Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

8. Goodwill

8. Goodwill
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2021
Goodwill and Intangible Assets Disclosure [Abstract]  
8. Goodwill

8. Goodwill


    December 31, 2021   December 31, 2020
Opening balance as of January 1,   $ 1,663,120     $ 1,663,385  
Acquisition of USB     27,024,383           
Foreign exchange movements     (452 )     (265 )
Closing balance as of December 31.     28,687,051       1,663,120  
Accumulated Impairment charge                
Opening balance as of January 1,     —         —    
Impairment charge     (12,522,714 )         
Closing balance as of December 31,     (12,522,714 )     —    
Goodwill, net of impairment charges   $ 16,164,337     $ 1,663,120  


Goodwill represents the excess purchase price paid over the fair value of assets acquired, including any other identifiable intangible assets.


The Company evaluates goodwill for impairment on an annual basis during the last month of each year and at an interim date if indications of impairment exist. Goodwill impairment is determined by comparing the fair value of the reporting unit to its carrying amount with an impairment being recognized only when the fair value is less than carrying value and the impairment is deemed to be permanent in nature.


As discussed under note 14 below - contingent purchase consideration, management recently reviewed the future revenue and profit projections of USB based on the forecasts provided by the vendors at the time of performing the business valuation, factoring in the ability to source new customers. The customer acquisition process has proven to take longer than expected with a resultant downward revision of new customers acquired over the forecast period and the resultant downward impact on forecasted revenue streams. The Company reviewed the forecasts and made appropriate adjustments based on our current understanding of the addressable market, the growth rates forecast by third party market analysts, the Company’s expected share of revenue and the expectation of how many new clients the Company would realistically be able to add over the forecast period. Management is currently forecasting expected discounted cash flows over the forecast period to be approximately 40% lower than originally estimated. This has a significant impact on the current valuation of USB, resulting in a goodwill impairment charge of approximately $12,522,714.