Sonder a next-generation hospitality company, to be publicly listed through combination with Gores Metropoulos II
Sonder Holdings Inc., a leading next-generation hospitality company that is redefining the guest experience, and Gores Metropoulos II, Inc. (Nasdaq: GMIIU, GMII and GMIIW), today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to combine.
Sonder is revolutionizing hospitality through innovative, tech-powered service and inspiring, thoughtfully designed accommodations combined into one seamlessly managed experience. Officially launched in 2014 and headquartered in San Francisco, Sonder is making a world of better stays open to all with a variety of accommodation options — from rooms to suites and apartments — found in 35 markets spanning eight countries and three continents. Sonder’s innovative App empowers guests by making self-service features and 24/7 on-the-ground support just a tap away. From simple self-check-in to boutique bathroom amenities, we bring the best of a hotel without any of the formality.
The combined company is expected to have an estimated pro forma enterprise value of approximately $2.2 billion at closing, representing 3.6x Sonder’s projected 2022 revenue. Existing Sonder stockholders will retain 74% ownership in the pro forma company.
Concurrently with the consummation of the transaction, additional investors have committed to participate in the proposed business combination by purchasing shares of common stock of GM II in a private placement (the “PIPE”). The $200 million PIPE investment is led by an affiliate of The Gores Group, with participation from top-tier institutional investors, including Fidelity Management & Research Company LLC, funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, Atreides Management, LP, entities affiliated with Moore Capital Management, Principal Global Investors, LLC, and Senator Investment Group.
The balance of the $450 million in cash is held in GM II’s trust account, in addition to $165 million raised as part of a March 2021 convertible notes offering led by Moore Strategic Ventures, the privately held investment company for Louis M. Bacon, Founder and CEO of Moore Capital Management, LP, together with the approximately $200 million in PIPE proceeds, excluding transaction expenses, will be used to fund operations and support new and existing growth initiatives.
Transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2021.
Following the closing of the proposed business combination, Sonder will retain its experienced management team. Mr. Davidson will continue to serve as CEO and Sanjay Banker will continue to serve as President and CFO.
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is serving as exclusive financial advisor to Sonder. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is serving as legal advisor to Sonder. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC is serving as lead financial advisor and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and Citigroup are serving as capital markets advisors to GM II. Moelis & Company LLC acted as additional financial advisor to GM II. Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is serving as legal advisor to GM II.
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. are serving as joint lead placement agents on the PIPE. Latham & Watkins LLP is serving as legal advisor to the co-placement agents.Read more