Anchor investors weigh down SPACs
Special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) have increasingly turned to anchor investors to pull off IPOs — but it appears these backers tend to dump the stock soon after the offerings.
Driving the news: Deals in which at least 75% of the capital came from anchors have underperformed those in which anchors made up less than 25%, according to SPAC Research.
- Sponsors often offer anchors more favorable terms, like the opportunity to receive founder shares.
- The trend has some investors worried that it may be a sign of low-quality SPACs that need expensive sweeteners.
The bottom line: Anchors may be getting sweet deal terms, but it's not enough to hold on.