Filed by Pagaya Technologies Ltd.
pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act of 1933
and deemed filed pursuant to Rule 14a-12
under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Subject Company: EJF Acquisition Corp.
(SEC File No.: 001-40113)
Date: September 15, 2021
Project Rigel | Employee Announcement
A little over five years ago, we started Pagaya with a bold vision: build a leading AI network to enable better financial outcomes for our partners and their customers. Since then, we have been scaling and growing our organization and AI technology to expand our business across the financial services landscape.
We are happy to share some exciting news with you about an important moment in our journey Today, we announced plans to become a publicly traded company via a partnership with EJFA, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC). You can read the full press release here.
We believe that we are strongly positioned for our next phase of growth. We spent many months looking for a partner that could help accelerate our growth and keep our momentum going. EJFA is a perfect fit for us as a partner because of its deep expertise in the financial market
Few startups make it this far and this wouldnt be possible without your partnership and collaboration. Thank you for all your trust, hard work, and contributions to Pagaya
So now what
This is just the beginning. Todays action is a significant step in our journey to empower our partners to fulfill their customers financial goals. We have a lot of work ahead of us and we cant lose sight of what has made Pagaya stand out and what will continue to fuel our success: continuous learning, innovation, and focus on our partners.
This doesnt make us a public company yet. As part of the signing, there are several steps that are needed to close the transaction, but we expect that well close in early 2022. We are publicly announcing our intent to go public and how we plan to achieve this.
We know you might have a lot of questions, so weve put together an FAQ page to help address some of your immediate ones. We may not have all the answers today, and we will continue to update you as more information is available. If you have any questions not covered via the FAQ, feel free to submit them here.
Our ask of you
Todays announcement will likely lead to increased media and investor interest in our company. Its important that we speak in one voice, so please DO NOT speak to the media and refer all media and investor inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to emphasize that no employee may speak on behalf of the company to these audiences or utilize any social media platforms to talk about this news. Make sure to review our Social Media guidance here. This is a critical time and we are being watched very closely by the media, market, investors, partners, etc.
We recognize that Pagayans in Israel are getting ready for Yom Kippur. While we wanted to share this news at a time when we were all in the office, we have legal obligations to release a public announcement at this specific time.
We will host a Town Hall to celebrate this accomplishment today at 16 IL / 9 am ET. Well also host a Town Hall Q&A takeover on Wednesday, September 22 at 18:15 IL / 8:15 am PT / 11:15 am ET to answer your top questions. Make sure to submit your questions here by Sunday, September 19.
We are looking forward to continuing to grow our One Pagaya family and together creating value for our many stakeholders now and well into the future. This wouldnt be possible without you
Gal, Avital, and Yahav
This document includes forward looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as forecast, intend, seek, target, anticipate, believe, could, continue, expect, estimate, may, plan, outlook, future and project and other similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. Such forward looking statements include estimated financial information. Such forward looking statements with respect to revenues, earnings, performance, strategies, prospects and other aspects of the businesses of EJFA, Pagaya or the combined company after completion of the proposed business combination are based on current expectations that are subject to risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those indicated by such forward looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: (1) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the Agreement and Plan of Merger providing for the business combination (the Agreement) and the proposed business combination contemplated thereby; (2) the inability to complete the transactions contemplated by the Agreement due to the failure to obtain approval of the shareholders of EJFA or other conditions to closing in the Agreement; (3) the ability to meet Nasdaqs listing standards following the consummation of the transactions contemplated by the Agreement; (4) the risk that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans and operations of Pagaya as a result of the announcement and consummation of the transactions described herein; (5) the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the proposed business combination, which may be affected by, among other things, competition, the ability of the combined company to grow and manage growth profitably, maintain relationships with customers and suppliers and retain its management and key employees; (6) costs related to the proposed business combination; (7) changes in applicable laws or regulations; (8) the possibility that Pagaya may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors; and (9) other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in other documents filed or to be filed with the SEC by EJFA. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. EJFA and Pagaya undertake no commitment to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.
Any financial information or projections in this communication are forward-looking statements that are based on assumptions that are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond Pagayas and EJFAs control. The inclusion of financial information or projections in this communication should not be regarded as an indication that Pagaya or EJFA, or their respective representatives and advisors, considered or consider the information or projections to be a reliable prediction of future events.
The financial information included in this communication has been taken from or prepared based on Pagayas historical financial statements. Pagayas historical financial statements have been audited by Ernst & Young in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards in Israel and prepared in conformity with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Pagayas historical financial statements have not been audited in accordance with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) standards or prepared in accordance with Regulation S-X promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Pagaya cannot assure you that, had the historical financial information included in this communication been compliant with Regulation S-X and audited in accordance with PCAOB standards, there would not be differences, and such differences could be material. An audit of Pagayas financial statements in accordance with PCAOB standards is currently in process and will be included in the proxy statement/prospectus with respect to the business combination. Accordingly, there may be material differences between the presentation of Pagayas historical financial statements included in this communication and in the proxy statement/prospectus, including with respect to, among others, the method of accounting for, off balance sheet items, timing of revenue recognition and asset classification.
This document is not a proxy statement or solicitation or a proxy, consent 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, the securities of Pagaya, EJFA or the combined company, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, sale or exchange would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.
Important Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed business combination between Pagaya and EJFA, Pagaya intends to file a registration statement on Form F-4 that will include a preliminary proxy statement to be distributed to shareholders of EJFA in connection with EJFAs solicitation of proxies for the vote by its shareholders with respect to the proposed business combination. After the registration statement has been filed and declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC), EJFA will mail a definitive proxy statement / prospectus to its shareholders as of the record date established for voting on the proposed business combination and the other proposals regarding the proposed business combination set forth in the proxy statement. Pagaya or EJFA may also file other documents with the SEC regarding the proposed business combination. Before making any investment or voting decision, shareholders and other interested persons are advised to read, when available, the registration statement and preliminary proxy statement / prospectus and any amendments thereto, and the definitive proxy statement / prospectus in connection with EJFAs solicitation of proxies for the special meeting to be held to approve the transactions contemplated by the proposed business combination because these materials will contain important information about Pagaya, EJFA and the proposed transaction. Shareholders will also be able to obtain a copy of the preliminary proxy statement / prospectus and the definitive proxy statement / prospectus once they are available, without charge, at the SECs website at www.sec.gov, or at Pagayas website at www.pagaya.com, or by directing a request to: EJF Acquisition Corp., 2107 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 410, Arlington, Virginia 22201.
Participants in the Solicitation
Pagaya and EJFA and their respective directors and officers may be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies of EJFAs shareholders in connection with the proposed business combination. EJFAs shareholders, Pagayas shareholders and other interested persons may obtain, without charge, more detailed information regarding the directors and officers of Pagaya and EJFA at Pagayas website at www.pagaya.com, or in EJFAs registration statement on Form S-1 filed on February 18, 2021, respectively.
Information regarding the persons who may, under SEC rules, be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies to EJFAs shareholders in connection with the proposed transaction will be set forth in the proxy statement / prospectus for the transaction when available. Additional information regarding the interests of participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction will be included in the proxy statement / prospectus filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed business combination.