The below-announced combination was terminated on 8/29/22. It will remain on the page for reference purposes only. Once a new combination is announced it will be added to the top of the page.
PROPOSED BUSINESS COMBINATION: Corcentric [Terminated 8/29/22]
ENTERPRISE VALUE: $1.229 billion
ANTICIPATED SYMBOL: tbd
North Mountain Merger Corporation proposes to combine with Corcentric, a provider of payments, accounts payable, and accounts receivable technology to enterprise and middle-market companies.
Founded in 1996, Corcentric is a leading provider of B2B commerce solutions for enterprise and middle-market businesses. Its comprehensive, end-to-end suite of Source-to-Pay and Order-to-Cash solutions combined with its proprietary B2B payments network empower customers to enable growth, optimize working capital, enhance visibility, and minimize risk. These solutions are delivered through a combination of cloud-based software, payments, and advisory services. Corcentric’s suite of solutions and its proprietary B2B payments network, comprising over 450,000 buyers and 1.4 million suppliers, processes over $100 billion in transaction volume annually.
- The Transaction implies a pro forma enterprise value of the combined company of approximately $1.2 billion, representing an 8.1x multiple to 2022 expected adjusted revenue of $149 million.
- The Transaction is expected to deliver approximately $182 million in gross proceeds, comprising NMMC’s approximately $132 million of cash held in trust (assuming no redemptions) and $50 million of fully committed PIPE financing from anchor investors, including Wellington Management and Millais Limited, an affiliate of the Sponsor.
- Under the terms of the Transaction, Corcentric’s existing shareholders will convert their ownership stakes into equity of the combined company and are expected to own approximately 81% of the post-combination company immediately following the closing of the transaction.
- Bregal Sagemount, a prominent growth equity firm, will continue as a shareholder of Corcentric.
- In connection with the execution of the Merger Agreement, North Mountain entered into subscription agreements with investment funds managed by Wellington Management Company LLP (“Wellington”), Millais Limited, an affiliate of the Sponsor and an affiliate of North Mountain (“Millais”) and SMMC Sponsor Interests, LLC, an affiliate of North Mountain and an entity controlled by Charles Bernicker, the Chief Executive Officer and a director of North Mountain (such entity, “Sponsor Interests, and together with Wellington and Millais, the “Subscribers”), pursuant to which
- (i) the Subscribers have agreed to purchase, and North Mountain has agreed to sell the Subscribers, an aggregate of 5,000,000 shares of Common Stock for a purchase price of $10.00 per share and at an aggregate purchase price of $50,000,000
- (ii) North Mountain will transfer to each Subscriber one-half of one warrant for each share of Common Stock purchased, which warrants will be “Public Warrants” under the warrant agreement, dated as of September 17, 2020, by and between North Mountain and Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company.
- The obligations to consummate the transactions contemplated by the Subscription Agreements are conditioned upon, among other things
- (i) at least 5,000,000 shares of North Mountain Common Stock remaining outstanding immediately prior to the consummation of the Business Combination after giving effect to the completion of the Redemption Offer, and with respect to which North Mountain has not entered into a forward purchase agreement that would obligate North Mountain to purchase the shares at a future date
- (ii) customary closing conditions and the consummation of the Business Combination.
- Wellington Management and Millais Limited, an affiliate of the Sponsor. Under the terms of the Transaction, Corcentric’s existing shareholders
- Following the Closing, pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, holders of
- (i) shares of Corcentic Common Stock and Corcentric Preferred Stock (excluding the Cash Consideration Shares) outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time
- (ii) vested Corcentric stock options outstanding and unexercised immediately prior to the First Effective Time
- (iii) Rollover Options
- (iv) Rollover Restricted Stock
- (v) without duplication of clauses (iii) and (iv), holders of North Mountain Common Stock received in respect of Rollover Options and/or Rollover Restricted Stock that vested and were exercised, as applicable, between the First Effective Time and the relevant earn-out achievement date, will have the contingent right to receive in the aggregate, up to 5,000,000 shares of North Mountain Common Stock if, from the Closing until the fifth anniversary thereof,
- (x) the dollar volume-weighted average price of North Mountain Common Stock exceeds certain thresholds or
- (y) a sale or change of control of North Mountain occurs (as further described in the Merger Agreement).
