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As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 17, 2021

Registration No. 333-         

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM S-1

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

Under

The Securities Act of 1933

SOLID POWER, INC.

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware

    

3690

    

86-1888095

(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)

(Primary Standard Industrial

Classification Code Number)

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Number)

486 S. Pierce Avenue, Suite E
Louisville, CO 80027

(303) 219-0720

(Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of Registrant’s principal executive offices)

James Liebscher

Chief Legal Officer

Solid Power, Inc.

486 S. Pierce Avenue, Suite E

Louisville, CO 80027

(303) 219-0720

(Name, address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)

Copies to:

Robert O’Connor

Mark B. Baudler

Austin D. March

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.

One Market Plaza, Spear Tower, Suite 3300

San Francisco, CA 94105

(415) 947-2000

Approximate date of commencement of proposed sale to the public: As soon as practicable after the effective date of this Registration Statement.

If any of the securities being registered on this Form are to be offered on a delayed or continuous basis pursuant to Rule 415 under the Securities Act of 1933, check the following box.

If this Form is filed to register additional securities for an offering pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the Securities Act, please check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering.

If this Form is a post-effective amendment filed pursuant to Rule 462(c) under the Securities Act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering.

If this Form is a post-effective amendment filed pursuant to Rule 462(d) under the Securities Act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering.

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, 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

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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 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act.

CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

Title of Each Class of Securities to be Registered

    

Amount
to be
Registered(1)

    

Proposed
Maximum
Offering Price
Per Share(2)

    

Proposed
Maximum
Aggregate
Offering Price

    

Amount of
Registration Fee

 

Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share (PIPE)(3)

19,500,000

$9.675

$188,662,500.00

$17,489.01

Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share (Founder Shares and Certain Legacy Holder Shares)(4)

50,851,542

$9.675

$491,988,668.85

$45,607.35

Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share (Legacy Expiring Option Shares)(5)

5,091,169

$9.675

$49,257,060.08

$4,566.13

Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share (Private Warrant Shares)(6)

7,666,667

$9.675

$74,175,003.23

$6,876.02

Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share (Public Warrant Shares)(7)

11,666,667

$9.675

$112,875,003.23

$10,463.51

Warrants to purchase Common Stock(8)

7,666,667

$—

$—

$—

TOTAL

$916,958,235.38

$85,002.03

(1)

Pursuant to Rule 416(a) under the Securities Act, this Registration Statement shall also cover any additional shares of the Registrant’s common stock (“Common Stock”) that become issuable as a result of any stock dividend, stock split, recapitalization, or other similar transaction effected without the receipt of consideration that results in an increase to the number of outstanding shares of Common Stock, as applicable.

(2)

Estimated solely for purposes of calculating the registration fee according to Rule 457(c) under the Securities Act based on the average of the high and low prices of the Common Stock quoted on the Nasdaq Global Select Market on December 15, 2021.

(3)

Consists of an aggregate of 19,500,000 outstanding shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by a number of subscribers purchased from the Registrant, for a purchase price of $10.00 per share pursuant to separate subscription agreements. These shares are registered for resale on this Registration Statement.

(4)

Consists of (i) an aggregate of 8,750,000 shares of Common Stock held by Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Sponsor III LLC (the “Sponsor”) and certain former independent directors and (ii) an aggregate of 37,010,373 shares of Common Stock that were previously registered pursuant to the registration statement on Form S-4 filed with the SEC on November 2, 2021 (File No. 333-258681) (the “Form S-4”), owned by certain former stockholders of Solid Power Operating, Inc.

(5)

Consists of 5,091,169 shares of Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of certain options to purchase shares of Common Stock held by Douglas Campbell. These shares are registered for resale on this Registration Statement.

(6)

Refers to (i) an aggregate of 7,666,667 warrants held by the Sponsor and certain former independent directors registered for resale on this Registration Statement and (ii) 7,666,667 shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of such warrants registered for issuance and resale on this Registration Statement. Each of the warrants are exercisable for one share of Common Stock at a price of $11.50 per share.

(7)

Consists of the 11,666,667 shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of public warrants, which are registered for issuance and resale on this Registration Statement. Each such warrant is exercisable for one share of Common Stock at a price of $11.50 per share.

(8)

Pursuant to Rule 457(g) of the Securities Act, no separate fee is recorded for the warrants and the entire fee is allocated to the underlying Common Stock.

The Registrant hereby amends this Registration Statement on such date or dates as may be necessary to delay its effective date until the Registrant shall file a further amendment which specifically states that this Registration Statement shall thereafter become effective in accordance with Section 8(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 or until the Registration Statement shall become effective on such date as the Commission acting pursuant to said Section 8(a) may determine.

The information in this preliminary prospectus is not complete and may be changed. These securities may not be sold until the registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission is effective. This prospectus is not an offer to sell these securities, nor does it seek an offer to buy these securities, in any jurisdiction where the offer or sale is not permitted.

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PRELIMINARY PROSPECTUS

Subject to Completion

December 17, 2021

89,684,876 Shares of Common Stock

7,666,667 Warrants

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This prospectus relates to the registration of the Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share, of Solid Power, Inc. (the “Common Stock”) and warrants to purchase shares of Common Stock as described herein.

This prospectus relates to the offer by us, and the resale by the Selling Securityholders (as defined in “Selling Securityholders” below) of: (i) up to 7,666,667 shares of Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of an aggregate of 7,666,667 warrants held by Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Sponsor III LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (the “Sponsor”), and certain former independent directors, each of which is exercisable at a price of $11.50 per share (collectively, the “Private Placement Warrants”), (ii) up to 11,666,667 shares of Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of 11,666,667 warrants, each of which is exercisable at a price of $11.50 per share (the “Public Warrants,” and, collectively with the Private Placement Warrants, the “Warrants”), and (iii) up to 5,091,169 shares of Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of certain options to purchase shares of Common Stock held by Douglas Campbell (the “Legacy Expiring Option Shares”).

This prospectus also relates to the resale from time to time by the Selling Securityholders of: (i) 45,760,373 shares of Common Stock (the “Founder and Certain Legacy Holder Shares”) consisting of (a) an aggregate of 8,750,000 shares of Common Stock held by the Sponsor and certain former independent directors and (b) an aggregate of 37,010,373 shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by certain former stockholders of Solid Power Operating, Inc. (f/k/a Solid Power, Inc.; “Legacy Solid Power”), (ii) 19,500,000 shares of Common Stock purchased at Closing (as defined below) by a number of subscribers pursuant to separate subscription agreements (the “PIPE Shares”) and (iii) the 7,666,667 Private Placement Warrants.

The Selling Securityholders may sell any, all or none of the securities and we do not know when or in what amount the Selling Securityholders may sell their securities hereunder following the date of this prospectus. The Selling Securityholders may sell the securities described in this prospectus in a number of different ways and at varying prices. We provide more information about how the Selling Securityholders may sell their securities in the section titled “Plan of Distribution” appearing elsewhere in this prospectus.

We will not receive any of the proceeds from the sale of the securities by the Selling Securityholders. We will receive proceeds from the exercise of the Warrants if the Warrants are exercised for cash. We will pay the expenses associated with registering the sales by the Selling Securityholders, as described in more detail in the section titled “Use of Proceeds” appearing elsewhere in this prospectus.

Of the 89,684,876 shares of Common Stock that may be offered or sold by the Selling Securityholders identified in this prospectus, certain of our Selling Securityholders are subject to lock-up restrictions with respect to 58,518,209 of those shares pursuant to our bylaws and/or other agreements further described in the sections titled “Certain Relationships, Related Party and Other Transactions” appearing elsewhere in this prospectus.

Our Common Stock is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (“Nasdaq”) under the symbol “SLDP” and our Public Warrants are listed on Nasdaq under the symbol “SLDPW.” On December 16, 2021, the last quoted sale price for our Common Stock as reported on Nasdaq was $9.71 per share and the last quoted sale price for our Public Warrants as reported on Nasdaq was $3.12 per warrant.

We are an “emerging growth company,” as defined under the federal securities laws, and, as such, may elect to comply with certain reduced public company reporting requirements.

Investing in our securities involves a high degree of risk. Before buying any securities, you should carefully read the discussion of the risks of investing in our securities in the section titled “Risk Factors” beginning on page 7 of this prospectus.

You should rely only on the information contained in this prospectus or any prospectus supplement or amendment hereto. We have not authorized anyone to provide you with different information.

Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of these securities or determined if this prospectus is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

The date of this prospectus is        , 2021.

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About This Prospectus

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Market and Industry Data ii

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Trademarks

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Prospectus Summary

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Risk Factors

7

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

33

Use of Proceeds

35

Market Price of and Dividends on the Registrant’s Common Equity and Related Stockholder Matters

36

Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Combined Financial Information

37

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

46

Business

61

Management

77

Executive Compensation

85

Certain Relationships, Related Party and Other Transactions

101

Principal Securityholders

105

Selling Securityholders

107

Description of Capital Stock

113

Securities Act Restrictions on Resale of Securities

123

U.S. Federal Income Tax Considerations

125

Plan of Distribution

131

Legal Matters

134

Experts

134

Where You Can Find Additional Information

134

Index to Consolidated Financial Statements

135

You should rely only on the information contained in this prospectus or in any free writing prospectus prepared by us or on our behalf. We have not authorized any other person to provide you with different information. If anyone provides you with different or inconsistent information, you should not rely on it. We are not making 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 is accurate only as of the date on the front cover of this prospectus. Our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects may have changed since that date.

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EXPLANATORY NOTE

On December 8, 2021 (the “Closing Date”), Solid Power, Inc., a Delaware corporation (f/k/a Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Corporation III, “Solid Power,” the “Company,” “we,” “us” or “our”), consummated its previously announced business combination pursuant to that certain Business Combination Agreement and Plan of Reorganization, dated June 15, 2021 (as amended, the “Business Combination Agreement”), by and among the Company, DCRC Merger Sub Inc., a Delaware corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of the Company (“Merger Sub”), and Solid Power Operating, Inc., a Colorado corporation (f/k/a Solid Power, Inc., “Legacy Solid Power”), following the approval at a special meeting of the stockholders of the Company held on December 7, 2021 (the “Special Meeting”). Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Corporation III prior to the business combination is referred to herein as “DCRC.”

Pursuant to the terms of the Business Combination Agreement, Merger Sub merged with and into Legacy Solid Power, with Legacy Solid Power surviving the merger as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company (the “Merger” and, together with the other transactions contemplated by the Business Combination Agreement, the “business combination”). On the Closing Date, the Company changed its name from “Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Corporation III” to “Solid Power, Inc.”

In connection with the closing of the business combination (the “Closing”), and subject to the terms and conditions of the Business Combination Agreement, each outstanding share of Legacy Solid Power’s common stock (including shares of Legacy Solid Power common stock resulting from the conversion of each share of Legacy Solid Power’s preferred stock and the shares issuable upon the exercise of all of its outstanding warrants) was canceled and converted into the right to receive the number of shares of the Company’s Common Stock (as defined below) based on an exchange ratio equal to approximately 3.182 (the “Exchange Ratio”), and each outstanding Legacy Solid Power option was converted into a Company option based on the Exchange Ratio applicable to shares of Legacy Solid Power common stock. At the Closing, the Company issued an aggregate of 104,518,159 shares of Common Stock to the equityholders of Legacy Solid Power and the Legacy Solid Power optionholders held options in the Company to receive an aggregate 34,407,949 shares of Common Stock, subject to payment of the applicable exercise price and, in certain circumstances, vesting obligations.

Furthermore, in connection with the business combination, (i) all shares of DCRC’s Class A common stock prior to the business combination were re-designated as “common stock, par value $0.0001 per share” of the Company (as so re-designated, “Common Stock”) and (ii) all 40,000 shares of the Company’s Class B common stock were converted, on a one-for-one basis, into an equivalent number of shares of Common Stock.

On the Closing Date, a number of purchasers (the “PIPE Investors”), including certain of the Company’s equityholders and commercial partners, purchased from the Company an aggregate of 19,500,000 shares of Common Stock (the “PIPE Shares”), for a purchase price of $10.00 per share and an aggregate purchase price of $195 million (the “PIPE Financing”), pursuant to separate subscription agreements (each, a “Subscription Agreement”) entered into on June 15, 2021 or October 27, 2021. Pursuant to the Subscription Agreements, the Company gave certain registration rights to the PIPE Investors with respect to the PIPE Shares.

Prior to the Closing, DCRC had $1,500,000 outstanding under working capital loans from Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Sponsor III LLC (the “Sponsor”), which, in connection with the Closing, the Sponsor elected to convert into 1,000,000 warrants to purchase shares of Common Stock at a price of $1.50 per warrant, which warrants are included in the 7,666,667 Private Placement Warrants registered by the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. The working capital warrants are identical to the private placement warrants issued to the Sponsor in a private placement consummated simultaneously with the Company’s initial public offering, including as to exercise price, exercisability and exercise period.

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ABOUT THIS PROSPECTUS

This prospectus is part of a registration statement on Form S-1 that we filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) using the “shelf” registration process. Under this shelf registration process, the selling securityholders hereunder may, from time to time, sell the securities offered by them described in this prospectus. We will not receive any proceeds from the sale by such selling securityholders of the securities offered by them described in this prospectus.

Neither we nor the selling securityholders have authorized anyone to provide you with any information or to make any representations other than those contained in this prospectus or any applicable prospectus supplement or any free writing prospectuses prepared by or on behalf of us or to which we have referred you. Neither we nor the selling securityholders take responsibility for, and can provide no assurance as to the reliability of, any other information that others may give you. Neither we nor the selling securityholders will make an offer to sell these securities in any jurisdiction where the offer or sale is not permitted.

We may also provide a prospectus supplement or post-effective amendment to the registration statement to add information to, or update or change information contained in, this prospectus. You should read both this prospectus and any applicable prospectus supplement or post-effective amendment to the registration statement together with the additional information to which we refer you in the section of this prospectus titled “Where You Can Find Additional Information.”

MARKET AND INDUSTRY DATA

We obtained the industry and market data used throughout this prospectus from our own internal estimates and research, as well as from independent market research, industry and general publications and surveys, governmental agencies, publicly available information and research, surveys and studies conducted by third parties. Internal estimates are derived from publicly available information released by industry analysts and third-party sources, our internal research and our industry experience, and are based on assumptions made by us based on such data and our knowledge of our industry and market, which we believe to be reasonable. In some cases, we do not expressly refer to the sources from which this data is derived. In addition, while we believe the industry and market data included in this prospectus is reliable and based on reasonable assumptions, such data involve material risks and other uncertainties and are subject to change based on various factors, including those discussed in the section entitled “Risk Factors.” These and other factors could cause results to differ materially from those expressed in the estimates made by the independent parties or by us.

TRADEMARKS

Our logo and trademark appearing in this prospectus are our property. This document contains references to trademarks and service marks belonging to other entities. Solely for convenience, trademarks and trade names referred to in this prospectus may appear without the ® or TM symbols, but such references are not intended to indicate, in any way, that the applicable licensor will not assert, to the fullest extent under applicable law, its rights to these trademarks and trade names. We do not intend our use or display of other companies’ trade names, trademarks or service marks to imply a relationship with, or endorsement or sponsorship of it by, any other companies.

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PROSPECTUS SUMMARY

This summary highlights information contained in greater detail elsewhere in this prospectus. This summary is not complete and does not contain all of the information you should consider in making your investment decision. You should read the entire prospectus carefully before making an investment in our Common Stock and Warrants. You should carefully consider, among other things, our consolidated financial statements and the related notes and the sections titled “Risk Factors,” “Business,” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” included elsewhere in this prospectus.

Overview

Solid Power is developing all-solid-state battery cell technology that replaces the liquid or gel polymer electrolyte used in conventional lithium-ion battery cells with a sulfide-based solid electrolyte, and is focused solely on the development and commercialization of all-solid-state battery cells and solid electrolyte materials, primarily for the fast-growing battery-powered electric vehicle market. The world has started its transition to battery-powered electric vehicles. Current liquid electrolyte-based lithium-ion battery technology allowed electric vehicles to secure roughly 2% of new vehicle sales in 2020. BloombergNEF predicts by the mid-2030s approximately 50% of all new auto sales will be fully electric. This corresponds to an estimated $305 billion total addressable market based on projected new auto sales in 2035, assuming a 70 kWh pack size and a cost of $85/kWh.

