• Filing Date: 2020-07-09
  • Form Type: 10-Q
  • Description: Quarterly report
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Principles of Consolidation and Basis of Presentation
6 Months Ended
May 31, 2020
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Principles of Consolidation and Basis of Presentation
Principles of Consolidation and Basis of Presentation

The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company, all of its wholly-owned subsidiary companies and its special purpose entities, with the exception of the Deconsolidated Entities (as defined below),
White Eagle , an unconsolidated equity investment effective August 17, 2019, which is accounted for using fair value and Imperial Settlements Financing 2010, LLC ("ISF 2010"), an unconsolidated special purpose entity which is accounted for using the measurement alternative, which is measured at cost less impairment. The special purpose entity was to fulfill specific objectives. All significant intercompany balances and transactions, except those related to Lamington after November 13, 2018 to August 16, 2019 (see Note 4) have been eliminated in consolidation, including income from services performed by subsidiary companies in connection with the White Eagle Revolving Credit Facility, as detailed herein.

The unaudited consolidated financial statements have been prepared in conformity with the rules and regulations of the SEC for Form 10-Q and therefore do not include certain information, accounting policies, and footnote disclosure information or footnotes necessary for a complete presentation of financial position, results of operations and cash flows in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles. However, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals), which, in the opinion of management, are necessary for a fair presentation of the financial statements, have been included. Operating results for the three months ended May 31, 2020 and six months ended May 31, 2020 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for future periods or for the year ending November 30, 2020. These interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes thereto included in Emergent Capital's Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended November 30, 2019.

Liquidity

Historically, the Company has incurred substantial losses, which has resulted in an accumulated deficit of approximately $274.4 million as of May 31, 2020. Cash flows used in operating activities were $4.4 million for the six months ended May 31, 2020 and $6.2 million for the six months ended May 31, 2019. As of May 31, 2020, the Company had approximately $21.3 million of cash and cash equivalents and certificates of deposit of $515,000.

The Company’s ability to continue as a going concern is dependent on its ability to meet its liquidity needs through a combination of factors including but not limited to, the receipt of distributions from its investment in its equity investment in White Eagle and cash on hand.

As of the filing date of this Form 10-Q, we had approximately $20.9 million of cash and cash equivalents inclusive of certificates of deposit of $517,000. The Company's 8.5% Senior Secured Notes with outstanding principal of approximately $47.6 million becomes due on July 15, 2021. In considering our forecast for the next twelve months and the expected repayment of this debt, these facts, aggregated with the current cash balance as of the filing for this Form 10-Q, create a substantial doubt of the Company’s ability to meet its financial needs. In considering the factors above, management plans to continue to operate our business while it pursues its restructuring plan. Management expects that, in connection with its proposed restructuring, the 8.5% Senior Secured Notes may be converted into a security with a later maturity date or otherwise refinanced.

The accompanying consolidated financial statements are prepared on a going concern basis and do not include any adjustments that might result from uncertainty about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.

Reorganization and Consolidation

On November 14, 2018 (the "Petition Date"), Lamington and WEGP filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the "Bankruptcy Court"). Lamington was the limited partner and owned 99.99%, and WEGP was the general partner and owned 0.01%, of White Eagle. In its capacity as general partner, WEGP managed the affairs of White Eagle.

Lamington and its subsidiaries' (White Eagle and WEGP) filing of the Chapter 11 Cases was a reconsideration event for Emergent Capital to reevaluate whether consolidation of Lamington and its subsidiaries (White Eagle, WEGP and Lamington Road Bermuda Limited) (collectively, and with Lamington, the "Deconsolidated Entities") continued to be appropriate. Under ASC 810, Consolidation, specifically ASC 810-10-15, consolidation of a majority-owned subsidiary is precluded where control does not rest with the majority owners, for instance, where the subsidiary is in legal reorganization or bankruptcy. Accordingly, when a subsidiary files for bankruptcy, it is appropriate for the parent to deconsolidate the subsidiary. Under ASC 810, this loss of control would likely trigger a gain or loss for the parent as the parent would remeasure its retained noncontrolling investment at fair value. We assessed the inherent uncertainties associated with the outcome of the Chapter 11 reorganization process and the anticipated duration thereof, and concluded that it was appropriate to deconsolidate Lamington and its subsidiaries effective on the Petition Date.

