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Wärtsilä power plant coupled to LNG terminal in Antigua could become model for other Caribbean utilities

CARIBPR WIRE, HELSINKI, Finland, April 26, 2022:  The technology group Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract to supply and install a 46 MW dual-fuel power plant to the Caribbean Island of Antigua. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) order was placed by Antigua Power Company Limited (APCL), an independent power producer. The order was entered into Wärtsilä’s order book in January 2022. The plant will operate primarily on regasified liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The project combines a power plant and an LNG gas terminal, storage and regasification facility. APCL won the bid for this project on an international tender held by the tender board of Antigua and Barbuda on behalf of the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA). The LNG gas terminal project is being developed by U.S.-based Eagle LNG in equal partnership with APCL, with APUA as the gas purchaser. The project involves installation of a small-scale LNG storage and regasification terminal which will supply the fuel for the new power plant.

The island of Antigua and Barbuda has taken the lead in utilising environmentally sustainable fuel for power generation, and this will be the first project of its kind in the Eastern Caribbean region where an LNG terminal will be coupled to a Wärtsilä power plant. This integrative plant concept is expected to become a model for other island utilities in the Caribbean as the acceptance of LNG fuel increases in line with efforts to reduce emission levels. Wärtsilä has an installed base of power plants in the region with a combined capacity of more than 3300 MW.

“There is a need to provide additional generating capacity along with the island’s growth in demand for electricity. At the same time, some of the existing power production facilities would soon need to be replaced due to age and the increased focus on more environmentally sustainable systems. Having had good experience with Wärtsilä in the past, we see their dual-fuel power plant solution as the best answer to the island’s green energy plan and its current and future energy requirements,” explained Mr Aziz Hadeed, head of the Hadeed Group of Companies, the parent company of APCL.

Jon Rodriguez, Director, Power Plants, North America, Wärtsilä Energy, responded by saying: “The integration of this new power plant with an LNG terminal is a clear demonstration of Wärtsilä bringing its technological know-how and experience to assist its customers in making use of more environmentally sustainable fuels. We have earlier carried out four successful projects with APCL and we are delighted to have again been selected for this important project. I believe it comes as an endorsement of both the Wärtsilä technology and the sales support capabilities we have throughout the Caribbean.”

The plant will operate with five Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engines capable of operating with both gas and light fuel oil. This flexibility is combined with high efficiency across the entire load range. The fast-starting capability means that the engines can reach full power within five minutes, enabling them to provide efficient grid balancing capacity as the adoption of renewable energy from wind and solar increases. Notably, these engines could be an ideal platform for future decarbonisation strategies by making use of carbon free fuels, such as hydrogen and ammonia.

The plant is expected to become operational in Q3, 2023. It will supply electricity to APUA for distribution to the national grid. The decision to use regasified LNG, the cleanest of all fossil fuels, will result in about 40% less carbon production and is in step with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and APUA’s plan to reduce its environmental footprint.

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Wärtsilä Energy in brief
Wärtsilä Energy leads the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. We help our customers in decarbonisation by developing market-leading technologies. These cover future-fuel enabled balancing power plants, hybrid solutions, energy storage and optimisation technology, including the GEMS energy management platform. Wärtsilä Energy’s lifecycle services are designed to increase efficiency, promote reliability and guarantee operational performance. Our track record comprises 76 GW of power plant capacity and 110 energy storage systems delivered to 180 countries around the world.
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Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. We emphasise innovation in sustainable technology and services to help our customers continuously improve their environmental and economic performance. Our dedicated and passionate team of 17,000 professionals in more than 200 locations in 68 countries shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. In 2021, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.
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Central de energía de Wärtsilä acoplada a terminal de GNL en Antigua podría convertirse en modelo para otras empresas de servicios públicos del Caribe

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Sr. Francis Hadeed, director de APCL (derecha) y Rodney George, vicepresidente para la región del Caribe, Wärtsilä Energy, firmaron un acuerdo de EPC para la entrega de una central de energía de 46 MW para Antigua en noviembre de 2021.
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Wärtsilä suministrará e instalará una central de energía de combustible dual de 46 MW en la isla caribeña de Antigua. La central operará con cinco motores Wärtsilä 34DF.

CARIBPR WIRE, HELSINKI, Finlandia, April 27, 2022:  — El grupo tecnológico Wärtsilä fue adjudicado el contrato de suministro e instalación de una central de energía de combustible dual de 46 MW en la isla caribeña de Antigua. El pedido de ingeniería, adquisición y construcción (EPC) fue realizado por Antigua Power Company Limited (APCL), un productor de energía independiente. El pedido fue ingresado en el libro de pedidos de Wärtsilä en enero de 2022. La central operará principalmente con gas natural licuado regasificado (GNL).

El proyecto combina una central de energía y una terminal de GNL, almacenamiento y regasificación. APCL ganó la licitación para este proyecto en una licitación internacional realizada por la junta de licitación de Antigua y Barbuda en representación de la Autoridad de Servicios Públicos de Antigua (APUA). El proyecto de la terminal de gas GNL está siendo desarrollado por Eagle LNG con sede en Estados Unidos en igual asociación con APCL, con APUA como comprador de gas. El proyecto incluye la instalación de una terminal de almacenamiento y regasificación de GNL a pequeña escala que suministrará el combustible para la nueva central de energía.

La isla de Antigua y Barbuda tomó la iniciativa en la utilización de combustible ambientalmente sostenible para la generación de energía, y este será el primer proyecto de este tipo en la región del Caribe Oriental, donde una terminal de GNL se acoplará a una central de energía de Wärtsilä. Se espera que este concepto de central integradora se convierta en un modelo para otras empresas de servicios públicos de la isla en el Caribe, puesto que la aceptación del GNL aumenta de acuerdo con los esfuerzos para reducir los niveles de emisión. Wärtsilä tiene una base instalada de centrales de energía en la región con una capacidad combinada de más de 3300 MW.

“Hay una necesidad de proporcionar capacidad de generación adicional junto con el crecimiento de la demanda de electricidad en la isla. Al mismo tiempo, algunas de las instalaciones de producción de energía existentes tendrían que ser reemplazadas pronto debido a la antigüedad y al creciente enfoque en sistemas ambientalmente más sostenibles. Habiendo tenido una buena experiencia con Wärtsilä en el pasado, vemos su solución de central de energía de doble combustible como la mejor respuesta al plan de energía verde de la isla y sus requisitos energéticos actuales y futuros”, explicó el Sr. Aziz Hadeed, jefe del Grupo de Empresas Hadeed, la compañía matriz de APCL.

Jon Rodríguez, director de centrales de energía, América del Norte, Wärtsilä Energy, respondió: “La integración de esta nueva central de energía con una terminal de GNL es una clara demostración de que Wärtsilä aporta su conocimiento tecnológico y experiencia para ayudar a sus clientes a hacer uso de combustibles ambientalmente más sostenibles. Anteriormente hemos llevado a cabo cuatro proyectos exitosos con la APCL y estamos muy contentos de haber sido seleccionados nuevamente para este importante proyecto. Creo que viene como un respaldo de la tecnología de Wärtsilä, así como de las capacidades de soporte de ventas que tenemos en todo el Caribe”.

La central operará con cinco motores de combustible dual Wärtsilä 34DF capaces de operar tanto con gas como con fuelóleo liviano. Esta flexibilidad se combina con alta eficacia en todo el rango de carga. La capacidad de arranque rápido significa que los motores pueden alcanzar máxima potencia en cinco minutos, lo que les permite proporcionar una capacidad de equilibrio de red eficaz a medida que aumenta la adopción de energía renovable eólica y solar. En especial, estos motores podrían ser una plataforma ideal para futuras estrategias de descarbonización utilizando combustibles libres de carbono, como el hidrógeno y el amoníaco.

Se espera que la central entre en funcionamiento en el tercer trimestre de 2023. La central suministrará electricidad a APUA para su distribución a la red nacional. La decisión de utilizar GNL regasificado, el más limpio de todos los combustibles fósiles, resultará en alrededor de un 40% menos de producción de carbono y está alineada con el plan del gobierno de Antigua y Barbuda y APUA para reducir su huella ambiental.

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Wärtsilä Energy en resumen
Wärtsilä Energy lidera la transición hacia un futuro con energía 100% renovable. Ayudamos a nuestros clientes en la descarbonización con el desarrollo de tecnologías líderes en el mercado. Estas cubren centrales de energía de balance habilitadas para operar con los combustibles del futuro, soluciones híbridas, tecnología de almacenamiento y optimización de energía, incluida la plataforma de gestión de energía GEMS. Los servicios de ciclo de vida de Wärtsilä Energy están diseñados para incrementar la eficacia, promover la fiabilidad y garantizar el rendimiento operativo. Nuestra trayectoria incluye 76 GW de capacidad de central de energía y 110 sistemas de almacenamiento de energía distribuidos a 180 países de todo el mundo.
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Wärtsilä en resumen
Wärtsilä es un líder mundial en tecnologías innovadoras y soluciones de ciclo de vida para los mercados marino y energético. Enfatizamos la innovación en tecnología y servicios sostenibles para ayudar a nuestros clientes a mejorar continuamente su rendimiento ambiental y económico. Nuestro equipo dedicado y apasionado de 17.000 profesionales en más de 200 ubicaciones en 68 países da forma a la transformación de la descarbonización de nuestras industrias en todo el mundo. En 2021, las ventas netas de Wärtsilä alcanzaron un total de 4.8 mil millones de euros. Wärtsilä cotiza en el Nasdaq Helsinki.
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Parkland clarifies details regarding a webcast and conference call on Tuesday, January 18, at 4:00pm MDT (6:00pm EDT) to discuss its announced acquisition of M&M Food Market

CALGARY, AB, Jan. 18, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Parkland Corporation (”Parkland”, “we”, the “Company”, or “our”) (TSX: PKI), will host a webcast and conference call on Tuesday, January 18, at 4:00pm MDT (6:00pm EDT) to discuss its announced acquisition of M&M Food Market.  To listen to the live webcast and watch the presentation, please use the following link: https://produceredition.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1524874&tp_key=388fcb2af7

Analysts and institutional investors interested in participating in the question-and-answer session of the conference call may do so by calling 1-888-390-0546 (toll-free) (Conference ID: 68511332). International participants can call 1-800-389-0704 (toll) (Conference ID: 68511332).

