TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 27, 2012) - Crystallex International Corporation (OTCQB:CRYFQ) ("Crystallex" or the "Company") announced today that it has drawn down an additional amount of US$8 million (for an aggregate total of US$21 million) under the terms of the credit agreement (the "Credit Agreement") governing the Company's debtor-in-possession US$36 million term loan facility provided by an entity managed by Tenor Capital Management Company LP (together with any successors, assigns or transferees as permitted, the "Lender"). These funds will be used to fund the Company's operations, including the prosecution of its arbitration claim against the government of Venezuela.
As disclosed on April 23, 2012, as a result of such draw down, the Company has provided to the Lender, in accordance with the provisions of the Credit Agreement and a conversion and voting agreement, additional compensation which is dependent on the amount of the net proceeds realized from an award or settlement in respect of the Company's arbitration with the government of Venezuela and which, at the option of the Lender, could be converted into up to 35% of the equity of the Company.
In addition, the Credit Agreement requires certain changes to the governance of Crystallex. The Lender has been provided with the right to appoint 2 of the 5 directors of the Company, and as a result Mr. Michael Brown and Mr. Johan C. van't Hof, each of whom voted in favor of the Credit Agreement, have voluntarily resigned from the Board in order to enable Mr. Robin Shah and Mr. David Kay, the nominees of the Lender, to join the Board.
Mr. Shah founded Tenor Capital when the firm was spun off from Putnam Lovell NBF (PLNBF) in July 2004. Mr. Shah joined PLNBF in July 2003, from JP Morgan, to establish a proprietary trading relative value convertible arbitrage effort. At J.P. Morgan, Mr. Shah was a senior trader in the proprietary Convertibles and Relative Value Group. Prior to joining the Convertibles and Relative Value Group, Mr. Shah was a member of the Equity Derivatives Research team, the Fixed Income Derivatives Trading team, and the Fixed Income proprietary trading group at J.P. Morgan. Mr. Kay joined Tenor in October of 2009. Previously, Mr. Kay worked at Jefferies & Company as a senior associate in the Restructuring and Recapitalization Group and at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld as an attorney in the Financial Restructuring Group.
The Board has appointed Harry Near as "Designated Director" and has delegated certain powers to him, including the conduct of the proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and certain related matters. However, before making any decision regarding such delegated matters, Mr. Near will be required to consult with the newly established Advisory Panel of the Company. The members of the Advisory Panel are Messrs. Near, Brown and van't Hof. Mr. Near has agreed to serve as the Designated Director for a minimum period of three months. The Board has also agreed that certain transactions will be subject to the approval of the Board, including the approval of one of the Lender's nominees. Additional information relating to the Credit Agreement and these governance matters (including a copy of the Credit Agreement) are available at www.sedar.com under the Company's profile and on the monitor's website at www.ey.com/ca/crystallex.
Mr. Fung, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Crystallex stated, "I wish to thank Michael and Johan for their selfless service to Crystallex as directors and I am pleased that they will continue to provide the Company with their valuable advice as members of the Advisory Panel". He also noted that, "Crystallex will be well served by having Robin Shah and David Kay as directors as their experience and knowledge will prove helpful to the Company as it seeks to recover value from its Las Cristinas investment."
Crystallex also announced that the shareholder rights plan agreement (the "Rights Plan") dated as of June 22, 2006 with CIBC Mellon Trust Company, as rights agent, which was last reconfirmed by the shareholders of the Company at a shareholders' meeting held on June 24, 2009, will terminate on June 30, 2012. In light of the fact that the Company has obtained a Court order to delay its annual shareholders' meeting, the shareholders of the Company will not be able to reconfirm the Rights Plan as required, and therefore the Rights Plan will terminate. The Company's shareholder rights plan agreement of March 16, 2012 remains in force.
Crystallex International Corporation is a Canadian based mining company, with a focus on acquiring, exploring, developing and operating mining projects. Crystallex has successfully operated an open pit mine in Uruguay and developed and operated three gold mines in Venezuela. The Company's principal asset is its international claim in relation to its investment in the Las Cristinas gold project located in Bolivar State, Venezuela.
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