Series B Preferred Stock
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2018
|Series B Preferred Stock||
SERIES B PREFERRED STOCK
The 1,284,730 shares of the Series B Preferred Stock (the “Series B Preferred Stock”) of the Company’s wholly-owned consolidated subsidiary, M&EC, were non-voting and non-convertible, had a $1.00 liquidation preference per share and were redeemable at the option and sole discretion of M&EC at any time, and from time to time, from and after one year from the date of issuance (June 25, 2001) of the Series B Preferred Stock for the purchase price of $1.00 per share. Holders of shares of M&EC Series B Preferred Stock were entitled to receive, when, as and if declared by M&EC’s Board out of funds legally available for payment, cumulative dividends at the rate per annum of 5% per share on the liquidation preference of $1.00 per share of Series B Preferred Stock. Dividends on the Series B Preferred Stock accrued without interest beginning one year from the date of original issuance (June 25, 2001), and was payable in cash, if, when, and as declared by M&EC Board, quarterly each year commencing on the first dividend due date following the expiration of one year from the date of original issuance. On April 24, 2018, the Company announced a private exchange offer (“Exchange Offer”), to all 13 holders of the M&EC Series B Preferred Stock , to exchange in a private placement exempt from registration, for every share of Series B Preferred Stock tendered, (a) 0.1050805 shares of newly issued Common Stock of the Company, par value $.001 per share (“Common Stock”), and (b) cash in lieu of fractional shares of Common Stock that would otherwise be issuable to the tendering holder of Series B Preferred Stock, in an amount equal to such fractional share of Common Stock multiplied by the closing price per share of the Common Stock on the last trading day immediately preceding the expiration date of the Exchange Offer. The Exchange Offer was made on an all-or-none basis, for all 1,284,730 shares of Series B Preferred Stock outstanding and had an expiration date of May 30, 2018. The Company owns 100% of the voting capital stock of M&EC. On May 30, 2018, the Exchange Offer was consummated, resulting in the issuance of an aggregate 134,994 unregistered shares of the Company’s Common Stock in exchange for the 1,284,730 shares of Series B Preferred Stock and the payment of an aggregate of approximately $29.00 in cash in lieu of the fractional shares of the Company’s Common Stock that would otherwise have been issuable to the tendering holders of the Series B Preferred Stock. The fair value of the 134,994 shares of the Company’s Common Stock issued was determined to be approximately $648,000 which was based on the closing price of the Company’s Common Stock on May 30, 2018 of $4.80 per share. Upon the consummation of the Exchange Offer, the previous holders of the M&EC Series B Preferred Stock forfeited all rights of a holder of Series B Preferred Shares, including the right to receive quarterly cash dividends, and the rights to the cumulative accrued and unpaid dividends with M&EC Series B Preferred Stock in the amount of approximately $1,022,000 at May 30, 2018. The M&EC Board never declared dividends on the Series B Preferred Stock and our credit facility prohibits the payment of cash dividends without the lender’s consent. After the Exchange Offer, the 1,284,730 shares of the Series B Preferred Stock acquired by the Company were contributed by the Company to M&EC and the Series B Preferred Stock was no longer outstanding. The Company recorded a gain of approximately $1,596,000 during the second quarter of 2018, which was net of approximately $63,000 in legal costs incurred for the completion of the transaction.
The shares of Company Common Stock issued in exchange for shares of M&EC’s Series B Preferred Stock were issued pursuant to an exemption from registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and, as a result, were considered restricted securities when issued.
The entire disclosure for terms, amounts, nature of changes, rights and privileges, dividends, and other matters related to preferred stock.
Reference 1: http://fasb.org/us-gaap/role/ref/legacyRef