Polestar, Signs Agreement to be Publicly Listed Through Combination with Gores Guggenheim, Inc.
Polestar, the global electric performance car company, and Gores Guggenheim, Inc. (Nasdaq: GGPI), announced today that they have entered into a definitive business combination agreement.
Polestar is a global pure play, premium electric vehicle (“EV”) company based in Sweden, with a mission to produce progressive, electric performance cars designed and engineered without compromise.
The transaction implies an enterprise value of approximately USD 20 billion for the combined company, representing approximately 3.0x 2023E revenue and 1.5x 2024E revenue.
Current Polestar equity holders will retain approximately 94% ownership in Polestar and roll 100% of their equity interests into the pro forma company.
Concurrently with the consummation of the proposed business combination, investors have committed to purchase $250 million PIPE.
The $250 million PIPE investment is anchored by top-tier institutional investors.
Assuming no share redemptions by the public stockholders of Gores Guggenheim, approximately $800 million in cash currently held in Gores Guggenheim’s trust account, together with the approximately $250 million in PIPE investment proceeds (excluding transaction expenses) is expected to be used to help fund significant investment in new models and the expansion of operations and markets.
The proposed business combination, which has been unanimously approved by both the Board of Directors of Gores Guggenheim and the Board of Directors of Polestar, is expected to close in the first half of 2022, subject to approval by Gores Guggenheim’s stockholders and other customary closing conditions.
Citi is acting as exclusive financial advisor to Polestar and is acting as joint placement agent on the PIPE. Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as legal advisor to Polestar.
Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. is acting as financial advisor and lead capital markets advisor to Gores Guggenheim, Inc., and joint placement agent on the PIPE. Morgan Stanley and Guggenheim Securities, LLC are acting as financial advisor to Gores Guggenheim, Inc. and joint placement agents on the PIPE. Barclays is also acting as financial advisor to Gores Guggenheim. Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Hannes Snellman are serving as legal advisor to Gores Guggenheim and Latham & Watkins LLP is serving as legal advisor to the placement agents.
Existing Polestar investors include Volvo Car Group and affiliates of Geely Chairman Eric Li, and actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio, amongst others.
Upon closing of the proposed business combination, the combined company will be held by a new public company that will be named Polestar Automotive Holding UK Limited, which is expected to be listed on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “PSNY”.Read more