Filed Pursuant to Rule 424(b)(3)
Registration No. 333-267937
Up to 32,157,892 Shares of Common Stock
Offered by the Selling Stockholders
This prospectus relates to the resale, from time to time, of up to 32,157,892 shares (the “Shares”) of our common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (“Common Stock”), by the selling stockholders (the “Selling Stockholders”) identified in this prospectus under the section “Selling Stockholders” (the “Offering”). The Shares covered by this prospectus include (i) 40,000 shares of Common Stock held by certain Selling Stockholders and (ii) shares of Common Stock issuable pursuant to a securities purchase agreement the Company entered into with 3i, LP, a Selling Stockholder, on September 15, 2022 (the “Securities Purchase Agreement”), which consist of: (a) up to 30,367,892 shares of Common Stock that are issuable upon conversion of a convertible note in the original principal amount of $10,500,000 (the “Note” and such financing, the “Note Offering”) purchased by 3i, LP and (b) 1,750,000 shares of Common stock issuable upon exercise of a warrant to purchase Common Stock (the “Warrant”) held by 3i, LP. We will not receive any proceeds from the sale of the Shares by the Selling Stockholders under this prospectus. We will, however, receive proceeds from any portion of the Warrant that is exercised through the payment of the exercise price in cash. The Selling Stockholders will bear all commissions and discounts, if any, attributable to the sale of the Shares, except for certain legal fees and expenses, which will be paid by us. We will bear all costs, expenses and fees in connection with the registration of the Shares. See “Private Placement of the Note and the Warrant.”
We are registering the offer and resale of the Shares held by 3i, LP to satisfy the registration rights 3i, LP received in connection with the issuance of the Note and the Warrant.
The Selling Stockholders may sell, transfer or otherwise dispose of any or all of the Shares offered by this prospectus from time to time on The Nasdaq Capital Market or any other stock exchange, market, or trading facility on which the shares are traded, or in private transactions. Sales of the Shares by the Selling Stockholders may occur at fixed prices, at prevailing market prices at the time of sale, at prices related to the prevailing market price, at varying prices determined at the time of sale, or at negotiated prices. The Selling Stockholders may sell Shares to or through underwriters, broker-dealers or agents, who may receive compensation in the form of discounts, concessions or commissions from the Selling Stockholders, the purchasers of the Shares, or both. If required, the number of Shares to be sold, the public offering price of those Shares, the names of any underwriters, broker-dealers or agents and any applicable commission or discount will be included in a supplement to this prospectus, called a prospectus supplement. See the disclosure under the heading “Plan of Distribution” elsewhere in this prospectus for more information about how the Selling Stockholders may sell or otherwise dispose of its Shares hereunder.
You should read this prospectus, the applicable prospectus supplement and any related free writing prospectus carefully, as well as any documents incorporated by reference, before you invest in any of the securities being offered.
We are an “emerging growth company” as defined in Section 2(a) of the Securities Act, and are subject to reduced public company reporting requirements. This prospectus complies with the requirements that apply to an issuer that is an emerging growth company.
Our Common Stock is listed on The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) under the symbols “LIDR”. On October 18, 2022, the closing price of our Common Stock was $0.85 per share.
Our business and investment in our Common Stock involve significant risks. These risks are described in the section titled “Risk Factors” beginning on page 14 of this prospectus.
Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of these securities or passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of this prospectus. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.
The date of this prospectus is October 28, 2022.
|ABOUT THIS PROSPECTUS
|CAUTIONARY STATEMENT CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
|USE OF PROCEEDS
|PRIVATE PLACEMENT OF THE NOTE AND THE WARRANT
|PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION
|WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION
|Information Incorporated by Reference
This prospectus is part of a registration statement that we filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC, using a “shelf” registration process. Under the shelf registration process, the Selling Stockholders may, from time to time, offer and sell the shares described in this prospectus in one or more offerings. Information about the Selling Stockholders may change over time. We will not receive any of the proceeds from the sale of our Common Stock by the Selling Stockholders under this prospectus, although we will receive proceeds from any portion of the Warrant that is exercised through the payment of the exercise price in cash.
