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TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / March 17, 2023 / Sparta Group (TSXV:SAY) (the "Corporation", the "Company", "Sparta Group", "Sparta Capital", "SAY.V" or "Sparta") is announcing that further to its March 8, 2023, news release ("Status Update"), it is requesting permission from the Alberta Securities Commission ("ASC") to extend its new deadline to file the Company's Annual Filings (as defined herein) for the year ended September 30th, 2022, with the expectation that the auditor will have the Annual Filings complete in 14 days or less.
If the extension is granted, a management cease trade order ("MCTO") will remain in effect until the Annual Filings are expected to be completed on or before March 31, 2023.
While in place, an MCTO restricts all trading in securities of the Company by the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Regular trading by current and future investors outside the Company, continues. An MCTO is in effect until the Annual Filings are filed and the ASC has removed the MCTO.
Sparta initially filed an application seeking an order for a MCTO from the Alberta Securities Commission ("ASC") since the company was unable to file its annual financial statements for the year ending September 30, 2022, including the related management's discussion and analysis and certifications from the CEO and CFO ("the Annual Filings"), in time to meet the January 30, 2023, filing deadline. The company announced in a previous news release that an extension was required due to staffing issues at the accounting audit firm engaged by Sparta. The ASC permitted an extension until March 17, 2023. Now a further, albeit short extension is needed so that the auditors can complete a final review of the Financial Statements before they are submitted.
Accounting firms across North America continue to struggle with a lack of qualified auditors. Accountants and auditors have left the field in record numbers over the last couple of years. Many firms are now saying that they may have to start offering generous signing bonuses, as well as other incentives to lure accountants with special designations, including auditors, back to the profession.
Until the Annual Filings are filed, the Company intends to satisfy the provisions of the Alternative Information Guidelines set out in National Policy 12-203.
The Company confirms that, other than what was disclosed in prior press releases, there have been no material business developments since the filing of the Company's latest interim financial report. The Company further confirms that there are no insolvency proceedings to which it is subject and the Company intends to file with the CSA regulators throughout the period in which it is in default, the same information it provides to its creditors when the information is provided to the creditors and in the same manner as it would file a material change report under part 7 of National Instrument 51-102 Continuous Disclosure Obligations.
Sparta Group (a.k.a. Sparta Capital Ltd.) is a company focused on advanced technology designed to improve the health of the planet, the health of businesses, and the health of humankind. Sparta owns or holds a controlling interest in a network of independent businesses that supply energy saving technologies designed to reduce energy inefficiencies, achieve reduced emissions, and increase operating efficiencies in various industries. At the same time, the company also diverts waste from landfill, transforming it into something of value. While it began as an environmental technology company, Sparta expanded its technological expertise to address the growing demand for healthier workplaces and healthy employees. Its strong Technical Advisory Board reflects Sparta's dedication to advancing technologies that incorporate the latest in high-tech, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), to solve some of the world's pressing problems, including climate change, viral outbreaks, and mounting waste. The company is now structured into three divisions: Environment, Innovation, and Energy. These divisions better categorize the growing list of products and services offered by the Company.
Sparta is a publicly traded company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange Inc. under the symbol "SAY" (TSXV:SAY). Additional information is available at www.spartagroup.ca or on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
For more information contact:
John O'Bireck, President & CTO
Telephone: (905) 751-8004
The above may contain "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities laws. When used in this address, the words "estimate", "project", "belief", "anticipate", "intend", "expect", "plan", "predict", "may" or "should" and the negative of these words or such variations thereon or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements and information. Although the Corporation believes in light of the experience of its officers and directors, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors that have been considered appropriate that the expectations reflected in this forward-looking information are reasonable, readers are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking information because the Corporation can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are made based on management's beliefs, estimates and opinions on the date of publication of this information and the Corporation undertakes no obligation to update such forward-looking statements if these beliefs, estimates and opinions or other circumstances should change. Furthermore, the Corporation undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third parties in respect of the Corporation. All forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.
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SOURCE: Sparta Group