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Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. ("Nouveau Monde" or "the Corporation") ( TSXV: NOU ; OTCQX: NMGRF ; Frankfurt: NM9 ) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with BMO Capital Markets ("BMO"), under which BMO has agreed to buy on bought deal basis 10,345,000 common shares (the "Common Shares"), at a price of C$1.45 per Common Share (the "Offering Price") for gross proceeds of approximately C$15 million (the "Public Offering"). The Corporation has granted BMO an option, exercisable, in whole or in part, and from time to time, for a period of 30 days from and including the Closing Date (as defined herein), to purchase at the Offering Price up to an additional 1,551,750 Common Shares, representing 15.0% of the number of Common Shares issued pursuant to the Public Offering, order to cover for over-allotments, if any, and for market stabilization purposes. The Public Offering is expected to close on or about January 20, 2021 (the "Closing Date") and is subject to Nouveau Monde receiving all necessary regulatory approvals, including the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange (the "TSX-V").

The Corporation is also pleased to announce that it is concurrently launching a non-brokered private placement for total gross proceeds of approximately C$5 million on the same terms as the Public Offering with institutional investors (the "Private Placement"). In addition, investors participating in the Private Placement will each have the option to purchase a number of additional Common Shares representing up to 15% of the number of Common Shares subscribed by each of them on closing. Any common shares issued pursuant to the Private Placement will be subject to a statutory hold period in Canada for a period of four months and one day. The Private Placement is expected to close in early February 2021 and will be subject to Nouveau Monde receiving all necessary regulatory approvals, including the approval of the TSX-V. Closing of the Private Placement and of the Public Offering are not conditional upon each other.

The Pallinghurst Group which currently holds approximately 20% of the Corporation's Common Shares has indicated that it intends to participate pro-rata its current ownership in both the Public Offering and the Private Placement.

The net proceeds of the Public Offering and Private Placement will be used for the Becancour value added graphite project development, the Matawinie mine & concentrator detailed engineering and corporate general and administrative expenses.

In respect of the Public Offering, Common Shares will be offered by way of a prospectus supplement in all of the provinces of Canada (except the territories) and may also be offered by way of private placement in the United States.

The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

About Nouveau Monde

Nouveau Monde will be a key operator in the sustainable energy revolution. The Company is developing the only fully-integrated source of green battery anode material in the Western World. Targeting full-scale commercial operations by early 2023, the Company will provide advanced carbon-neutral graphite-based material solutions to the growing lithium-ion and fuel cell markets. With low-cost operations and the highest of ESG standards, Nouveau Monde will become a strategic supplier to the World's leading battery and auto manufacturers, ensuring robust and reliable advanced material, while guaranteeing supply chain traceability.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information
All statements, other than statements of historical fact, contained in this press release including, but not limited to those relating to the Public Offering and the Private Placement, the expected use of proceeds, the anticipated closing date of the Public Offering and the Private Placement, the receiving of all necessary regulatory approvals, the intention of The Pallinghurst Group to participate in the Public Offering and the Private Placement, and the "About Nouveau Monde Graphite" paragraph which essentially describes Nouveau Monde's outlook and objectives, constitute "forward-looking information" or "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of certain securities laws, and are based on expectations, estimates and projections as of the time of this press release.

Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by Nouveau Monde as of the time of such statements, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. These estimates and assumptions may prove to be incorrect. Many of these uncertainties and contingencies can directly or indirectly affect, and could cause, actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements. Certain important estimates or assumptions by the Corporation in making forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the successful closing of the Public Offering and Private Placement, and all requisite regulatory and stock exchange approvals being obtained. There can be no assurance that these assumptions will prove to be correct. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements.

By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and risks exist that estimates, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not be achieved or that assumptions do not reflect future experience. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of providing information about management's expectations and plans relating to the future. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements as a number of important risk factors and future events could cause the actual outcomes to differ materially from the beliefs, plans, objectives, expectations, anticipations, estimates, assumptions and intentions expressed in such forward-looking statements. All of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements and those made in our other filings with the securities regulators of Canada The Corporation disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements or to explain any material difference between subsequent actual events and such forward-looking statements, except to the extent required by applicable law.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Further information regarding Corporation is available in the SEDAR database (www.sedar.com) and on the Corporation's website at: www.NouveauMonde.group .


Media Julie Paquet  Director, Communications  Nouveau Monde +1-450-757-8905 #140  jpaquet@nouveaumonde.ca   Investors  Christina Lalli  Director, Investor Relations  Nouveau Monde +1-438-399-8665  clalli@nouveaumonde.ca 

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Altech Chemicals Ltd Quarterly Activities Report

Perth, Australia (ABN Newswire) - Altech Chemicals Ltd (ASX:ATC) (FRA:A3Y) is pleased to announce the outstanding results from a Preliminary Feasibility Study (PFS) for the development of a 10,000tpa silicon/graphite alumina coating plant, in Saxony, Germany. The plant would be constructed by Altech Industries Germany GmbH (AIG), (ownership: 75% Altech, 25% Frankfurt stock exchange listed Altech Advanced Materials AG (AAM)), and would produce high capacity silicon/graphite battery anode materials "Silumina Anodes" under exclusive license from Altech. "Silumina Anodes " products are targeted to supply the burgeoning European electric vehicle market.

