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Serabi Gold plc(“Serabi” or the “Company”)Unaudited Interim Financial Results for the three month period to 31 March 2016 and Management’s Discussion and Analysis LONDON, May 13, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Serabi Gold (AIM:SRB, TSX:SBI), the Brazilian focused gold mining and development company, today releases its unaudited interim financial results for the three month period ending …

Serabi Gold plc
(“Serabi” or the “Company”)
Unaudited Interim Financial Results for the three month period to 31 March 2016 and Management’s Discussion and Analysis

LONDON, May 13, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Serabi Gold (AIM:SRB, TSX:SBI), the Brazilian focused gold mining and development company, today releases its unaudited interim financial results for the three month period ending 31 March 2016 and at the same time has published its Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the same period.

Key Financial Information(1)

SUMMARY FINANCIAL STATISTICS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER ENDING 31 MARCH 2016 
   3 months to
31 Mar 2016
US$
3 months  to
31 Mar 2015
US$
Revenue (1)  11,679,0897.484,215
Cost of Sales (1)  (6,689,506)(4,859,909)
Depreciation and amortisation charges  (1,216,727)(1,117,720)
Gross profit  3,772,8561,506,586
     
Profit / (loss) before  tax  1,501,304191,398
Profit after tax  1,347,665191,398
Earnings per ordinary share (diluted)  0.195 cents0.024 cents
     
Average gold price received  1,1651,212
     
   As at
 31 Mar 2016
As at
31 Dec 2015
Cash and cash equivalents  4,410,5892,191,759
Net assets  52,524,55546,783,645
     
Cash Cost and All-In Sustaining Cost (“AISC”)    
   3 months to
 31 Mar 2016
3 months to
31 Mar 2015
Gold production for cash cost and AISC purposes  9,7717,759
     
Total Cash Cost of production (per ounce)  US$662US$599
Total AISC of production (per ounce)  US$858US$759

                               

  1. The Sao Chico Mine was only declared to be in Commercial Production with effect from 1 January 2016 and all costs and revenues relating to this mine were capitalised prior to this date.  The Income Statements for 2015 therefore only reflect the revenues and costs arising from the gold produced from the Palito Mine and the Cash Cost and AISC for the 2015 comparative period therefore also only reflect the activities from the Palito Mine.

Key Operational Information

 SUMMARY PRODUCTION STATISTICS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER ENDING 31 MARCH 2016 (PALITO AND SAO CHICO)
    Quarter 1 2016Quarter 1
2015
Horizontal developmentMetres2,9251,825
Mined oreTonnes37,54632,504
 Gold grade (g/t)11.0210.51
Milled oreTonnes36,61530,384
 Gold grade (g/t)8.588.52
Gold production (1)Ounces9,7717,389

(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.

Financial Highlights

  • Cash Cost for the first quarter of 2015 of US$662
  • All-In Sustaining Cost for the first quarter of 2016 of US$858.
  • Gross profit from operations has increased by over 140% from US$1.57 million to US$3.77 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 and by over 150% compared to the first quarter of 2015.
  • Post tax profit of US$1.35 million compared with US$0.19 million for the same quarter in 2015
  • Earnings per share increased to 0.195 cents.
  • Cash holdings of US$4.4 million at 31 March 2016.
  • Average gold price of US$1,165 received on gold sales in the first quarter of 2016.

2016 Guidance

  • Forecast gold production for 2016 of approximately 37,000 ounces with All-In Sustaining Cost between US$840 to US$870 per ounce.

Operational Highlights

  • 9,771 ounces of gold produced for the first quarter of 2016 (fourth quarter of 2015 – 7,924 ounces).
  • Mine production totalled 37,546 tonnes.
    •  26,752 tonnes at a grade of 11.84 grammes per tonne (g/t) of gold from the Palito Mine.
    •  10,794 tonnes at 9.00 g/t of gold from the Sao Chico Mine.
  • 36,615 tonnes of ore processed through the plant for the combined mining operations.
  • 2,926 metres of horizontal mine development completed in the quarter with 1,901 metres completed at the Palito Mine and 1,025 metres at the Sao Chico Mine.
  • Installation of the third ball mill is almost complete, along with the second flotation line and enhancements in the carbon in pulp (“CIP”) plant.  The works are on schedule to be completed in May 2016.  A carbon regeneration kiln is also being acquired which will assist in enhancing gold recoveries once the kiln is operational in the second half of the year.
  • The Sao Chico Mine was declared to be in Commercial Production from 1 January 2016.
  • The Sao Chico Mine is now being developed on the 171mRL, 156mRL and 141mRL, with production ore being mined from the 186mRL level. The ramp continues to be deepened to the 126mRL, the next planned development level, and will continue this year to the 96mRL to accommodate underground drilling of the Sao Chico deposit extension at depth.
  • At the end of the first quarter of 2016, the combined surface coarse ore stockpiles from the Palito and Sao Chico Mines totalled 17,000 tonnes at a grade of 5.3 g/t of gold.

Mike Hodgson, CEO of Serabi commented,
“The Board and management of Serabi feel that a production level of 9,771 ounces at an All-In-Sustaining Cost of US$858 per ounce is an extremely satisfying performance for this first quarter of 2016.  It is an excellent start to the year and puts Serabi in a strong position to meet our guidance of 37,000 ounces with an All-In-Sustaining Cost of between US$840 and US$870 per ounce.
“Gross profit from operations has increased by over 150% from US$1.5 million to US$3.8 million compared to the same quarter in 2015 with post tax profit rising to US$1.35 million compared with US$0.19 million for the same quarter in 2015.   This improvement in revenue reflects the increased level of gold production which, as was reported in April 2016, represented a 32% improvement compared to the same quarter in 2015.  Whilst, in part, this reflects the contribution from the Sao Chico Mine, it also reflects the increase in plant capacity that was achieved with the installation of a second ball mill during the second quarter of 2015.  Plant capacity will be further increased by the introduction of a third ball mill later this month.
“Serabi’s cash generation and revenue recognition always lags behind production because approximately 50% of the Group’s production is from sales of copper / gold concentrate which is shipped to a refinery outside of Brazil for processing and sale.  This affects when the actual sale occurs and also when cash is received.  During this first quarter of 2016 we have also experienced an increase in the level of unsold production of copper/gold concentrate that is waiting to be shipped from Brazil and therefore waiting to be sold.  At the end of the quarter the volume of production waiting to be sold has increased since 31 December 2015 by approximately 180 tonnes having an estimated sales value of US$1.75 million with 140 tonnes of this increase being held in Brazil at the quarter end. This is simply a timing issue linked to vessel sailing dates and we expect an increased level of shipments during the second quarter.  These shipments will be reflected in the reported revenues in the second quarter and increased level of cash receipts once the copper/gold concentrate leaves Brazil.”

SERABI GOLD PLC
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

    
 For the three months ended
31 March
 
  20162015
(expressed in US$)Notes (unaudited)(unaudited)
CONTINUING OPERATIONS  
Revenue  11,679,0897,484,215
Cost of sales  (6,689,506)(4,859,909)
Depreciation and amortisation charges  (1,216,727) (1,117,720)
Gross profit   3,772,8561,506,586
Administration expenses  (1,132,200)(905,505)
Share-based payments  (123,116)(101,019)
Profit on sale of fixed assets  2,568
Operating profit   2,520,108500,062
Foreign exchange (loss) / gain  (40,799)228,663
Finance expense  (978,040)(697,415)
Finance income  35160,088
Profit before taxation  1,501,304191,398
Income tax expense  (153,369)
Profit for the period from continuing operations (1) (2)  1,347,665191,398
   
Other comprehensive income (net of tax)   
Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss 
Exchange differences on translating foreign operations  4,270,129(11,013,526)
Total comprehensive profit for the period (2)  5,617,794(10,882,128)
   
Profit per ordinary share (basic) (1)30.205c0.029c
Profit per ordinary share (diluted) (1)30.195c0.024c

(1) All revenue and expenses arise from continuing operations.
(2) The Group has no non-controlling interests and all losses are attributable to the equity holders of the parent company.

