FERONIA INC. COMPLETES $28.8 MILLION UNIT OFFERING
TORONTO, ONTARIO – March 31, 2011. Feronia Inc. (“Feronia” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: FRN) is pleased to announce that it has completed its previously announced offering (the “Offering”) of units of the Company (the “Units”). The Offering was made by way of a short form prospectus offering in all provinces of Canada other than Québec through Wellington West Capital Markets Inc. (“Wellington West”) and on a private placement basis outside of Canada pursuant to available exemptions through Wellington West and Renaissance Capital (Kenya) Limited (collectively, the “Joint Bookrunners”). An aggregate of 44,275,000 Units were issued pursuant to the Offering for total gross proceeds of $28,778,750, which included 5,775,000 Units issued upon the exercise in full of the over-allotment option by the Joint Bookrunners. In addition, the Company issued to the Joint Bookrunners non-transferable compensation options to purchase up to an aggregate of 2,656,500 common shares in the capital of the Company at an exercise price of $0.65 per common share at any time prior to 5:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on March 31, 2013.
“We are very pleased with how well this financing was received by investors and with the substantial broadening of our shareholder base,” commented James Siggs, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. “We are optimistic that with this additional funding Feronia will add to its existing palm oil processing capacity by building one of the largest and most modern palm oil mills in Africa, while accelerating the expansion of our palm oil and arable farming operations in the DRC. We believe that the resulting increased scale and efficiency of our operations will further contribute to shareholder value.”
About Feronia Inc.:
Feronia Inc. is a large-scale commercial farmland and plantation operator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”). The Company uses modern agricultural practices to operate and develop its oil palm plantations and arable farming business division. Feronia believes in the immense agricultural potential of the DRC for high-quality foodstuffs and edible oils given its ideal climate, excellent soil and highly skilled and experienced workforce. Feronia’s management team is comprised of senior agriculturalists with extensive experience in managing both plantations and large-scale mechanized farming operations in emerging markets. Feronia is committed to sustainable agriculture, environmental protection and providing support for local communities.
This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities referred to herein in the United States or in any jurisdiction where such offer or sale would be unlawful. The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act") or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to or for the account or benefit of a "U.S. person" (as defined in Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act) absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act. No public offering of securities is being made in the United States.
Nothing in this announcement constitutes an offer of securities for sale in any jurisdiction where it is unlawful to do so.
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Certain statements contained in this press release, the final short form prospectus relating to the Offering (the “Prospectus”) and documents incorporated by reference in the Prospectus constitute “forward-looking statements”. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release, the Prospectus and documents incorporated by reference in the Prospectus, including, without limitation, those regarding the Company’s future financial position and results of operations, strategy, plans, objectives, goals and targets, future developments in the markets where the Company participates or is seeking to participate, and any statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words “believe”, “expect”, “aim”, “intend”, “plan”, “continue”, “will”, “may”, “would”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “forecast”, “predict”, “project”, “seek”, “should” or similar expressions or the negative thereof, are forward-looking statements. These statements are not historical facts but instead represent only the Company’s expectations, estimates and projections regarding future events. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual results may differ materially from what is expressed, implied or forecasted in such forward-looking statements.
Additional factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially include, but are not limited to, those discussed under “Risk Factors” in the Prospectus and documents incorporated by reference in the Prospectus. All of the forward-looking statements made in this press release, the Prospectus and documents incorporated by reference in the Prospectus are qualified by these cautionary statements, and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, the Company. Investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking information. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect subsequent information, events or circumstances or otherwise, except as required by law.
The forward-looking statements in this press release, the Prospectus and documents incorporated by reference in the Prospectus are based on numerous assumptions regarding the Company's present and future business strategies and the environment in which the Company will operate in the future, including assumptions regarding expected crop yields, commodity prices, business and operating strategies, and the Company's ability to operate its production facilities and plantations on a profitable basis.
Some of the risks which could affect future results and could cause results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements include: risks related to foreign operations (including various political, economic and other risks and uncertainties), termination or non-renewal of concession rights or expropriation of property rights, political instability and bureaucracy, limited operating history, lack of profitability, lack of infrastructure in the DRC, high inflation rates, limited availability of debt financing in the DRC, fluctuations in currency exchange rates, competition from other businesses, reliance on various factors (including local labour, importation of machinery and other key items, business relationships, and two refining factories), a shift in commodity trends and demands, vulnerability to fluctuations in the world market, the lack of availability of qualified management personnel and stock market volatility.
The distribution of this announcement in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. Persons into whose possession this announcement comes are required by each of the Company and the Joint Bookrunners to inform themselves about, and to observe, any such restrictions.