CENTRAL RAND GOLD LIMITED - CRG and Huili Resources GRP LTD enter into
an M.O.U. for the potential sale of CRG (Netherlands Antilles) N.V.Release Date: 12/02/2015 09:00:00 Code(s): CRD PDF(s):
CRG and Huili Resources GRP LTD enter into
an M.O.U. for the potential sale of CRG (Netherlands Antilles) N.V.
Central Rand Gold Limited
(Incorporated as a company with limited liability under the laws of Guernsey,
Company Number 45108)
(Incorporated as an external company with limited liability under the laws of South Africa,
Registration number 2007/019223/10)
LSE share code: CRND JSE share code: CRD
("Central Rand Gold" or the “Company” or “CRG”)
CENTRAL RAND GOLD AND HUILI RESOURCES GROUP LIMITED ENTER INTO
A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING FOR THE POTENTIAL SALE OF
CENTRAL RAND GOLD (NETHERLANDS ANTILLES) N.V.
The Board of Directors of Central Rand Gold (“the Board”) wishes to advise shareholders that on
12 February 2015 has signed an non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Huili Resources
(Group) Limited (“Huili Resources’) in relation to the potential sale of the Company’s subsidiary Central Rand
Gold (Netherlands Antilles) N.V. .
Huili Resources is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (1303:HK). Huili Resources is an investment
holding company and its subsidiaries are principally engaged in the mining, ore processing and sales of
nickel, copper, lead, zinc and gold products in the People’s Republic of China. One of the significant
shareholders of Huili Resources is CRRC Investment Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of China Railway
Resources Group Co.,Ltd.
The MOU with Huili Resources (“Huili MOU”), is substantively consistent with the terms and conditions of the
other MOU’s signed, and also contemplates the potential disposal of 100% of the shares held by Central
Rand Gold in its wholly-owned subsidiary, Central Rand Gold (Netherlands Antilles) N.V. (the “Subsidiary”)
to Huili Resources for consideration of no more than USD150 million (the “Transaction”). Pursuant to the
agreement it is agreed that both parties will seek to enter into a formal sale agreement of the Subsidiary
within four months of the date of the agreement. In addition, within this four month period, this MOU also
includes a unique provision which entitles Huili Resources to the right of first purchase within 21 days of a
third party offer being received for the subsidiary. Importantly, this provision does not prevent the Company
from completing diligence and advancing final form documentation for a potential transaction with any or all
of the MOU Parties.
The Huili Resources offer is subject to a number of conditions including:
* mutual completion of due diligence by both Central Rand Gold and Huili Resources;
* Central Rand Gold obtaining all necessary regulatory and exchange approvals for the potential sale
of the Subsidiary;
* Huili Resources obtaining relevant regulatory approvals;
* the entering into a formal share sale agreement for the sale of the Subsidiary; and
* finalisation of all required due diligence and the execution of a formal share sale agreement.
All MOU Parties have been given full access to the CRG virtual data room. The Company remains fully
engaged with all MOU Parties during this due diligence process. The Company will continue to expedite,
where possible, the due diligence Process; however this will not be done at the expense of shareholder
value. The Company continues to target 31 March 2015 to complete the due diligence process, however this
period may need to be extended to ensure Huili Resources completes the due diligence process.
The Company further advises that it is hosting site vists from a number of the MOU Parties in the month of
February and looks forward to their continued engagement through to the completion of the Transaction.
The Board cautions that at this time there can be no certainty that the discussions with any of the interested
parties will lead to a formal share sale agreement being entered into nor that the potential sale of the
Subsidiary will be completed.
A further announcement relating to the Transaction will be made in due course.
Further Information on Huili Resources
Hami Jinhua Mineral Resources Exploiture Limited (“Hami Jinhua”) and Hami Jiatai Mineral
Resources Exploitture Limited (“Hami Jiatai”)
Hami Jinhua and Hami Jiatai hold three mining permits, namely No.2 Mine, No.20 Mine and Baiganhu Mine
in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China. In addition to this, four exploration permits, namely
Baiganhu Gold, H-989, Heishan and Huangshan were held by Hami Jiatai in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous
Region of China.
It was reported by Huili Resources that No.2 Mine, No.20 Mine and H-989 have a total reserve of 10,554t of
nickel with an average grade of 0.64% and 3,699t of copper with an average grade of 0.23%. Total
resources of 55,340t of nickel with an average grade of 0.56% and 21,990t of copper with an average grade
Baiganhu Mine is a lead and zinc deposit with a reserve of 62,773t of zinc with an average grade of 5.95%
and 39,352t of lead with an average grade of 3.73%. Total resources of 251,450t of zinc with an average
grade of 6.49% and 156,580t of lead with an average grade of 4.03%.
Huili Resources owns 95% of Hami Jiatai and Hami Jinhua, and operates a zinc/lead and a copper/nickel
processing plant with throughput capacity of 1500 tpd respectively.
Further information can be viewed at the following link: http://www.huili.hk/html/bus_project.php.
Shanxi Jiahe Mining Exploitation Limited (“Shangxi Jiahe”)
Shangxi Jiahe is 95% owned by Huili Resources and holds a mining permit, namely Huangjinmei Mine which
produces gold ore. Huangjinmei Mine is based in Shangxi Province, China, it was reported to have a total
gold resources of 9.4 ton (approximately 300,000 oz) with an average grade of 2.95g/t. Shangxi Jiahe has
summited application for approvals related to mine engineering, infrastructure and construction and ore
processing plant; and was expected to start production in the near future. Further information can be viewed
at the following link: http://www.huili.hk/html/bus_project.php.
For further information, please contact:
Central Rand Gold +27 (0) 87 310 4400
Johan du Toit / Nathan Taylor
Charles Stanley Securities Limited +44 (0) 20 7149 6478
Marc Milmo / Mark Taylor
Merchantec Capital +27 (0) 11 325 6363
Monique Martinez / Marcel Goncalves
Jenni Newman Public Relations +27 (0) 11 506 7351
Proprietary Limited Jenni Newman
12 February 2015
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