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Shopify Revenues Surge In First Quarter Results

Shopify Revenues Surge In First Quarter Results

Shopify

First quarter Shopify stock results for 2021 have shown an increase in revenue growth of 110% compared to last year with profits surging on the back of increased subscriptions and the investment in Affirm.

What is Shopify

Shopify is an ecommerce platform that has benefited from the additional lift in online sales that occurred as a result of the pandemic. The Canadian company has already grown 40-fold in the last five years and expectations had been that growth would slow this year after such a stellar performance. Nonetheless, shares in Shopify rose an additional 10% on the announcement.

Analysts View of Shopify

Analysts have been speculating for months about when the global recovery would slow online spending as consumers returned to more traditional shopping habits, but these results show revenue accelerating for the company for all of geographic locations and for all types of merchants on the platform. Gross merchandise volume (GMV) on the platform (a measure used by the ecommerce industry to measure the total value of goods sold in a given period) doubled from the previous year to reach over $37 billion, although this was largely fueled by countries outside the US, according to the company.

Shopify has said that it does expect some moderation in growth in the coming year, however, as the impact of the pandemic lessens and shops reopen which means customers are likely to return to physical stores rather than shopping exclusively online.

Shopify First Quarter Results

Shopify stock results show it had better than expected revenue and adjusted earnings in the quarter of $988 million (analyst expectations were $863 million) compared with $470 million in the previous year. This resulted in adjusted earnings per share of $2.01 (analyst expectations were $0.77). Net income was also boosted by an $1.3 billion gain in its shares in Affirm Holdings which was listed on the stock exchange in January. The partnership with Affirm, sealed the previous July, resulted in Shopify receiving 20 million shares in the company.

Electric Aircraft Startup Lilium Goes Public In Reverse Merger Deal

Electric Aircraft Startup Lilium Goes Public In Reverse Merger Deal

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German aircraft startup Lilium has announced that it will float on the US stock market through a reverse merger undertaken with Qell Acquisition Corp, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), in a deal that will result in a business worth $3.3 billion. Lilium is among a number of aviation companies that are looking to deploy electrically powered planes and take advantage of advances in battery powered technology. Lilium, who have built and tested a five-seater prototype aircraft, aim to compete in the short-haul flight market with a plane that can take off and land vertically and that has achieved speeds of over 100km/h in test flights. The company aims to market its plane to travelers wanting to beat traffic and those making short flights between cities.

Who is Involved with Qell Acquisition

The Qell acquisition company is led by Barry Engle, a former president of General Motors, who has stated that the deal to float Lilium will help achieve the goal of commencing commercial operations by 2024. Daniel Wiegand, the CEO and co-founder of Lilium, has said that Qell is a partner that brings tremendous experience in the mobility business and shares the company's sustainable travel philosophy.

How big is the Reverse Merger?

The total proceeds of the deal are expected to be about $830 million made up of $380 million held in trust and a $450 million private placement. The private placement investors include the fund manager Baillie Gifford as well as investment funds managed by Tencent, Blackrock, Ferrovial, Palantir, Atomico, LGT, FII Institute among other private funds. The transaction implies a value of $2.4 billion for the enterprise which is calculated by multiplying 70% of forecast revenue of $3.3 billion with a forecast of core profits at 3.4 times of $708 million by 2026.

Sportradar Going Public Via A SPAC Deal

Sportradar Going Public Via A SPAC Deal

Lionel Messi (L), Bruno Alves (R)

Sportradar is a sports data firm founded in 2001 based in Switzerland. It is a Multinational Corporation known globally as a leader of sports data and digital content services. Sportradar collects and analyses sports data then distribute the same to the media, bookmakers, sports federations and betting companies. Some of its investors include the NFL and NBA owners Ted Leonsis, Michael Jordan and Mark Cuban.

Sportradar will go public after coming to terms with Todd Boehly-led SPAC on a reverse merger deal. Before getting into the details of the deal, there are few terms that one needs to understand.

What is a Reverse Merger?

A reverse merger occurs when private company mergers with a publicly trading company and operates under its legal shell. The private company takes over the management of the publicly trading company, controls ownership of the stock and even changes its name. For a reverse merger to happen, both companies don't have to be operating in the same industry. In most cases, reverse mergers are considered when the public company begins to fail financially and is left with the legal public corporate shell as its only asset.

