UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 


 

FORM 8-K/A

 


 

CURRENT REPORT

PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 30, 2018

 


 

FOCUS FINANCIAL PARTNERS INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 


 

Delaware

 

001-38604

 

47-4780811

(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation or organization)

 

(Commission File Number)

 

(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

 

825 Third Avenue, 27th Floor
New York, NY

 

10022

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (646) 519-2456

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

o            Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

o            Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

o            Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

o            Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

 

x          Emerging growth company

 

x          If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

 

 

 


 

Explanatory Note

 

On December 6, 2018, Focus Financial Partners Inc. (the “Company”) filed a Current Report on Form 8-K (the “Original 8-K”) to report that the Company had completed its previously announced acquisition of Loring Ward Holdings Inc. (“Loring Ward”) through a merger of a newly-formed, wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company with and into Loring Ward (the “Merger”). This Amendment to Current Report on Form 8-K/A (the “Amendment”) is being filed to amend the Original 8-K, the sole purpose of which is to provide the financial statements and pro forma information required by Item 9.01, which were excluded from the Original 8-K and are filed as exhibits hereto and are incorporated herein by reference. All other items in the Original 8-K remain the same and are hereby incorporated by reference into the Amendment.

 

Item 9.01                   Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(a)         Financial Statements of Business Acquired

 

The Consolidated Financial Statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2017, and the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements as of and for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, and the related notes thereto, for Loring Ward and subsidiaries are filed as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and incorporated herein by reference.

 

(b)         Pro Forma Financial Information

 

The following Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Consolidated Financial Information of the Company to give effect to the Merger and related transactions is filed as Exhibit 99.2 to this Amendment and incorporated herein by reference:

 

·                  Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations for the year ended December 31, 2017;

 

·                  Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet as of September 30, 2018; and

 

·                  Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2018.

 

(d)         Exhibits

 

Exhibit No.

 

Description

23.1

 

Consent of KPMG LLP

 

 

 

99.1

 

Consolidated Financial Statements of Loring Ward Holdings Inc. and Subsidiaries as of and for the Year Ended December 31, 2017 and Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements as of and for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018 and 2017

 

 

 

99.2

 

Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Consolidated Financial Information of Focus Financial Partners Inc.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

 

FOCUS FINANCIAL PARTNERS INC.

 

 

 

By:

/s/ J. Russell McGranahan

 

 

J. Russell McGranahan

 

 

General Counsel

 

 

Date: February 7, 2019

 

 

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Exhibit 23.1

 

Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

We consent to the incorporation by reference in the registration statement (No. 333-226446) on Form S-8 of Focus Financial Partners Inc. of our report dated May 31, 2018, with respect to the consolidated balance sheet of Loring Ward Holdings Inc. and subsidiaries as of December 31, 2017, and the related consolidated statements of income, changes in stockholders’ equity, and cash flows for the year then ended, and the related notes, which report appears in the Form 8-K/A of Focus Financial Partners Inc. dated February 7, 2019.

 

/s/ KPMG LLP

 

 

 

San Francisco, California

 

February 7, 2019

 

 


EXHIBIT 99.1

 

LORING WARD HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

 

Consolidated Financial Statements

 

December 31, 2017

 

(With Independent Auditors’ Report Thereon)

 

1


 

Independent Auditors’ Report

 

The Board of Directors

Loring Ward Holdings Inc.:

 

We have audited the accompanying consolidated financial statements of Loring Ward Holdings Inc. and its subsidiaries (the Company), which comprise the consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2017, and the related consolidated statements of income, changes in stockholders’ equity, and cash flows for the year then ended, and the related notes to the consolidated financial statements.

 

Management’s Responsibility for the Financial Statements

 

Management is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of these consolidated financial statements in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles; this includes the design, implementation, and maintenance of internal control relevant to the preparation and fair presentation of consolidated financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.

 

Auditors’ Responsibility

 

Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements based on our audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements are free from material misstatement.

 

An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditors’ judgment, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the consolidated financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal control relevant to the entity’s preparation and fair presentation of the consolidated financial statements in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the entity’s internal control. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of significant accounting estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the consolidated financial statements.

 

We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion.

 

Opinion

 

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Loring Ward Holdings Inc. and its subsidiaries (the Company) as of December 31, 2017, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

 

/s/ KPMG LLP

 

San Francisco, California

May 31, 2018

 

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LORING WARD HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Balance Sheet
December 31, 2017

 

Assets

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

9,975,135

 

Accounts receivable

 

4,570,308

 

Prepaid expenses

 

1,775,119

 

Deposits and other current assets

 

551,651

 

Investments in mutual funds

 

423,342

 

Notes receivable, short-term

 

81,164

 

Total current assets

 

17,376,719

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed assets, net

 

2,506,376

 

Notes receivable, long-term

 

1,124,290

 

Deferred tax assets, net

 

557,367

 

Intangible assets

 

299,320

 

Total assets

 

$

21,864,072

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

 

$

7,701,552

 

Notes payable, current

 

4,000,000

 

Total current liabilities

 

11,701,552

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred rent

 

2,687,147

 

Notes payable, long-term

 

46,000,000

 

 

 

60,388,699

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity:

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

9,620

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

1,248,413

 

Treasury stock, 46,000 shares at cost

 

(1,726,300

)

Retained earnings

 

(38,056,360

)

Total stockholders’ equity

 

(38,524,627

)

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

21,864,072

 

 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

3


 

LORING WARD HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statement of Income
Year ended December 31, 2017

 

Revenues:

 

 

 

Wealth management fees

 

$

45,309,548

 

Service and administration fees

 

15,673,513

 

Brokerage commissions

 

275,176

 

Change in unrealized gain on investments in mutual funds

 

47,039

 

 

 

61,305,276

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses:

 

 

 

Compensation and benefits

 

22,231,699

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

21,286,039

 

Depreciation of fixed assets

 

1,153,647

 

Amortization of intangible assets

 

53,000

 

 

 

44,724,385

 

Operating income

 

16,580,891

 

 

 

 

 

Other income (expense):

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

(2,406,452

)

Interest and dividend income

 

108,194

 

Capital gains

 

413,638

 

Income from continuing operations before income taxes

 

14,696,271

 

 

 

 

 

Income taxes

 

6,264,901

 

Income from continuing operations

 

8,431,370

 

 

 

 

 

Discontinued operations, net of tax benefit of $133,880

 

(200,959

)

Net income

 

$

8,230,411

 

 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

4


 

LORING WARD HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statement of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity
Year ended December 31, 2017

 

 

 

Common
Stock

 

Additional
Paid-In Capital

 

Treasury
Stock

 

Retained
Earnings

 

Total
Stockholders’
Equity

 

Balances, December 31, 2016

 

$

9,620

 

$

1,523,561

 

$

(1,434,250

)

$

(46,286,771

)

$

(46,187,840

)

Net income

 

 

 

 

8,230,411

 

8,230,411

 

Common stock repurchase, 2,500 shares

 

 

 

(292,050

)

 

(292,050

)

Stock option repurchase

 

 

(643,368

)

 

 

(643,368

)

Stock-based compensation

 

 

368,220

 

 

 

368,220

 

Balances, December 31, 2017

 

$

9,620

 

$

1,248,413

 

$

(1,726,300

)

$

(38,056,360

)

$

(38,524,627

)

 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

5


 

LORING WARD HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Year ended December 31, 2017

 

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

8,230,411

 

Discontinued operation, net of tax expenses

 

(200,959

)

Net income from continuing operations

 

8,431,370

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income from continuing operations to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

Depreciation of fixed assets

 

1,153,647

 

Deferred tax assets

 

1,307,522

 

Stock compensation

 

368,220

 

Amortization of intangible assets

 

53,000

 

Change in unrealized gain on investments in mutual funds

 

(47,039

)

Change in assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

 

(568,757

)

Accounts receivable

 

(28,298

)

Notes receivable

 

(1,205,454

)

Deposits and other current assets

 

131,285

 

Prepaid expenses

 

633,168

 

Deferred rent

 

(359,790

)

Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations

 

9,868,874

 

Cash provided by operating activities of discontinued operations

 

(184,096

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

9,684,778

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

Principal payments on note payable

 

(7,150,394

)

Common stock repurchases

 

(292,050

)

Stock option repurchases

 

(643,368

)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(8,085,812

)

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

Purchase of fixed assets

 

(150,255

)

Sale of intangible assets

 

741,870

 

Purchase of mutual fund shares

 

(30,000

)

Net cash provided by investing activities

 

561,615

 

Increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

2,160,581

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year

 

7,814,554

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of year

 

$

9,975,135

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental cash flow information:

 

 

 

Interest paid

 

$

2,406,452

 

Income taxes paid

 

$

4,349,007

 

 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

6


 

LORING WARD HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
December 31, 2017

 

(1)                                 Organization and Nature of Operations

 

Loring Ward Holdings Inc. (LWHI) is incorporated under the Delaware General Corporation Law. The principal activities of LWHI and its subsidiaries (the Company) consist of investment advisory services and a turnkey asset management program serving independent investment advisors, and their broker dealers and registered investment advisors in the United States. The principal operating subsidiaries of LWHI are:

 

·                  LWI Financial Inc. (LWIF) is a registered investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. LWIF receives wealth management fees for management of client funds as well as separate fees for certain service and administrative functions offered to mutual fund complexes in which LWIF invests its clients’ assets.

