Filed by Carbon Revolution Public Limited Company
Pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act of 1933
and deemed filed pursuant to Rule 14a-12
under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Subject Company: Twin Ridge Capital Acquisition Corp.
Carbon Revolution Limited
Geelong Technology Precinct
75 Pigdons Road
Waurn Ponds, 3216
ABN: 96 128 274 653
Carbon Revolution (ASX code: CBR)
SPAC merger vote approved by shareholders at
today’s Scheme Meeting, strong trading update provided
Geelong, Australia, 16 October 2023:
Carbon Revolution Limited (Carbon Revolution), a Tier 1 OEM supplier and a leading global manufacturer of lightweight advanced technology carbon fibre wheels, is pleased to
announce shareholders today overwhelmingly approved the proposed scheme of arrangement under which Carbon Revolution plc (Irish company number: 607450) (MergeCo) will acquire Carbon Revolution.
Speaking after today’s shareholder meetings, James Douglas, Chair of Carbon Revolution, said “We are very pleased that shareholders have voted in favour of the Transaction and our listing on Nasdaq. With improved
access to capital, a world class board and management team, and growing operational momentum, I am very optimistic about Carbon Revolution’s future.”
In the last year, the business has achieved a number of significant operational milestones and has strong momentum leading into the merger. In particular:
The business has been awarded five new programs in the past 12 months and more than doubled its backlog1 to A$1.05 billion, almost half of which is from EV platforms. This is tremendous progress for the Company’s strategic
growth and demonstrates the increasing market demand for the technology.
The Company’s Mega-line has been commissioned. It is producing wheels every day and we are seeing improved operational metrics as volume increases.
In the quarter ending September 2023, we experienced record quarterly total revenue of A$16.2m for the first quarter of FY24, which is an increase of 24% on the prior quarter and 10% above the prior record. With improved access to
capital, a world class board and management team, and growing operational momentum, I am very optimistic about Carbon Revolution’s future.
1 Backlog as of 31/10/2022 and 30/09/2023, Backlog (remaining lifetime gross program projected revenue) is based on awarded programs and excludes programs that are contracted for engineering. Please see Disclaimer, Risk Factors and
Projection Methodologies for important details. from 29th September 2023 ASX announcement titled “Revised Financial Projections”
The expected key benefits of the transaction include:
Moving the listing to North America, which provides the business access to US capital markets. These capital markets are significantly deeper and more diverse than Australian markets, especially for growth capital, and are expected to
provide substantial pools of capital for future growth funding post listing in the US.
In contemplation of the US listing through the merger with the SPAC and by working closely with our SPAC partners, the Company has already been successful with the completion of a new US$60 million New Debt Facility (completed in May
2023) and a Structured Equity Facility with a commitment of up to US$110 million (announced on 22 September 2023) with Orion Infrastructure Capital (OIC). Additionally, going forward, MergeCo will also have access to new equity funds via a
three-year committed equity facility of up to US$60 million with Yorkville Advisors.
The OIC transaction is expected to complete soon after listing in the US and provides initial funding of US$35 million and access to an additional up to US$75 million over the coming years as the business expands. The initial OIC funds
allow the business to continue its expansion of the Geelong manufacturing facility, introduce new wheel programs that are currently in development and to continue on our pathway to profitability. Carbon Revolution believes it is will be
able to meet the conditions precedent during the course of October 2023.
The Carbon Revolution Directors believe OIC is an outstanding long-term capital partner for the Company. Chris Leary, Investment Partner and Head of Infra Equity at OIC, said, “OIC is excited to finalise our capital partnership with
Carbon Revolution, which will support the Company’s growth plans and infrastructure expansion. We believe that Carbon Revolution’s innovative and proven product will be instrumental in supporting EV adoption and overall vehicle efficiency,
driven by a multiyear backlog from industry leading OEMs”.
Upon listing in the US, we will welcome four new and industry leading Board members: Bob Lutz, Burt Jordan, Jacqui Dedo and Matti Masanovich. They have all held senior leadership and executive roles across the US automotive industry and
they will bring to the Company a high degree of additional experience, skills and insights that will be invaluable following our US listing as we pursue new growth opportunities globally.
The Transaction is expected to be implemented 30 October 2023, subject to satisfaction of conditions precedent.