We may also file a prospectus supplement or post-effective amendment to the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part that may contain material information relating to these offerings. The prospectus supplement or post-effective amendment may also add, update, or change information contained in this prospectus with respect to that offering. If there is any inconsistency between the information in this prospectus and the applicable prospectus supplement or post-effective amendment, you should rely on the prospectus supplement or post-effective amendment, as applicable. Before purchasing any securities, you should carefully read this prospectus, any post-effective amendment, and any applicable prospectus supplement, together with the additional information described under the heading “Where You Can Find More Information” and “Information Incorporated by Reference.”
Neither we nor the Selling Stockholders have authorized anyone to provide you with any information or to make any representations other than those contained in or incorporated by reference into this prospectus, any post-effective amendment, or any applicable prospectus supplement prepared by or on behalf of us or to which we have referred you. We and the Selling Stockholders take no responsibility for and can provide no assurance as to the reliability of any other information that others may give you. The Selling Stockholders will not make an offer to sell these securities in any jurisdiction where the offer or sale is not permitted. You should assume that the information appearing in this prospectus, any post-effective amendment and any applicable prospectus supplement to this prospectus is accurate only as of the date on its respective cover. Our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects may have changed since those dates. This prospectus contains, and any post-effective amendment or any prospectus supplement may contain, market data and industry statistics and forecasts that are based on independent industry publications and other publicly available information. We believe this information is reliable as of the applicable date of its publication, however, we have not independently verified the accuracy or completeness of the information included in or assumptions relied on in these third-party publications. In addition, the market and industry data and forecasts that may be included in or incorporated by reference into this prospectus, any post-effective amendment or any prospectus supplement may involve estimates, assumptions and other risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various factors, including those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” contained in this prospectus, any post-effective amendment, the applicable prospectus supplement and otherwise incorporated by reference herein. Accordingly, investors should not place undue reliance on this information.
We own or have rights to trademarks, trade names and service marks that we use in connection with the operation of our business. In addition, our name, logos and website name and address are our trademarks or service marks. Solely for convenience, in some cases, the trademarks, trade names and service marks referred to in this prospectus are listed without the applicable ®, ™ and SM symbols, but we will assert, to the fullest extent under applicable law, our rights to these trademarks, trade names and service marks. Other trademarks, trade names and service marks appearing in this prospectus are the property of their respective owners.
On February 17, 2021, AEye Technologies, Inc., then known as AEye, Inc. (“AEye Technologies”), entered into the Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”) with CF Finance Acquisition Corp. III, a Delaware corporation (“CF III”), now known as AEye, Inc., and Meliora Merger Sub, Inc., a Delaware corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of CF III (“Merger Sub”). Based on CF III’s business activities, it was a “shell company” as defined under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). On August 16, 2021 (the “Closing Date”), CF III closed the business combination (the “Merger,” and together with the other transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement, the “Transactions”) pursuant to the Merger Agreement, and Merger Sub was merged with and into AEye Technologies with AEye Technologies surviving the merger as a wholly owned subsidiary of CF III. On the Closing Date, and in connection with the closing of the Transactions (the “Closing”), CF III changed its name to AEye, Inc. Unless otherwise stated or unless the context otherwise requires, the terms “we,” “us,” “our”, “AEye”, “Company”, and “post-combination entity” refer to AEye, Inc. and its subsidiaries following the consummation of the Merger or to AEye Technologies and its subsidiaries prior to the consummation of the Merger.
This prospectus, any accompanying prospectus supplement and the documents incorporated by reference herein contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this prospectus, any accompanying prospectus supplement and the documents incorporated by reference herein, including statements concerning possible or assumed future actions, business strategies, events or results of operations, and any statements that refer to projections, forecasts or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.
