Vancouver — June 6 , 2013 | Imperial Metals Corporation (III-TSX) — provides a financing update for the Red Chris copper/gold development project in northwest British Columbia.
To date, construction at Red Chris has been financed through cash flow from operations and an existing $150 million credit facility from the Company’s bankers, which has a maturity date of September 30, 2013. Mr. N. Murray Edwards, a significant shareholder of the Company, has guaranteed 50% of the $150 million credit facility. In addition, as of June 5, 2013 the Company has entered into a new unsecured $75 million line of credit facility with Edco Capital Corporation, a company controlled by Mr. Edwards (the “LOC”). The LOC is available for drawdown until September 30, 2013. It bears interest at 7% per annum and is repayable the earlier of the completion of a debt financing or October 1, 2014. A commitment fee of $375,000 is payable in respect of the LOC. Payments pursuant to the LOC constitute a related party transaction within the meaning of Multilateral Instrument 61-101. Management considers the LOC to be advantageous as it provides additional timing and flexibility for arranging senior financing for the Red Chris project. Management also considers the LOC terms and conditions are reasonable, in the context of the market. The LOC was reviewed and approved by the independent members of the Company’s Board of Directors. The LOC is exempt from the formal valuation and minority interest approval requirements of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 as it represents less than 25% of the Company’s market capitalization. The material change report in relation to this transaction will be filed less than 21 days before closing.
Imperials’s forecast cash flow, its existing bank credit facility, as well as the LOC, will support the Red Chris project construction until late into the third quarter of 2013. The Company continues to advance the construction and development of the Red Chris project, and is targeting to have a comprehensive financing package for the development of Red Chris by the third quarter of 2013.
The Company reports an error in the reporting results of the vote for election of directors held at the Company’s Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders on May 29, 2013, previously reported on June 3, 2013. The last two rows of the table should have read “Edward Yurkowski: votes for 48,229,463 / withheld 6,727,673 and Laurie Pare: votes for 50,596,860 / withheld 72,000”.
Imperial is an exploration, mine development and operating company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Company operates the Mount Polley copper/gold mine in British Columbia and the Sterling gold mine in Nevada. Imperial has 50% interest in the Huckleberry copper/molybdenum mine and has 50% interest in the Ruddock Creek lead/zinc property, both in British Columbia. The Company is in development of its wholly owned Red Chris copper/gold property in British Columbia.
Imperial Contact Information
Brian Kynoch | President | 604.669.8959
Andre Deepwell | Chief Financial Officer | 604.488.2666
Sabine Goetz | Shareholder Communications | 604.488.2657 | email@example.com
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