Horizonte Minerals (HZM.TSX.L) Credit Approval for Senior Debt Facility


Horizonte Minerals Plc, (AIM: HZM, TSX: HZM) (” Horizonte” or “the Company”) the nickel company focused in Brazil is pleased to announce that it has received credit approvals from a syndicate of five international financial institutions (the “Senior Lenders”) in addition to the previously announced approval by the two export credit agencies (the “ECAs”) for a senior secured project finance facility (the “Senior Debt Facility”) of up to US$346.2 million to fund the construction and development of its Araguaia ferro-nickel project (“Araguaia” or the “Project”).

The Senior Lenders are BNP Paribas Securities Corp (“BNPP”), ING Capital LLC (“ING”), Natixis, New York Branch (“Natixis”), Société Générale (“SocGen”), and Swedish Export Credit Corporation (“SEK”). The ECAs are EKF, Denmark’s Export Credit Agency (“EKF”) and Finnvera plc, Finland’s Export Credit Agency (“Finnvera”).

The Senior Debt Facility will include two tranches:

  • Tranche A of US$146.2 million, to be guaranteed by the ECAs in relation to a number of key equipment and service provider contracts; and
  • Tranche B of US$200 million.

The term of the Senior Debt Facility will be ten and a half years for Tranche A, and eight and a half years for Tranche B. The interest rate of the Senior Debt Facility will be at a rate of LIBOR plus 1.80% for Tranche A, and LIBOR plus 4.25 to 4.75% for Tranche B. Closing of the Senior Debt Facility is subject to customary conditions, including the negotiation and settlement of definitive documentation and the entry into a comprehensive intercreditor agreement, among others.

Endeavour Financial is acting as financial advisor to the Company and Norton Rose Fulbright LLP has acted as legal counsel to the Company with support from the Freitas Ferraz law firm in Brazil.

The Senior Lenders and ECAs are being advised by Milbank LLP, Micon International Limited (Independent Engineer), and Arcadis (Independent Environmental, Social, Health & Safety Consultant).

Horizonte CEO, Jeremy Martin commented: “I am delighted to announce the receipt of these final credit approvals from five leading international financial institutions. The Horizonte team and our advisors have worked over the past 18 months to reach this point. Coupled with the two export credit agencies, this syndicate of seven provides a U$346.2 million Senior Debt Facility to help finance the construction of Araguaia. This milestone represents the conclusion of an intensive due diligence process which included site visits by the Senior Lenders and independent experts, and extensive technical, marketing, environmental, social and legal evaluations of the Project.

Credit approval from the full syndicate is the catalyst for finalising the other components of the overall financing requirement for Araguaia. As previously announced, the process with the offtake partner and strategic investor is well advanced, and we look forward to updating the market on its conclusion, alongside financial close of the Senior Debt Facility in the coming months.

The strength of the syndicate we have secured is testament to the robust economics of the Project, our team’s technical ability and our best practice sustainability standards. With very few new nickel projects with these credentials at construction phase we believe today’s news is a pivotal point in Horizonte’s story as we work to become a major nickel producer. This is against a backdrop of strong nickel market fundamentals where we are seeing significant demand in the stainless-steel sector alongside accelerating growth in the EV battery space.”

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014, as retained in the UK pursuant to S3 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.

For further information, visit www.horizonteminerals.com or contact:

Horizonte Minerals plc

Jeremy Martin (CEO)

Anna Legge (Corporate Communications)

[email protected]

+44 (0) 203 356 2901

About Horizonte Minerals:

Horizonte Minerals plc (AIM & TSX: HZM) is developing two 100% owned, tier one projects in Parà state, Brazil – the Araguaia Nickel Project and the Vermelho Nickel-Cobalt Project. Both projects are large scale, high-grade, low-cost, low-carbon and scalable. Araguaia is construction ready and will produce 29,000 tonnes of nickel per year to supply the stainless-steel market. Vermelho is at feasibility study stage and will produce 25,000 tonnes of nickel and 1,250 tonnes of cobalt to supply the EV battery market. Horizonte’s combined near-term production profile of over 50,000 tonnes of nickel per year positions the Company as a globally significant nickel producer. Horizonte is developing a new nickel district in Brazil that will benefit from established infrastructure, including hydroelectric power available in the Carajás Mining District.

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