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Thursday 20 May, 2021

Hummingbird Res.

Mining Licences granted for Kouroussa Gold Project

RNS Number : 3358Z
Hummingbird Resources PLC
20 May 2021
 

 Hummingbird Resources plc / Ticker: HUM / Index: AIM / Sector: Mining

 

20 May 2021

 

Hummingbird Resources plc

('Hummingbird' or the 'Company') 

 

Mining Licences granted by the Government of Guinea for the Kouroussa Gold Project & Total Voting Rights

 

Hummingbird Resources plc (AIM:HUM) is pleased to announce that the Company has been granted the mining licences for the Kouroussa Gold Project in Guinea (the 'Project')  by the Government of Guinea (the "Grant"). 

Key terms of the mining licences include:

§ 15 year, renewable licence term

§ Mine construction to start within one year

§ 5% royalty payable to the Federal Government of Guinea

§ 1% contribution to Local Development Fund

§ 30% tax on profits

The Government has the right to a 15% non-dilutable free carried interest in the share capital of Kouroussa Gold Mine SA (the wholly owned subsidiary of Hummingbird which owns the Project), with the right to acquire a further 20% participating interest for cash.

The Grant triggers the requirement to pay the initial consideration of £10.0 million to Cassidy Gold Corp ('Cassidy'), which will be satisfied by issue of shares in Hummingbird as detailed below.

The Company will further update the market in due course on the progress at the Project and future plans. 

 

Abdoulaye Magassouba, Minister of Mines, Guinea, commented:

 "This project is part of the reinforcement of the industrial production of gold in Guinea and will have a significant economic impact in Kouroussa and in the country, while contributing to the resilience of the mining sector. We look forward to an ongoing strong relationship with the Company and supporting the development and running of the operation going forward for the success of all stakeholders."

 

Dan Betts, CEO of Hummingbird Resources, commented:

"I am delighted to confirm that we have been granted the mining licences by the Guinea Government for our Kouroussa Gold Project.  This marks an important step for the Company as we move from being a single asset producing gold company, towards being a multi-asset producing gold company in multi-jurisdictions. 

"I would like to thank the Government of Guinea and the people of Kouroussa.  We look forward to working with them, and all our stakeholders, in developing and running a world class gold mine that embodies industry leading environmental, social and governance standards that the country, local people and the Company can be proud of. 

"Additionally, I would like to personally thank Saidou Id é , our Regional Director in Africa, and his team for their tireless efforts in working with the Government of Guinea to secure the mining licences for the Project.

"We look forward to updating the market on our progress and plans for the Project in the near future."

 

Further Details

Further to the announcement on 26 June 2020, which set out the key terms of the Sale and Purchase Agreement for the Company to acquire the Project, the granting of the mining licences triggers the requirement to pay the initial consideration of £10.0 million, which will be satisfied by issue of 35,248,441 new ordinary shares in Hummingbird at a price of 28.4 pence per ordinary share to the beneficial owners of the vendor.  Approximately 85% of these shares are subject to a 12-month lock in and 12-month orderly market arrangement. Application has been made for these shares to be admitted to trading on AIM, which is expected to occur on or around 26 May 2021.  

 

Total Voting Rights

The total number of Ordinary Shares in issue following Admission will be 392,676,809 and the Company holds no shares in treasury. Therefore, the total number of Ordinary Shares with voting rights in the Company will be 392,676,809 .

The above figure of 392,676,809 may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, Hummingbird under the FCA's Disclosure and Transparency Rules.

 

 

**ENDS**

 For further information please visit www.hummingbirdresources.co.uk or contact:

Daniel Betts, CEO

Thomas Hill, FD

Edward Montgomery, CSO & ESG

Hummingbird Resources plc

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7409 6660

James Spinney

Ritchie Balmer

 

Strand Hanson Limited

Nominated Adviser

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7409 3494

James Asensio

Thomas Diehl

Canaccord Genuity Limited

Broker

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7523 8000

Tim Blythe

Megan Ray

Rachael Brooks

Blytheweigh

Financial PR/IR

Tel:  +44 (0) 20 7138 3205

 

 

Notes to Editors:

Hummingbird Resources (AIM: HUM) is a leading multi-asset, multi-jurisdiction gold production, development and exploration company and member of the World Gold Council ('WGC').  Hummingbird's vision is to continue to grow its asset base, producing profitable ounces, while continuing to focus on its Environmental, Social & Governance ('ESG') policies and practices.  The Company currently has two core gold projects, the producing Yanfolila Gold Mine in Mali, and the Kouroussa gold development project in Guinea.  Further, the Company has a controlling interest in the Dugbe Gold Project in Liberia that is being developed by Pasofino Gold Limited through an earn-in agreement. 

 

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