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Latest SPAC News: Grab revealed as top food delivery player in ASEAN despite slowing growth, SomaLogic reduces staff, and DL E&C, Doosan invest $25M in X-Energy
Grab tightens ASEAN food delivery grip despite slowing growth
Singapore-based superapp developer Grab (NASDAQ:GRAB) is cementing its position as the dominant food delivery player in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, even as growth in the once booming digital service dramatically slows, a report released on Tuesday showed.
The Nasdaq-listed startup is now the leader in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines within the 10-member ASEAN bloc, according to the report published by Singapore-based Momentum Works.
“Grab, as a result of the SPAC listing, they received a large cash infusion,” Jianggan Li, CEO of Momentum Works, said during an online briefing on Tuesday. “So, compared to the major players, they probably have the best cash position.”READ
SomaLogic implements ‘small reduction’ in staff in effort to ‘right-size’
SomaLogic Inc. (Nasdaq: SLGC), a Boulder-based biotechnology company that went public last year in a merger with a special purpose acquisition company, cut its workforce last month in advance of what company leaders expect could be an economically rocky 2023.
In a regulatory disclosure this week, the company, which develops platforms to read thousands of proteins in a patient’s blood or urine sample that may signal illnesses or future health conditions and suggest potential treatments via machine learning, said it has undergone a “recent right-size of organization to focus on greatest long-term growth opportunities in SomaLogic’s life sciences business while preserving and leveraging the balance sheet to actively expand the portfolio.”READ
DL E&C, Doosan to invest $25 million in SMR developer X-Energy
South Korea’s DL E&C Co. and Doosan Enerbility Co. will invest a combined $25 million in X-Energy Reactor Co., a US-based small modular reactor (SMR) developer.
X-Energy said on Wednesday that it was receiving the strategic investment to finance the development of its advanced SMR, or Xe-100.
Their investments come as X-Energy is expected to list on the New York Stock Exchange once it completes a merger with Ares Acquisition Corp. (NYSE:AAC) in the second quarter of this year, the company said.READ
SoundHound axes nearly 50% of staff less than a year after IPO
SoundHound, a speech and music recognition company, laid off nearly half of its remaining staff earlier this month, less than a year after the company went public on the NASDAQ.
The development was reported by tech news outlet Gizmodo on Friday (January 13), citing three employees who were axed and an email from the company’s CEO, Keyvan Mohajer.
In the said email, Mohajer wrote: “When we set course in early 2021 to become publicly listed, high-tech companies like SoundHound were the darlings of the investor community.”
SoundHound went public in New York in April 2022 after closing a $2.1 billion merger with special purpose acquisition company Archimedes Tech SPAC Partners.READ
Rezolve and Grupo Carso enter into strategic partnership to transform Latin American market for Omni Channel Mobile Engagement
Rezolve, a leader in mobile commerce and engagement, and Grupo Carso, today announced a strategic partnership that will see Rezolve’s technology integrated into Claro Shop and T1 Comercios, one of Mexico’s largest online marketplaces, and is expected to transform the mobile shopping experience for millions of consumers.
On December 17, 2021, Rezolve Limited, a private limited liability company registered under the laws of England and Wales, entered into a business combination agreement, dated as of December 17, 2021, with Armada Acquisition Corp. I (NASDAQ:AACI).READ
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...
October is set to be a quiet month for lock-up expirations with only four de-SPACs and four sponsors now open to trade their shares for the first time. The first customer is Bitdeer Technologies. Its shareholders and the Blue Safari sponsor both stand to gain the most out of this group from moving some of...
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%....
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...
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....