voxeljet AG (NYSE: VJET) (the “Company”, or “voxeljet”), a leading provider of high-speed, large-format 3D printers and on-demand parts services to industrial and commercial customers, today announced that the Company has expanded its partnership with the European Investment Bank to bring 3D printing into series production.
- European Investment Bank (EIB) and voxeljet AG further expand their partnership to bring, among other things, 3D printing into series production
- Next €5 million under the venture debt deal signed with the EIB in 2017 now expected to be disbursed in June 2020 with a bullet repayment after five years
- Without the commitment of the EIB, the development of VJET X would not have been possible in this form: VJET X is arguably one of the most potent 3D printers currently available and is made for high volume production. A leading German car maker is the first customer and plans to use the systems to mass-produce new conformal cooling components to increase the efficiency of its vehicles
- voxeljet AG is currently developing a large, high-speed polymer sintering 3D printer for the series production of all kind of plastic polymer parts
- The finance covenants in the Finance Contract with the EIB were amended to replace the Total Net Financial Debt to EBITDA ratio with a Minimum cash/cash equivalents requirement
At the end of 2017, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and voxeljet signed a venture-debt deal of up-to €25 million. The loan is part of a joint initiative launched by the European Investment Bank Group in cooperation with the European Commission. The EIB is the Bank of the European Union, and is owned by the 27 Member States. The financing is supported by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the financial pillar of the EU’s Investment Plan for Europe.
The first tranche of €10 million was disbursed at the end of 2017. Now, EIB and voxeljet have agreed to adjust the milestones and conditions for a disbursement of the second tranche total of €8 million as well as to amend the financial covenants to replace the Total Net Financial Debt to EBITDA ratio with a Minimum cash/cash equivalents requirement. €5 million under the second tranche are now expected to be disbursed in June 2020. The amount is to be repaid after five years as a bullet repayment. For further information, please review the forms of the amendments to the finance documents filed with the Company’s filings with the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC).
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