GMEL board strongly recommends the investment by Shenghe and the commencement of a strategic working relationship
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Greenland Minerals and Energy Ltd ('GMEL" or 'the Company') is pleased to announce that it has entered into a subscription agreement (SA) with leading rare company Shenghe Resources Holding Ltd, and its 99.99% subsidiary Le Shan Shenghe Rare Earth Co., Ltd (Leshan Shenghe). Leshan Shenghe is focussed on rare earth downstream processing.
The SA provides for the investment of Leshan Shenghe of $4.625 million (AUD) for 125 million ordinary shares in GMEL at 3.7 cents/share, subject to shareholder and FIRB approvals, which are to be sought prior to November 30th, 2016. The price of 3.7 cents per share represents a 5% discount to the 60‐day volume weighted average price (VWAP) as of September 19th, 2016.
Shenghe unconditionally and irrevocably guarantees the obligations of Leshan Shenghe under the SA.
Once the SA becomes unconditional Shenghe will have the right to nominate a non‐executive director to the board of GMEL, and will have anti‐dilution rights to maintain a 12.5% position in GMEL.
The fundamental objective of both parties is to develop the Kvanefjeld Project ('Project') as a cornerstone to new supply networks. With the permitting process underway, the partnership with Shenghe will help to ensure that the Project is optimised to integrate with downstream processing, and that customer networks are established. Shenghe's leading technical expertise, processing capacity, and strong international customer base make Shenghe an ideal strategic partner for the Project.
The two parties commenced a dialogue in late‐2015, and recognised a strong alignment of strategy, and complementary strengths at different ends of the rare earth value chain. Shenghe's experience and skills provide the means to maximise the core strengths of the Kvanefjeld Project, which include scale, processing advantage, and direct shipping access. Nowhere else in the world does such a confluence of attributes occur.
GMEL will continue to work toward establishing off‐take agreements across projected by‐products (uranium, zinc, and fluorspar) from the Kvanefjeld Project, and looks forward to updating the market on further commercial developments.
Dr John Mair, Managing Director of GMEL commented:
"The commencement of a strategic relationship with Shenghe represents a major landmark for both Greenland Minerals and Energy, and future rare earth supply. It is widely known that Shenghe has been assessing rare earth projects globally for a number of years, so their participation is a very strong endorsement of the Kvanefjeld Project and our company strategy.
"Shenghe were quick to recognise the processing advantages offered by the unique Kvanefjeld ore‐ type, and the potential for Kvanefjeld to be an important cornerstone to future rare earth supply.
"We have been looking to identify the right strategic partner for a number of years, and with Shenghe, we rapidly identified not just complementary assets and skillsets, but a fundamental alignment of strategy and timing. Shenghe has a strong international customer base, and is looking to continue to grow this area of their business.
"Together we aim to integrate Kvanefjeld's rare earth output with existing and new downstream rare earth processing capacity, to generate an extremely cost‐competitive and highly scalable rare earth business."
"On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank staff, Greenlandic stakeholders, and company shareholders. This stands to be a transformative event for the company, and of genuine significance to Greenland's emerging minerals industry."
GMEL and Shenghe commenced a dialogue in 2015 that aimed to explore synergies and potential co‐ operation with respect to integrating Kvanefjeld's rare earth output with Shenghe's substantial rare earth processing capacity and international marketing network. Following a series of meetings conducted through the first half of 2016, the two parties entered into a non‐binding Letter of Intent (LoI) on July 11th, 2016, in order to commence an extensive due diligence process to meet the regulatory requirements of both the Shanghai and Australian securities exchanges.
Between executing the LoI and the binding subscription agreement, GMEL share price has undergone notable appreciation. In response to an ASX price and volume query (August 23rd, 2016), GMEL was required to disclose to the ASX that the Company was conducting a comprehensive due diligence process in relation to a potential transaction with an industrial entity (August 25th, 2016).
As a result of the increase in GMEL's share price during the due diligence period, Shenghe agreed to increase the placement price by 20% to 3.7 cents, from what was originally considered in the LoI. This price is above the last two capital raisings conducted by the company, and represents a 5% discount to the 60 day VWAP, as of September 19th, 2016.
Once the subscription agreement becomes unconditional, both parties will jointly commence technical work programs to further improve the cost‐structure of the Kvanefjeld Project, ensure the Project is optimised with respect to downstream rare earth processing, and identify further value add opportunities, including the recovery of additional products. This will be conducted in parallel to GMEL working through the permitting steps for Kvanefjeld that are currently underway in Greenland.
GMEL will look to update the market in the coming days on the timing of a General Meeting.
About Shenghe Resources Holding
Shenghe Resources Holding Co. Ltd (SSE 600392), (Shenghe) is a public company exclusively focused on mining and processing rare earth ores, and producing high purity rare earth oxides, metals and alloys along with a range of rare earth products. Shenghe has been listed on Shanghai Stock Exchange since
2012 and, as at 20 September, 2016 had 941M shares on issue and a market capitalization of approximately RMB14.3 billion or AUD $3 billion.
Shenghe has three major shareholders. The Institute of Multipurpose Utilization of Mineral Resources (IMUMR), a state owned scientific research institute specializing in mineral resources, holds just over 20%, Mr Quangen Wang, former engineer of IMUMR holds ~10% and the Sichuan Giastar Enterprise Group, a private company involved in natural resources holds ~8%.
Shenghe is headquartered in Chengdu, Sichuan Province and is a single industry company with mining and processing activities in a number of Chinese centres, and has commenced the strategy of extending business outside China to increase the focus on international markets. Shenge is involved at all levels of the rare earth industry, from mining through processing to the production of end products.
The Shenghe group;
controls domestic sources of rare earth ores and concentrates
controls significant rare earth separation capacity in China
produces rare earth metals and alloys to the highest purities
produces "end use" rare earth products - polishing powders, catalysts, molecular sieves
has an established international customer base for its products