Amsterdam, 10 May 2010 — AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.’s (« AMG », EURONEXT AMSTERDAM: « AMG ») affiliate Timminco Limited (« Timminco »; TSX: TIM) announced that it has agreed to issue an additional approximately 4.0 million common shares on a private placement basis over and above the approximately 16.9 million shares announced on May 6, 2010. The additional shares, which will be issued at the same price of C$0.65 per share, will result in additional gross proceeds of approximately C$2.6 million, bringing the aggregate gross proceeds of the offering to approximately C$13.6 million.
All of the additional common shares will be issued to AMG. AMG’s total subscription is now approximately 15.4 million common shares, representing approximately C$10.0 million of the gross proceeds of the offering. The 11.4 million common share subscription by AMG announced on May 6 is the maximum permitted by the insider participation rules of the Toronto Stock Exchange before June 14, 2010. The C$2.6 million issue price payable for the additional shares will be deposited into escrow on the first tranche closing of the offering, which is expected to occur on or before May 21, 2010, and will be released to the Timminco upon issuance of the additional shares to AMG. The issuance of the additional shares is subject to execution of definitive documents and receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals, including approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange. AMG currently owns approximately 67.8 million common shares, representing approximately 38.6% of Timminco’s total outstanding common shares. AMG will own approximately 42.3% after completion of both tranches of the offering.
AMG, incorporated in the Netherlands, is a global leader in the production of highly engineered specialty metal products and advanced vacuum furnace systems. AMG serves growing industries worldwide with its unique combination of metallurgical engineering expertise and production know-how. AMG is a market leader in many of its products and systems, which are critical to the production of key components for the aerospace, energy (including solar and nuclear), electronics, optics, chemicals, construction and transportation industries. AMG has two operating divisions of businesses, Advanced Materials and Engineering Systems, and owns interests in publicly-listed companies Graphit Kropfmühl AG (Deutsche Börse: GKR.DE) and Timminco Limited (TSX: « TIM »).
The Advanced Materials Division develops and produces niche specialty metals and complex metals products, many of which are used in demanding, safety-critical, high-stress environments. AMG is one of a limited number of significant producers globally of niche specialty metals, such as ferrovanadium, ferronickel-molybdenum, aluminum master alloys and additives, chromium metal and ferrotitanium, used by steel, aluminum, chemical and superalloy producers for aerospace, automotive, energy, electronics, optics, chemicals, construction and other applications. Other key products produced by AMG include specialty alloys for titanium and superalloys, coating materials, tantalum and niobium oxides, vanadium chemicals and antimony trioxide.
The Engineering Systems Division designs, engineers and produces advanced vacuum furnace systems and operates vacuum heat treatment facilities. AMG is a global leader in supplying technologically-advanced vacuum furnace systems to customers in the aerospace, energy (including solar and nuclear), transportation, electronics, superalloys and specialty steel industries. Examples of furnace systems produced by AMG include vacuum remelting, solar silicon melting and crystallization, vacuum induction melting, vacuum heat treatment and high pressure gas quenching, vacuum precision casting, turbine blade coating and sintering. AMG also provides vacuum case-hardening heat treatment services on a tolling basis to customers through facilities equipped with vacuum heat treatment furnaces.
Graphit Kropfmühl AG is a majority controlled, publicly listed subsidiary of AMG. Based on its secure raw material sources in Africa, China and Europe, Graphit Kropfmühl is a specialist in the production of silicon metal and the extraction, processing and refining of natural crystalline graphite for a wide range of energy saving industrial applications.
Timminco Limited is a publicly listed affiliate of AMG. Timminco produces silicon metal for the chemical, aluminum, electronic and solar industries. Timminco also produces solar grade silicon, using its proprietary technology for purifying silicon metal, for the solar energy industry.
AMG operates globally with production facilities in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Czech Republic, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Sri Lanka and Australia and also has sales and customer service offices in Belgium, Russia, China and Japan (website: www.amg-nv.com).
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AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. +1 610 975 4901
Vice President of Corporate Communications
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