SHARE VESTING AND WARRANT SURRENDER AGREEMENT
- North Mountain entered into a share vesting and warrant surrender agreement with the Sponsor, which provides that immediately prior to, and contingent upon, the consummation of the Closing (the “Surrender Effective Time”)
- (i) the Sponsor will surrender 4,145,000 private placement warrants of North Mountain held by the Sponsor prior to the Closing, a portion of which will be transferred and delivered to the Subscribers (as defined below) in the amounts set forth in and pursuant to the Subscription Agreements (including any Subscription Agreements entered into after the date of the Share Vesting and Warrant Surrender Agreement) and the remainder of which will be cancelled by North Mountain upon the Surrender Effective Time in exchange for 1,400,000 newly issued shares of North Mountain Common Stock (the “Warrant Shares”), subject to certain vesting conditions set forth in the Share Vesting and Warrant Surrender Agreement
- (ii) at the Closing, all shares of North Mountain’s Class B common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (“North Mountain Class B Common Stock”) held by the Sponsor (or shares of North Mountain Common Stock issued or issuable upon conversion thereof) and all Warrant Shares will become unvested
- (iii) an aggregate of 2,603,126 of the shares of North Mountain Class B Common Stock and Warrant Shares will vest immediately following Closing
- (iv) the remainder of the Sponsor’s shares of North Mountain Class B Common Stock and Warrant Shares will, at the Surrender Effective Time, be subject to the vesting and surrender provisions set forth in the Share Vesting and Warrant Surrender Agreement, pursuant to which such shares will vest in two equal tranches if the stock price level is greater than or equal to $12.50 per share (the “$12.50 Share Price Milestone”) or $15.00 per share (the “$15.00 Share Price Milestone”), in each case for 20 trading days within any consecutive 30-trading day period within five years of Closing, subject to equitable adjustment to reflect any subdivision, stock split, cash or stock dividend, reorganization, combination, recapitalization or similar transaction with respect to the North Mountain Common Stock.
- In addition, the shares subject to the $12.50 Share Price Milestone or the $15.00 Share Price Milestone will accelerate vesting upon certain acceleration events, including a change of control transaction that occurs within five years of Closing.
- Any shares subject to vesting pursuant to the Share Vesting and Warrant Surrender Agreement will be surrendered to the extent such shares remain unvested following the five-year anniversary of the Closing.
- In connection with the execution of the Merger Agreement, North Mountain and certain Corcentric stockholders have entered into lockup agreements (the “Lockup Agreements”) pursuant to which such Corcentric stockholders have agreed that they will not, during the period beginning as of the effective time of the Business Combination and continuing to and including the date that is one hundred eighty (180) days after the Closing Date, directly or indirectly, offer, sell, contract to sell, pledge, grant any option to purchase, make any short sale or otherwise dispose of any shares of North Mountain Common Stock, or any options or warrants to purchase any shares of North Mountain Common Stock, or any securities convertible into, exchangeable for or that represent the right to receive shares of North Mountain Common Stock, or any interest in any of the foregoing whether owned at the time of entry into the Lockup Agreements or thereafter acquired. The Lockup Agreements will become effective upon the consummation of the Business Combination.
