Exhibit 99.1

 
ABN 50 002 664 495
 

Interim Financial Report
for the Six Months Ended
December 31, 2019
 


CORPORATE DIRECTORY

DIRECTORS:

Mr Ian Middlemas – Chairman
Mr Keith Phillips – President & CEO
Mr Anastasios Arima – Non-Executive Director
Mr Jeffrey Armstrong – Non-Executive Director
Mr Jorge Beristain – Non-Executive Director
Mr Levi Mochkin – Non-Executive Director
 
COMPANY SECRETARY:

Mr Gregory Swan
 
OFFICES:

Head Office:
32N Main Street Suite 100
Belmont, NC 28012
UNITED STATES

Site Office:
5706 Dallas-Cherryville Highway 279
Bessemer City, NC 28016
UNITED STATES

Registered Office:
Level 9, 28 The Esplanade
Perth WA 6000
AUSTRALIA
 
WEBSITE:

www.piedmontlithium.com
STOCK EXCHANGE LISTINGS:

Nasdaq Capital Market (NASDAQ: PLL)
Australian Securities Exchange (ASX: PLL)
 
SHARE REGISTRY:

Computershare Investor Services Pty Ltd
Level 11, 172 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
AUSTRALIA
Tel: +61 8 9323 2000
 
LAWYERS:

United States:
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Johnston, Allison & Hord Attorneys

Australia:
DLA Piper Australia
 
BANKERS:

United States:
The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation
PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Australia:
Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited
 
AUDITOR:

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu



CONTENTS
 
 
Page
Directors’ Report
1
Directors’ Declaration
5
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income
6
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
7
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity
8
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
9
Notes to the Financial Statements
10
Auditor’s Independence Declaration
17
Independent Auditor’s Review Report
18



Piedmont Lithium Limited Financial Report for the Six Months Ended December 31, 2019


DIRECTORS’ REPORT

The Directors of Piedmont Lithium Limited present their report on Piedmont Lithium Limited (“Piedmont” or “Company”) and the entities it controlled during the interim six-month period ended December 31, 2019 (“Consolidated Entity” or “Group”).
 
DIRECTORS
 
The names of the Directors of Piedmont Lithium Limited in office during the interim period and until the date of this report are:

Mr Ian Middlemas
Chairman
Mr Keith Phillips
Managing Director, President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr Anastasios Arima
Non-Executive Director (Executive Director until January 31, 2020)
Mr Jeffrey Armstrong
Non-Executive Director
Mr Jorge Beristain
Non-Executive Director
Mr Levi Mochkin
Non-Executive Director

Unless otherwise shown, all Directors were in office from the beginning of the interim period until the date of this report.
 
OPERATING AND FINANCIAL REVIEW
 
Figure 1: Piedmont Lithium Project located within the TSB

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DIRECTORS’ REPORT
(Continued)

OPERATING AND FINANCIAL REVIEW (Continued)
 
Piedmont Lithium Project
 
The Group holds a 100% interest in the Piedmont Lithium Project (“Project”) located within the Carolina Tin-Spodumene Belt (“TSB”) and along trend to the Hallman Beam and Kings Mountain mines, which historically provided most of the western world’s lithium between the 1950s and the 1980s. The TSB has been described as one of the largest lithium regions in the world and is located approximately 25 miles west of Charlotte, North Carolina.
 
The Project comprises approximately 2,295 acres, of which the Group owns approximately 133 acres of surface property (and associated mineral rights) with the remainder subject to exclusive option agreements or land acquisition agreements with local landowners. In addition, the Company also owns a property in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, comprising approximately 61 acres, for the site of the Company’s planned chemical plant.
 
In August 2019 the Company published an expanded Scoping Study for an integrated lithium hydroxide business, which featured a 25-year project life, NPV8 of US$1.45 billion, a US$3,105 per tonne lithium hydroxide cash operating cost, and a US$199 per tonne spodumene concentrate cash operating cost.
 
