TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Feb. 10, 2016) – Caledonia Mining Corporation (“Caledonia”) (TSX:CAL)(OTCQX:CALVF)(AIM:CMCL) advises that it has entered into a 6 month “cap and collar” hedge over 15,000 ounces of production using a “collar” value of US$1,050 per ounce and a cap value of US$1,080 per ounce.
The hedge will provide Caledonia with greater certainty as to its cash flows in the period up to July 2016, by when it is expected that operating cash flows at Blanket will benefit from the projected increase in gold production.
Blanket has completed the first year of a six-year investment programme (the “Revised Investment Plan”) in terms of which it will invest US$70m over the years 2015 to 2021 with the objective of increasing production to approximately 80,000 ounces of gold by 2021. When the Revised Investment Plan was announced in October 2014, the anticipated capital investment in the three years 2015 to 2017 was US$50 million; it is now expected to be approximately US$45 million.
The hedge comprises a series of weekly contracts. If the gold price at the end of each contract falls below the collar value, Caledonia will receive the value of the shortfall below the collar multiplied by the hedged ounces. If the gold price at the end of each contract falls between the cap and the collar value, Caledonia will pay to the hedge counterparty the excess over the collar value multiplied by the hedged ounces. If the gold price at the end of each contract exceeds the cap value, Caledonia will pay to the hedge counterparty the difference between the cap and the collar multiplied by the hedged ounces. There are no other fees or expenses arising in terms of the hedge. The hedge arrangement is a financial instrument between Caledonia and a financial counterparty: Blanket will continue to sell 100% of its gold to Fidelity Printers and Refiners in Zimbabwe.
Caledonia intends to maintain its existing dividend policy of paying 1.125 US cents per quarter.
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Potential shareholders and prospective investors should be aware that these statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: risks relating to estimates of mineral reserves and mineral resources proving to be inaccurate, fluctuations in gold price, risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral exploration, development and mining, risks relating to the credit worthiness or financial condition of suppliers, refiners and other parties with whom the Company does business; inadequate insurance, or inability to obtain insurance, to cover these risks and hazards, employee relations; relationships with and claims by local communities and indigenous populations; political risk; availability and increasing costs associated with mining inputs and labour; the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development, including the risks of obtaining or maintaining necessary licenses and permits, diminishing quantities or grades of mineral reserves as mining occurs; global financial condition, the actual results of current exploration activities, changes to conclusions of economic evaluations, and changes in project parameters to deal with unanticipated economic or other factors, risks of increased capital and operating costs, environmental, safety or regulatory risks, expropriation, the Company’s title to properties including ownership thereof, increased competition in the mining industry for properties, equipment, qualified personnel and their costs, risks relating to the uncertainty of timing of events including targeted production rate increase and currency fluctuations. Shareholders are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information. By its nature, forward-looking information involves numerous assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, that contribute to the possibility that the predictions, forecasts, projections and various future events will not occur. Caledonia undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking information whether as a result of new information, future events or other such factors which affect this information, except as required by law.