Spire Global, Inc. Completes Acquisition of exactEarth Ltd.
Combined company is a global leader in the space-based maritime data and analytics Industry.
Spire gains approximately $18m ARR, 150+ customers, vast historical AIS database, and real-time data solutions.
VIENNA, Va. & CAMBRIDGE, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Spire Global, Inc.. (NYSE: SPIR) (“Spire” or “the Company“), a leading provider of space-based data, analytics and space services, announced today it has successfully completed its previously announced acquisition of exactEarth Ltd. (TSX: XCT) (“exactEarth“), a leading provider of global maritime vessel data for ship tracking and maritime situational awareness solutions, by way of a plan of arrangement (the “Arrangement”), following the completion of all closing conditions. The Arrangement, which was announced on September 14, 2021, was approved by exactEarth’s shareholders at a special meeting held on November 18, 2021 and exactEarth obtained a final order from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) in respect of the Arrangement on November 22, 2021.
Under the terms of the transaction, Spire acquired all of the outstanding common shares of exactEarth (the “Shares“) through its wholly-owned indirect subsidiary Spire Global Canada Acquisition Corp. (the “Purchaser“) for CAD$2.5009 (approximately US$1.9592, based on the Bank of Canada’s CAD/USD exchange rate of 0.7834 on November 29, 2021) in cash and 0.1 share of Spire Class A common stock for each Share held. With the completion of the acquisition, exactEarth common shares will be de-listed from the Toronto Stock Exchange as of the close of trading on or about December 2, 2021.
“We are excited to welcome the exactEarth team to the Spire family. Together, we will continue to drive the digitalization of the maritime industry through providing our customers with innovative, actionable data solutions that have meaningful impact on businesses, society, and the planet,” said Peter Platzer, Spire’s Chief Executive Officer.
Now that the acquisition is complete, Spire will work with the exactEarth team to ensure a seamless experience for exactEarth’s 150+ customers, representing approximately $18 million in ARR. During Spire’s Q3 2021 earnings call, the Company gave guidance for its 2021 year-end of $48.6 million to $52.0 million in ARR and a range of 225 to 242 ARR solution customers. This guidance did not factor in the transaction. Over the coming months, the two teams will also be focusing on fostering a smooth transition for exactEarth’s experienced sales and product development team as well as the rapid integration of exactEarth’s historical database to accelerate artificial intelligence- and machine learning- driven product development.
“Our team has always strived to stay at the forefront of the maritime industry, providing our customers with timely data insights to best manage their businesses and missions,” said Peter Mabson, exactEarth’s Chief Executive Officer. “Joining forces with Spire significantly extends our reach within the maritime industry and will allow us to offer a wider and richer set of advanced data and analytics to our customers around the world. We believe Spire’s fully-deployed constellation, expertise across multiple verticals, and cutting-edge proprietary technology position us well for growth sitting at the crest of the new space economy.”
exactEarth is now a fully-owned subsidiary of Spire and will continue to operate from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada under the leadership of Mr. Mabson, reporting directly to Mr. Platzer. As such, exactEarth will submit an application to cease to be a reporting issuer under applicable Canadian securities laws and to otherwise terminate exactEarth’s public reporting requirements.
The full impact of the transaction will be reflected in the guidance provided for FY 2022 during Spire’s Q4 2021 earnings call.
Required Early Warning Report Information
Following completion of the Arrangement, Spire has beneficial ownership and control over 100% of the issued and outstanding Shares. Prior to the Arrangement, the Purchaser held no Shares.
This press release is being issued, in part, pursuant to National Instrument 62-103 – The Early Warning System and Related Take-Over Bid and Insider Reporting Issuers which requires a report to be filed under exactEarth’s profile on SEDAR (sedar.com) containing additional information respecting the foregoing matters. You may also contact Hillary Yaffe at [email protected]1 to obtain a copy of the report.
