Kensington Capital Acquisition Corporation

Kensington Capital Acquisition Corporation

Oct 19, 2020 by Roman Developer


ENTERPRISE VALUE: $3.3 billion

*SPACInsider estimate

Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp. proposes to combine with Quantumscape, a 10-year-old Silicon Valley battery startup backed by Volkswagen AG with an implied enterprise value of $3.3 billion. The deal is expected to close in late 2020, when the new company will trade on the NYSE under the ticker symbol QS.

QuantumScape has been exclusively focused on developing solid-state batteries and designing a scalable manufacturing process to commercialize its battery technology for the automotive industry. QuantumScape believes the proceeds from this transaction will fully fund the company through the start of production via its joint venture with the Volkswagen Group (“Volkswagen”).

Volkswagen, one of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers, and QuantumScape have previously announced the formation of a manufacturing joint venture to prepare for the mass production of solid-state batteries for Volkswagen. QuantumScape’s relationship with Volkswagen dates back to 2012 and includes collaboration on battery cell development, the testing of prototype cells, previously announced funding commitments of over $300 million, and representation on QuantumScape’s Board of Directors.


Kensington currently expects to issue with respect to Company Capital Stock (or expects to reserve for issuance with respect to Exchanged Options, Exchanged RSUs and Exchanged Warrants) 368,799,998 shares of Kensington Common Stock in the aggregate.

The business combination values QuantumScape at an implied $3.3 billion pro forma enterprise value. The boards of directors of both Kensington and QuantumScape have approved the proposed transaction, which is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020, subject to, among other things, the approval by Kensington’s stockholders and satisfaction or waiver of the other conditions stated in the definitive documentation.

The private placement of common stock includes commitments from institutional investors Fidelity Management & Research Company LLC and Janus Henderson Investors.


kensington capital transaction summary 9-3-20


  • 50,000,000 shares of Kensington Class A Common Stock (which will be New Kensington Class A Common Stock upon completion of the Proposed Transactions), for a purchase price of $10.00 per share and an aggregate purchase price of $500 million
  •  Includes commitments from institutional investors Fidelity Management & Research Company LLC and Janus Henderson Investors.


  • Minimum Cash Amount – the Kensington Cash Amount shall be at least five hundred million dollars ($500,000,000) in the aggregate.
    • Cash in Kensington’s trust account that will be available to it for unrestricted use as of immediately following the Effective Time (for clarity, after giving effect to any redemption rights that are actually perfected), plus the aggregate amount of cash proceeds received from investors as of the Effective Time in connection with the Pipe; provided, however, that the foregoing shall be calculated without reduction for any payments in respect of Kensington’s expenses in connection with the Proposed Transactions.


  • By Kensington or the Company, if (i) the Effective Time (merger) will not have occurred prior to the six-month anniversary of the date of the Business Combination Agreement (the “Outside Date”)
  • The Company will pay a termination fee in the amount of $82 million (the “Termination Fee”), in the event that:
    • (i) the Business Combination Agreement is terminated
      • (x) by the Company or Kensington, if the Effective Time did not occur prior to the Outside Date,
      • (y) by Kensington, if the Company failed to deliver the Written Consent to Kensington within twenty-four hours after the Registration Statement becomes effective or
      • (z) pursuant to a Terminating Company Breach;
    • (ii) a bona fide Company Acquisition Proposal has been made, proposed or otherwise communicated to the Company after the date of the Business Combination Agreement; and
    • (iii) within six months of the date the Business Combination Agreement is terminated, the Company enters into a definitive agreement with respect to such Company Acquisition Proposal; or
  • the Business Combination Agreement is terminated
    • (x) by Kensington if the Company Board or a committee thereof, prior to obtaining the Written Consent, shall have made a Company Adverse Recommendation Change or
    • (y) by the Company, if at any time prior to receiving the Written Consent, the Company enters into a Company Acquisition Agreement with respect to a Company Superior Proposal.


