UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

 

SCHEDULE 14A

 

Proxy Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of

the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

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Cepton, Inc.
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CEPTON, INC.
399 West Trimble Road

San Jose, California 95131

 

[   ], 2022

 

Dear Stockholder,

 

You are cordially invited to attend a special meeting of stockholders of Cepton, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”). The meeting will be held on [ ][ ], 2023, at [ ] Pacific Time, conducted solely online via live webcast (the “Special Meeting”). We believe hosting a virtual meeting enables increased stockholder attendance and participation from locations around the world. Stockholders attending the virtual meeting will be afforded the same rights and opportunities to participate as they would at an in-person meeting. You will be able to attend and participate in the Special Meeting online, vote your shares electronically and submit your questions prior to the meeting at [   ] and during the meeting by visiting https://www.cstproxy.com/cepton/2023 at the meeting date and time described in the accompanying Proxy Statement. The conference ID for the meeting is [ ]. There is no physical location for the Special Meeting.

 

Please use this opportunity to take part in the affairs of our company by voting on the business to come before this Special Meeting. Whether or not you plan to attend the virtual Special Meeting, please sign, date and return the accompanying proxy card or voting instruction form in the postage-paid envelope provided or submit your proxy or voting instructions electronically via the internet or by telephone. See “About the Special Meeting and the Transaction—How do I vote?” in the Proxy Statement for more details. You may also vote your shares online during the Special Meeting. Instructions for each type of voting are included on the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials or, if you received a printed set of our proxy materials, on your proxy card or voting instruction form. Returning the proxy card or voting instruction form or submitting your proxy or voting instructions electronically does not deprive you of your right to attend the virtual Special Meeting and to vote your shares online during the virtual Special Meeting.

 

By Order of the Board of Directors

 

Jun Pei
President and Chief Executive Officer
[   ], 2022

 

 

 

 

CEPTON, INC.
399 West Trimble Road

San Jose, California 95131

 

 

   
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
     

 

Time and Date: [ ], Pacific Time, on [ ], 2023
   
Virtual Meeting Site: Via live webcast at https://www.cstproxy.com/cepton/2023
   
Items of Business: Proposal 1—In accordance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635, approval of the issuance of 100,000 shares of the Company’s Series A Convertible Preferred Stock, par value $0.00001 per share (the “Preferred Stock”) to Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (the “Investor”), in accordance with the terms of the Investment Agreement (the “Investment Agreement”), dated October 27, 2022 by and between the Company and the Investor and the issuance of shares of the Company’s common stock upon conversion thereof pursuant to the Certificate of Designations of the Preferred Stock (the “Transaction Proposal”).‎‎‎
   
  Proposal 2—Approval of a proposal to adjourn the Special Meeting to a later date or time, if necessary, to solicit additional proxies if there are not sufficient votes at the time of the Special Meeting to approve the Transaction Proposal (the “Adjournment Proposal”)
   
  Such other business as may properly come before the meeting, or any adjournment or postponement thereof.
   
Record Date: The stockholders of record of our common stock as of the close of business on [     ], 2022, will be entitled to vote at the Special Meeting, or any adjournment or postponement thereof. A complete list of stockholders of record of our common stock entitled to vote at the Special Meeting will be maintained in our principal executive offices at 399 West Trimble Road, San Jose, California 95131 for ten days prior to the Special Meeting.
   
Proxy Voting: Your vote is important to us. Whether or not you plan to attend the virtual Special Meeting, we urge you to submit your proxy or voting instructions as soon as possible to ensure your shares are represented at the Special Meeting. The voting procedures are described under “About the Special Meeting and the Transaction” in the accompanying Proxy Statement.

 

IMPORTANT - NOTICE REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS FOR THE SPECIAL MEETING. The Notice of Special Meeting of Stockholders and Proxy Statement are available at [   ]. Our proxy materials are also available to our stockholders free of charge at http://investors.cepton.com.

 

 

 

 

CEPTON, INC.
399 West Trimble Road

San Jose, California 95131

 

PROXY STATEMENT
FOR THE SPECIAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

 

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MEETING AGENDA

 

Proposals  

Page

 

Voting Standard

 

Board
Recommendation

             
Approve the issuance of Preferred Stock in accordance with the terms of the Investment Agreement and the issuance of shares of the Company’s common stock upon conversion thereof pursuant to the Certificate of Designations of the Preferred Stock   [12]   Majority of shares present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote on the matter, that are voted “FOR” or “AGAINST” the proposal, provided a quorum is present in person or represented by proxy. Virtual attendance at our Special Meeting constitutes presence in person for the Special Meeting.   For
             
Vote on Adjournment   [40]   Majority of shares present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote on the matter, that are voted “FOR” or “AGAINST” the proposal, irrespective of whether a quorum is present. Virtual attendance at our Special Meeting constitutes presence in person for the Special Meeting.   For

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

General 1
   
About the Special Meeting and the Transaction 2
   
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements 11
   
Proposal 1: Approval of the Issuance of Preferred Stock Contemplated by the Investment Agreement 12
     
  The Transaction 12
     
  The Investment Agreement 16
     
  Certificate of Designations 29
     
  Investor Rights Agreement 30
     
  Investor Term Loan Agreement 34
     
  Description of the Preferred Stock 35
     
  Voting Support Agreements 38
     
Proposal 2: Vote on Adjournment 40
   
Interests of Certain Persons in the Transactions 41
   
Market Price of Common Stock 42
   
Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management 43
   
Where You Can Find More Information 45
   
Other Information 45
   
Incorporation of Certain Information by Reference 47
   
Annex A: Investment Agreement A-1
   
Annex B: Form of Voting Support Agreement B-1
   
Annex C: Investor Term Loan Agreement C-1

 

 

 

 

CEPTON, INC.
399 West Trimble Road

San Jose, California 95131

 

PROXY STATEMENT

General

 

These proxy materials are being furnished to you in connection with the solicitation of proxies by the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Cepton, Inc. for use at the special meeting of stockholders (the “Special Meeting”) to be held on [ ], 2023 at [ ], Pacific Time. The Special Meeting will be conducted virtually via live webcast. This Proxy Statement contains important information for you to consider when deciding how to vote on the matters to be brought before the Special Meeting. Please read it carefully.

 

In accordance with rules promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), we have elected to provide access to our proxy materials over the internet. Accordingly, we are sending a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (the “Notice”) to our stockholders of record, while brokers, banks and other nominees who hold shares on behalf of beneficial owners will be sending their own similar Notice to the beneficial owners. All stockholders will have the ability to access the proxy materials, including this Proxy Statement, on the website referred to in the Notice or to request to receive a printed copy of the proxy materials. Instructions on how to request a printed copy by mail or electronically, including an option to request paper copies on an ongoing basis, may be found in the Notice and on the website referred to in the Notice.

 

On or about [   ], 2022, the proxy materials for the Special Meeting, including this Proxy Statement, were first sent or made available to our stockholders entitled to vote at the Special Meeting.

 

Unless otherwise indicated, the terms “Cepton, Inc.,” “Cepton,” “the Company,” “we,” “our” and “us” are used in these proxy materials to refer to Cepton, Inc. We are incorporated in the state of Delaware and our company website can be found at http://www.cepton.com. Our common stock is traded on the Nasdaq Capital Market (“Nasdaq”) under the symbol “CPTN”. Information contained on or accessible through Cepton’s website is not a part of this Proxy Statement.

 

Capitalized terms are defined below in the text, “The Investment Agreement” in Proposal 1 or “The Investor Rights Agreement” in Proposal 1, as applicable.

 

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About the Special Meeting and the Transaction

 

The Company is furnishing this Proxy Statement to its stockholders as part of the solicitation of proxies by the Board for use at the Special Meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof. This Proxy Statement provides the Company’s stockholders with the information they need to know to be able to vote at the Special Meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof. The following questions and answers are intended to briefly address some commonly asked questions regarding the Transaction, the Investment Agreement and the Special Meeting. These questions and answers may not address all of the questions that may be important to you as a stockholder of the Company. Please refer to the detailed information contained elsewhere in this Proxy Statement, including the Investment Agreement and the documents referred to or incorporated by reference in this Proxy Statement, which you should read carefully and in their entirety. You may obtain the information incorporated by reference in this Proxy Statement without charge by following the instructions under “Where You Can Find More Information” beginning on page 45 or “Incorporation of Certain Information By Reference” beginning on page 47.

 

Q.Who is soliciting my vote?

 

A.This Proxy Statement and the enclosed proxy card are furnished in connection with the solicitation of proxies by the Board for use at the Special Meeting.

 

Q.Why am I receiving this Proxy Statement?

 

A.On October 27, 2022, the Company entered into an Investment Agreement (the “Investment Agreement”) with Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (the “Investor” or “Koito”), pursuant to which the Company agreed to issue, and Koito agreed to purchase, 100,000 shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock of the Company, par value $0.00001 per share (the “Preferred Stock”) for $100,000,000 (the “Transaction”). The Preferred Stock will initially be convertible into shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.00001 per share (the “common stock”), at a conversion price of $2.585 per share, subject to adjustment, beginning on the one year anniversary of the issuance of the Preferred Stock.

 

The Company is seeking stockholder approval in order to comply with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635. In particular, under Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635(b), stockholder approval is required prior to the issuance of securities when the issuance or potential issuance will result in a “change of control” of the registrant. Although Nasdaq has not adopted any rule on what constitutes a “change of control” for purposes of Rule 5635(b), Nasdaq has previously indicated that the acquisition of, or right to acquire, by a single investor or affiliated investor group, as little as 20% of the common stock (or securities convertible into or exercisable for common stock) or voting power of an issuer could constitute a change of control. Because the issuance of the Preferred Stock (the “Preferred Stock Issuance”) and the terms thereof will result in Koito owning, or having the right to acquire, approximately 30% of the Company’s outstanding common stock (assuming conversion of the Preferred Stock and together with its current common stock holdings), we are seeking stockholder approval of this Proposal No. 1 in order to comply with the Nasdaq Listing Rules and to satisfy conditions under the Investment Agreement. For additional details on the terms of the Preferred Stock, see the section entitled “Description of the Preferred Stock” in this Proxy Statement.

 

At the Special Meeting, you will be asked to vote on a proposal to approve the Preferred Stock Issuance (the “Transaction Proposal”) and a proposal to adjourn the Special Meeting to a later date or time, if necessary, to solicit additional proxies if there are not sufficient votes at the time of the Special Meeting to approve the Transaction Proposal (the “Adjournment Proposal”).

 

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This Proxy Statement and the enclosed proxy card are furnished in connection with the solicitation of proxies by the Board of the Company for use at the Special Meeting of the Company’s stockholders to be held on [ ], 2023 at [ ], Pacific Time, conducted solely online via live webcast at https://www.cstproxy.com/cepton/2023, and can also be accessed by phone at +1 800-450-7155 (within the U.S. and Canada) or +1 857-999-9155 (outside of the U.S. and Canada). The conference ID for the meeting is [ ]. There is no physical location for the Special Meeting. You are receiving this Proxy Statement in connection with the solicitation of proxies in favor of the Transaction Proposal and to approve the other proposals to be voted on at the Special Meeting, including at any adjournments or postponements of the Special Meeting and because you have been identified as a stockholder of the Company as of the close of business on the Record Date. You are invited to attend the Special Meeting to vote on the proposals described in this Proxy Statement. However, you do not need to attend the meeting to vote your shares. See below under “How do I vote?

 

Although it is not currently expected, the Special Meeting may be adjourned or postponed. If there is no quorum, the holders of a majority of shares present at the meeting in person or represented by proxy may adjourn the meeting to another date. Virtual attendance at our Special Meeting constitutes presence in person for the Special Meeting.

 

Q.What is the Transaction and what effects will it have on the Company?

 

A.As of October 26, 2022, Koito beneficially owned common stock representing approximately 13% of the Company’s outstanding common stock and Mr. Takayuki Katsuda, the managing corporate officer of Koito, represented Koito on the Board of the Company. The proposed Transaction is the acquisition of 100,000 shares of Preferred Stock by Koito. If the Transaction Proposal is approved by our stockholders and the other closing conditions under the Investment Agreement have been satisfied or waived, Koito would, upon the conversion of the Preferred Stock, control approximately 30% of the voting shares of the Company’s outstanding common stock (assuming conversion of the Preferred Stock including the shares of the common stock currently owned by Koito) and be entitled to additional representation on the Board of the Company and certain other governance and consent rights.

 

After careful consideration, our Board has unanimously determined that the Investment Agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby are fair to and in the best interests of the Company and the Company’s stockholders and has approved the Investment Agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby. Accordingly, the Board unanimously recommends that its stockholders vote “FOR” the approval of the Transaction Proposal and “FOR” the Adjournment Proposal, if necessary, to solicit additional proxies if there are not sufficient votes at the time of the Special Meeting to approve the Transaction Proposal.

 

Q.When and where is the Special Meeting?

 

A.The meeting will be held on [ ], 2023, at [ ] Pacific Time, conducted solely online via live webcast at https://www.cstproxy.com/cepton/2023, and can also be accessed by phone at +1 800-450-7155 (within the U.S. and Canada) or +1 857-999-9155 (outside of the U.S. and Canada). The conference ID for the meeting is [ ]. There is no physical location for the Special Meeting.

 

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Q.What am I being asked to vote on at the Special Meeting?

 

A.At the Special Meeting, holders of the Company’s common stock will be asked to consider and vote on the Transaction Proposal and the Adjournment Proposal.

 

Q.How does the Board recommend that I vote?

 

A.The Board recommends that you vote your shares of our common stock “FOR” the approval of the Transaction Proposal and “FOR” the approval of the Adjournment Proposal.

 

For a discussion of the factors that the Board considered in determining to approve the execution and delivery of the Investment Agreement by the Company and to recommend the approval of the transactions contemplated by the Investment Agreement, please see the section in Proposal 1 entitled “The Transaction—Reasons for the Transaction; Recommendation of the Board.” In considering the recommendation of the Board that you vote to approve the Investment Agreement, you should be aware that the Company’s directors and executive officers may have interests in the Transaction that may be different from, or in addition to, those of the Company stockholders generally. For a discussion of these interests, please see the section entitled “Interests of Certain Persons in the Transaction.”

 

Q.Who is entitled to vote at the Special Meeting?

 

A.All holders of shares of the Company’s common stock as of the close of business on [   ], 2022, the “Record Date”), are entitled to vote at the Special Meeting. Each holder of our common stock is entitled to one vote for each share of our common stock held on the Record Date. As of the close of business on the Record Date, there were [ ] shares of our common stock outstanding. The Company’s warrants to purchase shares of common stock are not entitled to vote at the Special Meeting.

 

Q.What is the difference between holding shares as a stockholder of record and in street name as a beneficial owner?

 

A.Our stockholders may hold their shares of our common stock through a broker, bank or other nominee (that is, in “street name”) rather than directly in their own name. Summarized below are some of the differences between shares held of record and those owned beneficially in street name.

 

Stockholder of Record. If your shares are registered directly in your name with the Company’s transfer agent, Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company (“Continental”), you are considered, with respect to those shares, the stockholder of record and this Proxy Statement was sent directly to you by the Company. As the stockholder of record, you have the right to vote your shares at the Special Meeting or to grant your proxy directly to certain officers of the Company to vote your shares at the Special Meeting.

 

Beneficial Owner. If your shares are held through a broker, bank or other nominee, you are considered the beneficial owner of shares held in street name, and this Proxy Statement was forwarded to you by your broker, bank or other nominee. As the beneficial owner, you have the right to direct your broker, bank or other nominee how to vote your shares on your behalf at the Special Meeting, or you may contact your broker, bank or other nominee to obtain a “legal proxy” giving you the right to vote at the Special Meeting.

 

Q.Why are you holding a virtual meeting instead of a physical meeting?

 

A.We have decided to hold our Special Meeting virtually. We believe that hosting a virtual meeting will enable greater stockholder attendance and participation from any location around the world.

 

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Q.How can I attend the virtual Special Meeting?

 

A.The Special Meeting will be a completely virtual meeting of stockholders, which will be conducted exclusively by live webcast. You are entitled to participate in the Special Meeting only if you were a stockholder of the Company as of the close of business on the Record Date, or if you hold a valid proxy for the Special Meeting. No physical meeting will be held.

 

You will be able to attend the Special Meeting online and submit your questions during the meeting by visiting https://www.cstproxy.com/cepton/2023 or by phone at +1 800-450-7155 (within the U.S. and Canada) or +1 857-999-9155 (outside of the U.S. and Canada). You also will be able to vote your shares online by attending the Special Meeting by webcast.

 

To participate in the Special Meeting, you will need to review the information included on your proxy card, voting instruction form or on the Notice. The conference ID for the meeting is [ ]. In addition, if you hold your shares through an intermediary, such as a broker, bank or other nominee, you must register in advance using the instructions below.

 

The virtual Special Meeting will begin promptly at [ ], Pacific Time. We encourage you to access the meeting prior to the start time leaving ample time for the check in.

 

Q.How do I register to attend the Special Meeting virtually on the internet?

 

A.If you are a registered stockholder (i.e., you hold your shares through our transfer agent, Continental), you do not need to register to attend the Special Meeting virtually on the internet. Please follow the instructions on the proxy card or Notice that you received.

 

If you hold your shares through an intermediary, such as a broker, bank or other nominee, you must register in advance to attend the Special Meeting virtually on the internet. To register to attend the Special Meeting online by webcast you must submit proof of your proxy power (legal proxy) reflecting your holdings of shares of common stock of Cepton, Inc., along with your name and email address, to Continental. Requests for registration must be labeled as “Legal Proxy” and be received no later than [   ], Pacific Time, on [          ], 2022. You should contact the broker, bank or other nominee that holds your shares to obtain your legal proxy.

 

You will receive a confirmation of your registration by email after Continental receives your registration materials.

 

Requests for registration should be directed to Continental at the following:

 

By email: Forward the email from the broker, bank or other nominee that holds your shares, or attach an image of your legal proxy, to proxy@continentalstock.com.

 

By phone: You may call +1-917-262-2373.

 

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Q.How do I vote?

 

A.You may vote your shares during the Special Meeting by participating in the live webcast at https://www.cstproxy.com/cepton/2023. You may vote your shares before the Special Meeting via the internet, by telephone, or by mail. If you vote via the internet or by telephone, you do not need to mail in a proxy card or voting instructions.

 

Shares Registered in Name of Stockholder: If you hold your shares of common stock as a record holder, you can vote your shares without attending the Special Meeting in the following ways:

 

By Internet - Visit https://www.cstproxy.com/cepton/2023 before the Special Meeting. You will need the control number in your Notice or proxy card.

 

By Telephone - Dial +1 800-450-7155 (within the U.S. and Canada, toll-free) or +1 857-999-9155 (outside of the U.S. and Canada, standard rates apply), conference ID: [ ]. You will need the control number in your Notice or proxy card.

 

By Mail - Complete, sign and return the accompanying proxy card using the enclosed postage-paid envelope.

 

Shares Registered in Street Name: If you hold your shares of common stock in street name, which means your shares are held of record by a broker, bank or other nominee, you will receive instructions from your broker, bank or other nominee on how to vote your shares without attending the Special Meeting. Your broker, bank or other nominee will allow you to deliver your voting instructions over the internet and may also permit you to vote by telephone. In addition, if you received a printed copy of this Proxy Statement, you may submit your voting instructions by completing, dating and signing the voting instruction form that was included with this Proxy Statement and promptly returning it in the enclosed postage-paid envelope.

 

Whether or not you plan to attend the virtual Special Meeting, we urge you to vote your shares by completing and returning the proxy card or voting instruction form as promptly as possible, or by voting by telephone or via the internet, prior to the Special Meeting to ensure that your shares will be represented at the Special Meeting if you are unable to attend.

 

Q.What is the deadline for voting?

 

A.If you are a stockholder of record, your proxy must be received by telephone or internet by 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time, on [   ], 2023, the day before the Special Meeting, in order for your shares to be voted at the Special Meeting. If you are a stockholder of record and you cause your shares to be voted by completing, signing, dating and returning the enclosed proxy card by mail, your proxy card must be received before the Special Meeting for your shares to be voted at the Special Meeting.

 

If you hold your shares in street name, please comply with the deadlines for voting provided by the broker, bank or other nominee that holds your shares.

 

Q.How can I change or revoke my vote?

 

A.If you are a stockholder of record, you may change or revoke a previously submitted proxy at any time before it is exercised by one of the following methods:

 

delivering a later-dated proxy card by mail or by submitting another proxy by telephone or the internet (your latest telephone or internet voting instructions will be followed);

 

delivering to the Secretary of the Company a written notice of revocation prior to the voting of the proxy at the Special Meeting; or

 

by voting at the virtual Special Meeting. Attendance at the Special Meeting will not, by itself, revoke your proxy.

 

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Written notices of revocation should be addressed to:

 

CEPTON, INC.
399 West Trimble Road

San Jose, California 95131

Attn: Hull Xu, Chief Financial Officer

 

Any change to your proxy that is provided by telephone or the internet must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time, on [   ], 2023, the day before the Special Meeting.

 

If your shares are held in “street name,” you must contact your broker, bank or other nominee to find out how to change or revoke your voting instructions.

 

Q.How will my shares be voted on the proposals at the Special Meeting?

 

A.The shares represented by all properly submitted proxies will be voted at the Special Meeting as instructed or, if no instruction is given, will be voted “FOR” the Transaction Proposal and “FOR” the Adjournment Proposal.

 

Q.What happens if I do not give specific voting instructions?

 

A.If you are a stockholder of record and you properly submit a signed proxy card or submit your proxy by telephone or the internet but do not specify how you want to vote your shares on a particular proposal, then the named proxy holders will vote your shares in accordance with the recommendations of the Board on all matters presented in this Proxy Statement. See above under “How does the Board recommend that I vote?

 

In accordance with applicable stock exchange rules, if you hold your shares through a brokerage account and you fail to provide voting instructions to your broker, your broker may generally vote your uninstructed shares of common stock in its discretion on routine matters at a stockholder meeting. However, a broker cannot vote shares of common stock held in street name on non-routine matters unless the broker receives voting instructions from the stockholder. Generally, if a broker exercises this discretion on routine matters at a stockholder meeting, a stockholder’s shares will be voted on the routine matter in the manner directed by the broker but will constitute a “broker non-vote” on all of the non-routine matters to be presented at the stockholder meeting. The Transaction Proposal is a non-routine matter. Accordingly, if you hold your shares in street name through a brokerage account, your broker will not be able to exercise its discretion to vote uninstructed shares on the Transaction Proposal. The Adjournment Proposal is a routine matter. Accordingly, if you hold your shares in street name through a brokerage account, your broker will be able to exercise its discretion to vote uninstructed shares on the Adjournment Proposal at the Special Meeting.

 

Q.What will happen if I abstain from voting or fail to vote on the proposals or fail to instruct my broker, bank or other nominee how to vote on the proposals?

 

A.For the Transaction Proposal, you may vote “FOR,” “AGAINST” or “ABSTAIN.” Abstentions will not count as votes “FOR” or “AGAINST” the Transaction Proposal. In addition, if you do not submit a valid proxy or attend the virtual Special Meeting to vote your shares of common stock or if you hold your shares of common stock in street name and fail to instruct your broker, bank or other nominee how to vote your shares on the Transaction Proposal, it will not count as a vote “FOR” or “AGAINST” the Transaction Proposal.

 

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For the Adjournment Proposal, you may vote “FOR,” “AGAINST” or “ABSTAIN.” In addition, if you do not submit a valid proxy or attend the virtual Special Meeting to vote your shares of common stock or if you hold your shares of common stock in street name and fail to instruct your broker, bank or other nominee how to vote your shares on the Adjournment Proposal, your broker will be able to exercise its discretion to vote uninstructed shares on that proposal presented at the Special Meeting. Abstentions will not count as votes “FOR” or “AGAINST” the Adjournment Proposal.

 

Q.Who will count the votes?

 

A.The votes will be counted by the inspector of elections appointed for the Special Meeting.

 

Q.What do I do if I receive more than one proxy or set of voting instructions?

 

A.If you received more than one proxy card or voting instruction form, your shares are likely registered in different names or with different addresses or are in more than one account. You must separately vote the shares shown on each proxy card or voting instruction form that you received in order for all of your shares to be voted at the Special Meeting.

 

Q.How many votes must be present to hold the Special Meeting?

 

A.A majority of the outstanding shares of common stock entitled to vote as of the Record Date must be present at the Special Meeting, in person or by proxy, in order to conduct business at the Special Meeting. This is called a “quorum.” Virtual attendance at our Special Meeting constitutes presence in person for the Special Meeting. Both abstentions and broker non-votes are counted as present for the purpose of determining the presence of a quorum. If a quorum is not present at the Special Meeting, we expect that the Special Meeting will be adjourned to solicit additional proxies as permitted by our Amended and Restated Bylaws.

 

Q.What vote is required for the Company’s stockholders to approve the Transaction Proposal?

 

A.Approval of the Transaction Proposal requires a quorum and the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of our common stock present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote thereon at the Special Meeting that are voted “FOR” or “AGAINST” the Transaction Proposal. Virtual attendance at our Special Meeting constitutes presence in person for the Special Meeting. If you do not provide voting instructions with respect to your shares of common stock, your shares will not be voted on any “non-routine” proposals. This vote is called a “broker non-vote.” The Transaction Proposal is a “non-routine” proposal. Abstentions and broker non-votes shall not be counted as votes “FOR” or “AGAINST” the Transaction Proposal.

 

The affirmative vote by all of the Supporting Stockholders, together with the affirmative vote of the Investor, will be sufficient to approve the Transaction Proposal, subject to a Company Board Recommendation Change. See “The Voting Support Agreements” in Proposal 1 for more information.

 

Q.What vote of the Company’s stockholders is required to approve the Adjournment Proposal?

 

A.Approval of the Adjournment Proposal requires a quorum and the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of our common stock present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote thereon at the Special Meeting that are voted “FOR” or “AGAINST” the Adjournment Proposal, irrespective of whether a quorum is present. Virtual attendance at our Special Meeting constitutes presence in person for the Special Meeting. If you hold your shares in “street name” (that is, your shares are held in an account at and registered in the name of a brokerage firm, bank, broker-dealer or similar organization), your broker or other organization may vote your shares under limited circumstances if you do not provide voting instructions before the Special Meeting. These circumstances include voting your shares on so-called “routine matters.” The Adjournment Proposal is a “routine” matter. Abstentions shall not be counted as votes “FOR” or “AGAINST” the Adjournment Proposal.

 

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Q.How many votes can be cast by all stockholders?

 

A.Each share of common stock is entitled to one vote. There is no cumulative voting. There were [ ] shares of common stock outstanding and entitled to vote on the Record Date. There is no stockholder statutory right of appraisal or dissent with respect to any matters to be voted on at the Special Meeting.

 

Q.How does the Transaction consideration compare to the market price of the Company’s common stock?

 

A.The shares of Preferred Stock sold to the Investor are initially convertible into shares of common stock, beginning on the one year anniversary of the issuance of the Preferred Stock, at a conversion price of $2.585 per share, which represents a premium of approximately 13% to $2.28 per share, the closing price of our common stock on Nasdaq on October 26, 2022, the last trading day prior to the public announcement of the execution of the Investment Agreement.

 

Q.When do you expect the Transaction to be completed?

 

A.We are working towards completing the Transaction as soon as possible. Assuming timely satisfaction of closing conditions, including approval by our stockholders of the Transaction Proposal, we anticipate that the Transaction will be completed in the first quarter of calendar year 2023.

 

Q.What happens if the Transaction is not completed?

 

A.If the Transaction Proposal is not approved by the stockholders of the Company or if the Transaction is not completed for any other reason, the Investor will not acquire the 100,000 shares of Preferred Stock of the Company and the Company will not receive the $100,000,000 in consideration for such shares. Under specified circumstances, the Company may be required to pay to the Investor a $3,000,000 termination fee with respect to the termination of the Investment Agreement, as described in Proposal 1 under “The Investment Agreement—Termination Fee; Effect of Termination” and/or reimburse the Investor for certain reasonable, documented out-of-pocket expenses of up to $1,000,000. In addition, the termination of the Investment Agreement will result in the Loan, as described in “Investor Rights Agreement—Investor Term Loan Agreement,” becoming due and payable.

 

Q.What conditions must be satisfied to complete the Transaction?

 

A.The Company and the Investor are not required to complete the Transaction unless a number of conditions are satisfied or waived. These conditions include, among others: (i) the approval of the Transaction Proposal by our stockholders at the Special Meeting; (ii) no temporary restraining order, decree, ruling, injunction or judgment, preliminary or permanent injunction or other judgment issued by any governmental authority of competent jurisdiction being in effect enjoining, restraining or otherwise prohibiting the consummation of the Transaction and no governmental authority of competent jurisdiction having enacted, issued, promulgated, enforced or declared applicable to the Transaction any applicable law that is in effect, which has the effect of enjoining, restraining or otherwise prohibiting the consummation of the Transaction, and (iii) customary conditions in favor of each of the parties regarding the accuracy of the other party’s representations and warranties (subject to customary materiality qualifiers) and the other party’s compliance with its covenants and agreements contained in the Investment Agreement (subject to customary materiality qualifiers). For a more complete summary of the conditions that must be satisfied or waived prior to the completion of the Transaction, see “The Investment Agreement—Conditions to Completion of the Transaction” in Proposal 1.

 

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Q.Is the Transaction expected to be taxable to U.S. stockholders?

 

A.No. For U.S. federal income tax purposes, the issuance of the Preferred Stock (or the common stock into which it is convertible) will not result in taxable income or gain for the Company, for its subsidiaries or for stockholders that own stock of the Company prior to the Transaction.

 

Q.Do any of the Company’s directors or officers have interests in the Transaction that may differ from or be in addition to my interests as a stockholder?

 

A.As of the Record Date, the directors and executive officers of the Company beneficially owned and were entitled to vote, in the aggregate, [83,283,204] shares (or approximately [53]%) of our common stock (not including any shares of our common stock deliverable upon exercise or conversion of or underlying any options, warrants or the Company restricted stock unit awards). The directors and executive officers of the Company have informed the Company that they currently intend to vote all such shares of our common stock “FOR” the approval of the Transaction Proposal and “FOR” the adjournment of the Special Meeting to a later date or time, if necessary, to solicit additional proxies if there are not sufficient votes at the time of the Special Meeting to approve the Transaction Proposal.

 

In addition, concurrently with the execution of the Investment Agreement, Mr. Jun Pei, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Mr. Jun Ye, a member of the Board, and Mr. Mark McCord, the Company’s Chief Technology Officer, entered into Voting Support Agreements. Each Voting Support Agreement will result in all of the outstanding shares of common stock beneficially owned by Messrs. Pei, Ye and McCord as of the Record Date for the special meeting of the Company’s stockholders at which the Requisite Stockholder Approvals will be sought to, among other things, be voted in favor of the Transaction Proposal, subject to a Company Board Recommendation Change. See “The Voting Support Agreements” in Proposal 1 for more information.

 

In considering the recommendation of the Board with respect to the Transaction Proposal, you should be aware that our directors and executive officers may have interests in the Transaction that may be different from, in conflict with or in addition to the interests of our stockholders generally. The Board was aware of and considered these interests, at the time, among other matters, in evaluating and negotiating the Investment Agreement, approving the Investment Agreement and the Transaction and in recommending that the Investment Agreement be adopted by the stockholders of the Company. See “Interests of Certain Persons in the Transaction.”

 

Q.What happens if I sell my shares of the Company’s common stock before the Special Meeting?

 

A.The Record Date for stockholders entitled to vote at the Special Meeting is earlier than both the date of the Special Meeting and the consummation of the Transaction. If you transfer your shares of our common stock after the Record Date but before the Special Meeting, you will retain your right to vote such shares at the Special Meeting.

 

Q.Who will solicit and pay the cost of soliciting proxies?

 

A.The Company has engaged Advantage Proxy (the “proxy solicitor”) to assist in the solicitation of proxies for the Special Meeting. The Company estimates that it will pay the proxy solicitor a fee of approximately $6,500, plus reimbursement of related expenses. The Company has also agreed to reimburse the proxy solicitor for certain reasonable and documented fees and expenses and will indemnify the proxy solicitor and all of its directors, officers, employees and agents against certain claims, expenses, losses, damages and/or liabilities. The Company may also reimburse banks, brokers or their agents for their expenses in forwarding proxy materials to beneficial owners of our common stock. Our directors, officers and employees may also solicit proxies by telephone, by facsimile, by mail, on the internet or in person. They will not be paid any additional amounts for soliciting proxies.

 

Q.Who can help answer any other questions I might have?

 

A.If you have additional questions about the Transaction, need assistance in submitting your proxy or voting your shares of our common stock or need additional copies of the Proxy Statement or the enclosed proxy card, please contact Advantage Proxy, our proxy solicitor using the contact information below:

 

Advantage Proxy

24925 13th Place South

Des Moines, Washington 98198

(206) 870-8565

 

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Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

 

This Proxy Statement contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and Section 21E of the Exchange Act, which statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties. All statements, other than statements of historical or current facts included in this Proxy Statement, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “estimate,” “objective,” “plan,” “project,” “forecast,” “intend,” “will,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “seek,” “target,” “milestone,” “designed to,” “proposed” or other similar expressions that predict or imply future events, trends, terms and/or conditions or that are not statements of historical matters.

 

The Company cautions readers of this Proxy Statement that these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company’s control, that could cause the actual results to differ materially from the expected results. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the ability of the Company to obtain necessary approvals, including the approval of the Company’s stockholders, and satisfy applicable closing conditions for the Transaction, and the timing thereof; the Company’s ability to retire debt and improve its liquidity and financial flexibility as a result of the Transaction; the Company’s ability to pay dividends on the Series A Preferred Stock in cash; post-transaction Board composition; the impact of the Transaction on the Company’s relationships with its customers, vendors and other parties; the Company’s ability to repay the Loan on the Maturity Date; the impact of Investor’s governance rights, including its board nomination rights, consent rights and other rights or influence the Investor may have following consummation of the Transaction and as a result of the Series A Preferred Stock becoming convertible into shares of common stock; the outcome of any legal proceedings related to the Transaction, if any; and the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the Investment Agreement. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this Proxy Statement. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed upon the forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which the statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

 

You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. New risks and uncertainties emerge from time to time and it is not possible for us to predict all risks and uncertainties that could have an impact on the forward-looking statements contained in this Proxy Statement. We cannot assure you that the results, events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur, and actual results, events or circumstances could differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements.

 

The forward-looking statements made in this Proxy Statement relate only to events as of the date on which the statements are made. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements made in this Proxy Statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this Proxy Statement or to reflect new information or the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law.

 

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Proposal 1: Approval of the Issuance of Preferred Stock Contemplated
by the Investment Agreement

 

The Transaction

 

This discussion of the Transaction is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Investment Agreement, which was filed as Exhibit 10.1 to our current report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on October 27, 2022 and is included as Annex A to this Proxy Statement. You should read the Investment Agreement carefully and in its entirety, including the exhibits thereto, as it is the legal document that governs the Transaction.

 

On October 27, 2022, the Company entered into the Investment Agreement with Koito, pursuant to which, among other things, at the closing, and on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth therein, the Company agreed to sell to Koito, 100,000 shares of Preferred Stock in exchange for $100,000,000, which is subject to further adjustment and other events in accordance with the terms of the Investment Agreement. The proceeds of the Transaction will be used first, to contribute such proceeds to a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, Cepton Technologies, Inc. (“Cepton Technologies”) and to cause Cepton Technologies to pay any amounts outstanding under the Investor Term Loan Agreement and second, for the continued development of the Company’s Lidar technology and other general corporate purposes. As a result of the Transaction, Koito will own, or have the right to acquire (once the Preferred Stock becomes convertible and together with its current common stock holdings), approximately 30% of the Company’s outstanding common stock. Holders of common stock of the Company will not receive any consideration from the Transaction.

 

Our common stock is listed on Nasdaq, and, as such, we are subject to the Nasdaq Listing Rules, including Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635. In particular, Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635(b) requires stockholder approval for an issuance of securities that will result in a “change of control” of the issuer. Nasdaq may deem a change of control to occur when, as a result of an issuance, an investor or a group would own, or have the right to acquire, 20% or more of the outstanding shares of common stock or voting power and such ownership or voting power of an issuer would be the largest ownership position of the issuer. Because the Preferred Stock Issuance and the terms thereof will result in Koito owning, or having the right to acquire, approximately 30% of the Company’s outstanding common stock (assuming conversion of the Preferred Stock and together with its current common stock holdings), we are seeking stockholder approval of this Proposal No. 1 in order to comply with the Nasdaq Listing Rules and to satisfy conditions under the Investment Agreement. For additional details on the terms of the Preferred Stock, see the section entitled “Description of the Preferred Stock” in this Proxy Statement.

 

The Board is not seeking the approval of our stockholders to authorize our entry into the Investment Agreement. The Investment Agreement has already been executed and delivered. We are seeking your approval of this proposal in order to satisfy the requirements of Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635 with respect to the issuance of the Preferred Stock to the Investor in accordance with the terms of the Investment Agreement and the issuance of shares of the Company’s common stock upon conversion thereof pursuant to the Certificate of Designations.

 

Reasons for the Transaction; Recommendation of the Board

 

The Board recommends that you vote “FOR” the Transaction Proposal.

 

The Board held numerous meetings at which the business strategies, opportunities and challenges of the Company were evaluated and potential strategic alternatives were considered.

 

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At a meeting held on October 27, 2022, after careful consideration, the Board unanimously (i) determined that the Investment Agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby are fair to and in the best interests of the Company’s stockholders, (ii) adopted and declared advisable the Investment Agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby and (iii) resolved, subject to certain provisions of the Investment Agreement, to recommend that the Company’s stockholders approve the Preferred Stock Issuance contemplated by the Investment Agreement, all upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth therein.

 

In evaluating the Investment Agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby, the Board consulted with members of the Company’s management and legal, financial and other advisors and, in reaching its decision to unanimously approve the Investment Agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby, carefully considered a variety of factors relating to the Company, its stockholders and the Investor, both before and after the consummation of the Investment Agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby. Specifically, the Board considered certain positive factors, including the following:

 

the identity and reputation of the Investor in the automotive industry and as a key stakeholder in, and strategic partner of, the Company;

 

the ability for the Company’s stockholders to participate in potential appreciation in the Company’s share price following the consummation of the Transaction;

 

the likelihood, considering the terms of the Investment Agreement, that the Transaction will be completed;

 

the Company’s short- and long-term liquidity needs as compared to the proceeds from the Transaction, and the additional short term financing provided by the Investor Term Loan Agreement;

 

the financial terms of the Preferred Stock as compared to potential alternatives, and the lack of debt in the Company’s capital structure following the Transaction;

 

the immediate reduction in the Company’s interest expenses as a result of using borrowings under the Investor Term Loan Agreement to repay and terminate the Trinity Capital Loan;

 

the Transaction allows the Company to more effectively raise $100,000,000 of proceeds and potentially result in less dilution than utilizing the Company’s existing equity capital line of credit;

 

the financial advice received from the Company’s advisors regarding the terms of the Transaction and other alternatives;

 

the other terms of the Transaction and the Investment Agreement and other transaction documents, including with respect to post-consummation governance and transfer restrictions imposed on the Investor;

 

the potential to draw upon the Investor’s relationships and expertise to further enhance the Company’s product offerings and the strategic advantage provided by a stronger relationship with the Investor;

 

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the expected financial strength and flexibility of the Company after the Transaction, including to pursue product development, commercial opportunities and other stockholder value-enhancing initiatives;

 

the fact that the Transaction initially only results in one of the Company’s current Board members changing and does not provide the Investor with the right to nominate directors representing a majority of the Board;

 

the difficulty of obtaining alternative financing and the high costs of financing in the current economic environment generally, and, in particular, for companies who recently became public by way of a special purpose acquisition company like the Company; and

 

the ability of the Board to evaluate a potential alternative transaction to the Transaction and intervening events, and change its recommendation to the Company’s stockholders in light of an alternative transaction or intervening events, if such an alternative were to emerge or an intervening event were to occur, subject to the terms of the Investment Agreement.

