Commitments and Contingencies
|9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2023
|Commitments and Contingencies [Abstract]
|COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
NOTE 8 – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
In the normal course of business, the Company may enter into investment agreements under which it commits to make an investment in a portfolio company at some future date or over a specified period of time. The Company maintains sufficient assets to provide adequate cover to allow it to satisfy its unfunded commitment amount as of September 30, 2023. The unfunded commitment is accounted for under ASC 820. As of the date of this report, all commitments have been funded.
From time to time, the Company may be a party to certain legal proceedings in the ordinary course of business, including proceedings relating to the enforcement of the Company’s rights under contracts with its portfolio companies. The Company is not currently subject to any material legal proceedings, nor, to our knowledge, is any material legal proceeding threatened against us.
Great Value Storage Litigation
On March 14, 2019, the Company filed a complaint against Great Value Storage, LLC (“GVS”), World Class Capital Group, LLC (“World Class”), and Natin Paul, which we refer to collectively as the GVS Defendants, in the District Court for Harris County, Texas. GVS is one of the Company’s portfolio companies. On January 22, 2021 the Harris County District Court granted the Company’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on its breach of contract claim against GVS and World Class. On March 4, 2021, the Final Judgment Order was entered awarding damages to the Company in the amount of $9,910,601.
On January 1, 2022, the Company amended and finalized proofs of claim in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas, as it has been discovered that Natin Paul had transferred the properties from the GVS Defendants and to the debtor entities, which are GVS affiliates that filed bankruptcy. On March 21, 2022, the bankruptcy court reserved $15 million for our claim. On, April 27, 2022, the Company filed an adversary proceeding in the bankruptcy court to recover amounts owed to the Company.
As disclosed in the Company’s Form 8-K that was filed on September 9, 2022, on September 2, 2022, the Company entered into a Settlement, Assignment and Acceptance Agreement with Natin Paul and his related parties, whereby the Company would sell its promissory notes from GVS and World Class to Phoenix Lending, LLC, a newly formed Natin Paul related entity, in exchange for a settlement payment of $11,372,699 to be funded out of the $15 million reserve in the bankruptcy court. Further, the GVS affiliated parties agreed to indemnify the Company and retain $1 million on reserve in the bankruptcy court for any future legal fees or claims related to the settlement. On October 7, 2022, the Company closed the settlement and received $11,372,699.
Risks and Uncertainties
The Company is subject to risks associated with unforeseen events, including but not limited to, natural disasters, acts of terrorism and the emergence of a pandemic or other public health emergencies, which could create economic, financial and business disruptions. Certain impacts from the COVID-19 outbreak and its variants may have a significant negative impact on the Company’s operations and performance. These circumstances may continue for an extended period of time, and may have an adverse impact on economic and market conditions. The ultimate economic fallout from the pandemic, and the long-term impact on economies, markets, industries and individual companies, are not known. The extent of the impact to the financial performance and the operations of the Company will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted.
Russia/Belarus Action with Ukraine
Various social and political circumstances in the U.S. and around the world (including wars and other forms of conflict, including rising trade tensions between the United States and China, and other uncertainties regarding actual and potential shifts in the U.S. and foreign, trade, economic and other policies with other countries, terrorist acts, security operations and catastrophic events such as fires, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and global health epidemics), may also contribute to increased market volatility and economic uncertainties or deterioration in the U.S. and worldwide. Specifically, the rising conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and resulting market volatility could adversely affect the Company’s operations. In response to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the U.S. and other countries have imposed sanctions or other restrictive actions against Russia. Any of the above factors, including sanctions, export controls, tariffs, trade wars and other governmental actions, may materially impact the valuation of the portfolio investments and in turn, the net asset value of the Company. The specific impact on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows is not determinable as of the date of these financial statements.