German family-owned Schmid Group aims for SPAC listing on NYSE

FILE PHOTO: The Wall Street entrance to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is seen in New York City, U.S., November 15, 2022. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Schmid Group said on Wednesday it plans to list in New York via a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), in a deal estimated to give the technology firm a valuation of $640 million.

The fifth generation family-owned business, which specialises in electronics, would become a publicly-listed company on the New York Stock Exchange in the fourth quarter of this year.

The transaction will be through blank-check company Pegasus Digital Mobility Acquisition Corp led by automotive veteran Ralf Speth, it said in a statement.

"We have been considering this step for some time and see the NYSE and the U.S. capital markets as much more suitable for a technology company," CEO Christian Schmid told Reuters, regarding the location of the transaction.

Founded as an iron foundry in 1864 and headquartered in Freudenstadt in Germany's Black Forest, Schmid has more than 800 employees and develops equipment and manufacturing processes for printed circuit boards, as well as technology for industries including renewable power and energy storage.

The Schmid family will maintain majority ownership and management positions following the potential merger.

The deal indicates a change towards profitable targets for SPAC transactions, which saw a wave of popularity in 2020 and 2021 mainly backing smaller, unprofitable startups.

Pegasus Digital is backed by StratCap, an investment firm focused on digital infrastructure, and will be directed by Speth, following a career at BMW and more recently as CEO of Jaguar Land Rover.

(Reporting by Emma-Victoria Farr; Editing by Madeline Chambers and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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