Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

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SUBSEQUENT EVENTS
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2020
Subsequent Events [Abstract]  
Subsequent Events SUBSEQUENT EVENTS
Merger with Finxera Holdings, Inc.

On March 5, 2021, the Company entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Finxera Holdings, Inc. (“Finxera”). Finxera is a provider of deposit account management payment processing services to the debt settlement industry. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021, subject to customary closing conditions, regulatory approvals, shareholder approval for both companies, and Finxera having delivered all required consents of banking departments or other governmental entities related to its money transmitter licenses or an arrangement sufficient to enable Finxera to continue operating the business in any material jurisdictions in compliance with all applicable law without a money transmitter license. In the event that the condition is waived for a material jurisdiction pursuant to the above, the Company’s closing stock consideration will be reduced by $10 million, and if a non-material jurisdiction, Finxera will take all steps necessary to ensure compliance with applicable law.

Consideration for the Merger will consist of a combination of cash and stock, with the purchase price comprising of: (a) $425 million, plus (b) the aggregate value of the current assets of the Finxera and each of its subsidiaries (the “Group Companies”) less the aggregate value of the current liabilities of Group Companies, in each case, determined on a consolidated basis without duplication, as of the close of business on the business day immediately preceding the date of the Closing (which may be a positive or negative number), plus (c) the sum of all cash and cash equivalents of the Group Companies as of the close of business on the business day immediately preceding the date of the Closing, minus (d) the amount of indebtedness of the Group Companies as of the close of the business day immediately prior to the date of the Closing, minus (e) the amount of unpaid transaction expenses, minus (f) 25% of the earnings of the Group Companies during the period between the signing of the Merger Agreement and the Closing.

If the merger agreement is terminated by the Company because the transactions have not been consummated by February 28, 2022, and every condition to consummate the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement has been satisfied and the merger has not been consummated, or if the Company is in material breach of the representations, warranties or covenants in the merger agreement, then the Company may be required to pay Finxera a $22.5 million termination fee.

Debt Commitment Letter

In connection with the definitive merger agreement, Priority entered into a debt commitment letter with Truist Bank and Truist Securities, Inc. to provide Priority with $300 million of term loan commitments, $290 million of delayed draw term loan commitments, and a $40 million revolving credit facility, subject to the conditions set forth in the debt commitment letter. The proceeds of the term loan facility and the revolving credit facility will be used to refinance existing Senior loan facilities, to pay fees and expenses in connection with the refinancing, and for working capital and general corporate requirements. The proceeds of the delayed draw term loan facility will be used to finance a portion of the merger consideration and paying fees and expenses related to the merger.

The availability of loans under the term loan commitments and the revolving credit facility is subject to certain conditions including, but not limited to, prior or substantially simultaneous completion of the transactions contemplated by the equity commitment letter (as described below), either a successful marketing period in connection with the syndication of the initial term loan facility and the revolving credit facility or substantially simultaneous satisfaction of the conditions precedent for the delayed draw term loan facility, and certain other customary closing conditions.

The availability of loans under the delayed draw term loan facility is subject to certain conditions including, but not limited to, completion of the merger in accordance with the merger agreement substantially concurrently with the borrowing under the delayed draw term loan facility, substantially simultaneous occurrence of the issuance of common equity of the Company as merger consideration, pro forma leverage below a particular threshold, and certain other customary closing conditions.

Equity Commitment Letter

Additionally in connection with the definitive merger agreement, the Company entered into a preferred stock commitment letter with Ares Capital Management LLC (“ACM”) and Ares Alternative Credit Management LLC (“AACM” and together with
ACM, the “Equity Commitment Parties”), pursuant to which, among other things, the Equity Commitment Parties have agreed to purchase perpetual senior preferred equity securities (the “Preferred Stock”) of the Company (a) to be issued in connection with the refinancing and repayment in full of certain Credit and Guaranty Agreements as described in the Equity Commitment Letter (the “Closing Date Refinancing”) (the “Initial Preferred Stock” and the issuance and sale thereof and certain warrants representing 2.50% of the fully diluted Company Common Shares at the Closing, the “Initial Preferred Stock Financing”) in an amount equal to (i) in the case of ACM, $90.0 million and (ii) in the case of AACM, $60.0 million, (b) to be issued in connection with the Merger (the “Acquisition Preferred Stock” and the issuance and sale thereof, the “Acquisition Preferred Stock Financing”) in an amount equal to (i) in the case of ACM, $30.0 million and (ii) in the case of AACM, $20.0 million and (c) available to be issued in connection with one or more acquisitions by the Company or its subsidiaries as permitted by the Equity Commitment Letter (the “Delayed Preferred Stock” and the issuance and sale thereof, the “Delayed Preferred Stock Financing” and together with the Initial Preferred Stock Financing and the Acquisition Preferred Stock Financing, the “Preferred Stock Financing”) an amount equal to (i) in the case of ACM, $30.0 million and (ii) in the case of AACM, $20.0 million. The Company has also agreed to issue to the Equity Commitment Parties warrants to purchase shares of common stock of the Company equal to an aggregate of 2.5% of the outstanding shares of common stock at a nominal exercise price.

The Preferred Stock will require quarterly dividend payments initially equal to a LIBOR rate plus 12% per annum of the liquidation preference, of which at least LIBOR plus 5% is to be payable in cash and the remainder paid in kind. In certain circumstances, including if the Company does not pay the minimum cash dividend, the required dividend may be increased. The Preferred Stock will be redeemable beginning two years after the first issuance of Preferred Stock at a price equal to 102% of the liquidation preference of the Preferred Stock plus any accrued and unpaid dividends or, beginning three years after the first issuance of Preferred Stock, at a price equal to the liquidation preference plus any accrued and unpaid dividends. Prior to two years after the first issuance, the Preferred Stock is redeemable at a make-whole rate. In the event of a change of control or liquidation event, the Company will be required to redeem the outstanding Preferred Stock. The Preferred Stock will not have any voting rights except as required under Delaware law, but certain actions by the Company will require the consent of holders of a majority of the Preferred Stock. In addition, the Preferred Stock will include certain covenants restricting, among other things, restricted payments, the incurrence of indebtedness, acquisitions and investments.

The Equity Commitment Parties’ commitment to provide the initial preferred stock financing is subject to certain conditions including but not limited to, the occurrence of the debt commitment refinancing, execution and delivery of the definitive documentation for the preferred stock financing, delivery by the Company to the investors of evidence of a bound buyer-side representation and warranty insurance policy, and certain other customary closing conditions.