ZHENGZHOU, China, June 4 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China Gerui Advanced Materials Group Limited (Nasdaq: CHOP) ("China Gerui," or the "Company"), a leading niche and high value-added steel processing company that utilizes advanced technology to produce specialty steel products in China, today announced that on June 4, 2010, the Company closed a private placement transaction with a group of accredited investors pursuant to which the Company raised $18.8 million via the sale of 3,303,771 of the Company's ordinary shares at a purchase price of $5.70 per share. Maxim Group LLC and Rodman & Renshaw, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rodman & Renshaw Capital Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: RODM), acted as the placement agents for this transaction.
China Gerui plans to use the net proceeds from the private placement to finance the previously announced expansion of the Company's high-precision cold-rolled steel production capacity, accelerate the build-out of a chromium-plating production line of 200,000 metric tons that was originally scheduled for 2011, as well as for general working capital purposes related to the expanded production capacity.
"We are pleased to announce the closing of this private placement transaction and appreciate the support of our new and existing investors," commented Mingwang Lu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "The proceeds from this financing, together with the proceeds from our November 2009 capital raise and internally generated cash resources, provide us with the financial wherewithal to better capitalize on the increasing demand for high-end cold-rolled steel production in China by accelerating the expansion of our production capacity and optimizing our product portfolio toward higher margin products. Our strengthened balance sheet will help us meet the front-loaded milestone payments related to Phase I of our expansion program, where 150,000 metric tons of new production capacity is scheduled to begin contributing to revenues beginning in the fourth quarter of 2010, and accelerate the build-out of our chromium-plating production line, a project that was originally scheduled for 2011, but which we are moving into 2010 to meet strong customer demand. We believe the investments we are making today will ultimately benefit our shareholders via accelerated revenue growth, higher margins, and increased earnings and EPS performance."
The securities issued in the private placement have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction. The Company is obligated to register the ordinary shares within a pre-defined period. Until they are registered, these securities may not be sold by investors in the United States, except pursuant to an effective registration statement or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. For more detailed information on this financing, see the Company's Report on Form 6-K which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on or about June 7, 2010.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any security and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
About China Gerui Advanced Materials Group Limited
China Gerui Advanced Materials Group Limited (formerly Golden Green Enterprises Limited) is a leading niche and high value-added steel processing company that utilizes advanced technology to produce specialty steel products in China. The Company produces high-end, high-precision, ultra-thin, high- strength, cold-rolled steel products that are characterized by stringent performance and specification requirements that mandate a high degree of manufacturing and engineering expertise. China Gerui's products are not standardized commodity products. Instead, they are tailored to customers' requirements and subsequently incorporated into products manufactured for various applications. The Company sells its products to domestic Chinese customers in a diverse range of industries, including the food packaging, telecommunication, electrical appliance, and construction materials industries. For more information, please visit http://www.geruigroup.com .
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