Sydney, Australia, Sept. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Heron Resources Limited (ASX:HRR TSX:HER, “Heron” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the successful completion of its A$141 million1 Equity Funding as part of the full A$240 million total Woodlawn development funding package announced to the ASX & TSX on Friday, 30 June 2017.
- Woodlawn is fully funded through construction and ramp-up
- Global mining and private equity cornerstone investors Greenstone, Orion and Castlelake, on behalf of funds it manages, secure strategic shareholdings
- Institutional placement heavily oversubscribed and supported by a number of high quality existing and new institutional investors
- Full A$5 million raised from the Share Purchase Plan through take-up by existing shareholders and placement of shortfall
- Progressing the remaining conditions precedent for the US$60 million senior debt facility and US$16 million silver prepayment facility
- Orion’s Peter Rozenauers and Castlelake’s Ricardo De Armas to be welcomed to the Board as Non-executive Directors
- Heron on track for first production targeted late 2018 / early 2019
The Equity Funding comprises a A$104 million1 Cornerstone Investor Placement to Greenstone Resources LP and co-investors, Orion Mine Finance Group (“Orion”) and Castlelake LP (“Castleake”), on behalf of funds it manages, as well as a A$32 million Institutional Placement. The Equity Funding Package also includes a A$5 million Share Purchase Plan of which approximately A$3.48 million was subscribed for by existing Heron shareholders with the shortfall balance of approximately A$1.52 million subsequently placed to various investors.
A total of approximately 2,001 million shares were issued pursuant to the Equity Funding at an issue price of $0.07 per share which rank equally with existing shares on issue.
The other components to the full Woodlawn development funding package include the US$60M senior debt facility and the US$16M silver prepayment facility (combined A$100 million1), both being provided by Orion. The Company is working through the remaining conditions precedent to these facilities which include, the establishment of the underground mining and port facility contracts, an independent engineers report covering the costs to completion, and other customary requirements for facilities of this nature. The Company expects to have these completed well prior to the requirement to draw on these funds and in the case of the silver prepayment this is expected to be drawn at the end of 2017, with the senior debt facility being drawn during the first half of 2018.
In conjunction with completion of the Equity Funding, in the next few days Heron will welcome Orion’s nominee director, Mr Peter Rozenauers, and Castlelake’s nominee director, Mr Ricardo De Armas, to the Heron Board as Non-executive Directors.
About Heron Resources Limited
Heron is engaged in the development of base and precious metal deposits in Australia. Heron’s primary development project is the high-grade Woodlawn Zinc-Copper Project located 250km southwest of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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