NEW YORK and LONDON, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Farm Lands of Guinea, Inc. (OTC BB: FLGI), which controls a quarter of a million acres of underutilized West African agricultural land, has been selected as a Finalist for the 10th Annual M&A Advisor Awards to be presented at the 2011 M&A Advisor Summit and Awards Gala at the New York Athletic Club on December 13, 2011. Chosen from a record 389 nominations representing over 500 companies, FLGI is among eight Finalists in each of three categories: Lower Middle-Market Deal of the Year (over $25 million to under $50 million), Cross-Border Deal of the Year (Under $200 million), and Deal of the Year in Industrial Goods and Basic Resources.
The Finalists feature the year's leading transactions, including: Walgreens' Acquisition of drugstore.com, General Motors' Initial Public Offering, the Sale of Burger King to 3G Capital, Acquisition of a Controlling Interest in Massmart Holdings Limited by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and the Acquisition of Emerging Sovereign Group by The Carlyle Group.
This year's Finalists also represent the financial industry's leading firms, including: Bank of America, Ernst & Young, GE Capital Corporation, Goldman Sachs & Co., JP Morgan Chase, KPMG, Morgan Stanley, Oppenheimer & Company, Robert W. Baird & Co., The Carlyle Group, Wells Fargo Bank, and William Blair & Company.
In addition to FLGI itself, the distinction honors the professional advisors who were instrumental in the deal, including Hunter Wise Financial Group, LLC; Child, Van Wagoner & Bradshaw CPAs; and Guzov Ofsink, LLC; among others.
"Well done to the teams at Hunter Wise and Guzov Ofsink," said Farm Lands of Guinea CEO Mark Keegan from Conakry, the West African nation's capital. "Making the finals is an accolade in itself, but watch out when they win," he predicted.
FLGI through its 90%-owned subsidiary, Land & Resources (Guinea) SA ("Land & Resources") is a development- stage agricultural company in the Republic of Guinea ("Guinea"). It intends to engage in acquiring and consolidating farm land and operations in Guinea and rehabilitating them back into production using modern agricultural techniques and practices. Land & Resources currently plans to develop 8,815 hectares in the villages of N'Dema and Konindou to grow maize and soybeans in rotation as a pilot scheme for the development of 98,400 hectares lying to the south and east of Saraya.
Pursuant to the Contract for a Program of Agricultural Development in Guinea dated September 16, 2010, the Ministry of Agriculture of Guinea ("MAG") agreed to grant to Land & Resources 99-year leases over two parcels of land in the villages of N'Dema and Konindou of 5,340 and 3,475 hectares respectively to be developed as agricultural land.
On the same date, Land & Resources and MAG entered into an Option Agreement pursuant to which Land & Resources was granted an option to assume a lease of approximately 98,400 hectares (243,151 acres) located in the village of Saraya in Guinea.
On October 25, 2010 Land & Resources signed a Protocol d'Accord with MAG under which the Company undertook obligations to survey and map additional underutilized land in Guinea estimated to be up to 1.5 million hectares (3.7 million acres) of combined area and prepare it for third party development under 99-year leases.
FLGI proposes to develop the leased land to grow in rotation, maize and soybeans. Given the rainfall, the temperature profile and the nature of the soil, it is anticipated that the land when developed will produce about 4 tons of soybeans per hectare. The rotation will be one year of maize followed by two years of Soya. FLGI's program represents a major breakthrough for the democratically-elected government of the Republic of Guinea in their priority plans for food self-sufficiency. The completion of FLGI's agricultural activities will result in a multi-million dollar inward investment into the Republic of Guinea.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward looking statements are based upon the current plans, estimates and projections of Resource Acquisition's management and are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from the forward looking statements.
Such statements include, among others, those concerning market and industry segment growth and demand and acceptance of new and existing products; any projections of sales, earnings, revenue, margins or other financial items; any statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements regarding future economic conditions or performance; uncertainties related to conducting business in Guinea, as well as all assumptions, expectations, predictions, intentions or beliefs about future events.
Therefore, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements: business conditions in Guinea, general economic conditions; geopolitical events and regulatory changes, availability of capital, the Company's ability to maintain its competitive position and dependence on key management.
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Michael Barton, CFO
Farm Lands of Guinea, Inc.
+44 1257 480597
Dan McClory, Managing Director
Hunter Wise Financial Group
+1 949 732 4102
SOURCE Farm Lands of Guinea, Inc.