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AAQC Accelerate Acquisition

Filed: 23 Mar 21, 11:11am

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 17, 2021

Accelerate Acquisition Corp.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

     
Delaware 001-40232 86-1209097

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 (Commission File Number) (I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number)

 

51 John F. Kennedy Parkway

Short Hills, New Jersey 07078

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(973) 314-3060

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions

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 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, $0.0001 par value per share, and one-third of one redeemable warrant AAQC.U New York Stock Exchange
Class A common stock included as part of the units AAQC New York Stock Exchange
Warrants included as part of the units, each whole warrant exercisable for one share of Class A common stock at an exercise price of $11.50 AAQC WS 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 or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

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. ☐

 

 

Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On March 17, 2021, the Registration Statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-253764) (the “Registration Statement”) relating to the initial public offering (the “IPO”) of Accelerate Acquisition Corp. (the “Company”) was declared effective by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. On March 22, 2021, the Company consummated the IPO of 40,000,000 units (the “Units”). Each Unit consists of one share of Class A common stock, $0.0001 par value per share (the “Class A Common Stock”), and one-third of one warrant (the “Public Warrants”), each whole Public Warrant entitling the holder thereof to purchase one share of Class A Common Stock at an exercise price of $11.50 per share. The Units were sold at an offering price of $10.00 per Unit, generating gross proceeds of $400,000,000. Further, in connection with the IPO, the Company entered into the following agreements previously filed as exhibits to the Registration Statement:

 

an Underwriting Agreement, dated March 17, 2021, by and among the Company and UBS Securities LLC, as representative of the underwriters named therein, which contains customary representations and warranties and indemnification of the underwriters by the Company;

 

a Private Placement Warrants Purchase Agreement, dated March 17, 2021, between the Company and Accelerate Acquisition Sponsor LLC (the “Sponsor”), pursuant to which the Sponsor purchased an aggregate of 7,333,333 warrants, each exercisable to purchase one share of Class A Common Stock at $11.50 per share, at a price of $1.50 per warrant (the “Private Placement Warrants”);

 

a Warrant Agreement, dated March 17, 2021, between the Company and Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, as warrant agent (the “Warrant Agreement”), which sets forth the expiration and exercise price of and procedure for exercising the Warrants; certain adjustment features of the terms of exercise; provisions relating to redemption and cashless exercise of the Warrants; certain registration rights of the holders of Warrants; provision for amendments to the Warrant Agreement; and indemnification of the warrant agent by the Company under the agreement;

 

an Investment Management Trust Agreement, dated March 17, 2021, between the Company and Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, as trustee, which establishes the trust account that will hold the net proceeds of the IPO and certain of the proceeds of the sale of the Private Placement Warrants, and sets forth the responsibilities of the trustee; the procedures for withdrawal and direction of funds from the trust account; and indemnification of the trustee by the Company under the agreement;

 

a Registration and Stockholder Rights Agreement, dated March 17, 2021, by and among the Company and the Sponsor, and certain directors of the Company, which provides for customary demand and piggy-back registration rights for the Sponsor and customary piggy-back registration rights for such directors, as well as certain transfer restrictions applicable to the Sponsor with respect to the Company’s securities, and, upon consummation of our initial business combination, the right of the Sponsor to nominate three individuals for election to the Company’s board of directors;

 

a Letter Agreement, dated March 17, 2021, by and among the Company, the Sponsor and each of the officers and directors of the Company, pursuant to which the Sponsor and each officer and director of the Company has agreed to vote any shares of Class A Common Stock held by him in favor of the Company’s initial business combination; to facilitate the liquidation and winding up of the Company if an initial business combination is not consummated within 24 months; to certain transfer restrictions with respect to the Company’s securities; and to certain indemnification obligations of the Sponsor; and pursuant to which the Company has agreed not to enter into a definitive agreement regarding an initial business combination without the prior consent of the Sponsor; and

 

an Administrative Services Agreement, dated March 17, 2021, by and between the Company and the Sponsor, pursuant to which the Sponsor has agreed to make available office space and certain administrative and support services, as may be required by the Company from time to time, for $10,000 per month until the Company’s initial business combination or liquidation.

The above descriptions are qualified in their entirety by reference to the full text of the applicable agreement, each of which is incorporated by reference herein and filed herewith as Exhibits 1.1, 10.1, 4.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, and 10.5 respectively.

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Item 3.02. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities.

Simultaneous with the consummation of the IPO and the issuance and sale of the Units, pursuant to the Private Placement Warrants Purchase Agreement, the Company completed the private sale of an aggregate of 7,333,333 Private Placement Warrants at a price of $1.50 per Private Placement Warrant, generating total proceeds of $11,000,000 (the “Private Placement”). The Private Placement Warrants, which were purchased by the Sponsor, are substantially similar to the Public Warrants, except that if held by the Sponsor or their respective permitted transferees, they (i) may be exercised for cash or on a cashless basis, (ii) are not subject to being called for redemption under certain redemption scenarios and (iii) subject to certain limited exceptions, will be subject to transfer restrictions until 30 days following the consummation of the Company’s initial business combination. If the Private Placement Warrants are held by holders other than the Sponsor or their respective permitted transferees, the Private Placement Warrants will be redeemable by the Company under all redemption scenarios and exercisable by holders on the same basis as the Public Warrants. The Private Placement Warrants have been issued pursuant to, and are governed by the Warrant Agreement.

Item 5.03. Amendments to Certificate of Incorporation.

On March 22, 2021, the Company adopted its Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation. The Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation is filed herewith as Exhibit 3.1 and is incorporated by reference herein.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

   
(d) Exhibits.
  
1.1 Underwriting Agreement, dated as of March 17, 2021, between the Company and UBS Securities LLC
  
3.1 Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation
  
4.1 Warrant Agreement, dated as of March 17, 2021, between Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company and the Company
  
10.1 Private Placement Warrants Purchase Agreement, dated as of March 17, 2021, between the Company and Accelerate Acquisition Sponsor LLC
  
10.2 Investment Management Trust Agreement, dated as of March 17, 2021, between Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company and the Company
  
10.3 Registration and Stockholder Rights Agreement, dated as of March 17, 2021, among the Company, Accelerate Acquisition Sponsor LLC and certain directors of the Company
  
10.4 Letter Agreement, dated as of March 17, 2021, among the Company, Accelerate Acquisition Sponsor LLC and each of the officers and directors of the Company
  
10.5 Administrative Services Agreement, dated as of March 17, 2021, between the Company and Accelerate Acquisition Sponsor LLC

 

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SIGNATURE

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: March 23, 2021

   
 ACCELERATE ACQUISITION CORP.
   
 By:/s/ Robert Nardelli
 Name:Robert Nardelli
 Title:Chief Executive Officer

  

 

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