Orbite Aluminae Inc.

Orbite Aluminae Inc.

April 07, 2015 07:30 ET

Orbite Ships Samples to Five Prospective Customers and Enters Supplier Qualification Programs

Company Provides Update on Status of Investment Tax Credits

MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - April 7, 2015) - Orbite Aluminae Inc. (TSX:ORT)(OTCQX:EORBF) ("Orbite" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has shipped high purity alumina ("HPA") samples to five prospective customers, thereby entering their supplier qualification program.

The samples were produced by calcining aluminum chloride hexahydrate ("ACH"), the precursor material for HPA, which was successfully produced at the Company's HPA facility in Cap-Chat in a production run during the third quarter of 2014.

The ACH thus produced achieved purity levels in line with those required to produce 5N (99.999%) HPA. The ACH was subsequently decomposed and calcined using the Company's old calcination system, which was modified during the fourth quarter of 2014, as announced in the Company's November 5, 2014 press release.

Overall purity levels of the shipped samples achieved 4N8 (99.998%), or 'sapphire grade', as confirmed by an independent, third party laboratory. The sodium content, an impurity caused by the modified calcination system, was slightly above Orbite's targeted value but well within acceptable industry tolerances. As reported on December 4, 2014, extensive testing of the refractory to be installed in the new calcination system, carried out at the Company's Technology Development Centre ("TDC"), showed that lower sodium levels will be achieved once the new calcination system has been commissioned and is operational. Orbite thus foresees being capable of producing 5N HPA at commercial scale.

"This is an important milestone for the Company," stated Glenn Kelly, CEO of Orbite. "Even if the capacity of the modified calciner is limited, these samples were produced at our industrial facility, as opposed to being laboratory-prepared. This is an important distinction, and one, we believe, that helps validate our technology at commercial scale.

"Having indications of interest from over 30 customers with whom we have established agreed upon HPA quality targets, we are now moving to another important phase in our commercial outreach by entering customers' qualification programs. We expect shipping further samples over the next weeks and months."

"With the anticipated completion of the plant months away, we are now also gearing up for commercial activity. Supplier qualification programs in our sector are extensive and thorough, and we will be collaborating closely with our prospective customers to ensure our products meet with their exacting performance targets."

Investment tax credits

The Company announced on March 31st, 2015 that it had received $4 million as the fourth installment related to its 2012 Québec Investment Tax Credits. The funds were due to the Company in relation to equipment purchased for manufacturing and processing in the Gaspé region during the 2012 financial year. Funds received to date total $20.3 million dollars.

As announced on July 22, October 6, and December 16, 2014 on receipt of the three first installments, these funds will be deposited in a segregated account and serve as security for the convertible debentures issued in 2012. The Company anticipates receiving the balance of its 2012 and 2013 investment tax credits during 2015.

Inclusive of this fourth payment, the Company has a balance of $9.7 million in Québec Investment Tax Credits to be received, of which $1.6 million relates to the 2012 financial year, $3.7 million to the 2013 financial year, and $4.4 million for 2014, such that total Québec Investment Tax Credits generated under this program as at December 31, 2014 reached $30 million.

About Orbite

Orbite Aluminae Inc. is a Canadian clean technology based mineral-processing and resource development company whose innovative and proprietary processes are expected to produce alumina and other high-value products, such as rare earth and rare metal oxides, at one of the lowest costs in the industry, and in a sustainable fashion, using feedstocks that include aluminous clay, kaolin, nepheline, bauxite, red mud, fly ash as well as serpentine residues from chrysotile processing sites. Orbite is currently in the process of finalizing its first commercial high-purity alumina (HPA) production plant in Cap-Chat, Québec and has completed the basic engineering for a proposed smelter-grade alumina (SGA) production plant, which would use clay mined from its Grande-Vallée deposit. The Company's portfolio contains 15 intellectual property families, including 15 patents and 102 pending patent applications in 11 different countries and regions. The first intellectual property family is patented in Canada, USA, Australia, China, Japan and Russia. The Company also operates a state of the art technology development center in Laval, Québec, where its technologies are developed and validated.

Forward-looking statements

Certain information contained in this document may include "forward-looking information". Without limiting the foregoing, the information and any forward-looking information may include statements regarding projects, costs, objectives and future returns of the Company or hypotheses underlying these items. In this document, words such as "may", "would", "could", "will", "likely", "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "intend", "plan", "estimate" and similar words and the negative form thereof are used to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether, or the times at or by which, such future performance will be achieved. Forward-looking statements and information are based on information available at the time and/or the Company management's good-faith beliefs with respect to future events and are subject to known or unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other unpredictable factors, many of which are beyond the Company's control. These risks uncertainties and assumptions include, but are not limited to, those described in the section of the Management's Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) entitled "Risk and Uncertainties" as filed on March 31, 2015 on SEDAR.

The Company does not intend, nor does it undertake, any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information or statements contained in this document to reflect subsequent information, events or circumstances or otherwise, except as required by applicable laws.

Contact Information

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