Funds to be used in part for drilling and exploration work at Yandera
Sentient, a private equity investment firm based in the Cayman Islands, set to own up to 95% of Marengo shares
Marengo Announces Proposed Financing with Its Major Shareholder
Junior Mining Network
Marengo Mining Limited is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement (the “Letter Agreement”) with its major shareholder, Sentient Executive GP IV, Limited, acting as the general partner of Sentient GP IV, L.P., itself acting as the general partner of Sentient Global Resources Fund IV, L.P. (collectively, “Sentient”) in connection with the proposed issuance of US$14,000,000 principal amount of convertible unsecured debentures (the “Debentures”). In addition to the Company, its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Yandera Mining Company Limited and Marengo Mining (PNG) Limited (collectively, the “PNG Subsidiaries”) have executed the Letter Agreement as guarantors of the Company’s obligations under the Debentures. Sentient intends to subscribe for up to US$14 million in Debentures to be issued in two tranches, with the first tranche of US$7 million (the “First Tranche”) to be completed following the approval of the Company’s shareholders at the annual general and special meeting to be held on November 13, 2015, and the second tranche of US$7 million (the “Second Tranche”) to be completed five months after shareholder approval is obtained. These transactions are also subject to approval by the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”).
Subject to obtaining the necessary shareholder approval, Marengo will be completing a share consolidation whereby for every 100 Marengo common shares, one post-consolidation Marengo common share will exist (the “Consolidation”).
The Debentures will mature on December 31, 2017, (the “Maturity Date”); the Debentures will not bear interest. Each US$1,000 principal amount of Debentures will be convertible into common shares of the Company (“Common Shares”) at a conversion price of C$0.45 per Common Share (the “Conversion Price”) on a post-Consolidation basis, rounded up to the nearest Common Share. Each Debenture will be convertible, in whole or in part, at the option of Sentient and at any time, into Common Shares, intended to be freely tradable on the TSX, at the Conversion Price, for each US$1,000 principal amount of Debentures, subject to adjustment in certain circumstances as described below.
The conversion price for existing outstanding debentures of the Company held by Sentient pursuant to the terms of prior debenture financings between the Company and Sentient completed in 2014 (the “Prior Financings”), will be adjusted to CDN$0.0045 per common share or CDI upon receiving the necessary shareholder approval, and further adjusted on the Consolidation being effective to CDN$0.45 per common share or CDI.
Sentient and its related entities currently hold approximately 22% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company and would hold approximately 95% of the common shares of the Company, assuming the conversion of all the Debentures issued in connection with the Transaction and the conversion by Sentient of all debentures issued and issuable pursuant to the Prior Financings.
The use of proceeds will primarily be for drilling and exploration work at the Yandera Project and the company’s operations in PNG, exploration work at the La Cobota Project in Mexico, working capital and general corporate purposes.
“This financing allows Marengo to continue the budgeted work programs for the Company’s Yandera and La Cobota Projects, and potentially pursue other base metal opportunities globally,” commented Pieter Britz, President and CEO.
Marengo recently appointed André Wessels B.Eng, MBA, GAICD, MAusIMM, as VP Projects, responsible for commencing the work necessary to initiate the feasibility study for the Yandera Project. Mr. Wessels has more than 23 years experience in mining and related fields, steel, financial services and technology industries.
The Company has also appointed Jon Powell as VP PNG Operations to oversee all project related activities in PNG. Mr. Powell is an accomplished manager with over 25 years of international experience in the geophysical/mining exploration sector and has extensive background in global personnel management, logistics and operations.
The Company has also appointed Dr. Nathan Chutas as its Exploration Manager for the Yandera Project. Dr. Chutas has over 15 years of experience in mining and exploration, having worked on a variety of metallic resource projects in the US, Alaska, Mexico, South Africa and PNG.