Frontier Energy

Frontier Shortlists Preferred Banks as Waroona Debt Financing Process Moves into Phase Two

Frontier Energy Limited (ASX: FHE; OTCQB: FRHYF) (Frontier or the Company) is pleased to provide an update on the Company’s funding strategy for the Stage One development of its Waroona Renewable Energy Project (Waroona Project).


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Frontier has commenced Phase Two of the debt financing process, shortlisting preferred banks ahead of additional due diligence to enable submission of binding, credit approved terms
    • The Company anticipates credit approved terms to be provided during the next 8 to 12 weeks, assuming successful completion of due diligence
  • Phase One of the Debt Financing Process generated strong interest from Australian and international banks, confirming:
    • Interest in providing senior debt financing which aligns with the Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) assumptions1
    • Acceptance of the selected original equipment manufacturers
    • Key due diligence requirements and the proposed third-party service providers to undertake the work to meet those requirements
    • Ability of potential financiers to meet the proposed timetable
  • The DFS set out the maximum debt carrying capacity and included assumptions regarding amortisation periods and interest rates
    • Targeted maximum debt carrying capacity in the DFS was between 65% to 70%, which equates to a debt facility of $200 million to $225 million
  • The strategic equity investor process is ongoing, with NDAs in place with a number of Australian and international groups

CEO Adam Kiley commented: “Key to the initial phase of the debt financing process was confirmation of our major funding assumptions, which assumed gearing levels of between 65% to 70%, equating to between $200 million and $225 million, equipment selection, due diligence requirements and the funding timetable.

Confirmation of these key assumptions in such a short time frame is testament to the key attributes of the Waroona Project being well understood by financiers, predominately due to its simplicity and its executability as well the strong returns it delivers.

We have now moved into the second phase of the debt financing process and will be working closely with shortlisted banks towards credit approved terms and complete due diligence requirements in a timely manner.”

Shortlisting banks for debt financing

Following the release of the DFS for Stage One of the Waroona Project in late February, the Company commenced the Debt Financing Process to assist in meeting the funding required for development at the Waroona Project. Image 1 below provides an outline of the key outcomes and indicative timing for each phase of the process.

Image 1: Waroona Project – Debt Financing Process and indicative timing

As highlighted above, Phase One of the Debt Financing Process involved the Company’s debt advisor, Leeuwin Capital Partners, seeking expressions of interest from financial institutions to participate in the Debt Process.


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