TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 28, 2012) -
HudBay Minerals Inc. ("Hudbay" or the "company") (TSX:HBM)(NYSE:HBM) today announced that it has closed its previously announced precious metals stream transaction with Silver Wheaton Corp. (TSX:SLW)(NYSE:SLW) ("Silver Wheaton"). At closing, Hudbay received an upfront deposit payment of US$500 million and will receive a further US$250 million in deposit payments in two equal installments once US$500 million and US$1.0 billion, respectively, in capital expenditures have been incurred at its Constancia project. In connection with the granting of certain security to Silver Wheaton at closing, Hudbay also entered into an amendment to its existing US$300 million credit facility.
The US$750 million of deposit payments are in respect of (i) 100% of payable gold and silver from Hudbay's 777 mine until the later of December 31, 2016 and satisfaction of a completion test at Constancia, and thereafter 50% of payable gold and 100% of payable silver, and (ii) 100% of payable silver from the Constancia project. In addition to the deposit payments, for gold and silver delivered, the company will receive cash payments equal to the lesser of (i) the market price and (ii) US$400 per ounce (for gold) and US$5.90 per ounce (for silver), subject to 1% annual escalation after three years.
The stream transaction does not include gold production at Constancia, precious metals production from the company's Lalor project or the company's land package in Peru outside of the Constancia and Pampacancha deposits or any other metals or minerals, including copper or zinc, from any of the company's properties.
This news release contains "forward-looking statements" and "forward-looking information" (collectively, "forward-looking information") within the meaning of applicable Canadian and United States securities legislation. Forward-looking information includes information that relates to, among other things, our objectives, strategies, and intentions and future financial and operating performance and prospects, including our expectation that we will receive the remaining US$250 million in deposit payments from Silver Wheaton under the precious metals stream transaction. Forward-looking information is not, and cannot be, a guarantee of future results or events.
Forward-looking information is based on, among other things, opinions, assumptions, estimates and analyses that, while considered reasonable by us at the date the forward-looking information is provided, inherently are subject to significant risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other factors that may cause actual results and events to be materially different from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking information.
The material factors or assumptions that we identified and were applied by us in drawing conclusions or making forecasts or projections set out in the forward looking information include, but are not limited to, the execution of our business strategy, including the success of our strategic investments and initiatives; the availability of financing for our exploration and development projects and activities; the ability to complete project targets on time and on budget and other events that may affect our ability to develop our projects; and no significant and continuing adverse changes in general economic conditions or conditions in the financial markets. The risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking information may include, but are not limited to, risks generally associated with the mining industry, such as economic factors (including future commodity prices, currency fluctuations and energy prices), uncertainties related to the development and operation of our projects, risks related to political or social unrest or change and those in respect of aboriginal and community relations and title claims, compliance with government and environmental regulations, including permitting requirements and anti-bribery legislation, dependence on key personnel and employee relations, volatile financial markets that may affect our ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms, uncertainties related to the geology, continuity, grade and estimates of mineral reserves and resources and the potential for variations in grade and recovery rates, uncertain costs of reclamation activities, our ability to comply with our pension and other post-retirement obligations, as well as the risks discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in our most recent management's discussion and analysis dated August 14, 2012. Should one or more risk, uncertainty, contingency or other factor materialize or should any factor or assumption prove incorrect, actual results could vary materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking information. Accordingly, the reader should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Hudbay does not assume any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information after the date of this news release or to explain any material difference between subsequent actual events and any forward-looking information, except as required by applicable law.
Hudbay (TSX:HBM)(NYSE:HBM) is a Canadian integrated mining company producing copper concentrate (containing copper, gold and silver) and zinc metal. With assets in North and South America, Hudbay is focused on the discovery, production and marketing of base and precious metals. A member of the S&P/TSX Composite Index and the S&P/TSX Global Mining Index, Hudbay is committed to high standards of corporate governance and sustainability.