Randgold Resources Ld: Gold downturn needs stakeholder partnerships

JERSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS--(Marketwired - Jul 10, 2013) - Randgold Resources Ld (NASDAQ: GOLD) (LSE: RRS)

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LSE Trading Symbol: RRS
NASDAQ Trading Symbol: GOLD
("Randgold Resources" or "Randgold")


Johannesburg, 10 July 2013 - The recent drop in the gold price has
highlighted the need for governments of mineral-rich countries to
cooperate with mining companies in the optimal development of their
resources, says Randgold Resources chief executive Mark Bristow.

Speaking at a media briefing here, Bristow said the two parties should
be united in a common purpose but sometimes seemed like ships passing
each other in the night. "Governments are tempted to harvest the green
shoots before the enterprise comes to fruition; the gold mining
industry tends to exaggerate the risk without fully addressing its own
internal problems," he said.

This disconnect arose from the mistaken perception that gold mining
companies must have made extraordinary profits during the long bull run
in the gold price, Bristow said. In fact, with escalating costs
cramping margins, most gold companies had not managed to create real
value and at the height of the boom the industry had actually been ex
growth. The declining gold price meant that many gold mining companies
were now again having to fight for survival, as evidenced by a spate of
write-downs and abandoned projects."The pursuit of quality assets has led
gold companies away from their
traditional hunting grounds and towards regions which are more
prospective but present a greater risk. All these regions are now
competing with each other for mining investment, and while Africa has
the advantage of great mineral wealth, its competitors generally have
better infrastructures, greater skills pools and more sophisticated
economies," he said.

In order for African countries to attract mining investment and benefit
fully from their mining industries, they should participate fully in
the value creation process."Real value is created by the discovery of
multi-million ounce deposits
and their development into profitable mines. Governments' role in this
should be firstly to provide a stable, business-friendly regime that
will attract investors, and then to partner the mining company in the
development process, driving the project up the value curve and sharing
fairly in its returns," he said.

Randgold owns and operates the Loulo complex in Mali and the Tongon
mine in Cote d'Ivoire, and also operates the Morila joint venture in
Mali. In addition, it is currently developing the giant Kibali project
in the Democratic Republic of Congo."When the gold price started turning
down, we reviewed all our business
plans and adjusted them where necessary. Our key objectives remain
intact, notably the aim of exceeding 1.2 million ounces of production
by 2015," he said."With our robust operations, low costs and no debt, and
Kibali on
schedule to pour its first gold before the end of this year, Randgold
can face any realistically foreseeable gold price scenario with

Bristow said the current squeeze on the industry had in fact created
new opportunities for Randgold, as gold mining juniors with quality
assets had to seek elsewhere the support no longer available from
bankers and investors. "While our core strategy remains organic
growth, we have entered into a number of earn-in joint ventures on
promising projects, most recently the agreement announced last week
with Taurus in Mali," he said.


Chief Executive        Financial Director   Investor & Media Relations
Mark Bristow           Graham Shuttleworth  Kathy du Plessis
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                       +44(0) 7797711338    Email:  randgold@dpapr.com 
Website:  www.randgoldresources.com 

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