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Kibo Mining plc - 12 months results for the period ended 31 December 2013

July 1, 2014



ENP Newswire - 01 July 2014

Release date- 27062014 - Kibo Mining plc (AIM: KIBO; AltX: KBO), the mineral exploration and development company focused on gold, nickel, coal and uranium projects in Tanzania is pleased to announce its audited 12 month financial results for the period ending 31 December 2013.

The Company's Annual Report, which contains the full financial statements accompanying this announcement, is in the process of being printed and mailed to shareholders. A copy of this Annual Report will also be available from the Company's website at www.kibomining.com. Details of the date and venue for this year's AGM, which will take place towards the end of July, will be announced shortly.

Louis Coetzee, CEO of Kibo Mining, commented today: 'Kibo has made significant progress during 2013-4 despite the challenging environment, most notably at Rukwa and Imweru. The Rukwa Coal to Power Project is essential to support the growth of the Tanzanian power sector and I look forward to reporting further progress building on our success to date. Imweru has been a great addition to our asset portfolio which takes us closer to our goal of being a mineral development company. I am confident that with our strengthened Board, we will achieve our objectives and capitalize on an improving market in the year ahead.'

Highlights from the Chairman, Christian Schaffalitzky's statement:

Key appointments to Rukwa Coal to Power Project ('RCPP') project development team

RCPP included in Tanzania's National Strategic Energy Plan

Appointment of Standard Bank as corporate finance advisor to RCPP

Completion of successful field programmes at Imweru (gold) and Haneti (nickel-PGM) including drilling and gold resource update at the former

Board re-organisation including appointment of Andreas Lianos as new financial Director

Chairman's Statement

Dear Shareholder,

Introduction

I am pleased to introduce Kibo's 2013 Annual Report which records significant progress in our strategy of moving Kibo (the 'Company') from a junior explorer to a mineral development company. This progress is seen in the milestones we have reached in relation to both the Rukwa Coal to Power Project ('RCPP') and the Imweru gold project.

On the RCPP, during the reporting period, we have acquired support from both the Tanzanian Government and major global energy producers for the development of this much needed power generating capacity in Tanzania which will help to address both the country's current power shortages and projected increased demand.

The inclusion of the project in the Tanzanian National Strategic Energy Plan and the strengthening of our project team will allow us to develop rapidly the planned Rukwa Development Programme. I would like to welcome Roy Adair and Casper Van Wyk as key members of this team, who collectively bring extensive executive leadership, corporate finance and project management skills, and a successful track record of achievement in the energy and natural resource sectors.

We also announced the engagement of Standard Bank as corporate finance advisor to the project with the task of completing a financial model and project financing strategy for the development. I believe that the support of Africa's largest bank with a successful record in Tanzania of advising on and structuring finance on public private partnerships across a range of business sectors is a strong endorsement of the RCPP.

In addition to the RCPP, your Company made steady progress across its other commodity streams, notably in gold and base metals. In regard to gold, we were able to take advantage of a distressed asset disposal by one of our competitors to acquire a high quality gold exploration portfolio in northern Tanzania, significantly improving the quality of our gold licence holdings in this region.

The portfolio included brownfields projects with pre-defined resources at Imweru and Lubando where Kibo holds a 90% interest, as well as earlier stage projects with some well-defined drill ready gold targets from exploration by previous operators. A drill programme was carried out towards the end of 2013 at the Imweru property with the objective of increasing the quality and quantity of the pre-existing NI 43-101 resource estimate of 629,600 oz. (19.5 million tonnes at 1.1 gram per tonne).

The eastern part of the pre-existing NI 43-101 Imweru resource was re-stated to a lower value as it partly falls within a licence no longer part of the Imweru project block. However, the net effect of theincrease in estimated resource over the recently drilled central zone of the resource is 550,000 oz. of which 495,000 oz, or 90% is attributable to Kibo.

Taken together with the estimated gold resource at Lubando of 160,000 oz., of which 144,000 oz or 90% is attributable to Kibo. Kibo's combined gold resource estimate for its projects in the Geita Region is just over 700,000 (630,000 oz or 90% of this is attributable to Kibo).

It is encouraging that our independent technical consultant, Tetra Tech EBA, has acknowledged in its report the potential to materially increase the resource by further drilling at Imweru and on a number of other proximal targets within the project region that remain to be tested.

