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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-K

 

(Mark One)

 

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 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: 001-41293

 

PowerUp Acquisition Corp.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Cayman Islands   N/A

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Number)

 

188 Grand Street Unit #195

New York, New York

  10013
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code : (347) 313-8109

 

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 Class A ordinary share, par value $0.0001 per share, and one-half of one redeemable warrant   PWUPU   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Class A ordinary shares, par value $0.0001 per share, included as part of the units   PWUP   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Redeemable warrants, each exercisable for one Class A ordinary share for $11.50 per share, included as part of the units   PWUPW   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes ☐ No

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act. Yes ☐ No

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 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 and post 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 the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer, “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer Accelerated filer
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 has filed a report on and attestation to its management’s assessment of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting under Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C. 7262(b)) by the registered public accounting firm that prepared or issued its audit report.

 

If securities are registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act, indicate by check mark whether the financial statements of the registrant included in the filing reflect the correction of an error to previously issued financial statements.

 

Indicate by check mark whether any of those error corrections are restatements that required a recovery analysis of incentive-based compensation received by any of the registrant’s executive officers during the relevant recovery period pursuant to §240.10D-1(b). ☐

 

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

 

The aggregate market value of the voting stock (ordinary shares) held by non-affiliates of the registrant as of the close of business on June 30, 2023, the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter, was approximately $18,794,856 based on the closing sale price of the Class A ordinary shares on the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC on that date. The registrant does not have any non-voting common equity.

 

As of February 13, 2024, there were 8,991,229 Class A ordinary shares, par value $0.0001 per share, and 0 Class B ordinary shares, par value $0.0001 per share, of the registrant issued and outstanding.

 

 

 

 
 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

    PAGE
PART I   5
Item 1. Business. 5
Item 1A. Risk Factors. 22
Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments. 24
Item 1C. Cybersecurity 24
Item 2. Properties. 24
Item 3. Legal Proceedings. 24
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures. 24
     
PART II   24
Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters, and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities. 24
Item 6. Reserved. 25
Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. 25
Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk. 31
Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data. 31
Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure. 31
Item 9A. Controls and Procedures.  31
Item 9B. Other Information. 31
Item 9C. Disclosure Regarding Foreign Jurisdictions that Prevent Inspections. 32
   
PART III   32
Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance. 32
Item 11. Executive Compensation. 38
Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters. 39
Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence. 40
Item 14. Principal Accountant Fees and Services. 42
     
PART IV   43
Item 15. Exhibits, Financial Statements and Financial Statement Schedules. 43
Item 16. Form 10-K Summary. 44

 

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CERTAIN TERMS

 

Unless otherwise stated in this Annual Report on Form 10-K or the context otherwise requires, references to:

 

  “amended and restated memorandum and articles of association” are to the amended and restated memorandum and articles of association adopted on February 17, 2022, as amended on or about May 18, 2023;
     
  “board of directors” or “board” are to the board of directors of the Company;
     
  “Companies Act” are to the Companies Act (2023 Revision) of the Cayman Islands as the same may be amended from time to time;
     
  “DWAC System” are to the Depository Trust Company’s Deposit/Withdrawal At Custodian System;
     
  “Equiniti” are to Equiniti Trust Company, LLC (f/k/a American Stock Transfer & Trust Company) our transfer agent, trustee of our trust account, and warrant agent;
     
  “Exchange Act” are to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended;
     
  “Extension Period” are to any extended time that we have to consummate a business combination beyond May 23, 2024 as a result of a shareholder vote to amend our amended and restated memorandum and articles of association;
     
  “equity-linked securities” are to any debt or equity securities that are convertible, exercisable or exchangeable for our Class A ordinary shares issued in a financing transaction in connection with our initial business combination;
     
  “FINRA” are to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority;
     
  “founder shares” are to our Class B ordinary shares initially issued to our sponsor in a private placement prior to our initial public offering and the Class A ordinary shares that will be issued upon the automatic conversion of the Class B ordinary shares at the time of our initial business combination or earlier at the option of the holders thereof (for the avoidance of doubt, such Class A ordinary shares will not be “public shares”);
     
  “GAAP” are to the accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America;
     
  “initial business combination” are to a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses;
     
  “initial public offering” or “IPO” are to the initial public offering that was consummated by the Company on February 23, 2022;
     
  “initial shareholders” are to the Original Sponsor (PowerUp Sponsor LLC), the Sponsor (SRIRAMA Associates, LLC), and each of their permitted transferees;
     
  “Investment Company Act” are to the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended;
     
  “JOBS Act” are to the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012;
     
  “management” or our “management team” are to our officers and directors;
     
  “Marcum” are to Marcum LLP, our independent registered public accounting firm;
     
  “Nasdaq” are to the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC;
     
  “ordinary shares” are to our Class A ordinary shares and our Class B ordinary shares;
     
  “Original Sponsor” are to PowerUp Sponsor LLC, a Delaware limited liability company;
     
  “PCAOB” are to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States);
     
  “placement warrants” are to the 9,763,333 redeemable warrants purchased by our Original Sponsor in the private placement;
     
  “public shareholders” are to the holders of our public shares, including our initial shareholders to the extent our initial shareholders purchase public shares; provided that our initial shareholders’ status as a “public shareholder” will only exist with respect to such public shares;
     
  “public warrants” are to our warrants sold as part of the units in our initial public offering (whether they were purchased in our initial public offering or thereafter in the open market);
     
  “Report” are to this Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023;

 

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  “Sarbanes-Oxley Act” are to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002;
     
  “SEC” are to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission;
     
  “Securities Act” are to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended;
     
  “Sponsor” are to SRIRAMA Associates, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, which is not currently controlled by, nor has substantial ties with, non-U.S. persons. Additionally, all officers and directors of the Company are U.S. citizens and U.S. residents;
     
  “trust account” are to the trust account in which an amount of $294,687,500 ($10.25 per unit) from the net proceeds of the sale of the units in the initial public offering and a portion of the net proceeds of the sale of the placement warrants was placed following the closing of our initial public offering;
     
  “units” are to the units sold in our initial public offering, which consist of one Class A ordinary share and one-half of one redeemable warrant;
     
  “warrants” are to our redeemable warrants sold as part of the units in our initial public offering (whether they were purchased in the initial public offering or thereafter in the open market) and the private placement warrants; and
     
  “we,” “us,” “our,” “Company” or “our company” are to PowerUp Acquisition Corp., a Cayman Islands exempted company.

 

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This Report, including, without limitation, statements under the heading “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, or the Exchange Act. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the words “believes,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “may,” “will,” “potential,” “projects,” “predicts,” “continue,” or “should,” or, in each case, their negative or other variations or comparable terminology. There can be no assurance that actual results will not materially differ from expectations. Such statements include, but are not limited to, any statements relating to our ability to consummate any acquisition or other business combination and any other statements that are not statements of current or historical facts. These statements are based on management’s current expectations, but actual results may differ materially due to various factors, including, but not limited to:

 

  our ability to select an appropriate target business or businesses;
     
  our ability to complete our initial business combination;
     
  our expectations around the performance of a prospective target business or businesses;
     
  our success in retaining or recruiting, or changes required in, our officers, key employees or directors following our initial business combination;
     
  our officers and directors allocating their time to other businesses and potentially having conflicts of interest with our business or in approving our initial business combination;

 

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  our potential ability to obtain additional financing to complete our initial business combination;
     
  our pool of prospective target businesses;
     
  the ability of our officers and directors to generate a number of potential business combination opportunities;
     
  our public securities’ potential liquidity and trading;
     
  the lack of a market for our securities;
     
  the use of proceeds not held in the trust account or available to us from interest income on the trust account balance;
     
  the trust account not being subject to claims of third parties; or
     
  our financial performance.

 

The forward-looking statements contained in this Report are based on our current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on us. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting us will be those that we have anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond our control) or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited, to those factors generally described or identified under Item 1A of this Report under the heading “Risk Factors.” Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in these forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

 

PART I

 

Item 1. Business.

 

Overview

 

We are a blank check company incorporated on February 9, 2021, as a Cayman Islands exempted company for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses, which we refer to throughout this Report as our initial business combination. To date, our efforts have been limited to organizational activities related to our initial public offering and our search for a suitable target for a potential business combination. We have generated no operating revenues to date and we do not expect that we will generate operating revenues until we consummate our initial business combination.

 

While we may pursue an initial business combination with a company in any business, industry, sector or geographic location, we currently are concentrating our efforts on pursuing an acquisition opportunity with a commercial and late-stage pharmaceutical company.

 

Initial Public Offering

 

On February 23, 2022, we consummated our initial public offering of 28,750,000 units. Each unit consisted of one Class A ordinary share of the Company, par value $0.0001 per share, and one-half of one redeemable warrant of the Company, with each whole warrant entitling the holder thereof to purchase one Class A ordinary share for $11.50 per share. The units were sold at a price of $10.00 per unit, generating gross proceeds to the Company of $287,500,000. Prior to the closing of our initial public offering, the underwriters for our initial public offering exercised their over-allotment option in full.

 

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Simultaneously with the closing of our initial public offering, we completed the private sale of an aggregate of 9,763,333 warrants at a purchase price of $1.50 per warrant, generating gross proceeds to the Company of $14,645,000.

 

A total of $294,687,500, comprised of the proceeds from the initial public offering after offering expenses and a portion of the proceeds of the sale of the private placement warrants, was placed in the trust account.

 

We must complete our initial business combination by May 23, 2024 (or by the end of any Extension Period). If our initial business combination is not consummated by May 23, 2024 (or by the end of any Extension Period if we extend the period of time to consummate a business combination), then our existence will terminate, and we will distribute all amounts in the trust account.

 

Exempted companies are Cayman Islands companies wishing to conduct business outside the Cayman Islands and, as such, are exempted from complying with certain provisions of the Companies Law. As an exempted company, we have applied for and received a tax exemption undertaking from the Cayman Islands government that, in accordance with section 6 of the Tax Concessions Law (2018 Revision) of the Cayman Islands, for a period of 20 years from the date of the undertaking, no law which is enacted in the Cayman Islands imposing any tax to be levied on profits, income, gains or appreciations shall apply to us or our operations and, in addition, that no tax to be levied on profits, income, gains or appreciations or which is in the nature of estate duty or inheritance tax shall be payable (i) on or in respect of our shares, debentures or other obligations or (ii) by way of the withholding in whole or in part of a payment of dividend or other distribution of income or capital by us to our shareholders or a payment of principal or interest or other sums due under a debenture or other obligation of us.

 

Charter Amendment

 

At the extraordinary general meeting of shareholders held on May 18, 2023, our shareholders approved an amendment to our amended and restated memorandum and articles of association to extend the date by which we must consummate an initial business combination from May 23, 2023 to May 23, 2024. In connection with the meeting, shareholders holding approximately 26,946,271 Class A ordinary shares exercised their right to redeem their shares for a pro rata portion of the funds in the trust account. Following the redemptions, we had approximately 1,803,729 Class A ordinary shares outstanding.

 

Sponsor Share Conversion

 

On May 18, 2023, following the extraordinary general meeting, shareholders holding all of the issued and outstanding Class B ordinary shares elected to convert their Class B ordinary shares into Class A ordinary shares on a one-for-one basis (the “Sponsor Share Conversion”). As a result, 7,187,500 of our Class B ordinary shares were cancelled and 7,187,500 of our Class A ordinary shares were issued to such converting Class B shareholders. The converting Class B shareholders agreed that all of the terms and conditions applicable to the Class B ordinary shares set forth in the Letter Agreement, dated February 17, 2022, by and among the Company, its officers, its directors and the Class B shareholders (the “Letter Agreement”), shall continue to apply to the Class A ordinary shares that the Class B ordinary shares converted into, including the voting agreement, transfer restrictions and waiver of any right, title, interest or claim of any kind to the Trust Account or any monies or other assets held therein. Following the Sponsor Share Conversion, and the redemptions mentioned above, we had approximately 8,991,229 Class A ordinary shares issued and outstanding and no Class B ordinary shares issued and outstanding.

 

Sponsor Purchase Agreement

 

On July 14, 2023, we entered into a purchase agreement (the “Sponsor Purchase Agreement”) with the Original Sponsor and the Sponsor, pursuant to which the Sponsor agreed to purchase from the Original Sponsor 4,317,500 of our Class A ordinary shares and 6,834,333 private placement warrants, each exercisable for one Class A Ordinary Share for an aggregate purchase price of $1.00 (the “Sponsor Purchase Price”), payable at the time we complete an initial business combination. In addition to the payment of the Sponsor Purchase Price, the Sponsor also assumed the responsibilities and obligations of the Original Sponsor related to the Company. On August 18, 2023, the parties to the Sponsor Purchase Agreement closed the transactions contemplated thereby.

 

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Business Combination Agreement

 

On December 26, 2023, we entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger with PowerUp Merger Sub Inc., a Delaware corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of the Company (“Merger Sub”), the Sponsor, Visiox Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Visiox”), and Ryan Bleeks, in the capacity as the seller representative (as may be amended and/or restated from time to time, the “Merger Agreement”). Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, among other things, the parties intend to effect the merger of Merger Sub with and into Visiox, with Visiox continuing as the surviving entity (the “Merger”), as a result of which all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of Visiox shall be exchanged for shares of common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, of the Company (the “Share Exchange”) subject to the conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, with Visiox surviving the Share Exchange as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company (the Merger, Share Exchange, and the other transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement, together, the “Transaction”).

 

Prior to the closing date of the Transaction, and subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions of the Merger Agreement, we will migrate out of the Cayman Islands and domesticate (the “Domestication”) as a Delaware corporation in accordance with Section 388 of the DGCL and Part XII of the Cayman Islands Companies Act. In connection with the Domestication, each issued and outstanding Class A ordinary share and Class B ordinary share shall automatically convert, on a one-for-one basis, into one share of the Company’s Class A common stock and one share of the Company’s Class B common stock, respectively. Immediately following the Domestication, (i) each share of the Company’s Class B common stock shall convert automatically, on a one-for-one basis, into one share of the Company’s Class A Common Stock, (ii) the Company’s Class A common stock will be reclassified as common stock, and (iii) each public unit will be separated into shares of common stock and public warrants.

 

Our Leadership

 

Our management team and board consist of experienced deal makers, entrepreneurs, executives and investors. Collectively, the team possesses a wide-ranging set of competencies, with exceptional financial acumen and an extensive track record of growth and value creation. The team is led by Suren Ajjarapu, who has over 25 years of specific experience in growing novel companies, raising capital, mergers and acquisitions and building superior management teams.

 

Acquisition Criteria

 

We previously established the criteria and guidelines listed below in accordance with our strategy, which we believe are important in evaluating prospective targets. However, we are not obligated or limited to pursuing or consummating an initial business combination with a target business that meets these criteria and guidelines.

 

  Competitive Position: The target company has a defensible market position in relation to their competitors. This defensibility may come from technology, brand, intellectual property, scale, or talent, among other attributes.
     
  Management Team: The management team of the target company can execute on compelling growth strategies and/or recruit talented individuals to help execute the business strategy.
     
  Inflection Point: The target company is at an inflection point, and the expertise of our management team combined with capital can improve financial performance.
     
  Unrecognized Value: The target company is undervalued relative to market comps and/or as evaluated by our management team of seasoned public company officers and experts. In addition, our management team believes we can help the target company evaluate and improve its strategy and corporate governance, leading to successful value creation and re-valuation.

 

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  Growth: The target company is in a position to increase its growth rates, whether organically or inorganically, and our management team can help to accelerate that growth through supporting innovation of additional products or services or advising on strategic transactions.
     
  Scalable Platform: The target company participates in markets of sufficient scale with the potential to achieve meaningful scale after the initial business combination, organically or through add-on acquisitions.
     
  Risk-Adjusted Return: We believe that an acquisition of the target company will offer our shareholders attractive risk-adjusted returns on their investments.

 

These criteria are not intended to be exhaustive. Any evaluation relating to the merits of a particular initial business combination may be based, to the extent relevant, on these general guidelines as well as other considerations, factors and criteria that our management team may deem relevant. In the event that we decide to enter into our initial business combination with a target business that does not meet any or all of the above criteria and guidelines, we intend to disclose that the target business does not meet the above criteria in our shareholder communications related to our initial business combination, which, as discussed in our prospectus dated February 17, 2022, would be in the form of proxy solicitation or tender offer materials that we would file with the SEC.

 

Our Acquisition Process

 

In evaluating a prospective target business, we conduct a comprehensive due diligence review. That due diligence review may include, among other things, financial statement analysis, document reviews, meetings with the target’s management and other employees, consultations with relevant industry experts, competitors, customers and suppliers, as well as a review of additional information that we will seek to obtain as part of our analysis of a target company.

 

We are not prohibited from pursuing an initial business combination with a business that is affiliated with our Sponsor or a member of our management team. In the event we seek to complete our initial business combination with a business that is affiliated with our Sponsor or a member of our management team, we, or a committee of independent and disinterested directors, intend to obtain an opinion from an independent investment banking firm that is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) or an independent accounting firm that our initial business combination is fair to our company from a financial point of view. We are not required to obtain such an opinion in any other context.

 

Certain of our directors and officers presently have, and any of them in the future may have additional, fiduciary or contractual obligations to other entities, pursuant to which such officer or director is or will be required to present a business combination opportunity to such entities.

 

Initial Business Combination

 

So long as our securities are listed on Nasdaq, our initial business combination must occur with one or more target businesses that together have an aggregate fair market value of at least 80% of the net assets held in the trust account (excluding the deferred underwriting commissions and taxes payable on the interest earned on the trust account) at the time of signing a definitive agreement in connection with our initial business combination. Our board of directors intends to make the determination as to fair market value of our initial business combination. While we consider it unlikely that our board of directors will not be able to make an independent determination of the fair market value of a target business or businesses, it may be unable to do so if the board of directors is less familiar or experienced with the target business, there is a significant amount of uncertainty as to the value of the target’s assets or prospects, including if such target is at an early stage of development, operations or growth, or if the anticipated transaction involves a complex financial analysis or other specialized skills and the board of directors determines that outside expertise would be helpful or necessary in conducting such analysis. If our board of directors is unable to independently determine the fair market value of the target business or businesses, we intend to obtain an opinion from an independent investment banking firm that is a member of FINRA or an independent accounting firm with respect to the satisfaction of such criteria. Unless such opinion includes material information regarding the valuation of a target business or the consideration to be provided, it is not anticipated that copies of such opinion would be distributed to our shareholders. However, if required under applicable law, any proxy statement that we deliver to shareholders and file with the SEC in connection with a proposed transaction will include such opinion. We have also agreed not to enter into a definitive agreement regarding an initial business combination without the prior consent of our Sponsor. Additionally, pursuant to Nasdaq rules, any initial business combination must be approved by a majority of our independent directors.

 

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We anticipate structuring our initial business combination so that the post-business combination company in which our public shareholders own shares will own or acquire 100% of the equity interests or assets of the target business or businesses. We may, however, structure our initial business combination such that the post-business combination company owns or acquires less than 100% of such interests or assets of the target business in order to meet certain objectives of the target management team or shareholders or for other reasons, but we will only complete such business combination if the post-business combination company owns or acquires 50% or more of the outstanding voting securities of the target or otherwise acquires a controlling interest in the target sufficient for it not to be required to register as an investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, which we refer to as the Investment Company Act. Even if the post-business combination company owns or acquires 50% or more of the voting securities of the target, our shareholders prior to the business combination may collectively own a minority interest in the post-business combination company, depending on valuations ascribed to the target and us in the business combination. For example, we could pursue a transaction in which we issue a substantial number of new shares in exchange for all of the outstanding capital stock, shares or other equity interests of a target. In this case, we would acquire a 100% controlling interest in the target. However, as a result of the issuance of a substantial number of new shares, our shareholders immediately prior to our initial business combination could own less than a majority of our outstanding shares subsequent to our initial business combination. If less than 100% of the equity interests or assets of a target business or businesses are owned or acquired by the post-business combination company, the portion of such business or businesses that is owned or acquired is what will be valued for purposes of the 80% of net assets test. If the business combination involves more than one target business, the 80% of net assets test will be based on the aggregate value of all of the target businesses. If our securities are not listed on Nasdaq for whatever reason, we would no longer be required to meet the foregoing 80% of net assets test.

 

The time required to select and evaluate a target business and to structure and complete our initial business combination, and the costs associated with this process, are not currently ascertainable with any degree of certainty. Any costs incurred with respect to the identification and evaluation of a prospective target business with which our initial business combination is not ultimately completed will result in our incurring losses and will reduce the funds we can use to complete another business combination.

