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Monday, June 8, 2015

Minera IRL Announces US$70 Million Bridge Loan and Mandate Letter for Up to US$240 Million for Ollachea Project Financing

LIMA, PERU--(Marketwired - Jun 8, 2015) - Minera IRL Limited ("Minera IRL", or the "Company") (IRL.TO)(MIRL.L)(MIRL.L), announces that it has arranged a US$70 million secured finance facility (the "Bridge Loan") structured by the Peruvian state-owned development and promotion bank, Corporación Financiera de Desarrollo S.A. ("COFIDE") and syndicated through Goldman Sachs Bank USA. The Bridge Loan is expected to be the first step towards a senior project credit finance facility of up to US$240 million, described in a Mandate Letter signed by COFIDE and Minera IRL ("Senior Project Debt Facility"). The Senior Project Debt Facility will be structured by COFIDE, in conjunction with Minera IRL, to build the Company's Ollachea gold project in the Puno Region, southern Peru ("Ollachea", or the "Ollachea Gold Project"). The Company has agreed to COFIDE's participation on the Minera IRL board of directors, subject to the required approvals.

Highlights:

  • The key terms of the Bridge Loan:
    • Interest rate: LIBOR plus 6.17%, payable quarterly in arrears
    • Term: 24 months
    • Structuring and Disbursement Commission of 2.25% along with a US$300,000 upfront fee, paid on the disbursement of the Bridge Loan
    • The Bridge Loan is expected to be repaid from the follow-on Senior Project Debt Facility, but is repayable at any point, subject to a 0.75% fee
  • The Company is applying the Bridge Loan funds towards consolidating debt and will apply net proceeds towards advancing the development of Ollachea as well as funding a limited resource expansion drilling campaign. Use of proceeds are expected to include:
    • Repayment of the Macquarie Bank debt facility
    • Final property payment to Rio Tinto
    • Commencing the detailed engineering and design of the Ollachea plant
    • Pre-construction project development work
    • Resource expansion drilling at the Minapampa Far East Zone at Ollachea
    • Continue its commitment to social and environmental programs
    • Financing and advisory expenses
    • General corporate expenses and working capital
  • The Company has signed a Mandate Letter with COFIDE to structure a Senior Project Debt Facility for up to US$240 million which includes retirement of the Bridge Loan.
  • Minera IRL expects to seek equity participants to reduce the amount of debt and leverage on the project to what the Company determines to be an acceptable level, and will include input from COFIDE and potential debt and equity providers.
  • It is expected that one or more financial institutions will be invited to participate in the Senior Project Debt Facility.
  • Although there can be no guarantee on the timing and terms, it is the intent of COFIDE and Minera IRL to have the Senior Project Debt Facility in place prior to the end of 2015.
  • The Bridge Loan is secured by the Ollachea Gold Project's assets, mining reserves, mining concessions and rights, guarantees from Minera IRL S.A., and a pledge of the shares of the Company's subsidiary Compañía Minera Kuri Kullu S.A., which owns 100% of the Ollachea Gold Project.
  • Specifics of the Macquarie debt repayment and Rio Tinto property payment include:
    • Repayment of US$30 million Macquarie Bank debt facility (plus accrued interest) and release of associated security.
    • Payment of US$12.9 million of the US$15.1 million outstanding to Rio Tinto, under the Ollachea Mining Rights Transfer Contract, and release of associated security. The remaining US$2.2 million outstanding has been be converted into an unsecured promissory note, accruing interest at a rate of 7% per annum, payable by 31 December 2015, either in cash or ordinary shares of Minera IRL, at the discretion of the Company (the "Agreement Regarding Payment").

Transaction Considerations

In addition to the Structuring and Disbursement commissions outlined above, Minera IRL has committed payments totalling US$2.6 million for services relating to legal assessment, technical and financial advisory. Likewise, the Company has granted 11.6 million options (exercisable for a year following the commencement of commercial production from the Ollachea Gold Project at an exercise price of C$0.20) and a 0.9% net smelter return over the Ollachea Gold Project. The Company has a right of first refusal on the sale of the royalty and can repurchase the royalty, at its option, up until the date that Minera announces final commissioning of the project.

