Volatus Aerospace Expands Electric Utilities Business in US with Acquisition of Sky Scape Industries, LLC. Expected 2022 Revenue of C$1.4M of which approximately C$1M is recurring.
Toronto, Ontario | March 02, 2023 07:30 AM Eastern Standard Time
Volatus Aerospace Corp. (TSXV: VOL) (OTCQB: VLTTF) (“Volatus” or “the Company”) announced today that it has signed an arm’s length definitive agreement to acquire Sky Scape Industries, LLC., a New Jersey based company providing airborne intelligence data services.
Founded in 2014, Sky Scape Industries uses remote sensing techniques to provide comprehensive inspection services including facility, structural, line, and right of way for power utilities, emergency response for oil and gas, and façade inspection services for property management. The company utilizes crewed and uncrewed aircraft and has operated nationwide in over 24 states.
“Glen Lynch, CEO of Volatus Aerospace Corp. commented, “the addition of Sky Scape brings significant opportunity for margin improvement through synergies with our existing business units. It further expands our service offering and continues growth in core sectors including power utilities, oil and gas, and façade inspection.”
“Joining Volatus provides Sky Scape with the resources needed to fully leverage and expand its customer relationships,” said David Yoel, CEO of Sky Scape. “The extensive Volatus pilot network, existing fleet of crewed aircraft, helicopters, and drones enhances Sky Scape’s offering, and their expansive sales team will help drive our growth.”
Under the terms of the agreement, the total purchase price, subject to an earn-out provision, is approximately C$845,000 (US$620,000), paid as follows: An initial payment of approximately C$422,500 (US$310,000) in the form of newly issued common shares of Volatus Aerospace Corp. The number of VOL shares to be issued will be based on the share price at closing or the prior 30-day VWAP, whichever is higher. Volatus shall have the option to make the first payment in cash in lieu of shares. The earn-out payment of C$422,500 (US$310,000), will be payable twelve (12) months after closing, in the form of additional Volatus shares issued on the share price of C$0.65 or the prior 30-day VWAP, whichever is higher. This payment is conditional on Sky Scape retaining approximately C$1M of inspections already contracted for 2024.
This announcement is in line with the Company’s objectives to continue expansion in the US Market as well as growing its presence in large scale aerial intelligence services for oil and gas, power utilities, rail, construction, engineering, and inspection industries.
The acquisition of Sky Scape Industries is anticipated to close on March 31st or such other agreed date conditional on satisfactory completion of due diligence, approval of the respective Board of Directors, key clients, and regulatory approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.
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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