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CompoSecure to Present at the 1st Annual Needham Virtual Crypto Conference

SOMERSET, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CompoSecure Holdings, L.L.C. (“CompoSecure”), a leading provider of premium financial payment cards and emergent provider of cryptocurrency storage and security solutions, today announced it will present at the 1st Annual Needham Virtual Crypto Conference.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Jon Wilk, will present on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 3:45 p.m. Eastern Time and it will be webcast live. The live audio webcast will be available on the Roman DBDR Investor Relations website at https://www.romandbdr.com/investor-relations. After the event, an archive of the webcast will also be available for a limited time on the Roman DBDR Investor Relations website.

On April 19, 2021, CompoSecure and Roman DBDR Tech Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: DBDR) (“Roman DBDR”) announced that they entered into a definitive merger agreement. Upon closing of the transaction, the combined company will operate as CompoSecure and plans to trade on Nasdaq under the new symbol “CMPO”. The proposed merger reflects a pro forma enterprise value for the combined company of approximately $1.2 billion. The transaction is expected to close during the second half of 2021 and remains subject to approval by Roman DBDR stockholders and other closing conditions.

See webcast here:

 https://wsw.com/webcast/needham113/register.aspxconf=needham113&page=cose&url=https://wsw.com/webcast/needham113/cose/2238150

About CompoSecure

Founded in 2000, CompoSecure is a pioneer and category leader in premium payment cards and an emergent provider of cryptocurrency and digital asset storage and security solutions. The company focuses on serving the affluent customers of payment card issuers worldwide using proprietary production methods that meet the highest standards of quality and security. The company offers secure, innovative, and durable proprietary products that implement leading-edge engineering capabilities and security. CompoSecure’s mission is to increase clients’ brand equity in the marketplace by offering products and solutions which differentiate the brands they represent, thus elevating cardholder experience. For more information, please visit www.composecure.com. ArculusTMwas created with the mission to promote cryptocurrency adoption by making it safe, simple and secure for the average person to buy, sell and store cryptocurrency. With a strong background in security hardware and financial payments, the ArculusTM solution was developed to allow people to use a familiar payment card form factor to manage their cryptocurrency. For more information, please visit http://www.arculus.co.

About Roman DBDR Tech Acquisition Corp.

Roman DBDR is a special purpose acquisition company whose business purpose is to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization, or similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities. While the Company may pursue an initial business combination target in any stage of its corporate evolution or in any industry or sector, it intends to focus its search on companies in the technology, media and telecom (“TMT”) industries. The Company is led by its Co-Chief Executive Officers, Dr. Donald G. Basile and Dixon Doll, Jr. The Company’s experienced board of directors includes former NVCA Chairman and longtime venture capitalist Dixon Doll, Global Net Lease (NYSE: GNL) CEO James L. Nelson, former fund manager Paul Misir, investment banker and investor Arun Abraham, and entrepreneur Alan Clingman. For more information, please visit https://www.romandbdr.com/. Roman DBDR raised $236 million in its initial public offering (inclusive of underwriter’s exercise of over-allotment option) in November 2020 and is listed on Nasdaq under the symbol “DBDR”.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements included in this Press Release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to statements regarding Roman DBDR’s or CompoSecure’s expectations, hopes, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future, including, without limitation, statements regarding: (i) the ability of Roman DBDR and CompoSecure to complete the proposed merger described in the Press Release, (ii) the size, demand and growth potential of the markets for CompoSecure’s products and CompoSecure’s ability to serve those markets, (iii) the degree of market acceptance and adoption of CompoSecure’s products, (iv) CompoSecure’s ability to develop innovative products and compete with other companies engaged in the financial services and technology industry and the timing of the ArculusTM launch and (v) CompoSecure’s ability to attract and retain clients. In addition, any statements that refer to projections, forecasts, or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “future,” “outlook,” and similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding estimates and forecasts of other financial and performance metrics and projections of market opportunity. These statements are based on various assumptions, whether or not identified in this Press Release, and on the current expectations of CompoSecure’s and Roman DBDR’s management and are not predictions of actual performance. These forward-looking statements are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to serve as, and must not be relied on by any investor as, a guarantee, a prediction or a definitive statement of fact or probability. Neither Roman DBDR nor CompoSecure gives any assurance that either Roman DBDR or CompoSecure will achieve its expectations. Actual events and circumstances are difficult or impossible to predict and will differ from assumptions. Many actual events and circumstances are beyond the control of CompoSecure and Roman DBDR. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s control) or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These factors include, among others: the inability to complete the proposed merger; the inability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the proposed merger, including due to the failure to receive required security holder approvals, or the failure of other closing conditions; and costs related to the proposed merger. You should carefully consider the risks and uncertainties described in the “Risk Factors” section of the preliminary proxy statement on Schedule 14A (the “Proxy Statement”) relating to the proposed merger filed by Roman DBDR with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the definitive proxy statement and other documents filed by Roman DBDR from time to time with the SEC. These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. If any of these risks materialize or our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. There may be additional risks that none of Roman DBDR or CompoSecure presently know or that Roman DBDR or CompoSecure currently believe are immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements reflect Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this Press Release. Roman DBDR and CompoSecure anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s assessments to change. However, while Roman DBDR and CompoSecure may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Roman DBDR and CompoSecure specifically disclaim any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this Press Release. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed upon the forward-looking statements. Certain market data information in this Press Release is based on the estimates of CompoSecure and Roman DBDR management.

Additional Information about the Proposed Merger and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed merger, Roman DBDR has filed a preliminary proxy statement with the SEC. A definitive proxy statement will be sent to stockholders of Roman DBDR seeking approval of the proposed merger. The documents relating to the proposed merger (when they are available) can be obtained free of charge from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. These documents (when they are available) can also be obtained free of charge by contacting CompoSecure at: William Maina, ICR for CompoSecure, (646) 277-1236, CompoSecure-IR@icrinc.com.

Participants in the Solicitation

This communication is not a solicitation of a proxy from any security holder of Roman DBDR. CompoSecure, Roman DBDR and our respective directors, executive officers, other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Roman DBDR’s stockholders in connection with the proposed merger. Information regarding the names and interests in the proposed merger of Roman DBDR’s directors and officers is contained Roman DBDR’s filings with the SEC. Additional information regarding the interests of potential participants in the solicitation process has also been included in the preliminary, and will be included in the definitive, proxy statement relating to the proposed merger and other relevant documents filed with the SEC. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.

CompoSecure’s Arculus™ Cold Storage Wallet to Debut on September 9, 
Bringing Simple and Secure Cryptocurrency Storage to the Market

The new Arculus e-commerce site at www.GetArculus.comwill offer the Arculus Key™ card

Somerset, NJ – August 26, 2021 – CompoSecure, L.L.C. (“CompoSecure”) today announced its e-commerce site at www.GetArculus.com will go live on September 9, enabling consumers to purchase the Arculus KeyTM card, the next-generation of cryptocurrency cold storage, providing air-gapped protection. Arculus makes it simple, safe and secure for consumers to buy, swap and manage all their cryptocurrency in one reliable place. Arculus was created by CompoSecure,  a leading provider of premium financial cards and emergent cryptocurrency storage and security solution provider, which announced on April 19, 2021 that it had agreed to merge with Roman DBDR Tech Acquisition Corp (Nasdaq: DBDR).

Security for cryptocurrency is a paramount concern considering that this month, hackers stole approximately $600 million from a decentralized finance platform, which appears to be the biggest cryptocurrency threat in history, according to PYMNTS. This attack impacted “tens of thousands” of crypto members across multiple blockchains. 

“There is an enormous unmet need in the market right now for a truly air-gapped (i.e., not connected to the internet at all) technology platform that is both simple and secure,” said Adam Lowe, Chief Innovation Officer of CompoSecure. “We need to help the millions of cryptocurrency buyers that are hemorrhaging billions in losses to hackers every year. Arculus empowers consumers to take back the keys to their crypto in an easy-to-use way that is safer than any solution on the market.”

Starting on September 9, the metal Arculus Key card, manufactured to the size of a credit card, will be available for purchase at www.GetArculus.com throughout the U.S. (subject to transaction restrictions in New York and Hawaii) with shipping commencing at the end of September. The Arculus website will include details about the product, access to customer service and FAQs. 

The Arculus Key card and Arculus WalletTM mobile app work in tandem to protect each consumer’s private crypto keys with 3-factor authentication security that requires: 

  1. Something You Are — The Arculus Wallet app leverages biometric security systems on mobile devices (e.g., fingerprint or facial recognition).
  2. Something You Know – The Arculus Wallet app requires a 6-digit PIN.
  3. Something You Have – The Arculus Key card contains an EAL 6+ embedded secure element that holds the user’s encrypted private keys.

The intuitively designed Arculus Wallet app enables consumers to manage their cryptocurrency, send crypto to others, use fiat currency to buy crypto, and swap crypto-to-crypto by merely using “tap to transact” authentication, which allows the user to securely authorize the transaction with the Arculus Key card. The app supports the most popular cryptocurrencies (with more expected to be added in the future). 

The Arculus Key card and Arculus Wallet app have undergone extensive external beta testing for quality assurance. Testing included all aspects of the three-factor authentication security system, and buying, sending/receiving and swapping cryptocurrency.  

On April 19, 2021, CompoSecure announced that it had signed a merger agreement with Roman DBDR Tech Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: DBDR) (“Roman DBDR”), a special purpose acquisition company. Upon closing of the proposed merger, the combined company will operate as CompoSecure, Inc. and plans to trade on the Nasdaq stock market. The transaction reflects a pro forma enterprise value for the combined company of approximately $1.2 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021 and remains subject to approval by Roman DBDR stockholders and other customary closing conditions.

