SOURCE: Randgold Resources Ld

November 25, 2009 12:15 ET

Randgold Resources ups Tongon stake

JERSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS--(Marketwire - November 25, 2009) -

Randgold Resources Limited

Incorporated in Jersey, Channel Islands

Registration No. 62686

LSE Trading Symbol: RRS

Nasdaq Trading Symbol: GOLD


London, 25 November 2009 - Randgold Resources is to acquire a further 5% interest in the Tongon gold project in Cote d'Ivoire, raising its stake to 89%. Development of the Tongon mine is currently under way and it is scheduled to go into production in the fourth quarter of 2010.

The company said today its subsidiary Randgold Resources (Cote d'Ivoire) Limited had entered into an agreement with New Mining Cote d'Ivoire SA (NMCI) to acquire the additional interest in Societe des Mines de Tongon SA, the owner of the project, for USUSD10 million in cash. Of this, USUSD2 million is payable on completion of the deal and the balance upon satisfaction of certain conditions subsequent. After completion NMCI will own 1% of Tongon with the government of Cote d'Ivoire holding the remaining 10%.

Chief executive Mark Bristow said the company was pleased that it had been able to raise its stake in Tongon. The increased investment was also a mark of its confidence in Cote d'Ivoire as an emerging gold region."Tongon's development is currently firmly on track to pour its first gold on schedule," he said.


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