CanAm Coal Corp.

CanAm Coal Corp.

February 28, 2012 09:01 ET

CanAm to Double Production in 2012 With 85 % Sold into Long Term Contracts

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 28, 2012) - CanAm Coal Corp. (TSX VENTURE:COE)(OTCQX:COECF) ("CanAm" or the "Company") is pleased to provide an update on production and sales contracts for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

The Company is estimating coal sales of between 450,000 to 550,000 tons for the 2012 fiscal year with a metallurgical/thermal coal mix of 20/80% respectively. This represents a 200,000 to 300,000 ton increase over 2011 estimated sales or the Company is forecasting to nearly double production in 2012. Up to 85% of this estimated 2012 production has been contracted for with a variety of customers including the Alabama Coal Cooperative and various industrial users. Sales contracts are for a minimum term of 3 years and some thermal coal production has been contracted for through 2017.

Pricing obtained by the Company for its high quality metallurgical and thermal coals has been extremely favorable and all prices are at higher levels than in 2011. On average, the estimated realized sales price for 2012 will be $100/ton with average price increases as follows:

  • Metallurgical coal: up 11%
  • Thermal coal - power customer: up 4%
  • Thermal coal - industrial customers: up 17%

"We are extremely pleased with our recently completed sales contracts as they provide us with both downside protection and earnings visibility for 2012 and beyond," said Tim Bergen, CEO of CanAm. "In addition, most of our contracts include cost inflation clauses which provide for additional protection in the event our major production cost components were to escalate in the next couple of years."

About CanAm Coal Corp.

CanAm is a coal producer and development company focused on growth through the acquisition, exploration and development of coal resources and resource-related technologies. CanAm's main activities and assets include its four operating coal mines in Alabama and the Buick Coal Project which holds significant coal resources, 188 million indicated and 103 million inferred resources, in Colorado, USA (see the technical report entitled "Limon Lignite Project, Elbert County, Colorado, USA," dated October 26, 2007 and filed on SEDAR on November 2, 2007). Other coal and related opportunities continue to be evaluated on an ongoing basis.

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In addition, forward-looking statements regarding the Company are based on certain key expectations and assumptions of the Company concerning anticipated financial performance, business prospects, strategies, the sufficiency of budgeted capital expenditures in carrying out planned activities, the availability and cost of services, the ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms, the actual results of exploration projects being equivalent to or better than estimated results in technical reports or prior exploration results, and future costs and expenses being based on historical costs and expenses, adjusted for inflation, all of which are subject to change based on market conditions and potential timing delays. Although management of the Company consider these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to them, these assumptions may prove to be incorrect.

By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties (both general and specific) and risks that forward-looking statements will not be achieved. Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements, as a number of important factors could cause the actual results to differ materially from the Company's beliefs, plans, objectives and expectations, including, among other things: general economic and market factors, including business competition, changes in government regulations or in tax laws; the early stage development of the Company and its projects; general political and social uncertainties; commodity prices; the actual results of current exploration and development or operational activities; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; accidents and other risks inherent in the mining industry; lack of insurance; delay or failure to receive board or regulatory approvals; changes in legislation, including environmental legislation, affecting the Company; timing and availability of external financing on acceptable terms; conclusions of economic evaluations; and lack of qualified, skilled labour or loss of key individuals. These factors should not be considered exhaustive. Many of these risk factors are beyond the Company's control and each contributes to the possibility that the forward-looking statements will not occur or that actual results, performance or achievements may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. The impact of any one risk, uncertainty or factor on a particular forward-looking statement is not determinable with certainty as these risks, uncertainties and factors are interdependent and management's future course of action depends upon the Company's assessment of all information available at that time.

Forward-looking statements in respect of the future production of the RAC and BCC mines may be considered a financial outlook. These forward-looking statements were approved by management of the Company on January 12, 2012. The purpose of this information is to provide an operational update on the company's activities and strategies and this information may not be appropriate for other purposes.

The forward-looking statements contained herein are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made as of the date of this press release and the Company does not undertake and is not obligated to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect new information, subsequent events or otherwise unless so required by applicable securities laws.

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