Aura FAT Projects Acquisition Corp Successfully closes US$115m SPAC initial public offering on the Nasdaq as it ramps up investments in Asia
AFAR is a blank check company incorporated as a Cayman Islands exempted company for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination. The Company has an avid interest in new emerging technology companies with an acute growth potential in Southeast Asia and Australasia in sectors such as the Web3, blockchain, cryptocurrency, digital ledger, e-gaming and other new financial technology and services industries.
With operations in Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne, Manila and Ho Chi Minh City, AFAR is moving fast in its mission to illuminate the growing innovation in neighbouring countries beyond China. It intends to bridge the start-up funding gap by leveraging on the financial expertise of its co-sponsors, Aura Group and Fat Projects, and a robust ecosystem of quality companies that are ideal for a business combination. Coupled with leadership teams that have extensive experience founding and exiting businesses in Southeast Asia and Australia, AFAR is well-positioned to identify the next generation of technology disruptors and propel their success.
EF Hutton, division of Benchmark Investments, LLC, is acting as the sole book running manager for the IPO. The Company has granted the underwriters a 45-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,500,000 units at the initial public offering price to cover over-allotments. This offering closed earlier than expected on Monday 18 April 2022, as all the over-allotments have been fully exercised.
Not only will capital from the SPAC listing facilitate strategic mergers and acquisitions with new emerging technology companies, AFAR also intends to target companies that boast a strong executive team with the experience, network and 'know how' to accelerate their growth.
Commenting on the offering, Mr David Andrada, Co-Founder of Fat Projects said, "We are extremely excited to be collaborating with Aura Group to launch our second Nasdaq SPAC listing. Collectively, the 2 co-sponsor teams have over 200 years of experience investing in innovative technologies and also boasts a strong track record in identifying quality and reputable companies. We are confident that through our networks, we will be able to identify the right company that aligns with our values for a SPAC business combination."
Commenting on the IPO, Mr Calvin Ng, Co-Founder of Aura Group commented, "Southeast Asian economies are among some of the fastest growing in the world, with several at the forefront of the digital revolution. This is predominantly why AFAR is honing in its search for a target acquisition in this region. Our SPAC listing allows us to be well positioned to help high potential technology companies who are in need for liquidity and funding to grow."
About Aura FAT Projects Acquisition Corp
Aura FAT Projects Acquisition Corp, registered in Cayman Islands, is a US$115m SPAC listed on the NASDAQ Global Market. While it will not be limited to a particular industry or geographic region, the Company intends to focus its search on new emerging technology companies with an acute growth potential in Southeast Asia and Australasia in sectors such as the Web 3.0, blockchain, cryptocurrency, digital ledger, e-gaming and other new financial technology and services sectors.
Aura FAT Projects Acquisition Corp brings together co-sponsors Aura Group, a financial services firm providing tailored wealth, funds management and corporate advisory solutions to clients, and Fat Projects, a dynamic team of entrepreneurs and investors with SPAC expertise. Both co-sponsors have significant technology investments, operational, mergers and acquisitions and public company experience, and a compelling track record of value creation.
Aura Group's and Fat Projects' vision is to be the regional leader in the SPAC asset class and serialise SPAC ventures by providing growth capital and network access to some of the most promising technology-enabled companies in Asia Pacific, specifically the Southeast Asia and Australasia corridors.
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