Upon closing of the transaction, the combined company will be named Shapeways Holdings, Inc. and is expected to remain listed on the NYSE under the new ticker symbol, SHPW

 Shapeways, Inc., a global digital manufacturing platform driven by proprietary software, and Galileo Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: GLEO) (“Galileo”), a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company, have entered into a definitive merger agreement for a merger transaction in which Shapeways will be acquired by Galileo.

Upon closing of the transaction, the combined company will be named Shapeways Holdings, Inc. and is expected to remain listed on the NYSE under the new ticker symbol, SHPW. The combined company will be led by Greg Kress, Shapeways’ Chief Executive Officer.

 As a reminder, thanks to its online manufacturing service, Shapeways enables customers to rapidly transform digital designs into physical products, across the world. With over 11 additive manufacturing technologies and more than 90 materials and finishes, the company has already delivered over 21 million parts to 1 million customers in over 160 countries.

 The digital manufacturing market is anticipated to grow from approximately $39 billion in 2020 to approximately $120 billion in 2030 by disrupting the massive global manufacturing market which is slow, manual and rigid.  

Due to significant advances across all fields of technologies, Shapeways is well positioned to accelerate adoption of AM in key vertical markets including industrial, medical, automotive, and aerospace. As an example of this opportunity, Shapeways has signed a strategic partnership with Desktop Metal, manufacturer of additive manufacturing metal technologies.

In terms of markets, Asia represents an attractive opportunity for expansion beyond the United States and Europe given the sizable annual manufacturing output from that region.  Additionally, enabling manufacturers’ digital transformation provides Shapeways with a substantial market opportunity. In 2020, Shapeways began licensing a commercialized SaaS version of its proprietary software to key partners, enabling them to deploy Shapeways’ manufacturing operating system within their own organizations.

 “Our vision to enable anyone to rapidly transform digital designs to physical products is reaching a significant milestone today as we transition Shapeways into a public company,” said Greg Kress, Chief Executive Officer of Shapeways. “We have been successfully executing on our vision, and this capital will allow us to empower digital manufacturing at scale, accelerating Shapeways’ additive manufacturing capabilities while expanding the Company’s material and technology offerings to more markets and industries.

The merger transaction

The business combination values Shapeways at a $410 million pro forma enterprise value, at the $10.00 per share PIPE price which implies an equity value of $605 million assuming minimal redemptions by Galileo shareholders. The transaction will provide more than $195 million of net proceeds to the Company, including a $75 million fully committed common stock PIPE anchored by top-tier institutional investors including Miller Value Partners and XN, along with a strategic partner Desktop Metal. Cash proceeds will primarily be used to accelerate Shapeways’ metal additive manufacturing capabilities, expand the Company’s material and technology offerings to extend market reach and grow customer share of wallet as well as to provide additional working capital.

The Boards of Directors of both Galileo and Shapeways have unanimously approved the transaction. Completion of the proposed transaction is subject to approval of Galileo shareholders and other customary closing conditions, including the receipt of certain regulatory approvals. As a result of the signing of a definitive agreement, Galileo will have until October 22, 2021 to consummate the Business Combination. The transaction is expected to close in the summer of 2021.

 Luca Giacometti, Chairman and CEO of Galileo commented, “Shapeways fits our mandate given its North American and European nexus, market leadership position, and growth profile. Our team, having decades of experience advising, investing and operating businesses across U.S. and European markets, was immediately attracted to Shapeways’ platform which is supported by its proprietary software capabilities and ability to provide solutions to any company.”

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