Black Iron Letter to Shareholders: Our Future Remains Promising!

Black Iron Letter to Shareholders: Our Future Remains Promising! 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 07/09/13 -- Black Iron Inc.
(TSX:BKI)(FRANKFURT:BIN) -  


 
--  PROJECT ECONOMICS FROM BANKABLE FEASIBILITY STUDY ARE ROBUST AND HAVE
    THE POTENTIAL TO GET STRONGER 
 
--  ADDITIONAL PILOT PLANT TEST WORK SUGGESTS THAT OPPORTUNITIES EXIST TO
    INCREASE THROUGHPUT AND DECREASE OPERATING COSTS OR POTENTIALLY TO LOWER
    CAPITAL COSTS 
 
--  TEST WORK CONFIRMS ABILITY TO PRODUCE FOUR DIFFERENT HIGH-GRADE
    PRODUCTS: BLAST FURNANCE (BF) CONCENTRATE, BF PELLETS, DIRECT REDUCTION
    (DR) CONCENTRATE, AND DR PELLETS 
 
--  ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENTS EXPECTED NEAR TERM ON INFRASTRUCTURE USE AND
    OTHER STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENTS 

 
Black Iron Inc. ("Black Iron" or the "Company") would like to express
its appreciation to shareholders for their continued support of the
Company. Positive strides continue to be made in the advancement of
the Shymanivske Iron Ore Project ("Shymanivske" or the "Project") and
we would like to take this opportunity to update you on what has been
happening and why we continue to believe that our future remains
promising! 
Despite challenging times in the global capital markets, we have
remained busy since releasing the results of our Bankable Feasibility
Study ("BFS") in Q4 2012. Much has changed since we successfully
completed our initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
We have strategically deployed the monies raised and have
significantly advanced test work and engineering at Shymanivske. Now,
more than ever, we believe the Project has the potential to become a
world class iron ore producer. Here is just a quick summary of our
recent notable achievements: 


 
--  Bankable Feasibility Study. On December 18, 2012, we filed our National
    Instrument 43-101-compliant Bankable Feasibility Study entitled
    "Feasibility Study of the Shymanivske Iron Ore Deposit for Black Iron
    Inc." (the "Report"). The Report contains a comprehensive mine to port
    breakdown of our Project. In terms of economic robustness, the Report
    shows a 45.9% internal rate of return, 2.2 year payback and US$3.5
    billion net present value (all pre-tax), for a 9.2 million tonne per
    year high-grade 68% iron concentrate producer. The capital cost
    estimates for the Project were reported at $1.094 billion, or $119 per
    tonne of installed capacity, ranking it in the first quartile of
    development projects. A full copy of the Report may be found under the
    Company's profile on SEDAR. 
 
--  Pilot Plant Test Work. We are currently conducting pilot plant test work
    with an emphasis on firming up the process flow sheet, equipment sizing
    and product specifications. While this test work is still ongoing, we
    believe we have found significant opportunities to achieve even better
    cobber (i.e. magnetic separation stage located between the primary
    crushing and grinding stages) rejection rates, which may lead to
    stronger Project economics. If these opportunities prove to be possible,
    they have the potential to either increase the Project throughput and
    reduce operating costs, or maintain current throughput rates and reduce
    capital costs. Either outcome has the potential to materially increase
    the Project IRR and NPV. 
 
--  Pellet Testing Complete. We continue to investigate the opportunity to
    produce a high-grade pellet product. To this end, we have completed all
    basket and pot grade testing. We await the final results but all
    indications thus far support a positive conclusion on physical and
    pyromet characteristics. In terms of product grade, these blast furnace
    pellets would have an iron content of 65% with only 4% silica. 
 
--  Direct Reduction Capability. We have also confirmed the ability to
    produce an ultra-high-grade, direct reduction concentrate product and
    direct reduction pellet. The direct reduction concentrate would have
    iron content greater than 69% with 1.3% silica. Direct reduction
    products sell at a premium to blast furnace material and would open up
    more end markets for our product. 

 
We will continue to work on these advancements and look forward to
reporting on the final conclusions over the balance of the year. We
are also working on a number of initiatives that we believe will help
generate additional interest in Black Iron. Specifically: 


 
--  Advancing Infrastructure Contracts. One of the things that differentiate
    Black Iron from many of the other iron ore developers is our access to
    existing infrastructure with available capacity. We have been discussing
    our usage requirements with the various rail, port, power and municipal
    utilities providers and believe we will be in a position to enter into
    final-stage negotiation of use agreements in the near future. Securing
    these infrastructure contracts will further de-risk our Project
    development. 
 
--  Strengthening Our Local Presence. A key part of building a world-class
    mining operation is the quality and depth of your team at site,
    particularly when operating in a foreign country. We have been working
    diligently to augment our already strong presence in Ukraine, but have
    come across a unique opportunity to potentially work with a major local
    company. We hope to execute on this opportunity in the near term, which
    could further differentiate us from other developers. 
 
