UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

(Mark One)

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2022

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the transition period from          to

 

Commission File No. 001-41144

 

ATHENA TECHNOLOGY ACQUISITION CORP. II

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware   87-2447308

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

 

442 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10018

(Address of Principal Executive Offices, including zip code)

 

(970) 925-1572

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

N/A

(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Units, each consisting of one share of Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, and one-half of one redeemable warrant   ATEK.U   New York Stock Exchange
Shares of Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, included as part of the units   ATEK   New York Stock Exchange
Redeemable warrants, each exercisable for one share of Class A common stock for $11.50 per share   ATEK WS   New York Stock Exchange

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes ☒ No ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes ☒ No ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

  ☐ Large accelerated filer ☐ Accelerated filer
  Non-accelerated filer Smaller reporting company
    Emerging growth company

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act): Yes No ☐

 

As of November 14, 2022 there were 26,328,750 shares of Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, and 8,881,250 shares of Class B common stock, par value $0.0001, issued and outstanding.

 

 

 

 

 

ATHENA TECHNOLOGY ACQUISITION CORP. II

QUARTERLY REPORT ON FORM 10-Q

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

    Page
PART 1 – FINANCIAL INFORMATION  
     
Item 1. Interim Financial Statements (Unaudited) 1
     
  Condensed Balance Sheets as of September 30, 2022 (Unaudited) and December 31, 2021 1
     
  Unaudited Condensed Statements of Operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022 and for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and for the period May 20, 2021 (inception) through September 30, 2021 2
     
  Unaudited Condensed Statements of Changes in Stockholder’s Equity (Deficit) for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022 and for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and for the period May 20, 2021 (inception) through September 30, 2021 3
     
  Unaudited Condensed Statement of Cash Flows for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 and for the period May 20, 2021 (inception) through September 30, 2021 4
     
  Notes to Condensed Financial Statements (Unaudited) 5
     
Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations 18
     
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk 22
     
Item 4. Controls and Procedures 22
     
PART II – OTHER INFORMATION 23
     
Item 1. Legal Proceedings 23
     
Item 1A. Risk Factors 23
     
Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds 24
     
Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities 24
     
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures 24
     
Item 5. Other Information 24
     
Item 6. Exhibits 25
     
SIGNATURES 26

 

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ITEM 1. INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)

 

ATHENA TECHNOLOGY ACQUISITION CORP. II

CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS

 

  


As of
September 30,

2022

   As of
December 31,
2021
 
   (Unaudited)     
ASSETS        
CURRENT ASSETS        
Cash  $516,408   $1,526,464 
Prepaid expenses and other assets   289,366    304,961 
Due from affiliate   
—  
    25,000 
Total current assets   805,774    1,856,425 
Prepaid expense non - current   63,328    276,767 
Deferred tax asset   —      13,707 
Investments held in Trust Account   257,816,980    256,288,315 
TOTAL ASSETS  $258,686,082   $258,435,214 
           
LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE COMMON STOCK AND STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT          
           
CURRENT LIABILITIES          
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  $257,288   $637,350 
Franchise tax payable   217,995    67,995 
Income tax payable   261,729    —   
Total current liabilities   737,012    705,345 
Deferred underwriting fee payable   8,956,250    8,956,250 
Total liabilities   9,693,262    9,661,595 
           
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES   
 
    
 
 
           
REDEEMABLE COMMON STOCK          
Common stock subject to possible redemption, $0.0001 par value, 25,375,000 shares at redemption value of $10.14 per share and $10.10 per share, at September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively   257,337,256    256,287,500 
STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT          
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding at September 30, 2022 or December 31, 2021   
—  
    
—  
 
Class A common stock; $0.0001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 953,750 shares issued and outstanding (excluding 25,375,000 shares subject to possible redemption) at September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021   95    95 
Class B common stock; $0.0001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; 8,881,250 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021   888    888 
Additional paid-in capital   
—  
    
—  
 
Accumulated deficit   (8,345,419)   (7,514,864)
           
Total stockholders’ deficit   (8,344,436)   (7,513,881)
           
LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE COMMON STOCK AND STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT  $258,686,082   $258,435,214 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited condensed financial statements

 

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ATHENA TECHNOLOGY ACQUISITION CORP. II

UNAUDITED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

FOR THE THREE AND NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2022

 

   For the
three months
ended
September 30,
  

For the
nine months ended
September 30,

  

For the

period

May 20,

2021 (inception) through September 30,

 
   2022   2021   2022   2021 
OPERATING EXPENSES                
General and administrative  $293,952   $1,160   $884,137   $1,160 
Franchise tax   50,000    
—  
    150,000    
—  
 
Total operating expenses   343,952    1,160    1,034,137    1,160 
OTHER INCOME                    
Interest income on investments held in Trust Account and other income   1,156,843    
—  
    1,528,774    
—  
 
Total other income   1,156,843    
—  
    1,528,774    
—  
 
                     
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES   812,891    (1,160)   494,637    (1,160)
Provision for income taxes   (232,436)   
—  
    (275,436)   
—  
 
NET INCOME (LOSS)  $580,455   $(1,160)  $219,201   $(1,160)
                     
Weighted average shares outstanding of Class A common stock   26,328,750    
—  
    26,328,750    
—  
 
Basic and diluted net income (loss) per share, Class A
  $0.02    
—  
   $0.01    
—  
 
Weighted average shares outstanding of Class B common stock   8,881,250    8,750,000    8,881,250    8,750,000 
Basic and diluted net income (loss) per share, Class B
  $0.02   $(0.00)  $0.01   $(0.00)

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited condensed financial statements

 

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ATHENA TECHNOLOGY ACQUISITION CORP. II

UNAUDITED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)

FOR THE THREE AND NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2022

 

   Common stock   Additional       Total 
   Class A   Class B   paid-in   Accumulated   Stockholders’ 
   Shares   Amount   Shares   Amount   capital   deficit   deficit 
Balance, December 31, 2021   953,750   $95    8,881,250   $888   $
       —  
   $(7,514,864)  $(7,513,881)
Net loss   —      
—  
    —      
—  
    
—  
    (341,459)   (341,459)
Balance, March 31, 2022   953,750    95    8,881,250    888    —      (7,856,323)   (7,855,340)
Net loss   —      
—  
    —      
—  
    
—  
    (19,795)   (19,795)
Balance, June 30, 2022   953,750    95    8,881,250    888    —      (7,876,118)   (7,875,135)
Remeasurement of common stock subject to redemption   —      —      —      —      —      (1,049,756)   (1,049,756)
Net income   —      
—  
    —      
—  
    
—  
    580,455    580,455 
Balance, September 30, 2022   953,750   $95    8,881,250   $888   $
—  
   $(8,345,419)  $(8,344,436)

 

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2021, AND FOR THE PERIOD MAY 20, 2021

(INCEPTION) THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

 

       Additional       Total 
   Class B Common stock   paid-in   Accumulated   stockholder’s 
   Shares   Amount   Capital   Deficit   equity 
Balance, May 20, 2021 (inception)   
—  
   $
—  
   $
—  
   $
—  
   $
—  
 
Issuance of common stock to Sponsor (1)   8,881,250    888    23,994    
—  
    25,000 
Balance, June 30, 2021   8,881,250    888    23,994    —      25,000 
Net loss   —      
—  
    —      (1,160)   (1,160)
Balance, September 30, 2021   8,881,250   $888   $23,994   $(1,160)  $23,840 

 

(1) This number includes an aggregate of up to 1,312,500 shares of Class B common stock subject to forfeiture if the over-allotment option is not exercised in full or in part by the underwriter (see Note 7). On December 9, 2021, as a result of the partial exercise of the over-allotment option, the Sponsor forfeited 1,181,250 of these shares and the remaining Class B common stock are no longer subject to forfeiture.

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited condensed financial statements

  

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ATHENA TECHNOLOGY ACQUISITION CORP. II

UNAUDITED CONDENSED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

 

   For the
nine months
ended September 30,
   For the period
from
May 20,
2021
(Inception)
through September 30,
 
  2022   2021 
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES        
Net income (loss)  $219,201   $(1,160)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash used in operating activities:          
Interest income on investments held in Trust Account and other   (1,528,665)   —   
Income tax payable   275,436    —   
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
Prepaid expenses and other   229,034    —   
Due from affiliates   25,000    —   
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   (380,062)   1,160 
Franchise tax payable   150,000    —   
Net cash used in operating activities   (1,010,056)   —   
           
NET CHANGE IN CASH   (1,010,056)   —   
CASH, BEGINNING OF PERIOD   1,526,464    —   
CASH, END OF PERIOD  $
516 ,408
   $—   
           
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash activities:          
Prepaid expenses paid by Sponsor in exchange for issuance of Class B common stock   —      25,000 
Deferred offering costs included in accrued offering costs   —      20,000 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited condensed financial statements

  

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ATHENA TECHNOLOGY ACQUISITION CORP. II

NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 (UNAUDITED)

 

Note 1 – Organization and Business Operations

 

Athena Technology Acquisition Corp. II (the “Company”) was incorporated in Delaware on May 20, 2021. The Company is a blank check company formed for the purpose of entering into a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, recapitalization, reorganization or other similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities (a “Business Combination”).

 

The Company is not limited to a particular industry or geographic region for purposes of consummating a Business Combination. The Company is an early stage and emerging growth company and, as such, the Company is subject to all of the risks associated with early stage and emerging growth companies.

