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Cadence Minerals #KDNC – Mineral Resource Increase & Upgrade at the Amapá Iron Project

Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to announce that DEV Mineração S/A (“DEV”) has completed a new Mineral Resource Estimate (“MRE”) in compliance with the Australian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves (“JORC Code, 2012”) for the Amapá Iron Ore Project Brazil.

Highlights:

  • Substantial increase in total Measured, Indicated and Inferred Mineral Resources, to 276.24 Million Tonnes (“Mt”) grading 38.33% Fe
  • New Measured Resource of 55.33 Mt grading 26% Fe
  • Measured and Indicated Resource increase to 229.48 Mt at 38.76% Fe, from 176.7 Mt at 39.75% Fe[1] , reported within an optimised pit shell and using a cut-off grade of 25% Fe.
  • Inferred Mineral Resource increased to 46.76 Mt at 36.20% Fe, from 8.7Mt at 36.9% Fe, reported within an optimised pit shell and using a cut-off grade of 25% Fe.

Cadence CEO Kiran Morzaria commented:

“The main aim of our new mineral resource statement was to provide a sound basis for pre-feasibility studies. In particular, to convert a significant portion of the indicated mineral resource into the measured category. The results reported today have achieved this goal and more.

The results clearly indicate the robustness and consistency of the Amapá resource. 

As we move closer to the next stage of development, this higher degree of certainty in our mineral resource estimate provides more funding options for the Project. The new measured resource and the overall increase in the mineral resource provides a sound basis for an initial 15-year mine life, with the potential to expand this further by upgrading the 46.76 Mt of inferred resources.” 

Assumptions and Method of MRE

Prominas Mining Ltd (“Prominas”) was commissioned by DEV Mineração S/A (“DEV”) to complete a JORC Code (2012) compliant MRE on the 100% owned mineral assets of DEV comprising the Amapá Iron Ore Deposit (“Amapá” or the “Project”) located in Amapá State, Brazil. DEV holds the mining rights to the Project, and Cadence, via a joint venture company, owns 27% of DEV. The classification of Mineral Resources was considered appropriate on the basis of geological confidence, drill spacing, sample interval, QAQC and estimation performance.

Before this MRE, the most recent MRE on the Amapá Project was completed in 2020 by Cadence (“2020 MRE”). The 2020 MRE was estimated following the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) “Estimation of Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves Best Practice Guidelines” (CIM, 2019). The 2020 MRE was limited to the Friable Hematite, Friable Itabirite and Friable Altered Itabirite material types. While the current MRE included these material types plus Colluvium and Canga material within the resource statement. This inclusion of Colluvium and Canga into the MRE was deemed appropriate as it was used as ore in historic production. The inclusion of Colluvium and Canga in the MRE represents the majority of the increase in the current MRE.

The geologic units that underlie the region consist of Archean basement rocks, TTG terrains (Guianense Complex, Tumucumaque Complex and Água Fria Metatonalite), discordantly overlaid by Paleoproterozoic greenstone belts (Vila Nova Group), in turn, overlain by Cenozoic lateritic deposits and Quaternary alluvial materials. In the Amapá System area, the iron ore (oxide and silicate facies itabirites), calc-silicate and carbonatic rocks occur in two regions. The first is a synform (locally named APW/APS) above the unit of metabasic rocks (mainly amphibolites) and quartz mica schist biotite and muscovite-bearing schist, where the mine is located. The second is Dragão, a mineralised body located 3.5km to NE with orientation NW/SE, assumed as a potential resource and not included in this mineral resources estimate.

Mineralisation extends approximately 6.5km in strike length, 1.5km in width, and exists in some areas to more than 100m in depth. Geological processes have weathered this proto-resource, the hard itabirite (ITC), actually considered waste, transforming part of the volume into mineral resources, the soft itabirite (ITB) illustrated in Figure 1 -Amapá Iron Ore Mineralisation here

A 3D geological model was built by an implicit modelling method based on interpreted geological domains using the drillhole database and study of the old sections provided by DEV, then used to flag the sample data for statistical analysis and to limit the resource estimation. For this study, statistical and geostatistical analysis was carried out on drilling data composited to 4 m downhole for APW/APS only. This included variography to model spatial continuity relationships in the geological domains.

Geostatistical analysis and interpolation were undertaken using MinePlan© proprietary software. The Ordinary Kriging interpolation method was used for the estimation of Fe, Al2O3, SiO2, P, and Mn, using variogram parameters defined from the geostatistical analysis for the APW/APS domains.

Wet Bulk density values for the Amapá deposit were assigned based on data provided by DEV. The density values were assigned to 15 lithologies based on almost 678 density samples for friable and compact material collected from 2006 to 2012.

Mineral Resource Statement

The MRE has been reported at a cut-off grade of 25% Fe constrained by a resource open pit and the topography dated April 2014 (grey surface in Figure 1 here), in line with the Reasonable Prospects For Eventual Economic Extraction (RPEEE) principle. The MRE has been estimated, considering a product revenue of US$ 120/t. The geotechnical parameters, metallurgical recovery and updated mining costs were all provided by DEV.

Table 1:      Gross and attributable Mineral Resources for the Amapá Iron Ore Project at a Cut-Off Grade reported within an optimised pit and above a cut-off grade of 25% Fe

Classification Material Tonnage (Mt) Attributable
Tonnage
(Mt)
Fe

(%)

SiO2(%) Al2O3(%) P

 (%)

Mn (%)
Measured Friable Altered Itabirite 33.31 8.99 38.47 30.42 7.22 0.170 1.19
Friable Itabirite 14.65 3.96 39.55 36.50 2.81 0.086 0.88
Friable Haematite 0.69 0.19 62.63 4.32 2.20 0.226 0.38
Colluvium 5.84 1.58 38.80 21.66 11.89 0.177 0.70
Canga 0.84 0.23 50.03 5.68 10.60 0.971 0.18
Sub-total 55.33 14.94 39.26 30.40 6.54 0.161 1.03
Indicated Friable Altered Itabirite 66.43 17.94 37.41 32.11 6.73 0.173 1.29
Friable Itabirite 37.14 10.03 39.73 35.73 2.91 0.103 0.92
Friable Haematite 1.5 0.41 57.53 12.85 2.18 0.113 0.43
Colluvium 64.22 17.34 37.98 23.11 11.86 0.140 0.58
Canga 4.86 1.31 48.81 8.98 10.08 0.579 0.21
Sub-total 174.15 47.02 38.60 28.75 7.86 0.156 0.91
Mea. + Ind. Friable Altered Itabirite 99.74 26.93 37.76 31.55 6.89 0.172 1.26
Friable Itabirite 51.79 13.98 39.68 35.95 2.88 0.098 0.91
Friable Haematite 2.19 0.59 59.14 10.16 2.19 0.149 0.41
Colluvium 70.06 18.92 38.05 22.99 11.86 0.143 0.59
Canga 5.7 1.54 48.99 8.49 10.16 0.637 0.21
Sub-total 229.48 61.96 38.76 29.15 7.54 0.157 0.94
Inferred Friable Altered Itabirite 11.27 3.04 37.01 31.98 6.40 0.190 1.67
Friable Itabirite 3.09 0.83 38.60 35.35 3.28 0.144 1.41
Friable Haematite 0.53 0.14 50.06 21.36 2.88 0.094 0.85
Colluvium 30.21 8.16 34.80 26.20 12.92 0.107 0.53
Canga 1.66 0.45 47.19 11.60 9.98 0.381 0.27
Sub-total 46.76 12.63 36.20 27.62 10.49 0.139 0.86
TOTAL 276.24 74.58 38.33 28.89 8.04 0.154 0.93

 

Notes:

(1) The Mineral Resource is considered to have reasonable prospects for eventual economic extraction based on an optimised pit shell

(2) Cut-off grade of 25% Fe applied

(3) Tonnages are reported as wet tonnes

(4) Mineral Resources are not reserves until they have demonstrated economic viability based on a Feasibility Study or Pre-Feasibility Study

(5) The Mineral Resource Estimate has an effective date of 31 August 2022

(6) Mineral Resources have been classified in accordance with the Australian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results. Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves (JORC Code 2012)

(7) The attributable tonnes represent the part of the Mineral Resource that will be attributable to Cadence Minerals’ 27% interest in the Project

(8) The operator is DEV

A 3D schematic model of the Amapá Mineral Resource Estimate is available here

Prominas notes that the Mineral Resource has a reasonable prospect for eventual economic extraction but is not currently considered Ore Reserves. Ore Reserves are estimates of the tonnage and grade or quality of material contained in a Mineral Resource that can be economically mined and processed. To be considered an Ore Reserve, modifying factors must be applied to the MRE as part of the preparation of a Pre-Feasibility or Feasibility Study. The estimated amount of saleable material contained in the final product must demonstrate a positive net present value using an appropriate discount rate and must demonstrate that eventual extraction could be reasonably justified.

