News 29 March 2009


Spitfire Oil Limited’s (“Spitfire Oil” or the “Company”) is pleased to publish its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 31st December 2008, a summary of which is attached. 


Spitfire Oil Limited (“Spitfire” or “the Company”) and its subsidiaries (together “the Group”) recorded a loss before tax for the six months ended 31 December 2008 of A$766,608 (2007 A$1,295,142).

During 2008, most of Spitfires’ activities were focused on advancing the delineation of the lignite resource base at Salmon Gums, commencing environmental approvals and progressing proof-of-concept laboratory work on its proprietary L2VTM process to extract oil and other products from the lignite at Salmon Gums.  A number of significant management changes have been made in order to improve the quality and structure of the staff required for future development.

On 27 November 2008, Griffin Mining Limited (“Griffin”) acquired a 39.2% equity interest in Spitfire from Citadel Equity Fund Ltd.  With Mladen Ninkov and Roger Goodwin being directors of the Company and Griffin, Spitfire is now an associated company of Griffin.

License Status

At 31 December 2008, following statutory partial relinquishments, the Group still held 368,000 square kilometres of exploration tenements.  In addition, two mining leases holding the bulk of the currently known resource and totalling 9,854 hectares, were applied for in July 2008 from the Western Australian Department of Industry and Resources.

Resource Delineation and Exploration Program

Since November 2007, Spitfire has been undertaking field delineation and exploration drilling amounting to 420 holes for a total of 12,624 metres drilled. The resource delineation program consisted of infill drilling, special on-lake drilling, logging and coring with the aim of bringing the previously defined Inferred resource to Indicated status. The exploration drilling program consisted of additional air-core drilling in the area surrounding the known resource.

All drilling data and analyses are being entered into a database to generate a new lignite resource with the view of producing an independent updated JORC Indicated resource estimate by June 2009. In addition, 12 tons of lignite bulk samples were collected for use in various laboratory test work.

Other Field Programs

Whilst the main focus of the drilling in the field program has been on exploration and resource delineation, a number of important other activities have also taken place during 2008 including:

L2V Process Technology

In June 2007, the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Spitfire Oil Pty Ltd, entered into a A$4.4 million multi-year research contract with Curtin University of Technology’s (“Curtin”) Centre for Advanced Energy Science and Engineering (“CAESE”) to pursue the optimisation of the L2VTM process.

The program of test work initially fell behind schedule, principally due to academic staff movements.  As a result, Spitfire  decided to bolster its technical staff to provide greater interaction and continuity with Curtin, by employing Mr Barry Tindall,  a coal-to-liquids specialist with over 10 years experience with Sasol of South Africa, including the design and commissioning of coal to liquids technology, as its new Chief Technical Officer.

Subsequently, Professor Chun-Zhu Li joined  Curtin as head of CAESE.  Professor Li was previously at Monash University where he spent years studying Victorian brown coal (i.e. lignite) and carried out extensive research in various areas of energy science and engineering including coal and biomass pyrolysis. 

Since these new staff appointments,  good progress has been made on further proving of the L2VTM process technology, in particular:

Significant progress is anticipated in the near term on key technology, feasibility & optimisation issues.

Environment and Communities

Following consultation with the relevant Australian Federal and State environmental agencies, it has been determined that the development of the Salmon Gums project will be assessed for its environmental impact by way of an Environmental Review and Management Plan which includes an eight week period for public comment.  Extensive baseline flora, fauna, salt lake ecology, waste rock characterisation and groundwater studies were completed during 2008.

Consultation with local communities has been ongoing for some years.  During 2008, the communities from the nearby port of Esperance and local town of Salmon Gums were canvassed and public meetings were held at both locations.  These attracted significant interest from local residents and landholders.  Both  communities and their businesses and local governments have been supportive of Spitfire’s future plans.

Contact has also been made with various Australian Federal and State government bodies for support for Spitfire’s proposed activities. With the resource being locally based and the L2V Process offering an attractive alternative source of energy, Spitfire, in conjunction with CAESA, has been favourably received wherever it has made presentations.


In 2008, Spitfire moved its principal office and management from Melbourne to Perth to align its management activities with the location of its assets, board of directors and State government departments.  In June 2008, Mr Thyl Kint was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Spitfire, replacing Mr Andrew Woskett, who also resigned his position from the board of directors of Spitfire.  Mr Kint is an energy industry professional with over 25 years experience worldwide with oil and gas projects including, most recently, the position of Project Director for BHP Billiton Petroleum’s large Australian Stybarrow and Pyrenees oil and gas projects. Following these changes, the Company is in a much stronger position to undertake the tasks ahead and realise the objectives of achieving viable and economic oil production from the Salmon Gums lignite deposits.

