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RNS Number : 4444N

Cambium Global Timberland Limited

29 January 2021

29 January 2021

Cambium Global Timberland Limited (the "Company")

Net Asset Value, Interim Results

Net Asset Value

The Company announces that the Net Asset Value per share as at 31 October 2020 is 8.8p.

Interim Results

The Company announces that the Interim Report and Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements (the "Interim Report") for the six months ended 31 October 2020 are available and set out in full below.

An electronic copy of the Interim Report is also available on the Company's website at www.cambium.je .

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014. Following the publication of this announcement, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

For further enquiries please contact:

Chairman

Tony Gardner-Hillman

01534 486980

Broker and Nominated Adviser

WH Ireland Limited

James Joyce

020 7220 1698

Administrator and Company Secretary

Praxis Fund Services (Jersey) Limited

01534 835835

Cambium Global Timberland Limited

Interim Report and Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

for the six months ended 31 October 2020

Chairman's statement

Assets and values

The Company's Net Asset Value per share ("NAVPS") as of 31 October 2020 is 8.8p, compared with 10.4p as at 30 April 2020, a decrease of 15.7% in the period.

The change in NAVPS comprised currency movements (-7.4%), net expenditure on forestry and other costs (-7.6%), and accrued interest on the loan from Peter Gyllenhammar AB (announced on 21 December 2017) (-0.7%) .

It is pleasing that the land sale opportunities I previously reported have now concluded, leaving Cambium with only its interests in the Lizarda property (carried at nil value), the receivables to become payable over periods up to February 2023 under the announced land sales contracts, and its cash balances at bank. The Company is now in discussions with a potential purchaser of those interests. If that transaction concludes, the Board will convene a general meeting where it will propose the winding up of the Company, enabling the liquidator to return capital to shareholders via a distribution of the final net cash balance. In the Board's judgment, the likelihood of a liquidation and return of cash to shareholders, which has been the objective since 2013, is now sufficiently high and close at hand to require that financial statements be prepared on a non-going concern basis, which is the presentation now adopted. In the event the sale of the Company's remaining interests referred to above does not go ahead, the Board will re-visit this judgment and may decide to revert to a going concern basis of presentation for subsequent financial statements.

All in all, persistence in markets which were difficult even in normal times has enabled the Company to reach the end of its journey to sell its properties. The Board is now working to close the final transaction mentioned above, to enable the final cash distribution to shareholders to take place sooner rather than later.

As at the period end the Company and its subsidiaries had cash reserves of GBP1,013,276.

Costs

New expenditure on properties has of course now been ended by land sales.

Administrative expenses are up 24% on the corresponding prior period (note 4), principally due to increased legal and administrative costs in Brazil.

However, forestry expenses (notes 5 and 6) again show a meaningful fall against the prior period, down 10%, demonstrating the ongoing effort to curtail costs that continued until the end, but in a way that continued to protect the Group's remaining assets until disposal.

The net result, allowing for the impact of currency fluctuations, is that total costs, including finance costs, for the period in Sterling terms amounted to GBP0.64 million, as compared with GBP0.59 million for the same period last year.

Conclusions

I am pleased with the events over the period, and since the period end, and I now look forward to delivering my next, and likely to be my final, report .

Antony R Gardner-Hillman

Chairman

29 January 2021

Operations Manager's report

For the six months ended 31 October 2020

Total returns for the period covered by these financial statements, including translation differences, were a loss of GBP1.2 million compared to a loss of GBP0.9 million in the corresponding prior year period. The portfolio returns continue to be primarily impacted by operating costs and foreign exchange losses arising on translation.

Below is a summary of the results by geographic area.

Brazil

The Brazilian portfolio represented 100% of the total physical assets at the 31 October 2020. Subsequently all the assets are now contracted for sale with all payments being received as anticipated.

At the 3R plantation, expenditure continued on the good 1,600 hectares of coppice regrowth which are growing well and demonstrate the potential of the site when planted with the right clone and well tended. Fortunately at 3R, the local forestry company decided that they would rather purchase than lease the property and the sale closed after the period end. As the purchaser is under the Brazilian equivalent of Chapter 11 re-organisation, a sale with a single purchase payment was negotiated, and that has been received in full.

In Minas Gerais, in line with payment terms under pre-existing wood sale agreements, payments were received for harvesting at Agua Santa and Ribeirao do Gado and these contracts were subsequently superseded by contracts with the same parties agreeing also to purchase the land, with payments over the same periods. Payments are no longer linked to charcoal prices. At Forquilha the standing wood was sold during the period, with harvesting and payments due over two years. Subsequently, and as announced, the land at Forquilha has also been sold with payments over two years, and initial payments have been received.

Expenditure on security, fire protection and insurance, required prior to the sales to protect the Company's assets, has now ceased.

United States - Hawaii

Cambium previously sold its plantation leases by way of assignment, and the terms of the landlords' consents to the lease assignments required a sum equal to the balance of outstanding lease rental payments to be placed in escrow by Cambium, as security to the landlords that lease rental payments would be received when due from the assignee. Cambium recorded the escrow balance as an asset, which represented less than 1% of the total assets. The assignee of the plantation leases has continued to pay the rent to the landlords, so allowing the release of escrow fund to Cambium as scheduled. Subsequent to the period end the final amounts have been released from escrow and no balances are outstanding.

Conclusion

The focus during the period was to complete the realisation of the company's assets. Good progress was made in the period and subsequently the process has been completed, so turning the physical assets into defined cash flows over periods up to February 2023.

Robert Rickman

Operations Manager

29 January 2021

Unaudited condensed consolidated interim statement of comprehensive income

For the six months ended 31 October 2020

 
                                                                     For the        For the 
                                                                         six            six 
                                                                      months         months 
                                                                       ended          ended 
                                                                  31 October     31 October 
                                                                        2020           2019 
                                                                   Unaudited      Unaudited 
 Continuing operations                                  Notes            GBP            GBP 
-----------------------------------------------------  ------  -------------  ------------- 
 Finance costs                                                      (58,610)       (57,891) 
 Net foreign exchange (loss)/gain                                      (278)          1,349 
-----------------------------------------------------  ------  -------------  ------------- 
 Net finance costs                                                  (58,888)       (56,542) 
-----------------------------------------------------  ------  -------------  ------------- 
 Administrative expenses                                  4        (239,703)      (228,208) 
 Loss for the period from continuing operations                    (298,591)      (284,750) 
-----------------------------------------------------  ------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 Discontinued operations 
-----------------------------------------------------  ------  -------------  ------------- 
 Loss on disposal of assets held for sale                                  -       (69,086) 
 
 Administrative expenses                                  4        (105,411)       (49,882) 
 Forestry management expenses                             5          (1,068)        (5,013) 
 Other operating forestry expenses                        6        (225,990)      (247,226) 
                                                                   (332,469)      (358,409) 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------  ------------- 
 Operating loss from discontinued operations                       (332,469)      (371,207) 
-----------------------------------------------------  ---------------------  ------------- 
 Finance costs                                                       (6,844)          (970) 
 Net foreign exchange (loss)/gain                                   (63,567)          2,546 
-----------------------------------------------------  ---------------------  ------------- 
 Net finance (costs)/income                                         (70,411)          1,576 
-----------------------------------------------------  ---------------------  ------------- 
 Loss before taxation from discontinued operations                 (402,880)      (369,631) 
 Taxation charge                                          7                -              - 
-----------------------------------------------------  ------  -------------  ------------- 
 Loss for the period from discontinued operations                  (402,880)      (369,631) 
-----------------------------------------------------  ---------------------  ------------- 
 
 Total loss for the period                                         (701,471)      (654,381) 
-----------------------------------------------------  ---------------------  ------------- 
 Other comprehensive loss 
 Items that are or may be reclassified to profit or loss, net of tax 
 Foreign exchange loss on translation of discontinued 
  foreign operations                                     13        (505,712)      (256,244) 
 Other comprehensive loss for the period                           (505,712)      (256,244) 
-----------------------------------------------------  ------  -------------  ------------- 
 Total comprehensive loss for the period                         (1,207,183)      (910,625) 
-------------------------------------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 Basic and diluted loss per share                         8     (0.95) pence   (0.89) pence 
-----------------------------------------------------  ------  -------------  ------------- 
 Basic and diluted loss per share from continuing         8     (0.40) pence   (0.39) pence 
  operations 
-----------------------------------------------------  ------  -------------  ------------- 
 Basic and diluted loss per share from discontinued       8     (0.55) pence   (0.50) pence 
  operations 
-----------------------------------------------------  ------  -------------  ------------- 
 

All losses from continuing and discontinued operations are attributable to the equity holders of the parent Company. There are no minority interests.

