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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

 

PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE

SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 4, 2023

 

CLEAN EARTH ACQUISITIONS CORP.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware   001-41306   87-1431377

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation) 

 

(Commission File
Number)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.) 

 

12600 Hill Country Blvd., Building R, Suite 275

Bee Cave, Texas 78738

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

 

(800) 508-1531

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code

 

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

x Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

¨ Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class  

Trading

Symbol(s)

 

Name of each exchange on which
registered

Units, each consisting of one share of Class A common stock, $0.0001 par value per share, one right, and one-half of one redeemable warrant   CLINU   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
         
Class A common stock included as part of the units, par value $0.0001 per share   CLIN   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
         
Rights included as part of the units to acquire one-tenth (1/10) of one share of Class A common stock   CLINR   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
         
Warrants included as part of the units, each whole warrant exercisable for one share of Class A common stock at an exercise price of $11.50 per share   CLINW   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

 

Emerging growth company  x

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  ¨

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item 5.07. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

 

As previously announced, on October 12, 2022, Clean Earth Acquisitions Corp. (the “Company”) and Alternus Energy Group Plc (“Alternus”) entered into a Business Combination Agreement (the “Business Combination Agreement”), as amended by that certain First Amendment to the Business Combination Agreement, dated as of April 12, 2023, by and among the Company, Alternus and the Clean Earth Acquisitions Sponsor, LLC (the “Sponsor”) (the “First Amendment to the Business Combination Agreement” or the “BCA Amendment”).

 

On December 4, 2023, the Company held a special meeting of stockholders (the “Special Meeting”), at which holders of 14,418,460 shares, composed of 6,751,793 shares of Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (“Class A Common Stock”), and 7,666,667 Class B common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Class B Common Stock” together with the Class A Common Stock, the “Common Stock”), were present in person or by proxy, representing approximately 86.32% of the voting power of the 16,704,230 issued and outstanding Common Stock (“Outstanding Shares”) entitled to vote at the Special Meeting as of the close of business on November 8, 2023, which was the record date for the Special Meeting. The final voting results for each proposal submitted to the stockholders of record of the Company at the Special Meeting are included below. Each of the proposals described below was approved by the Company’s stockholders of record. 

 

In connection with the Special Meeting, stockholders properly elected to redeem an aggregate of 2,647,190 Class A Common Stock at a redemption price of approximately $10.68 per share (the “Redemption”), for an aggregate redemption amount of approximately $28,271,989.20.

 

1.The Business Combination Proposal

 

To approve and adopt the Business Combination Agreement, a copy of which is attached to the proxy statement, as filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on November 13, 2023 (the “Proxy Statement”) as Annex A, and to approve the transactions contemplated by the Business Combination Agreement.

 

FOR  AGAINST  ABSTAIN
12,936,151  1,482,309  0

 

2.      The Charter Proposal

 

To amend and restate the Company’s certificate of incorporation, effective as of May 14, 2021, amended on November 17, 2021 and subsequently on February 23, 2022 and November 27, 2023, in the form of the proposed charter, a copy of which is attached to the Proxy Statement as Annex C (the “Proposed Charter”).

 

FOR  AGAINST  ABSTAIN
12,936,151  1,482,309  0

 

3.The Advisory Governance Proposals

 

To approve and adopt, on a non-binding advisory basis, certain governance provisions in the Proposed Charter, which are being presented separately in accordance with SEC guidance, as five subproposals:

 

a.To authorize the issuance of 150,000,000 shares of common stock and 1,000,000 shares of preferred stock;

 

FOR  AGAINST  ABSTAIN
12,936,024  1,482,436  0

 

 

 

 

 

b.To permit the authorized shares of any class to be increased or decreased (but not below the number of shares thereof then outstanding) by the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the Company’s stock entitled to vote, irrespective of the provisions of Section 242(b)(2) of the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”);

 

FOR  AGAINST  ABSTAIN
12,936,024  1,482,309  126

 

c.To elect not to be governed by Section 203 of the DGCL;

 

FOR  AGAINST  ABSTAIN
12,936,024  1,482,436  0

 

d.To remove blank check provisions; and

 

FOR  AGAINST  ABSTAIN
12,935,923  1,482,436  100

 

e.To limit the liability of officers to the fullest extent permitted by law.

