“I am very pleased with this acquisition and welcome the Canuck team to the NanoXplore family,” said Dr. Soroush Nazarpour, CEO of NanoXplore. “This acquisition is strategically aligned with our growth initiatives and significantly increases our graphene compounding capability, particularly in recycled plastics, and will allow us to form strategic partnerships with end customers. Additionally, Canuck has a strong relationship with suppliers of recycled plastics that ensures a good and reliable supply of post-consumer and post-industrial recycled plastics.This transaction will strengthen our technical expertise in recycled plastic compounds and strengthen our revenue by approximately $20 million per year, without taking into account the revenues derived from the inclusion of graphene.
NanoXplore paid $7.3 million in cash upon closing of the transaction, while $1 million in cash will be paid in one year and another $1 million will be paid in two years. Following the transaction, William Dickinson, CEO and Founder of Canuck, will continue to serve as Managing Director, alongside approximately 40 employees.
“We are delighted to partner with NanoXplore, given the inherent technological and cultural fit between the two companies,” said Dickinson. “NanoXplore’s graphene is highly complementary to our recycled plastic compounds to create innovative solutions such as enhanced blends and masterbatches, while both management teams are dedicated to delivering best-in-class products across many growing industries.
As demonstrated by the acquisition of Canuck, NanoXplore seeks to expand its downstream value-added product offering through masterbatches and enhanced compounds, anode and cathode pastes, battery materials for market for Li-ion batteries, formulated thermosetting resins and cement admixtures.
“This business expansion positions NanoXplore not only as a global leader in graphene, but also as a provider of off-the-shelf graphene-enriched solutions,” added Dr. Nazarpour. “These value-added formulations support the company’s long-term profitability and provide a competitive advantage over other graphene producers in the future. We anticipate that such business expansion will be achieved through a combination of acquisitions and partnerships.
“For fiscal year 2022 ending June 30, 2022, we expect annual revenue of approximately $85 million,” said Luc Veilleux, chief financial officer of NanoXplore. “We expect second quarter revenues to be in line with the first quarter of fiscal 2022, followed by gradual growth in the third and fourth quarters due to the acquisition of Canuck and the improved outlook provided by customers. . We also expect to achieve positive EBITDA (1) in the fourth quarter of 2022.”
NanoXplore is a graphene company, manufacturer and supplier of high volume graphene powder for industrial markets. The Company provides standard and custom graphene-enhanced plastic and composite products to various customers in transportation, packaging, electronics and other industrial sectors. NanoXplore is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, with manufacturing facilities in Canada, the United States and Europe.
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