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Sirius Minerals shares, which were hit last month after the UK potash miner pulled a $500m bond sale, rallied almost 10 per cent following its announcement of a supply and distribution agreement with a fertiliser company owned by the Qatar state. Sirius said it was working with Muntajat to explore combining the UK group’s product made from the mineral polyhalite, with nitrogen products to create a multi-nutrient fertiliser. Sirius shares, which more than halved last month on the bond news, were trading at 3.7563p.
Sirius Minerals scrapped a plan to raise $500 million in a bond sale on Tuesday, delaying a project to mine for fertiliser under a national park in northern England and halving the value of its shares. Sirius blamed market conditions aggravated by uncertainty over Britain's departure from the European Union for its failure to secure funding. Sirius said on Tuesday the government had turned down a renewed request for backing in August.
(Bloomberg) -- Want the lowdown on European markets? In your inbox before the open, every day. Sign up here.Sirius Minerals Plc’s ambitious plans to build a $3.8 billion potash mine in the north of England were left hanging by a thread on Tuesday after the company admitted it couldn’t raise the money it needed.It’s the biggest blow yet to a project that has, at times, seemed like a long shot. Sirius, which doesn’t have any other operations to generate cash flow, has faced a long battle to raise capital. It’s also had to overcome environmental opposition and concerns about demand prospects for its potash.Sirius’s plans were thrown into doubt after it last month suspended a bond sale, required to unlock a $2.5 billion credit facility from JPMorgan Chase & Co. The company had planned to try again this month, but said Tuesday that it can’t raise the $500 million in the current market and that the government had again refused to help guarantee its debt. That triggered a collapse in Sirius shares and left the future of 1,200 workers in doubt.It’s also a body blow for an economically deprived area of the country. Overlooking the seaside town of Whitby, the setting for part of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the company planned to transport the potash it mined through a 37-kilometer (23-mile) tunnel to the port at Teesside. Once a key steelmaking region, it’s fallen on hard times as plants closed. Some locals are set to benefit from mineral rights, while others have bought shares in the company.Political StormAnna Turley, a lawmaker for the opposition Labour Party who represents nearby Redcar, said in a Facebook post that the news is devastating. “That the government are refusing to step in and secure this enormous project is an absolute disgrace,” she said. Another Labour lawmaker for Middlesbrough said in a Twitter post that the project is critical to Teesside’s future.“All requests for financial support must meet necessary lending criteria,” a U.K. government spokesman said on Tuesday. “When examining any request for financing, we have to assess the potential of a project against the need to protect taxpayers’ money.”Sirius will now slow work on the mine as it carries out a strategic review over the next six months. The company will study options to adjust the construction schedule to lower risk, in addition to exploring alternative financing structures. It’s also planning to look at the possibility of bringing in a partner to buy “a significant part” of the project.“The only seemingly realistic solutions are that the government guarantees the bonds, which they have rejected, or they bring on a strategic investor who takes an equity stake and is willing to finance it,” said Richard Knights, an analyst at Liberum Capital Markets, one of Sirius’s corporate brokers.Sirius fell as much as 64%, the most ever, before trading down 52% as of 12:30 p.m. in London. That cut the company’s market value to just $418 million.Chris Fraser, the former investment banker chief executive of Sirius, said on a call with investors that the company would run out of money in early October if it didn’t curtail its operations. The company will continue to work until it gets to “logical places” to stop its developments, while it seeks news funds. Fraser said the company had created a window of up to six months.Sirius, backed by Australian billionaire Gina Rinehart, plans to extract polyhalite from a mine more than a mile deep. It had planned to produce the first potash in 2021 and has already started sinking two giant shafts and digging the tunnel to transport it.One of the shafts is already more than 100 meters deep, with 1,200 staff and contractors on site. So far, the company has spent about $1.5 billion, including building a plant to make concrete supports for the tunnel. Once in production, Sirius planned to employ about 1,000 people and export $2.5 billion in potash each year.Sirius said it re-engaged with the U.K. government after pulling the initial bond sale in August, but its request for bond guarantees to help de-risk the current fund raising was refused. The company had only secured the last-minute agreement with JPMorgan after a deal to get loans guaranteed by the U.K.’s Infrastructure Project Authority failed to materialize.Sirius intends to terminate the revolving credit facility commitment in the coming days, it said.“Do I think it should get built, do I think the economics are there? Absolutely. Do I think someone will make a lot of money if they do build it? Yep,” said Knights. “But it’s finding someone with access to that amount of capital who is willing to think a bit outside the box. When push comes to shove, who is going to pull the trigger on this?”(Updates with political reaction in fifth paragraph and government comment in sixth.)To contact the reporter on this story: Thomas Biesheuvel in London at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lynn Thomasson at email@example.com, Dylan Griffiths, Liezel HillFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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Sirius Minerals opted to press on with a more complex and expensive funding package to develop its giant potash mine in Yorkshire to avoid a longer wait for government-backed financing, a source familiar with the deal told Reuters. Sirius had planned to secure a debt financing package for the $3 billion (£2.3 billion) Woodside project - one of the largest mines to be built in Britain for years - from the government, with the rest funded by the market. The mine has been touted by British Prime Minister Theresa May as the kind of project that fits "the northern powerhouse" -- a government scheme to boost investment and jobs in the north of England.
Sirius Minerals plc shares fell almost 8 percent on Wednesday after the company announced it had raised $425 million to finance the next stage of its polyhalite mine in North Yorkshire. Sirius's share price was down 7.7 percent at 16.08 pence by 0709 GMT after the company said it will issue 1.97 million new shares at 15 pence per new ordinary share, a discount of around 32 percent to Tuesday's closing price. It also issued a total of $644.2 million (£493.9 million) of convertible bonds due between 2023 and 2027, which will carry a yearly cash coupon of 5 percent and will be redeemed at maturity with a 10 percent yield.
Polyhalite can be used as a fertiliser and has other potential industrial applications. Sirius has already inked several deals for fertiliser supply to Europe, South America, China and Africa. The financing will consist of a revolving credit facility of up to $2.5 billion, a $400 million equity raise, a $644 million convertible bond issue and a $500 million senior secured bond issue.