: Air taxi startup supported by Microsoft and American Airways goes public in a brand new wave of $ 5 billion in clean checks

A developer of electric flying taxis will go public in New York by merging with a Blank Check Special Purpose Acquisition Company [SPAC] in the recent IPO, bringing the company an enterprise value of more than $ 5 billion Stock market.

Vertical Aerospace announced a merger with Broadstone Acquisition Corp on Thursday. at
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It brings the company approximately $ 394 million in gross proceeds from its move to public listing on the New York Stock Exchange. Broadstone's shares traded 0.5% higher on Friday after rising around 3.5% pre-IPO.

Vertical Aerospace, based in Bristol, England, was founded in 2016 by energy entrepreneur Stephen Fitzpatrick. The group develops electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft – fixed-wing aircraft that function like helicopters – for urban mobility solutions such as passenger taxis, medical evacuations and the transportation of cargo.

The flagship's quiet, zero-emission VA-X4 prototype will be able to carry five people over 100 miles at a top speed of 320 mph. Vertical Aerospace said it should be profitable and cash flow stable with annual sales of less than 100 aircraft.

Venture capital arm, American Airlines
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were among those who invested in the company through private investment in the public stock offering, or PIPE, the group said. The company said it has up to 1,000 aircraft pre-orders valued at up to $ 4 billion from American Airlines and aircraft leasing company Avolon, and a pre-order option from Virgin Atlantic.

The deal with Broadstone is expected to close in the second half of the year. It values ​​the group and its parent company SPAC at an enterprise value of $ 1.84 billion and an equity value of $ 2.2 billion, based on the price of $ 10 per share in the PIPE.

Vertical Aerospace is one of two European tech companies that this week announced plans to go public in New York via a blank check merger to kick off a new wave of investments amid the cool-down of the glowing SPAC market of 2020-21.

German sports e-commerce platform Signa Sports United announced on Friday that it will go public on the NYSE through its merger with Yucaipa Acquisition Corp.
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The group said the roughly $ 300 million PIPE investment was anchored by billionaire Ron Burkle, who runs Yucaipa and owns the Soho House chain of private member clubs, as well as institutional investors and sovereign wealth funds.

The move is an offer from Signa to dominate the sports e-commerce space with expected net sales of approximately $ 1.6 billion in the year through September 2021. Signa's deal with Yucaipa also includes the acquisition of Wiggle, a popular UK online bicycle brand. Wiggle is currently owned by private equity group Bridgepoint, which bought the brand a decade ago and is set to receive shares in the new public company.

Signa Sports United's deal with Yucaipa is expected to close in the second half of 2021 and will give the new combined company a business valuation of approximately $ 3.2 billion. Between Vertical Aerospace and Signa, more than $ 5 billion in enterprise value will be added to the New York Stock Exchange by high-growth European companies this year.

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