Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to note that Hastings Technology Metals (ASX:HAS) (“Hastings”), Cadence’s joint venture partner at the Yangibana Rare Earth Project in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia (“Yangibana” “Yangibana Project”), has successfully received in-principle eligibility for the Finnish Export Credit Scheme (the “Scheme”) from Finnvera plc (“Finnvera”), who are mandated by the Government of Finland as administrators of the Scheme for an indicative commercial contract amount of AUD 75 million.
- In principal eligibility for the Finnish Government Export Credit Guarantee Scheme confirmed by Finnvera for a commercial contract amounting to approximately AUD 75 million.
- Detailed due diligence on the technical, economic, environmental, legal and social aspects of the Yangibana Project have commenced in support of a loan amounting to approximately AUD 63 million.
Finnvera together with its subsidiary Finnish Export Credit Ltd (“FEC”), comprise the official Export Credit Agency of Finland and was established to provide export financing services in support of Finnish companies’ trade with buyers domiciled abroad.
Hastings has been in negotiations for the supply of capital equipment from a Finnish Tier 1 company for its Yangibana Rare Earth Project and is considering entering into a commercial contract concerning delivery of goods and services with the aggregate value amounting up to AUD 75 million. Finnvera has confirmed that the commercial contract is in-principle eligible for Finnvera and FEC support of a loan amounting to AUD63m.
Due diligence is being undertaken on the economic, technical, legal, environmental and social aspects. The Finnvera Guarantee and FEC Financing is also subject to compliance with policies pursuant to the OECD Arrangement and final approval will be made by the Board of Directors of both Finnvera and FEC.
As announced in April 2019, Hastings has already received in-principle eligibility for the German Government’s UFK Scheme from Euler Hermes Aktiengesellschaft. In addition, the North Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) has also been in negotiations with the company on a senior debt facility in conjunction with the UFK scheme.
The full Hastings ASX announcement can be found here: https://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20200701/pdf/44k3sbj9rcm8d4.pdf
Hastings Executive Chairman Charles Lew commented: “This eligibility for Finnvera export credit financing support further demonstrates the bankability of our Yangibana project and brings us one step closer to financial close. We welcome the participation of Finnvera as another senior debt provider”.
Cadence Minerals Yangibana Holding:
Cadence owns 30% of 3 Mining Leases, 6 Exploration Licences which form part of the Yangibana Rare Earth Deposit. Hastings Technology Metals owns the remaining 70% (“Hastings”). Further details of our ownership the mineral resources and reserves on our jointly held leases can be found at:
The current mine plan anticipates production to start from our joint venture areas (Yangibana and Yangibana North) in year 6 and continue to the end of mine life (year 13). Further details can be found in the Hastings 2019 Annual Report.
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Kiran Morzaria B.Eng. (ACSM), MBA, has reviewed and approved the information contained in this announcement. Kiran holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Geology) from the Camborne School of Mines and an MBA (Finance) from CASS Business School.
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