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Focus Graphite's (TSX V:FMS)(OTCQX:FCSMF) Lac Knife Project's Benchmark Feasibility Study Reports

Highlights: $383 Million NPV; 30.1% IRR; Operating Costs of $441 Per Tonne



OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 25, 2014) - Focus Graphite Inc. (TSX VENTURE:FMS)(OTCQX:FCSMF)(FRANKFURT:FKC) ("Focus" or the "Company") is pleased to report the results of its Feasibility Study ("FS") for the Lac Knife Project performed by Met-Chem Canada Inc.

The study was based on a 25-year mine life that produced a Pre-tax Net Present Value ("NPV") of $383 million calculated at a discounted cash flow ("DCF") rate of 8% Pre-tax, the financial model has an Internal Rate of Return ("IRR") of 30.1% and a capital payback period of 3.0 years.

The after tax financial model has an NPV of $224 million calculated at a DCF rate of 8%, and with an IRR of 24.1% and a capital payback of 3.2 years. A National Instrument 43-101 technical FS report will be filed on SEDAR within 45 days of this news release.

"Lac Knife is a remarkable property by any Canadian or international standard," Gary Economo, Focus' Chief Executive Officer said. "As we have already demonstrated, Lac Knife provides us, and our shareholders, with a significant advantage. And that is: The ability to meet our customers' needs for quality products at competitive prices."

Don Baxter, Focus's President and COO said: "We are very pleased to have reached this significant milestone in the development of the Lac Knife Project. With the Feasibility Study in hand, an offtake with an end-user signed as well as battery tested spherical graphite, Focus has positioned itself as a leader in the graphite space, with no other company having reached this level of development."


Table 1
Lac Knife Feasibility Results (Pre-Tax) Base Case 2016 Forecast Units
Average Price / Tonne of Concentrate: $1,713 $2,256 US$
Internal Rate of Return (IRR) 30.1 41.8 %
Net Present Value @ 6% Discounted Cash Flow 510 809 $ million
Net Present Value @ 8% Discounted Cash Flow 383 624 $ million
Net Present Value @ 10% Discounted Cash Flow 291 488 $ million
Payback Period 3.0 2.1 Years
Lac Knife Feasibility Results (After-Tax) Base Case 2016 Forecast Units
Internal Rate of Return (IRR) 24.1 32.8 %
Net Present Value @ 6% Discounted Cash Flow 304 476 $ million
Net Present Value @ 8% Discounted Cash Flow 224 364 $ million
Net Present Value @ 10% Discounted Cash Flow 165 280 $ million
Payback Period 3.2 2.4 Years
All monetary values are in Canadian Dollars ("CDN") except where specified otherwise


Results from the FS indicate that the Lac Knife Project is viable economically with a Base Case scenario that includes a concentrator production line rate of 44,300 tonnes of concentrate annually at an average mill feed rate of 323,670 tonnes per year of Mineral Reserves over a 25-year mine life. A concentrator availability of 93% was used for the study. The additional Measured, Indicated, and Inferred Resources will continue to be evaluated to develop the mid and long term growth profile for the Company.

Highlights:
•Reduced operating costs from $458 per tonne of concentrate to $441 per tonne within close range of the Updated PEA study released November 7th, 2013.
•Mining costs are 126.95 $/t of concentrate ($17.85 per tonne of ore) with the major component associated contract mining costs. Contract mining versus lower cost owner mining can be revisited with further evaluation of mine equipment leasing and associated owner's costs.
•Processing costs for the concentrator are, on average over the life of mine $239.37 per tonne of concentrate produced, based on yearly average processing costs of $33.66 per tonne of ore processed. The low cost hydroelectric power supplied by Hydro Quebec contributes to overall low production costs.
•Detailed engineering is planned to start in 2014 and further analysis of each of these cost components will continue during the detailed engineering stage.
•Life of Mine Plan resulted in an overall average strip ratio of 1.8 to 1 for 25 years.
•Average prices used in the financial model do not include value added products that can be produced using the typically lower valued finer natural flake graphite. These finer graphite concentrates can be further processed into value added products for the Lithium Ion battery market because of their high carbon content of 98% carbon and realize a higher margin for a reasonable capital investment and operating cost over and above those outlined in this release. Based on these results it has become an important objective to outline the scope of this secondary transformation project for electrifying transportation and for use by other lithium battery end users.

