Lordstown Motors to List Shares Through SPAC

The electric powered automaker Lordstown Motors is organizing to go general public as a result of a merger with a particular purpose acquisition firm (SPAC), DiamondPeak Holdings, the businesses announced.

Under the deal, which indicates a $one.6 billion valuation for the firm, Lordstown Motors will receive $five hundred million in funding (as a result of a private expense in general public fairness) from Fidelity, Wellington Administration, the Federated Hermes Kaufmann Small Cap Fund, and money managed by BlackRock. In a assertion, Lordstown Motors said the deal will make it possible for it to commence creation of its flagship Stamina pickup truck in the second 50 percent of 2021.

The firm said it has extra than 27,000 pre-orders, representing extra than $one.4 billion in likely earnings, for what it claims will be the to start with total-dimension electric powered pickup truck to provide the commercial fleet market.

The Endurance’s estimated sale cost is $forty five,000 net of a $7,five hundred tax credit rating.

David Hamamoto, Chairman and Chief Government Officer of DiamondPeak, said: “We have evaluated hundreds of businesses for extra than a yr and Lordstown stood out as a differentiated, high expansion firm at the confluence of electric powered automobiles and light-duty trucks, two hugely beneficial places of concentration and incredible opportunity in the automotive sector.”

The Lordstown plant was at the heart of controversy more than tens of thousands and thousands of pounds in tax credits Basic Motors acquired in trade for a determination to continue to keep the plant open up. Very last November, GM offered the 6.two million square foot facility to Lordstown Motors. In March, the point out of Ohio Development Expert services Company, which oversees economic incentive systems, notified GM it prepared to suggest that the tax agreements be terminated and the taxes be repaid.

On Monday, GM said it was investing $seventy five million, which includes “in-type contributions that have already been offered,” in Lordstown Motors as part of the funding deal.

With the deal, Lordstown joins a selection of corporations that have opted to listing by merging with an already general public SPAC relatively than as a result of a extra traditional general public offering. Virgin Galactic, in April, raised $720 million as a result of a SPAC listing with Chamath Palihapitiya’s Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings.

The funding deal is predicted to be accomplished in the fourth quarter of 2020. DiamondPeak is transforming its name to Lordstown Motors and transforming its ticker to Journey. It is mentioned on the Nasdaq.

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