Stornoway Diamond Corp. of Montreal has been granted protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act from the Superior Court of Quebec while the company restructures its business and financial affairs.
Protection is extended to subsidiaries Stornoway Diamonds (Canada), Ashton Mining of Canada, and FCDC Sales and Marketing.
Stornoway has signed a letter of intent with creditors Osisko Gold Royalties and Diaquem, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ressources Quebec, concerning a bridge financing agreement entered into in June this year. The LOI confirms that the creditors intend to acquire all of the assets and properties of Stornoway and assume the debts and liabilities owed them as creditors. Stornoway will continue to be the operator of the mine 320 km north of Chibougamau in the James Bay region.
Osisko says that under the terms of the bridge loan, It will retain its 9.6% diamond stream on the Renard mine and continue to receive diamond deliveries. The proceeds of any diamond sales will be reinvested in the mine for a period of one year.
Osisko and certain of the secured creditors have also agreed to supply an initial C$20 million of working capital to Stornoway. The working capital is intended to keep the mine operating without interruption.
(This article first appeared in the Canadian Mining Journal)