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Avocet Rises After Gold Buyback, Shareholder Loan: London Mover

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March 25 (Bloomberg) -- Avocet Mining Plc, a miner of gold in Burkina Faso, rose in London trading after securing a loan from its biggest shareholder and buying back some of its hedged production of the precious metal.

Avocet climbed 9.3 percent to 20.5 pence by the close in London after earlier gaining as much as 25 percent. Elliott Management, with 27 percent of the company, agreed to a $15 million loan facility, Avocet said in a statement. The company bought back 29,020 ounces of hedged gold output and seeks to clear the remaining hedge book by 2016.

The mine operator said last month it planned to restructure its finances after cutting gold reserves at its Inata mine in Burkina Faso by half. It aimed to “substantially” reduce its hedge book and was exploring options including raising equity.

“The company has a lot of work to do to achieve growth going forwards, but this appears to be a positive step considering the company’s current situation,” Westhouse Securities wrote today in a note to investors.

The company has been dogged by operational setbacks at Inata. The stock tumbled 62 percent last year after Avocet cut its output target and is still down 71 percent this year. Avocet lowered its 2013 output guidance to 135,000 ounces last month.

To contact the reporter on this story: Thomas Biesheuvel in London at tbiesheuvel@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Viljoen at jviljoen@bloomberg.net

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