LEC completes acquisition of 100% of Territory Biofuels Limited
VANCOUVER, Feb. 4, 2014 /CNW/ - Lignol Energy Corporation (TSXV: LEC) ("LEC" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has closed the transaction previously announced to acquire all of the current outstanding and issued ordinary shares of Territory Biofuels Limited ("TBF"), increasing its ownership of TBF from 55% to 100%. TBF owns the largest biodiesel plant in Australia with an annual capacity of 140 million litres with plans to re-start operations in the latter half of 2014.
LEC acquired all of the 4,771,367 outstanding ordinary TBF shares owned by other TBF shareholders, in exchange for the issue of 2.5 LEC common shares for each TBF ordinary share, resulting in the issue of an additional 11,928,419 common shares of LEC.
As of the closing of the transaction, the total number of LEC issued and outstanding shares is 164,019,087 (227,992,425 on a fully diluted basis) and TBF is now a wholly owned subsidiary of LEC.
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About Territory Biofuels Limited
TBF owns a large scale biorefining facility located in Darwin, Northern Territory which includes a Lurgi-designed biodiesel plant and the largest 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 rated capacity of 140 million litres per year. The plant was originally built to run on palm oil and food-grade vegetable oil, however the plant was shut down in 2009 due to challenging technical and economic conditions. TBF is in the process of raising funds to restart the existing facility utilizing environmentally certified, Refined Bleached & Deodorized (RBD) palm oil. In 2015, TBF plans to integrate new feedstock pre-treatment technologies and catalysts to process a broader range of feedstocks such as lower quality tallow, used cooking oil and palm sludge oil; a waste product from palm oil mill extraction.
About Lignol Energy Corporation ("LEC")
Lignol Energy Corporation is an emerging producer of biofuels, biochemicals and renewable materials from waste. LEC owns 100% of Lignol Innovations Ltd. ("LIL"), 100% of Territory Biofuels Limited, 21% of Australian Renewable Fuels Limited ("ARW"), 51% of Neutral Fuels (Melbourne) Pty Ltd ("Neutral Fuels Melbourne") and 20% of Neutral Fuels Parent Company Ltd ("Neutral Fuels"). The Company 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. Further information is available on the Company'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 and TBF's ability to finance, restart and profitably operate its 140 million litre per year biodiesel plant and glycerine refinery. 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, LEC's ability to raise additional capital to fund operations and to support the capital requirements of its affiliates, TBF may in the future issue shares in connection with the raising of capital or the repayment of debt or other obligations, which could result in LEC owning less than 100% of TBF, TBF's ability to successfully operate the Darwin facility commencing in the latter part of 2014 and to generate revenues and cash flow, TBF's ability to integrate new pretreatment technologies and catalysts to facilitate the processing of a broad range of lower cost feedstocks, LEC's ability to continue as a going concern and to raise additional finance to fund the operations of LEC and its affiliates and LEC's planned investment in Neutral Fuels, Neutral Fuels and Neutral Fuels Melbourne's ability to maintain a profitable working relationship with McDonald's restaurants, 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 requirements of the potential effect of changes in government policy relating to the environment, and incentives for renewable fuels, the potential impact of changes in the prices of feedstock and the market price of liquid fuels including biodiesel, ethanol and renewable chemicals, the ability of LEC and its affiliates to generate future profits and to pay dividends, and to meet increasing regulatory requirements, LIL's ability to finance and complete the development of a commercial project, LIL's ability to develop products and to obtain off-take agreements, LEC's reliance on publically available information of ARW in its evaluation of its acquisition of shares in ARW, the potential inability to divest the ARW ordinary shares due to modest trading volumes, the potential inability to divest the ordinary shares LEC owns of TBF, the ability of ARW and Neutral Fuels to market their products and to meet relevant regulatory requirements, the estimated cost of any future TBF capital investment, the fluctuation of biodiesel and feedstock prices, and the effect of changes in government policy relating to the environment.
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, financial market conditions which will impact LEC's ability to finance its operations and to meet future capital and investment requirements, the demand for the market price of liquid fuels including gasoline, biodiesel, ethanol, the market price and demand for renewable chemicals, risks relating to the protection of technology from infringement and those risk factors which are discussed elsewhere in documents that LEC files from time to time with securities and other 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, LEC 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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