Transactions Affecting Stockholders' Equity
|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2013
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Note 4 Transactions Affecting Stockholders’ Equity
Stockholder Rights Plan
On September 8, 1998, our Board of Directors declared a dividend distribution of Common Stock Purchase Rights (each individually, a “Right” and collectively, the “Rights”) payable to the stockholders of record on September 25, 1998, thereby creating a Stockholder Rights Plan (the “Rights Agreement”). The Plan was amended effective May 23, 2008 and further amended effective August 18, 2009. The Rights Agreement, as amended, provides that each Right entitles the stockholder of record to purchase from the Company that number of common shares having a combined market value equal to two times the Rights exercise price of $45. The Rights are not exercisable until the distribution date, which will be the earlier of a public announcement that a person or group of affiliated or associated persons has acquired 15% or more of the outstanding common shares, or the announcement of an intention by a similarly constituted party to make a tender or exchange offer resulting in the ownership of 15% or more of the outstanding common shares. The dividend has the effect of giving the stockholder a 50% discount on the share’s current market value for exercising such right. In the event of a cashless exercise of the Right and the acquirer has acquired less than 50% beneficial ownership of the Company, a stockholder may exchange one Right for one common share of the Company. The Rights Agreement, as amended, includes a provision pursuant to which our Board of Directors may exempt from the provisions of the Rights Agreement an offer for all outstanding shares of our Common Stock that the directors determine to be fair and not inadequate and to otherwise be in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders, after receiving advice from one or more investment banking firms. The expiration date of the Rights Agreement, as amended, is September 25, 2018.
The 1997 Option Plan
On December 2, 1997, our Board of Directors approved a Stock Option Plan (the “1997 Plan”), which was amended in 2005, and provided for the granting of up to 4.5 million shares of Common Stock. Under the 1997 Plan, we were permitted to grant options to employees, officers or directors of the Company at variable percentages of the market value of stock at the date of grant. No incentive stock option could be exercisable more than ten years after the date of grant or five years after the date of grant where the individual owns more than ten percent of the total combined voting power of all classes of stock. Stockholders approved the 1997 Plan in Fiscal 1998. No options were granted under this Plan for the nine month periods ended September 30, 2013 or 2012.
As of September 30, 2013, we are precluded from issuing any additional options or grants in the future under the 1997 Plan pursuant to the terms of the plan document. Options previously granted continue to be available for exercise at any time prior to such options’ respective expiration dates, but in no event later than ten years from the date granted. At September 30, 2013, there are 99,000 options outstanding under the 1997 Plan with various expiration dates ranging from October 2013 through December 2015, depending upon the date of grant.
The 2010 Equity Compensation Plan
On May 5, 2010, our shareholders approved the 2010 Equity Compensation Plan which was subsequently amended, restated and approved by shareholders on April 24, 2011 and further amended and approved by shareholders on May 6, 2013 (the “2010 Plan”). The 2010 Plan provides that the total number of shares of Common Stock that may be issued under the 2010 Plan is equal to 1.6 million shares plus up to 900,000 shares that are authorized for issuance but unissued under the 1997 Plan for an aggregate of 2.5 million shares. The 1997 Plan expired on December 2, 2007 and no additional awards may be made. As of September 30, 2013, 1,449,750 of the options issued under the 1997 Plan prior to December 2007 expired unexercised or were terminated (the “Expired Options”). As a consequence, these shares are deemed and remain unissued which up to a maximum of 900,000 shares became available for issuance under the 2010 Plan and the remaining 450,750 options are deemed cancelled. We granted 15,000 options under the 2010 Plan for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013. At September 30, 2013, there are 717,659 shares of Common Stock that may be issued pursuant to the terms of the 2010 Equity Compensation Plan.
For the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2013 we derived net proceeds of $27,000 as a consequence of the exercise of option to acquire 25,000 shares. There were no stock options exercised for the three or nine months ended September 30, 2012.
The 2010 Directors’ Equity Compensation Plan
On May 5, 2010, our shareholders approved the 2010 Directors’ Equity Compensation Plan which was subsequently amended and approved by shareholders on May 6, 2013. A primary purpose of the 2010 Directors’ Equity Compensation Plan is to provide us with the ability to pay all or a portion of the fees of directors in restricted stock instead of cash. The 2010 Directors’ Equity Compensation Plan provides that the total number of shares of Common Stock that may be issued under the 2010 Directors’ Equity Compensation Plan is equal to 425,000. For the three months ended September 30, 2013, 16,470 shares were granted to directors. At September 30, 2013, there are 176,135 shares of Common Stock that may be issued pursuant to the terms of the 2010 Directors’ Equity Compensation Plan.
Equity Line of Credit
On November 21, 2012, we entered into the equity line of credit agreement (such arrangement, the “Equity Line”) with Dutchess Opportunity Fund II, LP (“Dutchess”) whereby Dutchess committed to purchase, subject to certain restrictions and conditions, up to 2,500,000 shares of our Common Stock, over a period of 36 months from the first trading day following the effectiveness of the registration statement registering the resale of shares purchased by Dutchess pursuant to the Equity Line. On November 26, 2012, we filed a registration statement with Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to register for sale for up to 2,500,000 shares of our Common Stock and the registration statement was deemed effective by the SEC on December 12, 2012.
We may draw on the facility from time to time, as and when we determine appropriate in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Equity Line. The maximum amount that we are entitled to put to Dutchess in any one draw down notice is the greater of (i) 500% of the average daily volume of our Common Stock traded on the NASDAQ Global Market for the one (1) trading day prior to the date of delivery of the applicable draw down notice, multiplied by the closing price for such trading day, or (ii) $250,000.
The purchase price under the Equity Line is set at ninety-five percent (95%) of the lowest daily volume weighted average price (“VWAP”) of our Common Stock during the five (5) consecutive trading day period beginning on the date of delivery of the applicable draw down notice. We have the right to withdraw all or any portion of any put, except that portion of the put that has already been sold to a third party, including any portion of a put that is below the minimum acceptable price set forth on the put notice, before the closing. In the event Dutchess receives more than a five percent (5%) return on the net sales for a specific put, Dutchess must remit such excess proceeds to us; however, in the event Dutchess receives less than a five percent (5%) return on the net sales for a specific put Dutchess has the right to use any such excess proceeds to off-set against the aggregated deficit proceeds.
There are put restrictions applied on days between the draw down notice date and the closing date with respect to that particular put. During such time, we are not allowed to deliver another draw down notice. In addition, Dutchess is not obligated to purchase shares if its total number of shares beneficially held at that time would exceed 9.99% of the number of shares of our Common Stock as determined in accordance with Rule 13d-1(j) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In addition, we are not permitted to draw on the facility unless there is an effective registration statement to cover the resale of the shares.
In March 2013, we sold an aggregate of 125,000 shares of Common Stock to Dutchess under and pursuant to the Equity Line and we derived approximately $195,000 in net proceeds. The sales of the shares under the Equity Line were deemed to be exempt from registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended in reliance upon Section 4(2) (or Regulation D promulgated thereunder). We did not sell shares of our Common Stock under or pursuant to the Equity Line for the three months ended September 30, 2013. At September 30, 2013, we have 1,491,278 shares of our Common Stock available for sale, at our discretion, under the terms of the Equity Line to Dutchess.