OSLO, NORWAY - 30th April 2024 - Circa Group AS (stock symbol: CIRCA) (the
"Company") today provides an update on its key financial Q1 figures and
announces an update on the financing process. Investor calls will be held on
Thursday 2 May 2024 at 08.30 CET and 15:00 CET (details below).

Financing of current capital requirements
As noted in the Company's stock exchange notice on 15th February 2024, the
Company has initiated a process to secure additional funding required for the
Company to finalise the ResoluteTM Plant according to its previously
communicated business plan. As market conditions have significantly shifted in
favour of near-term profitability rather than rapid scaling at the expense of
near-term profitability and cash flows, management and the BoD of Circa are
taking measures to reflect that change in the business plan and fund raising for

Circa's updated business plan includes a shift in focus from large scale
production of Cyrene towards other high-margin, low volume products in the near
term, with the intent of reaching profitability with the finalisation of
ResoluteTM. This planned change includes a delay in ReSoluteTM to secure
agreements on the back of shipments from existing production at the FC5
facility. This approach will significantly extend the runway and allowing for
market driven commercialisation. 

The ReSoluteTM project will continue when the funding situation is resolved, and
the environmental permit is secured. The product portfolio based on FC5 will
also be recalibrated. Plant output will be rebalanced across LGO, CyreneTM and
other derivatives based on profitable and sustainable market potential. This
will reduce the dependency on large volume transactions to deliver the necessary
profitability to the business through increasing derivative sales.

Based on the updated business plan, the Company will need additional funding of
approximately EUR 5 - 10m, where new equity seems most likely. 

The adjusted business plan allows for significant value creation by extending
A capital raise of EUR 5m is expected to finance Circa through Q3'24, providing
potential visibility on ongoing specific dialogues with banks and dialogues
related to soft funding, which could materialise in fully financing the
ReSoluteTM plant. A capital raise of EUR 8 or 10m is expected to finance Circa
all the way through FY'24 / Q1'25, respectively. The latter is expected to
provide time for Circa to deliver significant agreements and additional
commercial traction with several blue-chip chemicals distributors and end
customers related to offtake, based on shipments from FC5.

The Company has ongoing dialogues with several third parties related to funding
and expects better visibility on external financing during Q3'24. 

As previously communicated, Circa has also received indicative terms for a EUR
20m loan from the Finnish Export Credit Rating Agency, subject to securing a
satisfactory third-party guarantee. This could still materially support Circa's
business plan.  

Circa's long-term ambition and value potential remains intact
As the market continues towards stricter regulation with demand for Circa's
products. ReSoluteTM will be a game changer for Circa, enabling positive EBITDA
once fully financed. On the current business plan and amended product mix,
ReSoluteTM is expected to generate EUR ~7m in EBITDA on a stand-alone basis.

Circa "as is" should provide backing and comfort supporting shareholder values
Since inception, more than EUR 60m has been invested into Circa Group, with the
primary part of proceeds being invested after 2021. Circa has paid for and
received equipment related to ReSolute for a total of more than EUR 20m, and the
equipment is currently in storage. The company currently has no interest-bearing
debt. Further, the Company has an existing facility in Tasmania (FC5), producing
around ~10 tonnes of product per year. The Company has a suite of patents
related to their unique FuracellTM technology and their proprietary solvent,

The Company is considering whether to launch a process to raise the capital
required to fulfil the revised business plan through a share issue. The timing,
structure and size of any such share issue is subject to, inter alia, prevailing
market conditions and required corporate resolutions, but will need to occur
during Q2 2024 on the updated business plan.

Please see the attached company presentation describing the amended business
plan for more information. More information about the potential share issue will
be published in due course and no assurance can be given that the Company will
carry out any share issue. If a share issue is proposed and the existing board
authorization is not sufficient to cover the amount of shares proposed to be
issued, the Company may consider to call for an extraordinary general meeting
with the minimum notice time of two weeks. Shareholders are therefore encouraged
to follow the Company's public communications in the upcoming period. 

Pareto Securities AS and Clarksons Securities AS are engaged as advisors in the

Update on key financial Q1 figures, ReSoluteTM CAPEX and cash balances
Operating revenue in Q1 2024 EUR 140k, and net loss before tax of EUR -1.9m.
Spend was in line with the expected quarterly run rate for Q1'24. 

Total ReSoluteTM project CAPEX is estimated to EUR 73.0m, of which EUR 40.0m is
already spent. EUR 33.0m remaining capex as of Q1 2024.

Current cash balance is EUR 6.1m. Out of the EUR 20.3m in grants announced for
ReSoluteTM, EUR 11.5m have been received as of Q1'24. In addition, the Company
received a grant payment for 'France Relance' of EUR 4.1m in April. The
remaining funds are subject to progress related to ReSoluteTM.

Investor calls
To join the Company Investor calls on 2 May 2024, please copy and paste the link
below into your web browser: 

Link to Investor call 1 at 8:30 CET:

Link to Investor call 2 at 15:00 CET:

About Circa
Established in 2006, Circa Group converts sustainable, non-food biomass into
advanced bio-based chemicals with its proprietary FuracellTM process. Its
developing product portfolio includes flavours, biopolymers, and bio-solvents
including CyreneTM. By creating renewable chemicals from cellulose, Circa is
extracting value from non-food biomass and addressing a gap in the market by
providing bio-based, less carbon intensive alternatives, contributing to a more
circular economy. Circa's ambition is to be Changing Chemistry for GoodTM. 

Investor Contact
Tone Leivestad
Chief Financial Officer
Circa Group AS
Tel: +47 406 39 455

This information is considered to be inside information pursuant to the EU
Market Abuse Regulation and is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant
to Section 5-12 the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

This stock exchange announcement was published by Tone Leivestad, CFO at Circa
Group AS, on 30 April 2024 at 8:00 CET.

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