Arogo Capital Acquisition Corp. Enters Into Business Combination Agreement with EON Reality Inc., a Leading Virtual and Augmented Reality and Knowledge Metaverse Company
EON Reality, Inc. Will Become a Public Company Listed on NASDAQ Under the Name EON Reality, Inc.
Transaction solidifies EON Reality Inc.’s (“EON Reality”) position as a leading global provider of Virtual- and Augmented-Reality (AR/VR) academic- and industry-training solutions.
As a key pioneer in AR/VR and Knowledge Metaverse, EON Reality has spent over 20 years building and developing leading-edge AR/VR education and industry solutions known as Extended Reality, EON-XR, or XR.
Transaction reflects an implied pro-forma enterprise value at closing of approximately $655 million.
MIAMI, FL and IRVINE, CA - (NewMediaWire) - April 26, 2022 - Arogo Capital Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: “AOGOU, AOGO, AOGOW”) (“Arogo”), a special purpose acquisition corporation, announced today that it has entered into a definitive business combination agreement with EON Reality, Inc. (“EON Reality”), a global leader in Virtual and Augmented Reality and Knowledge Metaverse industry and education solutions. Upon closing of the transaction, the combined entity, which will retain the name of EON Reality, Inc., will be led by seasoned chief executive officer, Dan Lejerskar, Founder, Chairman and CEO of the current EON Reality.
With over 20-years experience as a solution and thought leader in Virtual and Augmented Reality, EON Reality has grown into a global leader for academic and industry training solutions. EON Reality believes that knowledge is a human right which should be available, accessible, and affordable for every person on the planet!
To achieve this goal, EON Reality has developed the de-facto standard for XR education and industry solutions that support devices from mobile phones to head-mounted displays to large-scale screens and even to facilities. As a result of the culmination of years of work with global enterprises and world-class academic institutions, EON Reality’s EON-XR serves as the primary product and content delivery vehicle for XR education and industry solutions.
Founded around EON Reality’s fundamental human right principles that a person should “Learn, Train, Perform,” EON-XR contains the backend support and architecture that large organizations need to quickly and efficiently build, deploy, and scale XR applications to supplement their employees’ current training and increase productivity efforts.
“Virtual and Augmented Reality and Knowledge Metaverse are among the biggest opportunities right now with immense growth potentials ahead. Amidst all the excitements and rush to enter this space, EON Reality stands out distinctly and firmly on strong foundations built over the many years with a clear purpose of making knowledge available, accessible and affordable for every person on the planet, and we are extremely delighted to be announcing this business combination to deliver lasting, positive impact,” says Suradech Taweesaengsakulthai, CEO and Director of Arogo.
“EON Reality is among the most exciting technology companies we have encountered in the Virtual and Augmented Reality and the Knowledge Metaverse spaces, with what the company has been able to achieve over the years and with all the exciting plans and growth opportunities globally in the upcoming future. I’m confident that with this business combination, EON Reality will be propelled onto a new growth trajectory in existing and new markets in significant ways,” added Raymond Chee, Chief Strategy Officer of Arogo.
“EON Reality has been a driving force behind the expansion of XR technology utilization and the Knowledge Metaverse globally for two decades now. Partnering with Arogo, whose management team knows the technology industry and how to scale a company of our size, is the next step in our strategy for growth. We are targeting to reach a billion users over the coming years and thus make experiential learning a de-facto standard in knowledge transfer across the globe,” says Dan Lejerskar, Founder, Chairman and CEO of EON Reality.
Under the terms of the business combination agreement, EON Reality will combine with a subsidiary of Arogo. and will become a publicly traded entity under the name “EON Reality, Inc.” EON Reality will apply to list its common stock under the symbol EOXR and its warrants, if any, under the symbol EOXRW. The transaction implies a proforma company enterprise value of approximately $655 million. The transaction is expected to provide EON Reality with approximately $101 million in cash proceeds to its balance sheet, assuming no redemptions and before the payment of transactional fees and expenses. The acquisition has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of Arogo. The business combination has also been approved by the board of directors and the majority of shareholders of EON Reality.
