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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, DC 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, 2014

 

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: 000-33155

 

 

COATES INTERNATIONAL, LTD.

 (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Text Box:   

 

Delaware   22-2925432

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

 

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

 

Highway 34 & Ridgewood Road, Wall Township, New Jersey 07719

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (732) 449-7717

 

Securities registered under Section 12(b) of the Exchange Act:

 

Title of each class:   Name of each exchange on which registered:
None   None

 

Securities registered under Section 12(g) of the Exchange Act:

(Title of class)

None

 

 

 

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 Securities 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 and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).

Yes ☒  No ☐

 

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§ 229.405 of this chapter) 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, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

Large accelerated filer   Accelerated filer ☐
     
Non-accelerated filer (Do not check if a smaller reporting company) ☐   Smaller reporting company ☒

 

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

 

State the aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates computed by reference to the price at which the common equity was last sold, or the average bid and asked price of such common equity, as of the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter: $8,742,707.

 

As of March 26, 2015, the number of outstanding shares of the registrant’s common stock, par value $0.0001 per share was 577,932,422.

 

Documents Incorporated by Reference: None.

 

 

 

 
 

 

COATES INTERNATIONAL, LTD.

ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K

DECEMBER 31, 2014

 

CONTENTS

 

Page

       
PART I    
  Item 1. Business 3
  Item 1A. Risk Factors 10
  Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments 17
  Item 2. Properties 17
  Item 3. Legal Proceedings 17
  Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosure 17
       
PART II      
  Item 5. Market for Registrant's Common Equity, Related Shareholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities 18
  Item 6. Selected Financial Data 20
  Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations 20
  Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk 28
  Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data 28
  Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure 28
  Item 9A. Controls and Procedures 28
  Item 9B. Other Information 28
     
PART III      
  Item 10.
Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance 29
  Item 11. Executive Compensation 34
  Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters 36
  Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence 37
  Item 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services 42
       
PART IV      
  Item 15. Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules 43
       
Signatures 48
   
Financial Statements F-1 to F-34

 

 

 

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This Annual Report on Form 10-K (this “Report”) contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, and Section 21E of the Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements discuss matters that are not historical facts. Because they discuss future events or conditions, forward-looking statements may include words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “intend,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “may,” “seek,” “plan,” “might,” “will,” “expect,” “predict,” “project,” “forecast,” “potential,” “continue” negatives thereof or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are found at various places throughout this Report and include information concerning possible or assumed future results of our operations; business strategies; future cash flows; financing plans; plans and objectives of management; any other statements regarding future operations, future cash needs, business plans and future financial results, and any other statements that are not historical facts.

 

From time to time, forward-looking statements also are included in our other periodic reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K, in our press releases, in our presentations, on our website and in other materials released to the public.  Any or all of the forward-looking statements included in this Report and in any other reports or public statements made by us are not guarantees of future performance and may turn out to be inaccurate. These forward-looking statements represent our intentions, plans, expectations, assumptions and beliefs about future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors.  Many of those factors are outside of our control and could cause actual results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the events described in the forward-looking statements might not occur or might occur to a different extent or at a different time than we have described. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this Report. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements concerning other matters addressed in this Report and attributable to us or any person acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained or referred to in this Report.

 

Except to the extent required by law, we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, a change in events, conditions, circumstances or assumptions underlying such statements, or otherwise.

 

For a discussion of factors that we believe could cause our actual results to differ materially from expected and historical results see “Item 1A — Risk Factors” below.

 

 

 

PART I

 

Item 1. Business

 

General

 

Coates International, Ltd. ("we" or the "Company") has been developing over a period of more than 20 years a patented Coates Spherical Rotary Valve® (“CSRV®”) system technology which is adaptable for use in piston-driven internal combustion engines of many types. Independent testing of various engines in which we incorporated our CSRV® system technology (“CSRV® Engines”) confirmed meaningful fuel savings when compared with internal combustion engines based on the conventional “poppet valve” assembly prevalent in most internal combustion engines throughout the world. In addition, our CSRV® Engines produced only ultra low levels of harmful emissions while in operation. Engines operating on the CSRV® system technology can be powered by a wide selection of fuels. We believe that these three major advantages of the CSRV® system technology constitute the first revolutionary technological advancement of the internal combustion engine suitable for large scale production since its introduction more than one hundred years ago.

 

The CSRV® system is designed to replace the intake and exhaust conventional “poppet valves” currently used in almost all piston-driven stationary, automotive, motorcycle, and marine engines. Unlike conventional valves which protrude into the engine combustion chamber, the Coates® rotary valve system utilizes spherical valves that rotate in a cavity formed between a two-piece cylinder head. The Coates® rotary valve system uses approximately 1/10th the moving parts of conventional poppet valve assemblies. As a result of these design improvements, management believes that the engines incorporating the Coates® rotary valve system (Coates® engines) will last significantly longer and will require less lubrication over the life of the engine, as compared to conventional engines. In addition, Coates® rotary valves can be designed with a larger opening into the engine cylinder than conventional valves so that more fuel and air can be inducted into and expelled from the cylinder in a shorter period of time. Larger valve openings permit higher revolutions-per-minute (RPM’s) and permit higher compression ratios with lower combustion chamber temperatures, allowing the Coates® engine to produce more power than equivalent conventional engines. The CSRV® engine is a highly thermal-efficient power unit.

 

We have been granted an exclusive license to this technology from our founder, George J. Coates and his son, Gregory G. Coates (the “Coates License Agreement”), in the Territory defined to include North America, Central America and South America (the “Americas”).

 

Since our inception, the bulk of our development costs and related operational costs have been funded primarily through cash generated from the sale of our common stock, issuances of promissory notes and convertible promissory notes, capital contributions, sales of a small number of natural gas powered CSRV® industrial electric power generator sets (“Gen Sets”), a gain on the sale of the land and building that serves as our principal facility, and from the performance of contractual research and development activities involving the CSRV® system technology and the receipt of licensing fees for our CSRV® system technology. During the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, we did not have any sales and we had revenues from research and development of $19,200 and $19,200, respectively. For the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, we incurred net losses of approximately ($12,790,000) and ($2,750,000), respectively. The accumulated net losses from inception of the Company through December 31, 2014 amounted to approximately ($46,767,000). We may continue to be unprofitable until the CSRV® Engine is successfully introduced into the marketplace, or we receive substantial licensing revenues. These accumulated losses were substantially related to research and development of our intellectual property, patent filing and maintenance costs, costs incurred related to efforts to raise additional working capital and general and administrative expenses in connection with our operations. In 2014, we raised additional working capital amounting to approximately $2,181,000 consisting of proceeds of approximately $996,000 from issuances of convertible promissory notes, proceeds of $515,000 from sales of common stock and common stock warrants to the son of a director, a deposit of $498,000 in connection with a non-exclusive distribution sublicense to a China-based company, proceeds of approximately $162,000 from sales of common stock under an equity line of credit with Dutchess Opportunity Fund II, LP, and proceeds of $10,000 from exercise of common stock warrants.

 

Coates International, Ltd. is a Delaware corporation organized in October 1991 as successor-in-interest to a Delaware corporation of the same name incorporated in August 1988.  Our operations are located in Wall Township, New Jersey (approximately 60 miles outside of New York City). We maintain a website at the following address: www.coatesengine.com. Through a link on our website to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) website, www.sec.gov, we provide free access to our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “1934 Act”) as soon as reasonably practicable after electronic filing with the SEC. Our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics for our directors, officers and employees can be viewed on our website at www.coatesengine.com. We will post on our website any waivers of, or amendments to, such code of ethics. Our website and the information contained therein or linked thereto are not incorporated by reference into this report.

 

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Background

 

Coates Spherical Rotary Valve® System Technology

 

The internal combustion engine has been in use for more than 100 years and is the most widely used engine in the world. Industry sources indicate that there are more than 120 million new combustion engines built in the world every year and that 40 million engines are rebuilt annually. In the late 1960’s and 1970’s, most vehicle combustion engines in the United States were running at a compression ratio of 12 to 1 which resulted in an engine thermal efficiency of approximately 35 percent. The rest of the engine’s power is lost in friction, pumping and heat loss. It was learned that lead additives in fuel created unacceptable health risks, therefore the lead was removed. The use of unleaded gasoline created a number of technical problems, principally related to overheating of the engine compression chamber, causing pre-ignition and resulting in damage to the engine. The problem was largely solved by lowering engine compression ratios, thereby lowering thermal efficiency from approximately 35% to approximately 22%. This loss of efficiency reduces gas mileage and engine performance. Efficiency can be improved by increasing “volumetric efficiency” at maximum RPM’s, but conventional poppet valves tend to “float” or bounce at higher RPM’s and are consequently unable to deliver adequate air to the cylinder. In an attempt to solve this problem, engine manufacturers increased the number of poppet valves per cylinder but this approach created other problems that cause unburned fuel to escape through the exhaust valve stems leading to a loss of power, lower gas mileage, and increased pollutants. However, variable valve timing can partially solve these additional problems, but that solution involves additional moving parts that eventually degrade and wear out. Also, variable valve timing on quick deceleration can cause piston and valve contact with resultant serious damage to the engine. Furthermore, conventional valves with solid “valve lifters” as opposed to hydraulic valve lifters must have clearances readjusted periodically. Poppet valves are the most troublesome part of the internal combustion engine. The basic inefficiencies of the conventional poppet valve design result in engine inefficiency and decreases in engine life, thermal efficiency, fuel efficiency, engine power output and increased pollution.

 

Conventional poppet valves also have significant environmental deficiencies. Conventional exhaust valve stems are lubricated with engine oil which burns off in the combustion chamber and is expelled through the exhaust directly into the atmosphere. Intake valves are also lubricated with engine oil, which is washed off and forced into the combustion chamber with the air and fuel mixture. This slows combustion, produces further emissions and eventually clogs the catalytic converter.

 

Management believes that the patented CSRV® system solves or significantly mitigates these problems. Coates® rotary valves are vented and charged on the opposite side of each valve sphere and rotate away from the combustion chamber, reducing combustion chamber constant temperature and allowing higher compression ratios that make the engine significantly more efficient and powerful.

 

We have successfully adapted our technology to industrial engines to power electric generators, and intend to begin to manufacture and market engines utilizing our proprietary designs operating on a multitude of fuels such as LNG, CNG, propane, flare-off gas and hydrogen.

 

Hydrogen Reactor Technology Owned by George J. Coates

 

George J. Coates has developed a hydrogen reactor, which rearranges H2O water molecules into HOH molecules also known as Hydroxy-Gas. The Hydroxy-Gas produced by the hydrogen reactor is then harvested for use as a type of fuel. Mr. Coates intends to continue with development of this technology to enable the harvested Hydroxy-Gas to be utilized as the fuel source to power our patented CSRV® engines. The next phase of this research and development will focus on powering larger, industrial engines. If successful, this application will only require a ready supply of water and would be suitable for stationary engines and generators. Conventional internal combustion engines employing poppet valve assemblies require lubrication and would experience excessive heat and friction if powered with Hydroxy-Gas. This, in turn, would cause the engines to burn out in a rather short period of time. The materials and components of the CSRV® engines do not require such lubrication and because of their design, are able to operate relatively trouble-free on Hydroxy-Gas as the engine fuel. There can be no assurance that this technology can be developed successfully, or that if developed, it will be feasible to penetrate the internal combustion engine market with this technology. Applications for patent protection of this technology will be filed upon completion of the research and development. Although at this time no arrangements have been made between the Company and George J. Coates, owner of the technology, regarding licensing of the hydrogen reactor, Mr. Coates has provided his commitment to license this technology to the Company once the related patent protection is in place. Accordingly, the Company does not currently have any rights to manufacture, use, sell and distribute the Hydrogen Reactor technology, should it become commercially feasible to manufacture and distribute products powered by the Hydroxy-Gas fuel. The Company has been and continues to be responsible for all costs incurred related to the development of this technology.

 

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Markets

 

The design of the CSRV® system technology provides us with the flexibility to retrofit our existing internal combustion engines of all sizes and applications to appeal to a number of different geographic and product markets. In addition, the CSRV® system technology has been designed to operate effectively on a wide range of alternative fuels. Accordingly, there are no technical barriers that need to be overcome in order to strategically target economically feasible markets for products powered by internal combustion engines including, but not limited to the following: engines for electric power generators for various applications ranging from home use to the largest industrial complexes to augmented “grid” installations; engines to power motorcycles, automobiles, light trucks, heavy trucks, machinery, railroads, marine engines, military equipment, light aircraft, helicopters, lawn mowers, snowmobiles and jet skis, etc.

 

According to the most recent available data in a table published by the Federal Highway Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation titled “Highway Statistics 2013,” there were total U.S. vehicle registrations for the fifty states as follows:

 

Automobiles   Buses   Trucks   Motorcycles   Total 
 113,676,345    864,549    132,931,241    8,404,687    255,876,822 

 

Strategy

 

Our long-term objective is to become a leader throughout the Americas in the design, manufacture, licensing to third party manufacturers and sales and distribution of our CSRV® internal combustion engines for a wide variety of uses. Our primary targeted market is the industrial electric power generator market. We have adapted the CSRV® system technology to manufacture our 14.0 liter inline, 6-cylinder, 855 cubic inch engine industrial generator fueled by natural gas, one of many types of Gen Sets. In parallel to penetrating the commercial/industrial generators market, we intend to adapt the CSRV® system technology to be used in other markets, in which internal combustion engines are used, such as motor vehicles, motorcycles, trucks, ships, trains, military equipment, light aircraft, helicopters and others.

Operational Plan

 

Manufacturing, Sales and Distribution

 

We have completed development of the CSRV® system technology-based generator engine and are prepared to commence the production phase of our operations, provided we raise sufficient new working capital to first produce and field test a number of additional engine generators which incorporate our solution for the cracked heads. Initially, we intend to sell the engine generators to Almont Energy, Inc., (“Almont”) for (i) a license agreement covering the territory of Canada; and, (ii) certain rights to a license covering the territory of the United States. Almont is a privately held, independent third party entity based in Alberta, Calgary, Canada.

We intend to take advantage of the fact that essentially all the components of the CSRV® generator engine may be readily sourced and acquired from subcontractors, and, accordingly, expect to manufacture the engine generator by developing assembly lines within owned manufacturing facilities. We intend to initially commence production of Gen Sets on a small scale. This will enable us to prove our concept for the CSRV® system technology and we expect this will dovetail with the existing substantial demand in the marketplace. We plan to address this demand by establishing large scale manufacturing operations in the United States. We have already taken steps to identify a suitable size and appropriate location for a high capacity manufacturing plant. Transitioning to large scale manufacturing is expected to require a substantial increase in our work force and substantial capital expenditures.

Our ability to establish such manufacturing operations, recruit plant workers, finance initial manufacturing inventories and fund capital expenditures is highly dependent on our ability to successfully raise substantial new working capital in an amount and at a pace which matches our business plans. Potential sources of such new working capital include sales of our equity and/or debt securities through private placement, pursuing and entering into additional sublicensing agreements with OEM’s and/or distributors, positive working capital generated from sales of our CSRV® products to Almont and others once we raise sufficient new working capital and commence production. Although we have been successful in raising sufficient working capital to continue our ongoing operations, we have encountered very challenging credit and equity investment markets, and have not been able to raise sufficient new working capital to enable us to commence production of our CSRV® products. There can be no assurance that we will be successful in raising adequate new working capital or even any new working capital to carry out our business plans. The current economic environment, which is characterized by tight credit markets, investor uncertainty about how to safely invest funds and low investor confidence, has introduced additional risk and difficulty to our challenge to secure such additional working capital.

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Sublicensing

In February 2015, we granted a non-exclusive distribution sublicense to Renown Power Development, Ltd., a China-based sales and distribution company (“Renown”) covering the territory defined as the Western Hemisphere. Under this sublicense, Renown will be permitted to sell, lease and distribute CSRV® products. This sublicense provides for payment of licensing fees amounting to US$100 million. We received an initial non-refundable deposit of $500,000 to date. In addition, after Renown receives an aggregate of US$10,000,000, it is required to pay us 25% of all funds it receives from any and all sources until the entire US$100 million licensing fee is paid in full. In the event that Renown completes one or more capital raises aggregating US$300 million or more, the then remaining unpaid balance of the US$100 million licensing fee shall become immediately due and payable.

As collateral for payment of the sublicensing fee, Coates Power, Ltd. an independent China-based manufacturing company that will produce CSRV® products in China (“Coates Power”) and Renown are to place shares of their capital stock representing a 25% ownership interest into an escrow account for the benefit of Coates International, Ltd. These shares of stock will be released from escrow and revert back to Coates Power and Renown only after the US$100 million sublicensing fee is paid in full. We do not have an ownership interest in Coates Power or Renown. Coates Power and Renown are controlled and managed by Mr. James Pang, our liaison agent in China.

Coates Power has agreed to initially source it production parts and components from us. To date, we have sold Coates Power approximately US$131,000 in production parts and components in connection with their plan to manufacture two Gen Sets.

Material Agreements

License Agreement – George J. Coates and Gregory G. Coates

We hold a license from George J. Coates and Gregory G. Coates which provides us with the right to use, manufacture, distribute, lease and sublicense the patented CSRV® system technology (the “Coates License Agreement”) in the territory defined as the Western Hemisphere. Under the Coates License Agreement, we were granted an exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free, fully paid-up license to the intellectual property that specifically relates to an internal combustion engine that incorporates the CSRV® system technology (the “CSRV® Engine”) and that is currently owned or controlled by them (the “CSRV® Intellectual Property”), plus any CSRV® Intellectual Property that is developed by them during their employment with us. In the event of insolvency or bankruptcy of the Company, the licensed rights would terminate and revert back to George J. Coates and Gregory G. Coates.

Non-Exclusive Distribution Sublicense Agreement with Renown Power Development, Ltd.

 

This material sublicense agreement, which was consummated in February 2015, is discussed in detail above under the section titled “Plan of Operations.”

 

Sublicense Agreement with Almont Energy, Inc. for the Territory of Canada

 

In January 2010, we consented to the assignment of our sublicensing agreement between us and Well-to-Wire Energy, Inc. (Sublicensee”) dated September 29, 1999 to Almont Energy, Inc. This sublicense agreement exclusively licenses within Canada the use of the CSRV® system technology for industrial engines fueled by natural gas to generate electrical power for the oil and gas industry (the “Canadian License”). The Canadian Sublicense provided for a license fee of $5,000,000, of which a deposit payment in the amount of $300,000 was made upon execution. A separate research and development agreement provided a $5,000,000 fee payable to us in consideration for the development and delivery of certain prototype engines. We completed development of the prototypes in accordance with this agreement at the end of 2007. The research and development agreement has not been reduced to the form of a signed written agreement. To date, we have been paid a combined total of approximately $5,153,000 by WWE and Almont under these agreements.

 

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Additional provisions of the Canadian Sublicense agreement are as follows:

 

Sublicensee shall have the exclusive right to use, lease and sell electric power generators designed with the CSRV® system technology within Canada.
Sublicensee will have a specified right of first refusal to market the electric power generators worldwide.
Upon commencement of the production and distribution of the electric power generators, the minimum annual number of generators to be purchased by Sublicensee in order to maintain exclusivity is 120.  Until otherwise agreed between the parties, the price per generator shall be $159,000.  We have agreed to pass along to Almont savings we expect to realize from economies of scale inherent in high volume production of the CSRV® units. In the event Sublicensee fails to purchase the minimum 120 Coates generator engines during any year, Sublicensee will automatically lose its exclusivity. In such case, Sublicensee would retain non-exclusive rights to continue to use and sell the CSRV® generator engine in the territory of Canada. We have temporarily suspended this provision due to the delay in delivery of Gen Sets.
Sublicensee is required to pay a royalty to us equal to 5% of its annual modified gross profit (which has been defined as sales, less cost of sales, plus $400,000).
All licensed rights under this sublicense agreement related to the CSRV® system technology will remain with the Company. 

 

We have also consented to the assignment of the rights to a conditional sublicensing agreement with WWE covering the territory of the United States of America (the “US License”) to Almont. The US License provides for a license fee of $50 million and annual minimum purchases of CSRV® Units as a condition of exclusivity.  The US license has been deposited into an escrow account and the grant of the license is not effective until the conditions for release from escrow are satisfied.

 

The escrow agreement was established to provide a more secure mechanism for us to collect payments due under both the prior Canadian sublicensing and research and development agreements and the $50 million US License (the “Escrow Agreement”). The Escrow Agreement provides that the US License shall be held until we receive a release payment (the “Release Payment”). The Release Payment consists of (i) an initial down payment required under the US License of $1 million and (ii) an $8.5 million payment of the balance of the monies due to us at the date of the Escrow Agreement, in connection with the sublicense for the territory of Canada, including the Canadian License Agreement and the research and development agreement (the “Canadian Agreements”). While the US License is held in escrow, there shall not be any grant of license. The first $3.8 million of the Release Payment, which has been designated as payment of the fees due under the research and development agreement, is being recognized as revenue at the time the cash payments are received. We have received approximately $3.65 million of the Release Payment to date. In addition, WWE had made nonrefundable payments to us totaling $1.5 million prior to establishment of the Escrow Agreement. Upon full satisfaction of the Release Payment, Almont would be granted a sublicense for the territory of the United States under the US License agreement.

 

The remaining balance of the Release Payment is approximately $5,847,000. It is unlikely that Almont will be able to make further payments of the Release Payment until we raise sufficient new working capital to commence manufacturing operations and shipping of Gen Sets.

 

In connection with the assignment of the Canadian and US License from WWE to Almont, we extended the date by which the entire Release Payment must be paid, until March 19, 2012 (the “Release Payment Due Date”). In early 2012, we agreed to further extend the Release Payment Date under the Escrow Agreement until March 2014 to compensate for the delay caused by the delayed delivery of Gen Sets. The Release Payment due date will be reset as appropriate, once the Company commences its production phase of operations. Almont is required to remit to us 60% of any and all proceeds from funds raised from any equity, debt or lending transactions, exclusive of equipment financing transactions, until the Release Payment is paid in full.

 

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The US License would, if Almont is able to satisfy the Escrow Agreement release provisions, grant to Almont the right to use, sell and lease Licensed Products manufactured by us as the power source for the generation of electrical energy for the oil and gas industry and landfills.  Licensed Products consist of CSRV® Valve Systems, CSRV® Valve Seals, CSRV® Rotary Valve Spheres, CSRV® Valve Components and CSRV® Engines. Almont is also obligated to pay a royalty to us equal to 2.5% of its annual modified gross profit (which has been defined as sales, less cost of sales, plus $400,000).

 

The manufacture of our licensed products by Almont is prohibited.  Almont is required to procure all internal combustion engines incorporating the CSRV® system technology from us or our designee. The license granted to Almont is exclusive within the defined territory, provided that Almont satisfies the minimum annual purchase commitment of 120 internal combustion engines incorporating the CSRV® system technology. The agreement also grants Almont a right of first refusal in the event that we negotiate an offer with another third party for a worldwide license to use the licensed product in the oil and gas industry and landfill operations.

 

After payment of the Release Payment which includes a $1 million deposit on the US License, the remaining $49 million balance of the US License fee is payable in quarterly installments in an amount equal to 5% of Almont’s prior quarter net profits. In any event, the entire balance of the licensing fee is to be paid in full on or before February 19, 2016.

 

Acceleration of the balance of the licensing fee payments shall be required in the event that Almont completes a stock offering or private placement offering.  The entire unpaid balance of the licensing fee shall become due and payable if Almont raises $100 million or more from such offerings.

 

Equity Purchase and Registration Rights Agreement

 

On July 2, 2014, the Company entered into a 3-year equity purchase agreement (the “EP Agreement”) with Southridge Partners II LP, a Delaware limited partnership (“Southridge”). Pursuant to the terms of the EP Agreement, Southridge committed to purchase up to 40,000,000 million shares of the Company’s common stock, not to exceed Ten Million ($10,000,000) Dollars. The purchase price for the shares of common stock shall be equal to 94% of the lowest daily VWAP of the stock during the ten trading days that comprise the defined pricing period. The Company is entitled exercise a Put to Southridge by delivering a Put Notice, which requires Southridge to remit the dollar amount stated in the Put Notice at the end of the pricing period, provided, however, that for each day during the pricing period, if any, that the daily VWAP of the Company’s common stock falls 25% or more below the Floor Price, as hereinafter defined, then the dollar amount of the Put shall be reduced by 10% for each such day. The Company may stipulate a Floor Price below which, no shares of common stock may be sold by Southridge, however, the Floor price shall not be lower than the lowest daily VWAP during the ten trading days preceding the date of the Put Notice.

 

The Company also entered into a registration rights agreement (the “Registration Rights Agreement”) with Southridge. Pursuant to the terms of the Registration Rights Agreement, the Company filed a registration statement with the SEC covering 40,000,000 shares of common stock underlying the EP Agreement, which was declared effective in September 2014.

 

No Put Notices have been delivered to Southridge under the EP Agreement.

 

Competition

 

Management believes that the Coates Engine generators which are based on the CSRV® system technology will provide substantially enhanced efficiencies in power generation and longevity. We believe that the Coates Engines will outperform other comparable natural gas-fueled electric generator engines currently utilized in the energy conversion market.

