Cornish Metals Releases Unaudited Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the Three Months Ending 30 April 2022

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cornish Metals Inc. (TSX-V/AIM: CUSN) (“Cornish Metals” or the “Company”), a mineral exploration and development company focused on its projects in Cornwall, United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has released its unaudited financial statements and management, discussion and analysis (“MD&A”) for the three months ended April 30, 2022. The reports are available under the Company’s profile on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) and on the Company’s website (www.cornishmetals.com).

Highlights for the three months ended April 30, 2022 and for the period ending June 22, 2022

(All figures expressed in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated)

  • Completion of 10,159 meters of drilling within phased exploration program at the United Downs exploration project with results from first 3,927 meters of drilling reported to date, with further assay results to be reported when available;
  • Completion of financing for gross proceeds of £40.5 million ($64.8 million based on closest available exchange rate) (the “Offering”), including a strategic investment by Vision Blue Resources of £25.0 million ($40.0 million), to advance the South Crofty tin project (“South Crofty”) to a potential construction decision (news releases dated March 27, 2022 and May 23, 2022);
  • Issuance of second tranche of common shares pursuant to the restructuring of the deferred consideration relating to the acquisition of the South Crofty tin project and associated mineral rights (news release dated May 29, 2022); and
  • Mr. Tony Trahar nominated by Vision Blue Resources as its representative on the Board (news release dated June 5, 2022).

Richard Williams, CEO of Cornish Metals, stated, “The completion of the £40m financing including a strategic investment by Vision Blue Resources last month opened a new chapter for the Company. As soon as the funds were received at the end of May, we wasted no time in starting to place orders for the new water treatment plant. The first recruits to our newly formed projects team will be joining us in the coming weeks and further appointments will be made to our mining and geological teams to enhance their capacities.

The next few months will be hard but rewarding work as we build the required framework for strong and capable project execution. I look forward to reporting on progress at South Crofty in due course.

In the meantime, the backdrop for tin pricing in the medium to long term remains favourable. Demand is expected to increase further as electrification gathers pace, with supply constraints showing no sign of abating.”  

Financial highlights for the three months ended April 30, 2022 and April 30, 2021

  Three months ended (unaudited)
  April 30, 2022 April 30, 2021
(Expressed in Canadian dollars)    
Total operating expenses 627,115 894,549
Loss for the period 979,427 1,301,049
Net cash (used in) operating activities (625,384) (908,981)
Net cash (used in) investing activities (1,184,673) (762,856)
Net cash (used in) / provided by financing activities (555,449) 13,226,816
Cash at end of the period 4,286,535 11,511,900
  • Decrease in operating expenses impacted by $368,325 of costs relating to AIM listing incurred in comparative period which were not eligible for capitalization;
  • Higher operating expenses more generally relating to increased media/investor activities following last year’s AIM listing and preparatory work for the successful fundraise cornerstoned by Vision Blue Resources;
  • Costs of $576,786 and $230,723 capitalized in connection with the ongoing exploration program at United Downs and Carn Brea, respectively (excluding capitalized depreciation and other non-cash items);
  • Financing fees of $584,359 incurred by April 30, 2022 in connection with the fundraise which closed at the end of May 2022;
  • Gross proceeds raised from the Offering of £40.5 million ($64.8 million) received subsequent to the period end, following gross proceeds raised from the AIM listing in comparative period of £8.2 million ($14.4 million) (news release dated February 16, 2021); and
  • Recognition of foreign currency translation loss of $1,152,758 for those assets located in the UK when translated into Canadian dollars for presentational purposes.

Outlook

The proceeds raised from the Offering completed in May 2022 are being used to advance the South Crofty tin project to a potential construction decision within 30 months from closing of the Offering. The planned use of the proceeds from the Offering is to complete the dewatering program and Feasibility Study at South Crofty, evaluate downstream beneficiation opportunities and commence potential on-site early works in advance of a potential construction decision.

Within 30 months from the closing of the Offering, the Company’s plans are as follows:

  • Construct the Water Treatment Plant (“WTP”) in the first half of 2023 and thereafter complete the dewatering of the mine within 18 months;
  • Complete an underground drill program which is expected to commence in July 2022 in order to delineate a JORC compliant Measured and Indicated Mineral Resource and increase the Indicated and Inferred JORC Mineral Resource once access to the underground workings is obtained;
  • Complete a Feasibility Study using all reasonable commercial efforts on or before 31 December 2024;
  • Commence basic and detailed engineering studies, construction of the processing plant, refurbishment of underground facilities and other on-site early works; and
  • Evaluate downstream beneficiation opportunities in the UK and the rest of Europe.

