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Commitments and Contingencies

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Commitments and Contingencies
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2019
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies

Note 26 - Commitments and Contingencies

 

Litigation

 

Certain conditions may exist as of the date the consolidated financial statements are issued which may result in a loss to the Company, but which will only be resolved when one or more future events occur or fail to occur. The Company assesses such contingent liabilities, and such assessment inherently involves an exercise of judgment. In assessing loss contingencies related to legal proceedings that are pending against the Company, or unasserted claims that may result in such proceedings, the Company evaluates the perceived merits of any legal proceedings or unasserted claims, as well as the perceived merits of the amount of relief sought or expected to be sought therein.

 

If the assessment of a contingency indicates that it is probable that a material loss has been incurred and the amount of the liability can be estimated, then the estimated liability would be accrued in the Company's consolidated financial statements. If the assessment indicates that a potentially material loss contingency is not probable, but is reasonably possible, or is probable but cannot be estimated, then the nature of the contingent liability and an estimate of the range of possible losses, if determinable and material, would be disclosed. 

 

Loss contingencies considered remote are generally not disclosed, unless they involve guarantees, in which case the guarantees would be disclosed. There can be no assurance that such matters will not materially and adversely affect the Company's business, financial position, and results of operations or cash flows. 

 

Atlas Settlement

 

On February 20, 2019, the Company, Sysorex and Atlas Technology Group, LLC ("Atlas") entered into a settlement agreement (the "Settlement Agreement") in connection with the satisfaction of an arbitration award granted to Atlas in an aggregate amount of $1,156,840 plus pre-judgment interest equal to an aggregate of $59,955 (the "Award") arising out of an engagement agreement, dated September 8, 2016, by and between Atlas and the Company as well as its subsidiaries, including the predecessor to Sysorex (the "Engagement Agreement"). Pursuant to the Settlement Agreement, Atlas agreed to (a) reduce the Award by $275,000 resulting in a net award of $941,796 (the "Net Award") and (b) accept an aggregate of 16,655 shares of freely-tradable common stock of the Company (the "Settlement Shares"), in full satisfaction of the Award. Atlas also agreed to apply an amount equal to the difference between the proceeds received from the sale of the Settlement Shares and the Net Award, against legal fees incurred by the Company and Sysorex in connection with the Settlement Agreement.

 

In connection with the Spin-off, pursuant to the terms and conditions of that certain Separation and Distribution Agreement, dated August 7, 2018, 50% of the costs and liabilities related to the arbitration action arising from the Engagement Agreement are required to be shared by Sysorex.

  

Compliance with Nasdaq Continued Listing Requirement

 

On May 30, 2019, we received a deficiency letter from Nasdaq indicating that, based on our closing bid price for the last 30 consecutive business days, we do not comply with the minimum bid price requirement of $1.00 per share, as set forth in Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(a)(2). In accordance with Nasdaq listing Rule 5810(c)(3)(A), the Company was provided a period of 180 calendar days, or until November 26, 2019, in which to regain compliance. In order to regain compliance with the minimum bid price requirement, the closing bid price of our common stock must be at least $1.00 per share for a minimum of ten consecutive business days without effecting a reverse split.

 

In addition to the failure to comply with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(a)(2), the Nasdaq Staff has advised us that our history of non-compliance with Nasdaq's minimum bid price requirement, the corresponding history of reverse stock splits, the dilutive effect of the Offering and an inability to cure the bid price deficiency organically without effecting a reverse stock split prior to November 26, 2019 would raise public interest concerns under Nasdaq Listing Rule 5101 and could result in the Nasdaq Staff issuing a delisting determination with respect to our common stock (subject to any appeal the Company may file). Nasdaq rules provide that Nasdaq may suspend or delist particular securities based on any event, condition or circumstance that exists or occurs that makes continued listing of the securities on Nasdaq inadvisable or unwarranted in the opinion of the Nasdaq Staff, even though the securities meet all enumerated criteria for continued listing on Nasdaq. In that regard, the Nasdaq Staff has discretion to determine that our failure to comply with the minimum bid price rule or any subsequent price-based market value requirement or the dilutive effect of the an offering, constitutes a public interest concern and while the Company will have an opportunity to appeal, the Company cannot assure that Nasdaq will not exercise such discretionary authority or that the Company will be successful if such discretion is exercised and the Company appeals.

 

On November 27, 2019, we received notice from the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Department of the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC that based upon our continued non-compliance with the minimum $1.00 bid price requirement for continued listing set forth in Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(a)(2), our common stock would be subject to delisting from the Nasdaq Capital Market (the "Staff Delisting Determination"), unless we timely requested an appeal hearing before the Nasdaq Hearings Panel. The Company requested such hearing which was held on January 23, 2020, following the Company's implementation of a reverse stock split effective on January 7, 2020.

 

On February 5, 2020, we received a letter from the Office of General Counsel of Nasdaq informing us that the Nasdaq Hearings Panel (the "Panel") granted our request to continue the listing of our common stock on Nasdaq. The Panel also determined to impose a Panel Monitor pursuant to Nasdaq Listing Rule 5815(d)(4)(A) to last until February 5, 2021 ("Panel Monitor Period"). If at any time before February 5, 2021, the Staff or the Panel determines that we have failed to meet the minimum bid price requirement for a period of 30 consecutive trading days or any other requirement for continued listing on Nasdaq, the Panel will direct the Staff to issue a Staff Delisting Determination and the Hearings Department will promptly schedule a new hearing, with the initial Panel or a newly convened Panel if the initial Panel is unavailable. During the monitor period, we are obligated to notify the Panel immediately, in writing, in the event our bid price falls below the minimum requirement for any reason, or if we fall out of compliance with any applicable listing requirement.

 

The Nasdaq Listing and Hearing Review Council (the "Listing Council") may, on its own motion, determine to review any Panel decision within 45 days. If the Listing Council determines to review the Panel's decision, it may affirm, modify, reverse, dismiss or remand the decision to the Panel.