Beowulf Mining PLC (BEM.L) Unaudited Financial Results Ended 30 June 2021

Beowulf (AIM: BEM; Spotlight: BEO), the mineral exploration and development company, announces its unaudited financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2021.

Overview of Activities in the Quarter

· On 20 April 2021, Beowulf published a letter that the Company’s Chairman, Sven Otto Littorin, had sent to Minister Baylan, Sweden’s Minister of Enterprise and Innovation, concerning the Company’s Kallak Iron Ore Project (“Kallak” or the “Kallak Project”) Exploitation Concession application. On 14 June 2021, the Company’s CEO, Kurt Budge, sent a further letter regarding this matter.

· On 19 May 2021, the Company co-sponsored, with Eurobattery Minerals AB, a webinar titled ‘Hållbar Gruvnäring’ (Sustainable Mining) in Stockholm aimed at educating stakeholders on the rapid increase in smart and green technologies and the demands this creates for new supply of innovation-critical metals and minerals.

The Swedish Government has set-up an inquiry aimed at ensuring a sustainable supply of innovation-critical metals and minerals from primary and secondary sources. It is recognised that sustainable and lasting access to innovation-critical metals and minerals is of great importance to Sweden, but at the same time, no new mine has been established in Sweden in over a decade.

· On 25 May 2021, the Company announced the results of a Mineral Resource Estimate (“MRE”) Upgrade for the Kallak Project in Sweden; an additional 19 million tonnes (“Mt”) of iron mineralisation, a 12.5 per cent resource increase, giving a Measured and Indicated Resource of 132 Mt grading 27.8 per cent iron (“Fe”) and an Inferred Mineral Resource of 39 Mt grading 27.1 per cent Fe.

· On 8 June 2021, via the Swedish Government, the Company received a copy of a letter written by UNESCO, dated 2 June 2021, with its comments on Beowulf’s application for an Exploitation Concession for Kallak. On 9 June 2021, the Company updated the market with its preliminary response to UNESCO’s findings.

· On 10 June 2021, Beowulf’s wholly-owned Finnish Subsidiary Oy Fennoscandian Resources Ab (“Fennoscandian”) was granted €791,000 by Business Finland, the equivalent of 50 per cent of a three-year €1.6 million budget for Fennoscandian’s ‘Spheronisation and Purification of Natural Graphite for the European Lithium-Ion Battery Market’ project. Sufficient funding will be made available from Beowulf to enable Fennoscandian to fund the balance of the project budget.

Fennoscandian has with immediate effect changed its name to Grafintec Oy.

· Beowulf announced that further to the UNESCO letter dated 2 June 2021 and the CEO’s letter to Minister Baylan dated 14 June 2021, on 18 June 2021 the Ministry of Enterprise (the “Ministry”) and Innovation invited the Company to submit any further comments regarding the UNESCO letter to the Ministry by 6 September 2021.

Post Period

· On 5 July 2021, Beowulf announced there were 607,748,200 Swedish Depository Receipts representing 73.4 per cent of the issued share capital of the Company. The remaining issued share capital of the Company is held in the UK.

· Beowulf announced, on 8 July 2021, the issue and allotment of 3,535,412 new ordinary shares of 1 pence each in the Company (the “Shares”) to satisfy an exercise of share options held by Kurt Budge, CEO (“Share Options”).

· On 14 July 2021, Beowulf announced the award of a Mining Study contract to Carci Mining Consultants Limited (“Carci”) for Kallak, to develop an open pit design and mining schedule based on the upgraded MRE.

· Beowulf announced, on 2 August 2021, the Company had invested a further £100,000 in Vardar Minerals Ltd (“Vardar”). The investment increases the Company’s ownership in Vardar from 48.4 per cent to approximately 49.4 per cent. Beowulf’s investment is funding advance procurement of necessary support equipment for drilling planned for Autumn 2021.

Kurt Budge, Chief Executive Officer of Beowulf, commented:

“Beowulf has a busy back end of the year to look forward to.

“We will be submitting our comments to the Swedish Government regarding the UNESCO letter on Kallak. Given Minister Baylan’s words in recent months about a decision once UNESCO had responded, the acceleration of fossil-free steel making in Sweden and the continued need for investment and new jobs in the north of Sweden, we remain optimistic that a decision will be ‘forthcoming’.

“On the back of an upgraded resource at Kallak, we have invested again and now await the results of the Mining Study, which will support discussions with The Swedish Transport Agency (Trafikverket), the Inlandsbanan (the Inland Railway) and emerging fossil-free steel producers in Norrbotten, such as H2 Green Steel.

