CORRECTION: Next Graphite Announces JV Partner's Closing Of CD $1,000,000 Brokered Private Placement
NEW YORK, November 17, 2016 - Next Graphite, Inc. (OTC PINK: GPNE) ("Next Graphite," "GPNE" or the "Company"), is pleased to announce that its joint venture partner, CKR Carbon Corporation, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, has raised gross proceeds of CD $1,087,979 pursuant to the brokered private placement led by First Republic Capital Corporation announced on October 17, 2016.
The use of the net proceeds will include drilling and sampling of Next Graphite's Aukam Graphite Mine in Namibia in order to apply for a permanent mining permit and for working capital.
"This latest raise will allow our JV partner to accelerate activities and complete Phase 3 of our farmout agreement for the Aukam mining site that culminates in a permanent mining license," said Cliff Bream CEO of Next Graphite. "That triggers the final Phase 4 and construction of our new processing facility, when revenue per ton will increase from approximately $400 (unprocessed graphite) to approximately $3,000 (high quality processed graphite). We are committed to stay on our timetable to fulfill orders for the JV's 10 year supply agreement announced October 10, as well as other anticipated orders."
About Next Graphite, Inc.:
Next Graphite, Inc. is a development stage company targeting the growing global graphite production industry with the Company's Africa-based Aukam Graphite Project. The Aukam Graphite Mine was established in 1940 in the current Republic of Namibia and produced USD $30 million of graphite at today's prices. The site is located on approximately 96,000 acres (34,082 hectares) in southern Namibia, close to the port city of Luderitz, and is estimated to contain a significant amount of high grade, vein type graphitic material.
The property hosts three underground adits that were mined periodically between 1940 and 1974. Five dumps from the historical mining occur on the property and 73 samples from the lower three dumps were assayed and averaged 42% Cg. Next Graphite's joint venture has completed a bulk-sampling program at Aukam, and the joint venture has a letter of intent to sell the graphitic material produced during the program. Findings to date have reinforced Next's intent to put the historical mine back into production. The Company is working to transition from its current exploratory license to a full permanent mining license and build a new graphite processing facility. Next's joint venture in Namibia maintains high safety and environmental standards and has a comprehensive strategy of social engagement.
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