Electric carmaker start-up Lucid Motors to go public

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SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 23, 2021 (BSS/AFP) – US electric carmaker Lucid Motors
announced Monday that it will go public via a merger with a company that
values it at $24 billion.

The California-based start-up has chosen to go through a SPAC, or “Special
Purpose Acquisition Company,” which is a company with no commercial activity
whose aim is to raise funds by going public.

The SPAC, Churchill Capital Corp IV (CCIV), contributed $2.1 billion, and
Lucid also negotiated $2.5 billion from investors including BlackRock,
Fidelity Management & Research LLC, Franklin Templeton and Neuberger Berman.

“The transaction values Lucid at an initial pro-forma equity value of
approximately $24 billion,” the carmaker said in a statement, and will bring
in “approximately $4.4 billion in cash.”

IPOs via SPACs exploded in the United States in 2020. They allow companies
to go public with a windfall.

“Lucid is going public to accelerate into the next phase of our growth as
we work towards the launch of our new pure-electric luxury sedan, Lucid Air,
in 2021 followed by our Gravity performance luxury SUV in 2023,” the
automaker’s CEO, Peter Rawlinson, said in the statement.

The funds will also enable the Silicon Valley-based company to expand its
Arizona plants, which are expected to produce approximately 365,000 vehicles
per year within the next few years.

Lucid employs nearly 2,000 people and hopes to hire an additional 3,000 by
the end of the year.

The start-up expects to close the deal in the second quarter of 2021.

“CCIV believes that Lucid’s superior and proven technology backed by clear
demand for a sustainable EV make Lucid a highly attractive investment,”
Michael Klein, the SPAC’s CEO, said in the statement.

Several major automakers such as Ford and GM recently announced major
investments in electric vehicles, a market dominated by California-based
Tesla.