SERABI GOLD PLC
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

 As atAs atAs at
 31 March 31 March 31 December
 201620152015
(expressed in US$) (unaudited)(unaudited)(audited)
Non-current assets   
Deferred exploration costs 8,767,2889,769,3278,679,246
Property, plant and equipment 42,680,81547,508,14840,150,484
Total non-current assets 51,448,10357,277,47548,829,730
Current assets  
Inventories 9,709,8398,701,2566,908,790
Trade and other receivables 5,646,5165,596,1796,133,284
Prepayments and accrued income 3,325,1172,699,8982,429,506
Cash and cash equivalents 4,410,5895,794,9822,191,759
Total current assets 23,092,06122,792,31517,663,339
Current liabilities  
Trade and other payables 5,045,3684,803,1344,212,803
Interest bearing loan 3,812,5005,808,0004,000,000
Convertible loan facility 1,846,605
Trade and asset finance facilities 6,112,6688,078,7197,385,155
Derivative financial liabilities 674,145763,171
Accruals 263,520133,376226,197
Total current liabilities 17,754,82619,586,40015,824,155
Net current assets 5,337,2353,205,9151,839,184
Total assets less current liabilities 56,785,33860,483,39050,668,914
Non-current liabilities  
Trade and other payables 2,042,8401,738,0401,857,914
Provisions 2,083,2862,342,6871,898,714
Interest bearing liabilities 134,657205,221128,641
Total non-current liabilities 4,260,7834,285,9483,885,269
Net assets 52,524,55556,197,44246,783,645
Equity  
Share capital 5,263,18261,668,2125,263,182
Share premium reserve 67,656,848
Option reserve 2,481,5762,501,0992,747,415
Other reserves 361,461450,262450,262
Translation reserve (34,956,406)(29,749,818)(39,226,535)
Retained earnings 79,374,742(46,329,161)77,549,321
Equity shareholders’ funds 52,524,55556,197,44246,783,645

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 2015 prepared under IFRS as adopted in the EU and with IFRS and their interpretations adopted by the International Accounting Standards Board will be filed with the Registrar of Companies following their adoption by shareholders at the next Annual General Meeting. The auditor’s report on these accounts was unqualified but did contain an Emphasis of Matter with respect to the Company and the Group regarding Going Concern.  The auditor’s report did not contain a statement under Section 498 (2) or 498 (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

SERABI GOLD PLC
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity

(expressed in US$)
(unaudited)Share
capital
Share
premium
Share option reserveOther reserves (1)Translation reserveRetained EarningsTotal equity
Equity shareholders’ funds at 31 December 201461,668,21267,656,8482,400,080450,262(18,736,292)(46,520,559)66,918,551
Foreign currency adjustments(11,013,526)(11,013,526)
Profit for the period191,398191,398
Total comprehensive income for the period(11,013,526)191,398(10,822,128)
Warrants lapsed in period
Share option expense101,019101,019
Equity shareholders’ funds at  31 March 
2015
61,668,21267,656,8482,501,099450,262(29,749,818)(46,329,161)56,197,442
Foreign currency adjustments(9,476,717)(9,476,717)
Loss for the period(240,136)(240,136)
Total comprehensive  income for the period(9,476,717)(240,136)(9,716,853)
Cancellation of share premium(67,656,848)67,656,848
Cancellation of deferred shares(56,405,030)56,405,030
Share options lapsed in period(56,740)56,740
Share option expense303,056303,056
Equity shareholders’ funds at 31 December 20155,263,1822,747,415450,262(39,226,535)77,549,32146,783,645
Foreign currency adjustments4,270,1294,270,129
Profit for the period1,347,6651,347,665
Total comprehensive income for the period4,270,1291,347,6655,617,794
Share options lapsed in period(388,955)388,955
Warrants lapsed(88,801)88,801
Share option expense123,116123,116
Equity shareholders’ funds at  31 March 
2016
5,263,1822,481,576361,461(34,956,406)79,374,74252,524,555
  1. Other reserves comprise a merger reserve of US$361,461 (2015: US$361,461 and a warrant reserve US$88,801)

