TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 27, 2011) - On May 4, 2011, Niocan Inc. ("Niocan" or the "Company")(TSX:NIO) announced that the Company had entered into a binding letter of intent (the "LOI") with Forbes & Manhattan, Inc. ("F&M") whereby F&M, its affiliates and/or assigns would provide Niocan with the lead order for a private placement of 5,157,000 common shares of Niocan at a price of $1.15 per share. On May 20, 2011, Niocan announced that the Company had agreed to extend the exclusivity period in the LOI to May 27, 2011 to allow additional time to complete due diligence and negotiate a definitive subscription agreement. Discussions between the parties are still ongoing and as a result, the Company has agreed to further extend the exclusivity period to June 3, 2011.

About F&M

F&M is a leading merchant bank with a proven track record in managing, developing and operating iron ore and strategic minerals companies globally. F&M participated in the development of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Ltd. and the Bloom Lake deposit, resulting in a resource expansion, off-take arrangements with a strategic investor, commercial production and the subsequent sale to Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. F&M has also been involved in the management and development of Alderon Resource Corp. Alderon's Kami property is strategically located within the Labrador Trough in close proximity to Consolidated Thompson's Bloom Lake mine, IOC's Carol Lake mine and Cliffs Natural Resources Scully mine. F&M has also been instrumental in the development of the Shymanivske and Zelenivske iron ore projects located in Krivoy Rog, Ukraine, which are 100% owned by Black Iron Inc.

About Niocan

Niocan's mission is to become a ferroniobium producer as soon as possible, following the issuance of a Certificate of Authorization from the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks for its Oka niobium property. Mining assets include mining rights in two (2) properties: 48 claims covering 1604 acres as well as surface rights on 231 acres at Oka and the Hudson Bay Great Whale Iron property covering 17,098 acres.

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On behalf of the Board of Directors


Certain statements contained in this press release are forward-looking and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, known and unknown. For information identifying known risks and uncertainties, relating to the issuance by the Ministry of Environment of the Certificate of Authorization to build the mine in Oka, financial resources, market prices, exchange rates, politicosocial conflicts, competition, the purchase of the old St-Lawrence Columbium mine site from the Municipality of Oka should the Certificate of Authorization be issued, and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, please refer to the Risk and Uncertainties Section of the Corporation's most recent Management's Discussion and Analysis, which may be found at Consequently, actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results expressed in these forward-looking statements.

Contact Information:

Hubert Marleau
Interim Chairman of the Board and CEO
514-843-4809 (FAX)