Firsthand Technology Value Fund Holding Phunware to Merge With Stellar Acquisition III

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Firsthand Technology Value Fund, Inc. (NASDAQ:SVVC) (the “Fund”), a publicly traded venture capital fund that invests in technology and cleantech companies, announced today that Phunware, a holding since 2014, has entered into a definitive agreement to merge with Stellar Acquisition III, Inc. ("Stellar") (NASDAQ:STLR). The transaction values Phunware at $301 million, and the consideration will be paid with newly issued equity securities of Stellar.

Stellar is a Special Purpose Acquisition Company, or SPAC, formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, asset acquisition, or other business combination. Stellar’s units, common stock, and warrants are currently listed on the NASDAQ under the symbols “STLRU,” “STLR,” and “STLRW,” respectively.

Upon the closing of the merger, the combined company will inherit the name Phunware, Inc. and its common stock is expected to trade on the NASDAQ under the symbol "PHUN." The merger is subject to shareholder approval and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018. More details will be made public as they become available.

About Firsthand Technology Value Fund
Firsthand Technology Value Fund, Inc. is a publicly traded venture capital fund that invests in technology and cleantech companies. More information about the Fund and its holdings can be found online at www.firsthandtvf.com.

The Fund is a non-diversified, closed-end investment company that elected to be treated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940. The Fund’s investment objective is to seek long-term growth of capital. Under normal circumstances, the Fund will invest at least 80% of its total assets for investment purposes in technology and cleantech companies. An investment in the Fund involves substantial risks, some of which are highlighted below. Please see the Fund’s public filings for more information about fees, expenses and risk. Past investment results do not provide any assurances about future results. Announced acquisition transactions about the Fund’s holdings, such as provided above, do not provide any indication about whether any other Fund holding will be acquired for a profit or otherwise will become a profitable investment.

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined under the U.S. federal securities laws. Generally, the words "believe," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "project," "will," and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which generally are not historical in nature. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to materially differ from the Fund’s historical experience and its present expectations or projections indicated in any forward-looking statement. These risks include, but are not limited to, changes in economic and political conditions, regulatory and legal changes, technology and cleantech industry risk, valuation risk, non-diversification risk, interest rate risk, tax risk, and other risks discussed in the Fund’s filings with the SEC. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. The Fund undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein. There is no assurance that the Fund’s investment objectives will be attained. We acknowledge that, notwithstanding the foregoing, the safe harbor for forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 does not apply to investment companies such as us.


Heather Hohlowski
Firsthand Capital Management, Inc.
(408) 624-9525

Source:Firsthand Technology Value Fund, Inc.

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