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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-K

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

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023

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

For the transition period from                  to

Commission File Number: 001-40055

BITE ACQUISITION CORP.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware

    

85-3307316

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Number) 

720 N. State Street

Chicago, IL 60654

(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip Code)

(347)-685-5236

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

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

Title of Each Class

    

Trading Symbol(s)

    

Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered

Common stock, $0.0001 par value per share

 

BITE

 

NYSE American LLC

Warrants to purchase one share of common stock

 

BITE.WS

 

NYSE American LLC

Units, each consisting of one share of common stock and one-half of one redeemable warrant

 

BITE.U

 

NYSE American LLC

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

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

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

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes   No 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes   No 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer”, “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large accelerated filer ¨

Accelerated filer ¨

Non-accelerated filer  

Smaller reporting company  

Emerging growth company  

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. 

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

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

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

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

The aggregate market value of the voting stock held by non-affiliates of the Registrant on June 30, 2023, based upon the closing price of $10.33 of the Registrants Class A common stock as reported on NYSE American LLC, was approximately $32.46 million. For purposes of this computation, all officers, directors and 10% beneficial owners of the registrant are deemed to be affiliates. Such determination should not be deemed to be an admission that such officers, directors or 10% beneficial owners are, in fact, affiliates of the registrant.

As of March 7, 2024, there were 7,999,298 shares of common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, issued and outstanding.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page

PART I

3

Item 1.

Business.

4

Item 1A.

Risk Factors.

21

Item 1B.

Unresolved Staff Comments.

45

Item 1C.

Cybersecurity.

45

Item 2.

Properties.

45

Item 3.

Legal Proceedings.

46

Item 4.

Mine Safety Disclosures.

46

PART II

47

Item 5.

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

47

Item 6.

[Reserved]

48

Item 7.

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

48

Item 7A.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.

55

Item 8.

Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.

55

Item 9.

Changes in and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure.

55

Item 9A.

Controls and Procedures.

55

Item 9B.

Other Information.

56

Item 9C.

Disclosure Regarding Foreign Jurisdictions That Prevent Inspections.

56

PART III

56

Item 10.

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance.

56

Item 11.

Executive Compensation.

61

Item 12.

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

62

Item 13.

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence.

63

Item 14.

Principal Accountant Fees and Services.

67

PART IV

Item 15.

Exhibit and Financial Statement Schedules.

67

Item 16.

Form 10-K Summary.

70

SIGNATURES

71

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PART I

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Some statements contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K (this “Annual Report”) are forward-looking in nature. Our forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding expectations, hopes, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future. In addition, any statements that refer to projections, forecasts or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements. The words “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intends,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “possible,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “would” and similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements, but the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. Forward-looking statements in this Annual Report may include, for example, statements about:

our ability to select an appropriate target business or businesses;
our ability to complete our initial business combination, including the Business Combination;
satisfaction or waiver (if applicable) of the conditions to the Business Combination Agreement;
our expectations around the performance of a prospective target business or businesses;
our success in retaining or recruiting, or changes required in, our officers, key employees or directors following our initial business combination;
our officers and directors allocating their time to other businesses and potentially having conflicts of interest with our business or in approving our initial business combination;
our potential ability to obtain additional financing to complete our initial business combination;
our pool of prospective target businesses and the financial services and financial technology industries;
our ability to consummate an initial business combination due to the uncertainty resulting from the recent COVID-19 pandemic;
the ability of our officers and directors to generate a number of potential business combination opportunities;
our public securities’ potential liquidity and trading;
the use of proceeds not held in the trust account or available to us from interest income on the trust account balance;
the trust account not being subject to claims of third parties;
our financial performance; or
the other risk and uncertainties discussed in “Item 1A. Risk Factors,” or elsewhere in this Annual Report and in our other filings with the Securities Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including in the preliminary prospectus/proxy statement included in a Registration Statement on Form F-4 filed by Above Food Ingredients Inc. with the SEC on October 16, 2023, as amended (the “F-4 Registration Statement”), relating to the proposed business combination with Above Food.

The forward-looking statements contained in this Annual Report are based on our current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on us. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting us will be those that we have anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond our

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control) or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those factors described under the heading “Risk Factors.” Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in these forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

ITEM 1. BUSINESS

Overview

We are a blank check company incorporated as a Delaware corporation on September 29, 2020 for the purpose of effecting a merger, stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses, which we refer to throughout this Annual Report as our initial business combination. We intend to effectuate our business combination using cash from the proceeds of the initial public offering and the sale of the private placement warrants, our capital stock, debt or a combination of cash, stock and debt. We will seek to capitalize on the significant experience of our management team and advisor group in consummating an initial business combination with the goal of pursuing attractive returns for our stockholders.

On February 17, 2021, we completed an initial public offering (the “Offering,” or the “IPO”) of 17,500,000 units the (“Units”). Each Unit consists of one share of common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Common Stock”) and one-half of one redeemable warrant (each, a “Warrant”), each whole Warrant entitling the holder thereof to purchase one share of Common Stock at an exercise price of $11.50 per share, subject to adjustment, pursuant to the Company’s registration statements on Form S-1 (File Nos. 333-252406 and 333-253017). The Units were sold at an offering price of $10.00 per Unit, generating gross proceeds of $175,000,000. Simultaneously with the consummation of the Offering, the Company completed a private placement (the “Private Placement”) of an aggregate of 500,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit, generating total gross proceeds of $5,000,000. On February 25, 2021, the underwriters exercised the over-allotment option in part and purchased an additional 2,500,000 Units, generating an aggregate of gross proceeds of $25,000,000. Simultaneously with the closing of the over-allotment the Company consummated the private placement of an aggregate of 50,000 units (the “Option Private Units”) at a price of $10.00 per Option Private Unit, to the sponsor and EarlyBirdCapital, generating total gross proceeds of $500,000.

A total of $200,000,000 of the net proceeds from the IPO, the Private Placement and the sale of the Units and Option Private Units, in connection with the underwriters’ partial exercise of their over-allotment was deposited in a trust account established for the benefit of the Company’s public stockholders (the “Trust Account”).

Proposed Business Combination

On April 29, 2023, we entered into a business combination agreement (the “Business Combination Agreement”) with Above Food Corp., a corporation organized under the laws of Saskatchewan, Canada (“Above Food”), 2510169 Alberta Inc., an Alberta Corporation (“TopCo”) and a direct, wholly owned Subsidiary of Above Food, and Above Merger Sub, Inc., a Delaware corporation and a direct, wholly owned Subsidiary of TopCo (“Merger Sub”). Pursuant to the Business Combination Agreement, the Company and Above Food agreed to combine in a business combination that will result in each of the Company and Above Food becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of TopCo. Upon the closing of the transactions contemplated by the Business Combination Agreement (the “Business Combination”), TopCo’s common shares and warrants are expected to be listed on NYSE.

On the date of the closing of the Business Combination and pursuant to a court-approved plan of arrangement, Above Food’s shareholders will effect a share exchange (the “Share Exchange”), pursuant to which, among other things, Above Food’s shareholders will contribute to TopCo all of the issued and outstanding equity of Above Food in exchange for newly issued TopCo common shares, TopCo Class A earnout shares and TopCo Class B earnout shares, and after giving effect to the Share Exchange, Above Food will become a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of TopCo.

Pursuant to the Share Exchange, a number of TopCo common shares equal to $206,000,000 divided by $10.00 shall be issued to holders of Above Food’s shares or allocated to holders of certain of Above Food’s options, restricted share units and warrants for issuance upon exercise thereof. All of Above Food’s options, restricted share units and warrants that are outstanding immediately prior

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to the Share Exchange shall convert, respectively, into options, restricted share units and warrants exercisable for TopCo Common Shares.

Concurrently with the execution and delivery of the Business Combination Agreement, certain shareholders of Above Food, collectively holding approximately 68% of the total number of outstanding Above Food common shares, executed and delivered to Bite a voting and support agreement (the “Shareholder Support Agreement”), pursuant to which each such shareholder agreed to, among other things, (a) not transfer their Company Securities, (b) support and vote in favor of the Continuance Resolution and the Company Resolution, as applicable, and any Alternative Transaction, (c) not exercise, and waive, rights in respect of Dissent Rights or Continuance Dissent Rights and (d) consent to the termination of the Termination Contracts effective at the Closing and to the taking of any actions necessary or advisable to cause such termination of the Termination Contracts, in each case, on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Shareholder Support Agreement.

Concurrently with the execution and delivery of the Business Combination Agreement, Above Food, Bite and the Sponsor executed and delivered to Above Food a sponsor support agreement (the “Sponsor Support Agreement”), pursuant to which, among other things, the Sponsor (a) will vote the shares of Bite Common Stock held by it as of the date of the Sponsor Support Agreement and any additional shares of Bite Common Stock and Bite’s preferred stock that it acquires prior to the Bite Stockholder Meeting, in each case, in favor of the Business Combination Agreement and each of the Transaction Proposals and (b) will not redeem any shares of Bite Common Stock held by the Sponsor in connection with the Proposed Transaction, in each case, on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Sponsor Support Agreement.

In connection with the Closing, TopCo will enter into lock-up agreements (collectively, the “Lock-Up Agreements”) with the Sponsor, affiliates of Bite and the Sponsor, and certain holders of Company Securities and each potential recipient of ANF Purchase Consideration Shares, pursuant to which, among other things, each of the Sponsor, the affiliates of Bite and the Sponsor and the holders of Company Securities party to the Lock-Up Agreements will agree to not effect any sale or distribution of any equity securities of TopCo held by any of them during the period set forth in their respective Lock-Up Agreements, subject to certain customary exceptions set forth in their respective Lock-Up Agreements.

The holders of Company Securities (except for certain significant holders (the “Above Food Insiders”) will be subject to a 6-month lock-up, and the Sponsor and its affiliates and the Above Food Insiders will be subject to a 12-month lock-up; in each case, subject to early release (a) if the trading price of the TopCo Common Shares equals or exceeds $12.50 per share (as adjusted for share splits, share dividends, rights issuances, subdivisions, reorganizations, recapitalizations and similar corporate events) for any twenty (20) trading days within any thirty (30)-trading day period commencing at least one hundred fifty (150) calendar days after the Closing Date, or (b) on the date on which TopCo completes a liquidation, merger, stock exchange or other similar transaction which results in all of the stockholders of TopCo having the right to exchange their TopCo Common Shares for cash, securities or other property.

In connection with the Closing, certain holders of shares of Bite Common Stock (including the Sponsor), certain holders of Company Securities and TopCo will enter into a registration rights agreement (the “Registration Rights Agreement”), pursuant to which, among other things, TopCo will agree to provide such holders with customary registration rights with respect to the TopCo Common Shares such holders will receive in connection with the Closing. For a more detailed discussion of the Business Combination Agreement, the transactions contemplated therein and related ancillary agreements, see the Current Reports on Form 8-K filed by the Company with the SEC on May 1, 2023 and May 4, 2023.

First Extension

On December 15, 2022, our stockholders approved, among other proposals, an amendment to our amended and restated certificate of incorporation (the “First Extension Amendment”). The First Extension Amendment extends the date by which we must consummate our initial business combination (the “First Extension”) from February 17, 2023 to up to August 17, 2023 or such earlier date as determined by our board of directors (the “Board,” such later date, the “First Extended Date”), provided that Smart Dine, LLC (the “sponsor”) (or its affiliates or permitted designees) will deposit into the Trust Account an amount determined by multiplying $0.05 by the number of public shares then outstanding, up to a maximum of $150,000 for each such one-month extension until August 17, 2023, unless the closing of our initial business combination shall have occurred (the “First Extension Payment”), and permit holders of public shares to redeem their shares for their pro rata portion of the Trust Account. The Extension Payments may be funded

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through the March Note (as defined below). For the year ended December 31, 2023, the sponsor deposited $899,645 into the Trust Account pursuant to the First Extension Amendment.

In connection with the stockholder vote to approve the First Extension Amendment, the holders of 17,001,185 shares of Common Stock properly exercised their right to redeem their shares for cash at a redemption price of approximately $10.06 per share, for an aggregate redemption amount of approximately $171.03 million, leaving approximately $30.28 million in the Trust Account.

Second Extension

On August 10, 2023, our stockholders approved, among other proposals, an amendment to our amended and restated certificate of incorporation (the “Second Extension Amendment”). The Second Extension Amendment extends the date by which we must consummate our initial business combination (the “Second Extension”) from August 17, 2023 to up to February 17, 2024 or such earlier date as determined by the Board (such date, as may be further extended by vote of the Company’s stockholders, the “Second Extended Date”), provided that the Sponsor (or its affiliates or designees) will deposit into the Trust Account $75,000 for each such one-month extension until February 17, 2024, unless the closing of our initial business combination shall have occurred in exchange for a non-interest bearing, unsecured promissory note payable upon consummation of a business combination (the “Second Extension Payment”). For the year ended December 31, 2023, the sponsor deposited $375,000 into the Trust Account pursuant to the Second Extension Amendment.

In connection with the stockholder vote to approve the Second Extension Amendment, the holders of 120,637 shares of Common Stock properly exercised their right to redeem their shares for cash for an aggregate redemption amount of approximately $1.2 million, leaving approximately $30.0 million in the Trust Account.

Third Extension

On February 13, 2024, our stockholders approved, among other proposals, an amendment to our amended and restated certificate of incorporation (the “Third Extension Amendment”). The Third Extension Amendment extends the date by which we must consummate our initial business combination (the “Third Extension”) from February 17, 2024 to up to August 17, 2024 or such earlier date as determined by the Board (such date, as may be further extended by vote of the Company’s stockholders, the “Third Extended Date”), provided that the Sponsor (or its affiliates or designees) will deposit into the Trust Account an amount determined by multiplying $0.025 by the number of public shares then outstanding for each such one-month extension until August 17, 2024, unless the closing of our initial business combination shall have occurred in exchange for a non-interest bearing, unsecured promissory note payable upon consummation of a business combination (the “Third Extension Payment”).

In connection with the stockholder vote to approve the Third Extension Amendment, the holders of 518,880 shares of Common Stock properly exercised their right to redeem their shares for cash for an aggregate redemption amount of approximately $5.55 million, leaving approximately $25.25 million in the Trust Account.

NYSE Notice

On February 13, 2023, the Company transferred the listing of its common stock, units and warrants from the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) to NYSE American LLC (“NYSE American”).

On February 20, 2024, we received a letter from NYSE American stating that the staff of NYSE Regulation has determined to commence proceedings to delist the Company’s Common Stock, Units and Warrants pursuant to Sections 119(b) and 119(f) of the NYSE American Company Guide because the Company failed to consummate a business combination within 36 months of the effectiveness of its initial public offering registration statement, or such shorter period that the Company specified in its registration statement. On February 26, 2024, we submitted a letter of request for hearing to NYSE for the review of the delisting determination.

Our Management Team and Advisors

Our management team members have significant experience in structuring deals and optimizing traditional and non-traditional restaurant operations, selecting the real estate locations they believe will best serve such restaurant operations and identifying growing brands, developing or scaling new brands or taking advantage of the best, cutting edge technology available for the industry. The

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members of our team have a long track record of operating restaurants successfully and delivering consistent positive results to its shareholders. Collectively, they possess a wide-ranging set of competencies, in relation with the North American traditional and non-traditional restaurant industry, as well as a deep knowledge of how to structure deals and financial transactions, all resulting in an extensive track record of growth and creation of value.

Alberto Ardura González, who has served as our Chief Executive Officer since our inception and serves on the Bite Board, and has served as the Chairman of the Bite Board since December 31, 2022, has more than 35 years of experience in the financial industry and has advised numerous companies on M&A transactions and on structuring and underwriting public and private issuances of equity and debt. From 2002 to 2009, Mr. Ardura was the Chief Country Manager and Head of Fixed Income Currencies and Commodities at Merrill Lynch Mexico, S.A. de C.V., the leading investment bank in Mexico at the time. In 2009, Mr. Ardura joined Deutsche Bank, A.G. in New York City as Head of Latin America Capital Markets and Treasury Solutions, advising over 350 clients in raising several hundred billion dollars in debt and equity financing in the public and private markets, as well as advising several clients in restructurings transactions. During such time, Mr. Ardura was also responsible for Deutsche Banks’s local operations in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Perú and Argentina, and was a member of Deutsche Bank’s Global Emerging Markets Committee, Latin America Investment Committee, and Americas Investment Banking Executive Committee. He was later appointed as Vice Chairman of Corporate Finance for Latin America. From 2017 to 2019, he was a Managing Director leading the Latin America Investment Banking and Client Coverage division at Nomura Securities. Inc. In 2019, Mr. Ardura founded his own advisory firm, Pier A Capital Solutions, Inc., focusing on M&A and private debt and equity financing transactions for clients across Latin America. Mr. Ardura has served on several boards of directors including Banca Promex, S.A. de C.V. Valores Finamex, S.A. de C.V. Merrill Lynch México, and Casa de Bolsa, S.A. de C.V. He currently serves as an independent board member of HSBC México, S.A., the banking subsidiary of Grupo HSBC, and also serves on the boards of its insurance, broker dealer and asset manager subsidiaries. Mr. Ardura is also an independent board member of Dimex Capital, SA deCV and FinMédica, S.A, and is also a board member of Eric Kayser México, S.A.P.I. de C.V.

Jose Luis Guerrero Cortes, who has served as our Chief Financial Officer since January 31, 2023, has over 15 years of experience as an executive. Mr. Guerrero has been serving as Chief Executive Officer of PMCE, an education platform that acquired and operates a chain of preschool and day care centers in Mexico City, since July 2019. Mr. Guerrero has been the Manager Partner of Gueca Capital (a search fund) since March 2017. From January 2016 to March 2017, Mr. Guerrero was Chief Executive Officer of Operadora de Vias Terrestres, one of the main highway concessionaires in Mexico. He has also served as Chief Financial Officer of Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, S. A. B. de C. V. (NASDAQ: OMAB), a holding company whose subsidiaries are engaged in the administration, operation and use of 13 airports under a concession granted by the Mexican Government. Previously, Mr. Guerrero worked as a summer associate at Goldman Sachs in the debt capital markets and derivatives groups, served as a financial analyst at Empresas ICA and as an assistant brand manager at Procter & Gamble. Mr. Guerrero holds an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana, a diploma in finance from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Luis Doporto Alejandre has served as a member of the Bite Board since January 13, 2023. Mr. Doporto is a Mexican entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience leading specialized teams in corporate practice, domestic and international M&A, brand building and corporate strategies in pharmaceutical, agro-industrial and food & beverage sectors. In 2019, Mr. Doporto founded Doporto Prime Capital, leading a team of professionals in the beverage, pharmaceutical, finance and consumer sectors. Mr. Doporto is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Casa Marzam, a pharmaceutical distribution company with 650 daily delivery routes and serving more than 27,000 clients in Mexico. In 2018, Mr. Doporto founded Guacamolito/Golden Stone, a U.S. company that produces and distributes avocado pulp for the food service industries. Mr. Doporto graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana and holds a Master’s Degree in International Commercial Law from the Université Panthéon Assas of Paris.

Jesus O. Lanza Losa has served as one of our independent directors since January 13, 2023. Mr. Lanza Losa has been the Founder & CEO of LOTTUS Education, leading buyouts platform in the education space, Mexico since 2013. At Lottus, Mr. Lanza Losa has successfully led the acquisition, optimization, and business enlargement of six different targets totaling circa $250 million in transaction volume. Mr. Lanza Losa was an investment professional at the Special Situations Group & Credit Hedge Fund at Cerberus Capital Management, London in year 2012. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Lanza Losa worked at the Investment Banking Division — M&A LatAm at first Citigroup and then Goldman, Sachs & Co., New York/ Mexico. Mr. Lanza Losa graduated from Universidad de Oviedo with a B.A. in Business Administration, and holds a Masters in Finance Degree from The London Business School, as well as executive education programs at both The London School of Economics and The Wharton School.

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Joseph C. Essa has served as one of our independent directors since inception, and is one of the most prestigious and experienced restaurant CEOs in the U.S. with more than two decades experience as founder, investor, operator and executive in the restaurant and food manufacturing/consumer product industries. He has deep knowledge of brands, chefs and trends in the restaurant and food manufacturing industries. Mr. Essa has successfully operated fast casual, casual and fine dining restaurants in demanding markets in the U.S. including New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, as well as in several major international cities such as Tokyo, Shanghai, and Dubai. Currently, Mr. Essa serves as President & CEO of MKM Hospitality Group. Mr. Essa has also served as the President and CEO of the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, a collection of luxury, fine and casual dining restaurants, as the President and CEO of Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, and is a past chair of the National Restaurant Association. Mr. Essa has extensive experience in directing and building global restaurants and related consumer product brands and is an expert in restaurant growth strategy. Mr. Essa is an innovative leader who prides himself in taking a collaborative approach to work culture. He is a certified public accountant, who graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and finance.

Julia A. Stewart has served as one of our independent directors since inception. Over the course of her career, Ms. Stewart has been instrumental in building global businesses and developing strong brands. Ms. Stewart is the Founder & CEO of Alurx, Inc., a health & wellness company, offering personalized solutions, via an integrated App since 2020. She has served on the Board of Directors of Avery Dennison Corp. (NYSE:AVY), a multi-national Fortune 500 company since 2003 and Fogo de Chao restaurants since 2018. In 2001 she became the President of IHOP; CEO in 2002; Chair/CEO in 2004. In 2007 she led the $2.4 billion acquisition of Applebee’s, where she was previously the President. She continued as Chair & CEO of the combined company, Dine Brands Global, Inc. (formerly DineEquity, Inc.) (NYSE:DIN) until 2017. With over 3,700 restaurants in 22 countries, 250,000 team members and over $9 billion in system sales, Dine Brands Global, Inc. became the largest sit-down restaurant chain in the world. She has advised a wide number of private equity and investment banking firms, including Rhone Capital on their acquisition of Fogo de Chao restaurants and taking them private. Ms. Stewart’s earlier leadership experience includes positions in operations, franchising and marketing with Applebee’s, Taco Bell and other consumer-facing brands. Ms. Stewart is a founding member of the Women’s Foodservice Forum and she was listed as one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in the US, along with the recipient of Nation’s Restaurant News “Operator of the Year” in 2005 and 2015. Ms. Stewart graduated, with honors, from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in communications and has an honorary Doctorate in Business from Johnson and Wales University.

We believe our management team and advisor bring the set of expertise and skills necessary to identify and execute our initial business combination and will enhance our ability to execute upon various value creation initiatives after the successful completion of our initial business combination.

Business Strategy

Our business strategy is to focus on brands that have robust development potential in national and international markets, and that have product offerings suitable for multi-generational and diverse ethnic palettes. We have been looking for a company or companies with strong and effective business practices in place and support the existing management team to accelerate growth with the additive experience and relationships from our management team and advisor. Our management team has broad and differentiated experience with all restaurant operational formats, national and international market development and the related finance, accounting, inventory management, marketing, real estate, consumer product and technology strength, providing the ability to grow any targeted acquisition.

Our management team members are experienced owners, directors, operators, financiers and advisors with deep experience driving growth to its companies and clients. They have significant experience in structuring deals and optimizing traditional and non-traditional restaurant operations, selecting the real estate locations they believe will best serve such restaurant operations and identifying growing brands, developing or scaling new brands or taking advantage of the best, cutting edge technology available for the industry. Our development approach will be to support and enhance efficiencies in operations, manufactured product, distribution, shared overhead services and media penetration. Our management team has long standing and broad real estate development relationships to facilitate efficient and thoughtful expansion.

Our team’s philosophy is based on brand building rooted in the fundamentals of consistent warm and gracious service, operational integrity, thorough staff training and the targeted use of social media and technology advances to build lasting customer loyalty. We are also very financially astute in restaurant economics and discipline, and fully understand the role of guest and staff safety in the COVID-19 environment and beyond.

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In the current business climate, our goal is to identify a company that can benefit from added leadership expertise, broader access to capital markets and technology, and is at the inflection point where high growth is required in its upcoming operational phase.

Our Criteria

Consistent with our business strategy and the market opportunities, we have identified the following general criteria and guidelines that we believe are important in evaluating prospective target businesses. We will use these criteria and guidelines in evaluating combination opportunities, although we may decide to enter our initial business combination with a target business that does not meet these criteria and guidelines.

We intend to seek to acquire companies that fit the following criteria:

Restaurant companies that are performance leaders in their market segment, whether it is traditional or non-traditional. Restaurant performance leaders are identified by above average sales per unit, strong profit per unit, excellent return on investment ratio, market share/consumer acceptance and/or organizational strength.
Companies that have apparent and accessible growth opportunities, either through organic growth or acquisition.
A proven concept(s) in multiple marketplaces and/or trade areas, and strong brand recognition.
Ready to benefit from additional avenues of capital access, technology, and from our leadership team’s expertise in profitably growing businesses, finding operational efficiencies and broad knowledge of the restaurant industry.
Using or quickly adaptable to proven technologies that drive sales and operating results.
Has an enterprise value in the $400-$850 million range or higher at the time of the business combination: and
Will provide an attractive return on investment for our shareholders.

These criteria and guidelines are not intended to be exhaustive. Any evaluation relating to the merits of an initial business combination may be based, to the extent relevant, on these general criteria and guidelines as well as other considerations, factors, guidelines, and criteria that our management team may deem relevant. In the event that we decide to enter into a business combination with a target business that does not meet the above criteria and guidelines, we will disclose that the target business does not meet the above criteria and guidelines in our stockholder communications related to our initial business combination, which, as discussed in this Annual Report, would be in the form of proxy solicitation or tender offer materials, as applicable, that we would file with the SEC.

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

We are not prohibited from pursuing an initial business combination with a business that is affiliated with our sponsor, officers, or directors. In the event we seek to complete our initial business combination with a business that is affiliated with our sponsor, officers or directors, we, or a committee of independent directors, will obtain an opinion from an independent investment banking firm or another independent entity that commonly renders valuation opinions that our initial business combination is fair to our company from a financial point of view.

Members of our management team will directly or indirectly own founder shares and/or private units following the offering and, accordingly, may have a conflict of interest in determining whether a particular target business is an appropriate business with which to effectuate our initial business combination. Further, each of our officers and directors may have a conflict of interest with respect to evaluating a particular business combination if the retention or resignation of any such officers and directors is included by a target business as a condition to our initial business combination.

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Each of our officers and directors presently has, and any of them in the future may have additional, fiduciary or contractual obligations to other entities pursuant to which such officer or director is or will be required to present a business combination opportunity to such entities. Accordingly, if any of our officers or directors becomes aware of a business combination opportunity which is suitable for an entity to which he or she has then-current fiduciary or contractual obligations, he or she will honor his or her fiduciary or contractual obligations to present such opportunity to such entity. We do not believe, however, that the fiduciary duties or contractual obligations of our officers or directors will materially affect our ability complete our business combination. Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation provides that we renounce our interest in any corporate opportunity offered to any director or officer unless such opportunity is expressly offered to such person solely in his or her capacity as a director or officer of our company and such opportunity is one we are legally and contractually permitted to undertake and would otherwise be reasonable for us to pursue.

