Auspicious Virtue Investment Holding acquires New Energy Minerals’ stake in Balama Resources

MOZAMBIQUE – New Energy Minerals, an Australian company, has finally closed the transaction which sold its Mozambique subsidiary, Balama Resources, to Auspicious Virtue Investment Holding.

The company first publicized the sale back in February of 2019. The initial announcement said that New Energy had entered into a binding share sale and purchase agreement (SSPA) with Auspicious.

The agreement was for the sale of New Energy’s remaining shares in Balara Resources, which constituted 50 per cent interest in the subsidiary. However, the transaction faced numerous delays, and was regularly extended.

With the sale finally complete, Auspicious now holds 100 per cent of shares in Balama Resources. This makes the investment vehicle’s owner, Louis Ching, its sole shareholder.

New Energy has received US$634,476 in net proceeds from the transaction. In February 2019, New Energy said that the company would receive a total cash consideration of US$7 million for the sale. The net proceeds amount is what is left of the original purchase price, after various deductions were made.

These deductions included repayment of the first and second pre-completion loans, which were necessary due to the considerable delay in closing the transaction. The loan repayments, plus interest, amounted to US$1.71 million.

Deductions also included US$280,000 in outstanding Caula project laboratory assay costs, US$360,000 in management fees for Mozsino, surface taxes, and historical and outstanding Mozambican legal and advisory costs for Balama Resources.

Due to its sale of Balama, New Energy now has no further operations in Mozambique. The transaction closing also represents the loss of the company’s main undertaking.

As such, New Energy plans to seek out and acquire a new project within the next six months.

The Balama mine is one of the largest graphite mines in Mozambique and in the world. The mine is located in the northern part of the country in Cabo Delgado Province. The mine has estimated reserves of 1.15 billion tonnes of ore 10.2% graphite.

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