SAITECH Limited to Become a Publicly Traded Company Via Merger with TradeUP Global Corporation
SAITECH Limited, a Eurasia-based energy saving bitcoin mining operator that engages in the hosting of bitcoin mining machines for its clients, and TradeUP Global Corporation (Nasdaq: TUGC), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, today announced that they have entered into a definitive business combination agreement that will result in SAITECH becoming a publicly listed company on NASDAQ under the new ticker symbol “SAI”. The transaction values the Company, which generated revenue of approximately $8.0 million in the first half of 2021, at a pro forma equity value of $228 million.
SAITECH is a Eurasia-based energy saving mining operator that engages in the hosting of bitcoin mining machines for its clients. SAITECH uses a proprietary liquid cooling and heat exchange technology towards mining machines that enables utilization of waste heat to provide recycled energy heating for potential customers while achieving lower mining operating costs. The Company strives to become the most cost-efficient digital assets mining operation company globally while simultaneously promoting the clean transition of the bitcoin mining industry. Accordingly, SAITECH believes it is categorized as energy saving amongst other bitcoin hosting operators based on its focus on recovering and applying waste energy in its operations. SAITECH also plans to commence bitcoin mining by the end of 2021.
The transaction values SAITECH at a $228 million equity valuation. Estimated cash proceeds to the Company from the transaction are expected to consist of TradeUP Global’s $44.9 million of cash in trust (assuming no redemptions).
The Company expects to use the proceeds from the transaction to invest in SAITECH’s growth initiatives and recycled energy technologies, including expanding the current mining data center operation capacity in Eurasia, deploying more heating data center sites in Northern Europe, exploring new mining operation sites globally, and to provide additional working capital in addition to covering transaction-related costs.
Upon the closing of the transaction, and assuming none of TradeUP Global’s public shareholders elect to redeem their shares, existing SAITECH shareholders, including ESAH, are expected to own approximately 80% of the outstanding ordinary shares of combined company, the TradeUP Global sponsor is expected to own approximately 4% of the outstanding ordinary shares of the combined company (and, together with certain affiliates that are existing shareholders of SAITECH), beneficially own approximately 14%), and TradeUP Global public shareholders are expected to own approximately 16% of the outstanding ordinary shares of combined company. ESAH will receive new Class B ordinary shares of TradeUP Global in exchange for existing Class B ordinary shares of SAITECH that will entitle ESAH to approximately 87% of the voting power of the TradeUP Global Class A ordinary shares and Class B ordinary shares voting together as a single class. Such new series of TradeUP Class B ordinary shares will otherwise have the same economic terms as Class A ordinary shares.
The boards of directors of each of TradeUP Global and SAITECH have approved the transaction. The transaction will require the approval of the shareholders of TradeUP Global and is subject to other customary closing conditions including the receipt of certain regulatory approvals. The transaction will also require the approval of the shareholders of SAITECH, while shareholders holding the requisite vote have executed a support agreement have agreed to vote in favor of the merger and related transactions by unanimous written consent or at a meeting of shareholders when called by SAITECH. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022
In connection with the closing of the transaction, TradeUP Global will change its name to SAI.TECH Global Corporation.
Winston & Strawn LLP acted as the legal advisor to SAITECH. Very Wise Consulting acted as financial advisor to SAITECH. Duff & Phelps acted as the M&A financial advisor to the Audit Committee of TradeUP Global. Sidley Austin LLP acted as the legal advisor to TradeUP Global, and DLA Piper LLP acted as legal advisor to the Audit Committee of TradeUP Global.Read more