Commitments and Contingencies
|12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2019
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]
|Commitments and Contingencies
Note 9 – Commitments and Contingencies
We have indemnification obligations to Mylan Consumer Healthcare Inc. (formerly known as Meda Consumer Healthcare Inc.) (“MCH”) and Mylan Inc. (together with MCH, “Mylan”) under the asset purchase agreement pursuant to which we sold the Cold-EEZE® business to Mylan, that may require us to make future payments to Mylan and other related persons for any damages incurred by Mylan or such related persons as a result of any breaches of our representations, warranties, covenants or agreements contained in the asset purchase agreement, or arising from the Retained Liabilities (as such term is defined in the asset purchase agreement) or certain third party claims specified in the asset purchase agreement. Generally, our representations and warranties survive for a period of 24 months from the closing date, which was March 29, 2017, other than certain fundamental representations which survive until the expiration of the applicable statute of limitations. There is a limited indemnification cap with respect to a majority of the Company’s indemnification obligations under the asset purchase agreement with the exception of claims for actual fraud, the breach of any fundamental representations and certain other items, which have a larger indemnification cap (i.e., the purchase price).
Pursuant to the terms of the asset purchase agreement, we, Mylan, and an escrow agent entered into an Escrow Agreement at closing, pursuant to which Mylan deposited $5 million of the aggregate purchase price for the Cold-EEZE® business into an escrow account established with the Escrow Agent in order to satisfy, in whole or in part, certain of our indemnity obligations under the asset purchase agreement.
The terms of the Escrow Agreement provide that if, as of September 29, 2018, there were funds remaining in the escrow account, then the escrow account would be reduced by the difference, if a positive number, of (i) $2.5 million minus (ii) the aggregate amount of all escrow claims asserted by Mylan prior to this date that had either been paid out of the escrow account or were pending as of such date, and, within two business days of such date, the Escrow Agent would disburse such difference, if a positive number, to us. In addition, within two business days of March 29, 2019, the Escrow Agent will release any funds remaining in the escrow account to us minus any amounts being reserved for escrow claims asserted by Mylan prior to such date. Upon the resolution of any pending escrow claims, the Escrow Agent would then, within two business days of receipt of joint instructions or a final order from a court (as described in the Escrow Agreement) disburse such reserved amount to the parties entitled to such funds. As described below, in August 2018, Mylan asserted an indemnification claim against us, for a yet to be determined amount. Accordingly, the distributions were not released to us on September 29, 2018 or March 29, 2019.
On May 31, 2018, we received notice of a claim for $800,000 in losses against the escrow amount. We resolved this claim pursuant to a settlement agreement, effective October 16, 2018, pursuant to which $160,000 of the funds held in escrow were released to Mylan. This expense is reflected in discontinued operations in the third quarter of 2018.
On August 2, 2018, we received notice of an indemnification claim from Mylan in relation to certain product advertising claims brought against Mylan related to certain Cold-EEZE® products. Pursuant to the terms of the asset purchase agreement, we have elected to assume the defense of these claims on behalf of Mylan. We dispute these product advertising claims and intend to vigorously contest such claims. While we believe these claims are without merit, we are currently negotiating a settlement of these claims. We expect to collect the remaining escrow balance within the next three months, net of an immaterial settlement amount. In the event we are unable to reach a reasonable settlement agreement, however, and the remaining escrow funds are insufficient to cover the losses asserted under these claims or the legal fees associated with defending these claims, we may be required to pay amounts in excess of what is remaining in the escrow account, which could have an adverse impact on our operations.
In connection with the asset purchase agreement, the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiary, PMI, entered into a manufacturing agreement (the “Manufacturing Agreement”) with Mylan. Pursuant to the terms of the Manufacturing Agreement, Mylan (or an affiliate or designee) purchased the inventory of the Company’s Cold-EEZE® brand and product line, and PMI will manufacture certain products for Mylan, as described in the Manufacturing Agreement, at prices that reflect current market conditions for such products and include an agreed upon mark-up on our costs. Unless terminated sooner by the parties, the Manufacturing Agreement will remain in effect until March 29, 2022. Thereafter, the Manufacturing Agreement may be renewed by Mylan for up to five successive one-year periods by providing notice of its intent to renew not less than 90 days prior to the expiration of the then-current term.
