08 Dec 2016

Arcturus Announces 25,000-Sq Ft $5 Million “LED” Vertical Farming Project

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, December 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Arcturus Growthstar Technologies Inc. (the “Company” or “Arcturus”) (OTCQB: AGSTF) (CSE: AGS.CN) is pleased to announce that it has partnered with CBO Financial, Inc. (“CBO”) for the development and operation of a major “LED” vertical farm project in Baltimore, Maryland. Arcturus is also pleased to announce that it has concurrently signed a Letter of Intent (“LOI”) to lease 25,000-sq ft of commercial shell space from Volunteers of America Chesapeake to accommodate the Baltimore farm.

Volunteers of America Chesapeake (“VOAC”), one of the largest and most respected nonprofits in the region, owns a building in Baltimore, MD that will undergo additional improvements to accommodate Arcturus’ Controlled Environment Agriculture (“CEA”) technology, which uses LED lights to grow plants on vertically stacked levels. As a partner in this indoor farm, VOAC has agreed to contribute generous rent concessions to Arcturus.  The farm will be co-located in a residential reentry center, which helps ex-offenders reenter society and the workforce after serving federal prison sentences. The farm will provide job training and therapeutic opportunities for VOAC’s residents. Arcturus, CBO and VOAC intend to use this Baltimore model to expand the Company’s CEA technology and training and therapeutic programs developed by VOAC into other markets throughout the United States.

Arcturus previously announced that CBO would act as the Company’s financial advisor with respect to New Market Tax Credits (NMTC) for certain vertical farming projects. As part of this Baltimore farm transaction, CBO Financial will be arranging for $5,000,000 in NMTC based financing. CBO will also plan, co-finance, and perform day-to-day operations at the farm, and Arcturus will provide the system design, off-take agreements, co-finance, and offer ongoing O&M support.  The Baltimore Farm is expected to be a showcase for Arcturus’ LED horticulture lighting technology and the first of many projects that CBO and the Company will work on together in collaboration with Volunteers of America Chesapeake.

The NMTC program is a $65 billion federal program designed to incentivize private investment in low-income communities. NMTCs are provided to financial institutions in exchange for equity investments that eligible businesses can use to subsidize project development costs. CBO Financial helps driven organizations, such as Arcturus, to finance facilities that will provide goods and services that benefit populations in need and revitalize communities.

“We are pleased to have partnered with CBO Financial and Volunteers of America Chesapeake on this project and believe that its success will be a bellwether for public private partnerships within the urban farming industry,” says Mr. William Gildea, Arcturus Growthstar Technologies Inc.’s CEO and Chairman. “With Volunteers of America Chesapeake’s diversified real estate holdings, CBO Financial’s experience in community development and expertise in navigating the NMTC process and Arcturus’s CEA technology, this is a perfect partnership. Our goal was always to create impactful social and corporate programs that are mutually beneficial for all involved, from the community, to the company and our shareholders. Partnering with Volunteers of America Chesapeake and CBO Financial puts us in the position to achieve that goal. We hope this is the first of many joint-projects for our companies.”

“We are delighted to be involved with this project, which produces fresh food and quality jobs in a low income community and provides job training and therapy opportunities for VOAC residents. We expect this to be a prototype for future, profitable commercial scale projects that include social service oriented job training and therapeutic programs,” says Craig Stanley, CEO of CBO Financial.

“Volunteers of America Chesapeake has been supporting and providing resources for the ex-offender community for over 35 years in Baltimore, Maryland,” says Russell Snyder, CEO of VOAC.  “We are committed to help the residents of our residential reentry center gain job skills and employment opportunities through social enterprise opportunities like vertical farming and we are pleased to partner with Arcturus and CBO Financial in this innovative project.”

For further information, contact William Gildea, Director, at 617.834.9467.

On behalf of the Board,

Arcturus Growthstar Technologies Inc.

William Gildea, CEO & Chairman

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06 Dec 2016

Arcturus Led Canada Division Receives New Purchase Orders and Begins ETL Certification for its Award Winning Cannabis Grow Lights

Vancouver, British Columbia / TheNewswire / December 6, 2016 – Arcturus Growthstar Technologies Inc. (the “Company” or “Arcturus”) (CSE: AGS) (OTCQB: AGSTF) is pleased to announce that it’s LED division, LED Canada, has received its largest purchase order to date from a 40-year-old Canadian chain of stores. This one customer positions LED Canada, a wholly owned Arcturus division, to potentially generate over $1,000,000 in business in 2017. Arcturus’ LED Canada and COB Grow Lights divisions offer a wide variety of cutting edge LED lights for commercial, municipal, and home applications as well as greenhouse and indoor cultivation of legal cannabis.

According to LEDInside: LED Lighting Market to Reach US$30.5 Billion in 2016 and Professional Lighting Markets to See Explosive Growth.

“Our LED business is gaining more traction in the marketplace due to many factors that we suspect are related to the scaling of cultivation centers for both the cannabis and urban farming sectors. On a daily basis, we have seen an increase in inquiries since November 8th, which is exciting given our LED division is vital to cultivation expansion in North America,” said Mr. William Gildea, Arcturus Growthstar Technologies Inc.’s CEO and Chairman. “This month the Company shipped its largest single order to a single commercial customer, which operates a chain with 200 locations. The customer is currently testing the LED lighting in key markets and structuring a rollout to its other locations throughout Canada.”

About Chip On Board (COB):

LEDs compete with traditional lighting sources in a number of ways, including greater energy efficiency, longer lifetime, and smaller size. However, the one drawback that has vexed many lighting designers is cost, which is a key reason why LED manufacturers continue to innovate to improve economies of scale. One of the newest packaging solutions designed to help lower costs is Chip on Board (“COB”) light source modules, in which the LED chips are in the form of a semiconductor chip that is neither encased nor connected but directly mounted onto a PCB or, more generally, a substrate. This packaging style also provides several related benefits, such as greater design flexibility, better light distribution, and simpler manufacturing processes.

Arcturus believes that its Scorpion COB LED Grow lights has the best LED technology to grow legal cannabis on the market and can offer its lights at the best price as compared to its competitors, which gives it a distinct market advantage in the cannabis space. After Arcturus’ own Rob Huston won 1st place in the Cannabis Cup using the Company’s COB Grow lights, the Company is moving forward with ETL certification (a product bearing the ETL Listed mark is determined to have met the minimum requirements of prescribed product safety standards), after which it will be beefing up sales and marketing efforts throughout Canada and the Unites States.

Arcturus’ LED division reports that the month of November has been the best sales month to date. The Company is also pleased to announce that it is currently testing its COB Grow Lights through an academic study. This project will be a ANOVA of LED horticulture fixtures using IBM-SPSS statistical software. The Company is looking forward to continuing its momentum in 2017 with the rollout of new LED testing results, plus new sales and marketing initiatives.

“As we move towards a more aggressive sales and marketing push in the Cannabis space for 2017, these independent third party testings are critical to gaining more market acceptance of our LED grow lights,” says Rob Huston, LED Canada’s manager and winner of the Cannabis Cup. “In addition to third party testing, it is expected that the Company will be gaining ETL certification in the next 60 days, opening up the entire North American marketplace, which we believe will have a very positive effect on sales for Arcturus’ COB Grow Lights and LED Canada’s sales in 2017.”

For further information, contact William Gildea, Director, at 617.834.9467.

On behalf of the Board,

Arcturus Growthstar Technologies Inc.

William Gildea, CEO & Chairman

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