 

FOR  AGAINST  ABSTAIN
12,114,609  2,303,750  100

 

4.The Stock Issuance Proposal

 

To approve, for purposes of complying with applicable listing rules of Nasdaq, (x) the issuance of more than 20% of the Company’s issued and outstanding common stock in connection with the business combination, consisting of the issuance of shares of common stock to Alternus pursuant to the terms of the Business Combination Agreement, including any earnout shares and shares of common stock issued pursuant to the working capital adjustment, and (y) the issuance of shares of common stock to Alternus in connection with the Business Combination, including any earnout shares and shares of common stock issued pursuant to the working capital adjustment, that would result in Alternus owning more than 20% of the Company’s outstanding common stock, or more than 20% of the voting power, which could constitute a “change of control” under Nasdaq rules.

 

FOR  AGAINST  ABSTAIN
12,935,923  1,482,436  100

 

5.The Incentive Plan Proposal.

 

To approve and adopt the 2023 Equity Incentive Plan (as defined in the Proxy).

 

FOR  AGAINST  ABSTAIN
11,782,000  2,636,460  0

 

6.      The Director Election Proposal.

 

To elect seven directors to serve staggered terms on our board of directors until the 2024, 2025 and 2026 annual meeting of stockholders, respectively, or until such directors’ successors have been duly elected and qualified, or until such directors’ earlier death, resignation, retirement or removal.

 

FOR  AGAINST  ABSTAIN
12,935,651  467,702  1,015,107

 

 

 

 

 

Item 8.01. Other Events.

 

On December 5, 2023, the Company issued a press release, a copy of which is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K, announcing the results of the Special Meeting. A copy of the press release is filed as Exhibit 99.1 hereto. 

 

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits.

 

Exhibit
Number
  Description
99.1   Press Release, dated December 5, 2023.
104   Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURE

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

Dated: December 5, 2023

 

Clean Earth AcquisitionS Corp.  
     
By: /s/ Aaron T. Ratner    
Name:   Aaron T. Ratner  
Title: Chief Executive Officer  

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 99.1

 

 

 

Clean Earth and Alternus Energy Announce Shareholder Approval of Business Combination

 

NEW YORK & DUBLIN, 5 December 2023 - Clean Earth Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: CLIN) (“Clean Earth” or the “Company”), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company and Transatlantic clean energy independent power producer Alternus Energy Group Plc, a public limited company incorporated under the laws of Ireland, (OSE: ALT, “Alternus” or the “Company”), announced today that at a special meeting (the “Special Meeting”) held on December 4, 2023, the Company’s shareholders voted to approve the previously announced business combination between the Company and Alternus (the “Business Combination”) as well as other proposals related to the Business Combination as described in the definitive proxy statement/prospectus filed by the Company with the SEC on November 14, 2023 (the “Proxy Statement/Prospectus”). The Company plans to file the results of the Special Meeting on a Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission today.

 

On October 12, 2022, Clean Earth entered into a definitive business combination agreement (as amended on April 12, 2023) with Alternus and Clean Earth Acquisitions Sponsor LLC, which, upon stockholder approval, will result in Alternus becoming a publicly traded company. Upon closing of the transaction, which is expected to occur shortly after the Special Meeting and subject to the terms of the business combination agreement, Clean Earth will be renamed “Alternus Clean Energy Inc.” An application for listing on the Nasdaq Global Market of the combined company’s common stock and warrants under the new ticker symbols “ALCE” and ”ALCEW,” respectively, is expected to be effective upon consummation of the Business Combination.

 

About Clean Earth Acquisitions Corp.

 

Clean Earth Acquisitions Corp. is a blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, recapitalization, reorganization or other similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities, focused on identifying and developing a strategic partnership with a business that participates in the global energy transition ecosystem that is facilitating the way that energy is produced, stored, transmitted, distributed, and consumed, all while reducing or mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. For more information visit www.cleanearthacquisitions.com.

 

About Alternus Energy Group

 

Alternus is a transatlantic clean energy independent power producer. Headquartered in Ireland, we currently develop, install, own, and operate utility scale solar parks in Europe and the US. Our highly motivated and dynamic team at Alternus have achieved rapid growth in recent years. Building on this, our goal is to reach 3GW of operating projects within five years through continued organic development activities and targeted strategic opportunities. Our vision is to become a leading provider of 24/7 clean energy delivering a sustainable future of renewable power with people and planet in harmony. For more information visit www.alternusenergy.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Forward-Looking Statements

 

Certain statements included in this notice that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are sometimes accompanied by words such as “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “future,” “outlook” and similar 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 Alternus’ growth, prospects and the market for solar parks and other renewable power sources. These statements are based on various assumptions, whether or not identified in this notice, and on the current expectations of the respective management teams of Alternus and Clean Earth 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 an 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 will differ from assumptions. Many actual events and circumstances are beyond the control of Alternus and Clean Earth.