Today, the prices for the Lac Knife graphite concentrates average US$1,713 per tonne based on the size distribution and high carbon grade. Also included in the table above are the results using forecasted prices for 2016 where the average price for the same concentrates is estimated to increase to US$2,256 per tonne. These prices are estimated by Industrial Minerals Data of the UK, who are recognized in this field as an independent source of accurate, detailed information for the natural flake graphite market.

Met-Chem's financial model does not include potential value-added, purified, spheronized, and coated battery-grade graphite in its financial and operational calculations.

The exchange rate used is $0.91 US Dollars per Canadian Dollar. Table 1 provides the Net Present Values calculated at various discounted cash flow rates for the Base Case production scenario of 44,300 tonnes of graphite concentrate produced annually. The financial analysis in the FS study used the 24 month price of US$1,713 per tonne that is a weighted average for the various graphite concentrates that are classified by flake size and also valued by their carbon content.

The annual milling capacity is 323,670 tonnes per year to produce 44,300 tonnes of concentrate annually at a cost of $441 per tonne of concentrate. The concentrate will grade 97.8% Graphitic Carbon ("Cg") on average for a 25-year open pit mine life based on current open pit reserves. All graphite concentrate produced with flakes larger than 200 mesh contain more than 98% Cg.

The FS is based on the Pilot Plant test work run by SGS Mineral Services in Lakefield, Ontario, during the spring of 2013 and announced in a news release on August 21st, 2013. The concentrator process flow sheet is based on standard flotation circuits followed by a series of polishing mills that upgrade the carbon content by cleaning impurities present in the ore that are generally found on the graphitic carbon flake surfaces of the Lac Knife mineralization. Pilot Plant recovery was 91%, full scale, consistent operations should improve on the mill process recovery. Flake size distribution is expected to increase in favour of larger flake as the full scale plant will start with a SAG mill which is better suited to mitigate flake damage as opposed to crushing and grinding methods used in the pilot plant.

Lac Knife is unique in that all natural flake graphitic concentrates produced with flake size above 200 mesh (75 microns) size are more than 98% Cg. This allows Focus to divert finer sized products that would typically be difficult to sell due their flake size to higher value added products such as spherical graphite for batteries due to the high carbon content of 98% carbon (See "Lithium Battery Coin Cell Test Results" below).

Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves:

The open pit design includes 429 kt of Proven Reserves and 7,428 kt of Probable Reserves for a total of 7,857 kt of Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves grading 15.13% Cg. The Mineral Reserves which account for mining dilution and ore loss are reported at a cut-off grade of 3.1% Cg. In order to access these reserves, 2,746 kt of overburden, 10,926 kt of waste rock and 231 kt of Inferred Mineral Resources must be mined. This total waste quantity of 13,903 kt results in a stripping ratio of 1.8 to 1. Table 2 presents the Lac Knife open pit mineral reserves that were estimated for the FS. The remaining Measured and Indicated Resources within the Lac Knife deposit will help to develop the mid and long-term growth profile for the company (See Table 5 for MRE).


Table 2
Lac Knife Open Pit Mineral Reserves
Category Tonnage (kt) Cg Grade (%)
Proven 429 23.61
Probable 7,428 14.64
Proven and Probable 7,857 15.13


A pit optimization analysis was carried out using the MS-Economic Planner module of MineSight® which ran the Lerchs-Grossmann algorithm to determine the economic limits of the deposit. The analysis showed that the open pit design for the Feasibility Study should be based on a 25-year mine life that includes approximately 82% of the Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources.

The open pit design incorporates 10 m high benches and follows the pit slope recommendations from the 2014 geotechnical investigation. The pit is 700 m long and 400 m wide at surface and has a maximum pit depth of 100 m.

