Faraday Future, a California-based electric vehicle startup, announced a series of definitive agreements for financing, as well as an important modification to a major provision in the terms of the warrants in the original FF secured financing agreements.
Once consummated on the contemplated timeline, the Company is expected to have raised all the necessary funds for the start of production (“SOP”) of the FF 91 Futurist. In parallel, the Company has set the date for a special stockholders meeting which is scheduled to take place on February 28th, 2023.
The Company announced the execution of definitive agreements for financing commitments of $135.0 million in convertible secured notes, of which $80.0 million will be funded within 10 business days (including $10.0 million previously funded by Senyun International Ltd. as an advanced payment) subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain conditions. The remaining amount will be funded within 5 business days after the satisfaction or waiver of certain conditions, including for a portion of such financing receipt of Company stockholder approval and an effective registration statement for the shares underlying the applicable notes. Affiliates of ATW Partners and Acuitas Capital, among others, participated in the transaction. Detailed terms can be found in our Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed with the SEC.
This round of financing, together with the $33.4 million ($30.6 million net of original discount and transaction costs and including $10.0 million previously funded by Senyun International Ltd. as an advanced payment) that has been received by the Company since the FF Global Investor Business Update on December 15th, 2022, means the Company has received sufficient financing commitments for the funds required for SOP of the FF 91 Futurist assuming timely receipt of funds. As previously stated, the Company expects to start production of a saleable FF 91 Futurist at the end of March 2023, coming off the assembly line in early April, with deliveries before the end of April assuming receipt of investor funds on the Company’s expected timeline.
Separately, the Company plans to hold a special stockholders meeting on February 28th, 2023, to consider a proposal to increase the authorized shares of Faraday Future Class A common stock. This proposal, if approved by Faraday Future stockholders, will clear the path for additional future financing to best support FF 91 Futurist deliveries and the Company’s other strategic goals. As a major stockholder of the Company, FF Top Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of FF Global Partners LLC (“FFGP”), agreed to vote all shares it beneficially owns to support such proposal in the upcoming special stockholders meeting.
Faraday Future has made further progress with testing and validation of the FF 91 Futurist through the Product and Technology Generation 2.0 program (PT Gen 2.0) in recent months. The generational upgrade from PT Gen 1.0 to PT Gen 2.0 consists of significant upgrades of systems and core components from both the vehicle, and I.A.I area – the advanced core, which stands for Internet, Autonomous Driving, and Intelligence. PT Gen 2.0 was achieved through upgrades of 26 major system and components. With 13 key upgrades throughout powertrain, battery, charging, chassis, interior from EV areas, as well 13 key upgrades from computing, sensing, communication, user interaction, and significant performance improvements to the FF 91 Futurist.