In this report and in future reporting by the Company,
references to reserves and resources and their
classifications, are in accordance with the Australasian
Code for Reporting of Mineral Resources and Ore
Reserves ('JORC Code'). Estimates are expressions
of judgement based on knowledge, experience and
industry practice. Estimates, which were valid when made,
may change significantly when new information becomes
available. In addition, resource estimates are necessarily
imprecise and depend to some extent on interpretations,
which may ultimately prove to be inaccurate.
Should the Company encounter mineralisation different
from that predicted by past drilling, sampling and similar
examination, resource estimates may have to be adjusted.
This adjustment could affect development and mining
plans, which could adversely impact the Company.
There is no guarantee that any tenement applications
or conversions in which the Company has a current or
potential interest will be granted. Tenement applications
may require the Company to commence negotiations
with relevant government body, minister or official,
landholder, and, in Australia, Vietnam and Solomon
Islands, indigenous representative bodies to gain access
to the underlying land. There is no guarantee that such
negotiations will be successful or that having been
successful the Company will not be challenged by third
parties as it is currently in the Solomon Islands.
Also, due to its exploration activities in Queensland, the
Company must observe its “duty of care” under Aboriginal
Cultural Heritage Act 2003 (Qld) to ensure that its activities
do not harm Aboriginal cultural heritage.
Most of the Company’s revenues from any successful
exploration and mine development will ultimately be
derived from sale of metals. Consequently, the Company’s
expected earnings will be closely related to metal prices.
Metal prices fluctuate and are affected by numerous
factors beyond the control of the Company.
These factors include world demand, forward selling by
producers, and production cost levels in major metal
producing regions. Metal prices may also be affected by
macro-economic factors such as expectations regarding
inflation, interest rates, and global and regional demand
for and supply of metals as well as global economic
conditions. These factors may have an adverse effect on
the Company’s exploration, development and production
activity as well as its ability to fund these activities. The
Company will consider developing a suitable hedging
strategy as and when appropriate.
The Company’s exploration and mining activities will
require significant expenditure. The Company’s ability
to effectively implement its business strategy over time
may depend in part on its ability to raise additional funds,
either in the form of debt or equity. Any additional equity
funding may dilute holdings of shareholders and any debt
financing, if available, may involve restrictive covenants,
which may limit the Company’s operations and business
strategy. Whilst the Board constantly reviews its capital
requirements and expenditure there can be no assurance
that the Company will be able to raise additional funding or
that such funding will be on favourable terms. If adequate
funds are not available on acceptable terms, the Company
may not be able to take advantage of opportunities
or otherwise respond to competitive pressures. This
may have a material adverse effect on the Company’s
activities and the price of its shares.
Dependence on key personnel
The Company’s success depends to a significant
extent on key management personnel, as well as other
management and technical personnel including those
employed on a contractual basis. The loss of the services
of certain personnel could have an adverse effect on the
Company and its operations. The Board has implemented
a long-term incentive plan for senior management and
Directors through a Performance Rights Plan that aligns
the employee with the success of the Company and
shareholder returns. Otherwise the Board is satisfied
that the Company remunerates fairly and responsibly
and where necessary independent remuneration
advice is obtained.
Dependence on third party contractors
The Company will be contracting third parties to provide
surface exploration services and equipment in relation to
its exploration activities. Failure or termination of a contract
with those third parties at any time may result in significant
delays in the Company’s exploration program that may
have a material effect on the Company. The Company will
mitigate these risks through the use of multiple suppliers
where feasible and by actively managing its supplier
relationships and procurement policies.
AXIOM MINING LIMITED
ANNUAL REPORT 2015