0001213900-23-092081.txt : 20231201 0001213900-23-092081.hdr.sgml : 20231201 20231201165213 ACCESSION NUMBER: 0001213900-23-092081 CONFORMED SUBMISSION TYPE: 10-Q PUBLIC DOCUMENT COUNT: 48 CONFORMED PERIOD OF REPORT: 20230630 FILED AS OF DATE: 20231201 DATE AS OF CHANGE: 20231201 FILER: COMPANY DATA: COMPANY CONFORMED NAME: Clean Energy Special Situations Corp. CENTRAL INDEX KEY: 0001838000 STANDARD INDUSTRIAL CLASSIFICATION: BLANK CHECKS [6770] IRS NUMBER: 000000000 STATE OF INCORPORATION: DE FISCAL YEAR END: 1231 FILING VALUES: FORM TYPE: 10-Q SEC ACT: 1934 Act SEC FILE NUMBER: 001-40757 FILM NUMBER: 231460266 BUSINESS ADDRESS: STREET 1: C/O GRAUBARD MILLER STREET 2: 405 LEXINGTON AVENUE, 11TH FLOOR CITY: NEW YORK STATE: NY ZIP: 10174 BUSINESS PHONE: (212) 818-8800 MAIL ADDRESS: STREET 1: C/O GRAUBARD MILLER STREET 2: 405 LEXINGTON AVENUE, 11TH FLOOR CITY: NEW YORK STATE: NY ZIP: 10174 FORMER COMPANY: FORMER CONFORMED NAME: Springwater Special Situations Corp. DATE OF NAME CHANGE: 20201228 10-Q 1 f10q0623_cleanenergy.htm QUARTERLY REPORT

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

(MARK ONE)

 

  QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the quarter ended June 30, 2023

 

  TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the transition period from                    to                       

 

Commission file number: 001-40757

 

CLEAN ENERGY SPECIAL SITUATIONS CORP.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

Delaware   85-3501488
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

 

c/o Graubard Miller

405 Lexington Avenue, 44th Floor

New York, New York 10174

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(212) 818-8800

(Issuer’s telephone number)

 

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

 

Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Units, each consisting of one share of common stock, $0.0001 par value, and one-half of one redeemable warrant   SWSSU   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Common stock, par value $0.0001 per share   SWSS   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Redeemable warrants, exercisable for common stock at an exercise price of $11.50 per share   SWSSW   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

 

Check whether the issuer (1) filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act during the past 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes ☒ No ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes ☒ No ☐

 

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 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
Non-accelerated filer   Smaller reporting company
    Emerging growth company

 

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

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes   No ☐

 

As of December 1, 2023, 7,011,641 shares of common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, were issued and outstanding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLEAN ENERGY SPECIAL SITUATIONS CORP.

FORM 10-Q FOR THE QUARTER ENDED JUNE 30, 2023 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

    Page
Part I. Financial Information   1
Item 1. Financial Statements   1
Condensed Balance Sheets as of June 30, 2023 (Unaudited) and December 31, 2022   1
Condensed Statements of Operations for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2023 and 2022 (Unaudited)   2
Condensed Statements of Changes in Stockholders’ (Deficit) Equity for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2023 and 2022 (Unaudited)   3
Condensed Statements of Cash Flows for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2023 and 2022 (Unaudited)   4
Notes to Condensed Financial Statements (Unaudited)   5
Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations   17
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures Regarding Market Risk   20
Item 4. Controls and Procedures   20
Part II. Other Information   21
Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds   21
Item 6. Exhibits   22
Signatures   23

 

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PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1. Interim Financial Statements.

 

CLEAN ENERGY SPECIAL SITUATIONS CORP.

CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS

 

 

   June 30,   December 31, 
   2023   2022 
   (Unaudited)     
ASSETS        
Current assets        
Cash  $26,187   $14,918 
Prepaid expenses   111,498    305,900 
Total Current Assets   137,685    320,818 
           
Deferred financing agreement – related party   214,926    
 
Marketable securities held in Trust Account   20,371,845    175,167,573 
TOTAL ASSETS  $20,724,456   $175,488,391 
           
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT          
Current liabilities          
Accrued expenses  $465,528   $326,346 
Income taxes payable   338,194    463,954 
Promissory notes – related party, net of debt discount   130,715    
 
Deemed Dividend Liability   17,386    
 
Excise Tax Payable   1,559,046    
 
Total Liabilities   2,510,869    790,300 
           
Commitments   
 
    
 
 
Common stock subject to possible redemption, 1,975,714 shares and 17,118,624 shares at redemption value of approximately $10.12 and $10.20 as of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively   20,001,807    174,634,977 
           
Stockholders’ Deficit          
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding   
    
 
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized; 5,363,215 shares issued and outstanding (excluding 1,975,714 shares and 17,118,624 shares subject to possible redemption) at June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively   536    536 
Additional paid-in capital   
    
 
Accumulated deficit   (1,788,756)   62,578 
Total Stockholders’ Deficit   (1,788,220)   63,114 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT  $20,724,456   $175,488,391 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited condensed financial statements.

 

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CLEAN ENERGY SPECIAL SITUATIONS CORP.

CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(UNAUDITED)

 

   For the Three Months Ended
June 30,
   For the Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
   2023   2022   2023   2022 
Operating and formation costs  $195,594   $245,614   $694,158   $482,603 
Loss from operations   (195,594)   (245,614)   (694,158)   (482,603)
                     
Other income:                    
Interest income – bank   339    36    471    47 
Interest earned on marketable securities held in Trust Account   241,023    351,571    1,639,196    376,548 
Interest expenses – debt discount   (130,715)   
    (130,715)   
 
Unrealized gain on marketable securities held in Trust Account   
    (90,909)   
    (86,486)
Total Other income, net   110,647    260,698    1,508,952    290,109 
                     
(Loss) income before provision for income taxes   (84,947)   15,084    814,794    (192,494)
Provision for income taxes   (47,641)   
    (338,240)   
 
Net (loss) income  $(132,588)  $15,084   $476,554   $(192,494)
                     
Basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding, Redeemable Common stock
   1,954,239    17,118,624    7,497,438    17,118,624 
                     
Basic and diluted net (loss) income per share, Redeemable Common stock
  $(0.02)  $0.00   $0.04   $(0.01)
                     
Basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding, Non-redeemable Common stock
   5,363,215    5,363,215    5,363,215    5,363,215 
                     
Basic and diluted net (loss) income per share, Non-redeemable Common stock
  $(0.02)  $0.00   $0.04   $(0.01)

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited condensed financial statements.

 

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CLEAN ENERGY SPECIAL SITUATIONS CORP.

CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS’ (DEFICIT) EQUITY

(UNAUDITED)

 

FOR THE THREE AND SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2023

 

   Common Stock   Additional
Paid in
   Accumulated   Total
Stockholder’s
Equity
 
   Shares   Amount   Capital   Deficit   (Deficit) 
Balance – December 31, 2022   5,363,215   $536   $
            —
   $62,578   $63,114 
                          
Accretion for common stock to redemption amount       
    
    (1,224,289)   (1,224,289)
                          
Additional shares at Fair Value March 2, 2023       
    
    (17,386)   (17,386)
                          
Excise Tax Payable       
    
    (1,559,046)   (1,559,046)
                          
Net income       
    
    609,142    609,142 
                          
Balance – March 31, 2023   5,363,215   $536   $
   $(2,129,001)  $(2,128,465)
                          
Accretion for common stock to redemption amount       
    
    (47,093)   (47,093)
                          
Fair value of Founder Shares transferred in connection with Deferred Financing Agreement - Related Party       
    
    519,926    519,926 
                          
Net loss       
    
    (132,588)   (132,588)
                          
Balance – June 30, 2023   5,363,215   $536   $
   $(1,788,756)  $(1,788,220)

 

FOR THE THREE AND SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2022

 

   Common Stock   Additional
Paid in
   Accumulated   Total
Stockholder’s
 
   Shares   Amount   Capital   Deficit   Equity 
Balance – January 1, 2022   5,363,215   $536   $1,525,796   $(564,996)  $961,336 
                          
Net loss       
    
    (207,578)   (207,578)
                          
Balance – March 31, 2022   5,363,215   $536   $1,525,796   $(772,574)  $753,758 
                          
Accretion for common stock to redemption amount       
    (70,662)   
    (70,662)
                          
Net loss       
    
    15,084    15,084 
                          
Balance – June 30, 2022   5,363,215   $536   $1,455,134   $(757,490)  $698,180 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited condensed financial statements.

 

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CLEAN ENERGY SPECIAL SITUATIONS CORP.

CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(UNAUDITED)

 

   For the Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
   2023   2022 
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:        
Net income (loss)  $476,554   $(192,494)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash used in operating activities:          
Interest earned on marketable securities held in Trust Account   (1,639,196)   (376,548)
Unrealized gain on marketable securities held in Trust Account   
    86,486 
Amortization of debt discount   130,715    
 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
Prepaid expenses   194,402    219,778 
Accrued expenses   139,182    (65,091)
Income taxes payable   (125,760)   
 
Net cash used in operating activities   (824,103)   (327,869)
           
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:          
Cash withdrawn from Trust Account to pay franchise and income taxes   530,372    
 
Cash withdrawn from Trust Account in connection with redemption   155,904,552    
 
Net cash provided by investing activities   156,434,924    
 
           
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:          
Proceeds from promissory notes – related party, net of debt discount   305,000    
 
Proceeds from promissory notes – related party   91,121    
 
Repayment of promissory notes – related party   (91,121)   
 
Redemption of common stock   (155,904,552)   
 
Net cash used in financing activities   (155,599,552)   
 
           
Net Change in Cash   11,269    (327,869)
Cash – Beginning of period   14,918    413,067 
Cash – End of period  $26,187   $85,198 
Supplementary cash flow information:          
Cash paid for income taxes  $464,000   $
 
           
Non-cash investing and financing activities:          
Accretion for common stock to redemption amount  $1,271,382   $70,662 
Additional shares issued at fair value on March 2, 2023  $17,386   $
 
Fair value of Founder Shares transferred in connection with Deferred Financing Agreement - Related Party  $

519,926

   $
 
Excise Tax Payable  $1,559,046   $
 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited condensed financial statements.

