SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 14, 2021
CHURCHILL CAPITAL CORP IV
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
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640 Fifth Avenue, 12th Floor
New York, NY
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
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|Units, each consisting of one share of |
Class A common stock,
|CCIV.U||New York Stock Exchange|
|$0.0001 par value, and one-fifth of one warrant||CCIV||New York Stock Exchange|
|Shares of Class A common stock|
|CCIV WS||New York Stock Exchange|
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Item 4.02. Non-Reliance on Previously Issued Financial Statements or a Related Audit Report or Completed Interim Review.
(a) On April 12, 2021, the Acting Director of the Division of Corporation Finance and Acting Chief Accountant of the SEC together issued a public statement (the “SEC Warrant Accounting Statement”) on accounting and reporting considerations for warrants issued by special purpose acquisition companies (“SPACs”). The SEC Warrant Accounting Statement discussed “certain features of warrants issued in SPAC transactions” that “may be common across many entities.” The SEC Warrant Accounting Statement indicated that when one or more of such features is included in a warrant, the warrant “should be classified as a liability measured at fair value, with changes in fair value each period reported in earnings.”
The warrant agreement governing Churchill Capital Corp IV’s (the “Company”) warrants includes a provision that provides for potential changes to the settlement amounts dependent on the characteristics of the holder of the warrant. Upon review of the SEC Warrant Accounting Statement, the Company’s management further evaluated the warrants under Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Subtopic 815-40, Contracts in Entity’s Own Equity. ASC Section 815-40-15 addresses equity versus liability treatment and classification of equity-linked financial instruments, including warrants, and states that a warrant may be classified as a component of equity only if, among other things, the warrant is indexed to the issuer’s common stock. Under ASC Section 815-40-15, a warrant is not indexed to the issuer’s common stock if the terms of the warrant require an adjustment to the exercise price upon a specified event and that event is not an input to the fair value of the warrant.
The Company previously classified the public warrants and private placement warrants issued in connection with the Company’s initial public offering (the “Warrants”) as equity instruments. Upon further consideration of the rules and guidance, management of the Company concluded that the Warrants are precluded from equity classification. As a result, the Warrants should be recorded as liabilities on the balance sheet and measured at fair value at inception and on a recurring basis in accordance with ASC 820, Fair Value Measurement, with changes in fair value recognized in the statement of operations.
On May 14, 2021, the Company's management and the Audit Committee of the Company's board of directors, after consultation with management and a discussion with Marcum LLP, the Company's independent registered public accounting firm, concluded that its financial statements as of December 31, 2020; as of August 3, 2020; for the period from April 30, 2020 (inception) through December 31, 2020; and as of and for the period ended September 30, 2020 (collectively, the “Non-Reliance Periods”) should no longer be relied upon based on the correction of an error as described above.
As a result, the Company today is announcing that it will restate its historical financial results for the Non-Reliance Periods, in each case to reflect the change in accounting treatment (the “Restatement”). The Company is filing its Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2020 to reflect the Restatement contemporaneously with the filing of this Form 8-K.
The Company’s prior accounting for the Warrants did not have any effect on the Company’s previously reported investments held in trust or cash.
Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This Current Report on Form 8-K includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Certain of these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” “assumes,” “may,” “should,” “will,” “seeks,” or other similar expressions. Such statements may include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the Company’s intent to restate certain historical financial statements and the timing and impact of the restatement of the Original Filings. These statements are based on current expectations on the date of this Form 8-K and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ significantly. The Company does not assume any obligation to update or revise any such forward-looking statements, whether as the result of new developments or otherwise. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|Churchill Capital Corp IV|
|Date: May 14, 2021||By:||/s/ Jay Taragin|
|Title:||Chief Financial Officer|