BLAINVILLE, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - Jan. 30, 2014) - Maya Gold & Silver Inc. ("Maya" or the "Corporation") (TSX VENTURE:MYA) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a facility agreement with a fund managed by Scipion Capital Ltd. for a finance facility in a principal amount of USD6.0 million, of which USD3.5 million is immediately available. The initial facility is a 12 month loan maturing on January 31, 2015 with interest at 12%, and is repayable in 9 consecutive monthly instalments beginning on May 31, 2014 from the cash generated by the operations of Maya's Zgounder Silver Mine. Maya and Scipion have also agreed that the loan may be increased by a second USD2.5 million tranche, for an additional 12 month term, for an aggregate facility of USD6.0 million.
The proceeds of the first tranche of the loan will be used exclusively for the re-commissioning of the Zgounder Silver Mine, in Morocco. Maya will complete the purchase of chemicals, underground equipment and geo-membrane for the extension of tailings capacity, in order to be able to reach the projected production of 85,000 ounces of silver per month as soon as possible.
The proceeds of the second tranche of the loan will be used for optimization of underground operation and milling facilities in order to reduce production costs, lower cut-off grade and increase capacity.
Surface production has started with transport of 35,000 tons of ore from previously mined stockpiles. Underground production is expected to increase to a minimum of 250 tons per day upon receipt of specific machinery. Maya expects that the monthly 85,000 ounce production will be increased and costs reduced by the second tranche investment.
Pursuant to the facility agreement, Maya has granted Scipion an option to convert a portion of any amounts due under the facility into a maximum of 1,500,000 common shares of Maya, at a price of CAD 0.35 per share, during the term of the facility.
Nicolas Clavel, CIO of Scipion Capital, commented:
"We are delighted to be partnering with Maya, an emerging silver producer with rapid growth expansion in Morocco. The credit facility provided by Scipion will allow the mine to significantly increase its production. Africa's natural resources are a crucial part of its economic health. This partnership is a ideal demonstration of how access to credit can help local miners and producers capitalize on that."
About SCIPION CAPITAL
Scipion Capital is an investment manager specializing in self-liquidating short-term Commodity Trade Finance (CTF). Scipion's senior team cumulatively has over 125 years of experience in banking and investing in frontier markets, particularly Africa.
Scipion provides secured lending via short-term self-liquidating loans to finance the delivery, production, and/or processing of non-perishable commodities as export, import, or intra Africa. The firm is able to employ a low risk strategy that allows it to deliver consistent returns to investors. Physical control of the goods being financed is secured via a Pledge Agreement.
Scipion Capital (UK) Limited is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
For more information on Scipion Capital, visit http://scipion-capital.com/
Maya Gold & Silver Inc. is a Canadian listed mining corporation focused on the exploration and development of gold and silver deposits in Morocco. The Corporation's shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "MYA".
For further information on Maya visit www.mayagoldsilver.com.
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