|3 Months Ended|
Mar. 31, 2019
|Compensation Related Costs [Abstract]|
NOTE 13. EQUITY-BASED COMPENSATION
In January and February 2019, the Operating Company entered into profits interest award agreements with several executives and employees of the Operating Company. The profits interests vest over a period of four to five years, as applicable to each holder. Any unvested portion of the profits interest would have vested upon the consummation of a capital event that was also a change in control (as defined in the LLC Agreement) of the Operating Company. The agreements specified that the award entitles the grantee to only participate in certain net profits and net proceeds in excess of a threshold amount (as defined) from a capital event that was also a change in control of the Operating Company, allocated and distributed to the profits interest from and after the grant date, and does not entitle the grantee to any other profits of the Operating Company, and as such was intended to constitute a profits interest under the LLC Agreement. The Operating Company determined that these awards represent equity instruments and such awards were accounted for under ASC Topic 718, Stock Compensation. The profits interest award provisions included both a service condition (explicit requisite service period) and a performance condition (i.e., change in control). Vesting of the profits interest awards was based on satisfying either the service or the performance condition. As a result, the initial requisite service period was the shorter of the explicit service period for the service condition or the explicit or implicit service period for the performance condition. Under ASC Topic 718, the total fair value of the profits interest awards is measured at grant date and compensation cost is recognized over the service vesting period or accelerated if a change of control occurred prior to the completion of service vesting. The grant date fair value of awards made in January and February 2019 was approximately $4.8 million. During the three months ended March 31, 2019, the Operating Company recorded compensation expense of approximately $230,000 related to the profits interests granted in January and February 2019, which is included in salaries, benefits and payroll taxes in the condensed consolidated statement of operations. As of March 31, 2019, there was approximately $4.6 million of unrecognized compensation costs related to unvested profits interests granted as equity-based compensation. This amount is expected to be recognized over a weighted-average period of 2.9 years.
See "Note 16—Subsequent Events."
Redeemable Class B Units
The Operating Company determined that a portion of the redeemable Class B units granted as equity-based compensation met the criteria for liability classification under ASC 718. One-half of each holder's award was deemed vested on the modification date, whereas the other half contained a service condition spanning from two to three years. For the liability-classified portion of the awards, the Operating Company will remeasure the fair value of the awards each reporting period until the awards are settled, and true up compensation cost each reporting period for changes in fair value pro-rated for the portion of the requisite service period rendered.
During the three months ended March 31, 2019, the Operating Company recorded compensation expense of approximately $2.6 million resulting from the incremental vesting and modification of one of the redeemable Class B units awards, which is included in salaries, benefits and payroll taxes in the condensed consolidated statement of operations. The Operating Company recorded an equity-based compensation liability of approximately $357,000 and $21,000 within accrued expenses in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively. As of March 31, 2019, there was approximately $2.9 million of unrecognized compensation costs related to unvested redeemable Class B units granted as equity-based compensation. This amount is expected to be recognized over a weighted-average period of 1.9 years. In order to determine the fair value of the Operating Company's redeemable Class B units, which were granted as equity-based compensation, the Operating Company used Greenlane's IPO price per share of $17.00. See "Note 16—Subsequent Events."
The entire disclosure for compensation costs, including compensated absences accruals, compensated absences liability, deferred compensation arrangements and income statement compensation items. Deferred compensation arrangements may include a description of an arrangement with an individual employee, which is generally an employment contract between the entity and a selected officer or key employee containing a promise by the employer to pay certain amounts at designated future dates, usually including a period after retirement, upon compliance with stipulated requirements. This type of arrangement is distinguished from broader based employee benefit plans as it is usually tailored to the employee. Disclosure also typically includes the amount of related compensation expense recognized during the reporting period, the number of shares (units) issued during the period under such arrangements, and the carrying amount as of the balance sheet date of the related liability.
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