Wed, 17 Jul 2019

ONTARIO, CA / ACCESSWIRE / March 22, 2019 / Condor Gold (AIM: CNR; TSX: COG) is pleased to announce its audited results for the year ended 31 December 2018 and provides notification that the Annual General and Special Meeting of shareholders of the Company will be held on Thursday 16 May 2019 at 11:00 am at the offices of Numis Securities Limited, The Stock Exchange Building, 10 Paternoster Square, London EC4. Extracts from the Accounts are set out below.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dual listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange in January 2018;
  • Appointment of Andrew Cheatle as a non-executive Director based in Canada with 30 years' industry experience, strengthens the Board;
  • Amendment to the application for the Environmental Permit to construct and operate a 2,800 tonnes per day (''tpd'') processing plant with capacity to produce 100,000 ounces (''oz'') gold per annum filed in January 2018;
  • Final site visit inspection completed by the ''Inter-Institutional Committee'' which comprises of three Ministries and representatives from the local Mayors' offices;
  • Additional technical studies completed and submitted to Nicaragua Ministry of Natural Resources (''MARENA'') following the site visit inspection;
  • £2.5 million raised through a private placement in March 2018;
  • Positive rock chip assay results and detailed geological mapping progress the plan to define a major Gold District at the La India Project;
  • MARENA completed a positive review of the technical aspects of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, including amendments, and formally notified the Company to proceed to a Public Consultation on 13 July 2018;
  • A total of 499 people registered and attended the Public Consultation at which the technical, environment and social aspects of a new mine were presented and discussed in a transparent manner. During presentations of the Project to community groups and house-to-house visits the Company received over 600 expressions of interest in/applications for new jobs;
  • On 6 August 2018, the Company announced that MARENA had granted the Company the key Environmental Permit for the development, construction and operation of a processing plant with capacity to process up to 2,800 tpd. Gold production is expected to be between 80,000 and 100,000 oz gold per annum from a single open pit, with the La India Project representing a US$120 million investment and creating an estimated 1,000 new jobs; and
  • In December 2018, the Government of Nicaragua granted Condor the 142.6 km² Las Cruces concession for a 25 year period, which expands the La India Project area by 45 per cent to 455 km².

POST PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS

  • In January 2019, Condor announced a Mineral Resource update on La India Project totalling 9.85 million tonnes (''Mt'') at 3.6 grammes per tonne (''g/t'') gold for 1,140,000 oz gold in the Indicated category and 8.48Mt at 4.3g/t gold for 1,179,000 oz gold in the Inferred category;
  • Total open pit Mineral Resource of 8.58 Mt at a grade of 3.3 g/t gold, for 902,000 oz gold in the Indicated category and 3.01 Mt at a grade of 3.0 g/t gold, for 290,000 oz gold in the Inferred category. Total underground Mineral Resources of 1.27 Mt at a grade of 5.8 g/t gold, for 238,000 oz gold in the Indicated category and 5.47 Mt at a grade of 5.1 g/t gold, for 889,000 oz gold in the Inferred category;
  • Of note is the new open pit Mineral Resource on Mestiza of 92 Kt at a grade of 12.1 g/t for 36,000 oz contained gold in the Indicated category and 341 Kt at a grade of 7.7 g/t gold for 85,000 oz contained gold in the Inferred category. The four satellite open pits outside the main, permitted La India open pit have combined open pit resources of 206Kt at 9.9 g/t gold for 66,000 oz gold in the Indicated category and 2,127 Kt at 3.23 g/t gold for 221,000 oz gold in the Inferred category;
  • The Company raised £1.75 million by way of a private placement of new Ordinary Shares in February 2019; and
  • In March 2019, the Company announced it was permitting the Mestiza and America satellite feeder pits, which has the potential to increase production to 120,000 oz gold per annum for a seven year life of mine. The Mestiza and America open pits have, in aggregate, 206 Kt at a grade of 9.9 g/t (66,000 oz contained gold) in the Indicated category and 1,018 Kt at 4.6 g/t (152,000 oz contained gold) in the Inferred category.