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

Unaudited condensed consolidated interim statement of financial position

At 31 October 2020

 
                                                                        31 October       30 April 
                                                                              2020           2020 
                                                                         Unaudited        Audited 
                                                              Notes            GBP            GBP 
 Non-current assets 
 Trade and other receivables                                   12          747,729      1,441,991 
 
 Current assets 
 Assets held for sale                                          11        4,480,262      5,608,306 
 Trade and other receivables                                   12        2,089,349      1,816,048 
 Cash and cash equivalents                                               1,013,276        625,612 
--------------------------------  -------------------------  ------  -------------  ------------- 
 Total current assets                                                    7,582,887      8,049,966 
--------------------------------  -------------------------  ------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 Total assets                                                            8,330,616      9,491,957 
--------------------------------  -------------------------  ------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 Current liabilities 
 Liabilities held for 
  sale                                                         11           56,244         46,269 
 Loan payable to related 
  party                                                                  1,709,367      1,652,347 
 Trade and other payables                                                   68,502         89,655 
 Total liabilities                                                       1,834,113      1,788,271 
--------------------------------  -------------------------  ------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 Net assets                                                              6,496,503      7,703,686 
--------------------------------  -------------------------  ------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 Equity 
 Stated capital                                                14        2,000,000      2,000,000 
 Distributable reserve                                         15       82,603,312     82,603,312 
 Translation reserve                                          13,15      (943,441)      (437,729) 
 Retained loss                                                        (77,163,368)   (76,461,897) 
--------------------------------  -------------------------  ------  -------------  ------------- 
 Total equity                                                            6,496,503      7,703,686 
--------------------------------  -------------------------  ------  -------------  ------------- 
 Net asset value per                                            9        8.8 pence     10.4 pence 
  share 
--------------------------------  -------------------------  ------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 

These unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements were approved and authorised for issue on 29 January 2021 by the Board of Directors.

 
 Antony R Gardner-Hillman   Mark Rawlins 
 Chairman                   Director 
 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

Unaudited condensed consolidated interim statement of changes in equity

For the six months ended 31 October 2020

 
                                           Share   Distributable   Translation       Retained 
 Unaudited                               Capital         reserve       reserve           loss         Total 
                                             GBP             GBP           GBP            GBP           GBP 
 For the six months ended 
  31 October 2020 
------------------------------------------------  --------------  ------------  -------------  ------------ 
 At 30 April 2020                      2,000,000      82,603,312     (437,729)   (76,461,897)     7,703,686 
 Total comprehensive loss 
  for the period 
 Loss for the period                           -               -             -      (701,471)     (701,471) 
 
 Other comprehensive loss 
 Foreign exchange loss 
  on translation of discontinued 
  foreign operations (note 
  13)                                          -               -     (505,712)              -     (505,712) 
------------------------------------  ----------  --------------  ------------  -------------  ------------ 
 Total comprehensive loss                      -               -     (505,712)      (701,471)   (1,207,183) 
------------------------------------  ----------  --------------  ------------  -------------  ------------ 
 
 At 31 October 2020                    2,000,000      82,603,312     (943,441)   (77,163,368)     6,496,503 
------------------------------------  ----------  --------------  ------------  -------------  ------------ 
 
 
 
                                           Share   Distributable   Translation       Retained 
 Unaudited                               Capital         reserve       reserve           loss        Total 
                                             GBP             GBP           GBP            GBP          GBP 
 For the six months ended 
  31 October 2019 
------------------------------------------------  --------------  ------------  -------------  ----------- 
 At 30 April 2019                      2,000,000      82,648,243     2,802,225   (73,503,073)   13,947,395 
 Total comprehensive loss 
  for the period 
 Loss for the period                           -               -             -      (654,381)    (654,381) 
 
 Other comprehensive loss 
 Foreign exchange loss 
  on translation of discontinued 
  foreign operations (note 
  13)                                          -               -     (256,244)              -    (256,244) 
------------------------------------  ----------  --------------  ------------  -------------  ----------- 
 Total comprehensive loss                      -               -     (256,244)      (654,381)    (910,625) 
------------------------------------  ----------  --------------  ------------  -------------  ----------- 
 
 Transactions with owners 
------------------------------------  ----------  --------------  ------------  -------------  ----------- 
 Share buy-backs                               -        (44,931)             -              -     (44,931) 
                                      ----------  --------------  ------------  -------------  ----------- 
 
 At 31 October 2019                    2,000,000      82,603,312     2,545,981   (74,157,454)   12,991,839 
------------------------------------  ----------  --------------  ------------  -------------  ----------- 
 
 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

Unaudited condensed consolidated interim statement of cash flows

For the six months ended 31 October 2020

 
 
                                                                                     For the six 
                                                                    For the six     months ended 
                                                                   months ended       31 October 
                                                                31 October 2020             2019 
                                                                      Unaudited        Unaudited 
                                                       Note                 GBP              GBP 
---------------------------------------------------  -------  -----------------  --------------- 
 Cash flows from operating activities 
 Total loss for the period                                            (701,471)        (654,381) 
 Adjustments for: 
    Loss on sale of assets held for sale                                      -           69,086 
    Net finance costs, excluding foreign exchange 
     movements - 
     continuing operations                                               58,610           57,891 
    Net finance costs, excluding foreign exchange 
     movements - discontinued operations                                  6,844              970 
    Decrease/(increase) in trade and other 
     receivables                                                         14,085         (25,171) 
    (Decrease)/increase in trade and other 
     payables                                                          (11,178)          108,633 
   ----------------------------------------------  ----------------------------  --------------- 
                                                                      (633,110)        (442,972) 
 Tax paid                                                                     -                - 
----------------------------------------------------------  -------------------  --------------- 
 Net cash used in operating activities                                (633,110)        (442,972) 
----------------------------------------------------------  -------------------  --------------- 
 Cash flows from investing activities - discontinued operations 
 Net proceeds from sale of assets held for 
  sale                                                 11             1,106,244          399,054 
 Net cash from investing activities                                   1,106,244          399,054 
-------------------------------------------------  ----------------------------  --------------- 
 Cash flows from financing activities 
 Share buy backs                                                              -         (44,931) 
 Net finance costs, excluding foreign exchange 
  movements                                                             (8,434)          (2,396) 
 Net cash used in financing activities                                  (8,434)         (47,327) 
-------------------------------------------------  ----------------------------  --------------- 
 Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash 
  equivalents                                                           464,700         (91,245) 
 Foreign exchange movements                                            (77,036)         (14,546) 
 Balance at the beginning of the period                                 625,612        1,137,281 
-------------------------------------------------  ----------------------------  --------------- 
 Balance at the end of the period                                     1,013,276        1,031,490 
-------------------------------------------------  ---------  -----------------  --------------- 
 
 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

Notes to the unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements

For the six months ended 31 October 2020

1. General information

The Company and its subsidiaries (together the "Group"), is nearing the end of a process of realising a portfolio of forestry based properties managed on an environmentally and socially sustainable basis. Assets are managed for timber production, with exposure to emerging environmental markets. As at the period end date the Group's remaining forestry assets were all located in Brazil.

