • By end of Q2 a proportion of coal sales successfully switched to lower priced but higher profitability product.
  • At the end of first half the Group had negligible net debt and cash balances of £4.8 million.
  • UK retail investment property portfolio continues to perform well.
  • Interim dividend of 1p per share.

END

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Andrew Heller, Bisichi Mining PLC 020 7415 5030

Bisichi Mining PLC

Half year review – 30 June 2011

In the last Chairman’s statement I stated that we believed that the Group will return to acceptable levels of profitability in the second half of this year. Although in the first six months of 2011 we have experienced an ongoing loss at Black Wattle Colliery, our direct coal mining subsidiary in South Africa, we continue to remain optimistic about the Group results in the second half of 2011.

At Black Wattle, the build-up in production of coal in the first six months of 2011 has been slower than anticipated. In order to accelerate the increase, a third opencast pit has been opened. Combined production from all three opencast pits is expected to reach maximum washing plant capacity during the last quarter of the year.

On the marketing side, we have started selling some of our coal into markets that require lower quality product. Although the prices are lower in these markets our profitability is higher: the higher yield that can be achieved through the washing plant to attain these lower qualities more than offsets the price reduction. July was the first month of washing to produce this lower quality coal and we have returned to profitability as a result, even before the benefits from the increased production from the three opencast pits takes effect. We are optimistic of achieving operating margins sufficient to redress the losses experienced at the mine in the first half of 2011.

As at the 30th June 2011, Bisichi continues to have very little net debt and cash balances of over £4.8 million which we will use to expand Group activities. For example, during the first six months of this year Bisichi acquired a 12.5% interest in a shopping centre in Eastbourne for just under £1 million cash. The shopping centre is managed by London and Associated Properties plc who also manage Bisichi’s other properties. The property was bought on a net initial yield of 8% and has potential retail development opportunities.

Bisichi’s remaining UK property portfolio continues to perform well with no reduction in rental income in the first six months of the year. Voids continue to remain low.

Finally, I am pleased to inform shareholders that the Bisichi Mining will be paying an interim dividend of 1p per share. The dividend will be paid on the 3rd February 2012, to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 6th January 2012.

On behalf of the Board I would like to thank all our staff for their hard work during the first six months of the year and to say that we continue to look forward to the future with confidence.

Michael Heller Andrew Heller

Chairman Managing Director

30 August 2011

Bisichi Mining PLC

Consolidated income statement

for the six months ended 30 June 2011

Unaudited 6 months ended 30 June Unaudited 6 months ended 30 June Audited Year ended 31 December
2011 2010 2010
Notes £000 £000 £000
Group revenue 1 13,228 15,426 32,824
Operating costs (14,877) (15,772) (34,864)
Operating loss on trading activities (1,649) (346) (2,040)
Increase in value of investment properties 245
Gains on held for trading investments 3 9 90
Operating loss 1 (1,646) (337) (1,705)
Share of (loss)/profit in joint ventures (1) 61
Loss before interest and taxation (1,647) (337) (1,644)
Interest receivable 13 84 174
Interest payable (197) (139) (343)
Loss before taxation 1 (1,831) (392) (1,813)
Income tax 2 631 230 527
Loss for the period (1,200) (162) (1,286)
Attributable to:
Equity holders of the company (933) (162) (1,212)
Non-controlling interest (267) (74)
Loss for the period (1,200) (162) (1,286)
Earnings per share – basic 3 (11.48)p (1.55)p (11.60)p
Earnings per share – diluted 3 (11.48)p (1.55)p (11.60)p

Bisichi Mining PLC

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

for the six months ended 30 June 2011

Unaudited 6 months ended 30 June Unaudited 6 months ended 30 June Audited Year ended 31 December
2011 2010 2010
£000 £000 £000
Loss for the period (1,200) (162) (1,286)
Other comprehensive income:
Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations (175) 253 747
Other comprehensive income for the period, net of tax (1,375) 91 (539)
Total comprehensive income for the period (1,375) 91 (539)
Attributable to:
Equity shareholders (1,092) 91 (459)
Non-controlling interest (283) (80)
Total comprehensive income for the period (1,375) 91 (539)
Bisichi Mining PLC
Consolidated Balance Sheet
as at 30 June 2011
Unaudited 30 June Unaudited 30 June Audited 31 December
2011 2010 2010
Assets £000 £000 £000
Non-current-assets
Value of investment properties attributable to the group 12,110 11,868 12,110
Fair value of head leases 227 246 233
Property 12,337 12,114 12,343
Reserves, plant and equipment 9,285 8,597 9,615
Investments in joint ventures 4,425 3,359 3,607
Other investments 150 149 150
Total non-current assets 26,197 24,219 25,715
Current assets
Inventories 811 2,862 705
Trade and other receivables 4,620 6,119 4,719
Corporation tax recoverable 55 41 115
Held for trading investments 899 519 605
Cash and cash equivalents 4,848 5,565 5,399
Total current assets 11,233 15,106 11,543
Total assets 37,430 34,712 37,258
Liabilities
Current liabilities
Borrowings (3,087) (2,886) (1,759)
Trade and other payables (9,352) (7,768) (7,865)
Current tax liabilities (409) (13) (362)
Total current liabilities (12,848) (10,667) (9,986)
Non-current liabilities
Borrowings (5,209) (5,753) (5,326)
Provision for rehabilitation (1,038) (868) (1,025)
Finance lease liabilities (227) (246) (233)
Deferred tax liabilities (1,546) (2,818) (2,340)
Total non-current liabilities (8,020) (9,685) (8,924)
Total liabilities (20,868) (20,352) (18,910)
Net assets 16,562 18,973 18,348
Equity
Share capital 1,045 1,045 1,045
Translation reserve (91) (432) 68
Other reserves 492 480 485
Retained earnings 15,005 17,880 16,356
Total equity attributable to equity shareholders 16,451 18,973 17,954
Non-controlling interest 111 394
Total equity 16,562 18,973 18,348