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2018

Dear Shareholder,

I am pleased to announce Condor Gold Plc's (''Condor'', the ''Company'' or the ''Group'', www.condorgold.com) annual report for the 12-month financial year to 31 December 2018. Following the release in December 2014 of a NI 43-101 technical report detailing a Pre-Feasibility Study (''PFS'') and two Preliminary Economic Assessments (''PEAs''), the Company spent 2015 to 2018 executing a twin strategy of permitting the construction and operation of a base case processing plant with capacity of up to 2,800 tonnes per day (''tpd'') capable of producing approximately 100,000 oz of gold per annum and proving a major Gold District at the 455km² La India Project, in Nicaragua. The highlight of 2018 came in August when Condor succeeded in a key component of its strategy and announced that the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources, Nicaragua (''MARENA'') had granted the Company an Environmental Permit for the development, construction and operation of an open pit mine and associated infrastructure at the La India Project, thus materially de-risking the Project.

On 26 February 2018, Condor announced that it had formally submitted a 130-page amendment to the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (''ESIA'') to MARENA to construct and operate a processing plant without the need to resettle approximately 330 houses or 1,000 people. This followed several months of discussions and collaborative meetings with MARENA and the Ministry of Energy and Mines (''MEM''), such that the technical components within the amended ESIA required by both Ministries were agreed in advance and submitted in the final amended application.

The general feedback from MEM, MARENA and local stakeholders was that permitting would be much easier with a mine that has been redesigned to proceed without resettling 1,000 people. Condor's technical team redesigned the La India open pit and believe it is both technically viable and economically attractive, should future funding be received, to proceed with a redesigned open pit that does not require community resettlement. It includes the relocation of the processing plant approximately 1,200 metres from the village. A five to 10 metre high berm is planned between the redesigned open pit and the village to reduce noise and dust pollution. Mine scheduling studies are on-going, further details will be provided in due course. Condor does not anticipate a material change in the total ounces of gold expected to be recoverable from the redesigned open pit compared to the open pit disclosed in the PFS. The PFS details an open pit gold Mineral Reserve in the Probable category of 6.9 Mt at 3.0 g/t gold for 675,000 oz gold, producing 80,000 oz gold per annum for seven years.

The revised ESIA document considers the environmental and social impacts of gold production from the La India open pit mine plan, which is a single pit, detailed in the NI 43-101 compliant PFS released in December 2014 and the Whittle Enterprise Optimisation study which was finalised on 22 January 2016. The ESIA draws on data from 15 different environmental and social baseline studies, some of which commenced in 2013. In addition to describing the potential impacts of a future commercial mine on the environment, the ESIA also contains detailed environmental management plans and social management plans to monitor and control any such impacts.

The ESIA describes a processing plant that will have a capacity of up to 2,800 tpd or 1.0 Mt per annum with an upfront capital cost of approximately US$120 million. All-in-sustaining-cash-costs are circa US$700 per oz gold. The ESIA includes processing of an additional 10,000 oz of gold per annum from artisanal miners through the main processing plant, but the artisanal miners' ore is excluded from the PFS, PEAs and optimisation studies.

In June 2018, MARENA approved the technical studies in the ESIA and provided written notification to Condor detailing the procedural requirements and the date for the Public Consultation (a public hearing in the village of La Cruz de La India). The Company provided due notice of the Public Consultation by placing advertisements in the national newspapers and on the local radio stations. Condor's social team conducted 287 individual house-to-house visits explaining the Project to villagers at La Cruz de La India and three nearby villages and handed out leaflets detailing the re-designed mine infrastructure and benefits of the mine. Furthermore, group meetings covered 411 people including landowners and artisanal miners. Banners advertising the Public Consultation were posted in the village a week prior to the Public Consultation. A considerable amount of information about the Project is available at an Information Office, manned by Condor's social team and established four years ago in the village of La Cruz de La India.

On 13 July 2018, the Company held its Public Consultation Meeting in the village of La Cruz de La India. The Public Consultation is a key step in the ESIA permitting process. The meeting was attended by representatives from MARENA, MEM, the National Forestry Institute (''INAFOR'') and a variety of businesses, municipal authorities, a non-governmental organisation, local judicial and political party representatives, as well as members of the public. The Public Consultation was attended by 499 people, who signed the attendance sheet and who voiced overwhelming support for a new mine. Over 600 people have registered to be considered for new jobs to work in the mine.