 

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CLEAN ENERGY SPECIAL SITUATIONS CORP.

NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

JUNE 30, 2023

(UNAUDITED)

 

NOTE 1. DESCRIPTION OF ORGANIZATION, BUSINESS OPERATIONS, AND LIQUIDITY

 

Clean Energy Special Situations Corp. (the “Company”), formerly known as Springwater Special Situations Corp. (see Note 9), is a blank check company incorporated as a Delaware company on October 2, 2020. The Company was formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities (a “Business Combination”).

 

The Company is not limited to a particular industry or sector for purposes of consummating a Business Combination. The Company is an early stage and emerging growth company and, as such, the Company is subject to all of the risks associated with early stage and emerging growth companies.

 

As of June 30, 2023, the Company had not commenced any operations. All activity for the period from October 2, 2020 (inception) through June 30, 2023 relates to the Company’s formation, the initial public offering (“Initial Public Offering”), which is described below, and subsequent to the Initial Public Offering seeking to identify a target company for a Business Combination. The Company will not generate any operating revenues until after the completion of a Business Combination, at the earliest. The Company will generate non-operating income in the form of interest income from the proceeds derived from the Initial Public Offering.

 

The registration statement for the Company’s Initial Public Offering was declared effective on August 25, 2021. On August 30, 2021, the Company consummated the Initial Public Offering of 15,000,000 units (the “Units” and, with respect to the shares of common stock included in the Units sold, the “Public Shares”), at $10.00 per Unit, generating gross proceeds of $150,000,000, which is described in Note 3.

 

Simultaneously with the closing of the Initial Public Offering, the Company consummated the sale of 645,000 units (the “Private Units”) at a price of $10.00 per Private Unit in a private placement to Springwater Promote LLC (the “Sponsor”) and EarlyBirdCapital, Inc., the representative of the underwriters in the Initial Public Offering, generating gross proceeds of $6,450,000, which is described in Note 4.

 

On September 3, 2021, the underwriters notified the Company of their intention to partially exercise their over-allotment option and would forfeit the remaining balance. On September 7, 2021, the Company consummated the sale of an additional 2,118,624 Units, at $10.00 per Unit, and the sale of an additional 63,559 Private Placement Units, at $10.00 per Private Placement Unit, generating total gross proceeds of $21,821,830. A total of $21,398,105 was deposited into the Trust Account, bringing the aggregate gross proceeds held in the Trust Account to $172,898,105.

 

Transaction costs amounted to $18,538,231 consisting of $3,423,725 of underwriting fees, $13,783,973 for the excess fair value of the Founder Shares (as defined in Note 6) attributable to the Anchor Investors (see Note 5), $880,485 for the excess fair value of the EBC Founder Shares (see Note 6) and $450,048 of other offering costs.

 

The Company’s management has broad discretion with respect to the specific application of the net proceeds of the Initial Public Offering and the sale of the Private Units, although substantially all of the net proceeds are intended to be applied generally toward consummating a Business Combination. The stock exchange listing rules require that the Business Combination must be with one or more businesses or entities with a fair market value equal to at least 80% of the assets held in the Trust Account (as defined below) (less taxes payable on the interest earned on the Trust Account) as of the date of the definitive agreement for such Business Combination. The Company will only complete a Business Combination if the post-Business Combination company owns or acquires 50% or more of the issued and outstanding voting securities of the target or otherwise acquires a controlling interest in the target business sufficient for it not to be required to register as an investment company under the Investment Company Act.

 

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CLEAN ENERGY SPECIAL SITUATIONS CORP.

NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

JUNE 30, 2023

(UNAUDITED)

 

The Company will provide the holders of the Public Shares (the “Public Stockholders”) with the opportunity to redeem all or a portion of their Public Shares upon the completion of the Business Combination, either (i) in connection with a stockholder meeting called to approve the Business Combination or (ii) by means of a tender offer. The decision as to whether the Company will seek stockholder approval of a Business Combination or conduct a tender offer will be made by the Company, solely in its discretion. The Public Stockholders will be entitled to redeem their Public Shares, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, calculated as of two business days prior to the consummation of the Business Combination, including interest (which interest shall be net of taxes paid and payable), divided by the number of then issued and outstanding Public shares, subject to certain limitations as described in the prospectus. Additionally, each Public Stockholder may elect to redeem their Public Shares, without voting, and if they do vote, irrespective of whether they vote for or against the proposed Business Combination. There will be no redemption rights upon the completion of a Business Combination with respect to the Company’s warrants or Rights (defined below).

 

If a stockholder vote is not required by applicable law or stock exchange listing requirements and the Company does not decide to hold a stockholder vote for business or other reasons, the Company will, pursuant to its Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation (the “Certificate of Incorporation”), conduct the redemptions pursuant to the tender offer rules of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and file tender offer documents with the SEC prior to completing a Business Combination. If, however, stockholder approval of the transaction is required by applicable law or stock exchange listing requirements, or the Company decides to obtain stockholder approval for business or other reasons, the Company will offer to redeem shares in conjunction with a proxy solicitation pursuant to the proxy rules and not pursuant to the tender offer rules. If the Company seeks stockholder approval in connection with a Business Combination, the holders of the Founder Shares have agreed to vote such Founder Shares, shares included in the Private Placement Units and any Public Shares they hold in favor of approving a Business Combination.

 

The holders of the Founder Shares have agreed (a) to waive redemption rights with respect to the Founder Shares and any Public Shares held by them in connection with the completion of a Business Combination, (b) to waive liquidation rights with respect to the Founder Shares if the Company fails to complete a Business Combination within the time period required by the Certificate of Incorporation and (c) not to propose an amendment to the Certificate of Incorporation (i) to modify the substance or timing of the Company’s obligation to allow redemptions in connection with a Business Combination or to redeem 100% of its Public Shares if the Company does not complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period (as defined below) or (ii) with respect to any other provision relating to stockholders’ rights or pre-business combination activity, unless the Company provides the Public Stockholders with the opportunity to redeem their Public Shares in conjunction with any such amendment. However, if the such holders acquires Public Shares, such Public Shares will be entitled to liquidating distributions from the Trust Account if the Company fails to complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period.

 

The Company currently has until November 28, 2023 with the ability to further extend such date up to six times by one month each (so a maximum of through May 28, 2024) (see Note 9), to complete a Business Combination (the “Combination Period”). If the Company has not completed a Business Combination within the Combination Period and such time period is not extended by stockholders, the Company will (i) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up, (ii) as promptly as reasonably possible but not more than ten business days thereafter, redeem the Public Shares, at a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account and not previously released to pay taxes (less up to $100,000 of interest to pay dissolution expenses), divided by the number of then outstanding Public Shares, which redemption will completely extinguish Public Stockholders’ rights as stockholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any), and (iii) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of the Company’s remaining stockholders and the Company’s board of directors, dissolve and liquidate, subject in each case to the Company’s obligations under Delaware law to provide for claims of creditors and the requirements of other applicable law. There will be no redemption rights or liquidating distributions with respect to the Company’s warrants or Rights, which will expire worthless if the Company fails to complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period.

 

On February 27, 2023, the Company held a special meeting of its stockholders to consider a proposal, among others, to extend the date the Company had to consummate an initial business combination from February 28, 2023 to August 28, 2023. Stockholders approved the proposals and in connection therewith, holders of an aggregate of 15,142,910 Public Shares exercised their right to redeem their shares for an aggregate of $155,904,552 in cash. In connection with the special meeting, the Company’s board of directors approved a dividend of rights (“Rights”) to holders of Public Shares who did not seek redemption of their Public Shares in connection with the stockholder vote in connection with the extension. Each Right will entitle the holder to receive one-twelve-and-a-half (1/12.5) of a share of common stock upon consummation of the Company’s initial Business Combination. The Company issued 1,975,714 Rights entitling the holders to receive an aggregate of up to 158,057 shares of common stock. Under ASC 505-20-30-3 (Rights Agreement Memorandum) this was accounted for as a Deemed Dividend. Because the dividend is expected to be paid within one year of the declaration date, the “Deemed dividend” payable will be classified as a current liability.

 

The Deemed Dividend Liability was recorded at the fair value on the declaration date on March 2, 2023. The fair value of the shares on March 2, 2023 was $0.11, which was determined using market approach methodology and the key inputs to the method are summarized below.

 

Stock Price as of Measurement Date  $10.27 
Probability of Acquisition   13.9%

 

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CLEAN ENERGY SPECIAL SITUATIONS CORP.

NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

JUNE 30, 2023

(UNAUDITED)

 

The holders of the Founder Shares have agreed to waive their rights to liquidating distributions from the Trust Account with respect to the Founder Shares if the Company fails to complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period. However, if they acquire Public Shares, such Public Shares will be entitled to liquidating distributions from the Trust Account if the Company fails to complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period. In the event of such distribution, it is possible that the per share value of the assets remaining available for distribution will be less than the Initial Public Offering price per Unit. 

