Pure Acquisition Corp. (PACQ), announced the results of its warrant tender this afternoon and as expected, a significant number of warrant holders opted to tender at this go-around. If you recall, Pure previously tendered its warrants twice before, both times for $1.00, ...READ MORE
Covid-19 claims its second SPAC.
Allegro Merger Corp. (ALGR), announced this morning it has mutually terminated its merger agreement with TGI Fridays. Once again, the reason cited being, “extraordinary market conditions“, as well as the failure to meet necessary closing conditions. ...READ MORE
Q1 2020 SPAC IPO Auditor League Tables
Below are the newly released SPAC Auditor League Tables for the first quarter of 2020. As you can see below, the Auditor League is dominated by Marcum LLP and WithumSmith+Brown ("Withum") so each quarter is generally just a look into how close these two competitors come to beating each other.
Below are the recently released Q1 2020 SPAC IPO Legal League Tables
As mentioned previously, this feels like an incomplete quarter since the SPAC window effectively came to a grinding halt in early March. As a result, we're missing almost a month's worth of IPO pricings and now have a backlog of 12 SPACs on file to IPO. However, SPACs did manage to IPO a total of 13 deals for gross proceeds of $3.925 billion in the Q1 2020, so it's still a fairly robust number. And the results do show quite a bit of movement within the Legal League...
In addition to the traditional methodology used whereby any bookrunner or lead manager gets full credit for IPO size to calculate deal volume, there are two additional rankings - volume by number of units sold and volume sold % market share (highlighted in green). For example, if SPAC-XYZ raised $500 million at IPO, and underwriter A sold $400 million of the same deal and underwriter B sold only $100 million, that’s how they will be credited. This methodology gives a more accurate window into the actual deal volume.
Covid-19 claims its first SPAC.
HL Acquisitions Corp. (HCCH), announced this morning it has mutually terminated its Sale and Purchase Agreement with Chi Energie (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. (“Chi Energie”). The reason cited being, “the current extraordinary market conditions surrounding the industry. ...READ MORE
EdTechX Holdings Acquisition Corp., (EDTX), announced this afternoon they have closed their combination with Meten Education. The combined entity will operate as Meten EdtechX Education Group Ltd. (“Meten EdtechX”) and will continue to focus on providing English language and future skills training for Chinese students and professionals. ...READ MORE
Gordon Pointe Acquisition Corp. (GPAQ), filed a an 8-K this afternoon announcing that they are increasing the amount being contributed to the trust account for non-redeeming shareholders at it’s extension vote, to be held on March 30th, from $0.013 ...READ MORE
Andrew Pendergast, from Marsh, is back again to help further explain a SPAC team’s insurance needs in the time of Covid-19. Additionally, Andrew will walk us through what teams and investors should be considering when evaluating SPACs and their risk going forward. ...READ MORE
EdTechX Holdings Acquisition Corp., (EDTX), which held their shareholder vote yesterday to complete their business combination with Meten Education, announced via 8-K that their combination has been approved.
As you can see in the table below, the combination was approved with 4,619,383 shares in the “For” column and only 300,000 shares voting “Against” this transaction. ...READ MORE
ALLEGRO MERGER CORP. (ALGR)
This morning, Allegro Merger Corp., released the details of their shareholder vote to approve moving their previously extended deadline one month, from March 31 to April 30, 2020. ...READ MORE
LEISURE ACQUISITION CORP. (LACQ)
GigCapital3, Inc. (GIK.U), re-filed their S-1 registration statement today, for their $200 million IPO, with no changes to the terms. No changes, at first blush, seems curious given that the current SPAC IPO market has also been on “lock-down” with nothing getting out. ...READ MORE
Early this morning, Big Rock Partners Acquisition Corp. (BRPA), released the details of their shareholder vote to approve their extension deadline to March 23, 2019, from July 23, 2020. The extension was approved and as a result, the Company’s Sponsor will be contributing $0.02 ...READ MORE