STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY (DEFICIT)
|12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2020
|STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY (DEFICIT)
NOTE 13 STOCKHOLDERS EQUITY (DEFICIT)
2016 Equity Plan
On March 11, 2016, the Board adopted the 2016 Equity Incentive Plan (the 2016 Plan) and the shareholders approved the 2016 Plan during the annual shareholders meeting on April 21, 2016. On May 27, 2016, the Company filed a registration statement for the securities planned to be issued under the plan which became effective at that date.
The 2016 Plan provided for the issuance of up to 16,327 shares of our common stock. The purpose of the Plan was to assist the Company in attracting and retaining key employees, directors and consultants and to provide incentives to such individuals to align their interests with those of our stockholders. In March 2018, the Board of Directors approved an increase in the total amount of shares or share equivalents that could be issued under the 2016 Plan to 178,572. On July 31, 2019, the shareholders approved an increase in the total maximum amount issuable under the 2016 Plan to 321,429.
On April 23, 2018, the Company issued a total of 160,152 incentive stock options to certain employees and directors under the 2016 Plan. In 2019, the Company issued an additional 17,144 options for two directors who joined the board and a former officer forfeited 14,286 options. On April 1, 2020, the Company cancelled and re-issued 160,866 existing non-qualified options to key staff members, officers and directors which had an exercise price of $14.00 per share with a reduced exercise price of $6.00 per share. In addition, a further 149,424 options were issued to key staff members, officers and directors with an exercise price of $4.74 per share and 536 options were forfeited From September to December 2020, 140,000 options with strike prices ranging from $4.18 to $4.35 were issued the Companys new CEO and two key staff members as an incentive to join the Company. The total options issued under the 2016 Plan are 451,898 at the end of 2020. (see Note 14)
The 2016 Plan was administered by the Compensation Committee of the Board, which currently consists of two members of the Board, each of whom is a non-employee director within the meaning of Rule 16b-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act and an outside director within the meaning of Code Section 162(m). Among other things, the Compensation Committee had complete discretion, subject to the express limits of the 2016 Plan, to determine the directors, employees and nonemployee consultants to be granted an award, the type of award to be granted the terms and conditions of the award, the form of payment to be made and/or the number of shares of common stock subject to each award, the exercise price of each option and base price of each stock appreciation right (SAR), the term of each award, the vesting schedule for an award, whether to accelerate vesting, the value of the common stock underlying the award, and the required withholding, if any. The Compensation Committee may amend, modify or terminate any outstanding award, provided that the participants consent to such action is required if the action would impair the participants rights or entitlements with respect to that award. The Compensation Committee is also authorized to construe the award agreements and may prescribe rules relating to the 2016 Plan. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Compensation Committee does not have any authority to modify an award under the 2016 Plan with terms or conditions that would cause the grant, vesting or exercise thereof to be considered nonqualified deferred compensation subject to Code Section 409A.
Grant of Awards, Shares Available for Awards
The 2016 Plan provided for the grant of stock options, SARs, performance share awards, performance unit awards, distribution equivalent right awards, restricted stock awards, restricted stock unit awards and unrestricted stock awards to non-employee directors, officers, employees and nonemployee consultants of the Company or its affiliates. We reserved a total of 321,429 shares of common stock for issuance as or under awards made under the 2016 Plan. If any award expires, is cancelled, or terminates unexercised or is forfeited, the number of shares subject thereto is again available for grant under the 2016 Plan.
Currently, there are twenty five identified employees (including four executive officers and directors), three non-employee directors, and up to thirty other current or future staff members who would be entitled to receive stock options and/or shares of restricted stock under the 2016 Plan. Future new hires and additional non-employee directors and/or consultants would be eligible to participate in the 2016 Plan as well.
The 2016 Plan provided for either incentive stock options (ISOs), which are intended to meet the requirements for special federal income tax treatment under the Code, or nonqualified stock options (NQSOs). The stockholders approved the 2016 Plan at the annual meeting as previously described. Stock options could be granted on such terms and conditions as the Compensation Committee may determine, provided, however, that the per share exercise price under a stock option could not be less than the fair market value of a share of the Companys common stock on the date of grant and the term of the stock option may not exceed 10 years (110% of such value and five years in the case of an ISO granted to an employee who owned (or was deemed to own) more than 10% of the total combined voting power of all classes of capital stock of our Company or a parent or subsidiary of our Company). ISOs may only be granted to employees. In addition, the aggregate fair market value of our common stock covered by one or more ISOs (determined at the time of grant) which are exercisable for the first time by an employee during any calendar year may not exceed $100,000. Any excess is treated as a NQSO.
Stock Appreciation Rights
A SAR entitles the participant, upon exercise, to receive an amount, in cash or stock or a combination thereof, equal to the increase in the fair market value of the underlying common stock between the date of grant and the date of exercise. SARs could be granted in tandem with, or independently of, stock options granted under the 2016 Plan. A SAR granted in tandem with a stock option (i) is exercisable only at such times, and to the extent, that the related stock option is exercisable in accordance with the procedure for exercise of the related stock option, (ii) terminates upon termination or exercise of the related stock option (likewise, the common stock option granted in tandem with a SAR terminates upon exercise of the SAR), (iii) is transferable only with the related stock option, and (iv) if the related stock option is an ISO, may be exercised only when the value of the stock subject to the stock option exceeds the exercise price of the stock option. A SAR that is not granted in tandem with a stock option is exercisable at such times as the Compensation Committee may specify.
Performance Shares and Performance Unit Awards
Performance share and performance unit awards entitle the participant to receive cash or shares of our common stock upon the attainment of specified performance goals. In the case of performance units, the right to acquire the units is denominated in cash values.
Restricted Stock Awards and Restricted Stock Unit Awards
A restricted stock award is a grant or sale of common stock to the participant, subject to our right to repurchase all or part of the shares at their purchase price (or to require forfeiture of such shares if issued to the participant at no cost) in the event that conditions specified by the Compensation Committee in the award are not satisfied prior to the end of the time period during which the shares subject to the award may be repurchased by or forfeited to us. Our restricted stock unit entitles the participant to receive a cash payment equal to the fair market value of a share of common stock for each restricted stock unit subject to such restricted stock unit award, if the participant satisfies the applicable vesting requirement.
Unrestricted Stock Awards
An unrestricted stock award is a grant or sale of shares of our common stock to the participant that is not subject to transfer, forfeiture or other restrictions, in consideration for past services rendered to the Company or an affiliate or for other valid consideration.
Amendment and Termination
The compensation committee may adopt, amend and rescind rules relating to the administration of the 2016 Plan, but no such amendment or termination will be made that materially and adversely impairs the rights of any participant with respect to any award received thereby under the 2016 Plan without the participants consent, other than amendments that are necessary to permit the granting of awards in compliance with applicable laws. We have attempted to structure the 2016 Plan so that remuneration attributable to stock options and other awards will not be subject to the deduction limitation contained in Code Section 162(m). The 2016 Plan terminated pursuant to its terms on December 31, 2020, although all outstanding awards on such date continue in full force and effect.
Series B Convertible Preferred Stock
The following summary of certain terms and provisions of our Series B Convertible Preferred Stock (the Series B Convertible Preferred Stock) is subject to, and qualified in its entirety by reference to, the terms and provisions set forth in our certificate of designation of preferences, rights and limitations of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock (the Series B Convertible Preferred Certificate of Designation) as previously filed. Subject to the limitations prescribed by our articles of incorporation, our board of directors is authorized to establish the number of shares constituting each series of preferred stock and to fix the designations, powers, preferences and rights of the shares of each of those series and the qualifications, limitations and restrictions of each of those series, all without any further vote or action by our stockholders. Our board of directors has designated 15,000 of the 10,000,000 authorized shares of preferred stock as Series B Convertible Preferred Stock. The shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock are validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable.
Each share of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock is convertible at any time at the holders option into a number of shares of common stock equal to $1,000 divided by the conversion price of $7.00 per share. Notwithstanding the foregoing, we shall not effect any conversion of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, with certain exceptions, to the extent that, after giving effect to an attempted conversion, the holder of shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock (together with such holders affiliates, and any persons acting as a group together with such holder or any of such holders affiliates) would beneficially own a number of shares of our common stock in excess of 4.99% (or, at the election of the purchaser, 9.99%) of the shares of our common stock then outstanding after giving effect to such exercise. Effective November 24, 2017 (the Effective Date), the Company entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement (the Securities Purchase Agreement) and a Registration Rights Agreement (the Registration Rights Agreement) which included the issuance of 2,830 shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock worth $2,830,000 (including the conversion of liabilities at a price of $1,000 per Class B Unit. As of the date hereof, there are 1,705 shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock issued and outstanding (see below for 2019 and 2020 conversions to common stock).
