UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

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

For the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2021

or

☐   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: 001-39951

Atlantic Avenue Acquisition Corp
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

Delaware
 
85-2200249
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation or Organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

2200 Atlantic Street
Stamford, Connecticut
 
06902
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
 
(Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (203) 989-9709

N/A
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)

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

Title of Each Class
 
Trading Symbol(s)
 
Name of Each Exchange on
Which Registered
Units, each consisting of one share of Class A common stock and one-half of one redeemable warrant
 
ASAQ.U
 
New York Stock Exchange
Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share
 
ASAQ
 
New York Stock Exchange
Redeemable warrants, each whole warrant exercisable
 
ASAQ WS
 
New York Stock Exchange

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

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 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 is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act). Yes ☒ No ☐

As of June 28, 2021, 25,000,000 shares of Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, and 6,250,000 shares of Class B common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, were issued and outstanding, respectively.



ATLANTIC AVENUE ACQUISITION CORP

Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION
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PART II. OTHER INFORMATION
 
     
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Item 1A.
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Item 2.
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PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1.
CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

ATLANTIC AVENUE ACQUISITION CORP
CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
   
March 31, 2021
   
December 31,
2020
 
   
(unaudited)
   
(as restated)
 
Assets
           
Cash
 
$
1,438,032
   
$
1,527,662
 
Prepaid expense
   
206,989
     
246,814
 
Total current assets
   
1,645,021
     
1,774,476
 
Investments held in Trust Account
   
250,008,242
     
250,004,549
 
Total Assets
 
$
251,653,263
   
$
251,779,025
 
                 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
               
Current liabilities:
               
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
 
$
139,848    
$
176,057
 
Total current liabilities
    139,848      
176,057
 
Warrant liabilities
   
14,410,400
     
21,370,200
 
Deferred legal fees
   
640,067
     
640,067
 
Total liabilities
   
15,190,315
     
22,186,324
 
                 
Commitments and Contingencies
               
Common stock subject to possible redemption, 23,146,294  shares and 22,459,270 shares at redemption value, respectively
   
231,462,940
     
224,592,700
 
                 
Stockholders’ Equity:
               
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding
   
-
     
-
 
Class A common stock, $0.0001 par value; 300,000,000 shares authorized; 1,853,706 shares and 2,540,730 shares issued and outstanding (excluding 23,146,294 shares and 22,459,270 shares subject to possible redemption) at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively
   
185
     
254
 
Class B common stock, $0.0001 par value; 30,000,000 shares authorized; 6,250,000 shares and 6,250,000 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively
   
625
     
625
 
Additional paid-in capital
   
431,465
     
7,301,636
 
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)
   
4,567,733
     
(2,302,514
)
Total stockholders’ equity
   
5,000,008
     
5,000,001
 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
 
$
251,653,263
   
$
251,779,025
 
 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited condensed financial statements.

ATLANTIC AVENUE ACQUISITION CORP
UNAUDITED CONDENSED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS

   
For the Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021
 
Formation and operating costs
 
$
93,283
 
Loss from operations
   
(93,283
)
         
Other income (expense)
       
Interest earned on investments held in trust
   
3,730
 
Unrealized gain on change in fair value of warrants
   
6,959,800
 
Total other income (expense)
   
6,963,530
 
         
Net income
 
$
6,870,247
 
         
Basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding, Class A common stock
   
25,000,000
 
Basic and diluted net income per share, Class A common stock
 
$
0.00
 
         
Basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding, Class B common stock
   
6,250,000
 
Basic and diluted net income per share, Class B common stock
 
$
1.10
 
 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited condensed financial statements.

ATLANTIC AVENUE ACQUISITION CORP
UNAUDITED CONDENSED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

   
Class A Common
Stock
   
Class B Common Stock
   
Additional
   
Retained earnings
(accumulated
   
Stockholders'
 
   
Shares
   
Amount
   
Shares
   
Amount
   
Paid-in Capital
   
deficit)
   
Equity (Deficit)
 
                                           
Balance as of December 31, 2020
   
2,540,730
   
$
254
     
6,250,000
   
$
625
   
$
7,301,636
   
$
(2,302,514
)
 
$
5,000,001
 
Net income
   
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
6,870,247
     
6,870,247
 
Change in shares subject to possible redemption
   
(687,024
)
   
(69
)
   
-
     
-
     
(6,870,171
)
   
-
     
(6,870,240
)
Balance as of March 31, 2021
   
1,853,706
   
$
185
     
6,250,000
   
$
625
   
$
431,465
   
$
4,567,733
   
$
5,000,008
 
 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited condensed financial statements.

ATLANTIC AVENUE ACQUISITION CORP
UNAUDITED CONDENSED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

   
For the three months ended
March 31, 2021
 
       
Cash flows from Operating Activities:
     
Net income
 
$
6,870,247
 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities:
       
Interest earned on investments held in Trust Account
   
(3,693
)
Unrealized gain on change in fair value of warrants
   
(6,959,800
)
Changes in current assets and current liabilities:
       
Prepaid expense
   
39,825
 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
   
(36,209
)
Net cash used in operating activities
   
(89,630
)
         
Net change in cash
   
(89,630
)
Cash, beginning of the period
   
1,527,662
 
Cash, end of the period
 
$
1,438,032
 
         
Supplemental disclosure of noncash investing and financing activities:
       
Change in value of Class A common stock subject to possible redemption
 
$
6,870,240
 
 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited condensed financial statements.
 
ATLANTIC AVENUE ACQUISITION CORP
 
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
 
NOTE 1 — ORGANIZATION AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS

Organization and General

Atlantic Avenue Acquisition Corp (formerly known as “Atlantic Street Acquisition Corp”) (the “Company”) was incorporated in Delaware on July 27, 2020. The Company is a blank check company and was formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses that the Company had not yet identified (the “Business Combination”). Although the Company is not limited to a particular industry or geographic region for consummating a Business Combination, the Company intends to capitalize on the ability of its management team to identify, acquire and operate a business that may provide opportunities for attractive risk-adjusted returns.

The Company is an emerging growth company and, as such, the Company is subject to all of the risks associated with emerging growth companies.

As of March 31, 2021, the Company had not commenced any operations. All activity for the period from July 27, 2020 (inception) through March 31, 2021, relates to the Company’s formation and initial public offering (“Public Offering” or “IPO”), and, since the completion of the Public Offering, searching for a target to consummate a Business Combination. The Company will not generate any operating revenues until after the completion of a Business Combination, at the earliest. The Company will generate non-operating income in the form of interest income from the proceeds derived from the Public Offering and placed in the Trust Account (defined below).
 