 

Status as a Public Company

 

We believe our structure makes us an attractive business combination partner to target businesses. As an existing public company, we offer a target business an alternative to the traditional initial public offering through a merger or other business combination with us. In a business combination transaction with us, the owners of the target business may, for example, exchange their shares of stock, shares or other equity interests in the target business for our Class A ordinary shares (or shares of a new holding company) or for a combination of our Class A ordinary shares and cash, allowing us to tailor the consideration to the specific needs of the sellers.

 

Although there are various costs and obligations associated with being a public company, we believe target businesses will find this method a more expeditious and cost-effective method to becoming a public company than the typical initial public offering. The typical initial public offering process takes a significantly longer period of time than the typical business combination transaction process, and there are significant expenses in the initial public offering process, including underwriting discounts and commissions, that may not be present to the same extent in connection with a business combination with us.

 

Furthermore, once a proposed business combination is completed, the target business will have effectively become public, whereas an initial public offering is always subject to the underwriters’ ability to complete the offering, as well as general market conditions, which could delay or prevent the offering from occurring or have negative valuation consequences. Once public, we believe the target business would then have greater access to capital, an additional means of providing management incentives consistent with shareholders’ interests and the ability to use its shares as currency for acquisitions. Being a public company can offer further benefits by enhancing a company’s profile among potential new customers and vendors and aid in attracting talented employees.

 

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While we believe that our structure and our management team’s backgrounds makes us an attractive business partner, some potential target businesses may view our status as a blank check company, such as our lack of an operating history and our ability to seek shareholder approval of any proposed initial business combination, negatively.

 

We are an “emerging growth company”, as defined in Section 2(a) of the Securities Act, as modified by the JOBS Act. As such, we are eligible to 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 auditor attestation requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, reduced disclosure obligations regarding executive compensation in our periodic reports and proxy statements, and exemptions from the requirements of holding a non-binding advisory vote on executive compensation and shareholder approval of any golden parachute payments not previously approved. If some investors find our securities less attractive as a result, there may be a less active trading market for our securities and the prices of our securities may be more volatile.

 

In addition, Section 107 of the JOBS Act also provides that an “emerging growth company” can take advantage of the extended transition period provided in Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act for complying with new or revised accounting standards. In other words, an “emerging growth company” can delay the adoption of certain accounting standards until those standards would otherwise apply to private companies. We intend to take advantage of the benefits of this extended transition period.

 

We will remain an emerging growth company until the earlier of (1) the last day of the fiscal year (a) following the fifth anniversary of the completion of our initial public offering, (b) in which we have total annual gross revenue of at least $1.07 billion, or (c) in which we are deemed to be a large accelerated filer, which means the market value of our Class A ordinary shares that are held by non-affiliates equals or exceeds $700 million as of the last business day of the preceding second fiscal quarter, and (2) the date on which we have issued more than $1.0 billion in non-convertible debt securities during the prior three-year period.

 

Additionally, we are a “smaller reporting company” as defined in Item 10(f)(1) of Regulation S-K. Smaller reporting companies may take advantage of certain reduced disclosure obligations, including, among other things, providing only two years of audited financial statements. We will remain a smaller reporting company until the last day of the fiscal year in which (1) the market value of our ordinary shares held by non-affiliates exceeds $250 million as of the last business day of that year’s second fiscal quarter, or (2) our annual revenues exceeded $100 million during such completed fiscal year and the market value of our ordinary shares held by non-affiliates equals or exceeds $700 million as of the last business day of that year’s second fiscal quarter.

 

Until the completion of our initial business combination, only holders of our founder shares will have the right to vote on the appointment of directors. As a result, the Nasdaq will consider us to be a “controlled company” within the meaning of the Nasdaq corporate governance standards. Under the Nasdaq corporate governance standards, a company of which more than 50% of the voting power is held by an individual, group or another company is a “controlled company” and may elect not to comply with certain corporate governance requirements. We have not utilized these exemptions and have complied with the corporate governance requirements of the Nasdaq, subject to applicable phase-in rules. However, if we determine in the future to utilize some or all of these exemptions, our shareholders will not have the same protections afforded to shareholders of companies that are subject to all of the Nasdaq corporate governance requirements.

 

Financial Position

 

With funds available for a business combination in the amount of approximately $19.9 million as of December 31, 2023, assuming no redemptions, before fees and expenses associated with our initial business combination, we offer a target business a variety of options such as creating a liquidity event for its owners, providing capital for the potential growth and expansion of its operations or strengthening its balance sheet by reducing its debt ratio. Because we are able to complete our initial business combination using our cash, debt or equity securities, or a combination of the foregoing, we have the flexibility to use the most efficient combination that will allow us to tailor the consideration to be paid to the target business to fit its needs and desires. However, we have not taken any steps to secure third party financing and there can be no assurance it will be available to us.

 

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Effecting Our Initial Business Combination

 

General

 

We are not presently engaged in, and we will not engage in, any operations for an indefinite period of time following the IPO. We intend to effectuate our initial business combination using cash from the proceeds of the IPO and the sale of the placement warrants, our shares, debt or a combination of these as the consideration to be paid in our initial business combination. We may, although we do not currently intend to, seek to complete our initial business combination with a company or business that may be financially unstable or in its early stages of development or growth, start-up companies or companies with speculative business plans or excess leverage, which would subject us to the numerous risks inherent in such companies and businesses.

 

If our initial business combination is paid for using equity or debt securities, or not all of the funds released from the trust account are used for payment of the consideration in connection with our initial business combination or used for redemptions of our Class A ordinary shares, we may apply the balance of the cash released to us from the trust account for general corporate purposes, including for maintenance or expansion of operations of the post-transaction company, the payment of principal or interest due on indebtedness incurred in completing our initial business combination, to fund the purchase of other companies or for working capital.

 

We may seek to raise additional funds through a private offering of debt or equity securities in connection with the completion of our initial business combination, and we may effectuate our initial business combination using the proceeds of such offering rather than using the amounts held in the trust account.

 

In the case of an initial business combination funded with assets other than the trust account assets, our tender offer documents or proxy solicitation materials disclosing the business combination would disclose the terms of the financing and, only if required by law, we would seek shareholder approval of such financing. There are no prohibitions on our ability to raise funds privately or through loans in connection with our initial business combination. At this time, we are not a party to any arrangement or understanding with any third party with respect to raising any additional funds through the sale of securities or otherwise.

 

Selection of a Target Business and Structuring of Our Initial Business Combination

 

The Nasdaq rules require that our initial business combination must be with one or more target businesses that together have an aggregate fair market value equal to at least 80% of the balance in the trust account (less any deferred underwriting commissions and taxes payable on interest earned) at the time of our signing a definitive agreement in connection with our initial business combination. The fair market value of the target or targets will be determined by our board of directors based upon one or more standards generally accepted by the financial community, such as discounted cash flow valuation or value of comparable businesses. Our shareholders will be relying on the business judgment of our board of directors, which will have significant discretion in choosing the standard used to establish the fair market value of the target or targets, and different methods of valuation may vary greatly in outcome from one another. Such standards used will be disclosed in our tender offer documents or proxy solicitation materials, as applicable, related to our initial business combination.

 

If our board of directors is not able to independently determine the fair market value of the target business or businesses, we will obtain an opinion from an independent investment banking firm or another independent firm that commonly renders valuation opinions for the type of company we are seeking to acquire or an independent accounting firm, with respect to the satisfaction of such criteria. We do not intend to purchase multiple businesses in unrelated industries in conjunction with our initial business combination. Subject to this requirement, our management will have virtually unrestricted flexibility in identifying and selecting one or more prospective target businesses, although we will not be permitted to effectuate our initial business combination with another blank check company or a similar company with nominal operations.

 

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In any case, we will only complete an initial business combination in which we own or acquire 50% or more of the outstanding voting securities of the target or otherwise acquire a controlling interest in the target sufficient for it not to be required to register as an investment company under the Investment Company Act. If we own or acquire less than 100% of the equity interests or assets of a target business or businesses, the portion of such business or businesses that are owned or acquired by the post-transaction company is what will be valued for purposes of the 80% of net assets test. There is no basis for investors in the IPO to evaluate the possible merits or risks of any target business with which we may ultimately complete our initial business combination.

 

To the extent we effect our initial business combination with a company or business that may be financially unstable or in its early stages of development or growth, we may be affected by numerous risks inherent in such company or business. Although our management will endeavor to evaluate the risks inherent in a particular target business, we cannot assure you that we will properly ascertain or assess all significant risk factors.

 

In evaluating a prospective target business, we expect to conduct a thorough due diligence review which will encompass, among other things, meetings with incumbent management and employees, document reviews, inspection of facilities, as well as a review of financial, operational, legal and other information which will be made available to us.

 

The time required to select and evaluate a target business and to structure and complete our initial business combination, and the costs associated with this process, are not currently ascertainable with any degree of certainty. Any costs incurred with respect to the identification and evaluation of a prospective target business with which our initial business combination is not ultimately completed will result in our incurring losses and will reduce the funds we can use to complete another business combination.

 

Lack of Business Diversification

 

For an indefinite period of time after the completion of our initial business combination, the prospects for our success may depend entirely on the future performance of a single business. Unlike other entities that have the resources to complete business combinations with multiple entities in one or several industries, it is probable that we will not have the resources to diversify our operations and mitigate the risks of being in a single line of business. By completing our initial business combination with only a single entity, our lack of diversification may:

 

  subject us to negative economic, competitive and regulatory developments, any or all of which may have a substantial adverse impact on the particular industry in which we operate after our initial business combination; and
     
  cause us to depend on the marketing and sale of a single product or limited number of products or services.

 

Limited Ability to Evaluate the Target’s Management Team

 

Although we intend to closely scrutinize the management of a prospective target business when evaluating the desirability of effecting our initial business combination with that business, our assessment of the target business’s management may not prove to be correct. In addition, the future management may not have the necessary skills, qualifications or abilities to manage a public company. Furthermore, the future role of members of our management team, if any, in the target business cannot presently be stated with any certainty. While it is possible that one or more of our directors will remain associated in some capacity with us following our initial business combination, it is unlikely that any of them will devote their full efforts to our affairs subsequent to our initial business combination. Moreover, we cannot assure you that members of our management team will have significant experience or knowledge relating to the operations of the particular target business.

 

We cannot assure you that any of our key personnel will remain in senior management or advisory positions with the combined company. The determination as to whether any of our key personnel will remain with the combined company will be made at the time of our initial business combination.

 

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Following a business combination, we may seek to recruit additional managers to supplement the incumbent management of the target business. We cannot assure you that we will have the ability to recruit additional managers, or that such additional managers will have the requisite skills, knowledge or experience necessary to enhance the incumbent management.

 

Shareholders May Not Have the Ability to Approve Our Initial Business Combination

 

We may conduct redemptions without a shareholder vote pursuant to the tender offer rules of the SEC subject to the provisions of our amended and restated memorandum and articles of association. However, we will seek shareholder approval if it is required by applicable law or stock exchange listing requirement, or we may decide to seek shareholder approval for business or other reasons.

 

Under the Nasdaq listing rules, shareholder approval would typically be required for our initial business combination if, for example:

 

  we issue ordinary shares that will be equal to or in excess of 20% of the number of our ordinary shares then-outstanding (other than in a public offering);
     
  any of our directors, officers or substantial security holder (as defined by the Nasdaq rules) has a 5% or greater interest, directly or indirectly, in the target business or assets to be acquired or otherwise and the present or potential issuance of ordinary shares could result in an increase in issued and outstanding ordinary shares or voting power of 1% or more (or 5% or more if the related party involved is classified as such solely because such person is a substantial security holder); or
     
  the issuance or potential issuance of ordinary shares will result in our undergoing a change of control.

 

The decision as to whether we will seek shareholder approval of a proposed business combination in those instances in which shareholder approval is not required by law will be made by us, solely in our discretion, and will be based on business and legal reasons, which include a variety of factors, including, but not limited to:

 

  the timing of the transaction, including in the event we determine shareholder approval would require additional time and there is either not enough time to seek shareholder approval or doing so would place the company at a disadvantage in the transaction or result in other additional burdens on the company;
     
  the expected cost of holding a shareholder vote;
     
  the risk that the shareholders would fail to approve the proposed business combination;
     
  other time and budget constraints of the company; and
     
  additional legal complexities of a proposed business combination that would be time-consuming and burdensome to present to shareholders.

 

Permitted Purchases and Other Transactions with Respect to Our Securities

 

In the event we seek shareholder approval of our initial business combination and we do not conduct redemptions in connection with our initial business combination pursuant to the tender offer rules, our sponsor, directors, officers or their affiliates may purchase shares in privately negotiated transactions or in the open market either prior to or following the completion of our initial business combination.

 

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There is no limit on the number of shares such persons may purchase. However, they have no current commitments, plans or intentions to engage in such transactions and have not formulated any terms or conditions for any such transactions. In the event our sponsor, directors, officers or their affiliates determine to make any such purchases at the time of a shareholder vote relating to our initial business combination, such purchases could have the effect of influencing the vote necessary to approve such transaction. None of the funds in the trust account will be used to purchase shares in such transactions. They will not make any such purchases when they are in possession of any material non-public information not disclosed to the seller or if such purchases are prohibited by Regulation M under the Exchange Act. Such a purchase may include a contractual acknowledgement that such shareholder, although still the record holder of our shares is no longer the beneficial owner thereof and therefore agrees not to exercise its redemption rights. Subsequent to the consummation of the IPO, we adopted an insider trading policy which requires insiders to: (i) refrain from purchasing shares during certain blackout periods and when they are in possession of any material non-public information and (ii) to clear all trades with our legal counsel prior to execution. We cannot currently determine whether our insiders will make such purchases pursuant to a Rule 10b5-1 plan, as it will be dependent upon several factors, including but not limited to, the timing and size of such purchases. Depending on such circumstances, our insiders may either make such purchases pursuant to a Rule 10b5-1 plan or determine that such a plan is not necessary.

 

In the event that our sponsor, directors, officers or their affiliates purchase shares in privately negotiated transactions from public shareholders who have already elected to exercise their redemption rights, such selling shareholders would be required to revoke their prior elections to redeem their shares. We do not currently anticipate that such purchases, if any, would constitute a tender offer subject to the tender offer rules under the Exchange Act or a going-private transaction subject to the going-private rules under the Exchange Act; however, if the purchasers determine at the time of any such purchases that the purchases are subject to such rules, the purchasers will comply with such rules.

 

The purpose of such purchases would be to (i) vote such shares in favor of the business combination and thereby increase the likelihood of obtaining shareholder approval of the business combination or (ii) to satisfy a closing condition in an agreement with a target that requires us to have a minimum net worth or a certain amount of cash at the closing of our initial business combination, where it appears that such requirement would otherwise not be met. This may result in the completion of our initial business combination that may not otherwise have been possible.

 

In addition, if such purchases are made, the public “float” of our ordinary shares may be reduced and the number of beneficial holders of our securities may be reduced, which may make it difficult to maintain or obtain the quotation, listing or trading of our securities on a national securities exchange.

 

Our Sponsor, officers, directors and/or their affiliates anticipate that they may identify the shareholders with whom our sponsor, officers, directors or their affiliates may pursue privately negotiated purchases by either the shareholders contacting us directly or by our receipt of redemption requests submitted by shareholders following our mailing of proxy solicitation materials in connection with our initial business combination. To the extent that our sponsor, officers, directors or their affiliates enter into a private purchase, they would identify and contact only potential selling shareholders who have expressed their election to redeem their shares for a pro rata share of the trust account or vote against the business combination. Such persons would select the shareholders from whom to acquire shares based on the number of shares available, the negotiated price per share and such other factors as any such person may deem relevant at the time of purchase. The price per share paid in any such transaction may be different than the amount per share a public shareholder would receive if it elected to redeem its shares in connection with our initial business combination. Our sponsor, officers, directors or their affiliates will only purchase shares if such purchases comply with Regulation M under the Exchange Act and the other federal securities laws.

 

Any purchases by our sponsor, officers, directors and/or their affiliates who are affiliated purchasers under Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act will only be made to the extent such purchases are able to be made in compliance with Rule 10b-18, which is a safe harbor from liability for manipulation under Section 9(a)(2) and Rule 10b-5 of the Exchange Act. Rule 10b-18 has certain technical requirements that must be complied with in order for the safe harbor to be available to the purchaser. Our sponsor, officers, directors and/or their affiliates will not make purchases of ordinary shares if the purchases would violate Section 9(a)(2) or Rule 10b-5 of the Exchange Act.

 

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Redemption Rights for Public Shareholders upon Completion of Our Initial Business Combination

 

We will provide our public shareholders with the opportunity to redeem all or a portion of their ordinary shares upon the completion of our initial business combination at a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the trust account as of two business days prior to the consummation of the initial business combination, including interest (which interest shall be net of taxes payable) divided by the number of then issued and outstanding public shares, subject to the limitations described herein. The amount in the trust account is initially anticipated to be approximately $11.03 per public share. The per-share amount we will distribute to investors who properly redeem their shares will not be reduced by the deferred underwriting commissions we will pay the underwriters. The redemption rights will include the requirement that a beneficial holder must identify itself in order to validly redeem its shares. Our sponsor, our directors, and our officers have entered into the Letter Agreement with us, pursuant to which they have agreed to waive their redemption rights with respect to their founder shares held by them, and any public shares they may acquire during or after this offering in connection with the completion of our initial business combination.

 

Limitations on Redemptions

 

Our amended and restated memorandum and articles of association provides that in no event will we redeem our public shares in an amount that would cause our net tangible assets to be less than $5,000,001 either prior to or upon consummation of an initial business combination (so that we do not then become subject to the SEC’s “penny stock” rules). However, the proposed business combination may require: (i) cash consideration to be paid to the target or its owners, (ii) cash to be transferred to the target for working capital or other general corporate purposes or (iii) the retention of cash to satisfy other conditions in accordance with the terms of the proposed business combination. In the event the aggregate cash consideration we would be required to pay for all Class A ordinary shares that are validly submitted for redemption plus any amount required to satisfy cash conditions pursuant to the terms of the proposed business combination exceed the aggregate amount of cash available to us, we will not complete the business combination or redeem any shares, and all Class A ordinary shares submitted for redemption will be returned to the holders thereof. In addition, if accepting all properly submitted redemption requests in connection with an amendment we seek to make to our amended and restated memorandum and articles of association would cause our net tangible assets to be less than $5,000,001, we would not proceed with the amendment or the related redemption of our public shares at such time.

 

Manner of Conducting Redemptions

 

We will provide our public shareholders with the opportunity to redeem all or a portion of their Class A ordinary shares upon the completion of our initial business combination either (i) in connection with a general meeting called to approve the business combination or (ii) by means of a tender offer. The decision as to whether we will seek shareholder approval of a proposed business combination or conduct a tender offer will be made by us, solely in our discretion, and will be based on a variety of factors such as the timing of the transaction and whether the terms of the transaction would require us to seek shareholder approval under the law or stock exchange listing requirement. Under Nasdaq rules, asset acquisitions and share purchases would not typically require shareholder approval while direct mergers with our company where we do not survive and any transactions where we issue more than 20% of our issued and outstanding ordinary shares or seek to amend our amended and restated memorandum and articles of association would require shareholder approval. We intend to conduct redemptions without a shareholder vote pursuant to the tender offer rules of the SEC unless shareholder approval is required by law or stock exchange listing requirement or we choose to seek shareholder approval for business or other legal reasons. So long as we obtain and maintain a listing for our securities on Nasdaq, we will be required to comply with Nasdaq rules.

 

If a shareholder vote is not required and we do not decide to hold a shareholder vote for business or other legal reasons, we will, pursuant to our amended and restated memorandum and articles of association:

 

  conduct the redemptions pursuant to Rule 13e-4 and Regulation 14E of the Exchange Act, which regulate issuer tender offers; and
     
  file tender offer documents with the SEC prior to completing our initial business combination which contain substantially the same financial and other information about the initial business combination and the redemption rights as is required under Regulation 14A of the Exchange Act, which regulates the solicitation of proxies.

 

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Upon the public announcement of our initial business combination, we or our sponsor will terminate any plan established in accordance with Rule 10b5-1 to purchase our Class A ordinary shares in the open market if we elect to redeem our public shares through a tender offer, to comply with Rule 14e-5 under the Exchange Act.

