Exploration Development Incentive
Core has been successful in its application for participation in the Federal Government's Exploration Development Incentive ("EDI") scheme:
- EDI credits will be distributed to shareholders as tax credits for the 2017/18 tax year. To be eligible, shareholders must be on the Company's register at the close of trading on Monday, 21 May 2018;
- The EDI credits will be applied by the ATO to income tax assessed for the year ended 30 June 2018;
- Successful SPP applicants retaining their SPP shares on the Record Date will be entitled to EDI credits.
In March 2015, the Federal Parliament passed legislation introducing the EDI scheme based on an annual application process. The ATO is the administrator of the scheme.
The EDI scheme enables eligible exploration companies to create exploration credits to distribute to shareholders by forgoing a portion of their carried forward tax losses that have arisen from allowable expenditure on "greenfield" exploration.
Australian resident shareholders that are issued with exploration credits will generally be entitled to refundable tax offsets (for individual shareholders or superannuation funds) or franking credits (for companies). Non-residents receiving credits will not be able to utilise them.
The ATO has confirmed that a modulation factor of 1 has been applied to successful applicants, therefore 100% of the amount applied for by the Company of $3,465,336 will be available. At the Company tax rate of 27.5%, this equates to $952,967 EDI credits that will be available for distribution to eligible shareholders on a pro rata basis. The Company currently has 591,604,830 shares on issue, equating to an EDI distribution of 0.161 cents per share. Assuming full participation in the upcoming SPP ($2.0 million), the EDI distribution will reduce to approximately 0.15 cents per share - this assumes no further shares are issued or convertible securities exercised prior to the Record Date.
The amount of EDI credits distributed per share will be reduced by the number of shares to be issued under the Company's current SPP.
The EDI credits will apply to the 2017/18 tax year and must be issued by Core by 30 June 2018.
The Record Date to determine eligibility for EDI credits will be Monday 21 May 2018.
Any other shares issued prior to the Record Date will also be eligible for the credit and will impact the EDI distribution amount per share.
For shareholders to be eligible to receive a pro-rata distribution of EDI tax credits from the Company, they must hold Ordinary shares in the Company as of 7pm (Adelaide time) on Monday 21 May 2018 ("Record Date").
Eligible shareholders will be notified by the Company of their EDI credit entitlement in the approved form on Wednesday, 20 June 2018, and the EDI credits will apply to income tax assessed for the year ended 30 June 2018.
About Core Exploration Ltd
Core Exploration Ltd (ASX:CXO) is an emerging lithium producer focused on development of its Finniss Project near Darwin in the Northern Territory. Core owns 100% of Finniss, a major developing project that lies close to existing infrastructure such as the Darwin Port, grid power, gas and rail infrastructure.
The Finniss Project covers a 500km2 tenement holding and 25 historic pegmatite mines. The project area is about 80km from Darwin Port. Exploration work has generated a near term development timeline, with feasibility studies to be completed over the course of 2018 ahead of receipt of approvals in early 2019 and planned first production during 2019.
An aggressive exploration program is under way, which has confirmed the high quality prospectivity across much of the Finniss Project area. Core's stated ambition is to upgrade Finniss' resource base to fast-track commercialisation options.
Core Exploration Ltd