Commitments & Contingencies
|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2022
|Commitments & Contingencies [Abstract]|
|Commitments & Contingencies||
NOTE 8 – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
As of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, Pineapple Energy had $3,000,000 and $7,500,000, respectively, in a loan payable to Hercules Capital, Inc. (“Hercules”) under a loan and security agreement (the “Term Loan Agreement”). This loan accrues interest at 10%, payable-in-kind and was initially due and payable on December 10, 2023. There are no financial covenants associated with this loan. This loan was used to acquire fixed assets, inventory, and intangible assets of Sungevity in an asset acquisition in December 2020. As the transaction did not involve the exchange of monetary consideration, the assets were valued at the Company’s most reliable indication of fair value, which was debt issued in consideration for the assets. Accordingly, Pineapple Energy assessed the fair market value of the debt instrument at $4,768,000 at the asset acquisition date (a non-recurring Level 3 fair value input). The Company initially accreted the value of the debt over its life at a discount rate of approximately 25%.
On December 16, 2021, the Term Loan Agreement was amended, whereby the maturity date was extended to December 31, 2024, subject to various prepayment criteria. In addition, the amendment provided that $4,500,000 plus all accrued and unpaid interest and expenses were to be repaid upon closing of the merger and receipt of the PIPE funds, with the remaining principal to be paid upon the loan maturity date.
The amendment represented a modification to the loan agreement with the existing lender as both the original loan agreement and the amendment allow for immediate prepayment and the Company passed the cash flow test. At December 31, 2021, the combined loan and accrued interest balance was $6,194,931. The balance at September 30, 2022, after giving effect to the $5,557,000 payment of principal and accrued interest on March 29, 2022, was $1,257,038. A new
effective interest rate of approximately 52.9% was established during the first quarter of 2022 based on the carrying value of the revised cash flows.
Interest and accretion expense was $151,024 and $618,983 for three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, respectively, and $266,473 and $995,743 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, respectively. The loan is collateralized by all of Pineapple Energy’s personal property and assets.
Working Capital Note
On January 8, 2021, Pineapple Energy and Hercules, as agent for itself and the lenders, entered into a Working Capital Loan and Security Agreement (the “Working Capital Agreement”) for a working capital loan in the maximum principal amount of $500,000. The lenders, Hercules and Northern Pacific Growth Investment Advisors, LLC, made working capital loan commitments of $400,000 and $100,000, respectively. Northern Pacific Growth Investment Advisors, LLC is an affiliate of Northern Pacific Group, which controls Lake Street Solar, LLC, a then-member of Pineapple Energy. Borrowings under the Working Capital Agreement bore interest at 10.00% per annum with interest compounded daily and payable monthly. At December 31, 2021, the balance outstanding on the working capital loan was $350,000. The working capital loan had an initial maturity date of January 7, 2022 and was collateralized by all of Pineapple Energy’s assets. The Working Capital Agreement included provisions relating to the mandatory and optional conversion of the underlying loan amount into equity of the Company under certain circumstances. In the case of either a mandatory or optional conversion of the Hercules working capital loan, the working capital loan of Northern Pacific Growth Investment Advisors, LLC, including all accrued and unpaid interest, would be immediately due and payable. On December 16, 2021, an amendment to the Working Capital Agreement was executed that extended the maturity date to December 31, 2022 and added an additional mandatory conversion provision. In the event that, on or before the maturity date, Pineapple Energy consummated the merger, then immediately prior to the consummation of the merger, the working capital loan and all accrued and unpaid interest and expenses thereon would automatically convert into Class C Units of Pineapple Energy calculated based on one Class C Unit being issued for every $2.00 to be converted. The conversion option under the amendment was considered clearly and closely related to the host contract. During the first three months of 2022, Pineapple Energy borrowed an additional $150,000 and had $500,000 outstanding prior to the merger on March 28, 2022. Immediately prior to the merger on March 28, 2022, the $500,000 outstanding loan balance was converted to 250,000 Class C Units, which upon close of the merger were converted into 62,500 shares of Company common stock.
Interest expense was $0 and $13,977 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, respectively, and was $7,402 and $9,221 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, respectively.
Related Party Payables
During December 2020, Pineapple Energy incurred acquisition-related costs and accrued a payable totaling $2,350,000, with $2,000,000 due to one then-member and $350,000 to another then-member. Under the Term Loan Agreement, this $2,350,000 in related party payables was subordinate to the payment to Hercules of the amounts due under the Term Loan Agreement and could only be repaid under certain conditions, including the requirement that no obligations were outstanding under the Term Loan Agreement and Pineapple Energy or its subsidiaries had closed on an equity transaction generating at least $30 million in proceeds.
On December 16, 2021, the then-members signed subscription agreements where the then-members agreed, in consideration for the full cancellation of the accrued payables, to convert the accrued payables into convertible promissory notes of Pineapple Energy, effective immediately prior to the consummation of the merger. The convertible promissory notes automatically converted into 1,175,000 Class C Units of Pineapple Energy after issuance of the convertible note to the then-members and immediately prior to the consummation of the merger. This conversion option was considered clearly and closely related to the host contract and the payables were converted to 1,175,000 Class C Units of Pineapple Energy immediately prior to the merger, which upon close of the merger were converted into 293,750 shares of the Company’s common stock.
During the first quarter of 2022, the two lawsuits that were filed on behalf of purported CSI shareholders relating to the Registration Statement on S-4 that we filed on November 12, 2021 (the “Registration Statement”) in connection with the merger, among other matters, were voluntarily dismissed. The first complaint was filed on December 13, 2021 by Bashir Rivera in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and is captioned Rivera v. Communications Systems, Inc., et al., No. 1:21-cv-10637-NRB. The second complaint was filed on December 28, 2021 by Allen Chaidez in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and is captioned Chaidez v. Communications Systems, Inc., et al., No. 1:21-cv-07155-MKB-VMS. The Rivera action was voluntarily dismissed on February 24, 2022. The Chaidez action was voluntarily dismissed on March 24, 2022. As of September 30, 2022, there were no material legal proceedings pending relating to the Registration Statement.
In the ordinary course of business, the Company is exposed to legal actions and claims and incurs costs to defend against these actions and claims. Company management is not aware of any outstanding or pending legal actions or claims that could materially affect the Company’s financial position or results of operations.
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