On February 16, 2018, our board of directors approved the Amended and Restated 2015 Executive Employment Agreement with Ted Karkus, our Chief Executive Officer (the “Amended Employment Agreement”), which became effective February 23, 2018, and was approved by stockholders at a special meeting of stockholders held on April 12, 2018. Pursuant to the terms of the Amended Employment Agreement, Mr. Karkus voluntarily agreed to reduce his base salary from the rate set forth in his prior employment agreement (i.e., not less than $675,000 per annum) to a base salary of $125,000 per annum (the “Term Base Salary”) through February 22, 2021. Unless otherwise determined by the mutual agreement of the Company and Mr. Karkus, on February 22, 2021 and thereafter, Mr. Karkus’s salary will increase from the Term Base Salary to not less than $675,000 per annum.
In consideration of Mr. Karkus’s voluntary reduction in salary, our board of directors awarded Mr. Karkus a stock option to purchase 2,300,000 shares of our Common Stock at an exercise price of $3.00 per share on February 23, 2018. The CEO Option will vest and be exercisable in 35 equal monthly installments of 63,888 options and one monthly installment of 63,290 options, subject to his continued employment, and subject to accelerated vesting in the event Mr. Karkus’s employment is terminated for any reason other than by us for Cause or by Mr. Karkus without Good Reason (as such terms are defined in the Amended Employment Agreement). The CEO Option is be exercisable for a five year term commencing on the date of grant. The CEO Option was granted pursuant to the 2018 Stock Plan, which was also adopted and approved by our board of directors on February 16, 2018. The 2018 Plan, like the Amended Employment Agreement, received stockholder approval at a special meeting of stockholders held on April 12, 2018 at which time the CEO Option were considered granted for accounting purposes. The 2018 Plan authorizes the issuance of up to 2,300,000 shares pursuant to stock options granted under the 2018 Plan, all of which were issued to Mr. Karkus as part of the CEO Option.
As discussed further in Note 5, as required by the terms of the 2018 Stock Plan, in order to maintain parity, the Compensation Committee of the board of directors adjusted the exercise price of the CEO Option on May 7, 2018, such that the exercise price of the CEO Option was reduced from $3.00 per share to $2.00 per share, effective as of June 5, 2018, the date the special $1.00 cash dividend was paid, from $2.00 to $1.75 per share, effective as of January 24, 2019, the date the special $0.25 cash dividend was paid, and from $1.75 to $1.50 per share, effective as of December 12, 2019, the date another special $0.25 cash dividend was paid in order to maintain parity.
We have estimated future minimum obligations over the next five years as of December 31, 2019, as follows (in thousands):
In the normal course of our business, we are named as a defendant in legal proceedings. It is our policy to vigorously defend litigation and/or enter into settlements of claims where management deems appropriate.
On November 12, 2019, Craig Cunningham filed an action in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against TK Supplements, Inc., one of our wholly-owned subsidiaries (“TK Sub”), asserting two class claims and alleging that, by sending plaintiff text messages to his cellular telephone number without his prior express consent and notwithstanding its listing on the Do No Call Registry, TK Sub violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227(b)(3)(B) and 47 U.S.C. § 227(c)(5). Plaintiff seeks to represent a class of (i) all residents within the United States to whom TK Sub or its agents sent text messages to the person’s cellular telephone number in the past four years and (ii) all residents within the United States to whom TK Sub or its agents placed two or more telemarketing phone calls to the person’s residential telephone number that was listed on the Do Not Call Registry in the past four years. On January 8, 2020, TK Supplements filed its Answer and Defenses to the Complaint. We intend to defend this matter vigorously.