A primer on, and critical look at, one of Wall Street’s hottest trends: special purpose acquisition companies.
Special purpose acquisition companies have been around since the 1990s, but have seen a significant uptick in popularity in recent years. Companies like Virgin Galactic, Draft Kings and Nikola have changed SPAC’s reputation from a tool for second- and third-tier private equity shops to win fees to a legitimate alternative to initial public offerings. In 2020, SPACs have made up roughly 40% of the IPO market.
Recently, chatter around SPACs reached a fever pitch with the listing of Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Tontine Holdings - the largest-ever SPAC.
In this episode, NLW breaks down:
- What a SPAC is
- Standard SPAC terms
- Why the traditional IPO process has generated growing discontent, especially from Silicon Valley
- The benefits of SPACs for companies and investors
- The downsides of SPACs for companies and investors
- A number of reasons explaining why SPAC popularity is surging now
- How Robinhood retail traders are creating an important bridge buyer for SPACs
- Why Ackman’s Tontine Holdings SPAC could change how we think about SPACs in the future
- Are SPACs a bubble?