Gogoro goes public via merger with Poema Global
Gogoro Inc., a global technology leader in battery swapping ecosystems that enable sustainable mobility solutions for cities, and Poema Global Holdings Corp. today announced a definitive agreement for a business combination that would result in Gogoro becoming a publicly listed company. The combined company will focus on accelerating the global expansion of Gogoro's unique and proven subscription-based battery swapping service along with its electric vehicle and component sales business. Upon the transaction closing, the combined company will be named Gogoro Inc. and will be listed on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol "GGR."
Founded in 2011 to rethink urban energy and inspire the world to move through cities in smarter and more sustainable ways, Gogoro leverages the power of innovation to change the way urban energy is distributed and consumed. Gogoro's battery swapping and vehicle platforms offer a smart, proven and sustainable long-term ecosystem for delivering a new approach to urban mobility. Gogoro has quickly become an innovation leader in vehicle design and electric propulsion, smart battery design, battery swapping, and advanced cloud services that utilize artificial intelligence to manage battery availability and safety. The challenge is massive, but the opportunity to disrupt the status quo, establish new standards, and achieve new levels of sustainable transportation growth in densely populated cities is even greater.
The Gogoro Poema Global business combination sets Gogoro's enterprise value at $2.35 billion. The business combination is expected to provide approximately $550 million in proceeds to Gogoro's balance sheet including an oversubscribed PIPE over $250 million and $345 million currently held in trust by Poema Global. The PIPE is backed by strategic partners including Hon Hai (Foxconn) Technology Group and GoTo Group, the largest technology group in Indonesia, vehicle partners, and new and existing financial investors including Generation Investment Management, Taiwan's National Development Fund, Temasek and founding investor, Dr. Samuel Yin of Ruentex Group. Current Gogoro shareholders are rolling 100% of their equity and will hold majority ownership of the combined company at closing. Cash proceeds raised in connection with the transaction will primarily be used to fund geographic expansion and operations, continued research and development, and for general corporate purposes.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as legal advisor to Poema Global. Citibank and UBS are serving as joint placement agents on the PIPE offering. Winston & Strawn LLP is serving as legal advisor to the placement agents. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is serving as legal advisor and Goldman Sachs is serving as financial advisor to Gogoro.Read more