May 13, 2014
Billionaire Wilbur Ross joins the market move back to SPACs
Billionaire Wilbur Ross has launched a special investment vehicle, which had been popular just before the financial crisis gripped the markets, to make opportunistic acquisitions. The prominent investor, who carved out a reputation restructuring troubled companies in the ’80s and ’90s and then launched his own private equity firm 14 years ago, has submitted a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission to form a so-called special purpose acquisition corporation (or SPAC). The deal marks Ross’s first SPAC, sources familiar with the matter say.
Quartz, May 13, 2014
May 05, 2014
Blank check company 1347 Capital files and sets terms for $40 million IPO
1347 Capital, a blank check company formed by a team from Fund Management Group, filed and announced terms for its IPO on Monday. The Itasca, IL-based company plans to raise $40 million by offering 4.0 million shares at a price $10. At the proposed price, it would command a fully diluted market value...
Renaissance Capital, May 5, 2014
April 16, 2014
Committed Capital Acquisition Corporation II Announces Closing of $35,000,000 Initial Public Offering
Committed Capital Acquisition Corporation (the "Company") CCAQU 0.00% announced today that it has closed its initial public offering for gross proceeds of $35 million. The Company is a blank check company that was formed for the purpose of acquiring or merging with an operating business.
PR Newswire, April 16, 2014
April 14, 2014
Glori Energy Inc. and Infinity Cross Border Aquisition Corporation Announce Completion of Merger and Private Placement
Glori Energy Inc. ("Glori"), an energy technology company, and Infinity Cross Border Acquisition Corporation (Nasdaq: INXB) ("Infinity"), a special purpose acquisition company, announced today that they have completed the merger and share exchange agreement (the "Merger Agreement") first announced on January 8, 2014, and a simultaneous private placement led by Infinity Group and Hicks Equity Partners LLC ("Hicks").
Glori Energy, April 14, 2014
March 17, 2014
Kingsway Subsidiary 1347 Capital LLC Signs Letter of Intent to Sponsor Initial Public Offering via a SPAC
Kingsway Financial Services Inc. ("Kingsway" or the "Company") today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, 1347 Capital, LLC, has signed a letter of intent to sponsor an initial public offering by a special purpose acquisition company to be formed by it. The offering is expected to include four million units, each unit consisting of one share of common stock, one right to...
PR Newswire, March 17, 2014
January 16, 2014
Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. Completes $115 Million Initial Public Offering
Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. (the "Company") announced today that it priced its initial public offering of 10,000,000 units at $10.00 per unit. Each unit issued in the initial public offering consists of one share of the Company's common stock and one warrant to purchase one half of one share of common stock at an exercise price of $5.75 per half share ($11.50 per full share). The Company has granted the underwriters a 45-day option to purchase up to 1,500,000 additional units to cover over-allotments,...
www.marketwatch.com; January 16, 2014
August 19, 2013
Andina Acquisition Corporation to Acquire Tecnoglass S.A. and C.I. Energia Solar S.A. E.S. Windows
Andina Acquisition Corp. (ANDA) has agreed to buy glass maker Tecnoglass S.A. for roughly $178 million, a deal it says allows it to participate in a growing industrial business in Latin America. Based in Barranquilla, Colombia, Tecnoglass is a manufacturer of hi-spec, architectural glass and windows for the global residential and commercial construction industries.
www.marketwatch.com; August 19, 2013
July 25, 2013
Silver Eagle Acquisition Corp., Founded By Harry E. Sloan And Jeff Sagansky, Announces Pricing Of $300 Million Initial Public Offering
Silver Eagle Acquisition Corp. (the "Company"), an acquisition vehicle formed by media executives Harry E. Sloan and Jeff Sagansky, announced today that it priced its initial public offering of 30,000,000 units at $10.00 per unit. Each unit issued in the initial public offering consists of one share of the Company's common stock and one warrant to purchase one half of one share of common stock at an exercise price of $5.75 per...
PR Newswire, July 25, 2013
February 26, 2013
SPAC HF2 Financial Management sets terms for $153 million IPO
HF2 Financial Management, a blank check company formed to acquire a financial services company, announced terms for its IPO on Tuesday. The Denver, CO-based company plans to raise $153 million by offering 15.3 million shares at a price of $10. At the proposed offer price, H2 Financial Management would command a fully diluted market value of $405 million.
Renaissance Capital, February 26, 2013
December 19, 2012
Chart Acquisition Corp. Announces Closing of $75,000,000 Initial Public Offering
Chart Acquisition Corp. (the Company) (NASDAQ: CACGU), a newly-organized blank check company formed for the purpose of acquiring or merging with an operating business, today announced the closing of its initial public offering for gross proceeds of $75 million.
www.bizjournals.com; December 19, 2012
December 19, 2012
CIS Acquisition Ltd. Announces its Initial Public Offering
CIS Acquisition (CISAU) announced the pricing of its IPO and commencement of public trading on December 19, 2012. The initial public offering was of an aggregate of 4,000,000 units at $10.00 per unit. Each unit consists of one share of common stock and one warrant. The underwriters have a 45-day option to purchase up to an additional 360,000...
