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CENTRAL RAND GOLD LIMITED - Subscription of 34,999,015 Ordinary Shares at 3.5 pence per Ordinary Share

Release Date: 05/02/2016 09:15:00      Code(s): CRD       PDF(s):  
Subscription of 34,999,015 Ordinary Shares at 3.5 pence per Ordinary Share

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 2007/0192231/10)
ISIN: GG00B92NXM24
LSE share code: CRND JSE share code: CRD
(“Central Rand Gold” or the “Company”)


Subscription of 34,999,015 Ordinary Shares at 3.5 pence per Ordinary Share


Central Rand Gold is pleased to announce that it is undertaking a subscription to raise £1.22 million through the
subscription of 34,999,015 new ordinary shares at an issue price of 3.5 pence per ordinary share (the “Issue Price”)
(the “Subscription”). 14,279,371 new ordinary shares have already been allotted under the Company’s existing
authorities (the “First Subscription Shares”). The issue of the remaining 20,719,644 new ordinary shares (the
“Second Subscription Shares”) is conditional, amongst other things, on the passing of a resolution to be proposed
at an extraordinary general meeting of the Company (the “General Meeting”).

Background to and reasons for the Subscription

As announced on 22 December 2015, the board of directors of Central Rand Gold (the “Board”) terminated
discussions with four Asian investor groups in relation to the potential sale of Central Rand Gold (Netherlands
Antilles) N.V. (“CRGNV”). The significant uncertainty caused by falling commodity prices and difficult market
conditions across the junior mining sector, along with Company-specific factors such as the continued dewatering
of the Central Basin, meant that no unconditional and appropriately valued proposals had been received for
CRGNV. The Board considered that the continuation of the process would unnecessarily prolong shareholder
uncertainty with no immediate prospect of a satisfactory outcome.

The Company continued to negotiate with one Asian investor regarding a strategic investment into Central Rand
Gold, along with other third party investors, to provide funding in order to pursue growth opportunities for the
Company. The proceeds of the Subscription will be used primarily to strengthen the Company’s balance sheet and
provide working capital in order to undertake continued surface mining operations, identify and source further plant
feed material and facilitate a programme of plant upgrades and efficiency processes to further improve plant
availability and recovery rates.

The Witwatersrand area, having been a gold mining area for over 100 years, has numerous old sand, slimes and
rock dumps. With some of the older gold mines coming to the end of their life span, Central Rand Gold has identified
a number of these which may provide the Company with opportunities to secure future feedstock for its metallurgical
plant. During 2015, the Company undertook an extensive surface exploration programme and a number of near
surface opencast opportunities were identified. The Company is presently mining two opencast slots (namely Slot
5 and Slot 7) and plans to develop an additional opencast slot in 2016.

Based on preliminary fieldwork and sampling exercises, the Company expects that the already identified opencast
operations will provide sufficient material at an acceptable grade so as to allow for continued operation of the mine
for a number of years. However, further fieldwork and sampling will be required in order for the Company to
categorise this material as reserves. The Company continues to identify and source additional material from
external sources to supplement the opencast operations and maximise the metallurgical plant’s capacity. The
opportunity to secure material from external sources is significant and the Company continues to advance
discussions with various parties involving significant quantities of ore bearing material.

The management team remains optimistic regarding the viability of the surface mining strategy and is committed
to optimise this further, however this is considered by the Board as an interim measure whilst dewatering of the
underground operations continues.

Should the Board be successful in pursuing the growth opportunities, such as the acquisition of additional surface
material from third parties, then there may be a requirement for additional capital to fund such an acquisition. In
these circumstances, the Board will consider making an open offer to shareholders as soon as practical following
admission of the Second Subscription Shares at the Issue Price, in order to raise additional funding and to allow
shareholders to participate in the future growth and development of Central Rand Gold’s operations. The net
proceeds of the open offer would provide Central Rand Gold with capital to strengthen its financial position and
provide additional working capital for the purposes outlined above, particularly to secure additional feedstock.