“In Finland, Fennoscandian’s success with the grant of €791,000 by Business Finland is a tremendous boost and we look forward to applying these funds to our investment programmes especially the further development of our partnership with Epsilon Advanced Materials and the establishment of a Strategic Processing Hub in Finland. We will provide an update on developments in the next couple of months.

“Finally, we are looking forward to permits being renewed and the start of an intensive drilling campaign in Kosovo this Autumn.”

Financials

· The consolidated loss increased from H1 2020 at £394,475 to H1 2021 of £714,871.

· The underlying consolidated administrative costs of £718,293 for H1 2021 increased by £315,139 compared to the administrative cost of £403,154 for H1 2020. The variance is largely attributable to the foreign currency loss of £200,765 (2020: £5,395), this is primarily due to the retranslation of cash balances held in SEK, combined with an increase in directors’ remuneration and social security costs (£17,424), consultancy (£69,521), and research costs incurred in Fennoscandian relating to downstream processing of (£19,569).

· Consolidated basic and diluted loss per share for the period ended 30 June 2021 was 0.08 pence (H1 2020: profit of 0.06 pence).

· £4,408,639 in cash held at the period end (H1 2020: £620,940). The higher level of cash is attributable to fundraising activities completed in December 2020 which raised approximately £7.4 million before expenses.

· The cumulative translation losses held in equity attributable to the holders of the parent increased by £481,698 in the period ended 30 June 2021 to £938,970 (31 December 2020: gain of £592,079). Much of the Company’s exploration costs are in Swedish Krona and Euro which has weakened against the pound since 31 December 2020.

· At 30 June 2021, there were 607,748,200 Swedish Depository Receipts issued representing 73.4 per cent of the issued share capital of the Company. The remaining issued share capital of the Company is held in the UK as AIM securities.

Operational

Finland

· On 10 June 2021, Fennoscandian, was granted €791,000 by Business Finland, the equivalent of 50 per cent of a three-year €1.6 million budget for Fennoscandian’s ‘Spheronisation and Purification of Natural Graphite for the European Lithium-Ion Battery Market’ project. Sufficient funding will be made available from Beowulf to enable Fennoscandian to fund the balance of the project budget.

This work is part of the BATCircle 2.0 (Finland-based Circular Ecosystem of Battery Metals) consortium which has been granted €10.8 million by Business Finland as part of a total funding budget of €19.3 million.

Finland has high-quality natural flake graphite resources, and the opportunity exists to create a sustainable value chain for anode material markets in Finland and Europe.

The overall objectives of the project are to develop a chemical free technological solution, utilising renewable energy, to spheronise and purify graphite within a Finnish industrial ecosystem, for use in manufacturing lithium-ion battery anodes.

Sweden

· On 25 May 2021, the Company announced the results of a MRE Upgrade for the Kallak Project, which was prepared by Baker Geological Services Ltd.

An additional 19 Mt of iron ore mineralisation, a 12.5 per cent resource increase, was identified, with a Measured and Indicated Resource of 132 Mt grading 27.8 per cent Fe and an Inferred Mineral Resource of 39Mt grading 27.1 per cent Fe.

Three distinct areas of elevated copper and gold mineralisation have also been identified in drilling, running the length of the Kallak Project area, with elevated assay intersections predominantly lying on the boundaries of the iron mineralisation.

Copper grades reach up to 1.6 per cent, although this was the maximum possible value using the assay method employed at the time.

Gold grades reach up to 0.75 grammes per tonne from testwork completed in April 2021 on those pulp samples where the copper assay was more than 0.1 per cent.

In total, 30 samples were sent for gold assay with only five samples being below detection limit.

· On 8 June 2021, via the Swedish Government, the Company received a copy of a letter written by UNESCO, dated 2 June 2021, with its comments on Beowulf’s application for an Exploitation Concession for Kallak.

Comments from UNESCO suggested that:

· the Swedish Government seek a revised and extended In-Depth Assessment in assessing the impact of the proposed development [of the Kallak Iron Ore Project] on a World Heritage Property [Laponia] prior to any decision being taken to approve the mining exploitation;

· that the role of the Sami Parliament is relevant to the assessment of the impact of the proposed development on the World Heritage property; and

· that the Swedish Government should also consider how the practice of reindeer husbandry outside the property and directly related to reindeer husbandry within the property will be protected.

· On 9 June 2021, the Company’s CEO, Kurt Budge, wrote to Minister Baylan regarding the UNESCO letter.

Selected extracts from the letter are provided below:

‘On 8 June 2021, Beowulf Mining was notified by the Finansinspektionen, Sweden’s financial supervisory authority, whose role is to promote stability and efficiency in Sweden’s financial system as well as to ensure sustainability and an effective consumer protection, of UNESCO’s letter regarding our Kallak Iron Ore Project (“Kallak”) dated 2 June 2021.

Finansinspektionen wrote that UNESCO’s letter had been in the hands of members of the Swedish public (including elected Sami officials) for several days, with associated posts on social media.

At the time, Beowulf had not received a copy of UNESCO’s letter, but as the information was already in the public domain, with no explanation of its significance the market reacted strongly, left to draw its own conclusions. The Company’s share price fell over 10 per cent last week.

During the last six years, there have been several occasions where ‘market sensitive’ information has been made public before Beowulf has been informed. Each time damage has been caused to the Company’s share price, individual’s investments, including Swedish shareholders who now own 72 per cent of the Company, and Sweden’s reputation as a country in which to do business.

It is the Company’s experience that often public agencies do not understand what constitutes ‘market sensitive’ information or recognise the obligations of a public company to its shareholders and the equity markets. Once again, the Company is left to deal with the aftermath.

It is inaccurate to say that the Kallak case is complex because of competing interests, as an excuse for delaying a decision. National interests are a distraction. The evidence shows that mining and reindeer herding coexist across Sweden, in the very few places you actually find an operating mine, as there are only 12 in the Country.

Beowulf has satisfied the procedural and legal requirements to be granted the Concession and has the right to progress with its investment, project development and environmental permitting. This has been the case since Bergsstaten recommended to the Government that the Concession be awarded over 5.5 years ago.

We could have been in production now. With benchmark iron ore prices at over $200/tonne, Jokkmokk should have already been on the road to realising its economic transformation. The opportunity cost to stakeholders in Jokkmokk and Beowulf shareholders is considerable.’

Beowulf also announced that further to the UNESCO letter dated 2 June 2021 and the CEO’s letter to Minister Baylan dated 14 June 2021, on 18 June 2021 the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation (the “Ministry”) invited the Company to submit any comments regarding the UNESCO letter to the Ministry by 6 September 2021.

· On 14 July 2021, Beowulf announced the award of a Mining Study contract to Carci Mining Consultants for Kallak, to develop an open pit design and mining schedule based on the upgraded MRE.

The Mining Study will provide better definition for mining equipment selection, and product types, production volumes and specifications, which will support project development, discussions with The Swedish Transport Agency (Trafikverket), the Inlandsbanan (the Inland Railway) and emerging fossil-free steel producers in Norrbotten.

Corporate

· On 5 July 2021, Beowulf announced there were 607,748,200 Swedish Depository Receipts representing 73.4 per cent of the issued share capital of the Company. The remaining issued share capital of the Company is held in the UK.

· Beowulf announced, on 8 July 2021, the issue and allotment of 3,535,412 new ordinary shares of 1 pence each in the Company (the “Shares”) to satisfy an exercise of share options held by Kurt Budge, CEO (“Share Options”).

Kurt Budge exercised Share Options in respect of 9,000,000 shares, originally granted on 17 July 2015. The Share Options, as originally granted, had an exercise price of 1.66 pence per share and were due to be exercised no later than 17 July 2020 but the Company was in a Close Period associated with last year’s Capital Raising. The exercise period was extended, in July 2020, to 17 July 2021 in order to allow Mr Budge the opportunity to exercise the Share Options, which because of the time extension became non-tax advantaged. The Company opted, with Kurt Budge abstaining from this decision, to net settle the share option exercise with Kurt Budge paying the nominal value of the Shares being issued.

ESG

· Beowulf is a strong supporter of the Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”) and is currently reviewing how the Company can best proactively support their implementation in our areas of influence.

· The Company has adopted the following Disclosure Topics listed by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board for the Metals and Mining sector ( https://www.sasb.org/standards/ ) as material to the Company’s stakeholders:

· Energy Management including Green House Gas Emissions;

· Water Management;

· Biodiversity Impacts;

· Rights of Indigenous Peoples;

· Community Relations; and

· Business Ethics and Transparency.

· As at this time Beowulf has no active mining operations, these Disclosure Topics will be integrated into the Company’s policies, corporate strategy, project development plans and management systems.

· As the Company moves forward with its ESG agenda, it will be transparent in its communications, the progress it is making, and sustainability results.

· The Company is currently working on a Human Rights Policy.

Enquiries:

Beowulf Mining plc

Kurt Budge, Chief Executive Officer

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7583 8304


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