|Thursday, September 16, 2010
Formation Metals Receives Stimulus Act Recovery Zone Facility Bond Allocation of $46.7 Million from State of Idaho
Vancouver, B.C., September 16, 2010 Formation Metals Inc. (FCO-TSX) ("Formation") is pleased to announce that its 100% owned subsidiary, Formation Capital Corporation, U.S., (the "Company") has received two Certificates of Allocation from the State of Idaho authorizing a total of $46.7 million in Recovery Zone Facility Bond volume cap to the Company as Ultimate Beneficiary to be issued by The Industrial Development Corporation of Lemhi County, Idaho and the Industrial Development Corporation of Shoshone County, Idaho. The Company's 100% owned Idaho Cobalt Project mine site is located in Lemhi, County and its hydrometallurgical facility is located in Shoshone, County (the "ICP").
"This is excellent news", stated Mari-Ann Green, Formation's Chairman and C.E.O. "We are very pleased that Idaho's Department of Commerce has reviewed its many applications and allocated a total of [US] $46.7 million to Formation for the development of its ICP in the form of tax exempt Recovery Zone Facility Bonds to be issued by the local Industrial Development Corporations of these two counties. That was the first step. In addition, it is anticipated that the bonds will be structured on a variable rate basis with weekly interest rate adjustments and will be secured by a letter of credit. The Company is in the process of establishing which institution, or institutions, would be best to provide that support." The bonds must be issued and completed prior to a December 31, 2010 expiration date applicable to the Recovery Zone Program.
In addition, the Company is finalizing the amount of ICP project capital costs eligible for financing with solid waste private activity bonds ("SWBs"). This amount is expected to be US$45.4 million. Commenting on the SWBs, Ms. Green stated that "together with the Recovery Zone Facility bonds the amount would total US$92.1 million, which accounts for approximately 66% of the $138.7 million capital expenditures estimated in the ICP feasibility study. In addition to a letter of credit supporting the Recovery Zone Bonds, a letter of credit must also be secured to support the SWBs. Once we can determine that a letter of credit can be secured for both types of bonds, the Company will apply to the State for allocation in connection with the SWBs." Ms Green further noted that "the SWBs do not have the December 31, 2010 expiration date".
The Company intends to engage Thornton Farish Inc, Investment Bankers as the underwriter for the recovery zone facility and solid waste bonds. Thornton Farish is widely recognized as one of the early pioneers of industrial revenue bond financing. The firm has extensive expertise and experience in all forms of tax-exempt bond financing, particularly with solid waste financing in many industrial and agricultural sectors.
The Company is confident that it will be successful in its endeavours and that it will be able to secure the additional funds required utilizing minimally dilutive means.
The 100% owned Idaho Cobalt Project is a unique, fully permitted primary cobalt deposit that will be capable of producing high purity cobalt metal. Cobalt is used in a wide variety of environmental and high-tech applications that include the re-chargeable battery and aero-space sectors.
Formation Metals Inc. is dedicated to the principles of environmentally sound mining and refining practices, and believes that environmental stewardship and mining can co-exist. Formation trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol FCO.
FORMATION METALS INC.
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E.R. (Rick) Honsinger, P.Geo., V.P. Corporate Communications
Formation Metals Inc., 1730 -- 999 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2W2
Tel: 604-682-6229 - Email: email@example.com -- Web: formationmetals.com
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