SERABI GOLD PLC
Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Statements

For the three months
ended
31 March
  20162015
(expressed in US$)  (unaudited)(unaudited)
Operating activities   
Operating profit  1,347,665191,398
Net financial expense  1,018,804308,664
Depreciation – plant, equipment and mining properties  1,216,7271,117,720
Provision for taxation  153,639
Share based payments  123,116101,019
Foreign exchange  202,88375,080
Changes in working capital   
Increase in inventories  (607,704)(1,916,783)
Increase in receivables, prepayments and accrued income  (26,441)352,624
(Decrease)/increase in payables, accruals and provisions  (255,977)834,947
Net cash inflow from operations  3,172,7121,064,669
   
Investing activities   ,
Purchase of property, plant and equipment and assets in construction  (520,141)(1,739,544)
Capitalised mine development costs  (663,961)(227,750)
Proceeds from Sale of Assets  2,568
Interest received  35775
Net cash outflow on investing activities  (1,181,499)(1,966,519)
   
Financing activities   
Draw-down of short-term loan facility  2,000,000
Repayment of short-term secured loan  (2,000,000)
Receipts from short-term trade finance  5,150,2895,420,758
Repayment of short-term trade finance  (6,315,744)(5,840,180)
Repayment of finance lease liabilities  (211,728)(156,480)
Interest paid  (187,896)(434,167)
Finance charges  (37,500)
Net cash inflow / (outflow) from financing activities  397,421(3,010,069)
   
Net increase / (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  2,388,634(3,911,919)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  2,191,7599,813,602
Exchange difference on cash  (169,804)(106,701)
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period  4,410,5895,794,982

Notes

1.             General Information
The financial information set out above 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. A copy of the statutory accounts for 2015 will be filed with the Registrar of Companies following their adoption by shareholders at the next Annual General Meeting.  The full audited financial statements for the years end 31 December 2015 do comply with IFRS.

2.             Basis of Preparation
The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) in force at the reporting date and their interpretations issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) as adopted for use within the European Union and with IFRS and their interpretations issued by the IASB. The consolidated financial statements have also been prepared in accordance with those parts of the Companies Act 2006 applicable to companies reporting under IFRS.  The financial statements do not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.
It is not anticipated that the adoption in the future of the new or revised standards or interpretations that have been issued by the International Accounting Standards Board but are not yet effective will have a material impact on the Group’s earnings or shareholders’ funds. The Company has not adopted any new standards in advance of the effective dates.

Going concern and availability of project finance
Having commenced initial development activities for the Sao Chico Mine at the end of 2014, this mine has been in development during 2015.  On 1 February 2016, the Group announced that, with effect from 1 January 2016, the Sao Chico Mine had achieved Commercial Production.  The Palito Mine has been in Commercial Production since 1 July 2014.
On 30 December 2015, the Group entered into an agreement with Fratelli Investments Ltd (“Fratelli”), its major shareholder, whereby Fratelli agreed to provide an unsecured short term working capital convertible loan facility of US$5 million (“the Facility”) to provide additional working capital facilities.  On 6 January 2016, the Group announced that it had made an initial draw down of US$2 million against the Facility.  The balance of the Facility may be drawdown at any time up to 30 June 2016.  The facility is to be repaid by 31 January 2017.
The Group has an additional secured loan facility which is repayable by 31 December 2016.  At 31 March 2016, the amount outstanding under this facility was US$4.0 million.
The Directors anticipate the Group now has access to sufficient funding for its immediate projected needs.  The Group expects to have sufficient cash flow from its forecast production to finance its on-going operational requirements to repay its secured and unsecured loan facilities and to, at least in part, fund exploration and development activity on its other gold properties.
However, the forecasted cash flow projections for the next twelve months include a significant increase in production from the Sao Chico Mine compared with the preceding calendar year.  Whilst the Group has declared Commercial Production at the Sao Chico Mine, there are risks associated with the commencement of any new mining  operation whereby unforeseen technical and logistical events result in additional costs needing to be incurred, giving rise to the possibility that additional working capital may be required. Additionally the Group is exposed to changes in gold price and currency exchange rates. Should additional working capital be required the Directors consider that further sources of finance could be secured within the required timescale.
On this basis, the Directors have therefore concluded that it is appropriate to prepare the financial statements on a going concern basis. However, there is no certainty that such additional funds either for working capital or for future development will be forthcoming and these conditions indicate the existence of a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt over the Group’s ability to continue as a going concern and, therefore, that it may be unable to realise its assets and discharge its liabilities in the normal course of business.  The financial statements do not include the adjustments that would result if the Group was unable to continue as a going concern.