In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as “may,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “could,” “intend,” “target,” “project,” “contemplate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential” or “continue” or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are only predictions. We have based these forward-looking statements largely on our current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that we believe may affect our business, financial condition and results of operations. The forward-looking statements in this prospectus, any accompanying prospectus supplement and the documents incorporated by reference herein speak only as of the date of this prospectus, any accompanying prospectus supplement, and the documents incorporated by reference herein, as applicable. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, including the risks, uncertainties and assumptions described under the section in this prospectus titled “Risk Factors” or discussed in greater detail in the documents incorporated by reference herein. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks, including, without limitation, the following:
|changes in our strategy, future operations, financial position, estimated revenues and losses, projected costs, prospects and plans;
|our product development timeline and expected start of production;
|the implementation, market acceptance and success of our business model;
|our ability to scale in a cost-effective manner;
|developments and projections relating to our competitors and industry;
|the impact of health epidemics, including the COVID-19 pandemic, on our business and the actions we may take in response thereto;
|the effect of global events, such as the Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, on the U.S. and global economies, our business, our employees, results of operations, financial condition, demand for our products and partners’ businesses;
|our expectations regarding our ability to obtain and maintain intellectual property protection and not infringe on the rights of others;
|expectations regarding the time during which we will be an emerging growth company under the JOBS Act;
|our future capital requirements and sources and uses of cash;
|our ability to obtain funding for our operations;
|our business, expansion plans and opportunities; and
|the outcome of any known and unknown litigation and regulatory proceedings.
Because forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified and some of which are beyond our control, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. The events and circumstances reflected in our forward-looking statements may not be achieved or occur, and actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Moreover, we operate in an evolving environment. Some of these risks and uncertainties may in the future be amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, new risk factors and uncertainties may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for management to predict all risk factors and uncertainties. As a result of these factors, the forward-looking statements in this prospectus, any accompanying prospectus supplement and the documents incorporated by reference herein may not prove to be accurate. Except as required by applicable law, we do not plan to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein, whether as a result of any new information, future events, changed circumstances, or otherwise.
You should read this prospectus, any accompanying prospectus supplement and the documents incorporated by reference herein completely and with the understanding that our actual future results may be materially different from what we expect. We qualify all of our forward-looking statements by these cautionary statements.
Investing in any of our Common Stock involves significant risks. Before you make a decision to buy our Common Stock, in addition to the risks and uncertainties discussed above under “Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements,” you should carefully consider the specific risks set forth under the heading “Risk Factors” under Item 1A of Part I of our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC, any subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or Current Reports on Form 8-K, and all other information contained or incorporated by reference to this prospectus, as updated by our subsequent filings under the Exchange Act, and the risk factors and other information contained in any applicable prospectus supplement and any applicable free writing prospectus before acquiring any of such securities. If any of these risks actually occur, it may materially harm our business, financial condition, liquidity and results of operations. As a result, the market price of our securities could decline, and you could lose all or part of your investment. Additionally, the risks and uncertainties described in this prospectus, any prospectus supplement or any documents incorporated by reference herein are not the only risks and uncertainties that we face. Additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or that we currently believe to be immaterial may become material and adversely affect our business. For more information, see “Where You Can Find More Information” and “Information Incorporated by Reference.”
Risks Related to this Offering
The sale or availability for sale of shares issuable upon conversion of the Note or exercise of the Warrant may depress the price of our Common Stock and encourage short sales by third parties, which could further depress the price of our Common Stock.
To the extent that the purchaser of the Note sells shares of our Common Stock issued upon conversion of the Note or exercise of the Warrant, the market price of such shares may decrease due to the additional selling pressure in the market. In addition, the dilution from issuances of such shares may cause stockholders to sell their shares of our Common Stock, which could further contribute to any decline in the price of our Common Stock. Any downward pressure on the price of our Common Stock caused by the sale or potential sale of such shares could encourage short sales by third parties. Such sales could place downward pressure on the price of our Common Stock by increasing the number of shares of our Common Stock being sold, which could further contribute to any decline in the market price of our Common Stock.
All proceeds from the resale of the Shares offered by this prospectus will belong to the Selling Stockholders. We will not receive any proceeds from the resale of the Shares by the Selling Stockholders.
