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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-K 

 

ANNUAL REPORT UNDER SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE EXCHANGE ACT

 

For the transition period from _________ to ________

 

Commission File No. 000-55127

 

(BLUESPHERE LOGO) 

  

Blue Sphere Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
Nevada 98-0550257
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
 
301 McCullough Drive, 4th Floor, Charlotte, North Carolina 28262
(Address of principal executive offices) (zip code)
 
704-909-2806
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
 
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Exchange Act of 1934: None. 

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Exchange Act of 1934: Common Stock, $0.001 per share. 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933.

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 Exchange Act of 1934.

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.

Yes  ☐    No  ☐

 

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 Exchange Act).

Yes  ☐    No  ☒ 

 

The aggregate market value of the registrant’s common stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant was approximately $8,670,232, based on the closing sales price of the registrant’s common stock as of the last business day of its most recently completed second fiscal quarter. For purposes of calculating the aggregate market value of shares of our common stock held by non-affiliates as set forth on the cover page of this Annual Report on Form 10-K, we have assumed that all outstanding shares are held by non-affiliates, except for shares held by each of our executive officers, directors and 10% or greater stockholders. These assumptions should not be deemed to constitute an admission that all executive officers, directors and 10% or greater stockholders are, in fact, affiliates of our company, or that there are not other persons who may be deemed to be affiliates of our company. Further information concerning shareholdings of our officers, directors and principal stockholders is included or incorporated by reference in Part III, Item 12 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

  

As of February 14, 2017, there were 279,913,848 shares of the Registrant’s common stock, par value $0.001 per share (“Common Stock”), issued and outstanding.

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

     
PART I   2
  Item 1. Business 2
  Item 1A. Risk Factors 11
  Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments 12
  Item 2. Properties 12
  Item 3. Legal Proceedings 12
  Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures 12
PART II   13
  Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities 13
  Item 6. Selected Financial Data 16
  Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations 16
  Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk 18
  Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data 18
  Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure 18
  Item 9A. Controls and Procedures 18
  Item 9B. Other Information 18
PART III   19
  Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance 19
  Item 11. Executive Compensation 23
  Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management 30
  Item 13. Certain Relationships, Related Transactions and Director Independence 32
  Item 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services 33
  Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules 34
APPENDIX A – FINANCIAL STATEMENTS F-1

 

 

 

Our audited financial statements are stated in United States dollars (“U.S. $”, “$” or “USD”) and are prepared in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”). In this annual report, unless otherwise specified, all dollar amounts are expressed in United States Dollars.

 

As used in this report, the terms “we”, “us”, “our”, “Blue Sphere” or the “Company” mean Blue Sphere Corp. and its subsidiaries, unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

 

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

 

This report contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are projections in respect of future events or our future financial performance. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “may”, “should”, “expects”, “plans”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “estimates”, “predicts”, “potential” or “continue” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including the risks set out below, any of which may cause our or our industry’s actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks include, without limitation, (i) uncertainties regarding our ability to obtain adequate financing on a timely basis including financing for specific projects, (ii) the financial and operating performance of our projects, (iii) uncertainties regarding the market for and value of carbon credits, renewable energy credits and other environmental attributes, (iv) political and governmental risks associated with the countries in which we may operate, (v) unanticipated delays associated with project implementation including designing, constructing and equipping projects, as well as delays in obtaining required government permits and approvals, (vi) the development stage of our business and (vii) our lack of operating history.

 

This list is not an exhaustive list of the factors that may affect an of our forward-looking statements. These and other factors should be considered carefully and readers should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements.

 

Forward-looking statements are made based on management’s beliefs, estimates and opinions on the date the statements are made and we undertake no obligation to update forward-looking statements if these beliefs, estimates and opinions or other circumstances should change. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Except as required by applicable law, including the securities laws of the United States, we do not intend to update any of the forward-looking statements to conform these statements to actual results.

 

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PART I

 

Item 1. Business

 

Company Overview

 

We are an international Independent Power Producer (“IPP”) that is active in the global clean energy production and waste-to-energy markets. We aspire to become a key player in these rapidly growing markets by developing or acquiring projects with clean energy technologies, including but not limited to waste-to-energy facilities that generate clean energy, such as electricity, natural gas, heat, soil amendment and other by-products. These markets provide tremendous opportunity, insofar as we believe there is a virtually endless supply of waste and organic material that can be used to generate power and valuable by-products. In particular, the disposal of organic material to landfills in most parts of the world is a costly problem with environmentally-damaging consequences. We seek to offer a cost-effective, environmentally-safe alternative.

 

We are currently developing, constructing or operating, as applicable, fourteen (14) projects related to our strategy of acquisition, development or operations of waste-to-energy facilities, which includes developing projects for which we have entered into nonbinding letters of intent to acquire additional biogas facilities in Italy and to develop and construct waste-to-energy facilities in the United States, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Israel. We continue to evaluate a pipeline of similar projects in the pre-development phase in the above listed countries and we are also evaluating projects in other countries such as the Czech Republic, Poland, Canada and Mexico.

We are currently developing, constructing or operating, as indicated below, the following projects:

 

United States (under construction)

  Johnston, RI Waste to Energy Anaerobic Digester 3.2 MW Plant

 

United States (operating)

  Charlotte, NC Waste to Energy Anaerobic Digester 5.2 MW Plant

 

United States (developing)

  Red Springs, NC. New Construction waste-to-energy Anaerobic Digester 3.0 MW Plant

 

  Wallace, NC. New Construction waste-to-energy Anaerobic Digester 3.0 MW Plant

 

Italy (operating)

  Soc. agr. AGRICERERE srl – Tromello (Blue Sphere Pavia) 999 KW Plant

 

  Soc. agr. AGRIELEKTRA srl – Alagna (Blue Sphere Pavia) 999 KW Plant

 

  Soc. agr. AGRISORSE srl – Garlasco (Blue Sphere Pavia) 999 KW Plant

 

  Soc. agr. GEFA srl – Dorno (Blue Sphere Pavia) 999 KW Plant

 

Italy (developing)

  Cortona, Italy. Acquisition of fully operating 1.28MW Clean Energy Plants from Pronto-Verde, A.G.

 

  Cantu, Italy. Acquisition of fully operating 1MW Clean Energy Plant from Pronto-Verde, A.G.

 

  Udine, Italy. Acquisition of fully operating 1MW Clean Energy Plant from Pronto-Verde, A.G.

 

  Ostellato, Italy. New Construction of two 1MW Anaerobic Digester Plants with Energy Lab, S.p.A

 

The Netherlands (developing)

  Sterksel, NL. New Construction waste-to-energy Anaerobic Digester 10.0 MW Plant *

 

  Terramass, NL. New Construction waste-to-energy Anaerobic Digester 2.5 MW Plant

 

  * On December 8, 2016, Blue Sphere Brabant B.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company in the Netherlands, won a grant to sell renewable gas on a per MWg basis to Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (“RVO”) under the Renewable Energy Production Incentive Scheme.  The grant provides for the sale of up to 234,466.589 MWh per year, for a maximum total value of the grant equal to  €151,934,350.00 (approximately USD $161,642,955) paid over twelve (12) years, from the date the facility begins production.  The grant is conditioned upon the following: (1) the construction must be assigned to a supplier (EPC) within one (1) year, with RVO receiving a copy of the assignment; (2) the facility must  begin production within four (4) years; (3) notice of any material changes (i.e., in location, receiver, power, required dates, etc.) must be given to RVO; and (4) RVO is entitled to receive an annual progress report of the realization of the facility

 

The United Kingdom (developing)

  Carlton Forest, GB. New Construction waste-to-energy Pyrolysis Plant 7.5MW (electricity) + 10MW (thermal)

 

  Hull, GB. New Construction waste-to-energy Pyrolysis Plant 15MW (electricity) + 15MW (thermal)

 

  Hartlepool, GB. New Construction waste-to-energy Pyrolysis Plant 4.5MW (electricity) + 8MW (thermal)

 

  Seal Sands, GB. New Construction waste-to-energy Pyrolysis Plant 16MW (electricity) + 23MW (thermal)

 

Israel (developing)

  Rishon, IL. New Construction of a MRF (Materials Recycling Facility) + a 2.5MW Anaerobic Digester Plant

 

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Our strategy is to continue to expand in the future, including through acquisition of additional projects. From time to time we enter into nonbinding letters of intent for projects that we are evaluating. However, until the negotiations are finalized and the parties have executed a definitive agreement, there can be no assurance that we will be able to enter into any development or acquisition transaction, on the terms in the applicable letter of intent or at all, or any other similar arrangements. Furthermore, any such transactions that we do enter into would be subject to the uncertainties regarding our existing projects described in the “Risk Factors” section. 

 

Our United States Projects

 

On October 19, 2012, we entered into definitive project agreements in respect of both the North Carolina and Rhode Island sites with Orbit Energy, Inc. (“Orbit”), pursuant to which we would be entitled to full ownership of each of the entities that owns the rights to implement the respective projects (Orbit Energy Charlotte, LLC in the case of the North Carolina project (“OEC”) and Orbit Energy Rhode Island, LLC in the case of the Rhode Island project (“OERI”)), subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions.

 

Our North Carolina Project

 

The Amended OEC Purchase Agreement  

On November 19, 2014, we signed an amended and restated purchase agreement with Orbit for the North Carolina project (the “Amended OEC Purchase Agreement”). Subject to the terms of the Amended OEC Purchase Agreement, Orbit transferred full ownership of OEC to us in exchange for our agreeing to pay Orbit a development fee of $900,000, reimbursement of $17,764 of Orbit’s expenses, and an amount equal to 30% of the distributable cash flow from the North Carolina project after the project achieves a post-recoupment 30% internal rate of return computed on the basis of any and all benefits from tax credits, depreciation and other incentives of any nature. We also agreed to use high solid anaerobic digester units designed by Orbit (the “HSAD Units”) and to retain Orbit to implement and operate the HSAD Units for an annual management fee of $187,500 (the “OEC Management Fee”), subject to certain conditions. The Amended OEC Purchase Agreement provided that we had until December 15, 2014 to pay Orbit the development fee and reimbursement amount, which was extended to January 15, 2015 upon payment by us to Orbit of $75,000. We did not subsequently pay Orbit the development fee and reimbursement amount and, pursuant to the terms of the Amended OEC Purchase Agreement, ownership of OEC reverted back to Orbit on January 15, 2015.

 

Concord Energy Partners, LLC  

On January 30, 2015, (i) the Company, Concord Energy Partners, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“Concord”) and York Renewable Energy Partners LLC (“York”) entered into a development and indemnification agreement (the “Concord Development and Indemnification Agreement”), pursuant to which in 2015 York funded Concord’s payment to us of $1,250,000 in development fees, and Concord issued us 250 Series B units of Concord (“Concord Series B Units”) and issued 750 Series A units of Concord (“Concord Series A Units”) to York, and (ii) we and York entered into an amended and restated limited liability company operating agreement (the “Concord LLC Agreement”) to establish the Concord Series A Units and Concord Series B Units and admit us and York as 25% and 75% members of Concord, respectively. Pursuant to the foregoing agreements, York also agreed to pay us two equal installments of $587,500 upon (a) mechanical completion of the North Carolina project and (b) commercial operation of the North Carolina project. We have received payment of the first installment.

 

Pursuant to the Concord LLC Agreement, our right to receive distributions from Concord are subject to certain priorities in favor of York, as follows: 

  (a) The unpaid rate of return, equal to nine percent (9%) per annum and compounded annually, of unrecovered capital contributions outstanding, will be paid to York;
  (b) The unpaid and unrecovered capital contributions outstanding will be paid to York;
  (c) The amount of any excess profits from “feedstock tipping fees” shall be distributed with twenty percent (20%) going to York, and eighty percent (80%) going to us;
  (d) The amount of any excess profits from “thermal energy” shall be distributed equally between us and York; and
  (e) Any amount remaining will be distributed pro-rata to us and York in proportion to York and our respective ownership of Concord.

 

In addition, our right to receive distributions upon a liquidation event of Concord are subject to certain priorities in favor of York, as follows:  

  (a) The unpaid rate of return, equal to nine percent (9%) per annum and compounded annually, of unrecovered capital contributions outstanding, will be paid to York;
  (b) The unpaid and unrecovered capital contributions outstanding will be paid to York; and
  (c) Any amount remaining will be distributed pro-rata to us and York in proportion to York and our respective ownership of Concord.

 

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Pursuant to the Concord LLC Agreement, Concord is managed by a board of managers initially consisting of three managers (the “Concord Board”). So long as York owns more than 50% of the membership interests of Concord, York is entitled to appoint two of the Concord Board’s three managers. So long as we own no less than 50% of the membership interests of Concord that we acquired pursuant to the Concord Development and Indemnification Agreement, we are entitled to appoint one manager of the Concord Board. In the event that the Concord Board determines in good faith that additional equity capital is needed by Concord and is in the best interests of the North Carolina project, the Concord Board may determine the amount of additional capital needed and issue new units to raise the necessary funds. In this case, if we do not exercise our pre-emptive right with respect to such units, our percentage interest in Concord would be reduced accordingly. The Concord LLC Agreement also contains certain restrictions on our right to transfer our membership interests in Concord to third parties.

 

The New OEC Purchase Agreement 

On January 30, 2015, we entered into the Orbit Energy Charlotte, LLC Membership Interest Purchase Agreement by and among the Company, Orbit, Concord, and OEC (the “New OEC Purchase Agreement”), pursuant to which (i) Concord purchased all of Orbit’s right, title and interest in and to the membership interests of OEC (the “OEC Interests”), (ii) Orbit abandoned all economic and ownership interest in the OEC Interests in favor of Concord, (iii) Orbit ceased to be a member of OEC and (iv) Concord was admitted as the sole member of OEC.

 

Under the Amended OEC Purchase Agreement and the New OEC Purchase Agreement, we had agreed to pay to Orbit the costs of evaluating and incorporating into the North Carolina project Orbit’s high solids anaerobic digestion technology and two HSAD Units designed by Orbit. Orbit was unable to design and install this technology into the North Carolina project, and we never paid or became obligated to pay any costs pursuant thereto. Instead, digesters designed and provided by Auspark LLC, the project’s engineering, procurement, construction and technology provider, have been incorporated into the North Carolina project.

 

The New OEC Purchase Agreement also carries forward from the Amended OEC Purchase Agreement our obligation to pay Orbit an amount equal to thirty percent (30%) of the North Carolina project’s distributable cash flow after we and the other equity investors in the North Carolina project fully recoup their respective investments in the North Carolina project (such investments to be calculated solely as amounts expended in and for the construction of the North Carolina project) and the North Carolina project achieves a thirty percent (30%) internal rate of return. The calculation of the project’s internal rate of return would take into account and be computed on the basis of any and all benefits from tax credits, depreciation and other incentives of any nature, as well as the OEC Management Fee.

 

On January 23, 2017, the Company and Orbit entered into an agreement to reduce certain of the Company’s obligations to Orbit under the Amended OEC Purchase Agreement and the New OEC Purchase Agreement, as set forth above (please refer to the above descriptions).

 

The Operations of the North Carolina project  

OEC and Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC (“Duke Energy”) are parties to an Amended and Restated Renewable Energy Purchase Agreement, dated October 12, 2012 and amended on April 25, 2013, January 31, 2014, January 20, 2015 and September 30, 2016 (as amended, the “Duke PPA”), pursuant to which OEC has agreed to sell, and Duke has agreed to purchase, the energy output of OEC’s facility, subject to the terms and conditions of the Duke PPA. Among other things, the Duke PPA required OEC to commence commercial operations by December 31, 2015 or, if not operational within 60 days of such date, pay Duke Energy $500,000 of liquidated damages, which would then extend the deadline for commercial operation to March 30, 2016. Since the commercial operations had not been commenced within 60 days of December 31, 2015, OEC was required to pay $500,000 of liquidated damages to Duke Energy pursuant to the Duke PPA during the first quarter of 2016, and York contributed these funds to OEC. The deadline for commercial operation was thereafter extended to November 23, 2016 by amendment to the Duke PPA. The Duke PPA is effective until August 21, 2030. The loss of Duke Energy as a customer of OEC could have a material adverse effect on the Company.

 

OEC is projected to require about 424 tons of organic feedstock on a daily basis and is working with organic waste suppliers to arrange supplies of feedstock. As of today, we have all definitive agreements signed to supply all feedstock needed for operation of the North Carolina project.

 

On November 18, 2016, the North Carolina project connected to the grid, commenced commercial operations and started to provide output to Duke Energy pursuant to the Duke PPA. The North Carolina facility is currently in the mechanical completion and ramp-up phase of the project. Commencement of the commercial operations includes the gradual intake of waste from the facility’s feedstock suppliers, increasing the parasitic load to the digesters, completing the waste-water-treatment resources and completing all other mechanical features needed for the facility to operate at full capacity. The Company estimates that the North Carolina project will be fully completed by the end of the second quarter of 2017.

 

As of December 31, 2016 equity earnings in the amount of $5,960,946 and Revenue from Services in the amount of $587,500 in 2016 with respect of the North Carolina project.

 

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Our Rhode Island Project

 

The Amended OEC Purchase Agreement  

On January 7, 2015, we signed an amended and restated purchase agreement with Orbit for the Rhode Island project (the “Amended OERI Purchase Agreement”). Subject to the terms of the Amended OERI Purchase Agreement, Orbit transferred full ownership of OERI to us in exchange for our agreeing to pay Orbit a development fee of $300,000, reimbursement of $86,432 of Orbit’s expenses, and an amount equal to 30% of the distributable cash flow from the Rhode Island project after the project achieves a post-recoupment 30% internal rate of return computed on the basis of any and all benefits from tax credits, depreciation and other incentives of any nature. We also agreed to use HSAD Units designed by Orbit and to retain Orbit to implement and operate the HSAD Units for an annual management fee of $187,500 (the “OERI Management Fee”), subject to certain conditions. The Amended OERI Purchase Agreement provided that we had until January 22, 2015 to pay Orbit the development fee and reimbursement amount, which was extended to February 28, 2015 in exchange for payment by us to Orbit of $31,000. We did not subsequently pay Orbit the development fee and reimbursement amount and, pursuant to the terms of the Amended OERI Purchase Agreement, ownership of OERI reverted back to Orbit.

 

Rhode Island Energy Partners, LLC  

On April 8, 2015, (i) the Company, Rhode Island Energy Partners, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“Rhode Island”) and York entered into a development and indemnification agreement (the “Rhode Island Development and Indemnification Agreement”), pursuant to which Rhode Island paid us development fees of $1,541,900, issued us 2,275 Series B units of Rhode Island (“Rhode Island Series B Units), and issued 7,725 Series A units of Rhode Island (“Rhode Island Series A Units”) to York, and (ii) we and York entered into an amended and restated limited liability company operating agreement (the “Rhode Island LLC Agreement”) to establish the Rhode Island Series A Units and Rhode Island Series B Units and admit us and York as 22.75% and 77.25% members of Rhode Island, respectively. Pursuant to the foregoing agreements, York also agreed to fund Concord’s payment to us of us three equal installments of $562,500 upon (a) signing of the Rhode Island Development and Indemnification Agreement, (b) the later of (x) the date of mechanical completion of the Rhode Island project and (y) the date on which an executed interconnection agreement between OERI and National Grid, including receipt of any regulatory approvals from the Rhode Island Public Utility Commission, is delivered by OERI, and (c) commercial operation of the Rhode Island project. To date, York has made payment of the first $562,500 installment.

 

Pursuant to the Rhode Island LLC Agreement, our right to receive distributions from OERI are subject to certain priorities in favor of York, as follows:  

  (a) The amount of any excess profits from “feedstock tipping fees” shall be distributed with twenty percent (20%) going to York, and eighty percent (80%) going to us;
  (b) The amount of any excess profits from “thermal energy” shall be distributed equally between us and York; and
  (c) Any amount remaining will be distributed pro-rata to us and York in proportion to York and our respective ownership in Rhode Island.

 

In addition, our right to receive distributions upon a liquidation event of Rhode Island are subject to certain priorities in favor of York, as follows:  

  (a) The unpaid guaranteed obligation return will be paid to York;
  (b) The unpaid rate of return, equal to nine percent (9%) per annum and compounded annually, of unrecovered capital contributions outstanding, will be paid to York;
  (c) The unpaid and unrecovered capital contributions outstanding will be paid to York; and
  (d) Any amount remaining will be distributed pro-rata to us and York in proportion to York and our respective ownership in Rhode Island.

 

Pursuant to the Rhode Island LLC Agreement, Rhode Island is managed by a board of managers initially consisting of three managers (the “Rhode Island Board”). So long as York owns more than 50% of the membership interests of Rhode Island, York is entitled to appoint two of the Rhode Island Board’s three managers. So long as we own no less than 50% of the membership interests of Rhode Island that we acquired pursuant to the Concord Development and Indemnification Agreement, we are entitled to appoint one manager of the Rhode Island Board. In the event that the Rhode Island Board determines in good faith that additional equity capital is needed by Rhode Island and is in the best interests of the Rhode Island project, the Rhode Island Board may determine the amount of additional capital needed and issue new units to raise the necessary funds. In this case, if we do not exercise our pre-emptive right with respect to such units, our percentage interest in Rhode Island would be reduced accordingly. The Rhode Island LLC Agreement also contains certain restrictions on our right to transfer our membership interests in Rhode Island to third parties.

 

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The New OERI Purchase Agreement  

On April 8, 2015, we entered into the Orbit Energy Rhode Island, LLC Membership Interest Purchase Agreement by and among the Company, Orbit, Rhode Island and OERI (the “New OERI Purchase Agreement”), pursuant to which (i) Rhode Island purchased all of Orbit’s right, title and interest in and to the membership interests of OERI (the “OERI Interests”), (ii) Orbit abandoned all economic and ownership interest in the OERI Interests in favor of Rhode Island, (iii) Orbit ceased to me a member of OERI and (iv) Rhode Island was admitted as the sole member of OERI.

 

Under the Amended OERI Purchase Agreement and the New OERI Purchase Agreement, we had agreed to pay to Orbit the costs of evaluating and incorporating into the Rhode Island project Orbit’s high solids anaerobic digestion technology and two HSAD Units designed by Orbit. Orbit was unable to design and install this technology into the Rhode Island project, and we never paid or became obligated to pay any costs pursuant thereto. Instead, digesters designed and provided by Auspark LLC, the project’s engineering, procurement, construction and technology provider, have been incorporated into the Rhode Island project.

 

The New OERI Purchase Agreement also carries forward from the Amended OERI Purchase Agreement our obligation to pay Orbit an amount equal to thirty percent (30%) of the Rhode Island project’s distributable cash flow after we and the other equity investors in the Rhode Island project fully recoup our respective investments in the Rhode Island project (such investments to be calculated solely as amounts expended in and for the construction of the Rhode Island project) and the Rhode Island project achieves a thirty percent (30%) internal rate of return. The calculation of the project’s internal rate of return would take into account and be computed on the basis of any and all benefits from tax credits, depreciation and other incentives of any nature, as well as the OERI Management Fee.

 

On January 23, 2017, the Company and Orbit entered into an agreement to reduce certain of the Company’s obligations to Orbit under the Amended OERI Purchase Agreement and the New OERI Purchase Agreement, as set forth above (please refer to the above descriptions).

 

The Operations of the Rhode Island project  

OERI and The Narragansett Electric Company d/b/a National Grid (“National Grid”) are parties to a Power Purchase Agreement, dated May 26, 2011 and amended on April 11, 2013, December 9, 2013, January 9, 2015 and May 27, 2016 (as amended, the “National Grid PPA”), pursuant to which OERI has agreed to sell, and National Grid has agreed to purchase, the energy output of OERI’s facility, subject to the terms and conditions of the National Grid PPA. Among other things, the National Grid PPA required OERI to commence commercial operations by December 31, 2015, which could be extended up to six months by OERI upon deposit of $22,500 of collateral. Since commercial operations were not commenced by December 31, 2015, OERI paid an additional “Development Period Security” of $22,500 pursuant to the National Grid PPA, such funds having been contributed to OERI by York. On May 27 2016, National Grid agreed to modify the date to commence commercial operations to June 30, 2017. As an incentive and evidence of good faith to achieve commercial operation, OERI posted additional collateral in the amount of $22,500, such funds having been contributed to OERI by York. The National Grid PPA is effective for 15 years from the date commercial operations are commenced, which may be extended by 6 years at the option of National Grid. The loss of National Grid as a customer of OERI could have a material adverse effect on the Company.

