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Pontus Protein Announces DTC eligibility and Results of Annual General Meeting

VANCOUVER, B.C., July 6, 2021. Pontus Protein Ltd. (TSXV: HULK, OTCQB: HLKKF, FSE: 8YC) (“Pontus” or the “Company“), is pleased to announce that its US-based OTC Markets listing under the ticker symbol “HLKKF” has received approval from the Depository Trust Company (“DTC“).  

We are very excited to receive DTC eligibility, granting us the ability to significantly reduce costs in trading shares, which in turn opens up the US market to all retail investors, who follow our vision for sustainability and reinventing agriculture,” said Connor Yuen, CEO of Pontus. “We believe this move will lead to greater liquidity, providing current and prospective US investors further opportunities to participate in Pontus’ growth. This is a timely development, as Pontus looks to complete its facility and begin production. 

DTC is a subsidiary of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, a U.S. company that manages the electronic clearing and settlement of publicly-traded companies. Securities that are eligible to be electronically cleared and settled through DTC are considered to be DTC eligible. DTC eligibility is required to create a seamless electronic trading process and thereby enhance the liquidity of the Company’s shares. 

Results of Annual General Meeting 

Pontus is pleased to report the results of its Annual General Meeting, held on June 30, 2021, in Vancouver, B.C. A total of 16,650,484 common shares were voted at the meeting representing 25.031% of the votes attached to all outstanding shares. All resolutions were passed by shareholders. 

Shareholders voted in favour to set the number of directors at five and for the election of all director nominees for the ensuing year. 

Nominee
Votes for
% for
Votes Withheld
Connor Yuen
1,954,310
99.711
5,674
Steve McArthur
1,954,317
99.711
5,667
Jeremy Wright
1,855,984
94.694
104,000
Sean Kingsley
1,854,984
94.643
105,000
Spencer Smyl
1,855,984
94.694
104,000

Complete voting results are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. 

Shareholders also voted in favour of (i) appointing Dale Matheson Carr-Hilton Labonte LLP as the auditors of the Company for the ensuing year and (ii) ratifying and confirming the Company’s Stock Option Plan.

About Pontus Protein Ltd. 

Pontus Protein Ltd. is a Vancouver, B.C. based company that grows water lentil protein for commercial use. Pontus is reinventing agriculture with their proprietary Closed Environment Vertical Aquaponic System (CEVAS) – the farming of the future. Pontus specializes in the indoor vertical farming of water lentils that use 95% less water than traditional agriculture and no pesticides or chemicals. Pontus is committed to solving the global food crisis by providing access to sustainable indoor biosecure pure plant based proteins. Pontus’ water lentils can be harvested every 24 hours, exceed organic certification, and can be grown in any climate in a relatively small area. Our water lentil protein is filled with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and all the amino acids, making a complete protein food source. Pontus aims to revolutionize the plant based sector as the entire sector is currently based on two main protein sources: soy and pea. Water lentil protein is far superior to pea and soy protein. It contains over 40% protein vs. 5-36% protein*, and Pontus aims to be the base protein for plant based food products, leading to the movement transitioning the world from meat based to plant based proteins.

To learn more, please visit pontuswaterlentils.com.

*https://www.infood.net/visitor/collection/75?portion_size=100 

On behalf of the Board of Directors 

“Connor Yuen”

Connor Yuen, CEO

Pontus Protein Ltd.

Contact Information 

For more information, please contact:

Connor Yuen Chief

Executive Officer

For further information: 

Investor Relations or Media enquiries:

[email protected]  

(403) 589-7992

Forward-Looking Information 

Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements, which reflect the expectations of management regarding the Company. Forward-looking statements consist of statements that are not purely historical, including any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future, including but not limited to, Pontus’ ability to revolutionize the plant based sector. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, performance or developments to differ materially from those contained in the statements, including risks related to factors beyond the control of the Company. These risks include, but are not limited to, the following: the unknown magnitude and duration of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the failure of Pontus to receive the necessary approvals from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for its products and facilities, the inability to complete Pontus’ Surrey-based production facility, as well as other general business, economic, or market related risks beyond the director control of the Company and which may affect the Company’s business, operations, or products. No assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will occur or, if they do occur, what benefits the Company will obtain from them. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking information if circumstances or management’s estimates or opinions should change, unless required by law. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. 

Pontus Selects General Contractor And Owner’s Representative to Complete Development At its Surrey Farm Facility

VANCOUVER, B.C., June 17, 2021. Pontus Protein Ltd. (TSXV: HULK, OTCQB: HLKKF, FSE: 8YC) (“Pontus” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has selected ICE Constructors Ltd. (“ICE Constructors”) as the General Contractor and EllisDon Construction Svc. Inc. (“EllisDon”) as the Owners Representative to complete Pontus’ Surrey, British Columbia farm facility (the “Facility”). Both collaborative parties have already initiated work on the construction of the Facility.

Pontus has divided the development of the Facility into Three Phases. Phase One was the lab build, which is now complete, and production is set to start in approximately a week with the arrival of Pontus’ water lentils. Phase Two includes the full production capability, and has been initiated by EllisDon and ICE Constructors. The final phase, Phase Three, is the added value phase, and includes the installation of the Facility’s production kitchens.

