TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 16, 2013) - Lundin Mining Corporation (LUN.TO)(OMX:LUMI) ("Lundin Mining" or the "Company") today announced that it has executed a term sheet (the "Term Sheet") and secured commitments from a syndicate of lenders for a new term loan of $250 million (the "Term Loan") to be extended under an amendment to its existing credit agreement (the "Amended Credit Agreement"). The Amended Credit Agreement will also extend the maturity of the existing $350 million revolving credit facility (the "Revolving Facility") to four years from the date of closing of the amendment. The availability of the Term Loan and extension of the Revolving Facility is subject to the completion of the Amended Credit Agreement and other related definitive loan documentation on the terms and conditions set out in the Term Sheet.
The Term Loan and Revolving Facility are intended to provide the necessary funding to acquire and complete the construction of the Eagle Project located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, near the City of Marquette. The Company currently has $200 million drawn on the Revolving Facility which was used to pay a portion of the $315 million acquisition cost of the Eagle Project on July 17, 2013. Initial production is expected to commence in Q4 2014.
Under the terms agreed in the Term Sheet, the Company will achieve flexibility in the debt structure to allow for up to a maximum of $600 million of debt to be outstanding and repaid from cash flows as they become available. The terms provide for, among other things, LIBOR based interest rates on drawn funds from LIBOR+ 2.75% to LIBOR +3.75% depending upon the Company's leverage ratio. The repayments required under the Term Loan commence in March of 2016 and complete on the fourth anniversary of the agreement date. The Revolving Facility will mature four years from the closing date, with a bullet repayment of any drawn funds at maturity. Amounts may also be prepaid without penalty at any time.
Mrs. Marie Inkster, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, commented, "This arrangement is ideal for our Eagle Project needs. We are pleased that we will have the ability to draw on the funds only as they are required to manage our cost of capital, rather than having excess cash and high levels of debt sit on our balance sheet."
Lundin Mining currently has approximately $135 million of cash on hand. The Company expects to complete and execute the Amended Credit Agreement and related loan documentation within one month.
About Lundin Mining
Lundin Mining is a diversified base metals mining company with operations and projects in Portugal, Sweden, Spain and the U.S.A. producing copper, zinc, lead and nickel. In addition, Lundin Mining holds a 24% equity stake in the world-class Tenke Fungurume copper/cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in the Freeport Cobalt Oy business, which includes a cobalt refinery located in Kokkola, Finland.
On Behalf of the Board,
Paul Conibear, CEO
Forward Looking Statements
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