 

OERI has obtained all the required permits, except for the operating permit, to achieve commercial operation. Although no assurances can be given, we expect the Rhode Island project to commence commercial operations on or before the modified date to commence commercial operations, or June 30, 2017.

 

OERI and Renewable Organics Management LLC are parties to an Organic Waste Delivery Agreement, dated October 13, 2016, in respect of 80,000 tons per year of organic feedstock. This agreement has a five-year term, subject to renewal, and begins upon commencement of operations, at which time feedstock will be supplied to the Rhode Island project. OERI is projected to require 80,000 tons per year of organic feedstock on a daily basis, so the quantity represented by this agreement is expected to satisfy 100% of facility’s feedstock requirements for operations.

 

As of December 31, 2016, we have recorded deferred revenue Deferred revenues from nonconsolidated affiliates in the amount of $5,658,169 with respect to our project in the Rhode Island project (which will be recorded as revenue upon the commencement of its commercial operations.

 

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Our Italy Projects

 

The Acquisition of Our Italy Projects  

On May 14, 2015, we entered into a Share Purchase Agreement (the “Italy Projects Agreement”) with Volteo Energie S.p.A., Agriholding S.r.l., and Overland S.r.l. (each, a “Seller” and collectively, the “Sellers”) through our indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary, Bluesphere Italy S.r.l. (we subsequently changed the name of Bluesphere Italy S.r.l to Bluesphere Pavia S.r.l (“Blue Sphere Pavia”), which is the name we use herein). Pursuant to the Italy Projects Agreement, we agreed to purchase one hundred percent (100%) of the share capital of Agricerere S.r.l., Agrielektra S.r.l., Agrisorse S.r.l. and Gefa S.r.l (each, an “SPV” and collectively, the “SPVs”) from the Sellers, who collectively held all of the outstanding share capital of each SPV. Each SPV is engaged in the owning and operating of an anaerobic digestion biogas plant for the production and sale of electricity to Gestore del Servizi Energetici GSE, S.p.A., a state-owned company, pursuant to a power purchase agreement. All references to, and descriptions of, the Italy Projects Agreement incorporate the terms of an amendment to the same entered into by the parties on December 14, 2015.

 

Pursuant to the Italy Projects Agreement, the we agreed to pay an aggregate purchase price of €5,600,000 for all of the SPVs, which, less certain credits applied, has adjusted to $5,646,628 (€5,200,000) (the “Purchase Price”). Fifty percent (50%) of the Purchase Price, less certain credits, was due to the Sellers on the Closing Date and the remaining balance along with annual interest rate of two percent (2%) (“the deferred payment”), less certain credits, is due to the Sellers on the third anniversary of the Closing Date. The Purchase Price is subject to certain adjustments and to an adjustment based on the actual EBITDA results in the 18 months following the Closing Date, per the following mechanism:  

  (a) If the actual EBITDA in the 18 months following the Closing Date divided by 1.5 is greater than € 934,519, then the deferred payment shall be increased by the amount equal to fifty percent (50%) of the difference.
  (b) If the actual EBITDA in the 18 months following the Closing Date divided by 1.5 is lesser than € 934,519, then the deferred payment shall be reduced by the amount of the amount necessary to maintain a Purchase Price that yields an Equity IRR of twenty-five percent (25%), but not more than 35% of the remaining balance.

 

Under the Italy Projects agreement, EBITDA is defined as “total cash revenues received minus all cash expenditures made during the relevant period excluding principle and interest payments due to the bank and taxes”.

 

Pursuant to the Italy Projects Agreement, the Company will reimburse the Sellers the VAT amount that was requested and will be requested by the SPVs for the fiscal year of 2014. The reimbursed amount will not exceed €1,160,425 and will be refunded to the Sellers only after the amount is refunded to the Blue Sphere Pavia by the VAT authorities in Italy. Pursuant to the Italy Projects Agreement, we also issued a corporate guarantee to the Sellers, whereby the Company will secure the obligations of Blue Sphere Pavia under the Italy Projects Agreement.

 

On December 14, 2015 (the “Closing Date”), pursuant to the Italy Projects Agreement, we completed the acquisitions of one hundred percent (100%) of the share capital of the “SPVs. On the Closing Date, the Company paid an amount of $2,143,181 (€1,952,858), which represented fifty percent (50%) of the Purchase Price adjusted for certain post-closing adjustments and closing costs. The remaining balance of of the Purchase Price (balance less the adjusted closing payment) is promised by a note accruing interest at an annual rate of two percent (2%) to each Seller, with such principal and interest accrued due to each Seller on or before the third anniversary of the Closing Date, subject to adjustment to the variation of EBITDA, as described above. The portion of the Purchase Price and closing costs paid at closing was primarily financed by a loan of €2,900,000, obtained pursuant to the Helios Loan Agreement. 

 

The closing of the Italy Projects Agreement was subject to certain conditions precedent including, but not limited to, obtaining consent to the proposed sale and resulting change of control from Banca IMI S.p.A. (“the SVPs’ lender”) in connection with a certain Financing Agreement, dated February 25, 2013, between the SPVs, Banca IMI S.p.A. and Intesa San Paolo S.p.A, as well as from other counterparties to certain agreements to which the SVPs are a party. After the Closing Date, the SPV’s paid a waiver fee of approximately $109,000 to the SVPs’ lender, such amount representing 50% of the fees and expenses charged by the lenders in connection with obtaining these consents. 

  

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The Operations of the Italy Projects  

On July 17, 2015, we entered into a Framework EBITDA Guarantee Agreement (the “Framework EBITDA Agreement”) with Austep S.p.A. (“Austep”), an Italian corporation. Austep specializes in the design, construction, operation and servicing of anaerobic digestion plants. The Framework EBITDA Agreement provides a framework pursuant to which Austep will perform technical analyses of operating anaerobic digestion plants in Italy that we identify as potential acquisition targets. If and when we acquire such anaerobic digestion plants in Italy, subject to the terms of the Framework EBITDA Agreement, we and Austep have agreed to negotiate individual agreements pursuant to which Austep will operate, maintain and supervise each plant and guarantee agreed-upon levels of EBITDA to us for a specified period. The Framework EBITDA Agreement will apply to the first fifteen anaerobic digestion plants that we may acquire in Italy, including the plants subject to the Italy Projects Agreement.

 

On the Closing Date, each SPV entered into Plant EBITDA Guarantee Agreement with Austep (collectively, the “Plant EBITDA Agreements”). In accordance with the Plant EBITDA Agreements, Austep will operate, maintain and supervise each biogas plant owned by the SPVs. In addition, the Plant EBITDA Agreements guaranteed a monthly aggregate EBITDA of $204,147 (€188,000) from the four SPVs, collectively, for the initial six months following the Closing Date, and thereafter the Plant EBITDA Agreements guarantee an annual aggregate EBITDA of $4,082,946 (€3,760,000) from the four SPVs, collectively. Pursuant to the terms of the Plant EBITDA Agreements, the Company will receive the guaranteed levels of EBITDA, and Austep will receive ninety percent (90%) of the revenue in excess of such levels.

 

The Helios Loan Agreement  

On August 18, 2015, we and two of our wholly-owned subsidiaries, Eastern Sphere Ltd. (“Eastern Sphere”), the parent of Blue Sphere Pavia, and Blue Sphere Pavia, entered into a Long Term Mezzanine Loan Agreement (the “Helios Loan Agreement”) with Helios Italy Bio-Gas 1 L.P. (“Helios”) to finance the Italy Projects Agreement. Under the Helios Loan Agreement, Helios made up to five million euros (€5,000,000) available to Blue Sphere Pavia (the “Helios Loan”) to finance (a) ninety percent (90%) of the total required investment of the first four SPVs acquired, (b) seventy to eighty percent (70-80%) of the total required investment of up to three SPVs subsequently acquired, if applicable, (c) certain broker fees incurred in connection with the acquisitions, and (d) any taxes associated with registration of an equity pledge agreement (as described below). Each financing of an SPV acquisition will be subject to specified conditions precedent and will constitute a separate loan under the Helios Loan Agreement. Helios’s obligation to provide additional funds under the Helios Loan Agreement, in connection with subsequently acquired SPVs, terminated on June 30, 2016.

 

As of December 31, 2016, the outstanding balance under the Helios Loan was $2,607,000. Subject to specified terms, representations and warranties, the Helios Loan Agreement provides that each loan thereunder will accrue interest at a rate of fourteen and one-half percent (14.5%) per annum, and that Helios is entitled to an annual operation fee of one and one-half percent (1.5%) per annum. Payments of principal, interest and the operation fee are due and payable quarterly. The final payment for each loan will become due no later than the earlier of (a) thirteen and one half years from the date such loan was made available to Blue Sphere Pavia, and (b) the date that the license to produce electricity granted to the relevant SVP expires. Pursuant to the Helios Loan Agreement and an equity pledge agreement, We pledged all our shares in Blue Sphere Pavia to secure all loan amounts utilized under the Helios Loan Agreement.

 

On December 2015, we borrowed €2,900,000 ($3,149,000) under the Helios Loan Agreement to finance the purchase of the SPVs. No additional funds have since been borrowed.

 

Fast Charging Battery Technology

 

On March 2016, we entered into a Share Sale and Purchase Agreement with Voltape Ltd., a company incorporated in Israel (“Voltape”). Pursuant to the Share Sale and Purchase Agreement, we agreed to sell, and Voltape agreed to purchase, 6,860 ordinary shares of Quickcharge Pte. Ltd., a company incorporated in Singapore (“Quickcharge”), such shares representing our entire interest in Quickcharge. In consideration for the shares of Quickcharge, Voltape paid USD $100,000 to the Company. In satisfaction of a condition precedent to the closing of the Share Sale and Purchase Agreement, on March 13, 2016, we entered into a License Termination Agreement with Nanyang Technological University. The Termination Agreement terminates the License Agreement (the “License Agreement”), dated October 30, 2014, between the Company and Nanyang Technological University. The Company has entered the Agreements to divest its interests in this technology and focus on its core businesses.

 

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Strategy

 

Our main focus is providing tailored solutions internationally to produce clean energy primarily out of the treatment of waste. We are focused on waste-to-energy projects in the United States, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Israel and are in the process of developing a pipeline of similar projects. We believe there is a virtually endless supply of waste suitable for such projects and the demand for energy (particularly from such projects) is growing consistently.

 

Our model is to acquire or build, own and operate waste-to-energy facilities. We select projects with signed, long-term agreements with waste producers or waste haulers for feedstock, with national governments or electricity corporations for energy output and with private entities for the sale of other project by-products (such as renewable energy credits, heat, compost and fertilizer). We are currently evaluating several types of projects: (i) anaerobic digestion to electricity, (ii) landfill gas to energy, (iii) anaerobic digestion to renewable natural gas, (iv) biomass to electricity, (v) energy crop to electricity, (vi) pyrolysis to electricity and thermal and (vii) incineration to electricity.

 

A component of the clean energy and waste-to-energy industry in the United States is renewable energy credits (“RECs”). A REC represents a MWh or KWh of clean energy. Many states, including North Carolina and Rhode Island, the sites of our two United States projects, require their utilities to prove that a portion of the energy they sell is produced from clean or renewable sources. A REC is used to demonstrate that the relevant unit of energy has a clean or renewable source. Consequently, utilities purchase RECs from producers of clean and renewable energy. Our agreements with Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC (“Duke Energy”) and The Narragansett Electric Company d/b/a National Grid (“National Grid”), for our North Carolina and Rhode Island projects, respectively, provide for “bundled” pricing for the sale of electricity and RECs.

 

We expect to generate revenue through sales of thermal and electrical energy, energy efficiency technologies and RECs, and by-products, project development services, and tipping fees from accepting waste. On November 18, 2016, our project in the Charlotte, NC Waste to Energy Anaerobic Digester 5.2 MW Plant commenced commercial operations and started to provide its output to Duke Energy pursuant to the power purchase agreement with Duke Energy. The commencement of the commercial operations includes the gradual intake of waste from the facility’s feedstock suppliers, increasing the parasitic load to the digesters, completing the waste-water-treatment resources and completing all other mechanical features needed for the facility to operate at full capacity. As of December 31, 2016, the facility is in its mechanical completion and ramp-up phase of the project. We estimate that this project will be fully completed by April 30, 2017.

 

Our strategy is to integrate all activities and components that make up a waste-to-energy project and provide a turn-key, one-stop shop solution for waste-to-energy development. We are also actively seeking to acquire facilities that are in various stages of development. We work with and outsource key components of our projects to engineering, procurement and construction (“EPC”) providers and other project participants that provide the most economically viable solution for each individual project. The EPC providers may also be the provider of the technology used for each project. We The EPC providers may also be the provider of the technology used for each project. We believe this provides us the flexibility and freedom to tailor the best solution for each project. We expect that we will remain involved in managing and financing all aspects of our projects throughout their lifetimes or until they are sold. We believe this assures all of the involved stakeholders, including waste producers, financing stakeholders, EPC and technology providers, and customers, that there is long-term continuity and responsibility for each project.

 

We aim to be distinctive and successful in the waste-to-energy market by:

 

  providing a one-stop, turn-key/build, own and operate/transfer solution;

  identifying and obtaining the rights to lucrative projects without incurring material expense;
  delivering seamless and professional project implementation through a combination of our own expertise and the use of third-party experts with a track-record of success;
  being technology agnostic and using mature and well-known technologies and when necessary to tailor-make cost-efficient and effective solutions for our projects;
  leveraging our management’s more than 30 years of experience in successful implementation of large and complex projects in the developing world;
  building local and international teams to support each project;
  obtaining political, property, non-performance and insolvency insurance for our projects; and
  receiving almost all of our revenue in United States dollars or euros, whether operating in the United States, Europe or the developing world.

 

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Competition

 

There are a number of other companies operating in the clean energy and waste-to-energy space, ranging from other project developers to service or equipment providers, buyers and/or investors. Unlike the common market approach in this space (i.e., being solely a project developer, service or equipment provider or a buyer or investor), we seek to provide a one-stop shop, turn-key solution for project development and operation. As described above, our business model is to acquire or develop and manage all aspects of project implementation and sales of the project’s clean energy and by-products. We believe this integrated approach is attractive to project stakeholders and will differentiate us in a positive manner from our competition. We are aware of several competitors in the United States, such as – Harvest Power, Neo Energy, Anaergia, Quasar, CH4 and others. We value these companies, as they are helping to create awareness and credibility for the waste-to-energy space. However, companies in the waste-to-energy industry tend to focus on new or singular technologies, whereas we believe that we have a competitive advantage in being technology agnostic. By having our own technology experts, we are able to focus on finding the best locations where waste is abundant and implementing the best technology for that particular waste stream.

 

The clean energy and waste-to-energy space is intensely competitive and subject to rapid and significant technological change. Many of our competitors and other companies operating in this space have greater financial and other resources than we have. As a result, these companies may be more effective in developing and implementing a business model similar to ours and/or competing with us in any aspect of project implementation and clean energy sales.

 

Government Regulation

 

Permitting

 

Each of our projects in development requires certain government approvals. In the United States, the standard required environmental permits relate to solid waste composting and air quality. All construction and operational permits for our North Carolina and Rhode Island projects have been obtained, except for the operating permit to achieve commercial operation for our Rhode Island project. In Italy, all permits for operation of the projects have been received, and these projects are operational.

 

Effect of Existing or Probable Government Regulations on Our Business

 

Our business is affected by numerous laws and regulations on the international, federal, state and local levels, including energy, environmental, conservation, tax and other laws and regulations relating to our industry. Failure to comply with any laws and regulations may result in the assessment of administrative, civil and criminal penalties, the imposition of injunctive relief or both. Moreover, changes in any of these laws and regulations could have a material adverse effect on our business. In view of the many uncertainties with respect to current and future laws and regulations, including their applicability to us, we cannot predict the overall effect of such laws and regulations on our future operations.

 

We believe that our operations comply in all material respects with applicable laws and regulations and that the existence and enforcement of such laws and regulations have no more restrictive an effect on our operations than on other similar companies in our industry. We do not anticipate any material capital expenditures to comply with international, federal and state environmental requirements.

 

Employees

 

We have eleven full-time basis professionals: our non-executive chairman, chief executive officer, two executive vice-presidents, chief technical officer, chief financial officer, controller for European operations, vice president of strategy and business development, vice president investor relations, operation manager for the United States market and vice president of business development for the United States market. We also employ one part-time office manager. Our subsidiary, Eastern Sphere, has two full-time employees, our vice president of business development for the European market and our executive vice president of mergers and acquisitions.

 

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Segments and Geographic Information

 

We have one reporting segment. For information regarding revenue and other information regarding our results of operations for each of our last two fiscal years, please refer to our financial statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K and Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations included in Item 7 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

Corporate History 

 

We were incorporated in the state of Nevada on July 17, 2007 and were originally in the business of developing and promoting automotive internet sites. In March 2010, we conducted a reverse merger, name change and forward split of our Common Stock, and current management took over operations, at which point we changed our business focus to become a project integrator in the clean energy production and waste to energy markets.

 

In 2013, we amended and restated our Articles of Incorporation to, among other things, (a) authorize the issuance of 500,000,000 shares of preferred stock, $0.001 par value, in one or more series and with such rights, preferences and privileges as our Board of Directors may determine and (b) effect a 1 for 113 reverse stock split of our outstanding Common Stock.

 

Our direct wholly-owned subsidiaries are Eastern Sphere, Binosphere LLC (“Binosphere”), Bluesphere Pavia and Blue Sphere Brabant B.V. (“BSB”). Through our ownership of Blue Sphere Pavia, we own 100% of Agricerere S.r.l., Agrielekra S.r.l., Agrisorse S.r.l. and Gefa S.r.l. Through our ownership of Eastern Sphere, we own 50% of Sustainable Energy Ltd. (“SEL”) and PureSphere Ltd. We also own a 25% interest in Concord (which owns OEC) and a 22.75% interest in Rhode Island (which owns OERI). On January 31, 2017, we dissolved Johnstonsphere LLC, which had no operations. 

 

Our Corporate Information

 

Our principal executive offices are located at 301 McCullough Drive, 4th Floor, Charlotte, North Carolina 28262 and our telephone number is (704) 909-2806. Our web address is http://www.bluespherecorporate.com. The information on our website does not form a part of this report. 

 

Available Information

 

We also make our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K, and related amendments, available free of charge through our website at www.bluespherecorporate.com as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file such material with (or furnish such material to) the Securities and Exchange Commission. The information contained on our website is not incorporated by reference into this Annual Report on Form 10-K and should not be considered to be part of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

Copies of the reports and other information we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission may also be examined by the public without charge at 100 F Street, N.E., Room 1580, Washington D.C., 20549, or on the internet at www.sec.gov. Copies of all or a portion of such materials can be obtained from the SEC upon payment of prescribed fees. Please call the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 for further information.

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors

 

As a “smaller reporting company”, we are not required to provide the information required by this Item.

 

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Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 2. Properties

 

Our principal executive office is located in North Carolina at 301 McCullough Drive, 4th Floor, Charlotte, NC 28262. We lease office space at this site for $196 per month. We also have office space located at 35 Asuta St. Even Yehuda, Israel 40500, for which we pay the operating expenses but do not pay any rent. Each of the SPVs owned by Blue Sphere Pavia lease the property used for the operation of the facilities. We intend to obtain additional working space near our projects if and when we believe this is necessary for the development and operation of the projects. Until such time, we believe that our property is adequate for the conduct of our business.

 

Item 3. Legal Proceedings

 

From time to time we and our subsidiaries may be parties to legal proceedings arising in the normal course of our business. Except as noted below, we and our subsidiaries are currently not a party, nor is our property subject, to any material pending legal proceedings. None of our directors, officers, affiliates, or any owner of record or beneficially of more than five percent of our Common Stock, is involved in a material proceeding adverse to us or our subsidiaries or has a material interest adverse to us or our subsidiaries.

 

On October 22, 2016, the law firm of JS Barkats PLLC filed a complaint against us and Shlomo Palas, our Chief Executive Officer, seeking allegedly unpaid legal fees for services rendered from June 9, 2011 through April 23, 2012 in the amount of USD $428,964.70, plus interest for a total of USD $652,000 (the “Barkats Litigation”). The Barkats Litigation was filed as JS Barkats PLLC v. Blue Sphere Corporation and Shlomo Palas with the Supreme Court of the State of New York for the County of New York (the “New York Court”), Index No. 655600/2016. On October 26, 2016, without notice to us or Mr. Palas or an opportunity to be heard, the New York Court issued a Temporary Restraining Order (the “TRO”) in favor JS Barkats PLLC, prohibiting us and Mr. Palas from “transferring or dissipating their assets … to the extent of $652,000”, pending the return date of JS Barkats PLLC’s asset attachment motion, due November 17, 2016. On October 28, 2016, we received notice of the foregoing. On October 31, 2016, we removed the Barkats Litigation to federal court, filed as JS Barkats PLLC v. Blue Sphere Corporation and Shlomo Palas with the United Stated District Court, Southern District Court of New York, Docket No. 1:16-cv-08404.

 

It is the Company’s position that by operation of law, the TRO expired no later than November 15, 2016. On November 18, 2016, the Company and Mr. Palas moved to compel mediation and arbitration of the dispute. Subsequently, on December 6, 2016, JS Barkats PLLC filed a motion to remand the action to the New York Court and also filed a motion to hold the Company and Mr. Palas in contempt for allegedly violating the TRO. The Company has opposed both motions. We terminated the services of JS Barkats LLC in 2012 and believe the claims brought by JS Barkats PLLC are without merit, that the TRO was improvidently granted, and that JS Barkats PLLC misrepresented, mischaracterized and omitted material facts and the law in seeking the TRO. We intend to vigorously defend against the Barkats Litigation, the TRO and any other attempts to attach the assets of the Company.

 

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures

 

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

 

Recent Sales of Unregistered Securities

 

The following are sales of our unregistered securities during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 that have not otherwise been reported in our periodic or current reports:

 

On January 26, 2016, we issued 1,000,000 shares of our Common Stock in connection with a private offering, and pursuant to a subscription agreement dated June 12, 2015.

 

On February 1, 2016, we issued 540,000 shares of our Common Stock pursuant to a consulting agreement dated April 3, 2015, in consideration for consulting services.

 

On February 3, 2016, we issued 3-year warrants to purchase up to 1,500,000 shares of our Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.06 per share, in full satisfaction of certain obligations of the Company.

 

On February 15, 2016, we completed a private offering representing aggregate gross proceeds to the Company of $1,925,000 (the “February 2016 Offering”), pursuant to which we issued (i) 35,000,000 shares of our Common Stock priced at $0.055 per share, the closing price for our shares of Common Stock reported by the OTCQB Venture Marketplace on the trading day prior to the closing of the February 2016 Offering, and (ii) 5-year warrants to purchase up to 17,500,000 shares of our Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.10 per share, which was equal to 50% of the shares purchased in the offering. The Company engaged Maxim Group LLC to assist in the offering, pursuant to which Maxim received 5-year warrants to purchase (a) up to 2,800,000 shares of our Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.0605 per share and (b) up to 1,400,000 shares of our Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.11 per share. The form and terms of the warrants issued to Maxim were substantially the same as the warrants issued to the February 15, 2016 investors.

 

On March 15, 2016, we issued 85,000 shares of our Common Stock outstanding under a consulting agreement, dated February 22, 2015, in consideration for consulting services.

