October 27, 2021 | Montréal, Québec
5N Plus Inc. (TSX:VNP) (“5N Plus” or the “Company”), a leading global producer of specialty semiconductors and performance materials, today announced that it has received the necessary approval from relevant regulatory agencies to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares (the “Transaction”) of AZUR SPACE Solar Power GmbH (“AZUR”). The Company expects the deal to close within the next few weeks.
“AZUR’s acquisition is a key element of 5N Plus’s strategic transformation toward critical material technology,” said Arjang Roshan, President and Chief Executive Officer of 5N Plus. “AZUR’s cutting-edge space technology and exceptional talent firmly and uniquely positions our company as a leader in the field of specialty semiconductors and engineered substrates at a time when these technologies are of paramount importance.”
Located in Heilbronn, Germany, AZUR is a global leader in the development and manufacturing of multi-junction solar cells based on III-V compound semiconductor materials. With nearly 60 years of leadership in space solar cell manufacturing based on state-of-the-art semiconductor technology, AZUR has a proven track record of success supported by nearly 120 patent families and a team of highly skilled employees.
“We are very excited about AZUR and 5N Plus coming together,” said Jürgen Heizmann, Managing Director of AZUR, who will join 5N Plus’s Executive Committee pending closure. “The long-standing trust and mutual respect between our businesses will ensure a successful integration, the results of which will unlock a well of untapped potential to serve rapidly scaling and essential markets.”
As an established global leader in the development and manufacturing of II-VI compound semiconductor materials, 5N Plus has expanded its value chain to include the growth and manufacturing of a variety of semiconductor crystals and engineered compound semiconductor wafers. The vertical integration of AZUR into 5N Plus creates a global enterprise with a unique ecosystem across the specialty semiconductor value-chain, spanning from the procurement and processing of critical materials to the manufacturing of finished epitaxy engineered substrates.
This one-of-a-kind ecosystem – the Specialty Semiconductor Triad (“Triad”) – is located across three sites in Canada, Germany and the United States. The Triad enables 5N Plus to provide competitive and customized solutions to a number of essential industries. This transaction is expected to benefit the Company’s current business within the renewable energy, security and space industries, while also enabling 5N Plus to enter new markets such as high-power electronics, electric mobility, wireless charging and advanced communications.
“AZUR’s addition to the 5N Plus family will make a material contribution to our electronic materials business,” said Richard Perron, Chief Financial Officer of 5N Plus. “AZUR is an established business supported by sustainable operating activities and relatively low integration complexity. The solid backlog of future business supported by a pool of best-in-class talent and a strong platform of technologies will elevate the combined capabilities of our two companies and enable future growth.”
5N Plus is a leading global producer of specialty semiconductors and performance materials. The Company’s ultra‐pure materials often form the core element of its customers’ products. These customers rely on 5N Plus’s products to enable performance and sustainability in their own products. 5N Plus deploys a range of proprietary and proven technologies to develop and manufacture its products. The Company’s products enable various applications in a number of key industries including renewable energy, security, space, pharmaceutical, medical imaging, and industrial and additive manufacturing. Headquartered in Montreal, Québec, 5N Plus operates R&D, manufacturing and commercial centers in strategically located facilities around the world including Europe, North America and Asia. The Company’s mission is to be critical to its customers, valued by its employees and trusted by its shareholders. The Company’s core values focus on integrity, commitment and customer development along with emphasis on sustainable development, continuous improvement, health and safety.
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