What is SPAC

Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) is a company created to provide capital through an Initial Public Offering (IPO). They do not have any commercial operations. The reason for raising capital is for the acquisition of an existing company. SPACs are given a grace period of two years to finalize an acquisition process, failure to meet the deadline, they must return the raised funds to investors.

Sportradar Going Public

Sportradar, through Horizon Acquisition Corp.11, a SPAC, will go public. The corporation is led by Todd Boehly, Los Angeles Dodgers minority owner. According to Sportico, the deal values Sportradar at $10 billion.
Initially, the company was considering a traditional IPO. If that was to happen, Sportradar IPO would fetch a lesser amount compared to that of the SPAC. The global data company has already signed a letter of intent with Horizon, the Special Purpose Acquisition Company. This becomes an initiating step of the acquisition process.

Apex Clearing SPACS Its Way Onto NYSE

Apex Clearing SPACS Its Way Onto NYSE

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There's a new kid in town and his name is SPAC. Everywhere you go in the financial world, you hear about some kind of SPAC deal taking place. A SPAC, or Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation, is a new way of taking a company public without going through a lot of pre-listing due diligence. The idea is that you create a SPAC, which is just an empty shell whose sole purpose is to buy real companies later on, and get it listed on the stock exchange of choice. Since it is an empty suit that has no non-monetary assets or business to slow things down via rigorous scrutiny, it is easier to get a listing.

What Is A SPAC

Afterwards, the SPAC is used to "buy" an existing company that wants to go public but doesn't want to expose itself to a lot of SEC scrutiny or time-consuming delays. The two companies can also "merge". In either event, the façade of the SPAC is wound down and the new venture changes its ticker symbol to that of the targeted acquisition in a process known as a reverse merger.

Apex Clearing Reverse Merger

Case in point is the recent announcement regarding the SPAC Northern Star Investment Corporation II Apex Clearing reverse merger. The newly-merged entity will be listed as APX on the New York Stock Exchange and will bid adieu to the corporate profile of the technically senior partner in the transaction.

What this reverse merger will do is provide Apex with the public recognition that it has already earned among dedicated professionals through its quiet back office viability in the financial community. Apex has provided the lifting power for many innovative financial companies and revolutionary new techniques that have greatly broadened the ability of ordinary people to participate in the great stock market boom of the past several years.

Robinhood and Apex

Until it opened up its own platform, the now-well-known firm Robinhood used Apex as the clearinghouse for all of its financial transactions. Apex was a pioneer in both fractional share and crypto trading. A lot of entities are powered by Apex in one way or another. Firmly profitable and now about to become widely available to the general public, the brain trust behind Apex has set the company up for a regular moonshot.

CarLotz Goes Public In Reverse Merger

CarLotz Goes Public In Reverse Merger

CarLotz

CarLotz, a used vehicle consignment sales company, has been listed on the Nasdaq exchange (under the ticker image 'LOTZ') after finalizing a reverse merger process with Acamar Partners Acquisition Corp which is a special purpose acquisition company (or SPAC) that is focused on the consumer and retail markets which itself went public in 2019.

Reverse Merger

The reverse merger was funded through a $311 million cash-in-trust injection from Acamar Partners and a placement of $125 million from private investments in public equity in the company. The deal values the company at about $820 million and has attracted investors including Fidelity Management & Research Company, Rick Wagoner (former CEO of General Motors) and TRP Capital partners, among others. CarLotz joins other used vehicle companies that have gone public recently. Its shares saw a 3% drop in its share price to just under $12 after the listing.

CarLotz Expansion

The company is based in Richmond, Virginia and has an additional eight locations, or hubs, located in Virginia, Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Illinois. It said it plans to expand by opening three or four hubs each quarter in the near term with locations in Seattle and Orlando due to open in the next few months.

The CEO of CarLotz, Michael Bor, a former banker, said he hoped the public listing would raise the profile of the company and improve its ability to source used vehicles for sale by enhancing the company's brand awareness. He went on to say that even with its marketing efforts to date, many people were not familiar with the company even in areas where it was already operating. He wants to get the message out that the company's business model is not based on making profits on the sale of ex-fleet and other used cars, but rather its primary benefit is that it provides a streamlined process for selling used cars generally, and that this is where the value lies for its customers. It operates a technology-driven buying, sourcing and selling process that provides a multi-channel service with a comprehensive selection of vehicles. It enables an end-to-end e-commerce interface for buying and selling used vehicles.

