Orion Mine Finance has agreed to invest about $58 million (US$45 million) in Leagold Mining Corp (TSX: LMC), a Vancouver-based company focused on mid-tier gold production opportunities in Latin America. The proceeds are intended to support Leagold’s acquisition of Brio Gold Inc, a Toronto-based mining company with gold-producing, development and exploration-stage properties in Brazil. The buy, announced earlier this year, implies an equity value for Brio of $314 million. Orion, a U.S. mining private equity firm, is expected to retain a 16 percent interest in Leagold with the deal’s close.
Leagold Arranges Financings to Close with the Brio Acquisition
VANCOUVER, May 2, 2018 /CNW/ – Leagold Mining Corporation (TSX:LMC; OTCQX:LMCNF) (“Leagold” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the following debt and equity financings have been arranged, subject to completion of its acquisition of Brio Gold Inc. (“Brio”):
Leagold’s existing $150 million senior secured credit facility has been amended to provide an additional $100 million tranche of funding. The $100 million tranche will have a term of 18 months and will be used to fully repay Brio’s $75 million senior secured credit facility and the drawn amounts of Brio’s $22 million of debt with a group of Brazilian banks.
Orion Resource Partners (“Orion”), through a fund it manages, has agreed to subscribe for, on a private placement basis, $45 million worth of Leagold common shares at C$2.7143 per share. This investment is expected to result in Orion’s current ownership in Leagold being maintained, on a pro forma basis, at approximately 16%.
Neil Woodyer, CEO, commented, “We are very pleased with the strong support from Leagold’s current lenders – Orion, Societe Generale and Investec – in providing an 18-month debt package that refinances the existing debt of Brio and increases our working capital. We are also pleased with Orion’s decision to maintain its equity ownership level in Leagold at approximately 16%, which is consistent with Orion’s participation rights, through the subscription of $45 million of equity at Leagold’s current market price. Later this year, and after the studies on the construction of a carbon-in-leach plant at the Los Filos mine are finalized, we expect to arrange a long-term and upsized financing structure with Societe Generale engaged as lead debt arranger. As part of the transaction, Investec has been mandated as Technical Agent for the lenders and will be working closely with Leagold as the studies are completed. Leagold’s growth projects include the Bermejal Underground expansion at the Los Filos mine, Brio’s restart of the Santa Luz mine, and the potential construction of a carbon-in-leach processing plant at the Los Filos mine that would enable higher recoveries for a wider range of ore types.”
Additional Information on the $100 Million Tranche
Leagold has executed an amended and restated senior secured credit agreement with its syndicate of lenders that provides for a new $100 million tranche. The use of proceeds includes repayment of Brio’s $75 million senior secured credit facility and the drawn amounts of Brio’s credit facilities with a group of Brazilian banks, which amounted to $22 million at December 31, 2017. The repayment of Brio’s existing debt is expected to happen concurrently with the completion of the acquisition of Brio, expected in May 2018. The $100 million tranche will bear interest at LIBOR plus 5.25% and the principal amount will be due as a single payment on the maturity date, being 18 months from completion of the Brio acquisition. The entire loan facility may be repaid at anytime without penalty. As consideration for the new $100 million tranche and effective as of closing of the Brio acquisition, Leagold has agreed to a fee of $1.5 million to the lenders and to increase the aggregate gold off-take delivery commitment, on a pro rata basis with the increase in the principal amount, to 1.833 million ounces with deliveries from the Los Filos mine and the Brio mines. In addition, Leagold will issue 2.0 million warrants to Orion, with each warrant exercisable for one Leagold common share for a period of three years from the date of issuance at an exercise price of C$3.529, equivalent to 130% of the equity subscription price.
Additional Information on the $45 Million Equity Private Placement
Orion has agreed to subscribe, on a private placement basis, for $45 million of Leagold common shares at C$2.7143 per share, based on Leagold’s five-day volume weighted average price for the period ended May 1, 2018. There are no fees payable with respect to the private placement. On completion, this will result in Orion acquiring 21,317,098 new Leagold common shares to allow Orion to maintain its current ownership interest in Leagold on a pro forma basis at approximately 16%.
On completion of the Brio acquisition and including the Orion private placement, Yamana Gold Inc. and Goldcorp Inc. are expected to hold approximately 20.5% and 12.2% of the outstanding common shares of Leagold, respectively. The private placement is expected to close concurrently with the acquisition of Brio and is subject to certain customary conditions, including approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange. All securities issued to Orion will be subject to a statutory hold period of four months.
Additional Information on the Debt Funding Mandate with Societe Generale
Leagold has engaged Societe Generale as lead debt arranger for the debt portion of an upsized financing structure for the purpose of refinancing Leagold’s current $150 million facility, the new $100 million tranche associated with the Brio acquisition, and providing additional capital to accelerate the development of Leagold’s growth projects. This long-term financing structure is expected to include a new senior secured credit facility and/or the issuance of high-yield notes.
About Leagold Mining Corporation
Leagold is building a mid-tier gold producer with a focus on opportunities in Latin America. The Company is based in Vancouver, Canada and owns 100% of the Los Filos mine in Mexico. Leagold is listed on the TSX under the trading symbol “LMC” and trades on the OTCQX market as “LMCNF”.
For further information: on Leagold please visit the Company website at www.leagold.com or contact: Meghan Brown, VP – Investor Relations, +1-604-398-4525, firstname.lastname@example.org
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