07/05/2009 - 15:17

Carbon Conscious strikes major tree deal

07/05/2009 - 15:17

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The Matt Birney-chaired Carbon Conscious says it has reached a substantial deal with an unnamed ASX top 50 company to plant "many millions" of Mallee Eucalypt trees in the Wheatbelt region.

The Matt Birney-chaired Carbon Conscious says it has reached a substantial deal with an unnamed ASX top 50 company to plant "many millions" of Mallee Eucalypt trees in the Wheatbelt region.

News of the non-binding commercial deal sent Carbon's shares up 45 per cent to close at 16 cents today.

Under the deal, Carbon will manage the planting of "millions" of Mallee Eucalypt trees in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons, which will be carried out by a contractor.

An option to extend the arrangement up to the 2014 season is also included.

Carbon said the formal contract documentation and final due diligence is currenlty being undertakem, with finalisation expected in four to six weeks.

 

The announcement is below:

 

Carbon Conscious Limited (CCF) is pleased to announce that it has reached agreement of nonbinding commercial terms with an ASX top 50 company to plant Mallee Eucalypt trees in the wheatbelt areas of Australia for the production of Carbon Credits to be fungible under the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS).

The parties will now negotiate formal documents on the basis of the agreed terms. The transaction is conditional on the execution of those formal documents.

This agreement of commercial terms, once finalised, will represent a major deal for Carbon Conscious Limited involving the planting of many millions of Mallee Eucalypt trees in the wheatbelt of Australia.

The commercial terms involve a unique structure designed to identify and manage risk and reward between the two parties over the long term life of the arrangement. The formal documents will provide for contracted plantings in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons and an option for the contracting party to plant in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 planting seasons.

Formal contract documentation and final due diligence is currently being undertaken and is expected to take between 4 to 6 weeks to finalise. The substantial commercial terms of the contract including the contracting parties will be released to the market upon finalisation of this contract.

CEO of Carbon Conscious Peter Balsarini said: "Once finalised, the transaction will represent a significant commercial deal for Carbon Conscious and has been struck in a particularly difficult economic environment. The deal vindicates the business model adopted by the Company and provides flexibility for the contracting parties in terms of the proposed government CPRS legislation. We look forward to finalising the arrangement and announcing further details to the market."

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