Dave announces plans to go public
Banking app Dave and VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings III, Inc., a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by Victory Park Capital, announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for a business combination that will result in Dave becoming a publicly traded company listed under the ticker symbol “DAVE,” with an expected pro forma, fully-diluted equity value of approximately $4 billion, assuming no redemptions. The startup generated $122 million in revenue in 2020.
Launched in 2017 as an app to help Americans avoid billions of dollars in overdraft fees charged by traditional banks, Dave is now a financial platform helping 10 million customers with banking, financial insights, overdraft protection, building credit and finding side gigs. To date, Dave estimates that it has helped customers avoid nearly $1 billion in overdraft fees through its flagship feature, ExtraCash, and earn over $200 million in income through its gig-economy job board, Side Hustle.
In December 2020, the company launched Dave Banking, a spending account and debit card with no monthly fees, which has already accumulated more than 1.3 million members.
Upon completion of the transaction, the combined company is expected to have a fully-diluted equity value on a pro forma basis of approximately $4 billion, assuming no redemptions. It is expected to result in over $375 million of cash on the combined company’s balance sheet, reflecting a contribution of up to $254 million of cash held in VPCC’s trust account (assuming none of VPCC’s stockholders redeem their shares) and a $210 million concurrent private placement (PIPE) led by Tiger Global Management with additional participation from Wellington Management and Corbin Capital Partners.
“At Dave, we’re committed to improving the financial health of our members. We believe the legacy financial system has failed to deliver and today, more than 150 million people need our help to build financial stability. Dave is upending the banking industry with our suite of breakthrough financial products and making a meaningful impact on our customers’ lives. This transaction and continued support from our longstanding investors signify confidence in our strategy, vision and the significant growth opportunities ahead.” – Jason Wilk, CEO of Dave.