PR Newswire, December 19, 2012
November 09, 2012
Harry Sloan And Jeff Sagansky Pay $430M To Create Inflight Entertainment Colossus
Two entertainment industry veterans believe the sky’s the limit for the internet and entertainment. Harry Sloan and Jeff Sagansky, co-founders of Global Eagle Acquisition Corp., have acquired in-flight providers Row44 and most (86 percent) of Advanced Inflight Alliance to create Global Eagle Entertainment. The remaining shares will remain listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange as AIA.
Deadline.com; Novemner 9, 2012
October 03, 2012
RLJ Acquisition Inc. announced the completion of it's business combination
Robert L. Johnson, Chairman of The RLJ Companies and founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), announced today RLJ Acquisition, Inc. (OTCQB: RLJAU; RLJA; RLJAW) (the "Company") has successfully completed the business combination acquiring Image Entertainment, Inc. (DISK) ("Image") and Acorn Media Group, Inc., two highly complementary media content...
RLJ Companies, October 3, 2012
October 02, 2012
Net Element and Cazador Acquisition Corporation Announce Completion of Merger to Become Net Element
Net Element, a technology driven group in mobile commerce and payment processing, as well as in entertainment and culture Internet destinations in Russia and other emerging markets, and Cazador Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), today announced that their respective shareholders have approved their...
Dailyfinance, October 2, 2012
October 01, 2012
Lone Oak Acquisition Corp. Has Entered into a Non-Binding Letter of Intent for a Business Combination
Lone Oak Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (OTC Bulletin Board: LOKKF) (the "Company"), announced today that it has signed a non-binding letter of intent to negotiate and execute a definitive agreement to complete a business combination.
PR Newswire, October 1, 2012
September 12, 2012
In this paper, we focus on Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs), which are shells initiated with the sole intent of acquiring a privately held company, rather than “natural shells,” which arise after bankruptcy.
ResearchGate, September 12, 2012
August 22, 2012
Tile Shop Holdings, Inc. and JWC Acquisition Corp. Announce Closing of Business Combination
Tile Shop Holdings, Inc. (“TS Holdings”) and JWC Acquisition Corp. (“JWCAC”) jointly announced today that the previously announced business combination between TS Holdings, JWCAC, and The Tile Shop, LLC (“The Tile Shop”) has closed. Pursuant to the Business Combination, through a series of transactions, JWCAC and The Tile Shop have been...
Reuters, August 22, 2012
August 07, 2012
Hyde Park Acquisition Corp. II Completes Initial Public Offering
Hyde Park Acquisition Corp. II (NASDAQ: HPAC) (the “Company”) announced today that it has completed its initial public offering of 7,500,000 shares of common stock. The shares were sold at an offering price of $10.00 per unit, generating gross proceeds of $75,000,000 to the Company. In addition, the Company has granted the underwriters a 45 day over-allotment option to purchase up to an additional 1,125,000 shares.
The Street, August 7, 2012
July 11, 2012
Australia Acquisition Corp. Agrees to Acquire Approximately $350 Million of Emerging Markets Investments From Harbinger Capital Partners
AAC to Combine Majority Stake in Asian Coast Development (Canada) Ltd. and Minority Stake in Ferrous Resources Limited to Form New Global Diversified Holding Company.
Silicon Investor, July 11, 2012
July 10, 2012
Universal Business Payment Solutions Acquisition Corp. (UBPS), a special purpose acquisition company that raised $72 million...
July 06, 2012
Are SPACs back?
This boom-time phenomenon known as special-purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, have seen ebbs and flows over the years, both pre- and post-financial crisis. Clearly the market for new SPAC issuances, which rely on initial public offerings to raise capital, is constrained, given the state of the IPO markets. Nonetheless, interest in the niche has continued, say industry observers, and SPAC acquisitions now appear to be on the rise again.
June 29, 2012
The Tile Shop, LLC (The Tile Shop), a leading specialty retailer of manufactured and natural stone tiles, setting and maintenance materials, and related accessories, and JWC Acquisition Corp. (OTCBB: JWCA; JWCAW; JWCAU), a special purpose acquisition company, today announced a definitive agreement under which The Tile Shop will engage in a business combination with JWC Acquisition Corp.
June 13, 2012
Net Element, a global publisher of online destinations and soon-to-be operator of a mobile commerce platform for Russia and other emerging markets, and Cazador Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), announced the execution of a merger agreement that will infuse up to $81 million into Net Element and provide the necessary financial resources for the company’s next stage of growth.
June 04, 2012
The JOBS Act was supposed to be about clearing away regulation to help young companies create jobs. Just eight weeks after its passage, however, more than a dozen of the companies seeking to use its looser rules for going public aren't the type of high-tech growth companies lawmakers had in mind.
May 16, 2012
Appleton Papers Inc. ("Appleton") and Hicks Acquisition Company II, Inc. (Nasdaq: HKAC) today announced a definitive agreement under which Appleton will engage in a business combination with Hicks Acquisition Company II valued at $675 million. The combined company will be listed on the Nasdaq exchange, positioning Appleton for long-term growth and profitability with an improved balance sheet and greater access to capital.