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Raven Industries Completes Transaction to Acquire Majority Ownership in DOT®

November 13, 2019 GMT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Nov. 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Raven Industries, Inc. (the Company; NASDAQ:RAVN) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of majority ownership of DOT Technology Corp. (DOT®), a leader in autonomous agriculture solutions. The investment will align under the Company’s Applied Technology division in support of its strategic growth platform, Raven Autonomy™.

“Raven is thrilled to expand our partnership with DOT® through this strategic investment,” said Brian Meyer, Division Vice President of Raven Applied Technology. “Their team has developed an impressive system that, alongside Raven precision ag technology, we believe will play a major role in the future of autonomous agriculture. We look forward to furthering the development and success of the Dot System in order to deliver fully-autonomous solutions for our customers and partners.”

DOT® is the designer and manufacturer of a unique U-shaped diesel-powered platform designed to autonomously handle a large variety of agriculture implements. Through its accurate path planning technology, the platform is able to complete tasks autonomously. In turn, agriculture professionals can make better use of their time and overall operations.

Through this majority ownership, Raven will leverage the respective strengths of each entity to drive commercialization and adoption efforts of autonomy in agriculture. Raven is the market leader in steering, guidance and machine control technology, while DOT® brings field path planning, user control experience, machine safety and remote communication software to this unique relationship. Together, the companies will accelerate the development of precision agriculture technology from semi-autonomous to fully-autonomous solutions.

“We are very pleased with this investment; it greatly accelerates Dot’s speed to market, as well as the quality of the system, for farmers who are seeking a path to autonomy,” commented DOT® founder Norbert Beaujot. “I am looking forward to continued collaboration between the DOT® and Raven teams to fulfill my vision of Dot helping farmers address labor constraints and capital costs while increasing operational efficiency at the farm level.”

About Raven Industries, Inc. Raven Industries (NASDAQ: RAVN) is dedicated to providing innovative, high-value products and solutions that solve great challenges throughout the world. Raven is a leader in precision agriculture, high-performance specialty films, and lighter-than-air technologies. Since 1956, Raven has designed, produced, and delivered exceptional solutions, earning the company a reputation for innovation, product quality, high performance, and unmatched service. For more information, visit http://ravenind.com.

About Raven Applied TechnologyRaven Applied Technology is helping feed a growing population by delivering impactful technology that improves agricultural efficiency for custom applicators and growers around the world. From field computers to sprayer and planter controls, GPS guidance steering systems, wireless and logistics technology, Raven provides precision agriculture products and solutions designed to reduce operating costs and improve yields. Learn more at http://ravenprecision.com.

About DOT Technology Corp.DOT is a patented autonomous diesel-powered platform that is U-shaped and ready to accept any implement that has been adapted to be Dot ready. Following Dot’s 2017 launch, they have experienced a surge of interest from progressive farmers around the globe. DOT Technology Corp. is a corporation incorporated under the federal laws of Canada and is headquartered in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. For more information, visit http://seedotrun.com.

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Contact InformationBo Larsen, Director of Investor Relations Margaret Carmody, Director of Corporate CommunicationsRaven Industries+1 (605) 336-2750

Source: Raven Industries