Rambler Metals & Mining Plc
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Rambler Metals & Mining Plc

December 14, 2010 09:30 ET

Rambler Metals and Mining PLC: First Quarter Results 2011 & Operational Highlights

LONDON, ENGLAND and BAIE VERTE, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2010) - Rambler Metals and Mining PLC (TSX VENTURE:RAB)(AIM:RMM) ("Rambler" or the "Company") today is pleased to report its financial results and operational highlights for the three months ended 31 October 2010. The principal activity of the Company is carrying out development and exploration at the Ming Mine, a copper and gold property located on Newfoundland and Labrador's Baie Verte Peninsula.

Significant Operational Achievements
  • Generated its first revenue during the quarter from a Toll Processing Agreement resulting in a gross operating profit of $374,000. This processing agreement was completed in November 2010.

  • Received permission from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to proceed with retrofit construction at the Nugget Pond Mill and the Mine Shaft Manway at the Ming mine. 

  • Completed the final Feasibility Study for the Ming Mine which envisages a pre-tax operating cash flow of US$71.0 million, Net Present Value of US$14.3 million discounted at 6%, payback of 1.5 years and an Internal Rate of Return of 23.7% over an initial 6 year Life of Mine. The Feasibility Study was carried out using the commodity prices of copper at US$3 per lbs, gold at US$1000 per oz and silver at US$14.50 per oz, all significantly below current price levels and forecasts. Initial capital costs were projected at US$25.5 million with Sustaining Capital estimated at US$27.9 million.

  • Submitted the Mine Development Plan to the Department of Natural Resources for final approval.

  • Received the second payment of US$2.0 million (CAD$2.03 million after commission) from Sandstorm Resources Ltd. and anticipating the final US$13.0 million following receipt of the Mine Development permit during Q2.

Financial Highlights (All expressed in CAD$)
  • During the quarter Rambler generated its first revenue from a toll milling agreement resulting in a gross profit of $374,000 thereby reducing the net loss for the quarter ended October 31, 2010 to $268,000 or $0.003 per share. This compares to a net loss of $676,000 for Q4/10 and $515,000 for Q1/10. 

  • Cash flows used for operating activities were $366,000 in Q1/11 compared to $813,000 in Q4/10 and $449,000 in Q1/10. The reduction in the cash utilized is due to cash generated from toll processing. The major components of the working capital changes are an increase in inventory and accounts receivable changes offset by an increase in trade payables.

  • During the quarter Rambler incurred costs of $2,612,000 on Mineral Properties, $676,000 on property, plant and equipment and $461,000 on exploration and evaluation of the Ming Mine.

  • At 13 December 2010, the Group has $4.9 million in cash and cash equivalents.

George Ogilvie, President and CEO, Rambler Metals & Mining commented;

"Development at the Ming Mine and Nugget Pond Mill is well underway and we are extremely pleased with the progress made on site and that the authorities have provided Rambler with environmental and the majority of the regulatory approvals. We will continue to put together an expert team of personnel and ensure all equipment is in place as we aim to bring the Ming Mine into production during 2011.

We are also pleased to have been able to carry out the toll milling arrangement with Tenacity which demonstrates Rambler's ability to process additional sources of ore in the Baie Verte Peninsula region."

About Rambler

Rambler Metals and Mining is Junior Mining Company that has 100% ownership of the Ming Copper-Gold Mine in Baie Verte, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Our objective is to become a mid-tier mining company by bringing the Ming Mine into production, discovering new deposits and through M&A's. Following the acquisition of the Ming Mine, Rambler, listed on the London AIM in 2005 and Toronto TSX-V in 2007.

The Ming property had been a former underground copper and gold producing mine that ceased production when the deposit reached a then third party property boundary. This neighbouring property was subsequently consolidated before being brought into Rambler's portfolio. Rambler now owns a 100% interest in the property.

The area where the mine is located is a former mining centre and subsequently good infrastructure exists including roads, fresh water, hydro, access to a working port while the town of Baie Verte, population 1,300 is located 17km away.

Over the last several years Rambler has been exploring on the property leading to the publication of three NI43-101 resource statements, a newly published reserve statement, the discovery of new mineralized lenses and the extension of pre-existing lenses. Today all mineralization remains open in multiple directions while, importantly, the deposit has not been cut-off at depth. The underground workings have been dewatered and services including air, water and electrical re-installed.

In October 2009, Rambler purchased an operational gold hydrometallurgical mill, Nugget Pond, which is situated approximately 40km from the Ming Mine. Rambler intends to expand the mill so that it is capable of handling massive sulphides from the Ming Mine and produce a copper concentrate with gold and silver as by-products. By utilizing the hydrometallurgical facility, in conjunction with the concentrator, the company anticipates increased gold recovery as well as recovering any free gold.

Following the successful publication of a positive Feasibility Study Rambler has now entered the construction phase of the project and expects to bring the Ming Mine back into production in 2011.

Forward Looking Statement:

Some of the statements contained herein may be forward-looking statement, which involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Without limitation, statements regarding future plans and objectives of the Company are forward looking statements that involve various degrees of risk. It is important to note that the Company's actual results could differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements.

Management's Discussion & Analysis ('MD&A')
 
For the Quarter Ended October 31, 2010
 
This MD&A, including appendices, is intended to help the reader understand Rambler Metals and Mining plc ('the parent company') and its subsidiaries (the 'Group' or 'Rambler'), our operations and our present business environment. It has been prepared as of December 13, 2010 and covers the results of operations for the quarter ended October 31, 2010. This discussion should be read in conjunction with the audited Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2010 and notes thereto. These consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and their interpretations adopted by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB"), as adopted by the European Union and with IFRS and their interpretations adopted by the IASB. The presentation currency is Canadian dollars. This is a change from previous MD&As which were presented in United Kingdom pounds sterling (GB pounds). Amounts previously reported in GB pounds have been translated at the closing exchange rate for balance sheet items and the average rate for income statement and cash flow items. These statements together with the following MD&A are intended to provide investors with a reasonable basis for assessing the potential future performance.
 
Rambler Metals and Mining plc
Muscott House
6a Meadrow
Godalming
Surrey GU7 3HL
U.K.
   
CONTENTS  
   
GROUP OVERVIEW 2
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FIRST QUARTER 2
FINANCIAL RESULTS 3
HEALTH AND SAFETY 3
OUTLOOK 4
CAPITAL PROJECTS UPDATE 5
FINANCIAL REVIEW 7
SUMMARY OF QUARTERLY RESULTS 8
LIQUIDITY, CAPITAL RESOURCES AND FINANCIAL POSITION 9
COMMITMENTS AND LOANS 11
RELATES PARTY TRANSACTIONS 11
APPENDIX 1 12
  SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION & REVIEW OF OVERALL PERFORMANCE 12
APPENDIX 2 13
  CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND ESTIMATES 13
  CHANGES IN ACCOUNTING POLICIES 15
APPENDIX 3 16
  OTHER MATTERS 16
  Outstanding Share & Option Data 16
  Forward Looking Information 16
  Further information 17

GROUP OVERVIEW

The principal activity of the Group is the development and exploration of the Ming Mine copper and gold property located on Newfoundland and Labrador's Baie Verte Peninsula. 

