Investments in LMC
|3 Months Ended|
Mar. 31, 2020
|Investments, All Other Investments [Abstract]|
|Investments in LMC||INVESTMENT IN LMC
The Company has a ten percent ownership interest in Lordstown Motors Corp. ("LMC") with a value of $13.1 million and $12.2 million as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively. The investment was obtained pursuant to the transaction with LMC described below. During the period, the Company received additional shares as part of its anti-dilution feature with LMC, which were valued at approximately $0.9 million.
We have elected the measurement alternative allowed under generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") for our investment in LMC, which does not have a readily determinable fair value. Under the measurement alternative, we measure this investment at cost, less any impairment, plus or minus changes resulting from observable price changes in orderly transactions in an identical or similar investment in LMC.
At each reporting period, we evaluate our investment in LMC to determine if there are any events or circumstances that are likely to have a significant adverse effect on the fair value of the investment. Examples of such impairment indicators include, but are not limited to, a significant deterioration in earnings performance, recent financing rounds at reduced valuations, a significant adverse change in the regulatory, economic or technological environment of an investee or a significant doubt about an investee’s ability to continue as a going concern. If we identify an impairment indicator, we will estimate the fair value of the investment and compare it to its carrying value. Our estimation of fair value considers financial information related to the investee available to us, including valuations based on recent third-party equity investments in the investee. If the fair value of the investment is less than its carrying value, the investment is impaired and an impairment loss equal to the difference between the investment’s carrying value and its fair value is recognized under the measurement alternative.
On November 7, 2019, the Company entered into a transaction with LMC (the "LMC Transaction") pursuant to which the Company granted LMC a perpetual and worldwide license to certain intellectual property relating to the Company’s W-15 electric pickup truck platform and its related technology (the “Licensed Intellectual Property”) for consideration as described below. LMC will endeavor to, among other things, raise sufficient third-party capital for the acquisition, retrofitting, and restart of the Lordstown Assembly Complex, and the ongoing operating costs, which amounts are expected to be significant (the “Capital Raise”).
•A ten percent ownership interest in the common stock of LMC in exchange for the Company’s obligations under the License Agreement. The LMC common stock received provides the Company with anti-dilution rights for two years.
•One percent of the aggregate debt and equity commitments funded to LMC upon completion of the Capital Raise (the "Minimum Royalty"). Any amount paid to the Company from the Capital Raise is non-refundable.
•A one percent royalty on the gross sales price of the first 200,000 Vehicles sold, but only to the extent that the aggregate amount of such royalty fees exceeds the amount paid as the Royalty Advance.
•Upon completion of the Capital Raise, the Company intends to transfer approximately 6,000 existing Vehicles orders to LMC. LMC will pay a four percent commission on the gross sales price of any transferred orders fulfilled by LMC. The success of the Capital Raise is not within the Company’s control, and it therefore cannot provide assurance that it will receive the Royalty Advance or receive the projected underlying royalty from the production of Vehicles.
The consideration includes a fixed and variable component:•The fixed component consists of the ten percent ownership interest in LMC and any amounts received under the Minimum Royalty. The fair value of the LMC ownership interest received was $12.2 million.•The variable component consists of the four percent commission and the one percent royalty. Variable consideration will be recognized when each vehicle for which a royalty or commission is owed is sold.
The entire disclosure for equity method investments and joint ventures. Equity method investments are investments that give the investor the ability to exercise significant influence over the operating and financial policies of an investee. Joint ventures are entities owned and operated by a small group of businesses as a separate and specific business or project for the mutual benefit of the members of the group.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/disclosureRef