Orbite Receives a $4 Million Installment of Quebec Investment Tax Credits
December 16, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) — Orbite Aluminae Inc. (TSX:ORT)(OTCQX:EORBF) (“Orbite” or the “Company”) announced today that the Government of Québec confirmed the Company will receive, on or about December 29, $4 million as the third installment of its 2012 and 2013 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 and 2013 financial years.
As announced on July 22 and October 6, 2014 upon receipt of the first two installments totalling $12.3 million, 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.
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Following payment of this third installment, the Company will have a balance of $12.6 million in Québec Investment Tax Credits receivable, of which $5.4 million relates to the 2012 financial year, $4 million to the 2013 financial year, and $3.2 million for the first 9 months of 2014. The Company anticipates accruing approximately $1 million during the remainder of 2014, such that total Québec Investment Tax Credits under this program as at December 31, 2014 should reach approximately $30 million.
Orbite Aluminae Inc. is a Canadian cleantech 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 14 patents and 93 pending patent applications in 10 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.
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 November 5, 2014 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.