Net Cash to Accelerate Growth and Expansion from Major Commercial Wins
ORLANDO, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Luminar Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: LAZR) today announced the successful execution of its previously announced transaction, with the intent to purchase shares and accelerate growth. The deal was oversubscribed based on positive institutional investor support, and upsized to a total of $625 million in gross proceeds. Luminar expects to use over $300 million of the proceeds for LAZR share purchases, while the remaining capital will bolster Luminar’s balance sheet.
“We have more conviction than ever in our market leadership and business trajectory, and are opportunistically capitalizing on what we believe to be a substantially undervalued and volatile share price,” said Tom Fennimore, Chief Financial Officer of Luminar. “The net proceeds raised from the private convertible bond will be invested to accelerate our growth, and our share buyback is designed to offset future dilution. Doubling-down on Luminar’s future, we also purchased a sizable call option overlay at an approximate $30 per share strike price. That’s an easy bet!”
Luminar intends to use the net proceeds to accelerate business growth including: series production capacity expansion, new commercial wins, technology roadmap advancement, international expansion, and accelerating software development. Luminar remains on track to enter the series production phase by the end of 2022.
In addition to the company, all members of Luminar’s board and eligible management have now acquired or filed trading plans to acquire additional LAZR shares.
Luminar Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: LAZR) is transforming automotive safety and autonomy by delivering lidar and associated software that meets the industry’s stringent performance, safety, and economic requirements. Luminar has rapidly gained over 50 industry partners, including a majority of the top global automotive OEMs. In 2020, Luminar signed the industry’s first production deal for autonomous consumer vehicles with Volvo Cars, which now expects to make Luminar’s technology part of the standard safety package on their next generation electric SUV. Additional customer wins include SAIC, Daimler Truck AG, Intel’s Mobileye, Pony.ai and Airbus UpNext. Founded in 2012, Luminar employs approximately 400 with offices in Palo Alto, Orlando, Colorado Springs, Detroit, and Munich.
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