Smart-lock startup Latch began trading Monday through a SPAC listing that raised $453 million and values the company at over $1.5 billion. The shares, issued through a special purpose acquisition vehicle run by Tishman Speyer Properties, rose 4% on the first day of trading.
The week kicked off with a large SPAC deal announced on Sunday, bringing a new global sports betting and online casino company public.
Latch is an enterprise SaaS provider to buildings and residents with the aim of making spaces better places to live, work and visit.
The flexible office giant WeWork is the latest real estate company to use a special purpose acquisition company to go public. The wave of real estate companies turning to SPACs is growing, such as with Cushman & Wakefield, RXR Realty, Simon Property Group, Tishman Speyer, Opendoor, and Matterport, among others.
Going public through a special purpose acquisition company is officially mainstream. Special purpose acquisition companies, once looked down upon by Wall Street-types as a less respectable way to go public, have been forming and going public at an unprecedented pace this year.
Latch Inc said on Monday it plans to go public through a merger with blank-check company TS Innovation Acquisitions Corp, backed by U.S. property developer Tishman Speyer, in a deal that values the smart-lock maker at $1.56 billion.