Markets bounced back a bit from Tuesday's drop, Ethereum merged (not M&A tho), US child poverty hit a record low, Amtrak canceled long-distance trains, Tesla is changing their battery strategy, Starbucks is predicting 20% annual EPS growth, Twilio had a round of layoffs, and California is suing Amazon.
Good Morning and Happy Ethereum Merge Day,
Markets bounced back a bit from Tuesday's drop, Ethereum merged (not in the M&A sense tho), US child poverty hit a record low, Amtrak canceled long-distance trains, Tesla is changing their battery strategy, Apollo's honcho doesn't see investment banks participating in LBO debt for months, Starbucks is predicting 20% annual EPS growth, Twilio had a round of layoffs, California is suing Amazon, and SoftBank is considering a Vision Fund 3 (lol). Fool me once, shame on you... fool me twice, shame on me... fool me thrice...???????
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Let's dive in.
Before The Bell
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- After getting rocked Tuesday, the market inched higher during a choppy trading session yesterday
- The three major averages all closed in the green with sub-1% gains
- The Ethereum merge happened last night, marking the first day of the cryptocurrency’s systemwide upgrade
- What we're watching this week:
- Today: Adobe
- Full calendar here
- Mortgage demand is down 29% YoY with rates topping 6% for first time since 2008 (CNBC)
- US producer prices fell 0.1% in August for second straight monthly decline (RT)
- US child poverty hit a record low 5.2% in in 2021, down 83% since 1993 (AX)
- EU is seeking $140B from energy firms to insulate consumers from energy crisis (RT)
- Google lost their appeal against a record $4B+ EU antitrust fine (CNBC)
- White House sees US investments in foreign chip firms as potential concern (RT)
- Amtrak canceled long-distance trains as rail-strike deadline draws near (BBG)
- California sued Amazon, alleging antitrust violations, inflated prices, and stifled competition (WSJ)
- Tesla is changing their battery strategy to seek US tax breaks (WSJ)
- Starbucks is projecting EPS growth of up to 20% annually after unveiling their reinvention plan (CNBC)
- Apollo's head honcho sees Wall Street banks sitting out new buyout debt for months (BBG)
- Patagonia's founder and his family donated their $3B ownership in the company to fight climate change (CNBC)
- Lufthansa is 100% privately owned again after Covid bailout (RT)
- Wells Fargo settled for $94M over a lawsuit alleging mortgage forbearance during pandemic (RT)
- United Airlines partnered with one-time foe Emirates, will launch Dubai flights (CNBC)
- Twilio laid off 11% or ~850 members of its staff as it aims for profitability in 2023 (TC)
- Google canceled half the projects at its internal R&D group Area 120 (TC)
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M&A / Investments
- Swiss investment fund EIP agreed to buy a 49% stake in the German Wikinger Wind Farm from Spanish power company Iberdrola for $700M (RT)
- Klaus-Michael Kuehne, Germany’s richest man, increased his stake in flagship airline Lufthansa to 17.5%, buying stock offloaded by the German government (BBG)
- Maxim Demin, the Russian owner of English soccer team AFC Bournemouth, is reviving an attempt to sell the club now that it has once again reached England’s top league (BBG)
- Japanese oil and metals giant Eneos agreed to buy the remaining 50% it doesn’t already own of Petra Nova Parish, the operator of a US CO2 capture project, for $3.6M (RT)
- Adani Wilmar, the kitchen essentials firm owned by Asia's richest man (Gautam Adani), is scouting for local and overseas acquisition targets and has earmarked $63M for purchases (BBG)
- Renewable energy investment platform Bluestar Energy Capital raised $100M in financing from Declan Flanagan, S2G, and Great Bay (BW)
- Prolific Machines, a biotechnology company aiming to optimize biomanufacturing, raised $42M in a Series A and seed round: Mayfield led the seed round and Breakthrough Energy Ventures led the Series A (BW)
- Cyrebro, a startup building a cloud-based security operations center, raised a $40M Series C led by Koch Disruptive Technologies (TC)
- Kojo, a construction materials management platform, raised a $39M Series C led by Battery Ventures (PRN)
- Cloud security startup Dig Security raised a $34M Series A led by SignalFire (TC)
- Diamond Standard, the creator of the first regulatory-approved diamond commodities, raised a $30M Series A led by Left Lane Capital and Horizon Kinetics (PRN)
- EV charging platform Monta raised a $30M round at a $155M valuation led by Energize Ventures (TC)
- In-space mobility startup Morpheus Space raised a $28M Series A led by Alpine Space Ventures (PRN)
- Nyshex, a platform connecting ocean carriers with shippers, raised a $25M Series B led by Collate Capital (TC)
- Groundcover, a performance monitoring platform for cloud apps, raised a $20M Series A led by Zeev Ventures (TC)
- Ownera, a company building an ‘interoperability network for tokenized assets’, raised a $20M Series A led by LRC Group, J.P. Morgan, and others (BW)
- Chameleon, a product adoption platform for SaaS companies, raised a $13M Series A led by Matrix Partners (BW)
- Employee mobility management platform Benivo raised a $12M round led by Updata Partners (PRN)
- French animal-free dairy and cheese startup Standing Ovation raised a $12M Series A led by Peakbridge, Seventure Partners, Astanor Ventures, and more (TC)
- Stable, an EV charging data analysis platform, raised a $7M Series A led by Congruent Ventures (AXIOS)
- Composer, an automated investing platform, raised $6M in funding led by Left Lane Capital (PRN)
- HPC-AI Tech, an AI optimization platform, closed a $6M seed round led by BlueRun Ventures China (PRN)
- xtype, a DevOps platform for accelerating app development on ServiceNow, raised a $5.8M seed round led by Columbia Capital (PRN)
- Web3 music startup Arpeggi Labs raised a $5.1M seed round led by a16z crypto (TC)
- UAE-based DeFi trading startup MetaFi raised $3M in funding led by DoublePeak Group, Maven Capital, OKX Blockdream Ventures (BW)
- BloomCommunity, an app for members of queer and non-monogamous communities, raised a $2.5M seed round led by Tuesday Capital (PRN)
IPO / Direct Listings / Issuances / Block Trades
- Cancer drugmaker Apollomics agreed to merge with Maxpro Capital Acquisition Corp. in a ~$1B deal (BBG)
- Prime Movers Lab, a VC focused on breakthrough scientific startups, raised $500M for its debut early growth fund (PRN)
- Two Sigma Ventures raised $400M across two funds focused on early and growth stage startups (BW)
- 500 Istanbul, formerly a loosely-associated fund with 500 Global in San Francisco, launched a $70M Euro early-stage fund (TC)
- Japan's SoftBank is considering launching a third Vision Fund, likely using its own capital (RT)
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