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Description of Business and Basis of Presentations

Description of Business and Basis of Presentations
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2022
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
Description of Business and Basis of Presentation Description of Business and Basis of Presentation
Lightning eMotors, Inc. (the “Company”, “Lightning”) is an innovative automotive manufacturing and research company based in Loveland, Colorado. The Company operates in the zero-emission vehicle (“ZEV”) market and manufactures zero-emission Class 3 to 7 Battery Electric Vehicles (“BEV”) and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (“FCEV”) for commercial medium duty trucks, buses, vans and motorcoach fleets. The Company also manufactures and sells charging and energy systems to enable accelerated adoption of its commercial vehicles. The Company operates predominately in the United States.

On May 6, 2021 (the “Closing Date”), GigCapital3, Inc. (“Gig”), consummated the previously announced merger pursuant to the Business Combination Agreement, dated December 10, 2020 (the “Business Combination Agreement”), by and among Project Power Merger Sub, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gig incorporated in the State of Delaware (“Merger Sub”), and Lightning Systems, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Lightning Systems”). Pursuant to the terms of the Business Combination Agreement, a business combination between Gig and Lightning Systems was effected through the merger of Merger Sub with and into Lightning Systems, with Lightning Systems surviving as the surviving company and as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gig (the “Business Combination”).

On the Closing Date, and in connection with the closing of the Business Combination, Gig changed its name to Lightning eMotors, Inc. Lightning Systems was deemed the accounting acquirer in the Business Combination based on an analysis of the criteria outlined in Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 805, Business Combinations. This determination was primarily based on Lightning Systems stockholders prior to the Business Combination having a majority of the voting interests in the combined company, Lightning Systems operations comprising the ongoing operations of the combined company and Lightning Systems senior management comprising the senior management of the combined company. Accordingly, for accounting purposes, the Business Combination was treated as the equivalent of Lightning Systems issuing stock for the net assets of Gig, accompanied by a recapitalization. The net assets of Gig are stated at historical cost, with no goodwill or other intangible assets recorded.

While Gig was the legal acquirer in the Business Combination, Lightning Systems was deemed the accounting acquirer, the historical financial statements of Lightning Systems became the historical financial statements of the combined company, upon the consummation of the Business Combination. As a result, the financial statements included in this report reflect (i) the historical operating results of Lightning Systems prior to the Business Combination; (ii) the combined results of the Company and Lightning Systems following the closing of the Business Combination; (iii) the assets and liabilities of Lightning Systems at their historical cost; and (iv) the Company’s equity structure for all periods presented.

In accordance with guidance applicable to these circumstances, the equity structure has been restated in all comparative periods up to the Closing Date, to reflect the number of shares of the Company’s common stock, $0.0001 par value per share, issued to Lightning Systems stockholders in connection with the recapitalization transaction. As such, the shares and corresponding capital amounts and earnings per share related to Lightning Systems redeemable convertible preferred stock and Lightning Systems common stock prior to the Business Combination have been retroactively restated as shares reflecting the exchange ratio of approximately 0.9406 shares (the “Exchange Ratio”) established in the Business Combination Agreement. Activity within the statement of stockholders’ equity for the issuances and repurchases of Lightning Systems convertible redeemable preferred stock, were also retroactively converted to Lightning Systems common stock. For more details on the reverse recapitalization, see Note 3 to the Company’s notes to consolidated financial statements.

The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) and pursuant to the regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The unaudited financial information reflects, in the opinion of management, all adjustments, consisting of normal recurring adjustments, considered necessary for a fair statement of the Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows for the periods indicated. The results reported for the interim period presented are not necessarily indicative of results that may be expected for the full year. These consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021.
The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries. Intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated.


Certain prior period balances in the statements of cash flows have been combined or reclassified to conform to current period presentation. Such reclassifications had no impact on net income (loss) or stockholders’ equity previously reported.

Liquidity and Capital

As of September 30, 2022, the Company had $95,795 in cash and cash equivalents. For the nine months ended September 30, 2022, the net income of the Company amounted to $23,751. Cash flow used in operating activities was $66,986 for the nine months ended September 30, 2022. The Company had positive working capital of $129,317 as of September 30, 2022, primarily as a result of the proceeds received from the Business Combination. The current and historical operating cash flows, current cash and working capital balances, and forecasted obligations of the Company were considered in connection with management’s evaluation of the Company’s ongoing liquidity. As a result of the Business Combination, the Company received net proceeds of $216,812 in cash, after paying off the outstanding working capital facilities, the secured promissory note, and unsecured facility agreements.

On August 30, 2022, the Company entered into an equity line of credit agreement with Lincoln Park Capital Fund, LLC (“Lincoln Park”) (“ELOC Agreement”), pursuant to which Lincoln Park committed to purchase up to $50.0 million of shares of the Company’s common stock, subject to certain limitations and conditions set forth in the ELOC Agreement. The Company issued 299,491 shares of its common stock to Lincoln Park as a commitment fee on August 30, 2022. As of September 30, 2022, the Company has not sold any common stock to Lincoln Park under the ELOC Agreement. See Note 10 for additional information regarding the ELOC Agreement.

The Company believes its cash and cash equivalents balance will be sufficient to continue to operate its business over the next twelve-month period from the date the September 30, 2022 financial statements were issued. However, the Company may require additional capital to fund the growth and scaling of its manufacturing facility and operations; further develop its products and services, including those for orders in its order backlog; and fund possible acquisitions. Until the Company can generate sufficient cash flow from operations, the Company expects to finance its operations through a combination of the merger proceeds received from the Business Combination and issuances of common stock under the ELOC Agreement as well as from additional public offerings, debt financings or other capital markets transactions, collaborations or licensing arrangements. The amount and timing of the Company’s future funding requirements depends on many factors, including the pace and results of the Company’s development efforts and the Company’s ability to scale its operations.

The Company cannot provide any assurance that additional capital will be available on commercially acceptable terms, if at all. If the Company is unable to secure additional capital, it may be required to take additional measures to reduce costs in order to conserve its cash in amounts sufficient to sustain operations and meet its obligations. These measures could cause significant delays in the Company’s continued efforts to grow its business, which is critical to the realization of its business plan and the future operations of the Company.