Anaconda Mining Inc. (TSX: ANX) (OTCQX: ANXGF) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a $5 million term loan from the Royal Bank of Canada. The Facility will provide the Company with enhanced financial flexibility and allow it to complete all pre-construction activity at its 100%-owned Goldboro Gold Project in Nova Scotia without further equity financing. In 2019, Anaconda expects to finalize a feasibility study for Goldboro and complete all work required to obtain mining permits to be shovel-ready in early 2020. The Facility was arranged with the support of Export Development Canada which has issued a performance guarantee over half of the principal amount.
“The financial commitment from RBC and EDC demonstrates their confidence in the Anaconda management team, the continued cash flow generation at the Point Rousse Project, and our overall ability to advance our growth plans in Atlantic Canada. The Facility now enables us to execute on our business plan in an accelerated, focused manner, with our debt service obligations easily funded from our mine operations. This Facility, combined with our continued free cash flow generation from the Point Rousse Project, will enable us to advance the Goldboro Gold Project to a construction-decision stage in early 2020, at an exceptionally low cost of capital and without any dilution to our shareholders.”
~ Dustin Angelo, President and CEO
Terms of the Facility
The Facility is repayable monthly over a 24-month term with certain prepayment options. It is subject to an existing general security agreement with RBC and a debt service coverage ratio covenant to be measured on an annual basis, based on a ratio of a measure of earnings to interest expense and scheduled principal payments. The Facility was arranged with the support of EDC, which has issued a performance guarantee over half the principal amount. The Facility carries a fixed interest rate of 4.6% and performance guarantee fee by EDC of 1.85%, payable quarterly based on the proportional amount outstanding. The full $5 million has now been drawn and the initial monthly payment is due 30 days from drawdown.
Anaconda Mining is a TSX and OTCQX-listed gold mining, development, and exploration company, focused in the prospective Atlantic Canadian jurisdictions of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. The Company operates the Point Rousse Project located in the Baie Verte Mining District in Newfoundland, comprised of the Stog’er Tight Mine, the Pine Cove open pit mine, the Argyle Mineral Resource, the fully-permitted Pine Cove Mill and tailings facility, deep water port, and approximately 9,150 hectares of prospective gold-bearing property. Anaconda is also developing the Goldboro Gold Project in Nova Scotia, a high-grade Mineral Resource, subject to a 2018 a preliminary economic assessment which demonstrates a strong project economics. The Company also has a wholly owned exploration company that is solely focused on early stage exploration in Newfoundland and New Brunswick.
Export Development Canada (EDC) is a financial Crown corporation dedicated to helping Canadian companies of all sizes succeed on the world stage. As international risk experts, EDC equips Canadian companies with the tools they need – the trade knowledge, financing solutions, investments, insurance, and connections – to take on the world with confidence. Underlying all of EDC’s support is a commitment to sustainable and responsible business.
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