Please connect and log in approximately 10 minutes before the beginning of the call. The webcast will be available for replay two hours after the conference call ends at the link above. It will remain available for one year and will also be posted to www.parkland.ca.

About Parkland Corporation
Parkland’s purpose is to Power Journeys and Energize Communities. We are a leading operator and consolidator of convenience retail and fuel marketing businesses. Through our portfolio of trusted and locally relevant convenience, retail, commercial and wholesale brands, we serve over one million customers per day across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean region and Central and South America. In addition to leveraging our supply and storage capabilities to provide the essential fuels that our diverse customers rely on, we are a leader in manufacturing low carbon fuels and are rapidly building a charging network to serve growing demand for convenient charging from electric vehicle drivers in select markets.

Parkland’s proven strategy is centered around growing organically, realizing a supply advantage, acquiring prudently, and integrating successfully. We are positioned to win through the energy transition and are focused on developing our existing business in resilient markets, further diversifying our retail business into convenience, food, and EV charging, and helping our commercial customers decarbonize their operations. Our strategy is enabled and underpinned by our people, as well as our values of safety, integrity, community, and respect, which are deeply embedded across our organization.

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Nuvei Announces Partnership with FTX to Provide Instant Payment Solutions on One of the World’s Largest Digital Currency Exchanges

CaribPR Wire, MONTREAL and Saint John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, Dec. 14, 2021: Nuvei Corporation (“Nuvei” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: NVEI) (TSX: NVEI), the global payment technology partner of thriving brands, announced today it has entered into a partnership with FTX Trading LTD (”FTX”), owner and operator of FTX.COM, a leading global cryptocurrency exchange. This partnership with Nuvei will enable FTX to provide its users instant payment solutions for an enhanced customer journey and experience.

Through this collaboration, FTX can now offer users access to Nuvei’s innovative payment solutions that significantly improves the user journey, enabling instant deposits that support high value transactions. This in return will help FTX’s users to buy cryptocurrencies faster and in a more secured way.

“Our partnership with FTX demonstrates Nuvei’s leadership in the growing cryptocurrency vertical and shows our ability to provide innovative solutions for customers of all types around the world,” said Philip Fayer, Nuvei’s Chair and CEO. “FTX is one of the world’s largest digital currency exchanges, and we are thrilled to partner with them to help simplify the transaction experience for their customers and speed processing times. Together, we will provide instant payment deposits, supporting the higher value transactions that are often required in cryptocurrency trading. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with FTX and to expand the partnership to provide more APMs and enable payouts, bringing the latest innovations to their payment capabilities.”

“We want our users to have a frictionless experience and be able to convert from fiat to crypto and back seamlessly. We are thrilled to partner with an innovative company like Nuvei to provide a reliable payment on and off-ramp for our users,” said Sam Bankman-Fried, founder and CEO of FTX.

About Nuvei

We are Nuvei (Nasdaq: NVEI) (TSX: NVEI) the global payment technology partner of thriving brands. We provide the intelligence and technology businesses need to succeed locally and globally, through one integration – propelling them further, faster. Uniting payment technology and consulting, we help businesses remove payment barriers, optimize operating costs and increase acceptance rates. Our proprietary platform provides seamless pay-in and payout capabilities, connecting merchants with their customers in over 200 markets worldwide, with local acquiring in 45 markets. With support for over 500 local and alternative payment methods, nearly 150 currencies and 40 cryptocurrencies, merchants can capture every payment opportunity that comes their way. Our purpose is to make our world a local marketplace.

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Parkland’s strategy to drive sustainable growth through the energy transition

CALGARY, AB, Nov. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Parkland Corporation (”Parkland”, “we”, the “Company”, or “our”) (TSX:PKI), a leading convenience retailer, fuel marketer and consolidator, introduced today its refreshed strategy to drive sustainable growth and released its Sustainability Report which includes ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. Parkland will host its 2021 Investor Day later today, where its executive team will outline the company’s continued growth and energy transition plans.

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“Parkland’s proven business model and resilient base business is uniquely positioned to capture high growth opportunities through the energy transition,” said Bob Espey, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are focused on meeting the evolving needs of our retail customers who are seeking convenience destinations which include high-quality food offers at all times of the day. Furthermore, we are well positioned to partner with our commercial customers to help them decarbonize their operations. We expect our strategy to deliver significant near-term value, sustainable per share returns, and position our business for long-term success.”

During today’s Investor Day, Parkland’s executive team will discuss:

The tremendous opportunity we see through the energy transition. We believe the decarbonization of society is inevitable, but expect it will look different in each channel and region we operate. Our refreshed strategy leverages our existing business which has a long, profitable future, and will generate strong returns and cash flow to enable investment in energy transition opportunities. Underpinned by the strong fundamentals in convenience and food, renewable fuels, and emerging demand for electric vehicle charging, we will meaningfully shift our capital allocation toward these high-return opportunities. Highlights include:

  • Developing our existing business; our business model is underpinned by strong market fundamentals, and a track record of delivery through organic growth, acquiring and integrating quality businesses, and capturing supply chain cost advantages. We will continue to consolidate high-quality assets in markets where we expect long-lasting customer demand, seizing opportunities to create additional value and position the business to transition in the future.
  • Diversifying our retail business; our retail sites of the future will look different. We will build on our existing capabilities to create convenience destinations, with high-quality stores and significantly expanded all-day-dining food offerings. In addition, we will launch standalone ON the RUN conveniences stores, and enhance our digital capabilities in support of ON the RUN, food, and electric vehicle charging, where we see demand.
  • Helping our customers Decarbonize; we will leverage our existing capabilities in supply, trading and refining to provide our commercial customers with a portfolio of low carbon products and services. This includes almost tripling our co-processing volumes by 2025 to over 300 million liters. Our ambition is to deliver 1MT of annual greenhouse gas (”GHG”) emissions reductions, equivalent to making approximately 350,000 vehicles zero emission.

2022 Guidance

Parkland targets continued growth in 2022. Highlights include:

  • Adjusted EBITDA (attributable to Parkland) of $1.45 billion +/- 5 percent. This is up approximately 16 percent from 2021 guidance, and approximately 50 percent from 2020.
  • Capital expenditures (attributable to Parkland) of between $475 million and $575 million, comprised of:
    • Growth capital expenditures (attributable to Parkland) of between $250 million and $300 million.
    • Maintenance capital expenditures (attributable to Parkland) of between $225 million and $275 million.

Parkland Publishes Sustainability Report: ‘Drive to Zero’

This morning, we published our latest Sustainability Report. Titled ‘Drive to Zero’, it reflects our goal to achieve zero safety incidents, zero spills, zero tolerance for racism and discrimination, zero tolerance for corruption, bribery, and unethical behaviour and to help our governments achieve their goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. Grounded in meaningful and measurable targets, our report formalizes our enterprise-wide sustainability strategy. Key commitments include:

  • Additional ESG performance measures incorporated into executive compensation by 2022
  • Conduct proactive sustainability assessments for all acquisitions starting in 2022
  • Reduce our customers’ GHG emissions by 1MT through low-carbon fuel production by 2026
  • Reduce GHG emissions from our marketing businesses by 40 percent per site by 2030
  • Reduce GHG emissions from our refining business by 15 percent per barrel processed by 2030

Parkland’s Sustainability Report can be viewed here: https://www.parkland.ca/en/sustainability/overview

Investor Day Webcast Details

The Investor Day presentation will be webcast, with video, beginning at 9 a.m. Eastern Time (7 a.m. Mountain Time) on November 16, 2021. For analysts and investors who have already registered to attend in person, or remotely, we look forward to your participation.

Analysts and Investors who have not yet registered, but wish to attend remotely, are encouraged to email  [email protected]. Analysts and Investors who have not yet registered, but wish to attend in-person, are encouraged to email Melanie Evans at [email protected].

Parkland’s Investor Day presentation is available online at https://www.parkland.ca/en/investors/presentations-webcasts. The video webcast of the presentation will be available for replay from November 18, 2021 using the same link.

About Parkland Corporation

Parkland is a leading convenience store operator and independent supplier and marketer of fuel and petroleum products. Parkland services customers across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean region, and the Americas through three channels: Retail, Commercial and Wholesale. Parkland optimizes its fuel supply across these three channels by operating and leveraging a growing portfolio of supply relationships and storage infrastructure. Parkland provides trusted and locally relevant fuel brands and convenience store offerings in the communities it serves.

Parkland creates value for shareholders by focusing on its proven strategy of growing organically, realizing a supply advantage, and acquiring prudently and integrating successfully. At the core of our strategy are our people, as well as our values of safety, integrity, community, and respect, which are embraced across our organization.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking information and statements (collectively, “forward-looking statements”). When used in this news release the words “expect”, “will”, “could”, “would”, “believe”, “continue”, “pursue” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements with respect to, among other things, business objectives and strategies, Parkland’s ambition to achieve $2 billion run-rate Adjusted EBITDA by the end of 2025, 2022 Adjusted EBITDA and capital expenditure (growth and maintenance) guidance, strategies for developing our existing business and diversifying our retail business, launching standalone On the Run locations, tripling our co-processing volumes by 2025 to over 300 million liters, deliver 1MT of annual emissions reductions, reduce GHG emissions from our marketing businesses by 40 percent per site by 2030, Reduce GHG emissions from our refining business by 15 percent per barrel processed by 2030, and Parkland’s ability to advance its growth agenda.

