Morning Roundup: October 6, 2023


Morning Roundup: October 6, 2023

At the SPAC of Dawn

Good morning! Watch this space moving forward as a roundup of evening filings as well as news nuggets to nibble on beside your morning coffee.

After the first full month without a SPAC IPO in nearly a year and a half, Thursday night saw two new vehicles begin floating, Quetta and Spark I.

This came along news that Omeed Malik, a former Bank of America managing director, is planning to take another plunge into the SPAC waters. He steered his first SPAC, Colombier, to a close with PSQ Holdings (NYSE:PSQH) in July. The company aims to assemble an Amazon-like marketplace of goods free from curation pressures from the political left.

It joined a growing number of broadly “anti-woke de-SPACs” that had beaten the wider SPAC market early on. But, these companies have failed to maintain the highs of Digital World‘s (NASDAQ:DWAC) hype. Conservative social network Rumble (NASDAQ:RUM) last closed at $5.13, while Black Rifle Coffee (NYSE:BRCC) sits at $3.17.

For its part, PSQ last closed at $8.21 still within the parties’ lock-up period. Digital World nonetheless continues to coast at $15.83 in hopes that the epic review process for its combination with Trump Media & Technology Group comes to a close.

Latest Liquidations and Reversals

  • LatAmGrowth SPAC (NASDAQ:LATG) has permanently adjourned its special meeting to approve an early liquidation, potentially reversing its decision to dissolve ahead of its October 27 deadline which could be pushed to November 27 without further shareholder approvals.

News and Rumors

  • Fast Acquisition Corp. has agreed to pay a $12.5 million settlement in a legal fight over the $33 million breakup fee from the SPAC’s failed merger with Tilman Fertitta’s hospitality business.
  • Omeed Malik, founder of Farvahar Partners is planning to raise a new SPAC with a trust of at least $130 million despite recent chilly conditions following his steering of Colombier.
  • Into the struggle of EQRx (NASDAQ:EQRX) to commercialize its clinical findings following its combination with CM Life Sciences III in 2021.
  • IndiEV files for bankruptcy having terminated its combination with Malacca Straits in June, freeing up space in a factory at the heart of a lawsuit between Foxconn (TW:2354) and Lordstown.

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