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Description of Organization and Business Operations

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Description of Organization and Business Operations
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2017
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
Description of Organization and Business Operations
Note 1 — Description of Organization and Business Operations
 
Organization and General
 
Matlin & Partners Acquisition Corporation (the “we”, “us”, “our” or “Company”), was incorporated as a blank check company in Delaware on March 10, 2016. The Company was formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or other similar business combination with one or more operating businesses or assets that the Company has not yet identified (the “Initial Business Combination”).
 
From March 10, 2016 (inception) through March 15, 2017, the Company’s efforts were limited to organizational activities and activities relating to its initial public offering (“Public Offering”) described below, and since the Public Offering, the search for a target business with which to consummate an Initial Business Combination. The Company will not generate any operating revenues until after completion of its Initial Business Combination, at the earliest. The Company will generate non-operating income in the form of interest income on cash from the proceeds derived from the Public Offering and investment securities purchased with such proceeds.
 
Sponsor and Financing
 
The Company’s sponsor is MP Acquisition Sponsor LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (the “Sponsor”). The registration statement for the Company’s Public Offering was declared effective by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on March 9, 2017. On March 15, 2017, the Company consummated the Public Offering of 32,500,000 units (“Units” and, with respect to the Class A common stock included in the Units being offered, the “Public Shares”), which includes a partial exercise by Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., the sole underwriter for the Public Offering (the “Underwriter”) of its over-allotment option in the amount of 2,500,000 Units at $10.00 per Unit, generating gross proceeds of $325,000,000, which is described in Note 3.
 
Simultaneously with the closing of the Public Offering and the sale of the Units, the Company consummated a private placement (“Private Placement”) of an aggregate of 15,500,000 warrants (“Private Placement Warrants”) at a price of $0.50 per Private Placement Warrant, to the Sponsor and the Underwriter, generating gross proceeds of $7,750,000, which is described in Note 4.
 
Transaction costs amounted to $16,824,469, consisting of $6,000,000 of underwriting fees, $10,250,000 of deferred underwriting commissions (which are held in the Trust Account (defined below)) and $574,469 of Public Offering costs. As described in Note 7, the $10,250,000 of deferred underwriting commissions are contingent upon the consummation of an Initial Business Combination by March 15, 2019.
 
The Trust Account
 
Following the closing of the Public Offering on March 15, 2017, an amount of $325,000,000 from the net proceeds of the Public Offering and the Private Placement was placed in a trust account (“Trust Account”). The proceeds held in the Trust Account may be invested only in U.S. government treasury bills with a maturity of 180 days or less or in money market funds investing solely in U.S. treasuries and meeting certain conditions under Rule 2a-7 under the Investment Company Act, as determined by the Company, until the earlier of: (i) the consummation of the Initial Business Combination, or (ii) the distribution of the Trust Account, as described below, if the Company is unable to complete the Initial Business Combination within 24 months from the closing of the Public Offering (the “Combination Period”) or upon any earlier liquidation of the Company. The remaining proceeds outside the Trust Account may be used to pay for business, legal and accounting due diligence on prospective acquisitions and continuing general and administrative expenses.
 
The Company’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation provides that, other than the withdrawal of interest to pay taxes, if any, none of the funds held in the Trust Account will be released until the earlier of: (i) the completion of the Initial Business Combination; (ii) the redemption of any Public Shares that have been properly tendered in connection with a stockholder vote to amend the Company’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation to modify the substance or timing of its obligation to redeem 100% of its Public Shares if it does not complete the Initial Business Combination within the Combination Period; and (iii) the redemption of 100% of the Public Shares if the Company is unable to complete an Initial Business Combination within the Combination Period (subject to the requirements of law). The proceeds deposited in the Trust Account could become subject to the claims of the Company’s creditors, if any, which could have priority over the claims of the Company’s public stockholders. 
 
Initial Business Combination
 
The Company’s management has broad discretion with respect to the specific application of the net proceeds of the Public Offering, although substantially all of the net proceeds are intended to be applied generally toward consummating the Initial Business Combination. Nasdaq Capital Market (“NASDAQ”) rules provide that the Company’s Initial Business Combination must be with one or more target businesses that together have a fair market value equal to at least 80% of the balance in the Trust Account (less any deferred underwriting commissions and taxes payable on interest earned) at the time of the signing of a definitive agreement in connection with the Initial Business Combination. There is no assurance that the Company will be able to successfully affect an Initial Business Combination.
 
