SUBSEA mining proponent Nautilus Minerals Inc. has received a US$770,000 loan from Deep Sea Mining Finance Ltd under a previously announced loan agreement between the company, two of its subsidiaries and the lender which provides for a secured structured credit facility of up to US$34 million.
Pursuant to the Loan Agreement, Nautilus has issued to the Lender an additional 3,307,560 warrants of the company in connection with the US$770,000 loan. Each such warrant entitles the Lender to purchase one common share of the ompany at a price of C$0.17 for a period of five years from the date of issuance of the warrant.
To date the company has issued a total of 68,492,264 share purchase warrants to the Lender in connection with loans totalling US$15,945,000. Pursuant to the Loan Agreement, share purchase warrants are issued on the basis of one warrant for each US$0.2328 of principal amount of loan advanced.
Nautilus may draw loans under the Loan Agreement on a monthly basis, which shall bear interest at 8% per annum, payable bi-annually in arrears. Advances of loans are subject to, among other things, the Lender’s ongoing review and approval of the company’s monthly operational budget. All loans have a maturity date of January 8, 2019. The company will be entitled to pre-pay, in whole but not in part, the loans at any time prior to maturity, by paying 108% of the outstanding principal of the loans plus accrued and unpaid interest.
The loans are being provided to fund Nautilus’ working capital requirements and enable the company to continue the advancement of the Solwara 1 Project off the PNG coast while the company seeks, with the assistance of its financial advisors, the remaining project financing of up to approximately US$350 million required to complete the development of the Solwara 1 Project.
Deep Sea Mining Finance Ltd is a private company owned 50% by each of: (i) USM Finance Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of USM Holdings Ltd, an affiliate of Metalloinvest Holding (Cyprus) Limited; and (ii) Mawarid Offshore Mining Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of MB Holding Company LLC.