The Latest SPAC News and Rumors: September 22, 2023
by Nicholas Alan Clayton on 2023-09-22 at 11:26am

Below is a daily summary of links to the latest SPAC news and rumors gathered across the web. 


Heard on the Street: VinFast’s SPAC Backers Are Backing Out

Even by the standards of electric-vehicle startups, the $40 billion market value of Vietnamese electric-vehicle startup VinFast is wild, following its combination with Black Spade last month.

The company reported results on Thursday. More interesting than the second-quarter numbers, though, was an update on the capital structure. The company last week filed documentation with the Securities and Exchange Commission to release lockup restrictions on 3.1% of its shares, worth about $1.25 billion at the current price. The shares were down 7% in morning trading.

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Yubico SPAC Trading Offers Glimmer of Light to Swedish Listings

As Sweden’s first SPAC completed a deal, five months after announcing it and more than two years after launching, it may also give a small jolt to an otherwise dormant listings market, Bloomberg reports.

The Nordic country, which back in 2021 vied for the top spot as Europe’s hottest IPO market, has seen its listings scene grind to a halt as investors adjust to a world of surging financing costs.

ACQ Bure AB, one of Sweden’s few SPACs, merged Wednesday with cybersecurity firm Yubico AB at a valuation of $800 million. Yubico’s key product is the YubiKey, a physical key used to add a layer of security when logging in on websites or computers.

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Maxeon to acquire shingled cell solar patents from Complete Solaria

Maxeon Solar Technologies says that it is acquiring Complete Solaria’s dealer channel operations, as well as its solar panel patent portfolio relating to shingled cell solar panel technology.

The shingled cell technology, originally developed by SunPower, is incorporated into Maxeon’s Performance line of solar modules. The 425 W modules use bifacial mono-PERC solar cells made on large-format eight-inch G12 wafers, and have an efficiency of 20.6%, according to Maxeon. Maxeon was spun off from SunPower in 2020, when both became separate entities. […]

According to Will Anderson, CEO of Complete Solaria, which combined with Freedom 1 in July, after the transaction is complete, the company plans to concentrate on it core systems segment.

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