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ABOUT CARBON REVOLUTION
Carbon Revolution is an Australian technology company, which has successfully innovated, commercialized and industrialized the advanced manufacture of carbon fiber wheels for the global automotive industry. The Company has progressed from single
prototypes to designing and manufacturing lightweight wheels for cars and SUVs in the high performance, premium and luxury segments, for the world’s most prestigious automotive brands. Carbon Revolution is creating a significant and sustainable
advanced technology business that supplies its lightweight wheel technology to automotive manufacturers around the world.
For more information, visit carbonrev.com
Information about Proposed Business Combination
As previously announced, Carbon Revolution Limited (“CBR”, “Carbon Revolution” or the “Company”) (ASX: CBR) and Twin Ridge Capital Acquisition Corp. (“Twin Ridge” or “TRCA”) (NYSE: TRCA) have entered into a definitive business
combination agreement and accompanying scheme implementation deed (“SID”) that is expected to result in Carbon Revolution becoming publicly listed in the U.S. via a series of transactions, including a scheme of arrangement. Upon closing of the
transactions, the ordinary shares and warrants of the merged company, Carbon Revolution plc (formerly known as Poppetell Limited), a private limited company incorporated in Ireland with registered number 607450 (“MergeCo”), that will become the
parent company of the Company and Twin Ridge, are expected to trade on the Nasdaq Capital Market in the United States, and Carbon Revolution’s shares shall be delisted from the ASX.
Additional Information about the Proposed Business Combination and Where to Find It
This communication relates to the proposed Business Combination involving CBR, TRCA, MergeCo, and Poppettell Merger Sub, a Cayman Islands exempted company and wholly-owned subsidiary of MergeCo (“Merger Sub”). In connection with the proposed
Business Combination, MergeCo has filed the Registration Statement, including a proxy statement of TRCA and a prospectus of MergeCo relating to the MergeCo Shares to be issued in connection with the proposed business combination, with the SEC. This
communication is not a substitute for the Registration Statement, the definitive proxy statement/final prospectus, or any other document that MergeCo or TRCA has filed or will file with the SEC or send to its shareholders in connection with the
proposed business combination. This communication does not contain all the information that should be considered concerning the proposed Business Combination and other matters and is not intended to form the basis for any investment decision or any
other decision in respect of such matters.
BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING OR INVESTMENT DECISION, TRCA’S SHAREHOLDERS AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES ARE URGED TO READ DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT/ PROSPECTUS, AND ANY AMENDMENTS THERETO AND ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED BY TRCA OR MERGECO WITH THE
SEC IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROPOSED BUSINESS COMBINATION OR INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE THEREIN IN THEIR ENTIRETY BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING OR INVESTMENT DECISION WITH RESPECT TO THE PROPOSED BUSINESS COMBINATION BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT
INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED BUSINESS COMBINATION AND THE PARTIES TO THE PROPOSED BUSINESS COMBINATION.
TRCA commenced mailing the definitive proxy statement on September 8, 2023 to shareholders as of August 25, 2023. Additionally, TRCA and MergeCo will file other relevant materials with the SEC in connection with the proposed Business
Combination. Copies of the Registration Statement, the definitive proxy statement/ prospectus and all other relevant materials for the proposed Business Combination filed or that will be filed with the SEC may be obtained, when available, free of
charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, the documents filed by TRCA or MergeCo may be obtained, when available, free of charge from TRCA at www.twinridgecapitalac.com. TRCA’s shareholders may also obtain copies of the definitive
proxy statement/prospectus, without charge, by directing a request to Twin Ridge Capital Acquisition Corp., 999 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 200, Naples, Florida 60654.
This communication is for information purposes only and is not intended to and does not constitute, or form part of, an offer, invitation or the solicitation of an offer or invitation to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell or
otherwise dispose of any securities, or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction, pursuant to the proposed Business Combination or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in
contravention of applicable law. The proposed Business Combination will be implemented solely pursuant to the Business Combination Agreement and Scheme Implementation Deed, in each case, filed as exhibits to the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by
TRCA with the SEC on November 30, 2022, which contains the full terms and conditions of the proposed Business Combination. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of the Securities Act.
Participants in the Solicitation of Proxies
This communication may be deemed solicitation material in respect of the proposed Business Combination. TRCA, CBR, MergeCo, Merger Sub and their respective directors and executive officers, under SEC rules, may be deemed to be participants in
the solicitation of proxies from TRCA’s shareholders in connection with the proposed Business Combination. Investors and security holders may obtain more detailed information regarding the names and interests in the proposed Business Combination of
TRCA’s directors and officers in the Registration Statement, TRCA’s filings with the SEC, including TRCA’s initial public offering prospectus, which was filed with the SEC on March 5, 2021, TRCA’s subsequent annual reports on Form 10-K and
quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. To the extent that holdings of TRCA’s securities by insiders have changed from the amounts reported therein, any such changes have been or will be reflected on Statements of Change in Ownership on Form 4 filed with
the SEC. Information regarding the persons who may, under SEC rules, be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies to TRCA’s shareholders in connection with the business combination is included in the definitive proxy statement/prospectus
relating to the proposed Business Combination. You may obtain free copies of these documents, when available, as described in the preceding paragraphs.
All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this communication are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may generally be identified by the use of words such as “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,”
“continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “project,” “forecast,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “future,” “outlook,” “target” or other similar expressions (or the negative versions of such words or
expressions) that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the financial position, business strategy and the
plans and objectives of management for future operations including as they relate to the proposed Business Combination and related transactions, pricing and market opportunity, the satisfaction of closing conditions to the proposed Business
Combination and related transactions, the level of redemptions by TRCA’s public shareholders and the timing of the completion of the proposed Business Combination, including the anticipated closing date of the proposed Business Combination and the
use of the cash proceeds therefrom. These statements are based on various assumptions, whether or not identified in this communication, and on the current expectations of CBR’s and TRCA’s management and are not predictions of actual performance.
These forward-looking statements are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to serve as, and must not be relied on by any investor as a guarantee, an assurance, a prediction or a definitive statement of fact or probability.
Actual events and circumstances are difficult or impossible to predict and may differ from such assumptions, and such differences may be material. Many actual events and circumstances are beyond the control of CBR and TRCA.
These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including (i) changes in domestic and foreign business, market, financial, political and legal conditions; (ii) the inability of the parties to successfully or
timely consummate the proposed Business Combination, including the risks that we will not secure sufficient funding to proceed through to completion of the Transaction, any required regulatory approvals are not obtained, are delayed or are subject
to unanticipated conditions that could adversely affect the combined company or the expected benefits of the proposed Business Combination, or that the approval of the shareholders of TRCA or CBR is not obtained; (iii) the ability to maintain the
listing of MergeCo’s securities on the stock exchange; (iv) the inability to complete any private placement financing, the amount of any private placement financing or the completion of any private placement financing on favorable terms; (v) the
risk that the proposed Business Combination disrupts current plans and operations CBR or TRCA as a result of the announcement and consummation of the proposed Business Combination and related transactions; (vi) the risk that any of the conditions
to closing of the Business Combination are not satisfied in the anticipated manner or on the anticipated timeline or are waived by any of the parties thereto; (vii) the failure to realize the anticipated benefits of the proposed Business
Combination and related transactions; (viii) risks relating to the uncertainty of the costs related to the proposed Business Combination; (ix) risks related to the rollout of CBR’s business strategy and the timing of expected business milestones;
(x) the effects of competition on CBR’s future business and the ability of the combined company to grow and manage growth, establish and maintain relationships with customers and healthcare professionals and retain its management and key employees;
(xi) risks related to domestic and international political and macroeconomic uncertainty, including the Russia-Ukraine conflict; (xii) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against TRCA, CBR or any of their respective
directors or officers; (xiii) the amount of redemption requests made by TRCA’s public shareholders; (xiv) the ability of TRCA to issue equity, if any, in connection with the proposed Business Combination or to otherwise obtain financing in the
future; (xv) the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic and governmental responses on any of the foregoing risks; (xvi) risks related to CBR’s industry; (xvii) changes in laws and regulations; and (xviii) those factors discussed in TRCA’s Annual
Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 under the heading “Risk Factors,” and other documents of TRCA or MergeCo filed with the SEC, including the proxy statement / prospectus. If any of these risks materialize or TRCA’s or CBR’s
assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. There may be additional risks that neither TRCA nor CBR presently know or that TRCA and CBR currently believe are
immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements reflect TRCA’s and CBR’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the
date of this communication. TRCA and CBR anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause TRCA’s and CBR’s assessments to change. However, while TRCA and CBR may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the
future, each of TRCA, CBR, MergeCo and Merger Sub specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, unless required by applicable law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing TRCA’s and CBR’s assessments as of any
date subsequent to the date of this communication. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed upon the forward-looking statements.