Lordstown Motors to List Shares Through SPAC

The electric powered automaker Lordstown Motors is planning to go community as a result of a merger with a special reason acquisition company (SPAC), DiamondPeak Holdings, the corporations declared.

Underneath the offer, which indicates a $1.6 billion valuation for the company, Lordstown Motors will get $five hundred million in funding (as a result of a non-public expense in community equity) from Fidelity, Wellington Management, the Federated Hermes Kaufmann Modest Cap Fund, and cash managed by BlackRock. In a assertion, Lordstown Motors mentioned the offer will allow it to start out output of its flagship Stamina pickup truck in the next 50 % of 2021.

The company mentioned it has more than 27,000 pre-orders, symbolizing more than $1.four billion in possible earnings, for what it states will be the very first entire-measurement electric powered pickup truck to provide the industrial fleet sector.

The Endurance’s estimated sale price is $forty five,000 web of a $seven,five hundred tax credit history.

David Hamamoto, Chairman and Main Government Officer of DiamondPeak, mentioned: “We have evaluated hundreds of corporations for more than a calendar year and Lordstown stood out as a differentiated, significant progress company at the confluence of electric powered motor vehicles and mild-obligation vehicles, two highly beneficial areas of target and tremendous possibility in the automotive sector.”

The Lordstown plant was at the heart of controversy in excess of tens of millions of dollars in tax credits Basic Motors obtained in trade for a commitment to maintain the plant open up. Very last November, GM marketed the 6.2 million sq. foot facility to Lordstown Motors. In March, the point out of Ohio Enhancement Companies Agency, which oversees financial incentive programs, notified GM it prepared to propose that the tax agreements be terminated and the taxes be repaid.

On Monday, GM mentioned it was investing $seventy five million, like “in-sort contributions that have by now been delivered,” in Lordstown Motors as part of the funding offer.

With the offer, Lordstown joins a variety of firms that have opted to listing by merging with an by now community SPAC somewhat than as a result of a more conventional community giving. Virgin Galactic, in April, elevated $720 million as a result of a SPAC listing with Chamath Palihapitiya’s Social Money Hedosophia Holdings.

The funding offer is predicted to be accomplished in the fourth quarter of 2020. DiamondPeak is shifting its title to Lordstown Motors and shifting its ticker to Trip. It is listed on the Nasdaq.

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