Hagerty, an automotive enthusiast brand offering a specialty automotive insurance platform built upon a membership organization for car lovers, and Aldel Financial Inc. (NYSE: ADF) (“Aldel”), a special purpose acquisition company, today announced that they have entered into a definitive business combination agreement. Upon the closing of the transaction, Aldel will be renamed Hagerty, Inc., and become publicly traded, with its common stock expected to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker HGTY.
Passion Fueled Growth Targeting Expansive Automotive Enthusiast Market
Hagerty is a leading specialty insurance provider for classic and enthusiast vehicles – with more than 2 million vehicles insured globally, an industry-leading 84 Net Promoter Score (NPS) and partnerships with nine of the top 10 U.S. automotive insurers.
At Hagerty, everything begins and ends with the love of the automobile – a passion shared with its more than 1.8 million members that fuels the company’s distinguished membership model and positions Hagerty to optimize growth in the estimated 43+ million vehicle automotive enthusiast market.
According to Hagerty’s proprietary data, there are more than 500 million individuals around the globe who express an interest in cars and approximately 69 million in the United States alone who declare themselves automotive enthusiasts.
Hagerty has invested in an omni-channel insurance distribution model that positions the company to unlock the entire addressable market and enables the organization to scale through national insurance partners, local agents and brokers, and direct distribution.
Hagerty’s highly differentiated membership model helps to drive loyalty and retention by engaging, entertaining, and connecting with members at every stop of their journey – digitally, on the track, in the garage, at an event or on the road. The company’s portfolio includes the innovative Hagerty Drivers Club, more than 2,500 automotive events annually (including the recently acquired Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance), an expanding automotive media content platform, and Hagerty’s proprietary valuation tools.
Hagerty’s unique business model has resulted in a strong track record of success, including:
Looking forward, the company expects to achieve continued double-digit revenue and earnings growth underpinned by its long-term contracts, solid building blocks and strategic partnerships.
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McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty, said: “When it comes to fueling the insatiable passion of tens of millions of automotive enthusiasts, Hagerty is well positioned as a leading specialty insurance provider with a unique subscription and membership model and portfolio of immersive automotive events, entertainment and valuation tools. For our members, this means a comprehensive and compelling experience that goes far beyond an insurance transaction. For our business, this means market-leading brand loyalty, an attractive business model with multiple points of monetization, a track record of financial success and a strong foundation for future growth.”
Hagerty continued, “Today’s announcement is an exciting step forward for Hagerty. We are thrilled to partner with Rob and the Aldel team, who bring extensive expertise and strategic relationships in the automotive, insurance and financial sectors that will be a key strategic advantage for Hagerty. We believe this transaction will help to accelerate Hagerty’s many growth opportunities and realize our bold mission to build the best automotive enthusiast brand in the world and save driving and car culture for future generations. As we look ahead, we are focused on investing in Hagerty’s digital user experience interfaces to support our growing membership base, while we continue to expand our portfolio with highly engaging car events and exciting services like DriveShare by Hagerty and Hagerty Garage + Social clubhouses.”
Robert I. Kauffman, Chairman & CEO, Aldel, said: “We couldn’t be more excited to work with McKeel and his team to help them grow and reach our collective goals. We ran an extensive process, and Hagerty represented what we were looking for in a partner for Aldel and our stockholders. Hagerty offers a highly differentiated growth story with a large market opportunity. The company also has a proven financial profile with a predictable and consistent revenue model and strong corporate culture and leadership model. We believe our complimentary skills and contacts will further accelerate the Hagerty flywheel.”
The transaction is expected to deliver up to $820 million of gross proceeds to the combined company, including the contribution of up to $116 million of cash held in Aldel’s trust account from its initial public offering in April 2021, assuming no redemptions. The combination is supported by a $704 million PIPE at $10.00 per share plus 18% warrant coverage led by strategic investors State Farm and Markel Corporation and commitments from a group of leading institutional and private investors.
Existing Aldel stockholders who don’t exercise their redemption rights will roll 100 percent of their equity into the combined company. All references to available cash from the trust account and retained transaction proceeds are subject to any redemptions by the public stockholders of Aldel and payment of transaction expenses.
The transaction, which has been unanimously approved by Aldel’s board of directors and the independent members of Hagerty’s board, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021, and is subject to approval by Aldel’s stockholders and Hagerty’s owners and other customary closing conditions, including any applicable regulatory approvals. Over 40% of Aldel’s stockholders have signed voting agreements in favor of the Transaction. The minimum cash condition will be satisfied via the committed PIPE.
Additional information about the proposed transaction, including a copy of the business combination agreement and investor presentation, will be provided in a Current Report on Form 8-K filed by Aldel today with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and available at www.sec.gov.
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC (J.P. Morgan) is serving as financial advisor to Hagerty and Global Leisure Partners LLC (GLP) and ThinkEquity LLC (ThinkEquity) are serving as financial advisor to Aldel in connection with the business combination. Sidley Austin LLP is serving as legal advisor to Hagerty. Loeb & Loeb LLP is serving as legal advisor to Aldel. GLP and ThinkEquity are serving as capital markets advisors to Aldel. J.P. Morgan and GLP are serving as co-placement agents on the PIPE. Mayer Brown LLP and Jones Day are serving as legal advisors to the placement agents on the PIPE.
Investor Presentation Information
Management of Hagerty and Aldel will host an investor presentation on August 18, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern to discuss the proposed transaction. A webcast of the call, along with a detailed investor presentation, will be available on Aldel’s website at www.aldelfinancial.com as well as Hagerty’s investor relations site at http://investor.hagerty.com/.
To participate by phone, please dial (646) 904-5544 or (844) 200-6205 (Toll Free) and enter access code 270573. A telephone replay will be available through September 17, 2021, and can be accessed by dialing (929) 458-6194 and entering access code 689079.
About Aldel Financial
Aldel Financial Inc. is a blank check company, also commonly referred to as a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, whose business purpose is to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. Led by Robert I. Kauffman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and co-sponsored by Fundamental Global, the team at Aldel has decades of experience in identifying attractive risk adjusted return investments. Aldel raised $116 million in its initial public offering in April 2021. Aldel’s Units, each consisting of one share of Class A common stock and one-half of one redeemable warrant, Aldel’s shares of Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, and Aldel’s warrants, each exercisable for one share of Class A common stock, are currently listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols “ADF.U” “ADF” and “ADF.WS” respectively. For more information, visit www.aldelfinancial.com.
Hagerty is a specialty insurance provider focused on the global automotive enthusiast market and an automotive enthusiast brand offering integrated membership products and programs. Hagerty is home to Hagerty Drivers Club, Hagerty DriveShare, Hagerty Valuation Tools, Hagerty Media, Hagerty Drivers Club magazine, MotorsportReg, Hagerty Garage + Social, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, the Concours d’Elegance of America, the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, the California Mille, Motorworks Revival and more. For more information, visit www.hagerty.com.