Prominas are not aware of any factors (environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, socio-economic, marketing, political, or other relevant factors) that have materially affected the Mineral Resource Estimate. The data used for the MRE update were drill hole databases with proper validations, topographic surveys and the previous Mineral Resource models provided by DEV with the work undertaken by Prominas, which included several site visits during 2021.

As required per the JORC Code 2012. Table 1 needed for the reporting of MREs is available here

Competent Person’s Statement

The information that relates to Mineral Resources is based on information compiled by Geraldo Majella, who is an associate of Prominas and a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG). Geraldo Majella has sufficient relevant experience to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity for which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the JORC Code (2012). Geraldo Majella consents to the inclusion in the announcement of the matters based on their information in the form and context in which it appears and confirms that this information is accurate and not false or misleading.

Kiran Morzaria has also reviewed and approved the technical information in his capacity as a qualified person under the AIM Rules.

Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) Disclosure

Certain information contained in this announcement would have been deemed inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 until the release of this announcement.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this announcement are or may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ”believe” ”could” “should” ”envisage” ”estimate” ”intend” ”may” ”plan” ”will” or the negative of those variations or comparable expressions including references to assumptions. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors’ current expectations and assumptions regarding the Company’s future growth results of operations performance, future capital and other expenditures (including the amount, nature and sources of funding thereof) competitive advantages business prospects and opportunities. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Directors’ current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors.  Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements including risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions competition environmental and other regulatory changes actions by governmental authorities the availability of capital markets reliance on key personnel uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions. The Company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking statements.

Glossary

 

Al2O3 Aluminium oxide is a chemical compound of aluminium and oxygen.

 

Block model A three-dimensional electronic model in which geological characteristics and qualities are housed.
Canga An iron-rich rock formed where material weathered from an original iron ore deposit has been cemented by iron minerals.
Colluvium Loose. unconsolidated material that accumulates above the weathering iron ore bodies.
Core A cylindrical section of a naturally occurring substance. Most core samples are obtained by drilling with special drills into the substance, such as sediment or rock, with a hollow steel tube, called a core drill. The hole made for the core sample is called the “core hole.”
Cut-off grade The lowest grade of mineralised material that qualifies as ore in a given deposit or rock of the lowest assay included in an ore estimate.
Drillhole A drill hole formed by the act or process of drilling boreholes using bits asthe rock-cutting tool. The bits are rotated by various types and sizes of mechanisms motivated by steam, internal-combustion, hydraulic, compressed air, or electric engines or motors.
Fe Chemical symbol for iron. It is a metal that belongs to the first transition series and group 8 of the periodic table. It is by mass the most common element on Earth, right in front of oxygen (32.1% and 30.1%. respectively), forming much of Earth’s outer and inner core. It is the fourth most common element in the Earth’s crust.
Feasibility study This study is the most detailed and will determine definitively whether to proceed with the Project. A detailed feasibility study will be the basis for capital appropriation and will provide the budget figures for the Project. Detailed feasibility studies require a significant amount of formal engineering work, are accurate to within 10-15% and can cost between ½-1½% of the total estimated project cost.
Itabirite Itabirite is a banded quartz hematite schist, very similar to banded iron formation in appearance and composition. Friable Itabirite is extensively weathered leading to disaggregation of the individual mineral grains comprising the rock;
Haematite An iron oxide mineral with the chemical formula Fe2O3;
Grade Relative quantity or the percentage of ore mineral or metal content in an ore body;
Indicated Mineral Resources That part of a Mineral Resource for which tonnage, densities, shape,physical characteristics, grade, and mineral content can be estimated with a reasonable level of confidence. It is based on exploration. sampling and testing information gathered through appropriate techniques from locations such as outcrops, trenches, pits, workings and drillholes. The locations are too widely or inappropriately spaced to confirm geological and/or grade continuity but are spaced closely enough for continuity to be assumed;
Inferred Mineral Resources That part of a Mineral Resource for which tonnage, grade and mineral content can be estimated with a low level of confidence. It is inferred from geological evidence and assumed but not verified geological and/or grade continuity. It is based on information gathered through appropriate techniques from locations such as outcrops, trenches, pits, workings, and drill holes which may be limited or of uncertain quality and reliability;
Interpolation Estimation of a statistical value from its mathematical or graphical position intermediate in a series of determined points;
Kt Thousand tonnes;
Lithologies The lithology of a rock unit is a description of its physical characteristics visible at outcrop, in hand or core samples, or with low magnification microscopy. Physical characteristics include colour, texture, grain size, and composition;
Measured Mineral Resources The part of a Mineral Resource for which tonnage, densities, shape,physical characteristics, grade, and mineral content can be estimated with a high level of confidence.
Mineral Reserves The economically mineable part of a Measured and/or Indicated Mineral Resource. It includes diluting materials and allowances for losses, which may occur when the material is mined. Appropriate assessments and studies have been carried out and include consideration of and modification by realistically assumed mining, metallurgical, economic,marketing, legal, environmental, social, and governmental factors. These assessments demonstrate at the time of reporting that extraction could reasonably be justified. Ore Reserves are subdivided in order of increasing confidence into Probable Ore Reserves and Proved Ore Reserves.
Mineral Resource A concentration or occurrence of material of intrinsic economic interest in or on the Earth’s crust in such form, quality, and quantity that there are reasonable prospects for eventual economic extraction. The location,quantity, grade, geological characteristics, and continuity of a Mineral Resource are known, estimated, or interpreted from specific geological evidence and knowledge. Mineral Resources are subdivided, in order of increasing geological confidence into Inferred, Indicated and Measured categories.
Mn Chemical symbol for Manganese. It has an atomic number 25. It is not found as a free element in nature; it is often found in minerals in combination with iron.
Implicit modelling Implicit modelling is generated by computer algorithms directly from a combination of measured data and user interpretation. The modelling requires a geologist’s insight, but this is made in the form of trends,stratigraphic sequences, and other geologically meaningful terms. This approach is faster, more flexible, and fundamentally better suited to modelling geology.
Modifying factors The term ‘modifying factors’ is defined to include mining, metallurgical,economic, marketing, legal, environmental, social and governmental considerations.
Net present value This is the difference between the present value of cash inflows and the present value of cash outflows over a period of time. NPV is used in capital budgeting and investment planning to analyse the profitability of a projected investment or Project.
Open pit An excavation or cut made at the surface of the ground for the purpose of extracting ore and which is open to the surface for the duration of the mine’s life
Ordinary kriging In the estimation of mineral resources by geostatistical methods, the use of a weighted moving-average approach both to account for the estimated values of spatially distributed variables, and to assess the probable error associated with the estimates.
P The chemical symbol for Phosphorus with atomic number 15.
Pit Optimisation A process whereby a series of optimised shells for open pits are generated each corresponding to a specific commodity price assumption.
Pit shell A design of a open-pit obtained from the process of open-pit optimisation
Pre Feasibility study Is more detailed than a Scoping Study. A Prefeasibility study is used in determining whether to proceed with a detailed feasibility study and as a “reality check” to determine areas within the Project that require more attention. Pre-Feasibility studies are done by factoring known unit costsand by estimating gross dimensions or quantities once conceptual or preliminary engineering and mine design has been completed. Pre-Feasibility studies have an accuracy within 20-30%.
Scoping study An order of magnitude study is an initial financial appraisal of a mineral resource. Depending on the size of the Project, an order of magnitude study may be carried out. It will involve a preliminary mine plan and is the basis for determining whether to proceed with more detailed engineering work. Order-of-magnitude studies are developed by copying plans and factoring known costs from existing projects completed elsewhere and are accurate to within 40–50%;
SiO2 Silicon dioxide, also known as silica, is an oxide of silicon most commonly found in nature as quartz and in various living organisms. In many parts of the world, silica is the major constituent of sand.
Strike This is the direction of the line formed by the intersection of a fault, bed, or other planar feature and a horizontal plane. Strike indicates the attitude or position of linear structural features such as faults, beds, joints, and folds.
t Tonnes