 

Notwithstanding our perceived competitive advantages, the power generation market is a highly competitive industry currently occupied by extremely large companies such as Caterpillar, Inc., which owns MAK, Perkins and FG Wilson, Detroit Diesel Corporation, AB Volvo, Cummins and Marathon, among others. These companies have far greater financial and other resources than we do and already occupy segments of the power generation market. In order to successfully penetrate this industry, the Coates Engines will have to produce the performance and durability results anticipated by management and sell at a price or prices that will enable it to effectively compete and gain entrance into this market.

 

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Parts and Supplies

 

To date, management has utilized the services of various vendors and suppliers available throughout the United States to provide all of the parts necessary to produce the Coates Engines. We expect to continue to purchase all of our raw materials and parts, manufactured to our specifications, from a wide assortment of suppliers. We have signed a letter of intent with Marathon Electric Manufacturing Corp. for the supply of generators and components. We also entered into an agreement with Cummins Power Systems (a business owned by Cummins Inc.) to supply industrial engine blocks and components to us for our manufacturing activities. We intend to initially commence the assembly of the Coates Engines at our existing New Jersey facility and to subsequently acquire additional facilities to increase our manufacturing capacity, as needed.

 

Licenses and Patents

 

The Coates License Agreement grants us an exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free, fully paid-up license in the territory of North, Central and South America, to use all intellectual property rights that are currently owned or controlled by the licensors that directly relate to an internal combustion engine that includes the CSRV® system technology. The license also covers any new or improved technology and related intellectual property rights that are directly related to the CSRV® Engine system technology developed by the licensors during their employment with us.

Included in the license are intellectual property rights for 17 patents registered in the United States; certain patents registered in Canada, Mexico, in countries in Central and South America relating to the CSRV® system technology; and one U.S. patent application filed by Mr. George J. Coates. These patents are owned by George J. Coates and Gregory G. Coates. Under our license agreement, we are obligated to pay for all costs relating to the ongoing maintenance of the patents.

We rely upon patents, trade secrets, know-how and continuing technological innovation to develop and maintain our competitive position. We can provide no assurance that we can successfully limit unauthorized or wrongful disclosures of trade secrets or otherwise confidential information. In addition, to the extent we rely on trade secrets and know-how to maintain our competitive technological position, there can be no assurance that others might not independently develop the same, similar or superior techniques.

 

We have also granted sublicenses to Renown Power Development, Ltd. and Almont Energy, Inc. as discussed in more detail under the section titled “Plan of Operations,”

 

Environmental Regulatory Compliance

 

All of our engines, including the Coates Engine, will be subject to extensive environmental laws, rules and regulations that impose standards for emissions and noise. Initially, compliance with the emissions standards promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA"), as well as those imposed by the State of New Jersey and other jurisdictions where we expect our engines will be used, will have to be achieved in order to successfully market the Coates Engine. When selling individual engines, we are not subject to the governmental standards as set forth in 40CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) 1048, which regulates environmental standards for natural gas-powered industrial engines. In this case, the purchaser or sublicensee becomes responsible for complying with applicable governmental standards in its territory. We believe that our natural gas powered engine/generators comply with governmental standards as set forth in 40CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) 1048, that regulates environmental standards for natural gas-powered industrial engines. Our ability to comply with applicable and future emissions standards is necessary for us to enter and continue to operate in the power generation and other markets. Failure to comply with these standards could result in a material adverse effect on our business and financial condition.

 

Employees

 

At December 31, 2014, we had 6 employees, including George J. Coates and his son Gregory G. Coates, who perform management, assembly and research and development functions. Bernadette Coates, the spouse of George J. Coates, is employed as an administrative manager for the Company.

 

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Item 1A. Risk Factors

 

Risk Factors Relating to Our Financial Condition:

 

Our Independent Registered Public Accountants have expressed substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern.

 

As shown in the accompanying financial statements, we have incurred recurring losses from operations of ($46,767,179); and, as of December 31, 2014 had a stockholders’ deficiency of ($5,433,529) and negative working capital of ($7,296,122). In addition, our mortgage loan which had a principal balance of  $1,448,284 at December 31, 2014 matures in July 2015. The Company will be required to renegotiate the terms of an extension of the mortgage loan or successfully refinance the property with another mortgage lender, if possible. Failure to do so could adversely affect the Company’s financial position and results of operations. The current economic environment, which is characterized by tight credit markets, investor uncertainty about how to safely invest their funds and low investor confidence, has introduced additional risk and difficulty to the Company’s challenge to secure needed additional working capital. These factors raise substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern within one year after the date of filing of this annual report on Form 10-K. Our Independent Registered Public Accountants have stated in their Auditor’s Report dated March 30, 2015 with respect to our financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2014 that these circumstances raise substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern. The financial statements do not include any adjustments that might be necessary should we become unable to continue as a going concern.

 

The substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern has been reported, as required by generally accepted accounting principles, since 1995. In spite of this continuing doubt, we have developed a long history of meeting our obligations as they come due, year after year. During the year ended December 31, 2014, we met our obligations as they became due by raising additional working capital of $2,181,000 consisting of proceeds of approximately $996,000 from issuances of convertible promissory notes, proceeds of $515,000 from sales of common stock and common stock warrants to the son of a director, a deposit of $498,000 in connection with a non-exclusive distribution sublicense to a China-based company, proceeds of approximately $162,000, from sales of common stock under an equity line of credit with Dutchess Opportunity Fund II, LP, and proceeds of $10,000 from exercise of common stock warrants.

 

Although there can be no assurance that we will be able to overcome this doubt in the future, our management believes that we can continue to meet our obligations as they come due in consideration of the following:

 

We are preparing to commence manufacturing of a small number of production-quality Gen Sets for sales and installation with end users. We have already placed orders for various production parts, including new upper and lower engine heads. In addition, patterns for engine heads and permanent molds for spherical rotary valves have been modified by vendors for production purposes. These are the initial steps towards moving the Company into ongoing manufacturing and distribution operations for our CSRV® Gen Sets. If successful, this will represent a new source of cash flow and working capital for us.

 

In addition, we expect to continue to raise working capital from a number of sources to meet our ongoing obligations as they become due. These sources include deposits on sublicense agreements such as the new sublicense agreement with a China-based entity, sales of common stock and warrants, proceeds from issuances of convertible notes, sales of common stock under an Investment Agreement with Southridge and proceeds from promissory notes issued to related parties.

 

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Finally, management has instituted a cost control program intended to restrict variable costs requiring an outlay of cash to only those expenses that are necessary to carry out our activities related to research and development activities, entering the production phase of operations, developing additional commercially feasible applications of the CSRV® system technology, seeking additional sources of working capital and covering general and administrative costs in support of such activities.

 

We have significant immediate capital needs and our ability to raise funds on terms acceptable to us is highly uncertain.

 

We will need additional working capital from equity and/or financing transactions in the near future for a number of uses, including:

 

Purchasing raw material inventory and hiring plant workers to commence our production phase.

Expanding manufacturing capacity.

Developing an expanded management team to oversee the expanded scope of our operating activities upon commencement of production.

Developing our engineering, administrative and marketing and sales organizations.

Expanding our research and development programs with respect to the CSRV® system technology and applying the CSRV® system technology to engines used in various commercially viable applications.

Implementation of new systems, processes and procedures to support growth.

 

Additional sources of working capital may not be available on terms acceptable to us, or may not be available at all.

 

As with any business, many aspects of our operations and our future outlook are subject to events and influences which are not within our control, such as the continuing sluggish worldwide economy.  This could have an adverse impact on us and our results of operations. For example:

 

The current severe limitation on the availability of credit and investor uncertainty could result in delays or the inability to acquire additional working capital needed to commence an efficient level of production. Commencing production and shipments to Almont are a vital factor in Almont’s ability to remit further payments toward the Release Payment.

Demand for our technology and products could be significantly reduced.

Estimates used in the preparation of our financial statements may need to be revised.

 

Risk Factors Relating to Our Product Development:

 

Limited production and sales of CSRV® engine generators.

 

To date, we have only had sales of two CSRV® engine generators for $284,000 and received limited revenues from our research and development agreement with WWE. A number of years ago, we also received limited revenues from a small number of sales of engines, which incorporated the CSRV® system technology. We have not been able to move into the CSRV® engine generator production phase of our business because we have not been successful in raising sufficient new working capital.

 

We expect to continue to incur losses until we commence production and distribution of products incorporating our CSRV® system technology. We may not be profitable or operating cash flow positive in 2015 unless we can begin to generate positive cash flows from sales of CSRV® Engine products or receive cash proceeds from new licensing agreements for our CSRV® system technology. In addition, we may not be profitable or operating cash flow positive for several additional years after 2015.

 

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The Coates CSRV® System Technology may not have the performance characteristics and longevity that we expect which may adversely affect our future revenues.

 

The Coates Engine has only been tested to a very limited degree in a “real world” environment. Commercial use of our industrial engines may not have the performance characteristics that we expect. Similarly, until the Coates Engine has been in use for a substantial period of time, there is no certain way to ascertain its expected longevity. Superior performance and longevity are essential elements of our ability to penetrate the power generation and other markets. Our failure to do so would have a material adverse effect on our business and, unless remedied on a timely basis we might be forced to close our operations.

 

Risk Factors Relating to Our Business:

 

Our Success Depends to a Large Extent on Our Founder George J. Coates and His Son Gregory G. Coates, the Loss of Either of Whom Could Disrupt Our Business Operations.

 

Our future success will depend in substantial part on the continued services of George J. Coates and, to a lesser extent, Gregory G. Coates. The loss of the services of George J. Coates and/or Gregory G. Coates could impede implementation of our business plan and reduce our opportunity for profitability. We expect that our future market capitalization will be highly dependent on the productivity of George J. Coates. If the employment of George J. Coates was to cease for any reason before we have hired additional senior management and engineering personnel, our business would be materially adversely affected and we may have to discontinue operations. We do not have employment agreements in place with George J. Coates and Gregory G. Coates. Although George J. Coates is our majority shareholder and Gregory G. Coates is a major shareholder of the Company, a risk exists that they could voluntarily terminate their employment with us at any time and for any reason. In such case, either or both of them could establish one or more new businesses that might compete with ours. We do not maintain key person insurance on either George J. Coates or Gregory G. Coates.

 

We may encounter substantial competition in our business and our failure to compete may adversely affect our ability to generate revenue.

 

The power generation market is a highly competitive industry currently occupied by extremely large companies. These companies have far greater financial and other resources than we do and already occupy segments of the power generation market. In order to successfully penetrate this industry, the Coates Engine will have to produce the performance and durability results anticipated by management and sell at a price or prices that will enable it to effectively compete and gain entrance into this market.

 

Our Dependence on Third Party Suppliers for Key Components of Our Products Could Delay Shipment of Our Products and Reduce Our Sales.

 

We depend on certain domestic suppliers for the delivery of components used in the assembly of our products. Our reliance on third-party suppliers creates risks related to our potential inability to obtain an adequate supply of components or subassemblies and reduced control over pricing and timing of delivery of components and sub-assemblies. Specifically, we depend on suppliers of short engine blocks, custom pistons, custom spherical rotary valves, valve seals, carriers, springs, value added services and other miscellaneous components and parts for our products. Any interruption of supply for any material components of our products could significantly delay the shipment of our products and have a material adverse effect on our revenues, profitability and financial condition.

 

Our short term business success relies to some extent upon our United States and Canadian licensing and research and development agreements which have been assigned to Almont.

 

The initial monies due under the United States and Canadian licensing agreements and the research and development agreement assigned to Almont represent potential new sources of cash due to us totaling approximately $5.85 million. To date, we have received nonrefundable payments for the licensing and research and development agreements aggregating approximately $5,153,000. The likelihood of Almont making further payments to us under the Escrow Agreement is completely dependent on our ability to produce and ship additional engines to Almont. During the period until Almont is able to make additional payments to us, our cash flow, results of operations and financial condition are being adversely affected.

 

In the fourth quarter of 2011, we identified cracks on the lower engine heads that resulted from a manufacturing defect by one of our suppliers. Based on our testing of the Gen Sets to confirm our resolution of this problem, we believe we have determined the cause of this cracked head condition. As soon as we raise the substantial amount of working capital needed to procure new cast-steel head castings to resolve the cracked head problem, we will undertake to retrofit and repair the Gen Sets originally shipped to Almont and begin field testing the generators. Thereafter, we will begin to ramp-up production.

 

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We may be subject to claims with respect to the infringement of intellectual property rights of others, which could result in substantial costs and diversion of our financial and management resources to defend such claims and/or lawsuits and could harm our business.

 

We cannot be certain that our licensed rights to the patented engine designs and technologies will not infringe upon patents, copyrights or other intellectual property rights held by third parties. While we know of no basis for any claims of this type, the existence of and ownership of intellectual property can be difficult to verify and we have not made an exhaustive search of all patent filings. Additionally, most patent applications are kept confidential for twelve to eighteen months, or longer, and we would not be able to be aware of potentially conflicting claims that they make. We may become subject to legal proceedings and claims from time-to-time relating to the intellectual property of others in the ordinary course of our business. If we are found to have violated the intellectual property rights of others, we may be enjoined from using such intellectual property, and we may incur licensing fees or be forced to develop alternative technology or obtain other licenses. In addition, we may incur substantial expenses in defending against any third party infringement claims and be diverted from devoting time to our business and operational issues, regardless of the merits of any such claim. Successful infringement or licensing claims against us may result in substantial monetary damages, which may materially disrupt the conduct of our business and have a material adverse effect on our reputation, business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

Our success is dependent on protecting our intellectual property rights.  

 

We rely on a combination of patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret protections to protect our rights under our license to the proprietary technology. We cannot assure you that these trademarks and patents will not be challenged, invalidated, or circumvented, or that the rights granted under those registrations will provide competitive advantages to us.

 

In addition, there is currently no understanding in place regarding the ownership of new intellectual property not directly related to the CSRV® system technology, developed by either George J. Coates or Gregory G. Coates while employed by us. As a result, there is a risk that we may not derive any benefit from such newly developed intellectual property.

 

In the event of insolvency or bankruptcy, the intellectual property rights licensed to us would automatically revert back to George J. Coates and Gregory G. Coates.

 

Under our license agreement for the CSRV® system technology, in the event of insolvency or bankruptcy, our intellectual property rights and our rights to license the intellectual property would automatically revert back to George J. Coates and Gregory G. Coates. This would result in a lower potential recovery of investment by, and/or liquidation value to, our stockholders.

 

We have very limited marketing and sales experience.

 

We have no marketing or sales experience. The sales process is expected to be lengthy, in part because of skepticism about the performance of the Coates Engine. We are evaluating alternative marketing and sales channels, distributors, sublicensees and marketing partners. We may never successfully market and sell the Coates Engine.

 

We have only a token number of employees, and in order to grow our business we will need to hire significant additional personnel. 

 

We need to hire, train and retain additional employees for all aspects of our business if we are to achieve our production and sales goals. Our success will also depend on our ability to attract and retain a staff of qualified managerial, engineering and manufacturing plant workers. Qualified individuals are in high demand and are often subject to competing offers. We cannot be certain that we will be able to attract and retain the qualified personnel we need for our business. If we are unable to hire additional personnel as needed, it would have a material adverse effect on our business and operations. In particular, we need trained engineers and sales personnel to educate potential customers and provide post-installation customer support.

 

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As a publicly reporting company, we incur substantial expenses to comply with the reporting requirements which could have a detrimental effect on our business and finances, the value of our stock and the ability of stockholders to resell their stock.

 

Since we are subject to the information and reporting requirements pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act, as well as other disclosure requirements such as the proxy rules, going private rules and many tender offer provisions, our stockholders will not have access to the short-swing reporting and profit receiving protections or information that is provided by beneficial ownership reporting requirements of the U.S. securities laws. Additional SEC regulations already in place have also substantially increased the accounting, legal, and other costs related to becoming and remaining an SEC publicly reporting company. In the current regulatory environment, a recent trend has been established to continue to introduce substantial additional regulations affecting financial markets and publicly reporting companies. There can be no assurance that new regulations introduced in the future, will not significantly increase the cost of compliance for publicly traded companies. If we do not meet the public company reporting requirements designed to make current information about our company available to market makers, they will not be able to trade our stock. The public company costs of preparing and filing annual and quarterly reports, and other information with the SEC and furnishing audited reports to stockholders, cause our expenses to be higher than they would be if we were privately-held and not subject to public company reporting regulatory requirements. In addition, we may incur substantial expenses in connection with the preparation of registration statements required to be filed in connection with the registration of securities under the Securities Act of 1933. These increased costs may be material and may include the hiring of additional employees and/or the retention of additional advisors and professionals. Our failure to comply with federal securities laws could result in private or governmental legal action against us and/or our officers and directors, which could have a detrimental effect on our business and finances, the value of our stock, and the ability of stockholders to resell their stock.

 

We may be exposed to potential risks, penalties and expenses resulting from the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002.

 

In addition to the costs of compliance with having our shares of common stock listed on the OTC Pink Sheets, there are substantial penalties that could be imposed upon us if we fail to comply with all regulatory requirements. In particular, under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 we are required to include in our annual report our assessment of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of the end of our fiscal year.

 

We may become subject to product liability and/or warranty claims, which could harm our financial condition and liquidity if we are not able to successfully defend or insure against such claims.

 

We do not currently maintain product liability insurance for our CSRV® products. We intend to make a proper assessment of the product liability risk related to our products and we may apply for product liability insurance, to the extent believed necessary in the future and at the time that our working capital is sufficient for this purpose. Any lawsuit seeking significant monetary damages may have a material adverse effect on our business and financial condition. We may not be able to secure product liability insurance coverage on commercially acceptable terms or at reasonable costs when needed, particularly if we do face liability for our products and are forced to make a claim under our policy. In addition, a product liability claim could generate substantial negative publicity about our CSRV® products and business, and inhibit or prevent commercialization of other future CSRV® products, which would have a material adverse effect on our brand, business, prospects, financial condition and operating results.

 

While our products are tested for quality, our products nevertheless may fail to meet customer expectations from time-to-time. Also, not all defects are immediately detectible. Failures could result from faulty design or problems in manufacturing. In either case, we could incur significant costs to repair and/or replace defective products under warranty. Liability claims could require us to spend significant time and money in litigation and pay significant damages. As a result, any of these claims, whether or not valid or successfully prosecuted, could have a substantial, adverse effect on our business and financial results. In addition, although we plan on putting product liability insurance in place, the amount of damages awarded against us in such a lawsuit may exceed the policy limits of such insurance. Further, in some cases, product redesigns and/or rework may be required to correct a defect and such occurrences could adversely impact future business with affected customers. Our business, financial condition, results of operations and liquidity could be materially and adversely affected by any unexpected significant warranty costs.

 

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Risk Factors Relating to Our Common Stock:

 

Our common stock is thinly traded, so you may be unable to sell at or near ask prices or at all if you need to sell your shares to raise money or otherwise desire to liquidate your shares.

 

Our common stock has historically been sporadically or “thinly-traded” on the OTC Pink Sheets, meaning that the number of persons interested in purchasing our common stock at or near ask prices at any given time may be relatively small or nonexistent. This situation is attributable to a number of factors, including the fact that we are a small company which is relatively unknown to stock analysts, stock brokers, institutional investors and others in the investment community that generate or influence sales volume, and that even if we came to the attention of such persons, they tend to be risk-averse and would be reluctant to follow an unproven company such as ours or purchase or recommend the purchase of our shares until such time as we became more seasoned and viable. In addition, due to the current trading price range of our common stock many broker/dealers will not agree to honor sell orders or clear trades in our common stock. In this case, shareholders may be required to open a new brokerage account with one of the broker/dealers that is willing to honor sell orders in our common stock. There can be no assurance that such a broker/dealer would not impose higher commission rates on such sell orders than might be customary for more actively traded stocks trading in higher price ranges. It is also possible that the number of buyers in the market for our common stock could be reduced if a potential investor expects that the effort to sell shares of our common stock is too cumbersome.

 

As a consequence, there may be periods of several days or more when trading activity in our shares is minimal or non-existent, as compared to a mature issuer which has a large and steady volume of trading activity that will generally support continuous sales without an adverse effect on share price.  It is possible that a broader or more active public trading market for our common stock will not develop or be sustained, or that current trading levels will continue.

 

Because we do not intend to pay dividends for the foreseeable future, stockholders will only benefit from an investment in our common stock if it appreciates in value.

 

We have never declared any dividends and our board of directors does not intend to declare and distribute dividends in the near future.  The declaration, payment and amount of any future dividends will be made at the discretion of the board of directors and will depend upon, among other things, the results of our operations, cash flows, financial condition, operating and capital requirements, and other factors as the board of directors considers relevant.  There is no assurance that future dividends will be paid, and, if dividends are paid, there is no assurance with respect to the amount of any such dividends. We currently intend to retain our future earnings, if any, to finance further research and development, commence production of the Coates Engine and pay for our general and administrative expenses. As a result, the success of an investment in our common stock will depend upon any future appreciation in its value. There is no assurance that our common stock will appreciate in value or even maintain the price at which stockholders have purchased their shares.

 

Because we will be subject to the “penny stock” rules if the shares are quoted on the OTC Pink Sheets, the level of trading activity in the shares may be reduced and shareholders may be unable to sell their shares.

 

The SEC has adopted regulations which generally define a “penny stock” to be any equity security that has a market price of less than $5.00 per share or an exercise price of less than $5.00 per share, subject to certain exceptions. Our securities will likely be covered by the penny stock rules, which impose additional sales practice requirements on broker-dealers who sell to persons other than established customers and accredited investors. The penny stock rules require a broker-dealer, prior to a transaction in a penny stock not otherwise exempt from the rules, to deliver a standardized risk disclosure document in a form prepared by the SEC that provides information about penny stocks and the nature and level of risks in the penny stock market. The broker-dealer also must provide the customer with current bid and other quotations for the penny stock, the compensation of the broker-dealer and its salesperson in the transaction and monthly account statements showing the market value of each penny stock held in the customer’s account. The bid and offer quotations, and the broker-dealer and salesperson compensation information, must be given to the customer orally or in writing prior to effecting the transaction and must be given to the customer in writing before or with the customer’s confirmation. In addition, the penny stock rules require that prior to executing a transaction in a penny stock not otherwise exempt from these rules; the broker-dealer must make a special written determination that the penny stock is a suitable investment for the purchaser and receive the purchaser’s written agreement to the transaction. These disclosure and suitability requirements may have the effect of reducing the level of trading activity in the secondary market for a stock that is subject to these penny stock rules. Consequently, these penny stock rules may affect the ability of broker-dealers to trade our securities. We believe that the penny stock rules discourage investor interest in, and limit the marketability of, our capital stock. Trading of our capital stock may be restricted by the SEC’s “penny stock” regulations which may limit a stockholder’s ability to buy and sell our stock.

 

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George J. Coates and his family own a majority of our common stock allowing them to unilaterally determine the outcome of all matters submitted to our stockholders for approval, which influence may or may not conflict with our interests and the interests of our other stockholders.

 

George J. Coates, together with members of his family and related trusts, are beneficially entitled to approximately 87% of votes on matters submitted to a vote of the outstanding common stockholders at March 26, 2015 and will therefore be able to unilaterally determine the outcome of all matters submitted to our stockholders for approval, including the election of our directors and other corporate actions. There can be no assurance that the votes of George J. Coates and his family on matters submitted to a vote by our shareholders in the future will not conflict with our interests and the interest of our other shareholders.

 

You may be unable to sell your common stock at or above your purchase price, which may result in substantial losses to you.

 

The following factors may add to the volatility in the price of our common stock: actual or anticipated variations in our quarterly or annual operating results; government regulations, announcements of significant acquisitions, strategic partnerships or joint ventures; our capital commitments; and additions or departures of our key personnel. Many of these factors are beyond our control and may decrease the market price of our common stock, regardless of our operating performance. We cannot make any predictions or projections as to what the prevailing market price for our common stock will be at any time, including as to whether our common stock will sustain its current market price, or as to what effect that the sale of shares or the availability of common stock for sale at any time will have on the prevailing market price.

 

Trading in our common stock may be volatile, which may result in substantial declines in its market price.

 

Our common stock is likely to experience significant volatility in response to periodic variations in:

 

Our success in commencing our production phase of operations.

Results of testing of the CSRV® system technology as it is designed and adapted for various commercially feasible applications.

Our prospects for entering into new potentially profitable license agreements for our technology.

Performance of the CSRV® system technology in the field.

Improvements in engine technology by our competitors.

Changes in general conditions in the economy or the financial markets.

 

The market may also experience significant volatility which can affect the market prices of securities issued by many companies; often for reasons unrelated to their operating performance, and may adversely affect the price of our common stock. The market for our common stock is limited. We cannot assure that an active trading market can be maintained. In such case, our stockholders may find it difficult to dispose of shares of our common stock and, as a result, may suffer a loss of all or a substantial portion of their investment.

 

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We have registered an aggregate of 40,000,000 shares of common stock that could be issued under an equity purchase agreement with Southridge Partners II LP. The sale of such shares could depress the market price of our common stock.

 

We have registered an aggregate of 40,000,000 shares of common stock under a registration statement covering shares of our common stock that may be issued under an equity purchase agreement with Southridge Partners II LP (“Southridge”). As of March 26, 2015, none of these registered shares have been sold. Sales of such shares into the public market by Southridge will dilute the ownership interest and share of any dividends declared by the Company and could depress the market price of our common stock.