With a capital investment of US$95 million, the Company estimates a project net present value of US$507 million (NPV8), with net cash of US$63 million per annum generated from operations. The internal rate of return is estimated at 40%, with investment capital paid back in approximately 3.1 years. Total annual revenue at the 10,000tpa full rate of production is estimated US$185 million per annum.

Managing Director, Mr Iggy Tan, stated "Whilst Altech's top priority continues to be financing its Johor HPA project, the Silumina Anodes project represents an exciting downstream opportunity to utilise its HPA coating technology in silicon/graphite battery materials. We are pleased and excited about the results of the 10,000tpa Silumina Anodes PFS. Due to the attractive economics of the study, a decision has been made by the AIG board to immediately progress to a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the project. AIG has already purchased land in Germany suitable for the project, and the plan is for the AIG team in Saxony to immediately commence DFS work. We believe that the production of Silumina Anodes materials could be a game changing technology for the lithium ion battery industry".

OUTSTANDING PRELIMINARY FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR SILUMINA ANODES BATTERY MATERIALS PROJECT

- Highly positive preliminary feasibility study for 10,000tpa Silumina Anodes project.

- Low capital cost (US$95 million) with outstanding economics.

- Pre-tax Net Present Value (NPV8) of US$507 million.

- Attractive Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of 40%.

- Site in Saxony, Germany already purchased.

- Green accredited project using renewable energy.

- European high quality graphite and silicon supply.

- Pilot plant engineering for product qualification underway.

- NDA executed with two German automakers and one European battery maker.

MAJOR SHAREHOLDERS CONVERT LISTED OPTIONS

- The Company's largest shareholder, Deutsche Balaton Aktiengesellschaft has converted 15,000,000 listed options with an expiry date of 31 May 2022 and conversion price of $0.08 each, for total proceeds of $1,200,000.

- Another significant shareholder, Delphi Unternehmensberatung Aktiengesellschaft has converted 11,519,296 listed options for total proceeds of $921,543.

- Altech has received total funds of $2,121,543 from both the Deutsche Balaton and Delphi conversions.

REMAINING LISTED OPTIONS EXPIRE

- All unexercised options with an expiry date of 31 May 2022 and exercise price of $0.08, have now expired.

- Altech does not have any other options on issue.

PATENT PROTECTION FOR SILUMINA ANODES BATTERY MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY

- Patent protection for Silumina Anodes battery materials technology in place.

- Australian provisional patent application originally filed on 13 May 2021.

- Broaden filings to extend reach and protection

- National Patent filings in the United States, Europe, China, Japan and Korea.

- International Patent filing covering up to 156 countries.

NEW WEBSITE

- Shareholders and interested parties can access the web site on www.altechchemicals.com.

SILUMINA ANODES PILOT PLANT CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT EXECUTED

- Silumina Anodes pilot plant construction contract executed with Kuttner GmbH & Co.

- Final plant engineering design and cost estimation completed.

- Strong experience in delivering metallurgical plant projects.

- Long lead items procurement has already commenced.

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH FRAUNHOFER IKTS FOR SILUMINA ANODES QUALIFICATION

- Fast track Silumina Anodes product qualification with Fraunhofer IKTS.

- Fraunhofer IKTS is a world renowned battery materials and battery performance research centre in Germany.

- Independent performance testing and qualification of Silumina Anodes product will assist early market entry.

- IKTS has expressed potential for Silumina Anodes battery material.

JOHOR HPA PROJECT FINANCE UPDATE

- Altech continues discussions with various interested parties in relation to the Green Bond offering as well as the project equity finance.

- Project equity finance process running in parallel with Green Bond offer.

- Due diligence process with interested parties ongoing.

SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN KAOLIN RESOURCE AT KERRIGAN

- Recent drilling program yields fresh kaolin resource data at Kerrigan tenement.

- Inferred Resource of 125 million tonnes of kaolin reported

- 47% increase in the kaolin tonnage compared to previous estimates.

*To view the full Quarterly Report summarized above, please visit:
https://abnnewswire.net/lnk/QNR1C327



About Altech Chemicals Ltd:

Altech Chemicals Limited (ASX:ATC) (FRA:A3Y) is aiming to become one of the world's leading suppliers of 99.99% (4N) high purity alumina (Al2O3) through the construction and operation of a 4,500tpa high purity alumina (HPA) processing plant at Johor, Malaysia. Feedstock for the plant will be sourced from the Company's 100%-owned kaolin deposit at Meckering, Western Australia and shipped to Malaysia.

HPA is a high-value, high margin and highly demanded product as it is the critical ingredient required for the production of synthetic sapphire. Synthetic sapphire is used in the manufacture of substrates for LED lights, semiconductor wafers used in the electronics industry, and scratch-resistant sapphire glass used for wristwatch faces, optical windows and smartphone components. Increasingly HPA is used by lithium-ion battery manufacturers as the coating on the battery's separator, which improves performance, longevity and safety of the battery. With global HPA demand approximately 19,000t (2018), it is estimated that this demand will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30% (2018-2028); by 2028 HPA market demand will be approximately 272,000t, driven by the increasing adoption of LEDs worldwide as well as the demand for HPA by lithium-ion battery manufacturers to serve the surging electric vehicle market.



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Altech Chemicals Ltd

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