Consumer finance startup Acorns to go public in over $2 bln SPAC deal

May 27 (Reuters) - Acorns Grow Inc said on Thursday it was going public through a merger with blank-check company Pioneer Merger Corp in a deal valuing the savings and investing app at about $2.2 billion.

Acorns Grow will receive cash proceeds of over $450 million from the deal, which includes a private placement at $10 per share from investors including Declaration Partners, Greycroft, TPG’s global impact investing platform and BlackRock Inc .

Launched in late 2014, California-based Acorns helps consumers invest in stocks and bonds and operates on a subscription-based model that has four million subscribers in the United States.

Its merger with special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Pioneer Merger, which raised about $403 million in an initial public offering earlier this year, comes after a lull in blank-check dealmaking activity due to increased regulatory scrutiny and saturated investor appetite.

SPACs are shell companies that raise funds via a listing to acquire a private company with the purpose of taking it public, allowing such targets to sidestep a traditional IPO.

Reporting by Eva Mathews in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni