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EQUITY TRANSACTIONS IN THE SIX MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

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EQUITY TRANSACTIONS IN THE SIX MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2021
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EQUITY TRANSACTIONS IN THE SIX MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

5. EQUITY TRANSACTIONS IN THE SIX MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

 

Common Stock Sales Agreement with H.C. Wainwright & Co., LLC

 

On March 22, 2021, we entered into an At the Market Offering Agreement, or the Offering Agreement, with H.C. Wainwright & Co., LLC, or Wainwright, as sales agent, pursuant to which we may offer and sell shares of our common stock, from time to time as set forth in the Offering Agreement.

 

The offering was registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or Securities Act, pursuant to our shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (Registration Statement No. 333-237269), as previously filed with the SEC and declared effective on March 30, 2020. We filed a prospectus supplement with the SEC, dated March 22, 2021, in connection with the offer and sale of the shares of common stock, pursuant to which we may offer and sell shares of common stock having an aggregate offering price of up to $5,080,000 from time to time.

 

Subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Offering Agreement, Wainwright agreed to use its commercially reasonable efforts consistent with its normal trading and sales practices to sell the shares under the Offering Agreement from time to time, based upon our instructions. We provided Wainwright with customary indemnification rights under the Offering Agreement, and Wainwright is entitled to a commission at a fixed rate equal to three percent of the gross proceeds per share sold. In addition, we agreed to reimburse Wainwright for certain specified expenses in connection with entering into the Offering Agreement. The Offering Agreement will terminate upon the written termination by either party as permitted thereunder.

 

Sales of the shares, if any, under the Offering Agreement will be made in transactions that are deemed to be “at the market offerings” as defined in Rule 415 under the Securities Act, including sales made by means of ordinary brokers’ transactions, including on the Nasdaq Capital Market, at market prices or as otherwise agreed with Wainwright. We have no obligation under the Offering Agreement to sell any of the shares, and, at any time, we may suspend offers under the Offering Agreement or terminate the agreement.

 

In the six months ended September 30, 2021, we raised aggregate net proceeds under the Offering Agreement described above of $4,947,785, net of $126,922 in commissions to Wainwright and $2,154 in other offering expense through the sale of 626,000 shares of our common stock at an average price of $7.90 per share of net proceeds. No further sales can be made under the Offering Agreement.

 

Registered Direct Financing

 

In the six months ended September 30, 2021, we sold an aggregate of 1,380,555 shares of our common stock at a purchase price per share of $9.00, for aggregate net proceeds to us of $11,659,044 after deducting fees payable to Maxim Group LLC, the placement agent and other offering expenses. These shares were sold through a securities purchase agreement with certain institutional investors. The shares were issued pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement on Form S-3, which was originally filed with the SEC on March 19, 2020, and was declared effective on March 30, 2020 (File No. 333-237269) and a prospectus supplement thereunder.

 

Warrant Exercises

 

In the six months ended September 30, 2021, pursuant to the exercise of outstanding warrants to purchase 531,167 shares of our common stock, we received proceeds in the amount of $820,938 from institutional investors.

 

Also in the six months ended September 30, 2021, pursuant to the exercise of 874,664 outstanding warrants on a cashless basis, we issued 675,554 shares of our common stock. The difference of 199,110 shares of common stock issuable pursuant to the warrants were cancelled.

 

Stock Option Exercises

 

In the six months ended September 30, 2021, former employees paid us an aggregate of $28,325 for the exercise of outstanding options to purchase 11,562 shares of our common stock.

 

Restricted Stock Unit Grants

 

In 2012, as amended through October 30, 2020, our Board of Directors established the Non-Employee Directors Compensation Program, to provide for cash and equity compensation for persons serving as non-employee directors of the Company. Under this program, each new director receives either stock options or a grant of restricted stock units, or RSUs, as well as an annual grant of RSUs at the beginning of each fiscal year. The RSUs are subject to vesting and represent the right to be issued on a future date shares of our common stock upon vesting.

 

On April 1, 2021, pursuant to the terms of the Company’s 2012 Non-Employee Directors Compensation Program, as amended, or the Directors Plan, the Compensation Committee of the Board granted RSUs under the Company’s 2020 Equity Incentive Plan, or the 2020 Plan, to each non-employee director of the Company. The Director’s Plan provides for a grant of $50,000 worth of RSUs at the beginning of each fiscal year, priced at the average for the closing prices for the five days preceding and including the date of grant, or $2.06 per share as of April 1, 2021. Each eligible director was granted an RSU in the amount of 24,295 shares under the 2020 Plan. The RSU’s are subject to vesting in four equal quarterly installments on June 30, September 30, December 31, 2021, and March 31, 2022, subject to the recipient’s continued service with the Company on each such vesting date.

 

In June 2021, 18,221 vested RSUs held by our non-employee directors were exchanged into the same number of shares of our common stock. All three non-employee directors elected to return 40% of their vested RSUs in exchange for cash, in order to pay their withholding taxes on the share issuances, resulting in 7,289 of the vested RSUs being cancelled in exchange for $35,786 in aggregate cash proceeds to those independent directors.

 

In September 2021, 18,221 vested RSUs held by our non-employee directors were exchanged into the same number of shares of our common stock. All three non-employee directors elected to return 40% of their vested RSUs in exchange for cash, in order to pay their withholding taxes on the share issuances, resulting in 7,289 of the vested RSUs being cancelled in exchange for $28,134 in aggregate cash proceeds to those independent directors.

 

RSUs outstanding that have vested as of, and are expected to vest subsequent to, September 30, 2021 are as follows: 

 

     
    Number of RSUs  
Vested      
Expected to vest     36,443  
Total     36,443