Centerra Gold Initiates Arbitration Proceeding Against the Kyrgyz Republic

TORONTO, Might 16, 2021 (WORLD NEWSWIRE) — Centerra Gold Inc. (“Centerra”) (TSX: CG) (NYSE: CGAU) revealed today that it has actually started binding arbitration versus the Federal government of the Kyrgyz Republic to implement its rights under longstanding financial investment contracts with the Federal government. Centerra looks for to tell the Federal government from taking more actions to execute just recently embraced legislation or to pursue just recently acquired fines and tax claims versus the Kumtor Gold Business (“KGC”), all of which break the Federal government’s financial investment contracts with regard to the Kumtor Mine. Centerra likewise plans to hold the Federal government responsible in the arbitration for any and all losses and damage that arise from its current actions versus KGC and the Kumtor Mine if no resolution is reached.

Scott Perry, President & Ceo of Centerra, stated: “The leadership of the Kyrgyz Republic has acted with astonishing speed since the beginning of this year to undermine the basis on which the Kumtor Mine has been operated and has refused to engage with us on any matters it considers to be the subject of dispute. The Government’s actions have left Centerra no choice but to exercise our legal rights, through the pursuit of arbitration and otherwise, to protect the interests of KGC, Centerra and our shareholders. In the event the Government wishes to engage in a constructive dialogue, we remain willing and available to do so.”

The wrongful and prohibited actions of the Kyrgyz Republic consist of:

  • The passage by the Kyrgyz Republic Parliament in a single day on Might 6 of a brand-new law which makes it possible for the Federal government to enforce an “external manager” to take control of the Kumtor Mine if the Federal government considers that KGC’s activities posture a danger to human security and the environment;
  • A Government-supported and quickly released choice of a Kyrgyz Republic court on Might 7 to enforce a $3 billion fine versus KGC on the basis of personal civil ecological claims;
  • The intimidation of KGC’s workers by the Kyrgyz Republic State Commission and other Kyrgyz Republic state and police authorities, consisting of authorities sees to the houses of numerous senior KGC supervisors and a raid of KGC’s workplace in Bishkek on Might 15; and
  • Many tax claims brought by the Federal government in the Kyrgyz courts concerning matters that were fixed totally and lastly in previous job contracts and Kyrgyz court judgments, and specifically prevented by the Federal government’s contracts with KGC and Centerra.

This and other current conduct by the Federal government weakens the basic financial investment defenses ensured to Centerra and its Kyrgyz Republic subsidiaries under the 2009 Restated Task Agreements governing the Kumtor Mine. Under the 2009 Restated Financial Investment Contract and the 2017 Strategic Contract on Environmental Management and Financial Investment Promo (the “Strategic Agreement”), Centerra’s claims will be adjudicated by a single arbitrator in arbitration procedures to be held at Stockholm, Sweden and carried out under the guidelines of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (“UNCITRAL”). The celebrations have 28 days throughout which to settle on an arbitrator, stopping working which Centerra will ask the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague to designate an arbitrator. Under the contracts, the governing law is the law of the State of New York City.

The Kumtor Mine is the biggest economic sector company and taxpayer in the Kyrgyz Republic and the biggest foreign financial investment in the nation. Mine operations at Kumtor contributed 12.5% of Kyrgyz Gdp in 2020, and some 99% of KGC’s 2,750 staff members are Kyrgyz people. Previously this year, Centerra revealed a brand-new life of mine strategy that would extend the life of the Kumtor Mine by 5 years to 2031 and include more than 3 million ounces (85 tonnes) of included gold at an approximated capital expense of US$2.0 billion.

“Centerra and its predecessors have operated the Kumtor Mine to the mutual benefit of the Company and the Kyrgyz Republic since the 1990s,” Mr. Perry stated. “During that time, we have invested billions of dollars in the project, operated to the highest environmental and social standards and created enormous economic value, including thousands of good, well-paying jobs for Kyrgyz citizens, procurement opportunities for local suppliers and deep relationships with local communities through social and other projects.” 

No guarantees can be considered that any of the existing or future legal claims and other disagreements that have actually developed in relation to KGC or the Kumtor Mine can be fixed without a product effect on the Business or possibly the loss of Centerra’s whole financial investment in the Kumtor Mine.

