Lignol consolidates majority shareholding of Territory Biofuels with plans to re-start the largest biodiesel refinery in Australia
VANCOUVER, May 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Lignol Energy Corporation (TSXV: LEC) ("LEC" or "the Company"), a leading technology company in the advanced biofuels and renewable chemicals sectors, today announced that it has agreed to acquire an additional 2.67 million shares of Territory Biofuels Limited ("TBF") for A$1 million under a TBF private placement offering transaction, which also provides for the further issuance of approximately 0.25 million shares of TBF to other shareholders of TBF. Upon completion, LEC will become the majority shareholder with approximately 56% of the issued shares of TBF and 60% on a fully diluted basis.
"We are excited to be working with the TBF team and adding our support as the majority shareholder in planning the re-start of the Darwin refinery", said Ross MacLachlan, CEO and Chairman of LEC. "Our goal is to have the refinery come back on line in Q4 2013, and incorporate upgrades to process lower cost feedstocks that will enhance profitability in 2014. This is an important milestone for our company and represents the potential for us to accelerate our transition to commercial operations with a majority equity stake in a world scale biofuels project."
At full capacity the Darwin refinery will be capable of producing up to 150 million litres of biodiesel per year. The facility also includes the only glycerine refinery in Australia. Crude glycerine is a bi-product waste stream of most biodiesel plants which can be upgraded to a refined form of glycerine with attractive margins and financial returns.
As a result of LEC's achievement in becoming the majority shareholder, Difference Capital Funding Inc. ("DCF") has agreed to assist LEC in the funding this investment by increasing the existing line of credit established earlier this year by $1 million to $6 million under similar terms to the existing facility.
About Territory Biofuels Limited ("TBF")
TBF owns a large scale biorefining facility located in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, which includes a Lurgi designed biodiesel plant and the only glycerine refinery in Australia. The facility was commissioned in 2008 at a cost of A$80 million, along with 38 million litres of related tankage, now leased by TBF. The biodiesel plant is the largest in Australia with a maximum rated capacity of 150 million litres per year. Originally built to run on food-grade vegetable oil, the plant was shut down in 2009 due to feedstock constraints. TBF is in the process of raising funds to restart the existing facility utilizing feedstocks such as tallow and used cooking oil and then plans to integrate new feedstock pre-treatment technologies and catalysts to process a broader range of feedstocks such as lower quality tallow and palm sludge oil; a waste product from palm oil mill extraction. TBF has established trading relationships with its shipping, off-take and feedstock partners which it expects will allow it to profitably start up and operate the facility. Two LEC executive officers and directors, Mr. Ross MacLachlan and Mr. Stephen Morris have been appointed directors of TBF with Mr. MacLachlan also having assumed the role of Chairman of TBF.
About Lignol Energy Corporation ("LEC")
LEC (TSXV: LEC) owns 100% of the issued and voting shares of Lignol Innovations Ltd. ("LIL"). LEC is the majority shareholder of TBF and also owns 21.4% of the largest producer of biodiesel in Australia, Australian Renewable Fuels Ltd. (ASX: ARW) ("ARW"). LEC also intends to invest in, or otherwise obtain, equity interests in energy related projects which have synergies with the Company and have the potential to generate near term cash flow.
LIL is a leading technology company in the advanced biofuels and renewable chemicals sector undertaking the development of biorefining technologies for the production of advanced biofuels, including fuel-grade ethanol, and other renewable chemicals from non-food cellulosic biomass feedstocks. LIL's modified solvent based pre-treatment technology facilitates the rapid, high-yield conversion of cellulose to ethanol and the production of value-added biochemical co-products, including high purity HP-LTM lignin. HP-LTM lignin represents a new class of high purity lignin extractives (and their subsequent derivatives) which can be engineered to meet the chemical properties and functional requirements of a range of industrial applications that until now has not been possible with traditional lignin by-products generated from other processes. LIL is executing on its development plan through strategic partnerships to further develop and integrate its core technologies on a commercial scale. For more information please visit Lignol's website at www.lignol.ca.
Caution concerning forward-looking statements:
Certain statements contained in this document may constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Such forward-looking statements or information include, without limitation, statements or information about LEC's ability to fund the investment in additional shares of TBF, TBF's ability to repay the loan of A$500,000 the Company had previously provided to TBF, TBF's ability to finance, restart and profitably operate its 150 million litre per year biodiesel plant and glycerine refinery, TBF's ability to successfully operate the Darwin facility and to generate revenues and cash flow, TBF's ability to obtain US EPA approval, TBF's ability to work with strong commercial partnerships and to become a major regional player in the biodiesel market in the Pacific Rim, TBF's ability to integrate new pretreatment technologies and catalysts to facilitate the processing of a broad range of lower cost feedstocks, the successful outcome of projects undertaken under the Technology Collaboration Agreement between LEC and TBF, LEC's ability to continue as a going concern and to raise additional financing to fund the operations of LEC and LIL and to support the financing requirements of TBF, DCF's ability to provide an additional $1 million in funding under the increased line of credit, LEC's ability to invest in, or otherwise obtain, equity interests in energy related projects which have technical and commercial synergies with the Company and which have the potential to generate future dividends and near term cash flow, the development status of LIL's fully integrated pilot scale biorefinery in Burnaby, British Columbia, the planning and development of a commercial plant, LIL's ability to complete project deliverables which are funded in part by government agencies, obtaining strategic partnership investments and government funding for initial commercial projects. Often, but not always, forward looking statements or information can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes" or variations of such words and phrases or words and phrases that state or indicate that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved.
Such statements or information reflect LEC's current views with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions including, without limitation, our ability to establish the validity of LIL's technology at the fully integrated biorefinery pilot plant scale, LIL's ability to satisfy the conditions of existing government grants and to obtain new additional grants, our ability to continue to finance our operations and to finance and complete the development of a commercial project, LIL's ability to work with Novozymes to produce cellulosic ethanol at production costs competitive with gasoline and corn ethanol, LIL's ability to develop products and to obtain off-take agreements, LIL's ability to obtain requisite regulatory approvals and its ability to enter into agreements with strategic partners on terms acceptable to us, LEC's ability to influence the strategy, operations and financial performance of TBF or of ARW respectively the reliance on publically available information of ARW in the Company's evaluation of its acquisition of shares in ARW, the potential inability to divest the ARW ordinary shares due to modest trading volumes and the inability to divest the TBF ordinary shares, the cost of any future ARW capital investment, the fluctuation of biodiesel and feedstock prices on ARW and TBF, the effect on ARW and TBF of changes in government policy relating to the environment, and incentives for renewable fuels, the ability of ARW and TBF to generate cash flow and pay dividends, and the ability of ARW and TBF to market their products overseas and to meet relevant regulatory requirements. Many factors could cause LEC's actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information, including among other things, the technological challenges that remain to be surpassed in obtaining the necessary operating data from LIL's fully integrated biorefinery pilot plant that is required prior to completing the next scale-up of the technology, financial market conditions which will impact our ability to finance our operations and to finance the construction and operation of a commercial plant, the price of gasoline and demand for ethanol, the market pricing and demand for renewable chemicals, risks relating to the protection of LIL's core technology from infringement and those risk factors which are discussed elsewhere in documents that LEC files from time to time with securities regulatory authorities. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements or information prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Except as required by law, the Company expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward looking statements and information whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. All written and oral forward-looking statements and information attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements.
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