 

·                  Loring Ward Securities Inc. (LWSI) is a registered broker dealer under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA).

 

·                  The Wealth Management Alliance LLC (TWMA) is a registered investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.  TWMA receives wealth management fees for investment advisory, portfolio management, and financial planning services for individuals and businesses.

 

Unless otherwise indicated, information in these notes to consolidated financial statements relates to continuing operations. One of the Company’s subsidiaries, SNCB002 Inc., has been presented as discontinued. See note 15 for further details.

 

All of the subsidiaries are wholly owned by LWHI.

 

(2)                                 Significant Accounting Policies

 

(a)                                 Basis of Presentation

 

The consolidated financial statements have been prepared in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

(b)                                 Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of consolidated financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of certain assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the year. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

 

(c)                                  Principles of Consolidation

 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the accounts of LWHI and its subsidiaries. All intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

 

(d)                                 Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

The Company considers cash and cash equivalents to include cash on hand, demand deposits, and other investments with original maturities of three months or less.

 

(e)                                  Accounts Receivable

 

Accounts receivable include the Company’s outstanding wealth management and service and administrative fees at year-end and are recorded at net realizable value. There was no estimated allowance for uncollectible accounts based on the Company’s history of no material write-offs.

 

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LORING WARD HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
December 31, 2017

 

Accounts receivable also include the Company’s financial assistance loans to its employees. See note 7 for further details.

 

(f)                                   Investments in Mutual Funds

 

Investments in mutual funds can be readily purchased or sold using established markets. The Company has classified these investments as trading securities and they are carried at fair value with changes in fair value recorded in earnings. The fair value is determined based upon the published net asset values per share of the mutual funds. Realized gains and losses on investments sold are recorded on the average cost basis. For the year ended December 31, 2017, the adjustment to fair value resulted in a change in the unrealized gain totaling $47,039 being recorded. Dividend income for such securities is recorded on the ex-dividend date and interest income is recorded using the accrual method of accounting.

 

(g)                                 Fixed Assets

 

Fixed assets are recorded at cost. The cost of fixed assets is being depreciated using the following methods and useful lives:

 

Asset

 

Basis

 

Useful Life

Wealth management software

 

Straight-line

 

3 years

Office and computer equipment

 

Straight-line

 

3-10 years

Furniture and fixtures

 

Straight-line

 

3-7 years

Leasehold improvements

 

Straight-line

 

Over the shorter of the lease term or the estimated useful life

 

Expenditures for repairs and maintenance are charged to expense as incurred. The costs of major renewals and betterments are capitalized and depreciated over their estimated useful lives.

 

The cost and related accumulated depreciation of the assets are removed from the accounts upon disposition and any resulting gain or loss is reflected in the consolidated statement of income.

 

(h)                                 Intangible Assets

 

Intangible assets acquired either individually or with a group of other assets are initially recognized and measured at cost. The cost of a group of intangible assets acquired in a transaction, including those acquired in a business combination that meet the specified criteria for recognition apart from goodwill, is allocated to the individual assets acquired based on their relative fair values.

 

Intangible assets with finite useful lives are amortized over their useful lives. The amortization methods and estimated useful lives of intangible assets are reviewed annually.

 

As of December 31, 2017, the recorded intangible assets include the customer relationships associated with the assets acquired from Tribeca Advisors, LLC (Tribeca) on May 3, 2010. The intangible assets are being amortized on straight-line basis over its estimated life of 10 years.

 

(i)                                    Notes Receivable

 

Notes receivable relates to practice-acquisition financing for certain financial advisors.  They exceed one year and bear interest at a market rate based on the advisor’s credit quality and are recorded at face value.  Interest is recognized over the life of the note.  Amounts collected on notes receivable are included in net cash provided by operating activities in the consolidated statement of cash flows.

 

8


 

LORING WARD HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
December 31, 2017

 

On January 1, 2017, TWMA’s book of business acquired from Donald Bailey & Associates was sold to Charleston Investment Advisors, an unrelated party.  The total sale price was secured by a promissory note.

 

(j)                                    Revenue Recognition

 

LWIF earns wealth management fees for providing their customers with asset allocation programs. Fees based on the value of assets under management are paid at the beginning of each quarter and earned over each quarterly period. Other revenue for services and administrative fees is recognized as the services are performed.

 

LWSI earns brokerage fees and commissions on the sale of securities. Commission revenues, net of expenses, are recorded on a trade date basis.

 

TWMA earns wealth management fees for portfolio management and financial planning services.  Fees based on the value of assets under management are paid at the beginning of each quarter and earned over each quarterly period.

 

Interest income is recorded using the accrual method of accounting and dividend income is recorded on the ex-dividend date.

 

(k)                                 Income Taxes

 

The Company files consolidated U.S. federal and California state income tax returns.  LWIF is subject to income tax in various states and files accordingly.  Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the consolidated financial statements carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of change in tax rates is recognized in income in the period that includes the enactment date. Where a deferred tax asset has been recognized, a valuation allowance is established if, based on the weight of available evidence, it is more than likely that the deferred tax asset will not be realized.

 

In accordance with FASB ASC Subtopic 740-10 — Income Taxes — Overall, the Company recognizes the effect of income tax positions only if those positions are more likely than not of being sustained. Recognized income tax positions are measured at the largest amount that is greater than 50% likely of being realized. Changes in recognition or measurement are reflected in the period in which the change in judgment occurs. As of December 31, 2017, the Company has not recorded any unrecognized tax benefits.

 

In November 2015, the FASB issued ASU No. 2015-17 (ASU 2015-17) Balance Sheet Classification of Deferred Taxes, which simplifies the presentation of deferred income taxes. The new standard requires that deferred tax assets and liabilities be classified as noncurrent in a statement of financial position.  The Company early adopted ASU 2015-17 effective December 31, 2016 on a prospective basis. Adoption of this new standard resulted in the Company’s net deferred tax assets were classified as noncurrent on the consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2017.

 

In March 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-09 (ASU 2016-09) Compensation - Stock Compensation (Topic 718), which simplifies the accounting for income taxes related to stock-based compensation. The new standard is effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2017, and interim periods within those annual periods. Early adoption is permitted for any interim or annual period.  The Company is in the process of evaluating the impact of adoption on its financial statements and is not adopting for 2017.

 

9


 

LORING WARD HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
December 31, 2017

 

The U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Tax Act) was enacted on December 22, 2017 and introduces significant changes to U.S. income tax law. Effective in 2018, the Tax Act reduces the U.S. statutory tax rate from 35% to 21%, requires a remeasuring of our US deferred tax assets and liabilities (along with reassessing the net realizability of our deferred tax assets and liabilities) as of year-end 2017. The reduced tax rate generally should be favorable to the Company by resulting in increased earnings beginning in 2018.

 

(3)                                 Fixed Assets

 

Wealth management software

 

$

17,081,609

 

Computers and equipment

 

587,599

 

Furniture and fixtures

 

2,195,919

 

Leasehold improvements

 

3,823,652

 

Total fixed assets

 

23,688,779

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated depreciation

 

(21,182,403

)

Net fixed assets

 

$

2,506,376

 

 

(4)                                 Intangible Assets

 

On May 3, 2010, LWIF acquired the assets and contracted retirement consulting services of Tribeca, which was in the business of providing turn-key asset management platform services to financial advisors in the defined-contribution and defined-benefit retirement plan markets. As a result of the acquisition, LWIF’s new retirement plan service is offering a wide range of plan solutions, including 401(k), 403(b), 457(b), Profit Sharing, Defined Benefit, and 401(k)/Defined Benefit services to independent fee-based advisors in a more cost-effective manner. The fair value of the total compensation transferred was $530,000.

