Blainville, QUEBEC, September 23, 2015 – Maya Gold & Silver (“Maya” or the “Corporation”) (TSXV: MYA) is pleased to announce the finalization of a USD6M loan with The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD”). The disbursements under the loan remain conditional to the closing by the Corporation of an equity financing of a minimum of USD1.8M to be announced shortly.
The EBRD funds will support the modernisation of the Zgounder Silver Mine as well as finance exploration and development works and the introduction of silver separation flotation units. These units will contribute to optimise the Zgounder processing plant, as well as to bring energy efficiency and environmental improvements to its operations.
The financing consists of a loan bearing an 8% interest payable semi-annually on September 30th and March 31st of each year. Additionally, a performance based interest (“PBI”) in the amount equal to 2% of revenues up to USD26M, 1.5% from USD26M to USD35M and 1% above USD35M, as stated in the most recent annual audited financial statements, payable on May 31st of each year.
The principal repayment will be as follow:
|• September 2017||USD1,750,000|
|• March 2018||USD1,000,000|
|• September 2018||USD2,000,000|
|• March 2019||USD750,000|
|• September 2019||USD500,000|
Eric Rasmussen, EBRD Director for Natural Resources, said: “We are very pleased to team up with Maya Gold & Silver, a leading international company in the mining sector, to implement a programme to expand production and, at the same time, modernise the operations. This investment will set an example for the Moroccan mining industry.”
Guy Goulet, CEO of Maya, said: “This is a great demonstration of trust from such a great institution as EBRD. In addition to obtain an important financing, it adds a lot of credibility to our business plan.”
Noureddine Mokaddem, President of Maya added: “The closing of this transaction paves the way for Maya’s future development of its projects.”
The EBRD started investing in Morocco in 2012. To date, the Bank has invested €400 million in 18 projects across the country, in addition to EUR 130M of trade-facilitation credit lines with local banks. The EBRD has also provided technical assistance support to more than 175 local small and medium enterprises.
For further information on EBRD visit EBRD’s website at www.ebrd.com.
Maya Gold & Silver Inc. is a Canadian publicly listed mining corporation focused on the exploration and development of gold and silver deposits in Morocco. Maya is initiating mining and milling operations at its Zgounder Mine owned by Zgounder Millenium Silver Mining (“ZMSM”), a Maya 85% owned joint venture with l’Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (“ONHYM”) of the Kingdom of Morocco (15%).
For further information on Maya visit www.mayagoldsilver.com or contact:
Maya Gold & Silver Inc.
President and Chief Executive Officer
T: 450-435-0700 ext. 204
| Nathalie Dion
T: 450-435-0700 ext. 202
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