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Alussa Energy Acquisition (FREY)

Filed: 3 Aug 20, 4:21pm

 

 

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 June 30, 2020

 

☐ 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. 001-39145

 

Alussa Energy Acquisition Corp.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Cayman Islands N/A
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation or organization)
 (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

 

PO Box 500, 71 Fort Street

Grand Cayman KY1-1106

Cayman Islands

(Address of Principal Executive Offices, including zip code)

 

+1345 949 4900
(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 Class A ordinary share, $0.0001 par value,
and one-half of one redeemable warrant
 ALUS.U The New York Stock Exchange
Class A ordinary shares, par value $0.0001 per share ALUS The New York Stock Exchange
Warrants, each whole warrant exercisable for one Class A ordinary share for $11.50 per share ALUS.WS The 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 filerAccelerated filer
Non-accelerated filerSmaller 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 August 3, 2020, there were 28,750,000 shares of Class A ordinary shares, par value $0.0001 per share and 7,187,500 shares of Class B ordinary shares, par value $0.0001 per share, of the registrant issued and outstanding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALUSSA ENERGY ACQUISITION CORP.

 

FORM 10-Q FOR THE QUARTER ENDED JUNE 30, 2020

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

  Page
   
PART 1 – FINANCIAL INFORMATION 
   
Item 1.Financial Statements 
   
 Condensed Balance Sheets as of June 30, 2020 (unaudited) and December 31, 20191
   
 Condensed Statement of Operations for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2020 (unaudited) and for the period from June 13, 2019 (inception) through June 30, 2019 (unaudited)2
   
 Condensed Statement of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2020 (unaudited) and for the period from June 13, 2019 (inception) through June 30, 2019 (unaudited)3
   
 Condensed Statement of Cash Flows for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2020 (unaudited) and for the period from June 13, 2019 (inception) through June 30, 2019 (unaudited)4
   
 Notes to Condensed Financial Statements (unaudited)5
   
Item 2.Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations14
   
Item 3.Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk17
   
Item 4.Control and Procedures17
   
PART II – OTHER INFORMATION 
   
Item 1.Legal Proceedings18
   
Item 1A.Risk Factors18
   
Item 2.Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds18
   
Item 3.Defaults Upon Senior Securities18
   
Item 4.Mine Safety Disclosures18
   
Item 5.Other Information18
   
Item 6.Exhibits19
   
SIGNATURES20

 

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ALUSSA ENERGY ACQUISITION CORP.

CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS

 

  

June 30,

2020

  December 31, 2019 
  (unaudited)    
ASSETS      
Current Assets      
Cash $1,399,600  $2,282,362 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  84,716   113,049 
Total Current Assets  1,484,316   2,395,411 
         
Marketable securities held in Trust Account  289,642,871   287,830,781 
Total Assets $291,127,187  $290,226,192 
         
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY        
Current liabilities – Accrued expenses $47,847  $5,224 
Deferred underwriting fee payable  10,062,500   10,062,500 
Total Liabilities  10,110,347   10,067,724 
         
Commitments        
         
Ordinary shares subject to possible redemption, 27,397,477 and 27,484,224 shares at redemption value at June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2020, respectively  276,016,831   275,158,458 
         
Shareholders’ Equity        
Preference shares, $0.0001 par value; 2,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding       
Class A ordinary shares, $0.0001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized; 1,352,523 and 1,265,776 shares issued and outstanding (excluding 27,397,477 and 27,484,224 shares subject to possible redemption) at June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively  135   127 
Class B ordinary shares, $0.0001 par value; 20,000,000 shares authorized; 7,187,500 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019  719   719 
Additional paid-in capital  3,931,075   4,789,456 
Retained earnings  1,068,080   209,708 
Total Shareholders’ Equity  5,000,009   5,000,010 
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity $291,127,187  $290,226,192 

 

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

 

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ALUSSA ENERGY ACQUISITION CORP.

CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

 

  

Three Months Ended

June 30,

  

Six Months Ended

June 30,

  

For the Period from June 13, 2019 (Inception) Through

June 30,

 
  2020  2020  2019 
          
Operating costs $453,873  $953,718  $6,325 
Loss from operations  (453,873)  (953,718)  (6,325)
             
Other income:            
Interest income  958,571   1,851,161    
Unrealized (loss) gain on marketable securities held in Trust Account  (920,962)  (39,071)   
Other income  37,609   1,812,090    
             
Net (loss) income $(416,264) $858,372  $(6,325)
             
Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted (1)  8,495,141   8,474,209   6,250,000 
             
Basic and diluted net loss per ordinary share (2) $(0.05) $(0.10) $(0.00)

 

(1)Excludes an aggregate of 27,397,477 shares subject to possible redemption at June 30, 2020. Excludes an aggregate of up to 937,500 shares subject to forfeiture if the over-allotment option was not exercised in full or in part by the underwriters at June 30, 2019.
(2)Net loss per ordinary share – basic and diluted excludes income attributable to ordinary shares subject to possible redemption of $35,841 and $1,726,922 for three and six months ended June 30, 2020, respectively (see Note 2).

 

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

 

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ALUSSA ENERGY ACQUISITION CORP.

CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

(Unaudited)

 

THREE AND SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2020

 

  

Class A

Ordinary Shares

  

Class B

Ordinary Shares

  

Additional

Paid-in

  Retained  

Total

Shareholders’

 
  Shares  Amount  Shares  Amount  Capital  Earnings  Equity 
Balance – January 1, 2020  1,265,776  $127   7,187,500  $719  $4,789,456  $209,708  $5,000,010 
                             
Change in value of ordinary shares subject to possible redemption  41,865   4         (1,274,644)     (1,274,640)
                             
Net income                 1,274,636   1,274,636 
                             
Balance – March 31, 2020 (unaudited)  1,307,641   131   7,187,500   719   3,514,812   1,484,344   5,000,006 
                             
Change in value of ordinary shares subject to possible redemption  44,882   4         416,263      416,267 
                             
Net loss                 (416,264)  (416,264)
                             
Balance – June 30, 2020  1,352,523  $135   7,187,500  $719  $3,931,075  $1,068,080  $5,000,009 

  

FOR THE PERIOD FROM JUNE 13, 2019 (INCEPTION) THROUGH JUNE 30, 2019

 

  

Class B

Ordinary Shares

  

Additional

Paid-in

  Accumulated  

Total

Shareholders’

 
  Shares  Amount  Capital  Deficit  Equity 
Balance – June 13, 2019 (inception)    $  $  $  $ 
                     
Issuance of Class B ordinary shares to Sponsor (1)  7,187,500   719   24,281      25,000 
                     
Net loss           (6,325)  (6,325)
                     
Balance – June 30, 2019  7,187,500  $719  $24,281  $(6,325) $18,675 

 

(1)Includes an aggregate of up to 937,500 shares subject to forfeiture if the over-allotment option was not exercised in full or in part by the underwriters.

 

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

 

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ALUSSA ENERGY ACQUISITION CORP.

CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

 

  

Six Months Ended

June 30,

  For the Period from June 13, 2019 (Inception) Through June 30, 
  2020  2019 
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:      
Net income (loss) $858,372  $(6,325)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash used in operating activities:        
Interest earned on marketable securities held in Trust Account  (1,851,161)   
Unrealized loss on marketable securities held in Trust Account  39,071    
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  28,333    
Accrued expenses  42,623    
Net cash used in operating activities  (882,762)  (6,325)
         
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:        
Proceeds from promissory note – related party     32,115 
Payment of offering costs     (25,790)
Net cash provided by financing activities     6,325 
         
Net Change in Cash  (882,762)   
Cash – Beginning  2,282,362    
Cash – Ending $1,399,600  $ 
         
Non-Cash Investing and Financing Activities:        
Change in value of ordinary shares subject to possible redemption $858,373  $ 
Offering costs paid directly by Sponsor from proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares $  $25,000 
Offering costs included in accrued offering costs $  $10,047 

 

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

 

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ALUSSA ENERGY ACQUISITION CORP.

NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

JUNE 30, 2020

(Unaudited)

 

NOTE 1. DESCRIPTION OF ORGANIZATION AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS

 

Alussa Energy Acquisition Corp. (the “Company”) is a newly organized blank check company incorporated as a Cayman Islands exempted company on June 13, 2019. The Company was incorporated for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses (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.

 

Although the Company is not limited to a particular industry or sector for purposes of consummating a Business Combination, the Company intends to focus on businesses that complement its management team’s expertise in the production, operation and development of crude oil and natural gas wells and related infrastructure.

 

All activity for the period from June 13, 2019 (inception) through November 29, 2019 was related to the Company’s formation and the initial public offering (the “Initial Public Offering”), which is described below. Since the consummation of the Initial Public Offering through June 30, 2020, all activity has related to identifying a target company for a Business Combination. 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 Initial Public Offering.

 

The registration statements for the Company’s Initial Public Offering were declared effective on November 27, 2019. On November 29, 2019, the Company consummated the Initial Public Offering of 25,000,000 units (the “Units”), generating gross proceeds of $250,000,000, which is described in Note 3. Each Unit consists of one of the Company’s Class A ordinary shares, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Class A Shares”) and one-half of one warrant (the “Warrants”). Each whole Warrant entitles the holder to purchase one Class A Share. The Class A Shares sold as part of the Units in the Initial Public Offering are referred to herein as the “public shares.”

 

Simultaneously with the closing of the Initial Public Offering, the Company consummated the sale of 8,000,000 warrants (the “Private Placement Warrants”) at a price of $1.00 per Private Placement Warrant in a private placement to the Company’s sponsor, Alussa Energy Sponsor LLC (the “Sponsor”), generating gross proceeds of $8,000,000, which is described in Note 4.

 

Following the closing of the Initial Public Offering on November 29, 2019, an amount of $250,000,000 ($10.00 per Unit) from the net proceeds of the sale of the Units in the Initial Public Offering, and the sale of the Private Placement Warrants was placed in a trust account (the “Trust Account”) and invested only in specified U.S. government treasury bills with a maturity of 185 days or less or in money market funds meeting certain conditions under Rule 2a-7 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, which invest only in direct U.S. government treasury obligations, until the earlier of (i) the consummation of the Business Combination and (ii) the Company’s failure to consummate a Business Combination within the prescribed time.

 

On December 4, 2019, the underwriters notified the Company of their intention to fully exercise their over-allotment option on December 5, 2019. As such, on December 5, 2019 the Company consummated the sale of an additional 3,750,000 Units, at $10.00 per Unit, and the sale of an additional 750,000 Private Placement Warrants, at $1.00 per Private Placement Warrant, generating total gross proceeds of $38,250,000. A total of $37,500,000 of the net proceeds was deposited into the Trust Account, bringing the aggregate proceeds held in the Trust Account to $287,500,000.

 

Transaction costs amounted to $16,326,240, consisting of $5,750,000 of underwriting fees, $10,062,500 of deferred underwriting fees and $513,740 of other costs. In addition, at June 30, 2020, cash of $1,399,600 was held outside of the Trust Account and is available for working capital purposes.

 

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ALUSSA ENERGY ACQUISITION CORP.

NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

JUNE 30, 2020

(Unaudited)

 

The Company’s management has broad discretion with respect to the specific application of the net proceeds of the Initial Public Offering and the sale of the Private Placement Warrants, 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 successfully effect a Business Combination. Placing funds in the Trust Account may not protect those funds from third party claims against the Company. Although the Company will seek to have all vendors, service providers, prospective target businesses or other entities it engages execute agreements with the Company waiving any claim of any kind in or to any monies held in the Trust Account, there is no guarantee that such persons will execute such agreements. The Sponsor has agreed that it will be liable to the Company under certain circumstances if and to the extent any claims by such persons reduce the amount of funds in the Trust Account below a specified threshold. The Company has not independently verified whether the Sponsor has sufficient funds to satisfy its indemnity obligations and believes that the Sponsor’s only assets are securities of the Company. Therefore, the Sponsor may not be able to satisfy those obligations should they arise. The remaining net proceeds (not held in the Trust Account) may be used to pay for business, legal and accounting due diligence on prospective acquisitions and continuing general and administrative expenses as well as any taxes. 

 

The Company will provide the holders of the public shares (the “Public Shareholders”) with the opportunity to redeem all or a portion of their public shares upon the completion of the Business Combination, either (i) in connection with a shareholder meeting called to approve the Business Combination or (ii) by means of a tender offer, in either case at a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account as of two business days prior to the consummation of the Business Combination, including interest (which interest shall be net of taxes payable) divided by the number of then outstanding public shares. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Company seeks shareholder approval of the Business Combination and the Company does not conduct redemptions pursuant to the tender offer rules, a Public Shareholder, together with any affiliate of such shareholder or any other person with whom such shareholder is acting in concert or as a “group” (as defined in Section 13(d)(3) 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% of the public shares. In connection with any shareholder vote required to approve any Business Combination, the Sponsor and any other shareholder of the Company prior to the consummation of the Initial Public Offering (collectively with the Sponsor, the “Initial Shareholders”) and the Company’s directors and officers will agree (i) to vote any of their respective Ordinary Shares (as defined below) in favor of the initial Business Combination and (ii) not to redeem any of their Ordinary Shares in connection therewith.

 

The Company will proceed with a Business Combination only if it has net tangible assets of at least $5,000,001 upon consummation of the Business Combination and, in the case of a shareholder vote, a majority of the outstanding Ordinary Shares voted are voted in favor of the Business Combination. The amount in the Trust Account is initially anticipated to be $10.00 per public share. The per-share amount to be distributed to shareholders who properly redeem their shares will not be reduced by the deferred underwriting commissions the Company will pay to the underwriters. There will be no redemption rights upon the completion of a Business Combination with respect to the Company’s warrants.

 

The New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) rules require that the Business Combination must be with one or more target businesses that together have an aggregate fair market value equal to at least 80% of the balance in the Trust Account (less any Deferred Commissions (as defined below) and taxes payable on interest earned) at the time of the Company signing a definitive agreement in connection with the Business Combination.

 

If the Company has not completed a Business Combination by November 29, 2021, 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 (which interest shall be net of taxes payable, and 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 the rights of the Public Shareholders as shareholders (including the right to receive further liquidation 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 shareholders and its Board of Directors, dissolve and liquidate, subject in each case to the Company’s obligations under Cayman Islands law to provide for claims of creditors and the requirements of other applicable law. In the event of a liquidation, the Public Shareholders will be entitled to receive a full pro rata interest in the Trust Account ($10.00 per share, plus any pro rata interest earned on the Trust Account not previously released to the Company and less up to $100,000 of interest to pay dissolution expenses). There will be no redemption rights or liquidating distributions with respect to the Founder Shares (as defined in Note 6) or the Private Placement Warrants, which will expire worthless if the Company fails to complete a Business Combination by November 29, 2021.

 

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ALUSSA ENERGY ACQUISITION CORP.

NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

JUNE 30, 2020

(Unaudited)

 

NOTE 2. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The accompanying unaudited condensed financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) for interim financial information and in accordance with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 8 of Regulation S-X of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Certain information or footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with 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.

 

The accompanying unaudited condensed financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 as filed with the SEC on March 26, 2020, which contains the audited financial statements and notes thereto. The financial information as of December 31, 2019 is derived from the audited financial statements presented in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019. The interim results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020 are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the year ending December 31, 2020 or for any future interim periods.

 

Emerging Growth Company

 

The Company is an “emerging growth company,” as defined in Section 2(a) of the Securities Act, as modified by the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (the “JOBS Act”), and it may take advantage of certain exemptions from various reporting requirements that are applicable to other public companies that are not emerging growth companies including, but not limited to, not being required to comply with the auditor attestation requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, reduced disclosure obligations regarding executive compensation in its periodic reports and proxy statements, and exemptions from the requirements of holding a nonbinding advisory vote on executive compensation and shareholder approval of any golden parachute payments not previously approved.

 

Further, Section 102(b)(1) of the JOBS Act 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 a 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 statement with another public company which is neither an emerging growth company nor an emerging growth company which 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 the condensed financial statements in conformity with US GAAP requires 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 financial statements and the reported amounts of income and expenses during the reporting period.

 

Making estimates requires management to exercise significant judgment. 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. Accordingly, the actual results could differ significantly from those estimates.

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

The Company considers all highly liquid investments purchased with an original maturity of three months or less to be cash equivalents. The Company did not have any cash equivalents as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019.

 

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ALUSSA ENERGY ACQUISITION CORP.

NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

JUNE 30, 2020

(Unaudited)

 

Marketable Securities Held in Trust Account

 

At June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, the assets held in the Trust Account were substantially held in U.S. Treasury Bills.

 

Ordinary Shares Subject to Possible Redemption

  

The Company accounts for its ordinary shares subject to possible redemption in accordance with the guidance in Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 480 “Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity.” Ordinary shares subject to mandatory redemption are classified as a liability instrument and are measured at fair value. Conditionally redeemable ordinary shares (including ordinary shares that feature 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) are classified as temporary equity. At all other times, ordinary shares are classified as shareholders’ equity. The Company’s ordinary shares feature certain redemption rights that are considered to be outside of the Company’s control and subject to occurrence of uncertain future events. Accordingly, ordinary shares subject to possible redemption are presented at redemption value as temporary equity, outside of the shareholders’ equity section of the Company’s condensed balance sheets.

