ATSI Engages Roth Capital as Investment Banker
Evaluating GlobalSCAPE Strategic Options a Priority
SAN ANTONIO--American TeleSource International Inc. (AMEX:AI - news; ``ATSI'') announced today that ATSI and GlobalSCAPE have engaged the investment banking firm of Roth Capital Partners Inc. (``Roth''), one of the largest independent investment banking and brokerage firms on the West Coast.
Founded in 1984, Roth Capital Partners has raised $3 billion in 135 offerings over the past seven years. In 1999, Roth Capital Partners led more underwritings for issuers with market caps under $150 million than any other investment banking firm, outranking such firms as Merrill Lynch, PaineWebber, CIBC and Bear Stearns. Roth completed 20 public equity transactions in 1999 raising approximately $765 million, with an average transaction size of $38 million. In each of the last six years, Roth Capital Partners ranked in the top twenty nationally among investment banks in aftermarket performance according to CommScan EquiDesk.
Roth will serve as the exclusive financial advisor to GlobalSCAPE to assist management in evaluating Strategic Financing Alternatives, which may include the following:
- A proposed public offering of GlobalSCAPE's common stock.
- The possible acquisition of third parties by GlobalSCAPE.
- The possible sale of all or a part of ATSI's ownership in GlobalSCAPE.
H. Douglas Saathoff, ATSI's Chief Financial Officer, stated, ``We chose Roth because of their successful track record as a quality, full service investment banking firm. Both Roth and the Company will work toward achieving the complementary goals of funding GlobalSCAPE, and allowing ATSI to leverage off the value of its ownership in GlobalSCAPE. We will work toward solutions that provide the best valuation for both companies and their respective shareholders.''
Tim Nicolaou, GlobalSCAPE's Chief Executive Officer, stated, ``Engaging Roth is an important step to support our strategic initiatives to broaden markets for CuteFTP, targeting digital media applications; to advance CuteMX technology in markets where peer-to-peer collaboration reduces the operating cost for e-commerce sites that handle massive amounts of information; and to build critical mass, acquire market share, and broaden GlobalSCAPE's brand through strategic acquisitions.''
Grant Garbers, Managing Director at Roth Capital Partners, stated, ``We look forward to working closely with management in developing a financial strategy that will allow both ATSI and GlobalSCAPE to pursue their strategic objectives while at the same time enhance shareholder value.''
Roth Capital, formerly Cruttenden Roth, is a full service firm offering quality investment banking, research and distribution services to high quality small-cap companies. Roth is committed to long-term partnerships with emerging growth companies and the investors who back them. The company offers a complete range of brokerage and investment banking services to middle market companies including public offerings, private placements and M&A advisory, as well as a full range of brokerage and investment services to both institutional and private investors.
American TeleSource International Inc. is an emerging international carrier serving the rapidly expanding niche markets in and between Latin America and the United States. The Company's borderless strategy includes the deployment of a ``next generation'' network for more efficient and cost effective service offerings of domestic and international voice and data. ATSI has clear advantages over the competition through its corporate framework consisting of unique licenses, interconnection and service agreements, network footprint, and extensive retail distribution.
ATSI's Internet software subsidiary, GlobalSCAPE Inc. (www.globalscape.com), is a leader in the development, marketing, distribution and support of award winning Internet-based software in a broad array of categories including file management, multimedia utilities and Web site development tools.
This news release contains forward-looking statements. These statements describe management's beliefs and expectations about the future. We have identified forward-looking statements by using words such as ``expect,'' ``believe'' and ``should.'' Although we believe our expectations are reasonable, our operations involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and these statements may turn out not to be true. Risks that could cause these statements not to be true include loss of key customers, inability to obtain additional capital, inability to make payments to suppliers and lenders on time, dilution of our common stock, equipment failures leading to service interruptions, failure to achieve profitability, and other Risk Factors discussed in filings made by the Company with the SEC.