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Kibo Mining: Rukwa Agreement Update

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Metal Tiger PLC
20 April 2015
 

Metal Tiger Plc

("Metal Tiger" or the "Company")

 

 

Kibo Mining: Rukwa Agreement Update

 

Metal Tiger (LON: MTR), the natural resources investing company is pleased to note the announcement today by Kibo Mining plc ("Kibo") (LON:KIBO) confirming that a Joint Development Agreement has been signed in respect of the Rukwa Coal to Power Project.  An extract of the Kibo announcement is provided below.  The full text can be found at: http://www.londonstockexchange.com/exchange/news/market-news/market-news-detail/12321318.html

 

"Rukwa Coal to Power Project - Joint Development Agreement Signed

 

Kibo Mining Plc ("Kibo" or the "Company") (AIM:KIBO; JSE AltX: KBO), the Tanzania focused mineral exploration and development company, is pleased to announce that the Company has now signed a Joint Development Agreement ("JDA") in respect of the Rukwa Coal to Power Project ("RCPP").

 

Highlights

 

·    Joint Development Agreement signed for the Rukwa Coal to Power Project;

 

·    Development partner confirmed as SEPCO III of QingDao, China, one of the world's largest and technically most experienced EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) organisations;

 

·    SEPCO III to contribute up to US$3million towards completing remaining Definitive Feasibility Study work by October 2015;

 

·    Upon successful completion of the  Definitive Feasibility Study, the RCPP will be transferred into a Special Purpose Vehicle in which Kibo Mining will hold a minimum equity position of 85%, protecting and retaining maximum shareholder value in the RCPP as it develops;

 

·    Under the agreement Kibo is also able to further release value in the SPV by part disposal of its interest. This will generate cash which can, if required, be used to fund any ongoing RCPP cost contribution, allowing the project to be operationally self-financing for Kibo;

 

·    Financial Close for RCPP expected by December 2015, with construction mobilisation commencing during Quarter 1 of 2016

 

·    Construction work expected to commence in Quarter 2 of 2016, with completion and first power delivered into the grid, expected by Quarter 1 2019. 

 

Louis Coetzee, Chief Executive Officer of Kibo Mining plc, commented: "Kibo Mining is delighted to confirm that we have concluded a Joint Development Agreement with Sepco III one of the world's largest, most technically capable and financially robust EPC providers. 

 

This agreement aligns the Kibo team with the technical capability of Sepco III, ensuring the finalisation of feasibility work and the ultimate design, construction and delivery of the RCPP will be undertaken in accordance with world class standards.  

 

We are also extremely pleased that Sepco III is contributing funding that is required to complete the remaining RCPP feasibility study work, which defrays costs for Kibo and demonstrates a strong belief in the commercial viability of the RCPP.

 

The structure of this transaction means the original cost of acquisition of the Rukwa Project and all Kibo's expenditure thereafter will be fully recognised in the Special Purpose Vehicle that will ultimately hold the RCPP asset. Kibo will get full recognition for the value that has been created in the RCPP to date, as opposed to a mere recognition of direct expenditure. As a consequence the RCPP will generate optimal returns for Kibo from any value created going forward. This is the very reason why the Company held out for so long before it signed a Joint Development Agreement, since we had to make sure that a Joint Development Agreement on the RCPP rewards shareholders appropriately for current value, but most importantly secures shareholders' position for maximum returns on the RCPP's future value.    

 

Kibo and its shareholders will therefore retain a significant interest in the RCPP throughout all stages of development and thereafter during power revenue generation, providing exposure to the substantial project valuation upside. The additional optionality in the JDA means that Kibo can transact over its remaining holding interest to release value in the project, including to cover feasibility costs or to provide a commercial return for the Company and shareholders.

 

Engaging with a highly respected EPC partner adds technical capability for project delivery, providing considerable reassurance for all stakeholders. It also initiates the Company's commercialisation of the RCPP for shareholders and marks a key point in the RCPP development for the Tanzanian government and local communities, who will benefit from the life-changing enhancement of living standards and opportunity this project will provide.

 

We look forward to working with Sepco III who we have found to be a highly capable, practical and proficient team."

 

Joint Development Agreement Overview

 

A JDA has been signed between Kibo Mining and SEPCO III ("the parties") wherein the parties have agreed to jointly develop the Rukwa Coal to Power Project.  Further information in respect of the RCPP is provided separately below. (NOTE: Please follow the following link for extensive background information on SEPCO III: http://www.sepco3.com/profile/columnsId=1.html )

 

The JDA is subject to finalisation of Due Diligence, including a site visit which is scheduled for week commencing 20th April 2015. 

 

Subject to the two companies' required internal approvals as well any required governmental approvals, SEPCO III will invest in equity in respect of the RCPP to a maximum of 17% of total equity in the SPV which will ultimately hold the RCPP asset as detailed below. This investment will take the form of a contribution toward the completion of the Definitive Feasibility Study and all related activities leading in effect to the point of financial close.

 

Subject to reasonable conditions with regard to the selection of any additional operational or financing partners, this JDA enables the introduction of new parties to fund, amongst other items, feasibility study work. Both companies will also be able to dispose of an additional proportion of its project holding in the SPV in order to raise capital.

 

SEPCO III will retain specfic responsibility to lead the Power Generation component of the Definitive Feasibility Study and Kibo Mining will lead the Mining component. It is expected that the Definitive Feasibility Study across both Mining and Power Generation compents will be completed by October 2015.