 

As of September 30, 2022, the Company had not commenced any operations. All activity through September 30, 2022, relates to the Company’s formation and Initial Public Offering (“IPO”), which is described below and, since the offering, the search for a prospective initial Business Combination. The Company will not generate any operating revenues until after the completion of its initial Business Combination, at the earliest. The Company generates non-operating income in the form of interest income earned on investments from the proceeds derived from the IPO.

 

The registration statement for the Company’s IPO was declared effective on December 9, 2021. On December 14, 2021, the Company consummated the IPO of 25,000,000 units (“Units”). Each Unit consists of one share of Class A common stock (the “Public Shares”) and one-half of one redeemable warrant (each, a “Public Warrant”), with each warrant entitling the holder thereof to purchase one share of Class A common stock for $11.50 per share. The Units were sold at a price of $10.00 per Unit, generating gross proceeds of $250,000,000, which is discussed in Note 3.

 

Simultaneously with the closing of the IPO, the Company consummated the sale (“Private Placement”) of 950,000 private placement units (“Private Placement Units”) to the Company’s sponsor, Athena Technology Sponsor II, LLC (the “Sponsor”). Each Private Placement Unit consists of one share of Class A common stock (“Placement Shares”) and one-half of one redeemable warrant (each, a “Private Placement Warrant”). Each Private Placement Warrant will be exercisable to purchase one share of Class A common stock at a price of $11.50 per share. The Private Placement Units were sold at a price of $10.00 per Private Placement Unit, generating gross proceeds of $9,500,000, which is described in Note 4.

 

Subsequent to the closing of the IPO, on December 28, 2021, the Company consummated the closing of the sale of 375,000 additional Units (“Over-allotment Units”) upon receiving notice of the underwriters’ election to partially exercise its over-allotment option, generating additional gross proceeds of $3,750,000. Simultaneously with the exercise of the over-allotment, the Company consummated the private placement of an additional 3,750 Private Placement Units to the Sponsor at a purchase price of $10.00 per Private Placement Unit, generating gross proceeds of $37,500.

 

Offering costs for the IPO and over-allotment amounted to $14,420,146, consisting of $5,000,000 of underwriting fees, $8,956,250 of deferred underwriting fees payable (which are held in the Trust Account (defined below)) and $463,896 of other costs. As described in Note 6, the $8,956,250 of deferred underwriting fee payable is contingent upon the consummation of a Business Combination by June 14, 2023, subject to the terms of the underwriting agreement.

 

Following the closing of the IPO, $252,500,000 ($10.10 per Unit) from the net proceeds of the sale of the Units in the IPO and the Private Placement Units was placed in a trust account (“Trust Account”) and invested in U.S. government securities, within the meaning set forth in Section 2(a)(16) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “Investment Company Act”), with a maturity of 185 days or less or in any open-ended investment company that holds itself out as a money market fund selected by the Company meeting the conditions of paragraphs (d)(2), (d)(3) and (d)(4) of Rule 2a-7 of the Investment Company Act, as determined by the Company, until the earlier of: (i) the completion of a Business Combination and (ii) the distribution of the Trust Account, as described below. 

 

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The Company’s management has broad discretion with respect to the specific application of the net proceeds of the IPO and the sale of the Private Placement Units, although substantially all of the net proceeds are intended to be applied generally toward consummating a Business Combination. There is no assurance that the Company will be able to complete a Business Combination successfully. The Company must complete one or more initial Business Combinations having an aggregate fair market value of at least 80% of the assets held in the Trust Account (excluding the deferred underwriting commissions and taxes payable on income earned on the Trust Account) at the time of the agreement to enter into the initial Business Combination. However, the Company will only complete a Business Combination if the post-transaction company owns or acquires 50% or more of the outstanding voting securities of the target or otherwise acquires a controlling interest in the target sufficient for it not to be required to register as an investment company under the Investment Company Act. There is no assurance the Company will be able to successfully effect a Business Combination.

 

The Company will provide the holders of the outstanding Public Shares (the “Public Stockholders”) with the opportunity to redeem all or a portion of their Public Shares upon the completion of a Business Combination either (i) in connection with a stockholder meeting called to approve the Business Combination or (ii) by means of a tender offer. The decision as to whether the Company will seek stockholder approval of a Business Combination or conduct a tender offer will be made by the Company. The Public Stockholders will be entitled to redeem their Public Shares for a pro rata portion of the amount then in the Trust Account (initially anticipated to be $10.10 per Public Share, plus any pro rata interest then in the Trust Account, net of taxes payable). There will be no redemption rights with respect to the Company’s Public Warrants and Private Placement Warrants (together, the “Warrants”).

 

All of the Public Shares contain a redemption feature which allows for the redemption of such Public Shares in connection with the Company’s liquidation, if there is a stockholder vote or tender offer in connection with the Company’s Business Combination and in connection with certain amendments to the Company’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation (as amended on December 8, 2021, the Company’s “Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation”). In accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 480-10-S99, redemption provisions not solely within the control of a company require Class A common stock subject to redemption to be classified outside of permanent equity. Given that the Public Shares will be issued with other freestanding instruments (i.e., Public Warrants), the initial carrying value of Class A common stock classified as temporary equity will be the allocated proceeds determined in accordance with ASC 470-20. The Class A common stock are subject to ASC 480-10-S99. If it is probable that the equity instrument will become redeemable, the Company has the option to either (i) accrete changes in the redemption value over the period from the date of issuance (or from the date that it becomes probable that the instrument will become redeemable, if later) to the earliest redemption date of the instrument or (ii) recognize changes in the redemption value immediately as they occur and adjust the carrying amount of the instrument to equal the redemption value at the end of each reporting period. The Company has elected to recognize the changes immediately. While redemptions cannot cause the Company’s net tangible assets to fall below $5,000,001, the Public Shares are redeemable and are classified as such on the balance sheet until such date that a redemption event takes place.

 

Redemptions of the Company’s Public Shares may be subject to the satisfaction of conditions, including minimum cash conditions, pursuant to an agreement relating to the Company’s Business Combination. If the Company seeks stockholder approval of the Business Combination, the Company will proceed with a Business Combination if a majority of the shares voted are voted in favor of the Business Combination, or such other vote as required by law or stock exchange rule. If a stockholder vote is not required by applicable law or stock exchange listing requirements and the Company does not decide to hold a stockholder vote for business or other reasons, the Company will, pursuant to its Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, conduct the redemptions pursuant to the tender offer rules of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and file tender offer documents with the SEC prior to completing a Business Combination. If, however, stockholder approval of the transaction is required by applicable law or stock exchange listing requirements, or the Company decides to obtain stockholder approval for business or other reasons, the Company will offer to redeem shares in conjunction with a proxy solicitation pursuant to the proxy rules and not pursuant to the tender offer rules.

 

If the Company seeks stockholder approval in connection with a Business Combination, the Company’s Sponsor, officers and directors (the “Initial Stockholders”) have agreed to vote their Founder Shares (as defined in Note 5) and any Public Shares purchased during or after the IPO in favor of approving a Business Combination. Additionally, each Public Stockholder may elect to redeem their Public Shares without voting, and if they do vote, irrespective of whether they vote for or against the proposed transaction. 

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation provides that a Public Stockholder, together with any affiliate of such stockholder or any other person with whom such stockholder is acting in concert or as a “group” (as defined under Section 13 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)), will be restricted from redeeming its shares with respect to more than an aggregate of 15% or more of the Class A common stock sold in the IPO, without the prior consent of the Company.

 

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The Initial Stockholders have agreed not to propose an amendment to the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation that would affect the substance or timing of the Company’s obligation to redeem 100% of its Public Shares if the Company does not complete a Business Combination, unless the Company provides the Public Stockholders with the opportunity to redeem their shares of Class A common stock in conjunction with any such amendment.

 

If the Company is unable to complete a Business Combination by June 14, 2023, 18 months from the closing of the IPO (“Combination Period”), the Company will (i) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up, (ii) as promptly as reasonably possible but not more than ten business days thereafter, redeem the Public Shares, at a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account and not previously released to us to pay the Company’s franchise and income taxes (less up to $100,000 of interest to pay dissolution expenses), divided by the number of then outstanding Public Shares, which redemption will completely extinguish Public Stockholders’ rights as stockholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any), subject to applicable law, and (iii) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of the Company’s remaining stockholders and the Company’s board of directors, dissolve and liquidate, subject in each case to the Company’s obligations under Delaware law to provide for claims of creditors and the requirements of other applicable law.

 

The Initial Stockholders have agreed to waive their liquidation rights with respect to the Founder Shares if the Company fails to complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period. However, if the Initial Stockholders should acquire Public Shares in or after the IPO, they will be entitled to liquidating distributions from the Trust Account with respect to such Public Shares if the Company fails to complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period. The underwriters have agreed to waive their rights to its deferred underwriting commission (see Note 6) held in the Trust Account in the event the Company does not complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period, and, in such event, such amounts will be included with the other funds held in the Trust Account that will be available to fund the redemption of the Public Shares. In the event of such distribution, it is possible that the per share value of the residual assets remaining available for distribution (including Trust Account assets) will be only $10.10 per shares held in the Trust Account. In order to protect the amounts held in the Trust Account, the Sponsor has agreed to be liable to the Company if and to the extent any claims by (i) any third party for services rendered or products sold to the Company or (ii) any prospective target business with which the Company has entered into a written letter of intent, confidentiality or other similar agreement or Business Combination agreement (a “Target”), reduce the amount of funds in the Trust Account; provided, however, that such indemnification of the Company by the Sponsor shall apply only to the extent necessary to ensure that any such claims by a third party or a Target do not reduce the amount of funds in the Trust Account to below the lesser of (i) $10.10 per Public Share and (ii) the actual amount per Public Share held in the Trust Account as of the date of the liquidation of the Trust Account, if less than $10.10 per Public Share is then held in the Trust Account due to reductions in the value of the trust assets, less taxes payable. This liability will not apply with respect to any claims by a third party or a Target which executed a waiver of any and all rights to the monies held in the Trust Account or to any claims under the Company’s indemnity of the underwriters of the IPO against certain liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).

