TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 7, 2013) - Lundin Mining Corporation (TSX:LUN)(OMX:LUMI) ("Lundin Mining" or the "Company") today announced that it has completed the amendments to the Company's credit agreement that were previously announced on September 16, 2013.
The amended credit agreement provides for a term loan of $250 million and an extension of the maturity of the $350 million revolving credit facility to October 2017. This arrangement is expected to provide funding in excess of that which is required to complete the construction of the Eagle Project located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, near the City of Marquette.
Scotiabank continued as the Sole Lead Arranger, Sole Bookrunner and Administrative Agent in the syndicate of lenders, along with ING Bank NV as the Syndication Agent, Bank of Montreal as the Documentation Agent, and Export Development Canada, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB and Bank of America Merrill Lynch as lenders. Société Générale joined the syndicate as a new lender.
Ms. Marie Inkster, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, commented, "We are fortunate to have a very committed group of core lenders. We have received excellent support from the syndicate for the funding to complete the Eagle Project."
The Company currently has $200 million drawn on the Revolving Facility which was used to pay a portion of the $315 million acquisition cost of the Eagle Project on July 17, 2013. Initial production from the Eagle Mine is expected to commence in Q4 2014.
About Lundin Mining
Lundin Mining is a diversified base metals mining company with operations and projects in Portugal, Sweden, Spain and the U.S.A. producing copper, zinc, lead and nickel. In addition, Lundin Mining holds a 24% equity stake in the world-class Tenke Fungurume copper/cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in the Freeport Cobalt Oy business, which includes a cobalt refinery located in Kokkola, Finland.
On Behalf of the Board,
Paul Conibear, CEO
Forward Looking Statements
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