10-K - Annual report [Section 13 and 15(d), not S-K Item 405]

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Form Name: 10-K
Filed: February 15, 2019
 
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U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-K

(MARK ONE)

 

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2018

OR

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 or 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the Transition Period from _______________ to _________________

 

Commission file number: 001-33700

WALKER INNOVATION INC.

(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

DELAWARE

30-0342273

(State or Other Jurisdiction

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

of Incorporation or Organization)

 
   

Two High Ridge Park

Stamford, CT

06905

(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip Code)

 

Registrant's telephone number, including area code:
(203) 263-9362

Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12 (b) Of The Act: None

Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12 (g) Of The Act: None

Name of each exchange on which registered:

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. ☐ Yes ☒ No

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act. ☐ Yes ☒ No

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.

☒ Yes ☐ No

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§229.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). ☒ Yes ☐ No

 

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§ 229.405) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant's knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. ☒

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of "large accelerated filer," "accelerated filer," "smaller reporting company," and "emerging growth company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer ☐

Accelerated filer ☐

Non-accelerated filer ☒

Smaller reporting company ☒

Emerging Growth Company ☐

 

 

 

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). ☒ Yes ☐ No

 

The aggregate market value of the shares of Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share, of the registrant held by non-affiliates on June 30, 2018 was $7,993,280.

 

There were 20,094,314 shares of Common Stock of the registrant outstanding as of September 20, 2018 (the effective date of filing of the Company's Certificate of Dissolution with the Delaware Secretary of State).

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS 

 

PART I

 

 

 

 

Item 1

Business

2

 

Item 1A.

Risk Factors

3

 

Item 1B.

Unresolved Staff Comments

5

 

Item 2

Properties

5

 

Item 3

Legal Proceedings

5

 

Item 4

Mine Safety Disclosures

5

 

 

 

 

PART II

 

 

 

 

Item 5

Market for Registrant's Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

6

 

Item 6

Selected Financial Data

6

 

Item 7

Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

6

 

Item 8

Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

10

 

Item 9

Changes in and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

11

 

Item 9A.

Controls and Procedures

11

 

Item 9B.

Other Information

11

 

 

 

 

PART III

 

 

 

 

Item 10

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

12

 

Item 11

Executive Compensation

14

 

Item 12

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

16

 

Item 13

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions and Director Independence

17

 

Item 14

Principal Accounting Fees and Services

18

 

 

 

 

PART IV

 

 

 

 

Item 15

EXHIBITS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES

18

 

 

 

INTRODUCTORY NOTE

 

Except as otherwise indicated by the context, references in this Annual Report on Form 10-K (this "Form 10-K") to the "Company," "Walker Innovation," "we," "us" or "our" are references to Walker Innovation Inc. (f/k/a Patent Properties, Inc.). In addition, references to "Walker Digital" are references to Walker Digital, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and the former controlling shareholder of the Company.

 

Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

 

This report contains forward-looking statements and information relating to Walker Innovation that are based on the beliefs of our management as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to us.  Such statements should not be unduly relied upon.  These statements relate to future events or our future financial performance including, by way of example, statements concerning the effective liquidation of the Company's assets, the orderly wind down of the Company, the settlement of all creditor and other claims against the Company, or the distribution of any cash or other assets to stockholders. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as may, will, should, expect, plan, intend, anticipate, believe, estimate, predict, potential or continue, the negative of such terms or other comparable terminology.  There are important factors that could cause actual results to vary materially from those described in this Form 10-K as anticipated, estimated or expected.  Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements publicly, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in any forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.  

 

 

PART I

 

Item 1.       Business

 

Overview

 

Historically, Walker Innovation Inc., a Delaware corporation (collectively, with its subsidiaries, the "Company" or "Walker Innovation"), sought to develop and commercialize its unique portfolio of intellectual property assets through licensing and enforcement operations ("Licensing and Enforcement"). In response to challenging developments in the patent licensing and enforcement environment and the cessation of the Company's custom innovation work the Company undertook an extended period of evaluation of potential acquisitions. On June 28, 2018, the Board of Directors of Walker Innovation concluded that none of the viable acquisition targets presented characteristics that fulfilled our criteria of increasing shareholder value and creating opportunity for investors and approved the liquidation and dissolution of the Company pursuant to a Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution (as amended to date, "Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution" or the "Plan"), subject to stockholder approval. The dissolution of the Company was approved by its stockholders at a special meeting held on September 5, 2018.

 

On September 7, 2018, the Company filed a certificate of dissolution with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware, which filing became effective on September 20, 2018 (the "Effective Date"). Subsequently, on September 27, 2018, the Company completed its initial liquidating distribution in the amount of $0.48 per share to each holder of its common stock and Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, or $16,844,791 in the aggregate. The liquidating distribution was made to stockholders as of the Effective Date (including trades through the Effective Date that settled after the Effective Date). In connection with the initial liquidating distribution, the Company's trading symbol on the OTCQB was deleted, the CUSIP for the common stock suspended and the Company's transfer agent closed the transfer books as of the Effective Date (including trades through the Effective Date that settled after the Effective Date).

 

On September 28, 2018, the Company completed the sale of four vending patents for $55,000, which disposal followed the transfer to a third-party licensee of six gaming patents from the Company's remaining portfolio in exchange for the third-party licensee's assumption of certain Company obligations. As part of the dissolution process, the Company will continue to try to sell additional patents, although the net proceeds of any such disposals are not expected to materially alter future liquidating distributions, if any.

 

Subject to uncertainties inherent in the winding up of its business, Walker Innovation may make one or more additional liquidating distributions, as the Company's required contingency reserves may be released over time. However, no assurances can be made as to the ultimate amounts to be distributed, if any, or the timing of any such distributions. Any additional liquidating distributions will be made to the stockholders as of the Effective Date of the certificate of dissolution (including trades through the Effective Date that settled after the Effective Date).

 

Prior to the Effective Date, Walker Digital, LLC ("Walker Digital"), was the owner of approximately 82% of the voting interest in the Company and approximately 48% of the economic interest (approximately 42% on a fully diluted basis), and voted for the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution.

 

Prior to the Effective Date, the Company was led by entrepreneur and inventor Jay Walker, who is best known as the founder of Priceline.com.

 

Business

 

Prior to fiscal 2017, the Company operated in two primary segments of business, its Licensing and Enforcement business, and its custom innovation business. In the first quarter of 2016 the Company ceased operations of its custom innovation businesses.

 

Licensing and Enforcement

 

The Company sought to develop, license and otherwise enforce patented technologies through its wholly owned subsidiaries. The Company generated revenues from the granting of intellectual property rights for the use of, or pertaining to, its patented technologies. The Company also monetized its intellectual property through the sale and/or licensing of select patent assets.

 

All of our intellectual property assets were created with the goal of solving business problems, with the intent to achieve commercial status. However, it is our belief that certain of our inventions have become part of the commercial activities of other businesses without having been licensed, depriving us of financial value. The challenging patent environment, and declining revenues from the Licensing and Enforcement business was one factor that the Board considered when they approved the liquidation and dissolution of the Company. There are currently no pending litigation matters.

 

 

Intellectual Property/Patent Portfolio Overview

 

Our patent portfolio currently consists of approximately 59 U.S. issued patents. Our patents historically describe inventions in areas such as authentication techniques, internet search, social networking and advertising and online transactions, among many others. Historically, they were relevant to an array of large and growing industries including data management, e-commerce, electronic and computer hardware, social networking and internet services, financial services, entertainment and video gaming, online education, manufacturing, security and state lotteries. We received a valuation analysis of one of the patent families in the Company's portfolio which estimates the residual value of such patents as below the continued required maintenance fees. Such patent family was subsequently transferred to a third-party licensee. The valuation analysis, taken together with the recent financial results of the Licensing and Enforcement business, is indicative of the likelihood that any additional distributions to stockholders resulting from the disposition of our remaining non-cash assets are highly unlikely and, if made, will be de minimis. We believe that based on these factors, the cost of maintaining the patents, including current maintenance costs, likely exceed their future cash value. 

 

Acquisition Efforts

 

Aided by capital proceeds received in connection with the exercise of a warrant to purchase Class A Common Shares of The Upside Commerce Group, LLC ("Upside") at a price of $0.06 per share (the "Upside Warrant"), granted to the Company by Jay S. Walker, the controlling stockholder of the Company through his control of Walker Digital, and sale of the related Upside shares (described more fully below), in 2017 the Company initiated efforts to acquire, through merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, plan of arrangement, recapitalization, reorganization or similar business combination, one or more operating businesses, either within its current verticals or in new industry segments, or control of such operating businesses through contractual arrangements. An investment bank was retained to advise the Company on its acquisition process and at the conclusion of the process the Board of Directors concluded that none of the viable acquisition targets presented characteristics that fulfilled our criteria of increasing shareholder value and creating opportunity for investors, and accordingly approved the liquidation and dissolution of the Company.

 

Item 1A.     Risk Factors

 

Set forth below and elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other documents we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") are descriptions of the risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the results contemplated by forward looking statements contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

We cannot assure you that any additional liquidating distribution will be made to our stockholders or, if made, the exact amount or timing of distributions.  

 

Our dissolution, liquidation and winding up process will be subject to uncertainties.  It is possible that there will be no additional liquidating distribution made to our stockholders.  The amount and timing of any additional liquidating distribution to our stockholders will depend on the following factors, among others:

 

 

Whether any potential claimants against us and currently unknown to us could present claims relating to our pre-dissolution operations that we may ultimately have to satisfy;

 

The costs we may have to incur to defend new and existing claims, including possible claims against us relating to our dissolution and possible tax audits, including a previously disclosed IRS audit;

 

The amounts that we will need to pay for general administrative and overhead costs and expenses as an operating company before our dissolution and the amounts that we will need to pay in connection with our post-dissolution survival period;

 

How much of our funds we will be required to reserve to provide for contingent liabilities, and how long it may take to finally determine whether and how much of those liabilities may have to be paid including potential liabilities in connection with the ongoing IRS audit, as previously disclosed; and

 

How long it will take us to liquidate all of our remaining non-cash assets.  

 

We will continue to incur expenses that will reduce any amounts available for distribution to our stockholders.  

 

Claims, liabilities and expenses, severance payments, directors' and officers' insurance, income, payroll and local taxes, legal, accounting and consulting fees and general and administrative expenses, will continue to be incurred by us as we wind down.    We cannot estimate the aggregate amount of these expenses, but these expenses will reduce the amount of funds available for distribution to our stockholders.

 

 

Our stockholders could be held liable for our corporate obligations, up to the amount actually distributed to them in connection with our dissolution.

 

We will continue to exist for three years after our dissolution, or for such longer period as the Delaware Court of Chancery may direct, for the purpose of continuing to close our business, dispose of our non-cash assets, resolve outstanding litigation, discharge our liabilities and distribute any remaining assets to our stockholders.  Under the Delaware General Corporation Law, if the amount we reserve to satisfy our obligations proves insufficient to satisfy all of our expenses and liabilities, a stockholder who receives a liquidating distribution could be held liable for payment to our creditors of the stockholder's pro rata share of amounts we owe to our creditors in excess of the reserves, up to but not exceeding the amount actually distributed to the stockholder in connection with our dissolution.  This means that a stockholder could be required to return all liquidating distributions made to the stockholder and receive nothing from us in connection with our dissolution and liquidation.  If a stockholder has paid taxes on amounts previously received, a repayment of all or a portion of those taxes could result in a stockholder incurring a net tax cost if the stockholder's repayment of an amount previously distributed does not cause a commensurate reduction in taxes payable.  There is no guaranty that the reserves established by us to satisfy our obligations will be adequate to cover all of our obligations.

  

Further stockholder approval will not be required in connection with the implementation of our Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution, including for the sale or disposition of any of our remaining assets.  

 

Our Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution provides that we may sell our other assets after dissolution, as necessary to affect our Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution.  Under our Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution, we will not seek and are not required to seek additional stockholder authorization of any other asset sale.  As a result, the Board may authorize actions in implementing the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution, including the terms and prices for the sale or disposition of our remaining assets, with which our stockholders may not agree.

 

Our common stock ceased to be traded at the time of our dissolution.

 

We closed our stock transfer books after our dissolution became effective at 5 p.m. Eastern time on September 20, 2018.  As a result, from and after that time, we will not recognize any transfer of our common stock, other than trades through the Effective Date that settled after the Effective Date and transfers by operation of law as to which we have received adequate written notice.  The record date for determining which stockholders are eligible to receive liquidating distributions is the date on which our dissolution became effective, except as may be necessary to reflect trades through the Effective Date that settled after the Effective Date and subsequent transfers by operation of law.   The only value associated with our shares is the potential right to receive possible distributions in the future as part of the liquidation and dissolution process in accordance with the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution.

 

We expect to cease to file our annual, quarterly and current reports with the SEC.   

 

Because of the costs associated with preparing and filing our annual, quarterly and current reports under applicable securities law, we sought no-action letter relief from our ongoing reporting obligations. The SEC rejected our request, and we are accordingly required to file this Annual Report on Form 10-K in respect of our fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.  As a result of having deregistered our common stock pursuant to applicable SEC rules and the fact that we had fewer than 300 stockholders as of January 1, 2019, however, we are now no longer subject to such reporting obligations. Accordingly, we do not expect to file any further reports with the SEC.

 

Stockholders may not be able to recognize a loss for U.S. federal income tax purposes until they receive a final distribution from us.

 

In general, for United States federal income tax purposes, we intend that amounts received by stockholders pursuant to the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution will be treated as full payment in exchange for their shares of stock.  As a result of our dissolution and liquidation, stockholders generally will recognize gain or loss equal to the difference between: (i) the sum of the amount of cash and the fair market value (at the time of distribution) of property, if any, distributed to them; and (ii) their tax basis for their shares of stock.  In general, a stockholder's gain or loss will be computed on a "per share" basis.  If we make more than one liquidating distribution, which is possible, each liquidating distribution will be allocated proportionately to each share of stock owned by a stockholder, and the value of each liquidating distribution will be applied against and reduce a stockholder's tax basis in the stock.  In general, a stockholder will recognize gain as a result of a liquidating distribution if the aggregate value of the distribution and prior liquidating distributions received by the stockholder with respect to a share exceeds the stockholder's tax basis for that share.  Any loss generally will be recognized by a stockholder only when the stockholder receives the final liquidating distribution made by us to stockholders, and then only if the aggregate value of all liquidating distributions with respect to a share is less than the stockholder's tax basis for that share.  Gain or loss recognized by a stockholder generally will be capital gain or loss and will be long-term capital gain or loss if the stock has been held for more than one year.  The deductibility of capital losses is subject to limitations.

 

In the unlikely event we make a liquidating distribution of property other than cash to stockholders, a stockholder's tax basis in such property immediately after the distribution generally will be the fair market value of the property received by the stockholder at the time of distribution.  Gain or loss realized upon the stockholder's future sale of that property generally would be measured by the difference between the proceeds received by the stockholder in the sale and the tax basis of the property sold.

