Amerigo Executes Mandate Agreement With BBVA to Arrange Project Debt Financing
October 30, 2013 at 08:00 AM EDT
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 30, 2013) - Amerigo Resources Ltd. (TSX:ARG) ("Amerigo" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that its wholly owned Chilean subsidiary, Minera Valle Central S.A. ("MVC"), has executed a project financing mandate agreement (the "Mandate Agreement") with BBVA Chile and BBVA Securities Inc. (collectively "BBVA").
The Mandate Agreement sets out an exclusive arrangement with BBVA describing the activities needed to arrange a loan facility (the "Loan Facility") for the planned expansion of MVC's operations required for the processing of old tailings from the historic Cauquenes tailings deposit (the "Cauquenes Expansion"). BBVA has agreed to seek credit approval to provide up to 50% of the amount of the Loan Facility, and to act as mandated lead arranger and fronting hedge bank.
Total estimated cost of the Cauquenes Expansion is US$140 million, to be financed by a combination of funding from the Loan Facility and internal cash flow. The Mandate Agreement contemplates the completion of technical, environmental, market, insurance, fiscal and legal due diligence and is subject to customary representations, warranties and conditions precedent, including agreement on final terms and conditions and requisite documentation for the loan, completion of due diligence and procurement of credit approvals.
Indicated terms of the Loan Facility and a value added tax facility have been received and are expected to be finalized on completion of the bank's due diligence which is now underway.
Dr. Klaus Zeitler, Amerigo's Chairman and CEO stated "The signing of the Mandate Agreement represents a significant step forward towards completing project financing for the construction of the Cauquenes Expansion. The high quality and strong economics of this project, combined with its favourable location in Chile, make it an attractive candidate for financing from the international banking community. This is a major milestone for Amerigo as we continue to make progress in the permitting process and the finalization of the Cauquenes formal agreement, both of which we believe will be completed in the coming months."
Amerigo Resources Ltd. produces copper and molybdenum under a long term partnership with the world's largest copper producer, Codelco, by means of processing fresh and old tailings from the world's largest underground copper mine, El Teniente near Santiago, Chile. Tel: (604) 681-2802; Fax: (604) 682-2802; Web: www.amerigoresources.com; Listing: ARG:TSX
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Such Forward-Looking Information is based upon the Company's assumptions regarding global and Chilean economic, political and market conditions and the price of metals, including copper and molybdenum, and future tailings production volumes and the Company's copper and molybdenum production. Among the factors that have a direct bearing on the Company's future results of operations and financial conditions are changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, interruptions in the supply of fresh tailings from El Teniente, further delays in the extraction of tailings from the Colihues tailings impoundment, a change in government policies, competition, currency fluctuations and restrictions and technological changes, among other things. Should one or more of any of the aforementioned risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from any conclusions, forecasts or projections described in the Forward-Looking Information. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on Forward-Looking Information. Except as required under applicable securities legislation, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise Forward-Looking Information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise
Amerigo Resources Ltd.
Dr. Klaus Zeitler
Chairman & CEO
Amerigo Resources Ltd.