Mining will be carried out by a mining contractor who will use conventional open pit mining methods that include drilling and blasting followed by a hydraulic excavator loading a fleet of 46-tonne haul trucks. The mine will be operated seasonally (7 months of the year) and a front-end wheel loader will be used to feed the processing plant from an ore stockpile during the winter months.

The study was conducted with engineering and estimation methods appropriate to target an estimate accuracy of 15% that is standard and realistic for capital and operating cost estimates in a Feasibility Study. Based on an extensive risk review exercise the contingency is 11.5%. The Capital Expenditures in Table 3 outline what is needed to construct the mine, processing plant, power line and all associated infrastructure that is estimated at a total of $165.55 million.


Table 3
Lac Knife Capital Expenditure - Cost Centers CDN$ millions
Mine equipment, infrastructure, and pre-stripping 4.21
Infrastructure 11.62
Primary Crushing 7.02
Concentrator 62.24
Environmental and Tailings Management 8.22
Additional Infrastructure 15.4
Indirect Costs 39.77
Contingency (11.5%) 17.07
Sub Total 165.55


The company is currently in discussion with vendors to define financing packages for equipment. This will result in a reduced up front capital and add to the basket of financing options currently being investigated. Another financing option currently under due diligence is Supply Chain Financing ("SCF") based on an offtake agreement signed in December 2013 for a minimum of 50% of Lac Knife's production. SCF is a non-dilutive alternative to equity financing and is not as encumbering as traditional debt, or royalty financing. Future off-take agreements will contain a financial component as well.

This project-financing alternative could include equity and low interest debt as well as a signing bonus to execute an offtake agreement. These options have the potential to enhance future project economic metrics, and the company continues to discuss with several interested parties on various options.


Table 4
Lac Knife Operating Expenditures (25 year average) Cost Centers $/Tonne of Concentrate
Mining 126.95
Processing Costs (Concentrator) 239.37
General Administration Mine Site 74.70
Total Operating Costs 441.02


The operating costs per tonne of concentrate produced are $441 (See Table 4 below). This is an improvement over the updated Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) that showed $458 per tonne of concentrate produced. One key variable to low production costs is Lac Knife's project location giving relatively easy access to low cost hydroelectric power from Hydro Quebec at the intersection of the access road and Provincial Highway 389.

Permitting is well underway with the ESIA to be submitted by the end of the summer and the Mine Closure Plan is planned for submission mid-summer. Focus continues to communicate, meet, and listen to local communities and will be increasing these efforts now that the feasibility is completed and the impacts are known.

The National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101") MRE was performed by Pierre Desautels of AGP Inc. and was announced January 28th. It increased the Measured and Indicated Resources by 92% for the Lac Knife Deposit. The MRE is based on both the 2012 and 2013 additional exploration and definition drilling programs for a total of 92 holes, and 9,103 meters that successfully achieved the designed goal to upgrade the quality of existing Indicated and Inferred Resources to the Measured and Indicated Resource categories. This is in addition to 105 previous drill holes that totaled 9,217 meters.

Measured and Indicated Resources are estimated at 9.6 million tonnes grading 14.77% at a 3% Cg cut-off grade. Additionally there are 3.1 million tonnes of Inferred Resources at 13.25 % Cg using a 3% cut-off in this updated resource estimate presented in Table 5.


Table 5
Lac Knife Mineral Resource Estimate Categories Tonnage (t) Cg (%) In situ Graphite(t)
Measured 432,000 23.66 102,000
Indicated 9,144,000 14.35 1,312,000
Measured + Indicated 9,576,000 14.77 1,414,000
Inferred 3,102,000 13.25 411,000


Mineral Resources are not Mineral Reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability. (See Table 2 above for Reserves).