 

If our liabilities are not fully covered by the cash or other assets in its contingency reserve or otherwise satisfied through insurance or other reasonable means, payments made by a stockholder in satisfaction of those liabilities generally would produce a capital loss for such stockholder in the year the liabilities are paid.  The deductibility of any such capital loss would generally be subject to limitations under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

 

 

The tax treatment of any liquidating distribution may vary from stockholder to stockholder.  

 

We have not requested a ruling from the IRS with respect to the anticipated tax consequences of our complete dissolution and liquidation, and we will not seek an opinion of counsel with respect to the anticipated tax consequences of any liquidating distributions. If any of the anticipated tax consequences prove to be incorrect, the result could be increased taxation at the corporate or stockholder level, thus reducing the benefit to our stockholders and us from our dissolution and liquidation. Tax considerations applicable to particular stockholders may vary with and be contingent on the stockholder's individual circumstances. You should consult your own tax advisor for tax advice.

 

The loss of key personnel could adversely affect our ability to efficiently dissolve, liquidate and wind up.

 

We intend to rely on a few individuals in key management roles to dissolve, liquidate and wind up. Loss of one or more of these key individuals could hamper the efficiency or effectiveness of these processes. 

 

We are required to evaluate our internal control over financial reporting in accordance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Although we have been required to incur significant costs and require significant management resources to evaluate our internal control over financial reporting as required under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in the past, we currently do not expect to file any further reports with the SEC. Should we be required to continue such reporting, we would need to conduct such evaluations in respect of those filings. Any failure to comply or any adverse result from such evaluation may have an adverse effect on the results of our audit.

 

Item 1B.     Unresolved Staff Comments

 

None.

 

Item 2.       Properties

 

Our Connecticut office, which serves as our corporate headquarters, is located at Two High Ridge Park, Stamford, Connecticut. We leased space pursuant to a Shared Services Agreement with an affiliate of Walker Digital. The Walker Digital affiliate lease expires in September of 2019. The annual rent for the office space occupied by us through December 31, 2018 was approximately $36,000. Commencing October 2018, the Company is renting an office on a month to month basis under the Shared Services Agreement for approximately $1,000 per month, including certain services.

 

Item 3.       Legal Proceedings

 

Neither the Company, its subsidiaries, nor any of their property was the subject of material legal proceedings, other than ordinary routine litigation incidental to the business, during the quarter ended December 31, 2018.

 

Item 4.       Mine Safety Disclosure

 

Not applicable.

 

 

PART II

 

 

Item 5.       Market for Registrant's Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchase of Equity Securities

 

Our common stock was previously quoted on the OTCQB under the symbol "WLKR". In connection with our initial liquidating distribution, the Company's trading symbol on the OTCQB was deleted, the CUSIP for the common stock suspended and the Company's transfer agent closed the transfer books as of the Effective Date (including trades through the Effective Date that settled after the Effective Date).

 

Dividend Policy

 

On September 27, 2018, the Company completed its initial liquidating distribution in the amount of $0.48 per share to each holder of its common stock and Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, or $16,844,791 in the aggregate. The liquidating distribution was made to stockholders as of the Effective Date (including trades through the Effective Date that settled after the Effective Date). Subject to uncertainties inherent in the winding up of the Company's business, the Company may make one or more additional liquidating distributions following the liquidation to cash of its remaining non-cash assets and after payment of, or provision for, outstanding claims in accordance with Delaware law. However, the dissolution process and the payment of any distributions to stockholders involve substantial risks and uncertainties, as discussed above in "Item 1A. Risk Factors". Accordingly, it is not possible to predict the timing or aggregate size of any amount which may ultimately be distributed to Company stockholders, and no assurance can be given that such distributions, if made, will equal or exceed the estimate of net assets presented in the Statement of Net Assets accompanying this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

Securities Authorized for Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans

 

In connection with the Company's Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution, the Board approved the redemption of 4,432,997 vested options effective immediately prior to the Company's dissolution. The Company paid the holders of these options an aggregate of $372,000 in connection with the redemption. As of the Effective Date there were no securities to be issued upon exercise of outstanding options and there were no securities remaining available for issuance under the equity compensation plans.

 

Item 6.       Selected Financial Data

 

Not applicable to smaller reporting companies.

 

Item 7.       Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 

The following discussion and analysis of the financial condition and results of our operations should be read in conjunction with our financial statements and the notes to those statements. This discussion contains forward-looking statements reflecting our management's current expectations that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results and the timing of events may differ materially from those contained in these forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including those discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in this Form 10-K.

 

General

 

Narrative discussions of dollar figures are in thousands, except per share data and where the context indicates otherwise.

 

Executive summary

 

As a result of the approval of the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution by our Board, the Company adopted the Liquidation Basis of Accounting, effective June 28, 2018. This basis of accounting is considered appropriate when, among other things, liquidation of the Company is imminent, as defined in ASC 205-30 "Presentation of Financial Statements - Liquidation Basis of Accounting." Under the Liquidation Basis of Accounting, the following financial statements are no longer presented (except for periods prior to the adoption of the Liquidation Basis of Accounting): a consolidated balance sheet, a consolidated statement of operations and comprehensive loss, a consolidated statement of stockholders' equity and a consolidated statement of cash flows. The consolidated statement of net assets and the consolidated statement of changes in net assets are the principal financial statements presented under the Liquidation Basis of Accounting.

 

The dissolution of the Company was approved by its stockholders at a special meeting held on September 5, 2018. On September 7, 2018, the Company filed a certificate of dissolution with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware, which filing became effective on the Effective Date. Subsequently, on September 27, 2018, the Company completed its initial liquidating distribution in the amount of $0.48 per share to each holder of its common stock and Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, or $16.8 million in the aggregate. The liquidating distribution was made to stockholders as of September 20, 2018, the effective date of the Company's certificate of dissolution (including trades through the effective date that settle after the effective date). In connection with the initial liquidating distribution, the Company's trading symbol on the OTCQB was deleted, the CUSIP for the common stock suspended and the Company's transfer agent closed the transfer books as of the Effective Date (including trades through the Effective Date that settle after the Effective Date).

 

 

On September 28, 2018, the Company completed the sale of four vending patents for $55 ($48 net of commission) which disposal followed the transfer to a third-party licensee of six gaming patents from the Company's remaining portfolio in exchange for the third-party licensee's assumption of certain Company obligations. As part of the dissolution process, the Company will continue to try to sell additional patents, although the net proceeds of any such disposals are not expected to materially alter future liquidating distributions, if any.

 

Subject to uncertainties inherent in the winding up of its business, Walker Innovation may make one or more additional liquidating distributions, as the Company's required contingency reserves may be released over time. However, no assurances can be made as to the ultimate amounts to be distributed, if any, or the timing of any such distributions. Any additional liquidating distributions will be made to the stockholders as of September 20, 2018, the Effective Date of the certificate of dissolution (including trades through the Effective Date that settle after the effective date).

 

Prior to the approval of the liquidation, through our wholly-owned subsidiaries, we historically created, commercialized, licensed and, when necessary, legally enforced our homegrown portfolio of patents, which we acquired from our affiliate Walker Digital, LLC ("Walker Digital"). In early 2015 we launched an innovation business, which consisted of Haystack IQ™ (formerly known as "The United States Patent Utility™") and custom business innovation services. In light of significant adverse developments affecting patent enforcement entities arising from certain Supreme Court holdings and legislative changes affecting our industry, our operating business lines reported minimal revenues. Our plan of operation, prior to the decision of the Board to pursue the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution, included a carefully focused Licensing and Enforcement program, efforts to improve operational efficiencies and preserve cash, and an effort to acquire, through merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, plan of arrangement, recapitalization, reorganization or similar business combination, one or more operating businesses, either within our current verticals or in new industry segments, or control of such operating businesses through contractual arrangements. After an extended period of evaluation, and in consultation with a financial advisor engaged to provide guidance in this regard, the Board concluded that none of the viable acquisition targets presented characteristics that fulfilled our criteria of increasing stockholder value and creating opportunity for our investors. As a result, on June 28, 2018, the Board adopted resolutions seeking to schedule a special meeting of our stockholders and propose for stockholder approval the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution. The dissolution of the Company was approved by its stockholders at the special meeting held on September 5, 2018.

 

Critical accounting policies and estimates

 

For a complete summary of our significant accounting policies, refer to Note 3, "Summary of Significant Accounting Policies", in our consolidated financial statements included in Part IV, Item 15 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

Results of operations

 

In light of the adoption of the Liquidation Basis of Accounting as of June 28, 2018, the results of operations for the current period are not comparable to the prior year periods. Due to the adoption of the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution, we no longer consider our results of operations to be a key performance measure.

 

Changes in net assets in liquidation for the Period ended December 31, 2018

 

Upon adoption of the Liquidation Basis of Accounting as of June 28, 2018, the Company's stockholders' equity was decreased by approximately $2.5 million to arrive at net assets in liquidation of $20.2 million.  Consolidated Statement of Net Assets totaled approximately $3.4 million at December 31, 2018, after giving effect to the cancellation of the Company's outstanding securities in connection with the effectiveness of the Company's certificate of dissolution, payment of an initial liquidating distribution of $0.48 per share, $16.8 million in the aggregate ($9.6 million attributed to the Common Stock and $7.2 million attributed to the Preferred Stock), payments of the compensation and related benefits and redemption of the in-the-money options that were outstanding at September 20, 2018.

 

Estimated liquidation and operating costs during liquidation

 

The Liquidation Basis of Accounting requires the Company to estimate net cash flows from operations and to accrue all costs associated with implementing and completing the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution. These amounts can vary significantly due to, among other things, the costs of retaining personnel and others to oversee the liquidation, the cost of insurance, the timing and amounts associated with discharging known and contingent liabilities and the costs associated with cessation of the Company's operations, including an estimate of costs subsequent to that date. As a result, the Company accrued the projected costs, including corporate overhead and specific liquidation costs of severance, professional fees, and other miscellaneous wind-up costs expected to be incurred during the projected period and required to complete the liquidation of the Company's remaining assets.

 

 

The following table reflects the initial accruals made as of June 28, 2018 and the related adjustments made during the period and as of December 31, 2018 to reflect the payment of expenses and settlement of liabilities during the quarter in connection with dissolution and liquidation:

 

   

 

As of

June 28, 2018

   

Payments/

Adjustments

During the

period

   

As of

December 31, 2018

 
                         

Liability for compensation and related benefits resulting from liquidation

  $ 886       (886

)

  $ --  

Liability for estimated costs during liquidation:

                       

Insurance costs

    345       (345

)

    --  

Professional fees

    344       (118

)

    226 (1) 

Other operating expenses

    338       (--

)

    338 (2) 

Liability for in the money options outstanding resulting from liquidation

    550       (550

)

    --  

Liability for estimated costs during liquidation

  $ 2,463       (1,899

)

  $ 564  

  

 

(1)

Represents costs primarily associated with legal, accounting and tax fees expected to be incurred in connection with (i) the issuance and filing of the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, (ii) the annual preparation of statutory tax returns and other tax matters during the period of liquidation, and (iii) other legal matters during the period of liquidation.

 

(2)

Represents costs primarily associated with director and consultant fees to manage matters during the period of liquidation.

 

Results of Operations

 

Year Ending December 31, 2017 (Going Concern Basis)

 

Overview

 

Operating activities for 2017 were principally focused on the development, licensing and enforcement of our patent portfolios, helping to create value in our investment in Upside by providing services to them pursuant to a shared services agreement, and continuing efforts to improve operational efficiencies and preserve cash. Once we monetized our investment in Upside by means of the redemption of shares issuable pursuant to a warrant we previously held (the "Upside Warrant"), our focus transitioned to the initiation of efforts to acquire, through merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, plan of arrangement, recapitalization, reorganization or similar business combination, one or more operating businesses, either within our current verticals or in new industry segments, or control of such operating businesses through contractual arrangements.

 

Licensing and Enforcement

 

Our Licensing and Enforcement revenues historically have fluctuated period to period, and can vary significantly, based on a number of factors including the following:

 

the dollar amount of agreements executed each period, which can be driven by the nature and characteristics of the technology or technologies being licensed and the magnitude of infringement associated with a specific licensee;

 

the specific terms and conditions of agreements executed each period including the nature and characteristics of rights granted, and the periods of infringement or term of use contemplated by the respective payments;

 

fluctuations in the total number of agreements executed each period;

 

the timing, results and uncertainties associated with enforcement proceedings relating to our intellectual property rights;

 

the aging of the patent portfolio; and

 

• 

other external factors, including developments in the law affecting patent enforcement and availability of contingent legal financing, as required.

 

 

All of the Licensing and Enforcement revenues were generated through settlement and non-exclusive license agreements. All of the agreements provided for a one-time payment to the Company. Generally, we were willing to engage in settlement discussions with defendants at any appropriate time during the course of litigation. We agreed to settle a dispute with a defendant when we believed that such a settlement and the terms of the agreement were in the best interest of the Company and its shareholders. The environment for entering into such license agreements continued to be adversely affected by several significant developments in the patent monetization industry, including the continued effect of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 (including several means by which challenges to the validity of our patents may be effected, including Inter Partes review proceedings) and the Supreme Court holding in the Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International case, which called into question the patentability of certain types of inventions.

 

Net Loss

 

Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2017 was $0.9 million.  Included in net loss for the year ended December 31, 2017 is a net realized gain of $2.2 million recorded in connection with the Upside Warrant.

 

Operating expenses of $3.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2017 included other legal and consulting fees of $0.4 million, patent prosecution and maintenance fees of $0.1 million, compensation and related benefits, of $1.7 million, which includes non-cash compensation of $0.4 million, professional fees of $0.8 million, and general and administrative expenses of $0.5 million. Net revenue totaled $0.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2017.

 

Revenues

 

   

For the Year Ended

December 31, 2017

 

Licensing revenue

  $ 300  

Total revenue

  $ 300  

 

Cost of Revenue

 

Legal and Consulting Contingency Fees

 

Legal and consulting contingent fees for the year ended December 31, 2017 was $0.  Our legal and consulting contingent fees are dependent upon the realization of revenue and the nature of the fee arrangements with outside counsel.

 

Licensing and Enforcement Expenses

 

   

For the Year Ended

December 31, 2017

 

Other legal and consulting fees

  $ 374  

Patent prosecution and maintenance costs

    87  

Total licensing and enforcement expenses

  $ 461  

 

Other legal and consulting expenses for the years ended December 31, 2017 were $0.4 million.  The decrease in other legal and consulting fees during the year ended December 31, 2017 was mainly attributable to the reduced number of cases. In December 2017, the Company paid $113 in legal fees of a defendant, which the Company accrued in the fourth quarter, relating to the Company's unsuccessful appeal to the Federal Circuit of a 2016 District Court's award of such defendant's attorney's fees and costs. (The 2016 award of defendant's attorney's fees and costs were expensed by the Company in 2016.) Other legal and consulting expenses fluctuate from period to period based on patent enforcement and prosecution activity associated with ongoing licensing and enforcement programs and the timing of the commencement of new licensing and enforcement programs in each period. 

 

Patent prosecution and maintenance expenses for the year ended December 31, 2017 decreased to $0.1 million. Patent prosecution and maintenance expenses are related to legal fee and United States Patent and Trademark Office expenses for reexaminations and patent prosecutions.

