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* The registrant’s Class A common stock began trading exclusively on the over-the-counter market on July 7, 2023 under the symbol “RIDEQ.” The NASDAQ Global Select Market filed a Form 25 with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 27, 2023 to remove the registrant’s Class A common stock from listing and registration on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Delisting became effective ten days thereafter and deregistration under Section 12(b) of the Act will become effective 90 days later.
|Item 8.01||Other Events.|
As previously disclosed, on June 27, 2023 (the “Petition Date”), Lordstown Motors Corp., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), and its subsidiaries (collectively, the “Debtors”), commenced voluntary proceedings under chapter 11 (“Chapter 11”) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the “Bankruptcy Court”). The Chapter 11 proceedings are being jointly administered under the caption In re: Lordstown Motors Corp., et al., Cases No. 23-10831 through 23-10833 (the “Chapter 11 Cases”).
On September 1, 2023, the Debtors filed the Joint Chapter 11 Plan of Lordstown Motors Corp. and Its Affiliated Debtors (the “Initial Proposed Plan”) and accompanying Disclosure Statement Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 1125 with Respect to Joint Chapter 11 Plan of Lordstown Motors Corp. and Its Affiliated Debtors (the “Initial Proposed Disclosure Statement”).
On October 24, 2023, the Debtors filed the First Amended Joint Chapter 11 Plan of Lordstown Motors Corp. and Its Affiliated Debtors (the “Amended Proposed Plan”) and accompanying Disclosure Statement Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 1125 with Respect to First Amended Joint Chapter 11 Plan of Lordstown Motors Corp. and Its Affiliated Debtors (the “Amended Proposed Disclosure Statement”). The Amended Proposed Plan and the related Amended Proposed Disclosure Statement describe, among other things, the terms of the Amended Proposed Plan; the events leading up to the Chapter 11 Cases; certain events that have occurred or are anticipated to occur during the Chapter 11 Cases, including the anticipated solicitation of votes to approve the Amended Proposed Plan from certain of the Debtors’ creditors and shareholders; and certain other aspects of the Amended Proposed Plan. The Amended Proposed Plan and Amended Proposed Disclosure Statement remain subject to material change and approval by the Bankruptcy Court as set forth in more detail herein and therein.
The Amended Proposed Plan would, among other provisions: (i) provide an orderly structure for distributions to holders of claims of creditors (“Claims”) and equity interests of shareholders (“Interests”), (ii) preserve retained causes of action, including against Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., and certain of its affiliates (collectively, Foxconn), to be pursued by the post-effective date Company, and (iii) seek to preserve the value of the Company’s net operating losses/tax attributes, by leaving preferred and common equity Interests in the post-effective Company in place. It is unknown what, if any, future operations the Debtors will have following the effective date of the Amended Proposed Plan.
Holders of Claims and Interest in the Debtors that are in a class that is impaired under the Amended Proposed Plan are entitled to vote to accept or reject the Amended Proposed Plan unless their class is deemed to accept or reject pursuant to the terms of the Amended Proposed Plan. All distributions under the Amended Proposed Plan would come from the Debtors’ cash on hand and other assets, which would generally be distributed, subject to the terms of the Amended Proposed Plan, to classes of Claims and Interests in order of their respective priorities under the Bankruptcy Code. The Amended Proposed Plan and Amended Proposed Disclosure Statement reflect the anticipated recoveries to holders of Claims and Interests, including holders of the Class A common stock, which remain to be determined. No assurance can be made with respect to any distributions or recoveries with respect to Claims or Interests under the Amended Proposed Plan.
The Amended Proposed Plan reflects certain material changes to the Initial Proposed Plan, which include without limitation: (i) the Amended Proposed Plan does not include the subordination of the preferred and common equity Interests in the Company held by Foxconn, and such Interests would remain in place, and (ii) the Amended Proposed Plan now classifies all general unsecured claims in a single class and there will be no pool of cash to pay distributions to holders of general unsecured trade claims. The Amended Proposed Plan now also provides for the resolution of (i) the securities class action captioned In re Lordstown Motors Corp. Securities Litigation, Case No. 4:21-cv-00616 (DAR) (the “Ohio Securities Class Action”), with holders of allowed claims in this class receiving Class A common stock in an amount calculated pursuant to the formula set forth in the Amended Proposed Plan, unless the post effective date Debtors’ elect to cash out such common stock Interests, or the lead plaintiff may elect to receive a $1,000,000 settlement on behalf of the plaintiffs to be distributed pro rata, and (ii) the action captioned Lim v. Hightower, et al., Case No. 23 Civ. 01454 (N.D. Ohio.), with holders of allowed claims, if any, in this class receiving recoveries limited to the Debtors’ insurance policies.