Public Offering
 
On October 6, 2020, the Company consummated the Public Offering of 25,000,000 units (the “Units” and, with respect to the shares of Class A common stock included in the Units sold, the “Public Shares”), at $10.00 per Unit, generating gross proceeds of $250,000,000, which is described in Note 3.
 
Simultaneously with the closing of the Public Offering on October 6, 2020, the Company consummated the sale of an aggregate of 7,000,000 private warrants (the “Private Placement Warrants”) to Atlantic Avenue Partners LLC (the “Sponsor”), ASA Co-Investment LLC (“ASA Co-Investment”) and the Company’s independent directors, generating gross proceeds to the Company of $7,000,000, which is described in Note 4.
 
The Company complies with the requirements of the ASC 340-10-S99-1 and SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin (“SAB”) Topic 5A - “Expenses of Offering”. Offering costs consist principally of professional and registration fees incurred through the balance sheet date that are related to the IPO. The Company allocates the offering costs between common stock and public warrants using relative fair value method, the offering costs allocated to the public warrants will be expensed immediately and offering costs associated with equity components will be charged to stockholders’ equity. Accordingly, as of March 31, 2021, the Company incurred offering costs in the aggregate of $5,886,260 of which $5,591,035 have been charged to stockholders’ equity and $295,225 was allocated to the public warrants and was expensed immediately.
 
Initial Business Combination

The Company’s management has broad discretion with respect to the specific application of the net proceeds of its Public Offering and Private Placement Warrants, although substantially all of the net proceeds are intended to be applied generally toward consummating a Business Combination. Because the Company’s securities are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”), the Company’s initial Business Combination must be with one or more operating businesses or assets with a fair market value equal to at least 80% of the assets held in the Trust Account (net of amounts disbursed to management for working capital purposes and excluding the amount of any deferred underwriting discount held in trust) at the time of the Company signing a definitive agreement in connection with its 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. Upon the closing of the Public Offering, management has agreed that an amount equal to at least $10.00 per Unit sold in the Public Offering, including a portion of the proceeds of the Private Placement Warrants, will be held in a Trust Account and invested in U.S. government securities, within the meaning set forth in Section 2(a)(16) of 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 certain conditions 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 will provide its stockholders of Public Shares (“Public Stockholders”) 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 stockholder meeting called to approve the Business Combination or (ii) by means of a tender offer. The decision as to whether the Company will seek stockholder approval of a Business Combination or conduct a tender offer will be made by the Company. If, however, stockholder approval of the transaction is required by applicable law or stock exchange listing requirement, or the Company decides to obtain stockholder approval for business or other reasons, it will: (i) conduct the redemptions in conjunction with a proxy solicitation pursuant to Regulation 14A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), which regulates the solicitation of proxies, and not pursuant to the tender offer rules; and (ii) file proxy materials with the SEC. The Public Stockholders will be entitled to redeem their Public Shares for a pro rata portion of the amount in the Trust Account (initially approximately $10.00 per share), plus any pro rata interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account and not previously released to the Company to pay for the Company’s tax obligations, calculated as of two business days prior to the consummation of the Business Combination. The per-share amount to be distributed to Public Stockholders who redeem their Public Shares will not be reduced by the marketing fee the Company will pay to the underwriters (as discussed in Note 7).

If the Company is unable to complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period, the Company will (i) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up, (ii) as promptly as reasonably possible but no more than ten business days thereafter, redeem 100% of the outstanding Public Shares which redemption will completely extinguish Public Stockholders’ rights as stockholders (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 the remaining stockholders and the Company’s board of directors, proceed to commence a voluntary liquidation and thereby a formal dissolution of the Company, subject in each case to its obligations to provide for claims of creditors and the requirements of applicable law.

In connection with the redemption of 100% of the Company’s outstanding Public Shares for a portion of the funds held in the Trust Account, each holder will receive a full pro rata portion of the amount then in the Trust Account, plus any pro rata interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account and not previously released to the Company to pay the Company’s taxes payable (less up to $100,000 of interest to pay dissolution expenses).

The initial stockholders have agreed to waive their liquidation rights with respect to the Founder Shares if the Company fails to complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period. However, if the initial stockholders should acquire Public Shares in or after the Public Offering, they will be 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 marketing fee (see Note 7) held in the Trust Account in the event the Company does not complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period and, in such event, such amounts will be included with the funds held in the Trust Account that will be available to fund the redemption of the Company’s Public Shares.

In the event of such distribution, it is possible that the per share value of the residual assets remaining available for distribution (including Trust Account assets) will be only $10.00 per share initially held in the Trust Account (or less than that in certain circumstances). In order to protect the amounts held in the Trust Account, the Sponsor has agreed to be liable to the Company, if and to the extent any claims by a third party for services rendered or products sold to the Company, or a prospective target business with which the Company has discussed entering into a transaction agreement, reduce the amount of funds in the Trust Account. 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 Public Offering against certain liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). Moreover, in the event that an executed waiver is deemed to be unenforceable against a third party, the Sponsor will not be responsible to the extent of any liability for such third-party claims. The Company will seek to reduce the possibility that the Sponsor will have to indemnify the Trust Account due to claims of creditors by endeavoring to have all third parties, service providers (other than the Company’s independent auditors), prospective target businesses or other entities with which the Company does business, execute agreements with the Company waiving any right, title, interest or claim of any kind in or to monies held in the Trust Account.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of March 31, 2021, the Company had cash of $1,438,032, and working capital of $1,505,173.

The Company does not believe it will need to raise additional funds in order to meet the expenditures required for operating the business. However, if the estimate of the costs of identifying a target business, undertaking in-depth due diligence and negotiating a Business Combination are less than the actual amount necessary to do so, the Company may have insufficient funds available to operate its business prior to the Business Combination. Moreover, in addition to the access of the Working Capital Loans (as defined below in Note 5), the Company may need to obtain other financing either to complete its Business Combination or because the Company becomes obligated to redeem a significant number of the public shares upon consummation of the Business Combination, in which case the Company may issue additional securities or incur debt in connection with such Business Combination. Subject to compliance with applicable securities laws, the Company would only complete such financing simultaneously with the completion of the Business Combination. If the Company is unable to complete the Business Combination because the Company does not have sufficient funds available, the Company will be forced to cease operations and liquidate the Trust Account. In addition, following the Business Combination, if cash on hand is insufficient, the Company may need to obtain additional financing in order to meet its obligations.

Based on the foregoing, management believes that the Company will have sufficient working capital and borrowing capacity from the Sponsor or an affiliate of the Sponsor, or certain of the Company’s officers and directors to meet its needs through the earlier of the consummation of a Business Combination or one year from this filing. Over this time period, the Company will be using these funds for paying existing accounts payable, identifying and evaluating prospective initial Business Combination candidates, performing due diligence on prospective target businesses, paying for travel expenditures, selecting the target business to merge with or acquire, and structuring, negotiating and consummating the Business Combination.

