Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to provide an update on its investment in the Amapá Iron Ore Project, Brazil.
The Amapá Project
The Amapá Project was owned by Anglo American plc and Cliffs Natural Resources and consists of a large-scale iron ore mine, beneficiation plant, railway and private port. Before its sale in 2012, Anglo American valued its 70% stake at US $462m in its 2012 Annual Report (100% US $600m). The Amapá Project is 99.9% owned by DEV Mineração S.A. (“DEV”).
Successful Reinstatement of Railway Concession
Following the approval of the judicial restructuring plan (“JRP”) announced on August 30th, 2019, Cadence along with its partners successfully negotiated the reinstatement of a life of mine railway concession. The grant of this railway concession was an incredible achievement and was announced on December 9th, 2019.
Satisfaction of Final Precondition
Currently, there remains only one major precondition for Cadence to make its investment in the Amapá Project, the sum of US$2.5 million currently held in escrow in a judicial trust account (“Escrow Monies”).
This precondition requires DEV Mineração S.A. (“Dev”) to reach a settlement agreement with the secured bank creditors. Since our last update, Cadence and our joint venture partners Indo Sino Pte. Ltd. (“Indo Sino”) have been in negotiations with the secured bank creditors and we have offered a settlement involving a discount on the amounts owned by Dev.
This settlement is intended to be paid from part of the proceeds from the sale of the iron ore stockpile currently held at Dev’s 100% owned port facility in Santana, Amapá. Alongside our partners, we continue to negotiate with the secured bank creditors, and we will update the market once a binding agreement is reached.
On satisfaction of the preconditions and the release of the Escrow monies, Cadence will become a 20% shareholder in the Amapá Project via our joint venture company which will own 99.9% of DEV. The Escrow Monies will then be used for the payment of former employees and small trade creditors. Once Cadence becomes a shareholder in the Amapá Project, the Government of Amapá will permit Dev to start operations on the asset including the shipment of iron ore from the port.
Cadence Non-Executive Chairman Andrew Suckling commented; “The remarkable progress made by Cadence management, Indo Sino and the Governor of Amapá and his team in bringing the Amapá Project back to life continues. We are moving ever closer to commencing the process of turning Amapá and it’s dormant potential into a key contributor to the regional economy, with all the employment, health and educational benefits that will bring to this part of Brazil.”
Cadence CEO Kiran Morzaria commented; “Since securing the Railway concessions last December, we have worked tirelessly to reach a settlement with Dev’s secured bank creditors. It is my fervent belief that as referred to previously by our Chairman, Cadence is on the cusp of a company changing event – one that will create a long lasting store of value for our company and shareholders, as well as returning some prosperity to the Amapá region. I look forward to updating our board and investors on progress in the coming days and weeks.”
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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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