Amsterdam, 20 July 2016 (Regulated Information) --- AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. ("AMG", EURONEXT AMSTERDAM: "AMG") is pleased
to announce the successful enlargement and extension of its syndicated credit facility. The new facility, which was oversubscribed, has been increased from $320 million to $400 million and the maturity has been extended from May 2018 to July 2021.
"Our amended credit facility has improved terms and conditions, additional capacity, and a new five-year maturity," said Jackson Dunckel, AMG's Chief Financial Officer. "The amended facility provides AMG with a stable capital base and additional liquidity for strategic growth opportunities. We are grateful to the entire bank group for their continued support of AMG."
The amended facility maintains an accordion feature that allows the Company, subject to certain conditions, to increase the commitment amount by up to $100 million. HSBC Bank plc coordinated the financing and, together with Lloyds Securities Inc., UniCredit Bank AG, and Fifth Third Bank, served as Joint Bookrunners and Mandated Lead Arrangers. SEB AG and Citibank, N.A. also served as Mandated Lead Arrangers.
The amendment and extension provides additional flexibility and a long-term liquidity resource for the AMG group. The expansion of the facility size will support AMG in funding strategic growth initiatives such as AMG's lithium project.
AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. Approves Lithium Project
AMG's Supervisory Board approves project to construct a lithium concentrate (spodumene) plant at the Mibra mine in Brazil, with an initial annual production of 90,000 tons, expandable to 140,000 tons
Production is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2018 and capital investment is estimated at approximately $50 million
AMG expects to be the low cost producer of lithium concentrate globally
Pre-feasibility study for the construction of a lithium chemical plant, with targeted annual production of between 14,000 tons and 20,000 tons lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE), will be completed in the fourth quarter 2016
Amsterdam, 20 July 2016 (Regulated Information) --- AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. ("AMG", EURONEXT AMSTERDAM: "AMG") is pleased to announce that the Supervisory Board of AMG has approved the construction of a lithium concentrate (spodumene) plant at the Mibra mine in Brazil.
"Following a number of years spent on preparatory activities, including the operation of a pilot plant at AMG's Mibra mine in Brazil, we are delighted to announce our entrance into the lithium market," said Dr. Heinz Schimmelbusch, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board. "The recovery of lithium-bearing minerals from existing tailings will enable AMG to be a cost leader in the lithium market, creating significant value for our shareholders."
AMG's new business segment, AMG Lithium, will commence operations in the first quarter of 2018, with an initial annual production capacity of 90,000 tons of lithium concentrate, expandable to 140,000 tons. Total capital investment is estimated at approximately $50 million and will be incurred primarily in 2016 and 2017.
The recovery of lithium-bearing minerals from existing tailings, a by-product of AMG's tantalum operations in Brazil, is expected to result in a cost-leading production process.
This announcement follows the press release distributed on March 10, 2016, in which AMG announced that Outotec completed an affirmative prefeasibility study for the recovery of lithium-bearing mineral Spodumene.
In addition, AMG has completed an affirmative scoping study for the downstream conversion of lithium concentrate into lithium hydroxide and/or lithium carbonate. As part of this analysis, AMG performed a global site location study to determine the best location for a new lithium chemical plant.
Following the successful completion of the scoping and location studies, AMG has commissioned Hatch to complete a pre-feasibility study for the construction of a lithium chemical plant, with targeted annual production of between 14,000 tons and 20,000 tons lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE).
The previously published Technical Report on Mineral Resources states that AMG's Mibra mine has 14.7 million tons of measured and indicated resources, including tantalum, niobium, tin and lithium. AMG estimates that the current life of the mineral resource is approximately 18 years, based upon current production levels.
Chemical grade lithium is primarily used in lithium-ion batteries and in the fine-chemical industry.
Further details of AMG's lithium project can be found on AMG's website under www.amg-nv.com/Investors/Presentations.