Orient Paper, Inc. closes $5.0 million financing
Monday, October 12, 2009
Press release from the issuing company
BAODING, Hebei Province, China -- Orient Paper, Inc., which controls and operates Hebei Baoding Orient Paper Milling Co., Ltd. ("HBOP"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in Hebei, China, today announced that it has successfully closed a private placement financing to support its future growth. In the transaction that closed on October 7, the Company issued approximately 8.3 million pre-reverse split shares of the Company's common stock for an approximate aggregate purchase price of $5.0 million. No warrants are issued or issuable in the transaction. The participants in the private placement included institutional investors with extensive experience investing in the People's Republic of China including Access America Fund, LP, three funds under the common control of Renaissance Capital, Pope Investments II, LLC and Steve Mazur.
The Company intends to use the proceeds to enter into the digital photo paper business through the acquisition of a digital photo paper plant and for other general corporate purposes. As part of the terms of this transaction, the Company's Chairman and CEO placed 3,000,000 shares of the Company's common stock into an escrow account ("make good shares"). These make good shares will be returned to the Company's management subject to Orient Paper achieving at least 90% of the agreed upon net income targets of $10.0 million in 2009 and $18.0 million in 2010.
"We are very pleased to announce that Orient Paper has successfully attracted support from well respected institutional investors in the U.S. capital markets. We believe that the proceeds from this financing, along with our existing cash resources, will enable Orient Paper to execute our strategy to move into the digital photo paper segment so as to accelerate our future growth and expand our margins," said Mr. Liu Zhenyong, Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper.
"We also plan to appoint a majority independent board and complete a 4-to- 1 reverse split of our common stock, both of these steps are critical and will assist our efforts to upgrade the Company to a major exchange. We see this financing as an important step forward to position our company to take advantage of the attractive expansion opportunities in China's paper manufacturing industry and are very excited and confident about our future growth prospects."
As a precondition to the PIPE financing, on August 31, 2009, a group of institutional and accredited investors acquired the remaining 3 million shares of zero-basis Orient Paper common stock from a non-management shareholder. This is in addition to the 4 million shares that the institutional investors acquired from three non-management shareholders on June 25, 2009. Along with the most recent acquisition of the shares, Max Time Enterprises Limited, the seller, and its affiliate Mr. Kit Tsui, executed a general release of all current and future claims.
The stock issued in the private placement has not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction. Accordingly, these shares may not be sold by investors in the United States, except pursuant to an effective registration statement or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. The Company has agreed to file a registration statement covering the re-sale of the securities by the investor. For more detailed information on this financing, see the Company's Current Report on Form 8-K which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on or about October 7, 2009.