[Updated] Kernel Group Holdings, Inc. Announces Charter and Trust Agreement Amendments and Intention to Extend the Deadline to Complete a Business Combination to September 5, 2023
New York, Aug. 04, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Kernel Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: KRNLU, KRNL, KRNLW) (“KRNL” or the “Company”), a special purpose acquisition company, announced today that its shareholders approved amendments to its charter and trust agreement to change the structure and cost of how KRNL can obtain extensions to the deadline to complete its initial business combination and that KRNL obtained the first of up to six 1-month extensions of the deadline – from August 5, 2023 to September 5, 2023 – by depositing $150,000 into its trust account (the “Trust Account”) with Continental Stock Transfer and Trust Company (“Continental”).
KRNL’s shareholders, at an extraordinary general meeting of its shareholders held on August 3, 2023, approved amendments to KRNL’s Amended and Restated Articles of Association (the “Charter Amendment”) and KRNL’s Investment Management Trust Agreement dated February 5, 2021 with Continental (the “Trust Agreement Amendment”) to change how KRNL can obtain extensions to the previously applicable August 5, 2023 deadline to complete its initial business combination. The amendments allow KRNL to instead obtain up to six 1-month extensions by depositing the lesser of (x) $150,000 or (y) $0.04 per outstanding public share into the Trust Account by the deadline applicable prior to the extension.
The Charter Amendment triggered a right of KRNL’s public shareholders to demand the redemption of their public shares out of funds held in the Trust Account. Holders of 1,310,929 public shares properly requested redemption leaving 6,315,949 public shares outstanding. After payment of the redemption price to the redeeming public shareholders of approximately $10.44 per share for an aggregate of $13.7 million, KRNL will have approximately $65.9 million left in its Trust Account. Based on the shares redeemed, the $150,000 per month represents approximately $0.02 per unredeemed share.
As a consequence of adoption of the Charter Amendment and the Trust Agreement Amendment and the redemptions, KRNL can now obtain up to six 1-month extensions to the deadline to complete its initial business combination at a cost of lesser of (x) $150,000 or (y) $0.04 per outstanding public share per extension. In connection with the amendments, KRNL notified Continental that it intends to obtain the first extension.
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