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Altech Chemicals signs mezzanine finance mandate with Macquarie Bank

Proactive Investors Friday, 8 March 2019
Altech Chemicals Ltd (ASX:ATC) (FRA:A3Y) has officially mandated Macquarie Bank as the preferred mezzanine lender for its proposed Malaysian high purity alumina (HPA) plant. During May 2018 Altech received an indicative and non-binding mezzanine debt term sheet for a facility amount of up to US$90 million. Macquarie subsequently appointed an independent technical advisor to undertake detailed project due diligence. Altech and Macquarie have now reached agreement on mezzanine debt terms and executed a mandate letter, which appoints Macquarie as the exclusive mezzanine debt provider. READ: Altech Chemicals sees increase in demand for HPA from lithium battery manufacturers The agreement is subject to usual due diligence processes such as legal, market and technical. Completion of the mezzanine facility by Macquarie is conditional upon its view of all due diligence outcomes and agreement with KfW-IPEX Bank on inter-creditor arrangements. World’s first pure play HPA producer Altech aims to become one of the world’s leading suppliers of 99.99% (4N) HPA, which will be produced at the proposed HPA plant in Malaysia. The company aims to feed its HPA plant using its kaolin mine in Western Australia. Using a spot price of US$40,000 per tonne and annual plant production of 4,500 tonnes, Altech will generate annual revenue of $180 million. Model of the proposed HPA plant in Johor, Malaysia

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