CALGARY -- Maple Leaf Reforestation Inc (TSX-V-MPE) (the "Company" or "Maple Leaf") is pleased to announce that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the China Eco Program Development & Advisory Corp ("CEPDA"), a China based environmental project development company, for the construction of an organic fertilizer plant. Under the agreement, which includes a special "Build, Operate and Transfer" ("BOT") term, CEPDA will ensure and facilitate all possible government tax incentives; land use amendments and agreements; all licensing applications, approvals and permits; feasibility studies, engineering reviews and supply contracts; forward purchase agreements and facility construction.
Maple Leaf will provide the capital to build the fertilizer plant and will have sole ownership of it. Under the special BOT arrangement, CEPDA will be contracted to provide technical support, operations and professional management services for the plant during the first year of operations. Mr. Casey Chan, VP of Corporate Development for Maple Leaf is spearheading this exciting new initiative and will finalize the formal agreement with CEPDA and local authorities in due course.
The company is working closely with local equipment manufacturers in the design and installation of production machinery, with a view to commencing construction in Febuary, 2009. The plant will be constructed in phases using a scaleable, modularly expandable model. The plant will initially have a production capacity of 30,000 metric tons, and the Company hopes to produce between 10,000-20,000 metric tons during each of the first two years of operation, primarily producing bio-organic fertilizers.
Maple Leaf's capital investment for the first two years of operation is projected at $500,000 Cdn ($2.5 million Rmb). With a current average selling price for bio-organic fertilizer of $240 Cdn ($1,200 Rmb) a ton, the total revenue generated during each of the first two years of operation could be as high as $5.5 million Cdn ($27 million Rmb). Upon successful completion of the initial two year phase, the modular plant will steadily be expanded, with plans of rapidly reaching a production capacity of 100,000 metric tons.
China is currently the largest consumer of fertilizers in the world, with more than twice the annual consumption of the USA and nearly ten times that of Canada. It is expected that China's fertilizer usage will continue to grow during the coming years, thus creating an exceptionally strong domestic market demand. The Chinese government is committed to the introduction of technologies and products that are beneficial to organic development, as opposed to the continual use of synthetic or chemical farm products.
Mr. Raymond Lai, President & CEO of Maple Leaf commented: "We are very excited about this opportunity. The agreement with CEPDA marks Maple Leaf's entry into the Hunan Province, the leading agricultural region in all of China. We are optimistic about the future growth potential of this project, and we believe it will enhance the company's growth strategy and expansion plans."
About Maple Leaf Reforestation Inc.
Maple Leaf is a Canadian company operating a large-scale forest nursery whose primary focus is growing value- added tree seedlings and alfalfa feedstock alongside landscaping and nursery products in China. In addition, the multi-faceted Xinjiang Yellowhorn tree project will provide for the manufacture of biodiesel fuel. Reforestation has been identified as a critical strategy to help manage China's troubling environmental issues, namely pollution and desertification. Maple Leaf currently has over 6 million varieties of seedlings under cultivation at its nursery facility that includes a 110,000-square foot greenhouse located in Liang Cheng, Inner Mongolia, China.
Maple Leaf is a wholly-owned foreign enterprise ("WOFE"), which allows Maple Leaf to control 100% of the direction and operations of the company in China while permitting the cash generated from operations in China to flow back to Canada.
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SOURCE: Maple Leaf Reforestation Inc.
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