Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)


12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2020
Investments [Abstract]  



Investments consist of the following:


    December 31, 2020     December 31, 2019  
Common stock of Sonnet, at fair value   $ 413,268     $  
Chanticleer Investors, LLC, at cost     365,001       381,397  
Total   $ 778,269     $ 381,397  


Common stock of Sonnet


Upon consummation of the Merger discussed in Note 1, the Company received a warrant to purchase 2% of the common stock of Sonnet as part of the Merger Consideration. Amergent could not exercise the warrant until 180 days after the closing of the Merger. On November 17, 2020, the Company exercised the warrant in a cashless exercise and received 185,422 shares of Sonnet common stock.


The estimated fair value of the warrant to purchase 2% of the common stock of Sonnet (186,161 shares) was $1,628,909 as of April 1, 2020 and was recognized as a capital contribution in accompanying 2020 consolidated and combined statement of stockholders’ deficit. The warrant had an exercise price of $0.01 per share and was exercisable beginning on September 28, 2020 through April 1, 2025. The estimated fair value of the warrant was determined based on the $8.76 closing stock price of a common share of Sonnet as of April 1, 2020, net of the $0.01 exercise price multiplied by the 186,161 shares issuable upon exercise of the warrant. This value is also equal to the value under the Black-Scholes option pricing model with the following inputs:


As of April 1, 2020      
Fair value of Sonnet common stock   $ 8.76  
Exercise price   $ 0.01  
Term     5 years  
Volatility     103 %
Risk-free interest rate     0.37 %


On December 4, 2020, the Company sold 100 shares of Sonnet common stock for net proceeds of $244. As of December 31, 2020, the remaining 185,322 shares of Sonnet common stock held by the Company were marked to market using the Sonnet closing trading price of $2.23 per share.


Chanticleer Investors LLC


The Company invested $800,000 during 2011 and 2012 in exchange for a 22% ownership stake in Chanticleer Investors, LLC, which in turn held a 3% interest in Hooters of America, the operator and franchisor of the Hooters Brand worldwide. As a result, the Company’s effective economic interest in Hooters of America was approximately 0.6%. Effective June 28, 2019, Hooters of America closed on the sale of a controlling interest in the company. The consideration paid in the sale transaction was a combination of cash proceeds and equity in the newly formed company. The Company netted approximately $48,000 in cash upon the transaction and retained a non-controlling interest in the equity of the newly-formed company.


In June 2019, an analysis of the transaction and the value of the cash received and retained non-controlling interest was performed. The Company concluded that its investment was impaired as of June 30, 2019 and recorded a $435,000 write down of the investment during the year ended December 31, 2019. No further impairment charges were recognized for the year ended December 31, 2020.