 

 

General and Administrative Expenses

 

   

For the Year Ended

December 31, 2017

 

Compensation and benefits

  $ 1,722  

Professional fees

    769  

General and administrative

    493  

Total general & administrative expenses

  $ 2,984  

 

Compensation and benefits expense for the year ended December 31, 2017 was $1.7 million and includes share-based compensation of $0.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2017. Compensation and benefits expense decreased by approximately $2.1 million, or 55%, for fiscal 2017 as compared to fiscal 2016. The decrease in compensation and benefits can be primarily attributable to the decrease to 6 in the average number of full time active employees during fiscal December 31, 2017.

 

Professional fees for the year ended December 31, 2017 decreased by 21% and totaled approximately $0.8 million and related primarily to accounting and legal fees of $426, board and advisory fees of $224 and public company expenses of $120.

 

Total general and administrative expenses decreased by 39% to $493 for the year ended December 31, 2017. The decrease is attributed to decreases in: computer services of $61, telephone expenses of $34, insurance expenses of $32, office space of $30, office supplies and services of $21 and payroll services of $14.

 

Unrealized and Realized Gain

 

Upon the exercise and sale of the shares from the Upside Warrant the Company recognized a realized gain of $2.2 million in connection with recording the Upside Warrant at fair value. The Company accounted for the Upside Warrant using the fair value option and therefore recorded the non-cash, unrealized gain as a change in fair value in its Consolidated Statement of Operations.

 

Other Income

 

For the year ended December 31, 2017, included in other income of $386 is $70 received from Upside in connection with services provided as well as $316 of amortization in connection with the Upside Warrant.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

Liquidity

 

Our current assets were $4.0 million at December 31, 2018 and consisted of cash and cash equivalents and interest and income tax receivables. As a result of the adoption of the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution by our Board and the related winding up of business activities, we believe the Company's cash and cash equivalents are sufficient to meet our liquidity needs through 12 months from the issuance date of this filing.

 

Contractual Obligations

 

We had no significant commitments for capital expenditures and we have no committed lines of credit or other committed funding or long-term debt as of December 31, 2018. 

 

Off-Balance Sheet Transactions

 

We are not party to any off-balance sheet transactions. We have no guarantees or obligations other than those which arise out of normal business operations.

 

Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements

 

As a result of adopting the Liquidation Basis of Accounting, we believe no new accounting pronouncements will have a material impact on our net assets in liquidation or changes in net assets in liquidation.

 

Item 8.        Financial Statements and Supplementary Financial Data

 

Consolidated Financial Statements

 

The financial statements required by this item begin on page F-1 hereof.

 

 

Item 9.        Changes in and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

 

None.

 

Item 9A.     Controls and Procedures

 

Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, we conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness, as of December 31, 2018, of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures, as such term is defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e). Based on this evaluation, our principal executive officer and principal financial officer have concluded that, as of such date, our disclosure controls and procedures are effective to ensure that information required to be disclosed by us in our Exchange Act reports is recorded, processed, summarized, and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC's rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting

 

Management's Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting

 

Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting, as such term is defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f).   Internal control over financial reporting refers to the process designed by, or under the supervision of, our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, and effected by our Board of Directors, management and other personnel, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and includes those policies and procedures that:

 

(1) 

Pertain to the maintenance of records that in reasonable detail accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of our assets;

(2) 

Provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that our receipts and expenditures are being made only in accordance with authorization of our management and directors; and

(3) 

Provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisitions, use or disposition of our assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

 

Internal control over financial reporting cannot provide absolute assurance of achieving financial reporting objectives because of its inherent limitations.  Internal control over financial reporting is a process that involves human diligence and compliance and is subject to lapses in judgment and breakdowns resulting from human failures. Internal control over financial reporting also can be circumvented by collusion or improper management override.  Because of such limitations, there is a risk that material misstatements may not be prevented or detected on a timely basis by internal control over financial reporting.  However, these inherent limitations are known features of the financial reporting process. Therefore, it is possible to design into the process safeguards to reduce, though not eliminate, this risk. Management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting for the company.

 

Management has used the framework set forth in the report entitled Internal Control-Integrated Framework published by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (2013), known as COSO, to evaluate the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting. Based on this assessment, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded that our internal control over financial reporting was effective as of December 31, 2018.

 

As a smaller reporting company, we are not required to obtain an attestation report of our registered public accounting firm regarding internal controls over financial reporting.

 

Changes in Internal Controls over Financial Reporting

 

There has been no change in our internal control over financial reporting during our last fiscal quarter, other than changes consistent with or required by the Plan of Complete Dissolution and Liquidation, which changes have not and are not likely to materially affect our internal control over financial reporting.

 

Item 9B.       Other Information

 

None.

 

 

PART III

 

Item 10.       Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

 

Set forth below is information concerning all persons serving as directors during the period from January 1, 2018 to the Effective Date and their ages as of the Effective Date.

 

Name

 

Age

 

Director
Since

 

Position

Jay S. Walker

 

62

 

2013

 

Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors

Jonathan Ellenthal

 

52

 

2013

 

Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors

Jonathan A. Siegel(1)

 

60

 

2017

 

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Nathaniel J. Lipman

 

53

 

2013

 

Director

Richard J. Salute

 

71

 

2015

 

Director

 

(1) 

Effective September 20, 2018 under the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution, Jonathan A. Siegel became the Company's Sole Director and continued as the Company's Chief Executive Officer, and Kara Jenny continued as the Company's Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Siegel and Ms. Jenny were 61 and 49, respectively, as of December 31, 2018.

 

The Board may appoint officers, hire employees and retain independent contractors and agents in connection with winding up the Company's business and affairs, and is authorized to pay compensation to or otherwise compensate our directors, officers, employees, independent contractors and agents above their regular compensation in recognition of the extraordinary efforts they may be required to undertake in connection with the successful implementation of the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution.  Following the Effective Date we compensated Mr. Siegel and Ms. Jenny at reduced compensation levels in connection with their services provided during the implementation of the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution on an hourly basis, subject to certain de minimis quarterly minimums.

  

Jay S. Walker, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors until the Effective Date, is Chairman of Walker Digital, LLC, ("Walker Digital") which he founded in 1994. He is widely known as the founder of priceline.com, which brought a new level of value to the travel industry and its millions of customers. Mr. Walker is also the curator and chairman of TEDMED, LLC ("TEDMED"), a global community of people from every field who are passionate about the future of health and medicine (TEDMED is the sole independent licensee of the TED organization) and acting Chief Executive Officer and controlling investor in The Upside Commerce Group, LLC ("Upside"), a business travel company he founded in 2015. Concurrently, Mr. Walker is a member of several organizations that promote innovative solutions to global problems, including The President's Circle of the National Academies (comprising the National Academy of Science; the National Academy of Engineering; the Institute of Medicine; and the National Research Council); and the Atlantic Council as a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Walker is also founder, curator and owner of The Library of the History of Human Imagination; he is actively involved with Cornell University as the co-chairman of its Library Campaign. Mr. Walker received his Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations, Cornell University, New York, in 1978 and an Honorary Doctor of Science, Cazenovia College, New York in 2011.

 

Jonathan Ellenthal, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors until the Effective Date, was our Chief Executive Officer from September 2013 until February 2017. Mr. Ellenthal was the Chief Executive Officer of Walker Digital Management, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Walker Digital from 2008 to 2013. In addition to his operating responsibilities, Mr. Ellenthal served as a Director for many of Walker Digital's subsidiaries and collaborated with Mr. Walker on all new business designs and the strategic direction of Walker Digital. Since early 2011, Mr. Ellenthal has also been a Partner in TEDMED. As the exclusive licensee of the globally recognized TED brand for the field of health and medicine, TEDMED focuses entirely on innovation and breakthrough thinking in service of a healthier future. Mr. Ellenthal is a member of the Board of Managers of Upside. Prior to joining Walker Digital in 2008, Mr. Ellenthal was the Chief Executive Officer of Synapse Group, Inc. ("Synapse"), a direct marketing subsidiary of Time Inc., and served in a variety of senior leadership roles at Synapse before becoming Chief Executive Officer. From 2011 to 2014, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Affinion Group, Inc. ("Affinion"). Mr. Ellenthal is a Trustee of the Wilton Family Y in Wilton, Connecticut, and a board member of the local chapter of Young Presidents' Organization, Inc. Gold Chapter. He holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

 

Jonathan A. Siegel, Sole Director and Chief Executive Officer, joined the Company in February 2014, as Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Secretary. He was appointed President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary in May 2016 and Chief Executive Officer and Secretary on February 3, 2017. Prior to joining the Company, he was Investment Manager and Legal Counsel for Bentham Capital, LLC, a litigation finance company providing funding for large commercial and patent disputes, from March 2013 to January 2014, and a consultant from November 2012 to February 2013. He served as Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer of Alclear, LLC, a biometric secure identification service operating under the brand name "Clear", from June 2010 to June 2012. From March 2009 to April 2011 he served as Mayor of Irvington, New York and served as Trustee of Irvington prior to his election as Mayor. From December 1999 to January 2008, Mr. Siegel was employed by Synapse, most recently as Executive Vice President Publisher Relations and Legal Affairs. From 1994 to 1999 he served in various capacities for Brandt, Inc., a manufacturer of currency counting equipment, including as Executive Vice President and General Counsel and member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Siegel was Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Trian Group, LP, a merchant bank, from 1987 to 1994. He was a corporate associate at Rosenman & Colin LLP from 1983 to 1987. He received his BA from Colgate University in 1979 and his JD from The University of Chicago Law School in 1983. He is admitted to practice in New York.

 

 

Nathaniel J. Lipman, Director until the Effective Date, Mr. Lipman is on the Board of Diamond Resorts, Inc., since December 2017 and was the Executive Chairman of Affinion from September 2012 to November 2015 and served as a director from October 2005 until November 2015. He joined Affinion (formerly known as Cendant Marketing Group) in June 1999 and worked in various positions, including executive officer positions with increasing responsibility, which culminated in his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in October 2005. Prior to joining Affinion, Mr. Lipman was Senior Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategic Planning for Planet Hollywood International Inc., Senior Vice President and General Counsel of House of Blues Entertainment, Inc. and Senior Corporate Counsel at The Walt Disney Company. He also worked as an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, LLP. Mr. Lipman is currently a Director of Novitex Holdings, Inc., Redbox Holdings, Inc. and Trusted Media Brands, Inc. Additionally, within the past five years Mr. Lipman served as a Director of Affinion, Affinion Group Holdings, Inc. and Evertec, Inc. Mr. Lipman also served on the Board of Managers of Walker Digital from March 2013 to September 2013 and on the Board of Managers of Upside from December 2015 to March 2016.

 

Richard J. Salute, Director until the Effective Date, was the Chief Financial Officer of PAVMED, Inc. (a medical device company), from 2014 until 2015. From 2004 to 2013, Mr. Salute served as an Office Managing Partner at Cohn Reznick and served as the Capital Markets and SEC Practice Director prior to his retirement in April 2013. Mr. Salute is a consultant to Cohn Reznick on the Jobs Act, including Crowd Funding matters. Prior to 2004, Mr. Salute spent approximately 29 years at Andersen LLP, a global accounting firm managing complex audits for both public and private companies. In addition to his client responsibilities he started three businesses for the firm: the Enterprise Group (NY Metropolitan Area), the Technology Practice (New York Office), and the Bankruptcy and Corporate Recovery Practice (nationwide). Mr. Salute currently serves on the Board of Directors and is a member of the Audit Committee of Newtek Business Services Corp. Mr. Salute holds a bachelor's of business administration (cum laude) from Adelphi University.

 

Director Experience, Qualifications, Attributes and Skills

 

We believe that the backgrounds and qualifications of our Directors, considered as a group, should provide a composite mix of experience, knowledge and abilities that will allow the Board of Directors to fulfill its responsibilities. Prior to the Effective Date, the Board of Directors was composed of a diverse group of leaders in their respective fields. These Directors had other experience that made them valuable members, such as prior public policy experience or regulatory experience that provides insight into issues faced by companies.

 

Jay S. Walker. The Board believes that Mr. Walker provided the Board, by virtue of his extensive experience as an innovator and entrepreneur, with valuable industry insight, leadership and business knowledge.

 

Jonathan Ellenthal. The Board believes that Mr. Ellenthal's strategic vision and ability to realize new business avenues was vital to the success of Company initiatives.

 

Jonathan A. Siegel. The Board believes that Mr. Siegel's experience as an executive in a broad range of industries, prior service as an elected official and over 30 years practicing corporate law provides the Board with valuable insight with respect to leadership, executive management and legal matters.

 

Nathaniel J. Lipman. The Board believes that Mr. Lipman's executive leadership experiences provided the Board with a crucial perspective on the fruition of business opportunities.

 

Richard J. Salute. The Board believes that, as a result of Mr. Salute's financial background, as well as his service of publicly traded companies as an Audit Partner in both national and internationally recognized firms, he possesses a valuable ability to assess financial issues in a highly competitive business atmosphere. The Board values Mr. Salute's knowledge as a former Audit Partner for public reporting companies and financial sophistication from his over forty years of finance experience.

 

We have adopted a code of ethics that applies to our principal executive officer and all members of our finance department, including the principal financial officer and principal accounting officer. This code of ethics is posted on our website. The Internet address for our website is www.walkerinnovation.com, and the code of ethics may be found from our main web page by clicking first on "Investor Relations" and then on "Corporate Governance" under "Investor Relations," next on "Code of Ethics" under "Governance Documents."

 

 

We intend to satisfy any disclosure requirement under Item 5.05 of Form 8-K, if applicable, regarding an amendment to, or waiver from, a provision of this code of ethics by posting such information on our website, on the web page found by clicking through to "Code of Ethics" as specified above.

 

Board Committees

 

Effective as of September 20, 2018, the Company no longer has any standing committees, and the responsibilities and duties previously delegated to the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Nominating Committee have been, and will be, undertaken and performed, to the extent applicable, by the Board of Directors.

 

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

 

As noted above, the Company no longer has a Compensation Committee. No interlocking relationship exists between any member of the Board and any member of the board or compensation committee of any other company.

 

Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

 

Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, requires our directors, executive officers and holders of more than 10% of our outstanding shares of common stock (collectively, "Reporting Persons") to file with the Commission initial reports of ownership and reports of changes in ownership of our common stock. Such persons are required by regulations of the Commission to furnish us with copies of all such filings. Based on a review of the copies of such filings received by us with respect to the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, we believe that all Reporting Persons complied with all Section 16(a) filing requirements in the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.

 

Item 11.       Executive Compensation

 

Summary Compensation Table

 

The following table sets forth the cash and other compensation paid by us to our executive officers, whom we collectively refer to as the ''Named Executive Officers'', for the periods indicated. There are no other executive officers who received total compensation greater than $100,000 in 2018.

