Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Convertible Debt and Convertible Debt, Related Party

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Convertible Debt and Convertible Debt, Related Party
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2020
Convertible Debt And Convertible Debt Related Party [Abstract]  
Convertible Debt and Convertible Debt, Related Party

Note 10 – Convertible Debt and Convertible Debt, Related Party

 

Convertible Bridge Notes and Convertible Bridge Notes, Related Party

 

On May 15, 2019, Noble Link issued a series of secured convertible promissory notes (the “Noble Link Notes”) whereby investors provided Noble Link with $4 million to be used for the operations of Allied Esports and WPT, of which one Noble Link Note in the amount of $1 million was issued to the wife of a related party who formerly served as co-CEO of the Former Parent and a Director of Noble Link. Pursuant to the original terms of the Noble Link Notes, the Noble Link Notes accrued annual interest at 12%; provided that no interest would be payable in the event the Noble Link Notes were converted into AESE common stock, as described below. The Noble Link Notes were due and payable on the first to occur of (i) the one-year anniversary of the issuance date, or (ii) the date on which a demand for payment was made during the time period beginning on the Closing Date and ending on the date that was three (3) months after the Closing Date. As security for purchasing the Noble Link Notes, the investors received a security interest in Allied Esports’ assets (second to any liens held by the landlord of the Las Vegas arena for property located in that arena), as well as a pledge of the equity of all of the entities comprising WPT, and a guarantee of the Former Parent and BRAC. Upon the closing of the Merger, the Noble Link Notes were convertible, at the option of the holder, into shares of AESE common stock at $8.50 per share. On August 5, 2019, the Noble Link Notes were amended pursuant to an Amendment and Acknowledgement Agreement as described below.

 

Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, on the Closing Date, in addition to the $4 million of Noble Link Notes, AESE assumed $10,000,000 of the convertible debt obligations of the Former Parent (the “Former Parent Notes”; see Note 5 - Reverse Merger and Recapitalization), such that the aggregate indebtedness of the Company pursuant to the Noble Link Notes and the Former Parent Notes (collectively, the “Bridge Notes”) is $14 million. The Bridge Notes bear interest at 12% per annum. Pursuant to the Amendment and Acknowledgement agreement discussed below, the Former Parent Notes are also secured by all property and assets owned by AESE and its subsidiaries. No interest is payable in connection with the Notes if the Notes are converted into shares of AESE common stock.

 

Pursuant to an Amendment and Acknowledgement Agreement dated August 5, 2019 (the “Amendment and Acknowledgement Agreement”), the Bridge Notes were amended such that the Bridge Notes matured on August 23, 2020 (the “Maturity Date”). The Bridge Notes were convertible into shares of AESE common stock at any time between the Closing Date and the Maturity Date at a conversion price of $8.50 per share. Further, the minimum interest to be paid under each Note shall be the greater of (a) 18 months of accrued interest at 12% per annum; or (b) the sum of the actual interest accrued plus 6 months of additional interest at 12% per annum. In the event of default, the Bridge Notes shall become immediately due and payable upon the written notice of the holder.

 

Pursuant to the note purchase agreements entered into by the purchasers of the Bridge Notes (the “Noteholders” and such agreements, the “Note Purchase Agreements”), upon the consummation of the Merger, each Noteholder received a five-year warrant to purchase their proportionate share of 532,000 shares of AESE common stock at an exercise price of $11.50 per share. In addition, pursuant to the Note Purchase Agreements, Noteholders are each entitled to their proportionate share of 3,846,153 shares of AESE common stock if such Noteholder’s Note is converted into AESE common stock and, at any time within five years after the date of the closing of the Mergers, the last exchange-reported sale price of AESE common stock is at or above $13.00 for thirty (30) consecutive calendar days (the “Contingent Consideration”). The relative fair value of the warrants and the Contingent Consideration of $114,804 and $152,590, respectively, was recorded as debt discount and additional paid in capital.

