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Whirlpool Corporation is a manufacturer and marketer of home appliances. The Company's segments include North America; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Latin America, and Asia. In North America, the Company markets and distributes home appliances and small domestic appliances under a range of brand names. In EMEA, it markets and distributes its home appliances primarily under the Whirlpool, Bauknecht, Ignis, Maytag, Laden, Indesit and Privileg brand names, and domestic appliances under the KitchenAid, Hotpoint and Hotpoint-Ariston brand names. In Latin America, it markets and distributes its home appliances and small domestic appliances primarily under the Consul, Brastemp, Whirlpool and KitchenAid brand names. The Company markets and distributes its products in Asia primarily under the Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Diqua and Royalstar brand names. It manufactures and markets a line of home appliances and related products.

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Used-car retailer Cazoo to go public in New York via $7 billion blank-check deal

11:34 am ET March 29, 2021 (MarketWatch)

By Lina Saigol

Cazoo, the U.K.-based used-car sales portal, is set to go public in the U.S. after selling itself to billionaire hedge fund founder Dan Och's blank-check company, in a deal valued at $7 billion, including debt.

The merger with AJAX I, a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC), will raise about $1.6 billion in proceeds for Cazoo, including $805 million in a cash trust from the SPAC, and another $800 million from Ajax's sponsors, the company said in a statement (https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210328005028/en/Cazoo-to-Become-Listed-on-NYSE-through-7.0-Billion-Business-Combination-with-AJAX-I) on Monday.

Cazoo will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange, once the deal closes, under the new ticker symbol "CZOO," and Och plans to join the company's board.

Read:Global deal making hits $1.4 trillion amid blank-check IPO frenzy (https://www.marketwatch.com/story/global-deal-making-hits-1-4-trillion-amid-blank-check-ipo-frenzy-11616752200)

The company's $7 billion valuation would be more than double the $2.6 billion price at which it raised capital privately in October.

The news helped lift shares in British newspaper publisher Daily Mail & General Trust , which owns 20% of Cazoo's stock through its venture capital arm dmg ventures.

Shares in DMGT, which said it expects to receive cash and shares valued at about $1.35 billion (https://otp.tools.investis.com/clients/uk/dmgt3/rns/regulatory-story.aspx?newsid=1464967&cid=1152), were trading 9.24% higher in mid afternoon London trading on Monday.

Online car sales have soared during COVID-19 pandemic-fueled lockdowns, as traditional car dealerships have been forced to close.

Cazoo, which runs an online showroom and delivers cars straight to customers' doors, said it expects sales to increase to nearly $1 billion this year, a 300% growth rate.

The company operates a similar model to U.S. peer Carvana (CVNA), which has seen its shares rise almost 400% since March 2020.

"Cazoo is well positioned to take advantage of the shift to online car buying and disrupt the huge and highly fragmented European car buying market," the company said. It estimated that Europe's used-car market is worth $700 billion, with the bulk of it offline.

The deal with Ajax means that London will lose another technology "unicorn" -- a privately held startup company valued at over $1 billion -- to an overseas bidder. A U.K. government-backed review of listing rules published in February recommended sweeping changes aimed at attracting technology companies, which included lifting a key barrier that has deterred SPACs from choosing London.

Read:Amazon-Backed Deliveroo Trims IPO Price Range Ahead of London Debut, Citing 'Volatile' Market Conditions (https://www.barrons.com/articles/amazon-backed-deliveroo-trims-ipo-price-range-ahead-of-london-debut-citing-volatile-market-conditions-51617015141)

Since it was founded in 2018 by serial entrepreneur Alex Chesterman, Cazoo has grown to a team of more than 1,800 across the U.K., Germany, France and Portugal, and delivered more than 20,000 cars to consumers across the U.K.

Chesterman. who also founded property website Zoopla and DVD rental firm Lovefilm, which was acquired by online retailer Amazon (AMZN) in 2011, will remain the chief executive of the company.

Ajax is also backed by Fidelity Management & Research, BlackRock, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, Jim McKelvey, co-founder of payments company Square, and Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of DNA testing service 23andMe.

-Lina Saigol; 415-439-6400; AskNewswires@dowjones.com


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March 29, 2021 11:34 ET (15:34 GMT)

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