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VivoPower International PLC Announces Update on Sale of US Solar Projects, Leadership Change and Strategy

LONDON, Feb. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VivoPower International PLC (VVPR) (“VivoPower” or the “Company”), an international solar power company, today announced it has received letters of intent in relation to the purchase of a number of its solar projects with a total power generation capacity of 103MW from its 1.8GW DC U.S. solar development joint venture portfolio. It is expected that this first sale from the portfolio will be completed by the end of March 2019. VivoPower is progressing with negotiations on the sale of the entire portfolio as well as other individual projects.

VivoPower also announced that the Company’s New York based Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), Carl Weatherley-White, has resigned from the Company. Art Russell, currently Chief Financial Officer of VivoPower will assume the role of Interim CEO. Matthew Cahir, who has been working closely with the VivoPower Board of Directors and CEO since October 2018 on the U.S. solar development portfolio sale process, will continue to act as Senior Advisor with a specific mandate to complete the sale of the portfolio and maximize proceeds to the Company in the process. Kevin Chin, Executive Chairman of VivoPower said “We would like to thank Carl for his contribution to the Company and while he may still consult for us from time to time in the coming months, we would like to take this opportunity to wish him well for the future. We are pleased that Art Russell has agreed to take on the role as interim CEO and he will work closely with Matt Cahir, who has been instrumental in accelerating the sales process and continues to work on a range of other project sales at present”.

With regards to the sale process, Art Russell commented “Since the VivoPower Board of Directors decided in December to explore a sale of the U.S. solar portfolio as a sum of the parts process in parallel with a sale of the entire portfolio, we have been pleased with the level of interest from various parties for clusters of projects as well as individual projects. The imminent sale of the Texas projects vindicates the strategy to be more flexible in how the portfolio is sold. We are engaging with a diverse range of potential buyers including IPPs, EPC firms, OEM manufacturers, infrastructure funds, renewable funds, and non-profit foundations and expect that it will take an estimated 6 months to consummate the sale of the remainder of the portfolio”.

On future strategy, VivoPower’s Executive Chairman, Kevin Chin said “Over the coming months, we expect to be announcing further updates with regards to sales of the Company’s U.S. solar projects. We continue to drive growth in our Australian power services business, Aevitas, which is winning record levels of work across a diverse range of industries including solar, data centers, water, mining and utilities. As more U.S. solar projects are sold, we anticipate that the Company’s cash reserves will increase and, in this context, the Board of Directors has commenced a review of our strategic options in terms of how to deploy the proceeds from sale. We will update the market on a timely basis”.

About VivoPower
VivoPower is an international solar power producer that develops, owns and operates PV solar projects in a capital efficient manner. VivoPower partners with long-term investors, suppliers and developers to accelerate the growth of its portfolio of solar projects. In addition, the Company provides critical energy infrastructure solutions to commercial and industrial customers throughout Australia.

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