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Horizon Technology Finance Provides $8 Million Venture Loan Facility to Clara Foods

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Horizon Technology Finance Corporation (NASDAQ: HRZN) (“Horizon”), a leading specialty finance company that provides capital in the form of secured loans to venture capital backed companies in the technology, life science, healthcare information and services, and sustainability industries, announced today it has provided an $8 million venture loan facility to Clara Foods, Inc. (“Clara Foods”), of which $5 million has been initially funded.

Clara Foods is a food technology company that is developing animal-free proteins as ingredients for food and beverages, including egg proteins that will match the taste and texture and unique culinary functionality of a real egg. Clara Foods’ proprietary proteins leverage precision fermentation to meet the increasing demand from people seeking nutrition through alternative proteins derived from sustainable processes. Several prominent investors in Clara Foods include The Production Board, Blue Horizon and Ingredion. Clara Foods will use the loan proceeds for general working capital purposes.

“Through its innovative protein platform technology, Clara Foods is making significant progress in creating a remarkable animal-free egg,” said Gerald A. Michaud, President of Horizon. “We expect its products will find a significant audience as consumers continue to increase their consumption of alternative protein sources as well as more sustainable food sources. We are pleased to support Clara Foods in bringing their animal-free proteins to a large and growing market.”

“We appreciate Horizon’s support and confidence in what we are accomplishing at Clara Foods,” said Arturo Elizondo, CEO and Co-founder of Clara Foods. “We are excited to bring to market sustainable, ethical and affordable alternative proteins to meet the rapidly expanding consumer demand for animal-free products that help transform our food system from the ground up. Horizon’s investment will help facilitate our go-to-market strategy and grow our business.”

About Horizon Technology Finance

Horizon Technology Finance Corporation (NASDAQ: HRZN) is a leading specialty finance company that provides capital in the form of secured loans to venture capital backed companies in the technology, life science, healthcare information and services, and sustainability industries. The investment objective of Horizon is to maximize its investment portfolio’s return by generating current income from the debt investments it makes and capital appreciation from the warrants it receives when making such debt investments. Headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut, Horizon also has regional offices in Pleasanton, California and Reston, Virginia. To learn more, please visit www.horizontechfinance.com.

About Clara Foods

Clara Foods is a San Francisco-based food technology company with a mission to lead the world’s transition to animal-free proteins, starting with the egg. Since factory-farm production of eggs is unsustainable for both the environment and for meeting the dietary needs of a growing population, Clara has developed an alternative. Clara’s real, animal-free egg proteins will be able to be used in even the most delicate of desserts: from angel food cakes to meringues. With the help of technology and the knowhow of the Clara Foods team, a delicious and sustainable future is possible! To learn more, please visit www.clarafoods.com.

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Statements included herein may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements and are not guarantees of future performance, condition or results and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including those described from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Horizon undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement made herein. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release.

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Media Relations:
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(646) 677-1819

Media Relations: Clara Foods
Allison+Partners
Stephanie Baber
ClaraFoods@allisonpr.com
(646) 428-0682

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Worksport Investing in Increased Manufacturing Capacity to meet Anticipated Demand Surge

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TORONTO – March 2nd, 2021 — Worksport Ltd (OTC: WKSP) (or the “Company”) is updating its shareholders regarding its strategic manufacturing investments. The company is in final phases of discussions with a few very-high-value strategic partners – Tier-1 and Tier-2 OEM manufacturing power houses in Canada – to expand its manufacturing into North American state-of-the-art facilities with 20,000 – 50,000 sq. ft. of operating space. These discussions involve logistics for the best & most effective ways to support the growth of Worksport.

One of the most important operational facets is ensuring scalability in Worksport’s manufacturing processes.  The chosen factory will be able to support Worksport’s forthcoming rapid operational acceleration which is vital as the Company grows with an expanding and maturing footprint.  “This also means that the Company will have more control over capital expenses, greatly reducing risks of overextending its financials during periods of intense demand as we forge ahead in major-player Automotive, Freight & Transport, Marine, and Rail ecosystems,” said Worksport CEO Steven Rossi.  And elaborating on the facility requirements, Mr. Rossi adds, “Worksport is only considering factory candidates that offer the highest quality infrastructure, conducive for hosting Company-specific systems so as to avoid risks of any major inadequacies.”

With its recent U.S.-based Private Label customer growth, these manufacturing investments are sure to help Worksport exceed those customer expectations relating to quality, efficacy, and reliability of work, all conducive to overall customer satisfaction.

It is also worth noting that as the Company finalizes plans to set the playing field for a powerful manufacturing presence in North America, their optimized Design-for-Manufacturing (DFM) processes will provide capabilities to utilize Just-in-Time (JIT) manufacturing methods for producing products and fulfilling orders on-demand, while also ensuring the highest level of quality assurance.

To stay up-to-date on all the latest Worksport news… investors, shareholders, and supporters are encouraged to follow the company’s social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram, as well as sign up for the company’s newsletters at www.worksport.com and www.goterravis.com.  Worksport will continue to update investors, shareholders, and supporters to maintain the highest level of disclosure and information dissemination as Worksport continues to grow and develop at a very rapid pace.

