VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – September 15, 2016: New Pacific Holdings Corp. (“New Pacific” or the “Company”) today announced its audited consolidated financial results for the year ended June 30, 2016.
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.
FISCAL YEAR 2016 HIGHLIGHTS
Successfully changed the Company from a mining issuer to an investment issuer;
Moved listing from TSX to TSX Venture; and
Adjusted net income attributable to equity holders of $3.04 million, or $0.05 per share, compared to adjusted net income attributable to equity holders of $1.92 million, or $0.03 per share in the prior year.
FISCAL 2016 vs. FISCAL 2015
For the year ended June 30, 2016 (“Fiscal 2016”), net loss attributable to equity holders was $118,167 or $0.00 per share compared to net income of $1,739,248 or $0.03 per share for the year ended June 30, 2015 (“Fiscal 2015”). Excluding non-cash impairment loss of mineral property interests, adjusted net income attributable to equity holders was $3,039,114 or $0.05 per share in Fiscal 2016 compared to $1,915,149 or $0.03 per share in Fiscal 2015.
In Fiscal 2016, the Company’s financial results were significantly improved as a result of the transition in the company’s business away from mining. Major items impacting financial performance are as follows:
Income from investments in Fiscal 2016 was $3,098,622, an increase of 1,431%, compared to $202,375 in Fiscal 2015. This increase was a direct result of the Company’s business transition 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, $2,498,453 was unrealized gain on the Company’s investment in Silvercorp Metals Inc. (TSX: SVM) shares and $577,538 was from fair value change and interest earned on bonds.
Operating expenses in Fiscal 2016 was $1,029,722, a decrease of 30%, compared to $1,466,422 in Fiscal 2015. The noticeable decrease in operating expense was also a result of the Company’s business transition. The reduced care and maintenance activities at the mine sites had a big impact on reducing operating expenses as certain senior management positions had their salaries reduced and mine site employees were laid off.
Foreign exchange gain in Fiscal 2016 was $864,648, down 72%, compared to $3,129,372 in Fiscal 2015. The Company holds a large portion of cash and cash equivalents and bonds in US dollars while the Company’s functional currency is Canadian dollar, the fluctuation in exchange rates between the US dollar and Canadian dollar will impact the financial results of the Company. In Fiscal 2016, US dollar appreciated by 4.3% against Canadian dollar (from 1.2474 to 1.3009) while in Fiscal 2015 US dollar appreciated by 14.4% against Canadian dollar (from 1.0676 to 1.2474). The slowdown of US dollar appreciation against Canadian dollar in Fiscal 2016 was the reason of the lower amount of foreign exchange gains.
As at June 30, 2016, the Company had working capital of $21,816,903 (June 30, 2015 – $22,364,687), comprised of cash and cash equivalents of $5,267,066 (June 30, 2015 – $14,851,828), bonds of $17,201,630 (June 30, 2015 -$8,826,997) and other current assets of $138,547 (June 30, 2015 – $129,260) offset by current liabilities of $790,340 (June 30, 2015 – $1,443,398). Management believes that the Company has sufficient funds to support its normal investing and operating requirement on an ongoing basis.
FOURTH QUARTER FINANCIAL SUMMARY
For the quarter ended June 30, 2016, the Company reported net loss attributable to equity holders of $1.76 million or $0.03 per share, compared to net loss of $0.8 million or $0.01 per share in the same prior year period. Excluding the non-cash impairment loss on mineral property interests, adjusted net income attributable to equity holders for Q4 Fiscal 2016 was $1.4 million or $0.02 per share compared to adjusted net loss of $0.6 million or $0.01 per share for Q4 Fiscal 2015.
Investment income in Q4 Fiscal 2016 consists of $1.24 million unrealized gain on equity investments and $0.28 million from fair value change and interest earned on bonds.
ABOUT NEW PACIFIC
New Pacific is a Canadian Investment Issuer engaged in investing in privately held and publicly traded corporations.
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