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Spartan Energy surges 29% after inking $2.9 billion ‘blank check’ merger with Tesla competitor Fisker Inc. (SPAQ)


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Spartan Energy surges 29% after inking $2.9 billion ‘blank check’ merger with Tesla competitor Fisker Inc. (SPAQ)

Spartan Energy surged as much as 29% on Monday after it inked a merger agreement with Fisker Inc., an electric vehicle automotive company. Spartan joins Nikola Corp. as going public via a reverse merger with a “blank check” company, or SPAC, with an equity value of $2.9 billion. The merger will provide more than $1…

  • Spartan Energy surged as much as 29% on Monday after it inked a merger agreement with Fisker Inc., an electric vehicle automotive company.
  • Spartan joins Nikola Corp. as going public via a reverse merger with a “blank check” company, or SPAC, with an equity value of $2.9 billion.
  • The merger will provide more than $1 billion in funds to Fisker, which according to the company will allow it to fully fund the development of the Fisker Ocean SUV through the start of production in 2022.
  • In an interview with CNBC on Monday, Fisker CEO Henrik Fisker said the firm had been approached by a number of SPACs over the past month given the market’s excitement toward EV makers like Tesla and Nikola, and that it expects the merger to close in September or October.
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Spartan Energy surged as much as 29% on Monday after the “blank check” company announced its planned merger with Fisker Inc., confirming a report from last week that the two companies were on the verge of a deal.

Fisker Inc. is focused on developing and partnering with OEMs to manufacture electric vehicles, starting with its Fisker Ocean SUV, which is planned to be released in 2022. 

The merger will assign Fisker an equity value of $2.9 billion, and raise the company more than $1 billion in funds, which should allow it to fully fund the development of the Fisker Ocean through the start of production in 2022.

Fisker joins Nikola Motor in going public via a reverse merger with a SPAC, which saw a surge in investor interest as traders search for the next potential Tesla. Investors have warmed up to SPACs, with more than $12 billion in funds being raised year-to-date via “blank check” companies. 

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In an interview with CNBC on Monday, Fisker CEO Henrik Fisker said his company was approached by a number of SPACs over the past month given the market’s excitement toward electric vehicle makers. Fisker added that he expects the merger to close in September or October.

Fisker’s plan is to develop electric vehicles, and then outsource the production to other car manufacturers. An announcement regarding which car manufacturer Fisker will partner with has yet to be announced. Fisker said one of the advantages of partnering with an auto manufacturer is it allows the company to “bring vehicles to market in 29 months by sharing the hardware with other OEMs.”

Fisker also said in the CNBC interview that his company plans a leasing option upon launch of the Fisker Ocean, which would entail a $3,000 down payment and monthly payments of $379, with the ability of the consumer to end their lease and return the vehicle when they please.

Investors in the merger included Moore Strategic Ventures, AllianceBernstein, and funds managed by BlackRock and Federated Hermes Kaufmann.

Shares of Spartan Energy surged as much as 100% to $21.60 since reports broke late last week that the company was eyeing a merger with Fisker.

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