Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc.
TSX VENTURE : SGB

Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc.

March 31, 2015 06:30 ET

Solegear Achieves Growth Milestones: Closes $4.2 Million Financing and Commences Trading on TSX Venture Exchange

Financing and listing position Solegear for growth in 2015, with new US market partnerships expected to bring bioplastics further into the mainstream

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - March 31, 2015) - Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SGB), a Vancouver-based company that develops, produces and distributes high-performance bioplastics, is pleased to announce it commences trading on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V) at market open today, under the symbol SGB.

In conjunction with the listing, Solegear completed a $4.2M financing round that will continue to support the company's growing sales and marketing, and product development and delivery activities.

"This is an important day for Solegear's customers, partners, shareholders and employees. It recognizes the dedication that the entire team has put in to making Solegear a leading bioplastics company, focused on capturing the potential of the half a trillion dollar global plastics market," said Toby Reid, CEO of Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc. "We are certainly excited for what we have achieved to date, both technically and commercially, but we are much more enthusiastic about the opportunities that lie ahead of us, and the significant expansion that we are aiming for as a result."

Over the last few months, Solegear has secured several partnerships to enhance its ability to further commercialize its unique bioplastics formulations to customers in the US market, including:

R-pac International, a global supplier of branded packaging for retailers and designers;

Thermoform Engineered Quality (TEQ), an industry-leader in the retail and medical packaging space; and

Ex-Tech Plastics, a leading Illinois-based plastics and bioplastics extruder.

Solegear's proprietary formulations are composed of two families of bio-based plastics, Polysole® and Traverse®, made from annually renewable plant-based sources using green chemistry. Polysole®, a bio-based, recyclable and compostable plastic is an award-winning material made for thermoformed and injection molded rigid consumer packaging applications. Solegear's Traverse® is a bio-based and recyclable plastic that is designed for very demanding applications in the rigid consumer packaging and durable goods markets. These markets combined represent a $35 billion total addressable opportunity for Solegear in North America alone.

In addition, Solegear has retained the services of investor relations firm Kin Communications Inc. ("Kin"). Kin is one of Canada's leading full-service investor relations firms, with a proven track record of generating interest in their clients, building an active shareholder base, and solidifying communications that differentiates clients from their peers.

Kin will be paid $120,000 plus GST for an initial term of 12 months, and will be granted an option to purchase 500,000 common shares of the Company, exercisable at $0.30 cents per share. The option will vest at a rate of 25% per quarter from the date of the grant and will be exercisable for a period of 5 years. The agreement and the grant of options are subject to board approval. In addition to the options, the Company has been advised that, Kin and its principals own 580,000 common shares and 290,000 warrants of the Company.

For more information about Solegear, please visit the website at www.solegear.ca

About Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc.

Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc., based in Vancouver, British Columbia, is an innovator in the field of next-generation plastics. The Company is an advanced materials firm that engineers, produces and distributes high-performance bioplastics (bioplastics are a category of plastics that are bio-based, compostable, or both). Founded in 2006, Solegear has developed, and is commercializing, proprietary bioplastics technologies that utilize annually renewable plant-based ingredients formulated using green chemistry, to address the growing North American market opportunity for rigid consumer packaging and durable plastic goods. www.solegear.ca

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  • the Company's partnerships may not yield significant sales of its products; and
  • the Company's recent financing may not provide sufficient funds to allow the Company to achieve its goals in 2015, and additional financing may not be available on reasonable terms or at all.

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