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Bushveld Minerals Limited
08 November 2021
 

Market Abuse Regulation ("MAR") Disclosure

 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 ("MAR"), and is disclosed in accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 17 of MAR. 

 

08 November 2021

Bushveld Minerals Limited

("Bushveld Minerals" "Bushveld" or the "Company")

Repayment of Duferco convertible loan note and issue of shares

Bushveld Minerals Limited (AIM: BMN), the AIM quoted, integrated primary vanadium producer and energy storage solutions provider with ownership of high-grade assets in South Africa, is pleased to announce the final repayment of the amount due under the loan notes to Duferco Participations Holding S.A. ("Duferco").

On 27 October 2021, the Company announced the final repayment terms of the US$11.5 million unsecured convertible notes held by Duferco the previous owner of Vanchem, effective on 8 November 2021.

The Company has now paid US$2.5 million of the amount due, as well as the accrued interest of US$0.512 million, in cash and satisfied the balance of US$9 million with the issue of 66,892,037 new ordinary shares of Bushveld, using a conversion price of 9.97p, which is a 5 per cent discount to the prevailing 10-day volume weighted average Bushveld Minerals share price leading up to conversion. There is no lock in or orderly marketing period for the shares issued.

The Company has also paid, on Duferco's behalf, working capital adjustment and deferred business completion payment amounts owing to Duferco Vanadium Alloys Proprietary Limited and Duferco Vanadium Proprietary Limited in terms of the Business and Share Purchase Agreement entered into between Bushveld, Duferco and others announced on 1 May 2019 in an aggregate amount of around US$2.2 million payable in South African Rands (ZAR32,006,496).

This is the final payment to Duferco, for the acquisition of Vanchem.

Application will be made for the admission of these new Bushveld shares to trading on AIM ("Admission"), and it is expected that Admission will occur at 8.00 a.m. on 12 November 2021.

Following Admission, there will be a total of 1,260,458,857 Bushveld ordinary shares in issue, 670,000 of which are held in treasury. Shareholders should use the figure of 1,259,788,857 as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in the Company, under the FCA's Disclosure and Transparency Rules.

 

Fortune Mojapelo, CEO of Bushveld Minerals Limited, commented: 

"I'm pleased that we have made the final payment of our US$53.5m acquisition of Vanchem. We are continuing with the refurbishment of Kiln 3 to raise Vanchem's production run rate levels to 2,600 mtV by the end of 2022, in the process diversifying our vanadium product portfolio while significantly improving Vanchem's cost position."

 

 

ENDS

 

Enquiries: info@bushveldminerals.com

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ABOUT BUSHVELD MINERALS LIMITED

Bushveld Minerals is a low-cost, vertically integrated primary vanadium producer. It is one of only three operating primary vanadium producers, owning 2 of the world's 4 operating primary vanadium processing facilities. In 2020, the Company produced more than 3,600 mtV, representing approximately three per cent of the global vanadium market. With a diversified vanadium product portfolio serving the needs of the steel, energy and chemical sectors, the Company participates in the entire vanadium value chain through its two main pillars: Bushveld Vanadium, which mines and processes vanadium ore; and Bushveld Energy, an energy storage solutions provider. Bushveld Vanadium is targeting to materially grow its vanadium production and achieve an annualised steady state production run rate of between 5,000 mtVp.a. and 5,400 mtVp.a by the end of 2022, from projects currently being implemented. Beyond that, pre-feasibility studies are in progress to determine the optimal path to increase production even further to a steady state production run rate of between 6,400 mtVp.a. and 6,800 mtVp.a. in the medium-term and to a steady state production run rate of 8,400 mtVp.a in the long term.

Bushveld Energy is focused on developing and promoting the role of vanadium in the growing global energy storage market through the advancement of vanadium-based energy storage systems, specifically Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries ("VRFBs").

Detailed information on the Company and progress to date can be accessed on the website www.bushveldminerals.com 

About Vametco

Vametco is located near Brits on the Western Limb of the Bushveld Complex. The integrated operation comprises a vanadium ore mine and a processing plant that produces mostly Nitrovan, a trademark product sold in major steel markets across the world. The mine lies adjacent to the Brits Vanadium Project, which will in future serve as an alternative source of near surface run of mine ("ROM") ore feed to the Vametco plant.

The Vametco mining operation uses open pit bench mining methods to mine a well-defined orebody. The deposit is continuous with limited faulting and dips in a northerly direction at approximately 19 degrees.

ROM ore is fed into a primary, secondary and tertiary crushing circuit, followed by milling and magnetic separation to produce magnetite concentrates. The magnetite concentrates are fed into the extraction process which includes the kiln for roasting followed by leaching and precipitation. Thereafter the precipitated vanadium as ammonium metavanadate is converted to modified vanadium oxide ("MVO") in rotary calciners. MVO is fed into the mix plant and finally into the shaft furnaces to produce Nitrovan.

About Vanchem

Vanchem is situated at Ferrobank Industrial Park in Emalahleni Local Municipality, Mpumalanga Province in the Republic of South Africa. Vanchem is a primary vanadium producing facility with a beneficiation plant capable of producing various vanadium oxides, ferrovanadium and vanadium chemicals. Vanchem uses the salt roast beneficiation process, similar to the one used at Vametco. The plant comprises: a core salt-roast processing plant, including 3 roasting kilns, an electric smelting ferrovanadium converter, an alumino-thermic smelting facility, also located at Highveld, a vanadium chemical plant; and a rail siding linking the plant with Bushveld deposits and additional potential supply sources through the national rail network.

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