 

In the event we conduct redemptions pursuant to the tender offer rules, our offer to redeem will remain open for at least 20 business days, in accordance with Rule 14e-1(a) under the Exchange Act, and we will not be permitted to complete our initial business combination until the expiration of the tender offer period. In addition, the tender offer will be conditioned on public shareholders not tendering more than a specified number of public shares which are not purchased by our sponsor, which number will be based on the requirement that we will only redeem our public shares so long as (after such redemption) our net tangible assets will be at least $5,000,001 either prior to or upon consummation of our initial business combination, after payment of the deferred underwriting commission (so that we are not subject to the SEC’s “penny stock” rules) or any greater net tangible asset or cash requirement which may be contained in the agreement relating to our initial business combination. If public shareholders tender more shares than we have offered to purchase, we will withdraw the tender offer and not complete the initial business combination. If, however, shareholder approval of the transaction is required by law or stock exchange listing requirement, or we decide to obtain shareholder approval for business or other legal reasons, we will, pursuant to our amended and restated memorandum and articles of association:

 

  conduct the redemptions in conjunction with a proxy solicitation pursuant to Regulation 14A of the Exchange Act, which regulates the solicitation of proxies, and not pursuant to the tender offer rules; and
     
  file proxy solicitation materials with the SEC.

 

We expect that a final proxy statement would be mailed to public shareholders at least 10 days prior to the shareholder vote. However, we expect that a draft proxy statement would be made available to such shareholders well in advance of such time, providing additional notice of redemption if we conduct redemptions in conjunction with a proxy solicitation. Although we are not required to do so, we currently intend to comply with the substantive and procedural requirements of Regulation 14A in connection with any shareholder vote even if we are not able to maintain our Nasdaq listing or Exchange Act registration.

 

In the event that we seek shareholder approval of our initial business combination, we will distribute proxy solicitation materials and, in connection therewith, provide our public shareholders with the redemption rights described above upon completion of the initial business combination.

 

If we seek shareholder approval, we will complete our initial business combination only if we receive an ordinary resolution under Cayman Islands law, which requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the shareholders who attend and vote at a general meeting of the company. In such case, pursuant to the terms of a letter agreement entered into with us, our sponsor, officers and directors have agreed (and their permitted transferees will agree) to vote any founder shares held by them and any public shares purchased during or after the IPO in favor of our initial business combination. We expect that at the time of any shareholder vote relating to our initial business combination, our sponsor and its permitted transferees will own approximately 20.0% of our issued and outstanding ordinary shares entitled to vote thereon. Each public shareholder may elect to redeem their public shares irrespective of whether they vote for or against the proposed transaction. In addition, our sponsor, officers and directors have entered into a letter agreement with us, pursuant to which they have agreed to waive their redemption rights with respect to their founder shares and public shares in connection with the completion of a business combination.

 

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Limitation on Redemption upon Completion of Our Initial Business Combination if we Seek Shareholder Approval

 

If we seek shareholder approval of our initial business combination and we do not conduct redemptions in connection with our initial business combination pursuant to the tender offer rules, our amended and restated memorandum and articles of association provides that a public shareholder, together with any affiliate of such shareholder or any other person with whom such shareholder is acting in concert or as a “group” (as defined under Section 13 of the Exchange Act), will be restricted from redeeming its shares with respect to more than an aggregate of 15% of the shares sold in our initial public offering, which we refer to as “Excess Shares”, without our prior consent. We believe this restriction will discourage shareholders from accumulating large blocks of shares, and subsequent attempts by such holders to use their ability to exercise their redemption rights against a proposed business combination as a means to force us, our sponsor or our management team to purchase their shares at a significant premium to the then-current market price or on other undesirable terms. Absent this provision, a public shareholder holding more than an aggregate of 15% of the shares sold in our initial public offering could threaten to exercise its redemption rights if such holder’s shares are not purchased by us, our sponsor or our management team at a premium to the then-current market price or on other undesirable terms. By limiting our shareholders’ ability to redeem no more than 15% of the shares sold in our initial public offering without our prior consent, we believe we will limit the ability of a small group of shareholders to unreasonably attempt to block our ability to complete our initial business combination, particularly in connection with a business combination with a target that requires as a closing condition that we have a minimum net worth or a certain amount of cash.

 

However, we would not be restricting our shareholders’ ability to vote all of their shares (including Excess Shares) for or against our initial business combination.

 

Tendering Share Certificates in Connection with a Tender Offer or Redemption Rights

 

We may require our public shareholders seeking to exercise their redemption rights, whether they are record holders or hold their shares in “street name,” to either tender their certificates (if any) to our transfer agent prior to the date set forth in the tender offer documents, or up to two business days prior to the vote on the proposal to approve the business combination in the event we distribute proxy materials, or to deliver their shares to the transfer agent electronically using The Depository Trust Company’s DWAC System, rather than simply voting against the initial business combination. The tender offer or proxy solicitation materials, as applicable, that we will furnish to holders of our public shares in connection with our initial business combination will indicate whether we are requiring public shareholders to satisfy such delivery requirements. Accordingly, a public shareholder would have from the time we send out our tender offer materials until the close of the tender offer period, or up to two days prior to the vote on the business combination if we distribute proxy materials, as applicable, to tender its shares if it wishes to seek to exercise its redemption rights. Pursuant to the tender offer rules, the tender offer period will be not less than 20 business days and, in the case of a shareholder vote, a final proxy statement would be mailed to public shareholders at least 10 days prior to the shareholder vote. However, we expect that a draft proxy statement would be made available to such shareholders well in advance of such time, providing additional notice of redemption if we conduct redemptions in conjunction with a proxy solicitation. Given the relatively short exercise period, it is advisable for shareholders to use electronic delivery of their public shares.

 

There is a nominal cost associated with the above-referenced tendering process and the act of certificating the shares or delivering them through the DWAC System. The transfer agent will typically charge the tendering broker a fee of approximately $100.00 and it would be up to the broker whether or not to pass this cost on to the redeeming holder. However, this fee would be incurred regardless of whether or not we require holders seeking to exercise redemption rights to tender their shares. The need to deliver shares is a requirement of exercising redemption rights regardless of the timing of when such delivery must be effectuated.

 

The foregoing is different from the procedures used by many blank check companies. In order to perfect redemption rights in connection with their business combinations, many blank check companies would distribute proxy materials for the shareholders’ vote on an initial business combination, and a holder could simply vote against a proposed business combination and check a box on the proxy card indicating such holder was seeking to exercise his or her redemption rights. After the business combination was approved, the company would contact such shareholder to arrange for him or her to deliver his or her certificate to verify ownership. As a result, the shareholder then had an “option window” after the completion of the business combination during which he or she could monitor the price of the company’s shares in the market. If the price rose above the redemption price, he or she could sell his or her shares in the open market before actually delivering his or her shares to the company for cancellation. As a result, the redemption rights, to which shareholders were aware they needed to commit before the general meeting, would become “option” rights surviving past the completion of the business combination until the redeeming holder delivered its certificate. The requirement for physical or electronic delivery prior to the meeting ensures that a redeeming shareholder’s election to redeem is irrevocable once the business combination is approved.

 

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Any request to redeem such shares, once made, may be withdrawn at any time up to two business days prior to the initially scheduled vote on the proposal to approve the business combination, unless otherwise agreed to by us. Furthermore, if a holder of a public share delivered its certificate in connection with an election of redemption rights and subsequently decides prior to the applicable date not to elect to exercise such rights, such holder may simply request that the transfer agent return the certificate (physically or electronically). It is anticipated that the funds to be distributed to holders of our public shares electing to redeem their shares will be distributed promptly after the completion of our initial business combination.

 

If our initial business combination is not approved or completed for any reason, then our public shareholders who elected to exercise their redemption rights would not be entitled to redeem their shares for the applicable pro rata share of the trust account. In such case, we will promptly return any certificates delivered by public holders who elected to redeem their shares.

 

Redemption of Public Shares and Liquidation If No Initial Business Combination

 

Our amended and restated memorandum and articles of association provides that we will have until May 23, 2024 (or until the end of any Extension Period) to consummate an initial business combination. If we have not consummated an initial business combination by May 23, 2024 or by the end of any Extension Period, we 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 us to pay our taxes, if any (less up to $100,000 of interest to pay dissolution expenses), divided by the number of the then-outstanding public shares, which redemption will completely extinguish public shareholders’ rights as shareholders (including the right to receive further liquidation distributions, if any); and (iii) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of our remaining shareholders and our board of directors, liquidate and dissolve, subject in each case to our obligations under Cayman Islands 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 our warrants, which will expire worthless if we fail to consummate an initial business combination by May 23, 2024 or by the end of any Extension Period. Our amended and restated memorandum and articles of association provides that, if we wind up for any other reason prior to the consummation of our initial business combination, we will follow the foregoing procedures with respect to the liquidation of the trust account as promptly as reasonably possible but not more than ten business days thereafter, subject to applicable Cayman Islands law.

 

Our initial shareholders and each member of our management team have entered into an agreement with us, pursuant to which they have agreed to waive their rights to liquidating distributions from the trust account with respect to any founder shares and placement shares (but will retain such rights for any public shares) they hold if we fail to consummate an initial business combination by May 23, 2024 or by the end of any Extension Period (although the initial shareholders, and each member of our management team will be entitled to liquidating distributions from the trust account with respect to any public shares they hold if we fail to complete our initial business combination within the prescribed time frame).

 

Our initial shareholders and each member of our management team have agreed, pursuant to a written agreement with us, that they will not propose any amendment to our amended and restated memorandum and articles of association (A) that would modify the substance or timing of our obligation to provide holders of our Class A ordinary shares the right to have their shares redeemed in connection with our initial business combination or to redeem 100% of our public shares if we do not complete our initial business combination by May 23, 2024 or by the end of any Extension Period or (B) with respect to any other provision relating to the rights of holders of our Class A ordinary shares, unless we provide our public shareholders with the opportunity to redeem their public shares upon approval of any such amendment 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 us to pay our taxes, if any, divided by the number of the then-outstanding public shares. However, we may not redeem our public shares in an amount that would cause our net tangible assets to be less than $5,000,001 either prior to or upon consummation of an initial business combination (so that we do not then become subject to the SEC’s “penny stock” rules). If this optional redemption right is exercised with respect to an excessive number of public shares such that we cannot satisfy the net tangible asset requirement, we would not proceed with the amendment or the related redemption of our public shares at such time. This redemption right shall apply in the event of the approval of any such amendment, whether proposed by our initial shareholders, any member of our management team or any other person.

 

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We expect that all costs and expenses associated with implementing our plan of dissolution, as well as payments to any creditors, will be funded from amounts remaining from the funds held outside the trust account (if any) (being none as of December 31, 2023), together with up to $100,000 of funds from the trust account available to us to pay dissolution expenses, although we cannot assure you that there will be sufficient funds for such purpose.

 

If we were to expend all of the net proceeds of our initial public offering and the sale of the placement warrants, other than the proceeds deposited in the trust account, and without taking into account interest, if any, earned on the trust account, the per-share redemption amount received by shareholders upon our dissolution would be $11.03. The proceeds deposited in the trust account could, however, become subject to the claims of our creditors which would have higher priority than the claims of our public shareholders. We cannot assure you that the actual per-share redemption amount received by shareholders will not be less than $11.03. While we intend to pay such amounts, if any, we cannot assure you that we will have funds sufficient to pay or provide for all creditors’ claims.

 

Although we seek to have all vendors, service providers, prospective target businesses and other entities with which we do business execute agreements with us waiving any right, title, interest or claim of any kind in or to any monies held in the trust account for the benefit of our public shareholders, there is no guarantee that such parties will execute such agreements or, even if such parties execute such agreements, that such parties would be prevented from bringing claims against the trust account for, among other things, fraudulent inducement, breach of fiduciary responsibility or other similar claims, as well as claims challenging the enforceability of the waiver, in each case in order to gain an advantage with respect to a claim against our assets, including the funds held in the trust account. If any third-party refuses to execute an agreement waiving such claims to the monies held in the trust account, our management will perform an analysis of the alternatives available to it and will only enter into an agreement with a third-party that has not executed a waiver if management believes that such third-party’s engagement would be significantly more beneficial to us than any alternative.

 

Examples of possible instances where we may engage a third-party that refuses to execute a waiver include the engagement of a third-party consultant whose particular expertise or skills are believed by management to be significantly superior to those of other consultants that would agree to execute a waiver or in cases where management is unable to find a service provider willing to execute a waiver. In addition, the underwriters of our initial public offering and our independent registered public accounting firm have not executed agreements with us waiving such claims to the monies held in the trust account. Further, there is no guarantee that such entities will agree to waive any claims they may have in the future as a result of, or arising out of, any negotiations, contracts or agreements with us and will not seek recourse against the trust account for any reason. In order to protect the amounts held in the trust account, our sponsor has agreed that it will be liable to us if and to the extent any claims by (A) a third-party for services rendered or products sold to us (other than our independent registered public accounting firm), or (B) a prospective target business with which we have discussed entering into a transaction agreement, reduce the amounts in the trust account to below the lesser of (i) $11.03 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 $11.03 per public share due to reductions in the value of the trust assets, in each case net of the interest that may be withdrawn to pay our tax obligations, provided that such liability will not apply to any claims by a third-party or prospective target business that executed a waiver of any and all rights to seek access to the trust account nor will it apply to any claims under our indemnity of the underwriters of our initial public offering against certain liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act. In the event that an executed waiver is deemed to be unenforceable against a third-party, our sponsor will not be responsible to the extent of any liability for such third-party claims. However, we have not asked our sponsor to reserve for such indemnification obligations, nor have we independently verified whether our sponsor has sufficient funds to satisfy its indemnity obligations and we believe that our sponsor’s only assets are securities of our company. Therefore, we cannot assure you that our sponsor would be able to satisfy those obligations. None of our officers, directors or other affiliates will indemnify us for claims by third parties including, without limitation, claims by vendors and prospective target businesses. Recourse against us and our sponsor will be limited as noted herein; there will not be any recourse against any of our affiliates other than sponsor as noted herein.

 

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In the event that the proceeds in the trust account are reduced below the lesser of (i) $11.03 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 $11.03 per public share due to reductions in the value of the trust assets, in each case net of the amount of interest which may be withdrawn to pay our tax obligations, and our Sponsor asserts that it is unable to satisfy its indemnification obligations or that it has no indemnification obligations related to a particular claim, our independent directors would determine whether to take legal action against our sponsor to enforce its indemnification obligations. While we currently expect that our independent directors would take legal action on our behalf against our sponsor to enforce its indemnification obligations to us, it is possible that our independent directors in exercising their business judgment may choose not to do so in any particular instance. Accordingly, we cannot assure you that due to claims of creditors the actual value of the per-share redemption price will not be less than $11.03 per public share.

 

We seek to reduce the possibility that our sponsor will have to indemnify the trust account due to claims of creditors by endeavoring to have all vendors, service providers, prospective target businesses or other entities with which we do business execute agreements with us waiving any right, title, interest or claim of any kind in or to monies held in the trust account. However, there is no guarantee that such parties will execute such agreements or, even if such parties execute such agreements, that such parties would be prevented from bringing claims against the trust account for, among other things, fraudulent inducement, breach of fiduciary responsibility or other similar claims, as well as claims challenging the enforceability of the waiver, in each case in order to gain an advantage with respect to a claim against our assets, including the funds held in the trust account. Our sponsor will also not be liable as to any claims under our indemnity of the underwriters of our initial public offering against certain liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act. We have access to approximately no liquid assets (based on the amount held outside of the trust account as of December 31, 2023) with which to pay any such potential claims (including costs and expenses incurred in connection with our liquidation, currently estimated to be no more than approximately $100,000). In the event that we liquidate and it is subsequently determined that the reserve for claims and liabilities is insufficient, shareholders who received funds from our trust account could be liable for claims made by creditors, however such liability will not be greater than the amount of funds from our trust account received by any such shareholder.

 

If we file a bankruptcy or winding-up petition or an involuntary bankruptcy or winding-up petition is filed against us that is not dismissed, the proceeds held in the trust account could be subject to applicable bankruptcy or insolvency law, and may be included in our bankruptcy or insolvency estate and subject to the claims of third parties with priority over the claims of our shareholders. To the extent any bankruptcy or insolvency claims deplete the trust account, we cannot assure you we will be able to return $11.03 per public share to our public shareholders. Additionally, if we file a bankruptcy or winding-up petition or an involuntary bankruptcy or winding-up petition is filed against us that is not dismissed, any distributions received by shareholders could be viewed under applicable debtor/creditor and/or bankruptcy or insolvency laws as either a “preferential transfer” or a “fraudulent conveyance.” As a result, a bankruptcy or insolvency court could seek to recover some or all amounts received by our shareholders. Furthermore, our board of directors may be viewed as having breached its fiduciary duty to our creditors and/or may have acted in bad faith, and thereby exposing itself and our company to claims of punitive damages, by paying public shareholders from the trust account prior to addressing the claims of creditors. We cannot assure you that claims will not be brought against us for these reasons.

 

Our public shareholders are entitled to receive funds from the trust account only (i) in the event of the redemption of our public shares if we do not complete our initial business combination by May 23, 2024 or by the end of any Extension Period, (ii) in connection with a shareholder vote to amend our amended and restated memorandum and articles of association (A) to modify the substance or timing of our obligation to provide holders of our Class A ordinary shares the right to have their shares redeemed in connection with our initial business combination or to redeem 100% of our public shares if we do not complete our initial business combination by May 23, 2024 or by the end of any Extension Period or (B) with respect to any other provision relating to the rights of holders of our Class A ordinary shares, or (iii) if they redeem their respective shares for cash upon the completion of the initial business combination. Public shareholders who redeem their Class A ordinary shares in connection with a shareholder vote described in clause (ii) in the preceding sentence shall not be entitled to funds from the trust account upon the subsequent completion of an initial business combination or liquidation if we have not consummated an initial business combination by May 23, 2024 or by the end of any Extension Period with respect to such Class A ordinary shares so redeemed. In no other circumstances will a shareholder have any right or interest of any kind to or in the trust account. In the event we seek shareholder approval in connection with our initial business combination, a shareholder’s voting in connection with the business combination alone will not result in a shareholder’s redeeming its shares to us for an applicable pro rata share of the trust account. Such shareholder must have also exercised its redemption rights described above. These provisions of our amended and restated memorandum and articles of association, like all provisions of our amended and restated memorandum and articles of association, may be amended with a shareholder vote.

 

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Competition

 

In identifying, evaluating and selecting a target business for our initial business combination, we may encounter intense competition from other entities having a business objective similar to ours, including other blank check companies. Many of these entities are well established and have extensive experience identifying and effecting business combinations directly or through affiliates. Moreover, many of these competitors possess financial, technical, human and other resources greater than ours. Our ability to acquire larger target businesses will be limited by our available financial resources. This inherent limitation gives others an advantage in pursuing the acquisition of a target business.

 

Furthermore, our obligation to pay cash in connection with our public shareholders who exercise their redemption rights may reduce the resources available to us for our initial business combination and our outstanding warrants, and the future dilution they potentially represent, may not be viewed favorably by certain target businesses. Either of these factors may place us at a competitive disadvantage in successfully negotiating an initial business combination.

 

Human Capital Management

 

We currently have two officers. These individuals are not obligated to devote any specific number of hours to our matters but they intend to devote as much of their time as they deem necessary to our affairs until we have completed our initial business combination. The amount of time our officers devote in any time period varies based on the stage of the business combination process we are in. We do not intend to have any full-time employees prior to the completion of our initial business combination.

 

Periodic Reporting and Financial Information

 

We have registered our units, Class A ordinary shares and warrants under the Exchange Act and have reporting obligations, including the requirement that we file annual, quarterly and current reports with the SEC. In accordance with the requirements of the Exchange Act, our annual reports will contain financial statements audited and reported on by our independent registered public accountants.

 

We will provide shareholders with audited financial statements of the prospective target business as part of the proxy solicitation or tender offer materials, as applicable, sent to shareholders. These financial statements may be required to be prepared in accordance with, or reconciled to, GAAP, or IFRS, depending on the circumstances, and the historical financial statements may be required to be audited in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. These financial statement requirements may limit the pool of potential target businesses we may acquire because some targets may be unable to provide such statements in time for us to disclose such statements in accordance with federal proxy rules and complete our initial business combination within the prescribed time frame. We cannot assure you that any particular target business identified by us as a potential acquisition candidate will have financial statements prepared in accordance with the requirements outlined above, or that the potential target business will be able to prepare its financial statements in accordance with the requirements outlined above. To the extent that these requirements cannot be met, we may not be able to acquire the proposed target business. While this may limit the pool of potential acquisition candidates, we do not believe that this limitation will be material.

 

We are required to evaluate our internal control procedures for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023 as required by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Only in the event we are deemed to be a large accelerated filer or an accelerated filer and no longer qualify as an emerging growth company would we be required to comply with the independent registered public accounting firm attestation requirement on our internal control over financial reporting. A target business may not be in compliance with the provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act regarding adequacy of their internal controls. The development of the internal controls of any such entity to achieve compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act may increase the time and costs necessary to complete any such acquisition.

 

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We have filed a Registration Statement on Form 8-A with the SEC to voluntarily register our securities under Section 12 of the Exchange Act. As a result, we are subject to the rules and regulations promulgated under the Exchange Act. We have no current intention of filing a Form 15 to suspend our reporting or other obligations under the Exchange Act prior or subsequent to the consummation of our initial business combination.

 

We are a Cayman Islands exempted company. Exempted companies are Cayman Islands companies conducting business mainly outside the Cayman Islands and, as such, are exempted from complying with certain provisions of the Companies Act. As an exempted company, we have applied for and received a tax exemption undertaking from the Cayman Islands government that, in accordance with Section 6 of the Tax Concessions Act (As Revised) of the Cayman Islands, for a period of 20 years from the date of the undertaking, no law which is enacted in the Cayman Islands imposing any tax to be levied on profits, income, gains or appreciation will apply to us or our operations and, in addition, that no tax to be levied on profits, income, gains or appreciations or which is in the nature of estate duty or inheritance tax will be payable (i) on or in respect of our shares, debentures or other obligations or (ii) by way of the withholding in whole or in part of a payment of dividend or other distribution of income or capital by us to our shareholders or a payment of principal or interest or other sums due under a debenture or other obligation of us.

 

We are an “emerging growth company”, as defined in Section 2(a) of the Securities Act, as modified by the JOBS Act. As such, we are eligible to 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 auditor attestation requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, reduced disclosure obligations regarding executive compensation in our periodic reports and proxy statements, and exemptions from the requirements of holding a non-binding advisory vote on executive compensation and shareholder approval of any golden parachute payments not previously approved. If some investors find our securities less attractive as a result, there may be a less active trading market for our securities and the prices of our securities may be more volatile.

 

In addition, Section 107 of the JOBS Act also provides that an “emerging growth company” can take advantage of the extended transition period provided in Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act for complying with new or revised accounting standards. In other words, an “emerging growth company” can delay the adoption of certain accounting standards until those standards would otherwise apply to private companies. We intend to take advantage of the benefits of this extended transition period.

 

We will remain an emerging growth company until the earlier of (1) the last day of the fiscal year (a) following the fifth anniversary of the completion of our initial public offering, (b) in which we have total annual gross revenue of at least $1.07 billion, or (c) in which we are deemed to be a large accelerated filer, which means the market value of our Class A ordinary shares that are held by non-affiliates equals or exceeds $700 million as of the last business day of the preceding second fiscal quarter, and (2) the date on which we have issued more than $1.0 billion in non-convertible debt securities during the prior three-year period.

 

Additionally, we are a “smaller reporting company” as defined in Item 10(f)(1) of Regulation S-K. Smaller reporting companies may take advantage of certain reduced disclosure obligations, including, among other things, providing only two years of audited financial statements. We will remain a smaller reporting company until the last day of the fiscal year in which (1) the market value of our ordinary shares held by non-affiliates exceeds $250 million as of the last business day of that year’s second fiscal quarter, or (2) our annual revenues exceeded $100 million during such completed fiscal year and the market value of our ordinary shares held by non-affiliates equals or exceeds $700 million as of the last business day of that year’s second fiscal quarter.

 

Available Information

 

We file annual reports, quarterly reports, current reports, proxy statements and other information with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Our SEC filings are available to the public through the “Investor Relations” portion of our website as soon as practicable after we have electronically filed such material with, or furnished it to, the SEC. In addition, the SEC maintains a website that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC at www.sec.gov.

 

Our internet address is www.powerupacq.com. The information on our website is not, and shall not be deemed to be, part of this Annual Report on Form 10-K or incorporated into any other filings we make with the SEC, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in any such filings. All website addresses in this report are intended to be inactive textual references only.

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors.

 

As a smaller reporting company, as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act, we are not required to provide the information required by this Item. Factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking statements in this Report are any of the risks described in our final prospectus for our initial public offering filed with the SEC and the risks described in this Report and other reports we have filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any of these factors could result in a significant or material adverse effect on our results of operations or financial condition. Additional risk factors not presently known to us or that we currently deem immaterial may also impair our business or results of operations.

 

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Below is a partial list of material risks, uncertainties and other factors that could have a material effect on the Company and its operations:

 

  we are an early stage company with no revenue or basis to evaluate our ability to select a suitable business target;
     
  we may not be able to select an appropriate target business or businesses and complete our initial business combination in the prescribed time frame;
     
  past performance by our management team or their respective affiliates may not be indicative of future performance of an investment in us;
     
  our expectations around the performance of a prospective target business or businesses may not be realized;
     
  we may not be successful in retaining or recruiting required officers, key employees or directors following our initial business combination;
     
  we may seek acquisition opportunities in industries or sectors which may or may not be outside of our management’s area of expertise;
     
  although we have identified general criteria and guidelines that we believe are important in evaluating prospective target businesses, we may enter into our initial business combination with a target that does not meet such criteria and guidelines, and, the target business with which we enter into our initial business combination may not have attributes entirely consistent with our general criteria and guidelines;
     
  our officers and directors may have difficulties allocating their time between the Company and other businesses and may potentially have conflicts of interest with our business or in approving our initial business combination;
     
  we may not be able to obtain additional financing to complete our initial business combination or reduce number of shareholders requesting redemption;
     
  we may issue our shares to investors in connection with our initial business combination at a price that is less than the prevailing market price of our shares at that time;
     
  if the conditions to closing contained in the Business Combination Agreement we entered into in December 2023, are not met or waived, the business combination may not occur;
     
  you may not be given the opportunity to choose the initial business target or to vote on the initial business combination;
     
  trust account funds may not be protected against third party claims or bankruptcy;
     
  an active market for our public securities’ may not develop and you will have limited liquidity and trading;
     
  the availability to us of funds from interest income on the trust account balance may be insufficient to operate our business prior to the business combination;
     
  our financial performance following a business combination with an entity may be negatively affected by their lack an established record of revenue, cash flows and experienced management;
     
  various macro economic conditions, geopolitical events and international conflicts beyond our control could result in market volatility that could adversely affect our stock price and may impact our financial condition and search for a target company; and
     
  our independent registered public accounting firm’s report contains an explanatory paragraph that expresses substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a “going concern.”

 

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For the complete list of risks relating to our operations, see the section titled “Risk Factors” contained in our prospectus dated November 17, 2022, and other reports and filings we have made, and will make with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments.

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 1C. Cybersecurity

 

We are a SPAC with no business operations. Since our IPO, our sole business activity has been identifying and evaluating suitable acquisition transaction candidates. Therefore, we do not consider that we face significant cybersecurity risk and have not adopted any cybersecurity risk management program or formal processes for assessing cybersecurity risk. Our board of directors is generally responsible for the oversight of risks from cybersecurity threats, if there is any. We have not encountered any cybersecurity incidents since our IPO.

 

Item 2. Properties.

 

We currently maintain our executive offices at 188 Grand Street, Unit #195, New York, NY 10013. The cost for our use of this space is included in the $10,000 per month fee we pay to an affiliate of our Original Sponsor for office space and administrative and support services. We consider our current office space adequate for our current operations.

 

Item 3. Legal Proceedings.

 

There is no material litigation, arbitration or governmental proceeding currently pending against us or any members of our management team in their capacity as such.

 

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures.

 

Not applicable.

 

PART II

 

Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters, and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities.

 

(a) Market Information

 

Our units, Class A ordinary shares and warrants are each traded on the Nasdaq under the symbols “PWUPU,” “PWUP” and “PWUPW,” respectively. Our units commenced public trading on February 18, 2022, and our Class A ordinary shares and warrants commenced public trading separately on April 11, 2022.

 

(b) Holders

 

Although there are a larger number of beneficial owners, as of February 13, 2024, there was one holder of record of our units, three holders of record of our Class A ordinary shares, no holders of record of our Class B ordinary shares, and one holder of record of our warrants.

 

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(c) Dividends

 

We have not paid any cash dividends on our common stock to date and do not intend to pay cash dividends prior to the completion of our initial business combination. The payment of cash dividends in the future will be dependent upon our revenues and earnings, if any, capital requirements and general financial condition subsequent to completion of our initial business combination. The payment of any cash dividends subsequent to our initial business combination will be within the discretion of our board of directors at such time. In addition, our board of directors is not currently contemplating and does not anticipate declaring any stock dividends in the foreseeable future. Further, if we incur any indebtedness in connection with our initial business combination, our ability to declare dividends may be limited by restrictive covenants we may agree to in connection therewith.

 

(d) Securities Authorized for Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans

 

None.

 

(e) Recent Sales of Unregistered Securities

 

None.

 

(f) Purchases of Equity Securities by the Issuer and Affiliated Purchasers

 

None.

 

(g) Use of Proceeds from the Initial Public Offering

 

On February 23, 2022, we consummated our initial public offering of 28,750,000 units. Each unit consists of one Class A ordinary share of the Company, par value $0.0001 per share, and one-half of one redeemable warrant of the Company, with each whole warrant entitling the holder thereof to purchase one Class A ordinary share for $11.50 per share. The units were sold at a price of $10.00 per unit, generating gross proceeds to the Company of $287,500,000. Prior to the closing of our initial public offering, the underwriters for our initial public offering exercised their over-allotment option in full, which we announced in a press release issued on February 23, 2022.

 

A total of $294,687,500, comprised of the proceeds from the initial public offering after offering expenses and a portion of the proceeds of the sale of the private placement warrants, was placed in the trust account. On May 18, 2023, we held an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders. In connection with this meeting, holders of 26,946,271 Class A ordinary shares properly exercised their right to redeem their shares for cash at a redemption price of approximately $10.55 per share, for an aggregate redemption amount of approximately $284 million. The Company subsequently learned that the per share redemption price for the redemption effected on May 18, 2023 should have been approximately $10.57 per share, which is approximately $0.02 higher than the approximately $10.55 per share previously paid. The Company made a “true-up” payment in the amount of approximately $0.02 per share to the holders of record as of April 19, 2023 that exercised their right to redeem their shares for a pro rata portion of the funds in the trust account. On August 18, 2023, the Company made the true-up payment to the applicable holders in the aggregate amount of $632,968. As of February 29, 2024, a total of approximately $19.9 million of the net proceeds from our IPO remain in the trust account.

 

The net proceeds of the initial public offering and certain proceeds from the sale of the private placement warrants are held in the trust account and invested as described elsewhere in this Report.

 

There has been no material change in the planned use of the proceeds from the initial public offering and the sale of the private placement warrants as is described in our final prospectus related to our initial public offering.

 

Item 6. Reserved.

 

Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

 

The following discussion and analysis of the Company’s financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with our audited financial statements and the notes thereto which are included in “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of this Report. Certain information contained in the discussion and analysis set forth below includes forward-looking statements. Our actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of many factors, including those set forth under “Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements,” “Item 1A. Risk Factors” and elsewhere in this Report.

 

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Overview

 

We are a blank check company incorporated on February 9, 2021 as a Cayman Islands corporation and formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar transaction (“Business Combination”) with one or more businesses or entities. While we may pursue an acquisition opportunity in any business, industry, sector, or geographical location, we have focused, and intend to focus, on industries that complement our management’s background and to capitalize on the ability of our management team to identify and acquire a business. We may pursue a transaction in which our shareholders immediately, prior to completion of our initial Business Combination, would collectively own a minority interest in the combined post-Business Combination company. We intend to effectuate our initial Business Combination using cash from the proceeds of our initial public offering (the “IPO”) and the sale of the private placement warrants, our shares, debt or a combination of cash, equity 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

 

As of December 31, 2023, the Company had not commenced any operations. From February 9, 2021 (inception) until the Company’s initial public offering on February 23, 2022, the Company’s entire activity was in preparation for an initial public offering, and following the Company’s IPO through December 31, 2023, the Company’s entire activity has been limited to the search for a prospective initial Business Combination. We will not generate any operating revenues until after completion of our initial Business Combination at the earliest. We incur increased expenses as a result of being a public company (for legal, financial reporting, accounting and auditing compliance), as well as expenses for due diligence efforts. Our operating expenses consist of general and administrative expenses necessary to operate and maintain the Company as we pursue one or more Business Combinations.

 

For the year ended December 31, 2023, we had a net income of $4,464,079, which consisted of operating expenses of $1,340,168 and interest expense on debt discount of $8,966, offset by interest income of $5,813,213.

 

For the year ended December 31, 2022, we had a net income of $3,340,238, which consisted of interest income of $4,316,583, offset by operating expenses of $976,345.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

Until the consummation of the IPO, our only source of liquidity was an initial purchase of Founder Shares by the Original Sponsor and loans from the Original Sponsor.

 

On February 23, 2022, the Company consummated the IPO of 25,000,000 units (“Units”) with respect to the ordinary shares included in the Units being offered (the “Public Shares”) at $10.00 per Unit generating gross proceeds of $250,000,000. Simultaneously with the closing of the IPO, the Company consummated the sale of 9,138,333 private placement warrants (“Private Placement Warrants”) at a price of $1.50 per Private Placement Warrant in a private placement to the Original Sponsor generating gross proceeds of $13,707,500. Simultaneously with the closing of the IPO, the Company consummated the closing of the sale of 3,750,000 additional Units upon receiving notice of the underwriter’s election to fully exercise its overallotment option (the “Overallotment Units”), generating additional gross proceeds of $37,500,000. Simultaneously with the exercise of the overallotment, the Company consummated the private placement of an additional 625,000 Private Placement Warrants to the Original Sponsor, generating gross proceeds of $937,500.

 

For the year ended December 31, 2023, net cash used in operating activities was $653,107, net cash provided by investing activities was $284,916,127 and net cash used in financing activities was $284,760,279.

 

For the year ended December 31, 2022, net cash used in operating activities was $1,408,786, net cash used in investing activities was $294,687,500 and net cash provided by financing activities was $296,593,545 mainly reflecting the proceeds of the IPO and subsequent deposit into the Trust Account.

 

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We intend to use substantially all of the funds held in the Trust Account, including any amounts representing interest earned on the Trust Account (less taxes payable and deferred underwriting commissions), to complete our initial Business Combination. We may withdraw interest income (if any) to pay taxes, if any. Our annual tax obligations will depend on the amount of interest and other income earned on the amounts held in the Trust Account. We expect the interest income earned on the amount in the Trust Account (if any) will be sufficient to pay our taxes. To the extent that our equity or debt is used, in whole or in part, as consideration to complete our initial 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 December 31, 2023, the Company had $0 in its operating bank account, $19,901,169 in securities held in the Trust Account to be used for a Business Combination or to repurchase or redeem its Ordinary Shares in connection therewith and working capital deficit of $322,105. As of December 31, 2023, $5,813,213 of the amount in the Trust Account is represented as interest earned on investments held in the Trust Account.

 

The Company has until May 23, 2024 to consummate an initial Business Combination. However, if the Company anticipates that it may not be able to consummate an initial Business Combination prior to May 23, 2024, its shareholders may vote by special resolution to amend the Company’s amended and restated memorandum and articles of association to extend the period of time that the Company has to consummate the initial Business Combination (any such extended period of time, an “Extension Period”).

 

Until the consummation of a Business Combination, the Company will be using the funds not held in the Trust Account for identifying and evaluating prospective acquisition candidates, performing due diligence on prospective target businesses, paying for travel expenditures, selecting the target business to acquire, and structuring, negotiating and consummating the Business Combination. The Company may need to raise additional capital through loans or additional investments from New Sponsor, shareholders, officers, directors, or third parties. The Company’s officers, directors and New Sponsor may, but are not obligated to, loan the Company funds, from time to time or at any time, in whatever amount they deem reasonable in their sole discretion, to meet the Company’s working capital needs. Accordingly, the Company may not be able to obtain additional financing. Unless the shareholders vote for an additional extension, the remaining life of the Company as of December 31, 2023 is under 12 months.

 

If the Company is unable to raise additional capital, it may be required to take additional measures to conserve liquidity, which could include, but not necessarily be limited to, curtailing operations, suspending the pursuit of a potential transaction, and reducing overhead expenses. The Company cannot provide any assurance that new financing will be available to it on commercially acceptable terms, if at all. These conditions raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern for a reasonable period of time, which is considered to be one year from the issuance date of the consolidated financial statements. These consolidated 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.

 

Related Party Transactions

 

Founder Shares

 

On February 16, 2021, the Original Sponsor purchased 8,625,000 shares of the Company’s Class B ordinary shares, par value $0.0001 (“Class B ordinary shares”) for an aggregate price of $25,000, and on December 18, 2021, the Original Sponsor surrendered 2,156,250 Class B ordinary shares, so that the Original Sponsor owned an aggregate of 6,468,750 Class B ordinary shares. On February 11, 2022, the Company effected a 1.11111111-for-1.0 share dividend of its Class B ordinary shares, so that the Original Sponsor owned an aggregate of 7,187,500 Founder Shares. The share dividend was retroactively restated. Since the underwriters’ exercised their overallotment option in full upon IPO, none of the Founder Shares were forfeited.

 

The Founder Shares are subject to certain transfer restrictions, as described below.

 

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The Initial Shareholders have agreed, subject to limited exceptions, not to transfer, assign or sell any of their Founder Shares until the earlier to occur of: (A) one year after the completion of the initial Business Combination or (B) subsequent to the initial Business Combination, (x) if the last sale price of the Class A ordinary shares equals or exceeds $12.00 per share (as adjusted for share splits, share dividends, reorganizations, recapitalizations and the like) for any 20 trading days within any 30-trading day period commencing at least 150 days after the initial Business Combination, or (y) the date on which the Company completes a liquidation, merger, capital share exchange or other similar transaction that results in all of the Company’s shareholders having the right to exchange their Class A ordinary shares for cash, securities or other property.

 

On August 18, 2023, the New Sponsor purchased from the Original Sponsor (x) 4,317,500 Class A Ordinary Shares and (y) 6,834,333 private placement warrants for an aggregate purchase price of $1.00, payable at the time of the initial Business Combination.

 

Private Placement

 

On February 23, 2022, simultaneously with the consummation of the IPO and the underwriters’ exercise of their over-allotment option in full, the Company consummated the issuance and sale of 9,763,333 Private Placement Warrants in a private placement transaction at a price of $1.50 per Private Placement Warrant, generating gross proceeds of $14,645,000. Each whole Private Placement Warrant is exercisable for one whole Class A ordinary share at a price of $11.50 per share. A portion of the proceeds from the Private Placement Warrants was added to the proceeds from the IPO to be held in the Trust Account. If the Company does not complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period, the Private Placement Warrants will expire worthless. The Private Placement Warrants are non-redeemable and exercisable on a cashless basis.

 

Related Party Loans

 

On February 16, 2021, the Original Sponsor agreed to loan the Company an aggregate of up to $300,000 to cover expenses related to the IPO pursuant to a promissory note (the “Note”). This loan was non-interest bearing and payable on the earlier of September 30, 2022 or the completion of the IPO. The Note was paid off in January 2022 after the IPO.

 

On December 21, 2023 the Company entered into a Loan and Transfer Agreement between the Company, the Sponsor, and SSVK Associates, LLC (the “Lender”), pursuant to which the Lender loaned an aggregate of $250,000 to the Sponsor, and, in turn, the Sponsor loaned $250,000 to the Company. As of December 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022, there was $155,848 and $0 in borrowings under the agreement, respectively. The debt discount is being amortized to interest expense as a non-cash charge over the term of the loan and transfer liability, in which is generally the Company’s expected Business Combination date at the time of each draw. During the year ended December 31, 2023, the Company recorded $8,966 of interest expense related to the amortization of the debt discount. The remaining balance of the debt discount as of December 31, 2023 amounted to $143,464.

 

In addition, in order to finance transaction costs in connection with a Business Combination, the New Sponsor or an affiliate of the New Sponsor, or certain of the Company’s officers and directors 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 $1.5 million of such Working Capital Loans may be convertible into warrants of the post Business Combination entity at a price of $1.50 per warrant. The warrants would be identical to the Private Placement Warrants. As of December 31, 2023 and 2022, no Working Capital Loans were outstanding.

 

Administrative Services Fee

 

We agreed, commencing on the effective date of the IPO through the earlier of our consummation of a Business Combination or our liquidation, to pay an affiliate of the Original Sponsor a monthly fee of $10,000 for office space, secretarial and administrative services. For the year ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, the Company has incurred $120,000 and $100,000, respectively, of expenses under this arrangement.

