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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Kenmare lenders approve debt restructuring plan

Michael Carvill, managing director of Kenmare Resources
Michael Carvill, managing director of Kenmare Resources
Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

Kenmare Resources is a step closer to securing a much needed capital injection after lenders agreed a plan to restructure the Irish miner's debt.

It has to raise $275m for the deal to take effect. The Oman State General Reserve Fund has committed $100m, and Kenmare said discussions with new and existing shareholders have been positive, with three large shareholders committing $115m between them.

Some of the company lenders have agreed to make up the balance if the company falls $40.8m or less short, via an equity stake.

The plan is designed to reduce Kenmare's debt from $392m to $100m, with $75m of capital set aside for working capital and other day-to-day expenses.

"With the finalisation of key transaction agreements as announced today, we look forward to further engagement with investors and the completion of the Capital Restructuring in the next few weeks," Kenmare managing director Michael Carvill said.

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