About CompoSecure

Founded in 2000, CompoSecure is a pioneer and category leader in premium payment cards and an emergent provider of cryptocurrency and digital asset storage and security solutions. The company focuses on serving the affluent customers of payment card issuers worldwide using proprietary production methods that meet the highest standards of quality and security. The company offers secure, innovative, and durable proprietary products that implement leading-edge engineering capabilities and security. CompoSecure’s mission is to increase clients’ brand equity in the marketplace by offering products and solutions which differentiate the brands they represent, thus elevating cardholder experience. For more information, please visit www.composecure.com. ArculusTM was created with the mission to promote cryptocurrency adoption by making it safe, simple and secure for the average person to buy, swap and store cryptocurrency. With a strong background in security hardware and financial payments, the ArculusTM solution was developed to allow people to use a familiar payment card form factor to manage their cryptocurrency. For more information, please visit www.GetArculus.com.

About Roman DBDR Tech Acquisition Corp.

Roman DBDR is a special purpose acquisition company whose business purpose is to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization, or similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities. While the company may pursue an initial business combination target in any stage of its corporate evolution or in any industry or sector, it intends to focus its search on companies in the technology, media and telecom (“TMT”) industries. The company is led by its Co-Chief Executive Officers, Dr. Donald G. Basile and Dixon Doll, Jr. The Company’s experienced board of directors includes former NVCA Chairman and longtime venture capitalist Dixon Doll, Global Net Lease (NYSE: GNL) CEO James L. Nelson, former fund manager Paul Misir, investment banker and investor Arun Abraham, and entrepreneur Alan Clingman. For more information, please visit www.romandbdr.com  Roman DBDR raised $236 million in its initial public offering (inclusive of underwriter’s exercise of over-allotment option) in November 2020 and is listed on Nasdaq under the symbol “DBDR”.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements included in this Press Release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to statements regarding Roman DBDR’s or CompoSecure’s expectations, hopes, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future, including, without limitation, statements regarding: (i) the ability of Roman DBDR and CompoSecure to complete the proposed merger described in the Press Release, (ii) the size, demand and growth potential of the markets for CompoSecure’s products and CompoSecure’s ability to serve those markets, (iii) the degree of market acceptance and adoption of CompoSecure’s products, (iv) CompoSecure’s ability to develop innovative products and compete with other companies engaged in the financial services and technology industry and the timing of the ArculusTM launch and (v) CompoSecure’s ability to attract and retain clients. In addition, any statements that refer to projections, forecasts, or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “future,” “outlook,” and similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding estimates and forecasts of other financial and performance metrics and projections of market opportunity. These statements are based on various assumptions, whether or not identified in this Press Release, and on the current expectations of CompoSecure’s and Roman DBDR’s management and are not predictions of actual performance. These forward-looking statements are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to serve as, and must not be relied on by any investor as, a guarantee, a prediction or a definitive statement of fact or probability. Neither Roman DBDR nor CompoSecure gives any assurance that either Roman DBDR or CompoSecure will achieve its expectations. Actual events and circumstances are difficult or impossible to predict and will differ from assumptions. Many actual events and circumstances are beyond the control of CompoSecure and Roman DBDR. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s control) or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These factors include, among others: the inability to complete the proposed merger; the inability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the proposed merger, including due to the failure to receive required security holder approvals, or the failure of other closing conditions; and costs related to the proposed merger. You should carefully consider the risks and uncertainties described in the “Risk Factors” section of the preliminary proxy statement on Schedule 14A (the “Proxy Statement”) relating to the proposed merger filed by Roman DBDR with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the definitive proxy statement and other documents filed by Roman DBDR from time to time with the SEC. These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. If any of these risks materialize or our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. There may be additional risks that none of Roman DBDR or CompoSecure presently know or that Roman DBDR or CompoSecure currently believe are immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements reflect Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this Press Release. Roman DBDR and CompoSecure anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s assessments to change. However, while Roman DBDR and CompoSecure may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Roman DBDR and CompoSecure specifically disclaim any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this Press Release. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed upon the forward-looking statements. Certain market data information in this Press Release is based on the estimates of CompoSecure and Roman DBDR management.

Additional Information about the Proposed Merger and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed merger, Roman DBDR has filed a preliminary proxy statement with the SEC.  A definitive proxy statement will be sent to stockholders of Roman DBDR seeking approval of the proposed merger. The documents relating to the proposed merger (when they are available) can be obtained free of charge from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. These documents (when they are available) can also be obtained free of charge by contacting CompoSecure at: William Maina, ICR for CompoSecure, (646) 277-1236, CompoSecure-IR@icrinc.com.

Participants in the Solicitation

This communication is not a solicitation of a proxy from any security holder of Roman DBDR. CompoSecure, Roman DBDR and our respective directors, executive officers, other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Roman DBDR’s stockholders in connection with the proposed merger. Information regarding the names and interests in the proposed merger of Roman DBDR’s directors and officers is contained Roman DBDR’s filings with the SEC.  Additional information regarding the interests of potential participants in the solicitation process has also been included in the preliminary, and will be included in the definitive, proxy statement relating to the proposed merger and other relevant documents filed with the SEC.  These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.

CompoSecure Partners with a Leading Cryptocurrency Exchange 
on Innovative Crypto Reward Payment Card

Gemini will debut metal credit card that offers instant crypto rewards

Somerset, NJ – Aug 23, 2021CompoSecure Holdings, L.L.C. (“CompoSecure”), a leading provider of premium financial payment cards and emergent provider of cryptocurrency storage and security solutions, today announced that it will manufacture a new crypto rewards credit card for Gemini. Gemini is a crypto platform, working with Mastercard and WebBank, the issuer and lender, on this innovative rewards credit card that will allow cardholders to earn up to 3% back on purchases in bitcoin or the more than 40 cryptocurrencies available on Gemini.

The Gemini crypto rewards credit card demonstrates how the blockchain and cryptocurrency market category is being supported by banks with innovative financial products. In fact, Bank of America recently reported that 21% of banks have incorporated some form of blockchain technology into their businesses. According to the report, some of the world’s largest banks have already begun deploying services to support blockchain or cryptocurrency, including: JPMorgan, Citibank, Wells Fargo, US Bank and Signature Bank.

“This is an important moment for CompoSecure and the industry concerning the intersection between payments and cryptocurrency,” said Jon Wilk, President and CEO of CompoSecure, which recently announced it had signed a merger agreement with Roman DBDR Tech Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: DBDR) (“Roman DBDR”), a special purpose acquisition company. “Gemini’s strong value proposition combined with our premium payment cards can quickly deliver an innovative approach toward rewards that will drive the cryptocurrency market forward.” 

The Gemini Credit Card offering includes a metal credit card with features such as crypto rewards on purchases, instant rewards, no annual fee, a security-first design and instant access to a virtual card after approval. Crypto rewards will automatically be deposited into the cardholder’s Gemini account.

The Gemini Credit Card is expected to launch in all 50 U.S. states this summer and can be used wherever Mastercard is accepted. Consumers will have the choice of black, silver or rose gold. Currently, more than 300,000 customers have signed up on Gemini’s waitlist.  For Gemini users or others interested in signing up to the waitlist, please visit: gemini.com/credit-card/waitlist

The Gemini cards utilize CompoSecure’s metal dual-interface construction that enables contactless purchases. To speed up production and reduce time to market, Gemini selected CompoSecure for its innovative technology, creative design and manufacturing capabilities. For more information on metal payment card design and manufacturing, visit www.composecure.com. 

On April 19, 2021, CompoSecure announced that it had signed a merger agreement with Roman DBDR Tech Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: DBDR), a special purpose acquisition company. Upon closing of the proposed merger, the combined company will operate as CompoSecure, Inc. and plans to trade on the Nasdaq stock market.  The transaction reflects a pro forma enterprise value for the combined company of approximately $1.2 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021 and remains subject to approval by Roman DBDR stockholders and other customary closing conditions.

About CompoSecure
Founded in 2000, CompoSecure is a pioneer and category leader in premium payment cards and an emergent provider of cryptocurrency and digital asset storage and security solutions. The company focuses on serving the affluent customers of payment card issuers worldwide using proprietary production methods that meet the highest standards of quality and security. The company offers secure, innovative, and durable proprietary products that implement leading-edge engineering capabilities and security. CompoSecure’s mission is to increase clients’ brand equity in the marketplace by offering products and solutions which differentiate the brands they represent, thus elevating cardholder experience. For more information, please visit www.composecure.com. ArculusTM was created with the mission to promote cryptocurrency adoption by making it safe, simple and secure for the average person to buy, sell and store cryptocurrency. With a strong background in security hardware and financial payments, the ArculusTM solution was developed to allow people to use a familiar payment card form factor to manage their cryptocurrency. For more information, please visit www.arculus.co .

About Roman DBDR Tech Acquisition Corp.
Roman DBDR is a special purpose acquisition company whose business purpose is to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization, or similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities. While the Company may pursue an initial business combination target in any stage of its corporate evolution or in any industry or sector, it intends to focus its search on companies in the technology, media and telecom (“TMT”) industries. The Company is led by its Co-Chief Executive Officers, Dr. Donald G. Basile and Dixon Doll, Jr. The Company’s experienced board of directors includes former NVCA Chairman and longtime venture capitalist Dixon Doll, Global Net Lease (NYSE: GNL) CEO James L. Nelson, former fund manager Paul Misir, investment banker and investor Arun Abraham, and entrepreneur Alan Clingman. For more information, please visit https://www.romandbdr.com/. Roman DBDR raised $236 million in its initial public offering (inclusive of underwriter’s exercise of over-allotment option) in November 2020 and is listed on Nasdaq under the symbol “DBDR”.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements included in this Press Release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to statements regarding Roman DBDR’s or CompoSecure’s expectations, hopes, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future, including, without limitation, statements regarding: (i) the ability of Roman DBDR and CompoSecure to complete the transaction described in the Press Release, (ii) the size, demand and growth potential of the markets for CompoSecure’s products and CompoSecure’s ability to serve those markets, (iii) the degree of market acceptance and adoption of CompoSecure’s products, (iv) CompoSecure’s ability to develop innovative products and compete with other companies engaged in the financial services and technology industry and the timing of the ArculusTM launch and (v) CompoSecure’s ability to attract and retain clients. In addition, any statements that refer to projections, forecasts, or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “future,” “outlook,” and similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding estimates and forecasts of other financial and performance metrics and projections of market opportunity. These statements are based on various assumptions, whether or not identified in this Press Release, and on the current expectations of CompoSecure’s and Roman DBDR’s management and are not predictions of actual performance. These forward-looking statements are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to serve as, and must not be relied on by any investor as, a guarantee, a prediction or a definitive statement of fact or probability. Neither Roman DBDR nor CompoSecure gives any assurance that either Roman DBDR or CompoSecure will achieve its expectations. Actual events and circumstances are difficult or impossible to predict and will differ from assumptions. Many actual events and circumstances are beyond the control of CompoSecure and Roman DBDR. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s control) or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These factors include, among others: the inability to complete the transaction; the inability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the proposed transaction, including due to the failure to receive required security holder approvals, or the failure of other closing conditions; and costs related to the proposed transaction. You should carefully consider the risks and uncertainties described in the “Risk Factors” section of the proxy statement on Schedule 14A (the “Proxy Statement”) relating to the proposed transaction, which is expected to be filed by Roman DBDR with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and other documents filed by Roman DBDR from time to time with the SEC. These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. If any of these risks materialize or our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. There may be additional risks that none of Roman DBDR or CompoSecure presently know or that Roman DBDR or CompoSecure currently believe are immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements reflect Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this Press Release. Roman DBDR and CompoSecure anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s assessments to change. However, while Roman DBDR and CompoSecure may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Roman DBDR and CompoSecure specifically disclaim any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this Press Release. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed upon the forward-looking statements. Certain market data information in this Press Release is based on the estimates of CompoSecure and Roman DBDR management.

CompoSecure and Nok Nok partner to deliver advanced security and authentication across platforms

Category leaders create an innovative solution to protect consumers and enable merchants to fight online fraud with a breakthrough “internet ID and payment card” 

Somerset, NJ – August 11, 2021CompoSecure Holdings, L.L.C. (“CompoSecure”), a leading provider of premium financial payment cards and emergent provider of cryptocurrency storage and security solutions, and Nok Nok Labs, Inc. (Nok Nok™), a pioneer and leader in passwordless authentication, announced a strategic collaboration to develop a FIDO®-extended solution, expanding the protections for consumers of CompoSecure’s ArculusTM platform. The innovative, combined technology platform is expected to enable banks, fintechs and financial services companies to put in the hands of every user a simple-to-use, personalized and universal “digital identity”. 

Currently in beta testing, Arculus was created with the vision to promote cryptocurrency adoption by making it safe, simple and secure for the average person to buy, sell and swap cryptocurrency. The Nok Nok solution leverages global industry standards that promote strong and easy-to-use authentication. Members of this industry alliance that support these authentication standards include Amazon.com, Apple, American Express, BBVA, Facebook, Google, Intel, Intuit, MasterCard, PayPal, Verizon, T-Mobile, Visa, and many more.

Nok Nok will collaborate with CompoSecure to increase the security, privacy and cardholder experience associated with both companies’ current financial market and cryptocurrency customers. These additional platform capabilities will set the stage for CompoSecure to offer a breakthrough “Internet ID and payment card” that can be used as a virtual ignition key for the authentication of a user into any digital service on any device. A practical use case for a consumer is turning the payment or credit card in your wallet into a digitally transformed eCard and eWallet for digital transactions. The benefits are better usability and security for the consumer, and better fraud protection and cost control for the merchant.

“More and more people are transacting online because they are convenience-focused and their adoption of digital banking highlights their comfort with digital tools,” said Adam Lowe, Chief Innovation Officer of CompoSecure. “This new technology platform will ensure that you, and only you, are authorized to make a transaction with CompoSecure’s metal cards, with a simple and secure action, such as swiping a finger, entering a PIN and tapping your card to your phone for an NFC-encrypted transaction.”

“We see this collaboration with CompoSecure as a game-changer for Nok Nok, bringing our vision of greater security and a better user experience to every consumer around the world,” said Phillip Dunkelberger, CEO of Nok Nok. “While securing payments will be a key focus, we will work with CompoSecure in other key areas such as eGaming, cryptocurrency exchanges, e-passports and more. From daily use as a credit card to connecting securely to a variety of e-commerce transactions, consumers will have a trusted method for online and offline activities.” 

Other common use cases include:

• Payments – Strong authentication provides added security to touchless payments and online “card-not-present” transactions.  This reduces chargebacks and fraudulent use for merchants, and provides better security and ease of use for consumers. Added capabilities include making it significantly easier to onboard new customers and providing a better method to use websites for current customers.  

• Online Banking – More and more consumers are transacting digitally and need both convenience and protection. The “internet ID and payment card” serves as a strong credential for secure transactions that can be embedded into other identity verification systems.

• Cryptocurrency – The Nok Nok solution will integrate with CompoSecure’s Arculus KeyTM card, an air-gapped storage solution that connects to the Arculus WalletTM mobile app via an encrypted NFC connection.  This provides intuitive controls, advanced security protection and the ability to manage multiple cryptocurrency wallets in one device.

• eGaming – This solution enables eGaming companies to enhance security and usability to their payment ecosystems and add cryptocurrencies as a payment alternative.  

• Online Gambling – Internet gambling providers will have the ability to add multi-factor authentication for streamlined security without compromising ease of use for higher value bets and transactions while greatly reducing fraud.

• Identity – The ability to provide identity is central to the next generation of capabilities on the internet. This card can be used to provide personalized and customizable “verifiable claims” where user identity is critical to validate entitlements. 

“The ability to have a single card to transact as a credit card and a universal authenticator, all contained in a well-designed secure metal container, takes universal ID to the next level,” said Ignacio Bernal, former Global CTO at BBVA, a multinational financial services company. “The ability to link these dynamically provides a global identity, which fuels a whole new set of applications and capabilities in the market. CompoSecure and Nok Nok Labs have the right solution at the right time to transform how we conduct our business securely over the internet. It’s clear that the time has come for consumers to have access to a master digital identity that not only rids their lives of passwords but also opens their world to an easier approach to digital transactions.”

For more information on this new security technology platform, please visit getarculus.com.

On April 19, 2021, CompoSecure announced that it had signed a merger agreement with Roman DBDR Tech Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: DBDR) (“Roman DBDR”), a special purpose acquisition company. Upon closing of the proposed merger, the combined company will operate as CompoSecure, Inc. and plans to trade on the Nasdaq stock market.  The transaction reflects a pro forma enterprise value for the combined company of approximately $1.2 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021 and remains subject to approval by Roman DBDR stockholders and other customary closing conditions.

About Nok Nok Labs, Inc.:
Nok Nok is a trusted leader in passwordless consumer authentication to the world’s largest organizations. Delivering the most innovative authentication solutions in the market today, Nok Nok empowers global organizations to improve the user experience to access digital services, while meeting the most advanced privacy and regulatory requirements. The Nok Nok™ S3 Authentication Suite integrates into existing security environments to deliver a proven, cost-effective, future-proof and standards-based passwordless consumer authentication solution. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, the company has delivered unique inventions and innovations that are protected by a robust global patent portfolio. As a founder of the FIDO Alliance and an inventor of FIDO specifications, Nok Nok is the expert in deploying standards-based authentication, and its industry leading customers and partners include BBVA, DDS, Inc., Ericsson, Fujitsu Limited, Hitachi, Intuit, Lenovo, MTRIX GmbH, NTT DATA, NTT DOCOMO, OneSpan, SoftBank, T-Mobile and Verizon. For more information, visit www.noknok.com

About CompoSecure
Founded in 2000, CompoSecure is a pioneer and category leader in premium payment cards and an emergent provider of cryptocurrency and digital asset storage and security solutions. The company focuses on serving the affluent customers of payment card issuers worldwide using proprietary production methods that meet the highest standards of quality and security. The company offers secure, innovative, and durable proprietary products that implement leading-edge engineering capabilities and security. CompoSecure’s mission is to increase clients’ brand equity in the marketplace by offering products and solutions which differentiate the brands they represent, thus elevating cardholder experience. For more information, please visit www.composecure.com. ArculusTM was created with the mission to promote cryptocurrency adoption by making it safe, simple and secure for the average person to buy, sell and store cryptocurrency. With a strong background in security hardware and financial payments, the ArculusTM solution was developed to allow people to use a familiar payment card form factor to manage their cryptocurrency. For more information, please visit GetArculus.com.

About Roman DBDR Tech Acquisition Corp.