On the base metal front, we implemented a comprehensive field exploration programme at our Haneti nickel-PGM project during 2013, funded by Brazilian multi-national Votorantim Metais ParticipacOes Ltda ('Votorantim') under the terms of a joint venture. Subsequent to the withdrawal of Votorantim from the joint venture in December 2013 following a review of their southern African operations, Kibo has now re-acquired a 100% interest in Haneti with the benefit of a field season's exploration data acquired at no cost to the Company.

On the Corporate side, we implemented a capital re-organisation during the early part of 2013 which was approved by shareholders at an EGM on 22 March 2013. During the period, three directors, Des Burke, Cecil Bond and Bernard Poznanski also retired to pursue other interests and I wish to thank them for their contribution to the development of the Company to date and wish them well for the future. I would also like to welcome the recent appointment of Andrew Lianos to the board effective from 1 March 2014. Andrew is an experienced chartered accountant and corporate financier whose skills will be most valuable to the Company as it proceeds with its project development plans.

During the audit and in finalisation of the Annual Report the auditors drew the board's attention to the requirements of IAS36 of the International Financial Reporting Standards ('IFRS') which requires that the board undertakes a regular review, at least annually, of the value of the assets as disclosed in the Financial Statements so as to disclose all assets at their fair value taking the current state of affairs of the world economy and the stage of development of the various projects into account.

This has required that certain assets be impaired to the extent necessary. The major adjustments were made against the Company's Rukwa coal and Pinewood uranium assets. Adoption of this policy will require an annual review and adjustment as to the value of assets as and when new information comes to hand or circumstances surrounding the assets change.

In summary, our capital re-organisation, board changes and new appointments for RCPP implemented during 2013 and early 2014 give us the appropriate corporate structure to face the challenges ahead. I am confident that these changes will enhance our ability to deliver on the RCPP in particular. It only remains for me to thank our CEO Louis Coetzee and the management team for persisting in the challenging climate for our sector to take Kibo forward from exploration to development.

I also wish to thank my fellow board members for their valuable insights, our advisors for their on-going guidance and the Tanzanian Government for their support of our development plans. We hope to repay this support with the completion of the RCPP, a much needed energy project development which will substantially benefit the country and in particular local communities in southern Tanzania. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the continued support of our shareholders while we work to realise the inherent value across all our projects.

Notes to the condensed consolidated financial results for the year ended 31 December 2013

1. General information

Kibo Mining Plc ('the Company') is a public limited company incorporated in Ireland. The Group financial statements consolidate those of the Company and its subsidiaries (together referred to as the 'Group'). The Company's shares are listed on the AIM market ('AIM') of the London Stock Exchange plc and the Alternative Exchange of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Limited (ALTX). The principal activities of the Company and its subsidiaries are related to the exploration for and development of coal and other minerals in Tanzania.

2. Statement of Compliance and basis of preparation

The condensed consolidated financial results are for the year ended 31 December 2013 which were prepared in accordance with framework concepts and the recognition and measurement criteria of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS and IFRC interpretations) issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) as adopted for use in the EU (IFRS, including the SAICA financial reporting guides as issued by the Accounting Practices Committee and Financial Pronouncements as issued by Financial Reporting Standards Council, IAS 34 - Interim Financial Reporting), the Listings Requirements of the JSE Limited and the provisions of the Irish Companies Acts, 1963 to 2013 ('the Companies Acts').

They do not include all the information required for full financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements of the Group for the period ended 31 December 2013. The comparative amounts in the condensed consolidated financial results include extracts from the Company's consolidated financial statements for the period ended 31 December 2012.

All monetary information is presented in the functional currency of the Company being Great British Pound. The Company's financial statements are prepared on the historical cost basis, other than goodwill and intangible assets which are measured at fair value. The accounting policies have been applied consistently by Group entities. The Group financial results have been prepared on a going concern basis. These unaudited condensed consolidated financial results have been extracted from the audited financial statements, but are not itself audited.

3. Statement of Accounting Policies

The accounting policies have been applied consistently to all periods presented in these condensed consolidated financial results using the accounting policies applied by the Group in its 31 December 2012 report, updated for any new accounting standards which became effective in the current year.

4. Responsibility Statement

The directors take full responsibility for the preparation of the report and that the financial information has been correctly extracted from the underlying financial statements.

5. Audit opinion

The consolidated financial statements were audited by the Company's auditors, LHM Casey McGrath. The modified auditors report together with the financial statements is available for inspection at the Company's register office. The modified auditors' report contains an emphasis of matter with regard to the going concern of the Group, as follows:

Emphasis of Matter - Realisation of Assets

In forming our opinion on the financial statements, which is not modified, we considered the adequacy of disclosures made in Notes 10, 11, 12 and 18 to the financial statements concerning the valuation of intangible assets, amounts due from Group undertakings and investments in Group undertakings.

