全球领先的生活时尚和文化平台 Hypebeast 计划通过与 Iron Spark I Inc. 合并在纳斯达克上市
JACKSON, WY and HONG KONG, Apr 4, 2022 – (亚太商讯 via SEAPRWire.com) – 结合现代文化与生活时尚、以及编辑自主之商业及新闻的首选平台Hypebeast Limited（股份代号：0150.HK）与特殊目的收购公司 (「SPAC」) Iron Spark I Inc.（纳斯达克：ISAA，「Iron Spark」）今天宣布双方已达成最终合并协议，据此Hypebeast将计划收购Iron Spark并在纳斯达克和香港联交所双重上市。
— Hypebeast 成立于 2005 年，是一家发展蓬勃及专注于文化和生活时尚的数字媒体和电子商务公司，在全球拥有超过 2,600 万追随者
— 全球创作者和消费者社群遍布 80 多个国家/地区，促进领先品牌能与 Z 世代和千禧一代受众建立联系和互动
— 在高利润率及具持续盈利能力的业务推动下，预计在截至2022年3月31日止财政年度将产生不少于112,000,000美元的收益； 2015年至2021年复合年增长率达至34%
— 与Iron Spark合并预计将录得高达180,000,000美元的所得款项，预计备考股权估值将达到534,000,000美元
— NIKE前总裁 Trevor Edwards预计将被提名出任Hypebeast的董事
Hypebeast 揭示了文化和生活时尚（包括时尚、艺术、体育、科技和食品）的最新趋势，并为文化探索和联系创造了一个生态系统。Hypebeast分为三大事业部支线 —— 由网站及社交媒体组成的数码媒体平台HYPEMEDIA、创意服务代理HYPEMAKER，以及电子商贸及全渠道零售平台HBX。Hypebeast的全球读者遍布亚洲、欧洲及美国80多个国家。
「15年来，我们一直致力在全球分享最崭新的潮流文化。我们建立了一个忠诚而热情的社群，他们信任我们在时尚、艺术、设计、奢侈品、运动、科技等多元化生活的策展。与 Iron Spark 合作及在美国上市将带领我们更上一层楼。通过获得新的资金和人才，将可进一步扩大我们的信息内容、商业和体验，从而加强我们的业务和社群。」
Iron Spark行政总裁Joshua L. Spear表示：
Iron Spark 主席 Amy Butte 表示：
Iron Spark 独立董事兼NIKE前总裁Trevor Edwards 表示：
「很兴奋看到马柏荣先生和Hypebeast团队在接近20年内，成功将一个小型博客发展为全球潮流指标和文化催化剂。Hypebeast 已在全球读者和消费者之间建立了强大的联系，他们希望发掘不为人知的事物并掌握未来动向，而且全心全意地相信各品牌能提供该等信息。 Hypebeast 将来自世界各地的创作者和消费者社群联系起来，我十分期待与他们的合作。」
— 与Iron Spark的合并预计将录高达180,000,000美元的所得款项，预计备考股权估值将达到534,000,000美元。
— Iron Spark的公众股东将继续获得0.05美元的季度股息，直到交易结束。现有的Hypebeast股东预计将拥有合并后公司56.2％的备考股权（假设没有赎回Iron Spark的普通股）。
— 交易已获Hypebeast和Iron Spark各自的董事会一致通过，并须经Hypebeast及Iron Spark的股东批准及须达成其他惯常交易完成条件方可作实。预计交易将于2022年第三季完成。
— 多位文化界标志人物和先锋代表亦十分支持Hypebeast的文化平台，共认购涉及13,300,000美元的私人投资公开股票，当中包括传奇四分卫、联合创始人兼投资者汤姆·布雷迪(Tom Brady)、网球巨星及社会变革倡导者大阪直美、Thirty Five Ventures联合创始人奇云·杜兰特 (Kevin Durant)和里奇·克莱曼(Rich Kleiman)、专业滑板手和Birdhouse Skateboards创始人东尼·霍克(Tony Hawk)、Airbnb联合创始人，Samara和Airbnb.org主席祖·谢比亚 (Joe Gebbia)、演员、电影制作人和喜剧演员乔纳·希尔(Jonah Hill)、格林美奖得主、艺人亚当·列维 (Adam Levine)、由经理人奥斯汀·罗森（Austin Rosen）领导的Electric Feel Ventures、由朴洪俊创立的南韩娱乐公司、唱片公司及创意公司THEBLACKLABEL，以及由世亚集团(SeAH GROUP)掌舵、变革型企业和LP计划投资者IRONGREY。
— 交易完成后，Hypebeast 的现有管理团队，包括执行董事、主席兼行政总裁马柏荣和财务总监黄家恒将继续留任。Iron Spark行政总裁Joshua L. Spear和NIKE前总裁Trevor Edwards预计将获提名加入成为合并后公司的董事会成员。
Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC和BTIG, LLC 为Iron Spark之财务顾问。BTIG, LLC为Hypebeast PIPE认购协议之配售代理人。Cowen Inc.为Hypebeast之财务顾问。Kirkland & Ellis LLP为Hypebeast之法律顾问，而Loeb & Loeb LLP则为Iron Spark之法律顾问。
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In connection with the proposed business combination, Hypebeast intends to file with the SEC a registration statement on Form F-4 containing a preliminary proxy statement and a preliminary prospectus of Iron Spark, and after the registration statement is declared effective, Iron Spark will mail a definitive proxy statement/prospectus/consent solicitation statement relating to the proposed business combination to its stockholders and Hypebeast’ shareholders. This press release does not contain all the information that should be considered concerning the proposed business combination and is not intended to form the basis of any investment decision or any other decision in respect of the business combination. Iron Spark’s stockholders and other interested persons are advised to read, when available, the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus/consent solicitation statement and the amendments thereto and the definitive proxy statement/prospectus/consent solicitation statement and other documents filed in connection with the proposed business combination, as these materials will contain important information about Hypebeast, Iron Spark and the proposed business combination. When available, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus/consent solicitation statement and other relevant materials for the proposed business combination will be mailed to stockholders of Iron Spark as of a record date to be established for voting on the proposed business combination. Such stockholders will also be able to obtain copies of the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus/consent solicitation statement, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus/consent solicitation statement and other documents filed with the SEC, without charge, once available, at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, or by directing a request to Iron Spark I Inc., 125 N Cache St Jackson, Wyoming 83001, Attention: Olivia Defechereux Dejah.
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Hypebeast Ltd. 由马柏荣于2005年创立，从最初的一个球鞋博客发展至2016年成为一间上市媒体公司。在多元平台驱动下，集团现拥有超过四千四百七十万名用家，遍布亚太、北美洲、欧洲及其他多个地区，其中集团旗舰平台提供五种语言版本。近年，集团扩展至更广泛业务，包括Hypebeast 及其他多元内容之发布平台、电商平台HBX及代理HYPEMAKER。
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