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Latest SPAC News: Churchill Capital IV is set to vote on merger with Lucid Motors, dozens of SPAC deals to enter Russell 3000 index, Jim Chanos warns of SPAC market, and Credit Suisse’s deals dry up
Churchill Capital IV Announces Shareholder Vote Date For Lucid Motors Merger
Churchill Capital IV is set to vote on its merger with Lucid Motors on July 22, and a redemption deadline of July 20.READ
Dozens of Groups Brought to Market Via SPACs to Enter Key Russell Index
Dozens of companies that entered US markets through deals with SPACs in the past year are set to graduate into the Russell 3000 index on Friday evening, giving a potential boost to the fortunes of electric vehicle (EV) developers and other speculative ventures, according to the Financial Times.
Among those companies are Canoo, Lordstown Motors and Nikola, companies that have dealt with the departures of key personnel and face investigations from the SEC over their disclosures to investors. All three have said they are cooperating with regulators.
Other notable additions will include the sports betting business DraftKings, healthcare company Multiplan and 3D sensors manufacturer Velodyne Lidar, according to Russell’s preliminary list.READ
SPAC Boom Is Creating “Castles In The Sky”, Jim Chanos Warns
Jim Chanos, who is the founder of Kynikos Associates and best-known for predicting the collapse of energy group Enron, accused some who have taken companies public via a SPAC of “playing fast and loose with their projections” in an effort to attract retail investors.
Kynikos Associates is betting against a number of blank check companies that are “very bad businesses” and whose valuations “have gotten silly”, Chanos said. He declined to name them.
However, Kynikos is not entirely opposed to the SPAC market as it has taken long positions in blank check vehicles that are trading below $10.READ
Credit Suisse’s SPAC Bonanza Dries Up
Credit Suisse’s SPAC deals are being closely monitored by investors and analysts, because revenue from them came to represent a large chunk of overall investment banking revenue last year. That raised concerns that the fees and deal volume might not be sustainable.
Credit Suisse went from making an estimated $466 million in gross SPAC underwriting fees in the first quarter, to $16.1 million between April 1 and June 15, according to the Wall Street Journal.READ
Mobiv Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:MOBV) announced this afternoon that it has closed its combination with EV motorcycle-maker SRIVARU. Shareholders originally approved the deal at a special meeting held back on September 28, but at that time, the parties expected the transaction to take just a week to close. Redemptions whittled Mobiv’s IPO share pool of 10,005,000 down...
Achari Ventures I (NASDAQ:AVHI) has entered into a definitive agreement to combine with medtech firm Vaso Corporation at an equity value of $176 million, or 19.5x its 2022 adjusted EBITDA. Wuxi, China-based Vaso provides IT services and sales support to medical device manufacturers. The combined company is expected to trade on the Nasdaq under the...
EF Hutton Acquisition Corp. I (NASDAQ:EFHT) announced this morning that its shareholders have approved its business combination with E.C.D. Auto Design. At the meeting, there were 5,089,203 shares of common stock, representing approximately 76.82% of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock, present. In connection with the meeting, the company’s stockholders holding 3,470,945 shares,...
Legato Merger Corp. III (NYSE:LEGT) filed for a $175 million IPO yesterday afternoon, becoming the fourth SPAC to file this week. While the other three SPACs that filed their S-1s earlier this week intend to pursue targets in the financial services and biotech industries, Legato III, similar to the earlier Legato SPACs, will focus on...
At the SPAC of Dawn This week ends with an unusually busy earnings calendar as 172 US-listed companies report quarterly figures today. Among them is Exela Technologies (NASDSAQ:XELA), which completed a combination with Quinpario 2 in 2017. The billing software company has gone on to do another SPAC deal on November 29, this time spinning...