The realisation of intangible assets of GBP9,718,509 (2012: GBP21,054,614), amounts due from Group undertakings of GBP25,286,099 (2012: GBP24,462,066) and investments in Group undertakings of GBP1,700,000 (2012: GBP4,326,511) included in the Company Statement of Financial Position is dependent on the discovery of economic reserves including the ability of the Group to raise sufficient finance to develop the projects.

6. Subsequent events

The directors are not aware of any matter or circumstance arising since the reporting date which would have a material effect on the consolidated financial results.

7. Litigation

There are currently no arbitration proceedings against the Group, or of which the Group is aware, which may have, or have had in the 12 months preceding the date of this report, a material effect on the consolidated financial results.

8. Dividends

There have been no dividends declared or paid during the current financial period.

9. Going Concern

The condensed consolidated financial results have been prepared on the basis of accounting policies applicable to a going concern. This basis presumes that funds will be available to finance future operations and that the realisation of assets and settlement of liabilities, contingent obligations and commitments will occur in the ordinary course of business.

The directors constantly review the business models of the Group and its operating subsidiaries to ensure sustainability and the ability to operate profitably and generate positive cash flows. Funding facilities are also reviewed regularly to ensure that the Group has sufficient facilities in place to finance its operations.

As the exercise price of the share options and warrants in issue is considerably higher than the current market value as at reporting date, these option and warrants do not have a dilutive impact. Thus there are no dilutive share options or warrants in issue as at year end which decreased the basic loss per share as indicated above.

During the current period the Company entered into a capital re-organisation transaction whereby every 15 shares previously held were converted into 1 ordinary share. In accordance with IAS 33, the number of ordinary shares outstanding before the event is adjusted for the proportionate change in the number of ordinary shares outstanding as if the event had occurred at the beginning of the earliest period presented. Thus the number of shares per the above comparative period has been rested in accordance with IAS 33 in order to accurately present the earnings, dilutive and headline earnings per share.

The Company resolved to decrease the number of shares in issue as well as increase the nominal value of each share, through a capital re-organisation whereby every ordinary shareholder would receive 1 new ordinary share for every 15 previously held ordinary shares, at the revised nominal value of EUR0.015 per share in issue, applicable to all shareholders registered as at 23 March 2013.

The total number of existing ordinary shares in the Company on issue as at 23 March 2013, prior to the re-organisation, was 1,291,394,535. Following the re-organisation, the Company had 86,092,969 ordinary shares of EUR0.015 par value in issue.

Condensed Consolidated Segmental Analysis

Management currently identifies two divisions as operating segments - mining and corporate. These operating segments are monitored and strategic decisions are made based upon them together with other non-financial data collated from exploration activities.

Changes to the board of Kibo Mining Plc

Andreas Lianos has been appointed as the Chief Financial Officer (Executive Director) with effect from 1 March 2014. Cecil Bond and Bernard Poznanski (both Non-Executive Directors) have retired with effect from 31 July 2013.

Contact:

Louis Coetzee

Chief Executive Officer

Kibo Mining plc

Tel: 27 (0)83 2606126

Kibo Mining - Notes to editors

Kibo was established in early 2008 to explore and develop mineral deposits in Tanzania. The Company was admitted to AIM in London on 27 April 2010 and the AltX in Johannesburg on 30 May 2011. The Company is developing the Rukwa mouth-of-mine thermal power station and controls one of Tanzania's largest mineral right portfolios, including the Haneti (nickel, PGE and gold), Morogoro (gold), Lake Victoria (gold), and Pinewood (coal & uranium) projects.

Its projects are located both in the established and gold prolific Lake Victoria Goldfields, the emerging goldfields of eastern Tanzania and the Mtwara Corridor in southern Tanzania where the Government has prioritised infrastructural development attracting significant recent investment in coal and uranium. Kibo's objective is to build shareholder value sustainably.

This will be achieved primarily through exploration of its own projects and leveraging the Company's experience in Tanzania to acquire exploration and development assets on competitive terms. The focus is on assets that can be moved swiftly up the value curve whilst benefitting from strategic relationships with industry leaders with special skills and competencies within their chosen fields.

Updates on the Company's activities are regularly posted on its website www.kibomining.com


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