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Press release from CNW Group

5N Plus Statement on First Solar's Important Restructuration Announcement

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

5N Plus Statement on First Solar's Important Restructuration Announcement14:35 EDT Tuesday, April 17, 2012MONTREAL, April 17, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - 5N Plus Inc. (TSX: VNP), the leading producer of specialty metal and chemical products, released the following statement in response to the recent important restructuration announcement by First Solar:Jacques L'Ecuyer, President and Chief Executive Officer of 5N Plus, stated: "The supply agreement we have signed with First Solar at the beginning of the year is in no way impacted by this restructuration, and the manufacturing activities of our plant in Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany, are not compromised as most of this facility's production was already being shipped to First Solar's plants in Malaysia. We do not foresee any reduction of our sales to First Solar in 2012, and the conditions of our agreement will provide us with the opportunity to fully benefit from the future growth of our customer in sustainable markets."About 5N Plus Inc.5N Plus is the leading producer of specialty metal and chemical products.  Fully integrated with closed-loop recycling facilities, the company is headquartered in Montreal, Québec, Canada and operates manufacturing facilities and sales offices in several locations in Europe, Americas and Asia. 5N Plus deploys a range of proprietary and proven technologies to produce products which are used in a number of advanced pharmaceutical, electronic and industrial applications.  Typical products include purified metals such as bismuth, gallium, germanium, indium, selenium and tellurium, inorganic chemicals based on such metals and compound semiconductor wafers.  Many of these are critical precursors and key enablers in markets such as solar, light-emitting diodes and eco-friendly materials.Forward-Looking Statements and DisclaimerThis press release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws.  All information and statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this press release are forward-looking information.  Such statements and information may be identified by words such as "about", "approximately", "may", "believes", "expects", "will", "intends", "should", "plans", "predicts", "potential", "projects", "anticipates", "estimates", "continues" or similar words or the negative thereof or other comparable terminology.  Forward-looking statements are based on the best estimates available to 5N Plus at this time and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause 5N Plus' actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  A description of the risks affecting 5N Plus' business and activities appears under the heading "Risks and Uncertainties" in Management's Discussion and Analysis for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.  No assurance can be given that any events anticipated by the forward-looking information in this press release will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits that 5N Plus will derive therefrom.  In particular, no assurance can be given as to the future financial performance of 5N Plus. The forward-looking information contained in this press release is made as of the date hereof and 5N Plus undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking information to reflect new information, subsequent or otherwise, unless required by applicable securities laws.  The reader is warned against placing undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.For further information: Contact: Jacques L'Ecuyer President and Chief Executive Officer 5N Plus Inc. 514-856-0644 jacques.lecuyer@5nplus.com