S-4 1 fs42020_atlastechconsultants.htm S-4

As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 19, 2020

No. 333-          

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549
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FORM S-4
REGISTRATION STATEMENT
UNDER
THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933
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ATLAS TECHNICAL CONSULTANTS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware

 

8742

 

83-0808563

(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)

 

(Primary Standard Industrial
Classification Code Number)

 

(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

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13215 Bee Cave Parkway Building B, Suite 230
Austin Texas 78738
(512) 851
-1501

(Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of registrant’s principal executive offices)

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Copies to:

Julian J. Seiguer, P.C.
Michael W. Rigdon
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
609 Main Street, Suite 4500
Houston, Texas 77002
(713) 836
-3600

 

Rachel W. Sheridan
Jason M. Licht
Latham & Watkins LLP
555 Eleventh Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 637
-2200

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Approximate date of commencement of proposed sale to the public: As soon as practicable after this Registration Statement becomes effective.

If the securities being registered on this Form are being offered in connection with the formation of a holding company and there is compliance with General Instruction G, check the following box. £

If this Form is filed to registered additional securities for an offering pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the Securities Act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering. £

If this Form is a post-effective amendment filed pursuant to Rule 462(d) under the Securities act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering. £

If this Form is a post-effective amendment filed pursuant to Rule 462(d) under the Securities act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering. £

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

 

Large accelerated filer

 

£

 

Accelerated filer

 

S

   

Non-accelerated filer

 

£

 

Smaller reporting company

 

S

           

Emerging growth company

 

S

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 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act. £

If applicable, place an X in the box to designate the appropriate rule provision relied upon in conducting this transaction:

Exchange Act Rule 13e-4(i) (Cross-Border Issuer Tender Offer). £

Exchange Act Rule 14d-1(d) (Cross Border Third-Party Tender Offer). £

 

CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

Title of Each Class of Securities to be Registered

 

Amount to be
Registered

 

Proposed
Maximum
Offering
Price Per
Unit

 

Proposed
Maximum
Aggregate
Offering
Price

 

Amount of
Registration
Fee
(4)

Class A Common stock, par value $0.0001 per share

 

4,393,750

(1)(2)

 

$

8.74

(3)

 

$

38,401,375

(3)

 

$

4,189.59

 

Warrants to purchase Class A common stock

 

23,750,000

(5)

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

(6)

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(1)      Represents the maximum number of shares of Class A common stock of the registrant that may be issued directly to (i) holders of warrants who tender their warrants pursuant to the Offer (as defined below) and (ii) holders of warrants who do not tender their warrants pursuant to the Offer and, pursuant to the Warrant Amendment (as defined below), if approved, may receive shares of Class A common stock of the registrant in the event the registrant exercises its right to convert the warrants into shares of Class A common stock.

(2)      Pursuant to Rule 416 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), the registrant is also registering an indeterminate number of additional shares of Class A common stock issuable by reason of any stock dividend, stock split, recapitalization or other similar transaction.

(3)      Estimated pursuant to Rule 457(f)(1) under the Securities Act, and solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee, the proposed maximum offering price is $8.74 per share, which is the average of the high and low prices of the Class A common stock on October 14, 2020, on the Nasdaq Global Market (“Nasdaq”).

(4)      Calculated by multiplying the estimated aggregate offering price of the securities being registered by 0.0001091.

(5)      Represents the maximum number of warrants that may be amended pursuant to the Warrant Amendment.

(6)      No additional registration fee is payable pursuant to Rule 457(g) under the Securities Act.

The registrant hereby amends this Registration Statement on such date or dates as may be necessary to delay its effective date until the registrant shall file a further amendment which specifically states that this Registration Statement shall thereafter become effective in accordance with Section 8(a) of the Securities act of 1933 or until this Registration Statement shall become effective on such date as the Commission, acting pursuant to said Section 8(a), may determine.

  

 

The information in this document may change. The registrant may not complete the offer and issue these securities until the registration statement filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission is effective. This document is not an offer to sell these securities and it is not soliciting an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities, in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale is not permitted or would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

PRELIMINARY — SUBJECT TO COMPLETION, DATED OCTOBER 19, 2020

PROSPECTUS/OFFER TO EXCHANGE

ATLAS TECHNICAL CONSULTANTS, INC.

Offer to Exchange Warrants to Purchase Shares of Class A Common Stock
of
Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc.
for
Shares of Class A Common Stock
of
Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc.
and
Consent Solicitation

THE OFFER PERIOD (AS DEFINED BELOW) AND WITHDRAWAL RIGHTS WILL EXPIRE AT MIDNIGHT (END OF DAY), EASTERN STANDARD TIME, ON NOVEMBER 16, 2020 OR SUCH LATER TIME AND DATE TO WHICH WE MAY EXTEND.

Terms of the Offer and Consent Solicitation

Until the Expiration Date (as defined below), we are offering to the holders of our outstanding warrants, including the public warrants (as defined below) and the private placement warrants (as defined below) (collectively, the “warrants”), each to purchase shares of Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (“Class A common stock”), of Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc. (the “Company”), the opportunity to receive 0.185 shares of Class A common stock in exchange for each of our outstanding warrants tendered by the holder and exchanged pursuant to the offer (the “Offer”).

The Offer is being made to:

•        All holders of our publicly traded warrants to purchase our Class A Common Stock that were originally sold as part of the units issued in our initial public offering, which closed on November 20, 2018 (the “IPO”), referred to as the “public warrants.” The public warrants entitle such warrant holders to purchase one share of Class A Common Stock for a purchase price of $11.50, subject to certain adjustments. As of October 19, 2020, there were 20,000,000 public warrants outstanding. Pursuant to the Offer, we are offering up to an aggregate of 3,700,000 shares of our Class A Common Stock in exchange for the public warrants.

•        All holders of our warrants to purchase our Class A Common Stock that were privately issued in connection with our IPO based on an exemption from registration under the Securities Act, referred to as the “private placement warrants.” The private placement warrants entitle such warrant holders to purchase one share of our Class A Common Stock for a purchase price of $11.50, subject to certain adjustments. The terms of the private placement warrants are identical to the public warrants, except that such private placement warrants are exercisable on a cashless basis and are not redeemable by us, in each case, so long as they are still held by permitted transferees of Sponsor. As of October 19, 2020, there were 3,750,000 private placement warrants outstanding, all of which were held by our affiliates. For more information, see the section of this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange entitled “The Offer and Consent Solicitation — Interests of Directors, Executive Officers and Others.” Pursuant to the Offer, we are offering up to an aggregate of 693,750 shares of our Class A Common Stock in exchange for the private placement warrants.

The warrants are governed by the warrant agreement, dated as of November 15, 2018 (the “Warrant Agreement”), by and between the Company and Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, as warrant agent. Our Class A common stock and public warrants are listed on the Nasdaq under the symbols “ATCX” and “ATCXW,” respectively.

Each warrant holder whose warrants are exchanged pursuant to the Offer will receive 0.185 shares of our Class A common stock for each warrant tendered by such holder and exchanged. No fractional shares of Class A common stock will be issued pursuant to the Offer. In lieu of issuing fractional shares, any holder of warrants who would otherwise have been entitled to receive fractional shares pursuant to the Offer will, after aggregating all such fractional shares of such holder, be paid in cash (without interest) in an amount equal to such fractional part

 

of a share multiplied by the last sale price of our Class A common stock on the Nasdaq on the last trading day of the Offer Period (as defined below). Our obligation to complete the Offer is not conditioned on the receipt of a minimum number of tendered warrants.

Concurrently with the Offer, we are also soliciting consents (the “Consent Solicitation”) from holders of the outstanding warrants to amend the Warrant Agreement (the “Warrant Amendment”), which governs all of the warrants, to permit the Company to require that each warrant that is outstanding upon the closing of the Offer be converted into 0.1665 shares of Class A common stock, which is a ratio 10% less than the exchange ratio applicable to the Offer. Pursuant to the terms of the Warrant Agreement, approval of the Warrant Amendment requires the Warrant Consent (as defined below).

As of the date of this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange, an affiliate of BlueCrest Capital Management Limited (“BlueCrest”), which holds 8,870,000 warrants, representing approximately 37.3% of the total warrants outstanding, has agreed to tender its warrants in the Offer and to consent to the Warrant Amendment in the Consent Solicitation, pursuant to a tender and support agreement (the “Public Tender and Support Agreement”). Additionally, Boxwood Sponsor LLC (the “Sponsor”), which holds 3,750,000 warrants, representing approximately 15.8% of the total warrants outstanding has agreed to tender its warrants in the Offer and to consent to the Warrant Amendment in the Consent Solicitation, pursuant to a tender and support agreement (the “Private Tender and Support Agreement”). Accordingly, since holders of approximately 53.1% of the total warrants outstanding have agreed to consent to the Warrant Amendment in the Consent Solicitation, if the other conditions described herein are satisfied or waived, then the Warrant Amendment will be adopted. For additional detail regarding the Tender and Support Agreement, see “Transactions and Agreements Concerning Our Securities — Tender and Support Agreements.”

You may not consent to the Warrant Amendment without tendering your warrants in the Offer and you may not tender such warrants without consenting to the Warrant Amendment. The consent to the Warrant Amendment is a part of the letter of transmittal and consent relating to the warrants, and therefore by tendering your warrants for exchange you will be delivering to us your consent. You may revoke your consent at any time prior to the Expiration Date (as defined below) by withdrawing the warrants you have tendered in the Offer. There are no guaranteed delivery provisions provided for in conjunction with the Offer under the terms of this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange. Tendering warrant holders must tender their warrants in accordance with the procedures set forth under “The Offer and Consent Solicitation — Procedure for Tendering Warrants for Exchange and Consenting to the Warrant Amendment.”

The Offer and Consent Solicitation is made solely upon the terms and conditions in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange and in the related letter of transmittal and consent (as it may be supplemented and amended from time to time, the “Letter of Transmittal and Consent”). The Offer and Consent Solicitation will be open until midnight (end of day), Eastern Standard Time, on November 16, 2020, or such later time and date to which we may extend (the period during which the Offer and Consent Solicitation is open, giving effect to any withdrawal or extension, is referred to as the “Offer Period,” and the date and time at which the Offer Period ends is referred to as the “Expiration Date”). The Offer and Consent Solicitation is not made to those holders who reside in states or other jurisdictions where an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

We may withdraw the Offer and Consent Solicitation only if the conditions to the Offer and Consent Solicitation are not satisfied or waived prior to the Expiration Date. Promptly upon any such withdrawal, we will return the tendered warrants to the holders (and the consent to the Warrant Amendment will be revoked).

You may tender some or all of your warrants in the Offer. If you elect to tender warrants in response to the Offer and Consent Solicitation, please follow the instructions in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange and the related documents, including the Letter of Transmittal and Consent. If you tender warrants, you may withdraw your tendered warrants at any time before the Expiration Date and retain them on their current terms or amended terms if the Warrant Amendment is approved, by following the instructions in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange. In addition, tendered warrants that are not accepted by us for exchange by November 16, 2020, may thereafter be withdrawn by you until such time as the warrants are accepted by us for exchange. If you withdraw the tender of your warrants, your consent to the Warrant Amendment will be withdrawn as a result.

Warrants not exchanged for shares of our Class A common stock pursuant to the Offer will remain outstanding subject to their current terms or amended terms if the Warrant Amendment is approved. We reserve the right to redeem any of the warrants, as applicable, pursuant to their current terms at any time, including prior to the completion of the Offer and Consent Solicitation, and if the Warrant Amendment is approved, we intend to require the conversion

 

of all outstanding warrants to shares of Class A common stock as provided in the Warrant Amendment. Our public warrants are currently listed on the Nasdaq under the symbol “ATCXW”; however, our public warrants may be delisted if, following the completion of the Offer and Consent Solicitation, the extent of public distribution or the aggregate market value of outstanding warrants has become so reduced as to make further listing inadvisable.

The Offer and Consent Solicitation is conditioned upon the effectiveness of a registration statement on Form S-4 that we filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) regarding the shares of Class A common stock issuable upon exchange of the warrants pursuant to the Offer. This Prospectus/Offer to Exchange forms a part of the registration statement.

Our board of directors (the “Board”) has approved the Offer and Consent Solicitation. However, neither we nor any of our management, the Board, or the information agent, the exchange agent or the dealer manager for the Offer and Consent Solicitation is making any recommendation as to whether holders of warrants should tender warrants for exchange in the Offer and consent to the Warrant Amendment in the Consent Solicitation. Each holder of a warrant must make its own decision as to whether to exchange some or all of its warrants and, as applicable, consent to the Warrant Amendment.

All questions concerning the terms of the Offer and Consent Solicitation should be directed to the dealer manager:

BofA Securities, Inc.
Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park
New York, NY 10036
Toll-Free: (888) 803-9655

All questions concerning exchange procedures and requests for additional copies of this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange or the Letter of Transmittal and Consent should be directed to the information agent:

D.F. King & Co., Inc.
48 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
Banks and Brokers Call: (212) 269-5550
All Others Call: (866) 342-1635
Email: atcxw@dfking.com

We will amend our offering materials, including this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange, to the extent required by applicable securities laws to disclose any material changes to information previously published, sent or given to warrant holders.

The securities offered by this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange involve risks. Before participating in the Offer and consenting to the Warrant Amendment, you are urged to read carefully the section entitled “Risk Factors” beginning on page 12 of this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange.

Neither the SEC nor any state securities commission or any other regulatory body has approved or disapproved of these securities or determined if this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

Through the Offer, we are soliciting your consent to the Warrant Amendment. By tendering your warrants, you will be delivering your consent to the proposed Warrant Amendment, which consent will be effective upon our acceptance of such warrants for exchange.

The dealer manager for the Offer and Consent Solicitation is:

BofA Securities

This Prospectus/Offer to Exchange is dated October 19, 2020.

 

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About This Prospectus/Offer to Exchange

This Prospectus/Offer to Exchange is a part of the registration statement that we filed on Form S-4 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. You should read this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange, including the detailed information regarding the Company, Class A common stock and warrants, and the financial statements and the notes that are included in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange and any applicable prospectus supplement.

We have not authorized anyone to provide you with information different from that contained in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange. If anyone makes any recommendation or representation to you, or gives you any information, you must not rely upon that recommendation, representation or information as having been authorized by us. We and the dealer manager take no responsibility for, and can provide no assurance as to the reliability of, any other information that others may give you. You should not assume that the information in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange or any prospectus supplement is accurate as of any date other than the date on the front of those documents. You should not consider this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange to be an offer or solicitation relating to the securities in any jurisdiction in which such an offer or solicitation relating to the securities is not authorized. Furthermore, you should not consider this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange to be an offer or solicitation relating to the securities if the person making the offer or solicitation is not qualified to do so, or if it is unlawful for you to receive such an offer or solicitation.

Unless the context requires otherwise, in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange, we use the terms “the Company”, “our company,” “we,” “us,” “our,” and similar references to refer to Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc. and its subsidiaries.

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CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

The statements contained in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements. Our forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our or our management team’s expectations, hopes, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future. In addition, any statements that refer to projections, forecasts or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements. The words “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intends,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “possible,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “would” and similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements, but the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking.

The forward-looking statements contained in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange are based on our current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on us. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting us will be those that we have anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond our control) or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to:

•        the effect, impact, potential duration or other implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and any expectations we may have with respect thereto;

•        the adequacy of our efforts to mitigate cyber security risks and threats, especially with employees working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic;

•        the ability to maintain the listing of our Class A common stock on Nasdaq following the Atlas Business Combination;

•        our ability to raise financing in the future;

•        our success in retaining or recruiting, or changes required in, our officers, key employees or directors;

•        our officers and directors allocating their time to other businesses and potentially having conflicts of interest with our business, as a result of which they would then receive expense reimbursements;

•        our public securities’ potential liquidity and trading;

•        changes adversely affecting the business in which we are engaged;

•        the risks associated with cyclical demand for our services and vulnerability to industry downturns and regional national downturns;

•        fluctuations in our revenue and operating results;

•        unfavorable conditions or further disruptions in the capital and credit markets;

•        our ability to generate cash, service indebtedness and incur additional indebtedness;

•        competition from existing and new competitors;

•        our ability to integrate any businesses we acquire and achieve projected synergies;

•        the impact of potential information technology or data security breaches or other cyber-attacks or other disruptions;

•        our failure to maintain appropriate internal controls over financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures;

•        our ability to recruit and retain experienced personnel;

•        risks related to legal proceedings or claims, including liability claims;

•        our dependence on third-party contractors to provide various services;

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•        our ability to obtain additional capital on commercially reasonable terms;

•        safety and environmental requirements and governmental regulations that may subject us to unanticipated liabilities;

•        general economic conditions;

•        our ability to fulfill our public company obligations;

•        the approval of the Warrant Amendment and our ability to require that all outstanding warrants be exchanged for Class A common stock;

•        the exchange of warrants for Class A common stock pursuant to the Offer, which will increase the number of shares eligible for future resale in the public market and result in dilution to our stockholders;

•        the lack of a third-party determination that the Offer or the Consent Solicitation is fair to holders of the warrants; and

•        other risks and uncertainties set forth in the “Risk Factors” section of this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange.

Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, they could cause our actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. We are not undertaking any obligation to update or revise any forward looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. You should not take any statement regarding past trends or activities as a representation that the trends or activities will continue in the future. Accordingly, you should not put undue reliance on these statements.

Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were made. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

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Certain Defined Terms

Unless the context otherwise requires, references in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange to:

Atlas” are to Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc., the registrant, unless the context otherwise requires;

bylaws” are to our bylaws as currently in effect, filed as an exhibit to the registration statement of which this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange forms a part;

charter” are to our second amended and restated certificate of incorporation filed with the Delaware Secretary of State on February 13, 2020 as currently in effect, filed as an exhibit to the registration statement of which this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange forms a part;

Class A common stock” or “Class A shares” are to our Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share;

Class B common stock” or “Class B shares” are to our Class B common stock, par value $0.0001 per share;

Code” are to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended;

common stock” are to the Class A common stock and Class B common stock;

Consent Solicitation” are to the solicitation of consent from the holders of the outstanding warrants to approve the Warrant Amendment;

credit agreement” are to our Credit Agreement, dated as of February 14, 2020 among Atlas TC Holdings LLC, Atlas TC Buyer LLC, Atlas Intermediate Holdings LLC, the lenders and issuing banks from time to time party thereto and Macquarie Capital Funding LLC, as Administrative Agent and as Collateral Agent, as amended by Amendment No. 1 to the Credit Agreement, dated March 30, 2020, and Amendment No. 2 to the Credit Agreement, dated March 31, 2020, as amended, supplemented or otherwise modified;

DGCL” are to the Delaware General Corporation Law;

Exchange Act” are to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended;

Expiration Date” are to midnight (end of day), Eastern Standard Time on November 16, 2020.

GAAP” are to United States generally accepted accounting principles;

IPO” are to the initial public offering of units of Boxwood Merger Corp. (now known as Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc.), which closed on November 20, 2018;

Letter of Transmittal and Consent” are to the letter of transmittal and consent (as it may be supplemented and amended from time to time) related to the Offer and Consent Solicitation.

Offer” are to the opportunity to receive 0.185 shares of Class A common stock in exchange for each of our outstanding warrants.

Offer Period” are to the period during which the Offer and Consent Solicitation is open, giving effect to any extension.

organizational documents” are to the charter and bylaws;

private placement warrants” are to the warrants issued to our Sponsor in a private placement in connection with the closing of the IPO that have not become public warrants under the Warrant Agreement as a result of being transferred to any person other than permitted transferees;

public warrants” are to the warrants (i) sold as part of the units in the IPO (whether they were purchased in the IPO or thereafter in the open market) or (ii) initially issued to purchasers of our units issued in connection with the IPO that have been transferred to any person other than permitted transferees;

Sponsor” are to Boxwood Sponsor LLC, a Delaware limited liability company;

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units” are to our units sold in the IPO, each of which consisted of one Class A ordinary share and one-half of one warrant prior to their automatic separation upon the closing of the Atlas Business Combination;

Warrant Agreement” are to that Warrant Agreement, dated as of November 15, 2018, by and between the Company and Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, as warrant agent;

Warrant Amendment” are to the amendment to the Warrant Agreement permitting the Company to require that each outstanding warrant be converted into 0.1665 shares of Class A common stock, which is a ratio 10% less than the exchange ratio applicable to the Offer;

Warrant Consent” are to the vote or written consent of a majority of all outstanding warrants approving the Warrant Amendment with respect to the terms of the warrants; and

warrants” are to the public warrants and the private placement warrants;

Unless the context requires otherwise, references in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange to the subscription investors refer to such persons in their capacities as such and not in any other capacity (including as directors and officers of the Company, if applicable).

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Summary

The Offer and Consent Solicitation

This summary provides a brief overview of the key aspects of the Offer and Consent Solicitation. Because it is only a summary, it does not contain all of the detailed information contained elsewhere in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange or in the documents included as exhibits to the registration statement that contains this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange. Accordingly, you are urged to carefully review this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange in its entirety (including all documents filed as exhibits to the registration statement that contains this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange, which exhibits may be obtained by following the procedures set forth herein in the section entitled “Where You Can Find Additional Information”).

In this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange, unless the context requires otherwise, references to the “Company,” “we,” “our,” or “us” refer to (i) Atlas Intermediate, ATC Group, AS&M Holdings LP (formerly known as “Atlas Technical Consultants Holdings LP” (“Atlas Holdings”)) and all of their subsidiaries prior to the consummation of the Atlas Business Combination, (ii) Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries following the consummation of the Business Combination and (iii) references to “Boxwood” refer to Boxwood Merger Corp. The acquisition of Atlas Intermediate and ATC Group, pursuant to that certain unit purchase agreement entered into by and between Atlas TC Buyer LLC (the “Buyer”), a Delaware limited liability company, Atlas Holdings and the other parties thereto on August 12, 2019 (as amended, the “Purchase Agreement”) is referred to herein as the “Atlas Business Combination.”

Summary of the Offer and Consent Solicitation

The Company

 

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Atlas is a leading provider of professional testing, inspection engineering and consulting services under the name Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc., offering solutions to public and private sector clients in the transportation, commercial, water, government, education and industrial markets. With more than 135 offices in 41 states and 3,200+ employees, Atlas provides a broad range of mission-critical technical services, helping clients test, inspect, certify, plan, design and manage a wide variety of projects across diverse end markets.

On February 14, 2020, Boxwood, a special purpose acquisition company and the historical registrant prior to such date, consummated the Atlas Business Combination in which it acquired Atlas. In connection with such business combination, the Company changed its name to Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc.

Corporate Contact Information

 

Our principal executive offices are located at 13215 Bee Cave Parkway, Building B, Suite 230, Austin, Texas 78738, and our telephone number is (512) 851-1501. We maintain a website at www.oneatlas.com, where general information about us is available. The information contained on, or that may be accessed through, our website is not part of, and is not incorporated into, this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange or the registration statement of which it forms a part.

Warrants that qualify for the Offer

 

As of October 13, 2020, we had outstanding an aggregate of 20,000,000 public warrants and 3,750,000 private placement warrants, each exercisable for one share of our Class A common stock at a price of $11.50 per share, subject to adjustments pursuant to the Warrant Agreement. Pursuant to the Offer, we are offering up to an aggregate of 4,393,750 shares of our Class A common stock in exchange for all of the outstanding warrants.

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Under the Warrant Agreement, we may call the outstanding warrants for redemption at our option:

•   in whole and not in part;

•   at a price of $0.01 per warrant;

•   upon a minimum of 30 days’ prior written notice of redemption (the “30-day redemption period”); and

•   if, and only if, the closing price of our Class A common stock equals or exceeds $18.00 per share (as adjusted for share splits, share dividends, 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 we send the notice of redemption to the warrant holders, provided that there is an effective registration statement covering the shares of Class A common stock issuable upon exercise of the public warrants, and a current prospectus relating thereto, available throughout the 30-day redemption period or the Company has elected to require the exercise of public warrants on a “cashless basis”.

The terms of the private placement warrants are identical to the public warrants, except (i) they will not be redeemable by the Company so long as they are held by the Sponsor and (ii) they may be exercisable by the holders on a cashless basis. The warrants expire on February 14, 2025, subject to certain terms and conditions.

Market Price of Our Class A Common Stock

 


Our Class A common stock and public warrants are listed on the Nasdaq under the symbols “ATCX” and “ATCXW,” respectively. See “Market Information, Dividends and Related Stockholder Matters — Market Information of Class A Common Stock and public warrants.”

The Offer

 

Each warrant holder who tenders warrants for exchange pursuant to the Offer will receive 0.185 shares of our Class A common stock for each warrant so exchanged. No fractional shares of Class A common stock will be issued pursuant to the Offer. In lieu of issuing fractional shares, any holder of warrants who would otherwise have been entitled to receive fractional shares pursuant to the Offer will, after aggregating all such fractional shares of such holder, be paid cash (without interest) in an amount equal to such fractional part of a share multiplied by the last sale price of our Class A common stock on Nasdaq on the last trading day of the Offer Period. Our obligation to complete the Offer is not conditioned on the receipt of a minimum number of tendered warrants.

Holders of the warrants tendered for exchange will not have to pay any of the exercise price for the tendered warrants in order to receive shares of Class A common stock in the exchange.

The shares of Class A common stock issued in exchange for the tendered warrants will be unrestricted and freely transferable, as long as the holder is not an affiliate of ours and was not an affiliate of ours within the three months prior to the proposed transfer of such shares.

The Offer is being made to all warrant holders except those holders who reside in states or other jurisdictions where an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful (or would require further action in order to comply with applicable securities laws).

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The Consent Solicitation

 

In order to tender warrants in the Offer and Consent Solicitation, holders are required to consent (by executing the Letters of Transmittal and Consent or requesting that their broker or nominee consent on their behalf) to an amendment to the Warrant Agreement governing the warrants as set forth in the Warrant Amendment attached as Annex A. If approved, the Warrant Amendment would permit the Company to require that all warrants that are outstanding upon the closing of the Offer be converted into shares of Class A common stock at a ratio of 0.1665 shares of Class A common stock per outstanding warrant (a ratio which is 10% less than the exchange ratio applicable to the Offer). Upon such conversion, no warrants will remain outstanding. Holders of approximately 53.1% of the total warrants outstanding have agreed to consent to the Warrant Amendment in the Consent Solicitation, therefore, if the other conditions described therein are satisfied or waived, then the Warrant Amendment will be adopted. For additional detail, see “Transactions and Agreements Concerning Our Securities —Tender and Support Agreements.”

Purpose of the Offer and Consent Solicitation

 


The purpose of the Offer and Consent Solicitation is to attempt to simplify our capital structure and reduce the potential dilutive impact of the warrants, thereby providing us with more flexibility for financing our operations in the future. See “The Offer and Consent Solicitation — Background and Purpose of the Offer and Consent Solicitation.”

Offer Period

 

The Offer and Consent Solicitation will expire on the Expiration Date, which is midnight (end of day), Eastern Standard Time, on November 16, 2020, or such later time and date to which we may extend. All warrants tendered for exchange pursuant to the Offer and Consent Solicitation, and all required related paperwork, must be received by the exchange agent by the Expiration Date, as described in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange.

If the Offer Period is extended, we will make a public announcement of such extension by no later than 9:00 a.m., Eastern Standard Time, on the next business day following the Expiration Date as in effect immediately prior to such extension.

We may withdraw the Offer and Consent Solicitation only if the conditions of the Offer and Consent Solicitation are not satisfied or waived prior to the Expiration Date. Promptly upon any such withdrawal, we will return the tendered warrants and the consent to the Warrant Amendment will be revoked. We will announce our decision to withdraw the Offer and Consent Solicitation by disseminating notice by public announcement or otherwise as permitted by applicable law. See “The Offer and Consent Solicitation — General Terms — Offer Period.”

Amendments to the Offer and Consent Solicitation

 


We reserve the right at any time or from time to time to amend the Offer and Consent Solicitation, including by increasing or (if the conditions to the Offer are not satisfied) decreasing the exchange ratio of Class A common stock issued for every warrant exchanged or by changing the terms of the Warrant Amendment. If we make a material change in the terms of the Offer and Consent Solicitation or the information concerning the Offer and Consent Solicitation, or if we waive a material condition of the Offer and Consent Solicitation, we will extend the Offer and Consent Solicitation to the extent required by Rules 13e-4(d)(2) and 13e-4(e)(3) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). See “The Offer and Consent Solicitation — General Terms — Amendments to the Offer and Consent Solicitation.”

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Conditions to the Offer and Consent Solicitation

 


The Offer is subject to customary conditions, including the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange forms a part and the absence of any action or proceeding, statute, rule, regulation or order that would challenge or restrict the making or completion of the Offer. The Offer is not conditioned upon the receipt of a minimum number of tendered warrants. However, approval of the Warrant Amendment is conditioned upon receiving the Warrant Consent. We may waive some of the conditions to the Offer. See “The Offer and Consent Solicitation — General Terms — Conditions to the Offer and Consent Solicitation.”

Withdrawal Rights

 

If you tender your warrants for exchange and change your mind, you may withdraw your tendered warrants (and thereby automatically revoke the related consent to the Warrant Amendment) at any time prior to the Expiration Date, as described in greater detail in the section entitled “The Offer and Consent Solicitation — Withdrawal Rights.” If the Offer Period is extended, you may withdraw your tendered warrants (and thereby automatically revoke the related consent to the Warrant Amendment) at any time until the extended Expiration Date. In addition, tendered warrants that are not accepted by us for exchange by November 16, 2020 may thereafter be withdrawn by you until such time as the warrants are accepted by us for exchange.

Participation by Directors, Executive Officers and Affiliates

 


Certain of our directors, executive officers and affiliates hold warrants and have indicated to us that they intend to tender such warrants pursuant to the Offer. None of our directors, executive officers or affiliates are required to participate in the Offer. See “The Offer and Consent Solicitation — Interests of Directors, Executive Officers and Others.”

Federal and State Regulatory Approvals

 

Other than compliance with the applicable federal and state securities laws, no federal or state regulatory requirements must be complied with and no federal or state regulatory approvals must be obtained in connection with the Offer and Consent Solicitation.

Absence of Appraisal or Dissenters’
Rights

 

Holders of warrants do not have any appraisal or dissenters’ rights under applicable law in connection with the Offer and Consent Solicitation.

U.S. Federal Income Tax Considerations

 

For those holders of warrants participating in the Offer and for any holders of warrants subsequently exchanged for Class A common stock pursuant to the terms of the Warrant Amendment, if approved, we intend to treat your exchange of warrants for our Class A common stock as a “recapitalization” within the meaning of Section 368(a)(1)(E) of the Code pursuant to which (i) you should not recognize any gain or loss on the exchange of warrants for shares of Class A common stock (except to the extent any cash payment is received in lieu of a fractional share), (ii) your aggregate tax basis in our Class A common stock received in the exchange should equal your aggregate tax basis in your warrants surrendered in the exchange (except to the extent of any tax basis allocated to a fractional share for which a cash payment is received in connection with the Offer), and (iii) your holding period for our Class A common stock received in the exchange should include your holding period for the surrendered warrants. However, because there is a lack of direct legal authority regarding the U.S. federal income tax consequences of the exchange of warrants for our Class A common stock, there can be no assurance in this regard, and alternative characterizations are possible by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) or a court, including ones that would require holders to recognize taxable income.

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Although the issue is not free from doubt, we intend to treat all warrants not exchanged for Class A common stock in the Offer as having been exchanged for “new” warrants pursuant to the Warrant Amendment and to treat such deemed exchange as a “recapitalization” within the meaning of Section 368(a)(1)(E) of the Code, pursuant to which (i) you should not recognize any gain or loss on the deemed exchange of warrants for “new” warrants, (ii) your aggregate tax basis in the “new” warrants deemed to be received in the exchange should equal your aggregate tax basis in your existing warrants surrendered in the exchange, and (iii) your holding period for the “new” warrants deemed to be received in the exchange should include your holding period for the surrendered warrants. However, because there is a lack of direct legal authority regarding the U.S. federal income tax consequences of the deemed exchange of warrants for “new” warrants pursuant to the Warrant Amendment, if approved, there can be no assurance in this regard, and alternative characterizations by the IRS or a court are possible, including ones that would require holders to recognize taxable income. See “Market Information, Dividends and Related Stockholder Matters — Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Considerations.”

No Recommendation

 

None of our board of directors (the “Board”), our management, the dealer manager, the exchange agent, the information agent or any other person makes any recommendation on whether you should tender or refrain from tendering all or any portion of your warrants or consent to the Warrant Amendment, and no one has been authorized by any of them to make such a recommendation.

Risk Factors

 

For risks related to the Offer and Consent Solicitation, please read the section entitled “Risk Factors” beginning on page 12 of this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange.

Exchange Agent

 

The depositary and exchange agent for the Offer and Consent Solicitation is:

Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company
1 State Street, 30th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Dealer Manager

 

The dealer manager for the Offer and Consent Solicitation is:

BofA Securities, Inc.
Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park
New York, NY 10036
Toll-Free: (888) 803-9655

We have other business relationships with the dealer manager, as described in “Market Information, Dividends and Related Stockholder Matters — Dealer Manager.”