Highlights
 
Highlights during and subsequent to the interim period were as follows:
 
(a)
Completed an expanded Scoping Study for the fully-integrated Project, which was managed by independent consultants, Primero Group Limited (“Primero”), and delivered outstanding results including:
 

a 25-year mine life and compelling economics including an NPV of US$1.45 billion and an after-tax IRR of 34%, due to attractive capital and operating costs;
 

a chemical plant producing 22,700tpa of lithium hydroxide supported by an open pit mine and concentrator producing 160,000tpa of 6% spodumene concentrate; and
 

by-product quartz (86,000tpa), feldspar (125,000tpa), and mica (13,000tpa) providing credits to the cost of lithium production;
 
(b)
Completed federal permitting required to develop the proposed mine and concentrator at the Project, following receipt of a Clean Water Act Section 404 Standard Individual Permit from the US Army Corps of Engineers;
 
(c)
Appointed Hatch to deliver a pre-feasibility study (“PFS”) for the Company’s proposed lithium hydroxide chemical plant in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, United States. Hatch is a global leader in the development of lithium conversion projects and will utilize its experienced lithium staff to complete the PFS by mid-2020. Primero and Marshall Miller are continuing their work on the proposed mine and concentrator at the Project;
 
(d)
In response to strong interest from prospective lithium hydroxide customers, the Company is accelerating the development of its lithium chemical plant by compressing its project timeline into a single-stage, effectively accelerating chemical plant development by one year while deferring the mine and concentrator construction start date by one year, resulting in integrated operations from day one;
 
(e)
Completed PFS-level metallurgical test work demonstrating high quality spodumene concentrate product with a grade above 6.0% Li2O, iron oxide below 1.0%, and low impurities from representative samples using a combination of Dense Medium Separation and flotation technology;
 
(f)
Completed the Company’s Phase 4 drill program, which comprised 113 holes for a total of 18,393 meters. The Phase 4 drill program was successful in expanding the Project’s mine life from 13 to 25 years (as reported in the expanded Scoping Study published in August 2019);

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DIRECTORS’ REPORT
(Continued)

OPERATING AND FINANCIAL REVIEW (Continued)
 
Highlights (Continued)
 
(g)
Assays from the final 19 drill holes of the Phase 4 drilling program at our Central and Core properties intersected significant mineralization, including 36.0m @ 1.11% Li2O and 44.9m @ 1.30% Li2O in Hole 19-CT-19, 13.0m @ 1.28% Li2O and 7.3m @ 1.37% Li2O in Hole 19-CT-26, and 14.8m @ 1.55% Li2O and 12.4m @ 1.02% Li2O in Hole 19-BD-332;
 
(h)
Completed Mineral Resource estimates and bench-scale metallurgical testwork for by-product quartz, feldspar and mica as by-products of spodumene concentrate from the Project. The Mineral Resource estimates were prepared by independent consultants, CSA Global Pty Ltd;
 
(i)
Entered into a Letter of Intent with Ion Carbon & Minerals, LLC (“Ion”) to partner to market the quartz, feldspar, and mica produced at the Project. Ion is wholly owned by the AMCI Group, a leading specialist natural resources investor and marketer with a long-standing track record of success across a broad range of commodities;
 
(j)
Continued numerous preliminary off-take, financing and strategic conversations, including companies from the lithium, mining, chemicals, battery, automotive and private equity sectors; and
 
(k)
Completed a private placement of 145 million shares at an issue price of A$0.145 per share to raise gross proceeds of A$21.0 million (US$14.6 million), led by cornerstone investor, Fidelity International and the Company’s largest shareholder, AustralianSuper.
 
Operating Results
 
The Consolidated Entity’s net loss after tax for the six months ended December 31, 2019 was US$3,475,979 (December 31, 2018: US$3,921,521). This loss is partly attributable to:
 
(a)
exploration and evaluation expense of US$2,244,601 (December 31, 2018: US$2,700,013), which is attributable to the Group’s accounting policy of expensing exploration and evaluation expenditure (other than expenditures incurred in the acquisition of the rights to explore, including option payments to landowners) incurred by the Group in the period subsequent to the acquisition of the rights to explore and up to the successful completion of definitive feasibility studies for each separate area of interest; and
 
(b)
non-cash share-based payment expenses of US$99,137 (December 31, 2018: US$337,118) which is attributable to expensing the value (estimated using an option pricing model) of incentive options granted to key employees, consultants and advisors. The value is measured at grant date and recognised over the period during which the option holders become unconditionally entitled to the options.
 
SIGNIFICANT POST BALANCE DATE EVENTS
 
(a)
On February 11, 2020, the Company announced the proposed issue, subject to shareholder approval, of 2,000,000 fully paid ordinary shares to Non-Executive Directors and 6,000,000 incentive options and 2,250,000 performance rights to the Managing Director as part of remuneration arrangements and to incentivise continued performance.
 
Other than as outlined above, at the date of this report there are no other significant events occurring after balance date requiring disclosure.

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DIRECTORS’ REPORT
(Continued)

AUDITOR’S INDEPENDENCE DECLARATION
 
Section 307C of the Corporations Act 2001 requires our auditors, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, to provide the directors of Piedmont Lithium Limited with an Independence Declaration in relation to the review of the interim financial report. This Independence Declaration is on page 17 and forms part of this Directors’ Report.

