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Goldplat plc

10 February 2022

G ol dp lat plc / Ti cker: GDP / Index: AIM / Secto r: M in i ng & E x p l o rati on

10 February 2022

             Goldplat   plc 
          ( 'Goldplat', t he   'Group' or 'the   Company ') 

2(nd) quarter and half year operating results update

for the period ended 31 December 2021

G ol dp lat pl c, the AIM li sted g o ld p r o ducer, w ith internati onal g o ld reco very o perati ons l o cated in South Afr i ca and Ghana, is p leased to announce an operational update for the 2nd quarter of the current financial year ("Q2") ended 31 December 2021.

The two recovery operations achieved a strong combined operating profit for the quarter of GBP2,356,000 (Q2, 31 December 2020: GBP1,554,000), a 52% increase from the comparative period ended 31 December 2020. The Ghana operations continued to perform well with a steady supply of material and achieved an operating profit for Q2 of GBP1,012,000 (Q2, 31 December 2020: GBP569,000). The South African operations achieved an operating profit for Q2 of GBP1,344,000 (Q2, 31 December 2020: GBP985,000).

The combined operating profit for the 6 months ending 31 December 2021 increased by 27%, to GBP3,759,000 (6 months ended 31 December 2020, GBP2,957,000) as a result of the strong Q2 performance.

The following events have contributed to the excellent Q2 operating results:

Ghana

-- The continued supply from current clients in West African and South America ensured lower cost of production during Q2 and strong sales, driving operating profits for the 6 months to GBP1,851,000 (6 months ended 31 December 2020, GBP849,000).

-- Our engagement with mine management and government officials on different levels has continued, with the aim of increasing our footprint to ensure regular supply. We foresee that the various coup d'états in West Africa countries might impact deliveries in the short-term. We do however have different sources of supply to ensure continued production.

-- As indicated in the previous operational update, a decision was made to expand the opportunities in South America by establishing a processing and storage site in Brazil, at an initial cost of USD300,000. This gives us the ability to capture lower-grade material market which is not feasible to export to our other operations and also to improve services we can provide in country. We are currently ensuring we secure all licenses required, specifically environmental, and will keep the market updated on progress.

-- We continue to evaluate our options for the processing of artisanal tailings material in Ghana, including the possibility of finding a partner in country.

South Africa

-- The operational profits for South Africa were increased as a result of improvement in the cost of production as well as 7% increase in gold price, in ZAR terms, from Q1 to Q2. We are also seeing profits being supported by services in and production of platinum group metals ("PGM's"). This resulted in operating profit of GBP1,908,000 for 6 months ended 31 December 2021 (6 months ended 31 December 2020, GBP2,108,000).

-- As indicated in the Q1 operational update, we have built our strategic PGM material to a level to warrant capital expenditure of USD 300,000 on a plant to extract its value. This new plant will also enable us to further develop our PGM recovery business and should be completed by April 2022.

-- Our application for the water use license was submitted in October 2021 and we are still expecting feedback by the end of Q3. We continue to manage and extend the deposit of material within the Group's current tailings storage facility with the help of consulting engineers. A further GBP270,000 of capital expenditure was incurred during the 6 months, mainly on our tailing's deposition.

-- Towards the end of October 2021, an application was made for environmental approval for the installation of a pipeline to a process facility in the area. This pipeline could provide us with an avenue to pump and process our current tailings facility which contains a JORC resource of circa 82,000 ounces of gold. The approval process should be completed by the end of this calendar year.

Our cash balances remained strong at GBP1,452,000 at the end of Q2, with a significant balance invested in inventory and debtors at the end of the period. At the date of this announcement, the cash balance in the operating entities was GBP3,850,000.

Werner Klingenberg, CEO of Goldplat commented: "I am pleased with the continued strong operating results from both recovery operations. Apart from our continuing focus on sourcing material for our operations and maximising recoveries from material received, management continues to focus on ways to leverage our unique skillsets and infrastructure, to diversify the materials and elements we can process economically, specifically PGM's".

For further i n fo rmat i on v i s it www .g o ld p lat.com, f o l l ow on Twitter @GoldPlatPlc or contact:

 
 Werner Klingenberg            Goldplat plc               Tel: +27 (0) 82 051 1071 
                                (CEO) 
 Colin Aaronson / George       Grant Thornton UK LLP      Tel: +44 (0) 20 7383 
  Grainger / Samuel Littler     (Nominated Adviser)        5100 
 Jessica Cave / Andrew         WH Ireland Limited         Tel: +44 (0) 207 220 
  de Andrade                    (Broker)                   1666 
 Tim Thompson / Mark Edwards   Flagstaff Strategic and    Tel: +44 (0) 207 129 
  / Fergus Mellon               Investor Communications    1474 
                                                           goldplat@flagstaffcomms.com 
 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed to constitute inside information as stipulated under the retained EU law version of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014 (the "UK MAR") which is part of UK law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. The information is disclosed in accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 17 of the UK MAR. Upon the publication of this announcement, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

Mineral Resource Estimate of the Tailings Storage Facility, South Africa

 
                                                    Total Resource 
 Domain         Class        Tonnes        Density   Au (g/t)   Au (Oz)   U(3) O(8)    U(3) O(8)    Ag (g/t)   Ag (Oz) 
                             (Mil)                                        (g/t)        (lbs) 
               -----------  ------------  --------  ---------  --------  -----------  -----------  ---------  -------- 
 TOTAL 
  RESOURCE      Measured        0.87        1.32       1.82     50,907      61.41       117,754       4.85     135,573 
               -----------  ------------  --------  ---------  --------  -----------  -----------  ---------  -------- 
  Indicated                     0.49        1.37       1.77     27,897      59.73        64,506       4.71     74,165 
 -------------------------  ------------  --------  ---------  --------  -----------  -----------  ---------  -------- 
  Inferred                      0.07        1.30       1.4       3,154      71.40        11,016       2.82      6,356 
 -------------------------  ------------  --------  ---------  --------  -----------  -----------  ---------  -------- 
 Grand Total                    1.43        1.34       1.78     81,959      61.32       193,276       4.70     216,094 
                            ------------  --------  ---------  --------  -----------  -----------  ---------  -------- 
 

The Tailings Mineral Resource Estimate was announced in accordance with the JORC Code (2012) in a press release on 29 January 2016. Mark Austin of Applied Geology & Mining (Pty) Ltd. was the Competent Person responsible for that announcement. The Company confirms that all material assumption and technical parameters underpinning the Resource Estimate continue to apply and have not materially changed.

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