NEW YORK, Nov. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Yulong Eco-Materials Limited (Nasdaq CM: YECO) today announced that it has closed $3 million in a private placement with an institutional investor.

As disclosed on Nov 7, 2018, the Company sold 1 million ordinary shares at a price of $3.00 per share for gross proceeds of $3 million dollars.  In connection with the private placement, the Company issued a warrant to purchase up to 1 million shares at an exercise price of $5.00 per share.  The warrants are immediately exercisable and expire five years from the date of issuance.  In addition, the Company has agreed to file a registration statement registering the shares and the shares issuable upon exercise of the warrants for resale with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Further, On Nov 7th, the Company disclosed that it had received a “Staff determination Letter” from Nasdaq pursuant to: (the “Business Combination”) constituted a business combination resulting in a “Change of Control” pursuant to Listing Rule 5110(a) (the “Rule”).1 Accordingly, the post-transaction entity was required to satisfy all of Nasdaq’s initial listing criteria and to complete Nasdaq’s initial listing process, including the payment of all applicable fees, prior to consummation of the transaction. The Company has filed its Appeal and has paid the  $10,000 Hearing Fee to Nasdaq.  Accordingly, the delisting action referenced in the Nasdaq Staff’s determination letter has been stayed, pending a final written decision by the Nasdaq Hearings Panel. The Hearing is scheduled for December 13, 2018 AT 10:00am.

About the Company

The objective of YECO is to use issuances of its Nasdaq stock to acquire further rare works of fine art, develop the value of these acquisitions with exhibitions and media exposure, and open the opportunity of shared ownership of its acquired masterpieces to anyone with a brokerage account.  It will empower investors who have not had the independent financial ability to now share ownership of such works. Through the acquisition of YECO shares, the general public can have fractionalized ownership of a collection of extremely valuable art treasures that until now have been restricted to billionaires, museums and royalty.

About the Millennium Sapphire

The Millennium Sapphire is widely considered an icon in the world of art and gems. It is one of the most documented gemstones of modern times. Since its discovery in Madagascar in 1995, this remarkable blue gem has appeared on CNN, BBC, NBC, FOX and numerous other television networks around the world. It has been written about in virtually every major newspaper and has been the subject of articles published in dozens of magazines, such as Forbes, Wall Street Journal and others.

Independent gemological laboratory reports on the Millennium Sapphire include The Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Gubelin Gemological Laboratory, Switzerland, and the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences (AIGS), Thailand. Additionally, at 61,500 carats, the Millennium Sapphire was recognized in 2001 in the Guinness Book of records as the largest carved sapphire in the world.

Numerous world-renowned gemologists have commented extensively on the Millennium Sapphire. “This crystal is the largest single piece of gem quality sapphire that I know of. It is very rare to see such a large piece of such good color,” said Marcus McCallum, FGA, London. Garry Du Toit, now with the GIA, Bangkok said, “It is definitely gem grade sapphire, a fine gem blue color. Other famous blue sapphires cannot compare in terms of size, weight and quite possibly color”. And finally, Christian Dunaigre, formerly with the Gubelin Gemological Laboratory, Switzerland said, “This sapphire is everyone's dream”.

In their report of 13 November 2000, Gubelin staff members Christopher P. Smith and Nicole Surdez commented: The Millennium Sapphire was an “ornately carved gem” and a “striking art object”.

The Millennium Sapphire was a multi-year design and carving project directed by Italian artist and designer Alessio Boschi. Boschi’s designs have been widely published and his art displayed in internationally respected venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and he has won several international jewelry design competitions in Hong Kong, New York, Beijing, Madrid and London, including awards sponsored by Chopard and Charles Perroud S.A.

Boschi’s inspiration for the Millennium Sapphire was to sculpt a tribute to the creative genius of humanity. Starting from a base of human figures supporting the four doors of air, water, earth and fire, the sapphire takes us on an upward winding spiral helix through history depicting over 134 figures representing the high points of man’s achievements over the last 5000 years including the Pyramids of Giza, Confucius, Archimedes, the Great Wall of China, Julius Caesar, Mayan hieroglyphic writing, Leonardo da Vinci, Christopher Columbus, Michelangelo, Galileo, Newton, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Benjamin Franklin, Pasteur, Monet, Edison, Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, Louis Armstrong, Gandhi, Neil Armstrong, Mother Teresa and a host of others.

The Sapphire Sea, by John Robinson, a fictional novel, published in November 2003 was inspired by the discovery of the then unnamed Millennium Sapphire.

About the Millennium Sapphire business

YECO plans to take the Millennium Sapphire on a tour of museums around the world as well as to develop documentaries and include it in the plots of feature films.  The Company will develop games around its museum tours, much in the same manner as the Pokemon Go craze and other virtual games. CEO Hoi Ming Chan said, “We plan to develop the business and cash flows of the Millennium Sapphire through games, branding and licensing along with royalties and ticket sales through major museums worldwide. We will also retain some of the top art and promotions experts globally to develop and manage this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, particularly as related to, among other things, the business plans of the Company, statements relating to goals, plans and projections regarding the Company's financial position and business strategy. The words or phrases "plans," "would be," "will allow," "intends to," "may result," "are expected to," "will continue," "anticipates," "expects," "estimate," "project," "indicate," "could," "potentially," "should," "believe," "think," "considers" or similar expressions are intended to identify "forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements fall within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934 and are subject to the safe harbor created by these sections. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, involve known and unknown risks, a reliance on third parties for information, transactions or orders that may be cancelled, and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements, or developments in our industry, to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from anticipated results include risks and uncertainties related to the fluctuation of local, regional, and global economic conditions, the performance of management and our employees, our ability to obtain financing, competition, general economic conditions and other factors that are detailed in our periodic reports and on documents we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements made herein are as of the date of this press release and should not be relied upon as of any subsequent date, and the Company specifically disclaims any obligation, to update any forward-looking statements to reflect occurrences, developments, unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statement.

YECO has 28.41 million shares issued and outstanding with a float of 1,012,375 shares. 1 million 5 year warrants exercisable at $5 per share.

Contact:

Dennis Burns
Investor Relations 
Tel 877-561-8101
dburns@nvestrain.com

For more information on the Millennium Sapphire please visit:
www.millenniumsapphire.com
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