SPoT Coffee (Canada) Ltd.
TSX VENTURE : SPP

SPoT Coffee (Canada) Ltd.

August 03, 2011 08:30 ET

SPoT Coffee Closes $750,000 Financing: Proceeds Fund New Cafes

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 3, 2011) - SPOT COFFEE (CANADA) LTD. (TSX VENTURE:SPP) ("SPoT" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the Company has closed a $750,000 financing with the proceeds available to fund the Company's new café expansion program. The sole investor of the financing is Toronto-based Curvature Fund, through its related entities, participating at a price of $ 1.00 per unit (each, a "Unit") and subscribing for an aggregate of 750,000 Units. Each Unit consists of a $1.00 par value secured subordinated promissory note (each, a "Note") and two common share purchase warrants (each, a "Warrant"). The Notes have a 5 year term and a semi annual coupon equivalent to 9 % annualized interest on the principal amount thereof and each Warrant entitles the holder to acquire one additional common share of the Company at a price of $0.18 for a period of five years from closing. This financing is subject to final approval by the TSX Venture Exchange.

The capital will be utilized by SPoT to fund two additional cafés as the Company moves closer to having its first ten cafés.

"Curvature is excited to partner with SPoT Coffee in their expansion and drive to profitability," commented James Hodgins, Chief Investment Officer of Curvature Fund.

SPoT anticipates accelerated growth during 2012, leveraging its existing operating infrastructure in Western New York, Southern Ontario and Florida before a broader North American and international expansion commences. The Company is currently evaluating several locations for its ninth and tenth cafés.

ABOUT SPoT

SPoT (www.spotcoffee.com) designs, builds and operates community-oriented cafés that provide its customers from every lifestyle and culture with the highest quality service, signature light meals and in-house roasted gourmet coffee. The current SPoT management team and directors have been successfully operating company-owned cafés since 2004.

Each SPoT café is a popular and friendly gathering place for its community where specialty coffee, upscale beverages, fresh baked goods, signature sandwiches, soups, salads and gourmet pizza, cakes, pastries and home baked goods are offered and enjoyed by its patrons in a warm, friendly and home-like environment.

The Company currently operates six cafés that range in size from 2,000 to in excess of 4,000 sq. ft. with two more cafés currently under development. Spot is currently evaluating several locations as part of its North American expansion.

Unlike other conventional gourmet coffee houses and quick service restaurants that are built on uniformity of product and style, each SPoT café maintains several unique and key features, including:

  • Dedication to create a friendly environment that nourishes and intensifies a sense of gathering and of community;

  • In-house roasting and blending SPoT's own award-winning premium Arabica coffee;

  • Unwavering commitment to offer the customers of the Company the highest quality products and services;

  • Innovative and varying café designs that consider both the culture and flavor of the specific communities of each café;

  • Choice of corner locations for each SPoT café at the center of their neighborhoods;

  • Ability to offer intimate and warm ambiances in each café to suit the social and private moods of SPoT's patrons; and

  • Trained and dynamic service staff that are proud to call themselves "Spotters" who enjoy serving their customers and make them feel at home.

Forward Looking Statements

Except for statements of historical fact relating to the Corporation, certain information contained herein constitutes forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the statements are made, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Except as required by applicable securities requirements, the Corporation undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the release.

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