VANCOUVER, March 9, 2016 /CNW/ - Capstone Mining Corp. ("Capstone") (TSX: CS) today announced that it has taken steps to support covenant compliance on its Revolving Credit Facility ("RCF") throughout 2016 at copper prices as low as US$1.60 per pound in the first half of the year and US$1.70 per pound in the second half.
Actions taken include price fixing over 90% of the copper that had been sold in Q4 2015 with open copper pricing periods at December 31, 2015, at US$2.13 per pound of copper, eliminating the risk of a material negative pricing adjustment to Q1 2016 revenue; price fixing and hedging approximately 75% of Q1 2016 expected sales at US$2.20 per pound of copper; and hedging 90% of expected Q2 2016 sales at US$2.24 per pound of copper.
These actions, when combined with the January and February 2016 copper put options at US$2.60 per pound of copper, are expected to ensure compliance with the financial ratio tests under the RCF, provided consolidated production and costs meet guided levels. They are expected to eliminate the need to use any of the additional liquidity levers in 2016 that were outlined in the December 31, 2015 Management's Discussion and Analysis, including amending the RCF to obtain covenant relief, preserving the flexibility to use those levers beyond 2016 should metal markets continue lower.
"In this challenging commodity price environment our first priority is to reduce our debt risk," said Darren Pylot, Capstone President and CEO. "The recent upward spike in the copper price allowed us to opportunistically lock in most of our revenue for the first half of the year to help ensure compliance with our debt covenants. Beyond the first half of 2016, when production from our high grade Minto North pit is expected to contribute significant EBITDA, we remain open to copper price changes."
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 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 Kutcho copper-zinc project in British Columbia, Canada, as well as exploration properties in Chile. Capstone's strategy is to continue to extend the lives of our current mines with mineral resource and reserve expansions, maintain the optionality on the Santo Domingo development project, prudently progress the exploration portfolio and grow 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). Further information is available at www.capstonemining.com.
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SOURCE Capstone Mining Corp.
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