Lion One Metals has secured a US$40 million debt facility with Chinese companies Sinosteel Equipment & Engineering and Baiyin International Investment.
The term sheet incorporates an EPC and gold doré off-take financing facility for mine development and construction of the processing plant for the Company’s 100% owned and fully permitted Tuvatu Gold Project located near the Nadi International Airport in the Republic of Fiji.
Lion One intends to engage Sinosteel as the project EPC Contractor and Baiyin as the doré off-taker and be provided with a US$40 million facility. Closing of the facility is subject to satisfactory due diligence, board approvals, and final documentation, with closing expected to take place in the third quarter of 2018.
Lion One will have the option, subject to mutual agreement, of increasing the principal of the facility by an additional $10 million with the same interest rate, repayment schedule, security, and pro-rata royalty as the Facility. Lion One will also have the right to obtain a new facility of up to $10 million freely, provided it is not secured against the security under the Facility.
Walter H. Berukoff, Chairman and CEO of Lion One commented “We are pleased to cooperate with Baiyin and Sinosteel for the long-term financing, which will provide low-cost capital and maximum flexibility in the development of Fiji’s next high-grade gold project at Tuvatu.”