Denison Mines Corp. (TSX:DML) (NYSE MKT:DNN) is pleased to announce that Denison Mines Inc. and 9373721 Canada Inc. both of which are wholly owned subsidiaries of the Company, have entered into definitive agreements with Anglo Pacific Group PLC and/or its wholly owned subsidiary Centaurus Royalties Ltd. which are expected to raise aggregate gross proceeds to Denison of CAD$43,500,000.
The Financing is comprised of (1) a 13-year limited recourse lending arrangement involving a loan from APG to SPV and a further loan from SPV to DMI each for CAD$40,800,000 and (2) CAD$2,700,000 in proceeds from the sale, to Centaurus, of a stream equal to Denison’s 22.5% share of the proceeds from the toll milling of certain Cigar Lake ore by the McClean Lake mill. Additional details are provided below.
Denison’s President & CEO, David Cates, commented, “This Financing represents a truly creative partnership between Denison and APG – whereby Denison is able to use its existing asset base to provide the Company with the financial flexibility needed to advance our flagship Wheeler River project towards a development decision. With recourse being limited to the proceeds from Denison’s interest in the toll milling revenues from the processing of Cigar Lake ore at the McClean Lake mill, this Financing allows Denison to benefit immediately from the cash flow expected to be produced from the McClean Lake mill over the next several years, without the overhang of a bullet payment or convert at the end of a debt, and without selling its strategic ownership stake in the McClean Lake mill or the McClean Lake Joint Venture (“MLJV”).”
Commenting on the Financing, Julian Treger, Chief Executive Officer of APG, noted, “This transaction ticks all the boxes for APG and moves forward our growth and diversification in a material way. The transaction should be accretive to our 2017 income, building on the more than doubling of income in 2016, which we now estimate to be in the range of £19.5m to £20.5m, following receipt of the final payment amount from Rio Tinto in respect of our Kestrel royalty. We are looking forward to working in partnership with Denison, and are pleased the structure of the transaction will facilitate its continued development.”
The Financing is expected to close in early February, and is conditional upon APG obtaining sufficient financing. APG is a publicly listed company, which trades on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:APF) and on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:APY), and has announced (concurrently, with its own news release regarding the Financing) that it will launch an accelerated equity placement book building process, which is expected to close no later than 3:00PM (GMT) today.
CAD$40,800,000 Lending Arrangement
The proceeds from the APG Loan will be on-loaned by SPV to DMI under the SPV Loan, and will be available for use by DMI and/or Denison, as the Company continues to advance its 60% owned Wheeler River uranium development project towards the completion of a Pre-Feasibility Study.
Importantly, the SPV Loan is limited in its recourse against DMI, such that it is generally repayable only to the extent of Denison’s share of the toll milling revenues earned by the MLJV from the processing of the first 215 million lbs U3O8, from ore received from the Cigar Lake mine on or after July 1, 2016, under the terms of the current Cigar Lake Toll Milling Agreement (the “TMA”).
The APG Loan will accrue interest at a rate of 10% per annum, but does not have a predetermined principal repayment schedule. The APG Loan is secured by a first priority interest in the assets of SPV – which will essentially consist of the SPV Loan to DMI. The SPV Loan will accrue interest at a rate of approximately 10% per annum, and also does not have a predetermined principal repayment schedule. Denison will guarantee the limited recourse loan repayments and will grant a second ranking pledge of its shares of DMI to secure performance by DMI of its obligations to pay the SPV Loan (on the limited recourse basis described above). The share pledge is second ranking to Denison’s existing pledge of the shares of DMI to The Bank of Nova Scotia under the terms of its CAD$24,000,000 Letters of Credit Facility.
Both the APG Loan and the SPV Loan provide for regular payments against accrued and capitalized interest and principal balances to the extent payable in respect of Denison’s share of the toll milling revenue earned by the MLJV from the Cigar Lake TMA.
CAD$2,700,000 Streaming Agreement
The Streaming Agreement entitles Centaurus to receive a stream from DMI equal to the amount of the toll milling revenue received by DMI under the TMA, once throughput from the McClean Lake mill exceeds 215 million lbs U3O8, from ore received from the Cigar Lake mine, on or after July 1, 2016.
Other Financing Highlights
Denison is a uranium exploration and development company with interests focused in the Athabasca Basin region of northern Saskatchewan. Including its 60% owned Wheeler River project, which hosts the high grade Phoenix and Gryphon uranium deposits, Denison’s exploration portfolio consists of numerous projects covering over 350,000 hectares in the infrastructure rich eastern Athabasca Basin. Denison’s interests in Saskatchewan also include a 22.5% ownership interest in the McClean Lake joint venture, which includes several uranium deposits and the McClean Lake uranium mill, which is currently processing ore from the Cigar Lake mine under a toll milling agreement, plus a 25.17% interest in the Midwest deposit and a 63.01% interest in the J Zone deposit on the Waterbury Lake property. Both the Midwest and J Zone deposits are located within 20 kilometres of the McClean Lake mill.
Denison is also engaged in mine decommissioning and environmental services through its Denison Environmental Services division and is the manager of Uranium Participation Corp., a publicly traded company which invests in uranium oxide and uranium hexafluoride.
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