 

On April 29, 2020, the Company and a holder of a $5,000,000 Bridge Note (the “Noteholder”), entered into a Secured Convertible Note Modification and Conversion Agreement (the “Amendment 1”), pursuant to which the Noteholder converted $2,000,000 of the principal amount of its $5,000,000 Bridge Note into 1,250,000 shares of the Company’s common stock at a reduced conversion price of $1.60 per share. On May 22, 2020, the Company and the Noteholder entered into a Secured Convertible Note Modification and Conversion Agreement No. 2 (“Amendment 2”), pursuant to which the remaining principal amount of the $5,000,000 Bridge Note ($3,000,000) was converted into 2,142,857 shares of the Company’s common stock at a reduced conversion price of $1.40 per share. Further, pursuant to Amendment 1 and Amendment 2, interest on the $5,000,000 principal owed to the Noteholder prior to conversion will continue to accrue through the maturity date as if the principal amount had not been converted. Minimum accrued interest payable pursuant to Amendment 2 in the amount of $1,421,096 (the “Accrued Interest”) is payable on or before the maturity date. No Contingent Consideration Shares were issued in connection with the conversion since the requirements for issuance were not met.

 

On June 8, 2020, the Company and the Noteholder entered into Secured Convertible Note Modification Agreement No. 3 (“Amendment 3” and together with Amendment 1 and Amendment 2, the “Amendments”). Pursuant to Amendment 3, the Accrued Interest was converted into principal under the Noteholder’s Bridge Note (the “Amended Bridge Note”). See Note 11 - Bridge Note Payable for additional details.

 

The Company recorded a conversion inducement charge of $5,247,531 as a result of the Amendments, consisting of $4,998,845 representing the value of common stock issued upon conversion in excess of the common stock issuable under the original terms of the $5,000,000 Bridge Note, and $248,686, representing the excess of minimum interest payable pursuant to Amendment 3 over the interest payable pursuant to the original terms of the $5,000,000 Bridge Note.

 

On June 8, 2020, the Company paid cash of $8,670,431 in satisfaction of principal in the amount of $7,000,000 and interest in the amount of $1,670,431 owed in connection with other Bridge Notes. Further, on June 8, 2020, the Company and the holders (the “Extending Bridge Noteholders”) of the two remaining Bridge Notes outstanding in the aggregate principal amount of $2,000,000 (together, the “Extended Bridge Notes”), of which principal in the amount of $1,000,000 is owed to the spouse of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and Director, entered into a Secured Convertible Note Modification (Extension) Agreement with the Company (together, the “Bridge Note Extensions”) pursuant to which, among other things, the Extending Bridge Noteholders agreed to extend the maturity date of their respective Extended Bridge Notes until February 23, 2022. Interest on the Extended Bridge Notes will continue to accrue at 12.0% per year and may be prepaid without penalty. The remaining provisions of the Extended Bridge Notes remain unchanged and in effect. The Extended Bridge Notes are secured by the WPT business. Accordingly, it will be necessary to pay-off the Extended Bridge Notes and the related interest payable upon the closing of the Sale Transaction. Hence, the Extended Bridge Notes and the related accrued interest have been classified as current liabilities as of December 31, 2020.

 

On August 13, 2020, the Company paid in cash an aggregate of $425,096 related to interest payable on the Extended Bridge Notes, such that the balance of principal and interest outstanding under the Extended Bridge Notes as of December 31, 2020 is $2,000,000 and $85,870, respectively.

 

The Company recorded interest expense of $1,433,054 (including amortization of debt discount of $ $166,384) related to the Convertible Bridge Notes and the Extended Bridge Notes during the year ended December 31, 2020 and recorded interest expense of $1,081,401 (including amortization of debt discount of $101,011 and excluding interest of $115,726 recorded on the books of WPT and included in net income (loss from discontinued operations), respectively, during the year ended December 31, 2019. As of December 31, 2020, all debt discount on the Convertible Bridge Notes and Extended Bridge Notes has been fully amortized.

 

Senior Secured Convertible Notes

 

On June 8, 2020, pursuant to a securities purchase agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) between the Company and certain accredited investors (the “Investors”), the Company issued two senior secured convertible notes (the “Senior Notes”) with an aggregate principal balance of $9,600,000 and immediately vested five-year warrants to purchase an aggregate 1,454,546 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $4.125 per share for net cash proceeds of $9,000,000. The Senior Notes are secured by the assets of the Company, bear interest at 8% per annum and mature on June 8, 2022, with an aggregate of $1,536,000 of interest guaranteed to be paid to the Investors. The Purchase Agreement contains customary representations and warranties, and the Company agreed it would not take on additional debt from third parties without the Investors’ written approval, subject to certain exceptions for ordinary course trade debt. The Company also agreed to use 35% of the proceeds from future financings in excess of $3 million (or $5 million if approved by the Investors) to pay down the outstanding balance on the Loan. The Company reserves its rights under the Purchase Agreement to consummate, subject to certain exceptions, a debtor or equity offering of up to $5 million in the future.

