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ChargePoint Goes Public In Reverse Merger

ChargePoint Goes Public In Reverse Merger

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ChargePoint, an electric vehicle recharging network, has announced a public listing through a reverse merger with Switchback Energy Acquisition Corp. Switchback, based in Dallas, was created in 2019 specifically for the transaction and raised $300 million in its IPO. ChargePoint, based in Campbell, California, is valued at $2.4 billion with the acquisition. The deal includes a $225 million private investment in public equity placement valued at $10 per share according to a company announcement.

Who is ChargePoint

ChargePoint is the largest electric vehicle charging provider in the world and was previously backed by BMW, Daimler and Siemens as well as Baillie Gifford, a Scottish investment trust company. The company intends to use the funds raised to expand in Europe and North America aiming to ride the increasing uptake of electric vehicles by consumers. In 2019 it lost $133 million on revenue of $147 million as a result of continuing investment, according to the company.

Demand for Electric Car Charging Stations

The potential market for electric vehicles is massive and demand for electric cars have risen across the globe even as demand for traditionally powered cars has fallen. The availability of charging stations will become crucial as uptake increases and the company was established in 2007 to take advantage of this. According to the company, they have built a robust, scalable platform to meet the coming demand for charging stations around the world. The company claims it has installed about 100,000 charging stations across Europe and the US and has captured over 70% of the US market.

ChargePoint Reverse Merger

Some have criticized the merger because of its lack of transparency and the presence of investors who are looking for a quick return and unlikely to stay the course in the long term. However the chief executive, Pasquale Romano, has stated that the company is a legitimate business pointing to the fact that they have been in existence for over a decade, have a well-defined market and potential for growth worldwide as electric vehicle uptake accelerates. He went on to say that the timing for becoming a public entity is right given the increased financing that will be required to roll out their stations and that this was the only consideration when going through with the transaction.

QuantumScape To Go Public In Reverse Merger

QuantumScape To Go Public In Reverse Merger

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QuantumScape is a US-based battery developer that is backed by car manufacturer Volkswagen. The company has announced that it has agreed to a reverse merger financing deal with Kensington Capital Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company as well as a $500m private investment placement.

The QuantumScape reverse merger will result in a new company that will list on the New York Stock Exchange with a valuation of approximately $3.3bn after the transaction is completed. The deal is expected to close by the end of 2020 and the new company will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol QS.

QuantumScape was founded in 2010 to develop solid-state lithium batteries that are used mainly in electric vehicles. Unlike current lithium-ion batteries, that use liquid or gel to create a charge, solid-state batteries use a solid material instead. The design replaces the traditional graphite/silicon anode with a lithium-metal anode which is said to improve recharge time providing up to 80% capacity in under15 minutes. In addition, the new battery has a much higher energy density that exceeds 400 watt-hours per kilogram compared to the 250 watt-hours per kilogram that the best current lithium-ion batteries can deliver. While this new battery technology offers a potentially higher energy density and some safety advantages they have faced challenges in reaching the market, particularly with regard to their high cost and questions about their durability.

The company is expected to use the proceeds from the reverse merger to continue product development of their battery technology and to undertake validation of the technology through a production phase in which the batteries will be included in Volkswagen's range of electric vehicles. Volkswagen had previously formed a joint venture with QuantumScape to mass produce their batteries and they have been in collaboration since 2012. Volkswagen has also committed to investing an additional $200m in the company which adds to its 2018 investment of over $100m.

Recent and Upcoming Reverse Mergers

Recent and Upcoming Reverse Mergers

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What are reverse mergers? A reverse merger also referred to as a reverse IPO, is where a private company merges with a publicly traded company with the end result of the private company becoming a public company. This saves the private company the very complicated and lengthy process of becoming a public company.

Vroom Reverse Merger

Reverse mergers have been on the rise recently during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the most recent mergers is of Vroom Inc whose share price has since gone up. This can be attributed to the shift to online used car buying as opposed to the traditional way of buying used vehicles. The current rise in online shopping accelerated by the pandemic could serve as a big boost, not only to Vroom Inc but also other companies such as Velodyne Lidar and Shift Technologies.

Velodyne Lidar Reverse Merger

Velodyne Lidar Inc, a company that specializes in the manufacture of sensors for autonomous cars is set to complete a reverse merger with Graf Industrial Corp. This will in effect place Velodyne Lidar Inc on the New York Stock Exchange giving the company a big opportunity for growth in the autonomous vehicle industry. Besides the strategic backing by investors such as Nikon, Baidu and Ford Motor Co, the company's valuation combined with Graf Industrial Corp will not only create huge opportunities for its investors but also its employees.

Shift Technologies and Insurance Acquisition Corp

Shift Technologies, a market leader in used cars online selling is also set to join the New York Stock Exchange through a reverse merger with Insurance Acquisition Corp. Online car buying is set to be on the rise with the pandemic keeping potential buyers from physical car dealerships. Buying a used car will basically shift from the traditional handshake deals to having it delivered at home. This trend whose main contributor is the ongoing pandemic crisis could rise in the near future.

The used car market is a billion dollar industry, which is headed for a major disruption by players such as Shift Technologies who also have huge investment backing from Lithia Motors and Goldman Sachs. Going public will bring about a huge capital infusion which will in turn fund the company's growth strategies and increase its range of product offerings.

Famous Reverse Mergers


There are three key ways for companies to go public, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. The first is to use an investment bank and Initial Public Offering (IPO). The second option is to use a lawyer and auditor to file paperwork reporting as a public company, and the third, and arguably the most advantageous, is to initiate a reverse merger.


What is a Reverse Merger?
Reverse mergers are mergers acquired by a private company in order to make themselves public. While the initial process of becoming a public company is complicated, long-winded and expensive, using a reverse merger is an easy way for a private company to convert to public and get listed on the exchange.
Reverse mergers have becoming a very respected way for businesses to restructure. While lawsuits are fairly common, reverse mergers have a number of advantages, and help private companies become listed as public without the issues that stem from listing a company via an IPO.

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