Los Andes Copper Announces Further US$ 5 million Investment by Queen's Road Capital
Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - August 25, 2022) - Los Andes Copper Ltd. (TSXV: LA) ("Los Andes" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Queen's Road Capital Investment Ltd. (TSX: QRC) ("Queen's Road Capital") whereby Queen's Road Capital will invest a further US$5,000,000 in Los Andes by way of an additional convertible debenture (the "Convertible Debenture").
The proceeds received from this capital raise will be allocated towards, expansion drilling at the Vizcachitas copper project in Chile which is expected to commence soon, completion of the Vizcachitas project ("Vizcachitas" or the "Vizcachitas Project") pre-feasibility study, underway and for general corporate purposes.
R. Michael Jones, CEO of Los Andes, commented: "We are very pleased to work with Queens Road Capital and note their steady support of the Company. This financing allows us to continue to progress the project and target resource growth while minimizing dilution to shareholders."
"These funds will allow us to continue with the exciting expansion drilling of Vizcachitas with up to five rigs and complete our Pre-Feasibility Study, (PFS) which is anticipated in Q4 this year. The PFS has a backdrop of an industry facing a potential large deficit in copper supply, which is anticipated just around the corner," added Jones.
Warren Gilman, Chairman and CEO of Queen's Road Capital, commented: "Queen's Road Capital sees significant opportunity of value recognition of Los Andes Copper since world class copper assets are increasingly rare. Recent volatility has not altered the course that copper is the essential ingredient in the world's drive towards electrification, which is also supported by recent M&A activity in the mining sector."
The Convertible Debenture will have a five-year term, carry an eight percent coupon and will be convertible into common shares in the capital of the Company ("Common Shares") at a share price of C$16.75. The interest is payable quarterly, five percent in cash and three percent in shares (at the election of Los Andes), at the 20-day volume weighted average price prior to the interest payment date.
The Company will set aside US $1.05 million in a separate account to provide for the cash component of the interest on all three tranches of the debentures for the next 18 months.
Closing of the financing is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including but not limited to TSX Venture Exchange approval and the completion of definitive documentation. Closing is expected to occur September 2, 2022. Once closed the total investment in convertible debentures by Queens Road into Los Andes copper will total US$14,000,000, representing a total number of shares, if converted, of 1,250,462 shares.
About Queen's Road Capital Investment Ltd.
Queen's Road Capital is a leading financier to the global resource sector. The Company is a resource-focused investment company, making investments in privately held and publicly traded resource companies.
It is intended that the Company will acquire and hold securities for both long-term capital appreciation and short-term gains, with a focus on convertible debt securities and resource projects in advanced development or production located in safe jurisdictions.
Queen's Road Capital Investment Ltd. is listed on the TSX under the ticker: QRC.
About Los Andes Copper Ltd.
Los Andes Copper Ltd. is a development company with a 100% interest in the Vizcachitas Project in Chile. The Company is focused on progressing the Vizcachitas Project, which is located along Chile's most prolific copper belt, into production.
Vizcachitas is a copper-molybdenum porphyry deposit, located 120 km north of Santiago, Chile, in an area of good infrastructure. The National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101") compliant report titled "Preliminary Economic Assessment of the Vizcachitas Project" (the "PEA"), dated June 13, 2019, prepared by Tetra Tech, highlights that the Vizcachitas Project has a post-tax NPV (8% discount rate) of approximately USD$1.8 billion and an IRR of 20.77%, based on a USD$3 per pound copper price. The Vizcachitas Project has a Measured Resource of 254.4 million tonnes at a grade of 0.439% copper and an Indicated Resource of approximately 1.03 billion tonnes at a grade of 0.385% copper. The PEA can be found on the Company's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.
The PEA is preliminary in nature, it includes inferred mineral resources that are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves, and there is no certainty that the PEA will be realized.
Los Andes Copper Ltd. is listed on the TSX-V under the ticker: LA.
Antony Amberg CGeol FGS, the Company's President and CEO, is the qualified person under NI 43-101 who have reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information contained in this news release.
For more information please contact: For more information please contact:
R. Michael Jones , P.Eng CEO
Tel: +44 203 4407982
BlytheRay, Financial PR
Tel: +44 207 138 3203
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