Lenta Ltd, one of the largest retail chains in Russia, incorporated in the British Virgin Islands, announced its reviewed consolidated IFRS results for the half year ending 30 June 2019. In the reported period, total sales grew 3.1 per cent, including retail sales growth of 7.2 per cent and wholesale decline of 62.2 per cent. Gross margin of 22.5 per cent increased as a share of low-margin wholesales business declined in total sales, and retail margin remained almost flat. SG&A rose to 19.1 per cent of sales.
Net interest expenses were Rub 4.7bn, an increase of 1.8 per cent compared to 1H 2018; net loss was Rub 4.5bn with negative Net Profit margin of 2.2% compared to Net Profit of Rub 5.2bn in 1H 2018 with Net Profit margin of 2.7%. Net cash generated from operating activities before net interest and income taxes was Rub 6.1bn compared to Rub 5.1bn in 1H 2018 with an increase of 20.8%.
As of 30 June 2019, Lenta’s capital expenditures were Rub 5.6bn, a decrease of 46.7% compared to 1H 2018 (Rub 10.5bn), and net debt was Rub 99.3bn, compared to Rub 93.3bn at the end of 2018.
In the first half of 2019, a combined total of 78.73% of Lenta’s issued and outstanding voting shares were purchased by Severgroup LLC from TPG, EBRD and minority shareholders. The four vacated seats on the Board were filled in with the nominees of Severgroup.
Origin Agritech Limited, BVI-registered agriculture technology and rural e-commerce company in China, published its unaudited financial results for six months period ended March 31, 2019. The company reported net revenue of RMB82.2 mln (US$12.2 mln) during this period, compared to RMB3.6 mln for the first half year of Financial Year 2018. The total gross profit of the seed business in the first half of FY2019 was RMB19.0 mln (US$2.8 mln).
The BVI company reported total operating expenses for the six months ended March 31, 2019, which made RMB18.1 mln (US$2.7 mln), less by 57% from RMB42.0 mln for the same period of the previous year. The reason for the decrease was the turnaround effort in the general and administrative expenses. Due to company’s returning to the seed business, its selling and marketing expenses for the reported period were RMB2.5 mln (US$0.4 mln), compared to RMB0.7 million a year ago. General and administrative expenses declined 70% and made RMB8.4 mln (US$1.3 mln), and research and development expenses were RMB7.1 mln (US$1.0 mln), down from RMB13.1 mln for the first half of FY2018.
Total operating income of the company for the first six months of FY2019 was RMB0.9 mln (US$0.1 mln), which is a significant change from the operating loss of RMB42.8mln in the previous year. Net income of Origin for the reported period of 2019 was RMB1.2mln (US$0.2mln), as compared to the net loss of RMB25.3 million in the first half of FY2018.
As of March 31, 2019, cash and cash equivalents were RMB5.8 million (US$0.8 million), an increase of RMB3.8 million from the cash and cash equivalents of RMB2.0 million as of September 30, 2018.
Orca Exploration Group Inc., the BVI-registered international public company engaged in natural gas exploration, development and supply in Tanzania, announced its intention to start a Normal Course Issuer Bid for the purchase of its Class B subordinate voting shares. The Bid is subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange, and will come into effect from June 14, 2019 to June 14, 2020.
Purchases made pursuant to the Bid will not exceed 1,000,000 shares, which represent approximately 3 per cent of the total outstanding class B shares. Purchases pursuant to the Bid will be made by Mackie Research Capital Corporation, under the terms of the automatic purchase plan which allows Mackie to repurchase shares under the Bid during the Corporation’s self-imposed blackout periods.
The automatic share purchase plan will be implemented for a 12 month term from June 14, 2019, and is subject to earlier termination by Orca Exploration.
Chaarat Gold Holdings Limited announced resolutions passed at the General Meeting held on 26 April 2019, according to which the company decided to extend the previously announced Capital Raising.
The BVI-registered gold mining company confirmed that to date gross proceeds made approximately US$1.34mln, from the issue of 3,433,897 new ordinary shares of USD 0.01 each at 30p per New Ordinary Share in the Placing. Also, there is the commitment to subscribe for US$10mln of Convertible Bonds which the company has already secured, as announced on 1 April 2019. The company expects to receive the subscription proceeds for the Convertible Bonds by 31 May 2019.
Admission of the New Ordinary Shares, which was applied for on the London Stock Exchange, is expected to be effective on 2 May 2019. Chaarat Gold Holdings received indication of additional demand for the Capital Raising., so it was decided to extend the closing date of the Placing and the Convertible Bond issue from 26 April 2019 to 3 May 2019.
Following the announcement made on 1 April 2019, the Company decided to increase the size of the Placing due to the demand from one of the leading global institutional investors.