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FG Financial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: FGF) (the "Company"), is pleased to announce today that its first SPAC Platform investment, Aldel Financial ("Aldel") (NYSE: ADF.U), successfully completed its IPO.
Aldel is led by Rob Kauffman, who was the co-founder, principal and member of the board of directors of Fortress Investment Group, from its founding in 1998 until 2012. Aldel is primarily targeting companies exiting a restructuring process, or that otherwise have transient current shareholders, and would benefit from becoming a public company. Mr. Kauffman has committed to a $20 million forward purchase agreement with Aldel which we believe further aligns his interests with investors.
"Aldel has a unique SPAC strategy and we are excited to be investors alongside Rob Kauffman," said Larry Swets, Chief Executive Officer. "Rob played a vital role in Fortress’s evolution from a boutique to one of the industry’s largest and most diverse investment managers. This is FG Financial’s second SPAC investment, and first under our recently created SPAC Platform. FG Financial’s leadership team has over 15 years of SPAC experience as principals and investors, and we look forward to leveraging our expertise and resources to continue to build our SPAC Platform and anticipate investing in similar transactions in the future."
In the aggregate, FGF’s investment in Aldel directly and through its subsidiaries represents potential beneficial ownership of approximately 551,000 Aldel founder shares and approximately 321,000 warrants at an exercise price of $15 per share.
FGF reported an initial investment in Aldel as a subsequent event in its Form 10-K filed on March 18, 2021. The investment was entered into by FGF subsidiary FG SPAC Partners, LP ("FGSP") as part of FGF’s SPAC Platform strategy. FGF holds a limited partner interest of approximately 49% in FGSP directly and through its subsidiaries. Certain directors and officers of FGF also hold limited partner interests in FGSP.
Following Aldel’s IPO, FGSP’s overall investment in Aldel includes:
537,500 Aldel founder shares at a cost of $4,674, assuming the overallotment in Aldel has been fully exercised by the underwriters,
650,000 warrants at an exercise price of $15, which were acquired at a cost of $65,000.
In addition to its allocation in FGSP, FGF invested $1 million in Aldel, through FG Special Situations Fund, LP, which represents potential beneficial ownership of approximately 286,000 Aldel founder shares, resulting in a total 551,000 direct and indirect shares
FG Financial Group, Inc.
FG Financial Group, Inc., is a reinsurance and investment management holding company focused on opportunistic collateralized and loss capped reinsurance, while allocating capital to SPAC and SPAC sponsor-related businesses. The Company’s principal business operations are conducted through its subsidiaries and affiliates.
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