Leclanché SA

EQS-Adhoc: Leclanché signs a CHF 20m facility for medium term growth financing.

EQS Group-Ad-hoc: Leclanché SA / Key word(s): Financing
Leclanché signs a CHF 20m facility for medium term growth financing.

07.03.2016 / 06:30
Release of an ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 KR.
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

Leclanché signs a CHF 20m facility for medium term growth financing.

-ACE Core Convictions Ltd. (ACE & Company), buys the current convertible loan
(outstanding) from Recharge A/S.

-Extension of current convertible loan agreement with a new committed CHF 10m as
Facility C, and agreement to raise further CHF 10m on best effort basis.

-Proceeds will support growth investments related to the 53 MWh grid ancillary
services project for IESO Ontario.

Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, 07.03.2016- Leclanché S.A. (SIX Swiss Exchange:
ECN), which specializes in the production of large-format lithium ion cells and
delivery of energy storage solutions for utilities, industrial and residential
clients, announces today that ACE & Company in Switzerland ("ACE" or "Lender")
has agreed to acquire the currently outstanding convertible loans under the Loan
Agreement with Recharge A/S of 8 December 2014 ("Loan Agreement") and to extend
an additional CHF 10 million facility thereunder (the "Facility"). In addition,
ACE has agreed to raise an additional CHF10 million on a best efforts basis.

The Facility matures on June 30, 2017, carries an annual nominal interest rate
of eight per cent and is convertible into new shares of the Company. It further
provides that upon completion of a qualified financing round mandatory
conversion occurs. The conversion price is the lower of (i) CHF 2.86, (ii) 85%
of the 15-days volume-weighted average price of the shares, or (iii) the
subscription price in any future rights offering.

Recharge A/S will remain a syndicate lender under the Loan Agreement.
Commenting on the successful closing of this financing, Adam Said, founder and
Managing Director of ACE & Company, said: "Leclanché is transforming the market
with its energy storage solutions. Subsequent to our participation to the
private placement in December 2015, we are very confident on the Company's
ability to emerge to be a world leader in battery energy storage solutions".

Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanché, commented: "The increased commitment from ACE
& Company, at a premium to the current market price, is a strong vote of
confidence in the Company ability to execute its growth plan. As previously
announced, it is the goal of the Company double its revenue and to reduce its
loss by a further 50% in the financial year 2016. This funding is vital to
deliver IESO Ontario project which will help the Company achieve its

"On behalf of the Company, I wish to thank Recharge A/S for their valuable
investment and support at a crucial time for the Company. Their strategic
commitment enabled not only to financially stabilise the Company, it also helped
us to win world leading projects."

Scott Macaw, Board member of the Company and Director of Recharge A/S
highlights: "Leclanché has achieved a step change since December 2014. We are
fully supportive of the management team and thankful for the transformative
change performed in such a short amount of time. We remain a committed key
shareholder of the Company as we continue to work strategically with the Company
on infrastructure projects development and funding".

For further information:
Jacques Boppe / Maya Aprahamian
Tél.: +41 (0) 24 424 65 00 E-Mail : communication@leclanche.com

About Leclanché
Leclanché, which is listed on the Swiss stock exchange (SIX:LECN), has a wide
range of storage products for electricity grids, large industries, homes and
small offices, as well as, hybridization for mass transport systems like fleet
of buses, trams etc. Established in 1909 Leclanché has been a reliable partner
for battery storage technologies. Founded in the tradition of Georges Leclanché,
the inventor of the dry cell battery, Leclanché today has a rich portfolio of
Energy Storage Systems that include Specialized Customer-specific Battery
Systems to industry leading lithium-ion solutions. Through the integration of a
spin-off of the German Fraunhofer Institute in 2006, the company evolved from a
traditional battery producer into one of the leading developers and
manufacturers of lithium-ion cells in Europe. Leclanché's Storage Solutions are
optimized for various applications, in particular for the integration of
renewable energy, diesel fuel reduction, electricity grid-connected ancillary
services, peak-power shaving for heavy industries but also for heavy duty
transportation in buses, trams, trains or maritime vessels. Leclanché products
are characterized by a very high cycle stability (both for cells with titanate
and graphite anode) and long service life. Thanks to our patented separator
technology, which is a core element of lithium ion batteries, Leclanché is able
to make cells with very good safety characteristics in a highly automated
production process. Leclanché operates a fully automated plant for the
production of large format lithium-ion cells at an annual maximum capacity of up
to one million cells and is capable of running multiple chemistries through
production for different cell characteristics. In addition, Leclanché offers a
number of specialized battery systems through its Portable Business Unit, such
as customer-specific energy storage systems for defense and medical
applications. Leclanché also distributes primary and secondary batteries and
accessories of other producers.
SIX Swiss Exchange: ticker symbol LECN | ISIN CH 011 030 311 9

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements relating to
Leclanché's business, which can be identified by terminology such as
"strategic", "proposes", "to introduce", "will", "planned", "expected",
"commitment", "expects", "set", "preparing", "plans", "estimates", "aims",
"would", "potential", "awaiting", "estimated", "proposal", or similar
expressions, or by expressed or implied discussions regarding the ramp up of
Leclanché's production capacity, potential applications for existing products,
or regarding potential future revenues from any such products, or potential
future sales or earnings of Leclanché or any of its business units. You should
not place undue reliance on these statements. Such forward-looking statements
reflect the current views of Leclanché regarding future events, and involve
known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual
results to be materially different from any future results, performance or
achievements expressed or implied by such statements. There can be no guarantee
that Leclanché's products will achieve any particular revenue levels. Nor can
there be any guarantee that Leclanché, or any of the business units, will
achieve any particular financial results.

End of ad hoc announcement

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Document title: 20160307_ACE_financing_EN

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Language: English

Company:  Leclanché SA

          Av. des Sports 42

          1400  Yverdon-les-Bains


Phone:    +41 (24) 424 65-00

Fax:      +41 (24) 424 65-20


Internet: www.leclanche.com

ISIN:     CH0110303119, CH0016271550

Valor:    A1CUUB, 812950

Listed:   Foreign Exchange(s) SIX

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