Loop Energy files for IPO on TSX

Posted on February 8, 2021 by Mathieu Litalien

On Friday last week, Loop Energy filed its preliminary prospectus to list its shares on the TSX Index. The company is looking to issue between 6,250,000 and 8,333,333 common shares priced at between $12.00 and $16.00 per share for gross proceeds of $100 million.

Loop is designed of PEM fuel cells (eFlow) and is an a EV battery play that operates in two segments: Fuel Cell Stacks and Fuel Cell Modules. Its products serve a variety of commercial applications including light commercial vehicles, transit buses, medium and heavy duty trucks, marine, train, mining trucks, material handling vehicles and stationary power. 

One interested aspect, is that Loop is backed by Cummins (NYSE: CMI) which has been making strategic investments in the company. It is the largest shareholder and owns a 23% stake in the company.

Upon completion Loop Energy will have 27,327,950 common shares and 2,693,325 options outstanding, valuing the company at a pre-IPO value of between $360 million to $480 million on a fully-diluted basis. 

The industry growth is well known, and Loop intends to become a top 5 player in the industry. It has spent the better part of 2017 to 2019 proving their technology with testing and MOUs booked in 2020. Loop expects shipments and commercialization to ramp up in 2021.

Since the company is not yet fully commercialized, revenue of $353 K through the first 9 months of fiscal 2020 isn't anything to get excited about. This is very much a company that will have to prove itself. As of end of December, it had a $3.2M backlog and only a month later, that backlog has jumped to $16.4M. 

Consider a competitor like Ballard Power is trading at 85 times forward sales and assuming Loop Energy can turn that backlog into revenue, that would imply a forward P/S ratio of 29 - which although expensive, is reasonably priced for this high-flying industry.

Given the strong market interest by the markets for all things EV - Loop is coming to market at the right time and is likely to see considerable interest. One to watch. 

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NEWS RELEASE

LOOP ENERGY INC. FILES PRELIMINARY PROSPECTUS FOR INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING

/Not for distribution to U.S. news wire services or dissemination in the U.S./

VANCOUVER, BC, Feb. 8, 2021 /CNW/ - Loop Energy Inc. ("Loop" or the "Company") announced today that it has filed, and obtained a receipt for, a preliminary long-form prospectus for the proposed initial public offering of common shares of the Company (the "Offering") with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces in Canada. The gross proceeds of the Offering are expected to be $100 million.

National Bank Financial Inc. is acting as lead underwriter and sole bookrunner, with a syndicate of underwriters comprised of CIBC World Markets Inc., Raymond James Ltd., Canaccord Genuity Corp. and Cormark Securities Inc.

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP is acting as legal counsel to the Company, KPMG LLP are the auditors for the Company, and Goodmans LLP is acting as legal counsel to the underwriters.

The preliminary long-form prospectus has not yet become final for purposes of a distribution of securities to the public. No securities regulatory authority has either approved or disapproved the contents of this news release. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale or any acceptance of an offer to buy these securities in any province of Canada prior to the time of receipt for the final long-form prospectus or other authorization is obtained from the securities regulatory authority in such province. Copies of the preliminary long-form prospectus will be available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 (the "U.S. Securities Act"), as amended, or any state securities laws, and may not be offered, sold or delivered, directly or indirectly, in the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, "U.S. persons" (as defined in Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act). Accordingly, the securities may not be offered or sold within the United States unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or pursuant to exemptions from the registrations requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.

About Loop

Loop is a leading designer of fuel cell systems targeted for the electrification of commercial vehicles, including, light commercial vehicles, transit buses and medium and heavy duty trucks.  Loop's products feature the Company's proprietary eFlow™ technology in the fuel cell stack's bipolar plates, eFlow™ was designed to enable commercial customers to achieve performance maximization and cost minimization.   Loop works with OEMs and major vehicle sub-system suppliers to enable the production of fuel cell electric vehicles.  For more information about how Loop is driving towards a zero-emissions future, visit www.loopenergy.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities legislation, which reflect management's current expectations regarding future events. Forward–looking information is based on a number of assumptions and is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company's control, which could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those that are disclosed in or implied by such forward–looking information. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, failure to complete the Offering and the failure to raise the expected gross proceeds of the Offering, and the factors discussed under "Risk Factors" in the preliminary prospectus of the Company dated February 5, 2021.  Loop disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

SOURCE Loop Energy Inc.

For further information: Darren Ready | CFO | Loop Energy | Tel: +1 604-222-3400 Ext. 302 | darren.ready@loopenergy.com


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Mathieu Litalien

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Mathieu is an individual investor and has been investing part-time for the better part of the past 20 years. He is primarily interested in fundamental analysis, focusing on the long-term and his portfolio is composed primarily of dividend-paying equities. Mathieu has a moderate risk profile and also looks for growth and value. His passion for finance and the markets have led him to his MBA and writing for Seeking Alpha and Stocktrades. Mathieu also focuses primarily on stock research and content production for Stocktrades.ca Premium and the Stocktrades blog.