(All amounts in US$ unless otherwise specified)
VANCOUVER, Jan. 16, 2015 /CNW/ - Capstone Mining Corp. ("Capstone") (TSX: CS) has entered into an amended Senior Secured Corporate Revolving Credit Facility ("RCF") for up to $500 million with Scotiabank (Co-Lead Arranger, Joint Bookrunner and Administrative Agent) and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (Co-Lead Arranger, Joint Bookrunner and Syndication Agent). Other syndicate lenders include Citibank, N.A., Canadian Branch; Wells Fargo Bank N.A., Canadian Branch; Export Development Canada; Bank of Montreal; Mizuho Bank, Ltd.; and ING Capital LLC. This facility amends Capstone's existing senior secured corporate revolving term facility and allows for the repayment and cancellation of the existing senior secured reducing revolving credit facility.,
The RCF comprises a committed $440 million plus a $60 million accordion. It has a four year term maturing in January 2019 (with extension rights on mutual consent), an interest rate of US LIBOR plus 3.0% (adjustable in certain circumstances) and a standby fee of 0.675%, payable on the undrawn balance of the facility. The $60 million accordion may be exercised by Capstone once additional credit is committed from existing and/or new lenders.
"This low-cost credit facility, combined with our existing cash balance and cash flow from operations, offers Capstone significant financial flexibility to meet our operating requirements and to address potential market or operational disruptions, including periods of low copper prices," said Darren Pylot, President and CEO of Capstone. "We expect to draw approximately $265 million once the standard conditions precedents are met. This will replace our current borrowings and will eliminate our requirement for amortization, leaving us with approximately $235 million of additional credit capacity. At the same time, we maintain the option to access the high yield bond market when conditions improve if that is still appropriate for Capstone at the time."
About Capstone Mining Corp.
Capstone Mining Corp. is a Canadian base metals mining company, focused on copper. We are committed to the responsible development of our assets and the environments in which we operate. Our three producing mines are the Pinto Valley copper mine located in Arizona, US, the Cozamin copper-silver mine in Zacatecas State, Mexico and the Minto copper mine in Yukon, Canada. In addition, Capstone has two copper development projects; the large scale 70% owned copper-iron Santo Domingo project in Region III, Chile, in partnership with Korea Resources Corporation, and the 100% owned copper-zinc Kutcho project in British Columbia, Canada, as well as exploration properties in Chile. Using our cash flow and strong balance sheet as a platform, Capstone's strategy is to continue to grow with mineral resource and reserve expansions and exploration, and through acquisitions in politically stable, mining-friendly regions. We will pace our growth with our financial capacity, ensuring we retain, as a priority, sufficient financial flexibility to meet the requirements of our existing operations and our committed development projects, while maintaining an adequate cushion to deal with market volatility and operating risks inherent in the mining industry. Our headquarters are in Vancouver, Canada and we are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX).
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SOURCE Capstone Mining Corp.
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