Related Party Transaction

Under the AIM Rules, Rio Tinto is deemed to be a related party of Minera IRL due to its substantial shareholdings in the Company. As such, the Agreement Regarding Payment is deemed to be a related party transaction under the AIM Rules. The directors of Minera IRL consider, having consulted with the Company's Nominated Adviser, Canaccord Genuity Limited, that the terms of the Agreement Regarding Payment is fair and reasonable insofar as shareholders are concerned.

Commenting on the Ollachea financing package, Daryl Hodges, Minera IRL's Executive Chairman, stated, "This transaction is an important first step for Minera IRL and is the culmination of efforts of the Minera IRL team, working closely with COFIDE and its advisors. Minera IRL can now focus on taking final steps toward financing its flagship project to production. With support from COFIDE, the Company is in a much better position to arrange financing for Ollachea, build the project, deliver on its commitments to the local community to create jobs, wealth for the benefit of the region, and create new opportunity for its shareholders. We cannot neglect to mention that this was the dream of Courtney Chamberlain, whose untimely passing was felt by all."

Dr. Diego Benavides, Minera IRL's Interim CEO and Executive President of Minera IRL S.A., continued, "The financial backing from COFIDE is the result of over 18 months of discussions, comprehensive project evaluation, and due diligence by independent consultants. The support of COFIDE is an endorsement of the technical quality of our Ollachea Gold Project and its importance to the Ollachea Community and the Puno region. We now have the opportunity to focus on working with the Ollachea community, our true long-term partners, in developing an outstanding modern mining operation providing key economic benefits to the Puno region and, indeed, to Peru."

Mr. Jorge Ramos, General Manager of COFIDE, commented, "We are very pleased to be able to offer this financing package to Minera IRL. Ollachea represents an economically robust gold project and this is an excellent opportunity for COFIDE's first mine project financing. We have confidence that the Minera IRL team will ensure that the Ollachea Gold Project will be a great success, which will have important benefits for the Ollachea community and Peru."

Mr. Juan Luis Valeriano, President of the Community of Ollachea, stated, "After eight years of working in partnership with Minera IRL, indeed sharing a close friendship, we are glad that COFIDE, an institution of the Peruvian Government, is providing the financing for the development of the Ollachea mine. The new mine will provide long-term benefits to our local economy, especially towards job creation, social projects, and spin-off business opportunities for many of our citizens. Ollachea will also be Peru's first 'Partner Community' with a mining company with the community holding a 5% shareholding in the project."

Friday, May 22, 2015

Minera IRL Limited: Appointment of Interim CEO and Non-Executive Director and Update on Filing of 31 December 2014 Financial Statements

LIMA, PERU--(Marketwired – - May 5, 2015) - Minera IRL Limited ("Minera IRL" or the "Company") (IRL.TO) (MIRL.L) (MIRL.L) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Diego Benavides as interim CEO and Mr Robin Fryer as an independent non-executive director of the Company with immediate effect.

Dr Benavides is a founding executive of the Company and has to-date held the following positions in the Company's subsidiaries: Executive President/General Manager of Minera IRL S.A. (Peru) and Compañía Minera Kuri Kullu S.A (Peru); Chairman of the Board of Minera IRL Argentina S.A. and Minera IRL Chile S.A. He is a lawyer by training with extensive experience in the Latin American mining industry.

Mr Fryer had a long and distinguished career with Deloitte LLP where he led the global mining and metals industry practice. He is a chartered accountant and US certified public accountant, and is an independent non-executive director and chair of the audit committee of Shanta Gold Limited.

Further details on Dr Benavides and Mr Fryer are set out in the Appendix to this release.

Commenting on the appointments, Mr. Hodges, Executive Chairman of Minera IRL, stated: "This has been a difficult period for Minera IRL, and challenges remain, however with these appointments, we are moving forward to continue building towards the future.

The board is pleased that Diego has agreed to assume the role of interim CEO and looks forward to working with him in this new capacity, and on behalf of all of the directors we are delighted to welcome Robin to Minera IRL. We are fortunate to have secured someone with Robin's financial experience, which importantly includes an understanding of mining operations in South America."

Updated notice of its results for the financial year ended 31 December 2014

The Company expects to announce its audited results for the financial year ended 31 December 2014 within the required filing deadline of 30 June 2015 (previously announced the end of April 2015). Minera IRL is considered a "designated foreign issuer" as such term is defined by Canadian Securities Regulators in National Instrument 71-102 - Continuous Disclosure and Other Exemptions Relating to Foreign Issuers, and as such is subject to the foreign regulatory requirements of the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange plc ("AIM"). Under the AIM Rules for Companies, the Company is required to publish its annual audited accounts which must be sent to shareholders within six months of its financial year end.

Appendix: Diego Francisco Helge Pablo Christian Benavides Norlander

 

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In terms of the appointment of Dr Diego Francisco Helge Pablo Christian Benavides Norlander (aged 62) to the Board, there is no further information that is required to be disclosed pursuant to Schedule 2 paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules for Companies, save for the following:

Current directorships/partnerships:

Ingeniería y Tecnología Minero Metalúrgica S.A.

Past directorships/partnerships:

None

Under Peruvian law, all assets earned during a marriage, with a few exceptions, are commonly held in a legal entity separate from the two people within the marriage (the "Marriage"). On 25 April 2000, the Marriage of Diego Pablo Francisco Helge Christian Benavides Norlander and his then wife (from whom he was subsequently divorced) was declared insolvent under Peruvian law. That situation has been addressed by Mr. Benavides, who paid all the creditors in full. Therefore Mr. Benavides has never personally been declared insolvent and is completely able, without any limitations, to exercise fully his powers and rights under Peruvian law, including acting as officer, executive or director of companies.

Dr Benavides currently holds 1,782,600 shares and 1,100,000 options in Minera IRL Limited.

Appendix: Robin Anthony Fryer

In terms of the appointment of Mr Robin Anthony Fryer (aged 68) to the Board, there is no further information that is required to be disclosed pursuant to Schedule 2 paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules for Companies, save for the following:

Current directorships/partnerships:

Shanta Gold Limited

Past directorships/partnerships:

Partner of Deloitte LLP until 31 May 2009

About Minera IRL Limited

Minera IRL Limited is an AIM, TSX and BVL listed precious metals mining and exploration company with operations in Latin America. Minera IRL is led by a management team with extensive operating experience in South America. In Peru, the Company operates the Corihuarmi Gold Mine and is advancing its flagship Ollachea Gold Project towards production. For more information, please visit www.minera-irl.com.

No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained in this news release.

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Contact:

Minera IRL
Daryl Hodges (Executive Chairman)
+1 (647) 271-3817
Minera IRL
Diego Benavides (Interim CEO)
+ (511) 418-1230
Minera IRL
Brad Boland (CFO)
+1 (416) 907-7363
Canaccord Genuity Limited
(Nominated Adviser & Broker, London)
Henry Fitzgerald-O'Connor
Chris Fincken
+ 44 (0)20 7523 8000
Buchanan (Financial PR, London)
Bobby Morse
Gordon Poole
+44 (0)20 7466 5000

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Gold mining industry telling half-baked cost story – Nick Holland

The gold mining industry was shooting itself in the foot by telling only half of the real cost story, Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland has told the Denver Gold Forum.

Operating costs were increasing while yields were declining and total expenditure had grown in line with the gold price, Holland said in a 30-slide presentation.

While the industry often spoke about its low cash costs and the money it was making at the earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation level, the real measure was all-in costs, or Gold Fields’ proprietary notional cash expenditure (NCE) measure, which showed the real cost rise.

This showed that the industry’s total all-in NCE costs rise of 21% over five years matched the gold price’s 21% rise over the same period.

“The real picture is that we don’t really make that much money,” Holland said.

The investors understand that, which was why there had been a rise in the acceptance of exchange traded funds (ETFs) to a level of 2 500 t worth $120-billion.

Gold mining stocks had to ensure that they provided returns that beat the ETF, but investors were sceptical about whether they were seeing genuine production growth or just replenishment.

Part of the problem was that the top-eight gold-mining companies that made up 40% of the industry had declined by about 2% a year over the last six years. Also, growth just for growth’s sake was part of the problem.

The other big problem was the calling down of the gold price year after year. Even though gold price consensus forecasts had been horribly wrong in the last six years, this had not deterred more forecasting of eventual price decline.

A long-term gold price of $1 300/oz in nominal terms was again being forecast, against the backdrop of an industry that had an all-in cost already well over $1 300/oz in today’s money.

“If the analysts’ forecasts are correct, we don’t have an industry going forward,” Holland said.

Those forecasts frightened investors into buying the ETF and avoiding gold stocks.

“I think we have to believe in the gold price. The gold price has done well and it continues to do well,” he added.

Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter