Great Western Minerals Provides Update Regarding Convertible Bonds
April 21, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) — Great Western Minerals Group Ltd. (“GWMG” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE: GWG) (OTCQX: GWMGF) provides an update regarding its US$90 million 8.00 percent Secured Convertible Bonds due 2017 (the “Convertible Bonds”) governed by the trust deed dated April 5, 2012 between the Company and Wilmington Trust (London) Limited as trustee (as supplemented, the “Trust Deed”).
As previously announced, the Company did not make the interest payment on the Convertible Bonds of approximately C$4.5 million (US$3.6 million) that was due on April 7, 2015. Under the terms of the Trust Deed, the Company had 14 days from the date interest was due and payable to make the interest payment on the Convertible Bonds. As of today, the Company has not made the interest payment on the Convertible Bonds. As of April 17, 2015, the Company had consolidated cash and cash equivalents of approximately C$3.3 million.
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The previously disclosed discussions between the Company and a steering committee of holders (the “Steering Committee”) of the Convertible Bonds regarding a potential restructuring (a “Restructuring”) of the Convertible Bonds have not resulted in the Company and the Steering Committee entering into a binding agreement. The Company continues to explore strategic alternatives (“Strategic Alternatives”) to a consensual restructuring of the Convertible Bonds, which may include the initiation of a sale or investment solicitation process in respect of the Company’s assets and business and/or the commencement of proceedings under applicable restructuring legislation. There is no assurance that the Company will be able to complete a Restructuring or find a Strategic Alternative, or that there will be any value for any shareholders in any such Restructuring or Strategic Alternative.
Great Western Minerals Group Ltd. is a manufacturer and supplier of rare earth element-based metal alloys. The Company routinely posts news and other information on its website at www.gwmg.ca.
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Certain information set out in this News Release constitutes forward-looking information. Forward-looking statements (often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as “expect”, “may”, “could”, “anticipate” or “will” and similar expressions (including negative and grammatical variations)) may describe expectations, opinions or guidance that are not statements of fact and which may be based upon information provided by third parties. Certain forward-looking statements in this News Release relate to: making interest payments on the Convertible Bonds; the ability of the Company to complete a Restructuring or a Strategic Alternative; and the availability of other options to the Company including the possibility of filing for protection under applicable restructuring legislation. Forward-looking statements are based upon the opinions, expectations and estimates of management of GWMG as at the date the statements are made and are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or outcomes to differ materially from those anticipated or implied by such forward-looking statements. Those factors include, but are not limited to; the adequacy of the Company’s financial resources, including in connection with any possible restructuring of the Convertible Bonds and/or the availability of additional cash from operations or from financing on reasonable terms or at all; the assumptions and estimates in the Feasibility Study of the SKK Project proving to be accurate over time; the construction, commissioning and operation of the proposed monazite processing facility within estimated parameters; mine refurbishment activities; reliance on third parties to meet projected timelines and commencement of production at the SKK Project; reliance on successful negotiations with third parties to enter into a tolling arrangement to separate mixed rare earth materials; risks related to the receipt of all required approvals including those relating to the commencement of production at the SKK Project; delays in obtaining permits, licenses and operating authorities in Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom; environmental matters; water and land use risks; risks associated with the industry in general; commodity prices and exchange rate changes; operational risks associated with exploration, development and production operations; delays or changes in plans, including those estimated in the Feasibility Study of the SKK Project; risks associated with the uncertainty of resource and reserve estimates; health and safety risks; uncertainty of estimates and projections of production, costs and expenses; risks that future SKK Project and region exploration results may not meet exploration or corporate objectives; political risks inherent in South Africa; risks associated with the relationship between GWMG and/or its subsidiaries and communities and governments in Canada and South Africa; radioactivity and related issues; dependence on one mineral project; loss of, and the inability to attract, key personnel; the factors discussed in the Company’s public disclosure record; and other factors that could cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated. In light of the risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon forward-looking information. Although GWMG believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements set out in this press release or incorporated herein by reference are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct. GWMG does not assume any obligation to update forward looking statements as set out in this news release except as required by law. The forward-looking statements of GWMG contained in this News Release, or incorporated herein by reference, are expressly qualified, in their entirety, by this cautionary statement and the risk factors contained in GWMG’s Annual Information Form available under the Company’s profile at www.sedar.com.
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