Patagonia Gold PLC ("Patagonia Gold" or the "Company") announces that Richard Prickett has today retired from the board of Patagonia Gold.
Richard co-founded the Company, initially named HPD Exploration, as Non-Executive Chairman. HPD joined the AIM Market in March 2003 with its name being subsequently changed to Patagonia Gold PLC in January 2004.
Richard was also a founder of Brancote Holdings, Patagonia Gold's forerunner. †Brancote was one of the first companies to join the AIM Market in 1995 and was successfully sold for approximately US $370 million in 2002.
Patagonia Gold (as HPD Exploration PLC) commenced trading at 1.5p per share with a market capitalisation of under £2 million. The share price today is around 52p per share and Patagonia Gold has a market capitalisation of over £380 million.
Bill Humphries, Managing Director of Patagonia Gold, commented:
"I have worked alongside Richard for the past fourteen years. He has played a truly outstanding role, particularly in the area of corporate finance and fund raising in both Patagonia Gold and its forerunner, Brancote Holdings. Richard has helped raise over £60 million to fund our drilling campaigns and bring Patagonia Gold to a point where we can see a world class mining proposition emerging.
"On behalf of the board and our shareholders, I extend our warmest thanks to Richard for the immense contribution he has made to our continuing success."
Richard Prickett added:
"I am very proud of what we have achieved in Patagonia Gold. It has been a great privilege to work with some of the very best people in the mining industry. "
For more information, please contact:
Bill Humphries/Richard Prickett
Patagonia Gold Plc
Tel: +44(0)20 7409 7444
Tel: +416 572 2007
Simon Raggett/Angela Peace
Strand Hanson Ltd
Tel: +44(0)20 7409 3494
David Bick/Mark Longson
Square 1 Consulting
Tel†: +44(0)20 7929 5599
Stephen Mischler/ Nick Stone
Matrix Corporate Capital LLP
Tel†: +44(0)20 32067000
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