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PipeHawk PLC

28 January 2021

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28 January 2021

PipeHawk plc

("PipeHawk", "Company" or the "Group")

Acquisition of Utsi Electronics Limited

PipeHawk is pleased to announce that it has acquired the entire issued share capital of Utsi Electronics Limited ("UtEl") for a maximum consideration of GBP2 million (the "Acquisition").

Further details on UtEl

UtEl is a UK based manufacturer and designer of a wide range of special purpose ground penetrating radar ("GPR") systems which are sold around the world under the Groundvue brand through mature distribution channels. With these products and markets being complementary to those of PipeHawk's own brand systems, the Board of PipeHawk believes the acquisition will provide an enlarged portfolio of GPR system offerings into a significantly wider range of markets as well as offering excellent opportunity to extend R&D activities into the highly desirable Environmental/Water/Structural Faults markets and increase unit profitability across the dual product ranges achieved through enhanced marketing, rationalised designs and parts sourcing.

In the year ended 5 April 2020, UtEl recorded unaudited revenues of approximately GBP398,300 and an unaudited profit before tax of approximately GBP150,750. As at 5 April 2020, UtEl had net assets of approximately GBP715,000.

Further details on the Acquisition

The consideration for the Acquisition will be satisfied as an initial cash payment of GBP500,000, subject to adjustment based on UtEl's net asset value on completion, with any excess over GBP500,000 to be satisfied as 50 per cent. in cash and 50 per cent. in ordinary shares in PipeHawk (based on the Company's volume weighted average price of a PipeHawk ordinary share for the preceding 30 business days) ("Deferred Payment Shares").

In addition, UtEl will be entitled to further earn out consideration equivalent to 50 per cent. of the profits before tax attributable to UtEl (after adding back any management charges made by PipeHawk) in each of the first and second years following completion of the Acquisition, subject to a minimum of GBP2,000 per annum (the "Earn Out Consideration"). The Earn Out Consideration will be satisfied as to 50 per cent in cash and 50 per cent. in ordinary shares in PipeHawk (based on the Company's volume weighted average price of a PipeHawk ordinary share for the preceding 30 business days ("Earn Out Shares")). The total consideration payable to UtEl has been capped at GBP2 million.

The vendors of UtEl have undertaken not to transfer any legal or equitable interest in any Deferred Payment Shares or Earn Out Shares for a period of two years after the date of issue of such shares with orderly market arrangements thereafter.

Gordon Watt, the Chairman of PipeHawk, has provided a personal guarantee to the vendors of UtEl under which he has guaranteed the prompt, full and complete performance of any and all existing duties and obligations of PipeHawk to the vendors of UtEl and the payment of any and all sums due to the vendors of UtEl under the terms of the sale agreement entered into in respect of the Acquisition. The maximum claim by the vendors of UtEl under this guarantee is limited to GBP500,000 provided that the initial cash payment of GBP500,000 has been made.

Application will be made for any Deferred Payment Shares and/or any Earn Out Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM in due course.

Gordon Watt, Chairman of PipeHawk, commented : "We have worked very well with UtEl in the past and I am delighted that we have been able to merge the PipeHawk GPR Division with UtEl. "


 PipeHawk Plc                         Tel. No. 01252 338 959 
  Gordon Watt (Chairman) 
 Allenby Capital (Nomad and Broker)   Tel. No. 020 3328 5656 
  David Worlidge/Asha Chotai 

Notes to Editors

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