PCOM Points International
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
☐ REGISTRATION STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 12 OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
☒ ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13(a) OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2020
Commission File Number 0-51509
POINTS INTERNATIONAL LTD.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
(Translation of Registrant's Name into English)
(Province or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
(Primary Standard Industrial Classification Code Number)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification Number)
111 Richmond Street West, Suite 700
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5H 2G4
Tel. (416) 595-0000
(Address and telephone number of Registrant's principal executive offices)
CT Corporation System
28 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10015
Tel. (212) 894-8940
(Name, address (including zip code) and telephone number (including area code)
of agent for service in the United States)
Securities registered or to be registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act.
Title of each class
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Shares, no par value
NASDAQ Capital Market
Securities registered or to be registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:
(Title of Class)
Securities registered or to be registered pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Act:
(Title of Class)
For annual reports, indicate by check mark the information filed with this Form:
☒ Annual information form ☒ Audited annual financial statements
Indicate the number of outstanding shares of each of the issuer's classes of capital or common stock as of the close of the period covered by the annual report: 13,227,407 as of December 31, 2020.
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to file such reports) and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.
Yes ☒ No ☐
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to submit such files).
Yes ☒ No ☐
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Emerging growth company ☐
If an emerging growth company that prepares its financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards† provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐
† The term "new or revised financial accounting standard" refers to any update issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board to its Accounting Standards Codification after April 5, 2012.
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has filed a report on and attestation to its management's assessment of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting under Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C. 7262(b)) by the registered public accounting firm that prepared or issued its audit report. ☒
See Exhibits 99.4 and 99.5 to this Annual Report on Form 40-F (this "Form 40-F").
DISCLOSURE CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES
Disclosure controls and procedures are designed to provide reasonable assurance that information required to be disclosed in reports filed with, or submitted to, securities regulatory authorities is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified under Canadian and United States securities laws. As at December 31, 2020, an evaluation was carried out under the supervision of the Registrant's management of the effectiveness of the Registrant's disclosure controls and procedures, as defined in the applicable Canadian and United States securities laws. The conclusion of the Registrant's Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer regarding the effectiveness of the Registrant's disclosure controls and procedures is included in Management's Discussion and Analysis under the heading "Disclosure Controls and Procedures" and is filed herewith as Exhibit 99.3 and incorporated herein by reference.
MANAGEMENT'S ANNUAL REPORT ON
INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING
Management's annual report on internal control over financial reporting is included in Management's Discussion and Analysis under the heading "Management's Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting" and is filed herewith as Exhibit 99.3 and incorporated herein by reference.
ATTESTATION REPORT OF THE REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
The attestation report of KPMG LLP with respect to the Registrant's internal control over financial reporting is included with the Audited Consolidated Financial Statements of the Registrant for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 filed herewith as Exhibit 99.2 and incorporated herein by reference.
CHANGES IN INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING
The Registrant's management regularly reviews its system of internal control over financial reporting and makes changes to the Registrant's processes and systems to improve controls and increase efficiency, while ensuring that the Registrant maintains an effective internal control environment.
During the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, there have been no changes in the Registrant's internal control over financial reporting that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Registrant's internal control over financial reporting.
NOTICES PURSUANT TO REGULATION BTR
AUDIT COMMITTEE FINANCIAL EXPERT
The Board of Directors of the Registrant has determined that Ms. Leontine van Leeuwen-Atkins is (i) an audit committee financial expert (as such term is defined in paragraph 8(b) of General Instruction B to Form 40-F) and (ii) independent (as such term is defined in the rules of the NASDAQ Capital Market).
CODE OF ETHICS
The Registrant has adopted a code of ethics (as such term is defined in paragraph 9 of General Instruction B to Form 40-F) that applies to its employees, including its principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer, controller and persons performing similar functions. The Registrant's Code of Business Conduct & Ethics is available at the Registrant's website at www.points.com and is available in print to any person upon written request to the Secretary of the Registrant at the address listed on the first page of this Form 40-F.
During the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, the Registrant has not granted a waiver or implicit waiver from a provision of its Code of Business Conduct & Ethics to its Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, principal accounting officer, controller, or persons performing similar functions.
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT FEES AND SERVICES
KPMG LLP served as the Registrant's independent public accountant for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2019 and 2020. The aggregate audit fees, audit-related fees, tax fees and all other fees (as such terms are defined in paragraph 10 of General Instruction B to Form 40-F) billed by the Registrant's external auditor in each of the last two fiscal years is disclosed in the Registrant's 2020 Annual Information Form under the heading "Audit Committee - External Auditor Service Fees (By Category)" and is filed herewith as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference.
