Microvast, a provider of next-generation battery technologies for commercial and specialty vehicles, has gone public via its merger with Tuscan Holdings Corp, a blank check company backed by InterPrivate Capital. The newly combined company operates as Microvast Holdings Inc and has begun trading July 26, 2021 on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbols “MVST” and “MVSTW.”
HOUSTON–Microvast, Inc. (“Microvast” or the “Company”), a leading global provider of next-generation battery technologies for commercial and specialty vehicles, today announced that it has completed its previously announced business combination with Tuscan Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: THCB) (“Tuscan”). The business combination was approved at a special meeting of stockholders on July 21, 2021, resulting in the combined company being renamed “Microvast Holdings, Inc.”, with its common stock and warrants to commence trading on the Nasdaq on July 26, 2021 under the ticker symbols “MVST” and “MVSTW”.
“The Microvast management team has demonstrated its commitment to positioning the company to capitalize on its many opportunities ahead. We look forward to their continued success as a public company”
Upon closing, the combined company received approximately $822 million in cash, comprised of approximately $282 million in cash held in trust by Tuscan and the proceeds of a $540 million PIPE from leading institutional investors including strategic partner Oshkosh Corporation as well as funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, Koch Strategic Platforms and InterPrivate Investment Partners. At closing, approximately 99.7% of funds remained in Tuscan’s trust account.
“The talented Microvast team developed our disruptive battery technology to revolutionize the way that we travel and help advance a greener, more electric future,” said Yang Wu, Microvast’s Founder, CEO, and President. “Becoming a public company not only validates the power of our next generation battery solutions, which provide our commercial vehicle operator customers with accelerated charging times, extended life cycles, and enhanced safety performance, but also the potential of our opportunity in a large and rapidly growing commercial Electric Vehicle market buoyed by a global shift to electrification. As a public company, we are poised to leverage our increased financial resources to develop and deploy our battery solutions in partnership with a suite of market-leading customers across the world. I want to thank the Microvast team for their commitment to our continued growth as we work to advance the mass adoption of commercial electric vehicles.”
Microvast, founded in Houston in 2006, develops disruptive battery technologies designed specifically for commercial electric vehicles (EVs) that feature best-in-class fast-charging capabilities, high energy density, significantly longer cycle life and proven safety performance. Powered by a proprietary intellectual property portfolio, Microvast’s battery solutions are significantly more stable under heat than traditional poly-ethylene separators and demonstrate improved thermal stability in the battery cell. Highly modular and vertically integrated, Microvast’s standard battery packs can utilize a wide variety of cell chemistries, providing great flexibility in vehicle design and applications to the Company’s broad range of potential commercial vehicle customers, including light, medium and heavy-duty trucks, vans, buses, trains, automated guided vehicles, port equipment and mining trucks. Microvast’s batteries are now integrated in almost 30,000 vehicles, running in 160 cities in 19 countries, for a total of over 3.8 billion miles traveled on its batteries to date.
Microvast’s technology is further validated by marquee customer partnerships with industry leaders, including Gaussin, FPT Industrial, Oshkosh Corporation and a leading German luxury sports car company, among others, as well as R&D partnerships with BMW, the United States Council for Automotive Research and Argonne National Laboratory. Since first announcing its go-public transaction in February 2021, Microvast has continued to build significant momentum, announcing a joint development agreement with Oshkosh Corporation; expanding into the French e-bus market as the battery supplier for the full-electric bus, hybrid bus and retrofit bus for French bus manufacturer SAFRA; and announcing a strategic partnership with Gaussin to integrate Microvast’s batteries into Gaussin’s electric and hydrogen powered skateboard platforms. Olaf Scholz, German Vice-Chancellor & Federal Minister of Finance, further recognized Microvast’s innovative approach to next generation battery technologies at an onsite visit to the Company’s EMEA headquarters in June 2021.
“Mr. Wu and his team have leveraged their innovative set of electric battery solutions to build a company that is making significant progress on its long-term growth plans, securing strategic partnerships and collaborations with key industry players as it targets a rapidly developing commercial EV total addressable market of $30 billion,” commented Stephen Vogel, Chairman and CEO of Tuscan.
“The Microvast management team has demonstrated its commitment to positioning the company to capitalize on its many opportunities ahead. We look forward to their continued success as a public company,” added Ahmed Fattouh, Chairman and CEO of InterPrivate, an anchor investor in the transaction.
Microvast’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Wu, will continue to lead the combined company along with the current management team. Mr. Vogel, Tuscan’s Chairman and CEO, will remain as a director of the combined company and will be joined by Dr. M. Stanley Whittingham, who was recently awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his ground-breaking work on lithium-ion batteries.
Microvast, Inc. is a technology innovator that designs, develops and manufactures lithium-ion battery solutions. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Houston, TX, Microvast is renowned for its cutting-edge cell technology and its vertical integration capabilities which extends from core battery chemistry (cathode, anode, electrolyte, and separator) to battery packs. By integrating the process from raw material to system assembly, Microvast has developed a family of products covering a broad breadth of market applications. More information can be found on the corporate website: www.microvast.com.
Tuscan Holdings Corp. is a blank check company whose business purpose is to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. Tuscan’s management team is led by Stephen Vogel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Tuscan is listed on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “THCB.”
InterPrivate Capital is a private investment firm that invests on behalf of a consortium of family offices. The firm’s unique independent co-sponsor structure provides its investors with the deep sector expertise and transaction execution capabilities of veteran deal-makers from the world’s leading private equity and venture capital firms. Affiliates of InterPrivate Capital act as sponsors, co-sponsors and advisors of SPACs, and manage a number of investment vehicles on behalf of its family office co-investors that participate in private and public opportunities, including PIPE investments in support of the firm’s sponsored business combinations. For more information regarding InterPrivate Capital, please visit www.interprivate.com. For more information regarding InterPrivate’s SPAC strategy, please visit www.ipvspac.com.