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7% increase in operating profit; cost increases contained

DRDGOLD today reported a 7% increase in Group cash operating profit to R157.1 million for the second half of FY05

‘Steady, post-restructuring recovery at SA operations’

Johannesburg, South Africa. 25 August 2005. DRDGOLD Limited (JSE: DRD; NASDAQ: DROOY; ASX: DRD; POM SoX: DRD) today reported a 7% increase in Group cash operating profit to R157.1 million for the second half of FY05.

DRDGOLD CEO Mark Wellesley-Wood said that this result, together with a 3% increase year on year to R304.5 million, reflected both a steady recovery of the company’s South African operations from “radical, largely Rand-induced restructuring” and a comparatively sound performance overall from its Australian operations.

“While past events have taught us never to be sanguine, we have entered FY06 in much better shape – materially and psychologically – than we entered FY05,” he said.

Although the average US Dollar gold price received year on year was 8% higher at US$423 per ounce, the ravages of Rand strength were revealed in the average Rand gold price received in FY05 – more than 2% down at R84 690 per kilogram, Wellesley-Wood commented.

In the second half, the average US Dollar price received was almost 2% higher than in the first half at US$428 per ounce and, ‘fortuitously’, a moderate weakening in the Rand resulted in an increase of more than 2% in the average Rand gold price received to R85 771 per kilogram.

“This was still lower, however, than the average for FY04 of R86 788 per kilogram.”

While Group cash operating costs year on year were 9% higher at US$375 per ounce, the benefits of the African restructuring were apparent from the containment of the cash operating cost increase in the second half to little more than 1% compared with the first half, Wellesley-Wood said.

“Were it not for a 23% increase in cash operating costs for the Australasian operations as a whole half-year on half-year, and the residual impact of the discontinued North West Operations’ high costs, we would have done even better.”

Although net operating profit for the second half of FY05 was 34% higher at R41.2 million, an impairment of R127.4 million on DRDGOLD’s 45.33% investment in Emperor to A$0.28c per share was the major contributor to a R140.0 million pre-tax loss.

“We could have hoped, given the difficulties faced by our South African business during the year, that our Australasian interests had not come somewhat ‘off the boil’ in the second half.

“However, as the South African operations have been restored to rights, we have been able to redirect financial and human resources to Australasia, building our support systems there just when they are needed.

“Specifically, we have bolstered our Brisbane office with the re-location of Michael Marriott from South Africa as our Chief Operating Officer in Australasia, joining Divisional Director Richard Johnson and Financial Manager André Labuschagne, and we have appointed Sandra Spencer as Human Resources Manager. At Emperor’s Vatukoula Mine, Sean O’Connor from South Africa has become General Manager as part of the finance and operating support package we announced recently.

The difference is being felt already,” Wellesley-Wood said.

Shareholders’ equity increased to R627.1 million in the second half of FY05 compared with R428.1 million in the first half, and the current ratio from 0.84 to 1.45. Cash and cash equivalents increased from R143.1 million to R241.2 million.


South Africa
Investor and Media Relations
Ilja Graulich, DRDGOLD
+27 11 219 8707 (office)
+27 83 604 0820 (mobile)

James Duncan, Russell & Associates
+27 11 880 3924 (office)
+27 82 892 8052 (mobile)

North America
Investor and Media Relations
Barbara Cano, Breakstone Group International
+1 646 452 2334 (office)

Investor and Media Relations
Paul Downie, Porter Novelli
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+61 414 947 129 (mobile)

United Kingdom/Europe
Investor and Media Relations
Phil Dexter, St James's Corporate Services
+44 20 7499 3916 (office)
+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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