Oryon Technologies, Inc. an innovator of next-generation flexible lighting technology marketed as ELastoLite, has entered into a multi-faceted strategic transaction with Netherlands-based EFL Tech that combines their worldwide EL business activities and operations under Oryon. The transaction significantly extends Oryon's reach into international wearable technology and related information display markets.
Oryon Technologies has established a leading reputation in active personal lighting systems. Its patented electroluminescent (EL) technology combines flexible printed circuitry with advanced elastomeric lamps.
ELastoLite enables thin durable lighting systems that are flexible, crushable and washable. It is incorporated into smart textiles and gear used in low light environments, and molded into plastics or substrates for automotive, biomedical and security applications, among others.
EFL Tech is a global technology company and a premier developer and licensor of printed electronics based on electroluminescent (EL), electrochromic (EC) and transparent organic photovoltaic (TOPV) technology. Its solutions can produce energy-efficient, self-powered, low- cost printed and flexible electronic displays and smart signage. "We are a leading company in the global licensing of innovative technologies," explained Alex Hatzimihail, EFL Tech CEO. "The Oryon relationship accelerates plans to meet growing global interest in EL lighting applications and smart wearable technology."
The transaction encompasses operating capital, board composition, patent portfolios, product manufacturing and global business activity. Specifically:
- EFL Tech is providing Oryon $1.5 million of financing. At closing on January 21, 2014, the first installment of $1.0 million was paid, to be followed by $ 0.5 million by March 31, 2014. Oryon will use a portion of the proceeds for the repayment of debt;
- As part of the EFL Tech transaction, approximately $817,375 of indebtedness was exchanged for 19,267,010 shares of Oryon common stock plus cash payments aggregating $122,125;
- Oryon issued EFL Tech 85,271,779 shares of common stock at closing, representing 51 percent of issued and outstanding stock. Additional shares of Oryon stock will be issued to EFL Tech as further funding is received by March 31, 2014. At that point, EFL Tech will hold 75 percent of Oryon common stock on a fully diluted basis;
- Following the transaction, Mark Pape and Jon Ross resigned from Oryon's Board. EFL Tech has the right to nominate four board appointments after all funding has occurred. Dr. Clifton Shen was approved on January 21, 2014 to fill one of the vacancies;
- Oryon's CEO, Thomas Schaeffer, retains that position, although he has resigned the title of President. At this point, that position has not been filled.