These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. No assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release. Parkland does not undertake any obligations to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements except as required by securities law. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of numerous risks, assumptions and uncertainties including, but not limited to, general economic, market and business conditions, including the duration and impact of the COVID pandemic; Parkland’s ability to execute its business strategies, including without limitation, Parkland’s ability to consistently identify accretive acquisition targets and successfully integrate them, successfully implement organic growth initiatives and to finance such acquisitions and initiatives on reasonable terms; Parkland’s ability to reduce GHG in its refining and marketing business, Parkland’s ability to grow its supply advantage by leveraging its scale and infrastructure; industry capacity; competitive action by other companies; refining and marketing margins; the ability of suppliers to meet commitments; actions by governmental authorities and other regulators including but not limited to increases in taxes or restricted access to markets; changes and developments in environmental and other regulations; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Parkland. See also the risks and uncertainties described in “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in Parkland’s Annual Information Form dated March 5, 2021, and “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in the Q3 2021 MD&A dated November 2, 2021 and the Q4 2020 MD&A dated March 4, 2021, each filed on SEDAR and available on the Parkland website at www.parkland.ca. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This news release refers to certain non-GAAP and other financial measures that are not determined in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (”IFRS”). Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and does not have a standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS and may not be comparable to similar financial measures used by other issuers. Management considers these to be important supplemental measures of Parkland’s performance and believes these measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. See Section 14 of the Q3 2021 MD&A for a discussion of non-GAAP measures, the reasons Parkland considers it appropriate for supplemental analysis and their reconciliations to the nearest applicable IFRS measure. Investors are cautioned that these measures should not be construed as an alternative to net earnings determined in accordance with IFRS as an indication of Parkland’s performance.

In addition to non-GAAP financial measures, Parkland uses a number of operational KPIs, such as growth and maintenance capital expenditures, to measure the success of our strategic objectives and to set variable compensation targets for employees. These KPIs are not accounting measures, do not have comparable IFRS measures, and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers, as other issuers may calculate these metrics differently. See Section 14 of the Q3 2021 MD&A for further details.

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Parkland strengthens retail convenience network and supply advantage with acquisition in its growing Pacific Northwest region

CALGARY, AB, Nov. 11, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Parkland Corporation (”Parkland”, “we”, “our”, or “the Company”) (TSX:PKI) is pleased to announce that through its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiaries (collectively, “Parkland USA”), it has entered into an agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Lynch Oil and certain of its affiliates (collectively, “Lynch”). This acquisition strengthens our growth platform across the Pacific Northwest and complements our existing retail, commercial and wholesale businesses in Idaho.

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“This acquisition advances our strategy by strengthening our retail convenience network and supply advantage in a growing market where we already have a significant presence,” said Doug Haugh, President of Parkland USA. “We are excited to welcome the Lynch team to Parkland and look forward to growing our customer base and providing them with the quality products and exceptional service they expect.”

Family owned and operated since 1923, Lynch’s operations are concentrated in southern and central Idaho.  This acquisition adds annual fuel sales of over 180 million litres and includes five large-format convenience stores and forecourts, two travel centers, two stand-alone car washes, and a rail storage terminal. Gross profit from the acquired assets is split roughly 60 percent retail, convenience, carwash and non-fuel, and 40 percent commercial and wholesale.

90 percent of the transaction consideration will be funded out of existing credit facility capacity, and the remaining 10 percent with Parkland common shares issued from treasury. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking information and statements (collectively, “forward-looking statements”). When used in this news release the words “expect”, “will”, “could”, “would”, “believe”, “continue”, “pursue” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements with respect to, among other things, the successful completion of the acquisition of Lynch and the timing thereof; expected benefits of the acquisition, increasing retail and convenience presence in the market, potential supply advantage resulting from the transaction, consolidation opportunities for Parkland, the expected gross profit split amongst the segments of the business, and the anticipated funding of the acquisition.

These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. No assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release. Parkland does not undertake any obligations to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements except as may be required by securities law. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of numerous risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, failure to complete this acquisition; failure to satisfy the conditions to closing of the acquisition, including approval by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice; failure to realize all or any of the anticipated benefits of the acquisition; general economic, market and business conditions; competitive action by other companies; refining and marketing margins; the ability of suppliers to meet commitments; actions by governmental authorities and other regulators including but not limited to increases in taxes or restricted access to markets; changes and developments in environmental and other regulations; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Parkland. See also the risks and uncertainties described in “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in Parkland’s Annual Information Form dated March 5, 2021, and “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in the Q3 2021 MD&A dated November 2, 2021 and the Q4 2020 MD&A dated March 4, 2021, each filed on SEDAR and available on the Parkland website at www.parkland.ca. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

About Parkland

Parkland is a leading convenience store operator and independent supplier and marketer of fuel and petroleum products. Parkland services customers across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean region, and the Americas through three channels: Retail, Commercial and Wholesale. Parkland optimizes its fuel supply across these three channels by operating and leveraging a growing portfolio of supply relationships and storage infrastructure. Parkland provides trusted and locally relevant fuel brands and convenience store offerings in the communities it serves.

Parkland creates value for shareholders by focusing on its proven strategy of growing organically, realizing a supply advantage, and acquiring prudently and integrating successfully. At the core of our strategy are our people, as well as our values of safety, integrity, community, and respect, which are embraced across our organization.

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Parkland Announces Pricing of US$800 Million Offering of Senior Unsecured Notes

CALGARY, AB, Nov. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Parkland Corporation (”Parkland”, “we”, the “Company”, or “our”) (TSX: PKI) announced today that it has priced its previously announced private offering of senior unsecured notes, and increased the aggregate principal amount of notes to be offered thereunder from US$500 million to US$800 million (the “Offering”). The notes will bear interest at 4.625% per annum and have a maturity date of May 1, 2030. Closing of the Offering is expected to occur on or about November 23, 2021.

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Parkland intends to use the net proceeds of the Offering to redeem all of the outstanding $300 million aggregate principal amount of its 6.5% Senior Notes (the “6.5% Senior Notes”) with a final maturity date of January 21, 2027 and to repay the drawings under its revolving bank credit facility, with the remainder to be used for general corporate purposes, including acquisitions and capital spending. Amounts repaid under the revolving bank credit facility may be redrawn for general corporate purposes, including acquisitions and capital spending. The redemption date for the 6.5% Senior Notes will be December 8, 2021 and the redemption is conditional on the closing of the Offering.

The notes will be offered and sold only to persons reasonably believed to be qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and may be offered and sold outside the United States pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act. The notes have not been registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws, and unless so registered, may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any offer or sale of the notes in any state, or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain information included herein is forward-looking. Many of these forward looking statements can be identified by words such as “believe”, “expects”, “expected”, “will”, “intends”, “projects”, “projected”, “anticipates”, “estimates”, “continues”, “objective” or similar words and include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the use of proceeds of the Offering, the timing and successful completion of the Offering and statements regarding the redemption of the 6.5% Senior Notes. Parkland believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements should not be unduly relied upon.

The forward-looking statements contained herein are based upon certain assumptions and factors including, without limitation: historical trends, current and future economic and financial conditions, and expected future developments. Parkland believes such assumptions and factors are reasonably accurate at the time of preparing this press release. However, forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors, which may cause Parkland’s actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, risks associated with: closing of the Offering and effecting the redemption of the 6.5% Senior Notes since it is conditional on closing of the Offering; failure to obtain any necessary consents and approvals required to complete the Offering; failure to complete the Offering and redemption; and general economic, market and business conditions; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Parkland.  There is a specific risk that Parkland may be unable to complete the Offering and the redemption in the manner described in this press release or at all. If Parkland is unable to complete the Offering and/or redemption, there could be a material adverse impact on Parkland and on the value of its securities.  See also the risks and uncertainties described in “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in Parkland’s Annual Information Form dated March 5, 2021, and “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in the Q3 2021 MD&A dated November 2, 2021 and the Q4 2020 MD&A dated March 4, 2021, each filed on SEDAR and available on the Parkland website at www.parkland.ca.

Any forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and Parkland does not undertake any obligation, except as required under applicable law, to publicly update or revise such statements to reflect new information, subsequent or otherwise. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

About Parkland Corporation

Parkland is a leading convenience store operator and independent supplier and marketer of fuel and petroleum products. Parkland services customers across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean region and the Americas through three channels: Retail, Commercial and Wholesale. Parkland optimizes its fuel supply across these three channels by operating and leveraging a growing portfolio of supply relationships and storage infrastructure. Parkland provides trusted and locally relevant fuel brands and convenience store offerings in the communities it serves.

Parkland creates value for shareholders by focusing on its proven strategy of growing organically, realizing a supply advantage and acquiring prudently and integrating successfully. At the core of our strategy are our people, as well as our values of safety, integrity, community and respect, which are embraced across our organization.

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Parkland grows U.S. retail business by over 90 percent with acquisition in the rapidly growing South Florida region

CALGARY, AB, Nov. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Parkland Corporation (”Parkland”, “we”, “our”, or “the Company”) (TSX: PKI) is pleased to announce that through its wholly owned U.S. subsidiaries (collectively, “Parkland USA”), it has entered into an agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Urbieta Oil Co. and certain of its affiliates (collectively, “Urbieta”). This acquisition complements Parkland’s existing Florida commercial business by establishing a large retail and convenience growth platform with high quality real estate in Miami.

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“This acquisition advances our growth strategy to increase our convenience retail presence in a region where we have had success with fuel supply and commercial operations,” said Doug Haugh, President of Parkland USA. “Adding the Urbieta stores nearly doubles our U.S. retail business, provides immediate scale in a resilient, fast-growing market, and creates opportunity to meet customers’ needs through our ON the RUN convenience brand”.

Family owned and operated since 1974, Urbieta is a well-established retail, convenience, and fuel distribution business with 2020 annual fuel sales of approximately 465 million litres. Urbieta’s operations are concentrated in the Miami market. The transaction includes 94 retail locations including the real estate purchase of 54 strategic sites.

“In addition to adding an exceptional team, this acquisition provides a springboard for growth in the Southern Florida market with close proximity to our Caribbean business,” added Haugh. “The fragmented U.S. market presents a long runway of consolidation opportunities for Parkland to build scale, and better serve our customers. We will remain disciplined in our appraisal of the opportunities we see in front of us.”

The valuation metrics of this transaction reflect Urbieta’s scale, significant retail weighting and the purchase of strategic real estate. Gross profit from the acquired assets is split approximately 85 percent retail and 15 percent commercial and wholesale operations. 90 percent of the transaction consideration will be funded out of existing credit facility capacity, and the remaining 10 percent with Parkland common shares issued from treasury. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking information and statements (collectively, “forward-looking statements”). When used in this news release the words “expect”, “will”, “could”, “would”, “believe”, “continue”, “pursue” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements with respect to, among other things, the successful completion of the acquisition of Urbieta and the timing thereof; expected benefits of the acquisition, increasing retail and convenience presence in the market, Parkland’s ability to add value to the acquired network through its expanded ON the RUN brand, consolidation opportunities for Parkland, the expected gross profit split amongst the segments of the business, and the anticipated funding of the acquisition.

These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. No assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release. Parkland does not undertake any obligations to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements except as may be required by securities law. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of numerous risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, failure to complete this acquisition; failure to satisfy the conditions to closing of the acquisition, including approval by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice; failure to realize all or any of the anticipated benefits of the acquisition; general economic, market and business conditions; competitive action by other companies; refining and marketing margins; the ability of suppliers to meet commitments; actions by governmental authorities and other regulators including but not limited to increases in taxes or restricted access to markets; changes and developments in environmental and other regulations; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Parkland. See also the risks and uncertainties described in “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in Parkland’s Annual Information Form dated March 5, 2021, and “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in the Q3 2021 MD&A dated November 2, 2021 and the Q4 2020 MD&A dated March 4, 2021, each filed on SEDAR and available on the Parkland website at www.parkland.ca. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

About Parkland

Parkland is a leading convenience store operator and independent supplier and marketer of fuel and petroleum products. Parkland services customers across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean region and the Americas through three channels: Retail, Commercial and Wholesale. Parkland optimizes its fuel supply across these three channels by operating and leveraging a growing portfolio of supply relationships and storage infrastructure. Parkland provides trusted and locally relevant fuel brands and convenience store offerings in the communities it serves.

Parkland creates value for shareholders by focusing on its proven strategy of growing organically, realizing a supply advantage and acquiring prudently and integrating successfully. At the core of our strategy are our people, as well as our values of safety, integrity, community and respect, which are embraced across our organization.

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Parkland delivers record third quarter results with Adjusted EBITDA of $364 million; $1 billion for the first nine months

CALGARY, AB, Nov. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Parkland Corporation (”Parkland”, “we”, the “Company”, or “our”) (TSX: PKI) today announced its financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021. Highlights for the three months ended September 30, 2021 (”Q3 2021″) include1:

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  • Record Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Parkland (”Adjusted EBITDA”) of $364 million, up 8 percent year-over-year, underpinned by record Adjusted EBITDA in our International and U.S. segments that reflect accretive acquisitions and realized synergies, record co-processing volumes at the Burnaby refinery, consistent execution, and ongoing post-COVID economic recovery.
  • Net earnings attributable to Parkland of $115 million, or $0.76 per share, basic, an increase of approximately 50 percent relative to the prior year, and record Adjusted earnings attributable to Parkland (”Adjusted earnings”) of $107 million, or $0.70 per share, basic, up approximately 15 percent year-over-year.
  • Trailing twelve-month distributable cash flow per share of $4.72, an increase of approximately 44 percent relative to prior year of $3.28.
  • Co-processed a record 33 million litres (2,300 barrels per day) of bio-feedstock at the Burnaby Refinery, helping our customers decarbonize their operations and placing us on track to achieve our target of 100 million litres, which is equivalent to taking over 80,000 passenger vehicles off the road in 2021.

“I want to congratulate the entire Parkland team for delivering the strongest quarterly and year-to-date results in Parkland’s history,” said Bob Espey, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Underpinned by our quality brands and consistent ability to anticipate and meet the evolving needs of our customers, including meeting a growing need for low-carbon fuels, we delivered $1 billion of Adjusted EBITDA during the first nine months of the year, demonstrating the strength and growth trajectory of our company.”

“Each segment of our business performed strongly,” added Espey. “From record results in our USA and International segments, ongoing post-COVID economic recovery in Canada and record co-processing volumes in Burnaby, our teams have set us up for a strong finish to the year. We remain focused on maintaining our financial strength and have high confidence in achieving the upper end of our full-year Adjusted EBITDA guidance and longer-term growth ambition.”

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1 Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted earnings and Total Funded Debt to Credit Facility EBITDA ratio are non-GAAP financial measures and may not be comparable to similar measures of other issuers. See Section 14 of the Management’s Discussion and Analysis (”Q3 2021 MD&A”) dated November 2, 2021.

Q3 2021 Segment Highlights2

  • Our Canadian segment delivered Adjusted EBITDA of $105 million, down 18 percent relative to Q3 2020. Lower unit fuel margins, reduced benefit from the COVID-related wage assistance program and a shift in product mix were partially offset by recovering volumes and growth in merchandise gross profit. Company C-store same-store sales growth (”SSSG”) was 1.7 percent excluding cigarettes, driven by growth in high margin categories including beverages, centre of store and food service. We continue to optimize results by leveraging our proprietary brands, including ON the RUN and 59th Street, at company owned retail sites and our JOURNIETM rewards program, which now has more than 2.5 million members.
  • Our International segment delivered record Adjusted EBITDA of $83 million, up 8 percent relative to Q3 2020. Results were underpinned by a strong base business, the successful integration of the Isla Dominicana de Petroleo Corp. joint venture and other acquisitions, plus recovering onshore and aviation volumes driven by the slowly recovering tourism industry.
  • Our USA segment delivered record Adjusted EBITDA of $44 million, up 110 percent relative to Q3 2020. Results were driven by the impact of acquisitions and synergies, new business wins including national accounts, and a robust summer driving season, which offset weakness of marine bunkering in our Florida market due to COVID.
  • Our Supply segment delivered Adjusted EBITDA of $161 million, up 30 percent relative to Q3 2020. We continue to reliably and safely operate the Burnaby refinery delivering composite utilization of 101 percent (92 percent in Q3 2020) and co-processed a record 33 million litres of bio-feedstock, resulting in year-to-date compliance cost savings of more than $35 million3. Recovering fuel volumes underpinned strong margins in our integrated logistics business. Planned maintenance at the Burnaby refinery commenced in early October and the refinery was substantially operational by the end of October 2021.
  • Corporate Adjusted EBITDA expense of $29 million, was consistent with pre-COVID Q3 2019 and up from $12 million in Q3 2020, reflecting reduced benefit from the COVID related wage assistance program and administrative costs to support the partial return to pre-COVID business activities and growth programs.

Developing our Business: A Track-Record of Disciplined and Accretive Acquisitions

From late last year, we have announced or closed 13 accretive acquisitions for an investment of approximately $850 million, including purchase price adjustments. The Total Funded Debt to Credit Facility EBITDA ratio of 3.2 times as of September 30, 2021 reflects the closing of three previously announced acquisitions. There are no credit facility or bond maturities until 2026 and the company has significant financial liquidity. Highlights from the third quarter include:

  • Announced the acquisition of Montreal-based Pétroles Crevier Inc. Expected to close in Q1 2022, this acquisition will extend our existing retail network in Quebec and expand our presence in key markets.
  • Signed and closed agreements to acquire Colorado-based Master Petroleum, North Dakota-based Red Carpet Carwash and Florida-based Bradenton Fuel Oil, all of which strategically build upon our existing capabilities in those regions.

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2 C-store SSSG and composite utilization are Parkland key performance indicators (”KPIs”). These KPIs are not accounting measures, do not have comparable IFRS measures and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. See Section 14 of the Q3 2021 MD&A for further details.
3 Reflects a notional computation of savings in comparison to the highest cost alternative to meet low carbon fuel requirements in British Columbia.

Our Sustainability Journey

As we advance our sustainability journey, we are committed to providing regular updates on our environmental, social and governance efforts as part of our normal disclosure process. Q3 2021 highlights include:

  • As part of our commitment to help our customers decarbonize their operations and essential mobility needs, we delivered another co-processing record at the Burnaby refinery. The refinery co-processed approximately 33 million litres of Canadian bio-feedstock during the third quarter of 2021, for a total of 82 million litres during the first nine months of 2021. We are on track to achieve our target of 100 million litres, which will have the equivalent effect of taking over 80,000 passenger vehicles off the road in 2021.
  • Consistent with our commitment to Board renewal, we appointed two new Board members, Angela John and Richard Hookway. Together they bring extensive global experience in supply, low carbon technologies and in creating value across the entire downstream value chain. We expect Parkland, and our shareholders, will benefit greatly from their contributions.
  • In July 2021, we launched a Diversity and Inclusion Leadership program to a selection of our Vice Presidents, Directors and Managers across all regions completing over 500 hours of training. We also hosted Pride Month events, Hispanic Heritage month events and held other events hosted by our Women’s network.
  • Throughout September, employees in all our operating geographies came together to recognize Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This included a virtual event hosted by senior leaders and attended by approximately 800 employees that featured a former-elected chief, and residential school survivor and author. The event was designed to educate our employees on the history of Canadian Indigenous people.

