SOURCE: Avanti Mining Inc.

Avanti Mining Inc.

July 03, 2012 08:30 ET

Avanti Mining Closes US$20 Million Bridge Loan

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwire - Jul 3, 2012) -  Avanti Mining Inc. (TSX VENTURE: AVT) (PINKSHEETS: AVNMF) and its wholly owned subsidiary Avanti Kitsault Mine Ltd. ("Avanti" or the "Company") announces that on June 29th, 2012 they have closed on the previously announced bridge loan with CEF Holdings Limited ("CEF") and Resource Capital Fund IV L.P. ("RCF") (collectively referred herein as Lenders) to provide a US$20 million bridge loan for a one-year term. Avanti also issued 20 million three-year warrants exercisable at $0.1346 representing a 30% premium to the previous 30-day VWAP of Avanti shares at the time of closing.

US$9,839,500 of the proceeds was used to repay existing loans from RCF. The US$5 million convertible portion of those loans would have required issuance of 25,829,114 shares and 12,914,557 four-year warrants, which are no longer an obligation of Avanti.

The arrangement fees and all interest under this bridge loan are required to be paid in cash instead of settling by issuance of shares as was required under the prior loans from RCF.

CEF Holdings Limited is a Hong Kong incorporated company and is 50% owned by Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited, a company listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, and 50% owned by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce of Canada. CEF operates a natural resources fund that principally invests in mining ventures.

Resource Capital Fund IV L.P. ("RCF") is a private equity fund that invests exclusively in the mining sector on a worldwide basis. RCF has its principal office in Denver, Colorado, and additional offices in Perth, Toronto and New York. RCF has provided financing for Avanti to acquire and develop the Kitsault deposit since 2008 and owns approximately 37% of the Company's issued and outstanding shares.

The Company is focused on the development of the past producing Kitsault molybdenum mine located north of Prince Rupert in British Columbia. 

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Forward-Looking Statements: This news release contains certain forward-looking information concerning the business of Avanti Mining Inc. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein including, without limitation, the Company's plans to arrange debt and equity financing to build the Kitsault project, and the development of the Kitsault project, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on the opinions of management at the date the statements are made and are based on assumptions and subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations include fluctuations in commodity prices and currency exchange rates; uncertainties relating to interpretation of drill results and the geology, continuity and grade of mineral deposits; uncertainty of estimates of capital and operating costs, recovery rates, production estimates and estimated economic return; the need for cooperation of government agencies and native groups in the exploration and development of properties and the issuance of required permits; the need to obtain additional financing to develop properties and uncertainty as to the availability and terms of future financing; the possibility of delay in exploration or development programs or in construction projects and uncertainty of meeting anticipated program milestones; uncertainty as to timely availability of permits and other governmental approvals; results of negotiations with a potential strategic partner and other risks and uncertainties disclosed in the Company's Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2011, which is available at www.sedar.com. The Company is under no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's opinions should change, excepting as required by applicable securities laws. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

Contact Information

  • For further information, please visit www.avantimining.com, or contact:

    A.J. Ali
    Chief Financial Officer
    303-565-5491, extension 4472

    Craig J. Nelsen
    Chief Executive Officer
    303-565-5491, extension 4471