VANCOUVER, CANADA — Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) announced today that it has received the second installment of US$41.2 million owing from a subsidiary of Zijin Mining Group Co., Ltd. as part of a strategic co-development agreement under which Zijin acquired 49.5% of Ivanhoe’s majority stake in the Kamoa copper discovery now being jointly developed by Ivanhoe and Zijin in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Zijin – through its subsidiary, Gold Mountains (H.K.) International Mining Company Limited – agreed to pay US$412 million for a 49.5% interest in Ivanhoe subsidiary Kamoa Holding Limited that presently owns 95% of the Kamoa Project. Zijin paid an initial US$206 million at closing in December last year, followed by the payment of the first of five scheduled US$41.2 million installments in March this year.
The receipt of the second installment from Zijin has increased Ivanhoe’s consolidated working capital to approximately US$455 million (C$593 million). This represents approximately C$0.76 per issued and outstanding common share of Ivanhoe Mines.
The remaining US$123.6 million is required to be paid in three further equal installments, every 3.5 months, with the next installment due on October 24, 2016. The installment payments are secured by a pledge of shares of Kamoa Holding Limited with proportionate releases of the security on the pledged shares following receipt of each installment payment.
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Although the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are based upon what management of Ivanhoe Mines believes are reasonable assumptions, Ivanhoe Mines cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release and are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Subject to applicable securities laws, Ivanhoe Mines does not assume any obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this news release.
Ivanhoe’s actual results could also differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of the factors set forth in the “Risk Factors” section in Ivanhoe’s Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2015, which is available at www.ivanhoemines.com and at www.sedar.com.