 

Name and Principal Position

 

Year

 

Salary
($)

   

Bonus
($)

   

Stock
Awards
($)

   

Option
Awards
($) (1)

   

All Other
Compensation
($)

   

Total
($)

 
Jonathan A. Siegel (2)                                                    

Chief Executive Officer and

 

2018

  $ 277,500 (6)    $ 60,000     $ -     $ -     $ 499,500 (3)    $ 837,000  

Secretary

 

2017

    368,333       40,000       -       74,867       -       483,200  
                                                     
Kara B. Jenny                                                    

Chief Financial Officer

 

2018

    246,750 (6)      80,406 (5)      -       -       414,500 (4)      741,656  
   

2017

    329,000       20,000       -       76,763       -       425,763  

 

(1) 

Reflects the aggregate grant date fair value of stock options granted in the respective fiscal year to the Named Executive Officers computed in accordance with ASC Topic 718.

(2) 

Mr. Siegel became the sole director on September 20, 2018. Mr. Siegel receives compensation as a director of $7,500 per calendar quarter commencing October 1, 2018.

(3) 

Includes payments to Mr. Siegel in the amount of $370,000 in severance and $129,500 in connection with the initial payment in settlement of 1,350,000 outstanding options that were unexercised and vested on the Effective Date (See - Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End)

(4) 

Includes payments to Ms. Jenny in the amount of $329,000 in severance and $85,500 in connection with the initial payment in settlement of 950,000 outstanding options that were unexercised and vested on the Effective Date (See - Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End)

(5) 

Includes $35,406 in connection with reimbursement of the costs of certain medical benefits in accordance with Ms. Jenny's employment agreement.

(6)  Reflects prorated salary from January 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018.

 

 

Employment Agreements

 

The material terms of each Named Executive Officer's employment agreement are described below:

 

Jonathan A. Siegel. We entered into an employment agreement and non-competition and confidentiality agreement in February 2014 with Jonathan A. Siegel, our Chief Executive Officer and Secretary. Pursuant to that employment agreement, Mr. Siegel was entitled to an annual base salary of $350,000, an annual bonus opportunity with a target of 50% of his annual base salary and options to purchase 500,000 shares of our Common Stock. The initial term of the employment agreement expired February 14, 2017 and thereafter renewed for one year terms, unless earlier terminated. In February 2017, in connection with his election as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Siegel's annual base salary was increased to $370,000. On the Effective Date of the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution, Mr. Siegel's employment contract was terminated, and he received lump sum severance of $370,000. Also, on the Effective Date, Mr. Siegel received a stay bonus of $60,000. On October 1, 2018 he entered into a consulting agreement with the Company providing for an initial hourly rate of $250 per hour for work performed pursuant to the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution. The consulting agreement is terminable on 30 days notice by the Company or the consultant.

 

Kara B. Jenny. We entered into an employment agreement and non-competition and confidentiality agreement in May 2014 with Kara Jenny, our Chief Financial Officer. Pursuant to that employment agreement, Ms. Jenny was entitled to an annual base salary of $329,000, an annual bonus opportunity with a target of 30% of her annual base salary and options to purchase 300,000 shares of our Common Stock. The initial term of the employment agreement expired May 27, 2017 and thereafter renewed for one year terms, unless earlier terminated. On the Effective Date of the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution, Ms. Jenny's employment contract was terminated, and she received severance of $329,000 and reimbursement of the costs of certain medical benefits of $35,406. Also, on the Effective Date, Ms. Jenny received a stay bonus of $45,000. On October 1, 2018 she entered into a consulting agreement providing for an initial hourly rate of $220 per hour, with a minimum payment of $5,000 per calendar quarter against which her hourly rate is recoupable, for work performed pursuant to the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution. The consulting agreement is terminable on 30 days notice by the Company or the consultant.

 

Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End

 

Each outstanding vested option was settled on the Effective Date of the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution in an amount equal to the difference between the exercise price of the option and the per share amount of the aggregate liquidating distributions to stockholders made or to be made to stockholders in connection with the Company's liquidation and dissolution. The initial payment of the settlement price was made on or about September 27, 2018 and further payments, if any, will be determined and made at the time of any future liquidating distributions to stockholders under the Complete Plan of Liquidation and Dissolution.  Accordingly, none of our named executive officers had any outstanding equity awards as of December 31, 2018.

 

Director Compensation

 

Prior to the Effective Date, directors who were employees of the Company received no additional compensation for service as Directors. The following table sets forth compensation information regarding the Company's non-employee Directors in fiscal 2018. In connection with the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution, commencing October 1, 2018 Mr. Siegel receives a fee of $7,500 per quarter for serving as the sole director of the Company.

 

Name

 

Fees Earned

or Paid in

Cash (1)
($)

   

Stock

Awards
($)

   

Option

Awards
($)

   

Non-Equity

Incentive

Plan
Compensation
($)

   

Change in
Pension
Value and
Nonqualified
Deferred
Compensation
Earnings
($)

   

All Other
Compensation(2)
($)

   

Total
($)

 

Jonathan Ellenthal(3)

  $ 19,456       --       --       --       --     $ 60,000       79,456  

Nathaniel J. Lipman

    101,431       --       --       --       --       21,050       122,481  

Richard J. Salute

    96,567       --       --       --       --       13,300       109,867  

Jay S. Walker

    --       --       --       --       --       --       --  

 

(1)

These amounts represent the Annual Cash Compensation Retainer for Board Service and the Supplemental Fees for committee members and chairs.

 

(2)

Reflects the aggregate value of the initial payment on outstanding vested options settled on the Effective Date for the difference between the exercise price of the option and the per share amount of liquidating distributions made to stockholders. Does not include further option settlement payments, if any, that will be determined and made at the time of future liquidating distributions to stockholders under the Complete Plan of Liquidation and Dissolution.

 

(3)

Mr. Ellenthal was a non-employee director from February 3, 2017 to December 31, 2017. He waived his Annual Cash Retainer Fee from May 3, 2017 to May 3, 2018.

 

 

Item 12.     Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

 

Prior to the Effective Date of the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution, the Company had two classes of stock outstanding, its common stock and its Series B Convertible Preferred Stock. Shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock were convertible on a one-for-one basis into shares of our common stock. The holders of the Company's common stock were entitled to one vote per share of common stock held on all matters submitted to a vote of stockholders, and holders of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock were entitled to cast an aggregate of 80% of the total votes that may be cast on all matters presented to the stockholders. The holders of our common stock had equal rights to receive dividends, when and if declared by our Board of Directors, out of funds legally available for such purpose, and holders of our Series B Convertible Preferred Stock receive the equivalent amount of any dividends as the holders of our common stock, on an as converted basis. In the event of liquidation, holders of our common stock are entitled to share ratably in our net assets available for distribution to stockholders, and holders of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock receive the equivalent amount of liquidation proceeds as the holders of our common stock, on an as converted basis. The table below sets forth the number and percentage of shares of our common stock beneficially owned as of September 20, 2018, by the following persons: (i) stockholders known to us who own 5% or more of our outstanding shares; (ii) each of our Directors and Named Executive Officers; and (iii) our Directors and Named Executive Officers as a group. We have been advised that there were no transfers of any shares of common stock or preferred stock after the Effective Date.

 

Except as otherwise set forth below, the address of each of the persons listed below is Walker Innovation Inc., Two High Ridge Park, Stamford, CT 06905. Unless otherwise indicated, the common stock beneficially owned by a holder includes shares owned by a spouse, minor children and relatives sharing the same home, as well as entities owned or controlled by the named person, and also includes options to purchase shares of our common stock exercisable within 60 days that have been granted under our Amended and Restated Long Term Incentive Plans. In connection with the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution, each outstanding vested option was settled on the September 27, 2018 in an amount equal to the difference between the exercise price of the option and the per share amount of liquidating distributions to stockholders made or to be made to stockholders in connection with the Company's liquidation and dissolution.

 

Title of Class

 

Name of Beneficial Owner

 

Amount

Beneficially

Owned (1)

 

Percent of Class

 

Common Stock

 

 

Walker Digital, LLC

 

 

28,655,042(2)

 

 

81.7

%

Series B Convertible Preferred Stock

 

 

Walker Digital, LLC

 

 

14,999,000(3)

 

 

100.0

%

Common Stock

 

 

Genesis Capital Advisors, LLC

 

 

1,878,329(4)

 

 

1.9

%

Common Stock

 

 

IP Navigation Group, LLC

 

 

1,445,000(5)

 

 

1.4

%

Common Stock

 

 

Del Mar Asset Management, LP

 

 

2,487,763(6)

 

 

2.5

%

Common Stock

 

 

Jay S. Walker

 

 

28,755,389(7)

 

 

81.9

%

Series B Convertible Preferred Stock

 

 

Jay S. Walker

 

 

14,999,000(7)

 

 

100.0

%

Common Stock

 

 

Jonathan A. Siegel

 

 

1,350,000(8)

 

 

1.3

%

Common Stock

 

 

Kara B. Jenny

 

 

950,000(9)

 

 

0.9

%

Common Stock

 

 

Jonathan Ellenthal

 

 

1,271,825(10)

 

 

1.3

%

Common Stock

 

 

Nathaniel J. Lipman

 

 

295,000(11)

 

 

0.3

%

Common Stock

 

 

Richard J. Salute

 

 

140,000(12)

 

 

0.1

%

Common Stock

 

 

All Directors and Named Executive

Officers as a group (6 persons)

 

 

32,762,214(13)

 

 

82.7

%

 

 

(1)

The number of shares of common stock includes shares owned and all exercisable options (including options that will be exercisable within 60 days after September 20, 2018). On July 16, 2018, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors approved the acceleration of vesting of an aggregate of 513,340 options, which are reflected in the beneficial ownership numbers above.

 

 

(2)

Includes shares owned beneficially or deemed to be owned beneficially by Walker Digital, LLC and with respect to which Jay S. Walker may be deemed to have shared voting and investment power, as follows:

 

 

(a)

1,661,242 shares of common stock; and

 

 

(b)

14,999,000 shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, which are convertible at the option of the holder thereof, at any time and from time to time, into an equal number of shares of our common stock.

 

 

(3)

Each share of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, is convertible at the option of the holder thereof, at any time and from time to time, into one share of common stock.

 

 

 

(4)

Based on a Schedule 13G/A filed by Genesis Capital Advisors LLC ("GCA") and Genesis Opportunity Fund, LP ("GOF") on February 12, 2018. Represents 1,535,529 shares of common stock held by GOF and 1,878,329 shares of common stock beneficially owned by GCA, which is the investment manager of GOF. Ethan Benovitz and Jaime Hartman, as individuals, act as co-investment managers to the GOF and as managing members of GCA. Accordingly, Messrs. Benovitz and Hartman may be deemed to beneficially own 1,878,329 shares of common stock. As set forth in the Schedule 13G/A each of GCA, GOF, and Messrs. Benovitz and Hartman have disclaimed beneficial ownership of such securities except to the extent of their pecuniary interest therein. The business address of GCA is 1212 Avenue of the Americas, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10036.

 

 

(5)

The business address of IP Navigation Group, LLC is Chateau Plaza, 2515 McKinney Ave., Suite 1000, Dallas, TX 75201.

 

 

(6)

Based upon a Schedule 13G and a Form 4 filed by Del Mar Asset Management, LP on February 24 and 26, 2014, respectively. Represents 2,028,900 shares of common stock held by Del Mar Master Fund, Ltd., a Cayman Islands exempted company (the ''GP''). The GP is the general partner of Del Mar Asset Management, LP, a Delaware limited liability company (''DMAM''), and as such, directs DMAM's operations. DMAM serves as the investment manager of the Master Fund. Mr. Freelove has sole voting or investment control over shares held by RockMaple. The business address of Del Mar Asset Management, LP is One Grand Central Place, 60 East 42nd Street, Suite 450, New York, NY 10165.

 

 

(7)

Includes shares owned beneficially or deemed to be owned beneficially by Jay S. Walker as follows:

 

 

(a)

287,295 shares of common stock directly and with respect to which he has sole voting and investment power; and

 

 

(b)

1,661,242 shares of common stock and 14,999,000 shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, which are convertible at the option of the holder thereof, at any time and from time to time, into an equal number of shares of our common stock with respect to which Walker Digital, LLC may be deemed to have shared voting and investment power.

 

 

(8)

Represents shares of common stock underlying stock options owned beneficially or deemed to be owned beneficially by Jonathan A. Siegel.

 

 

(9)

Represents shares of common stock underlying stock options owned beneficially or deemed to be owned beneficially by Kara B. Jenny.

 

 

(10)

Includes shares owned beneficially or deemed to be owned beneficially by Jonathan Ellenthal as follows:

  

 

(a)

71,825 shares of common stock directly and with respect to which he has sole voting and investment power;

 

 

(b)

1,200,000 shares of common stock underlying stock options; and

 

 

(c)

excludes Mr. Ellenthal's 8% ownership in Walker Digital, LLC.

 

 

(11)

Represents shares of common stock underlying stock options owned beneficially or deemed to be owned beneficially by Nathaniel J. Lipman.

 

 

(12)

Represents shares of common stock underlying stock options owned beneficially or deemed to be owned beneficially by Richard J. Salute.

 

 

(13)

See notes (1) and (7) through (12).

 

 

Item 13.     Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, Director Independence

 

Certain relationships between Walker Digital, Upside and our Directors and officers are set forth below:

 

 

Jay S. Walker is the chairman and founder of Walker Digital and beneficially owns a majority of the issued and outstanding equity interests in Walker Digital. Additionally, Mr. Walker is the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Upside.

 

 

Jonathan Ellenthal was the Chief Executive Officer of Walker Digital Management, LLC ("WDM"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Walker Digital, owns 8% of the outstanding equity interests in Walker Digital, and serves as a Director for many of Walker Digital's subsidiaries. Additionally, Mr. Ellenthal is an employee and a Director of Upside.

 

 

Item 14.     Principal Accountant Fees and Services

 

Services and Fees of Independent Accountants

 

The following chart sets forth public accounting fees paid to Marcum, LLP during the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017:

 

   

2018

   

2017

 

Audit Fees

  $ 126,000     $ 122,000  

Audit-Related Fees

    -       2,000  

Tax Fees

    -       -  

All Other Fees

    -       -  

Total

  $ 126,000     $ 124,000  

 

Audit Fees were for professional services for the audit of our annual financial statements and the review of the financial statements included in our quarterly reports on Forms 10-Q, and services that are normally provided by Marcum, LLP in connection with statutory and regulatory filings or engagements for that fiscal year.

 

Audit-related fees consist of services by Marcum, LLP that are reasonably related to the performance of the audit or review of our financial statements and are not reported above under Audit Fees. We incurred these fees in connection with the preparation of registration statements. Audit-related fees also included out of pocket expenses incurred during the course of performing audit or review of our financial statements for the respective fiscal year.

  

 

 

 

PART IV

 

Item 15.     EXHIBITS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES

 

We have filed the following documents as part of this Form 10-K:

 

1.          Consolidated Financial Statements:

 

 

 

Page No.

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

F-2

Consolidated Statement of Net Assets as of December 31, 2018 (Liquidation Basis)

 

F-3

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Net Assets from June 30, 2018 to December 31, 2018 (Liquidation Basis)

 

F-4

Consolidated Balance Sheet as of December 31, 2017 (Going Concern Basis)

 

F-5

Consolidated Statements of Operations for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2018 and the Year Ended December 31, 2017 (Going Concern Basis)

 

F-6

Consolidated Statements of Stockholders' Equity for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2018 and the Year Ended December 31, 2017 (Going Concern Basis)

 

F-7

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2018 and the Year Ended December 31, 2017 (Going Concern Basis)

 

F-8

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

 

F-9

 

 

2.          Financial Statement Schedules

 

All schedules have been omitted because they are not required, not applicable, not present in amounts sufficient to require submission of the schedule, or the required information is otherwise included.

 

3.          Exhibits

 

 

Exhibit
No.

 

Description

 

 

 

2.1

 

Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated July 11, 2013, by and among GlobalOptions Group, Inc., GO Merger Sub, LLC, Walker Digital, LLC and Walker Digital Holdings, LLC (filed as Exhibit 2.1 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 15, 2013).* 

 

 

 

2.1a

 

First Amendment to Agreement and Plan of Merger dated as of September 18, 2013, by and among GlobalOptions Group, Inc., GO Merger Sub LLC, Walker Digital, LLC and Walker Digital Holdings, LLC (filed as Exhibit 2.2 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 24, 2013).* 

 

 

 

2.2

 

Certificate of Merger of Walker Digital Holdings, LLC (filed as Exhibit 2.3 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 24, 2013).*

     

2.3

 

Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution of Walker Innovation Inc. (filed as Exhibit 2.1 to our Quarterly Report of Form 10Q filed on October 26, 2018).*

 

 

 

3.1

 

Certificate of Incorporation (filed as Exhibit 3.1 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 24, 2013).*

 

 

 

3.1a

 

Certificate of Amendment to Certificate of Incorporation (filed as Exhibit 3.2 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 24, 2013).*

 

 

 

3.1b

 

Certificate of Elimination of the Series D Convertible Preferred Stock (filed as Exhibit 3.3 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 15, 2013).*

 

 

 

3.1c

 

Certificate of Elimination of the Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock. (filed as Exhibit 3.1 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 23, 2013).*

 

 

 

3.1d

 

Certificate of Designation of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock (filed as Exhibit 3.5 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 24, 2013).*

 

 

 

3.1e

 

Amendment to Certificate of Incorporation dated November 12, 2013 (filed as Exhibit 3.10 to Amendment No. 3 to our Registration Statement on Form S-1 (No. 333-191783) filed on February 7, 2014).*

 

 

 

3.1f

 

Amendment to Certificate of Incorporation effective July 31, 2015 (filed as Exhibit 3.3 to our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 6, 2015).*

     

3.1g

 

Certificate of Dissolution

 

 

 

3.3

 

Bylaws (filed as Exhibit 3.6 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 24, 2013).*

 

 

 

3.3a

 

Amendment to Bylaws (filed as Exhibit 3.7 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 24, 2013).*

 

 

 

3.3b

 

Amendment to Bylaws (filed as Exhibit 3.8 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 24, 2013).*

 

 

 

3.3c

 

Amendment to Bylaws (filed as Exhibit 3.9 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 24, 2013).*

 

 

 

3.3d

 

Amendment to Bylaws (filed as Exhibit A to our Form DEF14A (other definitive proxy statements) filed on April 12, 2016).*

 

 

 

4.1

 

Rights Agreement, dated as of September 7, 2010, between GlobalOptions Group, Inc. and Continental Transfer & Trust Company (filed as Exhibit 4.1 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 8, 2010).*

 

 

 

4.1a

 

Amendment No. 1 to Rights Agreement, dated as of March 26, 2012 between GlobalOptions Group, Inc. and Continental Transfer & Trust Company (filed as Exhibit 4.2 to our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 30, 2012).*

 

 

4.1b

 

Amendment No. 2 to Rights Agreement, dated as of March 26, 2012 between GlobalOptions Group, Inc. and Continental Transfer & Trust Company (filed as Exhibit 4.1 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 9, 2013).*

 

 

 

4.1c

 

Amendment No. 3 to Rights Agreement, dated as of March 26, 2012 between GlobalOptions Group, Inc. and Continental Transfer & Trust Company (filed as Exhibit 4.1 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 23, 2013).*

 

 

 

4.2

 

Restricted Stock Agreement, dated July 11, 2013, by and between GlobalOptions Group, Inc. and Broadband Capital Management LLC (filed as Exhibit 4.1 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 15, 2013).*

 

 

 

4.3

 

Restricted Stock Agreement dated as of September 18, 2013, by and between IP Navigation Group, LLC, and GlobalOptions Group, Inc. (filed as Exhibit 4.10 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 24, 2013).*

 

 

 

4.4

 

Lock-Up Agreement dated September 18, 2013, by and between IP Navigation Group, LLC and GlobalOptions Group, Inc. (filed as Exhibit 4.9 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 24, 2013).*

 

 

 

4.5

 

Revolving Promissory Note between Walker Innovation Inc. and Walker Digital, LLC, dated as of July 19, 2016 (filed as Exhibit 4.1 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 20, 2016).*

 

 

 

10.1

 

Amended and Restated 2006 Long-Term Incentive Plan (filed as Exhibit 10.1 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 30, 2008).* †

 

 

 

10.2

 

The Patent Properties, Inc. Amended and Restated Long-term Incentive Plan, effective March 2, 2015 (filed as Exhibit 10.1 to our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on May 13, 2015).* †

 

 

 

10.3

 

Form of Option Grant Agreement under the Patent Properties Inc. Amended and Restated 2006 Long-term Incentive Plan (filed as Exhibit 10.4 to our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 15, 2016).* †

 

 

 

10.4

 

Form of Option Grant Agreement under The Patent Properties, Inc. Amended and Restated Long-term Incentive Plan, effective March 2, 2015 (filed as Exhibit 10.2 to our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on May 13, 2015).* †

 

 

 

10.5

 

Employment Agreement and Non-Competition and Confidentiality Agreement, dated as of September 18, 2013, between Jonathan Ellenthal and GlobalOptions Group, Inc. (filed as Exhibit 10.24 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 24, 2013).* †

 

 

 

10.5a

 

Termination Agreement, dated as of February 3, 2017, between Jonathan Ellenthal and Walker Innovation Inc. (filed as Exhibit 10.6a to our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on February 7, 2017).* †

 

 

 

10.6

 

Executive Employment Agreement, dated as of February 10, 2014, between Jonathan Siegel and Patent Properties, Inc. (filed as Exhibit 10.41 to Amendment No. 5 to our Registration Statement on Form S-1 (No. 333-191783) filed on February 13, 2014).* †

 

 

 

10.7

 

Executive Employment Agreement, dated as of May 27, 2014, between Kara B. Jenny and Patent Properties, Inc. (filed as Exhibit 10.42 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on May 28, 2014).* †

 

 

 

10.8

 

Shared Services Agreement, dated as of July 11, 2013, by and between GlobalOptions Group, Inc. and Walker Digital Management, LLC (filed as Exhibit 10.8 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 15, 2013).*

 

 

 

10.9

 

Form of Indemnification Agreement between GlobalOptions Group, Inc. and its new directors and officers (filed as Exhibit 10.30 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 24, 2013).*

 

 

 

10.10

 

Registration Rights Agreement, dated September 18, 2013, by and between GlobalOptions Group, Inc. and the holders party thereto (filed as Exhibit 10.31 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 24, 2013).* 

 

 

10.11

 

Bill of Sale, Assignment and Assumption Agreement dated as of September 18, 2013, by and between Walker Digital, LLC, and Walker Digital Holdings, LLC (filed as Exhibit 10.33 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 24, 2013).*

 

 

 

10.12

 

Invention Assignment Agreement dated as of January 20, 2014 by an among Patent Properties, Inc., Investor Holdings LLC and Jay Walker (filed as Exhibit 10.35 to Amendment No. 2 to our Registration Statement on Form S-1 (No. 333-191783) filed on January 22, 2014).*

 

 

 

10.13

 

Registration Rights Agreement, dated as of February 10, 2014, by and between Patent Properties, Inc. and the holders party thereto (filed as Exhibit 10.39 to Amendment No. 4 to our Registration Statement on Form S-1 (No. 333-191783) filed on February 11, 2014).*

 

 

 

10.14

 

Registration Rights Indemnification Agreement, dated as of February 10, 2014, by and between Patent Properties, Inc. and Walker Digital, LLC (filed as Exhibit 10.40 to Amendment No. 4 to our Registration Statement on Form S-1 (No. 333-191783) filed on February 11, 2014).*

 

 

 

10.15

 

Engagement Agreement between Walker Innovation Inc. and Walker Digital, LLC, dated as of August 20, 2015 (filed as Exhibit 10.1 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on August 24, 2015).*

 

 

 

10.16

 

Shared Services Agreement between Walker Innovation Inc. and Flexible Travel Company, LLC, dated as of December 4, 2015. (filed as Exhibit 10.1 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on December 10, 2015).*

 

 

 

10.16a

 

Amendment to Shared Services Agreement between Walker Innovation Inc. and Flexible Travel Company, LLC, dated as of March 4, 2016. (filed as Exhibit 10.1 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on March 31, 2016)*

 

 

 

10.17

 

Warrant dated as of December 4, 2015 among Jay S. Walker, Walker Innovation Inc. and Flexible Travel Company, LLC (filed as Exhibit 10.2 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on December 10, 2015).*

 

 

 

10.17a

 

Amendment to Warrant Agreement dated as of November 29, 2016 among Jay S. Walker, Walker Innovation Inc. and The Upside Commerce Group, LLC. (filed as Exhibit 10.23a to our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on February 7, 2017).*

 

 

 

10.17b

 

Amendment to Warrant Agreement dated as of December 5, 2016 among Jay S. Walker, Walker Innovation Inc. and The Upside Commerce Group, LLC. (filed as Exhibit 10.23b to our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on February 7, 2017).*

 

 

 

10.18

 

Pledge Agreement between Walker Innovation Inc. and Walker Digital, LLC, dated as of July 19, 2016 (filed as Exhibit 10.1 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 20, 2016).*

 

 

 

10.18a

 

Termination of Revolving Promissory Note and Pledge Agreement between Walker Innovation Inc. and Walker Digital, LLC, dated as of December 5, 2016 (filed as Exhibit 10.2 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on December 6, 2016).*

 

 

 

10.19

 

Securities Purchase Agreement by and among Walker Innovation Inc., Jay S. Walker, Zwieg-Dimenna International Limited and Zwieg-Dimenna Partners, L.P., dated as of November 21, 2016 (filed as Exhibit 10.1 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on November 28, 2016).*

 

 

 

10.20

 

Release and Agreement by and among Walker Innovation Inc., Inventor Holdings, LLC, Certified Measurement, LLC, Walker Digital, LLC and Jay S. Walker, dated as of November 28, 2016 (filed as Exhibit 10.2 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on November 28, 2016).*

 

 

 

10.21

 

Securities Purchase Agreement by and among Walker Innovation Inc., Jay S. Walker and Leucadia National Corporation, dated as of December 5, 2016 (filed as Exhibit 10.1 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on December 6, 2016).* 

 

 

 

21.1

 

Subsidiaries of Walker Innovation Inc. (filed as Exhibit 21.1 to our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on February 2, 2018) 

 

 

31.1

 

Certification of Jonathan Siegel, Chief Executive Officer, pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

 

 

31.2

 

Certification of Kara B. Jenny, Chief Financial Officer, pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

 

 

32.1

 

Certification of Jonathan Siegel, Chief Executive Officer, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

 

 

32.2

 

Certification of Kara B. Jenny, Chief Financial Officer, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

 

 

101.INS

 

XBRL Instance Document.

 

 

 

101.SCH

 

XBRL Taxonomy Schema.

 

 

 

101.CAL

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase.

 

 

 

101.DEF

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase.

 

 

 

101.LAB

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase.

 

 

 

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XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase.

 

* Incorporated herein by reference.

 

† Indicates a management contract or compensatory plan.

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

 

WALKER INNOVATION INC.

 

 

 

February 15, 2019

By:

/s/ Jonathan Siegel

(Date Signed)

 

Chief Executive Officer

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this Report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the date indicated.

 

Signature

 

Title

 

Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

/s/ Jonathan Siegel

 

Chief Executive Officer (Principal Executive Officer) and Director

 

February 15, 2019

Jonathan Siegel

 

 

   

 

 

 

   
   

 

   

 

 

 

   

/s/ Kara B. Jenny

 

Chief Financial Officer (Principal Financial Officer and Accounting Officer)

 

February 15, 2019

Kara B. Jenny

     

 

 

 

WALKER INNOVATION INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

INDEX TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

 

 

Page

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

F-2

Consolidated Statement of Net Assets as of December 31, 2018 (Liquidation Basis)

 

F-3

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Net Assets from June 30, 2018 to December 31, 2018 (Liquidation Basis)

 

F-4

Consolidated Balance Sheet as of December 31, 2017 (Going Concern Basis)

 

F-5

Consolidated Statements of Operations for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2018 and the Year Ended December 31, 2017 (Going Concern Basis)

 

F-6

Consolidated Statements of Stockholders' Equity for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2018 and the Year Ended December 31, 2017 (Going Concern Basis)

 

F-7

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2018 and the Year Ended December 31, 2017 (Going Concern Basis)

 

F-8

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

 

F-9

  

 

REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

 

To the Shareholders and Board of Directors of

Walker Innovation Inc.

 

 

Opinion on the Financial Statements

 

We have audited the consolidated balance sheet (going concern basis) of Walker Innovation Inc. and its subsidiaries as of December 31, 2017, the related consolidated statements of operations (going concern basis), stockholders' equity (going concern basis) and cash flows (going concern basis) for the period from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018 and for the year ended December 31, 2017, the consolidated statement of net assets (liquidation basis) as of December 31, 2018, the related consolidated statement of changes in net assets (liquidation basis) for the period from July 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018, and the related notes (collectively referred to as the "financial statements"). In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2017, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the period from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018 and for the year ended December 31, 2017, its net assets in liquidation as of December 31, 2018, and the changes in net assets for the period from July 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

Emphasis of a Matter - Liquidation Basis of Accounting

 

As discussed in Notes 1 and 2 to the consolidated financial statements, the board of directors of Walker Innovation Inc. approved a plan of liquidation and dissolution on June 28, 2018, and the Company determined liquidation is imminent. The Company used June 30, 2018 as a convenience date as activities between June 28, 2018 and June 30, 2018 were immaterial. As a result, the Company changed its basis of accounting on June 30, 2018 from the going concern basis to liquidation basis.

 

Basis for Opinion

 

These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company's financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) ("PCAOB") and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

 

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. As part of our audit we are required to obtain an understanding of internal control over financial reporting but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company's internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion.

 

Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audit also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

 

/s/ Marcum llp

 

Marcum llp

 

We have served as the Company's auditor since 2013.

