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QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 30, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - H2O Innovation Inc. ("H2O Innovation" or the "Company") announces that it has completed a non-brokered private placement of approximately $1.978 million with a group of private investors and shares for debts for an amount of approximately $157,000 (the "Offering").
The Company will use the proceeds of the Offering to reimburse partially its long-term debt and to support its working capital. "We believe that the Company has now reached more stability in its business model and its overall operations; thus, we want to solidify our balance sheet in reducing our long-term debt by approximately $1.15 million, which will also significantly reduce our interest expenses over the current fiscal year and improve our profitability. The remaining portion of the Offering will be used to our support working capital and business growth. Through this financing, we are also increasing the institutional ownership of La Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec in the Company and welcoming COTE 100 Inc. as a new shareholder, two strategic financial partners necessary to our business growth", stated Frédéric Dugré, President and Chief Executive Officer of H2O Innovation Inc.
As part of the Offering, the Company issued 9,704,546 Common shares (the "Common Shares") at a price of $0.22 per Common Share for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $2.135 million. Among the Common Shares issued in connection with the Offering, 714,712 Common Shares are issued to certain creditors of the Company, Richard A. Hoel and Laurence E. Gamst, to reduce the long-term debt of the Corporation by approximately $157,000.
Certain insiders of the Company, being Richard A. Hoel, a director and holder of more than 10% of the Common Shares of the Company, Laurence E. Gamst, director of the Company and Frédéric Dugré, director and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, participated in the Offering and subscribed for an aggregate of 1,204,546 Common Shares representing an aggregate amount of approximately $265,000. Participation of insiders of the Company in the Offering constitutes a "related party transaction" as defined under Regulation 61-101 respecting Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions ("Regulation 61-101"). The Offering is exempt from the formal valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements of Regulation 61-101 as neither the fair market value of securities being issued to insiders nor the consideration being paid by insiders will exceed 25% of the Company's market capitalization. The Company did not file a material change report 21 days prior to the closing of the Offering as the details of the participation of insiders of the Company had not been confirmed at that time.
The Common Shares issued as part of the Offering are subject to a statutory resale restriction until January 31, 2014.
Certain statements set forth in this press release regarding the operations and the activities of H2O Innovation as well as other communications by the Company to the public that describe more generally management objectives, projections, estimates, expectations or forecasts may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities legislation. Forward-looking statements concern analysis and other information based on forecast future results, performance and achievements and the estimate of amounts that cannot yet be determined. Forward-looking statements include the use of words such as "anticipate", "if", "believe", "continue", "could", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "may", "plan", "potential", "predict", "project", "should" or "will", and other similar expressions, as well as those usually used in the future and the conditional, notably regarding certain assumptions as to the success of a venture. Those forward-looking statements, based on the current expectations of management, involve a number of risks and uncertainties, known and unknown, which may result in actual and future results, performance and achievements of the Company to be materially different than those indicated. Information about the risk factors to which the Company is exposed is provided in the Annual Information Form dated September 24, 2013 available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com). Unless required to do so pursuant to applicable securities legislation, H2O Innovation assumes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements contained in this press release or in other communications as a result of new information, future events and other changes.
About H2O Innovation
H2O Innovation designs and provides state-of-the-art, custom-built, and integrated water treatment solutions based on membrane filtration technology to municipal, energy & natural resources end-users. H2O Innovation also provides a complete line of specialty chemicals and consumables for membrane filtration and reverse osmosis systems. For more, visit www.h2oinnovation.com.
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