 

On April 13, 2016, we issued 1,000,000 shares of Common Stock of the Company to a consultant in consideration for corporate finance, investor communications and financial and investor public relations services. On June 13, 2016, pursuant to the consulting agreement, we issued an additional 1,000,000 shares of Common Stock as a service bonus since the agreement was not terminated prior to June 9, 2016.

 

On April 13, 2016, we issued an aggregate of 875,000 shares of our Common Stock to a consultant, pursuant to consulting agreements dated September 1, 2015 and March 1, 2016, in consideration for investor relations and communications services.

 

On May 18, 2016, a 1.5-year warrant to purchase shares of Common Stock, dated May 4, 2015, was exercised into 700,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.058 per share, for total consideration of $40,600.

 

On June 2, 2016, the Company issued 13,930,742 shares of its Common Stock in consideration of $145,525 in proceeds pursuant to all but one of the investors in a private placement of up to $250,000 of its Common Stock to finance a portion of the funds necessary to complete the acquisitions of the projects by Blue Sphere Pavia closed on December 2, 2015. On or about December 13, 2016, the Company issued the remaining 7,658,129 shares of its Common Stock, in consideration for $83,949 of proceeds.

 

On June 13, 2016, we issued 7,103,467 shares of Common Stock of the Company to several officers, directors, employees and/or consultants of the Company. All shares were issued pursuant to the Company’s Global Share and Options Incentive Enhancement Plan (2014) and the Company’s Global Share Incentive Plan (2010).

 

On June 26, 2016, we issued 500,000 shares of Common Stock of the Company in full satisfaction of certain obligations under a subscription agreement.

 

In June and July 2016, The Company conducted an offering (the “June 2016 Offering”) consisting of (a) up to USD $3,000,000 of shares of its Common Stock, priced at the closing price for shares of Common Stock, as reported on the OTCQB Venture Marketplace on the trading day prior to each respective closing of the offering, and (b) five (5) year warrants to purchase shares of its Common Stock in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the number of shares of Common Stock so purchased by the subscriber, with an exercise price equal to the per share price of the Common Stock, or $0.011 per share, whichever is greater. On July 26, 2016, the Company completed closings of the June 2016 Offering, both such closings representing aggregate gross proceeds to the Company of $1,370,000. In connection with both closings, the Company and subscribers entered into (i) subscription agreements and issued 18,266,668 shares of Common Stock at $0.075 per share, and (ii) warrants to purchase up to 18,266,668 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.11 per share. The Company engaged Maxim Group LLC to assist in the offering, pursuant to which, Maxim Group LLC received commissions equal to 4.44% of the gross proceeds raised, warrants to purchase up to 928,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.0825 per share, and warrants to purchase up to 928,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.121 per share.

 

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On August 7, 2016, we issued 143,000 shares of Common Stock, in consideration for past capital advisory services rendered to the Company.

 

On August 16, 2016, we issued 400,000 shares of Common Stock, in satisfaction of debt of $24,000. 

 

On September 15, 2016, we issued 500,000 shares of Common Stock to a consultant, pursuant to a consulting agreement dated March 1, 2016, in consideration for investor relations and communications services. 

 

On September 15, 2016, we issued 500,000 shares of Common Stock to a consultant, pursuant to a consulting agreement dated September 1, 2016, in consideration for investor relations and communications services.

 

On October 25, 2016, we completed a private placement of our securities to JMJ Financial, an accredited investor (the “October 2016 Financing”). Pursuant to the October Financing, we entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement with the investor thereby agreeing to issue shares of Common Stock, notes, and warrants to purchase shares of Common Stock, in exchange for USD $500,000 paid at closing and an additional USD $250,000 which were paid at December 20, 2016 after the achievement of certain milestones, as well as up to an additional USD $250,000 in financing upon the mutual agreement with the Investor. Pursuant to the terms of such October 2016 Financing, we agreed to issue to JMJ (i) restricted shares of Common Stock equal to twenty-five percent (25%) of the note principal paid to us by JMJ, subject to certain adjustments, (ii) a six (6) month promissory note covering the note principal plus an amount equal to approximately five percent (5%) of the actual note principal, in total USD $1,053,000, and (iii) a five (5) year warrant to purchase 10,000,000 shares of Common Stock with an aggregate exercise amount of USD $750,000. 

 

On December 14, 2016, we issued 7,658,129 shares of our Common Stock in consideration of $83,949 pursuant to the July 2015 Offering Subscription Agreement.

 

On December 20, 2016, we issued 950,000 shares of Common Stock to the CEO of the Company and 850,000 shares of Common Stock to the Chairman of the Board of We under their service agreements with the Company. We have estimated and recorded the fair value of such shares as an expense of $50,025 which was recorded through the vesting periods.

  

On December 30, 2016, we issued 850,000 shares of Common Stock to an EVP of the under his service agreement with the Company. We have estimated and recorded the fair value of such shares as an expense of $23,623 which was recorded through the vesting period.

 

On December 30, 2016, we issued 5,775,000 shares of Common Stock to several officers, directors, employees and/or consultants of the Company. All shares were issued pursuant to the Company’s Global Share and Options Incentive Enhancement Plan (2014) (the “2014 Incentive Plan and the Company’s Global Share Incentive Plan (2010). We has estimated and recorded the fair value of such shares as an expense of $386,347 which was recorded through the vesting periods.

 

On December 30, 2016, we issued 300,000 shares of Common Stock, in consideration for past services rendered a member of the Board of Directors to the Company. We have estimated the fair value of such shares, and recorded an expense of $19,770. 

 

On January 31, 2017, we issued 404,167 shares of Common Stock to the Former Chief Financial Officer (Israel) of the Company and 350,000 shares of Common Stock to Former Chief Financial Officer (U.S.) of the Company under their departure settlement agreements with the Company.

 

The transactions described above were exempt from registration under the Securities Act as transactions not involving a public offering. 

 

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Market Information

 

Our Common Stock is quoted on the OTCQB under the symbol “BLSP”. The following quotations, which were obtained from nasdaq.com, reflect the high and low bids for our Common Stock for the periods indicated, based on inter-dealer prices, without retail mark-up, mark-down or commission and may not represent actual transactions. The first day on which our Common Stock traded under BLSP was March 16, 2010. The high and low bid prices of our Common Stock for the periods indicated below are as follows:

 

Quarter Ended   High   Low 
          
December 31, 2016   $0.08   $0.05 
September 30, 2016   $0.08   $0.06 
June 30, 2016   $0.09   $0.07 
March 31, 2016   $0.09   $0.05 

 

Quarter Ended

   High   Low 
            
December 31, 2015   $0.04   $0.02 
September 30, 2015   $0.04   $0.01 
June 30, 2015   $0.07   $0.02 
March 31, 2015   $0.23   $0.04 

 

Holders

 

As of December 31, 2016, we had 136 holders of record of our Common Stock, per the listing of stockholders maintained by the Company’s transfer agent, ClearTrust, LLC. This number does not include beneficial owners whose shares are held in the names of various security brokers, dealers, and registered clearing agencies.

 

Dividends

 

We have never paid any cash dividends on our Common Stock and do not anticipate paying any cash dividends on our Common Stock in the foreseeable future. We intend to retain future earnings, if any, to fund ongoing operations and the future capital requirements of our business. Any future determination to pay cash dividends will be at the discretion of the Board and will be dependent upon our financial condition, results of operations, capital requirements and such other factors as the Board deems relevant.

 

Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

 

On June 17, 2015, our Board approved a share repurchase program (the “Share Repurchase Program”). Under the Share Repurchase Program, we are authorized to repurchase up to $500,000 worth of our Common Stock. We may purchase shares of our Common Stock on the open market or through privately negotiated transactions from time-to-time and in accordance with applicable laws, rules and regulations. We are not obligated to make any purchases, including at any specific time or in any particular situation. The Share Repurchase Program may be limited or terminated at any time without prior notice.

 

We had no share repurchase activity during the twelve months ended December 31, 2016.

 

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Item 6. Selected Financial Data

 

As a smaller reporting company, we are not required to provide the information required by this item.

 

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

 

The following discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with the consolidated audited financial statements and notes thereto included in Part II, Item 8 of this Form 10-K. The following discussion contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and our actual results may differ significantly from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, those discussed under the heading “Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and in Part I, Item 1A of this Form 10-K under the heading “Risk Factors.” We assume no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements for any reason, except as required by law. 

 

Company Overview

 

We are an international developer and independent power producer active around the world in the clean energy production and waste to energy markets. We aspire to become a key player in these global markets, working with enterprises with clean energy, waste to energy and related by-product potential to generate clean energy, soil amendments, compost and other by-products. We are currently focusing on projects related to the construction, acquisition or development of biogas facilities in the United States, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Israel.

 

Our business model is based on two main activities: we are a Build, Own & Operate (BOO) company, and we are a strategic acquirer of already constructed and operational facilities. In 2016, we continued to execute on our BOO business model by integrating the construction, financing and management of the North Carolina and Rhode Island projects. The North Carolina project commenced commercial operations on November 18, 2016 and we anticipate that the Rhode Island project to commence commercial operations by April 30, 2017 and to have a collective capacity of 8.4 MW. Any revenue generated by the North Carolina is recognized as Equity Income (loss) in Non-Consolidated Subsidiaries and any revenue generated by the Rhode Island project is recorded as deferred revenue from nonconsolidated affiliates until the facility is commercially operational. We also executed on our acquisition strategy in 2015 by acquiring four SVPs in Italy, each of which owns an operational anaerobic digester with approximately 1 MW of capacity. The foregoing achievements have put a tremendous burden on our human and financial resources. We plan to expand our BOO and strategic acquisition activities in the coming years, which will require adding members to our team and additional capital investments.

 

Results of Operations – For the Year Ended December 31, 2016 Compared to the Year Ended September 30, 2015

 

Results of Operations

 

Revenue from Services

 

Revenue from Services for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2016 were $587,500 as compared to $0 for the twelve-month period ended September 30, 2015. The increase is attributable to commencement of the commercial operation of our North Carolina project.

 

General and Administrative Expenses

 

General and administrative expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016 were $7,516,000 as compared to $5,317,000 for the year ended September 30, 2015. The increase is mainly attributable to the increase in compensation expenses to employees and service providers.

 

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Net Loss

 

We incurred a net loss of $1,801,000 for the year ended December 31, 2016, as compared to a net loss of $7,462,000 for the year ended September 30, 2015. The decrease in net loss is mainly attributable to an increase in the nonconsolidated affiliates as a result of the commencement of the commercial operations of our North Carolina project.

 

Results of Operations – For the Three Months Ended December 31, 2015 Compared to the Three Months Ended December 31, 2014

 

General and administrative expenses for the three-month period ended December 31, 2015 were $1,106,000 as compared to $827,000 for the three-month period ended December 31, 2014.

 

Net Loss

 

We incurred a net loss of $1,288,000 for the three-month period ended December 31, 2015, as compared to a net loss of $1,314,000 for the three-month period ended December 31, 2014.

 

Inflation and Seasonality

 

In management’s opinion, our results of operations have not been materially affected by inflation or seasonality, and management does not expect that inflation risk or seasonality would cause material impact on our operations in the future.

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP in the United States requires our management to make assumptions, estimates and judgments that affect the amounts reported in the financial statements, including the notes thereto, and related disclosures of commitments and contingencies, if any. Note 3 to our consolidated audited financial statements describes the significant accounting policies and methods used in the preparation of our financial statements. We consider our critical accounting policies to be those related to share-based payments because they are both important to the portrayal of our financial condition and require management to make judgments and estimates about uncertain matters.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

Liquidity is the ability of a company to generate funds to support its current and future operations, satisfy its obligations, and otherwise operate on an ongoing basis. Significant factors in the management of liquidity are funds generated by operations, levels of accounts receivable and accounts payable and capital expenditures.

 

As of December 31, 2016, we had cash of $416,000 as compared to $1,888,000 as of December 31, 2015. As of December 31, 2016, we had a working capital deficit of $9,669,000 as compared to $7,505,000 as of December 31, 2015. The decrease in our working capital deficit is mainly attributable to decrease in cash in the amount of $1,472,000, increase in current maturities of debentures and long term loan in the amount of $2,439,000 increase other accounts payable in the amount of $1,008,000. The decrease in our working capital deficit was mitigated by the decrease in deferred revenues from nonconsolidated affiliates in the amount of $3,394,000 due to the commencement of commercial operations of our North Carolina Project.

 

Net cash used in operating activities was $4,819,000 for the year ended December 31, 2016, as compared to $818,000 for the year ended September 30, 2015. The decrease is mainly attributable to the increase in Equity earnings in nonconsolidated affiliates and decrease in change in Fair Value of Warrants Liability expenses. Net cash used in operating activities was $2,125,000 for the three-month period ended December 31, 2015.

 

Net cash flows used in investing activities was $60,000 for the year ended December 31, 2016, as compared to $37,000 for the year ended September 30, 2015. Net cash flows used in investing activities was $2,143,000 for the three-month period ended December 31, 2015 which represents mainly the cash used to acquire the one hundred percent (100%) of the share capital of SPVs.

 

Net cash flows provided by financing activities was approximately $3,393,000 for the year ended December 31, 2016 as compared to approximately $718,000 for the prior period September 30, 2015. The increase in cash provided by financing activities was due to increase in Proceeds from issuance of shares and warrants due to offerings that we conducted during 2016 and decrease in our loan repayments. We have principally financed our operations through the sale of our Common Stock. The opinion of our independent registered public accounting firm on our audited financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2016 contains an explanatory paragraph regarding substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern. Our ability to continue as a going concern is dependent upon raising capital from financing transactions and future sales. Net cash flows provided by financing activities was approximately $5,995,000 for the three-month period ended December 31, 2015 and represents mainly cash provided by our $3 million offering of senior debentures and warrants, as further described in our Form 8-K filed with the SEC on December 28, 2015, and loans received in connection with the acquisition of the SPVs. 

 

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To date, we have principally financed our operations through the sale of our Common Stock, the issuance of debt, our operations in Italy and development fees received for the North Carolina and Rhode Island projects. Although management anticipates that cash resources will be available to the Company, distributions from the Italians operations, North Carolina and Rhode Island projects it believes existing cash will not be sufficient to fund planned operations and projects investments through the next 12 months.

 

Therefore, we are still seeking to raise additional funds for future operations and possible project investment, and any meaningful equity or convertible debt financing will likely result in significant dilution to our existing stockholders. There is no assurance that additional funds will be available on terms acceptable to us, or at all.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

As of December 31, 2016, we had no off-balance sheet arrangements of any nature.

 

Change in Fiscal Year

 

As previously reported, on January 24, 2016, the Company’s Board changed the Company’s fiscal year end from September 30 to December 31, effective January 1, 2016. As a result of this change, the Company initially filed a Transition Report on Form 10-Q for the three-month period ended December 31, 2015, and the Company has included the audited financials for the three-month period ended December 31, 2015 with this report.

 

Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

 

As a smaller reporting company, we are not required to provide the information required by this item.

 

Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

 

The financial statements required to be included in this report appear as indexed in Appendix A to this report 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

 

Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining a system of disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) under the Exchange Act) that is designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports that we file or submit under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the Commission’s rules and forms. Disclosure controls and procedures include, without limitation, controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by an issuer in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to the issuer’s management, including its principal executive officer or officers and principal financial officer or officers, or persons performing similar functions, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

Pursuant to Rule 13a-15(b) under the Exchange Act, the Company carried out an evaluation with the participation of the Company’s management, including the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and the Company’s Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”), 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 three months ended December 31, 2016. Based upon that evaluation, the Company’s CEO and CFO concluded that, as of the end of such period, the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were not effective in ensuring that (i) information required to be disclosed by us in the reports that we file or submit under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms and (ii) information required to be disclosed by us in the reports that we file or submit under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

Management is in the process of determining how best to change our current system and implement a more effective system to ensure that information required to be disclosed has been recorded, processed, summarized and reported accurately. Our management acknowledges the existence of this issue, and intends to develop procedures to address it to the extent possible given limitations in financial and human resources in and to remediate all the material weaknesses by the end of the fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2017.

 

Changes in Internal Controls

 

Our management, with the participation of our CEO and CFO, performed an evaluation to determine whether any change in our internal controls over financial reporting (as defined in Rule 13a-15(f) under the Exchange Act) occurred during the three-month period ended December 31, 2016. Based on that evaluation, our CEO and our CFO concluded that changes occurred in the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting during the three-month period ended December 31, 2016 which have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting. Specifically, the Company consolidated the roles and responsibilities of two individuals providing CFO services into one full-time CFO position.  

 

Item 9B. Other Information

 

On February 13, 2017, we issued a 90-day Promissory Note to Viskoben Limited for the principal sum of $200,000 (the "Viskoben Note").  The Viskoben Note will mature on May 14, 2017, and bears interest at an absolute rate of ten percent (10.0%) through maturity, or a thirty percent (30.0%) rate of interest calculated annually.  Upon an event of default, which in addition to other standard provisions, includes the Company's failure to make payment under the Viskoben Note within 15 days of such payment being demanded by Viskoben Limited, the principal balance and all accrued interest shall immediately become due and payable.

 

The foregoing description of the Viskoben Note does not purport to be complete and are qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Viskoben Note filed as Exhibit 10.31 hereto, and incorporated herein by reference.

 

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PART III

 

Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

 

Executive Officers and Directors

 

The following table sets forth the names and ages of the members of our Board of Directors and our executive officers and the positions held by each. There are no family relationships among any of our directors and executive officers. The officers are appointed by our Board.

 

Name Age Position
Joshua Shoham 65 Chairman of the Board, Class III Director
Shlomo Palas 55 Chief Executive Officer, Class III Director
Yigal Brosh 53 Class II Director
Shimon Erlichman 65 Class I Director
Lyron Bentovim 47 Class II Director
David A. Doctor 65 Class I Director
Roy Amitzur 54 Executive Vice President
Ran Daniel 48 Chief Financial Officer
Elad Kerner 49 Executive Vice President

 

Joshua Shoham – Chairman of the Board – Mr. Shoham became our Chairman on March 2, 2012. Mr. Shoham has extensive experience in senior executive management and in international business development in the United States, Europe and China. He has held several General Manager positions and is co-founder of several high-tech startups. Mr. Shoham was also a strategic market development consultant responsible for a range of transactions in the Israeli and Chinese traditional and high-tech industries. He previously served as a director on the board of Bio-Cell (TASE: BCEL), which merged its activities into Protalix Biotherapeutics (AMEX: PLX). Mr. Shoham holds an MBA and a B.A. in Economics, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an LL.B. degree from the Faculty of Law of Tel-Aviv University. Our Board believes Mr. Shoham’s qualifications to serve as a member of our Board include his extensive experience in senior management and international business development.

 

Shlomo Palas – Chief Executive Officer and Director – Mr. Palas became our Chief Executive Officer and a director on March 3, 2010. Mr. Palas is a highly experienced entrepreneur who has held executive positions at a number of leading Israeli firms. From 2005 to 2010, he served as an entrepreneur advising companies in the biodiesel industry. Prior to that he was a senior consultant with Mitzuv, a leading management consulting firm, and has served in a variety of marketing roles. Since 2010, Mr. Palas has specialized in the renewable and clean tech industries. He has gained significant experience in renewable and clean tech manufacturing, off-take contracts with leading petrol companies, legal/financial structuring, and fundraising for these industries. He has also developed a large network in private and government sectors in many cities across China. Mr. Palas previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Becco Biofuels China Ltd., which was a company active in the biofuel industry. Mr. Palas participated in the establishment of the largest commercial algae farm in China together with one of China’s largest electrical utilities. Mr. Palas holds a B.A. in Statistics and Management from Haifa University and an M.S. from Baruch College. Our Board believes Mr. Palas’ qualifications to serve as a member of our Board include his significant experience in renewable and clean tech manufacturing and his management and entrepreneurial experience.

 

Yigal Brosh – Director – Mr. Brosh has been a member of our Board since May 2014. Mr. Brosh is a director at Abroker Trading & Securities LTD. and Chairman of the Board at Environmental Services Company Ltd. Environmental Services Company is a government-owned national infrastructure company, established for the purpose of handling all the hazardous waste produced in Israel. The company owns the Ramat Hovav plant for the treatment of hazardous waste, which handles a wide variety of organic, inorganic and solid materials. Mr. Brosh previously served as a director at Analyst Portfolio Management Ltd. and is former Chief Executive Officer, director and partner of Millennium Mutual Funds. Mr. Brosh holds a B.A. in Economics and MBA (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and an investment portfolio management license from the Israel Securities Authority (ISA). Our Board believes Mr. Brosh’s qualifications to serve as a member of our Board include his extensive experience in the environmental and waste management industry and his executive experience.

 

Shimon Erlichman – Director – Mr. Erlichman has been a member of our Board since September 2015. Mr. Erlichman previously served as Chief Financial Officer of two Israeli companies traded on the Israeli Stock Exchange and established his own company in 1980, which provides services to local and foreign companies in Israel. Mr. Erlichman holds a B.A. in Accounting and Economics from Bar Ilan University and is a member of the Israeli Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Our Board believes Mr. Erlichman’s qualifications to serve as a member of our Board include his financial expertise and his professional experience.

 

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Lyron Bentovim – Director – Mr. Bentovim has been a member of our Board since August 2016. Mr. Bentovim presently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Glimpse Group, and is the founder and Managing Partner of DarkLight Partners, a strategic advisor to small and mid-cap companies. Prior to founding DarkLight Partners, from 2014 to 2015, Mr. Bentovim served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Top Image Systems (NASDAQ: TISA). Prior to this position he served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of NIT Health from 2013 to 2014. From 2009 until 2012, Mr. Bentovim served as the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Financial Officer of Sunrise Telecom Inc. Prior to joining Sunrise Telecom Inc., from 2001 until 2009, Mr. Bentovim was a Managing Director for Skiritai Capital LLC. Mr. Bentovim has over 20 years of industry experience, including his experience as a member of the board of directors for public and private companies, including Manhattan Bridge Capital, Inc., RTW Inc., Ault Inc., Top Image Systems, Three-Five Systems Inc., Sunrise Telecom Incorporated, and Argonaut Technologies Inc. Mr. Bentovim has also served in senior and executive positions with WebBrix Inc., USWeb/CKS, the Mitchell Madison Group LLC and McKinsey & Company Inc. Mr. Bentovim has an MBA from Yale School of Management and a Law degree from the Hebrew University. Our Board believes Mr. Bentovim’s qualifications to serve as a member of our Board include his professional executive experience and experience as a strategic advisor.

 

David Doctor – Director – Mr. Doctor has been a member of our Board since December 2016. Mr. Doctor presently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of E4 Carolinas, Inc., a trade association for over 130 energy companies in North Carolina and South Carolina. In 2012, Mr. Doctor joined the Duke University Energy Initiative, where he served as a Director and Engagement Administrator, and presently serves as an Energy Industry Fellow. In 2009, Mr. Doctor co-founded Datrix World, LLC, and until 2011 served as Chief Executive Officer. In 2005, Mr. Doctor co-founded Interaction Intelligence Institute, Inc., and until 2009 served as its Chief Executive Officer. From 1997 until 2005, Mr. Doctor served as the University of Louisville’s College of Business Bank One Entrepreneur in Residence. From 2001 through 2003, Mr. Doctor served as Genscape, Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer and on its board of directors. From 1993 through 1997, Mr. Doctor was Chief Executive Officer of a subsidiary of Tenneco, Inc., Tenneco Energy Resources Corporation, a holding company containing 27 energy corporations. In 1994, Mr. Doctor co-founded and served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of EnTrade Corporation, a U.S. energy trading company which was sold to Tenneco Energy. Prior to that he served as Director of Strategy for Texas Gas Transmission Corporation. Mr. Doctor has established strategy for two Fortune 500 regulated energy utilities, and has co-founded or led seven companies, most of which have been companies in the energy industry. As a Chief Executive Officer, he has created or led more than a dozen start-ups, including energy trading, online collaboration, retail, energy information, consulting and software-as-a-service companies. Mr. Doctor has served on the boards of directors of seven private corporations. He has been twice named an Inc. Magazine/Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Mr. Doctor is a 1974 Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Detroit. Our Board believes Mr. Doctor’s qualifications to serve as a member of our Board include his extensive leadership experience in the energy industry and his executive and strategic experience with developing and growing early stage companies.

