Nauticus Robotics to Acquire 3D at Depth in All-Stock Transaction
Acquisition Strengthens Nauticus’ Position in the Digital Evolution of Subsea Services
HOUSTON, Oct. 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nauticus Robotics, Inc. (“Nauticus” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: KITT), a developer of autonomous vehicles and robots for data collection and intervention services for offshore industries, announced the execution of a definitive agreement to acquire 3D at Depth, Inc. (“3D”), a global leader in commercial subsea laser LiDAR (Light Detection and Range) inspection and data services, for approximately $34 million in stock, before certain purchase price adjustments and the assumption of debt.
This strategic acquisition enhances Nauticus’ full spectrum of autonomous underwater maritime capabilities, including integrated sensor solutions and data collection and analysis. It expands market reach and increases the value and utilization of Nauticus’ Fleet assets.
“The future of subsea services lies in autonomy, data gathering, and analytics,” said Nicolaus Radford, Nauticus’ Founder and CEO. “LiDAR has long since been core to terrestrial autonomy and by adding 3D’s capabilities to the Nauticus Fleet, we enhance autonomous vehicles in the offshore market. This acquisition increases the value of Nauticus’ fleet services and positions the Company to capitalize on data acquisition and analytics for subsea operations.”
Compelling Strategic and Financial Benefits
- Accelerates commercial market penetration: Nauticus expects to capitalize on existing Master Service Agreements and contracts to shorten sales cycles, providing compelling growth and cross-selling opportunities. 3D has broad customer relationships, including several companies in Nauticus’ sales pipeline.
- Broadens IP portfolio: Nauticus will assume 11 patents for a leading position in underwater optical measurements and inspection, with an additional 19 pending. This portfolio bolsters the Company’s existing Intellectual Property for subsea robotics and autonomy.
- Expands target market: Nauticus expects to benefit from growing usage of 3D’s laser LiDAR by 3rd party operators in the industry, accessing a larger part of the offshore market. The laser LiDAR service also integrates into the Nauticus Fleet, enhancing unit economics.
- Established operational expertise: As Nauticus scales up domestic and international offshore service operations in 2024, 3D’s experience from delivering more than 850 commercial projects across six continents will complement Nauticus’ existing offshore expertise.
Accretive to per share metrics: The transaction is expected to be accretive to Nauticus’ 2024 revenue per share, earnings per share, and cash flow per share. During 2022, 3D generated $9.8 million of revenue with a gross profit margin in excess of 60%, and it is on track to grow revenue by more than 20% in 2023.
“In addition to the compelling strategic and financial benefits of this deal, the acquisition will add momentum to our commercial growth trajectory,” Radford continued. “By adding 3D’s technology, offshore inspection and data service, and experienced team, Nauticus expands our addressable market and accelerates our customer penetration in the offshore energy and renewables industries.”
Founded in 2009, 3D is a pioneer in the world of underwater laser LiDAR technology. The company’s technology and service allow customers to map, monitor, and evaluate submerged assets, providing benefits through increased project efficiencies, reduced operational costs, and total asset and environmental awareness.
“The Nauticus Robotics and 3D at Depth combination creates a compelling solution for the subsea market and should help improve our products and services for all our clients,” said Carl Embry, founder and CEO of 3D at Depth. “We believe the integration of our unique subsea multi-dimensional data collection and processing with an emerging leader in subsea robotics creates a differentiated offering for customers seeking safer, cleaner, lower-cost subsea services.”
Under the terms and subject to the conditions of the acquisition agreement, 3D security holders will receive approximately 9.9326 shares of Nauticus common stock for each share of 3D common stock equivalent they own, for an aggregate equity value of approximately $34 million, before purchase price adjustments. Nauticus will also assume approximately $4.1 million of debt in the transaction. The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2023. Upon closing of the transaction, 3D will operate as a division of Nauticus.
The boards of both companies have unanimously approved the transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval of Nauticus’ and 3D’s respective stockholders.
Mast Capital Advisors is acting as the exclusive financial advisor to Nauticus and Winston & Strawn LLP is serving as legal counsel to Nauticus in connection with the transaction. Sparkstone Capital Advisors is acting as the exclusive financial advisor to 3D, with BoyarMiller and Hutchinson Black and Cook, LLC serving as legal counsel to 3D.
Nauticus Robotics, Inc. is a developer of autonomous robots for data collection and intervention services for the ocean industries. Nauticus’ robotic systems and services are delivered to commercial and government-facing customers through a Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS) business model and direct product sales for both hardware platforms and software licenses. Besides a standalone service offering and products, Nauticus’ approach to ocean robotics has also resulted in the development of a range of technology products for retrofitting/upgrading legacy systems and other third-party vehicle platforms. Nauticus provides customers with the necessary data collection, analytics and subsea manipulation capabilities to support and maintain assets while reducing their operational footprint, operating cost and greenhouse gas emissions to improve offshore health, safety and environmental exposure.
About 3D at Depth
3D at Depth is a global leader in commercial subsea laser LiDAR technology. Its advanced Subsea LiDAR laser (SL) systems and subsea survey services enable clients to extract more value from underwater 3D data. Through advanced data collection, processing, visualization and analysis, 3D at Depth provides accurate, repeatable, millimetric 3D point clouds to help measure, map and evaluate underwater assets and environments. 3D supports customer survey operations globally from its bases in Europe and the United States.
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Important Additional Information To Be Filed with the SEC
In connection with the Transactions, Nauticus intends to file with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 that will include a proxy statement and prospectus (the “Proxy Statement/Prospectus”), copies of which, if and once definitive/final, will be mailed or otherwise made available to Nauticus’ stockholders as of the record date to be established for voting on the Transactions. This press release is not a substitute for the Proxy Statement/Prospectus or any other document that Nauticus will distribute or otherwise make available to its stockholders in connection with the Transactions. Nauticus’ stockholders and other interested persons are advised to read, once available, the preliminary Proxy Statement/Prospectus and any amendments thereto and, once available, the definitive/final Proxy Statement/Prospectus, as well as all other relevant materials filed or that will be filed with the SEC, as these documents will contain important information about Nauticus, 3D and the Transactions. Stockholders may also obtain copies of the preliminary Proxy Statement/Prospectus, the definitive/final Proxy Statement/Prospectus, once available, as well as other documents filed by the Company with the SEC, without charge, at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, or through the Company’s website at ir.nauticusrobotics.com.
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Released October 3, 2023