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Crius Announces 2% Distribution Increase and Confirms Second Quarter 2017 Distributions

April 12, 2017

/NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION IN THE UNITED STATES OR OVER UNITED STATES WIRE SERVICES/

TORONTO, April 12, 2017 /CNW/ - Crius Energy Trust (the "Trust") (TSX: KWH.UN) announced today that the Board of Directors of Crius Energy Administrator Inc., the administrator of the Trust (the "Board") has approved a 2% increase to distributions paid on units of the Trust ("Units"), representing an annualized increase of $0.0155 per Unit and a total annualized distribution of $0.7885 per Unit. Accordingly, distributions on Units for the months of April 2017, May 2017 and June 2017 will be paid at a rate of $0.0657 per Unit, representing a 2% increase over the previous annualized distribution rate of $0.7730 per Unit.

"The Board and Management are very pleased to announce our sixth consecutive quarterly distribution increase since the beginning of 2016," commented Michael Fallquist, CEO of Crius Energy. "With the ongoing success of our deregulated energy business and the early stage success of our vertically integrated solar business, the Board and Management are confident that the company will continue to deliver strong results allowing us to grow the distribution while maintaining a conservative payout ratio."

Today, the Board declared the Trust's monthly distributions on Units, each in the amount of $0.0657 per Unit, through the first quarter of 2017. Such distributions are payable for each of April 2017, May 2017 and June 2017 to unitholders of the Trust as set forth below.

Record Date

Period

Ex-Distribution
Date

Distribution Payable
Date

Distribution
Amount per Unit

April 30, 2017

April

April 26, 2017

May 15, 2017

$0.0657

May 31, 2017

May

May 29, 2017

June 15, 2017

$0.0657

June 30, 2017

June

June 28, 2017

July 17, 2017

$0.0657

About Crius Energy Trust

Crius Energy Trust was established to provide investors with a distribution-producing investment through its ownership interest in Crius Energy, LLC (the "Company"). With over 982,000 residential customer equivalents, the Company is a comprehensive energy solutions partner that provides electricity, natural gas and solar products to residential and commercial customers. The Company connects with energy customers through an innovative family-of-brands strategy and multi-channel marketing approach. This unique combination creates multiple access points to a broad suite of energy products and services that make it easier for consumers to make informed decisions about their energy needs. The Company currently sells energy products in 18 states and the District of Columbia with plans to continue expanding its geographic reach.

The Trust intends to continue to qualify as a "mutual fund trust" under the Income Tax Act (Canada) (the "Tax Act"). The Trust will not be a "SIFT trust" (as defined in the Tax Act), provided that the Trust complies at all times with its investment restriction which preclude the Trust from holding any "non-portfolio property" (as defined in the Tax Act). Material information pertaining to the Crius may be found on SEDAR under the Trust's issuer profile at www.sedar.com or on the Trust's website at www.criusenergytrust.ca.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, and should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results and actual results may differ materially from the conclusion, forecast or projection stated in such forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include but are not limited to, the ability of the Trust to maintain a distribution on Units, the ability of Crius Energy, LLC to continue completing acquisitions and continue its organic growth strategy, Crius Energy, LLC's results of operations, financial position or cash flows, customer revenues and margins, customer additions and renewals, customer attrition, customer consumption levels, general and administrative expenses, treatment under governmental regulatory regimes, the Trust's objectives and status as a mutual fund trust and not a SIFT trust, the Trust's distributable cash and the Trust's expectations and estimates regarding the payment of distributions to Unit holders. Such assumptions, expectations, estimates, risks and uncertainties are discussed under the headings "Risk Factors" and "Special Notes to Reader – Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors" in the Annual Information Form of the Trust dated March 16, 2017, and under the headings "Financial Instruments and Risk Management" and "Forward-Looking Statements" in the Management's Discussion and Analysis of the Trust dated March 16, 2017. Consequently, we cannot guarantee that any forward-looking statements will materialize. Readers should not place any undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. 

SOURCE Crius Energy Trust

Michael Fallquist, Chief Executive Officer, Crius Energy Trust, (203) 663-7545; Roop Bhullar, Chief Financial Officer, Crius Energy Trust, (203) 883-9900; Kelly Castledine, Investor Relations, Crius Energy Trust, (416) 644-1753