Poynt Corporation

Poynt Corporation

August 17, 2012 13:59 ET

Poynt Corporation Secures Agreement for Debtor-In-Possession Financing and Receives New Extension to Creditor Protection

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 17, 2012) - Poynt Corporation (TSX VENTURE:PYN) ("Poynt Corp." or the "Company"), a global leader in mobile local search and advertising, today announced that the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta (the "Court") granted an order extending its creditor protection until Sunday, August 26, 2012, and that an agreement has been made and approved by the Court for debtor-in-possession ("DIP") financing for eighty thousand Canadian dollars ($80,000.00 CDN) at an interest rate of 14% (the "DIP Financing").

The DIP Financing is secured against all of the Company's assets and is repayable at the lender's demand following an event of default. In any event, it will be repaid in full at the earliest of: (i) twelve months from August 16, 2012; (ii) the date on which Poynt Corp. successfully completes all requirements of the Company's Notice of Intention to Make a Proposal (the "Proposal Proceedings") under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Canada)("BIA"); (iii) the fifth business day following the date on which the stay of proceedings ordered in the Proposal Proceedings is terminated or lifted; or (iv) the Company completes any debt or equity financing in excess of $500,000.00.

Subject to receipt of all required regulatory approvals, including the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange, the Company has agreed to issue 320,000 common shares to the lender as consideration for taking the risk of providing of the DIP Financing. The common shares will be subject to applicable hold periods or restricted periods and resale restrictions imposed under applicable securities laws, including, but not limited to, a hold period of four months and one day following the date of issuance of the common shares.

The DIP Financing will not be sufficient to fund the Company's operations past the August 26, 2012 stay extension date, however, the DIP Financing provides the Company with the opportunity to continue operations while working on the Proposal Proceedings and its long-term business plan. The Company will require additional DIP financing to successfully exit creditor protection.

"As we work to address all creditor obligations in an efficient and timely manner, this second interim financing allows us the flexibility to continue operations as usual and pursue strategic business opportunities that will maximize shareholder value," said Andrew Osis, CEO, Poynt Corp. "We anticipate that our forthcoming long-term business plan, prepared in accordance with the BIA, will put the Company in a strong position moving forward."

Hardie & Kelly Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, is the trustee appointed for the Company's Proposal Proceedings under the BIA.

About the Poynt Platform

Poynt is a convenient and timesaving GPS-enabled mobile local search and advertising platform that connects consumers to local offers, businesses, events, restaurants, movie theatres, gas prices and weather information at the moment they are looking to buy or acquire products or services. Poynt provides consumers with the ability to move beyond discovery of their local area to view movie trailers and reviews, buy movie tickets, click-to-call businesses, get directions, browse listing websites, read reviews and book dining reservations or find and interact with local coupons and offers.

Poynt provides contextual and relevant advertising to users performing local queries and its revenue model is based on user queries, page views, advertising and transactions within the platform. Each user query generates several page views, which are monetized through display advertising and sponsored listings paid for by advertisers. These advertising placements generate revenues on a cost per thousand impressions (CPM) basis or on a cost per click (CPC) basis. Transactions, such as ticket sales and restaurant reservations, also contribute to revenues on a fee for service basis.

About Poynt Corporation

Poynt Corp. (about.poynt.com) (TSX VENTURE:PYN) is a global leader in the mobile local advertising space. Its Location Based Search (LBS) and advertising platform, Poynt (www.poynt.com), enhances a user's ability to connect with the people, businesses and events most important to them. Poynt is available on Android, iPhone, Windows Phone and Nokia devices, along with BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook Tablets in Canada, the United States, Europe, India and Australia. Poynt Corp. entered the mobile publishing space with the acquisition of an advertising publishing platform in January 2011. Whether through the Poynt Local Search Platform or the Ad Publishing Platform, Poynt Corp. simplifies connecting consumers with businesses, retailers and events. Headquartered in Calgary, AB, Canada, Poynt Corp. trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "PYN".

Reader Advisory: The press release may contain certain forward looking statements which may include plans, expectations, forecasts, projections, guidance or other statements that are not statements of fact, including, without limitation, meeting the terms, conditions and approval requirements under its creditor protection; the effect of the DIP Financing on Poynt Corp.'s ability to continue operations while under creditor protection; the terms of the DIP Financing; the Company's strategic plans; the Company's ability to obtain additional DIP financing; and the Company's long-term business plan and the expected benefits to be obtained therefrom. Although Poynt Corp. believes that the expectations reflected in such forward looking statements are reasonable, it cannot give any assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. The effect of the DIP Financing and further DIP financings are subject to a number of conditions and Poynt Corp. cannot give any assurance that such conditions will be met on a timely basis, or at all, as certain of the conditions are in the control of other parties. As such, the future plans and objectives of Poynt Corp. are forward looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that may be based on assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated or implied in such statements.

Material risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information include, but are not limited to: risk that the Company will be unable to meet the terms of the DIP Financing; risk that the Company will be unable to obtain additional DIP financing; risk that the Company will be unable to meet the terms, conditions and approval requirements under its creditor protection; inability of Poynt Corp. to fund its obligations; the deteriorating economic and market conditions that could lead to reduced spending on information technology products; competition in the Company's target markets; potential capital needs; management of future growth and expansion; the development, implementation and execution of the Company's strategic visions; risk of third-party claims of infringement; protection of proprietary information; customer acceptance of the Company's existing and newly introduced products; the success of brand development efforts; risks associated with strategic alliances; failure of counterparties to perform on contracts; failure to successfully negotiate contracts; failure to successfully negotiate a strategic opportunity; need to develop new and enhanced products; potential product defects; ability to hire and retain qualified employees and key management personnel; risks associated with changes in domestic and international market conditions and the entry into and development of new markets for the Company's products; failure to obtain all required regulatory approvals, including the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange of the common shares to be issued to the lender; and the risks described under "risk factors" in the Company's Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2010 which is available on Poynt Corp.'s SEDAR profile (www.sedar.com).

Although Poynt Corp. has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in the forward looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended. In making the forward looking statements in this press release, Poynt Corp. made, among others, the following assumptions: that Poynt Corp. will be able to formulate a suitable creditor proposal in the timelines required under its creditor protection filing; that Poynt Corp. will be able to complete a DIP financing under the timelines required by the Court; that the Company will be able to hire and retain qualified employees; conditions in general economic and financial markets; ability to complete a strategic transaction; receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals; and the ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms, including Poynt Corp.'s ability to finance its future commitments.

Poynt Corp.'s forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Poynt Corp. does not intend, nor does it undertake any obligation, to update or review any forward looking statements to reflect subsequent information, events, results or circumstances or otherwise.

The common shares have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any state securities law and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or applicable exemption from those registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the common shares in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

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Contact Information

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    Andrew Osis

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