Subject to final due diligence, execution of definitive documentation, and approval from La
Mancha’s Investment Advisory Committee and the Fund’s manager, SRG will issue 22,442,941
common shares to the Fund (or its designated affiliate) through a private placement at a price ofC$0.56 per share, yielding proceeds to SRG of approximately C$13 million (US$10 million). The Fund will come to own 19.9% of SRG’s issued and outstanding common shares when the placement is completed, establishing it as one of SRG’s largest shareholders.
Upon receipt of the proceeds, SRG will have cash and cash equivalents of approximately C$17 million (US$13 million) and no significant debt. SRG intends to use the proceeds to advance the Company’s large-scale Lola Graphite Project in the Republic of Guinea, to develop a fully integrated mine-to-market solution to supply active anode material to the European lithium-ion and fuel cell markets and for general corporate purposes.
SRG will work closely with La Mancha, during the development phase of the project, to ensure the Fund’s continued participation in subsequent financings to advance SRG towards production.
“We are confident that La Mancha shares our development vision and has the experience and access to financial resources to help us develop our large-scale Lola Graphite Project and second transformation strategy, creating value for SRG’s stakeholders in the Republic of Guinea, and our international shareholders,” said Benoit La Salle, Chairman of the Board.
Naguib Sawiris, Chairman of La Mancha’s Investment Advisory Committee, said: “La Mancha has seen significant successes in the gold industry, and this investment in SRG is a logical continuation of the Fund’s strategy to invest in commodities necessary to shift the energy system away from one dominated by hydrocarbons. The supply-demand dynamics for clean, future facing metals and minerals could mean we are at the dawn of a new commodity supercycle. La Mancha is pleased to support SRG with this initial investment and, depending on the outcomes of the development programme, there is the potential for up to C$50 million to follow our rights in subsequent financings to fund SRG through to production.”
The SRG-La Mancha transaction is subject to a La Mancha’s internal approval process, approval by the Toronto Stock Exchange, and other customary closing conditions. Receipt of all necessary approvals and completion of the transaction is expected on or before March 31, 2022.
Upon closing of the private placement, SRG will grant the Fund or its affiliate certain investor rights under an investor rights agreement. Among key provisions, the Fund or its affiliate will have the right to nominate two directors – one of whom will be independent – to SRG’s board. In addition, the Fund or its affiliate will be granted anti-dilution rights to enable it to maintain its SRG ownership at 19.9%.
About La Mancha Capital Advisory LLP
La Mancha advises on strategic investments made by La Mancha Fund SCSp in publicly listed gold and energy transition commodity companies with a global outlook.
La Mancha is a long-term minded investor, with a mandate to support mining companies to achieve sustained growth by providing long-term equity capital as well as operational and board level expertise, to further portfolio company performance and expansion.
La Mancha is an Appointed Representative of G10 Capital Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 648953).
About SRG Mining
SRG Mining is a Canadian-based mining company focused on developing the Lola Graphite Project located in the Republic of Guinea, West Africa. The Lola Graphite Project has a Measured and Indicated Resource of 46Mt at a grade of 4.1% Cg. SRG aims to develop a fully integrated source of battery anode material to supply the European lithium-ion and fuel cell markets. With attractive operating costs, proximity to European end-markets and strong ESG credentials, SRG is poised to become a reliable supplier while promoting sustainability and supply chain transparency. SRG is committed to generating sustainable, long-term benefits that are shared with the host countries and communities where it operates.
President & CEO SRG Mining Inc.
SRG Mining Inc.
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Ville Mont-Royal, Québec
Partner & CIO
La Mancha Capital Advisory LLP
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