US$1 million Loan Agreement & Corporate Update
Edenville Energy Plc (AIM: EDL), the AIM quoted company operating the Rukwa Coal Project in southwest Tanzania (the “Project” or “Rukwa”), is pleased to announce that the Company’s subsidiary Edenville International (Tanzania) Limited (“EITL”) has entered into a US$1 million Loan Agreement (the “Loan Agreement”) with its strategic partner Infrastructure and Logistics Tanzania Limited (“ILTL” or the “Lender”).
The signing of the Loan Agreement follows on from the recently announced Coal Mining Agreement (“CMA”) with ILTL, which provides for a fixed rate mining and processing contract at Rukwa. The CMA has a contract term of four years and will automatically be renewed for further period of four years unless terminated by either party (for further details please see the Company’s announcement of 8 June 2020).
The Company’s Directors expect a Sales and Marketing Agreement to be signed shortly, representing the last of the three proposed agreements with ILTL, as previously announced. The Sales and Marketing Agreement, as encapsulated within the CMA, will enable ILTL to market coal to additional customers beyond EITL’s existing customer base at an agreed rate per tonne of washed coal that will be paid to EITL, thereby providing Edenville with additional revenue streams. ILTL will provide an anchor tenancy at Rukwa, via the initial purchase of a minimum of 3,000 tonnes of washed coal per month, before increasing to 5,000 tonnes per month over the ensuing 12-month period.
The Loan Agreement
Key conditions of the Loan Agreement are as follows:
· To commence within 30 days of the commencement date of the CMA;
· The first tranche will be between US$350,000 and US$400,000.00;
· The second tranche will be between US$250,000.00 to US$300,000.00;
· The third tranche will be between US$ 200,000.00 and US$ 300,000.00;
· Any loan tranche shall be repaid by Edenville to ILTL within a period of six months from the date of disbursement of each tranche; and
· The loan shall attract an interest rate of 9% per annum only on funds drawn by Edenville from the Lender.
At this stage Edenville does not expect to exercise its rights to the second and third tranches, however, it has entered into the Loan Agreement as there are no additional charges or penalties should Edenville elect not to draw down on these funds, thereby providing greater access to capital should it be required in the future. A further announcement regarding the proposed drawdown of the first tranche will be made as appropriate.
Status of Operations at Rukwa
The Company expects operations to restart at Rukwa by mid-August 2020 following planned personnel movements by ILTL representatives and the lifting of travel restrictions. EITL has used the COVID-19 related shutdown to source key plant replacement spares (e.g. conveyor belting) following consultation with ILTL, whilst also finalising the Company’s mine restart plan. A security team has remained on site since operations were suspended in April 2020. Further announcements regarding the restart of operations at Rukwa and the commencement date of the CMA will be made as soon as practicable.
ILTL is a privately owned, Tanzanian incorporated company with Dubai connections and with a focus on infrastructure development, logistics, mining and marketing. ILTL’s management team has extensive experience in the East and Central Africa region in the field of logistics, energy, hospitality and oil & gas.
Commenting, CEO of Edenville Alistair Muir, said:
“I’m delighted to announce the signing of the Loan Agreement, which further cements our relationship with ILTL. With a comparatively low interest rate for loans of this nature, no material additional charges, implementation fees, penalties or equity kickers, we believe it highlights the collaborative approach both EITL and ILTL are taking on the Project and provides Edenville with greater access to capital as required.
“The contract mining scenario under the CMA means the historic breakeven tonnages cited by Edenville are no longer relevant, as the Company now expects to be profitable from operations from the first tonne of washed coal that is produced. The focus of Edenville is therefore to expand the existing coal purchaser client base and to that end, the Company expects to announce shortly the Sales and Marketing Agreement with ILTL, which will bring with it not only an anchor tenancy of up to 5,000 tonnes per month of washed coal, but also further incentive for ILTL to use its network to source additional customers.
“I look forward to updating shareholders in the near term with respect to the restart of mining operations, the commencement of the CMA and the Sales and Marketing Agreement.”
Update re Warrants granted to Creditors
In the Company’s announcement of 8 June 2020, Edenville announced that as part of its settlement agreement with certain creditors it would issue a total of 257,702,400 warrants with a 3 year life to expiry and an exercise price of 0.06 pence per ordinary share. The number of warrants which are to be granted to creditors is actually 85,900,800 warrants.
This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) 596/2014.