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Resolute Mining to sell Ravenswood Gold Mine for total proceeds of up to $300 million

Resolute Mining Limited (ASX:RSG) has signed definitive agreements for the sale of the Ravenswood Gold Mine in Queensland to a consortium comprising private equity manager EMR Capital and Golden Energy and Resources Ltd (SGX:AUE).

The sale proceeds of up to $300 million in cash will be received by Resolute comprising:

  • $100 million of upfront value consisting of $50 million of cash and $50 million in promissory notes;
  • up to $50 million linked to the average gold price over a four-year period (gold price contingent payment); and
  • up to $150 million linked to the investment outcomes of Ravenswood for the EMR Fund (upside sharing payment).

EMR Capital, led by executive chairman Owen Hegarty and chief executive officer Jason Chang, is a specialist resource-focused private equity group with a track record of achievement as a developer and operator of Australian-based mining assets.

Golden Energy and Resources (GEAR) is an energy and resources company in Asia Pacific with producing coal assets in Indonesia and strategic stake investments in two ASX-listed mining companies.

No change to mine development plans

EMR Capital and GEAR are committed to progressing the Ravenswood Expansion Project with no immediate changes to Ravenswood Gold Mine employment or contract relationships, with current mine plan and development plans to continue.

The divestment provides strategic clarity and is consistent with Resolutes ambition of being a low-cost multi-mine Africa-focused gold producer.

Importantly, the transaction terms maximise financial returns for Resolute from the Ravenswood Gold Mine with no future capital or funding requirements.

Completion of the transaction is targeted to occur prior to March 31 2020 subject to the satisfaction of conditions precedent (financial close).

Immediate cash and potential future upside

Resolute managing director and CEO John Welborn said: “The sale of our Ravenswood Gold Mine on the terms announced today provides the opportunity for exceptional value for Resolute shareholders.

“We have strengthened our balance sheet with a combination of immediate cash and the potential for future upside as well as removing the requirement of a large near-term capital investment.

“The divestment has strong strategic merit for Resolute.

“We have delivered on our objective of ensuring a new long-life future for Ravenswood under a world-class operatRead More – Source

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