The Latest SPAC News and Rumors: August 17, 2023
by Marlena Haddad on 2023-08-17 at 11:35am

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

Latest SPAC News: Wheels Up secures $500M lifeline but still faces turnaround challenges, and DWAC rallies as sponsors push for more time

Wheels Up flies for now, but private-jet rivals see opportunity

Loss-making private jet firm Wheels Up Experience (NYSE:UP) nabbed a key $500 million lifeline but still faces turnaround challenges, as demand for private travel softens in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and rival operators lure some of their customers.

Wheels Up avoided a possible bankruptcy when it secured backing from investors on Tuesday, including U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines. Shares rose 11% on Wednesday in midday trading.

Wheels Up, which charters planes by the hour, went public in 2021 through a special purpose acquisition company with the goal of appealing to a broader flying base as an “Uber of the sky.”


Trump-Tied SPAC’s Rally at Risk as Sponsors Need More Time

The blank-check company seeking to take Donald Trump’s media company public sweetened the proposed deal to keep the former president from walking away. Now it needs to make sure rank—and-file investors stick around, too.

Digital World Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:DWAC), the special-purpose acquisition company that’s been waiting to take over Trump Media & Technology Group for nearly two years, will ask investors on Thursday to push out the deadline for closing the deal by another 12 months. The blank check said in a filing Wednesday evening that the meeting will be held on Sept. 5 and not Aug. 17 as originally scheduled.


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Athena Consumer Acquisition Corp. (NYSE:ACAQ) announced this afternoon that its stockholders approved its combination with German EV-maker e.GO at a special meeting held earlier today. Additionally, Athena Consumer’s warrant proposal to convert all outstanding warrants to 0.175 shares in the combined company was also approved. A total of 884,880 shares of Athena Class A Common...

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by Nicholas Alan Clayton on 2023-09-29 at 3:51pm

Graf Acquisition Corp. IV (NYSE:GFOR) announced in an 8-K this afternoon that its shareholders approved its combination with NKGen Biotech at a special meeting September 25. A total of 3,386,528 shares were redeemed in connection with the vote, leaving Graf IV with about $27.6 million in the tank and a final redemption rate of 84.3%....

by Nicholas Alan Clayton on 2023-09-29 at 3:50pm

Anzu Special Acquisition Corp I (NASDAQ:ANZU) has closed its combination with Envoy Medical and its shares and warrants are to begin trading on the Nasdaq under the symbols “COCH” and “COCHW” on October 2. The SPAC secured shareholder approval on September 27 and still has not divulged redemption figures. But, it went into the vote...

by Nicholas Alan Clayton on 2023-09-29 at 1:54pm

Mercato Partners (NASDAQ:MPRA) closed its combination with Brazilian software firm Nuvini this afternoon and its shares and warrants are expected to begin trading on the Nasdaq under the symbols “NVNI” and “NVNIW” on October 2. The combined company will continue to be led by its existing CEO and a seven-member Board including Mercato CEO Dr....


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