Subject to the availability of financing, consideration will also be given to continuing with the Company’s exploration program at United Downs and evaluating other near-surface, high potential, exploration targets within transport distance of the planned processing plant site at South Crofty.

ABOUT CORNISH METALS

Cornish Metals completed the acquisition of the South Crofty tin and United Downs copper / tin projects, plus additional mineral rights located in Cornwall, UK, in July 2016 (see Company news release dated July 12, 2016). The additional mineral rights cover an area of approximately 15,000 hectares and are distributed throughout Cornwall. Some of these mineral rights cover old mines that were historically worked for copper, tin, zinc, and tungsten.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

The technical information in this news release has been compiled by Mr. Owen Mihalop. Mr. Mihalop has reviewed and takes responsibility for the data and geological interpretation. Mr. Owen Mihalop (MCSM, BSc (Hons), MSc, FGS, MIMMM, CEng) is Chief Operating Officer for Cornish Metals Inc. and has sufficient experience relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined under the JORC Code (2012) and as a Qualified Person under NI 43-101. Mr. Mihalop consents to the inclusion in this announcement of the matters based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.

For additional information please contact:

In North America:

Irene Dorsman at (604) 200 6664 or by e-mail at [email protected]

In the UK:    
     
SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP
(Nominated Adviser & Joint Broker)
Tel: +44 203 470 0470  
  Richard Morrison  
  Charlie Bouverat  
  Grant Barker  
     
Hannam & Partners
(Joint Broker)        
Tel:

+44 207 907 8500

  Matthew Hasson  
  Andrew Chubb  
  Ernest Bell  
     
BlytheRay
(Financial PR/IR-London)
Tel: +44 207 138 3204

  Tim Blythe [email protected]heray.com
  Megan Ray [email protected]

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

“Richard D. Williams”
Richard D. Williams, P.Geo

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

Caution regarding forward looking statements

This news release contains “forward-looking statements” including, but not limited to, statements in connection with the expected use of proceeds of the Offering, including in respect of certain work programs, expected construction, including in respect of the WTP, and the potential completion of a Feasibility Study on the South Crofty mine and the timing thereof, the exploration program at United Downs and other exploration opportunities surrounding the South Crofty tin project, expected recruitment of various personnel, and expectations respecting tin pricing and other economic factors. Forward-looking statements, while based on management’s best estimates and assumptions at the time such statements are made, are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: risks related to receipt of regulatory approvals, risks related to general economic and market conditions; risks related to the COVID-19 global pandemic and any variants of COVID-19 which may arise; risks related to the availability of financing when required and on terms acceptable to the Company and the potential consequences if the Company fails to obtain any such financing, such as a potential disruption of the Company’s exploration program(s); the timing and content of upcoming work programs; actual results of proposed exploration activities; possible variations in Mineral Resources or grade; failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; accidents, labour disputes, title disputes, claims and limitations on insurance coverage and other risks of the mining industry; changes in national and local government regulation of mining operations, tax rules and regulations.

Although Cornish Metals has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Cornish Metals undertakes no obligation or responsibility to update forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) Disclosure

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information pursuant to Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 as amended.

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

(Unaudited)
(Expressed in Canadian dollars)

  April 30, 2022
    January 31, 2022
 
           
ASSETS

         
Current          
Cash $ 4,286,535     $ 6,922,704  
Marketable securities   1,574,506       1,574,506  
Receivables   140,449       107,230  
Deferred financing fees   672,778        
Prepaid expenses   353,680       231,933  
    7,027,948       8,836,373  
           
Deposits   52,959       42,448  
Property, plant and equipment   6,128,901       6,437,175  
Exploration and evaluation assets   21,175,960       20,772,029  
           
  $ 34,385,768     $ 36,088,025  
           
           
LIABILITIES          
           
Current          
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 929,675     $ 613,178  
Lease liability   3,594       4,204  
Commitment to issue shares   6,076,200       6,041,525  
    7,009,469       6,658,907  
Lease liability         667  
NSR liability   8,767,363       8,717,330  
    15,776,832       15,376,904  
           
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY          
Capital stock   56,846,350       56,846,350  
Share subscriptions received in advance   30,000        
Capital contribution   2,007,665       2,007,665  
Share-based payment reserve   630,265       630,265  
Foreign currency translation reserve   (1,326,881 )     (174,123 )
Deficit   (39,578,463 )     (38,599,036 )
           
