CENTRAL RAND GOLD LIMITED - Placing and SubscriptionRelease Date: 20/05/2015 09:00:00 Code(s): CRD PDF(s):
Placing and Subscription
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
LSE share code: CRND JSE share code: CRD
(“Central Rand Gold” or the “Company”)
Placing and Subscription
Central Rand Gold is pleased to announce that it is undertaking a placing and subscription to raise £0.60 million
through the placing (the “Placing”) of 2,550,000 new ordinary shares ("Placing Shares") and the subscription (the
“Subscription”) of 3,465,000 new ordinary shares ("Subscription Shares") at a price of 10 pence (“Issue Price”) per
ordinary share. The Placing and Subscription are conditional, amongst other things, upon the passing of a
resolution to be proposed at an extraordinary general meeting of the Company to be held on 17 June 2015
("Extraordinary General Meeting").
Background to and Reasons for the Placing and Subscription
Central Rand Gold is the holding company for a group of companies engaged in gold mining and exploration
projects within the Central Rand Goldfield, bordering the southern outskirts of Johannesburg in South Africa.
Central Rand Gold has New Order mining rights from the South African Department of Minerals Resources over
the Consolidated Main Reef, Langlaagte, Crown Mines and City Deep with prospecting rights granted over an
additional five areas.
Prior to the decision by the Company to temporarily suspend its underground operations in October 2014, as a
result of the delay in full commissioning of the High Density Sludge Plant ("HDSP"), the focus was to provide the
HDSP with as much time as possible to drop the water table, which in turn would enable the Company to re-access
its mining areas. The Company was forced to reduce its mine production and staff complement in July 2014 based
on the reef that was available above the water table, which at the time was approximately 160 metres below surface
("mbs"). The reduction in mine production, forced the Company to utilise old low grade sand, rock and slimes
dumps to keep the Metallurgical Plant operational. As a result of this change to its mining production areas, the
average feed grade dropped to an average of 1.11g/t.
As announced in December 2014, the Company commenced surface mining in early November 2014 having
identified a number of surface mining opportunities within its mining right area. The introduction of mechanical
ripping and other rock breaking technology has opened up SAMREC Compliant Exploration Target material of up
to 350,000 tonnes of reef running up to 2.5g/t, which should be sufficient for 12 – 18 months of production feed.
In addition, the Company has commenced toll treating old sand and rock dumps on behalf of a number of third
parties with grades between 0.7g/t and 2.0g/t. This provides the Company with additional feedstock for its
Metallurgical Plant, with minimal associated mining costs. The Board believes that this offers the Company a viable
short-term revenue opportunity, given the limited processing capacity in the Johannesburg region.
Central Rand Gold has also continued with a low grade Joint Tolling Venture with Mintails Limited. This arrangement
allows both companies to monetise low grade material within dumps on the Central Rand Gold property that would
otherwise be uneconomical to process.
In February and March 2015, the Company’s operational performance was broadly cash neutral as a result of
Central Rand Gold’s surface mining operations, including ore grades, and metallurgical production being in line
with management’s expectations. Mining of old slime and rock dumps also provided low cost revenue opportunities
for the Company.
In addition the Company completed the restructuring of its operations, closing its underground mining operations
and reduced head office costs by approximately 50% compared to the prior year period.
As a result of this re-organisation, at 31 March 2015, the Company had cash balances of $0.7 million.
The proceeds of the Placing and Subscription will be used primarily to strengthen the Company’s balance sheet
and provide working capital in order to:
- Undertake continued surface mining operations and programme of plant upgrades and efficiency processes
to further improve plant availability and recovery rates;
- Repay trade creditor balances relating to the closure of its underground mining operations; and
- Complete the disposal of CRGNV, as detailed in paragraph entitled ‘Memoranda of Understanding’ below.
Mining and Metallurgical
With the water level at approximately 144 mbs, underground mining remains suspended. The Company continues
to focus on exploiting open pit potential in its tenement area during this interim phase. Open pit mining has
performed in line with management’s expectations in the first quarter of 2015. During the first three months of the
year, approximately 36,000 tonnes were mined from its open pits with a further 5,600 tonnes provided from viable
old slime and rock dumps on the Company’s tenement areas.
Overall, an average mined grade of 2.0g/t was achieved with a Mine Call factor of 85% in the first quarter of 2015.
The low grade Joint Tolling Venture is progressing well with Mintails Limited. This arrangement allows both
companies to monetise low grade material within rock dumps on the Central Rand Gold property that would
otherwise be uneconomical to process. In the first quarter 5,600 tonnes at an average landed grade of 0.9g/t were
The maintenance and upgrades to the plant, following the January 2015 annual maintenance block, were
successful with availability increasing to 91 per cent. in March 2015. 47,000 tonnes, including toll treating were
processed in the first quarter of 2015. Due to improved metallurgical processes and recoveries and despite the
feed grade being approximately 40 per cent. lower than the prior year period, gold production excluding toll
production was 48 per cent. higher than last year at 1,501 ozs in the first quarter of 2015.