About ICE Constructors 

ICE Construction, part of the ICE Group of Companies, founded in 2004, has been executing the base build, design-build and tenant improvements of various British Columbia business, including the BC Liquor Branch Head office in Burnaby. ICE Construction also has experience in vertical farming as well as agritech, working with various cannabis producers helping design their manufacturing facilities.

ICE was selected for its experience in other local facility builds in the region and support/recommendations the Company received from the skilled trades keen to work on this project.

Sonny Sangha, President of ICE Group of Companies, stated, “We are excited to work on this project. Projects like this do not come along every day, and I believe we can both learn from each other. The Pontus team is motivated to get this project complete.”

About EllisDon 

EllisDon is a global project management and construction services company founded in 1951, which will act on behalf of Pontus to oversee the construction and ensure the build meets the design and standards set out by Pontus. EllisDon brings similar experience to the construction of Pontus’ Facility, and has experience in Agri manufacturing facilities including Cavendish Farms.

EllisDon was selected to represent Pontus and ensure the build meets the original design and high standards set out by Pontus. EllisDon’s experience working in sensitive environments, such as clean hospital environments, lends its highest standards as the Facility is a food facility and must practice the highest biosecure standards. Also, EllisDon’s commitment to sustainability is aligned with Pontus’ core values.

Jonathan Motyka, Senior Project Manager from EllisDon, added, “Yes, we’re excited too, to be able to work with an up-and-coming company to deliver a unique and, dare I say it, cool facility.”

About Pontus Protein Ltd. 

Pontus Protein Ltd. is a Vancouver, B.C. based technology company that grows water lentil protein for commercial use. Pontus is reinventing agriculture with their proprietary Closed Environment Vertical Aquaponic System (CEVAS) – the farming of the future. Pontus specializes in the indoor vertical farming of water lentils that use 95% less water than traditional agriculture and no pesticides or chemicals. Pontus is committed to solving the global food crisis by providing access to sustainable indoor biosecure pure plant based proteins. Pontus’ water lentils can be harvested every 24 hours, exceed organic certification, and can be grown in any climate in a relatively small area. Our water lentil protein is filled with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and all the amino acids, making a complete protein food source. Pontus aims to revolutionize the plant based sector as the entire sector is currently based on two main protein sources: soy and pea. Water lentil protein is far superior to pea and soy protein. It contains over 40% protein vs. 5-36% protein*, and Pontus aims to be the base protein for nutrition rich plant based food products, functional foods and nutraceuticals to support the movement transitioning the world from meat based to plant based proteins.

To learn more, please visit pontuswaterlentils.com.

*https://www.infood.net/visitor/collection/75?portion_size=100 

On behalf of the Board of Directors  

“Connor Yuen”

Connor Yuen, CEO 
Pontus Protein Ltd.

Contact Information 

For more information, please contact:

Connor Yuen 
Chief Executive Officer

For further information: 

Investor Relations or Media enquiries:

[email protected] 
(403) 589-7992 

Forward-Looking Information 

Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements, which reflect the expectations of management regarding the Company. Forward-looking statements consist of statements that are not purely historical, including any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future, including but not limited to Pontus’ ability to revolutionize the plant based sector as well as the anticipated delivery of Pontus’ water lentils and production start date. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, performance or developments to differ materially from those contained in the statements, including risks related to factors beyond the control of the Company. These risks include, but are not limited to, the following: the unknown magnitude and duration of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the failure of Pontus to receive the necessary approvals from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for its products and facilities, the inability to complete the construction of the Facility or specific phase thereof, as well as other general business, economic, or market related risks beyond the director control of the Company and which may affect the Company’s business, operations, or products. No assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will occur or, if they do occur, what benefits the Company will obtain from them. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking information if circumstances or management’s estimates or opinions should change, unless required by law. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Meet HARV – Our Automated Technology for Vertical Farming

Did you know there is a shortage of farmers? Recent data from the Conference Board of Canada’s research showed 41% of farmers were unable to hire enough workers in 2021.

This is not just a Canadian issue, but to feed 9 billion people globally, there is a shortage of food and a shortage of farmers. Pontus has always focused on addressing these issues with a pure and natural complete protein that is highly nutritious and grown sustainably. As a technology company, we are developing the technology to address the shortage of farmers and the food shortage. 

Recently we submitted our international patent for a Harvesting Automated Robotic Vehicle or “HARV” for short. HARV is a vertical farm rack system and automated plant tending and harvesting robot designed to work alongside and assist Pontus’ Closed Environment Vertical Aquaponics System or CEVAS system

HARV

Pontus worked with Automation Experts out of Calgary, Alberta, when their research showed there was no robot in place that could support the crop. Water Lentils are the world’s fastest growing leafed plant, and they usually need to be harvested every 24-72 hours. With CEVAS, it can be even more frequent. 

