Asia-focused SPAC Model Performance Acquisition eyes $50m US IPO

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Model Performance Acquisition, a Hong Kong-based blank check company led by ex-Templeton Asset Management North Asia private equity co-head Claudius Tsang, has filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to raise up to $50 million in an initial public offering (IPO).

The special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) plans to offer 5 million units at $10 each, with each unit consisting of one share of common stock, one-half of a warrant, and one right to receive one-tenth of a share upon the consummation of an initial business combination.

The SPAC said its sponsor, First Euro Investments Limited, has agreed to purchase an aggregate of 220,000 units at a price of $10 per unit for a total purchase price of $2.2 million. At the proposed deal size, Model Performance Acquisition would command a market value of $65 million.

In its filing, Model Performance Acquisition said it will pursue prospective targets in Asia, particularly one or more growth businesses with a total enterprise value of between $200 million and $600 million.

“Although there is no restriction or limitation on what industry or geographic region our target operates in, it is our intention to pursue prospective targets that are in Asia,” according to the SPAC. It plans to list on the Nasdaq under the symbol MPACU.

Tsang, who has previously served as co-head of PE for North Asia at Templeton Asset Management and a partner at Templeton Private Equity Partners, serves as the firm’s CEO and chairman starting from this month.

He is joined by CFO, president, and director Serena Shie, whose current roles include serving as CEO of English print publication Jumpstart Media.

SPACs are companies without operations formed only to raise capital to acquire other businesses. They typically acquire firms as quickly as four to five months and are given up to two years to seek targets. If they cannot fulfil that mandate, they will have to return all the money to the public shareholders.

Global SPACs have raised as much as $24.26 billion in January 2021 alone. The total amount raised by SPACs in 2020 was $79 billion, according to data compiled by DealStreetAsia.

In Southeast Asia, the biggest SPAC is Bridgetown Holdings, which is backed by Hong Kong tycoon Richard Li and venture capitalist Peter Thiel. Bridgetown, which raised $595 million, is reportedly considering a potential merger with Indonesia’s e-commerce giant Tokopedia in a deal that could value the unicorn at $8 billion to $10 billion.

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  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
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Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.