VANCOUVER, July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Board of Directors of China Gold International Resources Corp. Ltd. (TSX: CGG; HKEx: 2099) (the "Company", the "Guarantor" or "China Gold International Resources") is pleased to announce that on July 10, 2014, the Company, its wholly-owned subsidiary, Skyland Mining (BVI) Limited (the "Issuer"), China National Gold Group Corporation (the "Keepwell Provider") and Joint Lead Managers as defined below, have entered into a subscription agreement (the "Subscription Agreement") pursuant to which the Issuer has agreed to issue to the Joint Lead Managers, and the Joint Lead Managers have agreed, severally and not jointly, to subscribe for bonds (the "Offer") in an aggregate principal amount of US$500 million (equivalent to approximately HK$3,900 million) at an issue price of 99.634% (the "Bonds") bearing interest at the rate of 3.5% with a maturity date of July 17, 2017, rated BBB- by Standard & Poor's.
The Bonds will be unconditionally and irrevocably guaranteed by the Company.
The net proceeds of the Offer will be used for working capital, capital expenditures and general corporate purposes of the Company.
The Joint Lead Managers are Standard Chartered Bank, Citigroup Global Markets Limited, Merrill Lynch International and CCB International Capital Limited.The Bonds are not being and will not be sold, issued, delivered or offered directly or indirectly in Canada or to, or for the benefit of, any resident of Canada, or for others to resale, directly or indirectly, in Canada or to, or for the benefit of, any resident of Canada, except as otherwise permitted under applicable Canadian laws and regulations. An application will be made to The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited for the listing of, and permission to deal in the Bonds by way of debt issues to qualified professional investors only and such permission is expected to become effective on or about 18 July 2014. The Bonds and the guarantee have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act and may not be offered or sold within the United States except in certain transactions exempt from, or not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. Furthermore, none of the Bonds will be offered to the public in Hong Kong other than to "professional investors" as defined in the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap. 571) of Hong Kong. Mr. Bing Liu, CEO of the Company, noted, "This is the first time our Company has successfully managed a bond offering thus adding another financing option to enable us aggressively pursue our growth strategy," Mr. Liu said.