Hot Chili Announces Strategic Investment by Osisko Gold Royalties

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Hot Chili Limited (ASX: HCH) (TSXV: HCH) (OTCQX: HHLKF) (“Hot Chili” or “Company”) is pleased to announce the execution of a binding US$15 million Investment Agreement with Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd (“Osisko”) for a 1.0% Net Smelter Return (NSR) royalty on copper and a 3% NSR royalty on gold (the “Osisko NSR”) (the “Investment”) across the Company’s Costa Fuego Copper-Gold Project (“the Project”) located 600 km north of Santiago, at low elevation (<1,000 m) in the coastal range of the Atacama Region, Chile.

Completion of the Investment (“Closing”) is expected within coming weeks, subject to satisfaction of customary conditions, with Hot Chili to receive US$15 million (“Royalty Consideration”) at Closing.


  • Significant investment by Osisko provides strong endorsement from one of North America’s leading royalty-streaming groups, and will boost Hot Chili’s cash position to approximately A$26 million upon Closing
  • US$15 million in funds for growth and development with the investment (Royalty Consideration) to be used to advance the Costa Fuego Pre-Feasibility Studies (PFS), resource growth drilling programmes and for the general advancement of the Project
  • Clear “look-through” value given the Osisko NSR is equivalent to a 1.12% CuEq1 NSR royalty across payable metals for US$15 million and Hot Chili’s current market capitalisation is US$80 million
  • Buyback rights if a change of control event occurs prior to the fourth anniversary of The Osisko NSR can be reduced to 0.5% NSR royalty on copper and 2.5% NSR royalty on gold
  • Osisko to have a Right of First Offer (ROFO) with respect to the sale of any future royalty, stream, or similar interests by Hot Chili
  • Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) for Costa Fuego confirms strong economics2
  • 30,000m drill programme set to commence, following Closing

Hot Chili’s Managing Director Mr Christian Easterday commented, “The investment agreement is yet another strong endorsement and follows extensive due diligence of the Company and its Costa Fuego copper-gold project by Osisko, renowned for their technical rigour and capabilities.

We consider that the Osisko investment will deliver a strong outcome for our shareholders by significantly strengthening our treasury without the dilution of a share issuance, while only adding a minor incremental royalty burden to Costa Fuego.

1 CuEq considers assumed commodity prices and average metallurgical recoveries from test work. See qualifying statements below.

2 See announcement ‘Hot Chili Announces PEA for Costa Fuego’ dated 28 June 2023

Importantly, Osisko’s involvement alongside Glencore’s strategic shareholding in Hot Chili demonstrates Costa Fuego’s global relevance and the projects’ potential to deliver near-term, meaningful, new copper supply.

We are pleased with the outcomes of our recently announced PEA, which has been validated by Osisko’s investment. We look forward to the commencement of drilling activities across multiple growth targets and the completion of our PFS for Costa Fuego next year.”

Hot Chili’s financial advisor is National Bank Financial Inc., and its Canadian legal counsel is Bennett Jones LLP.

Summary of Material Terms of Investment Agreement

The Investment Agreement between Hot Chili Limited, its Chilean subsidiaries holding title to the properties comprising the Costa Fuego Project (each a Seller), and Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd (Osisko), provides for the purchase by Osisko of a royalty from each Seller, the material terms of which are summarised below:

Royalty Consideration Total cash consideration to Hot Chili and the Sellers in the amount of US$15,000,000 (Royalty Consideration), payable at closing of the investment (Closing).
Use of Proceeds The majority of the Royalty Consideration to be used for exploration, development and general advancement of the Project. The balance may be used for general working capital purposes.
Royalty Interest A net smelter return royalty with respect to a Seller’s share of copper and gold production from the Project (Royalty) comprising 1.0% of payable copper production and 3.0% of payable gold production.

Royalty Calculation


The Royalty payable monthly with payments based on net smelter return revenues generated by the Project. Deductions applicable against the royalty are those typical in a net smelter return calculation but exclude taxes and government royalties.

Project The Costa Fuego Project properties and all associated assets and undertakings of any kind (Project).
ROFO Osisko to have a Right of First Offer (ROFO) with respect to the sale of any future royalty, stream, or similar interests by Hot Chili.
Buyback If a Change of Control Event occurs prior to the 4th anniversary of Closing, the Seller shall be entitled to reduce the Royalty percentage such that the resulting royalty rate applicable on payable copper becomes 0.5% and the royalty rate applicable on payable gold becomes 2.5% in exchange for a payment to Osisko in an amount as follows:

i.               130% of the Royalty Consideration if exercised prior to the 2nd anniversary of Closing;

ii.                140% of the Royalty Consideration if exercised between the 2nd and 3rd anniversary of Closing; and

iii.                150% of the Royalty Consideration if exercised between the 3rd and 4th anniversary of Closing.