Other Business Opportunities

Although Spitfire’s primary objective remains the commercialisation of its L2V lignite-to-liquids technology over the large resource at Salmon Gums, management continues to evaluate other energy related opportunities and other possible synergistic business opportunities.

The Future

With the dwindling of known world energy resources and the subsequent expectation of significant increases in the price of oil, the Salmon Gums coal to liquids project has become a highly attractive venture.  Should the results from the L2VTM tests be successful and the development of a commercial plant be achievable, the Company has the potential to reap significant financial rewards upon the Salmon Gums project coming into commercial operation.

Spitfire Oil Limited
Consolidated Income Statement
For the Half Year Ended 31 December 2008
(expressed in Australian dollars)

Half year ended 31 December 2008 Unaudited Half year ended 31 December 2007 Audited Year ended 30 June 2008 Audited
Note A$ A$ A$
Non-Operational Revenue 668,522 740,059 1,251,885
Technology and development (374,740) (438,849) (1,883,681)
Promotion and investor relations - 16,563 (17,783)
Impairment of goodwill - (1,120,096) (534,439)
Corporate expenses (905,363) 116,113 (1,410,557)
Other expenses (155,027) (608,932) (234,326)
LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAX (766,608) (1,295,142) (2,828,901)
LOSS FOR THE PERIOD (766,608) (1,295,142) (2,828,901)
Cents Cents Cents
Basic loss per share 5 (1.83) (3.04) (7.06)
Diluted loss per share 5 (1.83) (3.04) (7.06)

The accompanying notes form part of these financial statements.

Spitfire Oil Limited
Consolidated Balance Sheet
31 December 2008
(expressed in Australian dollars)

Half year ended 31 December 2008 Unaudited Half year ended 31 December 2007 Audited Year ended 30 June 2008 Audited
Note A$ A$ A$
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents 11,656,022 18,709,664 14,100,639
Trade and other receivables 207,273 76,963 194,553
Other current assets 44,832 56,135 36,270
Total Current Assets 11,908,127 18,842,762 14,331,462
Non-Current Assets
Other Financial Assets - 10,000 -
Property, plant and equipment 14,674 8,412 41,220
Intangible asset 6,489,280 883,346 3,416,172
Total Non-Current Assets 6,503,954 901,758 3,457,392
TOTAL ASSETS 18,412,081 19,744,520 17,788,854
Current Liabilities
Trade and other payables 374,233 207,900 1,172,319
Total Current Liabilities 374,233 207,900 1,172,319
TOTAL LIABILITIES 374,233 207,900 1,172,319
NET ASSETS 18,037,848 19,536,620 16,616,535
Issued capital 4 20,854,412 20,570,009 20,854,412
Reserves 778,945 261,753 (1,408,976)
Accumulated losses (3,595,509) (1,295,142) (2,828,901)
TOTAL EQUITY 18,037,848 19,536,620 16,616,535

The accompanying notes form part of these financial statements.

Spitfire Oil Limited
Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity
For the Half Year Ended 31 December 2008
(expressed in Australian dollars )

Issued Capital Foreign Currency Translation Accumulated Losses Share Based Remuneration Total
A$ A$ A$ A$ A$
Balance at 30 June 2007 - - - - -
Shares issued 23,300,973 - - - 23,300,973
Share issuance costs (2,730,964) - - - (2,730,964)
Translation of Foreign currency - 261,753 - - 261,753
Net (Loss) for the period - - (1,295,142) - (1,295,142)
Balance at 31 December 2007 20,570,009 261,753 (1,295,142) - 19,536,620
Share issuance costs 284,403 - - - 284,403
Share based remuneration - - - 592,667 592,667
Translation of Foreign currency - (2,263,396) - - (2,263,396)
Net (Loss) for the period - - (1,533,759) - (1,533,759)
Balance at 30 June 2008 20,854,412 (2,001,643) (2,828,901) 592,667 16,616,535
Share based remuneration - - - 127,001 127,001
Translation of Foreign currency - 2,060,920 - - 2,060,920
Net (Loss) for the period - - (766,608) - (766,608)
Balance at 31 December 2008 20,854,412 59,277 (3,595,509) 719,668 18,037,848

The accompanying notes form part of these financial statements.

