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Washington, D.C. 20549





Pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934


June 5, 2024

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)



(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)


Delaware   001-41105   86-1229207
(State or Other Jurisdiction of
  (Commission File Number)    (I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number) 


888 San Clemente Drive, Suite 400

Newport Beach, CA

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)    (Zip Code) 


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (949) 720-5700


Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:


x Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)


¨ Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)


¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))


¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))


Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange
on which registered
Common Stock   ROCL   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Warrants   ROCLW   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Units   ROCLU   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR §230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR §240.12b-2).


Emerging growth company x


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨







Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.


Amendment to Merger Agreement


As previously reported, on January 3, 2024, Roth CH Acquisition V Co., a Delaware corporation (“ROCL” or “Acquiror”), entered into a Business Combination Agreement and Plan of Reorganization (as it may be amended, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time, the “Merger Agreement”), by and among Acquiror, Roth CH V Merger Sub Corp., a Delaware corporation and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Acquiror (“Merger Sub”), and New Era Helium Corp., a Nevada corporation (“NEH” or the “Company”). The transactions set forth in the Merger Agreement, including the Merger (defined below), will constitute a “Business Combination” as contemplated by Acquiror’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation. Unless expressly stated otherwise herein, capitalized terms used but not defined herein shall have such meanings ascribed to them in the Merger Agreement.


On June 5, 2024, each of ROCL and the Company entered into the First Amendment to the Business Combination Agreement and Plan of Reorganization Amendment (the “Amendment”) pursuant to which, among other things:


(a) the Outside Date has been extended to 270 days after the date of the Merger Agreement;


(b) the structure of the Business Combination has changed such that: (i) ROCL will merge (the “Initial Merger”) with and into a newly formed Nevada corporation named Roth CH V Holdings, Inc. (“Holdings”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Roth, and Holdings will be the survivor of the Initial Merger; (ii) Holdings shall sign a joinder and become a party to the Merger Agreement; and (iii) immediately subsequent to the Initial Merger, Merger Sub will merge with and into the Company (the “Merger”), with the Company surviving the Merger as a wholly owned subsidiary of Holdings; and


(c) the closing condition that the Company raise at least $45 million in a private placement of securities in order to fund its new plant construction has been removed, and the closing condition that certain indebtedness of the Company be converted into shares of common stock of the Company has been removed.


The foregoing description of the Amendment does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by the terms and conditions of the Amendment, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 hereto and incorporated by reference herein.


Additional Information and Where to Find It


This Current Report on Form 8-K contains information with respect to a proposed business combination (the “Proposed Business Combination”) among NEH, ROCL and Merger Sub. In connection with the Proposed Business Combination, ROCL has filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4, which includes a preliminary proxy statement/prospectus for the registration of ROCL securities (as amended from time to time, the “Registration Statement”). A full description of the terms of the Proposed Business Combination is expected to be provided in the Registration Statement. ROCL urges investors, stockholders and other interested persons to read, when available, the Registration Statement as well as other documents filed with the SEC because these documents will contain important information about ROCL, NEH and the Proposed Business Combination. If and when the Registration Statement is declared effective by the SEC, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant documents will be mailed to stockholders of ROCL as of a record date to be established for voting on the Proposed Business Combination. Stockholders and other interested persons will also be able to obtain a copy of the proxy statement, without charge, by directing a request to: Roth CH Acquisition V Co., 888 San Clemente Drive, Suite 400, Newport Beach, CA 92660. The preliminary and definitive proxy statement/prospectus, once available, can also be obtained, without charge, at the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov). The information contained on, or that may be accessed through, the websites referenced in this Current Report on Form 8-K is not incorporated by reference into, and is not a part of, this Report.





Forward Looking Statements


This Current Report on Form 8-K contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including, but not limited to, ROCL’s and NEH’s expectations or predictions of future financial or business performance or conditions. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Generally, statements that are not historical facts, including statements concerning possible or assumed future actions, business strategies, events or results of operations, are forward-looking statements. These statements may be preceded by, followed by or include the words “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “projects,” “forecasts,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “plans,” “scheduled,” “anticipates,” “intends,” or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual events, results or performance to differ materially from those indicated by such statements. Certain of these risks are identified and discussed in ROCL’s final prospectus for its initial public offering, filed with the SEC on December 2, 2021, under the heading “Risk Factors.” These risk factors will be important to consider in determining future results and should be reviewed in their entirety. These forward-looking statements are expressed in good faith, and ROCL and NEH believe there is a reasonable basis for them. However, there can be no assurance that the events, results or trends identified in these forward-looking statements will occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and neither ROCL nor NEH is under any obligation, and expressly disclaim any obligation, to update, alter or otherwise revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. 