Pontus and Automation Experts did a comprehensive search, and most robots are simply to move trays of plants down to a lower level for tending of the plants. Great for pot plants, not so great for water beds. It isn’t efficient, and it also adds in more interaction with humans, which we have already seen may be an issue to hire the right people. It also increases the opportunity for pathogens and contamination.

Biosecure for Vertical Farming 

The Pontus facility is biosecure designed to minimize the chance of pests, diseases and contamination. It allows Pontus’ facility to be truly organic with no pesticides and chemicals needed in the process. Being biosecure improves the health of the plants, the fish and ultimately the humans who eat the produce. It’s also safer to get a robot climbing up 30 feet and doesn’t require scissor lifts with fall arrest for a human working at that height. 

The team led on the Pontus side by Steve McArthur, CTO, designed a sleek and high-tech robot to harvest and tend the water lentils.

Steve McArthur – CTO Pontus Protein Ltd.

Keeping a low profile on the robot allows there to be nine levels of vertical farming. The additional levels increase the yield in the facility and make for more cost-effective use of the land. Adding the technology to the robot, rather than the vertical farming beds, which is the industry standard way to do it, will reduce the cost to build the facilities, as the technology is in HARV. 

“HARV harvests the water lentils that are ready to be harvested into a strainer basket. When it detects the basket is full, HARV has an elevator that allows it to go down the levels, to empty the basket, and then back up to carry on tending the plants and continue the daily harvest,” – Stephen Bruce Wong, CEO Automation Experts 

Efficiency is key, and using technology to drive production of sustainable organic crops is core to the Pontus mission. 

“HARV does everything we want it to. It helps maintain and manage the crops and will help us optimize the growth lifecycle of the crop. If you look at the other water lentil companies, such as Parabel, they grow outdoors in huge tanks, like cranberry farming. Outdoor farming introduces pests, and pesticides, has a shorter growing season and requires more land.

CEVAS

“Our CEVAS system is much more sustainable and looks to the future of food. It means that the environment is much more predictable, and we can use HARV to handle the care and harvesting of the crops.” – Steve McArthur CTO, Pontus.

The team chose a global patent to allow the company to take the technology as it expands across the country and into new geographies. You can find out more by joining Steve McArthur and Steve Bruce Wong on Tuesday 15th June at 12 noon PT, follow on Facebook

 

 

Pontus Files International Patent Application For Automated Vertical Farm Harvesting Robot

VANCOUVER, B.C., June 9, 2021. Pontus Protein Ltd. (TSXV: HULK, OTCQB: HLKKF, FSE: 8YC) (“Pontus” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce that it has filed an international patent application through the Patent Coordination Treaty with the World Intellectual Property Organization for Pontus’ proprietary Harvesting Automated Robotic Vehicle or “HARV” for short. HARV is a vertical farm rack system and automated plant tending and harvesting robot designed to work along side and assist Pontus’ Closed Environment Vertical Aquaponics System or CEVAS system.

Pontus’ initial crop, water lentils, is the fastest growing leafed plant.* Pontus’ CEVAS helps accelerate the growth of Pontus’ water lentils, requiring the plant to be harvested every 24 hours. Pontus developed the HARV technology to allow the crop to be automatically harvested daily. In addition, due to its low profile, Harv will enable Pontus to stack nine levels of vertical farming at its Surrey, British Columbia production facility.


Steve McArthur, Chief Technology Officer, Pontus, stated, “Talking with the experienced team at Automation Experts (an automation and innovation company based in Calgary, Canada), we were able to identify that there was no robot out there that handled everything we needed it to do. By harvesting the crop in situ, using HARV, we will reduce the space between the water beds and increase the number of levels, increasing efficiency and the yield. We are beyond excited about pairing HARV with our CEVAS system, as we see CEVAS as a greener, more ecologically sustainable way of producing high nutrition food products.”

Stephen Bruce Wong, CEO, Automation Experts, added, “HARV is more than a mechanical tool for harvesting. It will manage the farm and give us critical insight and data regarding the optimization of the growing environment. The robotics in HARV will allow Pontus to eliminate moving parts from the structure thus lowering the cost to build Pontus’ vertical farms as the water beds can be dumb and do not need the technology built into them. It also uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to support all aspects of the growing process.”

The patent filing is part of the technology leadership in the aquaponic space that Pontus continues to secure.

About Pontus Protein Ltd.

Pontus Protein Ltd. is a Vancouver, B.C. based technology company that grows water lentil protein for commercial use. Pontus is reinventing agriculture with their proprietary Closed Environment Vertical Aquaponic System (CEVAS) – the farming of the future. Pontus specializes in the indoor vertical farming of water lentils that use 95% less water than traditional agriculture and no pesticides or chemicals. Pontus is committed to solving the global food crisis by providing access to sustainable indoor biosecure pure plant based proteins. Pontus’ water lentils can be harvested every 24 hours, exceed organic certification, and can be grown in any climate in a relatively small area. Our water lentil protein is filled with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and all the amino acids, making a complete protein food source. Pontus aims to revolutionize the plant based sector as the entire sector is currently based on two main protein sources: soy and pea. Water lentil protein is far superior to pea and soy protein. It contains over 40% protein vs. 5-36% protein*, and Pontus aims to be the base protein for nutrition rich plant based food products and nutraceuticals to support the movement transitioning the world from meat based to plant based proteins.

