Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Stockholders??? Equity

Stockholders’ Equity
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2023
Equity [Abstract]  
Stockholders’ Equity Stockholders' Equity
Common Stock

Pursuant to the terms of the Company's Certificate of Incorporation, as amended, the Company is authorized to issue up to 400,000,000 common stock, $0.0001 par value per share, and 100,000,000 shares of Preferred Stock, $0.0001 par value per share.

The rights of the holders of the voting common stock and nonvoting common stock are as follows:

Voting Common Stock - Each holder of common stock is entitled to one vote for each share of common stock held.

Nonvoting Common Stock - Each holder of nonvoting common stock is entitled to zero votes for each share of nonvoting common stock held. Holders of nonvoting common stock are not entitled to information rights, or rights to dividends or other distributions, until immediately prior to a liquidation event.
Reverse Stock Split Stockholder Approval

On April 3, 2023, the Company's board of directors (the "Board") authorized an amendment to the Company's Certificate of Incorporation to, at the discretion of the Board, effect a reverse stock split of the shares of Local Bounti's common stock, at any time prior to June 30, 2024, at a ratio within a range of 1-for-2 to 1-for-25, with the exact ratio and effective time of the reverse stock split to be determined at the discretion of the Board without further approval or authorization of the Company's stockholders. The amendment was approved by stockholders at a special meeting of stockholders held on April 26, 2023. On June 4, 2023, the Board approved a 1-for-13 reverse stock split (the "Reverse Stock Split") of the Company's issued and outstanding shares of common stock, par value $0.0001 per share. Trading of the Company's common stock on the NYSE commenced on a split-adjusted basis on June 15, 2023.
As a result of the Reverse Stock Split, every 13 shares of common stock issued and outstanding were automatically reclassified into one new share of common stock without any action on the part of the holders. The Company paid cash in lieu of fractional shares resulting from the Reverse Stock Split. Proportionate adjustments were made to the exercise prices and the number of shares underlying the Company’s outstanding equity awards, as applicable, and warrants exercisable for shares of Common Stock, as well as to the number of shares issuable under the Company’s equity incentive plans and certain existing agreements. Also, for the Company’s outstanding warrants to purchase up to 81,139,179 shares of common stock, every 13 shares issuable under warrants became exercisable for one share of common stock at an exercise price of $149.50 per share of common stock for the Company's 2021 warrants and $13.00 per share of common stock for the March 2023 Cargill Warrant. See Note 8. Debt, Note 13. Stock-Based Compensation, and Note 15. Net Loss Per Share, for more information. The common stock issued pursuant to the Reverse Stock Split will remain fully paid and non-assessable. The Reverse Stock Split did not affect the number of authorized shares of common stock or the par value of the common stock.

All share and per share amounts presented herein with respect to common stock have been retroactively adjusted to reflect the June 15, 2023 Reverse Stock Split for all periods presented.

Share Repurchase Program

On October 29, 2023, the Company's Board of Directors authorized a common stock repurchase program that allows the Company to repurchase up to $1.0 million in shares of the Company's common stock. Under the new repurchase program, the Company may purchase shares of common stock from time to time through a variety of methods, which may include but are not limited to open market purchases, the implementation of a 10b5-1 plan, privately negotiated transactions and/or any other available methods in accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission and other applicable legal requirements. The repurchase program will remain in effect until the amount authorized has been fully repurchased or until the Company suspends or terminates the program with an outside date of December 31, 2024. As of December 31, 2023, the approximate aggregate dollar value of shares that may yet be purchased under the repurchase program is $1.0 million.

2021 Warrants and Private Placement Warrants

Prior to the Business Combination of Local Bounti and Leo on November 19, 2021, Leo issued 833,333 warrants to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock. Each whole warrant entitles the registered holder to purchase one whole share of the Company’s common stock at a price of $149.50 per share, subject to adjustment as discussed below, 30 days after the Closing, provided that the Company has an effective registration statement under the Securities Act covering the shares of common stock issuable upon exercise of the warrants and a current prospectus relating to them is available and such shares are registered, qualified or exempt from registration under the securities, or blue sky, laws of the state of residence of the holder. Pursuant to the warrant agreement, a warrant holder may exercise its warrants only for a whole number of shares of common stock. The warrants will expire on November 19, 2026, or earlier upon redemption or liquidation.

