Customers can benefit from full-service contracts that reduce or eliminate the need for capital
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA – February 25, 2021 – OriginClear Inc. (OTC PINK: OCLN), The Water Company for the New Economy™, today announced that it has agreed to acquire more real estate assets to finance water projects. Alfredo Guatto, partner in a US-based real estate development company (“Developer”), is in discussions with the company to finalize a definitive agreement under which OriginClear intends to acquire the Developer in a stock-for-stock transaction.
“I am very grateful for the leadership of Ivan Anz, OriginClear advisor and founder of strategic partner Philanthroinvestors® Inc.,” said Alfredo Guatto. Recently, Anz invested his own real estate assets through a stock transaction.
If a definitive agreement is made and closed with this Developer, OriginClear intends to launch OriginClear Finance, a wholly-owned subsidiary with the sole purpose of investing in water projects. The Developer’s assets, and potentially others, would be housed in the subsidiary.
“The water industry is looking to managed services as the model of the future,” said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginClear CEO. “We watched as Aquaventure (NYSE: WAAS) pioneered it and did so well that Culligan acquired them last year. It is our intention to improve on this idea with our unique mobile systems that can be easily repossessed, reducing the need for elaborate credit qualifications, and also helping our Waterpreneurs™ offer pre-financed systems to customers.
In 2020, OriginClear tested the concept with its first company-funded rental program, which enabled Ryan Kooistra, who was looking for a new career after losing his job during the 2020 Pandemic, to start a new business despite the lack of business credit, a very common problem in this economy. OriginClear built creative financing and an online learning program around this first Waterpreneur, establishing it as Water As A Career™.
A business can now outsource its wastewater treatment by simply signing on the dotted line; avoiding capital expense and the trouble of managing something that is a distraction from their core business. This is financially and operationally attractive to industrial, agricultural and commercial water users, while OriginClear believes it can look forward to speeded-up deals and many more revenue streams from providing water treatment as a service.
“Our secret weapon is our line of prefabricated, drop-in-place Modular Water Systems,”, said Tom Marchesello, OriginClear COO. “With these, we can provide equipment with greatly-reduced guarantees by the end user, because we can always repossess the equipment if the client fails to pay. We believe this is a key competitive advantage for us.”
The next steps will be to finalize valuation, complete the closing process and get the approval of the Board of Directors. The Company cautions there is no guarantee this acquisition will be completed or that the eventual fund for the development of water projects will be launched.
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