Roman DBDR is a special purpose acquisition company whose business purpose is to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization, or similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities. While the Company may pursue an initial business combination target in any stage of its corporate evolution or in any industry or sector, it intends to focus its search on companies in the technology, media and telecom (“TMT”) industries. The Company is led by its Co-Chief Executive Officers, Dr. Donald G. Basile and Dixon Doll, Jr. The Company’s experienced board of directors includes former NVCA Chairman and longtime venture capitalist Dixon Doll, Global Net Lease (NYSE: GNL) CEO James L. Nelson, former fund manager Paul Misir, investment banker and investor Arun Abraham, and entrepreneur Alan Clingman. For more information, please visit www.romandbdr.com. Roman DBDR raised $236 million in its initial public offering (inclusive of underwriter’s exercise of over-allotment option) in November 2020 and is listed on Nasdaq under the symbol “DBDR”.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements included in this Press Release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to statements regarding Roman DBDR’s or CompoSecure’s expectations, hopes, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future, including, without limitation, statements regarding: (i) the ability of Roman DBDR and CompoSecure to complete the proposed merger described in the Press Release, (ii) the size, demand and growth potential of the markets for CompoSecure’s products and CompoSecure’s ability to serve those markets, (iii) the degree of market acceptance and adoption of CompoSecure’s products, (iv) CompoSecure’s ability to develop innovative products and compete with other companies engaged in the financial services and technology industry and the timing of the ArculusTM launch and (v) CompoSecure’s ability to attract and retain clients. In addition, any statements that refer to projections, forecasts, or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “future,” “outlook,” and similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding estimates and forecasts of other financial and performance metrics and projections of market opportunity. These statements are based on various assumptions, whether or not identified in this Press Release, and on the current expectations of CompoSecure’s and Roman DBDR’s management and are not predictions of actual performance. These forward-looking statements are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to serve as, and must not be relied on by any investor as, a guarantee, a prediction or a definitive statement of fact or probability. Neither Roman DBDR nor CompoSecure gives any assurance that either Roman DBDR or CompoSecure will achieve its expectations. Actual events and circumstances are difficult or impossible to predict and will differ from assumptions. Many actual events and circumstances are beyond the control of CompoSecure and Roman DBDR. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s control) or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These factors include, among others: the inability to complete the proposed merger; the inability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the proposed merger, including due to the failure to receive required security holder approvals, or the failure of other closing conditions; and costs related to the proposed merger. You should carefully consider the risks and uncertainties described in the “Risk Factors” section of the preliminary proxy statement on Schedule 14A (the “Proxy Statement”) relating to the proposed merger filed by Roman DBDR with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the definitive proxy statement and other documents filed by Roman DBDR from time to time with the SEC. These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. If any of these risks materialize or our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. There may be additional risks that none of Roman DBDR or CompoSecure presently know or that Roman DBDR or CompoSecure currently believe are immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements reflect Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this Press Release. Roman DBDR and CompoSecure anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s assessments to change. However, while Roman DBDR and CompoSecure may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Roman DBDR and CompoSecure specifically disclaim any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this Press Release. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed upon the forward-looking statements. Certain market data information in this Press Release is based on the estimates of CompoSecure and Roman DBDR management.

Additional Information about the Proposed Merger and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed merger, Roman DBDR has filed a preliminary proxy statement with the SEC.  A definitive proxy statement will be sent to stockholders of Roman DBDR seeking approval of the proposed merger. The documents relating to the proposed merger (when they are available) can be obtained free of charge from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. These documents (when they are available) can also be obtained free of charge by contacting CompoSecure at: William Maina, ICR for CompoSecure, (646) 277-1236, CompoSecure-IR@icrinc.com.

Participants in the Solicitation

This communication is not a solicitation of a proxy from any security holder of Roman DBDR. CompoSecure, Roman DBDR and our respective directors, executive officers, other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Roman DBDR’s stockholders in connection with the proposed merger. Information regarding the names and interests in the proposed merger of Roman DBDR’s directors and officers is contained Roman DBDR’s filings with the SEC.  Additional information regarding the interests of potential participants in the solicitation process has also been included in the preliminary, and will be included in the definitive, proxy statement relating to the proposed merger and other relevant documents filed with the SEC.  These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.

CompoSecure CEO Jon Wilk Named Entrepreneur Of The Year Award® 2021 Winner in New Jersey

This year’s winners are the 35th class of unstoppable entrepreneurs who transform New Jersey and

beyond

Somerset, New Jersey – July 27, 2021 – CompoSecure Holdings, L.L.C. (“CompoSecure”), a leading provider of premium financial payment cards and emergent cryptocurrency storage and security solution provider, today announced Jon Wilk, President and CEO, was named a winner of the Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 New Jersey Award. Now, in its 35th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program honors the next class in a long line of relentless creators and disrupters. Wilk was selected as one of the 12 winners that distinguished themselves as leaders in their respective categories.

“It is a tremendous honor and privilege to be recognized by Ernst & Young as a winner of New Jersey’s Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, and I am truly humbled to be among the trailblazers who are shaping the future,” said Jon Wilk, CEO of CompoSecure, which recently announced it had signed a merger agreement with Roman DBDR Tech Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: DBDR), a special purpose acquisition company. “I am constantly inspired by our team’s dedication and commitment to CompoSecure’s mission, even through a pandemic, and I look forward to the company’s future growth.” 

As a 20-year veteran in the banking and payments industry, Jon Wilk successfully led growth and innovation in banking and payments at some of the world’s largest financial institutions, including Bank of America and JP Morgan. Wilk transitioned from his leadership role at JP Morgan to the private equity world to lead and grow portfolio business. As CEO at CompoSecure, he successfully made the transition from large companies with more than 100,000 people to an entrepreneurial company with less than 200 employees when he started and more than 650 today. He led a major shift in CompoSecure’s marketing and positioning of its products and created foundational infrastructure to support growth and innovation. Wilk led the CompoSecure team to triple net revenues from approximately $90M in 2015 to over $260M in 2020 and has been instrumental in making CompoSecure a category leader in premium payment cards and building a new 3-factor authentication solution for the crypto currency and broader digital asset market (Arculus) launching in September 2021.

On April 19, 2021, CompoSecure announced that it had signed a merger agreement with Roman DBDR Tech Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: DBDR) (“Roman DBDR”), a special purpose acquisition company. Upon closing of the proposed merger, the combined company will operate as CompoSecure, Inc. and plans to trade on the Nasdaq stock market. The transaction reflects a pro forma enterprise value for the combined company of approximately $1.2 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021 and remains subject to approval by Roman DBDR stockholders and other customary closing conditions.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year Award® winners were announced during a special virtual celebration on July 26, 2021. Wilk, along with all Award winners, are now lifetime members of an esteemed community of Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni worldwide. This group of entrepreneurial leaders transforming our world was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous award winners, leading CEOs, investors and other regional business leaders.

About CompoSecure

Founded in 2000, CompoSecure is a pioneer and category leader in premium payment cards and an emergent provider of cryptocurrency and digital asset storage and security solutions. The company focuses on serving the affluent customers of payment card issuers worldwide using proprietary production methods that meet the highest standards of quality and security. The company offers secure, innovative, and durable proprietary products that implement leading-edge engineering capabilities and security. CompoSecure’s mission is to increase clients’ brand equity in the marketplace by offering products and solutions which differentiate the brands they represent, thus elevating cardholder experience. For more information, please visit www.composecure.com. ArculusTM was created with the mission to promote cryptocurrency adoption by making it safe, simple and secure for the average person to buy, sell and store cryptocurrency. With a strong background in security hardware and financial payments, the ArculusTM solution was developed to allow people to use a familiar payment card form factor to manage their cryptocurrency. For more information, please visit www.arculus.co.

About Roman DBDR Tech Acquisition Corp.

Roman DBDR is a special purpose acquisition company whose business purpose is to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization, or similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities. While the company may pursue an initial business combination target in any stage of its corporate evolution or in any industry or sector, it intends to focus its search on companies in the technology, media and telecom (“TMT”) industries. The company is led by its Co-Chief Executive Officers, Dr. Donald G. Basile and Dixon Doll, Jr. The Company’s experienced board of directors includes former NVCA Chairman and longtime venture capitalist Dixon Doll, Global Net Lease (NYSE: GNL) CEO James L. Nelson, former fund manager Paul Misir, investment banker and investor Arun Abraham, and entrepreneur Alan Clingman. For more information, please visit www.romandbdr.com  Roman DBDR raised $236 million in its initial public offering (inclusive of underwriter’s exercise of over-allotment option) in November 2020 and is listed on Nasdaq under the symbol “DBDR”.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. Winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title. For more information visit: www.ey.com/us/eoy      

About EY Private

As Advisors to the ambitious™, EY Private professionals possess the experience and passion to support private businesses and their owners in unlocking the full potential of their ambitions. EY Private teams offer distinct insights born from the long EY history of working with business owners and entrepreneurs. These teams support the full spectrum of private enterprises including private capital managers and investors and the portfolio businesses they fund, business owners, family businesses, family offices and entrepreneurs. Visit www.ey.com/private  