We will receive proceeds from any cash exercise of the Warrant in an amount equal to $3.50 per exercised Warrant, subject to customary adjustment upon certain events as set forth in the Warrant. We expect to use the proceeds from the exercise of such Warrant, if any, for general corporate purposes. There is no assurance that the Warrant will ever be exercised for cash.
On September 15, 2022, the Company entered into the Securities Purchase Agreement with 3i, LP, a Selling Stockholder. At the first closing under the Securities Purchase Agreement, which occurred on September 15, 2022, the Company issued to 3i, LP the Note in the original principal amount of $10,500,000 for a purchase price of $10,000,000. In addition to the Note, 3i, LP received the Warrant to purchase an aggregate of 1,750,000 shares of Common Stock. Under the Securities Purchase Agreement, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions specified therein, the Company also has the option, until March 15, 2024, to issue to 3i, LP, for a purchase price of $10,000,000, an additional Note in the original principal amount of $10,500,000 and an additional Warrant to purchase up to 1,750,000 shares of the Common Stock.
The Note has a term of eighteen months, an original issue discount of 4.76%, and an interest rate of 5.0% per annum. The Note is convertible into Common Stock at a per share conversion price equal to $2.50, subject to certain adjustments provided in the Note (the “Conversion Price”). Pursuant to the Note, commencing on the date that is 90 days from the date of the first closing, and on the first trading day of each month thereafter (each, an “Installment Date”) until the Note is fully redeemed, the Company is generally obligated to pay the holder of the Note an amount equal to the sum of (A) the lesser of (x) one-fifteenth of the initial principal amount under the Note and (y) the principal amount then outstanding under the Note as of such Installment Date, (B) any amounts accelerated pursuant to the terms of the Note and (C) the sum of any accrued and unpaid interest and late fees, if any, as of such Installment Date (the “Installment Amount”). The Company, if certain equity conditions are satisfied, may elect to pay all or part of the Installment Amount in shares of Common Stock based on a conversion price equal to the lower of (i) the Conversion Price and (ii) 95% of the lowest VWAP (as defined in the Note) in the five (5) trading days immediately prior to the applicable conversion date. If the Company fails to satisfy certain equity conditions or at the election of the Company, the Company may redeem the Installment Amount in cash with a premium of five percent (5%).
The Warrant has an initial exercise price of $3.50 and is exercisable for four years following issuance. Subject to the terms and conditions of the Warrant, if (x) the VWAP (as defined in the Warrant) of the Common Stock exceeds $4.00 for ten consecutive trading days (the “Forced Exercise Measuring Period”), (y) the average daily trading volume of the Common Stock on each trading day during the Forced Exercise Measuring Period exceeds $5,000,000 and (z) there is an effective registration statement permitting the resale of the Common Stock underlying the Warrant, the Company has the right, within three trading days following such Forced Exercise Measuring Period, at its option, to require the holder of the Warrant to exercise all, but not less than all, of the then outstanding Warrant.
3i, LP agreed to restrict its ability to convert the Note and exercise the Warrant and receive shares of Common Stock such that the number of shares of Common Stock held by 3i, LP after such conversion or exercise does not exceed 9.99% of the then issued and outstanding shares of Common Stock (the “Beneficial Ownership Limitation”).
Pursuant to the terms of a registration rights agreement entered into concurrently with the Securities Purchase Agreement (the “Registration Rights Agreement”), the Company agreed to file the registration statement on Form S-3 (or other appropriate form), of which this prospectus forms a part, providing for the resale by 3i, LP of the shares of Common Stock underlying the Note and the Warrant within 60 calendar days of the closing date.
After deducting the original issue discount and the costs and expenses projected to be incurred in connection with the Offering, the net proceeds (net of placement agent and legal fees) to us were approximately $9,485,700, which proceeds are expected to be used for general corporate purposes.
The offer, sale and issuance of the Note and the Warrant pursuant to the Securities Purchase Agreement was made in reliance upon the exemptions contained in Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act and/or Rule 506 of Regulation D promulgated thereunder.
