DESCRIPTION OF ORGANIZATION AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS
|6 Months Ended|
Jun. 30, 2023
|DESCRIPTION OF ORGANIZATION AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS|
|DESCRIPTION OF ORGANIZATION AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS||
NOTE 1. DESCRIPTION OF ORGANIZATION AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS
Banyan Acquisition Corporation (the “Company”) is a blank check company incorporated in Delaware on March 10, 2021. The Company was incorporated for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses (“Initial Business Combination”).
As of June 30, 2023, the Company had not commenced any operations. All activity for the period from March 10, 2021 (inception) through June 30, 2023, relates to the Company’s formation, the initial public offering (“Initial Public Offering”), which is described below, and pursuit of an Initial Business Combination. The Company will not generate any operating revenues until after the completion of an Initial Business Combination, at the earliest. The Company will generate non-operating income in the form of unrealized gains and interest income from the proceeds derived from the Initial Public Offering. The Company has selected December 31 as its fiscal year end. Panther Merger Sub Inc. is a Delaware corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company (“Merger Sub”) with no activity.
The registration statement for the Company’s Initial Public Offering was declared effective on January 19, 2022. On January 24, 2022, the Company consummated its Initial Public Offering of 24,150,000 Units at $10.00 per Unit, generating gross proceeds of $241,500,000, which is discussed in Note 3. Simultaneously with the closing of the Initial Public Offering, the Company consummated the sale of 11,910,000 Private Placement Warrants (the “Private Placement Warrants”) to Banyan Acquisition Sponsor LLC (the “Sponsor”), BTIG, LLC and I-Bankers Securities, Inc., at an exercise price of $1.00 per Private Placement Warrant, for an aggregate of $11,910,000.
Following the closing of the Initial Public Offering on January 24, 2022, $246,330,000 ($10.20 per Unit) from the net proceeds of the sale of the Units in the Initial Public Offering and the sale of the Private Placement Warrants was placed in a trust account (“Trust Account”), located in the United States which will be 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 180 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 Rule 2a-7 of the Investment Company Act, as determined by the Company, until the earlier of: (i) the completion of an Initial Business Combination and (ii) the redemption of any Public Shares properly submitted in connection with a stockholder vote to amend the Company’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation, and (iii) the redemption of the Company’s Public Shares if the Company is unable to complete the initial Business Combination by December 24, 2023 (the “Combination Period”).
At a reconvened special meeting of stockholders held on April 21, 2023 (the “Special Meeting”), the Company’s stockholders approved, and the Company subsequently adopted, (x) an amendment to the Company’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation (the “Charter Amendment”) which provided that (i) the Company shall have the option to extend the period by which it must complete an Initial Business Combination by eight months, from April 24, 2023 to December 24, 2023 (the “Extension Option”) and (ii) that each of the holders of shares of the Company’s Class B common stock shall have the right at any time to convert any and all of their shares of the Company’s Class B common stock to shares of the Company’s Class A common stock on a one-for-one basis prior to the closing of an Initial Business Combination, at the election of such holder and (y) an amendment to the Investment Management Trust Agreement (the “Trust Amendment”), which provided that the Company shall have the right to extend the period by which it must complete an Initial Business Combination by eight months, from April 24, 2023 to December 24, 2023, without having to make any payment to the trust account established in connection with the Company’s initial public offering. Additionally, in connection with the Special Meeting, the Company and the Sponsor entered into certain non-redemption agreements with certain unaffiliated third parties, pursuant to which the Sponsor agreed to transfer an aggregate of 1,018,750 shares of Class B common stock to such third parties immediately following consummation of an Initial Business Combination if such third parties continued to hold certain amounts of Class A common stock through the closing of the Special Meeting and assuming the Charter Amendment and the Trust Amendment were adopted.
In connection with the stockholders’ vote at the Special Meeting, holders of 20,151,313 shares of Class A common stock exercised their right to redeem their shares for cash at an approximate price of $10.42 per share, which resulted in an aggregate payment to such redeeming holders of $210,031,815. As of June 30, 2023 (and inclusive of the payment referenced in the preceding sentence), the trust account balance was $42,190,562.
