Paladin Resources Ltd.

Paladin Resources Ltd.

February 23, 2007 08:30 ET

Paladin Resources Ltd.: Development Agreement Approval

Kayelekera Uranium Project, Malawi

PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 23, 2007) -


Paladin Resources Ltd. ("Paladin" or "the Company") (TSX:PDN)(ASX:PDN) is pleased to announce that through its subsidiary, Paladin (Africa) Ltd it has reached agreement with the Government of Malawi to enter into a Development Agreement for the Kayelekera Uranium Project.

The formal and detailed Development Agreement was approved by the Malawian Cabinet earlier this month and executed on Thursday 22nd February 2007. The Development Agreement is a far reaching document providing a stable fiscal regime for at least 10 years from the commencement of production and will provide a high degree of certainty for the Project. Early discussions with Societe Generale Australia Branch as the current lead arranger for Paladin's project finance at Langer Heinrich has been assisting Paladin in drafting the completed Development Agreement and discussions have already occurred around finance structures, terms and conditions. The terms of the fiscal regime detailed in the Development Agreement are as follows:-

1. 15% carried equity in project company to be transferred to the Republic of Malawi (in return for 2 and 3 below).

2. Corporate tax rate reduced from 30% to an effective 27.5%.

3. The 10% resource rent tax in Malawi reduced to zero.

4. Reduced royalty rate from 5% to 1.5% (years 1 to 3) and 3% (years 3 plus).

5. No 17.5% import VAT or import duty during the stability period.

6. Immediate 100% capital write off for tax purposes.

7. Paladin to provide social infrastructure in the Kayelekera region, including modern primary and boarding secondary schools and health facilities for the local population most probably funded in the third year of the project life.

8. Thin capitalisation (debt:equity) ratio of 80:20 for the Project.

9. Stability period of 10 years - no increases to tax/royalty, regime and a commitment to provide the benefit of any tax/royalty decrease during the period.

The 15% Government shareholding will offer a long term stabilizing element for the Project as it will align the interests of the Company and the Government in the Project, creating a sustainable environment which the Company believes is for the long term benefit of both the Company and Malawi. Paladin's participation will be both via its 85% equity stake in the project company and via interest on the inter-company loans that will provide up to 80% of the funding for the project company.

The Paladin Board is very pleased to have this agreement with the Malawian Government in place which it believes is both fair and equitable and can now look forward to developing its second uranium mine to benefit both the people of Malawi and the Paladin shareholders.

Meanwhile, to ensure that Paladin will be able to meet its stated development schedule, the Company has taken a number of early initiatives. These are:-

- Readiness for immediate commencement of pre-development pioneer works of approximately US$1M involving local access preparation, preliminary site establishment of an advanced party camp, a secure equipment storage area and a communications facility. This pioneer work planned and scheduled during Q4 (Oct - Dec) 2006 will establish an appropriate forward base from which the main construction work can then be initiated.

- Paladin has also at its own risk and prior to Government approvals for project development secured a core, long lead time item of equipment for the project. It has purchased a second hand 5.03m diameter x 8.54m long Dominion SAG Mill. This was purchased following extensive due diligence commencing Q3, 2006 including a thorough technical review of the mill equipment by reputable independent experts. This step was taken by Paladin primarily to ensure the Kayelekera project will not suffer any project delays due to the exceptionally long lead times currently being experienced in the resource industry for this type and size of equipment (greater than 100 weeks). The mill will be completely refurbished and components have already been shipped to various engineering shops in readiness for commencing rebuild of the mill.

The BFS is now finalised with the fiscal regime as outlined above formally incorporated into the document. The final signed Bankable Feasibility Study together with the Environmental Impact Assessment package will be submitted to the Commissioner for Mines for grant of the Mining Licence after final Board approval for development go ahead is given.

With the Development Agreement in place this paves the way for Paladin to commence development and construction of this project late March early April 2007 with a planned mine commissioning still anticipated for September 2008.

Caution Regarding Forward Looking Statements: Statements regarding the Company's plans to develop the Kayelekera Project are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ from those expressed or implied by such statements. There can be no guarantee such statements will be realised. In particular, there can be no assurance that Paladin will be able to successfully build, develop and operate a uranium mine or that it will be able to raise the funds necessary to complete such tasks. Furthermore, there can be no assurance that if completed, any mine will be profitably operated.

The securities referred to herein have not been registered under the US Securities Act of 1933 and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to a US person absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration.

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