PROPOSED BUSINESS COMBINATION: BlackSky Holdings, Inc.
ENTERPRISE VALUE: $1.1 billion
ANTICIPATED SYMBOL: BKSY
Osprey Technology Acquisition Corporation proposes to combine with BlackSky Holdings, Inc. (“BlackSky”), a leading provider of real-time geospatial intelligence and global monitoring services.
Founded in 2014, BlackSky is a first mover in real-time Earth observation leveraging the innovative performance and economics of small satellite constellations to deliver high revisit global monitoring solutions. BlackSky’s Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning powered analytics platform derives unique insights from its constellation as well as a variety of space, IoT, and terrestrial based sensors and data feeds. BlackSky monitors global events and activities providing enhanced situational awareness for commercial and government customers worldwide.
BlackSky has developed a fully integrated proprietary technology stack that includes a constellation of high-resolution small satellites that monitor global events and activities at high revisit rates, an AI and machine learning enabled software platform that tasks the constellation and translates data into actionable insights, a proprietary database that continually captures information on global changes, and an application layer that delivers on-demand solutions directly to the customer. BlackSky has also established a vertically integrated small satellite design and production capability through its LeoStella joint venture with Thales Alenia Space. BlackSky has five satellites in commercial operation and is scheduled to add an additional nine satellites to its constellation in 2021. Ultimately, BlackSky seeks to establish a constellation of 30 high resolution multi-spectral satellites capable of monitoring locations on Earth every 30 minutes, day or night.
BlackSky has established contracts with multiple government agencies in the United States and around the world. BlackSky’s pipeline of opportunities grew by $1.1 billion in the last twelve months and stands at $1.7 billion today.
Osprey, which currently holds approximately $318 million in trust, will combine with BlackSky at an estimated pro forma enterprise value of $1.1 billion. Assuming no redemptions by Osprey’s existing public shareholders, BlackSky’s existing shareholders will hold approximately 62.6% of the fully diluted shares of common stock immediately following the closing of the business combination.
The combined company expects to receive approximately $450 million in net proceeds, assuming no redemptions by Osprey’s existing public shareholders. These cash proceeds are expected to be used to extend BlackSky’s AI/ML analytics platform, expand BlackSky’s small satellite constellation, add additional sensors and data feeds to the BlackSky network and accelerate the Company’s penetration of the commercial market.
The transaction has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of both Osprey and BlackSky, and is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including the approval of Osprey’s shareholders. The transaction is expected to close in July 2021.
- 18,000,000 shares of Osprey Common Stock for $10.00 per share, for an aggregate purchase price equal to $180,000,000
SUBSEQUENT EVENT – ADDITIONAL PIPE – LINK
- On September 1, 2021, Osprey and BlackSky announced that BlackSky and Palantir Technologies Inc. entered into a multi-year $16,000,000 strategic partnership.
- As part of the partnership, Palantir will invest $8,000,000 in the combined company at $10.00 per share for the purchase of 800,000 shares of Osprey Class A common stock pursuant to a subscription agreement that will close two business days subsequent to the closing of the Business Combination.
SPONSOR SUPPORT AGREEMENT
- The Sponsor, solely in its capacity as a stockholder of Osprey, has agreed, among other things:
- (a) to vote in favor of the Merger Agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby,
- (b) with respect to certain shares of Class B common stock (and Class A shares issued upon conversion) until the seven-year anniversary of the consummation of the transactions (subject to certain limited exceptions), not to transfer such shares until Osprey Common Stock achieves a trading price exceeding certain dollar thresholds set forth in the Sponsor Support Agreement (not filed yet)
- (c) with respect to certain warrants, not exercise any such warrants unless and until Osprey Common Stock reaches a trading price of $20.00 per share, in each case, subject to the terms and conditions contemplated by the Sponsor Support Agreement.
NOTABLE CONDITIONS TO CLOSING
- Osprey having at least $225,000,000 in available cash as of the effective time of the Merger.