 

Our issuance of additional common stock in exchange for services or to repay debt would dilute your proportionate ownership and voting rights and could have a negative impact on the market price of our common stock.

 

Our board of directors may, from time to time, approve the issuance of shares of common stock to pay for debt or services, without further approval by our stockholders based upon such factors as our board may deem relevant at that time. As of March 26, 2015, we had approximately $339,000 face amount of convertible debt outstanding. This debt, if not prepaid within 180 days after the date of the convertible note, is convertible into shares of our common stock at a 30% to 40% discount from the contractually defined trading price of our stock over a defined stock price measurement period which precedes the date of conversion. It is possible that we will issue additional securities to pay for services and reduce debt in the future.

 

Anti-dilution protection for George J. Coates, stock awards to our officers and directors and exercise of stock options will cause additional shares of our common stock to be issued which will dilute the ownership interest and share of dividends of existing shareholders.

 

We have granted stock options to officers, directors, consultants and advisers, which may be exercised and converted into shares of our common stock. In addition, we grant stock awards and provide for anti-dilution protection to key officers and directors which may be in the form of shares of common stock or instruments convertible into shares of common stock, including Series B Convertible Preferred Stock. At March 26, 2015, 1,273,187 shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock issued to key officers, which are also directors, each of which is convertible into 1,000 shares of common stock on the 2nd anniversary date after issuance, were issued and outstanding. The occurrence of these events will dilute the ownership interest and share of any dividends declared by the Company and could depress the market price of our common stock.

 

Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments.

 

Smaller reporting companies are not required to provide the information required by this item.

 

Item 2. Properties.

 

We own our executive offices and research and development facility, which is located in an approximately 29,000 square foot building on approximately 7 acres in Wall Township, New Jersey, approximately 60 miles outside of New York City.

 

In our research and development operations, we lease and utilize milling machines, lathes, grinders, hydraulic lifts and presses, tooling, a dynamometer, emission testing machines and computerized drafting and printing equipment. All such equipment is in good condition.

 

Item 3. Legal Proceedings.

 

We are currently not involved in any litigation that we believe could have a materially adverse effect on our financial condition or results of operations. There is no action, suit, proceeding, inquiry or investigation before or by any court, public board, government agency, self-regulatory organization or body pending or, to the knowledge of the executive officers of our company or any of our subsidiaries, threatened against or affecting our company, our common stock, any of our subsidiaries or of our company’s or our company’s subsidiaries’ officers or directors in their capacities as such, in which an adverse decision could have a material adverse effect.

 

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosure.

 

Not applicable.

 

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PART II

 

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

 

Market

Our common stock is traded on the OTC Pink Sheets under the ticker symbol COTE. The closing price of the common stock on March 25, 2015 was $0.004 per share. The high and low closing bid prices for trading of our stock for each of the quarters during 2014 and 2013 are as follows:

 

    1st Quarter   2nd Quarter   3rd Quarter   4th Quarter 
2014:                 
 High   $0.0600   $0.0500   $0.0398   $0.0300 
 Low   $0.0310   $0.0220   $0.0251   $0.0070 
2013:                     
High   $0.0600   $0.0748   $0.0590   $0.1200 
Low   $0.0175   $0.0106   $0.0250   $0.0300 

 

Holders

At March 26, 2015, the number of holders of record of our common stock was 740. Because shares of our common stock are held by depositaries, brokers and other nominees, the number of beneficial holders of our shares is substantially larger than the number of stockholders of record.

 

Recent Sales of Unregistered Securities

The following issuances of securities during the fourth quarter of 2014 were exempt from registration pursuant to Section 4(2), and Regulation D promulgated under the Securities Act. We made this determination based on the representations of the Investors which included, in pertinent part, that such Investors were “accredited investors” within the meaning of Rule 501 of Regulation D promulgated under the Securities Act, and that such Investors were acquiring our common stock, for investment purposes for their own respective accounts and not as nominees or agents, and not with a view to the resale or distribution thereof, and that the Investors understood that the shares of our common stock may not be sold or otherwise disposed of without registration under the Securities Act or an applicable exemption therefrom.

In a series of transactions, we issued an aggregate of convertible promissory notes to various investors and received net proceeds of $202,000. The nominal interest rate on these notes ranged from 5% to 12%. These notes are convertible into unregistered shares of our common stock at any time beginning six months after issuance. These convertible notes provided for conversion rates at discounts from the trading price of our common stock over a defined number of trading days leading up to the date of conversion (the “Market Price”). The discounts ranged from 30% to 40% of the Market Price.

 

In a series of transactions, an aggregate of $309,000 principal amount of convertible promissory notes, including accrued interest was converted by the holders into 32,146,389 unregistered shares of our common stock.

 

We sold 7,377,660 restricted shares of our common stock and 7,377,660 common stock warrants to purchase one share of our common stock at exercise prices ranging from $0.02 to $0.025 per share in consideration for $175,000 received from the son of Richard W. Evans, a director.

 

We issued 500,000 unregistered shares of common stock upon exercise of a stock purchase warrant and received net proceeds of $10,000 from the son of Richard W. Evans, a director.

 

Dividends

We have never declared or paid any cash dividends on shares of our common or preferred stock. We currently intend to retain earnings, if any, to fund the development and growth of our business and do not anticipate paying cash dividends in the foreseeable future. Our payment of any future dividends will be at the discretion of our board of directors after taking into account various factors, including our financial condition, operating results, cash needs and growth plans.

 

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Transfer Agent and Registrar

 

American Stock Transfer & Trust Company is currently the transfer agent and registrar for our common stock. Its address is 6201 15th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11219. Its phone number is (800) 937-5449.

 

Securities Authorized for Issuance under Equity Compensation Plans

 

2006 Stock Option and Incentive Plan 

 

Our 2006 Stock Option and Incentive Plan (the “2006 Stock Plan”) was adopted by our board of directors and by consent of George J. Coates, majority shareholder, was adopted by our shareholders. The 2006 Stock Plan provides for the grant of stock-based awards to employees, officers and directors of, and consultants or advisors to, the Company and its subsidiaries. Under the 2006 Stock Plan, we may grant options that are intended to qualify as incentive stock options (“incentive stock options”) within the meaning of Section 422 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), options not intended to qualify as incentive stock options (“non-statutory options”), restricted stock and other stock-based awards. Incentive stock options may be granted only to our employees. A total of 12,500,000 shares of common stock may be issued upon the exercise of options or other awards granted under the 2006 Stock Plan. The maximum number of shares with respect to which awards may be granted in any calendar year to any employee under the 2006 Stock Plan shall not exceed 25% of that number. All shares of common stock under this plan have been granted in the form of stock options.

 

2014 Stock Option and Incentive Plan

 

The Company established a 2014 Stock Option and Incentive Plan (the “2014 Stock Plan”) which was adopted by the Company’s board on May 30, 2014 and by our shareholders on February 27, 2015 by consent of George J. Coates in his capacity as the majority stockholder. The 2014 Stock Plan provides for the grant of stock-based awards to employees, officers and directors of, and consultants or advisors to, the Company and its subsidiaries, if any. Under the 2014 Stock Plan, the Company may grant ISO’s, non-statutory options, restricted stock and other stock-based awards. ISO’s may be granted only to employees of the Company. A total of 50,000,000 shares of common stock may be issued upon the exercise of options or other awards granted under the 2014 Stock Plan. The maximum number of shares with respect to which awards may be granted during any one year to any employee under the 2014 Stock Plan shall not exceed 25% of the 50,000,000 shares of common stock covered by the 2014 Stock Plan. At December 31, 2014, none of the shares of common stock authorized under the 2014 Stock Plan had been granted.

 

The 2006 Stock Plan and the 2014 Stock Plan (the “Stock Plans”) are administered by the board and the Compensation Committee. Subject to the provisions of the Stock Plans, the board and the Compensation Committee each has the authority to select the persons to whom awards are granted and determine the terms of each award, including the number of shares of common stock subject to the award. Payment of the exercise price of an award may be made in cash, in a “cashless exercise” through a broker, or if the applicable stock option agreement permits, shares of common stock, or by any other method approved by the board or Compensation Committee. Unless otherwise permitted by the Company, awards are not assignable or transferable except by will or the laws of descent and distribution.

 

Upon the consummation of an acquisition of the business of the Company, by merger or otherwise, the board shall, as to outstanding awards (on the same basis or on different bases as the board shall specify), make appropriate provision for the continuation of such awards by the Company or the assumption of such awards by the surviving or acquiring entity and by substituting on an equitable basis for the shares then subject to such awards either (a) the consideration payable with respect to the outstanding shares of common stock in connection with the acquisition, (b) shares of stock of the surviving or acquiring corporation or (c) such other securities or other consideration as the board deems appropriate, the estimated fair market value of which (as determined by the board in its sole discretion) shall not materially differ from the estimated fair market value of the shares of common stock subject to such awards immediately preceding the acquisition. In addition to or in lieu of the foregoing, with respect to outstanding stock options, the board may, on the same basis or on different bases as the board shall specify, upon written notice to the affected optionees, provide that one or more options then outstanding must be exercised, in whole or in part, within a specified number of days of the date of such notice, at the end of which period such options shall terminate, or provide that one or more options then outstanding, in whole or in part, shall be terminated in exchange for a cash payment equal to the excess of the estimated fair market value (as determined by the board in its sole discretion) for the shares subject to such Options over the exercise price thereof. Unless otherwise determined by the board (on the same basis or on different bases as the board shall specify), any repurchase rights or other rights of the Company that relate to a stock option or other award shall continue to apply to consideration, including cash, that has been substituted, assumed or amended for a stock option or other award pursuant to these provisions. We may hold in escrow all or any portion of any such consideration in order to effectuate any continuing restrictions.

 

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The board may at any time provide that any stock options shall become immediately exercisable in full or in part, that any restricted stock awards shall be free of some or all restrictions, or that any other stock-based awards may become exercisable in full or in part or free of some or all restrictions or conditions, or otherwise realizable in full or in part, as the case may be.

 

The board of directors or Compensation Committee may, in its sole discretion, amend, modify or terminate any award granted or made under the Stock Plan, so long as such amendment, modification or termination would not materially and adversely affect the participant.

 

The following table sets forth information with respect to our securities authorized for issuance as of March 26, 2015, under our 2006 and 2014 Stock Option and Incentive Plans:

   Number of securities to be issued upon exercise of outstanding options, rights and warrants   Weighted average exercise price of outstanding options, rights and warrants   Number of securities remaining available for future issuance under equity compensation plans (excluding securities reflected in column (a) 
   (a)   (b)   (c) 
Equity Compensation plans approved by security holders:   12,500,000   $0.1837    50,000,000 
Equity Compensation plans without approval by security holders   None    N/A    N/A 
Total   12,500,000   $0.1837    50,000,000 

 

No stock options or other stock-based awards have been granted under the 2014 Stock Option and Incentive Plan.

 

Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities.

 

None

 

Item 6. Selected Financial Data.

 

We are a smaller reporting company as defined by Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and are not required to provide the information under this item.

 

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

 

Background

We have completed development of the Coates spherical rotary valve engine technology. This technology has been successfully applied to natural gas fueled industrial electric power generator engines, automobile engines, residential generators and high performance racing car engines. We have also designed and retrofitted the CSRV® system technology into a diesel engine which is suitable for and can be applied to heavy trucks. During 2014, we invested our management time and resources in negotiating a US $100 million non-exclusive distribution sublicense with a China-based sales and distribution company that covers distribution in the territory of the Western Hemisphere. This license agreement was executed in February 2015. We also devoted substantial time to securing new working capital, research and development of the Hydrogen Reactor Technology, as discussed in more detail below and planning for a transition to large scale production in order to be properly positioned to take advantage of this technology as it achieves acceptance in the marketplace.

 

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In the fourth quarter of 2011, we identified cracks on the lower engine heads that resulted from a manufacturing defect by one of our suppliers. Based on our testing of the Gen Sets to confirm our resolution of this problem, we believe we have determined the cause of this cracked head condition. We are currently procuring new production parts and components in order to manufacture a limited number of Gen Sets intended for installation in end-user customer oil fields. Considering lead times on production parts already on order, we expect to complete production of this limited number of Gen Sets in the second quarter of 2015.

 

We continue to be engaged in new research and development activities in connection with applying this technology to other commercially feasible internal combustion engine applications and intend to manufacture engines and/or license the CSRV® system technology to third party Original Equipment Manufacturers (“OEM’s”) for multiple other applications and uses.

 

New Hydrogen Reactor Technology Owned by George J. Coates

 

George J. Coates has developed a hydrogen reactor, which rearranges H2O water molecules into HOH molecules also known as Hydroxy-Gas. The Hydroxy-Gas produced by the hydrogen reactor is then harvested for use as a type of fuel. Mr. Coates is continuing with development of this technology to enable the harvested Hydroxy-Gas to be utilized as the fuel source to power our patented CSRV® engines. Mr. Coates intends to continue with research and development of the next application of this technology in an attempt to power larger, industrial engines. However, at this time, the Hydrogen Reactor technology development has been temporarily deferred to enable the Company to focus on producing a limited number of Gen Sets. If successful, the Hydrogen Reactor technology will only require a ready supply of water and would be suitable for stationary engines and generators. Conventional internal combustion engines employing poppet valve assemblies require lubrication and would experience excessive heat and friction if powered with Hydroxy-Gas. This, in turn, would cause the engines to burn out in a rather short period of time. The materials and components of the CSRV® engines do not require such lubrication and their design enables them to operate relatively trouble-free on Hydroxy-Gas as the engine fuel. There can be no assurance that this technology can be developed successfully, or that if developed, it will be feasible to penetrate the internal combustion engine market with this technology. Applications for patent protection of this technology will be filed upon completion of the research and development. Although at this time no arrangements have been made between the Company and George J. Coates, owner of the techology, regarding licensing of the hydrogen reactor, Mr. Coates has provided his commitment to license this technology to the Company once the related patent protection is in place. Accordingly, the Company does not currently have any rights to manufacture, use, sell and distribute the Hydrogen Reactor technology, should it become commercially feasible to manufacture and distribute products powered by the Hydroxy-Gas fuel. The Company has been and continues to be responsible for all costs incurred related to the development of this technology.

 

Plan of Operation

 

Manufacturing, Sales and Distribution

We have completed development of the CSRV® system technology-based generator engine and are prepared to commence the production phase of our operations, provided we raise sufficient new working capital to first produce and field test a number of additional engine generators which incorporate our solution for the cracked heads. Initially, we intend to sell the engine generators to Almont Energy, Inc., (“Almont”) for (i) a license agreement covering the territory of Canada; and, (ii) certain rights to a license covering the territory of the United States. Almont is a privately held, independent third party entity based in Alberta, Calgary, Canada.

We intend to take advantage of the fact that essentially all the components of the CSRV® generator engine may be readily sourced and acquired from subcontractors, and, accordingly, expect to manufacture the engine generator by developing assembly lines within owned manufacturing facilities. We intend to initially commence production of Gen Sets on a small scale. This will enable us to prove our concept for the CSRV® system technology and we expect this will dovetail with the existing substantial demand in the marketplace. We plan to address this demand by establishing large scale manufacturing operations in the United States. We have already taken steps to identify a suitable size and appropriate location for a high capacity manufacturing plant. Transitioning to large scale manufacturing is expected to require a substantial increase in our work force and substantial capital expenditures.

Our ability to establish such manufacturing operations, recruit plant workers, finance initial manufacturing inventories and fund capital expenditures is highly dependent on our ability to successfully raise substantial new working capital in an amount and at a pace which matches our business plans. Potential sources of such new working capital include sales of our equity and/or debt securities through private placement, pursuing and entering into additional sublicensing agreements with Original Equipment Manufacturers (“OEM’s”) and/or distributors, positive working capital generated from sales of our CSRV® products to Almont and others once we raise sufficient new working capital and commence production. Although we have been successful in raising sufficient working capital to continue our ongoing operations, we have encountered very challenging credit and equity investment markets, and have not been able to raise sufficient new working capital to enable us to commence production of our CSRV® products. There can be no assurance that we will be successful in raising adequate new working capital or even any new working capital to carry out our business plans. The current economic environment, which is characterized by tight credit markets, investor uncertainty about how to safely invest funds and low investor confidence, has introduced additional risk and difficulty to our challenge to secure such additional working capital.

 

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Sublicensing

We plan to sublicense the CSRV® system technology to multiple OEM’s in order to take advantage of third party manufacturers’ existing production capacity and resources by signing OEM agreements.

In February 2015, we granted a non-exclusive distribution sublicense to Renown Power Development, Ltd., a China-based sales and distribution company (“Renown”) covering the territory defined as the Western Hemisphere. Under this sublicense, Renown will be permitted to sell, lease and distribute CSRV® products. This sublicense provides for payment of licensing fees amounting to US$100 million. We received an initial non-refundable deposit of $500,000 to date. In addition, after Renown receives an aggregate of US$10,000,000, it is required to pay us 25% of all funds it receives from any and all sources until the entire US$100 million licensing fee is paid in full. In the event that Renown completes one or more capital raises aggregating US$300 million or more, the then remaining unpaid balance of the US$100 million licensing fee shall become immediately due and payable.

As collateral for payment of the sublicensing fee, Coates Power, Ltd. an independent China-based manufacturing company that will produce CSRV® products in China (“Coates Power”) and Renown are to place shares of their capital stock representing a 25% ownership interest into an escrow account for the benefit of Coates International, Ltd. These shares of stock will be released from escrow and revert back to Coates Power and Renown only after the US$100 million sublicensing fee is paid in full. We do not have an ownership interest in Coates Power or Renown. Coates Power and Renown are controlled and managed by Mr. James Pang, our liaison agent in China.

Coates Power has agreed to initially source production parts and components from us. To date, we have sold Coates Power approximately US$131,000 in production parts and components in connection with their plan to manufacture two Gen Sets.

Significant Estimates

 

The preparation of our financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States requires our management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amount of assets and liabilities, disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. These significant estimates include determining the fair value of convertible promissory notes containing embedded derivatives as a result of variable conversion rate provisions, determining a value for Series A Preferred Stock and Series B Convertible Preferred Stock issued in connection with anti-dilution provisions in place, assigning useful lives to the Company’s property, plant and equipment, determining an appropriate amount to reserve for obsolete and slow moving inventory, providing a valuation allowance for deferred tax assets, assigning expected lives to and estimating the rate of forfeitures of stock options granted and selecting a volatility factor for the Company’s stock options in order to estimate the fair value of the Company’s stock options on the date of grant. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

 

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Results of Operations for the Years Ended December 31, 2014 and 2013

Our principal business activities and efforts during 2014 and 2013 were devoted to (i) negotiating a US $100 Million non-exclusive distribution license with Renown Power Development, Ltd., a China-based company which was consummated in February 2015, (ii) undertaking efforts to raise additional working capital in order to fund ongoing operations, (iii) developing plans for transitioning to large scale manufacturing in anticipation of our CSRV® system technology achieving widespread market acceptance, (iv) research and development of the Hydrogen Reactor Technology and (v) in the fourth quarter of 2014, preparing for production of a limited number of CSRV® Industrial Generator Sets in the United States, including procurement of parts.

 

Although we incurred substantial net losses for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 of ($12,789,868) and ($2,750,190), respectively, it is important to consider that a substantial portion of these losses resulted from non-cash expenses required to be recorded for financial reporting purposes in accordance with GAAP. These net losses should be considered in view of the fact that actual cash used in operating activities amounting to ($1,571,454) and ($795,186) in 2014 and 2013, respectively, was significantly less than these reported net losses. The differences between the reported net losses incurred in 2014 and 2013 and cash actually used in operating activities are described in detail in the section “Liquidity and Capital Resources”.

 

Revenue

 

There were no sales in 2014 and 2013.

 

Sublicensing fee revenue for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 amounted to $19,200 and $19,200, respectively. Sublicensing fees are being recognized by amortizing the license deposit of $300,000 on the Canadian License over the approximate remaining life of the last CSRV® technology patent in force.

 

Expenses

 

Marketing Expenses

 

Marketing expenses increased to $48,095 in 2014 from $3,205 in 2013 primarily due to fees paid to agents assisting us with negotiating non-exclusive distribution licenses for CSRV® technology products in China and Saudi Arabia. A $100 million distribution license in China was granted in February 2015 and negotiations in Saudi Arabia are ongoing.

 

Research and Development Expenses

 

Research and development activities in 2014 and 2013 were primarily related to the Hydrogen Reactor Project and continuing development of the production parts and components for CSRV® Industrial Gen Sets. Research and development expenses increased by $226,606 or 87% to $487,767 in 2014 from $261,161 in 2013. This net increase is primarily due to (i) a $164,500 increase in the amount of compensation and benefits allocated to research and development activities in 2014, (ii) a decrease in the amount of stock-based compensation expense allocated to research and development in 2014 of $14,500, and (iii) an increase in parts and materials utilized in research and development of $76,606.

 

Compensation and Benefits

 

Compensation and benefits increased to $10,400,971 in 2014 from $1,047,283 in 2013. This increase was due to an increase in stock-based compensation of $9,559,767 comprised of issuances of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock to George J. Coates, Gregory G. Coates and Barry C. Kaye for anti-dilution. This increase was partially offset by a decrease in salaries, wages and benefits of ($206,079) in 2014. This decrease primarily resulted from a $164,500 increase in the amount of salaries, wages and benefits allocated to and reported as research and development expenses and certain staff reductions.

 

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General and Administrative Expenses

 

General and administrative expenses decreased by ($35,089) to $575,235 in 2014 from $610,324 in 2013. This net decrease in 2014 was primarily related to decreases in legal and professional fees of ($64,397), patent maintenance costs of ($15,464), property taxes of ($11,166), printing and postage of ($10,004), office expenses of ($5,759) and investor relations expenses of ($5,333), partially offset by increases in financing costs of $42,941, repairs and maintenance of $9,085, utilities of $8,079, travel and entertainment expenses of $4,496, parts expense of $3,282, technology costs of $2,876, miscellaneous expenses of $2,492 and a net increase in all other expenses of $3,783.

 

In order to preserve our working capital, George J. Coates, Barry C. Kaye and Bernadette Coates have voluntarily agreed to defer payment of a portion of their compensation for certain periods in 2013 and 2014, which as of March 26, 2015, amounted to approximately $543,269, $91,525 and $140,945, respectively. This deferred compensation is intended to be paid when we are successful in our efforts to raise sufficient new working capital.

 

Depreciation and Amortization

 

Depreciation and amortization expense decreased to $64,920 in 2014 from $66,485 in 2013.

 

Loss from Operations

 

A loss from operations of ($11,557,788) was incurred in 2014 compared with a loss from operations of ($1,969,258) in 2013.

 

Other Expense

 

Increase in Estimated Fair Value of Embedded Liabilities 

 

The estimated fair value of embedded liabilities, which relates to outstanding convertible promissory notes, is remeasured at each balance sheet date. For the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, an expense was recorded to reflect the increase in the fair value of embedded liabilities of $109,105 and $210,390, respectively.

 

Loss on conversion of convertible notes

 

For the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, the Company realized a loss on conversion of convertible notes of $94,632 and $-0-, respectively.

 

Interest expense

 

Interest expense increased to $1,028,343 in 2014 from $570,542 in 2013. Interest expense in 2014 consisted of non-cash interest related to convertible promissory notes of $744,203, mortgage loan interest of $120,524, interest on promissory notes to related parties of $112,099, interest expense related to the sale/leaseback of equipment of $51,190 and net other interest of $327. Interest expense in 2013 consisted of non-cash interest related to convertible promissory notes of $301,116, mortgage loan interest of $116,034, interest on promissory notes to related parties of $127,993, interest expense related to the sale/leaseback of equipment of $20,906 and other interest of $4,493.

 

Deferred Taxes

 

In 2014 and 2013, the change in deferred taxes was fully offset by a valuation allowance, resulting in a $-0- net income tax provision.

 

Net Loss

 

For the year ended December 31, 2014, we incurred a net loss of ($12,789,868) or ($0.03) per share, as compared with net loss of ($2,750,190) or ($0.01) per share for 2013. Included in the net losses for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 was $11,150,317 and $1,203,976, respectively, of non-cash expenses, net of non-cash revenues.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Our cash position at December 31, 2014 was $263,526, an increase of $214,252 from the cash position of $49,274 at December 31, 2013. We had a working capital deficit of ($7,296,122) at December 31, 2014 which represents an increase in the deficit of ($2,218,295) compared to the ($5,077,827) of negative working capital at December 31, 2013. Our current liabilities of $7,651,796 at December 31, 2014, increased by $2,400,520 from $5,251,276 at December 31, 2013. This net increase primarily resulted from (i) a $962,367 net increase in promissory notes to related parties due to recognition of $1,462,093 due to Gregory G. Coates for funds advanced to the Company in the past, offset by repayment of $280,000 of promissory notes to related parties and conversion of $219,726 of such promissory notes into shares of common stock by George J. Coates, (ii) a $792,240 increase in deferred compensation consisting of a $475,000 increase to provide for the payment of income taxes for George J. Coates related to stock-based compensation and a $317,240 increase in deferred salaries for George J. Coates and Bernadette Coates, (iii) a $375,887 increase in the carrying amount of convertible notes, net of unamortized discount, (iv) a $109,105 net increase in the derivative liability related to convertible promissory notes and (v) an $18,791 increase in the current portion of a finance lease obligation, net of unamortized discount, partially offset by (i) a $281,170 decrease in accounts payable and accrued liabilities, (ii) a $65,000 principal repayment of the mortgage loan payable and (iii) conversion of a $10,000, 10% convertible note held by a director into shares of common stock.