 

During completion of the Definitive Feasibility Study the partners will collaborate with regard to identification and review of construction providers and power plant operators to identify suitable organisations to build and operate the completed RCPP. The partners will also collaborate to identify, review and confirm the appropriate financing structure for the RCPP construction process and relevant financing partners. In addition, the Definitive Feasibility work will also include negotiation and agreement of a Power Purchase Agreement, Implementation Agreement and Environmental Impact Assessment.

 

After successful completion of Definitive Feasibility Studies, and assuming the project is deemed feasible, a Special Purpose Vehicle will be established into which the RCPP will be transferred.  Kibo Mining will hold at least 85% of this SPV and SEPCO III up to 15% of total equity.

 

SEPCO III will be the sole EPC contractor for the RCPP, subject to the submission by SEPCO III of an EPC proposal at financial close, which, when independently evaluated, complies with the following:

 

·    The EPC proposal must be price competitive against international benchmarks for similar EPC contracts; and

 

·    The EPC proposal must demonstrate international industry best practice standards.

 

It is anticipated that financing for the RCPP will be available at a 70% debt to 30% equity gearing ratio. The specific providers of both debt and equity capital will be identified during the course of 2015 but only confirmed during financial close in December 2015. Standard Bank, financial advisors for the RCPP, will play an integral role in the financing discussions and process.

 

RCPP Background

 

Through the RCPPKibo Mining is seeking to mine a 109Mt NI 43-101 compliant thermal coal resource, utilising this coal for a mine mouth 250MW to 300MW thermal power station.  This project is in the development stage, with Definitive Feasibility work ongoing. Various reports have been released on this project in the last quarter of 2014, as detailed below. The project has the support of the Tanzanian government at all levels as well as the local community, and is a key component of the Tanzanian National Strategic Energy Plan which is looking to resolve the shortage of power in the country, notably in the region where the project is located.

 

RCPP Technical Findings to Date

 

During Q4 2014 and following the extensive review and analysis of the RCPP by third party advisors, Competent Persons' Reports were prepared in respect of both Mining and Power Generation components of the RCPP.  These technical findings are summarised below:

 

Mining Component

Completion of Concept Study Report (Stage 1, Phase 1 of the Definitive Mining Feasibility Study) for the Rukwa Mineral Resource by Minxcon Projects (Pty) Ltd. Report findings were announced on 9 December 2014, with highlights including:

 

·    Four alternative options identified for project development with the project financially feasible for all four alternative options evaluated;

 

·    Capital Investment of between US$46 million and US$89 million;

 

·    Annual coal sale revenues estimated between US$37 million and US$44 million depending on the selected option;

 

·    All-in in Cost Margin estimates of 38% to 45% (equates to an indicative annual margin of US$14.8 million to US$19.4 million);

 

·    NPV of US$116 million to US$141 million at 5.7% discount rate with payback period 3.9 to 4.7 years

 

Thermal Power Station Component

 

Completion of Power Pre-Feasibility Report by Aurecon. Report findings were announced on 18 December 2014, with highlights including:

 

 

·    Four thermal plant configurations were assessed with recommendation for 2 X 150 megawatt Circulating Fluidised Bed option to be evaluated at Feasibility Study stage;

 

·    Total capital cost estimated at between US$640 million to US$760 million depending on plant configuration;

 

·    Indicative annual power generated (dependent on plant option selected) between 1,841 gigawatt hours per annum and 1,877 gigawatt hours per annum;

 

·    High level environmental risk analyses identified no major obstacles to development;

 

·    Additional Rukwa Mineral Resource sufficiently large enough to potentially double the current design size to 600 megawatts or to be used in alternate energy conversion technologies.

 

Completion of preliminary base case financial model for RCPP by the Company as announced on 18 December 2014 with highlights including:

 

·    Estimated indicative Life of Plant revenues of approximately US$7.8 billion to US$8.4 billion;

 

·    Indicative project NPV of between US$230 million and US280 million (at a 15% discount rate);

 

·    Indicative pre-tax equity IRR > 23%; and

 

·    Indicative post-tax payback of 8 to 9 years"

 

End of Kibo Mining RNS extract

 

 

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

 

Cameron Parry (CEO)


Tel: +44 (0)207 099 0738

Paul Johnson (Executive Director)


Tel: +44 (0)7766 465 617

Sean Wyndham-Quin

Neil Baldwin

Nick Emerson

Andy Thacker

Spark Advisory Partners Limited

(Nominated Adviser)

SI Capital

(Sole Broker)

 

 

 

Tel: +44 (0) 2033 683 555

www.sparkadvisorypartners.com

Tel: +44 (0) 1483 413 500

Notes to Editors:

 

Metal Tiger Plc is a natural resources focused investing company quoted on the London Stock Exchange AIM Market ("AIM") with the trading code MTR and two investment divisions, Direct Equities and Direct Projects. 

 

The Direct Equities division invests in quoted natural resource explorers and developers, with a combination of shares and warrants providing a potential non-debt financing instrument and enhanced return potential.

 

The Direct Projects division invests in operational mineral exploration projects with current investments in Spanish Gold & Tungsten, Thai Gold, Copper & Antimony, and Tanzanian Gold and Uranium.  The Direct Projects investment division also has working collaborations to identify new investment opportunities in Russia (platinum focus) and Turkey (gold focus), in association with experienced in-country partners.

 

Metal Tiger'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 timed to coincide where possible, with a cyclical recovery in the exploration and mining markets.


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