(Bloomberg) — Hedge funds together with D.E. Shaw and Saba Capital Administration personal stakes in a particular goal acquisition firm that surged Thursday after former President Donald Trump introduced plans to create his personal publicly traded media agency via a reverse merger.

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Highbridge Capital Administration and Palm Seaside, Florida-based Lighthouse Funding Companions additionally maintain shares of the blank-check firm, Digital World Acquisition Corp., based on information compiled by Bloomberg. Digital World skyrocketed 357{c34e2c9cd63a11c97fab811dbaaefe0cfbb1edd2527888e1a44d36f3491ee811} to shut at $45.50 as retail traders piled into the inventory, pushing its market worth to $1.83 billion.

D.E. Shaw and Highbridge declined to remark, whereas Lighthouse and Saba didn’t instantly reply to messages.

On Wednesday, Trump mentioned the deal will enable him to construct a brand new social media presence after Twitter and Fb banished him from their platforms. The brand new firm can be referred to as Fact Media, based on a press release from Trump Media & Expertise Group, which mentioned it plans for the brand new enterprise to be working by the primary quarter, forward of the 2022 mid-term elections.

Learn extra: Trump Plans to Regain Social Media Presence With New Firm

Hedge funds put money into SPACs as a result of the flexibility to redeem shares for money on the time of a merger makes such trades low-risk. Warrants given to traders within the preliminary public providing, coupled with the likelihood that the shares will commerce above the redemption worth, present upside on the commerce. The funds typically have little involvement within the administration of a SPAC or its selection of a goal.

Digital World, led by Chief Government Officer Patrick Orlando and based mostly in Miami, held its IPO at $10 a share on Sept. 2. EF Hutton, an funding financial institution rebranded in June from Kingswood Capital Markets, managed the providing.

(Updates with closing share worth, market worth in second paragraph.)

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D.E. Shaw, Saba Amongst Companies Profitable Huge on Trump SPAC Plan