Fintech firm Ideanomics to buy VIA Motors for about $630 million

Reuters August 30 | Updated on August 30, 2021

The acquisition comes as several automakers are competing to develop electric vehicles

Financial technology company Ideanomics Inc said on Monday that it will acquire VIA Motors International Inc in an all-stock deal that would value the electric commercial vehicle firm at about $630 million.

The acquisition comes as several automakers are competing to develop electric vehicles after China, Europe and other countries and regions mandated lower carbon emissions.

Ideanomics will offer 162 million shares to shareholders of VIA Motors International, and the latter is expected to own about 25 per cent of the combined entity, the companies said in a joint statement.

“Ideanomics is separately issuing $50 million of secured convertible note to VIA Motors to fund its growth, and that will be subject to purchase price adjustment,” they said.

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Utah-based VIA Motors is eligible for potential earnout consideration of up to $180 million that would be paid in Ideanomics’ stock, according to the statement.

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VIA Motors Chief Executive Officer Bob Purcell will maintain his leadership role and the company would operate as a distinct business unit reporting to Ideanomics’ Chief Executive Alf Poor.

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New York City-based Ideanomics operates as a fintech company and its Mobile Energy Global unit helps commercial fleet operators procure electric vehicles.

A slew of fast-growing EV start-ups have taken advantage of the boom in capital markets in the past 12 months, either through initial public offerings or via a merger with special purpose acquisition companies, with the latest being Inc-backed Rivian filing to go public last week.

Published on August 30, 2021

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