Bookmark and Share

SinoCoking (SCOK) Commences Construction of New Coking Facility

Mar. 3, 2010 (Business Wire) — SinoCoking Coal and Coke Chemical Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCOK) (the “company” or “SinoCoking”) today announced that it broke ground today on the construction of its new state-of-the-art coking facility in Pingdingshan city, in Henan Province, China. The new coking facility, which will cost an estimated $70 million to complete, is expected to launch production of metallurgical and chemical coke, coal gas, and various chemical products by early 2011. The cleaner, more efficient coking facility will have an anticipated maximum annual production capacity of 900,000 metric tons of coke. SinoCoking management projects that if completed as planned, the launch of the new facility could result in a five-fold or more increase in the company’s annual coke production and sales volume from the fiscal year 2012 and beyond, compared to current levels.

SinoCoking presently relies on its three parallel WG-86 type coke ovens, which have certain technical limitations. SinoCoking’s current facilities have a production capacity of up to 250,000 metric tons per year.

The new coking facility will be capable of utilizing a broader range of coal inputs compared to the company’s existing plant, with even lower thermal properties (a G-index as low as 50). Since the average cost of inputs will decrease, this is expected to enable SinoCoking to produce coke at a better profit margin. The new facility is also expected to generate an additional 66.5 million Kilowatt hours of electricity each year from the conversion of heat emitted from the coal-gas powered system, which is used to power steam generators. The new facility will also produce purified coal gas as a fuel source for use by city residents. These two byproducts alone could result in an additional estimated $43 to $62 million in projected incremental revenue per year for SinoCoking, based on current energy prices and currency translation rates. The company’s plans to provide coal gas to local residents have received approval from the city of Daying, which will involve providing coal gas to consumers at a price per thermal equivalent unit that is 20% less than the current price of liquid natural gas (LNG), a competing alternative. In addition, SinoCoking anticipates that the new coking facility will expand its product portfolio, enabling it to offer its customers other products such as crude benzol, sulfur, and ammonium sulfate.

“We view this as a key step in the implementation of our growth strategy,” said Jianhua Lv, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SinoCoking. “Power and fuel scarcity, as well as environmental side effects of industrial growth, are key issues in China today. Our new coking facility project helps to address these issues, and that is why our project is strongly supported by our local and provincial governments. Furthermore, the completion of this project would enable us to produce our coke products with even greater efficiency, and will provide expanded revenue opportunities to SinoCoking. We look forward to the completion of this project, to further solidify our leadership position in the regional market.”

SinoCoking is a supplier of the vital commodities of thermal and metallurgical coal and coke to industrial users such as power plants, steel mills, plant and factory operators and manufacturers in China. The Company is a vertically-integrated processor that uses coal from both its own mines and that of third-party mines to provide basic and value-added coal products to its customer base. SinoCoking began producing metallurgical coke in 2002, and since then has expanded its production to become an important supplier to regional steel producers in central China.

About SinoCoking

SinoCoking Coal and Coke Chemical Industries, Inc., a Florida corporation (NASDAQ: SCOK), is a vertically-integrated coal and coke processor that uses coal from both its own mines and that of third-party mines to produce basic and value-added coal products for steel manufacturers, power generators, and various industrial users. SinoCoking currently has mining rights and capacity to extract 300,000 tons of coal per year from mines located in the Henan Province in central China. SinoCoking has been producing metallurgical coke since 2002, and acts as a key supplier to regional steel producers in central China. SinoCoking, a Florida corporation, owns its assets and conducts its operations through its subsidiaries, Top Favour Limited, a British Virgin Islands holding company; Pingdingshan Hongyuan Energy Science; and Technology Development Co., Ltd. (“Hongyuan”); Henan Province Pingdingshan Hongli Coal & Coke Co., Ltd. (“Hongli”); Baofeng Coking Factory; Baofeng Hongchang Coal Co., Ltd.; and Baofeng Hongguang Environment Protection Electricity Generating Co., Ltd.

For further information about SinoCoking, please refer to the Definitive Proxy Statement of the Company (previously named, Inc.) filed on Schedule 14A with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 27, 2009.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, particularly as related to, among other things, the business plans of the Company, statements relating to goals, plans and projections regarding the Company’s financial position and business strategy. The words or phrases “plans”, “would be,” “will allow,” “intends to,” “may result,” “are expected to,” “will continue,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “estimate,” “project,” “indicate,” “could,” “potentially,” “should,” “believe,” “think”, “considers” or similar expressions are intended to identify “forward-looking statements.” These forward-looking statements fall within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934 and are subject to the safe harbor created by these sections. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, involve known and unknown risks, a reliance on third parties for information, transactions or orders that may be cancelled, and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements, or developments in our industry, to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from anticipated results include risks and uncertainties related to the fluctuation of local, regional, and global economic conditions, the performance of management and our employees, our ability to obtain financing, competition, general economic conditions and other factors that are detailed in our periodic reports and on documents we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements made herein are as of the date of this press release and should not be relied upon as of any subsequent date. The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on such statements. The Company does not undertake, and the Company specifically disclaims any obligation, to update any forward-looking statements to reflect occurrences, developments, unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statement. Actual results may differ materially from the Company’s expectations and estimates. The Company provides no assurances that any potential acquisitions will actually be consummated, or if consummated that such acquisitions will be on terms and conditions anticipated on the date of this press release, and the Company makes no assurances with regard to any results of any such acquisitions.

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 Uncategorized