Parkland’s second Sustainability report will be issued in the fourth quarter and will provide enhanced disclosure, including greenhouse gas reduction targets.

Changes to Dividend Reinvestment Plan

On November 2, 2021, the Company announced a reduction of the Enhanced Dividend Reinvestment Plan (”Enhanced DRIP”) from a 5 percent per share discount to a 2 percent per share discount, effective immediately.

Consolidated Financial Overview

($ millions, unless otherwise noted)

Three months ended September 30,

Nine months ended September 30,

Financial Summary

2021

2020

2019

2021

2020

2019

Fuel and petroleum product volume (million litres)(1)

6,267

5,301

5,622

17,563

15,939

16,483

Sales and operating revenue(1)

6,006

3,498

4,605

15,260

10,505

13,674

Adjusted gross margin(2)(3)

779

674

679

2,143

1,754

2,104

Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Parkland (”Adjusted EBITDA”)(2)(3)

364

338

302

1,000

720

963

Canada(4)

105

128

104

322

323

292

International

83

77

63

216

198

208

USA(5)

44

21

17

95

64

41

Supply(4)(5)

161

124

146

451

201

507

Corporate

(29)

(12)

(28)

(84)

(66)

(85)

Net earnings attributable to Parkland

115

76

24

89

29

206

Net earnings per share – basic ($ per share)

0.76

0.51

0.16

0.59

0.19

1.41

Net earnings per share – diluted ($ per share)

0.75

0.50

0.16

0.59

0.19

1.38

Adjusted earnings attributable to Parkland (”Adjusted earnings”)(3)

107

93

65

295

81

259

Adjusted earnings per share – basic ($ per share)(3)

0.70

0.62

0.44

1.96

0.54

1.77

Adjusted earnings per share – diluted ($ per share)(3)

0.70

0.62

0.44

1.94

0.54

1.74

TTM Cash generated from operating activities(2)(6)

746

1,458

1,105

746

1,458

1,105

TTM Distributable cash flow(3)(6)

712

485

594

712

485

594

TTM Distributable cash flow per share(3)(6)

4.72

3.28

4.15

4.72

3.28

4.15

Dividends

48

47

45

143

137

133

Dividends per share(2)

0.3087

0.3036

0.2985

0.9227

0.9074

0.8921

Weighted average number of common shares (million shares)

152

149

148

151

149

147

Total assets

10,646

8,978

9,157

10,646

8,978

9,157

Non-current financial liabilities(2)

5,215

4,168

4,278

5,215

4,168

4,278

(1)

Certain amounts within sales and operating revenue and fuel and petroleum product volumes were restated and reclassified to conform to the presentation used in the current period.

(2)

4Measure of segment profit or key performance indicator. See Section 14 of the MD&A.

(3)

Non-GAAP financial measure. See Section 14 of the MD&A.

(4)

For comparative purposes, information for the year ended December 31, 2019 was restated due to a change in segment presentation. Canada Retail and Canada Commercial, formerly presented separately as individual segments, and the Canadian distribution business, formerly presented in Supply, are now included in Canada, reflecting a change in organizational structure in 2020.

(5)

For comparative purposes, information for previous periods was restated due to a change in segment presentation. The supply and trading business in the United States, formerly presented in the Supply segment, is now included in the USA segment, reflecting a change in organizational structure in the first nine months of 2021.

(6)

Amounts presented on a trailing-twelve-month basis (”TTM”).

(7)

Calculated based on weighted average number of shares.

Registration Available for 2021 Investor Day on November 16, 2021

Parkland will host its 2021 Investor Day presentation on November 16, 2021 at 7:00 a.m. MST (9:00 a.m. EST). The event will be held at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, Ontario and simultaneously webcast with video for those unable to attend in person. The event will include presentations from Parkland’s leadership team on our long-term growth and energy transition strategy, capital allocation and financial outlook.

To ensure a safe and engaging in-person event, we will be following Ontario’s COVID protocols. Analysts and investors who wish to attend the event, either in person or remotely, are invited to register using the following link: https://parkland.fluid.events/ParklandInvestorDay

Q3 2021 Conference Call and Webcast Details

Parkland will host a webcast and conference call on Wednesday, November 3, at 6:30am MDT (8:30am EDT) to discuss the results. To listen to the live webcast and watch the presentation, please use the following link:

https://produceredition.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1502999&tp_key=0713d330d0

Analysts and institutional investors interested in participating in the question-and-answer session of the conference call may do so by calling 1-888-390-0546 (toll-free) (Conference ID: 88891002). International participants can call 1-587-880-2171 (toll) (Conference ID: 88891002).

Please connect and log in approximately 10 minutes before the beginning of the call. The webcast will be available for replay two hours after the conference call ends at the link above. It will remain available for one year and will also be posted to www.parkland.ca.

MD&A and Consolidated Financial Statements

The Q3 2021 MD&A and Q3 2021 Financial Statements provide a detailed explanation of Parkland’s operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021. An English version of these documents will be available online at www.parkland.ca and SEDAR after the results are released by newswire under Parkland’s profile at www.sedar.com. The Q3 2021 French MD&A and Q3 2021 French Financial Statements will be posted to www.parkland.ca and SEDAR as soon as they become available.

About Parkland Corporation

Parkland is a leading convenience store operator and an independent supplier and marketer of fuel and petroleum products. Parkland services customers across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean region and the Americas through three channels: Retail, Commercial and Wholesale. Parkland optimizes its fuel supply across these three channels by operating and leveraging a growing portfolio of supply relationships and storage infrastructure. Parkland provides trusted and locally relevant fuel brands and convenience store offerings in the communities it serves.

Parkland creates value for shareholders by focusing on its proven strategy of growing organically, realizing a supply advantage and acquiring prudently and integrating successfully. At the core of our strategy are our people, as well as our values of safety, integrity, community and respect, which are embraced across our organization.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking information and statements (collectively, “forward-looking statements”). When used in this news release the words “expect”, “will”, “could”, “would”, “believe”, “continue”, “pursue” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements with respect to, among other things, business objectives and strategies, Parkland’s expectation of achieving the upper end of its 2021 Adjusted EBITDA guidance and achieving its 2021 co-processing target and long-term growth ambitions, expected benefits and synergies to be derived from acquisitions, expected closing dates of announced transactions, expecting timing of Parkland publishing its second sustainability report, and Parkland’s ability to advance its growth agenda.

These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. No assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release. Parkland does not undertake any obligations to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements except as required by securities law. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of numerous risks, assumptions and uncertainties including, but not limited to, general economic, market and business conditions, including the duration and impact of the COVID pandemic; Parkland’s ability to execute its business strategies, including without limitation, Parkland’s ability to consistently identify accretive acquisition targets and successfully integrate them, successfully implement organic growth initiatives and to finance such acquisitions and initiatives on reasonable terms; Parkland’s ability to grow its supply advantage by leveraging its scale and infrastructure; industry capacity; competitive action by other companies; refining and marketing margins; the ability of suppliers to meet commitments; actions by governmental authorities and other regulators including but not limited to increases in taxes or restricted access to markets; changes and developments in environmental and other regulations; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Parkland. See also the risks and uncertainties described in “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in Parkland’s Annual Information Form dated March 5, 2021, and “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in the Q3 2021 MD&A dated November 2, 2021 and the Q4 2020 MD&A dated March 4, 2021, each filed on SEDAR and available on the Parkland website at www.parkland.ca. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This news release refers to certain non-GAAP financial measures that are not determined in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (”IFRS”). Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted gross margin are measures of segment profit and non-GAAP financial measures. Total funded debt to credit facility EBITDA ratio, Adjusted earnings, distributable cash flow, and distributable cash flow per share attributable to Parkland are non-GAAP financial measures. These measures do not have standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS and may not be comparable to similar financial measures used by other issuers. Management considers these to be important supplemental measures of Parkland’s performance and believes these measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. See Section 14 of the Q3 2021 MD&A for a discussion of non-GAAP measures, the reasons Parkland considers it appropriate for supplemental analysis and their reconciliations to the nearest applicable IFRS measure.

In addition to non-GAAP financial measures, Parkland uses a number of operational KPIs, such as Company C-Store SSSG, refinery utilization and composite refinery utilization, to measure the success of our strategic objectives and to set variable compensation targets for employees. These KPIs are not accounting measures, do not have comparable IFRS measures, and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers, as other issuers may calculate these metrics differently. See Section 14 of the Q3 2021 MD&A for further details.

Investors are cautioned that these measures should not be construed as an alternative to net earnings determined in accordance with IFRS as an indication of Parkland’s performance.

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RBC invites participants around the world to experience reimagined, virtual Race for the Kids event

A new mobile app will keep participants connected as they run, walk, or roll in support of 35 youth-focused charities in 19 countries

TORONTO, Aug. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, RBC Race for the Kids will return in its global, virtual format for an event weekend on October 16-17, 2021. Today, RBC opened registration for the event weekend and announced plans for its reimagined, virtual participant experience with a new mobile app.

