DESCRIPTION OF ORGANIZATION AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS
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Sep. 30, 2021
|DESCRIPTION OF ORGANIZATION AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS|
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NOTE 1. DESCRIPTION OF ORGANIZATION AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS
Magnum Opus Acquisition Limited (the “Company”) is a blank check company incorporated in the Cayman Islands on January 22, 2021. The Company was formed for the purpose of entering into a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses (a “Business Combination”). The Company is not limited to a particular industry or geographic region for purposes of consummating a Business Combination. The Company is an early stage and emerging growth company and, as such, the Company is subject to all of the risks associated with early stage and emerging growth companies.
As of September 30, 2021, the Company had not commenced any operations. All activity for the period from January 22, 2021 (inception) through September 30, 2021 relates to the Company’s formation and the initial public offering (“Initial Public Offering”).
The registration statement for the Company’s Initial Public Offering was declared effective on March 22, 2021. On March 25, 2021, the Company consummated the Initial Public Offering of 20,000,000 units (the “Units” and, with respect to the Class A ordinary shares included in the Units sold, the “Public Shares”), at $10.00 per Unit, generating gross proceeds of $200,000,000, which is discussed in Note 4.
Simultaneously with the closing of the Initial Public Offering, the Company consummated the sale of 6,000,000 warrants (the “Private Placement Warrants”) at a price of $1.00 per Private Placement Warrant in a private placement to Magnum Opus Holdings LLC (the “Sponsor”), generating gross proceeds of $6,000,000, which is described in Note 5.
Transaction costs amounted to $11,470,467, consisting of $4,000,000 of underwriting fees, $7,000,000 of deferred underwriting fees, and $470,467 of other offering costs. In addition, as of September 30, 2021, cash of $891,406 was held outside of the Trust Account (as defined below) and is available for the payment of offering costs and for working capital purposes.
Following the closing of the Initial Public Offering on March 25, 2021, an amount of $200,000,000 ($10.00 per Unit) from the net proceeds of the sale of the Units in the Initial Public Offering and the sale of the Private Placement Warrants was placed in a trust account (the “Trust Account”), invested only in U.S. government treasury obligations with a maturity of 185 days or less or in money market funds meeting certain conditions under Rule 2a-7 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the "Investment Company Act"), which invest only in direct U.S. government treasury obligations, until the earlier of: (i) the completion of a Business Combination and (ii) the distribution of the funds held in the Trust Account, as described below.
The Company’s management has broad discretion with respect to the specific application of the net proceeds of the Initial Public Offering and the sale of the Private Placement Warrants, although substantially all of the net proceeds are intended to be applied generally toward consummating a Business Combination. The Company must complete a Business Combination with one or more target businesses that together have an aggregate fair market value of at least 80% of the value of the Trust Account (as defined below) (excluding the deferred underwriting commissions and taxes payable on income earned on the Trust Account) at the time of the agreement to enter into an initial Business Combination. The Company will only complete a Business Combination if the post-transaction company owns or acquires 50% or more of the outstanding voting securities of the target or otherwise acquires a controlling interest in the target sufficient for it not to be required to register as an investment company under the Investment Company Act. There is no assurance that the Company will be able to successfully effect a Business Combination.
The Company will provide its holders of the outstanding Public Shares (the “public shareholders”) with the opportunity to redeem all or a portion of their Public Shares upon the completion of a Business Combination either (i) in connection with a shareholder meeting called to approve the Business Combination or (ii) by means of a tender offer. The decision as to whether the Company will seek shareholder approval of a Business Combination or conduct a tender offer will be made by the Company, solely in its discretion. The public shareholders will be entitled to redeem their Public Shares for a pro rata portion of the amount then in the Trust Account (initially $10.00 per Public Share, plus any pro rata interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account and not previously released to the Company to pay its tax obligations). There will be no redemption rights upon the completion of a Business Combination with respect to the Company’s warrants.
The Company will proceed with a Business Combination only if the Company has net tangible assets of at least $5,000,001 either prior to or upon such consummation of a Business Combination and, if the Company seeks shareholder approval, a majority of the shares voted are voted in favor of the Business Combination. If a shareholder vote is not required by law and the Company does not decide to hold a shareholder vote for business or other reasons, the Company will, pursuant to its Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association (the “Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association”), conduct the redemptions pursuant to the tender offer rules of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and file tender offer documents with the SEC prior to completing a Business Combination. If, however, shareholder approval of the transaction is required by law, or the Company decides to obtain shareholder approval for business or other reasons, the Company will offer to redeem shares in conjunction with a proxy solicitation pursuant to the proxy rules and not pursuant to the tender offer rules. If the Company seeks shareholder approval in connection with a Business Combination, the Sponsor has agreed to vote its Founder Shares (as defined in Note 6) and any Public Shares purchased during or after the Initial Public Offering in favor of approving a Business Combination. Additionally, each public shareholder may elect to redeem their Public Shares irrespective of whether they vote for or against the proposed transaction or don’t vote at all.
Notwithstanding the above, if the Company seeks shareholder approval of a Business Combination and it does not conduct redemptions pursuant to the tender offer rules, the Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association provides that a public shareholder, together with any affiliate of such shareholder or any other person with whom such shareholder is acting in concert or as a “group” (as defined under Section 13 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)), will be restricted from redeeming its shares with respect to more than an aggregate of 15% or more of the Public Shares, without the prior consent of the Company.
The Sponsor has agreed to waive (i) redemption rights with respect to its Founder Shares and Public Shares held by it in connection with the completion of a Business Combination, (ii) redemption rights with respect to any Founder Shares and Public Shares held by it in connection with a shareholder vote to amend its Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association to modify the substance or timing of its obligation to allow redemption in connection with an initial Business Combination or to redeem 100% of its Public Shares if the Company does not complete an initial Business Combination within 24 months from the closing of the Initial Public Offering or with respect to any other material provision relating to shareholders’ rights or pre-initial business combination activity and (iii) rights to liquidating distributions from the Trust Account with respect to any Founder Shares held if the Company fails to complete an initial Business Combination within 24 months from the closing of the Initial Public Offering. However, if the Sponsor acquires Public Shares in or after the Initial Public Offering, such Public Shares will be entitled to liquidating distributions from the Trust Account if the Company fails to complete a Business Combination within 24 months from the closing of the Initial Public Offering.
The Company will have until March 25, 2023 to complete a Business Combination (the “Combination Period”). If the Company is unable to complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period, the Company will (i) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up, (ii) as promptly as reasonably possible but no more than ten business days thereafter, redeem the Public Shares, at a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account (less franchise and income taxes payable and up to $100,000 of interest to pay dissolution expenses), divided by the number of then issued and outstanding Public Shares, which redemption will completely extinguish public shareholders’ rights as shareholders (including the right to receive further liquidation distributions, if any) and (iii) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of the Company’s remaining shareholders and board of directors, liquidate and dissolve, subject in the case of clauses (ii) and (iii) to the Company’s obligations under Cayman Islands law to provide for claims of creditors and in all cases subject to the other requirements of applicable law. There will be no redemption rights or liquidating distributions with respect to the Company’s warrants, which will expire worthless if the Company fails to complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period.
The underwriters have agreed to waive their rights to their deferred underwriting commission (see Note 7) held in the Trust Account in the event the Company does not complete a Business Combination within in the Combination Period and, in such event, such amounts will be included with the other funds held in the Trust Account that will be available to fund the redemption of the Public Shares. In the event of such distribution, it is possible that the per share value of the assets remaining available for distribution will be less than the Initial Public Offering price per Unit ($10.00).
