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Astra Resources PLC arrives on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange

Friday, September 30, 2011 by Proactive Investors

With a focus on delivering efficiencies from the steel making process and an eye on the urbanising nations of China and India - the listing of Astra Resources PLC provides a springboard to raise capital as it's portfolio of projects expands.

With a focus on delivering efficiencies from the steel making process and an eye on the urbanising nations of China and India - the listing of Astra Resources PLC provides a springboard to raise capital as it's portfolio of projects expands.

Diversified mining company Astra Resources PLC (Code: 9AR), which is the UK parent company of Astra Mining, listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange today at €1.50.

Astra is firmly focussed on China and India, with the company's primary aim to satisfy the expanding resource demands of these massive urbanising nations.

Astra will look to secure the supply chain of the raw materials related to the steel industry, including iron ore, coal, gold and other raw materials.

The company is also strategically positioned to capitalise on delivering efficiencies from the steel making process, a high demand sector in both these markets.

These steel efficiencies are driven by T-Steel, Astra's flagship asset, with the company holding a 45% interest in T-Steel along with full management and operational control over the technology.

T-Steel is a patented technology that has been proven to substantially reduce the cost of production, and to significantly strengthen produced steel.

The high value intellectual property in T-Steel has been valued at €4.47 billion on a NPV basis (around A$6.18 billion) by a Top 4 accounting firm and is on the verge of large scale commercialisation.

T-Steel has a strong commercial record (under various code names) in Europe. This has immediate effect in China and India, with both countries able to increase the strength of steel per capita from existing operations, reducing the need for new steel plants.


Frankfurt listing a major step forward

Astra chief executive officer Dr Jaydeep Biswas said the listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange is a major step forward for the company.

“After meeting the requirements of the Deutsche Börse, our listing will enable Astra to raise capital to expand our projects internationally.

“This listing is a major milestone for the company and something we have been working hard towards achieving.

“The Frankfurt Stock Exchange is one of the world's largest trading exchanges and provides access to global capital markets, so all these factors make it an attractive option to become a publicly listed company on this exchange.”


Prospectus pending

Astra will prepare a prospectus in the coming months, with the company in negotiations with Minevest USA to underwrite the capital raising of around €1 billion through their own network and associated international banks.

Astra managing director Silvana De Cianni says the minimum issue price of the prospectus as advised by Minevest could be €1.50, but potentially higher.

“Between now and issuing our prospectus, we will be raising equity capital by placing company-owned treasury stock and allocations to stockbroking firms.

“We have a number of projects at various stages of development, including our 45 per cent stake in the revolutionary T-Steel, so capital raised will go directly towards progressing these ventures.

“Through our listing and ongoing capital raising we expect Astra Resources to become a major player on the global resources stage in a short amount of time.”

Astra Resources' global portfolio includes gold and copper interests in Southeast Asia, coal mines in Africa, iron ore in India, and the production of the high-strength T-Steel technology in Hungary.

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