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(Kitco News) - Nouveau Monde Graphite (NYSE: NMG) announced today that the company, Mitsui and Panasonic Energy have entered into a framework agreement establishing the terms of the commercial relationship between the parties to enable the next development steps of NMG’s ore-to-battery-market integrated graphite project in Québec, Canada.

The company said that the parties have signed memorandum of understanding to confirm intentions for a multi-year offtake agreement between NMG and Panasonic Energy for a significant portion of NMG’s active anode material out of NMG’s fully integrated “ore-to-anode-material” facilities.

NMG also announced that it has entered into unsecured convertible note subscription agreements with each of Mitsui, Pallinghurst and Investissement Québec pursuant to which NMG has agreed to issue to each holder an unsecured convertible note, for aggregate gross proceeds of US$50 million.

The company noted that a total investment of US$50 million from Mitsui, Pallinghurst and Investissement Québec will support the next operational milestones for the project financing activities on both the Matawinie Mine and the Bécancour Battery Material Plant.

Eric Desaulniers, Founder, President, and CEO of NMG, commented, “I am delighted to embark on this transformative partnership with experienced and industry-leading partners Mitsui and Panasonic Energy. It is set to provide NMG with a solid commercial foundation for deploying our Phase-2 Commercial operations. Their participation is a testament to our sound business model and a lever at this pivotal time to advance our business plan towards establishing what is projected to become North America’s largest fully integrated natural graphite production.”

NMG said it 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.

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