Oxus Gold PLC
23 November 2004
For immediate release: 23 November 2004
Oxus Gold plc
('Oxus' or the 'Company')
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION IN OR INTO THE
UNITED STATES, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, JAPAN OR IRELAND.
Oxus Pursues Jerooy Financing
London: 23 November 2004 - Oxus reports today that it is has entered into
discussions with the Prime Minister's Office of the Kyrgyz Republic regarding
the status of the Jerooy license, held by Oxus' 67%-owned subsidiary, Talas Gold
Mining Company. Following a meeting with Prime Minister Tanaev on 8 November
2004, Oxus was presented with a letter signed by the Prime Minister outlining
certain issues to be negotiated in order for the Jerooy license to be made fully
effective. Oxus is in discussions with the Prime Minister's Office in relation
to these issues.
In particular, the Prime Minister's Office has requested clarification on Oxus'
current plans with respect to development of the project, including the
financing thereof. As a result, Oxus is currently pursuing a placement of debt
and/or equity securities with the objective of raising approximately US$55
million. The Directors are proposing to use a bookbuilding process in connection
with any issues of securities so as to maximize the issue price and have
mandated RBC Capital Markets as lead manager of any offering.
In order to preserve the maximum flexibility for the Company with regards to the
structure of the financing, the Board has determined to convene an Extraordinary
General Meeting of the Company for 16 December 2004 to obtain authority to issue
new ordinary shares on a non-pre-emptive basis.
Oxus is confident that its current development plans, which have been signed off
by a number of Kyrgyz state authorities, are sufficient to meet the other
conditions outlined by the Kyrgyz government.
As announced on 18 August 2004, construction of the Jerooy mine, which began in
September 2003 will continue unabated, with scheduled completion and initial
gold production is still expected by the end of 2005.
Bill Trew, CEO of Oxus, said:
'We believe that our meeting with, and the subsequent letter from, the Prime
Minister evidence the goodwill and strong intent of both parties to resolve the
status of the Jerooy license and allow us to rapidly progress towards
development of this exciting project.'
Oxus Gold plc:
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7907 2000
Richard Wilkins, Company Secretary
Tel: + 44 (0)207 444 4155
Keith Irons, Chairman
RBC Capital Markets
Tel: + 44 (0)207 653 4580
Patrick Meier, Managing Director
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