US-based Insurance Administrator Plans To Invest USD $10-million Into PowerBand
Vancouver, British Columbia (March 9, 2020) — PowerBand Solutions Inc. (TSXV: PBX) (OTCQB: PWWBF) (Frankfurt: 1ZVA) (“PowerBand“, “PBX” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has closed on the first USD $1.5 million tranche of a USD $10 million Convertible Debenture Agreement with Texas-based D&P Holdings, Inc. (“D&P”).
PowerBand is currently in negotiations to secure extensive credit facilities for its cloud-based transaction platform, which will allow consumers and dealers to buy, sell, lease and trade vehicles on their smart phones and other devices. The strategic investment by D&P is an important step toward the Company’s mission to offer the world’s consumers the credit and financing to acquire electric and non-electric vehicles.
“This is an important investment — and a vote of confidence in PowerBand from a true industry leader,” said PowerBand CEO Kelly Jennings. “Our mission is to take out unnecessary middlemen and make purchasing, selling, leasing and trading electric and non-electric vehicles as easy for people as buying a product on Amazon or ordering an Uber on their smart phone.”
D&P is one of the United States’ largest providers of automotive warranty and insurance products, directly working with more than 850 dealerships in all 50 states. It is the managing general agency for The Hanover Insurance Company, which has a $5-billlion market cap and is rated A (Excellent) with the rating agency AM Best.
“We are delighted to make this USD $10-million strategic investment, to be part of PowerBand and help the Company secure the necessary credit facilities for their revolutionary transaction system,” said D&P CEO John Armstrong. “This technology allows you to approve a vehicle lease in seconds, rather than days, as the Company and its teams have already proven with Tesla. That, in itself, is revolutionary for the automotive industry and consumers.”
The investment is the first of three tranches of a USD $10-million Convertible Debenture. The second tranche of USD $3.5 million is scheduled to close on April 6, 2020, and the third tranche of USD $5 million is scheduled to close on May 6, 2020.
The Debentures will all mature on March 6, 2023 and bear interest at a rate of 9 per cent per annum, payable monthly. PowerBand US can prepay, on thirty (30) days advance notice, all or any part of the principal and accrued but unpaid interest, at no penalty.
D&P, at any time during the term, shall have the option to exchange any number of its Debentures into (i) Common Shares of PowerBand US, and (ii) Common Shares of PowerBand’s Canadian leasing division, on the basis of one Debenture for each of one Common Share of PowerBand US and one Common Share of PowerBand’s Canadian leasing division. Assuming the conversion of all of the Debentures, D&P would hold 9 per cent interest in PowerBand US and a 9 percent interest in PowerBand’s Canadian leasing division.
In consideration of its investment, D&P has been issued 2,500,000 share purchase warrants (“Warrants”) entitling it to acquire common shares of the Company at an exercise price of CDN $0.30 for a term of 24 months. Any common shares of the Company issued from the exercise of the Warrants will be subject to a four-month hold period, which will expire on the date that is four months and one day from the date of issuance. The issuance of the Warrants has received the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.
About PowerBand Solutions Inc.
PowerBand Solutions Inc. is a technology provider listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. The Company’s cloud-based platform is revolutionizing how we buy, sell, lease, and auction vehicles. With the receipt of its exporter license and its acquisition of MUSA Auto Finance, the Company is well positioned to become a leader in the cross-border used vehicle export market, the used vehicle auction market, and the vehicle leasing market in the U.S. and Canada.
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