MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwired - Jan 7, 2014) - ZBB Energy Corporation (NYSE MKT: ZBB), a leading developer of intelligent, renewable energy power platforms and hybrid vehicle control systems, announced today that the NYSE MKT (the "Exchange") has accepted its compliance plan for continued listing. As previously reported, on October 8, 2013, the Company received notice from the Exchange staff indicating that the Company was not in compliance with the Exchange's continued listing standards contained in Sections 1003(a)(ii), 1003(a)(iii) and 1003(a)(iv) of the NYSE MKT Company Guide.
The Exchange also notified ZBB that if the Company did not address the low selling price of its common stock, either through a reverse stock split or other action, within a reasonable amount of time after October 14, 2013, then ZBB would have become subject to additional procedures and requirements under the Exchange's Company Guide. Accordingly, the Company effected a one-for-five reverse stock split on October 31, 2013 to address the low selling price of its common stock. As previously reported, at the 2012 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, the Company's shareholders approved a proposal that gave the Board of Directors the authority to effect a reverse stock split in its discretion.
The notice provided that the Company should submit a plan that would reestablish compliance with the listing requirements. On November 14, 2013 the Company submitted a plan designed to reestablish compliance with the Exchange's continued listing standards.
On December 31, 2013, the Exchange staff notified the Company that it had accepted the Company's compliance plan and granted the Company an extension until April 15, 2015, to regain compliance with the minimum stockholders' equity continued listing standards. In addition, the Exchange notified the Company that ZBB has made a reasonable demonstration of its ability to make substantial progress toward regaining compliance with Section 1003(a)(iv) by February 14, 2014. Failure to make progress consistent with the plan or to regain compliance with the continued listing standards by the end of the applicable extension periods could result in the Company's shares being delisted from the Exchange. The Company will be able to continue its listing during the plan period pursuant to the extension and will be subject to periodic review by the Exchange staff.
On December 17, 2013, the Company announced it entered into a new product development partnership and expanded license agreement with Lotte Chemical. Under the terms of the strategic partnership, Lotte will acquire an expanded non-exclusive license to sell the Company's zinc-bromide continuous flow battery globally with the exception of the United States and China. In addition, ZBB Energy and Lotte entered into a new research development agreement. The next generation 500kWh battery represents a tenfold increase in storage capabilities relative to the current ZBB EnerStore® 50kWh product. With the signing of these agreements, ZBB realizes a substantial improvement in their cash position, as well as longer term opportunities for additional revenues and cash flow. With the additional cash flow resulting from these agreements, ZBB expects sufficient capital to fund operations through at least fiscal year 2014, and ongoing contributions to the Company's operating capital throughout most of fiscal year 2015.
Eric Apfelbach, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are executing on our plan, including the actions that we already completed, and believe the successful execution of this plan will enable us to regain compliance with the Exchange's listing standards. An integral portion of our plan includes an equity financing, which we will execute at the optimal time for the Company."
About ZBB Energy Corporation
ZBB Energy Corporation (NYSE MKT: ZBB) designs, develops, and manufactures advanced energy storage, power electronic systems, and engineered custom and semi-custom products targeted at the growing global need for distributed renewable energy, energy efficiency, power quality, and grid modernization. ZBB and its power electronics subsidiary, Tier Electronics, LLC, have developed a portfolio of integrated power management platforms that combine advanced power and energy controls plus energy storage to optimize renewable energy sources and conventional power inputs whether connected to the grid or not. Tier Electronics participates in the energy efficiency markets through their hybrid vehicle control systems, and power quality markets with their line of regulation solutions. Together, these platforms solve a wide range of electrical system challenges in global markets for utility, governmental, commercial, industrial and residential end customers. Founded in 1986, ZBB's platforms ensure optimal efficiencies today, while offering the flexibility to adapt and scale to future requirements. ZBB's corporate offices, engineering and development, and production facilities are located in Menomonee Falls, WI, USA with a research facility also located in Perth, Western Australia. ZBB has a joint venture with Meineng Energy, a provider of leading-edge energy storage systems and solutions to the greater China market. For more information, visit: www.zbbenergy.com.
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