In August 2018, Condor announced that MARENA had granted the Company an Environmental Permit for the development, construction and operation of an open pit mine, a 2,800 tpd or 1.0 Mt per annum CIL processing plant and associated infrastructure at the La India Project. Following the grant of the Environmental Permit the Company's objective is to progress the redesigned mine site infrastructure for the La India Open Pit to a bankable level of Feasibility Study (''BFS''). In addition, under the conditions of the Environmental Permit, the Company has to submit to MARENA final engineered designs for several key components of the mine prior to construction. For example, the final design and operations manual for the Tailings Storage Facility. Subject to financing, completion of a BFS and completion of the final engineering designs, construction is expected to commence within 18 months of the grant of the Environmental Permit. The construction period is expected to take 18 to 24 months.

I have mentioned that the Company's strategy is to build a ''base case'' 2,800 tpd processing plant. The objective is to materially increase production by supplementing the mill feed from the La India open pit with mill feed from satellite open pits and eventually bring the underground mineral resource into production. With this in mind, a considerable part of management time in the second half 2018 was spent working on a mineral resource update for the La India Project.

In January 2019, Condor announced a Mineral Resource update on the La India Project totalling 9.85 Mt at 3.6 g/t gold for 1,140,000 oz gold in the Indicated category and 8.48 Mt at 4.3 g/t gold for 1,179,000 oz gold in the Inferred category and is a timely reminder of the high grade nature of this gold deposit. The Mineral Resource update includes 8,222 metres drilling completed since the previous Mineral Resource update in September 2014. The Mineral Resource Estimate was prepared by SRK Consulting (UK) Limited (''SRK'') and uses the terminology, definitions and guidelines given in the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (''CIM'') Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves (May 2014). Total open pit Mineral Resource is 8.58 Mt at a grade of 3.3 g/t gold, for 902,000 oz gold in the Indicated category and 3.01 Mt at a grade of 3.0 g/t gold, for 290,000 oz gold in the Inferred category. Total underground Mineral Resources are 1.27 Mt at a grade of 5.8 g/t gold, for 238,000 oz gold in the Indicated category and 5.47 Mt at a grade of 5.1 g/t gold, for 889,000 oz gold in the Inferred category.

Of note is the new open pit Mineral Resource on Mestiza of 92 Kt at a grade of 12.1 g/t for 36,000 oz contained gold in the Indicated category and 341 Kt at a grade of 7.7 g/t gold for 85,000 oz contained gold in the Inferred category. The four satellite open pits outside the main, permitted La India open pit have combined open pit resources of 206 Kt at 9.9 g/t gold for 66,000 oz gold in the Indicated category and 2,127 Kt at 3.23 g/t gold for 221,000 oz gold in the Inferred category. The Company is conducting mining studies to determine the possibility of adding the contained gold within the satellite pits to a mine schedule to supplement the ore feed from the permitted La India open pit to the processing plant. This has the possibility to either increase annual production and/or extend the life of mine.

During 2017, SRK completed two scoping level studies each aimed at examining the likely production scenarios in the event that the mineral resource in the three main vein sets of La India, America and Mestiza is increased from 2.1 Moz gold to 3.0 Moz gold. The studies conclude that the three vein sets could be mined simultaneously from a combination of open pit and underground mining methods and possibly double the annual production rate.

Condor has been working on a land acquisition programme for over five years and plans to acquire approximately 850 hectares of rural land required for the mine site infrastructure for the permitted La India open pit.

Exploration activities during 2018 took second place to the key objective of permitting the mine. Nonetheless, during 2018 our geologists continued their efforts to prove a 5.0 Moz Gold District. The re-log of 207 drill holes at La India and America was completed to help understand the shape of oreshoots and identify new ones. New wireframes have been created, and new drill targets generated. These are both down dip of known oreshoots and lateral. An exciting new target has been identified in the hanging wall of the America vein set.

Secondly, Cacao (about 6.0 km east of La India) is a top priority for drilling. It has the best potential to add ounces to the global resource. Mapping and drilling demonstrate it has a long strike length (> 3.0 km) and that the entire epithermal system is preserved. Drill intercepts reported in 2017 include 7.85 m at 3.75 g/t gold, 7.85 m at 2.95 g/t gold and 17.1 m at 1.74 g/t gold. The vein becomes more like La India vein at depth and is as thick, or thicker.

Thirdly, the Andrea East target (about 8.0 km north of La India) is now drill ready and shows excellent grades at surface. It is a high priority for drilling. Trenches along it demonstrate significant width and grades. Best intercepts are observed at LICT15 (4.0 m at 1.79 g/t gold), LICT20 (5.6 m at 1.65 g/t gold) and LICT21 (3.0 m at 3.6 g/t gold). Grab samples give up to 9.7 g/t gold. Vein textures are very similar to La India and very encouraging.