On June 19, 2019, the Bankruptcy Court entered an order confirming the Plan of Reorganization for the Chapter 11 Cases. The Plan of Reorganization implemented the Settlement Agreement and the DIP Financing. In addition, the Plan of Reorganization provided for the payment of all other allowed third party creditor claims in full, including allowed professional fees and taxes. The effective date of the Plan of Reorganization was June 19, 2019.

On August 16, 2019, the White Eagle Revolving Credit Facility was paid in full and terminated, and additionally, payment was made to all White Eagle vendors and intercompany liabilities were contributed by Emergent. Lamington and WEGP had pledged their respective interests in White Eagle to secure its obligations under the White Eagle Revolving Credit Facility. With the termination of the facility, this pledge was released. There were no outstanding third party liabilities for either Lamington or WEGP at August 16, 2019 besides intercompany obligations to Emergent. Pursuant to ASC 810, Consolidation, management took the position that given that all third party claims had been satisfied in the case, consolidation of Lamington and WEGP as of August 17, 2019 was appropriate. However, the consummation of the transaction pursuant to the Subscription Agreement resulted in the Company being a minority owner in White Eagle. Accordingly, White Eagle was not reconsolidated but rather treated as an equity investment.

On September 16, 2019, the Bankruptcy Court entered an order and a final decree closing the White Eagle Chapter 11 Case and the Lamington WEGP cases were closed on November 25, 2019.

Related Party Relationship

Upon filing for Chapter 11 and the subsequent deconsolidation, transactions with Lamington were no longer eliminated in consolidation and are treated as related party transactions for Emergent Capital. On August 17, 2019 Lamington was reconsolidated and its transactions are eliminated in consolidation. See Note 5 "Condensed and Consolidated Financial Statements For Entities in Bankruptcy" for all transactions between Emergent Capital and Lamington while Lamington was deconsolidated.

Discontinued Operations

On October 25, 2013, the Company sold substantially all of the assets comprising its structured settlement business. As a result, the Company has discontinued segment reporting and classified its operating results of the structured settlement business, net of income taxes, as discontinued operations. The accompanying consolidated statements of operations for the three months and six months ended May 31, 2020 and May 31, 2019, and the related notes to the consolidated financial statements, reflect the classification of its structured settlement business operating results, net of tax, as discontinued operations. See Note 9, "Discontinued Operations," of the accompanying consolidated financial statements for further information. Unless otherwise noted, the following notes refer to the Company’s continuing operations.

Foreign Currency

The Company owns certain foreign subsidiary companies formed under the laws of Ireland, the Bahamas and Bermuda. These foreign subsidiary companies utilize the U.S. dollar as their functional currency. The foreign subsidiary companies' financial statements are denominated in U.S. dollars and therefore, there are no translation gains and losses resulting from translating the financial statements at exchange rates other than the functional currency. Any gains and losses resulting from foreign currency transactions (transactions denominated in a currency other than the subsidiary companies' functional currency) are included in income. These gains and losses are immaterial to the Company’s financial statements.

Use of Estimates

The preparation of consolidated financial statements, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"), requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of income and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from these estimates and such differences could be material. Significant estimates made by management include income taxes, the valuation of life settlements, the valuation of equity awards and the valuation of our investment in limited partnership.

Reclassifications

Certain reclassifications of the prior period amounts and presentation have been made to conform to the presentation for the current period. These reclassifications relate primarily to change in fair value of investment in deconsolidated subsidiaries and sublease income.