The interim solution to strengthen the clarifier rakes in the HDS plant was completed at the end of February 2015.
This improvement has allowed for an increase in daily pumping to approximately 70mlpd. This level of pumping
was only anticipated to be achieved once the permanent solution had been implemented in June 2015. Since the
beginning of March 2015, Central Rand Gold has seen a steady decrease in the water table and a reduction of
approximately four metres has been reported to date, with the current water level at approximately 144 mbs from
a maximum of 140 mbs in February 2015. This is very encouraging as it once again proves that the Central Basin
can be de-watered even during the typical ‘rainy season’.
The Board will continue to monitor the underground water levels, so that it can establish when it can re-commence
underground operations. Given that the HDSP upgrade is not anticipated to be completed until the end of the first
half of 2015, underground mining is hoped to re-commence during the latter part of 2016.
Memoranda of Understanding
Over the last 15 months, the Company has been involved in a significant marketing campaign, of the Central Rand
Gold asset base, to a predominately Asian audience. This has resulted in site visits to the Company's operational
site by a number of interested investors. As previously announced, the Company has entered into four separate
non-binding Memoranda of Understanding (“MOUs”) with Huili Resources (Group) Limited (“Huili”), Hiria Group
Company Limited ("Hiria"), Beijing Ankong Investment ("Ankong") and with Shengbang Jiabo (Beijing) Consulting
Company Limited ("Shengbang") ("MOU Parties"). The MOUs are all on substantively consistent terms and
contemplate the potential disposal of 100 per cent. of the shares held by Central Rand Gold in its wholly-owned
subsidiary, Central Rand Gold (Netherlands Antilles) N.V. ("CRGNV") for a cash consideration of up to US$150
As announced on 12 February 2015, the Company executed a MOU with Huili which had a target completion date
for execution of a formal sale agreement by 12 June 2015. After consultation with all MOU Parties, the Company
has decided to realign the target completion date for all MOU Parties to 12 June 2015. The purpose of the
realignment of the target completion date is to ensure that all MOU parties are working on a common timetable and
have the ability to complete their required due diligence.
Throughout the first quarter of 2015, the Company has advanced due diligence discussions with the interested
parties. All MOU Parties remain engaged and on-site due diligence is anticipated to be undertaken in May 2015.
The MOUs are subject to a number of conditions including:
- mutual completion of due diligence by both Central Rand Gold and the MOU signatories;
- all parties obtaining necessary regulatory and exchange approvals for the potential sale of CRGNV; and
- the execution of a formal share sale agreement for the sale of CRGNV.
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 executed nor that the potential sale of CRGNV will be completed.
Details of the Placing and Subscription
The Company has conditionally raised gross proceeds of approximately £0.60 million (USD$0.94 million) through
the proposed issue of 2,550,000 Placing Shares and 3,465,000 Subscription Shares at an Issue Price of 10 pence
per ordinary share (the "New Ordinary Shares"). The Placing Shares have been conditionally placed with new and
existing investors. The Issue Price represents a discount of approximately 27.3 per cent. to the middle market
closing price of 13.75 pence per ordinary share on 19 May 2015, being the last practicable date prior to the
announcement of the Placing and Subscription. The Placing Shares and the Subscription Shares will represent
approximately 6.45 per cent. of the enlarged issued share capital of the Company.
The Placing and Subscription are conditional upon the admission of the 6,015,000 New Ordinary Shares issued
pursuant to the Placing and the Subscription to trading on AIM and on AltX becoming effective on or before 8.00
a.m. (UK time) on 18 June 2015 (or such later time and/or date as the Company and Charles Stanley & Co. Limited
("Charles Stanley") may agree, but in any event no later than 8.00 a.m. (UK time) on 24 June 2015) ("Admission").
The resolution to be proposed at the Extraordinary General Meeting must be passed in order for the Placing and
Subscription to proceed.
The Company and Charles Stanley have entered into a placing agreement pursuant to which Charles Stanley has
conditionally agreed to use its reasonable endeavours to procure Placees for the Placing Shares at an issue price
of 10 pence per ordinary share ("Placing Agreement"). Charles Stanley may terminate the Placing Agreement in
specified circumstances, including for material breach of warranty at any time prior to Admission, in the event of
force majeure at any time prior to Admission or on the material breach of certain other obligations under the Placing
The Placing Agreement, which contains certain customary warranties, undertakings and indemnities by the
Company in favour of Charles Stanley, is conditional as regards Admission upon, inter alia, (i) Admission occurring
not later than 18 June 2015 (or such later date as the Company and Charles Stanley may agree not being later
than 24 June 2015) and (ii) none of the warranties given to Charles Stanley being untrue, inaccurate or misleading
in any material respect prior to Admission.
