|3 Months Ended|
Mar. 31, 2018
|Investments, All Other Investments [Abstract]|
In August 2016, we acquired a minority interest in Compstak, Inc. (“Compstak”), which is an unrelated company that specializes in the aggregation of commercial lease data. The shares we acquired represent an ownership interest of less than 20%. We evaluated our relationship with Compstak and determined we do not have significant influence over its operations nor is it economically dependent upon us. The carrying value of this investment at both March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017 was $3.0 million and is included in “Other assets” in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.
In January 2018, we paid $2.0 million in cash in return for a convertible promissory note (“Note”) from WayBlazer, Inc. (“WayBlazer”), which is an unrelated company that specializes in an artificial intelligence platform for the travel industry. The Note bears interest at 8% per annum and matures in December 2020. The Note is convertible into WayBlazer’s common stock shares upon a qualified financing event, as defined in the Note. If converted, the shares would represent an approximate 8% ownership interest. This investment is included in “Other assets” in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.
We also entered into a strategic development agreement (“Development Agreement”) with WayBlazer for the development of property management applications. Under the terms of the development Agreement, we will pay direct development costs, and a license fee to use any property management applications developed. The initial license term is five years. At the end of the license term, the Company has the right to purchase a perpetual license for the applications.
The entire disclosure for investments accounted for under the cost-method. The carrying amount of such investments may be adjusted, for example, distributions in excess of cost (return of capital) or for other-than-temporary impairments. The cost method and lower-of-cost or market, an adaptation of the cost method, is generally followed for most investments in noncontrolled corporations, in some corporate joint ventures, and to a lesser extent in unconsolidated subsidiaries in which the entity does not have the ability to exercise significant influence.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef