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LanzaTech increases share ownership of LanzaJet

LanzaTech Global Inc. announced June 20 an increase in its holdings of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producer and technology provider LanzaJet Inc.


This ownership increase is in accordance with a previously signed agreement that allows LanzaJet to further sublicense the alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) technology originally developed by LanzaTech in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest National Lab and the U.S. DOE, which enables the conversion of ethanol to SAF, in exchange for additional equity issued to LanzaTech.


LanzaTech received June 18 the first of what is anticipated to be a total of three tranches of LanzaJet common stock, which are projected in the aggregate to more than double the company’s ownership percentage in LanzaJet.


This first issuance of common stock, which increases LanzaTech’s ownership in LanzaJet to approximately 36 percent from approximately 23 percent, is a result of LanzaJet’s signed license and engineering agreement with Jet Zero Australia.


Jet Zero Australia is developing Australia’s first ethanol-to-SAF plant, and LanzaJet’s Freedom Pines Fuels, located in Soperton, Georgia, is the reference plant for the project.


As LanzaJet scales its global deployment and seeks to further sublicense the ATJ technology, LanzaTech’s interest in LanzaJet is also expected to further increase, with the second and third equity issuances projected to bring LanzaTech’s ownership in LanzaJet to approximately 46 percent and 53 percent, respectively, over the next 12 to 18 months, depending on the pace of project development and the deployment of LanzaJet’s ATJ technology, among other factors.


LanzaTech and LanzaJet are actively collaborating on several projects whereby LanzaJet will take ethanol from LanzaTech’s proprietary waste-to-ethanol biorefining platform and convert it to drop-in SAF using its proprietary, leading ATJ technology.


The SAF produced through this process can reduce aviation emissions by a minimum of 85 percent, depending on the technology and feedstock selection, among other factors.


The pipeline of opportunities that exists for these types of collaborative biofuel solutions is expected to be a key pathway for LanzaJet to license its technology with the potential to expedite the second and third tranches of shares expected to be issued to LanzaTech.


“First and foremost, I want to congratulate the LanzaJet team for making such great progress in accelerating the decarbonization of the aviation industry globally,” said Jennifer Holmgren, CEO and board chair of LanzaTech and board chair of LanzaJet. “From the LanzaTech side, today’s announcement represents the execution of the first step of a plan we put in place for the commercialization of the ATJ process when we spun LanzaJet out into its own business four years ago. It’s very exciting to realize immediate, meaningful value creation for LanzaTech stockholders with this transaction. LanzaTech’s increased ownership in LanzaJet comes at a pivotal time, when the global aviation industry’s significant and growing demand pull for SAF is undeniable, and the opportunity set for what our two companies can deliver seems almost limitless. LanzaTech and LanzaJet are better positioned than ever to successfully deliver on a robust pipeline of projects, which is expected to pave an increasingly visible path to profitability and free cash-flow generation for both companies.”



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