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ASANKO GOLD STRENGTHENS BALANCE SHEET
Asanko Gold Inc. has received $10-million from its joint venture partner Gold Fields Ltd. Asanko and Gold Fields completed a joint venture agreement on July 31, 2018, whereby they became 50:50 joint venture partners of the Asanko gold mine (AGM), located in Ghana, West Africa, which is operated by Asanko. Part of that agreement included a $20-million cash payment that was contingent on an Esaase development milestone at the AGM. Following substantial achievement of that milestone in August, 2019, Asanko has now received $10-million with the remaining $10-million to be paid on or before Dec. 31, 2019.
In addition, the company is in the process of finalizing credit agreement documentation on behalf of the Asanko gold mine joint venture with Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) for a new revolving credit facility in the amount of $30-million. The term of the RCF will be three years, maturing in September, 2022, and will bear interest on a sliding scale of between LIBOR plus a margin of 4 per cent and LIBOR plus a margin of 3.8 per cent based on security granted to RMB. Commitment fees in respect of the undrawn portion of the facility will be on a similar sliding scale of between 1.4 per cent and 1.33 per cent. Final closing of the facility remains subject to the completion of customary closing conditions.
"With the receipt of the first $10-million payment from Gold Fields, Asanko Gold's corporate balance sheet is strengthening with no debt and cash growing," said Greg McCunn, chief executive officer.
"With this new low-cost credit facility being established at the AGM, combined with the existing cash resources and strong expected operating cash flows, the AGM will have significant financial flexibility to begin repaying intercompany loans to the joint venture partners, allowing the partners to begin realizing a return on their respective investments."
As at Aug. 31, 2019, the company held approximately $14.7-million in cash with working capital of $16.0-million. The Asanko gold mine joint venture held approximately $44.6-million in cash, gold bullion and gold receivables, with no external debt.
About Asanko Gold Inc.
Asanko is focused on building a low-cost, mid-tier gold mining company through organic production growth, exploration and disciplined deployment of its financial resources. The company currently operates and manages the Asanko gold mine, located in Ghana, West Africa, which is jointly owned with Gold Fields Ltd.
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