In recent years, liquid electrolyte-based lithium-ion technology made considerable strides to increase stored energy while lowering costs; however, current technology is approaching its practical limits. To reach mass adoption where a majority of new passenger vehicles are electrified, battery cell technology must take a big step forward. We are developing our All-Solid-State Platform to address these needs.

We believe our All-Solid-State Platform will be able to meet the performance and cost demands from both consumers and automotive original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”) and outperform the best performing liquid electrolyte-based lithium-ion technologies of today and tomorrow. We are developing our all-solid-state battery cell technology with the goal to improve, among other things:

safety of electric vehicle batteries through the removal of flammable and volatile liquids and gels from the battery cells;
energy density, a measure of the energy stored by the battery cell relative to its volume, by enabling higher capacity electrodes that are otherwise not considered viable in a traditional lithium-ion battery cell;
calendar life – how long a battery cell can last before seeing significant degradation, especially at elevated temperature – as compared to current-generation lithium-ion; and
cost, through simplifying the manufacturing process and removal or reduction of battery pack cooling systems and pack-level safety features typically seen in traditional lithium-ion battery packs.

We have demonstrated that our all-solid-state battery cell technology can be manufactured in a high-throughput manner using existing lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing techniques and equipment. We believe that our technology could power longer range, lower cost, and safer electric vehicles, resulting in broader electric vehicle market adoption.

Our principal executive offices are located at 486 S. Pierce Avenue, Suite E, Louisville, Colorado 80027, and our telephone number is (303) 219-0720. Our website is https://www.solidpowerbattery.com. Information contained on, or that can be accessed through, our website is not a part of, and is not incorporated into, this prospectus, and the inclusion of our website address in this prospectus is an inactive textual reference only.

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Risk Factors Summary

Our business is subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including those highlighted in the section titled “Risk Factors” immediately following this prospectus summary. The following is a summary of the principal risks we face:

Risks Related to Development and Commercialization

It will be challenging to develop all-solid-state battery cells capable of production at volume and with acceptable performance, yields and costs. The pace of development in materials science is often not predictable. Delays or failures in accomplishing particular development objectives may postpone or prevent us from generating revenues from the licensing of our battery cell technology or sales of our sulfide-based solid electrolytes.
If our all-solid-state battery cells fail to perform as expected, our ability to develop, market, and license our technology could be harmed.
We may not succeed in developing all-solid-state battery cells for commercialization under our joint development agreements (“JDAs”) within the time parameters specified therein. If we do not meet the milestones in certain JDAs, our partners may terminate them without liability to us. Termination of a JDA by a partner, particularly a key partner like Ford Motor Company (“Ford”), BMW of North America LLC or SK Innovation Co. Ltd. (“SK Innovation”), could impair our reputation and prospects materially.
We depend on our ability to manage our relationships with existing partners, and to develop new relationships over time. We may not succeed in managing these business relationships, which could slow our development progress and impair our business prospects.
We have not reached any agreement with our partners on economic terms for the supply of our all-solid-state battery cell technology or sale of sulfide-based solid electrolytes. As a result, our projections of revenue and other financial results are uncertain.
The non-exclusive nature of our JDAs exposes us to the risk that our partners may elect to pursue other electric vehicle technologies, which likely would impair our revenue generating ability.
The terms of certain JDAs permit our partners to share in the intellectual property developed through the research and development efforts required under our particular agreements with them. Our ability to share developments gained through the course of performance of a particular JDA with our other partners may be limited in certain circumstances. In certain circumstances, our partners may be able to exploit certain of the intellectual property developed under their respective JDAs in ways that are detrimental to us.
We have only conducted preliminary safety testing on our prototype all-solid-state battery cells. Our all-solid-state battery cells will require additional and extensive safety testing prior to being installed in electric vehicles.
Substantial increases in the prices for our raw materials and components, some of which are obtained from a limited number of sources where demand may exceed supply, could materially and adversely affect our business.
We have been, and may in the future be, adversely affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic and/or any other pandemic.

Risks Related to Industry and Market Trends

If solid-state battery cell technology does not become widely accepted, we may not be successful in generating revenues from the manufacturing and sale of our sulfide-based solid electrolytes.

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The battery cell market continues to evolve and is highly competitive, and we may not be successful in competing in this market or establishing and maintaining confidence in our long-term business prospects among current and future partners and customers.
Our future growth and success are dependent upon consumers’ willingness to adopt electric vehicles.
We may not be able to accurately estimate the future supply and demand for our all-solid-state battery cells and/or our sulfide-based solid electrolytes, which could result in a variety of inefficiencies in our business and hinder our ability to generate revenue. If we fail to accurately predict our manufacturing requirements, we could incur additional costs or experience delays.

Risks Related to Limited Operating History

Our business model has yet to be tested and any failure to commercialize our strategic plans would have an adverse effect on our operating results and business, harm our reputation and could result in substantial liabilities that exceed our resources.
We are an early stage company with a history of financial losses and expect to incur significant expenses and continuing losses for the foreseeable future.
We may require additional capital to support business growth, and this capital might not be available on commercially reasonable terms or at all.
Most of our management does not have experience in operating a public company.
We may not succeed in establishing, maintaining and strengthening our brand, which would materially and adversely affect customer acceptance of our technologies and our business, revenues and prospects.

Risks Related to Intellectual Property

We rely heavily on owned and exclusively-licensed intellectual property, which includes patent rights, trade secrets, copyright, trademarks, and know-how. If we are unable to protect and maintain access to these intellectual property rights, our business and competitive position would be harmed.
Our patent applications may not result in issued patents, which would result in the disclosures in those applications being available to the public. Also, our patent rights may be contested, circumvented, invalidated or limited in scope, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our ability to prevent others from interfering with commercialization of our products.

Risks Related to Finance and Accounting

Our expectations and targets regarding the times when we will achieve various technical, pre-production and production-level performance objectives depend in large part upon assumptions, estimates, measurements, testing, analyses and data developed and performed by us, which if incorrect or flawed, could have a material adverse effect on our actual operating results and performance.
Incorrect estimates or assumptions by management in connection with the preparation of our financial statements could adversely affect our reported assets, liabilities, income, revenue or expenses.
The unavailability, reduction or elimination of government and economic incentives could have a material adverse effect on our business, prospects, financial condition and operating results.

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Our auditors identified a material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2020. If we are unable to develop and maintain an effective system of internal controls and procedures required by Section 404(a) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, we may not be able to accurately report our financial results in a timely manner, which may adversely affect investor confidence in us and materially and adversely affect our stock price, business and operating results.

Risks Related to Legal and Regulatory Compliance

We are subject to regulations regarding the storage and handling of various products. We may become subject to product liability claims, which could harm our financial condition and liquidity if we are not able to successfully defend or insure against such claims.
We are subject to substantial regulation, and unfavorable changes to, or failure by us to comply with, these regulations could substantially harm our business and operating results.
We are subject to various existing and future environmental health and safety laws, which may result in increased compliance costs or additional operating costs and restrictions. Failure to comply with such laws and regulations may result in substantial fines or other limitations that could adversely impact our financial results or operations.

Implications of Being an Emerging Growth Company

We are an emerging growth company as defined in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (the “JOBS Act”). We will remain an emerging growth company until the earliest to occur of: the last day of the fiscal year in which we have more than $1.07 billion in annual revenues; the date we qualify as a “large

accelerated filer,” with at least $700 million of equity securities held by non-affiliates; the issuance, in any three-year period, by us of more than $1.0 billion in non-convertible debt securities; and the last day of the fiscal year ending after the fifth anniversary of our initial public offering.

Section 107 of the JOBS Act provides that an emerging growth company can take advantage of the extended transition period provided in Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), for complying with new or revised accounting standards. In other words, an emerging growth company can delay the adoption of certain accounting standards until those standards would otherwise apply to private companies. We have 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, we, 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 our financial statements with certain other public companies difficult or impossible because of the potential differences in accounting standards used.

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THE OFFERING

Issuance of Common Stock

   

Shares of our Common Stock outstanding prior to exercise of all Warrants

167,557,988 shares

Shares of our Common Stock that may be issued upon exercise of all Warrants

19,333,334 shares

Use of Proceeds

We will not receive any proceeds from the sale of our Common Stock and Warrants offered by the Selling Securityholders (the “Securities”). We will receive up to an aggregate of approximately $222,536,987.76 assuming the exercise in full of all of the Warrants for cash and receipt of the exercise price for all the options underlying the Legacy Expiring Option Shares. We expect to use any net proceeds from the exercise of the Warrants for general corporate purposes. See the section titled “Use of Proceeds” for more information.

Resale of Common Stock and Warrants

Shares of Common Stock offered by the Selling Securityholders hereunder (representing the Founder and Certain Legacy Holder Shares, the PIPE Shares, the Legacy Expiring Option Shares and the shares of Common Stock that may be issued pursuant to the exercise of the Warrants)

89,684,876 shares

Warrants offered by the Selling Securityholders hereunder (representing the Private Placement Warrants)

7,666,667 Warrants

Redemption

The Public Warrants are redeemable in certain circumstances. See the section titled “Description of Capital Stock— Warrants” for further discussion.

Risk Factors

See the section titled “Risk Factors” beginning on page 7 and other information included in this prospectus for a discussion of factors that you should consider carefully before deciding to invest in our Common Stock and Warrants.

Nasdaq Symbol

“SLDP” for our Common Stock and “SLDPW” for our Public Warrants.

Lock-Up Restrictions

Of the 89,684,876shares of Common Stock that may be offered or sold by Selling Securityholders identified in this prospectus, certain of our Selling Securityholders are subject to lock-up restrictions with respect to 58,518,209 of those shares. Specifically, pursuant to our bylaws and the Sponsor Letter (as described in “Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions”), other than for certain permitted transfers: (i) subject to certain mutual waiver rights,

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shareholders of Legacy Solid Power that received shares of our Common Stock issued or that are issuable in exchange for Legacy Solid Power securities or options may not be transferred, and the holder thereof may not make a public announcement of any intention to transfer any such shares of Common Stock, before the earliest of (a) June 6, 2022, (b) the termination, expiration or waiver of the Founder Shares Lock-up Period (as defined below), and (c) the date on which we complete a liquidation, merger, stock exchange or other similar transaction that results in the holders of our Common Stock having the right to exchange their Common Stock for cash, securities or other property (the “Legacy Solid Power Lock-Up Period”); (ii) the Sponsor and certain individuals, each of whom was a member of DCRC’s board or management team prior to the Closing (each, an “Insider”), may not transfer, or make a public announcement of any intention to transfer, any Private Placement Warrants or any shares issuable upon the exchange of such before January 7, 2022 (the “Private Placement Warrants Lock-Up Period”) and (iii) the Sponsor and the Insiders may not transfer, or make a public announcement of any intention to transfer any Founder Shares (as defined below) until the earliest of (a) December 8, 2022, (b) if the last sale price of our Common Stock equals or exceeds $12.00 per share (subject to customary adjustments) for any 20 trading days within any 30 trading day period commencing on May 7, 2022 and (c) the date on which we complete a liquidation, merger, stock exchange or other similar transaction that results in the holders of our Common Stock having the right to exchange their Common Stock for cash, securities or other property (the “Founder Shares Lock-Up Period” and, together with the Legacy Solid Power Lock-Up Period and Private Placement Warrants Lock-Up Period, the “Lock-Up Periods”).

The number of shares of Common Stock outstanding is based on 167,557,988 shares of Common Stock as of December 14, 2021 and excludes the following, in each case as of December 14, 2021:

34,407,949 shares of our Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of outstanding options under the Solid Power, Inc. 2014 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2014 Plan”), which were assumed by the Company in connection with the merger, with a weighted average exercise price of $1.87 per share, 5,091,169 shares of which have been registered in the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part;
7,666,667 shares of our Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of Private Placement Warrants to purchase shares of our Common Stock, with an exercise price of $11.50 per share;
11,666,667 shares of our Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of Public Warrants to purchase shares of our Common Stock, with an exercise price of $11.50 per share;
18,900,000 shares of our Common Stock reserved for future issuance under the Solid Power, Inc. 2021 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2021 Plan”); and
3,778,000 shares of our Common Stock reserved for future issuance under the Solid Power, Inc. 2021 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (the “ESPP”).

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RISK FACTORS

Investing in our common stock involves a high degree of risk. Before making an investment decision, you should consider carefully the risks and uncertainties described below, together with all of the other information in this prospectus, including the section titled “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and our consolidated financial statements and related notes thereto included elsewhere in this prospectus. Our business, operating results, financial condition or prospects could also be harmed by risks and uncertainties not currently known to us or that we currently do not believe are material. If any of the risks actually occur, our business, operating results, financial condition and prospects could be adversely affected. In that event, the market price of our Common Stock and Warrants could decline, and you could lose part or all of your investment.

Risks Related to Development and Commercialization

It will be challenging to develop all-solid-state battery cells capable of production at volume and with acceptable performance, yields and costs. The pace of development in materials science is often not predictable. Delays or failures in accomplishing particular development objectives may postpone or prevent us from generating revenues from the licensing of our battery cell technology or sales of our sulfide-based solid electrolytes.

Our business depends on our ability to develop all-solid-state battery cells that outperform the lithium-ion batteries currently prevalent in electric vehicles. We expect to need at least four years of research and development and automotive qualification efforts before our cells will be advanced enough for us to realize material revenue generation from licensing agreements for our all-solid-state battery cells or reach commercial levels of manufacturing of our sulfide-based solid electrolytes. Developing the technology and know-how to produce all-solid-state battery cells at scale and cost, and which meet the performance requirements for wide adoption by automotive original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”), is extremely challenging. We must overcome significant hurdles to complete development, validation and automotive qualification of our battery cells prior to being able to license or sell our technology to any customers. Some of the development hurdles that we need to overcome before licensing or selling our all-solid-state battery cell technology to customers include:

increasing the volume, yield, reliability and uniformity of our electrode layers, separators and cells;
increasing the size and layer count of our multi-layer cells;
developing manufacturing techniques to produce the volume of cells needed for customer applications;
understanding optimization requirements for high volume manufacturing equipment;
designing and engineering packaging to ensure adequate cycle life (i.e., the number of charge and discharge cycles that a battery cell can sustain until its capacity falls below 80% of the original capacity);
reducing cost of production; and
meeting the rigorous and challenging specifications required by our customers, and ultimately OEMs and cell manufacturers, including but not limited to, calendar life, energy density, abuse testing, charge rate, cycle life, and operating temperature.

We expect to encounter engineering challenges as we increase the dimensions and throughput of components and cells. To achieve target energy density, we need to increase the layer-count and dimensions of our current electrodes, which are enclosed within a single battery package. We have built and tested both ten-layer cells and 22-layer cells. In order to be commercially viable, we expect our cells will need to have at least 40 layers, our cells will need to be capable of being produced at a high yield without compromising performance, and we will have to solve related packaging challenges in a way that is scalable and at an acceptable cost. If we are not able to overcome these engineering and mechanical hurdles, we may not succeed in licensing our all-solid-state battery cell technology or selling our sulfide-based solid electrolytes to customers as needed to continue our business.

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Even if we complete development and succeed in entering into license agreements, we may not start to generate revenues from such agreements until our customers have retrofitted or constructed and deployed facilities to build our all-solid-state battery cells at scale. Any delay in the development, automotive qualification or third-party manufacturing scale-up of our all-solid-state battery cells would negatively impact our business as it will delay time to revenue. It may also negatively impact end-user relationships, including OEMs. Significant delays in providing licenses to our technology would materially damage our business, prospects, financial condition, operating results and brand.

If our all-solid-state battery cells fail to perform as expected, our ability to develop, market, and license our technology could be harmed.