 

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Operating activities utilized cash of ($1,571,454) for the year ended December 31, 2014, an increase of $776,268 from the cash utilized for operating activities of ($795,186) for the year ended December 31, 2013. Cash utilized by operating activities in the year ended December 31, 2014 resulted primarily from (i) a cash basis net loss of ($1,639,551) (after adding back non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $10,174,258, non-cash interest and amortization of discount on convertible notes and finance lease obligation of $736,622, a non-cash increase in embedded derivative liabilities related to convertible notes of $109,105, a non-cash loss on conversion of convertible notes of $94,632, depreciation and amortization of $64,920 and amortization of deferred financing costs of $10,246, partially offset by non-cash negotiated settlements of accounts payable of ($20,266) and recognition of non-cash licensing revenues of ($19,200); and (ii) a decrease in inventory of $64,478, an increase in deferred offering costs and other assets of ($32,451), a decrease of ($281,170) in accounts payable and accrued liabilities and an increase in deferred compensation payable of $317,240.

 

Cash generated from financing activities amounted to $1,785,706 in 2014. This was comprised of issuances of convertible promissory notes aggregating $995,583, proceeds of $515,000 from private sales of shares of common stock and common stock warrants to the son of Richard W. Evans, a deposit of $498,300, on a non-exclusive distribution license granted to a China-based sales and distribution company, proceeds of $161,636 from sales of common stock under an equity line of credit with Dutchess Opportunity Fund II, LP and proceeds from exercise of common stock purchase warrants by the son of Richard W. Evans amounting to $10,000, partially offset by repayments of promissory notes held by related parties of ($280,000), principal repayments of ($65,000) on the mortgage loan payable and payments of a finance lease obligation amounting to ($49,813).

 

Going Concern

 

We have incurred net recurring losses since inception, amounting to ($46,767,179), as of December 31, 2014 and had a stockholders’ deficiency of ($5,433,529). We will need to obtain additional working capital in order to continue to cover our ongoing cash expenses. In addition, the mortgage loan on our headquarters and research and development facility matures in July 2015.  The Company will be required to renegotiate the terms of an extension of the mortgage loan or successfully refinance the property with another mortgage lender, if possible. Failure to do so could adversely affect the Company’s financial position and results of operations.

 

These factors raise substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern. In addition, the current economic environment, which is characterized by tight credit markets, investor uncertainty about how to safely invest funds and low investor confidence, has introduced additional risk and difficulty to our challenge to secure needed additional working capital. Our Independent Registered Public Accountants have stated in their Auditor’s Report dated March 30, 2015 with respect to our financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2014 that these circumstances raise substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern.

 

During 2014, we restricted variable costs to only those expenses that are necessary to perform activities related to efforts to negotiate sublicenses for distribution of our CSRV® products, raising working capital to enable us to commence production of our CSRV® system technology products, research and development and general administrative costs in support of such activities.

 

During the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, we raised $2,180,519 and $993,149, respectively, of new working capital from issuances of convertible promissory notes, a deposit received on a sublicense in 2014, sales of our common stock and common stock warrants, issuances of promissory notes to related parties in 2013 and from exercise of common stock purchase warrants.

 

Our financial statements do not include any adjustments that might be necessary if the Company is unable to continue as a going concern.

 

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Additional Release Payments from Almont are currently due us amounting to $5,847,000 under the Escrow Agreement. At this time, Almont is unable to pay the balance due us until it raises sufficient new working capital. As a result, we have needed to rely on other sources for raising new working capital for our operations.

 

Sources of working capital and new funding being pursued by us include (i) sales of common stock and warrants in private transactions, (ii) issuances of promissory notes and convertible promissory notes, (iii) new equity investment and/or up front licensing fees from prospective new sublicensees and (iv) manufacturing and sales of CSRV® Units. There can be no assurance that we will be successful in securing any of these sources of additional funding. In this event, we may be required to substantially or completely curtail our operations, which could have a material adverse affect on our operations and financial condition.

 

At December 31, 2014, current liabilities were primarily comprised of promissory notes due to related parties aggregating $1,565,505, a $1,448,284 mortgage loan, $1,289,735 of legal and professional fees, deferred compensation of $1,079,904, the current portion of license deposits of $517,500, $500,905 of convertible promissory notes, an embedded derivative liability related to our convertible promissory notes of $475,695, net of unamortized discount, accrued interest expense of $373,954, accrued general and administrative expenses of $194,229, accrued research and development expenses of $114,859, the current portion of a finance lease obligation of $62,102, unearned revenue of $19,124 and accrued compensation and benefits of $10,000.

 

Contractual Obligations and Commitments

 

The following table summarizes our contractual obligations and commitments at December 31, 2014:

 

       Due Within 
   Total   2015   2016 
             
Promissory notes to related parties  $1,565,505   $1,565,505   $- 
Mortgage loan payable   1,448,284    1,448,284    - 
Deferred compensation   1,079,904    1,079,904    - 
Convertible promissory notes   695,843    575,426    120,417 
Finance lease obligation   93,680    71,426    22,254 
Settlement of litigation   10,000    10,000    - 
Total  $4,893,216   $4,750,545   $142,671 

 

Total non-cash compensation cost related to nonvested stock options at December 31, 2014 that has not been recognized was $6,556. This compensation expense will be recognized in the future over a remaining weighted average period of approximately 4 months.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

We have no off-balance sheet arrangements.

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

The Company’s significant accounting policies are presented in the Company’s notes to financial statements for the period ended December 31, 2014 which are contained in this filing, the Company’s 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K. The significant accounting policies that are most critical and aid in fully understanding and evaluating the reported financial results include the following:

 

The Company prepares its financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America. These principals require management 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 financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Management believes that these estimates are reasonable and have been discussed with the Board of Directors; however, actual results could differ from those estimates.

  

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Long-lived assets such as property, equipment and identifiable intangibles are reviewed for impairment whenever facts and circumstances indicate that the carrying value may not be recoverable.  When required, impairment losses on assets to be held and used are recognized based on the fair value of the asset.  The fair value is determined based on estimates of future cash flows, market value of similar assets, if available, or independent appraisals, if required.  If the carrying amount of the long-lived asset is not recoverable from its undiscounted cash flows, an impairment loss is recognized for the difference between the carrying amount and fair value of the asset.  When fair values are not available, the Company estimates fair value using the expected future cash flows discounted at a rate commensurate with the risk associated with the recovery of the assets.  We did not recognize any impairment losses for any periods presented.

 

Other significant estimates include determining the fair value of convertible promissory notes containing embedded derivatives and variable conversion rates, determining a value for Series A Preferred Stock and Series B Convertible Stock issued and certain limited anti-dilution rights granted to George J. Coates, assigning useful lives to the Company’s property, plant and equipment, determining an appropriate amount to reserve for obsolete and slow moving inventory, estimating a valuation allowance for deferred tax assets, assigning expected lives to, and estimating the rate of forfeitures of, stock options granted and selecting a trading price volatility factor for the Company’s common stock in order to estimate the fair value of the Company’s stock options on the date of grant or other appropriate measurement date. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

 

New Accounting Pronouncements

 

In August 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-15, “Presentation of Financial Statements - Going Concern (Subtopic 205-40)”, which was issued in order to provide guidance about management’s responsibility to evaluate whether there is substantial doubt about an entity’s ability to continue as a going concern and to provide related financial statement disclosures. It requires that management evaluate whether there are conditions or events, when considered in the aggregate, that raise substantial doubt about the entity’s ability to continue as a going concern within one year after the date of both the annual and interim financial statements (“Going Concern Doubt”). The evaluation should be based on relevant conditions and events that are known and reasonably knowable at the date of the financial statements. When such evaluation determines that Going Concern Doubt does exist, then management is required to consider whether or not it is probable that its plans to mitigate the Going Concern Doubt can be effective and timely to address the Going Concern Doubt. This update further provides disclosure requirements in the notes to financial statements both when such doubt is probable of being mitigated and when such doubt is not probable of being mitigated by management’s plans. This update is to become effective for annual and interim financial statements for fiscal years ending after December 15, 2016. As permitted thereunder, we have elected to implement this update early and it has been applied in the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2014 included in this Form 10-K. Early adoption did not have a material effect on our financial position or results of operations.

 

In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606)”, which amended the existing accounting standards for revenue recognition. This update is based on the principle that revenue should be recognized to depict the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. The Company is required to adopt this updated standard in the first quarter of fiscal 2018. Early adoption is not permitted. The amendments may be applied retrospectively to each prior period presented or retrospectively with the cumulative effect recognized as of the date of initial application. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of this update and the transition alternatives, however, at this time it does not expect it will have a material effect on the financial statements.

 

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In July 2013, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2013-11, “Income Taxes (Topic 740): Presentation of an Unrecognized Tax Benefit When a Net Operating Loss Carryforward, a Similar Tax Loss, or a Tax Credit Carryforward Exists”. This update requires that an unrecognized tax benefit, or a portion of an unrecognized tax benefit, should be presented in the financial statements as a reduction to a deferred tax asset for a net operating loss carryforward, a similar tax loss, or a tax credit carryforward, unless the net operating loss carryforward, a similar tax loss, or a tax credit carryforward is not available at the reporting date under applicable tax law or if the company does not intend to use the tax benefit towards the settlement of a disallowed tax position, if any. Adoption of this standard did not have a material effect on our financial statements.

 

Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk.

 

We are not required to provide the information required by this Item because we are a smaller reporting company.

 

Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.

 

Reference is made to the Financial Statements as of and for the Years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 beginning on page F-1.

 

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

 

None.

 

Item 9A. Controls and Procedures.

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

Pursuant to Rule 13a-15(b) under the 1934 Act, the Company carried out an evaluation, with the participation of our management, including the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) (the Company’s principal executive officer) and Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) (the Company’s principal financial and accounting officer), of the effectiveness of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures (as defined under Rule 13a-15(e) under the Exchange Act) as of the end of the period covered by this report. Based upon that evaluation, the Company’s CEO and CFO concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures are effective to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports that the Company files or submits under the Exchange Act, 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 the Company’s management, including the Company’s CEO and CFO, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

Management's Annual Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting.

 

The management of the Company is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting for the Company.  Our internal control system was designed to, in general, provide reasonable assurance to the Company’s management and board regarding the preparation and fair presentation of published financial statements, but because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements.  Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

 

Our management assessed the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2014.  The framework used by management in making that assessment was the criteria set forth in the document entitled “ Internal Control – Integrated Framework” issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. Based on that assessment, our management has determined that as of December 31, 2014, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting was effective for the purposes for which it is intended.

 

This annual report does not include an attestation report of the Company’s registered public accounting firm regarding internal control over financial reporting. Management's report was not subject to attestation by the Company's registered public accounting firm as we are a smaller reporting company and not required to provide the report.

 

Changes in Internal Controls over Financial Reporting

 

There were no changes in our internal controls over financial reporting that occurred during the fourth quarter of the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014 that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

Item 9B. Other Information.

 

None.

 

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PART III

Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance.

 

The following table lists the current members of our board of directors and our executive officers as of March 26, 2015. Our directors hold office until their successors have been duly elected and qualified. The address for our directors is c/o Coates International, Ltd., Highway 34 & Ridgewood Road, Wall Township, New Jersey 07719. There are no family relationships among members of our board or our executive officers, with the exception of Gregory G. Coates, who is the son of George J. Coates. The board of directors did not meet during the year ended December 31, 2014.

 

Name  Age   Position
        
George J. Coates   74   Director, Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President
         
Gregory G. Coates   44   Director, Secretary and President, Technology Division
         
Barry C. Kaye   61   Director, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
         
Jack Perkowski   66   Director *, **
         
Dr. Frank Adipietro   57   Director *, ***
         
Richard Whitworth   66   Director *, **, ***

  

* Serves as an independent director.

** Serves as a member of our audit committee.

*** Serves as a member of our compensation committee.

 

George J. Coates is our founder and, with the exception of a short period of time of less than one year, has served from the inception of the Company as a director, Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer.

 

George J. Coates has served two apprenticeships in Europe while attending the College of Technology in London, and as an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (“SAE”) where he received The City and Guilds of London for electrical and mechanical engineering. He is a former management director of SCR Motor Engineers of Europe and holds the certificate of Ministry of Transport in the United Kingdom. He worked as an engineer for Rolls Royce and Mercedes Benz, BLMC, Austin, and D. Napier. He holds approximately 300 patents worldwide on innovations and technologies, including the CSRV® system technology and a turbine engine, among others. He invented coolant disc brakes and a hydraulic suspension. Mr. Coates is a licensed inspector of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.

 

He has delivered lectures and presentations at:

 

  RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
  University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England
  Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, USA.

  

He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and SAE. He received awards in 1995 for achievement in designs in automotive engineering from the SAE. He also received awards in 2001 for outstanding achievements in Mechanical Engineering from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Mr. Coates has extensive experience in international corporate business and has developed many longtime associates and contacts in the business and scientific communities around the world.

 

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Gregory G. Coates became a director of the Company in October 2006, and had served as the Chairman of our Board of Directors until March 2007. In October 2006, he became our President – Technology Division. For more than twenty years, Gregory G. Coates has worked with us as a design engineer, working in research and development, designing and building the CSRV® system technology and adapting this technology to various existing applications. He created certain of our licensed inventions, and patented certain of them. Gregory G. Coates is an Associate Member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc., and a Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He graduated from the College of Technology in Ireland. He invented and patented the Multi Sequential Fuel Management System®, a vital component of our CSRV® engines and also holds patents on other innovative technologies.

 

Barry C. Kaye became a director of the Company in October 2006 and has been serving as our Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer since October 2006. Mr. Kaye is a Certified Public Accountant in both New York and New Jersey. Mr. Kaye served as Vice President, Finance from 2009 to 2010 for Results Media, LLC, a company that provided direct mail marketing services. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Kaye served as Vice President, Finance and Operations for Corporate Subscription Management Services, LLC, a company that processes orders as agent for various publishers. Since 1999, he has been serving as an Executive Business Consultant with BCK Business Consulting which provides various business consulting services to the business community. From 2004 to 2005, Mr. Kaye served as Corporate Controller of Development Corporation for Israel, a registered broker-dealer that distributes bonds of the government of Israel. He was the Vice President, Finance & Operations for Alliance Corner Distributors, Inc., a company engaged in sales and distribution of video games and other forms of digital entertainment media from 2003 to 2004. From 1987 to 1999, he served as Group Vice President, Finance at Sharp Electronics Corporation, a $3.5 billion company engaged in sales and distribution of consumer electronics, office equipment products and microelectronic components, where he was responsible for all finance and “back office” operations. From 1976 to 1987, Mr. Kaye worked for Arthur Andersen & Co. where he achieved the position of Senior Audit Manager. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as a member of the New York and New Jersey State Societies of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Kaye received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree, graduating with Cum Laude distinction from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

 

Jack Perkowski became a director of the Company in February 2015. He was also elected to serve as Chairman of our Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. Mr. Perkowski is widely recognized as an expert on doing business in China. Jack graduated Cum Laude from Yale University and with High Distinction from Harvard Business School where he was named a Baker Scholar. He spent eighteen years on Wall Street, rising to head of investment banking at PaineWebber. Jack demonstrated his visionary leadership by devoting three years investigating opportunities in Asia and China, well before others would learn to appreciate the significant role that China would come to play in the global economy. This led to the founding of ASIMCO Technologies, a major industrial enterprise, which he built and managed for fifteen years.

 

Under Jack’s leadership, ASIMCO gained a reputation for developing local management and integrating a broad based China operation into the global economy. ASIMCO grew into one of the largest automobile components manufacturers in China with 12,000 employees at 17 plants in 8 provinces. ASIMCO was twice named one of the “Ten Best Employers in China” in surveys conducted by Hewitt Associates and leading news organizations in Asia. In 2008, Jack was designated by China Auto News, as one of “30 Outstanding Entrepreneurs in China’s Auto Components Industry over the 30 Years of Economic Reform,” the only foreigner to receive this distinction.

 

He authored “Managing the Dragon: How I’m Building a Billion Dollar Business in China”, and provides timely insights into ongoing developments in the country on www.managingthedragon.com. His articles on China, its economy and developing a business in the country have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Huffington Post, Am Cham’s China Brief and Business Forum China. Jack is a frequent speaker to university and business school groups, corporate and industry conferences and leading professional organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Asia Society and the YPO, and has been interviewed on CNN, CNBC, Fox, BBC, NPR, and CCTV. Jack’s unique journey to China has been featured in many articles on the subject.

 

Jack serves on the Board of Directors of Credit First Financial Leasing Co., Inc., China’s first independent auto leasing company, and OC3 Entertainment, the leading provider of facial animation software in the world. Previously, Jack served on the Board of Directors and as the head of the Special Committee of NASDAQ listed Fushi Copperweld, Inc., the world’s leading bimetallic company, which went private in 2013. Jack is also a member of the China Advisory Council of Magna International, Inc., one of the largest suppliers to the auto industry, and a member of JP Morgan’s “China Expert Series.” Jack has also been named a Distinguished Speaker at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

 

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In April 2009, Jack founded JFP Holdings, a merchant banking firm focused on China, where he now serves as Managing Partner. JFP Holdings is headquartered in Beijing, has representatives in the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom, and was established to help Western companies bring their products, technology and know-how to China and assist Chinese companies with global expansion.

 

The JFP Holdings team includes management and investment professionals with deep experience in China and significant investment banking experience. JFP Holdings is uniquely positioned to assist Western companies develop their strategies for the China market and to help them implement and fund their China strategies. With its knowledge of both China and the world’s developed markets, JFP Holdings provides Chinese companies with value added advice on their overseas expansion plans.

 

Frank J. Adipietro became a director of the Company in October 2006. Dr. Adipietro earned an M.D. degree from Downstate Medical School, Brooklyn, New York. He has also earned an undergraduate degree from New York University, graduating with Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude distinction. He has been practicing in the area of anesthesia and interventional pain management for more than twenty years. He serves as President of the Medical Staff at Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenpoint, New York since 2009 and serves on numerous hospital committees. He was affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY for more than ten years in the field of anesthesiology.

 

Richard Whitworth became a director of the Company in October 2006. Mr. Whitworth earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida and has completed extensive post-graduate coursework and seminars in Law, Public Administration, Health Policy, Finance, Criminal Justice, Social Work and Education. He has been serving as the president of the Whitworth Group Inc. for more than the past 20 years. The Whitworth Group specializes in governmental and public relations, organizational development and financial services. Prior to that, he was the Director for the DWI Program Office for the Florida Supreme Court from 1979 to 1987. From 1976 to 1978 he was the Director of Prevention for the Florida Association Drug Abuse Treatment and Education Centers, Inc. From 1974 to 1976 he served as Specialist, Health and Mental Health, Aging Program Office for the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Services. Prior to that, he was the Director of Prevention for the Drug Abuse Program under the direction of the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Services.

 

Family Relationships

 

George J. Coates is the father of Gregory G. Coates. Bernadette Coates, the spouse of George J. Coates, is employed as an administrative manager of the Company. No other family relationships exist between the directors and executive officers of the Company.

 

Board Committees

 

Our board of directors established an audit committee and a compensation committee in October 2006. All of the members of each of these standing committees are independent as defined under NASDAQ rules and, in the case of the audit committee, the independence requirements contemplated by Rule 10A-3 under the Securities Exchange Act.

 

Audit Committee

 

Jack Perkowski is the Chairman and Richard Whitworth is a member of the audit committee. The audit committee’s responsibilities include: appointing, approving the compensation of, and assessing the independence of our independent auditor;  overseeing the work of our independent auditor, including receipt and consideration of reports from the independent auditor;  reviewing and discussing with management and our independent auditor our annual and quarterly financial statements and related disclosures;  monitoring our internal control over financial reporting, disclosure controls and procedures, and code of business conduct and ethics;  discussing our risk management policies; establishing policies regarding hiring employees from our independent auditor and procedures for the receipt and retention of accounting related complaints and concerns; meeting independently with our independent auditor and management; and preparing the audit committee report required by SEC rules to be included in our proxy statements, if any.

 

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All audit services and all non-audit services, except de minimis non-audit services, must be approved in advance by the audit committee.

 

Our board of directors has determined that it does not have a member of its audit committee that qualifies as an "audit committee financial expert" as defined in Item 407(d)(5)(ii) of Regulation S-K, and is "independent" as the term is used in Item 7(d)(3)(iv) of Schedule 14A under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. We have not been able to identify a qualified audit committee financial expert to serve in such capacity.

 

During each of the two years ended December 31, 2014, the Audit Committee held one audit committee meeting. In connection with the audit of our financial statements as of and for each of the two years ended December 31, 2014 by Cowan, Gunteski & Co., P.A., our Independent Public Accounting Firm, our audit committee has communicated with Cowan, Gunteski & Co., P.A. regarding the matters required to be discussed by the Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61 as adopted by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in Rule 3200T. In addition, the audit committee has received the written disclosures and the letter from Cowan, Gunteski & Co., P.A. required by Independence Standards Board Standard No. 1 as adopted by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in Rule 3600T and has discussed with Cowan, Gunteski & Co., P.A. their independence.

 

The audit committee has reviewed and discussed our audited financial statements as of and for each of the two years ended December 31, 2014 with management and based on this review and discussion has recommended to the board of directors that such audited financial statements be included in this annual report on Form 10-K for filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Compensation Committee

 

Dr. Frank J. Adipietro and Richard Whitworth serve on the compensation committee. The compensation committee’s responsibilities include:     

 

  annually reviewing and approving corporate goals and objectives relevant to compensation of our chief executive officer;   
  determining the compensation of our chief executive officer;   
  reviewing and approving, or making recommendations to our board of directors with respect to the compensation of our other executive officers;   
  overseeing an evaluation of our senior executives;   
  overseeing and administering our cash and equity incentive plans; and   
reviewing and making recommendations to our board with respect to director compensation.

 

The Compensation Committee did not meet during the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013.

 

Corporate Governance

 

We believe that good corporate governance is important to ensure that, as a public company, we will manage for the long-term benefit of our stockholders. In that regard, we have established and adopted charters for the audit committee and compensation committee, as well as a code of business conduct and ethics applicable to all of our directors, officers and employees. Our code of business conduct and ethics can be viewed on our website at www.coatesengine.com.

 

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

 

George J. Coates, Gregory G. Coates and Barry C. Kaye are executive officers and members of our board of directors. None of our executive officers serves as a member of our compensation committee, audit committee or other committee serving an equivalent function. None of the current members of the compensation committee of our board have ever been employed by us.

 

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Liability Limitations and Indemnification

 

The following description is intended as a summary only and is qualified in its entirety by reference to our amended and restated charter and amended and restated by-laws incorporated by reference as exhibits into this report. We refer in this section to our amended and restated charter as our charter, and we refer to our amended and restated by-laws as our by-laws.

 

Our charter and by-laws limit the liability of directors to the maximum extent permitted by Delaware law. Delaware law provides that directors of a corporation will not be personally liable for monetary damages for breach of their fiduciary duties as directors, except liability for:     

 

any breach of their duty of loyalty to the corporation or its stockholders;
acts or omissions that are not in good faith or that involve intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law;
unlawful payments of dividends or unlawful stock repurchases or redemptions; or
any transaction from which a director derived an improper personal benefit.

 

The limitations do not apply to liabilities arising under the federal securities laws and do not affect the availability of equitable remedies, including injunctive relief or rescission.

 

Our charter and by-laws provide that we will indemnify our directors and officers, and may indemnify other employees and agents, to the maximum extent permitted by law. We believe that indemnification under our by-laws covers at least negligence and gross negligence on the part of indemnified parties. Our by-laws also permit us to secure insurance on behalf of any officer, director, employee or agent for any liability arising out of actions taken in his or her capacity as an officer, director, employee or agent, regardless of whether the by-laws would permit indemnification.

 

Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to our directors, officers and controlling persons under our charter or by-laws or the indemnification agreements we have entered into with our directors and officers, we have been advised that in the opinion of the SEC, this indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable.

 

Involvement in Certain Legal Proceedings

 

We are currently not involved in any litigation that we believe could have a materially adverse effect on our financial condition or results of operations. There is no action, suit, proceeding, inquiry or investigation before or by any court, public board, government agency, self-regulatory organization or body pending or, to the knowledge of the executive officers of our company or any of our subsidiaries, threatened against or affecting our company, our common stock, any of our subsidiaries or of our company’s or our company’s subsidiaries’ officers or directors in their capacities as such, in which an adverse decision could have a material adverse effect.

