Electric vehicle firm Lucid Motors to go public in $11.8 billion blank-check merger

The Lucid Air sedan, which is expected to head into manufacturing next 300 and sixty five days at a plant being constructed in Arizona.


Electrical car firm Lucid Motors plans to head public at an $11.75 billion mixed fairness valuation and $24 billion educated-forma fairness price thru a reverse merger with a easy-take a look at company began by identical outdated investment banker Michael Klein.

The deal between Newark, California-primarily primarily based Lucid and Churchill Capital Corp IV is the finest in a series of such tie-u.s.a.involving EV companies and easy-take a look at companies, additionally identified as a special cause acquisition companies, or SPACs.

Old SPAC offers with EV inaugurate-u.s.a.such as Nikola, Fisker and Lordstown Motors garnered educated-forma valuations of no longer as a lot as $4 billion, but Lucid is farther alongside than these companies. Lucid is situation to carry its first car – a luxurious sedan called the Air – this spring.

The deal will generate about $4.4 billion in cash for growth plans for Lucid, at the side of its most up-to-date factory in Arizona.

Shares of CCIV fell by roughly 30% to $40 in prolonged shopping and selling.

Lucid is led by ex-Tesla engineering executive and automotive identical outdated Peter Rawlinson, who joined the corporate as chief know-how officer in 2013 sooner than at the side of CEO to his duties in April 2019. He’ll continue in these roles following the expected closure of the deal within the second quarter, in accordance with the companies.

Lucid modified into as soon as founded in 2007 as Atieva, a reputation it now uses for its engineering and tech arm that affords batteries to electrical racing circuit Formula E. The company first eager on electrical battery know-how sooner than altering its name and shifting to an electrical car manufacturer in 2016, three years after Rawlinson joined the corporate to lead its know-how trend.

Lucid had some subject acquiring capital to fund its plans unless September 2018 when it got $1 billion from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.

Rawlinson closing 300 and sixty five days described SPAC offers as rapid cash, but no longer ample capital to carry a car to manufacturing in-condo, which has led companies such as Fisker to search around contract producers.

Earlier than the announcement with Klein’s firm, Rawlinson said the corporate had the funding to inaugurate producing the Air at a plant in Casa Grande, Arizona, which is found southeast of Phoenix.

The modern funding is expected to aid Lucid in its growth plans. Rawlinson expects the Air to be the catalyst for a lineup of future all-electrical vehicles, at the side of an SUV starting manufacturing in early 2023 and further cheap vehicles down the line.

Lucid currently employs virtually 2,000 of us, with 3,000 employees expected to be added within the U.S. domestically by the tip of 2022, in accordance with the corporate.

The deal features a total investment of about $4.6 billion. It is being funded by $2.1 billion in cash from CCIV and a $2.5 billion completely dedicated PIPE at $15 per fraction by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund as properly as funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, Fidelity and others.