The descriptions of the Amended Proposed Plan and Amended Proposed Disclosure Statement, and the summaries of their terms, included in this Current Report are qualified in their entirety by reference to the Amended Proposed Plan and Amended Proposed Disclosure Statement. The Amended Proposed Plan and Amended Proposed Disclosure Statement, as well as other Bankruptcy Court filings and further information about the Chapter 11 Cases can be accessed free of charge at a website maintained by the Company’s claims, noticing, and solicitation agent, Kurtzman Carson Consultants LLC, at www.kccllc.net/lordstown. The information in that website or available elsewhere is not incorporated by reference and does not constitute part of this Form 8-K.
Neither the Debtors’ filing of the Amended Proposed Plan and Amended Proposed Disclosure Statement, nor this Current Report, is a solicitation of votes to accept or reject the Amended Proposed Plan. Votes on the Amended Proposed Plan will be solicited in accordance with the solicitation and voting procedures to be filed with and subject to approval by the Bankruptcy Court and applicable law.
Information contained in the Amended Proposed Plan and the Amended Proposed Disclosure Statement is subject to change (including substantial change), whether as a result of amendments, supplements, or other modifications to the Amended Proposed Plan, third-party actions, or otherwise. The Amended Proposed Plan is not binding on any party, including the Debtors, unless and until it is confirmed by the Bankruptcy Court and consummated. Information in the Amended Proposed Disclosure Statement is subject to change and further supplement.
Cautionary Note Regarding Trading in the Company’s Class A Common Stock
The Company’s stockholders are cautioned that trading in shares of the Company’s Class A common stock during the pendency of the Chapter 11 Cases will be highly speculative and will pose substantial risks. The Company cannot be certain that holders of the Class A common stock will receive any payment or other distribution on account of those shares following the Chapter 11 Cases. As a result, the Company expects that its currently outstanding shares of Class A common stock may have little or no value. Trading prices for the Company’s Class A common stock may bear little or no relation to actual recovery, if any, by holders thereof in the Company’s Chapter 11 Cases and the trading market (if any) may be very limited. In addition, the Amended Proposed Plan includes provisions designed to enable the Company to optimize its tax attributes following the effective date of the Amended Proposed Plan, which generally restrict transactions involving any person or group of persons that is or as a result of such a transaction would become a substantial stockholder (i.e., would beneficially own, directly or indirectly, 4.5% of all issued and outstanding shares of Class A common stock). Accordingly, the Company urges extreme caution with respect to existing and future investments in its Class A common stock.
This report includes forward looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements may be identified by words such as “feel,” “believes,” “expects,” “estimates,” “projects,” “intends,” “should,” “is to be,” or the negative of such terms, or other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained herein due to many factors. With respect to the matters addressed in this report, those factors include, but are not limited to the risks and uncertainties regarding changes to the terms and conditions of the Amended Proposed Plan and Amended Proposed Disclosure Statement before they become final; the approvals required from the Bankruptcy Court and stakeholders that will be entitled to vote on the Amended Proposed Plan; our ability to successfully complete the Chapter 11 Cases, including our ability to successfully resolve litigation and other claims that may be filed against us, and to finish developing, negotiating, confirming and consummating the Amended Proposed Plan or any Chapter 11 plan; our ability to obtain timely approval of the Bankruptcy Court with respect to our motions filed in the Chapter 11 Cases; the adverse impact of the Chapter 11 Cases on our business, financial condition and results of operations; the impact of the SEC investigation and any other pending or future litigation or claims asserted with respect to or by the Company, and possible claims by suppliers for our inability to meet obligations to them, the availability of insurance coverage with respect to such litigation or claims, adverse publicity with respect to these matters, as well as the significant ongoing costs associated with such litigation; our ability to retain key employees, and the costs associated therewith, to facilitate the Chapter 11 Cases; risks regarding our limited liquidity and unlikely access to financing as we continue to incur significant costs during and in connection with, the Chapter 11 Cases, have significant known and contingent liabilities and claims for which we will continue to incur legal costs and may be subject to significant uninsured losses, face uncertainty as to the ability to realize value through the sale of any assets beyond the pending sale under the previously announced Asset Purchase Agreement (which remains subject to customary closing conditions) and litigation claims, and other claims that may be filed against us, lack any meaningful revenue stream and do not have any plans for ongoing business operations other than administrative activities following the Chapter 11 Cases; and the actions and decisions of our stakeholders and other third parties who have interests in our Chapter 11 Cases that may be inconsistent with our operational and strategic plans and adversely impact the Chapter 11 Cases or our ability to realize value from any of our assets.
In light of these risks and uncertainties, we caution you not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements and the periodic financial information reported to the Bankruptcy Court which is not presented in accordance with GAAP and may differ materially from information that has been or may in the future be provided in our periodic SEC filings and may reflect estimates based on assumptions that may change significantly during the course of the Chapter 11 Cases or due to other contingencies (and which is also subject to the further qualifications provided therein with respect thereto). Additional information on potential factors that could affect the Company and its forward-looking statements is included in the Company’s Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and subsequent filings with the SEC. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this report.
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 hereunto duly authorized.
|LORDSTOWN MOTORS CORP.|
|By:||/s/ Adam Kroll|
|Date: October 24, 2023||Title:||Chief Financial Officer|