– Ends –

For further information:

 

Cadence Minerals plc +44 (0) 7879 584153
Andrew Suckling
Kiran Morzaria
WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker) +44 (0) 207 220 1666
James Joyce
Darshan Patel

[1] Cadence Minerals 2 November 2020 Update Mineral Resource Estimate – Amapa Iron Ore, Available at https://www.londonstockexchange.com/news-article/KDNC/updated-mineral-resource-estimate-amapa-iron-ore/14739627.

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Business restructuring business Begbies Traynor (BEG) increased underlying pre-tax profit from £11.5m to £17.8m in the year to April 2022. This was a combination of acquisitions and organic growth. The dividend has been increased from 3p a share to 3.5p a share. Net cash improved from £3m to £4.7m. Insolvencies are increasing, although the higher margin administrations are still relatively low. This could change over the next year or so, making the outlook positive.

Credit provider Morses Club (MCL) says an increasing level of customer redress claims means that it is considering a scheme of arrangement. This could provide certainty about the potential total level of claims over a set period. Management is talking with the FCA. The scheme would have to be approved by the majority of claimants. There will be an additional provision of £45m in the 2021-22 accounts and underlying pre-tax profit could be below £3.5m. Tighter controls mean that sales are declining, and Morses Club won’t make a profit in 2022-23. Fewer competitors could help Morses Club recover in the following year.

Disinfection products supplier Tristel (TSTL) announced a special dividend of 3p a share on top of a final dividend of 3.93p a share. Full year revenues are 4% ahead at £28.4m and adjusted pre-tax profit is 12% higher at £4.5m. The second half was stronger as more patient procedures have been undertaken. FDA approval for the Duo ULT could be achieved next year.

Footwear supplier Unbound Group (UBG) announced a fundraising generating £3.3m at a heavily discounted 15p a share. An open offer, which closes on 8 August, could raise up to £1m more. The footwear supplier is launching an online platform to sell third party branded products to a database of 4.6 million individuals. The cash will help to finance the expansion.

Stanley Gibbons (SGI) intends to cancel its AIM quotation. Graham Shircore is stepping down as chief executive in September and he will be replaced by Tom Pickford. The largest shareholder Phoenix SG believes it is better to cancel the quotation considering the limited free float and additional costs. The 58% shareholder also says that it would reconsider its financial support if shareholders do not agree to the cancelation. Stanley Gibbons remains loss making.

In-content advertising company Mirriad Advertising (MIRI) expects flat revenues in 2022 because of weak market conditions in China. The Chinese operations will be closed next year and that will save annualised costs of £1m. That is on top of the £2.5m of annualised savings expected for the business as a whole. Interim revenues have halved, although US revenues increased. There is £17.7m in the bank and cash should be higher than previously expected at the end of 2022. Cash outflows are still significant, though.

Window fittings supplier Titon (TON) says that supply problems with raw materials and components exacerbated by cost inflation have led to a reduction in margins. There have also been problems with IT, so this year’s figures will be lower than expectations. South Korea sales are disappointing but there should be a small profit contribution.

Restructuring services provider FRP Advisory (FRP) increased revenues from £79m to £95.2m in the year to April 2022, with 11% organic growth. Pre-tax profit improved from £21.2m to £23.1m. There are signs that administrations are starting to increase and that will boost demand for services.

Cambridge Cognition (COG) directors are buying shares following yesterday’s trading update. Chief executive Matthew Stork and finance chief Stephen Symonds each bought 22.950 shares at 113p each. The latter did not previously own shares. The digital brain health products developer increased interim revenues by 31% to £5.9m. The order book is worth £18.6m. There was a small profit and £8.6m in the bank at the end of June 2022.

The merger between Tern (TERN) and Pires Investments (PIRI) is not going ahead because not enough of the latter’s shareholders voted for it. Tern wants to generate cash from exiting one or more of its investments as soon as it is feasible. There will not be any new investments until there is a realisation of an investment, although there are likely to be commitments to existing investments that may mean a fundraising will be required.

An independent decision means that Newcrest Mining can pay $60m to Greatland Gold (GGP) to take up an option to acquire a further 5% stake in the Havieron project. Given the progress that has been made on the project over the past year this is an attractive price, and it is likely to take up the option. The cash will pay off the $50m loan facility from Newcrest and leave money for further investment. Greatland Gold will still own 25% of Havieron.

MAIN MARKET

Palace Capital (PCA) is changing its strategy. It was originally going to reinvest the cash from the sale of its industrial property assets into new regional office investments. Shareholder feedback means that the potential £46.5m raised from the disposal of the industrial portfolio and other non-core assets, after repayment of related debt, will be distributed in dividends or paid back via a tender offer. Three non-exec directors have resigned.

Kin + Carta (KCT) says revenues grew 48% in the year to July 2022. Peel Hunt has upped its 2021-22 pre-tax profit forecast from £16.6m to £16.9m. Net debt is estimated at £2.5m. Kelly Manthey will be taking over as chief executive.

Andrew Hore

Cadence Minerals #KDNC – Fourth Amapa Iron Ore Shipment Completed and En Route

Further to the announcement made on the 7 April 2022, Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to announce that DEV Mineração S.A’s (“DEV”) has completed the sale and shipment of Iron Ore from the Amapa Iron Ore Project (“Amapa Project”).

Highlights:

  • DEV has shipped and sold the fourth batch of iron ore from the stockpiles.
  • The loading of the 48,492 wet tonnes of iron ore sinter fines (approx. 58% Fe) at Companhia Docas de Santana (“CDSA”) was completed on the 23 April
  • Iron Ore 62% Fe, CFR China at US$150 per tonne (22/04/2022)
  • Approximately 1.2 Mt of iron ore is currently stockpiled in DEV’s wholly-owned port

DEV has shipped and sold the fourth batch of the iron ore from the stockpiles at Santana, Amapa, Brazil. The loading of the 48,492 iron ore sinter fines (approx. 58% Fe) at CDSA was completed on 23 April, and the ship departed yesterday, 24 April. This shipment represents the first iron ore export since Cadence vested its equity interest (27%) in the Amapa Project earlier this year.

The first three shipments occurred in the first half of last year and were approved via a court petition (“Approved Court Petition”). Details of the Approved Court Petition can be found here. The Approved Court Petition limited the sales of the iron ore stockpiles to US$10 million of net profits (“Approved Court Disposal Funds”).

The Approved Court Disposal Funds were applied per the Approved Court Petition, with DEV retaining a portion of the net profits. These net profits and the earnings from the current shipment will be paid to the Secured Banks Creditors as per the settlement agreement announced on 29/12/2021.

Details of Ownership and Joint Venture Agreement

Cadence owns 27% of the Amapa Project, with our joint venture partner, Indo Sino Pty Ltd (“Indo Sino”), owning the remaining 73%. The ownership of Amapa is via a joint venture company, Pedra Branca Alliance Pte. Ltd. (“JV Co”), which owns 100% of the equity of DEV Mineração S.A. (“DEV”). Should Indo Sino seek further investors or an investment in the JV Co, Cadence has a first right of refusal to increase its stake to 49%.