 

The fair value of the acquired identifiable intangible assets of $530,000 is the agreed value of the customer list in the form of a database and the existing customer relationships. Since Tribeca established its relationships with advisors through service agreements, and advisors hire Tribeca as the investment manager for fiduciary oversight on the portfolios, research/education, and portfolio management, its customer relationships with advisors meet the contractual-legal criterion.

 

These intangible assets are being amortized over 10 years period. Intangible assets as of December 31, 2017 consist of the following:

 

Customer relationships

 

$

530,000

 

Others

 

175,653

 

Accumulated amortization

 

(406,333

)

 

 

$

299,320

 

 

(5)                                 Prepaid Expenses

 

Prepaid expenses as of December 31, 2017 consist the following:

 

Tax installments

 

$

911,438

 

Other

 

863,681

 

 

 

$

1,775,119

 

 

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LORING WARD HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
December 31, 2017

 

(6)                                 Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities

 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities as of December 31, 2017 consist the following:

 

Accrued liabilities — bonus

 

$

3,347,724

 

Accrued liabilities — trade

 

2,257,273

 

Accrued liabilities — 401k

 

650,382

 

Accounts payable — trade

 

578,572

 

Accrued liabilities — vacation

 

537,355

 

Other

 

330,246

 

 

 

$

7,701,552

 

 

(7)                                 Related-Party Transactions

 

LWHI and its subsidiaries routinely engage in various financial transactions among themselves and receive credit for the collection of receivables and are charged for the settlement of liabilities through intercompany accounts. All significant intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

 

Subject to approval of the Company’s Loan Committee, the Company provides financial assistance to employees in the form of loans.  These loans bear 4% to 4.5% annual interest. As of December 31, 2017, the loan balance is $198,050 and is included in accounts receivable on the consolidated balance sheet.  Interest received on the loans is included in interest and dividend income on the consolidated income statement.  For the year ended December 31, 2017, total interest received is $18,322.

 

These transactions are in the normal course of operations and are measured at the exchange amount of consideration established and agreed to by the related parties.

 

(8)                                 Income Taxes

 

The income taxes for the year ended December 31, 2017 consists of the following:

 

Current expenses

 

$

4,823,499

 

Deferred expenses

 

1,307,522

 

 

 

$

6,131,021

 

 

The tax benefit from discontinued operations included in the total income taxes above is of $133,880.

 

Income tax from continuing operations of $6,264,901 for the year ended December 31, 2017 differs from the amounts computed by applying the U.S. federal tax rate (35%) to pretax income as a result of the following:

 

Federal statutory income tax rate

 

35.00

%

State and local income taxes, net of federal income tax benefit

 

4.27

 

Other

 

3.42

 

 

 

42.69

%

 

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LORING WARD HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
December 31, 2017

 

The tax effects of temporary differences that give rise to significant portions of the deferred tax assets and liabilities as of December 31, 2017 are presented below:

 

Deferred tax assets

 

$

708,055

 

Book expense accruals in excess of tax

 

60,989

 

State taxes

 

769,044

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred tax liabilities:

 

 

 

Tax amortization in excess of book

 

(211,677

)

Net fixed assets

 

$

557,367

 

 

The ultimate realization of deferred tax assets is dependent upon the generation of future taxable income during the periods in which temporary differences become deductible. Based on the level of historical taxable income and projections for future taxable income over the periods in which the deferred tax assets are deductible, management believes it is more likely than not that the Company will realize the benefit of these deductible differences at December 31, 2017.

 

The Company files income tax returns in the United States and various state jurisdictions.  As of December 31, 2017, the federal returns for the years ended 2014 through the current period and the California returns for the years ended 2013 through the current period are still open to examination. The Company is currently not under any income tax examinations by any tax authorities.

 

(9)                                 Employee Benefit Plans

 

The Company’s eligible employees participate in the Company’s 401k plan. Under the plan, employees can contribute up to 100% of their compensation subject to statutory limitations. During 2017, the Company contributed $598,293 to the plan and recorded expense, net of the impact of the forfeitures in the period, of $582,737.

 

(10)                          Stock Compensation Plan

 

The Company adopted a stock option plan (the “Plan”) on March 1, 2009. The Plan authorizes the board of directors of the Company to grant stock options (“Grant(s)”) from a pool of authorized but unissued shares of common stock of the Company up to 250,000 shares. A Grant may be made with an exercise price no less than the stocks’ fair value at the date of grant. All Grants have a ten-year term and vest pursuant to a five-year vesting schedule, after which point the shares become fully exercisable.

 

At December 31, 2017, there were 87,750 shares available for the Company to grant under the Plan. The grant date fair value of each Grant is estimated on the date of grant using the Black Scholes Merton option pricing model. The weighted average assumptions for 2017 are provided in the following table. The Company uses the simplified method to estimate the expected term of the option. Since the Company’s shares are not publicly traded and its shares are rarely traded privately, expected volatility is estimated based on the average historical volatility of similar entities with publicly traded shares. The risk-free rate for the expected term of the option is based on the U.S. Treasury yield curve at the date of grant. Because the Company does not anticipate paying any dividends, dividend yield was not considered in determining the fair value of the stock options.  For the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company recorded compensation expense of $368,220 related to the stock options. Stock option activity during the year indicated is as follows:

 

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LORING WARD HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
December 31, 2017

 

 

 

Number of Shares

 

Weighted
Average
Exercise Price

 

Weighted
Average
Remaining
Contractual Term

 

Balance at December 31, 2016

 

64,250

 

$

41.87

 

7.46

 

Granted

 

48,500

 

77.73

 

 

 

Forfeited

 

(8,500

)

70.63

 

 

 

Repurchased

 

(8,000

)

35.71

 

 

 

Balance at December 31, 2017

 

96,250

 

$

57.92

 

7.63

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exercisable at December 31, 2017

 

33,950

 

$

33.42

 

 

 

 

There were 48,500 shares of options granted during the year ended December 31, 2017. There were no Grants exercised during the year ended December 31, 2017.

 

(11)                          Common Stock

 

In October 2017, the Company’s board of directors approved a resolution to repurchase 2,500 shares common stock from a shareholder. The repurchase occurred on October 25, 2017 and the cost was recorded under treasury stock.

 

(12)                          Commitments and Contingencies

 

(a)                                 Lease Obligations

 

The Company conducts its operations from three leased facilities. The lease terms for the locations are eight years for the first location, 92 months for the second location, and 38 months for the third location under renewable leases.  The expiration dates are November 6, 2022, August 31, 2023, and February 28, 2018 respectively. Under GAAP all rental payments, including fixed rent increases, less any rental abatements, are recognized on a straight-line basis over the term of the lease. Lease incentives are amortized over the life of the lease on a straight-line basis as an offset to rent expense. The difference of $2,687,147 between GAAP rent expense and the actual lease payments is reflected as deferred rent in the accompanying consolidated balance sheet. Rent expense for the year ended December 31, 2017 is $1,477,951 and included in selling, general and administrative expenses in the accompanying consolidated statement of income. The Company also leases equipment. In most cases, management expects that, in the normal course of business, leases will be renewed or replaced by other leases. Future minimum lease commitments under the facility and equipment operating leases as of December 31, 2017 are as follows:

 

2018

 

$

1,838,783

 

2019

 

1,918,094

 

2020

 

1,974,251

 

2021

 

2,031,965

 

2022

 

1,924,764

 

Beyond

 

126,972

 

Total

 

$

9,814,829

 

 

(b)                                 Contingencies

 

On May 11, 2005, SNBC002 Inc. (Inactive Subsidiary) and Loring Ward International Ltd. (acquired by LWHI in 2009) and two former employees (the “Former Employees”) were named as defendants in a proceeding tracing its roots to over a decade prior whereby a former client is seeking an unspecified amount in damages. The complaint alleged negligence, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and other causes of action.

 

13


 

LORING WARD HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
December 31, 2017

 

On April 19, 2016, the court entered judgment in favor of the defendants and against the plaintiff on all claims. The plaintiff subsequently filed a notice of appeal. The Company believes that it is more likely than not that it will prevail in this litigation; and, no provision has been made in the consolidated financial statements as of December 31, 2017. In the event the judgment is reversed, the Company intends to vigorously defend the action.  Litigation by its nature is subject to uncertainties, and there can be no assurance that the Company, its affiliates, employees and former employees will be successful in obtaining a dismissal of the claims with prejudice, a satisfactory settlement or be successful in a trial on the merits. If the Company is not successful in refuting the appeal, it could be subject to the expense and burden of an extended trial process and a potentially adverse result in a trial, either of which could have a material adverse effect upon the Company.

 

(13)                          Debt

 

(a)                                 Line of Credit

 

In January 2015, the Company entered into a $3,000,000 variable rate revolving line of credit to provide short-term working capital with a variable interest rate equal to Prime Rate as published in the Wall Street Journal plus 0.5%. This line of credit expired on February 10, 2018.

 

(b)                                 Long-term Note Payable

 

In January 2016, the Company’s board of directors approved a resolution to repurchase all outstanding class A convertible preferred shares for an amount equivalent to issuance price and to pay the repurchase price by issuing an unsecured nonconvertible promissory note of $64,500,660.  The note bears simple interest at a rate of 4.5% payable quarterly with minimum quarterly principal payments of $1,000,000 and matures on December 31, 2030.  The class A convertible preferred shares were subsequently retired in January 2016.  The balance due of $46,000,000 and $4,000,000 on the note at December 31, 2017 is included in long-term notes payable and current notes payable, respectively, on the consolidated balance sheet.

 

(14)                          Financial Instruments

 

(a)                                 Risk Management Activities

 

Collateral or other security to support financial instruments subject to credit risk is usually not obtained. However, the credit standing of counterparties is constantly monitored.

 

(b)                                 Fair Values

 

The Company determines fair value based on assumptions that market participants would use in pricing an asset or liability in the principal or most advantageous market. When considering market participant assumptions in fair value measurements, the following fair value hierarchy distinguishes between observable and unobservable inputs, which are categorized in one of the following levels:

 

·                  Level 1 inputs are quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that the Company has the ability to access at the measurement date.

 

·                  Level 2 inputs are inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly.

 

·                  Level 3 inputs are unobservable inputs for the asset or liability.

 

The level in the fair value hierarchy within which a fair measurement in its entirety falls is based on the lowest-level input that is significant to the fair value measurement in its entirety.

 

14


 

LORING WARD HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
December 31, 2017

 

The following tables present the placement in the fair value hierarchy of assets that are measured at fair value on a recurring basis at December 31, 2017:

 

 

 

Level 1

 

Level 2

 

Level 3

 

Total

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

9,975,135

 

$

 

$

 

$

9,975,135

 

Investments in mutual funds

 

423,342

 

 

 

423,342

 

 

(15)                          Discontinued Operations

 

The Company considers an entity to be classified as discontinued operations when it meets the criteria established under guidance (ASC 205-20 Discontinued Operations) that was effective for the Company on January 1, 2016 related to reporting discontinued operations and disclosures of disposals of components of the Company. Disposals that represent a strategic shift that should have or will have a major effect on the Company’s operations and financial results qualify as discontinued operations. The results of discontinued operations are reported in discontinued operations in the consolidated statement of income for current and prior periods commencing in the period in which the business meets the criteria of a discontinued operation, and include any gain or loss recognized on closing or adjustment of the carrying amount to fair value less cost to sell.

 

The Company sold its business management businesses that were owned by SNBC002 Inc. in 2006 and reported its operating results under discontinued operations at December 31, 2006. SNCB002 Inc. remains open but inactive at December 31, 2017. The Company does not plan to dissolve SNBC002 Inc. until the pending litigation is settled.  See note 12(b).

 

The activities from the discontinued operations during the year are as follows:

 

Legal expenses

 

$

(334,220

)

Other

 

(619

)

Income/(loss) from discontinued operations

 

(334,839

)

Tax benefit

 

133,880

 

Discontinued operations, net of taxes

 

$

(200,959

)

 

(16)                          Subsequent Events

 

The Company has evaluated subsequent events from the consolidated balance sheet date through May 31, 2018, the date at which the consolidated financial statements were available to be issued, and determined there are no other items to disclose except as mentioned above.

 

15


 

LORING WARD HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

 

Nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017

 

1


 

LORING WARD HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
September 30, 2018 and 2017

 

 

 

2018

 

2017

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

7,493,822

 

$

10,599,169

 

Accounts receivable

 

3,779,509

 

4,572,574

 

Prepaid expenses

 

908,036

 

704,793

 

Deposits and other current assets

 

52,652

 

689,428

 

Investments in mutual funds

 

 

408,238

 

Notes receivable, short-term

 

520,637

 

53,773

 

Total current assets

 

12,754,656

 

17,027,975

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed assets, net

 

1,739,805

 

2,728,529

 

Notes receivable, long-term

 

4,582,924

 

1,151,682

 

Deferred tax assets, net

 

737,379

 

829,676

 

Intangible assets

 

259,570

 

312,570

 

Total assets

 

$

20,074,334

 

$

22,050,432

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Deficit

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

 

$

5,776,731

 

$

8,706,703

 

Notes payable, current

 

4,000,000

 

4,040,042

 

Total current liabilities

 

9,776,731

 

12,746,745

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred rent

 

2,388,381

 

2,788,634

 

Notes payable, long-term

 

40,000,000

 

47,000,000

 

 

 

52,165,112

 

62,535,379

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ deficit:

 

 

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

9,620

 

9,620

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

1,329,789

 

1,718,119

 

Treasury stock, shares at cost – 46,000 and 43,500 at September 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively

 

(1,726,300

)

(1,434,250

)

Accumulated deficit

 

(31,703,887

)

(40,778,436

)

Total stockholders’ deficit

 

(32,090,778

)

(40,484,947

)

Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit

 

$

20,074,334

 

$

22,050,432

 

 

See accompanying notes to the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

2


 

LORING WARD HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
Nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017

 

 

 

2018

 

2017

 

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

Wealth management fees

 

$

35,349,273

 

$

33,296,592

 

Service and administration fees

 

8,923,186

 

11,710,329

 

Brokerage commissions

 

14,881

 

191,916

 

Change in unrealized gain on investments in mutual funds

 

 

31,935

 

 

 

44,287,340

 

45,230,772

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

Compensation and benefits

 

18,381,294

 

16,599,058

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

15,010,501

 

17,063,596

 

Depreciation of fixed assets

 

901,612

 

861,093

 

Amortization of intangible assets

 

39,750

 

39,750

 

 

 

34,333,157

 

34,563,497

 

Operating income

 

9,954,183

 

10,667,275

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other income (expense):

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

(1,553,548

)

(1,827,986

)

Interest and dividend income

 

145,284

 

85,614

 

Capital gains

 

8,590

 

413,185

 

Income from continuing operations before income taxes

 

8,554,509

 

9,338,088

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income taxes

 

2,350,029

 

3,811,374

 

Income from continuing operations

 

6,204,480

 

5,526,714

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discontinued operations, net of tax benefits (expenses)

 

147,993

 

(18,379

)

Net income

 

$

6,352,473

 

$

5,508,335

 

 

See accompanying notes to the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

3


 

LORING WARD HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Changes in Stockholders’ Deficit
Nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

Additional
Paid-In Capital

 

Treasury Stock

 

Accumulated
Deficit

 

Total
Stockholders’
Deficit

 

Balances, December 31, 2016

 

$

9,620

 

$

1,523,561

 

$

(1,434,250

)

$

(46,286,771

)

$

(46,187,840

)

Net income

 

 

 

 

5,508,335

 

5,508,335

 

Stock option repurchase

 

 

(113,490

)

 

 

(113,490

)

Stock-based compensation

 

 

308,048

 

 

 

308,048

 

Balances, September 30, 2017

 

$

9,620

 

$

1,718,119

 

$

(1,434,250

)

$

(40,778,436

)

$

(40,484,947

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balances, December 31, 2017

 

$

9,620

 

$

1,248,413

 

$

(1,726,300

)

$

(38,056,360

)

$

(38,524,627

)

Net income

 

 

 

 

6,352,473

 

6,352,473

 

Stock option repurchase

 

 

(269,266

)

 

 

(269,266

)

Stock-based compensation

 

 

350,642

 

 

 

350,642

 

Balances, September 30, 2018

 

$

9,620

 

$

1,329,789

 

$

(1,726,300

)

$

(31,703,887

)

$

(32,090,778

)

 

See accompanying notes to the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

4


 

LORING WARD HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017

 

 

 

