Caledonia Mining Corporation Plc: Caledonia commences the direct sale of gold produced from Zimbabwe (NYSE AMERICAN, AIM and VFEX: CMCL)
ST HELIER, Jersey, May 04, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Caledonia Mining Corporation Plc (“Caledonia” or the “Company”) announces that it has commenced the direct sale of gold produced from the Blanket Mine to a refiner outside Zimbabwe.
Since listing on the Victoria Falls Stock Exchange and following completion of the Bilboes acquisition, Caledonia has been looking into various avenues to achieve the direct export of its gold. Unrefined gold continues to be processed at Fidelity Gold Refinery (Private) Limited (“FGR”), a subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (“RBZ”), on a toll-treatment basis, in accordance with requirements of the government of Zimbabwe for in-country refining; and to allow the Zimbabwean authorities full visibility over the gold produced and exported by Caledonia. The exportation of the gold is facilitated by FGR as the holder of a gold dealing licence. The refined gold held by FGR is exported to a refinery outside Zimbabwe, the receiving foreign refinery undertakes the final refining process and the gold is sold on behalf of Caledonia. Caledonia receives the proceeds of the gold sales directly into its bank account in Zimbabwe within a few days of delivery to the final refinery. This arrangement in respect of production from Blanket Mine complies with the current requirements to pay a 5 per cent royalty and that Blanket continues to receive 75 per cent of its revenues in US dollars and the balance in local currency.
Commenting on this arrangement, Mark Learmonth, Chief Executive Officer, said:
“This arrangement is a big milestone for Caledonia and further demonstrates the pragmatic approach of the Zimbabwe authorities to resolve commercial issues facing gold producers. In the 10 years or so during which Blanket Mine has sold its gold in-country (initially to the RBZ, and more recently to FGR) we have experienced very few difficulties in receiving payment within the prescribed period; when difficulties have arisen, they have been resolved rapidly.
“This new arrangement should be seen in the context of Caledonia’s planned expansion in Zimbabwe, initially at Bilboes and thereafter at Motapa and Maligreen: this new marketing arrangement should make it easier for Caledonia to arrange debt facilities with funders outside Zimbabwe which may be used to support the construction of the new mines.”
|Caledonia Mining Corporation Plc|
|Mark Learmonth||Tel: +44 1534 679 800|
|Camilla Horsfall||Tel: +44 7817 841 793|
|Cenkos Securities plc (Nomad and Joint Broker)|
|Adrian Hadden||Tel: +44 207 397 1965|
|Neil McDonald||Tel: +44 131 220 9771|
|Pearl Kellie||Tel: +44 131 220 9775|
|Liberum Capital Limited (Joint Broker)|
|Scott Mathieson/Kane Collings||Tel: +44 20 3100 2000|
|BlytheRay Financial PR (UK)|
|Tim Blythe/Megan Ray||Tel: +44 207 138 3204|
|3PPB (Financial PR, North America)|
|Patrick Chidley||Tel: +1 917 991 7701|
|Paul Durham||Tel: +1 203 940 2538|
|Curate Public Relations (Zimbabwe)|
|Debra Tatenda||Tel: +263 77802131|
|IH Securities (Private) Limited (VFEX Sponsor – Zimbabwe)|
|Lloyd Mlotshwa||Tel: +263 (242) 745 119/33/39|
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Security holders, potential security holders and other prospective investors should be aware that these statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: risks relating to estimates of mineral reserves and mineral resources proving to be inaccurate, fluctuations in gold price, risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral exploration, development and mining, risks relating to the credit worthiness or financial condition of suppliers, refiners and other parties with whom the Company does business; inadequate insurance, or inability to obtain insurance, to cover these risks and hazards, employee relations; relationships with and claims by local communities and indigenous populations; political risk; risks related to natural disasters, terrorism, civil unrest, public health concerns (including health epidemics or outbreaks of communicable diseases such as the coronavirus (COVID-19)); availability and increasing costs associated with mining inputs and labour; the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development, including the risks of obtaining or maintaining necessary licenses and permits, diminishing quantities or grades of mineral reserves as mining occurs; global financial condition, the actual results of current exploration activities, changes to conclusions of economic evaluations, and changes in project parameters to deal with unanticipated economic or other factors, risks of increased capital and operating costs, environmental, safety or regulatory risks, expropriation, the Company’s title to properties including ownership thereof, increased competition in the mining industry for properties, equipment, qualified personnel and their costs, risks relating to the uncertainty of timing of events including targeted production rate increase and currency fluctuations. Security holders, potential security holders and other prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information. By its nature, forward-looking information involves numerous assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, that contribute to the possibility that the predictions, forecasts, projections and various future events will not occur. Caledonia undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking information whether as a result of new information, future events or other such factors which affect this information, except as required by law.
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