Olympus Pacific Minerals Inc. Proposes Amendments To Simplify Capital Structure
November 06, 2012
Olympus Pacific Minerals Inc. (“Olympus” or the “Company”) today announced that it has reached an agreement with Euro Pacific Capital, Inc. as investor representative, to propose certain amendments to holders of the Company’s outstanding convertible notes and gold loan notes (the “Original Notes”), subject to the consent of the applicable noteholders. No amendments will be made to the notes of holders who do not consent to the amendment offer.
The revised notes will not be convertible into or exchangeable for any other securities of the Company, will pay interest at the rate of eight per cent (8%) per annum, mature on May 6, 2015, and will entitle the holders to share in seventy per cent (70%) of the increase in the gold price beyond US$1,750 per ounce from the effective date of the amendments to the maturity date via an increase in the redemption price paid on the maturity date of the notes based on the prevailing gold price at the maturity date (Gold price to be calculated on twenty day average price May 6, 2015).
Olympus’ CEO John Seton commented that if the proposed amendments are effective, it would:
- Reduce potential dilution to shareholders
- Streamline the Company’s current debt assuming the original noteholders fully accept the amendments.
He added, “This proposal addresses two of the main issues raised by investors when considering investing in the Company, however the driver for the Company was to reduce potential future dilution of shareholders. We believe that despite any associated costs the amendments contemplated by the Company’s proposals will add value for shareholders.
Euro Pacific will be canvassing the holders of the Original Notes to obtain consent for the proposed amendments. Only the Notes of those note holders who provide their consent prior to 5pm (New York City time) on November 19, 2012 will be amended. The consent date is expected to be November 19, 2012, or such other date as may be agreed between the Company and Euro Pacific. The effective date of the amendments is expected to be November 21, 2012, or such other date as may be agreed between the Company and Euro Pacific. Closing will be subject to the Company obtaining on, or prior to the effective date;
- All requisite regulatory approvals for the redemption, including approvals of the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Australian Securities Exchange, if necessary, and
- All requisite corporate approvals. Closing is further subject to acceptance of the offer by holders of the Original Notes holding not less than fifteen per cent (15%) of the aggregate principal amount of the Original Notes.
Euro Pacific Capital, Inc. will be paid corporate finance fees on the effective date of the amendments equal to two per cent (2%) of the principal amount of Original Notes that are amended as described above.
Olympus is a diversified gold production and exploration company with four core assets; the properties are located in East Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The Company produces gold and operating cash from its two underground mines in central Vietnam. The Bau Gold Field is currently in full feasibility at Jugan Hill and has an established N1 43-101/JORC resource that’s expected to increase in the fourth quarter 2012 resulting from the Company’s current drilling program. The Company has an early stage exploration project at Capcapo in the northern Philippines.
OLYMPUS PACIFIC MINERALS INC.
John A.G. Seton,
Chief Executive Officer
For further information contact:
James W. Hamilton
Vice President Investor Relations
Tel: +61 800 308 602 (Australia)
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