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Organization and Business

Organization and Business
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2021
Organization and Business  
Organization and Business

1. Organization and Business

Canoo Inc. (“Canoo” or the “Company”) is a mobility technology company with a mission to bring electric vehicles (“EVs”) to everyone. The Company has developed a breakthrough EV platform that it believes will enable it to rapidly innovate, and bring new products addressing multiple use cases to market faster than its competition and at lower cost.

Business Combination

On December 21, 2020 (the “Closing Date”), Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. IV (“HCAC”) consummated the previously announced merger pursuant to that certain Merger Agreement and Plan of Reorganization, dated August 17, 2020 (the “Merger Agreement”), by and among HCAC, HCAC IV First Merger Sub, Ltd., an exempted company incorporated with limited liability in the Cayman Islands and a direct, a wholly owned subsidiary of HCAC (“First Merger Sub”), EV Global Holdco LLC (f/k/a HCAC IV Second Merger Sub, LLC), a Delaware limited liability company and a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of HCAC (“Second Merger Sub”), and Canoo Holdings Ltd., an exempted company incorporated with limited liability in the Cayman Islands (“Legacy Canoo”). Pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, a business combination between HCAC and Legacy Canoo was effected through the merger of (a) First Merger Sub with and into Legacy Canoo, with Legacy Canoo surviving as a wholly-owned subsidiary of HCAC (Legacy Canoo, in its capacity as the surviving corporation of the merger, the “Surviving Corporation”) and (b) the Surviving Corporation with and into Second Merger Sub, with Second Merger Sub being the surviving entity, which ultimately resulted in Legacy Canoo becoming a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of HCAC (all transactions collectively, the “Business Combination”).

On the Closing Date, and in connection with the closing of the Business Combination, HCAC changed its name to Canoo Inc. and the Company’s common stock began trading on The Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol GOEV.

The financial statements included in this report reflect (i) the historical operating results of Legacy Canoo prior to the Business Combination; (ii) the combined results of HCAC and Legacy Canoo following the closing of the Business Combination; (iii) the assets and liabilities of Legacy Canoo at their historical cost; and (iv) the Company’s equity structure for all periods presented.

Recent Developments

On June 16, 2021, the Company and VDL Nedcar B.V. (“VDL Nedcar”) entered into a binding term sheet for vehicle contract manufacturing (the “Term Sheet”). On July 1, 2021, the Company made a $30.4 million pre-payment to VDL Nedcar pursuant to the Term Sheet, which was classified as an investing outflow in the accompanying condensed statement of cash flows. During the three months ended September 30, 2021, VDL Nedcar utilized $4.3 million of the prepayment to purchase property and equipment on behalf of the Company.  The remaining $26.1 million is classified as a long-term asset in Other Assets in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheet as of September 30, 2021.