TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2016 /CNW/ - Largo Resources Ltd. ("Largo" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has signed a non-binding term sheet with its consortium of existing commercial banks in Brazil (collectively, the "Lenders") for a new debt facility (the "2017 Facilities").
The terms of the 2017 Facilities include:
- Working capital facilitiy in aggregate of up to R$144,061,027 (Brazilian reais), granted by the Lenders.
- The 2017 Facilities will be used for the payment of principal and interest falling due during 2017 on the existing loan from the Brazilian Development Bank ("the "BNDES Loan"), as well as principal and interest falling due during 2017 on existing debt facilities from certain banks within the group of Lenders.
- The grace period for the amortization of principal of the 2017 Facilities will be from the initial disbursement date thereof to March 29, 2018.
- Principal and interest payments on the 2017 Facilities become payable on a quarterly basis, in arrears, starting on March 30, 2018, over a period of 56 months.
- Each of the 2017 Facilities shall have an applicable interest rate equivalent to the Brazilian interbank rate (the "CDI Rate") plus 5.7% per annum.
- The final maturity date of the 2017 Facilities will be 72 months after the initial disbursement date.
The granting of the 2017 Facilities is conditional on the Company raising an additional US$15,000,000 for on-going working capital requirements at the Maracás Menchen Mine, prior to December 31, 2016. The Company is thereafter also obligated to raise an additional US$5,000,000, prior to June 30, 2017.
The non-binding term sheet requires the Company to comply with various financial and non-financial covenants during the term of the grace periods under both the 2017 Facilities and existing debt facilities with the Lenders. At the completion of the grace period applicable to the 2017 Facilities, the Company will continue to comply with the covenants set forth in the existing debt facilities with the Lenders.
The signed non-binding term sheet provided by Largo will now be submitted for final approval to each of the Lenders' credit committees and will be dependent on the fulfillment of certain conditions precedent by the Company prior to closing. The process should be concluded prior to the initial disbursement date (estimated to occur on January 12, 2017).
Mark Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer for Largo, stated: "We are extremely encouraged that our Lenders are again willing to provide the Company with additional funding to restructure the Company's debt profile as it transitions out of a period of low commodity prices and progresses to the next phase of profitable operations. The ongoing support of our Lenders underscores the belief our stakeholders continue to have in the value and economic potential of the Maracás Menchen Mine."
He continued: "Now that the Maracás Menchen Mine has achieved stable and consistent operations, it is poised to benefit greatly from the production efficiencies it has gained, as well as recent substantial increases in Vanadium prices, which we anticipate will strengthen further during 2017."
Largo Resources Ltd. is a growing strategic mineral company focused on the production of vanadium pentoxide at its Vanadio de Maracás Menchen Mine. Vanadium is primarily used as an alloy to strengthen steel and reduce its weight. Vanadium enhanced steels are used in a vast and growing range of products that are used and encountered every day; including, rebar, automobiles, transport infrastructure etc. With consumption increasing at a compound annual growth rate of over 8% for the past several years (Roskill, 2015), vanadium is a bourgeoning commodity which lacks opportunities for investment in the wider market place. As trends in the steel industry now demand increasingly stronger and lighter products for advanced applications, the use of vanadium is expected to continue this growth over the medium and long term. Largo also has interests in a portfolio of other projects, including: a 100% interest in the Currais Novos Tungsten Tailings Project in Brazil; a 100% interest in the Campo Alegre de Lourdes Iron-Vanadium Project in Brazil; and a 100% interest in the Northern Dancer Tungsten-Molybdenum property in the Yukon Territory, Canada. For more information, please visit www.largoresources.com.
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