SPACs Are Booming. These 21 May Be About to Announce Deals

  By Nicholas Jasinski   July 6, 2020 6:00 am ET Editors Note from Dudley Pierce Baker at : Our interest here at CSW is that all of the SPAC’s (blank check companies) have a stock warrant which will have a 5-year life starting from the time of the merger of the SPAC with another company. Interesting long-term opportunities here for greatly increased upside leverage potential with the stock warrants. Currently, we have over 65 blank check companies in our database, all of which are looking for mergers. I have not verified the information in the article below but there are many more SPAC’s trading than what the article says. Bryan R. Smith/Getty Images This year has become a boom year for special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs. Some postmerger returns have been stunning, including those of Nikola Motors, Virgin Galactic, and DraftKings —all of which went public by combining with SPACs. New SPAC issuance is soaring, with multiple initial public offerings a week for several weeks running. And big names like Bill Ackman want in. More recently, investors have begun bidding up shares of SPACs that have agreed to attractive deals, but months before their combinations close. Tortoise Acquisition (ticker: SHLL), which will merge with electric-truck company Hyliion this fall, has nearly tripled since its deal announcement in June. On Monday, shares of Landcadia Holdings II (LCA), a SPAC sponsored by Landry’s CEO and Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta, said it plans to merge with Fertitta’s Golden Nugget gaming franchise. The stock popped more than 50% in the next two days. Also known as “blank-check companies,” SPACs … Continue reading

‘Blank-Check’ Companies Are Hot on Wall Street. Investors Can’t Ignore Them.

By Nicholas Jasinski Jan. 17, 2020 5:14 pm ET   Note from Dudley Pierce Baker of Our interest in blank check companies is simple – every blank check company (SPAC) has a stock warrant trading with a 5 year life and the clock does not begin until an acquisition/merger is completed. There are currently 67 blank check companies currently trading and in my databases. Many potentially great opportunities. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Some big-name initial public offerings last year were panned for not having a profitable business. Yet more than a quarter of the offerings were of companies with no business at all—by design. These were special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, also known as “blank-check companies.” Their goal is to raise money from public and private investors and then identify an acquisition target and buy it, typically within two years. SPACs raised $13.6 billion in 59 IPOs last year. Should you be investing in one of these companies? The pitfalls can be numerous, and not all SPACs are created equal—but investors should not completely ignore this growing segment of the public markets. Richard Branson’s spaceship company Virgin Galactic Holdings (SPCE), fantasy-sports website DraftKings, Twinkie-maker Hostess Brands (TWNK), and restaurant chain TGI Fridays are among companies to merge with SPACs in recent years. There are currently 71 SPACs on the market seeking targets, according to data from SPACInsider, a website devoted to research analysis and data about the industry. SPACs can designate a target industry or geographic region, or go public as generalists with no specific … Continue reading

Chuck E. Cheese Will Soon Be Publicly Traded

I dare say that every parent, grandparent, aunt and uncle, everyone, has been to a Chuck E. Cheese somewhere in the world. Chuck E. Cheese will soon be completing a merger with Leo Holding Corp., a blank check company, sometimes referred to as a Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation – (SPAC) which will allow CEC to become a publicly traded company. Upon the completion of this business combination, the new name will be Chuck E Cheese Brands, Inc. and new symbols will be issued for trading. Leo issued a press release announcing that it has scheduled the extraordinary general meeting of its shareholders to approve the Business Combination for July 30, 2019. However, I caution investors, until this merger is finalized issues can still arise, and until the deal is done, the deal is not done. Leo Holding Corp. currently trades as LHC on the New York Stock Exchange as do the stock warrants which trade as LHC.WS. Soon investors will have another restaurant and entertainment company trading which might represent an attractive opportunity depending upon your personal investment objectives. My fascination and purpose in writing this article is that Leo Holding Corp. has stock warrants trading which will become stock warrants of the new company which may be of interest to many investors. Currently in our databases, there are 66 blank check companies trading and with each company there is a stock warrant trading which was issued in the initial offering of the blank check company. All of these 66 … Continue reading

Stock Warrant Databases and Great Articles

April 11, 2017 Stock Warrant Databases and Great Articles Please scroll down to see our articles for this week, but first I would like to update you on our warrant databases. I have recently added over 20 stock warrants trading on mostly United States companies. Blank Check Companies The Securities and Exchange Commission defines as follows: A blank check company is a development stage company that has no specific business plan or purpose or has indicated its business plan is to engage in a merger or acquisition with an unidentified company or companies, other entity, or person. These companies typically involve speculative investments and often fall within the SEC’s definition of “penny stocks” or are considered “microcap stocks.” Because of the nature of blank check companies, the SEC does not allow them to use some of the exemptions from the registration requirements when selling their securities. For more information about these exemptions, read our brochure, Small Business & the SEC. In addition, a blank check company registering for a securities offering may be subject to additional requirements for the protection of investors, including depositing most of the raised funds in an escrow account until an acquisition is agreed to and requiring shareholder approval of any identified acquisition. A type of blank check company is a “special purpose acquisition company,” or SPAC for short. A SPAC is created specifically to pool funds in order to finance a merger or acquisition opportunity within a set timeframe. The opportunity usually has yet to … Continue reading