articles | 26 March 2014

Cyprus-based Tharisa to start trading on Johannesburg Stock Exchange

Paphos-based Tharisa announces plans to start trading on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and seeks to raise 1 billion rand (approx. €68m) in a private share placement.

The company wants to acquire “large-scale and low-cost projects that are in or close to production,” Paphos, Cyprus-based Tharisa said in a statement. Its mine near Rustenburg, 95 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg, made a cash profit in the year ended February 28 and was operating at about 87% of planned capacity of 4.8 million metric tons of ore a year, it said.

Offers for shares “can only be made at an aggregate acquisition cost of no less than 1 million rand,” Tharisa said in the statement. Trading on JSE will start on April 8.

South Africa, the world’s biggest platinum producer, holds more than 70% of the world’s reserves for chrome, which is used to make ferrochrome that’s a key ingredient in stainless steel. China overtook South Africa as the world’s biggest producer of ferrochrome in 2012.

Source: Independent Online

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