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Thursday 06 December, 2018

Cora Gold Limited

Placing and Subscription

RNS Number : 7236J
Cora Gold Limited
06 December 2018


Cora Gold Limited / EPIC: CORA.L / Market: AIM / Sector: Mining

6 December 2018

Cora Gold Limited ("Cora", "Cora Gold" or "the Company")

 Placing and Subscription to raise approximately £550,000


Cora Gold Limited, the West African focused gold exploration company, is pleased to announce it has raised £549,245 before expenses through a subscription for, and placing of, in aggregate, 10,984,900 new ordinary shares in the Company at a price of 5 pence per share (the "Issue Price").  The use of proceeds will focus on a drill programme at its flagship Sanankoro Gold Discovery in Southern Mali ("Sanankoro" or "the Project") targeting the high grade oxide ore with a view to delineating "starter-pits" for future production.  The Project has an Exploration Target of 1 to 2 million ounces to a depth of 100m, indicative of significant potential further upside along strike and at depth.


Binding commitments to subscribe (the "Subscription") for a total of 3,184,900 new ordinary shares in the Company (the "Subscription Shares") at the Issue Price have been received from Lord Farmer (a substantial shareholder in the Company), Jonathan Forster (Chief Executive Officer of the Company), plus entities connected with Geoffrey McNamara (the Company's Independent Non-Executive Chairman) and Paul Quirk (a Non-Executive Director), and other subscribers. Binding commitments to acquire 7,800,000 new ordinary shares in the Company ("Placing Shares") have been obtained from other investors.


Jonathan Forster, Chief Executive Officer of Cora, said:

"Following a successful exploration and drilling programme during the 2017-2018 dry season where, as we had hoped, Cora Gold was able to demonstrate the potential scale of the Sanankoro project by confirming an Exploration Target of 1-2 million ounces with significant upside, we now turn our attention to the exploration programme for the 2018-2019 dry season.  Our geological teams are re-mobilising to site and are preparing for a follow up drill programme at Sanankoro that will aim to commence delineation of gold mineralisation in areas anticipated to have potential for higher grades, focusing predominantly in the oxide horizons, which will act as "starter-pits" and would give us the opportunity to fast-track development at Sanankoro.  A  preliminary metallurgical test programme is also being planned.


"I am delighted with the support we have received in this fundraise, with various Board members and other shareholders continuing to demonstrate their belief in the potential Cora has to offer.  With an active work programme planned for the new season I look forward to providing further updates from Sanankoro as well as from our Yanfolila area where a team will continue surface exploration to help in the prioritisation of subsequent drill programmes."


Use of proceeds

It is intended that the proceeds of the Placing will contribute to working capital and for the Company to continue drilling at Sanankoro with the focus being on areas indicated from last season's exploration to have potential to host higher grades which may become 'starter pits' for any possible future mining operations.


In addition, surface work will continue at permits in the Yanfolila (south Mali) and Diangounte (west Mali / east Senegal) areas in order to prioritise future drill programmes.


Details of the Subscription and Placing

The Subscription Shares and the Placing Shares have been allotted and issued conditional, inter alia, on their admission to trading on AIM.


An application has been made to the London Stock Exchange for the Placing Shares and Subscription Shares, which will rank pari passu with the Company's existing issued ordinary shares, to be admitted to trading on AIM. Dealings in the Placing Shares and Subscription Shares are expected to commence at 8:00 a.m. on or around 13 December 2018 ("Admission").


Following the issue of the Subscription Shares and Placing Shares, the Company's total issued ordinary share capital will comprise 66,040,294 ordinary shares. In accordance with FCA Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules ("DTRs"), the Company has 66,040,294 ordinary shares in issue, each share carrying the right to one vote. The Company does not hold any ordinary shares in Treasury.


Related party transaction

The Subscription by each of Jonathan Forster, Lord Farmer, Paul Quirk and Geoffrey McNamara constitute related party transactions under London Stock Exchange's AIM Rules for Companies. With the exception of Jonathan Forster, Paul Quirk and Geoffrey McNamara, the Company's directors consider, having consulted with its nominated adviser, that the terms of the transaction are fair and reasonable insofar as its shareholders are concerned.


Revised shareholdings following Admission

Following the issue of the Subscription Shares and Placing Shares, the revised shareholdings of the following substantial shareholders and directors will be:


Current shareholding

Subscription Shares

Shareholding on Admission

Percentage of enlarged issued share capital

Hummingbird Resources Plc





Key Ventures Holding Limited*





Lord Farmer





Jonathan Forster





Tanamera Resources Pte Limited**





* the sole shareholder of which is First Island Trust Company Limited as Trustee of The Sunnega Trust of which Paul Quirk (a director of Cora Gold) is a beneficiary

**a company wholly owned by Geoffrey McNamara (a director of Cora Gold)


Market Abuse Regulation ("MAR") Disclosure

Certain information contained in this announcement would have been deemed inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 until the release of this announcement.




Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities/person closely associated



1.    Jonathan Forster

2.    Paul Quirk

3.    Geoffrey McNamara




Reason for the notification



1.    Chief Executive Officer

2.    Non-Executive Director

3.    Non-Executive Chairman



Initial notification/Amendment:

Initial notification



Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor



Cora Gold Limited 





Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been conducted.


Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument:

Identification code:

Depositary Interests of no par value


ISIN: VGG2423W1077


Nature of the transaction:

Issue of ordinary shares for Subscription in private placement


Price(s) and volume(s):




1.    5p

2.    5p

3.    5p

1.    100,000

2.    780,000

3.    780,000



Aggregated information:

Aggregated volume:


Single transaction as in 4 c) above



1.    5p

2.    5p

3.    5p

1.    100,000

2.    780,000

3.    780,000



Date of the transaction:

1.    07 December 2018

2.    07 December 2018

3.    07 December 2018

1.    08.00 GMT

2.    08.00 GMT

3.    08.00 GMT


Place of the transaction:

Outside of a trading venue




For further information, please visit or contact:


Jon Forster

Cora Gold

+44 (0) 20 3239 0010


Ewan Leggat / Charlie Bouverat

SP Angel (Nomad & Joint Broker)

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470


Peter Krens / Nick Orgill

Mirabaud Securities (Joint Broker)

+44 (0) 20 3167 7150


Lottie Wadham / Gaby Jenner

St Brides Partners (Financial PR)

+44 (0) 20 7236 1177


Notes to the Editors


Cora Gold is a gold exploration company focused on two world class gold regions in Mali and Senegal in West Africa. Historical exploration has resulted in the highly prospective Sanankoro Gold Discovery, in addition to multiple, high potential, drill ready gold targets within its broader portfolio. Cora Gold's primary focus is on further developing Sanankoro in the Yanfolila Gold Belt (South Mali), which Cora Gold believes has the potential for a standalone mine development. Cora Gold's highly experienced and successful management team has a proven track record in making multi-million ounce gold discoveries which have been developed into operating mines.





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