MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 20, 2012) - Peak Positioning Technologies Inc. ("Peak") (TSX VENTURE:PKK) today announced that it has signed an agreement with Hong Kong-based Essence International Capital ("Essence") that would see Essence raise and/or invest a total of US$6 million in Peak, allowing Peak to solidify its current position in China and better exploit new opportunities in the rapidly growing Chinese mobile market.
Today's announcement follows nearly two years of close collaboration in China between Peak and its Chinese partner LongKey Hong Kong ("LongKey") during which their respective interests became more and more intertwined. The recent signing of an agreement with China Unicom covering the distribution of the AiNi™ mobile cloud platform on China Unicom 3G smart devices meant that additional financial resources would be needed to allow Peak and LongKey to keep pace with the rapid growth of more than 3 million new 3G smart devices per month added on China Unicom's network. China Unicom has an install base of over 230 million mobile customers and the distribution agreement opens the door for Peak and LongKey to enter that market. While the future revenue potential is promising, this financing agreement with Essence was needed in order to meet the needs of such a large customer as China Unicom.
"The deal with China Unicom is a game changer for both Peak and LongKey," said Johnson Joseph, President and CEO of Peak. "As the launch of AiNi™ on Unicom's network gets under way, we need to be in a position to grow and expand our Chinese operations quickly. By providing for the necessary financing through the agreement with Essence, we'll be in a position to open offices in select cities to better support the anticipated deployment of AiNi™," Mr. Joseph stated.
US$6 Million Financing Agreement
Peak has signed an agreement with Hong Kong-based Essence that would see Essence raise and/or invest a total of US$6 million in Peak in two phases based on certain conditions agreed to by the parties. Under the terms of the agreement, the first phase of the financing calls for Essence to raise and/or directly invest US$1 million in Peak immediately following a satisfactory due diligence process through the selling of 12,500,000 Common Shares of Peak at a price of US$0.08 per Share. The remaining US$5 million to be raised and/or invested would be tied to certain conditions to be agreed to by Peak and Essence, and be priced according to prevailing market conditions at that time. Essence will receive a 5% cash commission fee on all funds raised and invested. The proceeds of the financing will be used for general working capital purposes and to help Peak expand its operations in China.
"We are very excited by the signing of this agreement with Peak," said Robert Di, Investment Director at Essence. "We have great expectations on the prospect of the Chinese mobile communications market. We would like to leverage our resources to help Peak expand its operations in China and by the same token bring value and significant growth potential to our shareholders," Mr. Di went on to say.
"We've been looking for a financial partner with first-hand knowledge of the mobile space in China who would be able to really understand our business model and share our vision for how to be positioned to take advantage of the opportunities in the space", said Johnson Joseph, President and CEO of Peak. "To that end, we could not have found a better partner than Essence. In addition to financial capital, Essence brings a unique combination of intimate industry knowledge, retail desk distribution, and Asian capital markets expertise that would have been very difficult for us to find in Canada," concluded Mr. Joseph.
About Essence International Capital:
Essence International Capital is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Essence Securities, which is a full-range financial services company headquartered in Shenzhen, China with 122 branches providing services to nearly 2 million investors. Services include securities brokerage, investment consulting, financial advisory services related to securities trade and investments, securities underwriting and sponsorship, IPOs, financial advisory for mergers & acquisitions, and others. Essence's investment banking department, with offices in Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing, provide capital financing services to business clients in various industries, including real estate and infrastructure, finance, technology, retail trade, and others. For more information: http://www.essence.com.cn.
About Peak Positioning Technologies Inc.:
Peak Positioning Technologies Inc. (TSX VENTURE:PKK), is a Canadian software developer for smartphones and other mobile computing devices, conducting business primarily in China and North America. In association with its partner, LongKey-Hong Kong Ltd, the company has developed a suite of applications for mobile devices that includes: cloud-based calendar, e-mail and contacts synchronization, automated device configuration, and HomeWave™ mobility security. While LongKey markets the applications in China through its partnerships with major Chinese telecommunication companies and banks, Peak plans to similarly market the applications for its own account in North America. For more information: http://www.peakpositioning.com.
About LongKey-Hong Kong Ltd.:
LongKey Hong Kong Ltd., through its subsidiary LongKey Software Technology Ltd., provides a wide range of IT solutions, and cloud-based business management and mobile applications based on its proprietary Unified Information Services Platform (UISP). LongKey's applications are distributed to end-users in China by some of China's largest telecom and banking entities. For more information: http://www.longkeysoft.com.
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