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Comtech Announces $45 Million Strategic Investment and Exchange of Convertible Preferred Stock


January 22, 2024

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. announced a $45.0 million investment by current shareholders White Hat Capital Partners LP (“White Hat”), an investment firm focused on sustainable value creation in technology companies serving mission-critical applications, and funds affiliated with Magnetar, a leading alternative investment manager with over $14 billion of assets under management. In connection with the investment, the Company exchanged all outstanding shares of Comtech’s existing convertible preferred stock for a new series of convertible preferred stock.

This strategic investment enhances Comtech’s financial flexibility and strengthens the Company’s ability to capitalize on its recent large contract awards and growing customer demand for its satellite communications technologies and next-generation terrestrial and wireless solutions. Comtech expects to apply the proceeds of this investment across a range of initiatives which not only support near-term working capital needs and general corporate purposes, including the repayment of certain outstanding indebtedness, but also its growth prospects. The issuance of the new series of convertible preferred stock demonstrates the continued commitment of White Hat and Magnetar, and is an important step towards the completion of the Company’s previously announced process to refinance its existing Credit Facility and further increase its financial and operational strength.

Mark Quinlan, who currently serves as an appointee of White Hat and Magnetar on the Company’s Board of Directors, will retain his position on the Board. Mr. Quinlan is White Hat’s Co-Founder and Managing Partner and has more than 20 years of experience in the technology sector. He has provided valuable insight and experience to the Board of Directors since January 2022.

“We are grateful for this investment and endorsement of our strategy and team by two of our existing long-term shareholders,” said Comtech’s Chairman and CEO, Ken Peterman. “Magnetar and White Hat understand our Company, our end markets, and the potential of our One Comtech vision. With White Hat’s investment experience within the technology sector and Magnetar’s breadth of investment experience in both private and public markets and across asset classes and capital structures, we value their continued support and are excited to strengthen our relationship with them at this key inflection point for the Company.”

“Under CEO Ken Peterman’s leadership, the entire Comtech team has made incredible progress on its One Comtech transformation,” said Mr. Quinlan. “We recognize Comtech’s potential and believe this investment further supports the Company’s commitment to developing and delivering mission-critical solutions for its customers.”

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