This notice is an amendment to the announcement released on October 13, 2022, to include additional information relating to Synergy shareholders' option to convert remaining Synergy shares to Volatus equity.
The option of the Synergy shareholders to sell the remaining 49% equity in 2024 after meeting minimum operational and financial metrics will be at the same valuation at Closing and in exchange for Volatus shares based on 30 days VWAP (volume weighted average price) on date of Closing with a minimum floor price of $0.65 per share. The total maximum cash value of the shares if all shareholder shares are converted will be $2,205,000.
"This amendment illustrates the confidence of Synergy shareholders in the long-term value of Volatus Aerospace, " said Abhinav Singhvi, CFO of Volatus Aerospace. “This addition in our definitive agreement eliminates significant dilution based on current share price and protects the interest of our existing shareholders.”
Full amended news release is attached below:
Volatus Aerospace Adds Over 500,000 km of Oil & Gas PipelineRight of Way Surveillance with Acquisition of Synergy Aviation Ltd.
Volatus Aerospace Corp. (TSXV:VOL) (OTCQB: VLTTF) ("Volatus" or "the Company") announced on October 13, 2022 that it has signed an arm's length definitive agreement dated Oct 12, 2022, to acquire Alberta-based Synergy Aviation Ltd. This acquisition will solidify Volatus’ position in Western Canada providing privileged access to much of the oil and gas industry. Synergy’s leadership in the sector combined with Volatus’ drone technology solutions will positionthe Company with a strong competitive advantage to introduce innovative, efficient, green, remotely operated drone solutions to fulfill regulatory and asset monitoring requirements.
Founded in Alberta in 2014, SynergyAviation is an industry leaderin aerial surveillance, pipeline integrity monitoring, and specialized geomatics, patrolling and inspecting more than 500,000 KM of pipeline right of way stretching from the coast of British Columbia to the Manitoba/US border. The company provides Canada’s largest oil & gas producers and pipeline operators with uninterrupted, consistent and highly detailed right-of-way integrity data.
“Pipeline inspection, much like other long linear inspection requirements, has traditionally been
completed using crewed helicopters and small fixed wing aircraft,” said Glen Lynch, CEO of Volatus Aerospace. “Leveraging Synergy’s oil & gas presence combined with our existing pipeline operations in Ontario will allow us to introduce the power of innovative drone solutions to meet regulatory compliance and asset management requirements with improved efficiencies and a material reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.”
There are nearly 5 million kilometers of oil & gas pipelinein North America requiring annual inspections and, in many cases, weekly patrols to meet regulatory and asset management
requirements,” said Todd Tkach,President of SynergyAviation. “Becoming part of Volatusgives us the added geomatics capabilities, market reach, and the opportunity to disrupt traditional methods in this sector.
Synergy recorded unaudited revenues of $7 million with a 14% EBITDA (Earnings before Interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) during the first nine months of 2022 and is targeting year end revenuesof $9 million. Under the terms of the agreement, Volatus will make an equity investment of $2.29 million in Synergy Aviation over the course of 10 months from closing in exchange for newly issued shares that will represent 51% of all outstanding shares. The investment will be used by Synergy for ongoing expansion activities. The transaction is scheduled to close on October 31st conditional on satisfactory completion of due diligence, approval of the respective Board of Directors, and regulatory approval by the TSX Venture Exchange. Subject to operational and financial metric as defined in the definitive agreement, the Synergyinvestors will have an option,expiring in December2024, to sell the remaining 49% equity to Volatus at the same valuation at Closing in exchange of Volatus shares based on 30 days VWAP (volume weighted average price) on date of Closing with a minimum floor price of $0.65 per share and maximum. The total maximum cash value of the shares if all shareholder shares are converted will be$2,205,000.
This announcement marks another step in a series of interrelated technology, regulatory, and commercial milestones intended to drive and scale the commercialization of drone technologies. Recent announcements include the launch of the Aerieport drone nesting station, regulatory authority to remotely operate a drone at an airport, the remote operation of drones in Las Vegas from our operations center 3,000 km away, and most recently, a collaboration agreement with Accipiter Radar to provide for larger scale deconfliction between drones and low flying aircraft. The combination of these events with other Volatus technologies provides large scale opportunities in oil and gas, power distribution, and rail throughout the markets served by Volatus.
About Volatus Aerospace:
Volatus Aerospace Corp. is a leading provider of integrated drone solutions throughout North America and growing into Latin America and globally. Volatus serves civil, public safety, and defense markets with imaging and inspection, security and surveillance, equipment sales and support, training, as well as R&D, design, and manufacturing. Through our subsidiary, Volatus Aviation, we are introducing green and innovative drone solutions to supplement and replace traditional aircraft and helicopters for long-linear inspections such as pipeline, energy, rail, and cargo services. Volatus is committed to carbon neutrality; the fostering of a safe, equitable and inclusive workplace; and responsible governance.
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