Bisichi Mining PLC

Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

For the six months ended 30 June 2011

Unaudited 30 June Unaudited 30 June Audited 31 December
2011 2010 2010
£000 £000 £000
Cash flows from operating activities
Operating loss (1,646) (337) (1,705)
Depreciation 1,294 986 2,414
Unrealised gain on investments held for trading (3) (9) (90)
Unrealised gain on investment properties (245)
Share based payment expense 7 5
Decrease/(increase) in working capital 1,291 (3,976) (635)
Net interest paid (184) (55) (169)
Income tax paid (116) (192) (112)
Cash flow from operating activities 643 (3,583) (537)
Cash flows from investing activities (2,394) (798) (2,234)
Cash flows from financing activities (257) 2,203 1,651
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (2,008) (2,178) (1,120)
Cash and cash equivalents at 1 January 3,977 5,077 5,077
Exchange adjustment 65 (25) 20
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 2,034 2,874 3,977
Cash and cash equivalents
For the purposes of the cash flow statement, cash and cash equivalents comprise the following balance sheet amounts:
Cash and cash equivalents 4,848 5,565 5,399
Bank overdrafts (2,814) (2,691) (1,422)
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 2,034 2,874 3,977

Bisichi Mining PLC

Consolidated statement of changes in shareholders’ equity

for the six months ended 30 June 2011

Share Translation Other Retained Non-controlling Total
capital reserve reserves earnings Total interest Equity
£’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000
Balance as at 1 January 2010 1,045 (685) 480 18,460 19,300 19,300
Loss for the period (162) (162) (162)
Other comprehensive income and expense 253 253 253
Total recognised income and expense for the period 253 (162) 91 91
Dividend (418) (418) (418)
Balance at 30 June 2010 1,045 (432) 480 17,880 18,973 18,973
Balance as at 1 January 2010 1,045 (685) 480 18,460 19,300 19,300
Revaluation of investment properties 245 245 245
Other income statement movements (1,457) (1,457) (74) (1,531)
Loss for the year (1,212) (1,212) (74) (1,286)
Exchange adjustment 753 753 (6) 747
Total comprehensive income for the year 753 (1,212) (459) (80) (539)
Dividend (418) (418) (418)
Equity share options 5 5 5
Disposal of shares in subsidiary (474) (474) 474
Balance at 31 December 2010 1,045 68 485 16,356 17,954 394 18,348
Loss for the year (933) (933) (267) (1,200)
Exchange adjustment (159) (159) (16) (175)
Total comprehensive income for the period (159) (933) (1,092) (283) (1,375)
Dividend (418) (418) (418)
Equity share options 7 7 7
Balance at 30 June 2011 1,045 (91) 492 15,005 16,451 111 16,562

ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND NOTES TO THE ACCOUNTS:

The results for the six months ended 30 June 2011 have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The principal accounting policies applied are the same as those set out in the Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2010.

1. Segmental analysis

For management purposes, the Group is organised into two operating Divisions, Mining and Property. These Divisions are the primary basis on which the Group reports its segment information. This is consistent with the way the Group is managed and with the format of the Group’s internal financial reporting.

