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SouthGobi appoints Gao, Li, Shen as directors

2022-12-06 11:40 ET - News Release

Mr. Dong Wang reports

CHANGE OF NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS; RESIGNATION OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; CHANGE OF COMPOSITION OF BOARD COMMITTEE; AND CHANGE OF AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE

SouthGobi Resources Ltd. has made the following changes in the composition of the company's board of directors, with effect from Dec. 6, 2022: (i) Zhiwei Chen and Ka Lee Ku have resigned as non-executive directors; (ii) Zhu Gao, Gang Li and Chen Shen have been appointed as non-executive directors; (iii) Mr. Dalanguerban has resigned as an executive director and the authorized representative of the company, under Rule 3.05 of the rules governing the listing of securities on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, and ceased to be a member of the operations committee of the board, but will continue to serve as the president of the company and its wholly owned subsidiary in Mongolia; and (iv) Dong Wang, the executive director and chief executive officer of the company, has been appointed as the authorized representative.

Resignation of non-executive directors

As disclosed in the company's press release dated Nov. 29, 2022, Novel Sunrise Investments Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of China Cinda (HK) Asset Management Co. Ltd., one of the substantial shareholders of the company, completed the sale of all of its interests in the company to Land Grand International Holding Ltd.

Mr. Chen and Ms. Ku have resigned as non-executive directors with effect from Dec. 6, 2022. Both Mr. Chen and Ms. Ku were nominated by Novel Sunrise for appointment as the company's non-executive directors, pursuant to the contractual director nomination right granted in favour of Novel Sunrise in connection with the subscription agreement entered into between Novel Sunrise and the company in 2015.

Each of Mr. Chen and Ms. Ku confirmed that he/she has no disagreement with the board or the senior management of the company, and there is no matter relating to his/her ceasing to act as the non-executive director that needs to be brought to the attention of the shareholders of the company.

The board would like to express its sincere gratitude to both Mr. Chen and Ms. Ku for their contribution to the board and the company during their tenure of office.

Appointment of non-executive directors

Mr. Gao and Mr. Li were nominated by Land Grand for appointment as non-executive directors with effect from Dec. 6, 2022, pursuant to the contractual director nomination right granted in favour of Land Grand in connection with the subscription agreement and the associated assignment letter entered into among the company, Land Grand and Novel Sunrise.

Mr. Shen was nominated by JD Zhixing Fund LP for appointment as a non-executive director with effect from Dec. 6, 2022, pursuant to the contractual director nomination right granted in favour of JDZF in connection with the securityholders agreement entered into among the company, JDZF and a former shareholder of the company, and certain deferral agreements entered into among JDZF, the company and its certain subsidiaries relating to the company's $250-million (U.S.) convertible debenture held by JDZF.

The company has appointed the aforementioned three director nominees to the board as permitted under the company's articles of continuation and the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia).

The biographical details of Mr. Gao, Mr. Li and Mr. Shen are as follows.

Mr. Gao, aged 65, is the founder of Mengfa Energy Holding Group. Since the establishment of the Mengfa Group in 1998, he has served as its chairman and president. Mr. Gao has nearly 40 years of investment and management experience in the traditional energy industry. Prior to the establishment of the Mengfa Group, he held management positions in several coal companies in inner Mongolia.

Mr. Gao received an honorary doctorate in management from Princeton University, in the United States, in 2017. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Directors.

Mr. Li, aged 46, has over 25 years of experience in investment management and asset operations. He has extensive operating experience and network resources in Ceke Port, China, and has been involved in various aspects of mining, railway transportation, road transportation and sea transportation. Mr. Li served as the executive director and general manager of Inner Mongolia Weihong Energy Co. Ltd. from 2017 to 2022, and was responsible for the management of assets exceeding 100 million RMB (renminbi) and operation of the company, which provides distribution management of bulk cargo, international import and export, transportation management, warehousing, logistics park planning, construction, and other aspects of operations management. Prior to joining Weihong Energy in 2017, Mr. Li was the founder of an energy technology company (2004 to 2017), and served as its general manager and sales director, providing trade services, logistics, and transportation services in energy, mining and other bulk trading industries.

Mr. Li graduated from Guilin University of Electronic Technology with a bachelor degree in communication engineering in 2000. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Directors.

Mr. Shen, aged 33, has many years of professional legal knowledge and experience in the energy industry. Mr. Shen has served as the executive director and supervisor of Zhonghong Energy (inner Mongolia) Co. Ltd. since April, 2021, and is responsible for investment in traditional energy and new energy fields in the northwest districts in China. From October, 2020, to January, 2022, Mr. Shen served as a supervisor of Zhonghong Zhengyi Energy Holding (inner Mongolia) Co. Ltd. Before joining Zhonghong Group, Mr. Shen worked as an attorney in Tahota Law Firm from 2015 to 2020 in China.

Mr. Shen obtained his bachelor of law degree from Southwest University of Political Science and Law in 2011, and his master of law degree from Guizhou University in 2014 in China. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Directors.

As at the date of this announcement, save as disclosed above, none of Mr. Gao, Mr. Li or Mr. Shen (i) hold any directorships in other public companies, the securities of which are listed on any securities market in Hong Kong or overseas, over the last three years preceding the date of this announcement or other major appointments and professional qualifications; (ii) hold any other position with any member of the group and has not previously held any other position with any member of the group; (iii) have any interest in the shares, underlying shares or debentures of the company, or any of its associated corporations, within the meaning of Part 15 of the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Chapter 571 of the Laws of Hong Kong); and (iv) have any relationship with any directors, senior management, or substantial or controlling shareholders.

There is no specific term or proposed length of service for Mr. Gao, Mr. Li or Mr. Shen as non-executive directors. Each of Mr. Gao, Mr. Li and Mr. Shen will be subject to re-election at the annual general meeting of the company in accordance with the articles. Consistent with the existing company's director compensation, the director's fee for Mr. Gao, Mr. Li and Mr. Shen will be determined by the board based on the recommendation of the compensation and benefits committee of the board, which comprises the independent non-executive directors.

Save as disclosed above, there is no other information relating to the appointment of Mr. Gao, Mr. Li or Mr. Shen that is required to be disclosed pursuant to Rule 13.51(2)(h) to (v) of the Hong Kong listing rules nor any matters that need to be brought to the attention of the shareholders.

The board would like to welcome Mr. Gao, Mr. Li and Mr. Shen to the board.

Resignation of executive director

Mr. Dalanguerban has resigned as an executive director and the authorized representative, and ceased to be a member of the operations committee, with effect from Dec. 6, 2022, but remains as the president of the company and its wholly owned subsidiary in Mongolia in order to focus on the company's government relations. He confirmed that he has no disagreement with the board or the senior management of the company, and there is no matter relating to his ceasing to act as the executive director that needs to be brought to the attention of the shareholders.

The company will identify a suitable candidate to fill the vacancy on the operations committee and further announcement(s) will be made by the company in this regard as and when appropriate.

The board would like to express its sincere gratitude to Mr. Dalanguerban for his contribution to the board and the company as an executive director and the authorized representative.

Appointment of authorized representative

Mr. Wang has been appointed as the authorized representative with effect from Dec. 6, 2022 following Mr. Dalanguerban's resignation as the authorized representative.

About SouthGobi

SouthGobi, listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and Hong Kong Stock Exchange, owns and operates its flagship Ovoot Tolgoi coal mine in Mongolia. It also holds the mining licences of its other metallurgical and thermal coal deposits in South Gobi region of Mongolia. SouthGobi produces and sells coal to customers in China.

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