Improved financial flexibility to fund identified growth pipeline
PERTH, AUSTRALIA / ACCESSWIRE / December 22, 2022 / MARTIN HORGAN, CEO, COMMENTED: “As we continue to position Centamin for growth, the introduction of debt provides greater financial capacity and flexibility to fund the identified opportunities across our portfolio as we seek to become a multi-asset, multi-jurisdictional gold producer. Sustainability remains at the core of our business model and investment decisions. The sustainability targets linked to this facility align with our ongoing environmental, social and governance priorities and will track tangible progress in reducing our environmental footprint and strengthening our social license to operate.
With a strong balance sheet, cashflow from the Sukari mine and this debt facility, Centamin is in a robust position to fully maximise our growth potential while maintaining our commitment to stakeholder returns. Having secured this facility, we expect to complete the capital structure review in Q1 2023.”
Centamin is pleased to announce that it has entered into a senior secured sustainability-linked revolving credit facility (“RCF”) of US$150 million (the “Facility”) with a syndicate of leading international lending banks, offering the Company increased financial capacity and flexibility for general corporate purposes. The Facility integrates Centamin’s ESG commitments into the financial strategy with clear sustainable-linked performance metrics for reduction in carbon emissions, improvement in gender diversity and workforce development factored into the pricing mechanism.
The Company maintains a strong balance sheet with no other debt instruments and cash and liquid assets of US$147 million, as at 30 November 2022.
- US$150 million RCF agreement has been entered into with a syndicate of four international banks, taking equal tranches, including BMO Capital Markets acting as the Global Coordinator, Mandated Lead Arranger and Lead Sustainability Coordinator, and HSBC Bank plc (Jersey), ING Bank, and Nedbank Limited (acting through Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking division) acting as the Mandated Lead Arrangers and Co-Sustainability Coordinators (the “Lenders”)
- Uncommitted accordion provision allowing the Company to request an increase, subject to the Lenders’ approval, of up to US$50 million to the Facility, for a total potential RCF of US$200 million
- Four-year term
- Interest margin ranges between 3.50% and 4.50% per annum with a margin rachet mechanism based on Total Net Debt to EBITDA
- Centamin has committed to meeting specific sustainability-linked targets on carbon emissions, workforce development and gender diversity. These key performance metrics will be monitored annually and, depending on the Company’s performance, the interest margin on the Facility may decrease, remain unchanged or increase
Total net debt
The aggregate amount of all borrowings less the aggregate amount of cash and cash equivalent investments.
Cash and liquid assets
Cash and liquid assets include cash, bullion on hand and gold sales receivables.
Centamin is an established gold producer, with premium listings on the London Stock Exchange and Toronto Stock Exchange. The Company’s flagship asset is the Sukari Gold Mine (“Sukari”), Egypt’s largest and first modern gold mine, as well as one of the world’s largest producing mines. Since production began in 2009 Sukari has produced over 5 million ounces of gold, and today has a projected mine life of 12 years.
Through its large portfolio of exploration assets in Egypt and West Africa, Centamin is advancing an active pipeline of future growth prospects, including the Doropo project in Côte d’Ivoire, and over 3,000km2 of highly prospective exploration ground in Egypt’s Arabian Nubian Shield.
Centamin practices responsible mining activities, recognising its responsibility to deliver operational and financial performance and create lasting mutual benefit for all stakeholders through good corporate citizenship.
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