Armadale Capital Plc / Index: AIM / Epic: ACP / Sector: Investment Company
30 October 2019
Armadale Capital Plc (‘Armadale’ or ‘the Company’)
Further Strategic Financing
Armadale Capital plc (LON: ACP) the AIM quoted investment company focused on natural resource projects in Africa, is pleased to announce a further strategic financing update which significantly strengthens the Company’s financial position and provides flexibility pending the delivery of the Mahenge Liandu Graphite Project’s (“Mahenge Liandu” or “the Project”) Definitive Feasibility Study (“DFS”) and the acceleration of subsequent development activities following its completion.
In particular, the package will enable the Company to implement important steps to prepare the Project for production at the earliest opportunity, delivering product that complies with the expectations and needs of potential high purity graphite customers.
In total the Company has secured a further £700,000 financing package as outlined below.
- New convertible loan note (“CLN”) of £400,000 secured with clients of SI Capital Limited, joint broker to the Company
- Two new drawdown facilities have been secured providing additional working capital of up to £300,000, should the Company wish to access further capital for accelerated project development
- Original drawdown facilities, on which a balance of £150,000 was drawn down, are to be repaid in full thereby immediately removing the security arrangements associated with the original drawdown facilities
- Overall, net additional working capital available to the Company amounts to £550,000 before expenses, significantly bolstering the financial strength of the Company at this highly important stage of project development
Nick Johansen, Director of Armadale said: “The Company’s principle investment, the Mahenge Liandu Graphite Project, is entering a key stage as we move from explorer to emerging producer. As such and recognising the advanced status of the Project, it is important to ensure the Company has access to a balanced portfolio of working capital.
“With our financial position significantly strengthened by the recent placing of and subscription raising £500,000, and by the measures announced today, we remain focused on the remaining and ongoing work streams to compete the DFS.
“Equally important is the ability to accelerate project development activities following completion of the DFS as the Board believes that the economics of the Project will be strongly demonstrated in the DFS findings and make Mahenge Liandu both a compelling investment and a leading East African graphite project, supplying demand for high purity graphite.
“I look forward to reporting further as each DFS and subsequent development milestone is completed and as we take the steps to becoming a significant graphite producer.”
FURTHER FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT INFORMATION
New Convertible Loan Note - £400,000
Fixed rate and unsecured loan notes carrying an interest rate of 10% per annum to the expiry date of 6 November 2020. CLN holders may convert into new Armadale Capital plc Ordinary Shares at a price of 3.0 pence or at 90% of the average previous 10 trading days published volume weighted average share price (“VWAP”) on the conversion date.
New Draw Down Facilities – up to £300,000
Draw down facility carries a term of 12 months from execution. Funds drawn down will carry a face value of 110% of the drawn down amount (“Face Value”). Armadale may elect to repay the Face Value at any time and the borrower then has a 5 day window to elect instead of a cash repayment to convert the Face Value into new Armadale Capital plc Ordinary Shares at 3.0 pence or at 90% of the average previous 10 Trading Days published VWAP.
Mahenge Liandu Graphite Project, Tanzania
Armadale Capital’s wholly-owned Mahenge Liandu Graphite Project is located in a highly prospective region, with a high-grade JORC compliant inferred, indicated and measured mineral resource estimate announced October 2019 – 59.5Mt at 9.8% TGC. This includes 15.90Mt inferred at 9.75% TGC, 32.06Mt indicated at 9.58% TGC and 11.52MT measured at 10.54% TGC making it one of the largest high-grade resources in Tanzania.
The work to date has demonstrated the Project’s potential as a commercially viable deposit, with significant tonnage, high-grade coarse flake and near surface mineralisation (implying a low strip ratio) contained within one contiguous ore body.
Currently, Armadale Capital is completing a Definitive Feasibility Study based on the results of a Scoping Study that was completed in March 2018. The study was based on a throughput of 400,000tpa over a 32-year mine life and showed the project has robust economics and warrants further development.
The Scoping Study verified Mahenge Liandu could produce a coarse flake, high-purity graphite product underpinning a compelling business case to progress commercialisation plans.
The Scoping Study, based on a 400,000tpa throughput, highlighted the following key positive metrics:
- Producing an average of 49,000tpa of high-quality graphite products for a 32-year mine life
- Near surface nature of the deposit produced a low 1:1 strip ratio for the life of the mine
- Low operating cost of US$408/t, based on an average 12.5% TGC life of mine grade
- Pre-tax IRR of 122% and NPV of US$349m, with a low development capex of US$35m
- Maximum draw-down during the construction of the project is US$34.9m and the after-tax payback period is 1.2 years
There remains significant scope to further improve returns, with staged expansions as the current mine plan is based on circa 25% of the total resource.
The information communicated in this announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014.
Armadale Capital Plc
Paul Johnson, Non-Executive Director (UK)
Tim Jones, Company Secretary
+44 (0) 20 7236 1177
Nomad and broker: FinnCap Ltd
Christopher Raggett / Max Bullen-Smith
+44 (0) 20 7220 0500
Joint Broker: SI Capital Ltd
+44 (0) 1483 413500
Press Relations: St Brides Partners Ltd
Isabel de Salis / Juliet Earl
+44 (0) 20 7236 1177
Armadale Capital Plc is focused on investing in and developing a portfolio of investments, targeting the natural resources and/or infrastructure sectors in Africa. The Company, led by a team with operational experience and a strong track record in Africa, has a strategy of identifying high growth businesses where it can take an active role in their advancement.
The Company owns the Mahenge Liandu graphite project in south-east Tanzania, which is now its main focus. The Project is located in a highly prospective region with a high-grade JORC compliant Indicated and inferred mineral resource estimate of 59.48Mt @ 9.8% TGC, making it one of the largest high-grade resources in Tanzania, and work to date has demonstrated Mahenge Liandu’s potential as a commercially viable deposit with significant tonnage, high-grade coarse flake and near surface mineralisation (implying a low strip ratio) contained within one contiguous ore body.
Other assets Armadale has an interest in, include the Mpokoto Gold project in the Democratic Republic of Congo and a portfolio of quoted investments.
More information can be found on the website www.armadalecapitalplc.com.