Atlantic Gold completes $150 million revolving credit facility refinancing
Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted
VANCOUVER, Sept. 20, 2018 /CNW/ - Atlantic Gold Corporation (TSX-V: AGB) ("Atlantic" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the execution of a definitive credit agreement (the "Credit Agreement") with a syndicate of lenders, led by National Bank of Canada ("NB"), and including Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce ("CIBC"), and Caterpillar Financial Services Limited ("Cat Financial") in respect of a previously announced CAD $150,000,000 senior secured revolving credit facility (the "Revolving Credit Facility" or "RCF"), to be used for, but not limited to repayment of the Borrower's previously held project loan facility ("PLF") and to provide additional financing capacity for development and growth opportunities.
The balance of the PLF of approximately CAD$106 million is being repaid by partial drawdown of the new RCF. With the repayment of the PLF, any restricted cash under that facility will become unrestricted. Total cash as at the date of this announcement is approximately $40 million.
The terms of the RCF are substantially the same as previously disclosed in a news release dated July 3, 2018 in that the RCF will have a 3 year term from the closing date with a customary annual extension mechanism and has no mandatory amortisation typical of a revolving facility. The interest rate charged on the initial drawdown will be approximately 5%, but may vary in the future depending on the type of borrowing and the Company's total leverage ratio at the appropriate time.
The Company will maintain its gold forward sales contracts with NB and its syndicate of lenders.
The Company was advised by Noah's Rule (Debt and Hedge Adviser), Stewart McKelvey, and Cassels Brock Lawyers (Legal Counsel).
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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Atlantic is a well-financed, growth-oriented gold development group with a long-term strategy to build a mid-tier gold production company focused on manageable, executable projects in mining-friendly jurisdictions.
Atlantic is focused on growing gold production in Nova Scotia beginning with its MRC phase one open pit gold mine which declared commercial production in March 2018, and its phase two Life of Mine Expansion which will ramp up gold production to + 200,000 ounces per year at industry lowest quartile cash and all-in-sustaining-costs (as stated in the Company's news releases dated January 19, 2018 and January 29, 2018).
Atlantic is committed to the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility and continually invests in people and technology to manage risks, maximize outcomes and returns to all stakeholders.
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