TRADING SYMBOL: TORONTO & OSLO: CRU FRANKFURT: KNC OTC-BB-other: CRUGF
LONDON, United Kingdom: August 31, 2006 - Crew Gold Corporation ("Crew" or the "Company") (TSE & OSE: CRU; Frankfurt: KNC; OTC-BB- other: CRUGF.PK.
Crew is pleased to report that it has signed an agreement to dispose of its 20% interest in Barberton Mines Proprietary Limited ("Barberton").
Crew acquired its interest in Barberton in June 2003 for ZAR 30 million. Since acquisition, the carrying value of this investment has increased to approximately ZAR 50 million after accounting for Crew's attributable share of Barberton's profits, less dividends received.
Crew has agreed to sell its interest to Metorex Limited ("Metorex"), one of its partners in Barberton and a company listed on the JSE, in return for Metorex shares valued at approximately ZAR 84 million, representing a significant increase over both the cost and carrying value of the investment. The profit on sale will be recognised in the Financial Statements for Q1 2007.
Crew's stated strategy is to have overall control of its projects and to focus resources on near term production projects; this disposal is in line with this strategy. The sale is subject to receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals.
Jan A Vestrum President & CEO
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