Hycroft Mining Announces $56 Million Equity Investment from Renowned Precious Metals Investor Eric Sprott and AMC Entertainment
The equity investment recapitalizes the balance sheet and provides the opportunity to unlock the value of its world-class Hycroft gold and silver deposit in Northern Nevada
WINNEMUCCA, Nevada., March 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Hycroft Mining Holding Corporation (Nasdaq: HYMC) (“Hycroft” or the “Company”), a precious metals development company that owns the Hycroft mine located in the world-class mining region of Northern Nevadatoday announced a $56 million private equity placement with a precious metals investor Eric Sprott and AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AMC).
Diane GarrettChairman, Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chairman of Hycroft, commented, “We couldn’t be happier to announce this transformational investment in Hycroft’s future, anchored by Eric Sprott, one of the world’s leading investors in precious metals, and AMC Entertainment Holdings, which has proven expertise and ability to address liquidity challenges and raise capital to optimize the value of important underlying assets. Collectively, their investment significantly improves Hycroft’s liquidity position and provides years of financial leverage. Moreover, their confidence underscores the world-class nature of Hycroft’s gold and silver deposit and our potential to unlock value at a pivotal time in its development. We look forward to working alongside our new investors to move Hycroft up the value chain.”
Private placement conditions
Mr. Sprott and AMC will each invest $27.9 million cash into Hycroft for 23,408,240 units, each unit consisting of one common share of Hycroft and one common share purchase warrant (the “Units”). Units are priced at $1.193 per Unit, which is the minimum bid price required by Nasdaq for a market purchase of a Unit. Each warrant will be exercisable for one common share of Hycroft at a price of $1.068 per share and will have a term of five years from the date of issue. The closing of the private placement is expected to occur on or about March 15, 2022.
As a result of its investment, AMC was granted the right to appoint a representative to Hycroft’s board of directors. Following the closing of the private placement, Mr. Sprott and AMC will become the company’s second largest shareholders, each holding approximately 21.8% of the outstanding common shares of Hycroft.
Use of new capital
Hycroft intends to use the net proceeds of this private placement for general corporate purposes, which may include repayment, refinancing, redemption or purchase of existing debt, working capital or capital expenditures. and other investments, the advancement of the initial assessment in the 2022 Technical Report Summary of a Prefeasibility and/or Feasibility Study and Additional Exploration at the Hycroft Mine.
Unleash additional flexibility through balance sheet recapitalization
The Company also announced that it has entered into an agreement in principle with its principal lending partner, Sprott Private Resource Lending II (Collector), LP (“Sprott”), acting as agent for the facility, to extend all repayments of the main debt with a single payment in fine in May 2027from the current due date of May 2025subject to $50 million new equity capital, and subject to the payment of a $3.3 million lender’s interest adjustment which will be capitalized and added to the principal due at maturity. The extension of the due date of May 2025 for May 2027 will be subject to certain loan coverage conditions.
Hycroft has also entered into an agreement with its second lien holders that, subject to $50 million new equity, they will extend the term of the loan by two years to December 2027 with continued interest-in-kind payments of 10% per annum.
The Company will continue to review and discuss its ability to reduce debt with its current lenders.
About Hycroft Mining Holding Corporation
Hycroft is a United States-based gold and silver development company that owns the Hycroft mine located in the world-class mining region of Northern Nevada.
Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
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