The parent company's Ordinary Shares trade on the London AIM market under the symbol "RMM" and the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "RAB".

The Group has established the following priorities:

  1. Safety and Environmental – including Loss Control, Security, and Closure activities.
  2. Expediting construction and development at both the Nugget Pond Mill and Ming Mine sites.
  3. Driving forward our exploration program.
  4. Achieve production in a sustainable way during calendar Q3 2011.

"The Group's directors and management believe that focussing on these priorities will provide the Group with the best opportunity to build a successful and long term mining operation."

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FIRST QUARTER
  • On 3 August 2010 the Group announced it had entered into a Toll Processing Agreement with Tenacity Gold Mining Co. Ltd. ("Tenacity"). Tenacity will deliver ore for processing from its Deer Cove and Stog'er Tight Gold Mines to the Group's Nugget Pond Mill. This processing arrangement officially commenced on 1 September 2010. Following Q1, the custom milling of this ore was completed including mill cleanout and mill operations employee layoffs.

  • On 10 August 2010 the Group received permission from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to proceed with retrofit construction at the Nugget Pond Mill and the Mine Shaft Manway at the Ming mine. Subsequently, contractors have mobilized on at both the Nugget Pond Mill and Ming Mine and construction has commenced. At the end of Q1, the footings for the mill expansion at Nugget Pond were 50% complete and the second egress in the Boundary Shaft had been completed to a depth of 160 feet.

  • On 26 August 2010 the Group released its final Feasibility Study for the Ming Mine indicating pre-tax operating cash flow of US$71.0 million, Net Present Value of US$14.3 million discounted at 6%, payback of 1.5 years and an Internal Rate of Return of 23.7% over an initial 6 year Life of Mine. Initial capital costs were projected at US$25.5 million with Sustaining Capital estimated at US$27.9 million.

  • On 31 August 2010, following Sandstorm Resources Ltd.'s ("Sandstorm") review and acceptance of the Feasibility Study, the Group signed an amended agreement which provides for a higher percentage gold payment to Sandstorm in the first year and also adds protective measures for Sandstorm on the throughput rates at the Ming Mine. On 8 September 2010 the second payment of US$2.0 million (CAD$2.03 million after commission) was received by the Group.

  • Effective 1 September 2010, following acceptance of the Ming Mine feasibility study by Sandstorm the Ming Mine project moved from pure Exploration & Evaluation into the Mine Development stage. Subsequently, all expenditures incurred in bringing the Ming Mine through the construction and development stage are now being capitalised to Mineral Properties.

  • On 30 September 2010, the Group submitted the Mine Development Plan to the Department of Natural Resources.

  • At quarter end a total of 51 employees were employed on with the Ming Mine project. During the latter part of Q1, twenty three offers were made and accepted to hire miners, tradesmen, and support staff for the Ming Mine operation.

  • During Q1, purchase orders were placed for major equipment in both the mine and mill expansion projects.

FINANCIAL RESULTS
  • During the quarter the Group generated its first revenue from a toll milling agreement resulting in a gross profit of $374,000 thereby reducing the net loss for the quarter ended October 31, 2010 to $268,000 or $0.003 per share. This compares to a net loss of $676,000 for Q4/10 and $515,000 for Q1/10. 

  • Cash flows utilized for operating activities were $366,000 in Q1/11 compared to $813,000 in Q4/10 and $449,000 in Q1/10. The reduction in the cash utilized is due to cash generated from toll processing. The major components of the working capital changes are an increase in inventory and accounts receivable changes offset by an increase in trade payables.

  • Cash resources (including short-term investments) as at October 31, 2010 were $7.5 million and as of December 13, 2010 had decreased to $4.9 million.

HEALTH AND SAFETY
  • The Group completed the quarter without any lost time accidents or medical add injuries.

  • The Health and Safety of the Group's employees continues to be a high priority.

  • There were no environmental incidents.

OUTLOOK
 
In the near future management expects to:
  • Continue work on the Nugget Pond Mill expansion, including finishing the foundation work and beginning steel erection.

  • Continue rehabilitation work in the Ming Mine Shaft, installing a manway to act as a second means of egress, commence surface construction at the Mine site, and order underground ancillary equipment.

  • Following receipt of the Ming Mine development permit from the Department of Natural Resources, anticipated in Q2, drawdown the final US$13M tranche of financing from Sandstorm.

  • Continue an active recruitment drive for key management positions and underground personnel for the Ming Mine.

  • Begin underground development in the Ming Mine to expose the 1807 ore zone and allow for updip and downdip exploration of the zone.

  • Begin a new Scoping Study focusing on the potential of mining the Lower Footwall Zone resource.

See 'Forward Looking Information' for a description of the factors that may cause actual results to differ from forecast.

CAPITAL PROJECTS UPDATE

During the quarter the Group incurred $2,612,000 on Mineral Property, $676,000 on property, plant and equipment and $461,000 on exploration and evaluation of the Ming Mine.

Mineral Property (capital development of Ming Mine) Q1/11 Q4/10 Q1/10
  $,000 $,000 $,000
       
Labour costs 243 - -
Consultancy expenses 744 - -
Contractors' costs 22 - -
General materials and other costs 144 - -
Surface development 48 - -
Underground development 293 - -
Finance costs 120 - -
Depreciation 187 - -
Reclamation and closure provision 811 - -
Total 2,612 - -

Effective September 1, 2010, following acceptance of the Ming Mine feasibility study by Sandstorm Resources Ltd., the Ming Mine project moved from pure Exploration & Evaluation into the Mine Development stage. Subsequently, all expenditures incurred in bringing the Ming Mine through the construction and development stage are now being capitalised to Mineral Properties.

Property, plant and equipment Q1/11 Q4/10 Q1/10
  $,000 $,000 $,000
       
Mill purchase and construction 439 4,671 -
Plant 166 12 1
Other assets 71 51 17
Total 676 4,734 18

Property, plant and equipment decreased during Q1/11 compared to Q4/10 as a result of the reclassification of the Nugget Pond mill from Long-term receivable on June 30, 2010 representing the return of the asset from Crew Gold Corporation following the end of the leasing arrangement originally entered into during the purchase in Q1/10.