 

To the best of our knowledge, none of our directors or executive officers has, during the past ten years:

 

been convicted in a criminal proceeding or been subject to a pending criminal proceeding (excluding traffic violations and other minor offenses);
had any bankruptcy petition filed by or against the business or property of the person, or of any partnership, corporation or business association of which he was a general partner or executive officer, either at the time of the bankruptcy filing or within two years prior to that time;

 

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been subject to any order, judgment, or decree, not subsequently reversed, suspended or vacated, of any court of competent jurisdiction or federal or state authority, permanently or temporarily enjoining, barring, suspending or otherwise limiting, his involvement in any type of business, securities, futures, commodities, investment, banking, savings and loan, or insurance activities, or to be associated with persons engaged in any such activity;
been found by a court of competent jurisdiction in a civil action or by the Securities and Exchange Commission or the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to have violated a federal or state securities or commodities law, and the judgment has not been reversed, suspended, or vacated;
been the subject of, or a party to, any federal or state judicial or administrative order, judgment, decree, or finding, not subsequently reversed, suspended or vacated (not including any settlement of a civil proceeding among private litigants), relating to an alleged violation of any federal or state securities or commodities law or regulation, any law or regulation respecting financial institutions or insurance companies including, but not limited to, a temporary or permanent injunction, order of disgorgement or restitution, civil money penalty or temporary or permanent cease-and-desist order, or removal or prohibition order, or any law or regulation prohibiting mail or wire fraud or fraud in connection with any business entity; or
been the subject of, or a party to, any sanction or order, not subsequently reversed, suspended or vacated, of any self-regulatory organization (as defined in Section 3(a)(26) of the Exchange Act), any registered entity (as defined in Section 1(a)(29) of the Commodity Exchange Act), or any equivalent exchange, association, entity or organization that has disciplinary authority over its members or persons associated with a member.

 

Item 11. Executive Compensation.

 

The following table sets forth the compensation of specified executive officers and directors for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013:

 

Summary Compensation Table

 

Name and Principal
Position
  Year   Salary   Stock Option Awards   Anti-dilution and Stock Awards    Compensatory Award    All Other
Compensation
   Total 
                                 

George J. Coates

Chief Executive Officer

   2014   $250,000(1)  $-   $7,988,990(2)   $ 950,000(4)    $15,700(5)  $9,204,690 
and President   2013    250,000(1)   -    170,363(3)      -     17,129(5)   437,492 
                                       

Barry C. Kaye

Chief Financial Officer

   2014    -    9,837(6)   44,144(7)      -     170,000(8)   223,981 
and Treasurer   2013    -    4,200(6)   -       -     40,000(8)   44,200 
                                       

Gregory G. Coates

President, Technology

   2014    155,769(9)   9,837(10)   607,071(11)      -     21,288(5)   793,965 
Division   2013    150,000    -    -       -     19,294(5)   169,294 

  

(1)For the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, George J. Coates was paid $-0- and $19,231 of this salary amount, respectively, and $250,000 and $230,769, respectively, of his salary was deferred until such time that we have sufficient working capital to pay such deferred compensation.
   
(2)During the year ended December 31, 2014, George J. Coates received anti-dilution and stock awards consisting of the following: 90,191 shares of Series A Preferred Stock with an estimated fair value of $169,452 granted and issued pursuant to an anti-dilution agreement and a stock award. He also received compensation with an estimated value of $2,793,992 representing the incremental value of 181,664 shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock received upon conversion of 181,664 shares of Series A Preferred Stock. In addition, 360,269 shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock with an estimated fair value of $5,025,545 were granted and issued to George J. Coates, pursuant to an anti-dilution agreement.
   
(3)During the year ended December 31, 2013, Mr. Coates was awarded 68,590 unregistered shares of the Company’s Series A Preferred Stock for anti-dilution protection related to new shares of common stock issued in 2013. The estimated fair value of these shares was $170,363.
   
  (4)During the year ended December 31, 2014, Mr. Coates was granted an award of $950,000 in the form of a non-interest bearing promissory note to compensate him for the lost benefits of ownership of the Company's headquarters research and development and warehouse facility subsequent to the date he contributed this property to the Company.

 

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(5)Other compensation for George J. Coates and Gregory G. Coates consisted of health, dental and life insurance for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013.
   
(6)During the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 we granted 351,500 and 100,000 common stock options with an exercise price of $0.028 and $0.042 per share, respectively, to Barry C. Kaye. The estimated fair value of these stock options on the date of grant was $9,837 and $4,200, respectively. The stock options granted in 2014 will become fully vested in April 2015 and expire in 2029 and the stock options granted in 2013 became fully vested in April 2014 and expire in 2028.
   
(7)During the year ended December 31, 2014, 2,976 shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock with an estimated fair value of $44,144 were granted and issued to Barry C. Kaye, pursuant to an anti-dilution agreement.
   
(8)During the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, Barry C. Kaye was paid compensation of $170,000 and $40,000, respectively. For the year ended December 31, 2014, Mr. Kaye earned compensation of $78,000 which was not paid and is being deferred until the Company has sufficient working capital to remit payment to him. This amount is included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities in the Company's balance sheet at December 31, 2014.
   
(9)Includes salary paid to Gregory G. Coates for vacation earned, but not taken.
   
(10)During the year ended December 31, 2014 we granted 351,500 common stock options with an exercise price of $0.028 per share to Gregory G. Coates. The estimated fair value of these stock options on the date of grant was $9,837. The stock options granted in 2014 will become fully vested in April 2015 and expire in 2029.
   
(11)During the year ended December 31, 2014, 40,593 shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock with an estimated fair value of $607,071 were granted and issued to Gregory G. Coates, pursuant to an anti-dilution agreement.

 

Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year End

 

The following table presents the outstanding equity awards to our executives as of December 31, 2014:

 

Name  Number of Securities Underlying Unexercised Options that are Exercisable   Number of Securities Underlying Unexercised Options that are Unexercisable   Equity Incentive Plan Awards: Number of Securities Underlying Unexercised Unearned Options   Exercise Price   Option Expiration Date 
George J. Coates   1,000,000    -    -   $0.440    10/23/2021 
    50,000    -    -    0.430    11/3/2024 
    275,000    -    -    0.400    11/18/2025 
    1,800,000    -    -    0.250    7/26/2026 
    1,815,000    -    -    0.060    6/24/27 
Gregory G. Coates   500,000    -    -    0.440    10/23/2021 
    1,800,000    -    -    0.240    8/8/2026 
    -    351,500(1)   -    0.028    4/30/2029 
Barry C. Kaye   125,000    -    -    0.440    10/17/2021 
    100,000    -   -    0.042    12/9/2028 
    -    351,500(1)   -    0.028    4/30/2029 

 

  (1) These stock options shall become fully vested on April 30, 2015.

 

Vesting of the stock options is subject to acceleration under certain circumstances in the event of an acquisition of the Company.

 

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Director Compensation

 

A compensation program was adopted by the board of directors which provides for compensation to our directors in the amount of $1,000 per day, plus reasonable travel expenses. This compensation plan further provides for the granting of stock options to our non-employee directors from time to time under our 2014 Stock Option and Incentive Plan to purchase our common stock at an exercise price equal to the quoted closing price of our common stock on the day prior to the date of grant.

 

We did not pay any compensation to our non-employee directors for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013.

 

Employment contracts, termination of employment and change-in-control arrangements

 

There are currently no employment contracts with any of our employees and there have been no terminations or change-in-control arrangements.

 

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

 

The following table sets forth information with respect to the beneficial ownership of our common stock as of March 26, 2015 for:     

 

  each of our executive officers and directors;   
all of our executive officers and directors as a group; and
any other beneficial owner of more than 5% of our outstanding common stock.

 

Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with the rules of the SEC. These rules generally attribute beneficial ownership of securities to persons who possess sole or shared voting power or investment power with respect to those securities and include ordinary shares issuable upon the exercise of stock options that are immediately exercisable or exercisable within 60 days. Except as otherwise indicated, all persons listed below have sole voting and investment power with respect to the shares beneficially owned by them, subject to applicable community property laws. The information is not necessarily indicative of beneficial ownership for any other purpose.

 

Percentage ownership calculations are based on 577,932,422 shares outstanding as of March 26, 2015. Addresses of named beneficial owners are c/o Coates International, Ltd., Highway 34 & Ridgewood Road, Wall Township, New Jersey 07719.

 

   Beneficial Ownership 
           Shares Beneficially Owned 
   Outstanding Shares
Beneficially
   Right to Acquire Within 60 Days After March 26,         
Name of Beneficial Owner  Owned   2015   Number   Percentage 
                     
George J. Coates   260,478,267(1)(2)   4,940,000    265,418,267    45.35%
                     
Gregory G. Coates   14,032,520(3)   2,300,000    16,332,520    2.80%
                     
Dr. Frank Adipietro   3,735,364    827,000    4,562,364    0.78%
                     
Barry C. Kaye   1,300,358(4)   225,000    1,525,358    0.26%
                     
Richard Whitworth   -    25,000    25,000    0.00%
                     
Jack Perkowski   -    -    -    0.00%
                     
All executive officers and directors as a group (6 persons)   279,546,509    8,317,000    287,863,509    49.19%

 

(1)Includes 1,956,960 shares owned by Mr. Coates' spouse and 1,165,507 shares owned by The Coates Trust, a trust controlled by George J. Coates as Trustee. Beneficial ownership of these shares is disclaimed by George J. Coates.

 

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(2)As of March 26, 2015, George J. Coates owns 50,000 shares of Series A Preferred Stock and 1,182,590 shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock which entitles him to 500,000,000 and 1,182,590,000 votes, respectively, which when added to the votes from shares of common stock he holds brings his total number of votes at all matters brought before the common stockholders for a vote to 1,943,068,237, which represents an aggregate voting interest of 82.68%. Each share of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock becomes convertible into 1,000 shares of our common stock on the second anniversary of the date the shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock were issued.

 

(3)As of March 26, 2015, Gregory G. Coates owns 84,207 shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock which entitles him to 84,207,000 votes, which when added to the votes from shares of common stock he holds brings his total number of votes at all matters brought before the common stockholders for a vote to 98,239,520, which represents an aggregate voting interest of 4.18%. Each share of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock becomes convertible into 1,000 shares of our common stock on the second anniversary of the date the shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock were issued.

 

(4)As of March 26, 2015, Barry C. Kaye owns 6,390 shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock which entitles him to 6,390,000 votes, which when added to the votes from shares of common stock he holds brings his total number of votes at all matters brought before the common stockholders for a vote to 7,690,358, which represents an aggregate voting interest of 0.33%. Each share of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock becomes convertible into 1,000 shares of our common stock on the second anniversary of the date the shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock were issued.

 

Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence.

 

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions

 

A related person is defined as any person who is (1) a director or executive officer of the registrant, (2) any nominee for director, (3) any immediate family member of a director or executive officer of the registrant or of any nominee for director, (4) any person who is known to the Company to be the beneficial owner of more than 5% of any class of the registrant’s voting securities and (5) any immediate family of any person who is known to the Company to be the beneficial owner of more than 5% of any class of the registrant’s voting securities.

 

Promissory Notes to Related Parties

 

Promissory Notes due to George J. Coates

 

During the year ended December 31, 2013, the Company issued, in a series of transactions, promissory notes to George J. Coates and received cash proceeds of $105,000. During the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, the Company repaid promissory notes to George J. Coates in the aggregate principal amount of $200,000 and $67,000, respectively. The promissory notes are payable on demand and provide for interest at the rate of 17% per annum, compounded monthly.

 

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During the period from March 28, 1991 through April 15, 1994, Mr. Coates made cash outlays of his own personal funds to acquire the Company’s headquarters, research and development and warehouse facility amounting to $950,000. Mr. Coates contributed this property to the Company and did not receive any consideration for this contribution. At that time, the $950,000 purchase price was added to the Company’s additional paid-in capital. Mr. Coates has been anticipating that these monies would be repaid to him at such time that the Company had sufficient working capital for this purpose. On April 28, 2014, the board of directors adopted a resolution to make a compensatory award of $950,000 in the form of a non-interest bearing promissory note payable on demand due to Mr. Coates. The intent of this resolution was to compensate Mr. Coates for his lost benefits of ownership of the Company’s headquarters, research and development and warehouse facility subsequent to the date he contributed this property. Mr. Coates offered to apply this amount towards the purchase of additional shares of the Company’s common stock.

 

On April 29, 2014, the board of directors adopted another resolution to convert this non-interest bearing demand loan in the amount of $950,000, along with $50,000 of interest bearing, 17% promissory notes due to Mr. Coates into shares of the Company’s common stock, bringing the total amount converted to $1 million. The conversion price per share was determined to be equal to the closing trading price of the common stock on April 29, 2014. The closing trading price on that date was $0.0252 per share. As a result of this resolution, 39,682,540 restricted shares of common stock were issued to Mr. Coates as of April 29, 2014.

 

In addition, during May 2014, by mutual consent between Mr. Coates and the Company, the remaining $370,000 principal amount of the promissory notes due to Mr. Coates was converted into restricted shares of common stock of the Company at the closing price per share of $0.029 on May 30, 2014. These promissory notes arose from cash lent to the Company for working capital purposes from Mr. Coates’ personal funds. As a result, the Company issued 12,749,162 shares of restricted common stock to Mr. Coates. In September 2014, by mutual consent between Mr. Coates and the Company, a $200,000 portion of the transaction converting promissory notes to common stock was rescinded. Accordingly, 6,896,552 shares of common stock were returned, cancelled and restored to authorized, unissued status and $200,000 of promissory notes due to Mr. Coates was reinstated as a liability.

 

Promissory Note Issued to Gregory G. Coates

 

In a series of payments during the period from August 21, 1995 to February 14, 1996, Gregory G. Coates, President, Technology Division, director, and son of George J. Coates, made cash outlays from his own personal funds on behalf of the Company in an amount which aggregated $1,462,000 to provide needed working capital to the Company in order for it to continue its operations. Gregory G. Coates contributed these funds to the Company and did not receive any consideration for this contribution. At that time, the $1,462,000 of cash outlays was added to the Company’s additional paid-in capital. Gregory G. Coates has been anticipating that these monies would be repaid to him at such time that the Company had sufficient working capital for this purpose. Gregory G. Coates has requested that this amount of additional paid-in capital be converted into a non-interest bearing promissory note. On April 28, 2014, the board of directors adopted a resolution to convert $1,462,000 of additional paid-in capital of the Company into a non-interest bearing promissory note payable on demand, due to Gregory G. Coates.

 

Promissory Notes Issued to Bernadette Coates

 

During the year ended December 31, 2013 the Company issued, in a series of transactions, promissory notes to Bernadette Coates, spouse of George J. Coates and received cash proceeds of $68,000. During the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 the Company repaid promissory notes in the aggregate principal amount of $80,000 and $10,000, respectively. The promissory notes were payable on demand and provided for interest at the rate of 17% per annum, compounded monthly.

 

10% Convertible Note with a Related Party

 

In June 2014, a 10% promissory note with a balance due of $17,000, including accrued interest thereon, held by Dr. Michael J. Suchar, director, was converted into 612,664 restricted shares of common stock at a conversion price equal to the closing price of the common stock on the date of conversion of $0.0285 per share.

 

Share Issuances - Common Stock

 

In a series of transactions throughout the year ended December 31, 2014, the Company made private sales, pursuant to stock purchase agreements of 16,456,076 unregistered shares of its common stock and 16,456,076 common stock warrants to purchase one restricted share of its common stock at exercise prices ranging from $0.02 to $0.04 per share in consideration for $515,000 received from the son of Dr. Richard W. Evans, a director. The proceeds were used for general working capital.

 

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In a series of transactions throughout the year ended December 31, 2013, we sold 4,666,666 restricted shares of our common stock and 5,666,668 warrants to purchase one share of our common stock at exercise prices ranging from $0.015 to $0.04 per share in consideration for $125,000 received from the son of Richard W. Evans, a director.

 

As discussed above under “Promissory Notes to Related Parties”, in two transactions during April and May, 17% promissory notes due to George J. Coates having a principal balance of $420,000 were converted into 14,733,289 restricted shares of common stock at an average price per share of $0.0285. In August 2014, the conversion of $200,000 of these 17% promissory notes was rescinded.

 

As discussed above under “Promissory Notes to Related Parties”, a non-interest bearing promissory note due to George J. Coates in the principal amount of $950,000 was converted into 37,698,413 restricted shares of common stock at an average price per share of $0.0252.

 

In a series of transactions in 2013, the Company issued 14,142,085 unregistered shares of its common stock to George J. Coates for anti-dilution protection related to new shares of common stock issued in 2013. The estimated value of these shares, based on the closing trading price of the stock on the dates of the issuances was $429,613. On August 30, 2013, these shares were voluntarily returned to the Company for cancellation, upon which the shares were restored to the authorized, unissued status.

 

In January 2013, the Company issued 20,895,046 unregistered shares of its common stock to George J. Coates in satisfaction of a deferred compensation liability consisting of 20,275,046 shares for anti-dilution protection for the year ended December 31, 2012 and a 620,000 share stock award originally granted in 2011. The value of these shares, based on the closing trading price on the dates of the anti-dilution or the date of the stock award was $1,761,000, of which $1,674,000 and $87,000 was charged to stock compensation expense during the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. On August 30, 2013, these shares were voluntarily returned to the Company for cancellation, upon which the shares were restored to the authorized, unissued status.

 

Share Issuances - Series A Preferred Stock

 

During the period from January 1, 2014 to July 2, 2014, and during the year ended December 31, 2013, 40,191 and 68,590 shares, respectively, of Series A were granted and issued to George J. Coates pursuant to this anti-dilution agreement. On July 3, 2014 all of the 181,664 shares of Series A previously issued to George J. Coates were converted into shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value per share (“Series B”). At the same time, the aforementioned anti-dilution protection for Mr. Coates, pursuant to which shares of Series A may be issued, was cancelled and replaced with a new anti-dilution protection arrangement which involves the issuance of shares of Series B. On August 1, 2014, 50,000 shares of Series A with an estimated fair value of $69,000 were issued to George J. Coates as an inducement to him to consider future offers from investors to acquire substantial ownership interests in the Company as a means of raising substantial new working capital for the Company. At December 31, 2014, Mr. Coates held all 50,000 shares of Series A outstanding, which entitle him to 500 million votes in addition to his voting rights from the shares of common stock and the shares of Series B he holds.

 

Share Issuances - Series B Convertible Preferred Stock

 

On July 3, 2014, the board of directors consented to (i) the conversion of all of the 181,664 shares of Series A held by George J. Coates into shares of Series B at a conversion rate of one share of Series B for each share of Series A, (ii) an anti-dilution award of an additional 75,000 shares of Series B to Mr. Coates; and (iii) a modified anti-dilution plan, effective as of July 3, 2014 (the “Modified Plan”) for George J. Coates.

 

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The anti-dilution award of an additional 75,000 shares of Series B to Mr. Coates was determined to be the number of shares of Series B required to restore Mr. Coates’ ownership percentage of outstanding common stock on a pro forma basis to 78%, assuming all of the Series B shares were converted into common stock. The ownership percentage of 78% represents the percentage of outstanding common stock that Mr. Coates originally held at December 31, 2002.

 

Under the Modified Plan, for each new share of common stock issued by the Company to non-Coates family members in the future, additional shares of Series B will be issued to Mr. Coates equal to that number of shares of Series B required to maintain his ownership percentage of outstanding shares of common stock outstanding on a pro forma basis, at 78%.

 

These anti-dilution provisions do not apply to new shares of common stock issued in connection with exercises of employee stock options, a secondary public offering of the Company’s securities or a merger or acquisition.

 

On July 28, 2014, the board of directors consented to an anti-dilution program which provides that shares of Series B be issued to Gregory G. Coates whenever new shares of common stock are issued to non-Coates family members in order to maintain his ownership percentage of common stock at 5.31% of the pro forma number of shares of common stock outstanding, assuming all shares of Series B were converted to common stock. This was his percentage ownership of common stock at December 31, 2002.

 

On July 28, 2014, the board of directors consented to an anti-dilution program which provides that shares of Series B be issued to Barry C. Kaye whenever new shares of common stock are issued to non-Coates family members in order to maintain his ownership percentage of common stock at 0.04157% of the pro forma number of shares of common stock outstanding, assuming all shares of Series B were converted to common stock. This was the weighted average percentage ownership of common stock he purchased, based on the number of shares of common stock outstanding on each date he acquired additional shares of common stock.

 

The issuance of these shares of Series B to Gregory G. Coates and Barry C. Kaye triggered the issuance of an additional 115,006 shares of Series B to George J. Coates, in accordance with the anti-dilution program in effect for George J. Coates.

 

Under this new anti-dilution Plan, for each new share of common stock issued by the Company to non-Coates family members in the future, additional shares of Series B will be issued to Gregory G. Coates and Barry C. Kaye equal to that number of shares of Series B required to maintain their ownership percentage of outstanding shares of common stock outstanding on a pro forma basis, at 5.31% and 0.04157, respectively.

 

As a result of the new anti-dilution arrangements put into place during 2014, the number of shares of Series B outstanding at December 31, 2014 totaled 585,502 consisting of 541,933, 40,593 and 2,976 shares held by George J. Coates, Gregory G. Coates and Barry C. Kaye, respectively. Each share of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock becomes convertible into 1,000 shares of common stock at any time after the second anniversary after the date of issuance.

 

Stock Option Grants

 

During the year ended December 31, 2014, options to purchase 351,500 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $0.028 per share were granted to Gregory G. Coates. The stock options will fully vest in April 2015. The estimated fair value of stock options granted was $9,837.

 

During the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, options to purchase 351,500 and 100,000 shares of common stock, respectively, at an exercise price of $0.028 and $0.042 per share, respectively were granted to Barry C. Kaye. The stock options granted in 2014 will fully vest in April 2015 and the stock options granted in 2013 became fully vested in December 2014. The estimated fair value of stock options granted for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, were $9,837 and $4,200, respectively.

 

Compensation

 

For the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, George J. Coates earned base compensation of $250,000 and $250,000, respectively. Payment of $250,000 and $230,769, respectively, of these amounts is being deferred until the Company has sufficient working capital.

 

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For the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, Bernadette Coates, spouse of George J. Coates, earned base compensation of $67,240 and $56,895, respectively, payment of which is being deferred until the Company has sufficient working capital.

 

For the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, Gregory G. Coates earned base compensation of $155,769 and $150,000, respectively. The compensation in 2014 included payment for vacation earned, but not taken.

 

Consulting Fees

 

During the year ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, Barry C. Kaye, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer was paid compensation of $170,000 and $40,000, respectively. For the year ended December 31, 2014, Mr. Kaye earned compensation of $78,000 which was not paid and is being deferred until the Company has sufficient working capital to remit payment to him.

 

Personal Guaranty and Pledge of Stock

 

The Company’s mortgage loan on its headquarters is collateralized by the pledge of five million shares of common stock of the Company owned by George J. Coates, which were deposited into escrow for the benefit of the lender and by his personal guaranty.

 

In connection with the Company’s sale/leaseback of its research and development and manufacturing equipment, George J. Coates provided his personal guaranty.

 

Director Independence

 

We have used the definition of “independence” contained in the listing rules of The NASDAQ Stock Market to make the determination as to whether or not our directors are independent, because our common stock is not currently listed on a national securities exchange. NASDAQ Listing Rule 5605(a)(2) provides that an “independent director” is a person other than an officer or employee of the Company or any other individual having a relationship which, in the opinion of the Company’s board of directors, would interfere with the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the responsibilities of a director. The NASDAQ listing rules provide that a director cannot be considered independent if:

 

the director is, or at any time during the past three years was, an employee of the company;
the director or a family member of the director accepted any compensation from the company in excess of $120,000 during any period of 12 consecutive months within the three years preceding the independence determination (subject to certain exclusions, including, among other things, compensation for board or board committee service);
a family member of the director is, or at any time during the past three years was, an executive officer of the company;
the director or a family member of the director is a partner in, controlling stockholder of, or an executive officer of an entity to which the company made, or from which the company received, payments in the current or any of the past three fiscal years that exceed 5% of the recipient’s gross revenue for that year or $200,000, whichever is greater (subject to certain exclusions);
the director or a family member of the director is employed as an executive officer of an entity where, at any time during the past three years, any of the executive officers of the company served on the compensation committee of such other entity; or the director or a family member of the director is a current partner of the company’s outside auditor, or at any time during the past three years was a partner or employee of the company’s outside auditor, and who worked on the company’s audit.

 

The following table sets forth the members of our board of directors that are independent and certain board committee assignments:

 

  Dr. Frank Adipietro  Director *, **
      
  Jack Perkowski  Director *, ***
      
  Richard Whitworth  Director *, **, ***

 

  * Serves as an independent director.
  ** Serves as a member of our compensation committee.
  *** Serves as a member of our audit committee.

 

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Item 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services.

 

On March 1, 2013, Meyler & Company, LLC (“Meyler”), Certified Public Accountants resigned as our Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm because they combined their practice with Cowan, Gunteski & Co., P.A. (“Cowan”).

 

On March 4, 2013, we engaged Cowan as our Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm, the surviving accounting firm from the combination of Meyler & Company, LLC with Cowan.

 

Audit Fees

 

During the year ended December 31, 2014, Cowan billed us in the aggregate $75,500 for professional services rendered for their audit of our annual financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2013, included in our Form 10-K and their reviews of the quarterly financial statements included in our Forms 10-Q for each of the three quarters in 2014.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2013, Cowan billed us in the aggregate $66,500 for professional services rendered for their audit of our annual financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2012, included in our Form 10-K and their reviews of the quarterly financial statements included in our Forms 10-Q for each of the three quarters in 2013.

