TAWANA RESOURCES NL - Grant of ASX Listing Rule Waiver for Tribeca Funding PackageRelease Date: 04/10/2018 08:50:00 Code(s): TAW PDF(s):
Grant of ASX Listing Rule Waiver for Tribeca Funding Package
Tawana Resources NL
(Incorporated in Australia)
(Registration number ACN 085 166 721)
Share code on the JSE Limited: TAW
JSE ISIN: AU0000TAWDA9
Share code on the Australian Securities Exchange Limited: TAW
ASX ISIN: AU000000TAW7
(“the Company” or “Tawana”)
Grant of ASX Listing Rule Waiver for Tribeca Funding Package
Tawana Resources NL (ASX: TAW) (Tawana or the Company) is pleased to advise that it has been
granted a waiver from ASX Listing Rule 10.1 in respect of the $20 million debt facility (Tawana Facility)
to be provided by a consortium of lenders led by Tribeca Investment Partners Pty Ltd (Tribeca). The
waiver allows the Company to grant security to Tribeca without shareholder approval. The conditions of
the waiver are attached as Annexure 1.
As announced on 27 September 2018, the Company secured a conditional $40 million funding package
to strengthen its balance sheet and assist with expediting the ASX listing of Alliance Mineral Assets
Limited (Alliance). The funding package comprises the Tawana Facility and an additional secured $20
million line of credit for the Tawana/Alliance group (Merged Group), which is conditional on Merger
completion and Alliance receiving conditional ASX listing approval.
Tribeca has made available to the Company $10 million of the Tawana Facility limit on the same
commercial terms as the Tawana Facility while the formal documentation and the conditions precedent
for the Tawana Facility are being finalised, to be secured by first ranking security over the assets of
Tawana and Lithco No.2 Pty Ltd (Lithco) (excluding Lithco’s 50% interest in the processing plant and
shares in Cowan Lithium Ltd held by Tawana). Any such advance is to be rolled over into the Tawana
Facility or repaid in due course by 15 November 2018.
As required by the terms of the waiver, the Company provides the following information:
- The Company intends to repay the Tawana Facility in full on or before the expiry of its term (as
disclosed in the announcement on 27 September 2018), with the security being discharged as
soon as practical after repayment occurs.
- The decision by the Company to obtain debt funding from the Tribeca-led consortium was based
on the merits of its proposal when compared to alternative debt funding proposals from third parties
unrelated to the Company or Tribeca (including large financial institutions) and reported market
transactions. Having regard to those comparisons, the Board was of the view that the Tawana
Facility has been entered into on arms’ length terms and is fair and reasonable from the perspective
of the Company’s shareholders.
Annexure 1 - Waiver conditions
Based solely on the information provided, ASX Limited (“ASX”) granted Tawana Resources NL (the
“Company”) a waiver from listing rule 10.1 to the extent necessary to permit the Company to grant a first
ranking security over the assets of the Company, and its wholly owned subsidiary Lithco No 2 Pty Ltd
(“Lithco”), in favour of a consortium of lenders (the “Consortium”) led by Tribeca Investment Partners
(“Tribeca”) (the “Security”) to secure Lithco’s obligations under a secured debt facility of $20,000,000 (the
“Facility”) provided by the Consortium without obtaining shareholder approval, on the following conditions:
1.1. The Security includes a term that if an event of default occurs and the Consortium exercises
their rights under the Security, neither the Consortium nor any of its associates can acquire any
legal or beneficial interest in an asset of the Company or its subsidiaries in full or part satisfaction
of the Company’s obligations under the Security, or otherwise deal with the assets of the
Company or its subsidiaries, without the Company first having complied with any applicable
listing rules, including listing rule 10.1, other than as required by law or through a receiver, or
receiver or manager (or analogous person) appointed by the Consortium exercising their power
of sale under the Security and selling the assets to an unrelated third party on arm’s length
commercial terms and conditions and distributing the cash proceeds to the Lender or any of its
associates in accordance with their legal entitlements.
1.2. A summary of the material terms of the Facility and the Security is made in each annual report
of the Company during the term of the Facility.
1.3. Any variations to the terms of the Security which is:
1.3.1. not a minor change; or
1.3.2. inconsistent with the terms of the waiver, must be subject to shareholder approval.
1.4. The Company and the Consortium must seek to discharge the Security when the funds
advanced to the Company are repaid, or if it is not discharged, seek shareholder approval for
the continuation of the Security for any further period.
1.5. The Company immediately releases to the market an announcement which sets out the terms
of this waiver, and:
1.5.1. the Company’s plans with respect to the repayment of the funds advanced under the
Facility, and discharge of the Security, including the timeframe within which it expects
the repayment and discharge to occur; and
1.5.2. a statement of the reasons why the Company has chosen to obtain a financial
accommodation from a listing rule 10.1 party, and the steps the Company’s board has
taken to satisfy itself that the transaction is being entered into on arms’ length terms and
is fair and reasonable from the perspective of the Company’s securityholders.
4 October 2018
PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance (Pty) Ltd
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