NOTABLE CONDITIONS TO TERMINATION
- By either Osprey or the Company if the consummation of the Mergers has not occurred on or prior to September 17, 2021 (the “Termination Date”)
- In the event the Merger Agreement is terminated in accordance with the termination rights set forth in item above, then Osprey will be entitled to receive a termination fee in the amount of $40,700,000.
- Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC is acting as lead financial advisor and as capital markets advisor to BlackSky
- Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC acted as lead placement agent and Moelis & Company LLC also acted as placement agents in connection with the PIPE offering.
- Moelis & Company LLC is acting as lead financial advisor to Osprey.
- Union Square Advisors LLC is acting as capital markets and strategic advisor to Osprey.
- PJT Partners LP is one of BlackSky’s financial advisors and a placement agent with respect to this transaction.
- Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. is serving as legal advisor to BlackSky.
- Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is serving as legal advisor to Osprey.
- Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is serving as legal advisor to Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC.
MANAGEMENT & BOARD
David DiDomenico, 49
Chief Executive Officer, President & Director
Since 2010, Mr. DiDomenico has been a partner at JANA Partners, an investment advisor based in New York City. From 2010 to 2018, Mr. DiDomenico served as the co-portfolio manager of the JANA Partners and Nirvana funds, each being long/short equity investment partnerships with a particular focus on companies undergoing value-creating corporate change. From 2005 to 2010, Mr. DiDomenico served as a managing director of new Mountain Capital and the portfolio manager of the New Mountain Vantage Fund. From 2002 to 2005, he was an associate portfolio manager at Neuberger Berman and a member of the investment team at Starwood Capital Group from 1999 to 2002. Mr. DiDomenico began his career in public market investing at Tiger Management in 1998. He holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and an AB from Harvard College.
Jeffrey F. Brotman, 56
CFO, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary
Mr. Brotman has been the Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of Falcon Minerals Corporation (Nasdaq: FLMN), formerly Osprey Energy Acquisition Corp., since April 2017 and served as its Chief Financial Officer from April 2017 to June 2019. Mr. Brotman has been Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of HEPCO Capital Management, LLC, a private investment firm making control investments in middle market companies and real estate, since its formation in September 2016. Mr. Brotman was Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at Resource America, Inc., formerly a publicly-traded specialized asset management company, until September 2016. He joined Resource America in 2007, and while at Resource America also served as Executive Vice President of Resource Capital Corp., now known as Exantas Capital Corp., a publicly-traded real estateinvestment trust. He was also Chairman of the board of directors of Primary Capital Mortgage, Director of Leaf Commercial Capital and sat on various investment committees across all product lines. Mr. Brotman was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Access to Money, Inc., formerly TRM Corp., one of the world’s largest non-bank ATM operators, from March 2006 to June 2007, and served as the Chairman of its board of directors from September 2006 through September 2008. Mr. Brotman was a co-founder, and served as Managing Member, of Ledgewood, PC, a Philadelphia based business law firm, from June 1992 to March 2006, and was of counsel until June 2007. He was a Trustee of Resource Real Estate Diversified Income Fund from its inception in March 2013 until September 2016. He has been an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School since 1990, where he has taught courses in accounting and lending transactions. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (currently inactive) and a licensed real estate broker.