  

Roy Amitzur – Executive Vice President – Mr. Amitzur has served as our Executive Vice President since August 2011. Since 2008 and prior to joining the Company, Mr. Amitzur served as President of Clean Technologies Group Ltd, a holding and integration company specializing in investment in water technologies and water and waste water project execution. In addition, Mr. Amitzur has previously managed a number of start-up companies, including Bio Pure Technology Ltd., Proxy Aviation Systems, Inc., and Aquarius Technologies Inc. Mr. Amitzur has significant experience in implementing BOT and turn-key projects in water technologies and water and waste water execution around the world.

 

Ran Daniel – Chief Financial Officer – Mr. Daniel has served as our Chief Financial Officer since May 2016,. From August 2014 to March 2016, Mr. Daniel served as General Counsel and Head of the Family Office of Elie Tahari Ltd., and from December 2012 to August 2014, he served as Executive Vice President of IDH Properties LLC. Mr. Daniel served as Principal of Daniel Capital Management Inc. from 2009 through December 2012. Mr. Daniel has more than 20 years of financial and business management experience in the United States, Europe and Israel. He has worked with real estate, fashion and high-tech companies as well as high net worth individuals. He has been involved with financing, project management, M&A and real estate transactions. Mr. Daniel is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the United States and Israel, admitted to practice law in the State of New York, licensed as a Real Estate Broker in the State of New York and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Mr. Daniel is a member of the CFA Institute, the New York Society of Security Analysts and the New York State Bar Association. Mr. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Bachelor of Accounting and an MBA in Finance from the Hebrew University, as well as a Graduate Degree in Law from Bar-Ilan University. Our Board believes Mr. Daniel’s qualifications to serve as our Chief Financial Officer include his extensive chief financial executive experience, his expertise in reporting and finance-related activities for international operations, and his experience in M&A and real estate activities.

 

Dr. Elad Kerner – Executive Vice President – Dr. Kerner has served as our Executive Vice President since January 2016. Dr. Kerner has a Ph.D. in law from Bar-Ilan University and brings wealth of knowledge in economics, finance and management. Dr. Kerner is an expert in commercial transactions, international investment, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance. Before joining Blue Sphere, Dr. Kerner was General Counsel for Israel Aerospace Industries, Ltd, was the Chief Executive Officer of Toptrio Group and was a Partner in the law firm of Shugol, Ketzef, Ehrlich, Kerner & Co. Dr. Kerner was a Lieutenant Colonel and Military Judge in the Israeli Defense Forces.

 

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Legal Proceedings

 

We know of no pending proceedings in which any director, officer, or affiliate is either a party adverse to us, or our subsidiaries, or has a material interest adverse to us or our subsidiaries, except for our Chief executive Officer, Shlomi Palas, who is a co-defendant in the Barkats Litigation as described above.

 

None of our executive officers or directors have (i) been involved in any bankruptcy proceedings within the last five years, (ii) been convicted in or has pending any criminal proceedings (other than traffic violations and other minor offenses), (iii) been subject to any order, judgment or decree enjoining, barring, suspending or otherwise limiting involvement in any type of business, securities or banking activity or (iv) been found to have violated any Federal, state or provincial securities or commodities law and such finding has not been reversed, suspended or vacated.

 

Corporate Governance

 

Board of Directors

 

We currently have six directors serving on our Board of Directors. A majority of the authorized number of directors constitutes a quorum of the Board for the transaction of business. The directors must be present at the meeting to constitute a quorum. However, any action required or permitted to be taken by the Board may be taken without a meeting if all members of the Board consent in writing to the action.

 

We are not a listed issuer, as such term is defined in Rule 10A-3 of the Exchange Act, and are therefore not subject to director independence standards. However, using the definition of “independent director” from NASDAQ Rule 5605(a)(2), the following directors would be considered independent: Yigal Brosh, Shimon Erlichman, David Doctor and Lyron Bentovim.

 

Our directors are elected by the vote of a majority in interest of the holders of our Common Stock and hold office until the earlier of his or her death, resignation, removal or expiration of the term for which he or she was elected and until a successor has been elected and qualified. The Board may also appoint directors to fill vacancies on the Board created by the death, resignation or removal of any director. Our Board consists of three classes of directors, apportioned as equally as possible, each of which is elected every three years.

 

On June 17, 2015, our Board approved an amendment to the Company’s bylaws, effective as of such date, (i) to require any stockholder intending to propose business to be conducted at the annual meeting or to nominate any candidate for election to the Board to notify the Company not later than the close of business on the ninetieth (90th) day, nor earlier than the close of business on the one hundred twentieth (120th) day, in advance of the first anniversary of the preceding year’s annual meeting (provided, however, that in the event that the date of the annual meeting is more than thirty (30) days before or more than seventy (70) days after such anniversary date, notice by the stockholder must be so delivered by the tenth (10th) day following the day on which public announcement of the date of such meeting is first made by the Company) and (ii) to require any such stockholder to provide specified information and representations and, if applicable, require director nominees to provide specified information and representations in order to be eligible to be elected as a director.

 

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Committees of the Board of Directors 

On October 12, 2015, our Board designated the following three committees of the Board: an Audit Committee, a Finance Committee and an Administration and Management Committee. On November 20, 2016, our Board designated the following two committees of the Board: a Compensation Committee and a Nominations Committee.

 

Shimon Erlichman is the Chairman of the Audit Committee, and Yigal Brosh and Lyron Bentovim are its members. The Audit Committee is responsible for, among other things, overseeing the financial reporting and audit process and evaluating our internal controls over financial reporting. The Board has determined that Yigal Brosh, Shimon Erlichman and Lyron Bentovim would each be considered “independent directors” and “Audit Committee financial experts” within the meaning of the NASDAQ and Exchange Act rules.

 

Lyron Bentovim is the Chairman of the Finance Committee, and Yigal Brosh and Shlomo Palas are its members. The Finance Committee is responsible for, among other things, reviewing our investment policy, annual financing plan and financial structure.

 

The members of the Administration and Management Committee are Shlomo Palas and Joshua Shoham. The Administration and Management Committee is responsible for, among other things, managing and overseeing daily operations and transactions in the ordinary course of our business.

 

Yigal Brosh is the Chairman of the Compensation Committee, and Shimon Erlichman is a member. The Compensation Committee is responsible for, among other things, establishing and overseeing the Company’s executive and equity compensation programs, establishing performance goals and objectives, and evaluating performance against such goals and objectives. The Board has determined that Yigal Brosh and Shimon Erlichman would each be considered “independent directors” within the meaning of the NASDAQ and Exchange Act rules.

 

David Doctor is the Chairman of the Nominations Committee, and Shimon Erlichman and Lyron Bentovim are its members.The Nominations Committee is responsible for, among other things, establishing and overseeing the Company’s director nominations process and procedures, developing and maintaining the Company’s corporate governance policies, and any related matters required by federal securities laws. The Board has determined that David Doctor, Lyron Bentovim and Shimon Erlichman would be considered “independent directors” within the meaning of the NASDAQ and Exchange Act rules.

 

Current copies of the charters of the Audit Committee, Finance Committee, Compensation Committee and Nominations Committee are available on our corporate website at http://www.bluespherecorporate.com.

 

Code of Ethics 

On April 27, 2016, our Board approved and adopted a code of ethics (the “Code of Ethics”). The Code of Ethics is applicable to all of our directors, officers and employees, including our principal executive officer and principal financial officer. The Code of Ethics addresses such individuals’ conduct with respect to, among other things, conflicts of interests; compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations; rules to promote full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosure; use of Company assets and corporate opportunities; confidentiality; fair dealing; and reporting and enforcement. A current copy of the Code of Ethics is available on our corporate website at http://www.bluespherecorporate.com.

 

Anti-Harassment Policy 

On April 27, 2016, our Board approved and adopted an anti-harassment policy (the “Anti-Harassment Policy”). The Anti-Harassment Policy is applicable to all of our directors, officers and employees and addresses, among other things, fair treatment of individuals in the workplace.

 

Compliance under Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance 

Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires our directors and executive officers and persons who own more than 10% of our outstanding shares of Common Stock (collectively, “Reporting Persons”) to file with the SEC initial reports of ownership and reports of changes in ownership in our Common Stock and other equity securities. To the Company’s knowledge, based solely on its review of the copies of such reports received or written representations from certain Reporting Persons that no other reports were required, the Company believes that during its fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, all filing requirements applicable to the Reporting Persons were timely met.

 

Stockholder Communications 

Although we do not have a formal policy regarding communications with the Board, stockholders may communicate with the Board by writing to us at 301 McCullough Drive, 4th Floor, Charlotte, North Carolina 28262, Attention: Stockholder Communication. Stockholders who would like their submission directed to a member of the Board may so specify, and the communication will be forwarded, as appropriate.

 

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Item 11. Executive Compensation

 

Executive Summary Compensation Table for Calendar Years 2015 and 2016

 

The table below sets forth, for our last two calendar years, the compensation earned by our named executive officers, Shlomo Palas, our Chief Executive Officer, Roy Amitzur and Elad Kerner, our Executive Vice Presidents.

 

Name and Principal Position   Year       Salary ($)     Bonus
($)
    Stock awards ($)(1)     Option awards ($)(1)(2)     Non-equity incentive plan compensation ($)     Non-qualified deferred compensation earnings
($)
    All other compensation ($)(3)     Total
($)
 
                                                                           
Shlomo Palas (4)     2016         204,000             216,386                         36,720       457,106  
(CEO)     2015         183,000             72,354                         4,590      

259,944 

 
                                                                           
                                                                           
Roy Amitzur     2016         180,000             209,543                         32,400      

421,943

 
(EVP)     2015         180,000             69,100                         4,050       253,150  
                                                                           
                                                                           
Elad Kerner     2016         201,627               75,650                                      

277,277

 
(EVP)     2015                                                    
                                                                           

 

  (1) For assumptions made in the valuation of stock awards and option awards, see Note 15 to our Audited Consolidated Financial Statements.
  (2)

On February 24, 2015, as previously reported for option award amounts reflected for 2015, the Board granted five-year options to purchase shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.14 per share to Messrs. Palas and Amitzur under the 2014 Incentive Plan, but such options were subsequently terminated on November 20, 2016.  

  (3) All other compensation includes payment by the Company into specified welfare benefit plans and required insurance payments.
  (4) Shlomo Palas is also a director of the Company. Mr. Palas receives no compensation as a director.

 

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Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End

 

As of December 31, 2016, the following named executive officers had the following unexercised options, stock that has not vested, and equity incentive plan awards:

 

    Option Awards   Stock Awards
Name   Number of securities underlying unexercised options (#) exercisable     Number of securities underlying unexercised options (#)
un-exercisable
    Option
exercise
price
  Option
expiration
date
  Number of
shares or
units of stock
that have not
vested
    Market
value of
shares or
units of
stock that
have not
vested ($)
    Equity
incentive plan
awards:
Number of
unearned
shares, units
or other
rights that
have not
vested (#)
    Equity incentive
plan awards:
Market or
payout value of
unearned
shares, units or
other rights that
have not vested
($)
 

Shlomo Palas (1)

(CEO)

    230,089           0.5763     04/30/2018       300,000       20,070              

Roy Amitzur (2)

(EVP)

    168,142           0.5763     04/30/2018       291,667       19,512              
                                                             

  

  (1) On April 30, 2013, under the 2010 Incentive Plan, Mr. Palas was granted options to purchase 230,089 shares of Common Stock, which vested quarterly over a two-year period. The options are fully vested and exercisable for 5 years from the date of the grant at an exercise price of $0.5763 per share. On February 24, 2015, pursuant to the 2014 Incentive Plan, Mr. Palas was granted 3,600,000 shares of Common Stock, vesting on a quarterly basis over a two-year period.  As of December 31, 2016, 3,300,000 of such shares have been issued, with the final installment of 300,000 shares vesting on March 31, 2017.
  (2) On April 30, 2013, under the 2010 Incentive Plan, Mr. Amitzur was granted options to purchase 168,142 shares of Common Stock, which vested quarterly over a two-year period. The options are fully vested and exercisable for 5 years from the date of the grant at an exercise price of $0.5763 per share. On February 24, 2015, pursuant to the 2014 Incentive Plan, Mr. Amitzur was granted 3,500,000 shares of Common Stock, vesting on a quarterly basis over a two-year period.  As of December 31, 2016, 3,208,333 of such shares have been issued, with the final installment of 291,667 shares vesting on March 31, 2017.

  

Narrative Disclosure to Executive Summary Compensation Table and Outstanding Equity Table

 

Shlomo Palas

 On October 15, 2015, we entered into a service agreement with Mr. Palas to retain him as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. The service agreement, which was intended to extend the term of a previous service agreement with Mr. Palas, will expire on October 15, 2020, subject to a five-year extension at the option of the Company and Mr. Palas. As Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Palas, among other duties, is responsible for setting our overall corporate direction, including establishing and maintaining budgets and ensuring we have adequate capital for our operations, marketing and general corporate activities. Under the terms of his service agreement, Mr. Palas will receive $204,000 in annual base compensation during the first year of the agreement, subject to an annual increase review, as well as stock grants vesting on each one year anniversary of the agreement to purchase 950,000 shares of Common Stock for a price of $0.01 and on such other terms as provided in the grants. Mr. Palas will also be entitled to participate in any bonus, incentive compensation, savings and retirement and insurance plans of the Company. Mr. Palas’ employment may be terminated with or without cause by the Company, subject to the terms of his service agreement. Mr. Palas received $183,000 in annual base compensation in 2015 and $204,000 in annual base compensation in 2016. Pursuant to his service agreement, Mr. Palas exercised options to purchase 950,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.01 on December 20, 2016.

 

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On February 24, 2015, Mr. Palas was issued 750,000 shares of Common Stock under the 2010 Incentive Plan. In addition, on February 24, 2015 the Company granted 3,600,000 shares of Common Stock to Mr. Palas under its 2014 Incentive Plan. The shares vest on a quarterly basis over a two-year period and will be issued in annual installments. As of December 31, 2016, 3,300,000 of such shares have been issued to Mr. Palas, with the final installment of 300,000 shares to be issued following March 31, 2017. Also on February 24, 2015, the Board granted options to purchase up to 900,000 shares of Common Stock to Mr. Palas, such options having never been issued and subsequently terminated on November 20, 2016.

 

Roy Amitzur

On October 15, 2015, we entered into a service agreement with Roy Amitzur and JLS Advanced Investment Holdings Limited (“JLS”), a company owned by Mr. Amitzur, to retain Mr. Amitzur as the Company’s Executive Vice President. On December 29, 2016, we entered into an addendum to Mr. Amitzur’s service agreement, whereby the parties and Renewable Energy Management Services (“RES”), a wholly owned subsidiary of RR Water Projects Ltd., which is owned and controlled by Mr. Amitzur and his wife, agreed that all compensation and equity paid, issued or granted thereunder will be to REM. The service agreement, which was intended to extend the term of a previous service agreement with Mr. Amitzur, will expire on October 14, 2020, subject to a five-year extension at the option of the Company and Mr. Amitzur. As Executive Vice President, Mr. Amitzur, among other duties, is responsible for developing and managing the Company’s projects and sourcing the required capital for such projects. Under the terms of his service agreement, Mr. Amitzur will receive $180,000 in annual base compensation during the first year of the agreement, subject to an annual increase review, as well as stock grants vesting on each one year anniversary of the agreement to purchase up to 850,000 shares of the Company’s common stock for a price of $0.01 and on such other terms as provided in the grants. Mr. Amitzur will also be entitled to participate in any bonus, incentive compensation, savings and retirement and insurance plans of the Company. Mr. Amitzur’s employment may be terminated with or without cause by the Company, subject to the terms of his service agreement. Mr. Amitzur received $180,000 in annual base compensation in 2015 and in 2016. Pursuant to his service agreement, Mr. Amitzur exercised options to purchase 850,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.01 on December 30, 2016.

 

On February 24, 2015, Mr. Amitzur was issued 675,000 shares of Common Stock under the 2010 Incentive Plan. In addition, on February 24, 2015 the Company granted 3,500,000 shares of Common Stock to Mr. Amitzur under its 2014 Incentive Plan. The shares vest on a quarterly basis over a two-year period and will be issued in annual installments. As of December 31, 2016, 3,208,333 of such shares have been issued to Mr. Amitzur, with the final installment of 291,667 shares to be issued following March 31, 2017. Also on February 24, 2015, the Board granted options to purchase up to 700,000 shares of Common Stock to Mr. Amitzur, such options having never been issued and subsequently terminated on November 20, 2016. All such shares and options are have been transferred or issued into the name of RES.

 

Elad Kerner

On January 1, 2016, Eastern Sphere, our wholly-owned subsidiary, entered into an employment agreement with Mr. Elad Kerner to retain him as the Company’s Executive Vice President. The service agreement commenced on April 1, 2016 and will expire on April 1, 2021, subject to a five-year extension at the option of the Company and Mr. Kerner. As Executive Vice President, Mr. Kerner, among other duties, is responsible for developing and implementing the finance strategy of the Company. Under the terms of his service agreement, Mr. Kerner will receive $180,000 in annual base compensation during the first year of the agreement, subject to an annual increase review, as well as stock grants vesting upon execution and again on each one year anniversary of the agreement to purchase 850,000 shares of Common Stock for a price of $0.01 and on such other terms as provided in the grants. Mr. Kerner will also be entitled to participate in any bonus, incentive compensation, savings and retirement and insurance plans of the Company. In connection with his business development activity, upon the closing of project acquisitions and/or new projects, Mr. Kerner is entitled to received defined amounts of shares of Common Stock as incentive compensation and cash bonus amounts determined on a case-by-case basis by our Board (which shall never exceed 3% of a project’s total value). Mr. Kerner’s employment may be terminated with or without cause by the Company, subject to the terms of the service agreement. Mr. Kerner received $201,627 in annual base compensation in 2016. Pursuant to his service agreement, Mr. Kerner purchased 850,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.01 on June 13, 2016.

 

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Director Compensation Table

 

The table below sets forth, for our fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, the compensation earned by each of our directors.

 

    Fees earned or
paid in cash
($)
    Stock awards
($)(1)(2)
    Options
awards
($)(1)(3)
    Non-equity
incentive plan
compensation
($)
    Nonqualified
deferred
compensation
earnings
($)
    All other
compensation
($)
    Total
($)
 
Shlomo Palas (4)                                          
Joshua Shoham (5)           236,846                         212,400       449,246  
Yigal Brosh (6)(7)     20,000       112,714                               132,714  
Shimon Erlichman (6)     20,000       50,000                               70,000  
Itai Haboucha (6)     20,000       50,000                               70,000  
Lyron Bentovim (6)     7,065       17,663                              

24,728

 
David Doctor (6)     1,033       2,582                              

3,615

 

 

  (1) Stock awards made pursuant to the Directors Compensation Plan are based on a fixed annual dollar value, with the number of shares issued determined based on the trading price of Common Stock reported on the OTCQB® Venture Marketplace on the date of the grant.  For assumptions made in the valuation of all other stock awards and option awards, see Note 15 to our Audited Consolidated Financial Statements.
  (2) As of December 31, 2016, the aggregate number of stock awards outstanding was 4,205,680. As of December 31, 2016, awards of Common Stock are outstanding to each of our directors, as follows: 300,000 shares  to Mr. Palas, 291,667 shares to Mr. Shoham, 776,552 shares to Mr. Brosh, 747,385 shares to Mr. Erlichman, 264,022 shares to Mr. Bentovim and 38,588 to Mr. Doctor.
  (3) As of December 31, 2016, the aggregate number of option awards outstanding was 778,761. As of December 31, 2016, options to purchase shares of Common Stock are outstanding to each of our directors, as follows: to Mr. Palas, options to purchase up to 230,088 shares; and to Mr. Shoham, options to purchase up to 203,540 shares. On February 24, 2015, as previously reported for option award amounts reflected, the Board granted five-year options to purchase shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.14 per share to Messrs. Shoham and Brosh under the 2014 Incentive Plan, but such options were terminated on November 20, 2016.
  (4) All the compensation received by Mr. Palas was attributable to his role as Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
  (5) Mr. Shoham received $180,000 in consulting fees pursuant to an advisory agreement and payment by the Company of 32,400 into specified welfare benefit plans and required insurance payments
  (6) Reflects fees and stock awards earned pursuant to the Directors Compensation Plan.
  (7) Stock awards include 300,000 shares of Common Stock granted by our Board on December 20, 2016 as a one-time special award for services performed.

 

Directors Compensation Plan

 

On April 27, 2016, our Board approved the Company’s Non-Employee Directors Compensation Plan, and on February 1, 2017, our Board approved the Company’s Amended and Restated Non-Employee Directors Compensation Plan (as amended, the “Directors Compensation Plan”), applicable to members of the Board who are not employees of the Company (each, an “Eligible Director”). Under the Directors Compensation Plan, beginning on January 1, 2016, each Eligible Director shall be entitled to an annual cash retainer of USD $20,000, paid semi-annually, and a quarterly stock award equal to USD $12,500, determined based on the closing price of a share of Common Stock on the last trading day of such quarter, as reported on the OTCQB® Venture Marketplace. Eligible Directors shall also receive meeting fees equal to (a) USD $1,500 for scheduled quarterly meetings of the Board attended in-person, (b) USD $500 for scheduled quarterly meetings of the Board attended by teleconference, (c) USD $250 for special meetings of the Board, and (d) USD $500 for meetings of the committees of the Board. If an Eligible Director attends a meeting of the Board and one or more meetings of a committee of the Board on the same date, the Eligible Director shall receive the full fee for the meeting of the Board and 50% of the fee for each meeting of a committee of the Board attended. 

 

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Narrative Disclosure to Director Compensation Table

 

All of the compensation received by Shlomo Palas was attributable to his role as Chief Executive Officer of the Company, as described above under the heading “Executive Summary Compensation Table”. The compensation received by our other directors was in accordance with the Directors Compensation Plan or was individually negotiated, as described below.

 

On October 15, 2015, we entered into an advisory agreement with Joshua Shoham to retain Mr. Shoham as a strategic and business advisor to the Company, in addition to his role as Chairman of the Board. The agreement, which was intended to extend the term of a previous advisory agreement with Mr. Shoham, will expire on October 14, 2020, subject to a five year extension at the option of the Company and Mr. Shoham. Under the terms of his advisory agreement, Mr. Shoham will receive $180,000 in annual base compensation during the first year of the agreement, subject to an annual increase review, as well as stock grants vesting on each one year anniversary of the agreement to purchase up to 850,000 shares of Common Stock for a price of $0.01 and on such other terms as provided in the grants. Mr. Shoham will also be entitled to participate in any bonus, incentive compensation, savings and retirement and insurance plans of the Company. Mr. Shoham’s advisory agreement may be terminated with or without cause by the Company, subject to the terms of such agreement. Mr. Shoham received $180,000 in consulting fees in 2016. Pursuant to his service agreement, Mr. Shoham exercised options to purchase 850,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.01 on December 20, 2016.

 

On February 24, 2015, our Board granted 600,000 shares of Common Stock to Mr. Shoham under the 2010 Incentive Plan, and on June 13, 2016 the shares were issued. In addition, on February 24, 2015 the Company granted 3,500,000 shares of Common Stock to Mr. Shoham under its 2014 Incentive Plan. The shares vest on a quarterly basis over a two-year period and will be issued in annual installments. As of December 31, 2016, 3,208,333 of such shares have been issued to Mr. Shoham, with the final installment of 291,667 shares to be issued following March 31, 2017. Also on February 24, 2015, the Board granted options to purchase up to 700,000 shares of Common Stock to Mr. Shoham, such options having never been issued and subsequently terminated on November 20, 2016.

