Forward Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:FORD) Files An 8-K Completion of Acquisition or Disposition of AssetsItem 2.01. Completion of Acquisition or Disposition of Assets.
On January 18, 2018, Forward Industries, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a Stock Purchase Agreement (the “Agreement”) by and among the Company, Intelligent Product Solutions, Inc. (“IPS”), the holders of all of the common stock of IPS and Mitchell Maiman (“Maiman”). In consideration for the acquisition of all of IPS’ outstanding securities, the Company: (i) paid approximately $1.9 million in cash, (ii) assumed approximately $1.5 million of outstanding debt, (iii) issued a total of 401,835 shares of the Company’s common stock to the two owners of IPS, (iii) agreed to pay $1,000,000 of deferred cash payments (with the first payment of $500,000 due on May 18, 2018) and (iv) up to $2.2 million of earnout payments based upon IPS meeting certain EBITDA milestones over a three year period. Additionally, the Company entered into three-year employment agreements with Mitchell Maiman, the President of IPS and Paul Severino, the Chief Operating Officer of IPS, and agreed to pay them each $256,000 per year.
In order to fund the acquisition of IPS, the Company issued a $1.6 million promissory note to Forward Industries (Asia-Pacific) Corporation (“Forward China”) in consideration for a one-year loan. The note bears an interest rate of 8% and pays monthly interest. Forward China is an entity which is principally owned by the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
The foregoing description is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Agreement and the form of Employment Agreement, which have been filed as Exhibits 2.1, 4.1 and 10.1, respectively, to this Current Report on Form 8-K and are incorporated in this Form 8-K by reference.
Item 2.03 Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.
As described under Item 2.01 above, a portion of the consideration was the assumption of debt. A portion of this relates to a $1,000,000 revolving line of credit of which $950,000 was drawn at closing. The loan under the line of credit is: (i) secured by IPS’ assets, (ii) matures on April 8, 2018 and (iii) bears an interest rate of the Wall Street Journal Prime Rate plus 0.75%. Additionally, the Company assumed debt relating to: (i) a secured loan of which the balance is approximately $190,000 which will be fully amortized (and paid in full) by April 2020 and (ii) a secured loan of approximately $217,000 of which will be fully amortized (and paid in full) by January 2019.
The disclosure under Item 2.01 above regarding the Forward China note is incorporated herein under this Item 2.03.
Item 3.02. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities.
The disclosure under Item 2.01 above regarding the issuance of the Company’s common stock and the Forward China note is incorporated herein under this Item 3.02. These securities were issued without registration under the Securities Act of 1933 in reliance upon the exemption provided in Section 4(a)(2) and Rule 506(b) thereunder.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(a) Financial statements of businesses acquired.
The Company will file the financial statements required by Item 9.01(a) of Form 8-K by an amendment to this Current Report on Form 8-K no later than 71 days from the date this Current Report on Form 8-K is required to be filed.
(b) Pro forma financial information.
The Company will file the pro forma financial information required by Item 9.01(b) of Form 8-K by an amendment to this Current Report on Form 8-K no later than 71 days from the date this Current Report on Form 8-K is required to be filed.
*Certain schedules, appendices and exhibits to this agreement have been omitted in accordance with Item 601(b)(2) of Regulation S-K. A copy of any omitted schedule and/or exhibit will be furnished supplementally to the Securities and Exchange Commission staff upon request.
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About Forward Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:FORD)
Forward Industries, Inc. designs and distributes carry and protective solutions, primarily for hand held electronic devices, including soft-sided carrying cases, bags, clips, hand straps, protective plates and other accessories. The Company operates in the design and distribution of carry and protective solutions, primarily for hand held electronic devices segment. Its original equipment manufacturer (OEM) products include carrying cases and other accessories for blood glucose monitoring kits and various other portable electronic and non-electronic products. Its carrying cases are designed to enable the devices to be stowed in a pocket, handbag, briefcase, or backpack, clipped to a belt or shoulder strap, or strapped to an arm. Its products include Diabetic products and Other products. The Company, through its subsidiaries, Forward US and Forward Switzerland, distributes and sells its products across the world.