Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

ASSET ACQUISITIONS, ASSET CONTRIBUTIONS, AND BUSINESS COMBINATIONS

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ASSET ACQUISITIONS, ASSET CONTRIBUTIONS, AND BUSINESS COMBINATIONS
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2020
Business Combinations [Abstract]  
ASSET ACQUISITIONS, ASSET CONTRIBUTIONS, AND BUSINESS COMBINATIONS ASSET ACQUISITIONS, ASSET CONTRIBUTIONS, AND BUSINESS COMBINATIONS
Asset Acquisitions


YapStone

In March 2019, the Company, through one of its subsidiaries, PRET, acquired certain assets and assumed certain related liabilities (the "YapStone net assets") from YapStone, Inc. under an asset purchase and contribution agreement. The purchase price for the YapStone net assets was $65.0 million in cash plus a non-controlling interest ("NCI") in PRET issued to YapStone, Inc. with a fair value that was estimated to be approximately $5.7 million. The total purchase price was assigned to customer relationships, except for $1.0 million and $1.2 million which were assigned to a software license agreement and a services
agreement, respectively. The $65.0 million of cash was funded from the Company's Senior Credit Facility. PRET is part of the Company's Integrated Partners reportable segment.

During the third quarter of 2020, substantially all of the YapStone net assets were sold to a third party. See Note 2, Disposal of Business, to the consolidated financial statements. Approximately $45.1 million of PRET's 2020 earnings through the disposal date, which were composed mostly of gain recognized on the sale, were attributed and distributed in cash to the NCI during the third quarter 2020 pursuant to the profit-sharing agreement between the Company and the NCI. At the time of the sale, the NCI was also redeemed in cash for its $5.7 million interest in PRET.

For the year ended December 31, 2019, no earnings of PRET were allocated to the NCI.


Residual Portfolio Rights Acquired

On March 15, 2019, a subsidiary of the Company paid $15.2 million cash to acquire certain residual portfolio rights. Of the $15.2 million, $5.0 million was funded from the Senior Credit Facility, $10.0 million was funded from revolving credit facility under the Senior Credit Facility, and cash on hand was used to fund the remaining amount. This acquisition became part of the Company's Consumer Payments reportable segment. The purchase price was subject to a potential increase of up to $6.4 million in accordance with the terms of the agreement between the Company and the sellers over a three-year period. Additional purchase price is accounted for when payment to the seller becomes probable and is added to the carrying value of the asset and amortization expense is adjusted to reflect the new carrying value at the original purchase date. The first period for determining contingent consideration ended in March 2020, and the Company paid the seller $2.1 million of additional cash consideration, partially offset by an amount owed to the Company by the seller. At December 31, 2020, it became apparent that the Company would owe the seller an additional $2.1 million for the second period for determining contingent consideration ending March 2021, and the Company recorded this estimated amount in its consolidated financial statements as of December 31, 2020.


Direct Connect

In December 2018, the Company acquired a merchant portfolio for $44.8 million from Direct Connect Merchant Services, LLC. The purchase price included cash contingent consideration of up to approximately $7.3 million, determinable over a period that ended on December 31, 2019. At December 31, 2019, the Company determined that it did not owe the contingent consideration.

Asset Assignments and Contributions

Merchant Portfolio Rights and Reseller Agreement

In October 2019, the Company simultaneously entered into two agreements with another entity.  These two related agreements 1) assign to the Company certain perpetual rights to a merchant portfolio and 2) form a 5-year reseller arrangement whereby the Company will offer and sell to its customer base certain online services to be fulfilled by the other entity.  No cash consideration was paid to, or received from, the other entity at execution of either agreement.  It was not initially determinable if the Company would have to pay any amount as consideration for the merchant portfolio rights due to the provisions of the related reseller agreement. The Company does not anticipate any net losses under the two contracts. Subsequent cash payments from the Company to the other entity for the merchant portfolio rights are determined based on a combination of both: 1) the actual financial performance of the acquired merchant portfolio rights and 2) actual sales and variable wholesale costs for the online services sold by the Company under the reseller arrangement.  Prior to December 31, 2020, amounts paid to the other entity were accounted for as either 1) standard costs of the services sold by the Company under the 5-year reseller agreement or 2) consideration for the merchant portfolio rights.

At December 31, 2020, the Company believes it has accumulated the additional data and historical experience that it deems necessary in order to reasonably estimate an amount of cash that the Company believes it will ultimately have to transfer as remaining consideration for the merchant portfolio rights. Accordingly, at December 31, 2020 the Company accrued
approximately $6.2 million of estimated remaining cash consideration and additional accumulated costs for the merchant portfolio. At December 31, 2020, the Company has recorded aggregate costs, including both actual costs and estimated remaining consideration, totaling $11.1 million. As of December 31, 2019, the Company had recorded aggregate actual costs of approximately $1.1 million. Amortization expense was adjusted to reflect the new carrying value at the original purchase date. As of December 31, 2020 and 2019, accumulated amortization was $2.8 million and $0.1 million, respectively. The merchant portfolio has an estimated remaining life of 3.5 years at December 31, 2020.