 

Income Taxes

 

The Company accounts for income taxes under ASC 740, “Income Taxes” (“ASC 740”). ASC 740 requires the recognition of deferred tax assets and liabilities for both the expected impact of differences between the financial statement and tax basis of assets and liabilities and for the expected future tax benefit to be derived from tax loss and tax credit carry forwards. ASC 740 additionally requires a valuation allowance to be established when it is more likely than not that all or a portion of deferred tax assets will not be realized.

 

ASC 740 also clarifies the accounting for uncertainty in income taxes recognized in an enterprise’s financial statements and prescribes a recognition threshold and measurement process for financial statement recognition and measurement of a tax position 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. The Company recognizes accrued interest and penalties related to unrecognized tax benefits as income tax expense. There were no unrecognized tax benefits and no amounts accrued for interest and penalties as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019. 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.

 

The Company is considered an exempted Cayman Islands Company and is presently not subject to income taxes or income tax filing requirements in the Cayman Islands or the United States. As such, the Company’s tax provision was zero for the period presented.

 

Net Loss Per Ordinary Share

 

Net loss per ordinary share is computed by dividing net loss by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding for the period. At June 30, 2019, weighted average shares were reduced for the effect of an aggregate of 937,500 ordinary shares that were subject to forfeiture if the over-allotment option was not exercised by the underwriters. The Company applies the two-class method in calculating earnings per share. Ordinary shares subject to possible redemption at June 30, 2020, which are not currently redeemable and are not redeemable at fair value, have been excluded from the calculation of basic net loss per ordinary share since such shares, if redeemed, only participate in their pro rata share of the Trust Account earnings. The Company has not considered the effect of warrants sold in the Initial Public Offering and the private placement to purchase 23,125,000 ordinary shares in the calculation of diluted loss per share, since the exercise of the warrants into ordinary shares is contingent upon the occurrence of future events. As a result, diluted net loss per ordinary share is the same as basic net loss per ordinary share for the period presented.

 

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ALUSSA ENERGY ACQUISITION CORP.

NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

JUNE 30, 2020

(Unaudited)

 

Reconciliation of Net Loss Per Ordinary Share

 

The Company’s net income is adjusted for the portion of income that is attributable to ordinary shares subject to possible redemption, as these shares only participate in the earnings of the Trust Account and not the income or losses of the Company. Accordingly, basic and diluted loss per ordinary share is calculated as follows:

 

  Three Months Ended
June 30,
2020
  Six Months Ended
June 30,
2020
  For the Period
From
June 13,
2019
(Inception)
Through
June 30,
2019
 
Net (loss) income $(416,264) $858,372  $(6,325)
Less: Income attributable to ordinary shares subject to possible redemption  (35,841)  (1,726,922)   
Adjusted net loss $(452,105) $(868,550) $(6,325)
             
Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted  8,495,141   8,474,209   6,250,000 
             
Basic and diluted net loss per ordinary share $(0.05) $(0.10) $(0.00)

 

Concentration of Credit Risk

 

Financial instruments that potentially subject the Company to concentrations of credit risk consist of a cash account in a financial institution which, at times may exceed the Federal Depository Insurance Coverage of $250,000. The Company has not experienced losses on this account and management believes the Company is not exposed to significant risks on such account. 

 

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

The fair value of the Company’s assets and liabilities, which qualify as financial instruments under ASC Topic 820, “Fair Value Measurement,” approximates the carrying amounts represented in the accompanying condensed financial statements, primarily due to their short-term nature.

 

Recently Issued Accounting Standards

 

Management does not believe that any recently issued, but not yet effective, accounting standards, if currently adopted, would have a material effect on the accompanying condensed financial statements. 

 

NOTE 3. INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING

 

Pursuant to the Initial Public Offering, the Company sold 28,750,000 Units, which includes the exercise by the underwriters of their over-allotment option in full of 3,750,000 Units, at a price of $10.00 per Unit. Each Unit consists of one Class A Share and one-half of one Warrant. Each whole Warrant entitles the holder to purchase one Class A Share at a price of $11.50 per share. The Warrants will become exercisable on the later of 30 days after completion of the Business Combination or November 29, 2020 and will expire five years from the completion of the Business Combination or earlier upon redemption or liquidation. The Company may redeem the Warrants at a price of $0.01 per Warrant upon 30 days’ notice, only in the event that the last sale price of the Class A Shares is at least $18.00 per share (as adjusted for share splits, share dividends, rights issuances, subdivisions, 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 on which notice of redemption is given. The Company will not redeem the Warrants unless a registration statement under the Securities Act covering the Class A Shares issuable upon exercise of the Warrants is effective and a current prospectus relating to those shares is available throughout the 30 day redemption period, unless the Warrants may be exercised on a cashless basis and such cashless exercise is exempt from registration under the Securities Act. If the Company redeems the Warrants as described above, management will have the option to require all holders that wish to exercise their Warrants to do so on a cashless basis; provided that an exemption from registration is available. No Warrants will be exercisable for cash unless the Company has an effective registration statement covering the Class A Shares issuable upon exercise of the Warrants and a current prospectus relating to such shares. If the shares issuable upon exercise of the Warrants are not registered under the Securities Act, holders will be permitted to exercise their Warrants on a cashless basis. However, no Warrant will be exercisable for cash or on a cashless basis, and the Company will not be obligated to issue any Class A Shares to holders seeking to exercise their Warrants, unless the issuance of the Class A Shares upon such exercise is registered or qualified under the securities laws of the state of the exercising holder, or an exemption is available.

 

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NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

JUNE 30, 2020

(Unaudited)

 

In addition, if (x) the Company issues additional ordinary shares or equity-linked securities for capital raising purposes in connection with the closing of a Business Combination at an issue price or effective issue price of less than $9.20 per Class A Share (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 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 a Business Combination on the date of the consummation of a Business Combination, and (z) the volume weighted average trading price of the Company’s Class A Shares during the 20 trading day period starting on the trading day prior to the day on which the Company consummates a 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 higher of the Market Value and the Newly Issued Price, and the $18.00 per share redemption trigger price will be adjusted (to the nearest cent) to be equal to 180% of the higher of the Market Value and the Newly Issued Price.

