Joby Aviation, a developer of all-electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft, has agreed to go public via a merger with Reinvent Technology Partners, a blank check company led by Reid Hoffman, Mark Pincus and Michael Thompson. When the deal closes, the newly combined company will be named Joby Aviation and trade on the New York Stock Exchange.
SANTA CRUZ, CA, February 24, 2021 –(BUSINESS WIRE)– Joby Aviation (“Joby” or the “Company”), a transportation company developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft that it intends to operate as a commercial passenger aircraft beginning in 2024, has entered into a definitive business combination agreement with Reinvent Technology Partners (“Reinvent” or “RTP”) (NYSE:RTP), a special purpose acquisition company that takes a “venture capital at scale” approach to partnering with bold leaders and companies. Upon the closing of the transaction, the combined company will be named Joby Aviation, and become publicly traded, with its common stock expected to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
With more than 1,000 test flights completed over the last 10 years, Joby Aviation has secured a substantial first-mover advantage in the aerial ridesharing industry. In 2020, the Company became the first to agree to a certification basis for an electric vertical takeoff and landing (“eVTOL”) aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) and in the same year received the U.S. Air Force’s first ever airworthiness approval for an eVTOL aircraft.
The Company intends to revolutionize how people move by unlocking the possibility to leapfrog sustainably over the gridlock below in its piloted, four-passenger, emissions free aircraft, which can travel up to 150 miles at speeds up to 200 miles per hour.
The proceeds from this transaction are expected to fund the business through the start of commercial operations, including certification of the aircraft and development of manufacturing facilities.
JoeBen Bevirt, Founder and CEO of Joby Aviation, said:
“For the last decade, we have been laser-focused on one task – developing the best possible technology for this market.
“But our long-term vision has always been to build a global passenger service, helping a billion people to save an hour every day, while contributing to the protection of our precious planet.
“Today’s transaction lets us look ahead to the next decade and provides us with the resources we need to bring our vision to life.
“Since our very first meeting it was clear that Reinvent shared our fundamental desire to have a positive, long-term impact on the world and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome them onboard.”
Paul Sciarra, Executive Chairman of Joby Aviation, said:
“While traveling is central to human existence, it’s often painfully inefficient and is only getting worse.
“By rethinking how air travel is delivered, we can open up new ways of moving around congested cities and under-served rural communities, helping to tackle congestion and climate change at the same time.
“Aerial ridesharing will drive a generational shift in how we travel this century, just as the railroad and the jet aircraft did in previous centuries.”
Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn Co-Founder and Co-Lead Director of Reinvent Technology Partners, who will join the combined company Board of Directors, said:
“Reinvent invests in world-class founders and teams who are developing industry-leading products and services that have the potential to impact millions of lives.
“In Joby we see a remarkable founder-led team that has quietly delivered the most advanced technology we’ve seen in this sector.
“With valuable strategic partnerships including Toyota and Uber, a compelling business model and an unparalleled track-record of executing against its targets, we believe Joby is well-positioned to create a transformative new human-centered mobility network.
“Through our venture capital at scale approach, we are committed to Joby’s long-term success as it continues on its journey to revolutionize commutes and drive decades of innovation in human movement.”
Delivering the Future of Sustainable Transport
Joby Aviation plans to launch commercial operations in the United States in 2024, before scaling its service globally. Air taxi networks can be scaled rapidly and efficiently using existing heliport or airport infrastructure, with the number of routes in a network growing exponentially as new vertiports are introduced.
Joby’s aircraft has been specifically designed to achieve cost-effective manufacturing and operations, allowing the Company to offer affordable flights at scale, democratizing air travel and transforming human networks. The market opportunity for aerial mobility has been estimated at $500+ billion for the United States, while the total addressable global market is expected to exceed $1 trillion.
In 2020, Toyota Motor Corporation led Joby’s $620 million Series C round, forming a strategic partnership that sees Toyota engineers working shoulder-to-shoulder with Joby on projects such as factory layout and manufacturing process development.
Joby Aviation also recently finalized the terms of an enhanced relationship with Uber Technologies, Inc. that sets Joby apart in terms of commercial readiness. Under the agreement, the companies will integrate their respective services into each other’s apps, enabling future customers to enjoy seamless multi-modal travel. Joby also acquired Uber Elevate, a division of Uber focused on the aerial ridesharing market. The acquisition included key personnel and a suite of software tools focused on multi-modal operations management and demand simulation, fed by Uber’s data.
