Transactions Affecting Stockholders' Equity
|3 Months Ended|
Mar. 31, 2012
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Note 5 – 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 three month period ended March 31, 2012 or March 31, 2011.
As of December 31, 2011, 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 March 31, 2012, there are 118,750 options outstanding under the 1997 Plan with various expiration dates ranging from July 2012 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 (the “2010 Equity Compensation Plan”). The 2010 Equity Compensation Plan provides that the total number of shares of Common Stock that may be issued is equal to 900,000 shares plus up to 900,000 shares that are authorized for issuance, Issued Options (defined below) but unissued under the 1997 Plan an aggregate of 1.8 million shares. The 1997 Plan expired on December 2, 2007 and no additional awards may be made; however, as of March 31, 2010, there remained 1,449,750 shares subject to vested options that were authorized for issuance (the “Issued Options”) but were unissued under the 1997 Plan. As of March 31, 2012, 1,331,000 of the Issued Options under the 1997 Plan expired unexercised or were terminated (the “Expired Options”). As a consequence, these options are deemed and remain unissued which up to a maximum of 900,000 shares became available for issuance under the 2010 Equity Compensation Plan and the remaining 431,000 options are deemed cancelled. At March 31, 2012, there are 13,659 shares of Common Stock that may be issued pursuant to the terms of the 2010 Equity Compensation Plan.
The 2010 Directors’ Equity Compensation Plan
On May 5, 2010, our shareholders approved the 2010 Directors’ Equity Compensation Plan. 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 250,000. No shares were granted under this plan for the three months ended March 31, 2012. For the three months ended March 31, 2011 we issued 32,290 shares of our Common Stock valued at $40,500. At March 31, 2012, there are 17,605 shares of Common Stock that may be issued pursuant to the terms of the 2010 Directors’ Equity Compensation Plan.
Stock Option Exercises and Other Grants
Pursuant to the terms of Mr. Cuddihy’s prior employment agreement dated August 19, 2009, Mr. Cuddihy received an annual grant of shares of Common Stock that is equal to $50,000, payable quarterly, promptly following the close of each quarter calculated based on the average closing price of our Common Stock for the last five (5) trading days of the quarter. For the three months ended March 31, 2012, we issued to Mr. Cuddihy 10,757 shares valued at $12,500 that were earned in Fiscal 2011 as share-based compensation. For the three months ended March 31, 2011, Mr. Cuddihy earned 10,050 shares valued at $12,500 as share-based compensation.
There were no stock options exercised for the three months ended March 31, 2012 or March 31, 2011.