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For further information:

Cadence Minerals plc                                                       +44 (0) 7879 584153
Andrew Suckling
Kiran Morzaria
WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker)                                 +44 (0) 207 220 1666
James Joyce
Darshan Patel
Novum Securities Limited (Joint Broker)                                 +44 (0) 207 399 9400
Jon Belliss

 

Qualified Person

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.

Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements in this announcement are or may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ”believe” ”could” “should” ”envisage” ”estimate” ”intend” ”may” ”plan” ”will” or the negative of those variations or comparable expressions including references to assumptions. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors’ current expectations and assumptions regarding the Company’s future growth results of operations performance future capital and other expenditures (including the amount. nature and sources of funding thereof) competitive advantages business prospects and opportunities. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Directors’ current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors.  Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements including risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions competition environmental and other regulatory changes actions by governmental authorities the availability of capital markets reliance on key personnel uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions. The Company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking statements.

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014

Cadence Minerals #KDNC Provides PFS Update for the Amapa Iron Ore Project & Appoints Wardell Armstrong as PFS Manager

Cadence Minerals (AIM/AQX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to provide an update on the ongoing Pre-Feasibility Study (“PFS”) at its flagship Amapa Iron Ore Project (“Amapa” or “Amapa Project”).

Amapa is a substantial integrated mine, beneficiation plant, railway and port in the northeast of Brazil. It was previously owned by Anglo American (70%) and Cliffs (30%) and  at its peak produced up to 6.1 million tonnes (“Mt”) of iron ore concentrate per year.

Highlights

  • Cadence have now acquired 27% of the Amapa Project, which is being fast-tracked through development and eventually to production.
  • PFS commissioning based on producing 5.3 Mt per annum, 4.9Mt is anticipated to be a 65% iron ore concentrate.
  • Wardell Armstrong International Ltd, a leading, globally recognised mining consultancy, has been appointed the PFS Manager of the Amapa Project.
  • Work is on track to deliver a high-quality PFS for the Amapa Project

Cadence CEO, Kiran Morzaria, commented: “The Amapa Mine has all the attributes of a significant iron ore deposit, and the recently upgraded Mineral Resource Estimate of 176.7m tonnes grading 39.7% Fe at the Inferred category provides the Cadence board with great confidence in our investment decision.”  

“As we see the world move towards decarbonisation and as manufacturers seek to minimise their carbon footprint, the planned production of a >65% Fe concentrate utlising predominantly renewable energy really does highlight the potential for the Amapa mine, rail and port infrastructure to deliver a lower emission iron ore product to our customers.” 

“Completion of the PFS will be an important step towards unlocking the value of this deposit and I look forward to providing progress updates in the coming weeks.”

Amapa Pre Feasibility Study and Wardell Armstrong Appointment

The Pre Feasibility Study (“PFS”) began on the Amapa Project late last year and is based on producing 5.3 Mt of iron ore concentrate per annum. We expect to produce 4.9Mt of the higher quality, lower carbon footprint 65% iron ore concentrate which, as of the date of this announcement, trades at approximately US$170 per dry tonne.

The PFS contemplates refurbishing and rehabilitating the existing port, rail and plant with modifications being made to the beneficiation plant to achieve a larger portion of 65% iron concentrate (4.9 Mt). In addition, an investigation is underway into optimisation opportunities and potential cost savings in the transportation of the iron ore concentrate, particularly in the areas of transhipment and movement of ore from the mine to the rail loadout.

Previous studies carried out by SRK consulting based on 2015 site visits and updated in 2019 to reflect changes in inflation and foreign exchange rates estimated the total level of capital expenditure for the project of approximately US$168.8 million (scoping study level accuracy). The same study estimated operating expenditure of about US$ 24 per dry tonne delivered free onboard from Amapa’s port in Santana, Brazil.

All the other areas within the PFS are progressing as expected, with work underway on all critical areas, including mining, beneficiation, infrastructure, energy, tailings storage facilities, logistics and sales and marketing.

Cadence is also pleased to announce that it has appointed Wardell Armstrong International Ltd (“WAI”) as PFS manager for the Amapa Project. WAI is a leading, globally recognised mining consultancy with a track record of conducting all levels of technical study required on projects that have successfully been financed and developed into full mining operations.

WAI are working closely with all our consultants to deliver the lowest cost and capital expenditure possible, which represent huge advantages for any mining operation, particularly for construction and project financing.

About the Amapa Project

Amapa commenced operations in December 2007 with the first production of iron ore concentrate product of 712 kt in 2008. In 2008 Anglo American (70%) and Cliffs (30%) acquired the Amapa Project in 2008 as part of a larger package of mining assets in Brazil.

Production steadily increased to 4.8 Mt and 6.1 Mt of iron ore concentrate product in 2011 and 2012. During this period, Anglo American reported operating profits from its 70% ownership in the Amapa Project of US$ 120 million (100% US$ 171 million) and US$ 54 million (100% US$ 77 million). Before its sale in 2012, Anglo American valued its 70% stake in the Amapa Project at US$ 866 million (100% US$ 1.2 billion). It impaired the asset in its 2012 Annual Accounts to US$ 462 million (100% US$ 660 million).

Cadence updated the Mineral Resource Estimate on November 2nd 2020, increasing the MRE by 21%. The current MRE contains a Mineral Resource of 176.7 million tonnes grading 39.7% Fe in the Indicated category and Mineral Resource of 8.7Mt at 36.9% in the Inferred category, both reported within an optimised pit shell and using a cut-off grade of 25% Fe.

Details of Ownership and Joint Venture Agreement

Cadence owns 27% of the Amapa Project, with our joint venture partner, Indo Sino Pty Ltd (“Indo Sino”), owning the remaining 73%. The ownership of Amapa is via a joint venture company, Pedra Branca Alliance Pte. Ltd. (“JV Co”), which owns 100% of the equity of DEV Mineração S.A. (“DEV”). Should Indo Sino seek further investors or an investment in the JV Co, Cadence has a first right of refusal to increase its stake to 49%. If Cadence does not exercise its right of first refusal under the terms, Indo Sino will have a twelve-month option to buy the shares in JV Co held by Cadence for 1.5 times the price paid by Cadence for such shares.

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For further information:

Cadence Minerals plc                                                    +44 (0) 7879 584153
Andrew Suckling
Kiran Morzaria
WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker)                                 +44 (0) 207 220 1666
James Joyce
Darshan Patel
Novum Securities Limited (Joint Broker)                                 +44 (0) 207 399 9400
Jon Belliss

 

 

Qualified Person

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.

 

Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements in this announcement are or may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ”believe” ”could” “should” ”envisage” ”estimate” ”intend” ”may” ”plan” ”will” or the negative of those variations or comparable expressions including references to assumptions. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors’ current expectations and assumptions regarding Cadence Minerals Plc’s future growth results of operations performance future capital and other expenditures (including the amount. nature and sources of funding thereof) competitive advantages business prospects and opportunities. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Directors’ current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors.  Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements including risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions competition environmental and other regulatory changes actions by governmental authorities the availability of capital markets reliance on key personnel uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors many of which are beyond the control of Cadence Minerals Plc. Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions. Cadence Minerals Plc cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking statements.

Cadence Minerals #KDNC formally completes Phase Two to vest its 27% in the Amapa Iron Ore Project

Cadence Minerals (AIM/AQX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to report that further to the announcement of February 7th 2022 (link here), all of the required contractual documentation has been completed, and Cadence now has vested its 27% of the Amapa Iron Ore Project (“Amapa Project” or “Amapa”).

This second stage of investment was to acquire a further 7% (US$3.5 million) of Pedra Branca Alliance (“PBA”), the Cadence and IndoSino joint venture company which owns 100% of the equity of DEV Mineraço S.A. (“DEV”). DEV is the owner of the large-scale Amapa Project. This second stage investment was conditional on several preconditions, which have now been satisfied, and consequently Cadence has now vested a further 7%.

Anglo American, a previous owner and 70% shareholder, (with Cliffs owning the remaining 30%), valued the entire Amapa Project at US$ 1.2 billion. In its 2012 Annual Accounts, Anglo American impaired the entire Amapa project value to US$ 660 million.