Exploration and evaluation costs Q1/11 Q4/10   Q1/10
  $,000 $,000   $,000
         
Labour costs 126 411   301
Consultancy expenses 112 549   63
Operating costs 77 299   208
Finance costs 50 (63 ) -
Depreciation 96 403   462
Total 461 1,599   1,034

Effective September 1, 2010, following acceptance of the Ming Mine feasibility study by Sandstorm Resources Ltd., the Ming Mine project moved from pure Exploration & Evaluation into the Mine Development stage. As a result all construction and development costs associated with the Ming Mine project was subsequently expensed to Mineral Property asset directly which accounts for the large decrease experienced during Q1.

FINANCIAL REVIEW
 
Q1/11          
Results   Comparatives
($000's) Commentary Q4/10   B/ (W)*   Q1/10   B/ (W)  
985   Revenue was generated by the group for the first time from toll processing at the Nugget Pond Mill. The current processing agreement was completed in November 2010.   -   N/a   -   N/a  
611   Operating Costs relate to labour, material, consultancy and power costs for operating the mill for processing the ore under the toll processing agreement.   -   N/a   -   N/a  
683   General and administrative expenses were higher than the previous quarter by $156,000. Employment costs increased by $108,000 as a result of key management promotions and increases in employee related benefit obligations and share based payment expense, legal and professional fees increased by $30,000 due to legal fees for the AGM and travel and investor relation costs increased by $37,000. These increases were offset by savings in banking costs of $10,000 and general office expenses of $9,000.

In comparison to Q1/10 administrative expenses increased by $193,000. Employment costs increased by $146,000 for the reasons outlined above, legal and professional fees increased by $16,000 due to increased AGM costs and travel and investor relations also rose by $24,000 due to increased marketing activities.
  527   29 % 490   (39 %)
64   Foreign exchange losses arising on the Gold Loan reversed in Q1/11 as a result of the strengthening of the Canadian dollar against the US dollar during the quarter.   (145 ) 144 % -   N/a  
28   Exploration costs increased compared to the previous quarters as a result of the review of various opportunities in the Ming Mine area.   13   (115 )% 8   (250 )%
2,612   Mineral Properties. Mine development commenced during the quarter following the capitalisation of exploration and evaluation costs of $20.9 million on September 1, 2010. The group incurred costs of $2.6 million in the quarter including labour costs of $0.2 million, consultancy costs of $0.8 million, contractor and material costs of $0.5 million, depreciation of $0.2 million, finance costs of $0.1 million and reclamation and closure costs of $0.8 million   -   N/a   -   N/a  
676   Capital spending on property, plant and equipment reduced during the quarter compared to the previous quarter reflecting the lower spending on equipment for the mill refurbishment.

The increased from Q1/10 is due to the continued spending on equipment for the mill refurbishment which commenced in Q4/10.
  4,734   (86 )% 18   2,461 %
461   Capital spending on exploration and evaluation costs reduced during the quarter following the commencement of mine development on September 1, 2010.   1,499   (69 )% 1,034   (55 )%
*B / (W) = Better / (Worse)
 
SUMMARY OF QUARTERLY RESULTS
 
The quarterly results for the Group for the last eight fiscal quarters are set out in the following table.
 
Quarterly Results
(All amounts in 000s of Canadian Dollars, except Loss per share figures)
4th Quarter   3rd Quarter   2nd Quarter   1st Quarter  
Fiscal 2011                
Revenue             985  
Net Income/ (Loss)             (268 )
Loss per Share (Basic & Diluted)             (0.003 )
Fiscal 2010                
Revenue -   -   -   -  
Net Income/ (Loss) (676 ) (644 ) (591 ) (515 )
Loss per Share (Basic & Diluted) (0.008 ) (0.008 ) (0.007 ) (0.006 )
Fiscal 2009                
Revenue -   -   -      
Net Income/ (Loss) (470 ) (520 ) (631 )    
Loss per Share (Basic & Diluted) (0.008 ) (0.009 ) (0.010 )    

Losses for the third and fourth quarters of 2009 started to fall as a result of a cost reduction programme. Losses for the first quarter of 2010 increased slightly mainly as a result of the weakening of the GB Pound against the Canadian Dollar. Losses for the second quarter of 2010 further increased as a result of increased legal and professional charges in connection with financing options and the AGM. The continued weakening of the GB Pound against the Canadian Dollar resulted in a further increase in losses in the third quarter of 2010. Losses in the fourth quarter of 2010 increased as a result of an unrealised exchange loss offset by reductions in legal and professional charges and staff costs. Losses in the first quarter of 2011 reduced as a result of revenue from toll processing. 

LIQUIDITY, CAPITAL RESOURCES AND FINANCIAL POSITION

The Group's holding of cash balances is kept under constant review and surplus funds are held on deposit. Given the current climate, the Group has taken a very risk averse approach to management of cash resources and Management and Directors monitor events and associated risks on a continuous basis.

Cash and short-term investment resources, (cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments) were as follows:

Resource At October 31,
2010
$'000
2009
$'000
Cash $CDN 1,858 760
Cash $US 1,948 -
Cash GBP 135 5,051
Short-term Investments $CDN 3,225 831
Short-term Investments GBP 327 -
Total 7,493 6,642

Interest received on Canadian dollar deposits ranged from 0.065 – 1.07% during the quarter.

Net proceeds from financing activities during the quarter amounted to $1.9 million from the second advance received from the Gold loan of $2 million offset by finance lease repayments of $0.1 million.

Cash flows used in investing activities amounted to $1.9 million for the quarter. Investments included $0.5 million in a bearer deposit note, $0.7 million in mine development, $0.4 million on the Nugget Pond Mill, $0.1 million on property, plant and equipment and $0.2 million on continued exploration of the Ming Mine. The group is required to hold a Letter of Credit in favour of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in respect of the reclamation and closure liability at the existing Nugget Pond Mill facility, mill construction and the second means of egress at the Ming Mine site. At quarter end the Group holds bearer deposit notes totalling $1.87 million.

Under the Gold Loan agreement a further amount of US$13 million will be available as soon as the permits to start production for the Ming Mine have been awarded which are anticipated to be received in Q2. Management continue to evaluate possible sources of finance to provide sufficient working capital for the forthcoming 12 months and are confident that such funds will be raised. At 13 December 2010 the Group has $4.9 million in cash and cash equivalents with the proportion invested in short dated term deposits and bankers acceptances consistent with year end

Financial Instruments

The Group's financial instruments as at October 31, 2010 comprised of financial assets of cash and cash equivalents and trade and other receivables and financial liabilities comprised of trade payables; other payables; accrued expenses and interest bearing loans and borrowings.

All of the Group's financial liabilities are measured at amortised cost.