 

The Senior Notes’ principal and two years of interest are payable in equal monthly installments (the “Monthly Redemption Payment”), commencing on August 7, 2020. Each Monthly Redemption Payment may be paid at the Company’s option in cash, or in shares of common stock (the “Stock Settlement Option”) at a price equal to 87% of the lowest daily volume weighted average price in the 10 days prior to the scheduled payment date (the “Stock Settlement Price”), provided that (i) the Company gives thirty days written irrevocable notice prior to the Monthly Redemption Payment (the “Monthly Redemption Notice”), (ii) all amounts due have been paid timely, (iii) there are sufficient number of authorized shares available to be issued, (iv) the Investors do not possess any material non-public information at the time the Company issues the common stock, and (v) the Company’s shares have met certain minimum volume and closing price thresholds. The Stock Settlement Price cannot be lower than $0.734 per share. Monthly Redemption Payments paid in cash require the payment of a 10% premium in addition to the monthly installment.

 

Each Investor may accelerate up to four Monthly Redemption Payments in any calendar month and may elect to have such accelerated Monthly Redemption Payments paid in shares of the Company’s common stock at the Stock Settlement Price of the contemporaneous or immediately prior Monthly Redemption Payment, instead of in cash.

 

The Senior Notes are convertible at each Investor’s option, in whole or in part, and from time to time, into shares of the Company’s common stock (the “Holder Conversion Option” and together, with the Stock Settlement Option, the “ECOs”) at $3.30 per share (subject to adjustment to convert at the same price as any subsequent issuances of Company common stock at a lower issuance price, subject to certain exceptions) (the “Holder Conversion Price”); provided, however, that the parties may not affect any such conversion that would result in an Investor (together with its affiliates) owning in excess of 4.99% of the number of shares of the Company’s common stock outstanding immediately after giving effect to the conversion (the “Beneficial Ownership Limitation”). Each Investor, upon notice to the Company, may elect to increase or decrease its Beneficial Ownership Limitation, provided that the Beneficial Ownership Limitation may not exceed 9.99%. The Company determined that the ECOs contained a beneficial conversion feature (“BCF”) in the amount of $523,636, which was credited to additional paid in capital.

 

Upon the issuance of the Senior Notes, the Company recorded a debt discount at issuance in the aggregate amount $6,296,556, consisting of (i) the $600,000 difference between the aggregate principal amount of the Senior Notes and the cash proceeds received, (ii) the relative fair value of the warrants of $1,205,959 (which were credited to additional paid in capital), (iii) two years’ guaranteed interest of $1,536,000 (credited to interest payable), (iv) the BCF of $523,636 (credited to additional paid in capital), (v) non-cash interest in the amount of $1,664,000, representing the difference between the anticipated issuance date fair value of common stock issued and the Stock Settlement Price, for Monthly Redemption Payments (credited to interest payable), and (vi) financing costs of $766,961. The debt discount is being amortized using the effective interest method over the term of the Senior Notes. During year ended December 31, 2020, the Company recorded amortization of debt discount of $2,854,649, related to the Senior Notes, and recorded an extinguishment loss of $3,438,261 in connection with the extinguishment of Senior Notes resulting from accelerated Monthly Redemption Payments. Debt discount in the amount of $3,646 remains to be amortized as of December 31, 2020.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2020, the Company issued 9,678,840 shares of its common stock, as Monthly Redemption Payments in satisfaction of aggregate amount of $9,018,182 of principal and $1,442,909 of interest payable owed on the Senior Notes as well as $1,563,151 of non-cash interest accrued on the Senior Notes. Of the 9,678,840 shares issued, 7,299,215 shares were issued in connection with accelerated Monthly Redemption Payments in the aggregate amount of $7,930,182 (representing $6,836,364 and $1,093,818 of principal and interest, respectively). The Company recorded additional non-cash interest expense in the amount of $1,193,849 in connection with Monthly Redemption Payments during the year ended December 31, 2020. As of December 31, 2020, gross principal and guaranteed interest of $581,818 and $93,091, respectively, remained outstanding on the Senior Notes. The balance of non-cash interest accrued on the Senior Notes is $100,848 as of December 31, 2020. On January 2, 2021, 529,383 shares were issued in full satisfaction of the remaining principal and interest outstanding on the Senior Notes.