INVESTMENT IN AMAK (Held-for-Sale)
|6 Months Ended|
Jun. 30, 2020
|Equity Method Investments and Joint Ventures [Abstract]|
|INVESTMENT IN AMAK (Held-for-Sale)||INVESTMENT IN AMAK (Held-for-Sale)
As of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, the Company had a non-controlling equity interest of 28.3% and 33.3% in AMAK of approximately $29.2 million and $32.9 million, respectively. This investment is accounted for under the equity method. There were no events or changes in circumstances that had an adverse effect on the fair value of our investment in AMAK at June 30, 2020.
The Company committed to a plan to sell our investment in AMAK during the third quarter of 2019. Management engaged in a comprehensive process to market the investment to numerous potential buyers. The process resulted in an agreement with certain AMAK stockholders in September 2019 to purchase our investment. Pursuant to a Share Sale and Purchase Agreement (as amended, the "Purchase Agreement") that was effective as of October 2, 2019, the Company agreed to sell its entire equity interest in AMAK, to AMAK and certain other existing stockholders of AMAK (collectively, the "Purchasers")
for an aggregate gross purchase price (before taxes and transaction expenses) of Saudi Riyals ("SAR") 264.7 million (or approximately US$70 million), which will be payable in US Dollars (collectively, the "Share Sale"). The Purchasers advanced 5% of the purchase price (or approximately $3.5 million) in the form of a non-refundable deposit, which was a condition to the effectiveness of the Purchase Agreement. The Purchase Agreement contained various representations, warranties and indemnity obligations of the Company and the Purchasers, including the release of the Company's guarantee as described in Note 12.
On January 16, 2020, the Company and the Purchasers entered into a letter agreement (the “January 2020 Amendment”) providing certain amendments to the Purchase Agreement. Pursuant to the January 2020 Amendment, the Long Stop Date (as defined in the Purchase Agreement) for completion of the Share Sale was extended to March 31, 2020 to allow additional time for the parties to obtain certain required governmental approvals. Under the Purchase Agreement, the Company had certain termination rights if closing of the Share Sale did not occur on or before the Long Stop Date. The January 2020 Amendment also provided that, if closing of the Share Sale does not occur on or before the extended Long Stop Date, and the Company determined in its sole discretion to further extend such date, then an amount equal to 50% of the approximately $3.5 million non-refundable deposit made by the Purchasers under the Purchase Agreement would be forfeited to the Company as liquidated damages and would not be applied to the purchase price at closing of the Share Sale.
Effective as of March 26, 2020, the Company and the Purchasers entered into a letter agreement, dated March 23, 2020 (the “March 2020 Amendment”), providing for certain additional amendments to the Purchase Agreement.
Pursuant to the March 2020 Amendment, the Company and the Purchasers agreed that the Share Sale may be completed with the respective Purchasers in multiple closings, in each case, subject to the completion of any remaining conditions precedent. To the extent that a Purchaser completed the purchase of all or a portion of the ordinary shares allotted to it under the Purchase Agreement on or before March 31, 2020, the non-refundable deposit paid by such Purchaser (or a portion of such deposit for a partial closing) was credited toward the purchase price of the ordinary shares being purchased. Purchasers that complete the purchase of all or a portion of their allotted ordinary shares after March 31, 2020 but on or before September 28, 2020 (the “New Long Stop Date”), will forfeit an amount equal to 50% of the non-refundable deposit paid by such Purchasers to the Company as liquidated damages and such amount shall not be applied to the purchase price paid by the applicable Purchaser. With respect to any Purchaser that has not completed the purchase of 100% of its allocated ordinary shares on or prior to the New Long Stop Date, (i) any remaining amount of non-refundable deposit paid by such Purchaser will be forfeited to the Company as liquidated damages as of September 29, 2020 and (ii) the Company may terminate the Purchase Agreement in accordance with its terms unless the Company elects, in its sole discretion, to further extend the New Long Stop Date.
On March 26, 2020, the Company and one Purchaser, Arab Mining Company, completed the first closing of the Share Sale (the “First Closing”). In connection with the First Closing, the Company sold 4,000,000 ordinary shares for an aggregate gross purchase price (before taxes and transaction expenses) of SAR 40 million (or approximately US$10.7 million) (inclusive of the credited amount of the Purchaser’s non-refundable deposit previously paid of US$0.5 million). The First Closing also included indemnification provisions which effectively reduced our portion of the loan guarantee (as discussed in Note 12). We recorded a foreign tax payable of approximately $0.3 million related to this transaction. Upon payment, this amount will be a foreign tax credit used to offset U.S. taxes.
Pursuant to the March 2020 Amendment, the remaining Purchasers have agreed to use their best efforts to close the purchase of 100% of their respective allotments of ordinary shares as soon as possible. The March 2020 Amendment also provides that the Company will continue to have the right to appoint three directors of the board of directors of AMAK, and will enjoy all other governance rights it currently has, until the Share Sale has been completed in full. As no other transactions closed through March 31, 2020, approximately $1.5 million of the initial deposits were forfeited to the Company as liquidated damages and will not be applied to the purchase price at closing. This amount was recorded as an increase to our investment in AMAK and a gain on sale of equity interest in discontinued operations.
As all the required criteria for held-for-sale classification was met in third quarter of 2019, the investment in AMAK is classified as held-for-sale in the Consolidated Balance Sheets and reflected as discontinued operations in the Consolidated Statements of Operations for all periods presented. The assets held-for-sale are disclosed by the Company in the Corporate segment. The Company expects to have no continuing involvement with the discontinued operations after the closing date. The gain (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax, includes our portion of the equity in earnings (losses) in AMAK, forfeited deposits, other administrative expenses incurred in Saudi Arabia and transaction costs.
Included in discontinued operations are the following:
AMAK's financial statements were prepared in the functional currency of AMAK which is the SAR. In June 1986 the SAR was officially pegged to the U. S. Dollar at a fixed exchange rate of 1 USD to 3.75 SAR.
The summarized results of operation and financial position for AMAK are as follows:
Results of Operations
Changes in Ownership
occurred at the end of the first quarter, our portion of the equity in earnings/losses of AMAK reflected for the first quarter of 2020 is calculated at 33.3%, whereas our ownership of balance sheet accounts is reflected at 28.3% as of March 31, 2020.
The equity in the earnings (losses) of AMAK included in income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax, on the consolidated statements of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019, is comprised of the following:
For additional information, see NOTE 6, "INVESTMENT IN AMAK AND DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS" to the consolidated financial statements set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10–K for the year ended December 31, 2019.
The entire disclosure for equity method investments and joint ventures. Equity method investments are investments that give the investor the ability to exercise significant influence over the operating and financial policies of an investee. Joint ventures are entities owned and operated by a small group of businesses as a separate and specific business or project for the mutual benefit of the members of the group.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/disclosureRef