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, strategy, transaction and consulting services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. Information about how EY collects and uses personal data and a description of the rights individuals have under data protection legislation are available via www.ey.com/privacy. For more information about our organization, please visit www.ey.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements included in this Press Release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to statements regarding Roman DBDR’s or CompoSecure’s expectations, hopes, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future, including, without limitation, statements regarding: (i) the ability of Roman DBDR and CompoSecure to complete the proposed merger described in the Press Release, (ii) the size, demand and growth potential of the markets for CompoSecure’s products and CompoSecure’s ability to serve those markets, (iii) the degree of market acceptance and adoption of CompoSecure’s products, (iv) CompoSecure’s ability to develop innovative products and compete with other companies engaged in the financial services and technology industry and the timing of the ArculusTM launch and (v) CompoSecure’s ability to attract and retain clients. In addition, any statements that refer to projections, forecasts, or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “future,” “outlook,” and similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding estimates and forecasts of other financial and performance metrics and projections of market opportunity. These statements are based on various assumptions, whether or not identified in this Press Release, and on the current expectations of CompoSecure’s and Roman DBDR’s management and are not predictions of actual performance. These forward-looking statements are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to serve as, and must not be relied on by any investor as, a guarantee, a prediction or a definitive statement of fact or probability. Neither Roman DBDR nor CompoSecure gives any assurance that either Roman DBDR or CompoSecure will achieve its expectations. Actual events and circumstances are difficult or impossible to predict and will differ from assumptions. Many actual events and circumstances are beyond the control of CompoSecure and Roman DBDR. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s control) or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These factors include, among others: the inability to complete the proposed merger; the inability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the proposed merger, including due to the failure to receive required security holder approvals, or the failure of other closing conditions; and costs related to the proposed merger. You should carefully consider the risks and uncertainties described in the “Risk Factors” section of the preliminary proxy statement on Schedule 14A (the “Proxy Statement”) relating to the proposed merger filed by Roman DBDR with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the definitive proxy statement and other documents filed by Roman DBDR from time to time with the SEC. These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. If any of these risks materialize or our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. There may be additional risks that none of Roman DBDR or CompoSecure presently know or that Roman DBDR or CompoSecure currently believe are immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements reflect Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this Press Release. Roman DBDR and CompoSecure anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s assessments to change. However, while Roman DBDR and CompoSecure may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Roman DBDR and CompoSecure specifically disclaim any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this Press Release. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed upon the forward-looking statements. Certain market data information in this Press Release is based on the estimates of CompoSecure and Roman DBDR management.

Additional Information about the Proposed Merger and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed merger, Roman DBDR has filed a preliminary proxy statement with the SEC.  A definitive proxy statement will be sent to stockholders of Roman DBDR seeking approval of the proposed merger. The documents relating to the proposed merger (when they are available) can be obtained free of charge from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. These documents (when they are available) can also be obtained free of charge by contacting CompoSecure at: William Maina, ICR for CompoSecure, (646) 277-1236, CompoSecure-IR@icrinc.com.

Participants in the Solicitation

This communication is not a solicitation of a proxy from any security holder of Roman DBDR. CompoSecure, Roman DBDR and our respective directors, executive officers, other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Roman DBDR’s stockholders in connection with the proposed merger. Information regarding the names and interests in the proposed merger of Roman DBDR’s directors and officers is contained Roman DBDR’s filings with the SEC.  Additional information regarding the interests of potential participants in the solicitation process has also been included in the preliminary, and will be included in the definitive, proxy statement relating to the proposed merger and other relevant documents filed with the SEC.  These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.

CompoSecure Partners with Fastest Growing Crypto App to Bring Cryptocurrency to Mainstream with New Payment Car

Crypto.com and Visa to allow cardholders to use their cryptocurrency to pay for purchases
by using the beautifully designed metal cards

Somerset, NJ – July 14, 2021CompoSecure Holdings, L.L.C. (“CompoSecure”), a leading provider of premium financial payment cards and emergent provider of cryptocurrency storage and security solutions, today announced that, in partnership with Thales Group, it is manufacturing the first-of-its-kind card from Visa and Crypto.com, the world’s fastest-growing crypto app. Crypto.com’s Visa Card is a prepaid card that allows users to load their crypto funds and convert it to fiat currency for purchases.

Cryptocurrency enthusiasts often struggle with accessing funds in real-time, but the Crypto.com Visa Card solves this issue by allowing instant access to crypto funds to make immediate purchases in a real-world setting, just as you would with any other payment card. The beautifully designed metal card comes in a variety of tiered rewards with Obsidian as the highest tier, followed by tier two with a choice of Frosted Rose Gold or Icy White. Tier three comes with a choice of Royal Indigo or Jade Green, and the final tier of metal cards is the Ruby Steel.

“As the world begins to open up after the pandemic, the Crypto.com Visa Card expects to continue to expand globally, given the increased spending behavior due to the pandemic,” said Kris Marszalek, Co-founder and CEO of Crypto.com. “Crypto continues to push into the mainstream and is opening the doors for what is already the most widely available card of its kind on the market.” 

According to Crypto.com’s Consumer Spending Insights Report for 2020, overall spending for its Visa Card per user in 2020 grew 55% year-over-year, with a 117% increase in online spending relative to overall spending growth, notably for the categories of housing, household goods, groceries and cross-border transactions. Cardholders shopped with merchants in 143 countries, nearly half of which are in the U.S. (24%) and the U.K. (23%). In-store spending also rose 33% despite the pandemic, indicating an overall increase in card usage.

“The use of cryptocurrency as payments is changing, and we are changing with it by supporting a variety of technologies to offer the most flexibility to our customers,” said Jon Wilk, President and CEO of CompoSecure, which recently announced it had signed a merger agreement with Roman DBDR Tech Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: DBDR) (“Roman DBDR”), a special purpose acquisition company. “Our metal cards provide the best of both worlds – offering a premium experience at the physical point of sale, while also ensuring a strong back-end digital technology to support whatever payment option is needed.” 

First introduced in Singapore in 2018, the Crypto.com Visa Card is the largest Visa card program of its kind and is currently available in the U.S., Canada, 31 countries in Europe and the APAC region. Crypto.com supports 100 different cryptocurrencies and can convert to fiat currencies based on the real-time market value and then load the fiat currency onto the Crypto.com Visa Card. The Crypto.com Visa Card runs on the Visa processing network, which is the world’s largest processing network and accepted at millions of locations worldwide.

For more information on metal payment card design and manufacturing, visit www.composecure.com

On April 19, 2021, CompoSecure announced that it had signed a merger agreement with Roman DBDR Tech Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: DBDR) (“Roman DBDR”), a special purpose acquisition company. Upon closing of the proposed merger, the combined company will operate as CompoSecure, Inc. and plans to trade on the Nasdaq stock market. The proposed merger reflects a pro forma enterprise value for the combined company of approximately $1.2 billion. The proposed merger is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021 and remains subject to approval by Roman DBDR stockholders, and other customary closing conditions.

About Crypto.com

Founded in 2016, Crypto.com today serves over 10 million customers with the world’s fastest-growing crypto app, along with the Crypto.com Visa Card — the world’s largest crypto card program — the Crypto.com Exchange and Crypto.com DeFi Wallet. Recently launched, Crypto.com NFT is the premier platform for collecting and trading NFTs, curated carefully from the worlds of art, design, entertainment, sports. 

Crypto.com is built on a solid foundation of security, privacy and compliance and is the first cryptocurrency company in the world to have ISO/IEC 27701:2019, CCSS Level 3, ISO27001:2013 and PCI:DSS 3.2.1, Level 1 compliance, and independently assessed at Tier 4, the highest level for both NIST Cybersecurity and Privacy Frameworks. 

Crypto.com is headquartered in Hong Kong with a 1,000+ strong team. Find out more by visiting crypto.com

About CompoSecure

Founded in 2000, CompoSecure is a pioneer and category leader in premium payment cards and an emergent provider of cryptocurrency and digital asset storage and security solutions. The company focuses on serving the affluent customers of payment card issuers worldwide using proprietary production methods that meet the highest standards of quality and security. The company offers secure, innovative, and durable proprietary products that implement leading-edge engineering capabilities and security. CompoSecure’s mission is to increase clients’ brand equity in the marketplace by offering products and solutions which differentiate the brands they represent, thus elevating cardholder experience. For more information, please visit www.composecure.com. ArculusTM was created with the mission to promote cryptocurrency adoption by making it safe, simple and secure for the average person to buy, sell and store cryptocurrency. With a strong background in security hardware and financial payments, the ArculusTM solution was developed to allow people to use a familiar payment card form factor to manage their cryptocurrency. For more information, please visit www.arculus.co

About Roman DBDR Tech Acquisition Corp.
Roman DBDR is a special purpose acquisition company whose business purpose is to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization, or similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities. While the Company may pursue an initial business combination target in any stage of its corporate evolution or in any industry or sector, it intends to focus its search on companies in the technology, media and telecom (“TMT”) industries. The Company is led by its Co-Chief Executive Officers, Dr. Donald G. Basile and Dixon Doll, Jr. The Company’s experienced board of directors includes former NVCA Chairman and longtime venture capitalist Dixon Doll, Global Net Lease (NYSE: GNL) CEO James L. Nelson, former fund manager Paul Misir, investment banker and investor Arun Abraham, and entrepreneur Alan Clingman. For more information, please visit www.romandbdr.com. Roman DBDR raised $236 million in its initial public offering (inclusive of underwriter’s exercise of over-allotment option) in November 2020 and is listed on Nasdaq under the symbol “DBDR”.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements included in this Press Release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to statements regarding Roman DBDR’s or CompoSecure’s expectations, hopes, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future, including, without limitation, statements regarding: (i) the ability of Roman DBDR and CompoSecure to complete the proposed merger described in the Press Release, (ii) the size, demand and growth potential of the markets for CompoSecure’s products and CompoSecure’s ability to serve those markets, (iii) the degree of market acceptance and adoption of CompoSecure’s products, (iv) CompoSecure’s ability to develop innovative products and compete with other companies engaged in the financial services and technology industry and the timing of the ArculusTM launch and (v) CompoSecure’s ability to attract and retain clients. In addition, any statements that refer to projections, forecasts, or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “future,” “outlook,” and similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding estimates and forecasts of other financial and performance metrics and projections of market opportunity. These statements are based on various assumptions, whether or not identified in this Press Release, and on the current expectations of CompoSecure’s and Roman DBDR’s management and are not predictions of actual performance. These forward-looking statements are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to serve as, and must not be relied on by any investor as, a guarantee, a prediction or a definitive statement of fact or probability. Neither Roman DBDR nor CompoSecure gives any assurance that either Roman DBDR or CompoSecure will achieve its expectations. Actual events and circumstances are difficult or impossible to predict and will differ from assumptions. Many actual events and circumstances are beyond the control of CompoSecure and Roman DBDR. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s control) or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These factors include, among others: the inability to complete the proposed merger; the inability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the proposed merger, including due to the failure to receive required security holder approvals, or the failure of other closing conditions; and costs related to the proposed merger. You should carefully consider the risks and uncertainties described in the “Risk Factors” section of the preliminary proxy statement on Schedule 14A (the “Proxy Statement”) relating to the proposed merger filed by Roman DBDR with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the definitive proxy statement and other documents filed by Roman DBDR from time to time with the SEC. These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. If any of these risks materialize or our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. There may be additional risks that none of Roman DBDR or CompoSecure presently know or that Roman DBDR or CompoSecure currently believe are immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements reflect Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this Press Release. Roman DBDR and CompoSecure anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s assessments to change. However, while Roman DBDR and CompoSecure may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Roman DBDR and CompoSecure specifically disclaim any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this Press Release. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed upon the forward-looking statements. Certain market data information in this Press Release is based on the estimates of CompoSecure and Roman DBDR management.