NOTE 2 — SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

Basis of Presentation

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

The accompanying unaudited condensed financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Company’s Amendment No. 1 to its Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2020, as filed with the SEC on June 15, 2021. The interim results for the three months ended March 31, 2021 are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the year ending December 31, 2021 or for any future periods.

Emerging Growth Company

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

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

Use of Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires 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 period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

One of the more significant accounting estimates included in these financial statements is the determination of the fair value of the warrant liability. Such estimates may be subject to change as more current information becomes available and accordingly the actual results could differ significantly from those estimates.

 Cash and Cash Equivalents

The Company considers all short-term investments with an original maturity of three months or less when purchased to be cash equivalents. The Company did not have any cash equivalents as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020.

Investments Held in Trust Account

The Company’s portfolio of investments held in the Trust Account is comprised of U.S. government securities, within the meaning set forth in Section 2(a)(16) of the Investment Company Act, with a maturity of 185 days or less, investments in money market funds that invest in U.S. government securities, cash, or a combination thereof. The Company’s investments held in the Trust Account are classified as trading securities. Trading securities are presented on the balance sheets at fair value at the end of each reporting period. Gains and losses resulting from the change in fair value of these securities is included in gain on Investments Held in Trust Account in the accompanying statement of operations. The estimated fair values of investments held in the Trust Account are determined using available market information. At March 31, 2021, the assets held in the Trust Account were invested in money market funds.

Fair Value Measurements

ASC Topic 820 “Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures” (“ASC 820”) defines fair value, the methods used to measure fair value and the expanded disclosures about fair value measurements. Fair value is the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between the buyer and the seller at the measurement date. In determining fair value, the valuation techniques consistent with the market approach, income approach and cost approach shall be used to measure fair value. ASC 820 establishes a fair value hierarchy for inputs, which represent the assumptions used by the buyer and seller in pricing the asset or liability. These inputs are further defined as observable and unobservable inputs. Observable inputs are those that buyer and seller would use in pricing the asset or liability based on market data obtained from sources independent of the Company. Unobservable inputs reflect the Company’s assumptions about the inputs that the buyer and seller would use in pricing the asset or liability developed based on the best information available in the circumstances.

The fair value hierarchy is categorized into three levels based on the inputs as follows:

Level 1 — Valuations based on unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that the Company has the ability to access. Valuation adjustments and block discounts are not being applied. Since valuations are based on quoted prices that are readily and regularly available in an active market, valuation of these securities does not entail a significant degree of judgment.

Level 2 — Valuations based on (i) quoted prices in active markets for similar assets and liabilities, (ii) quoted prices in markets that are not active for identical or similar assets, (iii) inputs other than quoted prices for the assets or liabilities, or (iv) inputs that are derived principally from or corroborated by market through correlation or other means.

Level 3 — Valuations based on inputs that are unobservable and significant to the overall fair value measurement.

The fair value of the Company’s certain assets and liabilities, which qualify as financial instruments under ASC 820, “Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures,” approximates the carrying amounts represented in the balance sheet. The fair values of cash, prepaid assets, and accounts payable are estimated to approximate the carrying values as of March 31, 2021 due to the short maturities of such instruments.

The Company’s warrant liability is based on a valuation model utilizing management judgment and pricing inputs from observable and unobservable markets with less volume and transaction frequency than active markets. Significant deviations from these estimates and inputs could result in a material change in fair value. In some circumstances, the inputs used to measure fair value might be categorized within different levels of the fair value hierarchy. In those instances, the fair value measurement is categorized in its entirety in the fair value hierarchy based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement. See Note 6 for additional information on assets and liabilities measured at fair value.

Concentration of Credit Risk

Financial instruments that potentially subject the Company to concentrations of credit risk consist of a cash account in a financial institution, which, at times, may exceed the Federal Depository Insurance Corporation coverage limits of $250,000. As of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, the Company has not experienced losses on this account and management believes the Company is not exposed to significant risks on such account.

Class A Common Stock Subject to Possible Redemption
 
The Company accounts for its common stock subject to possible redemption in accordance with the guidance in ASC Topic 480 “Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity.” Common stock subject to mandatory redemption (if any) is classified as a liability instrument and is measured at fair value. Conditionally redeemable common stock (including common stock that feature 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) is classified as temporary equity. At all other times, common stock is classified as stockholders’ equity. The Company’s common stock feature certain redemption rights that is considered to be outside of the Company’s control and subject to the occurrence of uncertain future events. Accordingly, 23,146,294 and 22,459,270 shares of Class A common stock subject to possible redemption is presented at redemption value as temporary equity, outside of the stockholders’ equity section of the Company’s balance sheets at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively.
 
Net Income Per Common Share

Net income per common share is computed by dividing net income by the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding for the period. The calculation of diluted income per common share does not consider the effect of the warrants issued in connection with the (i) Public Offering, and (ii) Private Placement (as defined below in Note 4) since the exercise of the warrants are contingent upon the occurrence of future events. As a result, diluted income per common share is the same as basic income per share for the period presented. The warrants are exercisable to purchase 19,500,000 shares of Class A common stock in the aggregate.

The Company’s statement of operations includes a presentation of income per share of Class A common stock subject to possible redemption in a manner similar to the two-class method of income per common share. Net income per common share, basic and diluted, for redeemable Class A common stock is calculated by dividing the interest income earned on the Trust Account, net of applicable franchise and income taxes, by the weighted average number of shares of redeemable Class A common stock outstanding since original issuance.

Net income per share of common stock, basic and diluted, for non-redeemable Class B common stock is calculated by dividing the net income, adjusted for income attributable to non-redeemable Class B common stock, by the weighted average number of shares of non-redeemable Class B common stock outstanding for the period. Non-redeemable Class B common stock includes the Founder Shares as these shares do not have any redemption features and do not participate in the income earned on the Trust Account.

   
For the three
months
ended
 
Redeemable Class A common stock subject to possible redemption
 
March 31,
2021
 
Numerator: Net income allocable to Redeemable Class A common stock 
  $    
Interest income on investments held in trust account
   
3,693
 
Less: interest available to be withdrawn for payment of taxes
    (3,693 )
Net income allocable to Redeemable Class A common stock
 
$
-
 
Denominator: Weighted Average Redeemable Class A common stock
       
Basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding, Redeemable Class A common stock
   
25,000,000
 
Basic and Diluted net income per share, Redeemable Class A common stock
 
$
0.00
 
         
Non-Redeemable Class B common stock
       
Numerator: Net Income minus Redeemable Net Earnings
       
Net Income
 
$
6,870,247
 
Redeemable Net Earnings
    -

Non-Redeemable Net Income
 
$
6,870,247
 
Denominator: Weighted Average Non-Redeemable Class B common stock
       
Basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding, Non-Redeemable Class B common stock
   
6,250,000
 
Basic and diluted net income per share, Non-Redeemable Class B common stock
 
$
1.10
 

Offering Costs

The Company complies with the requirements of the ASC 340-10-S99-1 and SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin (“SAB”) Topic 5A - “Expenses of Offering”. Offering costs consist of legal, accounting, underwriting fees and other costs incurred in connection with the preparation for the Public Offering. Offering costs are allocated to the separable financial instruments issued in the IPO based on a relative fair value basis compared to total proceeds received. Offering costs associated with warrant liabilities is expensed, and offering costs associated with the Class A common stock are charged to the stockholders’ equity.

