DRDGOLD Limited (DRDGOLD; JSE, NYSE: DRD) announced today that it has entered into a sale of shares and claims agreement with Village Main Reef Limited (Village) in respect of DRDGOLD's 74% interest in Blyvooruitzicht Gold Mining Company Limited (Blyvoor).
This follows an announcement on 8 November 2011, advising that DRDGOLD had received and accepted, on a non-binding and in-principle basis, a non-binding expression of interest from Village in terms of which Village had expressed an interest in acquiring DRDGOLD's entire interest in Blyvoor. In terms of the agreement, DRDGOLD has sold to Village its entire shareholding in Blyvoor (sale shares) and its working capital and shareholder loan claims against Blyvoor (sale claims).
The purchase consideration payable in respect of the sale claims and the sale shares will be settled by Village through the issue of 85 714 286 new ordinary shares in Village at an issue price of R1.75 per Village share (consideration shares) and an amount of R1 payable in cash by Village, respectively. The current value of the consideration shares, calculated with reference to the 30-day volume weighted average price per Village share until and including Friday, 10 February 2012, is approximately R192 million.
The sale is conditional on:
the conclusion of the sale to Blyvoor by AngloGold Ashanti Limited (AGA) of the mining right in respect the portion of the West Wits Mining Right that relates to AGA's Savuka Mine, to the satisfaction of Village, by 30 May 2012;
the conclusion and unconditionality of an escrow agreement between DRDGOLD and an escrow agent in respect of a portion of the consideration shares;
its approval or conditional approval on terms acceptable to DRDGOLD and Village by the South African Competition Authorities;
conversion by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) of Blyvoor's old order mining right to a new order mining right; and unconditional approval or conditional approval on terms acceptable to DRDGOLD and Village by the DMR of the transfer of DRDGOLD's interest in Blyvoor to Village in terms of Section 11 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) South Africa & North America James Duncan, Russell and Associates +27 11 880 3924 (office) +27 82 892 8052 (mobile)
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