|SEVEN STARS CLOUD GROUP, INC. filed this Form DEF 14A on 11/20/2017|
On March 14, 2017, the Company, through its PRC subsidiary Shanghai Blue World Investment Management Consulting Limited (“SVG WFOE”), entered into a Capital Increase Agreement (the “Capital Increase Agreement”) with Guizhou Sun Seven Stars Technology Company Limited, a PRC company (“GZSSS”), which is an affiliate of the Company’s Chairman Bruno Wu and Wecast Media Group Limited (formerly known as Sun Seven Stars Hong Kong Cultural Development Limited), one of the Company’s largest shareholders, controlled by Bruno Wu. Pursuant to the terms of the Capital Increase Agreement, Guizhou Sun Seven Stars Technology Trading Platform Limited (“GZ”), a PRC company formed in February 2017 and currently 100% owned by SVG WFOE, would issue new shares equal to 94.12% of its equity to GZSSS in exchange for RMB 80 million (approximately $11.6 million). The total registered capital of GZ would be RMB 85 million (approximately $12.3 million). The parties would share the dividends and other profits of GZ at a ratio of 70% to the Company and 30% to GZSSS. In addition, the Company would have the right to appoint two of GZ’s three board members and GZSSS will have the right to appoint one board member. However, on March 31, 2017, SVG WFOE entered into an Equity Agreement with Shanghai Pulse Consulting Company Limited, a non-related PRC company, selling, at cost, its entire 5.88% equity stake in GZ, since the Company determined that owning an equity stake in GZ was no longer prudent due to the financial uncertainty relating to the multiple projects and subsidiaries that GZ is in the process of starting.
On June 9, 2017, the Company entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement (the “Redrock SPA”) with Redrock Capital Group Limited, a Cayman Islands company (“Redrock”) and affiliate of the Company’s chairman Bruno Wu, and SSS, one of the Company’s largest shareholders, controlled by the Company’s chairman Bruno Wu, as guarantor, pursuant to which the Company agreed to purchase and Redrock agreed to sell 51% of the outstanding capital stock (the “NexGen Common Shares”) of NextGen Exchange Group Inc., a Cayman Islands company (“NexGen”) for the sole consideration of the Company adding NexGen to the Sun Video Business acquired by the Company under the Sun Video SPA and thereby including the revenue and gross profit from NexGen in the calculation of the SVG Performance Guarantees set forth in the Sun Video SPA. In addition, Redrock has entered into a separate agreement with the Delaware Board Of Trade Holdings, Inc. (“DBOT”), under which Redrock will transfer 5% of the total issued and outstanding stock of NextGen to DBOT.
On June 30, 2017, the Company entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement (the “BT SPA”) with BT Capital Global Limited, a British Virgin Islands company (“BT”) and affiliate of the Company’s chairman Bruno Wu, pursuant to which the issued and outstanding stock that the Company holds in three separate non-core assets were sold to BT in exchange for RMB100 million (approximately $14.75 million at current exchange rate) in a combination of cash and publicly traded stock to be paid to the Company within one year of closing. A minimum of 20% of the total consideration to the Company will be paid in cash (approximately $2.95 million). A portion of the consideration may be paid in the form of publicly traded stock at the discretion of BT, and in that case the securities will represent a public company affiliated with BT Capital, in an industry related to the Company’s and with an average daily trading value of at least $146,000. A fairness opinion, or an independent opinion on the financial fairness of the proposed transaction, will be conducted by a third-party valuation firm before the consideration is delivered to the Company. The assets sold to BT Capital Global Limited include:(i) the Company’s 80% equity interest in Zhong Hai Shi Xun Media; (ii) the Company’s 13% equity interest in Nanjing Tops Game; and (iii) a portion of the Company’s 40% total equity interest in the recently announced Pantaflix JV, which will leave the Company with a remaining 15% stake post transaction.
Other Related Party Transactions
On May 10, 2012, at the Company’s request, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Shane McMahon, made a loan to the Company in the amount of $3,000,000. In consideration for the loan, the Company issued a convertible note to Mr. McMahon in the aggregate principal amount of $3,000,000 with interest rate at 4% annually. Effective on January 31, 2014, the Company and Mr. McMahon entered into an amendment to the McMahon Note pursuant to which the McMahon Note will be, at Mr. McMahon’s option, payable on demand or convertible on demand into shares of Series E Preferred Stock at a conversion price of $1.75, until December 31, 2015. On December 30, 2014, the Company and Mr. McMahon entered into an amendment pursuant to which the McMahon Note will be, at Mr. McMahon’s option, payable on demand or convertible on demand into shares of Series E Preferred Stock at a conversion price of $1.75, until December 31, 2016. On December 31, 2016, the Company and Mr. McMahon entered into an amendment pursuant to which the Note will be at Mr. McMahon’s option, payable on demand or convertible on demand into shares of the Company’s Series E Preferred Stock, provided that the Note will no longer be convertible into Series E Preferred Stock upon the conversion of the Series E Preferred stock owned by C Media into the Company’s Common Stock (pursuant to which all Series E Preferred Stock will be automatically converted) but then convertible only into Common Stock at a conversion price of $1.50, until December 31, 2018. Effective on November 9, 2017, the Company and Mr. McMahon entered into an amendment pursuant to which the McMahon Note will be, at Mr. McMahon’s option, payable on demand until December 31, 2019.