REGISTRATION RIGHTS AGREEMENT
- Pursuant to the Registration Rights Agreement, North Mountain agreed to file a shelf registration statement with respect to the registrable securities under the Registration Rights Agreement within 30 days of the closing of the Business Combination. Additionally, the Registration Rights Agreement contains certain restrictions on transfer with respect to the shares of North Mountain Common Stock held by Sponsor Holders immediately following Closing. Such restrictions begin at Closing and end on the earlier of the earlier to occur of
- (A) the date that is one year following the date of the Closing and
- (B) subsequent to the Closing
- (x) if the closing price of the Common Stock equals or exceeds $12.00 per share (as adjusted for stock splits, stock dividends, reorganizations, recapitalizations and the like) for any 20 trading days within any 30 trading day period commencing at least 150 days after the Closing or
- (y) the date on which the Company completes a liquidation, merger, capital stock exchange, reorganization or other similar transaction that results in all of the Company’s stockholders having the right to exchange their shares of Common Stock for cash, securities or other property.
- Up to twice in any 12-month period, certain legacy North Mountain and Corcentric stockholders may request to sell all or any portion of their registrable securities in an underwritten offering so long as the total offering price is reasonably expected to exceed $30,000,000 or all of such holders’ remaining registrable securities.
- North Mountain also agreed to provide customary “piggyback” registration rights.
- The Registration Rights Agreement also provides that North Mountain will pay certain expenses relating to such registrations and indemnify the stockholders against certain liabilities.
NOTABLE CONDITIONS TO CLOSING
- The amount of Closing Acquiror Cash being equal to or exceeding $150,000,000; provided, that if the Closing Acquiror Cash is less than $125,000,001, Corcentric will have no right or ability to waive such condition without North Mountain’s prior written consent
NOTABLE CONDITIONS TO TERMINATION
- By either North Mountain or Corcentric if the Closing has not occurred on or before August 9, 2022 (the “Outside Date”)
- J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is acting as financial advisor and capital markets advisor, William Blair is acting as financial advisor, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP is acting as legal counsel to Corcentric.
- Citi is acting as capital markets advisor and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is acting as legal counsel to North Mountain.
- J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Citi are acting as lead placement agents to North Mountain on the PIPE
- William Blair is acting as co-placement agent to North Mountain on the PIPE
- Mayer Brown LLP is acting as legal counsel to the placement agents with respect to the PIPE.
MANAGEMENT & BOARD
Charles B. Bernicker, 55
Chief Executive Officer, President & Director
Mr. Bernicker is also Chief Executive Officer and a director of South Mountain. Mr. Bernicker most recently has acted as a consultant to Repay Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: RPAY) management team on their merger with Thunder Bridge Acquisition, Ltd. in July 2019 and the International Money Express, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMXI) management team in connection with their merger with FinTech Acquisition Corp. II in July 2018. From 2012, until it was acquired by First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC) in July 2017, Mr. Bernicker was the Chief Financial Officer of CardConnect, which merged with FinTech Acquisition Corp., a former SPAC, in July 2016. From 2010 until 2012, Mr. Bernicker was an Executive Director of Heartland Payment Systems, a merchant acquirer and payment processor. From 2008 until 2010, Mr. Bernicker was a Senior Vice President of Fraud Strategy for Bank of America and, prior to that, Mr. Bernicker held several leadership positions with Commerce Bancorp, prior to its acquisition by TD Bank, N.A. in March 2008. Prior to joining Commerce Bancorp, from 2000 until 2004, Mr. Bernicker was the Chief Financial Officer of eCount, a stored-value card issuer. Mr. Bernicker was also a member of the Card Operations Risk Executive Council for Visa/USA. Prior to that, Mr. Bernicker was a member of the audit group in the Philadelphia office of Ernst & Young, LLP. Mr. Bernicker holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Delaware.