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Additional Information

 

We recommend that our warrant holders review the registration statement on Form S-4, of which this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange forms a part, including the exhibits that we have filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in connection with the Offer and Consent Solicitation and our other materials that we have filed with the SEC, before making a decision on whether to tender for exchange in the Offer and consent to the Warrant Amendment. All reports and other documents we have filed with the SEC can be accessed electronically on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

You should direct (1) questions about the terms of the Offer and Consent Solicitation to the dealer manager at its addresses and telephone number listed above and (2) questions about the exchange procedures and requests for additional copies of this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange or the Letter of Transmittal and Consent to the information agent at the below address and phone number:

D.F. King & Co., Inc.
48 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
Banks and Brokers Call: (212) 269-5550
All Others Call: (866) 342-1635

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Risk Factors

Investing in our securities involves a high degree of risk. You should consider carefully the risks and uncertainties described below, together with all of the other information in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange, including the consolidated financial statements and related notes included herein before deciding whether to purchase any of our securities. Any of these risks may have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows and our prospects could be harmed. In that event, the price of our securities could decline and you could lose part or all of your investment.

Additionally, the risks and uncertainties described in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange or any prospectus supplement are not the only risks and uncertainties that we face. Additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or that we currently believe to be immaterial may also adversely affect our business. Furthermore, the on-going global pandemic related to COVID-19 may amplify many of the risks discussed below to which we are subject and, given the unpredictable, unprecedented and fluid nature of the pandemic, it may materially and adversely affect us in ways that are not anticipated by or known to us or that we do not consider to present significant risk. Therefore, we are unable to estimate the extent to which the pandemic and its related impacts will adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations as well as our stock price following completion of this Offer and Consent Solicitation.

Risks Relating to Our Business and Industry

Outbreaks of communicable diseases, including the on-going global pandemic related to COVID-19, have had and could continue to have, directly or indirectly, a material and adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. The duration and extent to which this will impact our future financial condition and results of operations remains uncertain.

Global or national health concerns, including the outbreak of pandemic or contagious disease, can negatively impact the global economy and, therefore, demand and pricing for our services. For example, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures being taken to address and limit the spread of the virus have already adversely affected the U.S. economy and financial markets, resulting in an economic downturn that has negatively impacted the demand for our services. The full impact of the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic also raises the possibility of an extended global economic downturn and has caused volatility in financial markets, which could affect demand for our services and impact our financial condition and results of operations even after the pandemic is contained and the containment measures are lifted. For example, if a client’s financial difficulties become severe, the client may be unwilling or unable to pay our invoices in the ordinary course of business, which could adversely affect collections of both our accounts receivable and unbilled services. The COVID-19 pandemic raises the possibility of an extended global economic downturn which may impact the ability of our customers to pay for our services. We continue to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our cash flows and on the credit and financial markets.

Additionally, we have an increased number of employees working remotely. As a result, we may have increased cyber security and data security risks, due to increased use of home Wi-Fi networks and virtual private networks, as well as increased disbursement of physical machines. While we implement IT controls to reduce the risk of a cyber-security and data security breach, there is no guarantee that these measures will be adequate to safeguard all systems with an increased number of employees working remotely.

At this time we are monitoring, and will continue to monitor, the safety of our employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are evaluating, and will continue to evaluate, the impact of COVID-19 on current projects, but the full effects of COVID-19 on our operations are still unknown. The duration and extent of the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be evaluated by governments and experts and depends on future developments that cannot be accurately predicted at this time, such as the severity and transmission rate of the virus, the extent and effectiveness of containment actions, and the impact of these and other factors on our employees and clients. The potential for an extension of shelter-in-place orders within the cities and municipalities we operate in could further negatively impact future results as well as the re-designation of infrastructure spending to non-essential services. Disruptions to capital markets due to the uncertainty surrounding the length and severity of COVID-19 could delay the timing of our customers’ capital projects. In addition, the timing of payments from our commercial customers may be impacted.

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We cannot assure you that we will achieve synergies and cost savings in connection with prior or future acquisitions.

We may not achieve anticipated cost savings in connection with prior or future acquisitions within the anticipated time frames or at all. A variety of risks could cause us not to realize some or all of these expected benefits. These risks include, among others, higher than expected standalone overhead expenses, delays in the anticipated timing of activities related to such initiatives and the incurrence of other unexpected costs associated with operating the business. Moreover, our implementation of cost savings initiatives may disrupt our operations and performance, and our estimated cost savings from such initiatives may be based on assumptions that prove to be inaccurate. If, for any reason, the benefits we realize are less than our estimates or our improvement initiatives adversely affect our operations or cost more or take longer to implement than we project, or if our assumptions prove inaccurate, our results of operations may be materially and adversely affected.

In addition, our operating results from these acquisitions could, in the future, result in impairment charges for any of our intangible assets, including goodwill, or other long-lived assets, particularly if economic conditions worsen unexpectedly. These changes could materially adversely affect our results of operations, financial condition, stockholders’ equity, and cash flows.

Our continued success is dependent upon our ability to hire, retain and utilize qualified personnel.

The success of our business is dependent upon our ability to hire, retain and utilize qualified personnel, including engineers, architects, designers, craft personnel and corporate management professionals who have the required experience and expertise at a reasonable cost. The market for these and other personnel is competitive. From time to time, it may be difficult to attract and retain qualified individuals with the expertise, and in the timeframe, demanded by our clients, or to replace such personnel when needed in a timely manner. In certain geographic areas, for example, we may not be able to satisfy the demand for our services because of our inability to successfully hire and retain qualified personnel. Furthermore, some of our personnel hold government granted clearance that may be required to obtain government projects. If we were to lose some or all of these personnel, they would be difficult to replace. Loss of the services of, or failure to recruit, qualified technical and management personnel could limit our ability to successfully complete existing projects and compete for new projects.

In addition, if any of our key personnel retire or otherwise leave the company, we need to have appropriate succession plans in place and to successfully implement such plans, which requires devoting time and resources toward identifying and integrating new personnel into leadership roles and other key positions. If we cannot attract and retain qualified personnel or effectively implement appropriate succession plans, it could have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

The cost of providing our services, including the extent to which we utilize our workforce, affects our profitability. For example, the uncertainty of contract award timing can present difficulties in matching our workforce size with our contracts. If an expected contract award is delayed or not received, we could incur costs resulting from excess staff, reductions in staff, or redundancy of facilities that could have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Our profitability could suffer if we are not able to maintain adequate utilization of our workforce.

The cost of providing our services, including the extent to which we utilize our workforce, affects our profitability. The rate at which we utilize our workforce is affected by several factors, including:

•        our ability to transition employees from completed projects to new assignments and to hire and assimilate new employees;

•        our ability to forecast demand for our services and thereby maintain an appropriate headcount in each of our geographies and workforces;

•        our ability to manage attrition;

•        our need to devote time and resources to training, business development, professional development, and other non-chargeable activities;

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•        our ability to match the skill sets of our employees to the needs of the marketplace; and

•        if we over-utilize our workforce, our employees may become disengaged, which will impact employee attrition. If we under-utilize our workforce, our profit margin and profitability could suffer.

If we are unable to integrate acquired businesses successfully, our business could be harmed.

As part of our business strategy to pursue accretive acquisitions, we intend to selectively pursue targets that provide complementary, low-risk services and expand our national platform. Our inability to successfully integrate future acquisitions could impede it from realizing all of the benefits of those acquisitions and could weaken our business operations. The integration process of any particular acquisition may disrupt our business and, if implemented ineffectively, may preclude realization of the full benefits expected by us and could harm our results of operations. In addition, the overall integration process may result in unanticipated problems, expenses, liabilities and competitive responses and may cause our stock price to decline.

The difficulties of integrating acquisitions include, among other things:

•        unanticipated issues in integration of information, communications and other systems;

•        unanticipated incompatibility of logistics, marketing and administration methods;

•        maintaining employee morale and retaining key employees;

•        integrating the business cultures of both companies;

•        preserving important strategic client relationships;

•        consolidating corporate and administrative infrastructures and eliminating duplicative operations; and

•        coordinating geographically separate organizations.

In addition, even if the operations of an acquisition are integrated successfully, we may not realize the full benefits of such acquisition, including the synergies, cost savings or growth opportunities that it expects. These benefits may not be achieved within the anticipated time frame, or at all.

Further, acquisitions may also cause us to:

•        cause our management to expend significant time, effort and resources;

•        issue securities that would dilute our current stockholders;

•        use a substantial portion of our cash resources;

•        increase our interest expense, leverage and debt service requirements if we incur additional debt to pay for an acquisition;

•        assume liabilities, including environmental liabilities, for which we do not have indemnification from the former owners or have indemnification that may be subject to dispute or concerns regarding the creditworthiness of the former owners;

•        record goodwill and non-amortizable intangible assets that are subject to impairment testing on a regular basis and potential impairment charges;

•        experience volatility in earnings due to changes in contingent consideration related to acquisition liability estimates;

•        incur amortization expenses related to certain intangible assets;

•        lose existing or potential contracts as a result of conflict of interest issues;

•        incur large and immediate write-offs; or

•        become subject to litigation.

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Construction and maintenance sites are inherently dangerous workplaces. If we, the owner, or others working at the project site fail to maintain safe work sites, we can be exposed to significant financial losses and reputational harm, as well as civil and criminal liabilities.

Construction and maintenance sites often put our employees and others in proximity with large pieces of mechanized equipment, moving vehicles, chemical and manufacturing processes, and highly regulated materials, in a challenging environment. If we fail to implement safety procedures or if the procedures we implement are ineffective, or if others working at the site fail to implement and follow appropriate safety procedures, our employees and others may become injured, disabled or even lose their lives, the completion or commencement of our projects may be delayed, and we may be exposed to litigation or investigations. Unsafe work sites also have the potential to increase employee turnover, increase the cost of a project to our clients, and raise our operating and insurance costs. Any of the foregoing could result in financial losses or reputational harm, which could have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

In addition, our projects can involve the handling of hazardous and other highly regulated materials, which, if improperly handled or disposed of, could subject us to civil and/or criminal liabilities. We are also subject to regulations dealing with occupational health and safety. Although we maintain functional groups whose primary purpose is to ensure we implements effective health, safety and environmental (“HSE”) work procedures throughout our organization, including construction sites and maintenance sites, the failure to comply with such regulations could subject it to liability. In addition, despite the work of our functional groups, we cannot guarantee the safety of our personnel or that there will be no damage to or loss of our work, equipment or supplies.

Our safety record is critical to our reputation. Many of our clients require that we meet certain safety criteria to be eligible to bid for contracts and many contracts provide for automatic termination or forfeiture of some or all of our contract fees or profit in the event we fail to meet certain measures. Accordingly, if we fail to maintain adequate safety standards, we could suffer reduced profitability or the loss of projects or clients, which could have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Demand from clients is cyclical and vulnerable to economic downturns. If the economy weakens or client spending declines, our financial results may be impacted.

Demand for services from our clients is cyclical and vulnerable to economic downturns, which may result in clients delaying, curtailing or canceling proposed and existing projects. Our business traditionally lags the overall recovery in the economy. If the economy weakens or client spending declines, then our revenue, profits and overall financial condition may deteriorate.

In addition, if there is an economic downturn, our existing and potential clients may either postpone entering into new contracts or request price concessions. Difficult financing and economic conditions may cause some of our clients to demand better pricing terms or delay payments for services we perform, thereby increasing the average number of days our receivables are outstanding and the potential of increased credit losses on uncollectible invoices. Further, these conditions may result in the inability of some of our clients to pay us for services that it has already performed. Accordingly, these factors affect our ability to forecast our future revenue and earnings from business areas that may be adversely impacted by market conditions.

Our results of operations depend on the award of new contracts and the timing of the performance of these contracts.

Our revenues are derived from new contract awards. Delays in the timing of the awards or cancellations of such prospects as a result of economic conditions, material and equipment pricing and availability or other factors could impact our long-term projected results. It is particularly difficult to predict whether or when we will receive large-scale projects as these contracts frequently involve a lengthy and complex bidding and selection process, which is affected by several factors, such as market conditions or governmental and environmental approvals. Since a significant portion of our revenues is generated from such projects, our results of operations and cash flows can fluctuate significantly from quarter to quarter depending on the timing of our contract awards and the commencement or progress of work under awarded contracts. Furthermore, many of these contracts are subject to financing contingencies and, as a result, we are subject to the risk that the customer will not be able to secure the necessary financing for the project.

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In addition, certain contracts require us to satisfy specific progress or performance milestones in order to receive payment from the customer. As a result, we may incur significant costs for engineering, materials, components, equipment, labor or subcontractors prior to receipt of payment from a customer.

The uncertainty of contract award timing can also present difficulties in matching workforce size with contract needs. In some cases, we maintain and bear the cost of a ready workforce that is larger than necessary under existing contracts in anticipation of future workforce needs for expected contract awards. If an expected contract award is delayed or not received, we may incur additional costs resulting from reductions in staff or redundancy of facilities, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

The contracts in our backlog may be adjusted, cancelled or suspended by our clients and, therefore, our backlog is not necessarily indicative of our future revenues or earnings. Additionally, even if fully performed, our backlog is not a good indicator of future gross margins.

Backlog represents the total dollar amount of revenues we expect to record in the future as a result of performing work under contracts that have been awarded to it. As of June 30, 2020, our backlog totaled approximately $621 million. There is no assurance that backlog will be realized as revenues in the amounts reported or, if realized, will result in profits. In accordance with industry practice, substantially all of our contracts are subject to cancellation, termination, or suspension at the discretion of the client. In the event of a project cancellation, we would generally have no contractual right to the total revenue reflected in our backlog. Projects can remain in backlog for extended periods of time because of the nature of the project and the timing of the services required by the project. The risk of contracts in backlog being cancelled or suspended generally increases during periods of widespread economic slowdowns or in response to changes in commodity prices.

The contracts in our backlog are subject to changes in the scope of services to be provided as well as adjustments to the costs relating to the contracts. The revenue for certain contracts included in backlog is based on estimates. Additionally, the way we perform on our individual contracts can affect greatly our gross margins and hence, future profitability.

Our services expose us to significant risks of liability, and our insurance policies may not provide adequate coverage.

If we fail to provide our services in accordance with applicable professional standards or contractual requirements, we could be exposed to significant monetary damages or even criminal violations. Our engineering practice, for example, involves professional judgments regarding the planning, design, development, construction, operations and management of industrial facilities and public infrastructure projects. While we do not generally accept liability for consequential damages in our contracts, and although we have adopted a range of insurance, risk management and risk avoidance programs designed to reduce potential liabilities, a catastrophic event at one of our project sites or completed projects resulting from the services we have performed could result in significant professional or product liability, and warranty or other claims against us as well as reputational harm, especially if public safety is impacted. These liabilities could exceed our insurance limits or the fees we generate, may not be covered by insurance at all due to various exclusions in our coverage and self-insured retention amounts, and could impact our ability to obtain insurance in the future. Further, even where coverage applies, the policies have deductibles, which result in our assumption of exposure for certain amounts with respect to any claim filed against us. In addition, clients or subcontractors who have agreed to indemnify us against any such liabilities or losses might refuse or be unable to pay it. An uninsured claim, either in part or in whole, as well as any claim covered by insurance but subject to a high deductible, if successful and of a material magnitude, could have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Unavailability or cancellation of third-party insurance coverage would increase our overall risk exposure as well as disrupt the management of our business operations.

We maintain insurance coverage from third-party insurers as part of our overall risk management strategy and some of our contracts require us to maintain specific insurance coverage limits. If any of our third-party insurers fail, suddenly cancel coverage, or otherwise are unable to provide us with adequate insurance coverage, our overall risk exposure and operational expenses would increase and the management of our business operations would be disrupted. In addition, there can be no assurance that any of our existing insurance coverage will be renewable upon the expiration of the coverage period or that future coverage will be affordable at the required limits.

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Catastrophic events may adversely impact our business operations.

Our business operations may be adversely impacted by force majeure or extraordinary events beyond the control of the contracting parties, such as natural and man-made disasters as well as terrorist attacks. Such events could result in the closure of offices, interruption of projects, and the relocation of employees. We typically remain obligated to perform our services after a terrorist attack or natural disaster unless the contract contains a force majeure clause that relieves us of our contractual obligations. If we are not able to react quickly to force majeure, our operations may be affected significantly, which would have a negative impact on our business operations.

Further, we rely on our network and third-party infrastructure and enterprise applications, internal technology systems, and our website for our development, marketing, operational, support, hosted services, and sales activities. Despite our implementation of network security measures, we are vulnerable to disruption, infiltration, or failure of these systems or third-party hosted services in the event of a major earthquake, fire, power loss, telecommunications failure, cyber-attack, war, terrorist attack, or other catastrophic event could cause system interruptions, reputational harm, loss of intellectual property, lengthy interruptions in our services, breaches of data security, and loss of critical data and could harm our future operating results.

