Inflate These N*ts

Stocks got clapped following hot inflation numbers, Bitcoin rallied, and the memes flowed in

By Litquidity Capital Nov 11, 2021

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Inflation is hot as a mf right now. The main question is: is it persistently transitory or transitorily persistent? 

Stocks got clapped as a result of the CPI report reading. As with almost every inflation reading scare, Bitcoin rallied (this time topping a very nice $69k briefly), y'all would've seen this coming if you read the Foot Guns newsletter. 

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Before The Bell

As of 11/10/2021 market close.

Markets

  • The three major US indexes fell yesterday after INFLATION barged its way back into the convo, worrying investors and pushing bond yields up
  • Large-cap tech companies led the plunge, since higher yields are bad news for their future growth pace
  • The October CPI rose 0.9% from September (6.2% YoY), the fastest annual pace since 1990 
  • Following the CPI data, traders moved up their expectations for when the first Fed rate hike would occur, seeing greater odds of it coming in July 2022

Earnings

  • Affirm stock rebounded 20%+ AH yesterday, after tanking 15% during trading hours, due to an earnings report with better-than-expected revenue guidance and the announcement of its e-commerce partnership with Amazon (IBD)
  • Beyond Meat missed on both revenue and EPS, posting a wider-than-expected quarterly loss and a dropped Q4 revenue outlook (CNBC)
  • Disney reported lower-than-expected figures for both quarterly EPS and Disney+ subscriber growth; shares dropped 4%+ AH (WSJ)
  • Full calendar here

Headline Roundup

  • Inflation in US builds with biggest gain in prices since 1990 (BBG)
  • Zillow agrees to sell 2,000 homes as flipping business ends (BBG)
  • Wall Street warns it will cut NYC workforce in coming years (BBG)
  • Bitcoin hits record as inflation hedge drumbeat grows louder (BBG)
  • Meta and Microsoft announce partnership to integrate Workplace and Teams (CNBC)
  • NFL fines Aaron Rodgers and Packers for Covid violations (CNBC)
  • Elon Musk sells $1.1B of Tesla stock to cover taxes (BBG)
  • Evergrande set to avoid default after paying overdue interest (BBG)
  • Goldman readies $30B for alternative investments in Asia (BBG)

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Deal Flow

M&A

  • Sweden’s biggest grocery chain, ICA, is looking to go private and its largest shareholder is looking to buy all the shares it doesn’t already own in a ~$12.5B deal (BBG)
  • South African carrier Vodacom agreed to buy a majority stake in Vodafone Egypt from its UK parent for $2.7B (BBG)
  • A consortium backed by Centerbridge and Advent International is preparing to make a formal offer for Aareal Bank at a potential $2B+ valuation (BBG)
  • US chocolatier Hershey agreed to buy two pretzel makers, Dot’s Pretzels and Pretzels Inc, in two deals worth a combined ~$1.2B (RT)
  • European PE firm EQT agreed to buy healthcare-focused VC firm LSP for $551M (BBG)
  • Maker of Mercedes-Benz cars Daimler plans to dispose of its stake in carmaker Renault that could be worth ~$364M (BBG)
  • Brazilian asset manager IG4 Capital agreed to buy 50% of Chile’s logistics operator Adelco for $57M (RT)

Venture Capital

  • General Atlantic secured $7.8B in commitments for its sixth fund (TC)
  • B2B integrative medicine marketplace Fullscript raised a $240M round from HGGC and Snapdragon Capital Partners (TC)
  • Lusha, a crowdsourced data platform for B2B sales, raised a $205M Series B at a $1.5B valuation led by PSG (TC)
  • ZenBusiness, a BizDev platform, raised a $200M Series C at a $1.7B valuation led by Oak HC/FT (Yahoo)
  • EV asset financing startup Inspiration raised a $200M round from ArcLight Capital Partners (TC)
  • Workato, a startup building a platform to help enterprises automate repetitive tasks, raised a $200M Series E at a $5.7B valuation led by Battery Ventures (TC)
  • Self driving truck startup Kodiak Robotics raised a $125M Series B led by an unnamed ‘freight and logistics company’ (TC)
  • Density, a workplace performance analytics platform, raised a $125M Series D at a $1.05B valuation led by Kleiner Perkins (PRN)
  • African digital payments platform MFS Africa raised a $100M Series C led by AfricInvest FIVE, Goodwell Investments, and LUN Partners Group (TC)
  • ControlUp, a startup building tech for IT teams to monitor and improve performance across networks, raised a $100M round led by K1 Investment Management and JVP (TC)
  • Smart home startup Level Home raised a $100M Series C led by Cox Communications (TC)
  • Israeli sensor technology startup TriEye raised a $74M round led by Varana Capital and M&G Investments (TC)
  • Moov, an online marketplace for used manufacturing equipment, raised a $41M Series A led by Tiger Global (TC)
  • Daily, a startup providing APIs to allow developers to add real-time audio and video into products, raised a $40M Series B led by Renegade Partners (TC)
  • Sandbox VR, a location-based VR startup, raised a $37M Series B led by a16z (TC)
  • Battery swapping tech startup Ample raised a $30M round from Banco Santander and The Blackstone Group (TC)
  • Mekonos, a cell engineering platform, raised a $25M Series A co-led by Reimagined Ventures, Fiscus Ventures, and PEAK6 Strategic Capital (PRN)
  • Novata, a provider of ESG reporting metrics for PE firms and private companies, raised a $21M Series A from Ford Foundation, S&P Global, and others (Finsmes)
  • Productivity app Blink raised a $20M Series A at a $100M valuation led by Next47 (TC)
  • Digital globe startup Blackshark.ai raised a $20M round led by M12 (TC)
  • Signos, a startup helping track blood glucose levels to help with weight loss, raised a $13M Series A led by GV (TC
  • Climate fintech Evergrow raised a $7M seed round led by XYZ Venture Capital and Congruent Ventures (TC)
  • SaaS buying experience startup Cacheflow raised a $6M seed round led by GGV (TC)
  • Momentum, a startup automating sales tasks in Slack, raised a $5M seed round led by Basis Set Ventures (TC)
  • Workweek, a media startup focused on creators and B2B content, raised a $1.5M pre-seed round led by LightShed Ventures (Axios)

IPO / Direct Listings / Issuances / Block Trades

  • EV maker Rivian rose 29% in its trading debut, briefly touching a $104B valuation, ending the day at $88B (BBG)
  • French pharmaceuticals company Sanofi has picked BofA, BNP Paribas, and JPMorgan to lead the IPO of its drug ingredient manufacturing business seeking to raise ~$1.2B (BBG)
  • API, the owner of India’s largest online pharmacy PharmEasy, is seeking to raise up to $843M in IPO (BBG)
  • Ecommerce company Lulu’s Fashion Lounge raised $92M in an IPO priced at the bottom of a marketed range (BBG)
  • China Evergrande Group’s EV unit plans to raise $64M in a share sale which will be used to put “long-delayed” vehicles into production (BBG)

SPAC

  • Corporate transportation firm Gett agreed to merge with Rosecliff Acquisition CorpI in a $1B deal (RT)
  • Building security software maker Brivo is in advanced talks to merge with Crown PropTech Acquisitions in a potential ~$800M deal (BBG)

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