The board of directors determines, as required, the degree to which it is appropriate to use financial instruments and hedging techniques to mitigate risks. The main risks for which such instruments may be appropriate are foreign currency risk, liquidity risk, credit risk, interest rate risk and commodity price risk each of which is discussed in note 10 of the consolidated financial information for the quarter ended October 31, 2010. There were no derivative instruments outstanding at October 31, 2010.

The most significant change in risk during Q1 2011 is the credit risk on trade receivables related to the toll processing agreement of $268,000. During the quarter the Group invoiced $985,000 to a single customer of which $717,000 had been received by October 31, 2010 with the balance in early November, 2010. 

COMMITMENTS AND LOANS

At October 31, 2010, capital commitments made to third parties included:

Capital Commitments $000
Property, Plant and Equipment 5,700
Capital Development (2nd means of egress) 812
TOTAL 6,512

These commitments together with the ongoing evaluation and development of the mine will be partially financed from existing cash reserves from earlier equity fund raisings and cash provided under the terms of the Gold Loan agreement with Sandstorm Resources Ltd.

Purchase orders included mill equipment, groundwork and foundations, as well as steel fabrication and erection.

Details of interest bearing loans and borrowings are provided in note 6 of the unaudited consolidated financial information for the quarter ended October 31, 2010. 

The Group received an advance of US$ 2 million from the Gold Loan during the quarter. Under the Gold Loan agreement a further amount of US$13 million will be available as soon as the permits to start production for the Ming Mine have been awarded which are anticipated to be received in Q2.

RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

Details of related party transactions are included in note 8 of the unaudited consolidated financial information for the quarter ended October 31, 2010 and note 22 of the financial statements for the year ended July 31, 2010.

APPENDIX 1

SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION & REVIEW OF OVERALL PERFORMANCE

Financial Highlights
(All amounts in 000s of Canadian Dollars, except shares and per share figures)
Three months ended,  
  October 31, 2010   July 31, 2010   October 31, 2009  
Revenue 985   -   -  
Operating Expenses (611 ) -   -  
Exploration Expenditure (28 ) (13 ) (8 )
Administrative expenses (619 ) (672 ) (490 )
Net Income (loss) (268 ) (676 ) (515 )
Per share (basic and diluted) (0.000 ) (0.008 ) (0.008 )
Cash Flow used in operating activities (366 ) (813 ) (449 )
Cash Flow used in investing activities (1,941 ) (3,479 ) (4,038 )
Cash Flow from (used in) financing activities 1,924   (93 ) 8,895  
Net increase (decrease) in cash (382 ) (3,952 ) 4,407  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 7,494   8,000   6,642  
Total Assets 58,219   54,162   46,425  
Total Liabilities (11,555 ) (7,338 ) (1,691 )
Working Capital 7,115   8,461   5,164  
Weighted average number of shares outstanding 95,485   83,581   62,374  
Loss per share (0.003 ) (0.008 ) (0.008 )

APPENDIX 2

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.

Going Concern

The Group's ability to continue as a going concern, and the recoverability of its mineral properties, is dependent on the copper and gold prices, its ability to fund its development and exploration programs, and to manage and generate positive cash flows from operations in the future. 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.

In common with many exploration companies, the Group raises finance for its exploration and appraisal activities in discrete tranches. In August 2010, the Group released its final NI43-101 Feasibility Study for the Ming Mine Copper Gold Project. This enabled the Group to draw down the second instalment of the Gold Loan (see commitments and loan section above) of US$2 million. Under the Gold Loan agreement a further amount of US$13 million will be available as soon as the permits to start production for the Ming mine have been awarded. The Directors and management continue to evaluate possible sources of finance to provide sufficient project finance and working capital for the forthcoming 12 months. Whilst they and are confident that such funds will be raised and have therefore concluded that the Group is a going concern, there is no certainty that such funds will be available when needed.

Share-based payments

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 July 31, 2010.

Gold Loan

The Group calculates the effective interest rate on the Gold Loan based on estimates of future cash flows arising from the sale of payable gold (see note 5 to the Unaudited Consolidated Financial Information for the Quarter ended October 31, 2010).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 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 exploration and evaluation costs and the corresponding Gold Loan liability.

The financial statements do not reflect the adjustments to the carrying values of assets and liabilities and the reported expenses and balance sheet classifications that would be necessary were the going concern assumption inappropriate, and these adjustments could be material.

Mineral Property and Exploration and Evaluation Costs

The directors have assessed whether there are any indicators of impairment in respect of mineral property and exploration and evaluation costs. In making this assessment they have considered the Group's business plan which includes resource estimates, future processing capacity, the forward market and longer term price outlook for copper and gold. Resource estimates have been based on the most recently filed NI43-101 report. Management's estimates of these factors are subject to risk and uncertainties affecting the recoverability of the Group's mineral property and exploration and evaluation costs. Any changes to these estimates may result in the recognition of an impairment charge with a corresponding reduction in the carrying value of such assets. After consideration of the above factors, the directors do not consider that there are any indicators that mineral property and exploration and evaluation costs are impaired at the year end.

Closure Costs

The Group has an obligation to reclaim its properties after the minerals have been mined from the site, and has estimated the costs necessary to comply with existing reclamation standards. These estimates are recorded as a liability at their fair values in the periods in which they occur. If the estimate of reclamation costs proves to be inaccurate, the Group could be required to increase the provision for site closure and reclamation costs, which would increase the amount of future reclamation expense, resulting in a reduction in the Group's earnings and net assets.

CHANGES IN ACCOUNTING POLICIES

In the current quarter, new and revised standards which have been adopted have not affected the disclosures presented in these financial statements.

No standards issued but not yet effective have been adopted early.

International Financial Reporting Standards that have recently been issued or amended but are not yet effective have not been adopted for the annual reporting period ended July 31, 2011:

IFRS /Amendment   Title   Nature of change to accounting policy   Application date of standard   Application date for Group
Various   Annual Improvements to IFRSs   No change to accounting policy, therefore, no impact   Various   1 August 2011
IAS 24 revised   Related Party Disclosures   No change to accounting policy, therefore, no impact   1 January 2011   1 August 2011
IFRS 9   Financial instruments: Classification and Measurement   No change to accounting policy, therefore, no impact   1 January 2013   1 August 2013
                 

Management have reviewed the impact of the above standards and interpretations and have concluded that they will not result in any material changes to reported results.

Details of the main accounting policies of the Group are included in note 2 of the financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2010. Additional accounting policies have been applied in the current quarter are explained note 2 of the Unaudited Consolidated Financial Information for the Quarter ended October 31, 2010.

