Metal Tiger plc UK Regulatory Announcement: Completion of Fourth Financing Arrangement

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– 

13 July 2020

Metal Tiger plc

(“Metal Tiger” or the “Company”)

Completion of Fourth Financing Arrangement

Metal Tiger plc (AIM:MTR), the London Stock Exchange AIM listed investor in natural resource opportunities, is pleased to announce that, further to the Company’s announcements of 17 December 2019, 20 May 2020 and 9 June 2020, it has entered into a further equity derivative collar financing arrangement (the “Fourth Financing Arrangement”) with the Lender pursuant to the Umbrella Facility.

The Fourth Financing Arrangement is secured over, in aggregate, 280,141 Sandfire Shares held by Metal Tiger, representing approximately 0.16% of Sandfire’s issued share capital.

Under the terms of the Fourth Financing Arrangement, Metal Tiger has:

  1. entered into a stock lending arrangement with the Lender, pursuant to which the Lender (or an affiliate of the Lender) can borrow up to, in aggregate 280,141 Sandfire Shares from Metal Tiger;
  2. obtained the right (but not the obligation) to sell 93,536 and/or 186,605 Sandfire Shares to the Lender in three years’ time at 80% of the reference price, being A$5.203 and A$5.216 respectively (subject to customary adjustments) (the “Reference Price”) (each a “Put”);
  3. granted the Lender the right (but not the obligation) to buy 93,536 and/or 186,605 Sandfire Shares from Metal Tiger in three years’ time at an agreed premium of 145% of the respective Reference Price (each a “Call”); and
  4. borrowed, in aggregate, A$1.168m from the Lender, secured on a combination of the above with a maturity date of 10 July 2023 (the “Further Loan”).

Metal Tiger has the right to elect to settle the Put and the Call by way of physical delivery of Sandfire Shares or by way of a cash payment reflecting the value of the respective Put and Call at the time.

Costs of approximately A$0.168m associated with the Fourth Financing Arrangement (inclusive of all interest obligations and the net cost of the equity derivative collar for the term of the Third Financing Arrangement) have been deducted from the aggregate Further Loan proceeds, resulting in Metal Tiger receiving A$1.0m of cash proceeds. The net proceeds will be used to fund potential investment opportunities.

Metal Tiger can agree with the Lender to utilise the balance of Sandfire Shares held by it to increase the size of the financing arrangement at a later date. Following the Fourth Financing Arrangement, and together with the Initial Financing Arrangement, the Second Financing Arrangement and the Third Financing Arrangement (as announced on 17 December 2019, 20 May 2020 and 09 June 2020 respectively) (together the “Arrangements”), A$11.595m (which has been adjusted accordingly for Sandfire’s 2020 half year dividend) is outstanding pursuant to the Umbrella Facility.

As announced on 9 June 2020, the Lender agreed to extend the date on which the Commitment Fee is payable (in the event the total balance outstanding is under A$20m) to 30 September 2020 from 30 June 2020. Following the Fourth Financing Arrangement, the maximum Commitment Fee payable by Metal Tiger is approximately A$84k.

The Arrangements are secured over, in aggregate, 2,573,173 Sandfire Shares held by Metal Tiger, representing approximately 1.44% of Sandfire’s issued share capital. Metal Tiger currently holds 6,296,990 Sandfire Shares.

Unless otherwise defined in this announcement, capitalised terms shall have the same meanings as set out in the announcement of 17 December 2019.

Commenting on today’s financing arrangement, Mr Michael McNeilly, Chief Executive Officer of Metal Tiger, said:

The Board is considering some near-term investments and is increasing the Company’s cash position in order to have additional firepower and flexibility to make these investments. We look forward to providing shareholders updates on future investment opportunities as appropriate.”

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of the market abuse regulation (EU No. 596/2014) (“MAR”).

For further information on the Company, visit www.metaltigerplc.com:

Michael McNeilly

(Chief Executive Officer)

Tel: +44 (0)20 7099 0738

Mark Potter

(Chief Investment Officer)

 

 

 

 

Richard Tulloch

James Dance

Jack Botros

Strand Hanson Limited (Nominated Adviser)

Tel +44 (0)20 7409 3494

 

 

 

Paul Shackleton

Steve Douglas

Arden Partners plc (Broker)

Tel: +44 (0)20 7614 5900

 

 

 

Gordon Poole

James Crothers

Hugo Liddy

Camarco (Financial PR)

Tel: +44 (0)20 3757 4980

Notes to Editors:

Metal Tiger plc is admitted to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange AIM Market (“AIM”) with the trading code MTR and invests in high potential mineral projects with a base, precious and strategic metals focus.

The Company’s target is to deliver a high return for shareholders by investing in significantly undervalued and/or high potential opportunities in the mineral exploration and development sector. Metal Tiger has two investment divisions: Equity Investments and Project Investments.

Equity Investments invests in undervalued natural resource companies. The majority of its investments are listed on AIM, the TSX and the ASX, which includes its interest in Sandfire Resources Limited (ASX: SFR). The Company also considers selective opportunities to invest in private natural resource companies, typically where there is an identifiable path to IPO. Through the trading of equities and warrants, Metal Tiger seeks to generate cash for investment for the Project Investments division.

Project Investments is focused on the development of its key project interests in Botswana, where Metal Tiger has a growing interest in the large and highly prospective Kalahari copper/silver belt through its interest in Kalahari Metals Limited.

The Company actively assesses new investment opportunities on an on-going basis and has access to a diverse pipeline of new opportunities in the natural resources and mining sectors. For pipeline opportunities deemed sufficiently attractive, Metal Tiger may invest in the project or entity by buying publicly listed shares, by financing privately and/or by entering into a joint venture.

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