 

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Deferred Underwriting Fees

 

The underwriters were paid a cash underwriting discount of $0.20 per unit, or $5,000,000 in the aggregate at the closing of the IPO. The underwriters agreed to defer the cash underwriting discount of $0.20 per share related to the over-allotment to be paid at Business Combination ($750,000 in the aggregate). In addition, the underwriters were entitled to a deferred underwriting commissions of $0.35 per unit, or $10,062,500 from the closing of the IPO. The total deferred fee was $10,812,500 consisting of the $10,062,500 deferred portion and the $750,000 cash discount agreed to be deferred until Business Combination. The deferred fee was to become payable to the underwriters from the amounts held in the Trust Account solely if the Company completes a Business Combination, subject to the terms of the underwriting agreement.

 

On June 28, 2023, the underwriters agreed to waive their entitlements to the deferred underwriting commissions of $10,812,500 pursuant to the underwriting agreement for the IPO (the “Underwriting Agreement”). As a result, $10,812,500 was recorded to additional paid-in capital in relation to the waiver of the deferred underwriting discount in the accompanying consolidated financial statements (see Note 6 to the consolidated financial statements contained elsewhere in this Quarterly Report).

 

Due to affiliate

 

As of December 31, 2023 and 2022, $238,939 and $122,689, respectively, has been accrued and shown as ‘Due to affiliate’ in the accompanying balance sheet for the administrative services fees described above and a residual balance due from IPO proceeds. The amount is due to New Sponsor and will be repaid as soon as practical from the Company’s operating account.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Financing Arrangements

 

We have no obligations, assets or liabilities, which would be considered off-balance sheet arrangements as of December 31, 2023. We do not participate in transactions that create relationships with 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.

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

The preparation of consolidated 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 consolidated 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:

 

Warrant Instruments

 

The Company accounts for warrants as either equity-classified or liability-classified instruments based on an assessment of the instruments’ 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 instruments are freestanding financial instruments pursuant to ASC 480, meet the definition of a liability pursuant to ASC 480, and whether the instruments meet all of the requirements for equity classification under ASC 815, including whether the instruments are indexed to the Company’s own ordinary shares and whether the instrument holders could potentially require “net cash settlement” in a circumstance outside of the Company’s control, 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 instruments are outstanding. The Company determined, upon further review of the warrant agreement, that the Public Warrants and Private Placement Warrants issued pursuant to the warrant agreement qualify for equity accounting treatment.

 

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Ordinary shares Subject to Possible Redemption

 

We account for our ordinary shares subject to possible redemption in accordance with the guidance in Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 480 “Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity.” Ordinary shares subject to mandatory redemption is classified as a liability instrument and is measured at fair value. Conditionally redeemable ordinary shares (including ordinary shares 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 our control) is classified as temporary equity. At all other times, ordinary shares are classified as shareholders’ equity. Our ordinary shares feature certain redemption rights that are considered to be outside of our control and subject to occurrence of uncertain future events. Accordingly, ordinary shares subject to possible redemption is presented as temporary equity, outside of the shareholders’ deficit section of our balance sheets.

 

Net Income (loss) Per Share of Ordinary shares

 

We apply the two-class method in calculating earnings per share. Net income per share of the Class A shares, basic and diluted is calculated by dividing the interest income earned on the Trust Account by the weighted average number of shares of Class A ordinary shares outstanding since original issuance. Net income per share of ordinary shares, basic and diluted, for Class B ordinary shares is calculated by dividing the net income, less income attributable to shares of Class A ordinary shares, by the weighted average number of shares of Class B ordinary shares outstanding for the periods presented.

 

Recently Adopted Accounting Standards

 

Recent Accounting Standards

 

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

 

Contractual Obligations

 

We do not have any long-term debt, capital lease obligations, operating lease obligations or long-term liabilities, other than an agreement to pay an affiliate of the Original Sponsor a monthly fee of $10,000 for office space, utilities and secretarial, and administrative support services provided to the Company. We began incurring these fees on February 23, 2022 and will continue to incur these fees monthly until the earlier of the completion of a Business Combination or the Company’s liquidation.

 

Critical Accounting Estimates

 

The preparation of 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 expenses during the reporting periods.

 

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.

 

JOBS Act

 

On April 5, 2012, the JOBS Act was signed into law. The JOBS Act contains provisions that, among other things, relax certain reporting requirements for qualifying public companies. We qualify as an “emerging growth company” and are allowed to comply with new or revised accounting pronouncements based on the effective date for private (not publicly traded) companies. We are electing to delay the adoption of new or revised accounting standards, and as a result, we may not comply with new or revised accounting standards on the relevant dates on which adoption of such standards is required for non-emerging growth companies. As such, our consolidated financial statements may not be comparable to companies that comply with public company effective dates.

 

Subject to certain conditions set forth in the JOBS Act, we may not be required to, among other things, (i) provide an auditor’s attestation report on our system of internal controls over financial reporting pursuant to Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, (ii) provide all of the compensation disclosure that may be required of non-emerging growth public companies under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, (iii) comply with any requirement that may be adopted by the PCAOB regarding mandatory audit firm rotation or a supplement to the auditor’s report providing additional information about the audit and the consolidated financial statements (auditor discussion and analysis) and (iv) disclose certain executive compensation related items such as the correlation between executive compensation and performance and comparisons of executive compensation to median employee compensation. These exemptions apply for a period of five years following the completion of the IPO or until we are no longer an “emerging growth company,” whichever is earlier.

 

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Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.

 

As a smaller reporting company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act), we are not required to provide disclosure under this Item 7A.

 

Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.

 

Reference is made to pages F-1 through F-18 following Item 16, which comprise a portion of this Report.

 

Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure.

 

None.

 

Item 9A. Controls and Procedures.

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

Disclosure controls and procedures are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by us in our Exchange Act reports is recorded, processed, summarized, and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our principal executive officer and principal financial officer or persons performing similar functions, 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 December 31, 2023. Based on this evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective at a reasonable assurance level and, accordingly, provided reasonable assurance that the information required to be disclosed by us in reports filed under the Exchange Act is recorded process, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms.

 

Management’s Report on Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting

 

Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting, as such term is defined in Rule 13a-15(f) and 15(d)-15(f) under the Exchange Act. The Company’s management assessed the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2023. In making this assessment, management used the criteria set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) in Internal Control-Integrated Framework (2013). Based on this assessment, management has concluded that, as of December 31, 2023, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting was effective.

 

This Report does not include an attestation report of our independent registered public accounting firm regarding internal control over financial reporting. Management’s report was not subject to attestation by our independent registered public accounting firm pursuant to scaled disclosure requirements applicable to non-accelerated filers that permit us to provide only management’s report in this Report.

 

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.

 

Item 9B. Other Information.

 

On March 5, 2024, the Company together with Sponsor and Visiox entered into a separate Subscription Agreement (each, a “Subscription Agreement”) with four separate investors  (each, an “Investor”), whereby, to support the Company’s anticipated de-SPAC transaction, the Investors collectively contributed to Sponsor a total of $1,000,000 (the “Contribution”). The Sponsor utilized the Contribution to support the Company’s anticipated de-SPAC transaction by funding certain obligations to Visox under the terms of a convertible promissory note dated December 1, 2023, and also used a portion of the proceeds to fund certain working capital loans (together, all loans and advances, the “March Loan”). In consideration for the Contribution, the Company will issue to the Investors an aggregate of 1,000,000 shares of Class A common stock at the closing of its initial business combination (the “De-SPAC Closing”). The March Loan will not accrue interest and will be repaid by the Company upon the De-SPAC Closing, or, otherwise the Sponsor will pay to the Investors all repayments of the March Loan Sponsor itself has received within two business days of the De-SPAC Closing, up to the amount of the Contribution. The Investors may elect at the De-SPAC Closing to receive such payments in cash or shares of the Company’s Class A common stock, at a rate of one share for each ten dollars ($10.00) of Contribution. In the event that the De-SPAC Closing does not occur within 120 days of the date of the Subscription Agreement (the “Closing Deadline”), the Company and the Sponsor will transfer a total of 62,500 shares of the Company’s Class A common stock to the Investors and will transfer an additional 62,500 shares to the Investors at the conclusion of each 60 day period following the Closing Deadline until the De-SPAC Closing occurs. In the event the Company liquidates without consummating its initial business combination, the Sponsor and an affiliate of the Sponsor will transfer a total of 150,000 shares of Kernel Group Holdings, Inc. to the Investors.

 

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Item 9C. Disclosure Regarding Foreign Jurisdictions that Prevent Inspections

 

None.

 

PART III

 

Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance.

 

Directors and Executive Officers

 

As of the date of this Report, our directors and officers are as follows:

 

Name   Age   Position
Surendra Ajjarapu   53   Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman
Howard Doss   70   Chief Financial Officer
Michael L. Peterson   61   Director
Donald G. Fell   78   Director
Avinash Wadhwani   56   Director
Mayur Doshi   62   Director

 

The experience of our directors and executive officers is as follows:

 

Surendra Ajjarapu

 

Suren Ajjarapu (age: 53) began serving as an officer and director of the Company in August 2023. He has served as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary of TrXADE HEALTH, INC (Nasdaq: MEDS) a Delaware corporation, and its predecessor company since July 2010. He is also currently a director of Oceantech Acquisition I Corp., traded on Nasdaq under the symbol “OTEC”, serves as Chairman of the board of directors of Kernel Group Holdings, Inc., a special purpose acquisition company (NASDAQ: KRNL) (“KRNL”) (since December 2022) and Semper Paratus Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company (NASDAQ: LGST). Beginning in 2021, Mr. Ajjarapu served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Aesther Healthcare Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company that consummated its initial business combination in February 2023. Mr. Ajjarapu is currently serving as a director of the merged company, Ocean Biomedical, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCEA). Since March 2018, Mr. Ajjarapu has served as Executive Chairman of the Board of Kano Energy Corp., a company involved in the development of renewable natural gas sites in the United States. Mr. Ajjarapu was a Founder and served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Sansur Renewable Energy, Inc., a company involved in developing wind power sites in the Midwest of the United States, from March 2009 to December 2012. Mr. Ajjarapu was also a Founder, President and Director of Aemetis, Inc., a biofuels company (NASDAQ: AMTX), and a Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of International Biofuels, a subsidiary of Aemetis, Inc., from January 2006 to March 2009. Mr. Ajjarapu was Co-Founder, Chief Operations Officer, and Director of Global Information Technology, Inc., an IT outsourcing and systems design company, headquartered in Tampa, Florida with major operations in India. Mr. Ajjarapu graduated from South Dakota State University with a M.S. in Environmental Engineering, and from the University of South Florida with an M.B.A., specializing in International Finance and Management. Mr. Ajjarapu is also a graduate of the Venture Capital and Private Equity program at Harvard University.

 

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Howard Doss

 

Howard Doss (age: 70) began serving as an officer of the Company in August 2023. Mr. Doss is a seasoned chief financial officer and accountant. He currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of KRNL. And, beginning in 2021, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Aesther Healthcare Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company until it consummated its initial business combination in February 2023. He has also served as chief financial officer of TRxADE HEALTH, INC., an online marketplace for health traded on Nasdaq under the symbol “MEDS.” Mr. Doss has served in a variety of capacities with accounting and investment firms. He joined the staff of Seidman & Seidman (BDO Seidman, Dallas) in 1977 and in 1980 he joined the investment firm Van Kampen Investments, opening the firm’s southeast office in Tampa, Florida in 1982. He remained with the firm until 1996 when he joined Franklin Templeton. After working for the Principal Financial Group office in Tampa, Florida, Mr. Doss was City Executive for U.S. Trust in Sarasota, Florida, responsible for high net worth individuals. He retired from that position in 2009. He served as CFO and Director for Sansur Renewable Energy, an alternative energy development company, from 2010 to 2012. Mr. Doss has also served as President of STARadio Corp. since 2005. Mr. Doss is a member of the America Institute of CPA’s. He is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University.

 

Michael L. Peterson

 

Michael Peterson (age: 61) began serving as a director of the Company in August 2023. He commenced serving as President, Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors of Lafayette Energy Corp. in April 2022. Beginning in September 2021, Mr. Peterson served as a member of the Board of Directors, Audit Committee (Chair), Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of Aesther Healthcare Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: AEHA), a special purpose acquisition company, that consummated its initial business combination in February 2023. Mr. Peterson is currently serving as a director of the merged company, Ocean Biomedical, Inc. (Nasdaq: OCEA) (f.k.a Aesther Healthcare Acquisition Corp.). In addition, Mr. Peterson commenced serving as an independent director of Oceantech Acquisition I Corp., in March 2023, began serving as an independent director of KRNL in December 2022 and as an independent director of Semper Paratus Acquisition Corporation in June 2023. Mr. Peterson has served as the president of Nevo Motors, Inc. since December 2020, which was established to commercialize a range extender generator technology for the heavy-duty electric vehicle market but is currently non-operational. Since May 2022, Mr. Peterson has served as a member of the Board of Directors and as the Chairperson of the Audit Committee of Trio Petroleum Corp., an oil and gas exploration and development company which is in the process of going public. Since February 2021, Mr. Peterson has served on the board of directors and as the Chairman of the Audit Committee of Indonesia Energy Corporation Limited (NYSE American: INDO). Mr. Peterson previously served as the president of the Taipei Taiwan Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Taipei, Taiwan from June 2018 to June 2021. Mr. Peterson served as an independent member of the Board of Directors of TRxADE HEALTH, INC (formerly Trxade Group, Inc.) from August 2016 to May 2021 (Nasdaq: MEDS). Mr. Peterson served as the Chief Executive Officer of PEDEVCO Corp. (NYSE American:PED), a public company engaged primarily in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas shale plays in the US from May 2016 to May 2018. Mr. Peterson served as Chief Financial Officer of PEDEVCO between July 2012 and May 2016, and as Executive Vice President of Pacific Energy Development (PEDEVCO’s predecessor) from July 2012 to October 2014, and as PEDEVCO’s President from October 2014 to May 2018. Mr. Peterson joined Pacific Energy Development as its Executive Vice President in September 2011, assumed the additional office of Chief Financial Officer in June 2012, and served as a member of its board of directors from July 2012 to September 2013. Mr. Peterson formerly served as Interim President and CEO (from June 2009 to December 2011) and as director (from May 2008 to December 2011) of Pacific Energy Development, as a director (from May 2006 to July 2012) of Aemetis, Inc. (formerly AE Biofuels Inc.), a Cupertino, California-based global advanced biofuels and renewable commodity chemicals company (NASDAQ:AMTX), and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nevo Energy, Inc. (NEVE) (formerly Solargen Energy, Inc.), a Cupertino, California-based developer of utility-scale solar farms which he helped form in December 2008 (from December 2008 to July 2012). From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Peterson served as a managing partner of American Institutional Partners, a venture investment fund based in Salt Lake City. From 2000 to 2004, he served as a First Vice President at Merrill Lynch, where he helped establish a new private client services division to work exclusively with high-net-worth investors. From September 1989 to January 2000, Mr. Peterson was employed by Goldman Sachs & Co. in a variety of positions and roles, including as a Vice President. Mr. Peterson received his MBA at the Marriott School of Management and a BS in statistics/computer science from Brigham Young University.

 

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Donald G. Fell

 

Donald G. Fell (age 78) began serving as a director of the Company in August 2023. He brings along a wealth of experience in the field of economics and business to the Company. Mr. Fell served as an independent director of Aesther Healthcare Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, from 2021 until it consummated its initial business combination in February 2023. Mr. Fell has served as an independent director of TRxADE HEALTH, INC (Nasdaq: MEDS) since January 2014, as well as a director of Trxade Nevada since December 2013. In addition, he commenced serving as an independent director of OTEC in March 2023. In addition, Mr. Fell commenced serving as an independent director of Oceantech Acquisition I Corp., in March 2023, began serving as an independent director of KRNL in December 2022 and as an independent director of Semper Paratus Acquisition Corporation in June 2023. He is presently Professor and Institute Director for the Davis, California-based Foundation for Teaching Economics and adjunct professor of economics for the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Mr. Fell held positions with the University of South Florida as a member of the Executive MBA faculty, Director of Executive and Professional Education and Senior Fellow of the Public Policy Institute from 1995 to 2012. Mr. Fell was also a visiting professor at the University of LaRochelle, France, and an adjunct professor of economics at both Illinois State University and The Ohio State University. Mr. Fell holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from Indiana State University and his all but dissertation (ABD) in economics from Illinois State University. Through his work with the Foundation for Teaching Economics and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs he has overseen graduate institutes on economic policy and environmental economics in 44 states, throughout Canada, the Islands and Eastern Europe.

 

Avinash Wadhwani

 

Mr. Wadhwani (age: 56) began serving as a director of the Company in August 2023. He is currently the Executive Vice President and Strategic Advisor of TransForm Solution Inc., a business process outsourcing (BPO) company that specializes in analytics, digital interventions, and operations management, a role he has served in since May 2023. From April 2009 to April 2020, Mr. Wadhwani held positions at Cognizant Technology Solutions (“Cognizant”), a multi billion dollar, IT services and consulting company, ending his tenure at Cognizant as Assoc. Director, Capital Markets & Investment Banking. Mr. Wadhwani served as Senior Manager, Business Development – Banking & Capital Markets at Headstrong (now Genpact (NYSE: G)) from 2003 to 2005 and as Assistant Vice President at Polaris Software Services from 1999 to 2002. In India, Mr. Wadhwani served as the Head of Institutional Equity Sales at Daewoo Finance (India) Ltd. from 1994 to 1999 and in product marketing and sales at Tata Consultancy Services from 1991 to 1994. Throughout his career, Mr. Wadhwani has negotiated and closed several multi-year, multi-million dollar global technology service deals across the financial services, retail and media & entertainment industries. He is the co-founder of a SaaS based blockchain startup, which he was instrumental in conceptualizing, architecting and building from the ground up. Mr. Wadhwani brings hands on experience working at startups, growth stage organizations, and Fortune 500 companies. He serves on the board of Semper Paratus Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ: LGST) and on the board of a U.S. based nonprofit, Quench and Nourish. Mr. Wadhwani earned a degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Marketing degree, both from the University of Mumbai. He holds an MBA (Executive) from the Columbia Business School in New York City.

 

Mayur Doshi

 

Mr. Doshi (age: 62) began serving as a director of the Company in August 2023. He is President and CEO of AlfaGene Bioscience, Inc. He has successfully initiated several companies and for the last ten years has been the CEO of Apogee Pharma. He has over 20 years of experience in the global generic pharmaceutical market. He is a trained chemist and seasoned entrepreneur with extensive experience in active pharmaceutical ingredients. He has more than twenty years of Pharmaceutical and Bio-tech industry experience; entering the generic pharmaceutical industry in 1988. He is Chairman and Managing Director of Apogee Pharma, Inc., a major importer of APIs (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients). He works closely with his clients assisting them in bringing new generic drugs to market, including Barr Pharmaceuticals, DuPont Pharmaceuticals, Sandoz, Wyeth and Watson. He is also a major investor in a generic pharmaceutical company and is the founder of, and primary investor in, AlfaGene. He worked and managed extensively in the Pharmaceutical industry and created a multimillion dollar company. Mr. Doshi also serves as a philanthropist for various organizations.

 

Family Relationships

 

There are no family relationships between any of our current officers or directors.

 

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Number and Terms of Office of Officers and Directors

 

Our board of directors consists of five members. Holders of our founder shares have the right to appoint all of our directors prior to consummation of our initial business combination and holders of our public shares will not have the right to vote on the appointment of directors during such time. These provisions of our amended and restated memorandum and articles of association may only be amended by a special resolution passed by at least 90% of our founder shares voting in a general meeting. Our board of directors is divided into three classes, with only one class of directors being elected in each year, and with each class (except for those directors appointed prior to our first annual meeting of shareholders) serving a 3-year term. Subject to any other special rights applicable to the shareholders, any vacancies on our board of directors may be filled by the affirmative vote of a majority of the directors present and voting at the meeting of our board or by a majority of the holders of our founder shares.

 

Our officers are appointed by the board of directors and serve at the discretion of the board of directors, rather than for specific terms of office. Our board of directors is authorized to appoint persons to the offices set forth in our amended and restated memorandum and articles of association as it deems appropriate. Our amended and restated memorandum and articles of association provide that our officers may consist of a chairman, a chief executive officer, a president, a chief operating officer, chief financial officer, vice presidents, a secretary, assistant secretaries, a treasurer and such other offices as may be determined by the board of directors.

 

Director Independence

 

The Nasdaq listing standards require that a majority of our board of directors be independent. An “independent director” is defined generally as a person who has no material relationship with the listed company (either directly or as a partner, shareholder or officer of an organization that has a relationship with the company). We have three “independent directors” as defined in the Nasdaq listing standards and applicable SEC rules prior to completion of the initial public offering. A majority of our board of directors is comprised of independent directors to comply with the majority independent board requirement in Rule 5605(b) of the Nasdaq listing rules.

