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Title: “SPACs”

Going public by merging with a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) is much more expensive than conducting a traditional IPO. We rationalize why some companies merge with a SPAC by listing the potential benefits. We analyze the agency problems that certain SPAC features address. SPAC IPO investors and deal sponsors have earned remarkably high annualized average returns, although we warn that recent deals are likely to disappoint. Public investors in the merged companies have earned very low market-adjusted returns on an equally weighted basis, although high redemptions on the worst deals have limited the amount of money that they lost.

Presenter: Jay Ritter (University of Florida)

Coauthors: Minmo Gahng (University of Florida) and Donghang Zhang (University of South Carolina)

Discussant: Stefan Lewellen (Pennsylvania State University)