|SEVEN STARS CLOUD GROUP, INC. filed this Form 10-Q on 11/13/2017|
Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc., Its Subsidiaries
and Variable Interest Entities
Pursuant to the Amended Tianjin Agreement dated December 21, 2015, Tianjin Enternet was to contribute 100% of the equity ownership of SSF, a newly-formed subsidiary of Tianjin Enternet to the Company. Contingent on the performance of SSF, Tianjin Enternet was to receive shares of the Company’s common stock over three years, with the exact number not exceeding 5.0 million per year, provided the earn-out provisions for each of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 annual periods (the “Earn-Out Share Award”) was achieved. The earn-out provision for 2016, 2017 and 2018 are either 50.0 million homes/users passed or $4.0 million net income, 100.0 million homes/users passed or $6.0 million net income and 150.0 million homes/users passed or $8.0 million net income, respectively. In the event that the Company has not obtained the required vote from shareholders to issue the earn-out shares to Tianjin Enternet, the Company was required to issue a promissory note with a principal amount equal to the quotient by multiplying 5.0 million by the applicable stock price defined in the agreement.
On April 5, 2016, in lieu of Tianjin Enternet contributing 100% of the equity ownership of SSF to the Company, YOD WFOE entered into VIE agreements with SSF and its legal shareholders in order to comply with PRC regulatory requirements on certain industries. SSF is 99% owned by Lan Yang, the spouse of Bruno Zheng Wu, the Company’s Chairman, and 1% owned by Yun Zhu, a Vice President of Wecast Network. By virtue of these VIE agreements; YOD WFOE obtained financial controlling interest in SSF, including the power to direct the activities of SSF, and therefore is the primary beneficiary of SSF. As the control of SSF was transferred to YOD WFOE through both the VIE agreements and physical handover of company documents on April 5, 2016, the transaction was determined to be completed on that date.
At the time YOD WFOE obtained control over SSF, SSF had no assets, liabilities, employees or operating activities, nor did it hold any licenses, trade names or other intellectual properties. The Company also did not receive any assets, employees, contracts, sales or distribution systems or intellectual property from Tianjin Enternet in connection with the transaction. Since the acquisition of SSF did not include any input or processes, as defined under ASC 805-10-20, the transaction was not considered a business combination under ASC 805.
The earn-out provision was originally based on either the number of home/user pass or the net income of SSF. While the net income was to be measured based on the operations of SSF, the number of home/user pass is measured based on number of home/user pass of SSF’s distributors. Such earn-out provision is based on an index that is not calculated solely by reference to the operations of SSF, which is not considered indexed to the Company’s own shares. Also the earn-out provisions permit cash settlement if the Company cannot issue the earn-out shares. Therefore, the earn-out provision is classified as a liability and measured initially and subsequently at fair value with changes in fair value recognized in earnings at each reporting periods.
On June 27, 2016, the Company held its 2016 annual meeting of stockholders and received approval from its stockholders to allow SSS to beneficially own more than 19.99% of the Company’s outstanding common stock. Accordingly, the Earn-Out Share Award became issuable at the time when the earn-out provisions are considered to have been met pursuant to the Amended Tianjin Agreement.
On November 10, 2016, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of SSC held a special meeting. At the recommendation of the Company’s audit committee, the Board determined that it is in the best interests of the Company and the Company’s shareholders to amend the terms of the Earn-Out Share Award to (1) reduce the total Earn-Out Share Award from 15,000,000 shares of Common Stock to 10,000,000 shares of Common Stock and (2) measure the achievement of the earn-out provisions based on the Companywide achievement of homes passed in lieu of the measurement being measured by SFF’s stand-alone achievement of homes passed. Based on evidence provided to the Board, the requisite thresholds necessary to trigger issuance of all shares of Common Stock subject to the Earn-Out Share Award have been achieved. Accordingly, on November 10, 2016, the Board approved the issuance of 10,000,000 shares of its common stock, par value $0.001 per share (“Common Stock to SSS”) and the shares were issued on November 11, 2016.
The Company recognized the fair value of the Common Stock to SSS of approximately $13,700,000, based on the market price of the Company’s Common Stock, as Earn-out share award expense in the consolidated statement of operations for the year ended December 31, 2016.
In connection with our August 30, 2012 private financing, the Company issued 977,063 warrants to investors and the broker. In accordance with ASC 815-40, Contracts in Entity’s Own Equity, the warrants have been accounted as derivative liabilities to be re- measured at the end of every reporting period with the change in fair value reported in the consolidated statement of operations. On August 30, 2012, such warrants were valued at $1,525,000 utilizing a valuation model and were initially recorded as a liability. The fair value of the warrants is remeasured at each reporting period based on the Monte Carlo valuation.