Our officers and independent directors have agreed not to become officers or directors of any other special purpose acquisition company that has publicly filed a registration statement with the SEC until we have entered into a definitive agreement regarding our initial business combination or we have failed to complete our initial business combination on or before the Third Extended Date.

Initial Business Combination

The NYSE listing rules require that we must consummate an initial business combination with one or more operating businesses or assets that together have an aggregate fair market value equal to at least 80% of the net assets held in the trust account (excluding the amount of any deferred underwriting discount held in trust) at the time of our signing a definitive agreement in connection with our initial business combination. Our board of directors will make the determination as to the fair market value of our initial business combination. If our board of directors is not able to independently determine the fair market value of our initial business combination (including with the assistance of financial advisors), we will obtain an opinion from an independent investment banking firm or another independent entity that commonly renders valuation opinions with respect to the satisfaction of such criteria. While we consider it likely that our board of directors will be able to make an independent determination of the fair market value of our initial business combination, it may be unable to do so if it is less familiar or experienced with the business of a target or if there is a significant amount of uncertainty as to the value of the target’s assets or prospects. If our securities are not listed on NYSE after the offering, we would not be required to satisfy the 80% requirement. However, we intend to satisfy the 80% requirement even if our securities are not listed on NYSE at the time of our initial business combination.

We anticipate structuring our initial business combination so that the post transaction company in which our public stockholders’ own shares will own or acquire 100% of the outstanding equity interests or assets of the target business or businesses. We may, however, structure our initial business combination such that the post transaction company owns or acquires less than 100% of such interests or assets of the target business in order to meet certain objectives of the target management team or stockholders or for other reasons, but we will only complete such 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 business sufficient for it not to be required to register as an investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “Investment Company Act”). Even if the post transaction company owns or acquires 50% or more of the outstanding voting securities of the target, our stockholders prior to the initial business combination may collectively own a minority interest in the post transaction company, depending on valuations ascribed to the target and us in the initial business combination. For example, we could pursue a transaction in which we issue a substantial number of new shares in exchange for all of the outstanding capital stock, shares or other equity securities of a target. In this case, we would acquire a 100% controlling interest in the target. However, as a result of the issuance of a substantial number of new shares, our stockholders immediately prior to our initial business combination could own less than a majority of our issued and outstanding shares subsequent to our initial business combination. If less than 100% of the outstanding equity interests or assets of a target business or businesses are owned or acquired by the post transaction company, the portion of such business or businesses that is owned or acquired is what will be taken into account for purposes of the 80% of net assets test described above. If the business combination involves more than one target business, the 80% of net assets test will be based on the aggregate value of all of the target businesses.

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Status as a Public Company

We believe that our structure will make us an attractive business combination partner to target businesses. As an existing public company, we offer a target business an alternative to a traditional initial public offering through a merger or other business combination. In this situation, the owners of the target business would exchange their shares of stock in the target business for our shares of common stock or for a combination of our shares of common stock and cash, allowing us to tailor the consideration used in the transaction to the specific needs of the sellers. We believe that target businesses might find this avenue a more certain and cost-effective method to becoming a public company than a typical initial public offering. In a typical initial public offering, there are additional expenses incurred in marketing, roadshow and public reporting efforts that will likely not be present to the same extent in connection with a business combination with us. Furthermore, once the business combination is consummated, the target business will have effectively become a public company, whereas an initial public offering is always subject to the underwriters’ ability to complete the offering, as well as general market conditions that could prevent the offering from occurring. Once public, we believe the target business would then have greater access to capital and an additional means of providing management incentives consistent with shareholders’ interests than it would have as a privately-held company. Public company status can offer further benefits by enhancing a company’s profile among potential new customers and vendors and attracting talented employees. While we believe that our status as a public company will make us an attractive business partner, some potential target businesses may view the inherent limitations in our status as a blank check company as a deterrent and may prefer to effect a business combination with a more established entity or with a private company. These limitations include constraints on our available financial resources, which may be inferior to those of other entities pursuing the acquisition of similar target businesses; the requirement that we seek stockholder approval of a business combination or conduct a tender offer in relation thereto, which may delay the consummation of a transaction; and the existence of our outstanding warrants, which may represent a source of future dilution.

Financial Position

With funds in the trust account of approximately $25.38 million available to use for a business combination (assuming no stockholder seeks conversion of their public shares or seeks to sell their shares to us in any tender offer in relation to such business combination and before payment of any deferred underwriting discount), we offer a target business a variety of options such as providing the owners of a target business with shares in a public company and a public means to sell such shares, providing capital for the potential growth and expansion of its operations and strengthening its balance sheet by reducing its debt ratio. Because we are able to consummate our initial business combination using our cash, debt or equity securities, or a combination of the foregoing, we have the flexibility to use the most efficient combination that will allow us to tailor the consideration to be paid to the target business to fit its needs and desires. However, since we have no specific business combination under consideration, we have not taken any steps to secure third party financing, and there can be no assurance that it will be available to us.

Effecting our Initial Business Combination

We are not presently engaged in, and we will not engage in, any substantive commercial business for an indefinite period of time following the offering. We intend to utilize cash derived from the proceeds of the offering and the private placement of private units, our capital stock, debt or a combination of these in effecting a business combination. Accordingly, investors in the offering are investing without first having an opportunity to evaluate the specific merits or risks of any one or more business combinations. A business combination may involve the acquisition of, or merger with, a company which does not need substantial additional capital, but which desires to establish a public trading market for its shares, while avoiding what it may deem to be adverse consequences of undertaking a public offering itself. These include time delays, significant expense, loss of voting control and compliance with various federal and state securities laws. In the alternative, we may seek to consummate a business combination with a company that may be financially unstable or in its early stages of development or growth. While we may seek to effect simultaneous business combinations with more than one target business, we will probably have the ability, as a result of our limited resources, to effect only a single business combination.

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Selection of a target business and structuring of our initial business combination

Subject to our management team’s pre-existing fiduciary obligations and the limitations that a target business have a fair market value of at least 80% of the balance in the trust account at the time of the execution of a definitive agreement for our initial business combination, as described below in more detail, and that we must acquire a controlling interest in the target business, our management will have virtually unrestricted flexibility in identifying and selecting a prospective target business. We have not established any specific attributes or criteria (financial or otherwise) for prospective target businesses other than as described above under the caption “Our Criteria.” In evaluating a prospective target business, our management may consider a variety of factors, including one or more of the following:

financial condition and results of operation;
growth potential;
brand recognition and potential;
experience and skill of management and availability of additional personnel;
capital requirements;
competitive position;
barriers to entry;
stage of development of the products, processes or services;
existing distribution and potential for expansion;
degree of current or potential market acceptance of the products, processes or services;
proprietary aspects of products and the extent of intellectual property or other protection for products or formulas;
impact of regulation on the business;
regulatory environment of the industry;
costs associated with effecting the business combination;
industry leadership, sustainability of market share and attractiveness of market industries in which a target business participates; and
macro competitive dynamics in the industry within which the company competes.

These criteria are not intended to be exhaustive. Any evaluation relating to the merits of a particular business combination will be based, to the extent relevant, on the above factors as well as other considerations deemed relevant by our management in effecting a business combination consistent with our business objective. In evaluating a prospective target business, we will conduct an extensive due diligence review which will encompass, among other things, meetings with incumbent management and inspection of facilities, as well as review of financial and other information which is made available to us. This due diligence review will be conducted either by our management or by unaffiliated third parties we may engage, although we have no current intention to engage any such third parties.

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The time and costs required to select and evaluate a target business and to structure and complete the business combination cannot presently be ascertained with any degree of certainty. Any costs incurred with respect to the identification and evaluation of a prospective target business with which a business combination is not ultimately completed will result in a loss to us and reduce the amount of capital available to otherwise complete a business combination.

Lack of business diversification

We may seek to effect a business combination with more than one target business, although we expect to complete our business combination with just one business. Therefore, at least initially, the prospects for our success may be entirely dependent upon the future performance of a single business operation. Unlike other entities which may have the resources to complete several business combinations of entities operating in multiple industries or multiple areas of a single industry, it is probable that we will not have the resources to diversify our operations or benefit from the possible spreading of risks or offsetting of losses. By consummating a business combination with only a single entity, our lack of diversification may:

subject us to numerous economic, competitive and regulatory developments, any or all of which may have a substantial adverse impact upon the particular industry in which we may operate subsequent to a business combination, and
result in our dependency upon the performance of a single operating business or the development or market acceptance of a single or limited number of products, processes or services.

If we determine to simultaneously acquire several businesses and such businesses are owned by different sellers, we will need for each of such sellers to agree that our purchase of its business is contingent on the simultaneous closings of the other acquisitions, which may make it more difficult for us, and delay our ability, to complete the business combination. With multiple acquisitions, we could also face additional risks, including additional burdens and costs with respect to possible multiple negotiations and due diligence investigations (if there are multiple sellers) and the additional risks associated with the subsequent assimilation of the operations and services or products of the acquired companies in a single operating business.

Limited ability to evaluate the target’s management team

Although we intend to scrutinize the management of a prospective target business when evaluating the desirability of effecting a business combination, we cannot assure you that our assessment of the target business’ management will prove to be correct. In addition, we cannot assure you that the future management will have the necessary skills, qualifications or abilities to manage a public company. Furthermore, the future role of our officers and directors, if any, in the target business following a business combination cannot presently be stated with any certainty. While it is possible that some of our key personnel will remain associated in senior management or advisory positions with us following a business combination, it is unlikely that they will devote their full-time efforts to our affairs subsequent to a business combination. Moreover, they would only be able to remain with the company after the consummation of a business combination if they are able to negotiate employment or consulting agreements in connection with the business combination. Such negotiations would take place simultaneously with the negotiation of the business combination and could provide for them to receive compensation in the form of cash payments and/or our securities for services they would render to the company after the consummation of the business combination. While the personal and financial interests of our key personnel may influence their motivation in identifying and selecting a target business, their ability to remain with the company after the consummation of a business combination will not be the determining factor in our decision as to whether or not we will proceed with any potential business combination. Additionally, we cannot assure you that our officers and directors will have significant experience or knowledge relating to the operations of the particular target business.

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

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Stockholders may not have the ability to approve our initial business combination

In connection with any proposed business combination, we will either (1) seek stockholder approval of our initial business combination at a meeting called for such purpose at which stockholders may seek to convert their shares, regardless of whether they vote for or against the proposed business combination or don’t vote at all, into their pro rata share of the aggregate amount then on deposit in the trust account (net of taxes payable), or (2) provide our stockholders with the opportunity to sell their shares to us by means of a tender offer (and thereby avoid the need for a stockholder vote) for an amount equal to their pro rata share of the aggregate amount then on deposit in the trust account (net of taxes payable), in each case subject to the limitations described herein.

Under NYSE American’s listing rules, stockholder approval would be required for our initial business combination if, for example:

we issue ordinary shares that will be equal to or in excess of 20% of the number of ordinary shares then outstanding;;
any of our directors, officers or substantial shareholders (as defined by NYSE American rules) has a 5% or greater interest (or such persons collectively have a 10% or greater interest), directly or indirectly, in the target business or assets to be acquired or otherwise and the present or potential issuance of ordinary shares could result in an increase in outstanding ordinary shares or voting power of 5% or more; or
the issuance or potential issuance of common stock will result in our undergoing a change of control.

The decision as to whether we will seek stockholder approval of a proposed business combination in those instances in which stockholder approval is not required by law or applicable stock exchange rules or will allow stockholders to sell their shares to us in a tender offer will be made by us, solely in our discretion, and will be based on a variety of factors such as the timing of the transaction and whether the terms of the transaction would otherwise require us to seek stockholder approval. If we determine to engage in a tender offer, such tender offer will be structured so that each stockholder may tender all of his, her or its shares rather than some pro rata portion of his, her or its shares. In that case, we will file tender offer documents with the SEC which will contain substantially the same financial and other information about the initial business combination as is required under the SEC’s proxy rules. If we seek stockholder approval, a majority of the outstanding shares of common stock voted are voted in favor of the business combination.

Our sponsor, initial stockholders, officers and directors have agreed (1) to vote any shares of common stock owned by them in favor of any proposed business combination, (2) not to convert any shares of common stock in connection with a stockholder vote to approve a proposed initial business combination and (3) not sell any shares of common stock in any tender in connection with a proposed initial business combination.

None of our officers, directors, sponsor, initial stockholders or their affiliates has indicated any intention to purchase units or shares of common stock in the offering or from persons in the open market or in private transactions. However, if we hold a meeting to approve a proposed business combination and a significant number of stockholders vote, or indicate an intention to vote, against such proposed business combination or that they wish to convert their shares, our officers, directors, sponsor, initial stockholders or their affiliates could make such purchases in the open market or in private transactions in order to influence the vote and reduce the number of conversions. Notwithstanding the foregoing, our officers, directors, sponsor, initial stockholders and their affiliates will not make purchases of shares of common stock if the purchases would violate Section 9(a)(2) or Rule 10b-5 of the Exchange Act, which are rules designed to stop potential manipulation of a company’s stock.

Conversion Rights

At any meeting called to approve an initial business combination, public stockholders may seek to convert their shares, regardless of whether they vote for or against the proposed business combination or do not vote at all, into their pro rata share of the aggregate amount then on deposit in the trust account as of two business days prior to the consummation of the initial business combination, less any taxes then due but not yet paid. Alternatively, we may provide our public stockholders with the opportunity to sell their shares of our common stock to us through a tender offer (and thereby avoid the need for a stockholder vote) for an amount equal to their pro rata share of the aggregate amount then on deposit in the trust account, less any taxes then due but not yet paid.

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Our sponsor, initial stockholders and our officers and directors will not have conversion rights with respect to any shares of common stock owned by them, directly or indirectly, whether acquired prior to the offering or purchased by them in the offering or in the aftermarket. Additionally, the holders of the representative shares will not have conversion rights with respect to the representative shares.

We may require public stockholders, whether they are a record holder or hold their shares in “street name,” to either (i) tender their certificates to our transfer agent or (ii) deliver their shares to the transfer agent electronically using Depository Trust Company’s DWAC (Deposit/Withdrawal At Custodian) System, at the holder’s option, in each case prior to a date set forth in the proxy materials sent in connection with the proposal to approve the business combination.

There is a nominal cost associated with the above-referenced delivery process and the act of certificating the shares or delivering them through the DWAC System. The transfer agent will typically charge the tendering broker a nominal amount and it would be up to the broker whether or not to pass this cost on to the holder. However, this fee would be incurred regardless of whether or not we require holders seeking to exercise conversion rights. The need to deliver shares is a requirement of exercising conversion rights regardless of the timing of when such delivery must be effectuated. However, in the event we require stockholders seeking to exercise conversion rights prior to the consummation of the proposed business combination and the proposed business combination is not consummated this may result in an increased cost to stockholders.

Any proxy solicitation materials we furnish to stockholders in connection with a vote for any proposed business combination will indicate whether we are requiring stockholders to satisfy such certification and delivery requirements. Accordingly, a stockholder would have from the time the stockholder received our proxy statement up until the vote on the proposal to approve the business combination to deliver his shares if he wishes to seek to exercise his conversion rights. This time period varies depending on the specific facts of each transaction. However, as the delivery process can be accomplished by the stockholder, whether or not he is a record holder or his shares are held in “street name,” in a matter of hours by simply contacting the transfer agent or his broker and requesting delivery of his shares through the DWAC System, we believe this time period is sufficient for an average investor. However, we cannot assure you of this fact. Please see the risk factor titled “In connection with any stockholder meeting called to approve a proposed initial business combination, we may require stockholders who wish to convert their shares in connection with a proposed business combination to comply with specific requirements for conversion that may make it more difficult for them to exercise their conversion rights prior to the deadline for exercising their rights” for further information on the risks of failing to comply with these requirements.

Any request to convert such shares once made, may be withdrawn at any time up to the vote on the proposed business combination or the expiration of the tender offer. Furthermore, if a holder of public shares delivered his certificate in connection with an election of their conversion and subsequently decides prior to the applicable date not to elect to exercise such rights, he may simply request that the transfer agent return the certificate (physically or electronically).

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

Limitation on Conversion upon Completion of our Initial Business Combination if We Seek Stockholder Approval

Notwithstanding the foregoing, if we seek stockholder approval of our initial business combination and we do not conduct conversions in connection with our initial business combination pursuant to the tender offer rules, our amended and restated certificate of incorporation provides that a public stockholder, together with any affiliate of such stockholder or any other person with whom such stockholder is acting in concert or as a “group” (as defined under Section 13 of the Exchange Act), will be restricted from seeking conversion rights with respect to more than an aggregate of 15% of the shares sold in the offering, which we refer to as the “Excess Shares.” We believe this restriction will discourage stockholders from accumulating large blocks of shares, and subsequent attempts by such holders to use their ability to exercise their conversion rights against a proposed business combination as a means to force us or our management to purchase their shares at a significant premium to the then-current market price or on other undesirable terms. Absent this provision, a public stockholder holding more than an aggregate of 15% of the shares sold in the offering could threaten to exercise its conversion rights if such holder’s shares are not purchased by us or our management at a premium to the then-current market price or on other undesirable terms. By limiting our stockholders’ ability to convert no more than 15% of the shares sold in the offering without our prior consent, we believe we will limit the ability of a small group of stockholders to unreasonably

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attempt to block our ability to complete our initial business combination, particularly in connection with a business combination with a target that requires as a closing condition that we have a minimum net worth or a certain amount of cash. However, we would not be restricting our stockholders’ ability to vote all of their shares (including Excess Shares) for or against our initial business combination.

Liquidation if No Business Combination

Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation provides that we will have until the Third Extended Date to complete an initial business combination. If we have not completed an initial business combination by such date, we will (i) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up, (ii) as promptly as reasonably possible but not more than ten business days thereafter subject to lawfully available funds therefor, redeem 100% of the Offering Shares in consideration of a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the quotient obtained by dividing (A) the aggregate amount then on deposit in the trust account, including interest earned on the funds held in the trust account and not previously released to the Company but net of taxes payable and less up to $100,000 of interest to pay dissolution expenses, by (B) the total number of then outstanding Offering Shares, which redemption will completely extinguish rights of the Public Stockholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any), subject to applicable law, and (iii) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of the remaining stockholders and the Board in accordance with applicable law, dissolve and liquidate, subject in the case of clauses (ii) and (iii) to the Company’s obligations under the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”)to provide for claims of creditors and other requirements of applicable law.

Our sponsor, initial stockholders, officers and directors have agreed that they will not propose any amendment to our amended and restated certificate of incorporation (A) to modify our obligations with respect to conversion rights as described in this Annual Report or (B) with respect to any other provision relating to stockholders’ rights or pre-initial business combination activity, unless we provide our public stockholders with the opportunity to convert their public shares upon such approval at a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the trust account, including interest not previously released to us but net of taxes payable, divided by the number of then outstanding public shares. This conversion right shall apply in the event of the approval of any such amendment, whether proposed by our sponsor, initial stockholders, executive officers, directors or any other person.

Under the Delaware General Corporation Law, stockholders may be held liable for claims by third parties against a corporation to the extent of distributions received by them in a dissolution. The pro rata portion of our trust account distributed to our public stockholders upon the redemption of 100% of our outstanding public shares in the event we do not complete our initial business combination within the required time period may be considered a liquidation distribution under Delaware law. If the corporation complies with certain procedures set forth in Section 280 of the Delaware General Corporation Law intended to ensure that it makes reasonable provision for all claims against it, including a 60-day notice period during which any third-party claims can be brought against the corporation, a 90-day period during which the corporation may reject any claims brought, and an additional 150-day waiting period before any liquidating distributions are made to stockholders, any liability of stockholders with respect to a liquidating distribution is limited to the lesser of such stockholder’s pro rata share of the claim or the amount distributed to the stockholder, and any liability of the stockholder would be barred after the third anniversary of the dissolution. It is our intention to redeem our public shares as soon as reasonably possible following the Third Extended Date, and, therefore, we do not intend to comply with those procedures. As such, our stockholders could potentially be liable for any claims to the extent of distributions received by them (but no more) and any liability of our stockholders may extend well beyond the third anniversary of such date.

Furthermore, if the pro rata portion of our trust account distributed to our public stockholders upon the redemption of 100% of our public shares in the event we do not complete our initial business combination within the required time period is not considered a liquidation distribution under Delaware law and such redemption distribution is deemed to be unlawful, then pursuant to Section 174 of the Delaware General Corporation Law, the statute of limitations for claims of creditors could then be six years after the unlawful redemption distribution, instead of three years, as in the case of a liquidation distribution.

Because we will not be complying with Section 280 of the Delaware General Corporation Law, Section 281(b) of the Delaware General Corporation Law requires us to adopt a plan, based on facts known to us at such time that will provide for our payment of all existing and pending claims or claims that may be potentially brought against us within the subsequent ten years. However, because we are a blank check company, rather than an operating company, and our operations will be limited to searching for prospective target businesses to acquire, the only likely claims to arise would be from our vendors (such as lawyers, investment bankers, etc.) or prospective target businesses.

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We are required to seek to have all third parties (including any vendors or other entities we engage after the offering) and any prospective target businesses enter into agreements with us waiving any right, title, interest or claim of any kind they may have in or to any monies held in the trust account. As a result, the claims that could be made against us will be limited, thereby lessening the likelihood that any claim would result in any liability extending to the trust. We therefore believe that any necessary provision for creditors will be reduced and should not have a significant impact on our ability to distribute the funds in the trust account to our public stockholders. Nevertheless, Marcum LLP, our independent registered public accounting firm, and the underwriters of the offering, will not execute agreements with us waiving such claims to the monies held in the trust account. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that other vendors, service providers and prospective target businesses will execute such agreements. Nor is there any guarantee that, even if they execute such agreements with us, they will not seek recourse against the trust account. Our sponsor has agreed that it will be liable to ensure that the proceeds in the trust account are not reduced below $10.00 per share by the claims of target businesses or claims of vendors or other entities that are owed money by us for services rendered or contracted for or products sold to us, but we cannot assure you that it will be able to satisfy its indemnification obligations if it is required to do so. We have not asked our sponsor to reserve for such indemnification obligations, nor have we independently verified whether our sponsor has sufficient funds to satisfy its indemnity obligations and believe that our sponsor’s only assets are securities of our company. Therefore, we believe it is unlikely that our sponsor will be able to satisfy its indemnification obligations if it is required to do so. Additionally, the agreement our sponsor entered into specifically provides for two exceptions to the indemnity it has given: it will have no liability (1) as to any claimed amounts owed to a target business or vendor or other entity who has executed an agreement with us waiving any right, title, interest or claim of any kind they may have in or to any monies held in the trust account, or (2) as to any claims for indemnification by the underwriters of the offering against certain liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act. As a result, if we liquidate, the per-share distribution from the trust account could be less than $10.00 due to claims or potential claims of creditors.

We anticipate notifying the trustee of the trust account to begin liquidating such assets promptly after the Third Extended Date and anticipate it will take no more than 10 business days to effectuate such distribution. The holders of the founder shares and private shares have waived their rights to participate in any liquidation distribution from the trust account with respect to such shares. There will be no distribution from the trust account with respect to our warrants, which will expire worthless. We will pay the costs of any subsequent liquidation from our remaining assets outside of the trust account. If such funds are insufficient, our sponsor has contractually agreed to advance us the funds necessary to complete such liquidation (currently anticipated to be no more than approximately $15,000) and has contractually agreed not to seek repayment for such expenses.

If we are unable to complete an initial business combination and expend all of the net proceeds of the offering, other than the proceeds deposited in the trust account, and without taking into account interest, if any, earned on the trust account, the initial per-share redemption price would be $10.00. As discussed above, the proceeds deposited in the trust account could become subject to claims of our creditors that are in preference to the claims of public stockholders.

Our public stockholders shall be entitled to receive funds from the trust account only in the event of our failure to complete a business combination within the required time period, if the stockholders seek to have us convert or purchase their respective shares upon a business combination which is actually completed by us or upon certain amendments to our amended and restated certificate of incorporation prior to consummating an initial business combination. In no other circumstances shall a stockholder have any right or interest of any kind to or in the trust account.

If we are forced to file a bankruptcy case or an involuntary bankruptcy case is filed against us which is not dismissed, the proceeds held in the trust account could be subject to applicable bankruptcy law, and may be included in our bankruptcy estate and subject to the claims of third parties with priority over the claims of our stockholders. To the extent any bankruptcy claims deplete the trust account, we cannot assure you we will be able to return to our public stockholders at least $10.00 per share.

If we are forced to file a bankruptcy case or an involuntary bankruptcy case is filed against us which is not dismissed, any distributions received by stockholders could be viewed under applicable debtor/creditor and/or bankruptcy laws as either a “preferential transfer” or a “fraudulent conveyance.” As a result, a bankruptcy court could seek to recover all amounts received by our stockholders. Furthermore, because we intend to distribute the proceeds held in the trust account to our public stockholders promptly after the Third Extended Date, this may be viewed or interpreted as giving preference to our public stockholders over any potential creditors with respect to access to or distributions from our assets. Furthermore, our board of directors may be viewed as having breached their fiduciary duties to our creditors and/or may have acted in bad faith, and thereby exposing itself and our company to

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claims of punitive damages, by paying public stockholders from the trust account prior to addressing the claims of creditors. We cannot assure you that claims will not be brought against us for these reasons.

Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation

Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation contains certain requirements and restrictions relating to the offering that will apply to us until the consummation of our initial business combination. These provisions cannot be amended without the approval of a majority of our stockholders. If we seek to amend any provisions of our amended and restated certificate of incorporation (A) to modify our obligations with respect to conversion rights as described in this Annual Report or (B) with respect to any other provision relating to stockholders’ rights or pre-initial business combination activity, we will provide our public stockholders with the opportunity to convert their public shares upon the approval of any such amendment at a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the trust account, including interest not previously released to us but net of taxes payable, divided by the number of then outstanding public shares. This conversion right shall apply in the event of the approval of any such amendment, whether proposed by our sponsor, initial stockholders, executive officers, directors or any other person. Our sponsor, initial stockholders, officers and directors have agreed to waive any conversion rights with respect to any founder shares, private shares and any public shares they may hold in connection with any vote to amend our amended and restated certificate of incorporation. Specifically, our amended and restated certificate of incorporation provides, among other things, that:

we shall either (1) seek stockholder approval of our initial business combination at a meeting called for such purpose at which stockholders may seek to convert their shares, regardless of whether they vote for or against the proposed business combination or don’t vote at all, into their pro rata share of the aggregate amount then on deposit in the trust account (net of taxes payable), or (2) provide our stockholders with the opportunity to sell their shares to us by means of a tender offer (and thereby avoid the need for a stockholder vote) for an amount equal to their pro rata share of the aggregate amount then on deposit in the trust account (net of taxes payable), in each case subject to the limitations described herein;
we will consummate our initial business combination only if a majority of the outstanding shares of common stock voted are voted in favor of the business combination, if we seek stockholder approval;
if our initial business combination is not consummated on or before the Third Extended Date, then we will redeem all of the outstanding public shares and thereafter liquidate and dissolve our company;
upon the consummation of the offering, $175,000,000, or approximately $201,250,000 if the over-allotment option is exercised in full, shall be placed into the trust account;
we may not consummate any other business combination, merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar transaction prior to our initial business combination; and
prior to our initial business combination, we may not issue additional stock that participates in any manner in the proceeds of the trust account, or that votes as a class with the common stock sold in the offering on an initial business combination.

