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QUARTERLY ACTIVITIES REPORT TO 31ST MARCH 2019

QUARTERLY ACTIVITIES REPORT TO 31ST MARCH 2019

Highlights:

  • Bunyu Stage 1 development funding advances
  • $1.3 million short-term loan facility completed and drawn to provide additional funding flexibility whilst Stage 1 development funding is completed
  • Delegation from Japan and China who visited the Bunyu Project to investigate potential graphite supply
  • Important recent changes to Tanzanian Minerals Regulations, including:
    • Graphite concentrate with TGC grade above 65% permitted for export
    • Positive local content regulation amendments

Tanzanian-focused flake graphite development company Volt Resources Limited (ASX: VRC) (“Volt” or, the “Company”) is pleased to report on the Company’s activities for the quarter ended 31 March 2019.

March Quarter Activities Overview

Bunyu Development Funding

The Company and its advisor, Exotix Capital, continue to progress the planned Tanzanian Note offer and listing of the Notes on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE).

In December 2018, the Company received approval from the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange PLC to list its Notes on the DSE. On 25 January 2019, Volt Graphite Tanzania Plc (VGT) received correspondence from the Tanzanian Capital Markets and Securities Authority (CMSA), which included an unrealistic commercial condition for the Note Offer to proceed.

Exchange of correspondence and discussions with the CMSA to remove the condition continued during the March quarter and were extended to other government departments and officials to promote the benefits of Tanzanian investors participating in the funding of the development of the largest graphite resource in Tanzania.

In parallel, Volt and Exotix Capital has advanced alternative funding options including, but not limited to, a Note Issue and Listing on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius (“SEM”) using principally the same Tanzanian Note Prospectus, and progressed discussions with US and Asian institutional funds for participation in the Stage 1 development funding.

The Company and Exotix remain positive that Bunyu Stage 1 development funding will be successfully completed.

Project Engineering and Construction

The Company commenced a process to select an engineering firm for the role of Project Management Contractor (PMC) in late Q4 2018.

A recognised engineering services firm has been selected and the Company has commenced contract negotiations with the selected firm.

Once the contract terms and conditions have been finalised and contracts executed by the parties, an announcement will be made in relation to this important appointment.

Bunyu Site Visit

During March, the Company hosted a delegation from Japan and China who visited the Bunyu Project to ascertain the potential for graphite product supply.

The delegation inspected the planned mine and ore processing sites, reviewed local infrastructure and services, travelled the logistics route between the project site to the Port of Mtwara and reviewed the Mtwara port facilities.

Figure 1: Delegates from Japan and China visit the Bunyu 1 Project site.

Tanzanian Mineral Regulations Update

During the quarter, the Government of Tanzania released “The Mining (Mineral Value Addition) Guidelines, 2019” which outlines important requirements to in-country value addition in relation to mineral processing.

Volt has noted several recent positive changes including the permitting of graphite concentrate with a grade above 65% total graphitic carbon (“TGC”) to be exported after laboratory tests and payment of the applicable royalty.

This is a pleasing development for Volt, with two binding offtake agreements confirmed and a further offtake agreement to be signed following completion of development funding and commencement of construction.

The Company also welcomes amendments to the local content regulations in Tanzania which now require that a minimum of 20% of a company’s shares must be held by Tanzanian citizens to qualify as an indigenous Tanzanian company. This has been significantly reduced from the previous 51% minimum requirement.

Change of Registered Office

The Company has changed its registered office and principal place of business to Suite 10 Level 25, 108 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000. Volt’s postal address has also changed to the above address. The Company’s telephone number remains unchanged as +61 (0)8 9486 7788.

Short Term Funding

In January, the Company secured a short-term (6-month) funding facility of $1.33 million with a face value of $1.5 million, providing added funded flexibility over the coming months while the Company completes the discussion and documentation for the Stage 1 development funding.

The funding facility will not be dilutionary to existing shareholders as no equity will be issued during the six-month loan period. The Company has commenced discussions on additional working capital funding to accommodate the extended duration for the completion of development funding and enable the Company to meet its nearterm expenditure commitments both in Australia and Tanzania.

Funding options under discussion include the re-financing and extension of the existing bridge finance facility, an equity raising and/or a mezzanine facility and are expected to be finalised in the near future.

Management Commentary

Volt Resources CEO Trevor Matthews said:

“This quarter we have maintained our focus on successfully completing the funding process, which will enable the commencement of the Stage 1 development program at Bunyu.”

“Although our development funding process has taken longer than anticipated, we are optimistic that a solution will be reached in the near-term. While we acknowledge the delay in proceedings is frustrating, the immediate impact is offset by the near-term flexibility provided by the interim bridging funding facility secured in January.”

“We are excited by what beckons over the next six to twelve months and look forward to providing further updates in due course.”

For and on behalf of Volt Resources Limited

Trevor Matthews
Chief Executive Officer


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CHANGE OF REGISTERED OFFICE

CHANGE OF REGISTERED OFFICE

Volt Resources Limited (ASX:VRC) (“Volt” or “the Company”) announces the change of its registered office and principal place of business to the following:

Level 25, Suite 10
108 St. Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Australia

Volt’s postal address has also changed to the above address.

The Company’s telephone number remains unchanged as +61 (0)8 9486 7788. You can also contact the Company via email at info@voltresources.com

For and on behalf of Volt Resources Limited

Trevor Matthews
Chief Executive Officer


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Trevor Matthews – Chief Executive Officer Tel: +61 8 9486 7788

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QUARTERLY ACTIVITIES REPORT TO 31 DECEMBER 2018

QUARTERLY ACTIVITIES REPORT TO 31 DECEMBER 2018

Highlights:

  • Mining Licences covering Stage 1 and 2 developments at Bunyu granted – all key approvals and licences now in place in preparation for commence of Stage 1 development work program
  • Tanzanian roadshow and North American investor meetings completed during the quarter
  • A$1.3 million secured via short-term funding facility to provide additional funding flexibility whilst Stage 1 development funding is completed

Tanzanian-focused flake graphite development company Volt Resources Limited (ASX: VRC) (“Volt” or, the “Company”) is pleased to provide its quarterly activities report for the period ended 31 December 2018.


Receipt of Bunyu Mining Licences

In October, Volt received two Mining Licences (“ML’s”) ML 591/2018 and ML 592/2018 from the Mining Commission of the Ministry of Minerals of Tanzania, that cover the respective Stage 1 and Stage 2 development footprints at Bunyu. Importantly, Volt has now received all key approvals for the Stage 1 and Stage 2 developments of the Bunyu Graphite Project.

The ML’s cover a combined area of 17.71km2 and provide Volt with the exclusive right to develop the graphite resources within the ML area. The ML’s are effective for a period of 10 years and there is a right of further 10-year renewals under section 53 of the Mining Act.

Stage 1 Development Funding

As previously advised, Volt has engaged Exotix Capital as funding advisor to undertake a Tanzanian Note Issue to raise the required funding for the Stage 1 development at Bunyu (see ASX Announcement dated 25 October 2017).

The Note Offer is by Volt’s wholly-owned subsidiary Volt Graphite Tanzania plc (“VGT”) through the issue of a Prospectus to potential investors in East Africa. The Notes are to be listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) which required the approval of the DSE.

On 13 December 2018, VGT received approval from the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange PLC to list its Notes on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (“DSE”).

In addition, the issue of the Note Prospectus to investors requires the approval of Tanzania’s corporate regulator the Capital Markets and Securities Authority (CMSA). Post the quarter end, VGT received correspondence from the CMSA on Friday 25 January 2019 which set unrealistic commercial terms for the Note Issue to proceed. Volt will continue to discuss the Note Issue with the CMSA in the short term, to ensure an appropriate commercial balance is reached.

In parallel, Volt will continue to advance alternative funding options including, but not limited to a Note Issue and Listing on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius (“SEM”) that is using principally the same Tanzanian Note Prospectus, and US based institutional funds participation in the Stage 1 development funding.

Funds raised will be deployed towards the Stage 1 development of the Bunyu Graphite Project. A Definitive Feasibility Study (“DFS”) on the large-scale Stage 2 Expansion at Bunyu will also be undertaken concurrently with the Stage 1 development.

Roadshow and Investor Meeting Activity

During the quarter, Volt completed investor meetings in North America and an investor roadshow in East Africa. The Company is pleased to advise that strong interest was received from a number of investment funds and banks. Volt and Exotix Capital are continuing to actively progress a number of discussions in relation to the Stage 1 development funding requirements through 2019-2020.

A$1.3 Million Funding Facility Secured

Post-quarter end, the Company secured a short-term (6-month) funding facility of A$1.3 million, providing added funded flexibility over the coming months while the Company completes its development funding activities. The funding facility will not be dilutionary to existing shareholders as no equity will be issued during the 6-month loan period.

Research and Development Claim

During the quarter Volt lodged its income tax return and supporting R&D Tax incentive claim for the 2018 financial year, whereby the Company receives a 43.5% cash rebate on eligible R&D expenditure. This resulted in an R&D cash refund from the Australian taxation office of $641,173 in late December 2018, following which the Company repaid the $512,000 R&D loan received from the R&D Loan funder Radium Capital earlier in the quarter.

Project Development

In preparation for the planned development of Stage 1, four high quality responses were received from well credentialled and experienced engineering consultancies for the role of Project Management Consultant (PMC).

The four proposals were evaluated and post quarter end, a short list of proponents was interviewed to enable an appointment of the preferred engineering consultant in the new year. The selected PMC will manage the implementation of the Stage 1 development of the Bunyu Project in conjunction with Volt Graphite Tanzania.

Management Commentary

Volt Resources CEO Trevor Matthews commented:

“Our immediate priority remains on successfully completing our Stage 1 development funding process to enable the commencement of the Stage 1 development program. The interim bridge funding facility secured in January has provided added flexibility whilst the funding process is finalised.

“We look forward to providing further updates on the development funding process and the commencement of development work throughout this quarter.”

For and on behalf of Volt Resources Limited

Trevor Matthews
Chief Executive Officer


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BUNYU DEVELOPMENT FUNDING UPDATE

BUNYU DEVELOPMENT FUNDING UPDATE

Tanzanian-focused flake graphite developer Volt Resources Limited (ASX: VRC) (“Volt” or “the Company”) provides the following update on its Bunyu Project development funding activities.

Volt announced to ASX on 14 December 2017 that it is seeking to raise US$40 million by way of the issue of Tanzanian Bonds or Loan Notes (‘Notes’) to fund the development of Stage 1 of the Bunyu Graphite Project. The Note Offer is by Volt’s wholly-owned subsidiary Volt Graphite Tanzania plc (“VGT”) through the issue of a Prospectus to potential investors in East Africa.

The issue of the Prospectus to investors requires the approval of Tanzania’s corporate regulator the Capital Markets and Securities Authority (CMSA). In addition, the Notes are to be listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) which required the approval of the DSE. The DSE approval was received and announced to the market on 13 December 2018.

The Company has been engaged in ongoing discussions and exchange of correspondence with the CMSA. Correspondence received from the CMSA on Friday 25 January 2019 unfortunately set unrealistic commercial terms for the Note Issue to proceed. Volt will therefore continue to discuss the Note Issue with the CMSA in the short term, to ensure an appropriate commercial balance is reached.

In parallel, Volt will continue to advance alternative funding options including, but not limited to a Note Issue and Listing on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius (“SEM”) using principally the same Tanzanian Note Prospectus, and US based institutional funds participation in the Stage 1 development funding.

Further information on the funding options progress will be announced to the market at the appropriate time.

For and on behalf of Volt Resources Limited

Trevor Matthews
Chief Executive Officer


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SHORT TERM FUNDING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SHORT TERM FUNDING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Tanzanian-focused flake graphite development company Volt Resources Limited (ASX: VRC) (“Volt” or “the Company”) provides further information regarding the short-term (6-month) loan facility announced on 22 January 2019 (see ASX announcement titled “Short Term Funding and Appendix 3Y” dated 22 January 2019).

Key terms of the loan are as follows:

Lenders RiverFort Global Capital Limited and Yorkville Advisors Global, LP
Borrower
Volt Resources Ltd
Loan Face Value and Drawn Amount The Face Value of the loan or amount repayable by Volt on maturity is A$1,500,000. The amount drawn by Volt under the Facility is $1,339,286.
Interest No interest is payable under the facility.
Maturity 6 months from drawdown.
Loan Term 6 Months with the option of a 6 month extension at the Company’s election.
Convertibility This a debt instrument and there is no equity conversion option during the 6 month loan period
Security A charge over Volt Australia Ltd’s assets which are minor in Australia. The charge includes its shareholding in its 100% owned Tanzanian subsidiary Volt Graphite Tanzania plc. The security does not extend to the Tanzanian assets held by Volt Graphite Tanzania plc. A charge over Mr Asimwe Kabunga’s shareholding in Volt Resources Ltd (see Appendix 3Y lodged with ASX on 22 January 2019).

The loan was taken out in the ordinary course of business and is not considered material with regards to the Company’s current plans and activities. As disclosed in the “Response to ASX Share Price and Volume Query” announcement dated 21 January 2019, recent share price and volume movements are considered to be related to the Company’s Stage 1 Bunyu Graphite Project development progress and the status of fund raising activities in Tanzania.

