Canatu to become public

VANTAA, FINLAND – July 5, 2024—Today, Lifeline SPAC I Plc (“Lifeline SPAC I”) and the shareholders of Canatu Oy (“Canatu”) have concluded a share exchange agreement whereby Lifeline SPAC I acquires all shares, option rights, and other rights exchangeable to shares in Canatu to form a combined, publicly listed company. The completion is subject to its approval in the Lifeline SPAC I’s Extraordinary General Meeting. After the completion, the combined company will be renamed Canatu Plc (in Finnish Canatu Oyj) and headquartered in Vantaa, Finland. The company will apply to list its shares on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market Finland marketplace, with the listing expected in September 2024.

Canatu is a deep technology company developing advanced carbon nanotubes (Canatu CNTs) and related products and manufacturing equipment for the semiconductor, automotive, and medical diagnostics industries. These industries require extremely high-quality CNTs and offer Canatu strong growth and profitability potential. Canatu’s versatile platform technology has broad potential applications. Its current core includes CNT membranes for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography in semiconductor and film heaters for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) in automotive. Additionally, biosensors for medical diagnostics are in the development phase.

Canatu is experiencing rapid growth, with a compound annual growth rate of 107.9 per cent from 2020 to 2023. Canatu anticipates continued growth in 2024, forecasting its net turnover for the 2024 financial year to range between EUR 20 million and EUR 25 million. The new combined company targets a revenue of over EUR 100 million and an EBIT margin (adjusted for goodwill amortisations) of over 30 per cent in 2027.

Lifeline SPAC I is a Finnish Special Purpose Acquisition Company founded for corporate acquisitions. It raised gross proceeds of EUR 100 million in its initial public offering in October 2021. Lifeline SPAC I’s strategy primarily consists of recognizing an unlisted company with high growth potential in the technology sector and merging with it. After assessing a large pool of potential acquisition targets, Lifeline SPAC I has concluded that Canatu materially conforms to the investment criteria set by Lifeline SPAC I and has selected Canatu as the target company.

Timo Ahopelto, Chair of Lifeline SPAC I’s Board of Directors, comments: “We have analyzed tens of Nordic technology growth companies for Lifeline SPAC I. Canatu is the perfect match. The capital provided can make the Company grow even faster and become stronger.”

Tuomo Vähäpassi, founding partner and CEO of Lifeline SPAC I, comments: “Canatu has extensive potential in advanced CNT applications. We have followed Canatu’s development for some time and are delighted to combine with Canatu at a stage where it aims to accelerate its business in semiconductor and automotive applications and is entering the emerging medical diagnostics market. We are impressed by Canatu’s technological competencies, which stem from the long heritage of Finnish research in nanomaterials, its experienced management, and its attractive financial profile, all of which lay a strong foundation to create value for our current and new shareholders.”

The combined company will be an attractive opportunity for Canatu to ensure access to additional capital and to position itself as a leader in advanced CNT technology and its applications.

Ari Ahola, Chair of Canatu’s Board of Directors, comments: “As the first investor in Canatu, I have watched firsthand its incredible growth over the last 17 years to become a leader in the advanced carbon nanotubes space. This is a major milestone in the Canatu story, and I believe it will empower the company to drive tomorrow’s industry-transforming products forward. Canatu’s robust and versatile technology platform and continuous innovation enable exciting new business opportunities, such as biosensors for medical diagnostics.”

Juha Kokkonen, CEO of Canatu, comments: “Canatu has grown rapidly in recent years with significant breakthroughs, especially in the EUV technology within the semiconductor industry. The Combination and collaboration will help accelerate Canatu’s growth in line with its strategy, enabling Canatu to continue progressing in all three exciting focus industries – semiconductor, automotive, and medical diagnostics – all of which are experiencing a major disruption and expand into new ones in the future. This is enabled by our patented technology, which allows us to apply Canatu CNT to a broad range of applications. Canatu is well-positioned to support industry shifts with its forerunner partners and to capitalize on new market opportunities, with the potential for significant returns on invested capital.”

The combination’s benefits to Canatu include:

  1. Enhanced credibility toward all stakeholders
    A strengthened balance sheet and the status of a publicly listed company would support Canatu’s credibility for all stakeholders, which is expected to positively impact the combined company’s business and operations.
  2. Enhanced ability to attract and retain talent
    Canatu expects that its ability to attract and retain talent would be further enhanced by its status as a publicly listed company. As a publicly listed company, Canatu can also offer more transparent incentives and ultimately have better liquidity.
  3. Additional capital to deploy into strategic investments
    Canatu is well-positioned to explore and capitalize on new market opportunities, driving further expansion and profitability.
  4. Becoming better known
    Public companies are more transparent because they need to publicly disclose information, including financial statement results. Through press releases and financial media coverage, Canatu would become more recognizable and gain the attention of potential customers and new strategic partners.
  5. Collaboration with Lifeline SPAC I
    Canatu would benefit from Lifeline SPAC I’s experience in financing and developing growth companies within the technology field and its extensive network and proven track record of building international success stories.

For further details, please read the stock exchange release available here: https://view.news.eu.nasdaq.com/view?id=b99bb5685be7ed744c565b423fbd7437e&lang=en

For further inquiries and interview requests, please contact Canatu CEO Juha Kokkonen at +358 40 543 0367 or juha.kokkonen@canatu.com.

Press conference

Lifeline SPAC I hosted a press conference on the Combination today, 5 July 2024 at 13:30 EEST at Eliel studio in Sanomatalo at Töölönlahdenkatu 2, FI-00100 Helsinki.

In the conference Lifeline SPAC I’s Chair of the Board of Directors Timo Ahopelto, CEO Tuomo Vähäpassi and CFO Mikko Vesterinen introduced the Combination. Canatu’s CEO Juha Kokkonen introduced Canatu’s business operations and background as well as Canatu’s key figures. The language of the presentation is English.

Watch the webcast at: https://event.videosync.fi/tiedotustilaisuus-05072024

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About Canatu
Canatu is a carbon nanomaterial developer creating the most advanced carbon nanotubes for industry-transforming products. The Canatu carbon nanotube (CNT) technology has been created with a unique process that ensures the required versatility and reliability for highly engineered solutions. Canatu partners with forerunner companies, together transforming products for better tomorrows with nano carbon. The company’s focus is on the semiconductor, automotive, and medical diagnostics industries with the portfolio’s core spanning from CNT membranes for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography to film heaters for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). The experts at Canatu think big and create impacts on the tiniest scale – nano solutions for massive impact. Canatu’s headquarters are in Finland with sales offices in the US, Japan, and Taiwan. Discover more at www.canatu.com and follow us on LinkedIn.

About Lifeline SPAC I
Lifeline SPAC I is a Finnish Special Purpose Acquisition Company founded for corporate acquisitions. It raised capital with an offering and listed on the SPAC segment of the regulated market of Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. Its objective is to carry out an acquisition within 24–36 months from the listing. Lifeline SPAC I Plc offers investors an opportunity to invest in companies that retail investors or many institutional investors otherwise would not be able to invest in because these kinds of investments are typically made by later-stage private equity funds. Its aim is to generate profit for shareholders and increase the value of the target company by supporting its growth and development including after the acquisition. Its primary strategic goal is to identify and merge with an unlisted technology-focused Nordic company with high growth potential.