The transaction is expected to close by the second half of 2022, subject to, among other things, the approval by Arogo stockholders, satisfaction or waiver of the conditions stated in the business combination agreement, and other customary closing conditions, including a registration statement being declared effective by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and approval by Nasdaq to list the securities of the emerged company.
About EON Reality
EON Reality is a leading company in Augmented and Virtual Reality-based experience creation for education and industry as well as the reputed creators of the Knowledge Metaverse. EON Reality’s over 20 years of existence and success are tied to its belief that knowledge is a human right and should be available, accessible, and affordable for every person on the planet. To carry this out, EON Reality developed and launched EON-XR, a SaaS-based platform dedicated to the democratization of XR content creation that brings code-free XR development and publishing to smartphones, tablets, laptops, and any other XR-focused devices. EON-XR can be used in devices of different sizes, in different shapes and at different types of locations: from hand-held mobile devices, to head-mounted displays, to large-scale screens, and even at mega-size facilities. EON Reality’s global network now comprises of more than 1.1 million licenses who are collectively building the Knowledge Metaverse in more than 100 locations. EON Reality has also created the world’s leading XR library for education and industry with access to at least 2.16 million 3D assets and counting. For further information, visit www.eonreality.com.
About Arogo Capital Acquisition Corp.
Arogo Capital Acquisition Corp. is a blank check company. The Company aims to acquire one and more businesses and assets, via a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, and reorganization. For more information, visit www.arogocapital.com
ARC Group Ltd. is serving as sole financial advisor to Arogo. EF Hutton, division of Benchmark Investments, LLC, is serving as capital markets advisor. Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP is serving as legal advisor to Arogo. Seyfarth Shaw LLP is serving as legal advisor to EON Reality.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
For additional information on the proposed business combination transaction, see Arogo’s Current Report on Form 8-K, which was filed concurrently with this press release. In connection with the proposed business combination transaction, Arogo intends to file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including a registration statement on Form S-4, which will include a proxy statement/prospectus of Arogo, and other documents regarding the proposed business combination transaction. Arogo’s stockholders and other interested persons are advised to read, when available, the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus and the amendments thereto and the definitive proxy statement and documents incorporated by reference therein filed in connection with the proposed business combination transaction, as these materials will contain important information about EON Reality, Arogo and the proposed business combination transaction. Promptly after the Form S-4 is declared effective by the SEC, Arogo will mail the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and a proxy card to each stockholder entitled to vote at the meeting relating to the approval of the business combination and other proposals set forth in the proxy statement/prospectus. Before making any voting or investment decision, investors and stockholders of Arogo are urged to carefully read the entire registration statement and proxy statement/prospectus, when they become available, and any other relevant documents filed with the SEC, as well as any amendments or supplements to these documents, because they will contain important information about the proposed business combination transaction. The documents filed by Arogo with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, (Registration No. 333-259338), or by directing a request to Arogo Capital Acquisition Corp., 848 Brickell Avenue, Penthouse 5, Miami, FL 33131.
Participants in the Solicitation
Arogo and its directors and executive officers may be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies from its stockholders with respect to the business combination. A list of the names of those directors and executive officers and a description of their interests in Arogo will be included in the proxy statement/prospectus for the proposed business combination when available at www.sec.gov. Information about Arogo’s directors and executive officers and their ownership of Arogo common stock is set forth in Arogo’s prospectus, dated December 23, 2021, as modified or supplemented by any Form 3 or Form 4 filed with the SEC since the date of such filing. Other information regarding the interests of the participants in the proxy solicitation will be included in the proxy statement/prospectus pertaining to the proposed business combination when it becomes available. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the source indicated above.
EON Reality and its directors and executive officers may also be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Arogo in connection with the proposed business combination. A list of the names of such directors and executive officers and information regarding their interests in the proposed business combination will be included in the proxy statement/prospectus for the proposed business combination.
