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Apex Clearing SPACS Its Way Onto NYSE

Apex Clearing SPACS Its Way Onto NYSE

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There's a new kid in town and his name is SPAC. Everywhere you go in the financial world, you hear about some kind of SPAC deal taking place. A SPAC, or Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation, is a new way of taking a company public without going through a lot of pre-listing due diligence. The idea is that you create a SPAC, which is just an empty shell whose sole purpose is to buy real companies later on, and get it listed on the stock exchange of choice. Since it is an empty suit that has no non-monetary assets or business to slow things down via rigorous scrutiny, it is easier to get a listing.

What Is A SPAC

Afterwards, the SPAC is used to "buy" an existing company that wants to go public but doesn't want to expose itself to a lot of SEC scrutiny or time-consuming delays. The two companies can also "merge". In either event, the façade of the SPAC is wound down and the new venture changes its ticker symbol to that of the targeted acquisition in a process known as a reverse merger.

Apex Clearing Reverse Merger

Case in point is the recent announcement regarding the SPAC Northern Star Investment Corporation II Apex Clearing reverse merger. The newly-merged entity will be listed as APX on the New York Stock Exchange and will bid adieu to the corporate profile of the technically senior partner in the transaction.

What this reverse merger will do is provide Apex with the public recognition that it has already earned among dedicated professionals through its quiet back office viability in the financial community. Apex has provided the lifting power for many innovative financial companies and revolutionary new techniques that have greatly broadened the ability of ordinary people to participate in the great stock market boom of the past several years.

Robinhood and Apex

Until it opened up its own platform, the now-well-known firm Robinhood used Apex as the clearinghouse for all of its financial transactions. Apex was a pioneer in both fractional share and crypto trading. A lot of entities are powered by Apex in one way or another. Firmly profitable and now about to become widely available to the general public, the brain trust behind Apex has set the company up for a regular moonshot.

CarLotz Goes Public In Reverse Merger

CarLotz Goes Public In Reverse Merger

CarLotz

CarLotz, a used vehicle consignment sales company, has been listed on the Nasdaq exchange (under the ticker image 'LOTZ') after finalizing a reverse merger process with Acamar Partners Acquisition Corp which is a special purpose acquisition company (or SPAC) that is focused on the consumer and retail markets which itself went public in 2019.

Reverse Merger

The reverse merger was funded through a $311 million cash-in-trust injection from Acamar Partners and a placement of $125 million from private investments in public equity in the company. The deal values the company at about $820 million and has attracted investors including Fidelity Management & Research Company, Rick Wagoner (former CEO of General Motors) and TRP Capital partners, among others. CarLotz joins other used vehicle companies that have gone public recently. Its shares saw a 3% drop in its share price to just under $12 after the listing.

CarLotz Expansion

The company is based in Richmond, Virginia and has an additional eight locations, or hubs, located in Virginia, Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Illinois. It said it plans to expand by opening three or four hubs each quarter in the near term with locations in Seattle and Orlando due to open in the next few months.

The CEO of CarLotz, Michael Bor, a former banker, said he hoped the public listing would raise the profile of the company and improve its ability to source used vehicles for sale by enhancing the company's brand awareness. He went on to say that even with its marketing efforts to date, many people were not familiar with the company even in areas where it was already operating. He wants to get the message out that the company's business model is not based on making profits on the sale of ex-fleet and other used cars, but rather its primary benefit is that it provides a streamlined process for selling used cars generally, and that this is where the value lies for its customers. It operates a technology-driven buying, sourcing and selling process that provides a multi-channel service with a comprehensive selection of vehicles. It enables an end-to-end e-commerce interface for buying and selling used vehicles.

ICE Targets Startup Crypto Managers With Bakkt

ICE Targets Startup Crypto Managers With Bakkt

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As more and more money rushes into cryptocurrencies for a safe haven, it is only natural that the investment side of the crypto business is also starting to heat up as well. In the latest move, Intercontinental Exchange's Cryptocurrency Venture has agreed to acquisition by VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings, Inc. (ticker VIH). VIH is what is known as an SPAC or Special Purpose Acquisition Company. SPACs are shell companies whose only function is to acquire other companies and bring them onto the stock market.

Reverse Merger

Rather than going through the many regulatory hurdles of making an IPO under their own name, Intercontinental can spin off this part of their business and get it onto the exchange much faster and with less regulatory interference by allowing it to be "acquired" by an existing firm already listed on the exchange. The process is technically a reverse merger but a very specialized one that is distinct in almost everything except name.

Under a standard reverse merger format, ICE would spin off the crypto side of the business into a separate company, which would then be free to pursue its destiny any way it wants. Instead, ICE will retain a majority stake in the new venture, which will be known as Bakkt, while VIH will put upwards of 500 million dollars into the new enterprise in the form of marketing and product development.