ICE Targets Startup Crypto Managers With Bakkt

ICE Targets Startup Crypto Managers With Bakkt

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As more and more money rushes into cryptocurrencies for a safe haven, it is only natural that the investment side of the crypto business is also starting to heat up as well. In the latest move, Intercontinental Exchange's Cryptocurrency Venture has agreed to acquisition by VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings, Inc. (ticker VIH). VIH is what is known as an SPAC or Special Purpose Acquisition Company. SPACs are shell companies whose only function is to acquire other companies and bring them onto the stock market.

Reverse Merger

Rather than going through the many regulatory hurdles of making an IPO under their own name, Intercontinental can spin off this part of their business and get it onto the exchange much faster and with less regulatory interference by allowing it to be "acquired" by an existing firm already listed on the exchange. The process is technically a reverse merger but a very specialized one that is distinct in almost everything except name.

Under a standard reverse merger format, ICE would spin off the crypto side of the business into a separate company, which would then be free to pursue its destiny any way it wants. Instead, ICE will retain a majority stake in the new venture, which will be known as Bakkt, while VIH will put upwards of 500 million dollars into the new enterprise in the form of marketing and product development.

Bakkt Killer App

The underlying purpose of the Bakkt venture is to create a killer app for consumer use of cryptocurrencies and other digital assets such as rewards points, loyalty bonuses, and even credits from video games. By folding all of these disparate programs into one easily-accessed processing point, the company hopes to gain a foothold in all things crypto no matter where they originate from.

Marijuana Companies Tilray And Aphria Announce Reverse Merger Deal

Marijuana Companies Tilray And Aphria Announce Reverse Merger Deal

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Two of Canada's largest cannabis producers, Tilray and Aphria are joining forces in a reverse merger acquisition the companies have announced. The combined entity will adopt the Tilray name and be instantly positioned for market dominance in the Canada marketplace as well as allowing it to move swiftly into the developing US market should the legal position there change. Tilray and Aphria together control about 17% of Canada's retail marijuana market.

Tilray Stock Jumps

News of the Tilray reverse merger sent its stock soaring as it is expected to create the world's largest cannabis company by revenue. Tilray has a current market capitalization of $1.14 billion while Aphria's is $2.35 billion and the combined companies will have an equity value of around $3.9 billion.

The deal is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2021 under the terms of which Aphria shareholders will own 62% of Tilray's outstanding shares. Based on their current stock prices the reverse acquisition of Tilray will deliver a 23% premium for Tilray shareholders.

The combined company is projected to have revenue of $685 million and the merger is expected to deliver about C$100 million (US $78.4 million) in cost savings within two years of the deal's completion. This is expected to occur as a result of synergies in the areas of cultivation and production, cannabis product purchasing and sales and marketing.

US Easing Marijuana Restrictions

The merger is timely as it strengthens the combined companies position to take advantage of the potential of easing of federal legalization on marijuana use in the US with the election of a Democratic president.

Analysts see reasons for and against the merger. On the positive side Tilray will get financial support while Aphria will now have a partner in German conglomerate Anheuser-Busch that could enable it to gain access to emerging European opportunities. Aphria also recently purchased US beer company Sweetwater Brewing that makes some cannabis infused drinks.

On the negative side, being bigger in Canada may not necessarily be good for Aphria because growing operations and brands are larger than Tilray's while the Canadian provinces want more local growers. This could make consolidation of these top cannabis players problematic.

Paysafe To Go Public In $9 Billion Deal

Paysafe Group Ltd (Paysafe) is an online payments firm that is backed by CVC Capital Partners and Blackstone Group Inc. It has announced that it will be going public through a reverse merger with Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp, a firm led by billionaire William P. Foley II. Through the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), it aims to raise $2 billion in a private placement to contribute funds for the transaction valuing the company at about $9 billion when complete. The cash component will be funded by $150 million of Foley's money held in trust.

Paysafe

Bill Foley will become chairman of the merged company's board with the current Paysafe CEO, Philip McHugh, expected to continue in his role. Foley has stated that he wants to position Paysafe as a leading global payments platform and that the deal will accelerate the operational transformation required to achieve that aim.

