Moly Mines Limited

Moly Mines Limited

June 28, 2011 08:49 ET

Moly Mines Signs US$494 Million Debt Facilities for the Spinifex Ridge Molybdenum/Copper Mine

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 28, 2011) -Moly Mines Limited (TSX:MOL)(ASX:MOL) is pleased to announce that it has today signed various project debt agreements with China Development Bank Corporation (CDB) totaling US$494 million for the construction of the Spinifex Ridge Molybdenum / Copper mine (Spinifex Ridge).

The facilities consist of a US$454 million Syndicated Facility Agreement (SFA) and a US$40 million working capital facility with CDB. Hanlong Mining Investment Pty Ltd (Hanlong) will also provide a US$6 million junior subordinated loan on terms consistent with the SFA over the coming months to fulfill Hanlong's US$500 million commitment to Moly Mines.

Moly Mines Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Dr Derek Fisher stated "we are extremely proud to have completed these arrangements with CDB which are the culmination of outstanding but difficult work from the Moly Mines and Hanlong teams. Our partnership with CDB and Hanlong provides a major piece of non-dilutionary capital on terms that are unachievable and unavailable from western banks. It provides a foundation for substantial growth for the Company and I thank the Hanlong team for their continued support of Moly Mines and Mr Liu Han, the principal of Sichuan Hanlong Group, for his strong personal commitment to the growth of the Company".

Hanlong Managing Director Dr Steven Xiao commented: "We're extremely pleased that 12 months of continuous effort with the Moly Mines team has culminated in the execution of the finance facilities with CDB. We congratulate Moly Mines and all parties involved on achieving this critical milestone and look forward in time to the development of Spinifex Ridge. Hanlong will continue its support for Moly Mines and the team led by Derek Fisher as we jointly pursue a number of growth opportunities".

SFA Key Commercial Terms

  • The SFA is a senior secured 12 year finance facility with a two year availability period for drawdown, due for repayment in full by 30 June 2023.
  • Interest will be charged at 3.8% over the six month US$ LIBOR rate (currently 0.39%).
  • The facility will expire if conditions precedent to drawdown are not satisfied or waived by 13 May 2012.
  • Commitment fee of 1% per annum on undrawn amounts, commencing upon first utilization.
  • The security package required by CDB includes:
    • Fixed and floating charges granted by Moly Mines and its subsidiaries over its respective assets;
    • A mortgage to be provided by Hanlong over its shares in Moly Mines;
    • Project and corporate guarantees provided by Moly Mines and its subsidiaries and to be provided by Sichuan Hanlong Group Co Ltd and certain of its subsidiaries;
    • Project completion undertakings and capital cost overrun support to be provided by Sichuan Hanlong Group Co Ltd; and
    • Personal guarantees to be provided by Mr Liu Han.
  • A customary package of corporate and project related covenants.
Working Capital Facility Key Commercial Terms
  • Available one year from the date of practical completion of the Spinifex Ridge plant and repayable within 12 months of practical completion.
  • Interest will be charged at 2.9% above the six month US$ LIBOR rate.
  • Commitment fee of 1% per annum on undrawn amounts, commencing upon practical completion.

Conditions to Initial Drawdown

There are a number of conditions which need to be met before Moly Mines can draw down the funds under the SFA, including verification from Moly Mines that the mine is fully funded through to positive cashflow. As the Company disclosed in January 2011, the appreciation in the Australian dollar against the US dollar is impacting on the project financial model and has lowered forecast returns.

Total capital and owners costs, based on the EPC contract awarded in May 2011, are estimated at US$720 million, excluding working capital and debt service during construction. The total financing facilities of US$500 million, existing cash on hand and forecast net iron ore revenues will contribute to the total funding required however, there will be additional funds required to ensure the project is fully funded.

The Company and Hanlong are in discussions on how additional funds may be secured and a final investment decision leading to construction at Spinifex Ridge awaits the outcome of these discussions.


Moly Mines is being advised by Azure Capital as corporate and financial advisor and Freehills as legal advisor. Norton Rose Hong Kong and Perth act as CDB's legal advisors. Bank of China in Australia has been appointed facility agent and security trustee under the SFA.

This news release includes "forward-looking statements" as that term within the meaning of securities laws of applicable jurisdictions. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are in some cases beyond Moly Mines' control. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, all statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this news release, including, without limitation, those regarding Moly Mines' future expectations. Readers can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "aim," "anticipate," "assume," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "intend," "may," "plan," "potential," "predict," "project," "risk," "should," "will" or "would" and other similar expressions. Risks, uncertainties and other factors may cause Moly Mines' actual results, performance, production or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements (and from past results, performance or achievements). These factors include the failure to complete and commission the mine facilities, processing plant and related infrastructure in the time frame and within estimated costs currently planned; variations in global demand and price for molybdenum and copper; fluctuations in exchange rates between the U.S. dollar and the Australian dollar; failure to recover the resource and reserve estimates of the Project; the failure of Moly Mines' suppliers and service providers to fulfill their obligations under construction, supply and tolling agreements; unforeseen geological, physical or meteorological conditions, natural disasters or cyclones; changes in the regulatory environment, industrial disputes, labor shortages, political and other factors; the inability to obtain additional financing, if required, on commercially suitable terms; and global and regional economic conditions. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. We assume no obligation to update such information

Contact Information

  • Moly Mines Limited
    Natalie Frame
    Investor Relations
    +1 416 777 1801 or +1 416 371 7541

    Moly Mines Limited
    Derek Fisher
    Managing Director
    +61 8 94293300