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VivoPower International PLC Announces Closing of AU$5 Million Debtor Finance Facility in Australia


LONDON, Aug. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ:VVPR) ("VivoPower"), an international solar power company, is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary in Australia, Aevitas Group Limited ("Aevitas") has secured a AU$5 million debtor finance facility to support the growing working capital requirements of its power services businesses, J.A. Martin Electrical Pty Limited and Kenshaw Electrical Pty Limited.

Aevitas is located in the Hunter Valley and Newcastle region of Australia which is experiencing strong growth in infrastructure investment and recovery in the mining sector. As a provider of critical energy infrastructure to a large and diverse customer base, Aevitas has experienced 47% year-over-year revenue growth to June 30, 2018 and sees continued expansion in the year ahead. The debtor finance facility provides cost effective and scalable support to planned growth and enables Aevitas to pursue increasingly numerous and larger opportunities.

"We are very pleased that Aevitas has been able to successfully secure this financing which ensures access to sufficient working capital necessary to capture opportunities arising from strong industrial growth in their market, including the recently announced expansion into solar engineering design, procurement and construction (EPC)", said Carl Weatherley-White, Chief Executive Officer of VivoPower International PLC.

About VivoPower

VivoPower is an international solar power producer and storage company that is developing, building and operating projects on a global basis in a capital efficient manner. VivoPower does this by aggregating photovoltaic (PV) solar projects underpinned by long-term power purchase agreements, arranging corporate and project financing, engineering, design and equipment procurement and managing the construction and development of such solar PV projects.

About Aevitas

Aevitas is, a wholly-owned subsidiary of VivoPower in Australia. Aevitas provides critical energy infrastructure generation and distribution solutions including the design, supply, installation and maintenance of power and control systems, with an increasing focus on solar, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. Founded in 1968, J.A. Martin Electrical Pty Limited is a division of Aevitas that specializes in delivering industrial electrical engineering and power services, including solar EPC.  Kenshaw Electrical Pty Limited, founded in 1981, provides a wide range of power generation solutions, products and services across the entire life-cycle for electric motors, power generation, mechanical equipment and non-destructive testing. 

Forward-Looking Statements

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Julie-Anne Byrne
Investor Relations

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