In order to protect the amounts held in the Trust Account, the Sponsor has agreed to be liable to the Company if and to the extent any claims by a third party for services rendered or products sold to the Company, or a prospective target business with which the Company has discussed entering into a transaction agreement, reduce the amount of funds in the Trust Account to below the lesser of (i) $10.10 per Public Share and (ii) the actual amount per Public Share held in the Trust Account as of the date of the liquidation of the Trust Account, if less than $10.10 per public Share due to reductions in the value of the trust assets, less taxes payable, provided that such liability will not apply to any claims by a third party or prospective target business who executed a waiver of any and all rights to monies held in the Trust Account nor will it apply to any claims under the Company’s indemnity of the underwriters of the Initial Public Offering against certain liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). Moreover, in the event that an executed waiver is deemed to be unenforceable against a third party, the Sponsor will not be responsible to the extent of any liability for such third-party claims. The Company will seek to reduce the possibility that the Sponsor will have to indemnify the Trust Account due to claims of creditors by endeavoring to have all vendors, service providers (except for the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm), prospective target businesses and other entities with which the Company does business, execute agreements with the Company waiving any right, title, interest or claim of any kind in or to monies held in the Trust Account. 

Effective May 15, 2023, each of Alexander Hamilton and Hans Brandl resigned from the Company’s Board of Directors. Such individuals’ resignations were not the result of any disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies, or practices. 

Additionally, effective May 15, 2023, the Company’s Board of Directors appointed Candice Beaumont, Nicholas Parker, Raghunath Kilambi and Greg A. Nuttall to the Board of Directors. 

Risks and Uncertainties 

In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic which continues to spread throughout the United States and the world. As of the date the condensed financial statement was issued, there was considerable uncertainty around the expected duration of this pandemic. The Company has concluded that while it is reasonably possible that COVID-19 could have a negative effect on identifying a target company for a Business Combination, the specific impact is not readily determinable as of the date of this condensed financial statement. The condensed financial statement does not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of this uncertainty. 

Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 

On August 16, 2022, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (the “IR Act”) was signed into federal law. The IR Act provides for, among other things, a new U.S. federal 1% excise tax on certain repurchases of stock by publicly traded U.S. domestic corporations and certain U.S. domestic subsidiaries of publicly traded foreign corporations occurring on or after January 1, 2023. The excise tax is imposed on the repurchasing corporation itself, not its shareholders from which shares are repurchased. The amount of the excise tax is generally 1% of the fair market value of the shares repurchased at the time of the repurchase. However, for purposes of calculating the excise tax, repurchasing corporations are permitted to net the fair market value of certain new stock issuances against the fair market value of stock repurchases during the same taxable year. In addition, certain exceptions apply to the excise tax. The U.S. Department of the Treasury (the “Treasury”) has been given authority to provide regulations and other guidance to carry out and prevent the abuse or avoidance of the excise tax. 

On February 27, 2023, the Company’s stockholders redeemed 15,142,910 shares for a total of $155,904,552. The Company evaluated the classification and accounting of the stock redemption under ASC 450, “Contingencies”. ASC 450 states that when a loss contingency exists the likelihood that the future event will confirm the loss or impairment of an asset or the incurrence of a liability can range from probable to remote. A contingent liability must be reviewed at each reporting period to determine appropriate treatment. The Company evaluated the current status and probability of completing a Business Combination as of June 30, 2023 and concluded that it is probable that a contingent liability should be recorded. As of June 30, 2023, the Company recorded $1,559,046 of excise tax liability calculated as 1% of the shares redeemed in connection with the extension of time to consummate an initial Business Combination effectuated in February 2023 referred to above. Subsequent to June 30, 2023, an additional number of shares were redeemed in connection with the extension of time to consummate an initial Business Combination to November 28, 2023 with the ability to further extend such date up to six times by one month each (so a maximum of through May 28, 2024) effectuated on August 28, 2023 (see Note 9). As indicated below, there is no assurance that this will be the actual amount of tax that the Company will be required to pay. 

Any redemption or other repurchase in connection with a Business Combination, extension vote or otherwise may be subject to the excise tax. Whether and to what extent the Company would be subject to the excise tax in connection with a Business Combination, extension vote or otherwise would depend on a number of factors, including (i) the fair market value of the redemptions and repurchases in connection with the Business Combination, extension or otherwise, (ii) the structure of a Business Combination, (iii) the nature and amount of any “PIPE” or other equity issuances in connection with a Business Combination (or otherwise issued not in connection with a Business Combination but issued within the same taxable year of a Business Combination) and (iv) the content of regulations and other guidance from the Treasury. As a result, the above-referenced excise tax liability recorded as of June 30, 2023 may be more or less than such amount depending on factors that occurred after such date (see Note 9) and in the future. In addition, because the excise tax would be payable by the Company and not by the redeeming holder, the mechanics of any required payment of the excise tax have not been determined. The foregoing could cause a reduction in the cash available on hand to complete a Business Combination and in the Company’s ability to complete a Business Combination. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company has agreed that the per share price payable to stockholders exercising their redemption rights, whether in connection with the vote on an extension or an initial Business Combination, will not be reduced by payments required to be made by the Company under the IR Act.

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NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

JUNE 30, 2023

(UNAUDITED)

 

Liquidity and Going Concern

 

As of June 30, 2023, the Company had $26,187 in its operating bank account and working capital deficit of $2,373,184. If the estimate of the costs of identifying a target business, undertaking in-depth due diligence and negotiating a Business Combination are less than the actual amount necessary to do so, the Company may have insufficient funds available to operate its business prior to a Business Combination. Moreover, the Company may need to obtain additional financing or draw on the Working Capital Loans (as defined below) either to complete a Business Combination or because it becomes obligated to redeem a significant number of the Public Shares upon consummation of a Business Combination, in which case the Company may issue additional securities or incur debt in connection with such Business Combination. Subject to compliance with applicable securities laws, the Company would only complete such financing simultaneously with the completion of our Business Combination. If the Company is unable to complete the Business Combination because it does not have sufficient funds available, the Company will be forced to cease operations and liquidate the Trust Account. In addition, following the Business combination, if cash on hand is insufficient, the Company may need to obtain additional financing in order to meet its obligations.

 

In connection with the Company’s assessment of going concern considerations in accordance with Financial Accounting Standard Board’s (“FASB’s”) Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2014-15, “Disclosures of Uncertainties about an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern,” management has determined that if the Company is unable to complete a Business Combination by November 28, 2023 with the ability to further extend such date up to six times by one month each (so a maximum of through May 28, 2024) (see Note 9) and such date is not extended by stockholders, then the Company will cease all operations except for the purpose of liquidating.

 

In connection with the Company’s assessment of going concern considerations in accordance with FASB Accounting Standards Codification Subtopic 205-40, “Presentation of Financial Statements – Going Concern,” management has determined that the liquidity conditions raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern through approximately one year from the date these financial statements are issued. The financial statements do not include any adjustments relating to the recovery of the recorded assets or the classification of the liabilities that might be necessary should the Company be unable to continue as a going concern.

 

NOTE 2. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The accompanying unaudited condensed financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”) for interim financial information and in accordance with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 8 of Regulation S-X of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Certain information or footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP have been condensed or omitted, pursuant to the rules and regulations of the SEC for interim financial reporting. Accordingly, they do not include all the information and footnotes necessary for a complete presentation of financial position, results of operations, or cash flows. In the opinion of management, the accompanying unaudited condensed financial statements include all adjustments, consisting of a normal recurring nature, which are necessary for a fair presentation of the financial position, operating results and cash flows for the periods presented.

 

The accompanying unaudited condensed financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2022, as filed with the SEC on April 10, 2023. The interim results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the year ending December 31, 2023 or for any future periods.

 

Emerging Growth Company

 

The Company is an “emerging growth company,” as defined in Section 2(a) of the Securities Act, as modified by the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (the “JOBS Act”), and it may take advantage of certain exemptions from various reporting requirements that are applicable to other public companies that are not emerging growth companies including, but not limited to, not being required to comply with the independent registered public accounting firm attestation requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, reduced disclosure obligations regarding executive compensation in its periodic reports and proxy statements, and exemptions from the requirements of holding a nonbinding advisory vote on executive compensation and stockholder approval of any golden parachute payments not previously approved.

 

Further, Section 102(b)(1) of the JOBS Act exempts emerging growth companies from being required to comply with new or revised financial accounting standards until private companies (that is, those that have not had a Securities Act registration statement declared effective or do not have a class of securities registered under the Exchange Act) are required to comply with the new or revised financial accounting standards. The JOBS Act provides that a company can elect to opt out of the extended transition period and comply with the requirements that apply to non-emerging growth companies but any such election to opt out is irrevocable. The Company has elected not to opt out of such extended transition period which means that when a standard is issued or revised and it has different application dates for public or private companies, the Company, as an emerging growth company, can adopt the new or revised standard at the time private companies adopt the new or revised standard. This may make comparison of the Company’s condensed financial statement with another public company which is neither an emerging growth company nor an emerging growth company which has opted out of using the extended transition period difficult or impossible because of the potential differences in accounting standards used.

 

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CLEAN ENERGY SPECIAL SITUATIONS CORP.

NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

JUNE 30, 2023

(UNAUDITED)

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of the condensed financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires the Company’s management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period.

 

Making estimates requires management to exercise significant judgment. It is at least reasonably possible that the estimate of the effect of a condition, situation or set of circumstances that existed at the date of the financial statements, which management considered in formulating its estimate, could change in the near term due to one or more future confirming events. Accordingly, the actual results could differ significantly from those estimates.

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

The Company considers all short-term investments with an original maturity of three months or less when purchased to be cash equivalents. The Company did not have any cash equivalents as of June 30, 2023, and December 31, 2022.

