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Wednesday 19 September, 2012

Creon Resources PLC

Directorate Changes

RNS Number : 6604M
Creon Resources PLC
19 September 2012
 



For Immediate Release

 19 September 2012

 

Creon Resources Plc

 

("Creon" or "the Company")

Directorate Changes

The Company is pleased to announce that Mr Glen Lau, whose proposed appointment to the board of the Company was announced on 5 September 2012, has now been formally appointed as a director of the Company and the Company's new Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") with immediate effect, replacing Jeswant Natarajan, who has resigned from the board, also with immediate effect.

Guus Berting, Director of Creon, commented: "We would like to thank Jeswant for his valuable contribution to the Company and wish him well in his future endeavours.

We are delighted that Glen has agreed to join the board of the Company as CEO and we look forward to working with Glen and to his contribution to the Company's continued growth and the further development and implementation of its long term strategies".

Glen Lau, aged 47, currently holds, and has held (including all appointments during the five years preceding the date of this announcement), the following directorships and partnerships, other than of the Company:

Current Directorships/Partnerships

Past Directorships/Partnerships (in the last 5 years)

 

 

Fulton Capital PTE Limited

Fulton Capital Management Limited

Bridgestone Investments PTE Limited

Phoenica PTE Limited

Suria Group PTE Limited

Fratello's PTE Limited

MGR Resources PTE Limited

Raffles Resources 1 Limited

Helips Trading PTE Limited

Capital United (Singapore) PTE Limited

Pearl Financial PTE Limited

Fortus PTE Limited

Fortus Limited

Global Tech Investments 1 Limited

Helips Limited Acorn Asian Capital Management

Acorn Asian Capital Management Limited.

Helips Ltd

PPL Holdings PTE Limited

Sec Engineering PTE Limited

Broadgate Financial Holdings Co Private Ltd

YZJ Offshore Engineering Pte Ltd

 

Save for the above and information detailed in the announcement of 5 September 2012, there is no further information to be disclosed under Rule 17, Schedule 2 (g) of the AIM rules.

For further information please contact:

 

Creon Resources plc


Guus Berting

 

Tel: + 44 (0) 7833 461 142

Nominated Adviser & Broker


Paul Shackleton/Tessa Smith

Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7776 6550

 

GTH Communications Limited


Toby Hall/Suzanne Johnson-Walsh

Tel: + 44 (0) 20 3103 3900

 

About Creon Resources plc

 

The Company's Investment Policy is to invest principally but not exclusively in the resources and/or resources infrastructure sectors, with no specific national or regional focus. The Company may be either an active investor and acquire control of a single company or it may acquire non-controlling shareholdings.

 

Investments made by the Company may be either quoted or unquoted; made by direct acquisition or through farm-ins; may be in companies, partnerships, joint ventures; or direct interests in resources projects. Target investments will generally be involved in projects in the exploration and/or development stage. The Company's equity interest in investments may range from a minority position to 100 per cent. ownership.

 

On 17 July 2012, the Company entered into a joint venture with multi-billion dollar, Singapore listed, China based shipbuilding giant, Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (Holdings) Pte Ltd ("YZJ Holdings"), in the offshore oil and gas infrastructure sector ("JV Agreement"). This joint venture with YZJ is Creon's first significant investment under its Investment Policy and represents a major endorsement of Creon's management and access to expertise and partners in the oil and gas infrastructure sector.

 

Under the terms of the JV Agreement, Creon and YZJ Holdings will each invest into the joint venture company, YZJ Offshore Engineering Pte Ltd ("YZJ Offshore"), a Singapore registered company recently set up by YZJ Holdings to be a leading player in the design and construction of marine offshore oil and gas vessels (jack-up and semi-submersible rigs). Creon will invest US$15.33 million, with YZJ Holdings and its associates investing a further US$14.67 million, into YZJ Offshore.

 

YZJ Offshore will provide marketing, procurement, front end engineering and design, and management consultancy services for the construction, fabrication and repair of oil and gas marine vessels and platforms.

 

The Directors believe that the offshore marine rig vessel market is an attractive one, underpinned by sustained high global demand and a high oil price environment. Global rig utilisation rates and day rates have been rising since early 2011, particularly for jack-up rigs. Furthermore, the Directors believe demand for newly designed rigs will be underpinned by the phasing out of the existing stock of rigs. The Directors understand that by the end of 2012, the average age of jack-up rigs will be 24 years, with almost half of the fleet older than 30 years. Based on the current stock and new rig builds in the pipeline, there could be an under supply by almost 200 jack-up rigs by 2020.The Directors believe that this potential demand represents an excellent opportunity for the joint venture.

 

The majority of the funds invested into YZJ Offshore to date have gone towards securing land rights to approximately 1.6 million square metres of prime shorefront land in Taicang, Jiangsu Province on China's east coast, some 50 miles north of Shanghai. The total cost of the land will be approximately US$65 million. Creon has the option, but not the obligation, to provide additional funding to YZJ Offshore.

 

 

 


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