AmpliTech Group – a designer, developer, and manufacturer of state-of-the-art signal-processing components for satellite and 5G communications networks, defense, space, and other commercial applications – has announced that it has completed the purchase of the assets and operations of Spectrum Semiconductor Materials – a global specialty distributor of semiconductor components based in San Jose, CA.
Spectrum is expected to deliver significant strategic and top and bottom-line benefits to AmpliTech. Spectrum expects 2021 unaudited revenue of $13M ($2M higher than previously announced), with a pre-tax net income margin of approximately 25%. AmpliTech’s total revenue over the past four quarters was $3.5M. AmpliTech and Spectrum have current order backlogs of $3.8M and $7.6M, respectively, for a record consolidated backlog for AmpliTech Group of $11.4M in orders expected to ship in the first half of 2022.
Spectrum has achieved solid growth and attractive net margins by building strong customer relationships across a range of niche markets and supporting their specific needs by stocking a wide variety of specialty products, unmatched by larger competitors. Further, Spectrum leverages disruptive digital inventory practices to optimize its operating efficiency and to enhance its ability to meet customer needs.
The purchase price was $8.0M in cash, plus $1.5M to be held in escrow through December 2022 to fund purchase price or other adjustments, plus the issuance of 188,442 restricted shares of AmpliTech common stock. The parties agreed to a purchase price adjustment of 25% of Spectrum’s cumulative net revenue above or below $20M in sales for calendar years 2021 and 2022 combined. Post-closing, AmpliTech had approximately $17M in cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities, and no long-term debt.
Each company brings proven sales personnel and relationships that will complement each other in addressing an expanded market opportunity. Spectrum Semiconductor has been building its radio frequency (RF) focused semiconductor revenue base and is expected to provide a powerful distribution platform in the US, Europe, and Asia for AmpliTech’s new line of monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) chip designs. Spectrum is positioned to package these and future designs for high-volume applications.
AmpliTech’s innovative MMIC chip designs integrate its industry-leading low noise signal amplification (LNA), signal filter, and signal attenuator technologies into a much smaller and more flexible chip form factor. Foundry production of initial MMIC wafers has been completed, and they are now undergoing initial testing. MMIC chipsets remain on schedule for commercial availability and sampling during Q1 2022.
Fawad Maqbool, CEO at AmpliTech, commented “Through the Spectrum acquisition we have substantially increased our revenue base with a well-managed, growing business known for high quality and excellent customer service. We expect the transaction will be immediately accretive to our top-and bottom-line financial performance. Spectrum also provides an ideal distribution platform to support the launch and commercialization of our MMIC chip solutions in core end markets of aerospace, defense, automotive, and computing. We expect AmpliTech and Spectrum to play a key role in improving the speed and efficiency of 5G cellular networks and medium earth orbit (MEO) and low earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications systems around the world.”
Steve Ochoa, President at Spectrum, commented “We are very excited to join forces with AmpliTech and are already focused on several joint business development opportunities that should expand the reach and value of our respective solutions and total market opportunity.”