Competition

In identifying, evaluating and selecting a target business, we may encounter intense competition from other entities having a business objective similar to ours. Many of these entities are well established and have extensive experience identifying and effecting business combinations directly or through affiliates. Many of these competitors possess greater technical, human and other resources than us and our financial resources will be relatively limited when contrasted with those of many of these competitors. While we believe there may be numerous potential target businesses that we could acquire with the net proceeds of the offering, our ability to compete in acquiring certain sizable target businesses may be limited by our available financial resources.

The following also may not be viewed favorably by certain target businesses:

our obligation to seek stockholder approval of a business combination or engage in a tender offer may delay the completion of a transaction;

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our obligation to convert or repurchase shares of common stock held by our public stockholders may reduce the resources available to us for a business combination; and
our outstanding warrants, and the potential future dilution they represent.

Any of these factors may place us at a competitive disadvantage in successfully negotiating a business combination. Our management believes, however, that our status as a public entity and potential access to the United States public equity markets may give us a competitive advantage over privately held entities having a similar business objective as ours in acquiring a target business with significant growth potential on favorable terms.

If we succeed in effecting a business combination, there will be, in all likelihood, intense competition from competitors of the target business. We cannot assure you that, subsequent to a business combination, we will have the resources or ability to compete effectively.

Employees

We have two executive officers. These individuals are not obligated to devote any specific number of hours to our matters and intend to devote only as much time as they deem necessary to our affairs. The amount of time they will devote in any time period will vary based on whether a target business has been selected for the business combination and the stage of the business combination process the company is in. Accordingly, once a suitable target business to acquire has been located, management may spend more time investigating such target business and negotiating and processing the business combination (and consequently spend more time on our affairs) than had been spent prior to locating a suitable target business. We presently expect our executive officers to devote such amount of time as they reasonably believe is necessary to our business. We do not intend to have any full- time employees prior to the consummation of a business combination.

Our Website

Our corporate website address is www.biteacquisitioncorp.com. The information contained on, or accessible through our corporate website or any other website that we may maintain is not incorporated by reference into this Annual Report.

Periodic Reporting and Financial Information

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

We will provide stockholders with audited financial statements of the prospective target business as part of the tender offer materials or proxy solicitation materials sent to stockholders to assist them in assessing the target business. In all likelihood, these financial statements will need to be prepared in accordance with GAAP. We cannot assure you that any particular target business selected by us as a potential acquisition candidate will have financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP or that the potential target business will be able to prepare its financial statements in accordance with GAAP. To the extent that this requirement cannot be met, we may not be able to acquire the proposed target business. While this may limit the pool of potential acquisition candidates, we do not believe that this limitation will be material.

We are required to evaluate our internal control procedures for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023 as required by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Only in the event we are deemed to be a large accelerated filer or an accelerated filer will we be required to have our internal control procedures audited. A target company may not be in compliance with the provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act regarding adequacy of their internal controls. The development of the internal controls of any such entity to achieve compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act may increase the time and costs necessary to complete any such acquisition.

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RISKS FACTORS SUMMARY

An investment in our securities involves a high degree of risk. The occurrence of one or more of the events or circumstances described in the section entitled “Risk Factors,” alone or in combination with other events or circumstances, may materially adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating results. In that event, the trading price of our securities could decline, and you could lose all or part of your investment. Such risks include, but are not limited to, the following:

we are a newly formed company with no operating history;
delay in receiving distributions from the trust account;
lack of opportunity to vote on our proposed business combination;
lack of protections normally afforded to investors of blank check companies;
deviation from acquisition criteria;
issuance of additional equity and/or debt securities to complete a business combination, which would dilute the interest of our stockholders;
third-party claims reducing the per-share redemption price;
failure to enforce our sponsor’s indemnification obligations;
holders of warrants could be limited to exercising warrants only on a “cashless basis” if we do not file and maintain a current and effective prospectus relating to the common stock issuable upon exercise of the warrants;
the ability of warrant holders to obtain a favorable judicial forum for disputes with our company;
ability to successfully effect a business combination and to be successful thereafter, which will be totally dependent upon the efforts of our key personnel;
conflicts of interest of our officers and directors in determining whether a particular target business is appropriate for a business combination;
the delisting of our securities by NYSE American;
ability of our stockholders to conduct conversions in connection with our initial business combination pursuant to the tender offer rules;
non-comparable performance against other public companies;
ability to only complete one business combination, causing dependence on a single business which may have a limited number of products or services;
our competitors may have advantages over us in seeking business combinations due to our structure;
ability to obtain additional financing, if required, to complete a business combination or to fund the operations and growth of the target business;

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our initial stockholders controlling a substantial interest in us and may influence certain actions requiring a stockholder vote;
immediate and substantial dilution from the purchase of our shares of common stock;
outstanding warrants could have an adverse effect on the market price of our common stock;
disadvantageous timing for redeeming unexpired warrants;
the exercise of registration rights by our security holders may have an adverse effect on the market price of our shares of common stock;
the requirement to complete an initial business combination on or before the Third Extended Date may give potential target businesses leverage over us in negotiating a business combination;
the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the status of debt and equity markets;
resources spent researching acquisitions that are not consummated;
there is currently no market for our securities and a market for our securities may not develop;
changes in laws or regulations, or our failure to comply with any laws and regulations;
cyber incidents or attacks directed at us, resulting in information theft, data corruption, operational disruption and/or financial loss;
uncertain or adverse U.S. federal income tax consequences;
The ability of our public shareholders to exercise redemption rights with respect to a large number of shares of our common stock could increase the probability that our initial business combination would be unsuccessful and that you would have to wait for liquidation in order to redeem your shares; and
If we effect our initial business combination with a business located outside of the United States, we would be subject to a variety of additional risks that may negatively impact our operations.

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

This Annual Report contains forward-looking information based on our current expectations. You should carefully consider the risks and uncertainties described below together with all of the other information contained in this Annual Report, including our financial statements and the related notes appearing at the end of this Annual Report, before deciding whether to invest in our units. If any of the following events occur, our business, financial condition and operating results may be materially adversely affected. In that event, the trading price of our securities could decline, and you could lose all or part of your investment. For risk factors related to Above Food and our proposed Business Combination, please review the F - 4 Registration Statement, including the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus to be included therein, and the definitive proxy statement/prospectus to be filed by Above Food Ingredients Inc.

Risks Related to Our Business

We are a newly incorporated company with no operating history and no revenues, and you have no basis on which to evaluate our ability to achieve our business objective.

We are a newly incorporated company with no operating results. Because we lack an operating history, you have no basis upon which to evaluate our ability to achieve our business objective of completing our initial business combination with one or more target

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businesses. We have no plans, arrangements or understandings with any prospective target business concerning a business combination and may be unable to complete our initial business combination. If we fail to complete our initial business combination, we will never generate any operating revenues.

Past performance by members of our management team and their respective affiliates may not be indicative of future performance of an investment in us.

Information regarding performance by, or businesses associated with, members of our management team and their respective affiliates is presented for informational purposes only. Any past experience and performance, including related to acquisitions, of members of our management team and their respective affiliates is not a guarantee either: (1) that we will be able to successfully identify a suitable candidate for our initial business combination; or (2) of any results with respect to any initial business combination we may consummate. You should not rely on the historical record of our management team’s or their affiliates’ performance as indicative of the future performance of an investment in us or the returns we will, or are likely to, generate going forward.

If we are unable to consummate a business combination, our public stockholders may be forced to wait after the Third Extended Date before receiving distributions from the trust account.

We have until the Third Extended Date to complete a business combination, unless our stockholders approve an amendment to our amended and restated certificate of incorporation to extend such period. We have no obligation to return funds to investors prior to such date unless we consummate a business combination prior thereto or unless we seek to amend any provisions of our amended and restated certificate of incorporation (A) to modify our obligations with respect to conversion rights as described in this Annual Report or (B) with respect to any other provision relating to stockholders’ rights or pre-initial business combination activity, and only then in cases where investors have sought to convert or sell their shares to us. Only after the expiration of this full time period will public security holders be entitled to distributions from the trust account if we are unable to complete a business combination. Accordingly, investors’ funds may be unavailable to them until after such date and to liquidate your investment, public security holders may be forced to sell their public shares or warrants, potentially at a loss.

Our public stockholders may not be afforded an opportunity to vote on our proposed business combination.

We will either (1) seek stockholder approval of our initial business combination at a meeting called for such purpose at which public stockholders may seek to convert their shares, regardless of whether they vote for or against the proposed business combination or don’t vote at all, into their pro rata share of the aggregate amount then on deposit in the trust account (net of taxes payable), or (2) provide our public stockholders with the opportunity to sell their shares to us by means of a tender offer (and thereby avoid the need for a stockholder vote) for an amount equal to their pro rata share of the aggregate amount then on deposit in the trust account (net of taxes payable), in each case subject to the limitations described elsewhere in this Annual Report. Accordingly, it is possible that we will consummate our initial business combination even if holders of a majority of our public shares do not approve of the business combination we consummate. The decision as to whether we will seek stockholder approval of a proposed business combination or will allow stockholders to sell their shares to us in a tender offer will be made by us, solely in our discretion, and will be based on a variety of factors such as the timing of the transaction and whether the terms of the transaction would otherwise require us to seek stockholder approval. For instance, NYSE American rules currently allow us to engage in a tender offer in lieu of a stockholder meeting but would still require us to obtain stockholder approval if we were seeking to issue more than 20% of our outstanding shares to a target business as consideration in any business combination. Therefore, if we were structuring a business combination that required us to issue more than 20% of our outstanding shares, we would seek stockholder approval of such business combination instead of conducting a tender offer.

You will not be entitled to protections normally afforded to investors of blank check companies.

Since the net proceeds of the offering are intended to be used to complete a business combination with a target business, we may be deemed to be a “blank check” company under the United States securities laws. However, since we have net tangible assets in excess of $5,000,000 upon the successful consummation of the offering and have filed a Current Report on Form 8-K, including an audited balance sheet demonstrating this fact, we are exempt from rules promulgated by the SEC to protect investors of blank check companies such as Rule 419. Accordingly, investors will not be afforded the benefits or protections of those rules which would, for example, completely restrict the transferability of our securities, require us to complete a business combination within 18 months of the effective date of the initial registration statement and restrict the use of interest earned on the funds held in the trust account.

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Because we are not subject to Rule 419, our units are immediately tradable, we will be entitled to withdraw amounts from the funds held in the trust account prior to the completion of a business combination and we will have a longer period of time to complete such a business combination than we would if we were subject to such rule.

If we determine to change our acquisition criteria or guidelines, many of the disclosures contained in this Annual Report would not be applicable and you would be investing in our company without any basis on which to evaluate the potential target business we may acquire.

We could seek to deviate from the acquisition criteria or guidelines disclosed in this Annual Report although we have no current intention to do so. Accordingly, investors may be making an investment in our company without any basis on which to evaluate the potential target business we may acquire. Regardless of whether or not we deviate from the acquisition criteria or guidelines in connection with any proposed business combination, investors will always be given the opportunity to convert their shares or sell them to us in a tender offer in connection with any proposed business combination as described in this Annual Report.

We may issue additional shares of common stock or preferred stock to complete our initial business combination or under an employee incentive plan after completion of our initial business combination. Any such issuances would dilute the interest of our stockholders and likely present other risks.

Pursuant to our amended and restated certificate of incorporation we are authorized to issue up to 100,000,000 shares of common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, and 1,000,000 shares of preferred stock, par value $0.0001 per share. Currently, there are 92,000,702 authorized but unissued shares of common stock available for issuance. There are currently no shares of preferred stock issued and outstanding.

We may issue a substantial number of additional shares of common stock or shares of preferred stock to complete our initial business combination or under an employee incentive plan after completion of our initial business combination (although our amended and restated certificate of incorporation provides that we may not issue securities that can vote with common stockholders on matters related to our pre-initial business combination activity). We may also issue shares of common stock to redeem the warrants as described in “Description of Securities — Warrants.” However, our amended and restated certificate of incorporation provides, among other things, that prior to or in connection with our initial business combination, we may not issue additional shares of capital stock that would entitle the holders thereof to (i) receive funds from the trust account or (ii) vote on any initial business combination. These provisions of our amended and restated certificate of incorporation, like all provisions of our amended and restated certificate of incorporation, may be amended with the approval of our stockholders. However, our sponsor, initial stockholders, officers and directors have agreed, pursuant to a written agreement with us, that they will not propose any amendment to our amended and restated certificate of incorporation (A) to modify our obligations with respect to conversion rights as described in this Annual Report or (B) with respect to any other provision relating to stockholders’ rights or pre-initial business combination activity, unless we provide our public stockholders with the opportunity to convert their public shares upon approval of any such amendment at a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the trust account, including interest (which interest shall be net of taxes payable), divided by the number of then outstanding public shares.

The issuance of additional shares of common stock or shares of preferred stock:

may significantly dilute the equity interest of investors in the offering;
may subordinate the rights of holders of common stock if preferred stock is issued with rights senior to those afforded our common stock;
could cause a change of control if a substantial number of shares of our common stock are issued, which may affect, among other things, our ability to use our net operating loss carry forwards, if any, and could result in the resignation or removal of our present officers and directors; and
may adversely affect prevailing market prices for our units, common stock and/or warrants.

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If the net proceeds of the offering not being held in trust are insufficient to allow us to operate at least until the Third Extended Date, we may be unable to complete a business combination.

Of the net proceeds of the offering, only approximately $650,000 was available to us initially outside the trust account to fund our working capital requirements. Accordingly, if we use all of the funds held outside of the trust account, we may not have sufficient funds available with which to structure, negotiate or close an initial business combination. In such event, we would need to borrow funds from our sponsor, initial stockholders, officers or directors or their affiliates to operate or may be forced to liquidate. Our sponsor, initial stockholders, officers, directors and their affiliates may, but are not obligated to, loan us funds, from time to time or at any time, in whatever amount that they deem reasonable in their sole discretion for our working capital needs. Each loan would be evidenced by a promissory note. The notes would either be paid upon consummation of our initial business combination, without interest, or, at holder’s discretion, up to $1,500,000 of the notes may be converted into units at a price of $10.00 per unit.

On January 22, 2024, we issued an unsecured promissory note in the principal amount of up to $3,250,000 to the sponsor, which may be drawn down from time to time prior to the Maturity Date (defined below) upon request by the Company. This note amended, replaced and superseded in its entirety that certain promissory note, dated October 4, 2023, made by the Company in favor of the sponsor in the principal amount of up to $2,750,000 (the “Original Note”), and any unpaid principal balance of the indebtedness evidenced by the Original Note has been merged into and evidenced by this note. This note does not bear interest and the principal balance will be payable on the date on which the Company consummates its initial business combination (such date, the “Maturity Date”). This note is subject to customary events of default, the occurrence of certain of which automatically triggers the unpaid principal balance of the Note and all other sums payable with regard to the Note becoming immediately due and payable.

If third parties bring claims against us, the proceeds held in trust could be reduced and the per-share redemption price received by stockholders may be less than $10.00.

Our placing of funds in trust may not protect those funds from third party claims against us. Although we will seek to have all vendors and service providers we engage and prospective target businesses we negotiate with execute agreements with us waiving any right, title, interest or claim of any kind in or to any monies held in the trust account for the benefit of our public stockholders, they may not execute such agreements.

Furthermore, even if such entities execute such agreements with us, they may seek recourse against the trust account. A court may not uphold the validity of such agreements. Accordingly, the proceeds held in trust could be subject to claims which could take priority over those of our public stockholders. If we are unable to complete a business combination and distribute the proceeds held in trust to our public stockholders, our sponsor has agreed (subject to certain exceptions described elsewhere in this Annual Report) that it will be liable to ensure that the proceeds in the trust account are not reduced below $10.00 per share by the claims of target businesses or claims of vendors or other entities that are owed money by us for services rendered or contracted for or products sold to us. However, we have not asked our sponsor to reserve for such indemnification obligations, nor have we independently verified whether our sponsor has sufficient funds to satisfy its indemnity obligations and believe that our sponsor’s only assets are securities of our company. Therefore, we believe it is unlikely that our sponsor will be able to satisfy its indemnification obligations if it is required to do so. As a result, the per-share distribution from the trust account may be less than $10.00, plus interest, due to such claims.

Additionally, if we are forced to file a bankruptcy case or an involuntary bankruptcy case is filed against us which is not dismissed, the proceeds held in the trust account could be subject to applicable bankruptcy law, and may be included in our bankruptcy estate and subject to the claims of third parties with priority over the claims of our stockholders. To the extent any bankruptcy claims deplete the trust account, we may not be able to return to our public stockholders at least $10.00.

Our stockholders may be held liable for claims by third parties against us to the extent of distributions received by them.

Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation provides that we will continue in existence only until the Third Extended Date from the closing of the offering. If we have not completed a business combination by such date, we will (i) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up, (ii) as promptly as reasonably possible but not more than ten business days thereafter subject to lawfully available funds therefor, redeem 100% of the Offering Shares in consideration of a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the quotient obtained by dividing (A) the aggregate amount then on deposit in the trust account, including interest earned on the funds held in the trust account and not previously released to the Company but net of taxes payable and less up to $100,000 of interest to pay dissolution expenses, by (B) the total number of then outstanding Offering Shares, which redemption will completely extinguish rights

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of the Public Stockholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any), subject to applicable law, and (iii) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of the remaining stockholders and the Board in accordance with applicable law, dissolve and liquidate, subject in the case of clauses (ii) and (iii) to the Company’s obligations under the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”)to provide for claims of creditors and other requirements of applicable law. We cannot assure you that we will properly assess all claims that may be potentially brought against us. As such, our stockholders could potentially be liable for any claims to the extent of distributions received by them (but no more) and any liability of our stockholders may extend well beyond the third anniversary of the date of distribution. Accordingly, we cannot assure you that third parties will not seek to recover from our stockholders amounts owed to them by us.

If we are forced to file a bankruptcy case or an involuntary bankruptcy case is filed against us which is not dismissed, any distributions received by stockholders could be viewed under applicable debtor/creditor and/or bankruptcy laws as either a “preferential transfer” or a “fraudulent conveyance.” As a result, a bankruptcy court could seek to recover all amounts received by our stockholders. Furthermore, because we intend to distribute the proceeds held in the trust account to our public stockholders promptly after expiration of the time we have to complete an initial business combination, this may be viewed or interpreted as giving preference to our public stockholders over any potential creditors with respect to access to or distributions from our assets. Furthermore, our board may be viewed as having breached their fiduciary duties to our creditors and/or may have acted in bad faith, and thereby exposing itself and our company to claims of punitive damages, by paying public stockholders from the trust account prior to addressing the claims of creditors. We cannot assure you that claims will not be brought against us for these reasons.

Our directors may decide not to enforce our sponsor’s indemnification obligations, resulting in a reduction in the amount of funds in the trust account available for distribution to our public stockholders.

In the event that the proceeds in the trust account are reduced below $10.00 per public share and our sponsor asserts that it is unable to satisfy its obligations or that it has no indemnification obligations related to a particular claim, our independent directors would determine whether to take legal action against our sponsor to enforce such indemnification obligations. It is possible that our independent directors in exercising their business judgment may choose not to do so in any particular instance. If our independent directors choose not to enforce these indemnification obligations, the amount of funds in the trust account available for distribution to our public stockholders may be reduced below $10.00 per share.

If we do not file and maintain a current and effective prospectus relating to the common stock issuable upon exercise of the warrants, holders will only be able to exercise such warrants on a “cashless basis.”

If we do not file and maintain a current and effective prospectus relating to the common stock issuable upon exercise of the warrants at the time that holders wish to exercise such warrants, they will only be able to exercise them on a “cashless basis” provided that an exemption from registration is available. As a result, the number of shares of common stock that holders will receive upon exercise of the warrants will be fewer than it would have been had such holder exercised his warrant for cash. Further, if an exemption from registration is not available, holders would not be able to exercise on a cashless basis and would only be able to exercise their warrants for cash if a current and effective prospectus relating to the common stock issuable upon exercise of the warrants is available. Under the terms of the warrant agreement, we have agreed to use our best efforts to meet these conditions and to file and maintain a current and effective prospectus relating to the common stock issuable upon exercise of the warrants until the expiration of the warrants. However, we cannot assure you that we will be able to do so. If we are unable to do so, the potential “upside” of the holder’s investment in our company may be reduced or the warrants may expire worthless.

An investor will only be able to exercise a warrant if the issuance of shares of common stock upon such exercise has been registered or qualified or is deemed exempt under the securities laws of the state of residence of the holder of the warrants.

No warrants will be exercisable and we will not be obligated to issue shares of common stock unless the shares of common stock issuable upon such exercise has been registered or qualified or deemed to be exempt under the securities laws of the state of residence of the holder of the warrants. If the shares of common stock issuable upon exercise of the warrants are not qualified or exempt from qualification in the jurisdictions in which the holders of the warrants reside, the warrants may be deprived of any value, the market for the warrants may be limited and they may expire worthless if they cannot be sold.

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The private warrants may be exercised at a time when the public warrants may not be exercised.

Once the private warrants become exercisable, such warrants may immediately be exercised on a cashless basis, at the holder’s option, so long as they are held by the initial purchasers or their permitted transferees. The public warrants, however, will only be exercisable on a cashless basis at the option of the holders if we fail to register the shares issuable upon exercise of the warrants under the Securities Act within 90 days following the closing of our initial business combination. Accordingly, it is possible that the holders of the private warrants could exercise such warrants at a time when the holders of public warrants could not.

We may amend the terms of the warrants in a manner that may be adverse to holders with the approval by the holders of at least 50% of the then outstanding public warrants. As a result, the exercise price of your warrants could be increased, the exercise period could be shortened and the number of shares of our common stock purchasable upon exercise of a warrant could be decreased, all without your approval.

Our warrants have been issued in registered form under a warrant agreement between Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, as warrant agent, and us. The warrant agreement provides that the terms of the warrants may be amended without the consent of any holder (i) to cure any ambiguity or correct any mistake, including to conform the provisions of the warrant agreement to the description of the terms of the warrants and the warrant agreement set forth in this Annual Report, or to cure, correct or supplement any defective provision, or (ii) to add or change any other provisions with respect to matters or questions arising under the warrant agreement as the parties to the warrant agreement may deem necessary or desirable and that the parties deem to not adversely affect the interests of the registered holders of the warrants. The warrant agreement requires the approval by the holders of at least 50% of the then outstanding public warrants in order to make any change that adversely affects the interests of the registered holders. Accordingly, we may amend the terms of the public warrants in a manner adverse to a holder if holders of at least 50% of the then outstanding public warrants approve of such amendment. Although our ability to amend the terms of the public warrants with the consent of at least 50% of the then outstanding public warrants is unlimited, examples of such amendments could be amendments to, among other things, increase the exercise price of the warrants, convert the warrants into cash or stock, shorten the exercise period or decrease the number of shares of our common stock purchasable upon exercise of a warrant.

Our warrant agreement designates the courts of the State of New York or the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York as the sole and exclusive forum for certain types of actions and proceedings that may be initiated by holders of our warrants, which could limit the ability of warrant holders to obtain a favorable judicial forum for disputes with our company.

Our warrant agreement provides that, subject to applicable law, (i) any action, proceeding or claim against us arising out of or relating in any way to the warrant agreement, including under the Securities Act, will be brought and enforced in the courts of the State of New York or the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and (ii) that we irrevocably submit to such jurisdiction, which jurisdiction shall be the exclusive forum for any such action, proceeding or claim. We will waive any objection to such exclusive jurisdiction and that such courts represent an inconvenient forum.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, these provisions of the warrant agreement will not apply to suits brought to enforce any liability or duty created by the Exchange Act or any other claim for which the federal district courts of the United States of America are the sole and exclusive forum. Any person or entity purchasing or otherwise acquiring any interest in any of our warrants shall be deemed to have notice of and to have consented to the forum provisions in our warrant agreement. If any action, the subject matter of which is within the scope the forum provisions of the warrant agreement, is filed in a court other than a court of the State of New York or the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (a “foreign action”) in the name of any holder of our warrants, such holder shall be deemed to have consented to: (x) the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in the State of New York in connection with any action brought in any such court to enforce the forum provisions (an “enforcement action”), and (y) having service of process made upon such warrant holder in any such enforcement action by service upon such warrant holder’s counsel in the foreign action as agent for such warrant holder.

This choice-of-forum provision may limit a warrant holder’s ability to bring a claim in a judicial forum that it finds favorable for disputes with our company, which may discourage such lawsuits. Alternatively, if a court were to find this provision of our warrant agreement inapplicable or unenforceable with respect to one or more of the specified types of actions or proceedings, we may incur additional costs associated with resolving such matters in other jurisdictions, which could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations and result in a diversion of the time and resources of our management and board of directors.

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A provision of our warrant agreement may make it more difficult for us to consummate an initial business combination.

If:

we issue additional shares of common stock or equity-linked securities for capital raising purposes in connection with the closing of our initial business combination at an issue price or effective issue price of less than $9.20 per share of common stock (the “Newly Issued Price”),
the aggregate gross proceeds from such issuances represent more than 60% of the total equity proceeds, and interest thereon, available for the funding of our initial business combination on the date of the consummation of our initial business combination (net of redemptions), and
the Market Value is below $9.20 per share,

then the exercise price of the warrants will be adjusted to be equal to 115% of the higher of the Market Value and the Newly Issued Price, and the $18.00 per share redemption trigger price of the warrants will be adjusted (to the nearest cent) to be equal to 180% of the higher of the Market Value and the Newly Issued Price. This may make it more difficult for us to consummate an initial business combination with a target business.

Our ability to successfully effect a business combination and to be successful thereafter will be totally dependent upon the efforts of our key personnel, some of whom may join us following a business combination. While we intend to closely scrutinize any individuals we engage after a business combination, we cannot assure you that our assessment of these individuals will prove to be correct.

Our ability to successfully effect a business combination is dependent upon the efforts of our key personnel. We believe that our success depends on the continued service of our key personnel, at least until we have consummated our initial business combination. We cannot assure you that any of our key personnel will remain with us for the immediate or foreseeable future. In addition, none of our officers is required to commit any specified amount of time to our affairs and, accordingly, our officers will have conflicts of interest in allocating management time among various business activities, including identifying potential business combinations and monitoring the related due diligence. We do not have employment agreements with, or key-man insurance on the life of, any of our officers. The unexpected loss of the services of our key personnel could have a detrimental effect on us.