This communication contains certain statements which may be deemed as “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other securities laws. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results, our plans, objectives, expectations and intentions with respect to future operations, products and services; and other statements identified by words such as “will likely result,” “are expected to,” “will continue,” “is anticipated,” “estimated,” “believe,” “intend,” “plan,” “projection,” “outlook” or words of similar meaning. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding EON Reality’s industry and market sizes, future opportunities for EON Reality and Arogo, EON Reality’s estimated future results and the proposed business combination between Arogo and EON Reality, including the implied enterprise value, the expected transaction and ownership structure and the likelihood, timing and ability of the parties to successfully consummate the proposed transaction. Such forward-looking statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the management and are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond the management’s control. Actual results and the timing of events may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements.
In addition to factors previously disclosed in Arogo’s reports filed with the SEC and those identified elsewhere in this communication, the following factors, among others, could cause actual results and the timing of events to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements: inability to meet the closing conditions to the business combination, including the occurrence of any event, change, legal proceedings instituted against EON Reality or against Arogo related to the business combination agreement or the management team, or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the business combination agreement; the inability to complete the transactions contemplated by the business combination agreement due to the failure to obtain approval of Arogo’s stockholders; redemptions exceeding a maximum threshold or the failure to meet The Nasdaq Stock Market’s initial listing standards in connection with the consummation of the contemplated transactions; costs related to the transactions contemplated by the business combination agreement; a delay or failure to realize the expected benefits from the proposed business combination agreement transaction including EON Reality’s ability to effectively develop and successfully market new products, solutions and services, and to effectively address cost reductions and other changes in its industry; risks related to disruption of management’s time from ongoing business operations due to the proposed business combination transaction; changes in the virtual reality markets in which EON Reality competes, including with respect to its competitive landscape, technology evolution or regulatory changes on solutions, services, labor matters, international economic, political, legal, compliance and business factors; developments and uncertainties in domestic and foreign trade policies and regulations, and other regulations which may cause contractions or affect growth rates and cyclicality of markets EON Reality serve; disruptions relating to war, terrorism, widespread protests and civil unrest, man-made and natural disasters, public health issues and other events; changes in domestic and global general economic conditions; risk that EON Reality may not be able to execute its growth strategies; security breaches or other disruptions of EON Reality information technology systems or violations of data privacy laws; EON Reality’s inability to adequately protect its intellectual property; risks related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and response, including new variants of the virus; the pace of recovery in the markets in which EON Reality operates; global supply chain disruptions and potential staffing shortages at potential customers which may have a trickle-down effect on EON Reality; risk that EON Reality may not be able to develop and maintain effective internal controls; and other risks and uncertainties indicated in Arogo’s final prospectus, dated December 23, 2021, for its initial public offering, and those that will be contained in the proxy statement/prospectus relating to the proposed business combination, including those under “Risk Factors” therein, and in Arogo’s other filings with the SEC. EON Reality and Arogo caution that the foregoing list of factors is not exclusive. These forward-looking statements are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to serve as, and must not be relied on by any investor as, a guarantee, an assurance, a prediction or a definitive statement of fact or probability.
Actual results, performance or achievements may differ materially, and potentially adversely, from any projections and forward-looking statements and the assumptions on which those forward-looking statements are based. There can be no assurance that the data contained herein is reflective of future performance to any degree. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a predictor of future performance as projected financial information and other information are based on estimates and assumptions that are inherently subject to various significant risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond the management’s control. All information set forth herein speaks only as of the date hereof in the case of information about Arogo and EON Reality or the date of such information in the case of information from persons other than Arogo or EON Reality, and except to the extent required by applicable law, we disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events and developments or otherwise occurring after the date of this communication. Forecasts and estimates regarding EON Reality’s industry and markets are based on sources we believe to be reliable, however there can be no assurance these forecasts and estimates will prove accurate in whole or in part. Projected and estimated numbers are used for illustrative purpose only, are not forecasts and may not reflect actual results. Neither Arogo nor EON Reality gives any assurance that either Arogo or EON Reality, respectively, will achieve its expectations.
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