Wheels Up Partners said on Monday it had agreed to go public through a merger with blank-check firm Aspirational Consumer Lifestyle Corp, valuing the private jet charter company at $2.1 billion.
Aspirational Consumer Lifestyle, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) led by LVMH executive and veteran private equity investor Ravi Thakran, raised $225 million in an initial public offering (IPO) last year.
The New York-based company is set to receive $790 million in gross proceeds on the transaction, including $550 million from investors such as T. Rowe Price, Fidelity Investments, and Franklin Advisors.
Pet retailer Petco Health and Wellness Company Inc. said on Wednesday it sold shares in its initial public offering at $18 apiece, above its target range, to raise about $864 million.
Petco, which is owned by the CPP Investments and private equity firm CVC Capital Partners, had aimed to sell 48 million shares at a target range of $14 to $17 per share.
Founded in 1965 as a mail-order veterinary supplies business, Petco first went public in 1994. In 2000, the PE firms TPG and Leonard Green & Partners acquired Petco, taking it private in a $600 million deal. Petco went public for a second time in 2002. Four years later, in 2006, TPG and Green bought Petco for a second time, again taking it private in a $1.7 billion deal. In early 2016, TPG and Green sold Petco to CVC and CPPIB for $4.6 billion.
Polish parcel locker firm InPost plans an initial public offering in Amsterdam and aims to debut on Euronext as early as February, it said, as it seeks to expand abroad to capitalize on a surge in online shopping.
Reuters reported in December that private equity firm Advent International was preparing an Amsterdam IPO for InPost that would value its equity at 7-8 billion euros ($8.5-$9.85 billion)
The business, widely used in Poland by sellers on online commerce platform Allegro, with equity owners Cinven, Permira among its owners, has benefited from an online boom as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps shoppers in their homes.
Driven Brands, Inc., one of the largest U.S. auto services franchisers, is looking to raise as much as $760 million through an initial public offering, which would value the Roark Capital-owned company at about $3.4 billion.
Last year, private equity firm Roark Capital, which acquired Driven from Harvest Partners in 2015, had considered selling it for about $2 billion, according to a Bloomberg LP report.
Driven reported $2.4 billion in sales in the nine months ended Sep. 26, 2020, generating $616 million in revenue, according to the filing.
REE Automotive, which develops modular platforms for electric vehicles, is in negotiations to go public at a valuation of between $3-4 billion via a SPAC.
Should the merger go ahead, REE is expected to receive access to the SPAC’s funds and to another several hundreds of millions of dollars in PIPE (Private investment in public equity) investments.
Shares of REE have been traded in the secondary market this year at a company valuation of $1.1 billion, far less than it is expected to be valued in the SPAC merger.