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2017-11-09 10:40:00

Auriant Mining AB (publ.) publishes an update of tax legislation – estimate future tax savings of 84 mln USD


Auriant Mining AB
Company Announcement

Auriant Mining AB (publ.) publishes an update of tax legislation – estimate
future tax savings of 84 mln USD

· New tax legislation will reduce the Mineral Extraction Tax by 60% and
the Income Tax by 75% during a 10 year period for companies admitted under the
new program.

· Auriant Mining estimates the total savings under the program to be 84
mln USD.

· Auriant Mining will apply for reduced tax rates under the program
after initialization of gold production from the CIL construction for LLC
Tardan Gold, which is expected to be early 2019. Auriant Mining will also apply
for reduced tax rates for LLC Kara-Beldyr after initialization of gold
production in the mine, which is expected to be 2021.

As a result of recent amendments to the Russian tax legislation, subsidiaries
of Auriant Mining AB, LLC Tardan Gold and LLC Kara-Beldyr will qualify for
Mineral Extraction Tax and Corporate Income Tax exemptions for Regional
Investment projects. Russian legislation on Regional Investment projects has
been developed for promoting business activities in specific regions of the
Russian Federation, including the Republic of Tyva, where the subsidiaries’
subsoil license areas are located. In order to qualify for the exemptions, a
company shall invest in a project more than 500 mln RUR (approximately 8.6 mln
USD) in the course of 5 years, and the investment project shall provide for
over 90% of the company’s revenue. Exemptions will be granted upon completion
of respective investment projects and commencement of gold production from
those projects. In the case of LLC Tardan Gold, these conditions will be
satisfied upon completion of the CIL construction, and in the case of LLC
Kara-Beldyr, upon building and commissioning the mine there.

Mineral Extraction Tax exemption

Russian Mineral Extraction Tax (“MET”) is calculated by applying nominal tax
rate (6%) to revenue from gold sales. MET exemption will be granted for 10
years (following commencement of production at newly constructed facilities)
and applicable tax rates will be as follows: 0% for years 1 and 2, 1.2% for
years 3 and 4, 2.4% for years 5 and 6, 3.6% for years 7 and 8, 4.8% for years 9
and 10. In subsequent years, nominal tax rate will apply.

In the aggregate, under a Regional Investment project a company saves 60% of
nominal MET over 10 years.

Corporate Income Tax exemption

Russian Corporate Income Tax (“Income Tax”) nominal rate is 20% of taxable
profit defined on the basis of Russian statutory accounting. Income Tax
exemption will be granted for 10 years (following commencement of production at
newly constructed facilities) and applicable tax rates will be as follows: 0%
for years 1 to 5, and 10% for years 6 to 10. In subsequent years, nominal tax
rate will apply.

In the aggregate, under a Regional Investment project a company saves 75% of
nominal Income Tax over 10 years.

Effect on Auriant Mining

Qualifying the subsidiaries for tax exemptions will provide substantial
additional cash flow to the Company. Auriant Mining estimates that total saving
for LLC Tardan Gold will amount to 20 mln USD (over the life of mine) and for
LLC Kara-Beldyr, 64 mln USD (over the life of mine as well). The estimate is
based on gold price of 1,250 USD/oz, mineplans that exist at the time of
estimation and on the assumption that respective provisions of the tax
legislation will stay in force at the time when the Company’s subsidiaries will
apply for tax exemptions (2019 for Tardan CIL construction project and 2021 for
start of Kara-Beldyr mine).



For more information, please contact:



Sergey Ustimenko, CEO

tel: +7 495 109 02 82

e-mail: sergey.ustimenko@auriant.com





Company name: Auriant Mining AB

Short name: AUR

ISIN-code: SE0001337213



Website: www.auriant.com
Twitter: @auriantmining





Auriant Mining AB (AUR) is a Swedish junior mining company focused on gold
exploration and production in Russia, primarily in Zabaikalye and the Republics
of Khakassia and Tyva. The company has currently four assets, including one
operating mine (Tardan), one early stage exploration asset and two development
assets.

Since July 19, 2010, Auriant Mining´s shares are traded on First North Premier
at the NASDAQ OMX Nordic Exchange under the short name AUR. For more
information please visit www.auriant.com. Mangold Fondkommission is Certified
Adviser to Auriant, for more information please call +46 8 503 015 50 or visit
www.mangold.se.

This information is information that Auriant Mining AB is obliged to make
public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was
submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact persons set out
above, at 10:40 CET on November 09, 2017.

Cautionary Statement: Statements and assumptions made in this report with
respect to Auriant Mining AB’s (“AUR”) current plans, estimates, strategies and
beliefs, and other statements that are not historical facts, are
forward-looking statements about the future performance of AUR. Forward-looking
statements include, but are not limited to, those using words such as "may",
"might", "seeks", "expects", "anticipates", "estimates", "believes",
"projects", "plans", strategy", "forecast" and similar expressions. These
statements reflect management's expectations and assumptions in light of
currently available information. They are subject to a number of risks and
uncertainties, including, but not limited to, (i) changes in the economic,
regulatory and political environments in the countries where AUR operates; (ii)
changes relating to the geological information available in respect of the
various projects undertaken; (iii) AUR’s continued ability to secure enough
financing to carry on its operations as a going concern; (iv) the success of
its potential joint ventures and alliances, if any; (v) exchange rates,
particularly between the Russian rouble and the U.S. dollar. In the light of
the many risks and uncertainties surrounding any gold production and
exploration company at an early stage of its development, the actual results
could differ materially from those presented and forecast in this report. AUR
assumes no unconditional obligation to immediately update any such statements
and/or forecasts



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Hong Kong, South Africa or other country where such action as a whole or in
part is subject to legal restrictions. Nothing in this press release should be
considered as an offer to invest or otherwise trade in shares of Auriant Mining
AB (publ). The proposed issue will not be directed at residents or those living
in the United States, Australia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, South
Africa or other country where such action would require further prospectus,
other offering documentation, registration or other measures beyond those
required by Swedish law. No securities will be registered under the United
States Securities Act of 1933, a similar law in any state in the United States,
or under any provincial law in Canada, nor under the applicable law of another
country.


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