The Company will provide its stockholders with the opportunity to redeem all or a portion of their Public Shares upon the completion of a Business Combination either (i) in connection with a stockholder meeting called to approve the Business Combination or (ii) by means of a tender offer. The decision as to whether the Company will seek stockholder approval of a Business Combination or conduct a tender offer will be made by the Company, solely in its discretion and will be based on a variety of factors such as the timing of the transaction and whether the terms of the transaction would require the Company to seek stockholder approval under applicable law or stock exchange listing requirement. The public stockholders will be entitled to redeem their shares for a pro rata portion of the amount then on deposit in the Trust Account ($10.00 per share, plus any pro rata interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account and not previously released to the Company to pay its tax obligations). The Company will proceed with an Initial Business Combination only if the Company has net tangible assets of at least $5,000,001 upon such consummation and a majority of the outstanding shares voted are voted in favor of the Initial Business Combination. If a stockholder vote is not required by law and the Company does not decide to hold a stockholder vote for business or other legal reasons, the Company will, pursuant to its Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, conduct the redemptions pursuant to the tender offer rules of the SEC, and file tender offer documents with the SEC prior to completing an Initial Business Combination. If, however, a stockholder approval of the transaction is required by law, or the Company decides to obtain stockholder approval for business or other legal reasons, the Company will offer to redeem shares in conjunction with a proxy solicitation pursuant to the proxy rules and not pursuant to the tender offer rules. If the Company seeks stockholder approval in connection with an Initial Business Combination, the Company’s directors, officers and the Sponsor have agreed to vote their Founder Shares (as defined in Note 4) and any Public Shares they may acquire during or after this offering in favor of approving an Initial Business Combination.
 
If the Company holds a stockholder vote or there is a tender offer for shares in connection with an Initial Business Combination, a public stockholder will have the right to redeem its shares for an amount in cash equal to its pro rata share of the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account as of two business days prior to the consummation of the Initial Business Combination, including interest but less taxes payable. As a result, such shares of Class A common stock will be recorded at redemption amount and classified as temporary equity upon the completion of the Public Offering, in accordance with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 480, “Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity.”
 
The Company will also provide its stockholders with the opportunity to redeem all or a portion of their Public Shares in connection with any stockholder vote to approve an amendment to the Company’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation that would affect the substance or timing of the Company’s obligation to redeem 100% of Public Shares if it does not complete a Business Combination within the Combination Period. The stockholders will be entitled to redeem their shares for a pro rata portion of the amount then on deposit in the Trust Account ($10.00 per share, plus any pro rata interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account and not previously released to the Company to pay its tax obligations). There will be no redemption rights with respect to the Company’s Warrants (as defined in Note 3) in connection with such a stockholder vote to approve such an amendment to the Company’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company may not redeem shares in an amount that would cause its net tangible assets to be less than $5,000,001.
 
Pursuant to the Company’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation, if the Company is unable to complete the Initial Business Combination within the Combination Period, the Company will (i) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up, (ii) as promptly as reasonably possible but no more than ten business days thereafter subject to lawfully available funds therefor, redeem the Public Shares, at a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account including interest (which shall be net of taxes payable, and less up to $100,000 of interest to pay dissolution expenses), divided by the number of then outstanding Public Shares, which redemption will completely extinguish public stockholders’ rights as stockholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any), subject to applicable law, and (iii) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of the Company’s remaining stockholders and the Company’s board of directors, dissolve and liquidate, subject in each case to the Company’s obligations under Delaware law to provide for claims of creditors and the requirements of other applicable law.
 
The Company’s directors and officers and the Sponsor have agreed (i) to waive their redemption rights with respect to their Founder Shares and Public Shares in connection with the completion of the Initial Business Combination, and (ii) to waive their rights to liquidating distributions from the Trust Account with respect to their Founder Shares if the Company fails to complete the Initial Business Combination within the Combination Period (although they will be entitled to liquidating distributions from the Trust Account with respect to any Public Shares they hold if the Company fails to complete the Initial Business Combination within the Combination Period). The Underwriter also agreed to waive its rights to deferred underwriting commissions held in the Trust Account in the event the Company does not consummate the Initial Business Combination within the Combination Period and, in such event, such amounts will be included with the funds held in the Trust Account that will be available to fund the redemption of the Public Shares. In the event of such distribution, it is possible that the per share value of the residual assets remaining available for distribution (including Trust Account assets) will be less than the initial public offering price per Unit in the Public Offering. Placing funds in the Trust Account may not protect those funds from third party claims against the Company. Although the Company seeks to have all vendors, service providers, prospective target businesses or other entities it engages execute agreements with the Company waiving any claim of any kind in or to any monies held in the Trust Account, there is no guarantee that such persons will execute such agreements.
 
Notwithstanding the foregoing redemption rights, if the Company seeks stockholder approval of its Initial Business Combination and it does not conduct redemptions in connection with its Initial Business Combination pursuant to the tender offer rules, the Company’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation provides that a public stockholder, together with any affiliate of such stockholder or any other person with whom such stockholder is acting in concert or as a “group” (as defined under Section 13 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act), will be restricted from redeeming its shares with respect to an aggregate of 20.0% or more of the shares sold in the Public Offering. However, there is no restriction on the Company’s stockholders’ ability to vote all of their shares for or against an Initial Business Combination.
 
In the event of a liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company after an Initial Business Combination, the Company’s stockholders are entitled to share ratably in all assets remaining available for distribution to them after payment of liabilities and after provision is made for each class of stock, if any, having preference over the common stock. The Company’s stockholders have no preemptive or other subscription rights. There are no sinking fund provisions applicable to the common stock, except that the Company will provide its stockholders with the opportunity to redeem their Public Shares for cash equal to their pro rata share of the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, upon the completion of the Initial Business Combination, subject to the limitations described herein.