  

Marketable Securities Held in Trust Account

 

At June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, substantially all of the assets held in the Trust Account were held in money market funds which are invested primarily in U.S. Treasury Bills. All of the Company’s investments held in the Trust Account are classified as trading securities. Trading securities are presented on the balance sheet at fair value at the end of each reporting period. Gains and losses resulting from the change in fair value of investments held in the Trust Account are included in interest earned on marketable securities held in Trust Account in the accompanying condensed statements of operations. The estimated fair values of investments held in Trust Account are determined using available market information.

 

Deferred Financing Agreement

 

In connection with the Transaction, the Sponsor agreed to pay for obligations of the Company. The Company deferred the full amount of the fair value of the shares on May 15, 2023. When advances are received under the loan, the Company records a debt discount and amortizes the debt discount as interest expense over the life of the loan.

 

Common Stock Subject to Possible Redemption

 

The Company accounts for its common stock subject to possible redemption in accordance with the guidance in Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 480 “Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity.” Common stock subject to mandatory redemption is classified as a liability instrument and is measured at fair value. Conditionally redeemable common stock (including common stock that features redemption rights that is either within the control of the holder or subject to redemption upon the occurrence of uncertain events not solely within the Company’s control) is classified as temporary equity. At all other times, common stock is classified as stockholders’ equity. The Company’s common stock features certain redemption rights that are considered to be outside of the Company’s control and subject to occurrence of uncertain future events. In connection with the special meeting of stockholders held on February 27, 2023, holders of an aggregate of 15,142,910 public shares exercised their right to redeem their shares for an aggregate of $155,904,552 in cash. Accordingly, the 1,975,714 and 17,118,624 shares of common stock subject to possible redemption at $10.12 and $10.20 redemption value as of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively, are presented as temporary equity, outside of the stockholders’ deficit section of the Company’s condensed balance sheets.

 

The Company recognizes changes in redemption value immediately as they occur and adjusts the carrying value of redeemable common stock to equal the redemption value at the end of each reporting period. Immediately upon the closing of the Initial Public Offering, the Company recognized the accretion from initial book value to redemption amount value. Increases or decreases in the carrying amount of redeemable common stock are affected by charges against additional paid in capital and accumulated deficit.

 

At June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, the common stock reflected in the balance sheets are reconciled in the following table:

 

Common stock subject to possible redemption, December 31, 2022  $174,634,977 
Less:     
Share Redemption — March 8, 2023   (155,904,552)
Plus     
Accretion of carrying value to redemption value   1,271,382 
Common stock subject to possible redemption, June 30, 2023  $

20,001,807

 

 

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NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

JUNE 30, 2023

(UNAUDITED)

 

Warrant Classification

 

The Company accounts for warrants as either equity-classified or liability-classified instruments based on an assessment of the warrant’s specific terms and applicable authoritative guidance in Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 480, Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity (“ASC 480”) and ASC 815, Derivatives and Hedging (“ASC 815”). The assessment considers whether the warrants are freestanding financial instruments pursuant to ASC 480, meet the definition of a liability pursuant to ASC 480, and whether the warrants meet all of the requirements for equity classification under ASC 815, including whether the warrants are indexed to the Company’s own common stock, among other conditions for equity classification. This assessment, which requires the use of professional judgment, is conducted at the time of warrant issuance and as of each subsequent quarterly period end date while the warrants are outstanding.

 

For issued or modified warrants that meet all of the criteria for equity classification, the warrants are required to be recorded as a component of additional paid-in capital at the time of issuance. For issued or modified warrants that do not meet all the criteria for equity classification, the warrants are required to be recorded at their initial fair value on the date of issuance, and each balance sheet date thereafter. The Company’s has analyzed the warrants issued in the Initial Public Offering (“Public Warrants”) and warrants included in the Private Placement Units (the “Private Warrants”) and determined they are considered to be freestanding instruments and do not exhibit any of the characteristics in ASC 480 and therefore are not classified as liabilities under ASC 480. The warrants meet all of the requirements for equity classification under ASC 815 and therefore are classified in equity.

 

Income Taxes

 

The Company accounts for income taxes under ASC 740, “Income Taxes.” ASC 740, Income Taxes, requires the recognition of deferred tax assets and liabilities for both the expected impact of differences between the unaudited condensed financial statements and tax basis of assets and liabilities and for the expected future tax benefit to be derived from tax loss and tax credit carry forwards. ASC 740 additionally requires a valuation allowance to be established when it is more likely than not that all or a portion of deferred tax assets will not be realized. As of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, the Company’s deferred tax asset had a full valuation allowance recorded against it. The Company’s effective tax rate was (56.1 and 0.0% for the three months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively, and 41.5% and 0.0% for the six months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively. The effective tax rate differs from the statutory tax rate of 21% for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, due to the valuation allowance on the deferred tax assets and interest expenses associated with the debt discount on the related party promissory note. The effective tax rate differs from the statutory tax rate of 21% for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022 due to the valuation allowance on the deferred tax assets.

 

ASC 740 also clarifies the accounting for uncertainty in income taxes recognized in an enterprise’s financial statements and prescribes a recognition threshold and measurement process for financial statement recognition and measurement of a tax position taken or expected to be taken in a tax return. For those benefits to be recognized, a tax position must be more-likely-than-not to be sustained upon examination by taxing authorities. ASC 740 also provides guidance on derecognition, classification, interest and penalties, accounting in interim period, disclosure and transition.

 

The Company recognizes accrued interest and penalties related to unrecognized tax benefits as income tax expense. There were no unrecognized tax benefits and no amounts accrued for interest and penalties as of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022. The Company is currently not aware of any issues under review that could result in significant payments, accruals or material deviation from its position.

 

The Company has identified the United States as its only “major” tax jurisdiction. The Company is subject to income taxation by major taxing authorities since inception. These examinations may include questioning the timing and amount of deductions, the nexus of income among various tax jurisdictions and compliance with federal and state tax laws. The Company’s management does not expect that the total amount of unrecognized tax benefits will materially change over the next twelve months.

 

Net Income (Loss) per Common Share

 

The Company complies with accounting and disclosure requirements of FASB ASC Topic 260, Earnings Per Share. Net income (loss) per share is computed by dividing net income (loss) by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the period. Accretion associated with the redeemable shares of common stock is excluded from earnings per share as the redemption value approximates fair value.

 

The calculation of diluted income (loss) per share does not consider the effect of the warrants issued in connection with the (i) Initial Public Offering, (ii) the private placement, and (iii) the shares under the Rights Agreement since the exercise of the warrants is contingent upon the occurrence of future events. As of June 30, 2023 and 2022, the Company did not have any dilutive securities or other contracts that could, potentially, be exercised or converted into common stock and then share in the earnings of the Company. As a result, diluted net income (loss) per common stock is the same as basic net income (loss) per common stock for the periods presented.

 

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NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

JUNE 30, 2023

(UNAUDITED)

 

The following table reflects the calculation of basic and diluted net income (loss) per common share (in dollars, except per share amounts):

 

   Three Months Ended
June 30, 2023
   Three Months Ended
June 30, 2022
   Six Months Ended
June 30, 2023
   Six Months Ended
June 30, 2022
 
   Redeemable   Non- redeemable   Redeemable   Non- redeemable   Redeemable   Non- redeemable   Redeemable   Non- redeemable 
Basic and diluted net (loss) income per common stock                                
Numerator:                                
Allocation of net (loss) income, as adjusted  $(35,410)  $(97,178)  $11,486   $3,598   $277,819   $198,735   $(146,573)  $(45,921)
Denominator:                                        
Basic and diluted weighted average common stock outstanding
   1,954,239    5,363,215    17,118,624    5,363,215    7,497,438    5,363,215    17,118,624    5,363,215 
Basic and diluted net (loss) income per common stock
  $(0.02)  $(0.02)  $0.00   $0.00   $0.04   $0.04   $(0.01)  $(0.01)

 

Concentration of Credit Risk

 

Financial instruments that potentially subject the Company to concentrations of credit risk consist of cash accounts in a financial institution, which, at times may exceed the Federal Depository Insurance Coverage of $250,000. The Company has not experienced losses on these accounts.

 

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

The fair value of the Company’s assets and liabilities, which qualify as financial instruments under ASC Topic 820, “Fair Value Measurement,” approximates the carrying amounts represented in the accompanying condensed balance sheets, primarily due to their short-term nature.

  

Recent Accounting Standards

 

In August 2020, the FASB issued ASU No. 2020-06, “Debt—Debt with Conversion and Other Options (Subtopic 470-20) and Derivatives and Hedging—Contracts in Entity’s Own Equity (Subtopic 815-40): Accounting for Convertible Instruments and Contracts in an Entity’s Own Equity” (“ASU 2020-06”), which simplifies accounting for convertible instruments by removing major separation models required under current U.S GAAP. ASU 2020-06 removes certain settlement conditions that are required for equity contracts to qualify for the derivative scope exception, and it also simplifies the diluted earnings per share calculation in certain areas.  ASU 2020-06 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2023, including interim periods within those fiscal years, with early adoption permitted.  We adopted ASU 2020-06 effective as of January 1, 2021. The adoption of ASU 2020-06 did not have an impact on the Company’s condensed financial statements.

 

Management does not believe that any recently issued, but not yet effective, accounting standards, if currently adopted, would have a material effect on the Company’s condensed financial statements.

 

NOTE 3. PUBLIC OFFERING

 

Pursuant to the Initial Public Offering, the Company sold 15,000,000 Units, at a price of $10.00 per Unit on August 30, 2021. Each Unit consists of one share of common stock and one-half of one Public Warrant. Each whole Public Warrant entitles the holder to purchase one share of common stock at a price of $11.50 per share, subject to adjustment (see Note 7).

