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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

(Mark One)

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the quarterly period ended June 30, 2023

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the transition period from               to               

 

Commission File No. 001-41153

 

ALPHA STAR ACQUISITION CORPORATION

 

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Cayman Islands   N/A
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

 

80 Broad Street, 5th Floor
New York
, New York 10004

 

(Address of Principal Executive Offices, including zip code)

 

(212) 837-7977

 

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

Not Applicable

 

(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)

 

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 ordinary share, one redeemable warrant, and one right   ALSAU   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Ordinary Shares, $0.001 par value   ALSA   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Redeemable warrants entitle the holder to purchase one-half (1/2) of one ordinary share   ALSAW   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Rights entitle the holders to receive one-seventh (1/7) of one Ordinary Share   ALSAR   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes ☒   No ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes ☒   No ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

  Large accelerated filer Accelerated filer
  Non-accelerated filer Smaller reporting company
      Emerging growth company

 

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.

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes ☒   No ☐

 

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the registrant’s classes of ordinary shares, as of the latest practicable date: As of August 11, 2023 there were 12,268,503 ordinary shares, par value of $0.001, issued and outstanding (assuming all of the units issued in our initial public offering completed on December 15, 2021 were split on such date).

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALPHA ACQUISITION CORPORATION

 

FORM 10-Q FOR THE QUARTER ENDED JUNE 30, 2023

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

      Page
Part I. Financial Information    
  Item 1.   Financial Statements   1
      Balance Sheets (Unaudited)   1
      Statements of Operations (Unaudited)   2
      Statements of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit) (Unaudited)   3
      Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)   4
      Notes to Unaudited Financial Statements   5
  Item 2.   Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations   18
  Item 3.   Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures Regarding Market Risk   22
  Item 4.   Controls and Procedures   22
       
Part II. Other Information    
  Item 1.   Legal Proceedings   23
  Item 1A.   Risk Factors   23
  Item 2.   Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds   23
  Item 3.   Defaults Upon Senior Securities   24
  Item 4.   Mine Safety Disclosures   24
  Item 5.   Other Information   24
  Item 6.   Exhibits   25
           
Part III. Signatures   26

 

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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

ALPHA STAR ACQUISITION CORPORATION

BALANCE SHEETS

(unaudited)

 

                 
    June 30,     December 31,  
    2023     2022  
Assets                
Current assets:                
Cash in escrow   $ 101,629     $ 110,991  
Prepaid expense     50,000       -  
Marketable securities held in trust account     123,219,259       118,228,816  
Total current assets     123,370,888       118,339,807  
                 
Total assets   $ 123,370,888     $ 118,339,807  
                 
Liabilities and stockholders’ deficit                
Current liabilities:                
Accrued expenses   $ 144,409     $ 199,852  
Promissory note – related party     3,943,265       1,533,332  
Due to related parties     212,660       -  
Due to director     -       21,697  
Deferred underwriting commissions     2,875,000       2,875,000  
Total current liabilities     7,175,334       4,629,881  
                 
Total liabilities     7,175,334       4,629,881  
                 
Commitment and contingencies (Note 6)                
Ordinary shares subject to possible redemption, 11,500,000 and 11,500,000 shares at redemption value of $10.72 and $10.28 per share at June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively     123,226,759       118,228,816  
                 
Stockholders’ deficit:                
Ordinary shares, par value $0.001, authorized 50,000,000 shares; 3,205,000 and 3,205,000 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively, excluding 11,500,000 shares subject to possible redemption     3,205       3,205  
Additional paid-in capital     -       -  
Accumulated deficit     (7,034,410 )     (4,522,095 )
                 
Total stockholders’ deficit     (7,031,205 )     (4,518,890 )
                 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit   $ 123,370,888     $ 118,339,807  


 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited financial statements.

 

1

 

 

ALPHA STAR ACQUISITION CORPORATION

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)

 

                                 
    For the
Three Months Ended
June 30,
2023
    For the
Three Months Ended
June 30,
2022
    For the
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2023
    For the
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2022
 
Formation and operational costs   $ 91,007     $ 178,656     $ 212,316     $ 367,521  
Loss from operation costs     91,007       178,656       212,316       367,521  
                                 
Other income:                                
Interest realized on marketable securities held in trust account     929,387       79,998       2,197,780       89,384  
Other income, net     -       5       -       5  
Unrealized gain on marketable securities held in trust account     500,165       83,333       500,165       83,333  
Total other income     1,429,552       163,336       2,697,945       172,722  
                                 
Income (loss) before income taxes     1,338,545       (15,320 )     2,485,629       (194,799 )
Net Income (Loss)   $ 1,338,545     $ (15,320 )   $ 2,485,629     $ (194,799 )
                                 
Basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding - ordinary shares subject to redemption     11,500,000       11,500,000       11,500,000       11,500,000  
Basic and diluted net income (loss) per share   $ 0.14     $ (0.00 )   $ 0.26     $ (0.01 )
                                 
Basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding – Non-redeemable ordinary shares     3,205,000       3,205,000       3,205,000       3,205,000  
Basic and diluted net loss per share   $ (0.08 )   $ (0.01 )   $ (0.17 )   $ (0.02 )

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited financial statements.

 

2

 

 

ALPHA STAR ACQUISITION CORPORATION

STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT

(Unaudited)

 

For the six months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022

 

                                         
                Additional           Total  
    Ordinary Shares     Paid-In     Accumulated     Stockholders’  
    Shares     Amount     Capital     Deficit     Deficit  
Balance at December 31, 2021     3,205,000     $ 3,205     $ -     $ (2,400,410 )   $ (2,397,205 )
Net loss     -       -       -       (179,479 )     (179,479 )
Balance at March 31, 2022     3,205,000     $ 3,205     $ -     $ (2,579,889 )   $ (2,576,684 )
Remeasurement to redemption value     -       -       -       (173,461 )     (173,461 )
Net loss     -       -       -       (15,320 )     (15,320 )
Balance at June 30, 2022     3,205,000     $ 3,205     $ -     $ (2,768,670 )   $ (2,765,465 )

 

                Additional           Total  
    Ordinary Shares     Paid-In     Accumulated     Stockholders’  
    Shares     Amount     Capital     Deficit     Deficit  
Balance at December 31, 2022     3,205,000     $ 3,205     $ -     $ (4,522,095 )   $ (4,518,890 )
Subsequent measurement of ordinary shares subject to possible redemption (interest earned and unrealize gain on trust account)     -       -       -       (1,268,393 )     (1,268,393 )
Subsequent measurement of ordinary shares subject to possible redemption (additional funding for business combination extension)     -       -       -       (1,149,999 )     (1,149,999 )
Net income     -       -       -       1,147,084       1,147,084  
Balance at March 31, 2023     3,205,000     $ 3,205     $ -     $ (5,793,403 )   $ (5,790,198 )
Subsequent measurement of ordinary shares subject to possible redemption (interest earned and unrealize gain on trust account)     -       -       -       (1,429,552 )     (1,429,552 )
Subsequent measurement of ordinary shares subject to possible redemption (additional funding for business combination extension)     -       -       -        (1,150,000 )     (1,150,000 )
Net income     -       -       -       1,338,545       1,338,545  
Balance at June 30, 2023     3,205,000     $ 3,205     $ -     $ (7,034,410 )   $ (7,031,205 )

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited financial statements.

 

3

 

 

ALPHA STAR ACQUISITION CORPORATION

STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

 

                 
    For The
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2023
    For The
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2022
 
Cash flows from operating activities:                
Net income (loss)   $ 2,485,629     $ (194,799 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash used in operating activities:                
Interest realized in trust account     (2,197,780 )     (89,384 )
Unrealized gain in trust account     (500,165 )     (83,333 )
Prepaid expense     (50,000 )     74,384  
Payment with Trust account     7,500       -  
Net changes in operating assets & liabilities                
Accrued expenses     (55,443 )     80,940  
Due to related parties     212,660       -  
Due to director     (21,697 )     -  
Net cash used in operating activities     (119,296 )     (212,192 )
                 
Cash flows from investing activities:                
Investment of cash in Trust Account     (2,299,999 )     -  
Net cash used in investing activities     (2,299,999 )     -  
                 
Cash flows from financing activities:                
Proceeds from Sponsor loan     2,409,933       -  
Net cash provided by financing activities     2,409,933       -  
                 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents     (9,362 )     (212,192 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     110,991       387,858  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 101,629     $ 175,666  
                 
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information                
Subsequent measurement of ordinary shares subject to possible redemption   $ 4,997,944     $ 172,717  

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited financial statements.

 

4

 

 

ALPHA STAR ACQUISITION CORPORATION

UNAUDITED NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(Unaudited)

 

Note 1 – Description of Organization and Business Operations

 

Organization and General

 

Alpha Star Acquisition Corporation (the “Company”) is a blank check company incorporated in the Cayman Islands on March 11, 2021. The Company was formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses (“Business Combination”). The Company has selected December 31 as its fiscal year end.

 

Although the Company is not limited to a particular industry or geographic region for purposes of consummating a Business Combination. However, the Company shall not consider or undertake a business combination with an entity or business with its principal or a majority of its business operations (either directly or through any subsidiaries) in the People’s Republic of China (including Hong Kong and Macau). The Company is an early stage and emerging growth company and, as such, the Company is subject to all of the risks associated with early stage and emerging growth companies.

 

The Company’s sponsor is A-Star Management Corporation, a British Virgin Islands incorporated company (the “Sponsor”). The Company will not generate any operating revenues until after the completion of a Business Combination, at the earliest. The Company will generate non-operating income in the form of interest income from the proceeds derived from the Initial Public Offering (the “IPO”).

 

The Annual General Meeting held on July 13, 2023, approved to amend the Company’s Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association to extend the date by which the Company must consummate a business combination to March 15, 2024 (27 months from the consummation of the IPO) (the “Combination Period”). If the Company fails to consummate a Business Combination within the Combination Period, it will trigger its automatic winding up, liquidation and subsequent dissolution pursuant to the terms of the Company’s amended and restated memorandum and articles of association. As a result, this has the same effect as if the Company had formally gone through a voluntary liquidation procedure under the Companies Law. Accordingly, no vote would be required from the Company’s stockholders to commence such a voluntary winding up, liquidation and subsequent dissolution.

 

The Company’s IPO was declared effective on December 13, 2021. On December 15, 2021, the Company consummated the IPO of 11,500,000 units which includes an additional 1,500,000 units as a result of the underwriters’ fully exercise of the over-allotment, at $10.00 per Unit, generating gross proceeds of $115,000,000, which is described in Note 3.

 

Concurrently with the closing of the IPO, the Company consummated the sale of 330,000 units (the “Private Placement”) at a price of $10.00 per Private Unit in a private placement to A-Star Management Corporation, generating gross proceeds of $3,300,000, which is described in Note 4.

 

On September 13, 2022, the Company announced that it has entered into a non-binding letter of intent (“LOI”) for a business combination with Cyclebit Group (the “Cyclebit”). Founded in 2012, Cyclebit is a global payments and SaaS provider. Its core products include card acquiring, point-of-sale (POS) services and marketplace solutions. Under the terms of the LOI, the Company and Cyclebit would become a combined entity, with the Cyclebit’s existing equity holders rolling 100% of their equity into the combined public company. No assurance can be made that the parties will successfully negotiate and enter into a definitive agreement, or that the proposed transaction will be consummated on the terms or time frame currently contemplated, or at all. Any transaction would be subject to board an equity holder approval of both companies, regulatory approvals and other customary conditions.

 

5

 

 

The Trust Account

 

As of December 15, 2021, a total of $115,682,250 of the net proceeds from the IPO and the Private Placement transaction completed with the Sponsor was deposited in a trust account established for the benefit of the Company’s public stockholders with Wilmington Trust, National Association acting as trustee. The amount exceeding $115,000,000, $682,254, had been transferred to the Company’s escrow cash account as its working capital. At June 30, 2023, the Company had working capital deficiencies of $4,148,705, which excludes $123,219,259 of marketable securities held in the trust account and the liability for deferred underwriting commissions of $2,875,000.

 

The funds held in the Trust Account are invested only in United States government treasury bills, bonds or notes having a maturity of 180 days or less, or in money market funds meeting the applicable conditions under Rule 2a-7 promulgated under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and that invest solely in United States government treasuries. Except with respect to interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account that may be released to the Company to pay its income or other tax obligations, the proceeds will not be released from the Trust Account until the earlier of the completion of a Business Combination or the Company’s liquidation.

