Case Study

Amphion Innovations plc, headquartered in New York with a listing on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market, is a developer of medical, life science and technology businesses holding significant ownership in seven portfolio companies each developing proven technologies targeting substantial commercial marketplaces. Amphion works closely with its partner companies to optimise the commercialisation of IP – the company’s portfolio collectively owns 200+ separately identified pieces of IP.

RiverFort has been a consistent funder of Amphion since our firm’s inception, as Amphion has placed an emphasis on the growth of two of its business’s portfolio companies, Kromek, Ltd. and Motif Bio plc. Kromek is in the process of pioneering digital colour imaging for x-rays and has brought groundbreaking innovation to materials technology and advanced 3D imaging, targeting opportunities in security screening, medical imaging and defense. Motif Bio develops antibiotics designed to be effective against serious and life-threatening infections caused by drug resistant bacteria. The company recently IPO’d on NASDAQ, and is targeting commercialisation for its lead antibiotic candidate in 2018.

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For several years Jubilee Platinum has developed successful proprietary processing techniques which optimise the process of metal recovery from waste in an environmentally sustainable manner. In early 2016, RiverFort identified Jubilee Platinum, headquartered in South Africa and listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, as the ideal partner with which to begin implementing a strategy of New Age Metal producer investments, keying in on the company’s firm commitment to the rehabilitation of the adverse environmental footprints left by legacy mining. Combining its own in-house expertise covering the tailings retreatment industry, its advanced technological skills and various partnerships with blue-chip global mining conglomerates, Jubilee Platinum has placed itself atop the global residual metal recovery industry.

In early 2016, RiverFort arranged and participated in a US$15 million financing package for Jubilee Platinum, combining a mix of senior and mezzanine debt alongside third party equity funding, enabling the commencement of construction on one of the world’s most advanced metal recovery plants.

Based on the success of Jubilee Platinum’s metal recovery plant operations, in August 2017 RiverFort arranged a further US$50 million strategic project finance agreement with a syndicate of investors for the company. Going forward, the investors will provide senior-secured asset finance to projects sources, diligence and operated by Jubilee Platinum, and will allow the company to accelerate towards successfully unlocking the large global potential that exists in the reprocessing of surface materials.

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Cadence Minerals Plc, headquartered in London and listed on the AIM arm of the London Stock Exchange, is dedicated to exploring for lithium and other technology minerals in new places using advanced techniques. The planet’s demand for rechargeable batteries is growing exponentially and on a global scale, and Cadence is helping to meet the demand of powering cells by making significant investments in strategic metal upstream exploration and development assets around the world, including in Mexico, Czech Republic, Namibia, Greenland and Australia.

In 2016, RiverFort participated in a US$15 million convertible loan investment in Cadence, with proceeds going towards funding the company’s Mexican lithium project, and specifically accomplishing commercial production. RiverFort has since made subsequent investments in the company as Cadence has moved further towards solving supply-chain obstacles in the lithium-ion battery sector.

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