INVESTMENT IN AL MASANE AL KOBRA MINING COMPANY ("AMAK")
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2017
|INVESTMENT IN AL MASANE AL KOBRA MINING COMPANY ("AMAK") [Abstract]|
|INVESTMENT IN AL MASANE AL KOBRA MINING COMPANY ("AMAK")||
NOTE 11 - INVESTMENT IN AL MASANE AL KOBRA MINING COMPANY ("AMAK")
We have concluded that we have significant influence over the operating and financial policies of AMAK and, accordingly, should account for our investment in AMAK using the equity method. As of December 31, 2017, and 2016, we had a non-controlling equity interest of approximately $45.1 million and $49.4 million, respectively.
We have received and attached to this Form 10-K the financial statements of AMAK prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America as of December 31, 2017, and 2016, and for each of the three years ended December 31, 2017. These financial statements have been 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
Depreciation and amortization for the years ended December 31, 2017, 2016, and 2015 was $22.4 million, $11.7 million and $23.2 million, 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 years ended December 31, 2017, 2016, and 2015, is comprised of the following:
In 2016 the difference between our effective share of income (loss) from our investment and our actual ownership percentage is attributable to the change in our ownership percentage during the third quarter of 2016.
A gain of approximately $16.2 million for the difference between our initial investment in AMAK and our share of AMAK's initial assets recorded at fair value was not recognized in 2008. This basis difference is being amortized over the life of AMAK's mine which is estimated to be twelve years beginning with its commencement of production in July 2012 as an adjustment to our equity in AMAK's income or loss.
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 SR 20 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 a result of the equity issuance, our share of the net assets of AMAK increased approximately $3.2 million which we recognized as a gain (with a corresponding increase in our investment) in accordance with ASC 323-10-40-1.
The following table shows AMAK shareholders and percentages owned at December 31, 2017:
At December 31, 2017, we had a receivable from AMAK of approximately $121,000 relating to unreimbursed travel and Board expenses which is included in prepaid and other assets.
We assess our investment in AMAK for impairment when events are identified, or there are changes in circumstances that may have an adverse effect on the fair value or recoverability of the investment. We consider recoverable ore reserves and the amount and timing of the cash flows to be generated by the production of those reserves, as well as, recent equity transactions within AMAK. No impairment charges were recorded in 2017, 2016, or 2015.
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