SENS Announcement – Summarised Group Unaudited Interim Financial Statements for the six months ended 30 June 2017

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COMMENTARY TO SUMMARISED GROUP INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Income

The majority of income recognised in the period under review was derived from interest earned on cash investments and third party recoveries. The company recorded a net loss of R10.8 million for the period compared to a net loss of R6.2 million for the corresponding period last year. This was mainly as a result of an increase in legal fees.

Financial position

R&E is liquid with no interest-bearing debt. R&E’s total assets consist primarily of cash and cash equivalents. R&E had a net asset value of R2.08 per share at 30 June 2017 (R2.23 per share at 31 December 2016). The decrease in net asset value is due to the loss incurred during the period.

Cash flow

R&E started the period under review with a cash and cash equivalent balance of R170 million. The companies cash outflow of R11.4 million was the net result of interest earned on cash and recoveries received less cash utilised to fund its operations during the period. R&E remains in a healthy cash position with R158.6 million in cash and cash equivalents at 30 June 2017.

Outlook

The outlook for the balance of the year is largely dependent on the progress and outcome of current legal matters. Expenditure on litigation for the balance of the year is expected to be at a
similar level as in the first half. Until the legal claims initiated by the company have been finalised, this pattern of expenditure is likely to prevail.

David Kovarsky Marais Steyn
Chairman Chief Executive Officer
Johannesburg
7 August 2017

SUMMARISED GROUP INTERIM STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

For the six months ended
30 June 2017 30 June 2016
Notes Unaudited
R’000
Unaudited
R’000
Revenue
141
137
Profit/(loss) on disposal of listed equity securities
85
(24)
Recoveries 6
1 158
750
Other income
150
307
Other operating expenses
(19 125)
(14 785)
Loss from operating activities
(17 591)
(13 615)
Finance income
6 759
7 409
Loss before taxation
(10 832)
(6 206)
Taxation
Loss for the period
(10 832)
(6 206)
Other comprehensive income
Items of other comprehensive income that will not be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss
Actuarial (losses)/gains
(215)
786
Taxation
Total comprehensive loss for the period
(11 047)
(5 420)
Loss attributable to:
Owners of the company
(10 832)
(6 206)
Total comprehensive loss attributable to:
Owners of the company
(11 047)
(5 420)
Basic and diluted loss per share (cents) 7
(15.13)
(8.67)

SUMMARISED GROUP INTERIM STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

For the six months ended
30 June 2017 30 June 2016
Notes Unaudited
R’000
Unaudited
R’000
Attributable to equity holders of the company
Ordinary share capital
716
716
Retained earnings
148 013
161 627
Balance at the beginning of the period
159 060
167 047
Loss and total comprehensive loss for the period
(11 047)
(5 420)

SUMMARISED GROUP INTERIM STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

For the six months ended
30 June 2017 31 December 2016
Notes Unaudited
R’000
Audited
R’000
Assets
Non-current assets
21
24
Equipment
20
23
Intangible assets
1
1
Current assets
165 174
176 842
Trade and other receivables
40
118
Investment in listed equity securities
6 526
6 683
Cash and cash equivalents
158 608
170 041
Total assets
165 195
176 866
Equity and liabilities
Shareholders’ equity
148 729
159 776
Ordinary share capital
716
716
Retained earnings
148 013
159 060
Liabilities
Non-current liabilities
Post-retirement medical benefit obligation
11 820
11 849
Current liabilities
Trade and other payables
4 646
5 241
Total equity and liabilities
165 195
176 866

SUMMARISED GROUP INTERIM STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

For the six months ended
30 June 2017 30 June 2016
Notes Unaudited
R’000
Unaudited
R’000
Loss before taxation
(10 832)
(6 206)
Adjusted for:
(Profit)/loss on disposal of listed equity securities
(85)
24
Post-retirement medical benefit obligation – interest cost
487
595
Depreciation
3
1
Change in fair value of listed equity securities
208
(686)
Interest received
(6 759)
(7 409)
Dividends received
(141)
(137)
Working capital changes
(517)
1 836
Cash utilised in operating activities
(17 636)
(11 982)
Interest received
6 759
7 409
Post-retirement medical benefit obligation – benefits paid
(731)
(762)
Cash flows from financing activities
(11 608)
(5 335)
Dividends received
141
137
Proceeds on disposal of listed equity securities
1 333
1 001
Acquisition of investment in listed equity securities
(1 299)
(1 208)
Cash flow from investing activities
175
(70)
Cash flow from financing activities
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents
(11 433)
(5 405)
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period
170 041
175 937
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period
158 608
170 532

NOTES TO THE SUMMARISED GROUP INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2017

1.Reporting entity
R&E is a company domiciled and incorporated in the Republic of South Africa. The summarised group interim financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2017 include the company and its subsidiaries (together referred to as “the group”).

2.Statement of compliance

The summarised group interim financial statements are prepared and presented in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”), which include International Accounting Standard (“IAS”) 34 Interim Financial Reporting, the SAICA Financial Reporting Guides as issued by the Accounting Practices Committee, the Financial Reporting Pronouncements as issued by the Financial Reporting Accountants Council, the requirements of the Companies Act of South Africa (Act 71 of 2008), as amended, and the Listings Requirements of the JSE Limited. These summarised group interim financial statements were approved by the board of directors on 7 August 2017.

Mr Van Zyl Botha CA(SA), the financial director of R&E, is responsible for these interim financial statements and has supervised the preparation thereof in conjunction with Mrs Mandrie Steyn CA (SA) (group financial manager).

3.Significant accounting policies

The accounting policies applied by the group in these summarised group interim financial statements in accordance with IFRS are the same as those applied by the group in its group financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2016.

4.No independent review by the auditor

The company’s auditor has not reviewed or audited the summarised group interim financial statements of R&E for the six months ended 30 June 2017.

5.Segment reporting

The group operates in a single operating segment as an investment holding company with assets in the mining industry.

6.Recoveries

R&E received a distribution from the Sixth & Final Liquidation and Distribution Account of The Insolvent Deceased Estate of Roger Brett Kebble.

7.Loss per share

For the six months ended
30 June 2017 30 June 2016
Notes Unaudited
R’000
Unaudited
R’000
Basic and diluted loss per ordinary share
Basic and diluted loss for the period (R’000)
(10 832)
(6 206)
Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue (R’000)
71 585
71 585
Loss per share (cents)
(15.13)
(8.67)
Headline and diluted headline loss per ordinary share
Headline and diluted headline loss for the period (R’000)
(10 832)
(6 206)
Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue (R’000)
71 585
71 585
Headline loss per share (cents)
(15.13)
(8.67)

8.Net asset and tangible net asset value per share

The net asset value per share is calculated using the following variables:

30 June 2017
Unaudited
30 June 2016
Unaudited
Net asset value (R’000)
148 729
162 343
Ordinary shares outstanding (R’000)
71 585
71 585
Net asset value per share (cents)
207.8
226.8
Net tangible asset value per share (cents)
207.8
226.8

The number of shares outstanding at 30 June 2017 and 30 June 2016 has been adjusted for the 2 999 893 treasury shares held.

9.Material changes

No material changes occurred during the period.

10.Related party transactions

There were no related party transactions during the period under review other than in the normal course of business, i.e. key management remuneration. JH Scholes, a director of R&E, is also a director of Malan Scholes Attorneys, which provides legal prospecting right consulting services to R&E on an ad hoc basis. The cost of these services amounted to R12 603 during the period under review (June 2016 – R91 266).

11.Events after reporting date

There were no significant events between the reporting date and the approval date of these results.