The Company will continue to review its estimate of the remaining consideration to be funded and adjust the value of the intangible asset and accrual for its obligation accordingly.

eTab and Cumulus (Related Party)

In February 2019, a subsidiary of the Company, PHOT, received a contribution of substantially all of the operating assets of eTab, LLC ("eTab") and CUMULUS POS, LLC ("Cumulus") under asset contribution agreements. No material liabilities were assumed by PHOT. These contributed assets were composed substantially of technology-related assets. Prior to these transactions, eTab was 80% owned by the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. No cash consideration was paid to the contributors of the eTab or Cumulus assets on the date of the transactions. As consideration for these contributed assets, the contributors were issued redeemable preferred equity interests in PHOT. Under these redeemable preferred equity interests, the contributors are eligible to receive up to $4.5 million of profits earned by PHOT, plus a preferred yield (6% per annum) on any of the $4.5 million amount that has not been distributed to them. The Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer owns 83.3% of the redeemable preferred equity interests in PHOT. Once a total of $4.5 million plus the preferred yield has been distributed to the holders of the redeemable preferred equity interests, the redeemable preferred equity interests will cease to exist. The Company determined that the contributor's carrying value of the eTab net assets (as a common control transaction under GAAP) was not material. Under the guidance for a common control transaction, the contribution of the eTab net assets did not result in a change of entity or the receipt of a business, therefore the Company's financial statements for prior periods have not been adjusted to reflect the historical results attributable to the eTab net assets. Additionally, no material amount was estimated for the fair value of the contributed Cumulus net assets. PHOT is a part of the Company's Integrated Partners reportable segment.

Pursuant to the limited liability company agreement of PHOT, any material future earnings generated by the eTab and Cumulus assets that are attributable to the holders of the preferred equity interests will be reported by the Company as a form of non-controlling interests classified as mezzanine equity on the Company's consolidated balance sheet until $4.5 million and the preferred yield have been distributed to the holders of the preferred equity interests. Subsequent changes, if material, in the value of the NCI will be reported as an equity transaction between the Company's consolidated retained earnings (accumulated deficit) and any carrying value of the non-controlling interests in mezzanine equity. For the year ended December 31, 2020, a total of $250,000 of PHOT's earnings were attributable to the NCIs of PHOT, and this same amount was also distributed in cash to the NCIs during the same reporting period. Accordingly, there is no material amount to classify as mezzanine equity on the Company's consolidated balance sheet at December 31, 2020.

Such amounts were not material to the Company's results of operations, financial position, or cash flows for the period covering February 1, 2019 (date the assets were contributed to the Company) through December 31, 2019, and therefore no recognition of the NCI was reflected in the Company's consolidated financial statements for reporting periods prior to 2020.


Business Combinations in 2018

PayRight

In April 2018, Priority PayRight Health Solutions, LLC ("PPRHS"), a subsidiary of the Company, purchased the majority of the operating assets and certain operating liabilities of PayRight Health Solutions LLC ("PayRight"). This asset purchase was deemed to be a business under ASC 805. This purchase allowed PPRHS to gain control over the PayRight business and therefore the Company's consolidated financial statements include the financial position, results of operations, and cash flows of PayRight from the date of acquisition. PayRight utilizes technology assets to deliver customized payment solutions to the health care industry. The results of the acquired business and goodwill of $0.3 million from the transaction are being reported by the
Company as part of its Integrated Partners reportable segment. The acquisition resulted in the recognition of intangible and net tangible assets with a fair value of $0.6 million. The Company transferred total consideration with a fair value of $0.9 million consisting of: $0.5 million in cash and forgiveness of amounts owed to the Company by PayRight; $0.3 million fair value of the Company's previous equity-method investment in PayRight described in the following paragraph; and $0.1 million of other consideration. Certain PayRight sellers were provided profit-sharing rights in PayRight as non-controlling interests "NCIs"), however, based on this arrangement no losses or earnings were allocated to the NCIs for the years ended December 31, 2020, 2019 and 2018. At December 31, 2020, all of the NCIs' interest have been redeemed for amounts that were not material.

Previously, in October 2015, the Company purchased a non-controlling interest in the equity of PayRight, and prior to April 2018 the Company accounted for this investment using the equity method of accounting. At January 1, 2018, the Company's carrying value of this investment was $1.1 million. Immediately prior to PPRHS' April 2018 purchase of substantially all of PayRight's business assets, the Company's existing non-controlling investment in PayRight had a carrying value of approximately $1.1 million with an estimated fair value on the acquisition date of approximately $0.3 million. The Company recorded an impairment loss of $0.8 million during the second quarter of 2018 for the difference between the carrying value and the fair value of the non-controlling equity-method investment in PayRight. The loss is reported within Other, net in the Company's consolidated statements of operations for the year ended December 31, 2018.

