XL Fleet (“XL” or the “Company”), a leader in vehicle electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, and Pivotal Investment Corporation II (NYSE: PIC) (“Pivotal”), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement. Upon closing, the combined company will be named XL Fleet and is expected to remain listed on the New York Stock Exchange under a new ticker symbol, “XL”, with an anticipated implied enterprise value of approximately $1 billion and no material debt expected to be outstanding.
XL is a high-growth industry leader in providing fleet electrification solutions, with proven, proprietary technology and electrified drive systems that work seamlessly across a wide range of vehicle classes and types. XL has become a trusted brand for over 200 of the largest commercial and municipal fleets in North America, with more than 3,200 XL systems deployed and over 130 million miles driven by customers to date. XL’s customer base includes FedEx, The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo, Verizon, the City of Boston, Seattle Fire Department, Yale University, and Harvard University, among other blue-chip companies, municipalities, and institutions.
The Company has developed a flexible proprietary electrification powertrain platform that transforms traditional fossil fuel-powered fleet vehicles into hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles as they are manufactured. XL systems are currently available on a wide variety of Class 2-6 vehicles manufactured by Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, and Isuzu, and the Company is on track to provide its systems in Class 7-8 vehicles in 2022.
In addition to its electric powertrain platform, XL provides real-time data monitoring and analytics, and will expand its “Electrification-as-a Service” solution, which includes power management, charging infrastructure, and onsite power and storage offerings. XL is also developing all electric offerings. The Company’s rapidly deployable technology solutions position it for long-term growth in a total addressable market that is greater than $1 trillion, which incorporates the money spent on energy consumption and vehicle costs for commercial fleets globally.
XL’s management team, with decades of leading energy innovation, automotive, and electric vehicle (“EV”) experience, is led by Chief Executive Officer Dimitri Kazarinoff and Founder & Chief Strategy Officer Tod Hynes. Pivotal Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jon Ledecky will join the combined company’s Board of Directors upon completion of the transaction, as will Pivotal Directors Kevin Griffin, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of MGG Investment Group, LP, and Sarah Sclarsic, a technology entrepreneur and carbon removal researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr. Kazarinoff commented, “We believe that this transaction will enable XL Fleet to advance and accelerate the growth of our industry-leading fleet electrification business, including a rapid expansion of our product offerings. With thousands of XL-equipped vehicles already on the road today, we are excited to continue to pave the way for fleets seeking to promote sustainability while improving operational efficiency.”
Mr. Hynes stated, “XL started its journey more than a decade ago, and today we are proud to be a leader in fleet electrification, enabling commercial businesses and municipalities across North America to perform critical work while driving decarbonization. Today’s announcement marks the natural next step in our evolution, and together with Pivotal and support from our extensive strategic investors, we look forward to furthering XL’s leadership position as we continue to help our customers save money, improve driver productivity, and reduce emissions.”
Mr. Ledecky added, “We are pleased that XL Fleet will be merged into Pivotal at an implied valuation that represents a significant discount relative to XL’s closest publicly traded peers. XL Fleet is rapidly expanding its substantial existing customer base today versus its competitors, who are merely promising customers and revenues years from now. XL’s revenues are expected to more than triple in 2021, cementing its status as the leading provider of vehicle electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleet vehicles.”
Mr. Griffin said, “Pivotal’s focus has always been on partnering with world-class management teams in sectors that have clear and lasting tailwinds. Tod and Dimitri’s vision in hybrid, plug-in, and EV across all commercial fleet classes provided a unique first-mover advantage that sets XL apart from the competition. Moreover, given Pivotal’s ESG focus, we are also particularly excited to work closely with XL as they help reduce emissions, lower total cost of vehicle ownership, and produce reliable solutions for a wide range of uses globally.”
The merger values XL at an implied $1 billion pro forma enterprise value and no material debt is expected to be outstanding at closing.
The combined company expects to receive approximately $350 million of proceeds of cash at closing, assuming no redemptions of Pivotal’s existing public stockholders, including an upsized, fully committed $150 million private placement of common stock (the “PIPE Offering”) at $10.00 per share backed by several new and existing strategic and institutional investors. All XL shareholders, including Constellation Technology Ventures, and management are retaining 100% of their equity in the combined company. The funds are expected to be used to scale for core profitability, develop aforementioned new products and services, expand internationally, pay down or prepay debt and for general corporate purposes.
The Pivotal and XL Boards of Directors have unanimously approved the proposed merger and the related transactions, which are expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020, subject to, among other things, the approval by Pivotal’s and XL’s stockholders of the proposed merger and satisfaction or waiver of other customary closing conditions.
Additional information about the proposed business combination, including a copy of the merger agreement and investor presentation, will be provided in a Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed by Pivotal today with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available at www.sec.gov. The investor presentation can also be found on XL’s investor website at www.xlfleet.com/investors and Pivotal’s website at https://www.pivotalic.com.
Canaccord Genuity LLC is acting as financial advisor to XL. BTIG, LLC is acting as financial and capital markets advisor to Pivotal. Cantor Fitzgerald and PJT Partners are also acting as capital markets advisors to Pivotal. BTIG, LLC and PJT Partners acted as placement agents to Pivotal in connection with the PIPE Offering.
Morrison & Foerster LLP and Graubard Miller are acting as legal counsel to Pivotal. Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. is acting as legal counsel to XL.
About XL Fleet
XL Fleet is a leading provider of vehicle electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets in North America, with more than 130 million miles driven by customers such as The Coca-Cola Company, Verizon, Yale University and the City of Boston. XL’s hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric drive systems can increase fuel economy up to 25-50 percent and reduce carbon dioxide emissions up to 20-33 percent, decreasing operating costs and meeting sustainability goals while enhancing fleet operations. XL’s plug-in hybrid electric drive system was named one of TIME magazine’s best inventions of 2019.
For additional information, please visit www.xlfleet.com.
About Pivotal Investment Corporation II
Pivotal Investment Corporation II is a blank check company organized for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, recapitalization, reorganization, or other similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities. Pivotal is led by Chairman and CEO Jon Ledecky, a seasoned businessman with over 35 years of investment and operational experience. He has executed hundreds of acquisitions across multiple industries and raised over $20 billion in debt and equity. He is also co-owner of the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders franchise since 2014 and a prior owner of the Washington Wizards and the Washington Capitals. Additionally, Kevin Griffin, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of MGG Investment Group, LP, serves as a Pivotal director and CEO of Pivotal Spac Funding II LLC, Pivotal’s sponsor. MGG is a private investment firm managing long-term committed capital on behalf of leading endowment, foundation, pension, insurance and high net worth investors globally. Over the course of Mr. Griffin’s 20-year career, he has originated and invested over $4 billion across the capital structure of middle market businesses and has also served on numerous boards of directors. For additional information, please visit https://www.pivotalic.com/.