Iberian Minerals Corp.
TSX VENTURE : IZN

Iberian Minerals Corp.

May 17, 2011 12:45 ET

Iberian Minerals Increases Condestable Senior Debt Facility by US$ 15 Million

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 17, 2011) - Iberian Minerals Corp. (TSX VENTURE:IZN) today announced that its subsidiary, Compania Minera Condestable S.A. ("Condestable"), has arranged for amended terms to its senior, secured debt facility with Societe Generale. The amended term facility will provide an additional US$ 15 million to the Company primarily for working capital purposes at Condestable and also for general corporate purposes. Drawdown on the amended facility is expected to occur on or around May 20, 2011.

Currently the senior debt facility at Condestable, with Societe Generale acting as Sole Lead Arranger, is a term facility in the amount of US$55 million with maturity date of March 31, 2013. The current principal outstanding is US$ 45 million. Upon drawdown of the amended facility the principal outstanding will increase to US$ 60 million and the maturity date will be extended to September 30, 2013. Principal repayments under the amended facility will be as follows: US$ 4 million on December 31, 2011 followed by quarterly repayments of US$ 8 million commencing on March 31, 2012 to the new maturity date. As part of the amended facility Condestable will have increased hedging lines available without margin call requirements. However, there are no additional, mandatory hedging requirements. The closing of the amended facility is subject to execution of definitive documentation.

About Iberian Minerals Corp.

Iberian Minerals Corp. is a Canadian listed global base metals company with interests in Spain and Peru. The Condestable Mine, located in Peru approximately 90 km south of Lima operates at 2.2 million tonnes per year producing copper, and associated silver and gold in a concentrate. The Aguas Tenidas Mine is in the Andalucia region of Spain approximately 110 km north-west of Seville and operates a 2.2 million tonnes per year underground mine and concentrator that produces copper, zinc and lead concentrates that also contain gold and silver.

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Contact Information

  • Iberian Minerals Corp.
    Laura Sandilands
    Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
    416-815-8558
    www.iberianminerals.com