APPENDIX 3

OTHER MATTERS

Outstanding Share & Option Data

As at the date of this MD&A the following securities are outstanding:

Security Shares issued or Issuable   Weighted Average Exercise Price
Common Shares 95,485,000     --
Options 4,232,000*   $ 0.47
   *if all options have fully vested

Effective 1 January 2011, Mr. Peter Mercer will assume the role of Corporate Secretary in conjunction with his other duties as VP Corporate Development. Mr. Leslie Little, the Corporate Secretary, will be retiring at the end of the calendar year. For future assistance please contact Mr. Mercer directly at 709-532-4990.

Forward Looking Information

This MD&A contains "forward-looking information" which may include, but is not limited to, statements with respect to the future financial or operating performance of the Group, its subsidiaries and its projects, exploration expenditures, costs and timing of the development of new deposits, costs and timing of future exploration, requirements for additional capital, government regulation of mining exploration, environmental risks, title disputes or claims and limitations of insurance coverage. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", or "believes" or variations (including negative variations) of such words and phrases, or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the parent company and/or its subsidiaries to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties; the actual results of current exploration activities; conclusions of economic evaluations; fluctuations in the relative value of United States dollars, Canadian dollars and British Pounds; changes in planned parameters as plans continue to be refined; future prices of metals and commodities; possible variations of ore grade or recovery rates; failure of equipment; accidents and other risks of the mining exploration industry; political instability, insurrection or war; delays in obtaining governmental approvals or financing or in the completion of development or construction activities, as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in this MD&A. Although the Group has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended. Forward-looking statements contained herein are made as of the date of this MD&A and the Group disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

Further information

Additional information relating to the Group is on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the Group's web site at www.ramblermines.com.

Unaudited Consolidated Financial Information
 
For the Quarter Ended 31 October 2010

The accompanying financial information for the quarter ended 31 October 2010 and 31 October 2009 have not been reviewed or audited by the Group's auditors and has an effective date of 13 December 2010.

Rambler Metals and Mining Plc
 
Unaudited Consolidated income statement
 
For the Quarter Ended 31 October 2010
(EXPRESSED IN CANADIAN DOLLARS)
 
    Quarter ended 31 October 2010   Quarter ended 31 October 2009  
    $,000   $,000  
Revenue   985   -  
Cost of sales   (611 ) -  
Gross profit   374   -  
           
Administrative expenses   (683 ) (490 )
Exploration expenses   (28 ) (8 )
Operating loss   (337 ) (498 )
           
Bank interest receivable   18   1  
Finance costs   (13 (18
Foreign exchange differences   64   -  
Net financing income/(expense)   69   (17 )
           
Loss before tax   (268 ) (515 )
           
Income tax credit   -   -  
           
Loss for the period and attributable to owners of the parent   (268 ) (515 )
           
Loss per share          
    Quarter ended 31 October 2010   Quarter ended 31 October 2009  
    $   $  
           
Basic and diluted loss per share   (0.003 ) (0.008 )
 
Unaudited Consolidated statement of comprehensive income
 
For the Quarter Ended 31 October 2010
(EXPRESSED IN CANADIAN DOLLARS)
 
    Quarter ended 31 October 2010   Quarter ended 31 October 2009  
    $,000   $,000  
           
Loss for the period   (268 ) (515 )
           
Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations (net of tax)   4   146  
Other comprehensive loss for the quarter   4   146  
           
Total comprehensive loss for the period and attributable to the owners of the parent   (264 ) (369 )
       
           
Rambler Metals and Mining Plc
 
Consolidated balance sheet
 
As at 31 October 2010
(EXPRESSED IN CANADIAN DOLLARS)
  Note   Unaudited   Audited  
      31 October 2010   31 July 2010  
      $,000   $,000  
Assets            
  Property, plant and equipment 3   7,795   7,461  
  Mineral Properties 4   23,514   -  
  Intangible assets 5   16,610   37,051  
Total non-current assets     47,919   44,512  
             
  Inventory     83   -  
  Trade and other receivables     847   285  
  Cash and cash equivalents     7,493   8,000  
  Restricted cash     1,877   1,365  
Total current assets     10,300   9,650  
Total assets     58,219   54,162  
             
Equity            
  Issued capital     1,863   1,863  
  Share premium     51,532   51,532  
  Merger reserve     214   214  
  Translation reserve     29   25  
  Accumulated losses     (6,974 ) (6,811 )
Total equity     46,664   46,823  
             
Liabilities            
  Interest-bearing loans and borrowings 6   7,560   5,591  
  Provision 7   810   559  
Total non-current liabilities     8,370   6,150  
             
  Interest-bearing loans and borrowings 6   393   388  
  Trade and other payables     2,792   800  
Total current liabilities     3,185   1,188  
Total liabilities     11,555   7,338  
Total equity and liabilities     58,219   54,162  
 
Rambler Metals and Mining Plc
 
Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity
 
    Share capital   Share premium     Merger reserve   Translation reserve     Accumulated Losses     Total  
(EXPRESSED IN CANADIAN DOLLARS)   $,000   $,000     $,000   $,000     $,000     $,000  
Group                                
Audited                                
Balance at 1 August 2009   1,255   39,296     214   50     (4,638 )   36,177  
Comprehensive loss                                
Loss for the year   -   -     -   -     (2,426 )   (2,426 )
Foreign exchange translation differences   -   -     -   (25 )   -     (25 )
Total other comprehensive loss   -   -     -   (25 )   -     (25 )
Total comprehensive loss for the year   -   -     -   (25 )   (2,426 )   (2,451 )
Transactions with owners                                
Issue of share capital   608   13,128     -   -     -     13,736  
Share issue expenses   -   (892 )   -   -     -     (892 )
Share-based payments   -   -     -   -     253     253  
Transactions with owners   608   12,236     -   -     253     13,097  
Balance at 31 July 2010   1,863   51,532     214   25     (6,811 )   46,823  
Unaudited                                
Balance at 1 August 2010   1,863   51,532     214   25     (6,811 )   46,823  
Comprehensive loss                                
Loss for the period   -   -     -         (268 )   (268 )
Foreign exchange translation differences   -   -     -   4     -     4  
Total other comprehensive income   -   -     -   4     -     4  
Total comprehensive income for the period   -   -     -   4     (268 )   (264 )
Transactions with owners                                
Share-based payments   -   -     -   -     105     105  
Transactions with owners   -   -     -   -     105     105  
Balance at 31 October 2010   1,863   51,532     214   29     (6,974 )   46,664  
 
Rambler Metals and Mining Plc
 
Unaudited statements of cash flows
 
For the Quarter Ended 31 October 2010
(EXPRESSED IN CANADIAN DOLLARS)
 