The private placement warrants are identical to the 2021 warrants, except that the private placement warrants and the common stock issuable upon exercise of the private placement warrants were not transferable, assignable or salable until 30 days after the completion of the Business Combination, subject to certain limited exceptions. Additionally, the private placement warrants are non-redeemable so long as they are held by Leo Investors III LP (the "Sponsor") or any of its permitted transferees. If the private placement warrants are held by someone other than the Sponsor or its permitted transferees, the private placement warrants will be redeemable by the Company and exercisable by such holders on the same basis as the 2021 warrants. The Company may redeem the outstanding warrants in whole and not in part at a price of $0.13 per warrant upon a minimum of 30 days' prior written notice of redemption, if and only if the last sale price of the Company's common stock equals or exceeds $234.00 per share for any 20-trading days within a 30-trading day period ending three business days before the Company sends the notice of redemption to the warrant holders. In no event will the Company be required to net cash settle the warrant exercise. As of December 31, 2023, outstanding 2021 warrants and private placement warrants, excluding warrants issued to Cargill Financial, were 833,330.

Assumed Warrants

In March 2021, the Company entered into a loan with Cargill Financial to finance the general working capital for the Company. This loan had a principal balance of up to $10.0 million and bore interest at 8% per annum with a maturity date of March 22, 2022. In September 2021, this loan was repaid in full. In connection with the original loan, Cargill Financial also received a total of 54,299 warrants (the "Assumed Warrants"), which are still outstanding. On November 19, 2021, the Company issued the Assumed Warrants for the right to purchase Common Stock, with an exercise price of $110.50 per share pursuant to those certain Warrant Agreements, dated as of March 22, 2021 and September 3, 2021 between the Company and Cargill Financial. The Assumed Warrants are exercisable in whole or in part at any time and from time to time on or after November 19, 2021 and on or before November 19, 2026.
Delisting of 2021 Warrants

On October 17, 2023, the Company received notice from the NYSE that the NYSE had halted trading in the Company's 2021 warrants. The trading halt of the warrants on the NYSE was due to the low trading price of the warrants.

On October 18, 2023, the NYSE provided written notice to the Company and publicly announced that NYSE Regulation has determined to commence proceedings to delist the warrants and that the warrants are no longer suitable for listing based on "abnormally low" price levels, pursuant to Section 802.01D of the NYSE Listed Company Manual. The delisting was effective as of November 13, 2023, and the 2021 warrants are no longer listed on the NYSE.

Trading in the Company's common stock is unaffected and continues to be traded and listed on the NYSE under the ticker symbol "LOCL."

Private Placement

On October 21, 2022 (the "Agreement Date"), the Company entered into a securities purchase agreement (the "Securities Purchase Agreement") with certain purchasers (the "Purchasers"), pursuant to which the Company agreed to issue and sell to the Purchasers, in a private placement, shares of the Company's common stock at a purchase price of $32.50 per share (the "Private Placement"). The closing price of the common stock on the NYSE on October 20, 2022 (the last trading day before the Agreement Date), was $32.50 per share.

    Pursuant to the Securities Purchase Agreement, the Company agreed to sell and the Purchasers agreed to purchase 716,923 shares (the "Common Shares") of common stock resulting in gross proceeds to the Company of approximately $23.3 million before deducting estimated offering expenses. Affiliates of certain members of our Board and certain executive officers purchased an aggregate of 280,000 shares of common stock in the Private Placement.

Registration Rights Agreement

In connection with the Private Placement, the Company entered into a registration rights agreement (the "Registration Rights Agreement") with the Purchasers, pursuant to which the Company agreed to register for resale the Common Shares (the "Registrable Securities"). Under the Registration Rights Agreement, the Company agreed to file a registration statement covering the resale by the Purchasers of the Registrable Securities within 10 business days of the closing of the Securities Purchase Agreement. The Company agreed to be responsible for all fees and expenses incurred in connection with the registration of the Registrable Securities. The registration statement was filed on October 24, 2022 and became effective on November 1, 2022. The Company has agreed to keep such registration statement effective until such time as there are no longer Registrable Securities held by the Purchasers.

The Company has granted the Purchasers customary indemnification rights in connection with the registration statement, including for liabilities arising under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The Purchasers have also granted the Company customary indemnification rights in connection with the registration statement.