 

Our board of directors has determined that Michael L. Peterson, Donald G. Fell, Mayur Doshi, and Avinash Wadhwani are independent directors under applicable SEC and Nasdaq rules. Our independent directors will have regularly scheduled meetings at which only independent directors are present.

 

Controlled Company Status

 

Until the completion of our initial business combination, only holders of our founder shares have the right to vote on the appointment of directors. As a result, the Nasdaq considers us to be a “controlled company” within the meaning of the Nasdaq corporate governance standards. Under the Nasdaq corporate governance standards, a company of which more than 50% of the voting power is held by an individual, group or another company is a “controlled company” and may elect not to comply with certain corporate governance requirements. We do not intend to utilize these exemptions and intend to comply with the corporate governance requirements of the Nasdaq, subject to applicable phase-in rules. However, if we determine in the future to utilize some or all of these exemptions, you will not have the same protections afforded to shareholders of companies that are subject to all of the Nasdaq corporate governance requirements.

 

Committees of the Board of Directors

 

Our board of directors has two standing committees: an audit committee and a compensation committee. Subject to phase-in rules and a limited exception, the rules of the Nasdaq and Rule 10A-3 of the Exchange Act require that the audit committee of a listed company be comprised solely of independent directors. Subject to phase-in provisions, the rules of the Nasdaq require that the compensation committee and the nominating committee of a listed company be comprised solely of independent directors; provided that if no such nominating committee exists, such selection or recommendation may be made by independent directors constituting a majority of the board’s independent directors.

 

Audit Committee

 

We have established an audit committee of the board of directors. Under the Nasdaq listing standards and applicable SEC rules, we are required to have at least three members of the audit committee, all of whom must be independent, subject to certain phase-in provisions. Michael L. Peterson, Avinash Wadhwani, and Donald G. Fell are members of our audit committee, and Michael L. Peterson serves as the chairman of the audit committee. Our board of directors has determined that each member of the audit committee is independent under the Nasdaq listing standards and applicable SEC rules. Each member of the audit committee is financially literate and our board of directors has determined that Michael L. Peterson qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” as defined in applicable SEC rules.

 

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We have adopted an audit committee charter, which is available on our website and details the principal functions of the audit committee, including:

 

  assisting board oversight of (i) the integrity of our financial statements, (ii) our compliance with leg and regulatory requirements, (iii) our independent auditor’s qualifications and independence, and (iv) the performance of our internal audit function and independent auditors;
     
  the appointment, compensation, retention, replacement, and oversight of the work of the independent auditors and any other independent registered public accounting firm engaged by us;
     
  pre-approving all audit and non-audit services to be provided by the independent auditors or any other registered public accounting firm engaged by us, and establishing pre-approval policies and procedures;
     
  reviewing and discussing with the independent auditors all relationships the auditors have with us in order to evaluate their continued independence;
     
  setting clear hiring policies for employees or former employees of the independent auditors;
     
  setting clear policies for audit partner rotation in compliance with applicable laws and regulations;
     
  obtaining and reviewing a report, at least annually, from the independent auditors describing (i) the independent auditor’s internal quality-control procedures and (ii) any material issues raised by the most recent internal quality-control review, or peer review, of the audit firm, or by any inquiry or investigation by governmental or professional authorities, within, the preceding five years respecting one or more independent audits carried out by the firm and any steps taken to deal with such issues;
     
  meeting to review and discuss our annual audited financial statements and quarterly financial statements with management and the independent auditor, including reviewing our specific disclosures under “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”;
     
  reviewing and approving any related party transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404 of Regulation S-K promulgated by the SEC prior to us entering into such transaction; and
     
  reviewing with management, the independent auditors, and our legal advisors, as appropriate, any legal, regulatory or compliance matters, including any correspondence with regulators or government agencies and any employee complaints or published reports that raise material issues regarding our financial statements or accounting policies and any significant changes in accounting standards or rules promulgated by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, the SEC or other regulatory authorities.

 

Director Nominations

 

We do not have a standing nominating committee though we intend to form a corporate governance and nominating committee as and when required to do so by law or Nasdaq rules. In accordance with Rule 5605(e)(1)(A) of the Nasdaq rules, a majority of the independent directors may recommend a director nominee for selection by our board of directors. Our board of directors believes that the independent directors can satisfactorily carry out the responsibility of properly selecting or approving director nominees without the formation of a standing nominating committee. The directors who will participate in the consideration and recommendation of director nominees are Michael L. Peterson, Avinash Wadhwani, and Donald G. Fell. In accordance with Rule 5605 of the Nasdaq rules, each of the foregoing directors is independent. As there is no standing nominating committee, we do not have a nominating committee charter in place.

 

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Our board of directors will also consider director candidates recommended for nomination by our shareholders during such times as they are seeking proposed nominees to stand for election at the next annual meeting of shareholders (or, if applicable, an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders). Our shareholders that wish to nominate a director for election to our board of directors should follow the procedures set forth in our amended and restated memorandum and articles of association. However, prior to our initial business combination, holders of our public shares will not have the right to recommend director candidates for nomination to our board of directors.

 

We have not formally established any specific, minimum qualifications that must be met or skills that are necessary for directors to possess. In general, in identifying and evaluating nominees for director, our board of directors considers a number of qualifications relating to management and leadership experience, background and integrity and professionalism in evaluating a person’s candidacy for membership on the board of directors. Our board of directors may require certain skills or attributes, such as financial or accounting experience, to meet specific board needs that arise from time to time and will also consider the overall experience and makeup of its members to obtain a broad and diverse mix of board members.

 

Compensation Committee

 

We have established a compensation committee of our board of directors. The members of our compensation committee are Michael L. Peterson, Avinash Wadhwani, and Donald G. Fell. Donald G. Fell serves as chairman of the compensation committee.

 

Under the Nasdaq listing standards, we are required to have a compensation committee composed entirely of independent directors, subject to certain phase-in provisions. Our board of directors has determined that each member of the compensation committee is independent.

 

We have adopted a compensation committee charter, which is available on our website and details the principal functions of the compensation committee, including:

 

  reviewing and approving on an annual basis the corporate goals and objectives relevant to our Chief Executive Officer’s compensation (if any is paid by us), evaluating our Chief Executive Officer’s performance in light of such goals and objectives and determining and approving the remuneration (if any) of our Chief Executive Officer based on such evaluation;
     
  reviewing and making recommendations to our board of directors with respect to the compensation, any incentive-compensation and equity-based plans that are subject to board approval of all of our other officers;
     
  reviewing our executive compensation policies and plans;
     
  implementing and administering our incentive compensation equity-based remuneration plans;
     
  assisting management in complying with our proxy statement and annual report disclosure requirements;
     
  approving all special perquisites, special cash payments and other special compensation and benefit arrangements for our officers and employees;
     
  producing a report on executive compensation to be included in our annual proxy statement; and
     
  reviewing, evaluating and recommending changes, if appropriate, to the remuneration for directors.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, as indicated above, other than reimbursement of expenses and as set forth below, no compensation of any kind, including finder’s, consulting or other similar fees, will be paid to any of our existing shareholders, officers, directors or any of their respective affiliates, prior to, or for any services they render in order to complete the consummation of a business combination although we may consider cash or other compensation to officers or advisors we may hire subsequent to this offering to be paid either prior to or in connection with our initial business combination.

 

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Accordingly, it is likely that prior to the consummation of an initial business combination, the compensation committee will only be responsible for the review and recommendation of any compensation arrangements to be entered into in connection with such initial business combination.

 

The charter also provides that the compensation committee may, in its sole discretion, retain or obtain the advice of a compensation consultant, independent legal counsel or other adviser and will be directly responsible for the appointment, compensation and oversight of the work of any such adviser. However, before engaging or receiving advice from a compensation consultant, external legal counsel or any other adviser, the compensation committee will consider the independence of each such adviser, including the factors required by Nasdaq and the SEC.

 

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

 

None of our officers currently serves, or in the past year has served, as a member of the compensation committee of any entity that has one or more officers serving on our board of directors.

 

Code of Ethics

 

We have adopted a code of ethics and business conduct, which we refer to as the Code of Ethics, applicable to our directors, officers and employees. We have filed a copy of our form of Code of Ethics, audit committee charter and compensation committee charter as exhibits to our registration statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-261941), which exhibits are incorporated by reference as exhibits to this Report. You may review these documents by accessing our public filings at the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov. In addition, a copy of the Code of Ethics will be provided without charge upon request from us. We intend to disclose any amendments to or waivers of certain provisions of our Code of Ethics in a Current Report on Form 8-K.

 

Insider Trading Arrangements and Policies

 

Subsequent to the consummation of the IPO, we adopted an insider trading policy which requires insiders to: (i) refrain from purchasing shares during certain blackout periods and when they are in possession of any material non-public information and (ii) to clear all trades with our legal counsel prior to execution.

 

Compliance with Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act

 

Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act requires our executive officers, directors and persons who beneficially own more than 10% of a registered class of our equity securities to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission initial reports of ownership and reports of changes in ownership of our ordinary shares and other equity securities. These executive officers, directors, and greater than 10% beneficial owners are required by SEC regulation to furnish us with copies of all Section 16(a) forms filed by such reporting persons. Based solely on our review of such forms furnished to us and written representations from certain reporting persons, we believe that all reports applicable to our executive officers, directors and greater than 10% beneficial owners were filed in a timely manner in accordance with Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act.

 

Item 11. Executive Compensation.

 

Compensation Discussion and Analysis

 

None of our officers or directors have received or, prior to our initial business combination, will receive any cash compensation for services rendered to us. We pay our Original Sponsor up to $10,000 per month for office space, administrative and support services. Our Sponsor, officers and directors, or any of their respective affiliates, will be reimbursed for any out-of-pocket expenses incurred in connection with activities on our behalf such as identifying potential target businesses and performing due diligence on suitable business combinations. Our audit committee will review on a quarterly basis all payments that were made to our Sponsor, Original Sponsor, officers, directors or our or any of their affiliates.

 

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After the completion of our initial business combination, members of our management team who remain with us may be paid consulting or management fees from the combined company. All of these fees will be described, to the extent then known, in the proxy solicitation materials or tender offer materials furnished to our shareholders in connection with a proposed business combination. We have not established any limit on the amount of such fees that may be paid by the combined company to our directors or members of management. It is unlikely the amount of such compensation will be known at the time of the proposed business combination, because the directors of the post-transaction business will be responsible for determining officer and director compensation. Any compensation to be paid to our officers will be determined, or recommended to the board of directors for determination, either by a compensation committee constituted solely by independent directors.

 

We are not party to any agreements with our executive officers and directors that provide for benefits upon termination of employment. The existence or terms of any such employment or consulting arrangements may influence our management’s motivation in identifying or selecting a target business, and we do not believe that the ability of our management to remain with us after the completion of our initial business combination should be a determining factor in our decision to proceed with any potential business combination.

 

Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters.

 

The following table sets forth information regarding the beneficial ownership of our ordinary shares as of February 29, 2024 based on information obtained from the persons named below, with respect to the beneficial ownership of our ordinary shares, by:

 

  each person known by us to be the beneficial owner of more than 5% of our outstanding ordinary shares;
     
  each of our executive officers and directors that beneficially owns our ordinary shares; and
     
  all our executive officers and directors as a group.

 

Unless otherwise indicated, we believe that all persons named in the table have sole voting and investment power with respect to all of our ordinary shares beneficially owned by them. The following table does not reflect record or beneficial ownership of the private placement warrants as these warrants are not exercisable within 60 days of the date of this Report.

 

In the table below, percentage ownership is based on 8,991,229 ordinary shares issued and outstanding as of February 29, 2024. On all matters to be voted upon, except for the election or removal of directors of the board prior to the initial business combination, holders of the Class A ordinary shares and Class B ordinary shares vote together as a single class. All of the Class B ordinary shares have been converted into Class A ordinary shares on a one-for-one basis.

 

   Class A Ordinary Shares   Class B Ordinary Shares     
   Number of       Number of       Approximate 
   Shares   Approximate   Shares   Approximate   Percentage 
   Beneficially   Percentage    Beneficially   Percentage   of Voting 
Name and Address of Beneficial Owner(1)    Owned   of Class   Owned(2)     of Class   Control 
SRIRAMA Associates, LLC (our Sponsor) (3)   4,317,500    48.0%           48.0%
Suren Ajjarapu (3)                    
Howard Doss                    
Michael L. Peterson                    
Donald G. Fell                    
Avinash Wadhwani                    
Mayur Doshi                    
All executive officers and directors as a group (7 individuals)    4,317,500    48.0%           48.0%
Five Percent Holders                          
PowerUp Sponsor LLC (our Original Sponsor) (4)    2,870,000    31.9%           31.9 % 

 

(1) Unless otherwise noted, the business address of each of the following entities or individuals is c/o PowerUp Acquisition Corp., 188 Grand Street, Unit #195, New York, NY 10013.

 

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(2) All Class B ordinary shares were converted into Class A ordinary shares on a one-for-one basis.

 

(3) Our Sponsor is the record holder of such shares. Mr. Ajjarapu is the managing member of our Sponsor. As such, Mr. Ajjarapu has voting and investment discretion with respect to the ordinary shares held of record by our Sponsor and may be deemed to have shared beneficial ownership of the ordinary shares held directly by our Sponsor. Mr. Ajjarapu disclaims beneficial ownership of any shares other than to the extent he may have a pecuniary interest therein, directly or indirectly.

 

(4) Our Original Sponsor is the record holder of such shares. Messrs. Hack and Schillinger are the managing members of our Original Sponsor. As such, each of Messrs. Hack and Schillinger has voting and investment discretion with respect to the ordinary shares held of record by our Original Sponsor and may be deemed to have shared beneficial ownership of the ordinary shares held directly by our Original Sponsor. Each of Messrs. Hack and Schillinger disclaims beneficial ownership of any shares other than to the extent he may have a pecuniary interest therein, directly or indirectly.

 

Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence.

 

On February 16, 2021, our Original Sponsor paid an aggregate purchase price of $25,000, or approximately $0.0029 per share, to subscribe for an aggregate of 8,625,000 Class B ordinary shares, par value $0.0001. Prior to the initial investment in the company of $25,000 by our Original Sponsor, our company had no assets, tangible or intangible. The per share price of the founder shares was determined by dividing the amount contributed to our company by the number of founder shares issued. On February 11, 2022, we effected a 1.11111111-for-1.0 share dividend of our ordinary shares, such that our Original Sponsor owned an aggregate of 7,187,500 founder shares, for a resulting purchase price of approximately resulting in a purchase price of approximately $0.0035 per share. As a result of the underwriters’ election to fully exercise their over-allotment option, none of the 937,500 founder shares that were subject to forfeiture by our Original Sponsor were forfeited.

 

Our Original Sponsor purchased an aggregate of 9,763,333 private placement warrants at a purchase price of $1.50 per warrant, for an aggregate purchase price of $14,645,000, in a private placement that occurred simultaneously with the closing of our initial public offering. The placement warrants may not, subject to certain limited exceptions, be transferred, assigned or sold by the holder until 30 days after the completion of our initial business combination.

 

If any of our officers or directors becomes aware of a business combination opportunity that falls within the line of business of any entity to which he or she has then-current fiduciary or contractual obligations, then, subject to his or her fiduciary duties under Cayman Islands law, he or she will honor his or her fiduciary or contractual obligations to present such opportunity to such entity. Our officers and directors currently have certain relevant fiduciary duties or contractual obligations that may take priority over their duties to us.

 

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We currently maintain our executive offices at 188 Grand Street, Unit #195, New York, NY 10013. The cost for our use of this space is included in the $10,000 per month fee we pay to our Original Sponsor or its affiliates for office space and administrative and support services. Upon completion of our initial business combination or our liquidation, we expect to cease paying these monthly fees.

 

Our Sponsor, officers and directors, or any of their respective affiliates, will be reimbursed for any bona-fide, documented out-of-pocket expenses incurred in connection with activities on our behalf such as identifying potential target businesses and performing due diligence on suitable business combinations. Our audit committee will review on a quarterly basis all payments that were made by us to our Sponsor, officers and directors, or any of their respective affiliates and will determine which expenses and the amount of expenses that will be reimbursed. There is no cap or ceiling on the reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses incurred by such persons in connection with activities on our behalf.

 

Our Original Sponsor loaned us up to $300,000 to be used for a portion of the expenses of our initial public offering. These loans were non-interest bearing, unsecured and were due at the earlier of June 30, 2022 and the closing of our initial public offering, which occurred on February 23, 2022. The loan was repaid upon the closing of our initial public offering out of the portion of the proceeds from our initial public offering and the sale of placement warrants that were allocated for the payment of offering expenses (other than underwriting discounts and commissions) and were not held in the trust account.

 

In addition, our Original Sponsor, Sponsor, or their affiliates may, but are not obligated to, loan us additional funds as may be required. If we complete an initial business combination, we may repay such loaned amounts out of the proceeds of the trust account released to us. In the event that the initial 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. Up to $1,500,000 of such loans made available by our Original Sponsor, Sponsor, or their affiliates may be convertible into warrants at a price of $1.50 per warrant at the option of the lender. The warrants would be identical to the placement warrants, including as to exercise price, exercisability and exercise period. Except for the foregoing, the terms of such additional loans, if any, have not been determined and no written agreements exist with respect to such loans. We do not expect to seek loans from parties other than our Original Sponsor, Sponsor, or their affiliates as we do not believe third parties will be willing to loan such funds and provide a waiver against any and all rights to seek access to funds in our trust account.

 

After our initial business combination, members of our management team who remain with us may be paid consulting, management or other fees from the combined company. All of these fees will be described, to the extent then known, in the tender offer or proxy solicitation materials, as applicable, furnished to our shareholders. It is unlikely the amount of such compensation will be known at the time of distribution of such tender offer materials or at the time of a general meeting held to consider our initial business combination, as applicable, as it will be up to the directors of the post-transaction business to determine officer and director compensation.

 

We have entered into a registration rights agreement with respect to the founder shares, placement warrants (and the Class A ordinary shares issuable upon their exercise), and warrants (and the Class A ordinary shares issuable upon their exercise) issued upon conversion of working capital loans (if any), which was filed as an exhibit to the Registration Statement.

 

We have entered into indemnity agreements with each of our officers and directors, a form of which has been filed as an exhibit to our Registration Statement. These agreements require us to indemnify these individuals and entity to the fullest extent permitted under applicable Cayman Islands law and to hold harmless, exonerate and advance expenses incurred as a result of any proceeding against them as to which they could be indemnified.

 

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Sponsor Share Conversion

 

On May 18, 2023, following the extraordinary general meeting, shareholders holding all of the issued and outstanding Class B ordinary shares elected to convert their Class B ordinary shares into Class A ordinary shares on a one-for-one basis. As a result, 7,187,500 of our Class B ordinary shares were cancelled and 7,187,500 of our Class A ordinary shares were issued to such converting Class B shareholders. The converting Class B shareholders agreed that all of the terms and conditions applicable to the Class B ordinary shares set forth in the Letter Agreement, shall continue to apply to the Class A ordinary shares that the Class B ordinary shares converted into, including the voting agreement, transfer restrictions and waiver of any right, title, interest or claim of any kind to the Trust Account or any monies or other assets held therein.

 

Sponsor Purchase Agreement

 

On July 14, 2023, we entered into the Sponsor Purchase Agreement with the Original Sponsor and the Sponsor, pursuant to which the Sponsor agreed to purchase from the Original Sponsor 4,317,500 of our Class A ordinary shares and 6,834,333 private placement warrants, each exercisable for one Class A Ordinary Share for an aggregate purchase price of $1.00, payable at the time we complete an initial business combination. In addition to the payment of the Sponsor Purchase Price, the Sponsor also assumed the responsibilities and obligations of the Original Sponsor related to the Company. On August 18, 2023, the parties to the Sponsor Purchase Agreement closed the transactions contemplated thereby.

 

Business Combination Agreement

 

On December 26, 2023, we entered into the Merger Agreement with Merger Sub, the Sponsor, Visiox, and Ryan Bleeks, in the capacity as the seller representative. Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, among other things, the Company will complete the Domestication and the parties will effect the merger of Merger Sub with and into Visiox, with Visiox continuing as the surviving entity, as a result of which all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of Visiox shall be exchanged for shares of common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, of the Company subject to the conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, with Visiox surviving the Share Exchange as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company.

 

Related Party Loans

 

On December 21, 2023 the Company entered into a Loan and Transfer Agreement between the Company, the Sponsor, and SSVK Associates, LLC (“SSVK”), pursuant to which SSVK loaned an aggregate of $250,000 to the Sponsor, and, in turn, the Sponsor loaned $250,000 to the Company.

