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Wednesday 07 January, 2015

Range Resources Ltd

Company Update

RNS Number : 5142B
Range Resources Limited
07 January 2015
 



Company Update

 

Director Appointments

 

Following the announcement on 11 December, the Board has resolved to appoint Mr. Yan Liu, the Company's current Chief Executive Officer and, Mr. Zhiwei Gu to the Board with immediate effect.

 

The Company's Board of Directors is now comprised of Mr. David Yu Chen, Mr. Yan Liu, Ms. Juan (Kiki) Wang, and Mr. Zhiwei Gu.

 

In line with the Company's commitment to reduce its G&A costs, all new appointees to the Board have agreed to a lower level of remuneration compared to previous Directors.

 

 

Mr. Yan Liu, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

 

Mr. Liu, aged 41, has over 17 years of accounting and corporate advisory experience in China and Australia. Mr. Liu was the Chief Financial Officer with AIM listed China Rerun Chemical Group Limited, a China-based lubricant oil company and a partner of Agile Partners, the financial advisory company based in China. Previously, Mr. Liu was the Financial Controller at Legalwise Seminars Pty in Australia and he spent 8 years at Chinatex Corporation where he worked in project management positions.

 

Mr. Liu holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from Central University of Finance and Economics, China, and a Master degree in Commerce from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

 

Mr. Zhiwei Gu, Non-Executive Director

 

Mr. Gu, aged 32, is an experienced corporate lawyer, who has worked with numerous companies seeking listing approval on various stock markets including Chinese A share, NASDAQ, TSX and HKSE. He is currently a partner of Dacheng Law Offices, the largest law firm in China.

 

Mr. Gu has participated in several Venture Capital and Private Equity investment cases by various funds, such as London Asia Fund, Warburg Pincus, Korea Development Bank, China Venture Investment Co, and China Cinda AMC.  During his time with China National Gold Group Corp., Mr. Gu was in charge of mineral resource M&A activities.

 

Mr. Gu holds a LL.B. from the Jilin University in China; a LL.M. from the Northeast University in China; and a Master of Applied Finance from the Macquarie University in  Australia. Mr. Gu is a qualified lawyer and securities practitioner in China.

 

See appendix for further information in accordance with Schedule Two (g) of the AIM Rules for Companies.

 

Joint Company Secretary Appointment

 

In accordance with ASX Listing Rule 3.16.1 Range advises that Ms. Sara Kelly has been appointed to the role of Joint Company Secretary effective immediately.

 

Texas Sale Update

 

Following announcement on 23 December 2014, Range and Citation Resources Limited ("Citation") have agreed to extend the Texas sale completion date and Range anticipates the transaction to complete in the coming days. Range will update the market accordingly on completion.

 

Lind Financing Update

 

As announced on 11 December, pursuant to the Company's US$15 million loan facility provided by Lind Asset Management, LLC ("Lind"), the Company has made an undertaking to Lind that, to the best of its ability and subject to AIM and ASX listing rules, the Company's Shares will not be suspended from trading on either the ASX or AIM market for more than 5 days, commencing from the execution date of the loan facility agreement. With the recent suspension, the Company has fully utilized these allowed days and subsequently provides Lind with certain additional rights under the agreement, including the ability to demand re-payment of the loan. At present, US$5.5 million under the Lind facility has been drawn down in two tranches, US$5 million at completion date (17 October 2014) and US$0.5 million (20 November 2014). Under the facility the company has issued 96,440,891 ordinary fully paid shares (38,000,000 collateral shares issued on 17 October 2014 and 58,440,891 first repayment shares on 18 November 2014). The initial facility has a face value of US$7.25 million.

 

To date, the Company has not received any demand notification to call the loan in accordance with the default provisions. Range is currently in discussions with Lind however, there remains uncertainty on the outcome of such discussions and at present the Board has yet to receive sufficient comfort that Lind will not issue a demand for repayment in the short term. Given the uncertainty over the Company's financial position should such a demand for repayment be made, the Company will remain in suspension until such time as an agreement is reached with Lind, or the Company has sufficient alternative financing to repay the Lind facility in full.

 

Core Financing Update

 

The Core Capital financing remains on track with the due diligence process well progressed, and the Company expects the transaction to complete in line with the previously announced timing, on or before 30 April 2015.

 

  

Appendix

Schedule Two (g) information

 

Mr. Liu is currently or has been a director of the following companies in the last five years:

 

Name

Status

Agile Partners

Last five years

 

Mr. Liu does not hold any interest in the share capital of the Company.

 

Mr. Gu is currently or has been a director of the following companies in the last five years:

 

Name

Status

Dacheng Law Offices

Current

China Guide Copper Mine Corporation

Last five years

 

Mr. Gu does not hold any interest in the share capital of the Company.

 

There are no other matters in relation to the new directors that require disclosure under the AIM Rules.

 

 

Contacts

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe
(Nominated Advisor and Broker)

David Porter / Sarah Wharry
(Corporate finance)

Richard Redmayne (Corporate broking)

t.   +44 (0)20 7894 7000

 

Range Resources Limited

Australian Office

945 Wellington Street

West Perth, WA 6005

Australia

 

t.   +61 8 9322 7600

f.   +61 8 9322 7602

UK Office

Suite 1A, Prince's House
38 Jermyn Street
London, SW1Y 6DN
United Kingdom

t.   +44 (0)20 7025 7040

f.   +44 (0)20 7287 8028

e.  [email protected]

www.rangeresources.co.uk

 


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