Capital One Ventures Enters into Agreement to Invest in Inspirato, Forging a New Strategic Partnership
DENVER, Aug. 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Inspirato Incorporated (“Inspirato”) (NASDAQ: ISPO), the innovative luxury travel subscription brand, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement for a new $25 million convertible note investment from Capital One Ventures. The capital is expected to provide broad operating flexibility to Inspirato as it continues to enhance the luxury travel experience it delivers for its members.
"Through strategic investing, we look to harness the potential of innovative companies that could integrate well with Capital One’s business and infrastructure,” said Nathan Krishnamurthy, partner, Capital One Ventures. “With its access to extraordinary properties around the world, a well-developed technology footprint, and white glove service capabilities, Inspirato offers a unique membership for luxury travelers.”
Inspirato members enjoy access to a portfolio of branded luxury vacation homes, accommodations at five-star hotel and resort partners, and custom travel experiences. Options span Europe’s best cities, chic American ski towns, exclusive Caribbean islands, African safaris, and tickets to iconic sporting and cultural events. Every Inspirato trip includes distinctive five-star personalized service, with pre-trip planning, expert local concierge, and housekeeping.
“Inspirato is an innovator in the travel space, providing unique offerings and extraordinary service to its members, and we are thrilled to partner with them,” said Jenn Scheurich, Vice President of Capital One Travel.
“Inspirato is focused on leveraging innovation to drive customer satisfaction and growth,” said Inspirato Co-Founder and CEO Brent Handler. “This investment enables us to set a global standard for luxury travel and continue enhancing our exceptional experiences to meet evolving consumer needs.”
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz served as counsel for Capital One Ventures, and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC served as financial advisor to Capital One Ventures. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati served as counsel for Inspirato, and Moelis & Company LLC served as financial advisor to Inspirato. The issuance of the convertible note is subject to certain closing conditions, including the entry into a commercial agreement between Inspirato and Capital One prior to the closing, and the receipt of Inspirato shareholder approvals.
This announcement is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any of these securities (including the shares of Inspirato common stock, if any, into which the convertible notes will be convertible) and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation, or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful.
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Inspirato (NASDAQ: ISPO) is a luxury travel subscription company that provides exclusive access to a managed and controlled portfolio of curated vacation options, delivered through an innovative model designed to ensure the service, certainty, and value that discerning customers demand. The Inspirato portfolio includes branded luxury vacation homes, accommodations at five-star hotel and resort partners, and custom travel experiences. For more information, visit www.inspirato.com and follow @inspirato on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
Inspirato, its directors and certain executive officers are participants in the solicitation of proxies from stockholders in connection with a special meeting of stockholders to approve the issuance of the convertible notes and certain related amendments to Inspirato’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation (the “Special Meeting”). Inspirato plans to file a proxy statement (the “Special Meeting Proxy Statement”) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) in connection with the solicitation of proxies for the Special Meeting. Additional information regarding such participants, including their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be included in the Special Meeting Proxy Statement and other relevant documents to be filed with the SEC in connection with the Special Meeting. Information relating to the foregoing can also be found in Inspriato’s definitive proxy statement for its 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “2023 Proxy Statement”), which was filed with the SEC on April 6, 2023. To the extent that such participants’ holdings of Inspirato securities have changed since the amounts printed in the 2023 Proxy Statement, such changes have been or will be reflected on Statements of Change in Ownership on Form 4 filed with the SEC.
Promptly after filing the definitive Special Meeting Proxy Statement with the SEC, Inspirato will mail the definitive Special Meeting Proxy Statement and related proxy card to each stockholder entitled to vote at the Special Meeting. STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE SPECIAL MEETING PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT INSPIRATO WILL FILE WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Stockholders may obtain, free of charge, the preliminary and definitive versions of the Special Meeting Proxy Statement, any amendments or supplements thereto, and any other relevant documents filed by Inspirato with the SEC in connection with the Special Meeting at the SEC’s website (http://www.sec.gov). Copies of Inspirato’s definitive Special Meeting Proxy Statement, any amendments or supplements thereto, and any other relevant documents filed by Inspirato with the SEC in connection with the Special Meeting will also be available, free of charge, at Inspirato’s investor relations website (https://investor.inspirato.com/) or by writing to Inspirato Incorporated, 1544 Wazee Street, Denver, Colorado 80202, Attention: Investor Relations.