Graphite for North America Graphex Group Receives Unsolicited Preliminary Offer and LOI to Buy Graphex Technologies and Propel its North American Expansion Strategy
Graphex Group Limited, a global graphite processing company, has received a preliminary offer to buy Graphex Technologies, its U.S.‐based subsidiary, for stock by a NASDAQ‐listed company.
The proposed transaction will transition Graphex Technologies into an independent U.S. Company in order to serve the fast‐growing market for Li‐ion battery anode materials in North America.
WARREN, Mich., December 06, 2023–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Graphex Group Limited (“Graphex Group” or the “Company”) (NYSE American: GRFX | HKSE: 6128), together with its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, Graphex Technologies, LLC (Graphex Tech), today announced that it has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with an independent NASDAQ-listed blank check company (the “Purchaser”), pursuant to which the Purchaser proposes to acquire 100% of the equity interest of Graphex Tech, which is held by Graphex Group, (the “Acquisition”).
The pre-money enterprise value, net of liabilities, for Graphex Tech is anticipated to be between $100 and -$200 million but may vary subject to certain deliverables and market conditions at the time of closing of the transaction and post-transaction milestones. The consideration for the Acquisition will be paid by the Purchaser solely in shares of its common stock (“Consideration Shares”). The final consideration will be determined in the definitive agreement to be entered into by both parties after further negotiations. The definitive agreement is conditional upon the Acquisition being approved by shareholders at the general meetings of Graphex Group and the Purchaser, registration of the Consideration Shares and compliance with the Securities Act the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the NASDAQ and NYSE. The specific rights and obligations of both parties under the Acquisition are subject to the terms and conditions to be finalized in definitive agreements. The parties will work to close the Acquisition in the first half of 2024 and Graphex Group has agreed to negotiate with the Purchaser for at least 105 days and during such period will not seek an alternative transaction with a special purpose acquisition corporation that sells all or substantially all of the business of Graphex Tech. However, there can be no assurance that the Acquisition will be completed on acceptable terms or at all.
As soon as practicable upon the completion of the Acquisition, Graphex Group intends to distribute the Consideration Shares to all its shareholders on a pro rata basis. It is further expected that a new, independent Board of Directors will be strategically selected and that Graphex Tech’s Chief Executive Officer John DeMaio, will continue to lead the new public company after the completion of the Acquisition.
John DeMaio, CEO of Graphex Tech. said:
“In light of the recent news coming out of China regarding graphite export restrictions, this move to separate Graphex Technologies from Graphex Group’s China operations to focus on anode material production in North America will further validate our commitment to build-out domestic supply chain stability for this critical component of EV batteries to our customers, partners, and agencies , and will facilitate our access to additional investors, incentives, and other financing sources, all of which accelerate our growth strategy.”
Andross Chan, CEO of Graphex Group said:
“As we focus on increasing our production capabilities by 10X over the next several years to serve the Chinese and Asian markets, this is a perfect time for Graphex Technologies to flourish in North America and beyond and we are happy to share the upside with all our shareholders. John and the team have done a fantastic job of positioning Graphex Technologies as a foundational player in the critical mineral supply chain, and this separation will pave the way for their great success.”
To learn more about Graphex Technologies, please visit www.graphexgroup.com.
Graphex is a multinational technology company focused on the development of technologies and products to enhance renewable energy, particularly the refining of natural spherical graphite, synthetic graphite, and graphene-related products – key components in EVs/Lithium-ion batteries as well as in other uses. Graphex has extensive commercial experience in the deep processing of graphite and producing battery grade graphite anode material. Current production is 10,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) with a current expansion underway to increase production to 50,000 tpa within the next 18 months, to 100,000 tpa over the next 36 months, and to 150,000 tpa or more by 2030.
Graphex is currently among the top suppliers of specialized graphite anode material to the EV and renewable energy industries and holds patents in areas including products, production methods, machinery design, and environmental protection. Graphex’s strategy is to expand its operations globally to support energy transition and electrification efforts worldwide.
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