Volatus purchases stake in Delta Drone
Volatus Aerospace, an international provider of drone solutions has just announced that it will be purchasing a 20 percent stake in the South African operations of the Delta Drone Group, which could rise to 45 percent soon.
With headquarters in Canada, Volatus Aerospace also has offices in the USA and Latin America. With its pilot network, the company serves commercial and defence markets with imaging and inspection, security and surveillance, equipment sales and support, training, and design, manufacturing, and R&D.
Through its subsidiary Volatus Aviation, the company also has an aircraft management business, charter sales, and cargo services using piloted, remotely piloted, and autonomous aircraft.
Below is the full press release concerning the investment:
Volatus Aerospace announced the signing of a definitive agreement on March 3rd, 2022, to make a strategic investment in Delta Drone SA, a company based in Lyon, France, listed on the Euronext Growth Paris stock exchange.
The maximum investment value will be C$807,679 (€576,913), representing a 20 percent equity position in Delta Drone SA, with an option to increase the shareholding to 45 percent within 30 days from the Closing date with an additional investment amount not exceeding C$1,009,599 (€721,142).
The total investment will not exceed C$1.85M (€1.30M), and Volatus plans to fund this through its existing cash reserves.
Delta Drone is a fast-growing drone and robotics company with operations in France, Belgium, Australia, South Africa and Ghana and unaudited annual sales in 2021 of approximately C$23 million (€16 million).
Founded in 2011, business activities include the design, manufacture and sale of specialized drone and robotics equipment, the dronification of industrial and event security services, training and commercial drone services with particular expertise in mining and agriculture.
The agreement provides that Glen Lynch, CEO of Volatus Aerospace, will become Executive Chairman of Delta Drone. Christian Viguié, currently President and CEO of Delta Drone, will assist Glen, and continue to play a role in the management of the alliance.
Under the terms of the agreement, Volatus will support Delta Drone in executing an aggressive business development strategy to better leverage the company’s key technologies and capabilities. The following initiatives have already been defined:
- Evolve from a technology-focused organization to a sales-focused organization
- Pursue a cost rationalization program to improve efficiencies
- Suspend all further use of the current Ornan dilutive financing program
- Build joint sales teams with Volatus to accelerate growth in Europe and expand Delta Drone offers in North America
- Pursue development in Africa and the southern hemisphere (Australia and South Africa)
- Create a new relationship of trust with all shareholders
“The leveraging of Delta Drone’s operations in Europe, Australia and Africa with Volatus Aerospace’s operations in Canada, the United States and Latin America will create technical and commercial opportunities across five continents,” said Glen Lynch, CEO of Volatus Aerospace.
“This investment provides joint access to technologies and expertise that broadens the product and service portfolios of both Delta Drone and Volatus Aerospace and creates a synergistic approach to serving the key interests of customers worldwide.”
“Delta Drone, Delta Drone International and Volatus Aerospace are highly complementary, and this investment moves us towards creating a truly global player, capable of meeting the needs of a large account clientele around the world,” said Christian Viguié, President & CEO of Delta Drone. “With technological solutions and associated services ready to be deployed, we will be able to focus on deeper commercialization and accelerating our growth.”
The transaction will result in the issuance of 824,162,071 Delta Drone treasury shares that, once issued, will represent 20 percent of total outstanding shares. The shares issued will be subject to any stock adjustments carried out by Delta Drone before Closing.
Consideration will be in the form of cash with the per-share subscription price determined by the Parties, based on the volume-weighted average daily price of Delta Drone’s shares over ten trading days before the Closing Date less a 35 percent discount, or €0.0007, whichever is lower.
The investment amount to acquire 20 percent will not exceed C$807,679 (€576,913) and the Closing for the transaction is scheduled for March 31st, 2022.
In addition to the purchase of the shares noted above, Volatus will be issued optional warrants allowing Volatus to increase its equity position in Delta Drone to 45 percent of the outstanding shares. The subscription price for the shares if Warrants are exercised at Volatus’ sole discretion will be €0.0007 or the volume-weighted average daily price of Delta Drone’s shares over a period of ten trading days prior to the Closing Date less a 35 percent discount, whichever is lower.
The increased investment not exceeding C$1,009,599 (€721,142), can be done before April 30th, 2022. Volatus is also being issued with anti-dilutive warrants that will be triggered and exercised when shareholding of Volatus falls below the 45% threshold. Anti-dilutive warrants are priced in a similar way as optional warrants.
This transaction is expected to close on March 31st, 2022, or such other date as may be agreed upon, subject to due diligence, mutually agreed business plan, execution of employment contracts for the leadership team of Delta Drone, any applicable waivers, and any applicable regulatory approval by the TSX-V, AMF and foreign investor approval by the French Ministry of Economy.