VANCOUVER, CANADA – Ivanhoe Mines (TSX: IVN; OTCQX: IVPAF) announced today that it has received the fourth 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 Kamoa Holding Limited that holds the interest in the Kamoa-Kakula 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 Kamoa Holding Limited. Zijin paid an initial US$206 million at closing in December 2015, followed by the payment of the first three of five scheduled US$41.2 million installments in March, July and October of last year. Following the signing of a partnership agreement with the DRC government in November 2016, Ivanhoe and Zijin Mining now each hold an indirect 39.6% interest in the Kamoa-Kakula Project, Crystal River Global Limited holds an indirect 0.8% interest and the DRC government holds a direct 20% interest. Kamoa Holding Limited continues to hold an 80% interest in the Kamoa-Kakula Project.
After the receipt of the fourth installment from Zijin, Ivanhoe’s consolidated working capital is approximately US$355 million (C$467 million).
The fifth and final US$41.2 million installment payment is due on May 23, 2017. 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.
About Ivanhoe Mines
Ivanhoe Mines is advancing its three principal projects in Sub-Saharan Africa: Mine development at the Platreef platinum-palladium-gold-nickel-copper discovery on the Northern Limb of South Africa’s Bushveld Complex; mine development and exploration at the Kamoa-Kakula copper discovery on the Central African Copperbelt in the DRC; and upgrading at the historic, high-grade Kipushi zinc-copper-lead-germanium mine, also on the DRC’s Copperbelt. For details, visit www.ivanhoemines.com.
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