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Versarien PLC Term Sheet with Beijing Institute of Graphene Tech

15/04/2019 7:00am

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Versarien PLC

15 April 2019

15 April 2019

Versarien plc

("Versarien" or the "Company")

Term Sheet with Beijing Institute of Graphene Technology

Versarien plc (AIM: VRS), the advanced materials engineering group, is pleased to announce that it has signed a term sheet ("Term Sheet") with Beijing Institute of Graphene Technology Co. Ltd ("BIGT") covering the proposed cooperation between the parties to develop Versarien's graphene related business in China.

BIGT was founded in 2017 by Aero Engine Corporation of China ("AECC"), Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials ("BIAM"), and the Beijing Government, based on nearly a decade of graphene research by BIAM. BIAM and the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester have been working together on a wide ranging five-year collaborative research project since 2015.

The Term Sheet, which is subject to contract and formal BIGT board approvals, was signed on Sunday 14 April 2019 at a public ceremony in Shenzhen, China, attended by representatives of BIGT, the Company and from the Chinese and UK Governments.

Subject to the completion of due diligence and the entering into of formal documentation to the satisfaction of both parties, the Term Sheet envisages BIGT assisting Versarien with the establishment of a subsidiary in China, wholly owned by the Company. Any such Versarien Chinese subsidiary would be focussed on the manufacture of Versarien's graphene and other 2D materials in China and their sale to Chinese customers, working in collaboration with BIGT. This would not preclude Versarien entering into other ventures in China and it remains the Company's preference that any Chinese manufacturing base is situated in Jinan.

The Term Sheet envisages that BIGT will provide funding to Versarien for the proposed subsidiary and other corporate purposes in the form of an equity investment in the Company, providing BIGT with a holding of up to 15% of the issued share capital of the Company, although there can be no certainty that a formal agreement will be entered into, nor the specific terms that any such agreement may take. It is the Company's current intention that in any fund raising of this nature existing and prospective private and institutional investors will be given the opportunity to participate on the same terms.

Versarien and BIGT are currently undertaking additional due diligence and detailed negotiations. Further announcements will be made as appropriate.

Neill Ricketts, CEO of Versarien, commented: "We are very pleased to have reached the term sheet stage in our discussions with Beijing Institute of Graphene Technology. This developing relationship potentially offers a huge opportunity for the Company and we look forward to progressing matters.

"During the last six months we have announced a number of MOUs with global manufacturers based in China, together with securing relationships with Chinese provincial government bodies. The plans with BIGT are complementary to these.

"We look forward to continuing detailed discussions with BIGT and making further announcements in due course as we look to rapidly scale the Versarien graphene business. We remain well funded and any capital would only be accepted to appropriately accelerate our growth plans."

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED WITHIN THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS DEEMED TO CONSTITUTE INSIDE INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF ARTICLE 7 OF THE MARKET ABUSE REGULATION (EU) NO. 596/2014. UPON THE PUBLICATION OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, THIS INSIDE INFORMATION IS NOW CONSIDERED TO BE IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN.

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About Versarien

Versarien plc (AIM:VRS), is an advanced engineering materials group. Leveraging proprietary technology, the Group creates innovative engineering solutions for its clients in a diverse range of industries. Versarien has six subsidiaries operating under two divisions:

Graphene and Plastics

2-DTech Ltd, which specialises in the supply, characterisation and early stage development of graphene products. www.2-dtech.com

AAC Cyroma Limited, which specialises in the supply of vacuum-formed and injection-moulded products to the automotive, construction, utilities and retail industry sectors. Using Versarien's existing graphene manufacturing capabilities, AAC will have the ability to produce graphene-enhanced plastic products. www.aaccyroma.co.uk

Cambridge Graphene Limited, supplies novel inks based on graphene and related materials, using patented processes to develop graphene materials technology.

www.cambridgegraphene.com

Gnanomat S.L. ("GNA"), based in the Parque Cientifico Madrid, Spain, is a company capable of utilising Versarien's graphene products in an environmentally friendly, scalable production process for energy storage devices that offer high power density, almost instant recharging and very long lifetimes for use in electrical vehicles and portable electronics products.www.gnanomat.com

Hard Wear and Metallic Products

Versarien Technologies Limited has developed an additive process for creating advanced micro-porous metals targeting the thermal management industry and supplies extruded aluminium. www.versarien-technologies.co.uk

Total Carbide Limited, a leading manufacturer in sintered tungsten carbide for applications in arduous environments such as the oil and gas industry. www.totalcarbide.com

This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.

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