 

NOTE 4. PROMISSORY NOTE — RELATED PARTY

 

On June 14, 2019, the Company issued an unsecured promissory note to the Sponsor pursuant to which the Company may borrow up to $300,000 in the aggregate. As of November 29, 2019, the Company has borrowed $198,959 under the promissory note. The note was non-interest bearing and payable on the earlier to occur of (i) December 31, 2019 or (ii) the consummation of the Initial Public Offering. The borrowings outstanding under the Promissory Note of $198,959 were repaid on December 2, 2019.

 

NOTE 5. COMMITMENTS

 

On February 10, 2020, the Company entered into a transactional support agreement with a service provider, pursuant to which the service provider agreed to assist the Company in evaluating acquisition opportunities in the energy industry, including valuation and qualitative assessments, as well as investor presentations. The Company paid the service provider a fee of $100,000 and will pay the service provider an additional fee upon the closing of a Business Combination. The fee payable at the closing of the Business Combination is dependent upon the timing of the closing and ranges between $975,000 and $1,950,000. The additional fee will not be payable in the event the Company does not consummate a Business Combination.

 

On March 11, 2020, the Company entered into a consulting agreement with a service provider, pursuant to which the service provider will provide the Company with advisory or transaction support for a potential Business Combination. The Company will pay the service provider a fee of $75,000 per month, for total fees of $225,000. In addition, on March 11, 2020, the Company entered into a transactional support agreement with the same service provider, pursuant to which the Company agreed to pay the service provider a fee equal to 1% of the consideration paid by the Company for the equity of a target company, up to a maximum fee of $5,000,000, if the Company consummates a Business Combination with a target company located in certain countries, as listed in the agreement. The fee will not be payable in the event the Company does not consummate a Business Combination.

 

On April 27, 2020, the Company entered into a consulting agreement, pursuant to which the consultant will provide the Company with advisory services for a potential Business Combination with a specific counter-party. In the event the Company consummates the Business Combination, the Company will pay the consultant 250,000 Euros.

 

The Company granted the underwriters (the “Underwriters”) a 45-day option from the date of the Initial Public Offering to purchase up to 3,750,000 additional Units to cover over-allotments, if any, at the Initial Public Offering price less the underwriting discounts and commissions. On December 5, 2019, the underwriters fully exercised their over-allotment option to purchase an additional 3,750,000 Units at $10.00 per Unit.

 

The underwriters were paid a cash fee of 2.0% per Unit, or $5,750,000 in the aggregate at the closing of the Initial Public Offering. Upon completion of the initial Business Combination, the Underwriters will be entitled to $10,062,500, which constitutes the Underwriters’ deferred fee of 3.5%. The deferred fee will be forfeited by the Underwriters solely in the event that the Company fails to complete a Business Combination, subject to the terms of the underwriting agreement.

 

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NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

JUNE 30, 2020

(Unaudited)

 

The Company entered into an agreement, commencing on November 25, 2019 through the earlier of the consummation of a Business Combination or the Company’s liquidation, to pay an aggregate of $35,000 per month to the Sponsor for office space, administrative and support services, of which Mr. Daniel Barcelo, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and President, will be paid $20,000 per month and Mr. Nick De’Ath, the Company’s Chief Technology Officer, will be paid $5,000 per month. The Company’s Sponsor, officers and directors, or any of their respective affiliates, will be reimbursed for any out-of-pocket expenses incurred in connection with activities on their behalf such as identifying potential target businesses and performing due diligence on suitable business combinations. There is no cap or ceiling on the reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses incurred by such persons in connection with activities on behalf of the Company. During the three and six months ended June 30, 2020, the Company incurred and paid $105,000 and $210,000 in fees for these services, respectively.

 

In addition, in order to finance transaction costs in connection with an intended initial 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. If the Company completes its initial Business Combination, it would repay such loaned amounts. In the event that the initial Business Combination does not close, the Company may use a portion of the working capital held outside the Trust Account to repay such loaned amounts but no proceeds from the Trust Account would be used for such repayment. Up to $1,500,000 of such loans may be convertible into warrants at a price of $1.00 per warrant at the option of the lender. The warrants would be identical to the Private Placement Warrants issued to the Sponsor.

 

Simultaneously with the closing of the Initial Public Offering, the Sponsor purchased an aggregate of 8,750,000 Private Placement Warrants at $1.00 per warrant, for an aggregate purchase price of $8,750,000 from the Company. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Private Placement Warrants were placed into the Trust Account. Each Private Placement Warrant is exercisable for one Class A Share at a price of $11.50 per share. The Private Placement Warrants are identical to the Warrants included in the Units sold in the Initial Public Offering except that the Private Placement Warrants: (i) will not be redeemable by the Company; (ii) may be exercised for cash or on a cashless basis, as described in the registration statement relating to the Initial Public Offering, so long as they are held by the Sponsor or any of its permitted transferees and (iii) are (including the ordinary shares issuable upon exercise of the Private Placement Warrants) entitled to registration rights. Additionally, the Sponsor has agreed not to transfer, assign or sell any of the Private Placement Warrants, including the Class A Shares issuable upon exercise of the Private Placement Warrants (except to certain permitted transferees), until 30 days after the completion of the Business Combination.

 

NOTE 6. SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

Preference Shares

 

The Company is authorized to issue 2,000,000 preference shares with a par value of $0.0001. The Company’s Board of Directors will be authorized to fix the voting rights, if any, designations, powers, preferences, the relative, participating, optional or other special rights and any qualifications, limitations and restrictions thereof, applicable to the shares of each series. The Board of Directors will be able to, without shareholder approval, issue preferred shares with voting and other rights that could adversely affect the voting power and other rights of the holders of the Ordinary Shares and could have anti-takeover effects.

 

At June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, there were no preference shares issued or outstanding.

 

Ordinary Shares

 

The Company is authorized to issue 200,000,000 Class A Shares, with a par value of $0.0001 each, and 20,000,000 Class B ordinary shares, with a par value of $0.0001 each (the “Class B Shares” and, together with the Class A Shares, the “Ordinary Shares”). Holders of the Ordinary Shares are entitled to one vote for each Ordinary Share; provided that only holders of the Class B Shares have the right to vote on the election of directors prior to the Business Combination. The Class B Shares will automatically convert into Class A Shares at the time of the Business Combination, on a one-for-one basis, subject to adjustment for share splits, share dividends, rights issuances, subdivisions, reorganizations, recapitalizations and the like, and subject to further adjustment as provided herein. In the case that additional Class A Shares, or equity-linked securities, are issued or deemed issued in excess of the amounts sold in the Initial Public Offering and related to the closing of the Business Combination, the ratio at which the Class B Shares shall convert into Class A Shares will be adjusted (unless the holders of a majority of the outstanding Class B ordinary shares agree to waive such anti-dilution adjustment with respect to any such issuance or deemed issuance) so that the number of Class A Shares issuable upon conversion of all Class B Shares will equal, in the aggregate, 20% of the sum of all Ordinary Shares outstanding upon completion of the Initial Public Offering plus all Class A Shares and equity-linked securities issued or deemed issued in connection with the Business Combination, excluding any Ordinary Shares or equity-linked securities issued, or to be issued, to any seller in the Business Combination, any Private Placement-equivalent Warrants issued to the Sponsor or its affiliates upon conversion of loans made to the Company. Holders of Founder Shares may also elect to convert their Class B Shares into an equal number of Class A Shares, subject to adjustment as provided above, at any time.

  

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NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

JUNE 30, 2020

(Unaudited)

 

At June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, there were 1,352,523 and 1,265,776 Class A Shares issued and outstanding, excluding 27,397,477 and 27,484,224 Class A Shares subject to possible redemption, respectively. At June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, there were 7,187,500 Class B Shares issued and outstanding.

 

Founder Shares

 

On June 14, 2019, an aggregate of 5,750,000 Class B Shares (the “Founder Shares”) were issued to the Sponsor for an aggregate purchase price of $25,000. In October 2019, the Company declared a share dividend satisfied by way of issuance of 0.125 of a share for each ordinary share in issue and on November 25, 2019, the Company declared a share dividend satisfied by way of issuance of 0.111111 of a share for each ordinary share in issue, resulting in an aggregate of 7,187,500 Founder Shares being held by the Sponsor. The 7,187,500 Founder Shares included an aggregate of up to 937,500 Founder Shares that were subject to forfeiture if the over-allotment option was not exercised in full by the Underwriters in order to maintain the Initial Shareholder’s ownership at 20% of the issued and outstanding Ordinary Shares upon completion of the Initial Public Offering. As a result of the underwriters’ election to fully exercise their over-allotment option on December 5, 2019, a total of 937,500 Founder Shares are no longer subject to forfeiture.

 

The Founder Shares are identical to the Class A Shares included in the Units being sold in the Initial Public Offering, except that the Founder Shares (i) have the voting rights described above, (ii) are subject to certain transfer restrictions described below and (iii) are convertible into Class A Shares on a one-for-one basis, subject to adjustment pursuant to the anti-dilution provisions contained therein. The Founder Shares may not be transferred, assigned or sold until the earlier of (i) one year after the completion of the Business Combination and (ii) the date on which the Company completes a liquidation, merger, share exchange, reorganization or other similar transaction after the Business Combination that results in all of the Public Shareholders having the right to exchange their Class A Shares for cash, securities or other property. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the last sale price of the Class A Shares equals or exceeds $12.00 per share (as adjusted for share splits, share dividends, rights issuances, subdivisions, reorganizations, recapitalizations and the like) for any 20 trading days within any 30-trading day period commencing at least 150 days after the Business Combination, the Founder Shares will be released from the lock-up.

 

NOTE 7. FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS 

 

The Company follows the guidance in ASC Topic 820 for its financial assets and liabilities that are re-measured and reported at fair value at each reporting period, and non-financial assets and liabilities that are re-measured and reported at fair value at least annually.

 

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.

 

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NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

JUNE 30, 2020

(Unaudited)

 

The following table presents information about the Company’s assets that are measured at fair value on a recurring basis at June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, and indicates the fair value hierarchy of the valuation inputs the Company utilized to determine such fair value:

 

Description Level  June 30,
2020
  December 31,
2019
 
Assets:         
Marketable securities held in Trust Account  1  $289,642,871  $287,830,781 

 

NOTE 8. SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

 

The Company evaluated subsequent events and transactions that occurred after the balance sheet date up to the date that the condensed financial statements were issued. Based upon this review, the Company did not identify any subsequent events that would have required adjustment or disclosure in the condensed financial statements.

 

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

 

References in this report (the “Quarterly Report”) to “we,” “us” or the “Company” refer to Alussa Energy Acquisition Corp. References to our “management” or our “management team” refer to our officers and directors, and references to the “Sponsor” refer to Alussa Energy Sponsor 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 of 1933, as amended (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 Annual Report on Form 10-K 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

 

We are a blank check company incorporated in the Cayman Islands on June 13, 2019 formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses (a “Business Combination”). We intend to effectuate our Business Combination using cash derived from the proceeds of the initial public offering, our shares, debt or a combination of cash, shares and debt.