Cadence CEO, Kiran Morzaria, commented: “I am pleased to report that following the recent oversubscribed fundraising, we have formally completed phase two of our investment into Amapa to acquire 27%. I know our new and longstanding shareholders share our vision for Amapa, and I am pleased to report that the mine rehabilitation plan is progressing on schedule.”

“I look forward to reporting back to you on further operational progress in the coming weeks.”

About the Amapa Project

The Amapa Project commenced operations in December 2007 with the first production of iron ore concentrate product of 712 kt in 2008. In 2008 Anglo American (70%) and Cliffs (30%) acquired the Amapa Project in 2008 as part of a larger package of mining assets in Brazil.

Production steadily increased to 4.8 Mt and 6.1 Mt of iron ore concentrate product in 2011 and 2012. During this period, Anglo American reported operating profits from its 70% ownership in the Amapa Project of US$ 120 million (100% US$ 171 million) and US$ 54 million (100% US$ 77 million). Before its sale in 2012, Anglo American valued its 70% stake in the Amapa Project at US$ 866 million (100% US$ 1.2 billion). It impaired the asset in its 2012 Annual Accounts to US$ 462 million (100% US$ 660 million.

Cadence updated the Mineral Resource Estimate on November 2nd 2020, increasing the MRE by 21%. The current MRE contains a Mineral Resource of 176.7 million tonnes grading 39.7% Fe in the Indicated category and Mineral Resource of 8.7Mt at 36.9% in the Inferred category, both reported within an optimised pit shell and using a cut-off grade of 25% Fe.

Details of Ownership and Joint Venture Agreement

Cadence owns 27% of the Amapa Project with our joint venture partner, Indo Sino Pty Ltd (“Indo Sino”) owning the remaining 73%. The ownership of Amapa is via a joint venture company, Pedra Branca Alliance Pte. Ltd. (“JV Co”) which owns 100% of the equity of DEV Mineraço S.A. (“DEV”). Should Indo Sino seek further investors or an investment in the JV Co, the Agreement also provides Cadence with a first right of refusal to increase its stake to 49% in the JV Co.

To acquire its 27% interest Cadence has invested US$6 million over two stages. If Cadence is not able to exercise its right of first refusal under the terms of the Agreement, Indo Sino will have a twelve-month option to buy the shares in JV Co held by Cadence for 1.5  times the price paid by Cadence for such shares.

The Agreement also contains security and default clauses which if triggered causes an upwards adjustment mechanism to allow Cadence to either receive cash from JV Co or receive additional shares in JV Co. In the latter case, Cadence’s shareholding in the JV Co will not go above 49.9%.

 

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For further information:

Cadence Minerals plc

  +44 (0) 7879 584153

Andrew Suckling

Kiran Morzaria

WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker)

  +44 (0) 207 220 1666

James Joyce

Darshan Patel

Novum Securities Limited (Joint Broker)

  +44 (0) 207 399 9400

Jon Belliss

 

 

Qualified Person

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.

Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements in this announcement are or may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ”believe” ”could” “should” ”envisage” ”estimate” ”intend” ”may” ”plan” ”will” or the negative of those variations or comparable expressions including references to assumptions. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors’ current expectations and assumptions regarding Cadence Minerals Plc’s future growth results of operations performance future capital and other expenditures (including the amount. nature and sources of funding thereof) competitive advantages business prospects and opportunities. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Directors’ current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors.  Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements including risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions competition environmental and other regulatory changes actions by governmental authorities the availability of capital markets reliance on key personnel uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors many of which are beyond the control of Cadence Minerals Plc. Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions. Cadence Minerals Plc cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking statements.

Cadence Minerals #KDNC formally completes Phase One to vest its 20% in the Amapa Iron Ore Project

Cadence Minerals (AIM/AQX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to announce that further to the announcement of December 29th 2021 (link here), all of the required contractual and regulatory documentation has been completed and filed and Cadence now owns 20% of the Amapa Iron Ore Project.

On the 24th December 2021, the Company alongside Indo Sino entered into a Settlement Agreement with DEV Mineração S.A. (“DEV”) and the Secured Bank Creditors, which to become effective required some additional contractual and regulatory documentation to be completed and filed. As this work has now been completed, Pedra Brance Alliance (“PBA”), the Cadence and IndoSino joint venture company now owns 100% of the equity of DEV, which owns the large-scale Amapa iron ore mine, beneficiation plant, railway and private port (“Amapa Project”, “Amapa”), and consequently Cadence is a 20% owner of PBA.

Anglo American, a previous owner, valued 100 percent in the Amapa Project at US$ 1.2 billion. It impaired the asset in its 2012 Annual Accounts to US$ 660 million for 100 percent.

The second stage of investment is for a further 7% of PBA for a consideration of US$3.5 million. This second stage investment was conditional on several material preconditions, which have now been satisfied. Cadence will now vest its next 7% which will be funded from its recent equity raise.  If Cadence does not complete the investment, Indo Sino will have a twelve-month option to buy the shares in PBA held by Cadence for 1.5 (1 ½) times the price paid by Cadence for the shares.

Cadence CEO, Kiran Morzaria, commented: “I am pleased to report that we have formally completed phase one of our investment into Amapa to acquire our initial 20 percent. Furthermore, our board are delighted that the recent fundraise to fund the second investment phase was oversubscribed. It is clear that our vision for Amapa is shared by new and existing shareholders alike given the high level of interest and participation in the fundraising.”

“I look forward to reporting back to you on progress in the coming weeks.”

About the Amapa Project

The Amapa Project commenced operations in December 2007 with the first production of iron ore concentrate product of 712 kt in 2008.  In 2008 Anglo American (70%) and Cliffs (30%) acquired the Amapa Project in 2008 as part of a larger package of mining assets in Brazil.

Production steadily increased to 4.8 Mt and 6.1 Mt of iron ore concentrate product in 2011 and 2012.  During this period, Anglo American reported operating profits from its 70% ownership in the Amapa Project of US$ 120 million (100% US$ 171 million) and US$ 54 million (100% US$ 77 million). Before its sale in 2012, Anglo American valued its 70% stake in the Amapa Project at US$ 866 million (100% US$ 1.2 billion). It impaired the asset in its 2012 Annual Accounts to US$ 462 million (100% US$ 660 million.

Cadence updated the Mineral Resource Estimate on 2 November 2020, increasing the MRE by 21%. The current MRE contains an Mineral Resource of 176.7 million tonnes grading 39.7% Fe in the Indicated category and Mineral Resource of 8.7Mt at 36.9% in the Inferred category, both reported within an optimised pit shell and using a cut-off grade of 25% Fe.

Details of the Joint Venture Agreement

The agreement with our joint venture partner, Indo Sino Pty Ltd, is to invest in and acquire up to 27% of the joint venture company Pedra Branca Alliance Pte. Ltd. (“JV Co”).  On completion and registration of the Settlement Agreement the equity of DEV Mineração S.A. (“DEV”) will be transferred to the JV Co, at which point it will own 99.9% of the Amapa Project. Should Indo Sino seek further investors or an investment in the JV Co, the agreement also provides Cadence with a first right of refusal to increase its stake to 49% in the JV Co.

To acquire its 27% interest Cadence will invest US$ 6 million over two stages in JV Co. The first stage is for 20% of the JV Co the consideration for which is US$2.5 million. The second stage of investment is for a further 7% of JV Co for a consideration of US$3.5 million. If Cadence is unable to complete the second stage of the investment or not exercise its right of first refusal under the terms of the Agreement, Indo Sino will have a twelve-month option to buy the shares in JV Co held by Cadence for 1.5 (1 ½) times the price paid by Cadence for such shares.

Cadence’s investment was conditional on several material preconditions, which as of the date of this announcement have been satisfied. On completion of Cadence’s investment (not including the first right of refusal), our joint venture partner Indo Sino will own 73% of JV Co. The Agreement also contains security and default clauses which if triggered causes an upwards adjustment mechanism to allow Cadence to either receive cash from JV Co or receive additional shares in JV Co. In the latter case, Cadence’s shareholding in the JV Co will not go above 49.9%.