 

The Board also considered certain countervailing factors in its deliberations concerning the Transaction, including:

 

the dilution to current stockholders resulting from the issuance of the Preferred Stock (and underlying shares of common stock) in the Transaction and the anti-dilution and paid-in-kind dividend provisions applicable to the Preferred Stock, which may result in additional dilution;

 

the ownership by the Investor of a significant proportion of the Company’s outstanding equity securities following the Transaction and the proportional Board representation resulting therefrom;

 

the perpetual term of the Preferred Stock and the limitations on the Company’s rights to force a conversion of the Preferred Stock or repurchase the Preferred Stock;

 

whether the Investor’s influence or the rights granted to the Investor as a result of the Transaction may discourage other automotive tier 1 suppliers from engaging with the Company;

 

the restrictions on the Company’s ability to solicit possible alternative transactions and the required payment by the Company in certain circumstances of termination fees and/or the reimbursement of the Investor’s expenses under the Investment Agreement;

 

the fact that the Investment Agreement contains a “force the vote” provision that could prevent the Company from terminating the Investment Agreement to accept a Superior Proposal unless and until the Company’s stockholders vote against the Transaction, mitigated in part by the Voting Support Agreements automatically reducing the number of shares subject to such agreements that will be voted “FOR” the Transaction if a Company Board Recommendation Change occurs;

 

the risk that not all conditions to the parties’ obligations to consummate the Transaction will be satisfied and, as a result, the Transaction may not be consummated and the risks and costs to the Company in such event, including the substantial costs incurred, the potential loss in value to holders of the Company’s common stock, and potential negative stockholder, customer and market reaction;

 

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the restrictions on the conduct of the Company’s business during the period between the execution of the Investment Agreement and completion of the Transaction, which could delay or prevent the Company from undertaking business opportunities that may arise pending completion of the Transaction;

 

the post-closing consent rights granted to the Investor under the Investor Rights Agreement, such as the right to approve the incurrence of substantial indebtedness, incur liens on its assets and intellectual property, make substantial capital expenditures or to effect a change of control, which could delay or prevent the Company from taking actions that the Board believes are in the best interests of stockholders; and

 

the risk that the Transaction may divert management attention and resources from other strategic opportunities.

 

After careful consideration of the factors summarized above, as well as evaluation of potential alternatives and extensive discussions with management, the financial advisors and outside counsel, the Board determined that the Transaction was advisable and in the best interest of the Company’s stockholders. The Board unanimously approved the Transaction and recommends it for approval by the Company’s stockholders.

 

This discussion of the information and factors considered by the Board in reaching its conclusions and recommendation includes the principal factors considered by the Board, but is not intended to be exhaustive and may not include all of the factors considered by the Board. In view of the wide variety of factors considered in connection with its evaluation of the Transaction, and the complexity of these matters, the Board did not find it useful and did not attempt to quantify, rank or assign any relative or specific weights to the various factors that it considered in reaching its determination to approve the Transaction, and to make its recommendation to the Company’s stockholders. Rather, the Board viewed its decisions as being based on the totality of the information presented to it and the factors it considered, including its review with members of the Company’s management and outside legal and financial advisors. In addition, individual members of the Board may have assigned different weights to different factors.

 

Parties to the Transaction

 

Cepton, Inc. is a Silicon Valley innovator of lidar-based solutions for automotive (ADAS/AV), smart cities, smart spaces, and smart industrial applications. With its patented lidar technology, Cepton aims to take lidar mainstream and achieve a balanced approach to performance, cost and reliability, while enabling scalable and intelligent 3D perception solutions across industries. Cepton has been awarded a significant ADAS lidar series production award with Koito on the General Motors business. The Company is headquartered in San Jose, California, USA, and has a center of excellence facility in Troy, MI to provide local support to automotive customers in the Metro Detroit area. Cepton also has a presence in Germany, Canada, Japan, India and China.

 

Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is an automotive tier 1 partner of the Company. Under the corporate message, “Lighting for Your Safety,” Koito has been marking a history of leadership in automotive lighting since its establishment in 1915. Today, the Koito Group consist of 31 companies located in 13 countries worldwide and provides products and services to customers all over the world, through the global network led by five major regions (Japan, Americas, Europe, China, and Asia). Its products, recognized for its high quality and advanced technology, are widely used by automotive makers worldwide. Koito is responding to the future transformation of mobility through the development of next-generation lighting technologies and related equipment, control systems, and environmentally friendly products, materials, and production methods.

 

Financing of the Transaction

 

The Investor will be using cash on hand to purchase the Preferred Stock of the Company in the Transaction.

 

Closing of the Transaction

 

Assuming timely satisfaction of the closing conditions, including the approval by our stockholders of the Transaction Proposal, we currently expect the closing of the Transaction to occur in the first quarter of calendar year 2023. See the section entitled “The Investment Agreement—Closing of the Transaction” in Proposal 1.

 

No Regulatory Approvals Required

 

No regulatory filing, other than as required by the SEC, is required in connection with the closing. Any filing that may subsequently be required as a result of a conversion of the Preferred Stock will be subject to cooperation covenants, expense sharing and conversion delay provisions in the Certificate of Designations.

 

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The Investment Agreement

 

This section describes the material terms of the Investment Agreement. The description of the Investment Agreement in this section and elsewhere in this Proxy Statement is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of the Investment Agreement, a copy of which was filed as Exhibit 10.1 to our current report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on October 27, 2022 and is included as Annex A to this Proxy Statement. In each case, the form of Investor Rights Agreement and form of Certificate of Designations for the Series A Preferred Stock are included as exhibits to the Investment Agreement. This summary does not purport to be complete and may not contain all of the information about the Investment Agreement that is important to you. We encourage you to read the Investment Agreement carefully and in its entirety.

 

Explanatory Note Regarding the Investment Agreement

 

The Investment Agreement, a copy of which is included as Annex A to this Proxy Statement, and this summary of its terms are included in this Proxy Statement to provide you with information regarding its terms. Factual disclosures about the Company contained in this Proxy Statement or in the Company’s public reports filed with the SEC may supplement, update or modify the factual disclosures about the Company contained in the Investment Agreement. The representations, warranties and covenants made in the Investment Agreement by the Company and the Investor were made solely to the parties to, and solely for the purposes of, the Investment Agreement and as of specific dates and were qualified and subject to important limitations agreed to by the Company and the Investor in connection with negotiating the terms of the Investment Agreement. The Company’s stockholders and other investors are not third-party beneficiaries under the Investment Agreement. In particular, in your review of the representations and warranties contained in the Investment Agreement and described in this summary, it is important to bear in mind that the representations and warranties were negotiated for the principal purposes of establishing the circumstances in which a party to the Investment Agreement may have the right not to consummate the Transaction if the representations and warranties of the other party prove to be untrue due to a change in circumstance or otherwise, and allocating risk between the parties to the Investment Agreement, rather than establishing matters as facts. The representations and warranties may also be subject to a contractual standard of materiality different from those generally applicable to stockholders and reports and documents filed with the SEC. Moreover, information concerning the subject matter of the representations and warranties may have changed since the date of the Investment Agreement.

 

Sale of Preferred Stock; Use of Proceeds

 

The Investment Agreement provides for, among other things, at the closing, and on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth therein, the Company to sell to the Investor, 100,000 shares of Preferred Stock of the Company to the Investor in exchange for $100,000,000. The proceeds of the Transaction will be used first, to contribute such proceeds to Cepton Technologies and to cause Cepton Technologies to pay any amounts outstanding under the Investor Term Loan Agreement and second, for the continued development of the Company’s Lidar technology and other general corporate purposes.

 

Representations and Warranties

 

Under the Investment Agreement, the Company made customary representations and warranties relating to organization and good standing, corporate power and enforceability, Board approval and anti-takeover laws, requisite stockholder approvals, non-contravention, requisite governmental approvals, capitalization, subsidiaries, SEC reports, financial statements and internal controls, no undisclosed liabilities, absence of certain changes, material contracts, real property, environmental matters, intellectual property, products, tax matters, employee benefits, labor matters, compliance with Law, anti-corruption and international trade, legal proceedings and orders, insurance, related party transactions, brokers, investment company status, ability to pay dividends and voting support agreements.

 

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Under the Investment Agreement, the Investor made customary representations and warranties relating to organization and good standing, corporate power and enforceability, non-contravention, requisite governmental approvals, brokers, sufficiency of funds and unregistered securities.

 

Covenants Regarding Conduct of Business by the Company Pending the Closing

 

The Company made certain covenants under the Investment Agreement, including, among others, the covenants set forth below.

 

Except as expressly contemplated by the Investment Agreement, as required by applicable Law or certain data security requirements, or as approved in advance in writing by the Investor (which approval will not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed), during the period from October 27, 2022 until the earlier to occur of the termination of the Investment Agreement and the closing, the Company will, and will cause each of its subsidiaries to, conduct its business in all material respects in the ordinary course of business and use reasonable best efforts to preserve intact in all material respects its current business organization, ongoing businesses and significant relationships with third parties.

 

Except (a) as expressly contemplated by the Investment Agreement, (b) as required by applicable law, or (c) as approved in advance in writing by the Investor (which approval will not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed), during the period from October 27, 2022 until the earlier to occur of the termination of the Investment Agreement and the closing, the Company will not, and will not permit any of its subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly:

 

take any action set forth in Section 2.05 of the Investor Rights Agreement, which actions are summarized under “Investor Rights Agreement–Consent Rights” below;

 

issue, deliver or sell, or authorize the issuance, delivery or sale of any shares of Company Securities or Subsidiary Securities, other than (x) the issuance of capital stock or other equity interests pursuant to the Company’s existing employee benefit plans or as permitted under the terms of the Company’s outstanding warrants or (y) the issuance of any Subsidiary Securities to the Company or any other Subsidiary or amend any term of any Company Security or any Subsidiary Security (in each case, whether by merger, consolidation, combination, division, reclassification or otherwise);

 

take any action that would cause the Company to fail to satisfy, or omit to take any action necessary to prevent the Company from satisfying, the closing conditions in the Investment Agreement; or

 

agree, resolve or commit to do any of the foregoing.

 

Exclusivity; Changes in Board Recommendation

 

From October 27, 2022 until the earlier to occur of the termination of the Investment Agreement and the closing, without the Investor’s consent, the Company will not, and will procure that its affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees, investment bankers, attorneys, accountants and other advisors or representatives do not and will not, directly or indirectly: (i) solicit, initiate or knowingly encourage any Acquisition Transaction or (ii) enter into, or undertake to enter into, any contract for an Acquisition Transaction, or any contract requiring the Company to abandon, terminate or fail to consummate the issuance of the Preferred Stock or the Transaction. From and after the execution of the Investment Agreement and through the earlier to occur of the closing or the termination of the Investment Agreement in accordance with its terms, the Company, its affiliates and their respective representatives will (i) promptly advise the Investor in writing of the receipt of any Acquisition Proposal (including the specific terms thereof and the identity of the other individual or entity or individuals or entities involved), (ii) promptly furnish to the Investor a copy of such Acquisition Proposal in addition to a copy of any information provided to or by any third party relating thereto and (iii) keep the Investor reasonably informed, on a prompt basis, of the status and terms of any such Acquisition Proposal. Any breach of the terms of the Investment Agreement exclusivity provision by any affiliate or representative of the Company (as if it were a party hereto) shall be deemed a breach by the Company.

 

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Superior Proposal

 

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Investment Agreement, if the Company receives an Acquisition Proposal that was not received in violation of the exclusivity provision described in the preceding paragraph and the Board determines that such Acquisition Proposal constitutes a Superior Proposal or is reasonably likely to lead to a Superior Proposal, then (i) the Company may respond to, engage in discussions with and provide information regarding the Company to, the person making such proposal and (ii) at any time prior to obtaining the Requisite Stockholder Approval, the Board may effect a Company Board Recommendation Change with respect to such Acquisition Proposal if the Board shall have determined in good faith (after consultation with outside counsel and its financial advisor) that such Acquisition Proposal constitutes a Superior Proposal and that the failure to make such Company Board Recommendation Change would be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties pursuant to applicable Law; provided, that the Board shall not effect a Company Board Recommendation Change unless (A) the Company shall have notified the Investor, in writing and at least five (5) business days prior to effecting a Company Board Recommendation Change, of its intention to take such action and (B) the Company shall have negotiated with the Investor in good faith (to the extent requested by the Investor) regarding any modifications to the terms and conditions of the Investment Agreement proposed by the Investor in writing during such five (5) business day period following delivery by the Company of such notification, and (iii) if the Investor shall have delivered to the Company a written, binding and irrevocable offer to alter the terms or conditions of the Investment Agreement during such five (5) business day period, the Board shall have determined in good faith (after consultation with outside counsel and its financial advisor), after considering the terms of such offer by the Investor, that such Acquisition Proposal continues to be a Superior Proposal and that the failure to make such Company Board Recommendation Change would be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties pursuant to applicable Law.

 

Intervening Event

 

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Investment Agreement, upon the occurrence of an Intervening Event, the Board may effect a Company Board Recommendation Change if the Board determines in good faith (after consultation with its financial advisor and outside legal counsel) that the failure to do so would be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties pursuant to applicable Law; provided, that, the Board shall not effect such a Company Board Recommendation Change unless: (i) the Company shall have notified the Investor, in writing and at least five (5) business days prior to effecting a Company Board Recommendation Change, of its intention to take such action, (ii) the Company shall have negotiated with the Investor in good faith (to the extent requested by the Investor) regarding any modifications to the terms and conditions of the Investment Agreement proposed by the Investor in writing during such five (5) business day period following delivery by the Company of such notification, and (iii) if the Investor shall have delivered to the Company a written, binding and irrevocable offer to alter the terms or conditions of the Investment Agreement during such five (5) business day period, the Board shall have determined in good faith (after consultation with outside counsel and its financial advisor), after considering the terms of such offer by the Investor, that the failure to make a Company Board Recommendation Change in response to such Intervening Event would be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties pursuant to applicable Law.

 

No Control of the Other Party’s Business

 

The Investor and the Company acknowledged and agreed that the restrictions set forth in the Investment Agreement are not intended to give the Investor, on the one hand, or the Company, on the other hand, directly or indirectly, the right to control or direct the business or operations of the other at any time prior to the closing. Prior to the closing date, the Investor and the Company will exercise, consistent with the terms, conditions and restrictions of the Investment Agreement, complete control and supervision over their own business and operations.

 

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Required Stockholder Vote

 

The Requisite Stockholder Approvals are the only votes or approvals of the holders of any class or series of capital stock of the Company necessary under applicable law, the Nasdaq rules, the Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation and the Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Company to consummate the Transaction and the other transactions contemplated in the Investment Agreement and the other transaction documents.

 

Consents, Approvals and Filings

 

Pursuant to the terms of the Investment Agreement, the Investor and the Company will (i) cooperate and coordinate with each other in determining whether any filings are required by applicable antitrust laws in connection with the Transaction, (ii) cooperate and coordinate (and cause their respective affiliates to cooperate and coordinate) with each other in the making of any required filings with any governmental authority (if any) as are required by applicable antitrust laws in connection with the Transaction; (iii) supply each other (or cause each other to be supplied) with any information that may be required in order to make such filings; (iv) supply (or cause to be supplied) any additional information that reasonably may be required or requested by the governmental authorities of any applicable jurisdiction in which any such filing is made; (v) use reasonable best efforts to take all action necessary, proper or advisable to cause the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting periods pursuant to any antitrust laws (to the extent applicable to the Investment Agreement or the Transaction); and (vi) obtain any required consents pursuant to any antitrust laws (to the extent applicable to the Investment Agreement or the Transaction), in each case as promptly as reasonably practicable. No regulatory filing is currently required in connection with the closing. Any filing that may subsequently be required as a result of a conversion of Preferred Stock will be subject to additional cooperation covenants in the Certificate of Designations.

 

Other Covenants and Agreements

 

Upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Investment Agreement, the Investor will (and will cause its affiliates to, if applicable), on the one hand, and the Company will, on the other hand, use their respective reasonable best efforts to (a) take (or cause to be taken) all actions, (b) do (or cause to be done) all things, and (c) assist and cooperate with the other party in doing (or causing to be done) all things, in each case as are necessary, proper or advisable pursuant to applicable law or otherwise to consummate and make effective, as promptly as practicable, the Transaction.

 

At all times beginning on October 27, 2022 and continuing until the earlier to occur of the termination of the Investment Agreement and the closing, the Company will afford the Investor reasonable access, consistent with applicable law, during normal business hours, upon reasonable advance notice provided in writing to the Chief Financial Officer of the Company, or another person designated in writing by the Company, to the properties, books and records and personnel of the Company, subject to the ability of the Company to restrict or otherwise prohibit such access as more particularly set forth in the Investment Agreement.

 

Pursuant to the terms of the Investment Agreement, the Company will take all necessary action so that immediately after the closing, one additional Investor representative (in addition to Mr. Takayuki Katsuda) will be appointed to the Board as specified in the section entitled “Investor Rights Agreement–Board and Committee Rights” in Proposal 1.

 

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Conditions to Completion of the Transaction

 

The respective obligations of the Investor and the Company to consummate the Transaction are subject to the satisfaction or waiver (where permissible pursuant to applicable Law) prior to the closing of each of the following conditions:

 

the Company’s receipt of the Requisite Stockholder Approvals at the Special Meeting; and

 

no temporary restraining order, preliminary or permanent injunction or other judgment or order or other legal or regulatory restraint or prohibition preventing the consummation of the Transaction, in each case, issued by a court or other governmental authority of competent jurisdiction will be in effect, and no law will have been enacted, entered, enforced or deemed applicable to the Transaction by a governmental authority of competent jurisdiction, that in each case prohibits, makes illegal, or enjoins the consummation of the Transaction.

 

The obligations of the Investor to consummate the Transaction are subject to the satisfaction or waiver (where permissible pursuant to applicable law) prior to the closing of each of the following conditions, any of which may be waived exclusively by the Investor:

 

other than the Company Fundamental Representations and the representation and warranty of the Company relating to the absence of certain changes, the representations and warranties of the Company set forth in the Investment Agreement will be true and correct (without giving effect to any materiality or Company Material Adverse Effect qualifications set forth therein) as of October 27, 2022 and as of the date of the closing as if made at and as of the date of the closing (except to the extent that any such representation and warranty expressly speaks as of an earlier date, in which case such representation and warranty will be true and correct as of such earlier date), except for such failures to be true and correct that have not had and would not reasonably be expected to have a Company Material Adverse Effect;

 

the Company Fundamental Representations will be true and correct in all material respects (without giving effect to any materiality or Company Material Adverse Effect qualifications set forth therein) as of October 27, 2022 and as of the date of the closing as if made at and as of the date of the closing (except to the extent that any such representation and warranty expressly speaks as of an earlier date, in which case such representation and warranty will be true and correct as of such earlier date);

 

the Company will have performed and complied in all material respects with the covenants, obligations and conditions of the Investment Agreement required to be performed and complied with by it at or prior to the closing;

 

no Company Material Adverse Effect will have occurred after October 27, 2022;

 

the Investor will have received a certificate of the Company, validly executed for and on behalf of the Company and in its name by a duly authorized officer thereof, certifying that the closing conditions relating to the Company’s representations and warranties, the Company’s performance obligations and Company Material Adverse Effect have been satisfied;

 

the Investor will have received a copy of the Certificate of Designations that has been filed with and accepted by the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware;

 

the Investor will have received evidence of the issuance of the Preferred Stock credited to book-entry accounts maintained by the Company;

 

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the shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the Preferred Stock in accordance with the Certificate of Designations will have been reserved by the Company and approved for listing on Nasdaq, subject to official notice of issuance;

 

the Investor will have received a copy of the Investor Rights Agreement, duly executed by the Company;

 

the Investor will have received a copy of a duly executed payoff letter evidencing the payoff of all outstanding balances under, and the release of any liens, security interests and encumbrances in respect of, the Trinity Capital Loan in accordance with its terms;

 

the Investor will have received from the Company a copy of a conditional resignation letter from a Director of the Company, effective as of the closing date and conditional upon the occurrence of the closing; and

 

no Event of Default (as defined in the Investor Term Loan Agreement) will have occurred and is continuing that has not been waived or cured in accordance with the provisions of the Investor Term Loan Agreement.

 

Winston Fu, a Director of the Company, has submitted a non-conditional letter of resignation, resigning effective as of November 18, 2022, and the Company has submitted a copy of such letter to the Investor and intends to keep the vacancy in the Board created by Dr. Fu’s resignation unfulfilled until the closing, and the Investor has agreed that such letter and continued vacancy satisfies the penultimate closing condition described above.

 

The obligations of the Company to consummate the Transaction are subject to the satisfaction or waiver (where permissible pursuant to applicable law) prior to the closing of each of the following conditions, any of which may be waived exclusively by the Company:

 

the representations and warranties of the Investor set forth in the Investment Agreement will be true and correct on and as of October 27, 2022 and as of the date of the closing with the same force and effect as if made on and as of such date, except for: (i) any failure to be so true and correct that would not, individually or in the aggregate, prevent or materially delay the consummation of the Transaction or the other transactions contemplated by the Investment Agreement or the ability of the Investor to fully perform their respective covenants and obligations pursuant to the Investment Agreement; and (ii) those representations and warranties that expressly speak as of an earlier date, which representations will have been true and correct as of such earlier date, except for any failure to be so true and correct that would not, individually or in the aggregate, prevent or materially delay the consummation of the Transaction or the other transactions contemplated by the Investment Agreement or the ability of the Investor to fully perform their respective covenants and obligations pursuant to the Investment Agreement;

 

the Investor will have performed and complied in all material respects with the covenants, obligations and conditions of the Investment Agreement required to be performed and complied with by the Investor at or prior to the closing;

 

the Company will have received a certificate of the Investor, validly executed for and on behalf of the Investor and in its name by a duly authorized officer thereof, certifying that the closing conditions relating to the Investor’s representations and warranties and the Investor’s performance obligations have been satisfied; and

 

the Investor will have delivered to the Company a copy of the Investor Rights Agreement, duly executed by the Investor.

 

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Material Adverse Effect

 

Under the Investment Agreement, certain representations and warranties of the Company and the Investor are qualified in whole or in part by a material adverse effect standard. Pursuant to the Investment Agreement, a “Company Material Adverse Effect” means any change, event, effect, occurrence or circumstance that, individually or in the aggregate, (x) has had, or would reasonably be expected to have, a material adverse effect on the business, condition (financial or otherwise), results of operations or prospects of the Company and its subsidiaries, taken as a whole, or (y) prevents or materially impairs or materially delays, or would reasonably be expected to prevent or materially impair or materially delay, the consummation of the Transaction; provided, however, that, with respect to clause (x) above, none of the following, and no change, event, effect, occurrence or circumstance to the extent arising out of or resulting from the following (in each case, by itself or when aggregated), will be deemed to be or constitute a Company Material Adverse Effect or will be taken into account when determining whether a Company Material Adverse Effect has occurred or is reasonably expected to occur (subject to the limitations set forth below):

 

(i)changes generally affecting the global or national economy, credit or financial or capital markets, in the United States or elsewhere in the world, including changes in interest or exchange rates; changes in conditions in the industries in which the Company and its subsidiaries conduct business;

 

(ii)changes or prospective changes in, or issuances of new, Law or GAAP or accounting standards, or any changes or prospective changes in the interpretation or enforcement of any of the foregoing, or any changes or prospective changes in general legal, regulatory or political conditions, including any Law, directive, pronouncement or guideline issued by a governmental authority, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization or industry group providing for business closures, “sheltering-in-place” or other restrictions that relate to, or arise out of, an epidemic, pandemic or disease outbreak (including the COVID-19 pandemic) or any change in such law, regulation, statute, directive, pronouncement or guideline or interpretation thereof after October 27, 2022;

 

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(iii)any geopolitical conditions, outbreak of hostilities, acts of war, sabotage, cyberterrorism, terrorism, military actions, earthquakes, volcanic activity, hurricanes, tsunamis, tornadoes, floods, mudslides, wildfires or other natural disasters, weather conditions, epidemics and other force majeure events (including any escalation or general worsening thereof);

 

(iv)the execution, announcement or performance of the Investment Agreement or the consummation of the Transaction, including the impact thereof on relationships, contractual or otherwise, with customers, suppliers, distributors, partners, employees or regulators, or any claims (or threats of claims) or litigation (or threats of litigation) arising from allegations of breach of fiduciary duty or violation of law relating to the Investment Agreement or the Transaction;

 

(v)any action taken by the Company or its subsidiaries that is expressly required by the Investment Agreement or with the Investor’s express written consent or at the Investor’s express written request, or the failure to take any action by the Company or its subsidiaries if that action is expressly prohibited by the Investment Agreement;

 

(vi)any change or prospective change in the Company’s credit ratings (it being understood that the underlying cause of such change may be taken into consideration when determining whether a Company Material Adverse Effect has occurred);

 

(vii)any decline in the market price, or change in trading volume, of the capital stock of the Company (it being understood that the underlying cause of such change may be taken into consideration when determining whether a Company Material Adverse Effect has occurred);

 

(viii)any failure to meet any internal or public projections, forecasts, guidance, estimates, milestones, budgets or internal or published financial or operating predictions of revenue, earnings, cash flow, cash position or other operating metrics (it being understood that the exception in this clause (viii) shall not prevent or otherwise affect a determination that the underlying cause of any such change, decline or failure referred to herein (if not otherwise falling within any of the exceptions provided by clauses (i) through (viii) hereof) is a Material Adverse Effect); and

 

(ix)any breach by the Investor of the Investment Agreement;

 

except, in each case of clauses (i) to (iii), to the extent that such change, event, effect or circumstance has had a disproportionate adverse effect on the Company relative to other companies operating in the industries in which the Company and its subsidiaries conduct business, in which case only the incremental disproportionate adverse impact may be taken into account in determining whether a Company Material Adverse Effect has occurred.

 

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Termination of the Investment Agreement

 

The Investment Agreement may be terminated prior to the closing as follows:

 

(a)at any time prior to the closing (whether prior to or after the receipt of the Requisite Stockholder Approvals) by mutual written agreement of the Investor and the Company;

 

(b)by the Investor or the Company, at any time prior to the closing (whether prior to or after the receipt of the Requisite Stockholder Approvals) if: (i) any permanent injunction or other judgment or order issued by any court of competent jurisdiction or other legal or regulatory restraint or prohibition preventing the consummation of the Transaction is in effect, or any action has been taken by any governmental authority of competent jurisdiction, that, in each case, prohibits, makes illegal or enjoins the consummation of the Transaction and has become final and non-appealable; or (ii) any statute, rule, regulation or order has been enacted, entered, enforced or deemed applicable to the Transaction that permanently prohibits, makes illegal or enjoins the consummation of the Transaction, except that the right to terminate the Investment Agreement will not be available to any party that has breached its obligations to resist appeal, obtain consent pursuant to, resolve or lift, as applicable, such Law;

 

(c)by the Investor or the Company, at any time prior to the closing (whether prior to or after the receipt of the Requisite Stockholder Approvals) if the closing has not occurred by 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on March 31, 2023 (the “End Date”); provided that this right to terminate the Investment Agreement will not be available to any party whose action or failure to act (which action or failure to act constitutes a breach by such party of the Investment Agreement) has been the primary cause of, or primarily resulted in, either (i) the failure to satisfy the conditions to the obligations of the terminating party to consummate the Transaction set forth in the Investment Agreement prior to the End Date or (ii) the failure of the closing to have occurred prior to the End Date;

 

(d)by the Investor or the Company, at any time prior to the closing if the Company fails to obtain the Requisite Stockholder Approvals at the Special Meeting (or any adjournment or postponement thereof) at which a vote on the Transaction is taken, except that this right to terminate the Investment Agreement will not be available to (x) any party whose action or failure to act (which action or failure to act constitutes a breach by such party of the Investment Agreement) has been the primary cause of, or primarily resulted in, the failure to obtain the Requisite Stockholder Approvals at the Special Meeting (or any adjournment or postponement thereof) or (y) the Investor if the Investor and its controlled affiliates fail to vote all shares of common stock beneficially owned by them as of the record date for the Special Meeting in favor of any matters necessary for consummation of the transactions contemplated by the Investment Agreement;

 

(e)by the Investor, if at any time prior to the Closing the Board has effected a Company Board Recommendation Change; provided, that any such termination pursuant to this provision must occur within five (5) business days of the Company Board Recommendation Change;

 

(f)by the Investor, if the Company has breached or failed to perform in any material respect any of its representations, warranties, covenants or other agreements contained in the Investment Agreement, which breach or failure to perform would result in a failure of a condition to be fulfilled set forth therein, except that if such breach is capable of being cured by the End Date, the Investor will not be entitled to terminate the Investment Agreement prior to the delivery by the Investor to the Company of written notice of such breach, delivered at least thirty (30) days prior to such termination or such shorter period of time as remains prior to the End Date (the shorter of such periods, the “Company Breach Notice Period”) stating the Investor’s intention to terminate the Investment Agreement and the basis for such termination, it being understood that the Investor will not be entitled to terminate the Investment Agreement if (i) such breach has been cured within the Company Breach Notice Period (to the extent capable of being cured) or (ii) the Investor is then in breach of any representation, warranty, agreement or covenant contained in the Investment Agreement which breach would result in a failure of a closing condition set forth therein; and

 

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(g)by the Company, if the Investor has breached or failed to perform in any material respect any of its respective representations, warranties, covenants or other agreements contained in the Investment Agreement, which breach or failure to perform would result in a failure of a condition to be fulfilled set forth therein, except that if such breach is capable of being cured by the End Date, the Company will not be entitled to terminate the Investment Agreement prior to the delivery by the Company to the Investor of written notice of such breach, delivered at least thirty (30) days prior to such termination or such shorter period of time as remains prior to the End Date (the shorter of such periods, the “Investor Breach Notice Period”) stating the Company’s intention to terminate the Investment Agreement and the basis for such termination, it being understood that the Company will not be entitled to terminate the Investment Agreement if (i) such breach has been cured within the Investor Breach Notice Period (to the extent capable of being cured) or (ii) the Company is then in breach of any representation, warranty, agreement or covenant contained in the Investment Agreement which breach would result in a failure of a closing condition set forth therein.

 

Termination Fee; Effect of Termination

 

The Investment Agreement provides that the Company will be required to pay the Investor a termination fee equal to $3,000,000 (“Termination Fee”) if the Investment Agreement is terminated by either party pursuant to the provisions described in clauses (c) (End Date), (d) (No Requisite Stockholder Approval), (e) (Company Board Recommendation Change) or (f) (Termination for Company Breach) above and prior to October 27, 2023, the Company shall have entered into an agreement for an Acquisition Transaction, with such Termination Fee to be paid then within two (2) business days after the consummation of such Acquisition Transaction.

 

The Investment Agreement further provides that the Company will be required to reimburse the Investor for an amount not to exceed $1,000,000 for the Investor’s reasonable, documented out-of-pocket expenses if the Investment Agreement is terminated as a result of the provisions described in clauses (c) (End Date) if the Special Meeting is not held at least six (6) business days prior to the End Date, (d) (No Requisite Stockholder Approvals) or (e) (Company Board Recommendation Change) above.

 

Any proper and valid termination of the Investment Agreement will be effective immediately upon the delivery of written notice by the terminating party to the other party. In the event of the termination of the Investment Agreement pursuant to the terms thereof, the Investment Agreement will be of no further force or effect without liability of any party (or any partner, member, stockholder, director, officer, employee, affiliate or representative of such party) to the other parties, as applicable, except that certain provisions of the Investment Agreement (including the fee provisions described above) will survive the termination thereof, and termination of the Investment Agreement will not relieve any party thereto from liability for fraud or willful and material breach of the Investment Agreement prior to such termination.

 

Survival

 

The Company Fundamental Representations contained in the Investment Agreement will survive indefinitely, and the other representations and warranties contained therein and the covenants that are required to be performed prior to the closing will survive for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of the closing. The covenants that are required to be performed on or after the date of the closing will survive the closing and remain operative and in full force and effect in accordance with their respective terms until fully performed.

 

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Fees and Expenses

 

Except as set forth in the Investment Agreement, all fees and expenses incurred in connection with the Investment Agreement and the Transaction will be paid by the party incurring such fees and expenses whether or not the Transaction is consummated.

 

Specific Performance

 

The Investor and the Company will be entitled, in addition to any other remedy to which they are entitled at law or in equity, to an injunction, specific performance and other equitable relief to prevent breaches (or threatened breaches) of the Investment Agreement in accordance with their specified terms and to enforce specifically the terms and provisions in the Investment Agreement.

 

Amendments; Waivers

 

The Investment Agreement may be amended by the Investor and the Company at any time, except that in the event that the Company has received the Requisite Stockholder Approvals, no amendment will be made to the Investment Agreement that requires the approval of the Company’s stockholders pursuant to the Nasdaq rules without such approval. The Investment Agreement will not be amended or modified except by execution of an instrument in writing signed on behalf of the Investor and the Company (pursuant to authorized action by the Board (or a committee thereof)).

 

At any time and from time to time prior to the closing, the Investor or the Company may, to the extent legally allowed and except as otherwise set forth in the Investment Agreement: (a) extend the time for the performance of any of the obligations or other acts of the other party, as applicable; (b) waive any inaccuracies in the representations and warranties made to such party contained therein or in any document delivered pursuant thereto; and (c) subject to the requirements of applicable law, waive compliance with any of the agreements or conditions for the benefit of such party contained therein. Any agreement on the part of any party to any such extension or waiver will be valid only if set forth in an instrument in writing signed by such party. Any delay in exercising any right pursuant to the Investment Agreement will not constitute a waiver of such right.

 

Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Transaction

 

The following discussion is a summary of U.S. federal income tax considerations relating to the issuance of Company common stock pursuant to the Transaction. This summary is based on the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), Treasury Regulations promulgated thereunder, administrative pronouncements and judicial decisions, all in effect as of the date of this Proxy Statement and all subject to change, possibly with retroactive effect. This summary does not address consequences of the Transaction under state, local and foreign tax laws.

 

For U.S. federal income tax purposes, the issuance of the Preferred Stock will not result in taxable income or gain for the Company, for its subsidiaries or for stockholders that own common stock of the Company prior to the Transaction.

 

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Defined Terms

 

Acquisition Proposal” means any inquiry, indication of interest, offer or proposal (other than an inquiry, indication of interest, offer or proposal by the Investor pursuant to the Investment Agreement) to engage in an Acquisition Transaction.

 

Acquisition Transaction” means any transaction or series of related transactions (other than the Transaction) involving:

 

(a)any direct or indirect purchase or other acquisition by any person or “group” (as such term is used in Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act) of persons of shares of capital stock of the Company, including pursuant to a tender offer or exchange offer, that if consummated in accordance with its terms would result in such person or “group” of persons beneficially owning (i) more than 10% of the Company’s outstanding common stock (on an as-converted, exchanged or exercised basis, if applicable) or (ii) securities convertible, exchangeable or exercisable into more than 10% of the Company’s outstanding common stock (on an as-converted, exchanged or exercised basis, if applicable), in either case, after giving effect to the consummation of such purchase or other acquisition;

 

(b)any direct or indirect purchase, lease, exchange, transfer, license or other acquisition by any person or “group” (as such term is used in Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act) of persons, or stockholders of any such person or group of persons, of more than 10% of the consolidated assets of the Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole (measured by the fair market value thereof as of the date of such purchase or acquisition); or

 

(c)any merger, consolidation, division, business combination, joint venture, repurchase, redemption, share exchange, extraordinary dividend or distribution, recapitalization, reorganization, liquidation, dissolution or other similar transaction involving the Company or any of its subsidiaries pursuant to which any persons or “group” (as such term is used in Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act) of persons, or stockholders of any such person or group of persons, would beneficially own equity of the Company representing (i) more than 10% of the Company’s outstanding common stock (on an as-converted, exchanged or exercised basis, if applicable) or (ii) securities convertible into more than 10% of the Company’s outstanding common stock (on an as-converted, exchanged or exercised basis, if applicable), in either case, after giving effect to the consummation of such transaction.

 

Company Board Recommendation Change” means for the Board, to withhold, withdraw, amend, qualify or modify, or publicly propose to withhold, withdraw, amend, qualify or modify, the recommendation in a manner adverse to the Transaction; publicly adopt, approve or recommend an Acquisition Proposal; in connection with a tender or exchange offer by a third party, fail to recommend against such offer by the close of business on the tenth (10th) U.S. Business Day after the commencement of a tender or exchange offer in connection with an Acquisition Proposal; or fail to include the Board’s recommendation to the Company’s stockholders in this Proxy Statement.

 

Company Fundamental Representations” means the representations and warranties relating to organization and good standing, corporate power and enforceability, Board approval, anti-takeover laws, Requisite Stockholder Approvals, non-contravention of the Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation and the Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Company, certain capitalization matters, and brokers.

 

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Company Securities” means (i) shares of capital stock of, or other equity or voting interest in, the Company; (ii) securities of the Company convertible into or exchangeable or exercisable for shares of capital stock of, or other equity or voting interest in, the Company; (iii) options, warrants or other rights or binding arrangements to acquire from the Company, or that obligate the Company to issue, any capital stock of, or other equity or voting interest in, or any securities convertible into or exchangeable or exercisable for shares of capital stock of, or other equity or voting interest in, the Company; (iv) obligations of the Company to grant, extend or enter into any subscription, warrant, right, convertible or exchangeable security, or other similar contract relating to any capital stock of, or other equity or voting interest (including any voting debt) in, the Company; (v) restricted shares, restricted share units, stock appreciation rights, performance shares, contingent value rights, “phantom” stock or similar securities or rights that are derivative of, or provide economic benefits based, directly or indirectly, on the value or price of, any capital stock of, or other securities or ownership interests in, the Company; (vi) other obligations of the Company to make any payment based on the price or value of any of the items in the foregoing clauses (i) through (v).

 

Intervening Event” means any change, event, effect or circumstance that has materially improved the business, financial condition or results of operations of the Company and its subsidiaries, taken as a whole (other than any event, occurrence, fact or change resulting from a breach of the Investment Agreement by the Company), in each case that (i) is not known or is not reasonably foreseeable by the Board as of the date hereof, which change, event, effect or circumstance becomes known to the Board prior to receipt of the Requisite Stockholder Approvals and (ii) does not relate to any Acquisition Proposal or the Investor; provided that in no event shall the following constitute, or be taken into account in determining the existence of, an Intervening Event: (A) the fact that the Company and its subsidiaries meet or exceed any internal or public projections, forecasts, guidance, estimates, milestones, budgets or internal or published financial or operating predictions of revenue, earnings, cash flow, cash position or other operating metrics (it being understood that the underlying cause of any such events may be taken into consideration when determining whether an Intervening Event has occurred); (B) change in the market price, or change in trading volume, of the capital stock of the Company, in and of itself (it being understood that the underlying cause of such change may be taken into consideration when determining whether an Intervening Event has occurred); or (C) changes in conditions generally affecting the industries in which the Company and its subsidiaries conduct business.

 

Law” means any federal, national, state, county, municipal, provincial, local, foreign, supranational or multinational law, act, statute, constitution, common law, ordinance, code, decree, writ, order, judgment, injunction, rule, regulation, ruling or requirement issued, enacted, adopted, promulgated, implemented or otherwise put into effect by or under the authority of any governmental authority.

 

Requisite Stockholder Approvals” means the approval of the Transaction by the affirmative vote of a majority of the total votes cast on such matter (with abstentions and broker non-votes not counted as votes “FOR” or “AGAINST” the matter).

 

Subsidiary Securities” has the same meaning ascribed to “Company Securities”, except that all references to “the Company” therein shall be deemed to be replaced with “any Subsidiary of the Company”.