Signed in accordance with a resolution of Directors.
 
KEITH PHILLIPS
President & CEO

March 9, 2020

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DIRECTORS’ DECLARATION

In accordance with a resolution of the Directors of Piedmont Lithium Limited, I state that:
 
In the opinion of the Directors:
 
(a)
the attached financial statements and notes thereto are in accordance with the Corporations Act 2001, including:
 

(i)
section 304 (compliance with accounting standards and Corporations Regulations 2001); and
 

(ii)
section 305 (true and fair view); and
 
(b)
there are reasonable grounds to believe that the Company will be able to pay its debts as and when they become due and payable.

On behalf of the Board
 
KEITH PHILLIPS
President & CEO

March 9, 2020

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF PROFIT OR LOSS AND OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2019

 
Note
Six Months Ended
December 31, 2019
US$
Six Months Ended
December 31, 2018
US$
       
Continuing operations
     
Finance income/(expenses)
3
107,672
47,793
Exploration and evaluation expenses
 
(2,244,601)
       (2,700,013)
Corporate and administrative expenses
 
(721,382)
          (486,710)
Business development expenses
 
(564,702)
          (660,991)
Share based payments
 
(99,137)
          (337,118)
Other income/(expenses)
3
46,171
215,518
Loss before income tax
 
(3,475,979)
(3,921,521)
Income tax expense
 
-
-
Loss for the period
 
(3,475,979)
(3,921,521)
Loss attributable to members of Piedmont Lithium Limited
 
(3,475,979)
(3,921,521)
       
Other comprehensive income
     
Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:
     
Exchange differences arising on translation of foreign operations
 
(10,521)
(353,936)
Other comprehensive loss for the period, net of tax
 
(10,521)
(353,936)
Total comprehensive loss for the period
 
(3,486,500)
(4,275,457)
Total comprehensive loss attributable to members of Piedmont Lithium Limited
 
(3,486,500)
(4,275,457)
       
Loss per share
     
Basic and diluted loss per share (cents per share)
 
(0.43)
(0.68)

The above Condensed Consolidated Statement of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes.

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION
AS AT DECEMBER 31, 2019

 
Note
December 31, 2019
US$
June 30, 2019
US$
       
ASSETS
     
Current Assets
     
Cash and cash equivalents
 
11,392,862
4,432,150
Trade and other receivables
 
61,818
59,679
Total Current Assets
 
11,454,680
4,491,829
       
Non-Current Assets
     
Exploration and evaluation assets
4
4,384,298
2,265,121
Property, plant and equipment
5
890,997
26,195
Total Non-Current Assets
 
5,275,295
2,291,316
       
TOTAL ASSETS
 
16,729,975
6,783,145
       
LIABILITIES
     
Current Liabilities
     
Trade and other payables
 
566,226
2,144,071
Other financial liabilities
6
317,203
-
Total Current Liabilities
 
883,429
2,144,071
       
Non-Current Liabilities
     
Other financial liabilities
6
739,143
-
Total Non-Current Liabilities
 
739,143
-
       
TOTAL LIABILITIES
 
1,622,572
2,144,071
       
NET ASSETS
 
15,107,403
4,639,074
       
EQUITY
     
Contributed equity
7
63,428,978
48,853,707
Reserves
8
1,098,246
1,990,135
Accumulated losses
 
(49,419,821)
(46,204,768)
TOTAL EQUITY
 
15,107,403
4,639,074

The above Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes.

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY
FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2019

 
Ordinary
Shares
US$
Share
Based
Payments
Reserve
US$
Foreign
Currency
Translation
Reserve
US$
Accumulated
Losses
US$
Total
Equity
US$
           
As at July 1, 2019
48,853,707
2,287,301
(297,166)
(46,204,768)
4,639,074
Effect of adoption of AASB 16 (Note 1(c))
-
-
-
(13,009)
(13,009)
As at July 1, 2019 (restated)
48,853,707
2,287,301
(297,166)
(46,217,777)
4,626,065
Net loss for the period
-
-
-
(3,475,979)
(3,475,979)
Exchange differences arising on translation of foreign operations
-
-
(10,521)
-
(10,521)
Total comprehensive loss
-
-
(10,521)
(3,475,979)
(3,486,500)
Share placement
14,557,710
-
-
-
14,557,710
Share issue costs
(689,009)
-
-
-
(689,009)
Exercise of incentive options
706,570
(706,570)
-
-
-
Expiration of incentive options
-
(273,935)
-
273,935
-
Share based payments
-
99,137
-
-
99,137
As at December 31, 2019
63,428,978
1,405,933
(307,687)
(49,419,821)
15,107,403
           