 

New York, NY
February 15, 2019

 

 

 

WALKER INNOVATION INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF NET ASSETS 

AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2018

(Liquidation Basis)

(in thousands)

 

Cash and cash equivalents

  $ 3,588  

Income tax receivable

    358  

Interest receivable

    15  

Liability for estimated costs post liquidation

    (564

)

Liability for compensation and related benefits resulting from liquidation

    --  

Commitments and contingencies (Note 7)

    --  

Net Assets in Liquidation (1)

  $ 3,397  

 

(1)

The net assets in liquidation amount may not equal the aggregate amount of cash available to stockholders for distribution in liquidation. Certain amounts reflected above are estimates and the amounts that are currently reserved may be more or less than the amounts ultimately required to be paid in cash.

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

 

 

WALKER INNOVATION INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN NET ASSETS

(Liquidation Basis)

(in thousands)

 

Stockholders' equity as of June 30, 2018 (Going Concern Basis)

  $ 22,751  

Effects of adopting liquidation basis of accounting:

       

Change in net realizable value of prepaid assets

    (73

)

Liability for in the money options outstanding resulting from liquidation

    (550

)

Liability for compensation and related benefits resulting from the liquidation

    (886

)

Liability for estimated costs during liquidation

    (1,027

)

Changes in net assets in liquidation:

       

Liquidating distribution to holders of Common Stock

    (9,645

)

Liquidating distribution to holders of Preferred Stock

    (7,200

)

Change in liability for in the money options outstanding resulting from liquidation

    177  

Change in liability for estimated costs during liquidation

    (654

)

Interest income earned

    98  

Income tax receivable

    358  

Proceeds from sale of patents, net of commissions paid

    48  

Total net assets in liquidation at December 31, 2018 (Liquidation Basis)

  $ 3,397  

  

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

 

 

WALKER INNOVATION INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2017

(Going Concern Basis)

(In thousands except share and per share amount)

 

ASSETS

       

Current Assets:

       

Cash and cash equivalents

  $ 24,041  

Short-term investment

    25  

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

    73  

Total current assets

    24,139  
         

TOTAL ASSETS

  $ 24,139  
         

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

       

Current Liabilities:

       

Accounts payable

  $ 121  

Accrued expenses

    229  

Total current liabilities

    350  
         

TOTAL LIABILITIES

    350  
         

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES (NOTE 8)

       
         

STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

       
         

Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 15,000,000 shares authorized

    -  

Series B Convertible Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 14,999,000 shares designated, issued and outstanding

    15  

Common stock, $0.001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized; 21,184,744 shares issued and 20,094,314 outstanding

    21  

Treasury stock, 1,090,430 shares, at cost

    (1,122

)

Additional paid-in capital

    47,350  

Accumulated deficit

    (22,475

)

TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

    23,789  

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

  $ 24,139  

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

 

 

WALKER INNOVATION INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Going Concern Basis)

(In thousands except per share amounts)

 

   

For the Six Months Ended

June 30, 2018

   

For the Year Ended

December 31, 2017

 

Revenues:

               

Licensing fees

  $ -     $ 300  

Total revenues

    -       300  
                 
                 

Operating expenses:

               

Other legal and consulting fees

    2       374  

Patent prosecution and maintenance fees

    24       87  

Compensation and benefits, includes non-cash compensation of $51 and $0.4 million, for the period ended June 30, 2018 and the year ended December 31, 2017, respectively

    537       1,722  

Professional fees

    425       769  

General and administrative

    220       493  

Total operating expenses

    1,208       3,445  
                 

Operating loss

    (1,208

)

    (3,145

)

                 

Other income - related party

    -       386  

Realized gain on sales of investment

    -       2,189  

Interest income

    120       45  
                 

Net loss before taxes

  $ (1,088

)

  $ (525

)

                 

Provision for income taxes

    -       (366

)

                 

Net loss

  $ (1,088

)

  $ (891

)

                 

Net loss per common share

               

Basic

  $ (0.05

)

  $ (0.04

)

Diluted

  $ (0.05

)

  $ (0.04

)

                 

Weighted average common shares outstanding

               

Basic

    20,094       20,528  

Diluted

    20,094       20,528  

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

 

 

WALKER INNOVATION INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

(Going Concern Basis)

(In thousands)

 

   

Series B Convertible

Preferred Stock

   

Common Stock

   

Treasury Stock

   

Additional

Paid-In

   

Accumulated

   

Total

Stockholders'

 
   

Shares

   

Amount

   

Shares

   

Amount

   

Shares

   

Amount

    Capital     Deficit     Equity  
                                                                         

Balance January 1, 2017

    14,999       15       21,135       21       394       (840

)

    46,985       (21,584

)

    24,597  

Stock based compensation

    -       -       -       -       -       -       344       -       344  

Options exercised

    -       -       50       -       -       -       21       -       21  

Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2017

    -       -       -       -       -       -       -       (891

)

    (891

)

Related party payment of shares

    -       -       -       -       696       (282

)

    --       --       (282

)

Balance December 31, 2017

    14,999       15       21,185     $ 21       1,090     $ (1,122

)

  $ 47,350     $ (22,475

)

  $ 23,789  

Stock based compensation

    -       -       -       -       -       -       50       -       50  

Net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2018

    -       -       -       -       -       -       -       (1,088

)

    (1,088

)

Balance June 30, 2018

    14,999     $ 15       21,185     $ 21       1,090     $ (1,122

)

    47,400       (23,563

)

    22,751

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

 

 

WALKER INNOVATION INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Going Concern Basis)

(In thousands)

 

   

For the Six Months

Ended June 30, 2018

   

Year Ended

December 31, 2017

 

Cash Flows from Operating Activities

               

Net loss

  $ (1,088

)

  $ (891

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

               

Realized gain on investment

    --       (2,189

)

Stock-based compensation

    50       344  

Depreciation and amortization

    --       9  

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

               

Decrease (increase) in:

               

Accounts receivable and other receivable

    (17

)

    (6

)

Prepaid and other current assets

    17       48  

Increase (decrease) in:

               

Accounts payable

    (67

)

    (93

)

Accrued expenses

    (187

)

    (231

)

Deferred expenses and deferred revenue

    --       (316

)

Net cash used in operating activities

    (1,292

)

    (3,325

)

                 

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:

               

Proceeds from sales of investments in Tagged and Upside

    --       18,362  

Exercise of Upside warrant

    --       (759

)

Commission in connection with the sale of Upside Warrant

    --       (543

)

Net change in short-term investment

    (19,985

)

    --  

Net cash provided by investing activities

    (19,985

)

    17,060  
                 

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:

               

Proceeds from exercise of options

    --       21  

Net cash provided by financing activities

    --       21  
                 

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

  $ (21,277

)

  $ 13,756  

Cash and cash equivalents

               

Beginning

  $ 24,041     $ 10,285  

Ending

  $ 2,764     $ 24,041  
                 

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing transactions

               

Reclassification as treasury stock of shares received in connection with settlement of related party matter (Note 9)

  $ --     $ 282  

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

 

WALKER INNOVATION INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 

 

NOTE 1. THE COMPANY

 

Walker Innovation Inc., a Delaware corporation (collectively, with its subsidiaries, the "Company" or "Walker Innovation"), sought to develop and commercialize its unique portfolio of intellectual property assets through licensing and enforcement operations ("Licensing and Enforcement"). In response to challenging developments in the patent licensing and enforcement environment, the cessation of the Company's custom innovation work and, following an extended period of evaluation of potential acquisitions, the conclusion by the Board of Directors of Walker Innovation that none of the viable acquisition targets presented characteristics that fulfilled our criteria of increasing shareholder value and creating opportunity for investors, on June 28, 2018, the Board of Directors of Walker Innovation approved the liquidation and dissolution of the Company pursuant to a Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution (as amended to date, "Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution" or the "Plan"), subject to stockholder approval. The dissolution of the Company was approved by its stockholders at a special meeting held on September 5, 2018. Prior to the Effective Date (see below), Walker Digital, LLC ("Walker Digital") was the owner of approximately 82% of the voting interest in the Company and approximately 48% of the economic interest (approximately 42% on a fully diluted basis) and voted for the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution.

 

On September 7, 2018, the Company filed a certificate of dissolution with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware, which filing became effective on September 20, 2018 (the "Effective Date"). Subsequently, on September 27, 2018, the Company completed its initial liquidating distribution in the amount of $0.48 per share to each holder of its common stock and Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, or $16.8 million in the aggregate. The liquidating distribution was made to stockholders as of the Effective Date (including trades through the Effective Date that settled after the Effective Date). In connection with the initial liquidating distribution, the Company's trading symbol on the OTCQB was deleted, the CUSIP for the common stock suspended and the Company's transfer agent closed the transfer books as of the Effective Date (including trades through the Effective Date that settled after the Effective Date).

 

On September 28, 2018, the Company completed the sale of four vending patents for $55 ($48 net of commission) which disposal followed the transfer to a third party licensee of six gaming patents from the Company's remaining portfolio in exchange for the third party licensee's assumption of certain Company obligations. As part of the dissolution process, the Company will continue to try to sell additional patents, although the net proceeds of any such disposals are not expected to materially alter future liquidating distributions, if any.

 

Subject to uncertainties inherent in the winding up of its business, Walker Innovation may make one or more additional liquidating distributions, as the Company's required contingency reserves may be released over time. However, no assurances can be made as to the ultimate amounts to be distributed, if any, or the timing of any such distributions. Any additional liquidating distributions will be made to the stockholders as of the Effective Date of the certificate of dissolution (including trades through the Effective Date that settled after the Effective Date).

 

 

NOTE 2. PLAN OF COMPLETE LIQUIDATION AND DISSOLUTION  

 

The Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution contemplates an orderly wind up of the Company's business affairs, which includes the sale, transfer or other disposition of the Company's patent portfolio to the extent those assets were not sold, transferred or otherwise disposed of prior to the filing of the certificate of dissolution. The Plan further contemplates the sale or monetization of the Company's other remaining non-cash assets, the satisfaction or settlement of its liabilities and obligations, including contingent liabilities and claims, and additional distributions of any remaining cash to the Company's stockholders. Following the Effective Date, the Company closed its stock transfer books and discontinued recording transfers of its common stock. The initial distribution to stockholders occurred on September 27, 2018 and was net of the Company's operating expenses as well as a contingency reserve of $3.5 million for known and potential liabilities and other obligations of the Company during the wind-up period following the initial distribution. The Company anticipates that unused contingency reserve, if any, will be the subject of one or more future distributions. The amount and timing of the distributions to stockholders will be determined by the Board in its discretion, subject to the provisions of the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution. The amount ultimately distributed to stockholders may be less than anticipated as a result of unforeseen circumstances. There can be no guarantee as to the timing and amount of distributions to stockholders, even if all of the remaining assets are sold, because there are many factors, some of which are outside of the Company's control, which could affect the timing and amount of such distributions. Only stockholders as of the Effective Date (including trades through the Effective Date that settled after the Effective Date) will be entitled to receive distributions.

 

 

Sale of Remaining Assets

 

The Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution gives the Board the authority to dispose of all of our remaining property and assets without further stockholder approval.  Stockholder approval of the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution constituted approval of any and all such future asset dispositions on such terms and at such prices as the Board, without further stockholder approval, may determine to be in the Company's best interests and the best interests of the Company's stockholders.  The Company may contract with one or more third parties to assist the Company in selling any remaining non-cash assets on such terms as are approved by the Board in its best interests and the best interests of its stockholders.  The Company may conduct sales by any means, including by competitive bidding or private negotiations, to one or more purchasers in one or more transactions over a period of time, however there is no assurance that these assets will be able to be sold at all, or in a timely manner.

 

Contingency Reserve

 

Under the Delaware General Corporation Law, the Company is required, in connection with our dissolution, to satisfy or make reasonable provision for the satisfaction of all claims and liabilities.  Following the Effective Date, the Company paid all expenses and other known liabilities and established a contingency reserve of $3.5 million in cash in accordance with the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution, that the Board believes will be adequate for the satisfaction of all current, contingent or conditional claims and liabilities.  The Company acquired insurance coverage and is authorized to take other steps the Board determines are reasonably calculated to provide for the satisfaction of the reasonably estimated amount of such liabilities.  

 

The actual amount of the contingency reserve may vary from time to time and will be based upon estimates and opinions of the Board, derived from consultations with management and outside experts, if the Board determines that it is advisable to retain such experts, and a review of our estimated contingent liabilities and estimated ongoing expenses, including, without limitation:  compensation and benefits payments; estimated legal and accounting fees; rent; taxes; miscellaneous office expenses; facilities costs; expenses accrued in connection with the preparation of our financial statements; and costs related to public company reporting matters.  We anticipate that expenses for professional fees and other expenses of liquidation may be significant.  Our established contingency reserve may not be sufficient to satisfy all of our obligations, expenses and liabilities, in which case a creditor could bring a claim against our stockholders for the total amount distributed by us to such stockholders pursuant to the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution.  From time to time, we may distribute to stockholders on a pro rata basis any portions of the contingency reserve that the Board deems no longer necessary to reserve for unknown claims.

 

Liquidation Basis of Accounting 

 

As a result of the approval of the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution by the Board, the Company adopted the Liquidation Basis of Accounting, effective June 28, 2018. This basis of accounting is considered appropriate when, among other things, liquidation of the Company is imminent, as defined in ASC 205-30 "Presentation of Financial Statements - Liquidation Basis of Accounting." Under the Liquidation Basis of Accounting, the following financial statements are no longer presented (except for periods prior to the adoption of the Liquidation Basis of Accounting): a consolidated balance sheet, a consolidated statement of operations and comprehensive loss, a consolidated statement of stockholders' equity and a consolidated statement of cash flows. The consolidated statement of net assets and the consolidated statement of changes in net assets are the principal financial statements presented under the Liquidation Basis of Accounting. Although the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution was approved by the Board on June 28, 2018, the Company is using the liquidation basis of accounting effective June 30, 2018 as a convenience date. Any activity between June 28, 2018 and June 30, 2018 would not be materially different under the going concern basis.

 

Under the Liquidation Basis of Accounting, all of the Company's assets have been stated at their estimated net realizable value and are based on current contracts, estimates and other indications of sales value net of estimated selling costs. All liabilities of the Company have been stated at contractual amounts and estimated liabilities are at their estimated settlement amounts, including those estimated costs associated with implementing the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution. These amounts are presented in the accompanying consolidated statement of net assets. These estimates will be periodically reviewed and adjusted as appropriate. There can be no assurance that these estimated values will be realized. Such amounts should not be taken as an indication of the timing or amount of future distributions or our actual dissolution. The valuation of assets at their net realizable value and liabilities at their anticipated settlement amount represent estimates, based on present facts and circumstances, of the net realizable value of the assets and the costs associated with carrying out the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution. The actual values and costs associated with carrying out the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution are expected to differ from amounts reflected in the accompanying financial statements because of the plan's inherent uncertainty. These differences may be material. In particular, the estimates of the costs will vary with the length of time necessary to complete the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution. Accordingly, it is not possible to predict with certainty the timing or aggregate amount which may ultimately be distributed to stockholders and no assurance can be given that the aggregate amount available for possible future distributions will reflect the estimate presented in the accompanying consolidated statement of net assets.

