South Korea’s SK Group to buy stake in NPC-backed Loop

South Korea's SK Group has agreed to acquire a 10 percent stake in Loop Industries, a Terrebonne, Quebec-based plastics technology company.

South Korea’s SK Group has agreed to acquire a 10 percent stake in Loop Industries, a Terrebonne, Quebec-based plastics technology company. The deal, which will help the company deploy its plastic recycling technology in Asia, has a total consideration of C$56.5 million. Loop is backed by Northern Private Capital, an investment arm of CFFI Ventures.

PRESS RELEASE

MONTREAL, QC / ACCESSWIRE / June 23, 2021 / Loop Industries (NASDAQ:LOOP) (“Loop” or “The Company”), a leading innovator in clean technology whose mission is to accelerate a sustainable plastics economy, today announced that it intends to form a strategic partnership with SK global chemical Co. Ltd. (“SKGC”), a subsidiary of South Korea’s SK Group, one of Asia’s largest conglomerates, to accelerate the commercialization of Loop’s sustainable polyethylene terephthalate (“PET”) plastic and polyester fiber manufacturing technology throughout Asia.

Loop’s patented technology allows for waste PET plastic and polyester fiber to be upcycled into virgin-quality PET using low heat and no added pressure. This low energy process allows Loop to eliminate contaminants, such as dyes, additives, and other impurities, preventing otherwise unrecyclable materials like colored and contaminated plastics or textiles from ending up in landfills and natural areas.

Joint Venture Partnership
Loop and SKGC intend to form a joint venture with exclusivity to build sustainable PET plastic and polyester fiber manufacturing facilities throughout Asia, which accounts for approximately 60 percent of the world’s population, making it a key market in terms of plastic manufacturing, consumption and waste. Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) for the proposed joint venture, SK global chemical will own 51 percent of the joint venture and Loop will own 49 percent. Loop will also receive a recurring annual royalty fee as a percentage of revenue from each facility for the use of its technology.

SKGC has today issued a separate press release discussing Loop’s technology and SKGC’s objectives for the Joint Venture. As stated in SKCG’s press release, initial discussions between the partners contemplate beginning preparation on a first facility located in South Korea in the first half of 2022 and the construction of four facilities in Asia by 2030, with projected combined consumption of waste PET plastic and polyester fiber amounting to approximately 400,000 tons.

Once fully operational, these four facilities could claim an annual savings of 632,100 metric tons of CO2, which is the equivalent of more than 2.5 billion kilometers driven by an average passenger vehicle or ~270 million liters of gasoline consumed.[1]

Strategic Equity Investment
In addition, Loop and SKGC have concluded a definitive agreement for SKGC to become a strategic investor in Loop. SKGC will purchase 4,714,813 new treasury common shares of Loop at a price of $12 per share, for total consideration of $56.5 million. Loop intends to use these proceeds toward the funding of its planned Infinite Loop™ manufacturing facility at its recently acquired site in Bécancour, Québec.

SKGC is also being granted options to acquire an additional 461,298 common shares at $11 per share within the next 12 months, 4,714,813 common shares at a price of $15 per share, within the next 3 years, and a further 2,357,407 shares at $20 per share, conditional upon the timing of construction of the first Asian manufacturing facility. SKGC is being granted a seat on Loop’s Board of Directors and as such is expected to provide valued input into the continuing development of Loop’s global commercialization strategy.
Closing of the strategic equity investment is as soon as practical and no later than 90 days from announcement.

Management Commentary
“We are delighted to form a strategic partnership with SK global chemical,” said Daniel Solomita, Founder and CEO of Loop Industries. “SK global chemical is an ideal strategic partner to accelerate the growth of our company and the global commercialization of our technology. Its scale and sophistication, its global chemicals manufacturing footprint and a shared vision to create value through sustainability and innovation make them a valued partner in our journey to bring our technology to market.”

“Our team has been extremely impressed by the thoroughness and extent of SKGC’s technical due diligence on Loop, which it has conducted over the past several months, including a recent on-site verification of Loop’s technology at our demonstration facility,” he added. “We are excited to collaborate with SKGC to commercialize our technology and play a meaningful role together to mitigate the environmental impact of global plastic waste and help consumer brands meet their stated goals for achieving high rates of recycled content in their products.”

SK global chemical’s CEO, Kyung Soo Na said: “We look forward to collaborating closely with the acclaimed company, Loop, which has great technology competencies in correlation to the plastics recycling category. Furthermore, it is our sincere intention to further expand and add value in the APAC region together with Loop backed by its Chemical Recycling technology that will work towards realizing a Plastic Circular Economy.”

Corporate Update Call
Daniel Solomita, Chief Executive Officer of Loop Industries, will host a corporate update call, followed by a question-and-answer session, which can be accessed via the dial-in numbers below.

About Loop Industries
Loop Industries is a technology company whose mission is to accelerate the world’s shift toward sustainable PET plastic and polyester fiber and away from our dependence on fossil fuels. Loop owns patented and proprietary technology that depolymerizes no and low-value waste PET plastic and polyester fiber, including plastic bottles and packaging, carpets and textiles of any color, transparency or condition and even ocean plastics that have been degraded by the sun and salt, to its base building blocks (monomers). The monomers are filtered, purified and polymerized to create virgin-quality Loop™ branded PET resin and polyester fiber suitable for use in food-grade packaging, thus enabling our customers to meet their sustainability objectives. Loop Industries is contributing to the global movement towards a circular economy by preventing plastic waste and recovering waste plastic for a more sustainable future for all.