VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – May 12, 2017: New Pacific Holdings Corp. (“New Pacific” or the “Company”) today announced its unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial results for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2017.
This earnings release should be read in conjunction with the Company’s Management Discussion & Analysis, Financial Statements and Notes to Financial Statements for the corresponding period, which have been posted on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and are also available on the Company’s website at www.newpacificholdings.ca. All figures are expressed in Canadian Dollars (CAD) unless otherwise stated.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2017
Successful in signing a binding share purchase agreement to acquire a 100% interest in Empresa Minera Alcira S.A., a private Bolivian incorporated mining company;
Bonds portfolio continued to perform well, fair value gain and interest earned combined were $935,088 for the period, representing an annualized return of 8.48%;
Successfully acquired equity investments from the open market and private placements. Gain on equity investments during the period was $2.8 million; and
Net income attributable to equity holders of $2.92 million, or $0.04 per share, compared to net income attributable to equity holders of $1.64 million or $0.02 per share in the prior year period.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER ENDED MARCH 31, 2017
Fair value gain and interest earned on bonds combined were $323,368 for Q3 Fiscal 2017 compared to $177,173 for the prior year period;
Mining industry focused equity investment portfolio achieved a gain of $2.1 million compared to $1.4 million for the prior year period;
Achieved a total realized gain of $1.56 million on disposal of certain equity investments for proceeds of $2.95 million; and
Net income attributable to equity holders of $1.57 million, or $0.02 per share, compared to net loss attributable to equity holders of $0.17 million or $0.00 per share in the prior year period.
For the nine months ended March 31, 2017, net income attributable to equity holders was $2,924,118 or $0.04 per share compared to net income of $1,642,678 or $0.02 per share for the nine months ended March 31, 2016.
For the three months ended March 31, 2017, net income attributable to equity holders was $1,570,466 or $0.02 per share compared to net loss of $165,165 or $0.00 per share for three months ended March 31, 2016.
Major items impacting financial performance are as follows:
Income from investments for the nine months ended March 31, 2017 was $3,741,354 compared to $1,591,142 for nine months ended March 31, 2016. This significant increase was a direct result of the Company’s business change from exploration and development on mineral properties to investing in publicly-traded or privately-held corporations and other marketable instruments such as bonds. Within the investments income, $2,774,305 was a gain on the Company’s equity investments and $935,088 was from fair value change and interest earned on bonds.
For the three months ended March 31, 2017, income from investments was $2,420,122 compared to income of $1,543,806 for three months ended March 31, 2016. Within the income, $2,096,479 was a gain on the Company’s equity investments in the mining industry. Fair value change and interest earned on bonds for the quarter was $323,368.
Operating expenses for the nine months ended March 31, 2017 was $1,350,664 compared to $809,370 for the nine months ended March 31, 2016. For three months ended March 31, 2017, operating expenses was $698,410 compared to $257,168 for the same prior year period. The increase in operating expenses was a result of the Company’s increased activities in acquiring the Bolivian mining property.
Foreign exchange gain for the nine months ended March 31, 2017 was $445,152 compared to $800,270 in the same prior year period. The Company holds a large portion of cash and cash equivalents and bonds in US dollars while the Company’s functional currency is the Canadian dollar, the fluctuation in exchange rates between the US dollar and Canadian dollar will impact the financial results of the Company. During the nine months ended March 31, 2017, the US dollar appreciated by 2.4% against Canadian dollar (from 1.3009 to 1.3322) while in the same prior year period the US dollar appreciated by 4.0% against Canadian dollar (from 1.2474 to 1.2971). The slowdown in the US dollar appreciation against the Canadian dollar in the relative periods was the reason for the reduced amount of foreign exchange gains.
For the three months ended March 31, 2017, foreign exchange loss was $153,676 compared to $1,456,306 for the same prior year period.
UPDATE ON ALCIRA ACQUISITION
The Company on April 10, 2017 announced it had signed a binding share purchase agreement dated March 28, 2017 (the “Agreement”) to acquire a 100% interest in Empresa Minera Alcira S.A., (“Alcira”), a private Bolivian incorporated mining company . As per the Agreement the Company has made an initial payment of US$250,000 and loaned US$3.5 million to the largest shareholder of Alcira. The loan is for a term of 120 days, bearing interest of 5% and is secured by its 30% interest in the outstanding shares of the Alcira. The Company has been actively carrying out a confirmation drilling program in Bolivia to twin three drill holes drilled by Alcira in the past. It is expected that the confirmation drilling will be completed within the timeframe allowed for in the Agreement.
The Company has set June 27, 2017 as the date for a Special Shareholders meeting at which shareholders will be asked to approve: (i) a change of the Company’s business from an investment issuer engaged in investing in privately held and publicly traded corporations to a mining issuer engaged in mineral exploration through the acquisition of Alcira; and, (ii) a change of name of the Company from New Pacific Holdings Corp. back to New Pacific Metals Corp. An information circular is currently being prepared and is expected to be mailed out around the end of May 2017.
It is anticipated that trading in the Company’s shares will remain halted until completion of the Change of Business and the completion of the transaction which is scheduled for July 26, 2017. Closing of the transaction is subject to satisfactory confirmation drilling, shareholder approval, regulatory approval, and other conditions as set out in the Agreement.
Today, Mr. Fengzhen Yan tendered his resignation as a member of the New Pacific Holdings Corp. board of directors due to personal reasons. The Company would like to thank Mr. Yan for his contributions to the Company over the last four years.
ABOUT NEW PACIFIC
New Pacific is a Canadian Investment Issuer engaged in investing in privately held and publicly traded corporations.
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