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Latest SPAC News: Polestar doubles revenue, SeatGeek raises $238M after cancelling SPAC deal, and crypto miner PrimeBlock’s CEO leaves firm
Polestar revenue doubles as it rides electric car boom
Electric vehicle maker Polestar (NASDAQ: PSNY) said on Thursday that its revenue nearly doubled in the first half of 2022 on soaring demand and that it may have to raise its prices further if material costs continue to rise.
“We continue to have a very strong order book,” Chief Financial Officer Johan Malmqvist told Reuters. “In regards to inflationary pressures, we have increased prices and that is something that we are closely monitoring to see if there’s a need to take additional actions to protect our margins.”
Polestar, which listed on the Nasdaq in June via a merger with a Gores Guggenheim, has expanded into new markets this year but the cost of doing so meant it reported a net loss of $502.7 million for January-June, up from a $368.2 million loss a year earlier.READ
SeatGeek snaps $238M after cancelling SPAC deal
New York-based SeatGeek, a mobile ticketing platform, has raised $238M after abandoning plans to go public. Long-time investor Accel led the round privately as part of a Series E funding round, with participation from Wellington Management, Arctos Sports Partners, and Ryan Smith, founder and executive chairman of Qualtrics and founder of Smith Entertainment Group (SEG), which includes the Utah Jazz.
SeatGeek is now valued at around $1.2B, down from as much as $2B in its proposed SPAC merger deal.
RedBall Acquisition Corp. (NYSE:RBAC) announced in June that it had mutually terminated its combination agreement with ticket marketplace SeatGeek.READ
Crypto Miner PrimeBlock’s CEO Has Left Firm After Cancelled SPAC Deal
The CEO of crypto miner PrimeBlock, which canceled a merger with 10X Capital Venture Acquisition Corp. II (VCXA) that would’ve made it a public company, has left the firm, according to two people familiar with the move.
Gaurav Budhrani, the now-former CEO, was with PrimeBlock for about a year, according to his LinkedIn profile. He had come aboard from Goldman Sachs (GS), where he’d spent more than a decade, most recently as a vice president who helped run crypto investment banking.
Audit Regulator Sees Room to Improve Going Concern, SPAC Reviews
Audit firms fell short in their going concern reviews and some struggled with testing the financial statements of blank-check companies, the US audit regulator said in a report Wednesday.
Inspectors with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board reviewed 40 audits as part of its 2021 cross-firm reviews, which target a few audit areas across a range of firms. PCAOB staff looked at fraud risks and cash in addition to going concern evaluations and quarterly reviews of SPACs, according to a recap of the reviews the board released.
A SPAC I Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:ASCA) announced this afternoon that it has adjourned its special meeting to extend its timeline to complete a business combination. The meeting was originally scheduled to be held today, but is now being postponed until February 13 due to a change in terms for its extension. A SPAC I has also extended...
Below is a daily summary of links to the latest SPAC news and rumors gathered across the web. Latest SPAC News: Mondee acquires Orinter for $40M, Fisker, ChargePoint and Lucid say court decision creates ‘uncertainty’, and Getaround gets delisting warning from NYSE Mondee gains foothold in Brazil with Orinter acquisition Travel marketplace and technology...
Latest SPAC Liquidations: Itiquira Acquisition Corp., Biotech Acquisition Company Itiquira Acquisition Corp. (ITQ) to Liquidate on February 14 Itiquira Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: ITQ) announced today it intends to dissolve and liquidate at an estimated per-share redemption price of approximately $10.17. The company anticipates that the Public Shares will cease trading as of the close of business on February...
Bill Ackman is still tinkering with his SPARCs. In a new S-1/a filed this morning, the Pershing Square founder provided an update to his proposed model that is “not a SPAC”, but that would do some SPAC-like things. In a simple sense, Ackman is seeking change in the order of operations from: find investors, raise...
Latest SPAC Liquidations: DTRT Health Acquisition Corp., Seaport Calibre Materials Acquisition Corp. DTRT Health (DTRT) to Liquidate on January 30 On January 30, 2023, the stockholders of DTRT Health Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: DTRT) approved an amendment to allow the company to redeem all of its issued and outstanding shares of Class A common stock in advance...