Debt Financing for Development of Bauxite Hills Mine Secured
Metro Mining Limited (ASX: MMI) (Metro) is pleased to advise that Sprott Private Resource Lending (Sprott) and Ingatatus AG Pty Ltd (Ingatatus), a related party of Metro’s strategic cornerstone
shareholder Balanced Property, have been selected to provide debt finance facilities of approximately A$40 million (Debt Financing) for the development of the Bauxite Hills
Mine (Bauxite Hills).
Binding terms for the debt financing were agreed following a strongly contested and rigorous global tender process culminating in final discussions with shortlisted potential financiers who
presented very competitive terms. These parties undertook an extensive technical due diligence process which provides strong validation of the technical aspects of the Bauxite Hills Mine.
The selection of Sprott and Ingatatus as preferred debt providers delivers a debt financing package with low overall cost, limited covenants, low shareholder dilution and flexibility in relation
to early repayment.
The key terms of the Debt Financing are:
Tenor of approximately 3 years
Attractive annual interest rate
No principal amortisation before January 2019 and A$20 million payment at end of loan
No commitment fees
No hedging requirements
Low level of cash reserving and no mandatory cash sweep
Low number of Metro options with strike price to reflect 25% premium to Metro share price
The Debt Financing is being led by Sprott who is the senior secured lender. The new debt facilities will also replace Metro’s existing A$15 million short term debt facility with Namrog Pty Ltd, which is also a related party of Balanced Property.
Completion of final Debt Financing agreements remains conditional upon documentation, legal due diligence, permitting and other conditions precedent usual for financings of this nature including project equity requirements being raised prior to debt drawdown. Subject to satisfaction of these remaining conditions, Metro expects final agreements to be concluded early in Q3 2017.
Metro’s Managing Director, Simon Finnis, said:
“We are very pleased to have secured a highly competitive and flexible debt facility led by Sprott, one of the world’s leading providers of finance to the natural resource sector. We are
also very pleased to maintain the ongoing support from our long term cornerstone shareholder Balanced Property. This debt financing represents another significant milestone
and funding component for Metro and will allow the Company to continue its rapid development of the Bauxite Hills Mine.”
Narinder Nagra, Managing Partner of Sprott Resource Lending, commented:
“As one of the leading investors dedicated to the natural resource sector, Sprott is excited to partner with Metro Mining to develop the Bauxite Hills Mine. We look forward to working with
the management team on one of the premier development assets in Australia.”
Metro expects final permitting for Bauxite Hills to be received shortly. The project remains on track for first production at the start of Q2 2018.