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DRDGOLD financing, operating assistance package for Emperor

DRDGOLD today announced a financing and operating assistance package to 45.33% owned Emperor. This follows a complete review by DRDGOLD of Emperor’s operations.

$A10 million convertible loan facility

Johannesburg, South Africa. 12 July 2005. DRDGOLD Limited (JSE: DRD; NASDAQ: DROOY; ASX: DRD; POM SoX: DRD) today announced a financing and operating assistance package to 45.33% owned Emperor Mines Limited (“Emperor”). This follows a complete review by DRDGOLD of Emperor’s operations.

Emperor announced recently that it had completed an operational plan designed to restore its Vatukoula Gold Mine in Fiji to positive cash flow. Earlier, the company said that it expected to report a loss from ordinary activities before income tax and exceptional items of about $18 million for the year ended 30 June 2005.

The plan, conditional on the completion of arrangements for short term financing of $A10 million, envisages production of some 650 000 tonnes of ore at an average grade of 8.00 g/t, delivering 145 000 oz of gold for the current financial year.

Commenting on today’s announcement, DRDGOLD’s Chief Operating Officer, Mark Wellesley-Wood, said: ”DRDGOLD is committed to turning the Vatakoula mine around. This will be a challenging task but we believe that there is still potential to win more gold from this large orebody system.

“We have been encouraged by the positive response from stakeholders, all of whom recognise the need for change in order to address costs and produce gold more efficiently.”


To assist Emperor with its restructuring plan, DRDGOLD has agreed to provide a A$10 million Convertible Loan Facility (“the Convertible Loan Facility”) to Emperor as part of a re-financing package, which includes an agreement with ANZ Bank to restructure Emperor’s existing debt servicing obligations.

ANZ Bank has given its consent to the granting of the Convertible Loan Facility and the related security to DRDGOLD and the Australian Stock Exchange has also granted a waiver of Listing Rule 10.1 to permit Emperor to grant such security to DRDGOLD on the terms incorporated in the Convertible Loan Facility.


The Convertible Loan Facility, which was negotiated on behalf of Emperor by its independent directors, carries an interest rate of 9% per annum and is secured by a first ranking charge over Emperor’s 100% interest in the Tuvatu Gold Prospect in Fiji.

The Convertible Loan Facility is repayable upon either receipt of the proceeds expected from the sale of Emperor’s interest in the Tuvatu Gold Prospect or by 31 December 2007. Emperor has previously announced a conditional sale agreement in relation to the Tuvatu Gold Prospect and expects to receive consideration worth approximately A$10 million on completion of that transaction.

The Convertible Loan Facility is convertible at DRDGOLD’s election into ordinary fully paid shares of Emperor at a conversion price equal to the lower of A$0.30 per Emperor share or the 45 day volume weighted average price of Emperor shares on Australian Stock Exchange prior to the date of conversion.

The Convertible Loan Facility requires approval from the shareholders of Emperor (other than DRDGOLD). Failure to obtain Emperor shareholder approval for the Convertible Loan Facility, within a 60 day period, will constitute an event of default. Should an event of default occur, DRDGOLD will not be obliged to make further advances under the Convertible Loan Facility and Emperor must then repay any advances that have been made within a period of 270 days after the event of default.

Operational Support Agreement

In terms of an operational support agreement, also negotiated on behalf of Emperor by its independent directors, DRDGOLD will provide Emperor with management and technical services.

The services of Mr Michael Marriott and Mr Sean O’Connor of DRDGOLD have been made available to Emperor and are provided under the terms of the operational support agreement.

Following the appointment of Marriott as Chief Operating Officer and O’Connor as General Manager of Emperor, Emperor has begun introducing new working practices at Vatukoula. Some of these have already been implemented and initial reactions have been positive.

To minimise the head office costs of Emperor, the company’s head office in Sydney will be closed and certain Emperor staff will work out of DRDGOLD’s operational base in Brisbane.


South Africa
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Ilja Graulich, DRDGOLD
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James Duncan, Russell & Associates
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North America
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Barbara Cano, Breakstone & Ruth International
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Investor and Media Relations
Paul Downie, Porter Novelli
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United Kingdom/Europe
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Phil Dexter, St James's Corporate Services
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+44 779 863 4398

DRDGOLD is an intermediate unhedged gold producer with mines in South Africa as well as Australasia. The company’s production profile is split equally between its highly leveraged SA operations and its low cost, cash generative offshore mines.

DRDGOLD has primary listings on the Johannesburg (JSE:DRD) and Australian (ASX:DRD) stock exchanges and secondary listings on NASDAQ (DROOY), the London and Port Moresby stock exchanges and the Paris and Brussels Bourses. Its shares are also traded on the regulated unofficial market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the Berlin OTC Market.

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