Quebec City, September 16, 2019—CO2 Solutions Inc. (TSX-V: CST) (“CO2 Solutions” or the “’Corporation”) announced today that it has filed a notice of intention to make a proposal (the "Notice") pursuant to the provisions of Part III of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Canada).
Pursuant to the Notice, Ernst and Young Inc. (“E&Y”) has been appointed as trustee and will assist CO2 Solutions in its restructuring efforts.
The filing of the Notice follows the review of the Corporation’s strategic alternatives by a committee of its board of directors formed of all the independent directors of the board (the “Special Committee”), further to the announcement, on February 28, 2019, of significant cost overruns in connection with the completion of the CO2 capture unit located at the pulp mill of Resolute Forest Products in Saint-Félicien, Québec. At the recommendation of the Special Committee, the board of directors of the Corporation determined it would be in the best interest of the Corporation and all of its stakeholders for the Corporation to seek protection from its creditors, given the Corporation’s current financial position. While under protection, the Corporation, with the support of the Special Committee and under E&Y’s supervision, will continue with its efforts to pursue strategic alternatives. There can be no assurance that the strategic process will result in the realization of any specific transaction or agreement. The Corporation does not plan to make future comments about the status of this strategic process unless there are material developments.
Mr. Robert Manherz resigned from the Board of Directors of the Corporation in the context of the filing of the Notice because he is a significant secured creditor of the Corporation.
As a consequence of the filing, all recourses by the unsecured creditors of the Corporation will be stayed for an initial 30-day period (which may be extended by the Court), which will protect CO2 Solutions and its assets from claims from its creditors while it pursues its restructuring efforts.
About CO2 Solutions Inc.
CO2 Solutions is a Canadian Corporation and leading innovator in the field of enzyme-enabled carbon capture and has been actively working to develop and commercialize the technology for stationary sources of carbon pollution. CO2 Solutions’ technology lowers the cost barrier to Carbon Capture, Utilization and Sequestration and (CCUS), positioning it as a viable CO2 mitigation tool, as well as enabling industry to derive profitable new products from these emissions. CO2 Solutions has built an extensive patent portfolio covering the use of carbonic anhydrase, or analogues thereof, for the efficient post-combustion capture of carbon dioxide with low‐energy aqueous solvents. Further informationa can be found at www.co2solutions.com.
CO2 Solutions Forward-looking Statements
Certain statements in this news release may be forward-looking. These statements relate to future events and reflect the current assumptions and expectations of management. Forward-looking statements are frequently, but not always, identified by words such as “expects”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “intends”, “estimates”, “predicts”, “potential”, “targeted”, “plans”, “possible” and similar expressions, or statements that events, conditions or results “will”, “may”, “could” or “should” occur or be achieved.
Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, (i) the outcome of the review process of all strategic alternatives available to the Corporation, (ii) the ability of the Corporation to submit a proposal acceptable to its creditors; (iii) the ability of the Corporation to continue its activities; (iv) the ability of the Corporation to secure additional funds, (v) general business and economic uncertainties, (vi) third party events and adverse market conditions and (vii) those risks set out in the Corporation’s public documents filed on SEDAR. The Corporation’s forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs, expectations and opinions of management on the date the statements are made. Consequently, all forward-looking statements made in this news release involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements.
Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. CO2 Solutions undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable law.
Source: CO2 Solutions