12.Legal update

This update concerns legal proceedings which the R&E Group remains engaged in, either as a result of claims brought against R&E, alternatively as a result of claims instituted by R&E and certain of its subsidiaries. Further detail regarding such claims may be found on the company’s website at www.randgoldexp.co.za.

CLAIMS AGAINST THE R&E GROUP
(i)Permission by mineworkers/their dependants to institute a class action against various companies, including R&E arising from silicosis and/or tuberculosis allegedly contracted on gold
mines in South Africa and pending appeal –
12.1 On 20 August 2013, the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg (the High Court) granted an order consolidating an application brought by various former
mineworkers (alternatively, the dependants of former mineworkers) with three further applications, each requesting permission to proceed with a class action against several mining companies.
12.2 In October 2015, following the consolidation, the applicants approached the Court and requested:
12.2.1 permission to institute a class action against several mining companies, including R&E, R&E being cited as the twenty-ninth respondent in the main application;
12.2.2 a declaration that current and former mineworkers of the respondents who have or had allegedly contracted silicosis, and the dependants of mineworkers who died of silicosis are to
constitute the silicosis class; and
12.2.3 a declaration that current and former mineworkers of the Respondents who have or had contracted pulmonary tuberculosis, and the dependants of deceased mineworkers who died of pulmonary
tuberculosis (but excluding silicotuberculosis) are to constitute the tuberculosis class.
12.3 R&E notified the Applicants of its intention to oppose the application and on 30 May 2014 filed its answering affidavit, which the Applicants responded to on 12 September 2014.
R&E has since been joined as a Respondent in respect of the tuberculosis class.
12.4 Following the October 2015 Court hearing for certification of the classes (R&E having indicated that it would abide the outcome of the certification hearing without prejudice to
any of R&E’s rights), the High Court handed down judgment in favour of the Applicants on 13 May 2016.
12.5 The Respondents consequently applied for leave to appeal the High Court’s decision to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA), and were granted leave to appeal to the SCA on 24 June
2016, but only in respect of a limited aspect of the judgment.
12.6 As a result, the Respondents (other than R&E) petitioned the SCA for leave to appeal against the entire judgment of the High Court on a variety of bases which the SCA granted in
September 2016. The appeal is due to be heard during the week of 19 to 23 March 2018 and although R&E is not actively participating in the appeal proceedings, it involves the certification of the
class action and development of the common law to allow for the transmissibility of general damages. Due to the size of the appeal, an alternative venue for the hearing of the appeal has been
proposed to the SCA.
12.7 Dependent on the outcome, the Applicants intend formally instituting action against the Respondents (including R&E), for damages.
(ii) The minority shareholders application brought by David John Smyth, Patrick Charles Smyth, Anglorand Securities Limited, James George Witheridge Gubb, Elizabeth Anne Hope Gubb,
Milkwood Investments Limited and Jag Investments (Pty) Limited (collectively the main applicants) –
12.8 On 20 January 2010, R&E, JCI Limited (JCI) and JCI Investment Finance (Pty) Limited (JCIIF) concluded a Settlement Agreement (the Settlement Agreement). Shortly hereafter a
further agreement was concluded between R&E, African Strategic Investment (Holdings) Limited (ASI), JCI, JCIIF, Investec Bank Limited (Investec), Investec Bank PLC, Letseng Diamonds Limited and
others (the Litigation Settlement Agreement).
12.9 On 29 March 2011, the main applicants issued an application out of the Gauteng Division of the High Court, Pretoria against Investec (as First Respondent) and R&E (as Second
Respondent) requesting declarations that the Settlement Agreement and the Litigation Settlement Agreement constitute or involve act(s) or omission(s) which are unfairly prejudicial, unjust or
inequitable in terms of the former Companies Act of 1973. In terms of the application the main applicants ask that Investec purchase their shares in R&E at a price of R288.56 per share (or such
other amount as the Court may determine), plus the ruling share price of R&E. No monetary relief is claimed against R&E.
12.10 R&E and Investec are opposing the application and deny that the Settlement Agreement and the Litigation Settlement Agreement involved an act(s) or omission(s) which are unfairly
prejudicial, unjust or inequitable.
12.11 In December 2011, R&E served its Answering Affidavit, which was followed shortly thereafter by a Supplementary Answering Affidavit. In October 2016, R&E served a further affidavit in
response to the Replying Affidavit served by the minority shareholders.
12.12 In the interim, a dispute has arisen as to whether the main applicants enjoy legal standing to sue R&E and Investec. The parties agreed that this dispute should be decided separately and
in advance. To facilitate this, in 2014 a ‘separation agreement’ (the separation agreement) was signed to regulate the separated issues to be determined and provided further that the right of
Standard Bank Nominees (Transvaal) (Pty) Limited, Shap-Aaron Nominees (Pty) Limited and BNS Nominees (Pty) Limited (the registered shareholders of certain of the main applicants’ shares) (the
nominee applicants) to intervene in and to be joined in the main application as well as the right of forty further intervening applicants (the forty intervening parties) to be joined in the main
application, should also be determined before all other issues in the application.
12.13 These issues were argued before Judge Rabie in the Pretoria High Court in June and November 2014 and resulted in judgment being handed down by Judge Rabie 17 September 2015 in terms of
which the following (among others) was ordered:
12.13.1 the application of the main applicants is refused, and they are to be removed as applicants from the main application, which is to proceed without them;
12.13.2 the main applicants are to pay the costs of Investec relating to the main application, including of the locus standi objection;
12.13.3 the intervention applications of twenty seven of the forty intervening parties are dismissed with costs;
12.13.4 the intervention applications of six of the forty intervening parties are withdrawn (and to the extent that they have not been withdrawn are dismissed) with costs;
12.13.5 the intervention applications of seven of the forty intervening parties are granted, however they are required to pay Investec’s costs until 2 May 2014;
12.13.6 the intervention applications of the nominee applicants are granted in respect of the parties on whose behalf the nominee applicants hold shares in R&E, with Investec and R&E required to
pay the costs of the intervention applications of the nominee applicants, jointly and severally.
12.14 An application for leave to appeal to the SCA by the main applicants (who were precluded from applying as co-applicants for relief in terms of section 252 of the 1973 Companies Act
together with the nominee applicants) and certain of the forty intervening parties (who were either precluded from intervening as co-applicants, alternatively ordered to pay Investec’s costs) was
granted on 23 July 2016. The appeal is due to be heard on 13 September 2017.
12.15 In separate interlocutory proceedings, Standard Bank Nominees and 9 others brought an interlocutory application seeking clarity from Judge Rabie as to the meaning and effect of the words
“The application of the 7 main applicants is refused and they are removed as applicants from the main application which shall proceed without them” as contained in Judge Rabie’s 17 September 2015
order. The relief requested by the applicants in the interlocutory application, was to require the Court in the first instance to clarify its order through a process of interpretation and
secondly, in the alternative, that the Court vary its order to remove any ambiguity or cure any omission.
12.16 In considering these matters, Judge Rabie found, inter alia, that a Court may only clarify its judgment or order if the meaning thereof is “obscure, ambiguous or otherwise uncertain,
so as to give effect to its true intention, provided that it does not thereby alter the sense and substance of the judgment or order”, and further held that his order was clear and contained no
ambiguity or uncertainty. As a result, the declaratory orders sought by Standard Bank Nominees and 9 others were not granted. The application was accordingly dismissed with costs including the
costs of three counsel.

CURRENT CLAIMS OF THE R&E GROUP

(i) Action against Gold Fields Operations Limited –
12.17 In August 2008, R&E (as First Plaintiff) and ASI (as Second Plaintiff) instituted a summons action out of the High Court against Gold Fields Operations Limited (formerly Western Areas
Limited) (Gold Fields) for the alleged theft by Western Areas of:
12.17.1 1 800 000 Randgold Resources Limited (RRL) ordinary shares (claim 1);
12.17.2 7 260 000 RRL shares (claim 2);
12.17.3 7 300 000 RRL shares (claim 3);
12.17.4 5 460 000 RRL shares (claim 4); and
12.17.5 94 000 000 shares in the issued share capital of Aflease Limited.
12.18 The claims arise from on an alleged unlawful conspiracy devised by the controlling will and mind of Gold Fields and the controlling will and mind of JCI, in consequence of which the above shares are alleged to have been misappropriated from R&E, alternatively ASI, with the proceeds thereof being applied for purposes of meeting the funding requirements of Gold Fields and JCI, and to establish corrupt relationships designed to secure benefits for JCI and Gold Fields.
12.19 The claims consist of a main claim and alternatives thereto. Interest and the dividends declared in respect of the misappropriated shares are also claimed, however in the first instance damages are claimed based on the highest value at which the shares have traded since their theft.
12.20 The action is defended by Gold Fields. In its plea, it denies liability to R&E and ASI and places reliance on the Apportionment of Damages Act 34 of 1956. It maintains that should it be found to be liable to R&E and ASI, the amount of its liability should be reduced by the extent to which JCI was culpable and by virtue of the settlements concluded by the R&E group with third parties. Gold Fields also seek contributions from JCI, the estate late Brett Kebble (Brett Kebble), Chris Lamprecht (Lamprecht) and Roger Kebble (Roger Kebble), in the event that it is held liable to R&E in the action, which parties it has joined to the proceedings. Only JCI and Lamprecht have responded to the joinder and claim by Gold Fields against them.
12.21 JCI has served a third party notice on R&E raising a conditional claim against R&E, to the effect that if JCI is found to be liable to Gold Fields, the extent of such liability should be reduced having regard to the indemnity in the Settlement Agreement concluded between R&E and JCI on 20 January 2010.
12.22 In 2016, Judge Francis was appointed to case manage the action and to oversee its progression to trial. A number of case management meetings have been held with Judge Francis and the matter is being prepared for trial.
12.23 Gold Fields have served an extensive Request for Trial Particulars. R&E’s and ASI’s response will be served shortly.
12.24 A further case management meeting with Judge Francis will be arranged in due course and at the appropriate time a trial date of long duration will be arranged.
(ii) The action against Charles Orbach and Company –
12.25 In August 2008 R&E instituted action against its former auditors, Charles Orbach and Company (Charles Orbach) in the High Court. Pleadings in the action have closed, Charles Orbach has provided its working papers to R&E and R&E has discovered.
12.26 It is likely that a case manager will be appointed to case manage the matter and its progression to trial.
12.27 In terms of its claim, R&E contends that it sustained damages arising from the issue by Charles Orbach of a negative assurance which it expressed on R&E’s provisional results for the
financial year ended 31 December 2004. R&E maintains that but for the negative assurance, a material irregularity ought to have been reported by Charles Orbach, which if it had been, would have enabled R&E to take steps to vindicate those shares which had been unlawfully stolen from it and not already sold.
(iii) The summons against certain former directors/employees of R&E –
12.28 In 2008, R&E, ASI and First Wesgold Mining (Pty) Limited (First Wesgold) instituted action against Buitendag, Mr John Stratton (Stratton) (a former director of JCI), Mr Charles Henry Delacour Cornwall (a former director of JCI), Mr Lieben Hendrik Swanevelder (the former group accountant of JCI), Mr Lunga Raymond Ncwana (a former director of R&E and a director of Equitant Trading (Pty) Limited) and Lamprecht (a former financial director of R&E and JCI).
12.29 The action comprises sixteen claims against one or more of these persons. The claims are based either on the alleged theft of shares belonging to the R&E Group or the void issue and allotment of shares in R&E’s issued share capital.
12.30 The action is defended.
(iv) The summons action against Bookmark Holdings (Pty) Ltd, Sello Rasathaba and Lamprecht –
12.31 In 2008, R&E and ASI instituted an action against Bookmark Holdings (Pty) Ltd, Sello Rasathaba and Lamprecht. The claim in the action relates to the alleged cover-up of various RRL share
thefts and the damages which flowed therefrom.
12.32 The action is defended.
(v) Summons against Buitendag, Lamprecht and Stratton –
12.33 In 2008, R&E instituted action against Buitendag, Lamprecht and Stratton. The claim in the action relates to a trading account ostensibly conducted by R&E at Tlotlisa Securities (Pty) Limited, which is alleged to have been used for the scrip lending/borrowing of shares for the benefit of the JCI Group and others associated with it. 12.34 The action is defended and is similarly being assessed from time to time.
(vi) The summons against Beale –
12.35 In 2008, R&E and ASI instituted action against Beale.
12.36 The summons extends to seven claims and a number of alternatives to each of the main claims.
12.37 R&E and ASI are seeking damages from Beale for her role in the unlawful conduct complained of.
12.38 Beale has defended the action.
(vii) Action against Brett Kebble –
12.39 In March 2009, R&E and First Wesgold instituted action against Brett Kebble’s estate.
12.40 The action is one for damages in respect of further claims enjoyed by R&E and First Wesgold in addition to the claims which have previously been established by R&E against Brett Kebble in
excess of R2.7 billion.

GENERAL
12.41 The Board of R&E continues to assess the matters in which it and the R&E group remain engaged and evaluate the commercial and other practicalities associated with such matters.
13. Mineral Resources
There have been no material changes to information disclosed in the prior reporting period in terms of Section 12 of the JSE Listing requirements.
Directors: DC Kovarsky (Chairman)**, M Steyn (CEO)*, V Botha*, P Burton**, JH Scholes** (* Executive, ** Independent non-executive)
Company secretary and financial director: V Botha CA(SA)
Transfer secretaries: Computershare Investor Services (Pty) Ltd (Registration number 2004/003647/07), Rosebank Towers, 15 Biermann Avenue Rosebank, 2196
Sponsor: PSG Capital (Pty) Ltd (Registration number 2006/015817/07), First Floor, Ou Kollege, 35 Kerk Street, Stellenbosch, 7600

Announcement date
10 August 2017
www.randgoldexp.co.za

Summarised group unaudited interim financial highlights for the six months ended 30 June 2017

COMMENTARY TO SUMMARISED GROUP INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Income

The majority of income recognised in the period under review was derived from interest earned on cash investments and third party recoveries. The company recorded a net loss of R10.8 million for the period compared to a net loss of R6.2 million for the corresponding period last year. This was mainly as a result of an increase in legal fees.

Financial position

R&E is liquid with no interest-bearing debt. R&E’s total assets consist primarily of cash and cash equivalents. R&E had a net asset value of R2.08 per share at 30 June 2017 (R2.23 per share at 31 December 2016). The decrease in net asset value is due to the loss incurred during the period.

Cash flow

R&E started the period under review with a cash and cash equivalent balance of R170 million. The companies cash outflow of R11.4 million was the net result of interest earned on cash and recoveries received less cash utilised to fund its operations during the period. R&E remains in a healthy cash position with R158.6 million in cash and cash equivalents at 30 June 2017.

Outlook

The outlook for the balance of the year is largely dependent on the progress and outcome of current legal matters. Expenditure on litigation for the balance of the year is expected to be at a similar level as in the first half. Until the legal claims initiated by the company have been finalised, this pattern of  expenditure is likely to prevail.

David Kovarsky 
Chairman Chief

Marais Steyn
Executive Officer

Johannesburg
7 August 2017


THE SUMMARISED GROUP UNAUDITED INTERIM FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2017 ARE AS FOLLOWS:

For the six months ended
30 June 2017
Unaudited
30 June 2016
Unaudited
% Change
Basic and diluted loss per ordinary share
Basic and diluted loss for the period (R’000) (10 832) (6 206) (74.54%)
Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue (’000) 71 585 71 585
Loss per share (cents) (15.13) (8.67) (74.51%)
Headline and diluted headline loss per ordinary share
Headline and diluted headline loss for the period (R’000) (10 832) (6 206) (74.54%)
Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue (’000) 71 585 71 585
Headline loss per share (cents) (15.13) (8.67) (74.51%)
Net asset and tangible net asset value per share
The net asset value per share is calculated using the following variables:
Net asset value (R’000) 148 729 162 343 (8.39%)
Ordinary shares outstanding (’000) 71 585 71 585
Net asset value per share (cents) 207.8 226.8 (8.38%)
Net tangible asset value per share (cents) 207.8 226.8 (8.38%)
Loss from operating activities (17 591) (13 615) (29.20%)

Notice to shareholders

This announcement contains only a summary of the information contained in the full announcement made on SENS on Thursday, 10 August 2017 (Full Announcement). Please refer to the Full Announcement for additional information. The Full Announcement is available for viewing on R&E’s website at www.randgoldexp.co.za or may be requested and obtained in person, at no charge, at the registered office of the company or the company’s sponsor during office hours. Any investment decisions by investors and/or shareholders should be based on consideration of the Full Announcement made on SENS. This short-form announcement is the responsibility of the R&E board of directors

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SENS Announcement – Trading Statement

In terms of the Listings Requirements of the JSE Limited, companies are required to publish a trading statement as soon as they become reasonably certain that the financial results for the period to be reported on next will differ by more than 20% from those of the previous corresponding period.

Shareholders are hereby advised that a reasonable degree of certainty exists that the Company expects to report a loss and headline loss per share of between 14.70 cents per share and 15.56 cents per share for the six months ended 30 June 2017 compared to a loss and headline loss per share of 8.67 cents for the six months ended 30 June 2016, being a decrease of between 69.51% and 79.51%.

The reason for the decrease in earnings and headline earnings per share in the current reporting period is mainly a result of the low level of recoveries during the current reporting period, an increase in legal expenses and a decrease in interest received. The net asset value decreased with 15 cents per share from R2.23 at 31 December 2016 to R2.08 at 30 June 2017.

The information contained in this trading statement has not been reviewed or reported on by the Company’s external auditors. R&E expects to release its financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2017 on or about 10 August 2017.

Johannesburg
7 August 2017
Sponsor
PSG Capital

SENS Announcement – Results of Annual General Meeting

Shareholders are hereby advised that at the annual general meeting of the Company held at 11:00 today, 16 May 2017, at MW Business Centre, Michelangelo Hotel, Mandela Square, Sandton (“Annual General Meeting”), all of the proposed ordinary and special resolutions were passed by the requisite majority of votes cast by R&E shareholders present or represented by proxy. The detailed voting results of the Annual General Meeting are set out below.

Annual General Meeting Results:

Votes for resolution as a percentage of total number of shares voted at AGM(%) Votes against resolution as a percentage of total number of shares voted at AGM (%) Number of shares voted at the AGM Number of shares voted at the AGM as a percentage (%) of shares in issue Shares abstained as a percentage (%) of shares in issue
Ordinary Resolution Number 1: To re-elect DC Kovarsky as a director of the Company 100.00% 0.00% 41401189 57.83% 0.00%
Ordinary Resolution Number 2: To re-appoint DC Kovarsky as a member of the audit and risk committee of the Company 100.00% 0.00% 41401189 57.83% 0.00%
Ordinary Resolution Number 3: To re-appoint JH Scholes as a member of the audit and risk committee of the Company 100.00% 0.00% 41401189 57.83% 0.00%
Ordinary Resolution Number 4: To re-appoint P Burton as a member of the audit and risk committee of the Company 100.00% 0.00% 41401189 57.83% 0.00%
Ordinary Resolution Number 5: To re-appoint KPMG Inc as the auditor of the Company 100.00% 0.00% 41401189 57.83% 0.00%
Ordinary Resolution Number 6: To pass a non-binding advisory vote on the remuneration policy of the Company. 99.93% 0.07% 41398486 57.83% 0.01%
Special Resolution Number 1: Approval of remuneration of non-executive directors. 99.93% 0.07% 41395186 57.83% 0.01%
Special Resolution Number 2: Approval of right to provide financial assistance as contemplated in section 45 of the Companies Act 99.93% 0.07% 41395186 57.83% 0.01%

16 May 2017
Johannesburg
Sponsor
PSG Capital Proprietary Limited

SENS announcement – Summarised Group Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2016

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COMMENTARY TO THE SUMMARISED GROUP FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2016 AND NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

GENERAL

The board of R&E is pleased to announce the audited results for the year ended 31 December 2016.
Mr Van Zyl Botha CA(SA), financial director, is responsible for the annual financial statements and these summarised annual results and has supervised the preparation thereof in conjunction with Mrs Mandrie Steyn CA(SA) (group financial manager).

INCOME

The 2016 group results reflected a total comprehensive loss for the year of R7.9 million (2015 profit: R5.4 million). This was mainly as a result of an increase in legal fees. During the year income was derived primarily from third party recoveries of R6.4 million (2015: R7.5 million) and interest of R14.4 million (2015: R11.7 million) earned on cash investments. The company spent
R6.4 million (2015: R6.1 million) on personnel costs, R18.3 million (2015: R11.5 million) on legal and forensic fees, and other operational costs totalled R4.8 million (2015: R1.8 million).

FINANCIAL POSITION

R&E is liquid with no interest-bearing debt. R&E’s total assets consist primarily of cash and cash equivalents. R&E had a net asset value per share of R2.23 at 31 December 2016.

CASH FLOW

R&E started the year under review with a cash and cash equivalent balance of R175.9 million.

The group’s cash outflow of R5.9 million were the net result of interest earned on cash and recoveries received less cash utilised to fund its operations during the year.

R&E remains in a healthy cash position with R170 million in cash and cash equivalents at 31 December 2016.

OUTLOOK

The outlook for 2017 is largely dependent on the progress and outcome of current legal matters. Expenditure on litigation is expected to be at a similar level as 2016. Until the claims in which the company are engaged have been finalised, this pattern of expenditure is likely to prevail.

David Kovarsky
Chairman

Marais Steyn
Chief executive officer
Johannesburg
22 March 2017

SUMMARISED GROUP STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2016

Notes Audited
2016
R’000
Audited
2015
R’000
Revenue 296 207
Profit on disposal of listed equity securities 66 288
Recoveries 7 6 441 7 528
Other income 163
Personnel expenses (6 444) (6 089)
Profit on disposal of prospecting rights 6 3 951
Change in fair value of listed equity securities 917 (571)
Change in fair value of cash investments (545) 1 118
Other operating expenses (23 196) (13 304)
Loss from operating activities (22 465) (6 709)
Finance income 14 445 11 681
Finance expense (654)
(Loss)/profit before taxation (8 674) 4 972
Taxation (20)
(Loss)/profit for the year (8 674) 4 952
Other comprehensive income
Items of other comprehensive income that will not be
subsequently reclassified to profit or loss
Actuarial gains
687 414
Total comprehensive (loss)/income for the year (7 987) 5 366
(Loss)/profit attributable to:
Owners of the company (8 674) 4 952
(Loss)/profit for the year (8 674) 4 952
Total comprehensive (loss)/income attributable to:
Owners of the company (7 987) 5 366
Total comprehensive (loss)/income for the year (7 987) 5 366
Basic and diluted (loss)/earnings per share (cents) 8 (12) 7

SUMMARISED GROUP STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION AT 31 DECEMBER 2016

Notes Audited
2016
R’000
Audited
2015
R’000
Assets
Non-current assets 24 9
Equipment 23 7
Intangible assets 1 2
Current assets 176 842 181 862
Investment in listed equity securities 6 683 5 702
Trade and other receivables 118 222
Cash and cash equivalents 170 041 175 938
Total assets 176 866 181 871
Equity and liabilities
Shareholders’ equity 159 776 167 763
Ordinary share capital 716 716
Retained earnings 159 060 167 047
LIABILITIES
Non-current liabilities
Post-retirement medical benefit obligation 11 849 12 872
Current liabilities
Trade and other payables 5 241 1 236
Total equity and liabilities 176 866 181 871

SUMMARISED GROUP STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2016

Notes Audited
2016
R’000
Audited
2015
R’000
Attributable to equity holders of the company
Ordinary share capital 716 716
Retained earnings 159 060 167 047
Balance at the beginning of the period 167 047 161 651
Treasury shares reclassified 30
(Loss)/profit and total comprehensive (loss)/profit for the year (7 987) 5 366

SUMMARISED GROUP STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2016

Notes Audited
2016
R’000
Audited
2015
R’000
(Loss)/profit before taxation (8 674) 4 972
Adjusted for:
Profit on disposal of listed equity securities (66) (288)
Profit on disposal of prospecting rights (3 951)
Change in fair value of listed equity securities (917) 571
Purchase of computer equipment (18)
Depreciation 2 30
Post-retirement medical benefit obligation – interest cost 1 190 994
Interest received (14 445) (11 681)
Interest paid 654
Dividends received (296) (207)
Working capital changes 4 109 864
Cash utilised in operating activities (18 461) (8 696)
Interest received 14 445 11 681
Interest paid (654)
Post-retirement medical benefit liability – benefits paid (1 526) (1 461)
Taxation paid (20)
Cash flow from operating activities (6 196) 1 504
Cash flow from investing activities 299 479
Dividends received 296 207
Proceeds on disposal of prospecting rights 4 000
Acquisition of investment in listed equity securities (1 647) (5 852)
Proceeds on disposal of listed equity securities 1 650 2 124
Cash flow from financing activities
(Decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents (5 897) 1 983
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year 175 938 173 955
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year 170 041 175 938

NOTES TO THE SUMMARISED GROUP FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2016

1. REPORTING ENTITY

R&E is a company domiciled and incorporated in the Republic of South Africa. The summarised group annual financial statements of the company for the year ended 31 December 2016 includes the company and its subsidiaries (together referred to as “the group”).

2. BASIS OF PREPARATION
The summarised group financial statements are prepared in accordance with the requirements of the JSE Limited Listings Requirements for abridged reports, and the requirements of the Companies Act applicable to summary financial statements. The Listings Requirements require abridged reports to be prepared in accordance with the framework concepts and the measurement and recognition requirements of International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS)” and the SAICA Financial Reporting Guides as issued by the Accounting Practices Committee and Financial Pronouncements as issued by the Financial Reporting Standards Council and to also, as a minimum, contain the information required by IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting.

3. SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

The accounting policies applied in the preparation of the group financial statements, from which the summarised group financial statements were derived, are in terms of IFRS and are consistent with the accounting policies applied in the preparation of the previous group annual financial statements. The accounting policies have been applied consistently by all group entities.

4. INDEPENDENT AUDIT BY THE AUDITOR

These summarised group financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2016 have been extracted from the complete set of annual financial statements on which the auditors, KPMG Inc., have expressed an unqualified audit opinion, dated 22 March 2017. The auditor’s report and annual financial statements, which have been summarised in this report, are available for inspection at the registered office of the company. This abridged report is extracted from audited information, but is not itself audited. The directors take full responsibility for the preparation of this report and that the financial information has been correctly extracted from the underlying annual financial statements.

5. SEGMENT REPORTING

The group operates in a single operating segment as an investment holding company with assets in the mining industry.

6. PROSPECTING RIGHTS

During 2015, R&E group disposed of certain of its prospecting rights that had a carrying value of R1 to a third party realising a profit of R3.9 million. Certain prospecting rights with a carrying value of R49 435 expired during 2015. Another prospecting right with a carrying value of R 1 000 expired during 2016. R&E has entered into an agreement for the sale of a prospecting right with a R nil carrying value to third parties for R5.9 million. In terms of the agreement, however, there were a number of conditions precedent outstanding at year-end and the disposal has therefore been recognised as yet.

7. RECOVERIES

R&E received liquidation dividends from The Insolvent Deceased Estate of Roger Brett Kebble during 2016 of R5.7 million and a taxation award from Charles Orbach & Company of R750 000.

8. (LOSS)/EARNINGS PER SHARE

2016
Per share
2015
Per share
Earnings per share (in cents) (in cents)
Basic (loss)/earnings and diluted (loss)/earnings per ordinary share (12) 7
The calculation of basic and diluted (loss)/earnings per ordinary share is based on loss of R8.6 million (2015: earnings of R4.9 million) attributable to ordinary shareholders of the company and a weighted average of 71 585 172 (2015: 71 585 172) shares in issue.
Headline (loss)/earnings and diluted headline (loss)/earnings per share
The calculation of the headline (loss)/earnings and diluted headline (loss)/earnings per share is based on headline loss of R8.6 million (2015: headline earnings of R1 million) attributable to equity holders of the company and a weighted average of 71 585 172 (2015: 71 585 172)
ordinary shares in issue.
(12) 1
Reconciliation between basic (loss)/profit for the year and
headline (loss)/earnings
(Loss)/profit for the year attributable to equity holders of the company
(8674) 4 952
Adjusted for:
Profit on disposal of prospecting rights
(3 951)
Headline (loss)/earnings for the year attributable to equity holders
of the company
(8 674) 1 001

9. NET ASSET AND TANGIBLE NET ASSET VALUE PER SHARE
The net asset value per share is calculated using the following variables:

31 December
2016
31 December
2015
Net asset value (R’000) 159 776 167 763
Ordinary shares outstanding 71 585 172 71 585 172
Net asset value per share (cents) 223 234
Net tangible asset value per share (cents) 223 234

The number of shares outstanding at 31 December 2016 and 31 December 2015 has been adjusted for the 2 999 893 treasury shares held.

10. MATERIAL CHANGES

No material changes occurred during 2016.

11. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

There were no related party transactions during the period under review other than in the normal course of business. Key management remuneration for the current year was R4.5 million (2015: R4.2 million). JH Scholes, a director of R&E, is also a director of Malan Scholes Attorneys, which provides legal prospecting right consulting services to R&E on an ad hoc basis.

The cost of these services amounted to R119 860 during 2016 (2015: R253 045).

12. EVENTS AFTER REPORTING DATE

There were no significant events between the reporting date and the approval date of these results.

13. MINERAL RESOURCES

There have been no material changes to information disclosed in the prior reporting period in terms of Section 12 of the JSE Listing requirements.

14. NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Shareholders are advised that the annual general meeting of R&E will be held at MW Business Centre, Michelangelo Hotel, Mandela Square, Sandton, at 11:00 on Tuesday, 16 May 2017. A copy of the notice of the annual general meeting
incorporating the summarised group financial statements will be distributed to shareholders on 27 March 2017. The date on which shareholders must be recorded in the Share Register maintained by the transfer secretaries, for purposes
of being entitled to attend and vote at the annual general meeting is Friday, 5 May 2017, with last day to trade being Tuesday, 2 May 2017.

Directors

DC Kovarsky (Chairman)**, M Steyn (CEO)*, V Botha*, P Burton**, JH Scholes**
(*Executive, **Independent non-executive)

Company secretary
V Botha CA(SA)

27 March 2017

Transfer secretaries: Computershare Investor Services Proprietary Limited, Rosebank Towers, 15 Biermann Avenue, Rosebank, 2196, (Registration number 2004/003647/07).
Sponsor: PSG Capital Proprietary Limited, First Floor, Ou Kollege, 35 Kerk Street,Stellenbosch, 7600.

SENS Announcement – Trading Statement

In terms of the Listings Requirements of the JSE Limited, companies are required to publish a trading statement as soon as they become reasonably certain that the financial results for the period to be reported on next will differ by more than 20% from those of the previous corresponding period.

Shareholders are hereby advised that a reasonable degree of certainty exists that the Company expects to report a loss and headline loss per share of between 12.05 cents and 12.19 cents for the year ended 31 December 2016, compared to an earnings per share of 6.92 cents and headline earnings per share of 1.4 cents for the year ended 31 December 2015.

The reason for the material decrease in earnings and headline earnings per share in the current financial period is a result of low level of recoveries during the current reporting period and an increase in expenditure, partly offset by increased interest received.

The net asset value decreased with 4.76% from R2.34 at 31 December 2015 to R2.23 at 31 December 2016.

The information contained in this trading statement has not been reviewed or reported on by the Company’s external auditors. R&E expects to release its financial results for the year ended 31 December 2016 on or about 27 March 2017.

Johannesburg
10 March 2017
Sponsor PSG Capital

Summarised Group Unaudited Interim Financial Statements for the six months ended 30 June 2016

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COMMENTARY TO SUMMARISED GROUP INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Loss for the period

The majority of income recognised in the period under review was derived from dividends and interest received on investments. The company recorded a net loss of R6.2m for the period compared to a profit of R0.3m for the corresponding period last year. This was as a result of minimal recoveries during the current reporting period and an increase in expenditure, partly offset by increased interest received.

Financial position

R&E is liquid with no interest-bearing debt. R&E’s total assets consist primarily of cash and cash equivalents. R&E had a net asset value of R2.27 per share at 30 June 2016 (R2.34 per share at 31 December 2015). The decrease in net asset value is due to the loss incurred for the period.

Cash flow

R&E started the year under review with a cash and cash equivalent balance of R175.9 million. Operating activities utilised net cash of R11.9 million, primarily as a result of interest received of R7.4 million and recoveries of R750 000 offsetting net cash utilised in operations of R20.05 million. Investment activities utilised cash of R70 000, primarily from the net acquisition of investments in listed equity securities of R207 000 and dividends received of R137 000. R&E remains in a healthy cash position with R170.5 million in cash and cash equivalents at 30 June 2016.

Outlook

The outlook for the balance of the year is largely dependent on the progress and outcome of legal proceedings in which the company is engaged. Legal expenses for the balance of the year are expected to be at a similar level. Management will continue to approach all legal matters and related expenses in a commercially pragmatic manner.

David Kovarsky Marais Steyn
Chairman Chief Executive Officer
Johannesburg
20 September 2016

SUMMARISED GROUP INTERIM STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

For the six months ended
Notes 30 June 2016
Unaudited
R’000
30 June 2015
Unaudited
R’000
Revenue 137 80
(Loss)/profit on disposal of listed equity securities (24) 192
Recoveries 6 750 4 443
Other income 307 1 651
Other operating expenses (14 785) (11 841)
Loss from operating activities (13 615) (5 475)
Finance income 7 409 5 811
(Loss)/profit before taxation (6 206) 336
Taxation
(Loss)/profit for the period (6 206) 336
Other comprehensive income
Items of other comprehensive income that will not be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss
Actuarial gains/(losses) 786 (158)
Taxation
Total comprehensive (loss)/income for the period (5 420) 178
(Loss)/profit attributable to:
Owners of the company (6 206) 336
Total comprehensive (loss)/income attributable to:
Owners of the company (5 420) 178
Basic and diluted (loss)/earnings per share (cents) 7 (8.67) 0.47

SUMMARISED GROUP INTERIM STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

For the six months ended
Notes 30 June 2016
Unaudited
R’000
30 June 2015
Unaudited
R’000
Attributable to equity holders of the company
Ordinary share capital 716 746
Retained earnings 161 627 161 829
Balance at the beginning of the period 167 047 161 651
Total comprehensive (loss)/income for the period (5 420) 178

SUMMARISED GROUP INTERIM STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

For the six months ended
Notes 30 June 2016
Unaudited
R’000
31 December 2015
Unaudited
R’000
Assets
Non-current assets 6 9
Equipment 6 7
Intangible assets 2
Current assets 177 154 181 862
Trade and other receivables 48 222
Investment in listed equity securities 6 574 5 702
Cash and cash equivalents 170 532 175 938
Total assets 177 160 181 871
Equity and liabilities
Shareholders’ equity 162 343 167 763
Ordinary share capital 716 716
Retained earnings 161 627 167 047
Non-current liabilities
Post-retirement medical benefit obligation 11 919 12 872
Current liabilities
Trade and other payables 2 898 1 236
Total equity and liabilities 177 160 181 871

SUMMARISED GROUP INTERIM STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

For the six months ended
Notes 30 June 2016
Unaudited
R’000
30 June 2015
Unaudited
R’000
(Loss)/profit before taxation (6 206) 336
Adjusted for:
Loss/(profit) on disposal of listed equity securities 24 (192)
Post-retirement medical benefit obligation – interest cost 595 496
Depreciation 1 15
Profit on fair value of listed equity securities (686) (101)
Interest received (7 409) (5 811)
Dividends received (137) (80)
Working capital changes 1 836 976
Cash utilised in operations (11 982) (4 361)
Interest received 7 409 5 811
Post-retirement medical benefit obligation – benefits paid (762) (730)
Cash flows (utilised)/from operating activities (5 335) 720
Cash flows (utilised) in investing activities (70) (2 838)
Dividends received 137 80
Proceeds on disposal of investment in listed equity securities 1 001 882
Acquisition of investment in listed equity securities (1 208) (3 800)
Cash flows from financing activities
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents (5 405) (2 118)
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period 175 937 173 955
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period 170 532 171 837

NOTES TO THE SUMMARISED GROUP INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2016

1.Reporting entity
R&E is a company domiciled and incorporated in the Republic of South Africa. The summarised group interim financial statements of the company for the six months ended 30 June 2016 include the company and its subsidiaries (together referred to as the “group”).

2. Statement of compliance
The summarised group interim financial statements are prepared and presented in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”), which include International Accounting Standard (“IAS”) 34 Interim Financial Reporting, the SAICA Financial Reporting Guides as issued by the Accounting Practices Committee, the Financial Reporting Pronouncements as issued by the Financial Reporting Accountants Council, the requirements of the Companies Act of South Africa (Act 71 of 2008), as amended, and the Listings Requirements of the JSE Limited. These summarised group interim financial statements were approved by the board of directors on 19 September 2016. Mr Van Zyl Botha CA(SA), the financial director of R&E, is responsible for these interim financial statements and has supervised the preparation thereof in conjunction with Ms Marleen Schalkwijk ACIS.

3. Significant accounting policies
The accounting policies applied by the group in these summarised group interim financial statements in accordance with IFRS are the same as those applied by the group in its group financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2015.

4. No independent review by the auditor
The company’s auditor has not reviewed or audited the summarised group interim financial statements of R&E for the six months ended 30 June 2016.

5. Segment reporting
The group operates in a single operating segment as an investment holding company with assets in the mining industry.

6. Recoveries
Following the cost order granted by the Appeal Arbitrators in favour R&E against Charles Orbach and Company in the recent arbitration upholding R&E’s exception that the limitation of liability point raised by Charles Orbach does not apply, R&E recovered payment of the amount of R750 000.00 from Charles Orbach in respect of its costs. Please refer to the legal update in this document for an update of the Charles Orbach matter.

7. (Loss)/earnings per share

For the six months ended
Notes 30 June 2016
Unaudited
R’000
30 June 2015
Unaudited
R’000
Basic and diluted (loss)/earnings per ordinary share
Basic and diluted (loss)/earnings for the period (R’000) (6 206) 336
Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue 71 585 172 71 585 172
(Loss)/earnings per share (cents) (8.67) 0.47
Headline and diluted headline (loss)/earnings per ordinary share
Headline and diluted headline (loss)/earnings for the period (R’000) (6 206) 336
Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue 71 585 172 71 585 172
Headline (loss)/earnings per share (cents) (8.67) 0.47

8. Net asset and tangible net asset value per share
The net asset value per share is calculated using the following variables:

For the six months ended
Notes 30 June 2016
Unaudited
R’000
30 June 2015
Unaudited
R’000
Net asset value (R’000) 162 343 162 575
Ordinary shares outstanding 71 585 172 71 585 172
Net asset value per share (cents) 226.8 227.1
Net tangible asset value per share (cents) 226.8 227.1

The number of shares outstanding at 30 June 2016 and 30 June 2015 has been adjusted for the 2 999 893 treasury shares held.

9. Material changes
No material changes noted from the previous period.

10. Related party transactions
JH Scholes, a director of R&E, is also a director of Malan Scholes Attorneys, which provides legal prospecting right consulting services to R&E on an ad hoc basis. The cost of these services amounted to R91 266 during the current period under review (June 2015 – R171 197). There were no other related party transactions during the period under review other than in the normal course of business, i.e. key management remuneration.

11. Events after reporting date
There were no significant events between the reporting date and the approval date of these results.

12. Legal update
The following update to R&E’s shareholders concerns the legal proceedings which the R&E Group remains engaged in, either as a result of claims instituted by R&E and certain of its subsidiaries or due to claims brought against R&E by third parties, the status of which are briefly discussed below. Further detail regarding such claims has been reported in prior legal reports, SENS announcements and updates to shareholders, including circulars and annual reports, which shareholders should have regard to for further relevant background and detail.

12.1 The consolidated class application by mineworkers/the dependents of mineworkers for permission to institute a class action against various companies including R&E arising from silicosis and/or tuberculosis (but excluding silico-tuberculosis) allegedly contracted on gold mines in South Africa:
R&E has been cited as the twenty-ninth out of thirty-one respondents in an application commenced in the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg, which was consolidated with three other applications in August 2013, known as Bongani Nkala and Others v Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited and Others (“the consolidated application”).

The consolidated application was brought by mineworkers, alternatively dependents of mineworkers, who claim to have contracted silicosis and/or tuberculosis whilst working on South African gold mines.
The first step in the consolidated application relates to the applicants requiring the High Court’s permission to proceed with a class action and obtain the Court’s certification of a silicosis and tuberculosis class, being the two classes in respect of which certification is required.

As against R&E, the application was initially confined to the certification of a silicosis class, which it opposed. In September 2014, the applicants brought a joinder application requesting permission to join R&E as a respondent to the tuberculosis class which R&E did not oppose. It however subsequently filed answering papers opposing the certification of the tuberculosis class.

The hearing of the certification phase took place in October 2015. R&E elected to abide the outcome of the certification stage without prejudice to its rights. Judgment in the consolidated application was handed down by the Johannesburg High Court on 13 May 2016. The judgment addressed the initial order sought by the applicants concerning the certification of one consolidated class action comprising of two classes, namely a silicosis class and a tuberculosis class. In deciding the certification stage in favour of the applicants, the High Court declared that the following group of persons constitutes a class:

(i) current and former underground mineworkers of the respondents who are alleged to have contracted silicosis, and the dependants of such mineworkers who died of silicosis;
(ii) current and former mineworkers of the respondents who are alleged to have contracted pulmonary tuberculosis, and the dependants of deceased underground mineworkers who died of pulmonary tuberculosis (but excluding silicotuberculosis).

In arriving at its decision, the Court determined that the applicants in respect of each class had satisfied the necessary requirements to constitute a class, holding that the proposed class could be objectively determined, that the scope of the class was not overbroad and would be manageable. The judgment also outlined specific steps which are to be taken to notify members of the classes of the claims which the applicants intend bringing on their behalf. The judgment also ordered that the costs of the application be borne by the respondents, jointly and severally.

Following a number of the respondent mining houses (excluding R&E) applying for leave to appeal the Court’s judgment, the Court on 24 June 2016, granted such respondents leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal, but only in respect of the aspect concerning the transmission of damages from a deceased mine worker to his family, however leave to appeal in respect of the certification of the two classes comprising the class action was refused. Subsequently, Anglogold Ashanti Limited, Free State Consolidated Gold Mines (Operations) Limited, Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited, Gold Fields Limited, African Rainbow Minerals Limited, Anglo American South Africa Limited and DRD Gold Limited have petitioned the Supreme Court of Appeal for leave to appeal against the entire judgment of the High Court on a variety of bases, including that there is no precedent anywhere in the world for the certification of a class action against an entire industry – particularly one concerning practices and conditions spanning 50 years – and the breadth of the combined classes (which it is estimated will extend to between 17 000 and 500 000 mine workers), will render it unmanageable. Should the judgment not be overturned, the applicants intend to formally institute action against the respondents (including R&E), for damages.

12.2 The minority shareholders application:
On 29 March 2011, David Smyth, Patrick Smyth, Anglorand Securities Limited, James Gubb, Elizabeth Gubb, Milkwood Investments and Jag Investments brought an application in the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Division, Pretoria for relief declaring the Settlement Agreement concluded between R&E, JCI Ltd (“JCI”) and JCI Investment Finance (Pty) Ltd on 20 January 2010 and the Litigation Settlement Agreement entered into on 22 January 2010 between the various parties to such agreement, to constitute or involve unfairly prejudicial, unjust or inequitable conduct. R&E is opposing such application.

In March 2014, the applicants, R&E and Investec Bank Limited (who is cited as the first respondent and against whom monetary relief is sought, but not against R&E), agreed to refer the dispute concerning the legal entitlement of the applicants (and the others who are supporting them) to sue, to the High Court to decide by way of a separated issue (“the separated issue”). Such agreement resulted in Judge Rabie being appointed to hear the application on the separated issue which was argued before him in June and November 2014.

On 17 September 2015, Judge Rabie handed down judgement on the separated issue and made the following order, inter alia, in paragraphs 1 to 4 and 8 thereof:
1. the seven main applicants are to be removed as Applicants from the main application and ordered to pay the costs of Investec in the main application and the separated issue;
2. the intervention applications of the 27 beneficial owners is dismissed, with costs;
3. the seven applicants who held their shares in own name are ordered to pay Investec’s costs, which it had incurred in respect of their applications prior to 2 May 2014.

On 8 October 2015, the seven main applicants, the 27 beneficial owners and the 7 own name applicants delivered a notice requesting permission to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal in regard to the above orders of Judge Rabie, claiming that he had erred in a number of respects, including regarding his application of section 252 of the former Companies Act of 1973 and reliance on the English authorities.

