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NCP keeps Keegan Resources at "Sector Outperform" on Esaase legal settlement

NCP keeps Keegan Resources at "Sector Outperform" on Esaase legal settlement

NCP Northland Capital Partners issued a note on Keegan Resources (TSE:KGN)(AMEX:KGN) after the company finalized a settlement on the Esaase gold concession.

NCP has a "Sector Outperform" rating on Keegan and kept its target price at $6.50.

"We believe that KGN offers value to investors and limited downside," Northland analyst Bill Mantzoutsos said in a note.

Keegan Resources recently announced that it has reached a final, out-of-court settlement related to a lawsuit filed by Sametro Co. Ltd. naming Keegan as a co-defendant along with the Ghana Minerals Commission. 

The lawsuit was related to Keegan's acquisition of the Esaase concession in 2007, in which the plaintiff (predecessor in title to the Esaase gold property) alleged that "irregularities" had taken place.

"This is positive news for the company and eliminates any associated overhang and management distraction. Overall, the consent case dismissal and mutual release have provided an indemnification to Keegan, allowing management to focus on the short-term objectives to progress the Esaase mine through to production," Northland's Mantzoutsos said,

"Although financial details of the settlement have not been disclosed, KGN indicated that any settlements are immaterial. In our view, Keegan remains well capitalized, with a current cash balance of approximately $186 million."

The Northland analyst outlined various positive attributes of the company: its main asset is the advanced-stage, fully-financed Esaase Gold Project in Ghana with a 2.88 million ounce Proven & Probable reserve grading 1.1 grams per tonne; it has a cash balance equal to approximately 65 per cent of its market capitalization and potential exists for near mine exploration success on a structure similar to that hosting the majority of its current reserves.

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