Additional Information about the Proposed Merger and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed merger, Roman DBDR has filed a preliminary proxy statement with the SEC.  A definitive proxy statement will be sent to stockholders of Roman DBDR seeking approval of the proposed merger. The documents relating to the proposed merger (when they are available) can be obtained free of charge from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. These documents (when they are available) can also be obtained free of charge by contacting CompoSecure at: William Maina, ICR for CompoSecure, (646) 277-1236, CompoSecure-IR@icrinc.com.

Participants in the Solicitation

This communication is not a solicitation of a proxy from any security holder of Roman DBDR. CompoSecure, Roman DBDR and our respective directors, executive officers, other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Roman DBDR’s stockholders in connection with the proposed merger. Information regarding the names and interests in the proposed merger of Roman DBDR’s directors and officers is contained Roman DBDR’s filings with the SEC.  Additional information regarding the interests of potential participants in the solicitation process has also been included in the preliminary, and will be included in the definitive, proxy statement relating to the proposed merger and other relevant documents filed with the SEC.  These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.

NJ.com Names CompoSecure a Winner of New Jersey’s Top Workplaces 2021 Award

Somerset, New Jersey – June 16, 2021 – CompoSecure Holdings, L.L.C. (“CompoSecure”), a leading provider of premium financial payment cards and emergent cryptocurrency storage and security solution provider, today announced it was awarded a Top Workplaces 2021 honor by NJ.com. The list is based solely on surveys about the workplace completed by employees. It is the second year in a row that CompoSecure has been honored for the award.

“Despite going through a challenging year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CompoSecure grew 7% in 2020, thanks to our dedicated employees,” said Jon Wilk, CEO of CompoSecure. “CompoSecure made it a priority to keep employees safe throughout the pandemic, and the New Jersey Top Workplaces award confirms we have achieved a strong company culture with committed and satisfied employees. The future holds many growth opportunities as we expand our products to new market sectors, increase our global footprint and plan to go public this year.”

Nominees for New Jersey’s Top Workplaces were limited to companies with 50 or more employees spanning from northern New Jersey through the Jersey Shore area. The annual New Jersey Top Workplaces award gathers employee feedback through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, L.L.C. The anonymous poll measures 15 unique drivers of engaged cultures critical to any organization’s success, including alignment, execution and connection. The ranked list of winners was revealed at the virtual awards celebration on June 15, 2021. 

“During this very challenging time, Top Workplaces has proven to be a beacon of light for organizations, as well as a sign of resiliency and strong business performance,” said Eric Rubino, Energage CEO. “When you give your employees a voice, you come together to navigate challenges and shape your path forward. Top Workplaces draw on real-time insights into what works best for their organization, so they can make informed decisions that have a positive impact on their people and their business.”

About CompoSecure

Founded in 2000, CompoSecure is a pioneer and category leader in premium payment cards and an emergent provider of cryptocurrency and digital asset storage and security solutions. The company focuses on serving the affluent customers of payment card issuers worldwide using proprietary production methods that meet the highest standards of quality and security. The company offers secure, innovative, and durable proprietary products that implement leading-edge engineering capabilities and security. CompoSecure’s mission is to increase clients’ brand equity in the marketplace by offering products and solutions which differentiate the brands they represent, thus elevating cardholder experience. For more information, please visit www.composecure.com. ArculusTM was created with the mission to promote cryptocurrency adoption by making it safe, simple and secure for the average person to buy, sell and store cryptocurrency. With a strong background in security hardware and financial payments, the ArculusTM solution was developed to allow people to use a familiar payment card form factor to manage their cryptocurrency. For more information, please visit www.arculus.co. 

On April 19, 2021, CompoSecure announced that it had signed a merger agreement with Roman DBDR Tech Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: DBDR) (“Roman DBDR”), a special purpose acquisition company. Upon closing of the proposed merger, the combined company will operate as CompoSecure, Inc. and plans to trade on the Nasdaq stock market. The proposed merger reflects a pro forma enterprise value for the combined company of approximately $1.2 billion. The proposed merger is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021 and remains subject to approval by Roman DBDR stockholders, the expiration of the HSR Act waiting period, and other customary closing conditions.

About Roman DBDR Tech Acquisition Corp.

Roman DBDR is a special purpose acquisition company whose business purpose is to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization, or similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities. While the company may pursue an initial business combination target in any stage of its corporate evolution or in any industry or sector, it intends to focus its search on companies in the technology, media and telecom (“TMT”) industries. The company is led by its Co-Chief Executive Officers, Dr. Donald G. Basile and Dixon Doll, Jr. The Company’s experienced board of directors includes former NVCA Chairman and longtime venture capitalist Dixon Doll, Global Net Lease (NYSE: GNL) CEO James L. Nelson, former fund manager Paul Misir, investment banker and investor Arun Abraham, and entrepreneur Alan Clingman. For more information, please visit www.romandbdr.com. Roman DBDR raised $236 million in its initial public offering (inclusive of underwriter’s exercise of over-allotment option) in November 2020 and is listed on Nasdaq under the symbol “DBDR”.


About Energage

Energage is a purpose-driven company that helps organizations turn employee feedback into useful business intelligence and credible employer recognition through Top Workplaces. Built on 14 years of culture research and the results from 23 million employees surveyed across more than 70,000 organizations,  Energage delivers the most accurate competitive benchmark available. With access to a unique combination of patented analytic tools and expert guidance, Energage customers lead the competition with an engaged workforce and an opportunity to gain recognition for their people-first approach to culture. For more information or to nominate your organization, visit energage.com or topworkplaces.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements included in this Press Release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to statements regarding Roman DBDR’s or CompoSecure’s expectations, hopes, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future, including, without limitation, statements regarding: (i) the ability of Roman DBDR and CompoSecure to complete the proposed merger described in the Press Release, (ii) the size, demand and growth potential of the markets for CompoSecure’s products and CompoSecure’s ability to serve those markets, (iii) the degree of market acceptance and adoption of CompoSecure’s products, (iv) CompoSecure’s ability to develop innovative products and compete with other companies engaged in the financial services and technology industry and the timing of the ArculusTM launch and (v) CompoSecure’s ability to attract and retain clients. In addition, any statements that refer to projections, forecasts, or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “future,” “outlook,” and similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding estimates and forecasts of other financial and performance metrics and projections of market opportunity. These statements are based on various assumptions, whether or not identified in this Press Release, and on the current expectations of CompoSecure’s and Roman DBDR’s management and are not predictions of actual performance. These forward-looking statements are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to serve as, and must not be relied on by any investor as, a guarantee, a prediction or a definitive statement of fact or probability. Neither Roman DBDR nor CompoSecure gives any assurance that either Roman DBDR or CompoSecure will achieve its expectations. Actual events and circumstances are difficult or impossible to predict and will differ from assumptions. Many actual events and circumstances are beyond the control of CompoSecure and Roman DBDR. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s control) or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These factors include, among others: the inability to complete the proposed merger; the inability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the proposed merger, including due to the failure to receive required security holder approvals, or the failure of other closing conditions; and costs related to the proposed merger. You should carefully consider the risks and uncertainties described in the “Risk Factors” section of the preliminary proxy statement on Schedule 14A (the “Proxy Statement”) relating to the proposed merger filed by Roman DBDR with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the definitive proxy statement and other documents filed by Roman DBDR from time to time with the SEC. These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. If any of these risks materialize or our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. There may be additional risks that none of Roman DBDR or CompoSecure presently know or that Roman DBDR or CompoSecure currently believe are immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements reflect Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this Press Release. Roman DBDR and CompoSecure anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s assessments to change. However, while Roman DBDR and CompoSecure may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Roman DBDR and CompoSecure specifically disclaim any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this Press Release. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed upon the forward-looking statements. Certain market data information in this Press Release is based on the estimates of CompoSecure and Roman DBDR management.

Additional Information about the Proposed Merger and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed merger, Roman DBDR has filed a preliminary proxy statement with the SEC.  A definitive proxy statement will be sent to stockholders of Roman DBDR seeking approval of the proposed merger. The documents relating to the proposed merger (when they are available) can be obtained free of charge from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. These documents (when they are available) can also be obtained free of charge by contacting CompoSecure at: William Maina, ICR for CompoSecure, (646) 277-1236, CompoSecure-IR@icrinc.com.

