Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Business Combinations

Business Combinations
12 Months Ended
May 31, 2019
Business Combinations [Abstract]  
Business Combinations

Note D — Business Combinations

Effective December 20, 2018, the Company acquired Oasis.  Upon closing, Oasis became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company.  Oasis is an industry leader in providing HR outsourcing services.  Oasis has experienced rapid growth over the last few years through acquisition of several smaller PEOs.  The purchase price was $992.2 million, net of $262.3 million in cash acquired, including $132.1 million of restricted cash.  The acquisition was financed through a combination of cash on hand and the issuance of long-term private placement debt totaling $800.0 million.

The results of operations for Oasis have been included in the Company's Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income since the date of acquisition. Oasis contributed $163.7 million of total revenues and $5.1 million of operating income, including the impact of certain one-time charges related to the acquisition and integration of the Oasis business, in the Company's consolidated results of operations during fiscal 2019. The Company incurred $5.3 million of acquisition and integration costs associated with Oasis during fiscal 2019, which was included within selling, general, and administrative expenses in the Company's Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income.

The Company accounted for the acquisition as a business combination using the acquisition method of accounting in accordance with the FASB ASC Topic 805, “Business Combinations.”  The acquired assets and liabilities of Oasis were recorded at their preliminary acquisition-date fair values and were consolidated with those of the Company as of the acquisition date. The final determination of these preliminary fair values is subject to completion of an assessment of the acquisition-date fair values of acquired assets and liabilities.

The following preliminary acquisition-date fair values were assigned to the acquired net assets (amounts in millions):




Cash and cash equivalents




Restricted cash




Corporate investments




Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts




PEO unbilled receivables, net of advance collections




Prepaid income taxes




Prepaid expenses and other current assets




Long-term restricted cash




Property and equipment




Intangible assets








Other long-term assets




Total Assets







Accounts payable




Accrued corporate compensation and related items




Accrued worksite employee compensation and related items




Other current liabilities




Deferred income taxes




Other long-term liabilities




Net Assets







The Company assigned $310.9 million to amortizable intangible assets, including customer lists, tradenames and trademarks, and non-compete agreements, with a weighted-average amortization period of approximately 10 years. Goodwill in the amount of $972.1 million was recorded as a result of the acquisition, which is not tax-deductible. Any further adjustments to goodwill (in excess of the existing tax basis) is not expected to be deductible for tax purposes. The goodwill is provisional and subject to change, pending completion of the valuation of assets acquired and liabilities assumed.  Goodwill is attributable to the future economic benefits the Company expects to achieve and expected synergies to be realized when combining the operations of this acquisition into our existing operations.

Pro Forma Financial Results (Unaudited): The following table summarizes the Company’s unaudited pro forma operating results for fiscal 2019 and fiscal 2018 as if the acquisition of Oasis had been consummated as of June 1, 2017.  The following pro forma information does not include the impact of any costs incurred to integrate the operations:








Year ended May 31,












Net income







The unaudited pro forma operating results have been calculated after applying the Company’s accounting policies and include the acquisition of Oasis adjusted, net of tax, for depreciation and amortization expense resulting from the determination of preliminary fair values of the acquired property and equipment and amortizable intangible assets, the inclusion of interest expense related to borrowings used to fund the acquisition, the amortization of debt issuance costs related to the permanent financing of debt, the elimination of interest income related to available cash used for the acquisition, and the elimination of Oasis’ interest expense related to debt not assumed in the acquisition. In addition, the net income above for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2018 includes a non-recurring one-time net tax benefit for the revaluation of net deferred tax liabilities as a result of the Tax Act. Since the pro forma financial results assume the acquisition was consummated on June 1, 2017, the unaudited pro forma operating results for fiscal 2019 excluded $2.7 million ($2.0 million, net of tax) of costs incurred by the Company related to the acquisition of Oasis.  The unaudited pro forma operating results for fiscal 2018 included $2.7 million ($1.7 million, net of tax) of costs incurred by the Company related to the acquisition of Oasis.

Oasis’ fiscal year end was the Sunday closest to the calendar year end.  Since Oasis and the Company had different fiscal year end dates, the unaudited pro forma operating results were prepared based on comparable periods.

The pro forma financial information does not purport to be indicative of the results that would have been obtained had the transactions been completed as of June 1, 2017 for the periods presented and are not intended to be a projection of future results or trends.

Effective February 28, 2018, the Company acquired Lessor Group (“Lessor”). Upon closing, Lessor became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company. Lessor is a market-leading provider of payroll and HCM software solutions headquartered in Denmark and serving clients in Northern Europe.  The purchase price was $162.5 million, net of $13.4 million in cash acquired.  Goodwill in the amount of $112.3 million was recorded as a result of the acquisition, which is not tax-deductible.     

Effective August 18, 2017, the Company acquired HROi and all of its operating subsidiaries.  HROi is a national PEO that provides HR solutions to small- and medium-sized businesses in more than 35 states.  The acquisition expands the Company’s presence in the PEO industry.  The purchase price was $75.4 million and was comprised of $42.2 million of cash plus $33.2 million issued in the form of Paychex common stock.  Goodwill in the amount of $51.1 million was recorded as a result of the acquisition, which is not tax-deductible.

The financial results of Lessor and HROi are included in the Company’s consolidated financial statements from the respective dates of acquisition. Subsequent adjustments made to preliminary opening balance sheet amounts before finalization for these acquisitions were immaterial. The Company concluded that these acquisitions were not material to its results of operations and financial position.  Therefore, pro forma financial information has been excluded.