To learn more, please visit pontuswaterlentils.com.

*https://www.infood.net/visitor/collection/75?portion_size=100

*https://www.zmescience.com/science/fastest-growing-plant-02022021/

On behalf of the Board of Directors

“Connor Yuen”

Connor Yuen, CEO
Pontus Protein Ltd.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Connor Yuen
Chief Executive Officer

For further information:

Investor Relations or Media enquiries:

[email protected]
(403) 589-7992

Forward-Looking Information

Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements, which reflect the expectations of management regarding the Company. Forward-looking statements consist of statements that are not purely historical, including any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future, including but not limited to Pontus’ ability to revolutionize the plant based sector. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, performance or developments to differ materially from those contained in the statements, including risks related to factors beyond the control of the Company. These risks include, but are not limited to, the following: the unknown magnitude and duration of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the failure of Pontus to receive the necessary approvals from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for its products and facilities, the inability to complete Pontus’ Surrey-based production facility, as well as other general business, economic, or market related risks beyond the director control of the Company and which may affect the Company’s business, operations, or products. No assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will occur or, if they do occur, what benefits the Company will obtain from them. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking information if circumstances or management’s estimates or opinions should change, unless required by law. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Pontus Begins Trading on OTC Markets in the US

VANCOUVER, B.C., June 1, 2021. Pontus Protein Ltd. (TSXV: HULK, OTCQB: HLKKF, FSE: 8YC) (“Pontus” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce that its common shares have commenced trading on the OTCQB Venture Marketplace (“OTCQB”) in the United States under the symbol “HLKKF”.

The OTCQB is a US trading platform that is operated by the OTC Markets Group in New York providing access to the significant US investor base. Pontus’ OTCQB information can be found on the OTC Markets website: https://www.otcmarkets.com/stock/HLKKF/overview.

Connor Yuen, CEO of Pontus, stated: “Our listing in the US on the OTCQB allows us to offer our current and future US investors easier access to buy and trade Pontus shares in the very active plant protein market. It will also increase visibility and access to the highly active agritech market in the US. This is an excellent opportunity to expand our investor base beyond Canada and Europe.

Pontus’ common shares are now available through the major brokers in the US, including TD Ameritrade, Fidelity, Tradestation, Interactive Brokers, E-Trade, Ally Invest and Charles Schwab.

With the commencement of trading on the OTCQB, Pontus will now be available for trading on three marketplaces around the world including the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, the world’s third largest exchange, and the Toronto Stock Venture Exchange.

OTCQB trading is non-dilutive to existing Pontus shareholders, as no new common shares are being issued to enable trading on the OTCQB.

About Pontus Protein Ltd.

Pontus Protein Ltd. is a Vancouver, B.C. based company that grows water lentil protein for commercial use. Pontus is reinventing agriculture with their proprietary Closed Environment Vertical Aquaponic System (CEVAS) – the farming of the future. Pontus specializes in the indoor vertical farming of water lentils that use 95% less water than traditional agriculture and no pesticides or chemicals. Pontus is committed to solving the global food crisis by providing access to sustainable indoor biosecure pure plant based proteins. Pontus’ water lentils can be harvested every 24 hours, exceed organic certification, and can be grown in any climate in a relatively small area. Our water lentil protein is filled with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and all the amino acids, making a complete protein food source. Pontus aims to revolutionize the plant based sector as the entire sector is currently based on two main protein sources: soy and pea. Water lentil protein is far superior to pea and soy protein. It contains over 40% protein vs. 5-36% protein*, and Pontus aims to be the base protein for plant based food products, leading to the movement transitioning the world from meat based to plant based proteins.

To learn more, please visit pontuswaterlentils.com.

*https://www.infood.net/visitor/collection/75?portion_size=100

On behalf of the Board of Directors

“Connor Yuen”

Connor Yuen, CEO
Pontus Protein Ltd.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Connor Yuen
Chief Executive Officer

For further information:

Investor Relations or Media enquiries:

[email protected]
(403) 589-7992

Forward-Looking Information

Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements, which reflect the expectations of management regarding the Company. Forward-looking statements consist of statements that are not purely historical, including any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future, including but not limited to, Pontus’ ability to revolutionize the plant based sector. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, performance or developments to differ materially from those contained in the statements, including risks related to factors beyond the control of the Company. These risks include, but are not limited to, the following: the unknown magnitude and duration of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the failure of Pontus to receive the necessary approvals from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for its products and facilities, the inability to complete Pontus’ Surrey-based production facility, as well as other general business, economic, or market related risks beyond the director control of the Company and which may affect the Company’s business, operations, or products. No assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will occur or, if they do occur, what benefits the Company will obtain from them. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking information if circumstances or management’s estimates or opinions should change, unless required by law. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Pontus Receives Building Permit For Surrey Facility

VANCOUVER, B.C., May 20, 2021. Pontus Protein Ltd. (TSXV: HULK, FSE: 8YC) (“Pontus” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce that, further to its prior news releases dated May 18, 2021, March 31, 2021, February 24, 2021 and February 3, 2021, the City of Surrey has awarded Pontus its building permit for the 20,570 sq ft production facility in Surrey, British Columbia (the “Surrey Facility”). 

