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Comtech Telecommunications (CMTL) – A First Step

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. engages in the design, development, production, and marketing of products, systems, and services for advanced communications solutions in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: Telecommunications Transmission, Mobile Data Communications, and RF Microwave Amplifiers. The Telecommunications Transmission segment provides satellite earth station equipment and systems, over-the-horizon microwave systems, and forward error correction technology, which are used in various commercial and government applications, including backhaul of wireless and cellular traffic, broadcasting (including HDTV), IP-based communications traffic, long distance telephony, and secure defense applications. The Mobile Data Communications segment provides mobile satellite transceivers, and computers and satellite earth station network gateways and associated installation, training, and maintenance services; supplies and operates satellite packet data networks, including arranging and providing satellite capacity; and offers microsatellites and related components. The RF Microwave Amplifiers segment designs, develops, manufactures, and markets satellite earth station traveling wave tube amplifiers (TWTA) and broadband amplifiers. Its amplifiers are used in broadcast and broadband satellite communication; defense applications, such as telecommunications systems and electronic warfare systems; and commercial applications comprising oncology treatment systems, as well as to amplify signals carrying voice, video, or data for air-to-satellite-to-ground communications. The company serves satellite systems integrators, wireless and other communication service providers, broadcasters, defense contractors, military, governments, and oil companies. Comtech markets its products through independent representatives and value-added resellers. The company was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Melville, New York.

Joe Gomes, Managing Director, Equity Research Analyst, Generalist , Noble Capital Markets, Inc.

Joshua Zoepfel, Research Associate, Noble Capital Markets, Inc.

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Strategic Investment. In the first step in the ultimate refinancing of its credit facility, Comtech announced a new $45 million investment from existing investors White Hat Capital Partners and Magnetar Capital. The new investment provides Comtech with financial flexibility in its refinancing as well as supports its strategic initiatives in satellite ground station infrastructure and next generation terrestrial wireless and wireless solutions.

Details. White Hat and Magnetar purchased $45.0 million of a new series of convertible preferred stock and exchanged all outstanding shares of Comtech’s existing convertible preferred stock for shares of the new series of convertible preferred stock. The preferred stock will be convertible into shares of Comtech common stock at a conversion price of $7.99 per share; carries a 9.00% dividend, payable in kind, or a 7.75% dividend, payable in cash, at Comtech’s election; and contains an optional redemption date of October 31, 2028. We expect additional details to be included in an 8-k filing in the next couple of days.


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