Our battery cell architecture is inherently complex and incorporates technology and components that have not been used in commercial battery cell production. We anticipate that our research and development efforts will extend in an iterative process even beyond the time at which we initially deliver our all-solid-state battery cells to OEMs for validation. The continuous need to refine and optimize our products will require us to continue to perform extensive and costly research and development efforts even after the initial delivery of our cells to OEMs. For instance, we may learn from these validation efforts that our cells contain defects or errors that cause the cells not to perform as expected. Fixing any such problems may require design changes or other research and development efforts, take significant time, and be costly. There can be no assurance that we will be able to detect and fix any defects in our all-solid-state battery cell architecture. If our cell design fails to perform as expected, we could lose licensing contracts and customers of our sulfide-based solid electrolytes.

In addition, because we have a limited frame of reference from which to evaluate the long-term performance of our all-solid-state battery cell design, it is possible that issues or problems will arise once our technology has been deployed for a longer period. If our customers determine our technology does not perform as expected, they may delay deliveries, terminate further orders, or initiate product recalls, each of which could adversely affect our business, prospects, and results of operations.

We may not succeed in developing all-solid-state battery cells for commercialization under our JDAs within the time parameters specified therein. If we do not meet the milestones in certain JDAs, our partners may terminate them without liability to us. Termination of a JDA by a partner, particularly a key partner like Ford, BMW of North America LLC or SK Innovation, could impair our reputation and prospects materially.

We have entered into non-exclusive JDAs, including with certain of our early investors, Ford and BMW of North America LLC as well as SK Innovation, to collaborate on the research and development of our all-solid-state battery cell. The terms of some of these JDAs generally require us to continue our research and development of all-solid-state battery cells and component materials such that our products are capable of being deployed in electric vehicles within the next few years. There is no assurance that we will be able to complete research and development in the time frame required by the JDAs and if we are unable to, our partners may terminate their participation in the JDAs. Given the importance to us of these relationships, the termination of a JDA by a partner could impair our reputation and prospects materially.

Our business depends on our ability to manage our relationships with existing partners, and to develop new relationships over time. We may not succeed in managing these business relationships, which could slow our development progress and impair our business prospects.

Our OEM partners may have economic, business, or legal interests or goals that are inconsistent with ours. As a result, it may be challenging for us to resolve issues that arise in respect of the performance of our JDAs, and in particular as any issue might impact development work underway under the JDAs. Any significant disagreements with them, and especially if we become dependent on that OEM partner for our research and development efforts, may impede our ability to maximize the benefits of our partnerships and slow the commercial roll-out of our all-solid-state battery cell designs. In addition, if our partners are unable or unwilling to meet their economic or other obligations under the JDAs, we may be required to fulfill those obligations alone, which could delay research and development progress and otherwise negatively impact our business and financial results. Furthermore, the relationships we have with our existing partners and the rights our partners’ rights have under their respective JDAs, may deter other automotive OEMs and cell manufacturers from working with us. If we are not able to expand our other customer relationships, our business and prospects could be materially harmed.

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We have not reached any commercial agreement with our partners on economic terms for the supply of our all-solid-state battery cell technology or sale of sulfide-based solid electrolytes. As a result, our projections of revenue and other financial results are uncertain.

Our JDAs provide a framework for our cooperation, and certain of the JDAs contemplate that we will enter into additional arrangements with our partners for the purchase and pricing of sulfide-based solid electrolyte materials for integration into our all-solid-state battery cell design, as well as licensing our all-solid-state battery cell technology to cell producers. We have not reached agreement on key commercial terms with any of these partners and the structure for realizing the monetary value of our products is unknown. There can be no assurance that we will be able to agree with our partners on these key elements or that any terms will be financially beneficial for us.

The non-exclusive nature of our JDAs exposes us to the risk that our partners may elect to pursue other battery cell technologies, which likely would impair our revenue generating ability.

Our OEM partners are motivated to develop and commercialize improved battery cell technologies. To that end, our partners have invested, and are likely to continue to invest in the future, in their own development efforts and, in certain cases, in JDAs with our current and future competitors. If other technology is developed more rapidly than our all-solid-state battery cells, or if such competing technologies are determined to be more efficient or effective than our all-solid-state battery cells, our partners may elect to adopt and install a competitor’s battery cell technology or products over ours, which could materially impact our business, financial results, and prospects.

The terms of certain JDAs permit our partners to share in the intellectual property developed through the research and development efforts required under our particular agreements with them. Our ability to share developments gained through the course of performance of a particular JDA with our other partners may be limited in certain circumstances. In certain circumstances, our partners may be able to exploit certain of the intellectual property developed under their respective JDAs in ways that are detrimental to us.

Certain of our JDAs provide that, among other things, (i) any intellectual property jointly developed will be owned by both parties, with each party having the right to license that intellectual property to third parties in connection with the development of such party’s products, (ii) each party retains sole ownership of previously or independently developed intellectual property, and (iii) the partner receives a license to our solely developed intellectual property under the JDA for use in the partner’s products. Furthermore, to the extent a development we make jointly with one of our partners involves such partner’s previously developed intellectual property, we may not be able to use any information gleaned in the course of performance under the JDA with such partner in performance of our other partners’ JDAs, which could prevent us from scaling the development or deploying it in work with all of our partners. There are no assurances we will maintain the access we need to any intellectual property of our partners or that any jointly developed intellectual property will be adequately protected, or that our partners will not seek to capitalize on jointly developed intellectual property for their sole benefit, such as through licensing agreements or other contractual arrangements they may enter with third parties that do not benefit us. In certain of our JDAs to date, we have agreed that our partners would receive certain rights to our intellectual property in certain circumstances, including if we were to fail to perform under commercial agreements that we may enter into in the future or otherwise abandon our business following the execution of such commercial agreements. If those provisions are triggered, certain of our partners may receive perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free licenses to portions of our intellectual property, which may limit the profitability and competitive advantage offered by our intellectual property and adversely affect our revenue.

We have only conducted preliminary safety testing on our prototype all-solid-state battery cells. Our all-solid-state battery cells will require additional and extensive safety testing prior to being installed in electric vehicles.

To achieve acceptance by automotive OEMs, our anticipated commercial-sized all-solid-state battery cells will have to undergo extensive safety testing. We cannot assure you such tests will be successful, and we may identify different or new safety issues in our development or the commercial cells that have not been present in our prototype cells. If we have to make design changes to address any safety issues, we may have to delay or suspend commercialization, which could materially damage our business, prospects, financial condition, operating results and brand.

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We are subject to risks relating to the construction and development of facilities for our short-term research and development and long-term production requirements.

Our business model contemplates that we will construct additional facilities for research and development and eventually sulfide-based solid electrolyte manufacturing. In the near-term, we need to construct a facility for higher-end research and development and scaling of our sulfide-based solid electrolyte material production. In the longer-term, and in connection with potential supply agreements, we will need to construct facilities to produce commercial volumes of our sulfide-based solid electrolyte. We have not secured a location or obtained the necessary licenses or permits for commercial-level sulfide-based solid electrolyte manufacturing facilities. In connection with constructing these facilities, we will need to identify and acquire the land or obtain leases for suitable locations appropriately zoned for activities involving hazardous materials, which will limit where we are able to locate our facilities and may require us to pay a premium for any such real estate. If we fail to do so, or otherwise encounter delays or lose necessary consents, permits, licenses, or commercial agreements, we could face delays or terminations of construction or development activities. If our planned facilities do not become operable on schedule, or at all, or become inoperable, production of our battery cells and our business will be harmed.

We are subject to risks relating to production scale manufacturing of our all-solid-state battery cells through partners in the longer term.

Our business plan contemplates top tier battery cell suppliers and automotive OEMs will manufacture our all-solid-state battery cells pursuant to licensing agreements with us. A component of our plan is to develop our products in such a way as to enable our manufacturing partners to utilize existing lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing processes and equipment. While we believe our development of a manufacturing process compatible with existing lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing lines provides significant competitive advantages, modifying or constructing these lines for production of our products could be more complicated or present significant challenges to our manufacturing partners that we do not currently anticipate. As with any large-scale capital project, any modification or construction of this nature could be subject to delays, cost overruns or other complications. Any failure to commence commercial production on schedule likely would lead to additional costs and could delay our ability to generate meaningful revenues. In addition, any such delay could diminish any “first mover” advantage we aim to attain, prevent us from gaining the confidence of OEMs and open the door to increased competition. All of the foregoing could hinder our ability to successfully launch and grow our business and achieve a competitive position in the market.

Collaboration with third parties to manufacture our all-solid-state battery cells reduces our level of control over the process. We could experience delays if our partners do not meet agreed upon timelines or experience capacity constraints. There is risk of potential disputes with partners, which could stop or slow battery cell production, and we could be affected by adverse publicity related to our partners, whether or not such publicity is related to such third parties’ collaboration with us. In addition, we cannot guarantee that our suppliers will not deviate from agreed-upon quality standards. Further, any partnerships with international third-party cell manufacturers or automotive OEMs could expose us to the political, legal and economic risks impacting the regions in which our partners’ manufacturing facilities are located, further reducing our control over the production process as we scale manufacturing.

We may be unable to enter into agreements with cell manufacturers on terms and conditions acceptable to us and therefore we may need to contract with other third parties or create our own commercial production capacity. We may not be able to engage other third parties or establish or expand our own production capacity to meet our needs on acceptable terms, or at all. The expense and time required to adequately complete any transition may be greater than anticipated. Any of the foregoing could adversely affect our business, results of operations, financial condition and prospects.

We rely on complex equipment for our operations, and production involves a significant degree of risk and uncertainty in terms of operational performance and costs.

We rely heavily on complex equipment for our operations and the production of our all-solid-state battery cells. The work required to integrate this equipment into the production of our all-solid-state battery cells is time intensive and requires us to work closely with the equipment providers to ensure that it works properly with our proprietary technology. This integration involves a degree of uncertainty and risk and may result in the delay in the scaling up of production or result in additional cost to our all-solid-state battery cells.

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Our current manufacturing facilities require, and we expect our future manufacturing facilities will require, large-scale machinery. Such machinery may unexpectedly malfunction and require repairs and spare parts to resume operations, which may not be available when needed. We do not expect to maintain any redundancies in our research and development facilities, so unexpected malfunctions of our production equipment may significantly affect our operational efficiency. In addition, because this equipment has historically not been used to build all-solid-state battery cells, the operational performance and costs associated with this equipment is difficult to predict and may be influenced by factors outside of our control, such as, but not limited to, failures by suppliers to deliver necessary components of our products in a timely manner and at prices and volumes acceptable to us, environmental hazards and associated costs of remediation, difficulty or delays in obtaining governmental permits, damages or defects in systems, industrial accidents, fires, seismic activity and other natural disasters.

Problems with our manufacturing equipment could result in the personal injury to or death of workers, the loss of production equipment, damage to manufacturing facilities, monetary losses, delays and unanticipated fluctuations in production. In addition, in some cases operational problems may result in environmental damage, administrative fines, increased insurance costs and potential legal liabilities. Any of these operational problems, or a combination of them could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, cash flows, financial condition or prospects.

We may obtain licenses on technology that has not been commercialized or has been commercialized only to a limited extent, and the success of our business may be adversely affected if such technology does not perform as expected.

From time to time, we may license from third parties, including our partners under the JDAs, technologies that have not been commercialized or which have been commercialized only to a limited extent. These technologies may not perform as expected within our all-solid-state battery cells and related products. If the cost, performance characteristics, manufacturing process or other specifications of these licensed technologies fall short of our targets, our projected sales, costs, time to market, competitive advantage, future product pricing and potential operating margins may be adversely affected.

Substantial increases in the prices for our raw materials and components, some of which are obtained from a limited number of sources where demand may exceed supply, could materially and adversely affect our business.

We rely on third-party suppliers for components and equipment necessary to develop our all-solid-state battery cells, including key supplies, such as Li2S, lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (“NMC”), silicon, lithium metal foil and manufacturing tools for our all-solid-state battery cells. We face risks relating to the availability of these materials and components, including that we will be subject to demand shortages and supply chain challenges and generally may not have sufficient purchasing power to eliminate the risk of price increases for the raw materials and tools we need. Further, certain components, including Li2S, are not currently produced at a scale we believe necessary to support our proposed commercial operations. To the extent that we are unable to enter into commercial agreements with our current suppliers or our replacement suppliers on favorable terms, or these suppliers experience difficulties meeting our requirements, the development and commercial progression of our all-solid-state battery cells and related technologies may be delayed.

Separately, we may be subject to various supply chain requirements regarding, among other things, conflict minerals and labor practices. We may be required to incur substantial costs to comply with these requirements, which may include locating new suppliers if certain issues are discovered. We may not be able to find any new suppliers for certain raw materials or components required for our operations, or such suppliers may be unwilling or unable to provide us with products.

Any disruption in the supply of components, equipment or materials could temporarily disrupt research and development activities or production of our all-solid-state battery cells or sulfide-based solid electrolytes until an alternative supplier is able to supply the required material. Changes in business conditions, unforeseen circumstances, governmental changes, and other factors beyond our control or which we do not presently anticipate, could also affect our suppliers’ ability to deliver components or equipment to us on a timely basis. Any of the foregoing could materially and adversely affect our results of operations, financial condition and prospects.

Currency fluctuations, trade barriers, tariffs or shortages and other general economic or political conditions may limit our ability to obtain key components or equipment for our all-solid-state battery cells or significantly increase freight charges, raw material costs and other expenses associated with our business, which could further materially and adversely affect our results of operations, financial condition and prospects.

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We may be unable to adequately control the costs associated with our operations and the components necessary to build our all-solid-state battery cells, and, if we are unable to control these costs and achieve cost advantages in our production of our all-solid-state battery cells at scale, our business will be adversely affected.

We require significant capital to develop our all-solid-state battery cell technologies and expect to incur significant expenses, including those relating to research and development, raw material procurement, leases, sales and distribution as we build our brand and market our technologies, and general and administrative costs as we scale our operations. Our ability to become profitable in the future will not only depend on our ability to successfully develop and market our sulfide-based solid electrolytes and all-solid-state cells, but also to control our costs. If we are unable to efficiently design, appropriately price, sell and distribute our sulfide-based solid electrolytes and all-solid-state battery cell technologies, our anticipated margins, profitability and prospects would be materially and adversely affected.

If we are unable to attract and retain key employees and qualified personnel, our ability to compete could be harmed.

Our success depends on our ability to attract and retain our executive officers, key employees and other qualified personnel, and our operations may be severely disrupted if we lost their services. As we build our brand and become more well known, there is increased risk that competitors or other companies will seek to hire our personnel. Our success also depends on our continuing ability to identify, hire, attract, train and develop other highly qualified personnel. Competition for these employees can be intense, and our ability to hire, attract and retain them depends on our ability to provide competitive compensation. We may not be able to attract, assimilate, develop or retain qualified personnel in the future, and our failure to do so could seriously harm our business and prospects.

In addition, we are highly dependent on the services of Douglas Campbell, our Chief Executive Officer, and other senior technical and management personnel, including our executive officers, who would be difficult to replace. If Mr. Campbell or other key personnel were to depart, we may not be able to successfully attract and retain the personnel necessary to grow our business.

Our insurance coverage may not be adequate to protect us from all business risks.

We may be subject, in the ordinary course of business, to losses resulting from products liability, accidents, acts of God, and other claims against us, for which we may have no insurance coverage. As a general matter, the policies that we do have may include significant deductibles, and we cannot be certain that our insurance coverage will be sufficient to cover all future losses or claims against us. A loss that is uninsured or which exceeds policy limits may require us to pay substantial amounts, which could adversely affect our financial condition and operating results. Furthermore, although we plan to obtain and maintain insurance for damage to our property and the disruption of our business, this insurance may be challenging to obtain and maintain on terms acceptable to us and may not be sufficient to cover all of our potential losses.

Our facilities or operations could be damaged or adversely affected as a result of natural disasters and other catastrophic events, including fire and explosions.

We currently conduct our operations in a single leased facility. Our current and future development and manufacturing facilities or operations could be adversely affected by events outside of our control, such as natural disasters, wars, health pandemics and epidemics such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and other calamities. We cannot assure you that any backup systems will be adequate to protect us from the effects of fire, explosions, floods, cyber-attacks (including ransomware attacks), typhoons, earthquakes, power loss, telecommunications failures, break-ins, war, riots, terrorist attacks or similar events. Any of the foregoing events may give rise to interruptions, breakdowns, system failures, technology platform failures or internet failures, which could cause the loss or corruption of data or malfunctions of software or hardware as well as adversely affect our ability to conduct our research and development activities as and on the timeline currently contemplated. These risks will remain particularly acute until we have completed the permitting and build-out of our second facility, which we expect will not occur until 2022 and may be further delayed.

