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Kutcho Copper Eliminates Debt and Expands Partnership with Wheaton Precious Metals






Kutcho Copper Corp. (TSX-V: KC) (OTC: KCCFF)  is pleased to announce that it has entered into an amendment agreement with Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. in respect of the Precious Metals Purchase Agreement dated December 14, 2017, as amended. The Original Agreement, as amended by the Amendment, is referred to as the “PMPA”.


Kutcho Copper President and CEO, Vince Sorace, commented: “The amended arrangement with Wheaton eliminates all of the Company’s outstanding liabilities, resulting in an unfettered balance sheet available to pursue advanced project development activities. Through this amended arrangement, Wheaton has converted its debt into an additional precious metals streaming interest and shares of the Company, demonstrating a belief in the merits of the project and its path towards a production decision. This amendment, in combination with our November 2022 positive feasibility study for the high-grade Kutcho copper zinc project, positions the Company to focus on its core priorities: advancing permitting; optimizing project economics; defining and exploring for additional mineral resources and evaluating several alternatives to fund mine development. We appreciate Wheaton’s financial and technical support over the past several years and look forward to their involvement into the future.”


The Amendment provides for the settlement and termination of the Company’s debt instruments (the existing convertible debenture  and loan agreement, both as amended with Wheaton, totalling in aggregate approximately CDN$38,400,000 as consideration for: (i) the issuance to Wheaton of US$7,500,000 of common shares in the capital of Kutcho; and (ii) the removal of the Stream Reduction, as defined below together with certain amendments to the Original Agreement as detailed below. Please refer to Kutcho’s news releases of August 10, 2017 and December 15, 2017 regarding the Original Agreement and the Convertible Debenture, the November 15, 2019 news release regarding the Loan Agreement and certain amendments to the Convertible Debenture, and the June 30, 2021 news release regarding recent interest deferrals.


Under the Original Agreement, the precious metals stream was to be reduced from 100% to 66.67% of payable gold and silver production after the delivery of 5.6 million ounces of silver and 51,000 ounces of gold. In connection with the settlement and termination of the Convertible Debenture and Loan Agreement, the Amendment removes the Stream Reduction and the additional expansion payment of up to US$20 million that was to be payable by Wheaton in the event of future processing capacity increases as contemplated in the Original Agreement. The amount settled under the Convertible Debenture and Loan Agreement, less the value of the Common Shares issued to Wheaton, will comprise an additional deposit of Wheaton under the PMPA. Wheaton remains obligated to pay the remaining upfront deposit of US$58 million (being the balance remaining from the original deposit amount of US$65 million), subject to the terms and conditions of the PMPA, and will also make continuing cash payments equal to 20% of the applicable spot price of silver and gold for each ounce delivered under the PMPA.


Finally, the Amendment provides that in connection with the settlement and termination of the Convertible Debenture and Loan Agreement, Wheaton will receive US$7.5 million of Common Shares at a deemed price of CDN$0.908 per Common Share. The issuance of the Common Shares to Wheaton is subject to receipt of TSX Venture Exchange approval. The parties are targeting February 18, 2022 as the closing date for the transactions contemplated by the Amendment.


Subsequent to the closing of the Amendment, assuming the February 8, 2022 Canadian dollar / US dollar exchange rate (US$7,500,000 = CDN$9,531,750), Wheaton will own approximately 17,651,368 Common Shares and the Warrants, representing approximately 15.40% of the Company’s issued and outstanding Common Shares, and 16.13% of the Company’s Common Shares on a partially diluted basis, assuming Wheaton’s exercise of the Warrants. The exact number of Common Shares to be issued will be calculated immediately before the closing date based on the applicable Canadian dollar / US dollar exchange rate.


Wheaton currently holds 7,153,846 Common Shares and 1,000,000 Common Share purchase warrants (the “Warrants”), representing approximately 6.87% of the Company’s issued and outstanding Common Shares (on an undiluted basis), and 25.26% on a partially diluted basis, assuming Wheaton’s exercise of 1,000,000 Warrants and conversion of the Convertible Debenture for the full principal amount, which would result in the issuance of 24,615,384 Common Shares. Accordingly, Wheaton is considered a “related party” of the Company and the Amendment may be considered to be a “related party transaction” under Multilateral Instrument 61-101. The Amendment and related transactions are exempt from the valuation requirements of MI 61-101 because Kutcho is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (subsection 5.5(b) of MI 61-101) and the minority shareholder approval requirements because: (i) the Company is in serious financial difficulty; and (ii) the Amendment is designed to improve the financial position of the Company (subsection 5.7(e) of MI 61-101). The directors of Kutcho (all of whom are independent of Wheaton) have unanimously determined that (i) and (ii) apply and the terms of the transaction are reasonable in the circumstances of Kutcho.


The Common Shares and Warrants held by Wheaton are presently being held only for investment purposes. Wheaton may from time to time in the future increase or decrease its ownership, control or direction over Common Shares or any other securities of the Company, through market transactions, private agreements or otherwise. Wheaton intends to file an early warning report pursuant to applicable securities laws in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby. A copy of the Early Warning Report to which this press release relates can be obtained from Wheaton, at 1-844-288-9878 or or on the SEDAR profile of the Company at


Haywood Securities Inc. is acting as financial advisor to Kutcho.


Posted February 11, 2022

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