Participants in the Solicitation

This communication is not a solicitation of a proxy from any security holder of Roman DBDR. CompoSecure, Roman DBDR and our respective directors, executive officers, other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Roman DBDR’s stockholders in connection with the proposed merger. Information regarding the names and interests in the proposed merger of Roman DBDR’s directors and officers is contained Roman DBDR’s filings with the SEC.  Additional information regarding the interests of potential participants in the solicitation process has also been included in the preliminary, and will be included in the definitive, proxy statement relating to the proposed merger and other relevant documents filed with the SEC.  These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.

EY Announces Jon Wilk of CompoSecure as an Entrepreneur Of The Year Award® 2021 New Jersey Finalist

The prestigious and competitive awards program celebrates the unstoppable entrepreneurs whose unbounded ambitions deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform the world.

Somerset, New Jersey – June 3, 2021 – CompoSecure, L.L.C. (“CompoSecure”), a pioneer and category leader in premium financial cards, today announced that Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) named Jon Wilk, President and CEO of CompoSecure, as a finalist of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 New Jersey Award. Now in its 35th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program honors unstoppable business leaders whose ambition, ingenuity and courage in the face of adversity helped catapult us from the now to next and beyond. Wilk was selected as one of the 37 finalists by a panel of independent judges.

“Being a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year in NJ is recognition of CompoSecure’s innovation, growth, and execution to deliver for our customers,” said Wilk. “I am honored to lead the exceptional team at CompoSecure that demonstrates a willingness to overcome any obstacles or challenges that come our way in building a world-class company.  Although the COVID pandemic caused the most challenging year yet, we still experienced a 7% overall growth.” 

As a 20-year veteran in the banking and payments industry, Jon Wilk successfully led growth and innovation in banking and payments at some of the world’s largest financial institutions, including Bank of America and JP Morgan. Wilk transitioned from his leadership role at JP Morgan to the private equity world to lead and grow operating companies. As CEO at CompoSecure, he successfully made the transition from companies with more than 100,000 people to a company with less than 1,000. He led a major shift in the company’s marketing and positioning of their products and created foundational infrastructure designed for high-growth and innovation. Wilk led the CompoSecure team to triple the company’s revenue from approximately $90M in 2015 to over $260M in 2020 and has been instrumental in making CompoSecure a category leader in premium payment cards, producing nearly 100 million cards to date. 

CompoSecure announced on April 19, 2021, that it had signed a merger agreement with Roman DBDR Tech Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: DBDR) (“Roman DBDR”), a special purpose acquisition company. Upon closing of the proposed merger, the combined company will operate as CompoSecure, Inc. and plans to trade on the Nasdaq stock market. The proposed merger reflects a pro forma enterprise value for the combined company of approximately $1.2 billion. The proposed merger is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021 and remains subject to approval by Roman DBDR stockholders, the expiration of the HSR Act waiting period, and other customary closing conditions.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive award programs for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. Finalists will be honored and celebrated for their achievements during the virtual awards celebration on Monday, July 26, 2021. This group of entrepreneurial leaders transforming the world was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous award winners, leading CEOs, investors and other regional business leaders. The nominees are evaluated based on six criteria: entrepreneurial leadership; talent management; degree of difficulty; financial performance; societal impact and building a values-based company; and originality, innovation and future plans. Since its launch, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries around the world.

About CompoSecure

Founded in 2000, CompoSecure is a pioneer and category leader in premium payment cards and an emergent provider of cryptocurrency and digital asset storage and security solutions. The company focuses on serving the affluent customers of payment card issuers worldwide using proprietary production methods that meet the highest standards of quality and security. The company offers secure, innovative, and durable proprietary products that implement leading-edge engineering capabilities and security. CompoSecure’s mission is to increase clients’ brand equity in the marketplace by offering products and solutions which differentiate the brands they represent, thus elevating cardholder experience. For more information, please visit www.composecure.com. ArculusTM was created with the mission to promote cryptocurrency adoption by making it safe, simple and secure for the average person to buy, sell and store cryptocurrency. With a strong background in security hardware and financial payments, the ArculusTM solution was developed to allow people to use a familiar payment card form factor to manage their cryptocurrency. For more information, please visit www.arculus.co.

About Roman DBDR Tech Acquisition Corp.

Roman DBDR is a special purpose acquisition company whose business purpose is to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization, or similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities. While the company may pursue an initial business combination target in any stage of its corporate evolution or in any industry or sector, it intends to focus its search on companies in the technology, media and telecom (“TMT”) industries. The company is led by its Co-Chief Executive Officers, Dr. Donald G. Basile and Dixon Doll, Jr. The Company’s experienced board of directors includes former NVCA Chairman and longtime venture capitalist Dixon Doll, Global Net Lease (NYSE: GNL) CEO James L. Nelson, former fund manager Paul Misir, investment banker and investor Arun Abraham, and entrepreneur Alan Clingman. For more information, please visit https://www.romandbdr.com/. Roman DBDR raised $236 million in its initial public offering (inclusive of underwriter’s exercise of over-allotment option) in November 2020 and is listed on Nasdaq under the symbol “DBDR”.

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About Entrepreneur Of The Year® 

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Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements included in this Press Release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to statements regarding Roman DBDR’s or CompoSecure’s expectations, hopes, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future, including, without limitation, statements regarding: (i) the ability of Roman DBDR and CompoSecure to complete the proposed merger described in the Press Release, (ii) the size, demand and growth potential of the markets for CompoSecure’s products and CompoSecure’s ability to serve those markets, (iii) the degree of market acceptance and adoption of CompoSecure’s products, (iv) CompoSecure’s ability to develop innovative products and compete with other companies engaged in the financial services and technology industry and the timing of the ArculusTM launch and (v) CompoSecure’s ability to attract and retain clients. In addition, any statements that refer to projections, forecasts, or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “future,” “outlook,” and similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding estimates and forecasts of other financial and performance metrics and projections of market opportunity. These statements are based on various assumptions, whether or not identified in this Press Release, and on the current expectations of CompoSecure’s and Roman DBDR’s management and are not predictions of actual performance. These forward-looking statements are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to serve as, and must not be relied on by any investor as, a guarantee, a prediction or a definitive statement of fact or probability. Neither Roman DBDR nor CompoSecure gives any assurance that either Roman DBDR or CompoSecure will achieve its expectations. Actual events and circumstances are difficult or impossible to predict and will differ from assumptions. Many actual events and circumstances are beyond the control of CompoSecure and Roman DBDR. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s control) or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These factors include, among others: the inability to complete the proposed merger; the inability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the proposed merger, including due to the failure to receive required security holder approvals, or the failure of other closing conditions; and costs related to the proposed merger. You should carefully consider the risks and uncertainties described in the “Risk Factors” section of the preliminary proxy statement on Schedule 14A (the “Proxy Statement”) relating to the proposed merger filed by Roman DBDR with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the definitive proxy statement and other documents filed by Roman DBDR from time to time with the SEC. These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. If any of these risks materialize or our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. There may be additional risks that none of Roman DBDR or CompoSecure presently know or that Roman DBDR or CompoSecure currently believe are immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements reflect Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this Press Release. Roman DBDR and CompoSecure anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s assessments to change. However, while Roman DBDR and CompoSecure may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Roman DBDR and CompoSecure specifically disclaim any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this Press Release. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed upon the forward-looking statements. Certain market data information in this Press Release is based on the estimates of CompoSecure and Roman DBDR management.

Additional Information about the Proposed Merger and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed merger, Roman DBDR has filed a preliminary proxy statement with the SEC.  A definitive proxy statement will be sent to stockholders of Roman DBDR seeking approval of the proposed merger. The documents relating to the proposed merger (when they are available) can be obtained free of charge from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. These documents (when they are available) can also be obtained free of charge by contacting CompoSecure at: William Maina, ICR for CompoSecure, (646) 277-1236, CompoSecure-IR@icrinc.com.

Participants in the Solicitation

This communication is not a solicitation of a proxy from any security holder of Roman DBDR. CompoSecure, Roman DBDR and our respective directors, executive officers, other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Roman DBDR’s stockholders in connection with the proposed merger. Information regarding the names and interests in the proposed merger of Roman DBDR’s directors and officers is contained Roman DBDR’s filings with the SEC.  Additional information regarding the interests of potential participants in the solicitation process has also been included in the preliminary, and will be included in the definitive, proxy statement relating to the proposed merger and other relevant documents filed with the SEC.  These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.

Current State of Fintech Trends in Europe

Being a global leader in the development of both financial institutions and financial markets, it is only natural that Europe is the birthplace of fintechs. European fintech companies are valued 2x more than any tech sector in Europe. Leading the rest of the world in electricity and internet coverage, the region specifically offers favorable conditions to boost fintechs. In addition, further technology infrastructure will bring 5G network coverage to 75% of region’s population by 2025.  Europe simply offers a business environment conducive to innovation and technology development, with several European countries (e.g., Switzerland, Netherlands and the Nordic countries) leading the 2020 Global Innovation Index.  

Europe makes up 17% of the global cumulative valuation of fintechs (around $2.26 trillion) which is also its largest venture capital investment category receiving 20% of all venture capital in Europe: a higher percentage than in Asia & the US. 

Advanced economies in Europe accounted for the largest share of non-cash payment transactions while card payments remained dominant in cashless transactions resulting in digital payments. Neobanks are seeing a sharp increase, making fintech the hottest startup sector in Europe.

The COVID Effect
The onset of COVID-19 caused unprecedented economic damage across the globe constituting significant challenges for traditional banks and their brick and mortar operations. Financial institutions were forced to quickly digitize operations in the banking sector.  Some organizations struggled to adapt, but many adopted these advancements in innovation to provide flexibility to customers during this crisis.