For and on behalf of Volt Resources Limited

Trevor Matthews
Chief Executive Officer


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SHORT TERM FUNDING AND APPENDIX 3Y

SHORT TERM FUNDING AND APPENDIX 3Y

Tanzanian-focused flake graphite development company Volt Resources Limited (ASX: VRC) (“Volt” or “the Company”) is pleased to advise that it has secured a short-term (6-month) loan facility with a further 6-month extension option providing Volt with A$1.3 million.

Importantly, the loan facility will provide added flexibility over the coming months whilst the Company progresses listing approval from the Tanzanian Capital Markets and Securities Authority (“CMSA”) for the issue of the Note prospectus. The loan facility will not be dilutionary to existing shareholders as no equity will be issued during the initial 6-month loan period.

The loan is secured via a charge over Volt Resources assets and Mr Asimwe Kabunga’s shareholding in Volt. There is no security provided over the Tanzanian assets due to the need to keep them unsecured for the Bunyu project development funding.

Attached is an Appendix 3Y regarding the share security provided by the Volt Chairman, Mr Asimwe Kabunga. It is important to note there is no change in Mr Kabunga’s shareholding in Volt.

Volt Non-executive Directors Mr Stephen Hunt and Mr Alwyn Vorster expressed their appreciation of Mr Kabunga’s assistance in securing the loan funds.

Appendix 3Y

Short Term Funding Additional Information

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DSE LISTING APPROVAL FOR VOLT’S TANZANIA NOTE ISSUE

DSE LISTING APPROVAL FOR VOLT’S TANZANIA NOTE ISSUE

Tanzanian-focused flake graphite development company Volt Resources Limited (ASX: VRC) (“Volt” or “the Company”) is pleased to advise that it has received the final formal approval from the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange PLC to list its Tanzanian Note Issue on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (“DSE”).

This approval completes a key phase of the funding process, and Volt’s management remains confident of receiving final approval from the Tanzanian Capital Markets and Securities Authority (“CMSA”) to proceed with the Note Offer in the near-term.

As previously advised, funds raised will be deployed towards the Stage 1 development of the Bunyu Graphite Project. A Definitive Feasibility Study (“DFS”) on the large-scale Stage 2 Expansion at Bunyu will also be undertaken concurrently with the Stage 1 development.

Volt has already received key development approvals covering the respective Stage 1 and Stage 2 developments of the Bunyu Graphite Project (see ASX release dated 22nd October 2018).

Volt looks forward to providing further updates on the CMSA approval process in due course.

For and on behalf of Volt Resources Limited

Trevor Matthews
Chief Executive Officer

 


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TANZANIAN NOTE ISSUE UPDATE

TANZANIAN NOTE ISSUE UPDATE

Tanzanian-focused flake graphite development company Volt Resources Limited (ASX: VRC) (“Volt” or “the Company”) is pleased to advise that it continues to advance its Tanzanian Note Issue, with conditional approval received from the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange PLC to list the Notes on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (“DSE”).

While most of the conditions relate to the provision of further information or points of clarification, the key condition is the approval of the Note prospectus by the Tanzanian Capital Markets and Securities Authority (“CMSA”). While this approval is yet to be obtained, Volt is confident of receiving the approval in the near
future.

The conditional approval represents an important progression in the funding process, with Volt
management and its advisors, Exotix Capital and Orbit Securities commencing an investor roadshow in Tanzania this week in advance of receiving the prospectus approval from the CMSA.

This latest development follows the issue by the Mining Commission of the Ministry of Minerals of Tanzania of two mining licence’s, ML591/2018 and ML592/2018, covering the respective Stage 1 and Stage 2 developments of the Bunyu Graphite Project (see ASX release dated 22 October 2018).

As previously advised, funds raised will be deployed towards the Stage 1 development of the Bunyu Graphite Project. A Definitive Feasibility Study (“DFS”) on the large-scale Stage 2 Expansion at Bunyu will also be undertaken concurrently with the Stage 1 development.

Volt looks forward to providing further updates on the Tanzanian funding process shortly.

For and on behalf of Volt Resources Limited

Trevor Matthews
Chief Executive Officer

 


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INVESTOR PRESENTATION – NOVEMBER 2018

INVESTOR PRESENTATION – NOVEMBER 2018

Investor Presentation (PDF)

 

For and on behalf of Volt Resources Limited

Trevor Matthews
Chief Executive Officer

 


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