AngloGold Ashanti Limited

AngloGold Ashanti Limited

June 18, 2009 15:05 ET

AngloGold Ashanti Announces Acquisition of Shares in Laurentian Goldfields Ltd.

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 18, 2009) - AngloGold Ashanti Limited (NYSE:AU)(JSE:ANG) is pleased to announce that it has acquired, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ashanti Goldfields Services Limited ("Ashanti"), 4,444,444 units in Laurentian Goldfields Ltd. ("Laurentian") through a non-brokered private placement.

Each unit consists of one common share in the capital of Laurentian (each a "Common Share") and one common share purchase warrant (each a "Warrant") entitling Ashanti to purchase one additional Common Share at a price of Cdn$0.18 per share for a period of two years following the closing date of June 16, 2009.

As a result of the acquisition of such units, Ashanti now owns approximately 17.3% of the total issued and outstanding shares of Laurentian, prior to the exercise of the Warrants. Ashanti was not previously a shareholder in Laurentian. In the event Ashanti exercises all of the Warrants, Ashanti would own 8,888,888 Common Shares, representing approximately 25% of the then issued and outstanding Common Shares of Laurentian, on a fully diluted basis. The Warrants, however, contain a provision restricting exercise of the Warrants if, after giving effect to such exercise, Ashanti, together with any person acting jointly or in concert with Ashanti, would in the aggregate beneficially own (including deemed beneficial ownership, as such term is described in Multilateral Instrument 62-104 Take Over Bids and Issuer Bids), or exercise control or direction over, directly or indirectly, that number of voting or equity securities of Laurentian which is 20% or greater of the total issued and outstanding voting or equity securities of Laurentian, immediately after giving effect to such exercise.

In consideration for these shares, Ashanti made a cash payment in the amount of Cdn$399,999.96 upon closing of the private placement. Ashanti has relied on section 2.10 of National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus and Registration Exemptions, as the acquisition cost of the units was not less than Cdn$150,000 paid in cash by Ashanti at the time of the trade. Ashanti is not acting jointly or in concert with any other person or company in connection with the acquisition of the securities of Laurentian.

Ashanti acquired the securities for investment purposes only and may, depending upon market and other conditions, increase or decrease its beneficial ownership, control or direction over, or exercise its current rights to acquire, common shares or other securities of Laurentian through market transactions, private agreements or otherwise.

Certain statements made in this communication, including, without limitation, those concerning AngloGold Ashanti's strategy to reduce its gold hedging position including the extent and effects of the reduction, the economic outlook for the gold mining industry, expectations regarding gold prices, production, cash costs and other operating results, growth prospects and outlook of AngloGold Ashanti's operations, individually or in the aggregate, including the completion and commencement of commercial operations of certain of AngloGold Ashanti's exploration and production projects and completion of acquisitions and dispositions, AngloGold Ashanti's liquidity and capital resources, and expenditure and the outcome and consequences of any pending litigation proceedings, contain certain forward-looking statements regarding AngloGold Ashanti's operations, economic performance and financial condition. Although AngloGold Ashanti believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct. Accordingly, results could differ materially from those set out in the forward-looking statements as a result of, among other factors, changes in economic and market conditions, success of business and operating initiatives, changes in the regulatory environment and other government actions, fluctuations in gold prices and exchange rates, and business and operational risk management. For a discussion of such factors, refer to AngloGold Ashanti's annual report for the year ended 31 December 2008, which was distributed to shareholders on 27 March 2009 and the company's annual report on Form 20-F, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States on May 5, 2009 as amended on May 6, 2009. AngloGold Ashanti undertakes no obligation to update publicly or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after today's date or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. All subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements attributable to AngloGold Ashanti or any person acting on its behalf are qualified by the cautionary statements herein.

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(Reg. No.1944/017354/06)

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