Alberta, Canada, Jan 9, 2013 - (ABN Newswire) - Coalspur Mines Limited (ASX:CPL.AX - News) (TOR:CPT.TO - News) is pleased to announce that its largest shareholder, the Highland Park Group ("Highland Park") has elected to exercise its option to purchase an additional 12,724,669 ordinary shares in the Company at an exercise price of A$0.70 per share through its affiliate Borrowdale Park S.A.
The exercise of the options followed the announcement of the commitment from EIG Global Energy Partners to provide Coalspur with a US$300 million senior debt facility on December 20, 2012.
The exercise of the options means Highland Park now owns a total of 153,840,202 ordinary shares in the Company, which represents approximately 24.3% of the ordinary shares currently outstanding.
President and CEO, Gill Winckler said "We are extremely pleased to have Highland Park increase their holdings in Coalspur as it demonstrates their continued support of the Company and management as we move towards construction of the Vista coal project."
The Company also advises that a further 602,666 shares will be issued for options which were transferred to other parties by Borrowdale Park and have been exercised by the transferees.
The Company will issue the shares in respect of these options, which also had an exercise price of A$0.70 per share, when the registration process is completed.
Total net proceeds from the exercise of the options are approximately A$9.4 million.
About Coalspur Mines Limited:
Coalspur Mines Limited (ASX:CPL.AX - News) (TSE:CPT.TO - News) is a coal exploration and development company with approximately 55,000 hectares of coal leases located within the Hinton region of Alberta, Canada. Coalspur's flagship coal project is the Vista Coal Project ("Vista") which has the potential to be the largest export thermal coal mine in Canada.
Vista covers approximately 10,000 hectares and provides a large scale, surface mineable, thermal coal project. Vista has the advantage of leveraging off established first world infrastructure with CN Rail's main line, located adjacent to Vista, which is substantially underutilised and provides a rail line suitable for the transport of coal to deepwater ports on Canada's west coast. Coalspur has also secured a port allocation agreement with Ridley Terminals Inc. which is essential to the logistics supply chain necessary to export coal from Vista to the growing demand from the Asia Pacific Rim countries, including China, Japan and Korea.
A feasibility study was completed on Vista in January 2012, which defined a two phased approach to project development. Detailed engineering has commenced and is scheduled for completion in early 2013. Phase 1 envisages production of 5.0Mtpa at a capital cost of approximately C$870 million. Phase 2 will increase production by a further 7.0Mtpa and will utilize free cash flow from Phase 1 to fund the estimated additional development costs of approximately C$373 million. The Vista mine plan defines a 28 year mine life with forecast annual production capacity of 12.0Mtpa. Marketable Coal Reserves on Vista are 313Mt from a Recoverable Coal Reserve of approximately 566Mt.
Coalspur has offices in Calgary and Hinton in Canada as well as in Australia. The Company is dual listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") under the symbol "CPT" and on the Australian Securities Exchange ("ASX") under the symbol "CPL".
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