Derivative Financial Instruments

The Company evaluates its financial instruments to determine if such instruments are derivatives or contain features that qualify as embedded derivatives in accordance with ASC Topic 815, “Derivatives and Hedging”. Derivative instruments are recorded at fair value on the grant date and re-valued at each reporting date, with changes in the fair value reported in the statements of income. Derivative assets and liabilities are classified on the balance sheet as current or non-current based on whether or not net-cash settlement or conversion of the instrument could be required within 12 months of the balance sheet date. The Company has determined the warrants are a derivative instrument.

ASC 470-20, Debt with Conversion and Other Options addresses the allocation of proceeds from the issuance of convertible debt into its equity and debt components. The Company applies this guidance to allocate IPO proceeds from the Units between common stock and warrants, using the residual method by allocating IPO proceeds first to fair value of the warrants and then the common stock.

Income Taxes

The Company complies with the accounting and reporting requirements of ASC Topic 740, “Income Taxes,” which requires an asset and liability approach to financial accounting and reporting for income taxes. Deferred income tax assets and liabilities are computed for differences between the financial statement and tax bases of assets and liabilities that will result in future taxable or deductible amounts, based on enacted tax laws and rates applicable to the periods in which the differences are expected to affect taxable income. Valuation allowances are established, when necessary, to reduce deferred tax assets to the amount expected to be realized.

ASC Topic 740 prescribes a recognition threshold and a measurement attribute for the financial statement recognition and measurement of tax positions 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’s management determined that the United States of America is the Company’s only major tax jurisdiction. 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 March 31, 2021. 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 may be subject to potential examination by federal, state and city taxing authorities in the areas of income taxes. These potential examinations may include questioning the timing and amount of deductions, the nexus of income among various tax jurisdictions and compliance with federal, state and city tax laws. The Company’s management does not expect that the total amount of unrecognized tax benefits will materially change over the next twelve months. The Company is subject to income tax examinations by major taxing authorities since inception.

Risks and Uncertainties

Management continues to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and has concluded that while it is reasonably possible that the virus could have a negative effect on the Company’s financial position, results of its operations and/or search for a target company, the specific impact is not readily determinable as of the date of these financial statements. The financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of this uncertainty.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

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

NOTE 3 — INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING

On October 6, 2020, the Company sold 25,000,000 Units at a price of $10.00 per Unit. Each Unit consists of one share of Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share and one-half of one redeemable warrant (each, a “Public Warrant”). Each whole Public Warrant entitles the holder to purchase one share of Class A common stock at a price of $11.50 per share, subject to adjustment (see Note 8).

The Company paid an underwriting discount at the closing of the Public Offering of $5,000,000.

Upon the closing of the Public Offering and Private Placement, $250 million ($10.00 per Unit) of the net proceeds was placed  in a trust account (“Trust Account”) located in the United States and invested in U.S. government securities, within the meaning set forth in Section 2(a)(16) of the Investment Company Act, with a maturity of 185 days or less or in money market funds meeting certain conditions under Rule 2a-7 promulgated under the Investment Company Act which invest only in direct U.S. government treasury obligations, until the earlier of: (a) the completion of the Company’s initial Business Combination, (b) 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 (c) the redemption of the Company’s public shares if the Company is unable to complete the initial Business Combination within 24 months from October 6, 2020 (the “Combination Period”), the closing of the Public Offering.

Warrants

As of March 31, 2021, there were 19,500,000 warrants outstanding, including 12,500,000 public warrants and 7,000,000 private warrants. Public Warrants may only be exercised for a whole number of shares. No fractional Public Warrants will be issued upon separation of the Units and only whole Public Warrants will trade. The Public Warrants will become exercisable on the later of (a) 30 days after the completion of a Business Combination and (b) 12 months from the closing of the Public Offering; provided in each case that the Company has an effective registration statement under the Securities Act covering the Class A common stock issuable upon exercise of the Public Warrants and a current prospectus relating to them is available (or the Company permits holders to exercise their Public Warrants on a cashless basis and such cashless exercise is exempt from registration under the Securities Act). The Company has agreed that as soon as practicable, but in no event later than 15 business days after the closing of the initial Business Combination, the Company will use its best efforts to file with the SEC a registration statement covering the issuance of shares of Class A common stock issuable upon exercise of the Public Warrants. The Company will use its best efforts to cause the same to become effective within 60 business days after the closing of the initial Business Combination and to maintain the effectiveness of such registration statement, and a current prospectus relating thereto, until the expiration or redemption of the warrants in accordance with the provisions of the warrant agreement. If the Class A common stock, at the time of any exercise of a warrant, is not listed on a national securities exchange such that it satisfies the definition of a “covered security” under Section (18)(b)(1) of the Securities Act, the Company may require warrant holders who exercise their warrants to do so on a “cashless basis” in accordance with Section 3(a)(9) of the Securities Act or another exemption. The Public Warrants will expire five years after the completion of a Business Combination or earlier upon redemption or liquidation. There will be no redemption rights or liquidating distributions with respect to the Company’s warrants, which will expire worthless if the Company fails to complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period.

The Private Placement Warrants are identical to the Public Warrants underlying the Units sold in the Public Offering, except that (i) the Private Placement Warrants and the Class A common stock issuable upon exercise of the Private Placement Warrants will not be transferable, assignable or salable until 30 days after the completion of a Business Combination, subject to certain limited exceptions, (ii) the Private Placement Warrants will be non-redeemable (except under scenario 2 below) so long as they are held by the initial purchasers or such purchasers’ permitted transferees, (iii) the Private Placement Warrants may be exercised by the holders on a cashless basis, and (iv) the Private Placement Warrants and the Class A common stock issuable upon exercise of the Private Placement Warrants are entitled to registration rights. If the Private Placement Warrants are held by someone other than the initial stockholders or their permitted transferees, the Private Placement Warrants will be redeemable by the Company in all redemption scenarios and exercisable by such holders on the same basis as the Public Warrants.

With respect to Private Placement Warrants held by ASA Co-Investment, they will not be exercisable more than five years from the commencement of sales of the offering in accordance with FINRA Rule 5110(g)(8)(c).

The Company may call the Public Warrants for redemption:

1.
For cash:
 
in whole and not in part;
 
at a price of $0.01 per warrant;
 
upon a minimum of 30 days’ prior written notice of redemption; and
 
if, and only if, the last reported sale price of the Class A common stock equals or exceeds $18.00 per share (as adjusted for stock splits, stock dividends, reorganizations, recapitalizations and the like) for any 20 trading days within a 30-trading day period ending on the third trading day prior to the date on which the Company sends the notice of redemption to the warrant holders.
   
2.
For class A common stock (commencing 90 days after the warrants become exercisable):
 
in whole and not in part;
 
at $0.10 per warrant upon a minimum of 30 days’ prior written notice of redemption provided that holders will be able to exercise their warrants on a cashless basis prior to redemption and receive that number of shares of Class A common stock to be determined by reference to a table included in the warrant agreement, based on the redemption date and the fair market value of Class A common stock;
 
if, and only if, the last reported sale price of the Class A common stock equals or exceeds $10.00 per share (as adjusted for stock splits, stock dividends, reorganizations, recapitalizations and the like) on the trading day prior to the date on which the Company sends the notice of redemption to warrant holders;
 
if, and only if, the Private Placement Warrants are also concurrently exchanged at the same price (equal to a number of shares of Class A common stock) as the outstanding Public Warrants; and
 
if, and only if, there is an effective registration statement covering the issuance of the shares of Class A common stock issuable upon exercise of the warrants and a current prospectus relating thereto available throughout the 30-day period after written notice of redemption is given.

If the Company calls the Public Warrants for redemption under scenario 1 above, management will have the option to require all holders that wish to exercise the Public Warrants to do so on a “cashless basis,” as described in the warrant agreement.

The exercise price and number of Class A common stock issuable upon exercise of the warrants may be adjusted in certain circumstances including in the event of a share dividend, or recapitalization, reorganization, merger or consolidation. If the Company issues additional shares of common stock or equity-linked securities for capital raising purposes in connection with the closing of the initial Business Combination at a newly issued price of less than $9.20 per share of common stock, then the exercise price of the warrants will be adjusted to be equal to 115% of the newly issued price. Additionally, in no event will the Company be required to net cash settle the warrants shares. If the Company is unable to complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period and the Company liquidates the funds held in the Trust Account, holders of warrants will not receive any of such funds with respect to their warrants, nor will they receive any distribution from the Company’s assets held outside of the Trust Account with the respect to such warrants. In such a situation, the warrants would expire worthless.

NOTE 4 — PRIVATE PLACEMENT

Simultaneously with the closing of the Public Offering, the Sponsor purchased an aggregate of 3,950,000 warrants (“Private Placement Warrants”), ASA Co-Investment purchased an aggregate of 2,750,000 Private Placement Warrants and the Company’s independent directors purchased an aggregate of 300,000 Private Placement Warrants, at a price of $1.00 per unit, for an aggregate purchase price of $7,000,000 (the “Private Placement”). A portion of the proceeds from the Private Placements were added to the net proceeds from the Public Offering held in the Trust Account.

Each Private Placement Warrant is exercisable to purchase one share of Class A common stock at $11.50 per share.

NOTE 5 — RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

Founder Shares

On August 5, 2020, the Company issued an aggregate of 7,187,500 shares of Class B common stock to the Sponsor and ASA Co-Investment (the “Founder Shares”) in exchange for an aggregate capital contribution of $25,000. The Founders had agreed to forfeit an aggregate of up to 937,500 Founder Shares to the extent that the over-allotment option was not exercised in full by the underwriters.  On November 16, 2020, the over-allotment option expired unexercised, hence, 937,500 Founder Shares were forfeited.

The initial stockholders have agreed, subject to limited exceptions, not to transfer, assign or sell any of their Founder Shares until the earlier to occur of: (i) one year after the completion of the initial Business Combination; or (ii) the date on which the Company completes a liquidation, merger, share exchange or other similar transaction after the initial Business Combination that results in all of the Company’s stockholders having the right to exchange their Class A common stock for cash, securities or other property; except to certain permitted transferees and under certain circumstances (the “lock-up”). Notwithstanding the foregoing, if (1) the closing price of Class A common stock equals or exceeds $12.00 per share (as adjusted for stock splits, stock 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 (2) if the Company consummates a transaction after the initial Business Combination which results in the Company’s stockholders having the right to exchange their shares for cash, securities or other property, the Founder Shares will be released from the lock-up.

Promissory Note — Related Party

The Sponsor and ASA Co-Investment agreed to loan the Company an aggregate of up to $300,000 to be used for the payment of costs related to the Public Offering (the Sponsor up to $182,143 and ASA Co-Investment up to $117,857). The promissory notes were non-interest bearing, unsecured and due on the earlier of June 30, 2021 and the closing of the Public Offering.

The Company borrowed $183,143 under the promissory notes and repaid the amount in full on the consummation of the IPO.  The loan was repaid out of the offering proceeds not held in the Trust Account.

Working Capital Loans

In addition, in order to finance transaction costs in connection with a Business Combination, the Sponsor may, but is not obligated to, loan the Company funds as may be required (“Working Capital Loans”). If the Company completes a Business Combination, the Company may repay the Working Capital Loans out of the proceeds of the Trust Account released to the Company. Otherwise, the Working Capital Loans may 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, other than the interest on such proceeds that may be released for working capital purposes. Except for the foregoing, the terms of such Working Capital Loans, if any, have not been determined and no written agreements exist with respect to such loans. The Working Capital Loans would either be repaid upon consummation of a Business Combination, without interest, or, at the lender’s discretion, up to $1,500,000 of such Working Capital Loans may be convertible into warrants of the post Business Combination entity at a price of $1.00 per warrant. The warrants would be identical to the Private Placement Warrant. As of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, no Working Capital Loans were outstanding.

Administrative Services Agreement

The Company has agreed, commencing on October 1, 2020 through the earlier of the Company’s consummation of a Business Combination or its liquidation, to pay an affiliate of the Sponsor a monthly fee of $10,000 for office space, administrative and support services. Upon completion of the initial Business Combination or the Company’s liquidation, the Company will cease paying these monthly fees. For the period from July 27, 2020 (inception) through March 31, 2021, the Company has not been invoiced nor has it paid any fees for these services.

NOTE 6 — RECURRING FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS

Warrant Liability

At March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, the Company’s warrant liability was valued at $14,410,400 and $21,370,200, respectively. Under the guidance in ASC 815-40 the warrants do not meet the criteria for equity treatment. As such, the warrants must be recorded on the balance sheet at fair value. This valuation is subject to re-measurement at each balance sheet date. With each re-measurement, the warrant valuation will be adjusted to fair value, with the change in fair value recognized in the Company’s statement of operations.