The Senior Employee Lock-Up Agreements provide that the securities of Kensington owned of record or beneficially by the Senior Employees (including certain securities that may be granted or issued to a Senior Employee after the Effective Time) (collectively, the “Lock-Up Shares”) may generally not be transferred for at least 180 days after the Closing (the “Initial Lock-Up Period”) and up to four years after the Closing, subject to certain exceptions.

  • Following the Initial Lock-Up Period, Senior Employees may transfer Lock-Up Shares without restriction as follows:
    • (i) during the first year after the Effective Time, up to 25% of the total number of Lock-Up Shares,
    • (ii) following the first anniversary of the Effective Time until the earlier of four years after the Closing or the occurrence of an event described below, up to 50% of the total number of Lock-Up Shares, and
    • (iii) up to an additional 50% of the total number of Lock-Up Shares following satisfaction of agreed delivery requirements between the Company and VGA.  These transfer restrictions are subject to earlier release if
      • (a) Kensington completes a liquidation, merger, stock exchange or other similar transaction after the Closing that results in all of Kensington’s stockholders having the right to exchange their shares of common stock for cash, securities or other property;
      • (b) VGA terminates for any reason the Amended and Restated Joint Venture Agreement, dated as of May 14, 2020, by and among the Company and VGA;
      • (c) VGA issues a critical or negative statement regarding Kensington and its technology unless such statement is required to be made by VGA under applicable law and is truthful and accurate; or
      • (d) VGA transfers certain Kensington securities in excess of the amounts set forth in the Senior Employee Lock-Up Agreements.
    • The Senior Employee Lock-UP Agreements also provide that, upon consummation of the Merger, Kensington or the Company shall pay to each Senior Employee a one-time cash bonus equal to 20% of the Senior Employee’s then annual base salary.


  • Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is serving as legal advisor to Kensington
  • UBS Investment Bank, Stifel Nicolaus & Company Incorporated and Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated are serving as financial advisors to Kensington.
  • Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC and UBS Investment Bank are serving as joint placement agents on the PIPE offering.
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is serving as legal advisor to QuantumScape
  • Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is serving as financial advisor to QuantumScape.


Executive Officers

Justin Mirro, 51
Chief Executive Officer & Chairman

Mr. Mirro has over 25 years of operating, M&A and financing experience in the automotive and automotive-related sector. He began his career at GM as a Tool and Die Manufacturing Engineer, with successive positions at Car and Driver Magazine, Toyota Motor Corporation and Itochu International Inc. prior to transitioning to automotive investment banking at Schroder & Co. Inc. / Salomon Smith Barney, Inc. / ABN Amro Inc. in 1996. In 1999, Mr. Mirro formed Kensington Capital Partners, LLC, where he has served as President since 2015, to invest in automotive and automotive-related sector businesses. In 2005, Mr. Mirro transitioned to Jefferies & Company, Inc. as Head of Automotive Investment Banking, and later served as the Head of Automotive Investment Banking at Moelis and RBC Capital Markets from 2008 to 2011 and 2011 to 2014, respectively. In his role, Mr. Mirro played a key role in leading and executing all aspects of capital raising, M&A and restructurings, and has advised on over 70 transactions totaling more than $60 billion of value for OEMs, suppliers and automotive-related industries. From 2016 to 2019, Mr. Mirro served as Chairman of the board of directors and audit committee of Pure Power one of the largest aftermarket suppliers of diesel fuel injectors, which was later sold to Stanadyne. In his role, Mr. Mirro focused on deal sourcing, structuring, capital raising, executive recruitment and the eventual sale process.  Mr. Mirro has sat on the boards of Cooper-Standard Holdings and Transtar Industries, Inc., since 2015 and 2017, respectively, where he has focused on M&A, capital structuring and public market strategy.

