SOURCE: Randgold Resources Ld

February 24, 2014 16:00 ET

Randgold Resources Ld: Kibali takes next step to full production

JERSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS--(Marketwired - Feb 24, 2014) - Randgold Resources Ld (LSE: RRS) (NASDAQ: GOLD)


RANDGOLD RESOURCES LIMITED
Incorporated in Jersey, Channel Islands
Reg. No. 62686
LSE Trading Symbol: RRS
Nasdaq Trading Symbol: GOLD


KIBALI TAKES NEXT STEP TO FULL PRODUCTION

Miami, FL, 24 February 2014 - Commissioning of the sulphide circuit
at the Kibali gold mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo is
underway, Randgold Resources chief executive Mark Bristow announced
here today. Kibali started production from its open pit through its
oxide circuit last September and completion of the sulphide circuit
will significantly advance its development as a world class gold mining
complex.

Speaking at the BMO Global Metals and Mining Conference here, Bristow
described Kibali as a work in progress. "While the plant processes ore
from the open pit mine, the underground mine is still being developed
and has just accessed the first underground ore," he said. Randgold is
developing and operating Kibali, in which it has a 45% stake.

Bristow noted that, like all the other mines Randgold has developed,
Kibali posted a bottom-line profit in its first quarter of operation,
the three months to December. It is on track to meet its production
guidance of 550000 ounces for 2014.

While much of the gold mining industry has been left in disarray by the
downturn in the gold price, Randgold's long term growth strategy
remains intact, Bristow said."We're not worrying about how we're going to
get through 2014; we have
a robust value-focused five year plan in place, and we are looking to
build on that. It's worth noting that our models are based entirely on
our banked reserves and on a long term gold price of USD1000 per
ounce," he said."In addition to the upside associated with Kibali's main
open pit and
underground orebodies, which is still being evaluated, our exploration
team is also hunting for fresh opportunities within its vast lease
areas, and a number of exciting, if early stage, prospects have already
been identified. Elsewhere in the DRC and West Africa, we're
aggressively exploring our extensive groundholdings for new
discoveries."



RANDGOLD ENQUIRIES:

Chief Executive     Financial Director    Investor & Media Relations
Mark Bristow        Graham Shuttleworth   Kathy du Plessis
+447880711386       +441534735333         +442075577738
+447797752288       +447797711338         Email:  randgold@dpapr.com 


Website:  www.randgoldresources.com 




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