Hebei XingHua Iron and Steel takes 34% stake in Dynasty Metals Australia
Dynasty Metals Australia has received a letter of offer from
the Chinese steel producer Hebei XingHua Iron and Steel, a subsidiary of XingHua Industrial Company, comprising a
placement to XingHua of 40 million new shares in Dynasty at a price of
$0.16/share to raise AU$6.4 million
The Dynasty Board said it has accepted the letter of offer, which is subject to shareholder, regulatory and Government approvals.
In addition, the offer makes provision for the issue of 20,000,000 options with an exercise price of $0.20/option and an expiry date of 31 December 2012.
The offer provides a strong cash position of $10 million to accelerate drilling at Prairie Downs Iron Project – increasing from 453 million tonne JORC-compliant Inferred Resource and supporting pre feasibility studies.
The new shares will be placed on voluntary escrow for 12 months from the date of issue. Subject to shareholder and other approvals, XingHua will have a 34% interest in the company and Dynasty’s cash position will be approximately $10 million.
Ian Levy, Dynasty's chairman, said “the letter of offer from a significant Chinese Steel producer, XingHua, is a strong endorsement of Dynasty’s investment attractions. This strategic partnership will provide a strong foundation to support the enhancement of project assets and corporate growth."
The strategic partnership between XingHua and Dynasty provides access for Dynasty to the annual 30 million tonne, Hebei iron ore market.
XingHua is to provide ongoing funding, assistance with infrastructure requirements, and executive/technical support.
The company said XingHua’s offer is an endorsement to the technical credibility of Dynasty’s Prairie Downs Project and its exploration team and reflects the significant potential presented by the company’s project portfolio, and the calibre of the Pilbara as one of the world’s leading Iron Ore provinces.
"XingHua views Dynasty as an attractive and undervalued investment opportunity backed by a strong board and team of leading technical consultants, and will support both development and commercialisation of our projects through potential off take," said Levy.
"Dynasty continues to build on the established 453 million tonne inferred JORC resource in its current drilling program, and pending shareholder approval, the placement to XingHua will enable the company to further expedite exploration activities and pre feasibility studies,” he added.
Dynasty and XingHua have negotiated the key terms of a relationship agreement as follows:
- XingHua will be closely involved in the management of the Company and the exploration and evaluation of all projects. This will include the appointment of two XingHua representatives to the board of Dynasty.
- XingHua will share an office with Dynasty in Sydney where XingHua may undertake business when XingHua representatives are in Australia.
- XingHua will invest in a representative office in China for Dynasty and will assist with introductions to potential 3rd party iron ore infrastructure providers. XingHua accepts that Dynasty will retain the right to freely progress discussions with other suitable infrastructure providers to ensure access to infrastructure is secured.
- To the extent of its iron ore requirements, XingHua has a priority for iron ore off-take based on normal commercial terms.
- With respect to production surplus to XingHua’s requirements, XingHua will assist Dynasty to progress discussions with other steel producers and Dynasty will retain the right to enter into negotiations with other 3rd party off-take parties for the remainder of the iron ore.
These arrangements provide for both immediate and future financial support, and ensure XingHua will be directly involved in the management of the company, will assist with future funding and infrastructure needs, and it will also operate its iron, coal and steel trading activities alongside Dynasty in its Sydney office.
Malcolm Carson, Dynasty executive director, added “through Dynasty’s representative office in China provided by XingHua, we will have a presence in China, a highly respected and well connected relationship partner, a basis on which to establish iron ore off-take arrangements, high level introductions and access to Hebei steel mills producing 20 million tonnes per annum steel and requiring in excess of 30 million tonnes per annum of iron ore.”
XingHua Industries was founded in 1985 by Mr Maochun Chen, a former Army Cadre, with its headquarters located in the town of FuzHou City, Fujian Province near China’s South East coast.
With an annual value exceeding tens of billions of Yuan, the company is a modern private enterprise including a complete organisation of party and political entities and a labour union.
XingHua Iron and Steel has an annual demand for approximately 3 million tonnes of iron ore and is currently being supplied from Australia, India and internal Chinese sources.
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