 

Superior Proposal” means any bona fide written Acquisition Proposal for an Acquisition Transaction on terms that the Board or any duly authorized committee thereof has determined in good faith (after consultation with its financial advisors and outside legal counsel) (a) is more favorable to the Company stockholders than the Transaction, and (b) is reasonably likely to be consummated on its terms (in the case of each of clauses (a) and (b), taking into account any legal, regulatory, financial, timing, financing and other aspects of such proposal, including the identity of the person making the proposal. For purposes of the reference to an “Acquisition Proposal” in this definition, all references to “10%” in the definition of “Acquisition Transaction” will be deemed to be references to “50%.”

 

U.S. Business Day” means a “business day” as determined in accordance with Rule 100 of Regulation M promulgated by the SEC.

 

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Certificate of Designations

 

As a condition to the closing, the Company will file with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware a Certificate of Designations of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock (the “Certificate of Designations”) designating the Preferred Stock and establishing the powers, designations, preferences and relative, participating, optional or other rights, and the qualifications, limitations or restrictions of the shares of the Preferred Stock.

 

See the section entitled “Description of the Preferred Stock” below for a description of the Preferred Stock.

 

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Investor Rights Agreement

 

This section describes the material terms of the Investor Rights Agreement. The description of the Investor Rights Agreement in this section and elsewhere in this Proxy Statement is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of the form of the Investor Rights Agreement, a copy of which was filed as Exhibit 10.1 to our current report on Form 8-K (as Exhibit B to the Investment Agreement) filed with the SEC on October 27, 2022 and is included as Annex A to this Proxy Statement. This summary does not purport to be complete and may not contain all of the information about the Investor Rights Agreement that is important to you. We encourage you to read the form of the Investor Rights Agreement carefully and in its entirety.

 

Board and Committee Rights

 

At the closing, the Company and the Investor will enter into an Investor Rights Agreement (the “Investor Rights Agreement”), pursuant to which, among other things, immediately following the closing, the Company is obligated to take all necessary action to ensure that the Board consists of seven total directors. The Investor shall initially be entitled to designate for nomination two (2) Directors (inclusive of Mr. Takayuki Katsuda, who is already a Director) (together, the “Initial Director Designees”). Following the appointment of the Initial Director Designees to the Board, the number of directors the Investor shall be entitled to designate for nomination to the Board shall: (y) increase and decrease automatically to a number of directors equal to the product, rounded to the nearest whole number, of (i) the number of shares of Company common stock beneficially owned by the Investor (including any shares of common stock which are then issuable upon conversion of shares of Preferred Stock held by the Investor) divided by the number of shares of Company common stock then outstanding (plus any shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of shares of the Preferred Stock included in clause (i)) and (ii) the size of the Board, provided, however, that in no event shall the number of directors the Investor shall be entitled to designate for nomination to the Board pursuant to the Investor Rights Agreement represent the majority of the directors; and (z) decrease to one (1) director in the event the Investor ceases to beneficially own at least ten percent (10%) of the then outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock and to zero (0) directors in the event the Investor ceases to beneficially own at least five percent (5%) of the then outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock, in each case including any shares of the Company’s common stock which are then issuable upon conversion of shares of Series A Preferred Stock held by the Investor). The appointment of any such directors pursuant to the Investor Rights Agreement shall be subject to such prospective director’s satisfaction of the Director Qualification Standards (as defined in the Investor Rights Agreement); provided, that so long as the Investor is entitled to nominate no more than two (2) directors, such directors shall not be required to comply with any independence or board diversity requirements under the rules and regulations of Nasdaq; provided, however, that any additional directors the Investor is entitled to nominate shall be required to comply with applicable independence requirements under the rules and regulations of Nasdaq.

 

Transfer Restrictions

 

Pursuant to the Investor Rights Agreement and subject to certain exceptions, the Investor will agree not to, from and after the date of closing until the earliest of (i) the date that is twelve (12) months following the date of closing and (ii) the date of the consummation of a Fundamental Change (as defined in the Certificate of Designations) (such period, the “Restricted Period”), directly or indirectly, sell, transfer, assign, or otherwise dispose of (each, a “Transfer”) any portion of or interest in any shares of Preferred Stock (including any conversion shares; but excluding, for the avoidance of doubt, any Company common stock held by the Investor immediately prior to the date of closing without the prior written consent of the Company (which consent may be given or withheld or made subject to such conditions as are determined by the Company in its sole discretion); it being understood that a transfer of any common stock or other securities issued by the Investor shall not constitute an indirect Transfer of any shares of Preferred Stock (including any conversion shares) by the Investor for purposes of the Investor Rights Agreement). Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Investor shall provide notice to the Company of any Transfer of any shares of Preferred Stock (but not any conversion shares that are no longer subject to transfer restrictions) substantially concurrent with such Transfer.

 

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Consent Rights

 

Pursuant to the terms of the Investor Rights Agreement, for so long as an Investor 75% Event has not occurred, the Company cannot, without the prior written consent of the Investor, effect or validate certain enumerated actions (the “Consent Rights”), including:

 

(a)issue, deliver or sell, or authorize the issuance, delivery or sale of, any shares of any securities of the Company or its subsidiaries that rank senior to, or pari passu with, the Preferred Stock for purposes of dividends, redemption and upon liquidation to any person other than the Company or its wholly owned subsidiaries;

 

(b)split, combine or reclassify any shares of capital stock of the Company or declare, set aside or pay any dividend or other distribution (whether in cash, stock or property or any combination thereof) in respect of the securities of the Company or its subsidiaries owned by any person other than the Company or its wholly owned subsidiaries, or redeem, repurchase or otherwise acquire or offer to redeem or repurchase, or otherwise acquire any securities of the Company or its subsidiaries other than (x) pursuant to the terms of any Company Stock Plan, (y) the Company’s warrants, pursuant to the terms thereof or (z) shares of Preferred Stock, pursuant to the terms thereof;

 

(c)create, incur, assume, suffer to exist or otherwise be liable with respect to any indebtedness for borrowed money or guarantees thereof having an aggregate principal amount on a consolidated basis for the Company and its subsidiaries outstanding at any time exceeding the greater of (i) $20 million or (ii) the sum of the operating expenses for the two (2) preceding fiscal quarters of the Company;

 

(d)enter into any related party transaction, excluding compensation, benefits, indemnification and other agreements with directors and employees of the Company (in each case, to the extent in the ordinary course of business);

 

(e)amend the Certificate of Incorporation, Bylaws or other similar organizational documents (whether by merger, consolidation, combination, reclassification or otherwise);

 

(f)change the size of the Board;

 

(g)adopt any stockholder rights plan which does not exempt the Investor from being an “acquiring person” solely as a result of (i) its holdings of any securities of the Company as of the adoption of such stockholder rights plan, (ii) payment of PIK Dividends (as defined in the Certificate of Designations) subsequent to the adoption of the stockholder rights plan, (iii) the application of any adjustments pursuant to the Certificate of Designations or (iv) any other increase in the proportional holding of the Investor in relation to other holders of the Company’s securities through no action of the Investor;

 

(h)acquire (by merger, consolidation, acquisition of stock or assets or otherwise), directly or indirectly, any assets, securities, properties, interests or businesses, other than (i) supplies in the ordinary course of business of the Company and its subsidiaries in a manner that is consistent with past practice and (ii) acquisitions with a purchase price (including assumed indebtedness) that does not exceed the greater of (x) $20 million individually or (y) 10% of total revenues for the last twelve (12) full months;

 

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(i)sell, lease or otherwise transfer, or create or incur any lien (other than Permitted Liens, as defined in the Investor Rights Agreement) on, any of the Company’s or any of its subsidiary’s assets, securities, properties, interests or businesses, other than (i) sales of inventory in the ordinary course of business and (ii) sales of assets, securities, properties, interests or businesses with a sale price (including any related assumed indebtedness) that does not exceed the greater of (x) $20 million individually or (y) the sum of the operating expenses for the two (2) preceding fiscal quarters of the Company;

 

(j)an amendment to, or the adoption of any new Company Stock Plan; provided, that issuance of any shares of common stock of the Company currently reserved for issuance under existing Company Stock Plans and all annual increases thereto pursuant to automatic minimum increase provisions shall not be subject to the Investor’s consent right under this clause (j), but any discretionary increases greater than the automatic annual increase amount specified under the existing Company Stock Plans shall be subject to such consent right;

 

(k)(i) sell, assign, transfer, license, sublicense, abandon, permit to lapse, grant a covenant not to sue, create or incur any lien (other than Permitted Liens), or otherwise dispose of any material intellectual property owned by the Company, other than non-exclusive licenses or sublicenses granted in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice; or (ii) abandon or permit to lapse any intellectual property owned by the Company that is Registered Intellectual Property (as defined in the Investment Agreement) other than at the end of its statutory term;

 

(l)incur any capital expenditures or any obligations or liabilities in respect thereof, except for any capital expenditures not to exceed the greater of (x) $20 million per fiscal year or (y) 10% of total revenues for the last twelve (12) full months; or

 

(m)agree, resolve or commit to do any of the foregoing.

 

Preemptive Rights

 

Pursuant to the terms of the Investor Rights Agreement and subject to certain exceptions, when the Company authorizes the issuance or sale of any common stock or Equity-Linked Securities (as defined in the Investor Rights Agreement), the Company will be required to first offer to sell to the Investor a proportion of such common stock or Equity-Linked Securities sufficient for the Investor to maintain its pro rata share in the common stock (on an as-converted, exchanged or exercised basis, as applicable) prior to the issuance or sale of such common stock or Equity-Linked Securities to such other person, with the consummation of the sale or issuance to such other person and to the Investor to occur on the same date, subject to certain exceptions.

 

Transferability of Rights

 

Neither the Company nor the Investor may assign the rights, interests or obligations under the Investor Rights Agreement to another party without the prior written consent of the other party; provided that the Investor may assign the Investor Rights Agreements and its rights, interests or obligations thereunder to an Affiliate (as defined in the Investor Rights Agreements) subject to certain conditions set forth in the Investor Rights Agreement. In addition, if the Investor sells fifty percent (50%) or more of its initial Preferred Stock to another party (including to a party that is not a permitted transferee of the Investor), it may assign certain of its rights and obligations relating to registration rights (as described in “—Registration Rights” below) under the Investor Rights Agreement to such party in accordance with the Investor Rights Agreement.

 

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Registration Rights

 

Pursuant to the Investor Rights Agreement, and subject to certain limitations set forth therein, the Company will be obligated to prepare and file within 300 days after the closing date a registration statement registering shares of common stock held by any holder of Preferred Stock, including any shares of common stock acquired pursuant to the conversion of, or as a dividend on, the Preferred Stock (the “Registrable Securities”).

 

In addition, pursuant to the Investor Rights Agreement, holders of Registrable Securities will have the right to require the Company, subject to certain limitations set forth therein, to effect a sale of any or all of their Registrable Securities by means of an underwritten offering. The Company is not obligated to effect an underwritten offering (a) more than twice in any 365-day period, (b) if the anticipated gross proceeds are less than $25 million (unless the Investor is proposing to sell all of its remaining Registrable Securities), or (c) during a Quarterly Blackout Period (as defined in the Investor Rights Agreement).

 

The Investor Rights Agreement also provides holders of Registrable Securities with certain customary piggyback registration rights and indemnification rights.

 

These registration rights are subject to certain conditions and limitations, including the right of the underwriters to limit the number of shares to be included in a registration or offering and the Company’s right to delay or withdraw a registration statement under certain circumstances.

 

Termination

 

The Investor Rights Agreement will terminate with respect to the Investor upon the mutual agreement in writing among the Company and the Investor, other than termination provisions applicable to particular sections of the Investor Rights Agreement that are specifically provided in the Investor Rights Agreement. The Investor Rights Agreement will terminate automatically with respect to any other party thereto at such time as such party ceases to own any Registrable Securities.

 

Defined Terms

 

Company Stock Plans” means the Company’s 2016 Stock Incentive Plan, 2022 Equity Incentive Plan and Employee Stock Purchase Plan, as amended, and each other Employee Plan (as defined in the Investment Agreement) that provides for the award of rights of any kind to receive shares of Company common stock or benefits measured in whole or in part by reference to shares of common stock.

 

Investor 75% Event” means if at any time (a) the number of shares of the Company’s common stock beneficially owned by the Investor (counting the Preferred Stock (including any PIK Dividends, as defined in the Certificate of Designations) on an as-converted basis as of such time, even if not convertible within 60 days of such time, but excluding any of the Company’s common stock acquired by the Investor after the closing date), falls below (b) 75% of the number of shares of the Company’s common stock (counting the Preferred Stock on an as-converted basis even though the Preferred Stock is not convertible as of the closing date) that it beneficially owns as of the closing date.

 

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Investor Term Loan Agreement

 

This section describes the material terms of the Investor Term Loan Agreement. The description of the Investor Term Loan Agreement in this section and elsewhere in this Proxy Statement is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of the Investor Term Loan Agreement, a copy of which was filed as Exhibit 10.3 to our current report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on October 27, 2022 and is included as Annex C to this Proxy Statement. This summary does not purport to be complete and may not contain all of the information about the Investor Term Loan Agreement that is important to you. We encourage you to read the Investor Term Loan Agreement carefully and in its entirety.

 

Concurrently with the execution of the Investment Agreement, the Investor and the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Cepton Technologies, Inc., (the “Borrower”) entered into a Secured Term Loan Agreement (the “Investor Term Loan Agreement”), pursuant to which the Investor made a loan to the Borrower in the amount of ¥5.8 billion (the “Loan”), the proceeds of which were used to repay amounts outstanding under the Loan and Security Agreement, dated as of January 4, 2022, between Trinity Capital Inc. and the Borrower (the “Trinity Capital Loan”) and will be used for working capital and general corporate purposes.

 

At the Borrower’s request, the Investor converted a portion of the proceeds of the Loan from Yen to Dollars prior to disbursement thereof and transferred the Dollar equivalent of the Loan proceeds less any applicable foreign exchange costs as directed by the Borrower. The unexchanged remaining amount was also deposited to the Borrower’s account. Amounts repaid or prepaid in respect of the Loan may not be reborrowed.

 

The Loan will accrue interest at a rate equal to 1.0% per annum and will be payable at maturity. The Loan will mature on the earlier of three (3) business days after the closing of the Preferred Stock Issuance and the date on which the Investment Agreement is terminated in accordance with its terms (the “Maturity Date”). The Borrower may elect to prepay all or any portion of the amounts owed prior to the Maturity Date, together with all accrued and unpaid interest as of the date of such prepayment, subject to certain notice and minimum denomination requirements.

 

In connection with the Loan, the Borrower entered into a Security Agreement and a Patent Security Agreement, pursuant to which, effective upon the Company’s receipt of the Loan, the obligations of the Borrower under the Investor Term Loan Agreement became, effective as of the date of the Borrower’s receipt of the Loan, secured by substantially all of the properties of the Borrower, including all patents.

 

The Investor Term Loan Agreement contains customary representations and warranties relating to organization and good standing, corporate power and enforceability, registration as an investment company, consents required to consummate the Loan, use of proceeds and its solvency. The Investor Term Loan Agreement also contains covenants that require the Borrower to conduct its business in the ordinary course, provide notice of certain changes, not take certain actions prohibited by the Investment Agreement and to ensure that the Loan will not rank subordinate to any other obligations of the Borrower.

 

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Description of the Preferred Stock

 

This section describes the material terms of the preferences, limitations, voting powers and relative rights of the Preferred Stock of the Company as contained in the Certificate of Designations. The description of the Preferred Stock in this section and elsewhere in this Proxy Statement is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of the form of the Certificate of Designations, a copy of which was filed as Exhibit 10.1 to our current report on Form 8-K (as Exhibit A to the Investment Agreement) filed with the SEC on October 27, 2022 and is included as Annex A to this Proxy Statement. This summary does not purport to be complete and may not contain all of the information about the Preferred Stock that is important to you. We encourage you to read the Certificate of Designations carefully and in its entirety.

 

Number of Shares in Series

 

The Certificate of Designations will designate 100,000 initial shares of the Preferred Stock.

 

Ranking

 

The Preferred Stock will rank senior to the common stock, with respect to dividend rights and rights on the distribution of assets on any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Company, and will rank junior to all secured and unsecured indebtedness.

 

Stated Value

 

The Preferred Stock will have a par value of $0.00001 per share.

 

Dividends

 

The holders of Preferred Stock will be entitled to participate in all dividends declared on the common stock on an as-converted basis and will also be entitled to a cumulative dividend at the rate of 3.250% per annum, if paid in cash, or 4.250% per annum, if paid “in kind,” payable annually in arrears and subject to a maximum increase of 1.0% if the Company breaches any Consent Provisions (as defined in the Certificate of Designations), if a Registration Default (as defined in the Investor Rights Agreement) has occurred and is ongoing or if the Company fails to pay the Company Repurchase Price (as defined in the Certificate of Designations) or the Fundamental Change Repurchase Price (as defined in the Certificate of Designations) in full when due, subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Certificate of Designations.

 

Conversion Rights

 

Subject to certain anti-dilution adjustments, including with respect to certain issuances with an effective price below the then current conversion price, and customary provisions related to partial dividend periods, the Preferred Stock will be convertible at the option of the holders at any time following the one year anniversary of the issuance date into a number of shares of common stock equal to the Conversion Rate (as defined in the Certificate of Designations), which will initially be approximately 386.8472:1 based on the initial conversion price of $2.585 per share; provided that each converting holder will receive cash in lieu of fractional shares (if any). Solely with respect to shares of Preferred Stock held by the Investor or an affiliate of the Investor that is a Permitted Transferee (such shares, the “Investor Shares”), at any time after the Company having recorded positive net income pursuant to GAAP in its audited financial statements for any fiscal year the end date of which falls after the fifth (5th) anniversary of the closing (the “Company Rights Trigger Event”), the Company may deliver a notice to convert all (but not less than all) of the outstanding Investor Shares into shares of common stock if the closing sale price of the common stock has been greater than or equal to 200% of the conversion price as of such time, as may be adjusted pursuant to the Certificate of Designations, for at least twenty (20) trading days (whether or not consecutive) in the thirty (30) consecutive trading day period (including the last trading day of such period immediately prior to the date of such notice (“Market Price Condition”), in which case such Investor Shares must be converted within twelve (12) months.

 

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Solely with respect to shares of Preferred Stock that are not Investor Shares (such shares, the “Non-Investor Shares”), if the Market Price Condition is satisfied at any time after the seventh (7th) anniversary of the closing, then the Company may deliver a written notice to each holder (other than holders of Investor Shares) informing such holder that all, but (not less than all), of such holder’s Preferred Stock will automatically convert into shares of common stock on the date specified by the Company.

 

Pursuant to the provisions described in the preceding two paragraphs, each share of Preferred Stock then outstanding shall be converted into (A) a number of shares of common stock equal to the Liquidation Preference for such share of Preferred Stock divided by the Conversion Price then in effect plus (B) cash in lieu of fractional shares as set out in the Certificate of Designations.

 

The actual conversion date of any shares of Preferred Stock may be subject to delay in order to satisfy any regulatory approvals that may be necessary in connection therewith, subject to certain Company repurchase rights with respect to shares of Preferred Stock for which applicable regulatory approvals have not been obtained within the relevant time periods.

 

Company Repurchase Option

 

The Company has the option, upon thirty (30) days’ advance notice, to (A) repurchase all (but not less than all) of the outstanding Investor Shares on or after the second anniversary of the closing occurring after the end of the applicable fiscal year for which the Company has recorded positive net income, if the Company has recorded positive net income pursuant to GAAP in its audited financial statements for any fiscal year the end date of which falls after the fifth (5th) anniversary of the closing and (B) all or any portion of the outstanding Non-Investor Shares any time after the seventh (7th) anniversary of the closing. The purchase price of any shares of Series A Preferred Stock repurchased pursuant to this option is equal to the greater of (A) the Liquidation Preference and (B) the amount per share of Series A Preferred Stock equal to the number of shares of common stock that such holder would have received had such holder converted such share of Series A Preferred Stock into common stock multiplied by the arithmetic average of the volume-weighted average price per share of common stock for each of the ten (10) consecutive full trading days immediately preceding the day of such advance notice.

 

Fundamental Change Put Right

 

If the Company undergoes a Fundamental Change (as defined in the Certificate of Designations), each holder of outstanding shares of Preferred Stock will have the option to require the Company to purchase any or all of its shares of Preferred Stock at a purchase price per share of Preferred Stock equal to the Liquidation Preference of such share of Preferred Stock as of the applicable date (“Fundamental Change Repurchase”). In lieu of electing a Fundamental Change Repurchase, such holder may elect to convert such shares of Preferred Stock, at 110% of the then current Conversion Rate. A “Fundamental Change” will occur upon, among other things, (A) any person or group of persons other than the Investor Parties (as defined in the Certificate of Designations) owning, directly or indirectly, more than 50% of the total voting power of the Company’s voting stock, (B) consummation of any recapitalization, reclassification, share exchange, consolidation, merger, sale of all or substantially all of the Company’s assets or similar transactions, (C) approval by the Company stockholders of any liquidation or dissolution of the Company, (D) the common stock ceasing to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ or (E) solely with respect to the Investor Shares, the Company entering into certain acquisition or strategic transactions with a Competitor (as defined in the Certificate of Designations), in each case subject to certain exceptions as set forth in the Certificate of Designations.

 

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Liquidation Preference

 

The Preferred Stock has a liquidation preference equal to the initial purchase price of $1,000.00 per share, increased by accrued but unpaid dividends per share (the “Liquidation Preference”).

 

In the event of any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Company, holders of shares of Preferred Stock will be entitled to receive, prior to any distributions on common stock and other capital stock of the Company ranking junior to the Preferred Stock, and subject to the rights of the holders of any capital stock of the Company ranking senior to or on parity with the Preferred Stock and the rights of the Company’s existing and future creditors, an amount per share of Preferred Stock equal to the greater of (i) the Liquidation Preference and (ii) the amount per share of Preferred Stock that a holder would have received if such holder, immediately prior to such voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Company, converted such share of Preferred Stock into common stock.

 

Voting Rights

 

The holders of shares of Series A Preferred Stock will have no voting rights except with respect to certain actions that would have an adverse effect on the rights, preferences, privileges or voting power of the Series A Preferred Stock, the creation and issuance of shares of the Company’s capital stock that would rank pari passu or senior the Series A Preferred Stock and any increase or decrease in the authorized number of shares of Series A Preferred Stock or issuance of shares of Series A Preferred Stock after the issuance date, subject to certain exceptions. In such cases, the holders of Series A Preferred Stock will have one vote per share on any matter on which the holders of Series A Preferred Stock are entitled to vote.

 

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Voting Support Agreements

 

This section describes the material terms of the Voting Support Agreements. The description of the Voting Support Agreements in this section and elsewhere in this Proxy Statement is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of the form of the Voting Support Agreement, a copy of which was filed as Exhibit 10.2 to our current report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on October 27, 2022 and is included as Annex B to this Proxy Statement. We encourage you to read the form of Voting Support Agreements carefully and in its entirety.

 

Concurrently with the execution of the Investment Agreement, the Investor and the Company, entered into with each of Mr. Jun Pei, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Mr. Jun Ye, a member of the Board, and Mr. Mark McCord, the Company’s Chief Technology Officer (the “Supporting Stockholders”), Voting Support Agreements in their capacities as stockholders (each, a “Voting Support Agreement”). Pursuant to the Voting Support Agreements, each Supporting Stockholder agreed to cause the outstanding shares of common stock beneficially owned by such Supporting Stockholder as of the record date for the Special Meeting to, among other things, (a) be present for purposes of establishing a quorum, (b) be voted in favor of any matters necessary or reasonably requested by the Company for consummation of the transactions contemplated by the Investment Agreement, (c) be voted against any Acquisition Proposal or Acquisition Transaction or any other action that would reasonably be expected to materially impede, interfere with, delay, postpone or adversely affect any of the transactions contemplated by the Investment Agreement, (d) be subject to a voting proxy pursuant to which the Investor will be such Supporting Stockholder’s attorney-in-fact and proxy. The affirmative vote by all of the Supporting Stockholders, together with the affirmative vote of the Investor, will be sufficient to establish a quorum and approve the Transaction Proposal. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event of a Company Board Recommendation Change prior to the time of the Special Meeting, the number of shares of common stock that will be voted pursuant to the Voting Support Agreements will be reduced such that, the number of shares of common stock beneficially owned by the Supporting Stockholders together with the number of shares of common stock beneficially owned by the Investor will represent, in the aggregate, 25% of the total number of outstanding shares of common stock entitled to vote at the Special Meeting, which will not be sufficient to establish a quorum and may or may not be sufficient to approve the Transaction Proposal (if a quorum is present).

 

The Voting Support Agreements also include exclusivity provisions that subject the Supporting Stockholders to restrictions similar to those described above under “Investment Agreement–No Solicitation.”

 

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Consequences of Non-Approval of the Transaction Proposal

 

Approval of the Transaction Proposal is a condition to closing the Transaction contemplated by the Investment Agreement. If the Transaction Proposal is not approved by our stockholders, the Investment Agreement may be terminated and the transactions contemplated thereby cannot be completed. If the Investment Agreement is terminated because the Transaction Proposal is not approved by our stockholders, or for certain other reasons, the Company may be required to pay a $3,000,000 termination fee and/or reimburse up to $1,000,000 of the Investor’s expenses. See the section entitled “The Investment Agreement-Termination of the Investment Agreement” and “The Investment Agreement-Termination Fee; Effect of Termination” in this Proposal 1 for more details.

 

Required Vote

 

Approval of the Transaction Proposal requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of our common stock present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote thereon at the Special Meeting that are voted “FOR” or “AGAINST” the Transaction Proposal. Virtual attendance at our Special Meeting constitutes presence in person for the Special Meeting. If you do not provide voting instructions with respect to your shares of common stock, your shares will not be voted on any “non-routine” proposals. This vote is called a “broker non-vote.” The Transaction Proposal is a “non-routine” proposal. Abstentions and broker non-votes shall not be counted as votes for or against the Transaction Proposal.

 

The affirmative vote by the Investor of all shares of common stock beneficially owned by the Investor in accordance with the Investment Agreement and the affirmative vote of all shares of common stock beneficially owned by the Supporting Stockholders pursuant to the Voting Support Agreements will be sufficient to approve the Transaction Proposal, subject to a Company Board Recommendation Change.

 

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS
A VOTE IN FAVOR OF PROPOSAL 1.

 

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Proposal 2: Vote on Adjournment

 

If at the Special Meeting there are not sufficient votes to approve the Transaction Proposal and adopt the Investment Agreement, we intend to move to vote on this Adjournment Proposal. We do not intend to move to a vote on this Adjournment Proposal if the Transaction Proposal is approved by the requisite number of shares of the Company common stock at the Special Meeting.

 

In this Adjournment Proposal, the Company’s stockholders are being asked to approve a proposal that will give the Board authority to adjourn the Special Meeting to a later date or time, if necessary, to solicit additional proxies in favor of the Transaction Proposal if there are insufficient votes at the time of the Special Meeting to approve the Transaction Proposal. If the stockholders approve this Adjournment Proposal, we could adjourn the Special Meeting and any adjourned session of the Special Meeting and use the additional time to solicit additional proxies, including the solicitation of proxies from stockholders that have previously voted. Among other things, approval of this Adjournment Proposal could mean that, even if we had received proxies representing a sufficient number of votes against the Transaction Proposal to defeat that proposal, we could adjourn the Special Meeting without a vote on the Transaction Proposal and seek to convince the holders of those shares to change their votes to votes in favor of the Transaction Proposal.

 

Required Vote

 

Approval of the Adjournment Proposal requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of our common stock present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote thereon at the Special Meeting that are voted “FOR” or “AGAINST” the Adjournment Proposal, irrespective of whether a quorum is present. Virtual attendance at our Special Meeting constitutes presence in person for the Special Meeting. If you hold your shares in “street name” (that is, your shares are held in an account at and registered in the name of a brokerage firm, bank, broker-dealer or similar organization), your broker or other organization may vote your shares under limited circumstances if you do not provide voting instructions before the Special Meeting. These circumstances include voting your shares on so-called “routine matters.” The Adjournment Proposal is a “routine” matter. Abstentions shall not be counted as votes for or against the Adjournment Proposal.

 

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS
A VOTE IN FAVOR OF PROPOSAL 2 IF THERE ARE INSUFFICIENT VOTES AT THE SPECIAL MEETING TO APPROVE THE TRANSACTION PROPOSAL.

 

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Interests of Certain Persons in the Transaction

 

In considering the recommendation of the Board to vote “FOR” the proposals presented at the Special Meeting, you should be aware that the current executive officers and directors of the Company have interests in the Transaction that may be different from, or in addition to, the interests of our stockholders generally. The Board was aware of and considered these interests, among other matters, in evaluating the Investment Agreement and the other transaction documents and in recommending to our stockholders that they vote in favor of the proposals presented at the Special Meeting.

 

Arrangements with Koito

 

Koito is an automotive tier 1 partner of the Company and sales to Koito accounted for over 68% of the Company’s total revenues for the year ended December 31, 2021. As of January 2020, the Company was chosen by Koito to supply Koito with ADAS lidar technology licenses and components for General Motors’ advanced driver assist technology series production program for mass-market consumer vehicles. The purpose of the arrangement is to enable Koito to manufacture automotive grade lidars using the Company’s components and lidar technology. These lidars are to be supplied to General Motors to fulfil the needs of its series production program. Production volume will ultimately be dependent on numerous factors and are binding only upon issuance of a purchase order. In furtherance thereof, in September 2021, Koito issued a work order to the Company relating to the pre-production development phase, which began in January 2020 and concludes upon completion of pre-production activities. The work order specifies the development milestones to be achieved by the Company, the estimated delivery dates for each milestone and the estimated fees to be paid to the Company in connection with each milestone. The aggregate fees to be paid to the Company under the work order were $2.5 million, of which $2.5 million has been paid to the Company as of September 30, 2022. The revenues associated with a milestone are considered earned when the relevant milestone is completed and the prototype units are delivered to Koito and, once paid, fees are non-refundable. The estimated fees under the work order exclude additional prototypes that may be purchased by Koito which are subject to separate purchase orders and are purchased on an as-needed basis, and are subject to change.

 

Transaction Documents

 

Mr. Takayuki Katsuda, a member of the Board, is a managing corporate officer of Koito and therefore can be deemed to have a substantial interest in the Transaction. Please see the descriptions of the terms of the Investment Agreement, Certificate of Designations, Investor Rights Agreement and the Investor Term Loan Agreement, and the Description of the Preferred Stock, in each case, included in this Proxy Statement for additional information.

 

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Market Price of Common Stock

 

Our common stock is listed for trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol “CPTN.”

 

The closing price of our common stock on Nasdaq on October 26, 2022, the last trading day prior to the public announcement of the execution of the Investment Agreement, was $2.28 per share. On [   ], 2022, the most recent practicable date before this Proxy Statement was mailed to our stockholders, the closing price for our common stock on Nasdaq was $[   ] per share. In addition, the Transaction consideration, on a converted-to-common basis, represents a premium of approximately 14.4% and 25.5% to the thirty (30)-day and ninety (90)-day, respectively, volume weighted average price per share of our common stock prior to the public announcement of the execution of the Investment Agreement. You are encouraged to obtain current market quotations for our common stock in connection with voting your shares of common stock.

 

We have never declared or paid a cash dividend on our common stock and we intend to retain all available funds and any future earnings to fund the development and growth of our business. We do not anticipate paying any cash dividends on our common stock in the foreseeable future.

 

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Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management

 

The following table sets forth certain information with respect to the beneficial ownership of our capital stock as of [   ], 2022 for:

 

each of our named executive officers;

 

each of our directors;

 

all of our current directors and executive officers as a group; and

 

each person known by us to be the beneficial owner of more than 5% of the outstanding shares of our common stock.

 

We have determined beneficial ownership in accordance with the rules of the SEC, and thus it represents sole or shared voting or investment power with respect to our securities. Unless otherwise indicated below, to our knowledge, the persons and entities named in the table have sole voting and sole investment power with respect to all shares that they beneficially owned, subject to community property laws where applicable. The information does not necessarily indicate beneficial ownership for any other purpose, including for purposes of Sections 13(d) and 13(g) of the Securities Act.

 

We have based our calculation of the percentage of beneficial ownership on [   ] shares of our common stock outstanding as of [   ], 2022. In accordance with SEC rules, we have deemed shares of our common stock subject to stock options or warrants that are currently exercisable or exercisable within sixty (60) days of [   ], 2022 and shares of our common stock underlying RSUs that are currently releasable or releasable within sixty (60) days of [   ], 2022 to be outstanding and to be beneficially owned by the person holding the common stock, options, warrants or RSUs for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of that person. We did not deem these shares outstanding, however, for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of any other person.

 

Unless otherwise indicated, the address of each beneficial owner listed in the table below is c/o Cepton, Inc., 399 West Trimble Road, San Jose, California, 95131. The information provided in the table is based on our records, information filed with the SEC and information provided to us, except where otherwise noted.

 

Name and Address of Beneficial Owners  Number of Shares of common stock Beneficially Owned   % 
5% Holders:        
Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.(1)   19,624,741    12.5%
LDV Partners Fund I, L.P.(2)   16,088,422    10.3%
Yupeng Cui(3)   9,679,376    6.2%
Executive Officers and Directors:          
Dr. Jun Pei(4)   30,019,721    19.2%
Dr. Jun Ye(5)   25,916,966    16.6%
Hull Xu(6)   305,900    * 
Dr. Winston Fu(11)   16,088,422    10.3%
Dr. Mark McCord(7)   10,409,248    6.7%
Dr. Liqun Han(8)   2,826,823    1.8%
Dr. Dongyi Liao(9)   2,283,397    1.4%
George Syllantavos(10)   976,500    * 
Takayuki Katsuda(12)         
Ming Qiu        
Mei (May) Wang        
Xiaogang (Jason) Zhang        
           
Directors and executive officers as a group (twelve individuals)   88,826,977    54.8%

 

*Less than one percent.

 

(1)Consists of 19,624,741 shares of common stock. The business address of Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is 4-8-3, Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan. Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is obligated to vote all such shares in favor of the Transaction Proposal in accordance with the Investment Agreement.

 

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(2)Consists of 16,088,422 shares of common stock.

 

(3)Consists of 9,679,376 shares of common stock.

 

(4)Consists of 1,224,617 shares of common stock owned by Dr. Pei and 28,795,104 shares of common stock owned by the Pei 2000 Trust of which Dr. Pei is a trustee. Subject to the terms of a Voting support Agreement and will be voted in favor of the Transaction Proposal in accordance therewith.

 

(5)Consists of (i) 20,818,496 shares of common stock owned by Dr. Ye; (ii) 2,449,235 shares of common stock owned by the Lynnelle Lin Ye Irrevocable Trust dated December 8, 2020 of which Dr. Ye is a trustee; (iii) 2,449,235 shares of common stock owned by the Brion Qi Ye Irrevocable Trust dated December 8, 2020 of which Dr. Ye is a trustee; (iv) and 200,000 shares of common stock owned by the Ye-Wang Family Trust, dated March 31, 2007, of which Dr. Ye is a trustee. Subject to the terms of a Voting support Agreement and will be voted in favor of the Transaction Proposal in accordance therewith.

 

(6)Consists of (i) [293,400] shares of common stock issuable pursuant to options exercisable within 60 days of [   ], 2022 and (ii) 12,500 shares of common stock pursuant to warrants.

 

(7)Consists of 10,409,248 shares of common stock owned by the McCord Trust, dated January 7, 2020, of which Dr. McCord is a trustee. Subject to the terms of a Voting support Agreement and will be voted in favor of the Transaction Proposal in accordance therewith.

 

(8)Consists of 489,847 shares of common stock owned by The Han-Ouyang Living Trust, U/A, dated March 21, 2021, of which Dr. Han is a trustee, and [2,336,976] shares of common stock issuable pursuant to options exercisable within 60 days of [  ], 2022.

 

(9)Consists of [2,283,397] shares of common stock issuable pursuant to options exercisable within 60 days of [  ], 2022.

 

(10)Consists of 359,000 shares of common stock owned by Mr. Syllantavos and 617,500 shares of common stock issuable to Magellan Investments Corp. pursuant to warrants that are exercisable within 60 days of [  ], 2022. Mr. Syllantavos is the president and the sole director of Magellan Investments Corp.

 

(11)Consists of 16,088,422 shares of common stock owned by LDV Partners Fund I, L.P. Dr. Winston Fu is a managing member of LDV Partners I (GP), Ltd., which is the general partnership that manages LDV Partners Fund I, L.P. Dr. Fu disclaims beneficial ownership of the 16,088,422 shares of common stock except to the extent of any pecuniary interest he may have therein, directly or indirectly.

 

(12)Mr. Katsuda is the Managing Corporate Officer of Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd. The business address of Mr. Katsuda is c/o Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd., 4-8-3, Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan.

 

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Where You Can Find More Information

 

The Company files annual, quarterly and current reports, proxy statements and other information with the SEC. The SEC maintains an internet site that contains reports, proxy and information statements and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC, including us. The address of that site is www.sec.gov.

 

You can also review the Company’s SEC filings on its website at http://investors.cepton.com. Through links on the “Investors” portion of our website, we make available free of charge our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, any amendments to those reports and other information filed with, or furnished to, the SEC pursuant to Sections 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act. We will make our Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year ending December 31, 2022 available on this website free of charge when it is published. Such material is made available through our website as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file the information with, or furnish it to, the SEC. The information contained on or that can be accessed through our website does not constitute part of this Proxy Statement, other than documents that we file with the SEC that are specifically incorporated by reference into this Proxy Statement.

 

Other Information

 

Other Matters to be Presented at the Special Meeting

 

We do not know of any matters to be presented at the Special Meeting other than those described in this Proxy Statement. If any other matters are properly brought before the Special Meeting, proxies will be voted in accordance with the best judgment of the person or persons voting the proxies.

 

Stockholder Communication with Board Members

 

Any stockholder may contact the Board, a committee of the Board or a specified individual director by writing to the attention of the Board (or a specified individual director or committee) and sending such communication to the attention of our Corporate Secretary at our executive offices as identified in this Proxy Statement. Each communication from a stockholder should include the following information in order to permit us to confirm your status as a stockholder and enable us to send a response if deemed appropriate:

 

the name, mailing address and telephone number of the stockholder sending the communication;

 

the number and type of our securities owned by such stockholder; and

 

if the stockholder is not a record owner of our securities, the name of the record owner of our securities beneficially owned by the stockholder.

 

Our Corporate Secretary will forward all appropriate communications to the Board, the applicable committee of the Board or individual members of the Board as specified in the communication. Our Corporate Secretary may, but is not required to, review all correspondence addressed to the Board, a committee of the Board or any individual member of the Board, for any inappropriate correspondence more suitably directed to management.

 

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Submission of Stockholder Proposals for the 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

 

Our amended and restated bylaws provide that, for stockholder director nominations or other proposals to be considered at an annual meeting, the stockholder must give timely notice thereof in writing to our Secretary at 399 West Trimble Road, San Jose, California, 95131. To be timely for the 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, a stockholder’s notice must be received by our Secretary at our principal executive offices between January 15, 2023 and February 14, 2023; provided that if the date of that annual meeting of stockholders is earlier than April 15, 2023, or later than July 24, 2023, you must give the required notice not earlier than the 120th day prior to the meeting date and not later than the 90th day prior to the meeting date or, if later, the 10th day following the day on which public disclosure of that meeting date is first made. A stockholder’s notice to the Secretary must also set forth the information required by our amended and restated bylaws. Stockholder proposals submitted pursuant to Rule 14a-8 under the Exchange Act and intended to be presented at the 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders must be received by us within a reasonable time before the Company begins to print and send our proxy materials.

 

Delivery of Proxy Materials to Stockholders Sharing an Address

 

To reduce the expenses of delivering duplicate proxy materials and to help the environment by conserving natural resources, we may take advantage of the SEC’s “householding” rules that permit us to deliver only one set of proxy materials to stockholders who share an address, unless otherwise requested. If you share an address with another shareholder and have received only one set of proxy materials, you may request a separate copy of these materials at no cost to you by contacting us at Cepton, Inc., Attention: Corporate Secretary, 399 West Trimble Road, San Jose, California 95131 or (408) 459-7579. For future meetings, you may request separate voting materials, or request that we send only one set of proxy materials to you if you are receiving multiple copies, by calling or writing to us at the phone number and address given above.

 

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Incorporation of Certain Information by Reference

 

The SEC allows us to “incorporate by reference” information into this Proxy Statement, which means that we can disclose important information to you by referring you to another document filed separately with the SEC. The information incorporated by reference herein is deemed to be part of this Proxy Statement. This Proxy Statement incorporates by reference the documents and reports listed below (other than, in each case, the portions that are deemed to have been furnished and not filed in accordance with SEC rules):

 

our Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on October 27, 2022; and

 

the description of our common stock contained in our Registration Statement on Form 8-A, filed with the SEC on January 28, 2021, and any amendment or report filed with the SEC for the purpose of updating the description.

 

We also incorporate by reference the information contained in all other documents we file with the SEC pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act (other than the portions that are deemed to have been furnished and not filed in accordance with SEC rules, unless otherwise indicated therein) on or after the date of this statement and through the date on which the Special Meeting is held (including any adjournments or postponements thereof). Any statement contained in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this Proxy Statement to the extent that a statement contained herein or in any other subsequently filed document that also is or is deemed to be incorporated by reference herein modifies or supersedes such statement. Any such statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this Proxy Statement.

 

We will provide, free of charge, to each person, including any beneficial owner, to whom a proxy statement is delivered, by first class mail or other equally prompt means, a copy of any or all of the documents incorporated by reference into this Proxy Statement (including any exhibits that are specifically incorporated by reference in those documents). Any such request can be made by writing or telephoning us at the following address and telephone number:

 

CEPTON, INC.

399 West Trimble Road

San Jose, California, 95131

(408) 459-7579

 

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Annex A: Investment Agreement

 

EXECUTION VERSION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INVESTMENT AGREEMENT

 

by and between

 

CEPTON, INC.

 

and

 

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.

 

Dated as of October 27, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

      Page
Article 1
Definitions & Interpretations
 
Section 1.01.   Certain Definitions   2
Section 1.02.   Index of Defined Terms   15
Section 1.03.   Certain Interpretations   16
         
Article 2
Agreement to Sell and Purchase
 
Section 2.01.   Sale and Purchase   18
Section 2.02.   The Closing   18
Section 2.03.   Adjustments   18
         
Article 3
Representations and Warranties of the Company
 
Section 3.01.   Organization; Good Standing   18
Section 3.02.   Corporate Power; Enforceability   19
Section 3.03.   Company Board Approval; Anti-Takeover Laws   20
Section 3.04.   Requisite Stockholder Approvals   20
Section 3.05.   Non-Contravention   20
Section 3.06.   Requisite Governmental Approvals   21
Section 3.07.   Company Capitalization   21
Section 3.08.   Subsidiaries   23
Section 3.09.   Company SEC Reports   24
Section 3.10.   Company Financial Statements; Internal Controls   24
Section 3.11.   No Undisclosed Liabilities   25
Section 3.12.   Absence of Certain Changes   26
Section 3.13.   Material Contracts   26
Section 3.14.   Real Property   27
Section 3.15.   Environmental Matters   27
Section 3.16.   Intellectual Property   28
Section 3.17.   Products   31
Section 3.18.   Tax Matters   32
Section 3.19.   Employee Benefits   33
Section 3.20.   Labor Matters   35
Section 3.21.   Compliance with Laws   36
Section 3.22.   Anti-Corruption; International Trade   36
Section 3.23.   Legal Proceedings; Orders   37
Section 3.24.   Insurance   37
Section 3.25.   Related Party Transactions   37
Section 3.26.   Brokers   38
Section 3.27.   Investment Company Status   38

 

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Section 3.28.   Ability to Pay Dividends   38
Section 3.29.   Voting Support Agreements   38
Section 3.30.   Exclusivity of Representations or Warranties   38
         
Article 4
Representations and Warranties of the Investor
 
Section 4.01.   Organization; Good Standing   39
Section 4.02.   Corporate Power; Enforceability   39
Section 4.03.   Non-Contravention   39
Section 4.04.   Requisite Governmental Approvals   40
Section 4.05.   Brokers   40
Section 4.06.   Sufficient Funds   40
Section 4.07.   Unregistered Securities   40
Section 4.08.   Exclusivity of Representations or Warranties   41
         
Article 5
Interim Operations of the Company
 
Section 5.01.   Affirmative Obligations   42
Section 5.02.   Forbearance Covenants   42
Section 5.03.   Exclusivity; Company Board Recommendation Change   42
Section 5.04.   No Control of the Other Party’s Business   44
         
Article 6
Additional Covenants
 
Section 6.01.   Required Action and Forbearance; Efforts   44
Section 6.02.   Regulatory Filings   45
Section 6.03.   Proxy Statement   47
Section 6.04.   Company Stockholder Meeting   48
Section 6.05.   Anti-Takeover Laws   49
Section 6.06.   Use of Proceeds   49
Section 6.07.   Access   50
Section 6.08.   Notification of Certain Matters   50
Section 6.09.   Public Statements and Disclosure   51
Section 6.10.   Listing of Shares   51
Section 6.11.   Directors   51
Section 6.12.   Payoff of Trinity Capital Loan Agreement   52
Section 6.13.   Voting of Investor Shares   52
         
Article 7
Conditions to the Transaction
 
Section 7.01.   Conditions to Each Party’s Obligations to Effect the Transaction   52
Section 7.02.   Conditions to the Obligations of the Investor   52
Section 7.03.   Conditions to the Company’s Obligations to Effect the Transaction   54

 

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Article 8
Indemnification
 
Section 8.01.   Survival of Provisions   55
         
Article 9
Termination, Amendment and Waiver
 
Section 9.01.   Termination   55
Section 9.02.   Manner and Notice of Termination; Effect of Termination   57
Section 9.03.   Fees and Expenses   57
Section 9.04.   Amendment   58
Section 9.05.   Extension; Waiver   58
         
Article 10
General Provisions
 
Section 10.01.   Notices   58
Section 10.02.   Assignment   59
Section 10.03.   Confidentiality   60
Section 10.04.   Entire Agreement   60
Section 10.05.   Third Party Beneficiaries   60
Section 10.06.   Severability   60
Section 10.07.   Remedies   60
Section 10.08.   Governing Law   62
Section 10.09.   Consent to Jurisdiction   62
Section 10.10.   WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL   63
Section 10.11.   No Recourse   63
Section 10.12.   Counterparts   63

 

EXHIBITS

 

Exhibit A Form of Series A Certificate of Designations
Exhibit B Form of Investor Rights Agreement

 

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INVESTMENT AGREEMENT

 

This INVESTMENT AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”) is made and entered into as of October 27, 2022, by and between Cepton, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), and KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD., a corporation organized under the laws of Japan (the “Investor”). The Investor and the Company are sometimes referred to herein individually, as a “Party” and collectively, as the “Parties.” All capitalized terms that are used in this Agreement have the respective meanings given to them in Section 1.01.

 

RECITALS

 

A. The Company desires to issue and sell to the Investor, and the Investor desires to purchase from the Company, certain shares of the Series A Preferred Stock in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement (the “Transaction”).

 

B. The Company Board, or any duly authorized committee thereof, has (i) determined that it is in the best interests of the Company and the Company Stockholders that the Company enter into this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents and consummate the Transaction and the other transactions contemplated hereby and thereby on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth herein and therein, (ii) approved and declared advisable this Agreement, the other Transaction Documents, the Transaction and the other transactions contemplated hereby and thereby on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth herein and therein, (iii) directed that the Transaction be submitted to the Company Stockholders for approval; and (iv) resolved to recommend that the Company Stockholders approve the Transaction.

 

C. The board of directors of the Investor, in accordance with its Organizational Documents and the laws of its jurisdiction of organization, has approved its entry into this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents and the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby, including the Transaction, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth herein and therein.

 

D. Concurrently with this Agreement, the Investor and Cepton Technologies are entering into the Secured Term Loan Agreement pursuant to which the Investor has agreed to make certain loans to Cepton Technologies, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth therein (the “Investor Loan Agreement”).

 

E. The Parties desire to (i) make certain representations, warranties, covenants and agreements in connection with this Agreement and the Transaction; and (ii) prescribe certain conditions with respect to the consummation of the Transaction.

 

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AGREEMENT

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing premises and the representations, warranties, covenants and agreements set forth herein, as well as other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged and accepted, and intending to be legally bound hereby, the Parties agree as follows:

 

Article 1
Definitions & Interpretations

 

Section 1.01. Certain Definitions. For all purposes of and pursuant to this Agreement, the following capitalized terms have the following respective meanings:

 

Acquisition Proposal” means any inquiry, indication of interest, offer or proposal (other than an inquiry, indication of interest, offer or proposal by the Investor pursuant to this Agreement) to engage in an Acquisition Transaction.

 

Acquisition Transaction” means any transaction or series of related transactions (other than the Transaction) involving:

 

(a) any direct or indirect purchase or other acquisition by any Person or “group” (as such term is used in Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act) of Persons of shares of capital stock of the Company, including pursuant to a tender offer or exchange offer, that if consummated in accordance with its terms would result in such Person or “group” of Persons beneficially owning (i) more than 10% of the Company Common Stock outstanding (on an as-converted, exchanged or exercised basis, if applicable) or (ii) securities convertible, exchangeable or exercisable into more than 10% of the Company Common Stock outstanding (on an as-converted, exchanged or exercised basis, if applicable), in either case, after giving effect to the consummation of such purchase or other acquisition;

 

(b) any direct or indirect purchase, lease, exchange, transfer, license or other acquisition by any Person or “group” (as such term is used in Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act) of Persons, or stockholders of any such Person or group of Persons, of more than 10% of the consolidated assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries taken as a whole (measured by the fair market value thereof as of the date of such purchase or acquisition); or

 

(c) any merger, consolidation, division, business combination, joint venture, repurchase, redemption, share exchange, extraordinary dividend or distribution, recapitalization, reorganization, liquidation, dissolution or other similar transaction involving the Company or any of its Subsidiaries pursuant to which any Person or “group” (as such term is used in Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act) of Persons, or stockholders of any such Person or group of Persons, would beneficially own equity of the Company representing (i) more than 10% of the Company Common Stock outstanding (on an as-converted, exchanged or exercised basis, if applicable) or (ii) securities convertible into more than 10% of the Company Common Stock outstanding (on an as-converted, exchanged or exercised basis, if applicable), in either case, after giving effect to the consummation of such transaction.

 

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Affiliate” means, with respect to any Person, any other Person that, directly or indirectly, controls, is controlled by or is under common control with such Person. For purposes of this definition, the term “control” (including, with correlative meanings, the terms “controlling,” “controlled by” and “under common control with”), as used with respect to any Person, means the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management or policies of that Person, whether through the ownership of voting securities or partnership or other ownership interests, by Contract or otherwise; provided that none of the Company or the Investor shall be deemed to be Affiliates of one another.

 

Anti-Corruption Laws” means all applicable Laws and all other statutory or regulatory requirements relating to anti-corruption, anti- bribery and anti-money laundering, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, the U.K. Bribery Act 2010 and any other Law implementing the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions applicable to the Company.

 

Antitrust Law” means the Sherman Antitrust Act, the Clayton Antitrust Act, the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, the Federal Trade Commission Act and all other Laws that are designed or intended to prohibit, restrict or regulate actions having the purpose or effect of monopolization or restraint of trade or significant impediments or lessening of competition or the creation or strengthening of a dominant position through merger or acquisition, in any case that are applicable to the Transaction.

 

Audited Company Balance Sheet” means the consolidated balance sheet (and the notes thereto) of the Company and its consolidated Subsidiaries as of December 31, 2021 set forth in the Company’s Amendment No. 1 to Form S-1 filed by the Company with the SEC on April 18, 2022.

 

Business Day” means any day other than Saturday or Sunday or a day on which commercial banks are authorized or required by Law to be closed in New York City, New York, or Tokyo, Japan.

 

Cepton Technologies” means Cepton Technologies, Inc., a Subsidiary of the Company.

 

Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

 

Company Board” means the Board of Directors of the Company.

 

Company Board Recommendation Change” means for the Company Board, to withhold, withdraw, amend, qualify or modify, or publicly propose to withhold, withdraw, amend, qualify or modify, the Company Board Recommendation in a manner adverse to the Transaction; publicly adopt, approve or recommend an Acquisition Proposal; in connection with a tender or exchange offer by a third party, fail to recommend against such offer by the close of business on the tenth (10th) U.S. Business Day after the commencement of a tender or exchange offer in connection with an Acquisition Proposal; or fail to include the Company Board Recommendation in the Proxy Statement.

 

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Company Common Stock” means the common stock, par value $0.00001 per share, of the Company.

 

Company Fundamental Representations” means the representations and warranties set forth in Section 3.01 (Organization; Good Standing); Section 3.02 (Corporate Power; Enforceability); Section 3.03(a) (Company Board Approval); Section 3.03(b) (Anti-Takeover Laws); Section 3.04 (Requisite Stockholder Approvals); Section 3.05(a) (Non-Contravention); Section 3.07 (Company Capitalization); and Section 3.27 (Brokers).

 

Company Material Adverse Effect” means any change, event, effect, occurrence or circumstance that, individually or in the aggregate, (x) has had, or would reasonably be expected to have, a material adverse effect on the business, condition (financial or otherwise), results of operations or prospects of the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, or (y) prevents or materially impairs or materially delays, or would reasonably be expected to prevent or materially impair or materially delay, the consummation of the Transaction; provided, however, that, with respect to clause (x) above, none of the following, and no change, event, effect, occurrence or circumstance to the extent arising out of or resulting from the following (in each case, by itself or when aggregated), will be deemed to be or constitute a Company Material Adverse Effect or will be taken into account when determining whether a Company Material Adverse Effect has occurred or is reasonably expected to occur (subject to the limitations set forth below):

 

(i) changes generally affecting the global or national economy, credit or financial or capital markets, in the United States or elsewhere in the world, including changes in interest or exchange rates; changes in conditions in the industries in which the Company and its Subsidiaries conduct business;

 

(ii) changes or prospective changes in, or issuances of new, Law or GAAP or accounting standards, or any changes or prospective changes in the interpretation or enforcement of any of the foregoing, or any changes or prospective changes in general legal, regulatory or political conditions, including any Law, directive, pronouncement or guideline issued by a Governmental Authority, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization or industry group providing for business closures, “sheltering-in-place” or other restrictions that relate to, or arise out of, an epidemic, pandemic or disease outbreak (including the COVID-19 pandemic) or any change in such law, regulation, statute, directive, pronouncement or guideline or interpretation thereof following the date of this Agreement;

 

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(iii) any geopolitical conditions, outbreak of hostilities, acts of war, sabotage, cyberterrorism, terrorism, military actions, earthquakes, volcanic activity, hurricanes, tsunamis, tornadoes, floods, mudslides, wildfires or other natural disasters, weather conditions, epidemics and other force majeure events (including any escalation or general worsening thereof);

 

(iv) the execution, announcement or performance of this Agreement or the consummation of the Transaction, including the impact thereof on relationships, contractual or otherwise, with customers, suppliers, distributors, partners, employees or regulators, or any claims (or threats of claims) or litigation (or threats of litigation) arising from allegations of breach of fiduciary duty or violation of Law relating to this Agreement or the Transaction;

 

(v) any action taken by the Company or its Subsidiaries that is expressly required by this Agreement or with the Investor’s express written consent or at the Investor’s express written request, or the failure to take any action by the Company or its Subsidiaries if that action is expressly prohibited by this Agreement;

 

(vi) any change or prospective change in the Company’s credit ratings(it being understood that the underlying cause of such change may be taken into consideration when determining whether a Company Material Adverse Effect has occurred);

 

(vii) any decline in the market price, or change in trading volume, of the capital stock of the Company (it being understood that the underlying cause of such change may be taken into consideration when determining whether a Company Material Adverse Effect has occurred);

 

(viii) any failure to meet any internal or public projections, forecasts, guidance, estimates, milestones, budgets or internal or published financial or operating predictions of revenue, earnings, cash flow, cash position or other operating metrics (it being understood that the exception in this clause (viii) shall not prevent or otherwise affect a determination that the underlying cause of any such change, decline or failure referred to herein (if not otherwise falling within any of the exceptions provided by clauses (i) through (viii) hereof) is a Material Adverse Effect); and

 

(ix) any breach by the Investor of this Agreement;

 

except, in each case of clauses (i) to (iii), to the extent that such change, event, effect or circumstance has had a disproportionate adverse effect on the Company relative to other companies operating in the industries in which the Company and its Subsidiaries conduct business, in which case only the incremental disproportionate adverse impact may be taken into account in determining whether a Company Material Adverse Effect has occurred.

 

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Company Options” means any compensatory options to purchase shares of Company Common Stock, whether granted pursuant to any of the Company Stock Plans or otherwise. For the avoidance of doubt, Company Options shall not include any option to purchase shares of Company Stock under the Employee Stock Purchase Plan or any Warrants.

 

Company Products” means all Lidar devices, Software and other products, services, programs and items (tangible and intangible), in each case, which are currently marketed, licensed, sold or offered for sale by the Company and any services performed by or on behalf of the Company, or from which the Company or its Subsidiaries have derived within the three years preceding the date hereof or is currently deriving revenue from the sale, license, maintenance or other provision thereof.

 

Company PSUs” means any performance-based restricted stock units of the Company, whether granted pursuant to any of the Company Stock Plans or otherwise.

 

Company RSUs” means any service-based restricted stock units or deferred stock units of the Company, whether granted pursuant to any of the Company Stock Plans or otherwise.

 

Company Stockholders” means the holders of shares of Company Common Stock.

 

Company Stock Plans” means the Company’s 2016 Stock Incentive Plan, 2022 Equity Incentive Plan and Employee Stock Purchase Plan, each as may have been amended through the date of this Agreement, and each other Employee Plan that provides for the award of rights of any kind to receive shares of Company Common Stock or benefits measured in whole or in part by reference to shares of Company Common Stock.

 

Company Systems” means all Software (including Company Products), computer hardware (whether general or special purpose), information technology, electronic data processing, information, record keeping, communications, telecommunications, networks, interfaces, platforms, servers, peripherals, and computer systems (including any outsourced systems and processes) that are owned, leased, licensed or used by or for, or otherwise relied on by, the Company or its Subsidiaries in the conduct of their businesses.

 

Company Termination Fee” means an amount equal to $3,000,000.

 

Contract” means any contract, subcontract, note, bond, mortgage, indenture, lease, license, sublicense or other instrument, commitment, understanding, undertaking or agreement.

 

Data Security Requirements” means, collectively, all of the following to the extent relating to the Processing of Data or otherwise relating to privacy, security, or security breach notification requirements and applicable to the Company or its Subsidiaries, to the conduct of their businesses, or to any of the Company Systems, Company Products or any Sensitive Information: (a) the Company’s and its Subsidiaries’ own written rules, policies and procedures; (b) applicable Laws (including, as applicable, the California Consumer Privacy Act, the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (the “GDPR”), and the ePrivacy Directive 2002/58/EC (“ePrivacy Directive”)); (c) industry standards applicable to the industry in which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries operates; and (d) Contracts the Company or any of its Subsidiaries has entered into or by which it is otherwise bound.

 

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Earnout Shares” has the meaning given to it in the Business Combination Agreement dated August 4, 2021 between the Company, GCAC Merger Sub Inc. and Cepton Technologies, as amended.

 

Employee Plan” means each “employee benefit plan” (within the meaning of Section 3(3) of ERISA, whether or not subject to ERISA) and each other plan, program, arrangement, policy or contract relating to severance, change in control, employment, compensation, vacation, incentive, bonus, retention, equity or equity-based compensation (including all awards or purchases under the Company Stock Plans), deferred compensation or other benefit plan, program, arrangement or policy sponsored, maintained or contributed to by the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company for the benefit of any current or former Service Provider or any spouse, dependent, or beneficiary thereof, or with respect to which the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company has or reasonably expects to have any liability or obligation.

 

Environmental Law” means any Law relating to public or worker health and safety (to the extent relating to exposure to Hazardous Materials), the protection of the environment (including ambient or indoor air, surface water, groundwater or land) or pollution, including any such Law relating to Hazardous Materials (and including any Laws relating to Hazardous Materials in products manufactured or sold by the Company and its Subsidiaries and associated labeling or packaging content requirements or restrictions relating to environmental attributes or as respects product takeback or end-of-life requirements).

 

Environmental Permits” means Governmental Authorizations required under Environmental Laws.

 

ERISA” means the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.

 

ERISA Affiliate” means, with respect to any entity, trade or business, any other entity, trade or business that is (or was at any relevant time) a member of a group described in Section 414(b), (c), (m) or (o) of the Code or Section 4001(b)(1) of ERISA that includes the first entity, trade or business, or that is (or was at any relevant time) a member of the same “controlled group” as the first entity, trade or business pursuant to Section 4001(a)(14) of ERISA.

 

Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

 

Foreign Regulatory Authority” means any foreign Governmental Authority with regulatory authority over Company Products.

 

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GAAP” means generally accepted accounting principles, consistently applied, in the United States.

 

Government Official” means (a) any official, officer, employee, or representative of, or any Person acting in an official capacity for or on behalf of, any Governmental Authority, (b) any political party or party official or candidate for political office or (c) any company, business, enterprise or other entity owned, in whole or in part, or controlled by any person described in the foregoing clause (a) or (b) of this definition.

 

Governmental Authority” means any government, political subdivision, governmental, administrative or regulatory entity or body, department, commission, board, agency or instrumentality, or other legislative, executive or judicial governmental entity, and any court, tribunal, judicial or arbitral body, in each case whether federal, national, state, county, municipal, provincial, local, foreign, supranational or multinational.

 

Governmental Authorization” means any authorizations, approvals, licenses, franchises, clearances, permits, certificates, waivers, consents, exemptions, variances, expirations and terminations of any waiting period requirements (including, pursuant to Antitrust Laws) issued by or obtained from, and notices, filings, registrations, qualifications, declarations and designations with, a Governmental Authority.

 

Hazardous Materials” means any pollutant, contaminant, waste or chemical or any toxic, radioactive, ignitable, corrosive, reactive or otherwise hazardous substance or material, and any substance, waste, or material that is regulated by or for which standards of conduct or liability may be imposed pursuant to Environmental Laws, including petroleum and petroleum byproducts, per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, polychlorinated biphenyls, lead, asbestos, noise, radiation, toxic mold, odor and pesticides.

 

Intellectual Property” means all intellectual property and proprietary rights throughout the world, including: (a) all patents, patent applications, patent disclosures, and inventions and all improvements thereto (whether or not patentable or reduced to practice), and all reissues, continuations, continuations-in-part, revisions, divisional, extensions, applications therefor, and reexaminations in connection therewith (“Patents”); (b) all copyrights, works of authorship (whether or not copyrightable), moral rights, and all registrations, applications and renewals therefor and any other rights corresponding thereto throughout the world (“Copyrights”); (c) trademarks, service marks, internet domain names, corporate names, trade names (including social media handles and accounts), trade dress rights and similar designation of origin and rights therein, other indicia of origin, and all registrations, renewals and applications in connection therewith, together with all of the goodwill associated with any of the foregoing (“Marks”); (d) rights in trade secrets and confidential and proprietary information, including trade secrets, know-how, business rules, data analytic techniques and methodologies, formulae, ideas, concepts, discoveries, innovations, improvements, results, reports, information, research, laboratory and programmer notebooks, methods, procedures, proprietary technology, operating and maintenance manuals, engineering and other drawings and sketches, customer lists, supplier lists, pricing information, cost information, business manufacturing and production processes and techniques, designs, specifications, and blueprints (collectively, “Trade Secrets”); (e) rights in Software; and (f) rights in data, databases, data repositories, data lakes and collections of data (collectively, “Data”).

 

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Intervening Event” means any change, event, effect or circumstance that has materially improved the business, financial condition or results of operations of the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole (other than any event, occurrence, fact or change resulting from a breach of this Agreement by the Company), in each case that (i) is not known or is not reasonably foreseeable by the Company Board as of the date hereof, which change, event, effect or circumstance becomes known to the Company Board prior to receipt of the Requisite Stockholder Approvals and (ii) does not relate to any Acquisition Proposal or the Investor; provided that in no event shall the following constitute, or be taken into account in determining the existence of, an Intervening Event: (A) the fact that the Company and its Subsidiaries meet or exceed any internal or public projections, forecasts, guidance, estimates, milestones, budgets or internal or published financial or operating predictions of revenue, earnings, cash flow, cash position or other operating metrics (it being understood that the underlying cause of any such events may be taken into consideration when determining whether an Intervening Event has occurred); (B) change in the market price, or change in trading volume, of the capital stock of the Company, in and of itself (it being understood that the underlying cause of such change may be taken into consideration when determining whether an Intervening Event has occurred); or (C) changes in conditions generally affecting the industries in which the Company and its Subsidiaries conduct business.

 

Investor Fundamental Representations” means the representations and warranties set forth in Article 4.

 

Investor Transaction Expenses” means any reasonable and documented out-of-pocket third-party costs and expenses incurred by the Investor or its Affiliates in connection with the Transaction (including travel expenses and the fees and expenses of consultants, legal counsel, accountants and financial advisors in connection therewith).

 

IRS” means the United States Internal Revenue Service or any successor thereto.

 

Knowledge” of the Company, with respect to any matter in question, means the actual knowledge of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel (each, a “Knowledge Person” and collectively, “Knowledge Persons”), in each case after reasonable inquiry.

 

Law” means any federal, national, state, county, municipal, provincial, local, foreign, supranational or multinational law, act, statute, constitution, common law, ordinance, code, decree, writ, order, judgment, injunction, rule, regulation, ruling or requirement issued, enacted, adopted, promulgated, implemented or otherwise put into effect by or under the authority of any Governmental Authority.

 

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Legal Proceeding” means any claim, action, charge, complaint, lawsuit, litigation, audit, investigation, inquiry, proceeding, arbitration or other similar legal proceeding brought by or pending before any Governmental Authority, arbitrator or other tribunal.

 

Lien” means any lien, security interest, deed of trust, mortgage, pledge, encumbrance, restriction on transfer, proxies, voting trusts or agreements, hypothecation, assignment, claim, right of way, defect in title, encroachment, easement, restrictive covenant, charge, deposit arrangement or preference, priority or other security agreement or preferential arrangement of any kind or nature whatsoever (including any restriction on the voting interest of any security, any restriction on the transfer of any security (except for those imposed by applicable securities Laws) or other asset or any restriction on the possession, exercise or transfer of any other attribute of ownership of any asset).

 

Material Contract” means any of the following Contracts of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries (other than the Employee Plans):

 

(a) any “material contract” (as defined in Item 601(b)(10) of Regulation S-K promulgated by the SEC, other than those agreements and arrangements described in Item 601(b)(10)(iii) of Regulation S-K) with respect to the Company and its Subsidiaries taken as a whole, that was filed or is required to be filed prior to the Closing Date, with the Company SEC Reports; and

 

(b) any Contract with Dr. Jun Pei, Dr. Jun Ye, Dr. Mark McCord, Mr. Yupeng Cui, LDV Partners Fund I, L.P., or any of their respective Affiliates.

 

NASDAQ” means the Nasdaq Capital Market and any successor stock exchange or inter-dealer quotation system operated by the Nasdaq Capital Market or any successor thereto.

 

Organizational Documents” means the certificate of incorporation, bylaws, certificate of formation, partnership agreement, limited liability company agreement and all other similar documents, instruments or certificates executed, adopted or filed in connection with the creation, formation or organization of a Person, including any amendments thereto.

 

Permitted Liens” means any of the following: (a) Liens for Taxes, assessments and governmental charges or levies either not yet delinquent or that are being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings and for which appropriate reserves have been established to the extent required by GAAP; (b) mechanics, carriers’, workmen’s, warehouseman’s, repairmen’s, materialmen’s or other Liens or security interests that are not yet due or that are being contested in good faith and by appropriate proceedings; (c) pledges or deposits to secure obligations pursuant to workers’ compensation Law or similar legislation or to secure public or statutory obligations; (d) pledges or deposits to secure the performance of appeal bonds, fidelity bonds and other obligations of a similar nature, in each case in the ordinary course of business; (e) easements, covenants and rights of way (unrecorded and of record) and other similar Liens (or other encumbrances), and zoning, building and other similar codes or restrictions, in each case imposed by any governmental authority having jurisdiction over the Leased Real Property and that do not adversely affect in any material respect, and are not violated by, the current use, operation or occupancy of such Leased Real Property or the operation of the business of the Company and its Subsidiaries thereon; (f) Liens the existence of which are disclosed in the notes to the most recent consolidated financial statements of the Company included in the Company SEC Reports; and (g) any non-exclusive license of any Intellectual Property granted by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries in the ordinary course of business.

 

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Person” means any individual, corporation (including any non-profit corporation), limited liability company, joint stock company, general partnership, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, joint venture, estate, trust, firm, Governmental Authority or other enterprise, association, organization or entity.

 

Personal Information” means any Data or other information (including protected health information) (a) that, alone or when combined with other Data, identifies, allows the identification of, relates to, describes, is reasonably capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with an individual, or about or from an individual, including any personally identifiable Data (e.g., name, address, phone number, email address, financial account number, payment card Data, government issued identifier, and health or medical information), or (b) that is otherwise protected by or subject to any applicable Laws concerning Data protection, privacy, or security, or considered personal information or personal data under applicable Laws.

 

Private Warrants” means the warrants to acquire up to 5,175,000 shares of Company Common Stock issued at the time of Growth Capital Acquisition Corp.’s initial public offering.

 

Process” (or “Processing” or “Processed”) means any operation or set of operations which is performed on Data or other information or sets or collections thereof, such as the development, access, collection, use, adaption, recording, retrieval, organization, structuring, erasure, exploitation, processing, storage, sharing, copying, display, distribution, transfer, transmission, disclosure, aggregation, destruction, or disposal thereof.

 

Public Warrants” means the warrants to acquire up to 8,625,000 shares of Company Common Stock issued and outstanding on the date of this Agreement originally issued as a component of the units sold in Growth Capital Acquisition Corp.’s initial public offering.

 

Purchase Price” means $100,000,000, which amount is calculated by multiplying the number of Purchased Shares by the Share Price.

 

Purchased Shares” means 100,000 shares of Series A Preferred Stock to be purchased by the Investor pursuant to the terms of this Agreement.

 

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Real Property” means real property, including all land, together with all buildings, structures, improvements and fixtures located thereon, and all easements and other rights and interests appurtenant thereto.

 

Registered Intellectual Property” means all United States, international and foreign (a) Patents and Patent applications (including provisional applications); (b) registered Marks and applications to register Marks (including intent-to-use applications, or other registrations or applications related to Marks, including, for clarity, internet domain names); and (c) registered Copyrights and applications for Copyright registration.

 

Sanctioned Country” means any country or territory with which Sanctions Laws prohibit or restrict dealings (currently Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Syria, and the occupied Donetsk, Luhansk, and Crimea regions of Ukraine).

 

Sanctioned Person” means any Person with whom dealings are restricted or prohibited pursuant to any Sanctions Laws, including (a) any Person identified in any sanctions list or regulation maintained by a Governmental Authority administering Sanctions Laws; (b) any Person located, organized, or resident in, or a government instrumentality of, any Sanctioned Country and (c) any other person with whom dealings are restricted or prohibited under any Sanctions Laws, including by reason of a relationship of ownership, control, or agency with a person identified in (a) or (b).

 

Sanctions Laws” means all Laws of the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Japan, or any other member state of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development concerning embargoes, economic sanctions, export restrictions, the ability to make or receive international payments, the ability to engage in international transactions, or the ability to take an ownership interest in assets located in a foreign country, including without limitation those administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the United States Department of Treasury, the Bureau of Industry and Security of the United States Department of Commerce, and the United States Department of State in the United States and similar laws of other jurisdictions.

 

SEC” means the United States Securities and Exchange Commission or any successor thereto.

 

Securities Act” means the Securities Act of 1933.

 

Security Incident” means actions that have resulted in an actual or alleged cyber or security incident that have had or would reasonably be expected to have an adverse effect on a system (including Company Systems) or any Sensitive Information (including any Processed, stored, or transmitted thereby or contained therein), including an occurrence that has jeopardized or would reasonably be expected to jeopardize the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of a system or any Sensitive Information. A Security Incident includes incidents of security breach, denial of service, phishing attack, ransomware and malware attack; or the unauthorized entry, access, collection, use, processing, storage, sharing, distribution, transfer, disclosure, or destruction of, any Company Systems or Sensitive Information, or any loss, distribution, compromise or unauthorized disclosure of any of the foregoing.

 

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Sensitive Information” means, in any form or medium, any (a) Trade Secrets or other material confidential information, (b) privileged or proprietary information that, if compromised through any theft, interruption, modification, corruption, loss, misuse or unauthorized access or disclosure, could cause serious harm to the organization owning it, (c) information protected by Law, and (d) Personal Information.

 

Series A Certificate of Designations” means the Series A Certificate of Designations of the Series A Preferred Stock, substantially in the form attached to this Agreement as Exhibit A.

 

Series A Preferred Stock” means the Series A Convertible Preferred Stock of the Company, par value $0.00001 per share, the terms of which are to be set forth in the Series A Certificate of Designations.

 

Service Provider” means any director, officer, employee or individual independent contractor of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries.

 

Share Price” means $1,000.00 per share.

 

Software” means, in any form or medium, any and all software and computer programs, source code, object code, Data, software implementations of algorithms, models and methodologies, firmware, application programming interfaces, descriptions, schematics, specifications, flow charts and other work product used to design, plan, organize and develop any of the foregoing, and all documentation, information and manuals related to any of the foregoing.

 

Subsidiary” means, with respect to any Person, any other Person (other than a natural Person) of which securities or other ownership interests (a) having ordinary voting power to elect a majority of the board of directors or other persons performing similar functions or (b) representing more than 50% of such securities or ownership interests, in each case, are at the time directly or indirectly owned by such first Person.

 

Subsidiary Securities” has the same meaning ascribed to “Company Securities”, except that all references to “the Company” therein shall be deemed to be replaced with “any Subsidiary of the Company”.

 

Superior Proposal” means any bona fide written Acquisition Proposal for an Acquisition Transaction on terms that the Company Board or any duly authorized committee thereof has determined in good faith (after consultation with its financial advisors and outside legal counsel) (a) is more favorable to the Company Stockholders than the Transaction, and (b) is reasonably likely to be consummated on its terms (in the case of each of clauses (a) and (b), taking into account any legal, regulatory, financial, timing, financing and other aspects of such proposal, including the identity of the Person making the proposal). For purposes of the reference to an “Acquisition Proposal” in this definition, all references to “10%” in the definition of “Acquisition Transaction” will be deemed to be references to “50%.”

 

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Supporting Stockholder” means each of Dr. Jun Pei, Dr. Jun Ye and Dr. Mark McCord.

 

Tax” or “Taxes” means any taxes and similar assessments, fees, and other governmental charges imposed by any Governmental Authority, including income, profits, gross receipts, net proceeds, ad valorem, value added, turnover, sales, use, property, personal property (tangible and intangible), stamp, excise, duty, franchise, capital stock, transfer, payroll, employment, severance, and estimated tax, and any unclaimed property or escheat obligations, together with any interest and any penalties, additions to tax or additional amounts imposed by any Governmental Authority, whether disputed or not, and any secondary liabilities for any of the foregoing amounts payable as a transferee or successor, by assumption or by Contract or by operation of Law.

 

Tax Return” means any return, report, statement, information return or other document (including any related or supporting information) filed or required to be filed with any Governmental Authority in connection with the determination, assessment, collection or administration of any Taxes.

 

Transaction Documents” means this Agreement, the Series A Certificate of Designations, Investor Rights Agreement and the Voting Support Agreements.

 

Transfer Taxes” means any transfer, sales, use, stamp, documentary, registration, value added or other similar Taxes; provided, for the avoidance of doubt, that Transfer Taxes shall not include any income, franchise or similar Taxes.

 

Trinity Capital Loan Agreement” means the Loan and Security Agreement dated as of January 4, 2022 between Trinity Capital Inc. and Cepton Technologies, as amended from time to time.

 

Underlying Shares” means the shares of Company Common Stock issuable upon conversion of the Purchased Shares in accordance with the Series A Certificate of Designations.

 

U.S. Business Day” means a “business day” as determined in accordance with Rule 100 of Regulation M promulgated by the SEC.

 

WARN Act” means the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988, or any similar Laws regarding plant closings or mass layoffs.

 

Warrants” means the Private Warrants and the Public Warrants.

 

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Section 1.02. Index of Defined Terms. The following capitalized terms have the respective meanings given to them in the respective Sections of this Agreement set forth opposite each of the capitalized terms below:

 

Term  Section Reference
Agreement  Preamble
Bylaws  3.01
Capitalization Date  3.07(a)
Charter  3.01
Chosen Courts  10.09
Closing  2.02
Closing Date  2.02
Collective Bargaining Agreement  3.20(a)
Company  Preamble
Company Board Recommendation  3.03(a)
Company Breach Notice Period  9.01(f)
Company Intellectual Property  3.16(a)
Company Owned IP  3.16(a)
Company Preferred Stock  3.07(a)
Company SEC Reports  3.09
Company Securities  3.07(c)
Company Software  3.16(f)
Company Stockholder Meeting  6.04(a)
Confidentiality Agreement  10.03
DGCL  3.01
Director Resignation Letter  6.11
Electronic Delivery  10.12
End Date  9.01(c)
Foreign Benefit Plan  3.19(i)
Incoming Investor Director  6.11
Incumbent Investor Director  6.11
Investor  Preamble
Investor Breach Notice Period  9.01(g)
Investor Loan Agreement  Recitals
Investor Rights Agreement  7.02(h)
Lease  3.14(b)
Leased Real Property  3.14(b)
NHTSA  3.17(b)
Non-Recourse Party  10.11
Party  Preamble
Proxy Statement  6.03(a)
Requisite Stockholder Approvals  3.04(a)
Representatives  5.03
Resigning Director  6.11
Transaction  Recitals
Voting Support Agreements  3.29

 

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Section 1.03. Certain Interpretations.

 

(a) When a reference is made in this Agreement to an Article or a Section, such reference is to an Article or a Section of this Agreement unless otherwise indicated. When a reference is made in this Agreement to a Schedule or Exhibit, such reference is to a Schedule or Exhibit to this Agreement, as applicable, unless otherwise indicated.

 

(b) When used herein, the words “hereof,” “herein” and “herewith” and words of similar import will, unless otherwise stated, be construed to refer to this Agreement as a whole and not to any particular provision of this Agreement; and the words “include,” “includes” and “including” will be deemed in each case to be followed by the words “without limitation.”

 

(c) Unless the context otherwise requires, “neither,” “nor,” “any,” “either” and “or” are not exclusive.

 

(d) The word “extent” in the phrase “to the extent” means the degree to which a subject or other thing extends, and does not simply mean “if.”

 

(e) When used in this Agreement, references to “$” or “Dollars” are references to U.S. dollars.

 

(f) The meaning assigned to each capitalized term defined and used in this Agreement is equally applicable to both the singular and the plural forms of such term, and words denoting any gender include all genders. Where a word or phrase is defined in this Agreement, each of its other grammatical forms has a corresponding meaning.

 

(g) When reference is made to any Party to this Agreement or any other agreement or document, such reference includes such Party’s successors and permitted assigns. References to any Person include the successors and permitted assigns of that Person.

 

(h) Unless the context otherwise requires, all references in this Agreement to the Subsidiaries of a Person will be deemed to include all direct and indirect Subsidiaries of such Person.

