Cadence Minerals Plc
("Cadence Minerals", "Cadence")
Execution of Settlement Agreement and Vesting of Initial
Cadence Minerals (AIM/AQX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a binding settlement agreement ("Settlement Agreement") with the secured bank creditors of DEV Mineração S.A. ("DEV"), the owner of the Amapa iron ore project in
The execution of the Settlement Agreement represents the last major precondition for Cadence to vest its initial
· Execution of the Settlement Agreement with the Secured Bank Creditors of the Amapa Project allows Cadence's (20%) and Indo Sino's (80%) joint venture to secure 100% ownership of the Amapa Project.
· The restructuring of the secured and unsecured creditors achieved by this Settlement Agreement and the Judicial Restructuring Process ("JRP") has more than halved registered creditors balances.
· Cadence has already commenced its next stage of investment in the Amapa Project to increase its stake to 27%.
· Pre-feasibilty studies are ongoing on the project
The parties to the agreement are now completing and filing the required contractual and regulatory documentation which will crystallise the Cadence and Indo Sino Trade Pte. Ltd. ("Indo Sino") joint venture company's 100% ownership of DEV and the Amapa Project.
Cadence has already begun work on the next investment phase to earn an additional 7% of Amapa for
Details of the Settlement Agreement
Cadence alongside Indo Sino entered into a Settlement Agreement with DEV and the Secured Bank Creditors on 24 December 2021.
The original credit facility provided to DEV has a principle amount outstanding of
As a result of the Settlement Agreement and the JRP approved in August 2019, the total principle amounts owed to the secured and unsecured creditors in classes I to IV of DEV have been reduced from approximately
The Settlement Amount will be paid over two years from the effective date of the Settlement Agreement, and It is to be be satisfied by the net profits from the sale of DEV's iron ore stockpiles. As agreed in the JRP in August 2019 the unsecured creditors will be paid from DEV's free cash flow over a period of nine years.
Under the Settlement Agreement, DEV remains the obligor with the Secured Creditors having no recourse of repayment of the Settlement Amount to either Cadence or Indo Sino. The Settlement Agreement will remain secured over all of DEV's equity and assets.
Cadence CEO, Kiran Morzaria, commented: "When Cadence first announced Heads of Terms for Amapa back in May 2019, we knew that while a tremendous amount of work lay ahead, the investment and terms, if secured would represent our greatest achievement to date as a mining investment company."
"We are at this point today is entirely due to the team at Cadence, Indo Sino and DEV sharing a common vision and working together to achieve it. I am proud that together we have overcome some considerable challenges, including the impact of COVID on the Amapa region, to reach this moment."
"We have already embarked on Phase 2, where Cadence will vest an additional
Cadence Non-Executive Chairman, Andrew Suckling, commented; "This is indeed a momentous day for Cadence, Indo Sino, DEV, the Government of Amapa, the legal teams and bank committees and administrators who have worked tirelessly, COVID notwithstanding, to finalise the final and perhaps the most lengthy part of the judicial restructuring plan agreed back in 2019."
"I would also like to put on record my heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in making this happen, and in particular to Kiran and the team for realising what is an absolutely transformational transaction for Cadence and its shareholders."
"Having achieved what we set out to do, the work really starts in earnest. Bringing Amapa back to life has created a raft of new opportunities for the region and its community, with improved prospects for employment, health and education. The opportunity is simply huge: Amapa was once owned Anglo American, and we fully intend to restore the mine and infrastructure to its former glory, and more besides given that we intend to produce a higher quality product mix. Even now, the value of this transaction is only starting to register with the markets, something I truly believe will change dramatically in the coming years."
About the Amapa Project
The Amapa Project commenced operations in December 2007 with the first production of iron ore concentrate product of 712 kt in 2008. In 2008 Anglo American (70%) and Cliffs (30%) acquired the Amapa Project in 2008 as part of a larger package of mining assets in
Production steadily increased to 4.8 Mt and 6.1 Mt of iron ore concentrate product in 2011 and 2012. During this period, Anglo American reported operating profits from its 70% ownership in the Amapa Project of
DEV filed for judicial protection in August 2015 in
Cadence updated the Mineral Resource Estimate on 2 November 2020, increasing the MRE by 21%. The current MRE contains an Mineral Resource of 176.7 million tonnes grading 39.7% Fe in the Indicated category and Mineral Resource of 8.7Mt at 36.9% in the Inferred category, both reported within an optimised pit shell and using a cut-off grade of 25% Fe.
Details of the Joint Venture Agreement
The agreement with our joint venture partner, Indo Sino Pty Ltd, is to invest in and acquire up to a 27% of a joint venture company Pedra Branca Alliance Pte. Ltd. ("JV Co"). On Completion and registration of the Settlement Agreement the equity of DEV Mineração S.A. ("DEV") will be transferred to the JV Co, at which point it will own 99.9% of the Amapa Project. Should Indo Sino seek further investors or an investment in the JV Co, the agreement also provides Cadence with a first right of refusal to increase its stake to 49% in the JV Co.
To acquire its 27% interest Cadence will invest
Cadence's investment was conditional on several material preconditions, which as of the date of this announcement have been satisfied. On completion of Cadence's investment (not including the first right of refusal), our joint venture partner Indo Sino will own 73% of JV Co. The Agreement also contains security and default clauses which if triggered causes an upwards adjustment mechanism to allow Cadence to either receive cash from JV Co or receive additional shares in JV Co. In the latter case, Cadence's shareholding in the JV Co will not go above 49.9%.
On completion of the
- Ends -
For further information:
Kiran Morzaria B.Eng. (ACSM), MBA, has reviewed and approved the information contained in this announcement. Kiran holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Geology) from the Camborne School of Mines and an MBA (Finance) from CASS Business School.
Certain statements in this announcement are or may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are identiﬁed by their use of terms and phrases such as ''believe'' ''could'' "should" ''envisage'' ''estimate'' ''intend'' ''may'' ''plan'' ''will'' or the negative of those variations or comparable expressions including references to assumptions. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors' current expectations and assumptions regarding Cadence Minerals Plc's future growth results of operations performance future capital and other expenditures (including the amount. nature and sources of funding thereof) competitive advantages business prospects and opportunities. Such forward-looking statements reﬂect the Directors' current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors. Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements including risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions competition environmental and other regulatory changes actions by governmental authorities the availability of capital markets reliance on key personnel uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors many of which are beyond the control of Cadence Minerals Plc. Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions. Cadence Minerals Plc cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking statements.