Bakkt Killer App

The underlying purpose of the Bakkt venture is to create a killer app for consumer use of cryptocurrencies and other digital assets such as rewards points, loyalty bonuses, and even credits from video games. By folding all of these disparate programs into one easily-accessed processing point, the company hopes to gain a foothold in all things crypto no matter where they originate from.

Marijuana Companies Tilray And Aphria Announce Reverse Merger Deal

Marijuana Companies Tilray And Aphria Announce Reverse Merger Deal

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Two of Canada's largest cannabis producers, Tilray and Aphria are joining forces in a reverse merger acquisition the companies have announced. The combined entity will adopt the Tilray name and be instantly positioned for market dominance in the Canada marketplace as well as allowing it to move swiftly into the developing US market should the legal position there change. Tilray and Aphria together control about 17% of Canada's retail marijuana market.

Tilray Stock Jumps

News of the Tilray reverse merger sent its stock soaring as it is expected to create the world's largest cannabis company by revenue. Tilray has a current market capitalization of $1.14 billion while Aphria's is $2.35 billion and the combined companies will have an equity value of around $3.9 billion.

The deal is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2021 under the terms of which Aphria shareholders will own 62% of Tilray's outstanding shares. Based on their current stock prices the reverse acquisition of Tilray will deliver a 23% premium for Tilray shareholders.

The combined company is projected to have revenue of $685 million and the merger is expected to deliver about C$100 million (US $78.4 million) in cost savings within two years of the deal's completion. This is expected to occur as a result of synergies in the areas of cultivation and production, cannabis product purchasing and sales and marketing.

US Easing Marijuana Restrictions

The merger is timely as it strengthens the combined companies position to take advantage of the potential of easing of federal legalization on marijuana use in the US with the election of a Democratic president.

Analysts see reasons for and against the merger. On the positive side Tilray will get financial support while Aphria will now have a partner in German conglomerate Anheuser-Busch that could enable it to gain access to emerging European opportunities. Aphria also recently purchased US beer company Sweetwater Brewing that makes some cannabis infused drinks.

On the negative side, being bigger in Canada may not necessarily be good for Aphria because growing operations and brands are larger than Tilray's while the Canadian provinces want more local growers. This could make consolidation of these top cannabis players problematic.

Paysafe To Go Public In $9 Billion Deal

Paysafe Group Ltd (Paysafe) is an online payments firm that is backed by CVC Capital Partners and Blackstone Group Inc. It has announced that it will be going public through a reverse merger with Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp, a firm led by billionaire William P. Foley II. Through the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), it aims to raise $2 billion in a private placement to contribute funds for the transaction valuing the company at about $9 billion when complete. The cash component will be funded by $150 million of Foley's money held in trust.

Paysafe

Bill Foley will become chairman of the merged company's board with the current Paysafe CEO, Philip McHugh, expected to continue in his role. Foley has stated that he wants to position Paysafe as a leading global payments platform and that the deal will accelerate the operational transformation required to achieve that aim.

Biggest Announced Reverse Merger

The Paysafe reverse merger is one of the biggest announced this year and has attracted investors including Third Point LLC, Fidelity National Title Insurance Co, Suvretta Capital Management and Hedospophia among others that will participate in the private placement. The current Paysafe shareholders (consisting of its private equity backers and management) will continue to be the largest shareholders in the merged company.

What Is Paysafe

Paysafe, based in London, offers payment processing services that allow companies to accept payments in a range of ways including cash, credit cards and direct debits online as well as offering prepaid cards and digital wallets. It is unique in that it functions both as a consumer and merchant network whose purpose is to enable businesses and consumers around the globe to perform seamless payment transactions and currently processes some $100 billion annually. It works with payment solution brands including Paysafecard, Income Access, Skrill and Neteller. The company was bought in 2017 by Blackstone Group and CVC Capital Partners in a deal that was worth around $4 billion at the time.

3D Printer Manufacturer Zortrax To Go Public In Reverse Merger

3D Printer Manufacturer Zortrax To Go Public In Reverse Merger

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Zortrax, the Polish 3D printer manufacturer, has signed a reverse merger deal with Corelens, the optical medical firm, that will enable it to be a publicly-listed company on the Polish NewConnect stock exchange.

The deal means that all of Zortrax's assets will be transferred to Corelens which will issue 97 percent of its shares to Zortrax shareholders in exchange. This will enable Zortrax to expand on the medical applications of its systems and after the merger it will have a value of $39.6 million.

