Lotus Technology Enters into Agreements for $122M with Strategic Partners and Business Partners
29 April 2023
Lotus Technology Inc.a leading global luxury electric vehicle maker, announced today that it has entered into agreements with strategic partners and business partners for a total investment amount of approximately $122 million, which are subject to customary terms and conditions (including regulatory approvals) included in the definitive documentation. The financing marks a robust start to the Company's ongoing fundraising and a major milestone in its planned business combination with L Catterton Asia Acquisition Corp ("LCAA") (NASDAQ: LCAA), a special purpose acquisition company formed by affiliates of L Catterton, a leading global consumer-focused investment firm.
The financing demonstrates the strength of market confidence in Lotus Tech as the Company progresses to complete the previously announced business combination, which is expected to close later this year. The funds expected to be provided by the financing are intended to be used to further advance Lotus Tech's development of next-generation automobility technologies, continue the Company's expansion of its global distribution network, and promote product innovation.
The global luxury electric vehicle market is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 35% between 2021 and 2031, reaching over 1.9 million units by the end of that period. "As an early mover in the market, Lotus Tech is well-positioned to address unfilled demand and capitalize on the segment's rapid growth. Our strategic partners are eager to contribute to our development with additional capital," said Mr. Qingfeng Feng, Chief Executive Officer of Lotus Tech.
"We are encouraged by this support from our strategic partners as they continue to invest and demonstrate confidence in our performance and growth potential," added Mr. Feng. "Beyond providing capital, our strategic partners' extensive global relationships and deep industry expertise will help accelerate our business and technology development and product roll-out. We look forward to further executing our strategy and steering the industry towards a more sustainable future."
 According to research by Oliver Wyman, LLC.
Overview of the Transactions Contemplated by the Business Combination
On January 31, 2023, Lotus Tech and L Catterton Asia Acquisition Corp announced the signing of a definitive agreement related to a proposed business combination that would result in Lotus Tech becoming a public company. Upon completion of the business combination, the combined company is expected to retain Lotus Tech's name as "Lotus Technology Inc." and its ordinary shares are expected to be listed on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol "LOT."