The Latest SPAC News and Rumors: May 26, 2023
by Marlena Haddad on 2023-05-26 at 11:32am

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

Latest SPAC News: VinFast recalls first batch of EVs in the US, Arrival seeks second chance with EV tax credits, and QualTek files for bankruptcy 


Vietnam’s VinFast recalls first batch of US-bound EVs over safety risk

Vietnamese electric vehicle (EV) maker VinFast said it is recalling all of the first batch of vehicles it shipped to the United States last year following a safety warning issued by U.S. authorities.

The move came after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said 999 of VinFast’s VF 8 vehicles suffered a software error in the dashboard display that prevented critical safety information from being shown and “may increase the risk of a crash”.

The recall statement comes less than two weeks after VinFast announced it would list in the United States via a merger with SPAC Black Spade Acquisition Co (NYSE:BSAQ).

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British EV maker Arrival seeks second chance with US EV tax credits

British electric van startup Arrival (NASDAQ:ARVL) , which has hit many road bumps in its quest to become the next Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), now hopes huge subsidies from the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act and a second reverse merger will give it a fresh shot at survival.

Since it was founded in 2015, Arrival has developed vehicles for high-profile customers like United Parcel Service Inc (NYSE:UPS) and Uber Technologies Inc (NYSE:UBER), but has burned through piles of cash without ever hitting mass production and is winding down its UK operations in favor of refocusing on the United States.


Telecom servicer QualTek enters bankruptcy to cut $307 mln debt

Telecommunications and power contractor QualTek Services Inc (NASDAQ:QTEK) filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, armed with a restructuring deal that could slash $307 million of the company’s $625 million debt.

QualTek went public through a SPAC deal in February 2022, just before the Federal Reserve began raising interest rates in an effort to curb inflation in the U.S. economy.

QualTek filed for Chapter 11 protection in Houston, saying that increasing debt costs were beginning to cut into its operating budget, at a time when inflation was already causing it to pay more for labor and energy.

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