Desktop Metal Merger Would be Highly Dilutive, Requiring Stratasys to Pay a Premium and Provide Financial Support to Desktop Metal While Offering Limited Upside
Stratasys Shareholders Would Sacrifice Profitability and Financial Flexibility
Stratasys Board Engages in Governance Malpractice in Approving a Deal to Issue Shares at Less Than Half the Price of the Prior All-Cash Offer, Which They Rejected
Waltham, Mass., Sept. 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nano Dimension Ltd. (Nasdaq: NNDM) (“Nano Dimension” or the “Company”), a leading supplier of Additively Manufactured Electronics (“AME”) and multi-dimensional polymer, metal & ceramic Additive Manufacturing (“AM”) 3D printers, today announced that it opposes and intends to vote against Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS) (“Stratasys”) proposed merger with Desktop Metal Inc. (NYSE: DM) (“Desktop Metal”) and urges fellow Stratasys shareholders to join in casting votes against the transaction at the company’s Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders (the “Stratasys EGM”) to be held on September 28, 2023. Nano Dimension is Stratasys’ largest shareholder and owns approximately 14.1% of Stratasys’ outstanding ordinary shares.
Yoav Stern, CEO of Nano Dimension, commented, “The opportunity to vote on Stratasys’ proposed merger with Desktop Metal is quickly approaching. We express to our fellow Stratasys shareholders our deep conviction that this merger would be highly dilutive and result in significant value destruction, sacrificing profitability and financial flexibility of Stratasys for limited upside. We intend to vote AGAINST the proposed merger. Abstaining or not voting is not enough to show your opposition and we urge our fellow Stratasys shareholders to join us in voting AGAINST the transaction.”
Nano Dimension’s opposition to a merger of Stratasys with Desktop Metal is based on the following rationale:
- Desktop Metal is a cash-burning1 former special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) that has underperformed and destroyed substantial shareholder value. As of September 13, 2023, Desktop Metal has lost over $3.9 billion of value, representing almost 90% of its equity value, since becoming a public company in 2020.
- The proposed Desktop Metal merger is a defensive move by an entrenched board of directors that would be highly dilutive to Stratasys shareholders in the immediate term, leaving shareholders with just 59% ownership of the combined company. Stratasys shareholders would be giving away 41% ownership to buy a company that is consistently losing money.
- Just weeks after rejecting Nano Dimension’s offer for Stratasys, at over $25 per share, Stratasys plans to issue shares at today’s value – which is less than half of the prior Nano Dimension all cash offer which was rejected. This directly contradicts Stratasys’ claim that its stock is undervalued. By using its ordinary shares as consideration, cash-generating Stratasys would be paying a premium price to acquire underperforming Desktop Metal, sacrificing profitability and capital preservation for a costly addition to the top-line.
- With the proposed Desktop Metal merger, Stratasys shareholders are promised uncertain long-term value that relies on ambiguous theoretical synergies and the unproven Desktop Metal growth story, which are not offset by the announced cost synergies.
- Instead of pursuing this expensive, highly dilutive and speculative transaction that contemplates the issuance of new equity at today’s low valuations, the board of directors of Stratasys should reconsider a genuine exploration of the numerous offers the company has received at valuations more than double the current share price. Not doing so demonstrates a neglect of the Stratasys board fiduciary duty and severe governance malpractice.
Your vote is critical to preventing a value destructive merger between Stratasys and Desktop Metal. Nano Dimension urges shareholders to vote TODAY “AGAINST” the proposed merger.
Votes must be received by 11:59 p.m., Eastern time, on Wednesday, September 27, 2023. Holders of Stratasys ordinary shares as of the close of business on August 24, 2023, are entitled to vote at the Stratasys EGM.
About Nano Dimension
Nano Dimension’s (Nasdaq: NNDM) vision is to transform existing electronics and mechanical manufacturing into Industry 4.0 environmentally friendly & economically efficient precision additive electronics and manufacturing – by delivering solutions that convert digital designs to electronic or mechanical devices - on demand, anytime, anywhere.
Nano Dimension’s strategy is driven by the application of deep learning based AI to drive improvements in manufacturing capabilities by using self-learning & self-improving systems, along with the management of a distributed manufacturing network via the cloud.
Nano Dimension serves over 2,000 customers across vertical target markets such as aerospace & defense, advanced automotive, high-tech industrial, specialty medical technology, R&D and academia. The company designs and makes Additive Electronics and Additive Manufacturing 3D printing machines and consumable materials. Additive Electronics are manufacturing machines that enable the design and development of High-Performance-Electronic-Devices (Hi-PED®s). Additive Manufacturing includes manufacturing solutions for production of metal, ceramic, and specialty polymers based applications - from millimeters to several centimeters in size with micron precision.
Through the integration of its portfolio of products, Nano Dimension is offering the advantages of rapid prototyping, high-mix-low-volume production, IP security, minimal environmental footprint, and design-for-manufacturing capabilities, which is all unleashed with the limitless possibilities of additive manufacturing.
For more information, please visit www.nano-di.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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1 2022 Desktop Metal NYSE:DM 10K – In thousands FY2022 Operating Cash Flow (181,531); FY2021 Operating Cash Flow (155,048)