2018

 

2017

 

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

6,352,473

 

$

5,508,335

 

Discontinued operation, net of tax benefits (expenses)

 

147,993

 

(18,379

)

Net income from continuing operations

 

6,204,480

 

5,526,714

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income from continuing operations to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation of fixed assets

 

901,612

 

861,093

 

Deferred tax assets

 

(180,012

)

1,035,213

 

Stock compensation

 

350,642

 

308,048

 

Amortization of intangible assets

 

39,750

 

39,750

 

Change in unrealized gain on investments in mutual funds

 

(7,122

)

(31,935

)

Change in assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

 

(1,881,055

)

453,825

 

Accounts receivable

 

790,799

 

(30,564

)

Notes receivable

 

191,893

 

(1,205,455

)

Deposits and other current assets

 

498,999

 

(6,492

)

Prepaid expenses

 

867,083

 

1,703,830

 

Deferred rent

 

(298,766

)

(258,303

)

Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations

 

7,478,303

 

8,395,724

 

Cash provided by (used in) operating activities of discontinued operations

 

104,227

 

(19,282

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

7,582,530

 

8,376,442

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Principal payments on note payable

 

(6,000,000

)

(6,110,352

)

Stock option repurchases

 

(269,266

)

(113,490

)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(6,269,266

)

(6,223,842

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of fixed assets

 

(135,041

)

(79,855

)

Sale of intangible assets

 

 

741,870

 

Sale of mutual fund shares

 

430,464

 

 

Issuance of note receivable

 

(4,090,000

)

 

Purchase of mutual fund shares

 

 

(30,000

)

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

 

(3,794,577

)

632,015

 

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

(2,481,313

)

2,784,615

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

 

9,975,135

 

7,814,554

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

 

$

7,493,822

 

$

10,599,169

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental cash flow information:

 

 

 

 

 

Interest paid

 

$

1,553,548

 

$

1,827,986

 

Income taxes paid

 

$

1,968,711

 

$

322,569

 

 

See accompanying notes to the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

5


 

LORING WARD HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
Nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017

 

(1)                                 Organization and Nature of Operations

 

Loring Ward Holdings Inc. (LWHI) is incorporated under the Delaware General Corporation Law. The principal activities of LWHI and its subsidiaries (the Company) consist of investment advisory services and a turnkey asset management program serving independent investment advisors, and their broker dealers and registered investment advisors in the United States. The principal operating subsidiaries of LWHI are:

 

·                  LWI Financial Inc. (LWIF) is a registered investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. LWIF receives wealth management fees for management of client funds as well as separate fees for certain service and administrative functions offered to mutual fund complexes in which LWIF invests its clients’ assets.

 

·                  Loring Ward Securities Inc. (LWSI) is a registered broker dealer under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA). In January 2019, LWSI withdrew its broker dealer registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

·                  The Wealth Management Alliance LLC (TWMA) is a registered investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.  TWMA receives wealth management fees for investment advisory, portfolio management, and financial planning services for individuals and businesses.

 

Unless otherwise indicated, information in these notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements relates to continuing operations. One of the Company’s subsidiaries, SNCB002 Inc., has been presented as discontinued. See note 6 for further details.

 

All of the subsidiaries are wholly owned by LWHI.

 

(2)                                 Significant Accounting Policies

 

(a)                                 Basis of Presentation and Principles of Consolidation

 

The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”) for interim financial statements and pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by U.S. GAAP for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, all adjustments, consisting of only normal recurring adjustments, considered necessary for fair presentation have been included. The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of LWHI and its subsidiaries. All intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation. These unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and footnotes thereto for the year ended December 31, 2017.

 

(b)                                 Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of certain assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the interim periods. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

 

(c)                                  Notes Receivable

 

Notes receivable relates to practice-acquisition financing for certain financial advisors.  They exceed one year and bear interest at a market rate based on the advisor’s credit quality and are recorded at face value.  Interest is recognized over the life of the note.  Amounts collected on notes receivable

 

6


 

LORING WARD HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
Nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017

 

are included in net cash provided by operating activities in the unaudited condensed consolidated statement of cash flows.

 

(d)                                 Revenue Recognition

 

LWIF earns wealth management fees for providing their customers with asset allocation programs. Fees based on the value of assets under management are paid at the beginning of each quarter and earned over each quarterly period. Other revenue for services and administrative fees is recognized as the services are performed.

 

LWSI earns brokerage fees and commissions on the sale of securities. Commission revenues, net of expenses, are recorded on a trade date basis.

 

TWMA earns wealth management fees for portfolio management and financial planning services.  Fees based on the value of assets under management are paid at the beginning of each quarter and earned over each quarterly period.

 

Interest income is recorded using the accrual method of accounting and dividend income is recorded on the ex-dividend date.

 

(e)                                  Income Taxes

 

The Company files consolidated U.S. federal and California state income tax returns.  LWIF is subject to income tax in various states and files accordingly.  Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the consolidated financial statements carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of change in tax rates is recognized in income in the period that includes the enactment date. Where a deferred tax asset has been recognized, a valuation allowance is established if, based on the weight of available evidence, it is more than likely that the deferred tax asset will not be realized.

 

In accordance with FASB ASC Subtopic 740-10 — Income Taxes — Overall, the Company recognizes the effect of income tax positions only if those positions are more likely than not of being sustained. Recognized income tax positions are measured at the largest amount that is greater than 50% likely of being realized. Changes in recognition or measurement are reflected in the period in which the change in judgment occurs. As of September 30, 2018 and 2017, the Company has not recorded any unrecognized tax benefits.

 

In November 2015, the FASB issued ASU No. 2015-17 (ASU 2015-17) Balance Sheet Classification of Deferred Taxes, which simplifies the presentation of deferred income taxes. The new standard requires that deferred tax assets and liabilities be classified as noncurrent in a statement of financial position.  The Company early adopted ASU 2015-17 effective December 31, 2016 on a prospective basis. Adoption of this new standard resulted in the Company’s net deferred tax assets to be classified as noncurrent on the unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheet as of September 30, 2018 and 2017.

 

In March 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-09 (ASU 2016-09) Compensation - Stock Compensation (Topic 718), which simplifies the accounting for income taxes related to stock-based compensation. The new standard is effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2017, and interim periods within those annual periods. Early adoption is permitted for any interim or annual period.  The Company adopted ASU 2016-09 on January 1, 2018.  The adoption of ASU 2016-09 did not have an impact on the Company’s unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements as of and for the period ended September 30, 2018.

 

7


 

LORING WARD HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
Nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017

 

The U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Tax Act) was enacted on December 22, 2017 and introduces significant changes to U.S. income tax law. Effective in 2018, the Tax Act reduces the U.S. statutory tax rate from 35% to 21%, requires a remeasuring of our U.S. deferred tax assets and liabilities (along with reassessing the net realizability of our deferred tax assets and liabilities) as of year-end 2017. The remeasurement reduced the Company’s deferred tax assets by $315,585 as of December 31, 2017. The reduced tax rate is favorable to the Company by resulting in lower income tax expenses beginning in 2018.

 

(3)                                 Stock Compensation Plan

 

The Company adopted a stock option plan (the “Plan”) on March 1, 2009. The Plan authorizes the board of directors of the Company to grant stock options (“Grant(s)”) from a pool of authorized but unissued shares of common stock of the Company up to 250,000 shares. A Grant may be made with an exercise price no less than the stocks’ fair value at the date of grant. All Grants have a ten-year term and vest pursuant to a five-year vesting schedule, after which point the shares become fully exercisable.

 

Stock option activity during the nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 is as follows:

 

 

 

Number of
Shares

 

Weighted
Average
Exercise Price

 

Weighted
Average
Remaining
Contractual Term

 

Balance at December 31, 2016

 

64,250

 

$

41.87

 

7.46

 

Granted

 

48,500

 

77.73

 

 

 

Forfeited

 

(2,000

)

57.61

 

 

 

Repurchased

 

(1,500

)

37.48

 

 

 

Balance at September 30, 2017

 

109,250

 

$

57.57

 

7.55

 

Exercisable at September 30, 2017

 

40,450

 

$

33.72

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance on December 31, 2017

 

96,250

 

$

57.92

 

7.63

 

Granted

 

9,000

 

116.81

 

 

 

Forfeited

 

(800

)

77.73

 

 

 

Repurchased

 

(2,700

)

17.08

 

 

 

Balance at September 30, 2018

 

101,750

 

$

64.06

 

6.54

 

Exercisable at September 30,2018

 

47,750

 

$

45.44

 

 

 

 

(4)                                 Commitments and Contingencies

 

(a)                                 Contingencies

 

On May 11, 2005, SNBC002 Inc. (Inactive Subsidiary) and Loring Ward International Ltd. (acquired by LWHI in 2009) and two former employees (the “Former Employees”) were named as defendants in a proceeding tracing its roots to over a decade prior whereby a former client is seeking an unspecified amount in damages. The complaint alleged negligence, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and other causes of action.