Common stock issued for warrants
During the first quarter of 2019, the Company entered into an agreement with two shareholders who were also holders of warrants to purchase shares of common stock in the aggregate amount of 214,286 shares, to reduce the exercise price of these warrants to $7.70 from the original exercise price of $9.10 based on immediate exercise. Both shareholders exercised these warrants in March 2019 for proceeds to the Company of $1,650,000.
The Company also accepted warrant exercises in the second quarter of 2019 from three additional shareholders who were also holders of warrants to purchase shares of common stock in the aggregate amount of 66,756 shares. The exercise price of these warrants was also lowered to $7.70 from the original exercise price of $9.10 based on immediate exercise for further proceeds to the Company of $514,020. Further, during the second quarter of 2019, the Company issued 9,878 shares of common stock upon the cashless exercise of 46,571 common stock warrants.
Additionally, the Company also accepted warrant exercises in the third quarter of 2019 from two additional shareholders who were also holders of warrants to purchase shares of common stock in the aggregate amount of 19,643 shares of common stock for proceeds to the Company in the amount of $151,250.
The Company also accepted a warrant exercise in the fourth quarter of 2019 from one shareholder who was also a holder of warrants to purchase shares of common stock in the aggregate amount of 357 shares of common stock for proceeds to the Company in the amount of $2,750.
During the third quarter of 2020, 67,500 warrants previously issued as compensation for banking fees related to the 2020 offering, were released from a contractual lock-up pursuant to the terms of the raise lock-up. In addition, 1,197 warrants expired, and 9,450 warrants were cancelled and re-issued on the direction of the holder.
Common stock issued for services and settlements
The Company issued 2,484 shares of common stock on August 28, 2019 for payment of accrued board fees to two directors in the amount of $19,167 for services to the Board.
The Company issued 2,039 shares of common stock on December 31, 2019 for payment of accrued board fees to three directors in the amount of $13,750 for services to the Board.
The Company issued 1,611 shares of common stock on March 31, 2020 for payment of accrued board fees to three directors in the amount of $7,500 for services to the Board.
The Company issued 1,632 shares of common stock on June 30, 2020 for payment of accrued board fees to three directors in the amount of $7,500 for services to the Board.
The Company issued 7,869 shares of common stock on September 30, 2020 for payment of accrued board fees to three directors in the amount of $37,500 for services to the Board.
Stock-based compensation expense recognized under ASC 718-10 for the year ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, was $454,770 and $44,874, respectively, for stock options granted to employees and directors. This expense is included in selling, general and administrative expenses in the consolidated statements of operations. Stock-based compensation expense recognized during the period is based on the value of the portion of share-based payment awards that is ultimately expected to vest during the period. At December 31, 2020, the total compensation cost for stock options not yet recognized was $264,256. This cost will be recognized over the remaining vesting term of the options of approximately one year.
Series B Convertible Preferred Stock
A holder of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock converted 750 shares into 107,142 shares of common stock, valued at $750,000 during the third quarter of 2019.
A holder of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock converted 375 shares into 53,571 shares of common stock, valued at $375,000 during the fourth quarter of 2019.
In August 2016, the Companys Board of Directors approved a new class of Preferred Stock, Series A. For shareholders who invested in previous private placements, the Company was offering on a case-by-case basis, the ability to convert the existing amount invested into an equivalent amount in the Series A on the condition that they invest an equivalent additional amount in the Series A. In December of 2017, the Company redeemed all of the Series A and continues to hold 235 shares purchased for $148,000 as a part of the original transaction. In December 2018, the Company entered into an agreement with two shareholders to purchase shares from them at fair market value. The Company purchased 84 shares at $7.00 per shares and 140 shares at $6.30 per share. In 2019, the Company entered into an agreement with two shareholders to purchase shares from them at fair market value. The Company purchased 115 shares at $10.08 per shares and 753 shares at $9.09 per share. Accordingly, as of December 31, 2020, and 2019, the Company held 1,324 shares of Company Series A stock at an aggregate value of $157,452.