BOSTON, Apr 24, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Converted Organics Inc. (NASDAQ:COIN) announced today that Professional Offshore Opportunity Fund, Ltd., the largest holder of Converted Organics' secured convertible debenture note, converted its outstanding debt position into shares of Converted Organics common stock. The final transaction took place on April 23, 2009.
"Converted Organics is very pleased that all but a minor portion of the debt has been eliminated," said Edward J. Gildea, President of Converted Organics. "We remain optimistic about the immediate and long-term future of the Company, and continue to focus on maximizing fertilizer production, closing sales, and effectively managing expenses. The remaining principal on the secured convertible debenture note, held by High Capital Funding, LLC, is approximately $85,000."
The Company also announced today that a special meeting of Converted Organics shareholders, scheduled to be held on April 23, 2009 to approve a new financing proposal, was cancelled due to lack of a voting quorum.
"The lack of a quorum at the special meeting of shareholders caused the meeting to be cancelled. However, the Company has identified alternate sources of financing that we consider to be superior to the option that was to be approved," added Mr. Gildea. "We look forward to sharing details about this new arrangement with our shareholders as they become finalized."
About Converted Organics Inc.
Converted Organics (NASDAQ:COIN, www.convertedorganics.com), based in Boston, MA, is dedicated to producing high-quality, all-natural, organic soil amendment and fertilizer products through food waste recycling. The Company uses its proprietary High Temperature Liquid Composting (HTLC) system, a proven, state-of-the-art microbial digestion technology, to process various biodegradable food wastes into dry pellet and liquid concentrate organic fertilizers that help grow healthier food and improve environmental quality. Converted Organics sells and distributes its environmentally-friendly fertilizer products in the retail, professional turf management, and agribusiness markets.
Converted Organics' flagship manufacturing facility is located in Woodbridge, New Jersey. A second manufacturing site is located in Gonzales, California, and a third is under development in Johnston, Rhode Island. Converted Organics' products have been tested in numerous field trials for more than a dozen crops with the result that, on average, the net value of the farmer's crop increased 11-16 percent, depending on the particular crop and product application. This is due, in part, to the disease suppression characteristics of the product, which reduce or eliminate the need for other costly, often toxic, crop protection applications. In a number of lab and field trials, Converted Organics' liquid product has been shown to be effective in mitigating powdery mildew, a leaf fungus that affects most plants and grasses and restricts the flow of water and nutrients to the plant. Increased use of nitrogen in commercial agriculture and turf grass applications, such as on golf courses, has reduced the soil's ability to absorb nitrogen and other nutrients. Using the products produced by Converted Organics helps restore the soil by replenishing these micronutrients. This reduces the amount of nitrogen required in a virtuous cycle that benefits from long-term use. As a result, use of the product reduces chemical run-off to streams, ponds and rivers, an objective with significant long-term benefits to the environment.
Converted Organics' products have a long shelf life compared to many other organic fertilizers. The Company's fertilizer products can be used on a stand-alone basis or in combination with more traditional fertilizers and crop protection products. Converted Organics expects to benefit from increased regulatory focus on organic waste processing and on environmentally-friendly growing practices.
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