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Washington, D.C. 20549






Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 9, 2024


Whole Earth Brands, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware  001-38880  38-4101973
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
  (Commission File Number)  (IRS Employer
Identification No.)


125 S. Wacker Drive

Suite 1250
, IL 60606

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (312) 840-6000


Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


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


¨Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

¨Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

¨Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

¨Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))


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


Title of each class  Trading Symbol(s)  Name of each exchange on which
Common stock, par value $0.0001 per share  FREE  The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC
Warrants to purchase one-half of one share of common stock  FREEW  The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC


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


Emerging growth company x


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨






Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.


On May 9, 2024, Whole Earth Brands, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing certain financial and other results for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2024. The full text of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K (this “Current Report”) and is incorporated herein by reference.


The information furnished under Item 2.02 of this Current Report (including Exhibit 99.1) shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section, nor shall it be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any filing of the Company under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.


Additional Information and Where to Find It


As previously disclosed in the Current Report on Form 8-K filed on February 13, 2024, the Company entered into an Agreement of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”) with Ozark Holdings, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“Parent”) and Sweet Oak Merger Sub, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent (“Merger Sub”). Upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, upon the closing of the transaction (the “Transaction”), Merger Sub will merge with and into the Company (the “Merger”), with the Company surviving the Merger as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent.


In connection with the Transaction, the Company initially filed a preliminary proxy statement (as amended and supplemented, the “Proxy Statement”) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on March 15, 2024. The Proxy Statement, which relates to the special meeting of the Company’s stockholders to approve the Transaction, contains important information about the Transaction and related matters. INVESTORS AND STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO AND ANY DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE THEREIN) AND OTHER DOCUMENTS THAT MAY BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRANSACTION. Investors and stockholders will be able to obtain free copies of these documents and other documents containing important information about the Company once such documents are filed with the SEC through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. The Company may file other relevant materials with the SEC in connection with the Transaction. The Company will make available copies of materials they file with, or furnish to, the SEC free of charge at www.WholeEarthBrands.com.


No Offer or Solicitation


This press release shall not constitute an offer to buy or sell any securities, or the solicitation of an offer to buy or sell any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act.





Participants in the Solicitation


The Company, its respective directors, executive officers and certain employees and other persons may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Company’s stockholders in connection with the Transaction. Stockholders may obtain information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of the Company’s directors and executive officers in the Proxy Statement and its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2023, initially filed with the SEC on March 12, 2024, as amended by Amendment No. 1 which was filed with the SEC on April 29, 2024. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitations and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, may be contained in other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC regarding the Transaction when such materials become available. Investors should read such materials carefully when they become available before making any voting or investment decisions. You may obtain free copies of these documents from the Company using the sources indicated above.


Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.


  (d) Exhibits.


99.1   Press Release, dated May 9, 2024
104   Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as inline XBRL and contained in Exhibit 101)







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


  Whole Earth Brands, Inc.
Dated: May 9, 2024 By: /s/ Bernardo Fiaux
  Name: Bernardo Fiaux
  Title: Chief Financial Officer