Business Combinations and Reverse Recapitalization
|6 Months Ended|
Jun. 30, 2022
|Business Combination and Asset Acquisition [Abstract]|
|Business Combinations and Reverse Recapitalization||
NOTE 4 – Business Combinations and Reverse Recapitalization
Formation of the Lightning JV
On May 5, 2022, the Company and Republic Services, Inc. (“Republic”) announced the formation of the Lightning JV to develop 39 RNG projects across the U.S. that will be located at various landfill sites owned or operated by Republic. The joint venture will develop and construct RNG facilities that will convert LFG into pipeline-quality RNG that can be used for a variety of applications. The Company holds a 60% ownership interest in the Lightning JV, and the Company’s initial capital funding of $222.5 million was paid into the Lightning JV on July 5, 2022. Concurrent with the initial funding, the Lightning JV completed the acquisition of landfill gas rights and underlying assets at an additional Republic-owned landfill for $37.9 million, bringing the total number of RNG development projects within the Lightning JV to 40. The Lightning JV did not conduct any activities impacting the financial results of the Company for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022.
Legacy Archaea is considered the accounting acquirer of the Business Combinations because the Legacy Archaea Holders have the largest portion of the voting power of the Company and Legacy Archaea’s senior management comprise the majority of the executive management of the Company. Additionally, the Legacy Archaea Holders appointed the majority of board members exclusive of the independent board members. The Archaea Merger represents a reverse merger and is accounted for as a reverse recapitalization in accordance with GAAP. Under this method of accounting, RAC is treated as the “acquired” company for financial reporting purposes. Accordingly, for accounting purposes, the Archaea Merger is treated as the equivalent of Legacy Archaea issuing shares for the net assets of RAC, accompanied by a recapitalization. The net assets of RAC were stated at historical cost, no goodwill or other intangible assets were recorded.
As discussed in “Note 1 - Organization and Description of Business,” Aria was acquired as part of the Business Combinations consummated on September 15, 2021 to complement the Company’s existing RNG assets and for its operational expertise in the renewable gas industry. The Aria Merger represented an acquisition of a business and was accounted for using the acquisition method, whereby all of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed were recognized at their fair value on the acquisition date, with any excess of the purchase price over the estimated fair value recorded as goodwill.
As of June 30, 2022, the Company has completed the allocation of the consideration. During the six months ended June 30, 2022, the final consideration adjustment of $1.9 million was determined and received from the Aria Holders which had the effect of reducing goodwill. In addition, other purchase price adjustments of $2.5 million in the aggregate were recorded for the six months ended June 30, 2022 which had the effect of increasing goodwill.
The entire disclosure for a business combination (or series of individually immaterial business combinations) completed during the period, including background, timing, and recognized assets and liabilities. The disclosure may include leverage buyout transactions (as applicable).
Reference 1: http://fasb.org/us-gaap/role/ref/legacyRef