Any representations and warranties contained in the Securities Purchase Agreement, the Note, the Warrant, and the other agreements executed in connection therewith, were made by the parties to, and solely for the benefit of, the other in the context of all of the terms and conditions thereof and in the context of the specific relationship between the parties, and are not intended for investors and the public to obtain factual information about the current state of affairs of the parties.
The foregoing information is only a brief description of the material terms of the Securities Purchase Agreement, the Note, the Warrant, and the Registration Rights Agreement and does not purpose to be a complete description of the rights and obligations of the parties thereunder and, as such, is qualified by reference to the full text of the Securities Purchase Agreement, the Note, the Warrant and the Registration Rights Agreement, the forms of which are attached as Exhibits 10.1, 4.1, 4.2, and 10.2, respectively, to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on September 16, 2022, and are incorporated herein by reference.
This prospectus relates to the resale by the Selling Stockholders identified in the table below, or by the future transferees, pledgees, assignees, distributees, donees or successors-in-interest of or from the Selling Stockholders, of the Common Stock (i) held by certain Selling Stockholders and (ii) issuable to 3i, LP pursuant to the terms of the Note and upon exercise of the Warrant. For additional information regarding the issuances of the Note and the Warrant, see “Private Placement of the Note and the Warrant” above. We are registering the Shares in order to permit the Selling Stockholders to offer the Shares for resale from time to time.
The table below lists the Selling Stockholders and other information regarding the beneficial ownership of our shares of Common Stock held by the Selling Stockholders. The second column lists the number of shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by the Selling Stockholders as of October 10, 2022, assuming the conversion of the Notes and the exercise of the Warrant held by the Selling Stockholders, if any, on that date, without regard to any limitations on exercises. The forth column lists the shares of Common Stock being offered by this prospectus by the Selling Stockholders.
In accordance with the terms of the Registration Rights Agreement entered into with 3i, LP, this prospectus generally covers the resale of the maximum number of shares of Common Stock issuable pursuant to the Note and the Warrant, determined as if the Note and the Warrant were converted or exercised, as applicable, in full as of the trading day immediately preceding the date this registration statement was initially filed with the SEC, without regard to any limitations on conversion or exercise, as applicable, in the Note and the Warrant. The fifth column assumes the sale of all of the shares offered by the Selling Stockholders pursuant to this prospectus.
Under the terms of the Note and the Warrant, 3i, LP may not be issued Shares under the Note or the Warrant to the extent such issuance would cause 3i, LP, together with its affiliates and attribution parties, to beneficially own a number of shares of Common Stock which would exceed 9.99% of our then outstanding Common Stock following such exercise. The number of shares in the second column does not reflect this limitation. The Selling Stockholders may sell all, some or none of their shares in this Offering. See “Plan of Distribution.”
The following table presents information regarding the Selling Stockholders, is prepared based on information supplied to us by the Selling Stockholders, and reflects holdings as of October 10, 2022. Unless otherwise indicated below, none of the Selling Stockholders nor any of their affiliates has held a position or office, or had any other material relationship, with us or any of our predecessors or affiliates. Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act and Rule 13d-3 thereunder.
|Name of Selling Stockholder(1)
Number of Shares
of Common Stock Beneficially Owned
Prior to Offering(2)
Stock Beneficially Owned
Maximum Number of
Shares of Common Stock
to be Sold
Pursuant to this
Number of Shares of
Beneficially Owned After Offering(3)
Stock Beneficially Owned
|Robert J. Hochberg(8)
|Robert G. Sharp(9)
*Less than 1%
|Information concerning named Selling Stockholders or future transferees, pledgees, assignees, distributees, donees or successors-in-interest of or from any such stockholder or others who later hold any Selling Stockholders’ interests will be set forth in supplements to this prospectus, absent circumstances indicating that the change is material. In addition, post-effective amendments to the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part will be filed to disclose any material changes to the plan of distribution from the description in the final prospectus.
|Includes the maximum number of Shares issuable upon conversion of the Note and exercise of the Warrant, which shares are being registered by the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part.
|Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with the rules and regulations of the SEC. In computing the number of shares beneficially owned by a person and the percentage ownership of that person, securities that are currently convertible or exercisable into shares of our Common Stock, or convertible or exercisable into shares of our Common Stock within 60 days of October 10, 2022, are deemed outstanding. Such shares, however, are not deemed outstanding for the purposes of computing the percentage ownership of any other person. Amounts reported in the fifth column assumes that the Selling Stockholders will sell all of the Shares offered pursuant to this prospectus.
|Based on 160,868,645 shares of Common Stock outstanding as of October 10, 2022.
|The business address of 3i, LP is 140 Broadway, 38th Floor, New York, NY 10005. 3i, LP’s principal business is that of a private investor. Maier Joshua Tarlow is the manager of 3i Management, LLC, the general partner of 3i, LP, and has sole voting control and investment discretion over securities beneficially owned directly or indirectly by 3i Management, LLC and 3i, LP. Mr. Tarlow disclaims beneficial ownership of the securities beneficiall1y owned directly by 3i, LP and indirectly by 3i Management, LLC.
Represents 14,000 shares of Common Stock that we issued to Tumim Stone Capital LLC (“Tumim”) pursuant to the Common Stock Purchase Agreement with Tumim (the “Purchase Agreement”) and that have not been resold by Tumim as of October 10, 2022, and 32,117,892 shares of Common Stock issuable to 3i, LP upon conversion of the Note or exercise of the Warrant. 3i, LP is the sole member of Tumim.
On December 8, 2021, we entered into the Purchase Agreement, pursuant to which Tumim has committed to purchase up to $125 million of Common Stock, at our direction from time to time after the date of this prospectus, subject to the satisfaction of the conditions in the Purchase Agreement. Also, we entered into a registration rights agreement with Tumim, pursuant to which pursuant to which we agreed to file with the SEC the registration statement that includes this prospectus to register for resale under the Securities Act, the shares of our Common Stock that have been and may be issued to Tumim under the Purchase Agreement. Pursuant to the terms of the Purchase Agreement, at the time we signed the Purchase Agreement, we issued 302,634 shares of Common Stock to Tumim as consideration for its irrevocable commitment to purchase shares of our Common Stock under the Purchase Agreement.
In accordance with Rule 13d-3(d) under the Exchange Act, we have excluded from the number of shares beneficially owned prior to the offering all of the shares that Tumim may be required to purchase under the Purchase Agreement, because the issuance of such shares is solely at our discretion and is subject to conditions contained in the Purchase Agreement, the satisfaction of which are entirely outside of Tumim’s control, including a registration statement becoming and remaining effective. Furthermore, VWAP Purchases (as defined in the Purchase Agreement) of Common Stock are subject to certain agreed upon maximum amount limitations set forth in the Purchase Agreement. Also, the Purchase Agreement prohibits us from issuing and selling any shares of Common Stock to Tumim to the extent such shares, when aggregated with all other ordinary shares then beneficially owned by Tumim, would cause Tumim’s beneficial ownership of our Common Stock to exceed the 9.99% Beneficial Ownership Cap.
|In accordance with the Securities Purchase Agreement, in no event are we permitted to issue shares of Common Stock to 3i, LP in excess of the Beneficial Ownership Limitation. Beneficial ownership of 3i, LP included in this Selling Stockholders table reflects the total number of shares potentially issuable upon conversion of the Note and does not give effect to the Beneficial Ownership Limitation. Accordingly, actual beneficial ownership, as calculated in accordance with Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act and Rule 13d-3 thereunder, may be lower than as reflected in this table.
|In October 2020, the Sponsor transferred 20,000 founder shares to Mr. Robert Hochberg, an independent director of CF Finance Acquisition Corp. III. The founder shares automatically converted into shares of Class A Common Stock at the Effective Time and are subject to certain transfer restrictions.
|In November 2020, the Sponsor transferred 20,000 founder shares to Mr. Robert Sharp, an independent director of CF Finance Acquisition Corp. III. The founder shares automatically converted into shares of Class A Common Stock at the Effective Time and are subject to certain transfer restrictions.