We engage in a highly competitive business. If we are unable to compete effectively, we could lose market share and our business and results of operations could be negatively impacted.

We face intense competition to provide technical, professional and construction services to clients. The markets we serve are highly competitive and we compete against many regional, national and multinational companies.

The extent of our competition varies by industry, geographic area and project type. Our projects are frequently awarded through a competitive bidding process, which is standard in our industry. We are constantly competing for project awards based on pricing, schedule and the breadth and technical sophistication of our services. Competition can place downward pressure on our contract prices and profit margins, and may force us to accept contractual terms and conditions that are less favorable to us, thereby increasing the risk that, among other things, we may not realize profit margins at the same rates as we have seen in the past or may become responsible for costs or other liabilities we have not accepted in the past. If we are unable to compete effectively, we may experience a loss of market share or reduced profitability or both, which, if significant, could have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

The nature of our contracts, particularly those that are fixed price, subject us to risks of cost overruns. We may experience reduced profits or, in some cases, losses if costs increase above budgets or estimates or if the project experiences schedule delays.

As of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, less than 10% of our revenues were earned under fixed price contracts. Fixed price contracts require us to estimate the total cost of the project in advance of its performance. For fixed price contracts, we may benefit from any cost savings, but we bear greater risk of paying some, if not all, of any cost overruns. Fixed price contracts are established in part on partial or incomplete designs, cost and scheduling estimates that are based on several assumptions, including those about future economic conditions, commodity and other materials pricing and availability of labor, equipment and materials, and other exigencies. If the design or the estimates prove inaccurate or if circumstances change due to, among other things, unanticipated technical problems, difficulties in obtaining permits or approvals, changes in local laws or labor conditions, weather or other delays beyond our control, changes in the costs of equipment or raw materials, our vendors’ or subcontractors’ inability or failure to perform, or changes in general economic conditions, then cost overruns may occur and we could experience reduced profits or, in some cases, a loss for that project. These risks are exacerbated for projects with long-term durations because there is an increased risk that the circumstances on which we based our original estimates will change in a manner that increases costs. If the project is significant, or there are one or more issues that impact multiple projects, costs overruns could have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

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Governmental agencies may modify, curtail or terminate our contracts at any time prior to their completion and, if we do not replace them, we may suffer a decline in revenue.

Most government contracts may be modified, curtailed or terminated by the government either at our discretion or upon the default of the contractor. If the government terminates a contract at its discretion, then we typically can recover only costs incurred or committed, settlement expenses and profit on work completed prior to termination, which could prevent us from recognizing all our potential revenue and profits from that contract. In addition, for some assignments, the U.S. government may attempt to “insource” the services to government employees rather than outsource to a contractor. If a government terminates a contract due to our default, we could be liable for excess costs incurred by the government in obtaining services from another source.

Our failure to comply with a variety of complex procurement rules and regulations could damage our reputation and result on our being liable for penalties, including termination of our government contracts, disqualification from bidding on future government contracts, suspension or debarment from government contracting.

We must comply with laws and regulations relating to government contracts, which affect how we do business with our customers and may impose added costs on our business. Some significant laws and regulations that affect us include:

•        federal, state, and local laws and regulations (including the Federal Acquisition Regulation or “FAR”) regarding the formation, administration, and performance of government contracts;

•        the Civil False Claims Act, which provides for substantial civil penalties for violations, including for submission of a false or fraudulent claim to the U.S. government for payment or approval; and

•        federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding procurement integrity including gratuity, bribery and anti-corruption requirements as well as limitations on political contributions and lobbying.

Any failure to comply with applicable laws and regulations could result in contract termination, damage to our reputation, price or fee reductions or suspension or debarment from contracting with the government, each of which could materially adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition.

In addition, federal, state, and local government entities may revise existing contract rules and regulations or adopt new contract rules and regulations at any time and may also face restrictions or pressure regarding the type and amount of services that they may obtain from private contractors. Any of these changes could impair our ability to obtain new contracts or renew contracts under which we currently perform when those contracts are eligible for recompetition.

We are dependent on third parties to complete certain elements of our contracts.

Third-party subcontractors we hire perform certain work under our contracts. We also rely on third-party equipment manufacturers or suppliers to provide equipment and materials used for certain of our projects. If we are unable to hire qualified subcontractors or find qualified equipment manufacturers or suppliers, our ability to successfully complete certain projects could be impaired. If we are not able to locate qualified third-party subcontractors or the amount we are required to pay for subcontractors or equipment and supplies exceeds what we have estimated, especially in a lump sum or a fixed price contract, we may suffer losses on these contracts. If a subcontractor, supplier or manufacturer fails to provide services, supplies or equipment as required under a contract for any reason, we may be required to source these services, equipment or supplies to other third parties on a delayed basis or on less favorable terms, which could impact contract profitability. There is a risk that we may have disputes with our subcontractors relating to, among other things, the quality and timeliness of work performed, customer concerns about a subcontractor or our failure to extend existing task orders or issue new task orders under a contract. In addition, faulty workmanship, equipment or materials could impact the overall project, resulting in claims against us for failure to meet required project specifications.

Third parties may find it difficult to obtain enough financing to help fund their operations. The inability to obtain financing could adversely affect a third party’s ability to provide materials, equipment or services which could have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations. In addition, a failure by a third-party subcontractor, supplier or manufacturer to comply with applicable laws, regulations or client requirements

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could negatively impact our business and, for government clients, could result in fines, penalties, suspension or even debarment being imposed on us, which could have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

We rely on third-party internal and outsourced software to run our critical accounting, project management and financial information systems. As a result, any sudden loss, disruption or unexpected costs to maintain these systems could significantly increase our operational expense and disrupt the management of our business operations.

We rely on third-party software to run our critical accounting, project management and financial information systems. We also depend on our software vendors to provide long-term software maintenance support for our information systems. Software vendors may decide to discontinue further development, integration or long-term software maintenance support for our information systems, in which case we may need to abandon one or more of our current information systems and migrate some or all of our accounting, project management and financial information to other systems, thus increasing our operational expense as well as disrupting the management of our business operations.

Cyber security breaches of our systems and information technology could adversely impact our ability to operate.

We need to protect our own internal trade secrets and other business confidential information from disclosure. We face the threat to our computer systems of unauthorized access, computer hackers, computer viruses, malicious code, organized cyber-attacks and other security problems and system disruptions, including possible unauthorized access to our and our clients’ proprietary or classified information. We rely on industry-accepted security measures and technology to securely maintain all confidential and proprietary information on our information systems. We have devoted and will continue to devote significant resources to the security of our computer systems, but they are still vulnerable to these threats. A user who circumvents security measures can misappropriate confidential or proprietary information, including information regarding us, our personnel and/or our clients, or cause interruptions or malfunctions in operations. As a result, we can be required to expend significant resources to protect against the threat of these system disruptions and security breaches or to alleviate problems caused by these disruptions and breaches. Any of these events can damage our reputation and have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

Negative conditions in the credit and financial markets and delays in receiving client payments could result in liquidity problems, adversely affecting our cost of borrowing and our business.

Although we finance much of our operations using cash provided by operations, at times we depend on the availability of credit to grow our business and to help fund business acquisitions. Instability in the credit markets in the U.S. or abroad could cause the availability of credit to be relatively difficult or expensive to obtain at competitive rates, on commercially reasonable terms or in sufficient amounts. This situation could make us more difficult or more expensive for us to access funds, refinance our existing indebtedness, enter into agreements for new indebtedness, or obtain funding through the issuance of securities or such additional capital may not be available on terms acceptable to us, or at all. We may also enter into business acquisition agreements that require us to access credit, which if not available at the closing of the acquisition could result in a breach of the acquisition agreement and a resulting claim for damages by the sellers of such business. In addition, market conditions could negatively impact our clients’ ability to fund their projects and, therefore, utilize our services, which could have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Some of our customers, suppliers and subcontractors depend on access to commercial financing and capital markets to fund their operations. Disruptions in the credit or capital markets could adversely affect our clients’ ability to finance projects and could result in contract cancellations or suspensions, project delays and payment delays or defaults by our clients. In addition, clients may be unable to fund new projects, may choose to make fewer capital expenditures or otherwise slow their spending on our services or to seek contract terms more favorable to them. Our government clients may face budget deficits that prohibit them from funding proposed and existing projects or that cause them to exercise their right to terminate our contracts with little or no prior notice. In addition, any financial difficulties suffered by our subcontractors or suppliers could increase our cost or adversely impact project schedules. These disruptions could materially impact our backlog and have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

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If we fail to comply with federal, state and local governmental requirements, our business may be adversely affected.

We are subject to U.S. federal, state, and local laws and regulations that affect our business. Although we have policies and procedures to comply with U.S. trade laws, the violation of such laws could subject us and our employees to civil or criminal penalties, including substantial monetary fines, or other adverse actions including debarment from participation in U.S. government contracts, and could damage our reputation and our ability to do business.

Our business strategy relies in part on acquisitions to sustain our growth. Acquisitions of other companies present certain risks and uncertainties.

Our business strategy involves growth through, among other things, the acquisition of other companies. We may finance these acquisitions or other strategic investments with cash, the issuance of equity or equity linked securities or a combination of the foregoing, and therefore any such acquisition or strategic investment could be dilutive to our existing stockholders. We try to evaluate companies that we believe will strategically fit into our business and growth objectives, including, for example, our acquisition of ATC Group Services, an environmental and engineering consulting services company with over 1,700 employees across North America (“ATC Group Services”) in January 2019 and Long Engineering, Inc. (“LONG”) in February 2020. We are currently engaged in an evaluation of multiple acquisition or strategic investment opportunities, some of which may be material to our results of operation and financial condition. If we are unable to successfully integrate and develop acquired businesses, we could fail to achieve anticipated synergies and cost savings, including any expected increases in revenues and operating results, which could have a material adverse effect on our financial results.

We may not be able to identify suitable acquisition or strategic investment opportunities or may be unable to obtain the required consent of our lenders and, therefore, may not be able to complete such acquisitions or strategic investments. We may incur expenses associated with sourcing, evaluating and negotiating acquisitions (including those that do not get completed), and we may also pay fees and expenses associated with financing acquisitions to investment banks and other advisors. Any of these amounts may be substantial, and together with the size, timing and number of acquisitions we pursue, may negatively affect and cause significant volatility in our financial results.

In addition, we have assumed, and may in the future assume, liabilities of the company we are acquiring. While we retain third-party advisors to consult on potential liabilities related to these acquisitions, there can be no assurances that all potential liabilities will be identified or known to us. If there are unknown liabilities or other obligations, our business could be materially affected.

Our quarterly results may fluctuate significantly, which could have a material negative effect on the price of our Class A common stock.

Our quarterly operating results may fluctuate due to several factors, including:

•        fluctuations in the spending patterns of our customers;

•        the number and significance of projects executed during a quarter;

•        unanticipated changes in contract performance, particularly with contracts that have funding limits;

•        the timing of resolving change orders, requests for equitable adjustments and other contract adjustments;

•        project delays;

•        changes in prices of commodities or other supplies;

•        weather conditions that delay work at project sites;

•        the timing of expenses incurred in connection with acquisitions or other corporate initiatives;

•        natural disasters or other crises;

•        staff levels and utilization rates;

•        changes in prices of services offered by our competitors; and

•        general economic and political conditions.

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If our quarterly operating results fluctuate significantly, causing our operating results to fall below the expectations of securities analysts, the price of our Class A common stock may decrease substantially, which could have a material negative impact on our financial condition and results of operations.

We are an “emerging growth company” and will be able to avail ourselves of reduced disclosure requirements applicable to emerging growth companies, which could make our common stock less attractive to investors.

We are an “emerging growth company,” as defined in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (the “JOBS Act”), and we intend to take advantage of certain exemptions from various reporting requirements that are applicable to other public companies that are not “emerging growth companies” including not being required to comply with the auditor attestation requirements of Section 404(b) of Sarbanes-Oxley, reduced disclosure obligations regarding executive compensation in our 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. In addition, pursuant to Section 107 of the JOBS Act, as an “emerging growth company” we intend to take advantage of the extended transition period provided in Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act for complying with new or revised accounting standards. In other words, an “emerging growth company” can delay the adoption of certain accounting standards until those standards would otherwise apply to private companies.

We cannot predict if investors will find our common stock less attractive because we may rely on these exemptions. If some investors find our common stock less attractive as a result, there may be a less active trading market for our common stock and our stock price may be more volatile. We may take advantage of these reporting exemptions until we are no longer an “emerging growth company.” We will remain an “emerging growth company” until the earliest of (i) the last day of the fiscal year in which we have total annual gross revenues of $1.07 billion or more; (ii) the last day of our fiscal year following the fifth anniversary of the date of our initial public offering; (iii) the date on which we have issued more than $1 billion in nonconvertible debt during the previous three years; or (iv) the date on which we are deemed to be a large accelerated filer under the rules of the SEC.

An impairment charge on our goodwill could have a material adverse impact on our financial position and results of operations.

Because we have grown in part through acquisitions, goodwill and intangible assets represent a substantial portion of our assets. Under U.S. GAAP, we are required to test goodwill carried in our combined balance sheets for possible impairment on an annual basis based upon a fair value approach. As of June 30, 2020, we have $92.3 million of goodwill, representing 26% of our total assets of $354.9 million. We also are required to test goodwill for impairment between annual tests if events occur or circumstances change that would more likely than not reduce our enterprise fair value below our book value. These events or circumstances could include a significant change in the business climate, including a significant sustained decline in a reporting unit’s market value, legal factors, operating performance indicators, competition, sale or disposition of a significant portion of our business, potential government actions toward our facilities, and other factors.

If our market capitalization drops significantly below the amount of net equity recorded on our balance sheet, we might indicate a decline in our fair value and would require us to further evaluate whether our goodwill has been impaired. If the fair value of our reporting units is less than their carrying value, we could be required to record an impairment charge. The amount of any impairment could be significant and could have a material adverse impact on our financial position and results of operations for the period in which the charge is taken.

Rising inflation, interest rates, and/or construction costs could reduce the demand for our services as well as decrease our profit on our existing contracts, in particular with respect to our fixed price contracts.

Rising inflation, interest rates, or construction costs could reduce the demand for our services. In addition, we bear all the risk of rising inflation with respect to those contracts that are fixed price. Because a portion of our revenues are earned from fixed price contracts (less than 10% as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019), the effects of inflation on our financial condition and results of operations over the past few years have been generally minor. However, if we expand our business into markets and geographic areas where fixed price and lump sum work is more prevalent, inflation may have a larger impact on our results of operations in the future. Therefore, increases in inflation, interest rates or construction costs could have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

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We are subject to professional standards, duties and statutory obligations on professional reports and opinions we issue, which could subject us to monetary damages.

We issue reports and opinions to clients based on our professional engineering expertise as well as our other professional credentials that subject us to professional standards, duties and obligations regulating the performance of our services. If a client or another third party alleges that our report or opinion is incorrect or it is improperly relied upon and we are held responsible, we could be subject to significant liability or claims for damages. In addition, our reports and other work product may need to comply with professional standards, licensing requirements, securities regulations and other laws and rules governing the performance of professional services in the jurisdiction where the services are performed. We could be liable to third parties who use or rely upon our reports and other work product even if we are not contractually bound to those third parties. These events could in turn result in monetary damages and penalties.

The outcome of pending and future claims and litigation could have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

We are a party to claims and litigation in the normal course of business. Since we engage in engineering and construction activities for large facilities and projects where design, construction or systems failures can result in substantial injury or damage to employees or others, we are exposed to claims and litigation and investigations if there is a failure at any such facility or project. Such claims could relate to, among other things, personal injury, loss of life, business interruption, property damage, pollution and environmental damage and be brought by our clients or third parties, such as those who use or reside near our clients’ projects. We can also be exposed to claims if it agreed that a project will achieve certain performance standards or satisfy certain technical requirements and those standards or requirements are not met. In many of our contracts with clients, subcontractors, and vendors, we agree to retain or assume potential liabilities for damages, penalties, losses and other exposures relating to projects that could result in claims that greatly exceed the anticipated profits relating to those contracts. In addition, while clients and subcontractors may agree to indemnify us against certain liabilities, such third parties may refuse or be unable to pay it.

Risks Related to Our Warrants and the Offer to Exchange and Consent Solicitation

The Warrant Amendment, if approved, will allow us to require that all outstanding warrants be exchanged for Class A common stock at a ratio 10% lower than the exchange ratio applicable to the Offer. As of the date of this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange, holders of approximately 53.1% of the total warrants outstanding have agreed to consent to the Warrant Amendment, therefore, if the other conditions described herein are satisfied or waived, then the Warrant Amendment will be adopted

If we complete the Offer and Consent Solicitation and obtain the requisite approval of the Warrant Amendment by holders of the outstanding warrants, the Company will have the right to require holders of the public warrants that remain outstanding upon the closing of the Offer to exchange each of their warrants for 0.1665 shares of Class A common stock. This represents a ratio of shares of Class A common stock per warrant that is 10% less than the exchange ratio applicable to the Offer. Although we intend to require an exchange of all remaining outstanding public warrants as a result of the approval of the Warrant Amendment, we would not be required to effect such an exchange and may defer doing so, if ever, until most economically advantageous to us.

As of the date of this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange, BlueCrest, which holds 8,870,000 warrants, representing approximately 37.3% of the total warrants outstanding, has agreed to tender its warrants in the Offer and to consent to the Warrant Amendment in the Consent Solicitation, pursuant to a tender and support agreement (the “Public Tender and Support Agreement”). Additionally, the Sponsor, which holds 3,750,000 warrants, representing approximately 15.8% of the total warrants outstanding has agreed to tender its warrants in the Offer and to consent to the Warrant Amendment in the Consent Solicitation, pursuant to a tender and support agreement (the “Private Tender and Support Agreement” and, together with the Public Tender and Support Agreement, the “Tender and Support Agreements”). Accordingly, since holders of approximately 53.1% of the total warrants outstanding have agreed to consent to the Warrant Amendment in the Consent Solicitation, if the other conditions described herein are satisfied or waived, then the Warrant Amendment will be adopted. For additional detail regarding the Tender and Support Agreement, see “Transactions and Agreements Concerning Our Securities — Tender and Support Agreements.”

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If adopted, we currently intend to require the conversion of all outstanding public warrants to Class A common stock as provided in the Warrant Amendment, which would result in the holders of any remaining outstanding public warrants receiving approximately 10% fewer shares than if they had tendered their warrants in the Offer.

The exchange of warrants for Class A common stock will increase the number of shares eligible for future resale and result in dilution to our stockholders.

Our warrants may be exchanged for shares of Class A common stock pursuant to the Offer, which will increase the number of shares eligible for future resale in the public market and result in dilution to our stockholders, although there can be no assurance that such warrant exchange will be completed or that all of the holders of the warrants will elect to participate in the Offer. Any warrants remaining outstanding after the exchange likely will be exercised only if the $11.50 per share exercise price is below the market price of our Class A common stock. We also intend to require an exchange of all remaining outstanding public warrants assuming the approval of the Warrant Amendment. To the extent such warrants are exchanged following the approval of the Warrant Amendment or exercised, additional shares of Class A common stock will be issued. These issuances of Class A common stock will result in dilution to our stockholders and increase the number of shares eligible for resale in the public market.

We have not obtained a third-party determination that the Offer or the Consent Solicitation is fair to warrant holders.

None of us, our affiliates, the dealer manager, the exchange agent or the information agent makes any recommendation as to whether you should exchange some or all of your outstanding warrants or consent to the Warrant Amendment. We have not retained, and do not intend to retain, any unaffiliated representative to act on behalf of the warrant holders for purposes of negotiating the Offer or Consent Solicitation or preparing a report concerning the fairness of the Offer or the Consent Solicitation. You must make your own independent decision regarding your participation in the Offer and the Consent Solicitation.

There is no guarantee that tendering your warrants in the Offer will put you in a better future economic position.

We can give no assurance as to the market price of our Class A common stock in the future. If you choose to tender some or all of your warrants in the Offer, future events may cause an increase in the market price of our Class A common stock and warrants, which may result in a lower value realized by participating in the Offer than you might have realized if you did not exchange your warrants. Similarly, if you do not tender your warrants in the Offer, there can be no assurance that you can sell your warrants (or exercise them for shares of Class A common stock) in the future at a higher value than would have been obtained by participating in the Offer. In addition, if the Warrant Amendment is adopted, you may receive fewer shares than if you had tendered your warrants in the Offer. You should consult your own individual tax and/or financial advisor for assistance on how this may affect your individual situation.

The number of shares of Class A common stock offered in the Offer is fixed and will not be adjusted. The market price of our Class A common stock may fluctuate, and the market price of our Class A common stock when we deliver our Class A common stock in exchange for your warrants could be less than the market price at the time you tender your warrants.

The number of shares of Class A common stock for each warrant accepted for exchange is fixed at the number of shares specified on the cover of this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange and will fluctuate in value if there is any increase or decrease in the market price of our Class A common stock or the warrants after the date of this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange. Therefore, the market price of our Class A common stock when we deliver Class A common stock in exchange for your warrants could be less than the market price of the public warrants at the time you tender your warrants. The market price of our Class A common stock could continue to fluctuate and be subject to volatility during the period of time between when we accept warrants for exchange in the Offer and when we deliver Class A common stock in exchange for warrants, or during any extension of the Offer Period.

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The liquidity of the warrants that are not exchanged may be reduced.

If the Warrant Amendment is approved, it is unlikely that any warrants will remain outstanding following the completion of the Offer and Consent Solicitation. The Warrant Amendment, if approved, will allow us to require that all outstanding warrants be exchanged for Class A common stock at a ratio 10% lower than the exchange ratio applicable to the Offer. However, if any unexchanged warrants remain outstanding, then the ability to sell such warrants may become more limited due to the reduction in the number of warrants outstanding upon completion of the Offer and Consent Solicitation. A more limited trading market might adversely affect the liquidity, market price and price volatility of such unexchanged warrants. If there continues to be a market for our unexchanged warrants, these securities may trade at a discount to the price at which the securities would trade if the number outstanding were not reduced, depending on the market for similar securities and other factors.

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The Offer and Consent Solicitation

Participation in the Offer and Consent Solicitation involves a number of risks, including, but not limited to, the risks identified in the section entitled “Risk Factors.” Warrant holders should carefully consider these risks and are urged to speak with their personal legal, financial, investment and/or tax advisor as necessary before deciding whether or not to participate in the Offer and Consent Solicitation. In addition, we strongly encourage you to read this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange in its entirety, before making a decision regarding the Offer and Consent Solicitation.

General Terms

Until the Expiration Date, we are offering to holders of our warrants the opportunity to receive 0.185 shares of Class A common stock in exchange for each warrant they hold. Holders of the warrants tendered for exchange will not have to pay any of the exercise price for the tendered warrants in order to receive shares of Class A common stock pursuant to the Offer. Our obligation to complete the Offer is not conditioned on the receipt of a minimum number of tendered warrants.

No fractional shares will be issued pursuant to the Offer. In lieu of issuing fractional shares, any holder of warrants who would otherwise have been entitled to receive fractional shares pursuant to the Offer will, after aggregating all such fractional shares of such holder, be paid cash (without interest) in an amount equal to such fractional part of a share multiplied by the last sale price of our Class A common stock on the Nasdaq on the last trading day of the Offer Period.

As part of the Offer, we are also soliciting from the holders of the outstanding warrants their consent to the Warrant Amendment, which, if approved, will permit the Company to require that all warrants outstanding upon completion of the Offer be converted into shares of Class A common stock at a ratio of 0.1665 shares of Class A common stock per warrant, which is a ratio 10% less than the exchange ratio applicable to the Offer. The Warrant Amendment will permit us to eliminate all of the warrants that remain outstanding after the Offer is consummated. A copy of the Warrant Amendment is attached hereto as Annex A. We urge that you carefully read the Warrant Amendment in its entirety. Pursuant to the terms of the Warrant Agreement, approval of the Warrant Amendment requires the Warrant Consent. Holders of approximately 53.1% of the total warrants outstanding have agreed to consent to the Warrant Amendment in the Consent Solicitation, therefore, if the other conditions described therein are satisfied or waived, then the Warrant Amendment will be adopted. For additional detail, see “Transactions and Agreements Concerning Our Securities —Tender and Support Agreements.”

Holders who tender warrants for exchange in the Offer will automatically be deemed, without any further action, to have given their consent to approval of the Warrant Amendment (effective upon our acceptance of the tendered warrants). The consent to the Warrant Amendment is a part of the Letter of Transmittal and Consent relating to the warrants.

You cannot tender any warrants for exchange in the Offer without giving your consent to the Warrant Amendment and you cannot consent to the Warrant Amendment without tendering your warrants. Thus, before deciding whether to tender any warrants, you should be aware that a tender of warrants may result in the approval of the Warrant Amendment.

The Offer and Consent Solicitation is subject to the terms and conditions contained in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange and the Letter of Transmittal and Consent.

You may tender some or all of your warrants into the Offer.

If you elect to tender warrants in the Offer and Consent Solicitation, please follow the instructions in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange and the related documents, including the Letter of Transmittal and Consent.

If you tender warrants, you may withdraw your tendered warrants at any time before the Expiration Date and retain them on their current terms or amended terms if the Warrant Amendment is approved, by following the instructions herein. In addition, warrants that are not accepted by us for exchange by December 15, 2020 may thereafter be withdrawn by you until such time as the warrants are accepted by us for exchange.

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Corporate Information

We were originally formed as a blank check company incorporated on June 28, 2017 as Boxwood Merger Corp., a Delaware corporation formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. On November 20, 2018, we consummated our initial public offering of units, each consisting of one Class A ordinary share and one half of one warrant to purchase one Class A ordinary share. On February 14, 2020, we consummated the acquisition of the equity interests in certain of the subsidiaries of Atlas Holdings, pursuant to the terms of the unit purchase agreement, dated as of August 12, 2019, by and among Boxwood, Atlas Holdings and certain of its subsidiaries. In connection with such acquisition and business combination, the Company changed its name to Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc.

The rights of holders of our common stock are governed by our charter, our bylaws and the Delaware General Corporation Law, each of which is described herein and in documents, which are included as exhibits to the registration statement of which this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange forms a part.

Our principal executive offices are located at 13215 Bee Cave Parkway, Building B, Suite 230, Austin, Texas 78738, and our telephone number is (512) 851-1501. We maintain a website at www.oneatlas.com, where general information about us is available. The information contained on, or that may be accessed through, our website is not part of, and is not incorporated into, this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange or the registration statement of which it forms a part. Our Class A common stock and public warrants trade on the Nasdaq under the symbols “ATCX” and “ATCXW,” respectively.

Warrants Subject to the Offer

The public warrants were issued in connection with our IPO and the private placement warrants were issued pursuant to certain subscription agreements, each in connection with the closing of the Atlas Business Combination. Each warrant entitles the holder to purchase one share of our Class A common stock at a price of $11.50 per share, subject to adjustment. The public warrants are quoted on the Nasdaq under the symbol “ATCXW.” As of October 13, 2020, 23,750,000 warrants were outstanding. Pursuant to the Offer, we are offering up to an aggregate of 4,393,750 shares of our Class A common stock in exchange for the warrants.

Offer Period

The Offer and Consent Solicitation will expire on the Expiration Date, which is midnight (end of day), Eastern Standard Time, on November 16, 2020, or such later time and date to which we may extend. We expressly reserve the right, in our sole discretion, at any time or from time to time, to extend the period of time during which the Offer and Consent Solicitation is open. There can be no assurance that we will exercise our right to extend the Offer Period. During any extension, all warrant holders who previously tendered warrants will have a right to withdraw such previously tendered warrants until the Expiration Date, as extended. If we extend the Offer Period, we will make a public announcement of such extension by no later than 9:00 a.m., Eastern Standard Time, on the next business day following the Expiration Date as in effect immediately prior to such extension.

We may withdraw the Offer and Consent Solicitation only if the conditions to the Offer and Consent Solicitation are not satisfied or waived prior to the Expiration Date. Upon any such withdrawal, we are required by Rule 13e-4(f)(5) under the Exchange Act to promptly return the tendered warrants. We will announce our decision to withdraw the Offer and Consent Solicitation by disseminating notice by public announcement or otherwise as permitted by applicable law.

At the expiration of the Offer Period, the current terms of the warrants will continue to apply to any unexchanged warrants, or the amended terms if the Warrant Amendment is approved, until the warrants expire on February 14, 2025, subject to certain terms and conditions.

Amendments to the Offer and Consent Solicitation

We reserve the right at any time or from time to time, to amend the Offer and Consent Solicitation, including by increasing or (if the conditions to the Offer are not satisfied) decreasing the exchange ratio of Class A common stock issued for every warrant exchanged or by changing the terms of the Warrant Amendment.

If we make a material change in the terms of the Offer and Consent Solicitation or the information concerning the Offer and Consent Solicitation, or if we waive a material condition of the Offer and Consent Solicitation, we

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will extend the Offer and Consent Solicitation to the extent required by Rules 13e-4(d)(2) and 13e-4(e)(3) under the Exchange Act. These rules require that the minimum period during which an offer must remain open after material changes in the terms of the offer or information concerning the offer, other than a change in price or a change in percentage of securities sought, will depend upon the facts and circumstances, including the relative materiality of the changed terms or information.

If we increase or decrease the exchange ratio of our Class A common stock issuable in exchange for a warrant, the amount of warrants sought for tender or the dealer manager’s soliciting fee, and the Offer and Consent Solicitation is scheduled to expire at any time earlier than the end of the tenth business day from the date that we first publish, send or give notice of such an increase or decrease, then we will extend the Offer and Consent Solicitation until the expiration of that ten business day period.

Other material amendments to the Offer and Consent Solicitation may require us to extend the Offer and Consent Solicitation for a minimum of five business days, and we will need to amend the registration statement on Form S-4, of which this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange forms a part, for any material changes to the facts set forth therein.

Partial Exchange Permitted

Our obligation to complete the Offer is not conditioned on the receipt of a minimum number of tendered warrants. If you choose to participate in the Offer, you may tender less than all of your warrants pursuant to the terms of the Offer. No fractional shares will be issued pursuant to the Offer. In lieu of issuing fractional shares, any holder of warrants who would otherwise have been entitled to receive fractional shares pursuant to the Offer will, after aggregating all such fractional shares of such holder, be paid cash (without interest) in an amount equal to such fractional part of a share multiplied by the last sale price of our Class A common stock on Nasdaq on the last trading day of the Offer Period.

Conditions to the Offer and Consent Solicitation

The Offer and Consent Solicitation are conditioned upon the following:

•        the registration statement, of which this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange forms a part, shall have become effective under the Securities Act, and shall not be the subject of any stop order or proceeding seeking a stop order;

•        no action or proceeding by any government or governmental, regulatory or administrative agency, authority or tribunal or any other person, domestic or foreign, shall have been threatened, instituted or pending before any court, authority, agency or tribunal that directly or indirectly challenges the making of the Offer, the tender of some or all of the warrants pursuant to the Offer or otherwise relates in any manner to the Offer;

•        there shall not have been any action threatened, instituted, pending or taken, or approval withheld, or any statute, rule, regulation, judgment, order or injunction threatened, proposed, sought, promulgated, enacted, entered, amended, enforced or deemed to be applicable to the Offer or Consent Solicitation or us, by any court or any authority, agency or tribunal that, in our reasonable judgment, would or might, directly or indirectly, (i) make the acceptance for exchange of, or exchange for, some or all of the warrants illegal or otherwise restrict or prohibit completion of the Offer or Consent Solicitation, or (ii) delay or restrict our ability, or render us unable, to accept for exchange or exchange some or all of the warrants; and

•        there shall not have occurred (i) any general suspension of, or limitation on prices for, trading in securities in U.S. securities or financial markets; (ii) a declaration of a banking moratorium or any suspension of payments in respect to banks in the United States; (iii) any limitation (whether or not mandatory) by any government or governmental, regulatory or administrative authority, agency or instrumentality, domestic or foreign, or other event that, in our reasonable judgment, would or would be reasonably likely to affect the extension of credit by banks or other lending institutions; or (iv) a natural disaster or a commencement or significant worsening of a war or armed hostilities or other national or international calamity, including but not limited to, catastrophic terrorist attacks against the United States or its citizens.

Approval of the Warrant Amendment is conditioned on our receiving the Warrant Consent.

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We will not complete the Offer and Consent Solicitation unless and until the registration statement described above is effective. If the registration statement is not effective at the Expiration Date, we may, in our discretion, extend, suspend or cancel the Offer and Consent Solicitation, and will inform warrant holders of such event. If we extend the Offer Period, we will make a public announcement of such extension and the new Expiration Date by no later than 9:00 a.m., Eastern Standard Time, on the next business day following the Expiration Date as in effect immediately prior to such extension.

In addition, as to any warrant holder, the Offer and Consent Solicitation is conditioned upon such warrant holder desiring to tender warrants in the Offer delivering to the exchange agent in a timely manner the holder’s warrants to be tendered and any other required paperwork, all in accordance with the applicable procedures described in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange and set forth in the Letter of Transmittal and Consent.

The foregoing conditions are solely for our benefit, and we may assert one or more of the conditions regardless of the circumstances giving rise to any such conditions. We may also, in our sole and absolute discretion, waive these conditions in whole or in part, subject to the potential requirement to disseminate additional information and extend the Offer Period. The determination by us as to whether any condition has been satisfied shall be conclusive and binding on all parties. The failure by us at any time to exercise any of the foregoing rights shall not be deemed a waiver of any such right, and each such right shall be deemed a continuing right which may be asserted at any time and from time to time prior to the Expiration Date.

We may withdraw the Offer and Consent Solicitation only if the conditions of the Offer and Consent Solicitation are not satisfied or waived prior to the Expiration Date. Promptly upon any such withdrawal, we will return the tendered warrants and the related consent to the Warrant Amendment will be revoked. We will announce our decision to withdraw the Offer and Consent Solicitation by disseminating notice by public announcement or otherwise as permitted by applicable law.

No Recommendation; Warrant Holder’s Own Decision

None of our affiliates, directors, officers or employees, or the information agent, the exchange agent or the dealer manager for the Offer and Consent Solicitation, is making any recommendations to any warrant holder as to whether to exchange their warrants and deliver their consent to the Warrant Amendment. Each warrant holder must make its own decision as to whether to tender warrants for exchange pursuant to the Offer and consent to the amendment of the Warrant Agreement pursuant to the Consent Solicitation.

Procedure for Tendering Warrants for Exchange and Consenting to the Warrant Amendment

Issuance of Class A common stock upon exchange of warrants pursuant to the Offer and acceptance by us of warrants for exchange pursuant to the Offer and providing your consent to the Warrant Amendment will be made only if warrants are properly tendered pursuant to the procedures described below and set forth in the Letter of Transmittal and Consent. A tender of warrants pursuant to such procedures, if and when accepted by us, will constitute a binding agreement between the tendering holder of warrants and us upon the terms and subject to the conditions of the Offer and Consent Solicitation. The proper tender of your warrants will constitute a consent to the Warrant Amendment with respect to each consent warrant tendered.

A tender of warrants made pursuant to any method of delivery set forth herein will also constitute an agreement and acknowledgement by the tendering warrant holder that, among other things: (i) the warrant holder agrees to exchange the tendered warrants on the terms and conditions set forth in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange and Letter of Transmittal and Consent, in each case as may be amended or supplemented prior to the Expiration Date; (ii) the warrant holder consents to the Warrant Agreement; (iii) the Offer is discretionary and may be extended, modified, suspended or terminated by us as provided herein; (iv) such warrant holder is voluntarily participating in the Offer; (v) the future value of our warrants is unknown and cannot be predicted with certainty; and (vi) such warrant holder has read this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange, Letter of Transmittal and Consent and Warrant Amendment.

Registered Holders of Warrants; Beneficial Owners of Warrants

For purposes of the tender procedures set forth below, the term “registered holder” means any person in whose name warrants are registered on our books or who is listed as a participant in a clearing agency’s security position listing with respect to the warrants.

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Persons whose warrants are held through a direct or indirect participant of The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”), such as a broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other financial intermediary, are not considered registered holders of those warrants but are “beneficial owners.” Beneficial owners cannot directly tender warrants for exchange pursuant to the Offer. Instead, a beneficial owner must instruct its broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other financial intermediary to tender warrants for exchange on behalf of the beneficial owner. See “— Required Communications by Beneficial Owners.”

Tendering Warrants Using Letter of Transmittal and Consent

A registered holder of warrants may tender warrants for exchange using a Letter of Transmittal and Consent in the form provided by us with this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange. A Letter of Transmittal is to be used only if delivery of warrants is to be made by book-entry transfer to the exchange agent’s account at DTC pursuant to the procedures set forth in “— Tendering Warrants Using Book-Entry Transfer”; provided, however, that it is not necessary to execute and deliver a Letter of Transmittal and Consent if instructions with respect to the tender of such warrants are transmitted through DTC’s Automated Tender Offer Program (“ATOP”). If you are a registered holder of warrants, unless you intend to tender those warrants through ATOP, you should complete, execute and deliver a Letter of Transmittal and Consent to indicate the action you desire to take with respect to the Offer and Consent Solicitation.

In order for warrants to be properly tendered for exchange pursuant to the Offer using a Letter of Transmittal and Consent, the registered holder of the warrants being tendered must ensure that the exchange agent receives the following: (i) a properly completed and duly executed Letter of Transmittal and Consent, in accordance with the instructions of the Letter of Transmittal and Consent (including any required signature guarantees); (ii) delivery of the warrants by book-entry transfer to the exchange agent’s account at DTC; and (iii) any other documents required by the Letter of Transmittal and Consent.

In the Letter of Transmittal and Consent, the tendering registered warrant holder must set forth: (i) its name and address; (ii) the number of warrants being tendered by the holder for exchange; and (iii) certain other information specified in the form of Letter of Transmittal and Consent.

In certain cases, all signatures on the Letter of Transmittal and Consent must be guaranteed by an “Eligible Institution.” See “— Signature Guarantees.”

If the Letter of Transmittal and Consent is signed by someone other than the registered holder of the tendered warrants (for example, if the registered holder has assigned the warrants to a third-party), or if our shares of Class A common stock to be issued upon exchange of the tendered warrants are to be issued in a name other than that of the registered holder of the tendered warrants, the tendered warrants must be properly accompanied by appropriate assignment documents, in either case signed exactly as the name(s) of the registered holder(s) appear on the warrants, with the signature(s) on the warrants or assignment documents guaranteed by an Eligible Institution.

Any warrants duly tendered and delivered as described above shall be automatically cancelled upon the issuance of Class A common stock in exchange for such warrants as part of the completion of the Offer.

Signature Guarantees

In certain cases, all signatures on the Letter of Transmittal and Consent must be guaranteed by an “Eligible Institution.” An “Eligible Institution” is a bank, broker dealer, credit union, savings association or other entity that is a member in good standing of the Securities Transfer Agents Medallion Program or a bank, broker, dealer, credit union, savings association or other entity which is an “eligible guarantor institution,” as that term is defined in Rule 17Ad-15 promulgated under the Exchange Act.

Signatures on the Letter of Transmittal and Consent need not be guaranteed by an Eligible Institution if (i) the Letter of Transmittal and Consent is signed by the registered holder of the warrants tendered therewith exactly as the name of the registered holder appears on such warrants and such holder has not completed the box entitled “Special Issuance Instructions” or the box entitled “Special Delivery Instructions” in the Letter of Transmittal and Consent; or (ii) such warrants are tendered for the account of an Eligible Institution. In all other cases, an Eligible Institution must guarantee all signatures on the Letter of Transmittal and Consent by completing and signing the table in the Letter of Transmittal and Consent entitled “Guarantee of Signature(s).”

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The statement contained in the Letter of Transmittal and Consent indicating that each tendering holder (a) waives any and all rights with respect to such holder’s tendered warrants and (b) releases and discharges the Company from any and all claims such holder may have now, or in the future, arising out of or related to such warrants, shall not relate to any claims such holder has under federal securities laws and such statements should be treated as being so amended and shall be deemed to be applicable to all warrant holders who have previously or shall in the future use such Letter of Transmittal and Consent in connection with the Offer.

Required Communications by Beneficial Owners

Persons whose warrants are held through a direct or indirect DTC participant, such as a broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other financial intermediary, are not considered registered holders of those warrants, but are “beneficial owners,” and must instruct the broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other financial intermediary to tender warrants on their behalf. Your broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other financial intermediary should have provided you with an “Instructions Form” with this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange. The Instructions Form is also filed as an exhibit to the registration statement of which this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange forms a part. The Instructions Form may be used by you to instruct your broker or other custodian to tender and deliver warrants on your behalf.

Tendering Warrants Using Book-Entry Transfer

The exchange agent has established an account for the warrants at DTC for purposes of the Offer and Consent Solicitation. Any financial institution that is a participant in DTC’s system may make book-entry delivery of warrants by causing DTC to transfer such warrants into the exchange agent’s account in accordance with ATOP. However, even though delivery of warrants may be effected through book-entry transfer into the exchange agent’s account at DTC, a properly completed and duly executed Letter of Transmittal and Consent (with any required signature guarantees), or an “Agent’s Message” as described in the next paragraph, and any other required documentation, must in any case also be transmitted to and received by the exchange agent at its address set forth in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange prior to the Expiration Date.

DTC participants desiring to tender warrants for exchange pursuant to the Offer may do so through ATOP, and in that case the participant need not complete, execute and deliver a Letter of Transmittal and Consent. DTC will verify the acceptance and execute a book-entry delivery of the tendered warrants to the exchange agent’s account at DTC. DTC will then send an “Agent’s Message” to the exchange agent for acceptance. Delivery of the Agent’s Message by DTC will satisfy the terms of the Offer and Consent Solicitation as to execution and delivery of a Letter of Transmittal and Consent by the DTC participant identified in the Agent’s Message. The term “Agent’s Message” means a message, transmitted by DTC to, and received by, the exchange agent and forming a part of a Book-Entry Confirmation, which states that DTC has received an express acknowledgment from the participant in DTC tendering the warrants for exchange that such participant has received and agrees to be bound by the terms of the Letter of Transmittal and Consent and that our company may enforce such agreement against the participant. Any DTC participant tendering by book-entry transfer must expressly acknowledge that it has received and agrees to be bound by the Letter of Transmittal and Consent and that the Letter of Transmittal and Consent may be enforced against it.

Any warrants duly tendered and delivered as described above shall be automatically cancelled upon the issuance of Class A common stock in exchange for such warrants as part of the completion of the Offer.

Delivery of a Letter of Transmittal and Consent or any other required documentation to DTC does not constitute delivery to the Exchange Agent. See “— Timing and Manner of Deliveries.”

Timing and Manner of Deliveries

WARRANTS WILL BE PROPERLY TENDERED ONLY IF, BY THE EXPIRATION DATE, THE EXCHANGE AGENT RECEIVES SUCH WARRANTS BY BOOK-ENTRY TRANSFER, TOGETHER WITH A PROPERLY COMPLETED AND DULY EXECUTED LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL AND CONSENT OR AN AGENT’S MESSAGE.

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ALL DELIVERIES IN CONNECTION WITH THE OFFER AND CONSENT SOLICITATION, INCLUDING ANY LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL AND CONSENT AND THE TENDERED WARRANTS, MUST BE MADE TO THE EXCHANGE AGENT. NO DELIVERIES SHOULD BE MADE TO US. ANY DOCUMENTS DELIVERED TO US WILL NOT BE FORWARDED TO THE EXCHANGE AGENT AND THEREFORE WILL NOT BE DEEMED TO BE PROPERLY TENDERED. THE METHOD OF DELIVERY OF ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS IS AT THE OPTION AND RISK OF THE TENDERING WARRANT HOLDERS. IF DELIVERY IS BY MAIL, WE RECOMMEND REGISTERED MAIL WITH RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED (PROPERLY INSURED). IN ALL CASES, SUFFICIENT TIME SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO ENSURE TIMELY DELIVERY.

Determination of Validity

All questions as to the form of documents and the validity, eligibility (including time of receipt) and acceptance for exchange of any tender of warrants will be determined by us, in our sole discretion, and our determination will be final and binding. We reserve the absolute right to reject any or all tenders of warrants that we determine are not in proper form or reject tenders of warrants that may, in the opinion of our counsel, be unlawful. We also reserve the absolute right to waive any defect or irregularity in any tender of any particular warrant, whether or not similar defects or irregularities are waived in the case of other tendered warrants. Neither we nor any other person will be under any duty to give notice of any defect or irregularity in tenders, nor shall any of us or them incur any liability for failure to give any such notice.

Fees and Commissions

Tendering warrant holders who tender warrants directly to the exchange agent will not be obligated to pay any charges or expenses of the exchange agent, the dealer manager or any brokerage commissions. Beneficial owners who hold warrants through a broker or bank should consult that institution as to whether or not such institution will charge the owner any service fees in connection with tendering warrants on behalf of the owner pursuant to the Offer and Consent Solicitation.

Transfer Taxes

We will pay all transfer taxes, if any, applicable to the transfer of warrants by a registered holder to us or the issuance of Class A common stock to such registered holder pursuant to the Offer. If transfer taxes are imposed in connection with the Offer for any other reason, the amount of those transfer taxes, whether imposed on the registered holder or any other persons, will be payable by the tendering holder. Other reasons transfer taxes could be imposed include (i) if our Class A common stock is to be registered or issued in the name of any person other than the person signing the Letter of Transmittal and Consent, or (ii) if tendered warrants are registered in the name of any person other than the person signing the Letter of Transmittal and Consent. If satisfactory evidence of payment of or exemption from any such transfer taxes is not submitted with the Letter of Transmittal and Consent, the amount of those transfer taxes will be billed directly to the tendering holder and/or withheld from any payment due with respect to the warrants tendered by such holder.

Withdrawal Rights

By tendering warrants for exchange, a holder will be deemed to have validly delivered its consent to the Warrant Amendment. Tenders of warrants made pursuant to the Offer may be withdrawn at any time prior to the Expiration Date. Consents to the Warrant Amendment in connection with the Consent Solicitation may be revoked at any time before the Expiration Date by withdrawing the tender of your warrants. A valid withdrawal of tendered warrants before the Expiration Date will be deemed to be a concurrent revocation of the related consent to the Warrant Amendment. Tenders of warrants and consent to the Warrant Amendment may not be withdrawn after the Expiration Date. If the Offer Period is extended, you may withdraw your tendered warrants at any time until the expiration of such extended Offer Period. After the Offer Period expires, such tenders are irrevocable, provided, however, that warrants that are not accepted by us for exchange on or prior to December 15, 2020 may thereafter be withdrawn by you until such time as the warrants are accepted by us for exchange.

To be effective, a written notice of withdrawal must be timely received by the exchange agent at its address identified in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange. Any notice of withdrawal must specify the name of the person who tendered the warrants for which tenders are to be withdrawn and the number of warrants to be withdrawn. If the

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warrants to be withdrawn have been delivered to the exchange agent, a signed notice of withdrawal must be submitted prior to release of such warrants. In addition, such notice must specify the name of the registered holder (if different from that of the tendering warrant holder). A withdrawal may not be cancelled, and warrants for which tenders are withdrawn will thereafter be deemed not validly tendered for purposes of the Offer and Consent Solicitation. However, warrants for which tenders are withdrawn may be tendered again by following one of the procedures described above in the section entitled “— Procedure for Tendering Warrants for Exchange” at any time prior to the Expiration Date.

A beneficial owner of warrants desiring to withdraw tendered warrants previously delivered through DTC should contact the DTC participant through which such owner holds its warrants. In order to withdraw warrants previously tendered, a DTC participant may, prior to the Expiration Date, withdraw its instruction by (i) withdrawing its acceptance through DTC’s Participant Tender Offer Program (“PTOP”) function, or (ii) delivering to the exchange agent by mail, hand delivery or facsimile transmission, notice of withdrawal of such instruction. The notice of withdrawal must contain the name and number of the DTC participant. A withdrawal of an instruction must be executed by a DTC participant as such DTC participant’s name appears on its transmission through the PTOP function to which such withdrawal relates. If the tender being withdrawn was made through ATOP, it may only be withdrawn through PTOP, and not by hard copy delivery of withdrawal instructions. A DTC participant may withdraw a tendered warrant only if such withdrawal complies with the provisions described in this paragraph.

A holder who tendered its warrants other than through DTC should send written notice of withdrawal to the exchange agent specifying the name of the warrant holder who tendered the warrants being withdrawn. All signatures on a notice of withdrawal must be guaranteed by an Eligible Institution, as described above in the section entitled “— Procedure for Tendering Warrants for Exchange — Signature Guarantees”; provided, however, that signatures on the notice of withdrawal need not be guaranteed if the warrants being withdrawn are held for the account of an Eligible Institution. Withdrawal of a prior warrant tender will be effective upon receipt of the notice of withdrawal by the exchange agent. Selection of the method of notification is at the risk of the warrant holder, and notice of withdrawal must be timely received by the exchange agent.

All questions as to the form and validity (including time of receipt) of any notice of withdrawal will be determined by us, in our sole discretion, which determination shall be final and binding. Neither we nor any other person will be under any duty to give notification of any defect or irregularity in any notice of withdrawal or incur any liability for failure to give any such notification.

