6.5.2004: Meldung: MTI Amends Agreement for Private Placement of Common Stock
On January 26th, 2004, Mechanical Technology Incorporated entered into an agreement with Fletcher whereby Fletcher purchased 1,418,842 shares of MTI common stock at a purchase price of $7.05 per share resulting in aggregate proceeds to the Company of $10 million before placement fees and other offering expenses. In addition, Fletcher acquired rights to purchase additional shares of MTI common stock through 2006. Proceeds from the placement are being used, and are expected to continue to be used to fund the operations of MTI MicroFuel Cells Inc. (MTI Micro), a subsidiary of the Company, and other general corporate purposes.
The agreement, as amended, includes a change in the exercise price for the rights to purchase additional shares of MTI common stock to a fixed price of $6.34 per share from, in the original agreement, $7.05 per share until December 31, 2005 and the lesser of $7.05 per share or a variable price in 2006. The change to a fixed price substantially reduces the potential for shareholder dilution if shares had been purchased at a variable price in 2006. The price remains subject to adjustment upon the occurrence of certain limited events. The agreement, as amended, also includes:
* an increase in the rights to purchase additional shares of MTI common
stock to $28 million from $26 million;
* a reduction in Fletcher"s right to purchase Plug Power Inc.
(Nasdaq: PLUG - News) common stock escrowed by the Company to a maximum of
2,700,000 shares from a maximum of 3,000,000 shares;
* an extension of the exercise period for the right to purchase Plug
Power Inc. common stock to one or more purchases between June 1, 2005
and December 31, 2006 from a one-time purchase in June of 2005;
* an extension of MTI"s ability to withdraw Plug Power Inc. common stock
from escrow through December 31, 2006 instead of through June 30, 2005;
and an extension of the exercise period for the right to invest the
first $8 million in MTI"s common stock to any time prior to
December 31, 2004 from any time prior to ninety business days after the
effective date of MTI"s registration statement.
The Company will seek shareholder approval of the transaction, in accordance with NASDAQ rules, at its Annual Shareholders" Meeting to be held on June 24, 2004. Copies of the amended agreements will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 8-K.
"We are pleased with Fletcher"s agreement to amend the private placement which provides MTI with an important source of capital and provides our shareholders with increased protection from potential dilution," said Dale W. Church, Chairman, and CEO of MTI. "We continue to support MTI Micro in its drive to launch its first product by the end of 2004, and as it steps forward into the commercialization of DMFCs for consumer electronics."
MTI is primarily engaged in the development and commercialization of direct methanol micro fuel cells through its subsidiary MTI MicroFuel Cells Inc. (MTI Micro), and has announced plans to ship its first product towards the end of 2004. MTI Micro has a world-class team of entrepreneurial business executives, researchers and scientists; a proprietary direct methanol micro fuel cell power system and a number of system prototypes demonstrating size reductions and performance improvements; significant related intellectual property; and has received government awards and developed strategic partnerships to help accelerate commercialization. MTI is also engaged in the design, manufacture, and sale of high-performance test and measurement instruments and systems through its subsidiary MTI Instruments, Inc. For more information about the company or subsidiaries please visit www.mechtech.com, www.mtimicrofuelcells.com, and www.mtiinstruments.com.
Fletcher International, Ltd. and other affiliates of New York investment firm Fletcher Asset Management, Inc. make supportive direct investments in a wide range of responsible public companies, emphasizing established and growing enterprises with business practices founded on "sustainability." For more information, please visit www.fletcher.com
Safe Harbor Statement:
Statements in this press release which are not historical fact including statements regarding managements intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations, representations, projections, plans or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include statements about progress towards, and cost of, commercializing DMFCs, the impact that this investment will have on commercialization and the development of additional products, and the dilution MTI shareholders will experience as a result of this transaction. It is important to note that the Company"s actual results may differ materially from those in any such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, among others, risks related to this transaction, financing, uncertainties in development, manufacturing, competition and consumer demand for DMFCs, and the risk factors listed from time to time in the Company"s SEC reports including but not limited to, the annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 2003 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.
Source: Mechanical Technology Incorporated