 

On April 19, 2016, the court entered judgment in favor of the defendants and against the plaintiff on all claims. The plaintiff subsequently filed a notice of appeal. The Company believes that it is more likely than not that it will prevail in this litigation; and, no provision has been made in the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements as of September 30, 2018. In the event the judgment is reversed, the Company intends to vigorously defend the action.  Litigation by its nature is subject to uncertainties, and there can be no assurance that the Company, its affiliates, employees and former employees will be successful in obtaining a dismissal of the claims with prejudice, a satisfactory settlement or be successful in a trial on the merits. If the Company is not successful in refuting the appeal, it could be subject to the expense and burden of an extended trial process and a potentially adverse result in a trial, either of which could have a material adverse effect upon the Company.

 

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LORING WARD HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
Nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017

 

(5)                                 Debt

 

(a)                                 Line of Credit

 

In January 2015, the Company entered into a $3,000,000 variable rate revolving line of credit to provide short-term working capital with a variable interest rate equal to Prime Rate as published in the Wall Street Journal plus 0.5%. This line of credit expired on February 10, 2018.

 

(b)                                 Long-term Note Payable

 

In January 2016, the Company’s board of directors approved a resolution to repurchase all outstanding class A convertible preferred shares for an amount equivalent to issuance price and to pay the repurchase price by issuing an unsecured nonconvertible promissory note of $64,500,660.  The note bears simple interest at a rate of 4.5% payable quarterly with minimum quarterly principal payments of $1,000,000 and matures on December 31, 2030.  The class A convertible preferred shares were subsequently retired in January 2016.  The balance due of $44,000,000 and $51,000,000 on the note at September 30, 2018 and 2017 is included in long-term and current notes payable, respectively, on the unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheet.

 

(6)                                 Discontinued Operations

 

The Company considers an entity to be classified as discontinued operations when it meets the criteria established under guidance (ASC 205-20 Discontinued Operations) that was effective for the Company on January 1, 2016 related to reporting discontinued operations and disclosures of disposals of components of the Company. Disposals that represent a strategic shift that should have or will have a major effect on the Company’s operations and financial results qualify as discontinued operations. The results of discontinued operations are reported in discontinued operations in the unaudited condensed consolidated statement of income for current and prior periods commencing in the period in which the business meets the criteria of a discontinued operation, and include any gain or loss recognized on closing or adjustment of the carrying amount to fair value less cost to sell.

 

The Company sold its business management businesses that were owned by the Inactive Subsidiary in 2006 and reported its operating results under discontinued operations at December 31, 2006. The Inactive Subsidiary remains open but inactive at September 30, 2018. The Company does not plan to dissolve the Inactive Subsidiary until the pending litigation is settled.  See note 4.

 

The activities from the discontinued operations during the nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 are as follows:

 

 

 

2018

 

2017

 

Legal expenses

 

$

203,983

 

$

(30,757

)

Other

 

(98

)

(619

)

Income/(loss) from discontinued operations

 

203,885

 

(31,376

)

Tax benefit (expense)

 

(55,892

)

12,997

 

Discontinued operations, net of taxes

 

$

147,993

 

$

(18,379

)

 

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LORING WARD HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
Nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017

 

(7)                                 Related-Party Transactions

 

LWHI and its subsidiaries routinely engage in various financial transactions among themselves and receive credit for the collection of receivables and are charged for the settlement of liabilities through intercompany accounts.

 

Subject to approval of the Company’s Loan Committee, the Company provides financial assistance to employees in the form of loans.  These loans bear 4% to 4.5% annual interest. As of September 30, 2018 and 2017, the loan balance is $174,908 and $496,513, respectively, and is included in accounts receivable on the unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheet.  Interest received on the loans is included in interest and dividend income on the unaudited condensed consolidated income statement.  For nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, total interest received is $6,331 and $15,794, respectively.

 

These transactions are in the normal course of operations and are measured at the exchange amount of consideration established and agreed to by the related parties.

 

(8)                                 Subsequent Events

 

The Company has evaluated subsequent events from the unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheet date through February 7, 2019, the date at which the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements were available to be issued, and determined there are no other items to disclose except as mentioned above.

 

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EXHIBIT 99.2

 

UNAUDITED PRO FORMA CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

On November 30, 2018 (the “Closing Date”), Focus Financial Partners Inc. (the “Company”) completed its acquisition of Loring Ward Holdings Inc. (“Loring Ward”) through a merger of a newly-formed, wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company with and into Loring Ward (the “Merger”). Total consideration at the closing of the Merger included the issuance of 3,736,252 shares of the Company’s Class A common stock and cash payments of $95.9 million, which included the repayment of Loring Ward debt and reflected estimated net cash and working capital adjustments. The cash portion of such consideration remains subject to final potential net cash and working capital adjustments, as further described in the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of September 27, 2018. A portion of the purchase price was placed in escrow for the satisfaction of certain indemnification claims and working capital adjustments. Loring Ward’s stockholders are also entitled to additional cash payments totaling $25.0 million (comprised of two installments of $12.5 million due on the six and twelve month anniversaries of the Closing Date). Loring Ward’s stockholders and optionholders are also entitled to two earn-out payments of up to $35.0 million each in respect of each of the two successive three-year periods immediately following the Closing Date; and to the extent the earn-out payments exceed $55.0 million in the aggregate, the excess will be payable as part of the second earn-out payment through the issuance of shares of the Company’s Class A common stock.

 

The acquisition of Loring Ward was accounted for under the purchase method of accounting in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification Topic 805: Business Combinations (“ASC 805”).  In accordance with ASC 805, the total purchase price was allocated among the net tangible and identifiable intangible assets acquired  in connection with the Merger, based on their fair values as of the Closing Date. The unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated balance sheet as of September 30, 2018 reflects the preliminary allocation of the purchase price to the assets acquired based on their estimated fair values as if the Merger occurred on September 30, 2018.  The preliminary purchase price allocation is subject to change based on the finalization of the allocation of the purchase price, but in no event, later than one year following completion of the Merger.

 

The unaudited condensed consolidated pro forma financial information is presented in accordance with Article 11 of Regulation S-X.  The unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated balance sheet as of September 30, 2018 gives effect to the acquisition of Loring Ward as if it occurred on September 30, 2018.  The unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated statement of operations for the year ended December 31, 2017 gives effect to the acquisition of Loring Ward as if it had occurred on January 1, 2017, and the unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated statement of operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 gives effect to the acquisition of Loring Ward as if it had occurred on January 1, 2018.

 

The unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated statement of operations for the year ended December 31, 2017 also gives effect to the Company’s initial public offering (“IPO”) and the related reorganization transactions (the “Reorganization Transactions”), and the related amendments to Focus Financial Partners, LLC’s (“Focus LLC”) credit facilities, each of which was completed on July 30, 2018, as if they had occurred on January 1, 2017.  The unaudited pro forma condensed financial information for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 also gives effect to the amendments to Focus LLC’s credit facilities and proforma taxes related to the IPO and Reorganization Transactions as if they had occurred on January 1, 2018.

 

In accordance with Article 11 of Regulation S-X, the unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated financial information excludes Loring Ward’s discontinued operations.

 

The pro forma adjustments are based upon information and assumptions available at the time of the filing of this Form 8-K/A.  The unaudited pro forma consolidated financial information does not reflect any synergies that may be achieved from the combination of the entities.

 

The unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheet as of September 30, 2018 of Loring Ward has been presented in the unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated financial information on an unclassified basis to conform to the Company’s financial statement presentation.

 

The unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated financial information is presented for illustrative purposes only and is not intended to be indicative of the operating results that actually would have occurred if the Merger, IPO, Reorganization Transactions and amendments to Focus LLC’s credit facilities had been consummated on January 1, 2017 or January 1, 2018, as applicable, nor is the data intended to be indicative of future operating results.  The unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated financial information and the accompanying notes thereto for the year ended December 31, 2017 should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2017 and notes thereto of Focus LLC, the Company’s accounting predecessor, included in the Company’s prospectus dated July 25, 2018, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 27, 2018. The unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated financial information and the accompanying notes thereto as of and for the period ended September 30, 2018 should be read in conjunction with the Company’s unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements as of and for the period ended September 30, 2018 included in the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.

