(1) gold and copper concentrate sales relating to the testing and commissioning of the Ming Mine were credited to Mineral Properties until commercial production is achieved.
APPENDIX 3 - CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND ESTIMATES
The details of the Group's accounting policies are presented in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as set out in Note 2 to the financial statements. The preparation of financial statements in conformity with IFRS requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the year.
The following estimates are considered by management to be the most critical for investors to understand some of the processes and reasoning that go into the preparation of the Group's financial statements, providing some insight also to uncertainties that could impact the Group's financial results.
The Group's ability to continue as a going concern, and the recoverability of its mineral properties, is dependent on future trends in copper and gold prices, and its ability to continue generating positive cash flows from current operations. Through the use of current cash reserves and continued production management is satisfied that the Group has sufficient working capital for the forthcoming 12 months. However, there are risks associated with the commencement of a new mining and processing operation which may give rise to the possibility that additional working capital may be required to fund unanticipated delays at the copper concentrator and continued mine production and the repayment of loans falling due for repayment in March 2014. Should additional working capital be required, the Directors consider that further sources of finance could be secured in the required timescale; however, there is no certainty that these funds will be forthcoming. On this basis, the Directors have concluded that the Group is a going concern. These financial statements do not reflect the adjustments to carrying values of assets and liabilities and the reported expenses and balance sheet classifications that would be necessary should the going concern assumption be inappropriate, and these adjustments could be material.
The Group calculates the cost of share based payments using the Black-Scholes model. Inputs into the model in respect of the expected option life and the volatility are subject to management estimate and any changes to these estimates may have a significant effect on the cost. The assumptions used in calculating the cost of share based payments are explained in note 5 of the financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2012.
The Group calculates the balance outstanding on the Gold Loan based on estimates of future cash flows arising from the sale of payable gold (see note 19 of the financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2012). The cash flows will be dependent on the production of gold and its selling price at the time of delivery which have been estimated in line with the mine plan, future prices of gold and resource and reserve estimates. Management's estimates of these factors are subject to risk and uncertainties affecting the amount of the interest charge. Any changes to these estimates may result in a significantly different interest charge which would affect the carrying value of the mineral properties costs and the corresponding Gold Loan liability.
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