K92 Holdings International Limited (“K92”) is pleased to announce that it has received USD $1,375,421 from CRH Funding II Pte. Ltd. (“CRH”), representing CRH’s second tranche advance pursuant to the gold prepayment agreement entered into between K92 and CRH (see Otterburn’s February 4, 2016 news release for details of the gold prepayment agreement and CRH financing arrangements).
The funds received from CRH for this second tranche are intended to be used by K92 to progress towards the restart of operations at the Kainantu Project, including development of the underground mine and refurbishment of the onsite processing facilities. The restart budget has been developed in partnership between K92 and CRH, including their technical consultants.
CRH is an affiliate of Cartesian Royalty Holdings and Cartesian Capital Group, a global private equity fund managing in excess of USD $2 billion in assets.
Onsite, under the direction of K92’s Chief Operating Officer and Director, John Lewins, significant progress has been made including awarding major contracts for process plant refurbishment, drum scrubber installation, mining management, and underground diamond drilling. Associated on-site work has commenced and is progressing according to plan, including rehabilitation of underground access, recruitment of a skilled workforce, and detailed mine planning and scheduling by external consultants.
K92’s Chief Executive Officer, Ian Stalker, states “The CAD $10.5 million in funding secured from CRH, as described in Otterburn’s February 4, 2016 news release combined with the CAD $6.8 million in financing described in Otterburn’s March 3, 2016 news release, should enable the company to execute its business plan in an efficient and orderly manner. We are pleased to have such strong financial backing as we ramp up onsite in Papua New Guinea. Additionally, we acknowledge the excellent support of the local communities and the PNG government and are excited that we are increasing employment levels and offering new job opportunities as we grow.”
About the K92 team
In addition to an experienced board and management team led by R. Stuart (“Tookie”) Angus (Chairman), Ian Stalker (Chief Executive Officer), and John Lewins (Chief Operating Officer), the project has also attracted advisors familiar with this particular geological setting and the opportunity for expansion and discovery, including Alex Davidson (former Executive Vice President, Exploration and Corporate Development, Barrick Gold Corporation) and Douglas Kirwin (former Executive Vice President, Exploration, Ivanhoe Mines).
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
President & CEO
Completion of the Company’s acquisition of K92 is subject to a number of conditions, including but not limited to, Exchange acceptance and disinterested shareholder approval. The transaction cannot close until the required shareholder approval is obtained. There can be no assurance that the transaction will be completed as proposed or at all.
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CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION: This news release includes certain “forward-looking statements” under applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to: future exploration and testing; use of funds; and the business and operations of K92 or Otterburn after the proposed transactions. Specifically, there is no assurance K92 will receive the full amount of the funds under the GPA or the Financing; that K92 will be able to repay or satisfy its obligations under the GPA or Financing; that K92 will be successful in extracting any gold from its properties in Papua New Guinea; or that Otterburn will be able to complete its acquisition of K92 on the terms contemplated, or at all. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Otterburn disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.