Carbon Revolution Secures US$60 Million Loan
Proceeds to Progress Ongoing Investment in Mega-line Automation, Capacity Expansion, Repayment of Existing Debt, and General Working Capital
GEELONG, Australia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
Carbon Revolution Limited (“CBR”, “Carbon Revolution” or the “Company”), a Tier 1 OEM supplier and a leading global manufacturer of lightweight advanced technology carbon fiber wheels, announced the establishment of a US$60 million debt financing arranged and insured by PIUS Limited LLC, a Gallagher company, and its affiliates (the “Financing”). Net proceeds from the four-year program will be partly used to repay key existing lenders, with the remainder of the capital used to fund further Mega-line automation, capacity expansion, and provide general working capital to support the Company’s forecast growth. The Financing will be secured by the group’s assets, including its intellectual property.
“The funds raised in this financing will progress our ongoing capacity build out, further automation of the facility to reduce our cost structure, and provide us with working capital to support our growth forecasts, without dilution,” said Carbon Revolution CEO and Managing Director, Jake Dingle. “As the automotive industry shifts rapidly to electrification we are well-positioned to capture this accelerating demand.”
The Financing comes at a fixed interest rate of 8.5% per annum with interest-only payments for the first 18 months. The Financing will assist with the delivery of the 11 lightweight wheel programs currently awarded to Carbon Revolution by four leading global automakers including Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company and Ferrari N.V, as well as three additional programs under engineering contracts.
Carbon Revolution is focused on further expanding its footprint in the rapidly growing market for electric vehicles (EVs). The Company’s wheels weigh up to 50% less than comparable aluminum wheels, and can provide up to 5% to 10% increase to EV vehicle range1.
Carbon Revolution’s wheels significantly reduce unsprung mass which greatly improves efficiency, while also helping leading global automakers to comply with the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) targets set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These benefits have contributed to the award of two OEM EV wheel programs in recent months.
The Company initially penetrated the performance and premium end of the market with wheel programs for vehicles including Ford’s GT and Shelby Mustang GT350R and GT500, Ferrari’s 488 Pista, F8 Tributo, SF90 Stradale, 812 Competizione and 296 GTB, Renault’s Megane RS Trophy R, and GM’s Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and E-Ray. As the global automotive industry shifts to electric power, Carbon Revolution is well positioned to capture OEM demand for weight-saving efficiency technologies.
“In the escalating race to achieve supreme efficiency in automotive vehicles, Carbon Revolution has designed and manufactured some of the most technologically advanced carbon fiber composite wheels, with an extensive IP portfolio spanning multiple jurisdictions,” said PIUS CEO, Joe Agiato. “In addition to our excitement in helping Carbon Revolution leverage its IP to become listed in the United States the PIUS team is enthused about bringing insured technology financing to the Australian market. We look forward to being a part of Carbon Revolution’s future global growth.”
The Financing was secured in connection with the SPAC merger process following the November 2022 signing of a definitive business combination agreement with Twin Ridge Capital Acquisition Corp. (“Twin Ridge” or “TRCA”) (NYSE: TRCA) and accompanying scheme implementation deed (“SID”) that is expected to result in the Carbon Revolution business becoming publicly listed in the U.S. via a series of transactions, including a scheme of arrangement. Upon closing of the transactions, a newly-formed Irish company (also called Carbon Revolution Limited) (“MergeCo”) will acquire both the Company and TRCA and the ordinary shares and warrants of MergeCo are expected to trade on the Nasdaq. Carbon Revolution’s shares will cease to be quoted on the ASX.
ABOUT CARBON REVOLUTION
Carbon Revolution is an Australian technology company, which has successfully innovated, commercialized and industrialized the advanced manufacture of carbon fiber wheels for the global automotive industry. The Company has progressed from single prototypes to designing and manufacturing high-performing wheels for some of the fastest street cars and most prestigious brands in the world. Carbon Revolution is creating a significant and sustainable advanced technology business that supplies its lightweight wheel technology to automotive manufacturers around the world.
For more information, visit carbonrev.com
PIUS Limited, LLC, a Gallagher company, is a managing general underwriter with extensive expertise in evaluating IP and high-growth technology-driven companies. It offers a proprietary insurance product for growing technology companies, which utilizes a company’s intellectual property (IP) as collateral. By insuring the loan based on its evaluation of a company’s IP, PIUS helps facilitate greater loan amounts at better rates, while transferring the risk from the lender to the insurer. Through PIUS’ CLip Notes program, PIUS provides the insurance, brings the capital source via institutional investors, and monitors the transaction, providing a complete solution.
For more information, visit https://piusre.com
Information about Proposed Business Combination
As previously announced, Carbon Revolution Limited (“CBR”, “Carbon Revolution” or the “Company”) (ASX: CBR) and Twin Ridge Capital Acquisition Corp. (“Twin Ridge” or “TRCA”) (NYSE: TRCA) have entered into a definitive business combination agreement and accompanying scheme implementation deed (“SID”) that is expected to result in Carbon Revolution becoming publicly listed in the U.S. via a series of transactions, including a scheme of arrangement. Upon closing of the transactions, the ordinary shares and warrants of the merged company, Carbon Revolution Limited (formerly known as Poppetell Limited), a private limited company incorporated in Ireland with registered number 607450 (“MergeCo”), that will become the parent company of the Company and Twin Ridge, are expected to trade on the Nasdaq in the United States, and Carbon Revolution’s shares shall be delisted from the ASX.