We have been, and may in the future be, adversely affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic and/or any other pandemic.

We face various risks related to epidemics, pandemics, and other outbreaks, including the recent COVID-19 pandemic and/or any other pandemic. The impact of COVID-19, including changes in consumer and business behavior, pandemic fears and market downturns, and restrictions on business and individual activities, has created significant volatility in the global economy and led to reduced economic activity. The spread of COVID-19 has also impacted our potential customers and our suppliers by disrupting the

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manufacturing, delivery and overall supply chain of battery cell, electric vehicle and equipment manufacturers and suppliers and has led to a global decrease in battery cell and electric vehicle sales in markets around the world.

The pandemic has resulted in government authorities implementing numerous measures to try to contain the virus, such as travel bans and restrictions, quarantines, stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, and business shutdowns. These measures may adversely impact our employees, research and development activities and operations and the operations of our customers, suppliers, vendors and business partners. In addition, various aspects of our business cannot be conducted remotely, including many aspects of the research and development and manufacturing of our all-solid-state material and our all-solid-state battery cells. These measures, to the extent imposed by government authorities, may remain in place for a significant period of time and they may adversely affect our future research and development, manufacturing and building plans, business and results of operations. We may take further actions as may be required by government authorities or that we determine are in the best interests of our customers, employees, suppliers, vendors and business partners.

The extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic impacts our business, prospects and results of operations will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted, including, but not limited to, the duration and spread of the pandemic, its severity, the actions to contain the virus or treat its impact, and how quickly and to what extent normal economic and operating activities can resume. Even as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, we may continue to experience an adverse impact to our business as a result of the global economic impact, including any recession that has occurred or may occur in the future.

There are no comparable recent events that may provide guidance as to the effect of the spread of COVID-19 and a pandemic, and, as a result, the ultimate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic or a similar health epidemic is highly uncertain.

Risks Related to Industry and Market Trends

If solid-state battery cell technology does not become widely accepted, we may not be successful in generating revenues from the manufacturing and sale of our sulfide-based solid electrolytes.

Our business plan contemplates that we will develop the necessary production capabilities to manufacture our sulfide-based solid electrolytes for sale to top tier battery suppliers and automotive OEMs that have determined to manufacture solid-state battery cells, whether or not the ones we are working to develop. If a market for solid-state battery cells does not develop in the time or to the level we anticipate, we might not be able to generate revenues from this product line, which may prevent us from achieving our financial projections or recouping the costs we expect to incur in scaling our production of our sulfide-based solid electrolytes.

The battery cell market continues to evolve and is highly competitive, and we may not be successful in competing in this market or establishing and maintaining confidence in our long-term business prospects among current and future partners and customers.

The battery cell market in which we compete continues to evolve and is highly competitive. To date, we have focused our efforts on our all-solid-state battery cell technology, a promising alternative to conventional lithium-ion battery cell technology. However, lithium-ion battery cell technology has been widely adopted and our current competitors have, and future competitors may have, greater resources than we do and may also be able to devote greater resources to the development of their current and future technologies. These competitors also may have greater access to customers and may be able to establish cooperative or strategic relationships amongst themselves or with third parties that may further enhance their resources and competitive positioning. In addition, traditional lithium-ion battery cell manufacturers may continue to reduce cost and expand supply of conventional batteries and, therefore, reduce the prospects for our business or negatively impact the ability for us to sell our products at a market-competitive price and yet at sufficient margins.

Many automotive OEMs are researching and investing in solid-state battery cell efforts and, in some cases, in battery cell development and production. We do not have exclusive relationships with any OEM to provide their future battery cell technologies, and it is possible that the investments made by these OEMs might result in technological advances earlier than, or superior in certain respect to, the all-solid-state battery cells we are developing. There are a number of companies seeking to develop alternative approaches to solid-state battery cell technology. We expect competition in battery cell technology and electric vehicles to intensify due to increased demand for these vehicles and a regulatory push for electric vehicles, continuing globalization, and consolidation in the worldwide automotive industry. As new companies and larger, existing vehicle and battery cell manufacturers enter the solid-state

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battery cell space, we may lose any perceived or actual technological advantage we may have in the marketplace and suffer a decline in our position in the market.

Furthermore, the battery cell industry also competes with other emerging or evolving technologies, such as natural gas, advanced diesel and hydrogen-based fuel cell powered vehicles. Developments in alternative technologies or improvements in batteries technology made by competitors may materially adversely affect the sales, pricing and gross margins of our products. As technologies change, we will attempt to upgrade or adapt our products to continue to provide products with the latest technology. However, our products may become obsolete or our research and development efforts may not be sufficient to adapt to changes in or to create the necessary technology to effectively compete. If we are unable to keep up with competitive developments, including if such technologies achieve lower prices or enjoy greater policy support than the lithium-ion battery cell industry, our competitive position and growth prospects may be harmed. Similarly, if we fail to accurately predict and ensure that our all-solid-state battery cell technology can address customers’ changing needs or emerging technological trends, or if our customers fail to achieve the benefits expected from our all-solid-state battery cells, our business will be harmed.

We must continue to commit significant resources to develop our all-solid-state battery cell technology in order to establish a competitive position, and these commitments must be made without knowing whether our investments will result in products potential customers will accept. There is no assurance we will successfully identify new customer requirements, develop and bring our all-solid-state battery cells to market on a timely basis, or that products and technologies developed by others will not render our all-solid-state battery cells obsolete or noncompetitive, any of which would adversely affect our business and operating results.

We expect that automotive OEMs and top tier battery cell suppliers will be less likely to license our all-solid-state battery cells and/or incorporate our sulfide-based solid electrolytes if they are not convinced that our business will succeed in the long term. Similarly, suppliers and other third parties will be less likely to invest time and resources in developing business relationships with us if they are not convinced that our business will succeed in the long term. Accordingly, in order to build and maintain our business, we must instill and maintain confidence among current and future partners, customers, suppliers, analysts, ratings agencies and other parties in our long-term financial viability and business prospects. Maintaining such confidence may be particularly complicated by certain factors including those that are largely outside of our control, such as:

our limited operating history;
market unfamiliarity with our products;
delays in or impediments to completing or achieving our research and development goals;
unexpected costs that automotive OEM and top tier cell partners may be required to incur to scale manufacturing, delivery and service operations to meet demand for electric vehicles containing our technologies or products;
competition and uncertainty regarding the future of electric vehicles;
the development and adoption of competing technologies that are less expensive and/or more effective than our products; and
our eventual production and sales performance compared with market expectations.

Our future growth and success are dependent upon consumers’ willingness to adopt electric vehicles.

Our growth and future demand for our products is highly dependent upon the adoption by consumers of alternative fuel vehicles in general and electric vehicles in particular. The market for new energy vehicles is still rapidly evolving, characterized by rapidly changing technologies, competitive pricing and factors, evolving government regulation and industry standards, and changing consumer demands and behaviors. If the market for electric vehicles in general does not develop as expected, or develops more slowly than expected, our business, prospects, financial condition and operating results could be harmed.

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We may not succeed in attracting customers during the development stage or for high volume commercial production, and our future growth and success depend on our ability to attract customers.

We may not succeed in attracting customers during our development stage or for high volume commercial production. Customers may be wary of unproven products or not be inclined to work with less established businesses. In addition, if we are unable to attract new customers in need of high-volume commercial production of our products, our business will be harmed.

Automotive OEMs are often large enterprises. Therefore, our future success will depend on our or our partners’ ability to effectively sell our products to such large customers. Sales to these end-customers involve risks that may not be present (or that are present to a lesser extent) with sales to smaller customers. These risks include, but are not limited to, (i) increased purchasing power and leverage held by large customers in negotiating contractual arrangements with us and (ii) longer sales cycles and the associated risk that substantial time and resources may be spent on a potential end-customer that elects not to purchase our products.

Automotive OEMs that are large organizations often undertake a significant evaluation process that results in a lengthy sales cycle. In addition, product purchases by large organizations are frequently subject to budget constraints, multiple approvals and unanticipated administrative, processing and other delays. Finally, large organizations typically have longer implementation cycles, require greater product functionality and scalability, require a broader range of services, demand that vendors take on a larger share of risks, require acceptance provisions that can lead to a delay in revenue recognition and expect greater payment flexibility. All of these factors can add further risk to business conducted with these potential customers.

We may not be able to accurately estimate the future supply and demand for our all-solid-state battery cells and/or our sulfide-based solid electrolytes, which could result in a variety of inefficiencies in our business and hinder our ability to generate revenue. If we fail to accurately predict our manufacturing requirements, we could incur additional costs or experience delays.

It is difficult to predict our future revenues and appropriately budget for our expenses, and we may have limited insight into trends that may emerge and affect our business. We anticipate being required to provide forecasts of our demand to our current and future suppliers prior to the scheduled delivery of products to potential customers. Currently, there is no historical basis for making judgments on the demand for our all-solid-state battery cells and/or our sulfide-based solid electrolytes or our ability to develop, manufacture, and deliver such products, or our profitability in the future. If we overestimate our requirements, our suppliers may have excess inventory, which indirectly would increase our costs. If we underestimate our requirements, our suppliers may have inadequate inventory, which could interrupt manufacturing of our products and result in delays in shipments and revenues. In addition, lead times for materials and components that our suppliers order may vary significantly and depend on factors such as the specific supplier, contract terms and demand for each component at a given time. If we fail to order sufficient quantities of product components in a timely manner, the delivery of our all-solid-state battery cells and/or our sulfide-based solid electrolytes to our potential customers could be delayed, which would harm our business, financial condition and operating results.

Risks Related to Limited Operating History

Our business model has yet to be tested and any failure to commercialize our strategic plans would have an adverse effect on our operating results and business, harm our reputation and could result in substantial liabilities that exceed our resources.

Investors should be aware of the difficulties normally encountered by a new enterprise, many of which are beyond our control, including substantial risks and expenses in the course of establishing or entering new markets, organizing operations and undertaking marketing activities. The likelihood of our success must be considered in light of these risks, expenses, complications, delays and the competitive environment in which we operate. There is, therefore, nothing at this time upon which to base an assumption that our business plan will prove successful, and we may not be able to generate significant revenue, raise additional capital or operate profitably. We will continue to encounter risks and difficulties frequently experienced by early commercial stage companies, including scaling up our infrastructure and headcount, and may encounter unforeseen expenses, difficulties or delays in connection with our growth. In addition, as a result of the capital requirements of our business, we can be expected to continue to sustain substantial operating expenses without generating sufficient revenue to cover expenditures. Any investment in our company is therefore highly speculative and could result in the loss of your entire investment.

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periods, our operating results, prospects and financial position could be materially affected. The projected financial information appearing elsewhere in these materials was prepared by management and reflects current estimates of future performance. The projected results depend on the successful implementation of management’s growth strategies and are based on assumptions and events over which we have only partial or no control. In particular, our projected results are heavily reliant on our ability to license our all-solid-state battery cells and sell our sulfide-based solid electrolytes. The assumptions underlying such projected information require the exercise of judgment and may not occur, and the projections are subject to uncertainty due to the effects of economic, business, competitive, regulatory, legislative, and political or other changes.

We are an early stage company with a history of financial losses and expect to incur significant expenses and continuing losses for the foreseeable future.

We incurred a net loss of approximately $14.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2020 and an accumulated deficit of approximately $105.3 million from our inception in 2012 through December 31, 2020. We believe that we will continue to incur operating and net losses each quarter until the time significant production of our all-solid-state battery cells or sales of our sulfide-based solid electrolytes begins, which is not expected to occur until at least 2026, and may occur later.

We expect the rate at which we will incur losses to be significantly higher in future periods as we, among other things, continue to incur significant expenses in connection with the design, development and manufacturing of our materials and all-solid-state battery cells; expand our research and development activities; invest in additional research and development and manufacturing facilities and capabilities; build up inventories of raw materials and other components; commence sales and marketing activities; develop our distribution infrastructure; and increase our general and administrative functions to support our growing operations. We may find that these efforts are more expensive than we currently anticipate or that these efforts may not result in revenues, which would further increase our losses.

We may require additional capital to support business growth, and this capital might not be available on commercially reasonable terms or at all.

We may need additional capital before we commence generating revenues, and it may not be available on acceptable terms, if at all. For example, our capital budget assumes, among other things, that our development timeline progresses as planned and our corresponding expenditures are consistent with current expectations, both of which are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including those described herein.

More specifically, we expect our capital expenditures and working capital requirements to increase materially in the near future, as we accelerate our research and development efforts and scale up production operations with our partners. As we approach commercialization, we expect our operating expenses will increase substantially on account of increased headcount and other general and administrative expenses necessary to support a rapidly growing company.

As a result, we may need to access the debt and equity capital markets to obtain additional financing in the future. However, these sources of financing may not be available on acceptable terms, or at all. Our ability to obtain additional financing will be subject to a number of factors, including:

market conditions;
the level of success we have experienced with our research and development programs;
our operating performance;
investor sentiment; and
our ability to incur additional debt in compliance with any agreements governing our then-outstanding debt.

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the rights of our currently issued and outstanding equity or debt, and our existing stockholders may experience dilution. If we are unable to generate sufficient funds from operations or raise additional capital, we may be forced to take actions to reduce our capital or operating expenditures, including by not seeking potential acquisition opportunities, eliminating redundancies, or reducing or delaying our production facility expansions, which may adversely affect our business, operating results, financial condition and prospects.

If we fail to effectively manage our future growth, we may not be able to market and license the technology and know-how to manufacture our all-solid-state battery cells or sell our sulfide-based solid electrolyte successfully.

We intend to use the net proceeds from Legacy Solid Power’s recent Series B Financing and the net proceeds received from the business combination, including the proceeds from the PIPE Financing, to expand our operations significantly, with a view toward accelerating our research and development activities and positioning our company for potential commercialization of our technologies. In connection with these efforts, we anticipate hiring, retaining and training personnel, establishing manufacturing plants and other facilities, and implementing administrative infrastructure, systems and processes. That said, our management team has considerable discretion in the application of the funds available to us. We may use these funds for purposes that do not yield a significant return or any return at all for our stockholders. In addition, pending their use, we may invest the cash we hold in a manner that does not produce income or that loses value. If we cannot manage our growth effectively, including by controlling our expenditures for these initiatives to the greatest extent possible, our business could be harmed.

Most of our management does not have experience in operating a public company.

Most of our executive officers do not have experience in the management of a publicly traded company. Our management team may not successfully or effectively manage being a public company subject to significant regulatory oversight and reporting obligations under federal securities laws. We may not have adequate personnel with the appropriate level of knowledge, experience, and training in the policies, practices or internal controls over financial reporting required of public companies in the United States. As a result, we may be required to pay higher outside legal, accounting or consulting costs than our competitors, and our management team members may have to devote a higher proportion of their time to issues relating to compliance with the laws applicable to public companies, both of which might put us at a disadvantage relative to competitors.

We may not succeed in establishing, maintaining and strengthening our brand, which would materially and adversely affect customer acceptance of our technologies and our business, revenues and prospects.

Our business and prospects depend on our ability to develop, maintain and strengthen our brand. If we are not able to establish, maintain and strengthen our brand, we may lose the opportunity to build a critical mass of customers. The automobile industry is intensely competitive, and we may not be successful in building, maintaining and strengthening our brand. Our current and potential competitors, including many battery cell manufacturers and automotive OEMs around the world, have greater name recognition, broader customer relationships and substantially greater marketing resources than we do. If we do not develop and maintain a strong brand, our business, prospects, financial condition and operating results will be materially and adversely impacted.

Risks Related to Intellectual Property

We rely heavily on owned and exclusively-licensed intellectual property, which includes patent rights, trade secrets, copyright, trademarks, and know-how. If we are unable to protect and maintain access to these intellectual property rights, our business and competitive position would be harmed.

