Flinders Announces First Sales Contract Secured-Woxna Graphite Mine, Sweden
May 6, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) — Flinders Resources Limited (“Flinders” or the “Company“) (TSX VENTURE:FDR) provides an update on the Company’s European sales and marketing programs, as graphite production is set to recommence in July 2014 from the 100% owned Woxna graphite mine and processing facility in central Sweden.
- Flinders has been working to re-establish its sales and distribution network throughout Europe;
- An initial sales contract has been signed with a former European customer;
- The Woxna Graphite project is strategically located in central Sweden, a gateway to the European Union graphite market;
- Sales efforts are continuing and the Company anticipates that more contracts will be concluded as graphite production is set to recommence in July 2014.
Blair Way, President & CEO states, “Securing our first sales contract is great news and a vote of confidence from our former customers. Our marketing endeavors are starting to have an impact in line with our restart of production. This is an exciting time for the company as we become the first TSX Venture Exchange listed company to produce and sell graphite product.”
In addition to the previously announced processing plant refurbishment activities, Flinders has been working to re-establish its sales and distribution network throughout Europe. As for all industrial mineral products, customers are seeking stable and reliable producers that can consistently meet quality standards and delivery schedules. The Company has been meeting with former and potential new customers as part of its efforts to re-establish its sales base. As part of these marketing efforts, the Company is pleased to report that the initial sales contract has been signed with one of its former European customers. The initial sales contract does not represent a material portion of the Company’s production capacities; however, the conclusion of this agreement is an important milestone for the Company’s marketing team. Fulltime sales and marketing efforts are continuing throughout Europe and the Company anticipates that more sales contracts will be concluded over the coming months.
The Woxna Graphite project is strategically located in central Sweden, a gateway to the European Union graphite market. The facility is located approximately 3.5 hours’ drive north of Stockholm and less than 2 days drive to most customers in Europe. Proximity to markets is a key differentiator in marketing industrial minerals. Woxna’s central location provides a significant marketing advantage due to shorter distances and lower transportation costs. In addition, the Woxna processing facility has the ability to respond quickly to customers’ specific needs within very short timeframes.
On behalf of the Board,
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Blair Way, President and CEO
Certain information in this news release may constitute forward-looking statements or forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws (collectively, “Forward-Looking Statements”). All statements, other than statements of historical fact that address activities, events or developments that the Company believes, expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future are Forward-Looking Statements. Forward-Looking Statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as “seek”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “plan”, “estimate”, “expect”, and “intend” and statements that an event or result “may”, “will”, “can”, “should”, “could”, or “might” occur or be achieved and other similar expressions. Forward-Looking Statements are based upon the opinions and expectations of the Company based on information currently available to the Company. Forward-Looking Statements are subject to a number of factors, risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results of the Company to differ materially from those discussed in the Forward-Looking Statements including, among other things, the Company has yet to generate a profit from its activities; there can be no guarantee that the estimates of quantities or qualities of minerals disclosed in the Company’s public record will be economically recoverable; uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future; competition with other companies within the mining industry; the success of the Company is largely dependent upon the performance of its directors and officers and the Company’s ability to attract and train key personnel; changes in world metal markets and equity markets beyond the Company’s control; mineral reserves are, in the large part, estimates and no assurance can be given that the anticipated tonnages and grades will be achieved or that the indicated level of recovery will be realized; production rates and capital and other costs may vary significantly from estimates; the Company’s decision to restart production at the Woxna graphite project is based on historical production and the Company’s preliminary economic assessment of the project and the Company has no plans to first complete a pre-feasibility or feasibility study on the project, as a result there is an increased risk of technical and economic failure for the Woxna graphite project; unexpected geological conditions; delays in obtaining or failure to obtain necessary permits and approvals from government authorities; all phases of a mining business present environmental and safety risks and hazards and are subject to environmental and safety regulation, and rehabilitation and restitution costs; the Company does not maintain insurance against environmental risks; and management of the Company have experience in mineral exploration but may lack all or some of the necessary technical training and experience to successfully develop and operate a mine.
Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the Forward-Looking Statements, and the assumptions on which such Forward-Looking Statements are made, are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on Forward-Looking Statements, as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which the Forward-Looking Statements are based will occur. Forward-Looking Statements herein are made as at the date hereof, and unless otherwise required by law, the Company does not intend, or assume any obligation, to update these Forward-Looking Statements.
Preliminary Economic Assessment
The Company advises that it has not based its production decision on a feasibility study of mineral reserves, demonstrating economic and technical viability, and, as a result, there may be an increased uncertainty of achieving any particular level of recovery of minerals or the cost of such recovery, including increased risks associated with developing a commercially mineable deposit. Historically, such projects have a much higher risk of economic and technical failure. There is no guarantee that production will begin as anticipated or at all or that anticipated production costs will be achieved. Failure to commence production would have a material adverse impact on the Company’s ability to generate revenue and cash flow to fund operations. Failure to achieve the anticipated production costs would have a material adverse impact on the Company’s cash flow and future profitability.
The Company further cautions that the PEA is preliminary in nature. No mining study has been completed. Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability. There is no certainty that the PEA will be realized.
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The terms “mineral resource”, “measured mineral resource”, “indicated mineral resource” and “inferred mineral resource” are Canadian mining terms as defined in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”) and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum’s (the “CIM”) – CIM Definition Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves, adopted by the CIM Council, as may be amended from time to time by the CIM. These terms are not defined terms under the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) Industry Guide 7 (“SEC Industry Guide 7”) under the Securities Act of 1933 and normally are not permitted to be used in reports and registration statements filed with the SEC.
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