VANCOUVER, Sept. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Lignol Energy Corporation (TSXV: LEC) ("LEC" or "the Company"), today announced the appointment of Stephen Morris to its Board of Directors. Mr. Morris will also join the management team as Executive Director of LEC with responsibility for corporate development and investor relations.
Mr. Morris is a majority shareholder of Jace Ltd which in August 2012 made a $500,000 investment in LEC. He is an investor and company founder with more than 25 years' experience in international investment, management and technology commercialization in a wide range of industries, including cleantech. From November 2006 until August 29, 2012 he was an Executive Director of Wasabi Energy Limited (ASX/AIM: WAS), where he was engaged in corporate development and investor relations. LEC recently acquired Wasabi's 11 percent stake in Australian Renewable Fuels Ltd (ASX: ARW).
"Mr. Morris is a highly respected executive and we are delighted that he will be joining our Board and become an integral member of our management team," said Ross MacLachlan, President and CEO of LEC. "The timing of this appointment comes at a pivotal time for us on the heels of our recent investment in ARW."
LEC also announced that, pursuant to its stock option plan and subject to regulatory approval, it has granted an aggregate of 3,175,000 stock options to its independent directors and to members of its management team. The stock options have an exercise price of $0.13 per share, will vest quarterly over two years and are exercisable for a period of five years.
About Lignol Energy Corp ("LEC")
LEC (TSXV: LEC) owns an 11% stake in Australian Renewable Fuels Ltd (ASX: ARW) and owns 100% of the issued and voting shares of Lignol Innovations Ltd. ("Lignol"). LEC also intends to invest in, or otherwise obtain, equity interests in energy related projects which have synergies with its biorefining technology.
ARW is the largest biodiesel producer in Australia owning three plants with a total nameplate capacity of 150 million litres per annum. ARW's three plants were built at an aggregate cost of approximately A$150 million. ARW has made significant changes in recent years to become a cost effective producer of high quality biodiesel to address growing biofuel demand in the Australian market. More information on ARW can be found at their website; www.arfuels.com.au.
Lignol is a 100% owned subsidiary of LEC. Lignol is a leading technology company in the advanced biofuels and renewable chemicals sector undertaking the development of biorefining technologies for the production of advanced biofuels, including fuel-grade ethanol, and other renewable chemicals from non-food cellulosic biomass feedstocks. Lignol's modified solvent based pre-treatment technology facilitates the rapid, high-yield conversion of cellulose to ethanol and the production of value-added biochemical co-products, including high purity HP-LTM lignins. HP-LTM lignin represents a new class of high purity lignin extractives (and their subsequent derivatives) which can be engineered to meet the chemical properties and functional requirements of a range of industrial applications that until now has not been possible with traditional lignin by-products generated from other processes. Lignol is executing on its development plan through strategic partnerships to further develop and integrate its core technologies on a commercial scale. For more information please visit Lignol's website at www.lignol.ca.
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Caution concerning forward-looking statements:
Certain statements contained in this document may constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Such forward-looking statements or information include, without limitation, statements or information about our ability to continue as a going concern and to raise additional financing to fund the operations of LEC and Lignol, the development status of Lignol's fully integrated pilot-scale biorefinery in Burnaby, British Columbia, the planning and development of a commercial plant, Lignol's ability to complete project deliverables which are funded in part by government agencies, obtaining strategic partnership investments and government funding for initial commercial projects. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements or information can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes" or variations of such words and phrases or words and phrases that state or indicate that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Such statements or information reflect LEC's current views with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions including, without limitation, our ability to establish the validity of Lignol's technology at the fully integrated biorefinery pilot plant scale, Lignol's ability to satisfy the conditions of existing government grants and to obtain new additional grants, our ability to continue to finance our operations and to finance and complete the development of a commercial project, Lignol's ability to work with Novozymes to produce cellulosic ethanol at production costs competitive with gasoline and corn ethanol, Lignol's ability to develop products and to obtain off-take agreements, our ability to obtain requisite regulatory approvals and our ability to enter into agreements with strategic partners on terms acceptable to us, the inability to influence the strategy, operations and financial performance of Australian Renewable Fuels ("ARW"), the reliance on publically available information of ARW in the Company's evaluation of its acquisition of shares in ARW, the potential inability to divest the ARW ordinary shares due to modest trading volumes, the cost of future ARW capital investment, the fluctuation of biodiesel and feedstock on ARW, the effect on ARW of changes in government policy relating to the environment, and incentives for renewable fuels. Many factors could cause LEC's actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information, including among other things, the technological challenges that remain to be surpassed in obtaining the necessary operating data from Lignol's fully integrated biorefinery pilot plant that is required prior to completing the next scale-up of the technology, financial market conditions which will impact our ability to finance our operations and to finance the construction and operation of a commercial plant, the price of gasoline and demand for ethanol, the market pricing and demand for renewable chemicals, risks relating to the protection of Lignol's core technology from infringement and those risk factors which are discussed elsewhere in documents that LEC files from time to time with securities regulatory authorities. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements or information prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Except as required by law, the Company expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward looking statements and information whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. All written and oral forward-looking statements and information attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements.
SOURCE Lignol Energy Corporation