Hims, a provider of telemedicine services and healthcare products, will likely not be going public through a reverse merger with a special purpose acquisition vehicle (SPAC), according to a venture source familiar with the talks.
The San Francisco-based company’s potential merger with blank-check company Oaktree Acquisitions Corp., at a valuation of about $2 billion, was reported by Bloomberg News earlier this month.
The source said that Hims had one meeting with a SPAC, but a deal will likely not take place soon.
Hims remains open-minded about going public through a reverse merger with a SPAC, but they are not going to be pursuing this option soon, the source said.
This type of transaction could be a viable avenue for Hims if a blank-check company offers the telemedicine company an attractive valuation, according to the source. The venture source offered an example of raising $200 million at a valuation of $3 billion as something that could be appealing.
Hims has raised nearly $200 million from investors, including Forerunner Ventures, IVP, Redpoint Ventures, 8VC, DCM Ventures and 7 Global Capital among others.
The company did not respond to a request for comment.
The venture source said that while Hims deal may not be happening soon, reverse mergers with SPACs will likely continue to gain investor attention.
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