Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Significant Transactions

Significant Transactions
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2021
Significant Transactions [Abstract]  
Significant Transactions

Note 4 – Significant Transactions


Ample Organics

On July 7, 2020, we completed the acquisition of Ample Organics (“Ample”), Ample provides a seed-to-sale platform to clients in Canada, which offers tracking, reporting, and compliance tools to cannabis cultivators, processors, sellers, and clinics. We acquired 100% of the stock of Ample Organics for 3.3 million exchangeable shares of one of our wholly-owned subsidiaries. The exchangeable shares may be exchanged, at the option of the holder, for shares of Akerna common stock on a one-for-one basis, therefore the exchangeable shares issued were valued at $7.65 per share, the closing price of an equivalent share of Akerna common stock, $30.7 million was the aggregate value of the exchangeable shares. In addition to the stock consideration, we paid $5.5 million in cash, which was used to settle all of Ample's then outstanding debt. In addition to the stock and cash consideration, the agreement provides for contingent consideration of up to CAD$10,000,000, payable in exchangeable shares, payable if Ample's Recurring Revenue recognized during the 12 months after the acquisition date is CAD$9,000,000 or more. The contingent consideration amount is reduced by an amount equal to the product of CAD$6.67 multiplied by the difference between CAD$9,000,000 and the amount of Recurring Revenue realized during the 12 months following the acquisition. The contingent consideration will be recorded as the estimated fair value on the acquisition date and adjusted to estimated fair value in each subsequent reporting period until settlement. 



Fair Value


Exchangeable shares issued






Contingent consideration

Total preliminary fair value of consideration transferred
$ 31,531

The following table summarizes the fair values of assets acquired and liabilities assumed as of the date of acquisition (in thousands): 



Fair Value







Accounts receivable





Prepaid expenses and other current assets





Acquired technology





Customer relationships

Acquired trade name



Furniture, fixtures and equipment





Accounts payable and accrued expenses





Deferred revenue





Net assets acquired






The excess of purchase consideration over the fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed was recorded as goodwill, which is primarily attributed to the assembled workforce and expanded market opportunities, for which there is no basis for U.S. income tax purposes. The fair values assigned to identifiable assets acquired and liabilities assumed are based on management’s estimates and assumptions.

Pro Forma Financial Information

The following unaudited pro forma financial information summarizes the combined results of operations for Akerna, Trellis, Solo, and Ample as though the companies were combined as of the beginning of our fiscal 2020 (in thousands):

 Three Months Ended
March 31

Revenue $ 4,773
Net loss $ (6,717 )

The pro forma financial information for all periods presented above has been calculated after adjusting the results of Solo, Trellis, and Ample to reflect the business combination accounting effects resulting from this acquisition, including the amortization expense from acquired intangible assets as though the acquisition occurred as of the beginning of the Company’s fiscal year 2019. The Akerna historical condensed consolidated financial statements have been adjusted in the pro forma combined financial statements to give effect to pro forma events that are directly attributable to the business combination and factually supportable. The pro forma financial information is for informational purposes only and is not indicative of the results of operations that would have been achieved if the acquisition had taken place at the beginning of the Company’s fiscal 2019.

Special Voting Preferred Stock and Exchangeable Shares

In connection with the Ample acquisition, we entered into agreements with our wholly-owned subsidiary and the Ample shareholder representative that resulted in the issuance of a single share of our special voting preferred stock, for the purpose of ensuring that each Exchangeable Share is substantially the economic and voting equivalent of a share of Akerna common stock, and, following the registration of the Akerna shares issuable upon exchange of the Exchangeable Shares under the Securities Act of 1933, ensuring that each Exchangeable Share is exchangeable on a one-for-one basis for a share of Akerna common stock, subject to certain limitations. As a result of these agreements and the issuance of the special voting preferred stock, each holder of Exchangeable Shares effectively has the ability to cast votes along with holders of Akerna common stock. Additionally, these agreements grant exchange rights to the holders of exchangeable shares upon the event of our liquidation, dissolution or winding up.

The special voting preferred stock has a par value of $0.0001 per share and a preference in liquidation of $1.00. The special voting preferred stock entitles the holder to an aggregate number of votes equal to the number of the exchangeable shares issued and outstanding from time to time and which we do not own. The holder of the special voting preferred stock and the holders of shares of Akerna common stock will both together as a single class on all matters submitted to a vote of our shareholders. At such time as the special voting preferred stock has not votes attached to it, the share shall be automatically cancelled. The exchangeable shares do not have a par value.

During the three months ended March 31, 2021, several Ample shareholders exchanged a total of 1,020,062 exchangeable shares with a value of $7,803,475 for the same number of shares of Akerna common stock. The exchange was accounted for as an equity transaction and we did not recognize a gain or loss on this transaction. As of March 31, 2021, there were a total of 1,647,287 exchangeable shares issued and outstanding.