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IAMGOLD sells minority stakes in Ghana mines to Gold Fields, faces uncertainty in Burkina Faso

IAMGOLD (TSX: IMG) agreed to sell its 18.9-percent interests in two Ghanaian gold mines, Tarkwa and Damang, to Gold Fields (NYSE: GFI), the majority stakeholder, for $667 million. The company reasoned it hasn't been getting fair value by investors as minority players in mines in which Gold Fields owns the majority stakes. "Our strategy is to invest in mines that we own and operate, as they represent the best return on investment for our shareholders," Steve Letwin, IAMGOLD president and CEO said in a statement.

Harmony Gold forecasts drop in March quarter gold production

Harmony Gold (HARJ.J: Quote) said on Wednesday that its gold production for the March 2011 quarter would likely be two percent lower than the previous quarter mainly due the impact of the Christmas break. It did not give figures in a brief guidance to investors but it said cash operating costs remained steady and capital expenditure was contained during the quarter.

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Aquarius Platinum to pay $109.7m for 74% of Afarak Platinum

Aquarius Platinum (AQP.L: Quote), the world's fourth-largest primary platinum producer, said it would buy 74 percent of Afarak Platinum for $109.7 million to build up its reserves of the precious metal and cash in on rising prices. Spot platinum prices XPT= gained over 20 percent in 2010 and are expected to continue rising this year as risk aversion and low interest rates boost their allure.

SEC delays adoption of new conflict mineral regulations

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has postponed the adoption of rules governing sourcing of minerals from conflict areas around Central Africa, the SEC said on its website. The regulation, aimed at cutting the flow of money to armed rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo and neighbouring countries, is part of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. The rules were expected to be adopted in April.

We have a duty to consider any serious offer – Metorex

South African miner Metorex (MTXJ.J: Quote) said on Monday that if there were any other serious offers to acquire it aside from one launched by Brazil's Vale (VALE5.SA: Quote) it would have to consider them. "If there are other serious and 'firm' offers for Metorex, the company has a duty to consider them and will of course consider any such offers in the best interests of its shareholders," Metorex CEO Terence Goodlace said in an e-mailed response to questions submitted by Reuters.

Vale bids $1.13bn for Metorex

Brazil's Vale (VALE5.SA: Quote), the world's largest producer of iron ore, has made an offer to acquire South African miner Metorex Ltd (MTXJ.J: Quote) for 7.5 billion rand ($1.13 billion), the two companies said on Friday. "Under the terms of the offer, if implemented, the Metorex shareholders will receive a cash consideration of 7.35 rand per share," the companies said in a joint statement.

Gold Fields says March quarterly production is expected to decline

Gold Fields GFIJ. said on Friday that its attributable group production for the March quarter was expected to decline from the previous quarter to about 830,000 ounces. "As expected production is lower than that achieved in the previous quarter (900,000 ounces), almost entirely due to the customary Christmas break in South Africa, when all mines close for two weeks," it said in a brief guidance for investors.