IOU Financial Inc.

September 21, 2015 10:13 ET

Qwave Retains the Right to Purchase 100% of IOU Financial Shares Tendered to Offer

Offer expires on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Sept. 21, 2015) - Qwave Capital LLC ("Qwave"), a venture capital firm focused on promising technologically advanced companies, urges IOU Financial Inc. ("IOU") shareholders to tender to Qwave's all-cash offer (the "Offer") to purchase 34,000,000 common shares of IOU at $0.50 per share before the Offer expires at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on September 22, 2015.

Qwave reserves the right to acquire 100% of the IOU Common Shares tendered to the Offer if the total number of shares tendered to the Offer is less than 34,000,000. Accordingly, shareholders seeking an opportunity to sell all or a majority of their position in IOU at a significant premium should tender to the Offer immediately.

The all-cash Offer represents a premium of 33.3% over the closing price of the Common Shares on the TSX Venture Exchange ("TSX-V") on June 12, 2015, and a 28.7% premium above the volume weighted average market price of the Common Shares on the TSX-V over the last 20 trading days prior to the announcement of the Offer on June 15, 2015.

Serguei Kouzmine, Manager, Qwave, said: "I firmly believe there is a better way forward for IOU and its shareholders. The IOU Board has not provided IOU shareholders with a credible alternative transaction after running a three-month process, nor have they been able to secure a reliable, proven or cost-effective funding option. They have, however, continued to saddle IOU shareholders with a string of quarterly and annual losses.

"Upon concluding my offer, I intend to engage constructively with the IOU Board to bring an end to insider deals and related-party transactions and help ensure the company acts in the best interests of all shareholders going forward. I thank you for your support," added Mr. Kouzmine.

Visit the Qwave website (www.qwaveoffer.com) for the latest Offer information and to sign up for email updates. On Qwave's website, you will find the most up-to-date information on our Offer and links to our press releases and regulatory filings.

How to Tender Your Shares to the Qwave Offer

The offer and circular (the "Circular") contain a detailed explanation of the terms of the Offer and a more fulsome explanation of the proposed benefits to IOU shareholders. We encourage you to take the time to read the Circular carefully and make an informed decision. This is an important juncture for your company.

If you have any questions regarding our Offer and how to tender shares, please call our Depositary and Information Agent, Laurel Hill Advisory Group ("Laurel Hill"), at 1-877-452-7184 or 416-304-0211, or email assistance@laurelhill.com. The Circular and other documents may also be obtained for free by contacting Laurel Hill at the numbers and email above.

Additional Information - How to Tender Your Shares to the Qwave Offer

IOU shareholders wishing to accept the Offer are encouraged to tender their shares by completing the letter of transmittal (printed on yellow paper) accompanying the documents mailed to them and returning it together with certificates representing their IOU shares and all other documents to the offices of Laurel Hill Advisory Group in accordance with the instructions provided in the letter of transmittal. If IOU shares are held by a broker or other financial intermediary, IOU shareholders should contact such intermediary and instruct them to promptly tender their IOU shares.

Shareholder Questions

Shareholders may obtain a free copy of the Circular and other documents filed by Qwave with the Canadian securities regulators at www.sedar.com. The Circular and other documents may also be obtained for free by contacting the Depositary and Information Agent, Laurel Hill Advisory Group, toll free in North America at 1-877-452-7184, collect outside North America at 416-304-0211, or by email at assistance@laurelhill.com.

About Qwave

Qwave is a venture capital firm focused on promising, technologically advanced companies. Qwave draws upon a management group with more than 20 years of experience and a strong track record of finding and investing in companies with breakthrough technologies and excellent potential for growth and value creation.

ON BEHALF OF QWAVE CAPITAL LLC

Serguei Kouzmine, Manager

Forward-Looking Information

Information and statements contained in this news release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking information" within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation that involves risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking information included herein is made as of the date of this news release and Qwave does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update forward-looking information unless required by applicable securities laws. Forward-looking information relates to future events or future performance and reflects management of Qwave's expectations or beliefs regarding future events. In certain cases, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved" or the negative of these terms or comparable terminology. Examples of forward-looking information in this news release include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the completion of the Offer; IOU's prospects in the event that the Offer is completed; Qwave's anticipated actions with respect to IOU and the IOU Board if the Offer is completed; the Expiry Time of the Offer; Qwave's assessment of the effect of the Offer on IOU and IOU shareholders; Qwave's assessment of the portion of the shares tendered to the Offer that will be taken up and paid for; and the timing and prospects for shareholder acceptance of the Offer and the implementation there of. This forward-looking information is based, in part, on assumptions and factors that may change or prove to be incorrect, thus causing actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by forward-looking information. Such factors and assumptions include, but are not limited to: the number of Common Shares validly deposited under, and not withdrawn from, the Offer at the expiry time of the Offer, our ability to obtain and maintain timely receipt of regulatory approvals including approval of the TSX-V of the Offer and approval of the Autorité des Marchés Financiers of the Offer; dilution; competition; loss of key employees; and additional funding requirements.

By its very nature, forward-looking information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by forward-looking information. Such factors include, but are not limited to: the need to satisfy regulatory and legal requirements with respect to the Offer; dilution to shareholders from any equity financings; and influence of significant shareholders. Although Qwave has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated by such forward-looking information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information.

The TSX-V has neither approved nor disapproved the form or content of this release. Information concerning IOU contained in this news release and has been taken from, or is based upon, publicly available information and records on file with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and other public sources. IOU has not reviewed this news release and has not confirmed the accuracy and completeness of the information in respect of IOU contained herein. Although Qwave has no knowledge that would indicate that any statements contained herein concerning IOU taken from or based on such documents and records are untrue or incomplete, neither Qwave nor its manager, Dr. Kouzmine, assumes any responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of such information or for any failure of IOU or its directors or officers to disclose events or facts which may have occurred or which may affect the significance or accuracy of any such information but which are unknown to it. The information presented regarding the percentage of Common Shares subject to the Offer is based upon publicly available information and records on file with Canadian securities regulatory authorities.

For further information:

Qwave Capital LLC
3445 Stratford Road NE, 3902
Atlanta, GA 30326

You may call our Depositary and Information Agent, Laurel Hill Advisory Group, if you have questions or requests for additional copies of the take-over bid circular and other documents filed by Qwave with the Canadian securities regulators.

Contact Information

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