Recurring Fair Value Measurements

The following tables present information about the Company’s assets and liabilities that were measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, and indicate the fair value hierarchy of the valuation techniques the Company utilized to determine such fair value.

   
March 31,
   
Quoted
Prices In
Active
Markets
   
Significant
Other
Observable
Inputs
   
Significant
Other
Unobservable
Inputs
 
   
2021
   
(Level 1)
   
(Level 2)
   
(Level 3)
 
Assets:
                       
Money Market funds held in Trust Account
  $
250,008,242
    $
250,008,242
    $
-
    $
-
 
   
$
250,008,242
   
$
250,008,242
   
$
-
   
$
-
 
Liabilities:
                               
Warrant Liabilities—Public Warrants
 
$
9,250,000
   
$
9,250,000
   
$
-
   
$
-
 
Warrant Liabilities—Private Placement Warrants
   
5,160,400
     
-
     
-
     
5,160,400
 
   
$
14,410,400
   
$
9,250,000
   
$
-
   
$
5,160,400
 

The following table presents information about the Company’s assets and liabilities that were measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of December 31, 2020, and indicates the fair value hierarchy of the valuation techniques the Company utilized to determine such fair value.
 
 
 
December 31,
   
Quoted
Prices In
Active
Markets
   
Significant
Other
Observable
Inputs
    Significant
Other
Unobservable
Inputs
 
 
 
2020
   
(Level 1)
   
(Level 2)
    (Level 3)  
Assets:
                       
Money Market funds held in Trust Account
  $
250,004,549
    $
250,004,549
    $
-
    $
-
 
 
 
$
250,004,549
   
$
250,004,549
   
$
-
   
$
-
 
Liabilities:
                               
Warrant Liabilities—Public Warrants
 
$
13,750,000
   
$
13,750,000
   
$
-
   
$
-
 
Warrant Liabilities—Private Placement Warrants
   
7,620,200
     
-
     
-
     
7,620,200
 
 
 
$
21,370,200
   
$
13,750,000
   
$
-
   
$
7,620,200
 


The following table sets forth a summary of the changes in the fair value of the warrant liability for the period from July 27, 2020 (Inception) through March 31, 2021:

   
Public Warrant
Liabilities
   
Private Placement
Warrant
Liabilities
   
Warrant Liabilities
 
Fair value as of July 27, 2020 (Inception)
 
$
-
   
$
-
   
$
-
 
Initial fair value of warrant liability upon issuance at October 6, 2020 (initial measurement)
   
12,538,750
     
7,000,000
     
19,538,750
 
Revaluation of warrant liability included in other income within the statement of income for the period from October 6, 2020 (initial measurement) through December 31, 2020
   
1,211,250
     
620,200
     
1,831,450
 
Fair value as of December 31, 2020
 
$
13,750,000
   
$
7,620,200
   
$
21,370,200
 
Revaluation of warrant liability included in other income within the statement of income for the period from December 31, 2020 through March 31, 2021
   
(4,500,000
)
   
(2,459,800
)
   
(6,959,800
)
Fair value as of March 31, 2021
 
$
9,250,000
   
$
5,160,400
   
$
14,410,400
 

The Private Placement Warrants were initially valued at purchase price, since the Company noted that the Private Placement Warrants were purchased substantially concurrently with the consummation of the IPO on the Valuation Date, providing a robust indication of fair value given the transaction in the Private Placement Warrants occurred on or about the Valuation Date. At December 31, 2020 and at March 31, 2021, the Private Placement Warrants were valued using a Monte Carlo Model. The Private Placement Warrants are considered to be a Level 3 fair value measurements due to the use of unobservable inputs. The Monte Carlo Model’s primary unobservable input utilized in determining the fair value of the Private Placement Warrants is the expected volatility of the common stock. The expected volatility as of December 31, 2020 and as of March 31, 2021 was derived from the historical volatility of similar SPACs at a similar stage in their life cycle.

A Monte Carlo Simulation Method was used in estimating the fair value of the public warrants for periods where no observable traded price was available, using the same expected volatility as was used in measuring the fair value of the Private Warrants. For periods subsequent to the detachment of the warrants from the Units, including December 31, 2020 and March 31, 2021, the closing price of the public warrants was used as the fair value as of each relevant date.

Transfers to/from Levels 1, 2 and 3 are recognized at the end of the reporting period. There were no transfers between levels during the three-month period ending March 31, 2021.

 The key inputs into the Monte Carlo simulation for the Public and Private Placement Warrants were as follows:

Input
 
December
31, 2020
   
March 31, 2021
 
Stock price
 
$
10.05
   
$
9.69
 
Exercise price
 
$
11.50
   
$
11.50
 
Risk free rate
   
0.93
%
   
1.04
%
Trading days per year
   
252
     
252
 
Annual volatility
   
15.0
%
   
13.25
%
Time to exercise (years)
   
5.50
     
5.25
 

The following table provides a reconciliation of changes in fair value balance for warrants classified as Level 3 from December 31, 2020 to March 31, 2021:

   
Warrant
Liabilities
 
Fair value as of December 31,2020
 
$
7,620,200
 
Transfers to/(from) Level 3
   
-
 
Revaluation of warrant liability included in other income within the statement of income for the period from December 31, 2020 through March 31, 2020
   
(2,459,000
)
Fair value as of March 31, 2021
 
$
5,160,400
 

The Company’s use of models required the use of subjective assumptions:

 
The expected term was determined to be 5.75 years assuming the Company takes nine months after the valuation date to complete a business combination. An increase in the expected term, in isolation, would result in an increase in the fair value measurement of the warrant liabilities and vice versa.
 
The expected volatility assumption was based on the implied volatility from a set of comparable publicly-traded warrants as determined based on the size and proximity of other similar SPACs at a similar stage in their life cycle. An increase in the expected volatility, in isolation, would result in an increase in the fair value measurement of the warrant liabilities and vice versa.

NOTE 7 — COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

Registration Rights

The holders of the Founder Shares and Private Placement Warrants and warrants that may be issued upon conversion of Working Capital Loans (and any Class A common stock issuable upon the exercise of the Private Placement Warrants and warrants that may be issued upon conversion of Working Capital Loans) will be entitled to registration rights pursuant to a registration rights agreement to be signed prior to or on the closing date of the Public Offering. The holders of these securities are entitled to make up to three demands (ASA Co-Investment will be entitled to one demand in accordance with FINRA Rules), excluding short form demands, that the Company register such securities. In addition, the holders have certain “piggy-back” registration rights with respect to registration statements filed subsequent to the consummation of a Business Combination. However, the registration rights agreement provides that the Company will not permit any registration statement filed under the Securities Act to become effective until termination of the applicable lock-up period. The Company will bear the expenses incurred in connection with the filing of any such registration statements. Notwithstanding the foregoing, ASA Co-Investment may not exercise its demand or “piggyback” registration rights after five and seven years, respectively, after the effective date of the registration statement related to the Public Offering and may not exercise its demand rights on more than one occasion. The Company will bear the expenses incurred in connection with the filing of any such registration statements.

