Drawdown of US$75 Million KfW Loan Imminent Following Satisfaction of All Conditions Precedent | national company
TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–February 7, 2022–
Almanty Industries Inc. (“ Almaty “or the” Society ”) (TSX: AII / ASX: AII / OTCQX: ALMTF / Frankfurt: 1MR) is pleased to announce an update regarding KfW’s US$75.1 million loan facility.
Almonty informs that it has received the completion of the letter of conditions precedent from KfW. Almonty has now satisfied all 110 conditions precedent.
After the equity balance has been transferred to the loan account held in Korea by Almonty Korea Tungsten Company (AKTC) and payment of various financing fees is completed, which is usual for project finance loans , the bank can then move on to issuing the draw letter and the first draw will begin.
Almonty Chairman and CEO Lewis Black commented:
“This is a monumental opportunity for Almonty and its shareholders, with the withdrawal of the US$75.1 million KfW loan now imminent after approximately five years of hard work, due diligence and cooperation from all parties. stakeholders.
Completion of KfW’s US$75.1 million loan means the largest tungsten mine outside China, with one of the highest grades in the world and located in South Korea, the most world’s largest per capita user of tungsten, is now on track to complete construction as planned.
I strongly believe it has been worth the effort and patience required by shareholders, with the KfW loan facility attracting very low interest rates, with an expected overall cost of around 2-3%. The quality of the lender and their continued support for our continued growth will be a critical factor in Almonty’s continued success and enable us to respond to the changing demand dynamics we are currently witnessing in the technology sector.
The timing of the cut couldn’t have been better from a tungsten market perspective, with the price of tungsten rising 45% in the past 12 months to $338 per MTU, at a time when we are experiencing growing demand. from sources outside of China. , particularly in the South Korean and European semiconductor and battery sectors.
We are currently at approximately 15% of Sangdong’s total construction and now, with the withdrawal of the KfW loan, the company can accelerate construction towards commissioning which is on track for Q4 2022. Our underground development is complete over 27% and is already 6 months ahead of schedule. I am extremely pleased that we decided at Almonty to secure and fix prices last year on most of the equipment on order, which has protected us from recent inflationary increases in equipment prices.
The terms and conditions of the loan facility approved by the KfW-IPEX Credit Committee include:
- The principal amount of the senior project financing loan will be $75.1 million;
- Interest Rate — 3-month London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) plus 2.5%. LIBOR will be replaced by SOFR. (Guaranteed Overnight Funding Rate);
- 6.25 year term with an initial principal repayment holiday during construction and quarterly principal repayments commencing after the second anniversary of the initial drawdown; and
- Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG (OeKB) has agreed to provide an import credit scheme cover guarantee based on the previously announced long-term off-take agreement, which was published in February 2020.
The principal activity of Almanty Industries Inc., based in Toronto, Canada, is the mining, processing and shipping of tungsten concentrate from its Los Santos mine in western Spain and its Panasqueira in Portugal, as well as the development of its Sangdong tungsten mine in Gangwon province. , South Korea and the development of the Valtreixal tin/tungsten project in northwestern Spain. The Los Santos mine was acquired by Almonty in September 2011 and is located approximately 50 kilometers from Salamanca in western Spain and produces tungsten concentrate. The Panasqueira mine, which has been in production since 1896, is located approximately 260 kilometers northeast of Lisbon, Portugal, was acquired in January 2016 and produces tungsten concentrate. The Sangdong mine, which was historically one of the largest tungsten mines in the world and one of the few high-grade, long-lived tungsten deposits outside of China, was acquired in September 2015 by the acquisition of a 100% stake in Woulfe Mining Corp. Almonty owns 100% of the Valtreixal tin-tungsten project in northwest Spain. Further information about Almonty’s business is available at www.almonty.com and under Almonty’s profile at www.sedar.com.
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PUBLISHED: 02/07/2022 08:00 AM/DISC: 02/07/2022 08:02 AM