ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwired - Dec 7, 2016) - The Board of Directors of LightPath Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPTH) ("LightPath," the "Company" or "we"), a leading vertically integrated global manufacturer, distributor and integrator of proprietary optical and infrared components and high-level assemblies, announced that stockholders approved a proposal for the Company to issue common stock in connection with the planned acquisition of ISP Optics Corporation ("ISP") at a special stockholder meeting held yesterday for such purpose. LightPath previously announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire ISP for $18 million, of which at least $12 million will be payable in cash with the balance in the form of a note issued to the sellers.
"We are gratified for the strong stockholder support for the acquisition of ISP indicated by the vote held yesterday as we look to complete the acquisition by month end," said Jim Gaynor, President and Chief Executive Officer of LightPath. Mr. Gaynor went on to say, "LightPath's management team and Board of Directors unanimously supported the acquisition and we expect ISP to be a transformative addition to our business. As reflected in our combined pro forma income statement included in the proxy statement for yesterday's meeting, the pro forma revenues and operating income of the combined company for fiscal 2016 are 171% and 148% higher than the revenues and operating income of LightPath on its own."
Mr. Gaynor continued, "The successful passage of the proposal allows us to pursue the closing of the ISP acquisition which we believe will present us the opportunity to accelerate our global growth strategy and deliver advantages to our business partners around the world. We believe the acquisition of ISP positions the Company as a more significant player in the global market for optical and infrared technologies."
"As we pursued our overall financing package of a seller note, third party debt, and proceeds from the issuance of common shares as approved by the Company's stockholders to fund the ISP purchase price, as well as to pay transaction expenses and integration costs in connection with the acquisition, we built in some flexibility to allow us to determine the optimum mix of debt and equity. The ISP shareholders have agreed to accept a note of up to $6 million and we are completing negotiations with our third party lender to provide an acquisition loan of up to $6 million. As a result, we anticipate that the equity portion of the financing will be 40% - 50% of the total amount needed to fund the purchase price, transaction expenses and integration costs," said Mr. Gaynor.
Mr. Gaynor continued, "Given the larger scale of the company, the potential earnings power will be greater and we anticipate that cash flow from operations of the combined company will cover the debt service and principal amortization associated with the seller note and third party acquisition loan, and enable us to reinvest for future growth. We also expect the acquisition to be accretive in the first full year of operation. The combination brings together two financially strong companies with complementary businesses which have the potential for meaningful sales, marketing and product development synergies well into the future."
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities described herein as potentially being offered in connection with the financing, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
About LightPath Technologies
LightPath Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPTH) provides optics and photonics solutions for the industrial, defense, telecommunications, testing and measurement, and medical industries. LightPath designs, manufactures, and distributes optical and infrared components including molded glass aspheric lenses and assemblies, infrared lenses and thermal imaging assemblies, fused fiber collimators, and gradient index GRADIUM® lenses. LightPath also offers custom optical assemblies, including full engineering design support. For more information, visit www.lightpath.com.
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