Information for exactEarth Shareholders
Registered holders of exactEarth shares are reminded that they must properly complete, sign and return the Letter of Transmittal, along with their share certificate(s), to Computershare Investor Services Inc., as depositary, in order to receive the cash and share consideration they are entitled to under the transaction. Holders of exactEarth common shares who hold their shares through a broker, investment dealer or other intermediary should carefully follow the instructions provided by such broker, investment dealer or other intermediary.
About Spire Global, Inc.
Spire (NYSE: SPIR) is a leading global provider of space-based data, analytics, and space services, offering access to unique datasets and powerful insights about Earth from the ultimate vantage point so that organizations can make decisions with confidence, accuracy, and speed. Spire uses one of the world’s largest multi-purpose satellite constellations to source hard to acquire, valuable data and enriches it with predictive solutions. Spire then provides this data as a subscription to organizations around the world so they can improve business operations, decrease their environmental footprint, deploy resources for growth and competitive advantage, and mitigate risk. Spire gives commercial and government organizations the competitive advantage they seek to innovate and solve some of the world’s toughest problems with insights from space. Spire has offices in San Francisco, Boulder, Washington DC, Glasgow, Luxembourg, and Singapore. To learn more, visit spire.com.
Founded in 2009 and now fully-owned by Spire (NYSE: SPIR), exactEarth is a leading provider of global maritime vessel data for ship tracking and maritime situational awareness solutions. The company maintains a sophisticated data infrastructure that collects and processes AIS data from its 60+ high performance payloads in-orbit, combines it with terrestrial data, and delivers it to customers in near real-time through one of its four subscription products. exactEarth has over 150 customers, including significant penetration within various governments. The company maintains an experienced and talented group of sales and product development personnel with deep maritime expertise. To learn more, visit exactearth.com.
This communication contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and applicable Canadian securities laws, including quotes of management, Spire’s guidance for its full-year 2021 ARR and ARR solution customers, statements made about growing the maritime business, statements made about the timing of the de-listing of exactEarth shares, and statements regarding the anticipated benefits of the Arrangement. Forward-looking statements generally relate to future events or our future financial or operating performance. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements because they contain words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “could,” “intends,” “target,” “projects,” “contemplates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential” or “continue” or the negative of these words or other similar terms or expressions that concern Spire’s and exactEarth’s expectations, strategy, plans or intentions. Spire’s and exactEarth’s expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize, and actual results in future periods are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, including but not limited to: risks related to the expected benefits of Spire’s acquisition of exactEarth; the failure of the businesses (including personnel) to be integrated successfully after closing; the risk that revenue and adjusted EBITDA accretion or the expansion of Spire’s customer count, annual recurring revenue, services and product offerings and solutions will not be developed, realized or realized to the extent anticipated; uncertainty as to the market value of consideration to be paid in the transaction; the risk that following this transaction, Spire’s financing or operating strategies will not be successful; litigation in respect of either company or the transaction; disruption from the transaction making it more difficult to maintain customer, supplier, key personnel and other strategic relationships; the ability to maintain the listing of Spire’s securities on the New York Stock Exchange; the ability to address the market opportunity for Space-as-a-Service; the ability to implement business plans, forecasts, and other expectations, and identify and realize additional opportunities; the risk of downturns, new entrants and a changing regulatory landscape in the highly competitive space data analytics industries, developments in and the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting impact on business and operations and the business of customers and partners, including the economic impact of safety measures to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19; and the potential inability to manage effectively any growth experienced. The forward-looking statements contained in this communication are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those more fully described under the caption “Risk Factors” in Spire’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including Spire’s Proxy Statement/Prospectus/Information Statement, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 22, 2021, Spire’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which was filed with the SEC on November 10, 2021 and Spire’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 (Registration No. 333-259733) dated September 22, 2021 as filed with the SEC on September 23, 2021, and exactEarth’s reports filed on SEDAR, including the Information Circular in respect of the Arrangement, its Annual Information Form for the year ended October 31, 2020 and financial statements and related management’s discussion and analysis for the three and nine months ended July 31, 2021. The forward-looking statements in this communication are based on information available to Spire and exactEarth as of the date hereof, and Spire and exactEarth disclaim any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as required by law.
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