Connor Yuen, Pontus’ CEO stated, “This is a significant milestone for Pontus, enabling us to develop the facility using proprietary technology to produce a game changing superfood. The design and process for approvals will act as a template and model for future facilities.” 

Tenant improvements will commence with phase 1, the test facility, and then continue with phase 2, the commercial outfitting. Due to the increased size of the Surrey Facility, Pontus is forecasting an annual production capacity of up to 11.0 metric tonnes, a 72% increase to its originally stated volume of 6.4 metric tonnes of annualized product. 

About Pontus Protein Ltd.

Pontus Protein Ltd. is a Vancouver, B.C. based company that grows water lentil protein for commercial use. Pontus is reinventing agriculture with their proprietary Closed Environment Vertical Aquaponic System (CEVAS) – the farming of the future. Pontus specializes in the indoor vertical farming of water lentils that use 95% less water than traditional agriculture and no pesticides or chemicals. Pontus is committed to solving the global food crisis by providing access to sustainable indoor biosecure pure plant based proteins. Pontus’ water lentils can be harvested every 24 hours, exceed organic certification, and can be grown in any climate in a relatively small area. Our water lentil protein is filled with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and all the amino acids, making a complete protein food source. Pontus aims to revolutionize the plant based sector as the entire sector is currently based on two main protein sources: soy and pea. Lentil protein is far superior to pea and soy protein. It contains over 40% protein vs. 5-36% protein*, and Pontus aims to be the base protein for plant based food products, leading to the movement transitioning the world from meat based to plant based proteins.

To learn more, please visit pontuswaterlentils.com.

*https://www.infood.net/visitor/collection/75?portion_size=100

On behalf of the Board of Directors

“Connor Yuen”

Connor Yuen, CEO
Pontus Protein Ltd.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Connor Yuen
Chief Executive Officer

For further information:

Investor Relations or Media enquiries:

[email protected]
(403) 589-7992

Forward-Looking Information

Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements, which reflect the expectations of management regarding the Company. Forward-looking statements consist of statements that are not purely historical, including any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future, including but not limited to, the anticipated completion of the Surrey Facility, and any anticipated production benefits therefrom including, but not limited to, estimated production yields or outputs of Pontus’ water lentils, and Pontus’ ability to revolutionize the plant based sector. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, performance or developments to differ materially from those contained in the statements, including risks related to factors beyond the control of the Company. These risks include, but are not limited to, the following: the unknown magnitude and duration of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the failure of Pontus to receive the necessary approvals from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the inability to complete the Surrey facility’s leasehold improvements, as well as other general business, economic, or market related risks beyond the director control of the Company and which may affect the Company’s business, operations, or products. No assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will occur or, if they do occur, what benefits the Company will obtain from them. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking information if circumstances or management’s estimates or opinions should change, unless required by law. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Pontus Updates on Phase One Of Production

VANCOUVER, B.C., May 18, 2021. Pontus Protein Ltd. (TSXV: HULK, FSE: 8YC) (“Pontus” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce that, pursuant to its news releases dated March 31, 2021, February 24, 2021 and February 3, 2021, Pontus is on track to complete its phase 1 of production, laboratory infrastructure (the “Lab”) construction by mid-June, at its Surrey, British Columbia production facility (the “Surrey Facility”). The Lab will replace the current production capacity from Pontus’ first farm in Victoria, B.C.

“We are very pleased to bring the first part of our production capabilities online. The Lab has three immediate benefits: firstly, allowing increased production for additional scientific testing as we work towards our nutraceutical regulations in the U.S. and Canada; secondly, allowing batch protein powder production enabling third-party manufacturers to initiate product development; and lastly, the Lab will allow us to further test and refine our new technologies, such as HARV (“Harvesting Automated Robotic Vehicle”),” said Steve McArthur, Pontus’ Chief Technology Officer.

Prior to securing the prebuilt 20,570 sq ft Surrey Facility, Pontus forecasted its annual production capacity at 6.4 metric tonnes of annualized product based on building a 10,000 sq ft facility. The additional space of the Surrey Facility has enabled Pontus to add the research and development Lab space and increase its overall production capacity. Based on detailed analysis, the Company is now projecting an increased production of up to 11.0 metric tonnes of annualized product, a 72% increase in output from previously stated numbers.

About Pontus Protein Ltd.

Pontus Protein Ltd. is a Vancouver, B.C. based company that grows water lentil protein for commercial use. Pontus is reinventing agriculture with their proprietary Closed Environment Vertical Aquaponic System (CEVAS) – the farming of the future. Pontus specializes in the indoor vertical farming of water lentils that use 95% less water than traditional agriculture and no pesticides or chemicals. Pontus is committed to solving the global food crisis by providing access to sustainable indoor biosecure pure plant based proteins. Pontus’ water lentils can be harvested every 24 hours, exceed organic certification, and can be grown in any climate in a relatively small area. Our water lentil protein is filled with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and all the amino acids, making a complete protein food source. Pontus aims to revolutionize the plant based sector as the entire sector is currently based on two main protein sources: soy and pea. Lentil protein is far superior to pea and soy protein. It contains over 40% protein vs. 5-36% protein*, and Pontus aims to be the base protein for plant based food products, leading to the movement transitioning the world from meat based to plant based proteins.