Additional Information about the Proposed Business Combination and Where to Find It
This communication relates to the proposed business combination involving CBR, TRCA, MergeCo, and Poppettell Merger Sub, a Cayman Islands exempted company and wholly-owned subsidiary of MergeCo (“Merger Sub”). In connection with the proposed business combination, MergeCo has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a Registration Statement on Form F-4 (the “Registration Statement”) and Amendment No. 1 thereto, including a preliminary proxy statement of TRCA and a preliminary prospectus of MergeCo relating to the MergeCo Shares to be issued in connection with the proposed business combination. The Registration Statement, as amended, is subject to SEC review and further revision and is not yet effective. This communication is not a substitute for the Registration Statement, the definitive proxy statement/final prospectus, when available, or any other document that MergeCo or TRCA has filed or will file with the SEC or send to its shareholders in connection with the proposed business combination. This communication does not contain all the information that should be considered concerning the proposed business combination and other matters and is not intended to form the basis for any investment decision or any other decision in respect of such matters.
BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING OR INVESTMENT DECISION, TRCA’S SHAREHOLDERS AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES ARE URGED TO READ THE PRELIMINARY PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT/ PROSPECTUS, WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE, AND ANY AMENDMENTS THERETO AND ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED BY TRCA OR MERGECO WITH THE SEC IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROPOSED BUSINESS COMBINATION OR INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE THEREIN IN THEIR ENTIRETY BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING OR INVESTMENT DECISION WITH RESPECT TO THE PROPOSED BUSINESS COMBINATION BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED BUSINESS COMBINATION AND THE PARTIES TO THE PROPOSED BUSINESS COMBINATION.
After the Registration Statement, as amended, is declared effective, the definitive proxy statement will be mailed to shareholders of TRCA as of a record date to be established for voting on the proposed business combination. Additionally, TRCA and MergeCo will file other relevant materials with the SEC in connection with the proposed business combination. Copies of the Registration Statement, as amended, the definitive proxy statement/ prospectus and all other relevant materials for the proposed business combination filed or that will be filed with the SEC may be obtained, when available, free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, the documents filed by TRCA or MergeCo may be obtained, when available, free of charge from TRCA at www.twinridgecapitalac.com. TRCA’s shareholders may also obtain copies of the definitive proxy statement/prospectus, when available, without charge, by directing a request to Twin Ridge Capital Acquisition Corp., 999 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 200, Naples, Florida 60654.
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This communication is for information purposes only and is not intended to and does not constitute, or form part of, an offer, invitation or the solicitation of an offer or invitation to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell or otherwise dispose of any securities, or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction, pursuant to the proposed business combination or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. The proposed business combination will be implemented solely pursuant to the Business Combination Agreement and Scheme Implementation Deed, in each case, filed as exhibits to the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by TRCA with the SEC on November 30, 2022, which contains the full terms and conditions of the proposed business combination. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of the Securities Act.
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These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including (i) changes in domestic and foreign business, market, financial, political and legal conditions; (ii) the inability of the parties to successfully or timely consummate the proposed business combination, including the risks that we will not secure sufficient funding to proceed through to completion of the Transaction, any required regulatory approvals are not obtained, are delayed or are subject to unanticipated conditions that could adversely affect the combined company or the expected benefits of the proposed business combination, or that the approval of the shareholders of TRCA or CBR is not obtained; (iii) the ability to maintain the listing of MergeCo’s securities on the stock exchange; (iv) the inability to complete any private placement financing, the amount of any private placement financing or the completion of any private placement financing on favorable terms; (v) the risk that the proposed business combination disrupts current plans and operations CBR or TRCA as a result of the announcement and consummation of the proposed business combination and related transactions; (vi) the risk that any of the conditions to closing of the business combination are not satisfied in the anticipated manner or on the anticipated timeline or are waived by any of the parties thereto; (vii) the failure to realize the anticipated benefits of the proposed business combination and related transactions; (viii) risks relating to the uncertainty of the costs related to the proposed business combination; (ix) risks related to the rollout of CBR’s business strategy and the timing of expected business milestones; (x) the effects of competition on CBR’s future business and the ability of the combined company to grow and manage growth, establish and maintain relationships with customers and healthcare professionals and retain its management and key employees; (xi) risks related to domestic and international political and macroeconomic uncertainty, including the Russia-Ukraine conflict; (xii) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against TRCA, CBR or any of their respective directors or officers; (xiii) the amount of redemption requests made by TRCA’s public shareholders; (xiv) the ability of TRCA to issue equity, if any, in connection with the proposed business combination or to otherwise obtain financing in the future; (xv) the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic and governmental responses on any of the foregoing risks; (xvi) risks related to CBR’s industry; (xvii) changes in laws and regulations; and (xviii) those factors discussed in TRCA’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 under the heading “Risk Factors,” and other documents of TRCA or MergeCo to be filed with the SEC, including the proxy statement / prospectus. If any of these risks materialize or TRCA’s or CBR’s assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. There may be additional risks that neither TRCA nor CBR presently know or that TRCA and CBR currently believe are immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements reflect TRCA’s and CBR’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this communication. TRCA and CBR anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause TRCA’s and CBR’s assessments to change. However, while TRCA and CBR may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, each of TRCA, CBR, MergeCo and Merger Sub specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, unless required by applicable law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing TRCA’s and CBR’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this communication. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed upon the forward-looking statements.
1 If associated weight reduction were to be reinvested in battery mass; top end of range assumes further benefits derived from additional aerodynamic, NVH (noise, vibration and harshness), and structural enhancements.
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