Increase to Zimbabwean Export Credit Incentive
April 4, 2018: Caledonia Mining Corporation Plc (“Caledonia” or the “Company” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G18XSMQjb98&list=PLBpDlKjdv3yo1fyRJBV0uR7XsRQIoTWY- ) is pleased to announce that following the 2018 Monetary Policy Statement by the governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe in February 2018 relating to an increase in the Export Credit Incentive (“ECI”) paid to all gold miners from 2.5% to 10%, the Blanket Gold Mine (“Blanket”) has received funds commensurate with the increased level of ECI for gold produced in February 2018.
The increase in the ECI from 2.5% to 10% is expected to amount to additional income of approximately $5.1 million for the year to December 31, 2018 assuming that the ECI remains in place for 2018 and assuming a gold price of $1,260 per ounce. The incremental revenue is likely to have a material positive impact on Caledonia’s forecast EPS for the year. Recent EPS guidance issued in Caledonia’s 2017 Management Discussion and Analysis (“MD&A”) of the FY 2017 Results on March 21, 2018 of between 130 and 150 cents per share was based on an ECI of 2.5%. Revised EPS guidance assuming the increased ECI is expected to be between 165 and 190 cents per share.
Commenting on the developments, Steve Curtis, Caledonia’s Chief Executive Officer, said:
“The increase in the ECI from 2.5% to 10% is a further significant step by the Zimbabwean Government to boost investment and production in the gold mining sector. It is very pleasing to see the government delivering on previous policy statements to promote investment in the sector. As a substantial investor and producer of gold in Zimbabwe, Caledonia and our fellow shareholders in Blanket are a beneficiary of this and other recent policy changes as we invest to grow production at Blanket to 80,000 ounces by 2021. Furthermore, as we have previously announced in our 2017 MD&A Blanket will be investing an additional $4m in exploration and metallurgical test work on its satellite properties. As the business environment in Zimbabwe continues to improve we look forward to evaluating further opportunities to grow production.”
About Caledonia Mining
Caledonia’s primary asset is a 49% interest in an operating gold mine in Zimbabwe (“Blanket Mine”). Caledonia’s shares are listed on NYSE American (symbol: CMCL) and on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol: CAL) and depositary interests representing the shares are traded on London’s AIM (symbol: CMCL).
As at December 31, 2017, Caledonia had cash of approximately US$12.8m. Blanket Mine plans to increase production from 56,136 ounces of gold in 2017 to approximately 80,000 ounces by 2021; Blanket Mine’s target production for 2018 is 55,000 to 59,000 ounces. Caledonia expects to publish its results for the quarter to March 31, 2018 on or about May 14, 2018.
For further information please contact:
Caledonia Mining Corporation Plc
Mark Learmonth Tel: +44 1534 679 802
Maurice Mason Tel: +44 759 078 1139
Adrian Hadden/Ed Allsopp Tel: +44 20 7220 1751
Tim Blythe/Camilla Horsfall/Megan Ray Tel: +44 207 138 3204
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