 

Audit-related Fees

 

For the year ended December 31, 2014, Cowan billed us $5,600 in connection with providing their consent to the inclusion of our audited financial statements in a registration statement and the amendments thereto on Form S-1.

 

For the year ended December 31, 2013, Cowan billed us $5,950 in connection with providing their consent to the inclusion of our audited financial statements in a registration statement and the amendments thereto on Form S-1.

 

Tax Fees

 

Cowan did not provide any tax-related services in the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013.

 

All Other Fees

 

The Company did not incur any other fees related to services rendered by our principal accountant for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013.

 

Effective May 6, 2003, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted rules which require that before our auditor is engaged by us to render any auditing or permitted non-audit related service, the engagement be:

 

approved by our audit committee; or
entered into pursuant to pre-approval policies and procedures established by the audit committee, provided the policies and procedures are detailed as to the particular service, the audit committee is informed of each service, and such policies and procedures do not include delegation of the audit committee’s responsibilities to management.

 

All of the above services were approved in accordance with the above adoptive rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

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PART IV

 

Item 15. Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules.

 

(a) Documents Filed as Part of this Report.

 

(1)Financial Statements.

 

Audited financial statements of Coates International, Inc. as of December 31, 2014 and 2013 and for the years then ended are presented on beginning on page F-1.

 

(2)Financial Statement Schedules.

 

None

 

(3)Exhibits

 

Exhibit No.   Description
     
3.1 (1)  - Restated Certificate of Incorporation
      
3.1(i) (1)  - Certificate of Amendment to Certificate of Incorporation  filed with the Secretary of State of Delaware on May 22, 2000
      
3.1(ii) (1)  - Certificate  of Amendment to  Certificate of  Incorporation  filed with the Secretary of State of Delaware on August 31, 2001
      
3.1(iii) (2)  - Certificate  of Amendment to  Certificate of  Incorporation  filed with the Secretary of State of Delaware on September 12, 2007
      
3.2 (1)  - Bylaws
      
4.1 (11)    Certification of Designation of Series A Preferred Stock, effective April 30, 2009
      
4.2 (11)    Certificate of Amendment of Certification of Designation of Series A Preferred Stock, effective May 24, 2011
      
4.3 (14)    Certificate of Designation, Preferences and Rights of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock
      
4.4 (22)    Certificate of Amendment of Designation of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, dated March 8, 2015.
      
10.1 (3)  - License Agreement, dated September 29, 1999, with Well to Wire Energy, Inc.
      
10.2 (3)  - Amendment No. 1 to License Agreement with Well to Wire Energy Inc. dated April 6, 2000
      
10.3 (3)  - Amendment No. 2 to License Agreement with Well to Wire Energy Inc. dated July 21, 2000
      
10.4 (4)  - 2006 Employee Stock Option and Incentive Plan adopted on October 25, 2006
      

10.5 (5)

 - Amended and Restated License Agreement between the Company and George J. Coates and Gregory G. Coates dated April 6, 2007

 

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10.6 (6)  - Cooperation Agreement executed June 16, 2010 between the Company and Tongji University of China
      
10.7 (7)  - Placement Agency Agreement between the Company and Stonegate Securities, Inc. dated December 21, 2007
      
10.8 (7)  - License Agreement between the Company and Well to Wire Energy, Inc. dated January 29, 2008 and executed on April 7, 2008
      
10.9 (8)  - Escrow Agreement between the Company and Well to Wire Energy, Inc. dated April 11, 2008
      
10.10 (9)  - Memorandum of Understanding dated February 8, 2010 among the Company, Well to Wire Energy, Inc. and Almont Energy, Inc. covering the consent of the Company to the assignment of the Canadian License, Research and Development Agreement, Rights to the US Licensing Agreement and the Right of First Refusal.
      
10.11 (10)  - Letter from Cummins confirming supply arrangement with Coates International, Ltd.
      
10.12 (11)    Certificate of designation, preferences and rights of Series A Preferred Stock of Coates International, Ltd.
      
10.13 (11)    Amendment to Certificate of Designation, Preferences and Rights of Series A Preferred Stock of Coates International Ltd.
      
10.14 (12)  - Convertible Promissory Note, dated March 20, 2013 between the Company and JMJ Financial and Amendment thereto, dated March 20, 2013
      
10.15 (13)  - Sale/leaseback Agreement with Paradigm Commercial Capital Group, dated August 15, 2013
      
10.16 (14)  - Certificate of Designation, Preferences and Rights of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock
      
10.17 (14)  - Convertible Note, dated January 16, 2014 issued to Black Mountain Equities, Inc.
      
10.19 (15)    9.75% Convertible Note, Dated April 2, 2014 Issued to Typenex Co-Investment, LLC
      
10.20 (15)    Securities Purchase Agreement between the Company and Typenex Co-Investment, LLC, dated April 2, 2014
      
10.21 (15)    8% Convertible Promissory Note, Dated April 14, 2014 Issued to Auctus Private Equity Fund, LLC
      
10.22 (15)    Securities Purchase Agreement between the Company and Auctus Private Equity Fund, LLC, dated April 14, 2014
      
10.23 (18)    Equity Purchase Agreement between the Company and Southridge Partners II LP, dated July 2, 2014.
      
10.24 (16)    Registration Rights Agreement between the Company and Southridge Partners II LP, dated July 2, 2014.
      
10.25 (17)    Secured Convertible Promissory Note dated April 2, 2014 issued to Typenex Co-Investment, LLC
      
10.26 (17)    Securities Purchase Agreement dated April 2, 2014, between the Company and Typenex Co-Investment, LLC

 

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10.27 (17)    Securities Purchase Agreement dated April 14, 2014 between the Company and Auctus Private Equity Fund, LLC
      
10.28 (17)    Convertible Debenture dated June 12, 2014 issued to Group 10 Holdings LLC
      
10.29 (17)    2014 Employee Stock Option and Incentive Plan adopted on May 31, 2014
      
10.30 (17)    5% Convertible Redeemable Note, dated July 7, 2014 issued to Adar Abays, LLC
      
10.31 (17)    Securities Purchase Agreement dated July 7, 2014 between the Company and Adar Abays, LLC
      
10.32 (19)    8% Convertible Note, dated June 10, 2014 Issued to KBM Worldwide, Inc.
      
10.33 (19)    Securities Purchase Agreement dated June 10, 2014, between the Company and KBM Worldwide, Inc.
      
10.34 (19)    8% Convertible Note, dated July 7, 2014 Issued to KBM Worldwide, Inc.
      
10.35 (19)    Securities Purchase Agreement dated July 7, 2014, between the Company and KBM Worldwide, Inc.
      
10.36 (19)    8% Convertible Note, dated August 28, 2014 Issued to KBM Worldwide, Inc.
      
10.37 (19)    Securities Purchase Agreement dated August 28, 2014, between the Company and KBM Worldwide, Inc.
      
10.38 (19)    8% Convertible Note, dated September 29, 2014 Issued to KBM Worldwide, Inc.
      
10.39 (19)    Securities Purchase Agreement dated September 29, 2014, between the Company and KBM Worldwide, Inc.
      
10.40 (19)    8% Convertible Note, dated October 2, 2014 Issued to Cardinal Capital Group, Inc.
      
10.41 (20)    Convertible Promissory Note issued to Auctus Private Equity Fund, LLC, dated November 14, 2014.
      
10.42 (20)    Securities Purchase Agreement between the Company and Auctus Private Equity Fund, LLC, dated November 14, 2014.
      
10.43 (21)    Convertible Promissory Note issued to KBM Worldwide, Inc., dated December 3, 2014.
      
10.44 (21)    Securities Purchase Agreement between the Company and KBM Worldwide, Inc., dated December 3, 2014.
      
10.45 (22)    License Agreement between the Company and Renown Power Development, Ltd., executed February 24, 2015.
      
10.46 (22)    Certificate of Amendment of Designation of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, dated March 8, 2015.
      
14.1 (11)  - Code of Business Conduct and Ethics which is described under Corporate Governance in Item 10 of this Annual Report.
      
21.1 (14)  - List of Subsidiaries

 

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31.1 (22)  - Certification of Principal Executive Officer, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350 as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
      
31.2 (22)  - Certification of Principal Financial Officer, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350 as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
      
32.1 (23)  - Certification of Principal 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 (23)  - Certification of Principal 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 Extension Schema Document.
      
101.CAL*  - XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document.
      
101.DEF *  - XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
      
101.LAB *  - XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document
      
101.PRE *  - XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document

 

 

 

(1)Incorporated by reference from the Company’s Registration Statement filed May 31, 2007 on Form SB-2 with the Securities and Exchange Commission, File No. 000-33155.
   
(2)Incorporated by reference from the Company’s Schedule 14C DEF filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 1, 2007.
   
(3)Incorporated by reference from the Company's Registration Statement and amendments thereto filed September 9, 2001 on Form 10-SB with the Securities and Exchange Commission, File No. 000-33155.
   
(4)Incorporated by reference from the Company’s Form 10-KSB/A for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2005.
   
(5)Incorporated by reference from the Company’s Form 10-KSB for the year ended December 31, 2006.
   
(6)Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.16 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 13, 2010.
   
(7)Incorporated by reference from the Company’s Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 3, 2008.
   
(8)Incorporated by reference from the Company’s Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 11, 2008.
   
(9)Incorporated by reference from the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009.
   
(10)Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.23 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed on June 24, 2011.
   
(11)Incorporated by reference from the Company’s Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 16, 2013.
   
(12)Incorporated by reference from the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 15, 2013.
   
(13)Incorporated by reference from the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 14, 2013.

 

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(14)Incorporated by reference from the Company’s Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 31, 2014.
   
(15)Incorporated by reference from the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 14, 2014.
   
(16)Incorporated by reference from the Company’s Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 3, 2014.
   
(17)Incorporated by reference from the Company’s Form S-1 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 19, 2014.
   
(18)Incorporated by reference from the Company’s Form S-1 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 29, 2014.
   
(19)Incorporated by reference from the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 13, 2014.
   
(20)Incorporated by reference from the Company’s Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 18, 2014.
   
(21)Incorporated by reference from the Company’s Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 8, 2014.
   
(22)Filed herewith.
   
(23)In accordance with SEC Release 33-8238, Exhibit 32.1 and 32.2 are being furnished and not filed.

 

* Furnished herewith. XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language) information is furnished and not filed or a part of a registration statement or prospectus for purposes of Sections 11 or 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, is deemed not filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and otherwise is not subject to liability under these sections.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirement 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, on March 30, 2015. 

 

  COATES INTERNATIONAL, LTD.
     
  By: /s/ George J. Coates
    George J. Coates, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
     
  By: /s/ Barry C. Kaye
    Barry C. Kaye, Chief Financial Officer

 

Pursuant to the requirement 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 dates indicated.

 

Signature  Title  Date
       
/s/ George J. Coates  Director, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President  March 30, 2015
George J. Coates  (principal executive officer)   
       
/s/ Gregory G. Coates  Director, Secretary and President-Technology Division  March 30, 2015
Gregory G. Coates      
       
/s/ Barry C. Kaye  Director, Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer (principal financial and  March 30, 2015
Barry C. Kaye  accounting officer)   
       
/s/ John Perkowski  Director  March 30, 2015
John Perkowski      
       
/s/ Frank J. Adipietro  Director  March 30, 2015
Frank J. Adipietro      
       
/s/ Richard Whitworth  Director  March 30, 2015
Richard Whitworth      

 

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Coates International, Ltd.

 

Index to Financial Statements

 

December 31, 2014 and 2013

 

  Page
Report of Cowan, Gunteski & Co., P.A., Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm F-2
Financial Statements:  
Balance Sheets F-3
Statements of Operations F-4
Statements of Stockholders' Deficiency F-5
Statements of Cash Flows F-6
Notes to Financial Statements F-7

 

F-1
 

 

 

 

 

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

 

To the Board of Directors and
Stockholders of Coates International, Ltd.

 

We have audited the accompanying balance sheets of Coates International, Ltd. as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, and the related statements of operations, stockholders’ deficiency, and cash flows for each of the years in the two-year period ended December 31, 2014. Coates International, Ltd.’s management is responsible for these financial statements. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audits.

 

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. Our audit included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, 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. An audit also includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Coates International, Ltd. as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the years in the two-year period ended December 31, 2014, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

The accompanying financial statements have been prepared assuming that the Company will continue as a going concern. As discussed in Note 1 to the financial statements, the Company continues to have negative cash flows from operations, recurring losses from operations, and a stockholders’ deficiency. These conditions raise substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern. Management’s plans regarding these matters are also described in Note 1. The financial statements do not include any adjustments that may result from the outcome of this uncertainty.

 

/s/ Cowan, Gunteski & Co., P.A.
   
Tinton Falls, New Jersey
March 30, 2015  

 

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Coates International, Ltd.

Balance Sheets

As of December 31,

 

   2014   2013 
         
Assets
Current Assets        
Cash  $263,526   $49,274 
Inventory, net   47,274    111,752 
Deferred offering costs and other assets   44,874    12,423 
Total Current Assets   355,674    173,449 
Property, plant and equipment, net   2,119,010    2,179,646 
Deferred licensing costs, net   46,732    51,016 
     Total Assets  $2,521,416   $2,404,111 
           
Liabilities and Stockholders' Deficiency
Current Liabilities          
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities  $1,982,777   $2,263,947 
Promissory notes to related parties   1,565,505    603,138 
Mortgage loan payable   1,448,284    1,513,284 
Deferred compensation payable   1,079,904    287,664 
Current portion of license deposits   517,500    19,200 
Convertible promissory notes, net of unamortized discount   500,905    125,018 
Derivative liability related to convertible promissory notes   475,695    366,590 
Current portion of finance lease obligation, net of unamortized discount   62,102    43,311 
Unearned revenue   19,124    19,124 
10% convertible note   -        10,000 
Total Current Liabilities   7,651,796    5,251,276 
           
Non-current portion of license deposits   283,800    303,000 
Non-current portion of finance lease obligation, net of unamortized discount   19,349    81,452 
Total Liabilities   7,954,945    5,635,728 
           
Commitments and Contingencies   -        -     
           
Stockholders' Deficiency          
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized:          
Series A preferred stock, 1,000,000 designated, 50,000 and 141,473 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively   50    141 
Series B convertible preferred stock, 1,000,000 shares designated, 585,502 and no shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively   586    -     
Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 1,000,000,000 shares authorized, 443,508,090 and 327,749,176 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively   44,351    32,775 
Additional paid-in capital   41,288,663    30,712,778 
Accumulated deficit   (46,767,179)   (33,977,311)
     Total Stockholders' Deficiency   (5,433,529)   (3,231,617)
     Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Deficiency  $2,521,416   $2,404,111 

 

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

 

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Coates International, Ltd.

Statements of Operations

 

   For the Years Ended
December 31,
 
   2014   2013 
         
Sublicensing fee revenue  $19,200   $19,200 
Total Revenues   19,200    19,200 
Expenses:          
Marketing expenses   48,095    3,205 
Research and development costs   487,767    261,161 
Compensation and benefits   10,400,971    1,047,283 
General and administrative expenses   575,235    610,324 
Depreciation and amortization   64,920    66,485 
Total Expenses   11,576,988    1,988,458 
Loss from Operations   (11,557,788)   (1,969,258)
Other Expense:          
Increase in estimated fair value of embedded derivative liabilities   (109,105)   (210,390)
Loss on conversion of convertible notes   (94,632)   -     
Interest  expense, net   (1,028,343)   (570,542)
     Total other expense   (1,232,080)   (780,932)
Loss Before Income Taxes   (12,789,868)   (2,750,190)
Provision for income taxes   -        -     
Net Loss  $(12,789,868)  $(2,750,190)
           
Basic net loss per share  $(0.03)  $(0.01)
Basic weighted average shares outstanding   385,372,919    334,010,734 
Diluted net loss per share  $(0.03)  $(0.01)
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding   385,372,919    334,010,734 

 

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

 

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Coates International, Ltd.

Statements of Stockholders' Deficiency

For the Two Years Ended December 31, 2014

 

   Series A Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value per share   Series B Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value per share   Common Stock, $0.0001 par value per share   Additional Paid-In   Accumulated   Total Stockholders' 
   Shares   Amount   Shares   Amount   Shares   Amount   Capital   Deficit   Deficiency 
                                     
Balance, January 1, 2013   72,883   $73    -        $-       305,078,818   $30,508   $27,259,253   $(31,227,121)  $(3,937,287)
Issuance of anti-dilution shares of Series A Preferred stock to George J. Coates   68,590    68                        170,294         170,362 
Issuance of anti-dilution shares of Common Stock to George J. Coates                       35,037,131    3,504    2,177,979         2,181,483 
Cancelation of anti-dilution shares of Common Stock to George J. Coates                       (35,037,131)   (3,504)   3,504         -      
Issuance of common stock under equity line of credit with Dutchess Opportunity Fund II, LP                       3,618,676    361    155,144         155,505 
Issuance of common stock and warrants to son of a director                       4,666,666    467    124,533         125,000 
Conversion of convertible promissory notes                       13,718,349    1,372    269,684         271,056 
Exercise of stock purchase warrants                       666,667    67    9,933         10,000 
Stock-based compensation expense                                 248,918         248,918 
Beneficial conversion feature on convertible promissory notes                                 293,536         293,536 
Net loss for the year                                      (2,750,190)   (2,750,190)
Balance, December 31, 2013   141,473    141    -         -       327,749,176    32,775    30,712,778    (33,977,311)   (3,231,617)
Issuance of anti-dilution shares of Series A Preferred stock to George J. Coates   90,191    90                        169,362         169,452 
Conversion of Series A Preferred Stock held by George J. Coaters into Series B Convertible Preferred Stock   (181,664)   (181)   256,664    257              4,050,993         4,051,069 
Issuance of anti-dilution shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock to related parties             328,838    329              4,511,342         4,511,671 
Conversion of convertible promissory notes                       48,251,621    4,825    621,960         626,785 
Stock-based compensation award to George J. Coates for lost benefits of property ownership                       37,698,413    3,770    946,230         950,000 
Issuance of common stock and warrants to son of a director                       16,456,076    1,646    513,354         515,000 
Conversion of promissory notes to related parties into common stock                       8,449,401    845    236,342         237,187 
Issuance of common stock under equity line of credit with Dutchess Opportunity Fund II, LP                       4,403,403    440    161,196         161,636 
Exercise of stock purchase warrants                       500,000    50    9,950         10,000 
Conversion of additional paid-in capital into note due to related party                                 (1,462,093)        (1,462,093)
Beneficial conversion feature on convertible promissory notes                                 800,182         800,182 
Stock-based compensation expense                                 17,067         17,067 
Net loss for the year                                      (12,789,868)   (12,789,868)
Balance, December 31, 2014   50,000   $50    585,502   $586    443,508,090   $44,351   $41,288,663   $(46,767,179)  $(5,433,529)

 

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

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Coates International Ltd.
Statements of Cash Flows

 

  

For the Years Ended

December 31,

 
   2014   2013 
         
Net Cash Flows Used in Operating Activities        
Net loss for the year  $(12,789,868)  $(2,750,190)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:          
Stock-based compensation expense   10,174,258    634,938 
Interest and amortization of discount on convertible promissory notes and finance lease obligation   736,622    301,117 
Increase in fair value of embedded derivative liabilities   109,105    210,391 
Loss on conversion of convertible notes   94,632    - 
Depreciation and amortization   64,920    66,485 
Amortization of deferred financing costs   10,246    10,246 
Negotiated settlement of accounts payable   (20,266)   - 
Recognition of non-cash licensing revenues   (19,200)   (19,200)
Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities:          
Inventory, net   64,478    636 
Deferred offering costs and other assets   (32,451)   (3,783)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   (281,170)   466,510 
Deferred compensation payable   317,240    287,664 
Net Cash Used in Operating Activities   (1,571,454)   (795,186)
           
Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Investing Activities   -    - 
           
Cash Flows Provided by Financing Activities:          
Issuances of convertible promissory notes   995,583    398,000 
Issuance of common stock and warrants to the son of a director   515,000    125,000 
Deposit on tentative China sublicense agreement   498,300    - 
Issuance of common stock under equity line of credit   161,636    155,506 
Proceeds from exercise of stock warrants   10,000    10,000 
Issuance of promissory notes to related parties   -    172,093 
Repayment of promissory notes to related parties   (280,000)   (76,650)
Repayment of mortgage loan   (65,000)   (61,716)
Finance lease obligation payments   (49,813)   (23,626)
Proceeds from sale/leaseback of equipment   -    132,550 
Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities   1,785,706    831,157 
Net Increase in Cash   214,252    35,971 
Cash, beginning of period   49,274    13,303 
Cash, end of period  $263,526   $49,274 
           
Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information:          
Cash paid during the year for interest  $165,555   $138,977 
           
Supplemental Disclosure of Non-cash Financing Activities:          
Conversion of additional paid in capital into promissory note to Gregory Coates  $1,462,093   $- 
Conversion of convertible promissory notes   626,785    271,056 
Conversion of Promissory Notes to Related Parties into Common Stock   219,726    - 
Issuance of common stock for anti-dilution, net of cancelled anti-dilution common shares   -    2,181,483 
  $2,308,604   $2,452,539 

 

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

  

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Coates International, Ltd.

Notes to Financial Statements

December 31, 2014 and 2013

(All amounts rounded to thousands of dollars)

 

1. THE COMPANY AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

Nature of Organization

 

Coates International, Ltd. is a Delaware corporation organized in October 1991 as successor-in-interest to a Delaware corporation of the same name incorporated in August 1988.  Coates International, Ltd. operates in Wall Township, New Jersey.

 

The Company has acquired the exclusive licensing rights for the Coates spherical rotary valve (“CSRV®”) system technology in North America, Central America and South America (the “CSRV® License”). The CSRV® system technology has been developed over a period of more than 20 years by the Company’s founder George J. Coates and his son Gregory G. Coates. The CSRV® system technology is adaptable for use in piston-driven internal combustion engines of many types and has been patented in the United States and numerous countries throughout the world.

 

The CSRV® system technology is designed to replace the intake and exhaust conventional “poppet valves” currently used in almost all piston-driven, automotive, truck, motorcycle, marine and electric power generator engines, among others. Unlike conventional valves which protrude into the engine cylinder, the CSRV® system technology utilizes spherical valves that rotate in a cavity formed between a two-piece cylinder head. The CSRV® system technology utilizes significantly fewer moving parts than conventional poppet valve assemblies. As a result of these design improvements, management believes that engines incorporating the CSRV® system technology (“Coates Engines”) will last significantly longer and will require less lubrication over the life of the engine, as compared to conventional engines. In addition, CSRV® Engines can be designed with larger openings into the engine cylinder than with conventional valves so that more fuel and air can be inducted into, and expelled from, the cylinder in a shorter period of time. Larger valve openings permit higher revolutions-per-minute (RPM’s) and permit higher compression ratios with lower combustion chamber temperatures, allowing the Coates Engine to produce more power than equivalent conventional engines. The extent, to which higher RPM’s, greater volumetric efficiency and thermal efficiency can be achieved with the CSRV® system technology, is a function of the engine design and application.

 

Hydrogen Reactor Technology Owned by George J. Coates

 

George J. Coates has developed a hydrogen reactor, which rearranges H2O water molecules into HOH molecules also known as Hydroxy-Gas. The Hydroxy-Gas produced by the hydrogen reactor is then harvested for use as a type of fuel. Mr. Coates intends to continue with development of this technology to enable the harvested Hydroxy-Gas to be utilized as the fuel source to power our patented CSRV® engines. The next phase of this research and development will focus on powering larger, industrial engines. If successful, this application will only require a ready supply of water and would be suitable for stationary engines and generators. Conventional internal combustion engines employing poppet valve assemblies require lubrication and would experience excessive heat and friction if powered with Hydroxy-Gas. This, in turn, would cause the engines to burn out in a rather short period of time. The materials and components of the CSRV® engines do not require such lubrication and because of their design, are able to operate relatively trouble-free on Hydroxy-Gas as the engine fuel. There can be no assurance that this technology can be developed successfully, or that if developed, it will be feasible to penetrate the internal combustion engine market with this technology. Applications for patent protection of this technology will be filed upon completion of the research and development. Although at this time no arrangements have been made between the Company and George J. Coates, owner of the technology, regarding licensing of the hydrogen reactor, Mr. Coates has provided his commitment to license this technology to the Company once the related patent protection is in place. Accordingly, the Company does not currently have any rights to manufacture, use, sell and distribute the Hydrogen Reactor technology, should it become commercially feasible to manufacture and distribute products powered by the Hydroxy-Gas fuel. The Company has been and continues to be responsible for all costs incurred related to the development of this technology.

 

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Basis of Presentation

 

The accompanying financial statements of the Company have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”) and rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).

 

Since the Company’s inception, the Company has been responsible for the development costs of the CSRV® technology in order to optimize the value of the licensing rights and has incurred related operational costs, the bulk of which have been funded primarily through cash generated from licensing fees, sales of stock, short term convertible promissory notes, capital contributions, loans made by George J. Coates, Bernadette Coates, his spouse and certain directors, fees received from research and development of prototype models and a small number of CSRV® engine generator sales. The Company has incurred substantial cumulative losses from operations since its inception. Losses from operations are expected to continue until the Coates Engines are successfully introduced into and accepted in the marketplace, or the Company receives substantial licensing revenues. These losses from operations were substantially related to research and development of the Company’s intellectual property rights, patent filing and maintenance costs and general and administrative expenses. The Company has also incurred substantial non-cash expenses for stock-based compensation.

