DD3 Acquisition Corporation

DD3 Acquisition Corporation

Oct 19, 2020 by Roman Developer



*SPACInsider estimate a/o 2-2-20

DD3 Acquisition Corp. (DDMX), proposes to merger with Betterware de Mexico (“Betterware”), a direct-to-consumer selling company in Mexico, focused on the home solutions and organization segment.  The combined company will operate as “Betterware” and is expected to remain publicly listed on Nasdaq. The transaction implies an initial enterprise value of approximately US$367 million representing a multiple of 8.6x Betterware’s estimated 2019 EBITDA.

Betterware is focused on the home organization segment, with a product portfolio for daily solutions including home organization, kitchen preparation, food containers, smart furniture, technology and mobility, as well as other minor categories.  Additionally, Betterware is supported by its business intelligence and data analytics unit, which provides daily monitoring of key metrics and product intelligence. Betterware is supported by a sales force comprised of more than 400,000 distributors and associates.

Furthermore, Betterware has achieved a 98.5% rate of just-in-time deliveries anywhere in the country, within 24 to 48 hours and with zero last mile cost. Betterware’s asset light model also has enabled the company to grow at a double-digit rate with very limited capex and high cash conversion rates.


  • After giving effect to the exercise of redemption rights by holders of the outstanding DD3 ordinary shares, a minimum amount of cash held by DD3 in the aggregate, whether in or outside the Trust Account, of at least $25,000,000


  • By mutual written consent of DD3 and the Sellers, or if the Closing has not occurred on or before January 31, 2020


  • On February 3, 2020, DD3, the Sellers, Betterware, BLSM and DD3 Mexico entered into the Second Amendment Agreement to the Combination and Stock Purchase Agreement (the “Second Amendment”). The Second Amendment, among other things:
    • (i) permits the purchase price to be mutually determined by the parties based upon the amount of cash available in the trust account on the date of the special meeting of DD3’s shareholders to seek shareholder approval of the proposed Transaction and related matters (the “Special Meeting”) and for such purchase price to be payable at closing in cash or transferred as a liability to Betterware as part of the Merger and
    • (ii) extends the date on which the Agreement may be terminated by either DD3 or the Sellers if the closing has not yet occurred from January 31, 2020 to March 15, 2020. Other than as modified pursuant to the First Amendment and the Second Amendment, the Agreement remains in full force and effect.

dd3 transaction summary 11-1-19


Executive Officers

Dr. Martín M. Werner
Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO

Dr. Werner is a founding partner of DD3 Capital Partners. Prior to founding DD3 Capital Partners in 2016, Dr. Werner worked at Goldman Sachs for 16 years (2000 – 2016) becoming a Managing Director in 2000 and a Partner in 2006. He was co-head of the Investment Banking Division for Latin America and the country head of the Mexico office. Dr. Werner continues to serve as the Chairman of the board of directors of Red de Carreteras de Occidente (RCO), which is one of Mexico’s largest private concessionaires and operates more than 760 kilometers of toll roads and is owned by Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners. Prior to his time with Goldman Sachs, Dr. Werner served in the Mexican Treasury Department as the General Director of Public Credit from 1995 to 1997, and as Deputy Minister from 1997 to 1999. Among his numerous activities, he was in charge of restructuring Mexico’s Public debt during the financial crisis of 1994 and 1995. Dr. Werner is the second largest investor of Banca Mifel, a leading mid-market Mexican bank with $3.3 billion in assets and a credit portfolio of? $2.0 billion; he is also member of the Board of Directors of Grupo Comercial Chedraui, a leading supermarket chain in Mexico and the United States; the Board of Directors of Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte, one of Mexico’s largest airport operators; and he is a member of Yale University’s School of Management Advisory Board. Dr. Werner holds a bachelor degree in economics from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) and a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University.

Jorge Combe
Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Combe is a founding partner of DD3 Capital Partners. He was a former Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs in Mexico City from 2010 to 2017. While at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Combe covered companies across the Latin American region and leading several initial equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions, structured financing notes and debt offerings transactions in the Mexican and Latin American markets. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Combe was a vice president in the investment banking division in Merrill Lynch from 2009 to 2010. He had also worked at GP Investimentos from 2008 to 2009, one of the leading Brazilian private equity firms, where Mr. Combe was part of the founding investment team and analyzed multiple investment opportunities as well as supervising the portfolio company, Fogo de Chao. Prior to GP Investimentos, Mr. Combe worked for Credit Suisse as an associate in the equity capital markets group where he was involved in over 20 equity offerings for Latin American companies. Mr. Combe began his career at Banco Banorte as floor equity trader, where he held various positions in Mexico and New York. Mr. Combe is a member of the Board of Directors in Quiero Casa, a leading real estate residential developer in Mexico; and has earned an MBA from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in economics from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM).

Daniel Salim
Chief Financial Director

Mr. Salim has been the member of the DD3 Capital Partners team in charge of analyzing the deal flow and execution of mergers and acquisitions, equity raising, advisory and debt raising since 2017. From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Salim worked for Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in their Latin America Corporate & Investment Banking Group, where he evaluated project finance and acquisition opportunities involving Mexican blue-chip and state-owned companies, across the Americas, in the renewable energy, petrochemicals and oil and gas sectors. From 2013 to 2015, he served as an analyst at HR Ratings, a local rating agency covering medium and large companies in the retail, real state, consumer, manufacturing and entertainment industries. Mr. Salim received a Bachelor in Finance and Accounting from Universidad Anahuac Norte and is currently a chartered financial analyst candidate.


