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21 February 2022
Federated Wireless raises
Allied Minds plc (LSE: ALM, "the Group"), the IP commercialisation company focused on early stage company development within the technology sector, announces that portfolio company Federated Wireless, Inc., ("Federated"), the industry leader in enterprise shared spectrum 5G private wireless, has secured
Participants in Federated's latest financing round include an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. ("Cerberus"), a new investor, alongside existing investors GIC (
The funding will help scale Federated's platform and support further investments in its capabilities and partnerships. Founded in 2012, Federated is focused on accelerating enterprise adoption of private wireless networking and delivering new capabilities for network edge innovation. With this latest round of funding, its goal is to simplify and automate how wireless networks are purchased, deployed, provisioned and managed, making it easier for organisations to customise their network to business requirements, and speed time to market with advancements in IoT, VR/AR, and other digital technologies.
Iyad Tarazi, CEO of Federated Wireless, commented:
"Private wireless will deliver the type of transformation for enterprises that the cloud delivered for IT infrastructure. This investment will enable us to scale our spectrum platforms, invest in commercialization, and accelerate private wireless market adoption."
Democratising wireless with shared spectrum
Shared spectrum, also known as CBRS, is an innovative technology that delivers the best attributes of traditional wireless and Wi-Fi, with lower fixed cost, higher quality and greater efficiency and scale.
As the first to market with a Spectrum Access System (SAS), Federated is the nationwide leader in enabling, commercialising and driving adoption of shared spectrum. With more than 350 customers and over 85,000 connected devices across
Accelerating private 5G wireless for enterprise
Critical to the Federated strategy is expanding its edge solutions, which it will achieve through collaboration with hyperscale providers including AWS, Intel, HPE-Aruba, JMA, Cisco, and others. The company's top priorities include:
· Investing in cloud-native tools to empower edge innovation, including automation, application analytics and zero touch provisioning (ZTP);
· Mobilising the ecosystem with a heightened focus on relationship management, business development and sales enablement;
· Expanding product capabilities for sharing in 6 Ghz, and promoting its adoption domestically and internationally; and
· Ramping up commercial capacity with increased investment in Sales, Marketing and Customer Success.
Investing in growth
In addition to significant investments in product development, Federated has made key appointments to the company's leadership team and Board:
· Dr. Shaygan Kheradpir joins the Federated Wireless Board, bringing senior C-level experience from industry giants such as Verizon, Barclays, Juniper, and Coriant, where he served as CEO and Chairman
· Industry veteran Chris Swan joins as Chief Commercial Officer to drive record growth with leadership over sales, marketing, and customer care
· Strategic operations and finance executive Loren Buck joins as Chief Financial Officer, accountable for capital raising, strategic investments, financial planning and cash management
Federated delivered a year of very strong revenue growth in 2021, albeit below the expectations set out at Allied Minds' capital markets presentation in April 2021. This was due to delayed customer deployment of contracted business that was originally budgeted for the final months of the year. It is anticipated that revenue recognition will occur in 2022.
The Board remains very positive about Federated's growth prospects and potential for further valuation upside. It is pleased that investors with Cerberus and GIC's track record also recognise that opportunity with their respective investments.
Further information about the Series D funding
The Series D funding was completed at a post‐money valuation of
In November 2021, Allied Minds invested
Wider portfolio update
The optical communications market has become a focal area for investors as they see more opportunities arising from commercial space opportunities and government programs looking for the unique characteristics of high speed and security. BridgeComm has engaged an investment bank to advise on its options and is engaged in discussions with multiple parties. We look forward to updating investors in due course.
BridgeComm has developed a proprietary, patent awarded set of technologies around point to multipoint optical communications using Managed Optical Communication Array (MOCA) technology, meaning it can truly complement legacy radio frequency technology. This allows multi-domain capabilities to share large volumes of data faster, with increased security. This capability has been demonstrated to customers and BridgeComm is now developing terminals for specific applications. As anticipated, sales of the MOCA technology to customers began in H2 2021.
Key partners include Boeing, a supporter of BridgeComm and partner for key applications and Space Micro for the production of point to multipoint terminals based on MOCA technology.
In November 2021, Ocuterra announced the final close of its
The post Series B valuation was
On 1 November 2021, Allied Minds disposed of portfolio company Spark Insights, Inc. to Concirrus, a private
As announced at the half year results in October 2021, Spin Memory is being liquidated via an Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors. This process is ongoing and we do not anticipate that Spin shareholders will receive any proceeds from the liquidation process.
Allied Minds is in the advanced stages of selling its residual shareholding in Touch Bistro for
Allied Minds Strategic Outlook and Cash Position
In January 2021, the Board set out in its strategic update that it believed that the portfolio was capable of delivering venture capital-like returns upon exit and it was the Group's objective to position each portfolio company for a favourable exit in the next two to three year period.
Having rationalised and refocused the portfolio during 2021, concluding with today's financing of Federated Wireless and the announcement of the forthcoming sale of the residual holding in Touch Bistro, the Board reaffirms its belief in the strategic objectives set out at the start of 2021.
Net Cash held at the parent level at the year-end was
As set out at the half year results, the Board continues to manage the Group in as cost-efficient manner as possible, regularly reviewing the ongoing costs associated with being a listed company.
Appointment of Mark Pritchard as consultant to the Board
The Board is pleased to announce that Mark Pritchard, founder and former executive chairman of Allied Minds and a 5.53% shareholder, has been appointed as a consultant to the Board, to help execute its strategy of maximising cash returns to shareholders. Mark has an investment banking background alongside many years of senior level management experience across multiple technology sectors and stages and has achieved significant exits for companies.
Harry Rein, Chairman of Allied Minds, said:
"We're proud of the achievements made by Federated Wireless, which have been recognised by investors in this well-backed funding round. The company has gained share, surpassed development milestones and secured significant customer implementations moving into 2022. We are excited about Federated's market positioning, and optimistic about near-term revenue prospects as well as the growth of the market at large.
"Our other operating portfolio companies also continue to progress, with expanded product offerings. We're also pleased to be working towards successful monetisation of our stake in Touch Bistro."
Allied Minds will publish its Full Year 2021 results in the second half of April.
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About Allied Minds
Allied Minds plc is an IP commercialisation company focused on early stage company development within the technology sector. With origination relationships that span US federal laboratories, universities, and leading US corporations, Allied Minds historically created, and now operates and funds, a portfolio of companies to generate long-term value for its investors and stakeholders. Based in
About Federated Wireless
Founded in 2012, Federated Wireless has long led the industry in development of shared spectrum CBRS capabilities. The company's partner ecosystem includes more than 40 device manufacturers and edge partners, all of which are dedicated to collaboration to advance development and proliferation of CBRS services. Federated Wireless' customer base includes companies spanning the telecommunications, energy, hospitality, education, retail, office space, municipal and residential verticals, with use cases ranging from network densification and mobile offload to Private 4G/5G and Industrial IoT. For more information, visit: www.federatedwireless.com.