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TORONTO, Jan. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Sprott Resource Lending Corp. (the "Company" or "Sprott Resource Lending") today provided an update on its resource and real estate loan portfolios. All figures are in Canadian dollars except where noted and are on a preliminary and unaudited basis.
As at December 31, 2012, the Company's resource loan and bond portfolio stands at approximately $143 million and the Company currently has binding loan commitments and signed term sheets of a further $19 million and $47 million, respectively. The Company expects to fund the majority of these commitments and term sheets in the first fiscal quarter of 2013, and net of syndication and co-lending activities, the Company estimates it will fund $55 million of these new resource loans. After taking expected near term loan repayments into consideration, the Company expects its resource portfolio to grow to over $180 million on a run rate basis. In addition, the Company's pipeline of new lending opportunities continues to be strong, with over $100 million of new resource lending opportunities under consideration. For the first time, management believes that the available cash for resource lending will be constrained and as such, the Company is beginning to consider various options to grow its capital base.
As part of the process of considering the most efficient sources for additional capital, the Company plans to accelerate the sale process for its remaining legacy real estate portfolio. Currently, one of the four remaining real estate properties, with a carrying value of $2.5 million, is under a conditional sales contract and is expected to close shortly. As at September 30, 2012, the remaining three properties represented an approximate carrying value of $42.2 million. While each of these larger properties has been under conditional sales contracts on multiple occasions since 2010 at prices approximating their carrying values, no adequate sales contracts have materialized and none of these properties are currently committed under contract. After taking into consideration current real estate market conditions, the Company estimates that further write downs to the carrying values of the real estate portfolio of $10 million to $15 million in the aggregate will be required.
Narinder Nagra, President and Chief Operating Officer, commented "our real estate monetization has proceeded on track since we began resource lending in 2010, but we now estimate that these remaining properties will require to be further discounted to provide for non-conditional cash sales. In the meantime, our lending business has produced attractive returns and we continue to believe we can build this business to become a global leader in the industry. We look forward to a successful 2013 and to providing good returns to our shareholders."
About Sprott Resource Lending Corp.
Sprott Resource Lending (www.sprottlending.com) specializes in lending to resource companies on a global basis. Headquartered in Toronto, the Company seeks to generate income from lending activities as well as the upside potential of bonus arrangements with borrowers generally tied to the underlying property or shares of the borrower. Pursuant to a management services agreement and partnership agreement, Sprott Lending Consulting Limited Partnership ("SLCLP") provides Sprott Resource Lending day to day business management as well as other management and administrative services. SLCLP is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sprott Inc. (www.sprottinc.com), the parent of Sprott Asset Management LP (www.sprott.com), a leading Canadian independent money manager.
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About Sprott Resource Lending, please visit SEDAR (www.sedar.com) or contact:
Peter Grosskopf, CEO 416-943-4998
Narinder Nagra, President and COO 604-488-8719
Jim Grosdanis, CFO 416-943-4698