Net Element Inc. (NASDAQ: NETE) Works to Enhance Shareholder Value, Adapts to COVID-19 Fallout

  • NETE releases Q2 2020 financial report
  • CEO notes impact of COVID-19 on financial results, points to continued efforts to increase shareholder value as merger approaches
  • Shareholder letter provides clarification on expected number of shares

Net Element (NASDAQ: NETE), a global financial technology and value-added solutions group, released its financial report for Q2 2020 (, the period ended June 30, 2020; NETE also provided more clarifying information about its pending merger with Mullen in an Aug. 19 shareholder letter (

In its financial report, NETE noted that, during second quarter 2020, total transaction volume decreased to $717.9 million, as compared to $950.2 million for the same comparable period the year previous. In addition, net revenue decreased to $13.7 million, as compared to $16.5 million for Q2 2019. Operating expenses decreased to $2.2 million, as compared to $5.2 million for the same comparable period. Gross margin for the quarter decreased to $2.2 million compared to $2.6 million for Q2 2019.

“The COVID-19 pandemic continued to negatively impact our financial results during the second quarter of this year,” said Net Element CEO Oleg Firer. “Our ability to adapt quickly by implementing safety protocols to protect our employees has been successful so far, and we are happy to report we have had zero cases of COVID-19 among our employees. We also implemented cost-cutting initiatives while boosting support for our merchants through e-commerce solutions, contactless payment alternatives and online food ordering for restaurants. We continue working diligently to increase shareholder value as we continue to work toward the proposed merger with Mullen Technologies Inc.”

On August 5, 2020, Net Element announced the execution of a definitive agreement to merge with privately held Mullen Technologies Inc., a Southern California-based electric vehicle company, in a stock-for-stock reverse merger in which Mullen’s stockholders will receive a majority of the outstanding stock in the post-merger company ( The completion of the merger is subject to shareholder and NASDAQ approval, as well as other conditions referenced in the merger agreement.

Firer provided clarification regarding the upcoming merger in a recent shareholder letter. “Since announcing the contemplated merger, we have received a number of inquiries from shareholders requesting clarification regarding the expected number of shares that will be outstanding at closing if the pending merger with Mullen were to be approved,” the letter states. “The Merger Agreement provides for a cap of 75 million outstanding shares at the closing of the transaction which cannot be exceeded without both parties’ approval; however, this is a maximum number, and there is no way of knowing the actual number of shares that will be outstanding at that time.”

Firer notes that, if the share price on the transaction closing date is the same as the closing price on August 18, 2020 (the day before the letter was released), NETE anticipates that the number of shares outstanding at closing will be approximately 50 million. “If the share price on the transaction closing date is less than the closing price on August 18, 2020, the company anticipates that the number of shares outstanding at closing will be greater than 50 million but subject to the 75 million share cap,” the letter said.

Net Element Inc. is a global financial technology and value-added solutions group that supports electronic payments acceptance in an omni-channel environment spanning across point-of-sale, e-commerce and mobile devices. The company operates a payments-as-a-service transactional model and value-added services platform for small to medium enterprises in the U.S. and selected emerging markets.

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