 

1


 

Loring Ward’s audited consolidated financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2017 and related notes thereto and Loring Ward’s unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements as of and for the periods ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 and related notes thereto are attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Form 8-K/A.

 

2


 

Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations

for the Year Ended December 31, 2017

(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

 

Focus
Financial
Partners, LLC
Historical

 

Pro Forma
Adjustments
(IPO and
Reorganization
Transactions)

 

Pro Forma
Adjustments
Note

 

Focus Financial
Partners Inc.
Pro Forma

 

Loring Ward
Holdings Inc.
and
subsidiaries

 

Pro Forma
Adjustments
(Acquisition
of Loring
Ward)

 

Pro Forma
Adjustments
Note

 

Focus
Financial
Partners Inc.
Combined
Pro Forma

 

REVENUES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wealth management fees

 

$

617,124

 

$

 

 

 

$

617,124

 

$

45,310

 

$

 

 

 

$

662,434

 

Service and administrative fees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15,674

 

(15,674

)

(f)

 

 

 

Brokerage commissions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

275

 

(275

)

(f)

 

 

 

Change in unrealized gain on investments in mutual funds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

47

 

(47

)

(f)

 

 

 

Other

 

45,763

 

 

 

 

 

45,763

 

 

 

15,996

 

(f)

 

61,759

 

Total revenues

 

662,887

 

 

 

 

 

662,887

 

61,306

 

 

 

 

 

724,193

 

OPERATING EXPENSES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compensation and related expenses

 

265,555

 

25,312

 

(a)

 

290,867

 

22,232

 

(2,150

)

(g)

 

310,949

 

Management fees

 

163,617

 

 

 

 

 

163,617

 

 

 

4,420

 

(g)

 

168,037

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

134,615

 

 

 

 

 

134,615

 

21,286

 

1,752

 

(h)

 

157,653

 

Intangible amortization

 

64,367

 

 

 

 

 

64,367

 

53

 

776

 

(i)

 

65,196

 

Non-cash changes in fair value of estimated contingent consideration

 

22,294

 

 

 

 

 

22,294

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22,294

 

Depreciation and other amortization

 

6,686

 

 

 

 

 

6,686

 

1,154

 

 

 

 

 

7,840

 

Total operating expenses

 

657,134

 

25,312

 

 

 

682,446

 

44,725

 

4,798

 

 

 

731,969

 

INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS

 

5,753

 

(25,312

)

 

 

(19,559

)

16,581

 

(4,798

)

 

 

(7,776

)

OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest and dividend income

 

222

 

 

 

 

 

222

 

108

 

 

 

 

 

330

 

Interest expense

 

(41,861

)

12,048

 

(b)

 

(29,813

)

(2,406

)

2,406

 

(j)

 

(29,813

)

Capital gains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

414

 

(414

)

(f)

 

 

 

Amortization of debt financing costs

 

(4,084

)

(23

)

(b)

 

(4,107

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(4,107

)

Loss on extinguishment of borrowings

 

(8,106

)

(7,060

)

(b)

 

(15,166

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(15,166

)

Other (expense) income—net

 

(3,191

)

 

 

 

 

(3,191

)

 

 

414

 

(f)

 

(2,777

)

Income from equity method investments

 

1,407

 

 

 

 

 

1,407

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,407

 

Total other expense—net

 

(55,613

)

4,965

 

 

 

(50,648

)

(1,884

)

2,406

 

 

 

(50,126

)

INCOME(LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAX

 

(49,860

)

(20,347

)

 

 

(70,207

)

14,697

 

(2,392

)

 

 

(57,902

)

INCOME TAX EXPENSE (BENEFIT)

 

(1,501

)

20

 

(c)

 

(1,481

)

6,265

 

(2,710

)

(c)(k)

 

2,074

 

Net income (loss)

 

$

(48,359

)

$

(20,367

)

 

 

(68,726

)

8,432

 

318

 

 

 

(59,976

)

Net (income) loss attributable to non-controlling interests

 

 

 

27,137

 

(d)

 

27,137

 

 

 

(6,114

)

(d)

 

21,023

 

NET LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO FOCUS FINANCIAL PARTNERS INC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

(41,589

)

$

8,432

 

$

(5,796

)

 

 

$

(38,953

)

Net loss per share of Class A common stock:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

 

 

 

(e)

 

$

(0.98

)

 

 

 

 

(e)

 

$

(0.84

)

Diluted

 

 

 

 

 

(e)

 

$

(0.98

)

 

 

 

 

(e)

 

$

(0.84

)

Weighted average shares of Class A common stock outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

 

 

 

(e)

 

42,529,651

 

 

 

 

 

(e)

 

46,265,903

 

Diluted

 

 

 

 

 

(e)

 

42,529,651

 

 

 

 

 

(e)

 

46,265,903

 

 

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Notes to the Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations

for the Year Ended December 31, 2017

(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

(a)              Reflects additional compensation expense related to the vesting and exchange of certain incentive units that occurred in connection with the Reorganization Transactions and additional compensation expense related to cash payments and the issuance of stock options to unitholders in connection with the IPO.

 

(b)             Reflects adjustments to interest expense and loss on extinguishment of borrowings related to the reduction of indebtedness under Focus LLC’s credit facilities, reduction in the assumed interest rate to 4.75%, the increase in Focus LLC’s first lien revolving credit facility and amortization of debt financing costs, in connection with the amendment to Focus LLC’s credit facilities (as if these transactions had been completed as of July 3, 2017 the date the credit facilities were put in place).

 

(c)              Reflects the impact of U.S. federal, state, local and foreign income taxes on the income of the Company. The pro forma effective income tax rate is estimated to be approximately 40.0% and was determined by combining the projected U.S. federal, state, local and foreign income taxes.

 

As a flow through entity, Focus LLC is generally not and has not been subject to U.S. federal and certain state income taxes at the entity level, although it has been subject to the New York City Unincorporated Business Tax. Instead, for U.S. federal and certain state income tax purposes, taxable income was and is passed through to its unitholders, which after the Reorganization Transactions, includes the Company. The Company is subject to U.S. federal and certain state income taxes applicable to corporations. The provision for income taxes differs from the amount of income tax computed by applying the applicable U.S. federal income tax statutory rate to loss before provision for income taxes as follows:

 

 

 

For the Year
Ended
December 31, 2017

 

 

 

(dollars in thousands)

 

U.S. federal statutory rate

 

$

(20,266

)

35.0

%

State and local income taxes, net of U.S. federal

 

(1,452

)

2.5

%

Permanent items and other

 

15,498

 

(26.8

)%

Rate benefit from the flow through entity(1)

 

8,294

 

(14.3

)%

Provision for income taxes(2)

 

2,074

 

(3.6

)%

 


(1)                                        Rate benefit from the flow through entity is calculated principally by multiplying the consolidated pro forma income (loss) before tax by the percentage of non-controlling interests represented by the common units and incentive units, after taking into account the hurdle, of Focus LLC held by the continuing owners of Focus LLC following the IPO (the “continuing owners”) and the U.S. federal statutory rate. The pro forma income (loss) before tax attributable to the non-controlling interests would be subject to New York City Unincorporated Business tax at the consolidated level at a statutory rate of 4.0%. The U.S. federal and state income taxes on the earnings attributable to the common units and incentive units held by the continuing owners is payable directly by the continuing owners.

 

(2)                                        The pro forma provision for income taxes excludes the impact of the remeasurement of pro forma deferred tax assets resulting from the reduction in the highest U.S. federal corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21% as enacted by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act (the “Tax Act”). A related adjustment to the Tax Receivable Agreements obligation has also been excluded from the pro forma statement of operations. In addition, the impact of the previously recorded benefit of $2,653 relating to the remeasurement of deferred tax assets and liabilities of Focus LLC for the year ended December 31, 2017 because of the Tax Act has also been removed from the pro forma provision for income taxes. The impact of the remeasurement of pro forma deferred tax assets would have been an expense of approximately $34,737. The impact of the remeasurement of the pro forma liability for the Tax Receivable Agreements would have been a benefit of approximately $18,853 to other income.