As at July 1, 2018
40,483,348
1,897,391
68,917
(36,382,142)
6,067,514
Net loss for the period
-
-
-
(3,921,521)
(3,921,521)
Exchange differences arising on translation of foreign operations
-
-
(353,936)
-
(353,936)
Total comprehensive loss
-
-
(353,936)
(3,921,521)
(4,275,457)
Share placement
8,560,221
-
-
-
8,560,221
Share issue costs
(505,490)
-
-
-
(505,490)
Conversion of employee rights
27,829
(27,829)
-
-
-
Share based payments
-
 337,118
-
-
337,118
As at December 31, 2018
48,565,908
2,206,680
(285,019)
(40,303,663)
10,183,906

The above Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes.

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2019

 
Six Months Ended
December 31, 2019
US$
Six Months Ended
December 31, 2018
US$
     
Cash flows from operating activities
   
Payments to suppliers and employees
(5,082,888)
(5,261,837)
Interest paid
(39,153)
-
Interest received
117,836
44,557
Net cash flows used in operating activities
(5,004,205)
(5,217,280)
     
Cash flows from investing activities
   
Purchase of exploration and evaluation assets
(1,169,141)
(730,450)
Purchase of property, plant and equipment
(652,000)
(20,856)
Net cash flows used in investing activities
(1,821,141)
(751,306)
     
Cash flows from financing activities
   
Proceeds from issue of shares
14,557,710
8,560,221
Share issue costs
(689,008)
(481,621)
Repayment of borrowings
(95,727)
-
Payment of principal portion of lease liabilities
(33,088)
-
Net cash inflow from financing activities
13,739,887
8,078,600
     
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
6,914,541
2,110,014
Net foreign exchange differences
46,171
235,518
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period
4,432,150
7,238,492
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period
11,392,862
9,584,024

The above Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes.

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NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2019

1.
SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
 
The interim consolidated financial statements of Piedmont Lithium Limited and its consolidated entities (collectively, the “Group”) for the six-months ended December 31, 2019 were authorised for issue in accordance with the resolution of the directors on March 6, 2020.
 
Piedmont Lithium Limited (the “Company”) is a for profit company limited by shares, incorporated and domiciled in Australia, whose shares are publicly traded on the Australian Securities Exchange (“ASX”) and Nasdaq Capital Market (“NASDAQ”). The Group’s principal activities are the exploration and development of mineral resource properties.
 
(a)
Basis of Preparation
 
This general-purpose financial report for the interim six-month reporting period ended December 31, 2019 has been prepared in accordance with Accounting Standard AASB 134 Interim Financial Reporting and the Corporations Act 2001.
 
This interim financial report does not include all the notes of the type normally included in an annual financial report.  Accordingly, this report is to be read in conjunction with the annual report of the Company for the year ended June 30, 2019 and any public announcements made by the Company and its controlled entities during the interim reporting period in accordance with the continuous disclosure requirements of the Corporations Act 2001.
 
The financial report has been prepared on a historical cost basis and is presented in United States dollars (US$).

The consolidated financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis, which assumes the continuity of normal business activity and the realisation of assets and the settlement of liabilities in the ordinary course of business.
 
The accounting policies and methods of computation adopted in the preparation of the interim financial report are consistent with those adopted and disclosed in the Group’s annual financial report for the financial year ended June 30, 2019, except as disclosed below. These accounting policies are consistent with Australian Accounting Standards and with International Financial Reporting Standards.
 
(b)
Statement of Compliance
 
In the current period, the Group has adopted all of the new and revised standards, interpretations and amendments that are relevant to its operations and effective for annual reporting periods beginning on or after July 1, 2019.  New and revised standards and amendments thereof and interpretations effective for the current reporting period that are relevant to the Group include:
 
AASB 16 Leases
Interpretation 23 Uncertainty over Income Tax Treatments
AASB 2017-7 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards – Long-term Interests in Associates and Joint Ventures
AASB 2018-1 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards – Annual Improvements 2015-2017 Cycle
AASB 2018-2 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards – Plan Amendment, Curtailment or Settlement

The Group has not early adopted any other standard, interpretation or amendment that has been issued but is not yet effective. Other than AASB 16, the other new standards have not had a material effect on the Group’s financial statements. A discussion on the adoption of AASB 16 is included in note 1(c).