 

As shown in the accompanying financial statements, the Company has incurred recurring losses from operations and, as of December 31, 2014, had a stockholders’ deficiency of ($5,434,000). The Company will be required to renegotiate the terms of an extension of a $1,448,000 mortgage loan which matures in July 2015 or successfully refinance the property with another mortgage lender, if possible. Failure to do so could adversely affect the Company’s financial position and results of operations. In addition, the current economic environment, which is characterized by tight credit markets, investor uncertainty about how to safely invest their funds and low investor confidence, has introduced additional risk and difficulty to the Company’s challenge to secure needed additional working capital. These factors raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. Management has instituted a cost control program intended to restrict variable costs to only those expenses that are necessary to complete its activities related to entering the production phase of operations, develop additional commercially feasible applications of the CSRV® system technology, seek additional sources of working capital and cover general and administrative costs in support of such activities. The Company has been actively undertaking efforts to secure new sources of working capital. At the December 31, 2014, the Company had negative working capital of ($7,296,000) compared with negative working capital of ($5,078,000) at the end of 2013.

 

During the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, the Company raised $2,181,000 and $917,000, respectively, of new working capital from the following:

 

  Description  2014   2013 
  Issuance of convertible promissory notes  $996,000   $398,000 
  Sales of shares of common stock and warrants to the son of a director   515,000    125,000 
  Deposit on non-exclusive distribution license with China-based company   498,000    -      
  Sales of common stock under equity line of credit   162,000    156,000 
  Proceeds from exercise of common stock warrants   10,000    10,000 
  Proceeds from sale/leaseback of equipment   -    133,000 
  Issuances of promissory notes to related parties, net of repayments   -    95,000 
     $2,181,000   $917,000 

 

In the fourth quarter of 2011, the Company identified cracks on the lower engine heads of its Gen Sets that resulted from a defect in the manufacturing by one of its suppliers. Based on testing of the Gen Set to confirm the Company’s resolution of this problem, management believes it has determined the cause of this cracked head condition. The Company has placed orders for new production parts, including sets of engine heads and has also modified certain patterns with the goal of manufacturing a limited number of Gen Sets. Thereafter, it will undertake field testing of the Gen Sets, after which, it will begin to ramp-up production.

 

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The Company continues to actively seek out new sources of working capital; however, there can be no assurance that it will be successful in these efforts. The accompanying financial statements do not include any adjustments that might be necessary if the Company is unable to continue as a going concern.

 

Certain amounts included in the accompanying financials statements for the year ended December 31, 2013 have been reclassified in order to make them comparable to the amounts presented for the year ended December 31, 2014.

 

Majority-Owned Subsidiary

 

CIL is currently the majority shareholder of Coates Hi-Tech Engines, Ltd., a Delaware corporation which was formed in July 2012. It has not commenced operations and has no assets.

 

Revenue Recognition

 

Sales and cost of sales are recognized at the time of shipment, provided the risk of loss has transferred to the customer and collection of the sales price is reasonably assured. Shipping arrangements and costs are the responsibility of the customer.

 

Revenue from research and development activities is recognized when collection of the related revenues is reasonably assured and, when applicable, in accordance with Accounting Standards Update No. 2010-17, “Milestone Method of Revenue Recognition, a consensus of the FASB Emerging Issues Task Force”. This standard provides guidance on defining a milestone and permits recognition of revenue from research and development that is contingent upon achievement of one or more specified milestones defined in the research and development arrangements which meet specified criteria for such revenue recognition.

 

Unearned revenue represents a deposit from a customer for a CSRV® Gen Set order. Revenue is recognized as described above.

 

License deposits, which are non-refundable, were received from the granting of sublicenses and are recognized as earned, generally commencing upon the completion of certain tests of the CSRV® products and acceptance by the licensee. At that time, license revenue will be recognized ratably over the period of time that the sublicense has been granted using the straight-line method. Upon termination of a sublicense agreement, non-refundable license deposits, less any costs related to the termination of the sublicense agreement, are recognized as revenue. Revenue from research and development activities is recognized when earned and realization is reasonably assured, provided that financial risk has been transferred from the Company to its customer.

 

The Company is recognizing the license deposit of $300,000 on the Canadian License as revenue on a straight-line basis over the approximate remaining life through 2027 of the last CSRV® technology patent in force.

 

Research and Development

 

Research and development costs are expensed when incurred. Included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities at December 31, 2014 and 2013 is $115,000 for the estimated remediation costs of previously sold Gen Sets that were determined to have cracked heads.

 

Intellectual Property

 

Under a licensing agreement with George J. Coates and Gregory G. Coates, the Company obtained the rights to manufacture, use and sell the CSRV® engine technology throughout the territory defined as the Western Hemisphere. In accordance with GAAP, the Company is not permitted to record a value for this intellectual property because it was obtained from principal stockholders, and, accordingly this intangible asset is not reflected in the accompanying financial statements.

 

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Licensing Costs

 

Under the CSRV® Licensing Agreement for the CSRV® engine technology, the Company is responsible for all costs in connection with applying for and maintaining patents to protect the CSRV® system technology. Such costs are expensed as incurred.

 

Advertising and Marketing Costs

 

Advertising costs, which are included in marketing expenses, are expensed when incurred. Advertising expense amounted to $48,000 and $3,000 for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively. In the year ended December 31, 2014, advertising and marketing costs included $45,000 in fees to agents in China and the Middle East for their assistance in introducing our CSRV technology and presenting proposals to potential investors interested in entering into a sublicense arrangement with the Company.

 

Stock-Based Compensation

 

Stock-based compensation expense, which does not require any outlay of cash, consists of the following:

 

The estimated fair value of shares of the Company’s capital stock issued to key employees for anti-dilution protection pursuant to a resolution of the board of directors. This includes restricted shares of Series A Preferred Stock and Series B Convertible Stock. In 2014, the Company arranged for an independent professional services firm to determine the estimated fair value of Series A Preferred Stock issued in August 2014 and Series B Preferred Stock issued in July 2014. The approach to arriving at the estimated fair value of the Series B Convertible Preferred Stock was determined to have a close correlation to the trading price of the Company’s common stock. Accordingly, upon each subsequent issuance of shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, the original estimated fair value determined by the independent valuation is adjusted, on a pro rata basis, to reflect the closing price of the Company’s common stock on each date of issuance.

 

Compensation expense relating to stock options and stock awards under its stock option and incentive plans is recognized as an expense using the fair value measurement method. Under the fair value method, the estimated fair value of awards to employees is charged to income on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period, which is the earlier of the employee’s retirement eligibility date or the vesting period of the award.

 

Deferred Compensation

 

Deferred compensation represents salaries of George J. Coates and Bernadette Coates earned but not paid in order to preserve the Company’s working capital. The Company intends to repay these amounts at such time that it has sufficient working capital and after the related party notes to George J. Coates and Bernadette Coates have been repaid with interest thereon. Also included in deferred compensation is the estimated amount of personal income taxes of George J. Coates that the Company is obligated to pay in connection with certain shares of stock that he received to compensate him for lost benefits of ownership of the Company’s headquarters, research and development and warehouse facility subsequent to the date he contributed this property to the Company, without having received any compensation therefor.

 

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Inventory

 

Inventory consists of raw materials and work-in-process, including overhead and is stated at the lower of cost or market determined by the first-in, first-out method. Inventory items designated as obsolete or slow moving are reduced to net realizable value. Market value is determined using current replacement cost.

 

Property, Plant and Equipment

 

Property, plant and equipment is stated at cost. Depreciation is computed using the straight-line method over the estimated useful life of the assets: 40 years for buildings and building improvements, 3 to 7 years for machinery and equipment and 5 to 10 years for furniture and fixtures. Repairs and maintenance expenditures, which do not extend the useful lives of the related assets, are expensed as incurred.

 

In the event that facts and circumstances indicate that long-lived assets may be impaired, an evaluation of recoverability is performed. Should such evaluation indicate that there has been an impairment of one or more long-lived assets, the cost basis of such assets would be adjusted accordingly at that time.

 

Income Taxes

 

Deferred income tax assets and liabilities are computed for differences between the financial statement and tax bases of assets and liabilities that will result in taxable or deductible amounts in the future. Such deferred income tax asset and liability computations are based on enacted tax laws and rates applicable to periods in which the differences are expected to affect taxable income. Valuation allowances are established when necessary to reduce deferred tax assets to the amount expected to be realized and are adjusted when conditions indicate that deferred assets will be realized. Income tax expense (benefit) is the tax payable or refundable for the period, plus or minus the change during the period in deferred tax assets and liabilities.

 

The Company evaluates any uncertain tax positions for recognition by determining if the weight of available evidence indicates it is more likely than not that the position will be sustained on audit, including resolution of related appeals or litigation processes. In the event recognition of an uncertain tax position is indicated, the Company measures the tax benefit as the largest amount which is more than 50% likely of being realized upon ultimate settlement. This process of evaluating and estimating uncertain tax positions and tax benefits requires the consideration of many factors, which may require periodic adjustments and which may not accurately forecast actual outcomes. Interest and penalties, if any, related to tax contingencies would be included in income tax expense.

 

Loss per Share

 

Basic net loss per share is based on the weighted average number of common shares outstanding without consideration of potentially dilutive shares of common stock. There were no shares of preferred stock outstanding with rights to share in the Company’s net income during the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013. Diluted net income per share is based on the weighted average number of common and potentially dilutive common shares outstanding, when applicable.

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of the Company’s financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. These significant estimates include determining the fair value of convertible promissory notes containing embedded derivatives and variable conversion rates, determining a value for shares of Series A Preferred Stock and Series B Convertible Stock issued and certain limited anti-dilution rights granted to George J. Coates as more fully described in Note 16, assigning useful lives to the Company’s property, plant and equipment, determining an appropriate amount to reserve for obsolete and slow moving inventory, estimating a valuation allowance for deferred tax assets, assigning expected lives to, and estimating the rate of forfeitures of, stock options granted and selecting a trading price volatility factor for the Company’s common stock in order to estimate the fair value of the Company’s stock options on the date of grant or other appropriate measurement date. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

 

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2. CONCENTRATIONS OF CREDIT AND BUSINESS RISK

 

The Company maintains cash balances with two financial institutions. Monies on deposit with one of the institutions is currently fully insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Monies on deposit at the other financial institution amounting to $213,000 are invested in a fund that invests in securities with maturities of 60 days or less. At December 31, 2014, approximately 93% of the fund was invested in bank certificates of deposit, asset backed commercial paper and government agency debt securities.

 

The Company’s operations are devoted to the development, application and marketing of the CSRV® system technology which was invented by George J. Coates, the Company’s founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President and controlling stockholder. Development efforts have been conducted continuously during this time. From July 1982 through May 1993, seven U.S. patents as well as a number of foreign patents were issued with respect to the CSRV® system technology. Since inception of the Company in 1988, all aspects of the business have been completely dependent upon the activities of George J. Coates. The loss of George J. Coates’ availability or service due to death, incapacity or otherwise would have a material adverse effect on the Company's business and operations. The Company does not presently have any key-man life insurance in force for Mr. Coates.

 

3. FAIR VALUE OF FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

 

Cash, Other Assets, Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities and Other Liabilities

 

With the exception of convertible promissory notes, the carrying amount of these items approximates their fair value because of the short term maturity of these instruments. The convertible promissory notes are reported at their estimated fair value, determined as described in more detail in Note 15.

 

Limitations

 

Fair value estimates are made at a specific point in time, based on relevant market information and information about the financial instrument. These estimates are subjective in nature and involve uncertainties and matters of significant judgment and therefore cannot be determined with precision. Changes in assumptions could significantly affect the estimates.

 

4. LICENSING AGREEMENT AND DEFERRED LICENSING COSTS

 

The Company holds a manufacturing, use, lease and sale license from George J. Coates and Gregory G. Coates for the CSRV® system technology in the territory defined as the Western Hemisphere (the “License Agreement”). Under the License Agreement, George J. Coates and Gregory G. Coates granted to the Company an exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free, fully paid-up license to the intellectual property that specifically relates to an internal combustion engine that incorporates the CSRV® system technology (the “CSRV® Engine”) and that is currently owned or controlled by them (the “CSRV® Intellectual Property”), plus any CSRV® Intellectual Property that is developed by them during their employment with the Company. In the event of insolvency or bankruptcy of the Company, the licensed rights would terminate and ownership would revert back to George J. Coates and Gregory G. Coates.

 

Under the License Agreement, George J. Coates and Gregory G. Coates agreed that they will not grant any Western Hemisphere licenses to any other party with respect to the CSRV® Intellectual Property.

 

At December 31, 2014 and 2013 deferred licensing costs, comprised of expenditures for patent costs incurred pursuant to the CSRV® licensing agreement, net of accumulated amortization, amounted to $47,000 and $51,000, respectively. Amortization expense for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 amounted to $4,000 and $4,000, respectively.

 

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5. AGREEMENTS ASSIGNED TO ALMONT ENERGY, INC.

 

Almont Energy Inc. (“Almont”), a privately held, independent third-party entity based in Alberta, Canada is the assignee of a sublicense which provides for a $5,000,000 license fee to be paid to the Company and covers the use of the CSRV® system technology in the territory of Canada in the oil and gas industry (the “Canadian License”). Almont is also the assignee of a separate research and development agreement (“R&D Agreement”) which requires that Almont pay the remaining balance of an additional $5,000,000 fee to the Company in consideration for the development and delivery of certain prototype engines. The Company completed development of the prototypes in accordance with this agreement at the end of 2007. The R&D Agreement has not been reduced to the form of a signed, written agreement.

 

Almont is also the assignee of an escrow agreement (the “Escrow Agreement”) that provides conditional rights to a second sublicense agreement from the Company for the territory of the United States (the “US License”). The US License has been deposited into an escrow account and the grant of the license will not become effective until the conditions for release from escrow are satisfied. The US License provides for a license fee of $50 million. 

 

The Escrow Agreement requires that Almont, as the assignee, make a payment (“Release Payment”) to the Company equal to the then remaining unpaid balance of the Canadian License licensing fee, the R&D Agreement fee and the down payment of $1,000,000 required under the US License. It is not likely that Almont will be able to make additional payments of the Release Payment until the Company can raise sufficient new working capital to commence production and shipment of Gen Sets to Almont. At December 31, 2014, the remaining balance of the Release Payment due to the Company was $5,847,000.

 

In connection with the assignment of the Canadian License and the rights to the US License, Almont has also assumed all of the obligations set forth in the Escrow Agreement, with the following modifications:

 

The Release Payment Date, as defined in the Escrow Agreement had been extended to March 19, 2014. In order to compensate for the delay caused by the Company’s inability to deliver Gen Sets, the Release Payment due date will be reset as appropriate, once the Company commences its production phase of operations. Provided that Almont remits this entire unpaid balance to the Company by the Release Payment Date, the US License will be released from escrow and granted to Almont. Almont is required to remit to the Company 60% of all monies it raises from future equity or debt transactions, exclusive of proceeds from equipment purchase financing transactions, until the Release Payment is paid in full.

 

Almont also became obligated to pay the $49 million balance of the US License Fee to the Company. Payment shall be made quarterly in an amount equal to 5% of Almont’s quarterly net profits. In addition, Almont is required to remit a portion of the proceeds it receives from equity or debt transactions, exclusive of equipment financing transactions to the Company until the entire balance of the US License fee is paid in full. However, unless extended by the Company, the entire licensing fee is required to be paid on or before February 19, 2016.

 

The Canadian License

 

The Canadian License exclusively sublicenses within Canada, the use of the CSRV® system technology for industrial engines designed to generate electrical power. Additional provisions of the Canadian License agreement are as follows:

 

Sublicensee shall have the exclusive right to use, lease and sell electric power generators designed with the CSRV® system technology within Canada. 

 

Sublicensee will have a specified right of first refusal to market the electric power generators worldwide.

 

Upon commencement of the production and distribution of the electric power generators, the minimum annual number of generators to be purchased by Sublicensee in order to maintain exclusivity is 120. The Company has temporarily waived this provision due to the delay in delivery of Gen Sets.  In the event Sublicensee fails to purchase the minimum 120 CSRV® generator engines during any year, Sublicensee will automatically lose its exclusivity. In such a case, Sublicensee would retain non-exclusive rights to continue to use and sell the CSRV® generator engines in the territory of Canada. Until otherwise agreed between the parties, the price per generator shall be $159,000.

 

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Sublicensee is required to pay a royalty to the Company equal to 5% of its annual modified gross profit (which has been defined as sales, less cost of sales, plus $400,000).

 

All licensed rights under this license agreement related to the CSRV® system technology will remain with the Company.

 

The US License

 

The US License will, upon Almont satisfying the Release Payment, grant to Almont the right to use, sell and lease within the United States of America, Licensed Products manufactured by the Company which are designed to generate electrical power.  Licensed Products consist of CSRV® Valve Systems, CSRV® Valve Seals, CSRV® Rotary Valve Spheres, CSRV® Valve Components and CSRV® Engines. Almont is also obligated to pay a royalty to the Company equal to 2.5% of its annual modified gross profit (which has been defined as sales, less cost of sales, plus $400,000).

 

The manufacture of any Licensed Products by Sublicensee is prohibited.  Sublicensee is required to procure all internal combustion engines incorporating the CSRV® Valve System from the Company or its designee. The license granted to Sublicensee is exclusive within the Territory, provided that Sublicensee satisfies the minimum annual purchase commitment of 120 internal combustion engines incorporating the CSRV® system technology, the Coates Engines and all component parts. The agreement also grants Sublicensee a right of first refusal in the event that the Company negotiates an offer with another third party for a worldwide license to use the Licensed Products for the generation of electrical power.

 

The business plan of Almont, which is highly dependent on its ability to raise sufficient additional working capital, is based on its projected assessment of the marketplace demand for industrial generators and projects Gen Set purchases of up to 11,000 CSRV® Units per year over the first 5 years. The Company would not be able to accommodate that demand until it ramps up its production capacity, which would likely require several years, once it enters into large scale production. Almont intends to issue standard purchase orders, issued based on market and customer demand. The Company is unable to confirm any orders until it has sufficient working capital in place to manufacture generators on a large scale. Almont plans to finance its purchases from cash flow and by way of project and/or equipment financing, proceeds from issuance of equity or corporate debt instruments and conventional bank financing.

 

6. PROPOSED NON-EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTION SUBLICENSE WITH RENOWN POWER DEVELOPMENT, LTD.

 

The Company has been in the process of negotiating the grant of a non-exclusive distribution sublicense to Renown Power Development, Ltd., a China-based sales and distribution company (“Renown”), covering the territory defined as the Western Hemisphere. This sublicense would provide for the payment of licensing fees amounting to US$100 million. The Company has received an initial non-refundable deposit of $500,000 to date. The tentative terms of the agreement would provide that after Renown receives an aggregate of US$10,000,000, it would be required to pay the Company 25% of all funds it receives from any and all sources until the entire US$100 million licensing fee is paid in full. In the event, that Renown completes one or more capital raises aggregating US$300 million or more, the then remaining unpaid balance of the US$100 million licensing fee would become immediately due and payable.

 

Subsequent to year-end, the Company consummated this agreement and granted this Sublicense to Renown. This is discussed in more detail in Note 28 – “Subsequent Events,”

 

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7. INVENTORY

 

Inventory at December 31, consisted of the following:

 

   2014   2013 
Raw materials  $381,000   $440,000 
Work-in-process   53,000    59,000 
Finished goods   -         -      
Less: Reserve for obsolescence   (387,000)   (387,000)
Total  $47,000   $112,000 

 

8. LICENSE DEPOSITS

 

The current portion of license deposits consists of a $498,000 refundable initial good faith deposit on the tentative sublicense agreement with Renown is discussed in more detail in Note 6 and the $20,000 current portion of a non-refundable deposit on the sublicense agreement with Almont is discussed in more detail in Note 5. The non-current portion of the license deposits primarily consists of the portion of the non-refundable deposit on the sublicense agreement with Almont that will be recognized as sublicensing fee revenue after December 31, 2015.

 

The Company is recognizing the Almont sublicense license deposit as revenue on a straight-line basis over the remaining life until 2027 of the last CSRV® technology patent in force, at that date. Sublicensing fee revenue for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 amounted to $19,000 and $19,000, respectively.

 

9. PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT

 

Property, plant and equipment at cost, less accumulated depreciation, consists of the following at December 31:

 

   2014   2013 
Land  $1,235,000   $1,235,000 
Building   964,000    964,000 
Building improvements   83,000    83,000 
Machinery and equipment   658,000    658,000 
Furniture and fixtures   39,000    39,000 
    2,979,000    2,979,000 
Less:  Accumulated depreciation   (860,000)   (799,000)
      Total  $2,119,000   $2,180,000 

 

Depreciation expense amounted to $61,000 and $62,000 for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.

 

10. MORTGAGE LOAN PAYABLE

 

The Company has a mortgage loan on the land and building that serves as its headquarters and research and development facility which bears interest at the rate of 7.5% per annum and which matures in July 2015. Interest expense for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 on this mortgage amounted to $121,000 and $114,000, respectively. The loan requires monthly payments of interest, plus $5,000 which is being applied to the principal balance. The remaining principal balance at December 31, 2014 was $1,448,000. The Company will be required to renegotiate the terms of a further extension of the mortgage loan or successfully refinance the property with another mortgage lender, if possible. Failure to do so, could adversely affect the Company’s financial position and results of operations.

 

The loan is collateralized by a security interest in all of the Company’s assets, the pledge of five million shares of common stock of the Company owned by George J. Coates, which were deposited into escrow for the benefit of the lender and the personal guarantee of George J. Coates. The Company is not permitted to create or permit any secondary mortgage or similar liens on the property or improvements thereon without prior consent of the lender. Up to $500,000 of the principal balance of the mortgage loan may be prepaid each year without penalty. A prepayment penalty of 2% of the outstanding loan amount would be imposed if the loan is repaid in full at or before maturity unless such prepayment funds are obtained from a permanent mortgage loan with the lender.

 

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11. FINANCE LEASE OBLIGATION

 

In August 2013, the Company entered into a sale/leaseback financing arrangement with Paradigm Commercial Capital Group Corp (“Paradigm”) pursuant to which it sold its research and development and manufacturing equipment in consideration for net cash proceeds of $133,000. These cash proceeds were net of a deposit on the lease of $15,000 and transaction costs of $5,000. Under this arrangement, the Company is leasing back the equipment over a 24-month period, with an option to extend the lease for an additional six months. The fixed recurring monthly lease payment amount is $8,000. If the Company does not exercise the six-month extension option, then the parties will negotiate a repurchase price to be paid by the Company for the equipment. If the Company does exercise its option to extend, then ownership of the equipment will automatically revert back to the Company at the end of the option period. The effective interest rate on this lease is 36.6%.

 

In accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, this sale/leaseback is required to be accounted for as a financing lease. Under this accounting method, the equipment and accumulated depreciation remains on the Company’s books and records as if the Company still owned the equipment. This accounting treatment is in accordance with ASC 840-40-25-4, Accounting for Sale-Leaseback Transactions. In addition, the discounted present value of the lease payments is recorded as a lease finance obligation. The difference between the gross sales price for the equipment and the net proceeds received amounted to $20,000, which has been recorded as unamortized discount on finance lease obligation. This amount is being amortized to interest expense using the interest method over the 30-month term of the lease, including the option period. The finance lease obligation is secured by all of the equipment included in the sale/leaseback transaction and the personal guaranty of George J. Coates.

 

For the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, interest expense on this lease amounted to $51,000 and $21,000, respectively, which is included in interest expense in the accompanying statements of operations.

 

12. ACCOUNTS PAYABLE AND ACCRUED LIABILITIES

 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities at December 31, are as follows:

 

   2014   2013 
Legal and professional fees  $1,290,000   $1,388,000 
Accrued interest expense   374,000    264,000 
General and administrative expenses   194,000    301,000 
Research and development costs   115,000    115,000 
Accrued compensation and benefits   10,000    196,000 
         Total  $1,983,000   $2,264,000 

 

13. PROMISSORY NOTES TO RELATED PARTIES

 

Promissory Notes Issued to George J. Coates 

 

During the year ended December 31, 2013, the Company issued, in a series of transactions, promissory notes to George J. Coates and received cash proceeds of $105,000. During the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 the Company repaid promissory notes to George J. Coates in the aggregate principal amount of $200,000 and $67,000, respectively. The promissory notes are payable on demand and provide for interest at the rate of 17% per annum, compounded monthly.

 

During the period from March 28, 1991 through April 15, 1994, Mr. Coates made cash outlays of his own personal funds to acquire the Company’s headquarters, research and development and warehouse facility amounting to $950,000. Mr. Coates contributed this property to the Company and did not receive any consideration for this contribution. At that time, the $950,000 purchase price was added to the Company’s additional paid-in capital. Mr. Coates has been anticipating that these monies would be repaid to him at such time that the Company had sufficient working capital for this purpose. On April 28, 2014, the board of directors adopted a resolution to make a compensatory award of $950,000 in the form of a non-interest bearing promissory note payable on demand due to Mr. Coates. The intent of this resolution was to compensate Mr. Coates for his lost benefits of ownership of the Company’s headquarters, research and development and warehouse facility subsequent to the date he contributed this property. Mr. Coates offered to apply this amount towards the purchase of additional shares of the Company’s common stock.

