K92 Mining Announces US$100 Million Senior Secured Loan and Amended Offtake Agreement With Trafigura, Bolstering Balance Sheet and Future Metals Payabilities

By: PNG Business News October 02, 2023

K92 Mining Inc. is pleased to announce that it has entered into a loan agreement with Trafigura Pte Ltd, a market leader in the global commodities industry, pursuant to which Trafigura will provide a US$100 million senior secured loan to K92.

In addition, the Papua New Guinea subsidiary of the Company, K92 Mining Limited, and Trafigura have amended and restated the offtake agreement dated July 1, 2019 for the purchase by Trafigura of 100% of K92’s copper/gold concentrates produced at the Kainantu Gold Mine in Papua New Guinea (“ the Amended Offtake Agreement ”). The Loan and the Amended Offtake Agreement will only come into effect upon satisfaction of express conditions precedent, including but not limited to (i) the execution and registration of the Security and (ii) regulatory approvals. These conditions precedent have not as yet been satisfied. K92 expects first drawdown to occur in early to mid-Q4 2023.

The Loan is at the corporate-level and may be used for general corporate purposes, working capital purposes, and capital expenditures. No hedging is required for the Loan. The Loan further strengthens K92’s strong financial position, with US$95.6 million and no debt as at June 30, 2023.

Key Terms

US$100 Million Senior Secured Loan

  • 4-year term from the date which the first advance of funds are made.
  • Competitive interest rates.
  • One-year interest only repayment grace period.
  • No hedging conditions.
  • The Loan will be secured by, among other things, a charge over the assets of K92 Mining Limited and a pledge of the shares of both K92 Mining Limited and K92 Holdings International Limited (the “ Security ”).
  • Drawdown of the first US$25 million under the Loan (the “ Initial Advance ”) is subject to conditions precedent, including but not limited to (i) the execution and registration of the Security and (ii) regulatory approvals, which have not as yet been satisfied.
  • Drawdown of the balance of the Loan is subject to subsequent conditions in relation to the registration of certain items which form part of the Security (the “ Conditions Subsequent ”).
  • Prior to satisfaction of the Conditions Subsequent, should an event of default occur under the Loan, Trafigura has, among other rights, the right to accelerate repayment of the Loan, and convert all or any portion of the Initial Advance into common shares of K92 (the “ Conversion Right ”).
  • Once the Conditions Subsequent are satisfied, the Conversion Right will expire and be of no further force or effect.

Amended Offtake Agreement

  • The term of the Offtake Agreement will extend and continue for an additional 7 consecutive calendar years, beginning January 1, 2026, or until a minimum quantity of 600,000 dry metric tons of concentrate have been delivered to Trafigura.
  • Competitive industry terms in relation to all metrics at London Metals Exchange spot prices.
  • Attractive payment arrangements which provide for upfront payment on delivery of concentrates to port of dispatch and provision of certain shipping documents.
  • Amended and improved metals payabilities for deliveries of concentrates, which includes amending penalties, treatment and refining charges, and transport charges, all of which are better than the assumptions outlined in the Kainantu Integrated Development Plan (“IDP”) Definitive Feasibility and Preliminary Economic Assessment cases (see September 12, 2022 press release – K92 Mining Inc Announces Robust Kainantu Gold Mine Integrated Development Plan).

John Lewins, K92 Chief Executive Officer and Director, stated, “We are extremely pleased to be expanding our partnership with Trafigura, with a US$100 million Loan and amended off-take agreement. Trafigura has been our offtake partner since the start of operations at the Kainantu Gold Mine, and these agreements reinforce our strong relationship with Trafigura.

In combination with K92’s already strong cash position of $96m at the end of Q2 2023, the US$100 million Loan effectively fully finances the growth capital outlined in the IDP for both the Stage 3 DFS and Stage 4 PEA cases, which transform Kainantu into a Tier 1 producer with run-rate production of 300 koz AuEq and 470 koz AuEq per annum, respectively. Importantly, the Loan enables K92 to more confidently invest and potentially increase exploration activities while completing the major production expansions. The offtake agreement also secures long-term competitive terms and provides security and confidence in our income from the sale of our concentrate product.”

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