Layoffs Are Coming

Tesla shares dropped 9% of news of potential layoffs, Clubhouse is laying off staff members too, Frontier offered a $250M breakup fee in the Spirit deal, Walmart is opening new fulfillment centers, FC Barcelona may sell TV ad rights to BofA, and bitcoin miners are selling the dip.

Litquidity Capital
June 06, 2022

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Tesla shares dropped 9% following news of potential layoffs, Clubhouse is laying off staff members too, Frontier offered a $250M breakup fee in the Spirit deal, Walmart is opening new fulfillment centers, FC Barcelona may sell TV ad rights to BofA, and bitcoin miners are selling the dip. 

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Let's dive in.

Before The Bell

As of 6/3/2022 market close.

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Markets

  • US stocks slid Friday, reversing hopes of a positive week for the major averages with all three closing in the red following a stronger-than-expected jobs report
    • Nonfarm payrolls added 390K jobs last month (vs 328K expected)
    • Average hourly earnings rose 0.3% in May, slightly less than the 0.4% estimate

Earnings

  • What we’re watching today: 
    • Mon: GitLab
    • Thursday DocuSign
  • Full calendar here

Headline Roundup

  • Audio app Clubhouse lays off staff as strategy shifts (BBG)
  • Co-head of Citi’s Chicago office departing for Jefferies (BBG)
  • Frontier offers $250M break-up fee in Spirit Airlines deal (RT)
  • US lobbies UK to reconsider Chinese chip factory deal (WSJ)
  • Tesla shares dip 9%+ on Elon Musk’s plans to cut workforce (CNBC)
  • Walmart to open high-tech fulfillment centers to ship online orders fast (CNBC)
  • Abbott says it’s restarting baby formula production in Michigan (BBG)
  • Allianz takes $430M profit hit in retreat from Russia (BBG)
  • FC Barcelona in talks to sell TV rights to BofA, confidential says (BBG)
  • ‘Tiger King’ star Doc Antle to face money laundering charges (BBG)
  • Bitcoin miners are selling tokens as prices linger near lows (BBG)
  • Musk deal for Twitter dodges lengthy US antitrust review (RT)
  • Individual income tax payments on pace to reach record level (WSJ)
  • White House postpones Biden’s trips to Saudi Arabia and Israel (CNBC)

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Deal Flow

M&A / Investments

  • Pharmaceutical company Bristol Myers Squibb to acquire experimental cancer drug maker Turning Point Therapeutics for $4.1B (RT)
  • Spain’s Acerinox and Dutch company Aperam are in preliminary talks about a merger that could create a global leader in stainless steel production (RT)

VC

  • Traveloka, Southeast Asia’s biggest online travel startup, is close to raising $200M+ from new investors after ending SPAC merger talks (BBG)
  • South Korean AI chip maker Rebellion raised a $50M Series A led by Temasek’s Pavilion Capital, Korean Development Bank, and others (TC)
  • Agtech robotics firm Farmwise raised a $45M Series B led by Fall Line Capital and Middleland Capital (TC)
  • Reco, a startup preventing data leakage, raised a $30M Series A led by Insight Partners and Zeev Ventures (TC)
  • Hourly.io, a worker’s comp and payroll startup, raised a $27M Series A led by Glilot Capital Partners (PRN)
  • Intercity bus network company Kolors raised $26M in funding, including a $20M Series A led by UP.Partners (PRN)
  • Pluto, a free investing platform that makes it easier for traders to incorporate systematic investing strategies, raised a $4M seed round led by at.inc’s NadavEylath (PRN)

IPO / Direct Listings / Issuances / Block Trades

  • Banco BAI, Angola’s biggest lender, raised $94M in the African nation’s first-ever IPO (BBG)

Debt

  • Nigeria shelved plans to raise ~$950M selling overseas bonds due to unfavorable market (BBG)

Fundraising

  • Bosch's VC arm announced a $295M fifth fund aimed at ‘improving quality of life and conserving resources’ (TC)

Crypto Corner

  • NBA crypto sponsorship spending increased 7,300% this season (DC)
  • New York Senate passes two-year Bitcoin mining moratorium (DC)
  • ‘Move-to-earn’ game Stepn hit with DDOS attacks again (DC)
  • Coinbase pumped the brakes on hiring (TBC)

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