Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT

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STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2020
Equity [Abstract]  
Stockholders' Deficit STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT
As disclosed in Note 1, Nature of Business and Accounting Policies, on July 25, 2018, the Company executed the Business Combination which was accounted for as a "reverse merger" between Priority Holdings, LLC and MI Acquisitions, resulting in the Recapitalization of the Company's equity. The combined entity was renamed Priority Technology Holdings, Inc.
Common and Preferred Stock

For periods prior to July 25, 2018, equity has been retroactively revised to reflect the number of shares received as a result of the Recapitalization.
The equity structure of the Company was as follows as of December 31, 2020 and 2019:
(shares in thousands) December 31, 2020 December 31, 2019
Authorized Issued Outstanding Authorized Issued Outstanding
Common stock, par value $0.001
1,000,000  67,842 67,391 1,000,000  67,512 67,061
Preferred stock, par value $0.001
100,000  —  —  100,000  —  — 
The difference between the issued and outstanding common stock at December 31, 2020 and 2019 is due to 451,224 shares of treasury stock held by the Company.

In connection with the Business Combination and Recapitalization, the following occurred in 2018:

In exchange for the 4.6 million common units of Priority Holdings, LLC, 60.1 million shares of common stock were issued in a private placement that resulted in the Company receiving approximately $49.4 million. The 60.1 million shares exclude 0.5 million shares issued as partial consideration in two business acquisitions (see Note 4, Asset Acquisitions, Asset Contributions, and Business Combinations) and includes 3.0 million shares issued in connection with the 2014 Management Incentive Plan (see Note 15, Share-Based Compensation).
Approximately 4.9 million shares of common stock were deemed to have been issued through share conversion in exchange for the publicly-traded shares of MI Acquisitions that originated from MI Acquisitions' 2016 IPO.
$2.1 million was paid to MI Acquisitions' founding shareholders (the "MI Founders") in exchange for 421,107 units and 453,210 shares of common stock held by the MI Founders. Each unit consisted of one share and one warrant of MI Acquisitions.
The MI Founders forfeited 174,863 shares of their common stock.

At December 31, 2018, the Company had 67,038,304 shares of common stock outstanding, of which: 1) 60,071,200 shares were issued in the Recapitalization through the private placement; 2) 874,317 shares were transferred to the sellers of Priority Holdings, LLC that were purchased from the MI Founders; 3) 4,918,138 shares were issued in MI Acquisitions' 2016 IPO; 4) 699,454 shares were issued to the MI Founders; and 5) 475,195 shares were issued as partial consideration for two business acquisitions. Certain holders of common stock from the private placement may be subject to holding period restrictions under applicable securities laws.

During the second quarter of 2019, the Company repurchased a total of 451,224 shares of its common stock at an average price of $5.29 per share. Total cash paid by the Company was approximately $2.4 million. The repurchases were authorized under a December 2018 resolution by the Company's board of directors, which expired during the second quarter of 2019.

Except as otherwise required by law or as otherwise provided in any certificate of designation for any series of preferred stock, the holders of the Company's common stock possess all voting power for the election of members of the Company's board of directors and all other matters requiring stockholder action and will at all times vote together as one class on all matters submitted to a vote of the Company's stockholders. Holders of the Company's common stock are entitled to one vote per share on matters to be voted on by stockholders. Holders of the Company's common stock will be entitled to receive such dividends and other distributions, if any, as may be declared from time to time by the Company's board of directors in its discretion. Since the Business Combination and Recapitalization, the Company has neither declared nor paid dividends. The holders of the Company's common stock have no conversion, preemptive or other subscription rights and there is no sinking fund or redemption provisions applicable to the common stock.

The Company is authorized to issue 100,000,000 shares of preferred stock with such designations, voting and other rights and preferences as may be determined from time to time by the board of directors. As of December 31, 2020, the Company has not issued any shares of preferred stock.

