Washington, D.C., January 27, 2010—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, today agreed to invest 6.2 million Canadian
dollars in Helio Resources Corporation to support a gold exploration project
that is expected to provide jobs and government revenues to Tanzania once
the mine is developed.
IFC’s investment will be used by Helio,
a Canadian-based mining company focused on gold exploration, for the advancement
of the Saza Makongolosi Gold project in southwest Tanzania and for general
corporate working capital. IFC also will work with the company to
ensure that exploration and any subsequent mine development is carried
out in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner.
“Helio is very pleased to welcome IFC
as a major shareholder and partner on the Saza Makongolosi Gold project
in Tanzania,” said Richard Williams, Helio’s CEO and Director. “We
look forward to working with IFC to ensure that the progress at SMP follows
globally recognized best practices for the mineral exploration industry,
the environment, and for working with local communities.”
During the past 10 years, Tanzania’s
mining industry has experienced a boom in both mineral exploration and
mining activities, making the mining industry the second fastest-growing
sector in the country after tourism. The investment is part of IFC’s
strategy to help enhance development of Tanzania’s mining industry.
“Helio shares IFC’s commitment to
responsible mining exploration and engagement with local communities,”
said William Bulmer, IFC Global Head for mining. “This project has
the potential to set new environmental and social standards for mining
in Tanzania, increase employment opportunities in the project area, and
provide government revenues.”
IFC and Helio will evaluate the mining
company’s potential participation in an IFC linkages program in Tanzania
that seeks to integrate local suppliers more fully into mining operations
in the region.
Legal Disclosure about IFC's Investment
The investment of 6.2 million Canadian
dollars in Helio will result in IFC acquiring 11,500,000 units issued by
Helio. The units comprise an aggregate of 11,500,000 common shares
and 5,570,000 warrants, each of the warrants entitling the holder to purchase
one common share of Helio at an exercise price of 0.81 Canadian dollars
per common share for a period of three years from the closing date. The
issue price per unit is $0.54 Canadian dollars.
As a result of this Financing, the Company
will have 77,830,599 shares issued and outstanding. IFC is the sole
placee in this Financing and, as a result, will own upon the closing thereof
11,500,000 common shares (representing 14.8% of the issued and outstanding
share capital of the Company and up to 20.6% on a partially diluted basis,
assuming the exercise of all of IFC’s warrants granted under the Financing).
The transaction is expected to close
by the end of January 2010.
IFC is expected to enter into an undertaking
with the TSX Venture Exchange which would restrict its ability to exercise
the Warrants if doing so would result in IFC owning or controlling 20%
or more of the outstanding voting securities of Helio immediately after
giving effect to such exercise. This undertaking will terminate immediately
after Helio issues any additional voting securities which would result
in IFC owning or controlling on a partially diluted basis less than 20%
of the total outstanding voting securities of Helio at that time.
IFC is acquiring the units for investment
purposes as described above. IFC may, in the future, take such actions
in respect of its holdings as IFC deems appropriate in light of the circumstances
To obtain a copy of the report filed
with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities in respect of which
this news release relates, please contact Hannfried von Hindenburg at the
phone number or email address referred to above. IFC’s headquarters are
located at 2121 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C., 20433, U.S.A.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group,
creates opportunity for people to escape poverty and improve their lives.
We foster sustainable economic growth in developing countries by supporting
private sector development, mobilizing private capital, and providing advisory
and risk mitigation services to businesses and governments. Our new investments
totaled $14.5 billion in fiscal 2009, helping channel capital into developing
countries during the financial crisis. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.