Spitfire Oil Limited
Consolidated Cash Flow Statement
For the Half Year Ended 31 December 2008
(expressed in Australian dollars)

31 December 2008 Unaudited 31 December 2007 Audited 30 June 2008 Audited
A$ A$ A$
Payments to suppliers and employees (2,052,256) (3,980,202) (2,818,468)
Interest received 305,028 457,600 965,664
R&D tax concession received 311,018 277,788 277,788
NET OPERATING CASH FLOWS (1,436,210) (3,244,814) (1,575,016)
Proceeds from sales of plant and equipment 6,727 - -
Payment for purchases of plant and equipment (2,946) (8,913) (45,262)
Exploration expenditure (3,073,108) (893,346) (3,131,852)
NET INVESTING CASH FLOWS (3,069,327) (902,259) (3,177,114)
Proceeds from issues of securities - 22,939,791 20,854,412
Capital raising costs - (344,807) -
NET FINANCING CASH FLOWS - 22,594,984 20,854,412
NET INCREASE/(DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS (4,505,537) 18,447,911 16,102,282
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period 14,100,639 - -
Effects of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 2,060,920 261,753 (2,001,643)
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT THE END OF THE PERIOD 11,656,022 18,709,664 14,100,639

The accompanying notes form part of these financial statements.

Spitfire Oil Limited
Notes to the Financial Statements

Note 1. Basis of Preparation

The general purpose financial report for the interim half year reporting period ended 31 December 2008 has been prepared in accordance with Accounting Standard IAS134 Interim Financial Reporting and the Corporations Act 2001.

This half- year report has been prepared on an accruals basis and is based on historical costs modified by revaluation of selected non-current assets, financial assets and financial liabilities for which the fair value basis of accounting has been applied. It does not include all notes of the type normally included in an annual financial report and therefore cannot be expected to provide as full an understanding of the financial performance, financial position and financing and investing activities of the consolidated entity as the full financial report.

Accordingly, this report is to be read in conjunction with the annual report for the year ended 30 June 2008 and any public announcements made by Spitfire Oil Limited during the interim reporting period in accordance with the continuous disclosure requirements of the Corporations Act 2001.

The accounting policies adopted are consistent with the 2008 Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2008.

All amounts stated in this interim financial report are represented in Australian Dollars (AUD) unless otherwise stated.

Note 2. Dividends

The Company has not declared any dividends in the period ended 31 December 2008.

Note 3. Contingent Liabilities and Assets

There has been no change in contingent liabilities and assets since the last annual reporting date.

Note 4. Issued Capital

31 December 2008 31 December 2007 30 June 2008
No. $ No. $ No. $
Issued and Paid Up Capital
Fully Paid Ordinary Shares 42,550,668 20,854,412 42,550,668 20,570,009 42,550,668 20,854,412
Total Issued Capital 20,854,412 20,570,009 20,854,412

Note 5: Loss per Share

31 December 2008 31 December 2007 30 June 2008
Basic loss per share (cents) (1.83) (3.04) (7.06)
Diluted loss per share (cents) (1.83) (3.04) (7.06)
a) Net loss used in the calculation of basic and diluted loss per share ($776,608) ($1,295,142) ($2,828,901)
b) Weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the period used in the calculation of basic and diluted loss per share 42,550,668 42,550,668 40,050,309

Options that are considered to be potential ordinary shares are excluded from the weighted average number of ordinary shares used in the calculation of basic loss per share. Where dilutive, potential ordinary shares are included in the calculation of diluted loss per share.

All the options on issue do not have the effect to dilute loss per share. Therefore they have been excluded from the calculation of diluted loss per share.  There have been no other conversions to, call of, or subscriptions for ordinary shares since the reporting date and before the completion of this report.

Note 6: Net Tangible Assets

31 December 2008 31 December 2007 30 June 2008
Net Tangible Assets $11,548,568 $18,653,274 $13,200,363
Shares (No.) 42,550,668 42,550,668 42,550,668
Net Tangible Assets (Cents) 27.14 43.84 31.02

Note 7. Events Subsequent to Reporting Date

No matters or circumstances have arisen since 31st December 2008 which significantly affected or may significantly affect the operations of the consolidated entity, the result of those operations or the state of affairs of the consolidated entity in subsequent financial years.