CF CORP. CLASS A ORDINARY SHARES
- BLANK CHECKS CIK#: 0001668428
Description of Organization and Business Operations
CF Corporation (the “Company”) is a newly organized blank check company incorporated in the Cayman Islands on February 26, 2016. The Company was formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses that the Company has not yet identified (“Business Combination”). Although the Company is not limited to a particular industry or geographic region for purposes of consummating a Business Combination, the Company intends to focus on the financial, technology and services industries in the United States or globally.
On April 21, 2016, the Company effected a share capitalization of approximately 4.217 shares for each outstanding Class B ordinary share, resulting in an aggregate of 15,000,000 Class B ordinary shares outstanding. All share amounts presented in the financial statements have been retroactively restated to reflect the share capitalization.
At March 31, 2016, the Company had not yet commenced operations. All activity through March 31, 2016 relates to the Company’s formation, commencement of the initial public offering (“Initial Public Offering”) and forward purchase agreement, as described below. The Company has selected December 31 as its fiscal year end. The Company is an early stage and emerging growth company and, as such, the Company is subject to all of the risks associated with early stage and emerging growth companies.
In April 2016, the Company executed forward purchase agreements pursuant to which certain investors (“Anchor Investors”) (including two affiliates of the Sponsor, as defined below) agreed to purchase an aggregate of 51,000,000 Class A ordinary shares (“forward purchase shares”), plus an aggregate of 19,083,333 redeemable warrants at $10.00 per Class A ordinary share (“forward purchase warrants”), for an aggregate purchase price of $510 million, in a private placement to occur concurrently with the closing of the Business Combination. In connection with the forward purchase agreements, the Company agreed to compensate the placement agents an aggregate amount of up to $20.675 million, including deferred placement agent fees of $20.4 million and reimbursement of legal fees of $275,000, payable upon the consummation of the Business Combination (Note 6).
The registration statement for the Company’s Initial Public Offering was declared effective on May 19, 2016. The Company consummated the Initial Public Offering of 60,000,000 units (“Units” and, with respect to the Class A ordinary shares included in the Units being offered, the “Public Shares”) at $10.00 per Unit on May 25, 2016, generating gross proceeds of $600 million and incurring offering costs of approximately $34.5 million, inclusive of $33 million of underwriting fees in connection with the Initial Public Offering. Each Unit consists of one Class A ordinary share, $0.0001 par value per share, and one–half of one redeemable warrant. Each whole warrant entitles the holder thereof to purchase one Class A ordinary share at a purchase price of $11.50 per share, subject to adjustment, terms and limitations (“Public Warrant(s)”). The Company paid $12 million of underwriting fees upon the closing of the Initial Public Offering and deferred $21 million of underwriting fees until the consummation of the initial Business Combination (Note 3).
Simultaneously with the closing of the Initial Public Offering, the Company consummated the private placement (“Private Placement”) of 14,000,000 warrants (“Private Placement Warrants”) at a price of $1.00 per Private Placement Warrant with the Company’s sponsor, CF Capital Growth, LLC (“Sponsor”), generating gross proceeds of $14 million (Note 4).
Upon the closing of the Initial Public Offering, and Private Placement on May 25, 2016, an amount of $600 million ($10.00 per Unit) from the net proceeds of the sale of the Units in the Initial Public Offering, and the Private Placement was placed in a U.S.-based trust account at J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A, maintained by Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, acting as trustee (“Trust Account”), and is invested in a money market fund selected 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.