    Quarter ended 31 October 2010     Quarter ended 31 October 2009  
    $,000     $,000  
Cash flows from operating activities            
Operating loss   (273 )   (498 )
Depreciation   39     39  
Share based payments   98     55  
Increase in inventory   (83 )   -  
Increase in receivables   (561 )   (75 )
Increase in payables   427     48  
Cash generated utilised in operations   (353 )   (431 )
Interest paid   (13 )   (18 )
Net cash utilised for operating activities   (366 )   (449 )
             
Cash flows from investing activities            
Interest received   18     1  
Purchase of bearer deposit note   (512 )   -  
Acquisition of evaluation and exploration assets   (234 )   (508 )
Acquisition of mineral properties   (701 )   -  
Acquisition of property, plant and equipment   (512 )   (32 )
Prepayment for acquisition of property, plant and equipment   -     (3,500 )
Net cash from investing activities   (1,941 )   (4,039 )
             
Cash flows from financing activities            
Proceeds from issue of share capital   -     9,511  
Payment of share issue expenses   -     (590 )
Proceeds from issue of share options   6     3  
Proceeds from Gold Loan (note 6)   2,012     -  
Capital element of finance lease payments   (94 )   (29 )
Net cash from financing activities   1,924     8,895  
             
Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents   (383 )   4,407  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   8,000     2,089  
Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held   (124 )   146  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   7,493     6,642  

Rambler Metals and Mining Plc

Unaudited Notes to the financial statements

1. Nature of operations and going concern

The principal activity of the Group is the development and exploration programme of the Ming Mine copper and gold property in Baie Verte, Newfoundland, Canada.

The Group's ability to continue as a going concern, and the recoverability of its mineral properties, is dependent on the copper and gold prices, its ability to fund its development and exploration programs, and to manage and generate positive cash flows from operations in the future. 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.

In common with many exploration companies, the Group raises finance for its exploration and appraisal activities in discrete tranches. In August 2010, the Group released its final NI43-101 Feasibility Study for the Ming Mine Copper Gold Project. This enabled the Group to draw down the second instalment of the Gold Loan (see note 6) of US$2 million. Under the Gold Loan agreement a further amount of US$13 million will be available as soon as the permits to start production for the Ming Mine have been awarded. The Directors and management continue to evaluate possible sources of finance to provide sufficient project finance and working capital for the forthcoming 12 months. Whilst they and are confident that such funds will be raised and have therefore concluded that the Group is a going concern, there is no certainty that such funds will be available when needed.

2. Accounting policies

Details of the main accounting policies of the Group are included in note 2 of the financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2010. The following additional accounting policies have been applied in the current quarter:

Inventory

Operating supplies are valued at the lower of cost and net realisable value. Cost is determined on an average cost basis.

Revenue recognition

Revenue comprises the fair value of the consideration received or receivable for the sale of goods and services in the ordinary course of the Group's activities. Revenue is shown net of sales tax.

The group recognises revenue when the amount of the revenue can be reliably measured, it is probable that future economic benefits will flow to the entity and when specific criteria have been met as described below:

Toll processing

The Group processes ore at its milling facility. Sales of this service are recognised as the ore is processed. The customer is invoiced based on tonnes processed each month at the price specified in the toll processing agreement.

Mineral properties

Upon transfer of 'Exploration and evaluation costs' into 'Mineral Properties', all subsequent expenditure on the construction, installation or completion of infrastructure facilities is capitalised within 'Mineral Properties'. Development expenditure is net of proceeds from all but the incidental sale of ore extracted during the development phase.

3. Property, plant and equipment

                                 
  Land and buildings   Assets under construction   Motor vehicles     Plant and equipment   Fixtures, fittings and equipment   Computer equipment     Total  
  $,000   $,000   $,000     $,000   $,000   $,000     $,000  
Cost                                
Balance at 1 August 2009 1,025   8   118     6,019   54   496     7,720  
Acquisitions 71   5,191   -     19   2   46     5,329  
Effect of movements in foreign exchange -   -   -     -   -   (1 )   (1 )
Balance at 31 July 2010 1,096   5,199   118     6,038   56   541     13,048  
                                 
Balance at 1 August 2010 1,096   5,199   118     6,038   56   541     13,048  
Acquisitions 1   439   43     165   4   24     676  
Disposals -   -   (39 )   -   -   -     (39 )
Balance at 31 October 2010 1,097   5,638   122     6,203   60   565     13,685  
                                 
Depreciation and impairment losses                                
Balance at 1 August 2009 524   -   18     2,926   31   191     3,690  
Depreciation charge for the period 251   -   33     1,456   13   145     1,898  
Effect of movements in foreign exchange -   -   -     -   -   (1 )   (1 )
Balance at 31 July 2010 775   -   51     4,382   44   335     5,587  
                                 
Balance at 1 August 2010 775   -   51     4,382   44   335     5,587  
Depreciation charge for the period 36   -   9     238   3   37     323  
On disposals -   -   (20 )   -   -   -     (20 )
Balance at 31 October 2010 811   -   40     4,620   47   372     5,890  
                                 
Carrying amounts                                
At 1 August 2009 501   8   100     3,093   23   305     4,030  
At 31 July 2010 321   5,199   67     1,656   12   206     7,461  
                                 
At 1 August 2010 321   5,199   67     1,656   12   206     7,461  
At 31 October 2010 286   5,638   82     1,583   13   193     7,795  
                                 

4. Mineral Properties

  Mineral Property
  $,000
Cost  
   
Balance at 1 August 2010 -
Transfer from exploration and evaluation costs 20,902
Acquisitions 2,612
Balance at 31 July 2010 23,514
Carrying amounts  
At 1 August 2010 -
At 31 October 2010 23,514
   

On 31 August 2010 the Group's feasibility study was accepted by Sandstorm (see note 6) thereby resulting in management's decision to move into mine development. As a result, evaluation and exploration costs of $20.9 million relating to the Massive Sulfide Ore Zones of the Ming Mine were transferred to Mineral Properties

5. Intangible assets

  Exploration and evaluation Costs  
  $,000  
Cost    
     
Balance at 1 August 2009 31,476  
Acquisitions 5,575  
Balance at 31 July 2010 37,051  
     
Balance at 1 August 2010 37,051  
Acquisitions 461  
Transfer to mineral properties (20,902 )
Balance at 31 July 2010 16,610  
Carrying amounts    
At 1 August 2009 31,476  
At 31 July 2010 37,051  
     
At 1 August 2010 37,051  
At 31 October 2010 16,610  
     

6. Interest-bearing loans and borrowings

This note provides information about the contractual terms of the Group's interest-bearing loans and borrowings. For more information about the Group's exposure to interest rate and foreign currency risk, see note 10. 

