News & Events - SPACs

  • 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,...; 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.; 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.; 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.; 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.

  • May 15, 2012

    After four straight years of declines, deal making by so-called Special Purpose Acquisition Companies is showing modest signs of a rebound. Through last Friday, SPACs, investment funds created specifically for buying companies, had announced four acquisitions this year, valued at a total of $168 million, according to Dealogic. That’s more than the two such deals, valued at $66 million, made during the whole last year.

    SPACs remain a long way from their heyday of 2007, when they spent $4.08 billion snapping up companies. But there is reason to believe that SPAC activity will continue to increase. Under the rules that govern most of the funds they need to buy at least one company within two years of being formed. Dealogic says that SPACs raised a total of $1.61 billion in 2010 and 2011 through initial public offerings. Many of them will need to find targets by the end of 2013.

    “We’ll continue to see many more acquisitions by SPACs in the next 12 months,” said Douglas Ellenoff, a partner at the law firm Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP, which has served as an adviser on recent SPAC transactions.

    Of this year’s deals, two were by RLJ Acquisition Inc. On April 2, it announced a $114.8 million acquisition of Acorn Media Group Inc. and a $43.8 million deal for Image Entertainment Inc.

  • April 20, 2012

    Special purpose acquisition companies CIS Acquisition Ltd. and Aquasition Corp. filed to raise $100 million and $50 million, respectively, in initial public offerings.

  • April 04, 2012

    Burger King Worldwide Holdings Inc. (BKC) (BKC), the fast-food chain taken private in 2010 by New York investment firm 3G Capital Inc., will go public again after merging with a company owned by billionaire William Ackman.   3G Capital, backed by Brazilian billionaires, will receive $1.4 billion in cash to transfer Burger King to Justice Holdings Ltd. (JUSH), a special-purpose acquisition company co-founded...

  • April 04, 2012

    Aquasition Corp., a blank check company focused on acquiring businesses in the maritime transportation and service industries, filed on Wednesday with the SEC to raise up to $50 million in an initial public offering.

  • April 02, 2012

    The combined company, to be named RLJ Entertainment, will be "one of the largest independent distributors of digital and video content globally," the firms said.