CarLotz To Launch Nationwide Hub Network, Bringing A Better Used Vehicle Buying And Selling Experience To More Of North America
RICHMOND, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CarLotz, Inc. (“CarLotz” or the “Company”), a leading consignment-to-retail used vehicle marketplace, which recently announced it would become a public company via a merger with special purpose acquisition company Acamar Partners Acquisition Corp. (“Acamar Partners”) (Nasdaq: ACAM), announced its plans to roll out a nationwide hub network to deliver a better used vehicle buying and selling experience to new markets.
As the first step in the Company’s nationwide expansion, CarLotz will expand into the Seattle – Lynnwood, Washington market and will also open a new hub in Orlando – Merritt Island, Florida by February 1, which will expand the Company’s capacity to serve more used car buyers and sellers with the Company’s unique consignment-to-retail business model. Following these openings, the Company plans to launch hubs throughout the year in: Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nevada, Tennessee and Texas.
Michael Bor, CEO and co-founder of CarLotz, commented, “I am excited to announce that we are bringing our unique consignment-to-retail experience to new buyers and sellers of used vehicles in these two markets as we execute on our national expansion and growth plans for 2021. Opening hubs in new markets presents a tremendous opportunity for CarLotz to gain ground in large and attractive regions of the country where the Company’s business model can make a real difference for car buyers and sellers. We plan to open three to four hub locations per quarter this year, which will make buying and selling more lucrative and convenient for our clients and guests.”
Mr. Bor continued, “These new hubs are vital to increasing buying and selling opportunities for customers, and to creating the exceptional experience customers have with CarLotz. New markets allow CarLotz to increase its customer base and addressable market, expand capacity and reduce shipping costs, which ultimately drives gross profit expansion. Over the course of the next few years as we expand, more and more of North America will be able to get more money for their car and more car for their money.”
The Company plans ribbon cutting ceremonies for both the Seattle and Orlando hub openings to commemorate its entrance into these exciting new markets. As the CarLotz footprint expands, the Company is also excited to bring new employment opportunities to applicable regions. Job openings can be found at www.carlotz.com/careers.
CarLotz was founded on a vision of transforming the used vehicle industry. With the industry’s only consignment-to-retail sales model and its asset-light inventory sourcing model, CarLotz offers a compelling value proposition for both vehicle buyers and sellers, resulting in significant market share expansion opportunities in the massive and fragmented used vehicle industry. Today, CarLotz serves not only consumers seeking to sell a used vehicle, but also many of the largest corporate vehicle remarketers in banking, rental, fleet management, original equipment manufacturers and other markets.
Acamar Partners is scheduled to hold a stockholders meeting to approve the proposed merger on January 20, following which the transaction is expected to close on January 22. Upon the consummation of the merger, CarLotz will become a public company listed on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LOTZ.
About CarLotz, Inc.
CarLotz is a used vehicle consignment and Retail Remarketing™ business that provides our corporate vehicle sourcing partners and retail sellers of used vehicles with the ability to access the previously unavailable retail sales channel while simultaneously providing buyers with prices that are, on average, below those of traditional dealerships. Our mission is to create the world’s greatest vehicle buying and selling experience. We operate a technology-enabled buying, sourcing and selling model that offers a seamless omni-channel experience and comprehensive selection of vehicles while allowing for a fully contactless end-to-end e-commerce interface that enables no hassle buying and selling. Our proprietary Retail Remarketing™ technology provides our corporate vehicle sourcing partners with real-time performance metrics and data analytics along with custom business intelligence reporting that enables price and vehicle triage optimization between the wholesale and retail channel. Through our marketplace model, we generate significant value for both sellers and buyers through price, selection and experience. For more information, visit www.carlotz.com.
About Acamar Partners Acquisition Corp.
Acamar Partners Acquisition Corp. is a blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. Acamar Partners Acquisition Corp. raised $305.6 million in its initial public offering in February 2019 (and subsequent exercise of the underwriters’ over-allotment option). The company’s securities are quoted on Nasdaq under the ticker symbols ACAM, ACAMW and ACAMU. For more information, visit www.acamarpartners.com.
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This communication is being made in respect of the proposed merger transaction involving Acamar Partners and CarLotz. Acamar Partners has filed a registration statement on Form S-4 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), which includes a proxy statement of Acamar Partners, a prospectus of Acamar Partners and a consent solicitation statement of CarLotz. A definitive proxy statement/prospectus/consent solicitation statement has been sent to the stockholders of Acamar Partners and CarLotz, as of the respective record dates with respect to the required stockholder approvals. Before making any voting or investment decision, investors and security holders of Acamar Partners and CarLotz are urged to carefully read the entire registration statement and proxy statement/prospectus/consent solicitation statement, and any other relevant documents filed with the SEC, as well as any amendments or supplements to these documents, because these documents contain important information about the proposed transaction. The documents filed by Acamar Partners with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, the documents filed by Acamar Partners may be obtained free of charge from Acamar Partners at www.acamarpartners.com. Alternatively, these documents, when available, can be obtained free of charge from Acamar Partners upon written request to Acamar Partners Acquisition Corp., 1450 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2130, Miami, Florida 33131, or by calling 786-264-6680.
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Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual events, results or performance to differ materially from those indicated by such statements. Certain of these risks are identified and discussed in Acamar Partners’ Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 under “Risk Factors” in Part I, Item 1A and in Acamar Partners’ Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2020, Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2020 and Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2020 under “Risk Factors” in Part II, Item 1A. These risk factors will be important to consider in determining future results and should be reviewed in their entirety.
In addition to risks previously disclosed in Acamar Partners’ reports filed with the SEC and those identified elsewhere in this communication, the following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements or historical performance: ability to meet the closing conditions to the merger, including approval by stockholders of Acamar Partners on the expected terms and schedule; delay in closing the merger; failure to realize the benefits expected from the proposed transaction; the effects of pending and future legislation; risks related to management’s focus on the proposed transaction rather than on the ongoing business operations of CarLotz; business disruption following the transaction; risks related to Acamar Partners’ or CarLotz’ indebtedness; other consequences associated with mergers, acquisitions and legislative and regulatory actions and reforms; risks of the automotive and used vehicle industries; the potential impact of COVID-19 on the used vehicle industry and on the CarLotz business; litigation, complaints, product liability claims or adverse publicity; the impact of changes in consumer spending patterns, consumer preferences, local, regional and national economic conditions, crime, weather, demographic trends and employee availability; new entrants in the consignment-to-retail used vehicle business; technological disruptions, privacy or data breaches, the loss of data or cyberattacks; and the ability to compete successfully with new and existing market participants.
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