Lithium Battery Coin Cell Test Results

On May 27th, Focus Graphite announced it "Succeeded in Producing Extremely High-Performing Coated Spherical Graphite for Lithium Ion Batteries". The results from coin cell performance testing performed on Lac Knife Spherical Graphite ("SPG") produced outstanding performance metric results. The benchmark products have a typical irreversible capacity loss ("ICL") of 6-10% ICL. Lac Knife SPG showed two ICL test results measuring 1.01% and 1.44%, truly remarkable results. Essentially these battery performance tests illustrated that the Irreversible Capacity Loss ("ICL") was reduced by 75% compared to the benchmark products available in the market today.

These tests confirm Focus' capability to tailor lithium ion battery anode grade SPG and value added products to meet the most stringent customer specifications

Lac Knife anode SPG is unique in having such a low ICL performance metric, this could be attributed to the unique properties of the Lac Knife high carbon content concentrate that grades 98% C, even in the finer flake size concentrate products down to 200 mesh (75 microns) that are usually the most difficult products to sell. This holds the potential to allow Focus market access to significantly higher margin value added products with a finer grade lower cost product creating a unique opportunity.

"Commercially and competitively, these results open the door for Focus to confidently accelerate our plans to market and sell our battery grade, high margin products to potential partners and customers," said Mr. Baxter.

Qualified Persons

The technical information within this news release was approved by Project Leader Mary- Jean Buchanan Eng., and Jeffrey Cassoff Eng., Lead Mining Engineer, and Ewald Pengel P. Eng., Senior Metallurgist, who was responsible for concentrator design, all from Met-Chem Canada Inc., and all individuals that are Qualified Persons under NI 43-101 guidelines and all independent of the issuer. Pierre Desautels P.Geo. of AGP Inc. completed the NI 43-101 Mineral Resource Estimate report and is also independent of the issuer.

The technical information in this news release was prepared by Mr. Don Baxter, P. Eng., Focus President & Chief Operating Officer, a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101 guidelines, who has reviewed and approved the technical content of this news release.

About Focus Graphite

Focus Graphite Inc. is an emerging mining development company with an objective to produce value added products initially for the lithium ion battery market from the Lac Knife graphite deposit located south west of Fermont, Québec. The Lac Knife project hosts a NI 43-101 compliant Measured and Indicated Mineral Resource Estimate* of 9.6 million tonnes grading 14.77% graphitic carbon (Cg) as natural flake graphite with an additional Inferred Mineral Resource Estimate* of 3.1 million tonnes grading 13.25% Cg. Focus' goal is to assume an industry leadership position by becoming a low-cost producer of technology-grade graphite. The feasibility study results released on June 25th, 2014 for the Lac Knife Project indicated that the project is economically viable and has the potential to become a low cost graphite producer based on 7.86 million tonnes of Proven and Probable Reserves grading 15.13 Cg. On May 27, 2014 the Company announced the Potential for High Value Added Sales in the Li-Ion Battery Sector following battery coin cell tests performed on Lac Knife Spherical Graphite ("SPG"). Testing measured the performance metrics and confirmed Focus' capability to tailor lithium ion battery anode grade graphite and value added products to meet the most stringent customer specifications. This is a result of being a technology-oriented enterprise having a vision of building long-term, sustainable shareholder value. Focus also invests in the development of graphene applications and patents through Grafoid Inc.

* Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability

About Met-Chem Canada, Inc.

Met-Chem is an internationally renowned consulting engineering firm established in 1969 to provide all phases of geology, mining, mineral processing and engineering services throughout the world. From its headquarters in Montreal, Met-Chem offers the mining industry professional expertise that covers scoping, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, basic and detailed engineering, procurement and construction management, training, start-up, commissioning and operations assistance.