3.             Earnings per Share

   3 months ended
31 March 2016
(unaudited)
3 months ended
31 March 2015 (unaudited)
Profit attributable to ordinary shareholders (US$) 1,347,665191,398
Weighted average ordinary shares in issue 656,389,204656,389,204
Basic profit per share (US cents) 0.2050.029
Diluted ordinary shares in issue (1) 692,774,989789,035,498
Diluted profit per share (US cents) 0.1950.024
  1. Assumes the exercise of 36,385,785 share options that were in issue as at 31 March 2016

4.             Post balance sheet events

Between the end of the financial period and the date of this management discussion and analysis, there has been no item, transaction or event of a material or unusual nature likely, in the opinion of the Directors of the Group, to affect significantly the continuing operations of the entity, the results of these operations, or the state of affairs of the entity in future financial periods.

Enquiries:

Serabi Gold plc 
Michael HodgsonTel: +44 (0)20 7246 6830
Chief ExecutiveMobile: +44 (0)7799 473621
  
Clive LineTel: +44 (0)20 7246 6830
Finance DirectorMobile: +44 (0)7710 151692
  
Email: contact@serabigold.com 
Website:  www.serabigold.com 
  
Beaumont Cornish Limited
Nominated Adviser and Financial Adviser
 
Roland CornishTel: +44 (0)20 7628 3396
Michael CornishTel: +44 (0)20 7628 3396
  
Peel Hunt LLP
UK Broker
 
Matthew ArmittTel: +44 (0)20 7418 9000
Ross AllisterTel: +44 (0)20 7418 9000
  
Blytheweigh
Public Relations
 
Tim BlytheTel: +44 (0)20 7138 3204
Camilla HorsfallTel: +44 (0)20 7138 3224

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 Company will, in compliance with Canadian regulatory requirements, post the Unaudited Interim Financial Statements and the Management Discussion and Analysis for the three month and the six month periods ended 30 June 2015 on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.  These documents will also available from the Company’s website – www.serabigold.com.

GLOSSARY OF TERMS
The following is a glossary of technical terms:
“Au” means gold.
“assay” in economic geology, means to analyse the proportions of metal in a rock or overburden sample; to test an ore or mineral for composition, purity, weight or other properties of commercial interest.
“development” – excavations used to  establish access to the mineralised rock and other workings
“doré – a semi-pure alloy of gold silver and other metals produced by the smelting process at a mine that will be subject to further refining.
“DNPM” is the Departamento Nacional de Produção Mineral.
“grade” is the concentration of mineral within the host rock typically quoted as grams per tonne (g/t), parts per million (ppm) or parts per billion (ppb).
“g/t” means grams per tonne.
“granodiorite” is an igneous intrusive rock similar to granite.
“igneous” is a rock that has solidified from molten material or magma.
“Intrusive” is a body of igneous rock that invades older rocks.
“on-lode development” – Development that is undertaken in and following the direction of the Vein
“mRL” – depth in metres measured relative to a fixed point – in the case of Palito and Sao Chico this is sea-level.  The mine entrance at Palito is at 250mRL.
“saprolite” is a weathered or decomposed clay-rich rock.
“stoping blocks” – a discrete area of mineralised rock established for planning and scheduling purposes that will be mined using one of the various stoping methods.
“Vein” is a generic term to describe an occurrence of mineralised rock within an area of non-mineralised rock.

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.

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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