RBC Race for the Kids wordmark and screenshots of the new mobile app

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, RBC proactively pivoted its long-running RBC Race for the Kids event series to a global, virtual format – ensuring it could continue to support young people around the globe while facing necessary restrictions for public gatherings. As a result, $8.8 million was raised by over 33,000 participants in 2020, benefiting dozens of youth-focused charity partners whose supports and services were needed more than ever.

Through the mobile app, participants can stay connected and competitive

A new way to race
RBC Race for the Kids is open to all, regardless of geography, age, or fitness ability. Participants can register for free on rbcraceforthekids.com – an integrated registration and fundraising platform providing a seamless experience.

New for 2021, RBC Race for the Kids participants will experience the event weekend through a mobile app. After registering, participants can download the app to begin engaging with its many exciting, interactive features, including:

  • Selecting a pre-determined distance to complete in their local community (with no set routes). Based on their chosen distance, the app will share a series of audio cues during the event to encourage and excite participants towards their personal finish line.
  • Choosing the most convenient method of recording their activity: through the integrated, in-app tracker or by linking to a wearable fitness device.
  • Tracking training kilometers/miles, competing against individuals or teams to climb leaderboards, and following their peers’ training activity.
  • Recording their event performance and sharing their route map/photos within the app event feed –or posting to their personal social media channels.
  • Unlocking the app’s augmented-reality lens to use face filters and digital medals during and after completing their event – which can also be posted to their personal social media channels.

Participants are encouraged to complete their run, walk, or roll independently or with family members and friends, while observing local public health advice and government guidelines.

Support youth from wherever you are
Regardless of where participants are physically located, they can choose to support any of the 35 participating charity partners during their registration process. Located around the globe, all participating partners offer critical supports and services for youth in their local communities.

RBC Race for the Kids’ 2021 partners include:

Prior to 2020, RBC Race for the Kids events took place in 17 physical locations, including: Bahamas, Barbados, Calgary, Chicago, Hong Kong, Jersey, Kuala Lumpur, London, Montreal, New York, Ottawa, Seattle, St. Paul, Sydney, Toronto, Trinidad & Tobago, and Vancouver. To date, the series has seen over 290,000 participants who have collectively raised more than $65 million.

In addition to continuing to host RBC Race for the Kids, RBC has committed $13 million to date towards food security, mental health, and strategic preparedness in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, RBC aligned more than $140 million in donations to its strategic priority pillars, directing funds to local community organizations and causes in the places where it operates.

To learn more about RBC Race for the Kids, its charity partners, or the virtual event experience, visit: rbcraceforthekids.com.

About RBC
Royal Bank of Canada is a global financial institution with a purpose-driven, principles-led approach to delivering leading performance. Our success comes from the 86,000+ employees who leverage their imaginations and insights to bring our vision, values and strategy to life so we can help our clients thrive and communities prosper. As Canada’s biggest bank, and one of the largest in the world based on market capitalization, we have a diversified business model with a focus on innovation and providing exceptional experiences to our 17 million clients in Canada, the U.S. and 27 other countries. Learn more at rbc.com.‎

We are proud to support a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments and employee volunteer activities. See how at rbc.com/community-social-impact.

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Hamilton Reserve Bank, Formerly Nevis International Bank & Trust, Completes Rebranding as A Leading Bank in the Hometown of Alexander Hamilton

NEW YORK and ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, March 22, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – HAMILTON RESERVE BANK (www.hrbank.com), formerly Nevis International Bank & Trust, announces the completion of the Bank’s rebranding as the leading hometown bank of Alexander Hamilton, a Founding Father of America. Hamilton Reserve Bank combines powerful modern banking services with the legacy of Alexander Hamilton.

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Hamilton Reserve Bank is the largest global bank in the region with worldwide offices and customers. The Bank’s rebranding reflects its global presence, “fortress” balance sheet, and rapidly expanding customer base from more than 150 countries. The Bank’s operations, compliance, control, and SWIFT code NIBTKNNE remain the same.

Hamilton Reserve Bank offers white glove banking solutions in 10 different currencies to a worldwide clientele of large institutions, individuals, businesses, and ultra-high-net-worth family offices seeking reliable, holistic, and efficient international banking and investment solutions. Certified annually by Grant Thornton, the Bank’s auditor, Hamilton Reserve Bank maintains a pristine regulatory history and is committed to a best practices approach in all aspects of its business.

About HAMILTON RESERVE BANK

HAMILTON RESERVE BANK (www.hrbank.com) is a fully regulated global bank (SWIFT: NIBTKNNE) with a deep British heritage. Powered by advanced modern banking technology, the Bank offers personal banking, business banking, and investment solutions in 10 different currencies across 150+ countries, serving a large, rapidly expanding worldwide clientele. The Bank has a “fortress” balance sheet, zero customer loan exposure, pristine compliance history, an exceptional CET1 capital ratio, strong customer privacy protection, speedy client onboarding, and 24/7 mobile banking. The Bank’s independent asset management affiliate is regulated by the U.S. SEC, which advises the Morningstar 5-Star rated, New York Stock Exchange listed Volshares Large Cap ETF (NYSE stock symbol: VSL), a top 1% performer three years in a row. Hamilton Reserve Bank engages in four areas: Banking, Trust & Escrow, Capital Markets, and Asset Management. Headquartered on a large bank compound at the Hamilton Reserve Bank Plaza in St. Kitts & Nevis, Alexander Hamilton’s birthplace and a thriving British Commonwealth nation, Hamilton Reserve Bank is the largest global bank in the region, maintaining worldwide offices and global customer support.

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Parkland teams up with Amazon Web Services to accelerate digital transformation

CaribPR Wire, CALGARY, Alberta, July 22, 2020 — Parkland Corporation (”Parkland”, “we”, the “Company”, or “our”) (TSX:PKI) announced it is collaborating with Amazon Web Services (“AWS”) to further strengthen its customer value proposition and loyalty initiatives and accelerate its digital transformation. With AWS as its strategic digital provider, Parkland intends to tap into leading expertise in machine learning and analytics to improve its logistics and enable frictionless commerce.

“We are excited to be teaming up with AWS to advance our strategic priorities and support our ambitious organic growth targets,” said Ian White, Senior Vice President Strategic Marketing and Innovation at Parkland. “AWS is a renowned global technology leader who is laser-focused on customer experience and innovation.”

“Across our growing business in North America, the Caribbean, Central and South America, we complete over one million customer transactions every day,” added White. “Through digital, we will build on this unique perspective and uncover valuable insights into our customers’ needs and preferences to provide enhanced services, products and personalized offers.”

Parkland has been building its internal capabilities to leverage digital technology trends for some time. It has identified several technologies and customer-centric opportunities that support organic growth. These include:

  • Loyalty program data optimization (including the Canadian JOURNIE™ rewards loyalty program) and personalized customer offers;
  • Real-time price optimization using enhanced data feeds and machine learning;
  • Progressing our vision for the convenience store of the future.

Moving forward, additional strategic opportunities include monitoring fuel inventories in real-time and optimizing routing and distribution, harnessing digital to help scale the business without adding significant cost and complexity, and improving the speed and efficiency of M&A integration.

“By embracing digital, we will strengthen our position as a leading fuel and convenience marketer and believe that through enhanced customer focus we can drive organic revenue growth and margin expansion,” added White. “Digital services are changing constantly and teaming up with AWS helps us channel those developments to elevate our customer focus and enhance our core competencies of retailing, customer loyalty, pricing, supply and distribution.”

About Parkland Corporation

Parkland is an independent supplier and marketer of fuel and petroleum products and a leading convenience store operator. Parkland services customers across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean region and the Americas through three channels: Retail, Commercial and Wholesale. Parkland optimizes its fuel supply across these three channels by operating and leveraging a growing portfolio of supply relationships and storage infrastructure. Parkland provides trusted and locally relevant fuel brands and convenience store offerings in the communities it serves.

Parkland creates value for shareholders by focusing on its proven strategy of growing organically, realizing a supply advantage and acquiring prudently and integrating successfully. At the core of our strategy are our people, as well as our values of safety, integrity, community and respect, which are embraced across our organization.

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Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking information and statements (collectively, “forward-looking statements”). When used in this news release the words “further”, “intends”, “advance”, “build”, “believe”, “potential” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements with respect to: Parkland’s ability to strengthen its customer value proposition and loyalty initiatives and accelerate its digital transformation; Parkland’s ability to tap into AWS’ leading expertise in machine learning, artificial intelligence, logistics and frictionless commerce; Parkland’s belief that teaming up with AWS will advance strategic priorities; Parkland’s expectation that the collaboration will allow it to provide enhanced services, products and personalized offers; Parkland’s expectation that the collaboration with AWS will allow for the monitoring fuel inventories in real-time, the optimization of routing and distribution, allow Parkland to harness digital to help scale business without adding significant cost and complexity, and improve the speed and efficiency of M&A integration. Forward-looking statements are based on Parkland’s current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions that were made by the company in light of its information available at the time the statement was made. These forward-looking statements consider Parkland and AWS’ experience and Parkland’s expectations and assumptions concerning: capital efficiencies and cost savings; the adoption and implementation of technology; the sufficiency of budgeted capital expenditures in carrying out planned activities; the availability and cost of labour and services.

No assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. See the risks and uncertainties described in “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in Parkland’s Annual Information Form dated March 30, 2020 and in “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” in the Q1 2020 MD&A, which are filed on SEDAR and available on the Parkland website at www.parkland.ca. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

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GM Sectec and Visa promote the adoption of secure payment technologies and practices in Latin America

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico and MIAMI, June 18, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – GM Sectec, a global leader in cybersecurity, and Visa, the world’s leader in digital payments, have announced the development of a virtual initiative – following a series of successful roadshows in Latin America in 2019 – where they will work together, with the objective of evangelizing, educating and guiding companies in the adoption of secure payment technologies and practices, taking into consideration the moment that we are living in worldwide due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The COVID-19 health crisis is putting the world at risk. The impact on businesses, markets and economies is already beginning to be felt, and in business ecosystems the demand for strong measures to ensure business continuity is fundamental.

