DGAP-News: Lakestar SPAC I SE / Key word(s): Mergers & Acquisitions
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- The transaction values the Combined Company at an equity value of EUR 1.2 billion and an enterprise value of EUR 861 million
- The transaction is expected to complete in the third quarter of 2021, and the Combined Company will be listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the ticker "HTG"
- Investors, including European family offices specialising in tech investments and top European tech entrepreneurs, including a significant investment by Dr. Klaus Hommels, have committed EUR 75 million through a common stock private investment in public equity ("PIPE")
- Martin Reiter, VP Europe at Wayfair, who previously built Airbnb's global presence while leading their international operations, will join the Supervisory Board and is also investing in the Combined Company
- HomeToGo achieved record gross booking value of EUR 904 million in H1 2021 (preliminary figures), up 27% yoy, despite the impact of COVID-19
"Joining forces with Lakestar SPAC I to bring HomeToGo to the public markets presents a great opportunity to fuel the next level of growth. High quality, multi-purpose and unique vacation rentals are the new zeitgeist, and this trend has drastically accelerated over the last year. With millions of offers and thousands of partners in one comprehensive marketplace, HomeToGo already has the largest selection of alternative accommodation and is perfectly positioned to make incredible homes easily accessible to everyone," said Dr. Patrick Andrae, Co-founder and CEO of HomeToGo. "The Lakestar SPAC I team has significant experience in assisting tech companies like ours and will be a valued strategic partner, especially as we grow our tech-enabled supply and demand services for our trusted supply partners. I would like to personally thank all those involved in making this combination a success, including new and existing investors, and especially our outstanding HomeToGo team."
"At Lakestar SPAC I, we were particularly interested in partnering with an innovative company in European tech with substantial long-term growth potential such as HomeToGo. HomeToGo is led by an accomplished management team and has proven to be resilient, growing and developing strongly despite the global pandemic," said Stefan Winners, CEO of Lakestar SPAC I.
"By investing in Berlin-based travel tech firm HomeToGo, we are excited to create a publicly listed combined company focusing on a next generation marketplace on alternative accommodation. HomeToGo demonstrates significant growth prospects and meets all criteria of the Lakestar SPAC I target profile as the first tech-focused SPAC in Europe," said Inga Schwarting, CIO of Lakestar SPAC I.
Dr. Klaus Hommels, Sponsor and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Lakestar SPAC I, added: "The European technology sector offers attractive investment opportunities with promising valuations and many excellent growth companies. However, European tech companies do not have the same access to capital as companies in the U.S. or Asia. There is a considerable need for action in Europe to provide young, innovative companies - especially in the growth phase - with the necessary capital. This first entirely European tech SPAC deal is an important signal towards European innovators looking for European capital."
The Trend Towards Alternative Accommodation is the New Zeitgeist
In addition, a completely new use case for the alternative accommodation offered by HomeToGo has emerged in the last year: remote work and the so called "Workation", for example, people choosing to rent accommodation so they can work remotely for a few weeks or months from a sunnier or rural location. This particular trend only emerged during the COVID-19 crisis, but it again underscores the long-term growth potential of this travel segment.
HomeToGo Has Achieved Continuous Growth Even During the COVID-19 Pandemic
HomeToGo: The World's Number One Marketplace for Alternative Accommodation
HomeToGo's state-of-the-art technology platform removes friction for both supply and demand, better connecting online travel agencies, property managers and other supply partners with qualified, conversion-optimised consumer demand. The platform makes it easier for travellers to compare accommodation offers and trust they are booking the right place to stay, while it provides innovative technology solutions for its supply partners and the whole alternative accommodation ecosystem to make them more successful.
The proceeds from the transaction are expected to provide HomeToGo with the capital to drive organic growth and make potential acquisitions that could significantly enhance HomeToGo's service offering and further accelerate the entire alternative accommodation ecosystem.
Summary of Transaction
The current HomeToGo shareholders, convertible lenders and holders of virtual options are expected to receive 85 million shares in the Combined Company, retaining 69% of the post transaction equity in aggregate. Lakestar SPAC I investors and founders are expected to retain 25% in the Combined Company; PIPE investors will invest EUR 75 million resulting in a 6% equity interest.
The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021. The closing of this transaction is subject to the approval of the Lakestar SPAC I shareholders and the satisfaction or waiver of certain other customary closing conditions.
Deutsche Bank acted as financial advisor to Lakestar SPAC I and Morgan Stanley acted as financial advisor to HomeToGo. Sullivan & Cromwell served as legal counsel to Lakestar SPAC I. Clifford Chance and V14 Vogel Heerma Waitz served as legal counsel to HomeToGo.
HomeToGo operates a marketplace for alternative accommodation that connects millions of travellers searching for a perfect place to stay with thousands of inventory suppliers across the globe, resulting in the world's most comprehensive inventory coverage in the alternative accommodation space.
HomeToGo's marketplace is beneficial to both of its customer groups: Consumers who visit HomeToGo's websites gain access to the largest inventory in one place, and supply partners who use the platform's reach and technology solutions are better able to serve a wide range of customers and generate more high quality demand.
Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, HomeToGo operates localised websites and apps in 23 countries.
For more information visit: www.hometogo.com/about/
About Lakestar SPAC I
Lakestar SPAC I is sponsored by Dr. Klaus Hommels, Founder and Chairman of Lakestar Advisors. The founders of Lakestar SPAC I are Dr. Klaus Hommels, together with the company's Chief Executive Officer, Stefan Winners, and the Chief Investment Officer, Inga Schwarting.
For more information visit: www.lakestar-spac1.com
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 Preliminary figures
 Relating to the total number of aggregated alternative accommodation offers
 This amount assumes no redemptions from Lakestar SPAC I's trust account
 These numbers assume no redemptions from Lakestar SPAC I's trust account
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