 

On September 3, 2021, the underwriters notified the Company of their intention to partially exercise their over-allotment option and forfeited the remaining balance. On September 7, 2021, the Company consummated the sale of an additional 2,118,624 Units pursuant to the partial exercise of the underwriters’ over-allotment option.

 

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CLEAN ENERGY SPECIAL SITUATIONS CORP.

NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

JUNE 30, 2023

(UNAUDITED)

 

NOTE 4. PRIVATE PLACEMENT

 

Simultaneously with the closing of the Initial Public Offering on August 30, 2021, the Sponsor and EarlyBirdCapital, Inc. purchased an aggregate of 645,000 Private Placement Units at a price of $10.00 per Private Placement Unit, for an aggregate purchase price of $6,450,000. On September 7, 2021, the Company consummated the sale of an additional 63,559 Private Placement Units, at $10.00 per Private Placement Unit. The proceeds from the Private Placement Units were added to the proceeds from the Initial Public Offering held in the Trust Account. If the Company does not complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period, the proceeds from the sale of the Private Placement Units will be used to fund the redemption of the Public Shares (subject to the requirements of applicable law) and the Private Placement Units will expire worthless. There will be no redemption rights or liquidating distributions from the Trust Account with respect to the Private Placement Units and underlying securities.

 

NOTE 5. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS 

Founder Shares 

In October 2020, the Sponsor paid $25,000 to cover certain offering costs of the Company in consideration for 2,875,000 of the Company’s common stock (the “Founder Shares”). As of February 16, 2021, the Company effected a dividend of 0.5 shares for each outstanding share of common stock, resulting in there being an aggregate of 4,312,500 Founder Shares outstanding. The Founder Shares included an aggregate of up to 562,500 shares that were subject to forfeiture depending on the extent to which the underwriters’ over-allotment option was exercised, so that the number of Founder Shares would equal 20% of the Company’s issued and outstanding common stock after the Initial Public Offering (assuming the Sponsor did not purchase any Public Shares in the Initial Public Offering and excluding the EBC founder shares) (see Note 6). As a result of the underwriters’ election to partially exercise their over-allotment option, a total of 529,656 Founder Shares are no longer subject to forfeiture. Accordingly, 32,844 Founder Shares were forfeited by the Sponsor. 

The Sponsor and other holders of the Founder Shares have agreed, subject to certain limited exceptions, not to transfer, assign or sell any of the Founder Shares until, with respect to 50% of the Founder Shares, the earlier of one year after the consummation of a Business Combination and the date on which the closing price of the common stock equals or exceeds $12.50 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 commencing after a Business Combination and, with respect to the remaining 50% of the Founder Shares, until the one year after the consummation of a Business Combination, or earlier, in either case, if, subsequent to a Business Combination, the Company completes a liquidation, merger, share exchange or other similar transaction which results in all of the Company’s stockholders having the right to exchange their common stock for cash, securities or other property. 

In connection with the Initial Public Offering, each anchor investor acquired from the Sponsor an indirect economic interest in the Founder Shares a total of 2,163,889 Founder Shares. The Company estimated the aggregate fair value of the Founder Shares attributable to the Anchor Investors to be $13,783,973, or $6.37 per share. The excess of the fair value of the Founder Shares over the amount paid was determined to be a contribution to the Company from the founders in accordance with Staff Accounting Bulletin (“SAB”) Topic 5T and an offering cost in accordance with SAB Topic 5A. Accordingly, the offering cost were recorded against additional paid in capital in accordance with the accounting of other offering costs. 

On May 15, 2023, the Sponsor and certain other holders of Founder Shares (hereinafter the “Transferors”) entered into an agreement to transfer an aggregate of 950,000 Founders Shares (the “Transaction”) to certain individuals (collectively, the “Share Recipients”). The estimated fair value of the shares transferred to the Share Recipients was $519,926 or $0.5473 per share. In accordance with, ASU 2020-06, Accounting for Convertible Instruments and Contracts in an Entity’s Own Equity, the Transaction is considered to be in exchange for the receipt of a working capital loan for which the loan amounts shall be used to pay for the liabilities of the Company (hereinafter, the “Deferred Financing Agreement”). 

Administrative Services Agreement 

The Company entered into an agreement with its counsel, Graubard Miller, commencing on August 30, 2021. Until completion of the Business Combination or the Company’s liquidation, Graubard Miller shall make available to the Company certain office space and administrative and support services as may be required by the Company from time to time, situated at 405 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10174 (or any successor location) free of charge. 

 

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CLEAN ENERGY SPECIAL SITUATIONS CORP.

NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

JUNE 30, 2023

(UNAUDITED)

 

Deferred Financing Agreement — Related Party 

On May 15, 2023, in connection with the Deferred Financing Agreement, the Company deferred the full amount of the fair value of the Founders Shares transferred as part of the Transaction as an asset, with an offsetting charge to accumulated deficit. The initial draw under the Deferred Financing Agreement was under a promissory note for an aggregate of $305,000 (see “Promissory Note – related party” below) on May 16, 2023. Upon the first draw under the Deferred Financing Agreement, the Company recorded a debt discount of $305,000 to be amortized as interest expense over the life of the loan. Any subsequent draws under the Deferred Financing Agreement will be recorded by the Company as an additional debt discount and amortized over the life of the loan issued. In the event the Company does not draw down the entire fair value originally deferred as an asset, the Company will expense the remaining fair value deferred at the time in which all loans reach the end of their life. The Company recognized $130,715 in interest expense for the three and six-month periods ended June 30, 2023 included in the Company’s condensed statements of operations. As of June 30, 2023, the remaining balance available under the Deferred Financing agreement is $214,926 and included in the Company’s condensed balance sheets.

 

Promissory Notes — Related Party 

On December 17, 2020, the Company issued an unsecured promissory note to the Sponsor, pursuant to which the Company could borrow up to an aggregate principal amount of $150,000. The Initial Promissory Note was non-interest bearing and, as of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, there was no outstanding balance. 

During the six months ended June 30, 2023, the Company issued two promissory notes to IME Spain General Partner S.L., pursuant to which the Company can borrow up to an aggregate principal amount of $91,121. These promissory notes were non-interest bearing and were fully repaid during the six months ended June 30, 2023. As of June 30, 2023, the balance due is $0

On May 15, 2023, in connection with the Deferred Financing Agreement, the Share Recipients agreed to advance to the Company an aggregate of $400,000 (the “Initial Loan Amount”) in connection with the above referred transfer of Founders Shares. On May 15, 2023, the Sponsor issued a $305,000 promissory note to the Company to pay for existing liabilities of the Company at issuance. This promissory note is non-interest bearing and due upon completion of the Company’s initial Business Combination. As of June 30, 2023, there was an aggregate of $174,285 outstanding under the “Initial Loan Amount” which is net of the which is net of a debt discount of $130,715 recognized for the three and six-months ended June 30, 2023. 

The Company’s working capital needs in excess of the Initial Loan Amount until the consummation of an initial Business Combination by the Company are expected to be financed by the Share Recipients and their designees, in such amounts among the Share Recipients and at such times as determined by them in their discretion but ensuring that liabilities of the Company are paid as they become due.  Any additional amounts loaned will be evidenced by promissory notes.

Related Party Loans

 

In order to finance transaction costs in connection with a Business Combination, the Sponsor or an affiliate of the Sponsor, or the Company’s officers and directors or their affiliates may, but are not obligated to, loan the Company funds as may be required (“Working Capital Loans”). If the Company completes a Business Combination, the Company would repay the Working Capital Loans out of the proceeds of the Trust Account released to the Company. Otherwise, the Working Capital Loans would be repaid only out of funds held outside the Trust Account. In the event that a Business Combination does not close, the Company may use a portion of proceeds held outside the Trust Account to repay the Working Capital Loans, but no proceeds held in the Trust Account would be used to repay the Working Capital Loans. Except for the foregoing, the terms of such Working Capital Loans, if any, have not been determined and no written agreements exist with respect to such loans. The Working Capital Loans would either be repaid upon consummation of a Business Combination, without interest, or, at the lender’s discretion, up to $1,500,000 of such Working Capital Loans may be convertible into units of the post-Business Combination entity at a price of $10.00 per unit. The units would be identical to the Private Placement Units. At June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, there are no Working capital Loans outstanding.

 

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NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

JUNE 30, 2023

(UNAUDITED)

 

NOTE 6. COMMITMENTS 

 

Registration Rights

 

The holders of the Founder Shares, EBC founder shares, Private Placement Units and underlying securities and any securities issued upon conversion of Working Capital Loans are entitled to registration rights pursuant to an agreement signed on the effective date of the Initial Public Offering (“Effective Date”). The holders of a majority of these securities are entitled to make up to two demands that the Company register such securities. The holders of the majority of the Founders’ Shares can elect to exercise these registration rights at any time commencing three months prior to the date on which these shares of common stock are to be released from escrow. The holders of a majority of the EBC founder shares, Private Placement Units and units issued to the Sponsor, officers, directors or their affiliates in payment of Working Capital Loans made to the Company (or underlying securities) can elect to exercise these registration rights at any time after the consummation of a Business Combination. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, the holders of the EBC founder shares may only make a demand on one occasion and only during the five-year period beginning on the Effective Date. In addition, the holders have certain “piggy-back” registration rights with respect to registration statements filed subsequent to the consummation of a Business Combination; provided, however, that the holders of the EBC founder shares may participate in a “piggy-back” registration only during the seven-year period beginning on the Effective Date. The registration rights agreement does not contain liquidating damages or other cash settlement provisions resulting from delays in registering the Company’s securities. The Company will bear the expenses incurred in connection with the filing of any such registration statements.

 

Underwriting Agreement

 

The Company granted the underwriters a 45-day option to purchase up to 2,250,000 additional Units to cover over-allotments at the Initial Public Offering price, less the underwriting discounts and commissions (see Note 7).

