The Company recorded net cash outflows in operations and investing activities for the 2012 calendar year and it is possible that this will continue for an additional few years as the Company continues to make significant investments in equipment and infrastructure activities necessary to commercialize its products. Feronia's actual funding requirements will vary based on the factors noted above and its relationships with lead customers and strategic partners.
As part of the first tranche of a non-brokered private placement with Golden Oil Holdings Limited completed on January 15, 2013, the Company issued 42,028,000 Common Shares for aggregate gross proceeds of CDN$5,043,360 ($5,116,007) at a purchase price of CDN$0.12 per share. In the second tranche completed on March 21, 2013, the Company issued 58,800,774 Common Shares to Golden Oil Holdings Limited for aggregate gross proceeds of CDN$7,056,093 ($6,883,993) at a purchase price of CDN$0.12 per share. Pursuant to the second tranche, the Company also issued 20,281,455 common shares to certain other qualifying shareholders of the Company for aggregate gross proceeds of CDN$2,433,774 ($2,392,857).
The proceeds are being used by the Company for working capital and capital expenditure purposes.
Continuing operations of Feronia are dependent upon its ability to continue to raise adequate financing and to commence profitable operations in the future. There can be no assurance that the Company will be able to continue raising adequate financing or commence profitable operations in the future. See "Risks and Uncertainties" below.
Major outstanding anticipated capital expenditure cash requirements (other than expenditures for oil palm rehabilitation and planting) as at the date of this MD&A relate to work undertaken to complete the new oil palm mill at Yaligimba (estimated to be $450,000), which will be paid in Q3 2013 rather than Q2 2013 as previously reported.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Gross margin is not a financial measure recognized by IFRS and does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. The Company's method of calculating gross margin may differ from other methods used. Gross margin is presented in this MD&A as additional information regarding the Company's financial performance. Gross margin has been calculated by deducting cost of sales from revenue.
Risks and Uncertainties
The Company is subject to various business, financial and operational risks that could materially adversely affect the Company's future business, operations and financial condition and could cause such future business, operations and financial condition to differ materially from the forward-looking statements and information contained in this MD&A. For a more comprehensive discussion of the risks faced by the Company, please refer to the Company's annual management's discussion and analysis for the year ended December 31, 2012, available at www.sedar.com.
Except for statements of historical fact contained herein, the information in this press release constitutes "forward-looking information" within the meaning of Canadian securities law. Such forward-looking information may be identified by words such as "anticipates", "plans", "proposes", "estimates", "intends", "expects", "believes", "may" and "will". There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate; actual results and future events could differ materially from such statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, among others: risks related to foreign operations (including various political, economic and other risks and uncertainties), the interpretation and implementation of the Agriculture Law, termination or non-renewal of concession rights or expropriation of property rights, political instability and bureaucracy, limited operating history, lack of profitability, lack of infrastructure in the DRC, high inflation rates, limited availability of debt financing in the DRC, fluctuations in currency exchange rates, competition from other businesses, reliance on various factors (including local labour, importation of machinery and other key items and business relationships), the Company's reliance on one major customer, lower productivity at the Company's plantations and arable farming operations, risks related to the agricultural industry (including adverse weather conditions, shifting weather patterns, and crop failure due to infestations), a shift in commodity trends and demands, vulnerability to fluctuations in the world market, the lack of availability of qualified management personnel and stock market volatility. Most of these factors are outside the control of the Company. Investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking information. Except as otherwise required by applicable securities statutes or regulation, the Company expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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.
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