    31 October 2010   31 July 2010
    $,000   $,000
Non-current liabilities        
Bank loan   29   29
Finance lease liabilities   329   412
Gold Loan   7,202   5,150
    7,560   5,591
         
Current liabilities        
Current portion of bank loan   3   3
Current portion of finance lease liabilities   390   385
    393   388
 
Finance lease liabilities
Finance lease liabilities are payable as follows:
 
    Minimum lease Payments 31 October 2010   Interest 31 October 2010   Principal 31 October 2010   Minimum lease Payments 31 July 2010   Interest 31 July 2010   Principal 31 July 2010
    $,000   $,000   $,000   $,000   $,000   $,000
Less than one year   427   37   390   426   41   385
Between one and five years   342   13   329   427   16   412
    769   50   719   853   57   797

Under the terms of the lease agreements, no contingent rents are payable.

The bank loan is secured by way of a fixed charge over a property and is repayable in monthly instalments of $384 over 12 years.

Gold Loan

During the previous year, the Group entered into an agreement ("Gold Loan") with Sandstorm Resources Ltd to sell a portion of the life-of-mine gold production from its Ming Mine.

Under the terms of the agreement Sandstorm Resources Ltd. will make staged upfront cash payments for the gold to the Group totalling US$20 million. Payment milestones are as follows:

  • US$5 million available immediately and received on 10 March 2010;
  • US$2 million on completion of a NI43-101 feasibility study and received on 8 September 2010;
  • US$13 million when Rambler is awarded all permits required for the Ming mine to start production (outstanding at the date of these financial statements).

For this, the Group has agreed to sell 32% of the payable gold in the first year of production. In each production year following the first year of production until 175,000oz of payable gold a percentage equal to 25% x (85% divided by the actual percentage of metallurgical recovery of gold realized in the immediately preceding production year) provided that, if the payable gold production in any production year after the third production year is less than 15,000 ounces, then in each such production year, Sandstorm payable gold shall not be less than 25% of the payable gold. In each production year following the first year of production after 175,000oz of payable gold has been produced a percentage equal to 12% x (85% divided by the actual percentage of metallurgical recovery of gold realized in the immediately preceding production year) provided that, if the payable gold production in any production year after the third production year is less than 15,000 ounces, then in each such production year, Sandstorm payable gold shall not be less than 12% of the payable gold for the remainder of the period ending 40 years after the date of the agreement. After the expiry of the 40 year term, the agreement is renewable in 10 year terms at the option of Sandstorm Resources Ltd. 

A 4.5% cash commission is payable with each payment received under the agreement.

There are certain circumstances in which the Gold Loan may be repaid earlier than by the delivery of payable gold as follows:

  1. If within 18 months of 4 March 2010 (the date of the agreement) the Ming Mine has not started producing gold any amounts advanced will become repayable on demand together with interest at a rate of 8% per annum.
  2. If within 24 months of the date that gold is first produced, the Ming Mine has not produced and sold a minimum of 24,000oz of payable gold then a portion of the US$20 million will be repayable based on the shortfall of payable gold.
  3. Within the first 36 months of Commercial production of gold any shortfall in the value of payable gold below the following amounts will be required to be paid in cash:
    • within the first 12 months – US$3.6 million
    • within the second 12 months – US $3.6 million
    • within the third 12 months – US$3.1 million

The Gold Loan is accounted for as a financial liability carried at amortised cost. In determining the effective interest rate implicit in the cash flows arising from the loan the cash flows are forecast at each quarter end based on management's best estimates of the time of delivery of payable gold, the total amount of gold expected to be produced over the mine life and the timing of that production.

Total interest of $169,341 was accrued during the quarter. $49,906 was included in exploration and evaluation expenditure and $119,435 charged to mineral properties.

7. Provisions

  31 October 2010   31 July 2010
  $,000   $,000
Reclamation and closure provision      
At 1 August 2010 559   -
Provision during the period 240   559
Unwinding of discount 11   -
At 31 October 2010 810   559

The reclamation and closure provision has been made in respect of costs of land restoration and rehabilitation expected to be incurred at the end of the Nugget Pond Mill's useful life, mill construction and the second means of egress at the Ming Mine site. The provision has been calculated based on the present value of the expected future cash flows associated with reclamation and closure activities as required by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The provision relates to restoration of the mill and mine sites. The liability is secured by a letters of credit totalling $1.87 million.

8. Related parties

Transactions with key management personnel

Total key management personnel compensations were as follows:

  3 months to 31.10.10   3 months to 31.10.09
  $,000   $,000
Salaries 103   88
Share based payments 25   17
  128   105

Directors' fees of $58,813 remained outstanding at October 31, 2010 (July 31, 2010: $38,738).

9. Share-based payments

The number and weighted average exercise prices of share options are as follows:

    Weighted average exercise price
31 October 2010
  Number of options
31 October 2010
    Weighted average exercise price
31 July 2010
  Number of options
31 July 2010
 
    $   No. 000     $   No. 000  
Outstanding at the beginning of the period   0.467   3,952     0.416   3,313  
Granted during the period   0.436   380     0.500   704  
Cancelled during the period   0.190   (100 )   0.890   (65 )
Outstanding and exercisable at the end of the period   0.471   4,232     0.467   3,952  
                     

The options outstanding at 31 October 2010 have an exercise price in the range of $0.19 to $1.10 and a weighted average remaining contractual life of 8 years (31 July 2010: 9 years).

The fair value of services received in return for share options granted are measured by reference to the fair value of share options granted. The estimate of the fair value of the services received is measured based on the Black-Scholes model. The contractual life of the option (10 years) is used as an input into this model. Expectations of early exercise are incorporated into the Black-Scholes model.

Fair value of share options and assumptions 3 months to 31.10.10     3 months to 31.10.09  
  $,000     $,000  
Fair value at measurement date 100     52  
           
Share price (weighted average) 0.436     0.444  
Exercise price (weighted average) 0.436     0.444  
Expected volatility (expressed as weighted average volatility used in the modelling under Black-Scholes model) 75.0 %   65.3 %
Expected option life 5     5  
Expected dividends 0     0  
Risk-free interest rate (based on national government bonds) 2.50 %   4.30 %

The expected volatility is based on the historic volatility (calculated based on the weighted average remaining life of the share options), adjusted for any expected changes to future volatility due to publicly available information.

There are no performance or market conditions associated with the share option grants.

  3 months to 31.10.10   3 months to 31.10.09
  $,000   $,000
Total expense recognised as employee costs 98   55

10. Financial risk management

The Group's principal financial assets comprise: cash and cash equivalents and other receivables. In addition the Company's financial assets include amounts due from subsidiaries. The Group and Company's financial liabilities comprise: trade payables; other payables; and accrued expenses. The Group's financial liabilities also include interest bearing loans and borrowings.

All of the Group's and Company's financial liabilities are measured at amortised cost and their financial assets are classified as loans and receivables.

