Danakali Receives US$50M Strategic Investment From AFC
LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 3, 2019--
Danakali Limited (ASX: DNK, LSE: DNK, Danakali or the Company ) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Subscription Agreement with Africa Finance Corporation ( AFC ) for a placement of fully paid ordinary shares ( Shares ) to raise US$50M ( Placement ).
The Placement will be part of the overall funding package used for the development and construction of the Colluli Sulphate of Potash Project ( Colluli or the Project ) in the Danakil Depression region of Eritrea, East Africa. Colluli is fully permitted and construction ready, with both the EPCM contract and senior debt documentation well advanced. The Placement facilitates commencement of project execution activities which places Colluli on track for production during 2022.
The Placement takes AFC’s total participation to US$150M (US$50M in Danakali equity plus US$100M of credit approved Colluli Mining Share Company ( CMSC ) senior debt) demonstrating their major and long-term commitment to the Project, Danakali and Eritrea.
Key terms of the Placement
The Placement will be undertaken in two tranches to raise a total of US$50M (A$74M) (subject to satisfaction or waiver of conditions precedent, set out in Appendix B)
The offer price of A$0.60 per Share represents a:
AFC has received confirmation of approval from the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board ( FIRB ) of its application in relation to the Placement.
The Placement, upon completion of both tranches (and assuming no other issues of Shares take place prior to completion of the issue of Shares under Tranche 1) would result in AFC holding 32% of Danakali. As part of its equity investment, AFC will be granted the right to nominate up to two directors to Danakali’s Board. Maintenance of these nominee Board positions will rely on AFC’s Danakali ownership remaining above certain thresholds.
A summary of the key terms of the Placement and Subscription Agreement, including conditions precedent, is set out in Appendix B.
Chief Executive Officer of Danakali, Niels Wage, said: “I am very pleased to have secured AFC as a strategic equity investment partner. It marks a significant milestone for Danakali and continues our momentum towards financial close. Danakali has made good progress over the past 12 months having secured a large proportion of the development capex for Module I and demonstrated a sustainable approach to the future development of Colluli. An investor with the reputation of AFC is a great endorsement of the project and will provide a strong platform to attract further investment. We are excited to commence project execution activities and look forward to providing updates to our shareholders and other stakeholders.”
Chief Executive Officer of AFC, Samaila D. Zubairu, said: “We assess hundreds of potential investment opportunities across Africa every year. Colluli stands apart from other opportunities due to its long life, low cost, low technical risk and proximity to infrastructure. We look forward to a cooperative alliance with Danakali in delivering the Colluli Sulphate of Potash Project.”
View the announcement in full here to see an indicative timetable and summary of AFC Subscription Agreement: https://www.danakali.com.au/investor-relations/asx-announcements
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