Tuesday 23rd January 2018

London Court orders KCM to pay ZCCM-IH $139 million

A London Court has ordered Konkola Copper Mines to pay ZCCM-IH $139 million in a claim related to the copper price, rising by $36 million the amount it was originally ordered to pay.

The claim relates to outstanding payments under a 2013 copper price participation settlement agreement between KCM and ZCCM-IH.

In a statement, ZCCM-IH said, “we refer to the Market Announcement (Announcement) provided in December 2016, in which the market was informed that the English High Court had granted default judgment in favour of ZCCM-IH in its claim against Konkola Copper Mines Plc (KCM), brought pursuant to a Settlement Agreement entered by the parties in 2013, for a sum in excess of US$100 million.”

“In the same Announcement, the market was further informed that the Court had given directions for an inquiry to determine whether KCM had breached the Settlement Agreement by making payments to Vedanta Group Companies whilst sums remained due and owing to ZCCM-IH, and whether ZCCM-IH would be entitled to recover additional sums from KCM as a result.”

It added, “We now advise that ZCCM-IH has successfully brought an application for summary judgment against KCM for such additional sums. Granting the claim in full, the Court has awarded ZCCM-IH a further US$35,991,768, bringing the total amount awarded to approximately US$139 million. ZCCM-IH was also awarded its costs of bringing these proceedings.”

ZCCM-IH says the parties have agreed on a repayment plan for the recovery of these additional sums, which consists of 21 equal monthly installments of US$1,713,893.72, together with interest at 3 percent.

It said the final payment is expected on 31 August 2019.

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