At May 25, 2016, the Company has approximately $2 million in cash held outside of the Trust Account. The Company’s management has broad discretion with respect to the specific application of the net proceeds of its Initial Public Offering and Private Placement Warrants, although substantially all of the net proceeds are intended to be applied generally toward consummating a Business Combination. The Company’s initial Business Combination must be with one or more target businesses that together have an aggregate fair market value of at least 80% of the assets held in the Trust Account (as defined below) (excluding the deferred underwriting commissions and taxes payable on income earned on the trust account) at the time of the agreement to enter into the initial Business Combination. However, the Company will only complete a Business Combination if the post-transaction company owns or acquires 50% or more of the outstanding voting securities of the target or otherwise acquires a controlling interest in the target sufficient for it not to be required to register as an investment company under the Investment Company Act 1940, as amended, or the Investment Company Act.
The Company will provide the holders of its Public Shares (“public shareholders”) with the opportunity to redeem all or a portion of their Public Shares upon the completion of a Business Combination either (i) in connection with a shareholder meeting called to approve the Business Combination or (ii) by means of a tender offer. The decision as to whether the Company will seek shareholder approval of a Business Combination or conduct a tender offer will be made by the Company, solely in its discretion. The public shareholders will be entitled to redeem their Public Shares for a pro rata portion of the amount then in the Trust Account (initially 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 its tax obligations). The per-share amount to be distributed to public shareholders who redeem their Public Shares will not be reduced by the deferred underwriting commissions the Company will pay to the underwriters (as discussed in Note 6). In such case, the Company will proceed with a Business Combination if the Company has net tangible assets of at least $5,000,001 upon such consummation of a Business Combination. If a shareholder vote is not required by the law and the Company does not decide to hold a shareholder vote for business or other legal reasons, the Company will, pursuant to its Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association, conduct the redemptions pursuant to the tender offer rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), and file tender offer documents with the SEC prior to completing a Business Combination. If, however, shareholder approval of the transactions is required by law, or the Company decides to obtain shareholder approval for business or legal reasons, the Company will offer to redeem shares in conjunction with a proxy solicitation pursuant to the proxy rules and not pursuant to the tender offer rules. Additionally, each public shareholder may elect to redeem their Public Shares irrespective of whether they vote for or against the proposed transaction. If the Company seeks shareholder approval in connection with a Business Combination, the initial shareholders (as defined below) and Anchor Investors have agreed to vote their founder shares (as defined in Note 5) and any Public Shares purchased during or after the Initial Public Offering in favor of a Business Combination. In addition, the initial shareholders and Anchor Investors have agreed to waive their redemption rights with respect to their founder shares and, with respect to our initial shareholders only, Public Shares in connection with the completion of a Business Combination.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company’s Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association provides that a public shareholder, together with any affiliate of such shareholder or any other person with whom such shareholder is acting in concert or as a “group” (as defined under Section 13 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), will be restricted from redeeming its shares with respect to more than an aggregate of 20% or more of the Class A ordinary shares sold in the Initial Public Offering, without the prior consent of the Company.
If the Company is unable to complete a Business Combination by May 25, 2018 (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 shareholders’ rights as shareholders (including the right to receive further liquidation distributions, if any), subject to applicable law and (iii) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of the remaining shareholders 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 if the Company fails to complete a Business Combination prior to the expiration of the Combination Period, 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 taxes payable and up to $100,000 of interest to pay dissolution expenses).
The Company’s Sponsor, officers and directors (the “initial shareholders”) and Anchor Investors 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 shareholders acquire Public Shares in or after the Initial 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 deferred underwriting commission held in the Trust Account
in the event the Company does not complete a Business Combination within in 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. 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 third parties, such as a vendor for services rendered or products sold to the Company, or a prospective target business with which the Company has discussed entering into a transaction agreement, reduce the amount of funds in the Trust Account below $10.00 per share. 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 underwriter of the Initial Public Offering against certain liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). Moreover, in the event that an executed waiver is deemed to be unenforceable against a third party, the Sponsor will not be responsible to the extent of any liability for such third party claims. The Company will seek to reduce the possibility that the Sponsor will have to indemnify the Trust Account due to claims of creditors by endeavoring to have all vendors, service providers (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. http://edgar.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1668428/000157104916016432/t1601675_10q.htm