In December 2020, the U.S. Air Force granted Joby Aviation its first ever airworthiness approval for an eVTOL aircraft as part of its Agility Prime program, designed to accelerate the commercial adoption of electric aviation.
Earlier this month, Joby announced that it had agreed to a “G-1” certification basis for its aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration. Formalized in 2020, the agreement specifies the requirements that need to be met by Joby’s aircraft for it to be certified for commercial operations. Joby is the first eVTOL aircraft to have achieved this milestone, marking a watershed moment for the industry and providing a clearly defined path for the certification of its aircraft.
Construction is expected to begin on a 450,000 square foot manufacturing facility, designed in conjunction with Toyota, later this year.
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The pro forma implied market capitalization of the combined company is $6.6 billion, at the $10.00 per share PIPE subscription price and assuming no public shareholders of Reinvent exercise their redemption rights. The Company will receive at the time of transaction close up to $690 million in proceeds from Reinvent’s cash in trust and an $835 million private placement of common stock at a $10.00 per share value and will also convert a $75 million convertible note into common stock at a $10.00 per share value. The private placement is led by strategic and institutional investors including The Baupost Group, funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, Fidelity Management & Research LLC and Baillie Gifford. Existing Joby shareholders have agreed to roll 100% of their equity into the new company and will remain majority owners of the combined company at closing. All references to cash on the balance sheet, available cash from the trust account and retained transaction proceeds are subject to any redemptions by the public shareholders of RTP and payment of transaction expenses.
Joby and Reinvent have developed an unprecedented structure providing for significant long-term alignment. Both parties have agreed to a long-term lock-up on founder shares for up to five years, and a robust earnout structure with full vesting not realized until the share price reaches $50 per share (implying over a $30 billion market capitalization). Major stockholders and key executives of Joby have agreed to enter into separate lockup agreements as well.
The boards of directors of both Reinvent and Joby have unanimously approved the transaction, which is expected to close by the end of the second quarter of 2021. The transaction remains subject to Reinvent shareholder approval and other customary closing conditions.
Additional information about the proposed transaction will be provided in a Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed by Reinvent today with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available at www.sec.gov.
A more detailed description of the transaction terms and copies of the key transaction agreements will be included in a current report on Form 8-K to be filed by Reinvent with the SEC.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, served as legal advisor to Reinvent. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Allen & Company LLC served as placement agents on the PIPE transaction. Latham & Watkins LLP served as legal advisor and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Allen & Company LLC served as financial advisors to Joby.
Conference Call, Webcast and Presentation Information
Management of Joby and RTP will host an investor call on February 24, 2021 at 8:00 A.M. ET to discuss the proposed transaction. The conference call will be accompanied by a detailed investor presentation.
A live webcast of the call will be available here, and can also be accessed on the Joby website here and RTP’s website here. For those who wish to participate by telephone, please dial 1-877-407-3982 (U.S.) or 1-201-493-6780 (International) and reference the Conference ID 13716595. A replay of the call will also be available via webcast here and on the Joby website here.
In addition, RTP will file an investor presentation with the SEC as an exhibit to a Current Report on Form 8-K prior to the call, which will be available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.
All materials can also be found on the Joby website at jobyaviation.com/investor-relations/ and at https://a.reinventtechnologypartners.com/investor-relations.
About Joby Aviation
Joby Aviation is a California headquartered transportation company developing an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft which it intends to operate as a fast, quiet, and affordable air taxi service beginning in 2024. The zero emissions aircraft, which is quiet at takeoff and near silent when flying overhead, can transport four passengers and a pilot up to 150 miles on a single charge and can cruise at 200 mph. It is designed to help reduce urban congestion and accelerate the shift to sustainable modes of transit. Founded in 2009, Joby employs more than 700 people, with offices in Santa Cruz, San Carlos, and Marina, California, as well as Washington D.C. and Munich, Germany. To learn more, visit www.jobyaviation.com
About Reinvent Technology Partners
Reinvent Technology Partners is a newly formed special purpose acquisition company led by Reid Hoffman, Mark Pincus and Michael Thompson, that takes a “venture capital at scale” approach to partnering with bold leaders and companies. RTP will support a technology business to innovate and achieve entrepreneurship at scale by leveraging its team’s operating expertise as founders of iconic technology companies, their experience building companies as advisors and board members, and the capital raised in its initial public offering.