 

(i) A reference to any specific Law or to any provision of any Law includes any amendment to, and any modification, re-enactment or successor thereof, any legislative provision substituted therefor and all rules, regulations and statutory instruments issued thereunder or pursuant thereto, except that, for purposes of any representations and warranties in this Agreement that are made as of a specific date, references to any specific Law will be deemed to refer to such legislation or provision (and all rules, regulations and statutory instruments issued thereunder or pursuant thereto) as of such date.

 

(j) References to any agreement or Contract are to that agreement or Contract as amended, modified or supplemented (including by waiver or consent) from time to time in accordance with the terms hereof and thereof, except that for purposes of any representations and warranties in this Agreement that are made as of a specific date, references to any specific Contract will be deemed to refer to such Contract as of such date.

 

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(k) All accounting terms used herein will be interpreted, and all accounting determinations hereunder will be made, in accordance with GAAP.

 

(l) The table of contents and headings set forth in this Agreement are for convenience of reference purposes only and will not affect or be deemed to affect in any way the meaning or interpretation of this Agreement or any term or provision hereof.

 

(m) The measure of a period of one month or year for purposes of this Agreement will be the date of the following month or year corresponding to the starting date. If no corresponding date exists, then the end date of such period being measured will be the next actual date of the following month or year (for example, one month following February 18 is March 18 and one month following March 31 is May 1).

 

(n) The Parties agree that they have been represented by legal counsel during the negotiation, execution and delivery of this Agreement and therefore waive the application of any Law, regulation, holding or rule of construction providing that ambiguities in an agreement or other document will be construed against the Party drafting such agreement or document.

 

(o) No summary of this Agreement or any Exhibit or Schedule delivered herewith prepared by or on behalf of any Party will affect the meaning or interpretation of this Agreement or such Exhibit or Schedule.

 

(p) The information contained in this Agreement and in the Company Disclosure Letter is disclosed solely for purposes of this Agreement, and no information contained herein or therein will be deemed to be an admission by any Party to any third Person of any matter whatsoever, including any violation of Law or breach of Contract; or that such information is material or that such information is required to be referred to or disclosed under this Agreement.

 

(q) The representations and warranties in this Agreement are the product of negotiations among the Parties and are for the sole benefit of the Parties. Any inaccuracies in such representations and warranties are subject to waiver by the Parties in accordance with Section 9.05 without notice or liability to any other Person. The representations and warranties in this Agreement represent an allocation among the Parties of risks associated with particular matters regardless of the knowledge of any of the Parties. Consequently, Persons other than the Parties may not rely on the representations and warranties in this Agreement as characterizations of actual facts or circumstances as of the date of this Agreement or as of any other date.

 

(r) All references to “ordinary course of business” will be deemed to be followed by the words “consistent with past practice.”

 

(s) All references to time shall refer to New York City time unless otherwise specified.

 

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Article 2
Agreement to Sell and Purchase

 

Section 2.01. Sale and Purchase. Subject to the terms and conditions hereof, the Company hereby agrees to issue and sell to the Investor, and the Investor hereby agrees to purchase from the Company, the Purchased Shares, and the Investor agrees to pay the Company the Purchase Price.

 

Section 2.02. The Closing. The consummation of the Transaction will take place at a closing (the “Closing”) to occur at such time as the Parties mutually agree in writing, at the offices of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Two Embarcadero Center, 28th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111, United States of America, on the fifth (5th) Business Day after the satisfaction or waiver (to the extent permitted hereunder) of the last to be satisfied or waived of the conditions set forth in Article 7 (other than those conditions that by their terms are to be satisfied at the Closing, but subject to the satisfaction or waiver (to the extent permitted hereunder) of such conditions; provided, that the Closing shall not occur prior to January 1, 2023 unless mutually agreed by the Parties in writing); or such other time, location and date as the Parties mutually agree in writing. The date on which the Closing actually occurs is referred to as the “Closing Date”.

 

Section 2.03. Adjustments. If between the date of this Agreement and the Closing Date the outstanding shares of Company Common Stock shall have been changed into a different number of shares or a different class by reason of the occurrence of any stock split, reverse stock split, stock dividend (including any dividend or other distribution of securities convertible into Company Common Stock), reorganization, recapitalization, reclassification, combination, exchange of shares or other like change, the Share Price, Purchase Price and Purchased Shares to be delivered pursuant to this Article 2 shall be appropriately adjusted to reflect such stock split, reverse stock split, stock dividend (including any dividend or other distribution of securities convertible into Company Common Stock), reorganization, recapitalization, reclassification, combination, exchange of shares or other like change.

 

Article 3
Representations and Warranties of the Company

 

With respect to any Section of this Article 3, except as disclosed in the Company SEC Reports filed by the Company or furnished by the Company to the SEC, in each case pursuant to the Exchange Act on or after February 10, 2022 and at least two (2) Business Days prior to the date hereof (provided that in no event will any disclosure in the Company SEC Reports qualify or limit the Company Fundamental Representations), the Company hereby represents and warrants to the Investor as follows:

 

Section 3.01. Organization; Good Standing. The Company is a corporation duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the “DGCL”). The Company has the requisite corporate power and authority to conduct its business as it is presently being conducted and to own, lease or operate its properties, rights and assets, except where the failure to have such power or authority, individually or in the aggregate, has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect. The Company is duly qualified to do business and is in good standing in each jurisdiction where the character of its properties owned or leased or the nature of its activities make such qualification necessary (with respect to jurisdictions that recognize the concept of good standing), except where the failure to be so qualified or in good standing has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect. The Company has made available to the Investor true, correct and complete copies of the Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation (the “Charter”) and the Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Company (the “Bylaws”), each as amended to date. The Company is not in violation of the Charter or the Bylaws.

 

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Section 3.02. Corporate Power; Enforceability.

 

(a) The Company has the requisite corporate power and authority to: (i) execute and deliver this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents; (ii) perform its covenants and obligations hereunder and thereunder; and (iii) subject to receiving the Requisite Stockholder Approvals, consummate the Transaction and the other transactions contemplated by this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents. The execution and delivery of this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents by the Company, the performance by the Company of its covenants and obligations hereunder, and the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents, have been duly authorized and approved by the Company Board, or any duly authorized committee thereof, and no other corporate action on the part of the Company is necessary to authorize the execution and delivery of this Agreement or the other Transaction Documents, the performance by the Company of its covenants and obligations and the consummation by the Company of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement or the other Transaction Documents. This Agreement and each other Transaction Document has been duly executed and delivered by the Company and, assuming the due authorization, execution and delivery by the Investor, constitutes a legal, valid and binding agreement of the Company, enforceable against the Company in accordance with its terms, except as such enforceability: (A) may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium and other similar Laws affecting or relating to creditors’ rights generally; and (B) is subject to general principles of equity.

 

(b) Subject to the filing of the Series A Certificate of Designation with the Secretary of State for the State of Delaware, the Company has all requisite power and authority to issue, sell and deliver the Purchased Shares, in accordance with and upon the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement and the Series A Certificate of Designations. The Series A Certificate of Designations sets forth the rights, preferences and priorities of the Series A Preferred Stock, and the holders of the Series A Preferred Stock will have the rights set forth in the Series A Certificate of Designations upon filing with the Secretary of State for the State of Delaware. All corporate action required to be taken by the Company for the authorization, issuance, sale and delivery of the Purchased Shares, the execution and delivery of this Agreement and the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby has been, or will at the time of Closing be, validly taken.

 

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Section 3.03. Company Board Approval; Anti-Takeover Laws.

 

(a) Company Board Approval. The Company Board, at a meeting duly called and held, has adopted resolutions, prior to the execution of this Agreement: (i) determining that it is in the best interests of the Company and the Company Stockholders that the Company enter into this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents and consummate the Transaction and the other transactions contemplated hereby and thereby on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth herein and therein; (ii) approving and declaring advisable this Agreement, the other Transaction Documents, the Transaction and the other transactions contemplated hereby and thereby on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth herein and therein; (iii) directing that the Transaction be submitted to the Company Stockholders for approval; and (iv) resolving to recommend that the Company Stockholders approve the Transaction (such recommendation, the “Company Board Recommendation”).

 

(b) Anti-Takeover Laws. The Company Board, or any duly authorized committee thereof, has taken all necessary actions so that the restrictions contained in Section 203 of the DGCL applicable to a “business combination” (as defined in Section 203 of the DGCL) shall not apply to the execution, delivery or performance of this Agreement or the other Transaction Documents or the consummation of the Transaction or other transactions contemplated hereby and thereby, including the conversion of the Purchased Shares by Investor or its Affiliates and any other similar applicable “anti-takeover” Law will not be applicable to this Agreement or the other Transaction Documents or the consummation of the Transaction or any other transaction contemplated hereby or thereby.

 

Section 3.04. Requisite Stockholder Approvals.

 

(a) The approval of the Transaction by the affirmative vote of a majority of the total votes cast on such matter (with abstentions and broker non-votes not counted as votes “FOR” or “AGAINST” the matter) (the “Requisite Stockholder Approvals”) are the only votes or approvals of the holders of any class or series of capital stock of the Company necessary under applicable Law, the NASDAQ rules, the Charter or the Bylaws to consummate the Transaction and the other transactions contemplated in this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents.

 

Section 3.05. Non-Contravention. The execution and delivery of this Agreement by the Company, the performance by the Company of its covenants and obligations hereunder, and the consummation of the Transaction and the other transactions contemplated by this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents do not: (a) violate or conflict with any provision of the Charter or the Bylaws; (b) violate, conflict with, result in the breach of, constitute a default (or an event that, with notice or lapse of time or both, would become a default) pursuant to, result in the termination of, accelerate the performance required by, or result in a right of termination or acceleration or the vesting or receipt of any benefit or value to a third party, pursuant to any Material Contract; (c) assuming compliance with the matters referred to in Section 3.06 and, in the case of the consummation of the Transaction, subject to obtaining the Requisite Stockholder Approvals, violate or conflict with any Law or order applicable to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or by which any of their respective properties or assets are bound; or (d) result in the creation of any Lien (other than Permitted Liens) upon any of the properties or assets of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, except in the case of each of clauses (b), (c) and (d) for such consents as have been obtained and violations, conflicts, breaches, defaults, terminations, accelerations or Liens that have not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect.

 

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Section 3.06. Requisite Governmental Approvals. No Governmental Authorization is required on the part of the Company in connection with: (a) the execution and delivery of this Agreement by the Company; (b) the performance by the Company of its covenants and obligations pursuant to this Agreement; or (c) the consummation of the Transaction and the other transactions contemplated by this Agreement, except (i) the filing of the Series A Certificate of Designations with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware, (ii) such filings and approvals as may be required by any applicable federal or state securities Laws, including compliance with any applicable requirements of the Exchange Act, (iii) compliance with any applicable requirements of NASDAQ, (iv) compliance with any applicable requirements of any applicable Antitrust Laws, and (v) such other Governmental Authorizations the failure of which to obtain would not reasonably be expected to have a Company Material Adverse Effect.

 

Section 3.07. Company Capitalization.

 

(a) Capital Stock. The authorized capital stock of the Company consists of (i) 350,000,000 shares of Company Common Stock and (ii) 5,000,000 shares of preferred stock, par value $0.00001 per share, of the Company (the “Company Preferred Stock”). As of 5:00 p.m. New York City time on October 18, 2022 (such time and date, the “Capitalization Date”): (A) 156,409,142 shares of Company Common Stock were issued and outstanding; (B) no shares of Company Preferred Stock were issued and outstanding; and (C) 0 shares of Company Common Stock were held by the Company as treasury shares. All issued and outstanding shares of Company Common Stock are duly authorized and validly issued, fully paid, nonassessable and free of any preemptive rights. From the Capitalization Date to the date of this Agreement, the Company has not issued or granted any Company Securities other than pursuant to the exercise, vesting or settlement of Company Options, Company RSUs and Company PSUs granted prior to the date of this Agreement in accordance with their respective terms or pursuant to the exercise of the Warrants in accordance with their terms.

 

(b) Stock Reservation and Awards. As of the Capitalization Date, the Company has reserved 10,120,767 shares of Company Common Stock for issuance pursuant to the Company Stock Plans, which number excludes 19,708,275 shares subject to outstanding awards, 13,800,000 shares of Company Common Stock for issuance pursuant to the Warrants, 13,000,000 shares of Company Common Stock for issuance in respect of the Earnout Shares, and 13,357,495 shares for issuance pursuant to the Purchase Agreement entered into with Lincoln Park Capital Fund, LLC, dated as of November 24, 2021. As of the Capitalization Date, there were outstanding: (i) Company Options to acquire 14,451,545 shares of Company Common Stock with a weighted average exercise price of $2.17; (ii) 5,133,730 shares of Company Common Stock subject to outstanding Company RSUs; and (iii) 123,000 shares of Company Common Stock subject to outstanding Company PSUs (based on target achievement, if applicable).

 

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(c) Company Securities. Except as set forth in this Section 3.07, as of the Capitalization Date there were: (i) no issued and outstanding shares of capital stock of, or other equity or voting interest in, the Company; (ii) no outstanding securities of the Company convertible into or exchangeable or exercisable for shares of capital stock of, or other equity or voting interest in, the Company; (iii) no outstanding options, warrants or other rights or binding arrangements to acquire from the Company, or that obligate the Company to issue, any capital stock of, or other equity or voting interest in, or any securities convertible into or exchangeable or exercisable for shares of capital stock of, or other equity or voting interest in, the Company; (iv) no obligations of the Company to grant, extend or enter into any subscription, warrant, right, convertible or exchangeable security, or other similar Contract relating to any capital stock of, or other equity or voting interest (including any voting debt) in, the Company; (v) no outstanding restricted shares, restricted share units, stock appreciation rights, performance shares, contingent value rights, “phantom” stock or similar securities or rights that are derivative of, or provide economic benefits based, directly or indirectly, on the value or price of, any capital stock of, or other securities or ownership interests in, the Company; (vi) no other obligations of the Company to make any payment based on the price or value of any of the items in the foregoing clauses (i) through (v) (the items in clauses (i), (ii), (iii), (iv), (v) and (vi), collectively, the “Company Securities”); (vii) no voting trusts, proxies or similar arrangements or understandings to which the Company is a party or by which the Company is bound with respect to the voting of any shares of capital stock of, or other equity or voting interest in, the Company; and (viii) no obligations or binding commitments of any character restricting the transfer of any shares of capital stock of, or other equity or voting interest in, the Company to which the Company is a party or by which it is bound. Except as may be permitted or required under the Company Stock Plans, the Company is not a party to any Contract that obligates it to repurchase, redeem or otherwise acquire any Company Securities. There are no accrued and unpaid dividends with respect to any outstanding Company Securities. The Company does not have a stockholder rights plan in effect or outstanding bonds, debentures, notes or other similar obligations which provide such holder the right to vote with the holders of shares of Company Common Stock on any matter. The announcement or consummation of the Transaction and the other transactions contemplated by this Agreement will not, in and of themselves, result in any vesting, acceleration or the receipt of any rights, benefits or value under any issued and outstanding Company Securities (excluding any Company Securities issued under an Employee Plan or Company Stock Plan, which are addressed by Section 3.19(g)).

 

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(d) Other Rights. The Company is not a party to any Contract relating to the voting of, requiring registration of, or granting anti-dilutive rights or rights of first refusal or other similar rights with respect to any Company Securities.

 

(e) Valid Issuance of Shares. The Purchased Shares being purchased by the Investor hereunder will be duly authorized by the Company and, when issued and delivered by the Company in accordance with this Agreement and the Series A Certificate of Designations against payment of the consideration set forth herein, will be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable and will be free and clear of any and all Liens and restrictions on transfer, except for generally applicable transfer restrictions under applicable securities Law, the Investor Rights Agreement or the Charter or such Liens as are created by the Investor. There are no Persons entitled to statutory, preemptive or other similar contractual rights to subscribe for the Purchased Shares. Upon issuance in accordance with the Series A Certificate of Designations, the Underlying Shares will be duly authorized, validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable and will be free and clear of any and all Liens and restrictions on transfer, other than (i) restrictions on transfer under the Series A Certificate of Designations, the Charter, the Investor Rights Agreement and under applicable state and federal securities laws and (ii) such Liens as are created by the Investor.

 

Section 3.08. Subsidiaries.

 

(a) Each of the Subsidiaries of the Company (i) is duly organized, validly existing and in good standing (with respect to jurisdictions that recognize the concept of good standing) under the laws of the jurisdiction of its organization and (ii) has the requisite corporate power and authority to conduct its business as it is presently being conducted and to own, lease or operate its properties and assets, except in each case as has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect. Each of the Subsidiaries of the Company is duly qualified to do business and is in good standing in each jurisdiction where the character of its properties owned or leased or the nature of its activities make such qualification necessary (with respect to jurisdictions that recognize the concept of good standing), except where the failure to be so qualified or in good standing has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect.

 

(b) Cepton Technologies is wholly owned by the Company, directly, free and clear of any Liens (other than Permitted Liens, Liens with respect to the Trinity Capital Loan Agreement disclosed to the Investor prior to the date hereof and, upon funding thereof, Liens with respect to the Investor Loan Agreement) and free of any other limitation or restriction (including any restriction on the right to vote, sell or otherwise dispose of the capital stock or securities of such Subsidiary).

 

(c) Except as would not reasonably be expected to have a Company Material Adverse Effect: each of the Subsidiaries of the Company (other than Cepton Technologies) is wholly owned by the Company, directly or indirectly, free and clear of any Liens; the Company does not own, directly or indirectly, any capital stock or other equity interest of, or any other securities convertible or exchangeable into or exercisable for capital stock or other equity interest of, any Person other than the Subsidiaries of the Company, and the Company directly or indirectly owns all outstanding Subsidiary Securities; no Subsidiary of the Company owns any shares of capital stock or other securities of the Company; neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has any Contract pursuant to which it is obligated to make any investment (in the form of a loan, capital contribution or otherwise) in any Person (other than the Company with respect to its Subsidiaries and the Subsidiaries with respect to each other).

 

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Section 3.09. Company SEC Reports. Since February 10, 2022 and through the date of this Agreement, the Company has filed or furnished all forms, reports and documents with the SEC that have been required to be filed or furnished by it pursuant to applicable Laws (the “Company SEC Reports”) prior to the date of this Agreement. Each such Company SEC Report complied in all material respects, as of its filing date (or, if amended or superseded by a filing prior to the date of this Agreement, on the date of such amended or superseding filing) with the applicable requirements of the Securities Act or the Exchange Act, as the case may be, each as in effect on the date that such Company SEC Report was filed. True, correct and complete copies of all Company SEC Reports are publicly available in the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval database of the SEC. As of its filing date (or, if amended or superseded by a filing prior to the date of this Agreement, on the date of such amended or superseded filing), each Company SEC Report did not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements made therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading.

 

Section 3.10. Company Financial Statements; Internal Controls.

 

(a) Company Financial Statements. The consolidated financial statements (including any related notes and schedules) of the Company filed with the Company SEC Reports: (i) were prepared in accordance Regulation S-X under the Exchange Act and with GAAP (except as may be indicated in the notes thereto or as otherwise permitted by Form 10-Q with respect to any financial statements filed on Form 10-Q); (ii) complied, as of their respective date of filing with the SEC in all material respects, with the published rules and regulations of the SEC with respect thereto and (iii) fairly present, in all material respects, the consolidated financial position of the Company as of the dates thereof and the consolidated results of operations and cash flows for the periods then ended (subject, in the case of the unaudited financial statements, to normal and recurring year-end and audit adjustments). Except as have been described in the Company SEC Reports, there are no off-balance sheet arrangements of the type required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 303(a)(4) of Regulation S-K promulgated by the SEC.

 

(b) Disclosure Controls and Procedures. Except as is not required in reliance on exemptions from various reporting requirements by virtue of the Company’s status as an “emerging growth company” within the meaning of the Securities Act or “smaller reporting company” within the meaning of the Exchange Act, the Company has established and maintains, and at all times since February 10, 2022 has maintained, “disclosure controls and procedures” and “internal control over financial reporting” (in each case as defined pursuant to Rule 13a-15 and Rule 15d-15 promulgated under the Exchange Act) that (i) are with respect to disclosure controls and procedures, reasonably designed to ensure that all material information (both financial and non-financial) required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the rules and forms of the SEC and that all such material information required to be disclosed is accumulated and communicated to the management of the Company, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure and to enable the chief executive officer and chief financial officer of the Company to make the certifications required under the Exchange Act with respect to such reports, and (ii) with respect to internal control over financial reporting, sufficient in all material respects to provide reasonable assurance (A) that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP, (B) that transactions are executed only in accordance with the authorization of management and (C) regarding prevention or timely detection of the unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of the Company’s properties or assets, in each case that could have a material effect on the Company’s financial statements.

 

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(c) Internal Controls. The Company has established and maintains a system of internal accounting controls that are effective in providing reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements in accordance with GAAP. Neither the Company nor, to the Knowledge of the Company, the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm, has identified or been made aware of: (i) any significant deficiency or material weakness in the system of internal control over financial reporting used by the Company and its Subsidiaries that has not been subsequently remediated; or (ii) any fraud that involves the Company’s management or other employees who have a role in the preparation of financial statements or the internal control over financial reporting utilized by the Company and its Subsidiaries. Since February 10, 2022, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries nor, to the Company’s Knowledge, any director, officer, employee, auditor, accountant or representative of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries has received any written complaint, allegation, assertion, or claim (or otherwise has been informed) that the Company or any of its Subsidiaries has engaged in improper or illegal accounting or auditing practices or maintains improper or inadequate internal accounting controls.

 

(d) As of the date of this Agreement, there are no outstanding or unresolved comments in any comment letters from the staff of the SEC relating to the Company’s SEC Reports and received by the Company prior to the date of this Agreement. None of the Company’s SEC Reports filed on or prior to the date of this Agreement, is, to the Company’s Knowledge, subject to ongoing SEC review or investigation.

 

Section 3.11. No Undisclosed Liabilities. Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has any liabilities of a nature required to be reflected or reserved against on a balance sheet prepared in accordance with GAAP or notes thereto, other than liabilities: (a) reflected or otherwise reserved against in the Audited Company Balance Sheet or in the consolidated financial statements of the Company and its Subsidiaries (including the notes thereto) included in the Company SEC Reports filed prior to the date of this Agreement, (b) arising pursuant to this Agreement or incurred in connection with the Transaction; or (c) incurred in the ordinary course of business; in each case that, individually or in the aggregate, have not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect).

 

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Section 3.12. Absence of Certain Changes.

 

(a) Since June 30, 2022 through the date of this Agreement: (i) the business of the Company and its Subsidiaries has been conducted, in all material respects, in the ordinary course of business; and (ii) there has not been any action taken by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries that, if taken during the period from the date of this Agreement through the Closing without the Investor’s consent, would constitute a breach of, or require consent of the Investor under Section 5.02 other than the issuance and sale of shares of Company Common Stock pursuant to the Purchase Agreement prior to the date of this Agreement in the amount disclosed in writing to the Investor prior to the date of this Agreement.

 

(b) Since December 31, 2021 through the date of this Agreement, there has not been any effect, change, development or occurrence that, individually or in the aggregate, has had, or would reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect.

 

Section 3.13. Material Contracts.

 

(a) Validity. Each Material Contract (other than any Material Contract that has expired in accordance with its terms) is valid and binding on the Company or each Subsidiary of the Company that is a party thereto (as the case may be) and, to the Knowledge of the Company, any other party thereto and is enforceable in accordance with its terms, and is in full force and effect, except where the failure to be valid and binding and in full force and effect has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect. The Company and each of its Subsidiaries, and, to the Knowledge of the Company, any other party thereto, has performed all obligations required to be performed by it under each Material Contract, except where the failure to fully perform has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect. No event has occurred that, whether or not with notice or lapse of time or both, would constitute such a breach, default, acceleration of rights or an event of termination pursuant to any Material Contract by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, or, to the Knowledge of the Company, any other party thereto, except for such breaches, defaults, acceleration or termination that have not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect. As of the date of this Agreement, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has received written notice that it has breached, violated or defaulted under any Material Contract.

 

(b) None of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is a party to any of the following Contracts:

 

(i) any material joint venture, partnership or similar Contract;

 

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(ii) any Contract containing any covenant (i) limiting the right of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to engage in any line of business or any geographic area that is material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, or (ii) materially limiting the rights of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, pursuant to any “minimum requirement,” “most favored nation” or “exclusivity” provisions;

 

(iii) any material Contract with any Governmental Authority; or

 

(iv) any Contract for an Acquisition Transaction.

 

Section 3.14. Real Property.

 

(a) No Owned Real Property. Neither the Corporation nor any of its Subsidiaries own any interest in Real Property.

 

(b) Leased Real Property. Except as has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect: the Company or one of its Subsidiaries has valid leasehold estates in the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, leases, subleases, uses or occupies, or has the right to use or occupy, now or in the future, any Real Property for which the annual rent (excluding common area maintenance charges) is in excess of $140,000 (such property, the “Leased Real Property,” and each such lease, sublease, license or other agreement, a “Lease”), free and clear of all Liens (other than Permitted Liens); each Lease is legal, valid, binding, enforceable and in full force and effect; neither the Company’s nor any of its Subsidiaries’ possession and quiet enjoyment of the Leased Real Property under any Lease has been disturbed, and there are no disputes with respect to any such Lease in any material respect; neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is in breach of or default pursuant to any Lease; and there are no subleases, licenses or similar agreements granting to any Person, other than the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, any right to use or occupy the Leased Real Property or any portion thereof, now or in the future.

 

Section 3.15. Environmental Matters. Except as has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect: (a) the Company and its Subsidiaries are and, since January 1, 2019 (or earlier if unresolved), have been, in compliance with all applicable Environmental Laws and Environmental Permits, which compliance includes obtaining, maintaining and renewing all Environmental Permits; (b) since January 1, 2019 (or earlier if unresolved), no notice of violation or other notice, report, order, directive or other information has been received by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries related to any Environmental Law, Environmental Permit or Hazardous Material; (c) no Legal Proceeding is pending or, to the Knowledge of the Company, threatened against the Company or any of its Subsidiaries relating to any Environmental Law, Environmental Permit or Hazardous Material; (d) neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has transported, manufactured, distributed, handled, stored, treated, released, disposed or arranged for disposal of, or exposed any Person to, any Hazardous Materials, in a manner that has resulted in an investigation or required cleanup by, or otherwise resulted in the liability of, the Company or any of its Subsidiaries; (e) no Hazardous Material has been discharged, disposed of, dumped, injected, pumped, deposited, spilled, leaked, emitted or released at, on, under, to, in or from (A) any property or facility now or previously owned, leased or operated by or (B) any property or facility to which any Hazardous Material has been transported for disposal, recycling or treatment by or on behalf of, in each case the Company or any of its Subsidiaries (or any of their respective predecessors); and (f) neither the Company nor its Subsidiaries have assumed, provided an indemnity with respect to or otherwise become subject to the liability of any other Person under Environmental Laws.

 

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Section 3.16. Intellectual Property.

 

(a) The Company has made available to the Investor a true, correct and complete list as of the date of this Agreement of all United States Patents owned by, or registered in the name of Cepton Technologies (for each, indicating, as applicable, the owner(s), filing or registration number, title, jurisdiction, date of issuance, and current record applicant(s) and registrants).

 

(b) Except as has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect, the Company or one of its Subsidiaries, as applicable, owns all Registered Intellectual Property and all other Intellectual Property owned or purported to be owned by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries (collectively, and together with the Registered Intellectual Property, the “Company Owned IP”), and to the Knowledge of the Company is licensed or otherwise possesses adequate rights to use pursuant to a valid license or subscription agreement, all material Intellectual Property used or held for use in, or necessary for, their respective businesses as currently conducted (collectively, and together with the Company Owned IP, the “Company Intellectual Property”), in each case free and clear of all Liens (except for Permitted Liens). The Company and its Subsidiaries have taken commercially reasonable actions to maintain and protect all of the Company Intellectual Property, including the secrecy, confidentiality and value of the material Trade Secrets of the Company and its Subsidiaries. All past and present employees, consultants and contractors of the Company and its Subsidiaries (for Persons that the Company and its Subsidiaries have not engaged or employed in the past five (5) years, to the Knowledge of the Company) who have had access to material Trade Secrets of the Company and its Subsidiaries or have authored, developed or otherwise created any material Company Intellectual Property, have executed valid written agreements pursuant to which such Person (i) is bound to maintain and protect the confidential information of the Company and its Subsidiaries, and (ii) assigns, pursuant to a present assignment, to the Company or its applicable Subsidiaries, sole ownership of all Intellectual Property authored, developed or otherwise created by such Person in the course of such Person’s employment or other engagement with the Company and its Subsidiaries, in accordance with applicable Laws and without further consideration or any restrictions or obligations on the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, and to the Knowledge of the Company, such agreements are valid and enforceable in accordance with their terms. No material Company Owned IP is subject to any consent, settlement, decree, order, injunction, judgment or ruling prohibiting or restricting the Company’s or any of its Subsidiaries’ use, ownership, enforcement or other exploitation or disposition thereof. The transactions contemplated by this Agreement and the consummation thereof will not alter, encumber, impair or otherwise extinguish any right, title or interest of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries in or to any Company Owned IP. There exist no material restrictions on the disclosure, use, license or transfer of the Company Owned IP, and all of the Company Owned IP will be owned by the Company and its Subsidiaries immediately after the Closing.

 

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(c) There are no claims by any Person that are either pending or made or, to the Knowledge of the Company, threatened in writing since January 1, 2019, (i) alleging infringement, misappropriation, or other violation by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries of any Intellectual Property of such Person, or (ii) contesting the validity, use, ownership, enforceability, patentability or registrability of any material Company Owned IP, excluding any ordinary course “office actions” received by the Company or a Subsidiary in connection with the prosecution of Patents. Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has received any written notices or written requests for indemnification from any third party related to any of the foregoing matters in clauses (i) and (ii).

 

(d) (i) To the Knowledge of the Company, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries, nor the conduct of the business of the Company and its Subsidiaries, including the sale or licensing of Company Products, infringes, misappropriates, or otherwise violates or, since January 1, 2019, has infringed, misappropriated, or otherwise violated, any Intellectual Property of any Person in any material respect; (ii) neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has received any written notices regarding any of the foregoing matters in clause (i) (including any cease and desist letters, demands or unsolicited offers to license any Intellectual Property from any Person); and (iii) to the Knowledge of the Company as of the date of this Agreement, no Person is infringing, misappropriating, or otherwise violating any material Company Owned IP.

 

(e) The Company and its Subsidiaries own, lease, license, or otherwise have the valid right to use all material Company Systems, and such Company Systems are sufficient in all material respects for the needs of the Company’s and its Subsidiaries’ businesses, and the Company and its Subsidiaries have purchased sufficient license rights for all material third party Software used in their operations. With respect to the Company Systems: (i) the Company and its Subsidiaries have a commercially reasonable disaster recovery plan in place and have tested such disaster recovery plan for effectiveness, and (ii) to the Knowledge of the Company, there have not been any material malfunctions, failures, or continued substandard performance that have not been remedied in all material respects.

 

(f) The material proprietary Software owned by the Company and its Subsidiaries (the “Company Software”) is not subject to any “copyleft” or other obligation or condition (including any obligation or condition under any “open source” license) that (A) requires, or conditions the use or distribution of such Software, on the disclosure, licensing, or distribution of any source code for any portion of such Company Software or (B) otherwise imposes any limitation or restriction on the right or ability of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to use, license, distribute, or otherwise exploit any portion of the Company Software (including, for clarity, any limitation on the compensation that the Company or any of its Subsidiaries may charge in the marketing, licensing, sale, distribution, or other commercial exploitation or other use of such Company Software or any requirement that such Company Software be disclosed, licensed or distributed for the purpose of making derivative works, but excluding any obligation for the Company to provide attribution for the author of such Software). The Company and its Subsidiaries possess all source code and other documentation and materials reasonably necessary for a developer competent in the programming language for such Software to compile, operate and maintain the Company Software. All Company Software operates in all material respects in accordance with its requirements, technical, end-user and other documentation. To the Knowledge of the Company, there are no viruses, “worms”, “time bombs”, “key-locks”, Trojan horses or similar disabling codes, programs or devices in any of the Company Software, or any other codes, programs or devices designed to disrupt or interfere with the operation of the Company Software or equipment upon which the Company Software operates, or the integrity of the Data, information or signals the Company Software produces in a manner adverse to the Company, any of its Subsidiaries, any customer, licensee or other Person. The Company and its Subsidiaries have not delivered, licensed, or made available any source code for any Company Software to any escrow agent or other Person who is not an employee, contractor or other service provider of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries and subject to appropriate confidentiality obligations, and the Company and its Subsidiaries are not subject to any obligation (whether present, contingent, or otherwise) deliver, license, or make available any such source code.

 

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(g) Since January 1, 2019: (i) the Company and its Subsidiaries (including the conduct of their respective businesses and their Processing of Data) have complied with all Data Security Requirements in all material respects; (ii) there has not been any material Security Incident; and (iii) the Company and its Subsidiaries have taken commercially reasonable actions, including instituting commercially reasonable physical, technical, and administrative security measures and policies, to protect the security and integrity of the Company Systems and all Data stored or contained therein or transmitted thereby and all Sensitive Information collected or possessed by them from and against unauthorized access, use, or disclosure, including by installing all patches applicable to the Company Systems and updating the Company Systems to current versions of third party Software in a reasonably timely manner. Since January 1, 2019, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has provided or been legally required to provide any notices to data owners in connection with (A) any unauthorized access, use or disclosure of Sensitive Information or (B) any Data Security Requirement. Neither the Company nor its Subsidiaries (1) has received any written complaint from any Person regarding any Data Security Requirements, Security Incident, or Sensitive Information or (2) has been subject to any investigations or audits (other than audits commissioned in response to contractual requirements related to security and vulnerability testing in commercial contracts and self-initiated audits) concerning any Data Security Requirements, Security Incident, or Sensitive Information.

 

(h) To the extent that the Company or any of its Subsidiaries has: (i) purchased, licensed or otherwise acquired for compensation any Personal Information, it has done so in accordance with all Data Security Requirements in all material respects; or (ii) obtained Personal Information from any publicly-available sources, including websites, it has done so in accordance with the terms and conditions attaching to the use of that publicly- available source and in accordance with all Data Security Requirements in all material respects. The Company and its Subsidiaries have engaged in the Processing of Data (and caused third parties to engage in the Processing of Data) only with respect to any third party Data as they are authorized to so engage by applicable Law and Contract. The Company and its Subsidiaries in respect of each Processing activity that they carry out as a Controller (as defined in Article 4(7) of the GDPR) under the GDPR: (A) have, and have had, a lawful basis for Processing Personal Information, including obtaining or contractually obligating others to obtain on the Company’s behalf all requisite consents from data subjects (where consent is relied upon by the Company or its Subsidiaries as the legal basis for Processing), in accordance with the GDPR and ePrivacy Directive; (B) have, prior to Processing any Personal Information, made available (to the standard required under the GDPR) materially accurate processing information that meets the requirements of the GDPR; (C) have entered into a written agreement with all third party data processors which complies with the requirements of the GDPR; and (D) comply, and have complied with all principles set out in Article 5 of the GDPR in all material respects.

 

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Section 3.17. Products.

 

(a) Each of the Company Products is, and at all times up to and including the sale thereof has been, (i) in compliance in all material respects with all applicable Laws and (ii) fit for the ordinary purposes for which it is intended to be used and conforms in all material respects to any promises or affirmations of fact made on the container or label for such product or in connection with its sale.

 

(b) Since January 1, 2019 through the date of this Agreement, the Company and its Subsidiaries have not received any material written notices or other correspondence from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), or any Foreign Regulatory Authority relating to any Company Products, nor is there any pending, or to the Knowledge of the Company, threatened material claim by NHTSA or any Foreign Regulatory Authority against the Company or any of its Subsidiaries relating to an alleged defect or noncompliance in any Company Products. Since January 1, 2019 through the date of this Agreement, there has not been nor is there under consideration by any committee or team responsible for the oversight, investigation and remediation of product quality, noncompliance, defect, warranty, recall or customer campaign matters, any recall, customer satisfaction program or post sale warning of a material nature concerning any Company Products. Since January 1, 2019, the Company and its Subsidiaries have, to the extent applicable, complied with the requirements of the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation Act and implementing regulations of the NHTSA, including the Reporting of Early Warning Information Regulation (49 CFR Part 579, subpart C), and Reporting of Safety Recalls and Other Safety Campaigns in Foreign Countries Regulation (49 CFR Part 579, subpart B).

 

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Section 3.18. Tax Matters.

 

(a) Except as has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect, each of the Company and its Subsidiaries has: (i) timely filed (taking into account valid extensions) all Tax Returns required to be filed by it; (ii) paid all Taxes that are due and payable by it, except for those being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings and for which adequate reserves have been established in accordance with GAAP; and (iii) reflected or otherwise reserved against in its books in accordance with GAAP an amount reasonably adequate for the payment of all material amounts of Taxes for the taxable period subsequent to the latest period to which such Tax Returns apply.

 

(b) Except as has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect: (i) no audits or other examinations with respect to Taxes of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries are presently in progress or have been asserted or proposed in writing, except for any audit or other examination for which adequate reserves have been made (in accordance with GAAP); (ii) neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has outstanding any waiver or extension of any statute of limitations on, or extended the period for the assessment or collection of any Tax; and (iii) no written claim has been made by a Governmental Authority in a jurisdiction where the Company or any of its Subsidiaries does not file Tax Returns of a particular type that the Company or such Subsidiary, as the case may be, is or may be subject to Tax of such type in that jurisdiction.

 

(c) Except as has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect, each of the Company and each of its Subsidiaries (or its agent) has withheld or collected from each payment made to each of its employees or any other Person the amount of all Taxes required to be withheld or collected therefrom, and has paid the same to the proper Tax receiving officers or authorized depositories.

 

(d) The Company is not and has not been, during the five-year period ending on the date hereof, a “United States real property holding corporation” within the meaning of Section 897 of the Code.

 

(e) Except as has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect, there are no Liens for Taxes upon the assets of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries other than those described in clause (i) of the definition of Permitted Liens.

 

(f) The Company is classified as a corporation for United States federal income tax purposes, and the Company has never been classified as other than a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

 

(g) Except as had not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has participated or engaged in any transaction that constitutes a “listed transaction” within the meaning of Treas. Reg. Section 1.6011-4(b)(2).

 

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Section 3.19. Employee Benefits.

 

(a) Company Stock Plans. The Company has made available to the Investor a true and complete copy of all Company Stock Plans.

 

(b) Absence of Certain Plans. Neither the Company, its Subsidiaries nor any ERISA Affiliate of the Company has maintained, sponsored or participated in, or contributed to, in the six year period preceding the date hereof or otherwise has any liability or obligation with respect to: (i) a “multiemployer plan” (as defined in Section 3(37) or 4001(a)(3) of ERISA); (ii) a “multiple employer plan” (as defined in Section 4063 or Section 4064 of ERISA) or as described in Section 413(c) of the Code; or (iii) a plan covered by Section 412 of the Code or Title IV of ERISA.

 

(c) Compliance. Except as has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect, each Employee Plan has been maintained, funded, operated and administered in accordance with its terms and with all applicable Law and any applicable regulatory guidance issued by any Governmental Authority. Each Employee Plan that is intended to be qualified under Section 401(a) of the Code (i) has received a favorable determination letter issued by the IRS regarding such qualified status or is maintained pursuant to a prototype or volume submitter document approved by the IRS and is entitled to rely on a favorable opinion letter issued by the IRS with respect to such prototype or volume submitter document, and (ii) no events have occurred that would reasonably be expected to adversely affect the qualified status of any such Employee Plan that cannot be corrected without liability to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries. Except as has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has incurred or could reasonably be expected to incur any penalty or Tax (whether or not assessed) under Sections 4980B, 4980D or 4980H of the Code.

