<p><span class="xn-location">TORONTO</span>, <span class="xn-chron">May 12</span> /CNW/ -- Global Alumina Corporation (TSX: GLA.U) (the "Company" or "Global Alumina"), a corporation participating in a joint venture to develop an alumina refinery, mine and associated infrastructure in the bauxite-rich region of the Republic of <span class="xn-location">Guinea</span> (the "Project"), announced today its financial and operating results for the three month period ended <span class="xn-chron">March 31, 2010</span>. The text of the quarterly unaudited financial statements and management's discussion and analysis can be viewed or printed from the Company's SEDAR reference page at <a href="http://www.sedar.com">www.sedar.com</a>. All dollar amounts are in U.S. dollars.</p>
First Quarter 2010 Financial Highlights
-- In the first three months of 2010 the joint venture partners
contributed capital of $15 million towards the approved Project budget
with the Company contributing its $5 million one-third share.
-- At March 31, 2010, Guinea Alumina Corporation, Ltd. (the joint venture
company) had capitalized into construction in progress approximately
$591.3 million, of which approximately $8.7 million relates to the
first quarter 2010.
-- As at March 31, 2010, the Company had unrestricted cash of $11.7
million and escrowed cash totalling $46.1 million in its escrow
to fund future Project capital calls. For the three months ended
31, 2010 the Company reported a net loss of $1,758,895 million ($0.01)
per share), compared to a net loss of $1,373,878 ($0.01 per share) for
the same period in 2009.
-- Interest income for the quarter was $37,468 versus $288,404 in the
first quarter of 2009.
<p>At current usage rates, Global Alumina expects that the unrestricted funds will be sufficient to enable it to meet its corporate operating expense requirements through <span class="xn-chron">June 2012</span> and that remaining escrowed funds will be sufficient to fund the Company's one-third share of Project equity requirements at least through to finalization of debt financing for the Project.</p>
<p>The Company also announced today that its annual meeting of shareholders will be held on <span class="xn-chron">Wednesday, June 16, 2010</span>, beginning at <span class="xn-chron">10:30 a.m., Eastern Time</span>, at the offices of Davies <span class="xn-person">Ward Phillips</span> & Vineberg LLP, One First Canadian Place, 44th Floor, <span class="xn-location">Toronto</span>, Ontario. The record date for determining shareholders entitled to vote at the annual meeting will be <span class="xn-chron">May 12, 2010</span>.</p>
About Global Alumina
<p>Global Alumina and its joint venture partners are developing a 3.6 million metric tons per annum nominal capacity alumina refinery located in the bauxite-rich region of the Republic of <span class="xn-location">Guinea</span>. The joint venture partners in the Project are Global Alumina International, Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, BHP Billiton, Dubai Aluminium Company Limited and Mubadala Development Company PJSC. The Project is one of the most advanced new projects in <span class="xn-location">Guinea</span> with the refinery already in feasibility stage and critical path infrastructure and site work already underway. The Company offers a first mover advantage over other projects in the region and an opportunity for socially responsible investing in a country that holds over one-third of the world's bauxite resources. Global Alumina is headquartered in Saint John, <span class="xn-location">New Brunswick</span> and has administrative offices in New York, <span class="xn-location">London</span> and <span class="xn-location">Montreal</span>. For further information visit the Company's website at <a href="http://www.globalalumina.com">www.globalalumina.com</a>.</p>
Forward Looking Information
<p>Certain information in this press release is "forward looking information", which reflects management's expectations regarding the Company's future growth, results of operations, performance and business prospects and opportunities. In this release, the words "may", "would", "could", "should", "will", "intend", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "seek", "propose", "estimate" and "expect" and similar expressions, as they relate to the Company and its assets and interests, are often, but not always, used to identify forward looking information. Such forward looking information reflects management's current beliefs and is based on information currently available to management. Forward looking information involves significant risks and uncertainties, should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether or not or the times at, or by which, such performance or results will be achieved. In particular, this release contains forward looking information pertaining to the following: the decisions of the joint venture with respect to the conduct of the Project; the approval of the proposed development plan with respect to the Project and the making of a decision by the joint venture partners to proceed with the development of the Project and the timing of such decision; the adequacy of the Company's cash resources; expectations regarding the financing of the Project, the terms, timing and amount of financing and the sources of financing for the Project; the amount, nature and timing of capital expenditures to complete the Project; the timing of refinery construction and mine start up; future production levels; expectations regarding the negotiation of contractual rights; prices for alumina and aluminium; operating and other costs; the negotiation and terms of agreements relating to the access of <span class="xn-location">Guinea</span> Alumina Corporation, Ltd. to and use of certain infrastructure required for the development and operation of the Project; recognition by the new political regime in <span class="xn-location">Guinea</span> of historical agreements negotiated by the previous government; and general business strategies and plans of management with respect to the Project. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward looking information, including, but not limited to: recent political events in <span class="xn-location">Guinea</span> and the transition to a new government and the policies of such new government; the current political and economic risks of investing in a developing country; a decision by the joint venture partners to delay the Project or not to proceed with the Project; material changes to the cost estimates and time estimates for development of the Project; unanticipated liabilities of Global Alumina at the corporate level and the possibility the Company may need to seek additional financing to fund corporate expenses; the possibility that the value of the Corporation's assets could deteriorate; operational risks such as access to infrastructure and skilled labour; the limited control by the Company of the assets and operations of the Project and its inability to make major decisions with respect to the Project without agreement from the other joint venture partners; the failure or delay in obtaining debt financing for the Project; the amount of debt financing available to the Project being insufficient to fund the Project to complete development; the inability of the Company to raise sufficient financing to fund its share of the development costs of the Project in excess of the maximum Project debt financing; the Company's dependence on an interest in a single asset; the possible forfeiture of the 690 square kilometre mining concession area near Sangaredi in certain circumstances; construction risks such as cost overruns, delays and shortages of labour, materials or equipment; the possibility that the Company's interest will be diluted if it is unable to meet a capital call with respect to the Project; currency fluctuations; price volatility of alumina, aluminium or raw materials and certain other factors related to the Project and the factors related to the business of the Company discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Information Form.</p>
<p>The forward looking information contained in this release is based on the following principal assumptions: that the data, estimates and projections in the bankable feasibility study of the Project are within the range of accuracy suggested therein and the conclusions reached therein are still valid as of the date of this release; that general economic conditions will not be adverse to the completion of financing for the Project and will have no material adverse impact on the Project; that once the decision is made to proceed with the Project, the Company will be able to finance its share of Project costs; that the negotiations with prospective Project lenders and between the prospective Project lenders and the Guinean government will resume and be successfully concluded; that the bidding process for contracted work in connection with the Project will be completed in a competitive manner and that actual costs to complete work will be within the range of quotes provided by contractors to date; that the joint venture will be able to acquire necessary labour at currently assumed labour costs and productivity rates; that once approved the development plan for the Project is conducted according to schedule; that general economic factors and trends relating to construction costs remain constant or improve and that the future political and economic climate in <span class="xn-location">Guinea</span> has no material adverse effect on the Project and the new political regime arising from the transition to a new government continues to recognize agreements negotiated by the previous government. Although the forward looking information contained in this release is based upon what management of the Company believes are reasonable assumptions, Global Alumina cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with this forward looking information. If the assumptions underlying forward looking information prove incorrect or if other risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated in this release. This forward looking information is made as of the date of this release, and Global Alumina assumes no obligation to update or revise it to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by applicable law.</p>
<p>For further information, please contact:</p>
Michael Cella Barbara Cano
Global Alumina Breakstone Group
212 351 0010 646 452 2334
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