Fathom Digital Manufacturing Corp., a provider of on-demand digital manufacturing services, and Altimar Acquisition Corp. II, a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by an affiliate of HPS Investment Partners LLC, have entered into a definitive business combination agreement pursuant to which Fathom and Altimar will combine, and after which Fathom will become a publicly-traded company. Upon completion of the transaction, the combined company expects to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Fathom is majority-owned by Core Industrial Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm focused exclusively on investing in North American manufacturing, industrial technology and services businesses.
Ryan Martin, CEO of Fathom, said, “With Industry 4.0 taking off, we believe Fathom is on the cusp of a significant growth opportunity, and we’re thrilled to be combining with Altimar as we make our public market debut and move into our next chapter. With our strong business profile and solid balance sheet, we see an opportunity to continue scaling up our capabilities in both on-demand additive and advanced traditional manufacturing. Product lifecycles are so much shorter than they were even five years ago, and companies need an on-demand advanced manufacturing partner who can move quickly and serve all their requirements without sacrificing quality. We believe we are well-positioned to become that manufacturing partner of choice for more clients.”
Tom Wasserman, chairman and CEO of Altimar Acquisition Corp. II, added, “We evaluated a wide range of potential targets, but it became clear to us in our search that Fathom’s ideal blend of speed, scalability, breadth and financial strength positions it to become a leading player in the modern manufacturing market. As more companies realize the benefits of on-demand manufacturing, we believe Fathom’s multi-year head start has resulted in a high barrier to entry that few peers can penetrate. Ryan and his experienced team have built a business that has a promising growth trajectory.”
John May, managing partner of Core Industrial Partners, commented, “When we first invested in Fathom, we knew the Company had a clear path for growth as one of the earliest adopters of additive manufacturing in a fragmented manufacturing space that was only just realizing the benefits of the Industry 4.0 on-demand business model. As we predicted, the market has evolved in Fathom’s favor, and the Company maintains a strong runway for expansion with a high degree of organic and acquisition growth potential. We’re delighted to remain the largest shareholder in Fathom as it continues its growth journey.”
Bob Nardelli, board member of Fathom, said: “We have full confidence in Ryan and his management team as they embark on this new chapter. Along with the partners at CORE, we have built a strong company, drawing from managers and board members with a diverse range of personal and professional backgrounds, that is ready to capitalize on the significant secular growth opportunity presented by Industry 4.0.”
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Stifel are serving as joint financial advisors and Winston & Strawn LLP is serving as legal counsel to Fathom. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Stifel are serving as joint placement agents and capital markets advisors, and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is serving as legal counsel to Altimar. Mayer Brown LLP is serving as legal counsel to the placement agents. In addition, BofA Securities, Needham & Co LLC and Craig-Hallum Capital Group LLC are acting as capital markets advisors to Altimar.