Year of the Tiger (NOT)

Tiger Global is down 52% YTD, US mortgage rates slipped, the EU approved a partial ban on Russian oil, Biden is canceling student debt for former Corinthian Colleges students, Trevor Milton doesn't want Nikola to sell more shares, and job growth cooled in May.

Litquidity Capital
June 03, 2022

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Tiger Global is down 52% YTD, US mortgage rates slipped, the EU approved a partial ban on Russian oil, Biden is canceling student debt for former Corinthian Colleges students, Trevor Milton doesn't want Nikola to sell more shares, and job growth cooled in May.

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Before The Bell

As of 6/2/2022 market close.

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  • US stocks rose yesterday, brushing off Microsoft's bleak earnings forecast and comments from Fed Vice Chair Brainard, who suggested they may be aggressive on rate hikes into September
    • Yesterday’s gains helped all three major indexes snap-two day losing streaks as we approach more jobs data today
    • This morning we’ll receive the nonfarm payroll report
    • Economists are expecting 328K jobs added in May, down 100K from April
  • Initial jobless claims for last week came in lower-than-expected at 200K (vs 210K), a decline of 11K from the previous week
  • ADP employment data showed the slowest job creation pace of the pandemic-era recovery
    • Private payrolls increased by 128K in May (well short of the 299K expected)


  • Lululemon beat Q1 profit and revenue expectations boosted by double-digit growth online and in the men’s division, and strong demand despite higher prices (CNBC)
  • Full calendar here

Headline Roundup

  • US mortgage rates slip as market shows signs of ‘normalizing’ (BBG)
  • Wall Street banks chip away at $50B of buyout loans sitting on books (BBG)
  • Tiger Global tumbles 52% YTD, prompting fee cut and redemption plan (BBG)
  • EU approves partial Russian oil ban, sanctions on Sberbank (BBG)
  • Ford is investing $3.7B to expand Midwestern auto plants (BBG)
  • Biden administration will cancel student debt for half a million from Corinthian Colleges (WP)
  • Private payrolls increased by just 128K in May, the slowest growth of the recovery, ADP says (CNBC)
  • Citigroup’s fat-finger trade seen costing bank $50M+ (BBG)
  • Nikola founder Trevor Milton blocks company share sale (BBG)
  • Oracle wins regulatory approvals for $28B Cerner takeover (BBG)
  • Social Security fund will be able to pay benefits one year longer than expected, Treasury says (CNBC)
  • Job growth seen cooling in May but wage increases were still hot (CNBC)

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Deal Flow

M&A / Investments

  • Sycamore Partners and retail holding company Franchise Group offered to buy department-store chain Kohl’s in separate $7-$8B bids (WSJ)
  • Allied Irish Banks agreed to buy British lender NatWest’s Irish tracker mortgage book for $5.75B (RT)
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals agreed to buy the immune-oncology drug Libtayo from partner Sanofi for up to $1.1B (BBG)
  • Localiza Rent a Car is nearing an agreement to sell ~$730M in assets to competitor Ouro Verde (BBG)
  • Japanese conglomerate Toshiba has received 10 investment proposals, including 8 to go private (RT)
  • Car-sharing service Turo agreed to buy French competitor OuiCar for an undisclosed sum (BBG)
  • Billionaire Enrique Razon’s Prime Infra Holdings agreed to buy a controlling stake in the Malampaya deep-water gas-to-power project (BBG)


  • Upstream Bio, a biotech company focused on inflammation, raised a $200M Series A led by OrbiMed and Maruho (BW)
  • JupiterOne, a startup helping companies track and secure cyber assets, raised a $70M Series C at a $1B+ valuation led by Tribe Capital (TC)
  • Indonesian hyperlocal social commerce app Super raised a $70M Series C led by NEA (TC)
  • Precision immunology startup Endpoint Health raised a $52M equity / debt Series A led by Mayfield, Humboldt Fund, AME Cloud Ventures, and more (BW)
  • Software supply chain security startup Chainguard raised a $50M Series A led by Sequoia Capital (TC)
  • Danish cleantech startup ZeroNorth received a $50M investment from PSG Equity as part of its Series B (BW)
  • Laminar, a public cloud data security provider, raised a $30M Series A extension led by Tiger Global and Salesforce Ventures (BW)
  • LatchBio, a startup accelerating scientific progress by allowing researchers to store and analyze data without touching code, raised a $28M Series A led by Coatue and Lux Capital (BW)
  • Upcycling startup Novoloop extended its Series A to $21M with funding led by Hanwha Solutions  and Mistletoe (PRN)
  • Vernal Biosciences, an mRNA manufacturer, raised a $21M round led by Ampersand Capital Partners (PRN)
  • Bakery chain Lady M is looking to raise ~$20M at a ~$600M valuation in a new funding round to fuel its expansion in Asia (BBG)
  • Online B2B steel marketplace Felux raised a $19M Series A led by EquipmentShare (BW)
  • LaunchNotes, a personalized, automated, and secure way to connect teams and users in the product development lifecycle, raised a $15M Series A led by Insight Partners (PRN)
  • Sanlo, a startup offering gaming / app SMEs fintech services, raised a $10M Series A led by Konvoy (TC)
  • Prokeep, a startup building a communications and commerce platform for distributors, raised a $9M seed round led by Ironspring Ventures (PRN)
  • Construction permit startup Pulley raised a $4.4M seed round led by Susa Ventures (TC)
  • Prisms VR, a math learning platform, raised a $4.25M seed round led by a16z (BW)
  • HourWork, a SaaS recruitment and retention platform for QSR franchise owners, raised a $2.5M Series A led by MassMutual MM Catalyst Fund (PRN)


  • Cybersecurity-focused global stage agnostic investment firm Ten Eleven Ventures raised a $600M Fund III (PRN)
  • Chicago-based real estate development and investment firm CRG raised $300M for its latest industrial real estate fund, USLF II (BW)
  • Healthcare venture firm Qiming USA raised $260M for its third fund (BW)
  • Canonical Crypto launches $20M inaugural fund backed by Marc Andreessen, Chris Dixon (CD)

Crypto Corner

  • Japan passes stablecoin bill that enshrines investor protection (BBG)
  • Gemini lays off 10% of staff to prepare for crypto winter (DC)
  • Coinbase announces cost-cutting measures as crypto firm faces bear market (CD)
  • Binance and The Weeknd launch a ‘crypto-powered’ world tour (DC)

Exec's Picks

  • Lux Capital's recent Q1 2022 letter to investors is a goldmine for insights into the state of the venture capital market, survival for early-stage companies, and what might come next as cash remains tight. Check out Lux's piece here.
  • SURVEY: We're in discussions with some folks around potential web3 plays later this year and need your help! If you've got 30 more seconds, pls help us in filling out this very brief survey.
  • As Summer Wedding SZN is kicking off, we wanted to remind you of our exclusive, limited edition suede loafers we made in collaboration with Del Toro. Check out Litquidity's "The Fed" Suede Milano loafers here.

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