Alphamin Resources, a Mauritus-based miner focused on the Bisie Tin Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has completed a $25m drawdown under its previously announced credit facility of up to $80m.
In addition, the Company converted US$3.396 million of debt due to Sprott Private Resource Lending (Collector), L.P., Barak Fund SPC Limited and the Company’s 44.86% shareholder, Tremont Master Holdings, in connection with the Credit Agreement into 17,389,387 common shares of the Company (the “Common Shares”) at a price of C$0.25 per Common Share (the “Debt Settlement”).
The Common Shares issued pursuant to the Debt Settlement are subject to a minimum hold period of four months and one day from the date of issuance, expiring on October 8, 2018. The Debt Settlement remains subject to final approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.
On March 28, 2018 a revised mining code (the “Revised Mining Code”) was published in the official gazette in the Democratic Republic of Congo (“DRC”), becoming law following the signing in by the president of DRC, Joseph Kabila, on March 9, 2018.
Based on the Revised Mining Code, it appears that the Company could be subject to a higher royalty rate of 3.5% payable to DRC, up from 2%, and potentially higher taxes, as a result of reduction in tax deductible expenses.
The Company notes that article 220 of the Revised Mining Code states that companies developing projects in infrastructure poor provinces, such as Alphamin, may be able to take advantage of certain exemptions.
The Company is currently in the process of assessing the Revised Mining Code and the applicable regulations, and their impact on Alphamin.
The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 (the “1933 Act”) or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for account or benefit of, U.S. Persons (as defined in Regulation S under the 1933 Act) unless registered under the 1933 Act and applicable state securities laws, or an exemption from such registration requirements is available.
Source: Company Press Release.