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Gold Fields advances projects to ‘underwrite a better future’
Published: 17 Aug 18
NYSE- and JSE-listed Gold Fields aims to continue building new projects that will “underwrite a better future for [the miner] in terms of a longer life at lower costs”. This, CEO Nick Holland said during a conference call on Thursday, is particularly important, given the volatility of the gold price.
Lydian announces payment date extension
Published: 17 Aug 18
TSX-listed gold developer Lydian International, which is developing the Amulsar gold project, in Armenia, on Thursday announced that its senior lenders have agreed to extend the initial loan repayment date and the availability period from August 15 to August 31. “Lydian continues to have further discussions with key stakeholders in order to complete comprehensive revisions to several key funding instruments to ensure appropriate funding is available to Lydian as it works to remove illegal blockades at the Amulsar site, resuming construction activities and completing construction and commissioning of its Amulsar project,” Lydian president and CEO João Carrêlo said.
Western Uranium raises funds in positive macroeconomic environment
Published: 17 Aug 18
US-focused uranium and vanadium mining company Western Uranium Corporation is benefiting from a positive macroenvironment and price increases for both uranium and vanadium, which have increasingly led management to focus on strategic, operational and capital raising opportunities, the company noted in an update to shareholders this week. Western closed private placements on July 27 and August 7, raising proceeds of about C$1.7-million and C$1.3-million, respectively.
Gascoyne raises funds for Dalgaranga
Published: 17 Aug 18
Gold developer Gascoyne Resources was hoping to raise up to A$15-million through the issue of around 50-million shares to fund the final stages of development at its Dalgaranga gold project, in Western Australia. The shares will be priced at 30c each, representing a 16.7% discount to the company’s last closing price on August 15, and a 23.3% discount to its five-day volume weighted average price.
PEA results show La Fortuna as ‘robust base’ for production growth
Published: 17 Aug 18
TSX-listed Minera Alamos on Thursday announced positive preliminary economic assessment (PEA) results for the La Fortuna gold project, in Durango, Mexico. The PEA estimates average contained metal production of around 43 000 oz/y of gold, 220 000 oz/y of silver and 1 000 t/y of copper over a five-year mine life.
Toyota aims to increase exports into Africa as market recovers Toyota aims to increase exports into Africa as market recovers
Published: 17 Aug 18
Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) aims to export 100 000 vehicles a year from its Durban plant, says president and CEO Andrew Kirby. Total plant capacity is 242 000 units a year, which includes a 234 000-unit capacity for the Hilux, Fortuner and Corolla, 13 500 for the Ses’fikile minibus and 5 000 for Hino trucks.
Commodity price increases lack conviction – IHS
Published: 17 Aug 18
Commodity analysts IHS Markit on Thursday reported that the Materials Price Index (MPI) had risen by 0.5% in the last week, but that the index’s ten subcomponents were evenly split between those showing increases and those showing declines, highlighting the uncertainty in markets. The MPI measures a weighted average of weekly spot prices for a key collection of globally traded manufacturing inputs, such as crude oil, chemicals, nonferrous metals, ferrous metals, paper pulp, lumber and rubber, besides others.
Ausdrill raises first A$175m
Published: 17 Aug 18
Mining services provider Ausdrill has raised some A$175-million from the institutional component of its 1-for-2.13 pro-rata non-renounceable entitlement offer. The completion of the institutional offer is the first stage of the company’s fully underwritten entitlement offer, which is expected to raise some A$250-million. The offer is priced at A$1.47 a share.
Nkwe recommends Zijin offer aceptance
Published: 17 Aug 18
The independent directors of South Africa-focused Nkwe Platinum have unanimously recommended a 10c a share takeover offer from shareholder Zijin Mining Group. The 10c a share takeover offer was a 25% improvement on the 8c a share offer launched in March this year, and provided shareholders with a significant premium to the company’s trading prices, Nkwe said this week.
Evolution's profits surge in 2018 Evolution's profits surge in 2018
Published: 17 Aug 18
Gold miner Evolution has reported a 21% surge in underlying net profits after tax for the 2018 financial year, on the back of a 4% increase in sales revenues. Underlying net profits after tax for the full year ending June reached A$250.8-million, while statutory net profit after tax also increased by 21%, to A$263.4-million.
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