About Industrial Minerals-DATA

Industrial Minerals ("IM") Data-Graphite is a dedicated pricing and analysis service for the natural graphite market. Tracking over 40 different grades from around the world, IM Data's pricing database supplies up-to-date information which allows for tracking both current and historical trends as far back as 1988. Their analysts, based in London and Shanghai, collect information directly from the industry, providing exclusive insight and market intelligence. With up-to-date pricing data, market analysis and commentary, IM Data Graphite is the only independent source of accurate, detailed and independent information for the natural graphite market.
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Focus Graphite (TSX VENTURE:FMS) Files Lac Knife Graphite Project Feasibility Study Technical Report

Weighs lower-cost options for tandem financing of mine/plant and purification facilities for high value "battery grade" graphite production



OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 8, 2014) - Focus Graphite Inc. ("Focus" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:FMS)(OTCQX:FCSMF)(FRANKFURT:FKC) sole owner of the Lac Knife, Quebec high purity graphite deposit announced today that the Feasibility Report prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101and with form 43-101F1 will be filed under the Company's SEDAR profile on Friday August 8th, 2014 at Welcome to the SEDAR Web Site / Bienvenue au Site Web SEDAR and on Focus' website (Focus Graphite).

The Feasibility Study was prepared by Met-Chem Canada Inc. with contributions from AGP Mining Consultants, Journeaux Associates and Golder Associates.

Don Baxter, Focus' President and Chief Operating Officer said: "With the Feasibility Study now completed, we continue to de-risk the project by focusing on key, near to mid-term milestones, including: detailed engineering, project financing, and the permitting process.

"In particular," he added, "the Feasibility Study opens the door to another level of available financing.

"We are evaluating options to secure project financing that will enable us to advance the Lac Knife mine and plant construction."

Mr. Baxter said discussions with potential offtake partners are ongoing and will complement the existing 10-year offtake signed in December, 2013.

The highlights of the Feasibility Study, as reported June 25, 2014:

Table 1
Lac Knife Feasibility Results (Pre-Tax) Base Case 2016 Forecast Units
Average Price / Tonne of Concentrate: $1,713 $2,256 US$
Internal Rate of Return (IRR) 30.1 41.8 %
Net Present Value @ 6% Discounted Cash Flow 510 809 $ million
Net Present Value @ 8% Discounted Cash Flow 383 624 $ million
Net Present Value @ 10% Discounted Cash Flow 291 488 $ million
Payback Period 3.0 2.1 Years
Lac Knife Feasibility Results (After-Tax) Base Case 2016 Forecast Units
Internal Rate of Return (IRR) 24.1 32.8 %
Net Present Value @ 6% Discounted Cash Flow 304 476 $ million
Net Present Value @ 8% Discounted Cash Flow 224 364 $ million
Net Present Value @ 10% Discounted Cash Flow 165 280 $ million
Payback Period 3.2 2.4 Years
All monetary values are in Canadian Dollars ("CDN") except where specified otherwise

Of note is that average prices used in the financial model do not include value added products produced using the typically lower valued finer natural flake graphite.

Background:

The Feasibility Study was conducted with engineering and estimation methods appropriate to target an accuracy of 15% that is standard and realistic for capital and operating cost estimates for this level of study, that is required prior to detailed engineering, and well beyond the +/- 30% accuracy of a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA). Based on an extensive risk review exercise the contingency is 11.5%. Capital Expenditures in Table 2 itemize cost requirements for mine construction, processing plant, power line and all associated infrastructure estimated at $165.55 million.

Table 2
Lac Knife Capital Expenditure - Cost Centers CDN$ millions
Mine equipment, infrastructure, and pre-stripping 4.21
Infrastructure 11.62
Primary Crushing 7.02
Concentrator 62.24
Environmental and Tailings Management 8.22
Additional Infrastructure 15.4
Indirect Costs 39.77
Contingency (11.5%) 17.07
Sub Total 165.55

The company is continuing discussions with vendors to define financing packages for equipment. The company's aim is to reduce up front capital and add to the basket of financing options currently being investigated. Discussions and due diligence continue regarding Supply Chain Financing ("SCF") based on the offtake agreement signed in December, 2013 for a minimum of 50% of Lac Knife's production over the life of a 10-year agreement. SCF is a non-dilutive alternative to equity financing and is less encumbering than traditional debt, or royalty financing.

Future off-take agreements will contain a financial component. This project-financing alternative could include equity and low interest debt as well as a signing bonus to execute an offtake agreement. The various options discussed above have the potential to enhance future project economic evaluation metrics, and the company continues these discussions with several interested parties.

