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Notes and Other Obligations

Notes and Other Obligations
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2019
Debt Disclosure [Abstract]  
Notes and Other Obligations

Note 9.  Notes and Other Obligations:


Senior Secured Convertible Promissory Notes and Warrants


On January 28, 2019, in connection with a private financing (the “Private Financing”), the Company issued the Notes, to investors (collectively, the “Investors” and each an “Investor”) for an aggregate principal amount of $3,358,333, along with Warrants for the purchase of and equal value of shares of the Company’s common stock in exchange for $3,000,000 of private financing. The Notes were convertible into shares of the Company’s common stock at any time after the issuance date, provided that at no time would the Company be required to issue shares in excess of the aggregate number of shares of its commons stock outstanding. The Notes were set to mature twelve months from date of issuance and accrue interest at a rate of 8% per annum, with twelve months of interest guaranteed. The Notes were subject to prepayment penalties, default conditions and other terms and conditions, as further defined in the Financing Agreements (the “Financing Agreements”) as disclosed in the Company’s current report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on February 1, 2019. As additional consideration for the investment, the Company issued a total of 150,000 restricted common shares to the Investors.


The Notes were convertible into shares of the common stock of the Company at a price equal to the lower of $2.00 or 80% of the lowest volume-weighted adjusted price of shares of the Company’s common stock in the twenty trading days prior to the conversion date, subject to adjustments in certain cases as defined in the Financing Agreements. Provided, however, that according to the Notes, the cumulative shares of the Company’s common stock issuable upon conversion of the Notes cannot exceed 19.99% of the total number of the Company’s outstanding common stock as of January 28, 2019. Pursuant to the Financing Agreements between the Company and the Investors, the Company granted the Investors a security interest in its assets to secure repayment of the Notes. Further to the Financing Agreements, the Company also reserved a number of shares of its common stock equal to 300% of the total number of shares issuable upon full conversion of the Notes.


Due to the complexity and number of embedded features within the Notes and as permitted under applicable accounting guidance, the Company elected to account for the Notes and all the embedded features under the fair value option, which records the Notes at fair value rather than at historical cost, with changes in fair value recorded in the condensed interim consolidated statements of operations. Direct costs and fees incurred to issue the Notes were recognized in earnings as incurred and were not deferred. On the initial measurement date of January 28, 2019, the fair value of the Notes was estimated at $6,330,726. Upfront costs and fees related to items for which the fair value option was elected were approximately $358,333 and were recorded as a component of other expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2019.


In connection with the Notes, the Company entered into registration rights agreement with the Investors. The Company filed a registration statement with the SEC covering the equity rights and any other shares issuable in connection with the Notes on March 14, 2019 and the registration statement was declared effective on April 29, 2019.


During the nine months ended September 30, 2019, holders of the Notes issued on January 28, 2019, converted 100% of the Notes into 1,813,500 shares of the Company’s common stock. The aggregate fair value of the Notes converted during the nine months ended September 30, 2019 was $10.2 million, an increase in fair value of $3.9 million, which is reflected on the interim condensed consolidated statements of operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, as change in fair value of convertible note (See Note 5 to the unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements). Accordingly, having satisfied the Notes in full, the Company’s obligations under the Notes have been cancelled.


In connection with the Private Financing, the Company also issued the Warrants to the Investors to acquire up to an aggregate of 1,908,144 shares of the Company’s common stock at an exercise price of $1.94 per share. The Warrants are exercisable by the Investors beginning on July 29, 2019, through the fifth year anniversary of the effective date of the Private Financing; provided, however, each Investor’s beneficial ownership of the Company’s common stock may not exceed 4.99% of the total outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock without first providing sixty days’ notice to the Company, and, in any event, the ownership, including beneficial ownership, of shares of the Company’s common stock by each of the Investors, shall not exceed 9.99% of the total outstanding shares of our common stock.


Tess Investment


As of March 28, 2018, Tess, a subsidiary of the Company, entered into a note purchase agreement with a private investor under which a convertible promissory note issued by Tess in the principal amount CAD $2.2 million (the “Tess Convertible Note”) and cash proceeds of CAD $2.2 million were placed into a third-party controlled escrow account. Upon the successful achievement of conditions defined under the escrow agreement relating to closing of a transaction between Tess and Cresval Capital Corp, (“Cresval”) whereby Tess and Cresval would merge as provided in the merger agreements and Tess would become publicly traded on the TSX-V exchange, the then-remaining cash and the Tess Convertible Note would be issued to Tess and the investor, respectively. The Tess Convertible Note was convertible at $0.10 per share of the merged entity, as defined, subject to certain adjustments.  On February 15, 2019, Cresval terminated its definitive agreement with Tess due to Tess’s inability to complete one of the specified closing conditions in the agreement.


The interim release consisted of CAD $1.0 million (USD $775,555) of cash released to Tess and an unsecured promissory note issued by Tess (“Tess Promissory Note”) released to the investor. The Tess Promissory Note bears interest at 5%, is unsecured and due in 2021. On August 23, 2018, the final release from escrow occurred. Tess received approximately USD $921,000, bringing the total Tess Promissory Note balance to approximately USD $1,696,000. During the nine months ended September 30, 2019, the Company’s ownership in Tess was reduced to 9% and as a result, Tess is no longer consolidated in the Company’s unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements (see Note 7).


BMSS and Other Liabilities Settlements


On February 21, 2018, the Company completed an asset purchase under an agreement (the "BMSS Purchase Agreement") with BMSS, to purchase the 3,000 AntMiner S9 bitcoin mining machines owned by BMSS Equipment (the "BMSS Equipment"). Pursuant to the BMSS Purchase Agreement, the Company purchased the BMSS Equipment for aggregate consideration of Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($8,500,000). As of June 27, 2019, in connection with the BMSS agreement, the Company owed approximately $1,340,000 of principal and interest and the Company and BMSS agreed to a one-time settlement payment totaling $950,000. The remaining $390,000 was recorded as a gain on extinguishment of notes and interest, and included in other income in the accompanying interim consolidated statement of operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2019.


During the nine months ended September 30, 2019, the Company reached agreements with certain creditors to settle the amounts of outstanding liabilities at a discount. The computed value of the modifications as compared to the liability balances were recorded as other income from the gains on extinguishment of debt. The liabilities settled excluding BMSS, during the period totaled approximately $2,082,000 in exchange for cash payments of $1,629,000, resulting in a gain of approximately $453,000 recognized in the nine months ended September 30, 2019.