The role of our key personnel after a business combination, however, cannot presently be ascertained. Although some of our key personnel serve in senior management or advisory positions following a business combination, it is likely that most, if not all, of the management of the target business will remain in place. While we intend to closely scrutinize any individuals we engage after a business combination, we cannot assure you that our assessment of these individuals will prove to be correct. These individuals may be unfamiliar with the requirements of operating a public company which could cause us to have to expend time and resources helping them become familiar with such requirements. This could be expensive and time-consuming and could lead to various regulatory issues which may adversely affect our operations.

Our officers and directors may not have significant experience or knowledge regarding the jurisdiction or industry of the target business we may seek to acquire.

We may consummate a business combination with a target business in any geographic location or industry we choose. We cannot assure you that our officers and directors will have enough experience or have sufficient knowledge relating to the jurisdiction of the target or its industry to make an informed decision regarding a business combination.

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Our key personnel may negotiate employment or consulting agreements with a target business in connection with a particular business combination. These agreements may provide for them to receive compensation following a business combination and as a result, may cause them to have conflicts of interest in determining whether a particular business combination is the most advantageous.

Our key personnel will be able to remain with the company after the consummation of a business combination only if they are able to negotiate employment or consulting agreements or other appropriate arrangements in connection with the business combination. Such negotiations would take place simultaneously with the negotiation of the business combination and could provide for such individuals to receive compensation in the form of cash payments and/or our securities for services they would render to the company after the consummation of the business combination. The personal and financial interests of such individuals may influence their motivation in identifying and selecting a target business.

Our officers and directors will allocate their time to other businesses thereby causing conflicts of interest in their determination as to how much time to devote to our affairs. This could have a negative impact on our ability to consummate a business combination.

Our officers and directors will not commit their full time to our affairs. We presently expect each of our officers and directors to devote such amount of time as they reasonably believe is necessary to our business. We do not intend to have any full-time employees prior to the consummation of our initial business combination. The foregoing could have a negative impact on our ability to consummate our initial business combination.

Our officers and directors may have a conflict of interest in determining whether a particular target business is appropriate for a business combination.

Our sponsor has waived its right to convert its founder shares or any other shares purchased in the offering or thereafter, or to receive distributions from the trust account with respect to its founder shares upon our liquidation if we are unable to consummate a business combination. Accordingly, the shares acquired prior to the offering, as well as the private units and any warrants purchased by our officers or directors in the aftermarket, will be worthless if we do not consummate a business combination. The personal and financial interests of our directors and officers may influence their motivation in timely identifying and selecting a target business and completing a business combination and in determining whether the terms, conditions and timing of a particular business combination are appropriate and in our stockholders’ best interest.

Our officers and directors or their affiliates have pre-existing fiduciary and contractual obligations and may in the future become affiliated with other entities engaged in business activities similar to those intended to be conducted by us. Accordingly, they may have conflicts of interest in determining to which entity a particular business opportunity should be presented.

Our officers and directors or their affiliates have pre-existing fiduciary and contractual obligations to other companies. Accordingly, they may participate in transactions and have obligations that may be in conflict or competition with our consummation of our initial business combination. As a result, a potential target business may be presented by our management team to another entity prior to its presentation to us and we may not be afforded the opportunity to engage in a transaction with such target business. Additionally, our officers and directors may in the future become affiliated with entities that are engaged in a similar business, including another blank check company that may have acquisition objectives that are similar to ours. Accordingly, they may have conflicts of interest in determining to which entity a particular business opportunity should be presented. These conflicts may not be resolved in our favor and a potential target business may be presented to other entities prior to its presentation to us, subject to our officers’ and directors’ fiduciary duties under Delaware law.

EarlyBirdCapital may have a conflict of interest in rendering services to us in connection with our initial business combination.

We have engaged EarlyBirdCapital to assist us in connection with our initial business combination. We will pay EarlyBirdCapital a cash fee for such services in an aggregate amount equal to up to 3.5% of the total gross proceeds raised in the offering only if we consummate our initial business combination. Additionally, the representative shares and the private units EarlyBirdCapital is purchasing in connection with the offering will be worthless if we do not consummate an initial business combination. These financial interests may result in EarlyBirdCapital having a conflict of interest when providing the services to us in connection with an initial business combination.

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NYSE American may delist our securities from quotation on its exchange which could limit investors’ ability to make transactions in our securities and subject us to additional trading restrictions.

On February 13, 2023, we transferred the listing of our common stock, units and warrants from the NYSE to NYSE American. Although we expect to meet NYSE American’s minimum initial listing standards, which generally only require that we meet certain requirements relating to stockholders’ equity, market capitalization, aggregate market value of publicly held shares and distribution requirements, we cannot assure you that our securities will be, or will continue to be, listed on NYSE American in the future or prior to an initial business combination. Additionally, in connection with our initial business combination, it is likely that NYSE American will require us to file a new initial listing application and meet its initial listing requirements as opposed to its more lenient continued listing requirements. We cannot assure you that we will be able to meet those initial listing requirements at that time. NYSE American will also have discretionary authority to not approve our listing if it determines that the listing of the company to be acquired is against public policy at that time.

The NYSE American requires that a special purpose acquisition company must complete one or more business combinations within thirty - six (36) months of the effectiveness of its registration statement at the initial public offering. The Third Extension will extend our ability to complete a business combination until the 42 month anniversary of our IPO, which will take us beyond the permitted period for a business combination under the foregoing NYSE American rule. On February 20, 2024, we received a letter from the NYSE American stating that the staff of NYSE Regulation has determined to commence proceedings to delist the Company's common Stock, units and warrants pursuant to Sections 119 (b) and 119 (f) of the NYSE American Company Guide because the Company failed to consummate a business combination within 36 months of the effectiveness of its initial public offering registration statement, or such shorter period that the Company specified in its registration statement. On February 26, 2024, we submitted a letter of request for hearing to NYSE for the review of the delisting determination.

If NYSE American delists our securities from trading on its exchange, or we are not listed in connection with our initial business combination, we could face significant material adverse consequences, including:

a limited availability of market quotations for our securities;
reduced liquidity with respect to our securities;
a determination that our shares of common stock are “penny stock” which will require brokers trading in our shares of common stock to adhere to more stringent rules, possibly resulting in a reduced level of trading activity in the secondary trading market for our shares of common stock;
a limited amount of news and analyst coverage for our company; and
a decreased ability to issue additional securities or obtain additional financing in the future.

The National Securities Markets Improvement Act of 1996, which is a federal statute, prevents or preempts the states from regulating the sale of certain securities, which are referred to as “covered securities.” Because our units and eventually our shares of common stock and warrants are listed on NYSE American, our units, shares of common stock and warrants will be covered securities. Although the states are preempted from regulating the sale of our securities, the federal statute does allow the states to investigate companies if there is a suspicion of fraud, and, if there is a finding of fraudulent activity, then the states can regulate or bar the sale of covered securities in a particular case. While we are not aware of a state having used these powers to prohibit or restrict the sale of securities issued by blank check companies, certain state securities regulators view blank check companies unfavorably and might use these powers, or threaten to use these powers, to hinder the sale of securities of blank check companies in their states. Further, if we were no longer listed on NYSE American, our securities would not be covered securities and we would be subject to regulation in each state in which we offer our securities.

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If we seek stockholder approval of our initial business combination and we do not conduct conversions pursuant to the tender offer rules, and if you or a “group” of stockholders are deemed to hold in excess of 15% of our common stock, you will lose the ability to redeem all such shares in excess of 15% of our common stock.

If we seek stockholder approval of our initial business combination and we do not conduct conversions in connection with our initial business combination pursuant to the tender offer rules, our amended and restated certificate of incorporation provides that a public stockholder, together with any affiliate of such stockholder or any other person with whom such stockholder is acting in concert or as a “group” (as defined under Section 13 of the Exchange Act), will be restricted from seeking conversion rights with respect to more than an aggregate of 15% of the shares sold in the offering without our prior consent, which we refer to as the “Excess Shares.” However, we would not be restricting our stockholders’ ability to vote all of their shares (including Excess Shares) for or against our initial business combination. Your inability to convert the Excess Shares will reduce your influence over our ability to complete our initial business combination and you could suffer a material loss on your investment in us if you sell Excess Shares in open market transactions. Additionally, you will not receive conversion distributions with respect to the Excess Shares if we complete our initial business combination. As a result, you will continue to hold that number of shares exceeding 15% and, in order to dispose of such shares, would be required to sell your shares in open market transactions, potentially at a loss.

We are an emerging growth company within the meaning of the Securities Act, and if we take advantage of certain exemptions from disclosure requirements available to emerging growth companies, this could make our securities less attractive to investors and may make it more difficult to compare our performance with other public companies.

We are an “emerging growth company” within the meaning of the Securities Act, as modified by the JOBS Act, and we 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 auditor attestation requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, reduced disclosure obligations regarding executive compensation in our periodic reports and proxy statements, and exemptions from the requirements of holding a nonbinding advisory vote on executive compensation and stockholder approval of any golden parachute payments not previously approved. As a result, our stockholders may not have access to certain information they may deem important. We could be an emerging growth company for up to five years, although circumstances could cause us to lose that status earlier, including if the aggregate worldwide market value of our common stock held by non-affiliates equals or exceeds $700 million as of any June 30 before that time, in which case we would no longer be an emerging growth company as of the following December 31. We cannot predict whether investors will find our securities less attractive because we will rely on these exemptions. If some investors find our securities less attractive as a result of our reliance on these exemptions, the trading prices of our securities may be lower than they otherwise would be, there may be a less active trading market for our securities and the trading prices of our securities may be more volatile.

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 an election to opt out is irrevocable. We have 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, we, 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 our 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.

Additionally, we are a “smaller reporting company” as defined in Item 10(f)(1) of Regulation S-K. Smaller reporting companies may take advantage of certain reduced disclosure obligations, including, among other things, providing only two years of audited financial statements. We will remain a smaller reporting company until the last day of the fiscal year for so long as either (1) the market value of our common stock held by non-affiliates did not equal to or exceed $250 million as of the end of that year’s second fiscal quarter, or (2) our annual revenues did not equal to or exceed $100 million during such completed fiscal year and the market value of our common stock held by non-affiliates did not equal to or exceed $700 million as of the end of that year’s second fiscal quarter. To the extent we take advantage of such reduced disclosure obligations, it may also make comparison of our financial statements with other public companies difficult or impossible.

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We may only be able to complete one business combination with the proceeds of the offering, which will cause us to be solely dependent on a single business which may have a limited number of products or services.

It is likely we will consummate a business combination with a single target business, although we have the ability to simultaneously acquire several target businesses. By consummating a business combination with only a single entity, our lack of diversification may subject us to numerous economic, competitive and regulatory developments. Further, we would not be able to diversify our operations or benefit from the possible spreading of risks or offsetting of losses, unlike other entities which may have the resources to complete several business combinations in different industries or different areas of a single industry. Accordingly, the prospects for our success may be:

solely dependent upon the performance of a single business, or
dependent upon the development or market acceptance of a single or limited number of products, processes or services.

This lack of diversification may subject us to numerous economic, competitive and regulatory developments, any or all of which may have a substantial adverse impact upon the particular industry in which we may operate subsequent to a business combination.

Alternatively, if we determine to simultaneously acquire several businesses and such businesses are owned by different sellers, we will need for each of such sellers to agree that our purchase of its business is contingent on the simultaneous closings of the other business combinations, which may make it more difficult for us, and delay our ability, to complete the business combination. With multiple business combinations, we could also face additional risks, including additional burdens and costs with respect to possible multiple negotiations and due diligence investigations (if there are multiple sellers) and the additional risks associated with the subsequent assimilation of the operations and services or products of the acquired companies in a single operating business. If we are unable to adequately address these risks, it could negatively impact our profitability and results of operations.

The ability of our stockholders to exercise their conversion rights or sell their shares to us in a tender offer may not allow us to effectuate the most desirable business combination or optimize our capital structure.

If our business combination requires us to use substantially all of our cash to pay the purchase price, because we will not know how many stockholders may exercise conversion rights or seek to sell their shares to us in a tender offer, we may either need to reserve part of the trust account for possible payment upon such conversion, or we may need to arrange third party financing to help fund our business combination. In the event that the acquisition involves the issuance of our stock as consideration, we may be required to issue a higher percentage of our stock to make up for a shortfall in funds. Raising additional funds to cover any shortfall may involve dilutive equity financing or incurring indebtedness at higher than desirable levels. This may limit our ability to effectuate the most attractive business combination available to us.

In connection with any vote to approve a business combination, we will offer each public stockholder the option to vote in favor of a proposed business combination and still seek conversion of his, her or its shares.

In connection with any vote to approve a business combination, we will offer each public stockholder (but not our sponsor, initial stockholders, officers or directors) the right to have his, her or its shares of common stock converted to cash (subject to the limitations described elsewhere in this Annual Report) regardless of whether such stockholder votes for or against such proposed business combination or does not vote at all. The ability to seek conversion while voting in favor of our proposed business combination may make it more likely that we will consummate a business combination.

In connection with any stockholder meeting called to approve a proposed initial business combination, we may require stockholders who wish to convert their shares in connection with a proposed business combination to comply with specific requirements for conversion that may make it more difficult for them to exercise their conversion rights prior to the deadline for exercising their rights.

In connection with any stockholder meeting called to approve a proposed initial business combination, each public stockholder will have the right, regardless of whether he is voting for or against such proposed business combination or does not vote at all, to demand that we convert his shares into a pro rata share of the trust account as of two business days prior to the consummation of the initial business combination. We may require public stockholders who wish to convert their shares in connection with a proposed

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business combination to either (i) tender their certificates to our transfer agent or (ii) deliver their shares to the transfer agent electronically using the Depository Trust Company’s DWAC (Deposit/Withdrawal At Custodian) System, at the holders’ option, in each case prior to a date set forth in the tender offer documents or proxy materials sent in connection with the proposal to approve the business combination. In order to obtain a physical stock certificate, a stockholder’s broker and/or clearing broker, DTC and our transfer agent will need to act to facilitate this request. It is our understanding that stockholders should generally allot at least two weeks to obtain physical certificates from the transfer agent. However, because we do not have any control over this process or over the brokers or DTC, it may take significantly longer than two weeks to obtain a physical stock certificate. While we have been advised that it takes a short time to deliver shares through the DWAC System, we cannot assure you of this fact. Accordingly, if it takes longer than we anticipate for stockholders to deliver their shares, stockholders who wish to convert may be unable to meet the deadline for exercising their conversion rights and thus may be unable to convert their shares.

If, in connection with any stockholder meeting called to approve a proposed business combination, we require public stockholders who wish to convert their shares to comply with specific requirements for conversion, such converting stockholders may be unable to sell their securities when they wish to in the event that the proposed business combination is not approved.

If we require public stockholders who wish to convert their shares to comply with specific requirements for conversion and such proposed business combination is not consummated, we will promptly return such certificates to the tendering public stockholders. Accordingly, investors who attempted to convert their shares in such a circumstance will be unable to sell their securities after the failed acquisition until we have returned their securities to them. The market price for our shares of common stock may decline during this time and you may not be able to sell your securities when you wish to, even while other stockholders that did not seek conversion may be able to sell their securities.

Because of our structure, other companies may have a competitive advantage and we may not be able to consummate an attractive business combination.

We expect to encounter intense competition from entities other than blank check companies having a business objective similar to ours, including venture capital funds, leveraged buyout funds and operating businesses competing for acquisitions. Many of these entities are well established and have extensive experience in identifying and effecting business combinations directly or through affiliates. Many of these competitors possess greater technical, human and other resources than we do and our financial resources will be relatively limited when contrasted with those of many of these competitors. While we believe that there are numerous potential target businesses that we could acquire with the net proceeds of the offering, our ability to compete in acquiring certain sizable target businesses will be limited by our available financial resources. This inherent competitive limitation gives others an advantage in pursuing the acquisition of certain target businesses. Furthermore, seeking stockholder approval or engaging in a tender offer in connection with any proposed business combination may delay the consummation of such a transaction. Additionally, our outstanding warrants, and the future dilution they potentially represent, may not be viewed favorably by certain target businesses. In this regard, the terms of our warrants are different than the warrants offered by other similarly structured blank check companies in that they can be exercised within 12 months of the offering if we complete an initial business combination within such period of time, as opposed to the later of 30 days after the completion of an initial business combination and 12 months from the date of the offering. Any of the foregoing may place us at a competitive disadvantage in successfully negotiating a business combination.

We may be unable to obtain additional financing, if required, to complete a business combination, including the Business Combination, or to fund the operations and growth of the target business, which could compel us to restructure or abandon a particular business combination.

Although we believe that the net proceeds of the offering, together with interest earned on the funds held in the trust account available to us, will be sufficient to allow us to consummate a business combination, we cannot ascertain the capital requirements for any particular transaction, including the Business Combination. If the net proceeds of the offering prove to be insufficient, either because of the size of the business combination, the depletion of the available net proceeds in search of a target business, or the obligation to convert into cash a significant number of shares from dissenting stockholders, we will be required to seek additional financing. Such financing may not be available on acceptable terms, if at all. To the extent that additional financing proves to be unavailable when needed to consummate a particular business combination, we would be compelled to either restructure the transaction or abandon that particular business combination and seek an alternative target business candidate. In addition, if we consummate a business combination, we may require additional financing to fund the operations or growth of the target business. The failure to secure additional financing could have a material adverse effect on the continued development or growth of the target

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business. None of our sponsor, officers, directors or stockholders is required to provide any financing to us in connection with or after a business combination.

Our initial stockholders control a substantial interest in us and thus may influence certain actions requiring a stockholder vote.

Our initial stockholders currently own approximately 70.5% of our issued and outstanding shares of common stock. None of our sponsor, officers, directors, initial stockholders or their affiliates has indicated any intention to purchase units in the offering or any units or shares of common stock from persons in the open market or in private transactions. However, our sponsor, officers, directors, initial stockholders or their affiliates could determine in the future to make such purchases in the open market or in private transactions, to the extent permitted by law, in order to influence the vote or magnitude of the number of stockholders seeking to tender their shares to us. In connection with any vote for a proposed business combination and pursuant to the letter agreement, our initial stockholders, including our sponsor, as well as all of our officers and directors, have agreed to vote their founder shares, private shares and any public shares of common stock purchased during or after the offering (including in open market and privately negotiated transactions) in favor of such proposed business combination. Accordingly, we would not need public shares sold in the offering to be voted in favor of an initial business combination in order to have our initial business combination approved.

Our board of directors is and will be divided into three classes, each of which will generally serve for a term of three years with only one class of directors being elected in each year. It is unlikely that there will be an annual meeting of stockholders to elect new directors prior to the consummation of a business combination, in which case all of the current directors will continue in office until at least the consummation of the business combination. Accordingly, you may not be able to exercise your voting rights under corporate law until the Third Extended Date. If there is an annual meeting, as a consequence of our “staggered” board of directors, only a minority of the board of directors will be considered for election and our sponsor, because of their ownership position, will have considerable influence regarding the outcome. Accordingly, our initial stockholders will continue to exert control at least until the consummation of a business combination.

Our outstanding warrants may have an adverse effect on the market price of our common stock and make it more difficult to effect a business combination.

We issued warrants to purchase 10,000,000 shares of common stock as part of the units offered by the offering and private warrants included within the private units to purchase 275,000 shares of common stock. We may also issue other units to our sponsor, initial stockholders, officers, directors or their affiliates in payment of working capital loans made to us as described in this Annual Report. To the extent we issue shares of common stock to effect a business combination, the potential for the issuance of a substantial number of additional shares upon exercise of these warrants could make us a less attractive acquisition vehicle in the eyes of a target business. Such securities, when exercised, will increase the number of issued and outstanding shares of common stock and reduce the value of the shares issued to complete the business combination. Accordingly, our warrants may make it more difficult to effectuate a business combination or increase the cost of acquiring the target business. Additionally, the sale, or even the possibility of sale, of the shares underlying the warrants could have an adverse effect on the market price for our securities or on our ability to obtain future financing. If and to the extent these warrants are exercised, you may experience dilution to your holdings.

We may redeem your unexpired warrants prior to their exercise at a time that is disadvantageous to you, thereby making your warrants worthless.

We have the ability to redeem outstanding warrants (excluding the private warrants and any warrants underlying additional units issued to our sponsor, officers, directors, initial stockholders or their affiliates in payment of working capital loans made to us) at any time after they become exercisable and prior to their expiration, at a price of $0.01 per warrant, provided that the last reported sales price of the common stock equals or exceeds $18.00 per share (as adjusted for stock splits, stock dividends, reorganizations and recapitalizations) for any 20 trading days within a 30 trading-day period commencing at any time after the warrants become exercisable and ending on the third business day prior to proper notice of such redemption provided that on the date we give notice of redemption and during the entire period thereafter until the time we redeem the warrants, we have an effective registration statement under the Securities Act covering the shares of common stock issuable upon exercise of the warrants and a current prospectus relating to them is available. If and when the warrants become redeemable by us, we may exercise our redemption right even if we are unable to register or qualify the underlying securities for sale under all applicable state securities laws. Redemption of the outstanding warrants could force you (i) to exercise your warrants and pay the exercise price therefor at a time when it may be disadvantageous for you to do so, (ii) to sell your warrants at the then-current market price when you might otherwise wish to hold your warrants or (iii) to

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accept the nominal redemption price which, at the time the outstanding warrants are called for redemption, is likely to be substantially less than the market value of your warrants. None of the private warrants will be redeemable by us so long as they are held by the initial purchasers or their permitted transferees.

Our management’s ability to require holders of our warrants to exercise such warrants on a cashless basis will cause holders to receive fewer shares of common stock upon their exercise of the warrants than they would have received had they been able to exercise their warrants for cash.

If we call our public warrants for redemption after the redemption criteria described elsewhere in this Annual Report have been satisfied, our management will have the option to require any holder that wishes to exercise his warrant (including any private warrants) to do so on a “cashless basis.” If our management chooses to require holders to exercise their warrants on a cashless basis, the number of shares of common stock received by a holder upon exercise will be fewer than it would have been had such holder exercised his warrant for cash. This will have the effect of reducing the potential “upside” of the holder’s investment in our company.

If our security holders exercise their registration rights, it may have an adverse effect on the market price of our shares of common stock and the existence of these rights may make it more difficult to effect a business combination.

The holders of the majority of the founder shares are entitled to make a demand that we register the resale of the founder shares at any time commencing three months prior to the date on which the founder shares may be released from escrow. Additionally, the holders of the private units and any units and warrants our sponsor, initial stockholders, officers, directors, or their affiliates may be issued in payment of working capital loans made to us, are entitled to demand that we register the resale of the private units and any other units and warrants we issue to them (and the underlying securities) commencing at any time after we consummate an initial business combination. The presence of these additional securities trading in the public market may have an adverse effect on the market price of our securities. In addition, the existence of these rights may make it more difficult to effectuate a business combination or increase the cost of acquiring the target business, as the stockholders of the target business may be discouraged from entering into a business combination with us or will request a higher price for their securities because of the potential effect the exercise of such rights may have on the trading market for our shares of common stock.

If we are deemed to be an investment company under the Investment Company Act, we may be required to institute burdensome compliance requirements and our activities may be restricted, which may make it difficult for us to complete our initial business combination.

If we are deemed to be an investment company under the Investment Company Act, our activities may be restricted, including:

restrictions on the nature of our investments; and
restrictions on the issuance of securities,
each of which may make it difficult for us to complete our initial business combination. In addition, we may have imposed upon us burdensome requirements, including:
registration as an investment company;
adoption of a specific form of corporate structure; and
reporting, record keeping, voting, proxy and disclosure requirements and other rules and regulations.

In order not to be regulated as an investment company under the Investment Company Act, unless we can qualify for an exclusion, we must ensure that we are engaged primarily in a business other than investing, reinvesting or trading of securities and that our activities do not include investing, reinvesting, owning, holding or trading “investment securities” constituting more than 40% of our assets (exclusive of U.S. government securities and cash items) on an unconsolidated basis. Our business will be to identify and complete a business combination and thereafter to operate the post-transaction business or assets for the long term. We do not intend to spend a considerable amount of time actively managing the assets in the Trust Account for the primary purpose of achieving investment returns.

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We do not plan to buy businesses or assets with a view to resale or profit from their resale. We do not plan to buy unrelated businesses or assets or to be a passive investor.

We do not believe that our anticipated principal activities will subject us to the Investment Company Act. To this end, the proceeds held in the Trust Account may only be held as cash or invested in U.S. “government securities” within the meaning of Section 2(a)(16) of the Investment Company Act having 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. Pursuant to the trust agreement, the trustee is not permitted to invest in other securities or assets. By restricting the investment of the proceeds to these instruments, and by having a business plan targeted at acquiring and growing businesses for the long term (rather than on buying and selling businesses in the manner of a merchant bank or private equity fund), we intend to avoid being deemed an “investment company” within the meaning of the Investment Company Act. This offering is not intended for persons who are seeking a return on investments in government securities or investment securities. The Trust Account is intended as a holding place for funds pending the earliest to occur of: (i) the completion of our initial business combination; (ii) the redemption of any public shares properly submitted in connection with a shareholder vote to amend our amended and restated memorandum and articles of association (A) to modify the substance or timing of our obligation to provide for the redemption of our public shares in connection with an initial business combination or to redeem 100% of our public shares if we have not consummated our initial business combination within the completion window or (B) with respect to any other provisions relating to shareholders’ rights or pre-initial business combination activity; or (iii) absent an initial business combination within the completion window, our return of the funds held in the Trust Account to our public shareholders as part of our redemption of the public shares. If we do not invest the proceeds as discussed above, we may be deemed to be subject to the Investment Company Act.

Further, under the subjective test of a “investment company” pursuant to Section 3(a)(1)(A) of the Investment Company Act, even if the funds deposited in the Trust Account were invested in the assets discussed above, such assets, other than cash, are “securities” for purposes of the Investment Company Act and, therefore, there is a risk that we could be deemed an investment company and subject to the Investment Company Act.

In the adopting release for the 2024 SPAC Rules (as defined below), the SEC provided guidance that a SPAC’s potential status as an “investment company” depends on a variety of factors, such as a SPAC’s duration, asset composition, business purpose and activities and “is a question of facts and circumstances” requiring individualized analysis. If we were deemed to be subject to compliance with and regulation under the Investment Company Act, we would be subject to additional regulatory burdens and expenses for which we have not allotted funds. Unless we are able to modify our activities so that we would not be deemed an investment company, we would either register as an investment company or wind down and abandon our efforts to complete an initial business combination and instead liquidate the Company. As a result, our public shareholders may receive only approximately $10.00 per public share, or less in certain circumstances, on the liquidation of our Trust Account and would be unable to realize the potential benefits of an initial business combination, including the possible appreciation of the combined company’s securities.

To mitigate the risk that we might be deemed to be an investment company for purposes of the Investment Company Act, we instructed the trustee to liquidate the securities held in the Trust Account and instead to hold the funds in the Trust Account in an interest bearing demand deposit account at a bank until the earlier of the consummation of our initial business combination or our liquidation. As a result, following the liquidation of securities in the Trust Account, the interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account may be materially reduced, which would reduce the dollar amount our public shareholders would receive upon any redemption or liquidation of the Company.

We initially held the funds in the Trust Account as cash or in U.S. government treasury obligations with a maturity of 185 days or less or in money market funds investing solely in U.S. government treasury obligations and meeting certain conditions under Rule 2a-7 under the Investment Company Act. U.S. government treasury obligations are considered “securities” for purposes of the Investment Company Act, while cash is not. As noted above, one of the factors the SEC identified as relevant to the determination of whether a SPAC which holds securities could potentially be deemed an “investment company” under the Investment Company Act is the SPAC’s duration. To mitigate the risk of us being deemed to be an unregistered investment company (including under the subjective test of Section 3(a)(1)(A) of the Investment Company Act) and thus subject to regulation under the Investment Company Act, we instructed Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, the trustee with respect to the Trust Account, to liquidate the U.S. government treasury obligations or money market funds held in the Trust Account and thereafter to hold all funds in the Trust Account in an interest bearing demand deposit account at a bank until the earlier of consummation of our initial business combination or liquidation of the company. Following such liquidation, the rate of interest we receive on the funds held in the Trust Account may be materially decreased.

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However, interest previously earned on the funds held in the Trust Account still may be released to us to pay our taxes, if any, and certain other expenses as permitted. As a result, any decision to liquidate the securities held in the Trust Account and thereafter to hold all funds in the Trust Account in an interest bearing demand deposit account at a bank would reduce the dollar amount our public shareholders would receive upon any redemption or liquidation of the company.

Because each unit contains one-half of one redeemable warrant and only a whole warrant may be exercised, the units may be worth less than units of other blank check companies.

Each unit contains one-half of one redeemable warrant. No fractional warrants will be issued upon separation of the units and only whole warrants will trade. Accordingly, unless you purchase a multiple of two units, the number of warrants issuable to you upon separation of the units will be rounded down to the nearest whole number of warrants. This is different from other offerings similar to ours whose units include one share of common stock and one warrant to purchase one whole share. We have established the components of the units in this way in order to reduce the dilutive effect of the warrants upon completion of an initial business combination since the warrants will be exercisable in the aggregate for one-half of the number of shares compared to units that each contain a warrant to purchase one whole share, thus making us, we believe, a more attractive merger partner for target businesses. Nevertheless, this unit structure may cause our units to be worth less than if they included a warrant to purchase one whole share.

If we do not conduct an adequate due diligence investigation of a target business, we may be required to subsequently take write-downs or write-offs, restructuring, and impairment or other charges that could have a significant negative effect on our financial condition, results of operations and our stock price, which could cause you to lose some or all of your investment.

We must conduct a due diligence investigation of the target businesses we intend to acquire. Intensive due diligence is time consuming and expensive due to the operations, accounting, finance and legal professionals who must be involved in the due diligence process. Even if we conduct extensive due diligence on a target business, this diligence may not reveal all material issues that may affect a particular target business, and factors outside the control of the target business and outside of our control may later arise. If our diligence fails to identify issues specific to a target business, industry or the environment in which the target business operates, we may be forced to later write-down or write-off assets, restructure our operations, or incur impairment or other charges that could result in our reporting losses. Even though these charges may be non-cash items and not have an immediate impact on our liquidity, the fact that we report charges of this nature could contribute to negative market perceptions about us or our common stock. In addition, charges of this nature may cause us to violate net worth or other covenants to which we may be subject as a result of assuming pre-existing debt held by a target business or by virtue of our obtaining post- combination debt financing.

The requirement that we complete an initial business combination before the Third Extended Date may give potential target businesses leverage over us in negotiating a business combination.

We have until the Third Extended Date to complete an initial business combination. Any potential target business with which we enter into negotiations concerning a business combination will be aware of this requirement. Consequently, such target business may obtain leverage over us in negotiating a business combination, knowing that if we do not complete a business combination with that particular target business, we may be unable to complete a business combination with any other target business. This risk will increase as we get closer to the time limit referenced above.

We may not be able to complete our initial business combination within the prescribed time frame, in which case we would cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up and we would redeem our public shares and liquidate, in which case our public stockholders may only receive $10.00 per share, or less than such amount in certain circumstances, and our warrants will expire worthless.

Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation provides that we must complete our initial business combination on or before the Third Extended Date. We may not be able to find a suitable target business and complete our initial business combination within such time period. Our ability to complete our initial business combination may be negatively impacted by general market conditions, volatility in the capital and debt markets and the other risks described herein. For example, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and other events (such as terrorist attacks, natural disasters or a significant outbreak of other infectious diseases) could limit our ability to complete our initial business combination, including as a result of increased market volatility, decreased market liquidity and third-party financing being unavailable on terms acceptable to us or at all. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic and other events

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(such as terrorist attacks, natural disasters or a significant outbreak of other infectious diseases) may negatively impact businesses we may seek to acquire.

If we have not completed our initial business combination within such time period, we will: (i) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up, (ii) as promptly as reasonably possible but not more than ten business days thereafter subject to lawfully available funds therefor, redeem 100% of the Offering Shares in consideration of a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the quotient obtained by dividing (A) the aggregate amount then on deposit in the trust account, including interest earned on the funds held in the trust account and not previously released to the Company but net of taxes payable and less up to $100,000 of interest to pay dissolution expenses, by (B) the total number of then outstanding Offering Shares, which redemption will completely extinguish rights of the Public Stockholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any), subject to applicable law, and (iii) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of the remaining stockholders and the Board in accordance with applicable law, dissolve and liquidate, subject in the case of clauses (ii) and (iii) to the Company’s obligations under the DGCL to provide for claims of creditors and other requirements of applicable law. In such case, our public stockholders may only receive $10.00 per share, and our warrants will expire worthless. In certain circumstances, our public stockholders may receive less than $10.00 per share on the redemption of their shares. See “— If third parties bring claims against us, the proceeds held in trust could be reduced and the per-share redemption price received by stockholders may be less than $10.00” and other risk factors.

We face risks related to the Target Sector.

Business combinations with businesses in the Target Sector entail special considerations and risks. If we are successful in completing a business combination with such a target business, we may be subject to, and possibly adversely affected by, the following risks: accelerating labor rates, food price fluctuations, technology obsolescence, changing consumer behaviors, competition generally, and potentially unavailable or unaffordable real estate.

Any of the foregoing could have an adverse impact on our operations following a business combination. However, our efforts in identifying prospective target businesses will not be limited to the Target Sector. Accordingly, if we acquire a target business in another industry, these risks we will be subject to risks attendant with the specific industry in which we operate or target business which we acquire, which may or may not be different than those risks listed above.

Our search for a business combination, and any target business with which we ultimately consummate a business combination, may be materially adversely affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the status of debt and equity markets.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted, and other infectious diseases could result, in a widespread health crisis that could adversely affect the economies and financial markets worldwide, and the business of any potential target business with which we consummate a business combination could be materially and adversely affected. Furthermore, we may be unable to complete a business combination if continued concerns relating to COVID-19 restrict travel, limit the ability to have meetings with potential investors or the target company’s personnel, vendors and services providers are unavailable to negotiate and consummate a transaction in a timely manner, or if COVID-19 causes a prolonged economic downturn. If the disruptions posed by COVID-19 or other matters of global concern continue for an extensive period of time, our ability to consummate a business combination, or the operations of a target business with which we ultimately consummate a business combination, may be materially adversely affected.

In addition, our ability to consummate a business combination may be dependent on the ability to raise equity and debt financing, which may be impacted by COVID-19 and other events, including as a result of increased market volatility, decreased market liquidity and third-party financing being unavailable on terms acceptable to us or at all. The COVID-19 pandemic and other matters of global concern may also have the effect of heightening many of the other risks described in this “Risk Factors” section, such as those related to the market for our securities and cross-border transactions.

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We are currently operating in a period of economic uncertainty and capital markets disruption, which has been significantly impacted by geopolitical instability due to the ongoing military conflicts, including those between Russia and Ukraine, and between Israel and Hamas. Our search for a business combination, and any target business with which we ultimately consummate a business combination, may be materially adversely affected by any negative impact on the global economy and capital markets resulting from the conflict in Ukraine or any other geopolitical tensions.

U.S. and global markets are experiencing volatility and disruption following the escalation of geopolitical tensions and the start of the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine. On February 24, 2022, a full-scale military invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops was reported. Although the length and impact of the ongoing military conflict is highly unpredictable, the conflict in Ukraine could lead to market disruptions, including significant volatility in commodity prices, credit and capital markets, as well as supply chain interruptions. We are continuing to monitor the situation in Ukraine and globally and assessing its potential impact on our business. Additionally, Russia’s prior annexation of Crimea, recent recognition of two separatist republics in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine and subsequent military interventions in Ukraine have led to sanctions and other penalties being levied by the United States, European Union and other countries against Russia, Belarus, the Crimea Region of Ukraine, the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, and the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic, including agreement to remove certain Russian financial institutions from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (“SWIFT”) payment system, expansive ban on imports and exports of products to and from Russia and ban on exportation of U.S denominated banknotes to Russia or persons locates there. In early October 2023, Hamas melodeonists launched assaults against Israeli citizens in Gaza. Israel has responded aggressively with operations inside Gaza against Hamas. The foregoing events have caused substantial regional instability and world - wide concern and potential involvement. In addition to deadly fighting, the conflict has created large numbers of refugees who are fleeing Gaza. Additional potential sanctions and penalties have also been proposed and/or threatened. Russian military actions and the resulting sanctions could adversely affect the global economy and financial markets and lead to instability and lack of liquidity in capital markets, potentially making it more difficult for us to obtain additional funds. Any of the abovementioned factors could affect our ability to search for a target and consummate a business combination. The extent and duration of the military action, sanctions and resulting market disruptions are impossible to predict, but could be substantial. Any such disruptions may also magnify the impact of other risks described in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

As the number of special purpose acquisition companies evaluating targets increases, attractive targets may become scarcer and there may be more competition for attractive targets. This could increase the cost of our initial business combination and could even result in our inability to find a target or to consummate an initial business combination.

In recent years, the number of special purpose acquisition companies that have been formed has increased substantially. Many potential targets for special purpose acquisition companies have already entered into an initial business combination, and there are still many special purpose acquisition companies seeking targets for their initial business combination, as well as many such companies currently in registration. As a result, at times, fewer attractive targets may be available, and it may require more time, more effort and more resources to identify a suitable target and to consummate an initial business combination.

In addition, because there are more special purpose acquisition companies seeking to enter into an initial business combination with available targets, the competition for available targets with attractive fundamentals or business models may increase, which could cause targets companies to demand improved financial terms. Attractive deals could also become scarcer for other reasons, such as economic or industry sector downturns, geopolitical tensions, or increases in the cost of additional capital needed to close business combinations or operate targets post-business combination. This could increase the cost of, delay or otherwise complicate or frustrate our ability to find and consummate an initial business combination, and may result in our inability to consummate an initial business combination on terms favorable to our investors altogether.

Changes in the market for directors and officers liability insurance could make it more difficult and more expensive for us to negotiate and complete an initial business combination.

In the past years, the market for directors and officers liability insurance for special purpose acquisition companies has changed. Fewer insurance companies are offering quotes for directors and officers liability coverage, the premiums charged for such policies have generally increased and the terms of such policies have generally become less favorable. There can be no assurance that these trends will not continue.

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The increased cost and decreased availability of directors and officers liability insurance could make it more difficult and more expensive for us to negotiate an initial business combination. In order to obtain directors and officers liability insurance or modify its coverage as a result of becoming a public company, the post-business combination entity might need to incur greater expense, accept less favorable terms or both. However, any failure to obtain adequate directors and officers liability insurance could have an adverse impact on the post-business combination’s ability to attract and retain qualified officers and directors.

In addition, even after we were to complete an initial business combination, our directors and officers could still be subject to potential liability from claims arising from conduct alleged to have occurred prior to the initial business combination. As a result, in order to protect our directors and officers, the post-business combination entity may need to purchase additional insurance with respect to any such claims (“run-off insurance”). The need for run-off insurance would be an added expense for the post-business combination entity, and could interfere with or frustrate our ability to consummate an initial business combination on terms favorable to our investors.

We may not obtain a fairness opinion with respect to the target business that we seek to acquire and therefore you may be relying solely on the judgment of our board of directors in approving a proposed business combination.

We will only be required to obtain a fairness opinion with respect to the target business that we seek to acquire if it is an entity that is affiliated with any of our sponsor, initial stockholders, officers, directors or their affiliates. In all other instances, we will have no obligation to obtain an opinion. Accordingly, investors will be relying solely on the judgment of our board of directors in approving a proposed business combination.

Resources could be spent researching acquisitions that are not consummated, which could materially adversely affect subsequent attempts to locate and acquire or merge with another business.

It is anticipated that the investigation of each specific target business and the negotiation, drafting, and execution of relevant agreements, disclosure documents, and other instruments will require substantial management time and attention and substantial costs for accountants, attorneys and others. If a decision is made not to complete a specific business combination, the costs incurred up to that point for the proposed transaction likely would not be recoverable. Furthermore, even if an agreement is reached relating to a specific target business, we may fail to consummate the business combination for any number of reasons including those beyond our control. Any such event will result in a loss to us of the related costs incurred which could materially adversely affect subsequent attempts to locate and acquire or merge with another business.

Compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 will require substantial financial and management resources and may increase the time and costs of completing an acquisition.

Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 requires that we evaluate and report on our system of internal controls and may require that we have such system of internal controls audited beginning with our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ending December 31, 2022. If we fail to maintain the adequacy of our internal controls, we could be subject to regulatory scrutiny, civil or criminal penalties and/or stockholder litigation. Any inability to provide reliable financial reports could harm our business. Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act also requires that our independent registered public accounting firm report on management’s evaluation of our system of internal controls. A target company may not be in compliance with the provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act regarding adequacy of their internal controls. The development of the internal controls of any such entity to achieve compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act may increase the time and costs necessary to complete any such acquisition. Furthermore, any failure to implement required new or improved controls, or difficulties encountered in the implementation of adequate controls over our financial processes and reporting in the future, could harm our operating results or cause us to fail to meet our reporting obligations. Inferior internal controls could also cause investors to lose confidence in our reported financial information, which could have a negative effect on the trading price of our common stock.

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Provisions in our amended and restated certificate of incorporation and Delaware law may inhibit a takeover of us, which could limit the price investors might be willing to pay in the future for our common stock and could entrench management.

Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation contains provisions that may discourage unsolicited takeover proposals that stockholders may consider to be in their best interests. Our board of directors is divided into three classes, each of which will generally serve for a term of three years with only one class of directors being elected in each year. As a result, at a given annual meeting only a minority of the board of directors may be considered for election. Since our “staggered board” may prevent our stockholders from replacing a majority of our board of directors at any given annual meeting, it may entrench management and discourage unsolicited stockholder proposals that may be in the best interests of stockholders. Moreover, our board of directors has the ability to designate the terms of and issue new series of preferred stock.

We are also subject to anti-takeover provisions under Delaware law, which could delay or prevent a change of control. Together these provisions may make more difficult the removal of management and may discourage transactions that otherwise could involve payment of a premium over prevailing market prices for our securities.

Because we must furnish our stockholders with target business financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles or international financial reporting standards, we will not be able to complete a business combination with prospective target businesses unless their financial statements are prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles or international financial reporting standards.

The federal proxy rules require that a proxy statement with respect to a vote on a business combination meeting certain financial significance tests include historical and/or pro forma financial statement disclosure in periodic reports. These financial statements may be required to be prepared in accordance with, or be reconciled to, accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, or GAAP, or international financial reporting standards, or IFRS, depending on the circumstances, and the historical financial statements may be required to be audited in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), or PCAOB. We will include the same financial statement disclosure in connection with any tender offer documents we use, whether or not they are required under the tender offer rules. Additionally, to the extent we furnish our stockholders with financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS, such financial statements will need to be audited in accordance with U.S. GAAP at the time of the consummation of the business combination. These financial statement requirements may limit the pool of potential target businesses we may acquire.

Changes in laws or regulations, or a failure to comply with any laws and regulations, may adversely affect our business, investments and results of operations.

We are subject to laws and regulations enacted by national, regional and local governments. In particular, we will be required to comply with certain SEC and other legal requirements. Compliance with, and monitoring of, applicable laws and regulations may be difficult, time consuming and costly. Those laws and regulations and their interpretation and application may also change from time to time and those changes could have a material adverse effect on our business, investments and results of operations. In addition, a failure to comply with applicable laws or regulations, as interpreted and applied, could have a material adverse effect on our business and results of operations.

On March 30, 2022, the SEC issued proposed rules (the “SPAC Rule Proposals”) relating to, among other items, enhancing disclosures in business combination transactions involving special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, and private operating companies; amending the financial statement requirements applicable to transactions involving shell companies; the use of projections by SPACs in SEC filings in connection with proposed business combination transactions; the potential liability of certain participants in proposed business combination transactions; and the extent to which SPACs could become subject to regulation under the Investment Company Act, including a proposed rule that would provide a safe harbor for such companies from the definition of “investment company” under the Investment Company Act, provided certain criteria are satisfied. On January 24, 2024, the SEC issued final rules and guidance (the “Final Rules”) relating to special purpose acquisition companies, regarding, among other things, disclosure in SEC filings in connection with initial business combination transactions; the financial statement requirements applicable to transactions involving shell companies; the use of projections in SEC filings in connection with a proposed business combination transaction; and the potential liability of certain participants in proposed business combination transactions. These Final Rules may materially adversely affect our ability to negotiate and complete our initial business combination and may increase the costs and time related thereto.

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The need for compliance with the Final Rules may cause us to liquidate the funds in the trust account or liquidate our company at an earlier time than we might otherwise choose. Were we to liquidate our company, our stockholders would not be able to realize the benefits of owning stock in a successor operating business, including the potential appreciation in the value of our stock and warrants following such a transaction, and our warrants would expire worthless.

Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation requires, to the fullest extent permitted by law, that derivative actions brought in our name, actions against our directors, officers, other employees or stockholders for breach of fiduciary duty and other similar actions may be brought only in the Court of Chancery in the State of Delaware and, if brought outside of Delaware, the stockholder bringing the suit will be deemed to have consented to service of process on such stockholder’s counsel, which may have the effect of discouraging lawsuits against our directors, officers, other employees or stockholders.

Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation requires, to the fullest extent permitted by law, that derivative actions brought in our name, actions against our directors, officers, other employees or stockholders for breach of fiduciary duty and other similar actions may be brought only in the Court of Chancery in the State of Delaware and, if brought outside of Delaware, the stockholder bringing the suit will be deemed to have consented to service of process on such stockholder’s counsel except any action (A) as to which the Court of Chancery in the State of Delaware determines that there is an indispensable party not subject to the jurisdiction of the Court of Chancery (and the indispensable party does not consent to the personal jurisdiction of the Court of Chancery within ten days following such determination), (B) which is vested in the exclusive jurisdiction of a court or forum other than the Court of Chancery, (C) for which the Court of Chancery does not have subject matter jurisdiction, or (D) any action arising under the Securities Act, as to which the Court of Chancery and the federal district court for the District of Delaware shall have concurrent jurisdiction. Any person or entity purchasing or otherwise acquiring any interest in shares of our capital stock shall be deemed to have notice of and consented to the forum provisions in our amended and restated certificate of incorporation.

This choice of forum provision may limit a stockholder’s ability to bring a claim in a judicial forum that it finds favorable for disputes with us or any of our directors, officers, other employees or stockholders, which may discourage lawsuits with respect to such claims, although our stockholders will not be deemed to have waived our compliance with federal securities laws and the rules and regulations thereunder. Alternatively, if a court were to find the choice of forum provision contained in our amended and restated certificate of incorporation to be inapplicable or unenforceable in an action, we may incur additional costs associated with resolving such action in other jurisdictions, which could harm our business, operating results and financial condition.

Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation provides that the exclusive forum provision will be applicable to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law. Section 27 of the Exchange Act creates exclusive federal jurisdiction over all suits brought to enforce any duty or liability created by the Exchange Act or the rules and regulations thereunder. As a result, the exclusive forum provision will not apply to suits brought to enforce any duty or liability created by the Exchange Act or any other claim for which the federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction.

We have identified in the past a material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting. This material weakness could continue to adversely affect our ability to report our results of operations and financial condition accurately and in a timely manner.

After consultation with our independent registered public accounting firm, our management concluded that we identified material weaknesses in our internal controls over financial reporting related to the classification of redeemable common stock as components of either permanent or temporary equity, as previously disclosed on the 2021 Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2021. Such material weakness has been alleviated by implementing new procedures to ensure that we identify and apply applicable accounting guidance to all complex transactions. A material weakness is a deficiency, or a combination of deficiencies, in internal control over financial reporting such that there is a reasonable possibility that a material misstatement of our annual or interim financial statements will not be prevented, or detected and corrected on a timely basis.

Effective internal controls are necessary for us to provide reliable financial reports and prevent fraud. We continue to evaluate steps to remediate the material weaknesses. These remediation measures may be time consuming and costly and there is no assurance that these initiatives will ultimately have the intended effects.

If we identify any new material weaknesses in the future, any such newly identified material weakness could limit our ability to prevent or detect a misstatement of our accounts or disclosures that could result in a material misstatement of our annual or interim

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financial statements. In such case, we may be unable to maintain compliance with securities law requirements regarding timely filing of periodic reports in addition to applicable stock exchange listing requirements, investors may lose confidence in our financial reporting and our stock price may decline as a result. We cannot assure you that the measures we have taken to date, or any measures we may take in the future, will be sufficient to avoid potential future material weaknesses.

Our independent registered public accounting firm’s report contains an explanatory paragraph that expresses substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a “going concern.”

We may not have sufficient liquidity to meet our anticipated obligations over the next year from the issuance of these financial statements. In connection with our assessment of going concern considerations in accordance with ASC Topic 205-40 Presentation of Financial Statements - Going Concern, we have until the Third Extended Date to consummate a business combination. It is uncertain that we will be able to consummate a business combination by this time. If a business combination is not consummated by this date, there will be a mandatory liquidation and subsequent dissolution of the company. Management has determined that the liquidity condition and mandatory liquidation, should a business combination not occur, and potential subsequent dissolution raises substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern. No adjustments have been made to the carrying amounts of assets or liabilities should the company be required to liquidate after the Third Extended Date.

We may face litigation and other risks as a result of the material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting.

As a result of the material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting, the change in accounting for the public shares, and other matters raised or that may in the future be raised by the SEC, we potentially face litigation or other disputes which may include, among others, claims invoking the federal and state securities laws, contractual claims or other claims arising from the material weaknesses and the preparation of our financial statements. As of the date of this Annual Report on Form 10-K, we have no knowledge of any such litigation or dispute. However, we can provide no assurance that such litigation or dispute will not arise in the future. Any such litigation or dispute, whether successful or not, could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition or our ability to complete a business combination.

Cyber incidents or attacks directed at us could result in information theft, data corruption, operational disruption and/or financial loss.

We depend on digital technologies, including information systems, infrastructure and cloud applications and services, including those of third parties with which we may deal. Sophisticated and deliberate attacks on, or security breaches in, our systems or infrastructure, or the systems or infrastructure of third parties or the cloud, could lead to corruption or misappropriation of our assets, proprietary information and sensitive or confidential data. As an early stage company without significant investments in data security protection, we may not be sufficiently protected against such occurrences. We may not have sufficient resources to adequately protect against, or to investigate and remediate any vulnerability to, cyber incidents. It is possible that any of these occurrences, or a combination of them, could have adverse consequences on our business and lead to financial loss.

The ability of our public stockholders to exercise redemption rights with respect to a large number of our shares may not allow us to complete the most desirable business combination, if at all, or optimize our capital structure.

At the time we enter into an agreement for our initial business combination we will not know how many stockholders may exercise their redemption rights, and therefore will need to structure the transaction based on our expectations as to the number of shares that will be submitted for redemption. If our initial business combination agreement requires us to use a portion of the cash in the trust account to pay the purchase price, or requires us to have a minimum amount of cash at closing, we will need to reserve a portion of the cash in the trust account to meet such requirements, or arrange for third-party financing. In addition, if a larger number of shares is submitted for redemption than we initially expected, we may need to restructure the transaction to reserve a greater portion of the cash in the trust account or arrange for third-party financing. Raising additional third-party financing may involve dilutive equity issuances or the incurrence of indebtedness at higher than desirable levels. The above considerations may limit our ability to complete the most desirable business combination available to us or optimize our capital structure. The amount of the deferred underwriting commissions payable to the Representative will not be adjusted for any shares that are redeemed in connection with a business combination. The per-share amount we will distribute to stockholders who properly exercise their redemption rights will not be reduced by the deferred underwriting commission and after such redemptions, the per-share value of shares held by non-redeeming stockholders will reflect our obligation to pay the deferred underwriting commissions.

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The ability of our public stockholders to exercise redemption rights with respect to a large number of our shares could increase the probability that our initial business combination would be unsuccessful and that you would have to wait for liquidation in order to redeem your stock.

Additionally, if our initial business combination agreement requires us to use a portion of the cash in the trust account to pay the purchase price, or requires us to have a minimum amount of cash at closing, the probability that our initial business combination would be unsuccessful is increased. If our initial business combination is unsuccessful, you would not receive your pro rata portion of the trust account until we liquidate the trust account. If you are in need of immediate liquidity, you could attempt to sell your stock in the open market; however, at such time our stock may trade at a discount to the pro rata amount per share in the trust account. In either situation, you may suffer a material loss on your investment or lose the benefit of funds expected in connection with our redemption until we liquidate or you are able to sell your stock in the open market.

If our management following our initial business combination is unfamiliar with U.S. securities laws, they may have to expend time and resources becoming familiar with such laws, which could lead to various regulatory issues.

Following our initial business combination, any or all of our management could resign from their positions as officers of the post-business combination company, and the management of the target business at the time of the business combination could remain in place. Management of the target business may not be familiar with U.S. securities laws. If new management is unfamiliar with U.S. securities laws, they may have to expend time and resources becoming familiar with such laws. This could be expensive and time-consuming and could lead to various regulatory issues which may adversely affect our operations.

Since we instructed the trustee to liquidate the securities held in the trust account and instead to hold the funds in the trust account in an interest bearing demand deposit account at a bank in order to seek to mitigate the risk that we could be deemed to be an investment company for purposes of the Investment Company Act, we will likely receive minimal interest, if any, on the funds held in the trust account, which will likely reduce the dollar amount our public stockholders would receive upon any redemption or liquidation of the Company.

Following the 24 month anniversary of the effective date of the registration statement relating to our IPO, to mitigate the risk of us being deemed to be an unregistered investment company (including under the subjective test of Section 3(a)(1)(A) of the Investment Company Act) and thus subject to regulation under the Investment Company Act, we instructed Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, the trustee with respect to the trust account, to liquidate the U.S. government treasury obligations or money market funds held in the trust account and thereafter to hold all funds in the trust account in an interest bearing demand deposit account at a bank until the earlier of consummation of our initial business combination or liquidation. Following such liquidation, we will likely receive minimal interest, if any, on the funds held in the trust account. However, interest earned on the funds held in the trust account still may be released to us to pay our taxes, if any, and certain other expenses as permitted. As a result, our decision to liquidate the securities held in the trust account and thereafter to hold all funds in the trust account in an interest bearing demand deposit account at a bank will likely reduce the dollar amount our public stockholders would receive upon any redemption or liquidation of Bite.

