Blue Apron’s Final Delivery

Meal-kit delivery service Blue Apron is finally ending its six-year run on the public markets, making one final delivery to investors today. 📦

In that delivery was news that the company is selling to Wonder Group, the food-delivery startup led by former Walmart executive Marc Lore. In return, shareholders will receive $13 in cash per share, representing a whopping 130% premium to Thursday’s closing price and valuing the company at $103 million. 💵

While that may sound like great news, it’s actually a lot less great when put into context. The company came public in 2017 at a nearly $2 billion valuation and has struggled seemingly every day since. Even with today’s pop towards the acquisition price, $APRN shares are down over 99% from their post-IPO levels.

Wonder plans to continue Blue Apron’s current operations and keep the brand, with the acquisition bringing it one step closer to its ultimate goal of creating a “super-app” for mealtime. 🍽️

While it pioneered growing the meal-kit market in the early days, it shows that even category-makers can have trouble surviving in public markets — especially when a highly saturated space meets a global pandemic. Although disappointing, at least Apron shareholders can rest knowing their long, arduous journey is finally over. 😥

JetBlue Jumps As Icahn Accumulates

It’s been a rough few months for JetBlue shareholders after the airline’s merger with Spirit Airlines was blocked by U.S. regulators. However, the stock is popping after hours on news that a billionaire hedge fund manager is dumpster diving and sees value in the stock. 💸

Activist investor Carl Icahn reported a nearly 10% stake, which he’s accumulated on the belief that the stock is undervalued following its recent selloff. He’s already had discussions with the company regarding possibly attaining board representation.

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AI’s Copyright Crisis Begins

We all knew copyright law would be a key issue at the heart of the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution, but we didn’t know when. Well, the time has come. ⌛

Today, The New York Times filed a lawsuit against Microsoft and OpenAI, accusing them of infringing copyright and abusing the newspaper’s intellectual property. In its court filing, the publisher said it looks to hold the two companies accountable for the “unlawful copying and use of The Times’s uniquely valuable works,” claiming billions in statutory and actual damages.

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Thailand Scores Major EV Win

Thailand has been helping lead the electric vehicle (EV) push, with the second-biggest economy in Southeast Asia looking to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. ♻️

The country is known as the “Detroit of Asia,” serving as a major manufacturing hub. As part of that, it’s looking to make 30% of its car output electric by 2030 so that it doesn’t lose its leadership position in the EV transition. Its government is putting up major funds to help fund that, approving $970 million in tax cuts and subsidies to help encourage demand and boost local production. ⚡

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Biotech Buyout Spree Continues

It may be the last week of the year, but many companies are rushing to get deals done before year-end. Two significant transactions in the biotech space were announced today, so let’s dive in. 👇

The first deal involves RayzeBio, which raised $358 million via an initial public offering (IPO) just three months ago. However, its time as a public company is being cut short by Bristol Myers Squibb, which is acquiring the radiopharmaceutical therapeutics company for $62.50 per share in cash. 💰

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