Each Selling Stockholder and any of its pledgees, assignees and successors-in-interest may, from time to time, sell any or all of the Shares covered hereby on the Nasdaq Capital Market or any other stock exchange, market or trading facility on which such securities are traded or in private transactions. These sales may be at fixed or negotiated prices. Each Selling Stockholder may use any one or more of the following methods when selling securities:
|ordinary brokerage transactions and transactions in which the broker-dealer solicits purchasers;
|block trades in which the broker-dealer will attempt to sell the Shares as agent but may position and resell a portion of the block as principal to facilitate the transaction;
|purchases by a broker-dealer as principal and resale by the broker-dealer for its account;
|an exchange distribution in accordance with the rules of the applicable exchange;
|privately negotiated transactions;
|in transactions through broker-dealers that agree with such Selling Stockholder to sell a specified number of such securities at a stipulated price per security;
|a combination of any such methods of sale; or
|any other method permitted pursuant to applicable law.
The Selling Stockholders may also sell Shares under Rule 144 or any other exemption from registration under the Securities Act, if available, rather than under this prospectus. In connection with distributions of the Shares or otherwise, the Selling Stockholders other than 3i, LP may enter into hedging transactions with broker-dealers or other financial institutions.
Broker-dealers engaged by a Selling Stockholder may arrange for other brokers-dealers to participate in sales. Broker-dealers may receive commissions or discounts from a Selling Stockholder (or, if any broker-dealer acts as agent for the purchaser of securities, from the purchaser) in amounts to be negotiated, but, except as set forth in a supplement to this Prospectus, in the case of an agency transaction not in excess of a customary brokerage commission in compliance with FINRA Rule 2440; and in the case of a principal transaction a markup or markdown in compliance with FINRA IM-2440.
The Selling Stockholders and any broker-dealers or agents that are involved in selling the securities may be deemed to be “underwriters” within the meaning of the Securities Act in connection with such sales. In such event, any commissions received by such broker-dealers or agents and any profit on the resale of the securities purchased by them may be deemed to be underwriting commissions or discounts under the Securities Act. The Selling Stockholders have informed the Company that it does not have any written or oral agreement or understanding, directly or indirectly, with any person to distribute the securities. In no event shall any broker-dealer receive fees, commissions and markups which, in the aggregate, would exceed eight percent (8%).
The Company is required to pay certain fees and expenses incurred by the Company incident to the registration of the Shares. The Company has agreed to indemnify the Selling Stockholders against certain losses, claims, damages and liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act.
Because each of the Selling Stockholders may be deemed to be an “underwriter” within the meaning of the Securities Act, it will be subject to the prospectus delivery requirements of the Securities Act including Rule 172 thereunder. In addition, any securities covered by this prospectus which qualify for sale pursuant to Rule 144 under the Securities Act may be sold under Rule 144 rather than under this prospectus. The Selling Stockholders have advised us that there is no underwriter or coordinating broker acting in connection with the proposed sale of the resale securities by the Selling Stockholders.
We agreed to keep this prospectus effective until the earliest of (i) one (1) year from the date the Registration Statement is declared effective by the SEC, (ii) the date on which the securities may be resold by the Selling Stockholders without registration and without regard to any volume or manner-of-sale limitations by reason of Rule 144, without the requirement for the Company to be in compliance with the current public information under Rule 144 under the Securities Act or any other rule of similar effect or (iii) the date on which all of the securities have been sold pursuant to this prospectus or Rule 144 under the Securities Act or any other rule of similar effect. The resale securities will be sold only through registered or licensed brokers or dealers if required under applicable state securities laws. In addition, in certain states, the resale securities covered hereby may not be sold unless they have been registered or qualified for sale in the applicable state or an exemption from the registration or qualification requirement is available and is complied with.
Under applicable rules and regulations under the Exchange Act, any person engaged in the distribution of the resale Shares may not simultaneously engage in market making activities with respect to the Common Stock for the applicable restricted period, as defined in Regulation M, prior to the commencement of the distribution. In addition, the Selling Stockholders will be subject to applicable provisions of the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations thereunder, including Regulation M, which may limit the timing of purchases and sales of the Common Stock by the Selling Stockholders or any other person. We will make copies of this prospectus available to the Selling Stockholders and have informed them of the need to deliver a copy of this prospectus to each purchaser at or prior to the time of the sale (including by compliance with Rule 172 under the Securities Act).