We may not be able to prevent unauthorized use of our owned and exclusively-licensed intellectual property, which could harm our business and competitive position. We rely on a combination of the intellectual property protections afforded by patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret laws in the United States and other jurisdictions, as well as license agreements and other contractual protections, to establish, maintain and enforce rights and competitive advantage in our proprietary technologies. In addition, we seek to protect our intellectual property rights through nondisclosure and invention assignment agreements with our employees and consultants, and through non-disclosure agreements with business partners and other third parties. Despite our efforts to protect our proprietary rights, third parties, including our business partners, may attempt to copy or otherwise obtain and use our intellectual property without our consent or may decline to license or defend necessary intellectual property rights to us on terms favorable to our business. Monitoring unauthorized use of our intellectual property is difficult and costly, and the steps we have taken

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or will take to prevent misappropriation may not be sufficient. Any enforcement efforts we undertake, including litigation, could require involvement of the licensor, be time-consuming and expensive, and could divert management’s attention, all of which could harm our business, results of operations and financial condition. In addition, existing intellectual property laws and contractual remedies may afford less protection than needed to safeguard our proprietary technologies. A significant portion of our patent rights have been obtained through exclusive licenses. Because we do not own those patent rights, we have less control over their maintenance and enforcement, which could harm our ability to maintain any competitive advantage those patent rights provide.

Patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret laws vary significantly throughout the world. A number of foreign countries do not protect intellectual property rights to the same extent as the United States. Therefore, our intellectual property rights may not be as strong or as easily enforced outside of the United States and efforts to protect against the unauthorized use of our intellectual property rights, technology and other proprietary rights may be impossible outside of the United States. Failure to adequately protect our owned and exclusively-licensed intellectual property rights could result in our competitors using our intellectual property to offer products, potentially resulting in the loss of some of our competitive advantage, a decrease in our revenue and reputational harm caused by inferior products offered by third parties, which would adversely affect our business, prospects, financial condition and operating results.

Our patent applications may not result in issued patents, which would result in the disclosures in those applications being available to the public. Also, our patent rights may be contested, circumvented, invalidated or limited in scope, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our ability to prevent others from interfering with commercialization of our products.

Our patent portfolio includes some patent applications. Our patent applications may not result in issued patents, which may have a material adverse effect on our ability to prevent others from commercially exploiting products similar to our products to our disadvantage. The status of patents involves complex legal and factual questions and the breadth of claims allowed is uncertain. As a result, we cannot be certain that the patent applications that we file will result in patents being issued, or that our patents and any patents that may be issued to us will afford protection against competitors with similar technology. Numerous patents and pending patent applications owned by others exist in the fields in which we have developed and are developing our technology, any number of which could be considered prior art and prevent us from obtaining a patent. In addition to those who may claim priority, any of our future or existing patents or pending patent applications (including those we have rights to under exclusive license) may also be challenged by others on the basis that they are otherwise invalid or unenforceable. Furthermore, patent applications filed in foreign countries may be subject to laws, rules and procedures that differ from those of the United States, and thus we cannot be certain that foreign patent applications related to issued U.S. patents will be issued.

We have not performed exhaustive searches or analyses of the intellectual property landscape of the battery industry; therefore, we are unable to guarantee that our technology, or its ultimate integration into electric vehicle battery packs, does not infringe intellectual property rights of third parties. We may need to defend ourselves against intellectual property infringement claims, which may be time-consuming and could cause us to incur substantial costs.

Companies, organizations or individuals, including our current and future competitors, may hold or obtain patents, trademarks or other proprietary rights that would prevent, limit or interfere with our ability to make, use, develop, sell, license, lease or market our products or technologies, which could make it more difficult for us to operate our business. From time to time, we may receive inquiries from third parties relating to whether we are infringing their intellectual property rights and/or seek court declarations that they do not infringe upon our intellectual property rights. Companies holding patents or other intellectual property rights relating to batteries may bring suits alleging infringement of such rights or otherwise asserting their rights and seeking licenses. In addition, if we are determined to have infringed upon a third party’s intellectual property rights, we may be required to do one or more of the following:

cease selling, leasing, incorporating or using products that incorporate the challenged intellectual property;
pay substantial damages;
materially alter our research and development activities and proposed production processes;
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redesign our battery cells at significant expense.

In the event of a successful claim of infringement against us and our failure or inability to obtain a license to continue to use the technology on reasonable terms, our business, prospects, operating results and financial condition could be materially adversely affected. In addition, any litigation or claims, whether or not well-founded, could result in substantial costs, negative publicity, reputational harm and diversion of resources and management’s attention.

We also license patents and other intellectual property from third parties, and we may face claims that our use of this intellectual property infringes the rights of others. In such cases, we may seek indemnification from our licensors under our license contracts with them as permitted by our license agreements. However, our rights to indemnification may be unavailable or insufficient to cover our costs and losses, depending on our use of the technology, whether we choose to retain control over conduct of the litigation, and other factors.

Risks Related to Finance and Accounting

Our expectations and targets regarding the times when we will achieve various technical, pre-production and production-level performance objectives depend in large part upon assumptions, estimates, measurements, testing, analyses and data developed and performed by us, which if incorrect or flawed, could have a material adverse effect on our actual operating results and performance.

Our expectations and targets regarding the times when we will achieve various technical, pre-production and production objectives reflect our current expectations and estimates. Whether we will achieve these objectives when we expect depends on a number of factors, many of which are outside our control, including, but not limited to:

success and timing of our development activity and ability to develop an all-solid-state battery cell that achieves our desired performance metrics and achieves the requisite automotive industry validations before our competitors;
unanticipated technical or manufacturing challenges or delays;
difficulties identifying or constructing the necessary research and development and manufacturing facilities;
technological developments relating to lithium-ion, lithium-metal all-solid-state or other batteries that could adversely affect the commercial potential of our technologies;
the extent of consumer acceptance of electric vehicles generally, and those deploying our products, in particular;
competition, including from established and future competitors in the battery cell industry or from competing technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells that may be used to power electric vehicles;
whether we can obtain sufficient capital when required to build our manufacturing facilities and sustain and grow our business;
adverse developments in our partnership relationships, including termination of our partnerships or changes in our partners’ timetables and business plans, which could hinder our development efforts;
our ability to manage our growth;
whether we can manage relationships with key suppliers and the availability of the raw materials we need to procure from them;
our ability to retain existing key management, integrate recent hires and attract, retain and motivate qualified personnel; and

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the overall strength and stability of domestic and international economies.

Unfavorable changes in any of these or other factors, most of which are beyond our control, could materially and adversely affect our ability to achieve our objectives when planned and our business, results of operations and financial results.

Incorrect estimates or assumptions by management in connection with the preparation of our financial statements could adversely affect our reported assets, liabilities, income, revenue or expenses.

The preparation of our consolidated financial statements requires management to make critical accounting estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, income, revenue or expenses during the reporting periods. Incorrect estimates and assumptions by management could adversely affect our reported amounts of assets, liabilities, income, revenue and expenses during the reporting periods. If we make incorrect assumptions or estimates, our reported financial results may be over or understated, which could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Our auditors identified a material weakness in Legacy Solid Power’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2020. If we are unable to develop and maintain an effective system of internal controls and procedures required by Section 404(a) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, we may not be able to accurately report our financial results in a timely manner, which may adversely affect investor confidence in us and materially and adversely affect our stock price, business and operating results.

As part of the independent audit of Legacy Solid Power’s 2019 and 2020 financial statements, we undertook a technical evaluation of our accounting of several financial instruments, including the convertible notes and equity grants Legacy Solid Power issued in 2019 and 2020. Our evaluation did not consider the applicable accounting guidance. As a result, our auditor issued a finding of a material weakness in internal controls over financial reporting related to the review of complex transactions for proper accounting treatment as our control environment would have failed to detect the misstatement prior to the financial statement issuance. A material weakness is a deficiency, or a combination of deficiencies, in internal controls over financial reporting such that there is a reasonable possibility that a material misstatement of our annual or interim financial statements will not be prevented or detected on a timely basis.

Effective internal controls are necessary for us to provide reliable financial reports and prevent fraud. Management continues to evaluate steps to remediate the material weakness. These remediation measures may be time consuming and costly and there is no assurance that these initiatives will ultimately have the intended effects. In the future, management may not be able to effectively and timely implement controls and procedures that adequately respond to the increased regulatory compliance and reporting requirements.

In addition, we will be required to provide management’s attestation on internal controls. The standards required for a public company under Section 404(a) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (the “Sarbanes-Oxley Act”) are significantly more stringent than those that were required of us as a privately held company. If we are not able to implement the additional requirements of Section 404(a) in a timely manner or with adequate compliance, we may not be able to assess whether our internal controls over financial reporting are effective, which may subject us to adverse regulatory consequences and could harm investor confidence and the market price of our securities.

If we identify any new material weaknesses in the future, any such newly identified material weakness could limit our ability to prevent or detect a misstatement of our accounts or disclosures that could result in a material misstatement of our annual or interim financial statements. In such case, if we are unable to maintain compliance with securities law requirements regarding timely filing of periodic reports or applicable stock exchange listing requirements, investors may lose confidence in our financial reporting and our stock price may decline as a result and we could become subject to litigation or investigations by the SEC or other regulatory authorities, which could require additional financial and management resources. We cannot assure you that the measures we have taken to date, or any measures we may take in the future, will be sufficient to avoid potential future material weaknesses.

We will incur significant increased expenses and administrative burdens as a public company, which could have an adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

As a public company, we face increased legal, accounting, administrative and other costs and expenses that Legacy Solid Power did not face as a private company. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act, including the requirements of Section 404, as well as rules and regulations subsequently implemented by the SEC, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 and the

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rules and regulations promulgated and to be promulgated thereunder, the PCAOB and the securities exchanges, impose additional reporting and other obligations on public companies. The development and implementation of the standards and controls necessary for us to achieve the level of accounting standards required of a public company in the United States may require costs greater than expected. It is possible that we will be required to expand our employee base and hire additional employees to support our operations as a public company, which will increase our operating costs in future periods.

Compliance with public company requirements increases costs and makes certain activities more time-consuming. A number of those requirements require us to carry out activities we have not done previously. For example, our board of directors (the “Board”) has committees that did not exist on the Legacy Solid Power board of directors and we have adopted new internal controls and disclosure controls and procedures. In addition, we will incur expenses associated with SEC reporting requirements. Furthermore, if any issues in complying with those requirements are identified (for example, if the auditors identify a material weakness or significant deficiency in the internal control over financial reporting), we could incur additional costs rectifying those issues, and the existence of those issues could adversely affect our reputation or investor perceptions of it. As a public company, it is also more expensive to obtain director and officer liability insurance. The additional reporting and other obligations imposed by these rules and regulations will increase legal and financial compliance costs and the costs of related legal, accounting and administrative activities. These increased costs will require us to spend money that could otherwise be used on our research and development programs and to achieve strategic objectives. Advocacy efforts by stockholders and third parties may also prompt additional changes in governance and reporting requirements, which could further increase costs.

Our ability to utilize our net operating loss and tax credit carryforwards to offset future taxable income may be subject to certain limitations.

In general, under Section 382 of the Code, a corporation that undergoes an “ownership change” is subject to limitations on its ability to use its pre-change NOLs to offset future taxable income. The limitations apply if a corporation undergoes an “ownership change,” which is generally defined as a greater than 50 percentage point change (by value) in its equity ownership by certain stockholders over a three-year period. If we have experienced an ownership change at any time since our incorporation, we may be subject to limitations on our ability to utilize our existing NOLs and other tax attributes to offset taxable income or tax liability. In addition, the business combination and future changes in our stock ownership, which may be outside of our control, may trigger an ownership change. Similar provisions of state tax law may also apply to limit our use of accumulated state tax attributes. As a result, even if we earn net taxable income in the future, our ability to use our pre-change NOLs and other tax attributes to offset such taxable income or tax liability may be subject to limitations, which could potentially result in increased future income tax liability to us.

There is also a risk that changes in law or regulatory changes may result in suspensions on the use of NOLs or tax credits, possibly with retroactive effect, and our existing NOLs or tax credits expiring or otherwise being unavailable to offset future income tax liabilities.

The unavailability, reduction or elimination of government and economic incentives could have a material adverse effect on our business, prospects, financial condition and operating results.

We currently, and expect to continue to, benefit from certain government subsidies and economic incentives including tax credits, rebates and other incentives that support the development and adoption of clean energy technology. We cannot assure you that these subsidies and incentive programs will be available to us at the same or comparable levels in the future. Any reduction, elimination or discriminatory application of government subsidies and economic incentives because of policy changes, or the reduced need for such subsidies and incentives due to the perceived success of clean and renewable energy products or other reasons, may require us to seek additional financing, which may not be obtainable on commercially attractive terms or at all, and may result in the diminished competitiveness of the battery cell industry generally or our all-solid-state battery cells in particular. Any change in the level of subsidies and incentives from which we benefit could materially and adversely affect our business, prospects, financial condition and operating results.

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Risks Related to Legal and Regulatory Compliance

We are subject to regulations regarding the storage and handling of various products. We may become subject to product liability claims, which could harm our financial condition and liquidity if we are not able to successfully defend or insure against such claims.

We may become subject to product liability claims which could harm our business, prospects, operating results, and financial condition. We face inherent risk of exposure to claims in the event our all-solid-state battery cells do not perform as expected or malfunction resulting in personal injury or death. Our risks in this area are particularly pronounced given our all-solid-state battery cells and sulfide-based solid electrolytes are still in the development stage and have not yet been commercially tested or mass produced. A successful product liability claim against us could require us to pay a substantial monetary award. Moreover, a product liability claim could generate substantial negative publicity about our technology and business and inhibit or prevent commercialization of our all-solid-state battery cells and sulfide-based solid electrolytes and future product candidates, which would have a material adverse effect on our brand, business, prospects and operating results. Any insurance coverage might not be sufficient to cover all potential product liability claims. Any lawsuit seeking significant monetary damages either in excess of our coverage, or outside of our coverage, may have a material adverse effect on our reputation, business and financial condition. We may not be able to secure additional product liability insurance coverage on commercially acceptable terms or at reasonable costs when needed, particularly if we do face liability for our products and are forced to make a claim under then-existing policies.

From time to time, we may be involved in litigation, regulatory actions or government investigations and inquiries, which could have an adverse impact on our profitability and consolidated financial position.

We may be involved in a variety of litigation, other claims, suits, regulatory actions or government investigations and inquiries and commercial or contractual disputes that, from time to time, are significant. In addition, from time to time, we may also be involved in legal proceedings and investigations arising in the normal course of business including, without limitation, commercial or contractual disputes, including warranty claims and other disputes with potential customers, former employees and suppliers, intellectual property matters, personal injury claims, environmental issues, tax matters, and employment matters. For example, in connection with the business combination, we received demand letters from alleged stockholders of the Company relating to the proposals for which we sought stockholder approval at the Special Meeting. We may incur costs in responding to, or ultimately settling with, such alleged stockholders. It is difficult to predict the outcome or ultimate financial exposure, if any, represented by these matters, and there can be no assurance that any such exposure will not be material. Such claims may also negatively affect our reputation.

Furthermore, DCRC was a special purpose acquisition company (“SPAC”). SPACs have been the subject of increased regulatory oversight and scrutiny, including from the SEC. Any governmental or regulatory investigation or inquiry related to the business combination or otherwise could have a material adverse effect on our business and negatively affect our reputation.

We are subject to substantial regulation, and unfavorable changes to, or failure by us to comply with, these regulations could substantially harm our business and operating results.

The sale of electric vehicles, and motor vehicles in general, is subject to substantial regulation under international, federal, state and local laws, including export control laws and other international trade regulations, which are continuously evolving as technology develops and becomes more widely adopted. We anticipate that our all-solid-state battery cells and sulfide-based solid electrolytes also would be subject to these regulations, and we expect to incur significant costs in complying with these regulations.

