SOURCE: Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc.

Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc.

June 21, 2011 07:30 ET

Altair Nanotechnologies Announces Additional Extension of Share Subscription Agreement With Canon Investment Holdings

RENO, NV--(Marketwire - Jun 21, 2011) - Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. (NASDAQ: ALTI) today announced it has agreed to a fourth amendment to the Share Subscription Agreement (the "SSA") initially entered into with Canon Investment Holdings Limited ("Canon") on September 20, 2010 and subsequently amended on February 16, May 17 and June 3, 2011. This Fourth Amendment to the SSA extends the End Date to, and sets the Closing Date as, July 8, 2011 but keeps in place the ability of Altairnano to pursue other alternatives and to terminate the SSA at any time with no penalty. The SSA calls for Canon to acquire newly issued shares of the Company's common stock valued at $57.6 million resulting in a 51% ownership on a fully diluted basis immediately upon closing.

The company stated in both its May 17 and June 3, 2011 press releases on this transaction that it would continue working toward closing with Canon, but also thoroughly examine alternatives to the Canon deal.

"We will continue to remain open to completing the transaction with Canon," stated Terry Copeland, Altairnano's president and Chief Executive Officer. "At the same time, we are continuing discussions with other major energy providers and industrial companies and will thoroughly pursue these alternatives."

About Altair Nanotechnologies Inc.
Headquartered in Reno, Nev. with manufacturing in Anderson, Ind., Altairnano is a leading provider of energy storage systems for clean, efficient power and energy management. Altairnano's nano lithium-ion titanate-based solutions are among the highest performing and most scalable, with applications that include complete energy storage systems for frequency regulation and renewables integration for the electric grid, and battery modules and cells for transportation and industrial applications. For more information, visit www.altairnano.com.

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This release may contain forward-looking statements as well as historical information. Forward-looking statements, which are included in accordance with the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, may involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the company's actual results and performance in future periods to be materially different from any future results or performance suggested by the forward-looking statements in this release. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the risks that Altair's transaction contemplated by the SSA will not close or that Altair or Canon will elect to terminate the SSA prior to the extended end date; that Altair's discussions with alternative strategic partners will not result in a transaction on a timely basis; that Altair will be unable to indentify, and enter into an agreement with, a suitable strategic or equity investor and that Altair will otherwise be unable to secure short-term or long-term financing in order to continue operations. In addition, other risks are identified in the company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, as filed with the SEC. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. The company expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements found herein to reflect any changes in company expectations or results or any change in events.

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