Rover Announces Plans to Become Public Company via a Merger with True Wind Capital’s SPAC, Nebula Caravel Acquisition Corp. (NEBC)
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A Place for Rover, Inc. the world’s largest network of five-star pet sitters and dog walkers, has entered into a definitive business combination agreement with Nebula Caravel Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: NEBC). Caravel is a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company sponsored by True Wind Capital. Upon closing of the transaction, Caravel will be renamed Rover Group and remain Nasdaq-listed under the ticker symbol “ROVR”.
Rover, the leading online marketplace for pet care, connects pet parents with local, high-quality pet care providers who offer a wide range of services, including boarding, in-home pet sitting, doggy daycare, dog walking, drop-in visits, and grooming. Since its inception through 2020, more than 2 million pet parents have booked services on Rover with more than 500,000 pet care providers across North America and Europe. Rover was created to provide a better pet care alternative for pets and their parents than the existing options of friends and family, neighbors, and kennels. Rover built a simple, easy-to-use platform and mobile app to enable pet parents to discover, book, pay, and review loving pet care providers online. Rover eliminates many of the barriers of pet ownership, enabling Rover’s mission to make it possible for everyone to experience the unconditional love of pets.
Co-founder and CEO Aaron Easterly will continue to lead Rover’s highly experienced management team. Adam Clammer, CEO of Caravel and Founding Partner of True Wind Capital, will serve as a Director on the combined company’s board of directors.
Aaron Easterly stated, “Today’s transaction marks a key milestone in Rover’s effort to build an enduring business that will fundamentally change the pet care industry. Partnering with the True Wind team represents a unique opportunity to bring the unconditional love of pets to more people. A public listing will provide the capital to accelerate the expansion of core service offerings, support other pet types, and continue to grow our geographic footprint.”
Adam Clammer stated, “We look forward to partnering with Aaron and the rest of Rover’s management team at this exciting inflection point. We believe that management has built an extraordinary business and we’re excited to support them along their public market journey.”
The transaction values Rover at an enterprise value of approximately $1.350 billion. Institutional investors have committed to a private investment of $50 million in Class A common stock of the combined company that will close concurrently with the business combination. It is anticipated that the combined company will have an equity market capitalization at closing of approximately $1.63 billion and have over $300 million of unrestricted cash on the balance sheet, subject to any redemptions by Caravel stockholders.
Rover and Caravel board of directors have unanimously approved the proposed business combination. Completion of the proposed business combination is expected in the first half of 2021. The transaction will be effected pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Business Combination Agreement entered into by Rover and Caravel, which contains customary closing conditions including the registration statement being declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), approval by the stockholders of Rover and Caravel, and certain regulatory approvals.
Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC is acting as exclusive financial advisor to Rover. Deutsche Bank Securities acted as lead financial advisor, capital markets advisor and private placement agent to Nebula Caravel Acquisition Corp. William Blair & Co., LLC and Stifel Financial Corp., also acted as capital markets advisor and private placement agents to Nebula Caravel Acquisition Corp. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is acting as legal advisor to Rover. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is acting as legal advisor to Caravel.
Conference Call and Webcast Information
Management of Rover and True Wind Capital will host an investor conference call on February 11, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. ET to discuss the proposed transaction and review an investor presentation. For those investors who wish to participate, the conference call can be accessed by visiting https://www.rover.com/blog/press/tab/press-release/.
Additional Information about the Business Combination and Where to Find It
This press release relates to the proposed merger involving Nebula Caravel Acquisition Corp. (“Caravel”) and A Place for Rover, Inc. (“Rover”). Caravel intends to file a Registration Statement on Form S-4 with the SEC, which will include a proxy statement and prospectus of Caravel and an information statement of Rover, and each party will file other documents with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction. A definitive proxy statement/prospectus/information statement will also be sent to the stockholders of Caravel and Rover, seeking any required stockholder approvals. Before making any voting or investment decision, investors and securityholders of Caravel and Rover are urged to carefully read the entire registration statement and proxy statement/prospectus/information, when they become available, and any other relevant documents filed with the SEC, as well as any amendments or supplements to these documents, because they will contain important information about the proposed transaction. The documents filed by Caravel with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, these documents, when available, can be obtained free of charge from Caravel upon written request to Nebula Caravel Acquisition Corp., Four Embarcadero Center, Suite 2100, San Francisco, California 94111.
Caravel, Rover and certain of their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Caravel, in favor of the approval of the merger. Information regarding Caravel’s directors and executive officers is contained in the section of Caravel’s Form S-1 titled “Management”, which was filed with the SEC on November 20, 2020. Additional information regarding the interests of those participants and other persons who may be deemed participants in the transaction may be obtained by reading the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus/information statement and other relevant documents filed with the SEC when they become available. Free copies of these documents may be obtained as described in the preceding paragraph.