• Filing Date: 2018-05-10
  • Form Type: 10-Q
  • Description: Quarterly report
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Principles of Consolidation and Basis of Presentation
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2018
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 Imperial Settlements Financing 2010, LLC ("ISF 2010"), an unconsolidated special purpose entity which is accounted for using the cost method of accounting. The special purpose entity has been created to fulfill specific objectives. All significant intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation, including income from services performed by subsidiary companies in connection with the White Eagle Revolving Credit Facility (as defined below), as detailed herein. Notwithstanding consolidation, as referenced above, White Eagle is the owner of 601 policies, with an aggregate death benefit of approximately $2.8 billion and an estimated fair value of approximately $566.8 million at March 31, 2018.

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 March 31, 2018 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for future periods or for the year ending December 31, 2018. These interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes thereto included in Emergent Capital's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017.

Liquidity

Historically, the Company has incurred substantial losses and reported negative cash flows from operating activities of $11.8 million for the three month period ended March 31, 2018 and $34.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2017. As of March 31, 2018, we had approximately $41.2 million of cash and cash equivalents and certificates of deposit of $1.0 million; of this amount, approximately $12.9 million is available to pay premiums on the two unencumbered policies and other overhead expenses, with approximately $28.3 million being restricted by the White Eagle Revolving Credit Facility.

The Company’s ability to continue as a going concern is dependent on its ability to meet its liquidity needs through a combination of the receipt of death benefits from life insurance policy maturities, borrowings under the White Eagle Revolving Credit Facility, strategic capital market raises, policy sales (subject to certain asset sale restrictions) and cash on hand. In considering the cash on hand at March 31, 2018, management's projections for receipt of death benefits from policy maturities, borrowings under the White Eagle Revolving Credit Facility and board member capital commitments, together with the Company’s potential internal restructuring for tax-related purposes (see Note 19, "Income Taxes" of the accompanying consolidated financial statements and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations - Critical Accounting Policies - Income Taxes"), we estimate that our liquidity and capital resources will be sufficient for the next twelve months from the date of filing this Form 10-Q.

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.

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 ended March 31, 2018 and 2017, 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 7, "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 the debt owing under the Revolving Credit Facility, the valuation of equity awards and the valuation of the conversion derivative liability formerly embedded within the Convertible Notes.