Lastly, Condor sampled an average grade of over 13.5 g/t gold from 41 artisanal mining sites on the America and Mestiza vein sets which is a further reminder that the La India Project is a high-grade gold deposit. There are so many veins in the district that the Company is effectively 'drowning' in targets and a major issue is how to prioritise exploration. As the land package, mapping and sampling coverage grow, it allows us to understand the big picture. We can then focus on those targets with the best chance of adding ounces to the permitted mine schedule.

In December 2018, the Government of Nicaragua granted Condor a major exploration and exploitation concession adjacent to the La India Project. This confirms that the country is pro-mining and open for business. The 142.6 km2 Las Cruces concession expands the La India Project area by 45 per cent. Las Cruces was granted by the government under a 25 year exploration and exploitation concession. Condor's geologists have identified a major north-northeast-striking basement feeder zone through the Project (the ''La India Corridor''), which hosts 90 per cent of Condor's 2.4 Moz gold resource. The feeder zone can be projected south-east into Las Cruces. Mapping and early prospecting/sampling show that Las Cruces lies inside a volcanic caldera and has extensive clay alteration and rare vuggy silica. This alteration appears to be a 'lithocap', which raises the possibility of underlying porphyry-style mineralisation (copper and/or gold). This porphyry is potentially the 'heat engine' and metal source that caused gold mineralisation across the entire La India Gold District. We are particularly keen to follow up on anomalous samples of up to 0.1 per cent copper.

As a British company, Condor believes in, and promotes, constructive dialogue for a peaceful resolution of the current political uncertainty in Nicaragua. It is encouraging that the national dialogue restarted on 27 February 2019 after being suspended for seven months. In spite of the political upheaval and civil unrest in Nicaragua in 2018, Condor had very constructive meetings with key Ministries responsible for granting the Environmental Permit and was successfully granted the permit to construct and operate the mine and granted the 142.6 km2 Las Cruces concession, which expands the La India Project area by 45 per cent to 455 km2. During 2018, the Company has focused on supporting its 70 direct and indirect employees, and their families, who confirmed their desire to continue to work and maintain stability within their communities as much as possible. Condor has been operating in Nicaragua since 2006 and, as a responsible gold exploration and development company, continues to add value to the local communities and environment by generating sustainable socio-economic and environmental benefits. The new mine would create approximately 1,000 jobs during the construction period with priority given to the local community. The upfront capital cost of approximately US$120 million would have a significant positive impact on the economy. The Government and local communities would benefit significantly from future royalties and taxes.

In January 2018, Mr Andrew Cheatle joined Condor as a non-executive Director. Andrew previously held a high profile position as the Executive Director of Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (''PDAC''), the trade body representing both exploration companies and producers. He has lived in Canada for 19 years and worked in senior positions at Goldcorp, AMEC plc, Treasury Metals, and Unigold Inc. In January 2018 Roger Davey retired from the Board and in June 2018, Peter Flindell retired from the Board. I thank them for their contribution to the Company during their tenure.

Turning to the financial results for the year 2018, the Group's loss for the year was £2,299,329 (2017: £3,023,615). The Company raised £2.5 million during the financial period. The net cash balance of the Group at 31 December 2018 was £220,975 (2017: £946,261). The Company raised £1,750,000 by way of a private placement of new Ordinary Shares in February 2019.

Following the grant of the key Environmental Permit to construct and operate an open pit mine at La India, I think 2019 will be a transformational year for the Company. Production from the permitted La India open pit is expected to be approximately 600,000 oz gold. The Company will advance the La India open pit from PFS to BFS. Simultaneously, the Company is conducting technical mining studies to see if it is possible to generate production much earlier by mining a ''mini pit'' within the permitted La India open pit and trucking the mineralised ore to a nearby processing plant to be processed. There are significant benefits of transitioning Condor from an exploration and development company to a gold producer in the near future. The most obvious for shareholders is the generation of revenues and cashflow and the experience Condor will gain from managing contract miners together with bulk metallurgical tests and an advanced understanding of the geology. However, maintaining a social licence to operate is highly important. The historic mine at Mina La India closed in 1956 resulting in a high level of poverty in the village of La Cruz de la India. The commencement of production by toll refining will result in further investment in the communities and much needed new jobs. Both the Government and local communities will benefit from a three per cent royalty payable on gold produced from the La India Project. The Company has begun the permitting process for the Mestiza and America satellite feeder open pits, which has the potential to increase production to 120,000 oz gold per annum for a seven year life of mine. The Mestiza and America open pits have, in aggregate, 206 Kt at a grade of 9.9 g/t (66,000 oz contained gold) in the Indicated category and 1,018 Kt at 4.6 g/t (152,000 oz contained gold) in the Inferred category. Adding a higher average open pit grade of 5.5 g/t gold from the satellite feeder pits to the mill feed from the permitted La India open pit of 3.0 g/t gold will enhance the Project NPV, IRRs, reduce the payback period and reduce the already low All In Sustaining Cash Cost of US$690 per oz gold as detailed in the PFS.

M L Child
Chairman & CEO
Date: 22 March 2019


CONDOR GOLD PLC
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVEINCOME
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2018



Year Ended 31.12.18

Year Ended 31.12.17


£

£

Administrative expenses

(2,067,413)

(3,023,953)

Loss on disposal of subsidiary

(234,210)

-




Operating loss

(2,301,623)

(3,023,953)




Finance income

2,294

338




Loss before income tax

(2,299,329)

(3,023,615)




Income tax expense

-

-




Loss for the year

(2,299,329)

(3,023,615)







Other comprehensive income:

Other comprehensive income to be reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods:



Currency translation differences

144,006

(57,303)

Other comprehensive (loss) / income for the year

144,006

(57,303)




Total comprehensive loss for the year

(2,155,323)

(3,080,918)




Loss attributable to:



Non-controlling interest

-

-

Owners of the parent

(2,299,329)

(3,023,615)


(2,229,329)

(3,023,615)




Total comprehensive loss attributable to:



Non-controlling interest

-

(6,352)

Owners of the parent

(2,155,323)

(3,074,566)


(2,155,323)

(3,080,918)




Earnings per share expressed in pence per share:



Basic and diluted (in pence)

(3.49)

(5.04)








CONDOR GOLD PLC
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIALPOSITION
AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2018


31.12.18

31.12.17


£

£

ASSETS:



NON-CURRENT ASSETS



Property, plant and equipment

211,064

271,319

Intangible assets

20,644,243

18,927,968








20,855,307

19,199,287

CURRENT ASSETS



Trade and other receivables

219,077

320,974

Cash and cash equivalents

220,975

946,261





440,052

1,267,235




TOTAL ASSETS

21,295,359

20,466,522




LIABILITIES:

CURRENT LIABILITIES

Trade and other payables

251,316

445,030




TOTAL LIABILITIES

251,316

445,030




NET CURRENT ASSETS

188,736

822,205




NET ASSETS

21,044,043

20,021,492




SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWNERS OF THE PARENT

Called up share capital

13,435,868

12,273,077

Share premium

33,662,309

32,426,049

Exchange difference reserve

959,791

581,575

Retained earnings

(27,013,925)

(25,174,153)





21,044,043

20,106,548




Non-controlling interest

-

(85,056)




TOTAL EQUITY

21,044,043

20,021,492


The financial statements were approved and authorised for issue by the Board of directors on 22 March 2019 and were signed on its behalf by:

M L Child - Chairman

Company No: 05587987

CONDOR GOLD PLC
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES INEQUITY
AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2018


Share Capital

Share premium

Exchange difference reserve

Retained earnings

Total

Non Controlling Interest

Total Equity


£

£

£

£

£

£

£

At 1 January 2017

10,582,129

28,875,061

632,526

(23,075,118)

17,014,598

(78,704)

16,935,894

Comprehensive income:








Loss for the year

-

-

-

(3,023,615)

(3,023,615)

-

(3,023,615)

Other comprehensive income:








Currency translation differences

-

-

(50,951)

-

(50,951)

(6,352)

(57,303)









Total comprehensive income

-

-

(50,951)

(3,023,615)

(3,074,566)

(6,352)

(3,080,918)









Adjustment








New shares issued

1,690,948

3,550,988

-

-

5,241,936

-

5,241,936

Share based payment

-

-

-

924,580

924,580

-

924,580









Total transactions with owners, recognised directly in equity

1,690,948

3,550,988

-

924,580

6,166,516

-

6,166,516







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