 

The issuance of additional ordinary shares in a Business Combination:

 

 may significantly dilute the equity interest of investors, which dilution would increase if the anti-dilution provisions in the Class B ordinary shares resulted in the issuance of Class A ordinary shares on a greater than one-to-one basis upon conversion of the Class B ordinary shares;
 may subordinate the rights of holders of ordinary shares if preference shares are issued with rights senior to those afforded our ordinary shares;
 could cause a change of control if a substantial number of our ordinary shares are issued, which may affect, among other things, our ability to use our net operating loss carry forwards, if any, and could result in the resignation or removal of our present officers and directors;
 may have the effect of delaying or preventing a change of control of us by diluting the share ownership or voting rights of a person seeking to obtain control of us; and
 may adversely affect prevailing market prices for our Class A ordinary shares and/or warrants.

 

Similarly, if we issue debt securities, it could result in:

 

 default and foreclosure on our assets if our operating revenues after a Business Combination are insufficient to repay our debt obligations;
 acceleration of our obligations to repay the indebtedness even if we make all principal and interest payments when due if we breach certain covenants that require the maintenance of certain financial ratios or reserves without a waiver or renegotiation of that covenant;
 our immediate payment of all principal and accrued interest, if any, if the debt security is payable on demand;
 our inability to obtain necessary additional financing if the debt security contains covenants restricting our ability to obtain such financing while the debt security is outstanding;
 our inability to pay dividends on our ordinary shares;
 using a substantial portion of our cash flow to pay principal and interest on our debt, which will reduce the funds available for dividends on our ordinary shares if declared, expenses, capital expenditures, acquisitions and other general corporate purposes;

 limitations on our flexibility in planning for and reacting to changes in our business and in the industry in which we operate;

 

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 increased vulnerability to adverse changes in general economic, industry and competitive conditions and adverse changes in government regulation; and
 limitations on our ability to borrow additional amounts for expenses, capital expenditures, acquisitions, debt service requirements, execution of our strategy and other purposes and other disadvantages compared to our competitors who have less debt.

 

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

 

We have neither engaged in any operations nor generated any revenues to date. Our only activities from inception to June 30, 2020 were organizational activities and those necessary to prepare for our initial public offering (the “Initial Public Offering”), described below, and, after our Initial Public Offering, identifying a target company for a Business Combination. We do not expect to generate any operating revenues until after completion of our Business Combination. We generate non-operating income in the form of interest income on marketable securities held in our trust account (the “Trust Account”). We are incurring expenses as a result of being a public company (for legal, financial reporting, accounting and auditing compliance), as well as due diligence expenses.

 

For the three months ended June 30, 2020, we had a net loss of $416,264, which consisted of operating costs of $453,873 and an unrealized loss on marketable securities held in the Trust Account of $920,962, offset by interest income on marketable securities held in the Trust Account of $958,571.

 

For the six months ended June 30, 2020, we had net income of $858,372, which consisted of interest income on marketable securities held in the Trust Account of $1,851,161, offset by operating costs of $953,718 and an unrealized loss on marketable securities held in the Trust Account of $39,071.

 

For the period from June 13, 2019 (inception) through June 30, 2019, we had net loss $6,325, which consisted of formation and operating costs.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

On November 29, 2019, we consummated the Initial Public Offering of 25,000,000 Units, at a price of $10.00 per Unit, generating gross proceeds of $250,000,000. Simultaneously with the closing of the Initial Public Offering, we consummated the sale of 8,000,000 Private Placement Warrants to the Sponsor at a price of $1.00 per warrant, generating gross proceeds of $8,000,000.

 

On December 5, 2019, as a result of the underwriters’ election to fully exercise their over-allotment option, the Company consummated the sale of an additional 3,750,000 Units, at a price of $10.00 per Unit, and the sale of an additional 750,000 Private Placement Warrants, at a price of $1.00 per Private Placement Warrant, generating total gross proceeds of $38,250,000.

 

Following the Initial Public Offering, the exercise of the over-allotment option and the sale of the Private Placement Warrants, a total of $287,500,000 was placed in the Trust Account. We incurred $16,326,240 in transaction costs, including $5,750,000 of underwriting fees, $10,062,500 of deferred underwriting fees and $513,740 of other costs.

 

For the six months ended June 30, 2020, cash used in operating activities was $882,762. Net income of $858,372 was offset by interest earned on marketable securities held in the Trust Account of $1,851,161 and an unrealized loss on marketable securities of $39,071. Changes in operating assets and liabilities provided $70,956 of cash from operating activities.

 

As of June 30, 2020, we had marketable securities held in the Trust Account of $289,642,871. We may withdraw interest to pay our income taxes, if any. We intend to use substantially all of the funds held in the Trust Account, including any amounts representing interest earned on the Trust Account (which interest shall be net of taxes payable and excluding deferred underwriting commissions) to complete our Business Combination. To the extent that our share capital is used, in whole or in part, as consideration to complete a 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.

 

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As of June 30, 2020, we had cash of $1,399,600. We intend to use the funds held outside the Trust Account primarily to identify and evaluate, target businesses, perform business due diligence on prospective target businesses, travel to and from the offices, plants or similar locations of prospective target businesses or their representatives or owners, review corporate documents and material agreements of prospective target businesses, structure, negotiate and complete a Business Combination.

 

In order to fund working capital deficiencies or finance transaction costs in connection with a Business Combination, our Sponsor or an affiliate of our Sponsor or certain of our officers and directors may, but are not obligated to, loan us funds as may be required. If we complete a Business Combination, we would repay such loaned amounts. In the event that a Business Combination does not close, we may use a portion of the working capital held outside the Trust Account to repay such loaned amounts, but no proceeds from our Trust Account would be used for such repayment. Up to $1,500,000 of such loans may be convertible into warrants, at a price of $1.00 per warrant unit at the option of the lender. The warrants would be identical to the Private Placement Warrants.

 

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 are less than the actual amount necessary to do so, we may have insufficient funds available to operate our business prior to our initial 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 completion of our Business Combination, in which case we may issue additional securities or incur debt in connection with such Business Combination.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Financing Arrangements

 

We have no obligations, assets or liabilities, which would be considered off-balance sheet arrangements as of June 30, 2020. We do not participate in transactions that create relationships with unconsolidated 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, other than as described below.

