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Shapeways Announces Completion of Merger with Galileo Acquisition Corp.

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Above: Shapeways is a leading digital manufacturing platform/Image Source: Shapeways

Shapeways, Inc. (“Shapeways”) a leader in the large and fast-growing digital manufacturing industry, announced the completion of its merger with Galileo Acquisition Corp. (“Galileo”), a special purpose acquisition company.  

The combined company has been renamed Shapeways Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”). Its common stock and public warrants have begun trading on the NYSE on [September 30] under the new tickers “SHPW” and “SHPW.WS”, respectively. The business combination was unanimously approved by Galileo’s board of directors and approved by a vote of Galileo’s shareholders on September 28, 2021 with more than 99% of the votes cast in favour of the transaction. 

Greg Kress, Chief Executive Officer, stated: “We are proud of what our team has achieved and excited to start our journey as a public company. Since we announced this transaction earlier this year, we have delivered strong year-over-year revenue growth and robust margins as we continue to scale and extend our footprint across key industries. With our best-in-class proprietary software, which digitizes the end-to-end manufacturing process, we believe Shapeways is uniquely positioned to capture a tremendous opportunity in the global manufacturing market. The opportunities ahead of us are exciting as we continue to scale across materials, markets, and technologies, and as we introduce our software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering. The completion of this transaction will provide us with the platform to execute on our growth strategy and drive shareholder value.” 

Transaction Overview

Following the business combination and related PIPE investment, Shapeways will receive $103 million of gross proceeds, including a $75 million fully-committed common stock PIPE anchored by top-tier investors including Miller Value, XN, and Desktop Metal. The PIPE also includes investments from existing Shapeways investors Lux Capital, Union Square Ventures, INKEF Capital and Andreessen Horowitz.  Proceeds will be used primarily to accelerate the Company’s additive manufacturing capabilities, accelerate the rollout of its SaaS offering, expand its material and technology offerings to extend market reach and grow customer share of wallet, as well as to provide additional working capital.

Shapeways’ existing management team, led by Chief Executive Officer Greg Kress, will continue to operate the business. 


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