Optic Lens Manufacturer LightPath Technologies Acquires ISP Optics Corporation to Expand Global Visible and IR Solutions

LightPath Technologies (“LightPath,” the “Company,” or “we”), a leading vertically integrated global manufacturer, distributor, and integrator of proprietary optical and infrared components and high-level assemblies, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of ISP Optics Corporation (“ISP”) for a purchase price of US $18 million, subject to post-closing adjustments, of which $12 million was paid in cash with the balance in the form of five-year subordinated notes issued to the sellers. 

LightPath also announced that simultaneous with the closing of the acquisition it has completed the previously announced underwritten public offering of 8,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock, which includes the full exercise by the underwriters of their option to purchase 1,000,000 shares of Class A common stock to cover over-allotments, at a public offering price of $1.21 per share. Members of LightPath’s Board of Directors and executive management team purchased shares in the offering.  Net proceeds from the sale of the Class A common stock after deducting underwriting discounts and expenses were approximately $8.85 million.

LightPath Technologies collimated  lenses for IR applications. (LightPath Technologies/LEDinside)

The Company used the net proceeds from the offering for a portion of the purchase price of the acquisition of ISP payable in cash as well as to pay transaction expenses and other costs in connection with the acquisition.  The balance of the cash portion of the purchase price was funded by a $5 million acquisition loan from Avidbank, which also closed today, that is payable on an interest-only basis for  six months and thereafter amortized over 54 months. 

Commenting on today’s completed transactions, Jim Gaynor, President and Chief Executive Officer of LightPath, said, “We are excited to have consummated the acquisition of ISP Optics Corporation as planned and welcome ISP employees to the expanding global LightPath team.  This transformative acquisition was made possible through a fully subscribed underwritten public offering of common stock. The offering successfully attracted to the Company numerous high quality institutional investors, in addition to personal investments from members of our executive management team and Board of Directors. The combination of LightPath and ISP positions us for continued growth with greater scale and scope to offer a comprehensive platform of visible and infrared solutions.”

Roth Capital Partners acted as sole book-running manager and Dougherty & Company acted as co-manager for the offering. Roth Capital Partners also served as an advisor to LightPath in connection with the ISP acquisition, rendering a fairness opinion to the Board of Directors. BakerHostetler acted as legal advisor to LightPath.  ZAG-S&W acted as legal advisor to Roth Capital Partners.  KippsDeSanto & Co. acted as financial advisor and Blank Rome LLP acted as legal advisor to ISP in connection with the transaction.

The offering described above was made pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-1 previously filed with and subsequently declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on December 15, 2016.  A copy of the final prospectus relating to the offering has been filed with the SEC and is available on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov and may also be obtained from Roth Capital Partners, LLC, 888 San Clemente Drive, Suite 400, Newport Beach, California 92660, by telephone at (949) 720-7227, or by email at rothecm@roth.com.

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