EnWave Completes Acquisition of 86.5% Controlling Interest in Hans Binder Maschinenbau GmbH
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 30, 2012) - EnWave Corporation (TSX VENTURE:ENW)(FRANKFURT:E4U) ("EnWave" or "the Company") wishes to announce that, further to its press release dated October 18, 2012, it has completed and closed the acquisition of approximately 86.5% interest in Hans Binder Maschinenbau GmbH ("Binder"), in exchange of an investment of 2,000,000 Euro into the capital of Binder.
The Company has granted an aggregate of 625,000 stock options to the managing directors and to a shareholder of Binder pursuant to the Company's Share Option Plan (the "Plan"). Each stock option entitles its holder to purchase one common share of the Company at an exercise price of $1.32 per common share until October 26, 2017. The options will vest in accordance to provisions set out in the Plan, or as otherwise required by the TSX Venture Exchange. The grant is subject to regulatory approval.
Established in 1950, Hans Binder Maschinenbau GmbH designs and develops custom driers and complete dehydration turn-key plants for customers worldwide from their engineering and machine building operation in Marzling, Germany. Binder has extensive experience in both the food and chemical industries with expertise in vacuum microwave drying through their unique continuous tray-based method sold under the MIVAP(TM) brand. The first MIVAP(TM) plant in the United States was sold to Milne Fruits Inc. for drying blueberries, blackberries and raspberries for snack, baking, cereal and powder products. The Milne plant was successfully started up earlier this year showcasing Binder's engineering and machine building skills.
EnWave Corporation is a Vancouver-based industrial technology company developing commercial applications for its proprietary Radiant Energy Vacuum (REV) dehydration technology. The company recently licensed REV technology to Milne Fruit Products Inc, its first major U.S. customer, to support a launch of healthy berry snacks and powders across most major markets in North America. More recently, EnWave licensed REV technology to one of its Tier 1 multinational partners from the list below. In addition, EnWave has entered a wide range of research and collaboration agreements with an expanding list of multinational partners, including Nestle, Kellogg's, Grupo Bimbo, Grimmway Farms, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Hormel, Bonduelle, Cherry Central, Sun-Maid Growers and Merck. EnWave is introducing REV as a new dehydration standard in the food and biological material sectors: potentially faster and cheaper than freeze drying, with better end product quality than air drying or spray drying.
EnWave currently has six REV platforms: commercial-scale nutraREV(R) and MIVAP(R) are used in the food industry to dry fruits, vegetables, meat, herbs and seafood quickly and at low-cost, while maintaining high levels of nutrition, taste, texture and colour. The Company is also developing powderREV(TM) for bulk dehydration of food cultures, probiotics and fine biochemicals such as enzymes; quantaREV(TM) for continuous, high-volume low-temperature drying of pastes, gels, liquids, or particulates; and bioREV(TM) and freezeREV(TM) as new methods to stabilize and dehydrate biopharmaceuticals such as vaccines and antibodies. More information about EnWave is available at www.enwave.net.
Dr. Tim Durance, Chairman & Co-CEO
Safe Harbour for Forward-Looking Information Statements: This press release may contain forward-looking information based on management's expectations, estimates and projections. All statements that address expectations or projections about the future, including statements about the Company's strategy for growth, product development, market position, expected expenditures, and the expected synergies following the closing of the Binder acquisition are forward-looking statements. These statements are not a guarantee of future performance and involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
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Mr. John McNicol
President & Co-CEO
Mr. Brent Charleton
Director of Marketing & Corporate Affairs