 

Moreover, in the event that an executed waiver is deemed to be unenforceable against a third party, the Sponsor will not be responsible to the extent of any liability for such third-party claims. The Company will seek to reduce the possibility that the Sponsor will have to indemnify the Trust Account due to claims of creditors by endeavoring to have all vendors, service providers (except the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm), prospective target businesses or other entities with which the Company does business, execute agreements waiving any right, title, interest or claim of any kind in or to monies held in the Trust Account.

 

Risks and Uncertainties

 

In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of a novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) as a pandemic which continues to spread throughout the United States and the world. As of the date the financial statements were issued, there was considerable uncertainty around the expected duration of this pandemic. Management continues to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Company has concluded that while it is reasonably possible that COVID-19 could have a negative effect on identifying a target company for a Business Combination, the specific impact is not readily determinable as of the date of the financial statements. The financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of this uncertainty.

 

In February 2022, the Russian Federation and Belarus commenced a military action with the country of Ukraine. As a result of this action, various nations, including the United States, have instituted economic sanctions against the Russian Federation and Belarus. Further, the impact of this action and related sanctions on the world economy is not determinable as of the date of these financial statements. The specific impact on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows is also not determinable as of the date of these unaudited condensed financial statements. 

 

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On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (the “IR Act”), which, among other things, imposes a new 1% U.S. federal excise tax on certain repurchases of stock by “covered corporations” (which include publicly traded domestic (i.e., U.S.) corporations) beginning in 2023, with certain exceptions (the “Excise Tax”). The Excise Tax is imposed on the repurchasing corporation itself, not its stockholders from which the stock is repurchased. Because we are a Delaware corporation and our securities are trading on the NYSE, we are a “covered corporation” for this purpose. The amount of the Excise Tax is generally 1% of the fair market value of the shares repurchased at the time of the repurchase. However, for purposes of calculating the Excise Tax, repurchasing corporations are permitted to net the fair market value of certain new stock issuances against the fair market value of stock repurchases during the same taxable year. In addition, certain exceptions apply to the Excise Tax. The U.S. Department of the Treasury has authority to provide regulations and other guidance to carry out, and prevent the abuse or avoidance of the Excise Tax; however, no guidance has been issued to date. It is uncertain whether, and/or to what extent, the Excise Tax could apply to any repurchase by us of our common stock or in the event of our liquidation, in each instance after December 31, 2022, including any redemptions in connection with our initial Business Combination or in the event we do not consummate our initial Business Combination.

 

Whether and to what extent we would be subject to the Excise Tax on a redemption of our shares of Class A common stock or other stock issued by us would depend on a number of factors, including (i) whether the redemption is treated as a repurchase of stock for purposes of the Excise Tax, (ii) the fair market value of the redemption treated as a repurchase of stock in connection with our initial Business Combination, an extension or otherwise (iii) the structure of our initial Business Combination, (iv) the nature and amount of any “PIPE” or other equity issuances in connection with our initial Business Combination (or otherwise issued not in connection with our initial Business Combination but issued within the same taxable year of a redemption treated as a repurchase of stock) and (v) the content of regulations and other guidance from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. As noted above, the Excise Tax would be payable by us, and not by the redeeming holder. The imposition of the Excise Tax could cause a reduction in the cash available on hand to complete our initial Business Combination or for effecting redemptions and may affect our ability to complete our initial Business Combination. In addition, the Excise Tax could cause a reduction in the per share amount payable to our Public Stockholders in the event we liquidate the Trust Account due to a failure to complete our initial Business Combination within the requisite timeframe.

 

Going Concern Consideration and Capital Resources

 

As of September 30, 2022, the Company had $516,408 in its operating bank accounts, $257,816,980 in securities held in the Trust Account to be used for a Business Combination or to repurchase or redeem its common stock in connection therewith and working capital of $548,486. As of September 30, 2022, approximately $1,528,665 of the amount on deposit in the Trust Account represented interest income, which is available to pay the Company’s tax obligations.

 

In order to finance transaction costs in connection with a Business Combination, the Sponsor or an affiliate of the Sponsor, or certain of the Company’s officers and directors may, but are not obligated to, loan the Company funds as may be required (“Working Capital Loans”). If the Company completes a Business Combination, the Company will repay the Working Capital Loans out of the proceeds of the Trust Account released to the Company. Otherwise, the Working Capital Loans would be repaid only out of funds held outside the Trust Account. In the event that a Business Combination does not close, the Company may use a portion of proceeds held outside the Trust Account to repay the Working Capital Loans, but no proceeds held in the Trust Account would be used to repay the Working Capital Loans. Except for the foregoing, the terms of such Working Capital Loans, if any, have not been determined and no written agreements exist with respect to such loans. The Working Capital Loans would either be repaid upon consummation of a Business Combination, without interest, or, at the lender’s discretion, up to $1.5 million of such Working Capital Loans may be convertible into units of the post Business Combination entity at a price of $10.00 per unit. The units would be identical to the Private Placement Units. As of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, there were no Working Capital Loans outstanding.

 

Based on the foregoing, management believes that the Company will have sufficient working capital and borrowing capacity to meet its needs through the earlier of the consummation of a Business Combination or one year from this filing. Over this time period, the Company will be using these funds to pay existing accounts payable, identifying and evaluating prospective initial Business Combination candidates, performing due diligence on prospective target businesses, paying for travel expenditures, selecting the target business to merge with or acquire, and structuring, negotiating and consummating the Business Combination.

 

However, in connection with the Company’s assessment of going concern considerations in accordance with FASB ASC 205-40, “Presentation of Financial Statements - Going Concern” (“ASC 205-40”), management has determined that mandatory liquidation and subsequent dissolution raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. The Company intends to complete its initial Business Combination before the mandatory liquidation date; however, there can be no assurance that the Company will be able to consummate any Business Combination by June 14, 2023. No adjustments have been made to the carrying amounts of assets or liabilities should the Company be required to liquidate after June 14, 2023. The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustment that might be necessary if the Company is unable to continue as a going concern.

 

Note 2 — Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The accompanying unaudited condensed financial statements of the Company are presented in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”) and pursuant to the rules and regulations of the SEC. Certain information or footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP have been condensed or omitted, pursuant to the rules and regulations of the SEC for interim financial reporting. Accordingly, they do not include all the information and footnotes necessary for a complete presentation of financial position, results of operations or cash flows. In the opinion of management, the accompanying unaudited condensed financial statements include all adjustments, consisting of a normal recurring nature, which are necessary for a fair presentation of the financial position, operating results and cash flows for the periods presented. Operating results for the periods three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected through December 31, 2022, or any future period.

 

The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, as filed with the SEC on March 24, 2022.

 

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Emerging Growth Company

 

The Company is an emerging growth company as defined in Section 102(b)(1) of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (the “JOBS Act”), which exempts emerging growth companies from being required to comply with new or revised financial accounting standards until private companies (that is, those that have not had a Securities Act registration statement declared effective or do not have a class of securities registered under the Exchange Act) are required to comply with the new or revised financial accounting standards. The JOBS Act provides that an emerging growth company can elect to opt out of the extended transition period and comply with the requirements that apply to non-emerging growth companies but any such election to opt out is irrevocable. The Company has elected not to opt out of such extended transition period, which means that when a standard is issued or revised, and it has different application dates for public or private companies, the Company, as an emerging growth company, can adopt the new or revised standard at the time private companies adopt the new or revised standard.

 

This may make comparison of the Company’s financial statements with another public company that is neither an emerging growth company nor an emerging growth company that has opted out of using the extended transition period difficult or impossible because of the potential differences in accounting standards used.

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires the Company’s management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the unaudited condensed financial statements and the reported amounts of income and expenses during the reporting periods. Making estimates requires management to exercise significant judgment. Such estimates may be subject to change as more current information becomes available and accordingly the actual results could differ significantly from those estimates. It is at least reasonably possible that the estimate of the effect of a condition, situation or set of circumstances that existed at the date of the financial statements, which management considered in formulating its estimate, could change in the near term due to one or more future confirming events. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

The Company considers all short-term investments with an original maturity of three months or less when purchased to be cash equivalents. The Company did not have any cash equivalents as of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021.

 

Investments Held in Trust Account

 

The Company’s portfolio of investments held in the Trust Account is comprised of U.S. government securities, within the meaning set forth in Section 2(a)(16) of the Investment Company Act, with a maturity of 185 days or less, or investments in money market funds that invest in U.S. government securities and generally have a readily determinable fair value, or a combination thereof. When the Company’s investments held in the Trust Account are comprised of U.S. government securities, the investments are classified as trading securities. When the Company’s investments held in the Trust Account are comprised of money market funds, the investments are recognized at fair value. Trading securities and investments in money market funds are presented on the condensed consolidated balance sheets at fair value at the end of each reporting period. Gains and losses resulting from the change in fair value of these securities is included in income (loss) on investments held in the Trust Account in the accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations. The estimated fair values of investments held in the Trust Account are determined using available market information.

 

On September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, the Company had $257,816,980 and $256,288,315 respectively in investments held in Trust Account.

 

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Offering Costs associated with the Initial Public Offering

 

Offering costs for the IPO amounted to $14,420,146, consisting of $5,000,000 of underwriting fees, $8,956,250 of deferred underwriting fees payable (which are held in the Trust Account) and $463,896 of other costs. As described in Note 6, the $8,956,250 of deferred underwriting fee payable is contingent upon the consummation of a Business Combination by June 14, 2023, subject to the terms of the underwriting agreement.

 

Concentration of Credit Risk

 

Financial instruments that potentially subject the Company to concentrations of credit risk consist of cash accounts in a financial institution, which, at times, may exceed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation coverage limit of $250,000. At September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, the Company has not experienced losses on these accounts and management believes the Company is not exposed to significant risks on such accounts.

 

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

The fair value of the Company’s financial assets and liabilities reflects management’s estimate of amounts that the Company would have received in connection with the sale of the assets or paid in connection with the transfer of the liabilities in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. In connection with measuring the fair value of its assets and liabilities, the Company seeks to maximize the use of observable inputs (market data obtained from independent sources) and to minimize the use of unobservable inputs (internal assumptions about how market participants would price assets and liabilities). The following fair value hierarchy is used to classify assets and liabilities based on the observable inputs and unobservable inputs used in order to value the assets and liabilities:

 

Level 1: Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities. An active market for an asset or liability is a market in which transactions for the asset or liability occur with sufficient frequency and volume to provide pricing information on an ongoing basis.

 

Level 2: Observable inputs other than Level 1 inputs. Examples of Level 2 inputs include quoted prices in active markets for similar assets or liabilities and quoted prices for identical assets or liabilities in markets that are not active.

 

Level 3: Unobservable inputs based on our assessment of the assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability.

 

Income Taxes

 

The Company follows the asset and liability method of accounting for income taxes under FASB ASC Topic 740, “Income Taxes.” Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the estimated future tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statements carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is recognized in income in the period that includes the enactment date. Valuation allowances are established, when necessary, to reduce deferred tax assets to the amount expected to be realized.

 

ASC 740 prescribes a recognition threshold and a measurement attribute for the financial statement recognition and measurement of tax positions taken or expected to be taken in a tax return. For those benefits to be recognized, a tax position must be more likely than not to be sustained upon examination by taxing authorities. There were no unrecognized tax benefits as of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021. The Company recognizes accrued interest and penalties related to unrecognized tax benefits as income tax expense. No amounts were accrued for the payment of interest and penalties on September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021. The Company is currently not aware of any issues under review that could result in significant payments, accruals or material deviation from its position. The Company is subject to income tax examinations by major taxing authorities since inception.

 

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Class A Common Stock Subject to Possible Redemption

 

The Company accounts for its Class A common stock subject to possible redemption in accordance with the guidance in ASC Topic 480 “Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity” (“ASC 480”). Shares of Class A common stock subject to mandatory redemption (if any) is classified as a liability instrument and is measured at fair value. Conditionally redeemable Class A common stock (including Class A common stock that features redemption rights that are either within the control of the holder or subject to redemption upon the occurrence of uncertain events not solely within the Company’s control) is classified as temporary equity. At all other times, Class A common stock is classified as stockholders’ equity.

 

The Company’s Class A common stock sold in the IPO and over-allotment feature certain redemption rights that are considered to be outside of the Company’s control and subject to occurrence of uncertain future events. Accordingly, on September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, 25,375,000 shares of Class A common stock subject to possible redemption is presented as temporary equity, outside of the stockholders’ deficit section of the Company’s condensed balance sheet.

 

Under ASC 480-10-S99, the Company has elected to recognize changes in redemption value immediately as they occur and adjusts the carrying value of the Class A common stock subject to possible redemption to equal the redemption value at the end of each reporting period. This method would view the end of the reporting period as if it were also the redemption date for the security. Immediately upon the closing of the Initial Public Offering, the Company recognized the accretion from initial book value to redemption amount, which, resulted in charges against additional paid-in capital (to the extent available) and accumulated deficit.

 

As of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, the shares of Class A common stock subject to possible redemption reflected on the condensed balance sheets is reconciled on the following table:

 

Gross proceeds  $253,750,000 
Less:     
Proceeds allocated to Public Warrants   (9,261,875)
Class A common stock issuance costs   (13,893,811)
Plus: Accretion of carrying value to redemption value   

25,693,186

 
Class A common stock subject to possible redemption at December 31, 2021   256,287,500 
Plus: Accretion of carrying value to redemption value   1,049,756 
Class A common stock subject to possible redemption at September 30, 2022  $257,337,256 

 

Net Income (loss) per Common Stock

 

The Company has two classes of shares, which are referred to as Class A common stock and Class B common stock. Earnings and losses are shared pro rata between the two classes of shares. Public Warrants (see Note 3) and Private Placement Warrants (see Note 4) to purchase 13,164,375 shares of Class A common stock at $11.50 per share were issued on December 14, 2021. At September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, no Public Warrants or Private Placement Warrants have been exercised. The 13,164,375 potential shares of Class A common stock for outstanding Public Warrants and Private Placement Warrants to purchase the Company’s stock were excluded from diluted earnings per share for the period ended September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021 because they are contingently exercisable, and the contingencies have not yet been met. As a result, diluted net loss per common stock is the same as basic net income per common stock for the period. The table below presents a reconciliation of the numerator and denominator used to compute basic and diluted net loss per share for each class of stock.

 

For the three months ended September 30, 2022  Common stock 
    Class A    Class B 
Basic and diluted net income per share:          
Numerator:          
Allocation of net income  $434,043   $146,412 
Denominator:        
Weighted average shares outstanding   26,328,750    8,881,250 
Basic and diluted net income per share
  $0.02   $0.02 

 

For the nine months ended September 30, 2022  Common stock 
   Class A   Class B 
Basic and diluted net income per share:        
Numerator:        
Allocation of net income  $163,910   $55,291 
Denominator:          
Weighted average shares outstanding   26,328,750    8,881,250 
Basic and diluted net income per share
  $0.01   $0.01 

 

For the three months ended September 30, 2021  Common stock 
   Class A   Class B 
Basic and diluted net loss per share:        
Numerator:        
Allocation of net loss  $
—  
   $(1,160)
Denominator:          
Weighted average shares outstanding   
—  
    8,750,000 
Basic and diluted net loss per share
  $
—  
   $(0.00)

 

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For the period May 20, 2021 (inception) through September 30, 2021  Common stock 
   Class A   Class B 
Basic and diluted net loss per share:        
Numerator:        
Allocation of net loss  $
—  
   $(1,160)
Denominator:          
Weighted average shares outstanding   
—  
    8,750,000 
Basic and diluted net loss per share
  $
—  
   $(0.00)

 

Accounting for Warrants

 

The Company accounts for warrants as either equity-classified or liability-classified instruments based on an assessment of the instruments’ specific terms and applicable authoritative guidance in ASC 480 and ASC 815, “Derivatives and Hedging” (“ASC 815”).

 

The assessment considers whether the instruments are freestanding financial instruments pursuant to ASC 480, meet the definition of a liability pursuant to ASC 480, and whether the instruments meet all of the requirements for equity classification under ASC 815, including whether the instruments are indexed to the Company’s own common shares and whether the instrument holders could potentially require “net cash settlement” in a circumstance outside of the Company’s control, among other conditions for equity classification. This assessment, which requires the use of professional judgment, is conducted at the time of warrant issuance and as of each subsequent quarterly period end date while the instruments are outstanding. As discussed in Note 7, the Company determined that its Warrants, issued pursuant to the public warrant agreement (as may be amended and restated, the “Public Warrant Agreement”) and private warrant agreement (as may be amended and restated, the “Private Warrant Agreement,” and together with the Public Warrant Agreement, the “Warrant Agreements”), qualify for equity accounting treatment.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

The Company’s management does not believe that any recently issued, but not yet effective, accounting pronouncements, if currently adopted, would have a material effect on the Company’s financial statements.

 

Note 3 — Initial Public Offering and Over-Allotment

 

Pursuant to the IPO, the Company sold 25,375,000 Units at a price of $10.00 per Unit. Each Unit consists of one Public Share and one-half of a Public Warrant. Each whole Public Warrant entitles the holder to purchase one share of Class A common stock at a price of $11.50 per share, subject to adjustment (see Note 7).

 

Note 4 — Private Placement

 

On December 14, 2021, simultaneously with the consummation of the IPO and the underwriters’ exercise of their over-allotment option, the Company consummated the Private Placement of 953,750 Private Placement Units at a price of $10.00 per Private Placement Unit, generating gross proceeds of $9,537,500. Each whole Private Placement Unit will consist of one Placement Share and one-half of a Private Placement Warrant. Each whole Private Placement Warrant will be exercisable to purchase one share of Class A common stock at a price of $11.50 per share. A portion of the proceeds from the Private Placement Units will be added to the proceeds from the IPO to be held in the Trust Account. If the Company does not complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period, the proceeds from the sale of the Private Placement Units will be used to fund the redemption of the Public Shares (subject to the requirements of applicable law), and the Private Placement Units and all underlying securities will be worthless.

 

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Note 5 — Related Party Transactions

 

Founder Shares

 

On August 31, 2021, the Sponsor purchased 7,362,500 shares of the Company’s Class B common stock, par value $0.0001 (“Founder Shares”), for an aggregate price of $25,000, and in November 2021, the Company effected a 1.36672326 for 1 stock split of its common stock, so that the Sponsor owned an aggregate of 10,062,500 Founder Shares. The Founder Shares will automatically convert into Class A common stock at the time of the Company’s initial Business Combination and are subject to certain transfer restrictions, as described in Note 7.