 

(d) Contributions. Except as has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect, all contributions, premiums, reimbursements or other payments that are due and owing to or in respect of any Employee Plan have been paid. Except as has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect, all such contributions, premiums, reimbursements or other payments for any period ending on or before the Closing Date that are not yet due have been (or will be prior to the Closing Date) paid or properly accrued (in accordance with GAAP, to the extent applicable).

 

(e) No Post-Termination Welfare Benefit Plan. Except as has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect, neither the Company nor its Subsidiaries maintains and has not maintained any Employee Plan that is a welfare benefit plan (as defined in Section 3(1) of ERISA) that provides, nor has the Company or any of its Subsidiaries committed to provide, post- termination or retiree life insurance or health benefits to any person, except as may be required by Section 4980B of the Code or any similar Law.

 

(f) Employee Plan Legal Proceedings. Except as has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect, there are no Legal Proceedings pending or, to the Knowledge of the Company, threatened on behalf of, against or in relation to, any Employee Plan, the assets of any trust pursuant to any Employee Plan, or the plan sponsor, plan administrator or any fiduciary or any Employee Plan, with respect to the administration or operation of such plans, other than routine claims for benefits. Except as has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect, there have been no non-exempt “prohibited transactions” (as defined in Section 406 of ERISA or Section 4975 of the Code), or breaches of duty by a “fiduciary” (as defined in Section 3(21) of ERISA) with respect to any Employee Plan involving the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or, to the Knowledge of the Company, any other Person.

 

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(g) Impact of the Transaction on Employee Plans. Neither the execution or delivery of this Agreement nor the consummation of the Transaction will constitute a “change in control,” “change of control,” or term of similar meaning under any Employee Plan including, for the avoidance of doubt, any Company Stock Plan. Neither the execution or delivery of this Agreement nor the consummation of the Transaction will (alone or in conjunction with any other event that would not, standing alone, trigger such payment or benefit): (i) entitle any current or former Service Provider to any compensation or benefit; or (ii) accelerate the time of payment or vesting, or trigger any payment or funding, of any compensation or benefits or trigger any other obligation under any Employee Plan. Neither the execution or delivery of this Agreement nor the consummation of the Transaction will (I) result in any payment or benefit made by the Company or any Subsidiary to be characterized as an excess parachute payment within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code; or (II) result in any limitation on the right of the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company to amend, merge, terminate or receive a reversion of assets from any Employee Plan or related trust.

 

(h) Section 409A. Except as has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect, each Employee Plan that constitutes in any part a “nonqualified deferred compensation plan” within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code has been administered, operated and maintained in operational and documentary compliance with Section 409A of the Code and all IRS guidance promulgated thereunder, to the extent such Section and such guidance have been applicable to such Employee Plan. No Employee Plan, agreement or other arrangement to which the Company or any Subsidiary is a party or by which the Company or any Subsidiary is otherwise bound obligates the Company to compensate or reimburse any Person in respect of Taxes pursuant to Section 409A or 4999 of the Code.

 

(i) Foreign Benefit Plans. Except as has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect, with respect to each Employee Plan that is subject to the Laws of a jurisdiction other than the United States (a “Foreign Benefit Plan”): (i) each Foreign Benefit Plan required to be registered has been registered and has been maintained in good standing with applicable Governmental Authorities, (ii) each Foreign Benefit Plan intended to receive favorable tax treatment under applicable tax Laws, to the extent applicable, has been qualified or similarly determined by applicable Governmental Authorities to satisfy the requirements of such Laws, and (iii) no Foreign Benefit Plan is a defined benefit or similar type of plan or arrangement. Except as has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect, no Foreign Benefit Plan has any unfunded liabilities, nor are any unfunded liabilities reasonably expected to arise in connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.

 

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Section 3.20. Labor Matters.

 

(a) Union Activities. Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is a party to or bound by any collective bargaining agreements, labor union contracts or trade union agreements (each, a “Collective Bargaining Agreement”). To the Knowledge of the Company, there are no activities or proceedings of any labor or trade union to organize any employees of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries and no employees of the Company or its Subsidiaries are represented by any labor union, works council, or other labor organization with respect to their employment with the Company or its Subsidiaries. No Collective Bargaining Agreement is being negotiated by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries as of the date of this Agreement and no labor union, works council, other labor organization, or group of employees of the Company or its Subsidiaries has made a demand for recognition or certification. There is no strike, lockout, slowdown, work stoppage, or other material labor dispute against the Company or any of its Subsidiaries pending or, to the Knowledge of the Company, threatened against the Company or any of its Subsidiaries.

 

(b) Employment Law. Except for such noncompliance that, individually or in the aggregate, as has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect, the Company and its Subsidiaries are in compliance with applicable Laws with respect to employment and labor practices (including applicable Laws regarding wage and hour requirements, immigration status, discrimination in employment, employee health and safety, collective bargaining, terms and conditions of employment, classification of independent contractors and exempt and non-exempt employees, harassment, retaliation, whistleblowing, disability rights or benefits, equal opportunity, plant closures and layoffs (including WARN Act), employee trainings and notices, workers’ compensation, labor relations, employee leave issues, COVID-19, affirmative action and unemployment insurance).

 

(c) To the Knowledge of the Company, no current employee of the Company or its Subsidiaries with annualized base salary from the Company at or above $250,000 is in violation of any term of any employment agreement, nondisclosure agreement, common law nondisclosure obligation, fiduciary duty, noncompetition agreement, nonsolicitation agreement, restrictive covenant or other obligation: (i) owed to the Company or its Subsidiaries; or (ii) owed to any third party with respect to such Person’s right to be employed or engaged by the Company or its Subsidiaries.

 

(d) Since at least January 1, 2019, the Company and its Subsidiaries have reasonably investigated all material sexual harassment, or other material discrimination, or retaliation allegations of which their human resources representatives or any officers or directors have been made aware. With respect to each such allegation with potential merit, the Company or its Subsidiaries has taken reasonable corrective action, when so required, that is reasonably calculated to prevent further improper action.

 

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Section 3.21. Compliance with Laws.

 

(a) The Company and each of its Subsidiaries is in compliance with all Laws that are applicable to the Company and its Subsidiaries or to the conduct of the business or operations of the Company and its Subsidiaries, except for such noncompliance that, individually or in the aggregate, has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect.

 

(b) Except as has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Company Material Adverse Effect, as of the date of this Agreement: (i) the Company and its Subsidiaries have all Governmental Authorizations necessary for the ownership and operation of its business as presently conducted, and each such Governmental Authorization is in full force and effect; (ii) the Company and its Subsidiaries are, and since January 1, 2019 have been, in compliance with the terms of all Governmental Authorizations necessary for the ownership and operation of its businesses; and (iii) since January 1, 2019 to the date of this Agreement, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has received written notice from any Governmental Authority alleging any conflict with or breach of any such Governmental Authorization.

 

Section 3.22. Anti-Corruption; International Trade.

 

(a) Since January 1, 2019, any of its Subsidiaries, or any of their respective directors, officers, or employees has, nor, to the Knowledge of the Company, have any of their other respective Representatives, violated any Anti-Corruption Laws, nor has the Company, any Subsidiary of the Company, any of their respective directors, officers, or employees nor, to the Knowledge of the Company, any other Representative of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries offered, paid, promised to pay, or authorized the payment of any money, or offered, given, promised to give, or authorized the giving of anything of value, including cash, checks, wire transfers, tangible and intangible gifts, favors, services, or those entertainment and travel expenses, to any Government Official or to any Person for the purpose of influencing any act or decision of a Government Official in their official capacity, securing any improper advantage, or assisting the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company in obtaining or retaining business, in violation of any Anti- Corruption Laws.

 

(b) The Company and its Subsidiaries are currently in compliance with, and at all times since January 1, 2019 have been in compliance with, all applicable Sanctions Laws, and there are not now, nor have there been since January 1, 2019, any formal or informal proceedings, allegations, investigations, or inquiries pending, expected or, to the Knowledge of the Company, threatened against the Company, any of its Subsidiaries, or any officer or director of the Company or of any of its Subsidiaries, concerning violations or potential violations of, or conduct potentially sanctionable under, any Sanctions Law. The Company and its Subsidiaries have instituted and maintain policies and procedures reasonably designed to ensure compliance with all applicable Sanctions Laws.

 

(c) Neither the Company, any of its Subsidiaries, or any of their respective directors, officers, employees or Representatives, is a Sanctioned Person.

 

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(d) Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has or in the past three years has had, directly or indirectly, any transactions with or investments in any Sanctioned Person or Sanctioned Country that would be prohibited for any Person bound by the relevant Sanctions Laws or could result in the imposition of sanctions under any Sanctions Laws.

 

(e) Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has any obligation, plan, or commitment to engage in or complete any transaction with or investment in any Sanctioned Person or Sanctioned Country in the future that would be prohibited for any person bound by the relevant Sanctions Laws or could result in the imposition of sanctions under any Sanctions Laws.

 

Section 3.23. Legal Proceedings; Orders.

 

(a) No Legal Proceedings. Except as has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Company Material Adverse Effect, there are no current, and in the past three years there have not been any, Legal Proceedings pending or, to the Knowledge of the Company, threatened against the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or their respective properties or relating to the Transaction Documents or the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby, nor have the Company or any of its Subsidiaries made any voluntary or involuntary disclosures of non-compliance with applicable Law to any Governmental Authority.

 

(b) No Orders. Except as has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Company Material Adverse Effect, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries (nor any of its or their respective properties) is subject to any order, judgment or decree of any Governmental Authority.

 

Section 3.24. Insurance. As of the date of this Agreement, except as has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Company Material Adverse Effect, the Company and its Subsidiaries have all policies of insurance covering the Company and its Subsidiaries and any of their respective employees, properties or assets, including policies of property, fire, workers’ compensation, products liability, directors’ and officers’ liability and other casualty and liability insurance, that is customarily carried by Persons conducting business similar to that of the Company and its Subsidiaries. As of the date of this Agreement, all such insurance policies are in full force and effect, no notice of cancellation has been received and there is no existing default or event that, with notice or lapse of time or both, would constitute a default by any insured thereunder, except for such cancellations and defaults that, individually or in the aggregate, have not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect.

 

Section 3.25. Related Party Transactions. There are no Contracts, transactions, arrangements or understandings between the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, on the one hand, and any Affiliate of the Company (including any director or executive officer) thereof, but not including any wholly owned Subsidiary of the Company, on the other hand, that would be required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404 of Regulation S-K promulgated by the SEC in the Company’s Form 10-K or proxy statement pertaining to an annual meeting of stockholders that have not been disclosed in the Company SEC Reports.

 

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Section 3.26. Brokers. Except for ICR Capital LLC, there is no financial advisor, investment banker, broker, finder or agent that has been retained by or is authorized to act on behalf of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries who is entitled to any financial advisor’s, investment banking, brokerage, finder’s or other similar fee or commission in connection with the Transaction or other transactions contemplated by this Agreement or the other Transaction Documents. The Company has made available to the Investor the engagement letter of ICR Capital LLC.

 

Section 3.27. Investment Company Status. Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is, and immediately after the Closing hereunder, none of the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries will be, required to be registered as an “investment company” under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.

 

Section 3.28. Ability to Pay Dividends. Except for the limitations imposed by the DGCL, including Section 170 thereof, the Company is not party to any Contract, and is not subject to any provision in the Charter or resolutions of the Company Board that, in each case, by its terms prohibits or prevents the Company from paying dividends in the form and the amounts contemplated by the Series A Certificate of Designations.

 

Section 3.29. Voting Support Agreements. Concurrently with the execution and delivery of this Agreement, the Company has delivered to the Investor true, complete and correct copy of voting support agreements (the “Voting Support Agreements”), each executed concurrently herewith by the Company and the relevant Supporting Stockholder party thereto, pursuant to which the Supporting Stockholders have agreed, among other things, to vote all Company Common Stock beneficially owned by them as of the record date for the Company Stockholder Meeting in favor of any matters necessary or reasonably requested by the Company for consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement. Each of the Voting Support Agreements is in full force and effect as of the date of this Agreement and is and shall remain a legal, valid and binding obligation of the Company and the relevant Supporting Stockholder party thereto for so long as it is in full force and effect. None of the Voting Support Agreements has been or will be amended or modified, except as permitted thereunder.

 

Section 3.30. Exclusivity of Representations or Warranties. Except for the representations and warranties expressly set forth in Article 4 and such representations and warranties set forth in the other Transaction Documents or any certificates delivered to the Company pursuant thereto, the Company hereby acknowledges that neither the Investor or its Affiliates, nor any other Person, has made or is making (and the Company is not relying on) any other express or implied representation or warranty with respect to the Investor or any of its Affiliates or their respective businesses, operations, liabilities, condition (financial or otherwise) or prospects, including with respect to any information provided or made available to the Company or any of its Representatives or any information developed by the Company or any of its Representatives. The Company, on behalf of itself and on behalf of its Subsidiaries and Affiliates, expressly waives any such claim relating to the foregoing matters, except with respect to fraud.

 

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Article 4
Representations and Warranties of the Investor

 

The Investor hereby represents and warrants to the Company as follows:

 

Section 4.01. Organization; Good Standing. The Investor is duly organized and validly existing pursuant to the Laws of its jurisdiction of organization. The Investor has the requisite power and authority to conduct its business as it is presently being conducted and to own, lease or operate its material properties, rights and assets, except where the failure to have such power or authority, individually or in the aggregate, would not, individually or in the aggregate, prevent or materially delay the consummation of the Transaction or the other transactions contemplated by this Agreement or the ability of the Investor to fully perform its covenants and obligations pursuant to this Agreement. The Investor is not in violation of its Organizational Documents.

 

Section 4.02. Corporate Power; Enforceability. The Investor has the requisite corporate power and authority to: (a) execute and deliver this Agreement and the other applicable Transaction Documents; (b) perform its covenants and obligations hereunder and thereunder; and (c) consummate the Transaction and the other transactions contemplated by this Agreement and the other applicable Transaction Documents. The execution and delivery of this Agreement and the other applicable Transaction Documents by the Investor, the performance by the Investor of its covenants and obligations hereunder and the consummation of the Transaction and the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and the other applicable Transaction Documents have been duly authorized by all necessary action on the part of the Investor and no additional action on the part of the Investor is necessary. This Agreement and each other applicable Transaction Documents have been duly executed and delivered by the Investor and, assuming the due authorization, execution and delivery by the Company, constitute legal, valid and binding obligations of the Investor, enforceable against the Investor in accordance with their terms, except as such enforceability (i) may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium and other similar Laws affecting or relating to creditors’ rights generally; and (ii) is subject to general principles of equity.

 

Section 4.03. Non-Contravention. The execution and delivery of this Agreement by the Investor, the performance by the Investor of its covenants and obligations hereunder, and the consummation of the Transaction and the other transactions contemplated by this Agreement and the other applicable Transaction Documents do not: (a) violate or conflict with any provision of the Organizational Documents of the Investor; (b) violate, conflict with, result in the breach of, constitute a default (or an event that, with notice or lapse of time or both, would become a default) pursuant to, or result in the termination of, or accelerate the performance required by, or result in a right of termination or acceleration pursuant to any of the terms, conditions or provisions of any material note, bond, mortgage, indenture, lease, license, contract, agreement or other instrument or obligation to which the Investor is a party or by which the Investor or any of its properties or assets may be bound; (c) assuming the consents, approvals and authorizations referred to in Section 4.04 have been obtained, violate or conflict with any Law or order applicable to the Investor or by which any of its properties or assets are bound; or (d) result in the creation of any Lien (other than Permitted Liens) upon any of the properties or assets of the Investor, except in the case of each of clauses (b), (c) and (d) for such violations, conflicts, breaches, defaults, terminations, accelerations or Liens that would not, individually or in the aggregate, prevent or materially delay the consummation of the Transaction or the other transactions contemplated by this Agreement or the ability of the Investor to fully perform its covenants and obligations pursuant to this Agreement.

 

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Section 4.04. Requisite Governmental Approvals. No Governmental Authorization is required on the part of the Investor in connection with: (a) the execution and delivery of this Agreement by the Investor; (b) the performance by the Investor of its covenants and obligations pursuant to this Agreement; or (c) the consummation of the Transaction and the other transactions contemplated by this Agreement, except (i) such filings and approvals as may be required by any federal or state securities Laws, including compliance with any applicable requirements of the Exchange Act; and (ii) such other Governmental Authorizations the failure of which to obtain would not, individually or in the aggregate, prevent or materially delay the consummation of the Transaction or the other transactions contemplated by this Agreement or the ability of the Investor to fully perform its covenants and obligations pursuant to this Agreement. The Investor is an “accredited investor” within the meaning of Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act and is able to bear the risk of its investment in the Purchased Shares. Since February 10, 2022, none of the Investor or its Affiliates has engaged in any hedge, swap, short sale or derivative transactions involving the Company Common Stock or any other agreement or arrangement that transfers to any third party, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, any ownership of, or any interests in, any shares of Company Common Stock.

 

Section 4.05. Brokers. There is no financial advisor, investment banker, broker, finder, agent or other Person that has been retained by or is authorized to act on behalf of the Investor or any of its Affiliates that will be entitled to any financial advisor’s, investment banking, brokerage, finder’s or other fee or commission from the Company or its Subsidiaries in connection with the Transaction.

 

Section 4.06. Sufficient Funds. The Investor will have at the Closing sufficient funds to enable the Investor to pay in full at the Closing the entire amount of the Purchase Price payable by the Investor hereunder in immediately available cash funds.

 

Section 4.07. Unregistered Securities.

 

(a) Investor Status; Sophisticated Purchaser; Diligence. The Investor has such knowledge and experience in financial and business matters that it is capable of evaluating the merits and risks of the purchase of the Purchased Shares. The Investor has conducted its own independent review and analysis of the business, operations, assets, liabilities, results of operations, financial condition and prospects of the Company and its Subsidiaries and acknowledges that the Investor has been provided with sufficient access for such purposes.

 

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(b) Legends. The Investor understands that any certificate or book-entry position evidencing (i) Purchased Shares will bear the restrictive legend set forth in the Series A Certificate of Designations and (ii) Underlying Shares will bear a restrictive legend similar to the legend born by the Purchased Shares.

 

(c) Purchase Representations. The Investor is purchasing the Purchased Shares (and Underlying Shares) for its own account, the account of its Affiliates, or the accounts of clients for whom the Investor exercises discretionary investment authority (all of whom the Investor hereby represents and warrants are “accredited investors” within the meaning of Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act), not as a nominee or agent, and not with a view to distribution in violation of any securities Laws. The Investor has been advised and understands that the Purchased Shares (and Underlying Shares) have not been registered under the Securities Act or under the “blue sky” laws of any jurisdiction and may be resold only if registered pursuant to the provisions of the Securities Act (or if eligible, pursuant to the provisions of Rule 144 promulgated under the Securities Act or pursuant to another available exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act). The Investor has been advised and understands that the Company, in issuing the Purchased Shares (and Underlying Shares), is relying upon, among other things, the representations and warranties of the Investor contained in this Article 4 in concluding that such issuance is a “private offering” and is exempt from the registration provisions of the Securities Act. Neither the Investor nor any of its Affiliates is acting in concert, and neither the Investor nor any of its Affiliates has any agreement or understanding, with any Person that is not an Affiliate of the Investor, and is not otherwise a member of a “group” (as such term is used in Section 13(d)(3) of the Exchange Act), with respect to the Company or its securities, in each case, other than in connection with the Transaction.

 

(d) Reliance by the Company. The Investor understands that the Purchased Shares are being offered and sold in reliance on a transactional exemption from the registration requirements of federal and state securities Laws and that the Company is relying upon the truth and accuracy of the representations, warranties, agreements, acknowledgments and understandings of the Investor set forth herein in order to determine the applicability of such exemptions and the suitability of the Investor to acquire the Purchased Shares (and Underlying Shares).

 

Section 4.08. Exclusivity of Representations or Warranties. Except for the representations and warranties expressly set forth in Article 3 and such representations and warranties set forth in the other Transaction Documents, the Investor hereby acknowledges that neither the Company nor its Affiliates, nor any other Person, has made or is making (and the Investor is not relying on) any other express or implied representation or warranty with respect to the Company or any of its Affiliates or their respective businesses, operations, liabilities, condition (financial or otherwise) or prospects, including with respect to any information provided or made available to the Investor or any of its Representatives or any information developed by the Investor or any of its Representatives. The Investor, on behalf of itself and on behalf of its Subsidiaries and Affiliates, expressly waives any such claim relating to the foregoing matters, except with respect to fraud.

 

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Article 5
Interim Operations of the Company

 

Section 5.01. Affirmative Obligations. Except as expressly contemplated by this Agreement, as required by applicable Law or Data Security Requirements, or as approved in advance in writing by the Investor (which approval will not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed), during the period from the execution and delivery of this Agreement until the earlier to occur of the termination of this Agreement pursuant to Article 9 and the Closing, the Company will, and will cause each of its Subsidiaries to, conduct its business in all material respects in the ordinary course of business and use reasonable best efforts to preserve intact in all material respects its current business organization, ongoing businesses and significant relationships with third parties.

 

Section 5.02. Forbearance Covenants. Except as expressly contemplated by this Agreement, as required by applicable Law, or as approved in advance in writing by the Investor (which approval will not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed), during the period from the execution and delivery of this Agreement until the earlier to occur of the termination of this Agreement pursuant to Article 9 and the Closing, the Company will not, and will not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly:

 

(a) take any action set forth in Section 2.05 (Investor Consent) of the form of the Investor Rights Agreement attached hereto as Exhibit B;

 

(b) (i) issue, deliver or sell, or authorize the issuance, delivery or sale of, any shares of any Company Securities or Subsidiary Securities, other than (x) the issuance of capital stock or other equity interests pursuant to any Company Stock Plan or as permitted under the terms of the Warrants or (y) the issuance of any Subsidiary Securities to the Company or any other Subsidiary or (ii) amend any term of any Company Security or any Subsidiary Security (in each case, whether by merger, consolidation, combination, division, reclassification or otherwise);

 

(c) take any action that would cause the Company to fail to satisfy, or omit to take any action necessary to prevent the Company from satisfying, the conditions of Section 7.02(a); or

 

(d) agree, resolve or commit to do any of the foregoing.

 

Section 5.03. Exclusivity; Company Board Recommendation Change.

 

(a) Subject to Section 5.03(b), from the date of this Agreement until the earlier to occur of the termination of this Agreement pursuant to Article 9 and the Closing Date, without the Investor’s consent, the Company shall not, and shall procure that its Affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees, investment bankers, attorneys, accountants and other advisors or representatives (collectively, “Representatives”) do not and will not, directly or indirectly, (i) solicit, initiate or knowingly encourage any Acquisition Transaction or enter into, or (ii) undertake to enter into, any Contract for an Acquisition Transaction, or any Contract requiring the Company to abandon, terminate or fail to consummate the issuance of the Purchased Shares or the Transaction. From and after the execution of this Agreement and through the earlier to occur of the Closing or the termination of this Agreement in accordance with its terms, the Company, its Affiliates and their respective Representatives shall (A) promptly advise the Investor in writing of the receipt of any Acquisition Proposal (including the specific terms thereof and the identity of the other individual or entity or individuals or entities involved), (B) promptly furnish to the Investor a copy of any such Acquisition Proposal in addition to a copy of any information provided to or by any third party relating thereto and (C) keep the Investor reasonably informed, on a prompt basis, of the status and terms of any such Acquisition Proposal. Any breach of the terms of this Section 5.03 by any Affiliate or Representative of the Company (as if it were a party hereto) shall be deemed a breach by the Company.

 

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(b) Notwithstanding Section 5.03(a), if the Company receives an Acquisition Proposal that was not received in violation of Section 5.03(a) and the Company Board determines that such Acquisition Proposal constitutes a Superior Proposal or is reasonably likely to lead to a Superior Proposal, then (i) the Company may respond to, engage in discussions with and provide information regarding the Company to, the person making such proposal and (ii) at any time prior to obtaining the Requisite Stockholder Approval, the Company Board may effect a Company Board Recommendation Change with respect to such Acquisition Proposal if the Company Board shall have determined in good faith (after consultation with outside counsel and its financial advisor) that such Acquisition Proposal constitutes a Superior Proposal and that the failure to make such Company Board Recommendation Change would be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties pursuant to applicable Law; provided, that the Company Board shall not effect a Company Board Recommendation Change unless (A) the Company shall have notified the Investor, in writing and at least five (5) Business Days prior to effecting a Company Board Recommendation Change, of its intention to take such action and (B) the Company shall have negotiated with the Investor in good faith (to the extent requested by the Investor) regarding any modifications to the terms and conditions of this Agreement proposed by the Investor in writing during such five (5) Business Day period following delivery by the Company of such notification, and (iii) if the Investor shall have delivered to the Company a written, binding and irrevocable offer to alter the terms or conditions of this Agreement during such five (5) Business Day period, the Company Board shall have determined in good faith (after consultation with outside counsel and its financial advisor), after considering the terms of such offer by the Investor, that such Acquisition Proposal continues to be a Superior Proposal and that the failure to make such Company Board Recommendation Change would be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties pursuant to applicable Law.

 

(c) Notwithstanding Section 5.03(a), upon the occurrence of an Intervening Event, the Company Board may effect a Company Board Recommendation Change if the Company Board determines in good faith (after consultation with its financial advisor and outside legal counsel) that the failure to do so would be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties pursuant to applicable Law; provided, that, the Company Board shall not effect such a Company Board Recommendation Change unless: (i) the Company shall have notified the Investor, in writing and at least five (5) Business Days prior to effecting a Company Board Recommendation Change, of its intention to take such action, (ii) the Company shall have negotiated with the Investor in good faith (to the extent requested by the Investor) regarding any modifications to the terms and conditions of this Agreement proposed by the Investor in writing during such five (5) Business Day period following delivery by the Company of such notification, and (iii) if the Investor shall have delivered to the Company a written, binding and irrevocable offer to alter the terms or conditions of this Agreement during such five (5) Business Day period, the Company Board shall have determined in good faith (after consultation with outside counsel and its financial advisor), after considering the terms of such offer by the Investor, that the failure to make a Company Board Recommendation Change in response to such Intervening Event would be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties pursuant to applicable Law.

 

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Section 5.04. No Control of the Other Party’s Business. The Parties acknowledge and agree that the restrictions set forth in this Agreement are not intended to give the Investor, on the one hand, or the Company, on the other hand, directly or indirectly, the right to control or direct the business or operations of the other at any time prior to the Closing. Prior to the Closing Date, the Investor and the Company will exercise, consistent with the terms, conditions and restrictions of this Agreement, complete control and supervision over their own business and operations.

 

Article 6
Additional Covenants

 

Section 6.01. Required Action and Forbearance; Efforts.

 

(a) Reasonable Best Efforts. Upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in this Agreement, the Investor will (and will cause its Affiliates to, if applicable), on the one hand, and the Company will, on the other hand, use their respective reasonable best efforts to (i) take (or cause to be taken) all actions, (ii) do (or cause to be done) all things, and (iii) assist and cooperate with the other Party in doing (or causing to be done) all things, in each case as are necessary, proper or advisable pursuant to applicable Law or otherwise to consummate and make effective, as promptly as practicable, the Transaction, including by using reasonable best efforts to:

 

(A) cause the conditions to the Transaction set forth in Article 7 to be satisfied;

 

(B) (1) obtain all consents, waivers, approvals, orders and authorizations from Governmental Authorities; and (2) make all registrations, declarations and filings with Governmental Authorities, in each case that are necessary or advisable to consummate the Transaction;

 

(C) obtain all consents, waivers and approvals and delivering all notifications from or to any third parties in connection with this Agreement and the consummation of the Transaction that are necessary or advisable to consummate the Transaction; and

 

(D) execute and deliver any Contracts and other instruments that are reasonably necessary to consummate the Transaction.

 

 

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(b) No Consent Fee. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth in this Section 6.01 or elsewhere in this Agreement, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries will be required to agree to: (i) the payment of a consent fee, “profit sharing” payment or other consideration (including increased or accelerated payments); (ii) the provision of additional security (including a guaranty); or (iii) material conditions or obligations, including amendments to existing conditions and obligations, in each case, in connection with the Transaction, including in connection with obtaining any consent pursuant to any Material Contract.

 

(c) Section 6.01(a) shall not apply to filings under Antitrust Laws, which shall be governed by the obligations set forth in Section 6.02 below.

 

Section 6.02. Regulatory Filings.

 

(a) Filing Under Antitrust Laws. The Investor and the Company will (i) cooperate and coordinate with the other in determining whether any filings are required by applicable Antitrust Laws in connection with the Transaction; (ii) cooperate and coordinate (and cause its respective Affiliates to cooperate and coordinate) with the other in the making of any required filings with any Governmental Authority (if any) as are required by applicable Antitrust Laws in connection with the Transaction; (iii) supply the other (or cause the other to be supplied) with any information that may be required in order to make such filings; (iv) supply (or cause to be supplied) any additional information that reasonably may be required or requested by the Governmental Authorities of any applicable jurisdiction in which any such filing is made; and (v) use reasonable best efforts to take all action necessary, proper or advisable to (A) cause the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting periods pursuant to any Antitrust Laws (to the extent applicable to this Agreement or the Transaction); and (B) obtain any required consents pursuant to any Antitrust Laws (to the extent applicable to this Agreement or the Transaction), in each case as promptly as reasonably practicable. The Investor (and its Affiliates, if applicable), on the one hand, and the Company (and its Affiliates), on the other hand, will promptly inform the other of any material communication from any Governmental Authority regarding the Transaction in connection with such filings. If either Party or Affiliate thereof receives any comments or a request for additional information or documentary material from any Governmental Authority with respect to the Transaction pursuant to any Antitrust Laws applicable to the Transaction, then such Party will make (or cause to be made), as promptly as practicable and after consultation with the other Party, an appropriate response to such request; provided that neither Party may extend any waiting period or enter into any agreement or understanding with any Governmental Authority without the permission of the other Party, which shall not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed.

 

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(b) Cooperation. In furtherance and not in limitation of the foregoing, the Company and the Investor shall (and shall cause their respective controlling Persons, controlled Affiliates and Subsidiaries, respectively, to), subject to any restrictions under applicable Laws: (i) promptly notify the other Party of, and, if in writing, furnish the other with copies of (or, in the case of oral communications, advise the others of the contents of) any material communication received by such Person from a Governmental Authority in connection with the Transaction and permit the other Party to review and discuss in advance (and to consider in good faith any comments made by the other Party in relation to) any proposed draft notifications, formal notifications, filing, submission or other written communication (and any analyses, memoranda, white papers, presentations, correspondence or other documents submitted therewith) made in connection with the Transaction to a Governmental Authority; (ii) keep the other Party informed with respect to the status of any such submissions and filings to any Governmental Authority in connection with the Transaction and any developments, meetings or discussions with any Governmental Authority in respect thereof, including with respect to (A) the receipt of any non-action, action, clearance, consent, approval or waiver, (B) the expiration of any waiting period, (C) the commencement or proposed or threatened commencement of any investigation, litigation or administrative or judicial action or proceeding under applicable Laws, including any proceeding initiated by a private party, and (D) the nature and status of any objections raised or proposed or threatened to be raised by any Governmental Authority with respect to the Transaction; and (iii) not independently participate in any meeting, hearing, proceeding or discussions (whether in person, by telephone or otherwise) with or before any Governmental Authority in respect of the Transaction without giving the other Party reasonable prior notice of such meeting or discussions and, unless prohibited by such Governmental Authority, the opportunity to attend or participate. Subject to restrictions under applicable Law, the Investor will not, without the prior written consent of the Company, extend or offer or agree to extend any waiting period under any Antitrust Laws, or enter into any agreement with any Governmental Authority related to this Agreement or the transactions contemplated by this Agreement. However, the Company and the Investor may each designate any non-public information provided to any Governmental Authority as restricted to “outside counsel” only and any such information shall not be shared with employees, officers or directors or their equivalents of the other Party without approval of the Party providing the non-public information; provided, however, that each of the Company and the Investor may redact any valuation and related information before sharing any information provided to any Governmental Authority with the other Party on an “outside counsel” only basis, and that the Company and the Investor shall not in any event be required to share information that benefits from legal privilege with the other Party, even on an “outside counsel” only basis, where this would cause such information to cease to benefit from legal privilege.

 

(c) Limitations on Action. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section 6.02, nothing in this Section 6.02 or this Agreement shall require or obligate the Investor to agree, propose, commit to, or effect, or otherwise be required, by consent decree, hold separate, or otherwise, any sale, divestiture, hold separate, or any other action otherwise limiting the freedom of action in any respect with respect to any businesses, products, rights, services, licenses, assets, or interest therein, of Investor or any Affiliate.

 

 

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Section 6.03. Proxy Statement.

 

(a) Proxy Statement. As promptly as practical following the date hereof, the Company (with the assistance and cooperation of the Investor as reasonably requested by the Company) will prepare and, as promptly as practicable following the date of this Agreement, file with the SEC a preliminary proxy statement (as amended or supplemented, the “Proxy Statement”) relating to the Company Stockholder Meeting. Subject to Section 5.03, the Company shall include the Company Board Recommendation in the Proxy Statement. Prior to the filing of the Proxy Statement (or any amendment or supplement thereto), or any dissemination thereof to the Company Stockholders, or responding to any comments from the SEC with respect thereto, the Company shall provide the Investor and its counsel with a reasonable opportunity to review and to comment on such document or response, which comments, if any, the Company shall consider in good faith. None of the information supplied or to be supplied by or on behalf of the Company or the Investor for inclusion or incorporation by reference in the Proxy Statement, at the date it or any amendment or supplement is mailed to the Company Stockholders and at the time of the Company Stockholder Meeting, will contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances in which they are made, not misleading.

 

(b) Furnishing Information. The Company, on the one hand, and the Investor, on the other hand, will furnish all information concerning it and its Affiliates, if applicable, as the other Party may reasonably request in connection with the preparation and filing with the SEC of the Proxy Statement. If at any time prior to the Company Stockholder Meeting any information relating to the Company, the Investor or any of their respective Affiliates should be discovered by the Company, on the one hand, or the Investor, on the other hand, that should be set forth in an amendment or supplement to the Proxy Statement so that such filing would not include any misstatement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading, then the Party that discovers such information will promptly notify the other, and an appropriate amendment or supplement to such filing describing such information will be promptly prepared and filed with the SEC by the appropriate Party and, to the extent required by applicable law or the SEC or its staff, disseminated to the Company Stockholders.

 

(c) Consultation Prior to Certain Communications. The Company and its Affiliates, on the one hand, and the Investor and its Affiliates, on the other hand, shall not communicate in writing with the SEC or its staff with respect to the Proxy Statement without first providing the other Party a reasonable opportunity to review and comment on such written communication, and each Party will give due consideration to all reasonable additions, deletions or changes suggested thereto by the other Party or its counsel.

 

(d) Notices. The Company, on the one hand, and the Investor, on the other hand, will advise the other, promptly after it receives notice thereof, of any receipt of a request by the SEC or its staff for: (i) any amendment or revisions to the Proxy Statement; (ii) any receipt of comments from the SEC or its staff on the Proxy Statement; or (iii) any receipt of a request by the SEC or its staff for additional information in connection therewith.

 

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(e) Dissemination of Proxy Statement. Subject to applicable Law, the Company will use its reasonable best efforts to cause the definitive Proxy Statement to be disseminated to the Company Stockholders as promptly as reasonably practicable following the filing thereof with the SEC and confirmation from the SEC that it will not review, or that it has completed its review of, the Proxy Statement.

 

Section 6.04. Company Stockholder Meeting.

 

(a) Call of Company Stockholder Meeting. Within ten (10) calendar days after the date of this Agreement (and thereafter as reasonably determined by the Company in consultation with the Investor), the Company shall conduct a “broker search” in accordance with Rule 14a-13 of the Exchange Act for a record date for the Company Stockholder Meeting that is twenty (20) U.S. Business Days after the date of such “broker search.” Following the clearance of the Proxy Statement by the SEC, the Company shall duly call and hold a meeting of its stockholders (the “Company Stockholder Meeting”) as promptly as reasonably practicable (taking into account the time necessary to solicit proxies for the approval of the Transaction) following the mailing of the Proxy Statement to the Company Stockholders, which mailing will be initiated as promptly as practicable following the confirmation from the SEC that it will not review, or that it has completed its review of, the Proxy Statement, for the purpose of obtaining the Requisite Stockholder Approvals. Subject to Section 5.03, the Company will use its reasonable best efforts to solicit proxies to obtain the Requisite Stockholder Approvals.

 

(b) Adjournment of Company Stockholder Meeting. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, nothing will prevent the Company from postponing or adjourning the Company Stockholder Meeting (provided that the Company shall have consulted the Investor prior to such postponement or adjournment): (i) to allow additional solicitation of votes in order to obtain the Requisite Stockholder Approvals; (ii) if there are holders of an insufficient number of shares of the Company Common Stock present or represented by proxy at the Company Stockholder Meeting to constitute a quorum at the Company Stockholder Meeting; (iii) if the Company is required to postpone or adjourn the Company Stockholder Meeting by applicable Law or receives a request from the SEC or its staff; or (iv) if the Company Board, or any duly authorized committee thereof, has determined in good faith (after consultation with outside legal counsel) that it is necessary under applicable Law to postpone or adjourn the Company Stockholder Meeting in order to give the Company Stockholders sufficient time to evaluate any information or disclosure that the Company has sent to the Company Stockholders or otherwise made available to the Company Stockholders. Notwithstanding the foregoing, (A) the Company shall not, without the prior written consent of the Investor, postpone the Company Stockholder Meeting for more than twenty (20) U.S. Business Days in the aggregate, and (B) the Company shall, at the request of the Investor, to the extent permitted by applicable Law, adjourn the Company Stockholder Meeting to a date specified by the Investor and the Company (taking into account the time necessary to solicit proxies) if a quorum is absent at the Company Stockholder Meeting or if the Company has not received proxies representing a sufficient number of shares of Company Common Stock to obtain the Requisite Stockholder Approvals.

 

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(c) Stockholder Vote. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Company agrees that its obligations pursuant to this Section 6.04 (including its obligations to hold the Company Stockholder Meeting) shall not be affected by the making of a Company Board Recommendation Change.

 

Section 6.05. Anti-Takeover Laws. The Company and the Investor will: (a) take all actions within their power to ensure that no “control share acquisition,” “fair price,” “moratorium,” “business combination” or other state anti-takeover Law (including Section 203 of the DGCL), statute or similar statute or regulation is or becomes applicable to the Transaction or any other transactions contemplated by this Agreement (including the conversion of the Purchased Shares by the Investor or its Affiliates into the Company Common Stock); and (b) if any “control share acquisition,” “fair price,” “moratorium,” “business combination” or other state anti-takeover Law (including Section 203 of the DGCL), statute or similar statute or regulation becomes applicable to the Transaction or any other transactions contemplated by this Agreement, take all actions within their power to ensure that the Transaction or any other transactions contemplated by this Agreement (including the conversion of the Purchased Shares by the Investor or its Affiliates into the Company Common Stock) may be consummated as promptly as reasonably practicable on the terms contemplated by this Agreement and otherwise to minimize the effect of such statute or regulation on the Transaction or any other transactions contemplated by this Agreement (including the conversion of the Purchased Shares by the Investor or its Affiliates into the Company Common Stock).

 

Section 6.06. Use of Proceeds. The Company shall use the proceeds of the Purchase Price paid by the Investor first, to contribute such proceeds to Cepton Technologies and to cause Cepton Technologies to pay any amounts outstanding under the Investor Loan Agreement and second, for the continued development of the Company’s Lidar technology and general corporate purposes.