In his judgment regarding the application for leave to appeal, Rabie J indicated that the issues which the separated issue raises are intricate and complex and that no authoritative precedent exists in South African law. He
consequently granted the applicants leave to appeal the relevant orders of his judgment to the Supreme Court of Appeal, with costs in the application for leave to appeal to form costs in the appeal.

A date for the hearing of the appeal has not yet been set by the Supreme Court of Appeal.

12.3 The action against Gold Fields Operations Ltd (“Gold Fields”):
In August 2008, R&E and African Strategic Investment (Holdings) Ltd (formerly Randgold Resources (Holdings) Ltd) (“ASI”) instituted action against Gold Fields. The action arises in consequence of the alleged theft of Randgold Resources Ltd (“RRL”) and Aflease shares. It comprises of five claims which, on the basis of the highest amounts claimed, extends to several billion rand. If successful, judgment in the matter may be significant.
The action is defended by Gold Fields, which has joined a number of parties to the proceedings from whom it claims a contribution as wrongdoers, insofar as it is found to be liable to R&E and/or ASI. It has however denied that it is liable to R&E and/or ASI.

The third parties that Gold Fields has joined are the Brett Kebble Estate, John Chris Lamprecht (“Lamprecht”), the Roger Kebble Estate and JCI. In addition, Gold Fields has notified a number of further persons that should R&E and/or ASI be successful, Gold Fields intends proceeding with claims against such persons, whom it has invited to intervene in the action. To date, however, none of such parties have done so.
The formal exchange of pleadings has taken place and R&E/ASI and Gold Fields have notified each other of the documents on which they respectively intend relying at trial.
Following a joint application being made to the High Court to appoint a case manager to manage the proceedings prior to trial, Judge Francis was appointed. An initial meeting was held with him on 7 March 2016, during which R&E and ASI were directed to file a comprehensive pre-trial agenda by 15 June 2016, which they did. A pre-trial conference will take place shortly. In the interim, the matter continues to be progressed to trial.

12.4 The action against Charles Orbach and Company (“Charles Orbach”):
In August 2008, R&E commenced legal action against Charles Orbach in the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg. R&E claims damages from Charles Orbach arising from the issue by it of a negative assurance report which Charles Orbach expressed on the provisional results of R&E for the financial year ended 31 December 2004 (“the provisional results”).

Following the provisional results being published on 29 April 2005, which incorporated the negative assurance, 6 479 811 RRL shares belonging to the R&E Group were disposed of.

Broadly stated, R&E claims that had Charles Orbach not breached its obligations in issuing the unqualified review report which it did on the provisional results, R&E would not have been able to publish the provisional results, leading to its suspension on the JSE and the unlawful conduct of the persons responsible for the disposal of the RRL shares referred to, being exposed and the losses that R&E was occasioned as a result of their theft being prevented.

Charles Orbach denies that it is liable to R&E, however raised that if it is, the extent of such liability should be limited to the fee paid to Charles Orbach to conduct its review of the provisional results. The parties agreed to determine this point by way of arbitration. On appeal, R&E was successful in having such point dismissed with costs.

Charles Orbach has since made available its working papers to R&E and R&E is in the process of finalising its discovery, which will shortly be served. Thereafter, it is likely that the Court will be approached to assign a case manager to the matter who will be asked to issue directives to the parties and indicate by when a pre-trial conference should be held.

12.5 The action against certain former directors/employees of R&E:
In 2008, R&E, ASI and First Wesgold Mining (Pty) Ltd (“First Wesgold”) instituted a claim out of the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg, against Hendrik Buitendag (“Buitendag”), John Stratton (“Stratton”), Charles Cornwall, Lieben Swanevelder, Lunga Ncwana and Lamprecht. The action is defended.

12.6 The action against Bookmark Holdings (Pty) Ltd (“Bookmark”), Sello Rasathaba (“Rasathaba”) and Lamprecht:
Action was instituted against Bookmark, Rasathaba and Lamprecht in 2008 out of the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg. R&E and ASI are claiming damages against such parties arising from the cover-up of various alleged thefts of assets belonging to the R&E Group. The action is being defended.

12.7 The action against Buitendag, Lamprecht and Stratton:
In 2008, R&E proceeded with an action against Buitendag, Lamprecht and Stratton in the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg, in respect of a trading account ostensibly conducted by R&E at Tlotlisa Securities (Pty) Ltd which was allegedly foisted with various amounts and conducted for the benefit of persons other than R&E. Such action is also being defended.

12.8 The action against Patricia Beale (“Beale”):
R&E and ASI instituted action against Beale in 2008 in the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg, claiming damages from her arising from Beale’s role in a number of schemes allegedly perpetrated against R&E/ASI during the Kebble era. Such claim is defended.

12.9 The action against the Brett Kebble Estate:
R&E instituted an action in the High Court of South Africa, Western Cape Division, Cape Town against the Brett Kebble Estate, claiming damages arising from a number of claims, in addition to those already proved in the Brett Kebble Estate.

12.10 General:
The board of R&E continues to evaluate the legal matters in which the R&E Group is engaged from time to time, mindful of the commercial and other practicalities associated with such litigation.

13. Mineral Resources
There have been no material changes to information disclosed in the prior reporting period in terms of Section 12 of the JSE Listing requirements.

14. Contingent liabilities
South African Revenue Service – proposed VAT adjustments
On 23 December 2015, the South African Revenue Service (“SARS”) addressed a letter of audit findings to Randgold in which it indicated an intention to issue assessments against Randgold for VAT of R20 310 882 allegedly due in respect of two issues. The first issue related to output tax of R18 421 052 that Randgold was allegedly due to account for in respect of the 2014 year of assessment and the second issue relates to output tax of R1 889 830 on so-called imported services that Randgold had allegedly to account for in respect of the 2010 – 2013 years of assessment. Both of these amounts exclude possible penalties and interest that SARS may subsequently seek to impose.

Randgold obtained professional opinions pursuant to the receipt of the letter of audit findings and on 22 January 2016 made substantial submissions in response to the conclusions drawn by SARS. The company strongly objected to the proposed VAT adjustments in respect of both issues. On 31 March 2016 SARS addressed a letter to Randgold in which it stated that it had no further queries relating to the first matter of R18 421 052 and in effect not raising an assessment, effectively closing the matter with no further effect. SARS did however note it’s intention to assess the company for VAT of R1 182 481 on the second matter.
The second issue relates to alleged foreign services rendered by Randgold acting as an agent on behalf of African Strategic Investment (Holdings) Limited (“ASI”), on whose behalf Randgold collected certain amounts. ASI is a foreign subsidiary that does not conduct any enterprise in South Africa. The amounts are to be paid to ASI in terms of an agreement between Randgold and ASI once all of the litigation steps in which the Randgold group is involved in are finalised.

It has been submitted that the amounts do not constitute an imported service and thus that no output liability arose. Randgold has objected to the letter of 31 March 2016 on the 11th of April 2016 and is confident that it is able to defend any possible assessment. Consequently, a liability has not been raised in respect of the proposed adjustments issued by SARS.

Directors: DC Kovarsky (Chairman)**, M Steyn (CEO)*, V Botha*, P Burton**, JH Scholes** (* Executive, ** Independent non-executive)
Company secretary and financial director: V Botha CA(SA)
Transfer secretaries: Computershare Investor Services (Pty) Ltd (Registration number 2004/003647/07), 70 Marshall Street, Johannesburg, 2001
Sponsor: PSG Capital (Pty) Ltd (Registration number 2006/015817/07), First Floor, Ou Kollege, 35 Kerk Street, Stellenbosch, 7600