 

On January 9, 2024 the Company entered into a Loan and Transfer Agreement between the Company, the Sponsor, and Apogee Pharma Inc. (“Apogee”), pursuant to which Apogee loaned an aggregate of $50,000 to the Sponsor, and, in turn, the Sponsor loaned $50,000 to the Company.

 

On January 10, 2024, the Company entered into a Loan and Transfer Agreement between the Company, the Sponsor, and Jinal Sheth as lender, pursuant to which the lender loaned an aggregate of $150,000 to the Sponsor and the Sponsor loaned $150,000 to the Company.

 

On March 5, 2024, the Company entered into Subscription Agreements with four investors agreed to contribute to the Sponsor an aggregate of $1,000,00 to support the Company’s de-SPAC transaction.   The Company has certain obligations under Subscription Agreements, including to issue shares of its Class A ordinary shares to the investors in connection with the de-SPAC transaction and to pay or cause to be repaid the contributions of the investors.

 

Related Party Policy

 

In connection with the consummation of the initial public offering, we adopted a code of ethics requiring us to avoid, wherever possible, all conflicts of interests, except under guidelines or resolutions approved by our board of directors (or the appropriate committee of our board) or as disclosed in our public filings with the SEC. Under our code of ethics, conflict of interest situations will include any financial transaction, arrangement or relationship (including any indebtedness or guarantee of indebtedness) involving the company. A form of the code of ethics was filed as an exhibit to the Registration Statement and incorporated by reference as an exhibit to this Report.

 

Item 14. Principal Accountant Fees and Services.

 

The following is a summary of fees paid or to be paid to Marcum LLP, or Marcum, for services rendered.

 

Audit Fees. During the year ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, fees for our independent registered public accounting firm were approximately $123,287 and $44,000 for the services Marcum performed in connection with the audit of our December 31, 2023 and 2022 financial statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10K.

 

Audit-Related Fees. During the year ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, fees for our independent registered public accounting firm were approximately $0 and $0 for the services Marcum performed in connection with our Initial Public Offering.

 

Tax Fees. During the year ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, our independent registered public accounting firm did not render services to us for tax compliance, tax advice and tax planning.

 

All Other Fees. During the year ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, there were no fees billed for products and services provided by our independent registered public accounting firm other than those set forth above.

 

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Pre-Approval Policy

 

Our audit committee was formed upon the consummation of our Initial Public Offering. As a result, the audit committee did not pre-approve all of the foregoing services, although any services rendered prior to the formation of our audit committee were approved by our board of directors. Since the formation of our audit committee, and on a going-forward basis, the audit committee has and will pre-approve all auditing services and permitted non-audit services to be performed for us by our auditors, including the fees and terms thereof (subject to the de minimis exceptions for non-audit services described in the Exchange Act which are approved by the audit committee prior to the completion of the audit).

 

PART IV

 

Item 15. Exhibits, Financial Statements and Financial Statement Schedules.

 

(a) The following are filed with this report:
   
(1) Financial Statements

 

INDEX TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm (PCAOB ID # 688) F-2
Consolidated Balance Sheets F-3
Consolidated Statements of Operations F-4
Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Deficit F-5
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows F-6
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements F-7

 

(2) Financial Statements Schedule

 

All financial statement schedules are omitted because they are not applicable or the amounts are immaterial and not required, or the required information is presented in the financial statements and notes thereto beginning on page F-1 of this Report.

 

(3) Exhibits

 

We hereby file as part of this report the exhibits listed in the attached Exhibit Index.

 

Item 16. Form 10-K Summary.

 

Not applicable.

 

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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit No.   Description
1.1   Underwriting Agreement, dated February 17, 2022, by and between the Company and Citigroup Global Markets Inc., as representative of the several underwriters (2)
2.1   Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated December 26, 2023, by and among PowerUp Acquisition Corp., PowerUp Merger Sub Inc., SRIRAMA Associates, LLC, Visiox Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Ryan Bleeks. (3)
3.1   Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association (2)
3.2   Amendment to Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Company (4)
4.1   Specimen Unit Certificate (1)
4.2   Specimen Class A Ordinary Share Certificate (1)
4.3   Specimen Warrant Certificate (1)
4.4   Warrant Agreement, dated February 17, 2022, by and between the Company and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, as warrant agent (2)
4.5   Description of Registered Securities (5)
10.1   Letter Agreement, dated February 17, 2022, by and among the Company, its officers, its directors and PowerUp Sponsor LLC (2)
10.2   Investment Management Trust Agreement, dated February 17, 2022, by and between the Company and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, as trustee (2)
10.3   Private Placement Warrants Purchase Agreement, dated February 17, 2022, by and between the Company and PowerUp Sponsor LLC (2)
10.4   Registration Rights Agreement, dated as of February 17, 2022, by and between the Company and certain security holders (2)
10.5   Form of Indemnity Agreement, dated as of February 17, 2022, by and between the Company and each of the directors and officers of the Company (2)
10.6   Amended and Restated Promissory Note, dated as of January 14, 2022, issued to PowerUp Sponsor LLC (1)
10.7   Securities Subscription Agreement, dated as of February 16, 2021, by and between the Company and PowerUp Sponsor LLC (1)
10.8   Form of Non-Redemption Agreement (6)
10.9   Purchase Agreement, dated July 14, 2023, by and among SRIRAMA Associates, LLC, PowerUp Acquisition Corp., and PowerUp Sponsor LLC (7)
10.10   Loan and Transfer Agreement, dated December 21, 2023, by and among PowerUp Acquisition Corp., SRIRAMA Associates, LLC, and SSVK Associates, LLC. (3)
10.11   Loan and Transfer Agreement, dated January 9, 2024, by and among PowerUp Acquisition Corp., SRIRAMA Associates, LLC, and Apogee Pharma Inc.*
10.12   Form of Subscription Agreement dated March 5, 2024, by and among the PowerUp Acquisition Corp., SRIRAMA Associates, LLC, VKSS Capital, LLC, and Visiox Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Investor.*
14.1   Code of Ethics (1)
19.1   Insider Trading Policy*
21.1   Subsidiaries of PowerUp Acquisition Corp.*
31.1   Certification of the Principal Executive Officer required by Rule 13a-14(a) or Rule 15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002*
31.2   Certification of the Principal Financial Officer required by Rule 13a-14(a) or Rule 15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002*
32.1   Certification of the Principal Executive Officer required by Rule 13a-14(b) or Rule 15d-14(b) and 18 U.S.C. 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002**
32.2   Certification of the Principal Financial Officer required by Rule 13a-14(b) or Rule 15d-14(b) and 18 U.S.C. 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002**
97.1   Clawback Policy*
99.1   Audit Committee Charter (1)
99.2   Compensation Committee Charter (1)
101.INS   Inline XBRL Instance Document*
101.SCH   Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema*
101.CAL   Inline XBRL Taxonomy Calculation Linkbase*
101.LAB   Inline XBRL Taxonomy Label Linkbase*
101.PRE   Inline XBRL Definition Linkbase Document*
101.DEF   Inline XBRL Definition Linkbase Document*

 

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104   Cover Page Interactive Data File (Embedded within the Inline XBRL document and included as Exhibit 101)*

 

*Filed herewith.

**Furnished herewith.

 

  (1) Incorporated by reference to the Company’s Form S-1, filed with the SEC on February 14, 2022.
     
  (2) Incorporated by reference to the Company’s Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on February 23, 2022.
     
  (3) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 2.1 to the Company’s Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on December 28, 2023.
     
  (4) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 2.1 to the Company’s Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on May 23, 2023.
     
  (5) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.5 to the Company’s Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 21, 2023.
     
  (6) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 in the Current Report on Form 8-K filed on May 1, 2023.
     
  (7) Incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.1 to the Current Report filed on July 19, 2023.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

  POWERUP ACQUISITION CORP.
 
Date: March 11, 2024 By: /s/ Surendra Ajjarapu
  Name: Surendra Ajjarapu
  Title: Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this Report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

Signature   Name   Title   Date
         
/s/ Surendra Ajjarapu  
Surendra Ajjarapu

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

(Principal Executive Officer)

  March 11, 2024
           
/s/ Howard Doss   Howard Doss

Chief Financial Officer

(Principal Financial Officer and Principal

Accounting Officer)

  March 11, 2024
           
/s/ Michael Peterson   Michael Peterson Director   March 11, 2024
           
/s/ Avinash Wadhwani   Avinash Wadhwani Director   March 11, 2024
           
/s/ Donald Fell   Donald Fell Director   March 11, 2024
           
/s/ Mayur Doshi   Mayur Doshi Director   March 11, 2024

 

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INDEX TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm (PCAOB ID #688) F-2
Consolidated Balance Sheets F-3
Consolidated Statements of Operations F-4
Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Deficit F-5
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows F-6
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements F-7 – F-17

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

To the Shareholders’ and Board of Directors of

PowerUp Acquisition Corp.

 

Opinion on the Financial Statements

 

We have audited the accompanying balance sheets of PowerUp Acquisition Corp. (the “Company”) as of December 31, 2023 and 2022, the related statements of operations, shareholders’ deficit and cash flows for the years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, and the related notes (collectively referred to as the “financial statements”). In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2023 and 2022, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

Explanatory Paragraph -- Going Concern

 

The accompanying financial statements have been prepared assuming that the Company will continue as a going concern. As described in Note 1 to the financial statements, the Company is a Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation that was formed for the purpose of completing a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities on or before May 23, 2024. The Company entered into a definitive merger agreement with a business combination target on December 26, 2023; however, the completion of this transaction is subject to the approval of the Company’s stockholders among other conditions. There is no assurance that the Company will obtain the necessary approvals, satisfy the required closing conditions, raise the additional capital it needs to fund its operations, and complete the transaction prior to May 23, 2024, if at all. The Company also has no approved plan in place to extend the business combination deadline and fund operations for any period of time after May 23, 2024, in the event that it is unable to complete a business combination by that date. These matters raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. Management’s plans with regard to these matters are also described in Note 1. The financial statements do not include any adjustments that may be necessary should the Company be unable to continue as a going concern.

 

Basis for Opinion

 

These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (“PCAOB”) and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

 

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. As part of our audits, we are required to obtain an understanding of internal control over financial reporting but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion.

 

Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

/s/ Marcum LLP

 

Marcum LLP

 

We have served as the Company’s auditor since 2021.

 

New York, NY

March 11, 2024

 

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POWERUP ACQUISITION CORP.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

   December 31, 2023   December 31, 2022 
         
ASSETS          
CURRENT ASSETS          
Cash  $   $497,259 
Prepaid expenses and other   81,223    600,493 
Total current assets   81,223    1,097,752 
Prepaid expenses - noncurrent       80,170 
Investments held in Trust Account   19,901,169    299,004,083 
TOTAL ASSETS  $19,982,392   $300,182,005 
           
LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE ORDINARY SHARES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ DEFICIT          
CURRENT LIABILITIES          
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  $152,005    180,634 
Loan and Transfer note - payable   12,384     
Due to affiliate   238,939    122,689 
Total current liabilities   403,328    303,323 
Deferred Underwriting fee payable       10,812,500 
TOTAL LIABILITIES   403,328    11,115,823 
           
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES (Note 6)   -      
REDEEMABLE ORDINARY SHARES          
Class A ordinary shares subject to possible redemption at redemption value, $0.0001 par value, 1,803,729 and 28,750,000 shares as of December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively   19,901,169    299,004,083 
           
SHAREHOLDER’S DEFICIT          
Preference shares; $0.0001 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized, none issued or outstanding        
Class A ordinary shares; $0.0001 par value; 300,000,000 shares authorized; 7,187,500 and 0 issued or outstanding at December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively (excluding 1,803,729 and 28,750,000 shares subject to redemption as of December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively)   719     
Class B ordinary shares; $0.0001 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized; 0 and 7,187,500 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively       719 
Additional paid-in capital   10,964,930     
Accumulated deficit   (11,287,754)   (9,938,620)
Total shareholders’ deficit   (322,105)   (9,937,901)
TOTAL LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE ORDINARY SHARES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ DEFICIT  $19,982,392   $300,182,005 

 

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

 

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POWERUP ACQUISITION CORP.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 

   December 31, 2023   December 31, 2022 
   Year Ended   Year Ended 
   December 31, 2023   December 31, 2022 
OPERATING EXPENSES          
General and administrative  $1,340,168   $976,345 
Total operating expenses   (1,340,168)   (976,345)
           
Other income:          
Interest expense – debt discount   

(8,966

)   

 
Interest earned on investments held in Trust Account   5,813,213    4,316,583 
Total other income, net   5,804,247    4,316,583 
           
Net income  $4,464,079   $3,340,238 
           
Weighted average shares outstanding of Class A ordinary shares   16,461,668    24,496,575 
Basic and diluted net income per share, Class A ordinary shares  $0.23   $0.11 
Weighted average shares outstanding of Class B ordinary shares   2,717,466    7,187,500 
Basic and diluted net income per share, Class B ordinary shares  $0.23   $0.11 

 

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

 

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POWERUP ACQUISITION CORP.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS’ DEFICIT

FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2023 AND 2022

 

   Shares   Amount   Shares   Amount   Capital   Deficit   Deficit 
   Class A   Class B   Additional       Total 
   Ordinary Shares   Ordinary Shares   Paid-in   Accumulated   Shareholders’ 
   Shares   Amount   Shares   Amount   Capital   Deficit   Deficit 
Balance – December 31, 2021      $    7,187,500   $719   $24,281   $(25,475)  $(475)
Proceeds from Initial Public Offering Costs allocated to Public Warrants (net of offering costs)                                5,286,660        5,286,660 
Proceeds from issuance of Private Placement Warrants to Sponsor                   14,645,000        14,645,000 
Remeasurement for redeemable shares to redemption value                   (19,955,941)   (13,253,382)   (33,209,323)
Net income                       3,340,238    3,340,238 
Balance – December 31, 2022           7,187,500    719        (9,938,620)   (9,937,901)
Conversion of Class B shares to Class A   7,187,500    719    (7,187,500)   (719)            
Reduction of U/W Fee Payable                   10,812,500        10,812,500 
Contribution - shareholder non-redemption agreements                   118,298        118,298 
Shareholder non-redemption agreements                   (118,298)       (118,298)
Face value of convertible note in excess of fair value                   

152,430

        

152,430

 
Remeasurement for Class A shares to redemption value                       (5,813,213)   (5,813,213)
Net income                       4,464,079    4,464,079 
Balance – December 31, 2023   7,187,500   $719       $   $10,964,930   $(11,287,754)  $(322,105)

 

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

 

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POWERUP ACQUISITION CORP.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

   Year Ended   Year Ended 
   December 31, 2023   December 31, 2022 
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:          
Net income  $4,464,079   $3,340,238 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities:          
Interest income on investments held in Trust Account   (5,813,213)   (4,316,583)
Interest expense – debt discount   

8,966

     
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
Prepaid expenses   599,440    (680,663)
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   (28,629)   125,533 
Due to affiliate   116,250   122,689 
Net cash used in operating activities   (653,107)   (1,408,786)
           
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:          
Cash withdrawn from Trust Account in connection with redemptions   284,916,127     
Cash deposited to Trust Account       (294,687,500)
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   284,916,127    (294,687,500)
           
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:          
Proceeds from Initial Public Offering net of underwriting fees       282,500,000 
Proceeds from sale of private units       14,645,000 
Repayment of promissory note - related party       (252,915)
Payment of offering costs       (298,540)
Redemption of ordinary shares   (284,916,127)    
Proceeds from Sponsor note   155,848     
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities   (284,760,279)   296,593,545 
           
NET CHANGE IN CASH   (497,259)   497,259 
CASH, BEGINNING OF THE PERIOD   497,259     
CASH, END OF THE PERIOD  $   $497,259 
           
Non-cash investing and financing activities:          
Initial value of Class A ordinary shares subject to possible redemption  $   $294,687,500 
Deferred underwriting commissions payable charged to additional paid in capital  $(10,812,500)  $10,812,500 
Remeasurement of Class A ordinary shares to redemption value  $5,813,213   $33,209,323 
Sponsor shares contributed for no redemption of shares  $118,298   $ 
Conversion of Class B shares to Class A  $719   $ 

 

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

 

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POWERUP ACQUISITION CORP.

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANICIAL STATEMENTS

DECEMBER 31, 2023

 

NOTE 1. DESCRIPTION OF ORGANIZATION AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS AND LIQUIDITY

 

PowerUp Acquisition Corp. (the “Company”) was incorporated as a Cayman Islands exempted company on February 9, 2021. The Company was incorporated for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses (the “Business Combination”).

 

The Company is not limited to a particular industry or geographic region 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.

 

On December 26, 2023, the Company entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”) with PowerUp Merger Sub Inc., a Delaware corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company (“Merger Sub”), and Visiox Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Visiox”). The transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement are intended to serve as the Company’s initial Business Combination. See Note 6 for further information.

 

As of December 31, 2023, the Company had not commenced any operations. Substantially all activity from February 9, 2021 (inception) through December 31, 2023 relates to the Company’s formation and initial public offering (“IPO”), which is described below and, since the IPO, the search for a prospective initial Business Combination. The Company will not generate any operating revenues until after the completion of its initial Business Combination, at the earliest. The Company will generate non-operating income in the form of interest income earned on investments from the proceeds derived from the IPO. The registration statement for the Company’s IPO was declared effective on February 17, 2022. On February 23, 2022, the Company consummated the IPO of 25,000,000 units (“Units” and, with respect to Class A ordinary share included in the Units being offered, the “Public Shares”) at $10.00 per Unit, generating gross proceeds of $250,000,000, which is discussed in Note 3. The Company has selected December 31 as its fiscal year end.

 

Simultaneously with the closing of the IPO, the Company consummated the sale of 9,138,333 private placement warrants (“Private Placement Warrants”) at a price of $1.50 per Private Placement Warrant in a private placement to the Company’s original sponsor, PowerUp Sponsor LLC (the “Original Sponsor”) generating gross proceeds of $13,707,500 which is described in Note 4.

 

Simultaneously with the closing of the IPO, the Company consummated the closing of the sale of 3,750,000 additional Units upon receiving notice of the underwriter’s election to fully exercise its overallotment option (the “Overallotment Units”), generating additional gross proceeds of $37,500,000. Simultaneously with the exercise of the overallotment, the Company consummated the private placement of an additional 625,000 Private Placement Warrants to the Original Sponsor, generating gross proceeds of $937,500.

 

Offering costs for the IPO amounted to $16,418,580, consisting of $5,000,000 of underwriting fees, $10,812,500 of deferred underwriting fees payable (which are held in the Trust Account (defined below)) and $606,080 of other costs. As described in Note 6, the $10,812,500 of deferred underwriting fee payable was contingent upon the consummation of a Business Combination by May 23, 2024, subject to the terms of the underwriting agreement. On June 28, 2023, the underwriters of the IPO, agreed to waive their entitlements to the deferred underwriting commissions of $10,812,500 pursuant to the underwriting agreement for the IPO (the “Underwriting Agreement”). As a result, $10,812,500 was recorded to additional paid-in capital in relation to the waiver of the deferred underwriting discount in the accompanying consolidated financial statements (see Note 6).

 

Following the closing of the IPO, $294,687,500 ($10.25 per Unit) from the net proceeds of the sale of the Units, Overallotment Units, and the Private Placement Warrants was placed in a trust account (“Trust Account”) and invested in U.S. government securities, within the meaning set forth in Section 2(a)(16) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “Investment Company Act”), with a maturity of 185 days or less or in any open-ended investment company that holds itself out as a money market fund selected by the Company meeting the conditions of paragraphs (d)(2), (d)(3) and (d)(4) of Rule 2a-7 of the Investment Company Act, as determined by the Company, until the earlier of: (i) the completion of a Business Combination and (ii) the distribution of the Trust Account, as described below.

 

The Company’s management has broad discretion with respect to the specific application of the net proceeds of the IPO and the sale of the Private Placement Warrants, although substantially all of the net proceeds are intended to be applied generally toward consummating a Business Combination. There is no assurance that the Company will be able to complete a Business Combination successfully. The Company must complete one or more initial Business Combinations having an aggregate fair market value of at least 80% of the assets held in the Trust Account (excluding the deferred underwriting commissions and taxes payable on income earned on the Trust Account) at the time it enters into a definitive agreement for the initial Business Combination. However, the Company will only complete a Business Combination if the post-transaction company owns or acquires 50% or more of the outstanding voting securities of the target or otherwise acquires a controlling interest in the target sufficient for it not to be required to register as an investment company under the Investment Company Act. There is no assurance the Company will be able to successfully effect a Business Combination.

