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Creotech Instruments, a Polish manufacturer of satellites, and satellite systems and components, has successfully raised approximately PLN 60 million through a public offering of its Series J ordinary bearer shares. Investors subscribed to all 396,557 shares on offer at PLN 150.00 per share. These proceeds are earmarked for investments aiming to position Creotech Instruments as a leading supplier of microsatellite technologies within the European Union. In the coming years, the company plans strategic investments in three pivotal areas: broadening the product portfolio, scaling up production capabilities, and expanding the sales division. Throughout this process, the company will be advised by cc group, its regular IR and financial advisor, with Pekao Investment Banking S.A., Trigon Dom Maklerski S.A. and Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A. – Biuro Maklerskie Pekao serving as offer managers.
Creotech Instruments’ public offering entailed 396,557 Series J ordinary bearer shares, which, subsequent to a successful book-building process, subscription by investors and registration of increased share capital, will represent a 16.67 percent stake in the company. The public offering of shares was addressed to investors selected by the Company’s Management Board, in accordance with the provisions of the issue resolution adopted by the Extraordinary General Meeting of the Company.
“Our business model, anchored in two promising sectors – space and quantum – enabled the successful conclusion of the Series J Shares offering, with a demand that covered all shares available. The price obtained was nearly 50% above the previous public offering in 2022 when the company was transitioning to the Warsaw Stock Exchange’s main market. This means that we have raised approximately PLN 60 million gross, which we intend to allocate to all planned investments that will accelerate our growth trajectory and, above all, elevate us to the position of a leading supplier of microsatellite technologies in the European Union in defense and commercial projects,” said Grzegorz Brona, PhD, President of the Management Board (CEO) of Creotech Instruments S.A.
The investments are projected to be financed through the proceeds from the Series J Shares issue, approximately allocating 60%-70% towards product portfolio expansion, 15%-25% towards enhancing production capacity, and 15%-20% towards sales department reinforcement. These proportions are only tentative and may be subject to changes in the future depending on the situation in the sector, the macroeconomic environment, contracts secured by the company, the project schedule and other factors.
“Our development is also accelerated by significant contracts signed and initiated this year, holding strategic importance for national and European defense. Our selection for the State Treasury’s Armament Agency project and the REACTS project for the European Defense Fund alongside space corporations of considerable magnitude such as DLR, OHB, and Airbus, serves as a formidable reference – one we are already leveraging in our business negotiations with the European Space Agency and the European Commission. The total value of prospective projects under discussion is estimated to potentially reach approximately EUR 300 million in the upcoming years. It is vital to note that, in addition to the space segment, our quantum segment also offers promising growth prospects, and we are already building Creotech’s expert position to handle key, large European orders in the future,” adds Grzegorz Brona.
In July, the company unveiled its strategy for financing space projects. The strategy assumes a series of investments in the coming years in three key areas, aiming to achieve a dominant position as a supplier of microsatellite technologies in the European Union for defense and commercial projects. The first area is the expansion of the product portfolio, including: scaling the proprietary HyperSat platform to 200 kg. This move will allow the company to enter the most promising segment of the satellite market, specifically microsatellites (10-100 kg) and minisatellites (100-500 kg). The second priority is the expansion of production capacity, including retrofitting production facilities and upgrading laboratory facilities, in response to the growing demand for the company’s solutions. Lastly, the company will bolster its sales and marketing efforts, planning to at least double the size of this team and establish dedicated product and after-sales support departments.
Creotech Instruments’ current development positions it to initiate first major projects at the national level, especially catering to public and defense needs. This includes the involvement in phases 0 and A of the State Treasury’s Armament Agency project and the company’s leadership at the European scale, particularly in the REACTS project, where they synchronize efforts of prominent players like Airbus France and OHB within the segment.
In July 2023, Poland made a strategic move to increase its national contribution to the ESA budget by an additional EUR 295m in 2023-2025. This national contribution mechanism to ESA allows for almost full recuperation of the invested funds through projects and orders from ESA directed towards domestic enterprises. Over the past decade, Creotech has successfully executed more than 25 space projects in conjunction with ESA, thus becoming one of the largest Polish contractors and the first choice in Central Europe for key Agency projects. Currently, the company is in discussions with ESA regarding four different space missions, all based on its proprietary HyperSat microsatellite platform.
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