Share buy-back programme

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Goldplat plc
29 March 2022


Goldplat plc / Ticker: GDP / Index: AIM / Sector: Mining & Exploration 



29 March 2022

Goldplat plc
('Goldplat', the 'Group' or 'the Company')


Share buy-back programme

Goldplat plc, the AIM listed gold producer, with international gold recovery operations located in South Africa and Ghana, is pleased to announce the launch of a share buy-back programme (the "Programme").


As previously announced, with the changes in strategy of the business to focus on the recovery operations, the intention of the Board is to distribute free cashflow generated in these operations back to shareholders, subsequent to regular reviews of capital allocations to optimise long-term returns for shareholders. The Board considered returning value to shareholders either through dividends or as a share buy-back. It is the Board's opinion that the Company's shares currently trade at significant discount to its intrinsic value per share, despite the strong operational and financial momentum of the business. The Board therefore believes that share buybacks are an appropriate means of returning value, whilst maximising sustainable long-term growth for shareholders, given the enhancement to net asset value, earnings and dividends per share that will result from reducing the number of shares in issue. The purpose of the Programme is therefore to reduce the issued ordinary share capital of the Company.


Accordingly, the Company today announces the commencement of the Programme, for the repurchase of its ordinary shares of one penny each ("Ordinary Shares") of up to a total value of £200,000. The Programme can commence from the date of this announcement and will expire at 30 June 2022, or when shares to the value of £200,000 have been bought back, if earlier.  The Company has an arrangement with WH Ireland Limited ("WH Ireland") to run and manage the Programme and WH Ireland will have full discretion in relation to the Programme, within the parameters set out below, and are entitled to make independent trading and commercial decisions regarding the Programme.


Any purchase of Ordinary shares will be executed in accordance with the limits of the Company's general authority to

repurchase Ordinary shares granted by its shareholders at the Company's 2021 Annual General Meeting on 31 December 2021

·    The maximum price at which Ordinary Shares may be purchased shall be 5 percent above the average of the middle market quotations for the Ordinary Shares as taken from the Daily Official List of the London Stock Exchange for the five business days preceding the date of purchase and the minimum price shall be £0.01, being the nominal value of the Ordinary Shares

·    No more than 17,210,766 will be repurchased under the Programme.


It is intended that the Programme will be effected as far as possible in accordance with the Market Abuse Regulation 596/2014/EU (as in force in the UK and as amended by the Market Abuse (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019). Given the level of liquidity in the Company's shares, Shareholders should be aware that a purchase of Ordinary Shares by the Company on any given trading day may represent a significant proportion of the daily trading volume in the Goldplat Ordinary Shares and could exceed 25 per cent of the average daily trading volume in the month preceding this announcement. The trading volume however will be limited to 50% of the average daily trading volume in the month preceding this announcement, which was circa 350,000 shares.  


Under the terms of the agreement, WH Ireland will make purchases of the Shares under the buy-back programme independently of, and uninfluenced by, the Company. Purchases may continue during any closed period to which the Company is subject. The Company confirms that it currently has no unpublished inside information. 


All shares repurchased under the Programme will be cancelled.


The Board will keep the Programme under review to make sure it continues as an efficient and effective means of generating value for shareholders. While the Company has launched the Programme, there is no certainty on the volume of shares that may be acquired under the Programme and the pace of acquisitions.


The Company will make further announcements in due course following the completion of any buyback of shares.


For further information visit, follow on Twitter @GoldPlatGDP or contact:


Werner Klingenberg


Goldplat plc



Tel: +27 (0) 82 051 1071

Colin Aaronson / George Grainger / Samuel Littler


Grant Thornton UK LLP

(Nominated Adviser)

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7383 5100


Jessica Cave / Andrew de Andrade


WH Ireland Limited



Tel: +44 (0) 207 220 1666


Tim Thompson / Mark Edwards / Fergus Mellon

Flagstaff Strategic and Investor Communications

Tel: +44 (0) 207 129 1474


The information contained within this announcement is deemed to constitute inside information as stipulated under the retained EU law version of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014 (the "UK MAR") which is part of UK law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. The information is disclosed in accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 17 of the UK MAR. Upon the publication of this announcement, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.


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