At a global level, the changes and challenges that companies have faced include adapting to new tele-working scenarios, unknown until only about three months ago, have created unique opportunities on all ends of the digital divide. For many large corporations, this option has become the norm and many have chosen to adopt it permanently, at least for the rest of 2020.

As a result, the number of people making electronic payments has multiplied, as shown by the recent Visa study which presented that more than 13 million of its cardholders made an e-commerce transaction for the first time in the first quarter of 2020, in key markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. This means that two out of every 10 active e-commerce cardholders are “new to e-commerce,” representing up to 14 percent of all active Visa accounts in key markets during this period.

“Our intention in developing our GM Sectec & Visa ‘PaySec Talks’ on the heels of our successful ‘PaySec Day’ Events throughout Latin America in 2019; is to promote the adoption of secure payment technologies and practices in concert with our Strategic Partner, Visa. Offering organizations and individuals who are working from home, the opportunity to learn about the tools, tactics and procedures they have available today to prevent multi-vector fraud and identity theft is a critical objective for all of us here at GM Sectec.” said Héctor Guillermo Martínez, President of GM Sectec.

Through the “PaySec Talks”, which will be held throughout July, in three sessions – English, Spanish and Portuguese – GM Sectec and Visa will be sharing better strategies and practices on how to maintain the security of their customers’ information and data when conducting electronic transactions.

“We have seen a pivotal change in consumer shopping behaviors as a result of the pandemic, which has rapidly reinforced the multiple benefits of e-commerce and contactless payments, as consumers prioritize health, safety and hygiene both at home and when out shopping,” said Eduardo Perez, Chief Risk Officer for Visa Latina America and the Caribbean.  ”Now is the time for issuers, acquirers and businesses to invest in quickly implementing payment services that consumers will increasingly demand during and as we overcome this situation.”

for this reason, we want through the PaySec Talks, to educate companies in Latin America, where e-commerce is a growing alternative, to ensure the safety of their customers and their business.”

The “PaySec Talks” will be held on July 2nd, 16th and 30th, to participate you just have to register through the following link: https://events.gmsectec.com/visagmsectec

About GM Sectec

GM Sectec offers innovative solutions and services in cybersecurity, governance, and compliance focused on managing digital risk. Its solutions are designed to detect advanced attacks and respond to them effectively, reducing business risk, fraud, and cybercrime. Founded in 1970 as General Computer Corporation and later as GM Group in the 1990s, GM Sectec has an extensive track record and experience in the management of policies and integrated processes of technologies and standards for data protection in payment system risk.  Its commitment to the principles of simplicity, innovation and customer success has made them the leading and fastest growing provider of security and technology in Latin America and the Caribbean. GM Sectec has been selected as one of the “Hot 150 Cybersecurity Companies to watch in 2020″ by Cybercrime MagazineTo learn more about GM Security Technologies, visit our website: www.gmsectec.com

About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of digital commerce on any device for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit  About Visavisa.com/blog and  @VisaNews.

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Mastercard Partners with Facebook to Enable Brazilians to Send and Receive Money Using WhatsApp

WhatsApp users in Brazil can now transfer money and pay businesses directly from the app, quickly, conveniently and securely
MIAMI, June 15, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, Mastercard announced the extension of its partnership with Facebook to offer a new and innovative way for Brazilians to send and receive money from friends and family on the WhatsApp application. Mastercard cardholders banking with Nubank and Sicredi are among the first in Brazil to experience payments on WhatsApp. Additional banking partners are expected to join the program soon.

Leveraging Mastercard Send™, millions of WhatsApp users can now use their phones to simply and easily transfer money instantly (24 hours a day, 7 days per week)1 . As social distancing measures propel consumers to seek alternative, touch-free payment methods, consumers can use WhatsApp to transfer money and make and receive payments seamlessly, securely and in a contact-free way. Paying friends and family just got easier Person-to-person payments (P2P) are experiencing significant growth across the world, driven by technologies and mobile platforms that consumers enjoy using at little-to-no cost to them. Globally, domestic P2P transfers are expected to reach more than $2.07 trillion in volume by 20222. Until now, the P2P user-experience in Brazil was cumbersome and time consuming. Consumers had to identify money transfer services and provide bank account information for recipients, who could wait days to receive funds. With the enablement of P2P payments on WhatsApp, Brazilians will be able to send and receive money conveniently and securely by registering their debit card through the most popular instant messaging app in the country, eliminating the risks and inefficiencies associated with other payment methods including cash. The new solution responds to the needs of Brazilians who are increasingly looking for quick and safe ways to send and receive money, whether it is to reimburse a friend for a meal, to pay a roommate for rent, or simply lend money to a family member. The inclusion of small businesses in electronic payments In addition to making transfers, WhatsApp users can also pay small businesses through the WhatsApp Business Application. This allows for instant digital payments of goods and services to millions of small businesses in Brazil. Mastercard cardholders can register their credit or debit card to make their purchases securely. According to a recent study3, 60% of Brazilian consumers already use WhatsApp to interact with small businesses, be it to order products, negotiate prices or schedule appointments. Enabling payments through WhatsApp will now allow consumers to complete the shopping journey with their favorite businesses without leaving the application. “Adding a payment functionality to WhatsApp is a logical evolution to answer the needs of both consumers and small businesses in Brazil. The possibility to make purchases from small merchants through WhatsApp will support millions of local businesses which have been heavily impacted by the recent crisis as well as meet the demands for Brazilian of users who are looking to send payments to their friends and family each day,” said Kiki Del Valle, Senior Vice President, Digital Partnerships, Mastercard Latin America and Caribbean. “We are very excited to bring payments on WhatsApp to our users across Brazil. Making it easier to send and receive money could not be more important than at a time like this,” said Matt Idema, WhatsApp’s Chief Operating Officer. “Small businesses are the backbone of the country. The ability to easily make sales right within WhatsApp will help business owners adapt to the digital economy and to support growth and financial recovery.” Security in every WhatsApp payment transactions Linking their preferred credit or debit card within the app is highly secure thanks to the use of Mastercard’s state-of-the-art tokenization solution. The tokenization technology protects cardholder information by replacing the original 16-digit card number with a unique alternative number, or “token,” which is associated with each WhatsApp user’s individual account and not functional elsewhere. Once the token has been created, consumers will need to input their security PIN each time they want to perform a transaction. Click on the link to learn how to use this new service: www.whatsapp.com/payments/br About Mastercard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of our company. With connections across more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless possibilities for all. 1 Actual posting times for approved transactions will depend on the receiving financial institution 2 Juniper Research, 2018, Digital Money Transfer & Remittances 3WhatsApp Economic Impact Report-final.pdf 4 Mastercard, 2019, P2P Payments Research

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Leclanché announces strategic company reorganization along with an Industrial Partnership Agreement with Eneris Group aiming at creating a leading European battery partnership

Eneris Group to make direct investments totaling up to CHF 95 million in two manufacturing JVs and a Technology License Agreement

  • Eneris to provide up to CHF 42 million in working capital loans and make investments in excess of CHF 53 million in a major capacity expansion programme in newly established Joint Ventures with majority ownership;
  • Leclanché grants a license to Eneris for further development and access to larger scale industrialization;
  • Material reduction for Leclanché in cash intensity of the business: reduced Operating and Capital expenses;
  • Worldwide business wins with combined order book exceeding CHF 90 million for delivery over years 2020 to 2021- excluding the St. Kitts project;
  • Establishing a Build-Own-Operate (BOO) projects business line for selected stationary projects with a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and/or Offtake Agreement with local customers;
  • Leclanché shall retain all customer contracts unchanged;
  • New Leclanché pivots to a green tech software and systems integration company using the competitive products manufactured at giga-scale in partnership with Eneris group

YVERDON-LES-BAINS, Switzerland, June 2, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Leclanché SA (SIX: LECN), one of the world’s leading energy storage companies, today announced a strategic reorganization which will convert the company into a market oriented, research-driven, software and systems integration company with expanded production and R&D capabilities based on a partnership agreement with Eneris Group, a leading European cleantech player operating out of Poland, “the factory of Europe” and a key participant in the EU “Important Project for Common European Interest on batteries” programme.

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Stefan Mueller , Chairman of the Board, said: “We are pleased with the comprehensive Strategic partnership agreements signed with Eneris Group. This can be a truly transformational partnership to create a market leader. We thank all our shareholders for their significant and patient investments since late 2006 in developing our Energy Storage Business based on in-house Lithium Cells and Systems. Our time has now come.

We are embarking on a strategic reorganization while recognizing the challenging current economic conditions due to COVID-19. The Board of Directors of the Company has decided to reorganize Leclanché’s operating model as the current Business Units have reached a critical size in terms of personnel, revenue and customer contracts. The Board is of the firm view that the Company has solid fundamentals to deliver profitable growth based on a strong global order book, advances in proprietary high capacity cells and the adoption of a highly profitable build-own-operate model for our Stationary Business Unit.

The Board believes that the partnership with Eneris Group enables the Company to secure the funding and resources that will help the Company achieve its goal of becoming one of the full value chain energy storage market leaders.

On behalf of the Board, I would like to sincerely thank Mr. Artur Dela, Founder and CEO of Eneris Group, for his trust in Leclanché. We are looking forward to his entrepreneurial leadership and drive to support the success of both Companies.