 

The Initial Stockholders had agreed to forfeit up to 1,312,500 Founder Shares to the extent that the over-allotment option is not exercised in full by the underwriters. Subsequent to December 31, 2021, since the underwriters exercised the over-allotment option only in part, the Sponsor forfeited, 1,181,250 Founder Shares.

 

The Initial Stockholders have agreed, subject to limited exceptions, not to transfer, assign or sell any of their Founder Shares until the earlier to occur of: (A) one year after the completion of the initial Business Combination or (B) subsequent to the initial Business Combination, (x) if the last sale price of the Class A common stock equals or exceeds $12.00 per share (as adjusted for stock splits, stock dividends, reorganizations, recapitalizations and the like) for any 20 trading days within any 30-trading day period commencing at least 150 days after the initial Business Combination, or (y) the date on which the Company completes a liquidation, merger, capital stock exchange or other similar transaction that results in all of the Company’s stockholders having the right to exchange their shares of common stock for cash, securities or other property.

 

Related Party Loans

 

On August 31, 2021, the Sponsor agreed to loan the Company an aggregate of up to $300,000 to cover expenses related to the IPO pursuant to a promissory note (the “Note”). This loan was non-interest bearing and payable on the earlier of January 31, 2022 or the completion of the IPO. The Company has borrowed $104,402 under the Note, all of which was repaid prior to December 31, 2021 and the Note is no longer available for use for future borrowings by the Company. There was no balance outstanding as of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021.

 

In addition, in order to finance transaction costs in connection with a Business Combination, the Sponsor or an affiliate of the Sponsor, or certain of the Company’s officers and directors may, but are not obligated to, loan the Company funds as may be required (“452 Loans”). If the Company completes a Business Combination, the Company will repay the Working Capital Loans out of the proceeds of the Trust Account released to the Company. Otherwise, the Working Capital Loans would be repaid only out of funds held outside the Trust Account. In the event that a Business Combination does not close, the Company may use a portion of proceeds held outside the Trust Account to repay the Working Capital Loans, but no proceeds held in the Trust Account would be used to repay the Working Capital Loans. Except for the foregoing, the terms of such Working Capital Loans, if any, have not been determined and no written agreements exist with respect to such loans. The Working Capital Loans would either be repaid upon consummation of a Business Combination, without interest, or, at the lender’s discretion, up to $1.5 million of such Working Capital Loans may be convertible into units of the post Business Combination entity at a price of $10.00 per unit. The units would be identical to the Private Placement Units. As of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, there were no Working Capital Loans outstanding.

 

Due from affiliate

 

Due from affiliate at December 31, 2021 includes an amount of $25,000 excess previously paid to the Sponsor towards the Note. This amount has been returned to the Company by the Sponsor on February 24, 2022. There was no balance outstanding as of September 30, 2022.

 

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Support Services

 

The Company has agreed to pay the Sponsor a fee of $10,000 per month following the Company’s listing on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) for office space, utilities, and secretarial and administrative services. The agreement will terminate upon the earlier of the Company’s consummation of a Business Combination or its liquidation. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, $30,000 and $100,000, respectively, has been paid under this agreement (which included $10,000 towards December 2021). For the three months and for the period May 20, 2021 (inception) through September 30, 2021 ended September 30, 2021, $0 has been paid under this agreement, respectively.

 

Note 6 — Commitments and Contingencies

 

Registration Rights

 

The holders of Founder Shares, Private Placement Units and units that may be issued upon conversion of Working Capital Loans, if any, will be entitled to registration rights to require the Company to register a sale of any of the Company’s securities held by them pursuant to a registration rights agreement to be signed on the date of the prospectus for the IPO. These holders will be entitled to make up to three demands, excluding short form demands, that the Company register such securities. In addition, these holders will have certain “piggyback” registration rights with respect to registration statements filed subsequent to the Company’s completion of its initial Business Combination. The Company will bear the expenses incurred in connection with the filing of any such registration statements.

 

Underwriting Agreement

 

The Company granted the underwriters a 45-day option from the final prospectus relating to the IPO to purchase up to 3,750,000 additional Units to cover over-allotments, if any, at the IPO price less underwriting discounts and commissions.

 

The underwriters were paid a cash underwriting discount of $0.20 per unit on the offering, or $5,000,000 in the aggregate at the closing of the IPO. In addition, the underwriters are entitled to a deferred underwriting commissions of $0.35 per unit, or $8,881,250 from the closing of the IPO and over-allotment. The total deferred fee of $8,956,250 (including underwriting discount of $75,000 related to the exercise of the over-allotment option) is deferred until completion of a Business Combination. The deferred fee will become payable to the underwriters from the amounts held in the Trust Account solely if the Company completes a Business Combination, subject to the terms of the underwriting agreement.

 

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Note 7 — Stockholders’ Deficit

 

Preferred Stock—The Company is authorized to issue 1,000,000 shares of preferred stock with a par value of $0.0001 per shares with such designations, voting and other rights and preferences as may be determined from time to time by the Company’s board of directors. For the period presented, there were no shares of preferred stock issued or outstanding.

 

Class A common stock—The Company is authorized to issue 100,000,000 shares of Class A common stock with a par value of $0.0001 per share. As of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, there were 26,328,750 shares of Class A common stock issued and outstanding, of which 25,375,000 shares of Class A common stock are subject to possible redemption, which are classified as temporary equity.

 

Class B common stock—The Company is authorized to issue 10,000,000 shares of Class B common stock with a par value of $0.0001 per share. Holders of Class B common stock are entitled to one vote for each share. As of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, there were 8,881,250 shares of Class B common stock outstanding, after giving effect to the forfeiture of 1,181,250 common stock since the underwriters did not exercise the over-allotment option in full.

 

The Company’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation provides that the shares of Class B common stock will automatically convert into shares of Class A common stock at the time of the initial Business Combination on a one-for-one basis, subject to adjustment. In the case that additional Class A common stock, or equity-linked securities, are issued or deemed issued in excess of the amounts offered in the IPO and related to the closing of the initial Business Combination, the ratio at which Class B common stock shall convert into Class A common stock will be adjusted (unless the holders of a majority of the outstanding Class B common stock agree to waive such adjustment with respect to any such issuance or deemed issuance) so that the number of shares of Class A common stock issuable upon conversion of all Class B common stock will equal, in the aggregate, on an as-converted basis, 25.28% of the sum of the total number of shares of Class A common stock outstanding upon the completion of the IPO (including the Public Shares, Private Placement Units and Founder Shares) plus all Class A common stock and equity-linked securities issued or deemed issued in connection with the initial Business Combination. Holders of Founder Shares may also elect to convert their Class B common stock into an equal number of shares of Class A common stock, subject to adjustment as provided above, at any time.

 

Holders of common stock will have the right to elect all of the Company’s directors prior to a Business Combination. Holders of Class A common stock and Class B common stock will vote together as a single class on all other matters submitted to a vote of stockholders except as required by law.

 

Warrants—As of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, the Company has 12,687,500 Public Warrants and 476,875 Private Placement Warrants outstanding. Warrants may only be exercised for a whole number of shares. No fractional shares will be issued upon exercise of the Warrants. The Warrants will become exercisable 30 days after the completion of an initial Business Combination and will expire five years from the completion of a Business Combination or earlier upon redemption or liquidation.

 

The Company will not be obligated to deliver any shares of common stock pursuant to the exercise of a Warrant and will have no obligation to settle such Warrant exercise unless a registration statement under the Securities Act with respect to the shares of common stock underlying the Warrants is then effective and a prospectus relating thereto is current, subject to the Company satisfying its obligations with respect to registration. No Warrant will be exercisable for cash or on a cashless basis, and the Company will not be obligated to issue any shares to holders seeking to exercise their Warrants, unless the issuance of the shares upon such exercise is registered or qualified under the securities laws of the state of the exercising holder, or an exemption is available.

 

The Company has agreed that as soon as practicable, but in no event later than 15 business days after the closing of its initial Business Combination, it will use its best efforts to file with the SEC a post-effective amendment to the registration statement for the IPO or a new registration statement for the registration, under the Securities Act, of the shares of Class A common stock issuable upon exercise of the Warrants. The Company will use its best efforts to cause the same to become effective and to maintain the effectiveness of such registration statement, and a current prospectus relating thereto, until the expiration of the Warrants in accordance with the provisions of the Warrant Agreements. No Warrants will be exercisable for cash unless the Company has an effective and current registration statement covering the offer and sale of the shares of common stock issuable upon exercise of the Warrants and a current prospectus relating to such shares of common stock. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if a registration statement covering the shares of Class A common stock issuable upon exercise of the Warrants is not effective by the 60th business day after the closing of the Company’s initial Business Combination, Warrant holders may, until such time as there is an effective registration statement and during any period when the Company shall have failed to maintain an effective registration statement, exercise Warrants on a cashless basis in accordance with Section 3(a)(9) of the Securities Act or another exemption. If that exemption, or another exemption, is not available, holders will not be able to exercise their Warrants on a cashless basis.

 

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Once the Warrants become exercisable, the Company may redeem the Warrants:

 

  in whole and not in part;

 

  at a price of $0.01 per Warrant;

 

  upon not less than 30 days’ prior written notice of redemption, to each Warrant holder; and

 

  if, and only if, the reported last sale price of the shares of common stock equals or exceeds $18.00 per share (as adjusted for share subdivisions, share consolidations, share capitalizations, rights issuances, reorganizations, recapitalizations and the like) for any 20 trading days within a 30-trading day period ending on the third trading day prior to the date the Company sends the notice of redemption to the Warrant holders.

 

If and when the Warrants become redeemable by the Company, the Company may not exercise its redemption right if the issuance of shares upon exercise of the Warrants is not exempt from registration or qualification under applicable state blue sky laws or the Company is unable to effect such registration or qualification.