In addition, we may be deemed to be an investment company even though the funds in the trust account have, since our IPO, been held only in U.S. government treasury obligations with a maturity of 185 days or less or in money market funds investing solely in U.S. government treasury obligations and meeting certain conditions under Rule 2a-7 under the Investment Company Act prior to the 24 month anniversary of the effective date of the registration statement relating to our IPO. The longer that the funds in the trust account are held in short-term U.S. government treasury obligations or in money market funds invested exclusively in such securities, even prior to the 24-month anniversary, the greater the risk that we may be considered an unregistered investment company, in which case we may be required to liquidate.

A new 1% U.S. federal excise tax could be imposed on us in connection with future redemptions by us of our shares.

On August 16, 2022, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (the “IR Act”) was signed into federal law. The IR Act provides for, among other things, a new U.S. federal 1% excise tax on certain repurchases (including redemptions) of stock by publicly traded U.S. domestic corporations and certain U.S. domestic subsidiaries of publicly traded foreign corporations occurring on or after January 1, 2023. The excise tax is imposed on the repurchasing corporation itself, not its shareholders from which shares are repurchased. The amount of the excise tax is generally 1% of the fair market value of the shares repurchased at the time of the repurchase. However, for

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purposes of calculating the excise tax, repurchasing corporations are permitted to net the fair market value of certain new stock issuances against the fair market value of stock repurchases during the same taxable year. In addition, certain exceptions apply to the excise tax. The U.S. Department of the Treasury (the “Treasury”) has been given authority to provide regulations and other guidance to carry out, and prevent the abuse or avoidance of, the excise tax.

Any redemption or other repurchase that occurs after December 31, 2022 may be subject to the excise tax, including in connection with an initial business combination, certain amendments to our charter or otherwise. Whether and to what extent we would be subject to the excise tax would depend on a number of factors, including (i) the fair market value of the redemptions and repurchases in connection with an initial business combination, certain amendments to our charter or otherwise, (ii) the structure of an initial business combination, (iii) the nature and amount of any “PIPE” or other equity issuances in connection with an initial business combination (or otherwise issued not in connection with such initial business combination but issued within the same taxable year of such initial business combination) and (iv) the content of regulations and other guidance from the Treasury. In addition, because the excise tax would be payable by us, and not by the redeeming holder, the mechanics of any required payment of the excise tax have not been determined. The proceeds placed in the trust account in connection with our initial public offering and any Extension Payments, as well as any interest earned thereon, will not be used to pay for any excise tax payable pursuant to the IR Act.

Inflation could adversely affect our business and results of operations.

While inflation in the United States and global markets has been relatively low in recent years, during 2021 and 2022, the economy in the United States and global markets encountered a material increase in the level of inflation. The impact of COVID-19, geopolitical developments such as the Russia-Ukraine conflict and global supply chain disruptions continue to increase uncertainty in the outlook of near-term and long-term economic activity, including whether inflation will continue and how long, and at what rate. Increases in inflation raise our costs for commodities, labor, materials and services and other costs required to grow and operate our business, and failure to secure these on reasonable terms may adversely impact our financial condition. Additionally, increases in inflation, along with the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, geopolitical developments and global supply chain disruptions, have caused, and may in the future cause, global economic uncertainty and uncertainty about the interest rate environment, which may make it more difficult, costly or dilutive for us to secure additional financing. A failure to adequately respond to these risks could have a material adverse impact on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

We may be deemed a “foreign person” under the regulations relating to CFIUS and our failure to obtain any required approvals within the requisite time period may require us to liquidate.

The Company’s sponsor is Smart Dine, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company. The sponsor currently owns 5,450,001 shares of our common stock. Alberto Ardura González is the manager of the sponsor. The sponsor is controlled by non-U.S. persons.

We do not believe that either we or our sponsor constitute a “foreign person” under CFIUS rules and regulations. However, if CFIUS considers us to be a “foreign person” that may affect national security, we could be subject to such foreign ownership restrictions and/or CFIUS review. If the Business Combination falls within the scope of applicable foreign ownership restrictions, we may be unable to consummate the Business Combination. In addition, if the Business Combination falls within CFIUS’ jurisdiction, we may be required to make a mandatory filing or determine to submit a voluntary notice to CFIUS, or to proceed with the Business Combination without notifying CFIUS and risk CFIUS intervention, before or after closing the Business Combination.

Although we do not believe we or our sponsor are a “foreign person,” CFIUS may take a different view and decide to block or delay the Business Combination, impose conditions to mitigate national security concerns with respect to the Business Combination, order us to divest all or a portion of a U.S. business of the combined company if we had proceeded without first obtaining CFIUS clearance, or impose penalties if CFIUS believes that the mandatory notification requirement applied. Additionally, the laws and regulations of other U.S. government entities may impose review or approval procedures on account of any foreign ownership by the sponsor. If we were to seek an initial business combination other than the Business Combination, the pool of potential targets with which we could complete an initial business combination may be limited as a result of any such regulatory restriction. Moreover, the process of any government review, whether by CFIUS or otherwise, could be lengthy. Because we have only a limited time to complete the Business Combination, our failure to obtain any required approvals within the requisite time period may require us to liquidate. If we liquidate, our public stockholders may only receive $10.00 per share, and our warrants will expire worthless. This will also cause you to lose any potential investment opportunity in the proposed Business Combination (or an alternative initial business

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combination) and the chance of realizing future gains on your investment through any price appreciation in the combined company post closing of the proposed Business Combination (or an alternative initial business combination).

We have incurred and expect to continue to incur significant costs associated with the Business Combination. Whether or not the Business Combination is completed, the incurrence of these costs will reduce the amount of cash available to be used for other corporate purposes by us if the Business Combination is not completed.

We have incurred and expect to continue to incur significant transaction and transition costs associated with the Business Combination, including the Proposed Transaction, and operating as a public company following the closing of the Business Combination. We may also incur additional costs to retain key employees. Certain transaction expenses incurred in connection with the Business Combination, include all legal, accounting, consulting, investment banking and other fees, expenses and costs, and will be paid by the combined company following the closing of the Business Combination. Even if the Business Combination is not completed, we expect to incur transactions expenses. These expenses will reduce the amount of cash available to be used for other corporate purposes by us if the Business Combination is not completed.

Our independent registered public accounting firm’s report contains an explanatory paragraph that expresses substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a “going concern.”

As of December 31, 2023, Bite had approximately $947 in cash outside of its trust account. Bite has incurred and expects to continue to incur significant costs in pursuit of its initial business combination. Bite cannot assure you that its plans to raise capital or to consummate an initial business combination will be successful. In addition, the last date by which Bite must complete an initial business combination will occur prior to one year after the issuance of Bite’s financial statements included in this Annual Report. Although Bite is continuing its pursuit of an initial business combination, including the proposed Business Combination, there is no assurance that Bite’s plans to consummate an initial business combination will be successful by the Third Extended Date. As outlined in Bite’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation, if Bite does not complete an initial business combination by the Third Extended Date, it will cease operations and redeem our public shares through a wind-up of Bite and liquidation. These factors, among others, raise substantial doubt about Bite’s ability to continue as a going concern. Bite’s financial statements contained in this Annual Report do not include any adjustments that might be necessary should Bite be unable to continue as a going concern.

Additional risk factors not presently known to Bite or that it currently deems immaterial may also impair Bite’s business or results of operations. Bite may disclose changes to such risk factors or disclose additional risk factors from time to time in Bite’s future filings with the SEC.

ITEM 1B. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

None.

ITEM 1C. CYBERSECURITY

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

ITEM 2. PROPERTIES

We currently maintain our principal executive offices at 720 N. State Street, Chicago, IL. The cost for this space is included in the $10,000 per-month administrative fee our sponsor will charge us for general and administrative services, including office space, utilities and administrative support, commencing on the date of this Annual Report, pursuant to a letter agreement between us and our sponsor. We believe, based on rents and fees for similar services, that the administrative fee charged by our sponsor is at least as favorable as we could have obtained from an unaffiliated person. We consider our current office space, combined with the other office space otherwise available to our executive officers, adequate for our current operations.

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ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

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

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

Not applicable.

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PART II

ITEM 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

Our equity securities currently trade on NYSE American. Each of our units consists of one share of common stock and one-half of one warrant and, commencing on February 12, 2021, traded on the NYSE under the symbol “BITE.U.” The common stock and warrants underlying our units began trading separately on the NYSE under the symbols “BITE” and “BITE.WS,” respectively, on April 5, 2021. On February 13, 2023, our units, common stock and warrants began trading on NYSE American under the same ticker symbols.

Holders of Record

On March 7, 2024, there were three holders of record of our units and twenty three holders of record of our common stock and one holder of record of our warrants. Such numbers do not include beneficial owners holding our securities through nominee names.

Dividends

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

Use of Proceeds from our Initial Public Offering

On February 17, 2021, we completed an initial public offering (the “Offering”) of 17,500,000 units the (“Units”). Each Unit consists of one share of common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Common Stock”) and one-half of one redeemable warrant (each, a “Warrant”), each whole Warrant entitling the holder thereof to purchase one share of Common Stock at an exercise price of $11.50 per share, subject to adjustment, pursuant to the Company’s registration statements on Form S-1 (File Nos. 333-252406 and 333-253017). The Units were sold at an offering price of $10.00 per Unit, generating gross proceeds of $175,000,000. Simultaneously with the consummation of the Offering, the Company completed a private placement (the “Private Placement”) of an aggregate of 500,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit, generating total gross proceeds of $5,000,000. On February 25, 2021, the underwriters exercised the over-allotment option in part and purchased an additional 2,500,000 Units, generating an aggregate of gross proceeds of $25,000,000. Simultaneously with the closing of the over-allotment the Company consummated the private placement of an aggregate of 50,000 units (the “Option Private Units”) at a price of $10.00 per Option Private Unit, to the sponsor and EarlyBirdCapital, generating total gross proceeds of $500,000.

A total of $200,000,000 of the net proceeds from the IPO, the Private Placement and the sale of the Units and Option Private Warrants in connection with the underwriters’ partial exercise of their over-allotment was deposited in a trust account established for the benefit of the Company’s public stockholders, with Continental Stock Transfer & Company acting as trustee.We paid a total of $3,500,000 in underwriting discounts and $611,738 for other offering costs and expenses related to the IPO.

In connection with the stockholder vote to approve the First Extension Amendment, the holders of 17,001,185 shares of Common Stock properly exercised their right to redeem their shares for cash at a redemption price of approximately $10.06 per share, for an aggregate redemption amount of approximately $171.03 million, leaving approximately $30.28 million in the Trust Account.

In connection with the stockholder vote to approve the Second Extension Amendment, the holders of 120,637 shares of Common Stock properly exercised their right to redeem their shares for cash for an aggregate redemption amount of approximately $1.2 million, leaving approximately $30.0 million in the Trust Account.

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In connection with the stockholder vote to approve the Third Extension Amendment, the holders of 518,880 shares of Common Stock properly exercised their right to redeem their shares for cash for an aggregate redemption amount of approximately $5.55 million, leaving approximately $25.25 million in the Trust Account.

For a description of the use of the proceeds generated in our IPO, see Part II, Item 7 of this Annual Report.

ITEM 6. [RESERVED]

ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

The statements in the discussion and analysis regarding industry outlook, our expectations regarding the performance of our business and the forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the risks and uncertainties described in “Risk Factors” and “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements.” Our actual results may differ materially from those contained in or implied by any forward-looking statements. You should read the following discussion together with the sections entitled “Risk Factors”,” “Business” and the audited financial statements, including the related notes, appearing elsewhere in this Form 10-K. All references to years, unless otherwise noted, refer to our fiscal years, which end on December 31. As used in this Form 10-K, unless the context suggests otherwise, “we,” “us,” “our,” “the Company” or “Bite” refer to Bite Acquisition Corp.

Overview

We were formed on September 29, 2020 for the purpose of entering into a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, recapitalization, reorganization or other similar business combination with one or more target businesses. Our efforts to identify a prospective target business will not be limited to a particular industry or geographic region. We intend to utilize cash derived from the proceeds of the offering, our securities, debt or a combination of cash, securities and debt, in effecting a business combination. The issuance of additional shares of common stock or preferred stock:

may significantly reduce the equity interest of our stockholders;
may subordinate the rights of holders of shares of common stock if we issue shares of preferred stock with rights senior to those afforded to our shares of common stock;
will likely cause a change in control if a substantial number of our shares of common stock are issued, which may affect, among other things, our ability to use our net operating loss carry forwards, if any, and most likely will also result in the resignation or removal of our present officers and directors; and
may adversely affect prevailing market prices for our securities.

Similarly, if we issue debt securities, it could result in:

default and foreclosure on our assets if our operating revenues after a business combination are insufficient to pay our debt obligations;
acceleration of our obligations to repay the indebtedness even if we have made all principal and interest payments when due if the debt security contains covenants that required the maintenance of certain financial ratios or reserves and we breach any such covenant without a waiver or renegotiation of that covenant;
our immediate payment of all principal and accrued interest, if any, if the debt security is payable on demand; and
our inability to obtain additional financing, if necessary, if the debt security contains covenants restricting our ability to obtain additional financing while such security is outstanding.

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Proposed Business Combination

On April 29, 2023, we entered into the Business Combination Agreement with Above Food, TopCo and Merger Sub. Pursuant to the Business Combination Agreement, the Company and Above Food agreed to combine in a business combination that will result in each of the Company and Above Food becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of TopCo. Upon the closing of the proposed Business Combination, TopCo’s common shares and warrants are expected to be listed on NYSE.

On the date of the closing of the Business Combination and pursuant to a court-approved plan of arrangement, Above Food’s shareholders will effect the Share Exchange, pursuant to which, among other things, Above Food’s shareholders will contribute to TopCo all of the issued and outstanding equity of Above Food in exchange for newly issued TopCo common shares, TopCo Class A earnout shares and TopCo Class B earnout shares, and after giving effect to the Share Exchange, Above Food will become a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of TopCo.

Pursuant to the Share Exchange, a number of TopCo common shares equal to $206,000,000 divided by $10.00 shall be issued to holders of Above Food’s shares or allocated to holders of certain of Above Food’s options, restricted share units and warrants for issuance upon exercise thereof. All of Above Food’s options, restricted share units and warrants that are outstanding immediately prior to the Share Exchange shall convert, respectively, into options, restricted share units and warrants exercisable for TopCo Common Shares.

Concurrently with the execution and delivery of the Business Combination Agreement, certain shareholders of Above Food, collectively holding approximately 68% of the total number of outstanding Above Food common shares, executed and delivered to Bite the Shareholder Support Agreement, pursuant to which each such shareholder agreed to, among other things, (a) not transfer their Company Securities, (b) support and vote in favor of the Continuance Resolution and the Company Resolution, as applicable, and any Alternative Transaction, (c) not exercise, and waive, rights in respect of Dissent Rights or Continuance Dissent Rights and (d) consent to the termination of the Termination Contracts effective at the Closing and to the taking of any actions necessary or advisable to cause such termination of the Termination Contracts, in each case, on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Shareholder Support Agreement.

Concurrently with the execution and delivery of the Business Combination Agreement, Above Food, Bite and the Sponsor executed and delivered to Above Food the Sponsor Support Agreement, pursuant to which, among other things, the Sponsor (a) will vote the shares of Bite Common Stock held by it as of the date of the Sponsor Support Agreement and any additional shares of Bite Common Stock and Bite’s preferred stock that it acquires prior to the Bite Stockholder Meeting, in each case, in favor of the Business Combination Agreement and each of the Transaction Proposals and (b) will not redeem any shares of Bite Common Stock held by the Sponsor in connection with the Proposed Transaction, in each case, on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Sponsor Support Agreement.

In connection with the Closing, TopCo will enter into the Lock-Up Agreements with the Sponsor, affiliates of Bite and the Sponsor, and certain holders of Company Securities and each potential recipient of ANF Purchase Consideration Shares, pursuant to which, among other things, each of the Sponsor, the affiliates of Bite and the Sponsor and the holders of Company Securities party to the Lock-Up Agreements will agree to not effect any sale or distribution of any equity securities of TopCo held by any of them during the period set forth in their respective Lock-Up Agreements, subject to certain customary exceptions set forth in their respective Lock-Up Agreements.

The holders of Company Securities (except for certain significant holders (the “Above Food Insiders”) will be subject to a 6-month lock-up, and the Sponsor and its affiliates and the Above Food Insiders will be subject to a 12-month lock-up; in each case, subject to early release (a) if the trading price of the TopCo Common Shares equals or exceeds $12.50 per share (as adjusted for share splits, share dividends, rights issuances, subdivisions, reorganizations, recapitalizations and similar corporate events) for any twenty (20) trading days within any thirty (30)-trading day period commencing at least one hundred fifty (150) calendar days after the Closing Date, or (b) on the date on which TopCo completes a liquidation, merger, stock exchange or other similar transaction which results in all of the stockholders of TopCo having the right to exchange their TopCo Common Shares for cash, securities or other property.

In connection with the Closing, certain holders of shares of Bite Common Stock (including the Sponsor), certain holders of Company Securities and TopCo will enter into a registration rights agreement (the “Registration Rights Agreement”), pursuant to

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which, among other things, TopCo will agree to provide such holders with customary registration rights with respect to the TopCo Common Shares such holders will receive in connection with the Closing. For a more detailed discussion of the Business Combination Agreement, the transactions contemplated therein and related ancillary agreements, see the Current Reports on Form 8-K filed by the Company with the SEC on May 1, 2023 and May 4, 2023.

First Extension

On December 15, 2022, our stockholders approved, among other proposals, an amendment to our amended and restated certificate of incorporation. The First Extension Amendment extends the date by which we must consummate our initial business combination from February 17, 2023 to up to August 17, 2023 or such earlier date as determined by the Board, provided that the sponsor (or its affiliates or permitted designees) will deposit into the Trust Account an amount determined by multiplying $0.05 by the number of public shares then outstanding, up to a maximum of $150,000 for each such one-month extension until August 17, 2023, unless the closing of our initial business combination shall have occurred, and permit holders of public shares to redeem their shares for their pro rata portion of the Trust Account. The Extension Payments may be funded through the March Note. For the year ended December 31, 2023, the sponsor deposited $899,645 into the Trust Account pursuant to the First Extension Amendment.

In connection with the stockholder vote to approve the First Extension Amendment, the holders of 17,001,185 shares of Common Stock properly exercised their right to redeem their shares for cash at a redemption price of approximately $10.06 per share, for an aggregate redemption amount of approximately $171.03 million, leaving approximately $30.28 million in the Trust Account.

Second Extension

On August 10, 2023, our stockholders approved, among other proposals, an amendment to our amended and restated certificate of incorporation. The Second Extension Amendment extends the date by which we must consummate our initial business combination from August 17, 2023 to up to February 17, 2024 or such earlier date as determined by the Board, provided that the Sponsor (or its affiliates or designees) will deposit into the Trust Account $75,000 for each such one-month extension until February 17, 2024, unless the closing of our initial business combination shall have occurred in exchange for a non-interest bearing, unsecured promissory note payable upon consummation of a business combination. For the year ended December 31, 2023, the sponsor deposited $375,000 into the Trust Account pursuant to the Second Extension Amendment.

In connection with the stockholder vote to approve the Second Extension Amendment, the holders of 120,637 shares of Common Stock properly exercised their right to redeem their shares for cash for an aggregate redemption amount of approximately $1.2 million, leaving approximately $30 million in the Trust Account.

Third Extension

On February 13, 2024, our stockholders approved, among other proposals, an amendment to our amended and restated certificate of incorporation. The Third Extension Amendment extends the date by which we must consummate our initial business combination from February 17, 2024 to up to August 17, 2024 or such earlier date as determined by the Board, provided that the Sponsor (or its affiliates or designees) will deposit into the Trust Account an amount determined by multiplying $0.025 by the number of public shares then outstanding for each such one-month extension until August 17, 2024, unless the closing of our initial business combination shall have occurred in exchange for a non-interest bearing, unsecured promissory note payable upon consummation of a business combination.

In connection with the stockholder vote to approve the Third Extension Amendment, the holders of 518,880 shares of Common Stock properly exercised their right to redeem their shares for cash for an aggregate redemption amount of approximately $5.55 million, leaving approximately $25.25 million in the Trust Account.

NYSE Notice

On February 13, 2023, the Company transferred the listing of its common stock, units and warrants from the NYSE to NYSE American.

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On February 20, 2024, we received a letter from NYSE American stating that the staff of NYSE Regulation has determined to commence proceedings to delist the Company’s Common Stock, Units and Warrants pursuant to Sections 119(b) and 119(f) of the NYSE American Company Guide because the Company failed to consummate a business combination within 36 months of the effectiveness of its initial public offering registration statement, or such shorter period that the Company specified in its registration statement. On February 26, 2024, we submitted a letter of request for hearing to NYSE for the review of the delisting determination.

Results of Operations and Known Trends or Future Events

We have neither engaged in any operations nor generated any revenues to date. Our only activities since inception have been organizational activities and those necessary to prepare for the IPO. Following the IPO, we do not expect to generate any operating revenues until after completion of our initial business combination. We generated non-operating income in the form of interest income on cash and cash equivalents in the form of specified U.S. government treasury bills or specified money market funds after the IPO. There has been no significant change in our financial or trading position and no material adverse change has occurred since the date of our audited financial statements. Until the completion of our initial business combination, we expect to incur increased expenses as a result of being a public company (for legal, financial reporting, accounting and auditing compliance), as well as for due diligence expenses.

For the years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, we had a net loss of $987,936 and net income of $991,838 a change of $1,979,774. The year-to-year change consisted of an increase in operating and formation costs of $1,735,348, a decrease in franchise taxes of $59,250, a decrease in the fair value of warrants of $121,000, a decrease in income earned on investments held in the Trust Account of $1,383,300, an increase in the fair value of convertible promissory notes of $1,218,160, and an increase in the provision for income taxes of $17,536.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

For the years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022 net cash used in operating activities was $1,340,608 and $978,980, respectively, consisting primarily of changes in income earned on investments held in the Trust Account and payments made for formation, operating and deferred offering costs.

For the year ended December 31, 2023, net cash provided by investing activities was $504,111 which was primarily due to withdrawals from the Trust Account for common stock redemptions and tax payments in excess of Trust Account deposits for Extensions pursuant to the amendments to the Company’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation. For the year ended December 31, 2022, net cash provided by investing activities was $172,145,714, which was due withdrawals from the Trust Account for common stock redemptions and tax payments.

For the year ended December 31, 2023, net cash provided by financing activities was $750,927 which was primarily due to the convertible promissory note proceeds in excess of the payments made the redemptions of common stock. For the year ended December 31, 2022, net cash used in financing activities was $171,169,610, which was primarily due payments made for the redemptions of common stock.

As of December 31, 2023, we had cash held outside of the Trust Account of $947. Further, we have incurred and expect to continue to incur significant costs in pursuit of our financing and acquisition plans. We cannot assure you that our plans to raise capital or to consummate an initial business combination will be successful.

We intend to use substantially all of the funds held in our trust account, including any amounts representing interest earned on the trust account (which interest shall be net of taxes payable) to complete our initial business combination. We may withdraw interest to pay our taxes. Delaware franchise tax is based on our authorized shares or on our assumed par and non-par capital, whichever yields a lower result. Under the authorized shares method, each share is taxed at a graduated rate based on the number of authorized shares with a maximum aggregate tax of $200,000 per year. Under the assumed par value capital method, Delaware taxes each $1,000,000 of assumed par value capital at the rate of $400; where assumed par value would be (1) our total gross assets following the IPO, divided by (2) our total issued shares of common stock following the IPO, multiplied by (3) the number of our authorized shares following the IPO. Based on the number of shares of our common stock authorized and outstanding and our estimated total gross proceeds after the completion of the IPO, our annual franchise tax obligation is expected to be capped at the maximum amount of annual franchise taxes payable by us as a Delaware corporation of $200,000. Our annual income tax obligations will depend on the amount of interest and

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other income earned on the amounts held in the trust account. We expect the only taxes payable by us out of the funds in the trust account will be income and franchise taxes. We expect the interest earned on the amount in the trust account will be sufficient to pay our taxes. To the extent that our capital stock or debt is used, in whole or in part, as consideration to complete our initial business combination, the remaining proceeds held in the trust account will be used as working capital to finance the operations of the target business or businesses, make other acquisitions and pursue our growth strategies.

We intend to use these funds primarily to identify and evaluate target businesses, perform business due diligence on prospective target businesses, travel to and from the offices or similar locations of prospective target businesses or their representatives or owners, review corporate documents and material agreements of prospective target businesses, structure, negotiate and complete a business combination, and to pay taxes to the extent the interest earned on the trust account is not sufficient to pay our taxes.

To fund working capital deficiencies or finance transaction costs in connection with a business combination, our sponsor or an affiliate of our sponsor or certain of our officers and directors may, but are not obligated to, loan us funds as may be required. If we complete a business combination, we may repay such loaned amounts out of the proceeds of the trust account released to us. In the event that a business combination does not close, we may use a portion of the working capital held outside the trust account to repay such loaned amounts, but no proceeds from our trust account would be used for such repayment. Up to $1,500,000 of such loans may be convertible into warrants, at a price of $10 per unit, at the option of the lender.

We do not believe we will need to raise additional funds in order to meet the expenditures required for operating our business. However, if our 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 our business combination. Moreover, we may need to obtain additional financing either to complete our business combination or because we become obligated to redeem a significant number of our 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 our business combination. If we are unable to complete our business combination because we do not have sufficient funds available to us, we will be forced to cease operations and liquidate the trust account. In addition, following our business combination, if cash on hand is insufficient, we may need to obtain additional financing in order to meet our obligations.

Going Concern Consideration

As of December 31, 2023, we had cash held outside of the Trust Account of $947. We have incurred and expect to continue to incur significant costs in pursuit of our financing and acquisition plans. We anticipate that the cash held outside of the Trust Account as of December 31, 2023, will not be sufficient to allow us to operate through the Third Extended Date. Additionally, in order to finance transaction costs in connection with an initial business combination, our sponsor, or an affiliate of our sponsor or certain of our officers and directors may, but are not obligated to, provide us with working capital loans. While we expect to have sufficient access to additional sources of capital under such working capital loans pursuant to a promissory note with the Sponsor, there is no current commitment on the part of any financing source to provide additional capital and no assurances can be provided that such additional capital will ultimately be available, if necessary.