About Centerra
Centerra Gold Inc. is a Canadian-based gold mining business concentrated on operating, establishing, checking out and obtaining gold residential or commercial properties in The United States and Canada, Asia and other markets around the world and is among the biggest Western-based gold manufacturers in Central Asia. Centerra runs 3 mines, the Kumtor Mine in the Kyrgyz Republic, the Mount Milligan Mine in British Columbia, Canada and the Öksüt Mine in Turkey. Centerra’s shares trade on the Toronto Stock Market (TSX) under the sign CG and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the sign CGAU. The Business is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Details included in this file which are not declarations of historic realities might be “forward-looking information” for the functions of Canadian securities laws and within the significance of the United States Private Securities Lawsuits Reform Act of 1995. Such positive info includes threats, unpredictabilities and other aspects that might trigger real outcomes, efficiency, potential customers and chances to vary materially from those revealed or indicated by such forward looking info. The words “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “contemplate”, “plan”, “intends”, “continue”, “budget”, “estimate”, “may”, “will”, “schedule”, “understand” and comparable expressions recognize positive info. These positive declarations associate with, to name a few things: arbitration procedures brought by the Business versus the Kyrgyz Republic, the claims made thereunder and the prospective success thereof, future conversations with the Federal Government of the Kyrgyz Republic connecting to disagreements that have actually developed under the 2009 Restated Task Agreements and / or the 2017 Strategic Contract on Environmental Management and Financial Investment Promo, and the capacity for any effective worked out service arising from any such conversations.

Positive info is always based upon a variety of price quotes and presumptions that, while thought about sensible by Centerra, are naturally based on considerable technical, political, organization, financial and competitive unpredictabilities and contingencies. Understood and unidentified aspects might trigger real outcomes to vary materially from those forecasted in the positive info. Aspects and presumptions that might trigger real outcomes or occasions to vary materially from existing expectations consist of, to name a few things: political threats associated with the Business’s operations in the Kyrgyz Republic; the failure of the Kyrgyz Republic Federal government to comply with its continuing responsibilities under the 2017 Strategic Contract on Environmental Management and Financial Investment Promo and the 2009 Restated Task Agreements governing the Kumtor Mine to permit the ongoing operation of the Kumtor mine by KGC and KOC and not take any expropriation action versus the Kumtor mine consisting of through imposition of external management selected by the Kyrgyz Republic Federal government; actions by the Kyrgyz Republic Federal government or any state firm or the General District attorney’s Workplace that serve to limit or otherwise interfere with the payment of funds by KGC and KOC to Centerra; resource nationalism consisting of the management of external stakeholder expectations; the effect of modifications in, or to the more aggressive enforcement of, laws, policies and federal government practices, consisting of unjustified civil or criminal action versus the Business, its affiliates or its existing or previous staff members, consisting of the interaction of claims of damage to the environment or human health with the brand-new Kyrgyz Republic law that made it possible for imposition of external management on the Kumtor Mine by the Kyrgyz Republic Federal government; prospective effect on the Kumtor mine of examinations by Kyrgyz Republic instrumentalities; the failure of the Business and its subsidiaries to implement their legal rights in particular situations or to gather on any beneficial arbitral judgement granted versus the Kyrgyz Republic; the existence of a considerable investor that is a state-owned business of the Kyrgyz Republic. For extra threat aspects, please see area entitled “Risks Factors” in the Business’s most just recently submitted Yearly Details Type readily available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and EDGAR www.sec.gov/edgar.

There can be no guarantees that positive info and declarations will show to be precise, as numerous aspects and future occasions, both recognized and unidentified might trigger real outcomes, efficiency or accomplishments to differ or vary materially from the outcomes, efficiency or accomplishments that are or might be revealed or indicated by such positive declarations included herein or included by referral. Appropriately, all such aspects must be thought about thoroughly when making choices with regard to Centerra, and potential financiers must not position excessive dependence on forward looking info. Positive info is since Might 16, 2021. Centerra presumes no commitment to upgrade or modify positive info to show modifications in presumptions, modifications in situations or any other occasions impacting such positive info, other than as needed by suitable law.

To learn more:
John W. Pearson
Vice President, Financier Relations
(416) 204-1953
john.pearson@centerragold.com

Extra info on Centerra is readily available on the Business’s website at www.centerragold.com on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov/edgar.

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