INVESTMENTS IN UNCONSOLIDATED AFFILIATES
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2020
|VARIABLE INTEREST ENTITY ARRANGEMENTS|
|NOTE 5. INVESTMENTS IN UNCONSOLIDATED AFFILIATES||
On August 28, 2018, the Company entered into a Subscription Agreement with Hydrofarm Holdings Group, Inc. (“Hydrofarm”), one of the leading independent providers of hydroponic products in North America, pursuant to which the Company agreed to purchase from Hydrofarm and Hydrofarm agreed to sell to the Company 2,000,000 “Units”, each Unit consisting of one share of common stock and one warrant to purchase one-half of a share of common stock for an initial exercise price of $5.00 per share, for $2.50 per Unit for an aggregate purchase price of $5.00 million. The investment in Hydrofarm was recorded at cost and was included in other assets on the consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2019.
On November 24, 2020, Hydrofarm’s board of directors and stockholders approved an amendment to their amended and restated certificate of incorporation effecting a 1-for-3.3712 reverse stock split of their issued and outstanding shares of common stock. Subsequent to the reverse split, the Company owned 593,261 shares of common stock in Hydrofarm, with an exercise price at $8.43 per share, and 296,630 warrants to purchase one share of common stock, with an exercise price of $16.86 per share.
On December 14, 2020, Hydrofarm announced the closing of its initial public offering; shares of Hydrofarm began trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “HYFM.” Hydrofarm’s common shares outstanding on the closing date were 31,720,727; the Company’s ownership percentage in Hydrofarm was approximately 1.9%.
Upon closing of Hydrofarm’s initial public offering, the Company determined that the investment in Hydrofarm no longer qualifies to be stated at cost, as the equity security has a readily determinable value and therefore should be recorded at fair value. In the fourth quarter of 2020, the Company recorded its investment in Hydrofarm of 593,261 common shares at fair value, and the warrants to acquire an additional 296,630 of Hydrofarm common stock at an exercise price of $16.86, at their respective fair values. The difference in basis was recorded in current period earnings.
The entire disclosure for investment holdings. This includes the long positions of investments for the entity. It contains investments in affiliated and unaffiliated issuers. The investments include securities and non securities (i.e. commodities and futures contracts).
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