Surf Air to merge with Tuscan Holdings Corp. II
Surf Air Mobility Inc., a company working to accelerate the adoption of green aviation, and Tuscan Holdings Corp. II (Nasdaq: THCA), a publicly listed special purpose acquisition company, jointly announced today that they have entered into a definitive business combination agreement resulting, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain closing conditions, in Surf Air Mobility becoming a publicly listed company.
Surf Air Mobility (SAM) is a Los Angeles-based electric aviation and air travel company reinventing flying through the power of electrification. The company intends to bring electrified aircraft to market at scale in order to substantially reduce the cost and environmental impact of flying. The management team has deep experience and expertise across aviation, electrification, and consumer technology. SAM has a number of notable advisors including Arianna Huffington (founder Huffington Post), Fred Reid (former Virgin America CEO, President Delta and Lufthansa), Jonathan Mildenhall (founder 21st Century Brands, former Airbnb CMO), Dr. David Agus (founder/CEO Ellison Institute), and Matthew Anderson (former Roku CMO). Surf Air Mobility is the parent company of Surf Air Inc.
The proposed transaction reflects an implied pro forma equity value of $1.42 billion, assuming full payment of earnout. The transaction is expected to provide up to $467 million in gross cash proceeds to SAM, including committed capital from strategic and financial investors including iHeartMedia, and Partners For Growth, and an equity line from Global Emerging Markets (GEM), as well as from THCA’s cash in trust (assuming no exercise of THCA stockholder redemption rights).
The Boards of Directors of both SAM and THCA have unanimously approved the proposed business combination, which is expected to be completed in the second half of 2022, subject to, among other things, the approval by THCA’s stockholders, satisfaction of the conditions stated in the definitive agreement and other customary closing conditions, including a registration statement being declared effective by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), the receipt of certain regulatory approvals, and the receipt of required approvals to publicly list the securities of the combined company.