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October 2, 2013
Stornoway Diamond Corporation (TSX-SWY) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an unsecured non-revolving bridge credit facility of up to $20 million with Ressources Québec, a subsidiary of Investissement Québec, Stornoway’s largest shareholder, through its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary Diaquem Inc. (the “Lender”). The proceeds of the facility will be used in connection with the development of the Renard Diamond Project and for general corporate purposes, including costs relating to Stornoway’s ongoing project financing activities.
Matt Manson, Stornoway’s President and CEO, stated: “This credit facility is intended to provide Stornoway with good funding flexibility as we pursue our project financing activities and begin the ramp-up to the capital programs anticipated at Renard in 2014 and 2015. We are particularly pleased to acknowledge the continued and constructive support of our major shareholder, Investissement Québec, in the development of this important new Québec mining project. With major regulatory authorizations in hand and the Renard Mine Road now open for construction traffic, Stornoway’s primary objective is the timely conclusion of our principal project financing arrangements.”
Under the facility, the Lender will loan up to an aggregate amount of $20 million to Stornoway in two tranches, an initial tranche of $10 million which is expected to be made available on or about October 2, 2013 and a second tranche of up to $10 million, each of which will bear interest at 12% per annum and be repayable on March 28, 2014. The Lender has the discretion to determine whether to fund the second tranche and, if so, the specific amount. A commitment fee equal to 1% of the amount funded under each tranche is payable by Stornoway.
Stornoway will have the right to satisfy up to 50% of the interest payable on the aggregate of the amounts loaned to Stornoway pursuant to the facility by issuing to the Lender common shares of Stornoway at an issue price of 95% of the volume weighted average price of such shares as of the interest payment date, while the remaining portion of interest payable on such amounts will be paid in cash. The credit agreement contains additional representations, covenants, commitments and funding conditions customary for a facility of this nature.
Annual General Meeting
Stornoway’s Annual General Meeting of Shareholders will be held at Hotel Le Crystal Montreal, Crescent Room, 1100 de la Montagne Street, Montreal, Québec, Canada, on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at 4:00 p.m.
About the Renard Diamond Project
The Renard Diamond Project is located approximately 250 km north of the Cree community of Mistissini and 350 km north of Chibougamau in the James Bay region of north-central Québec. In November 2011, Stornoway released the results of a Feasibility Study at Renard, followed by an Optimization Study in January 2013, which highlighted the potential of the project to become a significant producer of high value rough diamonds over a long mine life. Probable Mineral Reserves as defined under National Instrument (“NI”) 43-101 stand at 17.9 million carats. Total Indicated Mineral Resources, inclusive of the Mineral Reserve, stand at 27.1 million carats, with a further 16.9 million carats classified as Inferred Mineral Resources, and 25.7 to 47.8million carats classified as non-resource exploration upside. All kimberlites remain open at depth. Pre-production capital cost stands at an estimated C$752 million, with a life of mine operating cost of C$57.63/tonne giving a 67% operating margin over an initial 11 year mine life. Readers are referred to the technical report dated December 29th, 2011 in respect of the November 2011 Feasibility Study for the Renard Diamond Project, and the technical report dated February 28th, 2013 in respect of the January 2013 Optimization Study, for further details and assumptions relating to the project.
About Stornoway Diamond Corporation
Stornoway is a leading Canadian diamond exploration and development company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY and headquartered in Montreal. Our flagship asset is the 100% owned Renard Diamond Project, on track to becoming Québec’s first diamond mine. Stornoway is a growth oriented company with a world class asset, in one of the world’s best mining jurisdictions, in one of the world’s great mining businesses.
On behalf of the Board
STORNOWAY DIAMOND CORPORATION
/s/ “Matt Manson”
President and Chief Executive Officer
Pour plus d’information, veuillez contacter M. Ghislain Poirier, Vice-président Affaires publiques de Stornoway au 418-254-6550, [email protected]