Quest Rare Minerals Ltd.

Quest Rare Minerals Ltd.

August 17, 2010 17:10 ET

Quest Rare Minerals Announces $1.5 Million Convertible Loan With SIDEX

- Loan Will Be Convertible Into Quest Shares at Option of SIDEX at $3.00 Per Share - Quest to Issue 500,000 Warrants to SIDEX With $3.25 Exercise Price

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 17, 2010) - Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:QRM) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a letter agreement with SIDEX, Limited Partnership, for a loan to Quest in an amount of $1.5 million. The loan will be for a term of 18 months and may be repaid by Quest at any time upon 60 days' notice. SIDEX may, at its option, convert the loan into Quest shares at any time at a price of $3.00 per share, representing a total of 500,000 Quest shares. Quest expects to use the proceeds from the loan for exploration of Quest's Strange Lake property and for working capital.

"We are very pleased to count SIDEX as a financing partner," said Peter J. Cashin, Quest's President & CEO. "The fact that this is the largest bridge financing arrangement that SIDEX has ever extended to an exploration company in its history reflects positively on Quest's rare earth property potential. The loan, in essence, allows Quest to bring forward a portion of its anticipated 2010 provincial exploration tax rebates, normally paid out by July 2011. We will work diligently in developing our REE resources and continue to strengthen our relationship with SIDEX and other Quebec Government-based financial institutions."

The loan will bear interest at an annual rate of 9%. Interest will be paid semi-annually, at Quest's option in cash or Quest shares. If interest is paid in Quest shares, the shares will be issued at a price per share equal to the weighted average trading price of Quest's shares for the 20 trading days preceding the due date of the interest.

In connection with the loan, Quest will issue 500,000 common share purchase warrants to SIDEX. Each warrant will entitle the holder to acquire one additional common share of Quest for 18 months at a price of $3.25 per share.

The loan will be secured by Quest's anticipated exploration tax rebates.

The loan from SIDEX to Quest is subject to a number of conditions, including preparation of a definitive loan agreement and related documents between Quest and SIDEX, and approval by the Board of Directors of SIDEX. Quest expects that the loan will close by August 31, 2010.

About Quest Rare Minerals

Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. is a Canadian-based, exploration company focused on the identification and discovery of new world-class Rare Earth deposit opportunities. The Corporation is publicly-listed on the TSX Venture Exchange as "QRM" and is led by a highly-respected management and technical team with a proven mine-finding track record. Quest is currently advancing several high-potential projects in Canada's premier exploration areas: the Strange Lake and Misery Lake areas of northeastern Quebec, the Kenora area of northwestern Ontario and the Plaster Rock area of northwestern New Brunswick. Quest's 2009 exploration led to the discovery of a significant new Rare Earth metal deposit, the B-Zone, on its Strange Lake property in northeastern Quebec. The Corporation recently filed a 43-101 Inferred Resource Estimate on the B-Zone deposit and currently awaits a Metallurgical study as part of an ongoing economic evaluation of the deposit. In addition, Quest announced the discovery of an important new area of REE mineralization on its Misery Lake project, approximately 120 km south of Strange Lake project. Quest continues to pursue high-value project opportunities throughout North America.

About SIDEX Limited Partnership

SIDEX was established by the Government of Quebec and the Solidarity Fund QFL. The mission of SIDEX is to invest in companies engaged in mineral exploration in Quebec in order to diversify Quebec's mineral base, encourage new exploration models, stimulate investment for new commodities in existing districts and open new territories with high potential for discovery.

This press release may contain "forward-looking statements". Readers are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and that actual developments or results may vary materially from those in these "forward looking statements".

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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