 

Liquidity and Going Concern

 

As of June 30, 2023, the Company had cash $101,629 in its escrow account and working capital deficiencies of $4,148,705, which excludes $123,219,259 of marketable securities held in the trust account and the liability for deferred underwriting commissions of $2,875,000.

 

In order to finance transaction costs in connection with a Business Combination, the Sponsor or an affiliate of the Sponsor, or certain of the Company’s officers and directors may, but are not obligated to, provide the Company related party loans up to $1,500,000. As of June 30, 2023. The Company had no convertible loan payable balance.

 

On September 13, 2022, December 31, 2022 and March 13, 2023, the Company issued the first promissory note (the “First Note”), second promissory note (the “Second Note”) and third promissory note (“Third Note”) in the principal amount of up to $1,000,000, $1,300,000 and $2,500,000 to the Sponsor, pursuant to which the Sponsor shall loan to the Company up to $1,000,000, $1,300,000 and $2,500,000 to pay the extension fee and transaction cost, respectively. For further information regarding the notes reference to Note 5.

 

If the Company’s estimate of the costs of identifying a target business, undertaking due diligence and negotiating a Business Combination are less than the actual amount necessary to do so, the Company may have insufficient funds available to operate our business prior to our initial Business Combination. Moreover, the Company may need to obtain additional financing either to complete its Business Combination or because the Company has become obligated to redeem a significant number of its Public Shares upon completion of its Business Combination, in which case the Company may issue additional securities or incur debt in connection with such Business Combination. In addition, we have until March 15, 2024 (the “Liquidation Date”) to consummate a business combination.

 

In connection with the Company’s assessment of going concern considerations in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 205-40, “Disclosures of Uncertainties about an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern,” management has determined that if the Company is unable to complete a Business Combination by the Liquidation Date, then the Company may cease all operations except for the purpose of liquidating. The uncertainty surrounding the date for mandatory liquidation and subsequent dissolution raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. Management expects to close the Business Combination prior to the Liquidation Date. If the Company is unable to close the Business Combination or raise additional capital, it may be required to take additional measures to conserve liquidity, which could include, but not necessarily include or be limited to, curtailing operations, suspending the pursuit of a potential transaction and reducing overhead expenses. The Company cannot provide any assurance that new financing will be available to it on commercially acceptable terms or if at all. These conditions raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern through the Liquidation Date if a Business Combination is not consummated. These financial statements do not include any adjustments relating to the recovery of the recorded assets or the classification of the liabilities that might be necessary should the Company be unable to continue as a going concern.

 

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Note 2 – Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The accompanying financial statements of the Company are presented in U.S. dollars in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) and pursuant to the rules and regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

 

These unaudited financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Company’s audited financial statements and the notes thereto included in the Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2022, which are included in Form 10-K filed on March 31, 2023.

 

Emerging Growth Company

 

The Company is an emerging growth company as defined by Section 2(a) of the JOBS Act and it may take advantage of certain exemptions from various reporting requirements that are applicable to other public companies that are not emerging growth companies including, but no limited to, not being required to comply with the auditor attestation requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, reduced disclosures obligations regarding executive compensation in its periodic reports and proxy statements, and exceptions from the requirements of holding a nonbinding advisory vote on executive compensation and stockholder approval of any golden parachute payment not previously approved.

 

Further, Section 102(b)(1) of the JOBS Act exempts emerging growth companies from being required to comply with new or revised financial accounting standards until private companies (that is, those that have not had a Securities Act registration statement declared effective or do not have a class of securities registered under the Exchange Act) are required to comply with the new or revised financial accounting standards. The JOBS Act provides that a company can elect to opt out of the extended transition period and comply with the requirements that apply to non-emerging growth companies but any such an election to opt out is irrevocable. The Company has elected not to opt out of such extended transition period which means that when a standard is issued or revised, and it has different application dates for public or private companies, the Company, as an emerging growth company, can adopt the new or revised standard at the time private companies adopt the new or revised standard. This may make comparison of the Company’s financial statements with another public company which is neither an emerging growth company nor an emerging growth company which has opted out of using the extended transition period difficult or impossible because of the potential differences in accounting standards used.

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires the Company’s management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates. Making estimates requires management to exercise significant judgment. It is at least reasonably possible that the estimate of the effect of a condition, situation or set of circumstances that existed at the date of the financial statements, which management considered in formulating its estimate, could change in the near term due to one or more future confirming events.

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

The Company considers all short-term investments with an original maturity of three months or less when purchased to be cash equivalents. The Company had $101,629 and $110,991 cash held in escrow and did not have any cash equivalents as of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively.

 

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Concentration of Credit Risk

 

Financial instruments that potentially subject the Company to concentration of credit risk consist of a cash account in a financial institution which, at times may exceed the Federal depository insurance coverage of $250,000. As of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, the Company had not experienced losses on this account respectively.

 

Marketable Securities Held in Trust Account

 

The Company’s investments held in the Trust Account are classified as trading securities. Trading securities are presented on the balance sheets at fair value at the end of each reporting period. Gains and losses resulting from the change in fair value of investments held in Trust Account are included in interest earned and unrealized gain on marketable securities held in Trust Account in the accompanying statements of operations. The estimated fair values of investments held in Trust Account are determined using available market information. The Company had $123,219,259 and $118,228,816 of marketable securities held in the trust account, and have no claim to withdraw or distribute any funds from the trust account as of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022. On March 22, 2023, the Company withdrew $7,500 to pay Wilmington Trust $7,500 as the operating expenses. The Company plans to deposit $7,500 into the trust account during third quarter of 2023.

 

During the three months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, interest earned from the Trust account amounted to $1,429,552 and $163,331, which $929,387 and $79,998 were reinvested in the Trust Account, respectively. $500,165 and $83,333 were also recognized as unrealized gain on investments held in the Trust account during the three months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively.

 

During the six months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, interest earned from the Trust account amounted to $2,697,945 and $172,722 which $2,197,780 and $89,384 were reinvested in the Trust Account, respectively. $500,165 and $83,333 were also recognized as unrealized gain on investments held in the Trust account during the six months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively.

 

Offering Costs Associated with the Initial Public Offering

 

The Company complies with the requirements of ASC 340-10-S99-1 and SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin Topic 5A – “Expenses of Offering”. Offering costs consisted of legal, accounting, and other costs incurred that were directly related to the Initial Public Offering. Upon completion of the Initial Public Offering, offering costs were allocated to the separable financial instruments issued in the Initial Public Offering based on a relative fair value basis, compared to total proceeds received. Offering costs allocated to the warrants and Rights were charged to equity. Offering costs allocated to the ordinary shares were charged against the carrying value of ordinary shares subject to possible redemption upon the completion of the Initial Public Offering.

 

Ordinary Shares Subject to Possible Redemption

 

The Company accounts for its ordinary shares subject to possible redemption in accordance with the guidance in Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 480 “Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity.” Ordinary shares subject to mandatory redemption is classified as a liability instrument and is measured at fair value. Conditionally redeemable ordinary shares (including ordinary shares that feature redemption rights that is either within the control of the holder or subject to redemption upon the occurrence of uncertain events not solely within the Company’s control) is classified as temporary equity. At all other times, ordinary shares are classified as stockholders’ equity. The Company’s ordinary shares feature certain redemption rights that are considered to be outside of the Company’s control and subject to occurrence of uncertain future events. Accordingly, ordinary shares subject to possible redemption are presented at redemption value as temporary equity, outside of the stockholders’ equity section of the Company’s balance sheets.

 

All of the 11,500,000 ordinary shares sold as part of the Units in the IPO contain a redemption feature which allows for the redemption of such Public Shares in connection with the Company’s liquidation, if there is a stockholder vote or tender offer in connection with the Business Combination and in connection with certain amendments to the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation. Accordingly, all of the 11,500,000 shares of ordinary shares are presented as temporary equity.

 

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The Company recognizes changes in redemption value immediately as they occur and adjusts the carrying value of redeemable ordinary shares to equal the redemption value at the end of each reporting period. Increases or decreases in the carrying amount of redeemable ordinary shares are affected by charges against additional paid-in capital and accumulated deficit if additional paid in capital equals to zero. The interest earned by the marketable security held in trust, and the extension fee invest into the marketable security held in trust, were also recognizes in redemption value against additional paid-in capital and accumulated deficit immediately. The proceeds on the deposit in the trust account, including interest (which interest shall be net of taxes payable, and less up to $50,000 of interest to pay dissolution expenses) will be used to fund the redemption of the public shares.

 

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

The fair value of the Company’s assets and liabilities approximates the carrying amounts represented in the accompanying balance sheets, primarily due to the short-term nature.

 

Net Income (Loss) per Share

 

The Company complies with accounting and disclosure requirements of FASB ASC Topic 260, “Earnings Per Share.” In order to determine the net income (loss) attributable to both the redeemable shares and non-redeemable shares, the Company first considered the undistributed income (loss) allocable to both the redeemable shares and non-redeemable shares and the undistributed income (loss) is calculated using the total net income (loss) less any dividends paid. The Company then allocated the undistributed income (loss) ratably based on the weighted average number of shares outstanding between the redeemable and non-redeemable shares. Any remeasurement of the accretion to redemption value of the ordinary shares subject to possible redemption was considered to be dividends paid to the public stockholders.

 

The calculation of diluted income (loss) per ordinary shares does not consider the effect of the warrants issued in connection with the (i) Initial Public Offering, (ii) the private placement since the exercise of the warrants is contingent upon the occurrence of future events, and (iii) the effect of the rights to receive 1,690,000 shares. The warrants are exercisable to purchase 5,915,000 shares of ordinary shares in the aggregate. As of June 30, 2023, the Company did not have any dilutive securities or other contracts that could, potentially, be exercised or converted into ordinary shares in the earnings of the Company. As a result, diluted net income (loss) per ordinary shares is the same as basic net income (loss) per ordinary share for the periods presented.

 

The net income (loss) per share presented in the statements of operations is based on the following:

 

                               
    For the
Three Months Ended
June 30,
2023
    For the
Three Months Ended
June 30,
2022
    For the
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2023
    For the
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2022
 
Net income (loss)   $ 1,338,545     $ (15,320 )   $ 2,485,629     $ (194,799 )
Remeasurement to redemption value – interest income earned     (1,429,552 )     (172,717 )     (2,697,945 )     (172,717 )
Remeasurement to redemption value – extension fee     (1,150,000 )     -       (2,299,999 )     -  
Net income (loss) including accretion of temporary equity to redemption value   $ (1,241,007 )   $ (188,037 )   $ (2,512,315 )   $ (367,516 )

 

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    For the
Three Months Ended
June 30,
2023
    For the
Three Months Ended
June 30,
2022
    For the
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2023
    For the
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2022
 
    (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)  
    Non-
redeemable
shares
    Redeemable
shares
    Non-
redeemable
shares
    Redeemable
shares
    Non-
redeemable
shares
    Redeemable
shares
    Non-
redeemable
shares
    Redeemable
shares
 
Basic and Diluted net income (loss) per share:                                                                
Numerators:                                                                
Allocation of net losses   (270,481 )    $ (970,526 )    $ (40,983 )    $ (147,054 )   $ (547,567 )   $ (1,964,748 )   $ (80,101 )   $ (287,415 )
Accretion of extension fee     -       1,150,000       -       -        -       2,299,999       -       -  
Accretion of temporary equity- interest income earned     -       1,429,552       -        172,717       -       2,697,945       -       172,717  
Allocation of net income (loss)   (270,481 )    $ 1,609,026     (40,983 )    $ 25,663     $ (547,567 )   $ 3,033,196     $ (80,101 )   $ (114,698 )
Denominators:                                                                
Weighted-average shares outstanding     3,205,000       11,500,000       3,205,000       11,500,000       3,205,000       11,500,000       3,205,000       11,500,000  
Basic and diluted net income (loss) per share   (0.08 )    $ 0.14      $ (0.01 )    $ (0.00 )   $ (0.17 )   $ 0.26     $ (0.02 )   $ (0.01 )

 

Income Taxes

 

The Company accounts for income taxes under ASC 740 Income Taxes (“ASC 740”). ASC 740 requires the recognition of deferred tax assets and liabilities for both the expected impact of differences between the financial statements and tax basis of assets and liabilities and for the expected future tax benefit to be derived from tax loss and tax credit carry forwards. ASC 740 additionally requires a valuation allowance to be established when it is more likely than not that all or a portion of deferred tax assets will not be realized.

 

ASC 740 also clarifies the accounting for uncertainty in income taxes recognized in an enterprise’s financial statements and prescribes a recognition threshold and measurement process for financial statements recognition and measurement of a tax position taken or expected to be taken in a tax return. For those benefits to be recognized, a tax position must be more-likely-than-not to be sustained upon examination by taxing authorities. ASC 740 also provides guidance on derecognition, classification, interest and penalties, accounting in interim period, disclosure and transition. The Company has identified the Cayman Islands as its only “major” tax jurisdiction, as defined. Based on the Company’s evaluation, it has been concluded that there are no significant uncertain tax positions requiring recognition in the Company’s financial statements. The Company believes that its income tax positions and deductions would be sustained on audit and does not anticipate any adjustments that would result in material changes to its financial position. The Company’s policy for recording interest and penalties associated with audits is to record such items as a component of income tax expense.

 

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On August 16, 2022, the U.S. Government enacted legislation commonly referred to as the Inflation Reduction Act. The main provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act (the “IR Act”) that we anticipate may impact us is a 1% excise tax on share repurchases. Any redemption or other repurchase that occurs after December 31, 2022, in connection with a Business Combination, extension vote or otherwise, may be subject to the excise tax. Because there is possibility that the Company may acquire a U.S. domestic corporation or engage in a transaction in which a domestic corporation becomes parent or affiliate to the Company and the Company may become a “covered corporation” as a listed Company in Nasdaq. The management team has evaluated the IR Act as of June 30, 2023 and does not believe it would have a material effect on the Company, and will continue to evaluate its impact.

 

The provision for income taxes was deemed to be immaterial for three and six months ended June 30, 2023 and for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022.

 

Warrants

 

The Company evaluates the Public and Private Warrants as either equity-classified or liability-classified instruments based on an assessment of the warrants’ specific terms and applicable authoritative guidance in Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 480, Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity (“ASC 480”) and ASC 815, Derivatives and Hedging (“ASC 815”). The assessment considers whether the warrants are freestanding financial instruments pursuant to ASC 480, meet the definition of a liability pursuant to ASC 480, and whether the warrants meet all of the requirements for equity classification under ASC 815, including whether the warrants are indexed to the Company’s own ordinary shares, among other conditions for equity classification. Pursuant to such evaluation, both Public and Private Warrants are classified in stockholders’ equity.

 

Recently Issued Accounting Standards

 

In August 2020, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2020-06, Debt — Debt with Conversion and Other Options (Subtopic 470-20) and Derivatives and Hedging — Contracts in Entity’s Own Equity (Subtopic 815-40) (“ASU 2020-06”) to simplify accounting for certain financial instruments. ASU 2020-06 eliminates the current models that require separation of beneficial conversion and cash conversion features from convertible instruments and simplifies the derivative scope exception guidance pertaining to equity classification of contracts in an entity’s own equity. The new standard also introduces additional disclosures for convertible debt and freestanding instruments that are indexed to and settled in an entity’s own equity. ASU 2020-06 amends the diluted earnings per share guidance, including the requirement to use the if-converted method for all convertible instruments. ASU 2020-06 is effective for the fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2023, and interim periods within those fiscal year for smaller reporting companies. As of June 30, 2023, management does not believe that any recently effective, accounting pronouncements, if currently adopted, would have a material effect on the Company’s financial statements.

 

Note 3 – Initial Public Offering

 

On December 15, 2021, the Company consummated the initial public offering and sale of 11,500,000 units (including the issuance of 1,500,000 units as a result of the underwriters’ fully exercise of the over-allotment) at a price of $10.00 per Unit, generating gross proceeds of $115,000,000. Each Unit consists of one ordinary share, one redeemable warrant (each a “Warrant”, and, collectively, the “Warrants”), and one right to receive one-seventh (1/7) of an ordinary share upon the consummation of a Business Combination. Each two redeemable warrants entitle the holder thereof to purchase one ordinary share, and each seven rights entitle the holder thereof to receive one ordinary share at the closing of a Business Combination. No fractional shares were issued upon separation of the Units, and only whole Warrants will trade.

 

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Note 4 – Private Placement

 

Concurrently with the consummation of the IPO, A-Star Management Corporation, the Sponsor, purchased an aggregate of 330,000 units at a price of $10.00 per Private Unit for an aggregate purchase price of $3,300,000 in a private placement. The Private Units are identical to the public Units except with respect to certain registration rights and transfer restrictions. The proceeds from the Private Units were added to the proceeds from the IPO to be held in the Trust Account. If the Company does not complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period, the proceeds from the sale of the Private Units will be used to fund the redemption of the Public Shares (subject to the requirements of applicable law), and the Private Units and all underlying securities will expire worthless.

 

Note 5 – Related Party Transactions

 

Founder Shares

 

On March 11, 2021, the Company issued one ordinary share to the Sponsor for no consideration. On April 6, 2021, the Company cancelled the one share for no consideration and the Sponsor purchased 2,875,000 ordinary shares for an aggregate price of $25,000.

 

The 2,875,000 founder shares (for purposes hereof referred to as the “Founder Shares”) include an aggregate of up to 375,000 shares subject to forfeiture by the Sponsor to the extent that the underwriters’ over-allotment is not exercised in full or in part, so that the Sponsor will collectively own 20% of the Company’s issued and outstanding shares after the Proposed Offering. On December 15, 2021, the underwriters exercised the over-allotment option in full, so there are no Founder Shares subject to forfeiture as of June 30, 2023.

 

The Sponsor and each Insider agrees that it, he or she shall not (a) Transfer 50% of their Founder Shares until the earlier of (A) six months after the consummation of the Company’s initial Business Combination or (B) the date on which the closing price of the Ordinary Shares equals or exceeds $12.50 per share (as adjusted for share splits, share capitalizations, rights issuances, subdivisions, reorganizations, recapitalizations and the like) for any 20 trading days within any 30-trading day period commencing after the Company’s initial Business Combination or (b) Transfer the remaining 50% of their Founder Shares until six months after the date of the consummation of the Company’s initial Business Combination, or earlier in either case, if subsequent to the Company’s initial Business Combination the Company completes a liquidation, merger, share exchange, reorganization or other similar transaction that results in all of the Company’s stockholders having the right to exchange their Ordinary Shares for cash, securities or other property (the “Founder Shares Lock-up Period”).

 

Administrative Services Agreement

 

The Company entered into an administrative services agreement, commencing on December 13, 2021, through the earlier of the Company’s consummation of a Business Combination or its liquidation, to pay to the Sponsor a total of $10,000 per month for office space, secretarial and administrative services provided to members of the Company’s management team. For each of the six months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, the Company incurred $60,000 in fees for these services respectively. For each of the three months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, the Company incurred $30,000 in fees for these services respectively.

 

Sponsor Promissory Note — Related Party

 

On March 26, 2021, the Company issued an unsecured promissory note to the Sponsor, pursuant to which the Company may borrow up to an aggregate principal amount of $300,000 (the “Promissory Note”). The Promissory Note is non-interest bearing and payable on the earlier of (i) December 31, 2021 or (ii) the consummation of the IPO. The loan repaid as $300,000 allotted to the payment of offering expense as of the IPO date.

 

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In addition, in order to finance transaction costs in connection with an intended initial business combination, our sponsor or an affiliate of our sponsor or certain of our officers and directors may, but are not obligated to, loan us funds as may be required. If we complete an initial business combination, we would repay such loaned amounts. In the event that the initial business combination does not close, we may use a portion of the working capital held outside the trust account to repay such loaned amounts but no proceeds from our trust account would be used for such repayment. Up to $1,500,000 of such loans may be convertible into units at a price of $10.00 per unit (which, for example, would result in the holders being issued 150,000 ordinary shares, 150,000 rights and 150,000 warrants to purchase 75,000 shares if $1,500,000 of notes were so converted) at the option of the lender. The units would be identical to the placement units issued to the initial holder. The terms of such loans by our officers and directors, if any, have not been determined and no written agreements exist with respect to such loans. We do not expect to seek loans from parties other than our sponsor or an affiliate of our sponsor as we do not believe third parties will be willing to loan such funds and provide a waiver against any and all rights to seek access to funds in our trust account. The convertible loans from Sponsor balances were nil as of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022.

 

On September 13, 2022 and December 31, 2022, the Company issued the first promissory note (the “First Note”) and second promissory note (the “Second Note”) in the principal amount of up to $1,000,000 and $1,300,000 to the Sponsor, pursuant to which the Sponsor shall loan to the Company up to $1,000,000 and $1,300,000 to pay the extension fee and transaction cost, respectively. The First Notes bears no interest and are repayable in full upon the earlier of (a) September 15, 2023 or (b) the date of the consummation of the Company’s initial business combination. The Second Note bears no interest and are repayable in full upon the earlier of (a) December 31, 2023 or (b) the date of the consummation of the Company’s initial business combination. The Notes have no conversion feature, and no collateral. The issuance of the Notes were made pursuant to the exemption from registration contained in Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The Sponsor waives any and all right, title, interest or claim of any kind in or to any distribution of or from the trust account, and agrees not to seek resources, reimbursement, payment or satisfaction for any claim against the trust account for any reason whatsoever.

 

On March 13, 2023, the Company issued a promissory note (the “Third Note”) in the principal amount of up to $2,500,000 to the Sponsor, pursuant to which the Sponsor shall loan to the Company up to $2,500,000 to pay the extension fee and transaction cost. The Note bears no interest and are repayable in full upon the earlier of (a) December 31, 2023 or (b) the date of the consummation of the Company’s initial business combination.

 

Starting from September 13, 2022 to June 30, 2023, the Company requested to draw the funds of $383,333 and deposited it into the trust account monthly to extend the period of time the Company has to consummate a business combination. The $383,333 extension fee represents approximately $0.033 per public share. The extension funds will decrease if certain shareholders redeem the shares. In July 2023, due to the redemption of 2,436,497 public shares regarding to the shareholders meeting discussed in Note 9 and 9,063,503 shares remain unredeemed and outstanding, the monthly extension fees change into $302,116, consist of $0.033 per public share.

 

Sponsor promissory note balances were $3,943,265 and $1,533,332 as of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022 respectively.

 

Due to related parties

 

On June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, the Company has amount due to Sponsor with $212,660 and nil, respectively. Such amount due to related party is related to the Sponsor paid operating expenses on behalf of the Company.

 

On June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, the Company owed to the director in the amounts of nil and $21,697, respectively, which is related to the reimbursement of the operating expenses.

 

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Note 6 – Commitments and Contingencies

 

Risks and Uncertainties

 

Management continues to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and has concluded that while it is reasonably possible that the virus could have a negative effect on the Company’s financial position, results of its operations and/or search for a target company, the specific impact is not readily determinable as of the date of these financial statements. The financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of this uncertainty.

 

In February 2022, the Russian Federation and Belarus commenced a military action with the country of Ukraine. As a result of this action, various nations, including the United States, have instituted economic sanctions against the Russian Federation and Belarus. Further, the impact of this action and related sanctions on the world economy is not determinable as of the date of these unaudited condensed financial statements. The specific impact on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows is also not determinable as of the date of these unaudited condensed financial statements. The management will continuously evaluate the effect to the Company.

 

Underwriters Agreement

 

The Company granted the underwriters, a 45-day option to purchase up to 1,500,000 Units (over and above the 10,000,000 units referred to above) solely to cover over-allotments at $10.00 per Unit. On December 15, 2021, the underwriters exercised the over-allotment option in full to purchase 1,500,000 Units at a purchase price of $10.00 per Unit.

 

On December 15, 2021, the Company paid a cash underwriting commission of 2.0% of the gross proceeds of the IPO, or $2,300,000.

 

The underwriters are entitled to a deferred underwriting commission of 2.5% of the gross proceeds of the IPO, or $2,875,000, which will be paid from the funds held in the Trust Account upon completion of the Company’s initial Business Combination subject to the terms of the underwriting agreement. The Company has the deferred underwriting commissions $2,875,000 and $2,875,000 as current liabilities as of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively.

 

Registration Rights

 

The holders of the Founder Shares will be entitled to registration rights pursuant to a registration rights agreement to be signed prior to or on the effective date of the IPO. The holders of these securities are entitled to make up to three demands, excluding short form demands, that the Company register such securities. In addition, the holders have certain “piggy-back” registration rights with respect to registration statements filed subsequent to the consummation of a Business Combination and rights to require the Company to register for resale such securities pursuant to Rule 415 under the Securities Act. The Company will bear the expenses incurred in connection with the filing of any such registration statements.

 

Note 7 – Stockholders’ Deficit

 

Ordinary Shares

 

The Company is authorized to issue 50,000,000 ordinary shares, with a par value of $0.001 per share. Holders of the ordinary shares are entitled to one vote for each ordinary share. At June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, there were 3,205,000 ordinary shares issued and outstanding, excluding 11,500,000 shares subject to possible redemption.

 

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Public Warrants

 

Pursuant to the Initial Public Offering, the Company sold 11,500,000 Units at a price of $10.00 per Unit for a total of $115,000,000. The total amount of ordinary shares subject to possible redemption is 11,500,000. Each Unit consists of one ordinary share, one right to acquire one-seventh (1/7) of an ordinary share, and one redeemable warrant (“Public Warrant”) to purchase one-half of one ordinary share at a price of $11.50 per share, subject to adjustment. As of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, the Company had 11,500,000 and 11,500,000 public warrants outstanding, respectively.

 

Each warrant entitles the holder to purchase one-half ordinary share at a price of $11.50 per share commencing 30 days after the completion of its initial business combination and expiring five years from after the completion of an initial business combination. No fractional warrant will be issued and only whole warrants will trade. The Company may redeem the warrants at a price of $0.01 per warrant upon 30 days’ notice, only in the event that the last sale price of the ordinary shares is at least $18.00 per share for any 20 trading days within a 30-trading day period ending on the third day prior to the date on which notice of redemption is given, provided there is an effective registration statement and current prospectus in effect with respect to the ordinary shares underlying such warrants during the 30 day redemption period. If a registration statement is not effective within 60 days following the consummation of a business combination, warrant holders may, until such time as there is an effective registration statement and during any period when the Company shall have failed to maintain an effective registration statement, exercise warrants on a cashless basis pursuant to an available exemption from registration under the Securities Act.

 

In addition, if (a) the Company issues additional ordinary shares or equity-linked securities for capital raising purposes in connection with the closing of the initial Business Combination at an issue price or effective issue price of less than $9.20 per share (with such issue price or effective issue price to be determined in good faith by our board of directors), (b) the aggregate gross proceeds from such issuances represent more than 60% of the total equity proceeds, and interest thereon, available for the funding of our initial business combination, and (c) the volume weighted average trading price of the ordinary shares during the 20 trading day period starting on the trading day prior to the day on which the Company consummates the initial Business Combination (such price, the “Market Value”) is below $9.20 per share, the exercise price of the warrants will be adjusted (to the nearest cent) to be equal to 115% of the Market Value, and the last sales price of the ordinary shares that triggers the Company’s right to redeem the Warrants will be adjusted (to the nearest cent) to be equal to 180% of the Market Value.

 

Private warrants

 

The private warrants have terms and provisions that are identical to those of the warrants being sold as part of the units in this offering. As of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, the Company had 330,000 and 330,000 private warrants outstanding, respectively.

 

Rights

 

Except in cases where the Company is not the surviving Company in a business combination, the holders of the rights will automatically receive 1/7 of a share of ordinary shares upon consummation of the Company’s initial business combination. In the event the Company will not be the surviving company upon completion of the initial business combination, each holder of a right will be required to affirmatively convert his, her or its rights in order to receive the 1/7 of a share underlying each right upon consummation of the business combination. As of June 30, 2023, no rights had been converted into shares.

 

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Note 8 – Fair Value Measurements

 

The Company complies with ASC 820, “Fair Value Measurements”, for its financial assets and liabilities that are re-measured and reported at fair value at each reporting period, and non-financial assets and liabilities that are re-measured and reported at fair value at least annually. ASC 820 determines fair value to be the price that would be received to sell an asset or would be paid to transfer a liability (i.e., the exit price) in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date.

 

The following fair value hierarchy is used to classify assets and liabilities based on the observable inputs and unobservable inputs used in order to value the assets and liabilities:

 

Level 1: Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities. An active market for an asset or liability is a market in which transactions for the asset or liability occur with sufficient frequency and volume to provide pricing information on an ongoing basis.

 

Level 2: Observable inputs other than Level inputs. Examples of Level 2 inputs include quoted prices in active markets for similar assets or liabilities and quoted prices for identical assets or liabilities in markets that are not active.

 

Level 3: Unobservable inputs based on our assessment of the assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability.

 

At June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, assets held in the trust account were entirely comprised of marketable securities.

 

The following table presents information about the Company’s assets that are measured at fair value on a recurring basis at June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022 and indicates the fair value hierarchy of the valuation inputs the Company utilized to determine such fair value.

 

Schedule of Fair Value, Assets and Liabilities Measured on Recurring Basis                  
As of June 30, 2023   Quoted Prices in
Active Markets
(Level 1)
    Significant Other
Observable Inputs
(Level 2)
    Significant Other
Unobservable Inputs
(Level 3)
 
Marketable Securities held in Trust Account   $ 123,219,259     $ -     $ -  

 

As of December 31, 2022   Quoted Prices in
Active Markets
(Level 1)
    Significant Other
Observable Inputs
(Level 2)
    Significant Other
Unobservable Inputs
(Level 3)
 
Marketable Securities held in Trust Account   $ 118,228,816     $ -     $ -  

 

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Note 9 – Subsequent Events

 

The Company evaluated subsequent events and transactions that occurred after the balance sheets date up to the date the financial statements was available to be issued. Based upon the review, the Company did not identify any subsequent events that would have required adjustment or disclosure in the financial statements other than the following:

 

On July 13, 2023, the Company held an Annual General Meeting (the “Meeting”) and the shareholders of the Company approved to amend the Company’s Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association to extend the date by which the Company must consummate a business combination to March 15, 2024 (27 months from the consummation of the IPO).

 

In connection with the votes during the Meeting, 2,436,497 public shares were rendered for redemption. As of August 11, 2023, 9,063,503 public shares remain unredeemed. The total redemption payment is $26,094,883 and all distributed during July and August 2023.

 

On July 14, 2023, the Company drew down $302,116 from the Third Note in purpose to pay the extension fee to extend the time to consummate the business combination to August 15, 2023.

 

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ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

References in this report (the “Quarterly Report”) to “we,” “us” or the “Company” refer to Alpha Star Acquisition Corporation. References to our “management” or our “management team” refer to our officers and directors, and references to the “Sponsor” refer to A-Star Management Corporation. The following discussion and analysis of the Company’s financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and the notes thereto contained elsewhere in this Quarterly Report. Certain information contained in the discussion and analysis set forth below includes forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.

 

Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

 

This Quarterly Report includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act that are not historical facts, and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected and projected. All statements, other than statements of historical fact included in this Form 10-Q including, without limitation, statements in this “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” regarding the Company’s financial position, business strategy and the plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. Words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intends,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “possible,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “would” and variations thereof and similar words and expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements relate to future events or future performance, but reflect management’s current beliefs, based on information currently available. A number of factors could cause actual events, performance or results to differ materially from the events, performance and results discussed in the forward-looking statements. For information identifying important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. The Company’s securities filings can be accessed on the EDGAR section of the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Except as expressly required by applicable securities law, the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

Overview

 

We are a blank check company incorporated in the Cayman Islands on March 11, 2021 formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar Business Combination with one or more businesses. We intend to effectuate our Business Combination using cash derived from the proceeds of the Initial Public Offering and the sale of the Private Units, our shares, debt or a combination of cash, shares and debt.

 

We expect to incur significant costs in the pursuit of our acquisition plans. We cannot assure you that our plans to complete a Business Combination will be successful.

 

Results of Operations

 

We have neither engaged in any operations nor generated any operating revenues to date. Our only activities from inception through June 30, 2023 were organizational activities, those necessary to prepare for the Initial Public Offering, described below, and identifying a target company for a Business Combination. We do not expect to generate any operating revenues until after the completion of our initial Business Combination. We expect to generate non-operating income in the form of interest income on marketable securities held in the trust account. We expect that we will incur increased expenses as a result of being a public company (for legal, financial reporting, accounting and auditing compliance), as well as for due diligence expenses in connection with searching for, and completing, a Business Combination.

 

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For the three months ended June 30, 2023, we had a net income of $1,338,545, which consists of operating costs of $91,007, offset by interest income on marketable securities held in the Trust Account of $929,387 and unrealized interest income on marketable securities held in the Trust Account of $500,165.

 

For the three months ended June 30, 2022, we had a net loss as $15,320, which consist with the operating cost of $178,656 offset by interest income on marketable securities held in the Trust Account of $79,998 and unrealized interest income on marketable securities held in the Trust Account of $83,333.

 

For the six months ended June 30, 2023, we had a net income of $2,485,629, which consists of operating costs of $212,316, offset by interest income on marketable securities held in the Trust Account of $2,197,780 and unrealized interest income on marketable securities held in the Trust Account of $500,165.

 

For the six months ended June 30, 2022, we had a net loss as $194,799, which consist with the operating cost of $367,521 offset by interest income on marketable securities held in the Trust Account of $89,384 and unrealized interest income on marketable securities held in the Trust Account of $83,333.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

On December 15, 2021, the Company consummated the IPO of 11,500,000 units (including the exercise of the over-allotment option by the underwriters in the IPO) at $10.00 per unit (the “Public Units”), generating gross proceeds of $115,000,000. Each Unit consists of one ordinary share, one redeemable warrant to purchase one-half (1/2) ordinary share (each a “Warrant”, and, collectively, the “Warrants”), and one right to receive one-seventh (1/7) of an ordinary share upon the consummation of a Business Combination. Simultaneously with the IPO, the Company sold to its Sponsor 330,000 units at $10.00 per unit in a private placement generating total gross proceeds of $3,300,000. Offering costs amounted to $5,669,696 consisting of $2,300,000 of underwriting fees, $2,875,000 of deferred underwriting fees, and 494,696 of other offering costs. Except for $25,000 of subscription of ordinary shares, the Company received net proceeds of $115,682,250 from the IPO and the private placement.

 

For the six months ended June 30, 2023, net cash used in operating activities was $119,296. Net income of $2,485,629 which consist of formation and operating costs $212,316 and offset by interest earned on marketable securities held in trust of $2,197,780 and unrealized interest earned on marketable securities held in trust $500,165. Net cash provided by financing activities was $383,333 per month for extension funds and $109,935 drawdown for working capital, in total $2,409,933 from the proceeds of sponsor promissory note. Net cash used by investing activities is $2,299,999 to invest the cash into the marketable security held in trust account.

 

For the six months ended June 30, 2022, net cash used in operating activities was $212,192. Net loss of $194,799 which consist of formation and operating costs $367,521 and offset by interest earned on marketable securities held in trust of $89,384 and unrealized interest earned on marketable securities held in trust $83,333.

 

At June 30, 2023, we had marketable securities held in the trust account of $123,219,259. We intend to use substantially all of the funds held in the Trust Account, including any amounts representing interest earned on the Trust Account, excluding deferred underwriting commissions, to complete our Business Combination. We may withdraw interest from the Trust Account to pay taxes, if any. To the extent that our share capital or debt is used, in whole or in part, as consideration to complete a Business Combination, the remaining proceeds held in the Trust Account will be used as working capital to finance the operations of the target business or businesses, make other acquisitions and pursue our growth strategies.

 

At June 30, 2023, we had cash of $101,629 held outside of the Trust Account. We intend to use the funds held outside the Trust Account primarily to identify and evaluate target businesses, perform business due diligence on prospective target businesses, travel to and from the offices, plants or similar locations of prospective target businesses or their representatives or owners, review corporate documents and material agreements of prospective target businesses, and structure, negotiate and complete a Business Combination.

 

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In order to complete a Business Combination, the Company will need to raise additional capital through loans or additional investments from its Sponsor, stockholders, officers, directors, or third parties. The Company’s officers, directors and Sponsor may, but are not obligated to, loan the Company funds, from time to time or at any time, in whatever amount they deem reasonable in their sole discretion, to meet the Company’s working capital needs. Accordingly, the Company may not be able to obtain additional financing. If the Company is unable to raise additional capital, it may be required to take additional measures to conserve liquidity, which could include, but not necessarily be limited to, curtailing operations, suspending the pursuit of a potential transaction, and reducing overhead expenses. The Company cannot provide any assurance that new financing will be available to it on commercially acceptable terms, if at all. These conditions raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern if a Business Combination is not consummated.

 

On September 13, 2022, the Company issued a promissory note (the “Note”) in the principal amount of up to $1,000,000 to the Sponsor, pursuant to which the Sponsor shall loan to the Company up to $1,000,000 to pay the extension fee and transaction cost. The Notes bear no interest and are repayable in full upon the earlier of (a) September 15, 2023 or (b) the date of the consummation of the Company’s initial business combination. On December 13, 2022, the Company issued a second promissory note (the “Second Note”) in the principal amount of up to $1,300,000 to the Sponsor, pursuant to which the Sponsor shall loan to the Company up to $1,300,000 to pay the extension fee and transaction cost. Notes bear no interest and are repayable in full upon the earlier of (a) December 31, 2023 or (b) the date of the consummation of the Company’s initial business combination. The Notes have no conversion feature and no collateral. On March 13, 2023, the Company issued a third promissory note (the “Third Note”) in the principal amount of up to $2,500,000 to the Sponsor, pursuant to which the Sponsor shall loan to the Company up to $2,500,000 to pay the extension fee and transaction cost. Notes bear no interest and are repayable in full upon the earlier of (a) December 31, 2023 or (b) the date of the consummation of the Company’s initial business combination. The Notes have no conversion feature and no collateral. The issuance of the Notes were made pursuant to the exemption from registration contained in Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Sponsor promissory note balances were $3,943,265 and $1,533,332 as of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022 respectively.

 

We believe we will need to raise additional funds in order to meet the expenditures required for operating our business. If our estimate of the costs of identifying a target business, undertaking in-depth due diligence and negotiating a Business Combination are less than the actual amount necessary to do so, we may have insufficient funds available to operate our business prior to our initial Business Combination. Moreover, we may need to obtain additional financing either to complete our Business Combination or because we become obligated to redeem a significant number of our public shares upon completion of our Business Combination, in which case we may issue additional securities or incur debt in connection with such Business Combination.

 

Off-Balance Sheets Financing Arrangements

 

We have no obligations, assets or liabilities that would be considered off-balance sheets arrangements as of June 30, 2023. We do not participate in transactions that create relationships with unconsolidated entities or financial partnerships, often referred to as variable interest entities, which would have been established for the purpose of facilitating off-balance sheets arrangements. We have not entered into any off-balance sheets financing arrangements, established any special purpose entities, guaranteed any debt or commitments of other entities, or purchased any non-financial assets.

 

Contractual Obligations

 

We do not have any long-term debt, capital lease obligations, operating lease obligations or long-term liabilities, other than an agreement to pay the Sponsor a monthly fee of $10,000 for certain general and administrative services, including office space, utilities and administrative services, provided to the Company. We began incurring these fees on December 15, 2021 and will continue to incur these fees monthly until the earlier of the completion of a Business Combination and the Company’s liquidation.

 

The underwriters are entitled to a deferred fee of two and one-half percent (2.5%) of the gross proceeds of the Initial Public Offering, or $2,875,000. The deferred fee will be paid in cash upon the closing of a Business Combination from the amounts held in the Trust Account, subject to the terms of the underwriting agreement.

 

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Critical Accounting Policies

 

The preparation of condensed financial statements and related disclosures in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the condensed financial statements, and income and expenses during the periods reported. Actual results could materially differ from those estimates. We have identified the following critical accounting policies:

 

Warrants

 

The Company evaluates the Public and Private Warrants as either equity-classified or liability-classified instruments based on an assessment of the warrants’ specific terms and applicable authoritative guidance in Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification(“ASC”) 480, Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity (“ASC 480”) and ASC 815, Derivatives and Hedging (“ASC 815”). The assessment considers whether the warrants are freestanding financial instruments pursuant to ASC 480, meet the definition of a liability pursuant to ASC 480, and whether the warrants meet all of the requirements for equity classification under ASC 815, including whether the warrants are indexed to the Company’s own ordinary shares, among other conditions for equity classification. Pursuant to such evaluation, both Public and Private Warrants are classified in stockholders’ equity.

 

Ordinary Shares Subject to Possible Redemption

 

The Company accounts for its ordinary shares subject to possible redemption in accordance with the guidance in Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 480 “Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity.” Ordinary shares subject to mandatory redemption are classified as a liability instrument and are measured at fair value. Conditionally redeemable ordinary shares (including ordinary shares that feature redemption rights that are either within the control of the holder or subject to redemption upon the occurrence of uncertain events not solely within the Company’s control) are classified as temporary equity. At all other times, ordinary shares are classified as stockholders’ equity. The Company’s ordinary shares feature certain redemption rights that are considered to be outside of the Company’s control and subject to occurrence of uncertain future events. Accordingly, ordinary shares subject to possible redemption are presented at redemption value as temporary equity, outside of the stockholders’ equity section of the Company’s condensed balance sheets.

 

The Company recognizes changes in redemption value immediately as they occur and adjusts the carrying value of redeemable ordinary shares to equal the redemption value at the end of each reporting period. Increases or decreases in the carrying amount of redeemable ordinary shares are affected by charges against additional paid-in capital and accumulated deficit if additional paid in capital equals to zero.

 

Basic and diluted net income (loss) per share

 

The Company complies with accounting and disclosure requirements of FASB ASC Topic 260, “Earnings Per Share.” In order to determine the net income (loss) attributable to both the redeemable shares and non-redeemable shares, the Company first considered the undistributed income (loss) allocable to both the redeemable shares and non-redeemable shares and the undistributed income (loss) is calculated using the total net income (loss) less any dividends paid. The Company then allocated the undistributed income (loss) rateably based on the weighted average number of shares outstanding between the redeemable and non-redeemable shares. Any remeasurement of the accretion to redemption value of the ordinary shares subject to possible redemption was considered to be dividends paid to the public stockholders.

 

The calculation of diluted net income (loss) per ordinary shares and related weighted average of the ordinary shares does not consider the effect of the warrants and rights issued in connection with the (i) Initial Public Offering, and (ii) the private placement since the exercise of the warrants and rights are contingent upon the occurrence of future events. The warrants are exercisable to purchase 5,915,000 shares of ordinary shares in the aggregate, and the rights are exercisable to convert 1,690,000 shares of ordinary shares in the aggregate. As of June 30, 2023, the Company did not have any dilutive securities or other contracts that could, potentially, be exercised or converted into ordinary shares and then share in the earnings of the Company other than above. As a result, diluted net income (loss) per ordinary shares is the same as basic net income (loss) per ordinary shares for the periods presented.

 

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Recent accounting standards

 

Management does not believe that any recently issued, but not yet effective, accounting standards, if currently adopted, would have a material effect on our interim condensed financial statements.

 

ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

As of June 30, 2023, we were not subject to any market or interest rate risk. Following the consummation of our Initial Public Offering, the net proceeds of our Initial Public Offering, including amounts in the Trust Account, have been invested in certain U.S. government securities with a maturity of 180 days or less or in certain money market funds that invest solely in U.S. treasuries. Due to the short-term nature of these investments, we believe there will be no associated material exposure to interest rate risk.

 

ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

Disclosure controls and procedures are controls and other procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in our reports filed or submitted under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms. Disclosure controls and procedures include, without limitation, controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in our reports filed or submitted under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

As required by Rules 13a-15 and 15d-15 under the Exchange Act, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer carried out an evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures as of June 30, 2023. Based upon their evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15 (e) and 15d-15 (e) under the Exchange Act) were effective.

 

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

 

During the most recently completed fiscal quarter, there has been no change in our internal control over financial reporting that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

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PART II - OTHER INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS.

 

The Company is not party to any legal proceedings as of the filing date of this Form 10-Q.

 

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS.

 

Factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those in this Quarterly Report are any of the risks described in our annual report on the Form 10K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022 under Forward-Looking Statements and Item 1A – Risk Factors, filed with the SEC. Any of these factors could result in a significant or material adverse effect on our results of operations or financial condition. Additional risk factors not presently known to us or that we currently deem immaterial may also impair our business or results of operations. As of the date of this Quarterly Report, there have been no material changes to the risk factors disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022.

 

ITEM 2. UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS.

 

Simultaneously with the closing of the Company’s IPO, the Company consummated the private placement (“Private Placement”) with its sponsor, A-Star Management Corp., a British Virgin Islands company (“Sponsor”) for the purchase of 330,000 Units (the “Private Units”) at a price of $10.00 per Private Unit, generating total proceeds of $3,300,000, pursuant to the Private Placement Unit Purchase Agreement dated December 13, 2021. Each Private Unit purchased by the Sponsor consists of one Shares, one right to receive one-seventh 1/7) of a Share upon the consummation of a business combination and one private placement warrant exercisable to purchase one-half (1/2) of one Share at a price of $10.00 per Share. The Private Units were issued pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, as the transactions did not involve a public offering.

 

Use of Proceeds

 

The registration statement for our initial public offering was declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 13, 2021. We completed our initial public offering on December 15, 2021. In our initial public offering, we sold units at an offering price of $10.00 and consisting of one ordinary share, one right and one redeemable warrant. Each right entitles the holders thereof to receive one seventh (1/7) of one ordinary shares upon the consumption of the initial business combination. Each warrant entitles the holder thereof to purchase one-half of one ordinary share. We will not issue fractional shares in connection with the exercise of the warrants. In connection with our initial public offering, we sold 11,500,000 units, generating gross proceeds of $115,000,000.

 

Simultaneously with the closing of the IPO, pursuant to the Private Placement Units Purchase Agreement by and between the Company and our sponsor, A-Star Management Corporation, the Company completed the private sale of an aggregate of 330,000 units (the “Private Placement Units”) to the Sponsor at a purchase price of $10.00 per Private Placement Unit, generating gross proceeds to the Company of $3,300,000.

 

Transaction costs related to our IPO amounted to $5,669,696, consisting of $2,300,000 of underwriting fees, $2,875,000 of deferred underwriting fees and $494,696 of other offering costs. A total of $115,000,000, comprised of $112,700,000 of the proceeds from the IPO (which amount includes up to $2,875,000 of the underwriter’s deferred discount) and $2,300,000 of the proceeds of the sale of the Private Placement Units, was placed in a U.S.-based trust account maintained at Wilmington Trust, National Association, acting as trustee. Except with respect to interest earned on the funds in the trust account that may be released to the Company to pay its taxes, the funds held in the trust account will not be released from the trust account until the earliest of (i) the completion of the Company’s initial business combination, (ii) the redemption of any of the Company’s public shares properly tendered in connection with a shareholder vote to amend the Company’s amended and restated memorandum and articles of association to (A) modify the substance or timing of its obligation to redeem 100% of the Company’s public shares if it does not complete its initial business combination within 9 months from the closing of the IPO (or up to 21 months from the closing of the IPO if we extend the period of time to consummate a business combination), or (B) with respect to any other provision relating to shareholders’ rights or pre-business combination activity, and (iii) the redemption of the Company’s public shares if it is unable to complete its initial business combination within 9 months from the closing of the IPO (or up to 27 months from the consummation of the IPO if we extend the period of time to consummate a business combination) The Annual General Meeting held on July 13, 2023, approved to amend the Company’s Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association to extend the date by which the Company must consummate a business combination to March 15, 2024.

 

For a description of the use of the proceeds generated in our Initial Public Offering, see Part I, Item 2 of this Quarterly Report.

 

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ITEM 3. DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES.

 

None.

 

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES.

 

Not applicable.

 

ITEM 5. OTHER INFORMATION.

 

None.

 

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ITEM 6. EXHIBITS.

 

The following exhibits are filed as part of, or incorporated by reference into, this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

 

No.   Description of Exhibit
31.1*   Certification of Principal Executive Officer Pursuant to Securities Exchange Act Rules 13a-14(a) and 15(d)-14(a), as adopted Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
31.2*   Certification of Principal Financial Officer Pursuant to Securities Exchange Act Rules 13a-14(a) and 15(d)-14(a), as adopted Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
32.1**   Certification of Principal Executive Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
32.2**   Certification of Principal Financial Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
101.INS*   Inline XBRL Instance Document
101.CAL*   Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
101.SCH*   Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
101.DEF*   Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
101.LAB*   Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Labels Linkbase Document
101.PRE*   Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document
104*   Inline XBRL for the cover page of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, included in the Exhibit 101 Inline XBRL Document Set.

 

 
* Filed herewith.
** Furnished.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

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

 

  ALPHA STAR ACQUISITION CORPORATION
     
Date: August 11, 2023   /s/ Zhe Zhang
  Name: Zhe Zhang
  Title: Chief Executive Officer (Principle Executive Officer)
     
Date: August 11, 2023   /s/ Guojian Chen
  Name: Guojian Chen
  Title: Chief Financial Officer (Principle Financial Officer)

 

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Exhibit 31.1

 

CERTIFICATIONS OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
PURSUANT TO SECTION 302

 

I, Zhe Zhang, certify that:

 

1. I have reviewed this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of Alpha Star Acquisition Corporation;

 

2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

 

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the Registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

 

4. The Registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the Registrant and have:

 

a.Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the Registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

  b. Designed such internal control over financial reporting or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

 

  c. Evaluated the effectiveness of the Registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

  d. Disclosed in this report any change in the Registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the Registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the Registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the Registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

 

5. The Registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the Registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the Registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

  a. All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the Registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

  b. Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the Registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

Date: August 11, 2023 By: /s/ Zhe Zhang
    Zhe Zhang
    Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
    (Principal Executive Officer)

 

 

 

Exhibit 31.2

 

CERTIFICATIONS OF CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
PURSUANT TO SECTION 302

 

I, Guojian Chen, certify that:

 

1. I have reviewed this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of Alpha Star Acquisition Corporation;

 

2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

 

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the Registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

 

4. The Registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the Registrant and have:

 

  a. Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the Registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

  b. Designed such internal control over financial reporting or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

 

  c. Evaluated the effectiveness of the Registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

  d. Disclosed in this report any change in the Registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the Registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the Registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the Registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

 

5. The Registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the Registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the Registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

  a. All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the Registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

  b. Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the Registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

Date: August 11, 2023 By: /s/ Guojian Chen
    Guojian Chen
Chief Financial Officer
    (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

 

 

 

Exhibit 32.1

 

CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO
18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350
AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO
SECTION 906 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

 

In connection with the Quarterly Report of Alpha Star Acquisition Corporation (the “Company”) on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2023 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date hereof (the “Report”), the undersigned, in the capacities and on the date indicated below, hereby certifies pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, that to his knowledge:

 

1. The Report fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and

 

2. The information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operation of the Company.

 

Date: August 11, 2023 By: /s/ Zhe Zhang
    Zhe Zhang
    Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
    (Principal Executive Officer)

 

A signed original of this written statement required by Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 has been provided to the Company and will be retained by the Company and furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission or its staff upon request.

 

 

 

Exhibit 32.2

 

CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO
18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350
AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO
SECTION 906 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

 

In connection with the Quarterly Report of Alpha Star Acquisition Corporation (the “Company”) on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2023 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date hereof (the “Report”), the undersigned, in the capacities and on the date indicated below, hereby certifies pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, that to her knowledge:

 

1. The Report fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and

 

2. The information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operation of the Company.

 

Date: August 11, 2023 By: /s/ Guojian Chen
    Guojian Chen
Chief Financial Officer
    (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

 

A signed original of this written statement required by Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 has been provided to the Company and will be retained by the Company and furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission or its staff upon request.

 

 

v3.23.2
Cover - shares
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2023
Aug. 11, 2023
Document Type 10-Q  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Quarterly Report true  
Document Transition Report false  
Document Period End Date Jun. 30, 2023  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2023  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity File Number 001-41153  
Entity Registrant Name ALPHA STAR ACQUISITION CORPORATION  
Entity Central Index Key 0001865111  
Entity Tax Identification Number 00-0000000  
Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code E9  
Entity Address, Address Line One 80 Broad Street  
Entity Address, Address Line Two 5th Floor  
Entity Address, City or Town New York  
Entity Address, State or Province NY  
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 10004  
City Area Code 212  
Local Phone Number 837-7977  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Interactive Data Current Yes  
Entity Filer Category Non-accelerated Filer  
Entity Small Business true  
Entity Emerging Growth Company true  
Elected Not To Use the Extended Transition Period false  
Entity Shell Company true  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   12,268,503
Units, each consisting of one ordinary share, one redeemable warrant, and one right    
Title of 12(b) Security Units, each consisting of one ordinary share, one redeemable warrant, and one right  
Trading Symbol ALSAU  
Security Exchange Name NASDAQ  
Ordinary Shares, $0.001 par value    
Title of 12(b) Security Ordinary Shares, $0.001 par value  
Trading Symbol ALSA  
Security Exchange Name NASDAQ  
Redeemable warrants entitle the holder to purchase one-half (1/2) of one ordinary share    
Title of 12(b) Security Redeemable warrants entitle the holder to purchase one-half (1/2) of one ordinary share  
Trading Symbol ALSAW  
Security Exchange Name NASDAQ  
Rights entitle the holders to receive one-seventh (1/7) of one Ordinary Share    
Title of 12(b) Security Rights entitle the holders to receive one-seventh (1/7) of one Ordinary Share  
Trading Symbol ALSAR  
Security Exchange Name NASDAQ  
v3.23.2
BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited) - USD ($)
Jun. 30, 2023
Dec. 31, 2022
Current assets:    
Cash in escrow $ 101,629 $ 110,991
Prepaid expense 50,000
Marketable securities held in trust account 123,219,259 118,228,816
Total current assets 123,370,888 118,339,807
Total assets 123,370,888 118,339,807
Current liabilities:    
Accrued expenses 144,409 199,852
Promissory note – related party 3,943,265 1,533,332
Due to related parties 212,660
Due to director 21,697
Deferred underwriting commissions 2,875,000 2,875,000
Total current liabilities 7,175,334 4,629,881
Total liabilities 7,175,334 4,629,881
Ordinary shares subject to possible redemption, 11,500,000 and 11,500,000 shares at redemption value of $10.72 and $10.28 per share at June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively 123,226,759 118,228,816
Stockholders’ deficit:    
Ordinary shares, par value $0.001, authorized 50,000,000 shares; 3,205,000 and 3,205,000 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively, excluding 11,500,000 shares subject to possible redemption 3,205 3,205
Additional paid-in capital
Accumulated deficit (7,034,410) (4,522,095)
Total stockholders’ deficit (7,031,205) (4,518,890)
Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit $ 123,370,888 $ 118,339,807
v3.23.2
BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited) (Parenthetical) - $ / shares
Jun. 30, 2023
Dec. 31, 2022
Statement of Financial Position [Abstract]    
Odinary shares subject to possible redemption 11,500,000 11,500,000
Ordinary shares subject to possible redemption, per share $ 10.72 $ 10.28
Common stock, par value $ 0.001 $ 0.001
Common stock, shares authorized 50,000,000 50,000,000
Common stock, shares issued 3,205,000 3,205,000
Common stock, shares outstanding 3,205,000 3,205,000
v3.23.2
STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited) - USD ($)
3 Months Ended 6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2023
Jun. 30, 2022
Jun. 30, 2023
Jun. 30, 2022
Income Statement [Abstract]        
Formation and operational costs $ 91,007 $ 178,656 $ 212,316 $ 367,521
Loss from operation costs 91,007 178,656 212,316 367,521
Other income:        
Interest realized on marketable securities held in trust account 929,387 79,998 2,197,780 89,384
Other income, net 5 5
Unrealized gain on marketable securities held in trust account 500,165 83,333 500,165 83,333
Total other income 1,429,552 163,336 2,697,945 172,722
Income (loss) before income taxes 1,338,545 (15,320) 2,485,629 (194,799)
Net Income (Loss) $ 1,338,545 $ (15,320) $ 2,485,629 $ (194,799)
Basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding - ordinary shares subject to redemption 11,500,000 11,500,000 11,500,000 11,500,000
Basic and diluted net income (loss) per share $ 0.14 $ (0.00) $ 0.26 $ (0.01)
Basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding – Non-redeemable ordinary shares 3,205,000 3,205,000 3,205,000 3,205,000
Basic and diluted net loss per share $ (0.08) $ (0.01) $ (0.17) $ (0.02)
v3.23.2
STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT (Unaudited) - USD ($)
Ordinary Shares [Member]
Additional Paid-in Capital [Member]
Retained Earnings [Member]
Total
Beginning balance, value at Dec. 31, 2021 $ 3,205 $ (2,400,410) $ (2,397,205)
Beginning balance, shares at Dec. 31, 2021 3,205,000      
Net income (179,479) (179,479)
Ending balance, value at Mar. 31, 2022 $ 3,205 (2,579,889) (2,576,684)
Ending balance, shares at Mar. 31, 2022 3,205,000      
Remeasurement to redemption value (173,461) (173,461)
Net income (15,320) (15,320)
Ending balance, value at Jun. 30, 2022 $ 3,205 (2,768,670) (2,765,465)
Ending balance, shares at Jun. 30, 2022 3,205,000      
Beginning balance, value at Dec. 31, 2022 $ 3,205 (4,522,095) (4,518,890)
Beginning balance, shares at Dec. 31, 2022 3,205,000      
Subsequent measurement of ordinary shares subject to possible redemption (interest earned and unrealize gain on trust account) (1,268,393) (1,268,393)
Subsequent measurement of ordinary shares subject to possible redemption (additional funding for business combination extension) (1,149,999) (1,149,999)
Net income 1,147,084 1,147,084
Ending balance, value at Mar. 31, 2023 $ 3,205 (5,793,403) (5,790,198)
Ending balance, shares at Mar. 31, 2023 3,205,000      
Subsequent measurement of ordinary shares subject to possible redemption (interest earned and unrealize gain on trust account) (1,429,552) (1,429,552)
Subsequent measurement of ordinary shares subject to possible redemption (additional funding for business combination extension) (1,150,000) (1,150,000)
Net income 1,338,545 1,338,545
Ending balance, value at Jun. 30, 2023 $ 3,205 $ (7,034,410) $ (7,031,205)
Ending balance, shares at Jun. 30, 2023 3,205,000      
v3.23.2
STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited) - USD ($)
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2023
Jun. 30, 2022
Cash flows from operating activities:    
Net income (loss) $ 2,485,629 $ (194,799)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash used in operating activities:    
Interest realized in trust account (2,197,780) (89,384)
Unrealized gain in trust account (500,165) (83,333)
Prepaid expense (50,000) 74,384
Payment with Trust account 7,500
Net changes in operating assets & liabilities    
Accrued expenses (55,443) 80,940
Due to related parties 212,660
Due to director (21,697)
Net cash used in operating activities (119,296) (212,192)
Cash flows from investing activities:    
Investment of cash in Trust Account (2,299,999)
Net cash used in investing activities (2,299,999)
Cash flows from financing activities:    
Proceeds from Sponsor loan 2,409,933
Net cash provided by financing activities 2,409,933
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (9,362) (212,192)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 110,991 387,858
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 101,629 175,666
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information    
Subsequent measurement of ordinary shares subject to possible redemption $ 4,997,944 $ 172,717
v3.23.2
Description of Organization and Business Operations
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2023
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Description of Organization and Business Operations

Note 1 – Description of Organization and Business Operations

 

Organization and General

 

Alpha Star Acquisition Corporation (the “Company”) is a blank check company incorporated in the Cayman Islands on March 11, 2021. The Company was formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses (“Business Combination”). The Company has selected December 31 as its fiscal year end.

 

Although the Company is not limited to a particular industry or geographic region for purposes of consummating a Business Combination. However, the Company shall not consider or undertake a business combination with an entity or business with its principal or a majority of its business operations (either directly or through any subsidiaries) in the People’s Republic of China (including Hong Kong and Macau). The Company is an early stage and emerging growth company and, as such, the Company is subject to all of the risks associated with early stage and emerging growth companies.

 

The Company’s sponsor is A-Star Management Corporation, a British Virgin Islands incorporated company (the “Sponsor”). The Company will not generate any operating revenues until after the completion of a Business Combination, at the earliest. The Company will generate non-operating income in the form of interest income from the proceeds derived from the Initial Public Offering (the “IPO”).

 

The Annual General Meeting held on July 13, 2023, approved to amend the Company’s Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association to extend the date by which the Company must consummate a business combination to March 15, 2024 (27 months from the consummation of the IPO) (the “Combination Period”). If the Company fails to consummate a Business Combination within the Combination Period, it will trigger its automatic winding up, liquidation and subsequent dissolution pursuant to the terms of the Company’s amended and restated memorandum and articles of association. As a result, this has the same effect as if the Company had formally gone through a voluntary liquidation procedure under the Companies Law. Accordingly, no vote would be required from the Company’s stockholders to commence such a voluntary winding up, liquidation and subsequent dissolution.

 

The Company’s IPO was declared effective on December 13, 2021. On December 15, 2021, the Company consummated the IPO of 11,500,000 units which includes an additional 1,500,000 units as a result of the underwriters’ fully exercise of the over-allotment, at $10.00 per Unit, generating gross proceeds of $115,000,000, which is described in Note 3.

 

Concurrently with the closing of the IPO, the Company consummated the sale of 330,000 units (the “Private Placement”) at a price of $10.00 per Private Unit in a private placement to A-Star Management Corporation, generating gross proceeds of $3,300,000, which is described in Note 4.

 

On September 13, 2022, the Company announced that it has entered into a non-binding letter of intent (“LOI”) for a business combination with Cyclebit Group (the “Cyclebit”). Founded in 2012, Cyclebit is a global payments and SaaS provider. Its core products include card acquiring, point-of-sale (POS) services and marketplace solutions. Under the terms of the LOI, the Company and Cyclebit would become a combined entity, with the Cyclebit’s existing equity holders rolling 100% of their equity into the combined public company. No assurance can be made that the parties will successfully negotiate and enter into a definitive agreement, or that the proposed transaction will be consummated on the terms or time frame currently contemplated, or at all. Any transaction would be subject to board an equity holder approval of both companies, regulatory approvals and other customary conditions.

The Trust Account

 

As of December 15, 2021, a total of $115,682,250 of the net proceeds from the IPO and the Private Placement transaction completed with the Sponsor was deposited in a trust account established for the benefit of the Company’s public stockholders with Wilmington Trust, National Association acting as trustee. The amount exceeding $115,000,000, $682,254, had been transferred to the Company’s escrow cash account as its working capital. At June 30, 2023, the Company had working capital deficiencies of $4,148,705, which excludes $123,219,259 of marketable securities held in the trust account and the liability for deferred underwriting commissions of $2,875,000.

 

The funds held in the Trust Account are invested only in United States government treasury bills, bonds or notes having a maturity of 180 days or less, or in money market funds meeting the applicable conditions under Rule 2a-7 promulgated under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and that invest solely in United States government treasuries. Except with respect to interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account that may be released to the Company to pay its income or other tax obligations, the proceeds will not be released from the Trust Account until the earlier of the completion of a Business Combination or the Company’s liquidation.

 

Liquidity and Going Concern

 

As of June 30, 2023, the Company had cash $101,629 in its escrow account and working capital deficiencies of $4,148,705, which excludes $123,219,259 of marketable securities held in the trust account and the liability for deferred underwriting commissions of $2,875,000.

 

In order to finance transaction costs in connection with a Business Combination, the Sponsor or an affiliate of the Sponsor, or certain of the Company’s officers and directors may, but are not obligated to, provide the Company related party loans up to $1,500,000. As of June 30, 2023. The Company had no convertible loan payable balance.

 

On September 13, 2022, December 31, 2022 and March 13, 2023, the Company issued the first promissory note (the “First Note”), second promissory note (the “Second Note”) and third promissory note (“Third Note”) in the principal amount of up to $1,000,000, $1,300,000 and $2,500,000 to the Sponsor, pursuant to which the Sponsor shall loan to the Company up to $1,000,000, $1,300,000 and $2,500,000 to pay the extension fee and transaction cost, respectively. For further information regarding the notes reference to Note 5.

 

If the Company’s estimate of the costs of identifying a target business, undertaking due diligence and negotiating a Business Combination are less than the actual amount necessary to do so, the Company may have insufficient funds available to operate our business prior to our initial Business Combination. Moreover, the Company may need to obtain additional financing either to complete its Business Combination or because the Company has become obligated to redeem a significant number of its Public Shares upon completion of its Business Combination, in which case the Company may issue additional securities or incur debt in connection with such Business Combination. In addition, we have until March 15, 2024 (the “Liquidation Date”) to consummate a business combination.

 

In connection with the Company’s assessment of going concern considerations in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 205-40, “Disclosures of Uncertainties about an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern,” management has determined that if the Company is unable to complete a Business Combination by the Liquidation Date, then the Company may cease all operations except for the purpose of liquidating. The uncertainty surrounding the date for mandatory liquidation and subsequent dissolution raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. Management expects to close the Business Combination prior to the Liquidation Date. If the Company is unable to close the Business Combination or raise additional capital, it may be required to take additional measures to conserve liquidity, which could include, but not necessarily include or be limited to, curtailing operations, suspending the pursuit of a potential transaction and reducing overhead expenses. The Company cannot provide any assurance that new financing will be available to it on commercially acceptable terms or if at all. These conditions raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern through the Liquidation Date if a Business Combination is not consummated. These financial statements do not include any adjustments relating to the recovery of the recorded assets or the classification of the liabilities that might be necessary should the Company be unable to continue as a going concern.

 

v3.23.2
Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2023
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Note 2 – Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The accompanying financial statements of the Company are presented in U.S. dollars in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) and pursuant to the rules and regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

 

These unaudited financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Company’s audited financial statements and the notes thereto included in the Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2022, which are included in Form 10-K filed on March 31, 2023.

 

Emerging Growth Company

 

The Company is an emerging growth company as defined by Section 2(a) of the JOBS Act and it may take advantage of certain exemptions from various reporting requirements that are applicable to other public companies that are not emerging growth companies including, but no limited to, not being required to comply with the auditor attestation requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, reduced disclosures obligations regarding executive compensation in its periodic reports and proxy statements, and exceptions from the requirements of holding a nonbinding advisory vote on executive compensation and stockholder approval of any golden parachute payment not previously approved.

 

Further, Section 102(b)(1) of the JOBS Act exempts emerging growth companies from being required to comply with new or revised financial accounting standards until private companies (that is, those that have not had a Securities Act registration statement declared effective or do not have a class of securities registered under the Exchange Act) are required to comply with the new or revised financial accounting standards. The JOBS Act provides that a company can elect to opt out of the extended transition period and comply with the requirements that apply to non-emerging growth companies but any such an election to opt out is irrevocable. The Company has elected not to opt out of such extended transition period which means that when a standard is issued or revised, and it has different application dates for public or private companies, the Company, as an emerging growth company, can adopt the new or revised standard at the time private companies adopt the new or revised standard. This may make comparison of the Company’s financial statements with another public company which is neither an emerging growth company nor an emerging growth company which has opted out of using the extended transition period difficult or impossible because of the potential differences in accounting standards used.

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires the Company’s management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates. Making estimates requires management to exercise significant judgment. It is at least reasonably possible that the estimate of the effect of a condition, situation or set of circumstances that existed at the date of the financial statements, which management considered in formulating its estimate, could change in the near term due to one or more future confirming events.

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

The Company considers all short-term investments with an original maturity of three months or less when purchased to be cash equivalents. The Company had $101,629 and $110,991 cash held in escrow and did not have any cash equivalents as of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively.

 

Concentration of Credit Risk

 

Financial instruments that potentially subject the Company to concentration of credit risk consist of a cash account in a financial institution which, at times may exceed the Federal depository insurance coverage of $250,000. As of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, the Company had not experienced losses on this account respectively.

 

Marketable Securities Held in Trust Account

 

The Company’s investments held in the Trust Account are classified as trading securities. Trading securities are presented on the balance sheets at fair value at the end of each reporting period. Gains and losses resulting from the change in fair value of investments held in Trust Account are included in interest earned and unrealized gain on marketable securities held in Trust Account in the accompanying statements of operations. The estimated fair values of investments held in Trust Account are determined using available market information. The Company had $123,219,259 and $118,228,816 of marketable securities held in the trust account, and have no claim to withdraw or distribute any funds from the trust account as of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022. On March 22, 2023, the Company withdrew $7,500 to pay Wilmington Trust $7,500 as the operating expenses. The Company plans to deposit $7,500 into the trust account during third quarter of 2023.

 

During the three months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, interest earned from the Trust account amounted to $1,429,552 and $163,331, which $929,387 and $79,998 were reinvested in the Trust Account, respectively. $500,165 and $83,333 were also recognized as unrealized gain on investments held in the Trust account during the three months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively.

 

During the six months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, interest earned from the Trust account amounted to $2,697,945 and $172,722 which $2,197,780 and $89,384 were reinvested in the Trust Account, respectively. $500,165 and $83,333 were also recognized as unrealized gain on investments held in the Trust account during the six months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively.

 

Offering Costs Associated with the Initial Public Offering

 

The Company complies with the requirements of ASC 340-10-S99-1 and SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin Topic 5A – “Expenses of Offering”. Offering costs consisted of legal, accounting, and other costs incurred that were directly related to the Initial Public Offering. Upon completion of the Initial Public Offering, offering costs were allocated to the separable financial instruments issued in the Initial Public Offering based on a relative fair value basis, compared to total proceeds received. Offering costs allocated to the warrants and Rights were charged to equity. Offering costs allocated to the ordinary shares were charged against the carrying value of ordinary shares subject to possible redemption upon the completion of the Initial Public Offering.

 

Ordinary Shares Subject to Possible Redemption

 

The Company accounts for its ordinary shares subject to possible redemption in accordance with the guidance in Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 480 “Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity.” Ordinary shares subject to mandatory redemption is classified as a liability instrument and is measured at fair value. Conditionally redeemable ordinary shares (including ordinary shares that feature redemption rights that is either within the control of the holder or subject to redemption upon the occurrence of uncertain events not solely within the Company’s control) is classified as temporary equity. At all other times, ordinary shares are classified as stockholders’ equity. The Company’s ordinary shares feature certain redemption rights that are considered to be outside of the Company’s control and subject to occurrence of uncertain future events. Accordingly, ordinary shares subject to possible redemption are presented at redemption value as temporary equity, outside of the stockholders’ equity section of the Company’s balance sheets.

 

All of the 11,500,000 ordinary shares sold as part of the Units in the IPO contain a redemption feature which allows for the redemption of such Public Shares in connection with the Company’s liquidation, if there is a stockholder vote or tender offer in connection with the Business Combination and in connection with certain amendments to the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation. Accordingly, all of the 11,500,000 shares of ordinary shares are presented as temporary equity.

 

The Company recognizes changes in redemption value immediately as they occur and adjusts the carrying value of redeemable ordinary shares to equal the redemption value at the end of each reporting period. Increases or decreases in the carrying amount of redeemable ordinary shares are affected by charges against additional paid-in capital and accumulated deficit if additional paid in capital equals to zero. The interest earned by the marketable security held in trust, and the extension fee invest into the marketable security held in trust, were also recognizes in redemption value against additional paid-in capital and accumulated deficit immediately. The proceeds on the deposit in the trust account, including interest (which interest shall be net of taxes payable, and less up to $50,000 of interest to pay dissolution expenses) will be used to fund the redemption of the public shares.

 

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

The fair value of the Company’s assets and liabilities approximates the carrying amounts represented in the accompanying balance sheets, primarily due to the short-term nature.

 

Net Income (Loss) per Share

 

The Company complies with accounting and disclosure requirements of FASB ASC Topic 260, “Earnings Per Share.” In order to determine the net income (loss) attributable to both the redeemable shares and non-redeemable shares, the Company first considered the undistributed income (loss) allocable to both the redeemable shares and non-redeemable shares and the undistributed income (loss) is calculated using the total net income (loss) less any dividends paid. The Company then allocated the undistributed income (loss) ratably based on the weighted average number of shares outstanding between the redeemable and non-redeemable shares. Any remeasurement of the accretion to redemption value of the ordinary shares subject to possible redemption was considered to be dividends paid to the public stockholders.

 

The calculation of diluted income (loss) per ordinary shares does not consider the effect of the warrants issued in connection with the (i) Initial Public Offering, (ii) the private placement since the exercise of the warrants is contingent upon the occurrence of future events, and (iii) the effect of the rights to receive 1,690,000 shares. The warrants are exercisable to purchase 5,915,000 shares of ordinary shares in the aggregate. As of June 30, 2023, the Company did not have any dilutive securities or other contracts that could, potentially, be exercised or converted into ordinary shares in the earnings of the Company. As a result, diluted net income (loss) per ordinary shares is the same as basic net income (loss) per ordinary share for the periods presented.