 

On February 24, 2015, our Board granted 100,000 shares of Common Stock to Mr. Brosh under the 2010 Incentive Plan, and on June 13, 2016 the shares were issued. In addition, on February 24, 2015 the Company granted 350,000 shares of Common Stock to Mr. Brosh under its 2014 Incentive Plan. The shares vest on a quarterly basis over a two-year period and will be issued in annual installments. As of December 31, 2016, 320,833 of such shares have been issued to Mr. Brosh, with the final installment of 29,167 shares to be issued following March 31, 2017. On December 30, 2016, our Board granted 300,000 shares of Common Stock to Mr. Brosh as a one-time special award for services performed. Also on February 24, 2015, the Board granted options to purchase up to 175,000 shares of Common Stock to Mr. Brosh, such options having never been issued and subsequently terminated on November 20, 2016.

 

Indemnification of Officers and Directors

 

Our bylaws provide that we shall indemnify, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, our officers, directors, employees and agents against expenses incurred in connection with actions or proceedings brought against them by reason of their serving or having served as officers, directors, employees, agents or in other capacities.

 

Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to our directors and officers pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, we have been advised that in the opinion of the SEC such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable.

  

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Equity Compensation Plan Information

 

On February 24, 2015, our Board approved and adopted the Global Share and Options Incentive Enhancement Plan (2014) (the “2014 Incentive Plan”), pursuant to which the Company may award shares of Common Stock, options to purchase shares of Common Stock and other equity-based awards to eligible participants. The 2014 Incentive Plan replaced the Company’s Global Share Incentive Plan (2010) (the “2010 Incentive Plan”). All options issued and outstanding under the 2010 Incentive Plan are exercisable within five-years of issuance, at an exercise price of $0.5763 per share. All options granted under the 2014 Incentive Plan were terminated by the Board of Directors on November 20, 2016.

 

On August 8, 2016, our Board approved and adopted the Company’s 2016 Stock Incentive Plan (the “2016 Incentive Plan”), pursuant to which the Company may award shares of Common Stock, options to purchase shares of Common Stock and other equity-based awards to eligible participants. On November 23, 2016, the holders of a majority of the issued and outstanding shares of Common Stock approved the 2016 Incentive Plan. The 2016 Incentive Plan replaced the 2014 Incentive Plan. The 2016 Incentive Plan is described in more detail below.

 

The 2010 Incentive Plan, 2014 Incentive Plan and 2016 Incentive Plan are collectively referred to as our “Equity Incentive Plans”.

 

The following table summarizes information as of the close of business on December 31, 2016 concerning our Equity Incentive Plans:

 

    Number of securities to be
issued upon exercise of
outstanding options, warrants
and rights
    Weighted-average exercise
price of outstanding options,
warrants and rights
    Securities remaining available
for future issuance under
equity compensation plans
(excluding securities reflected in column (a))
 
Plan category   (a)     (b)     (c)  
Equity compensation plans approved by security holders     2,544,765     $       42,455,235  
                         
Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders     2,439,676     $ 0.180        
 Total     4,984,441     $ 0.090       42,455,235  

 

  (1) The number of securities in column (a) includes 2,544,765 shares of Common Stock that have accrued but not yet issued to members of our Board pursuant to the Directors Compensation Plan, for services rendered in 2016.

 

The 2016 Incentive Plan

 

The purpose of the 2016 Incentive Plan is (i) assisting the Company and its nonconsolidated affiliates in the recruitment and retention of persons with ability and initiative, (ii) providing an incentive to such persons to contribute to the growth and success of the Company’s businesses by affording such persons equity participation in the Company and (iii) associating the interests of such persons with those of the Company and its nonconsolidated affiliates and stockholders. 

 

General Provisions of the 2016 Incentive Plan 

The Board shall have the sole authority to implement, interpret, and/or administer the 2016 Incentive Plan unless the Board delegates (i) all or any portion of its authority to implement, interpret, and/or administer the 2016 Incentive Plan to a committee of the Board (i.e., the Compensation Committee), or (ii) the authority to grant and administer awards under the 2016 Incentive Plan to an officer of the Company.

 

The 2016 Incentive Plan relates to the issuance of up to 45,000,000 shares of Common Stock, of which up to 15,000,000 shares shall be reserved specifically for the issuance of Incentive Stock Options, subject to adjustment as described below, and shall be effective for ten (10) years, unless earlier terminated. No single participant under the 2016 Incentive Plan may receive more than 25% of all options awarded in a single year.

 

Any employee of the Company or an affiliate, a director, or a consultant to the Company or an affiliate may be an “Eligible Person” under the 2016 Incentive Plan. The 2016 Incentive Plan provides Eligible Persons the opportunity to participate in the enhancement of stockholder value by the award of options and Common Stock, granted as stock bonus awards, restricted stock awards, deferred share awards and performance-based awards, under the 2016 Incentive Plan. This further provides for the Company to make payment of bonuses and/or consulting fees to certain Eligible Persons in options and Common Stock, or any combination thereof.

 

Certain options to be granted to employees under the 2016 Incentive Plan are intended to qualify as Incentive Stock Options (“ISOs”) pursuant to Section 422 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), while other options granted under the 2016 Incentive Plan will be nonqualified options not intended to qualify as ISOs (“Nonqualified Options”), either or both as provided in the agreements evidencing the options granted.

 

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Stock Options 

The Board or the Compensation Committee shall have sole and absolute discretionary authority (i) to determine, authorize, and designate those persons pursuant to the 2016 Incentive Plan who are to receive options under the 2016 Incentive Plan, (ii) to determine the number of shares of Common Stock to be covered by such options and the terms thereof, (iii) to determine the type of option granted (ISO or Nonqualified Option), and (iv) to determine other such details concerning the vesting, termination, exercise, transferability and payment of such options. The Board or the Compensation Committee shall thereupon grant options in accordance with such determinations as evidenced by a written option agreement. Subject to the express provisions of the 2016 Incentive Plan, the Board or the Compensation Committee shall have discretionary authority to prescribe, amend and rescind rules and regulations relating to the 2016 Incentive Plan, to interpret the 2016 Incentive Plan, to prescribe and amend the terms of the option agreements and to make all other determinations deemed necessary or advisable for the administration of the 2016 Incentive Plan.

 

The exercise price per share for Common Stock or options granted under the 2016 Incentive Plan shall be determined by the Board or the Compensation Committee, but in no case shall be less than one hundred percent (100%) of the fair market value of the Common Stock (determined in accordance with the 2016 Incentive Plan at the time the option is granted), provided that, with respect to ISOs granted to a person who holds ten percent (10%) or more of the total combined voting power of all classes of stock of the Company, the exercise price per share for Common Stock shall not be less than 110% of the fair market value of the Common Stock. The fair market value of the Common Stock with respect to which ISOs may be exercisable for the first time by any Eligible Person during any calendar year under all such plans of the Company and its nonconsolidated affiliates shall not exceed $100,000, or such other amount provided in Section 422 of the Code. 

 

Bonus and Restricted Stock Awards 

The Board or the Compensation Committee may, in its sole discretion, grant awards of Common Stock in the form of bonus awards and restricted stock awards. Each stock award agreement shall be in such form and shall contain such terms and conditions as the Board or the Compensation Committee deems appropriate. The terms and conditions of each stock award agreement may change from time to time and need not be uniform with respect to Eligible Persons, and the terms and conditions of separate stock award agreements need not be identical.

 

Deferred Stock Awards

The Board or the Compensation Committee may authorize grants of shares of Common Stock to be awarded at a future date upon such terms and conditions as the Committee may determine. Such awards shall be conferred upon the Eligible Person as consideration for the performance of services and subject to the fulfillment of specified conditions during the deferral period. Each deferred stock award agreement shall be in such form and shall contain such terms and conditions as the Board or the Compensation Committee deems appropriate. The terms and conditions of each deferred stock award agreement may change from time to time and need not be uniform with respect to Eligible Persons, and the terms and conditions of separate deferred stock award agreements need not be identical.

 

Performance Share Awards

The Board or the Compensation Committee may authorize grants of shares of Common Stock to be awarded upon the achievement of specified performance objectives, upon such terms and conditions as the Board or the Compensation Committee may determine. Such awards shall be conferred upon the Eligible Person upon the achievement of specified performance objectives during a specified performance period, such objectives being set forth in the grant and including a minimum acceptable level of achievement and, optionally, a formula for measuring and determining the number of performance shares to be issued. Each performance share award agreement shall be in such form and shall contain such terms and conditions as the Board or the Compensation Committee deems appropriate. The terms and conditions of each performance share award may change from time to time and need not be uniform with respect to Eligible Persons, and the terms and conditions of separate performance share award agreements need not be identical.

 

Adjustments

If the Company shall effect a subdivision or consolidation of shares or other capital readjustment, the payment of a stock dividend, or other increase or reduction of the number of shares of the Common Stock outstanding, without receiving consideration therefore in money, services or property, then (i) the number, class, and per share price of shares of Common Stock subject to outstanding options and other awards under the 2016 Incentive Plan and (ii) the number of and class of shares then reserved for issuance under the 2016 Incentive Plan and the maximum number of shares for which awards may be granted to an Eligible Person during a specified time period shall be appropriately and proportionately adjusted. The Board or the Compensation Committee shall make such adjustments, and its determinations shall be final, binding and conclusive.

 

Change in Control

If the Company is merged or consolidated with another entity or sells or otherwise disposes of substantially all of its assets to another company while options or stock awards remain outstanding under the 2016 Incentive Plan, unless provisions are made in connection with such transaction for the continuance of the 2016 Incentive Plan and/or the assumption or substitution of such options or stock awards with new options or stock awards covering the stock of the successor company, or parent or subsidiary thereof, with appropriate adjustments as to the number and kind of shares and prices, then all outstanding options and stock awards which have not been continued, assumed or for which a substituted award has not been granted shall, whether or not vested or then exercisable, unless otherwise specified in the stock option or stock award agreement, terminate immediately as of the effective date of any such merger, consolidation or sale.

 

Withholding of Taxes 

Subject to other customary terms, the Company may, prior to certificating any Common Stock, deduct or withhold from any payment pursuant to a stock option or stock award agreement an amount that is necessary to satisfy any withholding requirement of the Company in which it believes, in good faith, is necessary in connection with U.S. federal, state, local or transfer taxes as a consequence of the issuance or lapse of restrictions on such Common Stock.

 

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Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management

 

The following table sets forth certain information with respect to the beneficial ownership of Common Stock by: (i) each director, (ii) each of the executive officers of the Company, (iii) all current directors and executive officers as a group, and (iv) each person (including any “group” as that term is used in Section 13(d)(3) of the Exchange Act) known to the Company to be the beneficial owner of more than 5% of the outstanding shares of the Company’s Common Stock. Unless otherwise indicated in the footnotes to the table, all information set forth in the table is as of February 14, 2017.

  

Directors and Named Executive Officers

 

Title of Class   Directors and Named Executive Officers   Amount and Nature of
Beneficial Ownership (1)
    Percent of
Class (1)
 
Common Stock   Shlomo Palas (2)     6,645,579       2.37 %
Common Stock   Joshua Shoham (3)     6,079,208       2.17 %
Common Stock   Yigal Brosh (4)     1,497,385       0.53 %
Common Stock   Shimon Erlichman (5)      1,874,436       0.67 %
Common Stock   Lyron L. Bentovim (6)     264,022       0.09 %
Common Stock   David A. Doctor (7)     38,588       0.01 %
Common Stock   Roy Amitzur (8)     6,298,323       2.25 %
Common Stock   Elad Kerner      850,000       0.30 %
Common Stock   Directors and Officers as a Group (8 persons)     23,547,541       8.31 %

  

Stockholders with 5% Beneficial Ownership

 

Title of Class   Name and Address of Beneficial Owner   Amount and Nature of
Beneficial Ownership (1)(2)
    Percent of
Class (1)(2)
 
Common Stock  

Dr. Amiram Borenstein Ltd.

18 Reines Street

Tel Aviv, Israel

    15,490,331       5.53 %
Common Stock  

Lazarus Management Company LLC (9)(10)

3200 Cherry Creek South Drive, Suite 670

Denver, Colorado 80209

  83,861,896       28.20 %
Common Stock  

Auto Transtech Inc. (11)

8155 N. 76th Street

Milwaukee, WI 53223

    26,666,668       9.09 %

 

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  (1) Applicable percentages are based on 279,913,848 shares outstanding, adjusted as required by rules of the SEC. Beneficial ownership is determined under the rules of the SEC and generally includes voting or investment power with respect to securities. Shares of Common Stock subject to options, warrants and convertible notes currently exercisable or convertible, or exercisable or convertible within 60 days are deemed outstanding for computing the percentage of the person holding such securities but are not deemed outstanding for computing the percentage of any other person. Unless otherwise indicated in the footnotes to this table, the Company believes that each of the stockholders named in the table has sole voting and investment power with respect to the shares of Common Stock indicated as beneficially owned by them.
  (2) The 6,645,579 shares of Common Stock include (i) 6,115,491 shares currently owned, (ii) 300,000 shares awarded pursuant to a stock award under the 2014 Incentive Plan which will vest within 60 days, and (iii) 230,088 shares exercisable pursuant to options awarded under the Company’s 2010 Incentive Plan.
  (3) The 6,079,208 shares of Common Stock include (i) 5,584,001 shares currently owned, (ii) 291,667 shares awarded pursuant to a stock award under the 2014 Incentive Plan which will vest within 60 days, and (iii) 203,540 shares exercisable pursuant to options awarded under the Company’s 2010 Incentive Plan.
  (4) The 1,497,385 shares of Common Stock include (i) 720,833 shares currently owned, (ii) 29,167 shares awarded pursuant to a stock award under the 2014 Incentive Plan which will vest within 60 days, and (iii) 747,385 shares accrued, but not yet issued, pursuant to the Directors Compensation Plan, for services rendered to the Board during 2016.
  (5) The 1,874,436 shares of Common Stock include (i) 1,127,051 shares currently owned, and (ii) 747,385 shares accrued, but not yet issued, pursuant to the Directors Compensation Plan, for services rendered to the Board during 2016.
  (6) The 264,022 shares of Common Stock are accrued, but not yet issued, pursuant to the Directors Compensation Plan, for services rendered to the Board during 2016.
  (7) The 38,588 shares of Common Stock are accrued, but not yet issued, pursuant to the Directors Compensation Plan, for services rendered to the Board during 2016.
  (8) The 6,298,323 shares of Common Stock include (i) 5,838,514 shares currently owned, (ii) 291,667 shares awarded pursuant to a stock award under the 2014 Incentive Plan which will vest within 60 days, and (iii) 168,142 shares exercisable pursuant to options awarded under the Company’s 2010 Incentive Plan.
  (9) Lazarus Management Company LLC beneficially owns 83,861,896 shares of Common Stock as the investment advisor and general partner of Lazarus Investment Partners LLLP, Lazarus Israel Opportunities Fund LLLP and Lazarus Israel Opportunities Fund II LLLP. Lazarus Investment Partners LLLP beneficially owns 11,073,204 shares of Common Stock, consisting of 8,800,476 shares of Common Stock and 2,272,728 shares of Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of warrants. Lazarus Israel Opportunities Fund LLLP beneficially owns 54,718,018 shares of Common Stock, consisting of 42,218,018 shares of Common Stock and 12,500,000 shares of Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of warrants. Lazarus Israel Opportunities Fund II LLLP beneficially owns 18,070,674 shares of Common Stock, consisting of 15,343,401 shares of Common Stock and 2,727,273 shares of Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of warrants.
  (10) Shares beneficially owned by Lazarus Management Company LLC are aggregated without regard to the “9.99% Blocker”, a provision contained in its warrants, which prevents the Company from effecting a conversion or exercise thereof, to the extent that, as a result of such conversion or exercise, the holder or its affiliates beneficially owns more than 9.99%, in the aggregate, of the issued and outstanding shares of Common Stock calculated immediately after giving effect to the issuance of shares of Common Stock upon the conversion or exercise of such warrants.
  (11) The 26,666,668 shares of Common Stock consists of 13,333,334 shares of Common Stock and 13,333,334 shares of Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of warrants.

 

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Item 13. Certain Relationships, Related Transactions and Director Independence

 

Related Transactions

 

In the last two fiscal years, there has not been any transaction, and currently there is no proposed transaction, in which we were or are going to be a participant and the amount involved exceeds $120,000, in which any related person had or will have a direct or indirect material interest, except as set forth below. A related person is any person who is a director or executive officer of the Company, a holder of 5% or more of our Common Stock, and any immediate family member of the foregoing. 

 

We are currently party to certain services and employment agreements with our executives and a non-executive member of our Board of Directors, which are specifically described in Part III, Item 12 of this report.

 

In July 2015, in order to finance a portion of the funds necessary to complete the acquisitions of the SPVs by Blue Sphere Pavia, we conducted a private placement of up to $250,000 of our Common Stock at $0.0176 per share to certain accredited investors (the “July Offering”). On December 2, 2015, we closed on the July Offering, resulting in gross proceeds to the Company of $225,526, and agreed to issue 21,588,871 shares of our Common Stock at $0.0104 per share, pursuant to certain subscription agreements. All investors in the July Offering were accredited investors and independent of the Company, but were part of a group led by a former member of our Board, Itai Haboucha. Mr. Haboucha did not receive any shares of Common Stock, was not paid any commissions and received no other compensation in connection with the July Offering. On June 2, 2016, the Company issued 13,930,742 shares of Common Stock in connection with the July Offering and pursuant to subscription agreements dated December 2, 2015, in consideration of $145,526, and on or about December 13, 2016, the Company issued the remaining 7,658,129 shares of Common Stock in connection with the July Offering and pursuant to a subscription agreement dated December 2, 2015, in consideration for $80,000.

 

On December 18, 2015, we entered into a no-interest bearing €118,000 promissory note with R.S. Palas Management Ltd., an entity owned and controlled by Shlomi Palas. The loan under the promissory note was used to finance a portion of the acquisition of the four SPVs in Italy pursuant to the Italy Projects Agreement. We have since paid back the loan under the promissory note with proceeds from our December 2015 offering of the Company’s debentures.

 

Director Independence

 

Please see Part III, Item 10 under the heading “Corporate Governance” for information about the independence of our directors.

 

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Item 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services

 

Brightman Almagor Zohar& Co., a member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, an independent registered public accounting firm, served as our independent public accountants for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, for which audited financial statements appear in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

The following table presents the aggregate fees for professional services rendered by such accountants to us during their respective term as our principal accountants in 2016 and 2015.

 

   2016   2015 
    (US$ in thousands)    (US$ in thousands) 

Audit and Audit related Fees (1) 

   131    60 
Tax Fees       16 
Total   131    76 

 

(1)Includes professional services rendered in connection with the audit of our annual financial statements and the review of our interim financial statements.

 

Audit Fees

 

The aggregate fees billed by our principal accountant for the audit of our annual financial statements, review of financial statements included in the quarterly reports and other fees that are normally provided by the accountant in connection with statutory and regulatory filings or engagements for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 were $121,000 and $60,000, respectively.

 

Audit-Related Fees

 

Our principal accountant provided audit related services that are reasonably related to the performance of our audit or review of our financial statements for the fiscal years ended December 31 2016 and did not provide assurance or related services that are reasonably related to the performance of our audit or review of our financial statements for the fiscal years ended December 31 2015. The fees billed by our principal accountant for those services were $10,000 in 2016 and 0 in 2015. 

 

Tax Fees

 

The aggregate fees billed for professional services rendered by our principal accountant for tax compliance, tax advice and tax planning for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015 were $16,000. There were no such fees billed for the fiscal year ended December 31,2016. 

 

All Other Fees

 

There were no other fees billed for products or services provided by our principal accountant for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015.

 

Our audit committee reviewed or ratified the engagement of the Company’s principal accountant or the fees disclosed above.

 

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Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules

 

No.   Description   Note(s)
         
3.1   Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation, dated November 22, 2013.   (1)
         
3.2   Amended and Restated Bylaws, dated June 17, 2015.   (2)
         
4.1   Form of Common Stock Certificate.   (15)
         
10.1   Orbit Energy Rhode Island LLC Membership Interest Purchase Agreement, dated April 8, 2015.   (3)
         
10.2   Rhode Island Energy Partners LLC Development and Indemnification Agreement, dated April 8, 2015.   (3)
         
10.3   Amended and Restated Rhode Island Energy Partners LLC Agreement, dated April 8, 2015.   (3)
         
10.4   Orbit Energy Charlotte, LLC Letter Agreement dated January 29, 2015.   (4)
         
10.5   Orbit Energy Charlotte, LLC Membership Interest Purchase Agreement, dated January 30, 2015.   (5)
         
10.6   Concord Energy Partners, LLC Development and Indemnification Agreement, dated January 30, 2015.   (4)
         
10.7   Amended and Restated Concord Energy Partners LLC Agreement, dated January 30, 2015.   (4)
         
10.8   Share Purchase Agreement by and among Bluesphere Italy S.r.l. and Volteo Energie S.p.A., Agriholding S.r.l. and Overland S.r.l., dated May 14, 2015.   (7)
         

10.9

 

  Amendment to the Share Purchase Agreement Dated May 14, 2015, by and among Bluesphere Italy S.r.l. and Volteo Energie S.p.A., Agriholding S.r.l. and Overland S.r.l., dated December 14, 2015.   (21)
         
10.10   Framework EBITDA Guarantee Agreement dated July 17, 2015.   (5)
         
10.11   Long Term Mezzanine Loan Agreement by and among Blue Sphere Corp., Eastern Sphere Ltd., Bluesphere Italy S.r.l., and Helios Italy Bio-Gas 1 L.P., dated August 18, 2015.   (8)
         
10.12   Organic Waste Delivery Agreement, dated October 13, 2016.   (20)
         
10.13   Acceptance Letter of Grant Application from Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland, dated December 8, 2016.   (19)
         
10.14   Service Agreement between Blue Sphere Corporation and Shlomo Palas, dated October 15, 2015.   (9) #
         
10.15   Service Agreement by and among Blue Sphere Corporation, JLS Advanced Investment Holdings Limited, and Roy Amitzur, dated October 15, 2015.   (9) #
         
10.16   Advisory Agreement between Blue Sphere Corporation and Joshua Shoham, dated October 15, 2015.   (9) #
         
10.17   Addendum No. 1 to Service Agreement dated December 29, 2016, between the Company, Mr. Amitzur, JLS Advanced Investment Holdings Limited and Renewable Energy Management Services.    (21)
         
10.18   Service and Consulting Agreement dated May 30, 2013, between the Company and Efim Monsov.   (21)
         
10.19   Personal Employment Agreement dated January 1, 2016, between Eastern Sphere and Elad Kerner.   (21)
         
10.20   Services Agreement, dated May 1, 2016, between the Company and Ran Daniel.   (11)
         
10.21   Form of July Offering Subscription Agreements, entered into December 2, 2015.   (12)
         
10.22   Form of February 3, 2016 Warrant.   (12)
         
10.23   Form of Securities Subscription Agreement and Warrant from the February 2016 Offering.   (10)
         
10.24   Form of Securities Subscription Agreement and Warrant from the June 2016 Offering.   (13)
         
10.25   Form of Maxim Warrant.   (14)
         
10.26   Form of Securities Purchase Agreement, Promissory Note and Common Stock Purchase Warrant from the October 2016 Financing.   (16)
         
10.27   2010 Stock Incentive Plan.   (18)
         
10.28   2014 Stock Incentive Plan.   (6)
         
10.29   2016 Stock Incentive Plan   (14)
         
10.30   Amended and Restated Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy.   (21)
         
10.31   Promissory Note issued by the Company to Viskoben Limited, dated February 13, 2017   (22)

 

 

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No.   Description   Note(s)
         
14.1   Code of Ethics and Anti-Harassment Policy of the Company.   (17)
         
21.1   Subsidiaries of Registrant.   (21)
         
23.1   Consent of Brightman Almagor Zohar & Co.   *
         
31.1   Rule 13a-14(a) / 15d-14(a) Certification of Chief Executive Officer   *
         
31.2   Rule 13a-14(a) / 15d-14(a) Certification of Chief Financial Officer   *
         
32.1   Section 1350 Certification of Chief Executive Officer   *
         
32.2   Section 1350 Certification of Chief Financial Officer   *
         
99.1   Charter of the Audit Committee.   (20)
         
99.2   Charter of the Finance Committee.   (20)
         
99.3   Charter of the Nominations Committee.   (20)
         
99.4   Charter of the Compensation Committee.   (20)
         
101   The following materials from Blue Sphere Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 are formatted in XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language): (i) Consolidated Balance Sheets, (ii) Consolidated Statements of Operations, (iii) Consolidated Statement of Stockholders’ Equity/ (Deficit), (iv) Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow, and (iv) Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.   *
         
         

     
#   Indicates management contract or compensatory plan or arrangement.
*   Filed herewith.
     
(1)   Incorporated by reference to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on December 3, 2013.
(2)   Incorporated by reference to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on June 17, 2015.
(3)   Incorporated by reference to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on April 14, 2015.
(4)   Incorporated by reference to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on February 5, 2015.
(5)   Incorporated by reference to our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on August 14, 2015.
(6)   Incorporated by reference to our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on May 15, 2015.
(7)   Incorporated by reference to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on May 18, 2015.
(8)   Incorporated by reference to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on August 24, 2015.
(9)   Incorporated by reference to our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on January 13, 2016.
(10)   Incorporated by reference to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on February 17, 2016.
(11)   Incorporated by reference to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on May 4, 2016.
(12)   Incorporated by reference to our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q/A filed with the SEC on June 13, 2016.
(13)   Incorporated by reference to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on July 8, 2016.
(14)   Incorporated by reference to our Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed with the SEC on August 15, 2016.
(15)   Incorporated by reference to Amendment No. 1 to our Registration Statement on Form S-1/A filed with the SEC on September 1, 2016.
(16)   Incorporated by reference to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on October 31, 2016.
(17)   Incorporated by reference to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on April 29, 2016.
(18)   Incorporated by reference to our Amendment to Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 9, 2011.
(19)   Incorporated by reference to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on December 13, 2016.
(20)   Incorporated by reference to our Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed with the SEC on December 15, 2016.
(21)   Incorporated by reference to Amendment No. 1 to our Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed with the SEC on February 2, 2017.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements 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.

 

February 14, 2017 Blue Sphere Corporation
     
  By: /s/ Shlomo Palas
    Shlomo Palas
    President, Chief Executive Officer, Secretary and Director

 

Pursuant to the requirements 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.

 

By: /s/ Shlomo Palas   February 14, 2017
  Shlomo Palas    
  President, Chief Executive Officer, Secretary and Director    
  (Principal Executive Officer)    
       
By: /s/ Ran Daniel   February 14, 2017
  Ran Daniel    
  Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer    
  (Principal Accounting Officer and Principal Financial Officer)    
       
By: /s/ Joshua Shoham   February 14, 2017
  Joshua Shoham    
  Director     
       
By: /s/ Yigal Brosh   February 14, 2017
  Yigal Brosh    
  Director    
       
By: /s/ Shimon Erlichman   February 14, 2017
  Shimon Erlichman    
  Director    
       
By: /s/ Lyron Live Bentovim   February 14, 2017
  Lyron Live Bentovim    
  Director    
       
By: /s/ David Doctor   February 14, 2017
  David Doctor    
  Director    

 

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APPENDIX A - FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION 

 

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2016

IN U.S. DOLLARS 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM F-2
   
CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS:  
Consolidated Balance sheets as of December 31, 2016, and 2015 F-3
Consolidated Statements of operations for the year ended December 31, 2016 and the year ended September 30, 2015 and for the three months period ended December 31, 2015 F-4
Statements of changes in stockholders’ equity (deficit) for the year ended December 31, 2016 and the year ended September 30, 2015 and for the three months period ended December 31, 2015 F-6
   
Consolidated Statements of cash flows for the year ended December 31, 2016 and the year ended September 30, 2015 and for the three months period ended December 31, 2015 F-8
Notes to consolidated financial statements F-10

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

 

 

 

REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

To the Board of Directors and Stockholders of

Blue Sphere Corporation.

 

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Blue Sphere Corporation and its subsidiaries ("the Company") as of December 31, 2016 and 2015, the related consolidated statements of operations, stockholders' deficit, and cash flows for the year ended December 31, 2016, for the year ended September 30, 2015 and for the three months period ended December 31, 2015. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s Board of Directors and management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the 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 audits 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, such consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Blue Sphere Corporation and its subsidiaries as of December 31, 2016 and 2015 and the results of their operations and their cash flows for the year ended December 31, 2016, for the year ended September 30, 2015 and for the three months period ended December 31, 2015, 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 1b to the consolidated financial statements, the Company has incurred recurring losses from operations that raises substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern. Management's plans concerning these matters are also described in Note 1b. The accompanying consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of this uncertainty.

 

 

/s/ Brightman Almagor Zohar & Co.

Brightman Almagor Zohar & Co.

Certified Public Accountants

Member of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited

 

Tel Aviv, Israel

February 14, 2017

 

 

 

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BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION 

 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 

(Amounts in thousands except share and per share data) 

 

                 
    December 31,
2016
    December 31,
2015
 
Assets                
CURRENT ASSETS:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 416     $ 1,888  
Related Parties     1,408       1,378  
Other current assets     81       37  
Total current assets     1,905        3,303  
                 
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, net of accumulated depreciation     50       30  
INVESTMENTS IN NOCONSOLIDATED AFFILIATES     10,137       7,570  
                 
INVESTMENTS IN NONCONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES     4,429       4,993  
                 
Total assets   $ 16,521     $ 15,896  
                 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Deficit                
CURRENT LIABILITIES:                
Current maturities of Debentures and long term loan   $ 2,988     $ 549  
Short term loan     280        
Accounts payables     557       124  
Other accounts payable     2,091       1,083  
Deferred revenues from nonconsolidated affiliates      5,658       9,052  
Total current liabilities     11,574       10,808  
                 
ACCRUED SEVERANCE PAY      11        
                 
LONG TERM BANK LOAN     112       127  
                 
LONG TERM LOANS AND LIABILITIES     5,003       5,543   
                 
DEBENTURES           2,360   
                 
WARRANTS LIABILITY     2,045       544   
                 
                 
COMMITMENTS AND CONTIGENCIES (Note 10)                
                 
TOTAL LIABILITIES     18,745       19,382   
                 
STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT:                
Common shares of $0.001 par value each:                
Authorized: 1,750,000,000 shares at December 31, 2016 and 2015. Issued and outstanding: 279,151,681 shares and 180,502,443 shares at December 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively.     279       1,256  
Proceeds on account of shares           165  
Treasury shares     (28 )     (28 )
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income      33        
Additional paid-in capital     43,985       39,813  
Accumulated deficit     (46,493 )     (44,692 )
Total Stockholders’ Deficit     (2,224 )     (3,486 )
Total liabilities and Stockholders’ Deficit   $ 16,521     $ 15,896  

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

 

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BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS 

(Amounts in thousands except share and per share data) 

  

    Year ended     Three Months ended  
    December 31, 2016     September 30, 2015     December 31, 2015  
Revenue from Services   $ 588     $     $  
                         
OPERATING EXPENSES -                        
General and administrative expenses     (7,516)       (5,317 )     (1,106
                         
OPERATING LOSS     (6,928 )     (5,317 )     (1,106 )
                         
Financial Expense (Income), net     1,728       2,145       (75)  
                         
Loss (gain) from Change in Fair Value of Warrants Liability      (1,390           219  
                         
                         
NET LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES AND EQUITY EARNINGS (LOSSES)     (7,266 )     (7,462 )     (1,250 )
                         
                         
Income Taxes     (52            
                         
Equity Earnings in Nonconsolidated Affiliates     5,961              
                         
Equity Losses in Non-Consolidated Subsidiaries     (444           (38
                         
NET LOSS   $ (1,801 )   $ (7,462 )   $ (1,288 )
                         
Net loss per common share - basic and diluted   $ (0.008 )   $ (0.088 )   $ (0.007 )
                         
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period - basic and diluted     235,909,374       85,135,631       177,011,554  

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

 

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BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(Amounts in thousands except share and per share data)

             
    Year ended     Three Months ended  
    December 31, 2016     September 30, 2015     December 31, 2015  
                   
NET LOSS   $ 1,801     $ 7,462     $ 1,288  
Other comprehensive loss, net of tax:                        
                         
Currency translation adjustments     (33 )            
                         
TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE LOSS   $ 1,768     $ 7,462     $ 1,288  

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION 

 

STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT) 

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data) 

                             
           Proceeds                 
           on               Total 
      account       Additional       Stockholders’ 
   Common Stock   of   Treasury   paid-in   Accumulated   Equity 
   Shares   Amount   shares   Shares   Capital   deficit   (deficit) 
                                    
BALANCE AT SEPTEMBER 30, 2014   50,109,036   $1,126   $20   $   $35,106   $(35,942)  $310 
Share based compensation                   558        558 
Issuance of common stock, net of issuance cost   9,338,682    9            338        347 
Issuance of common stock in respect of issuance of convertible notes   75,532,381    76            1,449        1,525 
Issuance of shares for services   33,116,550    33            1,541        1,574 
Issuance of convertible debentures                   482        482 
Treasury shares purchases   (144,054)           (28)           (28)
Net loss                       (7,462)   (7,462)
BALANCE AT SEPTEMBER 30, 2015   167,952,595   $1,244   $20    (28)  $39,474   $(43,404)  $(2,694)
                                    
Issuance of shares for services   2,435,000    2            134         136 
Issuance of common stock, net of issuance cost   10,114,848    10             205       215 
Proceeds on account of shares           145                145 
Net loss                       (1,288)   (1,288)
BALANCE AT DECEMBER 31, 2015   180,502,443   $1,256   $165   $(28)  $39,813   $(44,692)  $(3,486)

 

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BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION 

 

STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT) 

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)  

 

                                                 
                Proceeds                                
                on                 Accumulated           Total  
          account           Additional     other           Stockholders’  
    Common Stock     of     Treasury     paid-in     comprehensive     Accumulated     Equity  
    Shares     Amount     shares     Shares     Capital     income     deficit     (deficit)  
                                                 
BALANCE AT DECEMBER 31, 2015     180,502,443     $ 1,256     $ 165     $ (28 )   $ 39,813     $     $ (44,692 )   $ (3,486 )
Share reverse split adjustment             (1,075)                   1,075                    
Extinguish of liability upon shares issuance     20.936,596       21                   1,506                   1,527  
Issuance of common stock, net of issuance cost     55,581,900       55       (20 )           682                   717  
Issuance of shares for services     7,508,000       7                   738                   745  
Issuance of shares with respect to proceeds on account of shares        13,930,742       14       (145)             131                    
Exercise of warrants     700,000       1                   40                     41  
Comprehensive loss                                   33       (1,801 )     (1,768 )
BALANCE AT DECEMBER 31, 2016     279,159,681     $ 279     $       (28 )   $ 43,985     $ 33     $ (46,493 )   $ (2,224 )

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

 

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BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION

  

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data) 

 

    Year ended  
    December  31,
2016
    September 30,
2015
 
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:                
Net loss for the period   $ (1,801 )   $ (7,462 )
Adjustments required to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:                
Share based payment     1,181       558  
Depreciation     17       6  
Capital loss from disposal of property, plant and equipment     12        
Expenses in respect of Convertible notes and loans     162       1,949  
Equity earnings in Nonconsolidated Affiliates     (5,961 )      
Equity losses in nonconsolidated subsidiary     444        
Issuance of shares for services     745       1,574  
Changes in Warrants Liability     (1,338 )      
Amortization of projects cost           469  
Expenses in respect of severance pay     11        
Impairment of Investment           (22 )
                 
Decrease in related parties     (80 )      
Decrease (increase) in other current assets     (33     244  
Increase in deferred revenues from Nonconsolidated Affiliates           1,482  
Increase in accounts payables     439       46  
Increase in other account payables     1,383       338  
Net cash used in operating activities     (4,819 )     (818 )
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:                
Purchase of property and equipment     (60 )     (37 )
Net cash used in investing activities     (60 )     (37 )
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:                
                 
Proceeds from Short Term Loans     750        
Proceeds from issuance of debenture           625  
Proceeds from loans     50       859  
Proceeds from exercise of warrants     41          
Repayment of loans and convertible debentures     (449 )     (1,081 )
Proceeds from issuance of shares and warrants     3,001       315  
Net cash provided by financing activities     3,393       718  
                 
DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS     (1,486 )     (137 )
                 
EFFECT OF CHANGES IN EXCHANGE RATES ON CASH BALANCES IN FOREIGN CURRENCIES     14        
                 
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD     1,888       298  
                 
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD   $ 416     $ 161  
                 
NON-CASH TRANSACTION:                
Increase in investments in nonconsolidated affiliates against deferred revenues   $ 2,133     $ 4,952  
Extinguish of debt upon shares issuance   $ 373     $  
Issuance expense paid through Common Stock   $ 225     $  
Proceeds on account of shares exercised into Common Stock   $ 229     $  
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:                
Cash paid during the period for:                
Interest   $ 621     $ 172  

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

 

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BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 (Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

    Three months ended
December 31,
 
    2015  
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:        
Net loss for the period   $ (1,288 )
Adjustments required to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:        
Depreciation     1  
Equity losses in nonconsolidated subsidiary     38  
Expenses in respect of convertible notes and loans     26  
Changes in Warrants Liability     219  
Issuance of shares for services     136  
         
Increase in related parties     (1,378 )
Increase in other current assets     (16 )
Increase in accounts payables     66  
Increase in other account payables     71  
Net cash used in operating activities     (2,125 )
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:        
Investment in nonconsolidated subsidiary     (2,143 )
Net cash used in investing activities     (2,143 )
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:        
Proceeds from loans received     3,183  
Proceeds from issuance of debenture and warrants     2,672  
Repayment of loans     (5 )
Proceeds on account of shares     145  
Net cash provided by financing activities     5,995  
         
INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS     1,727  
         
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD     161  
         
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD   $ 1,888  
         
NON-CASH TRANSACTION:        
Increase in investments in nonconsolidated affiliates against deferred revenues   $ 2,618  
Loans exercised into Common Stock   $ 188  
Increase Investment in nonconsolidated subsidiary in consideration of Long Term Loan   $ 4,236  
         
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:        
Cash paid during the period for:        
Interest   $ 4  

 

  

F-9 

 

 

BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION 

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

NOTE 1 – GENERAL

 

a.General

 

Blue Sphere Corporation (the “Company”), together with its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Eastern Sphere Ltd. (“Eastern”), BinoSphere LLC (“Binosphere”), Bluesphere Pavia S.r.l (“Bluesphere Pavia”, formerly called Bluesphere Italy S.r.l.), Sustainable Energy Ltd. (“SEL”), and Blue Sphere Brabant B.V. (“BSB”), is focused on project integration in the clean energy production and waste to energy markets. The Company was incorporated in the state of Nevada on July 17, 2007 and was originally in the business of developing and promoting automotive internet sites. On February 17, 2010, the Company conducted a reverse merger, name change and forward split of its common stock, and in March 2010 current management took over operations, at which point the Company changed its business focus to become a project integrator in the clean energy production and waste to energy markets. On May 12, 2015, the Company formed Bluesphere Pavia, a subsidiary of Eastern, in order to acquire certain biogas plants located in Italy (see note 5 below). On September 19, 2016, the Company formed BSB in order to commence operations in the Netherlands. As of December 31, 2016, SEL had not commenced operations. On January 31, 2017, we dissolved Johnstonsphere LLC, which had no operations since inception.

  

b.Going concern consideration

 

The accompanying financial statements have been prepared assuming that the Company will continue as a going concern. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had approximately $416 thousand in cash, a negative working capital of approximately $9,669 thousand, a stockholders’ deficit of approximately $2,224 thousand and an accumulated deficit of approximately $46,493 thousand. Management anticipates their business will require substantial additional investments that have not yet been secured. The Company anticipates that the existing cash will not be sufficient to continue its operations through the next 12 months. Management is continuing in the process of fund raising in the private equity and capital markets as the Company will need to finance future activities and general and administrative expenses. These conditions raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. Company’s ability to continue as a going concern is dependent upon raising capital from financing transactions and revenue from operations.

  

These financial statements do not include any adjustments that may be necessary should the Company be unable to continue as a going concern. The Company’s continuation as a going concern is dependent on its ability to obtain additional financing as may be required and ultimately to attain profitability.

   

NOTE 2 – SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

a.Functional currency

 

The functional currency of the company is U.S dollar. The functional currency of the subsidiaries is also U.S dollar, except for Blue Sphere Pavia. Accordingly, all monetary assets, liabilities, expenses and equity earnings of the foreign subsidiary are re-measured into U.S. dollars at the exchange rates in effect at the reporting date. The foreign currency translation adjustments are included as a component in the stockholders’ Deficit in the accompanying consolidated balance sheet as a component of accumulated other Comprehensive Loss.

 

b.Basis of Presentation

 

The consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”) and includes the accounts of the Company and its wholly owned subsidiaries. All intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated in consolidation.

 

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BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION 

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

NOTE 2 – SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (continued)

 

c.Cash equivalents

 

Cash equivalents are short-term highly liquid investments which include short term bank deposit (up to three months from date of deposit), that are not restricted as to withdrawals or use that are readily convertible to cash with maturities of three months or less as of the date acquired.

 

d.Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

The Company records its financial assets and liabilities at fair value. The accounting guidance for fair value provides a framework for measuring fair value, clarifies the definition of fair value, and expands disclosures regarding fair value measurements. Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability (an exit price) in an orderly transaction between market participants at the reporting date. The accounting guidance establishes a three-tiered hierarchy, which prioritizes the inputs used in the valuation methodologies in measuring fair value:

 

Level 1 – Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.

 

Level 2 – Inputs other than Level 1 that are observable, either directly or indirectly, such as quoted prices in markets that are not active; or other inputs that are observable or can be corroborated by observable market data for substantially the full term of the assets or liabilities.

 

Level 3 – Unobservable inputs that are supported by little or no market activity and that are significant to the fair value of the assets or liabilities.

 

The Company recognizes transfers among Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 classifications as of the actual date of the events or change in circumstances that caused the transfers.

 

The Company’s financial instruments, including cash equivalents, accounts payable and accrued liabilities have carrying amounts which approximate fair value due to the short-term maturity of these instruments.

 

e.Property, plant and equipment

 

Property, plant and equipment are stated at cost, less accumulated depreciation. Assets are depreciated using the straight-line method over their estimated useful lives.

 

Annual rates of depreciation are as follows:

 

    %
Computers, electronic equipment and software     33  
Vehicles     15  
Office furniture and equipment     15  

 

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BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION 

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

NOTE 2 – SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (continued)

 

f.Investment in nonconsolidated affiliates

 

Investments in companies in which the Company has the ability to exert significant influence over operating and financial policies (generally 20% to 50% ownership), but which the Company does not control, are accounted for using the equity method. Under the equity method, investments are initially recorded at cost and adjusted for dividends and undistributed earnings and losses.  The Company evaluates its investments in nonconsolidated Affiliates for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value of such investments may have experienced a decline in value. When there is evidence of loss in value that is other than temporary, the Company compares the estimated fair value of the investment to the carrying value of the investment to determine whether impairment has occurred. If the estimated fair value is less than the carrying value, the excess of the carrying value over the estimated fair value is recognized as an impairment loss. 

 

g.Use of estimates

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires 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 expenses during the reporting period. Actual results may differ from those estimates. On an on-going basis, management evaluates its estimates, judgments and assumptions. Those estimates and assumptions affect including investments in nonconsolidated affiliates, investments in non-consolidated subsidiaries, deferred revenue from nonconsolidated affiliates, contingencies and litigation, income taxes and determination of fair value of stock-based compensation. These estimates are based available as of the date of the consolidated financial statements; therefore, actual results could differ from management’s estimates. 

 

h.Loss per share

 

Net loss per share, basic and diluted, is computed on the basis of the net loss for the period divided by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period. Diluted net loss per share is based upon the weighted average number of common shares and of common shares equivalents outstanding when dilutive. Common share equivalents include: (i) outstanding stock options under the Company’s share incentive plan and warrants which are included under the treasury share method when dilutive, and (ii) common shares to be issued under the assumed conversion of the Company’s outstanding convertible notes, which are included under the if-converted method when dilutive. The computation of diluted net loss per share for the years ended December 31, 2016 and September 30, 2015 and for the three months period ended December 31, 2015 does not include common share equivalents, since such inclusion would be anti-dilutive.

 

i.Income taxes

 

The Company account for income taxes using the asset and liability method, which requires the recognition of deferred tax assets and liabilities for the expected future tax consequences of events that have been recognized in Company’s consolidated financial statements or in our tax returns. Estimates and judgments occur in the calculation of certain tax liabilities and in the determination of the recoverability of certain deferred income tax assets, which arise from temporary differences and carryforwards. Deferred income tax assets and liabilities are measured using the currently enacted tax rates that apply to taxable income in effect for the years in which those tax assets are expected to be realized or settled. Management regularly assess the likelihood that deferred tax assets will be recovered from future taxable income and, to the extent that management believe, based upon the weight of available evidence, that it is more likely than not that all or a portion of deferred tax assets will not be realized, a valuation allowance is established through an adjustment to income tax expense. The factors used to assess the likelihood of realization of our deferred tax assets include the Company’s forecast of future taxable income and available tax planning strategies that could be implemented to realize the net deferred tax assets. Assumptions represent management’s best estimates and involve inherent uncertainties and the application of management’s judgment. The Company account for uncertainty in income taxes recognized in the Company’s consolidated financial statements by regularly reviewing our tax positions and benefits to be realized. The Company’s recognize tax liabilities based upon management’s estimate of whether, and the extent to which, additional taxes will be due when such estimates are more-likely-than-not to be sustained. An uncertain income tax position will not be recognized if it has less than a 50% likelihood of being sustained upon examination by taxing authorities. The provision for income taxes includes the effects of any resulting tax reserves, or unrecognized tax benefits, that are considered appropriate as well as the related net interest and penalties.

 

j.Comprehensive loss

 

Comprehensive income (loss) consists of net income (loss) and other gains and losses affecting equity that under US GAAP are excluded from net income (loss). For the Company, such items consist of translation adjustments.

 

F-12 

 

 

BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION 

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

NOTE 2 – SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (continued)

 

k.Revenues from Services

 

The Company recognizes revenues from Development Fees in accordance with ASC Topic 605-20 Revenue Recognition from Services.

 

l.Treasury shares

 

Treasury shares are held by the Company and presented as a reduction of the Company shareholders’ deficit and carried at their cost to the Company, under treasury shares. 

 

m.Stock-based compensation

 

The Company recognizes the estimated fair value of share-based awards under stock-based compensation cost. The Company measures compensation expense for share-based awards based on estimated fair values on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model. This option pricing model requires estimates as to the option’s expected term and the price volatility of the underlying stock. The Company measures compensation expense for the shares based on the market value of the underlying stock at the date of grant, less an estimate of dividends that will not accrue to the shares holders prior to vesting. The Company elected to recognize compensation cost for awards that have a graded vesting schedule using the straight-line approach. Share-based payments to non-employees are measured at the fair value of the goods or services received or the fair value of the equity instruments issued if it is determined the fair value of the goods or services cannot be reliably measured, and are recorded at the date the goods or services are received. The amount recognized as an expense is adjusted to reflect the number of awards expected to vest. The fair value of equity awards is charged to the statement of operations over the service period. The offset to the recorded cost is to additional Paid in Capital. Consideration received on the exercise of stock options is recorded as capital stock and the related share-based payments reserve is transferred to share capital.

 

n.Contingencies

 

The Company is involved in various commercial and other legal proceedings that arise from time to time in the ordinary course of business. Except for income tax contingencies or contingent consideration or other contingent liabilities incurred or acquired in a business combination, the Company records accruals for these types of contingencies to the extent that Company concludes their occurrence is probable and that the related liabilities are reasonably estimated. When accruing these costs, the Company will recognize an accrual in the amount within a range of loss that is the best estimate within the range. When no amount within the range is a better estimate than any other amount, the Company accrues for the minimum amount within the range. Legal costs are expensed as incurred. Contingent consideration and other contingent liabilities incurred or acquired in a business combination are recorded at a probability weighted assessment of their fair value and monitored on an ongoing basis for changes in that value. 

 

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BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION 

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

NOTE 2 – SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (continued)

 

o.Newly issued accounting pronouncements

 

In May 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), which supersedes the revenue recognition requirements in Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 605, Revenue Recognition. The new revenue recognition standard requires entities to recognize revenue in a way that depicts the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled to in exchange for those goods or services. In August 2015, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2015-14, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606): Deferral of the Effective Date, or ASU 2015-14. This amendment defers the effective date of the previously issued Accounting Standards Update ASU 2014-09, until the interim and annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017. Earlier application is permitted for interim and annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2016. 

 

In August 2015, the FASB has issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2015-15, Interest - Imputation of Interest (Subtopic 835-30): Presentation and Subsequent Measurement of Debt Issuance Costs Associated with Line-of-Credit Arrangements - Amendments to SEC Paragraphs Pursuant to Staff Announcement at June 18, 2015 EITF Meeting . This ASU adds SEC paragraphs pursuant to the SEC Staff Announcement at the June 18, 2015, Emerging Issues Task Force meeting about the presentation and subsequent measurement of debt issuance costs associated with line-of-credit arrangements. Given the absence of authoritative guidance within ASU 2015-03 for debt issuance costs related to line-of-credit arrangements, the SEC staff would not object to an entity deferring and presenting debt issuance costs as an asset and subsequently amortizing the deferred debt issuance costs ratably over the term of the line-of-credit arrangement, regardless of whether there are any outstanding borrowings on the line-of-credit arrangement. The Company does not expect this update will have a material impact on the presentation of the Company’s consolidated financial position, results of operations and cash flows.

  

In November 2015, the FASB has issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2015-17, Income Taxes (Topic 740): Balance Sheet Classification of Deferred Taxes, which changes how deferred taxes are classified on organizations’ balance sheets. The ASU eliminates the current requirement for organizations to present deferred tax liabilities and assets as current and noncurrent in a classified balance sheet. Instead, organizations will be required to classify all deferred tax assets and liabilities as noncurrent. The amendments apply to all organizations that present a classified balance sheet. For public companies, the amendments are effective for financial statements issued for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2016, and interim periods within those annual periods. The Company does not expect this update will have a material impact on the presentation of the Company’s consolidated financial position, results of operations and cash flows.

 

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BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION 

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

NOTE 3 - FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENT

 

The Company’s financial assets and liabilities that are measured at fair value on a recurring basis by level within the fair value hierarchy are as follows (in thousands):

  

    As of December 31, 2016  
    Level 1     Level 2      Level 3      Total  
Liabilities:                                
Obligation to issue shares of Common Stock   $ 187     $     $     $ 187  
Deferred payment due to the acquisition of the SPVs   $     $     $ 2,685     $ 2,685  
Warrants Liability   $     $     $ 2,045     $ 2,045  
Total liabilities   $ 187     $     $ 4,730     $ 4,917  

 

    Balance as of December 31, 2015,   
    Level 1     Level 2      Level 3      Total  
Liabilities:                                
Deferred payment due to the acquisition of the SPVs   $     $     $ 2,910     $ 2,910  
Warrants liability   $     $     $ 544     $ 544  
Total liabilities   $     $     $ 3,454     $ 3,454  

   

Deferred payment due to the acquisition of the SPVs - Represents the remaining balance of fifty percent (50%) of the Purchase Price that is due to the Sellers on the third anniversary of the closing date. The fair value measurement of the fair market value of the Deferred Payment is based on significant inputs not observed in the market and thus represents a Level 3 measurement, which reflects the Company’s own assumptions in measuring fair value. The Company estimated the fair value of the Deferred Payment using the discounted cash flow model. Key assumptions include the level and timing of the expected future payment and discount rate consistent with the level of risk and economy in general. The Deferred payment due to the acquisition of the SPVs is included in long term loans and Liabilities in the consolidated Balance Sheets and the change in fair value of remaining balance is included in interest expenses in the consolidated statements of income. 

  

    Deferred payment due to the acquisition of the SPVs
Balance at January 1, 2015   $
Increase due to acquisition of the SPVs     2,910  
Balance at December 31, 2015   $ 2,910  
Changes in fair value, interest expense and translation adjustments     (225)  
Balance at December 31, 2016   $ 2,685  

 

Warrant Liability—The estimated fair values of outstanding warrant liability were measured using Black-Scholes valuation models. These valuation models involved using such inputs as the estimated fair value of the underlying stock at the measurement date, risk-free interest rates, expected dividends on stock and expected volatility of the price of the underlying stock. Due to the nature of these inputs, the valuation of the warrants was considered a Level 3 measurement.

 

As of December 31,2016, and 2015, the Level 3 liabilities consisted of the Company’s warrant liability.

   

    Warrants
Liability
Balance at January 1, 2015   $  
      Issuance of warrants     325  
      Changes in fair value     219  
Balance at December 31, 2015   $ 544  
Issuance of warrants     2,839  
Changes in fair value     1,338  
Balance at December 31, 2016   $ 2,045  

 

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BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION 

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

NOTE 4 – INVESTMENTS IN NONCONSOLIDATED AFFILIATES 

 

Investment in nonconsolidated affiliates consists of the following: 

 

    December 31, 2016   December 31, 2015
    Carrying Value
(In thousands)
  Ownership
Percentage
  Carrying Value
(In thousands)
  Ownership
Percentage
Investment in Concord Energy Partners, LLC   $ 5,960       25.00 %   $ 4,795       25.00 %
Rhode Island Energy Partners LLC   $ 4,177       22.75 %   $ 2,775       22.75 %
Total   $ 10,137             $ 7,570          

 

Deferred revenues from nonconsolidated affiliates consists of the following: 

 

    December 31, 2016   December 31, 2015
    Carrying Value
(In thousands)
  Ownership
Percentage
  Carrying Value
(In thousands)
  Ownership
Percentage
Deferred revenues from Concord Energy Partners, LLC   $ —         25.00 %   $ 4,795       25.00 %
Deferred revenues from Rhode Island Energy Partners LLC   $ 4,177       22.75 %   $ 2,776       22.75 %
Deferred Revenue from Services from Rhode Island Energy Partners LLC   $ 1,481       22.75 %   $ 1,481       22.75 %
Total   $ 5,658             $ 9,052          

 

Deferred revenues represent payment that were received by the Company in connection of those projects but were not recognized as revenue and increase in the affiliate’s membership interest accounted by the Company using the step-by-step basis in accordance with ASC 323-10-35-15. Such deferred revenues will be recorded to the Income statement upon the commencement of the commercial operations of the plant and fulfillment of all the Company’s obligation under the above agreements. 

  

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BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION 

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

NOTE 4 – INVESTMENTS IN NONCONSOLIDATED AFFILIATES (continued)

 

North Carolina Project

 

On January 30, 2015, the Company, Concord Energy Partners, LLC (“Concord”) and York Renewable Energy Partners LLC (“York”) entered a development and indemnification agreement (the “Concord Development and Indemnification Agreement”), pursuant to which the Company will own 25% of the membership interest of Concord and York will pay the Company $1,250 in consideration of the Company’s Project Development Services. York also agreed to pay the Company two equal installments of $587 upon the commencement of the commercial operation and mechanical completion of the North Carolina project.

 

The Company’s right to receive distributions from Concord are subject to certain priorities in favor of York, as follows: 

  

  (a) The unpaid rate of return, equal to nine percent (9%) per annum and compounded annually, of unrecovered capital contributions outstanding, will be paid to York;
  (b) The unpaid and unrecovered capital contributions outstanding will be paid to York;
  (c) The amount of any excess profits from “feedstock tipping fees” shall be distributed with twenty percent (20%) will be paid to York, and the balance to the Company;
  (d) The amount of any excess profits from “thermal energy” shall be distributed equally between the Company and York; and
  (e) Any amount remaining will be distributed pro-rata between the Company and York in proportion to the respective ownership Concord.

 

In addition, the Company’s right to receive distributions upon a liquidation event of Concord are subject to certain priorities in favor of York, as follows: 

 

  (a) The unpaid rate of return, equal to nine percent (9%) per annum and compounded annually, of unrecovered capital contributions outstanding, will be paid to York;
  (b) The unpaid and unrecovered capital contributions outstanding will be paid to York; and
  (c) Any amount remaining will be distributed pro-rata to the Company and York in proportion to the respective ownership in Concord.

  

On November 18, 2016, The North Carolina Project commenced commercial operations and started to provide its output to Duke Energy pursuant to the Purchase Power Agreement with Duke. The commencement of the commercial operations includes the gradual intake of waste from the Facility’s feedstock suppliers, increasing the parasitic load to the digesters, completing the waste-water-treatment resources and completing all other mechanical features needed for the Facility to operate at full capacity. The Company estimates that construction of the facility will be fully completed by March 31, 2017. 

 

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BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION 

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

NOTE 4 – INVESTMENTS IN NONCONSOLIDATED AFFILIATES (continued)

  

Rhode Island Project

 

On April 8, 2015, the Company, Rhode Island Energy Partners LLC (“Rhode Island”) and York entered into a development and indemnification agreement (the “Rhode Island Development and Indemnification Agreement”), pursuant to which the Company will own 22.75% of the membership interest of Rhode Island and York will pay the Company $1,482 in consideration of the Company’s Project Development Services. Pursuant to this agreement York also agreed to pay the Company three equal installments of $563 upon the signing of the Rhode Island Development and Indemnification Agreement, the commencement of the commercial operation and mechanical completion of the Rhode Island project.

 

The company’s right to receive distributions from Rhode Island are subject to certain priorities in favor of York, as follows:

 

  (a) The amount of any excess profits from “feedstock tipping fees” shall be distributed with twenty percent (20%) going to York, and eighty percent (80%) going to us;
  (b) The amount of any excess profits from “thermal energy” shall be distributed equally between the Company and York; and
  (c) Any amount remaining will be distributed pro-rata to us and York in proportion to York and our respective ownership in the Rhode Island project.

 

The company’s right to receive distributions upon a liquidation event of Concord are subject to certain priorities in favor of York, as follows:  

 

  (a) The unpaid guaranteed obligation return will be paid to York;
  (b) The unpaid rate of return, equal to nine percent (9%) per annum and compounded annually, of unrecovered capital contributions outstanding, will be paid to York;
  (c) The unpaid and unrecovered capital contributions outstanding will be paid to York; and
  (d) Any amount remaining will be distributed pro-rata to the Company and York in proportion to York and our respective ownership in the Rhode Island project.

 

On January 13, 2017, the Company and Orbit Energy, Inc., a former partner of the Company in both projects entered into an agreement to reduce certain of the Company’s past obligations in consideration of Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($200) which will be paid in twelve monthly equal installments starting January 27, 2017. Any amount not paid when due will accrue interest at the simple annual rate of eight per cent (8%) from the date due until the date fully paid. The Company accrued the full settlement amount at December 31, 2016.

 

The tables set forth below summarize the combined financial information related to the nonconsolidated affiliates that are accounted for under the equity method as of December 31, 2016, and December 31,2015.

 

 

   December 31, 2016 
(Dollars in thousands)  Concord   Rhode Island 
Assets:          
Restricted Cash  $500   $751 
Property, Plant and Equipment, net of accumulated depreciation   26,169    19,230 
Total assets  $26,669   $19,981 
           
Current liabilities  $652   $142 
Membership Interest   26,017    19,839 
Total liabilities and Membership Interest  $26,669   $19,981 

 

   December 31, 2015 
(Dollars in thousands)  Concord   Rhode Island 
Assets:          
Property, Plant and Equipment, net of accumulated depreciation  $22,878    15,901 
Other assets   17     
Total assets  $22,895   $15,901 
Current liabilities  $2,127   $2,224 
Membership Interest   20,768    13,677 
Total liabilities and Membership Interest  $22,895   $15,901 

 

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BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

NOTE 5 – INVESTMENTS IN NONCONSOLIDATED SUBSIDAIRIES     

 

In 2015, The Company acquired one hundred percent (100%) of the share capital of Agricerere S.r.l., Agrielektra S.r.l., Agrisorse S.r.l. and Gefa S.r.l (each, an “SVP” and collectively, the “SVPs”) in consideration of $5,647 (€5,200) (“Purchase Price”). Each SVP owns and operates an anaerobic digestion biogas plant for the production and sale of electricity to Gestore del Servizi Energetici GSE, S.p.A., a state-owned utility company, pursuant to a power purchase agreement. The Company to paid 50% of the Purchase Price on the closing date (December 14, 2015) and the remaining balance will be paid on the third anniversary of the closing date. The remaining balance bears interest at an annual rate of two percent (2%). The Purchase Price is subject to certain adjustments and to the difference between the actual EBITDA results in the 18 months following the closing date divided by 1.5 and € 935, per the following mechanism: 

 

(i)        If the actual EBITDA results in the 18 months following the closing date divided by 1.5 is greater than € 935 then the deferred payment shall be increased by the amount equal to 50% (fifty per cent) of this difference.

 

(ii)       If the actual EBITDA results in the 18 months following the closing date divided by 1.5 is lesser than € 935 then the deferred payment shall be reduced by the amount of the amount necessary to maintain Purchase Price that yields an Equity IRR of 25%, but not more than 35% of the remaining balance. 

 

The Company also agreed to reimburse the sellers the VAT amount that was claimed by the SPVs through the closing date. The reimbursed amount will not exceed € 1,160 and will be refunded to the Sellers only after the amount will be refunded to the Company by the VAT authorities in Italy.

 

In 2015, the Company entered into an EBITDA Guarantee Agreement (“EBITDA Guarantee Agreement”) with Austep S.p.A. (“Austep”). Austep specializes in design, construction, operation and servicing of anaerobic digestion plants. Pursuant to the EBITDA Guarantee Agreement, Austep will operate, maintain and supervise the Company’s biogas plants in consideration to a monthly guaranteed EBITDA of $204 (€188) during the initial six months following the Closing Date and an annual guaranteed EBITDA of $4,083 (€3,760) then after. Pursuant to the terms of the agreements with Austep, the Company will receive the guaranteed levels of EBITDA and Austep will receive ninety percent (90%) of the revenue in excess of these levels.

 

The Company applies the equity method because the EBITDA Guarantee Agreement whereby Austep operates, maintains and supervises each plant, prevents the Company from exercising a controlling influence over operating policies of the plants. Under this method, the equity investment is reflected as an investment in non-consolidated subsidiaries on our Balance Sheets and the net earnings or losses of the investments is reflected as equity in net earnings of nonconsolidated subsidiaries on the Company’s consolidated statements of operations. The Company’s investment in the SPV’s carrying value exceeded its proportionate share of the net assets of the SPVs by $19. This Premium was recognized as part of the carrying value in the Company’s equity investment in the SPVs. 

 

Investment in nonconsolidated subsidiaries included the following activity during the years:  

 

   Year ended December 31, 
   2016   2015 
Balance at beginning of period  $4,993   $ 
Investment in nonconsolidated subsidiaries       5,031 
Equity in losses of nonconsolidated subsidiaries   (444)   (38)
Translation adjustment   (120)    
Balance at end of period  $4,429   $4,993 

 

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BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

NOTE 5 – INVESTMENTS IN NONCONSOLIDATED SUBSIDAIRIES  (continued)

 

The table set forth below summarize the combined financial information related to our nonconsolidated subsidiaries that are accounted for under the equity method as of December 31, 2016, and December 31, 2015.  

 

  

       
 (Dollars in thousands)   December 31, 2016     December 31, 2015  
Assets:                
Current Assets   $ 2,735     $ 2,753  
Property, Plant and Equipment, net of accumulated depreciation     16,167       18,109  
Other Non-Current Assets     7,970       6,054  
Total assets   $ 26,872     $ 26,916  
Liabilities and Shareholder’s Deficit:                
Current liabilities   $ 8,221     $ 4,697  
Long Term Liabilities     14,282       17,286  
                 
Total liabilities     22,503       21,983  
                 
Shareholder’s Equity     4,369       4,933  
                 
Total Shareholder’s Equity     4,369       4,933  
                 
Total liabilities and Shareholder’s Equity     $ 26,872     $ 26,916  

 

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BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

  

NOTE 6 – CURRENT MATURITIES OF DEBENTURES AND LONG TERM LOANS

 

Current Maturities of Debentures and Long Term Loans consisted of the following:

 

    Interest rate as of
December 31,
2016
  December 31,
2016
  December 31,
2015
Debentures       11%     $ 2,658     $  
Current Maturities  portion of Loan from Helios     14.5%       289       517  
Current Maturities  Long Term Loan from Bank     1.8-6%       41       32  
Total Current Maturities of Debentures and Long Term Loans           $ 2,988     $ 549  

 

NOTE 7 – SHORT TERM LOAN

 

On October 25, 2016, the Company completed a private placement of its securities (the “October Financing”) to an accredited investor. Pursuant to the October Financing, the Company agreed to issue to the Investor shares of the Company’s common stock, notes and warrants, in exchange for up to $1,000 in accordance with the following payment schedule: $500 paid at closing, $250 in guaranteed financing upon the achievement of certain milestones, and up to an additional $250 in financing upon the mutual agreement of the Investor and the Company.

 

The balance as of December 31, 2016, represents a six (6) month promissory note in the amount of $750, accrued interest in the amount of $39 less the unamortized amount of fair value of the issued warrants using the Black-Scholes in the amount of $322 and a balance of $188 that represents the Company’s obligation to issue shares of Common Stock equal to twenty-five percent (25%) of the Note Principal to the Investor.

 

Per the SPA the Company may exercise its right to repay the Note at any time on or before its maturity date. The Note is convertible into shares of the Common Stock only upon default event as set forth in the agreement of repayment at a price per share equal to the lesser of (i) USD $0.075, or (ii) a sixty percent (60%) discount to the lowest trade price in the twenty five (25) trading days prior to the conversion.

 

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BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

NOTE 8 – ACCRUED SEVERANCE PAY

 

The Israeli labor laws generally require severance payments upon dismissal of an employee or upon termination of employment in certain other circumstances. The following principal plans relate to the Company’s employees in Israel:

 

Severance pay liability with respect to Israeli employees’ is calculated pursuant to Israeli Severance Pay Law based on the most recent salary of the employees multiplied by the number of years of employment as of the balance sheet date. The Company records an expense for the increase in its severance liability, net of earnings (losses) from the related severance pay fund. The liability is presented on the undiscounted basis as a long-term liability. Severance pay expenses were $24 thousand and $2 thousand for the years ended December 31, 2016 and September 30, 2015, respectively. Severance pay expenses were $1 thousand for the three months’ period ended December 31, 2015, respectively. The Company’s liability for its Israeli employees is covered for by monthly deposits with severance pay funds. The value of the deposited funds is based on the cash surrender value of these policies and includes profits (or loss) accumulated through the balance sheet date. The deposited funds may be withdrawn only upon the fulfillment of the obligations pursuant to Israeli Severance Pay Law or labor agreements.

  

NOTE 9 – LONG TERM LOANS AND LIABILITIES

Long-term loans and liabilities consisted of the following:

 

    Interest rate as of
December 31,
2016
  December 31,
2016
  December 31,
2015
Deferred payment due to the acquisition of the SPVs (1)     2%     $ 2,685     $ 2,910  
Long Term portion of Loan from Helios (2)     14.5%       2,607       3,149  
Total Long-term loans and liabilities           $ 5,292     $ 6,059  
                         
Less: current maturities of Long Term portion of Loan from Helios (2)     14.5%       289       516  
            $ 5,003     $ 5,543  

 

(1)       

Represents the remaining balance of fifty percent (50%) of the Purchase Price that is due to the Sellers on the third anniversary of the closing date. This amount will be adjusted to the variation of EBITDA as described above and is promised by a note to each Seller, to be paid on the third anniversary of the closing, along with interest on the unpaid balance due at an annual rate of two percent (2%). The fair value measurement of the fair market value of the remaining balance is based on significant inputs not observed in the market and thus represents a Level 3 measurement, which reflects the Company’s own assumptions in measuring fair value. The Company estimated the fair value of the remaining balance using the discounted cash flow model. Key assumptions include the level and timing of the expected future payment and discount rate consistent with the level of risk and economy in general. The balance of the Deferred payment due to the acquisition of the SPVs is included in long term loans and Liabilities in the consolidated Balance Sheets and the change in fair value of remaining balance is included in interest expenses in the consolidated statements of income.

(2)

In 2015, the Company entered into a Long Term Mezzanine Loan Agreement (the “Helios Loan Agreement”) with Helios Italy Bio-Gas 1 L.P. (“Helios”) to finance the acquisition of the SPVs. Under the Helios Loan Agreement, the Company borrowed €2,900 ($3,149) at annual interest rate of fourteen and one-half percent (14.5%), paid quarterly. Helios is also entitled to an annual operation fee of one and one-half percent (1.5%), paid quarterly. The final payment of the loan will become due no later than the earlier of (a) thirteen and one half years from the date such loan was made available to the Company, and (b) the date that the Feed in Tariff license granted to the relevant SVP expires. Pursuant to the Helios Loan Agreement, the Company pledged all its shares in Eastern and Bluesphere Pavia to secure the outstanding balance under the Helios Loan Agreement.

 

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BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

NOTE 10 – DEBENTURES

 

Beginning in November 2015, the Company conducted an offering of up to $3,000 of the Company’s Senior Debentures and warrants to purchase up to 8,000,000 shares of Common Stock, in proportion pro rata to each Subscriber’s subscription amount relative to the total offering amount, with 50% of the Debenture Offering Warrants exercisable at a price per share of $0.05 and the other 50% of the Debenture Offering Warrants exercisable at price per share of $0.075. The Debenture Offering Securities were offered pursuant to subscription agreements with each investor (the “Debenture Offering Subscription Agreement”). Pursuant to the Debenture Offering Subscription Agreements, the investors in the Debenture Offering shall have the right to collectively designate one observer or member to the Company’s Board of Directors. On December 23, 2015, the Company completed the Debenture Offering and entered into Debenture Offering Subscription Agreements with investors representing aggregate gross proceeds to the Company of $3,000.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2016, the Company recorded amortization expenses in the amounts of $298, in respect of the discounts recorded on the debentures. During the year ended December 31, 2015, the Company recorded amortization expenses in the amounts of $11, in respect of the discounts recorded on the debentures.

