OriginClear’s Water On Demand and Fortune Rise Acquisition Corporation Seek to Combine under Form S-4 Registration Statement

CLEARWATER, Fla. & METUCHEN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–OriginClear, Inc. (OTC Other: OCLN), the Clean Water Innovation Hub™, and Fortune Rise Acquisition Corporation (Nasdaq: FRLA), a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC), today announced the filing of a registration statement on Form S-4 with the SEC which includes a preliminary proxy statement and prospectus in connection with the proposed […]

February 15, 2024

CLEARWATER, Fla. & METUCHEN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–OriginClear, Inc. (OTC Other: OCLN), the Clean Water Innovation Hub™, and Fortune Rise Acquisition Corporation (Nasdaq: FRLA), a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC), today announced the filing of a registration statement on Form S-4 with the SEC which includes a preliminary proxy statement and prospectus in connection with the proposed business combination with OCLN subsidiary Water On Demand (WODI), an investor-funded service offering decentralized water management solutions and technologies to businesses and communities, potentially without the burden of upfront capital expenditures. WODI is a subsidiary of OriginClear, Inc. (OTC Other: OCLN). The Registration Statement is available on the SEC’s website at https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1849294/000109690624000209/frla_s4.htm.

Upon closing of the proposed business combination, the combined company (the “Combined Company”) is expected to list its common stock on Nasdaq under the new ticker symbol “WODI”. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2024 and is subject to approval by FRLA shareholders as well as other customary closing conditions, including approval by the Nasdaq Stock Market to list the securities of the Combined Company.

While the Registration Statement has not yet become effective and the information contained therein is subject to change, it provides important information about WODI, FRLA and the proposed business combination.

On October 23, 2023, WODI entered into a Business Combination Agreement (the “BCA”) with FRLA. The transaction represents a pro forma combined equity valuation of approximately $72 million, assuming no further redemptions of FRLA public shares by FRLA’s public shareholders. The agreed upon acquisition valuation of WODI is $32 million, based upon a 3.2x multiple of its 2022 revenue.

“OriginClear has retained a controlling percentage of its Water On Demand subsidiary,” said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginClear CEO. “Our longtime shareholders can confidently expect that the parent company will continue to benefit greatly from any positive outcomes of this new, consolidated company.”

Available proceeds from the business combination will be used to develop the Water On Demand water-as-a-service network, grow the Modular Water and Progressive Water business units, and execute an ongoing acquisition program, which is expected to accelerate existing growth.

A number of assumptions have been made as to purchase multiples, net growth, synergies and other factors, and there are no guarantees that the Combined Company will succeed in the acquisitions and subsequent integrations of the acquired entities. The acquisitions will prioritize network management software, management and engineering staffing, and vertical integration through acquisition of component fabricators.

About Fortune Rise Acquisition Corporation

Fortune Rise Acquisition Corporation (FRLA) is a blank check company incorporated in February 2021 as a Delaware corporation formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. In October 2023, Water On Demand and FRLA announced a business combination to create a Nasdaq-listed company.

FRLA is a “shell company” as defined under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, because it has no operations and nominal assets consisting almost entirely of cash. FRLA will not generate any operating revenues until after the completion of its initial business combination, at the earliest. To date, FRLA’s efforts have been limited to organizational activities and activities related to its initial public offering as well as the search for a prospective business combination target.


EF Hutton, a division of Benchmark Investments, LLC is acting as Capital Markets Advisor in the transaction.

About Water On Demand, Inc.

Once a government monopoly, the business of treating and reusing sewage water is going private. Local industries and communities are now treating-in-place, helping to reduce the burden on municipal systems and save on fast-rising water rates while also responding to the challenge of climate change. That’s good for business and good for sustainability. Now, the innovative fintech, Water On Demand™, is enabling clean water to become an investable asset, open to main street investors, with the potential for generational royalties. OriginClear has consolidated under Water on Demand, its Modular Water Systems, the downsized technology that businesses need for on-site water treatment and recycling, and Progressive Water Treatment, a 25-year veteran engineered solutions subsidiary based in McKinney, Texas, with its Water On Demand business. This combination adds technology and the ability to execute on larger and more prestigious installations.

About OriginClear

OriginClear® is the Clean Water Innovation Hub™, dedicated to launching new ventures such as Water On Demand™ and Modular Water Systems™ – a leader in onsite, prefabricated systems made with sophisticated materials that can last decades. Another OriginClear subsidiary acquired in 2015, Progressive Water Treatment, helped achieve a company-wide increase of 250% in revenues from 2021 to 2022, and has now merged with Water On Demand and Modular Water Systems in a combination known as Water On Demand Inc., intended to create better enterprise value for a potential merger. Get live weekly updates every Thursday by signing up at www.originclear.com/ceo.


