Spring Valley SVSVU = 1C + 1/2W
(SV = Common / SVSVW = W)
1W + $11.50. Call $18.
Term 18 months. Option to extend 6 months. Closed 11/27/20.
Trust = $10.10. $202,000,000, or $232,300,000 if the underwriters’ over-allotment option is exercised in full ($10.10 per unit in either case), will be deposited into US account at J.P. Morgan, (or at another U.S.-chartered commercial bank with consolidated assets of $100 billion or more) with Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company as trustee.
COWEN & WELLS FARGO SECURITIES (Co Mngrs - Drexel Hamilton & Siebert Williams Shank)
On November 27, 2020, Spring Valley Acquisition Corp. (the “Company”) consummated an initial public offering (the “IPO”) of 23,000,000 units(the “Units”) at an offering price of $10.00 per Unit and a private placement with Spring Valley Acquisition Sponsor, LLC (the “Sponsor”) of 8,900,000 private placement warrants at a price of $1.00 per warrant. The net proceeds from the IPO together with certain of the proceeds from the private placement, $232,300,000 in the aggregate (the “Offering Proceeds”), were placed in a trust account established for the benefit of the Company’s public shareholders and the underwriters of the IPO with Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company acting as trustee.
We believe that there are significant attractive investment opportunities focused on improving the planet that are centered around a core sustainability theme. Growth in the Sustainability industry is driven by a series of macroeconomic and social trends. Macroeconomic trends contributing to growth in the Sustainability industry include urbanization, population growth, increased government spending and increased regulatory requirements at the federal, state and local level. In addition, various social trends, such as the increased focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) practices and business models as well as ESG increasingly becoming a core mandate for fund managers, are leading to an increased global focus on sustainability. As a result, we believe the Sustainability industry has the potential to undergo profound changes similar to other industries in the past, such as the transportation industry with airline deregulation in the 1970s and telecom industry following the emergence of wireless technology in the 1990s.
Our acquisition and value creation strategy is to identify and complete our initial business combination with a Sustainability-focused company that builds upon the vast industry experience and expertise of our Team.
Christopher Sorrells serves as our Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors. Mr. Sorrells has been an investor, operator, advisor and board member in the Sustainability industry for over 20 years. Mr. Sorrells currently serves as Lead Director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee for Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGI), having previously served as Vice Chairman of its board. Previously, Mr. Sorrells served as a Managing Director and then as an Operating Partner of NGP Energy Technology Partners (“NGP ETP”), an affiliate of Natural Gas Partners (“NGP”), a leading energy private equity fund with $20 billion of assets under management, which he helped grow into one of the most successful Sustainability-focused private equity funds. Mr. Sorrells and/or his former firms including NGP ETP have invested in a broad range of companies across the Sustainability industry, including Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGI), Power-One, Inc. (formerly Nasdaq: PWER), Caminus Corporation (formerly Nasdaq: CAMZ), Waste Resource Management, Inc., TPI Composites, Inc. (Nasdaq: TPIC) and others. In addition to leading investments, Mr. Sorrells has held a number of board positions for numerous public and private firms, including groSolar (which was later sold to EDF Renewables Inc.), GSE Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: GVP) and Living Earth (which was later sold to Bain Capital Double Impact). As an operator, Mr. Sorrells has held a variety of senior executive leadership roles at Sustainability-focused companies including serving as Chief Operating Officer and Director of GSE Systems, Inc. Mr. Sorrells started his career in the energy, power and Sustainability industries as an investment banker at Salomon Smith Barney in 1996 and later at Banc of America Securities LLC where he created one of the first Sustainability-focused investment banking teams in 2000. Mr. Sorrells received his Master of Accounting from University of Southern California, an M.B.A. from The College of William and Mary and a B.A. from Washington and Lee University.
William Quinn serves as the Chairman of our Board of Directors. Mr. Quinn has over 25 years of private equity investment experience and has been involved in transactions totaling in the multi-billion dollars in aggregate value. Currently, Mr. Quinn is the Managing Partner of Pearl Energy Investment Management, LLC (“Pearl”), an investment firm with $1.2 billion of committed capital under management that he founded in 2015. Prior to founding Pearl, Mr. Quinn served as a Co-Managing Partner of Natural Gas Partners. During his time at NGP, the firm raised funds totaling over $10 billion in cumulative committed capital, made multiple investments in the upstream, midstream and oilfield service and created a dedicated sustainable technology investment platform, NGP Energy Technology Partners. Mr. Quinn was a key contributor to the formation of NGP ETP in 2005 and served on its investment committee until 2013, during which time he oversaw their investments in the Sustainability, oil and gas, power, environmental, energy efficiency and clean energy subsectors, including Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGI) and TPI Composites, Inc. (Nasdaq: TPIC), a global leader in wind blade manufacturing. Prior to joining NGP, Mr. Quinn worked at Rainwater, Inc. and Hicks, Muse, Tate and Furst, Inc. and worked as an analyst in the investment banking divisions of Bear Stearns & Co. and BT Securities Corporation. Mr. Quinn has served on the board of directors of numerous public and private companies, including Resolute Energy Corporation (NYSE: REN), which was taken public via Hicks Acquisition Company I in 2009 and subsequently sold to Cimarex Energy Co. (NYSE: XEC) in early 2019, and Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. (Nasdaq: EROC). In addition to his investing activities, Mr. Quinn serves on the Board of Overseers of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and serves as a guest lecturer on private equity investing at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Quinn received a B.S.E. in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Jeffrey Schramm serves as our Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Schramm has over 20 years of leadership, finance and operations experience in advanced materials and specialty chemical organizations with a deep understanding of the Sustainability industry having worked with some of the leading venture capital and private equity funds such as Kleiner Perkins, Index Ventures and NGP Energy Technology Partners. Previously, Mr. Schramm served as Chief Financial Officer at Lehigh Technologies, Inc. (“Lehigh”) from 2009 until 2019 where he was responsible for raising both debt and equity, as well as financial and administrative functions. Mr. Schramm was instrumental in Lehigh’s sale to a publicly traded company and largest tire manufacturer in Europe, Michelin, as the key part of its sustainability initiative. Prior to that, Mr. Schramm served as Vice President of Finance for Euramax International, Inc. (now OmniMax International, Inc.) in the Exterior Products & Fabral (fabrication) divisions from 2007 until 2009 where he managed a large multilocation team supporting revenues close to $1 billion annually. From 2000 to 2007, Mr. Schramm was with Kemira Chemicals, Inc. (formerly Vulcan Performance Chemicals) as head of Financial Planning & Analysis and North American CFO over the Pulp & Paper and Water Treatment specialty chemical businesses. During his time at Kemira Chemicals, Inc., he was a key member of the acquisition team acquiring the Pulp & Paper chemicals business from Lanxess (LXS.DE) and the Pulp & Paper business from FinnChem USA. In 1993 to 2000, Mr. Schramm began his career at Milliken & Company in various roles starting in Accounting, Controllership and later served as Financial Planning & Analysis Manager in Procurement. Mr. Schramm earned a B.S. in Corporate Finance and Investment Management from the University of Alabama, and an M.B.A from LaGrange College.