Underwriting Agreement

The Company granted the underwriters a 45-day option beginning October 6, 2020 to purchase up to an additional 3,750,000 units to cover over-allotments, if any. On November 16, 2020, the over-allotment option was terminated.

On October 6, 2020, the underwriters were paid a cash underwriting fee of $5,000,000, which constituted 2% of the gross proceeds of the Public Offering.

Business Combination Marketing Agreement

The Company has engaged the underwriters as an advisor in connection with a Business Combination to assist the Company in holding meetings with its stockholders to discuss the potential Business Combination and the target business’ attributes, introduce the Company to potential investors that are interested in purchasing the Company’s securities in connection with a Business Combination, assist the Company in obtaining stockholder approval for the Business Combination and assist the Company with its press releases and public filings in connection with the Business Combination. The Company will pay the underwriters a cash fee for such services, yet to be performed, upon the consummation of a Business Combination in an amount equal to, in the aggregate, 3.5% of the gross proceeds of Public Offering, including any proceeds from the full or partial exercise of the over-allotment option.

Deferred legal fees

The Company obtained legal advisory services in connection with the Public Offering and agreed to pay approximately $640,067 of their fees upon the consummation of the initial Business Combination, which was recorded as deferred legal fees in the accompanying balance sheet. Such fees will not be paid in the event the Company does not complete an initial Business Combination.

NOTE 8 — STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Preferred Stock — The Company is authorized to issue a total of 1,000,000 shares of preferred stock at par value of $0.0001 each. As of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, there were no preferred shares issued or outstanding.

Class A Common Stock — The Company is authorized to issue a total of 300,000,000 shares of Class A common stock at par value of $0.0001 each. Holders of the Company’s Class A common stock are entitled to one vote for each share on each matter on which they are entitled to vote. As of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, there were 1,853,706 and 2,540,730 shares of Class A common stock issued and outstanding, excluding 23,146,294 and 22,459,270 shares of Class A common stock subject to possible redemption, respectively.

Class B Common Stock — The Company is authorized to issue a total of 30,000,000 shares of Class B common stock at par value of $0.0001 each. Holders of the Company’s Class B common stock are entitled to one vote for each share on each matter on which they are entitled to vote. As of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, there were 6,250,000 shares of Class B common stock issued and outstanding. The Class B common stock will automatically convert into Class A common stock at the time of the consummation of the initial Business Combination, or earlier at the option of the holder, on a one-for-one basis.

Only holders of the Founder Shares will have the right to elect all of the Company’s directors prior to the initial Business Combination. Otherwise, holders of Class A common stock and Class B common stock will vote together as a single class on all matters submitted to a vote of stockholders except as required by law or the applicable rules of the NYSE then in effect.

In the case that additional Class A common stock, or equity-linked securities, are issued or deemed issued in excess of the amounts sold in the Public Offering and related to the closing of the initial Business Combination, the ratio at which the Class B common stock shall convert into Class A common stock will be adjusted (unless the holders of a majority of the outstanding Class B common stock agree to waive such anti-dilution adjustment with respect to any such issuance or deemed issuance) so that the number of Class A common stock issuable upon conversion of all Class B common stock will equal, in the aggregate, 20% of the sum of the total number of all common stock outstanding upon the completion of the Public Offering plus all Class A common stock and equity-linked securities issued or deemed issued in connection with the initial Business Combination, excluding any shares or equity-linked securities issued, or to be issued, to any seller in the initial Business Combination.

NOTE 9 — SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

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

ITEM 2.
MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

References to the “Company,” “us,” “our” or “we” refer to Atlantic Avenue Acquisition Corp. The following discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with our unaudited condensed financial statements and related notes included herein.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this Report including, without limitation, statements under this “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” regarding the Company’s financial position, business strategy and the plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward- looking statements. When used in this Report, words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend” and similar expressions, as they relate to us or the Company’s management, identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs of management, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, the Company’s management. Actual results could differ materially from those contemplated by the forward- looking statements as a result of certain factors detailed in our filings with the SEC. All subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on the Company’s behalf are qualified in their entirety by this paragraph.

The following discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with the unaudited condensed financial statements and the notes thereto contained elsewhere in this Report. Certain information contained in the discussion and analysis set forth below includes forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.

Overview

We are a recently incorporated blank check company incorporated as a Delaware corporation and formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses, which we refer to throughout this report as our initial business combination. We have not selected any business combination target and we have not, nor has anyone on our behalf, initiated any substantive discussions, directly or indirectly, with any business combination target.

In September 2020, our independent directors purchased, in advance, an aggregate of 300,000 private placement warrants, at a price of $1.00 per warrant, for an aggregate purchase price of $300,000. Simultaneously with the closing of the Initial Public Offering, Atlantic Avenue Partners LLC (the “sponsor”) purchased an aggregate of 3,950,000 private placement warrants and ASA Co-Investment LLC (“ASA Co-Investment”) purchased an aggregate of 2,750,000 private placement warrants at a price of $1.00 per warrant, for an aggregate purchase price of $6,700,000. A portion of the $7,000,000 proceeds from the private placements were added to the net proceeds from the Initial Public Offering held in the trust account.

As of March 31, 2021 we held cash of $1,438,032 and deferred legal fees of $640,067. Further, we expect to continue to incur significant costs in the pursuit of our acquisition plans. We cannot assure you that our plans to raise capital or to complete our initial business combination will be successful.

Results of Operations

Our entire activity since inception up to March 31, 2021 relates to our formation, the Initial Public Offering and, since the closing of the Initial Public Offering, a search for a Business Combination candidate. We will not be generating any operating revenues until the closing and completion of our initial Business Combination, at the earliest.

For the three months ended March 31, 2021, we had net income of $ $6,870,247, which consisted of $3,730 in interest earned on marketable securities held in the Trust Account and cash held in the working capital account, and $6,959,800 in unrealized gain on change in fair value of warrants, offset by $93,283 in formation and operating costs.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of March 31, 2021, we had cash of $1,438,032, and working capital of $1,505,173.