The board of directors determines, as required, the degree to which it is appropriate to use financial instruments and hedging techniques to mitigate risks. The main risks for which such instruments may be appropriate are foreign exchange risk, interest rate risk, credit risk and liquidity risk each of which is discussed below. There were no derivative instruments outstanding at 31 October 2010.

Foreign currency risk 

The Group's cash resources are held in GB pounds and Canadian Dollars and the Gold Loan is repayable in US dollars. The Group has a downside exposure to any strengthening of the GB pound as this would increase expenses in Canadian dollar terms. This risk is mitigated by reviewing the holding of cash balances in GB pounds. Any weakening of the GB pound would however result in the reduction of the expenses in Canadian dollar terms and preserve the Group's cash resources. In addition, any such movements would affect the Consolidated Balance Sheet when the net assets of the Parent Company are translated into Canadian dollars. The Group has a downside exposure to any strengthening of the US dollar as this would increase the amount repayable on the Gold Loan in Canadian dollar terms. This risk, however, is relevant only should the Gold Loan be repaid in cash under terms set out in note 6. Repayment is envisaged in payable gold which is denominated in US dollars. Once the Mine is in production, this will mitigate this foreign currency risk.

Previously the Group's results had been presented in GB pounds. Since the Group's main assets are held in Canada which has a Canadian dollar functional currency, the Directors and management decided to change the presentational currency to Canadian dollars for Fiscal 2010, This significantly reduces the effect on the Group's balance sheet of movements in the GB pound to the Canadian Dollar. The Group does not hedge its exposure of foreign investments held in foreign currencies. There is no significant impact on profit or loss from foreign currency movements associated with the Parent company's assets and liabilities as the foreign currency gains or losses are recorded in the translation reserve.

Exchange rate fluctuations may adversely affect the Group's financial position and results. The following table details the Group's sensitivity to a 10% strengthening and weakening in the GB pound against the Canadian/US Dollar. 10% represents management's assessment of the reasonable possible exposure.

  Equity  
  31 October 2010     31 July 2010  
  $,000     $,000  
10% strengthening of GB pound 34     53  
10% weakening of GB pound (31 )   (47 )
10% strengthening of US dollar (721 )   (515 )
10% weakening of US dollar 655     468  

Liquidity risk

Prior to Q3 2010 the Group had relied on shareholder funding to finance its operations. During Q3, 2010 the Group entered into a financing arrangement in US dollars (see note 6). With finite cash resources and no material income, the liquidity risk is significant. This risk is managed by controls over expenditure and concentrating on achieving the payment milestones under the financing arrangement. Success will depend largely upon the outcome of ongoing and future exploration and development programmes. Given the nature of the Group's current activities the entity will remain dependent on a mixture of debt and equity funding in the short to medium term until such time as the Group becomes self-financing from the commercial production of mineral resources. The liabilities of the parent company are due within one year. The parent company has adequate financial resources to meet the obligations existing at 31 October 2010.

The Group's and Company's trade payables, other payables and accrued expenses are generally due between one and three months and the Group's financial liabilities are due as follows:

Financial liabilities

At the year end the analysis of finance leases, hire purchase contracts and bank loans which were all due in Canadian Dollars and are at fixed interest rates was as follows:

Fixed rate liabilities 31 October 2010   31 July 2010
  $,000   $,000
Due within one year 393   388
Due within one to two years 273   374
Due within two to three years 30   22
Due within three to four years 27   24
Due within four to five years 12   5
Due after five years 16   16
  751   829

The average fixed interest rate for the finance leases and hire purchase contracts outstanding at 31 October 2010 was 5.50%.

Credit risk

With effect from July 2007, the Group has held the majority of its cash resources in Canadian Dollars given that the majority of the Group's outgoings are denominated in this currency. As at 31 October 2010, 71% of the Group's cash resources were invested in a short dated term deposits and bankers acceptances. Given the current climate, the Group has taken a very risk averse approach to management of cash resources and management and Directors monitor events and associated risks on a continuous basis. During the quarter the Group invoiced $985,000 to a single customer of which $717,000 had been received by October 31, 2010 and the balance in early November 2010.There is little perceived credit risk in respect of other receivables. The Group's maximum exposure to credit risk at 31 October 2010 was represented by receivables and cash resources.

Interest rate risk

The Group's policy is to retain its surplus funds on the most advantageous term of deposit available up to twelve month's maximum duration. Details of the Group's borrowings are described in note 6. If the interest rate on deposits were to fluctuate by 1% there would be no material effect on the Group's reported result.

Commodity price risk

Commodity price risk is the risk that the Group's future earnings will be adversely impacted by changes in the market prices of commodities. The Group is exposed to commodity price risk as its future revenues will be derived based on contracts with customers at prices that will be determined by reference to market prices of copper and gold at the delivery date.

The Group calculates the effective interest rate on the Gold Loan based on estimates of future cash flows arising from the sale of payable gold. In estimating the cash flows the following table details the Group's sensitivity to a 10% increase and a 25% decrease in the price of gold. These percentages represent management's assessment of the reasonable possible exposure.

  Gross assets  
  31 October 2010     31 July 2010  
  $,000     $,000  
10% increase in the price of gold (68 )   (37 )
25% decrease in the price of gold 184     106  

Financial assets

The floating rate financial assets comprise interest earning bank deposits at rates set by reference to the prevailing LIBOR or equivalent to the relevant country. Fixed rate financial assets are cash held on fixed term deposit.

At the period end the cash and short term deposits were as follows:

At 31 October 2010   Fixed rate assets   Floating rate Assets   Total   Average period for which rates are fixed   Average interest rates for fixed rate assets
                     
    $,000   $,000   $,000   Months   %
Sterling   327   135   462   1   0.25
US $   -   1,948   1,948   -   -
Canadian $   3,225   1,858   5,083   1   0.89
    3,552   3,941   7,493        
                     
At 31 July 2010                    
    $,000   $,000   $,000   Months   %
Sterling   484   67   551   1   0.25
Canadian $   6,351   1,098   7,449   2   0.35
    6,835   1,165   8,000        

Fair values

In the directors' opinion there is no material difference between the book value and fair value of any of the group's financial instruments.

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Contact Information

  • Rambler Metals and Mining Canada Limited
    George Ogilvie, P.Eng.
    President and CEO
    709-532-4990
    or
    Rambler Metals & Mining Plc
    Peter Mercer
    Company Secretary
    +1 (709) 532 4990
    www.ramblermines.com
    or
    Seymour Pierce Limited
    Nandita Sahgal
    +44 (0) 20-7107-8000
    or
    Pelham Bell Pottinger
    Klara Kaczmarek / Philippe Polman
    +44 (0) 20-7861-3232
    or
    Ocean Equities Limited
    Guy Wilkes
    +44 (0) 20-7786-4370