10 February 2022 Position Paper

SPAC Crib Sheet

What investors need to know before they invest.

  1. CFA Institute

This work lays out some of the complications of a SPAC structure and how to assess an investment either as a trading vehicle or a long-term investment strategy.

CFA institute releases a detailed crib sheet for investors interested in investing in Special Purpose Acquisition Companies or SPACs. With over seven hundred SPACs in various stages in the marketplace in 2022 and dozens more SPAC IPOs coming online each month, investors should be aware that competition is fierce. Most of these SPACs will be competing to find a merger target in order to complete an IBC.

SPAC Crib Sheet View the full article (PDF)

Executive Summary

There are a number of different approaches to investing in SPAC structures, and investors need to be sure they know the basics. Some approaches can be profitable and others a complete disaster.

The process typically involves a two-part process of raising capital from public investors in a SPAC IPO which is then used to invest in a private operating business that becomes a public company in what is referred to as the initial business combination (IBC). The result is two distinct phases to SPAC investing.

In short, traders can attempt to buy the SPAC shares for below $10 and later redeem them for $10 to play the risk-free yield opportunity. Regarding a longer-term strategy, investors can redeem the shares, get your original investment back in full and keep the free warrants as an upside bet on the new IBC. A riskier approach is to buy the SPAC with the intention of not redeeming and taking new IBC shares for the longer term.

The Crib Sheet stresses the importance of understanding that successful venture capital investing requires two things. a diversified portfolio of plausible business prospects (not celebrity sponsors or futuristic dreams) and a holding period of 5-7 years.

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