Operational update

Acid Mine Drainage
During the last quarter of 2015, the High Density Sludge (“HDS”) plant underwent a process of upgrading the two
thickeners. The thickener upgrades to the HDS plant were completed in December 2015 and the pumping rate has
now increased from 72 million litres per day to 84 million litres per day.
At 28 January 2016, the water table measured at Central Rand Gold’s operations, was at approximately 143 vertical
metres below surface (“vmbs”). The Board anticipates that it will be able to access Central Rand Gold’s
underground mining areas when the water table is approximately 185 vmbs, which following a period of
rehabilitation, should enable Central Rand Gold’s underground mining operations to re-commence during 2017.

Mining operations
In the 12 months ended 31 December 2015, 205,022 tonnes (2014: 160,981 tonnes) were mined from the
Company’s open pits and other surface material sources. The average grade for Central Rand Gold’s surface
mining was 1.79 g/t (2014: 2.88g/t which included material from underground operations) for the year. The reason
for the reduced grades is a result of the closure of the underground operations, which contained higher grade
material.

Processing results
In the 12 months ended 31 December 2015, 189,444 tonnes, which includes 6,721 tonnes of material which was
toll treated through an external processing plant (2014: 183,410 tonnes), were processed by Central Rand Gold, a
3.3 per cent. increase on the prior year period.

Total gold produced in the 12 months to 31 December 2015 was 7,188 ozs (2014: 6,646 ozs); which was 8.2 per
cent. higher than that in the prior year. Gold production was impacted by the head grade reducing from 1.88 g/t to
1.79 g/t in 2015, which again was as a consequence of the closure of the underground operations. The average
grade is expected to remain at this level whilst surface mining continues.

Central Rand Gold has focussed on improving its plant capacity and efficiency during 2015. A new 243 square
metre leach tank was constructed and commissioned in June 2015, which will assist in improving the gold recovery.
Various other engineering improvements have been introduced, which have contributed to cost savings. The mine
call factor continued on a positive trajectory with an average “face to pour” mine call factor of 78 per cent. for the
12 months ended 31 December 2015.

Details of the Subscription

The Company has conditionally raised gross proceeds of approximately £1.22 million (USD$1.76 million) through
the proposed issue of 34,999,015 new ordinary shares (the “Subscription Shares”) at the Issue Price of 3.5 pence
per ordinary share. The Subscription Shares have been conditionally subscribed for by a number of high net worth
individuals including the principal of Zhejiang Golden Machinery Plant. The Issue Price represents a discount of
approximately 28.6 per cent. to the middle market closing price of 4.75 pence per ordinary share on 4 February
2016. The Subscription Shares will represent approximately 26.88 per cent. of the enlarged issued share capital.

The 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.

The Subscription 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.

Subscription Agreements
The Company has entered into subscription agreements with four investors for 34,999,015 Subscription Shares at
an Issue Price of 3.5 pence per ordinary share.

First Subscription Shares
The Company has raised gross proceeds of approximately £0.50 million pursuant to the first subscription in relation
to 14,279,371 First Subscription Shares at an Issue Price of 3.5 pence per share. The First Subscription Shares
have been allotted by the Company, conditional only upon First Admission. Application will be made to the London
Stock Exchange and to the JSE Limited (“JSE”) for the First Subscription Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM
and AltX. It is expected that First Admission will become effective and that dealings will commence on AIM at 8.00
a.m. (UK time) and on AltX at 9.00 a.m. (South African time) (“First Admission”).

Following admission of the First Subscription Shares, the total issued share capital of the Company will increase
to 109,475,179 ordinary shares. The Company does not hold any shares in treasury and therefore the total number
of voting rights will be 109,475,179 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 change to their
interest in, the Company under the Financial Conduct Authority's Disclosure and Transparency Rules.

Second Subscription Shares
The Company has conditionally raised gross proceeds of approximately £0.73 million pursuant to the second
subscription in relation to 20,719,644 Second Subscription Shares at an Issue Price of 3.5 pence per share (the
“Second Subscription”). The issue of the Second Subscription Shares would exceed the Board’s existing
authorities to allot securities for cash on a non pre-emptive basis, and accordingly the General Meeting is being
called to seek authority from shareholders to enable the Board, inter alia, to complete the Second Subscription.
The Second Subscription is conditional upon admission of the Second Subscription Shares becoming effective on
or before 8.00 a.m. (UK time) on 9 March 2016 (or such later time and/or date as Central Rand Gold and Panmure
Gordon may agree, but in any event no later than 8.00 a.m. (UK time) on 23 March 2016) (“Second Admission”).

