In January 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-01, Business Combinations (Topic 805): Clarifying the Definition of a Business. The amendment seeks to clarify the definition of a business with the objective of adding guidance to assist entities with evaluating whether transactions should be accounted for as acquisitions (or disposals) of assets or businesses. The definition of a business affects many areas of accounting, including acquisitions, disposals, goodwill and consolidation. The adoption of ASU 2017-01 is effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2017, including interim periods within those periods. The amendments should be applied prospectively on or after the effective dates. The Company is evaluating the effect of this standard on its consolidated financial statements.
In January 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-04, Intangibles-Goodwill and Other (Topic 350): Simplifying the Test for Goodwill Impairment. To simplify the subsequent measurement of goodwill, the FASB eliminated Step 2 from the goodwill impairment test. Under the amendments in this update, an entity should perform its annual, or interim, goodwill impairment test by comparing the fair value of a reporting unit with its carrying amount. An entity should recognize an impairment charge for the amount by which the carrying amount exceeds the reporting unit’s fair value; however, the loss recognized should not exceed the total amount of goodwill allocated to that reporting unit. Additionally, an entity should consider income tax effects from any tax deductible goodwill on the carrying amount of the reporting unit when measuring the goodwill impairment loss, if applicable. The standard will be applied prospectively and is effective for annual and interim impairment tests performed in periods beginning after December 15, 2019. The Company is evaluating the effect of this standard on its consolidated financial statements.
In May 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-09, Compensation-Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Scope of Modification Accounting. The amendment clarifies when changes to the terms or conditions of a share-based payment award must be accounted for as modifications. The new guidance is expected to reduce diversity in practice and result in fewer changes to the terms of an award being accounted for as modifications. Changes that do not impact the award’s fair value, vesting conditions, or classification as an equity or liability instrument will not to be assessed modification accounting. The guidance is effective for annual periods, and interim periods within those annual periods, beginning after December 15, 2017. The Company is evaluating the effect of this standard on its consolidated financial statements.
2017 Pending Acquisition
Acquisition of BioTherm
In April 2015, the Company entered into purchase and sale agreements to acquire a controlling interest in three operating power plants located in South Africa with an aggregate net capacity of 32.6 MW from BTSA Netherlands Coöperatie U.A. (“BioTherm”). The aggregate consideration payable for the controlling interests in these three power plants is approximately $75.4 million in cash, comprised of approximately $67.6 million and ZAR 100.4 million ($7.8 million as of March 31, 2017), plus 544,055 shares of the Company’s Class A common stock, which is fixed in accordance with the purchase and sale agreements. The aggregate consideration includes amounts for certain additional rights and services. The completion of the BioTherm transaction remains subject to obtaining consents from project lenders and is expected to occur in the second half of 2017.
In August 2015, the Company paid $65.6 million in cash for the interests in the Aries and Konkoonsies solar power plants and the Klipheuwel wind power plant, as well as certain additional rights. In addition to the cash consideration, the Company provided 544,055 shares of its Class A common stock as consideration for the interests in the three power plants. Approximately $20.3 million of the cash payment and all of the 544,055 shares of the Company’s Class A common stock were deposited into an escrow account. The remaining cash portion of this escrow deposit is reported as non-current restricted cash on the Company’s unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheet as of March 31, 2017. The remaining paid consideration of $41.2 million in cash and the August 2015 fair value of the 544,055 shares are reported as a deposit for acquisitions on the Company’s unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheet as of March 31, 2017.
As of March 31, 2017, the remaining balance due was approximately $9.8 million, comprised of $2.0 million and ZAR 11.6 million ($0.9 million) due to BioTherm and ZAR 88.9 million ($6.9 million) due to minority interests. Prior to the completion of the BioTherm transaction, BioTherm is required to direct payment of all distributions from the Klipheuwel wind power plant to the Company, and the Company and BioTherm are required to jointly direct the release of amounts equal to the cash distributions from the Aries and Konkoonsies solar power plants from the escrow to the Company.
Pending receipt of the consents from the project lenders, the Company may at its discretion direct a sale of the power plants to a third party. In respect of the Aries and Konkoonsies solar power plants, due to the fact that the closing did not occur