The Company is a closed-ended company with limited liability, incorporated in Jersey, Channel Islands on 19 January 2007. The address of its registered office is Charter Place, 23-27 Seaton Place, St Helier, Jersey JE1 1JY.

These unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements (the "interim financial statements") were approved and authorised for issue on 29 January 2021 and signed by Antony Gardner-Hillman and Mark Rawlins on behalf of the Board.

The Company is listed on AIM, a market of the London Stock Exchange.

2. Basis of preparation

The interim financial statements for the six months ended 31 October 2020 have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard ("IAS") 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" and with applicable regulatory requirements of the AIM Rules. They do not include all of the information required for full annual financial statements. The interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Group's annual report and financial statements for the year ended 30 April 2020, which were prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). The comparative numbers used for the unaudited condensed consolidated interim statement of comprehensive income, unaudited condensed consolidated interim statement of changes in equity and unaudited condensed consolidated interim statement of cash flows are those of the six month period ended 31 October 2019, in accordance with IAS 34. The comparatives used in the unaudited condensed consolidated statement of financial position are those of the previous financial year to 30 April 2020.

The accounting policies applied by the Group in these interim financial statements are the same as those applied by the Group in its financial statements for the year ended 30 April 2020, with the exception that these interim financial statements are prepared on a non-going concern basis.

The interim financial statements have been presented in Sterling, which is also the functional currency of the Company, and under the historical cost convention, except for investment property, plantations, buildings, assets and liabilities held for sale and certain financial instruments which are carried either at fair value, fair value less cost to sell or fair value less subsequent accumulated depreciation and subsequent accumulated impairment loss.

The preparation of the financial statements requires Directors to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of revenues, expenses, assets and liabilities, and the disclosure of contingent liabilities at the date of the interim financial statements. If in the future such estimates and assumptions, which are based on the Directors' best judgement at the date of the interim financial statements, deviate from actual circumstances, the original estimates and assumptions will be modified as appropriate in the period in which the circumstances change.

In preparing the interim financial statements, the significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty are the same as those that applied to the financial statements for the year ended 30 April 2020, other than those relating to going concern, which are discussed below. The main areas of the interim financial statements where significant judgements have been made by the Directors are in determining the going concern status of the Company (as discussed below) and the fair value of the assets held for sale (as disclosed in note 10).

Going concern and assets and liabilities held for sale

On 30 November 2012, the Independent Directors announced the outcome of the strategic review initiated in June 2012. The Directors proposed and recommended a change of investment policy with a view to implementing an orderly realisation of the Group's investments in a manner which maximises value for shareholders, and returning surplus cash to shareholders over time through ad hoc returns of capital. This proposal was approved by shareholders at an Extraordinary General Meeting ("EGM") on 22 February 2013. There is no set period for the realisation of the portfolio.

Since the EGM, the portfolio has been reviewed by the Directors with a view to an orderly sale of the assets in such a manner as to enable their inherent value to be realised. As part of this process, the Directors have sold assets when acceptable offers have been received. As a result, at 31 October 2020, the remaining portfolio of assets, located in Brazil, is classified as held for sale (and its transactions for the period as discontinued operations) under IFRS 5 'Non-current Assets Held for Sale and Discontinued Operations', as disclosed in note 11.

As at the date of approval of these financial statements, the Directors have not yet taken steps to instigate a winding-up of the Company, a course of action that would require the approval of shareholders. As a result, and as the remaining assets are not in a condition that could be classified as 'held for distribution to owners' under IFRS 5, as at 31 October 2020, the assets and liabilities of the Company pertaining to the Jersey operations have not been classified as held for sale and its Jersey operations continue to be treated as continuing.

2. Basis of preparation (continued)

Going concern and assets and liabilities held for sale (continued)

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an adverse impact on the global commercial market and contributed to the volatility of businesses and communities throughout the world. The impact is still evolving and will require continued assessment whilst the pandemic continues. The extent of the impact on the Group's investments and ultimately on the Group will depend on future developments, including the duration of the outbreak and the effect on the Brazilian economy, in particular on the counterparties to the Group's agreements for the sales of properties. The virus is widespread in Brazil, and is likely to continue to be so for some time, however there is evidence that Brazilian rural activities continue largely unaffected, as demonstrated by the agreements subsequent to the reporting date to sell the 3R and Forquilha properties. These agreements are underpinned by the competitive Brazilian exchange rate and continued demand for wood, paper and agricultural products on a worldwide basis, despite an economic slow-down in other sectors. The Group continues to monitor the ability of service providers to continue to function with employees working from home. In the opinion of the Board, the potential impacts of the pandemic are significantly lessened by completion of the process of selling all significant properties, and the Board, without having made specific enquiry, has no reason to believe that purchasers are likely to default on remaining deferred payment obligations.

The Directors have reviewed the Group's cash flow forecasts, which cover the period to 31 December 2024 and consider that the Group has sufficient resources available to pay its liabilities as they fall due. However, as noted in the Chairman's Statement, following the disposal of the Group's remaining significant property assets subsequent to the period end, the Board is currently in discussions with a potential purchaser of the Company's subsidiaries, which own the rights to the proceeds of those and other previous disposals. If that transaction concludes, the Board will convene a general meeting to propose the winding up of the Company, with a view to returning capital to shareholders via a distribution of the final net cash balance. On the basis of the above, the Directors believe it is no longer appropriate to prepare the financial statements on a going concern basis and therefore these interim financial statements have been prepared on a non-going concern basis. No liquidation costs have been accrued for, as the Directors do not consider that these will be material.

New accounting standards effective and adopted

There have been no new accounting standards, interpretations or amendments to existing standards issued and effective for the period that have had a material impact upon the Company.

Exchange rates

The following exchange rates have been applied in these interim financial statements to translate foreign currency balances to Sterling:

 
                           31 October     31 October       30 April     31 October 
                                 2020           2020           2020           2019 
                         closing rate   average rate   closing rate   average rate 
----------------------  -------------  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Brazilian Real                7.4401         6.9285      6.9081            4.9814 
 United States Dollar          1.2947         1.2758      1.2594            1.2528 
----------------------  -------------  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 

3. Operating segments

The Board of Directors is charged with setting the Company's investment strategy in accordance with the Prospectus. The Board of Directors, as the Chief Operating Decision Maker ("CODM"), had, until 16 October 2014, delegated the day to day implementation of this strategy to its Investment Manager and, with effect from 16 October 2014, to its Operations Manager, but retains responsibility to ensure that adequate resources of the Company are directed in accordance with its decisions. The investment decisions of the Operations Manager have been and are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure compliance with the policies and legal responsibilities of the Board.

Whilst the Operations Manager may manage operations on a day to day basis, any changes to the investment strategy, major allocation decisions or any asset dispositions or material timber contracts have to be approved by the Board, even though they may be proposed by the Operations Manager. The Board therefore retains full responsibility as to the major decisions made on an ongoing basis.

As at 31 October 2020, the Group operates in two geographical locations, which the CODM has identified as one non-operating segment, Jersey, and one operating segment, Brazil. All timberlands remaining at the period end are located in Brazil. All segments, apart from Jersey, have been classified as discontinued operations (see note 11). The accounting policies of each operating segment are the same as the accounting policies of the Group, therefore no reconciliation has been performed.

