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Highpower International Announces CEO Executed Consortium Agreement in connection with Non-Binding Proposal

SAN DIEGO and SHENZHEN, China, March 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Highpower International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HPJ) ("Highpower" or the "Company"), a developer, manufacturer, and marketer of lithium ion and nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable batteries, battery management systems, and a provider of battery recycling, today announced that Mr. Dang Yu (George) Pan, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, entered into a Consortium Agreement with Wen Liang Li, a director and stockholder of the Company, Wen Wei Ma, a stockholder of the Company, and Essence International Financial Holdings (Hong Kong) Limited pursuant to which the consortium members agreed to, among other things, form a consortium to work together on the proposed transaction (the "Proposed Transaction") to acquire the Company pursuant to the terms of the preliminary and non-binding proposal submitted by Mr. Pan to the Company on June 2, 2018 (the "Proposal") to acquire certain outstanding shares of the common stock of the Company, at a cash purchase price of $4.80 per share. On June 25, 2018, the Board of Directors of the Company formed a Special Committee consisting of Ping (David) Li and T. Joseph Fisher, III to consider the Proposal.

The Company cautions the its stockholders and others considering trading in its securities that the Special Committee is reviewing the Proposal and no decisions have been made with respect to the Company's response to the Proposal. There can be no assurance that any definitive offer will be made by the parties that entered into the Consortium Agreement or any other person, that any definitive agreement will be executed relating to the Proposed Transaction, or that the Proposed Transaction or any other transaction will be approved or consummated. The Company does not undertake any obligation to provide any updates with respect to this or any other transaction, except as required under applicable law.

About Highpower International, Inc.

Highpower International was founded in 2001 and produces high-quality Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) and lithium-based rechargeable batteries used in a wide range of applications such as electric buses, bikes, energy storage systems, power tools, medical equipment, digital and electronic devices, personal care products, and lighting, etc. Highpower's target customers are Fortune 500 companies and top 20 companies in each vertical segment. With advanced manufacturing facilities located in Shenzhen, Huizhou, and Ganzhou of China, Highpower is committed to clean technology, not only in the products it makes, but also in the processes of production. The majority of Highpower International's products are distributed to worldwide markets mainly in the United States, Europe, China and Southeast Asia. Additional information about the Company can be found at http://www.highpowertech.com and in documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available on the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov.

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CONTACT:

Highpower International, Inc.
Sunny Pan
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: +86-755-8968-6521
Email: ir@highpowertech.com

Yuanmei Ma
Investor Relations Manager
Tel: +1-909-214-2482
Email: ir@highpowertech.com

ICR, Inc.
Rose Zu
Tel: +1-646-931-0303
Email: ir@highpowertech.com

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