INVESTMENT IN AMAK
|3 Months Ended|
Mar. 31, 2019
|Equity Method Investments and Joint Ventures [Abstract]|
|INVESTMENT IN AMAK||
INVESTMENT IN AMAK
As of March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, the Company had a non-controlling equity interest of 33.4% in AMAK of approximately $37.4 million and $38.7 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 March 31, 2019.
In first quarter 2018, we completed an exchange of shares with certain stockholders whereby such stockholders traded 65,000 common shares of TREC in exchange for 24,489 shares of our AMAK stock. The 65,000 shares were accounted for as treasury stock. This transaction reduced our ownership percentage from 33.44% to 33.41%.
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
The equity in the earnings (losses) of AMAK reflected on the consolidated statements of income for the three months ended March 31, 2019, and 2018, is comprised of the following:
In connection with the 2018 AMAK share repurchase program, we received net proceeds of approximately $0.4 million during the three months ended March 31, 2019. AMAK expects to complete the share repurchase program in 2019, at which point all shares repurchased from AMAK stockholders will be registered as treasury shares. Upon completion of the share repurchase program, the Company does not believe its ownership percentage in AMAK will change from 33.4%.
For additional information, see Note 10, “Investment in Al Masane Al Kobra Mining Company ("AMAK")” to the consolidated financial statements set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10–K for the year ended December 31, 2018.
At March 31, 2019, and December 31, 2018, we had a receivable from AMAK of approximately $54,000 and $67,000, respectively, relating to unreimbursed travel and Board expenses which are included in prepaid and other assets. We did not advance any cash to AMAK during 2019.
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.
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