3. Operating segments (continued)

 
                                           Jersey   Hawaii      Brazil       Total 
 31 October 2020 (unaudited)                  GBP      GBP         GBP         GBP 
-------------------------------------  ----------  -------  ----------  ---------- 
 Assets and disposal group held for 
  sale (note 11)                                -        -   4,480,262   4,480,262 
 Other assets                             435,916   38,226   3,376,212   3,850,354 
-------------------------------------  ----------  -------  ----------  ---------- 
 Total assets                             435,916   38,226   7,856,474   8,330,616 
-------------------------------------  ----------  -------  ----------  ---------- 
 Total liabilities                      1,777,869        -      56,244   1,834,113 
-------------------------------------  ----------  -------  ----------  ---------- 
 
 
                                           Jersey   Hawaii      Brazil       Total 
 30 April 2020 (audited)                      GBP      GBP         GBP         GBP 
-------------------------------------  ----------  -------  ----------  ---------- 
 Assets and disposal group held for 
  sale (note 11)                                -        -   5,608,306   5,608,306 
 Other assets                             514,650   52,316   3,316,685   3,883,651 
-------------------------------------  ----------  -------  ----------  ---------- 
 Total assets                             514,650   52,316   8,924,991   9,491,957 
-------------------------------------  ----------  -------  ----------  ---------- 
 Total liabilities                      1,742,002        -      46,269   1,788,271 
-------------------------------------  ----------  -------  ----------  ---------- 
 
 
                                             Jersey    Hawaii    Brazil     Total 
 31 October 2020 (unaudited)                    GBP       GBP       GBP       GBP 
-----------------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  -------- 
 Loss on disposal of assets and disposal 
  group held for sale                             -         -         -         - 
-----------------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  -------- 
 Forestry management expenses                     -         -     1,068     1,068 
-----------------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  -------- 
 Other operating forestry expenses                -         -   225,990   225,990 
-----------------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  -------- 
 
 
                                             Jersey    Hawaii     Brazil      Total 
 31 October 2019 (unaudited)                    GBP       GBP        GBP        GBP 
-----------------------------------------  --------  --------  ---------  --------- 
 Loss on disposal of assets and disposal 
  group held for sale                             -         -   (69,086)   (69,086) 
-----------------------------------------  --------  --------  ---------  --------- 
 Forestry management expenses                     -         -      5,013      5,013 
-----------------------------------------  --------  --------  ---------  --------- 
 Other operating forestry expenses                -         -    247,226    247,226 
-----------------------------------------  --------  --------  ---------  --------- 
 

As at 31 October 2020 the Group owned two (30 April 2020: three) distinct parcels of land in one geographical area.

There was no revenue in the periods ended 31 October 2020 or 31 October 2019.

Since the period end, the Group's remaining significant investments have been contracted to be sold.

The net cash proceeds from realisations of assets will be applied to the payments of tax or other liabilities as the Board thinks fit prior to making payments to shareholders.

4. Administrative expenses

 
                                                                       For the 
                                                                    six months 
                                                     For the six         ended 
                                                    months ended    31 October 
                                                 31 October 2020          2019 
                                                       Unaudited     Unaudited 
                                                             GBP           GBP 
----------------------------------------------------------------  ------------ 
 Continuing operations 
 Operations Manager's fees (note 17)                      53,000        53,000 
 Directors' fees (note 17)                                49,000        49,000 
 Auditor's fees                                           23,975        21,361 
 Professional & other fees                               113,728       104,847 
                                                         239,703       228,208 
 Discontinued operations 
 Professional & other fees                                93,201        26,329 
 Administration of subsidiaries                           12,210        23,553 
------------------------------------------------------  --------  ------------ 
                                                         105,411        49,882 
 
 Total administration expenses                           345,114       278,090 
------------------------------------------------------  --------  ------------ 
 
 

Administration of subsidiaries includes statutory fees, accounting fees and administrative expenses in regard to the asset holding subsidiaries.

5. Forestry management expenses

 
                                                                    For the 
                                                                 six months 
                                                  For the six         ended 
                                                 months ended    31 October 
                                              31 October 2020          2019 
                                                    Unaudited     Unaudited 
                                                          GBP           GBP 
-------------------------------------------------------------  ------------ 
 Appraisal fees                                         1,068         5,013 
                                                        1,068         5,013 
-------------------------------------------------------------  ------------ 
 
 

6. Other operating forestry expenses

 
                                                                         For the 
                                                                      six months 
                                                       For the six         ended 
                                                      months ended    31 October 
                                                   31 October 2020          2019 
                                                         Unaudited     Unaudited 
                                                               GBP           GBP 
------------------------------------------------------------------  ------------ 
 Property management fees, forest protection and other 
  expenses                                                 225,990       247,226 
-------------------------------------------------------  ---------  ------------ 
 
 

7. Taxation

Taxation on profit on ordinary activities

Entities within the Group made no taxable profits during the period and there was no tax charge for the period. A reconciliation of the Group's pre-tax loss to the tax charge is shown below.

 
                                                                            For the 
                                                                         six months 
                                                          For the six         ended 
                                                         months ended    31 October 
                                                      31 October 2020          2019 
                                                            Unaudited     Unaudited 
                                                                  GBP           GBP 
---------------------------------------------------------------------  ------------ 
 Tax charge reconciliation 
 Loss for the period from continuing operations before 
  taxation                                                  (298,591)     (284,750) 
 Loss for the period from discontinued operations before 
  taxation                                                  (402,880)     (369,631) 
---------------------------------------------------------  ----------  ------------ 
 Total loss for the period before taxation                  (701,471)     (654,381) 
---------------------------------------------------------  ----------  ------------ 
 Tax credit using the average of the tax rates in the 
  jurisdictions in which the Group operates                 (112,697)     (116,413) 
 Effects of: 
 Operating losses for which no deferred tax asset is 
  recognised                                                  112,697       114,136 
 Capital losses for which no deferred tax asset is 
  recognised                                                        -         2,277 
 Tax charge for the period                                          -             - 
---------------------------------------------------------  ----------  ------------ 
 

The average tax rate is a blended rate calculated using the weighted average applicable tax rates of the jurisdictions in which the Group operates. The average of the tax rates in the jurisdictions in which the Group operates in the period was 16.07% (31 October 2019: 17.79%). The effective tax rate in the period was 0% (31 October 2019: 0%).

At the period end date, the Group has unused operational and capital tax losses. No deferred tax asset has been recognised in respect of these losses due to the unpredictability of future taxable profits and capital gains available against which they can be utilised. Tax losses arising in the United States can be carried forward for up to 20 years; those arising in Brazil can be carried forward indefinitely.

Operational tax losses for which deferred tax assets have not been recognised in the consolidated financial statements

 
                                                                      For the 
                                                    For the six    year ended 
                                                   months ended      30 April 
                                                31 October 2020          2020 
                                                      Unaudited       Audited 
                                                            GBP           GBP 
---------------------------------------------------------------  ------------ 
 Balance at beginning of the period/year              5,257,887     5,883,902 
 Current period/year operating losses for which no 
  deferred tax asset is recognised                      407,861       649,334 
 Exchange rate movements                              (294,410)   (1,275,349) 
---------------------------------------------------  ----------  ------------ 
 Balance at the end of the period/year                5,371,338     5,257,887 
---------------------------------------------------  ----------  ------------ 
 

Accumulated operating losses at 31 October 2020 and 30 April 2020 in the table above relate entirely to discontinued operations The value of deferred tax assets not recognised in regard to operational losses amounted to GBP1,378,303 (30 April 2020: GBP1,371,419), all of which related to discontinued operations.

Accumulated operating losses relating to continuing operations at the period end amounted to GBP28,995,625 (30 April 2020: GBP28,697,034). No deferred tax assets arose in respect of these losses.

At the period end the Group had accumulated capital losses of GBP2,655,836 (30 April 2020: GBP2,860,365). The accumulated capital losses at 31 October 2020 and 30 April 2020 related entirely to discontinued operations. The value of deferred tax assets not recognised in respect of these capital tax losses amounted to GBP902,984 (30 April 2020: GBP972,524), all of which related to discontinued operations.

Deferred taxation

As at 31 October 2020 and 30 April 2020 the Group had no deferred tax liabilities or recognised deferred tax assets.

8. Basic and diluted loss per share

The calculation of the basic and diluted loss per share in total and for continuing and discontinued operations is based on the following loss attributable to shareholders and weighted average number of shares outstanding.

 
                                                                               For the 
                                                                            six months 
                                                             For the six         ended 
                                                            months ended    31 October 
                                                         31 October 2020          2019 
                                                               Unaudited     Unaudited 
                                                                     GBP           GBP 
------------------------------------------------------------------------  ------------ 
 Loss for the purposes of basic and diluted earnings 
  per share being net loss for the period                      (701,471)     (654,381) 
------------------------------------------------------------  ----------  ------------ 
 Loss for the purposes of basic and diluted earnings 
  per share being net loss for the period from continuing 
  operations                                                   (298,591)     (284,750) 
------------------------------------------------------------  ----------  ------------ 
 Loss for the purposes of basic and diluted earnings 
  per share being net loss for the period from discontinued 
  operations                                                   (402,880)     (369,631) 
------------------------------------------------------------  ----------  ------------ 
 
 
                                                              31 October 2020     31 October 
                                                                    Unaudited           2019 
 Weighted average number of shares                                                 Unaudited 
--------------------------------------  -------------------------------------  ------------- 
 Issued shares brought forward (note 14)                           73,728,284     74,117,299 
 Issued shares carried forward (note 14)                           73,728,284     73,728,284 
 Weighted average number of shares in issue during the 
  period                                                           73,728,284     73,806,510 
----------------------------------------------------------------  -----------  ------------- 
 
 Basic and diluted loss per share                                      (0.95)   (0.89) pence 
                                                                        pence 
----------------------------------------------------------------  -----------  ------------- 
 Basic and diluted loss per share from continuing operations           (0.40)   (0.39) pence 
                                                                        pence 
----------------------------------------------------------------  -----------  ------------- 
 Basic and diluted loss per share from discontinued                    (0.55)   (0.50) pence 
  operations                                                            pence 
----------------------------------------------------------------  -----------  ------------- 
 
 

9. Net asset value

 
                                         31 October     30 April 
                                               2020         2020 
                                          Unaudited      Audited 
 Total assets                             8,330,616    9,491,957 
 Total liabilities                        1,834,113    1,788,271 
--------------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
 Net asset value                          6,496,503    7,703,686 
--------------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
 Number of shares in issue (note 14)     73,728,284   73,767,611 
--------------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
 Net asset value per share                8.8 pence   10.4 pence 
--------------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
 

10. Investment property and plantations

The Group's investment property and plantations are classified as disposal group and assets held for sale.

The Group engages external independent professional valuers to estimate the market values of the investment properties and plantations in Brazil on an annual basis, with the Operations Manager providing a desktop update valuation for the purposes of the Group's Interim Financial Statements.

The investment property is carried at its estimated fair value and plantations are carried at their estimated fair values less costs to sell as at 31 October 2020 and 30 April 2020, as determined by the Directors taking into consideration the external independent professional valuers' valuations, the latest offers received for the investment property and plantations and the Directors' assessment of other factors that may influence prospective purchasers.

The fair value measurements of investment properties and plantations have been categorised as Level 3 fair values based on the unobservable nature of significant inputs to the valuation techniques used.

Notwithstanding the results of the independent valuations, the Directors make their own judgement on the valuations of the Group's investment property and plantations, with reference to the views of the Operations Manager, other advisors and the latest offers received.

(i) Plantations

In forming their conclusions of the fair value of the investment property and plantations, the Directors have considered the following factors:

 
 Property         Fair value        Valuation                       Significant unobservable                                          Inter-relationship 
                                    technique                                 inputs                                                between key unobservable 
                                                                                                                                        inputs and fair 
                                                                                                                                       value measurement 
                  31       30 
                October   April 
                 2020     2020 
                 GBPm     GBPm 
               --------  ------ 
 
   a) Minas         -       0.4    31 October 
   Gerais                          2020 
   - Ribeirao                      N/A 
   do Gado 
                                   30 April 2020      *    Sale price agreed                                       The estimated 
                                   In accordance                                                                   fair value would 
                                   with                                                                            increase/(decrease) 
                                   sale               *    Discount rate: 8%                                       if: 
                                   agreement                                                                        *    the agreed sale price were higher/(lower) 
                                   completed 
                                   after              *    Estimated costs to sell: 5% 
                                   the year end,                                                                    *    the discount rate were lower/(higher) 
                                   discounted 
                                   to adjust for 
                                   partially                                                                        *    estimated costs to sell were lower/(higher) 
                                   deferred 
                                   settlement 
               --------  ------  ---------------  ------------------------------------------------------------  -------------------------------------------------------------- 
 
   b) Minas        0.6      0.6    31 October 
   Gerais                          2020              *    Sale price agreed                                                  The estimated 
   -Forquilha                      In accordance                                                                             fair value would 
                                   with                                                                                      increase/(decrease) 
                                   sale              *    Discount rate: 10%                                                 if: 
                                   agreement                                                                                  *    the agreed sale price were higher/(lower) 
                                   completed 
                                   during            *    Estimated costs to sell: 5% 
                                   the period,                                                                                *    the discount rate were lower/(higher) 
                                   discounted 
                                   to adjust for 
                                   partially                                                                                  *    estimated costs to sell were lower/(higher) 
                                   deferred 
                                   settlement 
 
                                                                                                                             The estimated 
                                                     *    Estimated log prices per m3, being standing prices                 fair value would 
                                                          with the buyer absorbing all the costs of harvesting               increase/(decrease) 
                                   30 April 2020          and haulage: BRL 36.64 - BRL 41.34                                 if: 
                                   Market                                                                                     *    estimated log prices were higher/(lower) 
                                   approach, 
                                   using prices      *    Discount rate: 8% 
                                   and                                                                                        *    the discount rate were lower/(higher) 
                                   other 
                                   information       *    Estimated costs to sell: 5% 
                                   generated by                                                                               *    estimated costs to sell were lower/(higher) 
                                   identical 
                                   or comparable 
                                   market 
                                   transactions, 
                                   discounted 
                                   to adjust for 
                                   deferred 
                                   settlement 
               --------  ------  ---------------  ------------------------------------------------------------  -------------------------------------------------------------- 
 
  c) 3R            0.4      0.5    31 October 
  Tocantins                        2020 
                                   and                *    Sale price subject to final agreement                   The estimated 
                                   30 April 2020                                                                   fair value would 
                                   In accordance                                                                   increase/(decrease) 
                                   with               *    Discount rate: 8%                                       if: 
                                   sale                                                                             *    regeneration costs were higher/(lower) 
                                   agreement 
                                   in discussion      *    Estimated costs to sell: 5% 
                                   after                                                                            *    estimated costs to sell were lower/(higher) 
                                   the period 
                                   end, 
                                   discounted to 
                                   adjust 
                                   for partially 
                                   deferred 
                                   settlement 
               --------  ------  ---------------  ------------------------------------------------------------  -------------------------------------------------------------- 
 Total            1.0      1.5 
               --------  ------  ---------------  ------------------------------------------------------------  -------------------------------------------------------------- 
 

Cambium Global Timberland Limited

(i) Plantations (continued)

(i) a) Plantations -Ribeirao do Gado

During the prior year, the Group agreed a contract to sell the entire Ribeirao do Gado property for GBP1.0 million (BRL 7.0 million). This contract was completed in May 2020, with settlement taking place over the 33 months ending in January 2023.

(i) b) Plantation - Forquilha

During the period, the Board agreed a contract for the sale of the plantations for an amount of GBP0.7 million ((BRL 5.2 million), with settlement taking place over 24 months from the commencement of harvesting. The Board has determined that the Forquilha plantations should be valued on the basis of this contract, less an estimated discount for deferred settlement (30 April 2020: independent valuer's valuation of GBP0.8 million (BRL 4.7 million)), and accordingly the Forquilha plantations are valued in these interim financial statements at GBP0.6 million (BRL 4.7 million) (30 April 2020: GBP0.7 million (BRL 4.7 million)), which the Directors believe represents a reasonable estimation of the fair value of the plantations as at 31 October 2020 before estimated selling costs of GBP0.03 million (30 April 2020: GBP0.03 million). As at 31 October 2020, harvesting had not commenced, and no sales proceeds had yet been received.

(i) c) Plantation - 3R Tocantins

During the prior year, the Group entered into discussions, which are still in progress as at 31 October 2020, to sell the land and plantations at the 3R property for GBP2.5 million (BRL 18.5 million), with settlement taking place over 31 months. GBP0.5 million (BRL 3.9 million) (30 April 2020: GBP0.6 million (BRL 3.9 million)) is attributable to the plantations, based on the valuation provided by the independent valuer at 30 April 2020. The Board has determined that the plantations should be valued on the basis of this agreement in negotiation, less an appropriate discount for deferred settlement, and accordingly the 3R plantations are valued in these financial statements at GBP0.4 million (BRL 3.4 million) (30 April 2020: GBP0.5 million (BRL3.4 million) before estimated selling costs of GBP0.03 million (30 April 2020: GBP0.03 million). The agreement for sale of the land and plantations was completed in December 2020 (see note 20).

(ii) Investment property

 
 Property       Fair value        Valuation                      Significant unobservable                                     Inter-relationship 
                                  technique                                inputs                                          between key unobservable 
                                                                                                                                inputs and fair 
                                                                                                                               value measurement 
                31       30 
              October   April 
               2020     2020 
               GBPm     GBPm 
             --------  ------ 
 a) Minas                       31 October 
  Gerais -                      2020              N/A                                                          N/A 
  Ribeirao        -       0.4   N/A 
  do Gado 
                                30 April 2020      *    Sale price agreed                                      The estimated 
                                In accordance                                                                  fair value would 
                                with sale                                                                      increase/(decrease) 
                                agreement          *    Discount rate: 10%                                     if: 
                                completed                                                                       *    the agreed sale prices were higher/(lower) 
                                after 
                                the year end,      *    Estimated costs to sell: 5% 
                                discounted to                                                                   *    the discount rate were lower/(higher) 
                                adjust for 
                                partially 
                                deferred                                                                        *    estimated costs to sell were lower/(higher) 
                                settlement 
             --------  ------  --------------  ------------------------------------------------------------  --------------------------------------------------- 
 b) Minas                       31 October 
 Gerais                         2020 
 -Forquilha      1.7      1.9   and               *    Land value per hectare: BRL 1,108 - BRL 2,406 (2019:    The estimated 
                                30 April 2020          BRL 1,426 - BRL 4,455)                                  fair value would 
                                Direct                                                                         increase/(decrease) 
                                comparative                                                                    if: 
                                approach.         *    Discount rate: 8%                                        *    land values were higher/(lower) 
                                Considers 
                                the bare land 
                                price from        *    Estimated costs to sell: 5%                              *    the discount rate were lower/(higher) 
                                comparable 
                                transactions, 
                                soil quality,                                                                   *    estimated costs to sell were lower/(higher) 
                                and 
                                topography 
                                of the land, 
                                access 
                                and distance 
                                from 
                                cities and 
                                the 
                                proportion of 
                                the property 
                                which 
                                could be used 
                                for 
                                cultivation. 
             --------  ------  --------------  ------------------------------------------------------------  --------------------------------------------------- 
 

(table continues)

(ii) Investment property (continued)

 
 Property       Fair value      Valuation          Significant unobservable                          Inter-relationship 
                                technique                    inputs                               between key unobservable 
                                                                                                       inputs and fair 
                                                                                                      value measurement 
                31       30 
              October   April 
               2020     2020 
             --------  ------ 
               GBPm     GBPm 
             --------  ------ 
 c) 3R          1.7      1.8    31 October 
 Tocantins                      2020 
                                and               *    Sale price agreed              The estimated 
                                30 April                                              fair value would 
                                2020                                                  increase/(decrease) 
                                In                *    Discount rate: 8%              if: 
                                accordance                                             *    the sale price were higher/(lower) 
                                with sale 
                                agreement         *    Estimated costs to sell: 5% 
                                in                                                     *    the discount rate were lower/(higher) 
                                discussion 
                                after the 
                                year                                                   *    estimated costs to sell were lower/(higher) 
                                end, 
                                discounted 
                                to adjust 
                                for 
                                partially 
                                deferred 
                                settlement 
             --------  ------  -----------  --------------------------------------  --------------------------------------------------- 
 Total          3.4      4.1 
             --------  ------  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
 

(ii) a) Investment property - Ribeirao do Gado

During the prior year, the Group agreed a contract to sell the entire Ribeirao do Gado property for GBP1.0 million (BRL 7.0 million). This contract was completed in May 2020, with settlement taking place over the 33 months ending in January 2023.

(ii) b) Investment property - Forquilha

The independent valuer has valued the investment property held for sale in Forquilha, the third farm in the Minas Gerais property, at GBP2.1 million (BRL 15.5 million) (30 April 2020: GBP2.2 million (BRL 15.5 million)). As at 31 October 2020, the Directors believe this represented a reasonable estimation as at that date of the likely realisation proceeds in the event of a sale of the land. In arriving at this likely realisation valuation, the Directors have also considered the high proportion of unproductive land in the property, the sales prices achieved by the Company at its other properties in Minas Gerais during the prior year and the current period, and the current wood prices prevailing in the region as an indicator of the economic potential of the land. Further, the Directors are involved in negotiations to sell the property and the land value implicit in the informal offers received by the Group during the period materially supports the independent valuer's appraisal of the likely realisation value.

Further, the Directors consider it appropriate to discount the realisation valuation, as presented by the independent valuer, for the expected deferred settlement of any likely realisation proceeds and for the impact of any related costs to sell. Accordingly, the Forquilha land has been valued at GBP1.8 million (BRL 13.6 million) (30 April 2020: GBP2.0 million (BRL 13.6 million)) inclusive of discounting of GBP0.3 million (BRL 1.9 million), before estimated selling costs of GBP0.1 million (BRL 0.7 million).

Two separate agreements with different purchasers (of which one is conditional) for the sale of the Forquilha land were completed in December 2020, with settlement taking place over 24 months ending in December 2022 (see note 20).

(ii) d) Investment property - 3R Tocantins

During the prior year, the Group entered into discussions, which were still in progress as at 31 October 2020, to sell the land and plantations at the 3R property for GBP2.5 million (BRL 18.5 million), with settlement taking place over 31 months. GBP2.0 million (BRL 14.6 million) of this amount is attributable to the land, after attributing GBP0.5 million (BRL 3.9 million) to the plantations, based on the valuation provided by the independent valuer. The Board has determined that the investment property should be valued on the basis of this agreement in negotiation, less an appropriate discount for deferred settlement, and accordingly the 3R land is valued in these financial statements at GBP1.8 million (BRL 12.9 million) (30 April 2020: GBP1.9 million (BRL12.9 million) before estimated selling costs of GBP0.09 million. The agreement for sale of the land and plantations was completed in December 2020 (see note 20).

The Group is exposed to a number of risks related to its tree plantations:

Regulatory and environmental risks

The Group is subject to laws and regulations in the countries in which it operates. The Group has established environmental policies and procedures aimed at compliance with local environmental and other laws. The Operations Manager performs regular reviews to identify environmental risks and to ensure that the systems in place are adequate to manage those risks.

Supply and demand risk

The Group is exposed to risks arising from fluctuations in the price and sales volume of trees. The Group intends to manage this risk by aligning its harvest volume to market supply and demand. The Operations Manager performs regular industry trend analyses to ensure that the Group's pricing structure is in line with the market and to ensure that projected harvest volumes are consistent with the expected demand.

Climate and other risks

The Group's plantations are exposed to the risk of damage from climatic changes, diseases, forest fires and other natural forces. The Group has processes in place aimed at monitoring and mitigating those risks, including regular forest health inspections and industry pest and disease surveys.

11. Disposal group and assets held for sale and discontinued operations

During the period, the Group continued its strategy for orderly realisation of the remaining assets in Brazil, in accordance with the Shareholder Update announcement made on 6 October 2015.

The assets in Brazil are ultimately likely to be sold through a disposal of the entities owning the assets. Accordingly, as at 31 October 2020, the Group's Brazil segment is presented as a disposal group held for sale.

The Brazil disposal group comprises the following assets and liabilities held for sale:

 
                                                 Liabilities                      30 April 
                                        Assets      held for        31 October        2020 
                                 held for sale          sale    2020 Unaudited     Audited 
                                           GBP           GBP               GBP         GBP 
-----------------------------  ---------------  ------------  ----------------  ---------- 
 Investment property                 3,383,772             -         3,383,772   4,058,634 
 Plantations                         1,033,131             -         1,033,131   1,485,373 
 Trade and other receivables            63,359             -            63,359      64,299 
 Trade and other payables                    -      (56,244)          (56,244)    (46,269) 
                                     4,480,262      (56,244)         4,424,018   5,562,037 
-----------------------------  ---------------  ------------  ----------------  ---------- 
 

A loss of GBP504,912 (2019: loss of GBP256,300) related to the Brazil disposal group, representing foreign exchange translation of discontinued operations, is included in other comprehensive income (see note 13).

Total assets held for sale in the statement of financial position are as follows:

 
                                                       31 October 2020      30 April 
                                                             Unaudited          2020 
                                                                             Audited 
                                                                   GBP           GBP 
----------------------------------------------------------------------  ------------ 
 Balance brought forward                                     5,608,306    14,292,311 
 Decrease in trade and other receivables                         (940)      (38,870) 
 Costs capitalised to land and plantations                           -       105,317 
 Net proceeds received from disposals of assets held 
  for sale                                                 (1,106,244)   (5,173,865) 
 Loss on disposal of assets held for sale                            -      (20,696) 
 Increase in the fair value of disposal group and assets 
  held for sale                                                      -   (1,637,347) 
 Foreign exchange effect                                      (20,860)   (1,918,544) 
--------------------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------ 
                                                             4,480,262     5,608,306 
----------------------------------------------------------------------  ------------ 
 

As at 31 October 2020 and 30 April 2020, the assets held for sale were all located in Brazil.

The fair value measurement of GBP4,480,262 has been categorised as a Level 3 fair value based on the appraised fair values of the investment property and the appraised fair values of the plantations less costs to sell. These assets were measured using the methods outlined in note 10. The fair value of other assets and liabilities within the disposal group is not significantly different from their carrying amounts.

Net cash flows attributable to the discontinued operations were as follows:

 
                                                             For the six       For the 
                                                            months ended    six months 
                                                              31 October         ended 
                                                                    2020    31 October 
                                                               Unaudited          2019 
                                                                             Unaudited 
                                                                     GBP           GBP 
------------------------------------------------------------------------  ------------ 
 Operating activities 
    Loss for the period before taxation                        (402,880)     (369,631) 
    Adjustments for: 
  Loss on disposal of assets held for sale                             -        69,086 
  Net finance costs                                                6,844           970 
  Decrease/(increase) in trade and other 
   receivables                                                    14,090      (39,337) 
  Increase in trade and other payables                             9,975       130,193 
 Net cash used in operating activities                         (371,971)     (208,719) 
 Net cash from investing activities (proceeds of disposal 
  of assets held for sale less costs capitalised to 
  plantations)                                                 1,106,244       399,054 
 Net cash used in financing activities (net finance 
  costs)                                                         (6,844)         (970) 
 Foreign exchange movements                                     (76,758)      (15,895) 
 Net cash inflow for the period                                  650,671       173,470 
--------------------------------------------  --------------------------  ------------ 
 
 

12. Trade and other receivables

 
                                                31 October 2020    30 April 
                                                                       2020 
                                                            GBP         GBP 
---------------------------------------------------------------  ---------- 
 Non-current 
 Agua Santa sales proceeds receivable                   445,120   1,441,991 
 Ribeirao do Gado sales proceeds receivable             302,609           - 
---------------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------- 
                                                        747,729   1,441,991 
---------------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------- 
 
 Current 
 Agua Santa sales proceeds receivable                 1,723,767   1,734,316 
 Ribeirao do Gado sales proceeds receivable             297,935           - 
 Rental escrow accounts receivable                       38,226      52,316 
 Prepaid expenses                                        29,421      29,416 
---------------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------- 
                                                      2,089,349   1,816,048 
---------------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------- 
 
 Total trade and other receivables                    2,837,078   3,258,039 
---------------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------- 
 
 

13. Foreign exchange effect

The translation reserve movement in the period, all of which was derived from discontinued operations, has arisen as follows:

 
                               Exchange    Exchange   Translation 
                                rate at     rate at       reserve 
                             31 October    30 April      movement 
 31 October 2020                   2020        2020     Unaudited 
-------------------------  ------------  ----------  ------------ 
 Discontinued operations 
 Brazilian Real                  7.4401      6.9081     (504,912) 
 United States Dollar            1.2947      1.2594         (800) 
-------------------------  ------------  ----------  ------------ 
                                                        (505,712) 
---------------------------------------------------  ------------ 
 
 
                               Exchange    Exchange   Translation 
                                rate at     rate at       reserve 
                             31 October    30 April      movement 
 31 October 2019                   2019        2019     Unaudited 
 Discontinued operations 
 Brazilian Real                  5.2017      5.1067     (256,300) 
 United States Dollar            1.2942      1.3032            56 
-------------------------  ------------  ----------  ------------ 
                                                          242,360 
---------------------------------------------------  ------------ 
 

14. Stated capital

 
                                                  31 October 2020    30 April 
                                                        Unaudited        2020 
                                                                      Audited 
                                                              GBP         GBP 
-----------------------------------------------------------------  ---------- 
 Balance brought forward and carried forward            2,000,000   2,000,000 
-----------------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------- 
 
 

The total authorised share capital of the Company is 250 million shares of no par value. On initial placement 104,350,000 shares were issued at 100 pence each. Shares carry no automatic rights to fixed income but the Company may declare dividends from time to time to which shareholders are entitled. Each share is entitled to one vote at meetings of the Company.

On 22 February 2007, a special resolution was passed by the Company to reduce the stated capital account from GBP104,350,000 to GBP2,000,000. Approval was sought from the Royal Court of Jersey and was granted on 29 June 2007. The balance of GBP102,350,000 was transferred to a distributable reserve on that date.

The Company was granted authority by shareholders on 15 August 2008 to make market purchases of its own shares, an authority which has been renewed annually thereafter, most recently on 20 September 2018. However no such authority was sought at the Company's 2019 AGM, and on 17 December 2019, the Board resolved that no further share buybacks would be contemplated until further notice.