 

If the Company calls the Warrants for redemption, management will have the option to require all holders that wish to exercise the Warrants to do so on a “cashless basis,” as described in the Public Warrant Agreement and the Private Warrant Agreement. The exercise price and number of shares of common stock issuable upon exercise of the Warrants may be adjusted in certain circumstances including in the event of a share dividend, or recapitalization, reorganization, merger or consolidation. However, except as described below, the Warrants will not be adjusted for issuances of shares of common stock at a price below its exercise price. Additionally, in no event will the Company be required to net cash settle the Warrants. If the Company is unable to complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period and the Company liquidates the funds held in the Trust Account, holders of Warrants will not receive any of such funds with respect to their Warrants, nor will they receive any distribution from the Company’s assets held outside of the Trust Account with the respect to such Warrants. Accordingly, the Warrants may expire worthless. 

 

In addition, if (x) the Company issues additional shares of common stock or equity-linked securities for capital raising purposes in connection with the closing of its initial Business Combination at an issue price or effective issue price of less than $9.20 per share of common stock (with such issue price or effective issue price to be determined in good faith by the Company’s board of directors and, in the case of any such issuance to the Sponsor or its affiliates, without taking into account any Founder Shares held by the Sponsor or such affiliates, as applicable, prior to such issuance) (the “Newly Issued Price”), (y) the aggregate gross proceeds from such issuances represent more than 60% of the total equity proceeds, and interest thereon, available for the funding of the Company’s initial Business Combination on the date of the consummation of such initial Business Combination (net of redemptions), and (z) the volume weighted average trading price of the Company’s shares of common stock during the 20 trading day period starting on the trading day prior to the day on which the Company consummates its initial Business Combination (such price, the “Market Value”) is below $9.20 per share, the exercise price of the Warrants will be adjusted (to the nearest cent) to be equal to 115% of the greater of the Market Value and the Newly Issued Price.

 

The Private Placement Warrants are identical to the Public Warrants underlying the Units sold in the IPO, except that the Private Placement Warrants and the shares of common stock issuable upon the exercise of the Private Placement Warrants will not be transferable, assignable or saleable until 30 days after the completion of a Business Combination, subject to certain limited exceptions. Additionally, the Private Placement Warrants will be exercisable at the election of the holder on a “cashless basis”.

 

Neither the Private Placement Warrants nor the Public Warrants contain any provision that change dependent upon the characteristics of the holder of the Warrant.

 

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Note 8 — Fair Value Measurements

 

The fair value of the Company’s financial assets and liabilities reflects management’s estimate of amounts that the Company would have received in connection with the sale of the assets or paid in connection with the transfer of the liabilities in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. In connection with measuring the fair value of its assets and liabilities, the Company seeks to maximize the use of observable inputs (market data obtained from independent sources) and to minimize the use of unobservable inputs (internal assumptions about how market participants would price assets and liabilities). The following fair value hierarchy is used to classify assets and liabilities based on the observable inputs and unobservable inputs used in order to value the assets and liabilities:

 

Level 1: Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities. An active market for an asset or liability is a market in which transactions for the asset or liability occur with sufficient frequency and volume to provide pricing information on an ongoing basis.

 

Level 2: Observable inputs other than Level 1 inputs. Examples of Level 2 inputs include quoted prices in active markets for similar assets or liabilities and quoted prices for identical assets or liabilities in markets that are not active.

 

Level 3: Unobservable inputs based on our assessment of the assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability. 

 

At September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, the assets held in the Trust Account were comprised of $257,816,980 and $256,288,315, respectively, held in Money market funds.

 

All of the Company’s investments held in the Trust Account are classified as trading securities. No money has been redeemed from the Trust Account as at September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021.

 

The following table presents information about the Company’s assets that are measured at fair value on a recurring basis at September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021 and indicates the fair value hierarchy of the valuation inputs the Company utilized to determine such fair value. 

 

       Quoted
Prices in
Active
Markets
   Significant
Other
Observable
Inputs
   Significant
Other
Unobservable
Inputs
 
September 30, 2022  Level   (Level 1)   (Level 2)   (Level 3) 
Assets:                
Investment in Trust Account - Money Market Fund   1   $257,816,980    
—  
    
—  
 

 

       Quoted
Prices in
Active
Markets
   Significant
Other
Observable
Inputs
   Significant
Other
Unobservable
Inputs
 
December 31, 2021  Level   (Level 1)   (Level 2)   (Level 3) 
Assets:                
Investment in Trust Account - Money Market Fund   1   $256,288,315    
—  
    
—  
 

 

Note 9 — Subsequent Events

 

The Company has evaluated subsequent events and transactions that occurred after the balance sheet date through the date these financial statements were issued and determined that there were no subsequent events that would require adjustment or disclosure.

 

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ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

References in this report to “we,” “us” or the “Company” refer to Athena Technology Acquisition Corp. II. References to our “management” or our “management team” refer to our officers and directors, and references to the “Sponsor” refer to Athena Technology Sponsor II, LLC. The following discussion and analysis of the Company’s financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and the notes thereto contained elsewhere in this Quarterly Report. Certain information contained in the discussion and analysis set forth below includes forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.

 

Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

 

This Quarterly Report includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act that are not historical facts and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected and projected. All statements, other than statements of historical fact included in this Form 10-Q including, without limitation, statements in this “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” regarding the Company’s financial position, business strategy and the plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. Words such as “expect,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “estimate,” “seek” and variations and similar words and expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements relate to future events or future performance, but reflect management’s current beliefs, based on information currently available. A number of factors could cause actual events, performance or results to differ materially from the events, performance and results discussed in the forward-looking statements. For information identifying important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, please refer to the Risk Factors section of the Company’s final prospectus filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). The Company’s securities filings can be accessed on the EDGAR section of the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Except as expressly required by applicable securities law, the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

Overview

 

Athena Technology Acquisition Corp. II was incorporated in Delaware on May 20, 2021. The Company was formed for the purpose of entering into a merger, stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or other similar business transaction with one or more businesses that the Company has not yet identified (a “Business Combination”).

 

We expect to continue to incur significant costs in the pursuit of our acquisition plans. We cannot assure you that our plans to complete a Business Combination will be successful.

 

Results of Operations

 

As of September 30, 2022, the Company had not commenced any operations. All activity through September 30, 2022 relates to the Company’s formation and the Initial Public Offering (“IPO”). The Company will not generate any operating revenues until after the completion of a Business Combination, at the earliest. The Company generates non-operating income in the form of interest income from the proceeds derived from the IPO and Over-allotment placed in the Trust Account.

 

For the three months ended September 30, 2022, we had a net income of $580,455 which consisted of interest income on investment held in Trust Account of $1,156,843, offset by operating expenses of $343,952 and income tax expenses of $232,436.

 

For the nine months ended September 30, 2022, we had a net income of $219,201 which consisted of interest income on investment held in Trust Account of $1,528,774, offset by operating expenses of $1,034,137 and income tax expenses of $275,436.

 

For the three months ended September 30, 2021 and for the period May 20, 2021 (inception) through to September 30, 2021, we had a net loss of $1,160 which consisted of general and administrative expenses. 

 

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Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

The Registration Statement on Form S-1, as amended (the “Registration Statement”), for the Company’s IPO was declared effective on December 9, 2021. On December 14, 2021, the Company consummated the IPO of 25,000,000 units (“Units”). Each Unit consists of one share of Class A common stock (the “Public Shares”) and one-half of a redeemable warrant (each, a “Public Warrant”). The Units were sold at $10.00 per Unit, generating gross proceeds of $250,000,000.

 

Simultaneously with the closing of the IPO, the Company consummated the sale of 950,000 private placement units (“Private Placement Units”) at a price of $10.00 per Private Placement Unit in a private placement to the Company’s sponsor, Athena Technology Sponsor II LLC (the “Sponsor”) generating gross proceeds of $9,500,000.

 

Subsequent to the closing of the IPO, the Company consummated the closing of the sale of 375,000 additional Units upon receiving notice of the underwriter’s election to partially exercise its over-allotment option (“Over-allotment Units”), generating additional gross proceeds of $3,750,000. Simultaneously with the exercise of the over-allotment, the Company consummated the Private Placement of an additional 3,750 Private Placement Units to the Sponsor, generating gross proceeds of $37,500.

 

Following the closing of the IPO and partial exercise of the over-allotment, $256,287,500 of the net proceeds from the IPO (including the Over-allotment Units) and a portion of the Private Placement Units was placed in a trust account (“Trust Account”) and invested in U.S. government securities, within the meaning set forth in Section 2(a)(16) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “Investment Company Act”), with a maturity of 185 days or less or in any open-ended investment company that holds itself out as a money market fund selected by the Company meeting the conditions of paragraphs (d)(2), (d)(3) and (d)(4) of Rule 2a-7 of the Investment Company Act, as determined by the Company, until the earlier of: (i) the completion of a Business Combination and (ii) the distribution of the Trust Account, as described below.

 

For the nine months ended September 30, 2022, $1,010,056 of cash was used in operating activities respectively.

 

We intend to use substantially all of the funds held in the Trust Account, including any amounts representing interest earned on the Trust Account (less taxes payable), to complete our Business Combination. To the extent that our capital stock or debt is used, in whole or in part, as consideration to complete our Business Combination, the remaining proceeds held in the Trust Account will be used as working capital to finance the operations of the target business or businesses, make other acquisitions and pursue our growth strategies.

 

As of September 30, 2022, we had $516,408 cash available for working capital purposes.

