March 12, 2012 Systrends and ERTH Business Technologies Inc. Announce a Strategic Partnership

<DIV><STRONG><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: small"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%">Systrends and ERTH Business Technologies Inc. Announce a Strategic Partnership Enhancing Product and Service Offerings to Utilities in North America</SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></STRONG></DIV> <DIV><EM><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: small"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%">Tempe, Arizona, March 12, 2012 </SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></EM><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: small"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%">- Systrends and ERTH Business Technologies Inc. (ERTH) have announced the strategic partnership of the two companies to enhance the product and service offerings for EDI, CIS and compliance software applications. The partnership creates a perfect combination of expertise in utility software development and business consulting solutions that will benefit Local Distribution Companies (LDCs), Energy Service Providers (ESPs), and energy Retailers. Under the proposed partnership, both companies will jointly market the key applications currently being offered by each corporation. The partnership will be formally launched at the CS Week conference in Dallas/Ft Worth, Texas May 1 through 4, 2012.</SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></DIV> <DIV><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: small"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%">Systrends solutions include T², a data communication and transaction management tool used between business-to-business (B2B) trading partners; T<SUP style="LINE-HEIGHT: 0">2</SUP>Mapper, a data integration application for complex data streams; and eTariffCompliance, a complete GRC (governance, risk, compliance) solution for managing regulatory documents.&nbsp;&nbsp; “We look forward to working with Systrends to provide the best of breed solutions in the market,” said Gary Michor, President &amp; COO of ERTH Business Technologies Inc. </SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></DIV> <DIV><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: small"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%">ERTH’s solutions include a customer information system (CIS) application for utilities and retailers to manage customer relationships, billing, collections and reporting. In addition to back office services, the CIS features include Demand Side Management to view real-time information about energy consumption, eBilling, for email notification to customers; and&nbsp; an Executive Dashboard for utility industry management to easily monitor a variety of industry and operational level data.&nbsp; ERTH’s solutions also include Mobile Apps for a variety of purposes including the App for the CS Week Conference. “It will be great to combine efforts with a leading CIS expert in the industry, and we look forward to providing the right solution to our existing client base as well as new customers,” said David Darnell, CEO of Systrends. </SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></DIV> <DIV><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: small"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%">Systrends is a data transaction, communication, and management software company that provides a full range of enterprise-level and hosted solutions in the data management industry.&nbsp; Systrends specializes in web-based software for the energy and retail markets and continues to lead the industry in standards development for Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).&nbsp; Systrends currently has a major presence in the utility and energy industry, with approximately 300 companies utilizing their transaction solutions: eTariffManager, eTariffCompliance, and T<SUP style="LINE-HEIGHT: 0">2</SUP>.</SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></DIV> <DIV><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: small"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%">ERTH Business Technologies Inc. is a consolidation of companies within ERTH Corporation that provide information technology and demand management services. Key among those consolidated former companies are The SPi Group Inc., a leading provider of services to North American electricity and gas markets since 2001, and ECALIBER Inc., a leading provider of services to North American electricity markets. With a solid legacy of service and success in the Canadian retail electricity market, ERTH’s focus is providing mission-critical systems and industry expertise to the North American and global energy industry.</SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></DIV> <DIV><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: small">David Darnell<BR>Systrends USA&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <BR>480-756-6777<BR><A href="mailto:David.Darnell@systrends.com">David.Darnell@systrends.com</A>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <BR><A href="http://www.etariff.biz/">www.etariff.biz</A></SPAN></DIV> <P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: small"><BR>Gary Michor&nbsp;<BR>ERTH Business Technologies Inc. <BR>416-408-1395<BR><A href="mailto:gmichor@ebt.erthcorp.com">gmichor@ebt.erthcorp.com</A> <BR><A href="http://www.ebterthcorp.com/">www.ebterthcorp.com</A></SPAN></P> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV style="LINE-HEIGHT: 0"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: small"> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV></SPAN></DIV> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P>