Variable Interest Entity
|12 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2022
|Variable Interest Entity, Measure of Activity [Abstract]|
|Variable Interest Entity||
Note 4: Variable Interest Entity
On June 14, 2021 (the “Execution Date”), the Company agreed to acquire 100% of the outstanding membership interests in Salomon Whitney LLC, a New York limited liability company d/b/a SW Financial (“SW Financial”), for approximately $7.0 million. SW Financial is a broker-dealer that is registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), as SEC #8-67688, and with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”), having Central Registration Depository #145012.
On the Execution Date, SW Affiliated Holdings LLC, a Nevada limited liability company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company (the “Purchaser”), entered into a definitive Membership Interest Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with Angia Holdings LLC, a New York limited liability company (the “Seller”), and SW Financial. Pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, the Purchaser agreed to acquire from the Seller all of the outstanding membership interests (the “Units”) in SW Financial on the following terms:
The closing (the “Closing”) of the acquisition of the Remaining Units by the Purchaser is subject to customary conditions, including, approval by FINRA. On the Execution Date, the Purchaser and the Seller entered into an amended and restated operating agreement (the “Operating Agreement”) of SW Financial that governs the management of SW Financial from and after the Effective Date.
On the Execution Date, the two principals of the Seller entered into employment agreements with SW Financial. Each employment agreement provides that each principal shall be entitled to, among other things, an annual base salary, a cash bonus equal to a specified percentage of SW Financials’ annual adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, and amortization for a specified period, and severance benefits if an employee is terminated without cause, contingent upon the relevant principal agreeing to a general release of claims in favor of SW Financial following termination of employment in certain circumstances. Each employment agreement also contains confidentiality, non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disparagement provisions.
The Company determined that SW Financial should be accounted for as a VIE because the equity holder lacks the power to direct the activities that most significantly impact SW Financial's economic performance. This conclusion is based upon SW Financial’s amended and restated operating agreement for which the Company has representation for three of five board members, which conveys to the Company all significant operating decisions and responsibilities. In addition, the purchase price is fixed at $7.0 million and if FINRA does not approve, the Company has the ability to reapply for approval as well as sell the company. In the event of a sale, the Company is entitled to all proceeds and therefore bares the risk and reward of SW Financial. As such, the Company determined that it is the primary beneficiary of SW Financial as it has both the power to direct the activities that most significantly impact SW Financial’s economic performance and the obligation to absorb profits and/or losses of SW Financial that could potentially be significant to SW Financial.
SW Financial meet’s the definition of a business as per FASB Topic ASC 810, Consolidation (Topic 810) ("ASC 810"), and therefore the Company applied the guidance in ASC 810 for initial consolidation of a VIE that is a business when consolidating SW Financial’s financial statements for the years ended September 30, 2022 and 2021.
Under the purchase price allocation, the Company recognized goodwill of approximately $3.7 million, which is calculated as the excess of both the consideration exchanged and liabilities assumed as compared to the fair value of the identifiable assets acquired. The values assigned to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed are based on their estimates of fair value available as of June 14, 2021 as calculated by a third-party appraisal firm. The table below outlines the purchase price allocation of the purchase for SW Financial to the acquired identifiable assets, liabilities assumed and goodwill (in $000’s):
Goodwill arising from the acquisition is expected to be fully deductible for tax purposes.
The assets acquired and liabilities assumed were classified within the fair value hierarchy table below in accordance with our fair value measurements policy (see Note 2).
As of September 30, 2022, the Company has withdrawn its application for FINRA approval, and is assessing its strategic options going forward. The balance of the additional $1.0 million due to the Seller, as discussed above, was paid in January 2021, per mutual agreement between the Company and the Seller.
The entire disclosure for a variable interest entity (VIE), including but not limited to, judgments and assumptions in determining whether to consolidate and in identifying the primary beneficiary, gain (loss) recognized on the initial consolidation of the VIE, terms of arrangements, amounts and classification of the VIE's assets and liabilities, and the entity's maximum exposure to loss.
Reference 1: http://fasb.org/us-gaap/role/ref/legacyRef