For additional information on the proposed transaction, see the registration statement on Form S-4 filed by FRLA with the SEC, which includes a proxy statement/prospectus of FRLA, and other documents regarding the proposed transaction with the SEC. FRLA’s shareholders and other interested persons are advised to read the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus and, when available, the amendments thereto and the definitive proxy statement and documents incorporated by reference therein filed in connection with the proposed business combination, as these materials contain important information about WODI, FRLA and the proposed business combination. Promptly after the Form S-4 is declared effective by the SEC, FRLA will mail the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and a proxy card to each shareholder entitled to vote at the meeting relating to the approval of the business combination and other proposals set forth in the proxy statement/prospectus. Before making any voting or investment decision, investors and stockholders of FRLA are urged to carefully read the entire registration statement and proxy statement/prospectus, when they become available, and any other relevant documents filed with the SEC, as well as any amendments or supplements to these documents, because they will contain important information about the proposed transaction. The documents filed by FRLA with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, or by directing a request to Fortune Rise Acquisition Corporation, 13575 58th Street North, Suite 200, Clearwater, Florida 33760, Attention: Secretary or to spickryan@gmail.com.

Participants in the Solicitation

WODI, FRLA and their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies from its shareholders with respect to the business combination. A list of the names of those directors and executive officers and a description of their interests in FRLA will be included in the proxy statement/prospectus for the proposed business combination when available at www.sec.gov. Information about FRLA’s directors and executive officers and their ownership of FRLA common stock is included in the proxy statement/prospectus pertaining to the proposed business combination. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the source indicated above.


This communication contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results, our plans, objectives, expectations and intentions with respect to future operations, products and services; and other statements identified by words such as “will likely result,” “are expected to,” “will continue,” “is anticipated,” “estimated,” “believe,” “intend,” “plan,” “projection,” “outlook” or words of similar meaning. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding WODI’s industry and market sizes, future opportunities for WODI and FRLA, WODI’s estimated future results and the proposed business combination between FRLA and WODI, including the implied enterprise value, the expected transaction and ownership structure and the likelihood, timing and ability of the parties to successfully consummate the proposed transaction. Such forward-looking statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of our management and are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond our control. Actual results and the timing of events may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements.

In addition to factors previously disclosed in FRLA’s reports filed with the SEC and those identified elsewhere in this communication, the following factors, among others, could cause actual results and the timing of events to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements: inability to meet the closing conditions to the business combination, including the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the definitive agreement; the inability to complete the transactions contemplated by the definitive agreement due to the failure to obtain approval of FRLA’s shareholders or WODI’s shareholders, or the failure to meet The Nasdaq Stock Market’s initial listing standards in connection with the consummation of the contemplated transactions; costs related to the transactions contemplated by the definitive agreement; a delay or failure to realize the expected benefits from the proposed transaction; risks related to disruption of management’s time from ongoing business operations due to the proposed transaction; changes in the markets in which WODI competes, including with respect to its competitive landscape, technology evolution or regulatory changes; changes in domestic and global general economic conditions, risk that WODI may not be able to execute its growth strategies, including identifying and executing acquisitions; risk that WODI may not be able to develop and maintain effective internal controls; and other risks and uncertainties indicated in FRLA’s final prospectus, dated November 2, 2021, for its initial public offering, and the proxy statement/prospectus relating to the proposed business combination, including those under “Risk Factors” therein, and in FRLA’s other filings with the SEC. FRLA and WODI caution that the foregoing list of factors is not exclusive.

Actual results, performance or achievements may differ materially, and potentially adversely, from any projections and forward-looking statements and the assumptions on which those forward-looking statements are based. There can be no assurance that the data contained herein is reflective of future performance to any degree. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a predictor of future performance as projected financial information and other information are based on estimates and assumptions that are inherently subject to various significant risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond our control. All information set forth herein speaks only as of the date hereof in the case of information about FRLA and WODI or the date of such information in the case of information from persons other than FRLA or WODI, and we disclaim any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this communication. Forecasts and estimates regarding WODI’s industry and end markets are based on sources we believe to be reliable, however there can be no assurance these forecasts and estimates will prove accurate in whole or in part. Annualized, pro forma, projected and estimated numbers are used for illustrative purpose only, are not forecasts and may not reflect actual results.

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This press release shall not constitute a solicitation of a proxy, consent, or authorization with respect to any securities or in respect of the proposed business combination. This press release shall also not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any states or jurisdictions in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering 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.


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