5. Commitments and Contingencies
|9 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2018
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]|
|Commitments and Contingencies||
On March 17, 2017, the Company filed a lawsuit against Collidion, Inc. and several of its former employees, officers and directors, alleging the misappropriation of its confidential, proprietary and trade secret information as well as breach of fiduciary duties in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division. On September 26, 2018, the Company settled the lawsuit to the satisfaction of all parties. There has been no finding of wrongdoing against any party.
Aside from the lawsuit described above, on occasion, the Company may be involved in legal matters arising in the ordinary course of business including matters involving proprietary technology. While management believes that such matters are currently insignificant, matters arising in the ordinary course of business for which the Company is or could become involved in litigation may have a material adverse effect on its business and financial condition of comprehensive loss.
Potential Severance Payments
As of December 31, 2018, the Company had employment agreements in place with four of its key executives. The agreements provide, among other things, for the payment of up to twelve months of severance compensation for terminations under certain circumstances. Three of the employment agreements have a provision for severance compensation. At December 31, 2018, potential severance payments to key executives would be $704,000, if triggered.
Appointment of Chief Executive Office and Interim Financial Officer
On December 11, 2018, the Company’s Board appointed Mr. Frederick (Bubba) Sandford as its Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer for an initial term of nine months, subject to a mutual extension of an additional three months. Mr. Sandford was appointed as a Class III director of the Board on December 14, 2018.
In connection with Mr. Sandford’s appointment as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer, the Company entered into an employment agreement with him, in which the Company agreed to pay him a base annual salary of $350,000 per year. The Company also agreed to pay him a performance bonus of a maximum of 60% of his base annual salary for achieving certain agreed upon targets.
In addition, pursuant to the agreement, Mr. Sandford was granted 450,000 stock options to purchase the Company’s common stock, of which 400,000 stock options were treated as an inducement grant and 50,000 stock options were from the Company’s equity incentive plan. The Company granted the options on January 10, 2019 with an exercise price of $0.717 per share, and will become 100% exercisable nine months after date of grant and have a maximum term of ten years. Upon termination, the options are exercisable for up to twelve months from the termination date and in no event later than ten years from the grant date.
Resignation of Chief Executive Officer, President and Director and Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
On December 12, 2018, Jim Schutz and Robert Miller resigned from their positions as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and President and Chief Financial Officer and Secretary, respectively. On the same date, Mr. Schutz also resigned from the Board.
In connection with Mr. Schutz’s resignation, the Company entered into a separation and mutual release agreement with Mr. Schutz on December 13, 2018, in which the Company agreed to pay him severance, consisting of $250,000, to be paid in two equal installments with the first half paid on December 14, 2018 and the second half to be paid with the next payroll after three months, $38,461 to compensate him for his unused paid time off, and continuation of dental, vision and health insurance until December 31, 2018. Mr. Schutz’s outstanding equity awards were accelerated to December 12, 2018 and remained exercisable until January 14, 2019. Mr. Schutz also agreed to aid with the transition for 30 calendar days. The options expired unexercised on January 14, 2019.
In connection with Mr. Miller’s resignation, the Company entered into a separation and mutual release agreement with Mr. Miller on December 13, 2018, in which the Company agreed to pay him severance, consisting of $225,000, to be paid in two equal installments with the first half paid on December 14, 2018 and the second half to be paid with the next payroll after three months, $38,461 to compensate him for his unused paid time off, and continuation of dental, vision and health insurance until December 31, 2018. Mr. Miller’s outstanding equity awards were accelerated to December 12, 2018 and remained exercisable until January 14, 2019. The options expired unexercised on January 14, 2019.
Sale of Unregistered Shares
On October 4, 2018, the Company sold 113,000 shares of common stock, at a price of $2.39 per share, through its At Market Issuance Sales Agreement with B. Riley FBR, Inc. for gross proceeds of $270,000 and net proceeds of $262,000 after deducting commissions and other offering expenses. This sale exceeded the aggregate market value of the Company’s securities sold during the period of twelve calendar months prior to the sale of one-third of the aggregate market value of its common stock held by non-affiliates, and thus, the 113,000 shares of common stock were unregistered. The Company could be liable in the event claims or suits for rescission are brought and successfully concluded for failure to register these securities or for acts or omissions constituting offenses under the Securities Act, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, or applicable state securities laws. The Company could be liable for damages and penalties assessed by the SEC and state securities regulators. Accordingly, at December 31, 2018, the Company recorded a $270,000 liability in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheet.
On January 4, 2019, the Company received a letter from the Listing Qualifications staff of The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC, notifying the Company that, for the previous 30 consecutive business days, the Company failed to comply with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(a)(2), which requires the Company to maintain a minimum bid price of $1.00 per share for its common stock.
In accordance with Listing Rule 5810(c)(3)(C), Nasdaq has granted the Company a period of 180 calendar days, or until July 3, 2019, to regain compliance with the Rule. The Company may regain compliance with the Rule at any time during this compliance period if the minimum bid price for its common stock is at least $1.00 for a minimum of ten consecutive business days.
The letter has no effect on the listing or trading of the Company’s common stock at this time. However, there can be no assurances that the Company will be able to regain compliance with Listing Rule 5550(a)(2). In the event the Company does not regain compliance with the Listing Rule prior to the expiration of the compliance period, the Company may be eligible for additional time. To qualify, the Company will be required to meet the continued listing requirement for market value of publicly held shares and all other initial listing standards for The Nasdaq Capital Market, with the exception of the bid price requirement, and will need to provide written notice of its intention to cure the deficiency during the second compliance period, by effecting a reverse split, if necessary. If the Company meets these requirements, Nasdaq will inform the Company that it has been granted an additional 180 calendar days. However, if it appears to the Staff of Nasdaq that the Company will not be able to cure the deficiency, or if the Company is otherwise not eligible, Nasdaq will provide notice that our securities will be subject to delisting.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
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