Press Release dated August 4, 2020
Sphere 3D Enters Agreement for Acquisition of a Commercial Water-as-a-Service Supplier
Ontario, Canada - August 4, 2020 - Sphere 3D Corporation (NASDAQ: ANY) ("Sphere 3D" or the "Company") today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of 101250 Investment Limited. ("101250"), a Turks and Caicos Islands water partner of Rainmaker Worldwide Inc. (OTC: RAKR).
101250 has exclusive rights to deliver the Rainmaker water solution to three island communities - Plantation Hills, Blue Sky and Village Estates (the "Developments"). 101250 owns 75% of a joint venture which plans to supply a minimum of 180,000L of water per day to service residents of the Developments. It is anticipated that annual revenue will be in excess of $5 million upon full occupancy and deployment.
101250 Investment Limited President Dale Peters stated, "We selected Rainmaker's solutions because of their commitment to renewable energy and maintaining a small carbon footprint. The Plantation Hills, Blue Sky and Village Estates developments have a focus on being constructed in an environmentally sustainable way and Rainmaker's clear focus on cost-effective sustainable technology meets that standard."
Sphere 3D's CEO Peter Tassiopoulos stated, "The agreement to supply water to end users through agreements with developers is an example of how the Rainmaker technology provides new business models in the water business. We believe it was important to complete this transaction now and assist in the deployment and expansion of these opportunities in the Water-as-a-Service segment."
Under the terms of the purchase agreement, Sphere 3D shall issue 480,000 common shares to the vendors of 101250 (the "Payment Shares"), subject to regulatory and NASDAQ approvals. All such Payment Shares shall contain an appropriate legend, either statutory or contractual, which will restrict the resale of the Payment Shares for a period of six months and one day from the closing date. In addition, Sphere 3D shall holdback and retain 96,000 of the Payment Shares for a six-month period from the closing date in support of any breaches of representations and warranties by 101250 under the purchase agreement.
About Sphere 3D
Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY) delivers containerization, virtualization, and data management solutions via hybrid cloud, cloud and on-premise implementations through its global reseller network and professional services organization. Sphere 3D has a portfolio of brands, including HVE ConneXions, UCX ConneXions, and SnapServer® dedicated to helping customers achieve their IT goals. For more information, visit www.sphere3d.com.
On July 15, 2020, Sphere 3D announced that it had entered into a merger agreement with Rainmaker Worldwide Inc. (OTC: RAKR) pursuant to which Sphere 3D will acquire all of its outstanding securities and Rainmaker shareholders will receive one-third of a share of Sphere 3D for each whole share of Rainmaker exchanged and one-third of a warrant or option for each whole warrant or option then held by such Rainmaker shareholder. In connection with this transaction, which is expected to close in the fall 2020, Sphere 3D will change its name to Rainmaker Worldwide Inc. Follow us on Twitter @Sphere3D and @HVEconneXions.
About 101250 Investments Limited
101250 Investments Limited is a strategic Rainmaker Worldwide partner with exclusive distribution of Water-as-a-Service ("WaaS") to three Turks and Caicos Islands communities - Plantation Hills, Blue Sky and Village Estates. These three communities combined will have 300 homes, 200 condominiums, 28 townhomes, 5 commerce buildings and a hotel.
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