To learn more, please visit pontuswaterlentils.com.

*https://www.infood.net/visitor/collection/75?portion_size=100

On behalf of the Board of Directors

“Connor Yuen”

Connor Yuen, CEO
Pontus Protein Ltd.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Connor Yuen
Chief Executive Officer

For further information:

Investor Relations or Media enquiries:

[email protected]
(403) 589-7992

Forward-Looking Information

Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements, which reflect the expectations of management regarding the Company. Forward-looking statements consist of statements that are not purely historical, including any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future, including but not limited to, the anticipated completion of the Surrey Facility, including the Lab construction, and any anticipated production benefits therefrom including, but not limited to, estimated production yields or outputs of Pontus’ water lentils, and Pontus’ ability to revolutionize the plant based sector. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, performance or developments to differ materially from those contained in the statements, including risks related to factors beyond the control of the Company. These risks include, but are not limited to, the following: the unknown magnitude and duration of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the failure of Pontus to receive the necessary approvals from the City of Surrey for its proposed leasehold improvements at its Surrey Facility or from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the inability to complete the Surrey facility’s leasehold improvements, as well as other general business, economic, or market related risks beyond the director control of the Company and which may affect the Company’s business, operations, or products. No assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will occur or, if they do occur, what benefits the Company will obtain from them. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking information if circumstances or management’s estimates or opinions should change, unless required by law. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Pontus Protein Appoints Globally Renowned Aquaponics Experts To Its Board of Advisors and Provides Warrant Acceleration Clarification

VANCOUVER, B.C., April 15, 2021. Pontus Protein Ltd., the sustainable food technology company (TSXV: HULK, FSE: 8YC) (“Pontus” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce the appointment of leading international aquaponics expert, Mr. Marc Laberge to its Board of Advisors effective immediately. In connection with the appointment, the company has granted Mr. Laberge stock options to purchase 50,000 shares, which are exercisable at $0.40 per share for a period of two years. The options shall vest on the three month anniversary and are subject to TSXV Exchange approval.

Mr. Laberge is one of the world’s pioneers in commercial aquaponics, having advised NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, USA) on food in space and designed a 600-tonne aquaponics facility in China. He approached aquaponics as a fish biologist, with over 34 years of expertise in recirculating technology, and has been an aquatic consultant since 1991, through ML Aquaponics Inc. Mr. Laberge helped design the fish section of the aquaponics that will seek to drive Pontus’ commercial farming facility in Surrey, British Columbia.

Mr. Laberge commented, “I am delighted to be joining the Pontus Board of Advisors. I have enjoyed collaborating with Steve McArthur over the years and am excited to advise on Pontus’ Controlled Environment Vertical Aquaponics System or CEVAS for short. It is one of the most advanced aquaponic solutions globally.”

Speaking about the new appointment, Steve McArthur, Chief Technology Officer of Pontus, said: “Marc brings years of aquaponics experience to Pontus and strategic depth to our team. Having Marc on our Board of Advisors will facilitate scientific and engineering collaborations. This will enable us to continuously improve our closed vertical aquaponics system, especially as we optimize the automation and farm management robotics.”

Warrants Acceleration Clarification

For clarification purposes, the Company wishes to confirm to shareholders of the Company that it has not exercised its right to accelerate the expiry date of the warrants subject to the terms and conditions of the Warrant Indenture dated January 25, 2021. Any suggestion to the contrary was not under direction of the Company. Any shareholders who have not exercised should be aware that there is no applicable acceleration provisions and that unless they want to, they do not have to exercise the warrants within the thirty day period. If anyone has exercised as a result but have not received the DRS, or who exercised, but now have the DRS, they should contact [email protected] In the event the Company does elect to exercise the acceleration provisions, the Company will notify its shareholders by way of a news release in accordance with the provisions of the Warrant Indenture.

For more information on the warrants and the Warrant Indenture, please see the Company’s news releases dated August 14, 2020, November 27, 2020, December 2, 2020, December 11, 2020 and January 26, 2021 filed on SEDAR. A copy of the Warrant Indenture is also available under Pontus’ profile on SEDAR.

About Pontus Protein Ltd.