 

The underwriters were entitled to a cash underwriting discount of $0.20 per Unit, or $3,000,000 in the aggregate paid upon the closing of the Initial Public Offering and $423,723 upon exercise of the over-allotment option. Pursuant to the underwriting agreement, the Company granted to EarlyBirdCapital, Inc., for a period of three years from the commencement of sales of the Initial Public Offering, the right to act as co-underwriter for the next U.S. registered public offering of securities undertaken by any of the Company’s officers for the purpose of raising capital and placing 90% or more of the proceeds in a trust or escrow account to be used to acquire one or more operating businesses that have not been identified at the time of such public offering. The terms of such offering shall be mutually determined in good faith by the applicable insider(s) and the representative and will be based on the prevailing market for similar offerings.

 

Business Combination Marketing Agreement

 

The Company engaged EarlyBirdCapital as an advisor in connection with its Business Combination to assist in holding meetings with the shareholders to discuss the potential Business Combination and the target business’ attributes, introduce the Company to potential investors that are interested in purchasing securities in connection with the Initial Business Combination and assist the Company with press releases and public filings in connection with the Business Combination. The Company will pay EarlyBirdCapital a cash fee for such services upon the consummation a Business Combination in an aggregate amount equal to 3.5% of the gross proceeds of the Initial Public Offering. Additionally, the Company will pay EarlyBirdCapital a cash fee equal to 1.0% of the total consideration payable in the Business Combination if it introduces the Company to the target business with which it completes a Business Combination.

 

EBC founder shares

 

In December 2020 and July 2021, the Company issued to the designees of EarlyBirdCapital 225,000 and 150,000 shares of common stock (the “EBC founder shares”), respectively. The Company accounted for the excess fair value over the price paid for the EBC founder shares as an offering cost of the Initial Public Offering, with a corresponding credit to stockholders’ equity. The issuance of these shares presented in the Company’s financial statements were revised to reflect the shares issued in December 2020 and July 2021. The excess fair value over the amount paid of the EBC founder shares was $880,485 as of July 15, 2021. The holders of the EBC founder shares have agreed not to transfer, assign or sell any such shares until the completion of a Business Combination. In addition, the holders have agreed (i) to waive their conversion rights (or right to participate in any tender offer) with respect to such shares in connection with the completion of a Business Combination and (ii) to waive their rights to liquidating distributions from the Trust Account with respect to such shares if the Company fails to complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period.

 

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CLEAN ENERGY SPECIAL SITUATIONS CORP.

NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

JUNE 30, 2023

(UNAUDITED)

 

NOTE 7. STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

Preferred Stock The Company is authorized to issue 1,000,000 shares of preferred stock with a par value of $0.0001 per share, with such designations, voting and other rights and preferences as may be determined from time to time by the Company’s board of directors. At June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, there were no preferred stock issued or outstanding.

 

Common Stock — The Company is authorized to issue 50,000,000 shares of common stock, with a par value of $0.0001 per share. Holders of the common stock are entitled to one vote for each share. At June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, there were 5,363,215 shares of common stock issued and outstanding, excluding 1,975,714 shares and 17,118,624 shares of common stock subject to possible redemption, which are presented as temporary equity, respectively.

  

Warrants — Public Warrants may only be exercised for a whole number of shares. No fractional shares will be issued upon exercise of the Public Warrants. The Public Warrants will become exercisable 30 days after the completion of a Business Combination. The Public Warrants will expire five years from the completion of a Business Combination or earlier upon redemption or liquidation.

 

The Company will not be obligated to deliver any shares of common stock pursuant to the exercise of a Public Warrant and will have no obligation to settle such Public Warrant exercise unless a registration statement under the Securities Act covering the issuance of the shares of common stock issuable upon exercise of the warrants is then effective and a current prospectus relating thereto is available, subject to the Company satisfying its obligations with respect to registration, or a valid exemption from registration is available. No warrant will be exercisable for cash or on a cashless basis, and the Company will not be obligated to issue any shares to holders seeking to exercise their warrants, unless the issuance of the shares upon such exercise is registered or qualified under the securities laws of the state of the exercising holder, or an exemption is available.

 

The Company has agreed that as soon as practicable after the closing of a Business Combination, it will use its best efforts to file with the SEC a registration statement covering the issuance, under the Securities Act, of the shares of common stock issuable upon exercise of the warrants, and the Company will use its best efforts to cause the same to become effective and to maintain the effectiveness of such registration statement, and a current prospectus relating thereto, until the expiration of the warrants in accordance with the provisions of the warrant agreement.

 

Once the warrants become exercisable, the Company may redeem the outstanding Public Warrants:

 

  in whole and not in part;

 

  at a price of $0.01 per Public Warrant;

 

  upon not less than 30 days’ prior written notice of redemption to each warrant holder and

 

  if, and only if, the last reported sale price of the common stock for any 20 trading days within a 30 trading day period ending on the third trading day prior to the date on which the Company sends the notice of redemption to warrant holders equals or exceeds $18.00 per share (as adjusted for dividends, share capitalizations, reorganizations, recapitalizations and the like).

 

The exercise price and number of common shares issuable upon exercise of the Public Warrants may be adjusted in certain circumstances including in the event of a share dividend, extraordinary dividend or recapitalization, reorganization, merger or consolidation. However, except as described below, the Public Warrants will not be adjusted for issuances of common shares at a price below its exercise price. Additionally, in no event will the Company be required to net cash settle the Public Warrants. If the Company is unable to complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period and the Company liquidates the funds held in the Trust Account, holders of Public Warrants will not receive any of such funds with respect to their Public Warrants, nor will they receive any distribution from the Company’s assets held outside of the Trust Account with respect to such Public Warrants. Accordingly, the Public Warrants may expire worthless.

 

In addition, if (x) the Company issues additional Class A common shares or equity-linked securities for capital raising purposes in connection with the closing of a Business Combination at an issue price or effective issue price of less than $9.20 per Class A common share (with such issue price or effective issue price to be determined in good faith by the Company’s board of directors and, in the case of any such issuance to the Sponsor or its affiliates, without taking into account any Founder Shares held by the Sponsor or such affiliates, as applicable, prior to such issuance) (the “Newly Issued Price”), (y) the aggregate gross proceeds from such issuances represent more than 60% of the total equity proceeds, and interest thereon, available for the funding of a Business Combination on the date of the consummation of a Business Combination (net of redemptions), and (z) the volume weighted average trading price of its Class A common shares during the 20 trading day period starting on the trading day prior to the day on which the Company consummates its Business Combination (such price, the “Market Value”) is below $9.20 per share, the exercise price of the warrants will be adjusted (to the nearest cent) to be equal to 115% of the higher of the Market Value and the Newly Issued Price and the $18.00 per share redemption trigger price will be adjusted (to the nearest cent) to be equal to the higher of the Market Value and the Newly Issued Price.

 

The Private Warrants are identical to the Public Warrants underlying the Units sold in the Initial Public Offering. Management concluded that the Public Warrants and Private Warrants to be issued pursuant to the warrant agreement qualify for equity accounting.

 

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CLEAN ENERGY SPECIAL SITUATIONS CORP.

NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

JUNE 30, 2023

(UNAUDITED)

 

NOTE 8. FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS

 

The Company follows the guidance in ASC 820 for its financial assets and liabilities that are re-measured and reported at fair value at each reporting period, and non-financial assets and liabilities that are re-measured and reported at fair value at least annually. 

 

The fair value of the Company’s financial assets and liabilities reflects management’s estimate of amounts that the Company would have received in connection with the sale of the assets or paid in connection with the transfer of the liabilities in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. In connection with measuring the fair value of its assets and liabilities, the Company seeks to maximize the use of observable inputs (market data obtained from independent sources) and to minimize the use of unobservable inputs (internal assumptions about how market participants would price assets and liabilities). The following fair value hierarchy is used to classify assets and liabilities based on the observable inputs and unobservable inputs used in order to value the assets and liabilities:

 

  Level 1: Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities. An active market for an asset or liability is a market in which transactions for the asset or liability occur with sufficient frequency and volume to provide pricing information on an ongoing basis.
     
  Level 2: Observable inputs other than Level 1 inputs. Examples of Level 2 inputs include quoted prices in active markets for similar assets or liabilities and quoted prices for identical assets or liabilities in markets that are not active.
     
  Level 3: Unobservable inputs based on our assessment of the assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability.

 

The following table presents information about the Company’s assets that are measured at fair value on a recurring basis at June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, and indicates the fair value hierarchy of the valuation inputs the Company utilized to determine such fair value:

 

Description  Level   June 30,
2023
   December 31,
2022
 
Assets:            
Marketable securities held in Trust Account   1   $ 20,371,845   $175,167,573 

 

NOTE 9. SUBSEQUENT EVENTS 

 

Effective August 2, 2023, each of Martin Gruschka, Ignacio Casanova, Angel Pendas and Eduardo Montes resigned from the Board of Directors of the Company and from each officer position they may have held with the Company – Mr. Gruschka from the office of Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Casanova from the office of Chief Financial Officer, and Mr. Pendas from the office of Secretary. Such individuals’ resignations were not the result of any disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies, or practices.

 

At the same time as and in connection with the resignations described above, Raghunath Kilambi was elected Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the Company

 

On August 2, 2023, the Company filed an amendment to its Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, as amended, changing the name of the Company from “Springwater Special Situations Corp.” to “Clean Energy Special Situations Corp.” A copy of such amendment was included in the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K as filed with the SEC on August 2, 2023.