 

These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including: the impact of reduction, modification or elimination of government subsidies and economic incentives (including, but not limited to, with respect to solar parks); the impact of decreases in spot market prices for electricity; dependence on acquisitions for growth in Alternus’ business; inherent risks relating to acquisitions and Alternus’ ability to manage its growth and changing business; risks relating to developing and managing renewable solar projects; risks relating to photovoltaic plant quality and performance; risks relating to planning permissions for solar parks and government regulation; Alternus’ need for significant financial resources (including, but not limited to, for growth in its business); the need for financing in order to maintain future profitability; the lack of any assurance or guarantee that Alternus can raise capital or meet its funding needs; Alternus’ limited operating history; risks relating to operating internationally, include currency risks and legal, compliance and execution risks of operating internationally; the potential inability of the parties to successfully or timely consummate the proposed business combination; the risk that any 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; the approval of the stockholders of Clean Earth is not obtained; the risk of failure to realize the anticipated benefits of the proposed business combination; the amount of redemption requests made by Clean Earth’s stockholders exceeds expectations or current market norms; the ability of Alternus or the combined company to obtain equity or other financing in connection with the proposed business combination or in the future; the outcome of any potential litigation, government and regulatory proceedings, investigations and inquiries; the risk that the proposed business combination disrupts current plans and operations as a result of the announcement and consummation of the Transaction; costs related to the proposed business combination; the effects of inflation and changes in interest rates; an economic slowdown, recession or contraction of the global economy; a financial or liquidity crisis; geopolitical factors, including, but not limited to, the Russian invasion of Ukraine; global supply chain concerns; the status of debt and equity markets (including, market volatility and uncertainty); and other risks and uncertainties, including those risks to be included under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Proxy Statement and also those included under the heading “Risk Factors” in Clean Earth’s final prospectus relating to its initial public offering dated February 23, 2022 and other factors identified in Clean Earth’s prior and future filings with the SEC, available at www.sec.gov.

 

 

 

 

 

If any of these risks materialize or Clean Earth’s and Alternus’ assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. There may be additional risks that neither Clean Earth nor Alternus presently know, or that neither Clean Earth nor Alternus 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 Clean Earth’s and Alternus’ expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this notice. Clean Earth and Alternus anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause Clean Earth’s and Alternus’ assessments to change. However, while Clean Earth and Alternus may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Clean Earth and Alternus specifically disclaim any obligation to do so. Neither Clean Earth nor Alternus anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause Clean Earth’s and Alternus’ assessments to change. However, while Clean Earth and Alternus may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Clean Earth and Alternus specifically disclaim any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Clean Earth’s or Alternus’ assessments of any date subsequent to the date of this notice. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed upon the forward-looking statements. 

 

Additional Information About the Business Combination and Where to Find It

 

In connection with the Business Combination, on November 13, 2023, Clean Earth filed a definitive Proxy Statement with the SEC relating to the Business Combination. Clean Earth mailed the Proxy Statement and other relevant documents to its stockholders as of the Record Date for voting on the Business Combination. This communication does not contain all the information that should be considered concerning the Business Combination and is not intended to form the basis of any investment decision or any other decision in respect of transactions contemplated by the business combination agreement. Clean Earth stockholders and other interested persons are advised to read the Proxy Statement and other documents filed in connection with the Business Combination, as these materials contain important information about Clean Earth, Alternus and the Business Combination. Clean Earth stockholders are able to obtain copies of the Proxy Statement, and other documents filed with the SEC, once available, without charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, or by directing a request to: Clean Earth Acquisitions Corp., 12600 Hill Country Blvd, Building R, Suite 275, Bee Cave, Texas 78738, Attention: Martha Ross, CFO & COO, telephone: (800) 508-1531. The information contained on, or that may be accessed through, the websites referenced in this communication is not incorporated by reference into, and is not a part of, this communication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

No Offer or Solicitation

 

This communication is not a proxy statement or solicitation of a proxy, consent or authorization with respect to any securities or in respect of the Business Combination and shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities nor shall there be any sale of securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of the Securities Act.

 

For More Information:

 

Alternus Energy Group

ir@alternusenergy.com

+1 (913) 815-1557

 

or

 

The Blueshirt Group

alternus@blueshirtgroup.com

+1 (323) 240-5796

 

 

 

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