Acceptance for Issuance of Shares

Upon the terms and subject to the conditions of the Offer and Consent Solicitation, we will accept for exchange warrants validly tendered until the Expiration Date, which is midnight (end of day), Eastern Standard Time, on November 16, 2020, or such later time and date to which we may extend. Our Class A common stock to be issued upon exchange of warrants pursuant to the Offer, along with written notice from Exchange Agent confirming the balance of any warrants not exchanged, will be delivered promptly following the Expiration Date. In all cases, warrants will only be accepted for exchange pursuant to the Offer after timely receipt by the exchange agent of (i) book-entry delivery of the tendered warrants, (ii) a properly completed and duly executed Letter of Transmittal and Consent, or compliance with ATOP where applicable, (iii) any other documentation required by the Letter of Transmittal and Consent, and (iv) any required signature guarantees.

For purposes of the Offer and Consent Solicitation, we will be deemed to have accepted for exchange warrants that are validly tendered and for which tenders are not withdrawn, unless we give written notice to the warrant holder of our non-acceptance.

Announcement of Results of the Offer and Consent Solicitation

We will announce the final results of the Offer and Consent Solicitation, including whether all of the conditions to the Offer and Consent Solicitation have been satisfied or waived and whether we will accept the tendered warrants for exchange, as promptly as practicable following the end of the Offer Period. The announcement will be made by a press release and by amendment to the Schedule TO we file with the SEC in connection with the Offer and Consent Solicitation.

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Background and Purpose of the Offer and Consent Solicitation

The Board approved the Offer and Consent Solicitation on October 16, 2020. The purpose of the Offer and Consent Solicitation is to attempt to simplify our capital structure and reduce the potential dilutive impact of the warrants, thereby providing us with more flexibility for financing our operations in the future. The warrants that are tendered for exchange pursuant to the Offer will be retired and cancelled automatically upon the issuance of Class A common stock in exchange for such warrants pursuant to the Offer.

Agreements, Regulatory Requirements and Legal Proceedings

Other than as set forth under the sections entitled “The Offer and Consent Solicitation — Interests of Directors, Executive Officers and Others,” “Market Information, Dividends and Related Stockholder Matters — Transactions and Agreements Concerning Our Securities” there are no present or proposed agreements, arrangements, understandings or relationships between us, and any of our directors, executive officers, affiliates or any other person relating, directly or indirectly, to the Offer and Consent Solicitation or to our securities that are the subject of the Offer and Consent Solicitation.

Except for the requirements of applicable federal and state securities laws, we know of no federal or state regulatory requirements to be complied with or federal or state regulatory approvals to be obtained by us in connection with the Offer and Consent Solicitation. There are no antitrust laws applicable to the Offer and Consent Solicitation. The margin requirements under Section 7 of the Exchange Act, and the related regulations thereunder, are inapplicable to the Offer and Consent Solicitation.

There are no pending legal proceedings relating to the Offer and Consent Solicitation.

Interests of Directors, Executive Officers and Others

We do not beneficially own any of the outstanding warrants. Certain of our directors, executive officers and affiliates hold warrants as outlined in the table below. Certain of our directors, executive officers and affiliates hold warrants as outlined in the table below. BlueCrest and Boxwood Sponsor LLC have agreed pursuant to the Tender and Support Agreements to tender such warrants pursuant to the Offer, provided that each such person shall make such tender and consent conditioned on there being no amendment to the terms of the Offer as described in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange that is materially adverse to such holder. None of such holders will receive any benefit by virtue of participation in the Offer or Consent Solicitation that is not shared on a pro rata basis with holders of the outstanding warrants exchanged pursuant to the Offer. None of our other directors, executive officers or affiliates are required to or have indicated that they will participate in the Offer.

The following table lists the warrants beneficially owned by our directors, executive officers and affiliates as of October 13, 2020:

Name

 

Aggregate Number of Warrants Beneficially Owned

 

Percentage of Warrants Beneficially Owned(1)

5% Stockholders:

       

 

BlueCrest Capital Management Ltd(2)

 

8,870,000

 

37.3

%

Boxwood Sponsor LLC(3)

 

3,750,000

 

15.8

%

Davidson Kempner Capital Management(4)

 

1,750,000

 

7.4

%

AQR Capital Management(5)

 

1,570,000

 

6.6

%

Named Executive Officers and Directors:

       

 

Stephen M. Kadenacy(3)(6)

 

3,750,000

 

15.8

%

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*        Represents beneficial ownership of less than 1%.

(1)      Determined based on 23,750,000 warrants, representing 20,000,000 public warrants and 3,750,000 private placement warrants outstanding as of October 13, 2020.

(2)      BlueCrest Capital Management Limited (“BlueCrest”) serves as investment manager to Millais Limited, a Cayman Islands limited company, with respect to the shares held for the account of Millais Limited. Michael Platt serves as control person of BlueCrest. The address of the principal business office of BlueCrest is Ground Floor, Harbour Reach, La Rue de Carteret, St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands JE2 4HR.

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(3)      According to a Schedule 13D filed with the SEC on March 3, 2020, Boxwood Sponsor LLC is jointly owned and managed by MIHI Boxwood Sponsor, LLC and Boxwood Management Company, LLC. MIHI Boxwood Sponsor, LLC is controlled by its sole manager MIHI LLC and Boxwood Management Company, LLC is controlled by its sole manager, Stephen M. Kadenacy. As such, each of MIHI LLC and Stephen M. Kadenacy may be deemed to beneficially own the securities held by Boxwood Sponsor LLC. MIHI LLC is a member managed LLC. MIHI LLC is indirectly controlled by Macquarie Group Limited, a publicly listed company in Australia. Shemara Wikramanayake is the chief executive officer of Macquarie Group Limited and in such position has voting and dispositive power with respect to securities held by MIHI Boxwood Sponsor, LLC. By virtue of the relationships described in this footnote, Macquarie Group Limited and Ms. Wikramanayake may be deemed to share beneficial ownership of all shares held by MIHI Boxwood Sponsor, LLC. Each of Macquarie Group Limited and Ms. Wikramanayake expressly disclaim any such beneficial ownership, except to the extent of their individual pecuniary interests therein. The address of each of MIHI LLC and MIHI Boxwood Sponsor, LLC is c/o Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc., 125 West 55th Street, L-22, New York, NY 10019-5369.

(4)      According to a Schedule 13G/A filed with the SEC on February 13, 2020, Davidson Kempner Partners (“DKP”), Davidson Kempner Institutional Partners, LP. (“DKIP”) and Davidson Kempner International, Ltd., (“DKIL”) hold the interests shown. MHD Management Co. (“MHD”) is the general partner of DKP and MHD Management Co. GP, L.L.C. is the general partner of MHD. Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP (“DKCM”) is responsible for the voting and investment decisions of DKP, DKIP and DKIL. Thomas L. Kempner, Jr. and Anthony A. Yoseloff, through DKCM, are responsible for the voting and investment decisions relating to the securities held by DKP, DKIP and DKIL. The address of each of these entities is c/o Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP, 520 Madison Avenue, 30th Floor, New York, New York 10022.

(5)      According to a Schedule 13G filed with the SEC on June 8, 2020, AQR Capital Management, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of AQR Capital Management Holdings, LLC. CNH Partners, LLC is deemed to be controlled by AQR Capital Management, LLC. AQR Capital Management, LLC, and CNH Partners, LLC act as investment manager to AQR Absolute Return Master Account, L.P. AQR Principal Global Asset Allocation, LLC is the general partner of AQR Absolute Return Master Account, L.P. The address of the principal business office of each of the reporting persons is Two Greenwich Plaza Greenwich, CT 06830.

(6)      Mr. Kadenacy owns a majority interest in, and is the sole manager of, Boxwood Management Company, LLC. As such, he may be deemed to beneficially own the shares held by each of Boxwood Management Company, LLC and Boxwood Sponsor LLC. Mr. Kadenacy disclaims such beneficial ownership except to the extent of his pecuniary interest therein.

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Selected Historical Financial Data

The following tables set forth our selected statement of operations data for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2019 and the six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2020, and our selected balance sheet data as of December 31, 2018 and 2019 and as of June 30, 2020, which have been derived from the financial statements appearing elsewhere in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange. The financial information as of and for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2019 are for periods prior to the Atlas Business Combination and present the combined financial information of our accounting predecessor, Atlas Intermediate Holdings LLC (“Atlas Intermediate”) and ATC Group Partners LLC (“ATC Group”). Our historical results are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for any period in the future. You should read the following selected financial data together with the section titled “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and our financial statements and the related notes included elsewhere in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange. The selected financial data included in this section are not intended to replace the financial statements and are qualified in their entirety by the financial statements and the related notes included elsewhere in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange.

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

Years Ended December 31,

   

2020

 

2019

 

2019

 

2018

   

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

   

(unaudited)

       

Statement of Operations Data:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

$

222,017

 

 

$

229,280

 

 

$

471,047

 

 

$

426,439

 

Cost of revenues

 

 

(117,612

)

 

 

(125,624

)

 

 

(259,741

)

 

 

(249,504

)

Operating expenses

 

 

(113,741

)

 

 

(92,105

)

 

 

(192,075

)

 

 

(157,459

)

Operating (loss) income

 

 

(9,336

)

 

 

11,551

 

 

 

19,231

 

 

 

19,476

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

(12,038

)

 

 

(5,534

)

 

 

(9,862

)

 

 

(6,787

)

Other

 

 

50

 

 

 

(1,154

)

 

 

(1,339

)

 

 

(644

)

Net (loss) income

 

$

(21,324

)

 

$

4,863

 

 

$

8,030

 

 

$

12,045

 

Provision for non-controlling interest

 

 

5,141

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redeemable preferred stock dividends

 

 

(6,777

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (loss) income attributable to Members/holders of Class A common stock

 

$

(22,960

)

 

$

4,863

 

 

$

8,030

 

 

$

12,045

 

Net loss per Class A common share: basic and diluted(1)

 

$

(0.33

)

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

Balance Sheet Data:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

16,881

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

20,185

 

 

$

6,509

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

15,439

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14,824

 

 

 

12,260

 

Total Assets

 

 

354,875

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

352,773

 

 

 

354,835

 

Long-term debt, net of current maturities and loan costs, and other long-term liabilities

 

 

278,706

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

159,904

 

 

 

117,612

 

Total shareholders’ equity (deficit)/members’ capital

 

$

(127,483

)

 

 

 

 

 

$

127,443

 

 

$

171,794

 

Cash Flow Statement Data:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

 

$

(6,250

)

 

$

6,942

 

 

$

31,507

 

 

$

36,916

 

Net cash (used in) investing activities

 

 

(12,881

)

 

 

(4,091

)

 

 

(9,607

)

 

 

(14,149

)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

 

15,827

 

 

 

781

 

 

 

(8,224

)

 

 

(26,875

)

____________

(1)      See Notes 1 and 9 to our financial statements included elsewhere in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange for an explanation of the calculations of our basic and diluted net loss per share and the weighted-average number of shares used in the computation of the per share amounts as of the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2019, and six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2020.

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Management’s Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operations

The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and related notes included elsewhere in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange. This discussion contains “forward-looking statements” reflecting our current expectations, estimates and assumptions concerning events and financial trends that may affect our future operating results or financial position. Actual results and the timing of events may differ materially from those contained in these forward-looking statements due to a number of factors. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, economic and competitive conditions, regulatory changes and other uncertainties, as well as those factors discussed below and elsewhere in this Prospectus/Offer to Exchange, particularly in “Risk Factors” and “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements,” all of which are difficult to predict. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events discussed may not occur. We assume no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements.

OVERVIEW

Our Business

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, we are a leading provider of professional and technical testing, inspection engineering and consulting services, offering solutions to public and private sector clients in the transportation, commercial, water, government, education and industrial markets. With approximately 135 offices located throughout the United States, we provide a broad range of mission-critical technical services, helping our clients test, inspect, plan, design, certify and manage a wide variety of projects across diverse end markets.

We act as a trusted advisor to our clients, helping clients design, engineer, inspect, manage and maintain civil and commercial infrastructure, servicing existing structures as well as helping to build new structures. However, we do not perform any construction, and do not take construction risk.

We provide a broad range of mission-critical technical services, ranging from providing inspection services in small projects to managing significant aspects of large, multi-year projects. For the year ended December 31, 2019, Atlas:

•        performed more than 50,000 projects, with average revenue per project of less than $10,000; and

•        delivered over 90% of our revenue under “time & material” and “cost-plus” contracts.

We have long-term relationships with a diverse set of clients, providing a base of repeating clients, projects and revenues. Approximately 90% of our revenues were derived from clients that have used our services at least twice in the past three years and more than 95% of our revenues are generated from client relationships longer than 10 years, with greater than 25% of revenues generated from relationships longer than 30 years. Examples of such long-term customers include the Georgia and Texas Departments of Transportation, US Postal Service, US Environmental Protection Agency, Gwinnett County Georgia, New York City Housing Authority, San Francisco International Airport, Stanford University, Port of Oakland, United Rentals, Inc., Speedway, Walmart Inc., and Apple Inc.

Our broad base of customers spans a diverse set of end markets including the transportation, commercial, water, government, education and industrial sectors. Our customers include government agencies (federal, state and local), quasi-public entities, schools, hospitals, utilities and airports, as well as private sector clients across many industries.

Our services require a high degree of technical expertise, as our clients rely on us to provide testing, inspection and quality assurance services to ensure that structures are designed, engineered, built and maintained in accordance with building codes, regulations and the highest safety standards. As such, our services are delivered by a highly-skilled, technical employee base that includes engineers, inspectors, scientists and other field experts. As of June 30, 2020, our technical staff represented 75% out of our 3200 employees. Our services are typically provided under contracts, some of which are long-term with long lead times between when contracts are signed and when our services are performed. As such, we have a significant amount of contracted backlog, providing for a high degree of visibility with respect to revenues expected to be generated from such backlog. As of June 30, 2020, our contracted backlog was estimated to be approximately $621 million. See “— Backlog” below for additional information relating to our backlog.

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For the six months ended June 30, 2020 and year ended December 31, 2019, we recognized approximately $222.0 million and $471.0 million of gross revenues, ($21.3) million and $8.0 million of net (loss) income, and $28.3 million and $65.6 million of Adjusted EBITDA, respectively. Our Adjusted EBITDA for 2019 does not take into account $7.0 million of pro forma cost synergies reflecting the impact of cost savings arising from the merger between Atlas Intermediate and ATC Group Services in 2019 by eliminating duplicate costs including those relating to labor, rent and sourcing. The ($21.3) million loss for the six months ended June 30, 2020 represents a loss of ($21.1) million prior to the Atlas Business Combination and ($0.2) million following the Atlas Business Combination. The loss prior to the Atlas Business Combination was significantly influenced by transaction costs associated with the merger of approximately $19.0 million.

COVID-19 Pandemic

The domestic and global crisis resulting from the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the measures being taken to address and limit the spread of the virus, have already adversely affected the U.S. economy and financial markets, resulting in an economic downturn that has negatively impacted the demand for our services. This crisis has affected our operations and liquidity in a number of ways. For example, shelter in place orders in large metropolitan areas on the West Coast and Eastern seaboard attributed to approximately ($15.2) million in decrease to revenue in the six months ended June 30, 2020. Project delays have negatively impacted our revenue, and if continued or exacerbated, could result in a material adverse effect to our business. Additionally, a prolonged downturn could ultimately result in an overall decrease in demand for our services. We cannot currently predict with certainty the full extent to which our business, results of operations, financial condition or liquidity will ultimately be impacted. We will continue to monitor the safety of our employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are evaluating, and will continue to evaluate, the impact of COVID-19 on our current projects. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is fluid and continues to evolve, and therefore, we cannot currently predict with certainty the extent to which our business, results of operations, financial condition or liquidity will ultimately be impacted. Our top priority is to protect our employees and their families, as well as our clients.

HOW WE EVALUATE OUR OPERATIONS

We use a variety of financial and other information in monitoring the financial condition and operating performance of our business. Some of this information is financial information that is prepared in accordance with GAAP, while other information may be financial in nature and may not be prepared in accordance with GAAP. Historical information is periodically compared to budgets, as well as against industry-wide information. We use this information for planning and monitoring our business, as well as in determining management and employee compensation.

We evaluate our overall business performance based primarily on a combination of four financial metrics: revenue, backlog, Adjusted EBITDA and liquidity measures. These are key measures used by our management team and Board to understand and evaluate our operational performance, to establish budgets and to develop short and long-term operational goals.

Revenue

Revenues for services are derived from billings under contracts (which are typically of short duration) that provide for specific time, material and equipment charges, or lump sum payments and are reported net of any taxes collected from customers. We recognize revenue as it is earned at estimated collectible amounts.

Revenue is recognized as services are performed and amounts are earned in accordance with the terms of a contract. We generally contract for services to customers based on either hourly rates or a fixed fee. In such contracts, our efforts, measured by time incurred, typically are provided in less than a year and represent the contractual milestones or output measure, which is the contractual earnings pattern. For contracts with fixed fees, we recognize revenues as amounts become billable in accordance with contract terms, provided the billable amounts are consistent with the services delivered and are earned. Expenses associated with performance of work may be reimbursed with a markup depending on contractual terms. Revenues include the markup, if any, earned on reimbursable expenses. Reimbursements include billings for travel and other out-of-pocket expenses and third-party costs, such as equipment rentals, materials, subcontractor costs and outside laboratories, which is included in cost of revenues in the accompanying combined statement of income.

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Backlog

We analyze our backlog, which we define as fully awarded and contracted work or revenue we expect to realize for work completed, to evaluate operations and future revenue potential. Our contracted backlog includes revenue we expect to record in the future from signed contracts. In order to calculate backlog, we determine the amounts for contracted projects that are fully funded, and then determine the respective revenues expected to be realized upon completion of work. We use backlog to evaluate company revenue growth as we typically follow growth in backlog.

Adjusted EBITDA

We view Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, as an important indicator of performance. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, further adjusted to reflect certain one-time or non-recurring items and other pro forma adjustments, including expected public company costs.”

COMPONENTS & FACTORS AFFECTING OUR OPERATING RESULTS

Revenue

We generate revenue primarily by providing infrastructure-based testing, inspection, certification, engineering, and compliance services to a wide range of public- and private-sector clients. Our revenue consists of both services provided by our employees and pass-through fees from subcontractors and other direct costs. We generally utilize a cost-to-cost approach in applying the percentage-of-completion method of revenue recognition. Under this approach, revenue is earned in proportion to total costs incurred, divided by total costs expected to be incurred.

Cost of Revenue

Cost of revenue reflects the cost of personnel and specifically identifiable costs associated with revenue.

Operating Expense

Operating expense includes corporate expenses, including personnel, occupancy, and administrative expenses, including depreciation and amortization.

Interest Expense

Interest expense consists of contractual interest expense on outstanding debt obligations, amortization of deferred financing costs and other related financing expenses.

Other Income (Expense)

Other income or expense reflects the gains or losses, including the costs and related accumulated depreciation recapture, resulting from the disposal of an asset when such asset is sold or retired.

Income Tax Expense

Following the consummation of the Atlas Business Combination, we are organized in an “Up-C” structure in which the business of Atlas Intermediate and its subsidiaries is held by Atlas TC Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of the Company (“Holdings”) and will continue to operate through the subsidiaries of Atlas Intermediate, and in which the our only direct assets will consist of common units of Holdings. We are the sole manager of Holdings in accordance with the terms of the Holdings LLC Agreement entered into in connection with the consummation of the Atlas Business Combination.

Previously, Atlas Intermediate was treated as a disregarded entity for federal and state income tax purposes with all income tax liabilities and/or benefits of the Company being passed through to the partners and members. As such, no recognition of federal or state income taxes for us or our subsidiaries have been provided for in the accompanying consolidated financial statements except as disclosed below.

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The State of Texas imposes a margin tax, with an effective rate of 0.7%, based on the prior year’s Texas-sourced gross receipts. This tax is treated as an income tax and accrued in the accounting period in which the taxable gross receipts are recognized. The State of Texas margin tax was insignificant in 2019 and 2018. In addition, there are two C-Corp subsidiaries for which we account for income taxes under the asset and liability method, which requires the recognition of deferred tax assets and liabilities for the expected future tax consequences of events that have been included in the financial statements. Under this method, we determine deferred tax assets and liabilities on the basis of the differences between the financial statement and tax bases of assets and liabilities by using enacted tax rates in effect for the year in which the differences are expected to reverse. The effect of a change in tax rates on deferred tax assets and liabilities is recognized in income in the period that includes the enactment date.

The results of operations prior to the Atlas Business Combination were treated consistently in this manner.

Subsequent to the Atlas Business Combination, the Up-C structure allowed the holders of our Class B common stock to continue to realize tax benefits associated with owning interests in an entity that is treated as a partnership, or “pass through” entity, for U.S. federal income (and certain state and local) tax purposes following the Atlas Business Combination. One of these benefits is that, for U.S. federal income (and certain state and local) purposes, our future taxable income that is allocated to Holdings and its limited partners will be taxed on a flow-through basis and therefore will not be subject to corporate taxes at the entity level.

Income tax relating to the C-Corps is not considered in the provision for non-controlling interest calculation as it is solely the responsibility of the holders of our Class A common stock. The Texas margin tax is considered within the provision of non-controlling interest as it generated through the results of Atlas Intermediate and its subsidiaries.

Although the majority of our wholly-owned subsidiaries are structured as limited liability companies and considered pass through entities for federal and state income tax purposes, we do have two entities that are registered as C-Corps under federal income tax law. For those C-Corp entities, we are subject to income tax assessments within their jurisdictions on their current operations. Additionally, our Texas domiciled subsidiaries are subject to the Texas Franchise Tax.

Income tax expense and our effective tax rates can be affected by many factors, including changes in our mix of pre-tax losses/earnings, the effect of non-controlling interest in income of consolidated subsidiaries, our acquisition strategy, available tax incentives and credits, changes in judgment regarding the realizability of our deferred tax assets, changes in existing tax laws and our assessment of uncertain tax positions. Our tax returns are routinely audited by the taxing authorities and settlements of issues raised in these audits may affect our effective tax rate.

Net Income (loss) From Continuing Operations

Net income from continuing operations reflects our operating income after taking into account costs and expenses for a given period, while excluding any gain or loss from discontinued operations.

Loss From Discontinued Operations

Loss from discontinued operations includes our non-recurring gains or losses realized in connection with the disposition of an asset or component of the business that results in discontinued operations.

Provision for Non-controlling Interest

Our ownership and voting structure is comprised of holders of our Class A common stock that participate 100% in the results of Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc. and 19.4% in Atlas Intermediate and its subsidiaries and holders of our Class B common stock that participate in the results of Atlas Intermediate and its subsidiaries until their Class B common stock is converted to Class A common stock. The holders of our Class B common stock participate in 80.6% of Atlas Intermediate and its subsidiaries. In connection with the Atlas Business Combination, it was determined that the results of Atlas Intermediate and its subsidiaries would be fully consolidated within the results of the Company.

Due to the participation of the holders of our Class B common stock in the results of Atlas Intermediate and subsidiaries, a non-controlling interest was deemed to exist. Consolidated net income includes earnings attributable to both the shareholders and the non-controlling interests.

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The provision for non-controlling interest relates to pre-tax income subsequent to the Atlas Business Combination and does not include a pro-rata share of taxes as federal and state income taxes are attributable only to the holders of our Class A common stock under the Up-C structure.

Redeemable Preferred Stock Dividends

On February 14, 2020, in connection with the consummation of the Atlas Business Combination, Holdings and GSO COF III AIV-2 LP (“GSO AIV-2”) entered into a subscription agreement (the “Subscription Agreement”) pursuant to which, GSO AIV-2 purchased 145,000 units of a new class of Series A Senior Preferred Units of Holdings (the “Preferred Units”) at a price per Preferred Unit of $978.21 for an aggregate cash purchase price of $141,840,450, which represents a 2.179% original issue discount on the Preferred Units (such purchase, the “GSO Placement”).

The GSO Placement was made pursuant to the exemption from registration contained in Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act, and/or Regulation D promulgated thereunder.

The Preferred Units rank senior in priority to all other existing and future equity securities of Holdings with respect to liquidation preference and distribution rights.

The Preferred Units have a liquidation preference of $1,000 per Preferred Unit (the “Liquidation Preference”).

Subject to any limitations set forth in the Atlas Credit Agreement, the Preferred Units pay a dividend of 5% per annum, plus either an additional 6.25% per annum in cash or 7.25% per annum in additional Preferred Units, at Holdings’ option, payable quarterly in arrears.

If a cash dividend is not able to be made because of a limitation under the Atlas Credit Agreement, then the Liquidation Preference with respect to any Unit shall increase to 3.5625% in any quarter until a cash dividend can be made.

The Preferred Units do not possess voting rights and are not convertible into any other security of Holdings.

Holdings may redeem the Preferred Units beginning on the second anniversary of the Closing Date at a price of 103% of the Liquidation Preference (the “Redemption Premium”), and on the third anniversary of their issuance at the Liquidation Preference, in each case plus accrued and unpaid dividends. The Preferred Units may only be redeemed by Holdings within the first two years of the Closing Date upon a change of control as described below, in which case such Preferred Units will be redeemed at a customary make-whole amount as if the Preferred Units were redeemed on the second anniversary.

Subject to the terms of Holdings’ and its subsidiaries’ senior credit agreements, Holdings will be required to redeem the Preferred Units at the Redemption Premium, plus accrued and unpaid dividends, in the event of (i) a change of control, (ii) sales or other dispositions of all or substantially all of Holdings’ assets and (iii) the insolvency or bankruptcy of Holdings or any of its material subsidiaries.

Finally, holders of the Preferred Units may require Holdings to redeem their Preferred Units at the Liquidation Preference, plus accrued and unpaid dividends, beginning on the eighth anniversary of the Closing Date, subject to certain customary limitations.

Net Income (loss) Attributable to Class A Common Stock (Previously Members)

Net income (loss) attribution to holders of our Class A common stock represents our results after the provision for non-controlling interest, the effect of all taxes under the Up-C structure for the period subsequent to the Atlas Business Combination, and dividends due on redeemable preferred stock.

Net income (loss) for the historical results of Atlas Intermediate prior to the Atlas Business Combination are also reported within this line item.

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RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Consolidated Results of Operations for six months ended June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2019

 

Six Months Ended
June 30,

   

2020

 

2019

   

(in thousands, except per share data)

Revenues

 

$

222,017

 

 

$

229,280

 

Cost of revenues

 

 

(117,612

)

 

 

(125,624

)

Operating expenses

 

 

(113,741

)

 

 

(92,105

)

Operating income (loss)

 

 

(9,336

)

 

 

11,551

 

Interest expense

 

 

(12,038

)

 

 

(5,534

)

Other income (expense)

 

 

50

 

 

 

(1,154

)

Income (loss) before income taxes

 

 

(21,324

)

 

 

5,235

 

Income tax expense

 

 

 

 

 

(159

)

Net income (loss) from continuing operations

 

 

(21,324

)

 

 

5,076

 

Loss from discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

 

(213

)

Net income (loss)

 

 

(21,324

)

 

 

4,863

 

Provision for non-controlling interest

 

 

5,141

 

 

 

 

Redeemable preferred stock dividends

 

 

(6,777

)

 

 

 

Net (loss) income attributable to Class A common stock shareholders/members

 

$

(22,960

)

 

$

4,863

 

(Loss) Per Class A Common Share

 

$

(0.33

)

 

 

N/A

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average of shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A common shares (basic and diluted)

 

 

5,767,342

 

 

 

N/A

 

Comparison of the six months ended June 30, 2020 to the six months ended June 30, 2019:

Overview of Financial Results

For the six months ended June 30, 2020, we have seen an increase in our backlog to a record level of $620.7 million or 1.6% compared to June 30, 2019. Revenues were slightly lower in comparison to the comparable period due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic due to shelter in place orders in select markets but operating income increased slightly due to our cost containment efforts at the pandemic’s onset.

Interest expense was higher due to the higher borrowings associated with the Atlas Business Combination and the dividends on redeemable preferred stock were a result of the Atlas Business Combination.

Revenue

Revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2020 decreased ($7.3) million, or (3%), to $222.0 million as compared to $229.3 million for the corresponding prior year period.

The decrease in revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2020 was primarily attributable to shelter in place orders in large metropolitan areas on the West Coast and Eastern seaboard in the amount of ($15.2) million. The completion of the acquisition of LONG in February 2020 served to add $6.4 million to our quarterly revenues, along with our expansion into new markets in Texas, partially offset the decrease in revenues associated with COVID-19.

Cost of Revenue

Cost of revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2020 decreased ($8.0) million, or 6%, to $ 117.6 million as compared to $125.6 million for the corresponding prior year period. The decrease in cost of revenues was due mainly to the decrease in revenues, however the percentage decrease was higher than the revenue decrease of (3%) due to the fact that a contract that did not recur in 2020 relied significantly on outside subcontractors.

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We earn a lower margin on work performed by others than that performed by ourselves. This is evidenced by the fact that cost of revenue, as a percentage of revenue, decreased to 53.0% from 54.8% for the six months ended June 30, 2020 when compared to the six months ended June 30, 2019.

Operating Expense

Operating expense for the six months ended June 30, 2020 increased $21.6 million, or 23%, to $113.7 million as compared to $92.1 million for the corresponding prior year period. For the six months ended June 30, 2020, operating expense, as a percentage of revenue, increased to 51.2% from 40.2% for the six months ended June 30, 2019.

The increase in operating expense for the six months ended June 30, 2020 was primarily attributable to the consummation of the Atlas Business Combination as the Company expensed $7.0 million of acquisition related costs associated with the Atlas Business Combination and $12.0 million of costs incurred with change of control provisions contained within employment agreements and our former Management Incentive Plan. These transaction-related items comprised 8.5% of the 11% change in operating expenses as a percentage of revenues when comparing the quarter ended June 30, 2020 to June 30, 2019. The remainder of the change was primarily associated with public company costs.

Interest Expense

Interest expense for the six months ended June 30, 2020 increased $6.5 million or 118%, to $12.0 million as compared to $5.5 million for the corresponding prior year period. The increase in interest expense is due to higher borrowings and interest rates in comparison to the prior year and higher amortization of deferred financing fees for the Atlas Credit Agreement in comparison to Atlas Credit Facility.

Other Income (Expense)

Other income (expense) for the six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 was $0.0 million and $(0.8) million, respectively. We recorded settlements with former owners of an acquired company in 2019, this did not repeat in 2020.

Income Tax Expense

Income tax expense for the six months ended June 30, 2020 was $0.0 million compared to income tax expense of $0.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019.

Prior to the Atlas Business Combination and reorganization as an Up-C structure for income tax purposes, we were treated as a partnership for federal and state income tax purposes with all income tax liabilities and/or benefits of the Company being passed through to the partners and members. As such, no recognition of federal or state income taxes for the Company or our subsidiaries has been provided for in the accompanying consolidated financial statements, except for margin taxes in the State of Texas and a few of our subsidiary C-Corp entities. The margin taxes are treated as income taxes, with an effective rate of 0.7%, based on the prior year’s Texas-sourced gross receipts.

The effective rate of the Company for the six months ended June 30, 2020 was 0% as we did not believe that it was more likely than not that we would utilize the benefit or deferred tax asset generated by applying the statutory rate of 26% to our pre-tax loss that resulted during the period between the Atlas Business Combination through June 30, 2020. As such, we fully reserved for the deferred tax asset which reduced our effective tax rate to 0%.

Loss From Discontinued Operations

Other loss from discontinued operations for the six months ended June 30, 2020 decreased ($0.2) million to $0.0 million as compared to ($0.2) million for the corresponding prior year period.

The decrease in loss from discontinued operations for the six months ended June 30, 2020 was attributable to the closure of the Power and Industrial (“P&I”) business unit in late 2018 with some closing transactions recorded in 2019.

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Provision for Non-controlling Interest

The provision for non-controlling interest for the six months ended June 30, 2020 increased by $5.1 million to $5.1 million from $0.0 million for the corresponding period. This increase is due to reverse recapitalization created by the Atlas Business Combination whereby the holders of our Class B common stock only share in the results of Atlas Intermediate and its subsidiaries based upon their ownership percentage in relation to total common stockholders. This treatment is effective from the Atlas Business Combination until the exchange of Class B common stock to Class A common stock.

Redeemable Preferred Stock Dividends

Redeemable preferred stock dividends for the six months ended June 30, 2020 increased by $6.8 million to $6.8 million from $0.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019 as a result of the $141.8 million of redeemable preferred stock that we issued in connection with the Atlas Business Combination.

Consolidated Results of Operations for the years ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018

 

For the Year Ended
December 31,

   

2019

 

2018

   

($ in thousands)

Revenues

 

$

471,047

 

 

$

426,439

 

Cost of revenues

 

 

(259,741

)

 

 

(249,504

)

Operating expenses

 

 

(192,075

)

 

 

(157,459

)

Operating income

 

 

19,231

 

 

 

19,476

 

Interest expense

 

 

(9,862

)

 

 

(6,787

)

Other income/(expense)

 

 

149

 

 

 

96

 

Income before income taxes

 

 

9,518

 

 

 

12,785

 

Income tax benefit/(expense)

 

 

(1,342

)

 

 

(347

)

Net income from continuing operations

 

 

8,176

 

 

 

12,438

 

Loss from discontinued operations