--  Off-Take Discussions Picking Up. The release of the BFS brought
    significantly more attention to our Project and its potential role as a
    supplier of high-grade iron ore products. We have had a number of
    positive discussions with prospective off-takers with a number of groups
    actively reviewing our data and testing our ore. Finding an off-take
    group, or groups, is a high priority at this stage as we see the off-
    taker as playing a vital role in our financing plan for the Project's
    development. 

 
As a team, our top priority is the successful development of our iron
ore assets. An extension of this priority is ensuring that our
efforts are accurately reflected in our share price. We admit that we
are disappointed with recent trading prices but we are working hard
to develop the Company and to unlock value for shareholders. With the
work we have completed since the BFS, the news flow that will follow
our recent initiatives, and support from new and existing
shareholders, we remain highly motivated to grow the Company and
execute our strategic plan. As we progress, we will continue to
update you through our website and press release. Our future remains
promising! 
Thank you again for your continued support. 
Sincerely, 
BLACK IRON INC. 
Matt Simpson - President & CEO 
George Mover - COO 
Paul Bozoki - CFO 
Aaron Wolfe - VP, Corporate Development 
Nikolay Bayrak - VP, Gov't & Community Relations 
Christine Gallo - Corporate Secretary 
Michael McAllister - Manager, Investor Relations 
About Black Iron 
Black Iron is an iron ore exploration and development company,
advancing its 100 percent-owned Shymanivske project located in Kryviy
Rih, Ukraine. This project contains an NI 43-101 compliant resource,
with 645.8 Mt Measured and Indicated mineral resources, consisting of
355.1 Mt Measured mineral resources grading 32.0% Total iron and
19.5% Magnetic iron, and Indicated mineral resources of 290.7 Mt
grading 31.1% Total iron and 17.9% Magnetic iron, using a cut-off
grade of 10% Magnetic iron. Additionally, the project contains 188.3
Mt of Inferred mineral resources grading 30.1% Total iron and 18.4%
Magnetic iron. The project is surrounded by five other operating
mines, including ArcelorMittal's iron ore complex. The Company
believes that existing infrastructure, including access to power,
rail and port facilities, will allow for a quick development timeline
to production. Further, the Company holds an exploration permit for
the adjacent Zelenivske project, which it intends to further explore
to determine its potential. Please visit the Company's website at
www.blackiron.com, follow us on Facebook: BlackIronInc or Twitter:
@BlackIronBKI or write us at info@blackiron.com for more information. 
The technical and scientific contents of this press release have been
prepared under the supervision of and have been reviewed and approved
by Matt Simpson, P.Eng., President and CEO of Black Iron Inc., who is
a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. For further information,
please see the technical report of the Company, which is available on
SEDAR at www.sedar.com. 
Forward-Looking Information 
This press release contains forward-looking information within the
meaning set out in Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking
information is based on what management believes to be reasonable
assumptions, opinions and estimates of the date such statements are
made based on information available to them at that time, including
those factors discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the
Company's annual information form for the year ended December 31,
2012 or as may be identified in the Company's public disclosure from
time to time, as filed under the Company's profile on SEDAR at
www.sedar.com. Forward-looking information may include, but is not
limited to, statements with respect to results of the feasibility
study dated December 17, 2012 (the "Feasibility Study", as filed
under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com) and the
mineral reserve and resource estimate, the future financial or
operating performance of the Company, its subsidiaries and its
projects, the development of and the anticipated timing with respect
to the Shymanivske project, the ability to obtain financing; and the
impact of concerns relating to permitting, regulation, governmental
and local community relations. Generally, forward looking information
can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as
"plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget",
"scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or
"does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and
phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may",
"could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be
achieved".
Estimates underlying the results of the Feasibility Study arise from
engineering, geological and costing work of WorleyParsons Canada
Services Ltd. ("WorleyParsons"), Watts, Griffis and McOuat Limited
("WGM"), Consulting Geologists and Engineers of Toronto, P&E Mining
Consultants Inc. ("P&E") and the Company. See the technical report
relating to the Feasibility Study for a description of all relevant
estimates, assumptions and parameters. Forward-looking information is
subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors
that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or
achievements of the Company to be materially different from those
expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including
but not limited to: general business, economic, competitive,
geopolitical and social uncertainties; the actual results of current
exploration activities; other risks of the mining industry and the
risks described in the annual information form of the Company.
Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that
could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained
in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause
results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be
no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as
actual results and future events could differ materially from those
anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place
undue reliance on forward looking information. The Company does not
undertake to update any forward-looking information, except in
accordance with applicable securities laws.
Contacts:
Black Iron Inc.
Michael McAllister
Manager, Investor Relations
+1 (416) 309-2950
info@blackiron.com 
Black Iron Inc.
Matt Simpson
President & Chief Executive Officer
+1 (416) 309-2138
www.blackiron.com