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NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2019
(Continued)

1.
SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (Continued)
 
(c)
Changes in Accounting Policies
 
The accounting policies adopted in the preparation of the half-year financial report are consistent with those applied in the preparation of the Group’s annual financial report for the year ended June 30, 2019, except for new standards, amendments to standards and interpretations effective July 1, 2019 as set out in note 1(b).
 
AASB 16 Leases

The Group applied AASB 16 using the modified retrospective approach, under which the cumulative effect of initial application is recognised in retained earnings at July 1, 2019. Accordingly, the comparative information presented for 2018 and 2019 is not restated – i.e. it is presented, as previously reported, under AASB 117 and related interpretations. The details of the changes in accounting policies are disclosed below. Additionally, the disclosure requirements in AASB 16 have not generally been applied to comparative information.
 
Definition of a lease
 
Previously, the Group determined at contract inception whether an arrangement was or contained a lease under IFRIC 4 Determining whether an Arrangement contains a Lease. At inception of a contract, the Group assesses whether a contract is, or contains, a lease. A contract is, or contains, a lease if the contract conveys the right to control the use of an identified asset for a period of time in exchange for consideration. To assess whether a contract conveys the right to control the use of an identified asset, the Group uses the definition of a lease in AASB 16.
 
On transition to AASB 16, the Group elected to apply the practical expedient to grandfather the assessment of which transactions are leases. The Group applied AASB 16 only to contracts that were previously identified as leases. Contracts that were not identified as leases under AASB 117 and IFRIC 4 were not reassessed for whether there is a lease under AASB 16.
 
As a lessee
 
As a lessee, the Group leases primarily property assets. The Group previously classified leases as operating or finance leases based on its assessment of whether the lease transferred significantly all of the risks and rewards incidental to ownership of the underlying asset to the Group. Under AASB 16, the Group recognises right-of-use assets and lease liabilities for most of these leases – i.e. these leases are now on-balance sheet.
 
At commencement or on modification of a contract that contains a lease component, the Group allocates the consideration in the contract to each lease component on the basis of its relative stand-alone price. However, for leases of property the Group has elected not to separate non-lease components and account for the lease and associated non-lease components as a single lease component.
 
Leases classified as operating leases under AASB 117
 
Previously, the Group classified property leases as operating leases under AASB 117. On transition, for these leases, lease liabilities were measured at the present value of the remaining lease payments, discounted at the Group’s incremental borrowing rate as at July 1, 2019. The Group has measured right-of-use assets at their carrying amount as if AASB 16 had been applied since the commencement date, discounted using the Group’s incremental borrowing rate at the date of initial application.
 
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NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2019
(Continued)

1.
SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (Continued)
 
(c)
Changes in Accounting Policies (Continued)
 
AASB 16 Leases (Continued)
 
The Group used a number of practical expedients when applying AASB 16 to leases previously classified as operating leases under AASB 117. In particular, the Group:
 
did not recognise right-of-use assets and liabilities for leases for which the lease term ends within 12 months of the date of initial application;
did not recognise right-of-use assets and liabilities for leases of low value assets (e.g. IT equipment);
excluded initial direct costs from the measurement of the right-of-use asset at the date of initial application; and
used hindsight when determining the lease term.
 
Leases classified as finance leases under AASB 117
 
The Group did not have any leases that were previously classified as finance leases under AASB 117.
 
Impact on transition
 
On transition to AASB 16, the Group recognised additional right-of-use assets and additional lease liabilities, recognising the difference in accumulated losses. The impact on transition is summarised below.

 
As previously
 reported
US$
AASB 16
adjustment
US$
As adjusted at
July 1, 2019
US$
Property, plant and equipment
26,195
222,116
248,311
Other financial liabilities
-
(235,125)
(235,125)
Accumulated losses
(46,204,768)
(13,009)
(46,217,777)
 
When measuring liabilities for leases that were classified as operating leases, the Group discounted lease payments using its incremental borrowing rate at July 1, 2019. The weighted average rate applied is 13%.

(d)
Issued standards and interpretations not early adopted
 
Australian Accounting Standards and Interpretations that have recently been issued or amended but are not yet effective have not been adopted by the Group for the reporting period ended December 31, 2019. Those which may be relevant to the Group are set out in the table below, but these are not expected to have any significant impact on the Group’s financial statements:

Standard/Interpretation
Application Date
of Standard
Application Date
for Company
AASB 2018-6 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards – Definition of a Business
January 1, 2020
July 1, 2020
AASB 2018-7 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards – Definition of Material
January 1, 2020
July 1, 2020
Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting (Conceptual Framework)
January 1, 2020
July 1, 2020
2019-1 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards – References to the Conceptual Framework
January 1, 2020
July 1, 2020
AASB 2018-6 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards – Definition of a Business
January 1, 2020
July 1, 2020
 
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NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2019
(Continued)

2.
SEGMENT INFORMATION
 
AASB 8 requires operating segments to be identified on the basis of internal reports about components of the Consolidated Entity that are regularly reviewed by the chief operating decision maker in order to allocate resources to the segment and to assess its performance.
 