Robert Remenar, 64
Vice Chairman & President

Mr. Remenar has over 35 years of operational, manufacturing and management experience within the automotive and automotive-related sector. Mr. Remenar has over two decades of experience leading global, multi-billion dollar manufacturing enterprises, serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Aludyne, Inc. (formerly known as Chassix Inc.) from 2012 to 2014, and as Chief Executive Officer and President of Nexteer Automotive from 2009 to 2012 and from 2002 to 2009, respectively. In his leadership roles, Mr. Remenar demonstrated a track record of turning distressed and developing businesses into profitable, successful and global enterprises through customer diversity, lean manufacturing, portfolio and footprint optimization and competitive cost structures. Mr. Remenar previously held multiple executive positions within Delphi where he most notably served as Vice President and, as discussed above, President of Delphi’s Steering Division (now Nexteer Automotive) from 2002 to 2009. Prior to joining Delphi in 1998, Mr. Remenar held several executive and managerial positions at GM from 1985 to 1998. Mr. Remenar was formerly on the board of directors of Highland Industries Pure Power, Nexteer Automotive, Stackpole International and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, offering extensive leadership strategy and operational experience. As a board member, Mr. Remenar provided strategic insight during the successful sales of Highland Industries, Pure Power and Stackpole International and Nexteer Automotive’s Hong Kong initial public offering. Mr. Remenar has served as a director of PKC Group Oyj, a subsidiary of the Samvardhana Motherson Group since 2012, and as a director of Cooper-Standard Holdings since 2015, serving as Chairman of the compensation committee since 2017.

Simon Boag, 54
Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Boag has over 30 years of leadership, manufacturing, operational and technological experience, with an extensive understanding of automotive supply chains and emerging automotive technologies. Mr. Boag served as President of CAMI Automotive Inc., a joint venture between GM and Suzuki Motor Corporation, from 2000 to 2002. From 2002 to 2009, Mr. Boag held multiple roles in the automotive and automotive-related sector, including President of GM Argentina, Executive Vice President of Chrysler Purchasing, President of Chrysler Mopar (Chrysler’s parts, service and customer care organization) and Executive Vice President of CNH Industrial N.V. (Case New Holland Industrial). While President of Chrysler Purchasing, Mr. Boag was responsible for billions of dollars in annual purchases from numerous suppliers. Additionally, while President of Chrysler Mopar, Mr. Boag was responsible for purchasing parts and accessories from suppliers. Since 2013, Mr. Boag has served as a Managing Partner at IncWell, a venture capital fund based in Birmingham, MI, that invested in 40 companies across the automotive, industrial, healthcare, business services, software and consumer product segments. Since 2016, Mr. Boag has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors of iWater Tech LLC, a startup company.

Daniel Huber, 44
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Huber has over 20 years of experience in investment banking, consulting, business development and operational management across a wide range of industries. Mr. Huber began his career as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy as a Surface Warfare (Nuclear) officer. While in the Navy, Mr. Huber led multiple divisions of sailors during complex missions and operations on U.S. warships in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following his service, Mr. Huber was a manager in the public services consulting group of BearingPoint Inc. managing projects and engagements within the Department of State. From 2009 to 2018, Mr. Huber worked across several investment banks within the automotive and automotive-related investment banking industry, specifically at Moelis from 2009 to 2011, RBC Capital Markets from 2011 to 2014, Sterne Agee CRT (part of CRT Capital Group LLC) from 2015 to 2016 and PI Capital International LLC from 2016 to 2018. Mr. Huber has also served as the managing member of DEHC LLC since 2014. Since 2018, Mr. Huber has served as Director of Corporate Development and M&A at Conduent, Inc. leading all aspects of deal execution across multiple industry verticals including the preparation and presentation of materials to senior executives outlining the strategic rationale of potential transactions. Mr. Huber’s transaction experience includes public and private transactions across a variety of end markets, with a focus on automotive and automotive-related businesses.


