Canadian Manufacturing

Lion Electric acquires Northern Genesis Acquisition Corp. and goes public May 7

Beginning on May 7, 2021, Lion's common shares are scheduled to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the new symbol "LEV".

May 7, 2021  by CM Staff

MONTREAL — Lion Electric, a manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles, and Northern Genesis Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, announced on May 6 the completion of their previously announced business combination. The Business Combination was approved by NGA stockholders at a special meeting held on April 23, 2021. Beginning on May 7, 2021, Lion’s common shares are scheduled to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the new symbol “LEV”.

The transaction, including the concurrent private placement (PIPE), resulted in proceeds of approximately U.S. $490 million to Lion, after payment of transaction expenses. Approximately U.S. $90 million of the net proceeds were used to repay outstanding credit facilities and debt instruments. The remainder of the net proceeds of the transaction are expected to be used to finance Lion’s growth strategy, including the planned expansion of the Company’s U.S. manufacturing capacity, the continued development of advanced battery systems, the planned construction of a highly automated battery system assembly factory in Québec and other general corporate purposes.

“Today marks a big step forward in the evolution of Lion, as we accelerate our growth strategy to continue selling all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles on the cutting edge of technology, while developing new ones,” said Marc Bédard, CEO – Founder of Lion. “We thank NGA, our investors and our Board of Directors for sharing and supporting our mission of being the leader in our industry as well as our vision which aims at improving our society, our environment and, above all, the quality of life of all around us”.

Marc Bédard will continue to lead Lion’s management team, overseeing the Company’s strategic growth initiatives and expansion. He will be supported by Lion’s existing executive officers: Nicolas Brunet, Executive Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer, Yannick Poulin, Chief Operating Officer and François Duquette, Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary.

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Marc Bédard and Pierre Larochelle will be joined by Northern Genesis’ Ian Robertson and Chris Jarratt on a newly formed board of directors consisting of eight directors, including six existing Lion Board members.