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A Global Insurance & Financial Services Provider Takes Step Toward Joining the DRIVRZ Platform with an Equity Investment

  • MOU Targets First Quarter of 2021 to Sell Insurance Products on DRIVRZ in North America
  • Global Markets to Follow
  • Electric vehicles, and recreation vehicles, motorcycles & marine craft also targeted as new DRIVRZ market sectors

VANCOUVER, BC / March 2, 2021 / A Global Insurance and Financial Services Provider (“GIFS” or the “Business Partner”), has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with PowerBand Solutions Inc. (TSXV:PBX) (OTCQB:PWWBF) (Frankfurt:1ZVA) (“PowerBand“, “PBX” or the “Company“) to sell automotive insurance products on the DRIVRZ virtual transaction platform. The name of the Business Partner will be announced soon.

The non-binding MOU allows the Business Partner, PowerBand, and its partner, D&P Holdings Inc. (“D&P”), to work together “and draft reinsurance agreements for new business opportunities, or existing portfolios during the first quarter of 2021” for the U.S. and Canadian markets. The MOU was signed Monday March 1, 2021.

The Business Partner and PowerBand are also currently working through a strategic investment into PowerBand and the DRIVRZ platform, details of which will be provided once the final term sheet has been approved.

The Business Partner and PowerBand – who have been working toward the mutual MOU for almost a year – will initially seek out opportunities in North America to expanding lease financing facilities, with an emphasis on electric vehicles (EVs). The ultimate intention is to expand offerings globally, through DRIVRZ.

“This company is a global player, offering automotive insurance and finance products for electric and non-electric vehicles. This is one of the most important achievements yet for DRIVRZ.” said PowerBand CEO Kelly Jennings. “The Business Partner understands our vision, and we understand theirs, to offer a virtual marketplace to buy, sell, trade, lease and insure electric and non-electric vehicles of all kinds, including cars, trucks, recreational and all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles and marine craft.”

“This MOU took almost a year of discussions, and we believe this is a great opportunity for all parties involved,” added PowerBand President Jon Lamb. “Adding this partnership to DRIVRZ in the first quarter of 2021, our mutually agreed upon target, is an inflection point, meaning we can quickly scale DRIVRZ to the North American electric and non-electric vehicle market, and beyond. As we expand in North America and other markets, we intend to leverage this increased scale to expand our leasing and lending business by establishing warehouse lending facilities with strategic partners.”

DRIVRZ is a virtual marketplace that allows drivers and automotive dealers to buy, lease, sell and trade electric and non-electric vehicles from any digital device, from any location. DRIVRZ has access to more than five million vehicles available for sale or lease, as well as millions of consumers and thousands of automotive dealers, through its partnerships.

The Business Partner, D&P and PowerBand will cooperate on offering automotive specialty insurance and related products “with a focus on EV, passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, trucks and motorbikes.” Products included in the MOU target: automotive manufacturing; direct and indirect commercial and consumer lending and leasing; consumer-to-consumer vehicle transactions; dealership business; auctions; importer business; including our non-OEM business partners.

“With this MOU, DRIVRZ is poised to realize its goal of becoming one of the biggest platforms in North America, offering insurance products to consumers and vehicle dealers, including all vehicles from cars and trucks, to RV’s, motorcycles and marine craft.” said D&P CEO John Armstrong.

The non-binding MOU outlines the intention of all parties to cooperate on the above-mentioned business opportunities as we finalize our definitive agreement and complete due diligence procedures.

About PowerBand Solutions Inc.

PowerBand Solutions Inc., listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and the OTCQB markets, is a fintech provider disrupting the automotive industry. PowerBand’s integrated, cloud-based transaction platform facilitates transactions amongst consumers, dealers, funders and manufacturers (OEMs). It enables them to buy, sell, trade, finance, and lease new and used, electric- and non-electric vehicles, on smart phones or any other online digital devices, from any location. PowerBand’s transaction platform – being trademarked under DRIVRZ – is being made available across North American and global markets.

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

For further information, please contact:

Kelly Jennings
Chief Executive Officer
E: kj@powerbandsolutions.com
T: 866 768 7653

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