 

NOTE 11 – WARRANTS LIABILITY

 

At each balance sheet date, the Company had the following warrants to purchase common stock outstanding:

 

            Fair value       Fair value
        Warrants   of Warrants   Warrants   of Warrants
        outstanding   Liabilities as of   outstanding   Liabilities as of
        as of   December 31, 2016   as of   December 31, 2015
        December 31, 2016   (in thousands)   December  31, 2015   (in thousands)
May 1, 2014 Warrants ($0.10 per share)         1,500,000     $ 26       1,500,000     $ —    
November 2015 Warrants ($0.05 per share)   (1)     4,000,000       155       4,000,000       175  
November 2015 Warrants ($0.075 per share)   (1)     4,000,000       128       4,000,000       174  
November 2015 Warrants ($0.06875 per share)   (1)     4,480,000       150       4,480,000       195  
February 3, 2016 Warrants ($0.06 per share)   (2)     1,500,000       42       —         —    
February 2016 Offering ($0.10 per share)   (3)     17,500,000       485       —         —    
February 2016 Offering ($0.061 per share)   (3)     2,800,000       101       —         —    
February 2016 Offering ($0.11 per share)   (3)     1,400,000       36       —         —    
July 2016 Offering ($0.11 per share)   (4)     18,266,668       512       —         —    
July 2016 Offering ($0.121 per share)   (4)     928,000       25       —         —    
July 2016 Offering ($0.083 per share)   (4)     928,000       30       —         —    
October 2016 Offering ($0.075 per shares)   (5)     10,000,000       353       —         —    
Total         67,302,668     $ 2,045       13,980,000     $ 544  
Average date to maturity (in years)         4.25               4.78          
Average exercise price       $ 0.0901             $ 0.06825          

 

(1)Pursuant to the November 2015 Offering, the Company sold warrants to purchase up to 4,000,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price per share of $0.05 and warrants to purchase up to 4,000,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price per share of $0.075. The Warrants are exercisable until December 22, 2020 and were accounted for as derivative liabilities. The Company has estimated the fair value of such warrants at a value of $209 at the date of issuance using the Black-Scholes option pricing model using the following assumptions:

 

      %  
  Dividend yield     0 %
  Risk-free interest rate     1.74 %
  Expected term (years)     5  
  Volatility     202 %

 

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BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

NOTE 11 – WARRANTS LIABILITY (continued)

 

The Company engaged Maxim Group LLC (“Maxim”) to assist in the Debenture Offering. Pursuant to the terms of the engagement Maxim received warrants to purchase 4,480,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.06875 per share. The Warrants are exercisable until December 22, 2020 and were accounted for as derivative liabilities. The Company has estimated the fair value of such warrants at a value of $117 at the date of issuance using the Black-Scholes option pricing model using the following assumptions:

 

      %  
  Dividend yield     0 %
  Risk-free interest rate     1.74 %
  Expected term (years)     5  
  Volatility     202 %

 

(2)On February 3, 2016, the Company issued warrants to purchase up to 1,500,000 shares of our common stock of the Company at an exercise price of $0.06 per share, in full satisfaction of certain obligations of the Company. The Warrants are exercisable until February 2, 2019 and were accounted for as derivative liabilities. The Company has estimated the fair value of such warrants at a value of $87 at the date of issuance using the Black-Scholes option pricing model using the following assumptions:

 

      %  
  Dividend yield     0 %
  Risk-free interest rate     1.20 %
  Expected term (years)     3  
  Volatility     203 %

 

(3)Pursuant to the February 2016 Offering, the Company sold warrants to purchase up to 17,500,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price per share of $0.10. The Warrants are exercisable until February 14, 2021 and were accounted for as derivative liabilities. The Company has estimated the fair value of such warrants at a value of $847 at the date of issuance using the Black-Scholes option pricing model using the following assumptions:

 

      %  
  Dividend yield     0 %
  Risk-free interest rate     1.20 %
  Expected term (years)     5  
  Volatility     203 %

 

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BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

NOTE 11 – WARRANTS LIABILITY (continued)

 

The Company engaged Maxim Group LLC to assist in the February 2016 Offering. Pursuant to the terms of the engagement Maxim received warrants to purchase 2,800,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.0605 per share and warrants to purchase 1,400,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.11 per share. The Warrants are exercisable until February 14, 2021 and were accounted for as derivative liabilities. The Company has estimated the fair value of such warrants at a value of $204 at the date of issuance using the Black-Scholes option pricing model using the following assumptions:

 

      %  
  Dividend yield     0  
  Risk-free interest rate     1.20 %
  Expected term (years)     5  
  Volatility     203 %

 

(4)Pursuant to the July 2016 Offering, the Company sold warrants to purchase up to 18,266,668 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price per share of $0.11. The Warrants are exercisable until July 25, 2021 and were accounted for as derivative liabilities. The Company has estimated the fair value of such warrants at a value of $1,140 at the date of issuance using the Black-Scholes option pricing model using the following assumptions:

 

      %  
  Dividend yield     0 %
  Risk-free interest rate     1.00 %
  Expected term (years)     5  
  Volatility     147 %

  

The Company engaged Maxim Group LLC to assist in the July 2016 Offering. Pursuant to the terms of the engagement Maxim received warrants to purchase 928,001 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.083 per share and warrants to purchase 928,001 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.121 per share. The Warrants are exercisable until July 25, 2021 and were accounted for as derivative liabilities. The Company has estimated the fair value of such warrants at a value of $117 at the date of issuance using the Black-Scholes option pricing model using the following assumptions:

 

      %  
  Dividend yield     0  
  Risk-free interest rate     1.00 %
  Expected term (years)     5  
  Volatility     147 %

 

(5)Pursuant to the October 2016 Offering, the Company sold warrants to purchase up to 10,000,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price per share of $0.075. 6,666,666 Warrants are exercisable until October 24, 2021 and the balance are exercisable until December 19, 2021. The warrants were accounted for as derivative liabilities. The Company has estimated the fair value of such warrants at a value of $504 at the date of issuances using the Black-Scholes option pricing model using the following assumptions:

 

      %  
  Dividend yield     0 %
  Risk-free interest rate     1.75-2.04 %
  Expected term (years)     5  
  Volatility     77-89 %

 

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BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

NOTE 12 – RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

 

On December 18, 2015, The Company entered into a no-interest bearing $129 promissory note with R.S. Palas Management Ltd., an entity owned and controlled by Shlomo Palas. The loan under the promissory note was used to finance a portion of the acquisition of the four SPVs in Italy pursuant to the Italy Projects Agreement. The Company paid back the loan under the promissory note with proceeds from the debentures offering that was completed in December, 2015.

   

In July 2015, in order to finance a portion of the funds necessary to complete the acquisitions of the SPVs by Bluesphere Pavia, we conducted a private placement of up to $250 of our Common Stock at $0.0176 per share to certain accredited investors. On December 2, 2015, we closed on the July Offering, resulting in gross proceeds to the Company of $225 and agreed to issue 21,588,871 shares of our Common Stock at $0.0104 per share, pursuant to certain subscription agreements. All investors in the July Offering were accredited investors and independent of the Company, but were part of a group led by a former member of our Board, Itai Haboucha. Mr. Haboucha did not receive any shares of Common Stock, was not paid any commissions and received no other compensation in connection with the July Offering. On June 2, 2016 the Company issued 13,930,742 shares of Common Stock in consideration of $146. On December 14, 2016 the Company issued 7,658,129 shares of Common Stock in consideration of $84.

 

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BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

  

NOTE 13 – CONTINGENT AND COMMITMENTS

 

From time to time the Company may be a party to commercial and litigation matters involving claims against the Company. None of the Company’s directors, officers, nonconsolidated affiliates, or any owner of record or beneficially of more than five percent of the Company’s Common Stock, is involved in a material proceeding adverse to the Company and its subsidiaries or has a material interest adverse to the Company or its subsidiaries. The Company accrues a liability for such matters when it is probable that future expenditures will be made and such expenditures can be reasonably estimated. In management’s opinion, there are no current matters that would have a material effect on the Company’s financial position or results of operations and no contingent liabilities requiring accrual as of December 31, 2016. 

 

On October 22, 2016, the law firm of JS Barkats PLLC filed a complaint against the Company and its Chief Executive Officer, seeking allegedly unpaid legal fees for services rendered from June 9, 2011 through April 23, 2012 in the amount of $428 thousands, plus interest for a total of $652 thousands. This Litigation was filed as JS Barkats PLLC v. Blue Sphere Corporation and Shlomo Palas with the Supreme Court of the State of New York for the County of New York , Index No. 655600/2016. On October 26, 2016, without notice to the Company or its Chief Executive Officer or an opportunity to be heard, the New York Court issued a Temporary Restraining Order (the “TRO”) in favor JS Barkats PLLC, prohibiting the Company and Mr. Palas from transferring or dissipating any assets up to $652. On October 31, 2016, the Company removed the Barkats Litigation to federal court, filed as JS Barkats PLLC v. Blue Sphere Corporation and Shlomo Palas with the United Stated District Court, Southern District Court of New York, Docket No. 1:16-cv-08404, and on December 6, 2016, Mr. Barkats filed a motion to remand to the New York Court and request for oral argument. The Company terminated the services of JS Barkats LLC in 2012 and management believe the claims brought by JS Barkats PLLC are without merit, that the TRO was improvidently granted, and that JS Barkats PLLC misrepresented, mischaracterized and omitted material facts and the law in seeking the TRO. The Company intend to vigorously defend against this Litigation, the TRO and any other attempts to attach the assets of the Company. 

 

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BLUE SPHERE CORPORATION

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

NOTE 14 – COMMON SHARES

 

Common Stock Reserved for Future Issuance

 

The Company had shares of common stock reserved for issuance as follows:

 

    Year ended December 31,  
    2016     2015  
Outstanding warrants to purchase common stock     67,302,668       13,980,000  
Outstanding Options to purchase common stock     778,761       778,761  
Approved but not Outstanding Options to purchase common stock           3,175,000  
Unvested Common Stock under the 2014 Incentive Plan     962,500       7,316,667  
Common Stock reserved under the 2016 Incentive Plan     30,000,000        
Option to purchase Common Stock reserved under the 2016 Incentive Plan     15,000,000        
Common Stock reserved under the October 2016 Offering     57,000,000        
Total shares reserved for issuance     171,043,929       25,250,428  

 

Issuances

 

On October 28, 2014, the Company issued 335,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, in connection with the May 1, 2014 service agreement.

 

During October, 2014, an investor converted $42 principal amount out of the April 11, 2014 notes for 471,967 shares of the Company’s common stock.

 

On December 8, 2014, the Company issued 209 shares of the Company’s common stock to Carter Terry.

 

On October 3, 2014, the Company signed a consulting agreement with a consultant according to which the consultant would provide investor relation and public relations services for a period of one year. The Company agreed to grant the consultant 2,000,000 shares of the Company and additional 500,000 options to purchase Company’s shares at an exercise price of $0.001 per shares. Such shares were issued on March 19, 2015. In addition, on the same date the Company issued the consultant 500,000 shares of the Company for the exercised of the options granted. The Company has estimated the fair value of such shares and options, and recorded an expense of $217.

 

On January 5, 2015, the Company signed a consulting agreement with Dr. Borenstein Ltd according to which the company issued the consultant 1,000,000 options to purchase 1,000,000 shares of common stock of the Company at an exercise price of $0.001 for one year commencing the date of the agreement. The Consultant exercised such options at May 27, 2015. The Company has estimated the fair value of such options, and recorded an expense of $158.

 

On February 28, 2015 and March 19, 2015, the Company issued 6,114,867 shares of the Company to a consultant in respect of his September 2014 consulting investor relation and public relations services agreement with the Company. The Company has estimated the fair value of such shares, and recorded an expense of $738.

 

On March 12, 2015, the Company issued 109,039 shares of the Company for an investor pursuant to the exercise of his options granted at May 2014. The Company has estimated the fair value of such shares, and recorded an expense of $14.

 

In May and June 2015, the Company issued 3,765,000 shares of the Company to a consultant in respect of his investor relations and public relations services pursuant to a consulting agreement with the Company. The Company has estimated the fair value of such shares, and recorded an expense of $150.

 

In May 2015, the Company issued 3,250,000 shares of the Company to a consultant in respect of his investor relations and public relations services pursuant to a consulting agreement with the Company. The Company has estimated the fair value of such shares, and recorded an expense of $136.

 

On June 15, 2015 the Company issued consultant 1,500,000 shares of common stock of the Company in mutual agreement for termination of his June 2014 consulting agreement. The Company has estimated the fair value of such shares, and recorded an expense of $34.

 

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

NOTE 14 – COMMON SHARES (continued)

 

From July through September 2015, the Company issued 8,035,000 shares of common stock to a consultant in respect of his investor relations and public relations services consulting agreement with the Company. The Company has estimated the fair value of such shares, and recorded an expense of $199.

 

In August 2015, the Company issued 3,474,405 shares of the Company to Maxim Group LLC in respect of its financial advisor and investment banker agreement with the Company. The shares have been valued and recorded at $34.

 

In August 2015, the Company issued 1,128,237 shares of the Company to a non-U.S. person in respect of its financial advisor and investment banker settlement agreement with the Company. The Company has estimated the fair value of such shares, and recorded an expense of $13.

 

On April 13, 2015, the Company entered into a subscription agreement with a non-U.S. person pursuant to which the Company issued 416,667 shares of common stock in exchange for $25.

 

On April 15, 2015, the Company entered into a Subscription Agreement with Dr. Borenstein Ltd. (the “April Borenstein Subscription Agreement”) pursuant to which the Company agreed to sell 1,630,000 shares of common stock of the Company for the aggregate purchase price of $48. 

 

On June 12, 2015, the Company entered into a Subscription Agreement with Dr. Borenstein Ltd. (the “June Borenstein Subscription Agreement”) pursuant to which the Company agreed to sell 8,484,848 shares of common stock of the Company for the aggregate purchase price of $140.

  

On July 1, 2015, the Company entered into a subscription agreement with a non-U.S. person pursuant to which the Company issued 2,000,000 shares of common stock in exchange for $32.

 

On July 6, 2015, the Company entered into a subscription agreement with several non-U.S. entity pursuant to which the Company issued 2,428,571 shares of common stock in exchange for $51.

  

On July 17, 2015, the Company entered into a subscription agreement with several non-U.S. personnel pursuant to which the Company issued 2,318,183 shares of common stock in exchange for $39.

 

From February through August 2015, convertible promissory notes holders representing an aggregate principal amount of $1,480,716 converted their notes into 75,060,414 shares of the Company’s common stock.

 

On January 26, 2016, the Company issued 1,000,000 shares of Common Stock, pursuant to a subscription agreement dated June 12, 2015.

 

On February 1, 2016, the Company issued 540,000 shares Common Stock to a consultant in respect of his consulting services for the Company. The Company has estimated the fair value of such shares, and recorded an expense of $108.

 

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

NOTE 14 – COMMON SHARES (continued)

 

In February 2016, the Company conducted an offering (the “February 2016 Offering”) consisting of (a) up to $1,925 of the Company’s shares of Common Stock, priced at the closing price for shares of Common Stock, as reported on the OTCQB Venture Marketplace, on the trading day prior to the closing of the February Offering, and (b) 5-year warrants to purchase shares of Common Stock in an amount equal to 50% of the number of shares of Common Stock so purchased by the. The Securities have been offered pursuant to subscription agreements with each investor. In addition to other customary provisions, each Subscription Agreement provides that the Company will use its reasonable commercial efforts to register all shares of Common Stock sold in the February Offering, including all shares of Common Stock underlying the February Warrants, within 60 days of the closing of the February Offering. The February Warrants are exercisable for 5 years from the date of issuance at $0.10 per share, include an option by which the holder may exercise the Warrant by means of a cashless exercise, and include customary weighted-average price adjustment and anti-dilution terms. On February 15, 2016, the Company completed the only closing of the February Offering, representing aggregate gross proceeds to the Company of $1,925. In connection with the closing, the Company and subscribers entered into (a) February Subscription Agreements for, in the aggregate, 35,000,000 shares of Common Stock at $0.055 per share, and (b) February Warrants to purchase, in the aggregate, up to 17,500,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.10 per share.

 

The Company engaged Maxim to assist in the February 2016 Offering. Pursuant to the terms of an engagement letter between Maxim and the Company, Maxim received commissions equal to 7% of the gross proceeds raised by Maxim in the February Offering, warrants to purchase, in the aggregate, up to 2,800,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.0605 per share and to purchase, in the aggregate, up to 1,400,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.11 per share.

 

On March 15, 2016, the Company issued 85,000 shares of Common Stock to a consultant in respect of his consulting services for the Company. The Company has estimated the fair value of such shares, and recorded an expense of $5,685.

 

On April 13, 2016, the Company issued 1,000,000 shares of Common Stock to a consultant in consideration for corporate finance, investor communications and financial and investor public relations services. The Company has estimated the fair value of such shares, and recorded an expense of $73 in second fiscal quarter of 2016 and $10 in first fiscal quarter of 2016. On June 13, 2016 and per the consulting agreement the Company issued an additional 1,000,000 shares of common stock as a service bonus since the agreement was not terminated prior to June 9, 2016. The Company has estimated the fair value of such shares, and recorded an expense of $89.

 

On April 13, 2016, the Company issued an aggregate of 875,000 shares of Common Stock to a consultant, pursuant to consulting agreements dated September 1, 2015 and March 1, 2016, in consideration for investor relations and communications services. The Company has estimated the fair value of such shares, and recorded an expense of $42.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

NOTE 14 – COMMON SHARES (continued)

 

On May 18, 2016, a 1.5-year warrant to purchase shares of Common Stock, dated May 4, 2015, was exercised into 700,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.058 per share, for total consideration of $41. 

 

On June 2, 2016, the Company issued 13,930,742 shares of the Company’s Common Stock in consideration of $146 pursuant to the July 2015 Offering Subscription Agreements.

 

On June 13, 2016, the Company issued 7,103,467 shares of Common Stock to several officers, directors, employees and/or consultants of the Company. All shares were issued pursuant to the Company’s Global Share and Options Incentive Enhancement Plan (2014). The Company has estimated and recorded the fair value of such shares as an expense of $632 which was recorded through 2015 and the 2016.

 

On June 26, 2016, the Company issued 500,000 shares of Common Stock in order to complete its obligations under the Share Purchase Agreement from 2015.

 

On July 14, 2016, the Company cancelled 85,000 shares of Common Stock that were issued in error.

 

In June and July 2016, The Company conducted an offering (the “June 2016 Offering”) consisting of (a) up to $3,000 of shares of Common Stock, priced at the closing price for shares of Common Stock, as reported on the OTCQB Venture Marketplace on the trading day prior to each respective closing of the June Offering, and (b) five-year warrants (the “June Warrants”, together with the shares of Common Stock subscribed for, the “June Securities”) to purchase shares of Common Stock in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the number of shares of Common Stock so purchased by the subscriber, with an exercise price equal to the per share price of the Common Stock or $0.011 per share, whichever is greater. The June Securities were offered pursuant to subscription agreements with each subscriber (the “June Subscription Agreement”). In addition to other customary provisions, each June Subscription Agreement provides that the Company will use its reasonable commercial efforts to register all shares of Common Stock sold in the June Offering, including all shares of Common Stock underlying the June Warrants, within twenty (20) days of the final closing of the June Offering. Each June Subscription Agreement also provides that if, during the period beginning on the date of the first closing of the June Offering and ending on the six month anniversary thereof, the Company completes (a) a subsequent closing of the June Offering or (b) a public or private offering and sale of $1,000 or more of Common Stock or warrants to purchase Common Stock, where such subsequent closing or offering, as applicable, provides for material deal terms and conditions more favorable than are contained in such June Subscription Agreement, then the June Subscription Agreement will be deemed modified to provide the applicable subscriber with the more favorable deal terms and conditions, and the Company will take all reasonable steps necessary to amend the June Securities and/or issue new securities to the applicable subscriber reflecting such more favorable material deal terms and conditions (the “June MFN Rights”). The June Warrants are exercisable for five years from the date of issuance, include an option by which the holder may exercise the June Warrant by means of a cashless exercise, and include customary weighted-average price adjustment and anti-dilution terms. On July 26, 2016, the Company completed closings of the June Offering, both such closings representing aggregate gross proceeds to the Company of $1,370. In connection with both closings, the Company and subscribers entered into (a) June Subscription Agreements for 18,266,668 shares of Common Stock at $0.075 per share, and (b) June Warrants to purchase up to 18,266,668 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.11 per share. The subscriber in the July 7, 2016 closing received an adjustment to its June Securities pursuant to its June MFN Rights. The warrants were accounted for as derivative liabilities.  

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

    

NOTE 14 – COMMON SHARES (continued)

 

The Company engaged Maxim to assist in the June Offering. Pursuant to the terms of an engagement letter between Maxim and the Company, in connection with both closings, Maxim received commissions equal to 4.44% of the gross proceeds raised, warrants to purchase up to 928,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.0825 per share, and warrants to purchase up to 928,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.121 per share.

 

On August 7, 2016, the Company issued 143,000 shares of Common Stock, in consideration for past capital advisory services rendered to the Company. The Company has estimated the fair value of such shares, and recorded an expense of $11.

 

On August 16, 2016, the Company issued 400,000 shares of Common Stock in satisfaction of debt of $24.

 

On September 15, 2016, the Company issued 500,000 shares of Common Stock to a consultant in consideration for communications and investor relations services. The Company has estimated the fair value of such shares, and recorded an expense of $20.

 

On September 15, 2016, the Company issued 500,000 shares of Common Stock to a consultant in consideration for communications and investor relations services. The Company has estimated the fair value of such shares, and recorded an expense of $34.

 

On October 25, 2016, the Company completed a private placement of its securities to JMJ Financial, an accredited investor. Pursuant to the financing, the Company entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement with the investor thereby agreeing to issue shares of Common Stock, notes, and warrants to purchase shares of Common Stock, in exchange for $500 paid at closing and an additional $250 which were paid at December 20, 2016 after the achievement of certain milestones, as well as up to an additional $250 in financing upon the mutual agreement of the Investor and the Company.

 

Pursuant to the terms of such financing, the Company agreed to issue to the investor (i) restricted shares of Common Stock equal to twenty-five percent (25%) of the note principal paid to the Company by the Investor, subject to certain adjustments, (ii) a six (6) month promissory note covering the note principal plus an amount equal to approximately five percent (5%) of the actual note principal, in total $1,053, and (iii) a five (5) year warrant to purchase 10,000,000 shares of Common Stock with an aggregate exercise amount of $750.

 

On December 14, 2016, the Company issued 7,658,129 shares of Common Stock in consideration of $84 pursuant to the July 2015 Offering Subscription Agreement.

 

On December 20, 2016, the Company issued 950,000 shares of Common Stock to the CEO of the Company and 850,000 shares of Common Stock to the Chairman of the Board of the Company under their service agreements with the Company. The Company has estimated and recorded the fair value of such shares as an expense of $50 which was recorded through 2016.

 

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

NOTE 14 – COMMON SHARES (continued)

 

On December 30, 2016, the Company issued 850,000 shares of Common Stock to an EVP of the under his service agreement with the Company. The Company has estimated and recorded the fair value of such shares as an expense of $24 which was recorded through 2016.

 

On December 30, 2016, the Company issued 5,775,000 shares of Common Stock to several officers, directors, employees and/or consultants of the Company. All shares were issued pursuant to the Company’s Global Share and Options Incentive Enhancement Plan (2014). The Company has estimated and recorded the fair value of such shares as an expense of $386.

 

On December 30, 2016, the Company issued 300,000 shares of Common Stock, in consideration for past services rendered a member of the Board of Directors to the Company. The Company has estimated the fair value of such shares, and recorded an expense of $20.

 

Share Repurchase Program

 

On June 17, 2015, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a share repurchase program (the “Share Repurchase Program”). Under the Share Repurchase Program, the Company is authorized to repurchase up to $500 worth of its common stock, which, based on the value of the Company’s common stock on December 31, 2016, equates to approximately 7,473,841 shares of common stock. However, the total number of shares could differ based on the ultimate price per share paid by the Company. Further, the Company’s shares of common stock may be purchased on the open market or through privately negotiated transactions from time-to-time and in accordance with applicable laws, rules and regulations. The Company is not obligated to make any purchases, including at any specific time or in any particular situation. The program may be limited or terminated at any time without prior notice. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had not repurchased any shares under the Share Repurchase Program. On June 23, 2015, the Company repurchased 144,054 shares from a shareholder for $28 as part of a settlement with such shareholder. This repurchase was not pursuant to the Share Repurchase Program. 

  

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