The Latest SPAC News and Rumors: March 23, 2022


The Latest SPAC News and Rumors: March 23, 2022


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

Latest SPAC News: Forge Global soars first day of trading, and Firefly eyes SPAC deal


Blythe Masters SPAC Merger Sends Forge Global Stock Soaring

Forge Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE:FRGE) soared in the first day of trading after completing its tie-up with a blank-check company led by Blythe Masters, the former JPMorgan Chase & Co. executive who helped create credit default swaps.

Shares of the private-securities marketplace gained as much as 166% in Tuesday trading on the New York Stock Exchange. It’s the first session for Forge Global after it combined with Motive Capital Corp. Masters, who was Motive’s chief executive officer, will remain on the board of the combined entity.


Fresh Off Dramatic Majority Shareholder Exit, Firefly Could Be Headed for a SPAC

Firefly Aerospace’s roller coaster ride could soon send the rocket startup to the public market via a merger with a SPAC, a recent filing with the FCC suggests.

Aerospace private equity firm AE Industrial Partners (AEI) announced last month that it had reached an agreement to acquire a “significant stake” in Firefly after its largest shareholder, Ukrainian Max Polyakov, was forced to sell his shares over national security concerns. A recent FCC filing provides new details of the deal, including that it involves a special purpose acquisition vehicle.


BuzzFeed Announces Staff Reduction as its Top Editors Resign

BuzzFeed (NASDAQ:BZFD) is cutting staff as its profits declined, CEO Jonah Peretti said in a conference call with analysts and investors March 22. Editor-in-Chief Mark Schoofs resigned along with two other senior editors.

Earnings before taxes and other costs fell 12 percent in the quarter ending Dec. 31 compared to the previous year, and perhaps more alarmingly for the company, time spent on the website fell 4 percent, BuzzFeed said in its quarterly earnings statement. The company projected earnings to decline in the first quarter of this year as well.

BuzzFeed went public in December through a special purpose acquisition company merger with 890 Fifth Avenue Partners. Some employees walked out on the day of the SPAC vote, protesting the company’s failure to accommodate the union’s wage negotiation demands.


Renewable Propane Partnership for LanzaTech and SHV Energy

SHV Energy and LanzaTech today announced a new strategic partnership to employ LanzaTech’s Carbon Capture and Transformation technology to bring renewable propane and other sustainable fuels to the market via existing and novel pathways. The collaboration will be dedicated to further expanding LanzaTech’s existing CCT technology and synthetic biology platform which transform waste carbon into sustainable fuels and other materials such as fabrics, packaging, and other products.

AMCI II (NASDAQ:AMCI) entered into a definitive agreement to combine with sustainable materials-maker LanzaTech at an enterprise value of $1.82 billion earlier this month.