Commitments and Contingencies
|3 Months Ended|
Mar. 31, 2023
|Commitments and Contingencies [Abstract]|
|Commitments and Contingencies||
NOTE 9 – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
As of March 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022, Pineapple Energy had $3,000,000 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 March 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022, the combined loan and accrued interest balance was $1,619,343 and $1,428,685,
respectively. 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 $190,658 and $336,405 for three months ended March 31, 2023 and 2022, 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% 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 months ended March 31, 2023 and 2022, 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.
SUNation Short-Term and Long-Term Notes
As discussed in Note 3, Business Combinations, the Company entered into Short-Term and Long-Term Notes in connection with the SUNation Acquisition on November 9, 2022. The $5,000,000 Short-Term Note is secured as described below and matures on August 9, 2023. It carries an annual interest rate of 4% until the three-month anniversary
of issuance, 8% thereafter until the six-month anniversary of issuance, then 12% thereafter until the Short-Term Note is paid in full. The $5,486,000 Long-Term Note is unsecured and matures on November 9, 2025. It carries an annual interest rate of 4% until the first anniversary of issuance, then 8% thereafter until the Long-Term Note is paid in full. The Company will be required to make a principal payment of $2.5 million on the second anniversary of the Long-Term Note. As the debt was part of the SUNation purchase price allocation, the Company assessed the fair market value of the debt instrument at $4,830,533 at the asset acquisition date (a non-recurring Level 3 fair value input). The Company accretes the value of the debt over its life at a discount rate of approximately 11.2%. Both the Short-Term Note and Long-Term Note may be prepaid at the Company’s option at any time without penalty.
Pursuant to the Pledge Agreement, the Short-Term Note is secured by a pledge by the Company and Merger Sub of the equity of SUNation purchased under the Transaction Agreement. While the Short-Term Note remains outstanding, the Company also agrees to certain negative covenants with respect to the operation of SUNation, including limits on distributions, the incurrence of indebtedness, imposition of liens, and sales of assets outside the ordinary course of business. If Sellers exercise their remedies under the Pledge Agreement (due to an event of default by the Company under the Short-Term Note or the Pledge Agreement), Sellers would be able to recover the pledged equity of the acquired companies and the Company’s remaining obligations under the Short-Term Note and the Long-Term Note would be cancelled in their entirety and would be of no further force and effect. The Company’s obligations to make any Earnout payment under the Transaction Agreement would also be terminated. The Pledge Agreement will automatically terminate upon the payment of all amounts due under the Short-Term Note.
The balances of the Short-Term Note and Long-Term Note recorded at March 31, 2023 was $5,107,156 and $5,037,791, respectively. The balances of the Short-Term Note and Long-Term Note recorded at December 31, 2022 was $5,057,299 and $4,917,879, respectively. Interest and accretion expense related to the notes totaled $250,347 and $0 for the three months ended March 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively.
The Company acquired various equipment loan agreements through its SUNation Acquisition. These loans are secured by machinery and equipment and expire at various dates through February 2029 with interest rates ranging from 4.5 to 9.7% per annum. The balance for the equipment loans recorded at March 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022 was $359,687 and $168,184, respectively. Interest expense was $616 and $0 for the three months ended March 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively.
Through the SUNation Acquisition, the Company acquired a promissory note with a former shareholder and member of SUNation through a buyout agreement. The promissory note includes monthly payments of principal and interest at an annual rate of 3.25%. The promissory note matures on March 1, 2031. The balance for the promissory note recorded at March 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022 was $1,836,551 and $1,887,616, respectively. Interest expense was $15,337 and $0 for the three months ended March 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively.
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.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
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