William Fradin, 37
Executive Vice President
Mr. Fradin has served as Managing Director and Co-Founder of HEPCO Capital Management, LLC, a private investment firm making control investments in middle market companies and real estate, since its formation in September 2016. He is Managing Partner and Founder of Seal Rock Partners, a private equity firm, since its formation in February 2015. Prior to founding Seal Rock Partners, from June 2007 to January 2015, Mr. Fradin was an investment professional at JLL Partners, a middle market private equity firm, and, from June 2005 to June 2007, he was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch & Co. Mr. Fradin holds an AB from Harvard College and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Board of Directors
Edward E. Cohen, 80
Co-Chairman and Director
Mr. Cohen has been Vice Chairman of Falcon Minerals Corporation (Nasdaq: FLMN), formerly Osprey Energy Acquisition Corp., since August 2018, and before that was Executive Chairman of Osprey Energy Acquisition Corp. from April 2017 to August 2018. Mr. Cohen has been Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Energy Group, LLC since February 2015 and President from February 2015 to April 2015, and before that was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since February 2012. Mr. Cohen has been Executive Chairman and a Class A Director of Titan Energy, LLC since September 2016. Mr. Cohen has also served as Chairman of the board of directors and Chief Executive Officer of the general partner of Atlas Growth Partners, L.P. since its inception in 2013. Mr. Cohen also serves as Chairman of HEPCO Capital Management, LLC, a private investment firm making control investments in middle market companies and real estate, since its formation in September 2016. Mr. Cohen was the Chairman of the board of directors of the general partner of Atlas Energy, L.P. from its formation in January 2006 until February 2011, when he became its Chief Executive Officer and President until February 2015. Mr. Cohen served as the Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Energy’s general partner from its formation in January 2006 until February 2009. Mr. Cohen served on the executive committee of Atlas Energy’s general partner from 2006 until February 2015. From August 2015 to September 2016, Mr. Cohen was also Executive Chairman of Titan Energy’s predecessor, Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. Atlas Resource Partners and subsidiaries filed a voluntary pre-packaged plan under Chapter 11 in July 2016, which was confirmed and the companies emerged from Chapter 11 in September 2016. Mr. Cohen also was the Chairman of the board of directors and Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Energy, Inc. (formerly known as Atlas America, Inc.) from its organization in 2000 until February 2011, and also served as its President from September 2000 to October 2009. Mr. Cohen was the Executive Chair of the managing board of Atlas Pipeline Partners GP, LLC from its formation in 1999 until February 2015. Mr. Cohen was the Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Pipeline GP from 1999 to January 2009. Mr. Cohen was the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Energy Resources, LLC and its manager, Atlas Energy Management, Inc., from their formation in June 2006 until February 2011. In addition, Mr. Cohen was: a director of Resource America, Inc. (formerly a publicly traded specialized asset management company) from 1988 until September 2016 and its Chairman of the board of directors from 1990 until September 2016, and was its Chief Executive Officer from 1988 until 2004 and President from 2000 until 2003; Chairman of the board of Resource Capital Corp., now known as Exantas Capital Corp. (a publicly traded real estate investment trust) from its formation in 2005 until November 2009 and served on its board until September 2016; and Chairman of the board of directors of Brandywine Construction & Management, Inc. (a property management company) since 1994. Mr. Cohen is the father of Jonathan Z. Cohen. Mr. Cohen’s strong financial, real estate and technology-related industry experience enables Mr. Cohen to provide valuable perspective and provides us with decisive and effective leadership.
Jonathan Z. Cohen, 49
Co-Chairman and Director
Mr. Cohen has been the Chairman of Falcon Minerals Corporation (Nasdaq: FLMN), formerly Osprey Energy Acquisition Corp., since August 2018, and before that was a Director and Chief Executive Officer of Osprey Energy Acquisition Corp. from April 2017 to August 2018. Mr. Cohen also serves as CEO and Founder of HEPCO Capital Management, LLC, a private investment firm making control investments in middle market companies and real estate, since its formation in September 2016. Since April 2017, Mr. Cohen has served as a director of Energen Corporation. Previously, Mr. Cohen was CEO (from 2004 to September 2016) and President (from 2003 to September 2016) of Resource America, Inc., an asset manager investing in real estate, financial services and credit until its sale to C-III Capital Partners. Mr. Cohen also co-founded both Atlas Pipeline Partners, L.P., a midstream energy company that was sold to Targa Resources, Inc. in 2015, and Atlas Energy, Inc., an exploration and production company that was sold to Chevron Corporation in 2011. Mr. Cohen was co-founder of the general partner of Arc Logistics Partners LP, and served as Chairman from 2006 until it was sold in December 2017 to Zenith Energy; and founder of Resource Capital Corp., now known as Exantas Capital Corp., a commercial mortgage REIT. Mr. Cohen currently serves as Executive Chairman of Atlas Energy Group, LLC and in connection therewith serves as Executive Vice Chairman and a Class A director of the board of Titan Energy, LLC and Executive Vice Chairman of Atlas Growth Partners, L.P., both affiliates of ATLS. From August 2015 to September 2016, Mr. Cohen was also Executive Vice Chairman of Titan Energy’s predecessor, Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. Atlas Resource Partners and subsidiaries filed a voluntary pre-packaged plan under Chapter 11 in July 2016, which was confirmed and the companies emerged from Chapter 11 in September 2016. Mr. Cohen’s philanthropic endeavors include his role as Chairman of the Executive Committee of Lincoln Center Theater, a Trustee of The American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece and Trustee of Arete Foundation, a private family foundation. Mr. Cohen is the son of Edward E. Cohen. Mr. Cohen’s involvement with public and private entities of varying size, complexity and focus, including in technology-related industries, and raising debt and equity for such entities, provides him with extensive experience and contacts that will be valuable to us.