 

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Section 6.07. Access. At all times during the period commencing with the execution and delivery of this Agreement and continuing until the earlier to occur of the termination of this Agreement pursuant to Article 9 and the Closing, the Company will afford the Investor reasonable access, consistent with applicable Law, during normal business hours, upon reasonable advance notice provided in writing to Mr. Hull Xu, Chief Financial Officer of the Company, or another Person designated in writing by the Company, to the properties, books and records and personnel of the Company, except that the Company may restrict or otherwise prohibit access to any documents or information to the extent that: (a) any applicable Law or Contract requires the Company to restrict or otherwise prohibit access to such documents or information; (b) access to such documents or information would give rise to a material risk of waiving any attorney-client privilege, work product doctrine or other privilege applicable to such documents or information; (c) (subject to the Company’s obligations under Section 5.03) such disclosure relates to interactions with other prospective buyers or transaction partners of the Company or the negotiation of this Agreement and the transactions contemplated hereby, or information relating to the analysis, valuation or consideration of the Transaction or the transactions contemplated hereby; (d) access to a Contract to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is a party or otherwise bound would violate or cause a default pursuant to, or give a third Person the right to terminate or accelerate the rights pursuant to, such Contract; (e) access would result in the disclosure of any trade secrets of third Persons; or (f) such documents or information are reasonably pertinent to any adverse Legal Proceeding between the Company and its Affiliates, on the one hand, and the Investor and its Affiliates, on the other hand; provided that the Company shall use reasonable best efforts to provide such documents or information in a manner that does not violate or cause a default pursuant to, or give a third Person the right to terminate or accelerate the rights pursuant to, any Contract or cause such documents or information to cease to benefit from legal privilege, including by redacting or obtaining consent in connection therewith. Nothing in this Section 6.07 will be construed to require the Company, any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective Representatives to prepare any reports, analyses, appraisals or opinions. Any investigation conducted pursuant to the access contemplated by this Section 6.07 will be conducted in a manner that (i) does not unreasonably interfere with the conduct of the business of the Company and its Subsidiaries or otherwise result in any significant interference with the prompt and timely discharge by officers, employees and other authorized Representatives of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries of their normal duties or (ii) create a risk of damage or destruction to any property or assets of the Company or its Subsidiaries. The terms and conditions of the Confidentiality Agreement will apply to any information obtained by the Investor or any of its Representatives in connection with any investigation conducted pursuant to the access contemplated by this Section 6.07. All requests for access pursuant to this Section 6.07 must be directed to Mr. Hull Xu, Chief Financial Officer of the Company, or another person designated in writing by the Company.

 

Section 6.08. Notification of Certain Matters. From the date of this Agreement until the earlier to occur of the termination of this Agreement pursuant to Article 9 and the end of the survival period set forth in Section 8.01 of the representations and warranties contained in this Agreement (other than the Company Fundamental Representations and the Investor Fundamental Representations) and the covenants made in this Agreement that are required to be performed prior to the Closing Date, the Company will give prompt notice to the Investor upon the discovery by any of the Knowledge Persons and the Investor will give prompt notice to the Company upon discovery by it: (i) that any representation or warranty made by it in this Agreement has become untrue or inaccurate in any material respect as of the date it was made; (ii) of any failure by it to comply with or satisfy any covenant, condition or agreement to be complied with or satisfied by it pursuant to this Agreement in any material respect; (iii) (with respect to the Company) of any failure of the conditions to the obligations of the Investor set forth in Section 7.02(a), Section 7.02(b) or Section 7.02(c) or (iv) (with respect to the Investor) Section 7.03(a) or Section 7.03(b), to be satisfied at the Closing or the satisfaction of which to be materially delayed, except that no such notification will modify any representation, warranty or covenant of the Company or the Investor, as applicable, set forth in this Agreement or the conditions to the obligations of the Investor or the Company, as applicable, to consummate the Transaction or the remedies available to the Parties under this Agreement.

 

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Section 6.09. Public Statements and Disclosure. The initial press releases with respect to the execution of this Agreement shall be made by each Party, which shall be coordinated with and approved in writing by the other Party prior to the release thereof. Following such initial press releases, the Company and the Investor shall consult with each other before issuing, and give each other the opportunity to review and comment upon, any press release or other public statements with respect to the Transaction and shall not issue any such press release or make any such public statement prior to such consultation, except as such Party may reasonably conclude may be required by applicable Law, court process or by obligations pursuant to any listing agreement with any national securities exchange or national securities quotation system (and then only after as much advance notice and consultation as is feasible); provided, however, that the Company or the Investor shall not be obligated to engage in such consultation with respect to communications that are (a) principally directed to employees, suppliers, customers, partners or vendors or (b) not materially inconsistent with public statements previously made in accordance with this Section 6.09; provided, further, however, that the restrictions set forth in this Section 6.09 shall not apply to any release or public statement in connection with any dispute between the Parties regarding this Agreement or the Transaction.

 

Section 6.10. Listing of Shares. Prior to the Closing and subject to the stockholder approval rules of the NASDAQ, the Company will use its reasonable best efforts to obtain approval for listing, subject to notice of issuance, of the Underlying Shares on the NASDAQ.

 

Section 6.11. Directors. The Company shall take all necessary action so that immediately after the Closing, such person as may be designated by the Investor and notified to the Company prior to the Closing (the “Incoming Investor Director”) is appointed as Director. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing:

 

(a) The Company confirms that, prior to the mailing of the Proxy Statement, the Company Board will receive from a Director of the Company to be mutually agreed upon among the Company, the Investor and such Director (the “Resigning Director”) a conditional resignation letter, pursuant to which such Director will resign their office as Director, effective as of the Closing Date and conditional upon the occurrence of the Closing (the “Director Resignation Letter”);

 

(b) The Company shall, by a resolution duly adopted by the Company Board, take all necessary action so that, immediately upon the effectiveness of the resignation of the Resigning Director on the Closing Date, the vacancy created by such resignation shall be filled by the Incoming Investor Director to serve as Director until the expiration of the remaining term of the Resigning Director prior to his resignation, in each case in accordance with Section 5(E) of the Charter and Section 3.5 of the Bylaws; and

 

(c) Mr. Takayuki Katsuda will continue as Director following the Closing until the expiration of his then-current term.

 

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Section 6.12. Payoff of Trinity Capital Loan Agreement. The Company shall, at or prior to the funding of the term loan under the Investor Loan Agreement, cause any outstanding amounts owing by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries under the Trinity Capital Loan Agreement to be repaid in full and shall deliver (or cause to be delivered) to the Investor a duly executed payoff letter evidencing the payoff of all outstanding balances under, and the release of any liens, security interests and encumbrances in respect of, the Trinity Capital Loan Agreement in accordance with its terms.

 

Section 6.13. Voting of Investor Shares. The Investor shall, and shall cause its controlled Affiliates to, vote all shares of Company Common Stock beneficially owned by the Investor and its controlled Affiliates as of the record date for the Company Stockholder Meeting in favor of any matters necessary for consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.

 

Article 7
Conditions to the Transaction

 

Section 7.01. Conditions to Each Party’s Obligations to Effect the Transaction. The respective obligations of the Parties to consummate the Transaction are subject to the satisfaction or waiver (where permissible pursuant to applicable Law) prior to the Closing of each of the following conditions:

 

(a) Requisite Stockholder Approvals. The Company’s receipt of the Requisite Stockholder Approvals at the Company Stockholder Meeting.

 

(b) No Prohibitive Laws or Injunctions. No temporary restraining order, preliminary or permanent injunction or other judgment or order or other legal or regulatory restraint or prohibition preventing the consummation of the Transaction, in each case, issued by a court or other Governmental Authority of competent jurisdiction will be in effect, and no Law will have been enacted, entered, enforced or deemed applicable to the Transaction by a Governmental Authority of competent jurisdiction, that in each case prohibits, makes illegal, or enjoins the consummation of the Transaction.

 

Section 7.02. Conditions to the Obligations of the Investor. The obligations of the Investor to consummate the Transaction will be subject to the satisfaction or waiver (where permissible pursuant to applicable Law) prior to the Closing of each of the following conditions, any of which may be waived exclusively by the Investor:

 

(a) Representations and Warranties.

 

(i) Other than the Company Fundamental Representations and the representation and warranty of the Company set forth in Section 3.12(b), the representations and warranties of the Company set forth in this Agreement will be true and correct (without giving effect to any materiality or Company Material Adverse Effect qualifications set forth therein) as of the date of this Agreement and as of the Closing Date as if made at and as of the Closing Date (except to the extent that any such representation and warranty expressly speaks as of an earlier date, in which case such representation and warranty will be true and correct as of such earlier date), except for such failures to be true and correct that have not had and would not reasonably be expected to have a Company Material Adverse Effect; and

 

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(ii) The Company Fundamental Representations will be true and correct in all material respects (without giving effect to any materiality or Company Material Adverse Effect qualifications set forth therein) as of the date of this Agreement and as of the Closing Date as if made at and as of the Closing Date (except to the extent that any such representation and warranty expressly speaks as of an earlier date, in which case such representation and warranty will be true and correct as of such earlier date).

 

(b) Performance of Obligations of the Company. The Company will have performed and complied in all material respects with the covenants, obligations and conditions of this Agreement required to be performed and complied with by it at or prior to the Closing.

 

(c) Company Material Adverse Effect. No Company Material Adverse Effect will have occurred after the date of this Agreement.

 

(d) Officer’s Certificate. The Investor will have received a certificate of the Company, validly executed for and on behalf of the Company and in its name by a duly authorized officer thereof, certifying that the conditions set forth in Section 7.02(a), Section 7.02(b) and Section 7.02(c) have been satisfied.

 

(e) Series A Certificate of Designations. The Company shall have delivered to the Investor a copy of the Series A Certificate of Designations that has been filed with and accepted by the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware.

 

(f) Evidence of Issuance. The Company shall have delivered to the Investor evidence of the issuance of the Purchased Shares credited to book-entry accounts maintained by the Company.

 

(g) Reservation and Approval for Listing of Underlying Shares. The Underlying Shares shall have been reserved by the Company and approved for listing on the NASDAQ, subject to official notice of issuance.

 

(h) Investor Rights Agreement. The Company shall have delivered to the Investor a copy of the Investor Rights Agreement substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit B (the “Investor Rights Agreement”), duly executed by the Company.

 

(i) Trinity Capital Loan Agreement Payoff Letter. The Company shall have delivered to the Investor, pursuant to Section 6.12, a duly executed payoff letter evidencing the payoff of all outstanding balances under, and the release of any liens, security interests and encumbrances in respect of, the Trinity Capital Loan Agreement in accordance with its terms.

 

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(j) Director Resignation Letter. The Company shall have delivered to the Investor a copy of the Director Resignation Letter, which shall remain in full force and effect (and not withheld or revoked by the Resigning Director) as of the Closing Date.

 

(k) Default under Investor Loan Agreement. No Event of Default (as defined in the Investor Loan Agreement) will have occurred and is continuing that has not been waived or cured in accordance with the provisions of the Investor Loan Agreement.

 

Section 7.03. Conditions to the Company’s Obligations to Effect the Transaction. The obligations of the Company to consummate the Transaction are subject to the satisfaction or waiver (where permissible pursuant to applicable Law) prior to the Closing of each of the following conditions, any of which may be waived exclusively by the Company:

 

(a) Representations and Warranties. The representations and warranties of the Investor set forth in this Agreement will be true and correct on and as of the date of this Agreement and as of the Closing Date with the same force and effect as if made on and as of such date, except for: (i) any failure to be so true and correct that would not, individually or in the aggregate, prevent or materially delay the consummation of the Transaction or the other transactions contemplated by this Agreement or the ability of the Investor to fully perform its covenants and obligations pursuant to this Agreement; and (ii) those representations and warranties that expressly speak as of an earlier date, which representations will have been true and correct as of such earlier date, except for any failure to be so true and correct that would not, individually or in the aggregate, prevent or materially delay the consummation of the Transaction or the other transactions contemplated by this Agreement or the ability of the Investor to fully perform its covenants and obligations pursuant to this Agreement.

 

(b) Performance of Obligations of the Investor. The Investor will have performed and complied in all material respects with the covenants, obligations and conditions of this Agreement required to be performed and complied with by the Investor at or prior to the Closing.

 

(c) Officer’s Certificate. The Company will have received a certificate of the Investor, validly executed for and on behalf of the Investor and in its name by a duly authorized officer thereof, certifying that the conditions set forth in Section 7.03(a) and Section 7.03(b) have been satisfied.

 

(d) Investor Rights Agreement. The Investor shall have delivered to the Company a copy of the Investor Rights Agreement substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit B, duly executed by the Investor.

 

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Article 8
Indemnification

 

Section 8.01. Survival of Provisions. The Company Fundamental Representations and the Investor Fundamental Representations shall survive the execution and delivery of this Agreement indefinitely and the other representations and warranties contained in this Agreement shall survive for a period of 12 months following the Closing Date. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if any claim is brought pursuant to this Article 8 prior to the expiration of any survival period set forth in this Section 8.01, the expiration date of such survival period shall be automatically extended until such claim is fully and finally resolved.

 

Article 9
Termination, Amendment and Waiver

 

Section 9.01. Termination. This Agreement may be validly terminated only as follows (it being understood and agreed that this Agreement may not be terminated for any other reason or on any other basis):

 

(a) Termination by Agreement. At any time prior to the Closing (whether prior to or after the receipt of the Requisite Stockholder Approvals) by mutual written agreement of the Investor and the Company;

 

(b) Illegality. By the Investor or the Company, at any time prior to the Closing (whether prior to or after the receipt of the Requisite Stockholder Approvals) if: (i) any permanent injunction or other judgment or order issued by any court of competent jurisdiction or other legal or regulatory restraint or prohibition preventing the consummation of the Transaction is in effect, or any action has been taken by any Governmental Authority of competent jurisdiction, that, in each case, prohibits, makes illegal or enjoins the consummation of the Transaction and has become final and non-appealable; or (ii) any statute, rule, regulation or order has been enacted, entered, enforced or deemed applicable to the Transaction that permanently prohibits, makes illegal or enjoins the consummation of the Transaction, except that the right to terminate this Agreement pursuant to this Section 9.01(b) will not be available to any Party that has breached its obligations to resist appeal, obtain consent pursuant to, resolve or lift, as applicable, such Law;

 

(c) End Date. By the Investor or the Company, at any time prior to the Closing (whether prior to or after the receipt of the Requisite Stockholder Approvals) if the Closing has not occurred by 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on March 31, 2023 (the “End Date”); provided that the right to terminate this Agreement pursuant to this Section 9.01(c) will not be available to any Party whose action or failure to act (which action or failure to act constitutes a breach by such Party of this Agreement) has been the primary cause of, or primarily resulted in, either (i) the failure to satisfy the conditions to the obligations of the terminating Party to consummate the Transaction set forth in Article 7 prior to the End Date or (ii) the failure of the Closing to have occurred prior to the End Date;

 

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(d) No Requisite Stockholder Approval. By the Investor or the Company, at any time prior to the Closing if the Company fails to obtain the Requisite Stockholder Approvals at the Company Stockholder Meeting (or any adjournment or postponement thereof) at which a vote on the Transaction is taken, except that the right to terminate this Agreement pursuant to this Section 9.01(d) will not be available to (x) any Party whose action or failure to act (which action or failure to act constitutes a breach by such Party of this Agreement) has been the primary cause of, or primarily resulted in, the failure to obtain the Requisite Stockholder Approvals at the Company Stockholder Meeting (or any adjournment or postponement thereof) or (y) the Investor if the Investor and its controlled Affiliates fail to vote all shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by them as of the record date for the Company Stockholder Meeting in favor of any matters necessary for consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement;

 

(e) Company Board Recommendation Change. By the Investor, at any time prior to the Closing if the Company Board has effected a Company Board Recommendation Change; provided, that any such termination pursuant to this Section 9.01(e) must occur within five (5) Business Days of the Company Board Recommendation Change.

 

(f) Termination for Company Breach. By the Investor, if the Company has breached or failed to perform in any material respect any of its representations, warranties, covenants or other agreements contained in this Agreement, which breach or failure to perform would result in a failure of a condition set forth in Section 7.02(a) or Section 7.02(b), except that if such breach is capable of being cured by the End Date, the Investor will not be entitled to terminate this Agreement prior to the delivery by the Investor to the Company of written notice of such breach, delivered at least thirty (30) days prior to such termination or such shorter period of time as remains prior to the End Date (the shorter of such periods, the “Company Breach Notice Period”) stating the Investor’s intention to terminate this Agreement pursuant to this Section 9.01(f) and the basis for such termination, it being understood that the Investor will not be entitled to terminate this Agreement if (i) such breach has been cured within the Company Breach Notice Period (to the extent capable of being cured) or (ii) the Investor is then in breach of any representation, warranty, agreement or covenant contained in this Agreement which breach would result in a failure of a condition set forth in Section 7.03(a) or Section 7.03(b); and

 

(g) Termination for Investor Breach. By the Company, if the Investor has breached or failed to perform in any material respect any of its respective representations, warranties, covenants or other agreements contained in this Agreement, which breach or failure to perform would result in a failure of a condition set forth in Section 7.03(a) or Section 7.03(b), except that if such breach is capable of being cured by the End Date, the Company will not be entitled to terminate this Agreement pursuant to this Section 9.01(g) prior to the delivery by the Company to the Investor of written notice of such breach, delivered at least thirty (30) days prior to such termination or such shorter period of time as remains prior to the End Date (the shorter of such periods, the “Investor Breach Notice Period”) stating the Company’s intention to terminate this Agreement pursuant to this Section 9.01(g) and the basis for such termination, it being understood that the Company will not be entitled to terminate this Agreement if (i) such breach has been cured within the Investor Breach Notice Period (to the extent capable of being cured) or (ii) the Company is then in breach of any representation, warranty, agreement or covenant contained in this Agreement which breach would result in a failure of a condition set forth in Section 7.02(a) or Section 7.02(b).

 

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Section 9.02. Manner and Notice of Termination; Effect of Termination.

 

(a) Manner of Termination. The Party terminating this Agreement pursuant to Section 9.01 (other than pursuant to Section 9.01(a)) must deliver prompt written notice thereof to the other Party specifying the provision of Section 9.01 pursuant to which this Agreement is being terminated and setting forth in reasonable detail the facts and circumstances forming the basis for such termination pursuant to such provision.

 

(b) Effect of Termination. In the event of the termination of this Agreement as provided for in Section 9.01, this Agreement shall forthwith become wholly void and of no further force and effect without any liability or obligation on the part of the Company or the Investor, except that the Confidentiality Agreement and this Section 9.02, Section 9.03 and Article 10 will each survive the termination of this Agreement; provided that

 

(i) if this Agreement is terminated by the Company or by the Investor pursuant to (x) Section 9.01(c) (End Date) and the Company Stockholder Meeting was not held at least six (6) Business Days prior to the End Date or (y) Section 9.01(d) (No Requisite Stockholder Approval) or Section 9.01(e) (Company Board Recommendation Change), then the Company shall pay the amount equal to the Investor Transaction Expenses to the Investor within fifteen (15) Business Days after such termination; provided, that the maximum amount of the Investor Transaction Expense to be reimbursed pursuant to this Section 9.02(b)(i) shall not exceed $1,000,000 in the aggregate; and

 

(ii) the Company shall pay the Company Termination Fee to the Investor if this Agreement is terminated by either Party pursuant to Section 9.01 (other than Section 9.01(a) (Termination by Agreement), Section 9.01(b) (Illegality) and Section 9.01(g)) (Termination for Investor Breach)) and prior to the twelve (12) month anniversary of the date hereof, the Company shall have entered into an agreement for an Acquisition Transaction, with such Company Termination Fee to be paid within two (2) Business Days after the consummation of such Acquisition Transaction;

 

provided further that the termination of this Agreement shall not relieve either Party from any liability for any fraud or intentional breach by such Party of the terms and provisions of this Agreement; provided, further, that the payment obligations of the Company under Section 9.02(b)(i) and Section 9.02(b)(ii) are cumulative.

 

Section 9.03. Fees and Expenses. Except as set forth in Section 9.02 hereof and Section 17(b) (Transfer Taxes) of the Series A Certificate of Designations, all fees and expenses incurred in connection with this Agreement and the Transaction will be paid by the Party incurring such fees and expenses whether or not the Transaction is consummated.

 

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Section 9.04. Amendment. Subject to applicable Law and subject to the other provisions of this Agreement, this Agreement may be amended by the Parties at any time by execution of an instrument in writing signed on behalf of the Investor and the Company (pursuant to authorized action by the Company Board, or any duly authorized committee thereof), except that in the event that the Company has received the Requisite Stockholder Approvals, no amendment may be made to this Agreement that requires the approval of the Company Stockholders pursuant to the NASDAQ rules without such approval.

 

Section 9.05. Extension; Waiver. At any time and from time to time prior to the Closing, either Party may, to the extent legally allowed and except as otherwise set forth herein: (a) extend the time for the performance of any of the obligations or other acts of the other Party, as applicable; (b) waive any inaccuracies in the representations and warranties made to such Party contained herein or in any document delivered pursuant hereto; and (c) subject to the requirements of applicable Law, waive compliance with any of the agreements or conditions for the benefit of such Party contained herein. Any agreement on the part of either Party to any such extension or waiver will be valid only if set forth in an instrument in writing signed by such Party. Any delay in exercising any right pursuant to this Agreement will not constitute a waiver of such right.

 

Article 10
General Provisions

 

Section 10.01. Notices. All notices, requests and other communications to a Party shall be in writing (including email transmission, so long as a receipt of such email is requested and received) and shall be given,

 

(i)if to the Investor to:

 

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
4-8-3 Takanawa
Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8711
Japan
Attn: Satoshi Kabashima
Email: [   ]

 

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with copies (which will not constitute notice) to:

 

Nishimura & Asahi
Otemon Tower
1-1-2 Otemachi
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8124
Japan
Attn: Tatsuya Tanigawa
Email: [   ]

 

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Izumi Garden Tower 33F
1-6-1 Roppongi
Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6033
Japan
Attn: Ken Lebrun
Email: [   ]

 

(ii)if to the Company to:

 

Cepton, Inc.
399 West Trimble Road

San Jose, CA 95131
United States of America
Attn: Hull Xu, Chief Financial Officer
Email: [   ]

 

with a copy (which will not constitute notice) to:

 

O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Two Embarcadero Center, 28th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94111
United States of America
Attn: Paul Sieben; Ryan Coombs
Email: [   ]

 

or to such other address or email address as such Party may hereafter specify for the purpose by notice to the other Party. All such notices, requests and other communications shall be deemed received on the date of receipt by the recipient thereof if received prior to 5:00 p.m. on a Business Day in the place of receipt. Otherwise, any such notice, request or communication shall be deemed to have been received on the next succeeding Business Day in the place of receipt.

 

Section 10.02. Assignment. No Party may assign either this Agreement or any of its rights, interests, or obligations hereunder, by operation of Law or otherwise, without the prior written approval of the other Party, except that the Investor will have the right to assign all or any portion of its rights and obligations pursuant to this Agreement from and after the Closing to any of its Affiliates or in connection with a merger or consolidation involving the Investor or other disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Investor, it being understood that, such assignment (a) will not relieve the Investor of any of its obligations under this Agreement or (b) impede or delay the consummation of the Transaction. Subject to the preceding sentence, this Agreement will be binding upon and will inure to the benefit of, and be enforceable by, the Parties and their respective successors and permitted assigns. No assignment by either Party will relieve such Party of any of its obligations hereunder. Any purported assignment of this Agreement without the consent required by this Section 10.02 is null and void.

 

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Section 10.03. Confidentiality. The Company and the Investor hereby acknowledge that the Company and the Investor have previously executed the Non-Disclosure Agreement, dated as of August 1, 2017 (as amended by the Extension to Non-Disclosure Agreement, dated as of October 1, 2020, the “Confidentiality Agreement”), which will continue in full force and effect in accordance with its terms. Each of the (i) Investor and its Representatives, on the one hand, and (ii) the Company and its Representatives, on the other hand, will hold and treat all documents and information concerning the other Party furnished or made available to it or its Representatives in connection with the Transaction in accordance with the Confidentiality Agreement.

 

Section 10.04. Entire Agreement. This Agreement and the documents and instruments and other agreements between the Parties as contemplated by or referred to herein, including the Confidentiality Agreement, constitute the entire agreement between the Parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersede all prior agreements and understandings, both written and oral, between the Parties with respect to the subject matter hereof. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, the Confidentiality Agreement will: (a) not be superseded; (b) survive any termination of this Agreement; (c) and continue in full force and effect until the earlier to occur of the Closing and the date on which the Confidentiality Agreement expires in accordance with its terms or is validly terminated by the parties thereto.

 

Section 10.05. Third Party Beneficiaries. Unless expressly set forth herein, this Agreement is not intended to and shall not confer any rights or remedies upon any person other than the Parties, their respective successors and permitted assigns and any Indemnified Party hereunder.

 

Section 10.06. Severability. In the event that any provision of this Agreement, or the application thereof, becomes or is declared by a court of competent jurisdiction to be illegal, void or unenforceable, the remainder of this Agreement will continue in full force and effect and the application of such provision to other Persons or circumstances will be interpreted so as reasonably to effect the intent of the Parties. Upon such a determination, the Parties agree to negotiate in good faith to replace such void or unenforceable provision of this Agreement with a valid and enforceable provision that will achieve, to the extent possible, the economic, business and other purposes of such void or unenforceable provision. If any provision of this Agreement is so broad as to be unenforceable, such provision will be interpreted to be only so broad as it is enforceable.

 

Section 10.07. Remedies.

 

(a) Remedies Cumulative. Except as otherwise provided herein, any and all remedies herein expressly conferred upon a Party will be deemed cumulative with and not exclusive of any other remedy conferred hereby or by Law or equity upon such Party, and the exercise by a Party of any one remedy will not preclude the exercise of any other remedy. Notwithstanding anything else to the contrary herein, although the Company may pursue both a grant of specific performance and monetary damages, under no circumstances will the Company be permitted or entitled to receive both a grant of specific performance that results in the occurrence of the Closing and monetary damages (including any monetary damages in lieu of specific performance). Except as set forth in the foregoing sentence, the Parties agree that (i) by seeking the remedies provided for in this Section 10.07 a Party shall not in any respect waive its right to seek any other form of relief that may be available to a Party under this Agreement and (ii) nothing set forth in this Section 10.07 shall require any Party hereto to institute any legal action or claim for (or limit any Party’s right to institute any legal action or claim for) injunctive relief or specific performance under this Section 10.07 prior or as a condition to exercising any termination right under Article 9 (and pursuing damages after such termination), nor shall the commencement of any legal action or claim pursuant to this Section 10.07 or anything set forth in this Section 10.07 restrict or limit any Party’s right to terminate this Agreement in accordance with the terms of Article 9 or pursue any other remedies under this Agreement or applicable Law that may be available then or thereafter.

 

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(b) Specific Performance.

 

(i) The Parties agree that irreparable damage for which monetary damages, even if available, would not be an adequate remedy would occur in the event that the Parties do not perform the provisions of this Agreement (including any Party failing to take such actions as are required of it hereunder in order to consummate this Agreement) in accordance with its specified terms or otherwise breach such provisions. The Parties acknowledge and agree that: (A) in addition to any other remedy to which they are entitled at Law or in equity, in the event of any breach or threatened breach by any Party of this Agreement, the non-breaching Party shall be entitled to an injunction, specific performance and other equitable relief to prevent breaches (or threatened breaches) of this Agreement in accordance with its specified terms and to enforce specifically the terms and provisions hereof; (B) the provisions of Section 9.03 are not intended to and do not adequately compensate the Company, on the one hand, or the Investor, on the other hand, for the harm that would result from a breach of this Agreement, and will not be construed to diminish or otherwise impair in any respect any Party’s right to an injunction, specific performance and other equitable relief; and (C) the right of specific enforcement (including, without limitation, specific performance of any Party’s obligations to effect the Closing) is an integral part of the Transaction and without that right, neither the Company nor the Investor would have entered into this Agreement.

 

(ii) The Parties agree not to raise any objections based on the adequacy of legal remedies or the enforceability of this Section 10.07 to the granting of an injunction, specific performance or other equitable relief to prevent or restrain breaches or threatened breaches of this Agreement by the Company on the one hand, or the Investor, on the other hand; and the specific performance of the terms and provisions of this Agreement to prevent breaches or threatened breaches of, or to enforce compliance with, the covenants, obligations and agreements of the Investor pursuant to this Agreement. Any Party seeking an injunction or injunctions to prevent breaches of this Agreement and to enforce specifically the terms and provisions of this Agreement will not be required to provide any bond or other security in connection with the injunction to prevent breaches of this Agreement or enforcement of the terms and provisions of this Agreement, and each Party irrevocably waives any right that it may have to require the obtaining, furnishing or posting of any such bond or other security.

 

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(iii) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, if prior to the End Date any Party initiates a Legal Proceeding against the other Party to enforce specifically the other Party’s obligation to consummate the Transaction if and when required to do so pursuant to Section 2.02, then the End Date will be automatically extended by: (A) the amount of time during which such Legal Proceeding is pending plus five (5) Business Days; or (B) such other time period established by the court presiding over such Legal Proceeding.

 

Section 10.08. Governing Law. This Agreement and all actions, proceedings or counterclaims (whether based on contract, tort or otherwise) arising out of or relating to this Agreement, any transaction contemplated hereby or the actions of the Investor or the Company in the negotiation, administration, performance and enforcement thereof, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the Laws of the State of Delaware, including its statute of limitations, without giving effect to any choice or conflict of Laws provision or rule (whether of the State of Delaware or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the Laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Delaware.

 

Section 10.09. Consent to Jurisdiction. Each of the Parties: (a) irrevocably consents to the service of the summons and complaint and any other process (whether inside or outside the territorial jurisdiction of the Chosen Courts) in any Legal Proceeding relating to the Transaction, for and on behalf of itself or any of its properties or assets, in accordance with Section 10.01 or in such other manner as may be permitted by applicable Law, and nothing in this Section 10.09 will affect the right of any Party to serve legal process in any other manner permitted by applicable Law; (b) irrevocably and unconditionally consents and submits itself and its properties and assets in any Legal Proceeding to the exclusive general jurisdiction of the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware and any state appellate court therefrom within the State of Delaware (or, solely if the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware declines to accept jurisdiction over a particular matter, any other state or federal court within the State of Delaware) (the “Chosen Courts”) in the event of any dispute or controversy relating to or arising out of this Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby; (c) agrees that it will not attempt to deny or defeat such personal jurisdiction by motion or other request for leave from any such court; (d) agrees that any Legal Proceeding relating to or arising out of this Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby will be brought, tried and determined only in the Chosen Courts; (e) waives any objection that it may now or hereafter have to the venue of any such Legal Proceeding in the Chosen Courts or that such Legal Proceeding was brought in an inconvenient court and agrees not to plead or claim the same; and (f) agrees that it will not bring any Legal Proceeding relating to or arising out of this Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby in any court other than the Chosen Courts unless the Chosen Courts issue a final judgment determining that such court lacks jurisdiction. The Investor and the Company agree that a final judgment and any interim relief (whether equitable or otherwise) in any Legal Proceeding in the Chosen Courts will be conclusive and may be enforced in other jurisdictions by suit on the judgment or in any other manner provided by applicable Law.

 

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Section 10.10. WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL. EACH PARTY ACKNOWLEDGES AND AGREES THAT ANY CONTROVERSY THAT MAY ARISE PURSUANT TO THIS AGREEMENT IS LIKELY TO INVOLVE COMPLICATED AND DIFFICULT ISSUES, AND THEREFORE EACH PARTY HEREBY IRREVOCABLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY WAIVES ANY RIGHT THAT SUCH PARTY MAY HAVE TO A TRIAL BY JURY IN RESPECT OF ANY LEGAL PROCEEDING (WHETHER FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORTIOUS CONDUCT OR OTHERWISE) DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR THE TRANSACTION. EACH PARTY ACKNOWLEDGES AND AGREES THAT (a) NO REPRESENTATIVE, AGENT OR ATTORNEY OF ANY OTHER PARTY HAS REPRESENTED, EXPRESSLY OR OTHERWISE, THAT SUCH OTHER PARTY WOULD NOT, IN THE EVENT OF LITIGATION, SEEK TO ENFORCE THE FOREGOING WAIVER; (b) IT UNDERSTANDS AND HAS CONSIDERED THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS WAIVER; (c) IT MAKES THIS WAIVER VOLUNTARILY; AND (d) IT HAS BEEN INDUCED TO ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT BY, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE MUTUAL WAIVERS AND CERTIFICATIONS IN THIS SECTION 10.10.

 

Section 10.11. No Recourse. This Agreement may only be enforced against, and any claims or causes of action that maybe based upon, arise out of or relate to this Agreement, or the negotiation, execution or performance of this Agreement may only be made against the Persons that are expressly identified as parties hereto, including their respective successors and assigns and Persons that become parties hereto after the date hereof. Except as set forth in the immediately preceding sentence, no former, current or future equityholders, controlling persons, directors, officers, employees, agents or Affiliates of any Party or any former, current or future equityholder, controlling person, director, officer, employee, general or limited partner, member, manager, advisor, agent or Affiliate of any of the foregoing (each, a “Non-Recourse Party”) shall have any liability for any obligations or liabilities of the Parties or for any claim (whether in tort, contract or otherwise) based on, in respect of, or by reason of, the transactions contemplated by this Agreement or in respect of any representations made or alleged to be made in connection herewith. Without limiting the rights of any Party against the other Party, in no event shall either Party or any of its Affiliates seek to enforce this Agreement against, make any claims for breach of this Agreement against, or seek to recover monetary damages from, any Non-Recourse Party.

 

Section 10.12. Counterparts. This Agreement and any amendments hereto may be executed in one or more counterparts, all of which will be considered one and the same agreement and will become effective when one or more counterparts have been signed by each of the Parties and delivered to the other Party, it being understood that all Parties need not sign the same counterpart. Any such counterpart, to the extent delivered by fax or .pdf, .tif, .gif, ..jpg or similar attachment to electronic mail (any such delivery, an “Electronic Delivery”), will be treated in all manner and respects as an original executed counterpart and will be considered to have the same binding legal effect as if it were the original signed version thereof delivered in person. No Party may raise the use of an Electronic Delivery to deliver a signature, or the fact that any signature or agreement or instrument was transmitted or communicated through the use of an Electronic Delivery, as a defense to the formation of a contract, and each Party forever waives any such defense, except to the extent such defense relates to lack of authenticity.

 

[Signature pages follow]

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties have caused this Agreement to be executed and delivered by their respective duly authorized officers as of the date first written above.

 

  CEPTON, INC.
   
  By: /s/ Jun Pei
    Name:  Jun Pei
    Title: Chief Executive Officer

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties have caused this Agreement to be executed and delivered by their respective duly authorized officers as of the date first written above.

 

  KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
   
  By: /s/ Michiaki Kato
    Name:   Michiaki Kato
    Title: President and COO

 

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EXHIBIT A
FORM OF SERIES A CERTIFICATE OF DESIGNATIONS

 

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Exhibit A

 

CERTIFICATE OF DESIGNATIONS OF
SERIES A CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK,
OF
CEPTON, INC.

 

Pursuant to Section 151(g) of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (as amended, supplemented or restated from time to time, the “DGCL”), Cepton, Inc., a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware (the “Company”), in accordance with the provisions of Section 103 of the DGCL, DOES HEREBY CERTIFY:

 

That, the Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Company, as filed with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware on February 10, 2022 (the “Certificate of Incorporation”), authorizes the issuance of 355,000,000 shares of capital stock, consisting of 350,000,000 shares of Common Stock, par value $0.00001 per share (“Common Stock”), and 5,000,000 shares of Preferred Stock, par value $0.00001 per share (“Preferred Stock”).

 

That, subject to the provisions of the Certificate of Incorporation, the board of directors of the Company (the “Board”) is authorized to fix by resolution the powers, designations, preferences and relative, participating, optional or other rights, and the qualifications, limitations or restrictions of any series of Preferred Stock, and to fix the number of shares constituting any such series.

 

That, pursuant to the authority conferred upon the Board by the Certificate of Incorporation, the Board, on [ ], adopted the following resolution designating a new series of Preferred Stock as “Series A Convertible Preferred Stock.”

 

RESOLVED, that, pursuant to the authority vested in the Board in accordance with the provisions of Article IV of the Certificate of Incorporation and the provisions of Section 151 of the DGCL, a series of Preferred Stock of the Company be, and hereby is, created and authorized, and that the number of shares to be included in such series out of the authorized and unissued shares of Preferred Stock, and the powers, designations, preferences and relative, participating, optional or other rights, and the qualifications, limitations or restrictions of the shares of Preferred Stock included in such series, shall be as follows:

 

Section 1. Designation and Number of Shares. The shares of such series of Preferred Stock shall be designated as “Series A Convertible Preferred Stock” (the “Series A Preferred Stock”). The number of authorized shares constituting the Series A Preferred Stock shall be 100,000. That number from time to time may be increased or decreased (but not below the number of shares of Series A Preferred Stock then outstanding) by further resolution duly adopted by the Board, or any duly authorized committee thereof, and by the filing of a certificate pursuant to the provisions of the DGCL stating that such increase or decrease, as applicable, has been so authorized. The Company shall not have the authority to issue fractional shares of Series A Preferred Stock.

 

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Section 2. Ranking. The Series A Preferred Stock will rank, with respect to dividend rights and rights on the distribution of assets on any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Company:

 

(a) on a parity basis with each other class or series of Capital Stock (as defined below) of the Company hereafter authorized, classified or reclassified in accordance with the Consent Provisions and ‎‎Section 13(b), the terms of which expressly provide that such class or series ranks on a parity basis with the Series A Preferred Stock as to dividend rights and rights on the distribution of assets on any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Company (such Capital Stock, “Parity Stock”);

 

(b) junior to each other class or series of Capital Stock of the Company hereafter authorized, classified or reclassified in accordance with the Consent Provisions and ‎‎Section 13(b), the terms of which expressly provide that such class or series ranks senior to the Series A Preferred Stock as to dividend rights and rights on the distribution of assets on any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Company (such Capital Stock, “Senior Stock”); and

 

(c) senior to the Common Stock, each other currently existing class or series of Capital Stock of the Company and each class or series of Capital Stock of the Company hereafter authorized, classified or reclassified, the terms of which do not expressly provide that such class or series ranks on a parity basis with or senior to the Series A Preferred Stock as to dividend rights and rights on the distribution of assets on any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Company (such Capital Stock, “Junior Stock”).

 

Section 3. Definitions. As used herein with respect to Series A Preferred Stock:

 

Accrued Dividends” means, as of any date, with respect to any share of Series A Preferred Stock, all Preferred Dividends that have accrued on such share pursuant to ‎‎Section 4, whether or not declared, but that have not, as of such date, been paid in cash.

 

Affiliate” means, with respect to any Person, any other Person that, directly or indirectly, controls, is controlled by or is under common control with such Person; provided that the Company and its Subsidiaries shall not be deemed to be Affiliates of any Investor Party or any of its Affiliates. For purposes of this definition, the term “control” (including, with correlative meanings, the terms “controlling,” “controlled by” and “under common control with”), as used with respect to any Person, means the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management or policies of that Person, whether through the ownership of voting securities or partnership or other ownership interests, by contract or otherwise.

 

Any Person shall be deemed to “beneficially own”, to have “beneficial ownership” of, or to be “beneficially owning” any securities (which securities shall also be deemed “beneficially owned” by such Person) that such Person is deemed to “beneficially own” within the meaning of Rules 13d-3 and 13d-5 under the Exchange Act; provided that any Person shall be deemed to beneficially own any securities that such Person has the right to acquire, whether or not such right is exercisable within sixty (60) days or thereafter.

 

Available Registration Statement” shall mean, with respect to a Resale Shelf Registration Statement as of a date, that (a) as of such date, such Resale Shelf Registration Statement is effective for an offering to be made on a delayed or continuous basis by the Holders, there is no stop order with respect thereto and (b) as of such date, (i) there is not in effect an Interruption Period or Suspension Period (as each such term is defined in the Investor Rights Agreement) and (ii) the Investor Parties are not restricted by any “lock-up” agreement with respect to the Series A Preferred or the Common Stock.

