RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2012
|RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS [Abstract]|
|RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS||
RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
Mr. Robert Schreiber, Jr.
During March 2011, we entered into a lease with Lawrence Properties LLC, a company jointly owned by Robert Schreiber, Jr., the President of Schreiber, Yonley and Associates, and Mr. Schreiber's spouse. Mr. Schreiber is a member of our executive management team. The lease is for a term of five years starting June 1, 2011. Under the lease, we pay monthly rent of approximately $11,400, which we believe is lower than costs charged by unrelated third party landlords. Additional rent will be assessed for any increases over the new lease commencement year for property taxes or assessments and property and casualty insurance premiums.
Mr. David Centofanti
Mr. David Centofanti serves as our Director of Information Services. For such services, he received total compensation in 2012 of approximately $165,000. Mr. David Centofanti is the son of our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of our Board, Dr. Louis F. Centofanti. We believe the compensation received by Mr. Centofanti for his technical expertise which he provides to the Company is competitive and comparable to compensation we would have to pay to an unaffiliated third party with the same technical expertise.
Mr. Robert L. Ferguson
Mr. Robert Ferguson was nominated to serve as a Director in connection with the closing of the acquisition of Nuvotec (now known as Perma-Fix Northwest, Inc. ("PFNW")) and its wholly owned subsidiary, Pacific EcoSolutions, Inc. ("PEcoS") (now known as Perma-Fix Northwest Richland, Inc. ("PFNWR")) in June 2007 and subsequently elected as a Director at our Annual Meeting of Shareholders held in August 2007. At the time of the acquisition, Mr. Ferguson was the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and individually or through entities controlled by him, the owner of approximately 21.29% of Nuvotec's outstanding Common Stock. Mr. Ferguson served as a director until his resignation in February 2010. Mr. Ferguson was recommended by the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and the Board of Directors nominated Mr. Ferguson to stand for election as a Director at our 2011 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, at which time he was elected as a Director. See discussion under Note 9 – "Long-Term Debt – Promissory Notes and Installment Agreements" and Note 13 – "Commitment and Contingencies – Earn-Out Amount – PFNW and PFNWR" as to payments that have been made or are required to be made as a result of the acquisition to the former shareholders of PFNWR and PFNW. Mr. Ferguson elected not to stand for re-election at the Company's 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders held on September 13, 2012.
The Company is obligated to make lease payments of approximately $29,000 per month through June 2018, pursuant to a Lease Agreement, dated June 1, 2008 (the "Lease"), between Leichtweis Enterprises, LLC, as lessor, and Safety and Ecology Holdings Corporation ("SEHC"), as lessee. Leichtweis Enterprises, LLC, is owned by Mr. Christopher Leichtweis ("Leichtweis"), who was named as a Senior Vice President of the Company and President of SEC upon the acquisition of SEHC and its subsidiaries by the Company from TNC on October 31, 2011. The Lease covers SEC's principal offices in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Under an agreement of indemnity ("Indemnification Agreement"), SEC, Leichtweis and his spouse ("Leichtweis Parties"), jointly and severally, agreed to indemnify the individual surety with respect to contingent liabilities that may be incurred by the individual surety under certain of SEC's bonded projects. In addition, SEC has agreed to indemnify Leichtweis Parties against judgments, penalties, fines, and expense associated with those SEC performance bonds that Leichtweis Parties have agreed to indemnify in the event SEC cannot perform, which has an aggregate bonded amount of approximately $10,900,000. The Indemnification Agreement provided by SEC to the Leichtweis Parties also provides for compensating the Leichtweis Parties at a rate of 0.75% of the value of the bonds (60% having been paid previously and the balance at substantial completion of the contract) (See Note 18 – "Subsequent Events – Related Party Transactions" for termination of the Indemnifcation Agreement).
Upon the closing of the acquisition of SEC by the Company from TNC on October 31, 2011, certain security holders of TNC ("Management Investors") purchased, after taking into account the reverse stock split, 162,601 restricted shares of the Company's Common Stock for a total consideration of approximately $1,000,000, or $6.15 a share, which was the average of the closing prices of the Company's Common Stock as quoted on the Nasdaq during the 30 trading days ending on the trading day immediately prior to the closing of the acquisition. The purchase of the Company's Common Stock was pursuant to a private placement under Section 4(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Act") or Rule 506 of Regulation D promulgated under the Act. Mr. Leichtweis purchased, after taking into account the reverse stock split, 149,422 of the 162,601 shares of the Company's Common Stock for the aggregate purchase price of approximately $918,945 or $6.15 per share. The purchase price for these shares was deducted from the consideration paid to TNC for the acquisition of SEC.
We have an employment agreement with each of Dr. Centofanti (our President and Chief Executive Officer), Ben Naccarato (our Chief Financial Officer), James Blankenhorn (our Chief Operating Officer) and Christopher Leichtweis (our Senior Vice President and President of SEC). Each employment agreement provides for annual base salaries, bonuses, and other benefits commonly found in such agreements. In addition, each employment agreement provides that in the event of termination of such officer without cause or termination by the officer for good reason (as such terms are defined in the employment agreement), the terminated officer shall receive payments of an amount equal to benefits that have accrued as of the termination but not yet paid, plus an amount equal to one year's base salary at the time of termination. In addition, the employment agreements provide that in the event of a change in control (as defined in the employment agreements), all outstanding stock options to purchase our common stock granted to, and held by, the officer covered by the employment agreement are to be immediately vested and exercisable (see Note 18 – "Subsequent Events – Related Party Transactions" for amendment to Mr. Leichtweis's employment agreement).
The entire disclosure for related party transactions. Examples of related party transactions include transactions between (a) a parent company and its subsidiary; (b) subsidiaries of a common parent; (c) and entity and its principal owners; and (d) affiliates.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef