WILMINGTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Symbotic LLC, a revolutionary A.I.-enabled technology platform provider for the supply chain and a leader in robotics-based automation, names Michael J. Loparco as Chief Executive Officer. Rick Cohen will remain Chairman of the Board and President, and will focus on product development and customer engagement as Chief Product Officer.
“Symbotic has an exciting future. We are looking forward to becoming a public company listed on the Nasdaq. This expansive growth requires us to ensure that we have the right leader in place to take us to the next level.” said Rick Cohen, Chairman of the Board, President & Chief Product Officer. Symbotic previously announced its entry into a business combination agreement with SVF Investment Corp. 3 (NASDAQ: SVFC), a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), that is expected to make Symbotic a public company listed on the Nasdaq. In connection with the proposed business combination, SVF Investment Corp. 3 filed an amended registration statement on Form S-4 with the SEC on March 23, 2022, which includes a preliminary proxy statement and prospectus of SVF Investment Corp. 3.
“Michael has more than 20 years of industry experience and with his recent experience as Executive Vice President and CEO of Electronics Manufacturing Services of Jabil Inc., will be a valuable addition as we reinvent the warehouse for retailers and wholesalers. He is a highly regarded leader that has led through times of extensive change and growth with much success,” continued Cohen. “We are excited to welcome Michael to the Symbotic family and look forward to his leadership in our next phase of growth.”
Symbotic LLC is a robotics and automation-based product movement technology platform provider focused on transforming the consumer goods supply chain. Symbotic has spent more than a decade perfecting its warehouse automation platform to disrupt the supply chain of goods between manufacturers and consumers. Symbotic’s unique platform, with more than 250 issued patents, is an end-to-end system that reimagines every aspect of the warehouse and is fueled by a unique combination of proprietary software and a fleet of fully autonomous robots. The system enhances storage density, increases available SKUs, reduces product damage and improves throughput and speed to customers. Symbotic is rapidly growing with a pipeline to build its transformative systems for Fortune 100 retailers and wholesalers in new and existing warehouses throughout the United States and Canada. For more information about Symbotic, visit https://www.symbotic.com.
About SVF Investment Corp. 3
SVF Investment Corp. 3 is a blank check company formed by an affiliate of SoftBank Investment Advisers (“SBIA”). Through the SoftBank Vision Funds, SBIA is investing up to $150 billion in many of the world’s leading technology companies, including those they helped take public such as l0X Genomics, Aurora, Auto1, Autostore, Berkshire Gray, Beike, Compass, Coupang, DiDi, Dingdong Maicai, DoorDash, Exscientia, Full Truck Alliance, Grab, Guardant Health, lonQ, JD Logistics, OneConnect, Opendoor, Paytm, PingAn Good Doctor, Policybazaar, Qualtrics, Relay Therapeutics, Roivant, Seer, Slack, Uber, View, Vir, WeWork, Zhangmen, ZhongAn Insurance and Zymergen. SBIA’s global reach, unparalleled ecosystem, and patient capital help founders build transformative businesses.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including, but not limited to, SVF Investment Corp. 3’s (“SVF”) and Warehouse Technologies LLC’s (“Symbotic”) expectations or predictions of future financial or business performance or conditions. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Generally, statements that are not historical facts, including statements concerning our possible or assumed future actions, business strategies, events or results of operations, are forward-looking statements. These statements may be preceded by, followed by or include the words “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “projects,” “forecasts,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “plans,” “scheduled,” “anticipates” or “intends” or similar expressions. Such 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 SVF’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on March 23, 2022 and SVF’s registration statement on Form S-4 filed with the SEC on February 4, 2022 as amended on March 23, 2022. These risk factors will be important to consider in determining future results and should be reviewed in their entirety. These forward-looking statements are expressed in good faith, and SVF and Symbotic believe there is a reasonable basis for them. However, there can be no assurance that the events, results or trends identified in these forward-looking statements will occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and neither SVF nor Symbotic is under any obligation, and expressly disclaim any obligation, to update, alter or otherwise revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Readers should carefully review the statements set forth in the reports, which SVF has filed or will file from time to time with the SEC.
In addition to factors previously disclosed in SVF’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 23, 2022 and SVF’s registration statement on Form S-4 filed with the SEC on February 4, 2022 as amended on March 23, 2022 and those identified elsewhere in this press release, 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 a business combination between SVF and Symbotic (the “Business Combination”) pursuant to that certain Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated December 12, 2021 (the “Merger Agreement”), by and among SVF, Warehouse Technologies LLC, Symbotic Holdings LLC and Saturn Acquisition (DE) Corp., including approval by stockholders of SVF and Symbotic on the expected terms and schedule; delay in closing the Business Combination; failure to realize the benefits expected from the proposed transaction; the effects of pending and future legislation; risks related to disruption of management time from ongoing business operations due to the proposed transaction; business disruption following the transaction; risks related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the financial condition and results of operations of SVF and Symbotic; the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the Merger Agreement or the termination of any of certain subscription agreements entered into by SVF with certain parties in connection with the Merger Agreement; the amount of redemption requests made by SVF’s stockholders; the effect of the announcement or pendency of the transaction on Symbotic’s business relationships, performance, and business generally; the ability to meet NASDAQ listing standards following the consummation of the Business Combination; the amount of the costs, fees, expenses and other charges related to the transaction; the ability of SVF to issue equity securities in connection with the transaction; and other consequences associated with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures and legislative and regulatory actions and reforms.
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SVF filed a registration statement on Form S-4 with the SEC on February 4, 2022 as amended on March 23, 2022, which includes a preliminary proxy statement and a prospectus of SVF, and each party will file other documents regarding the proposed transaction with the SEC. After the registration statement is declared effective, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus will also be sent to the stockholders of SVF and unitholders of Symbotic, seeking required stockholder or unitholder approval. Before making any voting or investment decision, investors and security holders of SVF and Symbotic are urged to carefully read the entire registration statement and proxy statement/prospectus and any other relevant documents filed with the SEC, as well as any amendments or supplements to these documents, because they will contain important information about the proposed transaction. The documents filed by SVF with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, the documents filed by SVF may be obtained free of charge from SVF at https://www.svfinvestmentcorp.com/svfc/. Alternatively, these documents can be obtained free of charge from SVF upon written request to SVF INVESTMENT CORP. 3, 1 Circle Star Way, San Carlos, California 94070, United States Attn: Secretary, or by calling 650-562-8100.
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