Fintechs created a competitive landscape by showcasing several long-term advantages to organizations and consumers with their origination in the digital world, offering more cost-efficient structures and better organizational agility. Customers rapidly became accustomed to having access to quick, easy, low-cost financial transactions and not relying on local branches for in-person transactions. 

Differentiating for Growth

While fintech companies have thrived, they do face unique challenges without brick and mortar locations to reach consumers. To acquire new customers and retain existing relationships fintech companies are expected to intently differentiate and offer unique products and features. One example is Curve, a banking platform that consolidates multiple cards and accounts into one smart card and app.

Aite Group published a research paper on fintechs which noted that Curve’s biggest challenge was educating the market while simplifying the fragmented world of finance for customers. To meet customer needs, Curve offered different product tiers, including its popular Curve Metal, a premium 18-gram brushed metal, fully contactless card available in a choice of three colors. 

Curve Metal was first launched in the UK in January 2019 and Europe in May 2020. The use of digitized options and metal cards successfully showcased the fintech company’s commitment to growth in the region and industry. Curve is now live in 31 markets across Europe, has won numerous industry awards for its groundbreaking innovations, and has grown to 300 team members across two continents.

Global Expansion and Adoption
The global fintech market is expected to grow at an annual rate of 22.17% from 2020-2025 resulting in a $305 billion valuation by 2025. European fintechs specifically have experienced tremendous growth from a 35 % adoption rate in France to as high as 82 % in Russia; higher than the average global adoption rate. This increase is partially due to online banking becoming one of the most popular payment methods in Europe. Consumers are increasingly incorporating fintechs into their everyday financial lives such as managing funds, trading stocks and crypto, paying for food, or managing insurance. In addition to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the aging population in Europe is ushering in a new opportunity for fintechs to incorporate easy-to-use services into their digital platforms. More fintechs are also responding to social and wellbeing needs of European citizens. For example, Longevity Card which uses AI-powered integration to analyze fitness activity, nutrition and other areas, provides health tips and rewards for leading a healthy lifestyle. Financial education for kids such as UK based fintech Gohenry enables the management of allowances for kids in exchange for simple activities like making their bed.

The Next Wave of Fintech

With the continued advancement of fintech, there is an exceptional amount of growth within niche markets in Europe. Leveraging new and emerging technologies to fuel innovation in the industry are the crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending, as well as automated loans, robo-advisors and automated investment management (e.g., artificial intelligence and cyber defenses).  To meet customer needs, many fintechs are turning to the integration of cryptocurrencies, advanced card features, designs and materials including metal or a targeted focus on health, wellness and sustainability.  

Prime examples of the growing European fintech market and increasing community interest in digital banking alternatives include:

Revolut is continuously including more variety of new services including peer-to-peer payments, currency exchanges, trading stock, crypto and even commodities.  

N26 – The digitally native, German based bank is one of the earlier challenger banks who launched their first metal card in 2017.

• Bunq is an independent bank promoting sustainability with metal cards and trees planted for customers.

• Boursorama – pioneer and leader in the online brokerage, financial information on the Internet and now online banking based in France.

To learn more about the global fintech industry, best practices and common fintech challenges, please download the full Aite Group report commissioned by CompoSecure LLC: “Metal Cards: A Competitive Edge for Fintech Issuers.”

Fintechs e Oportunidades do Cartão Metálico na América Latina

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As Fintechs espalharam-se globalmente durante a última década, criando raízes nos principais mercados financeiros como o Reino Unido ou os EUA. O mercado latino-americano de fintech ainda se encontrava atrasado em relação a esta tendência mundial; no entanto, é inegável que está hoje em franca expansão. Segundo a CB-Insights Research publicada em fevereiro de 2020, o investimento em fintechs na América Latina cresceu consideravelmente entre 2018 e 2019, e agora a região é o mercado mais quente de fintech. O Brasil lidera sem dúvida a região com o maior número de empresas fintech, seguido pelo México e a Colômbia. Os principais sub-sectores da fintech são pagamentos, bancos digitais (Neo-bancos), empréstimos e financiamento.

O principal impulsionador do notável crescimento na América Latina é a enorme mudança tecnológica: primeiro, pelo aumento da penetração da Internet, que ultrapassou 66% em 2019, em relação à média mundial de 53% de acordo com o Banco Mundial; segundo, pela penetração dos assinantes móveis que, de acordo com a GSMA Latino-Americana, representa quase 67% da população total da América Latina. Quase 80% utilizam os seus dispositivos móveis para aceder à Internet, com previsões estimadas em atingir 87% até 2025. Esta evolução tecnológica ajuda a aceder à enorme população não bancária e sub-bancária, para além das pequenas e médias empresas, cujos produtos e serviços digitais podem ser oferecidos.

Ao mesmo tempo, autoridades e reguladores em muitos destes países latino-americanos promulgaram regulamentos favoráveis à fintech com menores barreiras à entrada no mercado, identificando a fintech e os serviços financeiros digitais como uma forma de proporcionar um acesso financeiro alargado.

Finalmente, de acordo com a Finnovista, uma organização que impulsiona fintechs e startups na América Latina, os investidores internacionais mudaram-se para a região na qualidade de um espaço de investimento atractivo com um pico visto em 2018. Hoje, apesar da COVID-19 e da incerteza política em torno das administrações no Brasil e no México, a indústria fintech latino-americana é muito dinâmica. De acordo com a Latam Fintech Hub, angariou US$ 525M (US$ 249,3M em acções e US$ 275,7M em dívida) em 74 negócios no primeiro semestre de 2020, demonstrando que o investimento continuou apesar das turbulências.

Causar uma impressão com produtos inovadores

À medida que a pandemia continua e o impacto económico pós-COVID-19 continua a ser uma incógnita, muitas empresas fintech na América Latina podem estar sob pressão. No entanto, podem surgir grandes oportunidades para elas, enquanto a necessidade de serviços digitais aumenta repentinamente. As Fintechs poderão aproveitar esta situação única para alavancar os recursos, desafiar e diferenciar-se através de mais inovação e criatividade.

Enquanto o número de fintechs na América Latina está em expansão, as empresas de pesquisa de mercado sustentam que aqueles que causarem impressão quando iniciarem um novo negócio encontrarão o seu caminho através desta tempestade pandémica. Aqueles que serão capazes de atrair novos consumidores e de se ligarem ao seu público criando experiências únicas, se tornarão mais fortes através da adversidade. É aqui que a influência do cartão metálico pode entrar em jogo e fazer a diferença.

Neste contexto, um estudo recente do Aite Group sobre cartões de pagamento de metal da próxima geração mostra como nos EUA e na Europa os cartões de metal têm representado um meio chave para as instituições financeiras, fintechs e bancos digitais comunicarem com os seus clientes digitais, proporcionando uma experiência humana através de produtos premium.

Por exemplo, o México é um mercado favorável a observar em termos da adopção bem sucedida de produtos premium. A idade média no México é de 28 anos, tendo 41% da população entre os 25 e os 54 anos, o que representa uma base proveitosa de consumidores jovens e com conhecimentos tecnológicos. Estes jovens consumidores são atraídos não só pelos serviços digitais dos neo-bancos, mas também pelos seus benefícios globais que visam diferenciar-se, incluindo produtos específicos, tais como o formato legal dos cartões metálicos.

Cartões metálicos para impulsionar o crescimento da fintech

Os cartões de pagamento metálicos não são, de forma alguma, um conceito novo. Eles estão presentes no mercado há quase 20 anos. No entanto, a sua emissão foi originalmente direccionada para os segmentos de nível 1 e limitada aos segmentos de valor ultra-alto (UHNW).

Hoje em dia, o consumidor alvo dos cartões metálicos mudou. Isto é impulsionado por requisitos de segmentação e diferenciação, direccionados para a premiação da base de consumidores afluentes. Estão incluídos neste segmento millenials, um segmento altamente desejável para as fintechs. A Fintechs na Europa e no Reino Unido, entre outros, parecem ter contribuído para impulsionar a emissão de cartões metálicos, como um factor de forma única, integrando as mais recentes tecnologias EMV e contactless para inovar e competir com as ofertas convencionais dos bancos tradicionais.

Os cartões metálicos são atractivos para fintechs por diversas razões. O cartão metálico não só dá o “look and feel” que um cliente procura num produto, como também cria uma ligação emocional elevada onde o cliente tem a sensação de fazer parte de uma comunidade cool premium. O efeito de premiumization associado a benefícios específicos ligados à marca é a chave para uma experiência única do cliente. Os cartões metálicos são uma diferenciação que combina serviços digitais com um produto físico atractivo. Os cartões metálicos ajudam a criar um estatuto de topo de gama. Eles elevam o posicionamento da marca fintechs e a percepção que o cliente tem dela. De acordo com uma análise proprietária da CompoSecure, impulsionam volumes de transacção e gastos mais elevados, aumentam a retenção de clientes e, num círculo virtual, podem ajudar a contribuir para a aquisição de novos clientes. 

Romper o status quo

A América Latina está a seguir o exemplo das fintechs europeias, onde os casos de negócios apontam para a adopção de cartões metálicos como um motor de crescimento de negócios de êxito. As fintechs latino-americanas poderiam definir a sua própria oferta de inovação de produtos, de acordo com as suas especificidades de mercado regionais e locais e ecossistemas. O relatório do Aite Group conclui que os cartões metálicos poderiam ser um factor-chave para quebrar o status quo, especialmente numa região onde o segmento populacional de millenials é elevado, e onde a diferenciação e o “factor cool” são importantes.

Para mais informações sobre as melhores práticas de desafios comuns no âmbito da fintech e uma visão geral da emissão de cartões metálicos, convidamo-lo a descarregar o relatório completo do Aite Group encomendado pela CompoSecure LLC “A Competitive Edge for Fintech Issuers”.