Description of Business and History
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2016
|Accounting Policies [Abstract]|
|Description of Business and History||
1. DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS AND HISTORY
FTE Networks, Inc. (“FTE” or the “Company”) is a provider of international and regional telecommunications and technology systems and infrastructure services. FTE also offers managed information technology, telecommunications services, subscriber based services and staffing solutions through the following wholly owned subsidiaries:
FTE Network Services and FTE Wireless, LLC are reported in the Company’s telecommunications segment. FVP Worx represents the Company’s staffing segment (See Note 13 - Segment Data).
Focus Venture Partners, Inc. (“Focus”) was incorporated in the state of Nevada on March 26, 2012 as a holding company operating in the telecommunications industry managing and developing its wholly owned subsidiaries, which were focused on the development of telecommunications networks, acting as a service and support provider, as well as providing temporary and part-time staffing solutions. Through a formerly wholly owned subsidiary, Optos Capital Partners, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“Optos”), Focus, operated the following wholly owned entities:
On May 10, 2013, Beacon Enterprise Solutions Group (“Beacon”), a Nevada Corporation, and Beacon Acquisition Sub, Inc., a Nevada Corporation, entered into a merger agreement with Focus (the “Merger Agreement”). On June 19, 2013, Focus consummated a “reverse shell merger” with Beacon and Beacon Acquisition Sub, a wholly owned subsidiary of Beacon (the “Merger Sub”). Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, the Merger Sub merged with and into Focus, with Focus continuing as the surviving corporation, with the result that Focus became a subsidiary of Beacon (the “Beacon Merger”).
In connection with the Beacon Merger, the board of directors authorized the designation of a new series of preferred stock, the Beacon Series D Shares, out of its available “blank check preferred stock” and authorized the issuance of up to 2,000,000 Beacon Series D Shares. The Company filed a Certificate of Designation with the Secretary of State of the State of Nevada on June 17, 2013. Under the Certificate of Designation, each Beacon Series D Share has various rights, privileges and preferences, including: (i) a stated value of $4.00 per share; (ii) mandatory conversion into 20 shares of Common Stock (subject to adjustments) upon the filing of the amendment to the Company’s Articles of Incorporation after incorporating the 1 for 20 reverse stock split of the outstanding shares of common stock required by the Merger Agreement; and (iii) a liquidation preference in the amount of the stated value.
Pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement: (i) shares of Series B Preferred Stock of Focus, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Focus Preferred B Shares”) and common stock of Focus, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Focus Common Stock”) were converted into the right to receive an aggregate of 1,250,011 shares of Beacon Series D Preferred Shares, par value $0.01 per share); (ii) all shares of Series A Preferred Stock of Focus, par value $0.0001 per share, were converted into the right to receive an aggregate number of 1,000,000 shares of Beacon Series E shares, par value $0.01 per share, (iii) all shares of capital stock of Merger Sub were converted into one share of Focus Common Stock. Each share of Series D Preferred stock is (a) entitled to vote alongside the common stockholders and has 20 votes; and (b) is convertible into 400 pre-split shares of common stock (equal to 20 shares of common stock on a post-split basis) upon an increase in the number of common shares authorized, and the implementation of a 1-for-20 reverse stock split. Each Beacon Series E share is entitled to vote alongside the common stockholders and has 1 vote each. The Beacon Series E shares were subject to redemption and were recorded as a liability, but the shares were returned to the Company and derecognized on September 30, 2013. The Beacon Merger represented a change of control of Beacon and Focus management became responsible for the consolidated entity.
Following the Beacon Merger, Beacon changed its name to FTE Networks, Inc., which together with its subsidiaries is referred to herein as the “Company” or “FTE”. For accounting purposes, the Beacon Merger has been treated as an acquisition of Beacon by Focus, whereby Focus was deemed to be the accounting acquirer. The historical consolidated financial statements prior to June 19, 2013 are those of Focus Venture Partners. In connection with the Beacon Merger, Focus Venture Partners has restated its statements of stockholders’ deficiency on a recapitalization basis so that all equity accounts and all related footnote disclosures are presented as if the recapitalization had occurred as of the beginning of the earliest period presented. Accordingly, all Focus common shares transactions occurring prior to the Beacon Merger on June 19, 2013 have been restated and are disclosed in terms of their FTE Networks Series D preferred share equivalents.
Stock Purchase Agreement
On March 9, 2017, the Company, entered into a Stock Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with (i) Benchmark, and (ii) each of Benchmark’s stockholders. On April 20, 2017 (the “Closing Date”), FTE acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock (the “Benchmark Shares”) of Benchmark Builders, Inc., a privately held New York corporation (“Benchmark”) from each of its stockholders (collectively, the “Sellers”), pursuant to the Stock Purchase Agreement, dated as of March 9, 2017, by and among FTE Networks, Benchmark, and the Sellers (the “Purchase Agreement”), as amended by Amendment No. 1 to Stock Purchase Agreement, dated as of the Closing Date (the “Purchase Agreement Amendment” and together with the Purchase Agreement, the “Amended Purchase Agreement”). FTE Networks, Benchmark, and the Sellers, entered into the Purchase Agreement Amendment in order to address certain changes in the purchase price as set forth in the Purchase Agreement. The Purchase Agreement provided that the consideration to the Sellers for the Benchmark Shares would consist of (i) $55,000,000 in cash consideration, (ii) an aggregate of 17,825,350 shares of the Company’s common stock, and (iii) promissory notes in the aggregate amount of $10,000,000 to the Sellers. The Purchase Agreement Amendment has, inter alia, modified the purchase price set forth in the Purchase Agreement to consist of (i) cash consideration of approximately $17,250,000, subject to certain prospective working capital adjustments (the “Cash Consideration”),approximately $10 million cash provided by Lateral and $7 million provided by certain of the sellers, (ii) 26,738,445 shares of FTE Networks’ common stock (the “FTE Shares”), (iii) convertible promissory notes in the aggregate principal amount of $12,500,000 to certain stockholders of Benchmark (the “Series A Notes”, which mature on April 20, 2019), (iv) promissory notes in the aggregate principal amount of $30,000,000 to certain stockholders of Benchmark (the “Series B Notes”, which mature on April 20, 2020) and (v) promissory notes in the aggregate principal amount of $7,500,000 to certain stockholders of Benchmark (the “Series C Notes”, which mature on October 20, 2018, and together with the Series A Notes and the Series B Notes, the “Notes”) in the Amended Purchase Agreement. Additionally, Lateral amended its existing credit facility to provide for the approximate $10 million cash and to restructure the existing debt, which now has a maturity date of March 30, 2019.
The entire disclosure for the business description and basis of presentation concepts. Business description describes the nature and type of organization including but not limited to organizational structure as may be applicable to holding companies, parent and subsidiary relationships, business divisions, business units, business segments, affiliates and information about significant ownership of the reporting entity. Basis of presentation describes the underlying basis used to prepare the financial statements (for example, US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Other Comprehensive Basis of Accounting, IFRS).
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