Getaround to go public via SPAC
Carsharing marketplace Getaround and InterPrivate II Acquisition Corp., a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company, entered into a definitive business combination agreement that will result in Getaround becoming a public company upon completion of the transaction. Upon closing, the combined company is expected to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the new ticker symbol “GETR.” The combined company will be led by Getaround Founder and CEO, Sam Zaid.
The transaction represents a combined company pro forma equity value of approximately $1.2 billion assuming no redemptions from InterPrivate’s $259 million Trust. The business combination is expected to result in at least $225 million and up to $434 million in gross proceeds to the Company, including a convertible note commitment of up to $175 million provided by affiliates of Mudrick Capital Management, LP. The Company believes the net transaction proceeds will provide adequate funding to achieve adjusted EBITDA breakeven under its current business plan.
Founded in 2009 and launched in 2011, the California-based company is active in 950+ cities across 8 countries. Its platform has 66k active cars and trucks, and “20 times more digitally connected cars than its closest competitor.”
In 2021, Getaround recorded gross booking value of $167 million, and $81 million of net marketplace revenue. The company is not profitable and loss from operations stood at ~$100 million in 2021.
Getaround has a partnership with Assurant, which provides liability insurance.
“Getaround is about empowering people everywhere to share cars and making the sharing experience increasingly simpler and more reliable through the use of digital and connected technology. Ultimately, our goal is to ensure Getaround is as convenient as personal car ownership. Consumers seeking to use a car or truck no longer need to stand in lines, fill out paperwork, or endure all of the hassles associated with owning and maintaining a vehicle. We are accelerating a much-needed transition from a legacy, analog car rental experience to a fully digital and ‘keyless’ carsharing experience. The transaction with InterPrivate is pivotal to our long-term growth strategy. Proceeds will be used for continued product innovation, to densify the supply of digitally connected cars in our existing markets, and to increase both the mix and proximity of our cars and trucks for consumers. We will also look to bring our proven model to new markets, both domestic and abroad. Getaround is thrilled to partner with a reputable and trusted partner such as InterPrivate to usher in this exciting new chapter in our company’s rich history as a publicly-traded company.” – Getaround founder and CEO, Sam Zaid.