About Worksport Ltd.

Worksport Ltd. (currently OTCQB: WKSP) develops and manufactures high quality, modular, attractively priced tonneau covers and solar-powered systems for light-duty trucks such as the Sierra, Silverado, Canyon, RAM, Ford F-Series, et al. and consumer adventures & emergency/ disaster-recovery purposes, where portable energy is a necessity.  The modular, redefining Worksport TerraVis™ tonneau cover system is being mindfully designed for the jobsite contractor and off-road, light-duty trucker – for work and play – to sustainably supply extra energy for those additional miles.  Its allied TerraVis COR™ mobile energy storage system (ESS), expected to launch by end of 2021, will be another redefining product targeted for vacationers, second-home owners, and campers.  Plans are also being constructed to address the dire adoption & scaling needs of the EV markets with grid micro-charging stations to provide convenience and efficiency in recharging to smaller form-factor EVs.  For more information, please visit www.worksport.com and www.goterravis.com.

 

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This document may contain forward-looking statements, relating to Worksport™ operations or to the environment in which it operates, which are based on Worksport™ operations, estimates, forecasts and projections. These statements are not guarantees of future Company performance and may involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, and/or are beyond Worksport’s control. A number of important factors could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements. Consequently, readers should not place any undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Worksport™ disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. No Stock Exchange or Regulation Services Provider accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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This Week’s Stars Are Zoom, Target and Costco

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Zoom Video Communications (NASDAQ: ZM) will open the week on Monday after market close whereas big box retailers highlight the week’s other big releases, led by Target Inc. (NYSE: TGT) on Tuesday and Costco Wholesale Corp. (NYSE: COST) on Thursday.

Zoom Video Communications

According to Financial Times, researchers at Stanford University have confirmed what millions of remote workers already knew, that “Zoom fatigue” causes greater stress than meeting in real life because of the “non-verbal overload” of endless video calls. Not to mention that users are seeing reflections of themselves at a frequency and duration that hasn’t been seen before in the history of media and the history of people. Although some problems could be solved with trivial changes to its user interface, such as automatically hiding the “selfie” window, the bigger problem is On Zoom, behavior ordinarily reserved for close relationships such as faces seen close up has suddenly become the way we interact with casual acquaintances and even strangers. This new way of communication takes a toll on our mind and that could eventually hamper Zoom’s success with the stocking already having lost its luster due to vaccine developments.

Novavax (NASDAQ: NVAX) is preparing to launch its COVID-19 vaccine after 33 years of failed attempts and facing delisting from the Nasdaq as it couldn’t deliver a single approved shot. We will get a new chapter in a fairytale-like story of a little company that was on the verge of potentially closing getting the chance to play with the big boys in the race for the Covid vaccine. As soon as its vaccine gets approved, it is ready to produce 150m doses a month.

Nio (NYSE: NIO) will pop the hood after market close. Earlier it stated that Q4 deliveries were at a record of 17,353 vehicles which is an increase of 111% YoY and over the upward end of its guidance. But, when it comes to EVs, profitability has frequently taken a back seat and despite the encouraging deliveries, the company has been in the red.

Tuesday

Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) and Target are due to report before market open. Last week, a group of activist investors pressured the department store to address stagnant sales and operating margins so it will be interesting to see how the story continues as critics find the company isn’t moving fast enough to turn itself around. On the other end, Wall Street expects Target to post a profit of $2.54 per-share on $27.4 billion in revenue which would be an impressive 50% profit increase. Some of its biggest peers have already reported fourth-quarter earnings but investors have big expectations for its holiday quarter. We already know Target had a good season as it revealed that sales grew 17% during the holidays which on its own is enough to outpace Walmart (NYSE:WMT), which just reported a 9% holiday quarter boost. But, this is a slight slowdown from its third quarter’s 21% growth so we’ll learn whether Target continued to win market share in each of its core selling categories. Nordstrom (NYSE: JWN) and Box Inc. (NYSE: BOX) will board the reporting train after market close.

Wednesday

Dollar Tree (NASDAQ: DLTR) will report before market open with Okta (NASDAQ: OKTA), Snowflake (NYSE SNOW) known for its ‘too hot to handle IPO’, Vroom Inc (NASDAQ: VRM), Splunk (NASDAQ: SPLK) will reveal their earnings after market close.

Thursday

Kroger (NYSE: KR) will report before market open with Opendoor Technologies (NASDAQ: OPEN), Broadcom (NASDAQ: AVGO), SmileDirectClub (NASDAQ: SDC), Costco and The Gap (NYSE: GPS) closing the earnings week after market close.

This week will be full of retail that was dramatically changed by the pandemic. We will also get a better idea if Zoom can maintain its success beyond the pandemic as despite its many benefits, digital communication didn’t measure up to in-person socializing.

This article is not a press release and is contributed by a verified independent journalist for IAMNewswire. It should not be construed as investment advice at any time please read the full disclosure. IAM Newswire does not hold any position in the mentioned companies. Press Releases – If you are looking for full Press release distribution contact: press@iamnewswire.com Contributors – IAM Newswire accepts pitches. If you’re interested in becoming an IAM journalist contact: contributors@iamnewswire.com

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Airbnb Delivered a Loss in Its First Post-IPO Earnings Report

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With its first earnings report as a public company, Airbnb Inc (NASDAQ: ABNB) posted an annual loss. Annual deficit of $4.6 billion was the result of the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the travel industry. But the uptick in local travel, combined with a successful cost cutting strategy helped the company’s market capitalization to exceed more than $100 billion which makes it more valuable than Marriott International Inc., (NASDAQ: MAR), Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HLT) and Hyatt Hotels Corp. (NYSE: H) combined. Airbnb also had a far less sever revenue decline compared to its main rivals, Expedia (NASDAQ: EXPE) and Booking.com (NASDAQ: BKNG), which were down 67 and 63 per cent respectively over the same period. Airbnb’s share price nearly doubled from their IPO price.

There’s no going back

The pandemic did initially crushed the home-sharing giant’s business when lockdowns were imposed across the globe. But, Airbnb avoided a disastrous outcome thanks to an unforeseen increase in local excursion. Although yearly revenue declined, it wasn’t as much as analysts expected as no one considered that people will find a way to get out of their everyday routine, even if it’s by making a local trip. The company’s CEO Brian Chesky doesn’t think to the world of travel will ever go back to how it was before COVID-19 started its relentless march across the globe but the company found a way to live with that.

Capitalize on new trends

Mr. Chesky outlined how the health crisis had reshaped the business, pointing to a significant uptick in long-term stays as people around the world work from home which will offer the freedom to live more nomadic lives. Some large employers have said they would offer that flexibility even when things return to normal, and Airbnb can capitalize on that trend.

Dealing with the pandemic

Although hotel chains with a significant footprint in big cities suffered, Airbnb redesigned the company’s website and app to show prospective travelers everything from lavish beach houses to rustic cabins nearby. Combined with cost-cutting efforts, it managed to weather to storm that paralyzed the whole world.

Figures

Fourth-quarter revenue fell 22% YoY to $859 million with full-year revenue dropping 30% to $3.3 billion. Fact Set analysts expected fourth-quarter revenue drop of 33% and and a drop of 32% for the full year.

The company trimmed a quarter of its staff, paused noncore operations and slashed its hefty marketing budget to keep expenses down. Although it couldn’t avoid a loss, the $3.9 billion loss for the quarter ended in December also includes IPO-related costs of $2.8 billion and an $827 million adjustment for the loans it needed to navigate through the crisis. Last year’s fourth quarter saw a loss of $351 million, but the latest loss brought the company’s full-year deficit to $4.6 billion, which is more than its losses in the previous four years combined, exceededing the average forecast of analysts surveyed by FactSet.

Airbnb’s full-year expenses rose 31% to $6.97 billion on the back of IPO-related stock compensation in the fourth quarter. However, before accounting for stock compensation, expenses in each category, from product development to operations and support services were lower. In this case, sales and marketing expenses declined 66% in 2020 compared to 2019 whereas when those costs are accounted for, the same expenses rose 44%.

Like other companies, Airbnb offered an adjusted metric that excludes such costs so the negative EBITDA shrank to $251 million compared to $253 million in the previous year. On the same basis, its Q4 loss narrowed significantly to $21 million from 2019’s Q4 loss of $276 million.

Outlook

Airbnb declined to give any formal guidance for the year ahead due to uncertainty of the undergoing health crisis. While the third quarter is the busiest for Airbnb, the company has turned a profit in that period since 2018, even during the pandemic, the first quarter is the slowest. But it expects bookings in the three months through March to be better than in the same period last year, when the health crisis first struck, but still below 2019 levels. The home sharing company plans to invest in marketing and product development during the first half of this year, so it is positioned to benefit from an expected rebound in the second half that the whole travel industry is hoping for. Management assured investors that costs will be controlled from soaring to pre-pandemic levels.

Airbnb’s valuation plummeted to $18 billion nearly a year ago, as it raced to secure funds to weather the crisis. Its rapid growth also came with its share of challenges as homeowners from Arizona to Florida and Massachusetts are campaigning for laws to govern short-term rentals as they mind the increased noise, as well as connect it to crime and falling property values. The bottom line is that remote work helped Airbnb’s earnings hold up better than expected amid a crushed travel industry and it could easily be the source of its future revenue. It suffered heavy losses, mostly due to costs related to its long-awaited market debut in December, but it is also confident about its post-Covid-19 prospects as it adapts to new lifestyle trends.

This article is not a press release and is contributed by a verified independent journalist for IAMNewswire. It should not be construed as investment advice at any time please read the full disclosure. IAM Newswire does not hold any position in the mentioned companies. Press Releases – If you are looking for full Press release distribution contact: press@iamnewswire.com Contributors – IAM Newswire accepts pitches. If you’re interested in becoming an IAM journalist contact: contributors@iamnewswire.com

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