H2O Innovation Officializes the Launch of its Mobile Fleet and Increases Blue Loan Credit Facility by $10 M to Support it
TSX: HEO) – H2O Innovation Inc. (“H2O Innovation” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to launch its mobile fleet of water and wastewater treatment systems and secure three new leasing contracts totalling $3.4 M. This new service offering will require CAPEX investment, which is made possible by the recent agreement with National Bank of Canada on June 30, 2023. This agreement led to a $10 M increase in the Corporation’s Blue Loan credit facility, which now stands at $75 M. This strategic initiative should enable H2O Innovation to broaden its range of services, strengthen its customer relationships through the sale of consumables required to operate the fleet assets, and thus improve its profit margins.
As part of its mission to offer comprehensive solutions for industrial and municipal clients in North America, H2O Innovation is launching its mobile fleet of water and wastewater treatment systems, under the Corporation’s Water Technologies & Services (WTS) business line. The Corporation designs and manufactures two different types of mobile water treatment systems: the FlexBoxTM line, which comprises containerized ultrafiltration (UF) or reverse osmosis (RO) systems designed for drinking water treatment, industrial wastewater and water reuse, as well as the SILOTM system, which employs membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology and is specifically designed for wastewater and water reuse treatment. Over the last two years, H2O Innovation has manufactured a fleet of 9 mobile units. Due to the demand in this market sector, the Corporation is expanding its fleet with the objective of reaching 40 units within the next five years.
“H2O Innovation’s mobile fleet of water and wastewater treatment systems provides versatile, practical, and timely solutions for clients in need, as they ensure immediate access to clean water and sanitation in temporary situations or emergencies. With flexible lease options, the FlexBoxTM and SILOTM also offer a cost-effective alternative to purchasing complete systems, providing clients with the flexibility to optimize their CAPEX and OPEX budget as needed. The new credit facility will allow the expansion of our mobile fleet, which should help us improve our EBITDA margin profile,” stated Frédéric Dugré, President, Chief Executive Officer and co-Founder of H2O Innovation.
Recently, the Corporation was awarded three new contracts for the supply of mobile units, including the FlexBoxTM RO, FlexBoxTM UF, and SILOTM technologies for an aggregate value of $3.4 M. Once designed and manufactured, two FlexBoxTM UF units will be delivered and leased for an initial period of 18 months to a mining client in Eastern USA. The second project awarded to the Corporation is for a 12-month lease of two SILOTM units for a private sector client in Quebec. Finally, the third contract involves the 24-month lease of a FlexBoxTM RO system to be deployed to a First Nation community in Western Canada.
These three projects served as the driving force behind the Corporation’s decision to expand its mobile fleet, which will consist of 14 units. The need for an increased capacity and availability became evident and prompted H2O Innovation to take action. A larger fleet will allow the Corporation to better meet the growing demand and provide its clients with access to safe water and sanitation whenever and wherever they require it.
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About H2O Innovation
Innovation is in our name, and it is what drives the organization. H2O Innovation is a complete water solutions company focused on providing best-in-class technologies and services to its customers. The Corporation’s activities rely on three pillars: i) Water Technologies & Services (WTS) applies membrane technologies and engineering expertise to deliver equipment and services to municipal and industrial water, wastewater, and water reuse customers, ii) Specialty Products (SP) is a set of businesses that manufacture and supply a complete line of specialty chemicals, consumables and engineered products for the global water treatment industry, and iii) Operation & Maintenance (O&M) provides contract operations and associated services for water and wastewater treatment systems. Through innovation, we strive to simplify water. For more information, visit www.h2oinnovation.com.
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