Board of Directors

Dr. Guillermo Ortiz

Dr. Ortiz has served as Chairman of BTG Pactual Latin America ex-Brazil, a leading Brazilian financial services company with operations throughout Latin America, the U.S. and Europe, since 2015. Prior to joining BTG, from 2010 to 2015, he was Chairman of the Board of Grupo Financiero Banorte-Ixe, the largest independent Mexican financial institution. Dr. Ortiz also served two consecutive six-year terms as Governor of Mexico’s Central Bank from 1998 to 2009. From 1994 to 1997, Dr. Ortiz served as Secretary of Finance and Public Credit in the Mexican Federal Government where he guided Mexico through the “Tequila” crisis and contributed to the stabilization of the Mexican economy, helping return the nation to growth in 1996. He has served on the Board of Directors of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Interamerican Development Bank. Dr. Ortiz is Chairman of the Pe Jacobsson Foundation, a member of Group of Thirty, Board of Directors of the Center for Financial Stability, Board of Directors of the Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute, Board of Directors in the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Board of Directors of the China’s International Finance Forum. He is also an Officer of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd. and a Member of the Board of Directors of Wetherford International, a leading company in the oil and equipment industry, as well as of a number of Mexican companies, including Aeropuertos del Sureste, one of Mexico’s largest airport operators, Mexichem, a global leading petrochemical group, and Vitro, a leading glass manufacturer company in Mexico. Dr. Ortiz is also a member of the Quality of Life Advisory board of the Government of Mexico City. Dr. Ortiz holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.

Mauricio Espinosa

Mr. Espinosa is a founding partner of Kue Capital, a family office headquartered in Mexico City and formed in 2016 that is focused on asset management and direct private equity. He is responsible for deal flow origination and execution of investments in the real estate, food, energy, assisted living and search funds sectors. Prior to founding Kue Capital, Mr. Espinosa worked at Grupo Rimsa from 2010 to 2017. Grupo Rimsa is a leading pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution company in Mexico, with intellectual property, assets and pharmaceutical patents in Latin America and Europe. Mr. Espinosa served in several different roles at Grupo Rimsa, including, M&A Director, Business Development Director and Strategic Planning Manager. Mr. Espinosa led the management and coordination of the sale of Grupo Rimsa to Teva Pharmaceuticals. Additionally, Mr. Espinosa is a member of the following: the Board of Directors of Across, a Mexican private jet company; the Board of Directors of Banorte, the largest independent Mexican financial institution; the Board of Directors of Fondo Reciclaje Urbano, a Real Estate fund and is also the founder and a member of the Board of Directors of Plan Maestro NFP, an association focused on educating Mexican children, which has over 175,000 affiliates. Mr. Espinosa holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana de Mexico.

Alan Smithers

Mr. Smithers has been the chief executive officer and chairman of Investigación Farmacéutica, S.A. de C.V. (IFA Celtics), a Mexican pharmaceutical company with more than 50 years of experience focused on providing therapeutic alternatives to different conditions, since 2011. From 1996 to 2011, Mr. Smithers was a founding partner of Columbus de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., an asset management company with more than MX$13 billion in assets under management. From 1991 to 1995, Mr. Smithers was Director of Capital Markets at Banco Nacional de Mexico S.A. (currently Citibanamex), where he was member of the placement team of the first instrument in Mexican pesos placed abroad through an operation named by “Latin Finance” as the Latin American Bond of the Year in 1993. Mr. Smithers was Director of Capital Markets at Acciones y Valores de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. Casa de Bolsa from 1985 to 1991. Mr. Smithers holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM).

Pedro Solis

Mr. Solis is a founding partner and director of Solís Cámara y Cia, S.C. and Solís Cámara, López Guerrero, S.C., which are tax advisory firms headquartered in Mexico City and formed in 1991. Prior to founding Solís Cámara y Cia, S.C. and Solís Cámara, López Guerrero, S.C., Mr. Solís worked at Galaz, Carstens, Chavero y Yamazaki (currently Deloitte) from 1981 to 1986, where he was the head of Grupo SARE’s tax department. From 1986 to 1991, he worked as an independent tax advisor at Solís Cámara, Escobar y Compañia, S.C. Mr. Solís has also worked in the academic field as a part-time professor at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico (ITAM) from 1985 to 2015 and has given numerous conferences on tax issues in panels and events of the most varied nature. From 1995 and 1996, he served as member of the Fiscal Advisory Council on property tax of the Treasury of Distrito Federal, and from 2013 to 2014, he was part of the Training Group of the Tax Administration System (SAT). Mr. Solís is an active partner and member of the Fiscal Commission of Colegio de Contadores Públicos de México, A.C. Additionally, he is member of Instituto Mexicano de Contadores Públicos, A.C., of the IFA Grupo Mexico and of the International Fiscal Association. Currently, Mr. Solís is an owner advisor for several companies, among which are: Bardahl de Mexico S.A. de C.V., Grupo Ambrosia, La Era Natural, Don Apoyo, S.A.P.I. de C.V., Grupo Dinero Práctico, Grupo Gicsa S.A.B. de C.V., Day Asesores, Fibra Plus and Latam Hotel Corporation LTD.