    18,608,936       20,711,121  
           
  $ 34,385,768     $ 36,088,025  


CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF LOSS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(Unaudited)
(Expressed in Canadian dollars)

  Three months ended
 
  April 30, 2022
    April 30, 2021
 
               
EXPENSES              
Accretion $     $ 15,764  
Advertising and promotion   110,878       52,925  
Depreciation   443       22,109  
Finance cost         3,895  
Insurance   33,509       21,784  
Office, miscellaneous and rent   28,978       21,883  
Professional fees   169,597       412,674  
Generative exploration costs   333        
Regulatory and filing fees   21,244       68,883  
Share-based compensation         51,796  
Salaries, directors’ fees and benefits   262,133       222,836  
               
Total operating expenses   (627,115 )     (894,549 )
               
Interest income   743       192  
Foreign exchange loss   (353,055 )     (406,692 )
               
Loss for the period   (979,427 )     (1,301,049 )
               
Foreign currency translation   (1,152,758 )     (210,502 )
Total comprehensive loss for the period $ (2,132,185 )   $ (1,511,551 )
               
Basic and diluted loss per share $ (0.01 )   $ (0.01 )
               
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:   285,850,157       248,501,072  


CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
        

(Unaudited)
(Expressed in Canadian dollars)

  For the three months ended
  April 30, 2022 April 30, 2021
     
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES    
Loss for the period $ (979,427 )   $ (1,301,049 )
Items not involving cash:    
Accretion         15,764  
Depreciation   443       22,109  
Share-based compensation         51,796  
Finance cost         3,895  
Foreign exchange loss   353,055       406,692  
     
Changes in non-cash working capital items:    
Increase in receivables   (33,218 )     (47,393 )
Increase in prepaid expenses   (28,727 )     (54,245 )
Increase (decrease) in accounts payable and accrued liabilities   62,490       (6,550 )
     
Net cash used in operating activities   (625,384 )     (908,981 )
     
     
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES    
Acquisition of property, plant and equipment (2,661 )   (75,671 )
Acquisition of exploration and evaluation assets (1,171,500 )   (670,970 )
Increase in deposits (10,512 )   (16,215 )
     
Net cash used in investing activities   (1,184,673 )     (762,856 )
     
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES    
Proceeds from AIM listing         14,244,206  
Proceeds from fundraising received in advance of share issue   30,000        
Proceeds from warrant exercises         184,750  
Share issue costs         (1,066,126 )
Increase in deferred financing fees   (584,359 )      
Conversion of royalty option costs         (111,730 )
Lease payments   (1,090 )     (24,284 )
     
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   (555,449 )     13,226,816  
     
Impact of foreign exchange on cash   (270,663 )     (396,680 )
     
Change in cash during the period   (2,636,169 )     11,158,299  
Cash, beginning of the period   6,922,704       353,601  
     
Cash, end of the period $ 4,286,535     $ 11,511,900  


CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
        

(Unaudited)
(Expressed in Canadian dollars)

  Number of
shares
Amount
  Share
subscriptions
received in
advance

  Capital
contribution

Share-based
payment
reserve

Foreign
currency
translation

reserve
  Deficit
  Total
 
Balance at January 31, 2021 149,918,585 $ 40,737,065   $ 189,902   $ 2,007,665 $ 846,212 $ 239,028   $ (35,687,896 ) $ 8,331,976  
Share issuance pursuant to AIM listing 117,226,572   14,434,108     (189,902 )               14,244,206  
Share issue costs   (1,506,824 )                   (1,506,824 )
Warrant exercises 2,275,000   184,750                     184,750  
Share-based compensation             51,796           51,796  
Foreign currency translation               (210,502 )       (210,502 )
Loss for the period                   (1,301,049 )   (1,301,049 )
Balance at April 30, 2021 269,420,157 $ 53,849,099   $   $ 2,007,665 $ 898,008 $ 28,526   $ (36,988,945 ) $ 19,794,353  
                 
Balance at January 31, 2022 285,850,157 $ 56,846,350   $   $ 2,007,665 $ 630,265 $ (174,123 ) $ (38,599,036 ) $ 20,711,121  
Commitment to issue shares pursuant to the Offering       30,000                 30,000  
Foreign currency translation               (1,152,758 )       (1,152,758 )
Loss for the period                   (979,427 )   (979,427 )
Balance at April 30, 2022 285,850,157 $ 56,846,350   $ 30,000   $ 2,007,665 $ 630,265 $ (1,326,881 ) $ (39,578,463 ) $ 18,608,936  

 

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