Movements of shares in issue

 
                                     For the six       For the 
                                    months ended    six months 
                                 31 October 2020         ended 
                                       Unaudited    31 October 
                                                          2019 
                                                     Unaudited 
                                          Number        Number 
------------------------------------------------  ------------ 
 Brought forward                      73,728,284    74,117,299 
 Share buy-backs during the period             -     (389,015) 
 In issue at 31 October fully paid    73,728,284    73,728,284 
-----------------------------------  -----------  ------------ 
 

15. Reserves

The movements in the reserves for the Group are shown in the Statement of Changes in Equity.

Translation reserve

The translation reserve contains exchange differences arising on consolidation of the Group's foreign operations (see note 13).

Distributable reserve

In June 2007, the Company reduced its stated capital account and a balance of GBP102,350,000 was transferred to distributable reserves. This reserve has been utilised by the Company to purchase its own shares (as at 30 April 2020: GBP7,237,888) and for the payment of total cumulative dividends of GBP12,508,800, leaving a balance at 31 October 2020 of GBP82,603,312 (30 April 2020: GBP82,603,312).

16. Net asset value reconciliation

 
                                                           For the year     For the six 
                                             For the six          ended    months ended 
                                            months ended       30 April      31 October 
                                         31 October 2020           2020            2019 
                                               Unaudited        Audited       Unaudited 
                                                     GBP            GBP             GBP 
--------------------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------- 
 Net asset value brought forward               7,703,686     13,947,395      13,947,395 
 Foreign exchange translation differences      (505,712)    (3,239,954)       (256,244) 
 Loss on disposal of assets held for sale              -       (20,696)        (69,086) 
 Decrease in the fair value of investment 
  property and plantations                             -    (1,637,347)               - 
 Share buy-backs                                       -       (44,931)        (44,931) 
 Net finance costs and exchange differences 
  - continuing operations                       (58,888)      (117,278)        (56,542) 
 Net finance costs and exchange differences 
  - discontinued operations                     (70,411)      (125,624)           1,576 
 Loss before above items                       (572,172)    (1,057,879)       (530,329) 
 Net asset value carried forward               6,496,503      7,703,686      12,991,839 
--------------------------------------------  ----------  -------------  -------------- 
 

17. Related party transactions

During the period the Directors received the following remuneration in the form of fees from the Company:

 
                                   For the six       For the 
                                  months ended    six months 
                               31 October 2020         ended 
                                     Unaudited    31 October 
                                                        2019 
                                                   Unaudited 
                                           GBP           GBP 
----------------------------------------------  ------------ 
 Antony Gardner-Hillman                 24,000        24,000 
 Svante Adde                            12,500        12,500 
 Mark Rawlins (appointed 1 May 2020)    12,500             - 
 Roger Lewis (resigned 30 April 2020)        -        12,500 
                                        49,000        49,000 
----------------------------------------------  ------------ 
 

Robert Rickman was paid GBP53,000 (2019: GBP53,000) in the period as remuneration in his role as Operations Manager (see note 4).

At the period end, Directors held the following interests in the shares of the Company:

 
                                              31 October 2020   30 April 
                                                    Unaudited       2020 
                                                                 Audited 
                                                       Number     Number 
-------------------------------------------------------------  --------- 
 Svante Adde                                          160,840    160,840 
                                                      160,840    160,840 
-------------------------------------------------------------  --------- 
 
 

18. Loan payable to related party

In December 2017, the Group agreed an unsecured loan funding facility with Peter Gyllenhammar AB ('PGAB'), the Company's largest shareholder, for approximately GBP1.4 million, in order to enable the Group to remove outstanding mortgages over the Group's 3R Tocantins property without depleting existing cash balances.

The interest rate on the loan was 6% for the first 12 months and thereafter 8%. PGAB agreed not to have recourse against the existing cash balances. There is no specified repayment date (and consequently no default interest rate) and the Company is only required to repay the loan or pay interest out of cash flow from the land and/or timber assets presently held in Brazil which is surplus to requirements. The loan agreement contains borrower covenants requiring lender consent for the Company to return to shareholders in excess of approximately GBP 2,000,000 of the cash held at the date of the agreement, to purchase own shares for more than 12p per share, to declare or pay any dividend, or to make any significant new investment (not including asset maintenance or repair costs). During the period, no repayments of principal or interest were made.

19. Contingent asset

Until it was settled by the Group on 21 December 2017, there existed a security interest on the property owned by 3R Tocantins Florestais Ltda. ("3R Tocantins") to cover a liability between the previous owners and Banco da Amazonia (BASA), a financial institution which lent money to the previous owners who used the property as collateral. The liability to BASA was settled in the prior year, however 3R Tocantins retains a security interest on Lizarda, another property of the previous owners, as cover for this potential liability. A valuation completed in December 2013 valued this property at BRL 7.7 million (GBP1.0 million), however the security on this property may have been limited to BRL 5.0 million (GBP0.7 million) and may not be enforceable. The Group continues to explore legal options in relation to the Lizarda security interest, and in the event that it is successful in enforcing this interest, the Lizarda property may become an asset of the Group.

20. Events after the reporting period

On 7 December 2020, the Company announced that it had signed an agreement for the sale of the 3R land and plantations in Tocantins state for a consideration of BRL 18.5 million (GBP2.7 million), with BRL 18.1 million payable immediately, and the balance of BRL 0.4 million to be paid pro-rata on the resolution of a dispute with third parties relating to the possession of a small area of land.

On 8 December 2020, the Company announced that it had signed two separate agreements (one of them conditional) with different purchasers for the sale of the land at Forquilha in Minas Gerais state. The agreements provide for a combined consideration for the two sales of BRL 18.9 million (GBP2.7 million), with settlement taking place over 24 months.

The Company is pursuing discussions with a potential purchaser of the remaining non-cash assets, with the aim of bringing forward the collection by the Company of all receivables arising from deferred payment terms applicable to the sales of investment properties. The aim of the Board is to facilitate an earlier return of capital to shareholders in the course of a winding up than would otherwise be the case.

There were no other significant events after the period end which, in the opinion of the Directors, require disclosure in these interim financial statements.

Key Parties

 
 Directors 
 Antony R Gardner-Hillman (Chairman) 
 Svante Adde 
 Mark Rawlins (appointed 1 May 2020) 
 
 Registered Office of the Company 
 Charter Place 
 23-27 Seaton Place 
 St Helier 
 Jersey JE1 1JY 
 
 Operations Manager 
 Robert Rickman 
 Belsyre Court 
 57 Woodstock Road 
 Oxford OX2 6HJ 
 
 Sub-Administrator 
 Praxis Fund Services Limited 
 PO Box 296 
 Sarnia House 
 St Peter Port 
 Guernsey GY1 4NA 
 
 Administrator and Company Secretary 
 Praxis Fund Services (Jersey) Limited 
 Charter Place 
 23-27 Seaton Place 
 St Helier 
 Jersey JE1 1JY 
 
 Auditor 
 KPMG Channel Islands Limited 
 37 Esplanade 
 St Helier 
 Jersey JE4 8WQ 
 
 Registrar, Paying Agent and Transfer Agent 
 Link Market Services Limited 
 6(th) Floor, 65 Gresham Street 
 London EC2V 7NQ 
 
 Corporate Broker and Nominated Adviser for AIM 
 WH Ireland Limited 
 24 Martin Lane 
 London EC4R 0DR 
 
 Property Valuers 
 Holtz Consultoria Ltda 
 Republica Argentina Av. 452 
 Curitiba 
 Agua Verde 80240-210 
 Brazil 
 
 

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