ZUG, Switzerland & GENEVA-WISeKey International Holding Ltd (“WISeKey“) (SIX:WIHN) announced today that it has entered into a non-binding term sheet with a leading US-based, globally active asset management firm specialized on IP asset backed financings (the “Global Asset Management Firm“) with respect to a US$25 million secured line of credit facility. Any funds obtained under definitive agreements would, among other things, be used to acquire new IoT/Semiconductors patents to be integrated into WISeKey Cybersecurity/IoT Vertical Platform, further bolster the rollout of the WISeKey business in the U.S. and open offices in Silicon Valley. From the amount of US$25 million, US$16.2 million of the secured credit facility would be used to refinance the loan outstanding under the existing secured credit facility with ExWorks Capital drawn early this year to acquire QuoVadis.
With the support of such Global Asset Management Firm, WISeKey can leverage its valuable IP and patent portfolio consisting of more than 50 worldwide patents to access additional growth capital. These patents cover a range of technologies for IoT and Semiconductors, particularly those that help make enterprise-level computing services more trusted, reliable and secure. The most notable patent acquisition by WISeKey on IoT and semiconductors happened in 2016 when the company purchased 17 new IoT patents from Inside Secure, which at the time allowed the company to create the first ever comprehensive trusted end-to-end cybersecurity platform for people and objects (IoT). Following this acquisition, WISeKey’s cybersecurity offerings includes now certified hardware & software, system certification, provisioning and up to management of cybersecurity services.
WISeKey may consider to raise additional funding via the issuance of a mandatory convertible loan note in parallel with the finalization of the secured credit facility.
Carlos Moreira. Chairman and CEO of WISeKey commented: “The potential secured credit facility would provide us with additional cash to allow WISeKey to continue its expansion in the US and be able to benefit from the Cybersecurity/IoT high growth market bringing new revenues to WISeKey. Having this renowned Global Asset Management Firm with us will allow WISeKey to monetize on our extensive IP and patent pool as these patents are increasingly becoming strategic in the context of an estimated 20 billion objects getting connected to the Internet within the next few years.”
WISeKey is a worldwide leading Cybersecurity company. Since its foundation in 1999, WISeKey has provided specialized technologies for data protection and effective identification and authentication of people and objects to ensure secured communications and transactions without compromising trust. WISeKey runs its own Root of Trust Cybersecurity platform and identity-based data security solutions for international organizations, governments, enterprises, and consumers spanning 102 countries. In 2015 its Root of Trust based security was embedded in over 2.6 billion browsers, sensors and wearables. WISeKey also offers the industry’s trusted suite of IoT security products using the fact that authentication is becoming an increasingly important Cybersecurity IoT consideration. WISeKey, listed at the SIX Swiss Exchange, is headquartered in Geneva (Switzerland) and has a second operational hub in the U.S.
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