In addition to factors previously disclosed in ROCL’s reports filed with the SEC and those identified elsewhere in this Current Report on Form 8-K, the following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements or historical performance: (i) expectations regarding NEH’s strategies and future financial performance, including its future business plans or objectives, prospective performance and opportunities and competitors, revenues, products and services, pricing, operating expenses, market trends, liquidity, cash flows and uses of cash, capital expenditures, and NEH’s ability to invest in growth initiatives and pursue acquisition opportunities; (ii) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the Merger Agreement; (iii) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against ROCL or NEH following announcement of the Proposed Business Combination and the transactions contemplated thereby; (iv) the inability to complete the Proposed Business Combination due to, among other things, the failure to obtain ROCL stockholder approval on the expected terms and schedule, as well as the risk that regulatory approvals required for the Proposed Business Combination are not obtained or are obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; (v) the failure to meet the minimum cash requirements of the Merger Agreement due to ROCL stockholder redemptions and the failure to obtain replacement financing; the inability to complete the concurrent PIPE; (vi) the risk that the Proposed Business Combination or another business combination may not be completed by ROCL’s business combination deadline and the potential failure to obtain an extension of the business combination deadline; (vii) the risk that the announcement and consummation of the Proposed Business Combination disrupts NEH’s current operations and future plans; (viii) the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the Proposed Business Combination; (ix) unexpected costs related to the Proposed Business Combination; (x) the amount of any redemptions by existing holders of the ROCL common stock being greater than expected; (xi) limited liquidity and trading of ROCL’s securities; (xii) the inability to obtain or maintain the listing of the combined company’s common stock on Nasdaq following the Proposed Business Combination, including but not limited to the failure to meet Nasdaq’s initial listing standards in connection with the consummation of the Proposed Business Combination; (xiii) geopolitical risk and changes in applicable laws or regulations; (xiv) the possibility that ROCL and/or NEH may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors; (xv) operational risk; (xvi) risk that the COVID-19 pandemic, and local, state, and federal responses to addressing the pandemic may have an adverse effect on our business operations, as well as our financial condition and results of operations; and (xvii) the risks that the consummation of the Proposed Business Combination is substantially delayed or does not occur.


Any financial projections in this Current Report on Form 8-K are forward-looking statements that are based on assumptions that are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond ROCL’s and NEH’s control. While all projections are necessarily speculative, ROCL and NEH believe that the preparation of prospective financial information involves increasingly higher levels of uncertainty the further out the projection extends from the date of preparation. The assumptions and estimates underlying the projected results are inherently uncertain and are subject to a wide variety of significant business, economic and competitive risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the projections. The inclusion of projections in this Current Report on Form 8-K should not be regarded as an indication that ROCL and NEH, or their representatives, considered or consider the projections to be a reliable prediction of future events.





Annualized, pro forma, projected and estimated numbers are used for illustrative purpose only, are not forecasts and may not reflect actual results.


The foregoing list of factors is not intended to be all-inclusive or to contain all the information that a person may desire in considering an investment in ROCL and is not intended to form the basis of an investment decision in ROCL. Readers should carefully review the foregoing factors and other risks and uncertainties described in the “Risk Factors” section of the Registration Statement and the other reports, which ROCL has filed or will file from time to time with the SEC. There may be additional risks that neither ROCL nor NEH presently know, or that ROCL and NEH currently believe are immaterial, that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in forward looking statements. For these reasons, among others, investors and other interested persons are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements in this Current Report on Form 8-K. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements concerning ROCL and NEH, the Proposed Business Combination or other matters and attributable to ROCL and NEH or any person acting on their behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements above. 


Participants in the Solicitation


ROCL, NEH and their respective directors and executive officers may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies with respect to the Proposed Business Combination described herein under the rules of the SEC. Information about such persons and a description of their interests will be contained in the Registration Statement when it is filed with the SEC. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.


No Offer or Solicitation


This Current Report on Form 8-K does not constitute a proxy statement or solicitation of a proxy, consent, vote or authorization with respect to any securities or in respect of the Proposed Business Combination and shall not constitute an offer to sell or exchange, or a solicitation of an offer to buy or exchange any securities, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of any such securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or an exemption therefrom.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.


10.1   First Amendment to the Business Combination Agreement and Plan of Reorganization
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Dated: June 11, 2024


  By: /s/ John Lipman
  Name: John Lipman
  Title: Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chairman of the Board