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CALGARY, Alberta (May 12, 2022) – Exro Technologies Inc. (TSX: EXRO, OTCQB: EXROF) (the “Company” or “Exro”), a leading clean technology company which has developed a new class of power electronics for electric motors and powertrains, announced today its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2022.
Activity in the quarter focused on the construction of the company's world-class, automotive certified ready manufacturing center in Calgary, Alberta. The Company has invested $6.8 million of capital in the cleanroom and manufacturing equipment to date, representing the Company’s continued focus on in-house manufacturing. Exro remains on track for the commissioning of phase one of the manufacturing facility by the end of 2022.
“As we continue to advance development, and recently transitioned commercialization projects with partners, all of our resources are running at full capacity,” said Sue Ozdemir. “In addition to our two recently announced purchase orders and sales agreements, Exro was awarded an Edison Gold Award for Best New Product in manufacturing, logistics and transportation – another validation of our Coil Driver™ technology and the impact we can provide to drive adoption rates in the transition to electrification in mobility. I am proud of the accomplishments of our team thus far in 2022, and excited to continue to deliver on the targets we have set ahead.”
On February 4, 2022, the Company announced the closing of a bought deal offering (the “Offering”). Pursuant to the Offering, Exro sold 12,722,450 units (the “Units”) at a price of $1.60 per Unit (the “Issue Price“) for aggregate gross proceeds of $20,355,920. The total number of Units sold in the offering includes 1,659,450 Units issued pursuant to the exercise of an overallotment option granted to the Underwriters, which was fully exercised by the Underwriters. Each Unit consists of one common share in the capital of the Company, and one half of one common share purchase warrant (each whole warrant, a “Warrant“). Each Warrant is exercisable for one common share at a price of $2.00 per common share until February 4, 2025. The Units were offered by way of an amended and restated prospectus supplement dated February 1, 2022, to the Company's base shelf prospectus dated December 16, 2021, filed with the securities regulators in each of the provinces of Canada, copies of which are available under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Subsequent to the quarter, on May 3, 2022 Exro announced it has signed an agreement for the sale of up to 2,500 units with electric bus manufacturer Vicinity Motor Corp. The agreement commences with a first lot purchase order of 100 units. Over the 36-month term of the agreement, Exro will plan to deliver an increasing volume of its Coil Drive System for up to 2,500 units that include both a Coil Driver™ and an electric motor, which were designed to meet Vicinity's specific requirements to deploy clean, affordable and accessible electric buses across North America. Exro will also support the development of Vicinity's electric motor chassis for Class 5/6 bus configurations and provide engineering services to enable AC fast-charging using Coil Driver™. Upon complete execution, Vicinity Lighting™ buses optimized with Coil Driver™ are expected to be on the road in the near term and accessible for private and public transit use in several forward-looking cities in North America.
Prior to announcing the sales agreement with Vicinity, Exro was presented with the Gold Edison Award for Best new Product in manufacturing, logistics and transportation at the 2022 Edison Awards Gala in Fort Meyers, Florida for its Coil Driver™.
On May 11, 2022 Exro announced it has signed an agreement with ev Transportation Services, Inc. (“evTS”) to supply an initial quantity of 1,000 units of its 100V Coil Drive System beginning in 2023 for use in evTS model year 2023 FireFly vehicles. The agreement commences with an initial purchase order of 1,000 Coil Drive System units, which consists of a Coil Driver™ controller and an optimized electric motor. Over the 36-month term of the agreement, Exro will plan to deliver an increasing volume of its Coil Drive System with production beginning in 2023. With this agreement, evTS FireFly ESVs optimized with Exro’s Coil Driver™ will be used to execute essential services in leading sustainability-minded cities around the world.
FIRST QUARTER 2022 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
For the three months ended March 31, 2022
• Comprehensive loss of $10,172,003 (2021 – $6,676,520).
• Selling, general and administration expense increased by $1,734,026 to $2,653,998
• Payroll and consulting fees increased by $1,671,430 to $2,897,260
• Research and development increased by $582,086 to $2,283,238
• Share based payments expense decreased by $1,247,253 to $1,104,152
The increase in comprehensive loss was driven by higher overall spend as the Company increases its headcount compared to the previous year. The Company continues to transition from a proof-of-concept stage to a commercialization stage and preparation for the production of Coil Driver™. As the Company continues to progress, additional resources are required in order to meet both the short and long-term goals linked to commercialization. Research and development expenses increased by 34% for the three months ended March 31, 2022, as the Company continues to deliver against its strategic and commercial partnership projects. Exro continues to recruit top talents and increase the awareness of its technologies and progress.
LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES
As of March 31, 2022, the Company had cash of $23,759,268 and amounts receivable of $131,134, which primarily consist of GST refund. The Company had accounts payable and accrued liabilities of $1,894,048.
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS AND SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
OUTSTANDING SHARE DATA
As of May 12, 2022, there were 133,842,724 Common Shares issued and outstanding, and other securities convertible into Common Shares as summarized in the following table:
The audited consolidated financial statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2021, March 29, 2022, can be viewed at www.exro.com/investors or on SEDAR under Exro Technologies Inc. at www.sedar.com.
Unless otherwise noted, all figures are in Canadian currency, Cdn.
Exro 2022 Q1 Financial Statements
About Exro Technologies Inc.
Exro is a clean technology company pioneering intelligent control solutions in power electronics to help solve the most challenging problems in electrification. Exro has developed a new class of control technology that expands the capabilities of electric motors, generators, and batteries. Exro enables the application to achieve more with less energy consumed.
Exro’s advanced motor control technology, the Coil DriverTM, expands the capabilities of electric powertrains by enabling intelligent optimization for efficient energy consumption. Exro is working with many partners from all over the world to bring their technology to the electric mobility industries and beyond.
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