 

We entered into an agreement to pay our Sponsor a monthly fee of $35,000 for office space, and administrative and support services, which Mr. Daniel Barcelo, our Executive Officer and President, will be paid $20,000 per month and Mr. Nick De’Ath, our Chief Technology Officer, will be paid $5,000 per month. The Sponsor, officers and directors, or any of their respective affiliates, will be reimbursed for any out-of-pocket expenses incurred in connection with activities on their behalf such as identifying potential target businesses and performing due diligence on suitable business combinations. There is no cap or ceiling on the reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses incurred by such persons in connection with activities on our behalf. We began incurring these fees on November 25, 2019 and will continue to incur these fees monthly until the earlier of the completion of a Business Combination and our liquidation.

 

The underwriters are entitled to a deferred fee of $10,062,500. The deferred fee will be forfeited by the underwriters solely in the event that we fail to complete a Business Combination, subject to the terms of the underwriting agreement.

 

On February 10, 2020, we entered into a transactional support agreement with a service provider, pursuant to which the service provider agreed to assist us in evaluating acquisition opportunities in the energy industry, including valuation and qualitative assessments, as well as investor presentations. We paid the service provider a fee of $100,000 and will pay the service provider an additional fee upon the closing of a Business Combination. The fee payable at the closing of the Business Combination is dependent upon the timing of the closing and ranges between $975,000 and $1,950,000. The additional fee will not be payable in the event we do not consummate a Business Combination.

 

On February 28, 2020, we entered into a consulting agreement with a service provider, pursuant to which the service provider will provide us with advisory or transaction support for a potential Business Combination. We will pay the service provider a fee of $75,000 per month, for total fees of $225,000. In addition, on March 1, 2020, we entered into a transactional support agreement with the same service provider, pursuant to which we agreed to pay the service provider a fee equal to 1% of the consideration paid by us for the equity of a target company, up to a maximum fee of $5,000,000, if we consummate a Business Combination with a target company located in certain countries, as listed in the agreement. The fee will not be payable in the event we do not consummate a Business Combination.

 

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Critical Accounting Policies

 

The preparation of 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:

 

Ordinary Shares Subject to Redemption

 

We account for our ordinary shares subject to possible conversion in accordance with the guidance in Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 480 “Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity.” Ordinary shares subject to mandatory redemption are classified as a liability instrument and are measured at fair value. Conditionally redeemable ordinary shares (including ordinary shares that feature 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) are classified as temporary equity. At all other times, ordinary shares are classified as shareholders’ equity. Our ordinary shares feature certain redemption rights that are considered to be outside of our control and subject to occurrence of uncertain future events. Accordingly, ordinary shares subject to possible redemption are presented at redemption value as temporary equity, outside of the shareholders’ equity section of our condensed balance sheets.

 

Net Loss Per Ordinary Share

 

We apply the two-class method in calculating earnings per share. Ordinary shares subject to possible redemption, which are not currently redeemable and are not redeemable at fair value, have been excluded from the calculation of basic net loss per ordinary share since such shares, if redeemed, only participate in their pro rata share of the Trust Account earnings. Our net income is adjusted for the portion of income that is attributable to ordinary shares subject to redemption, as these shares only participate in the earnings of the Trust Account and not our income or losses.

 

Recent Accounting Standards

 

Management does not believe that any recently issued, but not yet effective, accounting standards, if currently adopted, would have a material effect on our condensed financial statements.

 

ITEM 3.QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

As of June 30, 2020, we were not subject to any market or interest rate risk. Following the consummation of our Initial Public Offering, the net proceeds of our Initial Public Offering, including amounts in the Trust Account, have been invested in U.S. government treasury bills, notes or bonds with a maturity of 180 days or less or in certain money market funds that invest solely in U.S. treasuries. Due to the short-term nature of these investments, we believe there will be no associated material exposure to interest rate risk.

 

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 June 30, 2020. 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 report include the risk factors described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 filed with the SEC on March 26, 2020. As of the date of this Report, other than as described below, there have been no material changes to the risk factors disclosed in our Annual Report filed with the SEC.

 

The securities in which we invest the funds held in the Trust Account could bear a negative rate of interest, which could reduce the value of the assets held in trust such that the per-share redemption amount received by public shareholders may be less than $10.00 per share.

 

The proceeds held in the Trust Account are invested only in U.S. government treasury obligations with a maturity of 185 days or less or in money market funds meeting certain conditions under Rule 2a-7 under the Investment Company Act, which invest only in direct U.S. government treasury obligations. While short-term U.S. government treasury obligations currently yield a positive rate of interest, they have briefly yielded negative interest rates in recent years. Central banks in Europe and Japan pursued interest rates below zero in recent years, and the Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve has not ruled out the possibility that it may in the future adopt similar policies in the United States. In the event that we are unable to complete our initial business combination or make certain amendments to our Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association our public shareholders are entitled to receive their pro-rata share of the proceeds held in the Trust Account, plus any interest income not released to us, net of taxes payable. Negative interest rates could impact the per-share redemption amount that may be received by public shareholders.

 

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

 

None.

 

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 and Accounting 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 and Accounting Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
101.INS** XBRL Instance Document
101.CAL** XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
101.SCH** XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
101.DEF** XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
101.LAB** XBRL Taxonomy Extension Labels Linkbase Document
101.PRE** XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document

 

*Filed herewith.
**Furnished.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

 Alussa Energy Acquisition Corp.
   
Date: August 3, 2020 /s/ Daniel Barcelo
 Name: Daniel Barcelo
 Title:Chief Executive Officer and President
  (Principal Executive Officer)

 

Date: August 3, 2020/s/ Sarah James
 Name:Sarah James
 Title:Chief Financial Officer
  (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

 

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