Issuance of Bonus Shares to Luxor Capital Group, LP.
The Company also announces that, on April 25, 2013, the Company issued 2,000,000 common shares of the Company (the "Bonus Shares") to affiliates of Luxor Capital Group, LP. The Bonus Shares were issued in connection to a placement of senior secured notes ("Notes") in the aggregate principal amount of USD 5,500,000 with certain affiliates of Luxor Capital Group, LP. The Notes were issued on April 22, 2013, have a one year term and were issued at a 9.1% discount to net the Company USD 5,000,000 ($5,077,020) with interest accruing at the rate of 10% per annum, payable semi-annually (13% after an event of default). The Bonus Shares will be subject to a hold period in Canada of four months from the date of issuance, plus additional restrictions under United States securities laws.
Mr. Henk Van Alphen, President and CEO of the Company, stated: "We are extremely happy to have the Luxor Capital Group as our major shareholder (12.3%), and now, with their participation as a lender to the Company, it confirms the confidence they have in the Carbon Creek Metallurgical Coal Project. Luxor Capital Group is a well-known mining investor with approximately $5BB in capital under management. They made their first investment in Cardero in 2008 and have been a consistent supporter of our Company and our management team."
About Carbon Creek
The Carbon Creek Metallurgical Coal Deposit is the Company's flagship asset. Carbon Creek is an advanced metallurgical coal development project located in the Peace River Coal District of northeast British Columbia, Canada. The project has a current reserve of 121 million tonnes, included within a 468 million tonne measured and indicated resource, of ASTM Coal Rank mvB coal. Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and there is no assurance that any of the additional mineral resources that are not already classified as reserves will ultimately be reclassified as proven or probable reserves. Mineral resources which are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Having completed acquisition of the project in June 2011, the Company released results of an independent preliminary economic assessment in December 2011, followed by a Prefeasibility Study ("PFS") in September 2012. The PFS estimates an undiscounted cash flow of $2.2 billion, an NPV8 of $633 million, and an IRR of 24% (all on a post-tax, 75% basis). The Company is currently undertaking a bankable feasibility study on the project.
For details with respect to the work done to date and the assumptions underlying the current resource and reserve estimates and prefeasibility study, see the technical report entitled "Technical Report, Prefeasibility Study of the Carbon Creek Coal Property, British Columbia, Canada" dated November 6, 2012 with an effective date of September 20, 2012 and available under the Company's profile at www.sedar.com.
EurGeol Keith Henderson, PGeo, Cardero's Executive Vice President and a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed the scientific and technical information that forms the basis of this news release, and has approved the disclosure herein. Mr. Henderson is not independent of the Company, as he is an officer and shareholder.
About Cardero Resource Corp.
The common shares of the Company are currently listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol CDU), the NYSE MKT (symbol CDY) and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (symbol CR5). For further details on the Company readers are referred to the Company's web site (www.cardero.com), Canadian regulatory filings on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and United States regulatory filings on EDGAR at www.sec.gov.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors of
CARDERO RESOURCE CORP.
Hendrik van Alphen, CEO and President
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Cardero Resource Corp.
Cardero Resource Corp.
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