Pontus Protein Ltd. is a Vancouver, B.C. based company that grows water lentil protein for commercial use. Pontus is reinventing agriculture with their proprietary Closed Environment Vertical Aquaponic System (CEVAS™) – the farming of the future. Pontus specializes in the indoor vertical farming of water lentils that use 95% less water than traditional agriculture and no pesticides or chemicals. Pontus is committed to solving the global food crisis by providing access to sustainable indoor biosecure pure plant based proteins. Pontus’ water lentils can be harvested every 24 hours, exceed organic certification, and can be grown in any climate in a relatively small area. Our water lentil protein is filled with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and all the amino acids, making a complete protein food source. Pontus aims to revolutionize the plant-based sector as the entire sector is currently based on two main protein sources: soy and pea. Lentil protein is far superior to pea and soy protein. It contains over 40% protein vs. 5-36% protein*, and Pontus aims at being the base protein for plant based food products, which will lead this movement that has begun in the world transitioning from meat based to plant based protein.

To learn more, please visit pontuswaterlentils.com.

*https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4555161/

On behalf of the Board of Directors

“Connor Yuen”

Connor Yuen, CEO
Pontus Protein Ltd.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Connor Yuen
Chief Executive Officer

For further information:

Victoria Bennett
[email protected]
(403) 589-7992

Forward-Looking Information

Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements, which reflect the expectations of management regarding the Company. Forward-looking statements consist of statements that are not purely historical, including any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future, including but not limited to, Pontus’ ability to revolutionize the plant based sector. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, performance or developments to differ materially from those contained in the statements, including risks related to factors beyond the control of the Company. These risks include, but are not limited to, the following: the unknown magnitude and duration of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other general business, economic, or market related risks beyond the director control of the Company and which may affect the Company’s business, operations, or products. No assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will occur or, if they do occur, what benefits the Company will obtain from them. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking information if circumstances or management’s estimates or opinions should change, unless required by law. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Pontus Provides Further Update To Surrey Production Facility

VANCOUVER, B.C., April 6, 2021. Pontus Protein Ltd. (TSXV: HULK, FSE: 8YC) (“Pontus” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce that further to its news release dated March 31, 2021, Pontus has been awarded Plan Approval by Fraser Health for its production facility located in Surrey, British Columbia (the “Surrey Facility”). This is the final step for the tenant improvement permit and has been delivered to the City of Surrey to finalize the Surrey Facility permitting. 

Pontus has begun works that are allowed before the final permitting, at the commercial facility in Surrey. Pontus’ aquaponics contractor, ML Aquaponics Inc., today has started installing the commercial aquaponics system. ML Aquaponics Inc., lead consultant, Marc Laberge is a fish biologist with over 34 years of expertise in recirculating technology and has been an aquatic consultant since 1991. He has been working on optimizing the aquaponics cycle for Pontus with Steve McArthur, Pontus’ Chief Technology Officer.

Over the next few weeks, a temporary worksite office for the CTO will be constructed. In addition, the site will be cleaned in preparation for marking out the floors for the aquaponic ecosystem. This includes preparation for 587 drill locations, 15 mm by 100 mm drill holes for rebar to reinforce the concrete. A superintendent will be on-site to supervise the formwork for the concrete fish tanks and plumbing sleeves to prepare for concrete pouring once Pontus has the tenant improvement permits. The aquaponic ecosystem has been designed to mimic rivers to ensure the fish and plants have enriched lives as they are a vital element of the aquaponic cycle.

For more information on the developments at Pontus’ Surrey, British Columbia production facility, please see the Company’s news releases dated February 24, 2021, February 3, 2021 and March 31, 2021 filed on SEDAR

About Pontus Protein Ltd.

Pontus Protein Ltd. is a Vancouver, B.C. based company that grows water lentil protein for commercial use. Pontus is reinventing agriculture with their proprietary Closed Environment Vertical Aquaponic System (CEVAS™) – the farming of the future. Pontus specializes in the indoor vertical farming of water lentils that use 95% less water than traditional agriculture and no pesticides or chemicals. Pontus is committed to solving the global food crisis by providing access to sustainable indoor biosecure pure plant based proteins. Pontus’ water lentils can be harvested every 24 hours, exceed organic certification, and can be grown in any climate in a relatively small area. Our water lentil protein is filled with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and all the amino acids, making a complete protein food source. Pontus aims to revolutionize the plant-based sector as the entire sector is currently based on two main protein sources: soy and pea. Lentil protein is far superior to pea and soy protein. It contains over 40% protein vs. 5-36% protein*, and Pontus aims at being the base protein for plant based food products, which will lead this movement that has begun in the world transitioning from meat based to plant based protein.

To learn more, please visit pontuswaterlentils.com.

*https://food-nutrition.canada.ca/cnf-fce/report-rapport.do

On behalf of the Board of Directors

“Connor Yuen”

Connor Yuen, CEO
Pontus Protein Ltd.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Connor Yuen
Chief Executive Officer

For further information:

Investor Relations:

Edge Communications Group
[email protected]
(778) 999-4855

For media enquiries or interviews, please contact:

Victoria Bennett
[email protected]
(403) 589-7992

Forward-Looking Information

Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements, which reflect the expectations of management regarding the Company. Forward-looking statements consist of statements that are not purely historical, including any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future, including but not limited to, Pontus’ ability to revolutionize the plant based sector. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, performance or developments to differ materially from those contained in the statements, including risks related to factors beyond the control of the Company. These risks include, but are not limited to, the following: the unknown magnitude and duration of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the failure of Pontus to receive the necessary approvals from the City of Surrey for its proposed leasehold improvements at its Surrey Facility the inability to complete the Surrey facility’s leasehold improvements, as well as other general business, economic, or market related risks beyond the director control of the Company and which may affect the Company’s business, operations, or products. No assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will occur or, if they do occur, what benefits the Company will obtain from them. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking information if circumstances or management’s estimates or opinions should change, unless required by law. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Pontus Updates on The Surrey Production Facility