Board of Directors

Thomas LaSorda, 65
Director Nominee

Mr. LaSorda is the former Chief Executive Officer of Chrysler and provides exceptional insights to traditional and emerging vehicle technologies and senior-level access to the executives running these companies. Mr. LaSorda has over 40 years of experience working with vehicle manufactures around the world, with specific expertise evaluating management and technology. Mr. LaSorda started his career at GM in 1977, holding multiple manufacturing positions across the globe until 2000, when he transitioned to Chrysler. Mr. LaSorda served as Senior Vice President of Powertrain Manufacturing from 2000 to 2002 and Executive Vice President of Manufacturing from 2002 to 2004, where he focused on manufacturing, procurement and global business development. In 2004, Mr. LaSorda became Chief Operating Officer of Chrysler and a member of the Daimler AG Board of Management. In 2005, Mr. LaSorda was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President of Chrysler. In 2007, Daimler sold Chrysler to Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. and Mr. LaSorda was appointed as President and Vice Chairman of Chrysler until his retirement from Chrysler in 2009. Mr. LaSorda was the Chief Executive Officer of Fisker in 2012 and was Chief Executive Officer of HANS Power & Water LLC from 2018 to 2019. Mr. LaSorda served on the boards of AGCO Corporation from 2009 to 2012, Fisker from 2011 to 2012 and US Steel from 2013 to 2015. Mr. LaSorda has served as Chairman of LaSorda Group LLC since 2009 and Chairman of IncWell since 2013.

Anders Pettersson, 61
Director Nominee

Mr. Pettersson is the former Chief Executive Officer of Thule, a leading automotive aftermarket company. Under Mr. Pettersson’s leadership, he transformed Thule from an automotive aftermarket accessories business into a lifestyle consumer brand company. Mr. Pettersson brings over 30 years of experience in sourcing, evaluating and acquiring automotive businesses around the world. Mr. Pettersson has served as Chairman of Brink Group B.V., a leading towing hitch business in Europe, since 2014, and has served as a director at ZetaDisplay AB since 2014, at KlaraBo Sverige AB since 2014, at Pure Safety Group Inc. since 2010, at Skabholmen Invest AB since 2009 and at PS Enterprise AB since 2005. As noted above, Mr. Pettersson served as Chief Executive Officer of Thule from 2002 to 2010, where he oversaw international expansion through the strategic acquisitions of Konig, Omnistor, Case Logic, TrackRac, Chariot and Sportrack. Mr. Pettersson has also served as Chief Executive Officer of Hilding Anders AB from 2011 to 2014 and Capital Safety Group Inc. from 2010 to 2012, and previously held executive and managerial positions with AkzoNobel N.V. and Trelleborg AB. Mr. Pettersson served as a director of Pure Power from 2016 to 2019, a director of Alite International AB from 2014 to 2019, a director of Victoria Park AB from 2011 to 2019, Chairman of the board of directors of Hilding Anders AB from 2012 to 2014 and a member of the operating review board of Arle Capital Partners Limited from 2012 to 2014.

Mitchell Quain, 68
Director Nominee

Mr. Quain is an investor and board member of multiple public companies serving the automotive and broader industrial segments, with vast knowledge of public equity markets. Mr. Quain has over 45 years of experience evaluating companies as both an equity research analyst and seasoned private equity investor. Mr. Quain has served as a member of the Executive Council at American Securities Inc. since 2020, having retired as a Partner at One Equity Partners (part of JPMorgan Chase & Co.). Previously, he served on the boards of multiple public and private companies including DeCrane Aircraft Holdings Inc., Handy & Harman Ltd, Hardinge, Inc., HEICO Corporation, MagneTek, Inc., Mechanical Dynamics, Inc., RBC Bearings, Inc., Strategic Distribution Inc., Tecumseh Products Company, Titan International, Inc. and Xerium, Inc., and was Executive Chairman of the board of directors of Mr. Quain was a Senior Advisor at Carlyle Group Inc. from 2014 to 2020. He has served on the board of directors of AstroNova, Inc., Digirad Corporation and Jason Industries, Inc. since 2009, 2019 and 2015, respectively.

