Nouveau Monde Signs a LOI With Shinzoom to Market Lithium-Ion Battery Anode Material in North America

SAINT-MICHEL-DES-SAINTS, QUEBEC–(Marketwired – July 25, 2017) -

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Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. (TSX VENTURE:NOU)(OTCQB:NMGRF)(FRANKFURT:NM9) (“Nouveau Monde” or the “Corporation“) has signed a non-binding letter of intent (or “LOI”) with Hunan Zhongke Shinzoom Co. Ltd. (“SHINZOOM“), a Chinese lithium-ion battery anode producer and developer (the “Parties”). The purpose of the proposed collaboration is to actively participate in the growing North American Li-Ion battery anode material market. To attain this goal the Parties seek to form a new corporation (“Distribution JV“) which will be owned 51% by SHINZOOM and 49% by Nouveau Monde. Distribution JV will exclusively market SHINZOOM’s anode materials to lithium battery manufacturers in North America. Subject to SHINZOOM’s investment policy and criteria, if the Distribution JV brings successful marketing and distribution results satisfactory to both SHINZOOM and Nouveau Monde in the first 18 months of Distribution JV, the Parties will evaluate the feasibility of manufacturing SHINZOOM’s anode material products (natural graphite, artificial graphite and composite graphite) in the Province of Quebec. Subject to conditions stated hereto, the processing of anode material products in the Province of Quebec would be developed through a new corporation (“Processing JV”) which would be owned 51% by Nouveau Monde and 49% by SHINZOOM. The non-binding LOI is conditional to various conditions which are amongst them, a mutual satisfactory due diligence and the execution of the definitive agreements such as distribution agreement and shareholder agreement (the “definitive agreements”) no later than October 1st, 2017. Completion of the transaction is subject to a number of conditions. There can be no assurance that the transaction will be completed as proposed or at all.

Éric Desaulniers, President and CEO of Nouveau Monde stated: “SHINZOOM is a well-respected and established anode material producer in Asia. The collaboration between SHINZOOM and Nouveau Monde, if realized by the execution of the definitive agreements, would provide North American battery makers with much needed high-quality and competitively-priced anode materials. This strategy would allow Nouveau Monde to become more vertically integrated and initiate a dialogue with customers. Mr. Desaulniers continued, “Our graphite project is not covered in the non-binding LOI, but anodes require graphite and in the event of potential manufacturing of SHINZOOM’s anode material products in Quebec it would obviously be beneficial for Nouveau Monde’s graphite products. The signing of this non-binding LOI paves a way for Nouveau Monde to actively engage customers today as well as develop its Matawinie graphite project, with a goal of maximizing downstream graphite market exposure.”

“The North American market has tremendous growth potential for SHINZOOM and we are ready to penetrate this market with our leading-edge anode material products,” commented Mr Tao Pi, General Manager of SHINZOOM. “We have already started building relationship with customers in North America. We believe that Nouveau Monde has good connections with major North American battery manufacturers and we sincerely hope that our collaboration with Nouveau Monde will immediately increase our sales in North America.”

About Shinzoom

Hunan Zhongke Shinzoom Co., Ltd. is a hi-tech enterprise specializing in the R&D and production of LiB anode materials in China. Taking the R&D of power LiB anode materials as its cardinal direction, its products have also covered multi-fields of individual consumer LiB like Aluminum-can Type, Cylindrical Type, Polymer Type, etc. It’s one of the anode material suppliers for E-buses used in Beijing Olympic 2008, Shanghai World Expo 2010 and Shenzhen Universiade 2011 held in China, and had gained a high reputation and a profound influence in the industry.

About Nouveau Monde Graphite

With a management team that has over 40 years of recent experience in the production, processing and marketing of natural graphite, Nouveau Monde Graphite (NMG) is a dynamic company positioned as a future leader in the emerging North American graphite and anode material for lithium-ion battery markets. NMG is evaluating its Matawinie graphite project discovered in 2015 with the objective of becoming the largest graphite mine in North America. The company published a Preliminary Economic Assessment, completed according to NI 43-101 guidelines, in June of 2016. (see press release dated June 22, 2016 : The project is located in the Saint-Michel-des-Saints area, some 120 km north of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It has direct access to all needed infrastructure, labour as well as green and affordable hydroelectricity. NMG is developing its project with the highest corporate social responsibility standards while targeting a low environmental footprint (targeting a net zero carbon emission operation.

This press release was prepared by Eric Desaulniers, M.Sc., P.Geo., President and CEO of Nouveau Monde, Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 guidelines.

Completion of the transaction is subject to a number of conditions, including but not limited to, TSX Venture Exchange acceptance. There can be no assurance that the transaction will be completed as proposed or at all.

To read the press release translated into simplified Chinese:

Neither the TSX-V nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX-V) has in any way passed upon the merits of the proposed transaction or approved or disapproved the contents of this press release.

Except for historical information, this press release may contain “forward-looking statements” and “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws that reflect the Nouveau Monde’s current expectation regarding future events, including, without limitation, the execution of the definitive agreements. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance and achievements of Nouveau Monde, as the case may be, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the said forward-looking statements. Nouveau Monde expressly disclaims any intention to update or revise any forward-looking statements and information whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required by law.

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