On completion of the US$ 6 million investment, Cadence will have the right to appoint two members to a five-member board, with the remaining three comprising of one member jointly appointed by Cadence and Indo Sino and two appointed by Indo Sino.

 

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For further information:

Cadence Minerals plc                                                    +44 (0) 7879 584153
Andrew Suckling
Kiran Morzaria
WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker)                                 +44 (0) 207 220 1666
James Joyce
Darshan Patel
Novum Securities Limited (Joint Broker)                                 +44 (0) 207 399 9400
Jon Belliss

 

 

Qualified Person

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.

 

Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements in this announcement are or may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ”believe” ”could” “should” ”envisage” ”estimate” ”intend” ”may” ”plan” ”will” or the negative of those variations or comparable expressions including references to assumptions. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors’ current expectations and assumptions regarding Cadence Minerals Plc’s future growth results of operations performance future capital and other expenditures (including the amount. nature and sources of funding thereof) competitive advantages business prospects and opportunities. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Directors’ current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors.  Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements including risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions competition environmental and other regulatory changes actions by governmental authorities the availability of capital markets reliance on key personnel uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors many of which are beyond the control of Cadence Minerals Plc. Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions. Cadence Minerals Plc cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking statements.

 

 

Cadence Minerals #KDNC – Execution of Settlement Agreement and Vesting of Initial US$2.5m for 20% of the Amapa Iron Ore Project

Cadence Minerals (AIM/AQX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a binding settlement agreement (“Settlement Agreement”) with the secured bank creditors of DEV Mineração S.A. (“DEV”), the owner of the Amapa iron ore project in Brazil.

The execution of the Settlement Agreement represents the last major precondition for Cadence to vest its initial US$2.5m for 20% of the large-scale Amapa iron ore mine, beneficiation plant, railway and private port (“Amapa Project”, “Amapa”) . Anglo American, a previous owner  had  valued its 70% stake in the Amapa Project in [date]at US$ 866 million (100% US$ 1.2 billion). It impaired the asset in its 2012 Annual Accounts to US$ 462 million (100% US$ 660 million).

Highlights:

  • Execution of the Settlement Agreement with the Secured Bank Creditors of the Amapa Project allows Cadence’s (20%) and Indo Sino’s (80%) joint venture to secure 100% ownership of the Amapa Project.
  • The restructuring of the secured and unsecured creditors achieved by this Settlement Agreement and the Judicial Restructuring Process (“JRP”) has more than halved registered creditors balances.
  • Cadence has already commenced its next stage of investment in the Amapa Project to increase its stake to 27%.
  • Pre-feasibilty studies are ongoing on the project

Next Steps

The parties to the agreement are now completing and filing the required contractual and regulatory documentation which will crystallise the Cadence and Indo Sino Trade Pte. Ltd. (“Indo Sino”) joint venture company’s 100% ownership of DEV and the Amapa Project.

Cadence has already begun work on the next investment phase to earn an additional 7% of Amapa for US$3.5 million. These funds will be primarily used to progress the pre-feasibility studies on the asset.

Details of the Settlement Agreement

Cadence alongside Indo Sino entered into a Settlement Agreement with DEV and the Secured Bank Creditors on 24 December 2021.

The original credit facility provided to DEV has a principle amount outstanding of US$135 million (“Credit Facility”). The Settlement Agreement settles all of the principle amount plus all interest, default interest, outstanding costs and fees (“Settlement Amount”). The Credit Facility is secured over all of DEV’s equity and assets.

As a result of the Settlement Agreement and the JRP approved in August 2019, the total principle amounts owed to the secured and unsecured creditors in classes I to IV of DEV have been reduced from  approximately US$231 million to approximately US$103 million or approximately 45% of the original value.

The Settlement Amount will be paid over two years from the effective date of the Settlement Agreement, and It is to be be satisfied by the net profits from the sale of DEV’s iron ore stockpiles. As agreed in the JRP in August 2019 the unsecured creditors will be paid from DEV’s free cash flow over a period of nine years.

Under the Settlement Agreement, DEV remains the obligor with the Secured Creditors having no recourse of repayment of the Settlement Amount to either Cadence or Indo Sino. The Settlement Agreement will remain secured over all of DEV’s equity and assets.

Cadence CEO, Kiran Morzaria, commented: “When Cadence first announced Heads of Terms for Amapa back in May 2019, we knew that while a tremendous amount of work lay ahead, the investment and terms, if secured would represent our greatest achievement to date as a mining investment company.”

“That we are at this point today is entirely due to the team at Cadence, Indo Sino and DEV sharing a common vision and working together to achieve it. I am proud that together we have overcome some considerable challenges, including the impact of COVID on the Amapa region, to reach this moment.”

“We have already embarked on Phase 2, where Cadence will vest an additional US$3.5m to take our holding to 27%. Given the rate of progessthat I saw on visiting Amapa in October, I have every confidence that the day when our newly recommissioned mine re-commences production will come, at which point the nascent value in the project will be realised for the benefit of all our investors and shareholders.”

 

Cadence Non-Executive Chairman, Andrew Suckling, commented; “This is indeed a momentous day for Cadence, Indo Sino, DEV, the Government of Amapa, the legal teams and bank committees and administrators who have worked tirelessly, COVID notwithstanding, to finalise the final and perhaps the most lengthy part of the judicial restructuring plan agreed back in 2019.”

“I would also like to put on record my heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in making this happen, and in particular to Kiran and the team for realising what is an absolutely transformational transaction for Cadence and its shareholders.”

“Having achieved what we set out to do, the work really starts in earnest. Bringing Amapa back to life has created a raft of new opportunities for the region and its community, with improved prospects for employment, health and education. The opportunity is simply huge: Amapa was once owned Anglo American, and we fully intend to restore the mine and infrastructure to its former glory, and more besides given that we intend to produce a higher quality product mix. Even now, the value of this transaction is only starting to register with the markets, something I truly believe will change dramatically in the coming years.”

About the Amapa Project

The Amapa Project commenced operations in December 2007 with the first production of iron ore concentrate product of 712 kt in 2008.  In 2008 Anglo American (70%) and Cliffs (30%) acquired the Amapa Project in 2008 as part of a larger package of mining assets in Brazil.

Production steadily increased to 4.8 Mt and 6.1 Mt of iron ore concentrate product in 2011 and 2012.  During this period, Anglo American reported operating profits from its 70% ownership in the Amapa Project of US$ 120 million (100% US$ 171 million) and US$ 54 million (100% US$ 77 million). Before its sale in 2012, Anglo American valued its 70% stake in the Amapa Project at US$ 866 million (100% US$ 1.2 billion). It impaired the asset in its 2012 Annual Accounts to US$ 462 million (100% US$ 660 million.

DEV filed for judicial protection in August 2015 in Brazil, and mining ceased at the Amapa Project. A judicial order in early 2019 offered investors and creditors the opportunity to file a revised JRP. Cadence and Indo Sino filed a conditional JRP, which creditors approved in August 2019. Cadence, Indo Sino and DEV have continued to develop the Amapa Project and satisfy the conditions of the JRP.

Cadence updated the Mineral Resource Estimate on 2 November 2020, increasing the MRE by 21%. The current MRE contains an Mineral Resource of 176.7 million tonnes grading 39.7% Fe in the Indicated category and Mineral Resource of 8.7Mt at 36.9% in the Inferred category, both reported within an optimised pit shell and using a cut-off grade of 25% Fe.

Details of the Joint Venture Agreement

The agreement with our joint venture partner, Indo Sino Pty Ltd, is to invest in and acquire up to a 27% of a joint venture company Pedra Branca Alliance Pte. Ltd. (“JV Co”).  On Completion and registration of the Settlement Agreement the equity of DEV Mineração S.A. (“DEV”) will be transferred to the JV Co, at which point it will own 99.9% of the Amapa Project. Should Indo Sino seek further investors or an investment in the JV Co, the agreement also provides Cadence with a first right of refusal to increase its stake to 49% in the JV Co.

