- Indicative term sheets received from eight European, African, and North American lenders with established track records in mining project finance.
- Preferred lenders are currently being shortlisted as the company moves towards final term sheet negotiations and subsequent credit approval process for the selected financing package.
- The project financing process is led by Terrafranca Capital Partners Ltd. and remains on schedule to meet the Company’s development timelines.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Osino Resources Corp. (TSXV:OSI) (FSE:RSR1) (OTCQX:OSIIF) (“Osino” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that it has it has received eight project finance offers from credible institutions for the construction financing of its wholly owned Twin Hills Gold Project (“Twin Hills” or “the Project”) in Namibia.
The receipt of indicative term sheets is an important milestone in the overall financing process and underlines the quality of Namibia as a premier lending jurisdiction and more specifically the financeability of Twin Hills. This process is taking place while working to meet our Project development timelines.
Heye Daun, Osino’s co-founder, President & CEO commented: “We are very pleased with the competitiveness of the process and resulting quality of project financing offers received from 8 reputable institutions with impressive track records of successful project financing. Choosing the appropriate financing partners is an important next step for Osino. We look forward to the appointment of our preferred debt financing provider and finalizing terms in the coming months as we continue to advance the development of Twin Hills.”
Project Finance Process
Osino aims to select its preferred financing partners in the next few months and to progress the project financing package in parallel with the delivery of the definitive feasibility study (“DFS”), which is on track to be delivered before the end of June 2023. Subject to the conclusion of all necessary approvals and permits, this would allow for an investment decision and commencement of early works during the second half of 2023.
Osino has appointed Terrafranca Capital Partners Ltd (“Terrafranca”) to advise on and progress the debt financing workstream (see announcement dated 1 Nov 2022). Terrafranca is a leading independent financial advisor with a strong track record of arranging financing for junior mining projects in Africa.
Osino released a pre-feasibility study (“PFS”) for Twin Hills entitled, “Amended and Restated Pre-Feasibility Study of the Twin Hills Gold Project, Namibia, National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report” dated effective September 6, 2022 signed October 25, 2022 stating 2.15 Moz in reserves (average Au grade of 1.04 g/t with a cutoff of 0.3 g/t), outlining a 13-year open-pit mine life with an average annual gold production rate of 169koz per annum at all-in sustaining costs of US$930/oz in the first 10 years of operation. The comprehensive nature of the PFS and the resulting economic robustness of the Project has allowed the Company to fast track the project finance process. The DFS is on track for completion in about mid-2023.
The PFS was prepared by Anton Geldenhuys, MEng, MGSSA, PrSciNat, Glenn Bezuidenhout, Nat Dip (Ex Met), FSAIMM, Robert Armstrong, B.Sc., FGSSA, COMREC, Pr.Sci.Nat, Peter Theron, Pr.Eng. (ECSA), MSAIMM, Werner Moeller, B.Eng. (Mining), B.Eng. (Industrial), MSAIMM, MAusIMM, MCIM, Georgi Doundarov, M.Sc., P.Eng., PMP, CCP, Diana Duthe, M.Sc., Pr.Sci.Nat., and Luke Towers, MSc. Geohydrology, Pr.Sci.Nat., who are all independent "qualified persons" for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 and are the authors responsible for the preparation of the PFS.
Qualified Person’s Statement
David Underwood, BSc. (Hons) is Vice President Exploration of Osino Resources Corp. and has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information in this news release and is a registered Professional Natural Scientist with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (Pr. Sci. Nat. No.400323/11) and a Qualified Person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101.
About Osino Resources
Osino is a Canadian gold exploration and development company focused on the fast-tracked development of our wholly owned Twin Hills Gold Project (“Twin Hills”) in central Namibia. Since its grassroots discovery by Osino in August 2019 the Company has completed more than 220,000m of drilling and has completed a suite of specialist technical studies culminating in the recently published Twin Hills PFS. The PFS describes a technically simple and economically robust open-pit gold operation with a 2.15moz gold reserve, 13-year mine life and average annual gold production of over 169koz per annum.
Osino has a commanding ground position of approximately 6,900km2 located within Namibia’s prospective Damara sedimentary mineral belt, mostly in proximity to and along strike of the producing Navachab and Otjikoto Gold Mines. The Company is actively exploring a range of gold prospects and targets along the belt by utilizing a portfolio approach geared towards discovery, targeting gold mineralization that fits the broad orogenic gold model.
Our core projects are favorably located north and north-west of Namibia’s capital city Windhoek. By virtue of their location, the projects benefit significantly from Namibia’s well-established infrastructure with paved highways, railway, power and water in close proximity.
Namibia is mining-friendly and lauded as one of the continent’s most politically and socially stable jurisdictions. Osino continues to evaluate new ground with a view to expanding our Namibian portfolio.
Further details are available on the Company's website at https://osinoresources.com/
On Behalf of The Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer, President, and Director
Osino Resources Corp.
Leily Omoumi, VP Corporate Development
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