FRX Forest Road Acquisition

Filed: 3 May 21, 6:11am





Washington, D.C. 20549









Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  May 2, 2021


Forest Road Acquisition Corp.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware 001-39735 85-3222090
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
 (Commission File Number) (IRS Employer
Identification No.)


1177 Avenue of the Americas, 5th Floor

New York, New York 10036

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (917) 310-3722


Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


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


Title of each class 



 Name of each exchange on which registered
Units, each consisting of one share of Class A Common Stock and one-third of one Redeemable Warrant FRX.U The New York Stock Exchange
Class A Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share FRX The New York Stock Exchange
Warrants, each exercisable for one share of Class A Common Stock for $11.50 per share FRX WS The New York Stock Exchange


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).


Emerging growth company þ


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. ☐







Item 4.02 Non-Reliance on Previously Issued Financial Statements or a Related Audit Report or Completed Interim Review.


On May 2, 2021, the audit committee of the board of directors (the “Audit Committee”) and management of Forest Road Acquisition Corp. (the “Company”), after discussions with WithumSmith+Brown, PC (“Withum”), the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm, concluded that the audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 (the “Restatement Period”), which were issued in the Company’s previously filed Annual Report on Form 10-K for such period, should no longer be relied upon and have been restated in Note 2 to the audited financial statements contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K/A (the “Restated Form 10-K”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission today, May 3, 2021.


On April 12, 2021, the staff of the SEC (the “SEC Staff”) issued a public statement (the “SEC Staff Statement”) entitled “Staff Statement on Accounting and Reporting Considerations for Warrants Issued by Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (“SPACs”)”. In the SEC Staff Statement, the SEC Staff expressed its view that certain terms and conditions common to warrants issued by SPACs such as the Company may require the warrants to be classified as liabilities on the SPAC’s balance sheet, as opposed to equity.


Since the date of their issuance in connection with the Company’s initial public offering in November 2020, the Company’s public warrants and private placement warrants have been reflected as a component of equity, as opposed to liabilities, on the balance sheet. After considering the SEC Staff Statement and discussion, evaluation and consultation with Withum, the Audit Committee concluded that the Company’s audited financial statements for the Restatement Period should be restated and that the Company’s warrants should be classified as liabilities measured at fair value upon issuance, with subsequent changes in fair value reported in the statement of operations for the Restatement Period.


The Audit Committee has discussed the matters disclosed in this Current Report on Form 8-K pursuant to this Item 4.02 with Withum. Withum was provided with a copy of the disclosures made herein and was given the opportunity to review these disclosures.







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.


Dated: May 3, 2021


 By:/s/ Keith L. Horn
  Name: Keith L. Horn
  Title:Chief Executive Officer