The Consolidated Entity operates in one segment, being mineral exploration in the United States of America.
 
3.
INCOME AND EXPENSES
 
 
Six Months Ended
December 31, 2019
US$
Six Months Ended
December 31, 2018
US$
     
Finance income/(expenses)
   
Interest income
146,825
47,793
Interest expense
(39,153)
-
Total finance income/(expenses)
107,672
47,793
     
Other income/(expenses)
   
Net foreign exchange gain
46,171
235,518
Write-off of deposits
-
(20,000)
Total other income/(expenses)
46,171
215,518
 
4.
EXPLORATION AND EVALUATION ASSETS
 
 
Piedmont Lithium Project
US$
   
Net book value at July 1, 2019
2,265,121
Additions1
2,119,177
Carrying amount at the end of the period 2,3
4,384,298
 
Notes:
 
1
During the six months ended December 31, 2019, the Group incurred acquisition costs of US$1,286,890 (relating to our owned properties) and option costs of US$832,287 (relating to our optioned properties) which have been capitalised as ‘exploration and evaluation assets’ as part of the Piedmont Lithium Project.
 
2
As at December 31, 2019, the Company owns approximately 133 acres of surface property and the associated mineral rights and has entered into exclusive option agreements with local landowners, which upon exercise, allow the Group to purchase (or in some cases long-term lease) approximately 2,162 acres of surface property and the associated mineral rights from the private landowners, which comprise the Piedmont Lithium Project. For those properties under option, no liability has been recorded for the consideration payable to landowners if the Group chooses to exercise its option (refer to Note 10 for further details of contingent liabilities).
 
3
The ultimate recoupment of costs carried for exploration and evaluation phases is dependent on the successful development and commercial exploitation or sale of the respective areas.

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NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2019
(Continued)

5.
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT
 
 
Freehold
land
Plant and
Equipment
Right-of-
Use Assets
Total
 
US$
US$
US$
US$
         
Carrying amount at July 1, 2019
-
26,195
-
26,195
Effect of adoption of AASB 16 (Note 1(c))
-
-
222,116
222,116
Carrying amount at July 1, 2019 (restated)
 
26,195
222,116
248,311
Additions
687,000
-
-
687,000
Depreciation and amortization
-
(5,937)
(38,377)
(44,314)
Carrying amount at December 31, 2019
687,000
20,258
183,739
890,997
 - at cost
687,000
36,426
222,116
945,542
 - accumulated depreciation and amortization
-
(16,168)
(38,377)
(54,545)
 
6.
OTHER FINANCIAL LIABILITIES
 
 
December 31, 2019
US$
June 30, 2019
US$
     
Current
   
Loans and borrowings1
242,323
-
Lease liabilities
74,880
-
Total current other financial liabilities
317,203
-
     
Non-current
   
Loans and borrowings1
611,987
-
Lease liabilities
127,156
-
Total non-current other financial liabilities
739,143
-
     
Total other financial liabilities
1,056,346
-
 
Notes:
 
1
At December 31, 2019, the Group had loans and borrowings relating to two surface properties that form part of ‘exploration and evaluation assets’. The first has an outstanding balance of US$294,570 at December 31, 2019 and is repayable in monthly instalments until October 2023, based on an interest rate of 10%, and secured by the respective surface property. The second has an outstanding balance of US$559,740 and is repayable in monthly instalments until September 2022, based on an implied interest rate of 10%, and secured by the respective surface property.

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NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2019
(Continued)

7.
CONTRIBUTED EQUITY
 
 
December 31, 2019
US$
June 30, 2019
US$
Issued capital
   
824,320,206 fully paid ordinary shares (June 30, 2019: 670,380,352)
63,428,978
48,853,707
 
(a)
Movements in issued capital

Date
Details
Number of
Ordinary
Shares
Issue
Price
US$
Jul 1, 2019
Opening balance
670,380,352
 
48,853,707
Jul 10, 2019
Share placement
145,000,000
A$0.145
14,557,710
Dec 20, 2019
Exercise of incentive options
8,939,854
-
706,570
Dec 31, 2019
Share issue costs
-
-
(689,009)
Dec 31, 2019
Closing balance
824,320,206
 