I would also like to thank and congratulate Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanché, for securing the industrial investment partnership with Eneris Group. We are confident that he and his management team will expeditiously implement the strategic reorganization.

Artur Dela, Chairman of Eneris Group, said: “The mission of Eneris is ‘clean air, soil and water, innovation protecting the environment.’ The challenge of this century is to protect the planet. To protect the environment, we need to change our energy paradigm. The European “Green Deal” confirms this clear direction to our industries, scientists and financiers. Energy transition is our focus and energy storage is key to it, as demonstrated by our participation in EUs ICPEI program and now partnership with Leclanché.

The market needs adequate batteries for stationary energy storage to be associated with renewable energy sources and, in association with fuel cells, for eTransportation: buses, trucks, vessels, locomotives, heavy-duty machines, etc.

Leclanché has them. A 111-year old start-up, Leclanché is a pioneer in new generation batteries and a visionary focus on cleaner and more performant systems with no harmful liquids, higher energy density and more charging cycles. It has an important growth potential. The market demand for its products far exceeds its current manufacturing capacity, while its current advanced know-how needs to be further financed.

I am persuaded that various cooperation models and integration are key to succeeding in any new industry, and in particular, in sectors like energy storage which is highly competitive and capital intensive for R&D, large scale industrialisation and commercialization. Eneris’s industrial base and its participation in the IPCEI consortium, together with Leclanché’s know-how, will accelerate and reinforce our common development.

I am pleased Leclanch é has accepted our proposal to join forces and I would like to personally thank the Board for its confidence and the management team led by Anil Srivastava for the hard work in completing a complex and far-reaching transaction in record time during this turbulent period.”

A Shareholder Letter, dated 2nd of June, 2020, provides additional information from the company and is available here.

Strategic Reorganization: New Capital-Light Operating Model for Production

Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanché, said: “The transformational partnership agreement with Eneris will lift a tremendous capital burden off Leclanché’s shoulders while guaranteeing production capacity. The JVs to be created will produce Leclanché technologies and Leclanché-branded products. They will be m ajority owned by Eneris with a minority stake held by Leclanché with key reserve matters and approval rights. The Joint Ventures with Eneris shall manufacture products based on Leclanché technologies with capacity reservation for Leclanché based on mutually agreed-upon business plans with Eneris.”

Industrial Partnership Agreement with Eneris Group

The Company’s Board has negotiated and accepted an investment offer from Eneris. Eneris is a company of the Eneris Group, a leading European Cleantech player. On this basis, the Company and Eneris have signed three interrelated agreements (”Agreements”): a Loan Agreement and a Technology License Agreement – both in force since 28th of May 2020, and an Industrial Cooperation Agreement to be effective as soon as the JVs will be formed. Through the agreements, the Company shall secure funding and resources to ensure long-term profitable growth.

Key features of this agreement include:

  1. Eneris will provide Leclanché with working capital financing of up to CHF 42 million to fully fund the business plan through June 2021;
  2. Licensing of Leclanché’s technology to Eneris against payment of a royalty fee of up to CHF 32 million, according to an agreed-upon payment schedule. This licensing is non-exclusive on a right to use basis, with the freedom to carry out future developments. The licensing is applicable worldwide excluding the Republic of India;
  3. Creation of two manufacturing Joint Ventures (”JV“) in which Eneris will hold the majority of the share capital thanks to an investment in excess of CHF 53 million for a major capacity expansion programme: one in Germany for the production of cells and the other in Switzerland and Poland for the assembly of modules. A third is being considered for France. We expect these JVs to be formed over a period of time, in consultation with the relevant workers council and in accordance with applicable laws. About 135 production employees will be transferred to the JVs;
  4. Leclanché will sign a production offtake agreement with Eneris in which Eneris will reserve the required production capacity for Leclanché in the coming years;
  5. Leclanché will retain full ownership of its technology and will continue to invest in Research & Development (R&D) activities for cells, modules and Battery Management Systems (BMS).

Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanché, said: This transaction provides a number of critical benefits for Leclanché including avoiding Capex investments of up to CHF 53 million in 2020, and a further CHF 60 million in 2022 for increased cell production. The Company will realize a reduction of approximately 20% in Operating Expenses. Additionally, the transfer of production activities to the JVs will result in substantial reduction of working capital needs related to production. The agreement enables the Company to maintain access to the large production capacity, nearly 1 GWh by Q1 2022 and up to 2.4 GWh by end 2024, needed to deliver contractual commitments for large eTransport customers with multi-year Master Supply Agreements such as Kongsberg Maritime and Bombardier. This shall super-charge our ability to win new customers who require access to large-volume deliveries.
Lastly, and most importantly, the strategic partnership with Eneris is materially non-dilutive to current shareholders.”

Phased implementation and funding plan by Eneris Group

Prior to the signing of the agreements with Eneris, the full Board made a determination to ensure that the agreement was in the best interest of the Company and all its shareholders. A Valuation Analysis of the new Leclanché resulting from the transaction with Eneris Group was conducted by an Independent Director of the Board. The full Board reviewed this analysis and arrived at a very clear and unanimous view that the agreement with Eneris is highly value accretive for the Company and is in the best interest of all its shareholders. On this basis, the Board of Directors approved all three agreements underpinning the overall transaction with Eneris Group.

The Board has sought and secured reasonable proof-of-funds from Eneris Group that underpins its confidence that the Group has the means to make the investments delineated under the agreements between the Companies. A phased implementation plan in line with Eneris’ funding schedule gives the Company the ability to manage the risk prudently.

Build-Own-Operate Model Impacts Company’s Revenue in 2019-2020 and EBITDA Positive Timeline

To launch the highly profitable and selective Build-Own-Operate (BOO) business line, the St. Kitts project has been moved from a traditional turnkey EPC contract to a BOO contract. While Leclanché will still build the project as an EPC contractor, IFRS accounting rules prevent any revenue recognition as an EPC contractor under the BOO model. This accounting requirement shall lead to a reduction of more than CHF 40 million revenue in 2019- although not lost revenue. This technical shift shall be more than offset with a revenue recognition of circa CHF 9 million average revenue per year and a positive EBITDA of more than CHF 5 million per year for a period of 20 years under the signed Power Purchase Agreement with SKELEC, the St. Kitts Electrical Utility. In addition, future projects will add their own recurring EBITDA.

The Company has already secured a Construction Loan of CHF 46 million for the St. Kitts project from a large Infrastructure Fund in New York and aims to start the Construction of this project at the earliest possible point after COVID-19 related travel restrictions are eased.

The Company plans to create a separate holding company, the “BOO HoldCo,” where Leclanché S.A. shall retain a controlling majority stake. The shift to the BOO model underpins long-term profitability for the Company, the shift of the revenue due to technical accounting rules mentioned above shall also move EBITDA positive results to the year 2022. It is important to reiterate that the addition of the BOO model will add profitable growth for 20 years and further strengthen the assets in the balance sheet of the Company and make it less dependent on annual fluctuations of project revenues.

Path to Becoming a Global Market Leader

Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanché, said:We are excited about the comprehensive Industrial Cooperation Agreement signed with Eneris Group. Though the agreements shall be implemented progressively, upon meeting certain conditions, the Company remains confident to successfully implement all the agreements. Nevertheless, the Company has put in place reasonable safeguards to mitigate the risks resulting from any unlikely event of major variations to the agreement. This can truly be a transformational partnership to create a global market leader. We reiterate that the strategic reorganization underway shall:

  • Set the Company on course to deliver sustainable and profitable growth for years to come;
  • The new Leclanché shall pivot increasingly towards more software and systems integration using the competitive products manufactured-at-scale in partnership with Eneris Group;
  • We have secured substantial fresh capital and access to large production capacity with minimal dilution for all shareholders of Leclanché S.A.;
  • With all of the above, we have increased our ability to serve all our customers better; and win new ones at an accelerated pace to become a market leader.”

About Eneris Group
Eneris Group is a private company dedicated to Innovation protecting the  environment: “clean air, soil and water” promoting circular economy, a holistic approach and a vertical integration in the field of waste, water, energy and energy storage.  It is primarily operating and developing utilities in Poland and participating in the energy transition, while its cleantech scope is pan-European. Together with its affiliates (Eneris Polbatt, Eneris Batteries & Recycling, etc.), Eneris is implementing a series of ventures and projects focusing on  batteries.  Its batteries portfolio is supported by European authorities and the Polish government in the framework of the European Battery Alliance and “Important Project for Common European Interest on Batteries” (IPCEI) programs, including strategic projects in terms of R&D and industrialization of the whole value chain inclusive of advanced materials, cells with improved performance and new types of cells, battery pack and module configuration, repurposing and recycling, etc. Eneris’ strategy includes R&D and manufacturing plants in Poland, Germany and France.

About Leclanché
Headquartered in Switzerland, Leclanché SA is a leading provider of high-quality energy storage solutions designed to accelerate our progress towards a clean energy future. Leclanché’s history and heritage is rooted in over 100 years of battery and energy storage innovation and the Company is a trusted provider of energy storage solutions globally. This coupled with the Company’s culture of German engineering and Swiss precision and quality, continues to make Leclanché the partner of choice for both disruptors, established companies and governments who are pioneering positive changes in how energy is produced, distributed and consumed around the world. The energy transition is being driven primarily by changes in the management of our electricity networks and the electrification of transport, and these two end markets form the backbone of our strategy and business model. Leclanché is at the heart of the convergence of the electrification of transport and the changes in the distribution network. Leclanché is the only listed pure play energy storage company in the world, organised along three business units: stationary storage solutions, e-Transport solutions and specialty batteries systems. Leclanché is listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX: LECN).

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