 

The Company will provide the holders of the outstanding Public Shares (the “Public Shareholders”) with the opportunity to redeem all or a portion of their Public Shares upon the completion of a Business Combination either (i) in connection with a shareholder meeting called to approve the Business Combination or (ii) by means of a tender offer. The decision as to whether the Company will seek shareholder approval of a Business Combination or conduct a tender offer will be made by the Company. The Public Shareholders will be entitled to redeem their Public Shares for a pro rata portion of the amount then in the Trust Account (initially anticipated to be $11.03 per Public Share, plus any pro rata interest then in the Trust Account, net of taxes payable). There are no redemption rights with respect to the Company’s warrants.

 

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All of the Public Shares contain a redemption feature which allows for the redemption of such Public Shares in connection with the Company’s liquidation, if there is a shareholder vote or tender offer in connection with the Company’s Business Combination and in connection with certain amendments to the Company’s amended and restated memorandum and articles of association (the “Memorandum and Articles of Association”). In accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 480 “Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity” (“ASC 480”) Subtopic 10-S99, redemption provisions not solely within the control of a company require Class A ordinary shares subject to redemption to be classified outside of permanent equity. Given that the Public Shares will be issued with other freestanding instruments (i.e., Public Warrants), the initial carrying value of the Public Shares classified as temporary equity will be the allocated proceeds determined in accordance with ASC 470-20 “Debt with Conversion and other Options”. The Public Shares are subject to ASC 480-10-S99. If it is probable that the equity instrument will become redeemable, the Company has the option to either (i) accrete changes in the redemption value over the period from the date of issuance (or from the date that it becomes probable that the instrument will become redeemable, if later) to the earliest redemption date of the instrument or (ii) recognize changes in the redemption value immediately as they occur and adjust the carrying amount of the instrument to equal the redemption value at the end of each reporting period. The Company has elected to recognize the changes immediately. While redemptions cannot cause the Company’s net tangible assets to fall below $5,000,001, the Public Shares are redeemable and are classified as such on the consolidated balance sheet until such date that a redemption event takes place.

 

Redemptions of the Company’s Public Shares may be subject to the satisfaction of conditions, including minimum cash conditions, pursuant to an agreement relating to an initial Business Combination. If the Company seeks shareholder approval of a Business Combination, the Company will proceed with the Business Combination if a majority of the shares voted are voted in favor of the Business Combination, or such other vote as required by law or stock exchange rule. If a shareholder vote is not required by applicable law or stock exchange listing requirements and the Company does not decide to hold a shareholder vote for business or other reasons, the Company will, pursuant to its Memorandum and Articles of Association, conduct the redemptions pursuant to the tender offer rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and file tender offer documents with the SEC prior to completing a Business Combination. If, however, shareholder approval of the transaction is required by applicable law or stock exchange listing requirements, or the Company decides to obtain shareholder 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 shareholder approval in connection with a Business Combination, the Original Sponsor agreed to vote its Founder Shares (as defined in Note 5) and any Public Shares purchased during or after the IPO in favor of the Business Combination. The New Sponsor (as defined below) may be deemed to be subject to this same obligation. Additionally, each Public Shareholder 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.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Memorandum and Articles of Association provides that a Public Shareholder, together with any affiliate of such shareholder or any other person with whom such shareholder is acting in concert or as a “group” (as defined under Section 13 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)), will be restricted from redeeming its shares with respect to more than an aggregate of 15% or more of the Class A ordinary shares sold in the IPO, without the prior consent of the Company.

 

The Company’s Original Sponsor, and its initial officers and directors (the “Initial Shareholders”) agreed not to propose an amendment to the Memorandum and Articles of Association that would affect the substance or timing of the Company’s obligation to redeem 100% of its Public Shares if the Company does not complete a Business Combination, unless the Company provides the Public Shareholders with the opportunity to redeem their Class A ordinary shares in conjunction with any such amendment. The New Sponsor and the Company’s current officers and directors may be deemed to be subject to this same obligation.

 

On May 18, 2023, the Company held an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders (the “Extraordinary General Meeting”). At the Extraordinary General Meeting, the Company’s shareholders approved an amendment to the Company’s Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association to extend the date by which the Company must consummate its initial Business Combination from May 23, 2023 to May 23, 2024 (the “Extension Amendment”).

 

In connection with the approval of the Extension Amendment at the Extraordinary General Meeting, holders of 26,946,271 of the Company’s ordinary shares exercised their right to redeem those shares for cash at an approximate price of $10.55 per share, for an aggregate of approximately $284 million.

 

On August 14, 2023, the Company was notified by Equiniti Trust Company, LLC (f/k/a American Stock Transfer & Trust Company) that the per share redemption price for the redemption of public shares effected on May 18, 2023 should have been approximately $10.57, which is approximately $0.02 higher than the approximately $10.55 per share previously paid. The Company made a “true-up” payment in the amount of approximately $0.02 per share to the holders of record as of April 19, 2023 that exercised their right to redeem their shares for a pro rata portion of the funds in the Trust Account. On August 18, 2023, the Company made the true-up payment to the applicable holders in the aggregate amount of $632,968.

 

Following the Extraordinary General Meeting, on May 18, 2023, those Initial Shareholders holding all of the issued and outstanding Class B ordinary shares of the Company elected to convert their Class B ordinary shares into Class A ordinary shares of the Company on a one-for-one basis (the “Conversion”). As a result, 7,187,500 of the Company’s Class B ordinary shares were cancelled and 7,187,500 of the Company’s Class A ordinary shares were issued to converting Class B shareholders.

 

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On April 13, 2023, the Company engaged J.V.B. Financial Group, LLC, acting through its Cohen & Company Markets division (“CCM”) to act as its capital markets advisor in connection with seeking an extension for completing a Business Combination. The Company will pay CCM the sum of (i) $300,000 plus (ii) 50,000 Class A ordinary shares of the Company which is payable at the close of business combination. On July 13, 2023, the Company amended the agreement with CCM. As a result of the amendment, the Company will pay CCM 80,000 Class A ordinary shares of the Company, which is payable at the close of a Business Combination.

 

On August 18, 2023, in connection with the closing of the transaction contemplated by the Purchase Agreement (defined below), (i) Bruce Hack, Jack Tretton, Peter Blacklow, Julie Uhrman, and Kyle Campbell tendered their resignations as members of the board of directors of the Company (the “Board”), (ii) Jack Tretton, Michael Olson, and Gabriel Schillinger resigned as officers of the Company, (iii) Surendra Ajjarapu, Michael L. Peterson, Donald G. Fell, Mayur Doshi, and Avinash Wadhwani were appointed as members of the Board, (iv) Surendra Ajjarapu was appointed Chairman of the Board, and (v) Surendra Ajjarapu and Howard Doss were appointed as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, respectively.

 

If the Company is unable to complete a Business Combination by May 23, 2024, 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 us to pay the Company’s franchise and income 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 Shareholders’ rights as shareholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any), subject to applicable law, and (iii) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of the Company’s remaining shareholders and the Company’s board of directors, dissolve and liquidate, subject in each case to the requirements of applicable law.

 

The Initial Shareholders have agreed to waive their liquidation rights with respect to the Founder Shares if the Company fails to complete a Business Combination by May 23, 2024, or during any additional extension period (the “Combination Period”). However, if the Initial Shareholders acquired Public Shares in or after the IPO, they are entitled to liquidating distributions from the Trust Account with respect to such Public Shares if the Company fails to complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period. The underwriters have agreed to waive their rights to their deferred underwriting commission (see Note 6) held in the Trust Account. In the event the Company does not complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period, it is possible that the per share value of the residual assets remaining available for distribution (including Trust Account assets) will be only $11.03 per share held in the Trust Account. In order to protect the amounts held in the Trust Account, the Sponsors have agreed to be liable to the Company if and to the extent any claims by a vendor for services rendered or products sold to the Company, or a prospective target business with which the Company has discussed entering into a Business Combination, reduce the amount of funds in the Trust Account. This liability will not apply with respect to any claims by a third party who executed a waiver of any right, title, interest or claim of any kind in or to any monies held in the Trust Account or to any claims under the Company’s indemnity of the underwriters of the IPO 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 Sponsors 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 Sponsors will have to indemnify the Trust Account due to claims of creditors by endeavoring to have all vendors, service providers (except the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm), prospective target businesses or other entities with which the Company does business, execute agreements waiving any right, title, interest or claim of any kind in or to monies held in the Trust Account.

 

On December 26, 2023, the Company entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”) with PowerUp Merger Sub Inc., a Delaware corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company (“Merger Sub”), and Visiox. The transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement are intended to serve as the Company’s initial Business Combination. See Note 6 for further information.

 

Going Concern

 

As of December 31, 2023, the Company had $0 in its operating bank account and a working capital deficit of $322,105. As of December 31, 2023 and 2022, the Company had $19,901,169 and $299,004,083 in its trust account. On May 18, 2023, 26,946,271 of the Company’s ordinary shares were redeemed and as of December 31, 2023, $19,901,169 in securities held in the Trust Account to be used for a Business Combination or to repurchase or redeem its Ordinary Shares in connection therewith. As of December 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022, $5,813,213 and $4,316,583 of the amount in the Trust Account are represented as Interest earned on investments held in the Trust Account, respectively.

 

The Company had 15 months from the closing of the IPO to consummate an initial business combination. At the Extraordinary General Meeting, the Company’s shareholders approved the Extension Amendment that served to extend the date by which the Company must consummate its initial Business Combination from May 23, 2023 to May 23, 2024. The remaining life of the Company as of December 31, 2023 is under 12 months.

 

Until the consummation of a Business Combination, the Company will be using the funds not held in the Trust Account for identifying and evaluating prospective acquisition candidates, performing due diligence on prospective target businesses, paying for travel expenditures, selecting the target business to acquire, and structuring, negotiating and consummating the Business Combination. The Company may need to raise additional capital through loans or additional investments from its New Sponsor, shareholders, officers, directors, or third parties. The Company’s officers, directors and New Sponsor may, but are not obligated to, loan the Company funds, from time to time or at any time, in whatever amount they deem reasonable in their sole discretion, to meet the Company’s working capital needs. Accordingly, the Company may not be able to obtain additional financing.

 

If the Company is unable to raise additional capital, it may be required to take additional measures to conserve liquidity, which could include, but not necessarily be limited to, curtailing operations, suspending the pursuit of a potential transaction, and reducing overhead expenses. The Company cannot provide any assurance that new financing will be available to it on commercially acceptable terms, if at all. These conditions raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern for a reasonable period of time, which is considered to be one year from the issuance date of the consolidated financial statements. These consolidated 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.

 

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NOTE 2. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements are presented in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) and pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).

Principles of Consolidation

 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly owned subsidiary. All significant intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

 

Emerging Growth Company

 

The Company is an emerging growth company as defined in Section 102 (b)(1) of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (the “JOBS Act”), which 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 an emerging growth 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 an 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 consolidated financial statements with another public company difficult or impossible because of the potential differences in accounting standards used.

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of consolidated 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 consolidated financial statements. Making estimates requires management to exercise significant judgment. Such estimates may be subject to change as more current information becomes available and accordingly the actual results could differ significantly from those significant estimates. 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 consolidated financial statements, which management considered in formulating its estimate, could change in the near term due to one or more future confirming events. Actual results could differ 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 December 31, 2023 and 2022.

 

Investments Held in Trust Account

 

At December 31, 2023 and 2022, substantially all of the assets held in the Trust Account were held in U.S. Treasury securities. The Company’s investments held in the Trust Account are classified as trading securities. Trading securities are presented on the consolidated 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 Trust Account are included in interest earned on marketable securities held in Trust Account in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations. The estimated fair values of investments held in Trust Account are determined using available market information.

 

Offering Costs associated with the Initial Public Offering

 

Offering costs consist principally of legal, accounting, underwriting fees and other costs directly related to the IPO. Offering costs amounted to $16,418,580 as a result of the Initial Public Offering consisting of $5,000,000 underwriting fees, $10,812,500 of deferred underwriting fees payable, and $606,080 of other offering costs. This amount was charged to shareholders’ deficit upon the completion of the IPO.

 

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 Deposit Insurance Corporation coverage limit of $250,000. At December 31, 2023 and 2022, the Company has not experienced losses on these accounts and management believes the Company is not exposed to significant risks on such account.

 

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Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

The fair value of the Company’s assets and liabilities, which qualify as financial instruments under the (“FASB”) ASC 820, “Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures,” approximates the carrying amounts represented in the accompanying consolidated balance sheet, primarily due to their short-term nature.

 

Income Taxes

 

The Company accounts for income taxes under ASC 740, “Income Taxes” (“ASC 740”). ASC 740 requires the recognition of deferred tax assets and liabilities for both the expected impact of differences between the consolidated financial statement 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.

 

ASC 740 also clarifies the accounting for uncertainty in income taxes recognized in an enterprise’s consolidated financial statements and prescribes a recognition threshold and measurement process for consolidated 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. 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 December 31, 2023 and 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 is considered an exempted Cayman Islands Company and is presently not subject to income taxes or income tax filing requirements in the Cayman Islands or the United States.

 

Ordinary Shares Subject to Possible Redemption

 

The Company accounts for its ordinary shares subject to possible redemption in accordance with the guidance in ASC Topic 480, “Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity.” Ordinary shares subject to mandatory redemption, if any, are classified as a liability instrument and is measured at fair value. Conditionally redeemable ordinary shares (including ordinary shares 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 the Company’s control) are classified as temporary equity. At all other times, ordinary shares are classified as shareholders’ equity. The Company’s Public Shares feature certain redemption rights that are considered to be outside of the Company’s control and subject to occurrence of uncertain future events. Accordingly, at December 31, 2023 and 2022, 1,803,729 and 28,750,000 ordinary shares, respectively, subject to possible redemption are presented as temporary equity, outside of the shareholders’ deficit section of the Company’s consolidated balance sheets.

 

The Company recognizes changes in redemption value immediately as they occur and adjusts the carrying value of redeemable ordinary shares to equal the redemption value at the end of each reporting period. Increases or decreases in the carrying amount of the redeemable ordinary shares are affected by charges against additional paid-in capital and accumulated deficit.

 

At December 31, 2023 and 2022, the redeemable ordinary shares subject to possible redemption reflected in the consolidated balance sheet is reconciled in the following table:

 

Gross proceeds  $287,500,000 
Less:     
Fair value to Public Warrants at issuance   (5,606,250)
Redeemable ordinary share issuance costs   (16,098,990)
Plus:     
Remeasurement of carrying value to redemption value   33,209,323 
Redeemable ordinary shares subject to possible redemption at December 31, 2022   299,004,083 
Less:     
Redemption   (284,916,127)
Plus:     
Remeasurement of carrying value to redemption value   5,813,213 
Redeemable ordinary shares subject to possible redemption at December 31, 2023  $19,901,169 

 

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Net Income per Ordinary Share

 

The Company has two classes of shares, which are referred to as Class A ordinary shares (the “Ordinary Shares”) and Class B ordinary shares (the “Founder Shares”). Earnings and losses are shared pro rata between the two classes of shares. Public and private warrants to purchase 24,138,333 Ordinary Shares at $11.50 per share were issued on February 23, 2022. At December 31, 2023, no warrants have been exercised. The 24,138,333 Ordinary Shares underlying the outstanding warrants to purchase the Company’s stock were excluded from diluted earnings per share for years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, because the warrants are contingently exercisable, and the contingencies have not yet been met. As a result, diluted income per ordinary share is the same as basic income per ordinary share for all periods presented. The table below presents a reconciliation of the numerator and denominator used to compute basic and diluted net income per share for each class of ordinary shares.

 

   Class A   Class B   Class A   Class B 
   For year ended   For year ended 
   December 31, 2023   December 31, 2022 
   Class A   Class B   Class A   Class B 
Basic and diluted net income per share:                    
Numerator:                    
Allocation of net income  $3,831,570   $632,509   $2,582,508   $757,730 
Denominator:                    
Weighted average shares outstanding   16,461,668    2,717,466    24,496,575    7,187,500 
Basic and dilution net income per share  $0.23   $0.23   $0.11   $0.11 

 

Accounting for Warrants

 

The Company accounts for warrants as either equity-classified or liability-classified instruments based on an assessment of the instruments’ specific terms and applicable authoritative guidance in ASC 480 and ASC 815, Derivatives and Hedging (“ASC 815”). The assessment considers whether the instruments are free standing consolidated financial instruments pursuant to ASC 480, meet the definition of a liability pursuant to ASC 480, and whether the instruments meet all of the requirements for equity classification under ASC 815, including whether the instruments are indexed to the Company’s own common shares and whether the instrument holders could potentially require “net cash settlement” in a circumstance outside of the Company’s control, among other conditions for equity classification. This assessment, which requires the use of professional judgment, was conducted at the time of warrant issuance and as of each subsequent period end date while the instruments are outstanding. Management has concluded that the Public Warrants (as defined below) and Private Placement Warrants issued pursuant to the warrant agreement qualify for equity accounting treatment.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

In December 2023, the FASB issued ASU 2023-09, Income Taxes (Topic 740): Improvements to Income Tax Disclosures (ASU 2023-09), which requires disclosure of incremental income tax information within the rate reconciliation and expanded disclosures of income taxes paid, among other disclosure requirements. ASU 2023-09 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2024. Early adoption is permitted. The Company’s management does not believe the adoption of ASU 2023-09 will have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements and disclosures.

 

NOTE 3. INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING

 

Pursuant to the IPO, the Company sold 28,750,000 Units at a price of $10.00 per Unit. Each Unit consisted of one Class A ordinary share and one-half of a redeemable warrant (each, a “Public Warrant”). Each Public Warrant entitles the holder to purchase one whole Class A ordinary share at a price of $11.50 per whole share, subject to adjustment (see Note 8).

 

NOTE 4. PRIVATE PLACEMENT WARRANTS

 

On February 23, 2022, simultaneously with the consummation of the IPO and the underwriters’ exercise of their over-allotment option in full, the Company consummated the issuance and sale of 9,763,333 Private Placement Warrants in a private placement transaction at a price of $1.50 per Private Placement Warrant, generating gross proceeds of $14,645,000. Each whole Private Placement Warrant is exercisable for one whole Class A ordinary share at a price of $11.50 per share. A portion of the proceeds from the Private Placement Warrants was added to the proceeds from the IPO to be held in the Trust Account. If the Company does not complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period, the Private Placement Warrants will expire worthless. The Private Placement Warrants are non-redeemable and exercisable on a cashless basis.

 

The Original Sponsor and the Company’s initial officers and directors agreed, subject to limited exceptions, not to transfer, assign or sell any of their Private Placement Warrants until 30 days after the completion of the initial Business Combination. The New Sponsor and the Company’s current officers and directors may be deemed to be subject to this same obligation.

 

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NOTE 5. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

 

Founder Shares

 

On February 16, 2021, the Original Sponsor purchased 8,625,000 shares of the Company’s Class B ordinary shares for an aggregate price of $25,000, and on December 18, 2021, the Original Sponsor surrendered 2,156,250 Class B ordinary shares, so that the Original Sponsor then owned an aggregate of 6,468,750 Class B ordinary shares. On February 11, 2022, the Company effected a 1.11111111-for-1.0 share dividend of its Class B ordinary shares, so that the Original Sponsor owned an aggregate of 7,187,500 Founder Shares. The share dividend was retroactively restated. Since the underwriters’ exercised their overallotment option in full upon IPO, none of the Founder Shares were forfeited.

 

The Founder Shares are subject to certain transfer restrictions, as described in this Note 5.

 

The Initial Shareholders agreed, subject to limited exceptions, not to transfer, assign or sell any of their Founder Shares until the earlier to occur of: (A) one year after the completion of the initial Business Combination or (B) subsequent to the initial Business Combination, (x) if the last sale price of the Class A ordinary shares equals or exceeds $12.00 per share (as adjusted for share splits, share dividends, reorganizations, recapitalizations and the like) for any 20 trading days within any 30-trading day period commencing at least 150 days after the initial Business Combination, or (y) the date on which the Company completes a liquidation, merger, capital share exchange or other similar transaction that results in all of the Company’s shareholders having the right to exchange their ordinary shares for cash, securities or other property.

 

On August 18, 2023, SRIRAMA Associates, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (the “New Sponsor”) purchased from the Original Sponsor (x) 4,317,500 Class A Ordinary Shares and (y) 6,834,333 private placement warrants for an aggregate purchase price of $1.00, payable at the time of the initial Business Combination.

 

Related Party Loans

 

On February 16, 2021, the Original Sponsor agreed to loan the Company an aggregate of up to $300,000 to cover expenses related to the IPO pursuant to a promissory note (the “Note”). This loan was non-interest bearing and payable on the earlier of June 30, 2023 or the completion of the IPO. As of December 31, 2021 the amount outstanding was $238,596. The Note was subsequently paid off in February 2022 after the IPO and there was