A “Change of Control Event” occurs when control (meaning over 50% of the voting securities) and decision-making power of either the Hot Chili or Seller is acquired by another party.

Royalty Security The Royalty will be secured against all property, assets, undertaking and rights of each Seller, including the Project.

In connection with any construction financing for the Project, Osisko has agreed to principals under which it would subordinate its security interests to encumbrances granted under a senior bank loan facility, subject to customary terms and conditions

Conditions to Closing Closing is subject to satisfaction of conditions considered customary for royalty finance investment agreements, including execution of security documents.

The Directors look forward to an exciting period ahead. Further details of the Company’s next steps are expected to be announced shortly.

This announcement is authorised by the Board of Directors for release to ASX and TSXV.

Hot Chili’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mr Christian Easterday is responsible for this announcement and has provided sign-off for release to the ASX and TSXV.

For more information please contact:

Christian Easterday


Managing Director – Hot Chili

Tel:      +61 8 9315 9009



Penelope Beattie


Company Secretary – Hot Chili

Tel:      +61 8 9315 9009



Harbor Access


Investor & Public Relations (Canada)




or visit Hot Chili’s website at

Qualifying Statements

Forward Looking Statements

This document contains certain “forward-looking statements” and “forward-looking information” concerning the business, operations and financial performance and condition of Company. Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to permitting and legal processes in relation to mining permitting and approvals; estimated production and mine life of the various mineral projects of the Company; the ability to obtain permits for operations; synergies; the realisation of mineral resource estimates; the benefits of the development potential of the properties of the Company; the future price of minerals, including gold, copper, and silver; the estimation of mineral reserves and resources; success of exploration activities; and currency exchange rate fluctuations. Except for statements of historical fact relating to the Company, certain information contained herein constitutes forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are frequently characterised by words such as “plan,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “believe,” “anticipate”, “estimate” and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions “may”, “should” or “will” occur. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of the Company at the date the statements are made and are based on a number of assumptions and subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Many of these assumptions are based on factors and events that are not within the control of the Company and there is no assurance they will prove to be correct.

Factors that could cause actual results to vary materially from results anticipated by such forward-looking statements include the results of the PEA and planned PFS, as well as future economic studies, the results of the planned 30,000m drill programme and their impact on mineral resources and the economic studies, variations in ore grade or recovery rates, changes in market conditions, risks relating to the availability and timeliness of permitting and governmental approvals; risks relating to international operations, fluctuating metal prices and currency exchange rates, changes in project parameters, the possibility of project cost overruns or unanticipated costs and expenses, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry, failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated.

The Company cautions that the foregoing list of important factors is not exhaustive. Investors and others who base themselves on forward-looking statements should carefully consider the above factors as well as the uncertainties they represent and the risk they entail and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company believes that the expectations reflected in those forward-looking statements are reasonable, but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements included in this press release should not be unduly relied upon. These statements speak only as of the date of this press release.

Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or the Company’s estimates or opinions should change except as required by applicable securities laws. Any comparative market information is as of a date prior to the date of this document.


Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Ven ture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release

This document (the “Document”) is to be used by the recipient for informational purposes only and does not purport to be complete or contain all the information that may be material to the current or future business, operations, financial condition, or prospects of Hot Chili Limited (“Hot Chili” or the “Company”). Each recipient should perform its own independent investigation and analysis of Hot Chili, and the information contained in this Document is not a substitute therefore. Hot Chili makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of the information contained in this Document or in any other written or oral communication transmitted to any recipient by any party. Except for liability which cannot be disclaimed by law, by accepting this Document, the recipient agrees that neither Hot Chili nor any of its officers, directors, employees, or representatives has any liability for any representations or warranties, express or implied, contained in, or for any omissions from, this Document or any such other written or oral communication from any person.

Certain information contained herein is based on, or derived from, information provided by independent third-party sources. Hot Chili believes that such information is accurate and that the sources from which it has been obtained are reliable; however, Hot Ch ili has not independently verified such information and does not assume any responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of such information.

This Document should not be considered as a recommendation from any person to purchase any securities. Each person for whom this Document is made available should consult its own professional advisors in making its own independent investigations and assessment and, after making such independent investigations and assessments, as it deems necessary, in determining whether to proceed with any investment in the Company.

Copper-equivalent (CuEq)

Copper-equivalent (CuEq) net smelter return royalties for all metals, from all production sources were estimated to match the combined revenues (net of selling costs) anticipated from copper and gold, based on the Company’s latest technical information. Revenues considered the combined contribution of estimated processing feed and used long-term commodity prices of: Copper US$

3.85/lb, Gold US$ 1,750/oz, Molybdenum US$ 15/lb, and Silver US$21/oz; and estimated metallurgical recoveries for the production feed to the following processes: Concentrator (87% Cu, 56% Au, 37% Ag, 58% Mo), Oxide Leach (55% Cu only), & Low-grade Sulphide Leach (40% Cu only).

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