To acquire its 27% interest Cadence will invest US$ 6 million over two stages in JV Co. The first stage is for 20% of the JV Co the consideration for which is US$2.5 million. The second stage of investment is for a further 7% of JV Co for a consideration of US$3.5 million. If Cadence is unable to complete the second stage of the investment or not exercise its right of first refusal under the terms of the Agreement, Indo Sino will have a twelve-month option to buy the shares in JV Co held by Cadence for 1.5 (1 ½) times the price paid by Cadence for such shares.

Cadence’s investment was conditional on several material preconditions, which as of the date of this announcement have been satisfied. On completion of Cadence’s investment (not including the first right of refusal), our joint venture partner Indo Sino will own 73% of JV Co. The Agreement also contains security and default clauses which if triggered causes an upwards adjustment mechanism to allow Cadence to either receive cash from JV Co or receive additional shares in JV Co. In the latter case, Cadence’s shareholding in the JV Co will not go above 49.9%.

On completion of the US$ 6 million investment, Cadence will have the right to appoint two members to a five-member board, with the remaining three comprising of one member jointly appointed by Cadence and Indo Sino and two appointed by Indo Sino.

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For further information:

Cadence Minerals plc                                                    +44 (0) 7879 584153
Andrew Suckling
Kiran Morzaria
WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker)                                 +44 (0) 207 220 1666
James Joyce
Darshan Patel
Novum Securities Limited (Joint Broker)                                 +44 (0) 207 399 9400
Jon Belliss

 

Qualified Person

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.

Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements in this announcement are or may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ”believe” ”could” “should” ”envisage” ”estimate” ”intend” ”may” ”plan” ”will” or the negative of those variations or comparable expressions including references to assumptions. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors’ current expectations and assumptions regarding Cadence Minerals Plc’s future growth results of operations performance future capital and other expenditures (including the amount. nature and sources of funding thereof) competitive advantages business prospects and opportunities. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Directors’ current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors.  Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements including risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions competition environmental and other regulatory changes actions by governmental authorities the availability of capital markets reliance on key personnel uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors many of which are beyond the control of Cadence Minerals Plc. Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions. Cadence Minerals Plc cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking statements.

Cadence Minerals #KDNC -Port Concession Update, Amapa Project

Cadence Minerals (AIM/AQX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to announce the approval of the change of control request for the federal port concession owned by DEV Mineraço S.A.’s (“DEV”) (“Port Change of Control”).Alongside the reinstatement of the life of mine railway concession by the State of Amapa in December 2019, details of which can be found here. Both these approvals represent two essential regulatory requirements over the critical infrastructure to operate the integrated Amapa Iron Ore Mine (“Amapa Project”)

DEV, Cadence and Indo Sino Pte. Ltd. (“Indo Sino”) have been liaising with the Agencia Nacional De Transportes Aquaviarios (“ANTAQ”) to approve the Port   Change of Control. The federal port concession is one of the licenses required to operate DEV’s privatley owned port in Santana, Amapa. The approved Port Change of Control will occur once Cadence’s and Indo Sino’s joint venture company Pedra Branca Alliance Pte. Ltd. (“JV Co”) is the 99.9% owner of DEV. As part of the Port Change of Control, ANTAQ has agreed to cease the recommended abrogation of the port concession. In addition, DEV has agreed to pay the outstanding fines of approximately US$267,000 to ANTAQ, 30 days after our JV Co takes control of DEV.

DEV ownership will pass to the JV Co once DEV, Cadence and Indo Sino have executed the settlement agreement with the secured bank creditors. Further details of the settlement agreement can be found here .

This approval represents a significant step forward in the licensing process to bring the Amapa project back into production. DEV continues to progress the licensing workstream across the multiple regulatory authorities, and we will update our shareholders as this progresses.

Cadence CEO, Kiran Morzaria, commented: “The Port Concession marks another significant step along the road to bring the Amapa Project back to life. Licensing and permitting often represent a substantial risk in the development of mineral projects, but thanks to the efforts of the team at DEV and its advisors, we have successfully secured two key concessions critical to the operational success of the Amapa project.”

“On my recent Amapa site visit, I was delighted to see the rapid progress on the ground, driven by a highly motivated local management team and staff. I look forward to reporting further progress.”

About the Amapa Project

The Amapa Project commenced operations in December 2007, with the first iron ore concentrate product of 712 kt shipped in 2008.  In 2008 Anglo American (70%) and Cliffs (30%) acquired the Amapa Project as part of a larger package of mining assets in Brazil.

Cadence updated the Mineral Resource Estimate on 2 November 2020, increasing the MRE by 21%. The current MRE contains a Mineral Resource of 176.7 million tonnes grading 39.7% Fe in the Indicated category and Mineral Resource of 8.7Mt at 36.9% in the Inferred category, both reported within an optimised pit shell and using a cut-off grade of 25% Fe.

Production steadily increased to 4.8 Mt and 6.1 Mt of iron ore concentrate product in 2011 and 2012.  During this period, Anglo American reported operating profits from their 70% ownership in the Amapa Project of USD 120 million (100% USD 171 million) and USD 54 million (100% USD 77 million).

Before its sale in 2012, Anglo American valued its 70% stake in Amapa Project at USD 866 million (100% 1.2 billion). It impaired the asset in its 2012 Annual Accounts to USD 462 million (100% USD 660 million.

DEV filed for judicial protection in August 2015 in Brazil, and mining ceased at the Amapa Project. A judicial order in early 2019 offered investors and creditors the opportunity to file a revised JRP. Cadence and Indo Sino filed a conditional JRP, which creditors approved in August 2019, and since that time, Cadence, Indo Sino and DEV have continued to develop the Amapa Project and satisfy the conditions of the JRP.

Details of the Joint Venture Agreement

The agreement with our joint venture partner, Indo Sino, is to invest in and acquire up to 27% of a (JV Co.  On completion and registration of the settlement agreement with the bank creditors, the equity of DEV will be transferred to the JV Co, at which point it will own 99.9% of the Amapa Project. Should Indo Sino seek further investors or an investment in the JV Co, the agreement also provides Cadence with a first right of refusal to increase its stake to 49%.

To acquire its 27% interest, Cadence will invest US$ 6 million over two stages in JV Co. The first stage is for 20% of the JV Co’s consideration, which is US$2.5 million. The second stage of investment is for a further 7% of JV Co for a consideration of US$3.5 million. If Cadence is unable to complete the second stage of the investment or not exercise its right of first refusal under the terms of the Agreement, Indo Sino will have a twelve-month option to buy the shares in JV Co held by Cadence for 1.5 (1 ½) times the price paid by Cadence for such shares.

Cadence’s investment is conditional on several material preconditions, including the grant of key operating licences and the release of bank securities over the asset. Upon completing Cadence’s investment (not including the first right of refusal), our joint venture partner Indo Sino will own 73% of JV Co. The Agreement also contains security and default clauses which, if triggered, causes an upwards adjustment mechanism to allow Cadence to either receive cash from JV Co or receive additional shares in JV Co. In the latter case, Cadence’s shareholding in the JV Co will not go above 49.9%. 

Upon completing the US$ 6 million investment, Cadence will have the right to appoint two members to a five-member board. The remaining three members will comprise one member jointly appointed by Cadence and Indo Sino and two appointed by Indo Sino.

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For further information:

Cadence Minerals plc                                                    +44 (0) 7879 584153
Andrew Suckling
Kiran Morzaria
WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker)                                 +44 (0) 207 220 1666
James Joyce
Darshan Patel
Novum Securities Limited (Joint Broker)                                 +44 (0) 207 399 9400
Jon Belliss

 

Qualified Person

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.

Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements in this announcement are or may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ”believe” ”could” “should” ”envisage” ”estimate” ”intend” ”may” ”plan” ”will” or the negative of those variations or comparable expressions including references to assumptions. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors’ current expectations and assumptions regarding Cadence Minerals Plc’s future growth results of operations performance future capital and other expenditures (including the amount. nature and sources of funding thereof) competitive advantages business prospects and opportunities. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Directors’ current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors.  Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements including risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions competition environmental and other regulatory changes actions by governmental authorities the availability of capital markets reliance on key personnel uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors many of which are beyond the control of Cadence Minerals Plc. Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions. Cadence Minerals Plc cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking statements.

