VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2013) - Luna Gold Corp. (TSX:LGC)(OTCQX:LGCUF)(LMA:LGC) ("Luna" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary Aurizona Goldfields Corporation, has entered into a new US$30 million corporate secured revolving facility (the "Corporate Facility") with Société Générale (Canada Branch) and Mizuho Corporate Bank Ltd. The Corporate Facility will serve to replace the Company's existing WestLB debt facilities, as well as providing funding for general corporate purposes.
The Corporate Facility matures on June 30, 2016, carries an interest rate of LIBOR plus 4.25%, and is guaranteed by Luna and its subsidiary Mineração Aurizona S.A. In connection with the Corporate Facility, the Company must execute gold price hedging covering a minimum notional value of $3 million per quarter until maturity. This gold hedging is to be executed post funding with the quarterly deliverable ounces calculated based on the forward gold curve at execution. This hedging will commence at the beginning of the third quarter of 2013. Based on the recent gold forward curve, Luna anticipates hedging a total of approximately 23,000 ounces of gold from the third quarter of 2013 to the second quarter of 2016. This equates to approximately 3% of the Company's targeted annual production in 2013, and 6% of targeted annual production from beyond 2013 until loan maturity.
Luna must also execute Brazilian Real ("BRL")/US dollar hedging covering a minimum notional value of $6 million per quarter. This currency hedging will commence at the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2013. The BRL/US dollar hedge program accommodates the existing BRL/US dollar hedging under the WestLB facilities, and is expected to fix approximately 20% of the Company's forecast BRL exposure until loan maturity.
Closing of the Corporate Facility is expected during this first quarter of 2013. Availability for drawing thereunder is subject to the completion of standard conditions precedent, including the repayment of the existing WestLB debt.
John Blake, Luna's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "This new Corporate Facility, in combination with the capital generated by our internal cashflows, will enhance Luna's ability to execute upon the multiple organic growth initiatives outlined within our strategy."
About Luna Gold Corp.
Luna is a gold production company engaged in the operation, discovery, and development of gold deposits and advanced stage gold exploration projects in Brazil.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
LUNA GOLD CORP.
John Blake - President and CEO
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