Orbite Aluminae Inc (TSX: ORT) has received $3.025 million in bridge loan financing, which has been collateralized against its 2014 tax credits receivable. The funds were provided by Investissement Québec, which last May invested $10 million in the business through its subsidiary Ressources Québec. Based in Montréal, Orbite is a clean technology company focused on producing alumina and other high-value products, such as rare earth and rare metal oxides. It is currently finalizing its first commercial production facility in Cap-Chat, Québec.
Orbite Receives $3M Funding from Investissement Quebec
Bridge loan collateralized against 2014 investment tax credits
MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Marketwired – Jan. 14, 2015) – Orbite Aluminae Inc. (TSX:ORT)(OTCQX:EORBF) (“Orbite” or the “Company”) today announced Investissement Quebec will be providing Orbite with a $3.025 million bridge loan, collateralized against the Company’s investment tax credits receivable for the year 2014, estimated at $4.0 million.
The loan, repayable by June 30, 2016, will carry an interest rate of 3.5% over the prevailing prime lending rate, which currently stands at 3%. Interest is payable monthly and the loan is subject to other customary terms and conditions.
“We are pleased with this further contribution from Investissement Quebec towards the funding of our HPA production facility in Cap-Chat,” stated Glenn Kelly , CEO of Orbite. “This arrangement shows how having a balance of investment tax credits receivable provides us with additional flexibility to arrange financing at advantageous rates, not normally available for pre-revenue companies.”
Orbite Aluminae Inc. is a Canadian cleantech company whose innovative and proprietary processes are expected to produce alumina and other high-value products, such as rare earth and rare metal oxides, at one of the lowest costs in the industry, and in a sustainable fashion, using feedstocks that include aluminous clay, kaolin, nepheline, bauxite, red mud, fly ash as well as serpentine residues from chrysotile processing sites. Orbite is currently in the process of finalizing its first commercial high-purity alumina (HPA) production plant in Cap-Chat, Quebec and has completed the basic engineering for a proposed smelter-grade alumina (SGA) production plant, which would use clay mined from its Grande-Vallee deposit. The Company’s portfolio contains 15 intellectual property families, including 14 patents and 93 pending patent applications in 10 different countries and regions. The first intellectual property family is patented in Canada, USA, Australia, China, Japan and Russia. The Company also operates a state of the art technology development center in Laval, Quebec, where its technologies are developed and validated.
Certain information contained in this document may include “forward-looking information”. Without limiting the foregoing, the information and any forward-looking information may include statements regarding projects, costs, objectives and future returns of the Company or hypotheses underlying these items. In this document, words such as “may”, “would”, “could”, “will”, “likely”, “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “plan”, “estimate” and similar words and the negative form thereof are used to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether, or the times at or by which, such future performance will be achieved. Forward-looking statements and information are based on information available at the time and/or the Company management’s good-faith beliefs with respect to future events and are subject to known or unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other unpredictable factors, many of which are beyond the Company’s control. These risks uncertainties and assumptions include, but are not limited to, those described in the section of the Management’s Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) entitled “Risk and Uncertainties” as filed on November 5, 2014 on SEDAR.
The Company does not intend, nor does it undertake, any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information or statements contained in this document to reflect subsequent information, events or circumstances or otherwise, except as required by applicable laws.
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