Qualified Persons

The technical information within this news release was approved by Project Leader Mary-Jean Buchanan Eng., and Jeffrey Cassoff Eng., Lead Mining Engineer, and Ewald Pengel P. Eng., Senior Metallurgist, who was responsible for concentrator design, of Met-Chem Canada Inc. all Qualified Persons under NI 43-101 guidelines and independent of the issuer. Pierre Desautels, P.Geo., of AGP Inc. completed the NI- 43-101 Mineral Resource Estimate and is independent of the issuer.

The technical information in this news release was prepared by Mr. Don Baxter, P. Eng., Focus President & Chief Operating Officer, a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101 guidelines, who has reviewed and approved the technical content of this news release.

About Focus Graphite

Focus Graphite Inc. is an emerging mining development company with an objective to produce value added products initially for the lithium ion battery market from the Lac Knife graphite deposit located south west of Fermont, Québec. The Lac Knife project hosts a NI 43-101 compliant Measured and Indicated Mineral Resource Estimate* of 9.6 million tonnes grading 14.77% graphitic carbon (Cg) as natural flake graphite with an additional Inferred Mineral Resource Estimate* of 3.1 million tonnes grading 13.25% Cg. Focus' goal is to assume an industry leadership position by becoming a low-cost producer of technology-grade graphite. The Feasibility Study filed with SEDAR on August 8, 2014 for the Lac Knife Project indicates the project is economically viable and has the potential to become a low cost graphite producer based on 7.86 million tonnes (429,000 tonnes Proven and 7,428,000 tonnes Probable) of Proven and Probable Reserves grading 15.13 Cg. On May 27, 2014 the Company announced the Potential for High Value Added Sales in the Li-Ion Battery Sector following battery coin cell tests performed on Lac Knife Spherical Graphite ("SPG"). Testing measured the performance metrics and confirmed Focus' capability to tailor lithium ion battery anode grade graphite and value added products to meet the most stringent customer specifications. Focus Graphite is a technology-oriented enterprise with a vision for building long-term, sustainable shareholder value. Focus also holds a significant equity position in graphene applications developer Grafoid Inc
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Milestones Met, Focus Graphite (FMS.V) Upgrades Its Corporate ID in Lockstep with its Advanced Level of Development

Ongoing Financing and Offtake Discussions



OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 2, 2015) - Focus Graphite Inc. (TSX VENTURE:FMS)(OTCQX:FCSMF)(FRANKFURT:FKC) is a natural flake graphite enterprise with proven reserves and strong economics.

Focus is transitioning out of the exploration stage to a mining development company. It is currently at the project financing stage and is working with additional potential offtake partners.

To mark this transition, Focus has updated its corporate look to better reflect this evolution with a new logo, website and marketing materials. This change reflects the achievements of the company and its forward positioning as a leader in the graphite sector.

Our pre-development milestones have been met and we are now moving forward.

From an initial listing on the TSX-Venture in May of 2010, the company has positioned itself as one of the most advanced, innovative graphite development companies in the world.

Entering 2015, Focus Graphite enjoys the support of multiple levels of government and the Innu First Nation.

Focus Graphite's industrial focus rests on future production from its Lac Knife, Quebec deposit of low-cost, high grade graphite concentrate and value added graphite products for the renewable energy sectors, inclusive of battery grade spherical graphite.

According to Dundee Capital Markets, graphite demand will rise an estimated 8.6% per year between now and 2020 causing a supply imbalance from production curtailment in China; anticipated demand in the global battery manufacturing sector, created in part by demand from Tesla Motors and its electric vehicle competitors, and; China's electrification and Europe's expansion of existing electric transportation infrastructures.

Dundee estimates that at least two to three new producing graphite mines are needed to bring balance to the supply-demand gap within the next two years.

Having met its numerous regulatory and developmental milestones during 2014, Focus is exceptionally well positioned to make further advances toward production during 2015.

Discussions leading to securing mine and plant financing of $165.5 million (including a $17 million contingency) are currently underway with public and private sector funds, vendors and institutions. The company anticipates further announcements resulting from those discussions within the coming months.