Nicholas Dermatas, 36
Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
Mr. Dermatas is also the Chief Financial Officer of South Mountain and has also served as a Vice President of Finance at First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC). From 2012 until it was acquired by First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC) in July 2017, Mr. Dermatas was the Senior Vice President of Finance of CardConnect, which merged with FinTech Acquisition Corp., a former SPAC, in July 2016. From 2009 until 2011, Mr. Dermatas was an Associate of Carousel Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm that invests in companies headquartered in the Southeastern United States. From 2007 until 2009, Mr. Dermatas was an Analyst at Edgeview Partners, now Piper Jaffray (NYSE: PJC), a middle-market advisory firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Dermatas holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Board of Directors
Robert L. Metzger, 52
Since 2016, Mr. Metzger has served as a senior advisor at MissionOG, a venture capital firm. Mr. Metzger is also a director of South Mountain. Mr. Metzger is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Gies College of Business and has served as the Director of the Investment Banking Academy since August 2015 and is also the Faculty Director of Gies Business Honors Programs. Since May 2019 he has served as a director of Payroc, LLC, a privately held payments processing company; and since June 2020 has served as a National Director of CareerSpring, a not-for-profit organization focused on helping first generation college graduates gain meaningful employment. Previously, he served as a member of the Audit Committee and the Board of Directors of WageWorks, Inc. (NYSE: WAGE) from February 2016 until their acquisition by HealthEquity (NASDAQ: HQY) in August 2019; as a member of the Audit Committee and Board of Directors of USA Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: USAT) from December 2016 to April 2020; as a member of the Audit Committee and Board of Directors of Millennium Trust, a privately held provider of specialized custody solutions, from February 2016 until April 2019; and as a member of the Audit Committee and Board of Directors of JetPay Corporation since November 2017, prior to their acquisition by NCR (NYSE: NCR) in December 2018. Mr. Metzger was a Partner at William Blair & Company, L.L.C. from January 2005 to December 2015 after joining the firm in 1999, and since January 2016, he has been employed as a Senior Director at the firm. He served as the head of the Technology group between January 2011 and January 2015 and of the Financial Services Investment Banking Group between April 2007 and December 2015. He also acted as Chairman of the firm’s Audit Committee from January 2013 to December 2015. Prior to joining William Blair & Company, L.L.C., he worked in the Investment Banking Division of ABN AMRO Incorporated from 1997 to 1999, in the Financial Institutions Group at A.T. Kearney, Inc. from 1995 to 1997, and in Audit and Audit Advisory Services at Price Waterhouse from 1990 to 1994. Mr. Metzger graduated with a Master’s in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Strategy in 1995 from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy in 1989 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Scott O’Callaghan, 57
Mr. O’Callaghan is currently serves as the Managing Director of Onex Credit and focuses on Onex Credit’s fundraising efforts. Mr. O’Callaghan is also a director of South Mountain. Mr. O’Callaghan has 34 years of experience in the leveraged credit markets, including business development roles for alternative credit investment firms. Before joining Onex Credit in 2019, Mr. O’Callaghan was a partner and managed business development for Rotation Capital Management and MidOcean Credit Partners. Previously he was global head of leverage finance sales at Bank of America, and held various positions at Deutsche Bank, Bankers Trust, Drexel Burnham Lambert and Manufacturers Hanover Trust. Mr. O’Callaghan earned a B.A. from Brown University in 1986.
Douglas J. Pauls, 62
Mr. Pauls has over 30 years of experience in the areas of finance, accounting, internal controls, and financial reporting for public companies, including most recently senior roles with financial institutions. Mr. Pauls currently serves as a director of South Mountain. Mr. Pauls served as Chief Financial Officer of BankUnited, Inc., a bank holding company, from 2009 until his retirement in 2013. From 2008 until 2009, Mr. Pauls served as Executive Vice President of finance for TD Bank, N.A. following TD Bank’s acquisition of Commerce Bancorp, Inc. in March 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Pauls held several positions with Commerce, including serving as its Chief Financial Officer from 2002 until its acquisition by TD Bank and its Chief Accounting Officer from 1995 to 2002. Earlier in his career, Mr. Pauls was a senior manager in the audit department of Ernst & Young in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is currently a director of BankUnited, Inc. (NYSE: BKU), where he serves as the Chairman of the Risk Committee, Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT), where he serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee, and Global Atlantic Financial Group Limited, where he also serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Pauls holds a BA in Economics from Dickinson College and serves on Dickinson’s Board of Trustees.