Kenmare Resources agrees new debt facilities to support growth

$110m term loan, $40m in revolving credit will give business ‘greater flexibility’

Kenmare Resources managing director Michael Carvill. The mining firm has planned to increased production volumes by more than 20 per cent from 2021. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Kenmare Resources managing director Michael Carvill. The mining firm has planned to increased production volumes by more than 20 per cent from 2021. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

 

Dublin and London-listed mining firm Kenmare Resources said it had agreed negotiated new debt facilities with lenders that will support the growth of the business.

Kenmare, which is expanding production, said the terms of the loan would give it greater flexibility.

The new debt facility, which includes a $110 million term loan and a $40 million revolving credit facility, were agreed with Absa Bank, the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, Nedbank, Rand Merchant Bank and Standard Bank Group. It will be used to repay $64 million in outstanding project loans.

The term loan has a final maturity date 63 months after signing, with repayments beginning in seven equal semi-annual instalments 27 months after signing. The debt facilities also provide for a mine closure guarantee facility of up to $40 million.

“The new facilities will support the continued growth of our business as well as extending the maturity profile of our debt beyond the current short period of increased capital expenditure,” said Tony McCluskey, Kenmare’s finance director. “It is also particularly pleasing to replace the existing project loans with a much more flexible corporate facility, underlining the company’s progress into a leading global mineral sands producer.”

Kenmare has planned to increased production volumes by more than 20 per cent from 2021.

“The original facilities were provided on terms that supported the building of the Moma Mine,” Mr McCluskey said. “However, given the strength of core cash flows being generated by the Moma Mine, the facilities provided by the new lender group, which includes both new and existing lenders, provide additional financial flexibility and are more suitable for Kenmare’s position as an established producer.”