 

Extension Amendment Proposal

 

On August 28, 2023, the Company held a special meeting of its stockholders (the “August 2023 Special Meeting”) whereby the Company’s stockholders approved a proposal to amend the Certificate of Incorporation to extend the date by which the Company has to consummate an initial Business Combination from August 28, 2023 to November 28, 2023 with the ability to further extend such date up to six times by one month each (so a maximum of through May 28, 2024) (the “Extension Amendment Proposal”), at the discretion of the Company’s board of directors, upon the payment of certain amounts (the “Extension”). The Company’s Sponsor, officers, directors and their affiliates agreed that if the Extension Amendment Proposal were to be approved and the Extension implemented, they or their affiliates would lend to the Company to be deposited into the Trust Account $0.075 per public share that was not redeemed in connection with the stockholder vote to approve the Extension for first three months of the Extension and then $0.025 per share for each additional month of the Extension needed to consummate an initial Business Combination through the Extended Date. If the Company completes an initial Business Combination, the Company will repay the lenders for the amounts loaned without interest. If the Company does not complete a Business Combination, it will repay such amounts only from funds held outside of the Trust Account, if any. An aggregate of 327,288 shares were redeemed in connection with the August 2023 Special Meeting for an aggregate amount of $3,389,649 or approximately, $10.36 per share.

 

On August 28, 2023, the Company filed an amendment to the Certificate of Incorporation to effectuate the Extension. A copy of such amendment was included in the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K as filed with the SEC on September 1, 2023.

 

As of the date of these financial statements, the Sponsor advanced the Company an aggregate of approximately $128,000 for working capital and payments for the monthly extensions.

 

The Company evaluated subsequent events and transactions that occurred after the balance sheet date up to the date that the condensed financial statements were issued. Based upon this review, other than as disclosed above, the Company did not identify any subsequent events that would have required adjustment or disclosure in the condensed financial statements.

 

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 

References in this report (the “Quarterly Report”) to “we,” “us” or the “Company” refer to Clean Energy Special Situations Corp. References to our “management” or our “management team” refer to our officers and directors, and references to the “Sponsor” refer to Springwater Promote LLC The following discussion and analysis of the Company’s financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and the notes thereto contained elsewhere in this Quarterly Report. Certain information contained in the discussion and analysis set forth below includes forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.

 

Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

 

This Quarterly Report includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Exchange Act that are not historical facts and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected and projected. All statements, other than statements of historical fact included in this Form 10-Q including, without limitation, statements in this “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” regarding the completion of the Proposed Business Combination (as defined below), the Company’s financial position, business strategy and the plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. Words such as “expect,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “estimate,” “seek” and variations and similar words and expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements relate to future events or future performance, but reflect management’s current beliefs, based on information currently available. A number of factors could cause actual events, performance or results to differ materially from the events, performance and results discussed in the forward-looking statements, including that the conditions of the Proposed Business Combination are not satisfied. For information identifying important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, please refer to the Risk Factors section of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). The Company’s securities filings can be accessed on the EDGAR section of the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Except as expressly required by applicable securities law, the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

Overview

 

We are a blank check company formed under the laws of the State of Delaware on October 2, 2020 for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities. We intend to effectuate our business combination using cash from the proceeds of the Initial Public Offering and the sale of the Private Units, our capital stock, debt or a combination of cash, stock and debt.

 

We expect to continue to incur significant costs in the pursuit of our acquisition plans. We cannot assure you that our plans to complete a business combination will be successful.

 

Results of Operations

 

We have neither engaged in any operations nor generated any revenues to date. Our only activities from October 2, 2020 (inception) through June 30, 2023 were organizational activities, those necessary to prepare for the Initial Public Offering and seeking to identify a target company for a business combination. We do not expect to generate any operating revenues until after the completion of our business combination. We generate non-operating income in the form of interest income on marketable securities held in the Trust Account. We incur expenses as a result of being a public company (for legal, financial reporting, accounting and auditing compliance), as well as for due diligence expenses.

 

For the three months ended June 30, 2023, we had a net loss of $132,588, which consists of an operating and formation costs of $195,594, interest expense of $130,715 associated with the debt discount on the related party promissory note and a provision for income taxes of $47,641, offset by interest income on marketable securities held in the Trust Account of $241,023 and interest income from bank of $339.

 

For the six months ended June 30, 2023, we had a net income of $476,554, which consists of an interest income from bank of $471 and interest income on marketable securities held in the Trust Account of $1,639,196, offset by operating and formation costs of $694,158, interest expense of $130,715 associated with the debt discount on the related party promissory note and a provision for income taxes of $338,240.

 

For the three months ended June 30, 2022, we had a net income of $15,084, which consists of interest income from bank of $36 and interest income on marketable securities held in the Trust Account of $351,571, offset by operating and formation costs of $245,614, an unrealized loss on marketable securities held in our Trust Account of $90,909.

 

For the six months ended June 30, 2022, we had a net loss of $192,494, which consists of operating and formation costs of $482,603, an unrealized loss on marketable securities held in our Trust Account of $86,486, offset by interest income from bank of $47 and interest income on marketable securities held in the Trust Account of $376,548.

 

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Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

On August 30, 2021, we consummated the Initial Public Offering of 15,000,000 Units, at $10.00 per Unit, generating gross proceeds of $150,000,000. Simultaneously with the consummation of the Initial Public Offering, we consummated the sale of 645,000 Units at a price of $10.00 per Private Unit in a private placement to the Sponsor, generating gross proceeds of $6,450,000.

 

On September 7, 2021, the Company consummated the sale of an additional 2,118,624 Units pursuant to the partial exercise of the underwriters’ over-allotment option and the sale of an additional 63,559 Private Units.

 

Of the gross proceeds of the IPO and Private Placement, an aggregate of $172,898,105 ($10.10 per unit sold in the Initial Public Offering, including the over-allotment option) was deposited into the Trust Account with Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company acting as trustee.

 

For the six months ended June 30, 2023, cash used in operating activities was $824,103. Net income of $476,554 was affected by interest earned on marketable securities held in the Trust Account of $1,639,196 and amortization of the debt discount of $130,715. Changes in operating assets and liabilities provided $207,824 of cash for operating activities.

 

For the six months ended June 30, 2022, cash used in operating activities was $327,869. Net loss of $192,494 was affected by interest earned on marketable securities held in the Trust Account of $376,548 and unrealized loss on marketable securities held in Trust Account of $86,486. Changes in operating assets and liabilities provided $154,687 of cash for operating activities.

 

As of June 30, 2023, we had marketable securities held in the Trust Account of $20,371,845 (including $417,131 of interest income) consisting of U.S. Treasury Bills with a maturity of 185 days or less. Interest income on the balance in the Trust Account may be used by us to pay taxes. From inception through June 30, 2023, we have withdrawn $783,622 of interest earned from the Trust Account to pay taxes and $155,904,552 in connection with redemption.

 

We intend to use substantially all of the funds held in the Trust Account, including any amounts representing interest earned on the Trust Account not previously released to us (less income taxes payable), to complete our business combination. To the extent that our capital stock or debt is used, in whole or in part, as consideration to complete our business combination, the remaining proceeds held in the Trust Account will be used as working capital to finance the operations of the target business or businesses, make other acquisitions and pursue our growth strategies.

 

As of June 30, 2023, we had cash of $26,187. We intend to use the funds held outside the Trust Account primarily to identify and evaluate target businesses, perform business due diligence on prospective target businesses, travel to and from the offices, plants or similar locations of prospective target businesses or their representatives or owners, review corporate documents and material agreements of prospective target businesses, and structure, negotiate and complete a Business Combination.

 

On May 15, 2023, certain members of the Sponsor agreed to advance us an aggregate of $400,000 (the “Initial Loan Amount”). On May 15, 2023, our Sponsor issued us a $305,000 promissory note to pay for our existing liabilities at issuance. This promissory note is non-interest bearing and due upon completion of our initial Business Combination. As of June 30, 2023, there was an aggregate of $130,715 outstanding under the “Initial Loan Amount”, net of a debt-discount of $130,715 recognized for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023.

 

Our working capital needs in excess of the Initial Loan Amount until the consummation of an initial Business Combination by the Company are expected to be financed by certain members of the Sponsor, in such amounts among these parties and at such times as determined by them in their discretion but ensuring that our liabilities are paid as they become due.  Any additional amounts loaned will be evidenced by promissory notes.

 

In order to fund working capital deficiencies or finance transaction costs in connection with a business combination, the Sponsor, our officers and directors or their affiliates may, but are not obligated to, loan us funds as may be required. If we complete a business combination, we would repay such loaned amounts provided that up to $1,500,000 of such loans may be convertible into units of the post-business combination entity at a price of $10.00 per unit at the option of the lender. The units would be identical to the Private Units. In the event that a business combination does not close, we may use a portion of the working capital held outside the Trust Account to repay such loaned amounts but no proceeds from our Trust Account would be used for such repayment.

 

As of the date of these financial statements, the Sponsor advanced to us an aggregate of approximately $128,000 for working capital and payments for the monthly extensions.

 

We do not believe we will need to raise additional funds in order to meet the expenditures required for operating our business. However, if our estimate of the costs of identifying a target business, undertaking in-depth due diligence and negotiating a business combination are less than the actual amount necessary to do so, we may have insufficient funds available to operate our business prior to our business combination. Moreover, we may need to obtain additional financing either to complete our business combination or because we become obligated to redeem a significant number of our Public Shares upon consummation of our business combination, in which case we may issue additional securities or incur debt in connection with such business combination.