 

In order to finance transaction costs in connection with a Business Combination, the Sponsor, or an affiliate of the Sponsor, or certain of the Company’s officers and directors may, but are not obligated to, loan the Company funds as may be required (“Working Capital Loans”). If the Company completes a Business Combination, the Company will repay the Working Capital Loans out of the proceeds of the Trust Account released to the Company. Otherwise, the Working Capital Loans would be repaid only out of funds held outside the Trust Account. In the event that a Business Combination does not close, the Company may use a portion of proceeds held outside the Trust Account to repay the Working Capital Loans, but no proceeds held in the Trust Account would be used to repay the Working Capital Loans. Except for the foregoing, the terms of such Working Capital Loans, if any, have not been determined and no written agreements exist with respect to such loans. The Working Capital Loans would either be repaid upon consummation of a Business Combination, without interest, or, at the lender’s discretion, up to $1.5 million of such Working Capital Loans may be convertible into units of the post Business Combination entity at a price of $10.00 per unit. The units would be identical to the Private Placement Units. As of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, there were no Working Capital Loans outstanding.

 

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We do not believe we will need to raise additional funds in order to meet the expenditures required for operating our business. However, if our estimate of the costs of identifying a target business, undertaking in-depth due diligence, and negotiating a Business Combination is less than the actual amount necessary to do so, we may have insufficient funds available to operate our business prior to our Business Combination. Moreover, we may need to obtain additional financing either to complete our Business Combination or because we become obligated to redeem a significant number of our Public Shares upon consummation of our Business Combination, in which case we may issue additional securities or incur debt in connection with such Business Combination.

 

However, in connection with the Company’s assessment of going concern considerations in accordance with FASB ASC 205-40, “Presentation of Financial Statements - Going Concern” (“ASC 205-40”), management has determined that mandatory liquidation and subsequent dissolution raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. The Company intends to complete its initial Business Combination before the mandatory liquidation date; however, there can be no assurance that the Company will be able to consummate any Business Combination by June 14, 2023. No adjustments have been made to the carrying amounts of assets or liabilities should the Company be required to liquidate after June 14, 2023. The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustment that might be necessary if the Company is unable to continue as a going concern.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

We have no obligations, assets, or liabilities, which would be considered off-balance sheet arrangements as of September 30, 2022. We do not participate in transactions that create relationships with entities or financial partnerships, often referred to as variable interest entities, which would have been established for the purpose of facilitating off-balance sheet arrangements. We have not entered into any off-balance sheet financing arrangements, established any special purpose entities, guaranteed any debt or commitments of other entities, or purchased any non-financial assets.

 

Contractual Obligations

 

We do not have any long-term debt, capital lease obligations, operating lease obligations or long-term liabilities. The underwriters are entitled to deferred underwriting commissions of $0.35 per Unit ($0.55 per unit from the Over-allotment Units), or $8,956,250 from the closing of the IPO and the Over-allotment Units. The deferred fee will become payable to the underwriters from the amounts held in the Trust Account solely in the event that the Company completes a Business Combination, subject to the terms of the underwriting agreement.

 

JOBS Act

 

On April 5, 2012, the JOBS Act was signed into law. The JOBS Act contains provisions that, among other things, relax certain reporting requirements for qualifying public companies. We will qualify as an “emerging growth company” and under the JOBS Act will be allowed to comply with new or revised accounting pronouncements based on the effective date for private (not publicly traded) companies. We are electing to delay the adoption of new or revised accounting standards, and as a result, we may not comply with new or revised accounting standards on the relevant dates on which adoption of such standards is required for non-emerging growth companies. As such, our financial statements may not be comparable to companies that comply with public company effective dates.

 

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Additionally, we are in the process of evaluating the benefits of relying on the other reduced reporting requirements provided by the JOBS Act. Subject to certain conditions set forth in the JOBS Act, if, as an “emerging growth company,” we choose to rely on such exemptions we may not be required to, among other things, (i) provide an auditor’s attestation report on our system of internal control over financial reporting pursuant to Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, (ii) provide all of the compensation disclosure that may be required of non-emerging growth public companies under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, (iii) comply with any requirement that may be adopted by the PCAOB regarding mandatory audit firm rotation or a supplement to the auditor’s report providing additional information about the audit and the financial statements (auditor discussion and analysis) and (iv) disclose certain executive compensation related items such as the correlation between executive compensation and performance and comparisons of executive compensation to median employee compensation. These exemptions will apply for a period of five years following the completion of our IPO or until we are no longer an “emerging growth company,” whichever is earlier.

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

The preparation of unaudited condensed financial statements and related disclosures in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements, and income and expenses during the periods reported. Actual results could materially differ from those estimates. We have identified the following critical accounting policies: 

 

Common Stock Subject to Possible Redemption

 

We account for our common stock subject to possible redemption in accordance with the guidance in Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 480, “Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity.” Common stock subject to mandatory redemption is classified as a liability instrument and is measured at fair value. Conditionally redeemable common stock (including common stock that features redemption rights that are either within the control of the holder or subject to redemption upon the occurrence of uncertain events not solely within our control) is classified as temporary equity. At all other times, common stock is classified as stockholders’ equity. Our common stock features certain redemption rights that are considered to be outside of our control and subject to occurrence of uncertain future events. Accordingly, common stock subject to possible redemption is presented as temporary equity, outside of the stockholders’ deficit section of our condensed balance sheets. This method would view the end of the reporting period as if it were also the redemption date for the security. Increases or decreases in the carrying amount of redeemable common stock are affected by charges against additional paid in capital and accumulated deficit.

 

Net Income (loss) Per Share

 

The Company complies with accounting and disclosure requirements of FASB ASC Topic 260, “Earnings Per Share.” Net income (loss) per share is computed by dividing net income (loss) by the weighted average number of common stock outstanding during the period. The Company has two classes of shares, which are referred to as Class A common stock and Class B common stock. Earnings and losses are shared pro rata between the two classes of shares. Public Warrants (see Note 3) and Private Placement Warrants (see Note 4) to purchase 13,164,375 shares of Class A common stock at $11.50 per share were issued on December 14, 2021. At September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, no Public Warrants or Private Placement Warrants have been exercised. The 13,164,375 potential shares of Class A common stock for outstanding Public Warrants and Private Placement Warrants to purchase the Company’s stock were excluded from diluted earnings per share for the period ended September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021 because they are contingently exercisable, and the contingencies have not yet been met. As a result, diluted net income (loss) per common stock is the same as basic net income per common stock for the period.

 

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Accounting for Warrants

 

The Company accounts for warrants as either equity-classified or liability-classified instruments based on an assessment of the instruments’ specific terms and applicable authoritative guidance in ASC 480, “Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity” (“ASC 480”) and ASC 815, “Derivatives and Hedging” (“ASC 815”). The assessment considers whether the instruments are freestanding financial instruments pursuant to ASC 480, meet the definition of a liability pursuant to ASC 480, and whether the instruments meet all of the requirements for equity classification under ASC 815, including whether the instruments are indexed to the Company’s own shares of common stock and whether the instrument holders could potentially require “net cash settlement” in a circumstance outside of the Company’s control, among other conditions for equity classification. This assessment, which requires the use of professional judgment, is conducted at the time of warrant issuance and as of each subsequent quarterly period end date while the instruments are outstanding. As discussed in Note 7, the Company determined that upon review of the public warrant agreement (as may be amended and restated, the “Public Warrant Agreement”) and private warrant agreement (as may be amended and restated, the “Private Warrant Agreement,” and together with the Public Warrant Agreement, the “Warrant Agreements”), management concluded that the Public Warrants and Private Warrants issued pursuant to the Warrant Agreements qualify for equity accounting treatment. 

 

ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

As a “smaller reporting company,” we are not required to provide the information called for by this Item.

 

ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

Disclosure controls and procedures are controls and other procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in our reports filed or submitted under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms. Disclosure controls and procedures include, without limitation, controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in our reports filed or submitted under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

As required by Rules 13a-15 and 15d-15 under the Exchange Act, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer carried out an evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures as of September 30, 2022. Based upon their evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15 (e) and 15d-15 (e) under the Exchange Act) were effective.

 

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

 

During the most recently completed fiscal quarter, there has been no change in our internal control over financial reporting that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

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PART II - OTHER INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

 

None.

 

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

 

Factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those in this Quarterly Report are any of the risks described in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 filed with the SEC on March 29, 2022. Any of these factors could result in a significant or material adverse effect on our results of operations or financial condition. Additional risk factors not presently known to us or that we currently deem immaterial may also impair our business or results of operations. As of the date of this Quarterly Report, there have been no material changes to the risk factors disclosed in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 filed with the SEC on March 29, 2022, except as noted below.

 

If we are deemed to be an investment company for purposes of the Investment Company Act, we may be forced to abandon our efforts to complete an initial Business Combination and instead be required to liquidate the Company. To mitigate the risk of that result, on or prior to the 24-month anniversary of the effective date of the registration statement relating to our IPO, we may instruct Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company to liquidate the securities held in the Trust Account and instead hold all funds in the Trust Account in cash. As a result, following such change, we will likely receive minimal, if any, interest, on the funds held in the Trust Account, which would reduce the dollar amount that our public shareholders would have otherwise received upon any redemption or liquidation of the Company if the assets in the Trust Account had remained in U.S. government securities or money market funds.