Milestones Met

In late 2013, Focus made mining history by signing the first-ever, long-term graphite supply contract - or offtake - with a Chinese industrial conglomerate located in Dalian City.

During the last 12 months, the company announced the following:

January: A 92% increase of Lac Knife's Measured and Indicated Resource to 9.6 million tonnes grading at 14.77% Cg. The updated mineral resource was subsequently incorporated into a mineral reserve estimate in the Lac Knife feasibility study.

May: Independent testing confirmed Focus Graphite's success in producing extremely high-performing coated spherical graphite for use in anodes for Lithium Ion batteries. Focus achieved this through in-house, proprietary purification technologies. Focus is one of only two Companies in the graphite space to have achieved this level of development.

June: The Lac Knife Feasibility Study highlighting a pre-tax NPV of $383 million ($242 million post tax); 30.1% IRR (24.1% post tax) and Operating Costs of $441 per tonne over a 25-year mine life. The study did not incorporate values related to its spherical graphite production.

September: The company's definitive move into the project financing phase for the Lac Knife Project with first tranche closing of a $6.5 million private placement with net proceeds used in part for work related to the Detailed Engineering Phase of the project.

October: Intersection of significant mineralization at depth below a discovery of 88.5 metres grading 12.82% Cg at its Lac Tetepisca Project. Metallurgical results showed an average of 94.7% total carbon in +200 mesh flake, including 97.7% total carbon for +80 mesh flake with similarities in carbon content to the Company's Lac Knife Deposit. The Graphite Flake shows some similar properties to the Lac Knife flake. This shows promise of use in batteries.

October: The Company enters into a pre-development, collaborative agreement with the Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam Innu First Nation to incorporate the community's concerns related to the Lac Knife Graphite Project into the company's submission of its Environmental and Social Impact Assessment to the Quebec government.

December: The filing of the company's Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for the Lac Knife Graphite Project to the Quebec government - a significant milestone required to obtain permitting approvals for mine and plant construction.

January, 2015: Entering the final discussions phase for mine and plant financing beginning with Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation's formal expression of interest in participating in the Lac Knife Project's financing structuring.

Looking Ahead - Through 2015

Focus Graphite continues to maintain a strong current market position among its industry peers.

Driving forward to complete those discussions for financing and off-take, now underway, holds the potential to lead the sector into the green technology, renewable energy revolution

Anticipated Milestones Include:
•Commencement of detailed engineering (FEED) with potential site works underway in June, led by a strong Focus team.
•Feasibility level design of Focus' value added graphite plant and further refining and optimization of its spherical graphite process
•Hydro-Quebec's power line detailed engineering and build out to the Lac Knife mine site
•Submission of Mine Closure Plan & mining leases

Since listing on the TSX-Venture, Focus has distinguished itself by shaping its business - and its business structures - to compete in high value technology markets.

Focus' management is positioning the Lac Knife Project as a potential cost leader in the highly competitive battery materials supply sector and aims to do so from a vertically integrated business model that incorporates value added production.

Lac Knife's project economics are positive and are built upon low production costs as outlined in the Lac Knife Feasibility Study filed on SEDAR.

In conclusion, commodities markets have changed dramatically during the last 18 months. This period of investment uncertainty continues to present challenges to project financing. Our project location in the Province of Quebec provides financing opportunities not available in other jurisdictions. Quebec is arguably the best mining jurisdiction in the world today.

Qualified Persons

Don Baxter, P. Eng., Focus President & Chief Operating Officer, is a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101 guidelines, has reviewed and approved the technical content of this news release.