Zortrax Product Lines

Based in Olsztyn, Poland, the company specializes in manufacturing desktop 3D printers as well as offering a variety of post-processing, printing materials and software solutions to its customers. The company markets its products through a network of 130 partners in 90 countries to service industries ranging from automotive design and architecture to the textiles sector.

An example of a recent application of the firm's 3D printing technology is the German company Lightning Cosplay which used Zortrax's M200 printer systems to fabricate video-game inspired cosplay outfits. The company has also developed a range of bio-compatible resins (under the Inkspire label) that is aimed at the growing popularity of medical desktop 3D printing.

Zortrax Reverse Merger

In order to capitalize on the growth in demand for these type of applications (and to enhance the medical compatibility of its printers) the company has opted to merge with the clinical firm Corelens as a good strategic fit. As an added benefit it could also raise a significant funding by floating its shares on the stock exchange, depending on the company's future financial results and the confidence of its investors.

The reverse merger will result in Corelens issuing Zortrax's investors with approximately 111,937,500 shares which represent the equivalent of 97 percent of the company. Fifteen new Corelens shares will be issued in exchange for each Zortrax share to the company's existing shareholders so that they retain the same percentage of ownership in the new company that they had before.

Newegg (N) Reverse Merger

Newegg (N) Reverse Merger

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The proposed Newegg (N) reverse merger plans to offer a stock worth $30 then convert its name to Newegg Commerce under a new Nasdaq symbol ticker to N. The reverse merger book-runner being Maxim Group.

Here are some critical elements of the merger:

• Newegg mergers with Lightning Delaware, a subsidiary of Lianluo Smart Limited
• Lianluo expects to terminate some of its warrants and Class B common stock that will be exercisable to Newegg Commerce stock
• The company's name will be changed to Newegg Commerce, together with its stock ticker.
• What remains constant is the stock trade name Nasdaq.

Reverse merger as a strategy comes with several benefits. As much as it involves more of a reverse takeover, the merger will create a chance for the company to achieve public financing.
The publicity will also be felt both in the ordinary and stock market. Having common shares in the market will create an opportunity for the business to succeed.

How Newegg benefits from the reverse merger

• With the merger, Newegg will operate at a lower cost as compared to initial public offerings.
• It offers a less time-consuming option. To go public, time and money are needed. This is why reverse merger offers the best option.
• With the merger, the company will be able to enjoy flexibility in financing and liquidity. The financial alternatives that come with the merger attract more investors in the process.
• There will be an increased value of the company's liquidity and stock when Newegg reverse merger is actualized. The shares and numbers in the stock market will improve in the process.
• The merger allows for additional compliance within the company. This means sufficient time and energy will continue to run, and the business grows in the process.

Faraday Futures Announces Public Listing

Faraday Futures Announces Public Listing

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Faraday Futures is the latest startup to announce a public listing through a reverse merger using a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) in what is fast becoming a trend for companies in the electrical vehicle space. SPACs have become popular during the pandemic to consolidate funds raised by other financial entities and as a faster means to listing while facing fewer regulatory hurdles.

CEO Carsten Breitfeld

The company's chief executive, Carsten Breitfeld, announced the reverse merger and SPAC vehicle and while he said an announcement would be made 'quite soon' there is as yet no definitive date set for the company going public. Breitfeld, who was previously the co-founder of electric vehicle startup Byton, also declined to offer any details about who Faraday Futures will use to complete the deal.

FF91 Luxury Electric SUV

Faraday Futures is based in California and was founded in 2014 as an electric car maker but has yet to produce a commercially available vehicle. It has announced that its first vehicle that will go into production will be the FF91 - a luxury electric SUV that was presented at CES 2020. Its eye-catching design was apparently met with considerable enthusiasm by attendees. The company aims to raise around $850 million to put this model into production by the end of the first quarter of 2020. This is in addition to the $225 million of bridge financing provided by a group of investors led by Birch Lake Associates.

Faraday Futures Bankruptcy

Investors may be wary of the company's somewhat checkered past; Faraday Future's former CEO and founder, YT Jia, entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy and was forced to sell off his stake in the company to pay debts and to secure the company's future. He is still involved in the company, however, and will be the Chief Product and User Ecosystem Officer. The pandemic has also impacted the company though a $9 million forgivable loan form the US Small Business Administration measure helped it stave off closure and allowed it to keep its employees.

The restructuring of the company is now complete and having Jia's personal financial problems untangled from it may make it a more attractive target for investors in the EV space. Breitfeld also emphasized that the startup's history makes it vital that trust is restored in the brand and that it shows stability as it moves forwards.

ChargePoint Goes Public In Reverse Merger

ChargePoint Goes Public In Reverse Merger

ChargePoint

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.

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