Cathay Forest Products Corp.
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Cathay Forest Products Corp.

May 20, 2009 09:30 ET

Cathay Forest to Invest in a Fully Integrated Bio-Fuel Plantation and Refinery in Guizhou, China

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 20, 2009) - Cathay Forest Products Corp., ("Cathay Forest")(TSX VENTURE:CFZ) is pleased to announce that it has signed a definitive agreement in which it will acquire 40% of privately held Eco-Energy China Group ("Eco-Energy"), a vertically integrated biodiesel producer in China.

Terms of the deal include that Cathay Forest will acquire a 40% ownership of Eco-Energy for an aggregate purchase price of CDN$2.9 millions. This investment will be funded using Cathay Forest's current available cash position.

Eco-Energy, based in the southwestern province of Guizhou, is a valuable addition to Cathay Forest's portfolio of forestry assets. Eco-Energy's assets include a 40,000 hectare plantation of Jatropha Curcus and a recently completed biodiesel refinery.

Jatropha was rated as one of the most efficient biofuel feedstocks by Goldman Sachs in its "Food, Feed, and Fuels" report in 2007. With an ability to grow on non-arable and marginal land, Jatropha is a perennial fruit bearing shrub whose seeds contain non-edible oil which can be processed into biodiesel. Eco-Energy's Jatropha plantation project has been audited and approved by both the Chinese central government and the Guizhou provincial government to receive significant cash subsidies. 10,000 hectares of Jatropha were planted in 2007 and another 30,000 hectares are scheduled to be planted in 2010 and 2011.

Eco-Energy also owns and operates a new multi-feedstock biodiesel refinery, designed and constructed by the engineering subsidiary of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec, SSE:600028)(NYSE:SNP)(HKEX:0386), one of the largest integrated oil producers in China. Test runs of Eco-Energy's biodiesel output have surpassed both the Chinese national standard and Sinopec quality standards. Eco-Energy is scheduled to begin production of biodiesel in the third quarter of 2009.

Cathay Forest's forestry expertise and regional network will assist Eco-Energy in furthering its plantation expansion strategy to become a leading biodiesel producer in China. The investment in Eco-Energy will broadly diversify the customer base of Cathay Forest beyond the wood market.

"This investment in Eco-Energy allows Cathay Forest to advance into the world of biofuel production utilizing forestry assets and byproducts. In China, diesel is a product that is high in demand and short on supply." said Anthony Ng, Cathay Forest's President and CEO. "While Cathay Forest's focus is still on developing our Russian and China operations, we will not stop exploring new and promising opportunities to remain on the frontier of the forestry industry and create value for our shareholders. Following this investment in Eco-Energy, Cathay Forest will still have adequate resources to advance its business activities to positive cash flow."

About Cathay Forest Products

Cathay Forest is a forest products company that manages approximately 1,000,000 hectares of standing timber properties and fast-growth, high-yield poplar plantations in China and Russia. Cathay Forest is building a world-class forest products company through a customer base that includes the domestic Chinese pulp and paper industry and other wood products customers in the Japanese market.

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