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Celsius Holdings Announces Closing of Royalty License & Loan Agreement in China
Celsius to Receive $12.25 Million Repayment of Investment Over Five-Year Term Note
Boca Raton, FL (March 26, 2019) – Celsius Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: CELH), maker of the leading global fitness drink, CELSIUS®, today announced the closing of the previously executed definitive agreement to establish a royalty license and repayment of investment agreement with Qifeng Food Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd. In addition to the royalty license fee, Qifeng Food will repay Celsius $12.25 million, which the company invested into the China market over a five-year loan term.
“With the closing of the definitive agreement, Celsius will receive over $19 million through the initial five-year term of the agreement, including $12.25 million in repayment of invested capital and $6.9 million from the royalty license fee,” commented John Fieldly, CEO of Celsius Holdings. “We believe this new structure maximizes shareholder value by eliminating future capital requirements while creating a structure that is well positioned to rapidly gain market share in China. This innovative structure also provides us with strong upside opportunity from the royalty and license structure as well as the $12.25 million of invested capital we will receive.”
Celsius Holding’s investment into the Mainland China market prior to the signing of the definitive agreement of $12.25 million shall be returned to Celsius Holdings over a five-year loan term at an interest rate of 5% on outstanding loan principal up to $5 million and 2% on outstanding loan principal in excess of $5 million. Total loan interest will be accrued and is payable together with each annual installment of loan principal.
The terms of the royalty license agreement remain the same. Over the first five years of the license agreement, there is a guaranteed $6.9 million license fee paid to Celsius in annual increments (2019 to 2023). Subsequently, in 2024, Celsius will receive an annual license fee equal to 3% of sales if unit volume is less than 3 billion cans in a calendar year, 2.5% if volume exceeds 3 billion cans but less than 6 billion cans in a calendar year and 2% if sales volume exceeds 6 billion cans in a calendar year, which translates to a minimum of approximately $2.2 million in any given year.
About Celsius Holdings, Inc.
Celsius Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: CELH), founded in April 2004, is a global company that has a branded portfolio consisting of two beverage lines; each offering proprietary, functional, healthy-energy formulas that are clinically-proven to offer significant health benefits to its users.* The CELSIUS® Original Line comes in nine delicious sparkling and non-carbonated flavors in sleek 12oz cans and is also available in single-serve powder packets in four on-the-go, enjoyable flavors. The CELSIUS® Stevia Line is an extension of the original line offering naturally-caffeinated and naturally-sweetened and is available in five refreshing sparkling and non-sparkling flavors.
CELSIUS HEAT™ expands our portfolio and offers an additional 100mg of caffeine than the Original and Stevia extension, for a total of 300mg per can. It also contains 2,000mg of L-citrulline, a vasodilator. CELSIUS HEAT™ is sold in 16oz cans, is available in five carbonated flavors and was developed for those seeking a bolder version of the Original and Stevia line extension – which are sold in 12oz cans and appeal to the masses as an active lifestyle brand. As with all CELSIUS® products, CELSIUS HEAT™ is a thermogenic and is an ideal 16oz energy drink given it is proven-to-function and is healthier than competitive 16oz traditional energy drinks with high sugar content. CELSIUS HEAT™ targets millennial fitness enthusiasts, avid gym goers, professional trainers, competitive athletes, the military and first responders.
CELSIUS® has zero sugar, no preservatives, no aspartame, no high fructose corn syrup, and is non-GMO, with no artificial flavors or colors. The CELSIUS® line of products is Certified Kosher and Vegan. CELSIUS® is also soy and gluten-free and contains very little sodium. CELSIUS® is sold nationally through dominant fitness channel distributors and retailers, The Vitamin Shoppe, GNC, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Target, 7- Eleven, Sprouts, The Fresh Market and other key regional retailers such as HEB, Publix, Winn-Dixie, Harris Teeter, Shaw’s, Food Lion, CVS and many more.
*CELSIUS®’ functional claims are backed by six published university studies. The first study was conducted in 2005 and additional studies from the University of Oklahoma were conducted over the next five years. The studies were published in peer-reviewed journals and validate the unique benefits that CELSIUS® provides.
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