63,428,978

8.
RESERVES
 
 
December 31, 2019
US$
June 30, 2019
US$
Reserves
   
Share based payments reserve (note 8(a))
1,405,933
2,287,301
Foreign currency translation reserve
(307,687)
(297,166)
 
1,098,246
1,990,135
 
(a)
Movements in share based payments reserve
 
Date
Details
Number of
Incentive
Options
Number of
Performance
Rights
US$
Jul 1, 2019
Opening balance
84,650,000
50,000
2,287,301
Various
Grant of incentive options
2,200,000
-
-
Dec 20, 2019
Exercise of incentive options
(31,500,000)
-
(706,570)
Dec 31, 2019
Expiration of incentive options
(16,500,000)
-
(273,935)
Dec 31, 2019
Share based payment expense
-
-
99,137
Dec 31, 2019
Closing balance
38,850,000
50,000
1,405,933
 
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NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2019
(Continued)

9.
DIVIDENDS PAID OR PROVIDED FOR
 
No dividend has been paid or provided for during the six months ended December 31, 2019 (December 31, 2018: nil).
 
10.
CONTINGENT ASSETS AND LIABILITIES
 
At December 31, 2019, the Group had entered into exclusive option agreements and/or land acquisition agreements with local landowners in North Carolina, United States, in relation to its Piedmont Lithium Project, which upon exercise, allows the Group to purchase (or in some cases long-term lease) approximately 2,162 acres of surface property and the associated mineral rights from the local landowners. Upon exercise of the option agreements, in the case of a purchase, the Group will generally pay cash consideration approximating the fair market value of the surface property at the time of exercise (excluding the value of any minerals) plus 50%, and in the case of a long-term lease, the Group will pay annual advanced royalty payments per acre. The landowners will also retain a production royalty payable on production of ore from the property, generally between US$0.50 to US$2.00 per tonne of ore produced.
 
11.
SUBSEQUENT EVENTS AFTER BALANCE DATE
 
(a)
On February 11, 2020, the Company announced the proposed issue (subject to shareholder approval) of 2,000,000 fully paid ordinary shares to Non-Executive Directors and 6,000,000 incentive options and 2,250,000 performance rights to the Managing Director as part of remuneration arrangements and to incentivise continued performance.
 
Other than as outlined above, at the date of this report there are no other significant events occurring after balance date requiring disclosure.

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AUDITOR’S INDEPENDENCE DECLARATION

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
  ABN 74 490 121 060
   
 
Tower 2, Brookfield Place
  123 St Georges Terrace
 
Perth WA 6000
  GPO Box A46
  Perth WA 6837 Australia
   
 
Tel: +61 8 9365 7000
  Fax: +61 8 9365 7001
 
www.deloitte.com.au

The Board of Directors
 
Piedmont Lithium Limited  
Level 9, BGC Centre  
Perth, WA 6000
 

9 March 2020
 
Dear Board Members

Piedmont Lithium Limited
 
In accordance with section 307C of the Corporations Act 2001, I am pleased to provide the following declaration of independence to the directors of Piedmont Lithium Limited.
 
As lead audit partner for the review of the financial statements of Piedmont Lithium Limited for the half year ended 31 December 2019, I declare that to the best of my knowledge and belief, there have been no contraventions of:
 

(i)
the auditor independence requirements of the Corporations Act 2001 in relation to the review; and

(ii)
any applicable code of professional conduct in relation to the review.

Yours sincerely,


DELOITTE TOUCHE TOHMATSU

David Newman
Partner
Chartered Accountants
 
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

Member of Deloitte Asia Pacific Limited and the Deloitte Network

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INDEPENDENT AUDITOR’S REVIEW REPORT

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
  ABN 74 490 121 060
   
 
Tower 2, Brookfield Place
  123 St Georges Terrace
 
Perth WA 6000
  GPO Box A46
  Perth WA 6837 Australia
   
 
Tel: +61 8 9365 7000
 
Fax: +61 8 9365 7001
 
www.deloitte.com.au

Independent Auditor’s Review Report to the members of Piedmont Lithium Limited
 
We have reviewed the accompanying half-year financial report of Piedmont Lithium Limited, which comprises the condensed consolidated statement of financial position as at 31 December 2019, and the condensed consolidated statement of profit or loss and other comprehensive income, the condensed consolidated statement of cash flows and the condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity for the half-year ended on that date, notes comprising a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information, and the directors’ declaration of the consolidated entity comprising the company and the entities it controlled at the end of the half-year or from time to time during the half- year.
 
