The Wall Street Journal Friday, July 10, BI ” ‘Blank Check’ IPO Brings Ackman Bank on Stage. Looks like Pershing Square’s Bill Ackman is coming out with a SPAC.
- Special purpose acquisition corporations (SPACs) are newly formed public companies with a mandate to acquire or merge with an operating company within a prescribed time-frame (usually 24 months from the IPO). SPACs raised $13.6 billion in 59 IPOs in 2019 and around 70 are actively seeking targets. Many of the acquisitions have been structured as reverse mergers where the seller receives cash and stock from the SPAC. The SPAC often represents a quicker and easier way of going public than IPO. Several private equity firms have sold portfolio companies to SPACs. Here is how I visualize it.