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AERKOMM and Nasdaq-Listed IX Acquisition Corp. Announce Merger Agreement

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AERKOMM and Nasdaq-Listed IX Acquisition Corp. Announce Merger Agreement

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AERKOMM and Nasdaq-Listed IX Acquisition Corp. Announce Merger Agreement
AERKOMM and Nasdaq-Listed IX Acquisition Corp. Announce Merger Agreement

AERKOMM Inc. an innovative satellite technology company providing multi-orbit broadband connectivity solutions, and IX Acquisition Corp, a SPAC focused on the technology, media and telecommunications industries, have entered into a definitive Business Combination Agreement (“BCA”) and raised US $35 million in a private placement. The combined business will be called AKOM Inc. (“AKOM”) and its ordinary shares are expected to result in AERKOMM transferring its listing from Euronext/OTCQX to Nasdaq under the ticker “AKOM”, following the closing of the business combination. It is the intention of the combined business to also maintain a secondary listing on Euronext. AERKOMM is an innovative satellite technology company, providing carrier-neutral and software-defined infrastructure for multi-orbit, end-to-end satellite broadband connectivity, serving both public and private sectors, including Aerospace & Defense and Civilian Telecommunications. AERKOMM has a range of next-generation satellite technologies that offer broadband connectivity by collaborating with satellite partners and mobile network operators to link users and platforms on the edge to core. The company has established a strong engagement with leading satellite constellation operators spanning multiple orbits, including low-earth orbit (LEO), medium-earth orbit (MEO), geostationary earth orbit (GEO) and highly elliptical orbit (HEO). Additionally, AERKOMM’s technology is currently being implemented in the Aerospace & Defense market, having been tested live in selected defense assets.. AERKOMM is developing partnerships with both public and private sector clients that have increasing demands for multi-beam and multi-orbit satellite communications solutions. The company holds a strong market position. Its target markets, Aerospace & Defense and Civilian Telecommunications, are expected to grow from c. $20bn to c. $60bn by 2030 (Sources: Fortune Business Insights, Boeing 2023 Annual Report, NSR Report, Teal Group).

Karen Bach, IXAQ Chief Executive said:”We launched IXAQ with a team of executives from the digital infrastructure and telecommunications sectors in order to add value to the management teams of our target company – in AERKOMM we have found the right opportunity. Switching AERKOMM’s listing to Nasdaq and combining with our team of experienced operators will support the business to rapidly evolve into an institutional-grade company that is well-positioned to capitalize on the numerous opportunities in its expanding markets.”

Louis Giordimaina , AERKOMM Chief Executive said:”We are delighted to be collaborating with the IXAQ team, who bring considerable sector and financial experience and expertise. We will benefit from the resources of the IXAQ team, who also have a proven track record in the international technology, media and telecoms sectors. We are well positioned to address extremely fast-growing markets – Aerospace & Defense and Civilian Telecommunications. We are developing a range of pioneering multi-orbit satellite technologies with the capability to provide end-to-end broadband connectivity in collaboration with our satellite partners. In the defense sector, we have been leveraging our team’s long-time focus on commercial aviation to demonstrate applications for satellite communications for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Our technology is achieving positive results in real-world settings and we anticipate commencing our first major contract in 2024. We will also continue to invest in our talent and partnerships as we position our technology to scale-up.”

Transaction highlights

  • Adjusted enterprise value of AERKOMM is US $200 million, as well as up to US $200 million of earnout shares for the AERKOMM shareholders, if certain milestones are achieved.
  • Transaction supported by a fund-raise of US $35 million common equity PIPE (Private Investment in Public Equity) subscribed concurrently with the signing of the BCA. The PIPE investors consist of new and current shareholders in AERKOMM. There may be more capital raised prior to the business combination, but there is no minimum cash condition for the transaction.
  • Existing AERKOMM shareholders are anticipated to roll 100% of their equity and may own approximately two-thirds of the new combined pro forma AKOM, subject to final amounts of PIPE capital raised and of cash retained in IXAQ trust.
  • The Nasdaq-listing is intended to enable AKOM to execute its strategy to provide carrier-neutral and software-defined infrastructure to deliver mission-critical, multi-orbit satellite broadband connectivity.
  • Completion of the transaction is expected in Q3 2024, which is subject to SEC review, to approval by IXAQ and AERKOMM shareholders and to the satisfaction of certain other customary closing conditions.

AERKOMM’s strong capabilities deliver differentiated solutions:

  • High throughput. AERKOMM’s semiconductor glass antenna transmits and receives 50% Mbps more throughput per square-inch compared to previous state-of-the-art satellite broadband terminals.
  • Interoperability. AERKOMM’s universal terminals, including multi-orbit glass semiconductor antennas and software-defined radio modems, provide carrier-neutral broadband connectivity. These terminals are designed to meet the diverse needs of users across various sectors, delivering high-quality connectivity and performance.
  • Virtualization. AERKOMM’s software-defined core network waveforms integrate satellites and constellations across all major orbits, as well as advanced 5G and emerging 6G non-terrestrial networks (NTN). This approach enhances flexibility, scalability and efficiency, allowing for dynamic adaptation to evolving communication needs.

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