 

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Board” has the meaning set forth in the recitals above.

 

Business Day” means any weekday that is not a day on which banking institutions in New York, New York are authorized or required by law, regulation or executive order to be closed.

 

Bylaws” means the Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Company, as amended and as may be amended from time to time.

 

Capital Stock” means, with respect to any Person, any and all shares of, interests in, rights to purchase, warrants to purchase, options for, participations in or other equivalents of or interests in (however designated) stock issued by such Person.

 

Certificate of Designations” means this Certificate of Designations relating to the Series A Preferred Stock, as it may be amended from time to time.

 

Certificate of Incorporation” has the meaning set forth in the recitals above.

 

close of business” means 5:00 p.m. (New York City time).

 

Closing Price” of the Common Stock on any date of determination means the closing sale price or, if no closing sale price is reported, the last reported sale price, of the shares of the Common Stock on the NASDAQ on such date. If the Common Stock is not traded on the NASDAQ on any date of determination, the Closing Price of the Common Stock on such date of determination means the closing sale price as reported by the Relevant Securities Exchange, or, if no closing sale price is reported, the last reported sale price on the Relevant Securities Exchange, or if the Common Stock is not so listed or quoted on a Relevant Securities Exchange, the last quoted bid price for the Common Stock in the over-the-counter market as reported by OTC Markets Group Inc. or any similar organization, or, if that bid price is not available, the market price of the Common Stock on that date as determined by an Independent Financial Advisor retained by the Company for such purpose.

 

Code” means the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

 

Common Stock” has the meaning set forth in the recitals above, subject to ‎‎Section 12.

 

Company” has the meaning set forth in the recitals above.

 

Company Investor Share Repurchase Trigger Date” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 9(a).

 

Company Repurchase” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 9(a).

 

Company Repurchase Date” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 9(a).

 

Company Repurchase Notice” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 9(b).

 

Company Repurchase Price” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 9(a).

 

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Company Rights Trigger Event” means (i) with respect to any Investor Shares, for any fiscal year the end date of which falls after the fifth (5th) anniversary of the Original Issuance Date, the Company having recorded positive net income pursuant to GAAP in its audited financial statements and (ii) with respect to any Non-Investor Shares, the seventh (7th) anniversary of the Original Issuance Date.

 

Competitor” means any Person or Group which develops, manufactures, distributes or sells products or technologies that compete with products or technologies that have been publicly disclosed as being or being planned to be developed, manufactured, distributed or sold by the Investor or its Subsidiaries at the time of entry into of the relevant agreement with such party.

 

Consent Provisions” means Section 2.05 of the Investor Rights Agreement.

 

Constituent Person” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 12(a).

 

Contract” means any contract, subcontract, note, bond, mortgage, indenture, lease, license, sublicense or other instrument, commitment, understanding, undertaking or agreement.

 

Conversion Agent” means the Transfer Agent, acting in its capacity as conversion agent for the Series A Preferred Stock, and its successors and assigns.

 

Conversion Date” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 8(a).

 

Conversion Notice” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 8(a)(i).

 

Conversion Price” means, for each share of Series A Preferred Stock at any time, a dollar amount equal to the Face Value divided by the Conversion Rate as of such time, which, for the avoidance of doubt, shall initially be $2.585.

 

Conversion Rate” means 386.8472, subject to adjustment in accordance with ‎‎Section 11.

 

Covered Repurchase” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 11(a)(iii).

 

Conversion Shares” means (i) any Common Stock issuable upon the conversion of the shares of Series A Preferred Stock and (ii) any Common Stock issuable as a dividend on the shares of Series A Preferred Stock (if any).

 

DGCL” has the meaning set forth in the recitals above.

 

Degressive Issuance” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 11(a)(viii).

 

Distributed Property” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 11(a)(iv).

 

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Distribution Transaction” means any distribution of equity securities of a Subsidiary of the Company to holders of Common Stock, whether by means of a spin-off, split-off, redemption, reclassification, exchange, stock dividend, share distribution, rights offering or similar transaction.

 

Dividends” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 4(a).

 

DOJ” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 23(a).

 

Earnout Obligations” means the obligation of the Company to issue the Earnout Shares, as such term is defined in the Investment Agreement.

 

Effective Price” has the following meaning with respect to the issuance or sale of any shares of Common Stock or any Equity-Linked Securities:

 

(i) in the case of the issuance or sale of shares of Common Stock, the value of the consideration received by the Company for such shares, expressed as an amount per share of Common Stock; and

 

(ii) in the case of the issuance or sale of any Equity-Linked Securities, an amount equal to a fraction whose (A) numerator is equal to the sum, without duplication, of (1) the value of the aggregate consideration received by the Company for the issuance or sale of such Equity-Linked Securities; and (2) the value of the minimum aggregate additional consideration, if any, payable to purchase or otherwise acquire shares of Common Stock pursuant to such Equity-Linked Securities; and (B) denominator is equal to the maximum number of shares of Common Stock underlying such Equity-Linked Securities;

 

provided, however, that:

 

(x) for purposes of clause (ii) above, if such minimum aggregate consideration, or such maximum number of shares of Common Stock, is not determinable at the time such Equity-Linked Securities are issued or sold, then (A) the initial consideration payable under such Equity-Linked Securities, or the initial number of shares of Common Stock underlying such Equity-Linked Securities, as applicable, will be used; and (B) at each time thereafter when such amount of consideration or number of shares becomes determinable or is otherwise adjusted (including pursuant to “anti-dilution” or similar provisions), there will be deemed to occur, for purposes of this ‎‎Section 11(a)(viii) and without affecting any prior adjustments theretofore made to the Conversion Rate, an issuance of additional Equity-Linked Securities;

 

(y) for purposes of clause (ii) above, the surrender, extinguishment, maturity or other expiration of any such Equity-Linked Securities will be deemed not to constitute consideration payable to purchase or otherwise acquire shares of Common Stock pursuant to such Equity-Linked Securities; and

 

(z) the “value” of any such consideration will be the fair value thereof, as of the date such shares or Equity-Linked Securities, as applicable, are issued or sold, determined in good faith by the Board (or, in the case of cash denominated in U.S. dollars, the face amount thereof).

 

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Equity-Linked Securities” means any securities convertible into or exercisable or exchangeable for, or rights, options or warrants to purchase or otherwise acquire (whether immediately, during specified times, upon the satisfaction of any conditions or otherwise) any shares of Common Stock.

 

Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

 

Exchange Property” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 12(a).

 

Expiration Date” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 11(a)(iii).

 

Face Value” means, for each share of Series A Preferred Stock, a dollar amount equal to $1,000.00.

 

Fair Market Value” means, with respect to any security or other property, the fair market value of such security or other property as reasonably determined in good faith by a majority of the Board, or an authorized committee thereof, (i) as to any security or other property with a Fair Market Value of less than $10,000,000, or (ii) otherwise using an Independent Financial Advisor to provide a valuation opinion.

 

FTC” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 23(a).

 

Fundamental Change” means the occurrence of any of the following:

 

(i) any “person” or “group” (as such terms are used for purposes of Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Exchange Act or any successor provisions), other than the Investor Parties, becomes the beneficial owner, directly or indirectly, of 50% or more of the total voting power of the Voting Stock then outstanding, or files a Schedule TO or any schedule, form or report under the Exchange Act disclosing that such person or group has become the beneficial owner, directly or indirectly, of 50% or more of the total voting power of the Voting Stock then outstanding other than as a result of a transaction in which (A) the holders of securities that represented 100% of the voting power of the Voting Stock immediately prior to such transaction are substantially the same as the holders of securities that represent a majority of the total voting power of all classes of the Voting Stock of the surviving Person or any parent entity that wholly owns such surviving Person immediately after such transaction and (B) the holders of securities that represented 100% of the voting power of the Voting Stock immediately prior to such transaction own, directly or indirectly, Voting Stock of the surviving Person or any parent entity that wholly owns such surviving Person in substantially the same proportion to each other as immediately prior to such transaction;

 

(ii) the consummation of (A) any recapitalization, reclassification or change of the Common Stock (other than changes resulting from a subdivision or combination) as a result of which the Common Stock would be converted into, or exchanged for, stock, other securities, other property or assets; (B) any share exchange, consolidation or merger of the Company pursuant to which the Common Stock will be converted into cash, securities or other property or assets (other than any merger solely for the purpose of changing the Company’s jurisdiction of incorporation and resulting in a reclassification, conversion or exchange of outstanding shares of Common Stock solely into shares of common stock of the surviving entity that are listed or quoted on one of the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ (or any of their respective successors) or pursuant to an agreement and plan of merger entered into with an Investor Party); or (C) any sale, lease or other transfer in one transaction or a series of transactions of all or substantially all of the consolidated assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, to any Person other than one or more of the Company’s wholly owned Subsidiaries or to the Investor Parties and, in the cases of clauses (A) and (B), subject to ‎Section 12, excluding any transaction following which holders of securities that represented 100% of the voting power of the Voting Stock immediately prior to such transaction own, directly or indirectly (in substantially the same proportion to each other as immediately prior to such transaction, other than changes in proportionality as a result of any cash/stock or other election provided under the terms of the definitive agreement regarding such transaction), at least a majority of the voting power of the Voting Stock of the surviving Person in such transaction or any parent entity that wholly owns such surviving Person immediately after such transaction;

 

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(iii) the stockholders of the Company approve any plan or proposal for the liquidation or dissolution of the Company;

 

(iv) the Common Stock (or other common equity underlying the Series A Preferred Stock) ceases to be listed or quoted on any of the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ (or any of their respective successors) other than as a result of an acquisition of additional shares of Common Stock by an Investor Party; or

 

(v) solely with respect to the Investor Shares, the Company or any of its Subsidiaries enters into any agreement with a Competitor in respect of (A) an Acquisition Transaction (as defined in the Investment Agreement) or (B) any strategic alliance, partnership, joint venture or similar arrangement; provided, however, that entry into ordinary course agreements with a Competitor or into agreements for which the automotive original equipment manufacturer (or (1) any Person or Group in contractual privity with such automotive original equipment manufacturer or (2) the Tier 1 supplier that has received from the automotive original equipment manufacturer the award to which the agreement relates) specifies or otherwise limits the suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, developers, partners or other parties with which the Company may work shall not be deemed to be a Fundamental Change pursuant to clause (B) hereof;

 

provided, however, that the occurrence of any event or transaction (or series of events or transactions) described in clauses (i), (ii) or (v) above shall not be deemed to be a Fundamental Change if either (x) the Investor Parties are entitled to the Consent Provisions and consent to such event or transaction (or series of events or transactions) pursuant to the Consent Provisions or (y) if the Investor Parties are not entitled to the Consent Provision, the Investor Parties beneficially owning a majority of the then outstanding Investor Shares consent in writing to such event or transaction (or series of events or transactions).

 

Prior to entering into any agreement described in clause (v)(B) above, the Company shall give the Investor Parties thirty (30) days’ advance notice (or such lesser amount as is practical in light of the proposed opportunity) and the Company and the Investor shall consult in good faith to determine whether the entry into such agreement would constitute a Fundamental Change if not consented to by the Investor Parties.

 

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Fundamental Change Effective Date” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 10(a).

 

Fundamental Change Election Notice” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 10(a).

 

Fundamental Change Repurchase” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 10(b).

 

Fundamental Change Repurchase Date” means, with respect to each share of Series A Preferred Stock, the date on which the Company makes the payment in full of the Fundamental Change Repurchase Price for such share to the Holder thereof or to the Transfer Agent, irrevocably, for the benefit of such Holder.

 

Fundamental Change Repurchase Notice” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 10(a).

 

Fundamental Change Repurchase Price” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 10(b).

 

GAAP” means generally accepted accounting principles, consistently applied, in the United States.

 

Governmental Authority” means any government, political subdivision, governmental, administrative or regulatory entity or body, department, commission, board, agency or instrumentality, or other legislative, executive or judicial governmental entity, and any court, tribunal, judicial or arbitral body, in each case whether federal, national, state, county, municipal, provincial, local, foreign, supranational or multinational.

 

Group” means a Person together with its Affiliates.

 

Holder” means a Person in whose name the shares of the Series A Preferred Stock are registered, which Person shall be treated by the Company, Transfer Agent, Registrar, paying agent and Conversion Agent as the absolute owner of the shares of Series A Preferred Stock for the purpose of making payment and settling conversions and for all other purposes (other than U.S. federal income tax purposes if the Holder is a disregarded entity for U.S. federal income tax purposes, in which case the regarded owner of the Holder shall be treated as the owner of such shares); provided that, to the fullest extent permitted by law, no Person that has received shares of Series A Preferred Stock in violation of the Investor Rights Agreement shall be a Holder, and the Transfer Agent, Registrar, paying agent and Conversion Agent, as applicable, shall not, unless directed otherwise by the Company, recognize any such Person as a Holder and the Person in whose name the shares of the Series A Preferred Stock were registered immediately prior to such transfer shall remain the Holder of such shares.

 

HSR Act” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 23(a).

 

Independent Financial Advisor” means an accounting, appraisal or investment banking firm or consultant of nationally recognized standing in the United States mutually agreed upon by the Company and the Holders of a majority of the shares of Series A Preferred Stock outstanding at such time; provided, however, that such firm or consultant may not be an Affiliate of the Company.

 

Initial Fundamental Change Notice” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 10(a).

 

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Investment Agreement” means that certain Investment Agreement by and between the Company and the Investor dated as of October 27, 2022 as it may be amended, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time, with respect to certain terms and conditions concerning, among other things, the purchase and sale of the shares of Series A Preferred Stock.

 

Investor” means KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD., a corporation organized under the laws of Japan.

 

Investor Parties” means the Investor and each Permitted Transferee of the Investor to whom shares of Series A Preferred Stock or Common Stock are Transferred.

 

Investor Rights Agreement” means that certain Investor Rights Agreement by and between the Company and the Investor dated as of [●] as it may be amended, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time, with respect to certain terms and conditions concerning, among other things, the rights of and restrictions on the Holders.

 

Investor Shares” means shares of Series A Preferred Stock for which the Holder of such shares is the Investor or an Affiliate of the Investor who was a Permitted Transferee.

 

Investor Share Mandatory Conversion” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 7(a)(i).

 

Investor Share Mandatory Conversion Date” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 7(a)(i).

 

Investor Share Mandatory Conversion Date Selection Notice” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 7(a)(ii).

 

Investor Share Mandatory Conversion Notice” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 7(a).

 

Issuance Date” means, with respect to any share of Series A Preferred Stock, the date of issuance of such share.

 

Junior Stock” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 2(c).

 

Law” means any federal, national, state, county, municipal, provincial, local, foreign, supranational or multinational law, act, statute, constitution, common law, ordinance, code, decree, writ, order, judgment, injunction, rule, regulation, ruling or requirement issued, enacted, adopted, promulgated, implemented or otherwise put into effect by or under the authority of any Governmental Authority.

 

Lincoln Park Facility” means that certain Purchase Agreement dated as of November 24, 2021 entered into by and among the Company, Cepton Technologies, Inc. and Lincoln Park Capital Fund, LLC.

 

Liquidation Preference” means, with respect to any share of Series A Preferred Stock, as of any date, the Face Value increased by Accrued Dividends with respect to such share.

 

Mandatory Conversion” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 7(b).

 

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Mandatory Conversion Notice” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 7(b).

 

Market Disruption Event” means (i) a failure by the Relevant Stock Exchange to open for trading during its regular trading session; or (ii) the occurrence or existence on any day that is scheduled to be a Trading Day for the Common Stock, (a) for more than a one half-hour period in the aggregate during regular trading hours or (b) at any time during the one-hour period prior to the close of regular trading hours of any suspension or limitation imposed on trading (by reason of movements in price exceeding limits permitted by the Relevant Stock Exchange or otherwise) in the Common Stock.

 

Market Price Condition” means, as of the date of the Mandatory Conversion Notice, the Closing Price of the Common Stock has been greater than or equal to 200% of the Conversion Price then-in-effect on at least twenty (20) Trading Days (whether or not consecutive) in the thirty (30) consecutive Trading Day period (including the last Trading Day of such period) ending on, and including, the Trading Day immediately preceding such date.

 

NASDAQ” means the Nasdaq Capital Market, the Nasdaq Global Market or the Nasdaq Global Select Market and any successor stock exchange or inter-dealer quotation system operated by Nasdaq, Inc. or any successor thereto.

 

Non-Investor Shares” means shares of Series A Preferred Stock that are not Investor Shares.

 

Officer’s Certificate” means a certificate signed by the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Financial Officer or the Secretary of the Company.

 

Original Issuance Date” means the Closing Date, as defined in the Investment Agreement.

 

Other Antitrust and Foreign Investment Laws” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 23(b).

 

Parity Stock” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 2(a).

 

Participating Dividend” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 4(e).

 

Participating Dividend Record Date” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 4(e).

 

Permitted Transferee” has the meaning set forth in the Investor Rights Agreement.

 

Person” means any individual, corporation, estate, partnership, joint venture, association, joint-stock company, limited liability company, trust, unincorporated organization or any other entity.

 

PIK Dividends” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 4(b)(ii).

 

PIK Rate” means the Preferential Dividend Rate plus 1.00%.

 

Preferential Dividend Base Amount” means, as to shares of Series A Preferred Stock, initially the Face Value per share, subject to adjustment as set forth in ‎‎Section 4(b), including, for the avoidance of doubt, pursuant to any PIK Dividends.

 

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Preferential Dividend Payment Date” means March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31 of each year, commencing on [●]1; provided that if any such Preferential Dividend Payment Date is not a Business Day, then the applicable Preferred Dividend shall be payable on the next Business Day immediately following such Preferential Dividend Payment Date, without any interest.

 

Preferential Dividend Period” means, in respect of any share of Series A Preferred Stock, the period from (and including) the Issuance Date of such share to (but excluding) the next Preferential Dividend Payment Date and, subsequently, in each case the period from (and including) any Preferential Dividend Payment Date to (but excluding) the next Preferential Dividend Payment Date.

 

Preferential Dividend Rate” means 3.250% per annum; provided that, (i) solely with respect to Investor Shares, from (and including) the date on which the Company breaches any Consent Provision then in effect until (but excluding) the date on which all such breaches are cured or such time as such Consent Provision ceases to be in effect, if earlier, or (ii) on any date on which a Registration Default (as defined in the Investor Rights Agreement) has occurred and is ongoing, the Preferential Dividend Rate shall be increased by 1.00% per annum; provided, further that if the Company fails to pay the Company Repurchase Price or the Fundamental Change Repurchase Price in full when due in accordance with ‎‎Section 9 and ‎‎Section 10, respectively, in respect of some or all of the shares of Series A Preferred Stock to be repurchased, the Preferential Dividend Rate on such shares not repurchased shall be increased by 1.00% per annum, until such shares are repurchased; provided, however, that in no event shall the Preferential Dividend Rate exceed 4.250% per annum.

 

Preferential Dividend Record Date” means, with respect to any Preferential Dividend Payment Date, the March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15, as the case may be, immediately preceding the relevant Preferential Dividend Payment Date. These Preferential Dividend Record Dates shall apply regardless of whether a particular Preferential Dividend Record Date is a Business Day.

 

Preferential Dividend Record Holder” means, with respect to any Preferential Dividend Payment Date, a Holder of record of the shares of Series A Preferred Stock as such holder appears on the stock register of the Company at the close of business on the related Preferential Dividend Record Date.

 

Preferential Dividends” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 4(b)(i).

 

Preferred Dividends” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 4(b)(ii).

 

Preferred Stock” has the meaning set forth in the recitals above.

 

Prevailing Market Price” per share of Common Stock, as of any date of determination, means the arithmetic average of the VWAP per share of Common Stock for each of the ten (10) consecutive full Trading Days ending on and including the Trading Day immediately preceding such day, appropriately adjusted to take into account the occurrence during such period of any event described in ‎‎Section 11; provided, that if the event described in clause (iv) of the definition of “Fundamental Change” has occurred, the Prevailing Market Price shall be the Closing Price.

 

 

1Note: To be the first possible payment date for which the relevant record date falls after the Original Issuance Date.

 

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Private Warrants” means the warrants to acquire up to 5,175,000 shares of Common Stock issued at the time of Growth Capital Acquisition Corp.’s initial public offering.

 

Public Warrants” means the warrants to acquire up to 8,625,000 shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding on the date of this Agreement originally issued as a component of the units sold in Growth Capital Acquisition Corp.’s initial public offering.

 

Record Date” means, with respect to any dividend, distribution or other transaction or event in which holders of Common Stock have the right to receive any cash, securities or other property or in which Common Stock is exchanged for or converted into any combination of cash, securities or other property, the date fixed for determination of holders of Common Stock entitled to receive such cash, securities or other property (whether such date is fixed by the Board or by statute, contract or otherwise).

 

Registrable Securities” means all shares of Common Stock and all Conversion Shares; provided, however, that such securities shall cease to be Registrable Securities when (a) a registration statement relating to such securities shall have been declared effective by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and such securities shall have been disposed of by the Holder thereof pursuant to such registration statement, (b) such securities have been sold or otherwise disposed of in accordance with Rule 144 or another exemption from registration requirements such that the securities are freely tradeable following such sale or disposition, (c) in the case of the Investor Parties, upon the later of the date on which there are no individuals designated in writing by the Investor Parties to be elected to the Board pursuant to the Investor Rights Agreement or the Investor beneficially owns shares of Common Stock and Conversion Shares representing less than five percent (5%) of the outstanding shares of Common Stock or (d) such securities may be sold without registration pursuant to Rule 144 without restriction as to volume or manner of sale. For the avoidance of doubt, any securities that have ceased to be Registrable Securities in accordance with the foregoing definition shall not thereafter become Registrable Securities and any securities that are issued or distributed in respect of securities that have ceased to be Registrable Securities are shall not be Registrable Securities.

 

Registrar” means the Transfer Agent, acting in its capacity as registrar for the Series A Preferred Stock, and its successors and assigns.

 

Relevant Stock Exchange” means the principal U.S. national securities exchange or automated quotation system on which the Common Stock is then listed or, if the Common Stock is not then listed on a U.S. national securities exchange or automated quotation system, on the principal other market on which the Common Stock is then listed or admitted for trading.

 

Reorganization Event” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 12(a).

 

Repurchase Option” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 17(c)(i).

 

Resale Shelf Registration Statement” means such registration statement covering the sale or distribution from time to time by the Investor Parties holding Registrable Securities, on a delayed or continuous basis pursuant to Rule 415 of the Securities Act of 1933, of all of the Registrable Securities on Form S-3 (except if the Company is not then eligible to register for resale the Registrable Securities on Form S-3, then such registration shall be on another appropriate form and shall provide for the registration of such Registrable Securities for resale by the Investor Parties in accordance with any reasonable method of distribution elected by the Investor).

 

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Rule 144” means Rule 144 promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and any successor provision.

 

Senior Stock” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 2(b).

 

Series A Preferred Stock” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 1.

 

Subsidiary” means, with respect to any Person, any corporation of which a majority of the total voting power of shares of stock entitled to vote in the election of directors, managers or trustees thereof is at the time owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by such Person or one or more of the other Subsidiaries of such Person or a combination thereof or any partnership, association or other business entity of which a majority of the partnership or other similar ownership interest is at the time owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by such Person or one or more Subsidiaries of such Person or a combination thereof. For purposes of this definition, a Person is deemed to have a majority ownership interest in a partnership, association or other business entity if such Person is allocated a majority of the gains or losses of such partnership, association or other business entity or is or controls the managing director, managing member or general (or equivalent) partner of such partnership, association or other business entity.

 

Tax” or “Taxes” means any taxes and similar assessments, fees, and other governmental charges imposed by any Governmental Authority, including income, profits, gross receipts, net proceeds, ad valorem, value added, turnover, sales, use, property, personal property (tangible and intangible), stamp, excise, duty, franchise, capital stock, transfer, payroll, employment, severance, and estimated tax, and any unclaimed property or escheat obligations, together with any interest and any penalties, additions to tax or additional amounts imposed by any Governmental Authority, whether disputed or not, and any secondary liabilities for any of the foregoing amounts payable as a transferee or successor, by assumption or by Contract or by operation of Law.

 

Tax Return” means any return, report, statement, information return or other document (including any related or supporting information) filed or required to be filed with any Governmental Authority in connection with the determination, assessment, collection or administration of any Taxes.

 

Trading Day” means a day on which (i) there is no Market Disruption Event and (ii) trading in the Common Stock generally occurs on the Relevant Stock Exchange; provided that if the Common Stock is not listed or admitted for trading, “Trading Day” means any Business Day.

 

Transfer” means to sell, transfer, assign, or otherwise dispose of.

 

Transfer Agent” means the Person acting as Transfer Agent, Registrar and paying agent and Conversion Agent for the Series A Preferred Stock and its successors and assigns, which may be the Company or one of its Affiliates. The initial Transfer Agent shall be Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company.

 

Transfer Taxes” means any transfer, sales, use, stamp, documentary, registration, value added or other similar Taxes; provided, for the avoidance of doubt, that Transfer Taxes shall not include any income, franchise or similar Taxes.

 

Trigger Event” has the meaning set forth in ‎‎Section 11(a)(vii).

 

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Warrants” means the Private Warrants and the Public Warrants.

 

Weighted Average Issuance Price” has the meaning set forth in ‎Section 11(a)(viii).

 

Voting Stock” means all classes of Capital Stock of the Company normally entitled (without regard to the occurrence of any contingency) to vote in the election of directors (or their equivalent) of the Company.

 

VWAP” per share of Common Stock on any Trading Day means the per share volume-weighted average price as displayed under the heading Bloomberg VWAP on Bloomberg (or, if Bloomberg ceases to publish such price, an equivalent successor service) page “CPTN<equity> AQR” (or its equivalent successor if such page is not available) in respect of the period from the open of trading on the relevant Trading Day until the close of trading on such Trading Day (or if such volume-weighted average price is unavailable, the market price of one share of Common Stock on such Trading Day determined, using a volume-weighted average method, by an Independent Financial Advisor retained for such purpose by the Company).

 

Section 4. Dividends.

 

(a) Holders shall be entitled to receive dividends of the type and in the amount determined as set forth in this ‎‎Section 4 (such dividends, including Preferred Dividends and the Participating Dividends, collectively “Dividends”).

 

(b) Accrual of Preferential Dividends.

 

(i) Subject to the rights of holders of any class or series of Senior Stock, a preferential cumulative return on the Preferential Dividend Base Amount of the Series A Preferred Stock (the “Preferential Dividends”) shall accumulate daily in arrears, whether or not earned or declared by the Board, at the Preferential Dividend Rate. Preferential Dividends shall be payable in cash (other than a PIK Dividend, as described below) quarterly on each Preferential Dividend Payment Date at such Preferential Dividend Rate, and shall accumulate from the most recent Preferential Dividend Payment Date or, prior to the first Preferential Dividend Payment Date, from the Issuance Date, whether or not in any Preferential Dividend Periods there have been funds legally available subject to Section 170 of the DGCL. Preferential Dividends shall be payable in cash when, as and if declared by the Board on the relevant Preferential Dividend Payment Date to Preferential Dividend Record Holders on the immediately preceding Preferential Dividend Record Date, to the extent that such Series A Preferred Stock remains outstanding on the applicable Preferential Dividend Payment Date; provided that the Preferential Dividend Record Date for any such Preferential Dividends shall not precede the date on which such dividend was so declared; provided, further that the Board may declare an amount to be paid in cash in respect of a part of, rather than all, of the Preferential Dividend payable on such Preferential Dividend Payment Date. The amount of Preferential Dividends payable on each share of Series A Preferred Stock for each Preferential Dividend Period shall be computed based upon the actual number of days elapsed during such period over a 360-day year (consisting of twelve 30-day months). The Company shall use commercially reasonable efforts to provide written notice to the holders of Series A Preferred Stock that it intends to pay a Preferential Dividend in cash at least five (5) days prior to the applicable Preferential Dividend Payment Date.

 

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(ii) In the event that the Company does not declare and pay the full amount of Preferential Dividends in cash as described above, the Preferential Dividend Base Amount of the Series A Preferred Stock shall automatically increase at the PIK Rate, on a compounding basis, on such Preferential Dividend Payment Date with respect to any Preferential Dividend Base Amount for which Preferential Dividends remain unpaid (the “PIK Dividends” and, together with the Preferential Dividends, the “Preferred Dividends”). Thereafter, the Preferential Dividends shall accrue and be payable on such increased Preferential Dividend Base Amount. Preferred Dividends shall be paid pro rata (based on the number of shares of Series A Preferred Stock held by the Holder) to the Holders of shares of Series A Preferred Stock entitled thereto (for the avoidance of doubt, taking into account any differences in Issuance Date).

 

(iii) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, any PIK Dividend (1) shall be treated as an accrued but unpaid dividend of the Series A Preferred Stock that compounds, whether or not declared by the Board, and (2) shall not be declared as a dividend by the Board (A) unless and until such PIK Dividend is paid to the Holders of the Series A Preferred Stock immediately in cash (it being understood that no dividends may be declared and paid in securities or otherwise “in kind”) or (B) in anticipation of a redemption of the Series A Preferred Stock or any liquidation of the Company.

 

(c) Priority of Dividends. So long as any shares of Series A Preferred Stock remain outstanding, unless full Preferred Dividends on all outstanding shares of Series A Preferred Stock that have accrued from and including the Issuance Date have been declared and paid in cash, or have been or contemporaneously are declared and a sum sufficient for the payment of those Preferred Dividends has been or is set aside for the benefit of the Holders, the Company may not declare any dividend on, or make any distributions relating to, Junior Stock or Parity Stock, or redeem, purchase, acquire (either directly or through any Subsidiary) or make a liquidation payment relating to, any Junior Stock or Parity Stock, other than:

 

(i) purchases, redemptions or other acquisitions of shares of Junior Stock in accordance with any employment contract, benefit plan or other similar arrangement with or for the benefit of current or former employees, officers, directors or consultants;

 

(ii) purchases of fractional interests in shares of Parity Stock or Junior Stock pursuant to the conversion or exchange provisions of such Parity Stock or Junior Stock or the security being converted or exchanged;

 

(iii) payment of any dividends or distributions in respect of Junior Stock where the dividend or distribution is in the form of the same stock or rights to purchase the same stock as that on which the dividend is being paid;

 

(iv) any dividend “in kind” in connection with the implementation of a shareholders’ rights or similar plan, or the redemption or repurchase of any rights under any such plan; or

 

(v) as a result of an exchange or conversion of any class or series of Parity Stock or Junior Stock for any other class or series of Parity Stock (in the case of Parity Stock) or Junior Stock (in the case of Parity Stock or Junior Stock).

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, for so long as any shares of Series A Preferred Stock remain outstanding, if Preferential Dividends are not declared and paid in full upon the shares of Series A Preferred Stock and any Parity Stock, all Preferential Dividends declared upon shares of Series A Preferred Stock and any Parity Stock will be declared on a proportional basis so that the amount of Preferential Dividends declared per share will bear to each other the same ratio that all accrued and unpaid Preferential Dividends as of the end of the most recent Preferential Dividend Period per share of Series A Preferred Stock and accrued and unpaid Preferential Dividends as of the end of the most recent dividend period per share of any Parity Stock bear to each other.

 

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(d) Conversion Following a Record Date. If the Conversion Date for any shares of Series A Preferred Stock is prior to the close of business on a Preferential Dividend Record Date, the Holder of such shares will not be entitled to any Preferential Dividend in respect of such Preferential Dividend Record Date, other than through the inclusion of Accrued Dividends as of the Conversion Date in the calculation under ‎‎Section 6(a). If the Conversion Date for any shares of Series A Preferred Stock is after the close of business on a Preferential Dividend Record Date or a Participating Dividend Record Date, as applicable, but prior to the corresponding payment date for such dividend, the Holder of such shares as of such Preferential Dividend Record Date or Participating Dividend Record Date, as applicable, shall be entitled to receive such Preferential Dividend or Participating Dividend, respectively, notwithstanding the conversion of such shares prior to the applicable Dividend Payment Date or Participating Dividend Record Date, as applicable; provided that the amount of such Preferential Dividend or Participating Dividend shall not be included for the purpose of determining the amount of Accrued Dividends under ‎‎Section 6(a) with respect to such Conversion Date.

 

(e) Dividends on Junior Stock and Parity Stock. Subject to the provisions of this Certificate of Designations, dividends may be declared by the Board or any duly authorized committee thereof on any Junior Stock and Parity Stock from time to time. In addition to Preferred Dividends pursuant to this ‎‎Section 4, Holders shall fully participate, on an as-converted basis, in any dividends declared and paid or distributions on the Common Stock as if the Series A Preferred Stock were converted, at the Conversion Rate in effect on the Record Date for such dividend or distribution, pursuant to ‎‎Section 6(a) into shares of Common Stock (without regard to any limitations on conversion) immediately prior to such Record Date (such dividend or distribution on the Series A Preferred Stock, a “Participating Dividend”), as and when paid with respect to the Common Stock and using the same Record Date as is used for the Common Stock (the record date for any such dividend, a “Participating Dividend Record Date”).

 

Section 5. Liquidation Rights.

 

(a) Liquidation. In the event of any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Company, the Holders shall be entitled, out of assets legally available therefor, before any distribution or payment out of the assets of the Company may be made to or set aside for the holders of any Junior Stock, and subject to the rights of the holders of any Senior Stock or Parity Stock and the rights of the Company’s existing and future creditors, to receive in full a liquidating distribution in cash in the amount per share of Series A Preferred Stock equal to the greater of (i) the Liquidation Preference with respect to such share of Series A Preferred Stock as of the date of such voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Company and (ii) the amount per share of Series A Preferred Stock that such Holders would have received had such Holders, immediately prior to such voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Company, converted such shares of Series A Preferred Stock into Common Stock (pursuant to ‎‎Section 6 without regard to any of the limitations on convertibility contained therein). Holders shall not be entitled to any further payments in the event of any such voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Company other than what is expressly provided for in this ‎‎Section 5 and will have no right or claim to any of the Company’s remaining assets.

 

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(b) Partial Payment. If in connection with any distribution described in ‎‎Section 5(a) above, the assets of the Company or proceeds therefrom are not sufficient to pay in full the aggregate liquidating distributions required to be paid pursuant to ‎‎Section 5(a) to all Holders and the liquidating distributions payable to all holders of any Parity Stock, the amounts distributed to the Holders and to the holders of all such Parity Stock shall be paid pro rata in accordance with the respective aggregate liquidating distributions to which they would otherwise be entitled if all amounts payable thereon were paid in full.

 

(c) Merger, Consolidation, Conversion and Sale of Assets Not Liquidation. For purposes of this ‎‎Section 5, the sale, conveyance, exchange or transfer (for cash, shares of stock, securities or other consideration) of all or substantially all of the property and assets of the Company shall not be deemed a voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Company, nor shall the merger, consolidation, statutory exchange or any other business combination transaction of the Company into or with any other Person or the merger, consolidation, statutory exchange or any other business combination transaction of any other Person into or with the Company be deemed to be a voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Company, nor shall a conversion of the Company into another entity form be deemed to be a voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Company.

 

Section 6. Right of the Holders to Convert.

 

(a) At any time on or after the first (1st) anniversary of the Original Issuance Date, each Holder shall have the right, at such Holder’s option, subject to the conversion procedures set forth in ‎‎Section 8, to convert each share of such Holder’s Series A Preferred Stock at any time into a number of shares of Common Stock equal to the Liquidation Preference for such share of Series A Preferred Stock divided by the Conversion Price then in effect; provided that each Holder shall receive cash in lieu of fractional shares as set out in ‎‎Section 11(h). The right of conversion may be exercised as to all or any portion of such Holder’s Series A Preferred Stock from time to time; provided that, in each case, no right of conversion may be exercised by a Holder in respect of fewer than 1,000 shares of Series A Preferred Stock (unless such conversion relates to all shares of Series A Preferred Stock held by such Holder).

 

(b) The Company shall at all times reserve and keep available out of its authorized and unissued Common Stock, solely for issuance upon the conversion of the Series A Preferred Stock, such number of shares of Common Stock as shall from time to time be issuable upon the conversion of all shares of Series A Preferred Stock then outstanding. Without limiting the foregoing, the Company shall not take any action described in ‎‎Section 11 unless, after taking such action, the Company shall continue to have a number of authorized and unissued Common Stock greater than the total number of shares of Common Stock issuable (i) pursuant to any outstanding options, warrants or other instruments exercisable for, or exchangeable or convertible into, Common Stock and (ii) upon the conversion of all shares of Series A Preferred Stock then outstanding after giving effect to any adjustments to the Conversion Rate provided for in ‎‎Section 11. The Company shall use its reasonable best efforts to maintain the listing on the NASDAQ of such number of shares of Common Stock as shall from time to time be issuable upon the conversion of all the shares of Series A Preferred Stock then outstanding. Any shares of Common Stock issued upon conversion of Series A Preferred Stock shall be duly authorized, validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable and will not be subject to preemptive rights or subscription rights of any other stockholder of the Company.

 

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Section 7. Mandatory Conversion by the Company.

 

(a) Mandatory Conversion.

 

(i) Investor Shares. Solely with respect to the Investor Shares, at any time after the occurrence of a Company Rights Trigger Event with respect to the Investor Shares, if the Market Price Condition is satisfied, then the Company may deliver a written notice (the “Investor Share Mandatory Conversion Notice”) to each Holder of Investor Shares requiring such Holder to convert (any conversion pursuant to clause (i) or clause (ii), an “Investor Share Mandatory Conversion”) all, but not less than all, of such Holder’s outstanding Investor Shares into shares of Common Stock on the date selected by the Investor pursuant to ‎‎Section 7(a)(ii) below (the applicable conversion date for any Investor Share Mandatory Conversion, the “Investor Share Mandatory Conversion Date”); provided that if any Investor Party holds or would hold upon such Investor Share Mandatory Conversion Date shares of Common Stock that are Registrable Securities, and there is no Available Registration Statement covering resale of such shares of Common Stock by the Investor Parties on the on the Investor Share Mandatory Conversion Date applicable to such Investor Party, then at the election of such Investor Party, the Investor Share Mandatory Conversion Date for such Investor Party may be delayed until the date such Available Registration Statement is in effect; provided, further that the Investor Share Mandatory Conversion Date shall be subject to adjustment as provided in ‎‎Section 23(d). In the case of an Investor Share Mandatory Conversion, each Investor Share then outstanding shall be converted into (A) a number of shares of Common Stock equal to the Liquidation Preference for such share of Series A Preferred Stock divided by the Conversion Price then in effect plus (B) cash in lieu of fractional shares as set out in ‎‎Section 11(h). The Company may not exercise the Investor Share Mandatory Conversion with respect to any Investor Share for which it has elected to exercise the Company Repurchase pursuant to ‎‎Section 9.

 

(ii) Investor Share Mandatory Conversion Date Selection Notice. Upon receipt of the Investor Share Mandatory Conversion Notice, the Investor, on behalf of all Investor Parties, shall provide written notice to the Company (the “Investor Share Mandatory Conversion Date Selection Notice”) setting forth the Investor Share Mandatory Conversion Date for all Investor Shares, which date shall be no later than twelve (12) months after the date of the Investor Share Mandatory Conversion Notice.

 

(b) All other shares of Series A Preferred Stock. Solely with respect to the Non-Investor Shares, at any time after the occurrence of a Company Rights Trigger Event with respect to the Non-Investor Shares, if the Market Price Condition is satisfied, then the Company may deliver a written notice (the “Mandatory Conversion Notice”) to each Holder (other than Holders of Investor Shares) informing such Holder that all, but not less than all, of such Holder’s Series A Preferred Stock will automatically convert into shares of Common Stock on the Conversion Date (a “Mandatory Conversion”); provided, that such Conversion Date shall be subject to adjustment as provided in ‎‎Section 23(d).