Clear Blue Technologies Acquires eSite Power Systems and Provides Private Placement Update
Second Tranche of $2.5 Million Private Placement Expected to Close in January
eSite Acquisition Accelerates Clear Blue’s 2023 Cashflow Breakeven
January 23, 2023, TORONTO, ON -- Clear Blue Technologies International Inc. (“Clear Blue” or the “Company”) (TSXV: CBLU), the Smart Off-Grid™ Company, announces that it has closed the acquisition of eSite Power Systems, announced on December 21, 2022. The purchase of eSite has been financed by issuing 3,000,000 Clear Blue common shares to eSite Power Systems’ shareholders and is being completed on a cash-free, debt-free basis.
Recall, the Company previously announced a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to approximately CAD$2,500,000 (the “Offering”). A first tranche closed in December, raising gross proceeds of CAD$1,261,668 with certain members of Clear Blue’s management and board of directors investing CAD$599,871, which brings insider ownership up to 22% from 16% previously.
The Company plans to close a second tranche for gross proceeds of up to CAD$1,238,332, by the end of January. The second tranche includes Pegroco Invest AB (“Pegroco”), an investment company holding a 49% stake in eSite, together with other Swedish investment funds, contributing up to CAD$762,500. As a result, Pegroco will own just under 9% of the basic shares outstanding of Clear Blue Technologies International Ltd. Pegroco is also guaranteeing certain vendor commitments by eSite through 2023. The second tranche will add four new institutional investors to Clear Blue’s investor base, including Pegroco.
“eSite currently has over 1,000 power systems operating in the field that can benefit from Clear Blue’s Illumience software and management service,” said Clear Blue CEO Miriam Tuerk. “Their technology and broad customer base in the retrofit market dovetails nicely with Clear Blue’s new install business, providing significant expansion opportunities in our key markets. Combined with the Offering, management is confident the acquisition can help drive Clear Blue’s growth and drive to cash flow breakeven in 2023, as evidenced by management’s and Pegroco’s substantial participation in the coincident Private Placement.”
About eSite Power Systems
eSite Power Systems is a Swedish technology company that specializes in power supply systems for telecom sites. With over 10 years of experience in designing and building its award-winning eSite™ solution, eSite Power Systems is a market leader in its field and has been a driving force in the development of sustainable green energy infrastructure in Africa and Asia. The company is the recipient of several industry awards, including Sustania 100 and the GSMA Green Mobile Award.
Pegroco (www.pegrocoinvest.com) is an investment company that invests in small and medium-sized unlisted companies, preferably in Sweden. Pegroco's preference share is listed on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market Stockholm. Erik Penser Bank AB is Pegroco's Certified Adviser on Nasdaq First North Growth Market Stockholm.
About Clear Blue Technologies
Clear Blue Technologies International, the Smart Off-Grid™ company, was founded on a vision of delivering clean, managed, “wireless power” to meet the global need for reliable, low-cost, solar and hybrid power for lighting, telecom, security, Internet of Things devices, and other mission-critical systems. Today, Clear Blue has thousands of systems under management across 37 countries, including the U.S. and Canada. (TSXV: CBLU) (FRA: 0YA) (OTCQB: CBUTF)
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