Unaudited 30 June Unaudited 30 June Audited 31 December
2011 2010 2010
Revenue
Mining 12,700 14,924 31,826
Property 491 492 975
Other 37 10 23
13,228 15,426 32,824
Operating (Loss)/profit
Mining (1,970) (618) (2,664)
Property 288 268 861
Other 36 13 98
(1,646) (337) (1,705)
Share of (loss)/profit in joint ventures (1) 61
Interest receivable 13 84 174
Interest payable (197) (139) (343)
Loss before taxation (1,831) (392) (1,813)

2. Taxation

Based on the results for the period:

Corporation tax at 27% (2010 : 28%) 115 21 352
Prior year adjustment – UK 6
115 21 358
Deferred taxation (746) (251) (885)
(631) (230) (527)

3. Earnings per share

Both the basic and diluted earnings per share calculations are based on a loss of £1,200,000 (2010: £162,000). The basic earnings per share has been calculated on 10,451,506 (2010: 10,451,506) ordinary shares being in issue during the year. The diluted earnings per share has been calculated on the number of shares in issue of 10,451,506 (2010: 10,451,506) plus the dilutive potential ordinary shares arising from share options of nil (2010: nil ) totalling 10,451,506 (2010: 10,451,506).

Dilutive potential ordinary shares of 259,812 (2010: 270,611) were excluded from the calculation of diluted ordinary shares as there was no dilutive effect due to the loss for the period.

4. Properties

Properties are included at valuation as at 31 December 2010 plus additions in the period ended 30 June 2011.

5. Related Parties

The related parties and the nature of costs recharged are as disclosed in the group’s annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2010. The group paid management fees of £137,500 (30 June 2010: £150,000, 31 December 2010: £275,000) to London & Associated Properties PLC, an associated company.

6. Financial information

The above financial information does not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The figures for the year ended 31st December 2010 are based upon the latest statutory accounts, which have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies; the report of the auditors on those accounts was unqualified and did not contain a statement under Section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

As required by the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the UK’s Financial Services Authority, the interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and in accordance with both IAS 34 ‘Interim Financial Reporting’ as adopted by the European Union and the disclosure requirements of the Listing Rules.

The half year results have not been audited or subject to review by the company’s auditors.

The annual financial statements of Bisichi Mining PLC are prepared in accordance with IFRS as adopted by European Union. The same accounting policies are used for the six months ended 30 June 2011 as were used for the year ended 31 December 2010.

The assessment of new standards, amendments and interpretations issued but not effective, are not anticipated to have a material impact on the financial statements.

The largest area of estimation and uncertainty in the interim financial statements is in respect of the valuation of investment properties (which are not re-valued at the half year end). Other areas of estimation and uncertainly are referred to in the group’s annual financial statements.

There is no material seasonal impact on the group’s financial performance.

Taxes on income in the interim periods are accrued using tax rates expected to be applicable to total annual earnings.

The interim financial statements have been prepared on the going concern basis as the Directors are satisfied the group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future.

7 Dividend

The interim dividend in respect of 2010, totalling £105,000 was paid on the 4th February 2011. The final dividend in respect of 2010, totalling £313,000 was approved by the shareholders at the Annual General Meeting held on the 7th June 2011 and was paid on the 15th August 2011. The final dividend in respect of 2010 is included as a liability in these interim financial statements.

A proposed interim dividend for the year ended 31 December 2011 totalling £105,000 was approved by the Board of Directors on 30th August 2011 and has not been included as a liability in these Interim Financial Statements.

8 Principal risks and uncertainties

The Group has an established risk management process which works within the corporate governance framework as set out in the 2010 Annual Report and Accounts. Risks and uncertainties identified by the Group are set out on page 13 of the 2010 Annual Report & Accounts and are reviewed on an ongoing basis. There have been no significant changes in the first half of 2011 to the principle risks and uncertainties as set out in the 2010 Annual Report & Accounts.

The principal risks as stated in the accounts reflect the challenging environment in which the business operates and are considered under the following broad headings:

Mining:

– Coal price

– Coal washing process

– Health & safety

– Coal qualities

– Currency movements

– Regulatory requirements & permissions

– Transport

– Power supply

– Flooding

– Environment

– Labour

Property:

– Property valuation

– Occupancy

9 Board approval

These interim results were approved by the Board of Bisichi Mining on 30 August 2011.

DIRECTORS RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT AND REPORT ON PRINCIPAL RISKS

AND UNCERTAINITIES

Responsibility Statement

We confirm to the best of our knowledge:

(a) the condensed set of financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the EU;

(b) the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by:

(1) DTR 4.2.7R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six 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 six months of the year; and

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

Michael Heller Andrew Heller

Chairman Managing Director

30 August 2011

DIRECTORS AND ADVISERS

Directors Michael A Heller MA, FCA (Chairman)

Andrew R Heller MA, ACA (Managing Director)

Robert Grobler PR Cert Eng (Mining Director)

Garrett Casey CA (SA) (Finance Director)

C A Joll MA (Non-executive)

John A Sibbald MA (Non-executive)

Secretary & Heather A Curtis ACIS

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Black Wattle Colliery – Directors Robert Corry (Chairman)

Andrew Heller (Managing Director)

Garrett Casey (Finance Director)

Robert Grobler (Mining Director)

Ethan Dube

General mine manager Luis Pinel

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