Donald Runkle, 74
Director Nominee

Mr. Runkle is a highly recognized vehicle engineer, with a deep understanding of emerging automotive technologies and broad relationships with automotive executives and investors globally. Mr. Runkle has over 50 years of experience, including senior leadership experience as Chairman or Vice Chairman at public and private automotive companies such as Delphi, EaglePicher, Autocam and EcoMotors and as Vice President of GM’s Advanced Engineering Staff. Mr. Runkle began his career at GM, where he held several roles, including Chief Engineer of Chevrolet, Chief Engineer of Powertrain and Racing in the Buick Division, Director of Advanced Vehicle Engineering, Vice President of GM’s Advanced Engineering Staff and Vice President of GM’s North American Engineering Center. Mr. Runkle was President of Delphi’s Steering Division (formerly the Saginaw Steering Division of GM) in 1993, where he led a significant turnaround and divestiture of uncompetitive assets. From 1998 to 1999, he co-led the initial public offering spin-off of Delphi from GM, subsequently assuming the role of Executive Vice President of the Dynamics & Propulsion Sector in 2000. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Runkle assumed the role of Vice Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of Delphi, later transitioning to EaglePicher as Chairman from 2006 to 2011 and then Autocam as Chairman from 2007 to 2009. Additionally, Mr. Runkle served as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of EcoMotors from 2009 to 2014 and Executive Chairman of Ioxus, Inc. from 2015 to 2017. Mr. Runkle previously served as a director of several public companies including Lear, Delphi and Outboard Marine Corporation, and was a director of Asia Automotive Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition corporation from 2005 to 2008. Mr. Runkle has served as a director of VIA Motors Inc. since 2014 and Senior Consultant to Tennenbaum Capital Partners LLC since 2005. In addition, Mr. Runkle has served as an advisor to General Fusion Inc. since 2014, Tula Technology Inc. since 2014, Soar Technology, Inc. since 2017 and ClearFlame Engines, Inc. since 2019, on topics including technology and business strategy, electronics, fuel cells, energy development and storage, electrified vehicles and lean implementation strategy. Mr. Runkle has also served as President of Runkle Enterprises LLC since 2005, a director of the nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute Inc., from 2008 to 2017, a director of WinCup Corporation from 2009 to 2015 and a director of Transonic Combustion Inc. from 2010 to 2015.

Matthew Simoncini, 59
Director Nominee

Mr. Simoncini is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Lear from 2011 to 2018, with significant strategic and financial expertise in the automotive and automotive-related sector and extensive relationships with suppliers, business owners and intermediaries. Mr. Simoncini has over 35 years of experience in the automotive and automotive-related sector in evaluating companies, emerging technologies and management teams, with significant expertise in due diligence and assessing the suitability of acquisition opportunities. While President and Chief Executive Officer of Lear, Mr. Simoncini was responsible for the strategic direction and operational leadership of the company. From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Simoncini was Chief Financial Officer of Lear, responsible for Lear’s global finance operations, including external financial reporting, corporate business planning, corporate strategy and business development. Mr. Simoncini joined Lear in 1999 after Lear acquired UTA, where he was director of global financial planning & analysis. Before UTA, Mr. Simoncini held financial and manufacturing positions with Varity Corporation’s Kelsey-Hayes Company and Horizon Enterprises Inc., including Chief Financial Officer of Kelsey Hayes Company’s European Operations. Mr. Simoncini began his career at Touche Ross & Co. and is a certified public accountant. Mr. Simoncini served as a director of Cooper-Standard Holdings from 2018 to 2020. Since 2020, Mr. Simoncini has served as a director of Luminar Technologies, Inc.