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MC Mining Limited Purchase Of Key Makhado Surface Rights Completed

14/01/2019 7:00am

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MC Mining Limited

14 January 2019

ANNOUNCEMENT

14 January 2019

PURCHASE OF KEY MAKHADO PROJECT SURFACE RIGHTS COMPLETED

MC Mining Limited ("MC Mining") is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, Baobab Mining & Exploration (Pty) Ltd ("Baobab"), has completed the previously announced transaction to acquire the Lukin and Salaita properties (the "Properties"), key surface rights required for its Makhado hard coking and thermal coal project ("Makhado Project" or "Makhado").

The purchase, first announced on 15 November 2018, was conditional upon the seller notifying and addressing any concerns regarding the transaction raised by the Limpopo Province regional land claims commissioner (the "Commissioner"). The Commissioner did not object to the transaction during the legislated 30-day notification period and the Deeds Office has subsequently processed the change of ownership, legally transferring the Properties to Baobab. The payment of the initial R35 million ($2.5 million) tranche has now been made to the seller. The balance of the purchase price, being a further tranche of R35 million, will accrue interest at the South African prime interest rate (currently 10.25%) less 3.0% and is payable within three years, on the earlier of:

   --     the third anniversary of the transfer of the Properties; or 
   --     the first anniversary of production of coal underlying the Properties; or 

-- completion of a potential land claims and expropriation process. In terms of current legislation, this will result in Baobab receiving market related compensation and will be followed by negotiations with the Minister of Land Affairs and the successful claimants, who are shareholders in Baobab, for long-term access to the Properties.

David Brown, MC Mining's Chief Executive Officer commented:

"The acquisition of Lukin and Salaita completes the suite of surface rights required for our flagship Makhado Project and the initial tranche of the purchase price was settled using internal cash flows. The transaction will facilitate the commencement of the final geotechnical drilling and related studies required for the siting of the mine's infrastructure. In parallel, we continue to progress offtake negotiations for the balance of the Makhado coking and thermal coal as well as discussions with potential funders."

AUTHORISED BY:

David Brown

Chief Executive Officer

 
 For more information contact: 
 David Brown                     Chief Executive Officer         MC Mining Limited               +27 10 003 8000 
 Brenda Berlin                   Chief Financial Officer         MC Mining Limited               +27 10 003 8000 
 Tony Bevan                      Company Secretary               Endeavour Corporate Services    +61 08 9316 9100 
  Company advisors: 
                                 Financial PR 
 Jos Simson/ Gareth Tredway       (United Kingdom)               Tavistock                       +44 20 7920 3150 
 Ross Allister/David McKeown     Nominated Adviser and Broker    Peel Hunt LLP                   +44 20 7418 8900 
 Charmane Russell/Olwen Auret    Financial PR (South Africa)     R&A Strategic Communications    +27 11 880 3924 
 Investec Bank Limited is the nominated JSE Sponsor 
 
 

About MC Mining Limited:

MC Mining is an AIM/ASX/JSE listed coal exploration, development and mining company operating in South Africa. MCM's key projects include the Uitkomst Colliery (metallurgical and thermal coal), Makhado Project (coking and thermal coal). Vele Colliery (coking and thermal coal), and the Greater Soutpansberg Projects (MbeuYashu).

Forward-Looking Statements

This Announcement, including information included or incorporated by reference in this Announcement, may contain "forward-looking statements" concerning MC Mining that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Generally, the words "will", "may", "should", "continue", "believes", "expects", "intends", "anticipates" or similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond MCM's ability to control or estimate precisely, such as future market conditions, changes in regulatory environment and the behaviour of other market participants. MCM cannot give any assurance that such forward-looking statements will prove to have been correct. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward looking statements. MCM assumes no obligation and do not undertake any obligation to update or revise publicly any of the forward-looking statements set out herein, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent legally required.

Statements of intention

Statements of intention are statements of current intentions only, which may change as new information becomes available or circumstances change.

Regulatory

This announcement is inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation 596/2014.

This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.

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