INVESTMENT IN AMAK
|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2017
|INVESTMENT IN AMAK [Abstract]|
|INVESTMENT IN AMAK||
17. INVESTMENT IN AMAK
In July 2016 AMAK issued four million shares to provide additional funds for ongoing exploration work and mine start-up activities. Arab Mining Co. ("Armico") purchased 3.75 million shares at 20 Saudi Riyals per share (USD$5.33 per share) and the remaining 250,000 shares are for future use as employee incentives. We did not participate in the offering, thereby reducing our ownership percentage in AMAK to 33.44% from 35.25%.
As of September 30, 2017, and December 31, 2016, the Company had a non-controlling equity interest of 33.44% in AMAK of approximately $44.2 million and $49.4 million, respectively. This investment is accounted for under the equity method. There were no events or changes in circumstances that may have an adverse effect on the fair value of our investment in AMAK at September 30, 2017.
AMAK's financial statements were prepared in the functional currency of AMAK which is the Saudi Riyal (SR). In June 1986 the SR was officially pegged to the U. S. Dollar (USD) at a fixed exchange rate of 1 USD to 3.75 SR.
The summarized results of operation and financial position for AMAK are as follows:
Results of Operations
Gain on settlements with former operator of approximately $0 during the three months ended and $17.4 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2016, relates to a settlement with the former operator of the mine resulting in a reduction of previously accrued operating expenses.
Depreciation and amortization was $6.2 million and $3.2 million for the three months and $16.9 million and $8.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, and 2016, respectively. Therefore, net income before depreciation and amortization was as follows:
The equity in the income or loss of AMAK reflected on the consolidated statements of income for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, and 2016, is comprised of the following:
See our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, for additional information.
We have an advance due from AMAK for reimbursement of fees associated with AMAK Board meetings. We have not advanced any cash to AMAK during 2017.
The entire disclosure for equity method investments and joint ventures. Equity method investments are investments that give the investor the ability to exercise significant influence over the operating and financial policies of an investee. Joint ventures are entities owned and operated by a small group of businesses as a separate and specific business or project for the mutual benefit of the members of the group.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef