14 February 2017
AIM share code: DCP & JSE share code: DMC
(Incorporated in England and Wales)
(Registration number 05400982)
(SA company registration number 2007/031444/10)
("DiamondCorp", "the Company" or "the Group")
Further Update re Placing and Corporate Update
DiamondCorp, the Southern African diamond mining, development and exploration company, announces the following update in respect of the Placing, as first announced on 13 January 2017.
The conditions to the Placing have not yet been met. The Board has decided to delay admission of the Placing Shares and the Fee Shares on AIM to 28 February 2017 pursuant to the announcement dated 31 January 2017. It is expected that admission of the Placing Shares and the Fee Shares will become effective on AltX on or before 7 March 2017.
The agreement in principle reached with the Association of Mining & Construction Union ("AMCU"), as announced on 25 January 2017, is now being subjected to material amendments by AMCU, and it is currently unclear whether or not final terms and associated documentation will be able to be entered into between the parties that is consistent with the terms that had previously been agreed upon. In the event that the original agreement is not finalised in the very near term, then it is currently expected that LDM's, and therefore DiamondCorp's, ability to effectively execute the mine's care and maintenance and remediation programme will be compromised.
Discussions continue with the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa ("IDC"), including in relation to the provision of Post-Commencement Funding ("PCF"), pursuant to the Companies Act 2008 in South Africa. Approval is being sought for modifications to the IDC loan terms ("IDC Approval") that would allow for immediate PCF, in addition to the Placing, in advance of the longer-term restructuring that is considered necessary for the Group to put in place and fund a successful Business Rescue plan. In their capacity as BRP, Deloitte & Touche have also commenced soliciting expressions of interest for a strategic investor(s) in LDM.
No assurances can be made that such IDC Approval will be forthcoming, either in time for PCF to be sought to be raised promptly, or at all.
The Company's wholly-owned subsidiary Soapstone Investments Limited obtained a standstill agreement from South African bondholders until such time as Business Rescue proceedings in respect of LDM have been concluded or until 13 March 2017, whichever occurs first. The delays in obtaining agreements with the IDC and AMCU place a doubt over the timing of the payment of the next bond payment due on 14 March 2017. JSE rules require notice of whether or not the payment is to be made to be announced by 23 February 2017. Accordingly, discussions with bondholders to obtain an extension to this standstill will now commence.
The Board is very grateful for the patience shown by the shareholders and stakeholders of DiamondCorp, without which the Group and the BRP would have been unable to continue with the efforts to resolve the situation with AMCU and the IDC in order to seek a successful conclusion of the Business Rescue process.
The Board reiterates that without agreement on the above points, it is likely that the Business Rescue will not be concluded successfully and therefore that the Group would be subsequently placed into administration.
The continued delays to the agreements sought by the BRP and the Group from both AMCU and the IDC are causing commensurate delays in commencing the care and maintenance and remediation programme of the Lace mine. The mine remains non-operational, without mine water pumping, roadway and electrical rehabilitation and the longhole drill rig remains underground.
LDM has however received net insurance proceeds of c.ZAR1.36 million from the successful conclusion of an insurance claim in respect of an incident prior to the mine flood.
All other terms and conditions to the Placing set out in Appendix I of the announcement issued by the Company on 13 January 2017 remain unchanged.
Capitalised terms in this announcement, unless otherwise defined, have the same meaning given to them in the announcements issued by the Company on 13, 20, 25 and/or 31 January 2017, as appropriate. All times referred to in this announcement are London times.
This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No 596/2014.
Chris Ellis, Interim Non-Executive Chairman
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3151 0970
Paul Loudon, Chief Executive
Tel: +27 56 216 1300
UK Broker, Sole Placing Agent & Nominated Adviser
Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited
Adam James / Atholl Tweedie
Tel: +44 20 7886 2500
JSE Designated Adviser
Sasfin Capital (a division of Sasfin Bank Limited)
Tel: +27 11 445 8068
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