Sarcos Robotics, a developer of robots that augment humans to enhance productivity and safety, will become publicly listed through a merger transaction with Rotor Acquisition Corp., a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company. Upon closing, the combined company’s common stock is expected to trade on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “STRC.” The transaction represents an enterprise value of $1.3 billion for the combined company, plus a potential earnout of an additional $281 million based on the combined company’s future share trading price.
“Sarcos is building advanced mobile industrial robotic solutions that will advance the future of the workforce,” said Ben Wolff, chairman and CEO of Sarcos. “We have a strong foundation and a clear road map to launch our next-generation highly dexterous mobile industrial robotic systems that are intended to increase productivity, save lives, and reduce injuries. Our transaction with Rotor accelerates our access to resources that will facilitate our broad product launch and enable us to execute potential bolt-on acquisitions to fortify our platform and enhance our capabilities. Rotor brings significant experience in the industrial and consumer sectors and a shared vision for the future of robotics and the workforce.”
Stefan M. Selig, chairman of Rotor, said, “We launched Rotor Acquisition Corp. with the goal of identifying and partnering with companies that are leveraging technology and innovation to disrupt ‘old-economy’ businesses in large and growing markets. Sarcos fits these criteria perfectly, and we are excited to partner with them and create value by building out the Sarcos platform and bringing the Company’s robotics technology to the global workforce.”
Jefferies and PJT Partners are acting as financial advisors to Sarcos and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Professional Corporation is acting as its legal counsel. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is acting as legal counsel, and Credit Suisse is acting as sole financial and capital markets advisor to Rotor Acquisition. Credit Suisse, Jeffries, and PJT Partners are acting as joint placement agents with respect to the private placement. Milbank LLP is acting as legal counsel to the special committee of Rotor’s board of directors, and Houlihan Lokey is acting as financial advisor to the special committee.