Savneet Singh, 36
Since December 2018, Mr. Singh has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Par Technology Corporation (NYSE: PAR), a publicly-traded provider of restaurant point of sale technology, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since April 2018. Mr. Singh is also a partner, since May 2018, of CoVenture, LLC, a multi-asset manager with funds in venture capital, direct lending and crypto currency. From 2017 to 2018, Mr. Singh served as the Managing Partner of Tera-Holdings, LLC., a holding company of niche software businesses that he co-founded. In 2009, Mr. Singh co-founded GBI, a financial software platform that allows investors to buy, trade and store physical precious metals. Prior to GBI, Mr. Singh was an investment analyst at Chilton Investment Company where he covered investments in the technology, alternative energy and infrastructure space. In 2018, Mr. Singh joined the board of directors of Blockchain Power Trust (TSXV: BPWR.UN; TEP.DB). He received his BS in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University.
Robert B. Henske, 58
From 2007 to 2014, Mr. Henske served as a Managing Director at Hellman & Friedman LLC, a private equity firm focused on companies in the software, information services, media, professional services and financial services industries, where he also served as a Senior Advisor from 2014 to 2016. Before that, from 2005 to 2007, Mr. Henske served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Consumer Tax Group (Turbotax) of Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU). He also served as Intuit’s Chief Financial Officer from 2003 to 2005. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Henske served as Chief Financial Officer of Synopsys Inc. (NYSE: SNPS), a software company. In the past 5 years, Mr. Henske served on the board of directors of Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: HAWK) until June 2018, and VeriFone Systems, Inc. (NYSE: PAY) until August 2018.
Richard Reiss, Jr., 75
Since January 1997, Mr. Reiss has been Chairman of Georgica Advisors and its affiliated entities, Reiss Capital Management and Value Insight Partners, an investment management company. He is also the managing member of VIP GP LLC. From 1978 until 1997, Mr. Reiss was a Managing Partner of Cumberland Associates and its affiliates. He is currently the lead independent director of the Lazard Funds. Mr. Reiss is Chairman of the Reiss Center on Law & Security at New York University School of Law, Chairman of the Executive Committee of The New York Historical Society and is a member of the President’s Leadership Council at Dartmouth College. He graduated from Dartmouth College and New York University School of Law.
Robert B. Tinker, 50
Mr. Tinker is a founding partner of Metamorph Partners, a startup private equity firm. From 2008 to 2016, Mr. Tinker was founding CEO and a director of MobileIron, a technology company focused on enterprise security. His leadership culminated in its initial public offering in June 2014. Prior to founding MobileIron, from August 2002 to January 2005, Mr. Tinker was the Vice President of Business Development at Airespace, an enterprise wireless pioneer which was acquired by Cisco in 2005, where he continued to lead the business development team for Cisco’s wireless business unit. Before that, Mr. Tinker was Director of Marketing at Vertical Networks from August 1998 to August 2002 and Vice President at NationsBank from 1992 to 1996, with roles in IT, sales, product management and operations. He co-authored the book series, Survival to Thrival: The Enterprise Startup Guide, and his second book, Change or Be Changed, was released in July 2019. Since 2002, he has served as a Trustee and Foundation Board Member for the recently-opened University of California at Merced. He has a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.