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Porch.com plans to go public via merger

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Seattle-based Porch.com plans to merge with a publicly traded company that has no operations, gaining a listing on Nasdaq and about $200 million in new capital.

The combination with PropTech Acquisition, a blank-check company that went public with such a transaction in mind, is expected to be completed by year-end, the companies said Friday.

Porch.com, launched in 2013, gives consumers a way to connect with a variety of home services, from plumbing to moving. The company says about $2.2 billion in such services flowed through its website in 2019, with Porch collecting fees from the service providers.

An investor presentation says Porch had $57 million in revenue last year, up from $36 million the prior year, excluding some businesses it has shed. It had a $56 million loss in 2019, including $6 million from the divested businesses, and projects a $34 million loss on revenue of $73 million this year.

The companies said Porch CEO Matt Ehrlichman and existing management will remain with the company. Existing Porch shareholders will get about 53% of the stock in the combined entity, and will take out about $30 million in cash, the investor presentation says.

 

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