VANCOUVER, B.C., March 31, 2021. Pontus Protein Ltd. (TSXV: HULK, FSE: 8YC) (“Pontus” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce that, further to its news releases dated February 24, 2021, and February 3, 2021, Pontus has secured and ordered the aquaponics equipment required for its production facility located in Surrey, British Columbia (the “Surrey Facility”). The equipment is on track to be delivered to meet Pontus’ construction schedule, allowing the start of production in Summer 2021. The Surrey Facility is expected to be capable of producing 6.4 metric tonnes of annualized product. This is a 6,800% increase in production over the annualized capacity of the Company’s previous Victoria test farm.

The equipment includes custom water beds to grow the water lentils, custom shelving, UV Filter, drum filter and LED lighting. Most of the equipment has been sourced from Canadian companies to aid ongoing maintenance. The drum filter and LED lighting have been ordered from market leading international firms. The LED lights were designed by Pontus and are low profile custom form factors using the newest Samsung diodes to give the perfect spectrum for water lentils. These diodes are also highly energy efficient.

Pontus signed the lease to secure the production facility in the City of Surrey, British Columbia effective November 14, 2020. Originally, the Company had been seeking a 10,000 sq ft. space in Delta, British Columbia, however the prospect of securing the prebuilt Surrey Facility presented itself as an opportunity to potentially shorten the development timeline and bring a facility into production by Summer 2021. The 20,570 sq ft. Surrey Facility will consist of production, warehouse, R&D, a test kitchen, production kitchen and office space.

Regarding the Tenant Improvement application, at the beginning of March, the City of Surrey’s planning department requested extra information on the sprinkler systems, which required Pontus’ mechanical engineers to redesign and submit back to the City of Surrey new stamped engineering drawings. In addition, Fraser Health required Pontus to change its design to include two extra handwashing sinks into the facility, in the water lentil processing area and commercial kitchen, due to new COVID guidelines. These have both been submitted. All of Pontus’ previously mentioned milestones are expected to be achieved regarding the building applications, equipment delivery and construction.

For more information on the developments at Pontus’ Surrey, British Columbia production facility, please see the Company’s news releases dated February 24, 2021 and February 3, 2021, filed on SEDAR.

About Pontus Protein Ltd.

Pontus Protein Ltd. is a Vancouver, B.C. based company that grows water lentil protein for commercial use. Pontus is reinventing agriculture with their proprietary Closed Environment Vertical Aquaponic System (CEVAS™) – the farming of the future. Pontus specializes in the indoor vertical farming of water lentils that use 95% less water than traditional agriculture and no pesticides or chemicals. Pontus is committed to solving the global food crisis by providing access to sustainable indoor biosecure pure plant based proteins. Pontus’ water lentils can be harvested every 24 hours, exceed organic certification, and can be grown in any climate in a relatively small area. Our water lentil protein is filled with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and all the amino acids, making a complete protein food source. Pontus aims to revolutionize the plant-based sector as the entire sector is currently based on two main protein sources: soy and pea. Lentil protein is far superior to pea and soy protein. It contains over 40% protein vs. 5-36% protein*, and Pontus aims to be the base protein for plant based food products, leading to the movement transitioning the world from meat based to plant based proteins.

To learn more, please visit pontuswaterlentils.com.

*https://food-nutrition.canada.ca/cnf-fce/report-rapport.do

On behalf of the Board of Directors

“Connor Yuen”

Connor Yuen, CEO
Pontus Protein Ltd.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Connor Yuen
Chief Executive Officer

For further information:

Investor Relations:

Edge Communications Group
[email protected]
(778) 999-4855

For media enquiries or interviews, please contact:

Victoria Bennett
[email protected]
(403) 589-7992

Forward-Looking Information

Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements, which reflect the expectations of management regarding the Company. Forward-looking statements consist of statements that are not purely historical, including any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future, including but not limited to, the anticipated completion of the Surrey Facility and any anticipated production benefits therefrom including, but not limited to, production yields or outputs, and Pontus’ ability to revolutionize the plant based sector. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, performance or developments to differ materially from those contained in the statements, including risks related to factors beyond the control of the Company. These risks include, but are not limited to, the following: the unknown magnitude and duration of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the failure of Pontus to receive the necessary approvals from the City of Surrey for its proposed leasehold improvements at its Surrey Facility or from the CFIA, the inability to complete the Surrey facility’s leasehold improvements, as well as other general business, economic, or market related risks beyond the director control of the Company and which may affect the Company’s business, operations, or products. No assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will occur or, if they do occur, what benefits the Company will obtain from them. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking information if circumstances or management’s estimates or opinions should change, unless required by law. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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