The Company initially had 24 months from the closing of the IPO, or up until February 17, 2024, to complete a business combination under the amended and restated certificate of incorporation. On December 19, 2022, the Company’s stockholders approved, among other proposals, an amendment to our amended and restated certificate of incorporation, that extended the date by which we must consummate our initial business combination from February 17, 2023 to up to August 17, 2023 or such earlier date as determined by the Board, provided that the Sponsor (or its affiliates or permitted designees) will deposit into the Trust Account an amount determined by multiplying $0.05 by the number of public shares then outstanding, up to a maximum of $150,000 for each such one-month extension until August 17, 2023, unless the closing of the Company’s initial business combination shall have occurred, and permit holders of public shares to redeem their shares for their pro rata portion of the Trust Account. On August 10, 2023, our stockholders approved, among other proposals, a second amendment to our amended and restated certificate of incorporation that extended the date by which we must consummate our initial business combination from August 17, 2023 to up to February 17, 2024 or such earlier date as determined by the Board, provided that the Sponsor (or its affiliates or designees) will deposit into the Trust Account $75,000 for each such one-month extension until February 17, 2024, unless the closing of our initial business combination shall have occurred in exchange for a non-interest bearing, unsecured promissory note payable upon consummation of a business combination. On February 13, 2024, the Company’s stockholders approved, among other proposals, a

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third amendment to our amended and restated certificate of incorporation that extends the date by which we must consummate our initial business combination from February 17, 2024 to up to August 17, 2024 or such earlier date as determined by the Board, provided that the Sponsor (or its affiliates or designees) will deposit into the Trust Account an amount determined by multiplying $0.025 by the number of public shares then outstanding for each such one-month extension unless the closing of Bite’s initial business combination shall have occurred in exchange for a non-interest bearing, unsecured promissory note payable upon consummation of a business combination.

Therefore, the last date by which the Company must complete an initial business combination will occur prior to one year after the issuance of these financial statements. Although we are continuing our pursuit of an initial business combination, including the proposed Business Combination, there is no assurance that our plans to consummate an initial business combination will be successful by the Third Extended Date. As outlined in our amended and restated certificate of incorporation, if we do not complete an initial business combination by the Third Extended Date, we will cease operations and redeem our public shares through a wind-up of the Company and liquidation.

Both of these conditions raise substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern for a period of time within one year after the date that these financial statements were issued. The financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of these uncertainties.

Critical Accounting Policies

The preparation of financial statements and related disclosures in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements, and income and expenses during the periods reported. Actual results could materially differ from those estimates. We have identified the following critical accounting policies:

Warrant Classification

We account for warrants as either equity-classified or liability-classified instruments based on an assessment of the warrant’s specific terms and applicable authoritative guidance in Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 480, Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity (“ASC 480”) and ASC 815, Derivatives and Hedging (“ASC 815”). The assessment considers whether the warrants are freestanding financial instruments pursuant to ASC 480, meet the definition of a liability pursuant to ASC 480, and whether the warrants meet all of the requirements for equity classification under ASC 815, including whether the warrants are indexed to the Company’s own shares of common stock and whether the warrant holders could potentially require “net cash settlement” in a circumstance outside of the Company’s control, among other conditions for equity classification. This assessment, which requires the use of professional judgment, is conducted at the time of warrant issuance and as of each subsequent quarterly period end date while the warrants are outstanding. The private placement warrants were accounted for as liabilities, and the public warrants were accounted for as temporary equity.

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 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, 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.

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Controls and Procedures

We are required to comply with the internal control reporting requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023. Only in the event that we are deemed to be a large accelerated filer or an accelerated filer, and no longer qualify as an emerging growth company, will we be required to comply with the independent registered public accounting firm attestation requirement on our internal control over financial reporting. Further, for as long as we remain an emerging growth company, we intend to take advantage of certain exemptions from various reporting requirements that are applicable to other public companies that are not emerging growth companies including, but not limited to, not being required to comply with the independent registered public accounting firm attestation requirement.

Prior to the closing of the IPO, we had not completed an assessment, nor has our independent registered public accounting firm tested our systems of internal controls. We expect to assess the internal controls of our target business or businesses prior to the completion of our initial business combination and we may work with the target to implement and test additional controls as we may determine are necessary in order to state that we maintain an effective system of internal controls. A target business may not be in compliance with the provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act regarding the adequacy of internal controls. Many small and mid-sized target businesses we may consider for our initial business combination may have internal controls that need improvement in areas such as:

staffing for financial, accounting and external reporting areas, including segregation of duties;
reconciliation of accounts;
proper recording of expenses and liabilities in the period to which they relate;
evidence of internal review and approval of accounting transactions;
documentation of processes, assumptions and conclusions underlying significant estimates; and
documentation of accounting policies and procedures.

Because it will take time, management involvement and perhaps outside resources to determine what internal control improvements are necessary for us to meet regulatory requirements and market expectations for our operation of a target business, we may incur significant expenses in meeting our public reporting responsibilities, particularly in the areas of designing, enhancing, or remediating internal and disclosure controls. Doing so effectively may also take longer than we expect, thus increasing our exposure to financial fraud or erroneous financing reporting.

Once our management’s report on internal controls is complete, we will retain an independent auditor to audit and render an opinion on such report when required by Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The independent auditors may identify additional issues concerning a target business’s internal controls while performing their audit of internal control over financial reporting.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

The net proceeds of the IPO and the sale of the private placement warrants held in the trust account will be invested in U.S. government treasury bills with a maturity of 185 days or less or in money market funds investing solely in U.S. Treasuries and meeting certain conditions under Rule 2a-7 under the Investment Company Act. Due to the short-term nature of these investments, we believe there will be no associated material exposure to interest rate risk.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements; Commitments and Contractual Obligations; Quarterly Review

As of December 31, 2023, we did not have any off-balance sheet arrangements as defined in Item 303(a)(4)(ii) of Regulation S-K and did not have any commitments or contractual obligations. No unaudited quarterly operating data is included in this Annual Report as we have not conducted any operations to date.

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JOBS Act

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

Additionally, we are in the process of evaluating the benefits of relying on the other reduced reporting requirements provided by the JOBS Act. Subject to certain conditions set forth in the JOBS Act, if, as an “emerging growth company”, we choose to rely on such exemptions we may not be required to, among other things: (1) provide an auditor’s attestation report on our system of internal controls over financial reporting pursuant to Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act; (2) provide all of the compensation disclosure that may be required of non-emerging growth public companies under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; (3) comply with any requirement that may be adopted by the PCAOB regarding mandatory audit firm rotation or a supplement to the auditor’s report providing additional information about the audit and the financial statements (auditor discussion and analysis); and (4) disclose certain executive compensation-related items such as the correlation between executive compensation and performance and comparisons of the CEO’s compensation to median employee compensation. These exemptions will apply for a period of five years following the completion of the IPO or until we are no longer an “emerging growth company,” whichever is earlier.

ITEM 7A. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

Not required for smaller reporting companies.

ITEM 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

This information appears following Item 16 of this Annual Report and is included herein by reference.

ITEM 9. CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

None.

ITEM 9A. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

Disclosure Controls and Procedures

Our management has evaluated, under supervision and with the participation of our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act) as of December 31, 2023. Based on the evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that for the period ending December 31, 2023, our disclosure controls and procedures were effective. The material weakness that was previously disclosed on the 2021 Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2021 related to the classification of redeemable common stock as components of either permanent or temporary equity has been alleviated by implementing new procedures to ensure that we identify and apply applicable accounting guidance to all complex transactions. Management believes that the financial statements included in this Annual Report present fairly in all material respects our financial position, results of operations and cash flows for the period presented in conformity with GAAP. 

We do not expect that our disclosure controls and procedures will prevent all errors and all instances of fraud. Disclosure controls and procedures, no matter how well conceived and operated, can provide only reasonable, not absolute, assurance that the objectives of the disclosure controls and procedures are met. Further, the design of disclosure controls and procedures must reflect the fact that there are resource constraints, and the benefits must be considered relative to their costs. Because of the inherent limitations in all disclosure controls and procedures, no evaluation of disclosure controls and procedures can provide absolute assurance that we have detected all our control deficiencies and instances of fraud, if any. The design of disclosure controls and procedures also is based

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partly on certain assumptions about the likelihood of future events, and there can be no assurance that any design will succeed in achieving its stated goals under all potential future conditions.

Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

As required by SEC rules and regulations implementing Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting. Our internal control over financial reporting is designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of our consolidated financial statements for external reporting purposes in accordance with GAAP. Our internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that:

(1)pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of our company,
(2)provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of consolidated financial statements in accordance with GAAP, and that our receipts and expenditures are being made only in accordance with authorizations of our management and directors, and
(3)provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of our assets that could have a material effect on the consolidated financial statements.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect errors or misstatements in our consolidated financial statements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree or compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate. Management assessed the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2022. In making these assessments, management used the criteria set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) in Internal Control - Integrated Framework (2013). Based on our assessments and those criteria, management concluded that our internal control over financial reporting was effective as of December 31, 2023.

This Report does not include an attestation report of our independent registered public accounting firm due to our status as an emerging growth company under the JOBS Act.

Changes in Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting

There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting (as such term is defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) of the Exchange Act) during the most recent fiscal quarter that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

ITEM 9B. OTHER INFORMATION

None.

ITEM 9C. DISCLOSURE REGARDING FOREIGN JURISDICTIONS THAT PREVENT INSPECTIONS

Not applicable.

PART III

ITEM 10. DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Directors and Executive Officers

Our current directors and executive officers are listed below.

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Name

    

Age

    

Title

 

Alberto Ardura González

61

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board

Jose Luis Guerrero Cortes

43

Chief Financial Officer

Luis Doporto Alejandre

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Director

Jesus O. Lanza Losa

38

Director

Joseph C. Essa

66

Director

Julia A. Stewart

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Director

Alberto Ardura González, who has served as our Chief Executive Officer since our inception and serves on the Bite Board, and has served as the Chairman of the Bite Board since December 31, 2022, has more than 35 years of experience in the financial industry and has advised numerous companies on M&A transactions and on structuring and underwriting public and private issuances of equity and debt. From 2002 to 2009, Mr. Ardura was the Chief Country Manager and Head of Fixed Income Currencies and Commodities at Merrill Lynch Mexico, S.A. de C.V., the leading investment bank in Mexico at the time. In 2009, Mr. Ardura joined Deutsche Bank, A.G. in New York City as Head of Latin America Capital Markets and Treasury Solutions, advising over 350 clients in raising several hundred billion dollars in debt and equity financing in the public and private markets, as well as advising several clients in restructurings transactions. During such time, Mr. Ardura was also responsible for Deutsche Banks’s local operations in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Perú and Argentina, and was a member of Deutsche Bank’s Global Emerging Markets Committee, Latin America Investment Committee, and Americas Investment Banking Executive Committee. He was later appointed as Vice Chairman of Corporate Finance for Latin America. From 2017 to 2019, he was a Managing Director leading the Latin America Investment Banking and Client Coverage division at Nomura Securities. Inc. In 2019, Mr. Ardura founded his own advisory firm, Pier A Capital Solutions, Inc., focusing on M&A and private debt and equity financing transactions for clients across Latin America. Mr. Ardura has served on several boards of directors including Banca Promex, S.A. de C.V. Valores Finamex, S.A. de C.V. Merrill Lynch México, and Casa de Bolsa, S.A. de C.V. He currently serves as an independent board member of HSBC México, S.A., the banking subsidiary of Grupo HSBC, and also serves on the boards of its insurance, broker dealer and asset manager subsidiaries. Mr. Ardura is also an independent board member of Dimex Capital, SA deCV and FinMédica, S.A, and is also a board member of Eric Kayser México, S.A.P.I. de C.V.

Jose Luis Guerrero Cortes, who has served as our Chief Financial Officer since January 31, 2023, has over 15 years of experience as an executive. Mr. Guerrero has been serving as Chief Executive Officer of PMCE, an education platform that acquired and operates a chain of preschool and day care centers in Mexico City, since July 2019. Mr. Guerrero has been the Manager Partner of Gueca Capital (a search fund) since March 2017. From January 2016 to March 2017, Mr. Guerrero was Chief Executive Officer of Operadora de Vias Terrestres, one of the main highway concessionaires in Mexico. He has also served as Chief Financial Officer of Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, S. A. B. de C. V. (NASDAQ: OMAB), a holding company whose subsidiaries are engaged in the administration, operation and use of 13 airports under a concession granted by the Mexican Government. Previously, Mr. Guerrero worked as a summer associate at Goldman Sachs in the debt capital markets and derivatives groups, served as a financial analyst at Empresas ICA and as an assistant brand manager at Procter & Gamble. Mr. Guerrero holds an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana, a diploma in finance from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Luis Doporto Alejandre has served as a member of the Bite Board since January 13, 2023. Mr. Doporto is a Mexican entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience leading specialized teams in corporate practice, domestic and international M&A, brand building and corporate strategies in pharmaceutical, agro-industrial and food & beverage sectors. In 2019, Mr. Doporto founded Doporto Prime Capital, leading a team of professionals in the beverage, pharmaceutical, finance and consumer sectors. Mr. Doporto is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Casa Marzam, a pharmaceutical distribution company with 650 daily delivery routes and serving more than 27,000 clients in Mexico. In 2018, Mr. Doporto founded Guacamolito/Golden Stone, a U.S. company that produces and distributes avocado pulp for the food service industries. Mr. Doporto graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana and holds a Master’s Degree in International Commercial Law from the Université Panthéon Assas of Paris.

Jesus O. Lanza Losa has served as one of our independent directors since January 13, 2023. Mr. Lanza Losa has been the Founder & CEO of LOTTUS Education, leading buyouts platform in the education space, Mexico since 2013. At Lottus, Mr. Lanza Losa has successfully led the acquisition, optimization, and business enlargement of six different targets totaling circa $250 million in transaction volume. Mr. Lanza Losa was an investment professional at the Special Situations Group & Credit Hedge Fund at Cerberus Capital Management, London in year 2012. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Lanza Losa worked at the Investment Banking Division – M&A LatAm at first Citigroup and then Goldman, Sachs & Co., New York/Mexico. Mr. Lanza Losa graduated from Universidad de Oviedo

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with a B.A. in Business Administration, and holds a Masters in Finance Degree from The London Business School, as well as executive education programs at both The London School of Economics and The Wharton School.

Joseph C. Essa has served as one of our independent directors since inception, and is one of the most prestigious and experienced restaurant CEOs in the U.S. with more than two decades experience as founder, investor, operator and executive in the restaurant and food manufacturing/consumer product industries. He has deep knowledge of brands, chefs and trends in the restaurant and food manufacturing industries. Mr. Essa has successfully operated fast casual, casual and fine dining restaurants in demanding markets in the U.S. including New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, as well as in several major international cities such as Tokyo, Shanghai, and Dubai. Currently, Mr. Essa serves as President & CEO of MKM Hospitality Group. Mr. Essa has also served as the President and CEO of the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, a collection of luxury, fine and casual dining restaurants, as the President and CEO of Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, and is a past chair of the National Restaurant Association. Mr. Essa has extensive experience in directing and building global restaurants and related consumer product brands and is an expert in restaurant growth strategy. Mr. Essa is an innovative leader who prides himself in taking a collaborative approach to work culture. He is a certified public accountant, who graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and finance.

Julia A. Stewart has served as one of our independent directors since inception. Over the course of her career, Ms. Stewart has been instrumental in building global businesses and developing strong brands. Ms. Stewart is the Founder & CEO of Alurx, Inc., a health & wellness company, offering personalized solutions, via an integrated App since 2020. She has served on the Board of Directors of Avery Dennison Corp. (NYSE:AVY), a multi-national Fortune 500 company since 2003 and Fogo de Chao restaurants since 2018. In 2001 she became the President of IHOP; CEO in 2002; Chair/CEO in 2004. In 2007 she led the $2.4 billion acquisition of Applebee’s, where she was previously the President. She continued as Chair & CEO of the combined company, Dine Brands Global, Inc. (formerly DineEquity, Inc.) (NYSE:DIN) until 2017. With over 3,700 restaurants in 22 countries, 250,000 team members and over $9 billion in system sales, Dine Brands Global, Inc. became the largest sit-down restaurant chain in the world. She has advised a wide number of private equity and investment banking firms, including Rhone Capital on their acquisition of Fogo de Chao restaurants and taking them private. Ms. Stewart’s earlier leadership experience includes positions in operations, franchising and marketing with Applebee’s, Taco Bell and other consumer-facing brands. Ms. Stewart is a founding member of the Women’s Foodservice Forum and she was listed as one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in the US, along with the recipient of Nation’s Restaurant News “Operator of the Year” in 2005 and 2015. Ms. Stewart graduated, with honors, from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in communications and has an honorary Doctorate in Business from Johnson and Wales University.

Committees of the Board of Directors

Our board of directors has three standing committees: an audit committee, a compensation committee and a nominating and corporate governance committee, each of which is composed solely of independent directors. Each committee operates under a charter that has been approved by our board of directors and has the composition and responsibilities described below. The charter of each committee is available on our website.

Audit Committee

The members of our audit committee are Mr. Essa, Mr. Lanza Losa and Ms. Stewart. Mr. Essa serves as chairman of the audit committee.

Each member of the audit committee is financially literate and our board of directors has determined that Mr. Essa qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” as defined in applicable SEC rules and has accounting or related financial management expertise.

We have adopted an audit committee charter, which details the purpose and principal functions of the audit committee, including:

assisting board oversight of (1) the integrity of our financial statements, (2) our compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, (3) our independent auditor’s qualifications and independence, and (4) the performance of our internal audit function and independent auditors;

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the appointment, compensation, retention, replacement, and oversight of the work of the independent auditors and any other independent registered public accounting firm engaged by us;
pre-approving all audit and non-audit services to be provided by the independent auditors or any other registered public accounting firm engaged by us, and establishing pre-approval policies and procedures;
reviewing and discussing with the independent auditors all relationships the auditors have with us in order to evaluate their continued independence;
setting clear hiring policies for employees or former employees of the independent auditors;
setting clear policies for audit partner rotation in compliance with applicable laws and regulations;
obtaining and reviewing a report, at least annually, from the independent auditors describing (1) the independent auditor’s internal quality-control procedures and (2) any material issues raised by the most recent internal quality-control review, or peer review, of the audit firm, or by any inquiry or investigation by governmental or professional authorities, within the preceding five years respecting one or more independent audits carried out by the firm and any steps taken to deal with such issues;
meeting to review and discuss our annual audited financial statements and quarterly financial statements with management and the independent auditor, including reviewing our specific disclosures under “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”;
reviewing and approving any related party transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404 of Regulation S-K promulgated by the SEC prior to us entering into such transaction; and
reviewing with management, the independent auditors, and our legal advisors, as appropriate, any legal, regulatory or compliance matters, including any correspondence with regulators or government agencies and any employee complaints or published reports that raise material issues regarding our financial statements or accounting policies and any significant changes in accounting standards or rules promulgated by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, the SEC or other regulatory authorities.

Compensation Committee

The members of our compensation committee are Mr. Lanza Losa, Mr. Essa and Ms. Stewart. Mr. Essa serves as chairman of the compensation committee.

We have adopted a compensation committee charter, which details the purpose and responsibilities of the compensation committee, including:

reviewing and approving on an annual basis the corporate goals and objectives relevant to our Chief Executive Officer’s compensation, evaluating our Chief Executive Officer’s performance in light of such goals and objectives and determining and approving the remuneration (if any) of our Chief Executive Officer based on such evaluation;
reviewing and making recommendations to our board of directors with respect to the compensation, and any incentive-compensation and equity-based plans that are subject to board approval of all of our other officers;
reviewing our executive compensation policies and plans;
implementing and administering our incentive compensation equity-based remuneration plans;

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assisting management in complying with our proxy statement and annual report disclosure requirements;
approving all special perquisites, special cash payments and other special compensation and benefit arrangements for our officers and employees;
producing a report on executive compensation to be included in our annual proxy statement; and
reviewing, evaluating and recommending changes, if appropriate, to the remuneration for directors.

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

Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

The members of our nominating and corporate governance committee are Mr. Essa, Mr. Lanza Losa and Ms. Stewart. Mr. Essa serves as chair of the nominating and corporate governance committee.

We have adopted a nominating and corporate governance committee charter, which details the purpose and responsibilities of the nominating and corporate governance committee, including:

identifying, screening and reviewing individuals qualified to serve as directors, consistent with criteria approved by the board, and recommending to the board of directors candidates for nomination for election at the annual meeting of stockholders or to fill vacancies on the board of directors;
developing and recommending to the board of directors and overseeing implementation of our corporate governance guidelines;
coordinating and overseeing the annual self-evaluation of the board of directors, its committees, individual directors and management in the governance of the company; and
reviewing on a regular basis our overall corporate governance and recommending improvements as and when necessary.

The charter will also provide that the nominating and corporate governance committee may, in its sole discretion, retain or obtain the advice of, and terminate, any search firm to be used to identify director candidates, and will be directly responsible for approving the search firm’s fees and other retention terms.

We have not formally established any specific, minimum qualifications that must be met or skills that are necessary for directors to possess. In general, in identifying and evaluating nominees for director, the board of directors considers educational background, diversity of professional experience, knowledge of our business, integrity, professional reputation, independence, wisdom, and the ability to represent the best interests of our stockholders. Prior to our initial business combination, holders of our public shares will not have the right to recommend director candidates for nomination to our board of directors.

Code of Ethics, Corporate Governance Guidelines and Committee Charters

We have adopted a Code of Ethics applicable to our directors, officers and employees in accordance with applicable federal securities laws. We have filed a copy of our Code of Ethics, our Audit Committee Charter, our Compensation Committee Charter and our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Charter as exhibits to our registration statement for our initial public offering. You may review these documents by accessing our public filings at the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov. We intend to disclose any amendments to or waivers of certain provisions of our Code of Ethics in a Current Report on Form 8-K.

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Our board of directors has also adopted Corporate Governance Guidelines in accordance with the corporate governance rules of NYSE American that serve as a flexible framework within which our board of directors and its committees operate. Copies of our Corporate Governance Guidelines, our Code of Ethics, our Audit Committee Charter, our Compensation Committee Charter and our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Charter are available on our corporate website. The information contained on or accessible through our corporate website or any other website that we may maintain is not incorporated by reference into this report.

Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, requires our officers, directors and persons who beneficially own more than ten percent of our common stock to file reports of ownership and changes in ownership with the SEC. These reporting persons are also required to furnish us with copies of all Section 16(a) forms they file. Based solely upon a review of such forms, we believe that for the year ended December 31, 2023, all reports applicable to our executive officers, directors and greater than 10% beneficial owners were filed in a timely manner in accordance with Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, except as set forth below:

Luis Doporto Alejandre, a member of the board of directors, failed to timely file its Form 3 once; and
Jesus O. Lanza Losa, a member of the board of directors, failed to timely file its Form 3 once.

ITEM 11. EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

Executive Officer and Director Compensation

None of our officers or directors have received any compensation for services rendered to us. Our sponsors, officers, directors and their respective affiliates will be reimbursed for any out-of-pocket expenses incurred in connection with activities on our behalf such as identifying potential target businesses and performing due diligence on suitable business combinations. Our audit committee will review on a quarterly basis all payments that were made by us to our sponsor, officers, directors or our or any of their respective affiliates.

After the completion of our initial business combination, directors or members of our management team who remain with us may be paid consulting, management or other compensation from the combined company. All compensation will be fully disclosed to stockholders, to the extent then known, in the tender offer materials or proxy solicitation materials furnished to our stockholders in connection with a proposed business combination. It is unlikely the amount of such compensation will be known at the time such materials are distributed, because the directors of the post-combination business will be responsible for determining executive officer and director compensation. Any compensation to be paid to our officers after the completion of our initial business combination will be determined by a compensation committee constituted solely by independent directors.

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

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Clawback Policy

On November 30, 2023, our board of directors adopted a clawback policy (the "Clawback Policy") permitting the Company to seek the recovery of incentive compensation received by any of the Company's current and former executive officers (as determined by the board in accordance with Section 10D of the Exchange Act and NYSE rules) and such other senior executives/employees who may from time to time be deemed subject to the Clawback Policy by the board (collectively, the "Covered Executives"). The amount to be recovered will be the excess of the incentive compensation paid to the Covered Executive based on the erroneous data over the incentive compensation that would have been paid to the Covered Executive had it been based on the restated results, as determined by the board. If the board cannot determine the amount of excess incentive compensation received by the Covered Executive directly from the information in the accounting restatement, then it will make its determination based on a reasonable estimate of the effect of the accounting restatement. Refer to Exhibit 97.1 of this Annual Report for the Company’s Clawback Policy.

ITEM 12. SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS

The following table sets forth information regarding the beneficial ownership of our shares of common stock as of March 7, 2024 based on information obtained from the persons named below, with respect to the beneficial ownership of shares of our common stock by:

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

Unless otherwise indicated, we believe that all persons named in the table have sole voting and investment power with respect to all shares of common stock beneficially owned by them.

    

Number of 

    

Percentage of 

    

    

Shares 

    

Outstanding 

Beneficially 

common 

Owned

stock

Name and Address of Beneficial Owner(1)

 

  

  

 

Smart Dine, LLC(2)

 

5,450,001

(3)

68.1

%  

Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.(4)

509,623

6.4

%  

Alberto Ardura González

5,450,001

(3)

68.1

%  

Joseph C. Essa

 

23,333

*

 

Julia A. Stewart

 

23,333

*

 

Jesus O. Lanza Losa

Luis Doporto Alejandre

Jose Luis Guerrero Cortes

All directors and executive officers as a group (6 individuals)

5,496,667

68.7

%

*

Less than one percent.

(1)Unless otherwise noted, the business address of each of the following entities or individuals is 720 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60654.
(2)Smart Dine, LLC is our sponsor. Alberto Ardura González, our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, is a manager of our sponsor. Consequently, he may be deemed the beneficial owner of the shares held by our sponsor and has voting and dispositive control over such securities. Mr. Ardura González disclaims beneficial ownership of any shares other than to the extent he may have a pecuniary interest therein, directly or indirectly.
(3)The securities are held directly by the sponsor and indirectly by Alberto Ardura González, as a manager of the sponsor. Alberto Ardura Gonzalez disclaims beneficial ownership of such securities except to the extent of his pecuniary interest therein.

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(4)Based on a Schedule 13G filed on February 13, 2024, by Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. Mizuho Financial Group, Inc., Mizuho Bank, Ltd. and Mizuho Americas LLC may be deemed to be indirect beneficial owners of said equity securities directly held by Mizuho Securities USA LLC which is their wholly-owned subsidiary. The principal business address of the reporting person is 1–5–5, Otemachi, Chiyoda–ku, Tokyo 100–8176, Japan.

All of the founder shares outstanding prior to the date of effectiveness are placed in escrow with Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, as escrow agent, until the earlier of one year after the date of the consummation of our initial business combination and the date on which the closing price of our common stock equals or exceeds $12.50 per share (as adjusted for stock splits, stock dividends, reorganizations and recapitalizations) for any 20 trading days within a 30-trading day period commencing 150 days after the consummation of our initial business combination, or earlier if, subsequent to our initial business combination, we consummate a liquidation, merger, capital stock exchange or other similar transaction which results in all of our stockholders having the right to exchange their shares of common stock for cash, securities or other property. 31,250 of the founder shares were released from escrow earlier than this date for cancellation due to the underwriters’ partial exercise of their over-allotment option.