 

The table above includes certain book to tax differences such as non-deductible meals and entertainment, non-cash equity compensation expense, and intangible acquisition expenses which represent permanent differences. These differences are recognized at the level of the flow through entity, Focus LLC, and indirectly impact the Company by increasing the effective income tax rate.

 

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(d)             Represents the non-controlling interest allocation of 40.8% of the net loss of the Company to the continuing owners. The percentage is based on the common units and incentive units of Focus LLC outstanding after the IPO.

 

 

 

After IPO

 

 

 

(dollars in thousands)

 

Vested common units held by continuing owners

 

22,499,665

 

Common unit equivalents of vested and unvested incentive units held by continuing owners(1)

 

6,814,600

 

Total common units and common unit equivalents attributable to non-controlling interest

 

29,314,265

 

Total common units and common unit equivalents of incentive units outstanding

 

71,843,916

 

Non-controlling interest allocation

 

40.8

%

Loss before provision for income taxes

 

(65,360

)

Non-controlling interest allocation

 

40.8

%

Loss before provision for income taxes attributable to non-controlling interest

 

(26,667

)

Non-controlling portion of provision for income taxes(2)

 

470

 

Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests

 

$

(27,137

)

 

Represents the non-controlling interest allocation of 38.8% of the net loss of the Company to the continuing owners after the Merger resulting in an adjustment of $6,114 to non controlling interest.

 

 

 

After Merger

 

 

 

(dollars in thousands)

 

Vested common units held by continuing owners

 

22,499,665

 

Common unit equivalents of vested and unvested incentive units held by continuing owners(1)

 

6,814,600

 

Total common units and common unit equivalents attributable to non-controlling interest

 

29,314,265

 

Total common units and common unit equivalents of incentive units outstanding

 

75,580,168

 

Non-controlling interest allocation

 

38.8

%

Loss before provision for income taxes

 

(53,031

)

Non-controlling interest allocation

 

38.8

%

Loss before provision for income taxes attributable to non-controlling interest

 

(20,576

)

Non-controlling portion of provision for income taxes(3)

 

447

 

Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests

 

$

(21,023

)

 


(1)                                     On a common unit equivalent basis using the IPO price.

 

(2)                                     The non-controlling portion of provision for income taxes of  $470 for the year ended December 31, 2017 at IPO is calculated by multiplying the pro forma provision for income taxes for Focus LLC of $1,152 by the non-controlling interest allocation percentage of  40.8%.

 

(3)                                     The non-controlling portion of provision for income taxes of $447 for the year ended December 31, 2017 after the Merger is calculated by multiplying the pro forma provision for income taxes for Focus LLC of  $1,152 by the non-controlling interest allocation percentage of 38.8%.

 

(e)              The pro forma basic and diluted net loss per share of Class A common stock is calculated as follows:

 

After IPO:

 

 

 

Basic

 

Diluted

 

 

 

(dollars in thousands,
except per share data)

 

Pro forma net loss attributable to the Company

 

$

(41,589

)

$

(41,589

)

Weighted average shares of Class A common stock outstanding(1)(2)(3)

 

42,529,651

 

42,529,651

 

Pro forma net loss per share of Class A common stock

 

$

(0.98

)

$

(0.98

)

 

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After Merger:

 

 

 

Basic

 

Diluted

 

 

 

(dollars in thousands,
except per share data)

 

Pro forma net loss attributable to the Company

 

$

(38,953

)

$

(38,953

)

Weighted average shares of Class A common stock outstanding(1)(2)(3)(4)

 

46,265,903

 

46,265,903

 

Pro forma net loss per share of Class A common stock

 

$

(0.84

)

$

(0.84

)

 


(1)                                     Shares of Class B common stock do not share in the earnings of the Company and are therefore not included in the weighted average shares outstanding or net loss per share. Furthermore, no pro forma effect was given to the future potential exchanges of  vested common units and common units issuable upon conversion of vested and unvested incentive units held by the continuing owners.

 

(2)                                     Compensatory and non-compensatory stock are anti-dilutive and are therefore not included in the weighted average shares.

 

(3)                                     Basic and diluted net loss per share includes 178,608 shares related to unvested Class A common stock.

 

(4)                                     Includes 3,736,252 shares of Class A common stock issued as consideration in the Merger

 

(f)               Reclassification to conform to the Company’s presentation.

 

(g)              To record management fees pursuant to the amended management agreement entered into with certain selling principals of Loring Ward and adjust the principals’ historical compensation.

 

(h)             To record transaction expenses, prepaid insurance and insurance expense related to the Merger.

 

(i)               To record additional amortization expense related to the intangibles acquired in connection with the Merger and to eliminate Loring Ward’s historical amortization expense.

 

(j)               To eliminate Loring Ward’s interest expense, as the outstanding debt of Loring Ward was repaid at the closing of the Merger.

 

(k)             To record additional tax expense and deferred taxes resulting from the Merger.

 

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Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

as of September 30, 2018

(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

 

Focus
Financial
Partners
Inc.
Historical

 

Pro Forma
Adjustments
(IPO and
Reorganization
Transactions)

 

Pro Forma
Adjustments
Note

 

Focus
Financial
Partners
Inc.
Pro forma

 

Loring
Ward
Holdings
Inc. and
subsidiaries

 

Pro Forma
Adjustments
(Acquisition of
Loring Ward)

 

Pro Forma
Adjustments
Note

 

Focus
Financial
Partners Inc.
Pro Forma
Combined

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

98,378

 

$

16,560

 

(a)(b)

 

$

114,938

 

$

7,494

 

$

(96,860

)

(c)(f)(g)(i)(j)

 

$

25,572

 

Accounts receivable—net

 

101,570

 

 

 

 

 

101,570

 

3,779

 

(175

)

(d)

 

105,174

 

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

70,127

 

 

 

 

 

70,127

 

960

 

1,974

 

(g)(j)

 

73,061

 

Fixed assets—net

 

22,407

 

 

 

 

 

22,407

 

1,740

 

 

 

 

 

24,147

 

Debt financing costs—net

 

13,014

 

(222

)

(a)

 

12,792

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12,792

 

Deferred tax asset—net

 

70,232

 

 

 

 

 

70,232

 

737

 

(15,209

)

(j)

 

55,760

 

Goodwill

 

693,160

 

 

 

 

 

693,160

 

 

 

154,758

 

(c)(j)

 

847,918

 

Other intangible assets—net

 

672,060

 

 

 

 

 

672,060

 

260

 

102,418

 

(c)(d)(h)

 

774,738

 

Notes receivable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,104

 

(5,104

)

(d)

 

 

 

TOTAL ASSETS

 

$

1,740,948

 

$

16,338

 

 

 

$

1,757,286

 

$

20,074

 

$

141,802

 

 

 

$

1,919,162

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDER’S EQUITY:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

8,621

 

$

 

 

 

$

8,621

 

$

5,777

 

$

 

 

 

$

14,398

 

Accrued expenses

 

48,588

 

 

 

 

 

48,588

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

48,588

 

Due to affiliates

 

40,537

 

 

 

 

 

40,537

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

40,537

 

Deferred revenue

 

7,811

 

 

 

 

 

7,811

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,811

 

Other liabilities

 

148,929

 

 

 

 

 

148,929

 

 

 

33,820

 

(c)

 

182,749

 

Deferred rent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,388

 

(2,388

)

(d)

 

 

 

Borrowings under credit facilities

 

798,481

 

(196

)

(a)

 

798,285

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

798,285

 

Tax receivable agreements obligations

 

39,156

 

 

 

 

 

39,156

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39,156

 

Notes payable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

44,000

 

(44,000

)

(d)

 

 

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES

 

1,092,123

 

(196

)

 

 

1,091,927

 

52,165

 

(12,568

)

 

 

1,131,524

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHAREHOLDER’S EQUITY:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A Common stock, par value $0.01, 500,000,000 shares authorized; 42,529,651 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2018; 46,265,903 shares issued and outstanding, as adjusted

 

425

 

 

 

 

 

425

 

 

 

37

 

(c)

 

462

 

Class B Common stock, par value $0.01, 500,000,000 shares authorized; 22,823,272 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2018; 22,823,272 shares issued and outstanding, as adjusted

 

228

 

 

 

 

 

228

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

228

 

Common stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

(9

)

(d)

 

 

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

389,830

 

 

 

 

 

389,830

 

1,330

 

135,683

 

(c)(d)(j)

 

526,843