June 13, 2009 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
CINCINNATI, OH June 13, 2009 Panafra announced today that the Company has successfully concluded the divestiture of its Tanzanian financial services subsidiary, T-Mortgage, to a group of Tanzanian and Nigerian investors. In the Fourth Quarter of 2008, Panafra made a strategic decision to focus a greater portion of available resources on its investment in the Tanzanian mining sector (Kastan Mining Limited). As part of that decision Panafra concluded that a complete divesture of T-Mortgage would facilitate attainment of its objectives. Negotiations began in early 2009 with a group of investors who ultimately acquired 100% of the ownership position held by Panafra. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

John Tate, Panafra Chairman, commented, "While we are extremely bullish on the opportunities offered in the Tanzanian financial services sector, our investments in the mining sector require our full attention. Consequently we made a strategic decision to divest T-Mortgage, an action that has allowed us to increase our ownership position in Kastan Mining Limited, which for Panafra represents a critical Company objective. Kastan Mining is poised to be revenue positive in the 4th Quarter by expanding its mining and exploration activities in a measured fashion. We believe the long term potential represented by our investment in Kastan will position Panafra to unlock value for its stakeholders. The decision to divest T-Mortgage was difficult, however, we believe the new ownership group is capable of taking T-Mortgage to the next step, and we wish them every success."

About Panafra

Panafra is an Ohio based Company with equity investments in the mineral, construction, and transportation sectors in Tanzania.

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