Sunday, May 2, 2010

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GOLD - Randgold Resources

Randgold Resources is an African focused gold mining and exploration company with primary listings on the London Stock Exchange and Nasdaq. Major discoveries to date include the 7.5 million ounce Morila deposit in southern Mali, the 7 million ounce Yalea deposit and the 3 million ounce Gounkoto deposit, both in western Mali, the 4 million ounce Tongon deposit in the Côte d’Ivoire and the 3 million ounce Massawa deposit in eastern Senegal.

Randgold Resources (‘Randgold’) financed and built the Morila mine which since October 2000 has produced more than 5.5 million ounces of gold and distributed more than US $1.5 billion to stakeholders. It also financed and built the Loulo operation which started as two open pit mines in November 2005. Since then, an underground mine has been developed at the Yalea deposit and construction of a second underground operation is underway at the Gara deposit. First gold production from the company’s new mine being developed at Tongon is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2010.

Randgold’s current major projects are Gounkoto on the Loulo permit in Mali, Massawa in Senegal and Kibali in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2009 the company acquired a 45% interest in the Kibali project, which now stands at 9.2 million ounces of reserves and is one of the largest undeveloped gold deposits in Africa. Randgold also has an extensive portfolio of organic growth prospects, which is constantly replenished by intensive exploration programmes in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, DRC, Mali and Senegal.

To end the week in trading (GOLD) Randgold closed at $84.24 +2.27 or +2.77% on heavier than average trading volume of 4.96 million. The average weekly trading volume for the company is 4.91 million.

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