Eurasia, an established producer of palladium, platinum, iridium, rhodium and gold is pleased to announce that CITIC, one of China’s largest investment banks and VTB Capital, one of Russia’s largest investment banks (together the “Banks”).
Have already started (even prior to signing their respective engagement letters) assisting the Company with strategic options for its current mining assets (the Company’s Kola and Urals assets (the “Assets”)), including assessing the proposals set out in the announcement on 15 September 2019.
If the Company was to dispose of both of its Assets, then AIM Rule 15 (Fundamental Changes of Business) would apply. Such a disposal would require shareholders’ consent, an announcement which contains the information set out in Schedule Four to the AIM Rules; and be accompanied by a circular containing the details of the disposal and convening a general meeting to approve it.
At this time, however, there can be no guarantee that any transaction will occur and/or that the Assets will be sold.
The Banks have agreed to work on a success fee basis, so that their motivation is directly linked to a successful completion of an alternative asset transaction superior to those outlined in the announcement of 15 September 2019. The interest from the Banks is originating from the recent palladium acquisitions namely Stillwater for c. US$2bn by Sibanye in 2017 and NAP for approximately CAD$1bn by Impala Platinum earlier this month. The title of the slides for investors prepared by VTB Capital is as follows: “The Last Non Consolidated Palladium Play”.
Further updates will be provided in due course, as appropriate.
Christian Schaffalitzky, the Chairman of Eurasia commented: “The board is pleased that major banks such as CITIC and VTB Capital, the largest investment banks in China and Russia respectively, are interested in Eurasia’s PGM deposits including the ones in Kola which are much improved in size following the addition of the new ‘Flanks’ areas (see announcement dated 26 September 2019). Our total resource with the account of areas within the flanks contours is about 15 Moz of PGM (mostly palladium) that we believe puts us in a completely different league of major palladium companies already in production stage.”
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