Electro Energy Recapitalizes With Quercus Trust Investment
Electro Energy a leading provider of advanced battery technologies and associated systems, announced today that it has completed an $18 million private placement of securities to the Quercus Trust consisting of 10% Senior Secured Convertible Debentures and a warrant to purchase common stock. The Company also announced the redemption of its 8.5% Senior Secured Convertible Notes.
Under the terms of the transaction, the holders of the $9.9 million of outstanding 8.5% Senior Secured Convertible Notes sold their notes to the Quercus Trust for $7,425,001 and the Company issued to the holders, in the aggregate, (i) cash of $488,320, (ii) 5,401 shares of Series B Preferred Stock (each convertible into 500 shares of common stock), and (iii) warrants to purchase up to 5,400,000 shares of common stock. The Company redeemed the 8.5% Senior Secured Convertible Notes and issued to the Quercus Trust a 10% Senior Secured Convertible Debenture in the principal amount of $18,000,000, and a three-year warrant to purchase up to 32,727,273 shares of common stock. Gross proceeds to the Company totaled $8.1 million.
Michael E. Reed, President and Chief Executive Officer of Electro Energy Inc., stated, "We are very excited to have The Quercus Trust as a strategic investor in our company and we are pleased that The Quercus Trust has recognized the unique manufacturing capabilities and growth potential that Electro Energy has to offer. This investment will provide us with the liquidity we need in order to continue to execute our business plan." Mr. Reed added, "We have made significant progress in our efforts to begin shipping 18650 rechargeable lithium ion cylindrical cells, the standard in the electronics industry, from our Gainesville, Fla. plant once they have been qualified by our target customers in the military and consumer electronics markets. These efforts should lead to significant commercial revenue for the Company in 2008. We also plan on continuing the commercialization of our proprietary wafer cell battery design in order to penetrate industrial and utility markets, including the automotive industry."
vFinance Investments, Inc., a subsidiary of vFinance, Inc. (OTCBB: VFIN), and Matrix U.S.A., LLC acted as placement agents for the transaction.
Electro Energy Inc., headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut, was founded in 1992 to develop, manufacture and commercialize high-powered, rechargeable bipolar wafer cell nickel-metal hydride batteries for use in a wide range of applications. Its Colorado Springs operation supplies aerospace-grade high quality nickel cadmium batteries and components for satellites, aircraft and other specialty applications. EEEI is also developing high-power lithium rechargeable batteries utilizing the Company's proprietary bipolar wafer cell design. EEEI owns significant manufacturing assets near Gainesville, Fla. capable of manufacturing rechargeable lithium ion 18650 cylindrical cells, the standard cell used in the electronics industry, and facilitating the commercialization of its proprietary wafer cell battery technology. For further information, please visit www.electroenergyinc.com.