 

On March 30, 2022, the SEC issued proposed rules (the “SPAC Rule Proposals”), relating, among other things, to circumstances in which special purpose acquisition companies (“SPACs”) such as us could potentially be subject to the Investment Company Act and the regulations thereunder. The SPAC Rule Proposals would provide a safe harbor for such companies from the definition of “investment company” under Section 3(a)(1)(A) of the Investment Company Act, provided that a SPAC satisfies certain criteria. To comply with the duration limitation of the proposed safe harbor, a SPAC would have a limited time period to announce and complete a de-SPAC transaction. Specifically, to comply with the safe harbor, the SPAC Rule Proposals would require a company to file a report on Form 8-K announcing that it has entered into an agreement with a target company for an initial Business Combination no later than 18 months after the effective date of the registration statement for its initial public offering. The company would then be required to complete its initial Business Combination no later than 24 months after the effective date of the registration statement for its initial public offering. We understand that the SEC has recently been taking informal positions regarding the Investment Company Act consistent with the SPAC Rule Proposals.

 

There is currently uncertainty concerning the applicability of the Investment Company Act to a SPAC, including a company like ours, that does not complete its initial Business Combination within the proposed time frame set forth in the proposed safe harbor rule. As indicated above, we completed our IPO on December 14, 2021 and have operated as a blank check company searching for a target business with which to consummate an initial Business Combination since such time (or approximately 11 months after the effective date of our IPO, as of the date of this Quarterly Report). If we were deemed to be an investment company for purposes of the Investment Company Act, we might be forced to abandon our efforts to complete an initial Business Combination and instead be required to liquidate the Company. If we are required to liquidate the Company, our investors would not be able to realize the benefits of owning shares in a successor operating business, including the potential appreciation in the value of our shares and warrants following such a transaction, and our warrants would expire worthless.

 

The funds in the Trust Account have, since our IPO, been held only in U.S. government treasury obligations with a maturity of 185 days or less or in money market funds investing solely in U.S. government treasury obligations and meeting certain conditions under Rule 2a-7 under the Investment Company Act. As of September 30, 2022, amounts held in Trust Account included approximately $1,528,774 of accrued interest. To mitigate the risk of us being deemed to have been operating as an unregistered investment company under the Investment Company Act, we may, on or prior to the 24-month anniversary of the effective date of the registration statement relating to our IPO (assuming that we were to amend our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to extend the amount of time we have to complete our initial Business Combination beyond the 18 months from the closing of our IPO currently available), or December 9, 2023, instruct Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, the trustee with respect to the Trust Account, to liquidate the U.S. government treasury obligations or money market funds held in the Trust Account and thereafter to hold all funds in the Trust Account in cash (i.e., in one or more bank accounts) until the earlier of the consummation of a Business Combination or our liquidation. Following such liquidation of the assets in our Trust Account, we will likely receive minimal interest, if any, on the funds held in the Trust Account, which would reduce the dollar amount our public shareholders would have otherwise received upon any redemption or liquidation of the Company if the assets in the Trust Account had remained in U.S. government securities or money market funds. This means that the amount available for redemption will not increase in the future.

 

In addition, even prior to the 24-month anniversary of the effective date of the registration statement relating to our IPO, we may be deemed to be an investment company. The longer that the funds in the Trust Account are held in short-term U.S. government securities or in money market funds invested exclusively in such securities, even prior to the 24-month anniversary, there is a greater risk that we may be considered an unregistered investment company, in which case we may be required to liquidate. Accordingly, we may determine, in our discretion, to liquidate the securities held in the Trust Account at any time, even prior to the 24-month anniversary, and instead hold all funds in the Trust Account in cash, which would further reduce the dollar amount our public shareholders would receive upon any redemption or our liquidation.

 

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A new 1% U.S. federal excise tax could be imposed on us in connection with redemptions by us of our shares or our liquidation.

 

On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (the “IR Act”), which, among other things, imposes a new 1% U.S. federal excise tax on certain repurchases of stock by “covered corporations” (which include publicly traded domestic (i.e., U.S.) corporations) beginning in 2023, with certain exceptions (the “Excise Tax”). The Excise Tax is imposed on the repurchasing corporation itself, not its stockholders from which the stock is repurchased. Because we are a Delaware corporation and our securities are trading on the NYSE, we are a “covered corporation” for this purpose. The amount of the Excise Tax is generally 1% of the fair market value of the shares repurchased at the time of the repurchase. However, for purposes of calculating the Excise Tax, repurchasing corporations are permitted to net the fair market value of certain new stock issuances against the fair market value of stock repurchases during the same taxable year. In addition, certain exceptions apply to the Excise Tax. The U.S. Department of the Treasury has authority to provide regulations and other guidance to carry out, and prevent the abuse or avoidance of the Excise Tax; however, no guidance has been issued to date. It is uncertain whether, and/or to what extent, the Excise Tax could apply to any repurchase by us of our common stock or in the event of our liquidation, in each instance after December 31, 2022, including any redemptions in connection with our initial Business Combination or in the event we do not consummate our initial Business Combination.

 

Whether and to what extent we would be subject to the Excise Tax on a redemption of our shares of Class A common stock or other stock issued by us would depend on a number of factors, including (i) whether the redemption is treated as a repurchase of stock for purposes of the Excise Tax, (ii) the fair market value of the redemption treated as a repurchase of stock in connection with our initial Business Combination, an extension or otherwise, (iii) the structure of our initial Business Combination, (iv) the nature and amount of any “PIPE” or other equity issuances in connection with our initial Business Combination (or otherwise issued not in connection with our initial Business Combination but issued within the same taxable year of a redemption treated as a repurchase of stock) and (v) the content of regulations and other guidance from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. As noted above, the Excise Tax would be payable by us, and not by the redeeming holder. The imposition of the Excise Tax could cause a reduction in the cash available on hand to complete our initial Business Combination or for effecting redemptions and may affect our ability to complete our initial Business Combination. In addition, the Excise Tax could cause a reduction in the per share amount payable to our Public Stockholders in the event we liquidate the Trust Account due to a failure to complete our initial Business Combination within the requisite timeframe.

 

ITEM 2. UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS

 

The securities sold in the IPO were registered under the Securities Act on a registration statement on Form S-1 (Registration No. 333-261287). The Registration Statement on Form S-1, as amended (the “Registration Statement”), for the Company’s IPO was declared effective on December 9, 2021. On December 14, 2021, the Company consummated the IPO of 25,000,000 Units. Each Unit consists of one Public Share and one-half of a Public Warrant. The Units were sold at a price of $10.00 per Unit, generating gross proceeds of $250,000,000, which is discussed in Note 3.

 

Simultaneously with the closing of the IPO, the Company consummated the sale of 950,000 Private Placement Units at a price of $10.00 per Private Placement Unit in a private placement to the Company’s Sponsor, generating gross proceeds of $9,500,000 which is described in Note 4.

 

Subsequent to the closing of the IPO, the Company consummated the closing of the sale of 375,000 Over-allotment Units upon receiving notice of the underwriter’s election to partially exercise its over-allotment option, generating additional gross proceeds of $3,750,000. Simultaneously with the exercise of the over-allotment, the Company consummated the Private Placement of an additional 3,750 Private Placement Units to the Sponsor, generating gross proceeds of $37,500.

 

Offering costs for the IPO and the exercise of the underwriters’ Over-allotment Units amounted to $14,420,146, consisting of $5,075,000 of underwriting fees, $8,881,250 of deferred underwriting fees payable (which are held in the Trust Account) and $463,896 of other costs. As described in Note 6, the $8,956,250 of deferred underwriting fee payable is contingent upon the consummation of a Business Combination by June 14, 2023, subject to the terms of the underwriting agreement.

 

Following the closing of the IPO and exercise of the over-allotment, $256,287,500 of the net proceeds from the IPO (including the Over-allotment Units) and the Private Placement Units was placed in a Trust Account and invested in U.S. government securities, within the meaning set forth in Section 2(a)(16) of the Investment Company Act, with a maturity of 185 days or less or in any open-ended investment company that holds itself out as a money market fund selected by the Company meeting the conditions of paragraphs (d)(2), (d)(3) and (d)(4) of Rule 2a-7 of the Investment Company Act, as determined by the Company, until the earlier of: (i) the completion of a Business Combination and (ii) the distribution of the Trust Account.

 

We paid a total of $5,000,000 underwriting discounts and commissions and $463,896 for other offering costs and expenses related to the IPO. In addition, the underwriters agreed to defer $8,956,250 in underwriting discounts and commissions.

 

For a description of the use of the proceeds generated in our IPO, see Part I, Item 2 of this Quarterly Report.

 

ITEM 3. DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES

 

None.

 

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

 

Not applicable.

 

ITEM 5. OTHER INFORMATION

 

None.

 

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ITEM 6. EXHIBITS

 

The following exhibits are filed as part of, or incorporated by reference into, this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

 

No.   Description of Exhibit
31.1*   Certification of Principal Executive Officer Pursuant to Securities Exchange Act Rules 13a-14(a) and 15(d)-14(a), as adopted Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002
     
31.2*   Certification of Principal Financial Officer Pursuant to Securities Exchange Act Rules 13a-14(a) and 15(d)-14(a), as adopted Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002
     
32.1*   Certification of Principal Executive Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes- Oxley Act of 2002
     
32.2*   Certification of Principal Financial Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes- Oxley Act of 2002
     
101.INS*   Inline XBRL Instance Document
     
101.CAL*   Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
     
101.SCH*   Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
     
101.DEF*   Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
     
101.LAB*   Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Labels Linkbase Document
     
101.PRE*   Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document
     
104   Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)

 

*Filed herewith.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

In accordance with the requirements of the Exchange Act, the registrant caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

  ATHENA TECHNOLOGY ACQUISITION CORP. II
   
Date: November 14, 2022 By: /s/ Anna Apostolova                                
  Name: Anna Apostolova
  Title: Chief Financial Officer
    (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

 

 

 

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