Iberian Minerals Corp.
TSX VENTURE : IZN

Iberian Minerals Corp.

March 25, 2008 10:10 ET

Iberian Minerals Corp. Secures US $210 Million Debt Facility to Complete Aguas Tenidas Construction

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 25, 2008) - Iberian Minerals Corp. (TSX VENTURE:IZN) ("Iberian")

Iberian, in conjunction with it's wholly owned subsidiary Minas de Aguas Tenidas S.A.U. ("MATSA") is pleased to announce that Investec Bank (UK) Limited, BNP Paribas and Societe Generale are willing to arrange and underwrite project finance debt and hedging facilities comprised of;

- A term Loan facility of US $170 million

- A Cost Overrun facility of US $30 million

- A Convertible Loan facility of US $10 million

- Associated hedging facilities for Copper, Zinc and Silver over the term of the debt facilities, this hedging program has been initiated

Mr Norman Brewster, Interim President and CEO, Executive Chairman of Iberian states "Iberian is gratified at forming a strong relationship with the banking community during a period of difficult credit conditions. Being able to do so bespeaks to the underlying economic robustness of the Aguas Tenidas project."

In addition Iberian is pleased to announce that the "Aguas Tenidas Plant Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management" EPCM contract has been signed with AKER KVAERNER Engineering Services Ltd. which encompasses the period until October 4th 2008 or mechanical completion, whichever occurs first. As well the "Aguas Tenidas Mine Development during the Construction Stage" contract has been signed with INSERSA and encompasses 13,755 metres of underground development.

Certain aspects of the above noted facility are subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.

About Iberian Minerals Corp.

Iberian Minerals Corp. is a Canadian-based global copper and zinc company with developing and producing interests in both Spain, the Aguas Tenidas Project and Peru, the Condestable Mine. Iberian Minerals Corp. is well-funded with a strong, experienced management team and a significant partner in it's largest shareholder, Trafigura Beheer B.V.

This press release, required by applicable Canadian securities law, is not for distribution to U.S. news services or for dissemination in the United States, and does not constitute an offer of the securities described herein. These securities have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as emended, or any state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to U.S. persons unless registered or exempt therefrom.

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Contact Information

  • Iberian Minerals Corp.
    Norm Brewster
    (416) 815-8558