Dave.com going public at $4B via SPAC

Josh Fraser Jul 22nd, 2021 / Spac, Ipo, Estated Episodes, Industry News, Dave

Dave, the supreme digital bank, will launch its shares in the Initial Public Offering by uniting with VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings III in a SPAC transaction. 


The company is valued at $4 billion in the deal, which is anticipated to finalize in the second half of this year. It plans to trade under the stock ticker DAVE after the contract ends.

The target business usually merges into itself after a SPAC acquisition, and the listing status stays unaffected. Notably, the shares of VPCC trades on the New York Stock Exchange. Intended corporations have the option of changing the exchange on which their securities are listed. Dave has yet to reveal the discussion on which it intends to float.

As per statistics, the business, which was at 26th rank on the previous year's CNBC Disruptor 50 list, was currently assessed at 1 billion dollars in August 2019. Victory Park Capital, a Chicago-based international investment business, has a lengthy history of equity and debt funding deals in fintech and has been a longtime shareholder in Dave. It had financed Dave with a $100 million term loan in January of this year. Also, VPCC has made its debut as a public company in March 2021.

Dave is an abbreviation for David, the protagonist of the David vs. Goliath story, and it's aimed to get rid of many of the things that clients detest about traditional banks. 

Overdraft fees were the business's basic foundation. Customers can access their deposit accounts with no costs and up to 100 dollars in overdraft protection minus charges or penalties for a $1 a month membership fee. Members who enroll in checking accounts benefit from automatic budgeting and the chance to improve their credit scores by having their rent and utility expenses reported to credit agencies.

Dave says it has become a financial portal that assists 10 million clients with credit creation, debt security, financial analytics, banking, and locating side spears. Its mission is to assist members in improving their financial health while simultaneously giving back to society. The firm has contributed more than 13 million meals to Feeding America since its inception. So far, Dave predicts that its primary product, ExtraCash, has benefited clients save approximately $1 billion in overdraft fees. And, it generated above $200 million in income via its gig-economy work platform, Side Hustle. CEO Jason Wilk thinks that Dave should reward users for constantly doing the correct thing. Last December, the business introduced Dave Banking, a no-fee bank account and debit card, with over 1.3 million customers.

Tiger Global Management is sponsoring a $210 million private equity fund in the acquisition. PIPE Finance allows enterprises to raise funds from a small group of investors, allowing for a final market appearance. Wellington Management as well as Corbin Capital Partners, are also taking part. The merged company is expected to generate approximately $375 million in cash on its balance sheet, indicating a transfer of up to $254 million from VPCC's trust account (provided no VPCC owners repay their shares).

SPACs have exploded onto the scene as a substitute to IPOs in the last year. However, due to regulatory issues and a general drop in SPAC companies, the market has recently calmed. According to Sources, SPAC has lost about 4 percent of its value year to date, whereas the Nasdaq has risen almost 7 percent. As per SPAC Data, 330 SPACs have collected about $105 billion this year. However, experts warn that the current rush, and subsequent drop in SPAC stocks, could drive riskier transactions in the months ahead.

Dave's sole financial mentor is Centerview Partners LLC, and his legal representative is Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. VPCC's financial markets consultants and co-placement advisers on the PIPE are Jefferies and Citigroup. In addition, VPCC has hired White & Case LLP as its legal counsel.

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