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TORONTO, Feb. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - IAMGOLD Corporation ("IAMGOLD" or the "Company") today announced that it has received
commitments from its bank syndicate to increase its existing unsecured
revolving credit facility ("Corporate Facility") to $500 million and
its Letters of Credit revolving credit facility ("LC Facility") to $75
million. In addition, the Company's wholly owned subsidiary, Niobec
Inc., received commitments from the same bank syndicate for a four-year
$250 million unsecured revolving credit facility ("Niobec Facility"),
in support of expansion plans for its Niobec mine. All three
facilities are expected to close before the end of February 2012.
"Our strong balance sheet and robust cash flow gives us the opportunity
to further enhance our corporate liquidity," said Carol Banducci,
Executive Vice-President and CFO of IAMGOLD. "By increasing our credit
facility we have greater flexibility to capitalize on strategic
opportunities as they arise. In addition, the Niobec Facility is an
important step towards self-funding the expansion of the niobium mine."
The Corporate Facility is a four-year, $500 million unsecured revolving
credit facility, expiring February 2016. It allows for increased
financial capacity with respect to adding non-equity capital to the
Company. The credit facility was led and arranged by Scotiabank, CIBC,
and TD Securities and includes Societe Generale, National Bank of
Canada, Royal Bank of Canada, Citi Bank and Export Development Canada.
The LC Facility allows for the issuance of letters of credit in support
of certain asset retirement obligations of the Company. The LC
Facility was led and fronted by National Bank of Canada and supported
by Export Development Canada.
The new Niobec Facility, led, arranged and supported by the same bank
syndicate, is a four-year $250 million unsecured revolving credit
facility in the name of Niobec Inc. The facility is to be used for the
subsidiary's general corporate requirements, including working capital
requirements and expansion of its existing operations. The Niobec
Facility is a separate facility for Niobec, that is supported by the
Company and has been structured in a way so as to provide a
cost-effective form of financing to Niobec based on attractive terms
similar to those of the Corporate Facility.
IAMGOLD (www.iamgold.com) is a leading mid-tier gold mining company producing approximately one
million ounces annually from 5 gold mines (including current joint
ventures and investments in associates) on 3 continents. In the
Canadian province of Quebec, the Company also operates Niobec Inc.,
which produces more than 4.5 million kilograms of niobium annually, and
owns a rare earth element resource close to its niobium mine. IAMGOLD
is uniquely positioned with a strong financial position and extensive
management and operational expertise. To grow from this strong base,
IAMGOLD has a pipeline of development and exploration projects and
continues to assess accretive acquisition opportunities. IAMGOLD's
growth plans are strategically focused in West Africa, select countries
in South America and regions of Canada.
This entire news release may be accessed via fax, e-mail, IAMGOLD's
website at www.iamgold.com and through CNW Group's website at www.newswire.ca. All material information on IAMGOLD can be found at www.sedar.com or at www.sec.gov.
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SOURCE IAMGOLD Corporation
For further information:
Bob Tait, VP Investor Relations
Tel: (416) 360-4743 Mobile: (647) 403-5520
Laura Young, Director Investor Relations
Tel: (416) 933-4952 Mobile (416) 670-3815
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