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Grab to announce merger with U.S. SPAC, to be valued at nearly $40 billion – sources

imageStock Markets15 minutes ago (Apr 13, 2021 01:40AM ET)

(C) Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A Grab logo is pictured at the Money 20/20 Asia Fintech Trade Show in Singapore

By Anshuman Daga

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Southeast Asia’s largest ride-hailing and food delivery firm Grab Holdings is set to announce later on Tuesday a merger with U.S.-based Altimeter that is set to value Grab at nearly $40 billion and lead to a public listing, three people told Reuters.

The merger will make it the biggest blank-check company deal ever.

Grab’s agreement with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) backed by Altimeter Capital includes a $4 billion private investment in public equity (PIPE) from a group of Asian and global investors including Fidelity International and Janus Henderson.

Singapore-based Grab declined to comment. There was no response from Silicon Valley-based Altimeter to an emailed request for comment.

The two fund managers also did not respond to an emailed query.

The sources declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter.

The nearly $40 billion valuation is based on a proforma equity value, two of the sources said.

Grab to announce merger with U.S. SPAC, to be valued at nearly $40 billion – sources

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