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Nouveau Monde’s phase-1 operations produced 99.99%-pure battery-grade SPG; construction of coating unit being prepared for a fully integrated 2-ktpa value chain in first half 2022. » Critical milestones achieved this year for phase-2 Matawinie Mine: Québec governmental decree approving the project, construction of 8-km access road and start of civil works on industrial platform, 55% overall advancement of ...

» Nouveau Monde's phase-1 operations produced 99.99%-pure battery-grade SPG; construction of coating unit being prepared for a fully integrated 2-ktpa value chain in first half 2022.

» Critical milestones achieved this year for phase-2 Matawinie Mine: Québec governmental decree approving the project, construction of 8-km access road and start of civil works on industrial platform, 55% overall advancement of engineering, agreement with Caterpillar for all-electric zero-emission fleet.

» Significant progress on the development of phase-2 Bécancour battery material plant: delivery of FEL-1 Scoping study, advancement of environmental baseline and geotechnical studies, work underway for a FEL-3 Feasibility study.

» Major corporate milestones achieved: listing on the main board of the NYSE, over 130M$ financing raised, publication of Nouveau Monde's inaugural ESG report, addition of expertise at the Board and management level.

» Nouveau Monde's ESG-focused business model offers a local, responsibly sourced, environmentally transformed, traceable, carbon-neutral, and circular graphite supply alternative to existing Chinese production.

» Sustained growth in the EV and energy storage markets continues to increase graphite demand, providing a solid foundation for the Company's expansion.

In a year that saw accelerated commitments to Net Zero targets and global electrification, Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. ("Nouveau Monde" or the "Company") ( NYSE: NMG , TSXV: NOU ) advanced the development of its fully vertically integrated ore-to-battery-material natural graphite business delivering positive results toward its 2021 goals. By de-risking its projects through phase-1 operations, detailing its blueprint for phase-2 expansion, engaging with the marketplace in connection with commercial agreements, continually investing in research and development ("R&D") and environmental, social and governance ("ESG") initiatives, and building a robust and attractive capital structure, Nouveau Monde is executing its strategy to generate a disciplined and timely growth.

The Company is working towards building a turn-key, local supply of carbon-neutral anode material to cater to the growing North American and European battery and electric vehicles ("EV") markets. As the #1 input of lithium-ion batteries, graphite totals 1.2 kg for every kWh of energy storage. In comparison to last year's 2,972 GWh in the pipeline for battery cell capacity, the latest projections by Benchmark Mineral Intelligence estimate that 4,814 GWh is being developed to meet the surge in EV and energy storage solutions manufacturing – a 62% year-over-year increase. Such levels of battery production would represent a demand of 5.8 million tonnes of graphite for these market segments alone.

Arne H Frandsen, Chairman of Nouveau Monde, commented : "As electrification becomes mainstream and ESG principles dominate asset managers' and investors' consideration, Nouveau Monde has stepped up as a recognized contributor to the decarbonization effort. 2021 was a structural year as we lined the building blocks that will support the next stage of our development. Elevating our profile on capital markets, securing the permitting for our Matawinie mine, furthering the processes and parameters of our anode material advanced manufacturing, as well as advancing discussions with potential customers strengthened our position in the market."

2021 Highlights
» Conducting of safe operations with Nouveau Monde's zero-harm philosophy being top of mind to protect the environment, as well as the health and safety of employees, contractors, and communities.

» Construction, commissioning, and start of production at the Company's phase-1 purification facility. Samples produced at 99.99% purity have confirmed the high-quality, battery-grade specifications of the material.

» Authorization by the Québec Government of the Matawinie mining project following a rigorous environmental review and public consultation.

» Continuous advancement of detailed engineering of the Matawinie concentrator and mining infrastructure – progress at year-end of overall engineering is estimated at 55%.

» Carrying out of a FEL-3 feasibility study for the large-scale phase-2 Bécancour battery material plant to reflect Nouveau Monde's integrated business model for a comprehensive planning, cost projection, and development framework. The Matawinie mining project's National Instrument 43-101 feasibility study covering the West Zone deposit will be updated on the back of the latest mineral resource update and the value-added transformation steps that are part of the Bécancour battery material plant.

» Sequenced construction timelines of the phase-2 mine and battery material plant should see phased ramp-up activities respectively in 2024 and 2025.

» Earthworks at the Matawinie mining project : construction of a nearly 8-km access road completed and commencement of civil works for the industrial platform.

» Signing of a historical agreement with Caterpillar Inc. for the development, testing, and deployment of Cat® zero-emission machines for the Matawinie mining fleet – that is projected to be the world's first all-electric open-pit mine.

» Successful listing of the Company's common shares on the New York Stock Exchange , the world's largest stock market, under the symbol "NMG".

» Building and commissioning of an advanced laboratory and R&D facility with the in-house capacity for testing anode material and providing customized specifications to battery and EV manufacturers.

» Production of meaningful battery-grade samples, including B-samples for advancing the product qualification process with battery and EV manufacturers, to support Nouveau Monde's commercial discussions .

» Addition to phase-1 operations of a second commercial-scale shaping module and commencement of construction of a coating line for a nameplate capacity of 2,000 tonnes of coated spherical purified graphite ("CSPG").

» Signing of a collaboration agreement with Lithion Recycling to advance the recovery and value-added transformation of recycled graphite for reuse as anode material.

» Patent application for the Company's proprietary thermochemical purification ecotechnology , free of hydrofluoric acid and harnessing clean hydropower.

» Admission to the Global Battery Alliance , a World Economic Forum's initiative regrouping leading players of the industry for helping establish a circular and sustainable battery value chain.

» Commitment to past, present, and future carbon neutrality thanks to the environmentally-focused design of Nouveau Monde's projects and processes, historical compensation, and climate action strategy.

» Issuing of an inaugural ESG Report providing shareholders and asset managers with performance indicators and an overview of Nouveau Monde's anchor initiatives.

» Over $130M raised through public and private offerings, the exercise of warrants, private placements, and financial levers from governments to support the Company's current operations and the advancement of its key projects.

» Strengthened governance with the addition of strategic expertise at the Board of Directors with the nomination of Andrew Willis , Dr. Jürgen Köhler , Nathalie Pilon and James Scarlett , plus David Torralbo as Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, and enhanced structures, policies, and programs to guide the Company's development.

Eric Desaulniers, Founder, President, and CEO of Nouveau Monde, added: "Supply chain disruptions this year and the accelerated pace of electrification compelled battery and EV manufacturers to examine their sourcing more closely. Securing volumes, diversifying sources, prioritizing local producers, and examining the carbon footprint of value chains are among the many factors that dominated commercial discussions in our market. I am pleased to see that our environmental stewardship, exceptional localization, and scaled growth strategy are positioning Nouveau Monde at the forefront of our industry. Special thanks go to our employees, partners, and shareholders for their unwavering support in helping us reach our objectives in 2021 and beyond."

About Nouveau Monde

Nouveau Monde is striving to become a key contributor to the sustainable energy revolution. The Company is working towards developing a fully integrated source of carbon-neutral battery anode material in Québec, Canada for the growing lithium-ion and fuel cell markets. With low-cost operations and enviable ESG standards, Nouveau Monde aspires to become a strategic supplier to the world's leading battery and automobile manufacturers, providing high-performing and reliable advanced materials while promoting sustainability and supply chain traceability.

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