Santa Fe announced that it has closed the first $10 million tranche of a Senior Secured Gold Stream Credit Agreement with Waterton Global Value, L.P. (Waterton).
This Credit Agreement provides for two $10 million tranches and a $5 million revolving working capital facility. The long-term debt carries a 9% coupon and amortizes over a 30-month term (assuming both tranches are drawn), with an initial six-month grace period during which Santa Fe is not required to make any payments. As part of the transaction, Santa Fe has agreed to sell to Waterton the gold and silver produced from the Summit mine and (upon closing of the Columbus Silver transaction) the Mogollon project via a long-term supply agreement.
Five million dollars of the first $10 million tranche of the Waterton facility was used to retire the Company's 15% Senior Secured Bridge loan with Victory Park Capital Advisors, LLC. The second $10 million tranche, which is subject to several funding conditions, is earmarked to fund the strategic acquisition of Columbus Silver Corporation
(TSXV: CSC.V ).
We are very pleased to make this investment in Santa Fe Gold, said Cheryl Brandon, Portfolio Manager at Waterton. Santa Fe's team impressed us with their excellent operational awareness. We believe there is a strong opportunity for future growth of both the Summit Mine and Santa Fe's other and prospective properties.
CONVERSION OF $13.5 MILLION PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF SENIOR SECURED CONVERTIBLE DEBENTURE INTO COMMON STOCK AT $1.00 PER SHARE
Santa Fe also announced the conversion of $13.5 million principal amount of its Senior Secured Convertible Debentures held by Sulane Holdings, Ltd. into 13.5 million shares of common stock at a conversion price of $1.00 per share. Said Santa Fe's CEO Dr. Pierce Carson, Sulane's election to convert the Senior Secured Convertible Debentures into common stock at $1.00 per share, which is at a significant premium to recent trading prices, demonstrates Sulane's long-term support and continued confidence in the future of the Company. This $13.5 million conversion significant improves our equity ratio and significantly deleverages our balance sheet.
Dr. Carson continued, We believe that collectively these transactions represent a significant milestone for Santa Fe. We now enjoy an enhanced capital structure, which should provide the platform for us to execute our strategic long-term growth objectives, and to become a stronger and profitable mining company. We are encouraged by the strong support and confidence of both Sulane and Waterton.
The Memorandum of Understanding will included as an Exhibit to Santa Fe's Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed with the SEC, and available at www.sec.gov.
About Santa Fe Gold:
Santa Fe Gold is a U.S.-based mining and exploration enterprise focused on acquiring and developing gold, silver, copper and industrial mineral properties. Santa Fe
controls: (i) the Summit mine and Lordsburg mill in southwestern New Mexico, which began processing operations in 2010; (ii) a substantial land position near the Lordsburg mill, comprising the core of the Lordsburg Mining District; (iii) the Ortiz gold property in north-central New Mexico; (iv) the Black Canyon mica deposit and processing equipment near Phoenix, Arizona; and (v) a deposit of micaceous iron oxide (MIO) in western Arizona. Santa Fe Gold intends to build a portfolio of high-quality, diversified mineral assets with an emphasis on precious metals.
To learn more about Santa Fe Gold, visit www.santafegoldcorp.com [http://www.santafegoldcorp.com ].
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Santa Fe Gold Corporation
W. Pierce Carson
President and Chief Executive Officer
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