 

 

Assessment of Assets

 

As of December 31, 2018, no value was recorded in the accompanying Consolidated Statement of Net Assets (Liquidation Basis) with respect to the Company's patent portfolio. The Company has received a valuation analysis of one of the patent families in the Company's portfolio which estimates the residual value of such patents as less than the cost of the continued required maintenance fees, which taken together with the recent financial results of the Licensing and Enforcement business is indicative of the likelihood that any additional distributions to stockholders resulting from the disposition of our remaining non-cash assets are highly unlikely and, if made, will be de minimis. The Company believes that based on these factors, the cost of maintaining the patents, including current maintenance costs, likely exceed their future cash value. 

 

 

NOTE 3. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

Basis of Consolidation and Presentation

 

The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its subsidiaries. All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated.

 

The consolidated financial statements for the six months ended June 30, 2018 were prepared on the going concern basis of accounting, which contemplates realization of assets and satisfaction of liabilities in the normal course of business and were prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("US GAAP") and include the assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses of the Company's wholly-owned subsidiaries over which the Company exercises control.

 

Following the Company's filing of the Certificate of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution, on June 28, 2018 the Company adopted the liquidation basis of accounting. See "Note 2" above for further information regarding the Company's adoption of the liquidation basis of accounting.

 

Cash Distributions

 

On September 27, 2018, the Company paid a liquidating distribution to stockholders of $0.48 per share of Common stock, or $16.8 million in the aggregate. The liquidating distribution decreased net assets in liquidation. As a result of having an accumulated deficit, the cash distributions were recorded as reductions to additional paid-in capital.

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of Consolidated Financial Statements in conformity with US GAAP requires management of the Company to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the Consolidated Financial Statements. Actual results could differ from these estimates. The Company's significant estimates and assumptions include stock-based compensation and the valuation allowance related to the Company's deferred tax assets, and revenue recognition as well as the ability to quantify expected liabilities in connection with the Plan. Certain of the Company's estimates could be affected by external conditions, including those unique to the Company and general economic conditions. It is reasonably possible that these external factors could have an effect on the Company's estimates and could cause actual results to differ from those estimates and assumptions.

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

The Company maintains its cash in bank deposit, money market and certificate of deposit accounts that, at times, may exceed federally insured limits. The Company considers money market accounts that have maturity dates of three months or less from the purchase date to be cash equivalents.

 

Short term Investments

 

The Company classifies its investments consisting of certificates of deposit with a maturity greater than three months but less than one year as short-term investments.

 

Earnings (Loss) per Share

 

Basic earnings (loss) per share ("EPS") is computed by dividing net income (loss) applicable to common stock by the weighted-average number of shares of common stock outstanding. Diluted EPS reflects the potential dilution that could occur if securities or other instruments that are convertible into common stock were exercised or could result in the issuance of common stock. As of June 30, 2018, and December 31, 2017, the following common stock equivalents were outstanding, and these amounts were excluded from the calculation as their effects would be anti-dilutive.

 

   

June 30, 2018

   

December 31, 2017

 

Common Stock options

    4,705,497       4,928,832  

Convertible Preferred Stock

    14,999,000       14,999,000  

Potentially dilutive securities

    19,704,497       19,927,832  

 

 

Revenue Recognition

 

Prior to the adoption of the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution, the Company derived its revenue from patent licensing and enforcement. In general, these revenue arrangements provided for the payment of contractually determined fees in consideration for the grant of certain intellectual property rights for patented technologies owned or controlled by the Company. A significant number of the patent licenses were granted on the entire portfolio rather than individual patents. Most of the intellectual property rights granted were perpetual in nature, extending until the expiration of the related patents, although they could be granted for a defined, relatively short period of time.  The Company's primary source of revenue was derived from licensing and enforcement settlements. The Company recognizes revenue when persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, the license has been granted, the price is fixed or readily determinable and collectability of the sale is reasonably assured. The Company's revenue is recorded at the net amount to be received after deductions for discounts or allowances.

 

Revenue Concentrations

 

The Company considers significant revenue concentrations to be counterparties or customers who account for 10% or more of the total revenues generated by the Company during the period. For the year ended December 31, 2017, revenue was $300 and was from one counterparty.

 

Stock Based Compensation

 

The Company measures the cost of services received in exchange for an award of equity instruments based on the fair value of the award. For employees and directors, the fair value of the award is measured on the grant date and for non-employees, the fair value of the award is generally measured on the measurement date and re-measured on each financial reporting date and vesting date until the service period is complete. The fair value amount is then recognized over the period services are required to be provided in exchange for the award, usually the vesting period. The Company recognizes employee stock-based compensation expense on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period for each separately vesting tranche of each award. Stock-based compensation expense is reflected within operating expenses in the Consolidated Statements of Operations.

 

Income Taxes

 

Income taxes are accounted for under the asset and liability method. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases, and operating loss and tax credit carryforwards. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is recognized in operations in the period that includes the enactment date. A valuation allowance is provided when it is more likely than not that some portion or all of a deferred tax asset will not be realized. The ultimate realization of deferred tax assets is dependent upon the generation of future taxable income and the reversal of deferred tax liabilities during the period in which related temporary differences become deductible. The benefit of tax positions taken or expected to be taken in the Company's income tax returns are recognized in the Consolidated Financial Statements if such positions are more likely than not of being sustained.

 

On December 22, 2017, new tax legislation known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Act") was signed into law. Among the changes implemented by the Act was a corporate tax rate reduction to 21 percent, effective January 1, 2018. Under ASC 740, the effects of new legislation are recognized upon enactment, which is the date the president signs a bill into law. Accordingly, recognition of the tax effect of the rate reduction of the Act had been accounted for in the computation of the Company's federal deferred tax asset and liability balances, which are computed utilizing the new rates in the period for which the tax law was enacted with a corresponding net adjustment to deferred income tax expense (or benefit) and the effect on the valuation allowance. The change in the federal rate as a result the Act is reflected as a discreet item within the rate reconciliation and the effect of the re-measurement of the deferred taxes is also included in the deferred tax and valuation allowance disclosure.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

As a result of adopting the Liquidation Basis of Accounting, the Company believes no new accounting pronouncements will have a material impact on the Company's net assets in liquidation or changes in net assets in liquidation.

 

 

Subsequent Events

 

Subsequent events have been evaluated through the date of filing.

 

 

NOTE 4. LIABILITY FOR ESTIMATED COSTS DURING LIQUIDATION  

 

The Liquidation Basis of Accounting requires the Company to estimate net cash flows from operations and to accrue all costs associated with implementing and completing the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution. These amounts can vary significantly due to, among other things, the costs of retaining personnel and others to oversee the liquidation, the cost of insurance, the timing and amounts associated with discharging known and contingent liabilities and the costs associated with cessation of the Company's operations, including an estimate of costs subsequent to that date. As a result, the Company has accrued the projected costs, including corporate overhead and specific liquidation costs of severance, professional fees, and other miscellaneous wind-up costs expected to be incurred during the projected period and required to complete the liquidation of the Company's remaining assets.

 

These accruals will be adjusted from time to time as projections and assumptions change. These costs are anticipated to be paid throughout the liquidation period. Based on the transition to the Liquidation Basis of Accounting on June 28, 2018, the Company accrued the following expenses expected to be incurred during dissolution and liquidation (in thousands):

 

   

As of

June 30, 2018

   

As of

December 31, 2018

 
                 

Severance and employment contract payments

  $ 886     $ --  

Insurance costs

    345       --  

Professional fees

    344       226  

Other operating expenses

    338       338  

Settlement of in the money options

    550       --  

Liability for estimated costs during liquidation

  $ 2,463     $ 564  

 

 

NOTE 5. PREPAID EXPENSES AND OTHER CURRENT ASSETS

 

As of December 31, 2017, prepaid expenses and other current assets consist of the following:

 

Prepaid insurance

  $ 42  

Prepaid patent costs

    3  

Due from Walker Digital and Upside

    1  

Other prepaid expenses

    27  

Total prepaid expenses and other current assets

  $ 73  

 

 

NOTE 6. INVESTMENTS

 

Investment in The Upside Commerce Group, LLC

 

The Company entered into a Shared Services Agreement (the "Upside Services Agreement," formerly the "FTC Services Agreement") dated as of December 4, 2015, with Upside, a company affiliated with Walker Digital, the Company's controlling stockholder, regarding the provision of executive management, marketing, innovation, legal and financial consulting services. There were no set deliverables contemplated by the Upside Services Agreement, although the hourly rates the Company charged Upside (approximately equal to the Company's cost) are specified.

 

In connection with the Upside Services Agreement, the Company was granted a warrant to purchase limited liability company interests in Upside at an exercise price of $0.06 per Class A Common Share (the "Upside Warrant"), which amount has been determined to equal the fair market value of such shares as of the date of issuance of the Upside Warrant. The Upside Warrant was issued to the Company by Mr. Walker. As of December 31, 2015, Mr. Walker beneficially owned approximately 37% of the aggregate outstanding limited liability company interests of Upside on a fully diluted basis, and the total Class A Common Shares that could have been purchased pursuant to the exercise of the Upside Warrant was 16,400,000 shares, equal to approximately 16% of the aggregate outstanding limited liability company interests of Upside on a fully diluted basis as of December 31, 2015. The transfer of such shares to the Company was subject to certain requirements, including, if requested, the provision of an opinion of counsel that such would not result in Upside being deemed to be a publicly traded partnership for purposes of U.S. federal income tax law.

 

 

On November 21, 2016 the Company entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement (the "November Purchase Agreement") in connection with the sale of an aggregate of 2,500,000 Class A Common Shares (the "November Shares") of Upside, at $2.00 per share to a group of accredited investors (the "Investors") in private resales not requiring registration under the Securities Act of 1933. The November Shares were issued upon exercise of the Upside Warrant to purchase Class A Common Shares at a price of $0.06 per share, granted to the Company by Mr. Walker, the controlling stockholder of the Company, Walker Digital and Upside. The sale of the November Shares to the Investors was consummated concurrently with entering into the November Purchase Agreement and the Company realized a gain of $4.7 million upon the sale.

 

The Company entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement dated as of December 5, 2016 (the "December Purchase Agreement" and, together with the November Purchase Agreement, the "Purchase Agreements") in connection with the sale of an aggregate of 1,250,000 Class A Common Shares of Upside, at $2.00 per share to an existing investor in Upside in a private resale not requiring registration under the Securities Act of 1933. The December Shares were issued upon exercise of the Upside Warrant at a price of $0.06 per share, and the Company recorded a realized gain of $2.4 million on the sale. After giving effect to the Purchase Agreements, the Company retained the right to purchase 12,650,000 Class A Common Shares of Upside pursuant to the Upside Warrant, equal to approximately 11% of the then aggregate outstanding limited liability company interests of Upside on a fully diluted basis.

 

In connection with the November and December Purchase Agreements, the Company recorded realized gains of $7.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2016. Unrealized gains of $14.1 million were recognized for the year ended December 31, 2016 based on the change in the fair value of the investment.

 

The fair value of the Upside Warrant at December 31, 2016 was approximately $14.6 million and was determined using the Black-Scholes model with the following assumptions: risk free interest rate - 1.93%, stock volatility - 66.0%, expected term - 5 years, expected dividends - N/A. The underlying stock price of the Upside Warrant was estimated to be $1.16 per share based on both the Company's and Upside's fundraising activity and the Option Pricing Method Backsolve in accordance with the guidelines outlined in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Practice Aid,  Valuation of Privately-Held-Company Equity Securities Issues as Compensation.  The valuation of the underlying shares included the following assumptions: risk-free rate - 1.79%, company volatility - 50%, expected term or time to maturity - 5 years.

 

On June 2, 2017, the Company entered into a Redemption Agreement with Upside to redeem 12,650,000 Upside Class A Common Shares. Simultaneously with the redemption on June 2, 2017, the Company acquired the Upside Class A Common Shares at a price of $0.06 per share pursuant to a Warrant previously granted to the Company. The Upside Class A Common Shares were redeemed at $1.43182745 per share as approved by the Company's Audit Committee. Net proceeds from the transaction after giving effect to fees and the exercise price was approximately $16.8 million and in connection with the transaction the company realized a gain of $2,189. After giving effect to the transaction described above, the Company no longer retains an equity interest in Upside.

 

In connection with the issuance of the Upside Warrant, the Company recorded deferred revenue of $671 and has amortized $316 of this deferred revenue into other income during the year ended December 31, 2017.

 

 

NOTE 7. SHARED SERVICES AGREEMENT

 

Walker Digital Management, LLC

 

The Company has a Shared Services Agreement ("WDM Shared Services Agreement") with Walker Digital Management, LLC ("WDM"), an affiliate of Walker Digital. The cost of such services varies monthly based on the terms of the WDM Shared Services Agreement. The incurred expenses include but are not limited to executive compensation, information technology services and supplies, administrative and general services and supplies and rent and utilities, are based either on specific attribution of those expenses or, where necessary and appropriate, based on the Company's best estimate of an appropriate proportional allocation.

 

The following table represents operating expenses contributed by WDM on behalf of the Company and expenses incurred under the WDM Shared Services Agreement for the six months ended June 30, 2018 and the year ended December 31, 2017:

 

   

Six Months Ended

June 30, 2018

   

Year Ended

December 31, 2017

 

Compensation Expenses

  $ --     $ 7  

Rent and Utilities

    33       131  

Office Services and Supplies

    3       17  

Other

    8       48  

Total Operating Expenses

  $ 44     $ 203  

 

 

As of December 31, 2017 no amount was due from WDM, and there was $12 due to WDM. There were no amounts due to WDM at December 31, 2018.

 

The Upside Commerce Group, LLC

 

In December 2015, the Company entered into the Upside Services Agreement with Upside to provide executive management, marketing, legal, innovation and financial consulting services. For the year ended December 31, 2017 the Company provided approximately $70 of services to Upside and this amount was included in Other Income on the Consolidated Statements of Operations. Receivables of $1 related to the agreement were included in prepaid and other current assets on the Consolidated Balance Sheet at December 31, 2017.

 

 

NOTE 8. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

Leases

 

The Company's corporate headquarters is located at Two High Ridge Park, Stamford, Connecticut. The Company leases space pursuant to the WDM Shared Services Agreement. The WDM lease expires in September of 2019. Commencing October 2018, the Company is renting an office on a month to month basis under the Shared Services Agreement for approximately $1 per month, including certain services. The annual rent for the office space occupied by the Company for the year ended December 31, 2018 was approximately $36.

 

Litigation

 

The Company is subject to claims, counterclaims and legal actions that arise in the ordinary course of business.  The plaintiff in each patent suit may have defenses to any counterclaim.  In addition, the defendants in certain of the patent suits may file motions seeking costs and fees against the plaintiff, which may be opposed. The Company recognizes a liability for a contingency when it is probable that liability has been incurred and when the amount of loss can be reasonably estimated. When a range of probable loss can be estimated, the Company accrues the most likely amount of such loss, at no less than the minimum of the range. 