Warrants issued by MI Acquisitions

Prior to July 25, 2018, MI Acquisitions issued warrants that allow the holders to purchase up to 5,731,216 shares of the Company's common stock at an exercise price of $11.50 per share, subject to certain adjustments (5,310,109 of these warrants were designated as "public warrants" and 421,107 were designated as "private warrants"). The warrants, which survived the Business Combination, may be exercised before August 24, 2023, which is the end of the five-year period that commenced 30 days after the Business Combination of July 25, 2018. The Company has the option to redeem all (and not less than all) of the outstanding public warrants at any time from and after the warrants become exercisable, and prior to their expiration, at the price of $0.01 per warrant; provided that the last sales price of the Company's common stock has been equal to or greater than $16.00 per share (subject to adjustment for splits, dividends, recapitalizations and other similar events), for any 20 trading days within a 30 trading day period ending on the third business day prior to the date on which notice of redemption is given and
provided further that (i) there is a current registration statement in effect with respect to the shares of common stock underlying the public warrants for each day in the 30-day trading period and continuing each day thereafter until the redemption date or (ii) the cashless exercise is exempt from the registration requirements under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The warrants are classified as equity for accounting purposes.
In August 2018, the Company was informed by Nasdaq that Nasdaq intended to delist the Company's outstanding warrants and units due to an insufficient number of round lot holders for the public warrants. The Company subsequently filed a Registration Statement on Form S-4 with the SEC for the purpose of offering holders of the Company's outstanding 5,310,109 public warrants and 421,107 private warrants the opportunity to exchange each warrant for 0.192 shares of the Company's common stock. The exchange offer expired in February 2019 resulting in approximately 2.2 million warrants being tendered during 2019 in exchange for approximately 0.4 million shares of the Company's common stock plus cash in lieu of fractional shares. Nasdaq proceeded to delist the remaining outstanding warrants and units, which were comprised of one share of common stock and one warrant, from The Nasdaq Global Market at the open of business on March 6, 2019. The delisting of the remaining outstanding warrants and units had no impact on the Company's financial statements.

Purchase option issued by MI Acquisitions
Prior to July 25, 2018, a purchase option was sold to an underwriter by MI Acquisitions for consideration of $100. The purchase option, which survived the Business Combination, allows the holder to purchase up to a total of 300,000 units (each consisting of a share of common stock and a public warrant) exercisable at $12.00 per unit. The purchase option expires on August 24, 2023, which is the end of the five-year period that commenced 30 days after the Business Combination of July 25, 2018. The purchase option is classified as equity for accounting purposes. No exercises have occurred through December 31, 2020.

2018 Business Combination and Recapitalization Costs
In connection with the Business Combination and Recapitalization, the Company incurred $13.3 million in fees and expenses, of which $9.7 million of recapitalization costs were charged to Additional Paid in Capital in 2018 since these costs were less than the cash received in conjunction with the Recapitalization costs and were directly related to the issuance of equity for the Recapitalization. These costs are presented as Recapitalization costs in the accompanying consolidated statements of changes in stockholders' deficit. The remaining $3.6 million of expenses were related to the Business Combination and are presented in selling, general and administrative expenses in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations.

2018 Equity Events for Priority Holdings, LLC that Occurred Prior to July 25, 2018 (date of Business Combination)


On January 31, 2017, Priority entered into a redemption agreement with one of its minority unit holders to redeem their former Class A common membership units for a total redemption price of $12.2 million. Priority accounted for the Common Unit Repurchase Obligation as a liability because it was required to redeem these former Class A common units for cash. The liability was recorded at fair value at the date of the redemption agreement, which was equal to the redemption value. Under this agreement, Priority redeemed $3.0 million of 69,450 former Class A common units in April 2017. The remaining $9.2 million was redeemed through the January 17, 2018 redemption of 115,751 former Class A common units for $5.0 million and the February 23, 2018 redemption of 96,999 former Class A common units for $4.2 million.

In addition to the aforementioned redemptions, Priority redeemed 295,834 former Class A common units for $25.9 million on January 17, 2018 and 445,410 former Class A common units for $39.0 million on January 19, 2018. As a result of the aforementioned redemptions, Priority was 100% owned by Priority Investment Holdings, LLC and Priority Incentive Equity Holdings, LLC until July 25, 2018.
The former Class A common units redeemed in January and February 2018 were then canceled by Priority. The redemption transactions and the amended and restated operating agreement resulted in one unit-holder gaining control and becoming the majority unit holder of the Company. These changes in the equity structure of Priority were recorded as capital transactions.For the year ended December 31, 2018, Priority recorded distributions to its members of $7.1 million prior to the Business Combination.