 

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Liquidity and Going Concern

 

As of June 30, 2023, the Company had $26,187 in its operating bank account and working capital deficit of $2,373,184. If the estimate of the costs of identifying a target business, undertaking in-depth due diligence and negotiating a Business Combination are less than the actual amount necessary to do so, the Company may have insufficient funds available to operate its business prior to a Business Combination. Moreover, the Company may need to obtain additional financing or loans either to complete a business combination or because it becomes obligated to redeem a significant number of the Public Shares upon consummation of a business combination, in which case the Company may issue additional securities or incur debt in connection with such business combination. Subject to compliance with applicable securities laws, the Company would only complete such financing simultaneously with the completion of our business combination. If the Company does not have sufficient funds available, the Company may be forced to cease operations and liquidate the Trust Account. In addition, following the business combination, if cash on hand is insufficient, the Company may need to obtain additional financing in order to meet its obligations.

 

In connection with the Company’s assessment of going concern considerations in accordance with Financial Accounting Standard Board’s Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2014-15, “Disclosures of Uncertainties about an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern,” the Company may not have sufficient funds available to complete a business combination. Management has determined that the liquidity condition, should a business combination not occur, and potential subsequent dissolution raises substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. No adjustments have been made to the carrying amounts of assets or liabilities should the Company be required to liquidate.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

We have no obligations, assets or liabilities, which would be considered off-balance sheet arrangements as of June 30, 2023. We do not participate in transactions that create relationships with unconsolidated entities or financial partnerships, often referred to as variable interest entities, which would have been established for the purpose of facilitating off-balance sheet arrangements. We have not entered into any off-balance sheet financing arrangements, established any special purpose entities, guaranteed any debt or commitments of other entities, or purchased any non-financial assets.

 

Contractual obligations

 

We do not have any long-term debt, capital lease obligations, operating lease obligations or long-term liabilities.

 

The underwriters were entitled to a cash underwriting discount of $0.20 per Unit, or $3,000,000 in the aggregate, paid upon the closing of the Initial Public Offering.

 

The Company engaged EarlyBirdCapital, the representative of underwriters in the Initial Public Offering, as an advisor in connection with its Business Combination to assist in holding meetings with the shareholders to discuss the potential Business Combination and the target business’ attributes, introduce the Company to potential investors that are interested in purchasing securities in connection with the Initial Business Combination and assist the Company with press releases and public filings in connection with the Business Combination. The Company will pay EarlyBirdCapital a cash fee for such services upon the consummation a Business Combination in an aggregate amount equal to 3.5% of the gross proceeds of the Initial Public Offering. Additionally, the Company will pay EarlyBirdCapital a cash fee equal to 1.0% of the total consideration payable in the Business Combination if it introduces the Company to the target business with which it completes a Business Combination.

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

The preparation of condensed financial statements and related disclosures in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements, and income and expenses during the periods reported. Actual results could materially differ from those estimates. We have identified the following critical accounting policies:

 

Common Stock Subject to Possible Redemption

 

We account for our common stock subject to possible conversion in accordance with the guidance in Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 480 “Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity.” Common stock subject to mandatory redemption is classified as a liability instrument and measured at fair value. Conditionally redeemable common stock (including common stock that features redemption rights that are either within the control of the holder or subject to redemption upon the occurrence of uncertain events not solely within our control) is classified as temporary equity. At all other times, common stock is classified as stockholders’ equity. Our common stock features certain redemption rights that are considered to be outside of our control and subject to occurrence of uncertain future events. Accordingly, common stock subject to possible redemption is presented at redemption value as temporary equity, outside of the stockholders’ (deficit) equity section of our condensed balance sheets.

 

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Net Income (Loss) Per Common Share

 

Net income (loss) per common stock is computed by dividing net income (loss) by the weighted average number of common stock outstanding for the period. Accretion associated with the redeemable shares of common stock is excluded from earnings per share as the redemption value approximates fair value.

 

Recent Accounting Standards

 

In August 2020, the FASB issued ASU No. 2020-06, “Debt—Debt with Conversion and Other Options (Subtopic 470-20) and Derivatives and Hedging—Contracts in Entity’s Own Equity (Subtopic 815-40): Accounting for Convertible Instruments and Contracts in an Entity’s Own Equity” (“ASU 2020-06”), which simplifies accounting for convertible instruments by removing major separation models required under current U.S. GAAP. ASU 2020-06 removes certain settlement conditions that are required for equity contracts to qualify for the derivative scope exception, and it also simplifies the diluted earnings per share calculation in certain areas.  ASU 2020-06 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2023, including interim periods within those fiscal years, with early adoption permitted.  We adopted ASU 2020-06 effective as of January 1, 2021. The adoption of ASU 2020-06 did not have an impact on our financial statements.

 

Management does not believe that any recently issued, but not yet effective, accounting standards, if currently adopted, would have a material effect on our condensed financial statements.

  

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

 

Not required for smaller reporting companies.

  

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

Disclosure controls are procedures that are designed with the objective of ensuring that information required to be disclosed in our reports filed under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized, and reported within the time period specified in the SEC’s rules and forms. Disclosure controls are also designed with the objective of ensuring that such information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including the chief executive officer and chief financial officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

As required by Rules 13a-15 and 15d-15 under the Exchange Act, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer carried out an evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures as of June 30, 2023. Based upon their evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act) were not effective, due to the material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting related to the Company’s accounting for complex financial instruments and accruals. As a result, we performed additional analysis as deemed necessary to ensure that our financial statements were prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Accordingly, management believes that the financial statements included in this Form 10-Q present fairly in all material respects our financial position, results of operations, and cash flows for the period presented.

 

Management has implemented remediation steps to improve our internal control over financial reporting. Specifically, we expanded and improved our review process for complex securities and related accounting standards. We plan to further improve this process by enhancing access to accounting literature, identification of third-party professionals with whom to consult regarding complex accounting applications and consideration of additional staff with the requisite experience and training to supplement existing accounting professionals.

 

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

 

There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting (as such term is defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) of the Exchange Act) during the most recent fiscal quarter that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting. 

 

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PART II - OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.

 

On August 30, 2021, the Company consummated the Initial Public Offering of 15,000,000 units, at $10.00 per Unit, generating gross proceeds of $150,000,000, which is described in Note 3. EarlyBirdCapital, Inc. acted as sole book-running manager and JonesTrading acted as co-manager, of the Initial Public Offering. The securities in the offering were registered under the Securities Act on registration statement on Form S-1 (No. 333-254088). The Securities and Exchange Commission declared the registration statement effective on August 25, 2021.

 

Simultaneously with the closing of the Initial Public Offering, the Company consummated the sale of 645,000 Private Units at a price of $10.00 per Private Unit in a private placement to Springwater Promote LLC (the “Sponsor”), generating gross proceeds of $6,450,000. The issuance was made pursuant to the exemption from registration contained in Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act.

  

On September 3, 2021, the underwriters notified the Company of their intention to partially exercise their over-allotment option and forfeited the remaining balance. On September 7, 2021, the Company consummated the sale of an additional 2,118,624 Units, at $10.00 per Unit, and the sale of an additional 63,559 Private Units, at $10.00 per Private Unit, generating total gross proceeds of $21,821,830. A total of $21,398,105 was deposited into the Trust Account.

 

Of the gross proceeds of the IPO and Private Placement, an aggregate of $172,898,105 ($10.10 per unit sold in the offering, including the over-allotment option) was deposited into a trust account with Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company acting as trustee.

 

We paid a total of $3,423,725 in underwriting discounts and commissions related to the Initial Public Offering.

 

For a description of the use of the proceeds generated in our Initial Public Offering, see Part I, Item 2 of this Form 10-Q.

 

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Item 6. Exhibits

 

The following exhibits are filed as part of, or incorporated by reference into, this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

 

No.   Description of Exhibit
31.1*   Certification of Principal Executive & Financial Officer Pursuant to Securities Exchange Act Rules 13a-14(a), as adopted Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
32.1*   Certification of Principal Executive & Financial Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
101.INS*   Inline XBRL Instance Document.
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101.DEF*   Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document.
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101.PRE*   Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document.
104*   Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as Inline XBRL and contained in Exhibit 101).

 

*Filed herewith.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

In accordance with the requirements of the Exchange Act, the registrant caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

  CLEAN ENERGY SPECIAL SITUATIONS CORP.
     

Date: December 1, 2023

By: /s/ Raghu Kilambi  
  Name:  Raghu Kilambi
  Title: Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer
    (Principal Executive Officer and
Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)
and Director

 

 

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EX-31.1 2 f10q0623ex31-1_cleanenergy.htm CERTIFICATION

EXHIBIT 31.1

 

CERTIFICATION OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

PURSUANT TO RULE 13A-14(A) UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934,

AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO SECTION 302 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

 

I, Raghu Kilambi, certify that:

 

1.I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Clean Energy Special Situations Corp.;

 

2.Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

 

3.Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

 

4.I am responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) for the registrant and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

 

a)Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under my supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared; and

 

b)(Paragraph omitted pursuant to Exchange Act Rules 13a-14(a) and 15d-15(a);

 

c)Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report my conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

d)Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

 

5.I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

a)All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

b)Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

Date: December 1, 2023

 

  /s/ Raghu Kilambi
  Raghu Kilambi
  Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer
  (Principal Executive Officer and
Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)
and Director

EX-32.1 3 f10q0623ex31-2_cleanenergy.htm CERTIFICATION

EXHIBIT 32.1

 

CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO

18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350

AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO

SECTION 906 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

 

In connection with the Quarterly Report of Clean Energy Special Situations Corp. (the “Company”) on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2023, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Report”), I, Raghu Kilambi, Chief Executive and Financial Officer of the Company, certify, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §1350, as adopted pursuant to §906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, that, to the best of my knowledge:

 

1.The Report fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and

 

2.The information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Company.

 

Date: December 1, 2023

 

  /s/ Raghu Kilambi
  Raghu Kilambi
  Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer
  (Principal Executive Officer and
Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)
and Director

 

 

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