Biggest Announced Reverse Merger

The Paysafe reverse merger is one of the biggest announced this year and has attracted investors including Third Point LLC, Fidelity National Title Insurance Co, Suvretta Capital Management and Hedospophia among others that will participate in the private placement. The current Paysafe shareholders (consisting of its private equity backers and management) will continue to be the largest shareholders in the merged company.

What Is Paysafe

Paysafe, based in London, offers payment processing services that allow companies to accept payments in a range of ways including cash, credit cards and direct debits online as well as offering prepaid cards and digital wallets. It is unique in that it functions both as a consumer and merchant network whose purpose is to enable businesses and consumers around the globe to perform seamless payment transactions and currently processes some $100 billion annually. It works with payment solution brands including Paysafecard, Income Access, Skrill and Neteller. The company was bought in 2017 by Blackstone Group and CVC Capital Partners in a deal that was worth around $4 billion at the time.

3D Printer Manufacturer Zortrax To Go Public In Reverse Merger

3D Printer Manufacturer Zortrax To Go Public In Reverse Merger

Zortrax

Zortrax, the Polish 3D printer manufacturer, has signed a reverse merger deal with Corelens, the optical medical firm, that will enable it to be a publicly-listed company on the Polish NewConnect stock exchange.

The deal means that all of Zortrax's assets will be transferred to Corelens which will issue 97 percent of its shares to Zortrax shareholders in exchange. This will enable Zortrax to expand on the medical applications of its systems and after the merger it will have a value of $39.6 million.

Zortrax Product Lines

Based in Olsztyn, Poland, the company specializes in manufacturing desktop 3D printers as well as offering a variety of post-processing, printing materials and software solutions to its customers. The company markets its products through a network of 130 partners in 90 countries to service industries ranging from automotive design and architecture to the textiles sector.

An example of a recent application of the firm's 3D printing technology is the German company Lightning Cosplay which used Zortrax's M200 printer systems to fabricate video-game inspired cosplay outfits. The company has also developed a range of bio-compatible resins (under the Inkspire label) that is aimed at the growing popularity of medical desktop 3D printing.

Zortrax Reverse Merger

In order to capitalize on the growth in demand for these type of applications (and to enhance the medical compatibility of its printers) the company has opted to merge with the clinical firm Corelens as a good strategic fit. As an added benefit it could also raise a significant funding by floating its shares on the stock exchange, depending on the company's future financial results and the confidence of its investors.

The reverse merger will result in Corelens issuing Zortrax's investors with approximately 111,937,500 shares which represent the equivalent of 97 percent of the company. Fifteen new Corelens shares will be issued in exchange for each Zortrax share to the company's existing shareholders so that they retain the same percentage of ownership in the new company that they had before.

Newegg (N) Reverse Merger

Newegg (N) Reverse Merger

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The proposed Newegg (N) reverse merger plans to offer a stock worth $30 then convert its name to Newegg Commerce under a new Nasdaq symbol ticker to N. The reverse merger book-runner being Maxim Group.

Here are some critical elements of the merger:

• Newegg mergers with Lightning Delaware, a subsidiary of Lianluo Smart Limited
• Lianluo expects to terminate some of its warrants and Class B common stock that will be exercisable to Newegg Commerce stock
• The company's name will be changed to Newegg Commerce, together with its stock ticker.
• What remains constant is the stock trade name Nasdaq.

Reverse merger as a strategy comes with several benefits. As much as it involves more of a reverse takeover, the merger will create a chance for the company to achieve public financing.
The publicity will also be felt both in the ordinary and stock market. Having common shares in the market will create an opportunity for the business to succeed.

How Newegg benefits from the reverse merger

• With the merger, Newegg will operate at a lower cost as compared to initial public offerings.
• It offers a less time-consuming option. To go public, time and money are needed. This is why reverse merger offers the best option.
• With the merger, the company will be able to enjoy flexibility in financing and liquidity. The financial alternatives that come with the merger attract more investors in the process.
• There will be an increased value of the company's liquidity and stock when Newegg reverse merger is actualized. The shares and numbers in the stock market will improve in the process.
• The merger allows for additional compliance within the company. This means sufficient time and energy will continue to run, and the business grows in the process.

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