Vancouver, British Columbia - Ero Copper Corp. (TSX: ERO (the "Company")) is pleased to announce a US$25.6 million (15.4%) reduction in consolidated total debt. The reduction in debt is being facilitated by replacing US$75.6 million in senior secured notes of the Company’s subsidiary, Mineração Caraíba S.A., held by Itaú Unibanco S.A and Banco Votorantim S.A., with a new US$50 million senior secured non-revolving credit facility (the "Facility") with The Bank of Nova Scotia.
The new Facility matures 5 years from closing and features a 12-month principal payment holiday with equal quarterly principal installments thereafter. The Facility bears an interest rate of LIBOR + 7.0% for the first 12 months, and subject to the completion of construction of the Vermelhos Mine, will bear a reduced interest rate of between LIBOR + 4.5% and LIBOR + 5.5% depending on the Company’s leverage ratio at that time.
A copy of the Facility Agreement and Participation Agreement will be filed on SEDAR.
ABOUT ERO COPPER CORP
Ero Copper Corp, headquartered in Vancouver, B.C., is focused on copper production growth from the Vale do Curaçá Property, located in Bahia, Brazil. The Company’s primary asset is a 99.5% interest in the Brazilian copper mining company, Mineração Caraíba S.A. ("MCSA"), 100% owner of the Vale do Curaçá Property with over 37 years of operating history in the region. The Company currently mines copper ore from the Pilar underground and the Surubim open pit mines. In addition to the Vale do Curaçá Property, MCSA owns 100% of the Boa Esperan?a development project, an IOCG-type copper project located in Pará, Brazil. Additional information on the Company and its operations, including Technical Reports on both the Vale do Curaçá and Boa Esperan?a properties, can be found on the Company’s website (www.erocopper.com) and on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).
ERO COPPER CORP.
|Signed: "David Strang"||For further information contact:|
|David Strang, President & CEO||Makko DeFilippo, Vice President, Corporate Development|
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Furthermore, such forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: risks related to general economic conditions, political conditions in Canada and Brazil, risks related to international operations, the actual results of current mining and exploration activities, conclusions of economic evaluations, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, future prices of copper, gold and silver, market conditions and the availability of financing for mining companies. There can be no assurance that any forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements that are included herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.