 

The net income (loss) per share presented in the statements of operations is based on the following:

 

                               
    For the
Three Months Ended
June 30,
2023
    For the
Three Months Ended
June 30,
2022
    For the
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2023
    For the
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2022
 
Net income (loss)   $ 1,338,545     $ (15,320 )   $ 2,485,629     $ (194,799 )
Remeasurement to redemption value – interest income earned     (1,429,552 )     (172,717 )     (2,697,945 )     (172,717 )
Remeasurement to redemption value – extension fee     (1,150,000 )     -       (2,299,999 )     -  
Net income (loss) including accretion of temporary equity to redemption value   $ (1,241,007 )   $ (188,037 )   $ (2,512,315 )   $ (367,516 )

 

                                                               
    For the
Three Months Ended
June 30,
2023
    For the
Three Months Ended
June 30,
2022
    For the
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2023
    For the
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2022
 
    (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)  
    Non-
redeemable
shares
    Redeemable
shares
    Non-
redeemable
shares
    Redeemable
shares
    Non-
redeemable
shares
    Redeemable
shares
    Non-
redeemable
shares
    Redeemable
shares
 
Basic and Diluted net income (loss) per share:                                                                
Numerators:                                                                
Allocation of net losses   (270,481 )    $ (970,526 )    $ (40,983 )    $ (147,054 )   $ (547,567 )   $ (1,964,748 )   $ (80,101 )   $ (287,415 )
Accretion of extension fee     -       1,150,000       -       -        -       2,299,999       -       -  
Accretion of temporary equity- interest income earned     -       1,429,552       -        172,717       -       2,697,945       -       172,717  
Allocation of net income (loss)   (270,481 )    $ 1,609,026     (40,983 )    $ 25,663     $ (547,567 )   $ 3,033,196     $ (80,101 )   $ (114,698 )
Denominators:                                                                
Weighted-average shares outstanding     3,205,000       11,500,000       3,205,000       11,500,000       3,205,000       11,500,000       3,205,000       11,500,000  
Basic and diluted net income (loss) per share   (0.08 )    $ 0.14      $ (0.01 )    $ (0.00 )   $ (0.17 )   $ 0.26     $ (0.02 )   $ (0.01 )

 

Income Taxes

 

The Company accounts for income taxes under ASC 740 Income Taxes (“ASC 740”). ASC 740 requires the recognition of deferred tax assets and liabilities for both the expected impact of differences between the financial statements and tax basis of assets and liabilities and for the expected future tax benefit to be derived from tax loss and tax credit carry forwards. ASC 740 additionally requires a valuation allowance to be established when it is more likely than not that all or a portion of deferred tax assets will not be realized.

 

ASC 740 also clarifies the accounting for uncertainty in income taxes recognized in an enterprise’s financial statements and prescribes a recognition threshold and measurement process for financial statements recognition and measurement of a tax position taken or expected to be taken in a tax return. For those benefits to be recognized, a tax position must be more-likely-than-not to be sustained upon examination by taxing authorities. ASC 740 also provides guidance on derecognition, classification, interest and penalties, accounting in interim period, disclosure and transition. The Company has identified the Cayman Islands as its only “major” tax jurisdiction, as defined. Based on the Company’s evaluation, it has been concluded that there are no significant uncertain tax positions requiring recognition in the Company’s financial statements. The Company believes that its income tax positions and deductions would be sustained on audit and does not anticipate any adjustments that would result in material changes to its financial position. The Company’s policy for recording interest and penalties associated with audits is to record such items as a component of income tax expense.

 

On August 16, 2022, the U.S. Government enacted legislation commonly referred to as the Inflation Reduction Act. The main provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act (the “IR Act”) that we anticipate may impact us is a 1% excise tax on share repurchases. Any redemption or other repurchase that occurs after December 31, 2022, in connection with a Business Combination, extension vote or otherwise, may be subject to the excise tax. Because there is possibility that the Company may acquire a U.S. domestic corporation or engage in a transaction in which a domestic corporation becomes parent or affiliate to the Company and the Company may become a “covered corporation” as a listed Company in Nasdaq. The management team has evaluated the IR Act as of June 30, 2023 and does not believe it would have a material effect on the Company, and will continue to evaluate its impact.

 

The provision for income taxes was deemed to be immaterial for three and six months ended June 30, 2023 and for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022.

 

Warrants

 

The Company evaluates the Public and Private Warrants as either equity-classified or liability-classified instruments based on an assessment of the warrants’ specific terms and applicable authoritative guidance in Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 480, Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity (“ASC 480”) and ASC 815, Derivatives and Hedging (“ASC 815”). The assessment considers whether the warrants are freestanding financial instruments pursuant to ASC 480, meet the definition of a liability pursuant to ASC 480, and whether the warrants meet all of the requirements for equity classification under ASC 815, including whether the warrants are indexed to the Company’s own ordinary shares, among other conditions for equity classification. Pursuant to such evaluation, both Public and Private Warrants are classified in stockholders’ equity.

 

Recently Issued Accounting Standards

 

In August 2020, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2020-06, Debt — Debt with Conversion and Other Options (Subtopic 470-20) and Derivatives and Hedging — Contracts in Entity’s Own Equity (Subtopic 815-40) (“ASU 2020-06”) to simplify accounting for certain financial instruments. ASU 2020-06 eliminates the current models that require separation of beneficial conversion and cash conversion features from convertible instruments and simplifies the derivative scope exception guidance pertaining to equity classification of contracts in an entity’s own equity. The new standard also introduces additional disclosures for convertible debt and freestanding instruments that are indexed to and settled in an entity’s own equity. ASU 2020-06 amends the diluted earnings per share guidance, including the requirement to use the if-converted method for all convertible instruments. ASU 2020-06 is effective for the fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2023, and interim periods within those fiscal year for smaller reporting companies. As of June 30, 2023, management does not believe that any recently effective, accounting pronouncements, if currently adopted, would have a material effect on the Company’s financial statements.

 

v3.23.2
Initial Public Offering
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2023
Initial Public Offering  
Initial Public Offering

Note 3 – Initial Public Offering

 

On December 15, 2021, the Company consummated the initial public offering and sale of 11,500,000 units (including the issuance of 1,500,000 units as a result of the underwriters’ fully exercise of the over-allotment) at a price of $10.00 per Unit, generating gross proceeds of $115,000,000. Each Unit consists of one ordinary share, one redeemable warrant (each a “Warrant”, and, collectively, the “Warrants”), and one right to receive one-seventh (1/7) of an ordinary share upon the consummation of a Business Combination. Each two redeemable warrants entitle the holder thereof to purchase one ordinary share, and each seven rights entitle the holder thereof to receive one ordinary share at the closing of a Business Combination. No fractional shares were issued upon separation of the Units, and only whole Warrants will trade.

 

v3.23.2
Private Placement
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2023
Private Placement  
Private Placement

Note 4 – Private Placement

 

Concurrently with the consummation of the IPO, A-Star Management Corporation, the Sponsor, purchased an aggregate of 330,000 units at a price of $10.00 per Private Unit for an aggregate purchase price of $3,300,000 in a private placement. The Private Units are identical to the public Units except with respect to certain registration rights and transfer restrictions. The proceeds from the Private Units were added to the proceeds from the IPO to be held in the Trust Account. If the Company does not complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period, the proceeds from the sale of the Private Units will be used to fund the redemption of the Public Shares (subject to the requirements of applicable law), and the Private Units and all underlying securities will expire worthless.

 

v3.23.2
Related Party Transactions
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2023
Related Party Transactions [Abstract]  
Related Party Transactions

Note 5 – Related Party Transactions

 

Founder Shares

 

On March 11, 2021, the Company issued one ordinary share to the Sponsor for no consideration. On April 6, 2021, the Company cancelled the one share for no consideration and the Sponsor purchased 2,875,000 ordinary shares for an aggregate price of $25,000.

 

The 2,875,000 founder shares (for purposes hereof referred to as the “Founder Shares”) include an aggregate of up to 375,000 shares subject to forfeiture by the Sponsor to the extent that the underwriters’ over-allotment is not exercised in full or in part, so that the Sponsor will collectively own 20% of the Company’s issued and outstanding shares after the Proposed Offering. On December 15, 2021, the underwriters exercised the over-allotment option in full, so there are no Founder Shares subject to forfeiture as of June 30, 2023.

 

The Sponsor and each Insider agrees that it, he or she shall not (a) Transfer 50% of their Founder Shares until the earlier of (A) six months after the consummation of the Company’s initial Business Combination or (B) the date on which the closing price of the Ordinary Shares equals or exceeds $12.50 per share (as adjusted for share splits, share capitalizations, rights issuances, subdivisions, reorganizations, recapitalizations and the like) for any 20 trading days within any 30-trading day period commencing after the Company’s initial Business Combination or (b) Transfer the remaining 50% of their Founder Shares until six months after the date of the consummation of the Company’s initial Business Combination, or earlier in either case, if subsequent to the Company’s initial Business Combination the Company completes a liquidation, merger, share exchange, reorganization or other similar transaction that results in all of the Company’s stockholders having the right to exchange their Ordinary Shares for cash, securities or other property (the “Founder Shares Lock-up Period”).

 

Administrative Services Agreement

 

The Company entered into an administrative services agreement, commencing on December 13, 2021, through the earlier of the Company’s consummation of a Business Combination or its liquidation, to pay to the Sponsor a total of $10,000 per month for office space, secretarial and administrative services provided to members of the Company’s management team. For each of the six months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, the Company incurred $60,000 in fees for these services respectively. For each of the three months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, the Company incurred $30,000 in fees for these services respectively.

 

Sponsor Promissory Note — Related Party

 

On March 26, 2021, the Company issued an unsecured promissory note to the Sponsor, pursuant to which the Company may borrow up to an aggregate principal amount of $300,000 (the “Promissory Note”). The Promissory Note is non-interest bearing and payable on the earlier of (i) December 31, 2021 or (ii) the consummation of the IPO. The loan repaid as $300,000 allotted to the payment of offering expense as of the IPO date.

 

In addition, in order to finance transaction costs in connection with an intended initial business combination, our sponsor or an affiliate of our sponsor or certain of our officers and directors may, but are not obligated to, loan us funds as may be required. If we complete an initial business combination, we would repay such loaned amounts. In the event that the initial business combination does not close, we may use a portion of the working capital held outside the trust account to repay such loaned amounts but no proceeds from our trust account would be used for such repayment. Up to $1,500,000 of such loans may be convertible into units at a price of $10.00 per unit (which, for example, would result in the holders being issued 150,000 ordinary shares, 150,000 rights and 150,000 warrants to purchase 75,000 shares if $1,500,000 of notes were so converted) at the option of the lender. The units would be identical to the placement units issued to the initial holder. The terms of such loans by our officers and directors, if any, have not been determined and no written agreements exist with respect to such loans. We do not expect to seek loans from parties other than our sponsor or an affiliate of our sponsor as we do not believe third parties will be willing to loan such funds and provide a waiver against any and all rights to seek access to funds in our trust account. The convertible loans from Sponsor balances were nil as of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022.

 

On September 13, 2022 and December 31, 2022, the Company issued the first promissory note (the “First Note”) and second promissory note (the “Second Note”) in the principal amount of up to $1,000,000 and $1,300,000 to the Sponsor, pursuant to which the Sponsor shall loan to the Company up to $1,000,000 and $1,300,000 to pay the extension fee and transaction cost, respectively. The First Notes bears no interest and are repayable in full upon the earlier of (a) September 15, 2023 or (b) the date of the consummation of the Company’s initial business combination. The Second Note bears no interest and are repayable in full upon the earlier of (a) December 31, 2023 or (b) the date of the consummation of the Company’s initial business combination. The Notes have no conversion feature, and no collateral. The issuance of the Notes were made pursuant to the exemption from registration contained in Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The Sponsor waives any and all right, title, interest or claim of any kind in or to any distribution of or from the trust account, and agrees not to seek resources, reimbursement, payment or satisfaction for any claim against the trust account for any reason whatsoever.

 

On March 13, 2023, the Company issued a promissory note (the “Third Note”) in the principal amount of up to $2,500,000 to the Sponsor, pursuant to which the Sponsor shall loan to the Company up to $2,500,000 to pay the extension fee and transaction cost. The Note bears no interest and are repayable in full upon the earlier of (a) December 31, 2023 or (b) the date of the consummation of the Company’s initial business combination.

 

Starting from September 13, 2022 to June 30, 2023, the Company requested to draw the funds of $383,333 and deposited it into the trust account monthly to extend the period of time the Company has to consummate a business combination. The $383,333 extension fee represents approximately $0.033 per public share. The extension funds will decrease if certain shareholders redeem the shares. In July 2023, due to the redemption of 2,436,497 public shares regarding to the shareholders meeting discussed in Note 9 and 9,063,503 shares remain unredeemed and outstanding, the monthly extension fees change into $302,116, consist of $0.033 per public share.

 

Sponsor promissory note balances were $3,943,265 and $1,533,332 as of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022 respectively.

 

Due to related parties