Vietnamese Car Maker VinFast Capitalizes For US Sales Push
HONG KONG, May 12, 2023 - (ACN Newswire) - VinFast Auto Pte. Ltd. ("VinFast" or "the Company"), and Black Spade Acquisition Co ("Black Spade") announced today that they have entered into a business combination agreement. After the transaction, VinFast will have an equity value of over US$23 billion and be listed in the U.S.
|Representatives of Vingroup, VinFast and Black Spade at the Signing Ceremony|
The business combination values VinFast at an enterprise value of approximately US$27 billion and an equity value of US$23 billion, not including cash from BSAQ's approximately US$169 million of cash in trust (assuming no Black Spade shareholders elect to have their Black Spade shares redeemed for cash as permitted).
The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2023, subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals, and other customary closing conditions. After the transaction, existing shareholders of VinFast will hold approximately 99% shares of the combined company.
Madame Thuy Le, Global CEO of VinFast Auto Pte. Ltd., said: "VinFast has already demonstrated the ability to quickly reach international markets. The partnership with Black Spade and listing of VinFast in the U.S. represents the perfect capital raising avenue for our future global ambitions and is also an important accomplishment for Vingroup."
Mr. Dennis Tam, Chairman and Co-CEO, Black Spade Acquisition Co, shared, "VinFast has demonstrated their execution excellence by building up a maximum production facility of up to 300,000 electric vehicles (EVs) a year and having a full range of beautifully designed high quality EVs, all within the span of a few years. With the support of Vingroup, one of the largest conglomerates in Vietnam, VinFast is very well positioned to take advantage of the EV lifestyle trend and we are very excited about the future potential growth of VinFast in Vietnam and globally."
VinFast, a member of Vingroup, was founded in 2017 and envisioned to drive the movement of global smart electric vehicle revolution. VinFast manufacturers and exports a full portfolio of e-SUVs, e-scooters and e-buses across Vietnam, North America, and, soon, Europe. The Company operates a state-of-the-art automotive manufacturing complex in Hai Phong that boasts up to 90% manufacturing automation and annual production capacity (i.e. maximum number of vehicles that can be constantly manufactured in a year with additional shifts per day throughout the year) of up to 300,000 units in phase 1.
VinFast is committed to its mission of creating a sustainable future for everyone. The Company converted into a fully EV manufacturer in 2022, and has delivered four EV models: VF e34, VF 8, VF 9 and VF 5 to customers in Vietnam to date. VinFast recently crossed an important milestone on the journey to becoming a recognized global EV brand with the first VF 8 EVs exported to North America earlier this year.
Black Spade, listed on the NYSE, was founded by Black Spade Capital, which runs a global portfolio consisting of a wide spectrum of cross-border investments, and consistently seeks to add new investment projects and opportunities to its portfolio.
Additional information about the proposed transaction, including a copy of the business combination agreement, is available in Black Spade's Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on May 12, 2023 with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") at www.sec.gov, and will be available on the VinFast investor relations page at www.vinfastauto.com.
More information about the proposed transaction will also be described in VinFast registration statement that include BSAQ's proxy statement and VinFast's prospectus relation to the business combination, which will be filed with the SEC.
VinFast - a member of Vingroup - is the leading Vietnamese automotive manufacturer, committed to its mission of creating a green future for everyone. VinFast manufacturers and exports a full portfolio of electric SUVs, e-scooters and e-buses across Vietnam, the United States, and, soon, Europe. Learn more at www.vinfastauto.com.
About Black Spade Acquisition Co
Black Spade Acquisition Co ("BSAQ") is a blank check company incorporated for the purpose of effecting a business combination (Special Purpose Acquisition Company). Listed on the NYSE, BSAQ was founded by Black Spade Capital, which runs a global portfolio consisting of a wide spectrum of cross-border investments, and consistently seeks to add new investment projects and opportunities to its portfolio. Learn more at: https://www.blackspadeacquisition.com/.
Chardan is serving as M&A advisor to VinFast and JonesTrading Instituional Services is serving as financial advisor to Black Spade.