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Nevada Copper Amends Red Kite Loan Facility and Announces Strategic Review Process

Nevada Copper Corp. (TSX:NCU) announced it has entered into an agreement to amend its senior secured loan agreement with EXP T1 Ltd., an affiliate of Red Kite Mine Finance and postpone the exercise of certain rights and remedies that Red Kite has under the Loan Agreement. The Agreement also sets out the terms on which the Company will purchase Red Kite’s right, title and interest in Red Kite’s Offtake Agreement.

As quoted in the press release:

The Loan Agreement was previously amended on September 30, 2015 to, among other things, extend the maturity date of the loan to December 31, 2021 and the outside date for fulfillment of project construction draw conditions by 12 months to December 31, 2016. The Loan Agreement amendment also required that, prior to December 31, 2015 the Company would complete an equity and/or subordinated debt financing transaction for proceeds of US$20 million (the “Interim Financing Transaction”). These funds were to provide adequate working capital while also providing funding for further project optimization.

During the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company engaged with several groups interested in Nevada Copper’s Pumpkin Hollow copper project (“the Project”), however in view of the challenging capital and commodity markets, the Company also entered into discussions with Red Kite regarding the Loan Agreement. On January 2, 2016, the Company reached the Agreement, pursuant to which Red Kite will not exercise its rights and remedies under the Loan Agreement as a result of the non-completion of the Interim Financing Transaction by December 31, 2015, the Company will have until April 15, 2016 to complete an alternative financing, and the Loan Agreement will be further amended.

Nevada Copper CEO, Giulio Bonifacio, stated:

Nevada Copper is pleased to have the continued support of Red Kite. Red Kite continues to work with the Company and has made favorable amended loan terms including a further 12 month extension that give recognition to the current commodity markets. This extension is subject to ensuring adequate working capital in 2016 and will allow the necessary additional time to facilitate a strategic review process leading to a transaction that maximizes value for all stakeholders. We also view the offtake buyback as an extremely positive development that improves the overall smelter terms and reduces copper pricing risk.

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