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SPAC Forecast & Upcoming IPOs ☔ 💵

SPAC Forecast & Upcoming IPOs ☔ 💵
June 7, 2021

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Merger and acquisition deals have already blown through records this year, exceeding $2.4TN, a 158% increase over 2020. After a sluggish April for SPAC deals, due to fear of greater regulation and less-than-impressive post-deal stock performances, SPACs made up 11% of M&A deals in May. For everyone bouncing among articles professing to predict the future, it’s useful to look at one component to SPACs that offers some foresights into the future.


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The 24-month rule

A piece of the genetic code of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies is their 2-year mandated period invest at least 80% of proceeds on an acquisition; otherwise, 100% of the money will be returned to investors. With a goal of ensuring timely returns on investor money, this rule inadvertently does a couple of things: negatively, some argue, these timelines put pressure on a quick deal, rather than a good one. As seen on the CNBC SPAC Post-Deal Index, SPAC deals have stalled in gains, potentially making them less attractive to private companies looking to exit.

The Silver Lining for Private Companies

The second aftereffect of the 2-year deadline is the greater possibility for private companies to score a better deal when blank-check investors are feeling the pressure to purchase at the end of two years. These deadlines create a veritable crystal ball towards upcoming SPAC booms. According to Bloomberg data, 31 expiration dates are slated for October 2022, equivalent to roughly $10.2BN. The following year, in March of 2022, we will see 106 SPACs expiring (2 years after March's SPAC frenzy), with $34.5BN in acquisition funds raised.

Major SPAC Mergers from May:

🌰 Acorns: The spare change investment company
Acquirer: Pioneer Merger Corp.
Valuation: $2.2 BN

🚚 Tritium: Outsourcer of IT services
Acquirer: Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Corp II 
Valuation: $1.2 BN

👾 Jam City: Mobile app gaming company
Acquirer: DPCM Capital
Valuation: $1.1 billion

🔬 Ginkgo Bioworks: Genetic engineers of good bacteria
Acquirer: Soaring Eagle Acquisition Corp.
Valuation: $17.5 billion

👩‍🔬 Benson Hill: Machine learning meets genome editing
Acquirer: Star Peak Corp. II
Valuation: $2 billion

This Week’s SPAC and IPOs

💳 Katapult: No credit required financing 
Acquirer: FinServ Acquisition Corp - FRSV

👶  23andMe: Gene testing for long lost relatives and health predispositions
SPAC: June 9 -  ME
Acquirer: VG Acquisition Corp. - VGAC

📱 TaskUs: Offers digital outsourcing of hiring, sales, customer service, tech support & more 
IPO: June 11-TASK
Expected Valuation: $2.3BN
Expected Share Price: $22-24

💎 1stDibs: Luxury online marketplace
IPO: June 10 - DIBS
Expected Valuation: $773MM
Expected Share Price: $18-21

📋 Israel based workflow management company
IPO: June 10 - MNDY
Expected Valuation: $6.12BN
Expected Share Price: $125-140

Since last week, PrivCo has added:
476 Companies | 190 Funding Activities | 61 M&A Deals

Funding & Deal Highlights:


Capchase raises $125MM from QED Investors

Specialty Finance • Round A • Cambridge, MA

Rae Wellness raises $9.5MM from Powerplant Ventures

Pharmaceuticals • Round A • Minneapolis, MN

Getir raises $550MM from Silver Lake

Delivery Software & Internet Services • Istanbul, Turkey

Alation raises $110MM from Riverwood Capital

Software & Internet Services • Round D • Redwood City, CA

Realtime Robotics raises $31.4MM from HAHN Automation

Industrial Products • Round A • Boston, MA

Ganaz raises $7MM from Bessemer Venture Partners

Workforce Software & Internet Services • Round A • Seattle, W

The Beans raises $2MM from Precursor Ventures

Fintech Software & Internet Services • Seed • San Francisco, CA

Stellanova Therapeutics raises $15.5MM from Sporos Bioventures

Biotechnology • Round A • Houston, TX

Stemma Technologies raises $4.8MM from Sequoia Capital 

Data Software & Internet Services • Seed • Redmond, WA

Dallas Plastics acquires Hi-De Liners

Chemicals & Plastics • Acquisition • Orange, MA

Pershing Square Tontine to acquire 10% of Universal Music Group

Entertainment • SPAC • Santa Monica, CA

Prosus NV acquires Stack Overflow for $1.8BN

Community Software & Internet Services • Acquisition • New York, NY

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