Chaarat Gold extends maturity date on US$17mln loan, posts 2019 results


Chaarat Gold Holdings Limited (LON:CGH) has agreed to extend the maturity date of a US$17mln loan and accrued interest of US$2.4mln to December 31, 2020, from March 31.

The gold miner said it had agreed the extension with the provider of the loan, adding that it will maintain the existing interest charge of 13% payable at maturity.

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The company also said Labro Investments Limited, its largest shareholder, has agreed to extend and increase an existing security package it has provided to the lender beyond what was previously announced on September 11, 2019.

Chaarat is also in advanced discussions to agree terms with Labro regarding compensation for providing the extended and increased security package.

“We are pleased to announce the extension of the loan agreement and support provided to Chaarat. At the moment, it is hard to predict when the current challenging market environment will normalise, and we are delighted to see such strong support from our debt investor and our largest shareholder”, said Chaarat chief executive Artem Volynets in a statement.

Full-year 2019 results

In a separate update, Chaarat Gold also published its results for the year ended December 31, 2019, which showed it achieved underlying earnings (EBITDA) at the standalone Kapan Company level, before group accounting and non-cash adjustments, of US$12.7mln for the period.

Chaarat acquired the Kapan Mine in Armenia in early 2019, transforming the group from a developer to a producer.

Martin Andersson, Chaarat’s executive chairman said: “I am delighted with the successful integration of the Kapan mine into the Company and the progress made at our assets in the Kyrgyz Republic adding significant value for our shareholders and all stakeholders in general.”

He added: “I look forward to the rest of the year as we continue to build an industry-leading Central Asia and FSU low cost gold producer with a sound organic growth strategy supported by selective M&A.”

Chaarat Gold shares were 3.7% lower at 26p in late afternoon trading.

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