 

On April 29, 2014, the board of directors adopted another resolution to convert this non-interest bearing demand loan in the amount of $950,000, along with $50,000 of interest bearing, 17% promissory notes due to Mr. Coates into shares of the Company’s common stock, bringing the total amount converted to $1 million. The conversion price per share was determined to be equal to the closing trading price of the common stock on April 29, 2014. The closing trading price on that date was $0.0252 per share. As a result of this resolution, 39,682,540 restricted shares of common stock were issued to Mr. Coates as of April 29, 2014. As a result of the conversion of the promissory notes into shares of common stock, stockholders experienced a dilution. The percentage of the Company owned by non-affiliate shareholders decreased from 32.9% to 29.5% of the outstanding common stock of the Company. The net effect on the Company’s balance sheet was to decrease current liabilities by $50,000 and decrease stockholders’ deficit by the same amount.

 

In addition, during May 2014, by mutual consent between Mr. Coates and the Company, the remaining $370,000 principal amount of the promissory notes due to Mr. Coates was converted into restricted shares of common stock of the Company at the closing price per share of $0.029 on May 30, 2014. These promissory notes arose from cash lent to the Company for working capital purposes from Mr. Coates’ personal funds. As a result, the Company issued 12,749,162 shares of restricted common stock to Mr. Coates. In September 2014, by mutual consent between Mr. Coates and the Company, a $200,000 portion of the transaction converting promissory notes to common stock was rescinded. Accordingly, 6,896,552 shares of common stock were returned, cancelled and restored to authorized, unissued status and $200,000 of promissory notes due to Mr. Coates was reinstated as a liability. The net result of this transaction and the partial rescission of this transaction was to reduce current liabilities by $170,000 and reduce stockholders’ deficiency by the same amount. In addition, annual interest expense will be reduced by approximately $29,000.

 

 

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Promissory Note Issued to Gregory G. Coates

 

During the period from August 21, 1995 to February 14, 1996, Gregory G. Coates, son of George J. Coates, President, Technology Division and director, in a series of payments, made cash outlays from his own personal funds on behalf of the Company, in an amount which aggregated $1,462,000 to provide needed working capital to the Company in order for it to continue its operations. Gregory G. Coates contributed these funds to the Company and did not receive any consideration for this contribution. At that time, the $1,462,000 of cash outlays was added to the Company’s additional paid-in capital. Gregory G. Coates has been anticipating that these monies would be repaid to him at such time that the Company had sufficient working capital for this purpose. Gregory G. Coates has requested that this amount of additional paid-in capital be converted into a non-interest bearing promissory note. On April 28, 2014, the board of directors adopted a resolution to convert $1,462,000 of additional paid-in capital of the Company into a non-interest bearing promissory note payable on demand, due to Gregory G. Coates. As a result, the Company’s additional paid-in capital decreased by $1,462,000 and current liabilities increased by $1,462,000.

 

Promissory Notes Issued to Bernadette Coates 

 

During the year ended December 31, 2013 the Company issued, in a series of transactions, promissory notes to Bernadette Coates, spouse of George J. Coates and received cash proceeds of $68,000. During the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 the Company repaid promissory notes in the aggregate principal amount of $80,000 and $10,000, respectively. The promissory notes were payable on demand and provided for interest at the rate of 17% per annum, compounded monthly.

 

For the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, aggregate interest expense on all promissory notes to related parties amounted to $112,000 and $130,000, respectively. Unpaid accrued interest on these promissory notes amounting to $342,000 is included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities in the accompanying balance sheet at December 31, 2014.

 

14. 10% CONVERTIBLE NOTE TO RELATED PARTY

 

In June 2014, a 10% promissory note with a balance due of $17,000, including accrued interest thereon, held by Dr. Michael J. Suchar, director, was converted into 612,664 restricted shares of common stock at a conversion price equal to the closing price of the common stock on the date of conversion of $0.0285 per share.

 

15. CONVERTIBLE PROMISSORY NOTES AND EMBEDDED DERIVATIVE LIABILITY

 

From time to time, the Company issues convertible promissory notes. The net proceeds from these transactions are used for general working capital purposes. During the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, $996,000 and $398,000, respectively, of convertible promissory notes were issued. The notes may be converted into unregistered shares of the Company’s common stock at a discount ranging from 30% to 42% of the defined trading price of the common stock on the date of conversion. The defined trading prices are based on the trading price of the stock during a defined period ranging from ten to twenty-five trading days immediately preceding the date of conversion. The conversion rate discount establishes a beneficial conversion feature (“BCF”) or unamortized discount which is required to be valued and accreted to interest expense over the six-month period until the conversion of the notes into restricted shares of common stock is permitted. In addition, the conversion formula meets the conditions that require accounting for them as derivative liability instruments.

 

All of the convertible notes become convertible, in whole, or in part, beginning on the six month anniversary of the issuance date and may be prepaid at the option of the Company, generally with a prepayment penalty of from 25% to 50% of the principal amount of the convertible note at any time prior to becoming eligible for conversion.

 

One convertible promissory note with a balance of $132,000 is convertible in monthly installments. The Company may elect, at its option to repay each monthly installment in whole, or in part, in cash without penalty. The amount of each installment not paid in cash is converted into shares of the Company’s common stock. This convertible note also requires that the conversion price be re-measured 23 trading days after the conversion shares are originally delivered. If the re-measured conversion price is lower, then the Company is required to issue additional conversion shares to the noteholder.

 

In accordance with GAAP, the estimated fair value of the embedded derivative liability related to the Convertible Notes is required to be remeasured at each balance sheet date. The estimated fair value of the embedded derivative liabilities related to promissory notes outstanding was measured as the aggregate estimated fair value, based on Level 2 inputs, which included the average of the quoted daily yield curve rates on six-month and one-year treasury securities and the calculated 12-month historical volatility rate on the Company’s common stock.

 

The embedded derivative liability arises because, based on historical trading patterns of the Company’s stock, the formula for determining the Conversion Rate is expected to result in a different Conversion Rate than the closing price of the stock on the actual date of conversion (hereinafter referred to as the “Variable Conversion Rate Differential”). The estimated fair values of the derivative liabilities have been calculated based on a Black-Scholes option pricing model.

 

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The following table presents the details of the convertible promissory notes outstanding at December 31, 2014 and 2013, including the balance of the unamortized discount and the amount of the embedded derivative liability, where applicable:

 

   Principal Amount               Unamortized Discount  

Embedded

Derivative Liability

 
Date Issued  December 31, 2014   December 31, 2013   Nominal Interest Rate   Effective Interest Rate(1)   Conversion Price Discount from Defined Trading Price   December 31, 2014   December 31, 2013   December 31, 2014   December 31, 2013 
12/16/14  $28,000    N/A    12.00%   55%   40.0%  $8,000    N/A   $31,000    N/A 
12/5/14   53,000    N/A    8.00%   160%   39.0%   42,000    N/A    20,000    N/A 
11/25/14   52,000    N/A    9.75%   91%   30.0%   24,000    N/A    41,000    N/A 
11/14/14   40,000    N/A    8.00%   139%   32.5%   30,000    N/A    54,000    N/A 
10/2/14   40,000    N/A    8.00%   113%   35.0%   16,000    N/A    43,000    N/A 
9/29/14   53,000    N/A    8.00%   118%   39.0%   29,000    N/A    20,000    N/A 
9/3/14   39,000    N/A    12.00%   139%   40.0%   15,000    N/A    38,000    N/A 
8/29/14   53,000    N/A    8.00%   105%   39.0%   13,000    N/A    17,000    N/A 
8/8/14   52,000    N/A    9.75%   72%   30.0%   5,000    N/A    41,000    N/A 
7/28/14   30,000    N/A    12.00%   156%   30.0%   6,000    N/A    25,000    N/A 
7/9/14   83,000    N/A    8.00%   120%   39.0%   5,000    N/A    15,000    N/A 
7/8/14   50,000    N/A    5.00%   106%   37.0%   2,000    N/A    31,000    N/A 
6/12/14   47,000    N/A    8.00%   147%   40.0%   -         N/A    46,000    N/A 
4/16/14   25,000    N/A    12.00%   147%   30.0%   -         N/A    17,000    N/A 
4/16/14   24,000    N/A    12.00%   175%   40.0%   -         N/A    15,000    N/A 
4/2/14   27,000    N/A    9.75%   71%   30.0%   -         N/A    22,000    N/A 
12/11/13   -         28,000    10.00%   134%   42.0%   N/A    22,000    N/A    43,000 
12/10/13   -         28,000    12.00%   117%   40.0%   N/A    19,000    N/A    45,000 
12/9/13   -         28,000    10.00%   134%   42.0%   N/A    22,000    N/A    43,000 
11/27/13   -         32,000    8.00%   133%   39.0%   N/A    25,000    N/A    33,000 
10/11/13   -         47,000    8.00%   147%   39.0%   N/A    31,000    N/A    48,000 
8/14/13   -         28,000    12.00%   147%   40.0%   N/A    14,000    N/A    45,000 
8/8/13   -         53,000    8.00%   147%   39.0%   N/A    14,000    N/A    53,000 
6/4/13   -         28,000    12.00%   92%   40.0%   N/A    -         N/A    45,000 
3/21/13   -         -         12.00%   76%   40.0%   N/A    -         N/A    12,000 
   $696,000   $272,000                  $195,000   $147,000   $476,000   $367,000 

 

(1)The effective interest rate reflects the rate required to fully amortize the unamortized discount over the six-month period until the Notes become convertible.

 

In a series of transactions, during the year ended December 31, 2014, convertible promissory notes with an aggregate principal balance of $627,000, including accrued interest thereon were converted into 48,251,621 unregistered shares of common stock.

 

In a series of transactions, during the year ended December 31, 2013, convertible promissory notes with an aggregate principal balance of $271,000, including accrued interest thereon were converted into 13,718,349 unregistered shares of common stock.

 

Other expense resulting from the increase in the estimated fair value of the embedded derivative liabilities amounted to ($104,000) and ($210,000) for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively. These amounts are included in the accompanying statements of operations as Increase in estimated fair value of embedded derivative liabilities. Interest expense resulting from accretion of the unamortized discount for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 amounted to $697,000 and $283,000, respectively.

 

At December 31, 2014, the Company had reserved 263,703,000 shares of its unissued common stock for conversion of convertible promissory notes.

 

The Company made the private placement of these securities in reliance upon Section 4(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”), Rule 506 of Regulation D, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, and/or upon any other exemption from the registration requirements of the Act, as applicable.

 

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16. CAPITAL STOCK

 

Common Stock

 

The Company’s common stock is traded on OTC Pink Sheets. Investors can find real-time quotes and market information for the Company at www.otcmarkets.com market system under the ticker symbol COTE. The Company is authorized to issue up to 1,000,000,000 shares of common stock, par value, $0.0001 per share (the “Common Stock”).

 

Pursuant to anti-dilution provisions which became effective January 2012, Mr. Coates was awarded one share of restricted common stock for each new share of stock issued to any individual or entity that was not a member of, or controlled by, the Coates Family. On August 30, 2013, these anti-dilution provisions were canceled and Mr. Coates voluntarily returned all shares of common stock awarded to him under these provisions.

 

The following common stock transactions occurred during the year ended December 31, 2014:

 

  In a series of transactions, the Company made private sales, pursuant to stock purchase agreements of 16,456,076 unregistered shares of its common stock and 16,456,076 common stock warrants to purchase one restricted share of its common stock at exercise prices ranging from $0.02 to $0.04 per share in consideration for $515,000 received from the son of Dr. Richard W. Evans, a director. The proceeds were used for general working capital.
     
  In a series of transactions, the Company issued 4,403,403 registered shares of common stock to Dutchess Opportunity Fund II, LP under an equity line of credit in consideration for $162,000. The proceeds were used for general working capital.
     
  In two transactions during April and May, 17% promissory notes due to George J. Coates having a principal balance of $420,000 were converted, by mutual consent, into 14,733,289 restricted shares of common stock at an average price per share of $0.0285 which was equal to the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the dates of conversion. In August 2014, by mutual consent between the Company and George J. Coates, the conversion of $200,000 of these 17% promissory notes was rescinded. Accordingly, 6,896,552 of the shares issued to Mr. Coates were returned for cancellation and restored to authorized, unissued status and the $200,000 principal amount of the promissory note was reinstated.
     
  A non-interest bearing promissory note due to George J. Coates in the principal amount of $950,000 was converted, by mutual consent, into 37,698,413 restricted shares of common stock at an average price per share of $0.0252 which was equal to the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the date of conversion.
     
  A 10% promissory note with a balance of $17,000 due to Michael J. Suchar, director, was converted, by mutual consent, into 612,664 restricted shares of common stock at an average price per share of $0.0285 which was equal to the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the date of conversion.

  

In a series of transactions, convertible promissory notes, including accrued interest thereon aggregating $627,000 were converted into 48,251,621 unregistered shares of the Company’s common stock,

 

The Company received proceeds of $10,000 from the son of Richard W. Evans, a director for the exercise of stock purchase warrants with an exercise price of $0.02 per share and issued 500,000 unregistered shares of its common stock. The proceeds were used for general working capital.

 

F-19
 

 

The following common stock transactions occurred during the year ended December 31, 2013:

 

  In a series of transactions, the Company made private sales, pursuant to stock purchase agreements of 4,666,666 unregistered shares of its common stock and 5,566,668 common stock warrants to purchase one share of its common stock at exercise prices ranging from $0.015 to of $0.04 per share in consideration for $125,000 received from the son of Richard W. Evans, a director. The proceeds were used for general working capital.
     
  In a series of transactions, the Company issued 3,618,676 registered shares of its common stock to Dutchess Opportunity Fund II, LP under an equity line of credit in consideration for $156,000. The proceeds were used for general working capital.
     
  In a series of transactions, the Company issued 14,142,085 unregistered shares of its common stock to George J. Coates for anti-dilution protection related to new shares of common stock issued in 2013. The estimated value of these shares, based on the closing trading price of the stock on the dates of the issuances was $420,000. On August 30, 2013, these shares were voluntarily returned to the Company for cancellation, upon which the shares were restored to authorized, unissued status.

  

In January 2013, the Company issued 20,895,046 unregistered shares of its common stock to George J. Coates in satisfaction of a deferred compensation liability consisting of 20,275,046 shares for anti-dilution protection for the year ended December 31, 2012 and a 620,000 share stock award originally granted in 2011. The value of these shares, based on the closing trading price on the dates of the anti-dilution or the date of the stock award was $1,761,000, of which $1,674,000 and $87,000 was charged to stock compensation expense during the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. On August 30, 2013, these shares were voluntarily returned to the Company for cancellation, upon which the shares were restored to authorized, unissued status.

  

As discussed in more detail in Note 15, in a series of transactions, convertible promissory notes with an aggregate principal balance, including accrued interest of $271,000 were converted into 13,718,349 unregistered shares of the Company’s common stock.

 

The Company received proceeds of $10,000 from the son of Richard W. Evans, a director for the exercise of stock purchase warrants with an exercise price of $0.015 per share and issued 666,667 unregistered shares of its common stock. The proceeds were used for general working capital.

 

At December 31, 2014, the Company had reserved 312,047,911 shares of its common stock to cover the potential conversion of convertible securities and exercise of stock options and warrants.

 

Preferred Stock and anti-dilution rights

 

The Company is authorized to issue 100,000,000 shares of preferred stock, par value, $0.001 per share (the “Preferred Stock”). The Company may issue any class of the Preferred Stock in any series. The board is authorized to establish and designate series, and to fix the number of shares included in each such series and the relative rights, preferences and limitations as between series, provided that, if the stated dividends and amounts payable on liquidation are not paid in full, the shares of all series of the same class shall share ratably in the payment of dividends including accumulations, if any, in accordance with the sums which would be payable on such shares if all dividends were declared and paid in full, and in any distribution of assets other than by way of dividends in accordance with the sums which would be payable on such distribution if all sums payable were discharged in full. Shares of each such series when issued shall be designated to distinguish the shares of each series from shares of all other series.

 

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There are two series of Preferred Stock that have been designated to date from the total 100,000,000 authorized shares of Preferred Stock. These are as follows:

 

Series A Preferred Stock, par value $0.001 per share (“Series A”), 1,000,000 shares designated and 50,000 and 141,473 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively. Shares of Series A entitle the holder to 10,000 votes per share on all matters brought before the shareholders for a vote. These shares are not entitled to receive dividends or share in distributions of capital and have no liquidation preference. All outstanding shares of Series A are owned by George. J. Coates.

  

In order to enable the Company to raise needed working capital, an anti-dilution arrangement was established which authorized the issuance of shares of Series A to George J. Coates to restore the Coates Family’s voting percentage upon any future issuance of new shares of the Company’s common stock as a result of a sale or conversion of securities into common stock, provided, however, that no anti-dilution protection shall be available in connection with public offerings of the Company’s securities.

 

During the period from January 1, 2014 to July 2, 2014, and during the year ended December 31, 2013, 40,191 and 68,590 shares, respectively, of Series A were granted and issued to George J. Coates pursuant to this anti-dilution agreement. On July 3, 2014 all of the 181,664 shares of Series A previously issued to George J. Coates were converted into shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value per share (“Series B”), as more fully explained below. All such converted shares of Series A were cancelled and restored to authorized, unissued status. At the same time, the aforementioned anti-dilution protection for Mr. Coates, pursuant to which shares of Series A may be issued, was cancelled and replaced with a new anti-dilution protection arrangement which involves the issuance of shares of Series B as more fully explained below. On August 1, 2014, 50,000 shares of Series A were issued to George J. Coates as an inducement to him to consider future offers from investors to acquire substantial ownership interests in the Company as a means of raising substantial new working capital for the Company. At December 31, 2014, Mr. Coates held all 50,000 shares of Series A outstanding, which entitle him to 500 million votes in addition to his voting rights from the shares of common stock and the shares of Series B he holds.

 

Each issuance of shares of Series A to George J. Coates did not have any effect on the share of dividends or liquidation value of the holders of the Company’s common stock. However, the voting rights of the holders of the Company’s common stock are diluted with each issuance.

 

In 2014, the Company arranged for an independent professional services firm to determine the estimated fair value of the shares of Series A provided to Mr. Coates. Based on this estimated valuation, the aggregate estimated fair value of the 50,000 shares of Series A issued to Mr. Coates on August 1, 2014, was $69,000, or $1.38 per share. Total non-cash, stock-based compensation expense from the grant of shares of Series A to Mr. Coates, including the shares converted to Series B for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, amounted to $169,000 and $170,000, respectively. This amount is included in stock-based compensation expense in the accompanying statements of operations.

 

Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, par value $0.001 per share, 1,000,000 shares designated and 585,502 and -0- shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively. Shares of Series B do not earn any dividends and may be converted at the option of the holder at any time beginning on the second annual anniversary date after the date of issuance into 1,000 unregistered shares of the Company’s common stock. Holders of the Series B are entitled to one thousand votes per share held on all matters brought before the shareholders for a vote. 

 

In the event that either (i) the Company enters into an underwriting agreement for a secondary public offering of securities, or (ii) a change in control of the Company is consummated representing 50% more of the then outstanding shares of Company’s common stock, plus the number of shares of common stock into which any convertible preferred stock is convertible, regardless of whether or not such shares are otherwise eligible for conversion, then the Series B may be immediately converted at the option of the holder into restricted shares of the Company’s common stock. 

 

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On July 3, 2014, the board of directors consented to (i) the conversion of all of the 181,664 shares of Series A held by George J. Coates into shares of Series B at a conversion rate of one share of Series B for each share of Series A, (ii) an anti-dilution award of an additional 75,000 shares of Series B to Mr. Coates; and (iii) a modified anti-dilution plan, effective as of July 3, 2014 (the “Modified Plan”) for George J. Coates.

 

The anti-dilution award of an additional 75,000 shares of Series B to Mr. Coates was determined to be the number of shares of Series B required to restore Mr. Coates’ ownership percentage of outstanding common stock on a pro forma basis to 78%, assuming all of the Series B shares were converted into common stock. The ownership percentage of 78% represents the percentage of outstanding common stock that Mr. Coates originally held at December 31, 2002.

 

Under the Modified Plan, for each new share of common stock issued by the Company to non-Coates family members in the future, additional shares of Series B will be issued to Mr. Coates equal to that number of shares of Series B required to maintain his ownership percentage of outstanding shares of common stock outstanding on a pro forma basis, at 78%.

 

These anti-dilution provisions do not apply to new shares of common stock issued in connection with exercises of employee stock options, a secondary public offering of the Company’s securities or a merger or acquisition.

 

On July 28, 2014, the board of directors consented to an anti-dilution program which provides that shares of Series B be issued to Gregory G. Coates whenever new shares of common stock are issued to non-Coates family members in order to maintain his ownership percentage of common stock at 5.31% of the pro forma number of shares of common stock outstanding, assuming all shares of Series B were converted to common stock. This was his percentage ownership of common stock at December 31, 2002.

 

On July 28, 2014, the board of directors consented to an anti-dilution program which provides that shares of Series B be issued to Barry C. Kaye whenever new shares of common stock are issued to non-Coates family members in order to maintain his ownership percentage of common stock at 0.04157% of the pro forma number of shares of common stock outstanding, assuming all shares of Series B were converted to common stock. This was the weighted average percentage ownership of common stock he purchased, based on the number of shares of common stock outstanding on each date he acquired additional shares of common stock.

 

The issuance of these shares of Series B to Gregory G. Coates and Barry C. Kaye triggered the issuance of an additional 115,006 shares of Series B to George J. Coates, in accordance with the anti-dilution program in effect for George J. Coates.

 

Under this new anti-dilution Plan, for each new share of common stock issued by the Company to non-Coates family members in the future, additional shares of Series B will be issued to Gregory G. Coates and Barry C. Kaye equal to that number of shares of Series B required to maintain their ownership percentage of outstanding shares of common stock outstanding on a pro forma basis, at 5.31% and 0.04157%, respectively.

 

As a result of the new anti-dilution arrangements put into place during 2014, the number of shares of Series B outstanding at December 31, 2014 totaled 585,502 consisting of 541,933, 40,593 and 2,976 shares held by George J. Coates, Gregory G. Coates and Barry C. Kaye, respectively.

 

In 2014, the Company arranged for an independent professional services firm to determine the estimated fair value of the shares of Series B. Based on this estimated valuation, the aggregate estimated fair value of the 585,502 shares of Series B was $8,721,000, which was included in stock-based compensation expense in the accompanying statement of operations for the year ended December 31, 2014.

 

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In the event that all of the 585,502 shares of Series B outstanding were converted, once the conversion restrictions lapse, an additional 585,502,000 new unregistered shares of common stock would be issued. On a pro forma basis, based on the number of shares of common stock outstanding at December 31, 2014, this would dilute the ownership percentage of non-affiliated stockholders from 35.7% to 15.3%.

 

To the extent that additional shares of Series B are issued under the anti-dilution plan, the non-affiliated stockholders’ percentage ownership of the Company would be further diluted.

 

17. UNEARNED REVENUE

 

The Company has received a non-refundable deposit from Almont in connection with its orders for natural gas fueled electric power CSRV® engine generators. The $19,000 unused balance of these deposited funds is included in unearned revenue in the accompanying balance sheets at December 31, 2014 and 2013.

 

18. SUBLICENSING FEE REVENUE

 

Sublicensing fee revenue for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, amounted to $19,000 and $19,000, respectively. The Company is recognizing the license deposit of $300,000 on the Canadian Licensee as revenue on a straight-line basis over the approximate remaining life until 2027 of the last CSRV® technology patent in force.

 

19. EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

 

Employee Compensation and benefits for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, amounted to $10,401,000 and $1,047,000, respectively. This was comprised of non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $10,174,000 and $614,000 for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively. The increase in 2014 primarily resulted from charging to expense, the estimated fair value of shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock issued to key executives for anti-dilution. The other component of employee compensation and benefits was for salaries, wages and employee benefits, which amounted to $227,000 and 433,000 for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively. The decrease in 2014 was due to an increase in the portion of compensation and benefits allocated to research and development expenses to $401,000 in 2014 from $237,000 in 2013 and a reduction in payroll taxes and certain employee benefit costs. Included in compensation and benefits for 2014 and 2013 was unpaid salaries for George J. Coates and Bernadette Coates totaling $317,000 and $288,000, for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively, payment of which has been voluntarily deferred until such time that the Company has sufficient working capital.

 

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20. INCOME (LOSS) PER SHARE

 

At December 31, 2014, the Company had 176,919,302 shares of common stock potentially issuable upon assumed conversion of:

 

Description  Number of Underlying Shares of Common Stock   Exercise Price   Number Vested   Number Non-Vested 
Common stock options   703,000   $0.02800    -        703,000 
Common stock options   100,000    0.04200    100,000    -     
Common stock options   5,607,000    0.06000    5,607,000    -     
Common stock options   1,800,000    0.24000    1,800,000    -     
Common stock options   2,000,000   &nbs