The U.S. government has made and continues to make significant changes in U.S. trade policy and has taken certain actions that could negatively impact U.S. trade, including imposing tariffs on certain goods imported into the United States, increasing scrutiny on foreign direct investment, and modifying export control laws applicable to certain technologies. In retaliation, other countries have implemented, and continue to evaluate, imposing additional trade controls on a wide range of American products and companies. The U.S. or foreign governments may take additional administrative, legislative, or regulatory action that could materially interfere with our ability to source and procure the raw materials we need for our research and development activities and, in the future, to sell products in certain countries. Sustained uncertainty about, or worsening of, current global economic conditions and further escalation of trade tensions between the United States and its trading partners could result in a global economic slowdown and long-term changes to global trade. Any alterations to our business strategy or operations made in order to adapt to or comply with any

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such changes could be time-consuming and expensive, and certain of our competitors may be better suited to withstand or react to these changes.

To the extent the laws change, our products may not comply with applicable international, federal, state or local laws, which would have an adverse effect on our business. Compliance with changing regulations could be burdensome, time consuming, and expensive. To the extent compliance with new regulations is cost prohibitive, our business, prospects, financial condition and operating results would be adversely affected.

Internationally, there may be laws in jurisdictions we have not yet entered or laws we are unaware of in jurisdictions we have entered that may restrict our sales or other business practices. The laws in this area can be complex, difficult to interpret and may change over time. Continued regulatory limitations and other obstacles that may interfere with our ability to commercialize our products could have a negative and material impact on our business, prospects, financial condition and results of operations.

Our technology and our website, systems, and data we maintain may be subject to intentional disruption, other security incidents, or alleged violations of laws, regulations, or other obligations relating to data handling that could result in liability and adversely impact our reputation and future sales. We may be required to expend significant resources to continue to modify or enhance our protective measures to detect, investigate and remediate vulnerabilities to security incidents, including measures impacting our ability to develop and maintain a supply chain. In addition, we will be required to comply with rapidly evolving laws and regulations legislation in this area. Any future failure by us to comply with applicable cybersecurity or data privacy legislation or regulation could have a material adverse effect on our business, reputation, results of operations or financial condition.

We expect to face significant challenges with respect to information security and maintaining the security and integrity of our systems and other systems used in our business, as well as with respect to the data stored on or processed by these systems. We also anticipate receiving and storing confidential business information of our partners and customers. Advances in technology, an increased level of sophistication and expertise of hackers, and new discoveries in the field of cryptography can result in a compromise or breach of the systems used in our business or of security measures used in our business to protect confidential information, personal information, and other data. We may be a target for attacks designed to disrupt our operations or to attempt to gain access to our systems or to data that we possess, including proprietary information that we obtain from our partners pursuant to our JDAs with them. We also are at risk for interruptions, outages and breaches of our and our outsourced service providers’ operational systems and security systems, our integrated software and technology, and data that we or our third-party service providers process or possess. These may be caused by, among other causes, physical theft, viruses or other malicious code, denial or degradation of service attacks, ransomware, social engineering schemes, and insider theft or misuse.

The availability and effectiveness of our all-solid-state battery cell technology and our ability to conduct our business and operations depend on the continued operation of information technology and communications systems, some of which we have yet to develop or otherwise obtain the ability to use. Systems we currently use or may use in the future in conducting our business, including data centers and other information technology systems, will be vulnerable to damage or interruption. Such systems could also be subject to break-ins, sabotage and intentional acts of vandalism, as well as disruptions and security incidents as a result of non-technical issues, including intentional or inadvertent acts or omissions by employees, service providers, or others. We currently use, and may use in the future, outsourced service providers to help provide certain services, and any such outsourced service providers face similar security and system disruption risks as us. Our ability to monitor our outsourced service providers’ security measures is limited, and, in any event, third parties may be able to circumvent those security measures, resulting in the unauthorized access to, misuse, acquisition, disclosure, loss, alteration, or destruction of personal, confidential, or other data, including data relating to individuals. Some of the systems used in our business will not be fully redundant, and our disaster recovery planning cannot account for all eventualities. Any data security incidents or other disruptions to any data centers or other systems used in our business could result in lengthy interruptions in our service and may adversely affect our business, prospects, financial condition, reputation and operating results.

Significant capital and other resources may be required in efforts to protect against information security breaches, security incidents, and system disruptions, or to alleviate problems caused by actual or suspected information security breaches and other data security incidents and system disruptions. The resources required may increase over time as the methods used by hackers and others engaged in online criminal activities and otherwise seeking to obtain unauthorized access to systems or data, and to disrupt systems, are increasingly sophisticated and constantly evolving. In particular, ransomware attacks have become more prevalent in the industrial sector, which could materially and adversely affect our ability to operate and may result in significant expense.

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In addition, we may face increased compliance burdens regarding such requirements with regulators and customers regarding our products and services and also incur additional costs for oversight and monitoring of our supply chain. These additional compliance and logistical burdens are attenuated through our international partnerships. We also cannot be certain that these systems, networks, and other infrastructure or technology upon which we rely, including those of our third-party suppliers or service providers, will be effectively implemented, maintained or expanded as planned, or will be free from bugs, defects, errors, vulnerabilities, viruses, or malicious code. We may be required to expend significant resources to make corrections or to remediate issues that are identified or to find alternative sources.

Any failure or perceived failure by us or our service providers to prevent information security breaches or other security incidents or system disruptions, or any compromise of security that results in or is perceived or reported to result in unauthorized access to, or loss, theft, alteration, release or transfer of, our information, or any personal information, confidential information, or other data could result in loss or theft of proprietary or sensitive data and intellectual property, could harm our reputation and competitive position and could expose us to legal claims, regulatory investigations and proceedings, and fines, penalties, and other liability. Any such actual or perceived security breach, security incident or disruption could also divert the efforts of our technical and management personnel and could require us to incur significant costs and operational consequences in connection with investigating, remediating, eliminating and putting in place additional tools, devices, policies, and other measures designed to prevent actual or perceived security breaches and other incidents and system disruptions. Moreover, we could be required or otherwise find it appropriate to expend significant capital and other resources to respond to, notify third parties of, and otherwise address the incident or breach and its root cause, and most jurisdictions have enacted laws requiring companies to notify individuals, regulatory authorities and others of security breaches involving certain types of data.

Further, we cannot assure that any limitations of liability provisions in our current or future contracts that may be applicable would be enforceable or adequate or would otherwise protect us from any liabilities or damages with respect to any particular claim relating to a security breach or other security-related matter. We also cannot be sure that our existing insurance coverage will continue to be available on acceptable terms or will be available in sufficient amounts to cover claims related to a security breach or incident, or that the insurer will not deny coverage as to any future claim. The successful assertion of claims against us that exceed available insurance coverage, or the occurrence of changes in our insurance policies, including premium increases or the imposition of large deductible or co-insurance requirements, could have a material adverse effect on our business, including our financial condition, operating results, and reputation.

Additionally, laws, regulations, and other actual and potential obligations relating to privacy, data hosting and transparency of data, data protection, and data security are evolving rapidly, and we expect to potentially be subject to new laws and regulations, or new interpretations of laws and regulations, in the future in various jurisdictions. These laws, regulations, and other obligations, and changes in their interpretation, could require us to modify our operations and practices, restrict our activities, and increase our costs. Further, these laws, regulations, and other obligations are complex and evolving rapidly, and we cannot provide assurance that we will not claims, allegations, or other proceedings related to actual or alleged obligations relating to privacy, data protection, or data security. It is possible that these laws, regulations, and other obligations may be inconsistent with one another or be interpreted or asserted to be inconsistent with our business or practices. We anticipate needing to dedicate substantial resources to comply with laws, regulations, and other obligations relating to privacy and cybersecurity in order to comply. Any failure or alleged or perceived failure to comply with any applicable laws, regulations, or other obligations relating to privacy, data protection, or data security could also result in regulatory investigations and proceedings, and misuse of or failure to secure data relating to individuals could also result in claims and proceedings against us by governmental entities or others, penalties and other liability, and damage to our reputation and credibility, and could have a negative impact on our business, prospects, financial condition and operating results.

We are subject to various existing and future environmental health and safety laws, which may result in increased compliance costs or additional operating costs and restrictions. Failure to comply with such laws and regulations may result in substantial fines or other limitations that could adversely impact our financial results or operations.

Our company and our operations, as well as our contractors, suppliers, and customers, are subject to numerous federal, state, local and foreign environmental laws and regulations governing, among other things, the generation, storage, transportation, and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes. We are also subject to a variety of product stewardship and manufacturer responsibility laws and regulations, primarily relating to the collection, reuse and recycling of electronic waste, as well as regulations regarding the hazardous material contents of electronic product components and product packaging, and non-hazardous wastes. We or others in our supply chain may be required to obtain permits and comply with procedures that impose various restrictions and operations that could

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have adverse effects on our operations. If key permits and approvals cannot be obtained on acceptable terms, or if other operations requirements cannot be met in a manner satisfactory for our operations or on a timeline that meets our commercial obligations, it may adversely impact our business. There are also significant capital, operating and other costs associated with compliance with these environmental laws and regulations.

Environmental and health and safety laws and regulations are subject to change and may become more stringent in the future, such as through new regulations enacted at the supranational, national, sub-national, and/or local level or new or modified regulations that may be implemented under existing law. The nature and extent of any changes in these laws, rules, regulations, and permits may be unpredictable and may have material effects on our business. Future legislation and regulations or changes in existing legislation and regulations, or interpretations thereof, could cause additional expenditures, restrictions, and delays in connection with our operations as well as our other future projects, or may require us to manufacture with alternative technologies and materials.

Our manufacturing process creates regulated air emissions which are typically managed within established permit limits by available emissions control technology. Should permitted limits or other requirements change in the future, the company may be required to install additional, more costly control technology. If we were to violate any such permit or related permit conditions, we may incur significant fines and penalties.

We rely on third parties to ensure compliance with certain environmental laws, including those relating to the disposal of wastes. Any failure to properly handle or dispose of wastes, regardless of whether such failure is ours or our contractors, may result in liability under environmental laws, as well as liability for any impacts to human health or natural resources. The costs of liability with respect to contamination could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, or results of operations. Additionally, we may not be able to secure contracts with third parties and contractors to continue their key supply chain and disposal services for our business, which may result in increased costs for compliance with environmental laws and regulations.

Our research and development activities expose our employees to potential occupational hazards such as, but not limited to, the presence of hazardous materials, machines with moving parts, and high voltage and/or high current electrical systems typical of large manufacturing equipment and related safety incidents. There may be safety incidents that damage machinery or product, slow or stop production, or harm employees. Employees may be exposed to toxic hydrogen sulfide as a result of the components we use being exposed to moisture. If released in an uncontrolled manner, this hydrogen sulfide can create hazardous working conditions. Consequences may include litigation, fines, increased insurance premiums, mandates to temporarily halt production, workers’ compensation claims, or other actions that impact our brand, finances, or ability to operate.

Some of our operations involve the manufacture and/or handling of a variety of explosive and flammable materials. We might experience incidents such as leaks and ruptures, explosions, fires, transportation accidents involving our chemical products, chemical spills and other discharges or releases of toxic or hazardous substances or gases and environmental hazards in the future or that these incidents will not result in production delays or otherwise have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or results of operations, for which we may not be adequately insured.

We rely on government contracts and grants for a significant portion of our revenue and to partially fund our research and development activities, which are subject to a number of uncertainties, challenges, and risks.

We currently rely on government contracts and grants for a significant portion of our revenue and to partially fund our research and development activities. Contracts and grants with government entities are subject to a number of risks. Obtaining grant funding and selling to government entities can be highly competitive, expensive, and time consuming, often requiring significant upfront time and expense without any assurance that we will be successful. In the event that we are successful in being awarded a government contract or grant, such award may be subject to appeals, disputes, or litigation, including, but not limited to, bid protests by unsuccessful bidders. Availability of government funding for our solutions may be impacted by public sector budgetary cycles and funding authorizations, with funding reductions or delays adversely affecting public sector demand for our solutions. Where government funds are used, the government may require all work to be performed in and/or certain products to be manufactured in the United States, and we may not manufacture all products in locations that meet government requirements, and as a result, our business and results of operations may suffer. Contracts with governmental entities may also include preferential pricing terms, including, but not limited to, “most favored customer” pricing and obligations to disclose aspects of how our pricing is developed. Additionally, we may be required to obtain special certifications to sell some or all of our solutions to government or quasi-government entities. Such certification requirements for our solutions may change, thereby restricting our ability to sell into the federal government sector until

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we have obtained such certification. If our products are late in achieving or fail to achieve compliance with these certifications and standards, or our competitors achieve compliance with these certifications and standards, we may be disqualified from selling our products to such governmental entities, or be at a competitive disadvantage, which would harm our business, results of operations, and financial condition. There are no assurances that we will find the terms for obtaining such certifications to be acceptable or that we will be successful in obtaining or maintaining the certifications.

As a government contractor or subcontractor, we must comply with laws, regulations, and contractual provisions relating to the formation, administration, and performance of government contracts and grants and inclusion on government contract vehicles, which affect how we and our partners do business with government agencies. Government contracts often contain provisions and are subject to laws and regulations that provide government customers with additional rights and remedies not typically found in commercial contracts. These rights and remedies allow government customers, among other things, to terminate existing contracts for convenience and/or with short notice and without cause, and whether a government contract or grant might be terminated by the government under such a provision is outside of our control and could adversely affect our revenue. As a result of actual or perceived noncompliance with government contracting laws, regulations, or contractual provisions, we may be subject to non-ordinary course audits and internal investigations which may prove costly to our business financially, divert management time, or limit our ability to continue selling our products and services to our government customers. These laws and regulations may impose other added costs on our business, and failure to comply with these or other applicable regulations and requirements, including non-compliance in the past, could lead to claims for damages from our partners, downward contract price adjustments or refund obligations, civil or criminal penalties, and termination of contracts and suspension or debarment from obtaining government contracts and grants for a period of time with government agencies. Any such damages, penalties, disruption, or limitation in our ability to do business with a government could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition, public perception and growth prospects.

We are subject to multiple environmental permitting processes at the national, sub-national, and/or local level. Failure to obtain key permits and approvals may adversely impact our business.

Our facilities are subject to local, state and federal siting and environmental permitting requirements. Permitting agencies with discretionary authority may refuse to issue required permits, forcing consideration of alternative sites, or may impose costly permit conditions. Such actions could increase the cost, or lengthen the timeline, of developing additional manufacturing facilities.

Even if we successfully navigate our way through the permitting phases, future conflicts may arise in the course of our development activities, including restrictions on our actions due to new or evolving environmental legislation, changes in permitted uses and conflicts with non-governmental organizations regarding the use of land for our manufacturing facilities. If such conflicts arise, we may be delayed or prevented from building our research and development and manufacturing facilities, which could have a negative impact on our financial condition, prospects, and results of operations.

We are subject to anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws and anti-money laundering laws, and non-compliance with such laws can subject us to administrative, civil and criminal fines and penalties, collateral consequences, remedial measures and legal expenses, all of which could adversely affect our business, results of operations, financial condition and reputation.

We are subject to the FCPA, the U.S. domestic bribery statute contained in 18 U.S.C. § 201, the U.S. Travel Act, and possibly other anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws and anti-money laundering laws in various jurisdictions in which we conduct, or in the future may conduct, activities. Anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws have been enforced aggressively in recent years and are interpreted broadly to generally prohibit us and our officers, directors, employees, business partners agents, representatives and third-party intermediaries from corruptly offering, promising, authorizing or providing, directly or indirectly anything of value to recipients in the public or private sector.

We may leverage third parties to sell our products and conduct our business abroad. We, our officers, directors, employees, business partners agents, representatives and third-party intermediaries may have direct or indirect interactions with officials and employees of government agencies or state-owned or affiliated entities and may be held liable for the corrupt or other illegal activities of these employees, agents, representatives, business partners or third-party intermediaries even if we do not explicitly authorize such activities. We cannot assure you that all of our officers, directors, employees, business partners agents, representatives and third-party intermediaries will not take actions in violation of applicable law, for which we may be ultimately held responsible. If we conduct international sales and business, our risks under these laws may increase.

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These laws also require companies to make and keep books, records and accounts that accurately reflect transactions and dispositions of assets and to maintain a system of adequate internal accounting controls and compliance procedures designed to prevent any such actions. While we have certain policies and procedures to address compliance with such laws, we cannot assure you that none of our officers, directors, employees, business partners agents, representatives and third-party intermediaries will take actions in violation of our policies and applicable law, for which we may be ultimately held responsible.

