ITASCA, Ill.–(ZEEST MEDIA)–FG Financial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: FGF) (the “Company”), today announced that its merchant banking platform partner FG Acquisition Corp. (TSX: FGAA.U) (TSX: FGAA.WT.U) has entered into a business combination agreement with ThinkMarkets, one of the fastest growing online and leveraged trading multi-asset brokerages globally. ThinkMarkets provides its customers with access to over 10,000 CFDs, including but not limited to, equities, currencies, precious metals, indices, commodities, ETFs and other trading products. The business combination would result in ThinkMarkets launching as a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
FG Financial Group is a reinsurance and asset management holding company focused on collateralized and loss capped reinsurance and merchant banking that allocates capital in partnership with Fundamental Global®, a private partnership led by Kyle Cerminara and Joe Moglia, as well as other strategic investors.
In the aggregate, FG Financial Group’s indirect exposure to FG Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition corporation, represents potential beneficial ownership of approximately 819,000 shares of FG Acquisition Corp. common stock, approximately 1,400,000 warrants with an $11.50 strike price and a 5 year expiration, approximately 440,000 warrants with a $15.00 strike price and a 10 year expiration and either (i) up to approximately an additional 1,600,000 warrants with an $11.50 strike price and a 5 year expiration, or (ii) up to approximately $2 million in cash, or (iii) a pro-rata combination of such $11.50 strike warrants with a 5 year expiration and cash, based on certain adjustment provisions and the level of redemptions of FG Acquisition Corp.’s publicly traded warrants at the time of a business combination.
Details of the transaction are included in the FG Acquisition Corp. press release available here.
Larry Swets, Jr., FG Financial Group’s CEO and Chairman of FG Acquisition Corp., commented, “This business combination closely aligns with the long-term strategy of FG Financial’s growing merchant banking platform. ThinkMarkets has grown its revenue from $35 million in 2019 to over $62 million in 2022, and they have established global partnerships and a scalable business model positioned to capitalize on increasing market volatility and the evolving global trading landscape. The company has purchased multiple new licenses, continue to grow their product offerings, and their recent entry into Japan provides a platform to serve one of the largest FX trading hubs globally. FG Financial Group looks forward to being a shareholder and sharing in the company’s success.”
FG Financial Group Chairman and Fundamental Global CEO Kyle Cerminara commented, “This transaction reflects the broadening business strategy of our merchant banking platform which we created last year with the vision to productively collaborate with companies to develop extraordinary businesses and frame value-creating structures at all points in their lifespans. ThinkMarkets is growing quickly with over 10,000 CFD products to 138,500 clients in 165 countries. The capital from this business combination will support the continued expansion of the business which is well positioned to drive margin expansion as it scales. We look forward to continuing to evaluate and selectively deploying capital in unique investments such as this.”
FG Financial Group, Inc.
FG Financial Group, Inc. is a reinsurance and asset management holding company focused on collateralized and loss capped reinsurance and merchant banking that allocates capital in partnership with Fundamental Global ®, a private partnership led by Kyle Cerminara and Joe Moglia, as well as other strategic investors. The Company’s principal business operations are conducted through its subsidiaries and affiliates.
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