The Company has entered into subscription agreements with two investors for 3,465,000 Subscription Shares at
an Issue Price of 10 pence per ordinary share.
The Placing Shares and Subscription Shares are not being made available to the public and are not being offered
or sold in any jurisdiction where it would be unlawful to do so.
Application will be made to the London Stock Exchange and to the JSE for the New Ordinary Shares to be admitted
to trading on AIM and AltX. It is expected that Admission will become effective and that dealings will commence at
8.00 a.m. (UK time) on 18 June 2015 on AIM and at 9.00 a.m. (South African time) on 18 June 2015 on AltX.
The New Ordinary Shares will, when issued and fully paid, rank pari passu with the existing ordinary shares,
including the right to receive all dividends and other distributions declared, made or paid after the date of Admission.
No temporary documents of title will be issued.
Following Admission of the New Ordinary Shares, the total issued share capital of the Company will increase to
93,195,808 Ordinary Shares. The Company does not hold any shares in treasury and therefore the total number
of voting rights is 93,195,808 Ordinary Shares. This figure may be used by shareholders as the denominator for
the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a charge to their interest
in, the Company under the Financial Conduct Authority's Disclosure and Transparency Rules.
Following the Placing and the Subscription, the Redstone concert party will be interested in 13.73 per cent. of the
Company's enlarged issued share capital. The holdings of the Redstone concert party post Admission and on the
assumption of the full conversion of Redstone's Loan Notes and Redstone Warrants into ordinary shares will be as
Following admission Following Full Conversion Following Full Conversion
of Loan Notes of Warrants
No. of Shares % No. of Shares % No. of Shares %
Redstone* 12,791,300 13.73% 66,973,736 45.44% 92,264,954 53.43%
*Nathan Taylor and Jason Hou, directors of Central Rand Gold, are also shareholders in Redstone Capital and
therefore have a beneficial interest in the shares held by Redstone Capital.
For the purposes of effecting the Placing and Subscription, a resolution will be proposed at an Extraordinary
General Meeting to authorise the Company to issue the New Ordinary Shares. A notice convening the Extraordinary
General Meeting to be held at the offices of Central Rand Gold Limited, CRG Slot 8, 10 Spencer Road, Robertville,
Roodepoort, South Africa at 2.00 p.m. (UK time) on 17 June 2015 is being sent to shareholders today.
Recommendation and Irrevocable Undertakings
The Directors consider the Placing and Subscription and the passing of the resolution to be in the best interests of
the Shareholders and the Company as a whole. Accordingly, the Directors recommend that Shareholders vote in
favour of the resolution as they have irrevocably undertaken to do in respect of their beneficial holdings of an
aggregate of 12,802,500 existing ordinary shares, representing approximately 14.70 per cent. of the issued share
capital of the Company.
A circular is being posted to shareholders today. Copies of the circular will be available to the public free of charge
from the offices of Charles Stanley Securities at 131 Finsbury Pavement, London EC2A 1NT and at the offices of
the Company at CRG slot 8, 10 Spencer Avenue, Corner Robert Road, Robertville, Roodepoort, 1709, South Africa,
during normal office hours, (Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays excepted) from the date of this document until
the 17 June 2015 and on the Company’s website, at www.centralrandgold.com.
20 May 2015
For further information, please contact:
Central Rand Gold +27 (0) 87 310 4400
Johan du Toit / Nathan Taylor
Charles Stanley Securities +44 (0) 20 7149 6000
Marc Milmo / Mark Taylor
Merchantec Capital +27 (0) 11 325 6363
Marcel Goncalves / Monique Martinez
Jenni Newman Public Relations Proprietary Limited +27 (0) 11 506 735
Charles Stanley Securities, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority, is acting
as nominated adviser and broker to Central Rand Gold for the purpose of the AIM Rules in connection with the Placing and, as
such, its responsibilities are owed solely to the London Stock Exchange and are not owed to the Company or to any Director or
to any other person or entity. Charles Stanley Securities will not be responsible to any person other than the Company for
providing the protections afforded to clients of Charles Stanley Securities or for providing advice to any other person in connection
with the Placing or any other matter referred to herein. Charles Stanley Securities has not authorised the contents of, or any part
of, this document, and no liability whatsoever is accepted by Charles Stanley Securities for the accuracy of any information or
opinions contained in this document or for the omission of any material information.
This announcement does not constitute, or form part of the Placing or any invitation to sell or issue, or any solicitation of any offer
to purchase or subscribe for, any shares in the Company nor shall this announcement or any part of it, or the fact of its distribution,
form the basis of, or be relied on, in connection with or act as any inducement to enter into any contract or commitment whatsoever
with respect to the Placing or otherwise.
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