Cadence Minerals #KDNC – Bank Credit Committee Approval for Amapa Project Settlement Agreement

 

Cadence Minerals (AIM/AQX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to announce that it has received confirmation from the secured bank creditors that they have obtained approval from their credit committees with respect to the proposed terms of the settlement agreement (“Approval”).

Highlights:

  • Bank credit committee approval for secured bank creditors assits in paving the way for Cadence to vest initial 20% in the Amapa Iron Ore Project
  • On the effective date of the settlement agreement Cadence’s and Indo Sino’s joint venture company will own 99.9% of the Amapa Project
  • The Amapa Iron Ore Project consists of an integrated mine, processing plant, railway, and privately owned port. It was previously owned by Anglo American and produced 6.1 million tonnes of iron ore per annum, and was valued at US$ 660 million.
  • The current Mineral Resource of the Amapa Project consists of 7 million tonnes grading 39.7% Fe in the Indicated category and 8.7Mt at 36.9% Fe in the Inferred catergory

The Approval is subject to the completion of KYC (know your client) and the finalisation of the documentation reflecting the agreement in principle as announced on the 2 September 2020). The Approval assists in paving the way for Cadence to vest its initial 20% indirect interest in Amapa Iron Project (“The Amapa Project”). The Amapa Project consists of an integrated mine, processing plant, railway, and privately owned port. It was previously owned by Anglo American and produced 6.1 million tonnes of iron ore[1] per annum, and was valued by Anglo American at US$ 660 million[2].

While awaiting credit committee approval, the drafting of the final settlement documents have continued to progress. On the effective date of the  Settlement Agreement and under the Judicial Restructuring Plan (“JRP”) Cadence and Indo Sino Trade Pte Ltd (Indo Sino), via their joint venture company, will own 99.9% of DEV Mineração S.A., the owner of the Amapa Project.

Cadence Non-Executive Chairman, Andrew Suckling, commented; “As I have said previously, in my time working with commodity projects around the world, I have rarely if ever seen a lapsed mining project with this sort of potential. Today’s announcement is a landmark for Amapa, both in terms of certainty for DEV employees, the wider Amapa community and for Cadence shareholders. I know how hard the team on the ground there have worked to make this happen, and on behalf of our board I would like to express our thanks and gratitude to DEV, the Government of Amapa, the team of local Government officers and bank committees and administrators for contributing to this momentous step in our history.”

“In its previous life, Amapá’s output contributed significantly to the regional economy. Once again it is set to create new opportunities for the community, and will help to improve prospects in employment, health and education for this region in Brazil as the world emerges from the COVID crisis.”

Cadence CEO, Kiran Morzaria, commented: “After a long and protracted process, I am delighted to be able to announce to you that we have now received Credit Committee Approval for the secured bank creditors to execute the Settlement Agreement. Cadence can then vest its initial 20% and eventually a further 7%, which in practical terms means we have a clear path and process to get Amapárecommissioned, licensed and back into production.”

“On my arrival at Amapá last week, I was deeply impressed by the rapid progress made by the DEV team, with reconstruction of some of the administrative and community infrastructure already well advanced. We look forward to working alongside both DEV and Indo Sino to continue to develop this asset, creating further opportunity and prosperity for the Amapa region, and of course delivering ongoing value for all stakeholders.”

About the Amapa Project

The Amapa Project commenced operations in December 2007 with the first production of iron ore concentrate product of 712 kt in 2008.  In 2008 Anglo American (70%) and Cliffs (30%) acquired the Amapa Project in 2008 as part of a larger package of mining assets in Brazil.

Cadence updated the Mineral Resource Estimate on 2 November 2020. Increasing the MRE by 21%. The current MRE contains an Mineral Resource 176.7 million tonnes grading 39.7% Fe in the Indicated category and Mineral Resource of 8.7Mt at 36.9% in the Inferred category, both reported within an optimised pit shell and using a cut-off grade of 25% Fe.

Production steadily increased to 4.8 Mt and 6.1 Mt of iron ore concentrate product in 2011 and 2012.  During this period, Anglo American reported operating profits from their 70% ownership in the Amapa Project of USD 120 million (100% USD 171 million) and USD 54 million (100% USD 77 million).

Before its sale in 2012, Anglo American valued its 70% stake in Amapa Project at USD 866 million (100% 1.2 billion). It impaired the asset in its 2012 Annual Accounts to USD 462 million (100% USD 660 million.

DEV filed for judicial protection in August 2015 in Brazil, and mining ceased at the Amapa Project. A judicial order in early 2019 offered investors and creditors the opportunity to file a revised JRP. Cadence and Indo Sino filed a conditional JRP, which creditors approved in August 2019. Cadence, Indo Sino and DEV have continued to develop the Amapa Project and satisfy the conditions of the JRP.

Details of the Joint Venture Agreement

The agreement with our joint venture partner, Indo Sino, is to invest in and acquire up to a 27% of a joint venture company Pedra Branca Alliance Pte. Ltd. (“JV Co”).  On Completion and registration of the Settlement Agreement the  equity of DEV Mineração S.A. (“DEV”) will be transferred to the JV Co, at which point it will own 99.9% of the Amapa Project. Should Indo Sino seek further investors or an investment in the JV Co the agreement also provides Cadence with a first right of refusal to increase its stake to 49% in the JV Co.

To acquire its 27% interest Cadence will invest US$ 6 million over two stages in JV Co. The first stage is for 20% of the JV Co the consideration for which is US$2.5 million. The second stage of investment is for a further 7% of JV Co for a consideration of US$3.5 million. If Cadence is unable to complete the second stage of the investment or not exercise its right of first refusal under the terms of the Agreement, Indo Sino will have a twelve-month option to buy the shares in JV Co held by Cadence for 1.5 (1 ½) times the price paid by Cadence for such shares.

Cadence’s investment is conditional on several material preconditions, which include the grant of key operating licences and the release of bank securities over the asset. On completion of Cadence’s investment (not including the first right of refusal), our joint venture partner Indo Sino will own 73% of JV Co. The Agreement also contains security and default clauses which if triggered causes an upwards adjustment mechanism to allow Cadence to either receive cash from JV Co or receive additional shares in JV Co. In the latter case, Cadence’s shareholding in the JV Co will not go above 49.9%.

On completion of the US$ 6 million investment, Cadence will have the right to appoint two members to a five-member board, with the remaining three comprising of one member jointly appointed by Cadence and Indo Sino and two appointed by Indo Sino.

 

– Ends –

 

For further information:

Cadence Minerals plc                                                    +44 (0) 7879 584153
Andrew Suckling
Kiran Morzaria
WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker)                                 +44 (0) 207 220 1666
James Joyce
Darshan Patel
Novum Securities Limited (Joint Broker)                                 +44 (0) 207 399 9400
Jon Belliss

 

 

Qualified Person

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.  

Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements in this announcement are or may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ”believe” ”could” “should” ”envisage” ”estimate” ”intend” ”may” ”plan” ”will” or the negative of those variations or comparable expressions including references to assumptions. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors’ current expectations and assumptions regarding Cadence Minerals Plc’s future growth results of operations performance future capital and other expenditures (including the amount. nature and sources of funding thereof) competitive advantages business prospects and opportunities. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Directors’ current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors.  Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements including risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions competition environmental and other regulatory changes actions by governmental authorities the availability of capital markets reliance on key personnel uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors many of which are beyond the control of Cadence Minerals Plc. Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions. Cadence Minerals Plc cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking statements.

[1] Anglo American, Annual Report 2012, page 89, https://www.angloamerican.com/~/media/Files/A/Anglo-American-Group/PLC/investors/annual-reporting/2013/annual-report2012.pdf

[2] Anglo American, Annual Report 2012, page 183, https://www.angloamerican.com/~/media/Files/A/Anglo-American-Group/PLC/investors/annual-reporting/2013/annual-report2012.pdf

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