 

 

NOTE 9. EQUITY

 

The Company has authorized and issued an aggregate of 100,000,000 shares of common stock, par value $0.001 per share. The Company has authorized and issued an aggregate of 15,000,000 shares of preferred stock, par value $0.001 per share, 14,999,000 shares of which have been designated Series B Convertible Preferred Stock. As of December 31, 2017 and June 30, 2018, there were 21,184,744 shares of the Company's common stock issued and 20,094,314 outstanding, and 14,999,000 shares of the Company's Series B Convertible Preferred Stock were issued and outstanding.

 

Common Stock

 

The holders of our common stock are entitled to one vote per share. Our Certificate of Incorporation does not provide for cumulative voting. The holders of our common stock are entitled to receive ratably such dividends, if any, as may be declared by the Board of Directors out of legally available funds pari passu with the holders of our Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, on an as-converted to common stock basis.

 

Upon liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the Company the holders of the common stock and the holders of the Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, based on the number of shares of the Company's common stock into which the Series B Convertible Preferred Stock is convertible, are entitled to share ratably in all assets of the Company which are legally available for distribution, after payment of or provision for all actual and potential liabilities and the liquidation preference of any outstanding preferred stock bearing such a preference, of which currently there are none. The holders of the common stock have no preemptive, subscription, redemption or conversion rights.

 

 

Series B Convertible Preferred Stock

 

Holders of the Series B Convertible Preferred Stock are entitled at any time to convert their shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock into an equal number of shares of the Company's common stock, subject to adjustment in the event of a stock dividend, subdivision or combination of the Company's common stock. Upon liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the Company, the holders of our common stock and the holders of the Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, based on the number of shares of the Company's common stock into which the Series B Convertible Preferred Stock is convertible, are entitled to share ratably in all assets of the Company which are legally available for distribution, after payment of or provision for all actual and potential liabilities and the liquidation preference of any outstanding preferred stock bearing such a preference, of which currently there are none. In the event of any liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company, the assets legally available for distribution will be distributed ratably among the holders of the Series B Convertible Preferred Stock and the common stock, based on the number of shares of the Company's common stock into which the Series B Convertible Preferred Stock is convertible. The holders of our Series B Convertible Preferred Stock are entitled to receive ratably such dividends, if any, as may be declared by the Board of Directors out of legally available funds, pari passu on an as-converted to common stock basis with the amount of such dividends to be distributed to the holders of our common stock immediately prior to the declaration of such dividend or distribution. The shares of Class B Convertible Preferred Stock will vote together with the Company's common stock on all matters where stockholders are entitled to vote. The holders of shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock are entitled to cast an aggregate of 80.0% of the total votes that may be cast with respect to any such matter, including the election of all directors.

 

Treasury Shares

 

On November 28, 2016, the Company entered into a Release and Settlement Agreement with Walker Digital (the "Settlement Agreement") relating to rights to indemnification from Walker Digital as a consequence of a settlement with a third party. The Settlement Agreement required Walker Digital to pay the Company $125 in cash, or to return to the Company shares of its common stock having a value of $125 within six months following the date of the Settlement Agreement. On May 24, 2017, Walker Digital returned to the Company shares of its Common Stock having a value of $125. On December 18, 2017, pursuant to an agreement, Walker Digital returned to the Company shares of its Common Stock having a value of $157, in reimbursement of legal fess and expenses paid by the company on behalf of Walker Digital in connection with the matter that was the subject of the Settlement Agreement. The shares that were surrendered have been reclassified as Treasury Shares.

 

Liquidating Distribution

 

On September 27, 2018, the Company completed its initial liquidating distribution in the amount of $0.48 per share to each holder of its Common Stock and Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, or $16.8 million in the aggregate. The liquidating distribution was made to stockholders as of September 20, 2018, the Effective Date of the Company's certificate of dissolution (including trades through the Effective Date that settle after the Effective Date).

 

As of the Effective Date, the Company had authorized an aggregate of 100,000,000 shares of common stock, par value $0.001 per share. The Company had authorized an aggregate of 15,000,000 shares of preferred stock, par value $0.001 per share, 14,999,000 shares of which have been designated Series B Convertible Preferred Stock. As of September 20, 2018, the Effective Date, there were 21,184,744 shares of the Company's common stock issued and 20,094,314 outstanding and 14,999,000 shares of the Company's Series B Convertible Preferred Stock were issued and outstanding.

 

 

NOTE 10. STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION

 

Stock-based Compensation

 

Total stock-based compensation to employees and non-employees for the six months ended June 30, 2018 and the year ended December 31, 2017 is presented in the following table:

 

   

Six Months

Ended June 30, 2018

   

Year Ended

December 31, 2017

 

Employee Option Awards

  $ 50     $ 343  

Non-employee Compensation Expense

    --       1  

Total Compensation Expense

  $ 50     $ 344  

 

Primarily all of the stock-based compensation incurred in 2017 was incurred in connection with employee awards, and accordingly is included in Compensation expense in the Consolidated Statement of Operations for the year ended December 31, 2017.

 

In connection with the Company's decision to liquidate, the Board approved the vesting of 513,340 unvested options effective immediately prior to the Company's dissolution. The vesting of these options represents approximately $74 of incremental expense that was recorded in the second quarter of 2018.

 

 

Each outstanding and unexercised vested option in the money was settled on the Effective Date of the Complete Plan of Liquidation and Dissolution for the difference between the exercise price of the option and the per share amount of liquidating distributions to stockholders made or to be made to stockholders in connection with the Company's liquidation and dissolution. The initial payment of the settlement price of $372 was made on or about September 27, 2018 and further payments, if any, will be determined and made at the time of future liquidating distributions to stockholders under the Complete Plan of Liquidation and Dissolution.  Accordingly, there were no option award outstanding at December 31, 2018.

 

Stock-Based Compensation Plans

 

The Company's Board of Directors has adopted two stock-based employee compensation plans, the Amended and Restated 2006 Long-Term Incentive Plan and the Amended and Restated 2015 Long-Term Incentive Plan collectively referred to as our "Long-term Incentive Plans". The Long-Term Incentive Plans, which provide for the granting of restricted stock awards, deferred stock unit awards, stock option awards and other equity and cash awards, were adopted for the purpose of encouraging key employees, consultants and directors who are not employees to acquire a proprietary interest in the growth and performance of the Company. The Compensation Committee had the authority to determine the amount, type and terms of each award, but may not grant awards under the Long Term Incentive Plans, in any combination, for more than 1,000,000 shares of the Company's common stock to any individual during any calendar year.

 

As of December 31, 2017, 678,510 shares of common stock remained eligible to be issued under the Long-Term Incentive Plans.

 

Stock Option Awards

 

The following table summarizes the Company's stock option award activity:

 

   

Number of

Shares

   

Weighted

Average

Exercise

Price

   

Intrinsic Value

   

Weighted Average

Remaining Contractual

Life (in Years)

 

Outstanding at December 31, 2016

    4,745,500     $ 2.38     $ --       6.37  

Options Granted

    640,000       0.39       --          

Options Exercised

    (50,000

)

    0.42       --          

Options Cancelled/Forfeited

    (406,668

)

    2.16       --          

Outstanding at December 31, 2017

    4,928,832     $ 0.64       --          
                                 

Options Granted

    --       --                  

Options Exercised

    --       --                  

Options Cancelled/Forfeited

    (495,835

)

    3.76                  

Settlement of options in connection with liquidation

    (4,432,997

)

    0.48                  

Outstanding December 31, 2018

    --     $ --                  

Options Vested and Exercisable at December 31, 2018

    --     $ --                  

 

As of December 31, 2018, the Company had no stock option awards outstanding or exercisable and no unrecognized stock-based compensation as all expense had been fully recognized over the period.

 

The total fair value of the 400,161 stock option awards that vested during the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, was approximately $5.18 million. At December 31, 2017, the aggregate intrinsic value of the fully vested stock option awards was $187 and the weighted average remaining contractual life of the stock option awards was 6.8 years. The Company has not capitalized any compensation cost or modified any of its stock option awards (other than as described below) and no cash was used to settle equity instruments granted under the Company's Incentive Plan for the year ended December 31, 2017. There were 50,000 stock option awards exercised during the year ended December 31, 2017. In fiscal 2018, no stock option awards were exercised.

 

Other selected information is as follows:

 

   

2017

 

Aggregate intrinsic value of outstanding options at December 31

  $ 251  

Weighted average fair value per share of options granted during year

  $ 0.09  

Total intrinsic value of options exercised during the year

    7  

 

 

The fair value of stock option awards granted is estimated on the date of grant using a Black-Scholes option pricing model. The expected life of the options was calculated using the simplified method, using the average of the contractual term and the vesting period and the Company used historical volatility rates to calculate the expected volatility used to calculate the fair value of options granted. Management monitors stock option exercises and employee termination patterns to estimate forfeiture rates within the valuation model. The expected holding period of options represents the period of time that options granted are expected to be outstanding. The risk-free interest rate for periods within the expected life of the option is based on the interest rate of the U.S. Treasury note in effect on the date of the grant.

 

The table below presents the weighted average assumptions used to calculate the fair value of stock option awards granted during the year ended December 31, 2017 respectively:

 

   

2017

 

Risk Free Interest Rate

    1.37 - 2.03%

 

Expected Volatility

    98.9 - 102.2%

 

Dividend Yield

      0%  

 

Expected Life in Years

      6.0    

 

Stock-based Compensation to Non-employees

 

Stock-based compensation expense related to stock-based awards to non-employees is recognized as the stock-based awards are earned, generally through the provision of services. The Company believes that the fair value of the stock-based awards is more reliably measurable than the fair value of the services received. The fair value of the granted stock-based awards is remeasured at each reporting date.

 

Option Repricing

 

On January 12, 2017, the compensation committee of the Company's Board of Directors, and Walker Digital, a stockholder entitled to vote 2,358,500 shares of the Company's Common Stock and 14,999,000 shares of Series B Preferred Stock, representing, collectively, approximately 82.3% of the outstanding voting stock of the Company entitled to vote on such date with respect to such corporate actions, approved a one-time Stock Option Repricing program (the "Option Repricing") to permit the Company to reprice certain options to purchase the Company's common stock held by its then current directors, officers and employees (the "Eligible Options"), which actions became effective on February 19, 2017. Under the Option Repricing, as of the date the Option Repricing became effective, Eligible Options with an exercise price at or above $1.37 per share (representing an aggregate of 2,743,000 options, or 58% of the total outstanding) were amended to reduce such exercise price to $0.43.

 

The impact of the repricing was a one-time incremental non-cash charge of approximately $216, of which $114 was expensed in the first quarter of 2017 and an additional $102 of expense will be charged to operations over the remaining term of the options.

 

 

NOTE 11. INCOME TAXES

 

The Company's deferred tax assets consisted of the effects of temporary differences attributable to the following:

 

    As of December 31,  
   

2018

   

 

2017

 

Deferred Tax Asset

               

Net-operating loss carryforward

  $ 4,608     $ 4,350  

Stock-based compensation

    --       1,433  

Others

    5       (25

)

Total Deferred Tax Assets

    4,613       5,758  

Valuation Allowance

    (4,613

)

    (5,758

)

Deferred Tax Asset, Net of Allowance

  $ --     $ --  

 

 

As of December 31, 2018, the Company had federal and state net operating loss carryovers of approximately $14.1 million and $27.5 million, respectively, which will begin to expire in 2033. The Tax Reform Act of 1986, and certain state tax statutes, limit the utilization of net operating loss and tax credit carryforwards to offset future taxable income and tax, if there has been a "change of ownership" as defined within Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code ("IRC"), and under similar state provisions. The effect of an ownership change would be the imposition of an annual limitation on the use of net operating loss carryforwards attributable to periods before the change.   We will continue to evaluate future events that could limit our ability to utilize our net operating losses and tax credit carryforwards in future years. The Company has performed an analysis of ownership pursuit to the guidance issued under Section 382 of the IRC though December 31, 2016.  Based on the analysis, the Company has not experienced a "change of ownership" as of the year ended December 31, 2016. The Company utilized the analysis methodology related to it's stock activity and determined that such activity also did not cause a "change of ownership", effective through December 31, 2018, and therefore, the Company believes utilization of its losses and credits will not be limited.  Management will continue to evaluate future events that could limit our ability to utilize our net operating losses and tax credit carryforwards in future years. 

 

In assessing the realization of deferred tax assets, management considers whether it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will be realized. The ultimate realization of deferred tax assets is dependent upon the generation of future taxable income during the period in which those temporary differences become deductible. Management considers the scheduled reversal of deferred tax assets, projected future taxable income and taxing strategies in making this assessment. The Company has determined that, based on objective evidence currently available, it is more likely than not that the deferred tax assets will not be realized in future periods. Accordingly, the Company has provided a valuation allowance for the full amount of the deferred tax assets at December 31, 2018 and 2017.

 

Tax years ended December 31, 2015, 2016 and 2017, remain open to examination by the Internal Revenue Service. The Company is currently under examination by the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") for the 2016 tax year. The IRS has not issued any assessments for additional tax and the Company currently does not expect that significant additional tax expense will result.

 

   

For the Period Ended
June 30, 2018

   

For the Year Ended
December 31, 2017

 

Statutory Federal Income Tax Rate

    21.0 %     34.0 %

State Taxes, Net of Federal Tax Benefit

    --       (9.4

)%

Change in Federal Rate

    --       (213.4

)%

Return to Provision

    --       (1.4

)%

Change in State Rate

    (2.8

)%

    --  

Stock-Based Compensation Shortfall

    --       --  

Change in Valuation Reserve

    1.2 %     117.1 %

Permanent items and other

    (19.4

)%

    3.2 %

Income Tax Provision

    -- %     (69.9

)%

 

   

For the Period Ended
June 30, 2018

   

For the Year Ended

December 31, 2017

 

Federal

               

Current

  $ --     $ 273  

Deferred

    (436

)

    1,753  

State

               

Current

            93  

Deferred

    450       (1,010

)

Income Tax Provision (Benefit)

    14       1,109  

Valuation allowance

    (14

)

    (743 )

Income tax provision (benefit), net of valuation allowance

  $ --     $ 366  

 

The Company accounts for uncertain tax positions in accordance with the provisions of ASC 740. When uncertain tax positions exist, the Company recognizes the tax benefit of tax positions to the extent that the benefit will more likely than not be realized. The determination as to whether the tax benefit will more likely than not be realized is based upon the technical merits of the tax position, as well as consideration of the available facts and circumstances. As of December 31, 2018 and 2017, the Company does not have any significant uncertain tax positions. The Company recognizes interest and penalties related to uncertain tax positions in income tax expense.

 

 

The Act signed into law in December 2017, makes broad and complex changes to the U.S. tax code including, but not limited to: (1) reducing the U.S. corporate rate from 35% to 21% effective January 1, 2018; (2) eliminating the corporate minimum tax (AMT) and changing how the credits can be realized; (3) creating new limitations on deductions for interest expense; and (4) changing rules related to limitations of net operating loss carryforwards for years beginning after December 31, 2017. Recognition of the tax effects of the Act is required in the interim and annual periods that include December 22, 2017.

 

 

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