Archer Aviation says its enterprise value has been cut by $1B

Electric aircraft startup Archer Aviation’s enterprise value has been cut by $1 billion to $1.7 billion as part of a revised deal, Archer and blank-check firm Atlas Crest Investment said on Thursday.

The move comes at a time of growing regulatory concerns over blank-check firms or special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) taking many companies, often loss-making or even without revenue, public at too-high valuations.

SPACs allow investors to list a shell company on public markets before they have identified a business to buy, which provides a speedier alternative to a traditional initial public offering route.

In excess of $115.6 billion has been raised via more than 400 SPACs this year, mainly on Wall Street where SPACs make up two thirds of all IPOs.

Archer, which makes electric aircraft with vertical take-off and landing, said in February it would go public through a merger deal with Atlas Crest.

The combined company is still expected to receive about $1.1 billion of gross proceeds as part of the deal, Archer and Atlas said.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez
Archer Aviation investors include Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez.
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Archer also appointed Oscar Munoz, former United Airlines chief executive officer, to the company’s board.

Archer — whose investors include United Airlines and the auto giant that controls Fiat-Chrysler and Ferrari, as well as Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez — has previously said it has an order from United Airlines worth $1 billion and an option for an additional $500 million of aircraft.

“We look forward to deepening our work with this innovative company as they develop an urban mobility solution that could transform how customers commute within United’s hub cities,” a United Airlines spokesperson said.

Atlas declined to provide further details on the new deal, and Archer did not respond to a Reuters request for comment.