Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Description of Business and Basis of Presentations

Description of Business and Basis of Presentations
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 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”) designs and manufactures zero-emission vehicles (“ZEV”), and charging infrastructure solutions for commercial fleets, large enterprises, original equipment manufacturers, and governments. The Company's product offerings range from cargo vans, transit and shuttle buses, school buses, specialty work trucks, ambulances and electric powertrains for school buses, transit buses and motorcoaches. The Company operates predominately in the United States.
The Company was initially formed as a limited liability company (“LLC”) in the state of Delaware on September 25, 2012 under the name Lightning Hybrids LLC and was converted from an LLC to a Delaware corporation, which became effective on December 31, 2019.
On May 6, 2021 (the "Closing Date"), GigCapital3, Inc. ("Gig"), consummated the 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. Therefore, 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 was restated to reflect the number of shares of the Company's common stock, $0.0001 par value per share (“Common Stock”) 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 were retroactively restated as shares reflecting the exchange ratio of approximately 0.9406 shares (the “Exchange Ratio”) established in the Business Combination Agreement see Note 3.
Basis of presentation
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 audited 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 consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries. Intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated.
Liquidity and going concern
In accordance with the ASC 205-40, Disclosure of Uncertainties about an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern, (“ASC 205-40”), the Company has evaluated whether there are conditions and events, considered in the aggregate, that raise substantial doubt about the Company's ability to continue as a going concern within one year after the date that the consolidated financial statements are issued.
As of December 31, 2022, the Company had $56,011 in cash and cash equivalents and an accumulated deficit of $166,394. For the year ended December 31, 2022, the net income of the Company was $15,170. Cash used in operating activities was $104,523 for the year ended December 31, 2022. The Company had positive working capital of $106,437 as of December 31, 2022 primarily as a result of 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. However, the Company will require additional capital to fund the growth and scaling of its manufacturing facilities and operations; further develop its products and services, including those for orders in the order backlog; and fund possible acquisitions. Until the Company can generate sufficient cash flow from operations, it expects to finance its operations through a combination of the merger proceeds it received from the Business Combination as well as from additional public offerings, debt financings or other capital markets transactions, collaborations or licensing arrangements. The amount and timing of future funding requirements depend on many factors, including the pace and results of development efforts and the Company's ability to scale its operations. There can be no assurance that the Company will be successful in raising additional capital or that such capital, if available, will be on terms that are acceptable to the Company
The Company has secured and intend to employ various strategies to obtain the required funding for future operations such as accessing capital through the Company's ELOC Agreement with Lincoln Park Capital, LLC. However, the ability to access the ELOC Agreement is dependent on common stock trading volumes and the market price of the Company's common stock, which cannot be assured, and as a result cannot be included as sources of liquidity for the Company's ASC 205-40 analysis. As of December 31, 2022 and through the date of this filing, the Company has not sold any shares of common stock to Lincoln Park under the ELOC Agreement.
If capital is not available to the Company when, and in the amounts needed, the Company could be required to delay, scale back, or abandon some or all of the Company's development programs and operations, which could materially harm the Company's business, financial condition and results of operations. The result of the Company's ASC 205-40 analysis, due to uncertainties discussed above, there is substantial doubt about the Company's ability to continue as a going concern through the next twelve months from the date of issuance of these consolidated financial statements.
These consolidated financial statements have been prepared by management in accordance with GAAP and this basis assumes that the Company will continue as a going concern, which contemplates the realization of assets and the satisfaction of liabilities and commitments in the normal course of business. These financial statements do not include any adjustments that may result from the outcome of this uncertainty.