The Charter Amendment and the Trust Amendment received the requisite votes at the Special Meeting and were subsequently adopted by the Company. On April 21, 2023, the Company filed the Charter Amendment with the Secretary of State for the State of Delaware. On April 21, 2023, the Company exercised the Extension Option, extending the time allotted to complete an Initial Business Combination by eight months, from April 24, 2023 to December 24, 2023.
On April 21, 2023, pursuant to the terms of the Charter Amendment, the Sponsor converted 2,000,000 shares of Class B common stock held by it on a one-for-one basis into shares of Class A common stock with immediate effect. Following such conversion and taking into account the redemptions described above, there are 5,998,687 shares of Class A common stock issued andand 5,245,000 shares of Class B common stock issued and as of the date hereof.
Risks and Uncertainties
In February 2022, the Russian Federation and Belarus commenced a military action with the country of Ukraine. As a result of this action, various nations, including the United States, have instituted economic sanctions against the Russian Federation and Belarus. Further, the impact of this action and related sanctions on the world economy are not determinable as of the date of these financial statements and the specific impact on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows is also not determinable as of the date of these financial statements.
On August 16, 2022, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (the “IR Act”) was signed into federal law. The IR Act provides for, among other things, a new U.S. federal 1% excise tax on certain repurchases (including redemptions) of stock by publicly traded domestic (i.e., U.S.) corporations and certain domestic subsidiaries of publicly traded foreign corporations. The excise tax is imposed on the repurchasing corporation itself, not its stockholders from whom shares are repurchased. The amount of the excise tax is generally 1% of the fair market value of the shares repurchased at the time of the repurchase. However, for purposes of calculating the excise tax, repurchasing corporations are permitted to net the fair market value of certain new stock issuances against the fair market value of stock repurchases during the same taxable year. In addition, certain exceptions apply to the excise tax. The U.S. Department of the Treasury has been given authority to provide regulations and other guidance to carry out, and prevent the abuse or avoidance of the excise tax. The IR Act applies only to repurchases that occur after December 31, 2022.
On April 21, 2023, the Company’s stockholders redeemed 20,151,313 Class A shares for a total of $210,031,815 in connection with the stockholder vote to approve the Company’s extension. The Company evaluated the classification and accounting of the stock redemption under ASC 450, “Contingencies”. ASC 450 states that when a loss contingency exists the likelihood that the future events will confirm the loss or impairment of an asset or the incurrence of a liability can range from probable to remote. A contingent liability must be reviewed at each reporting period to determine appropriate treatment. The Company evaluated the current status and probability of completing an Initial Business Combination as of June 30, 2023 and determined that a contingent liability should be calculated and recorded. As of June 30, 2023, the Company recorded $2,100,318 of excise tax liability calculated as 1% of shares redeemed.
The financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of these uncertainties.
Liquidity, Capital Resources and Going Concern
As of June 30, 2023, the Company had $358,560 in operating cash and a working capital deficit of $5,024,457.
The Company’s liquidity needs up to June 30, 2023, had been satisfied through a payment from the Sponsor of $25,000 for Class B common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (“Class B common stock” and shares thereof, “Founder Shares”), the Initial Public Offering and the issuance of the Private Placement Warrants. Additionally, the Company drew on unsecured promissory notes to pay certain offering costs (see Note 5).
The Company has incurred and expects to continue to incur significant costs in pursuit of its financing and acquisition plans. The Company lacks the financial resources it needs to sustain operations for a reasonable period of time, which is considered to be one year from the issuance date of the financial statements. Although no formal agreement exists, the Sponsor has agreed to extend Working
Capital Loans as needed (defined in Note 5 below). 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 (i) new financing will be available to it on commercially acceptable terms, if at all, or (ii) its plans to consummate an Initial Business Combination will be successful. In addition, management is currently evaluating the impact of the Russia/Ukraine war and its effect on the Company’s financial position, results of its operations and/or search for a target company.
These factors, among others, raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern through the end of the Combination Period on December 24, 2023. The financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of this uncertainty.
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