During the escrow period, the holders of these shares will not be able to sell or transfer their securities except for transfers, assignments or sales (i) among our initial stockholders or to our initial stockholders’ members, officers, directors, consultants or their affiliates, (ii) to a holder’s stockholders or members upon its liquidation, (iii) by bona fide gift to a member of the holder’s immediate family or to a trust, the beneficiary of which is the holder or a member of the holder’s immediate family, for estate planning purposes, (iv) by virtue of the laws of descent and distribution upon death, (v) pursuant to a qualified domestic relations order, (vi) to us for no value for cancellation in connection with the consummation of our initial business combination, or (vii) in connection with the consummation of a business combination at prices no greater than the price at which the shares were originally purchased, in each case (except for clause (vi) or with our prior consent) where the transferee agrees to the terms of the escrow agreement and to be bound by these transfer restrictions, but will retain all other rights as our stockholders, including, without limitation, the right to vote their shares of common stock and the right to receive cash dividends, if declared. If dividends are declared and payable in shares of common stock, such dividends will also be placed in escrow. If we are unable to effect a business combination and liquidate, there will be no liquidation distribution with respect to the founder shares.

ITEM 13. CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS, AND DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions

On October 30, 2020, the sponsor purchased 4,312,500 shares of common stock for an aggregate purchase price of $25,000, or approximately $0.0058 per share. On February 11, 2021, as part of an upsizing of the IPO, the Company effected a stock dividend of 718,750 shares with respect to the common stock, resulting in the initial stockholders holding 5,031,250 shares of common stock. Up to 656,250 Founder Shares were subject to forfeiture by the sponsor depending on the extent to which the underwriters’ over-allotment option was exercised. On February 25, 2021, the underwriters exercised the over-allotment option in part, of the 656,250 Founder Shares subject to forfeiture, 31,250 Founder Shares were forfeited and 625,000 Founder Shares are no longer subject to forfeiture.

Our sponsor and EarlyBirdCapital have purchased, pursuant to written subscription agreements with us, an aggregate of 500,000 private units (for a total purchase price of $5,000,000) from us. Among the private units, 470,000 units were purchased by our sponsor and 30,000 units were purchased by EarlyBirdCapital. These purchases took place on a private placement basis simultaneously with the consummation of the offering. Our sponsor has also purchased, in connection with the underwriters’ partial exercise of over-allotment option, 50,000 private units. These additional private units were purchased in a private placement that occurred simultaneously with the purchase of units resulting from the exercise of the over-allotment option. The private units are identical to the units sold in the offering except that the private warrants underlying such private units: (i) will not be redeemable by us and (ii) may be exercised for cash or on a cashless basis, as described in this Annual Report, so long as they are held by the initial purchasers or any of their permitted transferees. Once the private warrants are transferred to anyone other than a permitted transferee, the private warrants will be redeemable by us and exercisable by the holders on the same basis as the warrants included in the units being sold in the offering. The purchasers of the private units have agreed not to transfer, assign or sell any of the private units and underlying securities (except to certain permitted transferees) until after the completion of our initial business combination. Furthermore, the purchasers have agreed (A) to vote the private shares in favor of any proposed business combination, (B) not to convert any private shares in connection with a stockholder vote to approve a proposed initial business combination or sell any private shares to us in a tender offer in connection with a proposed initial business combination and (C) that the private shares shall not

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participate in any liquidating distribution from our trust account upon winding up if a business combination is not consummated. In the event of a liquidation prior to our initial business combination, the private units will likely be worthless.

In order to meet our working capital needs following the consummation of the offering, our sponsor, initial stockholders, officers and directors or their affiliates may, but are not obligated to, loan us funds, from time to time or at any time, in whatever amount they deem reasonable in their sole discretion. Each loan would be evidenced by a promissory note. The notes would either be paid upon consummation of our initial business combination, without interest, or, at holder’s discretion, up to $1,500,000 of the notes may be converted into units at a price of $10.00 per unit. The units would be identical to the private units. In the event that the initial business combination does not close, we may use a portion of the working capital held outside the trust account to repay such loaned amounts, but no proceeds from our trust account other than the interest earned thereon would be used for such repayment.

The holders of our founder shares issued and outstanding as of February 11, 2021, as well as the holders of the private units and any units our sponsor, initial stockholders, officers, directors or their affiliates may be issued in payment of working capital loans made to us (and all underlying securities), are entitled to registration rights pursuant to a registration rights agreement. The holders of a majority of these securities are entitled to make up to two demands that we register such securities. The holders of the majority of the founder shares can elect to exercise these registration rights at any time commencing three months prior to the date on which the founder shares are to be released from escrow. The holders of a majority of the private units and units issued in payment of working capital loans made to us (or underlying securities) can elect to exercise these registration rights at any time after we consummate a business combination. In addition, the holders have certain “piggy-back” registration rights with respect to registration statements filed subsequent to our consummation of a business combination. We will bear the expenses incurred in connection with the filing of any such registration statements.

On October 29, 2020, the Company issued an unsecured promissory note to the sponsor, pursuant to which the Company may borrow up to an aggregate principal amount of $200,000 to be used for a portion of the expenses of the IPO. This loan is non-interest bearing, unsecured and due at the earlier of April 30, 2021 or the closing of the IPO. As of February 17, 2021, the Company had borrowed $82,500 under the promissory note. The note was paid off on February 22, 2021.

Our sponsor has agreed that, commencing on February 11, 2021 and through the earlier of our consummation of our initial business combination or the liquidation of the trust account, it will make available to us certain general and administrative services, including office space, utilities and administrative support, as we may require from time to time. We have agreed to pay $10,000 per month for these services. We believe, based on rents and fees for similar services, that the administrative fee is at least as favorable as we could have obtained from an unaffiliated person.

On February 10, 2022, the Company issued an unsecured promissory note (the “February Note”) in the principal amount of up to $350,000 to the sponsor, a significant stockholder of the Company, which may be drawn down from time to time prior to the Maturity Date (defined below) upon request by the Company. The February Note does not bear interest and the principal balance will be payable on the date on which the Company consummates its initial business combination (such date, the “Maturity Date”). In the event the Company consummates its initial business combination, the sponsor has the option on the Maturity Date to convert all or any portion of the principal outstanding under the February Note into that number of units (“Working Capital Units”) equal to the portion of the principal amount of the February Note being converted divided by $10.00, rounded up to the nearest whole number. The February Note is subject to customary events of default, the occurrence of certain of which automatically triggers the unpaid principal balance of the February Note and all other sums payable with regard to the Note becoming immediately due and payable.

On June 21, 2022, the Company issued an unsecured promissory note (the “June Note”) in the principal amount of up to $700,000 to the sponsor, a significant stockholder of the Company, which may be drawn down from time to time prior to the Maturity Date (defined below) upon request by the Company. The June Note amended, replaced and superseded the February Note, and any unpaid principal balance of the indebtedness evidenced by the February Note has been merged into and evidenced by the June Note. The June Note does not bear interest and the principal balance will be payable on the Maturity Date. In the event the Company consummates its initial business combination, the sponsor has the option on the Maturity Date to convert all or any portion of the principal outstanding under the June Note into that number of Working Capital Units equal to the portion of the principal amount of the June Note being converted divided by $10.00, rounded up to the nearest whole number. The June Note is subject to customary events of default, the occurrence of certain of which automatically triggers the unpaid principal balance of the June Note and all other sums payable with regard to the June Note becoming immediately due and payable.

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On March 23, 2023, the Company issued an unsecured promissory note (the “March Note”) in the principal amount of up to $2,000,000 to the sponsor, a significant stockholder of the Company, which may be drawn down from time to time prior to the Maturity Date upon request by the Company. The March Note amended, replaced and superseded the June Note, and any unpaid principal balance of the indebtedness evidenced by the June Note has been merged into and evidenced by the March Note. The March Note does not bear interest and the principal balance will be payable on the Maturity Date. In the event the Company consummates its initial business combination, the sponsor has the option on the Maturity Date to convert up to $1,500,000 of the principal outstanding under the March Note into that number of Working Capital Units equal to the portion of the principal amount of the March Note being converted divided by $10.00, rounded up to the nearest whole number. The March Note is subject to customary events of default, the occurrence of certain of which automatically triggers the unpaid principal balance of the March Note and all other sums payable with regard to the March Note becoming immediately due and payable.

On April 29, 2023, concurrently with the execution and delivery of the Business Combination Agreement, Above Food, Bite and the Sponsor executed and delivered to Above Food the Sponsor Support Agreement, pursuant to which, among other things, the Sponsor (a) will vote the shares of Bite Common Stock held by it as of the date of the Sponsor Support Agreement and any additional shares of Bite Common Stock and Bite’s preferred stock that it acquires prior to the Bite Stockholder Meeting, in each case, in favor of the Business Combination Agreement and each of the Transaction Proposals and (b) will not redeem any shares of Bite Common Stock held by the Sponsor in connection with the Proposed Transaction, in each case, on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Sponsor Support Agreement.

On October 4, 2023, the Company issued an unsecured promissory note (the “October Note”) in the principal amount of up to $2,750,000 to the sponsor, a significant stockholder of the Company, which may be drawn down from time to time prior to the Maturity Date upon request by the Company. The October Note amended, replaced and superseded the March Note, and any unpaid principal balance of the indebtedness evidenced by the March Note has been merged into and evidenced by the October Note. The October Note does not bear interest and the principal balance will be payable on the Maturity Date. In the event the Company consummates its initial business combination, the sponsor has the option on the Maturity Date to convert up to $1,500,000 of the principal outstanding under the October Note into that number of Working Capital Units equal to the portion of the principal amount of the October Note being converted divided by $10.00, rounded up to the nearest whole number. The October Note is subject to customary events of default, the occurrence of certain of which automatically triggers the unpaid principal balance of the October Note and all other sums payable with regard to the October Note becoming immediately due and payable.

On January 22, 2024, the Company issued an unsecured promissory note (the “January Note”) in the principal amount of up to $3,250,000 to the sponsor, a significant stockholder of the Company, which may be drawn down from time to time prior to the Maturity Date upon request by the Company. The January Note amended, replaced and superseded the October Note, and any unpaid principal balance of the indebtedness evidenced by the October Note has been merged into and evidenced by the January Note. The January Note does not bear interest and the principal balance will be payable on the Maturity Date. In the event the Company consummates its initial business combination, the sponsor has the option on the Maturity Date to convert up to $1,500,000 of the principal outstanding under the January Note into that number of Working Capital Units equal to the portion of the principal amount of the January Note being converted divided by $10.00, rounded up to the nearest whole number. The January Note is subject to customary events of default, the occurrence of certain of which automatically triggers the unpaid principal balance of the January Note and all other sums payable with regard to the January Note becoming immediately due and payable.

We have entered into agreements with our officers and directors to provide contractual indemnification in addition to the indemnification provided for in our amended and restated certificate of incorporation.

Other than the $10,000 per month administrative fee and repayment of up to $3,250,000 in loans from our sponsor, no compensation or fees of any kind will be paid to our sponsor, initial stockholders, members of our management team or their respective affiliates, for services rendered prior to or in connection with the consummation of our initial business combination (regardless of the type of transaction that it is). However, such individuals will receive reimbursement for any out-of-pocket expenses incurred by them in connection with activities on our behalf, such as identifying potential target businesses, performing business due diligence on suitable target businesses and business combinations as well as traveling to and from the offices, plants or similar locations of prospective target businesses to examine their operations. There is no limit on the amount of out-of-pocket expenses reimbursable by us.

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After our initial business combination, members of our management team who remain with us may be paid consulting, management or other fees from the combined company with any and all amounts being fully disclosed to stockholders, to the extent then known, in the proxy solicitation materials furnished to our stockholders. However, the amount of such compensation may not be known at the time of the stockholder meeting held to consider an initial business combination, as it will be up to the directors of the post-combination business to determine executive and director compensation. In this event, such compensation will be publicly disclosed at the time of its determination in a Current Report on Form 8-K or a periodic report, as required by the SEC.

All ongoing and future transactions between us and any of our officers and directors or their respective affiliates will be on terms believed by us to be no less favorable to us than are available from unaffiliated third parties. Such transactions will require prior approval by a majority of our uninterested “independent” directors or the members of our board who do not have an interest in the transaction, in either case who had access, at our expense, to our attorneys or independent legal counsel. We will not enter into any such transaction unless our disinterested “independent” directors determine that the terms of such transaction are no less favorable to us than those that would be available to us with respect to such a transaction from unaffiliated third parties.

Related Party Policy

Our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics requires us to avoid, wherever possible, all related party transactions that could result in actual or potential conflicts of interests, except under guidelines approved by the board of directors (or the audit committee). Related-party transactions are defined as transactions in which (1) the aggregate amount involved will or may be expected to exceed $120,000 in any calendar year, (2) we or any of our subsidiaries is a participant, and (3) any (a) executive officer, director or nominee for election as a director, (b) greater than 5% beneficial owner of our shares of common stock, or (c) immediate family member, of the persons referred to in clauses (a) and (b), has or will have a direct or indirect material interest (other than solely as a result of being a director or a less than 10% beneficial owner of another entity). A conflict of interest situation can arise when a person takes actions or has interests that may make it difficult to perform his or her work objectively and effectively. Conflicts of interest may also arise if a person, or a member of his or her family, receives improper personal benefits as a result of his or her position.

Our audit committee, pursuant to its written charter, will be responsible for reviewing and approving related-party transactions to the extent we enter into such transactions. The audit committee will consider all relevant factors when determining whether to approve a related party transaction, including whether the related party transaction is on terms no less favorable to us than terms generally available from an unaffiliated third-party under the same or similar circumstances and the extent of the related party’s interest in the transaction. No director may participate in the approval of any transaction in which he is a related party, but that director is required to provide the audit committee with all material information concerning the transaction. We also require each of our directors and executive officers to complete a directors’ and officers’ questionnaire that elicits information about related party transactions.

These procedures are intended to determine whether any such related party transaction impairs the independence of a director or presents a conflict of interest on the part of a director, employee or officer.

To further minimize conflicts of interest, we have agreed not to consummate an initial business combination with an entity that is affiliated with any of our sponsor, officers or directors unless we have obtained an opinion from an independent investment banking firm, or another independent entity that commonly renders valuation opinions, that the business combination is fair to our unaffiliated stockholders from a financial point of view. We will also need to obtain approval of a majority of our disinterested independent directors.

Director Independence

The NYSE listing standards require that a majority of our board of directors be independent within one year of our initial public offering. An “independent director” is defined generally as a person that, in the opinion of the board of directors, has no material relationship with the listed company (either directly or as a partner, shareholder or officer of an organization that has a relationship with the company). Currently, Mr. Lanza Losa, Mr. Essa, and Ms. Stewart are each considered an “independent director” under the NYSE listing rules, which is defined generally as a person other than an officer or employee of the company or its subsidiaries or any other individual having a relationship, which, in the opinion of the company’s board of directors would interfere with the director’s exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the responsibilities of a director.

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Any affiliated transactions will be on terms no less favorable to us than could be obtained from independent parties. Our board of directors will review and approve all affiliated transactions with any interested director abstaining from such review and approval.

ITEM 14. PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT FEES AND SERVICES

The firm of Marcum LLP, or Marcum, acts as our independent registered public accounting firm. The following is a summary of fees paid to Marcum for services rendered.

Audit Fees. Audit fees consist of fees billed for professional services rendered for the audit of our year-end financial statements and services that are normally provided by Marcum in connection with regulatory filings. For the years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, audit fees of $146,009 and $78,314, respectively, were incurred from our independent registered public accounting firm.

Audit-Related Fees. Audit-related fees consist of fees billed for assurance and related services that are reasonably related to performance of the audit or review of our financial statements and are not reported under “Audit Fees.” These services include attest services that are not required by statute or regulation and consultations concerning financial accounting and reporting standards. For the year ended December 31, 2023, our independent registered public accounting firm did not render assurance and related services related to the performance of the audit or review of financial statements.

Tax Fees. We did not pay Marcum for tax planning and tax advice for the years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022.

All Other Fees. We paid Marcum for services related to SEC Form F-4 filing and a comfort letter in connection with proposed DeSpac transaction for a total of $103,000 for the year ended December 31, 2023. We did not pay Marcum for other services for the year ended December 31, 2022.

Pre-Approval Policy

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

ITEM 15. EXHIBITS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES

The following documents are filed as part of this report or incorporated herein by reference:

(1)Our Financial Statements are listed on page F-1 of this Annual Report
(2)Financial Statements Schedule

None

(3)Exhibits:

The following documents are included as exhibits to this Annual Report:

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Exhibit No.

 

Description

2.1(11)+

Business Combination Agreement, dated April 29, 2023, by and among Bite Acquisition Corp., 2510169 Alberta Inc., Above Merger Sub, Inc. and Above Food Corp.

3.1(1)

 

Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation.

3.2(2)

Bylaws.

3.3(6)

Certificate of Amendment to the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Bite Acquisition Corp., dated December 19, 2022.

3.4(12)

Certificate of Amendment to the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Bite Acquisition Corp., dated August 10, 2023.

3.5(15)

Certificate of Amendment to the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Bite Acquisition Corp., dated February 13, 2024.

4.1(2)

 

Specimen Unit Certificate.

4.2(2)

 

Specimen Common Stock Certificate.

4.3(2)

 

Specimen Warrant Certificate.

4.4(1)

 

Warrant Agreement, dated February 11, 2021, between the Company and Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company.

4.5(8)

 

Description of Securities of the Registrant.

10.1(2)

 

Promissory Note, dated October 29, 2020, issued to our sponsor.

10.2(2)

 

Subscription Agreement for Founder Shares, dated October 30, 2020, between the Registrant and our sponsor.

10.3(1)

 

Letter Agreement, dated February 11, 2021, among the Company, our sponsor, and each of the executive officers, directors and initial stockholders of the Company.

10.4(1)

 

Investment Management Trust Agreement, dated February 11, 2021, between the Company and Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company.

10.5(1)

 

Registration Rights Agreement, dated February 11, 2021, among the Company, our sponsor and certain securityholders.

10.6(1)

 

Stock Escrow Agreement, dated February 11, 2021, among the Company, Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company and certain security holders

10.7(1)

Administrative Services Agreement, dated February 11, 2021, between the Company and Smart Dine, LLC

10.8(1)

Subscription Agreement for Private Units, dated February 11, 2021, between the Company and Smart Dine, LLC

10.9(1)

Subscription Agreement for Private Units, dated February 11, 2021, between the Company and EarlyBird Capital, Inc.

10.10(2)

Form of Indemnity Agreement.

10.11(1)

Underwriting Agreement, dated February 11, 2021, between the Company and EarlyBirdCapital, Inc.

10.12(1)

Business Combination Marketing Agreement, dated February 11, 2021, between the Company and EarlyBirdCapital, Inc.

10.13(3)

Promissory Note issued in favor of Smart Dine LLC, dated February 10, 2022

10.14(4)

Promissory Note issued in favor of Smart Dine LLC, dated June 21, 2022

10.15(9)

Promissory Note issued in favor of Smart Dine LLC, dated March 23, 2023

10.16(11)

Shareholder Support Agreement, dated April 29, 2023

10.17(11)

Sponsor Support Agreement, dated April 29, 2023

10.18*

Promissory Note issued in favor of Smart Dine LLC, dated October 4, 2023

10.19*

Promissory Note issued in favor of Smart Dine LLC, dated January 22, 2024

97.1*

Clawback Policy

99.1(5) **

Press release, dated December 5, 2022

99.2(7) **

Press release, dated January 3, 2023.

99.3(10) **

Joint Press Release, dated May 1, 2023.

99.4(10) **

Conference call transcript.

99.5(10) **

Investor presentation.

99.6(13) **

Investor presentation dated November 2023.

99.7(14)

Press Release, dated February 21, 2024

31.1*

 

Certification of Chief Executive Officer (Principal Executive Officer) required by Rule 13a-14(a) or Rule 15d-14(a).

31.2*

 

Certification of Chief Financial Officer (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer) required by Rule 13a-14(a) or Rule 15d-14(a).

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32.1**

 

Certification of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer required by Rule 13a-14(b) or Rule 15d-14(b) and 18 U.S.C. 1350.

101.INS

Inline XBRL Instance Document

101.SCH

 

Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document

101.CAL

 

Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document

101.DEF

 

Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document

101.LAB

 

Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document

101.PRE

 

Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document

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Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as inline XBRL and contained in Exhibit 101)

*Filed herewith.

**Furnished herewith.

+Certain of the exhibits and schedules to this Exhibit have been omitted in accordance with Regulation S-K Item 601(b)(2). The Registrant agrees to furnish supplementally a copy of all omitted exhibits and schedules to the Securities and Exchange Commission upon its request.

(1)Incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 18, 2021.
(2)Incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Form S-1 (File No. 333-252406), filed with the SEC on January 25, 2021, as amended.
(3)Incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 16, 2022.
(4)Incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 22, 2022.
(5)Incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 6, 2022.
(6)Incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 20, 2022.
(7)Incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 3, 2023.
(8)Incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 31, 2022.
(9)Incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 29, 2023.
(10)Incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 1, 2023.

(11)Incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 4, 2023.

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(12)Incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 11, 2023.

(13)Incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 13, 2023.

(14)Incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 21, 2024.

(15)Incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 16, 2024.

ITEM 16. FORM 10-K SUMMARY

None

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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.

Bite Acquisition Corp.

Dated: March 11, 2024

By:

/s/ Alberto Ardura González

Alberto Ardura González

Chief Executive Officer

Dated: March 11, 2024

By:

/s/ Jose Luis Guerrero Cortes

Jose Luis Guerrero Cortes

Chief Financial Officer

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the Registrant and in the capacities indicated on March 11, 2024.

Signatures

    

Capacity in Which Signed

/s/ Alberto Ardura González

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board

Alberto Ardura González

(Principal Executive Officer)

/s/ Jose Luis Guerrero Cortes

Chief Financial Officer

Jose Luis Guerrero Cortes

(Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

/s/ Luis Doporto Alejandre

Director

Luis Doporto Alejandre

/s/ Jesus O. Lanza Losa

Director

Jesus O. Lanza Losa

/s/ Joseph C. Essa

Director

Joseph C. Essa

/s/ Julia A. Stewart

Director

Julia A. Stewart

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

To the Shareholders and Board of Directors of

Bite Acquisition Corp.

Opinion on the Financial Statements

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

Explanatory Paragraph – Going Concern

The accompanying financial statements have been prepared assuming that the Company will continue as a going concern. As more fully described in Note 1 to the financial statements, the Company’s business plan is dependent on the completion of a business combination and the Company’s cash and working capital as of December 31, 2023 are not sufficient to complete its planned activities for a reasonable period of time, which is considered to be one year from the issuance date of the financial statements. In addition, the Company has until August 17, 2024 to consummate a business combination and it is uncertain that the Company will be able to consummate a business combination by this time. These conditions raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. Management’s plans in regard to these matters are also described in Note 1. The financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of this uncertainty.

Basis for Opinion

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

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

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

/s/ Marcum LLP

Marcum LLP

We have served as the Company’s auditor since 2020.

New York, NY

March 11, 2024

F-2

PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1. Financial Statements.

BITE ACQUISITION CORP.

BALANCE SHEETS

    

December 31, 2023

    

December 31, 2022

Assets

Current assets:

Cash

    

$

947

    

$

86,517

Prepaid expenses

 

7,946

 

38,905

Prepaid income taxes

36,795

Deferred business combination costs

41,318

Total current assets

87,006

125,422

Investment held in Trust Account

30,834,520

30,293,789

Total assets

$

30,921,526

$

30,419,211

Liabilities, redeemable shares and stockholders’ deficit:

 

  

 

  

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

2,278,597

$

258,394

Excise tax payable

12,598

Franchise tax payable

146,800

Income taxes payable

426,867

Due to related party

347,857

227,857

Convertible promissory note at fair value - related party

 

923,945

 

332,553

Total current liabilities

3,709,797

1,245,671

Deferred tax liability

357,642

50,914

Private warrant liability

 

8,250

 

16,500

Total liabilities

 

4,075,689

 

1,313,085

 

  

 

  

Commitments

 

  

 

  

Common stock subject to possible redemption, 2,878,178 and 2,998,815 shares outstanding at December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively, at redemption value

30,591,264

29,866,922

 

  

 

  

Stockholders’ deficit:

 

  

 

  

Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding

 

 

Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 5,640,000 shares issued and outstanding at both December 31, 2023 and 2022 (excluding shares subject to possible redemption of 2,878,178 and 2,998,815, respectively)

 

564

 

564

Additional paid-in capital

 

1,660,980

 

3,657,675

Accumulated deficit

 

(5,406,971)

 

(4,419,035)

Total stockholders’ deficit

 

(3,745,427)

 

(760,796)

Total liabilities, redeemable shares and stockholders’ deficit

$

30,921,526

$

30,419,211

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

F-3

BITE ACQUISITION CORP.

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

For the Years Ended

    

December 31, 

2023

    

2022

Operating expenses:

Formation and operating costs

$

2,859,519

$

1,124,171

Franchise tax

146,800

206,050

Loss from operations

(3,006,319)

(1,330,221)

Other income

Investment income from Trust

1,044,842

2,428,142

Change in fair value of private warrants

8,250

129,250

Change in fair value of convertible promissory notes

1,460,608

242,448

Total other income

2,513,700

2,799,840

Net (loss) income before provision for income taxes

(492,619)

1,469,619

Provision for income taxes

495,317

477,781

Net (loss) income after taxes

$

(987,936)

$

991,838

 

 

Basic and diluted weighted average Common Stock subject to redemption

 

2,951,221

 

19,254,743

Basic and diluted net (loss) income per Common Stock

$

(0.11)

$

0.04

Basic and diluted weighted average Common Stock

 

5,640,000

 

5,640,000

Basic and diluted net (loss) income per Common Stock

$

(0.11)

$

0.04

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

F-4

BITE ACQUISITION CORP.

STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT

Additional

Total

Common Stock

Paid-in

Accumulated

Stockholders’

    

Shares

    

Amount

    

Capital

    

Deficit

    

Deficit

Balance as of January 1, 2022

5,640,000

$

564

$

5,269,208

$

(5,410,873)

$

(141,101)

Remeasurement of shares subject to possible redemption

(1,611,533)

(1,611,533)

Net income

991,838

991,838

Balance as of December 31, 2022

5,640,000

$

564

$

3,657,675

$

(4,419,035)

$

(760,796)

Excise tax on redemptions of shares

(12,598)

(12,598)

Remeasurement of shares subject to possible redemption

(1,984,097)

(1,984,097)

Net loss

 

 

 

 

(987,936)

 

(987,936)

Balance as of December 31, 2023

5,640,000

$

564

$

1,660,980

$

(5,406,971)

$

(3,745,427)

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

F-5

BITE ACQUISITION CORP.

STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

For the Years Ended

December 31,

    

2023

    

2022

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:

Net (loss) income

$

(987,936)

$

991,838

Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash used in operating activities:

 

 

Interest earned on cash and investment held in Trust Account

(1,044,842)

(2,428,142)

Change in fair va