We do not believe we will need to raise additional funds in order to meet the expenditures required for operating the business. However, if the estimate of the costs of identifying a target business, undertaking in-depth due diligence and negotiating a Business Combination are less than the actual amount necessary to do so, we may have insufficient funds available to operate our business prior to the Business Combination. Moreover, in addition to the access of the Working Capital Loans (as defined in Note 5 to the Company's Notes to the Unaudited Condensed Financial Statements), we may need to obtain other financing either to complete our Business Combination or because we become obligated to redeem a significant number of the public shares upon consummation of our Business Combination, in which case we may issue additional securities or incur debt in connection with such Business Combination. Subject to compliance with applicable securities laws, we would only complete such financing simultaneously with the completion of the Business Combination. If we are unable to complete the Business Combination because we do not have sufficient funds available, we will be forced to cease operations and liquidate the Trust Account. In addition, following the Business Combination, if cash on hand is insufficient, we may need to obtain additional financing in order to meet our obligations.

Based on the foregoing, management believes that we will have sufficient working capital and borrowing capacity from the Sponsor or an affiliate of the Sponsor, or certain of our officers and directors to meet the needs through the earlier of the consummation of a Business Combination or one year from this filing. Over this time period, we will be using these funds for paying existing accounts payable, identifying and evaluating prospective initial Business Combination candidates, performing due diligence on prospective target businesses, paying for travel expenditures, selecting the target business to merge with or acquire, and structuring, negotiating and consummating the Business Combination.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

The preparation of the unaudited condensed financial statements in conformity with US GAAP requires 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 unaudited condensed financial statements and the reported amounts of expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates. We have identified the following as our critical accounting policies:

Common Stock Subject to Possible Redemption

The Company accounts for its common stock subject to possible redemption in accordance with the guidance in Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 480 “Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity.” Common stock subject to mandatory redemption (if any) is classified as a liability instrument and is measured at fair value. Conditionally redeemable common stock (including common stock that feature 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) is classified as temporary equity. At all other times, common stock is classified as stockholders’ equity. The Company’s common stock features certain redemption rights that are considered to be outside of the Company’s control and subject to the occurrence of uncertain future events. Accordingly, common stock subject to possible redemption is presented at redemption value as temporary equity, outside of the stockholders’ equity section of the Company’s balance sheet.

Net Income Per Common Share

Net income per common share is computed by dividing net income by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding for each of the periods. The calculation of diluted income per common share does not consider the effect of the warrants issued in connection with the (i) IPO, and (ii) Private Placement since the exercise of the warrants are contingent upon the occurrence of future events. The warrants are exercisable to purchase 19,500,000 shares of common stock in the aggregate.

Derivative Warrant Liabilities

We do not use derivative instruments to hedge exposures to cash flow, market, or foreign currency risks. We evaluate all of our financial instruments, including issued stock purchase warrants, to determine if such instruments are derivatives or contain features that qualify as embedded derivatives, pursuant to ASC 480 and ASC 815-15. The classification of derivative instruments, including whether such instruments should be recorded as liabilities or as equity, is re-assessed at the end of each reporting period.

We issued 12,500,00 warrants to purchase shares of Class A common stock to investors in our Initial Public Offering and issued 7,000,000 private placement warrants. All of our outstanding warrants are recognized as derivative liabilities in accordance with ASC 815-40. Accordingly, we recognize the warrant instruments as liabilities at fair value and adjust the instruments to fair value at each reporting period. The liabilities are subject to re-measurement at each balance sheet date until exercised, and any change in fair value is recognized in our statement of operations. The private placement warrants were initially valued at their purchase price ($1.00 per warrant). Their value as of March 31, 2021 was determined using a Monte Carlo Simulation. The public warrants were initially valued using a Monte Carlo Simulation. Their value as of March 31, 2021 was determined based on the closing market price of the public warrants as of that date.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

As of March 31, 2021, we did not have any off-balance sheet arrangements as defined in Item 303(a)(4)(ii) of Regulation S-K.

ITEM 3.
QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

As of March 31, 2021, we were not subject to any market or interest rate risk. Following the consummation of our Initial Public Offering, the net proceeds received into the Trust Account, have been invested in U.S. government treasury bills, notes or bonds with a maturity of 180 days or less or in certain money market funds that invest solely in US treasuries. Due to the short-term nature of these investments, we believe there will be no associated material exposure to interest rate risk.

ITEM 4.
CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

Disclosure controls and procedures are controls and other procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in our reports filed or submitted under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms. Disclosure controls and procedures include, without limitation, controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in our reports filed or submitted under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

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 March 31, 2021. Based upon their evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15 (e) and 15d-15 (e) under the Exchange Act) were not effective as of March 31, 2021 due solely to the material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting to the classification of the Company’s Warrants as components of equity instead of as derivative liabilities.

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

During the most recently completed fiscal quarter, there has been no change in our internal control over financial reporting that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting as the circumstances that led to the revision of our financial statements had not yet been identified. In light of the material weakness, we plan to enhance our processes to identify and appropriately apply applicable accounting requirements to better evaluate and understand the nuances of the complex accounting standards that apply to our financial statements. Our plans at this time include providing enhanced access to accounting literature, research materials and documents and increased communication among our personnel and third-party professionals with whom we consult regarding complex accounting applications. The elements of our remediation plan can only be accomplished over time, and we can offer no assurance that these initiatives will ultimately have the intended effects.

PART II – OTHER INFORMATION

ITEM 1.
LEGAL PROCEEDINGS.

None.

ITEM 1A.
RISK FACTORS.

Factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those in this report include the risk factors described in our Amendment No. 1 to our Annual Report on Form 10-K/A filed with the SEC on June 15, 2021. As of the date of this Report, other than as described below, there have been no material changes to the risk factors disclosed in the Amendment No. 1 to our Annual Report on Form 10-K/A filed with the SEC on June 15, 2021.

ITEM 2.
UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS.

None.

ITEM 3.
DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES.

None.

ITEM 4.
MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES.

Not applicable.

ITEM 5.
OTHER INFORMATION.

None.

ITEM 6.
EXHIBITS.

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

No.
 
Description of Exhibit
 
Certification of Principal Executive Officer Pursuant to Securities Exchange Act Rules 13a-14(a) and 15(d)-14(a), as adopted Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
 
Certification of Principal Financial Officer Pursuant to Securities Exchange Act Rules 13a-14(a) and 15(d)-14(a), as adopted Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
 
Certification of Principal Executive Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
 
Certification of Principal Financial Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
101.INS*
 
XBRL Instance Document
101.CAL*
 
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
101.SCH*
 
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
101.DEF*
 
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
101.LAB*
 
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Labels Linkbase Document
101.PRE*
 
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document

*
Filed herewith.
**
Furnished.



SIGNATURES

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

 
ATLANTIC AVENUE ACQUISITION CORP
   
Date:  June 28, 2021
By:
/s/ Ashok Nayyar
   
Ashok Nayyar
   
Chief Executive Officer
(Principal Executive Officer)

 
ATLANTIC AVENUE ACQUISITION CORP
   
Date:  June 28, 2021
By:
/s/ Barry Best
   
Barry Best
   
Chief Financial Officer
(Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)


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