BLI ( https://brightlineinteractive.com/) is a global provider of VR, AR, 5G integration, spatial computing, and deep tech software and service solutions. It designs, builds, integrates, and supports immersive and interactive experiences, training scenarios, and simulations for both government and commercial customers. Key commercial customers include companies such as AT&T and Coca-Cola. BLI has a significant presence in the government sector as a direct contractor, including projects with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the United States Air Force, and the National Institutes for Health (NIH), to name a few. BLI has 28 employees, was founded in 2004 and is based in Ashburn, VA. In addition, BLI has been issued one US patent: "System and Method for Generating an Augmented Reality Experience" and has been issued an allowance of a second VR patent application, expected to be to be finalized in Q3, 2022.
Founder, Erik Muendel, who is currently a Managing Partner of BLI, said, "Ever since I started this adventure in 2004, we have focused on people, cutting edge capabilities, technology and culture. We never brought in institutional capital and built the company from the ground up independently. Given the evolution of the immersive industry, we feel that this is the right time to join forces with a company like Glimpse in order to accelerate growth and reach critical scale. We are strong independently, but much stronger together."
Mr. Muendel will be spearheading integration between the various groups and playing an advisory role on technical solutions, process and creative direction for BLI during its transition into the Glimpse organization.
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BLI generated revenue of approximately $5.0 million in calendar year 2021, an increase of approximately 25% compared to approximately $4.0 million in calendar year 2020. BLI's gross margins for calendar year 2020 were in the 50-55% range, with breakeven to slightly positive cash flow from operations. BLI's recognized revenue and financials have not been audited yet and may change upon review and audit.
Expected synergies from the deal include:
In addition, Tyler Gates, BLI's CEO and Managing Partner, will continue as its General Manager post transaction and join Glimpse's executive team as Chief Futurist. Mr. Gates will add significant immersive technology industry experience and relationships, specifically around strategy, vision and industry partnerships. In addition, Tyler will serve as a Glimpse Board observer.
Tyler Gates, CEO and Managing Partner of Brightline Interactive said, "Since our company's inception, we have rooted our infrastructure in deep tech capabilities. In order to support the development of innovative new capabilities, we forged one of the industry's strongest deep tech partnership programs, with partners such as NVIDIA, AT&T, Microsoft, Unity and Unreal. Everything that we do stems from the tone and culture that has been established within Brightline. Our mission and vision are continuously formed by our skilled professionals who collaborate and share ground-breaking knowledge and contextual awareness. We are confident that aligning with Glimpse will ensure that Brightline reaches its ultimate goal of providing globally scaled immersive technology platforms for various mediums. Joining Glimpse will allow Brightline to have wider access to financial and human capital to strategically advance its already impressive, library of patents, platforms and deep tech capabilities."
Lyron Bentovim, President & CEO of Glimpse commented, "Similar to our recent strategic acquisition of S5D, the transaction with BLI presents a significant addition to Glimpse and further demonstrates the power of our model. This deal is accretive, well-structured, primarily performance based and, as a floor, is tied to our IPO price for future issuances."
Mr. Bentovim continued: "We were determined to become a publicly traded Nasdaq company, as we believe that it provides the most efficient and effective vehicle to creating real scale in an industry which is largely lacking that on the software and services side. In this regard, we have come a very long way in a short time. While much work remains as the immersive industry continues to rapidly develop and grow, this transaction serves as a strong validation of our position in the industry, ability to attract great companies and create significant value. Tyler is a world class immersive technologist and will add significant value to our executive team and board. We welcome Tyler, BLI's co-founder Erik Muendel and the entire Brightline team to Glimpse and are tremendously excited about our joint journey going forward."
The Glimpse Group (NASDAQ: VRAR, FSE: 9DR) is a diversified Virtual and Augmented Reality platform company, comprised of multiple VR and AR software & services companies, and designed with the specific purpose of cultivating companies in the emerging VR/AR industry. Glimpse's unique business model simplifies challenges faced by VR/AR companies and creates a robust ecosystem, while simultaneously providing investors an opportunity to invest directly into the emerging VR/AR industry via a diversified platform. For more information on The Glimpse Group, please visit www.theglimpsegroup.com
Brightline Interactive is the global leader in 5G integration, spatial computing, and deep tech. They design, build, integrate, and support immersive and interactive experiences, training scenarios, and simulations for both government and commercial customers. Brightline serves as architects for these solutions, but also as full-scale developers and integrators of systems. Brightline implements a layered production and business development approach to partnerships, scaled growth and data virtualization. For more information on Brightline Interactive, please visit www.brightlineinteractive.com
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