Application will be made to the London Stock Exchange and to the JSE for the Second Subscription Shares to be
admitted to trading on AIM and AltX. It is expected that Second Admission will become effective and that dealings
will commence at 8.00 a.m. (UK time) on AIM and at 9.00 a.m. (South African time) on AltX on 9 March 2016.

Following the Subscription, the following subscribers’ notifiable holdings in the enlarged issued share capital will
be:

 Name                                          No. of Ordinary     % of Enlarged
                                                        Shares      Issued Share
                                                                         Capital
 Jiabang Wang                                       19,704,434            15.13%
 Yizhou Gu                                          13,959,174            10.72%
 Chen Li                                             4,956,097             3.81%

Following admission of the Second Subscription Shares, the total issued share capital of the Company will increase
to 130,194,823 ordinary shares. The Company does not hold any shares in treasury and therefore the total number
of voting rights will be 130,194,823 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 change to their
interest in, the Company under the Financial Conduct Authority's Disclosure and Transparency Rules following
admission of the Second Subscription Shares anticipated on 9 March 2016.

Redstone Capital

Following the Subscription, the Redstone Capital concert party will be interested in 9.82 per cent. of the Company's
enlarged issued share capital. The holdings of the Redstone Capital concert party following Second Admission and
on the assumption of the full conversion of Redstone Loan Notes and Redstone Warrants into Ordinary Shares will
be as follows:


                                                                 
                                                                 Following Full                    
         Following Second Admission                          Conversion of Loan                   Following Full
                                                                          Notes           Conversion of Warrants
                                                                          

                      No. of Shares             %       No. of Shares          %        No. of Shares          %
  Redstone*              12,791,300         9.82%          66,973,736     36.32%           92,264,954     44.01%

*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.

Related Party

Yizhou Gu who is subscribing for 8,959,174 Subscription Shares, is deemed to be a related party of Central Rand
Gold by virtue of being a Substantial Shareholder in the Company (as defined in the AIM Rules for Companies).
As a consequence, the Directors consider, having consulted with their nominated adviser, Panmure Gordon (UK)
Limited, that the terms on which such commitment has been made is fair and reasonable insofar as shareholders
are concerned.

Management incentives

The Board has approved the issue of 2,000,000 new ordinary shares to certain Directors and senior executive
team as outlined below:

Name                                  No of Ordinary Shares
Nathan Taylor                                 500,000
Jason Hou                                     500,000
Allen Phillips                                500,000
Mark Austin                                   500,000
Under the terms of the incentive scheme the new ordinary shares will be granted to the recipients at nil cost and
the new ordinary shares will vest in three equal tranches over three years. The management incentive scheme is
in line with past practices of the Company to align, incentivise and retain key members of the Board and Company’s
executive team.

General Meeting

For the purposes of effecting the Second Subscription, a resolution will be proposed at an Extraordinary General
Meeting to authorise the Company to issue the Second Subscription 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 11.00 a.m. (UK time) on 7 March 2016 is being sent to shareholders today.

Recommendation and Irrevocable Undertakings

The Directors consider the 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 12,791,300 existing ordinary shares, representing approximately 13.44 per cent. of the issued share capital of
the Company.

Circular

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 Panmure Gordon & Co plc, One New Change, London EC4M 9AF 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 7 March 2016 and on the Company’s website, at www.centralrandgold.com.

For further information, please contact:

Central Rand Gold                                                         +27(0)87 310 4400
Nathan Taylor / Allen Phillips

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited                                              +44(0)20 7886 2500
Mark Taylor / James Greenwood

Merchantec Capital                                                        +27(0)11 325 6363
Monique Martinez / Marcel Goncalves

Johannesburg
5 February 2016


Sponsor
Merchantec Capital


Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited, 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 Subscription
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. Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited will not be responsible to any person other than the
Company for providing the protections afforded to clients of Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited or for providing advice to any other
person in connection with the Subscription or any other matter referred to herein. Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited Securities has
not authorised the contents of, or any part of, this document, and no liability whatsoever is accepted by Panmure Gordon (UK)
Limited 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 Subscription 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 Subscription or otherwise.

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