PRE-APPROVAL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
A description of the audit committee's pre-approval policies and procedures is disclosed in the Registrant's 2020 Annual Information Form under the heading "Audit Committee - Audit Committee Pre-Approval Policies and Procedures" and is filed herewith as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference.
No audit-related fees, tax fees or other non-audit fees were approved by the Audit Committee pursuant to paragraph (c)(7)(i)(C) of Rule 2-01 of Regulation S-X.
OFF-BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENTS
The Registrant has no off-balance sheet arrangements (as such term is defined in paragraph 11 of General Instruction B to Form 40-F) required to be disclosed in this Form 40-F.
TABULAR DISCLOSURE OF CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS
The Registrant's contractual obligations as of December 31, 2020 are disclosed in the notes to the 2020 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements and in Management's Discussion and Analysis for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 under the heading "Liquidity and Capital Resources - Contractual Obligations and Commitments", each of which are filed herewith as Exhibits 99.2 and 99.3 respectively and incorporated herein by reference.
IDENTIFICATION OF AUDIT COMMITTEE
The Registrant has a separately standing audit committee established in accordance with 3(a)(58)(A) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act"). The members of the audit committee as of the date of this filing are: Ms. Leontine van Leeuwen-Atkins (Chair), Mr. David Adams, Mr. John Thompson and Ms. Jane Skoblo.
DISCLOSURE PURSUANT TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE NASDAQ STOCK MARKET
As a foreign private issuer under the Exchange Act, the Registrant is permitted under NASDAQ Rule 5615(a)(3) to follow its home country practice in lieu of certain NASDAQ corporate governance standards. In order to claim such exemption, the Registrant must disclose the NASDAQ corporate governance standards that it does not follow and describe the home country practice that it follows in lieu of such standards. A description of the significant ways in which the Registrant's governance practices differ from those followed by domestic companies follows:
• Rule 5620(c) of the NASDAQ Rules requires a quorum of no less than 33-1/3% of the outstanding shares of common stock at any meeting of the holders of common stock. Following Canadian practice, a quorum for meetings of the holders of the Registrant's common stock is no less than 15% of the total number of the issued shares of the Registrant entitled to vote at the meeting.
• Rule 5605(d)(1) of the NASDAQ Rules requires that each listed company adopt a formal written compensation committee charter that specifies, among other things, the compensation committee's responsibilities and authority, as set forth in Listing Rule 5605(d)(3). The Registrant has adopted a formal written mandate setting out the duties and responsibilities of its Human Resources and Corporate Governance Committee (the "HRCGC"). Among other things, such mandate includes recommending for approval by the board the compensation of the chief executive officer, but not of all other executive officers. The mandate also does not specify that the chief executive officer may not be present during voting or deliberations on his or her compensation, although, as a matter of practice, the HRCGC does not permit the chief executive officer to be present during such voting or deliberations. In addition, such mandate does not specify the specific compensation committee responsibilities and authority set forth in Rule 5605(d)(3). The Registrant's practices with regard to these requirements are permitted by Canadian law.
• Rule 5635 of the NASDAQ Rules sets forth circumstances under which shareholder approval is required prior to an issuance of securities in connection with: (i) the acquisition of the stock or assets of another company; (ii) equity-based compensation of officers, directors, employees or consultants; (iii) a change of control; and (iv) transactions other than public offerings. These circumstances are not identical to the circumstances under which shareholder approval is required under Canadian and TSX requirements. When the shareholder approval requirements under the NASDAQ Rules differ from the Canadian and TSX requirements, the Registrant follows the Canadian and TSX requirements. The Registrant's practices with regard to these requirements are permitted by Canadian law.
Registrant undertakes to make available, in person or by telephone, representatives to respond to inquiries made by the Commission staff, and to furnish promptly, when requested to do so by the Commission staff, information relating to: the securities registered pursuant to Form 40-F; the securities in relation to which the obligation to file an annual report on Form 40-F arises; or transactions in said securities.
DISCLOSURE PURSUANT TO SECTION 13(r) OF THE EXCHANGE ACT
In accordance with Section 13(r) of the Exchange Act, the Registrant is required to include certain disclosures in its periodic reports if it or any of its affiliates knowingly engaged in certain specified activities during the period covered by the report. Neither the Registrant nor its affiliates have knowingly engaged in any transaction or dealing reportable under Section 13(r) of the Exchange Act during the year ended December 31, 2020.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Exchange Act, the Registrant certifies that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form 40-F and has duly caused this Annual Report on Form 40-F to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereto duly authorized.
POINTS INTERNATIONAL LTD.
/s/ Robert MacLean
Name: Robert MacLean
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Date: March 3, 2021
The following exhibits are filed as part of this Annual Report on Form 40-F: