CHINA NATURAL RESOURCES REPORTS FULL YEAR 2021 RESULTS

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HONG KONG, May 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — China Natural Resources Inc. (NASDAQ: CHNR) (the "Company") today announced its results of operations for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021. For the convenience of the reader, amounts in Chinese Yuan ("CNY") have been translated into United States dollars ("US$") at the rate of US$1.00 = CNY6.3559 as quoted by www.ofx.com on December 31, 2021.

Mr. Wong Wah On Edward, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, commented, "We continued to make meaningful progress on the strategic diversification of our business in 2021. Our progress was, however, slowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting shutdowns, logistic complications, and the steep global increase in operating costs and inflation. In addition, our operations in the rural wastewater treatment industry in 2021 resulted in a near-term reduction in our revenue level, but we believe our actions will be a catalyst for increased revenue growth and profitability. We are already seeing initial positive signs from our efforts to streamline our operations and our cost reduction plan, while at the same time focusing on continued exploration of the Moruogu Tong Mine. As we recently noted, we expect commodities prices to remain high, with demand continuing to outstrip supply. With even greater urgency placed on exploration opportunities and the potential for higher valuations of assets such as the Moruogu Tong Mine, we also recently announced plans to increase investments in the Moruogu Tong Mine. We are also evaluating other attractive business opportunities and believe that we will be able to further leverage our expertise and capital to create even greater value for shareholders."

Financial Results for the Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2021

As of December 31, 2021, the Company had two operating segments: wastewater treatment and exploration and mining. Revenue for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 was CNY18.74 million (approximately US$2.95 million), as compared to revenue of approximately CNY42.50 million (approximately US$6.69 million) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020. The decrease in revenue was mainly caused by the completion of the construction phase of a public-private partnership wastewater treatment project in January 2021.

Net loss for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 was approximately CNY54.97 million (approximately US$8.65 million) as compared to net profit of approximately CNY22.92 million (approximately US$3.61 million) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020. The turn to loss in 2021 from profit in 2020 was mainly due to the recognition of fair value loss of approximately CNY38.35 million (approximately US$6.03 million) in the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 and fair value gain of approximately CNY31.33 million (approximately US$4.93 million) in the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, relating to the Company’s holdings in Feishang Anthracite Resources Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, designated as financial assets at fair value through profit or loss, and the impact of warrants issued to institutional investors in a private placement in January 2021, which were designated as derivative financial liabilities.

The Company had a cash balance of approximately CNY58.36 million (approximately US$9.18 million) at December 31, 2021.

On January 20, 2021, the Company entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement with certain institutional investors, pursuant to which the Company issued and sold on January 22, 2021, in a registered direct offering, an aggregate of 3,960,000 of its common shares at a price of US$1.85 per share, and in a concurrent private placement, warrants initially exercisable for the purchase of an aggregate of 1,584,000 of its common shares with an initial exercise price of US$2.35 per share. Because the changes in equity from this private placement transaction are dominated in US$, the US$ amount is the actual transaction amount and the corresponding CNY amount was translated from US$ at the applicable exchange rate as of the transaction date, January 22, 2021.

About China Natural Resources:

China Natural Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHNR), a British Virgin Islands corporation, through its operating subsidiaries in the People’s Republic of China (the "PRC"), is currently engaged in the provision of equipment for rural wastewater treatment, engineering, procurement and construction services related to wastewater treatment in the PRC, the acquisition and exploitation of mining rights in Inner Mongolia, including preliminary exploration for nickel, lead, silver and other nonferrous metal, and is actively exploring further business opportunities in the healthcare sector, natural resources sector and other sectors.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws. These statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the intent, belief and current expectations of the Company, its directors or its officers with respect to: the impact of the Company’s actions on its future financial performance; the Company’s performance in the rural wastewater treatment industry in the PRC; the impact of rising commodity prices; the level of demand for nickel, lead, silver, lithium, copper and other precious minerals; the potential presence of minerals in the Moruogu Tong Mine; and the ability of the Company to extract any minerals found in the Moruogu Tong Mine in an economically viable manner. Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. Among the risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company’s actual results to differ from its forward-looking statements are: the impact on the Company’s financial position of its investment in the wastewater treatment sector of the PRC; the growth potential of the wastewater treatment and environmental protection industries in the PRC; possible downturns in the sectors that the Company may invest in; the results of the next assessment by the Staff of the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications department of the Company’s compliance with the Nasdaq Listing Rules; uncertainties related to governmental, economic and political circumstances in the PRC; uncertainties related to metal price volatility; uncertainties related to the Company’s ability to acquire a mining permit for the Moruogu Tong Mine; uncertainties regarding the ability to profitably extract minerals from the Moruogu Tong Mine, as well as the nature of any such minerals; uncertainties regarding the successful integration, costs, revenues and profitability associated with the Company’s recently acquired wastewater treatment business; uncertainties related to the Company’s ability to fund operations and planned capital expenditures; uncertainties related to possible future increases in operating expenses, including costs of labor and materials; uncertainties related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; uncertainties related to the political situation between the PRC and the United States, and potential negative impacts on companies with operations in the PRC that are listed on exchanges in the United States; uncertainties relating to geopolitical turmoil or conflict; and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. When, in any forward-looking statement, the Company, or its management, expresses an expectation or belief as to future results, that expectation or belief is expressed in good faith and is believed to have a reasonable basis, but there can be no assurance that the stated expectation or belief will result or be achieved or accomplished. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

 

CHINA NATURAL RESOURCES, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF PROFIT OR LOSS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

Year Ended December 31,

2020

2021

2020

2021

CNY

CNY

US$

US$

(As adjusted*)

(As adjusted*)

Revenue

42,498

18,735

6,686

2,948

Cost of sales

(39,215)

(18,494)

(6,170)

(2,910)

Gross profit

3,283

241

516

38

Selling and distribution expenses

(758)

(922)

(119)

(145)

Administrative expenses

(18,853)

(22,869)

(2,966)

(3,598)

Other income/(losses)

1,616

(183)

254

(29)

OPERATING LOSS

(14,712)

(23,733)

(2,315)

(3,734)

Fair value gain/(loss) on financial instruments, net

31,334

(38,349)

4,930

(6,034)

Impairment losses on financial assets

(4,162)

(3,330)

(655)

(524)

Finance costs

(3,749)

(4,359)

(590)

(686)

Finance income

15,468

16,935

2,434

2,665

PROFIT/(LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAX

24,179

(52,836)

3,804

(8,313)

INCOME TAX EXPENSE

(1,258)

(2,135)

(198)

(336)

PROFIT/(LOSS) FOR THE YEAR

22,921

(54,971)

3,606

(8,649)

ATTRIBUTABLE TO:

Owners of the Company

24,336

(48,152)

3,829

(7,576)

Non-controlling interests

(1,415)

(6,819)

(223)

(1,073)

22,921

(54,971)

3,606

(8,649)

(LOSS)/EARNINGS PER SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO
OWNERS OF THE COMPANY:

Basic and diluted

– Earnings/(loss) per share

0.78

(1.18)

0.12

(0.19)

 

CHINA NATURAL RESOURCES, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2020 AND 2021

(Amounts in thousands)

December 31,

2020

2021

2020

2021

CNY

CNY

US$

US$

(As adjusted*)

(As adjusted*)

ASSETS

NON-CURRENT ASSETS

Property, plant and equipment

1,203

715

189

112

Intangible assets

643

20,189

101

3,176

Right-of-use assets

3,560

2,351

560

370

Trade and bills receivable

31,676

9,501

4,984

1,495

Contract assets

111,689

91,035

17,573

14,323

Deferred tax assets

2,920

66

459

10

Other non-current assets

10

2

TOTAL NON-CURRENT ASSETS

151,691

123,867

23,866

19,488

CURRENT ASSETS

Inventories

838

986

132

155

Trade and bills receivable

29,771

41,526

4,684

6,533

Contract assets

14,558

15,331

2,290

2,412

Prepayments

384

2,236

60

352

Other receivables

1,920

86,201

302

13,562

Due from related companies

123,893

19,493

Other current assets

6,747

4,942

1,062

778

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

143,674

22,605

Cash and cash equivalents

56,580

58,359

8,902

9,182

TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS

378,365

209,581

59,530

32,974

TOTAL ASSETS

530,056

333,448

83,396

52,462

 

CHINA NATURAL RESOURCES, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2020 AND 2021

(Amounts in thousands)

December 31,

2020

2021

2020

2021

CNY

CNY

US$

US$

(As adjusted*)

(As adjusted*)

LIABILITIES

CURRENT LIABILITIES

Trade payables

28,621

21,118

4,503

3,321

Contract liabilities

690

690

109

108

Other payables and accruals

9,750

12,098

1,534

1,903

Income tax payable

18,612

9,254

2,928

1,456

Dividends payable

5,048

794

Interest-bearing loans and borrowings

3,000

3,000

472

472

Derivative financial liabilities

1,710

269

Lease liabilities

1,382

981

217

154

Due to related companies

79,459

5,710

12,502

898

Due to the Shareholder

7,149

14,050

1,125

2,211

TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES

148,663

73,659

23,390

11,586

NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES

Deferred tax liabilities

10,426

2,544

1,640

401

Lease liabilities

2,168

1,208

341

191

Interest-bearing loans and borrowings

77,000

74,000

12,115

11,643

TOTAL NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES

89,594

77,752

14,096

12,235

TOTAL LIABILITIES

238,257

151,411

37,486

23,821

(DEFICIENCY IN ASSETS)/EQUITY

Issued capital

419,091

450,782

65,938

70,924

Other capital reserves

787,987

719,110

123,977

113,141

Accumulated losses

(1,031,187)

(1,084,387)

(162,241)

(170,611)

Other comprehensive loss

(3,164)

(10,821)

(498)

(1,703)

EQUITY ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWNERS OF THE COMPANY

172,727

74,684

27,176

11,751

NON-CONTROLLING INTERESTS

119,072

107,353

18,734

16,890

TOTAL EQUITY

291,799

182,037

45,910

28,641

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

530,056

333,448

83,396

52,462

The consolidated statements of profits or loss of the Company for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2021 and the consolidated statements of financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2020 and 2021 have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board. The consolidated statements of profit or loss and the consolidated statements of financial position have been derived from and should be read in conjunction with the Company’s audited consolidated financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2021 contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 20-F as filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on May 17, 2022.

* The Company restated the comparative financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2020 to account for a common control transaction (the acquisition of Precise Space-Time Technology Limited and its wastewater treatment business) using the pooling of interest method.