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Fathom to go public through SPAC merger with Altimar Acquisition Corp

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Fathom Digital Manufacturing Corporation an expert in on-demand digital manufacturing services, and Altimar Acquisition Corp, 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.

Headquartered in Hartland, Wisconsin, Fathom has over 35 years of industry expertise and leadership in on-demand digital manufacturing solutions. As one of the largest service providers for rapid prototyping and on-demand additive and advanced traditional manufacturing services in North America with over 90 large-platform additive manufacturing machines and nearly 450,000 square feet of manufacturing capacity across twelve facilities nationwide, Fathom uses its proprietary software platform to seamlessly blend in-house capabilities across plastic and metal additive manufacturing technologies, and advanced traditional manufacturing technologies that include CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, and injection molding.

Fathom’s nationwide footprint enables rapid product development and accelerated new product launches with one-stop coverage across 25+ manufacturing processes. Fathom’s comprehensive manufacturing technologies and proprietary software platform enable customers to capitalize on Industry 4.0 methodologies offering a broad array of additive and advanced traditional manufacturing technologies and provide an impactful, technology-agnostic approach to meet the product development and low- to mid-volume manufacturing needs of some of the largest and most innovative companies in the world. Fathom and Altimar have entered into a definitive business combination agreement pursuant to which will combine, and after which Fathom will become a publicly traded company

Upon the closing of the proposed transaction, Fathom’s senior management will continue to serve in their current roles. Fathom will continue to be led by Chief Executive Officer, Ryan Martin. Mark Frost and Rich Stump will continue as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Commercial Officer, respectively. Following the transaction, TJ Chung, Senior Partner at CORE, who has served on several public company boards, will continue to serve as Chairman.

Industry 4.0, the next wave of the Industrial Revolution driven by the digitization of manufacturing, including the commercialization of additive manufacturing complemented by advanced traditional manufacturing technologies and advancements in software tools and AI, has created a massive economic opportunity, especially in the $25 billion low- to mid-volume manufacturing space that forms Fathom’s addressable market.

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.”

Fathom is well-positioned to capitalize on this opportunity. The Company’s breadth of additive and advanced traditional manufacturing capabilities, advanced and proprietary software platform, experienced management and engineering teams, and ability to turn around certain projects in as little as 24 hours across the United States make it an ideal partner for the largest and most innovative companies in the world. The $25 billion low- to mid-volume manufacturing market is highly fragmented, and Fathom has a long runway for growth. Already one of the largest players in this space, Fathom’s ability to continue to scale quickly across a wide range of manufacturing technologies will position it to capture a greater portion of this market as more of the largest and most innovative companies seek a one-stop outsourced on-demand advanced manufacturing partner.

Tom Wasserman, Chairman, and CEO of Altimar Acquisition Corp. II, said: “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.”

Fathom’s modern and advanced manufacturing technologies, along with its nationwide network of twelve cutting-edge manufacturing centers, mean that its customers are especially well-positioned to shorten their supply chain and on-shore their manufacturing needs and efficiently develop and manufacture their products in North America.

Additionally, as a result of Fathom’s advantages, scale, and track record of successful acquisitions, it is well-positioned as an acquirer of choice for other firms in the sector looking to become part of a larger platform. The Company currently has a robust pipeline of potential acquisitions and will be better able to execute on this large inorganic pipeline once it is able to utilize its stock as acquisition currency.

John May, Managing Partner of CORE Industrial Partners, said: “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.”

Fathom approaches this opportunity from a position of financial strength. The Company is already a strong cash-generating business with $149 million in pro forma revenue in the fiscal year 2020. The proceeds from this transaction will strengthen Fathom’s ability to continue investing in both organic and inorganic growth opportunities as the market for its key service areas expands. The Company will be guided through this growth by a management team with decades of combined manufacturing experience, along with a diverse board including former executives at leading manufacturing companies such as General Electric, 3M, Ingersoll Rand, and Chrysler.

Bob Nardelli, the 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.”

The transaction is valued at a pro forma enterprise value of $1.5 billion. The acquisition will be funded through a combination of ATMR’s cash in trust and an $80 million fully committed common stock PIPE at $10.00 per share.

The boards of directors of both Fathom and ATMR have unanimously approved the proposed transaction and it is expected to close later this year, subject to customary closing conditions, including a registration statement being declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission and approval of ATMR’s shareholders.

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