Altius Minerals Corporation
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Altius Minerals Corporation

June 20, 2008 08:29 ET

Altius Minerals Corporation: Newfoundland and Labrador Refining Corporation Seeks Creditor Protection

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - June 20, 2008) - Altius (TSX:ALS) has been informed by Newfoundland and Labrador Refining Corporation ("NLRC"), of which Altius is a 39.6% shareholder, that NLRC is seeking creditor protection.

Altius' investment in NLRC as at June 20th 2008 totals $52.2 million, including $22.1 million in equity and a $30.1 million convertible demand debenture secured by the assets of NLRC.

Altius will assess whether adjustments to the carrying value of this investment is warranted in light of this recent development. There can be no assurance that all or any of Altius' investment will be recovered.

Altius will provide additional information as it becomes available.

A copy of the NLRC news release is provided below in its entirety.


NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR REFINING CORPORATION SEEKS CREDITOR PROTECTION

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Refining Corporation ("NLRC") announces that it has filed a Notice of Intention to Make a Proposal pursuant to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act ("BIA"). This will provide NLRC with a stay of proceedings against actions by creditors while it formulates a proposal for restructuring. This action was necessitated when SNC Lavalin, a contractor providing environmental and engineering services, served NLRC late yesterday with notice of proceedings in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador seeking to have NLRC adjudged a bankrupt. NLRC intends to oppose the applications of SNC Lavalin.

NLRC management is currently working with its advisors to determine the optimum method of restructuring, which may include the sale of its assets. A further update will be provided at a later date once key decisions are made.

With the exception of its dispute with SNC Lavalin, NLRC has been in productive discussions with its creditors to resolve and restructure its debt arising from the challenges in sourcing financing due to the deterioration of North American finance markets earlier this year.

NLRC remains encouraged by the economic fundamentals of the proposed project and continues to pursue several potential alternatives to attract financing and/or partners.

For further information about the proposed oil refinery project, please visit the company website at www.nlrefining.com or contact our corporate office.

Brian Dalton (Director) or Susan Hollett (Community Inquiries), 1-888-570-3442 - brian@nlrefining.com / susan@nlrefining.com

Contact Information

  • Altius Minerals Corporation
    Brian F. Dalton
    President
    Toll Free: 1-877-576-2209
    709-576-3441 (FAX)
    or
    Altius Minerals Corporation
    Chad Wells
    Vice President Corporate Development
    Toll Free: 1-877-576-2209
    709-576-3441 (FAX)
    info@altiusminerals.com
    www.altiusminerals.com