The Best ‘Blank Check’ Companies Getting a Fast Track to That IPO

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The recent announcement that special purpose acquisition company Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp. II (NASDAQ: BFT) is set to acquire Paysafe Group Holdings Ltd., a payments platform, has investors eyeing other SPAC deals closely — particularly in the tech space.

What Is a SPAC?

A SPAC is a publicly traded company specifically created to acquire or merge with private companies. As such, SPACs are often viewed as “blank check” companies. Acquisition by a SPAC can be a fast track to the public market as opposed to enduring the standard initial public offering process.

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SPAC Financing To Steer Autonomous Vehicle Innovations

Crunchbase News recently reported on the benefits of a SPAC over an IPO, including the accessibility of SPACs for tech companies with more speculative ventures or that are still early on their path to profitability.

Five recent SPAC deals involved companies developing electric vehicle or autonomous driving technology. But with 214 IPOs issued to SPACs so far in 2020, the funding option isn’t limited to any one market segment.

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SPAC Stocks To Watch

Virgin Galactic (NYSE: SPCE) was one of the trailblazers ahead of the SPAC trend, going public on the New York Stock Exchange in October 2019 after merging with Social Capital Hedosophia. This week, the space tourism company stock skyrocketed after the company tweeted that it successfully mated its VSS Unity spaceplane to the VMS Eve mothership — bringing it a step closer to a spaceflight from Spaceport America in New Mexico. The stock was up 17.6% after hours on Monday, Dec. 7.

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View, Inc., a Silicon Valley smart glass manufacturer, was recently acquired by a SPAC funded by Cantor Fitzgerald, a New York City investment banking firm. The company boasts breakthrough green technologies, over $30 million in sales and market penetration in commercial buildings across the U.S. These successes could foretell a bright future for investors who see the potential.

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