A violation of these laws or regulations could adversely affect our business, results of operations, financial condition and reputation. Our policies and procedures designed to ensure compliance with these regulations may not be sufficient and our directors, officers, employees, representatives, consultants, agents, and business partners could engage in improper conduct for which we may be held responsible.

Any allegations or violation of the FCPA or other applicable anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws and anti-money laundering laws could subject us to whistleblower complaints, adverse media coverage, investigations, settlements, prosecutions, enforcement actions, fines, damages, loss of export privileges, and severe administrative, civil and criminal sanctions, suspension or debarment from government contracts, collateral consequences, remedial measures and legal expenses, all of which could materially and adversely affect our business, results of operations, prospects, financial condition and reputation. Responding to any investigation or action will likely result in a materially significant diversion of management’s attention and resources and significant defense costs and other professional fees.

Changes in laws or regulations, or a failure to comply with any laws or regulations, may adversely affect our business, investments and results of operations.

We are subject to laws and regulations enacted by national, regional and local governments. In particular, we are required to comply with certain SEC and other legal requirements. Compliance with, and monitoring of, applicable laws and regulations may be difficult, time consuming and costly. Those laws and regulations and their interpretation and application may also change from time to time and those changes could have a material adverse effect on our business, investments and results of operations. In addition, a failure to comply with applicable laws or regulations, as interpreted and applied, could have a material adverse effect on our business and results of operations.

Risks Related to the Warrants

There is no guarantee that the Public Warrants will be in the money at the time they become exercisable, and they may expire worthless.

The exercise price for our Warrants is $11.50 per share of Common Stock. There is no guarantee that the Public Warrants will be in the money following the time they become exercisable and prior to their expiration, and as such, the Public Warrants may expire worthless.

We may amend the terms of the Warrants in a manner that may be adverse to holders of Public Warrants with the approval by the holders of at least 50% of the then-outstanding Public Warrants (or, if applicable, 65% of the then-outstanding Public Warrants and 65% of the then-outstanding Private Placement Warrants, voting as separate classes). As a result, the exercise price of the Warrants could be increased, the exercise period could be shortened and the number of shares of our Common Stock purchasable upon exercise of a Warrant could be decreased, all without a holder’s approval.

Our Warrants were issued in registered form under our warrant agreement with Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, as Warrant agent. The warrant agreement provides that the terms of the Warrants may be amended without the consent of any holder to cure any ambiguity or correct any defective provision, but requires the approval by the holders of at least 50% of the then-outstanding Public Warrants to make any change that adversely affects the interests of the registered holders of Public Warrants. Accordingly, we may amend the terms of the Public Warrants in a manner adverse to a holder if holders of at least 50% of the then-outstanding Public Warrants (or, if applicable, 65% of the then-outstanding Public Warrants and 65% of the then-outstanding Private Placement Warrants, voting as separate classes) approve of such amendment. Although our ability to amend the terms of the Public Warrants with the consent of at least 50% of the then-outstanding Public Warrants (or, if applicable, 65% of the then-outstanding Public Warrants and 65% of the then-outstanding Private Placement Warrants, voting as separate classes) is unlimited, examples of such amendments could be amendments to, among other things, increase the exercise price of the Warrants, convert the Warrants into

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cash or stock (at a ratio different than initially provided), shorten the exercise period or decrease the number of shares of our Common Stock purchasable upon exercise of a Warrant.

We may redeem unexpired Warrants prior to their exercise at a time that is disadvantageous to Warrantholders, thereby making their Warrants worthless.

We have the ability to redeem outstanding Warrants at any time after they become exercisable and prior to their expiration, at a price of $0.01 per Warrant, provided that the last sales price of the Common Stock has been at least $18.00 per share (as adjusted for stock splits, stock dividends, reorganizations, recapitalizations and the like) for any 20 trading days within the 30 trading-day period ending on the third business day prior to the date on which we give notice of such redemption and provided certain other conditions are met. Redemption of the outstanding Warrants could force the holders of such Warrants (the “Warrantholders”) (i) to exercise their Warrants and pay the exercise price therefor at a time when it may be disadvantageous for them to do so, (ii) to sell their Warrants at the then-current market price when they might otherwise wish to hold their Warrants or (iii) to accept the nominal redemption price which, at the time the outstanding Warrants are called for redemption, is likely to be substantially less than the market value of their warrants. None of the Private Placement Warrants will be redeemable by us so long as they are held by the Sponsor or its permitted transferees.

In addition, we have the ability to redeem the outstanding Warrants at any time after they become exercisable and prior to their expiration, at a price of $0.10 per Warrant if, among other things, the last sale price of the Common Stock equals or exceeds $10.00 per share (as adjusted for stock splits, stock dividends, reorganizations, recapitalizations and the like) on the trading day prior to the date on which notice of the redemption is given. In such a case, the holders will be able to exercise their Warrants prior to redemption for a number of shares of Common Stock determined by reference to a make-whole table. The value received upon such exercise of the Warrants (i) may be less than the value the holders would have received if they had exercised their warrants at a later time where the underlying share price is higher and (ii) may not compensate the holders for the value of the Warrants, including because the number of shares of Common Stock that may be received in connection with such an exercise is capped at 0.361 shares of Common Stock per whole Warrant (subject to adjustment) irrespective of the remaining life of the Warrants.

General Risk Factors

There can be no assurance that we will be able to comply with the continued listing standards of Nasdaq.

If Nasdaq delists our shares of Common Stock or Public Warrants from trading on its exchange for failure to meet Nasdaq’s listing standards, we and our stockholders or Warrantholders, as applicable, could face significant material adverse consequences, including:

a limited availability of market quotations for our securities;
reduced liquidity for our securities;
a determination that our Common Stock is a “penny stock” which will require brokers trading in our Common Stock to adhere to more stringent rules and possibly result in a reduced level of trading activity in the secondary trading market for our securities;
a limited amount of analyst coverage; and
a decreased ability to issue additional securities or obtain additional financing in the future.

Sales of substantial amounts of our common stock in the public markets, or the perception that such sales could occur, could cause the market price of our Common Stock to drop significantly.

Sales of a substantial number of shares of our Common Stock in the public market could occur at any time. These sales, or the perception in the market that the holders of a large number of shares intend to sell shares, could reduce the market price of our Common Stock.

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We intend to file a registration statement to register shares reserved for future issuance under our equity compensation plans and the 29,316,780 shares issuable upon exercise of the options outstanding under the 2014 Plan. Upon effectiveness of that registration statement, subject to the satisfaction of applicable vesting restrictions and the expiration or waiver of the lock-up restrictions discussed in the “Prospectus Summary” above, the shares issued thereunder will be available for immediate resale in the public market.

Approximately 67.6% of our outstanding shares of Common Stock are subject to one of the Lock-up Periods. Sales of our Common Stock following the expiration of the Lock-Up Periods or pursuant to the exercise of registration rights may make it more difficult for us to sell equity securities in the future at a time and at a price that we deem appropriate. These sales also could cause the trading price of our Common Stock to fall and make it more difficult for you to sell shares of our Common Stock at a time and price that you deem appropriate.

If securities or industry analysts do not publish or cease publishing research or reports about us, our business or our market, or if they change their recommendations regarding our common stock adversely, the price and trading volume of our common stock could decline.

The trading market for our Common Stock and Warrants will be influenced by the research and reports that industry or securities analysts may publish about us, our business, our market or our competitors. If any of the analysts who may cover us change their recommendation regarding our Common Stock adversely, or provide more favorable relative recommendations about our competitors, the price of our Common Stock and Warrants would likely decline. If any analyst who may cover us were to cease their coverage or fail to regularly publish reports on us, we could lose visibility in the financial markets, which could cause our stock price or trading volume to decline.

As a result of plans to expand our business operations, including to jurisdictions in which tax laws may not be favorable, our obligations may change or fluctuate, become significantly more complex or become subject to greater risk of examination by taxing authorities, any of which could adversely affect our after-tax profitability and financial results.

Our effective tax rates may fluctuate widely in the future, particularly if our business expands domestically or internationally. Future effective tax rates could be affected by operating losses in jurisdictions where no tax benefit can be recorded under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), changes in deferred tax assets and liabilities, or changes in tax laws. Factors that could materially affect our future effective tax rates include, but are not limited to: (i) changes in tax laws or the regulatory environment, (ii) changes in accounting and tax standards or practices, (iii) changes in the composition of operating income by tax jurisdiction and (iv) pre-tax operating results our business.

Additionally, we may be subject to significant income, withholding, and other tax obligations in the United States and may become subject to taxation in numerous additional U.S. state and local and non-U.S. jurisdictions with respect to income, operations and subsidiaries related to those jurisdictions. Our after-tax profitability and financial results could be subject to volatility or be affected by numerous factors, including (i) the availability of tax deductions, credits, exemptions, refunds and other benefits to reduce tax liabilities, (ii) changes in the valuation of deferred tax assets and liabilities, if any, (iii) the expected timing and amount of the release of any tax valuation allowances, (iv) the tax treatment of stock-based compensation, (v) changes in the relative amount of earnings subject to tax in the various jurisdictions, (vi) the potential business expansion into, or otherwise becoming subject to tax in, additional jurisdictions, (vii) changes to existing intercompany structure (and any costs related thereto) and business operations, (viii) the extent of intercompany transactions and the extent to which taxing authorities in relevant jurisdictions respect those intercompany transactions, and (ix) the ability to structure business operations in an efficient and competitive manner. Outcomes from audits or examinations by taxing authorities could have an adverse effect on our after-tax profitability and financial condition. Additionally, the IRS and several foreign tax authorities have increasingly focused attention on intercompany transfer pricing with respect to sales of products and services and the use of intangibles. Tax authorities could disagree with our intercompany charges, cross-jurisdictional transfer pricing or other matters and assess additional taxes. If we do not prevail in any such disagreements, our profitability may be affected.

Our after-tax profitability and financial results may also be adversely affected by changes in relevant tax laws and tax rates, treaties, regulations, administrative practices and principles, judicial decisions and interpretations thereof, in each case, possibly with retroactive effect.

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Changes to applicable tax laws and regulations or exposure to additional income tax liabilities could affect our business and future profitability.

We are a U.S. corporation and thus subject to U.S. corporate income tax on our worldwide income. Further, our operations and customers are primarily located in the United States, and, as a result, we are subject to various U.S. federal, state and local taxes. U.S. federal, state and local and non-U.S. tax laws, policies, statutes, rules, regulations or ordinances could be interpreted, changed, modified or applied adversely to us and may have an adverse effect on its business and future profitability.

For example, several tax proposals have been set forth that would, if enacted, make significant changes to U.S. tax laws. Such proposals include an increase in the U.S. income tax rate applicable to corporations (such as us) from 21% to 28%. Congress may consider, and could include, some or all of these proposals in connection with tax reform that may be undertaken. It is unclear whether these or similar changes will be enacted and, if enacted, how soon any such changes could take effect. The passage of any legislation as a result of these proposals and other similar changes in U.S. federal income tax laws could adversely affect our business and future profitability.

The JOBS Act permits “emerging growth companies” like us to take advantage of certain exemptions from various reporting requirements applicable to other public companies that are not emerging growth companies.

We qualify as an “emerging growth company” as defined in Section 2(a)(19) of the Securities Act, as modified by the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (the “JOBS Act”). As such, we take advantage of certain exemptions from various reporting requirements applicable to other public companies that are not emerging growth companies, including (i) the exemption from the auditor attestation requirements with respect to internal control over financial reporting under Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, (ii) the exemptions from say-on-pay, say-on-frequency and say-on-golden parachute voting requirements and (iii) reduced disclosure obligations regarding executive compensation in our periodic reports and proxy statements. As a result, our stockholders may not have access to certain information they deem important. We will remain an emerging growth company until the earliest of (i) the last day of the fiscal year (a) following March 26, 2026, the fifth anniversary of our initial public offering, (b) in which we have total annual gross revenue of at least $1.07 billion (as adjusted for inflation pursuant to SEC rules from time to time) or (c) in which we are deemed to be a large accelerated filer, which means the market value of our Common Stock that is held by non-affiliates exceeds $700 million as of the last business day of our prior second fiscal quarter, and (ii) the date on which we have issued more than $1.0 billion in non-convertible debt during the prior three year period.

In addition, Section 107 of the JOBS Act provides that an emerging growth company can take advantage of the exemption from complying with new or revised accounting standards provided in Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act as long as we are an emerging growth company. An emerging growth company can therefore delay the adoption of certain accounting standards until those standards would otherwise apply to private companies. 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 election to opt out is irrevocable. We have 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, we, 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 our 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.

We cannot predict if investors will find our Common Stock less attractive because we will rely on these exemptions. If some investors find our Common Stock less attractive as a result, there may be a less active trading market for our Common Stock and our stock price may be more volatile.

We may issue additional Common Stock under an employee incentive plan or an employee stock purchase plan or preferred stock. Any such issuances would dilute the interest of our stockholders and likely present other risks.

We may issue a substantial number of additional shares of Common Stock under an employee incentive plan or an employee stock purchase plan, and we may also issue preferred stock. The issuance of additional shares of Common Stock or of preferred stock:

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may subordinate the rights of holders of Common Stock if preferred stock is issued with rights senior to those afforded our Common Stock;
could cause a change in control if a substantial number of shares of our Common Stock are issued, which may affect, among other things, our ability to use our net operating loss carry forwards, if any, and could result in the resignation or removal of our present officers and directors; and
may adversely affect prevailing market prices for our Common Stock and/or Warrants.

Delaware law and provisions in our Second A&R Charter and Bylaws might delay, discourage or prevent a change in control of the Company or changes in our management, thereby depressing the market price of our Common Stock and Warrants.

Our status as a Delaware corporation and the anti-takeover provisions of the Delaware General Corporation Law (“DGCL”) may discourage, delay or prevent a change in control by prohibiting us from engaging in a business combination with an interested stockholder for a period of three years after the date of the transaction in which the person became an interested stockholder, even if a change of control would be beneficial to our existing stockholders. In addition, the second amended and restated certificate of incorporation of Solid Power (the “Second A&R Charter”) and the amended and restated bylaws of Solid Power (the “Bylaws”) contain provisions that may make the acquisition of us more difficult or delay or prevent changes in control of our management. Among other things, these provisions:

provide advance notice procedures with regard to stockholder nominations of candidates for election as directors or other stockholder proposals to be brought before meetings of our stockholders, which may preclude our stockholders from bringing certain matters before meetings of our stockholders;
provide the Board the ability to authorize issuance of preferred stock in one or more series, which makes it possible for the Board to issue, without our stockholder’s approval, preferred stock with voting or other rights or preferences that could impede the success of any attempt to change control of Solid Power and which may have the effect of deterring hostile takeovers or delaying changes in control or management of Solid Power;
provide that the Board be divided into three classes of directors, with each class as nearly equal in number as possible, serving staggered three-year terms;
a prohibition on stockholder action by written consent, which forces stockholder action to be taken at an annual or special meeting of our stockholders;
provide that certain provisions of our Second A&R Charter can only be amended or repealed by the affirmative vote of the holders of at least 66 2/3% in voting power of the outstanding shares of our Common Stock entitled to vote thereon, voting together as a single class;
provide that certain provisions of our Bylaws can be altered or repealed by (i) the Board or (ii) our stockholders upon the affirmative vote of 66 2/3% of the voting power of our Common Stock outstanding and entitled to vote thereon, voting together as a single class;
only the Board (pursuant to a majority vote), the Chairperson of the Board, the President or the Chief Executive Officer may call a special meeting; and
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Our Bylaws designate state courts within the State of Delaware as the exclusive forum for certain types of actions and proceedings that may be initiated by our stockholders, which could limit stockholders’ ability to obtain a favorable judicial forum for disputes with us or our directors, officers, employees or agents.

