Vancouver-based gold and silver producer Northern Vertex Mining Corp (TSX-V: NEE) has raised an unsecured working capital facility of up to about $13 million (US$10 million).
The facility will be provided by U.K. metals and mining private equity firm Greenstone Resources, the company’s minority shareholder.
Northern Vertex said it expects to repay the facility with the proceeds a private placement and silver stream financing associated with operating its Moss Mine project in Arizona.
Northern Vertex Secures Flexible Working Capital Facility for Up to US$10M from Greenstone Resources
VANCOUVER, Nov. 5, 2018 /CNW/ – Northern Vertex Mining Corp. (TSX.V:NEE) (the Company”) is pleased to announce that it has signed a flexible, unsecured working capital facility with Greenstone Resources II L.P. (“Greenstone”) for up to US$10 million. The Greenstone facility is available in up to five tranches and the Company has drawn the first tranche of US$2.5 million. The Company expects to repay the Greenstone facility with proceeds from the private placement and the Maverix Metals silver stream financings announced on October 15, 2018.
Northern Vertex President and CEO, Kenneth Berry stated, “In advance of closing the Maverix Metals silver stream and private placement, Greenstone has demonstrated their continued support by providing us with a flexible working capital facility. The initial US$2.5 million tranche of the Greenstone facility is convertible into Northern Vertex shares at $0.30 per share and, at Greenstone’s option, will convert into shares or be repaid from the proceeds of the previously announced silver stream and private placement financings. The Company is pleased with the progress to date by Maverix Metals and expects to provide an update on the stream financing and private placement shortly. Greenstone has confirmed their intention to participate in our previously announced private placement and we look forward to a timely closing of these financings. Having recently declared commercial production at our Moss Mine in Arizona, we look forward to updating the market with the details of our continued ramp-up.”
The Company has entered into a definitive agreement with Greenstone Resources II L.P. (“Greenstone”) in respect of an unsecured non-revolving loan facility (“Greenstone Facility”) in the aggregate principal amount of up to US$10 million. The terms of the Greenstone Facility include:
initial advance of US$2.5 million drawn down today;
up to four further advances may be made at the election of the Company made no later than the earlier of the May 5, 2019 and the date upon which the Company receives the upfront payment from Maverix Metals Inc. (“Maverix”) pursuant to a metals purchase agreement between the Company and Maverix, indicative terms of which were announced by the Company on October 15, 2018;
maturity date of October 3, 2019 at which time the principal amount is to be repaid in full, subject to Greenstone having not elected to convert the principal amount outstanding;
interest rate of 12% per annum, payable quarterly in arrears in cash;
pre-payable by the Company in whole or in part at any time and from time to time, so long as an event of default has not occurred and is continuing;
mandatory repayment upon the completion by the Company of the silver stream or an alternative financing in the event that the silver stream does not close on the terms disclosed or at all;
conversion price of the initial advance is Cdn$0.30. The conversion price of debentures issued under any subsequent advance will be subject to pre-approval by the TSXV;
cash fees payable to Greenstone of 3% of the amount of each subsequent advance (payable on each such advance);
the Company has agreed to commence an alternative financing if the Stream is not closed by November 16, 2018; and
proceeds from the Greenstone Facility will be used for working capital and general corporate purposes.
Greenstone is a significant shareholder of the Company holding an aggregate of 51,769,230 common shares of the Company, representing approximately 28.4% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company on an undiluted basis, and accordingly, the transaction is a non-arm’s length transaction under the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange (the “Exchange”).
Upon conversion, if any, in full of the initial US$2.5 million debenture issued today (using an exercise price of Cdn$0.30 and using the Bank of Canada closing exchange rate on November 2, 2018 of US$1 = Cdn$1.3105), Greenstone would receive an aggregate of 10,920,833 additional common shares of the Company, as a result of which it would hold, including the current shares it holds, 62,690,063 common shares of the Company, representing approximately 32.5%, on an undiluted basis, of the issued and outstanding shares of the Company (including the issuance of such shares). This would represent an increase of approximately 4.1% from Greenstone’s current shareholding percentage of the Company.
The Greenstone Facility, and all securities issuable thereunder (other than those in respect of the initial drawdown, which have already been approved) are subject to the acceptance of the Exchange. All securities issued in connection with the Greenstone Facility will be subject to a hold period expiring four months and one day from the date of issuance of the respective securities.
Greenstone has advised the Company that the Greenstone Facility, and any securities acquired thereunder, is being provided for, and held for, investment purposes. Depending on market conditions and other factors, Greenstone advises that it may from time acquire and/or dispose of securities of the Company or continue to hold its current position. A copy of the early warning report required to be filed by Greenstone with the applicable securities commission in connection with the transactions will be available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and can be obtained by contacting Matt Hornton and Gordon Purvis at Greenstone +44-1481-748-810.
The securities being offered have not been, nor will they be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons absent U.S. federal and state registration or an applicable exemption from the U.S. registration requirements. This release does not constitute an offer for sale of, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, securities in the United States.
About Northern Vertex
Northern Vertex Mining Corp., the newest gold producer in the US, is focused on low cost gold and silver production at its 100% owned Moss Mine in NW Arizona. The Company has experience across all areas of operations, mine development, exploration, acquisitions and financing of mining projects. With operations at the flagship Moss Mine achieving commercial production the Company intends to consolidate additional producing or near-term production gold assets within the Western US. Through mergers and acquisitions Northern Vertex’s corporate goal is to become a mid-tier gold producer with over 200,000 ounces of gold production annually.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF NORTHERN VERTEX
President & CEO
Greenstone’s registered office is at:
Greenstone Resources II L.P.
PO Box 656, East Wing, Trafalgar Court,
St. Peter Port, Guernsey