RadPad and Landlord Station

In July 2018, the Company's subsidiary PRET, acquired substantially all of the operating assets of RadPad Holdings, Inc. ("RadPad") and Landlord Station, LLC ("Landlord Station"). RadPad is a marketplace for the rental real estate market. Landlord Station offers a complementary tool set that focuses on facilitation of tenant screening and other services to the fast-growing independent landlord market. These asset purchases were deemed to be a business under ASC 805. Due to the related nature of the two sets of business assets, same acquisition dates, and how the Company intends to operate them under the "RadPad" name and operating platform within PRET, the Company deemed them to be one business for accounting and reporting purposes. PRET is reported within the Company's Integrated Partners reportable segment.

Total consideration paid for RadPad and Landlord Station was $4.3 million consisting of $3.9 million in cash plus forgiveness of pre-existing debt owed by the sellers to the Company of $0.4 million. Net tangible and separately-identifiable intangible assets with an initial fair value of $2.1 million were acquired along with goodwill with an initial value of $2.2 million. During the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company received additional information about the fair values of assets acquired and liabilities assumed. Accordingly, measurement period adjustments were made to the opening balance sheet to decrease net assets acquired and increase goodwill by $0.2 million.

NCIs in PRET were issued to certain sellers of the RadPad and Landlord Station assets in the form of residual profit interests and distribution rights. However the fair value of these NCIs was deemed to not be material at time of acquisition due to the nature of the profit-sharing and liquidations provisions contained in the operating agreement for PRET. Under the terms of PRET's operating agreement, no material earnings or losses related to RadPad or Landlord Station were attributable to the NCIs for the years ended December 31, 2019 or 2018.

As disclosed in Note 2, Disposal of Business, to the consolidated financial statements, in third quarter 2020 PRET sold substantially all of its assets, composed mostly of the assets acquired from YapStone, Inc. in March 2019, to a third party. This disposal by PRET resulted in the redemptions of PRET's NCIs, including the NCIs that originated from PRET's July 2018 acquisition of the RadPad and Landlord Station assets.

Priority Payment Systems Northeast

In July 2018, the Company acquired substantially all of the operating assets of Priority Payment Systems Northeast, Inc. ("PPS Northeast"). This purchase of these net assets was deemed to be a business under ASC 805. Prior to this acquisition, PPS Northeast was an independent brand-licensed office of the Company where it developed expertise in software-integrated payment services designed to manage turnkey installations of point-of-sale and supporting systems, as well as marketing programs that place emphasis on online ordering systems and digital marketing campaigns. PPS Northeast is reported within the Company's Consumer Payments reportable segment.
Initial consideration of $3.5 million consisted of $0.5 million plus 285,117 shares of common stock of the Company with a fair value of approximately of $3.0 million. In addition, contingent consideration in an amount up to $0.5 million was deemed to have a fair value of $0.4 million at acquisition date. If earned, the seller can receive this contingent consideration in either cash or additional shares of the Company's common stock, as mutually agreed by the Company and seller, over a two-year period from the date of the acquisition. Net tangible and separately-identifiable intangible assets with an initial fair value of $2.0 million were acquired along with goodwill with an initial value of $1.9 million, including the $0.4 million estimated fair value of the contingent consideration due to the seller. Transaction costs were not material and were expensed. As of December 31, 2020, the Company has determined that it will owe no contingent consideration to the seller, and accrued contingent consideration of approximately $0.2 million was credited to the Company's statements of operations for both years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019.

Priority Payment Systems Tech Partners

In August 2018, the Company acquired substantially all of the operating assets of M.Y. Capital, Inc. and Payments In Kind, Inc., collectively doing business as Priority Payment Systems Tech Partners ("PPS Tech"). These related asset purchases were deemed to be a business under ASC 805. Due to the related nature of the two sets of business assets and how the Company intends to operate them, the Company deemed them to be one business for accounting and reporting purposes. Prior to this acquisition, PPS Tech was an independent brand-licensed office of the Company where it developed a track record and extensive network in the integrated payments and B2B marketplaces. PPS Tech is reported within the Company's Consumer Payments reportable segment.

Initial consideration of $5.0 million consisted of $3.0 million plus 190,078 shares of common stock of the Company with a fair value of approximately $2.0 million. In addition, contingent consideration in an amount up to $1.0 million was deemed to have a fair value of $0.6 million at acquisition date. If earned, the seller would have received half of any contingent consideration in cash and the other half in a number of shares of common stock of the Company equal to the portion of the earned contingent consideration payable in shares of common stock of the Company, over a two-year period from the date of acquisition. Net tangible and separately-identifiable intangible assets with an initial fair value of $2.2 million were acquired along with goodwill with an initial value of $3.4 million, including the $0.6 million estimated fair value of the contingent consideration due to the seller. Transaction costs were not material and were expensed. As of December 31, 2020, the Company has determined that it will owe no contingent consideration to the seller, and accrued contingent consideration of approximately $0.2 million and $0.4 million was credited to the Company's statement of operations for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.


Other Information

Based on their purchase prices and pre-acquisition operating results and assets, none of the business combinations consummated by the Company in 2018, as described above, met the materiality requirements for disclosure of pro-forma financial information, either individually or in the aggregate. The measurement periods, as defined by ASC 805, Business Combination ("ASC 805"), is closed for these 2018 business combinations.

Goodwill for all 2018 business combinations is deductible by the Company for income tax purposes.