Desktop Metal, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and The ExOne Company, North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA, have entered into a definitive agreement which will see Desktop Metal acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of ExOne common stock. Under the terms of the agreement, ExOne shareholders will receive $8.50 in cash and $17.00 in shares of Desktop Metal common stock for each share of ExOne common stock, for a total consideration of $25.50 per share, representing a transaction value of $575 million.
“We are thrilled to bring ExOne into the DM family to create the leading Additive Manufacturing portfolio for mass production,” stated Ric Fulop, founder and CEO of Desktop Metal. “We believe this acquisition will provide customers with more choice as we leverage our complementary technologies and go-to-market efforts to drive continued growth. This transaction is a big step in delivering on our vision of accelerating the adoption of Additive Manufacturing 2.0.”
“We are excited to join forces with Desktop Metal to deliver a more sustainable future through our shared vision of Additive Manufacturing at high production volumes,” commented John Hartner, CEO of ExOne. “We believe our complementary platforms will better serve customers, accelerate adoption of green technologies, and drive increased shareholder value. Most importantly, our technologies will help drive important innovations at meaningful production volumes that can improve the world.”
More and more businesses turning to Additive Manufacturing now expect solutions that address all of their requirements across speed, cost, resolution, and part size. The acquisition of ExOne extends Desktop Metal’s product platforms with complementary solutions to create a comprehensive portfolio combining throughput, flexibility, and materials breadth, while allowing customers to optimise production based on specific application needs. By combining ExOne’s direct sales force with Desktop Metal’s global distribution network of over 200 channel partners, the combined company is also expected to enable broader access to AM solutions for businesses of all sizes, while delivering increased materials innovation to provide customers with more choice and drive new application discovery.
“Today is a game-changing moment for the Additive Manufacturing community,” added Kent Rockwell, chairman of ExOne. “I see incredible opportunity for our customers in working with Desktop Metal and look forward to supporting this new and combined business.” Rockwell, ExOne’s largest shareholder, has entered into a Support Agreement in which he will vote his 4.2 million shares in favour of the transaction.
The transaction, which has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of ExOne, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021, subject to the approval of ExOne shareholders and satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including applicable regulatory approvals.
Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC is acting as exclusive financial advisor and Latham & Watkins is acting as legal advisor to Desktop Metal. Stifel is acting as exclusive financial advisor and McGuireWoods LLP is acting as legal advisor to ExOne.