Our Bylaws provide that, unless we consent in writing to the selection of an alternative forum, to the fullest extent permitted by law, the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware (or, if the Court of Chancery does not have jurisdiction, another State court in Delaware or the federal district court for the District of Delaware) shall be the sole and exclusive forum for (i) any derivative action or proceeding brought on behalf of Solid Power, (ii) any action asserting a claim of breach of a fiduciary duty owed by any director, stockholder, officer or other employee of Solid Power to us or our stockholders, (iii) any action arising pursuant to any provision of the DGCL, our Second A&R Charter or our Bylaws (as either may be amended from time to time) or (iv) any action asserting a claim governed by the internal affairs doctrine, except for, as to each of (i) through (iv) above, any claim as to which such court determines that there is an indispensable party not subject to the jurisdiction of such court (and the indispensable party does not consent to the personal jurisdiction of such court within ten days following such determination), which is vested in the exclusive jurisdiction of a court or forum other than such court or for which such court does not have subject matter jurisdiction.

In addition, our Bylaws provide that, unless we consent in writing to the selection of an alternative forum, the federal district courts of the United States of America will be the sole and exclusive forum for the resolution of any complaint asserting a cause of action arising under the Securities Act against any person in connection with any offering of our securities, including, without limitation and for the avoidance of doubt, any auditor, underwriter, expert, control person, or other defendant.

Our Bylaws provide that the exclusive forum provision will be applicable to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law. Section 27 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), creates exclusive federal jurisdiction over all suits brought to enforce any duty or liability created by the Exchange Act or the rules and regulations thereunder. As a result, the exclusive forum provision does not apply to suits brought to enforce any duty or liability created by the Exchange Act or any rule or regulation promulgated thereunder (in each case, as amended), or any other claim over which the federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction.

This choice of forum provision may limit a stockholder’s ability to bring a claim in a judicial forum that it finds favorable for disputes with us or any of our directors, officers, other employees or stockholders, which may discourage lawsuits with respect to such claims, although our stockholders will not be deemed to have waived our compliance with federal securities laws and the rules and regulations thereunder. Alternatively, if a court were to find the choice of forum provision contained in our Bylaws to be inapplicable or unenforceable in an action, we may incur additional costs associated with resolving such action in other jurisdictions, which could harm our business, operating results and financial condition.

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CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This prospectus contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and projections about future events. All statements, other than statements of present or historical fact included in this prospectus, regarding our future financial performance and our strategy, expansion plans, future operations, future operating results, estimated revenues, losses, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management are forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “may,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “believe,” “estimate,” “continue,” “project” or the negative of such terms or other similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions about us that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Except as otherwise required by applicable law, we disclaim any duty to update any forward-looking statements, all of which are expressly qualified by the statements in this section, to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this prospectus. We caution you that the forward-looking statements contained herein are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control.

In addition, we caution you that the forward-looking statements regarding the Company contained in this prospectus are subject to the following factors:

risks relating to our status as an early stage company with a history of financial losses, and an expectation to incur significant expenses and continuing losses for the foreseeable future;
risks relating to the uncertainty of the success of our research and development efforts, including our ability to achieve the technological objectives or results that our partners require;
risks relating to the non-exclusive nature of our original equipment manufacturers and joint development agreement relationships;
our ability to negotiate and execute supply agreements with our partners;
our ability to protect our intellectual property, including in jurisdictions outside of the United States;
broad market adoption of electric vehicles and other technologies where we are able to deploy our all-solid-state batteries;
our success in retaining or recruiting, or changes required in, our officers, key employees or directors;
changes in applicable laws or regulations;
our ability to execute our business model, including market acceptance of all-solid-state battery cell technology;
the possibility that COVID-19 may adversely affect our results of operations, financial position and cash flows; and
the possibility that we may be adversely affected by other economic, business or competitive factors and may not be able to manage other risks and uncertainties.

We caution you that the foregoing list does not contain all of the risks or uncertainties that could affect the Company.

You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. We have based the forward-looking statements contained in this prospectus primarily on our current expectations and projections about future events and trends that we believe may affect our business, operating results, financial condition and prospects. The outcome of the events described in these forward-looking statements is subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, including those described in the section titled “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in this prospectus. Moreover, we operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks

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and uncertainties emerge from time to time and it is not possible for us to predict all risks and uncertainties that could have an impact on the forward-looking statements contained in this prospectus. We cannot assure you that the results, events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur, and actual results, events or circumstances could differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements.

Neither we nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any of these forward-looking statements. Moreover, the forward-looking statements made in this prospectus relate only to events as of the date on which the statements are made. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements made in this prospectus to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this prospectus or to reflect new information or the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law. You should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. Our forward-looking statements do not reflect the potential impact of any future acquisitions, mergers, dispositions, joint ventures or investments we may make.

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USE OF PROCEEDS

All of the shares of Common Stock and Warrants offered by the Selling Securityholders pursuant to this prospectus will be sold by the Selling Securityholders for their respective accounts. We will not receive any of the proceeds from the sale of such securities hereunder. We may receive up to approximately $222,536,987.76 assuming the exercise in full of all of the Warrants for cash and receipt of the exercise price for all the options underlying the Legacy Expiring Option Shares. We expect to use any net proceeds from the exercise of the Warrants for general corporate purposes.

With respect to the registration of the Common Stock and Warrants offered by the Selling Securityholders pursuant to this prospectus, the Selling Securityholders will pay any underwriting discounts and commissions incurred by them in disposing of such securities. We will bear all other costs, fees and expenses incurred in effecting the registration of such securities covered by this prospectus, including, without limitation, all registration and filing fees, Nasdaq listing fees, and fees of our counsel and our independent registered public accountants.

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MARKET PRICE OF AND DIVIDENDS ON THE REGISTRANT’S
COMMON EQUITY AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS

Market Information and Holders

Our Common Stock and the Public Warrants are currently listed on Nasdaq under the symbols “SLDP” and “SLDPW,” respectively. Prior to the consummation of the business consummation, DCRC’s units, Class A Common Stock and Public Warrants were quoted on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbols “DCRCU,” “DCRC” and “DCRCW,” respectively. In connection with the closing of the business combination, DCRC’s units automatically separated into the component securities and, as a result, ceased to trade as a separate security, and the Class A Common Stock was re-designated into Common Stock.

As of December 14, 2021, there were 167,557,988 shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding held of record by 81 holders and 19,333,334 Warrants issued and outstanding held of record by seven holders.

Dividend Policy

The payment of cash dividends on Common Stock in the future will be dependent upon the revenues and earnings, if any, capital requirements and general financial condition of the Company. In addition, the Company’s ability to pay cash dividends may be limited by covenants of any indebtedness or other contractual limitations of the Company or its subsidiaries. The payment of any cash dividends on Common Stock will be within the discretion of the Board. The Board is not currently contemplating and does not anticipate declaring dividends on Common Stock in the foreseeable future.

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UNAUDITED PRO FORMA CONDENSED COMBINED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Introduction

The following unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information of Solid Power has been prepared in accordance with Article 11 of Regulation S-X (as amended by the final rule, Release No. 33-10786 “Amendments to Financial Disclosures about Acquired and Disposed Businesses”) and presents the combination of historical financial information of Legacy Solid Power and DCRC, adjusted to give effect to the business combination. The unaudited pro forma condensed combined balance sheet as of September 30, 2021 combines the historical balance sheet of DCRC as of September 30, 2021 with the historical balance sheet of Legacy Solid Power as of September 30, 2021 on a pro forma basis as if the business combination and other events, summarized below, had been consummated on September 30, 2021.

The unaudited pro forma condensed combined statements of operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 combine the historical statements of operations of DCRC and the historical statements of operations of Legacy Solid Power for such periods on a pro forma basis as if the business combination and other events, summarized below, had been consummated on January 1, 2020, the beginning of the earliest period presented. Since DCRC was incorporated on January 29, 2021, there is no statement of operations for the year ended December 31, 2020 to include in the unaudited pro forma condensed combined statement of operations for the year ended December 31, 2020.

The unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information was derived from and should be read in conjunction with the following items:

the accompanying notes to the unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial statements;
the historical unaudited financial statements and accompanying notes of DCRC as of September 30, 2021 and for the period from January 29, 2021 (inception) to September 30, 2021, appearing elsewhere in this prospectus;
the historical audited financial statements and accompanying notes of Legacy Solid Power as of and for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, appearing elsewhere in this prospectus; and
the historical unaudited financial statements and accompanying notes of Legacy Solid Power as of September 30, 2021 and for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, appearing elsewhere in this prospectus.

The unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information should also be read together with “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” appearing elsewhere in this prospectus.

Pursuant to the first amended and restated certificate of incorporation of DCRC, public stockholders were offered the opportunity to redeem, upon the Closing, shares of DCRC Class A common stock then held by them for cash equal to their pro rata share of the aggregate amount on deposit (as of two business days prior to the Closing) in DCRC’s trust account. The unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial statements reflect actual redemptions of 210,171 shares of DCRC’s Class A common stock at $10.00 per share.

Notwithstanding the legal form of the business combination pursuant to the Business Combination Agreement, the business combination is accounted for as a reverse recapitalization, with no goodwill or other intangible assets recorded, in accordance with GAAP. Under this method of accounting, DCRC is treated as the “acquired” company for financial reporting purposes. Accordingly, for accounting purposes, the financial statements of Solid Power represent a continuation of the financial statements of Legacy Solid Power with the business combination treated as the equivalent of Legacy Solid Power issuing shares for the net assets of DCRC, accompanied by a recapitalization. Operations prior to the reverse recapitalization are those of Legacy Solid Power. Legacy Solid Power has been determined to be the accounting acquirer based on evaluation of the following facts and circumstances:

Legacy Solid Power’s former stockholders hold a majority of the outstanding equity interests in Solid Power;
Legacy Solid Power’s prior management comprises the management of Solid Power;

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Legacy Solid Power’s prior board of directors constitutes a majority of the Solid Power board of directors;
the operations of Solid Power represent the prior operations of Legacy Solid Power; and
Solid Power assumed Legacy Solid Power’s name and headquarters.

Assumptions and estimates underlying the unaudited pro forma adjustments set forth in the unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial statements are described in the accompanying notes. The unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial statements have been presented for illustrative purposes only and are not necessarily indicative of the operating results and financial position that would have been achieved had the business combination occurred on the dates indicated. Further, the unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial statements do not purport to project the future operating results or financial position of Solid Power following the completion of the business combination. The unaudited pro forma adjustments represent management’s estimates based on information available as of the date of these unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial statements and are subject to change as additional information becomes available and analyses are performed.

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UNAUDITED PRO FORMA CONDENSED COMBINED BALANCE SHEET

As of September 30, 2021

(Dollar amounts in thousands)

As of September 30, 2021

As of September 30,

Legacy Solid

2021

DCRC

Power

Pro Forma

Pro Forma

(Historical)

(Historical)

Adjustments

Combined

ASSETS

    

  

    

  

    

  

    

  

    

  

Cash and cash equivalents

$

$

109,272

$

195,000

 

(A)

$

608,267

 

350,016

 

(B)

 

(3,523)

 

(C)

 

(41,896)

 

(D)

 

1,500

 

(H)

 

(2,102)

 

(I)

Contract receivables

 

 

642

 

 

642

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

561

 

1,103

 

 

1,664

Total current assets

 

561

 

111,017

 

498,995

 

610,573

Cash equivalent held in trust account

 

350,011

 

 

(350,011)

 

(B)

 

Property and equipment—net

 

 

13,405

 

 

13,405

Intangible assets (net)

 

270

 

430

 

 

700

Total assets

$

350,842

$

124,852

$

148,984

$

624,678

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

Accounts payable

 

3,389

 

1,293

 

(3,389)

 

(C)

 

1,293

Accrued compensation

 

 

1,340

 

 

1,340

Current portion of long-term debt

 

 

1,231

 

 

1,231

Other accrued liabilities

 

134

 

617

 

(134)

 

(C)

 

617

Total current liabilities

$

3,523

$

4,481

$

(3,523)

$

4,481

Long-term debt, net of current portion

 

 

569

 

 

569

Deferred underwriting fee payable

 

12,250

 

 

(12,250)

 

(D)

 

Warrant liabilities

 

39,429

 

 

2,233

 

(H)

 

41,662

Other long-term liabilities

 

 

265

 

 

265

Deferred taxes

 

 

164

 

 

164

Total liabilities

$

55,202

$

5,479

$

(13,540)

$

47,141

Mezzanine Equity

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

Solid Power Series A-1 Preferred Stock

 

 

286,167

 

(286,167)

 

(F)

 

Solid Power Series B Preferred Stock

 

 

224,186

 

(224,186)

 

(F)

 

Class A Common stock subject to possible redemption

 

350,000

 

 

(350,000)

 

(F)

 

Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

Common Stock

 

 

1

 

(1)

 

(F)

 

Class A Common Stock

 

 

 

2

 

(A)

 

16

 

13

 

(F)

 

1

 

(G)

Class B Common Stock

 

1

 

 

(1)

 

(G)

 

Additional paid in capital

 

 

 

194,998

 

(A)

 

966,859

 

(28,641)

 

(D)

 

(3,375)

 

(E)

 

805,979

 

(F)

 

(2,102)

 

(I)

Accumulated deficit

 

(54,361)

 

(390,981)

 

54,361

 

(F)

 

(389,338)

 

5

 

(B)

 

(1,004)

 

(D)

 

3,375

 

(E)

 

(733)

 

(H)

Total Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)

 

(54,360)

 

(390,980)

 

1,022,877

 

577,537

Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)

$

350,842

$

124,852

$

148,984

$

624,678

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UNAUDITED PRO FORMA CONDENSED COMBINED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS

For the nine months ended September 30, 2021

(in thousands, except per share data)

For the Nine

For the Nine Months Ended September

Months Ended

30, 2021

September 30,

Legacy Solid

2021

DCRC

Power

Pro Forma

Pro Forma

Collaboration and support revenue

(Historical)

(Historical)

Adjustments

Combined

Commercial

    

    

36

    

    

  

    

36

Governmental

 

 

1,633

 

 

  

 

1,633

Total collaboration and support revenue

 

 

1,669

 

 

  

 

1,669

Operating expenses

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

Research and development

 

 

10,709

 

 

  

 

10,709

Direct costs

 

 

1,764

 

 

  

 

1,764

Marketing and sales

 

 

1,819

 

 

  

 

1,819

Finance and administrative

 

5,038

 

6,200

 

(5,038)

 

(AA)

 

2,825

 

 

(3,375)

 

(BB)

Total operating expenses

 

5,038

 

20,492

 

(8,413)

 

  

 

17,117

Operating loss

 

(5,038)

 

(18,823)

 

8,413

 

  

 

(15,448)

Interest expense

 

 

374

 

(263)

 

(CC)

 

111

Offering costs allocated to warrant liabilities

 

957

 

 

 

 

957

Decrease in fair value of warrants

 

12,429

 

 

(733)

 

(GG)

 

11,696

Loss from change in value of embedded derivative liability

 

 

2,680

 

(2,680)

 

(DD)

 

Contract termination loss

 

 

3,102

 

(3,102)

 

(EE)

 

Interest Income

 

(11)

 

(27)

 

11

 

(FF)

 

(32)

 

(5)

 

(HH)

Pretax loss

 

(18,413)

 

(24,952)

 

15,185

 

  

 

(28,180)

Income tax expense

 

 

(88)

 

 

  

 

(88)

Net loss

 

(18,413)

 

(24,864)

 

15,185

 

  

 

(28,092)

Deemed dividend related to Solid Power Series A-1 and Series B redeemable Legacy preferred stock

 

 

266,772

 

(266,772)

 

(II)

 

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$

(18,413)

$

(291,636)

$

281,957

 

  

$

(28,092)

Basic and diluted net loss per common share

$

(0.52)

$

(34.67)

 

  

$

(0.17)

Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted

 

35,717

 

8,411

 

  

 

167,558

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UNAUDITED PRO FORMA CONDENSED COMBINED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS

For the year ended December 31, 2020

(in thousands, except per share data)

For the Year

Ended December

For the Year Ended December 31, 2020

31, 2020

DCRC 

Legacy

Pro Forma

Pro Forma

Collaboration and support revenue

(Historical)

Solid Power (Historical)

Adjustments

Combined

Commercial

    

    

906

    

    

  

    

906

Governmental