Ackman’s blank check company raises IPO target to $4 billion

Published 13/07/2020 in Business News, Economy & Finance

Ackman’s blank check company raises IPO target to $4 billion

(Reuters) – Pershing Square Tontine Holdings Ltd, the blank check company backed by billionaire investor Bill Ackman, has increased the size of its initial public offering by $1 billion to $4 billion, the largest ever IPO by a special purpose acquisition company.

The firm plans to go public with 200 million units at $20 each, according to a regulatory filing on Monday.

A SPAC uses IPO proceeds and borrowed funds to acquire a company, typically within two years. Investors are not notified in advance which company a SPAC will buy.

Ackman, whose New York-based hedge fund manages more than $10 billion in assets, may ultimately have $7 billion to invest.

In the filing, Ackman said (C.N) executive Michael Klein’s Churchill Capital III Corp CCXX.N, which raised $1.1 billion in February, to become the largest ever SPAC.

Churchill Capital late on Sunday agreed to take healthcare payment solutions provider Multiplan Inc public in an $11 billion deal.

Ackman is looking to list the SPAC’s shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PSTH.U”.

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