Filed by NextGen Acquisition Corporation
Pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act of 1933
and deemed filed pursuant to Rule 14a-12
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Subject Company: Xos, Inc.
Commission File No. 001-39598
The following is a blog post by Dakota Semler, the chief executive officer of Xos, Inc., on the website Medium, which is available at: https://dakota-semler.medium.com/delivering-the-next-generation-of-commercial-electrification-1789ee22fc6.
Delivering the Next Generation of Commercial Electrification
Today marks a major milestone for Xos as we pursue our mission to decarbonize transportation. I’m thrilled to announce that Xos will become publicly traded on Nasdaq through a merger with NextGen Acquisition Corp. The funds raised through our business combination will enable us to take cutting-edge technologies we’ve developed in the hands of customers and on the road since 2019, scale production, and bring our zero-emission commercial vehicles to a broader market.
When I was a kid, I spent summers at our family’s fleet yard helping to refuel and maintain our fleet of heavy-duty diesel trucks. As a teenager, I started to pay more attention to the impact and cost of our family’s truck fleet. How much did it cost to fuel and maintain these vehicles? What were the effects of our commercial fleet’s carbon emissions? How did U.S. federal and state regulations impact our commercial fleet?
My first glimpse into trucks.
In 2015 California introduced new regulations requiring the replacement of older diesel engines to bring older heavy-duty diesel fleets up to the cleaner engine standards. I began to research ways that our own fleet could switch to a cleaner fuel. I went as far as converting my personal vehicle to run on vegetable oil, but none of the technologies available at that time made economic sense to scale our entire fleet.
Thanks to technology (like the vehicle products introduced by Xos) that technology is here today — and it’s electric.
We built Xos and our proprietary vehicle technology in direct response to the challenges I experienced as a teenager working for my family’s commercial fleet and for my own commercial fleet years later. We understood that zero-emission vehicle technologies could not only be made affordable and reliable — they could also be applied to medium- and heavy- duty commercial fleets where decarbonization is most impactful. We founded Xos because we feel a responsibility to leave the air cleaner than we found it, because one in five premature deaths around the world can be linked to fossil fuel pollution and because it is the right thing to do.
George Mattson and Greg Summe from Nextgen share this passion for a smarter, more efficient transportation system underpinned by purpose-built technology. They also bring decades of experience in building and scaling industrial businesses, and we are excited to partner with them in our mission to decarbonize transportation.
IMPORTANT LEGAL INFORMATION
Additional Information and Where to Find It
This document relates to a proposed transaction between Xos, Inc. (“Xos”) and NextGen Acquisition Corporation (“NextGen”). This document is not a proxy statement or solicitation of a proxy, consent or authorization with respect to any securities or in respect of the potential transaction and shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities of Xos, the combined company or NextGen, nor shall there be any sale of any such securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of the Securities Act. NextGen intends to file a registration statement on Form S-4 with the SEC, which will include a document that serves as a prospectus and proxy statement of NextGen, referred to as a proxy statement/prospectus. A proxy statement/prospectus will be sent to all NextGen shareholders. NextGen also will file other documents regarding the proposed transaction with the SEC. Before making any voting decision, investors and security holders of NextGen are urged to read the registration statement, the proxy statement/prospectus and all other relevant documents filed or that will be filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction as they become available because they will contain important information about the proposed transaction.
Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the registration statement, the proxy statement/prospectus and all other relevant documents filed or that will be filed with the SEC by NextGen through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov.
The documents filed by NextGen with the SEC also may be obtained free of charge at NextGen’s website at https://www.nextgenacq.com/investor-info.html#filings or upon written request to 2255 Glades Road, Suite 324A, Boca Raton, Florida 33431.
Participants in the Solicitation
NextGen and Xos and their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from NextGen’s shareholders in connection with the proposed transaction. A list of the names of the directors and executive officers of NextGen and information regarding their interests in the business combination is set forth in NextGen’s registration statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-248921) filed with the SEC on October 7, 2020. Additional information regarding the interests of such persons will be contained in the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus when available. You may obtain free copies of these documents as described in the preceding paragraph.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This document contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws with respect to the proposed transaction between Xos and NextGen. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words “believe,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “strategy,” “future,” “opportunity,” “plan,” “may,” “should,” “will,” “would,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will likely result,” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are predictions, projections and other statements about future events that are based on current expectations and assumptions and, as a result, are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause actual future events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this document, including but not limited to: (i) the risk that the transaction may not be completed in a timely manner or at all, which may adversely affect the price of NextGen’s securities, (ii) the risk that the transaction may not be completed by NextGen’s business combination deadline and the potential failure to obtain an extension of the business combination deadline if sought by NextGen, (iii) the failure to satisfy the conditions to the consummation of the transaction, including the adoption of the Merger Agreement by the shareholders of NextGen, the availability of the minimum amount of cash available in the trust account in which substantially all of the proceeds of NextGen's initial public offering and private placements of its warrants have been deposited following redemptions by NextGen’s public shareholders and the receipt of certain governmental and regulatory approvals, (iv) the lack of a third party valuation in determining whether or not to pursue the proposed transaction, (v) the inability to complete the PIPE investment in connection with the transaction, (vi) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the Merger Agreement, (vii) the effect of the announcement or pendency of the transaction on Xos’s business relationships, operating results, and business generally, (viii) risks that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans and operations of Xos and potential difficulties in Xos employee retention as a result of the transaction, (ix) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against Xos or against NextGen related to the Merger Agreement or the proposed transaction, (x) the ability to maintain the listing of NextGen’s securities on a national securities exchange, (xi) the price of NextGen’s securities may be volatile due to a variety of factors, including changes in the competitive and regulated industries in which NextGen plans to operate or Xos operates, variations in operating performance across competitors, changes in laws and regulations affecting NextGen’s or Xos’s business, Xos’s inability to implement its business plan or meet or exceed its financial projections and changes in the combined capital structure, (xii) the ability to implement business plans, forecasts, and other expectations after the completion of the proposed transaction, and identify and realize additional opportunities, and (xiii) the risk of downturns and a changing regulatory landscape in the highly competitive electric vehicle industry. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. You should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties described in the “Risk Factors” section of NextGen’s registration statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-248921), the registration statement on Form S-4 discussed above, the proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed or that may be filed by NextGen from time to time with the SEC. These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and Xos and NextGen assume no obligation and do not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Neither Xos nor NextGen gives any assurance that either Xos or NextGen, or the combined company, will achieve its expectations.