Directors’ Responsibility for the Half-Year Financial Report
 
The directors of the company are responsible for the preparation of the half-year financial report that gives a true and fair view in accordance with Australian Accounting Standards and the Corporations Act 2001 and for such internal control as the directors determine is necessary to enable the preparation of the half-year financial report that gives a true and fair view and is free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.

Auditor’s Responsibility
 
Our responsibility is to express a conclusion on the half-year financial report based on our review. We conducted our review in accordance with Auditing Standard on Review Engagements ASRE 2410 Review of a Financial Report Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity, in order to state whether, on the basis of the procedures described, we have become aware of any matter that makes us believe that the half-year financial report is not in accordance with the Corporations Act 2001 including: giving a true and fair view of the consolidated entity’s financial position as at 31 December 2019 and its performance for the half-year ended on that date; and complying with Accounting Standard AASB 134 Interim Financial Reporting and the Corporations Regulations 2001. As the auditor of Piedmont Lithium Limited, ASRE 2410 requires that we comply with the ethical requirements relevant to the audit of the annual financial report.

A review of a half-year financial report consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures. A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with Australian Auditing Standards and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

Member of Deloitte Asia Pacific Limited and the Deloitte Network

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(CONTINUED)


Auditor’s Independence Declaration
 
In conducting our review, we have complied with the independence requirements of the Corporations Act 2001. We confirm that the independence declaration required by the Corporations Act 2001, which has been given to the directors of Piedmont Lithium Limited, would be in the same terms if given to the directors as at the time of this auditor’s review report.

Conclusion
 
Based on our review, which is not an audit, we have not become aware of any matter that makes us believe that the half-year financial report of Piedmont Lithium Limited is not in accordance with the Corporations Act 2001, including:
 
(a)
giving a true and fair view of the consolidated entity’s financial position as at 31 December 2019 and of its performance for the half-year ended on that date; and
 
(b)
complying with Accounting Standard AASB 134 Interim Financial Reporting and the Corporations Regulations 2001.


DELOITTE TOUCHE TOHMATSU


David Newman
Partner
Chartered Accountants
Perth, 9 March 2020

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Forward Looking Statements
 
This report may include forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on Piedmont’s expectations and beliefs concerning future events. Forward looking statements are necessarily subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the control of Piedmont, which could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. Piedmont makes no undertaking to subsequently update or revise the forward-looking statements made in this report, to reflect the circumstances or events after the date of that report.
 
Cautionary Note to United States Investors Concerning Estimates of Measured, Indicated and Inferred Resources
 
The Project’s Core Property Mineral Resource of 25.1Mt @ 1.13% Li2O comprises Indicated Mineral Resources of 12.5Mt @ 1.13% Li2O and Inferred Mineral Resources of 12.6Mt @ 1.04% Li2O.  The Central Property Mineral Resource of 2.80Mt @ 1.34% Li2O comprises Indicated Mineral Resources of 1.41Mt @ 1.38% Li2O and 1.39Mt @ 1.29% Li2O.

The information contained in this report has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the securities laws in effect in Australia, which differ from the requirements of U.S. securities laws. The terms “mineral resource”, “measured mineral resource”, “indicated mineral resource” and “inferred mineral resource” are Australian terms defined in accordance with the 2012 Edition of the Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves (the “JORC Code”).  However, these terms are not defined in Industry Guide 7 (“SEC Industry Guide 7”) under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”), and are normally not permitted to be used in reports and filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Accordingly, information contained herein that describes Piedmont’s mineral deposits may not be comparable to similar information made public by U.S. companies subject to reporting and disclosure requirements under the U.S. federal securities laws and the rules and regulations thereunder. U.S. investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in Piedmont’s Form 20-F, a copy of which may be obtained from Piedmont or from the EDGAR system on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov/.
 
Competent Persons Statement
 
The information in this report that relates to Exploration Results, Exploration Targets, Mineral Resources, Metallurgical Testwork Results, Process Design, Process Plant Capital Costs, and Process Plant Operating Costs, Mining Engineering and Mining Schedule was extracted from our ASX announcement dated August 7, 2019 entitled “Updated Scoping Study Extends Project Life and Enhances Exceptional Economics” which is available to view on the Company’s website at www.piedmontlithium.com. Piedmont confirms that: a) it is not aware of any new information or data that materially affects the information included in the original ASX announcements; b) all material assumptions and technical parameters underpinning Mineral Resources, Exploration Targets, Production Targets, and related forecast financial information derived from Production Targets included in the original ASX announcements continue to apply and have not materially changed; and c) the form and context in which the relevant Competent Persons’ findings are presented in this report have not been materially modified from the original ASX announcements.


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