The validity of the shares of Common Stock offered hereby will be passed upon for us by Shearman & Sterling LLP, Menlo Park, California. Additional legal matters may be passed upon for us or any underwriters, dealers or agents, by counsel that we will name in the applicable prospectus supplement.
The financial statements of AEye, Inc. as of December 31, 2021 and 2020, and for each of the two years in the period ended December 31, 2021, incorporated by reference in this Prospectus, have been audited by Deloitte & Touche LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report. Such financial statements are incorporated by reference in reliance upon the report of such firm given their authority as experts in accounting and auditing.
This prospectus is part of a registration statement on Form S-3 that we filed with the SEC. This prospectus, which constitutes a part of the registration statement, does not contain all of the information set forth in the registration statement or the exhibits and schedules filed therewith.
We are required to file annual, quarterly and current reports, proxy statements and other information with the SEC as required by the Exchange Act. You can read our SEC filings, including this prospectus, over the Internet at the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov.
Our website address is https://www.aeye.ai/. Through our website, we make available, free of charge, the following documents as soon as reasonably practicable after they are electronically filed with, or furnished to, the SEC, including our Annual Reports on Form 10-K; our proxy statements for our annual and special stockholder meetings; our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q; our Current Reports on Form 8-K; Forms 3, 4, and 5 and Schedules 13D with respect to our securities filed on behalf of our directors and our executive officers; and amendments to those documents. The information contained on, or that may be accessed through, our website is not a part of, and is not incorporated into, this prospectus.
This prospectus and any applicable prospectus supplement are part of a registration statement that we filed with the SEC, but do not contain all of the information in the registration statement. The full registration statement may be obtained from the SEC or us, as provided below. Statements in the prospectus or any prospectus supplement about these documents are summaries and each statement is qualified in all respects by reference to the document to which it refers. You should refer to the actual documents for a more complete description of the relevant matters. You may inspect a copy of the registration statement through the SEC’s website, as provided above.
The SEC rules allow us to “incorporate by reference” information into this prospectus, which means that we can disclose important information to you by referring you to another document filed separately with the SEC. The information incorporated by reference is deemed to be part of this prospectus, and subsequent information that we file with the SEC will automatically update and supersede that information. Any statement contained in this prospectus or a previously filed document incorporated by reference will be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this prospectus to the extent that a statement contained in this prospectus or a subsequently filed document incorporated by reference modifies or replaces that statement.
This prospectus and any accompanying prospectus supplement incorporate by reference the documents set forth below that have previously been filed with the SEC:
|our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, filed with the SEC on March 28, 2022;
|our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarterly periods ended March 31, 2022 and June 30, 2022, filed with the SEC on May 13, 2022 and August 15, 2022, respectively;
|our Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on January 18, 2022, March 18, 2022, May 11, 2022, May 13, 2022, August 24, 2022 and September 16, 2022; and
|the description of our Common Stock contained in our Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed on May 6, 2022, including any amendment or reports filed for the purpose of updating such description.
All reports and other documents we subsequently file pursuant to Section 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act in this prospectus, prior to the termination of this offering, including all such documents we may file with the SEC after the date of the initial registration statement and prior to the effectiveness of the registration statement, but excluding any information furnished to, rather than filed with, the SEC, will also be incorporated by reference into this prospectus and deemed to be part of this prospectus from the date of the filing of such reports and documents.
You may request a free copy of any documents incorporated by reference in this prospectus by writing or telephoning us at the following address:
Attn: General Counsel
One Park Place, Suite 200
Dublin, CA 94568
Exhibits to the filings will not be sent, however, unless those exhibits have been specifically incorporated by reference in this prospectus or any accompanying prospectus supplement.
Up to 32,157,892 Shares of Common Stock
Offered by the Selling Stockholders