In order to protect the amounts held in the Trust Account, the Sponsor has agreed to be liable to the Company if and to the extent any claims by a third party for services rendered or products sold to the Company, or a prospective target business with which the Company has entered into a written letter of intent, confidentiality or other similar agreement or business combination agreement, reduce the amount of funds in the Trust Account to below the lesser of (i) $10.00 per Public Share and (ii) the actual amount per Public Share held in the Trust Account as of the date of the liquidation of the Trust Account, if less than $10.00 per share due to reductions in the value of the trust assets, less franchise and income taxes payable, provided that such liability will not apply to any claims by a third party or prospective target business who executed a waiver of any and all rights to the monies held in the Trust Account (whether or not such waiver is enforceable) nor will it apply to any claims under the Company’s indemnity of the underwriters of the Initial Public Offering against certain liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). The Company will seek to reduce the possibility that the Sponsor will have to indemnify the Trust Account due to claims of creditors by endeavoring to have all vendors, service providers, prospective target businesses or other entities with which the Company does business, execute agreements with the Company waiving any right, title, interest or claim of any kind in or to monies held in the Trust Account.
Business Combination Agreement
On August 26, 2021, the Company, Integrated Whale Media Investment Inc., a BVI business company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands, in its capacity as a seller (“IWM”), and shareholders’ representative (the “Shareholders’ Representative”), Highlander Management LLC, a limited liability company incorporated in the State of Delaware (“Highlander”, and together with IWM, the “Sellers”), Forbes Global Holdings Inc., a BVI business company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands that is wholly-owned subsidiary of IWM (“FGH”), and Forbes Global Media Holdings, Inc., a BVI business company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands (“Forbes”), entered into a business combination agreement (as it may be amended from time to time, the “Business Combination Agreement”), which provides that the Company will purchase from IWM and Highlander, directly or indirectly, all of the shares of FGH and Forbes, and the outstanding options of Forbes held by each optionholder (the “Optionholders”) (whether vested or unvested) will be cancelled in exchange for a combination of cash and newly issued ordinary shares of the Company, par value $0.0001 per share, valued at $10.00 per share. Following the consummation of the transactions, the Company will directly or indirectly hold 100% of the issued share capital of FGH and Forbes.
Subject to the terms of the Business Combination Agreement, the aggregate consideration to be paid to Forbes’s equityholders in connection with the Business Combination is expected to be valued at $620,000,000, subject to adjustments for cash and cash equivalents, indebtedness and net working capital of the target companies relative to a target as of the closing of the Business Combination (the “Closing Consideration”), which will be paid in a combination of cash and newly issued ordinary shares of the Company. The aggregate cash consideration will be an amount equal to the Company’s cash and cash equivalents as of the Closing (including proceeds in connection with the Private Placement (as defined below) and the funds in the Company’s trust account as of the Closing), plus cash and cash equivalents of the target companies, minus unpaid transaction expenses of the Company as of the Closing, minus unpaid transaction expenses of the Company and the target companies as of the Closing, minus unpaid transaction expenses of the Company and the target companies as of the Closing, minus transaction expenses of the Sellers and the target companies, minus $145,000,000. The remainder of the Closing Consideration will be paid in a number of newly issued ordinary shares of the Company valued at $10.00 per share.
Concurrently with the execution of the Agreement, the Company entered into subscription agreements with certain investors (the “PIPE Investors”), pursuant to which the PIPE Investors have agreed to purchase an aggregate of 40,000,000 Class A ordinary shares of the Company in a private placement for $10.00 per share for aggregate gross proceeds of $400,000,000 (the “PIPE Financing”). The proceeds from the PIPE Financing will be used to partially fund the cash consideration to be paid to IWM, Highlander and the optionholders of FGMH at the Closing, with any remainder used to fund working capital of the Company following Closing.
Going Concern Consideration
As of September 30, 2021, the Company had $891,406 in cash held outside of the Trust Account and working capital of $1,060,973. The Company has incurred and expects to continue to incur significant costs in pursuit of its acquisition plans. These conditions raise substantial doubt about the Company's ability to continue as a going concern for the earlier of the consummation of a Business Combination or one year from this filing. Management plans to address this uncertainty through the Business Combination as discussed above. There is no assurance that the Company's plans to consummate the Business Combination will be successful or successful within the Combination Period. The financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of this uncertainty.
Risks and Uncertainties
Management continues to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and has concluded that while it is reasonably possible that the virus could have a negative effect on the Company’s financial position, results of its operations, and/or search for a target company, the specific impact is not readily determinable as of the date of the financial statement. The financial statement does not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of this uncertainty.
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