About Focus Graphite

Focus Graphite Inc. is an emerging mining development company with an objective to produce value added products initially for the lithium ion battery market from the Lac Knife graphite deposit located south west of Fermont, Québec. The Lac Knife project hosts a NI 43-101 Measured and Indicated Mineral Resource Estimate* of 9.6 million tonnes (432,000 tonnes Measured and 9,144,000 tonnes Indicated) grading 14.77% graphitic carbon (Cg) as natural flake graphite with an additional Inferred Mineral Resource Estimate* of 3.1 million tonnes grading 13.25% Cg. Focus' goal is to assume an industry leadership position by becoming a low-cost producer of technology-grade graphite. The Feasibility Study filed with SEDAR on August 8, 2014 for the Lac Knife Project indicates the project is economically viable and has the potential to become a low cost graphite producer based on 7.86 million tonnes (429,000 tonnes Proven and 7,428,000 tonnes Probable) of Proven and Probable Reserves grading 15.13 Cg. On May 27, 2014 the Company announced the Potential for High Value Added Sales in the Li-Ion Battery Sector following battery coin cell tests performed on Lac Knife Spherical Graphite ("SPG"). Testing measured the performance metrics and confirmed Focus' capability to tailor lithium ion battery anode grade graphite and value added products to meet the most stringent customer specifications. Focus Graphite is a technology-oriented enterprise with a vision for building long-term, sustainable shareholder value. Focus also holds a significant equity position in graphene applications developer Grafoid Inc.
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Focus Graphite (TSX VENTURE:FMS) Closes First Tranche of Offering




Focus Graphite Inc. (TSX VENTURE:FMS)(OTCQX:FCSMF)(FRANKFURT:FKC) ("Focus" or the "Company") announces today the closing of the first tranche of its previously announced private placement (the "Offering") for gross proceeds of $2,051,758.10 (see Company's news release dated March 2nd, 2015 for more details on the Offering). In total, the Company has issued 5,862,166 units (the "Units") at a price of $0.35 per Unit, each Unit being comprised of one (1) common share of the Company and one half (1/2) of one common share purchase warrant (each whole warrant a "Warrant") with each Warrant entitling the holder thereof to acquire one (1) additional common share of the Company at a price of $0.55 per share until March 13, 2017.

Stormcrow Capital Ltd. ("Stormcrow"), an exempt market dealer headquartered in Toronto (Ontario) acting as agent in connection with the Offering, received a cash commission equal to $143,623 and 410,351 non-transferable broker warrants, each broker warrant entitling Stormcrow the right to acquire one (1) common share of the Company at a price of $0.35 per share until March 13, 2017.

The Company anticipates proceeding shortly with the closing of the second tranche of the Offering and has received thus far several expressions of interest in this regard.

The securities issued in connection with the closing of the first tranche of the Offering are subject to a four-month hold period expiring on July 14, 2015. The Offering is subject to the final approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.

The securities offered pursuant to the Offering will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 (the "Act") and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Act.

About Focus Graphite

Focus Graphite Inc. is an emerging mining development company with an objective to produce value added products initially for the lithium ion battery market from the Lac Knife graphite deposit located south west of Fermont, Québec. The Lac Knife project hosts a NI 43-101 Measured and Indicated Mineral Resource Estimate* of 9.6 million tonnes (432,000 tonnes Measured and 9,144,000 tonnes Indicated) grading 14.77% graphitic carbon (Cg) as natural flake graphite with an additional Inferred Mineral Resource Estimate* of 3.1 million tonnes grading 13.25% Cg. Focus' goal is to assume an industry leadership position by becoming a low-cost producer of technology-grade graphite. The Feasibility Study filed with SEDAR on August 8, 2014 for the Lac Knife Project indicates the project is economically viable and has the potential to become a low cost graphite producer based on 7.86 million tonnes (429,000 tonnes Proven and 7,428,000 tonnes Probable) of Proven and Probable Reserves grading 15.13 Cg. On May 27, 2014 the Company announced the Potential for High Value Added Sales in the Li-Ion Battery Sector following battery coin cell tests performed on Lac Knife Spherical Graphite ("SPG"). Testing measured the performance metrics and confirmed Focus' capability to tailor lithium ion battery anode grade graphite and value added products to meet the most stringent customer specifications. Focus Graphite is a technology-oriented enterprise with a vision for building long-term, sustainable shareholder value. Focus also holds a significant equity position in graphene applications developer Grafoid Inc.
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